Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Repairing broken eyeshadows!

Hi all! I wanted to share a little trick I found on the interwebs to repair broken eyeshadow. I returned from a plane trip last Friday only to find one of my Stila shadows shattered in the pan. Sad! So I searched on line and determined it was actually ridiculously easy to salvage. I totally didn't think about the blog-usefulness of this topic and didn't take pictures during the process, but it's pretty easy to explain. All you need is a Q-tip, Kleenex, a quarter (or your finger), and rubbing alcohol.

1. Take a Qtip and clean off around the tin, collecting what you can of the broken bits back into the eyeshadow tin.

2. Using a dropper, add a few drops of rubbing alcohol at a time to the shadow. You want it damp but not soaking.

3. Place a Kleenex on top and lightly press with your finger (or a quarter if that is the size of the tin) to set the eyeshadow.

4. Let it air dry a bit so the alcohol will evaporate and viola! Good to go! Here's my final result, the repaired tin is the olive green, bottom right.

If you need step-by-step pictures, just google it! You'll get a ton of hits, just like I did! I think my next project will be to turn some of my powder shadows to cream...will keep you posted.

Friday, January 13, 2012

I'm sorry Marc Jacobs, but we need to discuss these.

I'm sorry. I couldn't let this pass by my email inbox and not share with you all. I burst out laughing when I opened my Shop it to Me alert. First of all, I normally love Marc Jacobs, I think his stuff is quirky and stylish. But these? These I do not understand.
Photo: Neiman Marcus
Ladies, for only $502 (ON SALE, no less), these too can be yours.What's that you say? You also need gloves to match? WELL. For $328 (on sale again, hooray???) you can also sport these babies.

Photo: Neiman Marcus
Happy Friday everyone! And just in case (and so I don't get sued for stealing pictures) the links to purchase are HERE and HERE!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

"Fotoshop" AKA things we should all keep in mind

Fotoshop by Adobé from Jesse Rosten on Vimeo.

Hi all! I think I'm pretty much the world's worst blogger, hm? Yes. I do have some new fun products to discuss, so hopefully I will get off my booty and get on that in the coming weeks! Quickly though I wanted to share this video. Even I need to be reminded of this sometimes when I look at TV, magazines, etc...that most, if not ALL of it is barely a reflection of how these women actually look! So that blemish I have, or that weird freckle? It's ok. Plus, T (the husband) just recently purchased the Adobe suite to make videos and once I saw all he could do it really started to sink in. Enjoy the vid!

In case my embed code doesn't work, here is the link: http://vimeo.com/34813864

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Foundation routine and a brave girl

I know I haven't posted in FOREVER, I have not forgotten about posting but life/work has been in the way. I am going to try and revive the blog 2012. I did want to share this video though of Cassandra Bankston, a teenager that has some really great YouTube makeup tutorials. She does an amazing job in this foundation tutorial. She uses a TON of products, but it's a bit out of necessity. At the end though, she does not look like she is wearing that many products.

She is precious, and well spoken, and brave. I totally commend anyone who can just put themselves out there, especially with something they are very self-conscious about. I may try some of the products she mentioned, they sound good! (I also realized I need to quit freaking out about my very infrequent, very minor breakouts...they can easily be covered)

Tuesday, October 11, 2011


Got roses? Don't throw them out quite yet...make a rose bath for your feet (via Bella Sugar)

Cut 100 calories at any meal (via FitSugar)

REALLY cute straight hair style tutorials from Refinery 29. I LOVE the beach waves and the fishtail braid!

10 ways to make your old car feel new from Popular Mechanics (I DO read other things besides beauty articles, don't cha know) I mostly just need to CLEAN my car.

Three favorite topcoats from College Fashion. The only one I have tried is Revlon, and I do like it quite a bit!!

Easy Fall Makeup Shopping ideas (via Bella Sugar)

Oh, thank you Tom. Thank you Gisele, if you instigated this...that shag wasn't doing anyone any favors. (via People)

Dear Cable companies, DirectTV, all of you...DO THIS. (via Geeksugar)

How damn adorable is this outfit Oliva Palermo is rocking? (via Frugal Fashionista)

Info on when skin-care products expire (via Allure)

Um, I hate to say it, but I SO need this pronunciation guide for beauty and fashion houses. I blame my southern Alabama accent. (via Allure)

Flattering and cute coats for different body types (via Glamour)

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Opinion piece

Ok. I'm not really one to get all opinionated, but I'm wondering what some of you think about this:

Beirut's beauty parlor for young girls (BBCNews)

There seems to be a bit of "outrage" and screams of "too-far!" on the internet over this today, but when I watched the video, I don't find it quite so bad. To me, it seems like a glorified dress-up place for little girls...not a legitimate "salon". The employee being interviewed frequently mentions "princess" or "rock star" which CLEARLY are not real-life situations. I don't have children, or a daughter, but who among us didn't play pretend and dress up when we were little? I remember putting on my grandmother's bright red lipstick at a very young age, so I'm not sure how this is much different except that you pay for the service (maximum of $13, I mean come on...a tube of lipstick is $7).

I don't associate this with the child beauty pageants, which I totally disagree with. Those mothers, and their daughters, are something else. This setting also doesn't seem to be in the "growing up too fast" arena either. That I don't have to watch BBC to see...I just go to the mall.

Here's where my opinion comes in, and again, I don't have a daughter. I don't know what I would do if it was my daughter, but I know what my mother did for ME. I turned out pretty well, I'd like to think. So let's talk about the mall. Have any of you passed by the "homecoming dress" section in the department stores lately? Some are "cute" but most of them look like this:

Um, yeah see my mother wouldn't have let me leave the house. If little miss model there tries to sit her booty will show, I'm sure of it. I'm pretty sure every homecoming (which was SUPER casual, but regardless) I wore a longer skirt and a cardigan twinset. This is not just what seniors are supposed to buy, the 9th graders--14 year old girls--are supposed to be in this. Some of the dresses are over $200 as well. I don't get it, where are their MOTHERS? I mean, I know it must be somewhat difficult--what do you do? Make your daughter the outcast by not letting her dress sexy like everyone else? I like to think that my mom would have tried to find a happy medium (though I'm not sure where we could have found it, all of the dresses look like this...) cute but not sexy. Or she would have told me to suck it up and let me be an outcast!

Mall point #2. Go in Victoria's Secret. A large percentage of the clientele looks to be younger than 16. Buying thongs and sexy bras and whatnot...with again no adult in site. First, my mom would have LAUGHED AT ME for wanting to purchase a $40 bra and $9 underwear at age 13. Yes, VS makes some high quality bras that don't tear up, but it's the sexy factor I'm curious about...do these 13 year old little dudes macking on these 13 year old little girls even know that they are seeing a VS bra? I doubt it. Here's a secret, young teenage girl out there...your boyfriend doesn't know what he's doing any more than you do. At all. Bras, underwear, sexy stuff, all of that...he has NO CLUE, so no need to do something you don't want to try and please him.

Random point #3. My friend is conducting interviews for a world-class, very large corporation at a college this week. She text me to say that the outfits some of these college girls showed up in to the career fair were straight scandalous. Skin tight everything. Bandage skirts.
Herve Ledger via google images
Here, let's throw a blazer or cardigan over this and call it a day. Perfect interview outfit! No. Bandage skirts are not pencil skirts or suit skirts. Spandex shouldn't be in the interview room (unless it's Spanx, of course and we all know that's well hidden.)

The college guys seemed to have it figured out--suits only. Sexy and interview do not go together, I am so sorry. I wore a suit to my first interview junior year of college--it didn't fit me well, it was entirely too big, but I was covered head to toe. So what is up with this group of girls thinking this is appropriate?

Is it media? Surely not. Movie stars and TV stars have always dressed sexier than us "normal" folks. The Kardashians are way over the top, but if you watch the show, the younger Kardashian girls really don't dress like Kim, Kortney, and Khloe. Cause they are teenagers! So...why are middle America teenagers going crazy? Yes "sexy" is pushed down our throats every second of the day, but when did "overtly sexy" = "beautiful"? I didn't WANT to dress sexy in high school, it terrified the mess out of me to be revealing. Does it start with these "little girl beauty parlors" and that's why people are upset? I'm all about dressing nice to feel good about yourself and makeup and all of that, but it just seems like so much, way to soon for these young girls.

That's my soapbox. Thoughts from you, readers?

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Coupon for Essie from RiteAid!

$2 off Essie polish, click below to claim

Rite Aid Offer

Also, Walgreens has been offering buy one get one half off on their Walgreens brand items. It's a good opportunity to stock up on lots of stuff from cotton balls to generic OTC meds and such!