Saturday, April 24, 2010

You need this: MAC Studio Finish Concealer


This is really one of the best concealers for the price. But then again, that is what MAC is known for: really great quality for a reasonable price.

MAC's Studio Finish Concealer SPF 35 is a great concealer for scarring and acne. It has a thick and creamy consistency that provides complete coverage. It's easy to blend and does not come off cakey.

Don't let the size fool you
It comes in the same packaging as MAC eyeshadow pots providing you with 7 grams/0.24 oz of product. The small size however makes it very convenient to travel with and the pigmentation makes it last many months of application.

The best part about this concealer is the range of colors it comes in. [I wear NC35] From light to dark and cool to warm, there are many shades to cater to your own individual skin tone. I have oily skin and I'd say it lasts about 4 hours on me and longer if I set with powder or layer on foundation.



Available at MAC for $16.50

MUFE Full Coverage Concealer is another concealer I really recommend but for $30 and a smaller color range, it's definitely more of a splurge. Overall, MAC SFC is one of my basic MAC must haves that I will keep repurchasing time and time again.

NARS for my birthday


Best birthday [makeup] present everrr!

NARS Nail Polish in Purple Rain



I don't really like wearing cool toned or dark polishes. I prefer corals and pinks BUT
1. it's NARS
2. It's very pretty
3. I didn't pay, it was a present!

The color is very metallic and rich with small red shimmer. It's almost opaque in 1 coat. 2 coats it's perfect. It has a very workable thick consistency that makes application very smooth.

Available at Sephora or NARS.com for $16

NARS Cream Blush in Cactus Flower



I really love cream blushes. I am quite in love with NARS blushes. Put the two together and you get NARS blush in Cactus Flower. I would describe the color as a cross between raspberry red and coral red with gold shimmer. The shimmer is subtle on the skin but like all cream blushes gives a very natural dewy flush. Even though I have oily skin I'd say it lasts at least 4 hours on me.

Available at Sephora or NARS.com for $26

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Earthquakes are Awkward

I always feel more awkward than I do terrified after an earthquake shakes up my town.

It could be because I have yet to experience a really horrible chairs-fall-on-ground-tvs-crash-onto floor type of earthquake *knocks on wood. I am not very sure how I would handle myself in that situation. Very poorly, I'd assume.

I remember when I had my temp job over the summer, there was a mild earthquake and the next day during the highly anticipated 'smoke break' everyone was talking about it. I had told my co worker that I immediately ran to my door way and stood there holding on making sure the door didn't slap me in the face. I went on about how I didn't even think twice before I leapt to the safety of the door and how in school, I felt like an expert being able to quickly get under my desk [b/c I'm so small] and manage to cover my spine and face while getting into a comfortable yet effective vital organ and precious face preserving position.

She then proceeded to tell me how that method is a complete sham and you're honest best bet is to run outside away from trees and powerlines.

So it got me thinking. If there was a terrible earthquake [or any circumstance that would require me to run the fack! outta my house] what that fack! would I bring with me?

I've always wanted to pack my own emergency duffle for you know..like emergencies, but I've never got around to it NOR would I have any clue where to place it in my already overcrowded room.

Obviously, I'd run out with the important if you live in America kinda stuff:
Wallet
SS Card
Passport
Car Keys
Health Insurance Card [If not already in your wallet]
Your piggie bank

But being the highly emotional but seemingly rational person I am, after stuffing all the above in my closest expensive handbag I'd also try and manage to stuff my pockets, bra, mouth, armpits or possible wrap in a blanket....[and so on] all this beloved crap



NARS

This shit is my expensive habit. All the other stuff: MAC, Stila, Drugstore, Clinique could crack on the floor, get burned to hell, or flood the fack! up for I care. NARS is like my make-up drug. No addict is leaving their home without their stash.



ALL my facking! $300+ HANDBAGS!!!!

I would literally take each one, stacked around my shoulders and neck and run outta the house like a mad fool. Albeit, I didn't pay $300 for any of them [good deals hollah]. There's true value in my babies. True value.


journal
journal by rufflesandpoof on Polyvore.com

But on a more serious note..

Lastly, the other thing I couldn't possibly leave without are all my journals and notebooks. I'm a nerd. But I love writing. About anything. I'm the kind of person who carries a small notebook everywhere containing odds and ends of the most insightful or most random things you'll ever read. If everything else I bring is my pride and vanity then I obviously can't forget my soul either.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Janelle's 21st Bday


Theme: The Viray Social Club circa 1930s Stockton


With the birthday girl [sexy thang in red flapper uniform]


in the birthday girl's HUGE ASS vanity mirror

Me, trying to look cool in front of the HUGE ASS window [that I could jump out of]

Again, trying to be gangsta gangsta with my friend Tri

FOTD:
MAC Studio Sculpt concealer in NC35
Laura Mericer Oil Free Foundation in Golden Beige
MAC Blanc Type
MAC Texture
MAC #42 Lashes
Avon Ultra Color Rick Lipstick in Red 2000
NARS Crazed

Friday, February 12, 2010

Boobs are fantastic, even the plastic

So this morning I logged into my YouTube subscription page and watched pretty much the most important video I'll ever watch in my life...a video about boobs.

If you are a YT makeup/shopping vid junkie like me then you may have once stumbled upon Lorraine TheCurrentCustom on YT and instantly have thought "Damn, nice boobs."

In lieu of Valentine's day she's made a video about the best bras, how to highlight boobs, and most importantly how to correctly size up your boobs.

Now, I don't know how many times I've read the little diagrams and blurbs about how to find your bra size but I do know one thing. No matter how many times or which places I read it [from the Limited Too Dressing room to Cosmopolitan Mag] I never quite understood it. Thankfully, in this vid she does not only take you step by step but straight shows you on herself step by step, her 32D boobies and all.

Behold the magic



Now on a personal note. I've always had a love-hate relationship with my boobs. [But really dislike because frankly, who hates boobs?] I love that I have something even though it makes me wonder if the alphabet really does begin with A. Mostly, I dislike that they don't really bounce, or push up, or fill into the cleavage zone of my clothes, or cause traffic accidents...[ok ok, maybe just pedestrian collisions]

And while I know that bigger boobs carry with it saggyness, hurtful bouncifullness, and back pain, could a 36B really hurt me ? :P I am a dreamer but I am realistic. 5 feet and 100 so lbs do not a set of juicy Cs make, ya feel?

So here's to boobs, they are fantastic, even the plastic. Rock on!

*scuttles to find measuring tape for fun

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

MAC Spring Colour Forecast Preview Event w/ Brents

So Tuesday, me and Brents headed over to Del Amo to join in on all the fun at the MAC store for the preview of their newest Spring Colour Forecast Collection. To learn more about it, click here.

It's basically four mini collections in the theme colors of Pink, Coral, Plum and Amber. Coral and Plum def stood out to us the most so we both picked out one little goody to take home 'for the memories' haha. There were cocktails [unfortunately you had to show I.D.], canapes, and a bunch of models serving and looking pretty.



video

This is us waiting in line for get rung up for our purchases and post having the MAs put test out all the make up on Brents.

Woot! I can't wait until I get invited to another one of these!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

I am a PRODUCT Pt. 1 Face

Instead of going crazy making absolutely comprehensive individual posts on many individual things that amount to the insanity that is my beauty product use, I've decided to kind of run them all together. Somewhat like a beauty slurrrry of reviews of things I've purchased and tried out.

AnyHOO, here's a rundown I've things I've been liking, loving, hating and the sort.


Face & Body L-R

MAC Volcanic Ash Exfoliator

Pros:
fine exfoliating grains

Cons:
grains dissolve almost instantly in water making exfoliation in the shower frankly impossible
smells different, like a volcano I suppose. somewhere between interesting and unpleasant.
can't tell if its working because your rinse will be full of black water regardless

Grade: :[[ -

I had high expectations about this. I read some really great reviews but when it actually came to trying it out, it didn't exfoliate. For the first 3 seconds after I applied it in the shower I was quite pleased with the consistency. The fine grains made me feel like I would be getting a more thorough but still gentle exfoliation. However, 2 seconds later, when the silica and ash dissolved on my wet skin, I was left confused and somewhat bumpy. I'll be now using it to exfoliate my face.

Mario Badescu Drying Lotion

Cons:
smells of very strong alcohol
may sting skin
you must shake it before every use
best to use a cotton swab for application

Pros:
diminishes the size of cystic acne after 1-2 days
a little bit goes a very long way

Grade: :]

For the price, the amount you use, and the output it delivers this is great product. I soak the end of a cotton swab with the shaken solution, dab it onto my cystic [nasty] acne, and in a couple days all that remains is a small red dot [not lump] on my face. Hooray!

Korres Body Butter in Guava

Cons:
Price

Pro:
Lovely fruity [not really guava] scent
very lightweight texture, non greasy
moisturizing

Grade: :]

Most body butters feel thick, go on thick, and make your skin feel moisturized but in a very thick [slightly icky] way. With Korres, instead of thick, you get slick. The body butter feels light like a lotion and amazingly absorbs with almost a matte feel to it. How much you use is based entirely on how dry you are but because of its light consistency it is able to spread across your skin and moisturize evenly, most likely decreasing the amount you'll need to use.

Pro Activ Refining Mask

Cons:
Pro Activ stuff is expensive
smells like sulfur
Depending on how large the pimple it will affect how often you need to apply it

Pros:
Dries up whitehead acne
Kaolin allows the mask to form a 'protective' crust so it doesn't easily rub off when you wear it overnight
a little goes a long way

Grade: :]

I always get this when I order the 3 step trial pack from Pro Activ. It's the best thing I've come across so far to dry up pimples. One small tube will last you years so it's a nice bonus and it's small so it's convenient to bring for travel.

Clinique SPF 50 Facial Sunscreen

Cons:
Price

Pros:
High SPF
only "slightly" greasy in texture
easy to blend into the skin

Grade: :]

Compared to drugstore sunscreen it's defintely more expensive. Compared to other 'higher end' type sunscreens it's definitely on the less expensive side. In a perfect world, sunblock would feel like lotion but since that's not the world I live in, expect some slight greasiness. [blot your face a few minutes afterwards] Slight french fry grease face aside, it's the nicest feeling sunblock I've used on my face so far and the high SPF is a nice bonus.

Monday, January 4, 2010

It's a New Year


2010

How wierd is it to write 1/4/10? Wierd as hell. Doesn't seem right.

But anyway, I am not much of a 'new year's resolution' person. Mostly because I never feel all 'new' at the start of the new year. Just another day after a day after another day, right?

To me, it's like having a birthday.

Someone: "So how does it feel to be [insert old fucking age here]??"

Me: "The same [looks at person as if they were asking trick question]."

You feel me?

But for the hell of it, I think I should really get on this making new resolutions wagon. I wanna put on a petticoat, tie on my little cream bonnet tight and leap on that bandwagon...

Because frankly, as stupid as I thought they were [blame teenage angst for thinking everything was stupid?] they are actually not that bad. Goals are great. As a visual person I like to have or do something visual and tangible to accomplish or understand or do anything. I draw pictures, make collages, write lists, dog ear pages and so on. Thus, I've decided if I really want to get anything done I need to see it. Whether on this blog or on hastily scribbled posters scotch-taped to my walls, what the hell I wanna do with this 2010 year.

*Not in any particular order

1. Eat fruit at least once a day
2. Do something with my hair daily
3. Save some damn money
4. Exercise for at least 20 mins daily
5. Drive somewhere really far
6. Dress special everyday
7. Start on school assignments early
8. Meet tons of new people
9. Be successful at some sort of side business
10. Do what makes me happy

I end this entry by saying here's to the new year. Now get off your ASS.