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Friday, January 5, 2018

Review: Manic Panic Amplified Eyeshadow Palette

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hot topic manic panic amplified eyeshadow palette

In celebration of their 40th anniversary, Manic Panic collaborated with Hot Topic to release an eyeshadow palette with 12 shades inspired by their iconic range of hair dye. I love Manic Panic, I love Hot Topic, and I love eyeshadow palettes-- I was doomed from the second that I heard about this. Okay, "doomed" is a bit dramatic since this palette only costs $11.90 at Hot Topic, plus they are pretty much always running some sort of promotion, so I got it for only $8.92.

manic panic amplified eyeshadow palette review





Manic Panic has been selling cosmetics other than hair dye for quite a while, but I've never tried them. I wasn't sure what to except from this collaboration. I trust Manic Panic's hair dye and I've never been let down by my clothing purchases from Hot Topic, but I've heard very mixed opinions on Hot Topic's cosmetics, so I've avoided them. Until now.

It wasn't until after I had purchased it that I saw these videos on Manic Panic's Instagram and I started getting a little more excited for it. It's bigger than I thought it would be and it reminds me of Urban Decay's Full Spectrum palette, but smaller.

Like all of Manic Panic's products, this palette is vegan and cruelty free. The packaging is cardboard and the front has an image of the bathroom wall inside the famous but now-defunct New York City rock club, CBGB. There is a mirror inside and it comes with a double-ended smudge brush and sponge applicator, which isn't great but I wouldn't expect anything more from a $12 palette.

The initial finger swatching was disappointing. The shades came out a bit chunky and chalky. Some of the shades, especially Virgin Snow (white, the only matte shade), were very difficult to even get on my finger.

hot topic manic panic amplified eyeshadow palette
Lots of fallout in the pan

The first time that I used this palette on my eyes I used an e.l.f. smudge brush and an e.l.f. eyeshadow brush to apply the shadows, they're my favorite brushes for packing on color and they only cost $1 each. I put Virgin Snow all over my lids without primer or any sort of base and it was actually pretty pigmented. Not the most pigmented, but pretty good and better than I was expecting after the unsuccessful finger swatch. I layered Atomic Turquoise and Enchanted Forest over it and I was impressed. They were so pigmented and blended pretty well, except they had a lot of fallout. But overall, the shadows looked very pretty and vibrant. After the first use, I was so excited to use this palette again.

I continued using this palette over a couple weeks and always got the same results as I did the first time I used it. This palette really is quite pigmented and the colors blend well, but the fallout situation is a bit much. I would prefer there to be more matte shades in this palette, but hey, Manic Panic isn't about being subtle. It also feels a bit incomplete without a Rockabilly Blue (cobalt) and Electric Lizard (lime green)-- but I may feel that way since those are two of my absolute favorite Manic Panic shades.

I would recommend the use of an eyelid primer or bright white cream base with these shadows to help keep them in place and appear more vibrant. NYX's Eyeshadow Base and NYX's Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk are affordable options that I love. Also, be sure to use whatever method you prefer for dealing with fallout-- I keep it simple and just hold a piece of tissue under my eye.

If you're on a tight budget and you want to incorporate some bright colors into your look, this could be a great palette for you. 12 shadows for $12 (or less) isn't bad at all! Despite the fallout, it really is a great palette, especially for the price.


manic panic amplified eyeshadow palette


You can get this palette from Hot Topic or Manic Panic.
Monday, January 1, 2018

Favorite Albums of 2017

Happy New Year and happy first Music Monday of 2018! Honestly I'm pretty pleased that my first post of 2018 has to do with music. Today I'm rounding up my 10 favorite full length albums of 2017 plus a couple EPs. Last year I had a difficult time narrowing down this list, but this year was even more challenging. I hope you check out at least one of these albums and find something that you like!


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Top row:

Favorite track: My House
TPC has been one of my favorite bands for a loooong time. One of my first unofficial (yet kinda official) dates with Spencer was to one of their shows. Their music is just so upbeat and catchy. 

Favorite track: Obligatory Drugs
I've been waiting for this band's comeback for so long. Their debut album, Partie Traumatic, came out in 2008 and I loved it, then they didn't put out any more music till this year. 

Favorite track: Brass Ring
Tigers Jaw is forever one of my favorite bands to chill out to when I don't want to be put to sleep and they only keep getting better, if ya ask me. 

Favorite track: A Headache With Pictures
If you like shout-singing along to songs while you drive, definitely give this a try.

Second row:

Favorite track: Tellin' Lies
Upbeat punk music about getting old. I'm into it. 

Favorite track: Renato Dall'Ara (2008)
I've played this album to death this year, I'm pretty sure Spencer would be okay if he never heard it again. 

Favorite track: Phonics Failed Me
I've always liked Cayetana, but this album made me love them.

Favorite track: Colosseums
The New Pornos specialize in putting out indie jams that will get stuck in your head forever. 

Bottom row:

Favorite track: Stuck Like A...
Does anyone remember VersaEmerge, or Versa? This is the vocalist Sierra's new project and I am 1000% here for it. 

Favorite track: Brightest Fire
If I had to pick one favorite album for 2017, this would be it. I think that's all I need to say.

Favorite track: Call Me
New music from Kate Nash! For the first time since 2013! This EP has me so excited for her next LP that is set to come out in February 2018. 

Favorite track: Comfort
I hadn't listened to Petal much before, but this is just too darn good to not include. But also the least upbeat music on this list. 




And of course, I've already made a playlist for you. Actually, two playlists! I've embedded the playlist of my 12 favorite tracks, but if you want to listen to all 7 hours of all the albums that made this year's list (which you totally should), click here.




You can find more of my playlists here or just follow me on Spotify. Please tell me your favorite albums from this year, I'm always looking for music recommendations! 
Sunday, December 31, 2017

Favorite Posts of 2017

With it being the end of the year, I wanted to roundup some of my favorite posts from 2017 in one convenient spot. Personally 2017 was a hard year, but things are looking up and some awesome things are going to happen in 2018. I feel like people always say this...but it's true, and I'll get to share more details soon.

I wouldn't feel right ending the year without thanking you. Whether you're a frequent reader or you just happened to find your way here for the first time today, I appreciate the heck out of you for clicking on my blog. I hope 2018 brings good things for you, too.


gooddyeyoung blue ruin hair dye

goodDYEyoung Review- One of my most popular posts of all time. This is some of my absolute favorite hair dye on the market.


vinyl record collection

Easy Ways to Discover New Music- i.e. my obsession.


vinyl test presses

5 Reasons to Collect Vinyl Records- i.e. my other obsession.


beech hill preserve

Beech Hill-  The first time that Spencer and I checked out one of the most beautiful spots around.


baxter state park

Baxter State Park- For my birthday, Spencer and I headed into the wilderness.


fall at acadia national park

What to Know Before Moving to Maine- I had about a hundred people ask, so I answered the best I could!


quoddy head state park

Quoddy Head State Park- Spencer and I journeyed to the edge of the earth...well, to the edge of Maine. And it was gorgeous.


big jim prospect harbor maine

Schoodic Peninsula- We explored the often-forgotten portion of Acadia National Park.


belfast maine bagel cafe

Comfort Zones + Statement Sleeves- This post is special to me because it's my first style post. After wanting to get into this for years, I finally did it!


gardens aglow coastal maine botanical gardens

Gardens Aglow- Bokeh porn! The Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens puts on the prettiest light show in the state.

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I'm also going to start sending out a newsletter in 2018. Only once a month, twice at most, so I won't clog up your inbox. Subscribers will be the first to know about any upcoming giveaways and other fun stuff like that. 

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Friday, December 29, 2017

2018 Goals

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Drone footage courtesy of my husband

It's that time of year when we all discuss how we want to improve ourselves, so I guess it's my turn to join the conversation. After years and years of making very long, unrealistic lists, I've started doing this. A small list of a few achievable goals that aren't too specific. I used to beat myself up for not achieving all 20 or however many things on my list, so this system works much better for me. Note to self: you're never going to read 100 books in a year.


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☆ Take more photos and videos with my camera. I used to spend hours on end taking photos, editing them, and browsing Flickr and gathering inspiration and advice from people all over the world. It was pretty much all I did. I was that annoying friend who was constantly snapping photos of people. In 2014 I got my first smartphone and that's when I stopped bringing my camera everywhere I went. I have a nice camera, I want and need to use it more.

Who knows, I may do some sort of 52 Weeks or Project 365 this year, but I guess I'm running out of time to think about it. I did a Project 365 during my 17th year-- my most angst-filled year ever. It's really fun and interesting to go through those photos and A) laugh at my "artsy" photos and B) read the captions and remember what was going on in my life.

☆ Refine and improve my German skills. Growing up, German class was always one of my very favorites. I loved learning the language and about German culture. I took 6 years of German classes and being able to speak German was always a point of pride for me. Since I've been out of school and because I'm never around German-speakers, I've lost quite a bit of my knowledge of the German language.

I actually started working on this goal back in November-- because why wait till January to start improving myself? I've been using Duolingo every day and it's really helped. I also follow some German-speakers on Instagram and reading their photo captions and listening to them talk in their stories has really helped me. It's a good relaxing way to learn without feeling like I'm being quizzed. Some of my favorite German Instagrammers are juliacoldfront, vonkopfbisfuss_, dana_klomberry, and sahararama_.

☆ Get more involved in the community. It's pretty difficult to find a long-term rental in Maine that will permit a 90lb. dog and a cat. The whole time that I've lived in Maine, almost 3 years, I've had the "why settle in, we're just going to have to move again anyway" mentality. But that isn't an issue anymore (wink) so I'd really like to start putting down some roots. I want to explore more and finally go in the shops that I've been meaning to check out forever, I want to volunteer more, attend more community events...I guess what I'm saying is that I really want to make this place home.


What are some of your goals for 2018?