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:
Gilded
Mischief
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.












Face:
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)
Concealer

Lips:
MAC New York Apple, lightly

Eyes:
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 LE...it'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.

Complaints:
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