Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Embrace the tiny moments of joy...

A few days ago, I was driving to Starbucks along the winding road that takes me past the school, the drugstore, etc...nothing exciting. But as I lifted my gaze slightly, I noticed that the leaves' color was still shifting to an intense yellow. It was beautiful against the gloomy gray, drizzly sky. At that moment, I felt so in overwhelmed with joy. I had my brilliant, funny little girl in the back, I had good Christmas tunes coming out of the speakers at me, and I won't lie...I was pretty happy about the small red cup full of minty-chocolate goodness that was about to make its way into my hands. Cruising along that damp black road through mundane buildings, past other cars, there was an intense wash of joy that made its way over me. Cherish the little things (and the resulting random moments of bliss) and remember that sometimes the only way beauty can announce itself and be admired is by standing against a dim background, like the chartreuse leaves against the slate sky. How else would we know to appreciate it? Just lift your eyes upward a bit, calm yourself, and you will find it.

This year, I'm thankful for the ability to stop and look for the beauty and the hidden joys in the most unusual places. Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Using up eye shadows

How long does it take you to use up your shadows? I'm sooo wanting to cut down on my collection but it's not really stuff I can sell because of the way I have it all organized (no magnets...shadows are rubber cemented into a palette). I really want to use up some of my stuff but it seems like it takes me forever. I've only hit pan on one shadow (MAC Shroom) and I bought that back in 2003. I just hit pan on it; it's not even gone. I've managed to almost use up a concealer over the past year or so, but I'm not as concerned with those. My liners are getting shorter and shorter (or in the case of gels, emptier and emptier), but the shadows and blushes--powder products in general--seem to be bottomless. I'm trying to use up a pressed mineral powder that seems to go on and on and on. It doesn't do much for my complexion, but I don't want to just throw it out since it's "okay."

I won't know what to do when I get my collection whittled away to just staples that all fit in one bag. hahaha

Speaking of staples, what are yours? Some of mine:

MAC Woodwinked, Shroom, Soft Brown (Soba's interchangeable), Shale, Crystal, the Smoky palette from 2007 (2006?)...
LUSH Celestial moisturizer
Josie Maran Argan Oil
MAC Lovechild lipgloss
L'Oreal Infallible Plumping Gloss in Plumped Rose
NARS blush/bronzer duo in Orgasm/Laguna
MAC Cream Color Base in Crushed Bougainvillea (it was limited edition but Posey cream blush might be close)
Micabella foundation
MAC Kohls in Smolder, Teddy, Powersurge, and Phone Number
MAC Feline Power Kohl
MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack (though I'm sure there are plenty of cheaper dupes, which I'll be trying when I'm done with this one)
L'Oreal Voluminous Mascara
Eve Pearl's Salmon Concealer
Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream
Clinique Superdefense SPF 25 Moisturizer for Dry/Combination Skin

Tuesday, November 3, 2009


It was cold, misty, kind of a generally icky evening but we set out trick-or-treating anyway. Because Ramona had to get a costume that was a little too big for her, I ended up holding the edge of the skirt up so she didn't trip. It was nice and muddy. She didn't go trick-or-treating last year, so this year was her first. She kind of understood what was going to happen before we got going, but she didn't realize that everybody would be dressed up--even people giving out candy.

At the first house we went to, the lady was dressed as a witch. It was fine until she dropped a Tootsie Roll near Ramona's foot. Then the witch bent over to pick it up and Ramona lost her little mind, she was so terrified. The witch stood up and put the Tootsie Roll in Ramona's bag, though, and got a pitiful "Canks" (thanks) and a sniffle. Then she happily went on her way to the next house and wasn't terrified anymore after that. She especially loved this one guy who pretty much gave her his whole bowl of candy.

Fun times!

I had planned on doing a cool makeup post because I was going to be a belly dancer too. Circumstances led me to pass on putting on my costume, though, so I didn't bother with the crazy belly dancer makeup. I did do a mean smoky eye though, and I need to review two of the MAC holiday palettes (Sorceress and Devil May Dare). I used Sorceress for the smoky look. More on that later.