Rise and shine, pal o’ mine. Happy Sunday. Tabs and I were just chilling out on the back deck with our Starbucks, me with my soy chai latte, and him with his favorite zinnia catnip tea (decaf).
Tabs is so hooked on zinnia right now that if I don’t pull him away from the plants, he’ll reduce one to stubs in about a minute. He’s not very good at gardening.
How’s your weekend coming along? This one’s flying by, isn’t it? I haven’t accomplished much of anything yet, but I did see a movie yesterday that I really liked, Rise of the Planet of the Apes. I liked it more than the other remake (the one with Marky Mark) and even the original with Charlton Heston (“Get your stinking paws off me, you damned dirty ape!”). This time the apes are digitally rendered but with their movements and expressions based on real actors and animals using motion capture tech (like Cameron did with the Na’vi in Avatar). Very cool stuff. The facial expressions and emotions for the apes seemed totally real to me. I forgot I was watching digital characters after the first few minutes. Seemed like a big step up from the bulky costumes and special effects makeup used in the earlier films.
So, what was the makeup/beauty highlight of this week for you? Was it a look you saw or tried, or was it a new product? Mine had to be the MAC Me Over stuff (it’s a huge release) and also getting more comfortable with Lloyd…
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DR. SCHOLL’S HIGH HEEL INSERTS
ARE, QUITE LITERALLY, HOT
I trekked all over San Diego late last week and through the weekend in my current sandal crush, a pair of Franco Sarto black leather cork wedges I picked up last summer, and after the first day, my feet felt fine; by the end of the second day, however, my feet and I were beginning to feel a little â€˜tow up.
I turned to a pair of Dr. Schollâ€™s High Heel Inserts (about $8) to restore the spring to my step. Theyâ€™re basically an adhesive gel insert, like a cushioned sticker, that fit into high heels to hopefully make them more comfortable. Read more…
WHICH OF THESE MAC ME OVER LIPGLASSES
CAME WITH ME TO LUNCH?
â€œI wonder if Iâ€™m burning enough calories to get a cupcake.â€ Thatâ€™s the thought that kept going through my head in San Francisco this afternoon as I shivered on my way to and from a late work lunch. It was freezing in the city! And all I had on was a dress, a light jacket and sandals.
Itâ€™s my own dang fault for forgetting how chilly SF can get in Augustâ€¦ On my way home, I stopped by Neiman Marcus to warm my heart with new fall makeup, specifically a yummy Le MÃ©tier eyeshadow kaleidoscope kit with pretty purples and bronzes (Iâ€™ll post a pic soon).
Before I headed into the city, I tried on some of the Lipglasses from the upcoming MAC Me Over collection. These are $14.50 each ($17.50 CDN) and arrive on counter a little later this month. Read more…
SHE BANGS, WITH THE CONAIR VELVET TOUCH
MEDIUM NYLON ROUND BRUSH
Greetings from Novato! Sorry Iâ€™ve been MIA today, holmes. My flight was delayed out of sunny San Diego, so I spent the better part of this afternoon sitting at my departure gate while a non-stop serenade of saxophone-heavy airport muzak did its best to drive me insane.
Too late! Needless to say, after three hours of relentless Kenny G., I was a tad grumpy, but I feel a million times better now that Iâ€™m back home with Tabs.
Shoot, I think he was even happy to see meâ€¦or maybe he just thinks heâ€™s gonna get gravy tonight (he is). Read more…
MAC ME OVER COLLECTION LIPSTICK SWATCHES
STARRING MY SECRET LOVER (THAT’S WHAT YOU ARE)
Kiss me, you impetuous fool! But wait â€” let me apply my lipstick first.
Just some quick swatches of a few of the lipsticks from the upcoming MAC Me Over collection on NC42 lips/skin (arriving on North American counters Aug. 25; internationally this September).
I left Tabs with specific instructions to swatch and post anything MAC-related while I was gone, but because heâ€™s a cat, he never listens to a word I say.
You know how it goes. Read more…
ALL EYES ON THE MAKE UP FOR EVER
SMOKY COULEUR COLLECTION
Hey, baby, whatâ€™s your sign?
No, Iâ€™m not throwing you a cheesy pickup line. Iâ€™m just curious. Iâ€™m a Gemini, by the way, and while I probably wouldnâ€™t make major life decisions based entirely on the stars, I like to imagine that they play a role in our lives.
I actually feel very connected to my sign; Geminis are supposed to be good communicators and are said to have dual personalities. Iâ€™m still working on the communication part as far as expressing things like frustration and anger in constructive ways (gotta stop slamming doors when I get fussy), but the dual personality thing describes me to a tee! â€” especially when it comes to makeup.
Some days I prefer bolder eye looks; others, like today, I prefer to take it easier with something mellow, perhaps something using products from the new Make Up For Ever Smoky Couleur collection, for example. Read more…
BLOGHER 2011: VIDEO STORYBOARDING
AND SCRIPTING FOR THE WRITER
This class and that one on writing the other day were absolutely my favorites of BlogHer 2011, but I missed the first 30 or so minutes of this one, which, based on the part of the class I actually was present for, Iâ€™m assuming was the part that covered storyboarding and scripting.
LOL! I may have missed the titular topics, but I was present for a really fantastic discussion on video blogging.
The two speakers are very accomplished video bloggers/podcasters, and I think I might try to connect with them again.
Hereâ€™s a video from one of the speakers, Corrine. Isnâ€™t it fantastic? Read more…
BE A GOOD STUDENT OF TRAVEL MAKEUP
WITH A CLEAR PENCIL CASE
Stop letting lost tubes of lipgloss languish at the bottom of your luggage on trips. Next time you travel, keep them and the rest of your makeup safe and sound (and organized) in a clear pencil case. With back-to-school season coming up, you might even be able to find them on sale.
Iâ€™d been using Urban Decayâ€™s voluminous QuinceaÃ±era makeup bag to store my face paint on my last couple of trips because of how wonderfully cute and spacious it is (fits all of my foundation, eyeshadows, brushes AND the kitchen sink), but it was a little tricky locating specific products buried within the roomy bag.
I usually ended up just dumping the contents on the bed and sifting through the pile. Not a great system, and it was only matter of time before something rolled off the bed only to get accidentally left behind. Read more…
SMASHBOX BROW TECH WAX DISCIPLINES
BUT THE MOST UNRULY BROWS
I donâ€™t know what I did to lose their support, but at some point over the past few weeks, my brows decided to stage a coup. A chunk of my left brow just didnâ€™t come to work one day, like it decided, â€œThatâ€™s it! Game over.â€ Now I have a brow bald spot, and Iâ€™m really not sure how it happened.
Then a group of longish witch hairs rode into town one night, probably detecting an opportunity to seize power. I call them â€œKool and the Gang.â€ There may be someone, somewhere out there who finds insubordinate, mutinous brows alluring, but Iâ€™m not crazy about the look.
I would have reached for my Benefit Instant Brow pencil to restore balance to my brows, but I used the last of it a few weeks ago.
Perfect excuse to visit Sephora to look for something new. Read more…
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,