Friday, May 30, 2008

Weekend Inspiration

"It sometimes happens that a woman is handsomer at twenty-nine than she was ten years before." -Jane Austen

Thursday, May 29, 2008

On Guard

I sure love me some SPF. You can bet that nine times outta ten, you'll find me lurking around the cosmetics counters bothering those poor clerks with a "Um yah, now does this have SPF in it?...Well can I custom add it?" The thing is, is that I'm dreadfully terrified of wrinkles. After many discussions with dermatologists (and those over 40 with to-die-for skin), I've come to the conclusion that it's a mix of washing/moisturizing, not rubbing, and sunscreen that will put you on the road to supple city. Not rocket science. So you won't be surprised by the fact that I'm drooling over this steal of a deal bracelet. SpaFinder has released a Melanoma Bracelet ($4.95). There's no longer a reason to claim that you didn't know the sun would give you cancer, or that you didn't know that overcast skies still means danger. The color of the bracelet changes as you are exposed to harmful UV rays. With one of these little arm charms, you can be responsible AND cute as you move your little booty further under your beach umbrella.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

The Quantum Leap

After a hectic weekend of just not feeling my best, I've decided to start the Quantum Wellness Cleanse. I don't really want to think of it as a complete detox per se, but it's more of a fresh outlook on food and conscious eating (that of course benefits the skin). This revelation (like many) came very late at night, as I watched tivo'd episodes of Oprah in an effort to get some sleep. A lady by the name of Kathy Freston was a guest on her show, and she talked about how to eat consciously. I assumed I was an expert at this. I've been organic for a handful of years now, and I definitely drove everyone crazy when I was on the conscious digestion kick (also read: chew every bite 20 times, while staring creepily at the person you're dining with for the course of 20 minutes). Well this one was different, and it's described in her book Quantum Wellness. She's real into the vegan thing, which I've never been too keen on. It would just take so many recipe options out of my life. But I've been known to be more extreme about such things, so I decided to give this one a try. One look at her skin, and you'll know why. It was all in the marketing, and the packaging that her skin was boasting was enough to make me a believer.

So here's how it works: nada on the meat, caffeine, sugar, dairy and gluten for 21 days. This is intended to jump start your system into new healthy highs, lead you to think twice about where your food comes from, and how your body responds to the different things that we grow accustomed to putting in it. I have to say, it has already given me a challenge (just ask if you need recipe ideas). Immediately (and at this point I hadn't even started!), I began craving a caramel-filled drumstick ice cream cone. But it's day 3, and I'm going oh-so-strong. There haven't been any post-eating stomach aches, and I can sense my skin is glowing already. What wouldn't I do in the name of beauty? Very few things...

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Fine, We're Even.

I have this problem where I am constantly thinking throughout the day--oh, I'm sooo blogging that. Then I get to my computer, jump on the site, and forget completely what it's all about. Anyone else out there like that? Anyway, side note.

I have however, come across a most wonderful thing. While in the search for a new compact (not really for the makeup or anything, more so for the mirror), I came across Armani's Designer Modelling Compact Foundation. I was so sick and tired of being sick and tired about looking sick and...well, tired. Here's the madness behind the beauty: here in this windy chapped-up weather, I can't help but get a little red around the nose and chin. When dusted with a regular loose powder, I looked so orange-y. You know, the type of orange that makes you look like you just emerged from a cheap tanning bed. One of the types that don't protect your face. So anyways, just as I was about to walk away, I stumbled on this little gem--of course because it had the word modelling above it. Well, of course I was intrigued. The artist (who claimed he was wearing it himself that day), convinced me that it wouldn't be too heavy, and would leave me with a dewy finish. Perfect. I then let him apply. Whaddya know? He wasn't lying, and a few minutes later I left the counter with an even tempered face, a cute little bag of product, and not a hint of discoloration. These days I'm wearing it in shade 5.5, and with all of the SPF 22 that's included, I don't need to worry my pretty little face about this nasty weather aging it. Excellent.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Weekend Inspiration

"Beauty. The power by which a woman charms a lover and terrifies a husband." -Ambrose Bierce

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

GTL - Kim Kardashian

If there is one person's makeup that I've been channeling in a big way lately, it would be good 'ol Kimmy K. Of course it's not a look that travels into the office, or dines with you at breakfast, but when you want glamour and oomph, you've hit the last stop. What I'm loving about her is that she isn't perfect, and she definitely has her share of skin issues and cellulite (helloooo, did you watch this past Sunday?). But that doesn't stop her--she does her best (and she does a damn good job if I say so myself), of always putting her best face forward. In a world of sweats and crocs, we can sure look up to her for her fashion and makeup :)

How then do you go about it? Well of course I took the time to investigate some of her favorite products (and quickly stocked up soon thereafter!). Start off by prepping your face with your regular foundation or powder. She pulls off a smoky eye, and a nude lip like nobody's business. Her favorite gloss is Nars' Turkish Delight (which I have all my girls going goo goo after--it works on every skin tone), paired up with a little bit of Stripdown lip liner from MAC. I like to add a little lip balm first, just to make sure everything glides smoothly. Next up: eyes. It's not too difficult to accomplish a smoky eye--if you need help, refer to this tutorial. Just keep in mind, that you can use greys, blues--whatever suits your skin tone and your eye color, and you don't need to go quite this dramatic to achieve her regular look. Make sure that you do in fact first coat the lid with a little foundation, concealer, or even a MAC paint in a color similar to that of your skin (I use Bamboom), because it will help to prevent smudging with the next big hitter--the liner. Kim's fave is Stila's Kajal Liner in Onyx. I sure love me a good find, and that's exactly what I decided it was the moment I ran it on the back of my hand. It is hands-down, the smoothest piece of work I have ever picked up. Super pigmented, and you don't feel at all as though you're scraping your lids each time you use it. So with this bad boy, line the top and bottom of your lids (or whatever you feel your peepers can handle), slap on some false lashes (or else go nuts with the DiorShow) , and move onto your cheeks. Here, you're going to want to add a little bit of soft pink--something along the same lines of your lips. I like Nars' Blush/Bronzer Duo in Orgasm/Laguna. Voila, the look is complete and all you need now is a date for dinner!
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