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Life, Lately: Sneaky Sephora Purchases & Getting Back Into Drawing

kiehls calendula and ale soothing hydrating masque

It’s been a while since the last Life, Lately so I thought I’d pop in, even though nothing interesting has been going on.

I wrote my Sephora VIB Sale haul post a little too soon, since I ended up getting a few other things. Not many, though – and all of them have a place in my collection.

The Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm is an old favorite of mine. I haven’t used it in years though, but I decided to repurchase it since it’s just such a good cleansing balm. I was using straight up olive oil to take my eye makeup off in the meantime but it gets real messy, real fast. Plus it doesn’t wash off like cleansing balms do!

I was planning on getting the Kiehls Calendula and Aloe Soothing Hydration Masque directly from the Kiehls website when they had their $20 off $65 sale. I didn’t actually need anything else though, so I just ended up getting it at Sephora instead. I *almost* convinced myself I needed a new moisturizer, but I successfully dodged the bullet!

Instead of repurchasing my favorite Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer, I wanted to try out their Soft Matte Complete Concealer (whoops, forgot to include it in the photo) this time around. The Radiant Creamy Concealer is one of my favorite holy grail products – I’ve repurchased it at least six times, if not more! The only downside is that you can never get the last bit of product out, so it goes to waste. Since the Soft Matte Complete Concealer comes in a pot, I know I’ll easily be able to use every last bit of it. And if you’re wondering, I’m Custard in both formulas!

fourfires sticker

portrait sketches

I’ve started to get back into drawing, too! Pardon all the watermarks but getting shit stolen/uncredited is The Worst. I got a new sketchbook (the Pentalic Traveler Pocket Journal Sketch) and I like it a lot. It has a soft cover and the pages are nice and weighty. I was never really a fan of the spiral bound ones – not sure why, to be honest. I decorated the cover with a sticker from one of my favorite artists, fourfires!

Right now my art isn’t anything really… significant so far, but hey, that’s what comes with learning right? I’m putting an emphasis on working on faces and hands. Bodies are coming quite naturally to me since I lift and I like noticing muscles on other people. I have an idea of what generally goes where, so I’m drawing a lot on poses! I’m taking a lot of inspiration from Batgirl and Wonder Woman right now since they have alllll the muscles *o*

Faces are always something that I have to take more effort in. It’s really easy to draw the same face with different hair and clothes, so I’m working on distinguishing features. It helps a lot to draw from reference (can you tell I’m an avid heyclaire fan?), even though I’m not really where I’d like to be yet. Also, girls are just pretty to draw.

This sounds so stupid, but I have a personal Instagram account (it’s over @entarotassadar!) and I decided to stop using hashtags on it. It’s a little weird – with my main account as something I want to grow, sometimes it gets stressful just thinking about having to put hashtags on for it to do well. I was doing that with my personal account as well, to the point where it’d be heavily curated. I don’t want to do that! I just want to post whenever I want to post without worrying about it doing well. So far, it’s been a really nice change of pace.

How have you been lately?

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