Sunday, May 29, 2011


Hello toucanets,
It may take me several days before I start blogging again. Friday afternoon, a dear friend passed away following a skull fracture from an accident. My thoughts are a jumbled mess trying to process this, it was so unexpected. I'm sorry for not having any pretty makeup to post, but I plan to get back to posting soon.
Stay safe, lovelies.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Brazen Sale Code: 29% off today only!

As you may know, Brazen has quickly become one of my favorite MMU companies. To celebrate Sandi's birthday, there's a sale going on today only!

Code: Amanda29

Happy shopping! I'd love to hear what you order, if you do decide to do so.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Busy Week

Hello my lovely toucanets!
I probably won't be doing much (if any) posting or commenting this week. I have much to do before the end of the school semester (Wednesday), and need to be moved out of my apartment Friday. I should be back to posting during the weekend.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Stila Friends and Family code!

Hello, loves! I hope your week is going swimmingly. It's been a hectic one for me, but I'm happy we're finally seeing some sun in Oregon.
In case you didn't already know, Stila has their friends and family sale going on right now!

The basics:
Use the code FRIENDS11 for 20% off and free shipping (no minimum!)

The fine print:
One time use per person
Cannot be combined with other offers
Discount cannot be used on Last Call items
Offer ends Tuesday, May 24 at midnight PT

Are you planning on picking anything up? I don't think there's anything from Stila calling my name, so I think I'm going to pass on this one.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Oh, blogger

Blogger is clearly on the fritz- so many pages are showing up as gobbledegook. Last time I looked, my header, which should read "Glitter and Toucans", said "LACA".  Hmmm...
I was going to write up a substantial post, but I think I'll wait a bit until blogger has sorted itself out.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Brazen Contest Entry

I had so much fun with this look! I'll probably share some more photos later (I took about 400 total, so I have plenty to choose from), but here's my entry for the Brazen Cosmetics contest.


I used:
Too Faced Shadow Insurance
Giant Shiny Leaf Physicians Formula mascara
Be Mine- Brazen
Tease- Brazen
Side Show- Brazen
Shenanigans- Brazen
Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliner in Zero

This was my first attempt at leopard print makeup, what do you think?

NYX Sale

After spending an embarrassing number of hours fighting with the NYX site, trying to get it to load and process my order, I managed to complete my order. I'm so stubborn that after I'd already spent so much time trying to purchase I wasn't going to walk away empty-handed, damn it! I think I hit refresh a couple thousand times today. The sale right now has items for $1.20, so I picked up some things I've been wanting to try. 

My order ended up looking like this:

800897138059 ESB03 SKIN TONE - $2.40
800897142827 SMLC01 AMSTERDAM - $2.40
800897137205 ESP10C02 STRIKE A POSE - $1.20
800897137212 ESP10C03 CAVIAR & BUBBLES - $1.20
800897137229 ESP10C04 CAT WALK - $1.20
800897137243 ESP10C06 ROMANCE - $1.20
800897139704 SLL101 EXTREME BLUE - $1.20
800897139810 SLL112 EXTREME PLUM PURPLE - $1.20

Sub-total: $12.00
  Ground Shipping: $7.50
  Order Total: $19.50

As you can see, I ended up with 2 of the skin-toned eye primers and two of the matte lip creams in Amsterdam. I decided it wasn't worth it to try to fix my order to get it to one of each, so I'll be giving those extras away on this blog! My stubbornness means makeup for you!

Anybody else order (or attempt to order) from NYX today? The sale is going on until Monday, May 16 12 PM PST.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Tired Tuesday Musings

Hello, lovelies! I hope your Tuesday is going swimmingly. I'm running on about 2.5 hours of sleep right now, so I'm not quite functioning at full speed. (I was up until about 4:30 this morning doing research for a sociology course I'm taking.) I'm just glad that I've found some people to carpool with this evening- I'm going to a poetry event at the Deaf school about an hour away. I'm not sure my reflexes are good enough to drive right now.
Anywhoozle, I've been test-driving the Maybelline Line Stiletto liquid eyeliner in a somewhat unconventional way for the past few days. I'm quite pleased with the results so far and will fill you in soon. I'm hoping that the new external hard drive I ordered will arrive tomorrow- my old one died and my computer is too full for me to upload any new pictures to it until I transfer old ones to an external drive.

In other toucan news, I'll be moving out of my current apartment on the 29th! There are things I love about this apartment and things I hate about it, but I'm pretty excited to move into a new apartment. The new apartment is in a much newer building (no more mold everywhere!) I'll miss my current roommate (she's moving to Seattle for film school), but my future roommate is pretty awesome. I won't be moving into the new apartment until the end of August, so I'll be spending a few months in my hometown working in the cupcake shop. It should be quite the adventure- my baby sister will be working there with me! I guess she's not a baby anymore since she can drive, get a job...they grow up so fast....    ahem.

Because I don't want this post to be naked (pictureless), here's something from September that I never got around to posting.



Looking at these pictures makes me miss my pink hair, but I definitely don't miss the upkeep of dyed hair. Someday I'll have to do a post chronicling my hair colors from the past few years, it's certainly a colorful history!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Lusting After Makeup Bags

Sephora has some new pretties out, and they're calling my name. Brightly-colored leopard print? I'm in. I have a weakness for leopard print.

The collection is not limited to these bags, it also includes tweezers, hair pins, and other things I'll let you discover on your own. I'm sure some people despise bright leopard print, but I'm loving these. However, I think I may pass on them because I'm lusting so much over the Urban Decay Quinceanera Bag. My birthday's in a month (June 6th), and though I won't be turning 15 (who wants to guess my age? Hint: it starts with a 2) it's on the top of my wish list. As much as I love leopard print, glitter vinyl gets me every time. The $26 price tag makes me pause, however.
Photo from Sephora website

Forever21 makes a bag smaller than Urban Decay's, and it has a much smaller price tag.
$4.80 here

Any makeup bags you're lusting after these days?

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Show me your links!

Hello my lovely toucanets!
I'm working on updating my blog list, I have an absurd number of blogs bookmarked and am trying to sift through them all. Why am I telling you this? I think it's time for some link love around here!
If you're so inclined, leave me some links in the comments! Feel free to link to your own blog, favorite blogs, or anything else you think I should check out.
And yes, there is such a thing as a toucanet.

(Photo from

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Tulip Festival!

A few weekends ago, I went to a lovely tulip festival in Oregon. So many incredible colors!



My makeup that day was a black winged liner and red lips.



I used a Physicians Formula liner (the black one in this post), MAC Cream Colour Base in Movie Star Red (lips), Physicians Formula Healthy Wear SPF 50 Powder Foundation in Natural Beige, NARS Super Orgasm (blush), and my giant shiny leaf mascara (Physicians Formula).

I also made a new friend!


I adore brightly-colored birds, but my current apartment doesn't allow pets. Someday...