Month: February 2013

Random Thursday: If I was Queen For a Day…

 
I have so many different ideas of what I could do if I was queen for a day. If I stayed at home, I would definitely have a team of chefs and maids taking care of me. I take solace in cleaning when I’m stressed and I like cooking and baking, but some days I just don’t want to get off the sofa. I would be ridiculously stuffed from all the platters of food I would have ferried to me! I could just tuck in with a stack of DVDs and eat and cuddle the cats without a care in the world. I’d make sure to get plenty of pampering via massages, facials, and manicures and pedicures, too.
But that’s not really grand enough, I suppose, so maybe I’d go on a shopping spree. Queens have cash to burn, right? So I’d hit all of my favorite stores, plus the ones I could never afford to enter, and take all my besties with me for a wild day of shopping. I know my Mom and I could turn Pier 1 upside down within the hour!
Or perhaps I’d travel a bit. Not a lot, of course–you can only fly so far in one day. But I’d jet to some exotic foreign locale that I couldn’t afford to visit otherwise, and enjoy the day. I’d love touching down somewhere in a private plane, then taking off on a luxurious guided tour of the best spots a city or country has to offer. With plenty of great food, of course!
What would you do if you were queen for a day? Tell me in the comments!

Three ways to wear lime green skinny jeans

You guys seemed really keen on those lime skinny jeans I picked up from Target, so I wanted to do an outfit post showing a few different ways to style them!

It was hovering around the freezing mark today so I had to wear my boots outside through the snow to the one grassy patch in the yard, then change into my other shoes and drop my coat for the photos. I think you can see how cold I am by my posture! But it was fun to try out a few different outfits, even if I did have an audience of neighboring pets staring at me. I don’t care if they’re just animals, they still made me feel silly!

First I tried something fairly low-key. The obvious answer to brights is a neutral, and black is my personal failsafe, but it can look too harsh next to a neon. Instead I chose a grey t-shirt and my trusty black sneakers. (Shirt: Wet Seal; sneakers: Payless)

Second I thought I’d add other shades of green via a mint blazer and lime heels. It’s a lot of color in one outfit but since it’s varying shades of one color (green), it’s not too scary. This blazer was a Valentine’s gift from H&M and has the cutest pleat/ruffle detail on the back to balance out the strong shoulders. For some unknown reason I can’t find this jacket on the H&M website, but you can find it in-store. (Shirt: Walmart, previous season; blazer: H&M; earrings: Vanity; shoes: Payless, previous season)

Finally I went all out with brights and cork wedges. I love coral and lime together and the aqua scarf is becoming one of my new favorite items as well! (Shirt: Walmart; scarf: TJ Maxx; shoes: Payless, previous season)

How would you style a pair of lime skinnies? What colors do you like best with lime green? Any other suggestions for me to try out this spring? Tell me in the comments!

Oscars 2013: my six fave dresses

Did you watch the Oscars last night? I love movie awards because I love movies and I love gawking at all of the beautiful dresses on the red carpet. Here are my six favorite looks from last night. Tell me your faves in the comments!

Jennifer Lawrence in Dior Haute Couture–as she’s the new face of Miss Dior, it made sense for Jennifer to choose the design house for her red carpet gown. I thought it was ethereal and beautiful.

Charlize Theron in Dior Couture–she’s always been beautiful, but I especially love the way she’s rocking that buzz cut! Her dress was a really fierce complement to the hair.

Kerry Washington in Miu Miu–the woman can rock blush and coral shades like no other, and I love the way she just glows in this dress. She only needed simple hair and makeup to go with!

Jennifer Aniston in Valentino–I know some people didn’t like this dress for being too “plain”, but I love that she busted out her rut of sleek neutrals for something bright and flouncy. It’s like a whole new Jennifer now that she’s engaged!

Salma Hayek in Alexander McQueen–I love Salma and I love McQueen, and while I would have liked this better with her hair down, it’s still stunning.

Jenna Dewan Tatum in Rachel Roy–I really like black lace, and I love that she dressed her baby bump in something stylish yet not skintight (cough, Heidi Klum, cough).

Product review: Physicians Formula Organic Wear 100% Natural Origin FakeOut Mascara

I’m a real mascara junkie–it’s one of those beauty products I really need to have in order to feel pulled-together, more so than any other item in my bag. For that reason, I’m constantly hopping around through different brands and formulas, testing and swiping away. I managed to score a tube of this new FakeOut mascara with a mail-in rebate, so I essentially got the product for free–yay me! It was just the excuse I needed to see if a “false lash” mascara could really give off the effect of false lashes without irritating the eyes.

The product: Physicians Formula Organic Wear 100% Natural Origin FakeOut Mascara; in Black and Ultra Black; $9.95 at drugstores

The claim: “First ever mascara with 100% natural origin lash extension fibers for the full-on fringe of false lashes without irritation. Innovative formula amplifies lash volume, length & curl.” (From their website)

I tried it: One of my biggest running gripes with Physicians Formula mascaras is that they do not offer waterproof mascara, period. I know lots of people loathe waterproof formulas to the nth degree, but since I’m pretty active I really prefer this formulation. I did a little research online and came to the conclusion that the reason PF doesn’t offer waterproof formulas is because many such formulas use petroleum or animal fats, and that would conflict with the all-natural and non-irritating credo of their makeup line. So, kudos to them for sticking to their principles!

All of that said, I do think their mascaras offer a very nice formula that is non-irritating, non-clumping, and overall a dream to use. So when I saw that they’d rolled out a new “false lash” mascara, I obviously had to try it out, waterproof or no!

Like the Organic Wear Jumbo Lash that I reviewed yesterday, FakeOut comes with a chubby plastic brush with very short, dense bristles–nothing at all like a standard mascara spoolie. The cute leaf-shaped tube is bright and easy to spot in your makeup bag.

What you see in my test photo is seriously two quick swipes. Note how long my lashes look. I have (or think I have) fairly short, sparse lashes, and several swipes of this stuff makes them almost unbelievably long. The more you swipe on, the thicker your lashes will appear as well. Which brings me to my next point of praise: this stuff doesn’t clump up, so you can just keep swiping and building–and even mixing with other mascaras, if you so wish. You can easily take it from volumizing to full-on false lash glam with barely a flick of the lash comb.

Because this isn’t a waterproof formula, it will smudge a bit on the upper eyelid if your skin is oily, you’re sweating, or it’s raining. So, be aware of that. Otherwise, it seems to stay put quite nicely all day (though I think “24-hour wear” is pushing it a bit). I was a bit worried that my false lashes would be running down my face by lunch, but that wasn’t the case.

My verdict: A winner, even if it isn’t waterproof. It’s a bit on the high end dollar-wise for a drugstore buy, but I think it’s quite worth the $10. And given the fact that it’s non-irritating and removes incredibly easy, it will probably fall into permanent rotation in my beauty bag.

Product review: Physicians Formula Organic Wear 100% Natural Origin Jumbo Lash mascara

I picked up a tube of this Jumbo Lash mascara over the winter and thought I should finally get around to reviewing it, since I now also have a tube of the new FakeOut mascara to review (that post will be up tomorrow). Since I forgot to take a picture before throwing away the old tube with the wrapping intact (oy! stupid!), I pulled a picture from their website.

The product: Physicians Formula Organic Wear 100% Natural Origin Jumbo Lash mascara; in Black or Ultra Black; $9.95 at drugstores

The claim: “100% dramatic volume & glamour. OrganiSoy® moisturizes and helps nourish lashes.”

I tried it: I really prefer waterproof mascaras, which Physicians Formula doesn’t make. Nonetheless, I thought I’d give this one a try, since I give preference to natural products and the cool leaf-shaped tube really caught my eye. It looks Elvish to me…Elvish mascara.

Anyway…as you can see from the above picture, the traditional spoolie brush has been replaced by a chubby plastic brush with very short, dense bristles. This means that the mascara swipes on with virtually no clumps, even after multiple swipes and even after you’ve been using the tube for a few months. I’ve tried lots of mascaras that are clump free the first few times you use them and quickly turn goopy after that, but this is not one of them.

This formula leaves your lashes feeling soft and full, not dry and spiky. As you can see, several coats are soft and clump-free, adding just enough volume and fullness. My lashes are pretty sparse but several coats of this disguises that fact quite nicely.

My one gripe: again, this is not a waterproof formula, so you will see a bit of wear and perhaps smudging on the upper eyelid, particularly if you tear up or you just have very oily skin. Otherwise, it wears like a dream, with no irritation, and washes away with water, so it’s perfect for those with very sensitive eyes.

My verdict: $10 is a little on the high end for a drugstore mascara, but if you have sensitive eyes or just really want a mascara that does a little more for your lashes, this is it. Tip: I’ve seen this at stores like Fred Meyer and Walmart in a BOGO pack (two for the price of one), so if you really love it, snatch it up those BOGO packs and congratulate yourself on snagging a great deal.

Random Thursday: Ridiculous Fears

 
Hoo boy. Where do I start? Sure, there are the usual fears that everyone has, like being scared of the dark or freaked out by bugs. But I don’t think those are really “ridiculous” since they’re not really abnormal.
So. Ridiculous fears. I suppose we all have a few; mine include…
  •  A ridiculous fear of oversleeping and being late for work. I will check my alarm multiple times before I go to bed and again at any point during the day if I wake up. I think part of the reason is that I have overslept in the past, and part of it is the fact that I’ve dreamt multiple times about sleeping straight through the alarm and showing up to work two hours late. 
  • I also have a weird paranoia about having my cell phone with me at all times, just in case I have to make an emergency call. You know those people who forget their phone? That’s not me. I knew this was a ridiculous fear when I was home alone late one night and decided to take a shower, then had to go back to the bedroom to grab my cell and put it on the bathroom counter because what if a serial killer breaks into the house and I’m locked in the bathroom with no way to call 911?!
  • I’m vigilant about keeping my gas tank full in case a natural disaster/zombie apocalypse strikes and we have to make a run for it. I won’t be the one running out of gas before I flee the city limits, nosiree!

So what are your ridiculous fears?  Tell me in the comments! (I promise I won’t laugh too hard!)

Product review: Flower Beauty Win Some, Rouge Some Creme Blush

After my big Flower Beauty haul from Walmart, I’ve gone from skeptical of a celebrity-conceived line to totally head over heels in love with Drew Barrymore’s new makeup brand. Today I’ve got another review to share with you, of the creme blush pots.

The product: Win Some, Rouge Some Creme Blush; in six shades; $7.98 at Walmart stores or Walmart.com. I tested out “BL2 Peach Blossom”.

The claim: Soft powder-like finish; gentle glow; perfect for layering.

I tried it: To be honest, I thought this blush looked much more coral/orange in the store, which I blame on the atrocious Walmart lighting. (You know how you go in the store thinking you’re fairly attractive, and after catching a glimpse of yourself in one of their mirrors you think “Holy crap, I look like that?!”) Walmart lighting is a terrible way to judge colors or compatibility with skin tone.

Anyway, when I got home to test and photograph this blush, I was surprised (and a little relieved) to discover that it’s much truer to the name, a very soft and pretty peachy color. The texture in the pot is very firm, so I decided to apply it with a foundation brush. True to the product description, this is a very buildable blush and it’s pretty easy to adjust the color intensity. I finished it off by buffing the edges with the clean side of the brush and then dusting a little translucent powder over all to “set” my face.

I feel like this particular peachy shade would be great on all skin tones, and it’s certainly more flattering than the standard powder pinks typically found at the drugstore. (It looks great layered with bronzer, too!) After testing it out I found this picture of actress Naomie Harris with a soft peachy blush, which confirmed my feeling that peach is ever more flattering across a range of skintones than that basic blush pink we all fall back on in a pinch. Now I’m happier than ever that I grabbed this shade!

I know it doesn’t matter nearly as much as the product quality (obviously), but I really love the packaging on the Flower products. This little jar of blush looks and feels like something from a much more expensive cosmetics line, not a Walmart exclusive. I’ve always been highly suspicious of celebrity lines, but I feel like Drew really took the time to make sure every part of this line was just so before the launch. The packaging is luxe, the formulas feel expensive, and the color range is impressive.

The verdict: I’m in love! I’ve always considered myself a powder blush girl, but this formula is so easy to use and so soft in finish, it’s really won me over. I think Flower might just be my new favorite makeup brand! Update: this blush is no longer available in stores, but you can find the new Transforming Touch Powder to Creme Blush online at FlowerBeauty.com!