I like makeup. I also like to read. I decided to combine the two for a new segment of the blog called #BooksandBronzer. Here, I’ll discuss a book that I recently finished and then create a makeup look based off of the cover art or the storyline.
My first book for this series is SweetBitter by Stephanie Danler.
Let’s be honest, the only reason I picked up this book was because it had a broken wine glass on the cover. I’m annoying. I am aware of this fact. Let’s move on.
Then I opened the inside cover and saw that it was about this girl who seemed like she was running to New York City for a new life and I resonated with that. I picked it up at a time when I had just moved to Jacksonville and I was feeling kinda blah about a lot of things. So yeah, I related to some degree.
Fast forward to me reading the book and I spent the entire read going “girl, I get it. But do you REALLY need to do that?” While I could relate to the why she she did what she did, I never could relate to what she actually did.
The main character, Tess, moved with no more than $200 to her name, her car, and a friend of a friend of a friend of a friend who knew a friend who needed a roommate. So basically, she had nothing. Then, she magically started working at one of the top restaurants in the city. She’s someone who the book defines as a 51%-er. Tess is someone who goes above and beyond not because it’s what she has to do, but because it’s who she is as a person.
I’m not going to spoil the storyline, but Tess goes through various situations where she’s so consumed with a rosy fantasy of her life being perfect that she doesn’t understand that she’s actually in a pretty crappy situation. She’s in love with this guy who treats her like crap and is in a weird and creepy relationship with someone who he claims is like a sister to him. (Yeah, I kept rolling my eyes at that too.) She spends her free moments between drugs, alcohol, sex, learning the culinary art of wine, and how to survive the demanding restaurant she was in.
I can relate to Tess’s feelings of being lost and desperately wanting to make things work with someone who is no good for you. I understood how one day can be spent going through the motions at work and on other days trying so hard to be the best and falling flat on your face for the world to see. I get it.
What I don’t understand is why at the end of the book you barely feel her maturing. At the end of the book she barely holds it together as she makes a big decision and yes, that’s progress. But MOMENTS before we find Tess in an awkward situation that she should have learned not to put herself in by that point. (This is me trying really hard not to give away the book, for those in the back.) In the end, she makes a stupid decision and lucks into making a good choice for her. Which is how life works sometimes. But I wanted more for Tess. I truly wanted her to come out on top with at least a little more dignity. Honestly. I did. But I guess that’s not life. Everything doesn’t always have a happy ending and sometimes you fight so hard just to barely make it.
Face: e.l.f Cosmetics Hydrating Face Primer
Lips: Jack Black Intense Therapy Hydrating Lip Balm
Eyes: NYX Eye Shadow Base: 03
Foundation: Maybelline Fit ME! Matte and Poreless: 355 Coconut
Color Correct: L.A. Girl Pro. Conceal: Orange Corrector
Highlight- L.A. Girl Pro. Conceal: Fawn
Contour- RK By Kiss Pure Mineral Concealer: Caramel
Black Opal Deluxe Finishing Powder: Medium
Covergirl Queen: Ebony Bronze
Highlight: IMAN Cosmetics Luxury Contour Trio (The two highlight shades)
Eyebrows: Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil: 4
Morphe Eyeshadow Palette: 35O
MAC Powder Blush: Film Noir
Eye Lashes: Ardell Studio Effects: Demi Wispies
Mascara: L’Oréal Paris Voluminous: Carbon Black
Lip Liner: NYX Lipliner Pencil: Cabaret
Lipstick: Lamik Kudos