Best book ever?

Thursday, April 30, 2009

After staying up all night writing about Kafka’s The Metamorphosis and Marquez’ Chronicle of a Death Foretold (” “), I’m just too tired to post.

So: list your favourite books, ladies! They can be anything from nonfiction to chick lit to crazy Russian shit. I’d love to hear ’em :)

(Me: Twilight, of course! I also loved White Oleander and Paint it Black.)

Posting throughout the summer

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

As you all know, I’ll be gone for five weeks. I’ve been thinking about how to deal with this – to no avail! I don’t think I’ll have time to write five weeks worth of posts, with finals and everything coming up, and I leave two days after said finals end.

So, does anyone have a solution for me? I’m considering buying a laptop through Craigslist/Kijiji etc, but I’ll only need it for the five weeks!! Can you, like, rent laptops or something? O.o

Blush – worth the splurge?

Two words for ya: Hells. Yes.

Now that we have that cleared up, and you’re all aware that you’re talking to a total blush whore, let’s get started!

Why spend obscene amounts of money on blush?
Well, actually, I’m recommending that you don’t. I know, I know – I’m very confusing and roundabout today. But this series is for the girl who only wants to own a couple blushes, not an entire stash of them. So I’m telling you to buy two expensive blushes, and be done with it!

The only three blushes you’ll need to own:
The shades depend on personal preference (we’ll go over that later), but I recommend that you have one “clear” matte or low-shimmer blush and one shimmery medium-to-sheer blush.

Your clear colours are pinks, plums, apricots, etc. Depending on what you like and what you look like, this shade will vary! The great thing about high-end blush, though, is that you can try it on before buying it. So dedicate that hour to your favourite high-end store and walk out with the pefect one for you! Make sure it’s matte or very low shimmer, and gives you a subtle (but perfect!) lit-from-within hue.

That matte blush can be layered with your shimmery one – which is why it needs to be matte! Ideally, your shimmery blush should be in strips/marbalized, so you can blend all the colurs to wear on its own, or wear just the low-pigment ones over your matte blush. Boom: with two blushes, you’ve just created five different blush looks! (The light parts of the shimmery blush on their own, a swirl of all of the shimmery blush on its own, the matte blush on its own, all of the shimmery blush over the matte blush, and just the light parts of the shimmery blush to hilight the matte blush)

Wow. Talk about a mouthful.

What to look for when you’re buying your cheek products
Well, the first is obvious: make sure it looks good on you! But you also need to check pigmentation – the more pigmented it is, the less you’ll use at once. However, if you’re a beginner, too much pigment can be hard to work with! For the shimmery blush, pick out one with at least two shades, one that imparts a nice but not very pigmented glow, and one that you could wear on its own and would give you a nicely pigmented flush.

When (not if!) you’re trying on the cheek product in-store, ask to apply it yourself to “get a feel for it” – just because it looked good when the MUA helped you with it doesn’t mean you’ll be able to achieve the same results at home. Wear it around for the day to check its wear and how it looks in different lighting before you make your decision.

And lastly? Don’t forget to make sure you love the packaging! (Hey, if I’m forking over $30 for something smaller than my hand, it damn well better be luxe and make me feel like a queen every time I use it.)

Great blush lines to check out
Lancome knows how to make a great matte blush. Though I hate how their powder blushes smell in the pan, I’m in love with the product! Check out their Blush Subtil line for great pressed blushes – they’ve become the only powder blushes I wear on a daily basis. I’ve also totally fallen for their Color Design creme formula. A tiny press (not even a swipe! Just a press!) of my finger onto the pan of undeniable pigmented creaminess blends over my entire cheek.

Clinique’s Fresh Bloom blushes are great for your shimmery pick – they’re very sheer and layerable, but beware! They’re also very soft and don’t travel well.

NARS would be a great choice for your matte blush – these are also very pigmented. However, I can’t stand the gummy packaging (it gets dirty very quickly, and is basically impossible to clean) – and I know a lot of other makeup minimalists will be driven nuts by this as well. Their hilight/shimmery blushes are great, but they unfortunately only come in single pans without strips/marbelizing. They’d be great in a stash, but less optimal if you only want to own one shimery product.

Cargo blushes are huge, and great quality, so check out the normal tins and BeachBlushes for a matte blush, and the BeachBlushes and SuedeBlushes for a shimmery one. The BBs have strips of colour, and the SBs are marbelized, so they’re perfect choices for your shimmery blush!

Dior practically costs its weight in gold, but the regular line is a shimmery/matte duo – meaning one product will serve for both your matte and shimmery blushes. Just make sure you love them both!

Lastly, MAC’s mineralized skinfinishes would be wonderful choices for your shimmery blush. And as an added bonus, a lot of the LE ones are being added to their regular collection this summer, so you won’t have to hunt them down online. They’re pricier than the regular line, but you’ll get more shade choice, and they’re bloody huge.

That’s all I can tell you for now, folks. I’m sure there are heaps of other great blushes, but those are the ones I’ve tried and loved so far! Happy hauling.

Hard letdown

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Nivea Soft, you are my Holy Grail no more.

I thought you were the answer. I thought your annoying scent, which turned into a much-welcomed one after only days, was the solution. I thought the way you didn’t make my t-zone oil up the way Olay did was heaven, and I thought that the soft, hydrated skin you left behind was forever. I thought it was true love!

And then you went and clogged my pores, you cheating bastard.


In short, Nivea Soft = pore-clogging mess. I started breaking out a couple of weeks after starting to use this, but I persisted – it was the only thing hydrating enough! But after my skin didn’t clear up (and you know my skin. It tends to be quite clear!) I gave in, and stopped using Soft.

Yes, I’m sure that it was in fact the moisturiser, and not something else. I used it for over a month, and in that period my skin started acting up. I let it go on for about two weeks before switching off Nivea and back to Olay. Two and a half weeks later, and my skin is pretty clear again, aside from the scars it left behind! I’m very thorough – it drives me nuts when people think the moisturiser they’ve tried for two days has given them acne.

Any recommendations for something to help fade those scars would be wonderful! Albeit there are only six little scars, but it’s more than I’ve ever really had to deal with at once…

I don’t have time for this romance nonsence

Monday, April 27, 2009

I gave the Rose Romance promo a go – as usual, it’s not exact, but the promo was the inspiration. My version is much softer and much more of an “everyday” look. Or at least, it would be, without the crazy brow thing!

The promo

The eyeHere’s what I used for the eye! Feel free to ask if you’re interested in any specific shades or tools.

The lip
I wanted something matte, and I knew exactly what shade – so after putting lip balm on and finding that I didn’t have the perfect shade, I layered MAC’s Currant and Plum pencils on my lips to achieve the perfect tone. And sorry they’re so chapped! I’m still trying to find a new lip balm.

More forgotten photographs

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Photos of the Joe display!!
I still haven’t had time to pick up some of the line, but don’t worry – I will! (My god, look at how empty everything is!)

Now before you go and get distracted by the photos, I do have one question: does anyone want to split costs with me? I really want to try the line out, but as of two days ago, I’m trying to save up for Quebec!! Please send me an email if you’re interested.

(By “split costs”, I mean that I’d buy them, try them, and review them, and then you’d buy them off me for less than retail. Everyone goes home happy!)

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