Sunday, December 5, 2010

It's about so much more than smokey eyes

I think sometimes people hear conversations about makeup, and they just dismiss it. I see the eye rolls, and then hear the sighs of "oh goodness, here she goes again..." (not from my family, though. I am so fortunate to have such a supportive group of family). There are remarks like, "Well, it's just makeup." And these attitudes had me wondering why exactly I am so in love with this medium. For a time being, I was hard on myself. I was kind of ashamed to admit that I was so in love with makeup. I was scared people would think I was shallow because I would get excited to see a new quad, or fawn over a spectacular red lipstick. Oh, the possibilities.

Then, last night, I went to an event where I got to practice my makeup application skills. It was fun, and I delighted in talking with the models. One particular model just stole my heart. He is a charismatic, vibrant, fearless person. He wanted dramatic, smokey eyes. I said, "Whatever you want, hun." He sat down, and a page from Kevyn Aucoin's "Making Faces" immediately came to me. In this book, Mr. Aucoin did a steamy and edgy smokey eye on two men. It looked absolutely rockin' and bad ass.

While, I was packing my eyeshadow brush with black shadow to apply to Mr. Charisma, a passerby asked him, "What?! You getting your makeup done?" Mr. Charisma, said, "Yup!" Plain and Simple. Plain and Simple. He looked at me, and said, "I just think it is so much fun." I immediately responded, "I hear ya, and you don't have to explain shit to anyone." Not professional, but appropriate for the moment. This brings me to my reawakening to loving makeup: "It is just so much fun."

Makeup is another form of expression, another form of art. Makeup can emphasize our feelings, our opinions, our outlooks. It can hide what we want to maintain private, it can set us apart. It can give confidence. This is what I love about makeup. I love that Mr. Charisma indirectly reminded me of this. I love that he had the confidence to wear and enjoy it. I love that he walked out of the chair with his head held up high.

He also reminded me of something else: makeup should be considered universal. It is not exclusively for women. Any person should feel free to put it on. I know, the movement of acceptance is here. I love that is is growing, and it needs to continue to grow. No one should have to justify how he or she expresses him or herself. Sure, sometimes it might be difficult to understand, but these are learning moments, and we should always approach it with open minds.

So, Mr. Charisma, you rock. Kudos to you for doing what you feel, and feeling what you do. Don't lose that fire. You have inspired me to ignite mine again.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Products I am still using!

I have reviewed a ton of products. I have bought countless others. I am tired, and my wallet pleaded for a break. So, as you know, a while back, I decided to truly look at my stash and become loyal to what works. By doing so, I have been able to save money and space.

Just to keep me on task, I want to document what I have been loyal to.

1) Duh! Garnier Nutritioniste: Skin Renew Anti-Sun-Damage Daily Moisture Lotion SPF 28, (hydrates without feeling oily, helps fade spots over time. I have bought this twice. Once I am done with a random moisturizer left to be used up, I will buy my third bottle.) See review here.

2) Kirkland Signature Face wipes, Cleans face nicely, doesn't irritate, great price. One downfall, only sold at Costco. Boo hiss. see review here.

3) Urban Decay Primer Potion, Yeah, the container sucks, but seriously, what can I say. This works the longest on my lids. Close second and third: mark. Keep it Going longwear shadow duo in "exposure" (light side), and NYX jumbo eye sticks (very thin coating) respectively.

4) Curel Lotion, Pretty much have this all over the house. Place in little travel size bottles for purse. My hands don't feel the same without this. See review here.

5) Clean and Clear blackhead remover, I think this has been discontinued and replaced by something else, maybe the morning burst or something. Anyway, I enjoy this exfoliator. I bought refills several times. I just ran out, and I am trying the washcloth-as-exfoliator thing (read it in a skincare book) before I buy this product again. However, I haven't hesitated to repurchase this at all. see review here.

6) ecoTools makeup back collection by Alicia Silverstone, I received this to review a while back, and I am still using it. In fact, I never stopped using it. Held up when we went to Finland, NYC, NC, etc. Great bags. See review here.

7) Garnier Anti-Humidity hairspray with bamboo, still on the first can because I don't use it every day, but I love this hairspray. Smells good, flexible hold, and does deter many frizzies. See review here (*moan* miss my hair. Letting it grow out again).

8) mark. face xpert in natural, provides the coverage I need right now. Stays on pretty much all day for me, and is easy to take off. see review here

9) Rimmel Sexy Curves in regular and waterproof, I really like this mascara. When I am not wearing this one, I wear mark. scandalash. However, I have rebought Rimmel the most out of all my mascara purchases. See Rimmel review here

10) Aussie DEEEEP conditioner, I have been using this conditioner since college, more than six years ago. I never stray, never get tired. Now to find an awesome shampoo.

11) Maybelline Define-a-brow in dark and medium, I first bought the dark shade, then I realized it was too dark. Then I bought the medium, it works well, but I prefer the dark shade. So, I just blend, blend, blend. Either way, this pencil doesn't budge, is easy to maneuver, and I just like it a lot. I have bought several times (more of the dark than the medium shade.)

12) Avon Anew Reversalist Illuminating eye system, I saw Yamin Lebon in the commercial, and I was like "What?! Yasmin, you look crazy awesome. What cream?! What?! Lighten dark circles?! What?!" and I bought it. I went a while without using it, and I noticed a difference. I tried to finish another eye cream I had, and I just didn't like it. I went back to this cream. I am not going to say my dark circles are eliminated, but I will say I don't have to use much concealer, and I feel better going out without eye makeup. Plus, it hydrates my eyes very comfortably.


I must say it feels good to buy the same products. I feel less capricious, and my wallet is happy again.

"Nevermind your makeup, look at your awesome brush roll!"

Over the years I have collected all of the brushes I will ever need for makeup application. So, now that the brushes are divided into "mine" and "theirs," I decided to search for a way to store them. At first, I threw them into a makeup bag and called it a day, but then I noticed that my face brushes were getting a little distorted, and the eye shadow brushes were losing shape. I had had a brush roll before, but it was for paint brushes, and it really wasn't gentle enough for my makeup brushes. Plus, I took an art class, and I needed the roll for my actual paint brushes.

One night while I was surfing the wonderful and exhilarating world of etsy.com, I came across a shop named "asoftblackstar." I immediately fell in love with the makeup bags and the brush rolls the artist created. After some back and forth about which pattern I liked, I bought a black, pink, and white damask large brush roll. (She sells different patterned fabric and different sizes.)

The best part was that I didn't have to wait long to receive the brush roll. Lotus, the shop owner, sent this item really quickly; I got the package in less than a week from Missouri. In addition, she wrote a personalized note, which I thought was a great extra touch (I am a sucker for detailed customer service). When I opened the package, I gasped. This brush roll is so absolutely pretty. The pattern is gorgeous and girly with edge. The quality is excellent and sturdy.

I quickly put my brushes in the roll, and everything fit well. My face brushes have some space to move in the larger pockets (number of pockets), which means I can just let them chill, or I could put some smaller brushes in there too. I just let them chill. Then, as the pockets continue, they get smaller and smaller. As far as the medium brush pockets, I can fit in three regular eyeshadow brushes. The pockets near the end can fit single eyeshadow brushes.

The brushes do not get caught in the fabric, and the hairs are not smushed after folding the top end and rolling it up. I have not washed the roll so I don't know how it hold a up, but on her etsy page, Lotus does say that the roll is machine washable, and she give instructions (cold water, mild detergent).

I have carried this brush roll around, and the brushes haven't escaped. The brush form is preserved, and is really pretty to show off.

So if you are looking for a brush roll, or if you have a makeup brush lover in your life who you would like to treat, definitely check out the asoftblackstar shop. I am totally in love with this purchase.

Rating: 5 out of 5 Happy wallets, What better than buying handmade? In addition, great quality, great customer service, and just beautiful product.

Price: for the large brush roll, $18.99, plus $2.00 shipping

Where: asoftblackstar (etsy shop)

Pictures

closed and lovely


open and vavoom!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Garnier Nutritioniste Nutri-Pure cleanser


Remember when I raved about the Garnier moisturizer here? Well, I love that moisturizer so much that I decided to try other Garnier face products. I figured that if the moisturizer was so good and effective that I would have luck with another Garnier product. Not True.

After I finished my Clean and Clear blackhead eraser pads, I decided to try another exfoliating cleanser just to see what there is (I still love the blackhead eraser pads.). So, I decided to try the Garnier Nutritioniste Nutri-Pure Daily Exfoliating Gel Cleanser. The cleanser claims to be gentle enough for every day use, oil free, purifies clogged pores, and minimizes appearance of pores. Oh and it offers smooth skin. I really don't care if it minimizes my pores. I know there are there. The pores will always be there. They will not change. The do not get smaller. I have learned to love them. However, I love to have smooth skin. The foundation glides on better; I don't have to use as much makeup, and well, it just feels better. So my main goals are to help prevent acne (going through some adult outbreaks), maintain smooth skin, and help exfoliate dead skin to accelerate scar fading.

When i first started using this exfoliating cleanser several months ago, I fell in love with it. The grit was gentle; the cleanser smells delightful; my face felt smooth, and it left a lovely tingly sensation after I rinsed my face. So, I was like, "ooohhhh, I cannot wait to review this!" Well, I am glad I waited because I start to break out. A LOT. And the blemishes weren't small. They were whoppers, in areas where I hadn't had blemishes before. Since I got pimples where I hadn't before, I decided to hold back on the amount of times I was using this cleanser (I was using it every night). The pimples remained. Then, I decided to eliminate the exfoliator, and eventually my blemishes stopped coming. Since I have stopped using the cleanser, I have noticed that my outbreaks have diminished in the places where I never get them. I am still getting the hormonal ones (they always come in the same spot.). So, I figured this was the culprit. I am not a super skincare sleuth, but I know my skin. So, I have deduced that this might have been what was causing the outbreaks.

So, of course, I didn't want to throw away the product, so I decided to use it on my arms, legs, and back. Guess what, I started to get bumps on my thighs, upper arm (I don't get bumpy there), and lower back (where i could reach). So, I stopped using this cleanser, and my thighs and arms have cleared up. I guess I will just use this cleanser on my feet and hands until I use it all up.

Needless, to say this cleanser did not work on my oily, acne-prone skin. It's a shame because the cleanser feels great and it isn't drying at all.

Oh well. Before I go back to the Clean and Clear, I am going to just use a washcloth and some simple face cleanser to clean the face. By the way, I had some generic Neutrogena face wash from Target, and that has really helped to fight the pimples.

Oh, and I just finished my second bottle of the Garnier moisturizer that I love. I will be moving on to the third bottle. It is great to find something that works.

Rating
1 out of 5 happy wallets (Would be great if it didn't break me out.)
Price: around $6
Where: Walmart, Target, drugstores



Not related sidenote
BTW, I have been busy reading beauty books, so I will write a review on the books I have liked. Also, I have been focusing on building my mark. business. So, if you are interested, swing on by to my tahnialovesmark.blogspot.com
blog, which focuses on mark. looks and products.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Intense like a romance novel (caution: female and male parts mentioned)

As you can see, I like to write. I like to read about writing, and I have even taken some classes on writing. I even considered writing romance novels because one time during one of my writing classes we were given an assignment to expand upon a scenario. My version took on a mysterious, sexy tone. I did not intend it to go that way, but I went with it. The classmates were asking for a cold drink after reading the writing, and my ego got inflated.

So, then out of curiosity I decided to do a little research on romance novels. I went to the library and checked out some books. If I could get through them, I might consider checking out the how-to-write-a-rattle-your-readers'-libidos books. I was enthusiastic. I was cocky, I figured it wouldn't be difficult to create coy dialog, and sly--but intensely--explain exactly what his throbbing member would do to her enveloping...well you get the picture. Or maybe you don't because as it turns out, I just couldn't get into even reading the novels. Half the time, I was losing my patience with the damsel in distress (Just friggin' use the plunger. You can do that little plumbing job!); or I would lose interest as soon as the writer described the object of desire as having long hair and tight jeans. I prefer bald men who wear dark wash, relaxed fit, straight leg jeans, thank you very much. Plus, I am a realist. I look at relationships and think, "Where is this going? Sure, these emotions are intense, but are they real? No? Well, time to move on."
Honestly, it's a miracle I met the Scholar and I got married, because I am the type of person who really didn't see myself with a partner. Actually, just several days before meeting my now husband, I had announced that I really didn't have a need for a man. I just wasn't a good dater. I don't like small talk and I get bored easily. Plus, when I get nervous, I get gassy. So half of the time during the date I would be praying a fart didn't escape. (Oh, there is a funny story somewhere in there.)

Anyway, I realized that I don't have the creative chops to get lost enough in fantasy to create a long enough story. I second doubt why a character would do one thing, or settle for the other. Plus, finding all those words to describe penis and vagina is just tiresome.

So, to you romance writers, Kudos! You are able to abandon yourselves. You allow yourself to be transported to somewhere else where intensity is encouraged, and you make sense of it all. Plus, you are able to give many people an escape into a fantasy land. Oh, and you know how to describe penises and vaginas without saying the actual words. That is a masterful use of the language.

Okay, what does this have to do with makeup. Nothing really, except for the fact that the women in these novels wear makeup and being that everything is in it's place, their makeup doesn't run, so they are probably wearing the eyeliner I am about to review (Whew, that was an awesome segue, and a stretch of a connection.). Also, the INTENSITY, baby!

While Pink Traincase was around (I miss her!), she introduced us to Prestige Total Intensity Long Lasting Intense Color eyeliner. She raved about its longevity, intensity, and stayputtedness (You like the word? I made it up. Maybe word contributor is in my future.). I was intrigued, and I ran out to get it.

After buying it, it sat in my draw for a while because I got tired of wearing black eyeliner. I am back on the black eyeliner bandwagon, and this eyeliner is pretty damn awesome.
The color--I got blackest black--is truly very pigmented. The formula is soft and seriously just glides on the skin like a gel-liner. If you act quickly, you can do a smudge look, but you must act quickly because this liner set rapidly. Once set, the liner stays 99% put on your eye; there can be a very minor amount of creeping. The liner isn't difficult to sharpen. I haven't had one frustrating moment of the pencil breaking while I am sharpening it, and I have been able to get a sharp point to it. Also, this liner isn't difficult to take off. It does get a little messy since it is high on pigment, but it isn't ridiculous like the Wet n' Wild gel liner (that stuff is like spackle!).

I have been able to do a cat eye look with this liner without the line being too thick, which is awesome for a pencil. Really, this pencil is like a cream liner is pencil form. As far as the staying power on the waterline, it is pretty good. I don't wear liner on the waterline every day or all day, so it is difficult for me to give a thorough review on that. Would I buy this again? Yes! If I were a protagonist in a romance novel would I wear this before spending the night over at my lover's house and not worry about raccoon eyes? Kind of. The line will be intact, but a tiny bit of color might creep down. Just a smidgen though, barely noticeable.

So, that's that. I will stick to journal writing and wear this pencil routinely. Has anyone else tried this liner? Your impressions? Do you like romance novels? Maybe I am reading the wrong ones.

More reviews to come.

Rating:
4.8 out of 5 happy wallets--great liner, a little creeping of pigment, but overall does what it says.

Price: around $6
Where: Rite-Aid, Ulta (not all drugstores carry this one)

Pics:
Size in comparison to Rimmel Sexy Curve. The pencil is a little longer than the mascara tube without the brush cap included.


a nice matte black line

Monday, October 18, 2010

Busy testing

I have been busy testing some products for this blog. Right now, I have been using

Prestige Total Intensity eyeliner (very nice, more later)

Garnier Nutri-Pure daily exfoliator (loved at first, but I think we might have to break up.)

Clearasil Overnight Acne lotion (or something like that, anyway, pretty nice)

Bare Essentials primer

Also, I was thinking about revisiting my previous reviews. Leave a note if you want to know about any specifics.

Hope everyone is doing well!

Friday, September 24, 2010

It's like the Makeup Angels spit on my face (MUFE Mist and Fix)

LOL, that title just grosses me out and cracks me up at the same time. I am 30 going on 14.

A very long time ago, I cruised into Sephora with a gift card to use up. There wasn't much on it, and I didn't want to spend too much either. So, I looked around at the little travel size section the store has, and I found the travel size bottle of Make Up For Ever (MUFE) Mist and Fix. I got it not really knowing what it was, but I was curious to find out. Then, after buying the bottle, it just sat on my dresser for about two months because I didn't know how to approach this little bottle of mist. I had used misting sprays before to set my makeup, but I had not really been truly, long-term impressed with any of them. I decided to become a major sleuth and I went on Sephora.com to learn what this Mist and Fix truly did. According to Sephora, this spray "sets makeup and prolongs hold, even in extreme conditions."

One day, I decided to finally open up the bottle and spritz the substance on my face. (Note to those who have not used this travel-sized version: the sprayer is aggressive. Instead of feeling a mist of setting liquid, I encountered several large drops on my face. So, I had to do some soft patting with my MAC 187 to disperse the mist. After my first try, I decided to go ahead and spray down my MAC 187 and pat that all over my face to set my makeup. Then, after several tries, I decided to spray the mist in the air and walk my face into the mist, which really was my favorite way to set my makeup.) After I sprayed the Mist and Fix on, I thought, "Meh, I am not so sure this is as awesome as I might think it could be." However, as the day progressed, I noticed that my face developed a really pretty glow, not oily at all, and my makeup was intact. Did I mention I started using this product during the summer?

So, after the first day, I continued to use it, and then I created a habit of using it every day (the bottle lasted for about 2.5 months). I have really grown to appreciate this product. Mist and Fix feels very soft and light on the face. It doesn't feel like I am wearing a setting mist on my face; it doesn't feel like hairspray. Mist and Fix feels like a refreshing toner that happens to work double duty in keeping my makeup intact for more than eight hours. After several weeks of constant use, I asked myself if I would be willing to buy the full-sized bottle at $27. After considering my oily skin, my constant battle at keeping my makeup intact, my all-over schedule, and my hormones making me sweat more profusely, I came to the decision that I could invest in this product. It really is a great product, and I just use two spritzes a day, so the full-size bottle would last a while for me.

Now, the reason I can't tell you how long the full-sized bottle would last is because I haven't bought it yet. The last time I walked into Sephora, to look for it because I used up my travel-sized bottle, they were out of it. So, in the meantime, I got a sample of the Urban Decay All Nighter setting spray, just to see how it compared. The sales associate gave me a generous sample of the All Nighter. So, I lived with the product for some time. Let me tell you, I prefer MUFE's Mist and Fix. The All Nighter feels a littler dryer on my face, and it caused me to break out on my chin. The All Nighter did really work at setting, but MUFE was a little gentler on my face. Plus the Mist and Fix is less expensive than the All Nighter and it has a little more.

Oh, but I just remembered, there is the Model in a Bottle setting mist too. So, I might try that out the Model in a Bottle before I settle on the Mist and Fix, but I don't feel inclined to buy the UDPP All Nighter.

Does anyone else like to use these setting mists? Has anyone encountered the Model in a Bottle setting mist?

Rating:
5 out of 5 happy wallets. I mean, my wallet isn't too happy about the price of a full-size bottle (4.22 oz) at $27, but I haven't found anything that compared at a lower price level. Plus, my face feels nice, and I don't have to use blotting papers or worry about transfer. Now, the travel size bottle (.84 oz) costs $8, which is budget friendly, and it can last for several months depending on usage. The travel size is a great opportunity to try it.

Price: $8 (travel), $27 (full size)
Place: Sephora, Sephora.com



Photo from Sephora.com

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

I guess this means I am in a relationship (Garnier moisturizer)

So, ever since I packed everything I own, I have been very aware of everything I have. And it is just way, way too much. So, I purged: I threw away and I gave away. I am not a hoarder, but I went through a phase of needless buying. I have an idea why I did it: I was in a bored state of mind, and so I shopped. Absolutely unnecessary. I should have just upped my volunteer time and read more books. However, here we are. The epiphany came when it needed to come.

As mentioned in my previous post, I have limited my purchases, and I am so glad with my progress. Now, I have the satisfaction of finishing products and recycling the bottle. (Honestly, Beautifully Glossy inspired "Project Finish.") That hadn't happened to me since I was in high school. Can you believe I discovered that other than beauty products, I also had an obsession with toothbrushes and cleaning supplies? I had no idea I had more than 15 toothbrushes and countless bottles of disinfectant. The good thing, my house will stay clean for a very long time, and my teeth will always have a brush.

As far as beauty stuff, I have multiple bottles of conditioner (I am working that down like a champ.), many bottles of shampoo (now multitasking as shave soap), and skincare stuff.

One day, I just said, "T, you need to live a simple life surrounded by fewer products. Get rid of the excess!" So, I sat down surrounded by my excess, two boxes, and a corner. One box was for trash, the other for donate, and the corner for keep. I threw away a ton of stuff that was expired or just undesirable to anyone. I gave away new stuff and the multitude of little hotel bottles. I kept only what I needed, or what was a duplicate of what I used daily. The Garnier Nutritioniste: Skin Renew Anti-Sun-Damage Daily Moisture Lotion SPF 28 survived, solely because it has the longest name a moisturizer could have, and because I had just bought it.

I am glad it made the cut, because I think I am in a relationship, and I think it might be long-term. I have been using this moisturizer for several months. As a matter of fact, I finished my first bottle, and I have bought a second bottle. I am half-way through this current bottle, and I plan on buying the same one when I am done. This is how much I appreciate the moisturizer.

I have dark spots on my face. They are old acne scars that fight to go away. I have had a constant struggle with them, and the moment time has faded away some stubborn spots, one wild pimple pops up to leave another mark. I have come to accept this reality. My face will never look fully blemish-free. Even though I have reluctantly accepted this, I am always interested in products that advertise more radiant, less spotted skin. Hence my attraction to this Garnier moisturizer.

This Anti-Sun-Damage moisturizer claims to help diminish existing sun damage on the skin. It states that after several weeks of use (I think it is about 4 weeks of steady use) you will see more even skin. Oh, and it does offer SPF 28 (random number, I know).

At first, I was very skeptical, but I figured that I would buy it again because it is very hydrating, not heavy, and doesn't break me out at all. Then after several weeks of use (I use day and night), I noticed that my face looked more even-toned, cleaner. Then, several weeks later, I noticed that I needed less foundation, and I didn't have to use as much concealer as I tend to. In fact, there are days that I go fully without makeup. My face isn't totally spot-free, but it looks a lot better than it did before. So, I became fully committed to this moisturizer.

Also, the bottle is slim and green with a locking pump (great for travel). The bottle is 2.5 oz, and is not as big as it looks in commercials and pictures. When I first got the box, I was surprised at how small it looked. For me--using two full pumps, twice a day--the bottle lasted about two and a half to three months, give or take a week. The price was reasonable at $10-11.

I am really impressed with this moisturizer. Actually, I am so impressed with Garnier that I have ventured into another product; I just bought the Daily Exfoliating scrub. I just ran out of the Clean and Clear Blackhead Eraser pads (second replacement after taking a hiatus), and I figured I would try something else for the same price (The scrub is around 5 bucks.). So we shall see if Garnier comes through with the cleanser as well.

Has anyone tried this moisturizer? Any other Garnier products? Drop a line and let me know. I am also intrigued with the under eye roller ball for dark circles. Has anyone tried this? I have to finish the eye cream I am wearing now, but that will be the next purchase.

photo from garnier website

Rating:
5 out of 5 happy wallets. I didn't expect much, so that might affect my rating, but this product really has made my face look more even.

Price: $10-$12 (depending where you buy)

Where: Walmart, Target, drugstores

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Guilt and Candidness

I have been gone for a very long time, and I am flooded by guilt. However, a lot has gone on during my time away. My family moved, I am pursuing other hobbies, and some other stuff. Plus, I was so incredibly overwhelmed by all of the beauty stuff I had that I made a vow to not buy anything unless I needed to replace it, or if it was mark. (just because, I love mark. stuff, and I have cut back on that too).

Here's the other thing, I am not wearing much makeup AT ALL. Most of my makeup is stored in a plastic container, tucked under the bed. So, I kept looking at the the blog, and wondering what to do with it. At first, I lost motivation to write due to laziness, then I stayed away because of guilt. Now, I don't know. I don't want to get rid of this blog because I love to write, and I love the sense of community. But, at the same time, I don't want to promise to come back and then not write at all.

I need to be rational. I still want to review and share, but I might start writing once a month, or when I get inspired. Then I can assess the situation. This blog is like a journal. I have the journal on my nightstand, but I don't write in it every night. Sometimes I am consistent, and then other times, I am like, "Oh, hi! What am I supposed to do with you, notebook?"

So yeah, this is where I stand. Do any other bloggers go through this? How do you keep momentum?

Alright, gonna turn in for now, but I do want to share my love for a moisturizer I found (have already replaced. It feels so good to finish products!)

Thursday, June 10, 2010

My lashes are a brickhouse!

My experience with Rimmel Sexy Curves is a great lesson learned. You see, I had heard several people rave about how wonderful this mascara was. I also heard that the brush was not gimmicky at all. So, once I was finished with my CG Fantastic Lash and my L'oreal Voluminous, I decided to move onto this much raved about mascara. To be honest, at first I really was unimpressed with the mascara, and I vowed to never purchase it again. However, several months later--I have no idea why--I decided to pick this mascara up again. Oh, wait! Actually, I remember why. My favorite mascara, CG Fantastic Lash, had been discontinued and in my disillusionment I quickly decided on the Rimmel Sexy Curves mascara again. I think Cheeks was also getting restless and was starting to throw things out of the cart, so I panicked and just grabbed it.

When I came home, I asked myself why I wanted to be disappointed again, but the second chance gods were on my side because I have fallen in love with this mascara.

After the second try, it took me some time to get used to it. During my learning process, I quickly found out that the first disappointing rendezvous was not because of the mascara, it was because of me. The first time I tried the mascara, I was doing the traditional plant the brush at the base of the lashes and wiggle, wiggle, wiggle all the way up to the tip of the lashes. This standard move was creating clumps and leaving my lashes looking crusty. Now, after some experimenting the second time around, I discovered that the best way to apply this mascara (at least for me) was to plant the brush at the base, wiggle slightly in order to grab as many lashes as possible, and then just glide the brush up all the way to the tip. PERFECTO! With the "gliding" technique, I was able to get more volume without clumping and more length. Lovely.

Now, above I mentioned that "alleged" gimmicky brush. (Rimmel states that the "triple plump brush curves IN for volume and curves OUT for maximum curl." The brush itself is very voluptuous. It has two"valleys" and three "hills." see here) Well, I can't scientifically verify if it works or not, but I can say that my lashes do appear more curled without using the lash curler. So it's doing something right. When I do use the lash curler, the mascara works excellently to sustain the curl for the entire day.

I have been wearing the regular formula (a waterproof formula is available) and I have not encountered any smudging, flaking, nor irritation. Just a wonderful product that took me time to learn how to use.

I just love how my lashes have vavoom after one coat and babowww after two coats. I already have a backup waiting for me. I will be buying this mascara from here on out!

Oh yeah, and best part, in addition to the drugstores having sales on Rimmel, you can also find $1.00 off coupons in the Sunday paper from time to time. Booyah!

So, overall lesson: sometimes, it is worth giving something a second chance. Oh, and I guess I was also reminded that sometimes it is not the product's fault.

Rating:
5 out of 5 happy wallets. I can't blame it if I didn't know how to apply it at the beginning. This mascara holds curl, gives volume, and when people look at me they feel a sudden urge to make out with my sexy lashes (not really).

Price: around $6 at drugstores, Walmart, Target

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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Quick note: must proclaim (revisit California Mango)

It's getting late, and I must turn in soon, but I must proclaim that I am STILL very much in LOVE with the California Mango Mend cuticle balm. I have been religiously applying this balm to my feet every night before bed, and I must say that my feet are super, super soft. In addition, my cuticles on my feet and hands are looking great. I am even applying the balm on my elbows for good measure.

So, I plan on doing a "revisit" entry talking about if I am still using some of the items I have reviewed, and this is just a quick glimpse. (Leave a request for an update on any of the products I have reviewed.).

I had originally given this item a 3.5 rating, but after using it for a longer time, I have got to increase the rating to a 4.5. The item is still greasy, and the fragrance is heavy, but the effects are spectacular. I had mildly dry feet, and I haven't had to file them AT ALL! This balm has totally soften the heels. This is a definite, definite repurchase.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

"The wipes are right next to the 550 gallons of olive oil."

I like to buy bulk toilet paper. In fact, it annoys me when I have to make emergency runs to buy little packages of toilet paper. I don't know why, but I must have five bajillion rolls of toilet paper close by at all times. I keep the multiple rolls in the laundry room, and periodically migrate six or more rolls into the bathroom so that I don't have to yell out for help, or have to shake and go (Because seriously, shake and go doesn't work for ANYONE!).

I think my toilet paper hang up stems from when I was a child. One of Queen Fierce's pet peeves was to go to the bathroom, get down to business and then reach for the toilet paper and only find the empty roll. We were trained to always have replacements ready. Anyway, when I got older, my mom got a membership to Price Club, or now known as Costco (For those who are not familiar, this is a warehouse store that sells goods in bulk. For instance, if you are in need of a 50 gallon tub of mustard and 600 pounds of dog food, or in my case a 550 sheets of toilet paper, you can find it here. You must pay a membership fee, but the deals are pretty good if you buy in bulk. They have good deals on other things that aren't horrifically big.). For the most part, I found the trips boring, except for when we got to the paper goods aisle. Oh to see the mountain of toilet paper just waiting to be used. I always had the honor of picking the whopping package of toilet paper.

Now that I am older and have my own membership, I have discovered that this bulk warehouse offers more than just awesome amount of toilet paper. It also offers thousands of sheets of baby wipes, vats of olive oil, and most importantly, a most excellent makeup wipe!



Yes, Costco has its own brand (Kirkland Signature) of makeup remover wipes: the Daily Facial Cleasing Towelettes! I must admit, I did not make this discovery on my own; I learned about it on Xsparkage's page on YouTube a year ago. She gave it a raving review, and I decided to pick up a box on my next trip to Costco. Now, I must say that I took a risk because if they didn't work for me then I was gonna be stuck with 150 wipes; however, there is happy news! The risk paid off because I have grown very loyal to these wipes.

So here is the nitty gritty. One hundred fifty wipes are divided into four 30-count soft packs with a hard plastic lid and two 15-count soft packs meant for travel without the hard plastic lid. The wipes are 6x8 inches. One side of the wipe has a criss-cross texture, while the other side is soft. The wipes have a very, very subtle fresh scent to them, and they are suitably saturated for a full face makeup removal. In addition, the wipes claim to work on all skin types. I have normal to oily skin that is breakout prone, and this wipe has not caused one pimple. In fact my face misses it when I do not use this wipe.

The wipes are alcohol and oil-free, and they have chamomile, triple tea complex (whatever that means), and vitamin E. The wipes cost around $11 to $12. This is a steal considering I was paying $6-$7 for 25 to 30 wipes before.

This wipe has managed to remove my layers of Revlon Colorstay spackle, my caps of concealer, and my coats of mascara (the mascara leaves a little residue, but it does a lot of the ground work before washing my face). After using the wipe, my skin doesn't feel tight, dry, nor oily (the other extreme). In fact, if I am wearing light makeup and am too lazy to do the entire face wash routine, I will just use this wipe and go to sleep, and I don't regret it the next morning. However, usually, I will follow the wipe with a face wash, toner, and moisturizer. This box of wipes lasts me about six months. Oh My Gosh! The SAVINGS! My wallet is having orgasms just thinking of it. Now, if they were only biodegradable the world would have orgasms too.

Now, I am not just excited about buying toilet paper, but I am also ecstatic about buying face wipes. I never imagined I would find something that would produce more glee than massive amounts of toilet paper ;-) (just a reminder, totally tongue in cheek).

So here I am announcing to the world that I love to wipe my butt and my face with Kirkland Signature products (was that too much there? Yeah, but hey, like the book says, "Everybody Poops," and washes their faces. right? right?).

So, if you have a membership and like to use makeup remover wipes, this is a product to definitely try.

If you use these wipes, let me know what you think. I'll be back for more.

Much love

Rating:
5 out of 5 happy wallets
Price: $11 to 12$ for 150 wipes
Where: Costco

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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Contest Winners--EcoTools eye brush kit.

Congrats to Selecu and Nomie! They have won the eye brush tool kits.
Thanks to everyone who participated. I hope everyone is doing well. Over here, we are in the process of preparing for some life changes, hence the lack of posts.

I'll be back...

Talk to you soon.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

ecoTools Giveaway!

I have been meaning to post this giveaway for a while, but tiredness and the TV show "Psych" get in the way. By the way, did anyone see the season finale? Any insights you care to share? The very end totally threw me off.

Anyway, The promoters of ecoTools were nice enough to provide two brand-spanking new 6-piece Bamboo Eye brush sets to give away to my readers. Click here to see the pictures and review of the brush set. I didn't have the best luck, but this doesn't mean that the winners will have the same result.

The kind people who provided these new sets also led me to several youtube videos that share great beginner tips about makeup application using ecoTools brushes. I have included the videos for your viewing pleasure. I like the videos because they are direct, clear and short. As a matter of fact, I use the same technique to create a cat eye, and it took me years to figure out exactly how to do it this way. I wish this video existed when I was learning the technique.

Here are the videos (bear with me, this is the first time I have embedded video):
"Cat Eye"


"Flawless Face"


"Smokey Eye" (featuring the 6-piece set)



"Touch up Face" (featuring the 6-piece set)


Okay, so here are the ground rules for the giveaway:

1) Become a follower, if you aren't one already. (The follow button in on the sidebar.)

2) View the makeup application videos on youtube featured above.

3) Leave a comment in the comment section under this post, and share your favorite tip from one of the videos (or all of them). Also, leave your first name, and an email where I can contact you. If you want to keep your email private, be sure to email me your info. (email in the sidebar)

4) Cross your fingers, spin around twice, and watch five episodes of Gilmore Girls (just kidding! Just wait for the results.)

The Deadline to enter is March 26, 2010 at 11:59 pm est.

There will be two winners, they will be chosen at random, and I will contact the winners before announcing. If the winner doesn't respond, I will draw again. This time the contest will be open to the US and its "territories" (PR, Guam, American Samoa, US Virgin Islands, etc.).

Good luck!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

bras and brushes...

At the beginning of this month I received a really cute 6-piece bamboo eye brush set from ecoTools, which is perfect for travel. It has taken me awhile to get around to this review because I have been trying to figure out if the brushes work for me. While I was trying these brushes out, they reminded me of something very crucial in the makeup world: brushes are like the perfect bra. I mean we are on the constant quest to find the bra that is pretty, but at the same time has the engineering to offer lift, support, comfort, cleavage (or separation at times), smoothness, and other qualities. I mean, many of us don't want a bra that just lets the girls hang so that they look like a love handle, and I know many don't want a bra that pokes poeple's eyes out as we turn the corner. These extremes bring me to another point, bras really are a matter of personal preference. Granted there is a standard we look for (support, comfort, style), but overall the rest is up to our desires. For instance, I like the rocket boob look; I like to give off the impression that men might get hurt if they touch without permission. Whereas, other women like the breast to look like pretty mounds of soft suppleness. Great! Beautiful! Diversity in boobs!

Before, I continue to talk about breasts--such a great topic--let me bring it back to makeup brushes. There is a softness, a firmness, and a size to all of these brushes we constantly try out. I mean, we makeup lovers hear time and again about the importance of one's brushes. Without these essential tools, makeup is next to nothing. Really, how to do you think you will accomplish a beautiful, precise cut crease if you don't have the perfect dense, but soft, pointed crease brush that isn't too large nor too small? Seriously, that MAC 224 is NOT a one size fit all. Beauty bloggers can give you the best, most accurate review possible on these brushes, so that you can go to the store and have a better idea, but really you don't know until you try out the brush for yourself. Just like with the bras, you don't know exactly how they will make your mammary glands look until your wear a top over said bra.

So anyway (Did I digress again? I think I know the source of my obsession.), back to this bamboo brush set. This 6-piece brush set is really cute, extremely portable, soft bristles, handy mirror. Unfortunately, the brushes didn't work well for my eye size and shape. Let me elaborate.

This brush set contains 1) a large eye brush, 2) an angled crease brush, 3) a petite eye shading brush, 4) a highlighting brush, 5) a smudge brush, and 6) the case with the mirror (considered part of the six piece). Each brush has the function stamped in the handle for easy application. So, the large eye brush is suggested for blending, the angled is designated for crease work and outer "v" work and so forth. When adhering to the assigned purpose the brushes work really well. However, I did have a problem using any of the brushes for all over lid application. The large brush was just too big for my lid, and I handle angled brushes very awkwardly.

My sample kit did not include the highlighting brush, so I can't review that. However, I did have an appreciation for the petite eye shading brush. The petite eye shading brush was nice to use when I wanted a defined outer "v" or crease. It worked nicely to go into the inner corner of the lid as well. This particular brush could work well to smudge too. The smudge brush is really a smallish, fluffy brush, which does not lend itself to great control when wanting to carefully smudge liner. Now if you just want to smudge the liner so that it is faintly there, or for a smokey look, then this brush works excellently for that. I did tend to find the pouch with the mirror very convenient when I wanted to get a closer look as I applied makeup.

All in all, I see myself mostly using the petite eye shading brush for definition and the large eye brush strictly for blending. The rest of the brushes really don't work for my eyes or my needs.

If you have a good amount of lid space and are in need of a portable brush kit, then take a gander at this, but really, ecoTools has more versatile brushes available.

The 6-piece Bamboo eye brush set (closed) next to a CD sleeve for perspective.

6-piece open (I have two angled brushes, but the set actually has one angled brush and an highlighting brush.)

The Large Eye Brush

The Angled Crease Brush


The Petite Eye Shading Brush

The Smudge Brush



Rating:
3 out of 5 happy wallets (The price is great at $7.99 for 5 brushes and the pouch. Also, the size is great for travel, and the brushes are soft, but they lack versatility and won't work with many eye lid sizes. Just like the bra situation, the potential is there; it might work for others, but the brushes didn't cut it for me.)

Price: $7.99

Where: drugstores, Target, www.ecotools.com


Note on review: I did receive these product to review. However, I was not paid for writing a review, and I always vow to be honest. The gratis products did not sway my opinion one way or another.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Sing along and bronze the face at the same time!

When I was really young, and full of even more outrageous dreams than I am now, I thought I would grow up to become a singer. There were certain songs that would trigger this dream within. These songs would make my heart pound and my lips quiver. I could taste the satisfaction of delivering my emotions in melody.

One song meant the world to me. I remember riding in the back of Queen Fierce's car listening to the radio just praying that my song would come on. Then, when I would lose all faith that my song was in rotation, my ears would hear the introductory notes of the best song I had encountered in my young life: "The Greatest Love of All," sung by Whitney Houston.

Oh man!! That song just made me feel alive. The way Whitney Houston's voice would emit hope, love, strength. Her voice just gave me chills, and I would get the sudden urge to belt out the lyrics like she did. So, I sat in the back of the car just letting out everything I had within me. If I had been in a karaoke competition I would have won two awards, one for most emotion and one for worst voice.

Here's the thing, in order to successfully pull off a sing-along, one needs the best mock microphone around. Many use a brush, their hair dryer, or like me, their balled up fist. However, those just don't work it. Until now, thankfully, EcoTools has come out with a mondo Bamboo bronzer brush* that works perfectly as a mock microphone. In addition, the brush is a great makeup tool too.



the Bamboo bronzer brush makes quite the first impression. The brush head is densely packed, rounded, and very soft. The handle is very thick in diameter and mid-size in length. I am used to seeing bronzer/kabuki brushes with shorter handles, so I didn't know how I would like working with this brush.

At first, I tried this brush strictly with my bronzer, and it worked well. It did what it had to do, it picked up a subtle amount of bronzer and softly delivered the color. The bristles are so soft, that it helps to diffuse heavy pigmentation. I thought, "Okay, this is a nice brush. It feels like I have velvety feathers caressing my face, and I doesn't leave dirty bronzer streaks all over my face." Then, I decided to try the bronzer brush with my everyday minerals foundation, which I had not touched in a while because I was tried of having to buff the stuff in. Well, this is when the brush really stood out (other than for playing the role of the microphone). First, I dipped the brush in the mineral powder, then I tapped off the excess, and buffed the foundation onto my face. I was surprised at how well the foundation was evenly spread, how little I had to truly buff, and how nice the finish was.

See, the reason why I had not been wearing the mineral foundation, even though it offers the perfect skin match, is because I tend to use the everyday minerals flat top brush with it, and I was getting tired of how heavy my face looked when applying the foundation with this brush. Then I tried the everyday mineral kabuki brush with the foundation, but the coverage was just too sheer for my taste, and the mixture I use is not a sheer finish. (FYI, I use a mixture of the semi-matte, matte, and a touch of the intensive formulas in golden medium and buttered tan to get the perfect match.) So, I just put the brushes and the foundation aside, until now. Now, I kind of can't wait to put my foundation on again. I attribute this excitement to the bronzer brush.

The brush is fuller than the everyday mineral kabuki, which helps in delivering more coverage, I think (remember, just my ideas, I'm no scientist). Also, since it is round, it doesn't deposit a crazy amount of foundation like the flat top brush does. This brush has significantly cut back on the amount of time I have to buff the mineral foundation.

However, just to let you know, the thick handle did take some getting used to. None of my other brush handles are as thick at this handle, and so this handle felt a little cumbersome. After several times, I got the hang of manipulating the handle, but it wasn't instantly comfortable. Also, this brush take FOR-EVAH to dry after washing. I washed it around 8 pm and it still wasn't dry at 2 or 3 pm the next day (it was on the damp side). It was fully dry around 4 or 5 pm. So, it feels like you have to plan ahead when washing this brush.

I received this brush to review, but I would definitely buy another one so that I could rotate them between washes. This is a worthwhile brush.

So if you don't have a decent bronzer/kabuki brush, check this one out.

Pics



Rating
4 out 5 happy wallets (very nice brush, but takes a while to dry and get used to the handle)
Price: $9.99 (really nice price for the quality. In fact, I think I might just buy a backup)
Where: local drugstores or check here www.eco-tools.com



*Note on review: I did receive these product to review. However, I was not paid for writing a review, and I always vow to be honest. The gratis products did not sway my opinion one way or another.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

lipstick as toys

In my desire to give my Avon lipsticks some attention, I decided to pull them out so that I could swatch them for the blog. I figured it would be good for them to see the light of day and the world (oh so presumptuous) to have a better idea of what the lipstick shades look like because the swatches that Avon offers are sub par. Therefore, you see a shade that you think you are going to love. You order the shade, receive it, and proceed to feel a rush of disappointment and disillusionment.

In my quest to save you money, I did my best to capture the shades a little better. Before I proceed with the swatches, let me show you what happened.



Yup, that is Cheeks holding the lipsticks. He baby-handled each and every single tube I pulled out. He would speed crawl to a tube, hold it, pet it, squeeze it, and then proceed to put it in his mouth. When he was done drenching the outside and leaving two or three tooth marks on the case, he would throw the tube to the floor and grab another lipstick. This kid will definitely become familiar with makeup. He has no other choice.

First, let's attack the Ultra Color Rich mousse lipsticks. These are very creamy and claim to provide pigment and moisture (the extra moisture comes from the moisturizing core that we are seeing more and more in lipsticks). These lipsticks do deliver great pigment, extreme creaminess, and they are not drying. Along with the pigment, they also offer a pretty sheen to them. However, there is a distinct smell to the them that doesn't agree with me. The lipsticks smell like flowers and Vaseline. Not entirely offensive, but definitely noticeable. I think the moisturizing core attributes to the smell. I don't tend to wear these lipsticks very often because the shades are very deep, and I haven't been in the mood to wear deep shades in a while.

I looked on the Avon website, and it seems like these aren't on the market anymore, but here are the swatches in case you come across them in the outlet.


My favorite shades are rum raisin, truffle, and very vixen. However, I really have to be in the mood for these.

Next, the regular Ultra Color Rich lipsticks, which I really love. These are really creamy, they are moisturizing, offer full color coverage, and last a decent amount of time (maybe 4 or 5 hours depending on activity. This won't outlast kissing and constant drinking). These lipsticks smell pretty--something like caramel and vanilla--but it is very subtle. The lipstick bullet is wider than the standard lip, which helps if you have bigger lips. Not so much if you have small lips. Of all the Avon lipsticks I have, these are my favorite. I would definitely buy more. Also, yay! they are still available on the Avon website, and they are on sale.

My favorite shades are Sheer Raspberry and Sheer Mocha (not pictured, I found it my purse after taking the pictures. It's in my purse for a reason.) Berry, Berry nice is a bit too pink and bright for me, but it is good to mix with other shades. Cherry Jubilee is deep and bold.

Finally, the lipstick with the longest name around: Beyond Color Plumping Lipcolor spf 15 with Double the Retinol. Yes, such a long name for such a regular lipstick. I have two of these, and I bough them because of the shades, not because of the plumping. I am not, and really will never be interested in plumping lipsticks. But, just to let you know, these don't plump at all. They are just nice, rich, creamy lipsticks. As a matter of fact, they are very similar to the Ultra Color rich lipsticks. Maybe they offer a little smoother finish on the lips, but that is all.

I really enjoy Twig. Sienna is pretty too, but veers on the side of orange, which doesn't always complement the face I am going for.

So that is it for now, but I have some Cover Girl Trushine lipstick swatches coming up eventually.
much love!

Monday, February 1, 2010

Oh my! Is that a black eye?!

One day, I managed to get out of the house somewhat on time to get Cheeks to a playgroup. Once we were there, I was enjoying watching Cheeks clumsily crawl around after a toy. As I was staring into his beautiful face, I exclaimed, "Oh my gosh! Is that a black eye? Cheeks, what did you bump your face into?" Then, a fellow mother looked, and said, "I don't think that is a black eye. It is just lighting and a dark circle." Could it be? Yes, it can. My child has inherited my beautiful, illustrious dark circles. Poor child. At least he has enough cheeks to distract from the bluish tint under his eyes. Poor, poor child.

Thankfully, he is not of the age to wear mascara yet, because if he were of age, his dark circles might be further emphasized at the end of the day and through the night after makeup removal. You see, a long time ago, I was researching things to do to avoid bringing attention to dreaded dark circles. Among the recommendations, making sure that there were no traces of eye makeup was one of them. At first read, I thought, "duh!" However, after more pondering (yup, I pondered dark circle maintenance), I realized that I really didn't pay too much attention to full eye makeup removal. I did the best I could to remove the mascara. However, I would wake up with a cast of darkness in addition to the blue cast. Sure, I would swipe before a fresh makeup application, but there always seemed to be some more residual makeup. So, my quest for the most effective eye makeup remover started.

First, I used a cleansing oil (from DHC), while very effective (and the appearance of dark circles did improve), it was getting quite expensive and I could not maintain the habit. Then, I tried ponds cold cream; again, quite effective, but still a little too oily and heavy. I would have blurry vision for a hour after washing my face. Then, I tried one of Maybelline's eye makeup remover. Meh, very, very oily. At this rate, I just resigned myself to experiencing an oily residue and decided to stick with baby oil. But, I grew so tired of looking like a oil spill had just occurred on my face.

Now, just recently, I started to explore the non-oily makeup removers. I have tried the Target brand makeup remover (it is a knock off of the Neutrogena makeup remover). The remover wasn't very effective, it dried out my lids, and I just wasn't excited about it. Once I used it up, I decided to try the Clean and Clear Soothing eye makeup remover. I have been using this remover for more than two months. This is an "oil-free dual phase formula, containing cucumber extracts and conditioners" (from the 5.5 oz bottle). The remover does not have a fragrance, and it does not irritate at all. Oh, and it claims to remove waterproof mascara.
Well, it has taken some time to consider if I would buy this again, and I have finally decided that it is on my short list, but I want to see what else it out there.

I like that the remover
  • does not irritate the eyes
  • does not leave my vision blurry
  • feels light and is easy to wash off
  • does not require much tugging
  • does not leave my lids, nor eyes, dry.


However, the reason I want to see what else it out there is because the remover is a little lackluster with darker eyeliners and waterproof mascara. I have to use several cotton balls to remover a thin line of liquid liner, more than two coats of mascara, or one to two coats of waterproof mascara. So, nevermind an ass-kicking smokey eye. Honestly, I really don't want to create a mountain of cotton balls to remove makeup. I want something a little more effective for the liner and the mascara.

Really, this makeup remover is great for women, and men, who wear a light eye. I tend to wear liner and several coats of mascara, so I have to deal with residue after doing several saturated swipes, washing the face, and drying.

If the day comes when Cheeks wants to explore wearing eye makeup, I will let him know that this makeup remover exists, but I will recommend checking out something else before settling on this one. I might also recommend a yellow corrector under his concealer.

Rating:3.5 out of 5 happy wallets. Not a total flop. It does the job for a basic eye; so if you don't wear a lot of makeup, but are looking for an eye makeup remover, then try this one out. Doesn't do excellently with waterproof mascara.
Price: $5-$7, depending on store

If you have any recommendations for drugstore eye makeup removers, let me know.

More to come!
much love!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

quick note

I have been laying low for a while. Cheeks and I were nursing a cold, and life just happens. However, I just wanted to peak from under the rock and use my corner of the internet to remind everyone to not forget those in Haiti. I know that there are many catastrophes in this world, and even more people suffering, but Haiti just tugs at my heart.

If you have some money to spare, consider passing on some of it to the organizations that are working hard to save lives and reconstruct. It doesn't have to be now, it can be later because the effects of the catastrophe will be long lasting.

I will be back with a review later on.
Take care and much love

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Cheeks, get to work (the awesome story behind picking the winners)!

First, I would like to give a great "Thank You" to all who participated in the EcoTools by Alicia Silverstone cosmetic bag contest! Thank you for following, and I aim to be better at delivering more reviews. If you have requests for reviews, please don't be shy. I get product block sometimes, and your suggestions are welcome. Also, I hope to have more contests so do check in.

Here is the story of the drawing and the winners, and a surprise at the end.

After we said goodbye to the eventful year that was 2009, I went to my messy work desk and started listing out and the contestants for the EcoTools by Alicia Silverstone cosmetics bag. Once I was done assigning the names random numbers, and cut up the list into little squares, I folded the squares up and placed them in a fishbowl where my betta, Alexander the Great used to live (He passed away from pop-eye disease several years ago.).

Then, I called the Scholar and Cheeks to my work area. Once the two arrived at my desk, I asked the Scholar to blindfold Cheeks, and then blindfold himself. Afterwards, I turned them in circles, turned the light on and off several times, and raised the temperature several degrees. Cheeks was laughing the entire time, and the Scholar asked where I took them. Perfect, not only were they blindfolded, but they were disoriented. They were in the perfect state of mind to objectively draw random numbers from the fishbowl.

The Scholar started complaining that his arms were getting tired of holding Cheeks, so I led them to a nearby chair. Cheeks was still enjoying this adventure. After they were comfortably seated, I asked the Scholar to pick a little folded up square from the fishbowl. He drew Joan's number. Then, I asked Cheeks to draw another folded square (He can do this now, he is exercising his pincer skills with Cheerios. Sooo cute!) He drew Rebecca's number. I had to quickly snatch the paper out of Cheek's hand because it was going straight to his mouth. Whew! As I was about to ask the Scholar to draw another piece of paper, a biiiggg goop of slobber landed on a singular square inside the fishbowl. I looked up, and Cheeks, still blindfolded, had just released a deluge of drool (He has three teeth coming in at the same time). I figured fate was picking the third winner. So I took out the slobbered piece of paper out, and the chosen number belonged to vrtish55.

Congrats to the winners! You will get your package soon!

And here is the surprise: I really didn't commission Cheeks or the Scholar to help with the drawing. Instead, I used random.org. This detailed, made-up event came to me in a dream, and I thought it was too much fun to not acknowledge. So, vrtish55, rest assured, Cheeks did not slobber on your randomly assigned number. And to the rest of the readers, Cheeks was not blindfolded. As a matter of fact, he was eating asparagus right next to me when I was getting the results on random.org.

Muah!
much love

Friday, January 1, 2010

Contest Winners

The contest winners have been chosen. Be sure to check your email.
Once I have established contact with the winners, they will be announced. If I don't hear from them, then I will draw again.


Hope everyone had a happy and safe New Year celebration.

I turned in at 10pm because I am awesome.