Wednesday, April 2, 2008
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
Well, I'm not one of those girls. try desperately as I might, I always end up looking like a Picasso painting in the morning. I look good in my mirror in the bathroom but as soon as I hit the car, I begin to notice things in the fresh morning light.
Wow! I really missed a lot of stray hairs when I tweezed last.
Whoops! How did lip gloss get on my cheek?
Why does even a little bit of shimmer make me look like a stripper? It's not even GLITTER.
That's pretty much how my morning commute starts. Yes, I am one of those annoying women who uses their rearview mirror for touch-ups. . .just not while I'm in motion. It seems like no matter how I try, my biggest problem spots are my eyes. I've watched The Hills for a while (now I'm out of the closet about it) and can never figure out how Lauren can effortlessly blend her eye make up. Not for a second do I believe it's all mark by Avon, either.
If at try 1001 you don't succeed, try try again tomorrow.
Friday, March 28, 2008
If you've used powdered foundation for a while, you'll notice a few things:
- The coverage truly is great and very light
- It doesn't cause oily skin to get oilier
- The colors blend so you don't get the nice line of foundation that I, idiotic make up queen, always seemed to get
- The powder gets everywhere and is a bitch to clean up.
I kept using it for the first three reasons and finally decided to take a break because of the last one. So, nice Sephora lady recommended that I try a tinted moisturizer to get light coverage and an easy look. Great! Show me and I'm sold. She took off my make up and then proceeded to add foundation primer (I thought it wasn't a true foundation) and regular moisturizer (I thought I was going to be getting a tinted moisturizer, do I need that much moisture?) before putting on concealer, the tinted moisturizer and then powder moisturizer.
It took me FOUR LAYERS of "pre make up" before I looked good enough to be in one of those "Stars Without Their Make Up" segments of US Weekly. I was a little scared. Then I realized that I normally use at LEAST three layers of primer, moisturizer and mineral powder at home.
So I guess what I'm asking is: How many layers of pre-make up do you need?
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
I am always on the lookout for a great, inexpensive mascara, and I think I am still on the lookout after Lash Blast. I was not a fan of the brush, most end in a nice point, but this was like the eraser end of a No.2 pencil.
What CG says: Get a blast of lush, volumized lashes! LashBlast's patented volume-boosting formula and patent-pending brush are designed to max-out each and every lash, leaving you with the ultimate big lash look. Now in waterproof, too!
Pros: I had no raccoon eyes, even after a rock star night. My eyelashes even looked fake!
Cons: My lashes were thick alright, but no curl whatsoever to them. Thick and sticking straight out. Odd looking.
Rating: So-So Fierce. If you curl your lashes first, then use this, it's all good. That's too much work for me.
Pros: delightfully shiny hair with noticeable sheen, so soft I can skip conditioning
Cons: don't use everyday unless you have really dry hair otherwise you look a little greasy at the root
Price:$32.50- maybe a little more then your typical purchase but totally worth it! Put down those $200.00 shoes and remember you wear your hair everyday!
Rating: So Fierce-a must have for the dry winter months!
Pros: It actually colored my hair in about 12 minutes. It did smell slightly better than regular Nice N Easy, but chemicals are chemicals. When you use more chemicals to cover the smell of other chemicals, eventually no matter how good it still smells like. . . chemicals. However, the after color conditioning treatment smelled wonderfully of coconuts.
Several people commented that my hair looked healthier the next day. I'm not one to ever think that coloring hair makes it remotely healthier, the conditioner did do it's job of adding gloss.
Cons: It left my hair brassier looking than Nice N Easy normally does. I used the color closest to my normal shade and the roots ended up having a reddish tint for the first few washings.
The color palette is pretty small in comparison to normal Nice N Easy or most colors, but I'm sure if the product takes off, the colors will increase.
The "easy to use comb" tip applicator was not so great to use. It separated the hair, but once it was coated, doing the next bit was harder than just using it all over. In the end, I ended up just using the comb for my roots and then my gloved hands for the rest.
Price: Less than $10
Rating: Not so fierce, but not a flop. I'd probably give it another try, but then I'll go back to Nice N Easy.
Friday, February 22, 2008
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
It's the first thing I've found that doesn't wash me out, but still gives me the concealer I need in a loose form.
I tried the You're Bluffing stick and hated it. That may be better if you have really red, patchy skin. I, on the otherhand looked like I was about to head out to combat.
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Monday, February 18, 2008
Thursday, February 14, 2008
-I wash my face every morning and night with Laura Mercier One-Step Cleanser and I exfoliate times a week with the Neutrogena Microdermabrasion home system. I follow up with LaMer cream and the Lifting Face Serum and Intensifier just like grandma, I am telling you this stuff is mucho $$$ but it is seriously amazing!
-I use Chanel pressed powder but I wet the applicator to make it go on a bit more foundation like-very fierce!
-I follow up with Lorac Bronzer and Nars Orgasm blush. I also heart Nars Laguna Beach bronzer but Sephora is always sold out of it!
-My eye shadow depends on the day. Right now I am loving the Laura Mercier palette in Rainforest.
-I have been a devoted Bobbi Brown gel eye liner follower for 10 years and it has never done me wrong. The stuff is sweat proof, tear proof and most importantly DANCE proof!
-I end with a coat or two of Lancôme primer and Definicils mascara, unless I am in budget mode and I go L’Oreal.
Let me give my disclaimer now: I'm horrible at blogging.
- Each morning I wash my face with ProActiv. I've been using it for a year, but only use it once a day as opposed to twice a day. I still get zits, but not like I used to. I guess if I used it twice a day, I wouldn't, but it dries my face out way too much. I then follow up with ProActiv toner and repair lotion.
- I have been using Neutrogena Skin Soothing undereye corrector for a few months and I'm pleased with the results so far. I love the Vicks feeling it gives me!
- I follow that with Clinique Body Glow #3 Loose Powder. I just bought You're Bluffing Loose Powder by Benefit to reduce the redness and so far so good! I tried the tube form they had in the store and was not a fan.
- I change bronzers and blushes, and sometimes don't even wear them, but I do like
- Dallas by Benefit
- All Over Body Stick by E.L.F.
- Sometimes mascara and sometimes not. I think I'm using Full & Soft by Maybelline, but I want to try the Cover Girl Lash Blast in the orange tube.
- Carmex alone or followed with Benefit The Gloss in Kiss Me or Benefit Her Glossiness in Who are you wearing.
- I normally use Vaseline Aloe Skin Care Lotion for all over, but right now I am using H2O Shimmering Body Soufflé which I am loving!
I just want some direction in how to wear make-up and to find out what really works for me.
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
My daily face includes:
- Bare Minerals concealer in Bisque and powder foundation in Fairly Light
- Clinique sheer powder blush in Cupcake
- Wet N Wild (yes, I'm not joking) eye shadow in the Sands palette
- Great Lash Mascara by Maybelline with another coat of Lash Exact mascara by Covergirl both in brownish black (because I both wasn't born with it and like it easy, breezy)
- Clinique eyeliner in brown
- Call me a beauty travesty, but I actually wash my face with Zest soap. It's cheap, it's easy and it's the only thing, after trying many products, that hasn't broken my face out
- I use Sea Breeze astringent and follow that up with Bare Escentuals Skin Revver-Upper and Biore Skin Balancing Moisturizer
- I'm afraid of looking like a clown or street walker, so I tend to stay away from lipstick unless it's neutral. I do, however, love my cherry chapstick. There's rarely a moment where you will find me without it in my pocket or within arm's reach.
- I'm boring. My routine is routine, and while I'm nearing my thirties, I'm getting afraid to ask for make up help because I feel like I should know better. I love make up, but who doesn't need a good shove to get out of a routine?
- I'm getting older and my skin is changing in ways I never imagined. Is anyone else embarrassed about showing up to work with a huge zit or is that just me? My boyfriend asks me when I'm going to grow out of my zit producing stage and my standard reply is "When I finally hit that growth spurt I've been waiting on for the past 15 years" (I'm only 5'2").