Weekend ready over here at Bliss, Beauty and Books and what’s better than a fabulous read? Well a peak into a fabulous author’s bag 🙂 I am so excited to have Camille Pagan, author of many AH-mazing books on the blog today. Pagan’s latest novel ~ Forever is the Worst Long Time came out in February with wonderful reviews but you also may know her from The Art of Forgetting or the Kindle best-seller, Life and other Near-Death Experiences which was optioned for film by Jessica Chastain. I am so happy she opened her chic leather tote for us that is filled with ridiculously gorgeous beauty products!
From acclaimed author Camille Pagán comes a wry, heartfelt exploration of love and loss.
When struggling novelist James Hernandez meets poet Louisa “Lou” Bell, he’s sure he’s just found the love of his life. There’s just one problem: she’s engaged to his oldest friend, Rob. So James toasts their union and swallows his desire.
As the years pass, James’s dreams always seem just out of reach—he can’t finish that novel, can’t mend his relationship with his father, can’t fully commit to a romantic relationship. He just can’t move on. But after betrayal fractures Lou’s once-solid marriage, she turns to James for comfort.
When Lou and James act on their long-standing mutual attraction, the consequences are more heartbreaking—and miraculous—than either of them could have ever anticipated. Then life throws James one more curveball, and he, Rob, and Lou are forced to come to terms with the unexpected ways in which love and loss are intertwined.
What is your bag of choice?
I own the purse pictured in navy and black because I love it so much. It’s Olieve and though it looks small, I can fit everything and the kitchen sink in it.
What are your top favorite beauty picks?
I’m pretty pale—and Michigan winters don’t help—so I almost always put a little blush on to look less washed out. My current go-to is Tarte’s Desire cheek stain.
I also love Urban Decay’s Naked Basics eyeshadow palate; I use the pearly pink-white (“Venus”) on the inside of my eyes to look awake after I’ve been up too late writing or caring for one of my kids. (In a pinch, the shadow doubles as a cheek highlighter, too).
And right now, I’m obsessed with Glossier’s Generation G Lipstick, which is like a balm, stain, and lipstick all in one. I own three different shades; Crush is my favorite.
What do you always carry in your bag/purse/carry-on for beauty products?
I always have Neutrogena Norwegian Formula hand cream with me; my grandmother told me about it literally decades ago, and it’s still the single best hand cream I’ve ever used. (It’s great for chapped lips and dry elbows, too.)
What are you currently reading?
I’m reading an early copy of Meg Mitchell Moore’s THE CAPTAIN’S DAUGHTER, which is so good! Moore’s novels are super smart yet completely escapist; you know when you open one you’re not going to come up for air until you’ve reached the end. I’ve also just started Yaa Gyasi’s HOMEGOING, which is a multi-generational novel that promises to be every bit as phenomenal as I’ve heard it is.
And any other fun item/must-have that you always have with you?
Tweezers! Not just for my hard-to-tame brows, but also because with a six- and eight-year-old, I always seem to have some reason (splinters! Craft projects!) to use them.
*Thanks Camille for opening up your bag to Bliss, Beauty and Books readers 🙂