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!

:D

Strawberries!


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 MakeYourOwnCosmetics.com. 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.

video

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 Pursebuzz.com 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:

Beauty.com, HairArt, and Frederic Fekkai--Opinions?

Beauty.com

I ended up on Beauty.com 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

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Exfoliate Your Lips with Sugar and Honey

Hey there, Sweet Lips! You can get soft, yummy lips with stuff in your kitchen. It's cheap, it's quick, it tastes good, it moisturizes while removing flakes, and it works. Here's what you need:
  • About 1/8 teaspoon of sugar
  • Small drop of honey
  • Vaseline or your favorite chapstick
That's it! I just mixed the honey and the sugar in my hand until I got the consistency I wanted and rubbed it on in a circular motion. I then rubbed my lips together as if I'd just put on lipstick. I couldn't resist licking my lips a little when I had it on there. LOL I rubbed in circular motions for about 45 seconds, then rinsed with water. I always put Vaseline on my lips at night, so I used that for additional moisture. My lips have never felt this good!

Cardioke...And Being a Mom Makes You Crazy

My sister and I were standing in my kitchen the other day talking about competitive moms.

"Being a mama makes you crazy!" I told her. Even the cold water running over my hands as I washed a second massive load of bottles couldn't put out the slightly wild fire in my eyes that fueled my words and made me look, well, crazy. I'm not one of those competitive moms, no sirree bob-taaail. Ok, so I don't initiate competitions in Target, and most certainly not while poking out my newly acquired Happy Mother's Day (early) boobies in a [nicely fitted, at least] velour sweatsuit. Can you tell this has happened to me? LOL

I'm standing there, minding my own business on my quest for the perfect just-shimmery-enough pink lip gloss and I'm practically the victim of guerrilla warfare. The other moms have been watching me from the shadows of the endcaps, decked out in smeared pink blusher and heavy black liner to blend in with the signage and prevent glare. Suddenly I hear, "Ohhh, how old is she? My baby's so big for his age! And he's got two teeth already!" Umm...good? Feed him something? And yourself too? Yeah, you know, at the other end of the store where they serve pizza? And then they are gone. I'm surprised there are no muddy footprints left behind.

Ok, back to the original point: Being a mom makes you cah-RAY-zee.

Crazy enough to buy Billy Blanks, Jr.'s new Cardioke DVD not for the workout itself, but for the multi-tasking ability of calorie burning for mommy, entertainment for baby. What's more entertaining for a kid than to watch his/her mom dancing around, red-faced, and singing (*ahem* badly) out loud? Big wheeels, keep on turnin'. Proud Mary keep on rollin'. Rollin! Rollin!...Then there's the dreaded, "Do your own thing to cool down a little" part. I'm extremely challenged in the rhythm department and do much better with instructions. I'm good at the Hokey-Pokey.

The sad part is, having her watch me makes me feel better about making an idiot of myself. At least I have an excuse, right? She's quiet and I can do other things (like work) during her nap time. But I have to say, I still feel pretty crazy during and after the workout.

Anyway, here's what I think of the workout, all craziness aside:
  • It entertains the kid, so that's a plus. I imagine when she's old enough, she'll want to do it with me. Ha!
  • I really was red-faced. It wears you out. I felt like I got a great workout. I was sweating and breathing hard. It was almost like the dogs got out of the fence again and I had to chase them up and down the hills with a baby in my belly. I was also sore the next day.
  • If you were ever in Show Choir--or you ever wanted to be--this will be a fun step back in time. I was in Show Choir for a year and I loved every minute. This was almost as good, but didn't include sequins.
  • It didn't take that much room, which is also good because I have a living room full of playpens and other toys.
  • Overall, I think it's a good, fun cardio workout that lasts roughly an hour. If I keep it up, maybe I'll burn off some of the fat on my middle.