Thursday, November 20, 2008

Holiday Eye Makeup with YouTube's Panacea81

This girl is such a doll, and I was so happy to see a look with RED shadow. I can never pull off red on my eyes, but she's inspiring me to try again.

If you have a hoilday party to go to and you have no idea how the heck you're going to wear high heels again after wearing flats to chase around a toddler for the last few months (*ahem* ME), you can at least know your eye makeup looks good, even if you look like you're just "toddling" around yourself.

And hey, even if you bust your butt, at least you got a night out without the kids and the opportunity to wear heels at all! That's what I keep telling myself...

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Quick Eye Makeup

This is a trick I use when I want to look like I put a lot of time into my shadow, blending different colors, etc.

First, put down a black base on just your lid, to right below your crease (or into your crease if you want more drama). Today, I used MAC's Sharkskin Shadestick but I'm not a big fan of it anymore. It's too dry and I wound up tugging on my eyelids way more than I should've to get even a somewhat even coating. You can use MAC's Blackground Paint Pot or even a black liner. If you're using a regular black liner, you may want to add the extra step and put on a regular primer first, like Too Faced Shadow Insurance or Urban Decay Primer Potion, since regular liner is likely to crease if you put it all over your lids as a base.

Make sure the base blends out at the edges so you don't have a harsh line (I just use my finger, but some people prefer flat, synthetic brushes to apply them and blend them). Then you take a duochrome shadow/pigment (today I used MAC Old Gold), which just means that it looks like it's different colors depending on the way the light hits it. Layer it over that black base and up above where the base ended, almost to the brow bone. It will look like two totally different colors and you won't even have to open another shadow. Old Gold, for example, looks like a deep emerald green over the black and a brassy color on my skin. Pink Pearl (MAC) looks navy blue over black and bright pinkish-purple on skin.

Highlight color is optional. So is liner. Always use mascara, though. ;)

The end result is kind of a funky, colorful smoky look.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Red Holiday Lips

My new favorite red lip combination is MAC Red paired with Red Enriched liner (also MAC). Here's a picture:

I think I'll be wearing this combination quite a bit until spring! Yep, even during the day. LOL

What's YOUR favorite red lip combo?

Thursday, September 18, 2008

How to Thread Your Brows

I learned how to thread my brows yesterday thanks to the amazing Eily311 on YouTube. It's surprisingly easy once you figure out the perfect thread length for your hands.

Friday, August 29, 2008

How to Apply False Lashes

Nothing makes your eyes stand out like a great set of lashes—even if they're not your own. Applying false lashes is easier than you might think!

First, go ahead and apply all of your eye makeup, making sure to use black liner close to the top lash line where the false lashes will be. The black liner will help them blend with your natural lashes—even if you can't get them as close as you would like. Also, be sure to curl your lashes.

Check to see if the falsies line up with your eyes from the inner corner, just where your own lashes begin, to the outer one. If they are too long, trim off as much as necessary from the outer corner of the lashes. As much as you may hate to see that length on the ends go, it will be worth it!

Hold one end of the lashes between the thumb and forefinger of each hand in an upside-down U-shape, then roll them up and down to loosen up the band. You want them to curve easily so that they'll effortlessly hug your eye shape.

Put a small drop of lash glue on the back of your hand and run the band of the lashes through it. Make sure the band is evenly coated and that you didn't miss either end. You don't want your lashes to lift at the edges halfway through the night (or fall off early in the night!) because there wasn’t enough glue! Don't be afraid because the glue is still white; it really will dry clear!

Wait until the glue is tacky--roughly thirty seconds--before attempting to place the lashes on your eyes. This will help them adhere and keep them from smudging the eye makeup you've already done. The glue will almost be clear, but not quite.

Once the glue is tacky, you can use your fingers, tweezers, or an eyelash applicator (often sold in lash kits) to apply the inner corner first. Press down for about five seconds, then press down the outer edge for another five seconds. Tap your fingertip back across the middle toward the inside, pressing the lashes in place. Allow to set for a few more seconds.

Apply mascara to blend your natural lashes with the falsies. The best mascara to use here is one that doesn’t add much length or volume, but tends to offer a more natural look. Look for a mascara with a thin consistency, like Maybelline Great Lash.

To further blend the lashes with your overall look, you can go back in with black liquid liner on the inner corners. This gives the illusion of one clean line rather than a clean lash line followed by the abrupt start of lush lashes.

You're done!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Fall Makeup Trends

I'm in love with the dark, romantic looks of fall makeup. My favorite lip combination right now:

Prestige Black Plum Liner with MAC Media lipstick. Not carefully tapped on with your fingertip--applied straight from the tube for intensity. Another lipstick I use with that same liner is ULTA's Black Cherry, which is glossier than Media. You could deepen either lipstick more with black liner and really be true to the near-goth look of the season, but I have yet to do that without just goofing around. Maybe I'd try it if I were in my clubbing days (oh wait, I never had any of those).

For daytime eyes, I do matte-ish neutrals. I like Vanilla on the lid, Club in the crease, Malt above the crease, and Vanilla to highlight the brow bone. Line the top with slightly winged black liner and the bottom with more Club. Then add mascara. Don't forget a little bit of blush (MAC Blushbaby's good here).

For night, I go with a bit more shimmer. MAC's new Smoke & Diamonds is the perfect smoky lid color, with a hint of Carbon in the outer V and crease, blended up with Wedge, and highlighted with Shroom. Again, blush is a must! You can go with precise liquid liner or smudged out pencil liner (Stila's Convertible Liner in Onyx is good for this). Add Smoke & Diamonds to the inner 2/3 of the bottom lash line, with Carbon on the outer 1/3. Load up on the mascara for drama.

For the perfect nighttime outfit, combine edginess with femininity. Black leather pants with a cream colored lace top, anyone?

Monday, August 4, 2008

Spell Cosmetics Primer Update

Here's the update after 11 hours of wear.

Looks like a winner to me! One thing I didn't mention in the video is that the packaging on this one is way less annoying than the Urban Decay Primer Potion's. This product is $19.00 for 1 oz. and it contains SPF 20. It also has Vitamin A, Vitamin E, and an opalescent finish. Love!

Starflash Eye Shadow Tutorial and Spell Cosmetics Primer Experiment

I'm trying out Spell Cosmetics' Primer on half of my face and on one eyelid. I'm also testing out two of the Starflash shadows I picked up yesterday. :)

What I used:
Spell Cosmetics primer (one eye, half of face)
Urban Decay Primer Potion on other eye
MAC Mineralized Skin Finish Light Flush
Victoria's Secret Mosaic Bronzer
MAC Sunset B. eye shadow from Starflash
MAC Smoke & Diamonds eye shadow from Starflash
MAC Fertile eye shadow
MAC Feline Kohl Power
L'Oreal Voluminous mascara

Saturday, August 2, 2008

$30 Lena Flat Iron Review

Here's a review on the Lena Salon Designer flat iron, "a $129.99 value!" I got mine at Ulta and I haven't seen them anywhere else, but they may be sold at other stores.

The price is good at $29.99.
It's cute.
It's lightweight.
It comes with a thermal protecting case/mat.
If you get Ulta coupons in the mail, you can use them on this and pay even less.
It gets the job done.
You can control the temperature.
It lets you know when it's heating up, cooling down, or ready to go.
Automatic shut-off after an hour, so if you're forgetful, leaving your iron on won't cost you your house.
Ceramic plates protect your hair.

Not as effective as the CHI.
I have to use more products to get my hair straight and shiny. A heat protecting spray alone won't do it. I use S-Factor Flat Iron Spray and Tresseme's heat protecting spray, then go over the finished 'do with a shine serum or Frederic Fekkai Glossing Cream.
My hair doesn't like to hold the style as much with this one.
I have to crank it up to 400 degrees, the highest setting, to have any hope for straight hair.
Because of all the product I have to use, I need to wash my hair more frequently.
If you lose the receipt, you can't exchange it at Ulta for something else. I tried.
My ends tend to look fried anyway because I'm horrible about keeping up with trims. However, this iron tends to make them look worse, and they still look wavy—not straight. I don't think it's doing additional damage necessarily, but it's not smoothing down the crazy hair like other flat irons can.
It's more difficult to curl with this iron than others, though I'm not sure why. The shape isn't that off but it just didn't cooperate when I tried. Could be user error though I can do it with my old iron.
I sometimes have to go over certain pieces of hair more than once, and I have to use smaller chunks of hair than I did with my CHI, so it takes longer to finish. Not 20 minutes longer, but maybe 7-10.

You can see that the Cons list is longer than the Pros list. I'm still fairly neutral on the product, though. It does get my hair pretty straight, though I don’t think girls with ringlets would have the same results. My hair's just stubbornly wavy.

If you don’t have the money to spend $100+ for a CHI and your hair's not super curly, it wouldn't hurt to give it a try. Just make sure you keep your receipt. It's just "okay" in my book. Since I'm stuck with it, I'll use it until $100.00 falls out of the sky and just try it out with different products and techniques. ;)

Thursday, July 31, 2008

How to Do Your Brows (this is a joke)

I was feeling inspired by a hilarious publication to do a "how-to" post. It's a joke. Don't try it. ;) And don't believe any of the mottoes, either.

How to Do Your Brows

Wax on, wax off. All of it. Yeah, it'll hurt, but "no pain, no vain." Something like that. In other words, if beauty doesn't hurt, you're not pretty enough yet.

With a Sharpie (choose your own color, but it MUST be a Sharpie so you don't lose your brows in the rain), trace the edge of one half of your favorite coffee mug onto the area above each eye. No, you don't have to saw it in half—-just eyeball where to stop and start. You might want to practice with an eyeliner pencil or a ballpoint pen first until you get the hang of it. After all, a Sharpie's a PAIN to get off, which is why we're using one.

The best way to line up the coffee mug is to hold the handle parallel to your nose with your useless hand, making sure the bottom of the cup is resting in the bottom edge of your eye socket. Holding the Sharpie in your dominant hand, trace the edge right onto your forehead. If you follow this method, they'll be even on both sides. You don't want to look ridiculous.

You can change your brow shape (bigger, smaller, squarer(?)...)from day to day based on how much caffeine you think you need to get through morning. Just finish your cup and, before putting it in the dishwasher or leaving it on your desk to grow mold in the residue, hold it up to your eye. Make sure you drink all of your coffee first. Gah, don't be a ditz. You don't want to waste coffee on your eyes, though, on second thought, it may firm up the skin.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Skin Care Routine

I've finally found a skin care routine that works for me. I'm happier with my skin than I have been since I was about 21. The acne/eczema hit after that. Here's what my skin is like:

Dry--very, very dry most days. I have had to use Vaseline as a moisturizer before if that tells you anything. Now it's more normal. I attribute it to the skin care routine because I still had the dry, dry skin last summer.

Eczema-prone. It's very sensitive. I've tried natural products, steroids, etc, in the past. In my experience, it seemed like what helped the eczema caused acne and vice-versa. What a pain!

Acne-prone. I never had this problem before. In high school, my skin was spotless. Then my 20's happened and I looked 13! See above for the endless cycle of ugh when it comes to eczema/acne.

So here's what I've been doing and I've only been getting the occasional zit.

Morning: Rinse and put on the Kroger knockoff of Cetaphil moisturizer (can't find a link for it)

Night: Wash face with Neutrogena Extra Gentle Cleanser. If I'm wearing heavy or long-wearing foundation, I have to remove with jojoba or olive oil first. I just let it sit on the skin for a few minutes, massage it around, then wash--or I'll use Clean & Clear's Deep Cleanser because if I use it only every now and then, it doesn't do any damage.

Go over my skin with my Tweezerman Blackhead Removal Tool

Then I apply I Feel Pretty Product's Pretty Amazing 2% BHA Liquid and let that stay on for 30 minutes before I do anything else (I'll sometimes shower while I wait, watch a TV show, etc).

Then, after that's set in, I apply Paula's Choice AHA gel. I Feel Pretty Products has one, too, and I'm going to try that next so I don't have to order from a bunch of different places. It'll be a while though since these products tend to last forever.

Finally, right after the AHA, I apply the Cetaphil knockoff moisturizer.

It took me a while to work up to both using BHA every night (I had to work my way up from using it every third night because my eczema would wake up). Once I had that under control, I started alternating nights between the BHA and AHA. Finally, I got to the point where I could use them both every day.

I hope this helps someone. If you have skin that seems to have every problem in the book, I recommend trying these out. Oh, and of course you have to drink plenty of water!

Friday, July 25, 2008

L'Oreal HIP Metallic Duos--Go Look!

Sale ends tomorrow (CVS), so go check 'em out. ;)
The pics at the end are in this order:
Mirror/applicator on the bottom

Victoria's Secret Mosaic Bronzer Review

Ok, I promised a review on this one and I debated on whether to just write it all out or do a video. Since it doesn't show up much in the videos, I figured a text version would suffice. :)

Application: I have used this two ways. I've used a kabuki brush for allover coverage to warm up my complexion when I have a sunless tan on my body but nothing on my face. I have also used it with an angled blush brush as a contour. Both look very natural. I never look too dark or too dirty. It does just what I want, when I want. With either type of application, I just swirl my brush through all the colors, but you can pick out certain ones to contour, highlight, or even use as shadow.

Color: Not shimmery at all, really. I got this one on purpose because I have so many shimmer products. There is one that looks to be about the same depth in color, but with shimmer. It was gorgeous, but I've already got MAC's Belightful for that.

The color is a light, matte brown. It's the perfect "real" tan look, not the orangey bronze that a lot of "tan in a compact" products tend to give off. For example, I have Urban Decay's Baked Bronzer (can't remember which color) and a lot of people on Makeup Alley said it was very natural. Yeah, if you're transitioning into an Oompa Loompa by playing in shimmery fairy dust. "I'll never grow up; I'll just grow orange!" I'm too white for that one, to say the least.

I would only recommend this particular bronzer for those with very fair to medium skin tones. Medium-dark skin tones would probably not see the difference. Some of the other shades may work well, though, so they're worth checking out.

Packaging: Sleek. Black with pink lettering (it says Very Sexy on the outside and at the bottom of the mirror inside). Sexy. Square. Portable. I love it. It has a mirror inside but no brush. If it had a brush compartment on the bottom, that would be better, but who really likes those brushes that come with makeup anyway? LOL They're usually low quality and you have to use something else. Also, it would make the packaging bulkier, and I need my space in my blush/bronzer drawer. It's packed.

A Note: The display had four of these bronzers, each with a different name. Mine was labeled Goddess, I think, but when I looked for it on the display, they had the other three and then one that wasn't labeled anything specific. It simply said, "Mosaic Bronzer." That was this one. It looks most like Natural listed on the website. I was confused, so you might be, too. Hope this helps. Mine looks like the one in the picture at the top.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

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MAC Odd Couple Mineralized Shadow Duo Tutorial

A real one this one, if quick! After I did this, I realized there were a few things I left out:
1. I needed to do my eyebrows, so ignore those. ;) I've been filling them in lately but I totally forgot as I scrambled to get my face ready to do the one eye on a video.
2. Do your foundation last. I had some fallout I had to clean up after the video was over and it would've been easier if I'd done my foundation after the fact. Again, it was because I was trying to get as ready as possible before filming. LOL
3. I forgot to do the inner half of the bottom lash line with the swirled part of the duo. Just use the pencil brush to deposit some color there and you'll brighten your eyes. :) I had already done it on the first eye; I just forgot to do it on the second one.

I really recommend these mineralized duos if you're wanting to try a shadow like this. They're soft, shimmery, and blend like a dream. They're also more vibrant than you'd expect if you're familiar with MAC's older mineralized shadows.

What I used:
MAC Mineralized Duo in Odd Couple
MAC Blanc Type (any creamy white will do)
L'Oreal H.I.P. Creme Liner Midnight Blue
L'Oreal Voluminous Mascara Blackest Black
MAC Beauty Powder Shell Pink (any shimmery pinky-gold will do)
Victoria's Secret Mosaic Bronzer
MAC Plushglass Ample Pink

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Work-Safe Look with MAC Mineralized Shadow Duos

I said I wouldn't get any, but I did. The last mineralized shadows didn't have enough color payoff for me. These, however, are pretty awesome. They're still light but they're shimmery enough to look pretty darn ethereal without being over the top. I guess you could say they glow since the shimmer isn't very pronounced. I used Pink Split today in a work-safe look. I added daytime friendly red lipstick in the form of New York Apple (MAC), but you don't have to do that part if you're just going to work.

Unfortunately, the camera issues continue, so I still don't have really detailed makeup pictures like I wish I did. Hopefully you can get an idea from these anyway. I'll list what I used underneath.

MAC SPF 15 Foundation in NC 15, but only because I'm trying to use it up
Benefit Thrrrob blush
MAC Mineralized Skin Finish in Shimpagne (it was LE, but their Belightful powder will work, as well. You can also pick up just about any kind of champagne colored shimmer powder from the drugstore...Milani has some; so does Jane.)
Victoria's Secret Mosaic Bronzer (for contour...I'm obviously not bronzed! haha)

MAC New York Apple, lightly

MAC Pink Split Mineralized Eye Shadow Duo (I sprayed Fix+ on my brush before applying, but I didn't notice a difference, so you can easily skip that step.)--Pink side from lash line to a little above the crease; swirled side on crease and outer V. Pink side on inner lower lash line; swirled side on outer lower lash line
MAC Shore Leave Eye Shadow to highlight (you can use any other barely pink champagne shade as Shore Leave was's easy to dupe)
MAC Blacktrack Fluidline on top (winged out) and on waterline
Maybelline Colossal Lash in Glam Black (LOVE it and already got a backup because I found it for $3.47 at Kroger)

This is a very soft look that doesn't take much effort. You look like you put some work into your appearance, but it doesn't scream "makeup!"

Oh, ignore the zit. His name is TOM. He likes to come around every month when I'm already an emotional mess and torment me further. He also hates blankets, so all of my attempts to cover him up result in him kicking it off. ;)

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Go Bronze, Victoria's Secret Style

Victoria's Secret Angels always look like they just stepped off the beach, thanks to that radiant, bronze glow they all seem to have. I recently saw this video:

Usually an optimistic skeptic (umm...?) when it comes to bronzers and a lot of sunless tanners even though that's the only way I ever tan, I went to check them out. I didn't believe that:
1. They'd really look brown--and I wasn't even sure the sunless tanner would show up at all
2. The bronzer wouldn't rub off
3. The sunless tanner's color guide wouldn't be one of those that I absolutely hated (I prefer lotion types that don't have any tint); I expected a streaky, ugly, muddy mess until the color developed underneath

I got the Bare Bronze Shimmering Body Oil and the Bare Bronze Gleaming Self-Tan Body Tint because I'm pretty much so white I'm clear.

The first day, I mixed them together (roughly 50/50) like the video above recommends. All I did was squirt/pour a little of each into my hand at a time and mix them together. I thought it'd probably be a waste of the sunless tanner, but tried it anyway since I had two tubes. The results were amazingly bronze, shimmery, and realistic once I got my face to match my body (more on that later because I got the Very Sexy Mosaic Bronzer, as well--Happy Birthday to me!). I applied it from my neck to my feet, just to see how it'd turn out. The results:

1. As I mentioned, I looked glowy and bronze--NOT glittery and orange
2. The ruboff was minimal. I didn't apply over any other lotion. I put it directly on dry, bare, freshly exfoliated skin. I wouldn't venture out in white or pastels, but I wore a black shirt with khaki shorts and only got major ruboff inside the waistband and inside the bottom edges of the shorts.
3. It was so easy to smooth on. The texture was like a silky gel.
4. I was pleasantly surprised to have a very nice tan going on once I washed off the bronzer at the end of the day.
5. You know that stinky DHA smell you can get from sunless tanners? The ones that make you dread sleeping in them all night because your sheets will stink, but you don't want to wear them out during the day because YOU will stink and send throngs of people running away from your general direction? Not a problem with this one. I actually recommend wearing it during the day because the tint is so gorgeous, plus it smells pretty good (beachy).
6. I did have a little bit of a problem with both the mixture and the bronzer alone creasing along my neck and inner elbows. However, it was easy to smooth back out there. I just had to keep an eye on it. It happened once or twice soon after I applied.

Later, I tried the sunless tanner on its own. I'm not sure why the final color didn't show up any darker than it did with the 50/50 mixture, but it didn't. I still had a medium reddish-brown tan once I washed all the color guide off, just like before. It faded nicely over the next five days, so I wasn't cursed with "lizard skin" like I sometimes get.

I applied the bronzer alone the next day to give my tan some oomph. It was a little harder to spread on its own, but still looked natural. The color depth didn't change much simply because the sunless tanner's tint is about the same color (the sunless tanner's tint is sheerer on its own than the bronzer, though, so you can tell a difference between the two). The ruboff was also about the same--minimal. It took soap and water to take it off.

The bronzer bottle is heavy, glass, and it's hard to get the product out. If your hands are already slippery from applying some product to your body, you run the risk of tossing the thing clear across the room. I'm not sure if there's a pump available for it, but that would help.

The sunless tanner tube seems to be kind of small, though I've applied it twice all over and I've barely made a dent. It's also pricier than the regular drugstore stuff I tend to buy ($18 for 5 oz). It works sooo much better though.

Oh, I forgot to mention this: If you're going to be carrying around your baby with bronzer on your arm, dress him or her in something dark, too. There's ruboff there, as well. My daughter had streaks on her white shirt because I still have to carry her everywhere. LOL

I hope that makes sense...I'm going to review the Mosaic Bronzer soon. Right now, I have a whining, crabby baby trying to climb into my lap--probably to slap me because I'm a few minutes behind on her second breakfast. LOL

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Maybelline XXL Curl Power Mascara Review

I couldn't find a picture of this one to use, but it's a black and white dual-ended tube with purple accents. If you're familiar with other XXL mascaras, it's the same type of tube, but with purple on it. :)

That's where the comparison stops. This mascara is ten times better than the other XXLs. My biggest beef with those? Flaking. This one stays put, thank goodness, rather than throwing black confetti down my cheeks.

Packaging: No complaints. It's the same kind of packaging as all the other XXL mascaras, as mentioned above. It's also kind of a fat tube with slightly tapered ends, which makes it easier to hold on to and maneuver. My favorite thing about the packaging is the satisfying "click" you feel when you close the caps; you know they're closed. Oh, and the brushes are curved, which should help with the curling part.

Application: I don't usually like primers, but I use them when they're attached because I'm a little OCD that way (or something). I have to use all parts of a product or it drives me nuts. The only reason I don't like primers is because it's one more step to put into a makeup routine in the mornings. They really do help boost volume and length, though, if you get a good one (I like this one, L'Oreal's, and Clinique's).

After letting the primer dry (if you prefer to let it dry first--it's personal preference), apply the other side. Coat over the primer. I like to do two coats to make sure all the white is covered.

I like that the mascara's not too runny like Great Lash, but not super thick like it's about to dry out, either. It grabs onto the lashes and paints them well, but it doesn't splatter everywhere as I pull the brush through.

Results: I wouldn't call this my holy grail mascara or anything like that, but it does lengthen and thicken the lashes. There may be a little bit more of a curl to my lashes than usual, but they tend to curl upward on their own, so it's hard to tell. It did what it said it'd do, just not better than all other mascaras I've ever tried, if that makes sense.

Price: I think I paid $6 for this. I got it as a buy one, get an eyeliner free deal.

Overall: I'd buy it again if it were part of a special deal like the one mentioned above. I wouldn't seek it out to purchase again, though. It may just win me over one day when I run out of mascaras to try and need a new one. It did what it set out to do, and it did it well.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Moisturizing Facial Mask

My face is a desert. Today, however, it was a dessert (har, har). I found this facial mask recipe on Beauty Tyrant that called for a half a banana and two tablespoons of honey. You mix them into a paste (I couldn't quite get it to the right consistency so it looked pretty gross on my face. LOL) and apply. Wait 10-15 minutes and wash it off. You can also use a banana slice cut in half under your eyes to get rid of dark circles while you wait.

Supposedly, the banana combats dryness and the honey works on the acne. I have the worst of three worlds--dry skin and acne, topped with super sensitivity. This sounded like the perfect mask for me:
  • Simple, with few ingredients
  • Natural, so I don't have to worry about chemicals irritating my skin
  • Bananas are moisturizing
  • Honey fights acne
Bonus: It smelled pretty good.

My results weren't knock-me-on-my-butt fantastic, but I'm impressed. Obviously, my acne didn't just go "POOF!" but my face did feel smoother. It probably would've felt like a baby's butt had it been a bit more supple and more moisturized when I was done rinsing off the mask. My skin felt better than after any other mask I've ever used; those tend to make my face feel DRIER than when I started. With this one, my skin felt more moisturized than when I started, but not as moisturized as it needed to be.

I didn't notice a difference with the dark circles. They're still hanging out there, but it's been a long day.

I highly recommend this mask for those with dry skin and/or acne.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Blush Rant

Does anyone else have a problem with their blush fading? I'll put it on in the morning, then within a couple of hours I'm looking pasty again. My skin's dry, so you'd think it'd stick, but it doesn't. So do I want to look like a clown in the AM or a corpse in the PM? That's assuming I don't have time to fix it later. Even if I have time, that doesn't mean I want to have to do it.

New Poll!

I finally got around to putting up a new poll. Sorry it took so long!

Beauty and Brains Unite!

This article makes me happy because I'm tired of seeing female "role models" in the form of empty-headed sex kittens. Sure, most girls want to be cute, but there can be something behind the mascara. However, it kind of makes me sad that nerdy women in heels are newsworthy.

Here's the article:
Geek Girls: Revenge of the Nerdettes

Monday, June 9, 2008

For you edgy mamas out there...

I wouldn't call it a tutorial per se, but it's a walk-through on how I did my makeup this morning. I was inspired by Panacea81's Amy Lee of Evanescence look. It's darker than it appears in the pictures and the video. We have an orange level smog alert, so I won't be leaving the house anyway. Not that dark or bright eye shadow ever stopped me in the past... ;)

Anyway, it really does make blue eyes pop. It's also pretty simple as long as you don't load up your whole lid with color straight from the pencil. Put a little on, then smudge and work from there (Panacea81 does a great job of showing it in her video, though she's using different products). One thing I will say about using the NYX Jumbo Pencils instead of the Shadesticks she used, though: SET IT WITH POWDER. I used NYX's Dark Brown on top after about an hour (yeah, just an hour!) because it was already creasing on me--with a base underneath. With a color that dark, you can't just ignore creasing.

On to the video:

Oh yeah, I forgot! I am so excited now. My father-in-law figured out why my computer was being so weird. We fixed it, and it fixed my ability to upload YouTube videos, so there will be more tutorials coming at you now! I was getting so irritated because I'd try to upload them for hours and it would just die on me.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

If you like MAC's Dazzleglasses...

But hate that they're limited edition or hate the outrageous price for a lip gloss, you. will. loooove Rimmel Kiss Off gloss. A lot of the colors are similar to the Dazzleglasses, BUT they're about $5.00 (compared to, I think, $16.50). They're also not as sticky so you don't (at least I don't) get that goopy ring-around-the-mouth or rip your hair out with your gloss when the wind blows.

I am in love with MAC's Steppin' Out, the only Dazzleglass I bought. My supply is visibly lower every week (even my husband noticed!). Funny, I pulled it out and applied on my way to ULTA. Welllll, lo and behold, I was glancing at the Rimmel display while my husband fed my daughter a smoothie type of drink from the nearby Caribou Coffee to keep her entertained.

I once again found something shiny and had to stop. It's starting to be a theme with me. Anyway, they had a dupe of Steppin' Out. Since I'm not done with Steppin' Out yet, I picked up a different color. This one's called Flashback. It's a whitish-clear with pink, teal, and--I think I detect some gold in there--microglitter (yay, microglitter!).

They are definitely worth checking out. I think there were about 8 colors.

Milani Runway Eyes Single Shadow Review

One word: Ugh.

Like a bird or a redneck, I like shiny things. That means that when I saw the collection of Milani Runway eyes shadows gleaming up at me, smiling and winking, I had to stop and check them out. And then resist the urge to buy one in every color.

"Just one," I told myself. Then my superego (??? Too long since the Psych classes) chimed in, "For now," when my id tried to throw a todderesque tantrum on the floor of my brain. So the most grown-up version of my brain sat down on the floor with me as I tried to decide on the single color to take home and try out. My first thought was to get the black one, but I have too many black shadows and not enough occasions to really dig into them, so I went with Beach Sand, the one that seemed to be a hint darker than my skin tone and packed with silver and pink microglitter shimmer.

When I got home, I used the sponge-tip side of the goofy curved brush included in the compact. The other side is a traditional brush. I haven't tried that side because I think it'd send fairy dust stuff all over the place. Since Tinkerbell's nowhere to be found and I'm not sure how to get down if I do, in fact, find myself flying due to eye shadow fallout, I refrained from using that brush.

Anyway, the swatch I did on my hand with the sponge-tip side turned out to be gorgeous, almost the way water glimmers in the sun. If the water were champagne-colored. The shimmery specks were farther apart than I'd hoped they'd be, so it didn't have quite the metallic sheen I was wishing for, but hey, it was a drugstore shadow so I'll cut it some slack. Then I tried it wet, as the shadow package says to do for more intensity. It was a little better, but still not perfect. I would've deemed it a keeper, IF...

If underneath the top layer of shadow/sparkle, there was more sparkle! Underneath that top layer of pulverized disco ball beauty, there is just slightly shimmery, sorta pretty shadow. Phooey. I have about 14 others that look just like it. The silvery-pink shimmer is what made me think this one was different from all the others.

Always one to root for the underdog a little too long, I tried this on my eyes anyway. I like to give makeup a fair shot before going through the hassle of a return. So this morning I tried it on my eyes. Big mistake. I put it on over MAC Painterly Paint Pot. That part was fine. It even looked really pretty since some of the shimmer was still on top. Heck, I didn't even mind when it crumbled a little bit in the pot as I scooped more color up.

On my eyelids, it's the same color as my skin, so it just looks like I have shimmery lids, but not over the top. I'd call it an almost-no-makeup look, actually. The shimmer's not that obvious. The surprise came later. A few hours after I put it on, the inner corner of my right eye was swollen and sore. This thing's definitely going back to the store.

Overall, I would prefer to throw this shadow against the wall, scrape the pieces from the floor, and then burn them. However, here are the positives: It's a very soft shadow. It's also very subtle, especially once you get past the really sparkly top layer. Oh, and it's cheap: $6, though you can find Milani BOGO or BOGO-half-off quite often. The biggest pro for me? I can return it to CVS and get my money back because they have a really good return policy. So does Walgreens. Not sure about Wal-mart and Target as far as used cosmetics are concerned, but I don't think you can get Milani products there anyway.

Saturday, May 31, 2008

Mama! Mama! Book!

I'm the horrible type of mom who sticks her kid in the playpen so I can eat breakfast in peace. Kidding on the horrible part in case you didn't get my 11:48 PM humor. ;) A few days ago, I was hunched over my laptop, doing my normal mindless routine to get my brain jump started, spooning up my ham and cheese instant grits and sipping on my happy juice (aka: coffee).

It took me a minute to snap out of my zone, but I did it to the tune of "Mama!?!? Mama!?!?" I responded with my usual, "What, baby?" expecting more babble. Instead, I was met with the coolest thing I have ever seen: She was holding up her teething book by the blue plastic "spine" and telling me, "Book!" I did not even know she knew that word. LOL She's never repeated it back to me like she has with ball, dog, etc.

I was so excited, I started calling people like I did on the day I got engaged and then on the day I found out I was pregnant.

So in honor of "Book!" I'm going to post a few of my favorite beauty books.

In case you couldn't tell, I think Kevyn Aucoin was amaaazing. All of these books are full of so many tips and techniques, I couldn't begin to describe them all. I checked the Color Me Beautiful book out at the library back in Fitzgerald...err, Fish Barrel...when I was in middle school. I've been a makeup addict for way too long! LOL

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Nireyna's Kim Kardashian Look

Remember when I was talking about Kim Kardashian's makeup? Nireyna on YouTube has an absolutely STUNNING version:

I think I'm going to try this one for my girls' night out this weekend! Hopefully I'll have enough prep time. The cool thing about this look is the fact that you can substitute any color for that grayish purple she uses and totally update it based on what you're wearing or your coloring. I bet you can get this one down to just a few minutes if you're not worried about it being completely perfect.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

The Outer V

I found this MakeupGeekTV video on YouTube about how to get the color perfect on the elusive "outer V":

Hope you enjoy!

Friday, May 16, 2008

ELF Lip Gloss Review

Someone asked me to do a review of ELF Cosmetics since they're so cheap (and who doesn't love a great deal?!?!), so I found the ELF gloss I picked up a few towns over. It's called Fairy and it's a light, shimmery pink. It's sheer enough to barely show up, but I bet it'd look sexaaay over hot pink or red lips. It looks good on its own for color-phobes, too.

Something I forgot to mention on the video: The bristles are kind of splayed out, at least on the one I got. It's not horrible, but there's a stray one poking out here and there, and the brush is pretty flimsy overall. Still, not a deal breaker for the price. I'd expect more if I bought it at a department store, but $1? Eh. I'll get over it. :)


Thursday, May 15, 2008

Day to Night Look

Thank goodness YouTube finally worked. I've had this video sitting on my desktop for a couple of weeks, trying periodically to get it to upload. Usually YouTube just dies on me after it pretends to be uploading for a while. I was getting so discouraged, but it worked today!

This is a daytime look that you can turn into a nighttime look with a few more products. Who wants to wash off their makeup so they can start over? My skin's too sensitive to do that very often, so I like looks that I can just add to for more drama.

I used mostly MAC products, but you can easily find similar colors at the drugstore. I'm going to list the colors here from memory, so let me know if there's something in the video that you need to know more about in order to find a drugstore dupe:

Shroom: Satin pale beige
Soba: Light satiny golden brown
Crystal: Icy lavender, satin
Shale: Medium-tone, reddish plum-mauve, satin
Smolder: Dark black, smudgy liner
Any black volumizing mascara
Blushbaby: Medium-tone, sheer pinky-beige blush
Lovechild: Rosy mauve lipgloss with copper shimmer

I only got pics of the nighttime look, but here's another one, this time with eyes open:

Friday, May 9, 2008

YouTube Issues and Baby Pictures

Hey! I haven't dropped completely off the planet. I have a couple of videos ready to go, but YouTube's working against me. It'll pretend to be uploading for about ten minutes, but then it dies. I'm going to keep trying. In the meantime, I will be doing some product reviews and other things that don't necessarily require video. But first, some baby pics, since they're easy and I'm typing with one hand right now.

What happens when Daddy changes the diaper...she looks appalled, doesn't she? "Bloomers on my head? Like, oh m' gaaaah. Daaaad."

"Arrrrrrrr! To the gangplank with you! That's where I send all the people who can already walk!"

This is her stinky face. We'll blame it on the dog.

Friday, May 2, 2008

Hooray for Sleep!

I'm in a pretty good mood this morning. The past few nights have been horrible because my daughter's been waking up a lot, then waking up at 6:00 or so and refusing to go back to sleep (she normally would go back to sleep until 9:00 or 10:00, and that's when I got all my stuff done).

Last night, we fed her at 8:30 and tried to put her to bed. She was not having it. So she watched Grey's Anatomy with us and promptly passed out after that. That girl didn't wake up until 8:30! Yay!

This morning, she's trying to learn how to crawl, but apparently forgetting how to look at the camera:
And so it's makeup-related, I'll post a couple of pics of my FOTD (face of the day). I've been doing a lot of softer looks lately. It doesn't look like I'm in a good mood, based on the pics. Hahaha:

Here's what I used:
MAC Stillife Paint (I hope they don't completely discontinue these, but it looks like Paint Pots are taking over for the paints and shadesticks)
MAC Melon Pigment on the inner half of the lid
MAC Kitschmas Pigment on the outer half of the lid
MAC Violet Pigment on the crease, all the way across
Bourjois Loose Shadow (kind of a maroon color?) #10 on outer V
Bourjois Loose Shadow (shimmery champagne color) #2 to highlight
I Feel Pretty Products Gel Liner in Black Cherry
Maybelline's new dual-ended curling mascara that I'm forgetting the name of (Curl Power?) but need to review, Very Black
That looks like a lot, but it's really not. Hey, that rhymed. And my coffee maker just chimed.

Maybelline Mineral Power Liquid Foundation
Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer
Maybelline Mineral Power Pressed Powder
MAC Light Flush Mineralized Skin Finish

MAC Viva Glam VI Lip Glass

Thursday, May 1, 2008

She still loves it!

Here's a clip from my daughter watching herself dance to Peanut Butter Jelly Time. She's got a lot more moves now. LOL

Yeah, her shirt's way too big, but she needed something cool to wear, the red caught her eye, and I gave in. ;) Her daddy and grandpa are both really into comics.

After my last post, here's a smile:

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Sorry I haven't posted in a while...

I went out of town to visit my dad for his birthday and give him some yummy freshly roasted coffee and a grinder since, as far as I know, you can't get it that way down in his neck of the woods. Oh, and I don't recommend overnight trips with a 7.5-month old, just so you know. Not if you value sleep like I do. All in all, though, it was a good trip.

After I got back, I found out that one of my friends--and a fellow mom (of three)--had passed away. She was only 33. It's hard to get in the posting mood when something like that just jerks the rug out from under you. My heart breaks for her children and for all the people whose lives she touched. There were so many; it seems that everyone who even just barely knew her fell in love with her vivacious personality. She taught everyone who knew her about generosity, compassion, and love, and she will truly be missed.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Cover Girl Eye Enhancers 4-Kit Shadows, Ice Princess Review

I want to start this off with a funny story: I was about to try to take pics of my makeup today, and I had the Cover Girl website open in Firefox so I could make sure the product I have hasn't been discontinued (I bought it a long time ago). It was loading; I'd forgotten it was there.

Right as I got iPhoto open and started to take a pic, Cover Girl's website started saying, "Girl. I see you, girl." Go listen! Freaked me right out. I was wondering what kind of weirdo virus I had, but it was their ad with Drew Barrymore that pops up and plays when you load the site. LOL

I decided to visit the "rarely used" makeup drawer today and dig around for a face that didn't involve MAC stuff at all. Here's what I used:

Cover Girl Eye Enhancers 4-Kit Shadows in Ice Princess (review to follow)
I Feel Pretty Gel Liner in Black Cherry (Black with red hints; very hard to describe)
Maybelline Define-A-Lash in Black
ULTA Lip Gloss in some random pink color (I forgot the name of it, but it's a medium cool pink)
Benefit Thrrrob Blush (pinkish-plum)

I skipped the foundation because I'm trying to take it easy on my skin. Anyway, minus the fact that I should've put on foundation (LOL), the whole look meshed well together (for those of you who have the quad or want the quad and are looking for ideas). It's a whole pink/purple-toned look to welcome spring.

Here's a picture just for kicks, though in all fairness, the colors are washed out a little more than they should be. Ignore everything but the shadow. As makeup artist Billy B would say, I am a "hot mess":

Here's my review on the shadow palette:

Initial impression: Colors are pretty, but kind of chalky. There's no "color pop" here, even over Urban Decay Primer Potion. However, if you prefer really sheer application, these may be right up your alley. I also used brushes rather than the sponge-tip applicator that came with it, so that probably lightened the effect overall.

The colors: Pale lilac that I used as a wash from the lash line to brow, icy blue with a slight purple tinge that I used on the inner half of my top lid, bold violet for the outer half of my top lid, plum for the crease. The bold violet and plum have the best color payoff and they're the least chalky. Still, for those of you who like to use the darkest shadow in a palette as eyeliner, this one's probably not going to give you the powerful color you need to line with.

The package: Typical of Cover Girl's packaging. There's the clear plastic lid with hinges attaching to a dark blue base. Not flimsy, but I wouldn't want to step on it or leave it to bang around in my purse without the protection of a makeup bag.

The price: I think I paid $6 or $7, so not a bad deal for four shadows, even though the quality's not the best. You can buy this and still get your kid a toy--in the same store, even. LOL

Would I purchase again? Nah. I think for a few more bucks, I could get shadows that weren't so chalky. There's a similarly colored palette in Revlon's ColorStay line that's a lot better. They aren't chalky at all.

Monday, April 21, 2008

A-lurkin' we will go...a-lurkin' we will go...!

If you're out there lurking, I'd love to hear from you! Say hey or something. Bloggers love comments. LOL

Maybe one day I'll do a contest like some of the other bloggers I've seen. We're always fishing for a discussion.

Have a great week!



Here lately, my daughter won't let anyone else put her to bed. Why? Because she wants to hear Deana Carter's Strawberry Wine as she goes to sleep. I'm the parent with all the words memorized (plus I'm not sure how it'd sound with a male voice singing it), so I'm the lucky one. Hubby gets stuck with bottle-washing duty, poor guy! The singing thing all started because Strawberry Wine's one of the few songs I actually do know all the words to. I wonder if playing the CD would be as effective? It would definitely sound better! Ha!

With strawberries on the brain, I thought I'd introduce you to a strawberry mask I found over at It uses strawberries, freshly ground oats, and lemon essential oil. My face is too dry and sensitive for it, but it's designed for oily skin anyway.

Prefer to eat the strawberries in your cereal as opposed to smearing them on your face? No problem. You can still enjoy the hot spring and summer color by wearing the shade on your lips. Here are a few to try:

MAC Sashimi Mimi
MAC Strawbaby (from the Fafi collection, so it'll be gone soon)
Stila Cherry Crush Lip Stain (yeah, I know it says cherry--not strawberry. It looks brighter on some people though. LOL)
L'Oreal Color Juice Sheer Juicy Lip Gloss Berry Burst
Maybelline Volume XL Seduction Lip Plumper Fully Blushed

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Top 5 Beauty Products

My top 5 beauty products right now (but always subject to change--LOL) are:
1. The NARS Laguna/Orgasm bronzer/blush duo (I learned last night to apply the bronzer part like a "W" across my face--on cheekbones and across the bridge of the nose, then I added the blush part on just the apples of my cheeks). I just pulled this one out again for the first time this year. I like it even more than I did last year.
2. MAC Painterly Paint Pot for a base (much better IMO than the Urban Decay Primer Potion that keeps getting all the love!)
3. Cover Girl Perfect Point Plus eyeliner in Onyx (though I love them all)
4. MAC Lovechild lipglass (this is my all-time favorite lip gloss, despite the stickiness)
5. Cover Girl Lash Blast Mascara in Very Black

What are yours?

For what it's worth, I had on most of these things today (substitute Lovechild for a MAC Fleshpot lipstick/Babied Lip Lacquer combo) and my husband kept telling me how cute I looked. I also had on Clinique Supermoisture Foundation, plus MAC Mauvement pigment on my lids (quick--get it before it sells out on the website and goes away forever!).

Friday, April 18, 2008

Shimmery Summer Makeup Look

I used MAC's Tan pigment on my eyes, lips, and cheeks for a shimmery summer look. I skipped the liner, but it'd look great with a thick or thin line of black across the upper lashes. I like this look because it takes about 2 minutes to do (foundation and everything included!) and it's not overdone. Great for girls who feel like they need something on before they can go out in the world. :)

I couldn't use my video camera like I wanted to. I set it up, but it was just...weird. So iMovie it is again:

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Instant Glamour with False Lashes

After an eyelash mishap the other day that still has me blushing, I set out to re-learn the art of false lashes. I used to be pretty good at it, but that was a long time ago. It was time to freshen up my skills, so I set out to find the best YouTube video about applying falsies. Here it is (and I love this girl's style!):

After three tries and a couple of my real lashes glued to the side of my head, I think they turned out pretty good! I was going to include a pic but when I put it on Blogger, it ends up taking away a lot of detail. Since we're just looking at lashes, detail's really important. Anyway, you know that tip they give models about thinking of something happy/sad/philosophical to avoid a psychotic blank stare in photographs? Yeah...I didn't do it, so I'll spare you the nightmares. But I think the lashes look pretty good! I just followed the tutorial above.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Facial Masks

Have you regrettably traded in that pregnancy glow for the dull, tired skin that comes with the all-night worrying of motherhood? It's time to brighten up!

I could post about my experiences with facial masks, but I have really dry, sensitive skin, so what works for me may not work for you. I will say this: I am a fan of finding products in my kitchen--or at least inexpensively in the grocery store--to make all-natural skin treatments. I'm not keen on paying $40 for masks from department stores. The simple stuff will do.

Self Sufficientish has a nice list of DIY masks with very few ingredients, all things you can get at the grocery store. I feel way better about putting products on my skin when I can pronounce all the ingredients. I can't wait to try the Nourishing Face Mask for Dry Skin.

If you try any on the list, let me know how they turn out!

Oily Hair's a Good Thing?

It is if you shampoo later!

Late the other night, I read on one of my favorite messageboards that coconut oil is great for the hair. Apparently, it penetrates the hair shaft better than the jojoba oil I've been trying to use up on my hair since I decided I don't like it much for my face.

Not much for procrastinating when it comes to fun stuff (haha, who is?), I sent my dear husband out for the purest coconut oil he could find because he likes the grocery store and I don't. That reminds me, I have a single slice of Edward's French Silk pie with the chocolate crust in the freezer from his most recent trip...*Note to self: Eat it. Anyway, he came back that night saying it was nearly impossible to find at the grocery store and that he, "had to check the hippie food section" to locate it.

A quick thank-you smooch and I was off to the upstairs bathroom to saturate my hair with it. I wasn't expecting it to be so hard! The actual oil, not the process of getting it into my hair. I wrecked my nails digging it out, but as soon as I rubbed it between my palms, it turned into what I expected. You know, something oily.

I coated all of my hair from root to tip and left it on for an hour or two. When I shampooed my hair, it felt fantastically soft. I conditioned afterward, but I'm not sure I really needed to. I skipped it the second time I used the oil and it was fine (I never skip conditioner otherwise).

It makes it less obvious that I haven't had a professional trim in, oh, about a year.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Super Quick Smokey Eyes Tutorial

I tried this the other night and got it done in about a minute, so I decided to do a tutorial. It doesn't go as quickly in the video as it did in my bathroom, obviously, because I had to talk through the video. :)

This is a great smokey eye solution for moms because they only have a few minutes of quiet while their kids nap or they're occupied chewing on cell phones...LOL Kidding, kidding. But seriously, if you like dramatic eyes but you don't have a lot of time, this is a great way to get that smoldering look. The best part is, you can do a light version for day, then darken it up for night. The actual look I did was pretty dark, though it doesn't show well in the video. Glad I picked such a deep charcoal! LOL

Also, watching the video again, I wish I'd smudged the liner more and taken the edge of the shadow up and out more (outer corners). I need to exaggerate things for the camera. I think I will try using the video camera rather than the iSight on my computer next time and see if that helps.


Sunday, April 13, 2008

Hey, You--I Want Your Thoughts

I've been at this blogging thing since January. I'm a newbie. At this rate, I'm just learning to hold up my head okay, sucking on my fingers (yay, I found them!), and maybe laughing a little (and you know by this age it isn't just gas). I wouldn't say I'm sitting up on my own, crawling, or walking--and I'm definitely not running yet. I'm starting to recognize familiar faces, but don't worry, I don't burst into tears that turn my face purple when I see new people, either. I welcome it. There might even be a big toothless grin in it for them.

What I'm trying to say is, my blog's about three months old and I'm still feeling very new to the blogging world. I love exploring through it, but--just like with my own, real daughter--I want it to succeed. I want people to like it. I want it to be, well, perfect (but don't tell my blog. Don't want to put pressure on it or anything).

So I want your feedback! What would you like to see more of? Baby pictures, tutorials (and feel free to make requests if you have them), funny stories, random beauty tips I pull from here and there (I've been slacking on these in some ways, but I've been trying to incorporate them into the tutorials), product reviews, etc? Is there something I haven't done that you'd like to see?

One thing I'm toying with that I'm not sure if I can do is scheduled blog posts. Some people have certain types of posts they put up on certain days of the week. I could do, say, Funny Friday (just an example), or Tutorial Tuesday...things like that. Do you like knowing what you'll find, or do you like just seeing when you get here?

Caught in the Men's Restroom!

What's an old guy to think when he attempts to open the unlocked door of a men's restroom in a Caribou Coffee only to find it blocked? And then when he apologizes upon realizing there's someone in there, is met by a woman's voice saying, "Oh, it's ok!"--followed by a man's "It's ok!" Yeah, I thought so too.

I can only hope that he put all the pieces together when he saw me emerge with my husband and a nearly nude baby in tow. From the look on his face when he dashed past us when we came back out, I'd say he just thought we were some weird, weird people. Everybody else at his table and near his table probably thought so too. So here's what really happened:

Since it's really hard to concentrate on your own potty needs while you've got a baby strapped to a changing table (ok, it's nearly impossible, because she's either going to roll off mid-tinkle, or you're just not going to get to go), my husband agreed to change our daughter's diaper while I took care of my own need for a restroom. I started out in the women's room, as all good girls usually do when faced with a door for ladies and a door for gentlemen.

When I was done, I sat at a table and waited for him to come back from the men's room so we could order our drinks. A minute or so later, I saw his head poke out, and he said, "Excuse me" like he wanted someone to go grab me. I popped my head around from the opposite direction and he asked me to come in and help him with our daughter.

I went into the room and saw that she had suddenly learned to walk, jump, and turn faucets to the "on" mode and had leapt into the sink, turned on the water, and jumped back to the changing table where she then managed to strap herself in. Ok, not really, but her clothes were drenched. Badly. Normally we have a change of clothes in the diaper bag, but dang it if she didn't grow over the past few months, causing us to give her "spare" to her cousin, thinking we'd replace it later. We forgot.

In our flustered state and somewhere between my husband's, "I just had the diaper off for TWO seconds!!!" and my, "Wow! You really did pee yourself!" we'd forgotten to lock the door. Suddenly, it opened and caught the edge of the changing table. All the man on the other side could see was me. All he could say? An embarrassed, "Oh, excuse me!"

My husband and I both said our own, "It's okay"--me from where he could see me, my husband from further behind the door. The door shut quickly and we continued sopping up the mess (they had NO paper towels! But they did have a nice supply of see-through toilet paper).

We couldn't salvage the outfit no matter how hard we tried, especially with no hand dryer, so we just took it off of her. At that point, all she was wearing was a diaper and a bucket hat with Velcro straps. We tried to shield her with a thin receiving blanket we had in the bag, but she just kept kicking it off. Little nudist. She just wanted to throw her head back and feel the nice April breeze in her...belly button.

At that point, we just hit the drive-thru.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Kim Kardashian's Makeup

I hardly know who the girl is (Kim, that is), but I saw a link to her website on where she discusses her makeup routine (can't wait for her video where she walks us through!). I have to say, every time I see a pic of her (quite frequently when I'm hanging out on makeup sites), her makeup is absolutely stunning.

Anyway, I didn't do smokey eyes today, but I did try out a similar lip combo since I had two of the three things she uses for her lips (MAC Stripdown pencil and MAC Angel lipstick), and a good dupe for the third thing (She uses NARS Turkish Delight and I have MAC Prrr). It's my new favorite combo.

The colors are easy to copy with drugstore brands, too. The pencil's a light brownish nude, the lipstick's a pretty neutral light-medium pink/rose with a hint of frost, and the lip gloss is a milky peachy-pink. You've got to try it out! I think it'll be flattering on just about everybody. Now, I've got her lip color...if only I could get that body!

FitFlops Update

Just a quick update on FitFlops :

Still loving them. I've been wearing them pretty much non-stop since I got them (a week? Two?), from the time I get up in the morning 'til the time I go to bed. They're still comfortable. I have no lower back pain (I tend to get it--not from shoes, but just in general). My hubby even commented on my butt (Woo!).

I don't know how much visible toning I've managed to get, but I can definitely feel a difference in my thighs, calves, and butt. My lower half is firmer. I've worked out maybe twice since I got them, so it's not gym time that's doing it. Gotta be the shoes.

I guess there's some "TMI" in my post now, but I'll leave it to you to find it. ;)

Asleep on the Job

I told her I'd give her vanilla custard with bananas for lunch if she'd just do my work for me...she wasn't as enthusiastic as I'd hoped.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Marc Jacobs Daisy Smells Gooood

It's fun-loving, feminine, and florally-fresh enough to make a mom feel like a girl again.
The notes are: Strawberry, Violet Leaves, Ruby Red Grapefruit, Gardenia, Violet Petals, Jasmine Petals, Musk, Vanilla, White Woods. Mmm...perfect for spring and summer.

Dramatic Look with Neutrals

Someone showed me a Chanel video and asked for MAC shadow recommendations. I played around with it this morning and came up with a similar look, though my pictures didn't turn out the way I'd hoped. I keep forgetting to charge the battery on my digital camera so I'm stuck with whatever iPhoto can produce. I've tried it out with different lighting, but I still couldn't get much detail (except it likes to make my liner look horrid, but it's okay in real life).

I'll give a pretty detailed breakdown since you can't really see from the pics what exactly I did.

*Foundation of your choice, and conceal anything you feel that you need to (I used Revlon Skinlights in Bare Light and Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer in Fair).
*Prime your lids from lash line to brows with whatever you like to use, but make sure it's matte and it matches your skin tone fairly well (I used Painterly Paint Pot from MAC but a lot of girls like Urban Decay's Primer Potion).
*Highlight from crease to brow with Vanilla eye shadow with a fluffy brush. This is an almost-matte beige-white color.
*On the lid, use a darker beige. I used Llama from MAC. I think Llama's discontinued, but a good second choice would be Shroom (though it's got a tiny bit of shimmer).
*In the crease, I did a thick band of MAC's Satin Taupe (slightly shimmery gray-brown) with a medium-sized brush. By thick, I mean (on my eye, but I have a lot of room to play) I did about 1/4 inch of it, counting where I blended up into the highlight color. I took it from inner corner to outer corner.
*Once the Satin Taupe was blended into the Vanilla eye shadow without any harsh lines remaining, I took MAC's Mystery (dark, cool brown) with a smaller brush and drew a fairly harsh line right in the deepest part of my crease where I started the Satin Taupe. I blended that up, leaving a trace of the harsh line for a more defined look. I didn't cover all of the Satin Taupe--maybe half--because I wanted a gradient.
*The look on the Chanel site featured a LOT of black liner. I wanted it kind of smudgy at the lash lines, so I used Stila's Convertible Eye Color Pencil in Onyx and smudged it with the sponge tip at the end on the top. On the bottom, below my lash line, I used that same smaller brush from earlier, dipped in Mystery, and smudged it downward just a bit.
*I lined the bottom waterline with Onyx as well and blinked hard to put it on the top waterline too (I have a hard time lining up there). For a MAC liner, try Smolder Eye Kohl or Feline Power Kohl (Kohl Power?)
*On top of the Onyx on the top lid, I added a liquid liner from Bourjois. Again, MAC has a black liquid liner you can use (Boot Black?) or you can use Blacktrack Fluidline (which I personally love, but I was too lazy to worry with a brush today).
*All liner is from inner corner to outer corner. The eye is pretty much completely rimmed in black.
*Added a lot of black volumizing mascara--Cover Girl Lash Blast here, but MAC's Plush Lash is great.
*To contour cheeks, I used Strada blush under my cheekbone, stopping two fingers' width from my mouth. I sweep it on from the hairline to the cheek, then blend down. To highlight, I wanted to use a matte white shadow, but unfortunately I keep finding shimmery ones that look matte in the store. LOL I used Wet 'n' Wild's Gypsy. It's too shimmery. Don't use that one. ;) Apply on top of cheekbones, on finger's width from the corner of your eye, ending where you ended with the Strada blush. Blend it downward.
*Blush: BeneFit's Thrrrob. It's my favorite--kind of a mauvey-plum color with barely any shimmer. I put that on between where I put the highlight/contour colors--right on my cheekbone.
*Lipstick: Couldn't remember what kind of lipstick/gloss the lady in the video had on, but I used MAC's Sequin, which is just a rosy plum with frost on me.

Notes: The overall eye look is darker and more dramatic in real life. To make it day-friendly, you can lay off the black liner and do a single, thin line instead. To add drama, you can use Carbon in the place of Mystery.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Becoming a Mom Took Me Full-Circle

Have you ever had something happen in your life that took you from the type of person you didn't mind being (enjoyed being, actually), to the type of person you despised? Were you so busy fighting an uphill battle to just make it through the days that you didn't have the energy to work on yourself, make yourself back into that person you used to be while one thing after another pummeled you to the ground?

And did some other event lift you back up to the person you used to be, something just as mind-numbingly fabulous as the other thing was tragic? What was it?

For me, becoming a mom made me feel like I was able to go through the transformation I'd been longing for. It's funny, because I still don't have much time to work on myself, but the sheer joy of waking up every morning (and sometimes 4 AM--LOL) makes it easy to be me again. I won't get into the "tragic" event because it's in the past and goodness knows I obsessed about it long enough.

But anyway, I was having a moment of enlightenment, thinking back over the past few years, and I thought I'd share it with you. Now I'm interested to hear what big events in your life have sculpted you into someone you don't mind referring to as "Me."

I Feel Pretty Dry Shampoo Demo

Who really has time to wash and dry/style their hair every day? Especially not moms with little ones! I got my hands on a sample of I Feel Pretty's Pretty Quick Dry-Clean Shampoo. That saved me about an hour, and I could keep an eye on my daughter the whole time I used it (you can hear her playing in her playpen in the video. LOL). Can't do that in the shower or while drying/straightening my hair.

In the video, I forgot to say that it comes in a pretty blue 1 oz. bottle with a flip-top lid for $7.50. I'll be ordering a full-sized one soon (plus I forgot to order some face wash, so I need to make another order one day in the near future). It only comes in that light color, but it doesn't matter. I have dark hair and the powder completely vanished.

I feel like such a cheese-monkey recording and uploading myself on the phone, but I thought my daughter was going to start babbling at herself so I turned the camera back on. She was talking a whole lot more before I hit the Record button. LOL

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

BeneFit's Erase Paste

Don't you hate when love at first sight turns out to be a worthless waste of energy?

I won't say that BeneFit's Erase Paste is worthless because I'm sure it works for some people, and for the first few days I tried it, I thought I'd stumbled across my holy grail concealer. Unfortunately, the search continues, though I hope the guys from the Monty Python movies stay wherever Netflix wants to stash them (please, please, not my porch; I don't need any cheesy, migraine-inducing company while I search for my own holy grail).

Like any kid, I ran upstairs to my bathroom to get to work on my undereye circles as soon as I got home with my purchase. I opened the container (a cute little plastic tub with a screw-top lid and a mini spatula to dig it out with) and was shocked by the amount of peach in there (I got the Fair one, but I'd imagine the Medium and Dark ones are similarly tinted). I thought, "No way is that going to work!" Sure enough, though, I looked more rested than I think I ever have in my life (allergies...I didn't exactly party it up all night as a 4th grader) after applying the way the instructions said to (scoop out a small amount with the spatula and use your ring finger to apply from the outer corners in and blend).

It's thick stuff--think of Silly Putty, but a tad more liquid so that you actually can spread it around a little (and about the same color as the original Silly Putty, now that I think about it)--but I need thick concealer to cover the circles. Thin, runny concealer just ticks me off because it won't cover like I want it to and I don't have the patience to put on 42 layers to lighten the area under my eyes to a dull green-gray.

The first day, the Erase Paste looked great. The next day, still good, but not as perfect as I'd thought it was. The third day, I tried setting with powder to stop the downward migration and wrinkle-emphasizing. It's almost like it was too heavy/emollient to stay put. I tried it with eye cream underneath and without. I tried it with powder and without. I tried foundation first, then foundation after. I tried different amounts of concealer, trying to find the magic amount for coverage + longevity - lines.

I'd say it's the best concealer I've found overall, but for the price, I can find something at the drugstore (well, about 4 somethings at the drugstore...). Maybelline can highlight my wrinkles and discolor my discoloration instead, for $20 less.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Free Shipping from Stila

If you were hoping to order something from Stila, now's the time!

Is It Too Early...?

Being intelligent is a beautiful thing in itself (and it lasts a lot longer than the usual hair/makeup stuff I talk about on here!), so I'm trying to do as much as I can for my daughter's brain development. One of the ideas I had was to get some fairly large, blank white index cards and put a simple word (cat, hat, etc) in English on there, followed by the Spanish word, plus a pic. Do you think it's too early? I know they'll hold her attention as long as I make the drawings colorful (she loves the other artwork I did for her room! LOL), but is it too much, too fast? She's 7 months old. I'd read the stuff on the cards to her, of course, and eventually get her to repeat them. LOL I'm hoping she'd start recognizing certain words if I did this, which might make it easier to teach her to read later. My goal is for her to read before starting school.

We're working on sign language, but I only know a few signs. Her grandparents are all over that stuff, but they don't see her often enough to teach her on their own. She laughs at me and tries to copy the sign for "I Love You" but it's kind of hard for little fingers so she doesn't have it down yet. hehe

Here's some sign language inspiration for you guys out there with babies:, HairArt, and Frederic Fekkai--Opinions?

I ended up on this morning and found out they're carrying Stila and Smashbox now. I've never tried Smashbox, but I love me some Stila. Maybe they have some of the stuff I couldn't find at Ulta...Hmm...I might look around for it. I love that you get samples when you order.

Apparently, spring makes me want to shop. I'm a sucker for pastels and brights, and that pretty much covers spring and then summer. I'm wondering about the (pink!!!) straightening iron in the picture, there, the HairArt Ionic Tourmailne Ceramic Iron 1 3/8 , Model H3000 Deluxe, Pink in that picture. I've found a few reviews, and they're all excellent, but I'd feel better with a lot more reviews to read. Does anyone have any experience with these? I want to be able to curl my hair with it, too, like that tutorial I posted a couple of weeks ago.

I have a CHI now, but I bought it when I was 19 and I think it's in the process of an extended near-death experience. It doesn't do as well as it used to. I'm okay with an upgrade to another model, especially if it's pink, but I want to know it'll perform as well as my CHI used to.

I'm also wondering about the Frederic Fekkai Glossing Cream, With Pure Olive Oil because I know olive oil does miracles for hair and skin--whether you eat it or just apply it straight.

(Sorry about all the links, y'all...I was on there and thought I'd make Mother's Day shopping for my hubby easy while I was getting some feedback about specific products from you guys. *wink wink nudge nudge* LOL We were looking at CHI irons yesterday and he was asking me about different models because he's awesome like that.)

Monday, April 7, 2008

FitFlops: Walk Better

I bought some FitFlops in green Friday night and I've been living in them since. They're similar to Crocs in the way they make your body feel when you walk (more aligned and functional?). By the end of Saturday, I was sort of sore in the thigh/butt areas, and when I woke up Saturday morning I was already feeling a bit of tightness in my calves. It's a good sore--like I had a light workout--not the kind of sore I get after prancing around in stilettos for an afternoon.

It's too soon to tell if I'm getting any serious toning from them, but I expect a little bit based on the way they make my lower body feel. I hadn't worked out in weeks prior to putting them on, by the way.

They're also super-comfortable, so even if I don't get noticeable toning from them, my feet, legs, hips, and back will thank me anyway. I wish they had more styles available, but I guess they'd have to change their name then, huh? LOL