RogueGyver?! WWARD?! The (Ridiculous) Beauty Scenario Tag

Greetings from that place halfway between the shadows and the light, fellow rogues!

Today is a special day. My wonderful Wizard (husband) is submitting his (amazing! Two volume!) PhD Thesis, the bastard. ❤ ❤   😀 Since I am, as you are probably tired of hearing by now, STILL engaged in battling the Thesisbeast – albeit in the very end stages – this means that doing anything academic today has been rendered impossible because of thesis envy. MASSIVE, CRIPPLING THESIS ENVY, with inevitable accompanying feelings of hopelessness and woe. 😀

As you know, however, you can’t keep a good rogue down, and I decided to indulge in a bit of bloggy goodness. Since I am still at work, and don’t have access to all my photos to make a new review post, I am choosing to seize on an awesome tag I just saw over at EyeHeartIt. This is the stronghold of Larie, an awesome fellow scientist and makeup aficionado. She has many wonderful posts, but I’m refusing to stop hugging her at the moment for posting this one. The Internet needs more Laries, is all I’m saying.

Without further ado, then, let’s see what a rogue would do (WWARD?) in these moments of beauty crisis… 😀

Path of Exile Ahoy!

Well, What would YOU do when surrounded by green-eyeshadow emitting spiders? Hmm?

1. You have to get rid of all of your foundations and only keep one high-end and one drugstore; which do you keep?

 One of the funny things about adventuring is that, in general, you spend a lot of time in area where the selection isn’t all that great. I mean, sure, your average adventuring general store will be able to hook you up with any number of morningstars and as much rope and lantern-oil as you can carry, but their selection of foundations tends to be pretty abysmal. And that’s if you’re human. Can you even IMAGINE trying to find that right shade of greyish green if you’re an orc?

With that said, the problem is sort of moot for me, as I only own high-end foundations. This is mostly because I’ve never tried any drugstore ones, because they still cost $40 a bottle here so there’s no real saving when you go through as little as I do. My current favourite foundation is still YSL’s powder foundation compact, but recently I’ve been enjoying some excellent skin days, just putting on a dusting of Chanel powder to even things out.

2. You go for an interview, and the lady interviewing you has lipstick on her teeth. Do you approach the subject or ignore it completely?

It kind of depends. If the interviewer seems like the type who might not handle a personal comment, then I won’t mention it. This is most of them, honestly. Either that or the person interviewing you is the lord/mayor/vizier/king/emperor/etc of the immediate area, and probably isn’t wearing lipstick, gender and adventure stereotypes being what they are.

3. You’re not feeling yourself and need a pick-me-up lipstick. Which do you go for?

At the moment it’s Bite Beauty’s Palomino, but really any lipstick makes me feel pretty good. ALL HAIL THE LIPSTICK. *OoOoOoOoOoOo*

Sigryn and the Laura Mercier Creme Pinks Set (Secret Volume #6) swatches and review

Sigryin, staring down the candidates for Best Inoffensive, Battle-Appropriate Lipcolour’. Judging these sorts of things is a true beauty adventuring challenge…

4. You go back in time for a day to your teenage years; how would you do your hair or makeup differently?

Ah, the teenage rogue years. Those halcyon days of missing handholds while scaling eldritch towers because you forgot that you actually have a bust now and can’t get as close to the wall as you could before, and focusing all of your stealth and camouflage skills into your concealer wand. *sniff*

I’m pretty sure my hairstyle hasn’t changed (ponytail or bun), although the length certainly has (shoulder-length to ‘I can use it as a scarf now’). As for makeup, all I wore in my teen years was a bit of concealer here and there, and Estee Lauder Crystal Baby lipstick – if anything. Eye makeup was a completely foreign concept to this rogue, probably because all my RogueMum ever wore was lipstick, with a bit of powder for special occasions!

5. You ask your hairdresser for a shoulder length Pixie Lott haircut but they hear wrong and give you a pixie cut – what would you do?

A) Smile, say thank you, call your mum and cry hysterically
B) Cry in the chair and things get awkward
C) Complain to the manager and demand a refund

I don’t know who that is… *googles* – oh… a trim to shoulder-length and then a tub of ‘make it look wavy and messy’ wax? (Full disclosure: I don’t even know from hair products).

Anyway, here’s the thing; no-one gives a rogue a haircut they don’t want. It’s one of the benefits of the class, actually. Along with increased DEX and the ability to disappear in a cloud of smoke, you get the innate class skill ‘Hairdressers will listen EXTREMELY carefully to your wishes, and then give you the haircut you want, not the one they felt like giving you’. 😉 Let’s be honest though, why go to the hairdresser when you can, um, ‘encourage’ the wizard to learn a haircutting spell?


Chatting at the office water cooler, Ogg and Grogg suddenly realised that they had fundamentally different views on eyeliner. Their friendship was being tested to the utmost.

6. Your friend surprises you with a 4-day city break and you have one hour to pack. Which ‘Do it all’ palette do you pack in your makeup bag?

I *own* some ‘do it all’ palettes (a couple of Lancôme Absolue Voyage ones), but I don’t use them much for that purpose, actually. As much as a rogue must be economical in her kitbag-management to make sure she has room for all the hempen rope, hinge grease, lockpicks and smoke bombs as well as her makeup, I prefer to just grab a couple of essentials. Besides, pretty much every device of conveyance that I own has at least one lip balm or lipstick in it, so I’m usually covered.

Since we’re going to an actual city (much excite!) on this break, I can probably get anything I forget. Dungeons require a bit more forethought.

7. Your house has been robbed. Don’t worry, everyone is safe, but your beauty stash has been raided. What’s the product you really hope is safe?

This is a bit of a moot question, really, since obviously I caught the thief. You can’t steal from a rogue. It doesn’t happen unless we let you, and if we do that then you’d better worry INTENSIVELY about why we might have allowed you to do that and how short your life is probably going to be from now on. 🙂

Since we’re talking in hypotheticals, however, I wouldn’t mind too much if that was all they took. I have quite a small beauty stash actually, and very, very little of it is LE or discontinued. Probably the only thing I’d really aggro over at the moment is my Tom Ford Stavros!

8. Your friend borrows makeup and returns it in awful condition. Do you:

A) Pretend you haven’t noticed
B) Ask them to re-purchase it
C) Secretly do it back to their makeup

Again: no-one borrows my makeup. If anyone is using any of it, it will be something like liquid foundation/BB Cream that can be dispensed, and they will be using it in my presence. Makeup is not really the sort of stuff I share, partly for hygiene reasons and partly because it is so expensive here and each piece is, in its own way, rather hard-won on my student rogue’s budget. No to mention all the artefacts that I have to literally jump over lava/past dragons/through poison spider groves to retrieve.

With the hypotheticals though: if they messed up my makeup I would confront them about it. Not aggressively, but they need to know that such things are not OK. Knowing my friends though, if they messed up some of my makeup, I would be handed a brand new item with profuse apologies in the first place, because my friends are lovely, lovely people. It’s what I would do too!

Right, well, there we have it! Thank you all for letting me distract myself from thesis envy for an hour or so, and for putting up with my rather shadowy presence as of late! If you would like to do the tag, please feel free! Do remember to go check Larie‘s blog out though, because you can never have too much awesome. 🙂

Until next time, fellow adventurers, don’t forget to check for traps!


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Would you Rather…? Tag!

Greetings from in front of two apparently identical doors, fellow rogues!

This is a quick post today (excitement and wonder is coming tomorrow, so stay tuned!), because I wanted to celebrate the first opportunity I have had to do a ‘Tag’ post. Melissa (the multilingual mage over at Kiss and Makeup) did this tag recently, and was kind enough to leave an open-ended tag at the end. Never one to miss an opportunity to talk about myself, I siezed this chance to have a bit of a laugh while doing it.

So, without further ado, I bring you the ‘Would you rather…’ tag, in which one is confronted, sphinx-style, with a number of pressing conundrums, mostly related to beauty. Will your favourite rogue make it through this harrowing intellectual ordeal? Read on to find out!

Tag: Would You Rather…

Despite being surrounded, Sigryn knows she's among friends. Left to right: Sweet Tart, Peach Parfait and Wild Watermelon.

Sigryn was never good at choosing. When you have a large edged weapon on your side, the only choice you usually have to make is ‘Swing or don’t swing?’

1. Would you rather lose all of your mascaras, eyeliners, lipsticks and lip glosses or all of your palettes and eyes shadows?

Much as I would be devastated to lose my new best friend (Tarte’s magnificent MATTEnificent palette), there is no possible way I (given this particular choice) could give up my eyeliners and lip products. A bright lipstick has the power to make me feel unstoppable and happy, so I’d be loath to give that up! Besides, what would I use as orc repellent?

2. Would you rather chop off all your hair or never be able to cut it again?

Hm…for personal purposes, I’d rather never cut it again. For practical ones I feel that never being able to cut your hair would get pretty inconvenient after a while, but then I haven’t had a haircut in nearly 4 years, so…

What?! Stop looking at me like that…I call it my ‘thesis hair’. If guys can have thesis beards… 😀

3. Would you rather have a coral cheek or pink cheek?

*Phew*this one’s a bit easier. Definitely a pink cheek! Gives me that ‘just dueled with a drow’ look. Coral makes me look a bit eldritch-burned, I feel.

Chanel Le Blush Creme de Chanel in 65 Affinite, Majolica Majorca Blood On Cheek and Lip Colour, Lancome Blush Subtil in 02 Rose Sable

Pinks and blue-based reds, people. These are the way to go. Trust me, I’m a rogue ;-).

4. If you had $1000 to spend, would you rather buy clothes or make-up?

Clothes, for sure. Being a rogue is pretty hard on clothes, actually. Once you get gelatinous cube on them, you never get it off. Actually, it dissolves the fabric. So, yeah.

Susie admires her fabulous stage presence, highlighting an additionoal use for the EL packaging - full length dressing room mirror!

Susie knows the power of a well-chosen outfit. A bard can never have too many, really.

5. Would you rather apply lipstick as eyeliner or eyeliner as lipstick?

Eyeliner as lipstick, definitely. It can be the only way to get close to some of the colour effects you might like to achieve! I feel that lipstick as eyeliner would be a gooey mess after about 5 minutes 😉

6. Would you rather only shop at MAC or Sephora?

Well, Sephoras don’t exist in Middle Earth, but if they did, I’d definitely shop there. MAC might make some cool stuff, but definitely not all of their products are perfect, and choice is a wonderful thing. Also price. MAC makes a Middle-Earth girl’s gold pouch weep.

7. Would you rather use only one eyeshadow color or one lip color for the rest of your life?

Only one eyeshadow colour, definitely! I love me some variety in my lipsticks.

Some people may call you an evil dark dwarf. These are the people who don't stop to think that maybe your frown is due to the fact that you just can't decide which eyeshadow to wear! Honestly.

Some people may call you an evil dark dwarf. These are the people who don’t stop to think that maybe your frown is due to the fact that you just can’t decide which eyeshadow to wear! Honestly, some people…

8. Would you rather wear winter clothes in summer or summer clothes in winter?

This is a little skewed for me as there aren’t really seasons in dungeons, unless you count ice caves and lava deposits. However, when you encounter these is kind of random. So, I’m going to have go with neither, and cheatily invent my own category: rogue clothes in adventure time!

9. Would you rather have dark nails or bright nails all year round?

For practicality, probably dark nails (interferes with your stealth rolls less). But I would most definitely miss my bright colours, as they can really cheer up a dingy dungeon!

In artificial light they look like this, The pink takes on a much more orange hue The glitter seems to better match its name As now you see the 'lavender' there too.

Not gonna lie, it’s be pretty hard to give up colours like this

10. Would you rather give up your favorite lip product or your favorite eye product?

Would have to be my favourite eye product (I’m not sure if I have one…). My lips get way too dry, and I love my lipstick way too much to let go of my favourite lip products! You try chasing giant spiders around a draughty, dusty catacomb for three hours and see how your lips feel! Damn things were invisible too…the spiders, not my lips, obviously…

11. Would you rather only be able to wear your hair in a ponytail or messy bun?

I’m going to have to go with messy bun. I do often wear my hair in a ponytail, and I like it, but if I could never do it another way, buns are more practical for both dungeoneering and ballet (although I’d probably get frustrated with the messiness!). Slapping yourself in the face with a not-cut-in-four-years-length ponytail during a pirouette or having a troll use it to pick you up by are not fun experiences, kids. Take it from a rogue who knows.
12. Would you rather never be able to paint your nails again or never use lip gloss again?

Since this choice doesn’t exclude glossy, moisturising lipsticks, it’s easy! The lipgloss goes!

13. Would you rather shave your eyebrows and have none at all or sharpie them in everyday?

I…just…can’t. Nope. Can’t choose. If forced at beholder-point, I’d have to say having no eyebrows would be better. Sharpies don’t even come in the right colour for me to even be able to *attempt* making a ‘realistic’ sharpie brow. I’d rather go bare!

14. Would you rather live without make up or nail polish?

I think I’d give up the nail polish first, because makeup includes lip products 😉 If I can at least have my lip balm, then you could take it all away…but I’d rather you didn’t of course. In fact, we might have to have *words*.

Benefit Posietint, Lancome Color Fever Gloss in 321, Chanel Rouge Coco lipstick in 40 Charme, Urban Decay Super Saturated High Gloss Lipcolour in Adrenaline, Lancome Rouge in Love in 159B.

Liiiip…proooduuuuuctss…. (no, that’s not a zombie, it’s just me when contemplating my favourite makeup items)

15. Would you rather listen to Justin Bieber or One Direction?

*crickets chirp* What is a Bieber? If I can only go in One Direction past this Sphinx, and this is the choice that takes me there, then I’ll have to go with…One Direction?

Well! That’s all for now, folks. I hope you enjoyed this post, and had a bit of a chuckle. If you haven’t done this tag yet, and you’d like to, consider yourself duly tagged! If you’re in the mood for a bit more fun, why not try one of my quizzes? You can find out which beauty adventurer you are…or perhaps which monster the adventurers will face!

Until next time, my fellow rogues, don’t forget to check for traps!