Month: October 2012

Me, Myself and I link party: October 2012

Geez, Martha, get with the program! I forgot to post this yesterday, and I don’t even know why. It’s been a busy, stressful month, and so many things are slipping my mind. Ugh.

But since I remembered today, I’ll go ahead and post it.

1. What is your favorite season?

Autumn! I love everything about it: the fashion, the food, the smell of the air, the leaves changing color, picking apples and baking cookies, curling up with tea and a good book, knowing that I have an excuse to pig out on Halloween candy…

2. Talk about a moment that changed your life.

Probably when I found my loveable stray turned king of the castle, Max. He was sick, starving, and abandoned, and terribly shy; I wasn’t in a good place after a crappy breakup; we both need a lot of TLC and I think he helped heal me as much as I helped heal him. It was good to have someone to care for, who cared for me (kitty kisses!), and who reminded me to quit feeling sorry for myself and get up to play every day! As you can see he’s really a couch potato.

3. If you could be any Crayola crayon color, what would you be and why?

Probably pink–I love pink! Or black–I wear tons of black.

4. Describe yourself as a superhero: Superpower? Name? Sidekick?

I’ll go with “Writergirl”, since that’s the tag I use all the time anyway. I would be psychic and able to teleport myself wherever I wanted to go. My sidekick, obviously, would be feline. :)

Source: 500px.com via Alba on Pinterest

5. If you had all the money in the world and could only shop at 3 stores, where would you shop?

I’ll probably never stop loving Forever 21. Piperlime–does that count since it’s online? And Anthropologie? If not, then I guess I’d load up at Kohl’s and Target. I almost always find clothes I love there.


Your turn! Tell me about yourself…

Things I Love About Fall TAG

Apparently I was tagged for this post by reading it over on Paperbacks and Polish! So instead of just listing my faves in the comments, I decided to post them here as a new blog post. You’re tagged now, so tell me your faves in the comments or in your own post! Ready, set, go!

1) Favorite Fall lip product?

I’m mostly a balm girl, but when autumn hits I start craving vampy lips. Wet n Wild Mega Last lip sticks come in some great deep berry shades; the color payoff is amazing, and they’re really cheap.

2) Favorite Fall Nail Polish?

Right now I’m loving grey polishes!I just picked up Zoya Evvie, and I can’t wait to try it–it’s a lovely grey-green hybrid. I’m also really into holographic and duo-chrome polish right now.

3) Favorite Starbucks Fall Drink?

The pumpkin spice latte, of course! Sipping happily away for years.

 

4) Favorite Fall Candle?

I actually don’t burn a lot of candles because of the cats. But I do love all of the autumn scents from Bath and Body Works and I usually try to find a candle that smells like pumpkin pie for autumn gatherings.

5) Favorite Fall Scarf or accessory?

I have a beautiful printed fall floral scarf that I bought at Romy a few years ago. It’s lightweight and oh so lovely.

6) Haunted house, haunted hay ride, or haunted corn maze?

Can I say, none of the above? I’ve never been! But this year the hubby and I are going to try to check out a corn maze, so I might have some fun stories to tell about that later on!

7) Favorite Halloween movie?

Not a huge fan of Halloween movies; too many are not scary enough. If we’re talking horror in general, the last one I watched was ‘The Woman in Black’. Poor Mr. Max had the misfortune of napping on my lap during one jump-inducing scene, and I actually got so startled that I jumped up shaking him and screaming. For some reason, he prefers napping in his catnip lounger now.

8) Favorite candy to eat on Halloween?

I CAN’T CHOOSE! I’m a huge chocoholic, so anything chocolatey = happy me. Reeses, Twix, and Milky Way bars all make me extra-happy, or anything dark chocolate. I also love candy corn. And this year I picked up a bag od pumpkin spice Hershey’s kisses, which aren’t chocolatey but are really, really, good–they taste just like pumpkin pie.

9) What are you dressing up as for Halloween?

I don’t know yet! This will be the first time in five years that I’ll be home for Halloween, as opposed to working. Last year I dressed up as a pirate and went to work in costume; no one else even bothered dressing up. Killjoys.

I might recycle the pirate costume this year but I’m thinking of doing something more elaborate, since my work costume couldn’t involve heels, makeup, or a wig (for safety reasons). Right now I’m kind of torn between a mermaid and something steampunk.

10) What is your Favorite thing about Fall? 

The smell. I love the food, the colors of the leaves, the fashion, on and on–but there’s something about the smell in the air during the fall months that just can’t be replicated any other time of year.

Haircut pics!

I’m back from the ULTA salon with my new haircut! I wanted to show you all what it looks like. :)

I got a super-lovely stylist named Sara. I showed her my pics of Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Beckinsale and told Sara that I wasn’t sure whether I should stick with long layers or take the plunge with full fringe. Her suggestion: something in the middle. “It’s best to ease into these things slowly,” she said, sectioning off a small amount and snipping in long bangs.

The result: I have long, face-framing fringe that can be swept down across my face, pulled out delicately for a few wisps, or tucked behind one ear on the days I don’t want it in my face.

I really love these long layers; my hair doesn’t seem that much shorter and it looks and feels twice as thick. I really like the face-framing pieces because now I have some movement around my face and some long fringe to pull out when I’m wearing a loose updo.

These pictures aren’t all that great–we’ve had really odd autumn weather here all week, so the light is strange and my hair looks blue-black (it really isn’t). And, ugh, I’m not wearing makeup. These were the best pics I got though to show the layers.

My ponytail is so flippity-bouncy now! This pic does a poor job of showing the long fringe but you get the idea–I can pull out the pieces and style them with a ponytail or updo so my hair won’t just be pulled straight back in a severe knot.

While I was in ULTA for my cut, I grabbed these stylers from Giovanni to style my new cut. They retail for $8.99 each, but both had $2 coupons attached, plus ULTA is offering Buy One Get One 50% Off on Giovanni hair care, plus I had my printable 20% off ULTA coupon to use. Whew! Talk about stacking up your savings! In the end it was like getting one styler free. One is a leave-in conditioning and styling creme while the other is a flat-iron spray; both have Brazilian Keratin and Argan Oil. These are both vegan products.

Hopefully I’ll be able to pull out my hot rollers soon and show you guys how my hair looks with more of a wave in it. It’s pretty straight in these pics because of the salon blow-out.

The really nice bonus to this haircut is that I’ll only need to pop back in every 6-8 weeks for a trim, so it isn’t high-maintenance at all. Always a good thing in my book!

Still not sure whether I’ll get heavier, shorter fringe next time I go in. For now I’m just happy to have a hairstyle that I’ll enjoy wearing down and loose, instead of tied back. Thanks so much Sara!

Cute Shoe Monday: pumped up kicks

I got so busy today that I almost forgot to hit “post” for Cute Shoe Monday. Silly me! What better way to remedy Monday than with a pair of cute shoes?

I’m not even sure how I feel about these sneakers, if they’re wildly impractical or really funky. All I know is that when I first heard the term “wedge sneaker” I laughed, and now every time I see a pair in a store I have this crazy urge to buy them. Maybe next payday…

I also heard this song on the radio last night and it immediately made me think of these shoes. A little Googling made me realize I’m not the only one connecting the two–apparently “pumped up kicks” is how just about everyone is describing these sneakers!

Faux leather sneaker wedges, $35.99, AMI Clubwear

Indie organic brand to try: Sunny Girl Organics

Love organic skin care? Love indie brands? Then you should check out Sunny Girl Organics! Reader Sheena Mariee gave me the heads-up about this little skincare brand, based out of New York and selling a variety of organic and vegetarian goods like body wash, lotion, and lip balm.

Sunny Girl has a great deal available that lets you try three product samples for the very low price of $2.95, with no additional fee for shipping! You get to choose your own samples, so I decided to try a body wash, lotion, and scrub.

My order arrived pretty quickly. I’m not sure why, but a fourth item was included in my order: a lemongrass spray mist, made of essential lemongrass oil. I don’t know if this was a special bonus or what. I’m guessing this is a mini of the lemongrass spray mist that’s sold as a natural insect repellant; it’s made of distilled water and lemongrass oil, and the 8-oz. bottle retails for $9.99.  This product is vegan!
You can see that my Lemongrass Body Wash sample is in fact not a sample, but a deluxe or travel size sample–two ounces!! This is also lemongrass scented; a 16-oz. bottle sells for $13.99.

As you can see from the ingredients label on the back, the body wash is all-natural and vegan! If you don’t know what lemongrass smells like, be warned: it’s not for the faint of heart. I can smell it without opening the bottle. Some people compare it to citronella, which I suppose is true, but I think this is more pleasant than a mosquito candle. It is however very strong, so I would definitely suggest sampling it before going full-size, especially if you don’t typically like strong scents.

Finally I sampled their Lemon Lavender Hand & Body Scrub ($10.99/six ounces) and their Lavender Body Lotion ($9.99/eight ounces). Both of these arrived in tiny pots and are strong-smelling as well, though in the best, most natural way possible. Both are vegan.

In fact, as far as I can tell, all of the products offered by Sunny Girl are vegetarian, and all of them are vegan except for their lip balms (containing beeswax) and their Anti-Wrinkle Creme (containing honey). The icing on the cake: all of these products are affordable! Finding a company that’s vegetarian/vegan, organic, and affordable can be difficult, so I’m pretty happy to add Sunny Girl to my shopping list!

If you want to try Sunny Girl for yourself, click here to go to their e-commerce site or click here to order your own sample kit!

Little Bear the cat wants to walk! Please take a moment to read and share…

Hi everyone! As you all probably know by now, I’m a huge animal lover, which is why I wanted to take a few minutes out of the usual fashion/beauty/hair routine to share this story with you. Say hi to Little Bear:

Little Bear was born with a deformity that has left his front legs severely crippled. He is missing the radii in both arms, which means that they are bent and do not allow him to walk, run, jump, or play like a normal kitten. He has a hard time getting around and has sores on his elbows from scraping along on the floor. He can’t defend himself, navigate stairs, or do any of the other things normal cats (and we normal cat owners) take for granted.

Surgery to repair Little Bear’s legs is possible, but it’s also very costly: his owner, Allie, has been told that it could run somewhere around $3,000 (and that’s probably a low estimate). She can’t afford that amount out of pocket, so she’s trying to get the word out about Little Bear’s condition and raise money to fund his surgery so he can have a normal, active life.

There are several ways you can help Little Bear! First, you can visit Little Bear on Facebook by clicking here. Like and share his page, status updates, and photos with everyone you know, and don’t stop at Facebook: Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, and other social media channels are also awesome for getting the word out.

Second, please vote for Little Bear in the Petco Howloween Make A Scene Photo Contest. The grand prize winner could snag $5,000, which would go a long way toward funding life-changing surgery for Little Bear. To vote for Little Bear, please follow this link to Little Bear’s entry on the Petco contest page. You’ll need to ‘like’ the Petco page in order to vote. Then just click where it says “Vote” in red letters next to Little Bear’s picture. Don’t forget to share Little Bear’s contest entry with your friends so they can vote, too! You can vote every day through October 28, so be sure to bookmark the page so you can vote again every day!

Third, click here to visit Little Bear’s page on ChipIn. (You can also donate directly using the widget in my sidebar.) These donations only benefit Little Bear; they do not benefit me in any way. I know that in this economy many people are pressed for spare cash, but even a few dollars helps, so if you can help at all please do so!

Fourth, click here to check out Little Bear’s wish list on Amazon and pick out a gift for him! There are lots of basic necessities to choose from, including litter and cat food. But there are also some other things that Little Bear especially needs because of his disability, such as kitty gates, baby socks (leg warmers for his sore elbows), and cozy beds.

Check out Little Bear in action down below. What a spunky little guy!

Please share this post with as many people as you can, through whatever social media channels are available to you. Pin it, e-mail it, tweet it, like it, whatever–or do ’em all! The more people see Little Bear’s story, the better chance he has of finding enough donors to fund a life-changing surgery that will allow him to finally walk and play to his heart’s content.

Want to see more of Little Bear’s adorable photos? Click here to view his full photo album on Facebook. Photos and video used in this post are all courtesy of Little Bear’s owner, Allie.

Product review: NYX Jumbo Lip Pencil (swatches in Pink Nude and Irish Coffee)

It’s been quite a while (almost two weeks) since I picked up these lip pencils from ULTA, but I just wasn’t ready to post a review quite yet: I really wasn’t sure what to make of them when I first tried them, and I didn’t want to just post something negative without giving it a little time and thought.

So, here at last is my review, plus a few swatches.

Product: NYX Jumbo Lip Pencil ($4.49), shown here in Pink Nude and Irish Coffee

Claim: “It’s double or nothing with this lip liner and lipstick in one. Our masterful Jumbo Lip Pencils infuse lips with alluring, nourishing color, and help you create a precision pout. That’s line, define and color with one jumbo pencil. Plus the mineral oil formula does not dry out your lips and it goes on smoothly.” (From their website)

I tried it: The product sounds great, and the packaging is pretty. I picked up a couple of pinky-nude shades in the hopes of finding a good everyday lip color that I could apply on the go–no liners, brushes, or gloss toppers needed.

First, I have to say it: that pretty packaging disguises the fact that this pencil does not twist up or sharpen. What you see at the tip is what you get. Unfortunately, what you get is not a whole lot of product, which makes the price seem a little high.

On to the formula itself: I’ve tried a lot of lipsticks, pencils, and glosses in my time, and I don’t think I’ve ever found a formula this slippery! It really feels like I’m slicking vegetable oil onto my lips. I appreciate that the formula is supposed to be non-drying, but this is taking it a bit far.

I don’t like the coverage level, either. It goes on like a full-coverage lipstick, but it’s very smeary and splotchy. Consequently, the color looks really patchy and poorly applied.  I feel like my lip lines and chapped lips look extra bad with this pencil.

I don’t really have a lot to say about the two colors I bought. I thought I would really like the Irish Coffee, but it just doesn’t look right for my skin tone. In the picture it looks okay, but in person it has an odd peach undertone that highlights the yellow in my skin, and I just don’t like the way it looks. (This pic came out really oddly–I’m wearing a black shirt, not a blue one, and my hair is NOT green. Odd lighting today!)

As you can see in the close-up pic, the coverage is very splotchy; it looks worse in person. Lip lines ahoy!

The Pink Nude is loaded with shimmer. It’s a pretty color in the pencil, but it’s so frosty I don’t think I would wear it for every day activities. It might be nice as a highlighter over lipstick.

I’ve tried these a few times, and it doesn’t seem to matter whether I prep with lip balm or not: the lines still show up and the oiliness cannot be beat. After you’ve worn it for awhile the oiliness goes away, but so does the color. It’s not long-lasting and rubs off very easily.

One more thing: lip liner? I don’t think so! This formula is way too slick and smudgy to properly line your lips. It might be good as a topper for regular lip liner or lipstick, but on it’s own, it’s just too smeary to look good. I can’t imagine what it would look like in a very dark color.

My vote: Meh. I’m really disappointed by these lip pencils; they don’t perform at all like I thought they would, and the skimpy product size is a turn-off. I’m sure somewhere out there are people who like these pencils, but I’m not one of them.

Accessory Friday: tartan scarf

Fall and plaid go hand in hand, don’t you think? Right now I’m loving a classic tartan scarf like this one from Target–it’s just the thing to ward off the October chill.

Merona Red Classic Tartan Scarf, $14.99, Target