New Make-up Addiction

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Like most girls, I’m a make-up monger.  I can’t answer for other girls as to why they love make-up so much, but I can at least answer why the make-up section at Target or the grocery store always sucks me in like the Bermuda Triangle.

My biggest answer is that I’m an artist.  To me, make up is paint and my face is a blank canvas that I can be creative with every morning.  Those make-up sections are a field of wild-flowers and I’m a honey bee.  I just can’t help myself…the colors are so mesmerizing!!  Even if I don’t need anything, I’ll still go look.  I hardly buy, though and often have a love/hate relationship with make-up that I can’t try on.  The stuff you can try on is at the make-up stores or counters and cost way to much, so I hardly go there either.

That is why I’m tickled at having discovered NYX Cosmetics.  They aren’t terribly new, but I’m seeing them pop up more and more, in different places.  I first got sucked in by their eye brow kits for $6, and a duo-pencil for $10 (cleverly labeled, “eyebrow push up bra”–indeed).  Recently I bought their concealer, which I know is a bit anti-climatic, but hear me out.  First, they have 12 different shades including the hard to find lavender, orange, and green.  Then, to make it even better, its only $5!  It comes in this little pot, and I can tell it will last quite a long while.  Annnndddd!!! Its not too thick or cakey!  This is important, because I’ve been trying to do the whole “no make-up” make-up look, so the last thing I want is to look like I’m wearing 10 inches of stuff on my face.  Ewwww!  If I was left on a deserted island with a hot guy and could only bring one make-up item, it would be concealer.

I’m really intrigued by their ergonomic liquid eye-liner, so I’ll be checking that out next.  I, like most girls, have been struggling heinously with the whole “cat-eye” technique.  Maybe I can finally master it! HA!

What are your favorite make-up brands?

A Nerdy Accessory Turns Chic.

I’m not going to lie, I am completely thrilled with the fact that glasses, over the past few years, have become “fashionable” to wear again. Even though I would love to get laser surgery on my eyes and I do normally wear contacts its nice to have the option of giving my eyes a rest with a pair of glasses.

Of course, when I got my first pair of glasses in 5th grade, it was not cool, and there was no way around it. You were promptly labeled “four eyes” and this just added another target on your back. (I had several that included braces, a very unflattering pixie cut, and Goodwill clothes that my step-mom made me wear.)

In high school I even went as far as doing without glasses and being blind until I could finally convince my mom to let me get contacts. (Oh the stories I could tell of talking to a guy I thought was cute until he go A LOT closer!!)

I honestly don’t think glasses became cool until the past year or so where it seems everyone wears them (although they are always the same thick black frames shaped like Ray Bans). When my puppy ate my old pair a few weeks ago I was bummed because I liked the ones that I had had for six years, but was kind of excited to find new ones. Shopping for glasses has gotten so much easier too, because there are more options which is important for someone like me with a pea sized head. I can only wear kid sized glasses and I don’t wan’t Hello Kitty or Barbie frames.
The ones in the picture are my new ones and fortunately only have a tiny frog on the side of the earpieces to indicate their target audience.

Overall, thanks to larger online retailers that will actually ship glasses to you to try on at home, shopping for glasses is no longer a nightmare. Also, I can let my nerd side show a little more now without the stigma of the “four eyes” label. (I’m still baffled at how being smart can be used as an insult, but ok…)

Can you guys think of any other accessories that people used to be made fun of, but are now considered cool or fashionable?

The gloss factor.

IMG_1809[1]I normally don’t do lip colors for three reasons. One, as you can see from the pic in the upper left hand corner, my lips have a decent amount of color on their own, making it complicated to find a color without trying it on at first. I can’t tell you how many times I have bought a lip color only to get it home and find out it doesn’t even show up.

Two, my lips are so precisely shaped that I have a hard time putting the lip color on. I envy the girls who can just whip out their lipstick/gloss, apply it without a mirror or pause, and pop it back in their bags. No can do here, sister. I need a mirror, a steady hand, and a good minute or two, because if I stray even a smidgen out of line…its a mess.

Three, the Man doesn’t want to kiss sticky lips…who would?

So, as of now, these are my go to colors. The one top right is L’Oreal’s Infallible Lip Gloss in Red Fatale, the one below it is Burt’s Bees’ Starry Night, and the one on the bottom left is from Bath & Bodyworks’ Red collection.

As you can see, the shape of my lips does not do too well with color!

Modern day pheromones.

Modern day pheromones.

I have a very sensitive sense of smell, and as such am really picky when it comes to my personal fragrance. I always apply memories to specific scents so, while I would love to have a one go-to fragrance, I just don’t think that will be possible. These two are my favorites, as of now. The one on the right is Tocca Florence. I discovered it in Sephora about four years ago and saved up for a while to get it (it was on the pricier side for my tastes—but completely worth it because one squirt is all you need, as it obviously lasts quite a while) According to Tocca’s website (www.tocca.com) The perfume’s fragrance consists of:

Top Notes: Italian Bergamot, Grapefruit Leaves, Green Pear, Apple
Middle Notes: Ivory Gardenia, Crushed Violet Petals, Jasmine, Tuberose, Blue Iris
Bottom Notes: Blonde Wood, White Musk

Considering the fact that 2 of my all time favorite scents, gardenia and jasmine, are involved its no surprised I fell for this floral fragrance hard.

The Coco Mademoiselle on the left is a more recognizable one for most people, because we have seen the ads, starring Keira Knightley, everywhere. (Natalie Portman represents the regular Coco line.) Unfortunately I cannot find a list of its fragrance mixture anywhere. According to the Chanel website (www.chanel.com) it is a, “Sexy, fresh Oriental fragrance [that] recalls the irrepressible spirit of the young ‘Coco’ Chanel.” Umm, okay.

I do find it quite spicy and grown up, and although I absolutely hated it when I first smelled it on someone else (some say it has patchouli notes to it—and I can’t stand too much of that fragrance) it grew on me after awhile.

These two fragrances are as opposite as they come, but I love them both for they certainly inspire both my naughty and nice side!

What are your favorite fragrances to wear? Do you have a favorite fragrance for your partner to wear?

I’m not gonna lie, but a great smelling guy is dead sexy. (No, guys this does not mean take a bath in the stuff, one spritz is enough—trust me!)

TBT 1920’s style!

TBT 1920's style!

Now you have that song stuck in your head, don’tcha? Haha!

I didn’t realize I had so many 1920’s style looks! The top to hair pieces are from Claire’s. The headband doesn’t get worn often, because it slides off my head, but it is cute. The feathers were worn at my sister-in-law’s wedding a few winters ago. I had longer hair then, that I attempted to put into one of those fake finger wave bobs the celebs always do. Yeah, without a professional hairdresser…major fail!

The hat, I found at a Juicy Couture (or as my brother-in-law calls it Juicy Cooter) store. Even though it doesn’t fit well, especially after chopping my long hair off, I had to buy it. I think it was the Yankee Doodle like feather that did me in. Perhaps this is more 1940’s than 20’s, but it’s still a fun look.

Does anyone else have a favorite decade they like to integrate into their wardrobe? If so, send pics! (Yeah, even the unsuccessful ones!)

Writer’s Bags

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Every parent knows that a mere purse is not sufficient for a day out with a baby or toddler. I am now realizing the same is true as a writer. My books are like my babies now and I am realizing that in order to go out into public prepared I need a writer’s bag. Something big enough to hold my laptop, books, notebooks and any other writing utensils I may need. This cute bag I found at Target for about $30. It would be completely perfect aside from the fact that I don’t need it since I already have 2 writing bags!

More pretties.

More pretties.

The earrings I love because they are so unique (from Francesca’s) and the little rose ring was $5 from the Portland Rose Garden’s Gift shop. How could I pass these up?