Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Grad Formal

This past weekend, my college held a graduating formal (I'm going to keep this intro short as this is the longest post I've had in a while).  Bottom line?  Ballgown + open bar = very dirty hem = another ridiculous dry cleaning bill.  For those of you who have your proms and formals coming up in June, here's a little something to get you started!

Here's my dress - inspiration for the entire look
Me and Mr. Man
Lynn (who you may remember from this post!) and Me

Monday, March 28, 2011

Kids, Use Protection

The other day, my boyfriend sidled up to me and said, "Oh, you smell good - what are you wearing?"

"Nothing," I answered.

This post could get mildly awkward right about now, but I swear it's not what you think.

I had, in fact, just applied sunscreen to my face, and I know he likes powdery, night-time scents, so I followed up with, "I have sunscreen on."  He proceeded to incessantly make fun of me.

"Babe, you know it's winter outside, right?  You know, that time when it's all cold and windy and the precipitation clouds the sun?"

I related this story to my roommate, and she said the same thing happened to her.  Is it an inherent guy thing that they just don't understand that despite the sun not shining directly at you, UV rays still exist?  God knows.  Either way, just wanted to remind you all that you need to SPF it up - even in the winter!  Summer's around the corner anyway (damn, now I've jinxed it), so you might as well get into the habit of screening. 

I'm currently using Neutrogena Dry-Touch - absorbs fairly quickly, but can leave a chalky cast on darker skin
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock, SPF 55, 3 Ounces (Pack of 2)

I used to use Aveeno Positively Ageless.  This made my skin feel SO soft!  I couldn't find it after the season though, which is why I'm using Neutrogena.
Aveeno Active Naturals Positively Ageless Moisturizer, SPF-30, UVA/UVB, 2.5-Ounce Tube

I want to try:
Peter Thomas Roth Instant Mineral SPF 30 .32 oz (9 g)La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid for Face, 1.7-Ounce Bottle

Summer, just you wait!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Drinking Beauty? Hardly.

Alright, so this isn't exactly the most beauty-related post I'll ever write, but I like to think that anything that keeps me from putting extra sugar and caffeine in my body (thus affecting my hair and skin) is a beautiful thing!

Check these out!

I remember when those really stubby cans of pop first came out - I think they were actually a slightly higher volume than these ones - 240 mL?  Either way, maybe it's just because the can is taller, but I feel like I'm drinking more (edit: more as in, more than the stubby ones) with this new baby one.  The full-sized cans are usually too much for me; I'm usually over the flavour about 2/3 of the way in, but I'm one of those people who feels compelled to finish the entire thing - regardless of how unhappy my body will feel afterwards.

Just thought I'd share ;-)

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

One Small Step for a Blog...

...the first step into eye make up!

I've been on the market for an eyeshadow primer for a while. 

I'm shamefully ignorant when it comes to eye shadows, and I'm also irrationally wary.  I'm looking into one of those giant 88 or 120 colour palettes, but my fear is that I'll just end up wasting my money on crappy shadows with horrible texture and lacking pigmentation.  Every review seems to insist that you need a primer underneath the shadows for them to realize their full potential, but this has always insinuated to me that they're kind of crap on their own.  MAC shadows going on so smoothly even without a primer, but is it ridiculous to ask such a thing of these giant palettes?  We'll see.  First, we'll find the perfect primer!

This was suggested by a sales assistant who insisted the texture was exactly like that of Smashbox's Photofinish Primer.  Not so.  GOSH's Velvet Touch Eye Primer is waaaay more liquid-y.  The effect on your skin feels quite like the Smashbox version, but be warned - when you squeeze the tube, the needlenose applicator will shoot out a tiny fountain of primer at you.  This is one of those instances where a little goes a long way, so don't overuse!  I put it all underneath my eye and up to my browbone, and it my shadow didn't start creasing until about the 8th hour; even then, it was the tiniest difference from what it had been a few hours back.  The colours were still strong and vibrant, and the texture was more or less the same as it had been when I first applied.  I say, a solid contender!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

I'm in the mood for something...Haul-icious.

I've never done a Haul on here before (have I?  Now I'm not sure.  I hate definitive statements), but yesterday was one of those spur-of-the-moment shopping days where you knock a series of items of your "I Want" list!

I also had the opportunity to take part in the BACK-TO-MAC program for the first time.  This fun, eco-friendly feature lets you recycle six empties in exchange for a lipglass, lipstick or an eye shadow.  I wasn't sure if they'd take Penultimate liquid liner pens back or not (despite ruthless Googling), but it turns out they do!  The only thing they didn't take was the paper envelope that holds the solo eye shadow palette pan, but I didn't think they would anyway.

So on my way to MAC, I stopped at my local Shopper's Drug Mart, and picked up a Lise Watier Mineral Compact Powder.
From ChickAdvisor
I was looking for something to help boost the coverage on my MUFE HD Foundation.  It's got decent coverage, but I need something a little stronger for photos/acne scarring.  This packaging is the cutest thing in the world - it comes with a sponge I'll probably never use and the best part?  Blotting sheets!  Those white things in the photo are a refillable stack of blotting papers.  How cute is that??

Cicaplast from La Roche Posay I heard from Lisa Eldridge that this is her new favourite primer, and I just had to try it - how can you not?  She's a man among boys.  That said, I still scoured MakeUpAlley for reviews, and several like me had tried it on her recommendation.  People did say it'd be better for dry skin, which is not entirely the case for me, but it did actually help the make up stay on to the point where once blended, it wouldn't budge.  It went on a little sticky - I was worried it would ruin the finish of any powder I put on top, but the liquid foundation and my powder eye shadow went (and stayed) on beautifully.

Next, to MAC!

I saw Temptalia's promo pics for the MAC Jeanius collection and swooned.  That doesn't often happen to me as I only recently started more regularly wearing shadow on my lids (the shadows are usually the only fun colours).   I picked up MAC Overdyed - a bright magenta, erring on plum.  I've been lusting after a bright pop of colour like this for so long, and Jeanius just happened to swoop in and save the day!

Lately I've been using my Maybelline Natural Smokes Quad a lot, but the texture of the shadows leaves something to be desired.  Option?  Reverse-dupe the colour with MAC shadows.  After some light Googling, I found that Satin Taupe and Mulch were solid contenders for the top two colours, so I went to get one in exchange for my containers, and purchased the other.
MAC Eye Shadow Velvet Mulch

And of course, no haul would be complete without nail polish, so I decided to get my butt on the Fall 2010 bandwagon.  Introducing...
Four solidly dusty colours that I've been looking to expand my collection with.  The red is somehow both brown and blue-based; the green is a gray-er version of Chanel's Khaki Vert; the dove gray is a dustier version of OPI's You Don't Know Jacques, and this is my first brown, so I have nothing with which I can compare!  It's a dark, chocolate-y colour which I think would be really good for a summer evening, paired with a brightly coloured dress.

And from OPI's Espana...
OPI Classic Shades Nail Lacquer, Here Today...Aragon Tomorrow .5 fl oz (15 ml)

Here Today, Aragon Tomorrow - I needed it.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

SS'11 - My Sacrificial Mood Board

Today was such a gorgeous day I couldn't help but get my hopes up, season-wise. Here are a few things I pulled together for good weather luck - nothing too unusual or out there this year, but I am excited for long skirts again! Also, in case you can't tell, I'm really into friendship bracelets. I'm picturing something from H&M's spring collection, with a gorgeous, comfy nude shoe, with an armful of colour. Sun? You can't get here quickly enough.

Summer 2010

Monday, March 14, 2011

Review: RedKen SatinWear Blow Dry Lotion

Happy Pi Day!   I would do a pi post, but I'm still figuring out an interpretation.  Maybe on the ultimate Pi day of our lives?

I'm kind of settling into a pretty regular, consistent hair routine since my last cut. I'm hoping that the next time my hair dresser sees me, he won't scold me again for my love of flatiron-ing.

When it comes to blow drying, I'm not one of those people who can give themselves a blowout .  I have no idea how people can be that coordinated.  I once saw an ad for a blow out class at a salon, but it was too far away, and I'm kind of thinking I wouldn't be able to do it without step-by-step guidance anyway.

So yes, I dry as quickly as I can with a hair dryer (i.e. the hottest setting + direct hair contact) and all my styling comes from a curling iron or a flatiron.  The closest thing to a styling trick is me flipping my head upside down for a little lift, but I have to admit: the only result I get is a head rush from standing up too quickly.

Redken Satinwear Blow Dry Lotion, 5-Ounces Bottle

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Sun of a...!

I've been seeing this video run around YouTube for a awhile, but I just got around to watching it. I must say, I'm simply in love with the look of the video.  I love how model-y she is, and those gorgeous, gorgeous dresses!  Inspiration?  I think ja!

Friday, March 11, 2011

From the Runway: YSL SS11 RTW

Yves Saint Laurent + fun editorial make up + lonely Thursday night = fun Friday blog post!


Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Review: Joico K-Pak

I want to believe that hair becomes immune to regular product, I really do.  But sometimes, when you use something new and it just does fantastic things for you, isn't your first instinct to go out and buy back ups when you see they're on sale?

That's what happened to me.

Joico K-pak Shampoo and Conditioner Liter Duo

Monday, March 7, 2011

Procrastinating Pet Peeve

People shake their nail polish to mix it evenly.  Obviously.  I do the same.  But nothing annoys me more when people come into my house, grab my nail polish by the top of the lid and the bottom of the bottle and shake up and down vigorously.  Why?  It introduces more air into the polish, accelerating the thickening process.  The other option to mix nail polish to quickly roll the bottle between your hands.

So lies my creed:  Thou shalt roll, not shake, in order to mix.

Break my rule, I'll beat you to death with a spoon.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Good Things...Small Barrels?

I'm not sure I should share this with you - are we close enough yet that I can tell you how disgusting my roommate and I are?

At our apartment building, people have this tendency to leave things they don't want in the lobby.  We've adopted various things before - water tumblers, a chaise and most recently....this.

The exchange went something like this:
Me: ...what is that?
Her: I found it downstairs!
Me: ...ew.  Really?
Her: I couldn't pass up a curling iron!  I figured if nothing else I'd bring it home and you'd pass judgment on it.
Me: Fair enough, here goes.  It appears to be a 3/4 inch curling iron with a metal barrel from Conair.  I no longer trust Conair things that are not Conair Infiniti since my first and only hideous experience.  But in the interest of burning hair smell, let's try it.

I couldn't help but recall the last time I saw such a tiny barrel.  I think the one I'm remembering is even smaller - a half inch? - but it was at my last visit to my hair guy.  He was just finishing curling an older woman's hair with this miniscule iron, and after a few minutes of conversation I realized that in exchange for the curling iron, she was getting her hair done for free.  Tiny curling irons now forever remind me of old lady hair, and everywhere I look my opinion is reinforced.

So here's my thought - if I use the tiny iron...does that make me old?  You decide.

The curling iron takes a lot longer to heat up than anything else I own - it's reminiscent of the older irons.  I also feel like it fries my hair a little, not unlike the Hot Tools iron I just bought.  However, I don't think it heats up as much, because I have to hold the iron on my hair a lot longer to get any staying curl.  At the end of the day, this was a fun lobby item, but I'm not even sure what model curling iron this is, so I can't really recommend it.  If you have excellently healthy hair and want miniscule corkscrew curls though - I'm sure your local drugstore or Wal-Mart will carry it.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Review: Macadamia Healing Oil and Deep Repair Masque

In my journey of hair-repair efforts, I came across Elle Fowler or AllThatGlitters21's video on hair extensions.  She mentions in the video that she got her extensions out and then wanted to put them right back in, so to make her hair healthy enough for such intense treatments, her stylist made her wear this treatment for 18 hours!  The products?

Macadamia Natural Oil Deep Hair Healing Kit, Macadamia Oil Healing Oil Treatment 4.2oz & Deep Repair Masque 8.5oz

These guys can be purchased separately or together for slightly cheaper.  My local Trade Secrets didn't carry them in a set so I got the Healing Oil for $36 and the Masque for $26 before taxes.

So what you do is you mix one pump or so of the healing oil treatment (I only use about half a pump for my four inches of hair) with enough mask to cover your head.  I don't think I'd do it root to tip twice a week if you have long hair; things could get really greasy.  I mix them in the palm of my hand then distribute it with my hands through my hair.  I don't really use a brush or comb because I feel like it wipes the product off my hair, so I take care to make sure my hair is thoroughly covered.

Funny story at this point - my roommate and I couldn't find any shower caps, so we seriously contemplated wrapping my head with saran wrap.  Eventually we found something easier to work with (read: giant Ziplock bag), but I can actually see that working really well!

So I slept with it in my hair and shampooed/conditioned it out the next morning.  Before blow drying I rubbed a little of the oil on my ends and proceeded to dry.