22 November 2011

Unfailing the 30 Day Challenge : Questions 7 and 8!

7) Favorite Eyeshadow Color?  MAC Ricepaper or Urban Decay Skimp and Wreckage (from the Mariposa Palette - I am in love with this palette the way the rest of the world is in love with the Naked Palette).  Ricepaper is a gorgeous natural highlighter from MACs perm range.  Skimp is lovely blended over the lid for a quick brightening eyeshadow look.  Wreckage is lovely on its own, its a true ash brown with silvery and golden sheen in it, but blended a tiny bit with a bronzer (or a shade like MAC cork) it takes on this lovely purple tinge and its UHMAYZING.  The warmth juxtaposes the ashy edge Wreckage has and makes it really beautiful.

8) What is my favorite daytime look?  Ahem.  See this post and this post. If there is one impression you take away from my blog, it is that I love winged liner and nude lips (just like Lauren Conrad apparently - omg I am a Hills clone in a parallel universe, I feel ashamed).  But its true, I actually wear it so much I'm borderline bored with it, but I can't think of any other makeup that is as flattering on me or as quick to do.

21 November 2011

Weirdly Beautiful Nail Treatment Courtesy of YouTube

The video above is to Sokolum79's interpretation of Emma Watsons UK Elle manicure. Its feminine and unexpected. I think I'm going to try it in my nails tonight. I'm blogging from my IPhone. This is not working as planned.

UPDATE:  Blogging from my laptop is much more advantageous and informative.  Will not blog from Phone in the future.  Lesson learned partly sponsored by Alice in Chains.

20 November 2011

The Usual Suspects: What I Keep in My Purse & My Stereotypical Look

Just business as usual.  First Up - My purse.

I try to be minimalistic, but I think it just appears that way.

- Grey Purse (I forget the model number ) by Etienne Aigner.
- Black Leather Sugar Skull wallet by Loungefly.
- Modella Pink Cheetah Print Makeup Bag
-White and Silver Contact Emergency Thingie - It has a contacts case and spare set of new contacts.  Dead Handy.
- Lauren Conrad Sunglasses from Summer 2011.  (I feel ashamed of myself for owning an LC product, but these are awesome, and HUGE.  Which I love.  I secretly think I'm Bono.)
- Keys
- Mentos
- Hot Pink Ink Pen
- Skagen of Denmark Steel Chainmail Watch (I love this watch.  Its awesome and waterproof and can be sterilized should I choose).
- Pandora Champagne Leather Double Strand Bracelet
- Pandora Silver Charm Bracelet

I carry my watches and my bracelets around because I wear them daily, I just keep them in my purse because generally I remember them in my car on my way to work.  Keeping them in my purse makes it so I can still wear them.

Whats in the Hot Pink Bag of Doom.

There is a lot of shit in that little pink bag.

1) The Body Shop Almond Hand Cream
2) Revlon Colorburst Lipgloss in Gold Dust
3) LAVANILLA Laboratories Vanilla Lavender Rollerball
4) LAVANILLA Laboratories Vanilla Blackberry Rollerball
5) Urban Decay Lip Love Lipgloss in Drizzle
6) Mini Benefit They're Real Mascara
7) Essence Lipstick in Soft Nude (or Creamy Nude, I forget and the label is worn off)
8) MAC New Temptation Sheen Supreme Lipstick
9) MAC Viva Glam Gaga II Lipstick (FAVORITE LIPSTICK EVER)
10) Urban Decay Lip Junkie Lipgloss in Wallflower
11) Physicians Formula 2 in 1 Lash Boosting Serum Eyeliner in Extra Black
12) Urban Decay DeSlick Powder
14) Karina  Mini Metallic Bobbie Pins

Yeah, My Kindle is pretty bitchin'.
I also carry my Kindle around with me, because I compulsively read.  Right now I'm finishing up the latest book in the Rosie Winters Mystery Series and am partially through the Book Thief by Markus Zusak.  The skin is from Gela Skins and this Kindle is the previous model before they revamped the line and released the Kindle Fire. I probably should join Good Reads at some point.

The Think Tanks Typical Face:

I still have the ducky bathroom curtain.  I'm only 25, not a grown up.

I'm a Scientist by trade.  Most of my colleagues don't see the need for glitter liner on a day to day basis, so I've toned it down to a typical look.  It's very similar to the previous face I posted but a little more refined and pared down.  Mainly I mask my dark circles, do my signature liner, try to contour my face a wee bit and draw subtle attention to my lips.  Overall, I like it.  It's fast and pretty easy.

- MAC Select Cover Concealer in NW25
- MAC Prep + Prime Highlighter in Light Boost
- Tarte Smooth Operator Micronized Finishing Powder
- Tarte Park Avenue Princess Matte Bronzer

- Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay in Place Cream Shadow in Golden Sands
- The Browbone shade on the Neutral side of the WnW I Heart Matte's palette
- MAC Naked Lunch
-Maybelline Line Stiletto Liquid Liner
- L'Oreal Voluminous False Lashes Mascara (or MAC Haute and Naughty Lash or Diorshow Lash Plumping Serum/ Prestige My Biggest Lashes Mascara)

- Urban Decay Lip Love Lipgloss in Drizzle

19 November 2011

Tarte Smooth Operator Micronized Clay Finishing Powder

Tarte has been a recent discovery of mine.  Which is funny, because it's not like Tarte is a new brand or anything.  I just sort of avoided it because I didn't think it could deliver the type of strong, long lasting color and finish of cosmetics I wanted to buy.  I've since come off that opinion quite a bit and have been thrilled with the products I've purchased from them. This product is probably my second favorite, if not favorite of the three products I own purely because it lets me go sans foundation.  Oh yeah.  Who doesn't like that boon?

From Tarte's Website - powder retainer not depicted.

The powder is translucent and has a softer, slightly less fluffy texture than MUFE HD powder, but about the same particle size as it's main ingredient is silica.  The next ingredient is kaolin, which is industry-speak for clay, which this is reported to have.  In fact, it's supposed to be Amazonian Clay, which I can't tell if it is or not because its described as kaolin and not kaolin du amazon or some other such nonsense.  So I'm going to go out on a limb and say that it is.  The next ingredient is a binder - lecithin.  Following up your binder is lysophosphatidic acid - which I presume is the PM20 (aka pore minimizer 20% - literally).  This is supposed to reduce your pore size by 20% after four weeks of daily use.  

I've only been using it for two, so I can't substantiate that claim, because without the powder on I can't really tell if my pores have shrunken by any percentage, and I'm assuming 20% shrinkage would be hard to detect in your pores prior to the four week marker.  However, with a liberal application of powder over un-made up skin I get a really nice soft focus finish.  Over foundationed skin, I get a nice soft focus finish as well, but the pore masking properties are more obvious because, well, I have foundation on.  So my pores should be more masked anyway.

In terms of actually setting my makeup - this powder is ok.  I need a fair bit on a small dense brush to set my concealer, and even then if I'm slightly heavy handed with my MAC Select Cover it can crease a tiny bit after application of powder.  You really have to buff it into the under eye area, so this powder is ok for that purpose.  MUFE HD performs a bit better for me in that respect.  However, buffed generally over the face with a MAC 109 I get a nice semi-matte finish.  Oilier areas of my face need a second pass, and it lasts about 3 hours or so before I need to touch up with a blot powder.

The only other thing worth mentioning is that you have to invert the container and tap it whilst upside down to get the product into the cap so you can apply it to your face.  This is purely because there is a single hole for the powder to escape in the middle of the plastic insert inside the powder container.  But it only takes a few taps and after a couple of uses the powder flows more freely.  If you click here, you can read how Tarte describes suggests getting the product out of the container.  However, I was not aware of this until about now, so I have no idea if the "perfect amount of powder" is actually dispensed.  So.  Just, you know, FYI.

Yes. I had to do it.  And for the record, the white guy on the bongo's kills it.  Tarte Smooth Operator Micronized Clay Finishing Powder retails for $28 at Tarte's website and on Sephora's.  Happy pore-shrinking!

18 November 2011

Tanaka Facial Massage: AKA the best thing ever

Seriously.  I'm not kidding.  I now have a more sculpted, lifted, depuffed, smoother face.  My skin/ face looks great.  Bonus: I have a significantly reduced double chin.  I feel like that is reason enough to try this.

Basically, the Tanaka Facial Massage works by stimulating the tissues of the face in such a manner that releases fat, toxins, inflammatory agents within your muscles and promotes lymphatic drainage.  If this is actually scientifically true or if this is a load of bupkiss, I haven't the slightest idea.  What I do know is that it works.  I can see the improvement in my face, and it didn't take long as I've been dedicatedly doing the massage morning and night for about two weeks. (I also hedged my bets by using a drugstore firming/ anti-aging/ facial recontouring cream - so take it or leave it).

The entire massage takes three minutes total and instructions can be found on You Tube, in a series of videos.  I'll link the first video, but there are five, and the actual instruction in which the model performs the massage on herself doesn't occur until the middle of video two and the beginning of three.  You can do the massage in the shower with your facial cleanser of choice or post cleansing with your moisturizer of choice.  If you have dry skin, you're going to need to use a bit more of your moisturizer as the act of massaging your face makes it absorb faster, especially if you're looking for the slip of freshly conditioned skin to use under makeup.  Also, if you have delicate/ more translucent/ thinner skin you could experience an increase of redness shortly after the massage simply because the massage is generating friction and opening up blood vessels in the epidermis, but it dissipates rather quickly.  So.  Fair warning.

Anywho! Here is the vid.  The face creams I've used with it are from the Garnier Fructis Ultra Lift Night Cream range, which are generally very hydrating and non-greasy.