Monthly Archives: August 2012

Sparkles and Plum Tones

I made my first stop ever at an Ulta store last week and felt like I had died and gone to nail polish heaven. I know they have many other amazing products and lines that they carry, but I only had eyes for the lacquer!

I picked up 4 new Zoya colors from the fall Designer and Diva collections, and a nude shade from OPI’s Germany collection.

I’m not a huge fan of shimmer or glitter, but after seeing the Diva collection, I just had to have Daul. It’s got gold micro glitter in it, giving it the most beautiful shimmer. I also love that it’s so smooth when it dries, not rough at all. It’s also super easy to remove. (not something I expect with a glitter polish.)

I also like that it has a red tone to the purple. This is just a fun and pretty polish to wear. I also picked up the other micro glitter polish called FeiFei. It’s a steel blue with gold, pink, and blue glitter. It’s on my toes, and it looks so sophisticated.

Yes, this is a Zoya love-fest. If you haven’t tried the brand out yet, pick a color you like and give it a go. They’re only $8 a bottle. The new fall colors are amazing!

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Oh MAC, Where Have You Been All My Life?

In the past 8 years, I’ve been living in a small town that only has 4 department store makeup counters. Lancome, Estee Lauder, Clinique, and Elizabeth Arden. If I want more than that, I have to drive an hour away for other brands like Origins, Bobbi Brown, Benefit, Chanel, Shu Umura, Philosophy, Bare Escentuals, and MAC. I have such a love of makeup that I’ve tried all the other brands. Well, all the other brands except for MAC.

MAC intimidated me. The people who worked at the MAC store were serious. They wore all black, and had their makeup brushes belted on like tools. I know brushes are tools, but I almost expected them to pull out a power drill from that tool belt. They were also so serious about the makeup. There were no smiles, it was all business. It didn’t seem at all frivolous. Maybe this is wrong of me, but I expect a little friendliness with my cosmetic assistance. I might just be my local MAC store.

Since starting this blog, I have come across so many people who are devoted to the MAC brand. (my friend Shannon of Eyemasq to name one)  After much debating, I finally made an appointment and drove an hour to visit my “local” MAC store. I had to see what everyone was talking about.

I discovered several things:

  • I had no reason to be intimidated.
  • The makeup is very reasonably priced as far as department store products go
  • There are more colors that I could have ever wanted
  • The brushes are amazing
  • The staff member who helped me was extremely knowledgeable
  • I got exactly what I asked for

I went into my appointment with a clean, moisturized face. I told the MAC lady helping me that I always wore a bold lip, and a neutral eye, but it was time to switch it up. I ended up with 5 different shadow colors on my eyes, and their gel eyeliner. Pop! Wow, I had never seen my eyes that way before. Add a pair of false eyelashes and they might have committed a crime.

I also ended up getting a pale pink lipstick. I don’t have many pink lipsticks in my collection. If I do have pink lipsticks, they’re fuchsia or dark peony, not this soft “Angel” that the MAC lady handed me to try on. I almost told her “I don’t think this will work”, but I trusted and put it on. It was perfect. I can’t believe I love a pale pink colored lipstick.

I walked away with 8 products from the MAC store. I also had a list of other items I might pick up on my next visit. The only thing I wasn’t pleased about was the MAC lady didn’t take the time to show me which eye shadow went where, or give me a written description of what color went where. I paid, was handed the bag, and shoved out the door. After spending 40 minutes with me, and taking $140 dollars from me, I didn’t even get a “Good-bye, come see us again!”

The verdict: I love the product. I’ll probably go back. I might just wait for my next big haul until I can visit another MAC store and see if the experience is different.

After visiting my local MAC counter

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Stuck In Bed

I’ve been in bed for the past 4 days. I’m not sick really, but I can’t get out. It’s a long story, so I’ll give you the short version.

7 years ago I had brain surgery. (no, it wasn’t for cancer) Since then, I’ve had terrible migraine headaches for months or years at a time. In the past 12 months my neurologist has been adjusting my medication to see what will help most. What had been working amazingly well stopped working in June, and I’ve been feeling like death on a cracker for weeks now. I’ve had a constant migraine since June.

On Thursday he started me on 2 new medications for migraine prevention, and upped my dose of the other med I was already taking. So now I’m dizzy, I talk really slow, and fell out of bed yesterday morning. All this time spent in bed is boring. I’ve watched too many videos,  spent too much time trolling the internet. I have been reading some books, but I keep falling asleep. Lying down while reading has put me to sleep for more than a decade. My doctor said that if these new medications don’t work, my next option is Botox. What! I was beyond surprised. Apparently the FDA approved Botox for Migrainetreatment in late 2010. Doctors using Botox for cosmetic purposes found that their patients said that after injection they didn’t have their migraines anymore. It was an incidental finding. The treatment for migraine is based on the cosmetic treatment. Forehead, crows feet, smile lines and then multiple place around the head and neck.

Botox injection sites for migraines

In my early 30s when my mother was getting Botox, I told myself that I never would. Last year I started to reevaluate that idea.  Botox gets scary when its overdone. If used judiciously, it’s great. It keeps you from getting deep wrinkles, and you still have some movement of your face. Ironically, now there a chance that I might end up with it because of my migraines. It’s still expensive, but this time my insurance will cover it.

So in 6 weeks I’ll find out if my medications have worked, or if it’s Botox time. Until then, I can’t wait until I get used to my new medications and don’t have to stay in bed anymore. The migraine is awful, but staying in bed is the worst.

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Sparkly Mani

I had a little extra time on my hands today, and decided to put some extra effort into making my hands look pretty. I love blue polish, and I love dark polish. What could be better than a beautiful shade from Zoya called Ibiza. (I also have a special place in my heart for this shade, because I spend a very fun filled week on the island of Ibiza many moons ago.)

I also used Milani Jewel FX in Gems. It’s a multi colored hexagonal glitter that is just fun in a bottle. I’ve been keeping it on my feet until today because it’s a lot of look for me. I decided that I’d try it out and see what it looked like.

I used a small art brush to apply the glitter since the brush from the bottle was too big, but overall, this manicure was super easy. Base coat, dark polish, and small brush to apply glitter. Wait a few minutes and set with Seche Vite.

I’m hoping the crazy striped maxi dress I’m wearing will bring out the colors of the glitter. Let me know what sorts of manicures you’re sporting these days. I’d love to see a picture.

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Video Review of August 2012 Favorites

Over the past several weeks I’ve been falling in love with some specific cosmetic products. I wanted to share them with you, and the easiest way was to make a video. I hope you enjoy it.

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Blog Tag – I’m It

As a child, I was one of the slowest runners in my class. I was always chosen last for sports, I was perpetually it when we played tag, and I never stopped calling “Marco” in the pool. I was excellent at many other things, but sports wasn’t my forte. When my best friend The Literary Tiger tagged me for a round of Blog Tag, I immediately remembered my childhood.

So in memory of my childhood, I’ll be perpetually “it.”

The Rules:

1. I must post the rules.
2. I must answer the questions the tagger listed for me. (Thanks Literary Tiger)
3. I must create or reuse 11 questions for those I tag.  (See below)
4. I must tag 11 people. (It could be any of you . . . .)
5. I must let them know they’ve been tagged.  (My footmen will be sending out announcements presently)

6. Not that it’s necessary, but please refer to rule number 1 to see why I struck out rules 3-5.

1. What do you want to be when you grow up?

Do I really have to grow up? I’ve found life very fulfilling talking for a living, and being a mom. (I’m a radio DJ) If I had to get a Master’s degree in something, I’m interested in studying marketing.

2. What is your favorite thing to spend money on?

The easiest things to spend money on are cosmetics and jewelry. I don’t even think about it anymore. I also enjoy stocking my kitchen with beautiful serving ware and dishes. I entertain a lot, so keeping my kitchen up to date is important to me. I can’t stand chipped dishes or mismatched serving ware.

3. What time of day do you read/write the most?

Evenings are the best time for me. When my 2 and 4-year-old girls are in bed I can finally sit down and read or blog without distraction.

4. When you’ve had a hard or a bad day, what makes you feel better?

Escapism behavior. Watching a movie while in a bath with a cup of tea. Having a laugh with my best friend over the phone and talking about what we’d do if we ever won the lottery. Reading a fashion magazine cover to cover. Painting my nails and watching a favorite TV show. Something that completely takes my mind off my bad day.

5. If you could own any kind of creature (mythical or not) what would it be?

An elephant. I’ve loved elephants since I was a kid, and I still think they are amazing. Of course my elephant would come with a huge piece of land for it to roam on, and a keeper to pick up it’s amazingly huge poop. I’d help take care of it, but I don’t want to do poop patrol all by myself.

6. Are you an extrovert or introvert? 

My job as a DJ has helped me to overcome my extreme shyness. I enjoy being around people and I am very social, but at the end of the day I’m exhausted. So officially I’m an introvert.

7. If you could be anybody for just a day, who would it be and why?

I would be Elizabeth I of England. As the daughter of King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn she was caught in the middle. Not a male heir, not the oldest child, the offspring of a very unpopular queen. In her youth before she became queen, she learned to be what others wanted her to be. She was a survivor. After she was crowned, she found a way to rule a country alone without a man. Something unexpected in her day. She was witty, daring, strong-willed, and exceedingly smart.  I think I could learn a lot from a woman like that.

8. If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?

If I was being altruistic, I would say something like “the ability to help solve all the world’s conflicts.” Truthfully, every time I’m dreaming and I have a superpower, its always flying. Apparently my subconscious knows something I don’t.

9. What’s your favorite Olympic event?

Gymnastics.

10. What were your best and worst subjects at school?

I was great in English and History, worst in Math and Physics.

11. What’s one thing you want to learn before you die (e.g. a musical instrument, a language, how to perform brain surgery, e.t.c.)?

I want to learn how to draw. I can sketch a few easy things, but nothing elaborate. I’d love to be able to draw something or someone recognizable.

Winter Nail Polish I Can’t Wait to Wear

I know it’ still summer, but I’m so excited about the change in season just because of all the great nail colors I’ve been seeing recently. I just want to strip off the bright pink polish I’m wearing and reach for a smoky green, or a deep plum, or the Tom Ford nail color in “Bitter Bitch”.
I know that nearly 8 weeks more of warm weather is a good thing, but I always look forward to fall. Even as a kid, I couldn’t wait to start wearing my new school clothes even if it was too hot. I don’t go back to school shopping anymore, but I do love to update my current wardrobe with a few new items every season. It’s not just clothing I add to my wardrobe, but accessories and cosmetics as well.
Here are a few colors and specific polishes I can’t wait to pick up. I doubt I’ll buy them all, but I expect to add at least 8-10 to my collection over the next few months.
Winter Nail Polish 2012

Tom ford nail polish
neimanmarcus.com

Chanel nail polish
nordstrom.com

Nail lacquer
bloomingdales.com

NARS Cosmetics nail polish
narscosmetics.com

Nail polish
butterlondon.com

Butter london nail polish
$19 – debenhams.com

Zoya nail polish
artofbeauty.com

Zoya nail polish
artofbeauty.com

gym dandy
essie.com
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