Friday, April 16, 2010

Update on Benefit PosieTint and High Beam

The short answer: It's hard for me to make myself use any other blush or cheek highlight. It doesn't matter if I'm pale or sporting the sunless tan.

One thing I have noticed, however, is that when I try putting PosieTint over my mineral makeup, it sticks to it right away, so I was walking around with a pink circle on each cheek (not completely noticeable because I saw it and tried to blend the heck out of it without redoing my makeup). They work best on bare skin or over liquid foundation.

Anyway, still lovin' them both. :)

Spell Cosmetics Online Makeover Results

Some of you may have seen me comment about Spell Cosmetics so you know how awesome I think they are. Recently, Elle posted on the Spell blog that she would like to do free online makeovers for their Facebook fans. All you have to do is send a photo of yourself, tell her what kind of look you're going for, and colors you don't like on yourself. You don't just get product recommendations, you get step-by-step instructions--and a VIP discount of 25% that lasts for 48 hours after the consultation. 

Here's what I sent:
I'm most interested in a day-to-day but slightly dramatic look. I don't care if I look like I'm wearing makeup, but I don't want a full-on black smoky eye at 10 a.m. either (I have been known to do that though). LOL I just want to look pretty and maybe a little sexy/mysterious.

Colors I don't like on myself: Deep greens, teals, most blues (I use hints of blue sometimes and that's okay), yellows...I prefer neutral or pink lips and play up the eyes most days.


Her recommendations included:
Antiquity, Sepia, and Triple Strand shadows with a little Bronze if I want something extra
Goddess Glow blush
Ingenue Gloss
Black liquid liner

I had a color that looked kind of close to Sepia, though Sepia's probably a little darker, so I didn't use that in these pics. I was also drinking coffee while taking these pics, so the lipgloss had worn off:
I love all of the products, but I think Triple Strand is especially amazing. It's pearly and livens up my eye area without depositing a lot of color. 

Disclaimer: I purchased these products myself. The "makeover" was free.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Neutrogena Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup Review

So much for variety since I changed the name of this blog. LOL I'm still talking makeup. But I'm talking about this makeup to anyone who will listen, in real life or in the blogosphere. Neutrogena Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup rocks my socks. It's got an SPF of 20, which had me hoping it would work fabulously because I love when foundation has sun protection in it.

I've been using it for a few weeks now, and it hasn't broken me out. I won't say that my skin is better off after I wear it than when I wear nothing, but I will say it irritates my skin less to wear it every day than any other liquid foundation (I can wear Micabella's mineral foundation daily without any redness, dryness, etc). The coverage is medium. I got it to match my faux tan because I can never keep the color on my face as long as I can on my body, and putting a sunless tanner on my face every day will make my skin angry. I got it in Natural Beige because it leans more toward the yellow side than pink.

I apply it with my MAC 187 brush and it blends like a dream. It's kind of on the runny side so it's easy to blend out. It lasts all day (good thing, since I'm trying to make my face match my body with it!) and doesn't get cakey in spots like a lot of my other foundations have been known to do after hours of wear. My skin looks luminous and flawless, not super shiny, but definitely not matte. It just looks like, well, healthy skin.

This foundation has been compared to NARS Sheer Glow along with Revlon PhotoReady. I can't compare to the NARS version because I've never bought or even sampled that one because of the price. I can say that the Neutrogena Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup seems to have a better range of color choices than the Revlon one, and looks great longer. I loved the Revlon one once I figured out how to make it work for me (initially I hated it), but I think I love the Neutrogena one even more.

Two other great things about it: You can get it at any drugstore and it's less than $10 (watch for BOGO Free or BOGO 50% off...that's how I got mine).

Friday, April 9, 2010

Learning Optimism

While I was pounding away on the treadmill today (cranked it up to 7.0 for a while today and barely felt a thing! Woo! Progress.), I was reading an article in an old Shape magazine. The author was talking about her struggle to become a more patient person, since upon further inspection and talking with a therapist, she determined that impatient people have lower IQs, higher blood pressure, narcissistic tendencies ("My time is more important than yours so hurry the hell up!"), and they procrastinate. That's good; I can buy it. In talking to this therapist she gleaned that impatience was a learned characteristic and something you could train yourself to overcome. That's cool, too. But then she compared it to optimism and stated something along the lines of, "It's not like optimism, which you're born with or you're not." Is that true? Or do you think you can learn optimism? I do. But maybe I'm "just an optimist." I never thought of myself as one or the other, honestly. It just depends on my mood. Ha.

Positive Psychology News seems to agree with me. It's just a matter of changing the way you think. Optimists automatically see bad situations as fleeting and good ones as permanent. Pessimists are the opposite. If a pessimist knocks out a presentation and does a fabulous job with it, it was a fluke. Hmm...I wonder if a lot of writers are pessimists, because I have seen so many say they feel like posers once they reach a modicum of success. LOL However, if an optimist does the same good job, it's because they worked hard, they know their stuff, etc, etc.

If you like the way you think and you're a pessimist, great. However, by shifting to a more optimistic perspective, you may find yourself getting sick less--and you could live longer than your glass-half-empty buddies. Plus in the case of self-fulfilling prophecies, your chances of having a happy, rewarding life increase when you have an optimistic outlook.

Build Freedom is another site that talks about learned optimism. It offers a similar explanation of the differences in the way optimists and pessimists look at life and also how a good dose of learned optimism can help alleviate depression by teaching you that you are not helpless. This site agrees that, in the human mind, bad things are a pessimists fault and will influence everything they do and everything that happens to them forever (or at least a very long time), but they're simply unfortunate and temporary events in the optimist's life that he or she didn't necessarily cause.

If you visit the Build Freedom site, you'll see 10 ways to learn to become an optimist. It's written regarding the 1992 recession, but I doubt the human brain as it relates to optimism and pessimism has changed too much since then. ;) There are statements listed there that you should remember like (these aren't word for word, so be sure to check out the site):
  • Since I'm human, that means I can learn and set goals. I'm not helpless. I can achieve things.
  • Change happens. Just as things change and get worse, they can change and get better. Tough people outlast tough situations.
  • Relax and think to achieve a more realistic, positive outlook.
  • When your thoughts start to stray to "the dark side," reign them in and put them back into the Positive Mental Attitude camp. Eventually, your positive thoughts will become a habit.
  • Look at everything you have left rather than looking at what you've lost.

You can also see more at Canada.com, where Lucy MacDonald, the author of Learn to Be an Optimist: A Practical Guide to Achieving Happiness (Chronicle Books), explores the differences between the two states of mind.

I would love to present the other side of the argument--that once you're an optimist or a pessimist, you can't change, but I can't find anything that supports it. I'm not saying that the Shape article's author or the therapist was wrong--I'm no expert, first of all. I have seen articles that suggest that optimism and pessimism are fixed states, but I haven't seen anything to back up why they think so. It seems to be a common belief, but not one that has a ton of information.

I guess it doesn't matter if you can be "born" an optimist or a pessimist, or if it's nature or nurture that turns you into whichever one you are. The important question is whether or not you can change it. Though it's hard, it seems that it is possible to re-shape your way of thinking.

So what do you think? Can you change your way of thinking and become an optimist, or are you stuck with a glass that's half-empty no matter what you do? Are we born one way or the other at all, or is it nurture that sculpts our positive or negative outlook?