It’s a stormy day here in Kaneohe (pronounced khan-ay-oh-hey), but no one told the birds clamoring up a storm outside. Strangely, the neighborhood chickens have been relatively quiet this morning. I guess they don’t go in for singing in the rain like the other birds do.
Waking up to the pouring rain and birds singing outside are some of my favorite things about staying here at my in-laws’. Both are daily occurrences here in the jungle and make the giant mosquitos that much easier to bear.
Here’s what it sounds like during a break in the storm…
I really appreciate the extra guest posts submitted by Sam, Olga, Audrey and everyone else lately. Haven’t they been great? Seriously, this week I learned a new technique for matching my foundation, read some good ideas for ways to store my fragrances at home, found out about the Sally Beauty earth tone shadows, found out about a few interesting makeup sets recommended by a talented makeup artist and bunch of other cool stuff too.
I think the guest posts have been so great, in fact, that I’ve taken a little extra time for myself and my family on this trip, spending less time on the computer than I usually do. Once I got past the first few painful days of Internet withdrawal (I had the shakes real bad, LOL!), it got a lot easier.
How are things in your end of the jungle? Any peacock sightings or awesome new makeup to report?
A big congrats to Nancy for winning the bedazzled iPod Touch giveaway this week, and a thank you to Visine for sponsoring the prize. Stay tuned for more giveaways over the coming days, and be sure to enter any ongoing ones if you haven’t already. Good luck!
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The Weekly Roundup: Posts You Might Have Missed
YES TO CUCUMBERS
I experienced what can only be described as a euphoric scent-sory experience the other day with a Yes to Cucumbers Facial Towelette ($6 for a pack of 30). El Hub walked in on me while I was holding one of them up to my nose and breathing deeply (smells like those cucumber water drinks you get at a fancy shamncy spas). I must have looked like Gollum from Middle Earth, cradling my little preciousâ€¦
These softer-than-soft wipes are the latest additions to the Yes To ______ line of organic eco-friendly skin and hair products.
I think the companyâ€™s pretty cool, especially when they release something I really like.
The biodegradable cloths say â€œyes toâ€ removing face and eye makeup without the need for water, but with the help of skin softening cucumber, aloe vera and exfoliating minerals collected from the Dead Sea. Read more…
A $10 MAKEUP LOOK
TAUPE, BROWN & VIOLET EYES
How low can you go? (Sing it!) How lo-oh can you go? Okay, so I had a lot of fun last week trying to put together a makeup look for less than $10, and I think I did an okay job. The whole shebang came to a whopping $9.85, but I think I can do better.
I gave it another go, this time shooting for something 1) cheaper and 2) more dramatic. I paired smokey taupe/brown/violet eyes with lilac lips. Again, the products are all from N.Y.C New York Color because, obvs, theyâ€™re really inexpensive, cruelty-free, and altogether not half bad.
Since the eyes AND lips are pretty colorful in this look, I kept the cheeks bare (donâ€™t want to overwhelm passers by, LOL!), but a nice blush probably wouldnâ€™t have hurt.
If you decide to give something like this a try but feel that the lilac lips are way too much, you could swap â€˜em out for something a little quieter, like perhaps a light peach gloss (maybe the $6 Sally Hansen Diamond 12-Hour Lip Treatment in Flawless?).
First, the eyes. Start by applying N.Y.C. New York Color Brow/Eye Liner Pencil in Jet Black ($1.14) on the lids and the crease as an eyeshadow base. Use a finger or a brush to smooth out the edges before patting the shimmery mauve eyeshadow from the Metro Quartet Eye Shadow in Chelsea Chic ($3.99) on the lid. Read more…
REDNESS SOLUTIONS LINE
Having suffered from mild rosacea for a few years, I am always on the lookout for products to conceal the redness on my face without making it look like it has been dipped in pancake mix. This time that search led me to two makeup products from the Redness Solutions line by Clinique: the Targeted Corrector and the Instant Relief Mineral Powder.
Despite the way these two are advertized (helps skin â€œkeep its coolâ€ and reduces redness on contact) they do not reduce redness (at least, not on my skin); they merely conceal it. Good enough for me, so letâ€™s get on with the review.
This is a yellow concealer pen with a thick, pasty consistency. Itâ€™s pretty dry, so I would avoid using it on the undereye area (luckily, this is the only part of my face that never gets red and bumpy like the rest!). The best part about this corrector is the great coverage it provides -â€“ I have tried it both with and without foundation, and the redness was covered up pretty much completely in both cases. Read more…
THREE FUN MAKEUP
SETS FOR CHRISTMAS
I have such a weakness for makeup sets. They usually suck me in with cute packaging and then seal the deal by offering a good price.
During a recent visit to Sephora (ahem, purely for educational purposes), I discovered a bunch of fun makeup sets that tickled my fancy. Did I need any of them? No. But did I want them? Of course! And guess what? Itâ€™s that perfect time of year for frivolous expenses!
To help you write your letter to Santa (or be a gift-giving Santa yourself!), here are my top three favorite makeup kits this holiday season: Read more…
THE SALLY GIRL
EYE SHADOW CONNECTING COMPACTS – THE EARTH TONES
With the nude face being one of Fall 2010â€™s hottest trends, it would be easy for you to just turn to your favorite shimmery champagne shadow, swipe a bit over your lid, and run out of the house. Skin glowing and cheeks instantly tinted red by the late-autumn chill, youâ€™re the image of ultimate chic. But if you feel the look is too plain â€” too bare â€” and youâ€™re tempted to reach for that black liquid liner and slap on a thick cat eye, why not turn to your earth tones instead?
On one of my monthly trips to Sallyâ€™s a while back, I had just finished my hair product shopping and was waiting for my father to pick me up. Having already examined the aisles twice (Iâ€™m always convinced Iâ€™ve missed some new, revolutionary product thatâ€™s been quietly tucked in between the Cholesterol Masques and the clarifying shampoo), the only display left was the makeup.
Iâ€™ll admit it. Iâ€™m a makeup snob. Seeing price tags of $5.99, $2.99, and, it pains me to say, $0.99, I was more than skeptical of these modestly packaged beauty items. I reluctantly bowed my head down towards the bare-bones rack. Read more…
THE JOUER TRAIN CASE
MAKEUP ESSENTIALS KIT
Canâ€™t get enough of NARS Orgasm? Do MAC Nymphette Lipglass and Power Surge Eye Kohl give you heart palpitations? If so, you may suffer from warm shade lust-alaria.
Donâ€™t worry. Itâ€™s a treatable, albeit sometimes expensive condition, and one possible cure could be the new Jouer Train Case Makeup Essentials Kit ($200).
Jouer, an indie makeup line known for natural colors and their chic girl-about-town packaging, leans more toward the Clinique/Bobbi Brown end of the spectrum than the MAC/Illamasqua side, and itâ€™s a very pretty place to be.
This adorable pink zip-up train case comes with makeup for your eyes, lips and cheeks, and a mini- blush brush.
In addition to the case and the brush you get Powder Eyeshadow in Caramel (a shimmery warm peachy gold), Eye Definer in Chocolat (a shimmery golden bronz), Powder Blush in Rose (a matte warm pink), Highlighter in Champagne (a shimmery peachy gold), Lipstick in Kiki (a shimmery peachy pink), Lipgloss in Glisten (a sheer, shimmery light peach with multi-colored glitter), Lip Definer in Rose Pale (a matte peachy pink)… Read more…
CHANTECAILLE LIP CHIC
IN TEA ROSE
Before you write off Chantecaille Lip Chic in Tea Rose because of its $30 price tag, take a moment to scrollâ€¦down.
Okay, yes, itâ€™s very expensive, and, yes, the whole gloss/lipstick hybrid thingâ€™s been totally done to death (see: Jemma Kidd Hi-Shine Glossticks, Avon Glazewears, MAC Slimshines, the Prescriptives LipShines, etc.), but OH, NELLY! It sure feels great on my cold-burned lips.
Tea Rose is one of 14 permanent shades in Chantecailleâ€™s Lip Chics line of lipsticks designed to smooth, firm and plump puckers.
This shimmery rose has just a hint of red and buildable light-to-medium coverage with a shiny finish. Read more…
WHERE SHOULD YOU
MATCH YOUR FOUNDATION?
Ah, the age-old question: â€œDo I match my foundation to my neck, my jawline, my inner wrist, myâ€¦â€ Ok, stop right there.
There are many reasons why all of the above are less than ideal, so letâ€™s go through some of them before we explore an even better way to match.
If you match to yourâ€¦
Neck â€“ Because of the shadow your face casts down upon your neck, it only makes sense that your neck is going to be one of the palest parts of your skin. It receives the least amount of sun, and contains much lower levels of pigment than many other parts of your skin. Match your foundation to your neck, and you run the risk of a washed-out, sickly looking face. Read more…
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,