Monthly Archives: October 2009

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Happy Halloween 2009

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Have a spooky day!

I Love Makeup

chanel-vitalumiereI’ve been watching makeup artist tutorials on youtube. My favorite youtube channels are pixiwoo and michelle phan. Pixiwoo is two sisters from the UK, Sam and Nic. Michelle Phan, I believe, is in Florida.

They all do a nice combination of wearable looks and crazier looks. Pixiwoo are great for recreating the looks seen on the runway. Michelle is great for skin care (she has her own line of products) and youthful fun looks. Both do great product reviews as well.

Because of my youtube addiction, I’ve been on a makeup splurge. I purchased a lot of new brushes from e.l.f. (eyes, lips, face). They were very inexpensive so I bought loads.

My best new purchase is Chanel foundation. I used Chanel a long time ago, then went through a phase when I only wore sunscreen and powder. Then I discovered bare minerals. But watching these videos made me long for more makeup.

I bought Chanel Vitalumiere foundation. It’s supposed to give me a youthful glow. I like the way it looks and feels. Not crazy about the scent. But it has SPF 15 UV protection, which is always a plus.

My color is 0.8 Gentle Ivory. I couldn’t find my shade on Chanel.com. They are out of most colors. I found mine on Saks.com. Shipping was tout de suite.

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Michelle Phan

Do We Really Need Drugs for Our Eyelashes?

brooke-shieldsHave you seen the commercials with Brooke Shields applying Latisse to her eyelids so she can grow fuller, longer lashes?

Wasn’t she a supermodel? Does she really need help in the beauty department? Has she read the side effects?

Latisse, according to the fine print in the commercial, can cause your eyelids to darken or turn yellow. And that’s not all. It can also cause unwanted hair to grow on other places on your eyelid. Yuk!

Save your money and your eyelids. Try mascara. It’s been working for women for decades.

For help choosing the mascara that is right for you, read Grace Magazine’s 10-part series called Mascara Wars.

We can’t legally buy pot in the U.S., but you can get any kind of prescription drug you want. Side effects are your free gift with purchase.

Get a New Perspective

Have you ever looked at the world upside down?

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Crazy, isn’t it?

See larger image here.

Review: Clairol Perfect 10

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I was skeptical. How could at-home hair color possibly cover my gray in only 10 minutes?

But then I read the consumer reviews online and women were saying that it actually works.

So, I gave it a try.

First, let me tell you about my hair. I started going gray in college and I’ve been coloring my hair at home for a long time. For the past few years I’ve been using Nice ‘n Easy by Clairol. Last year around this time I was using a dark blonde shade. But I tired of it and missed my natural brown, if you can call 40% gray natural brown.

My hair is very long, half-way down my back. I progressed through light brown and have settled on Medium Cool Brown. My hair grows very quickly and I usually need to color every three weeks. If I try to stretch it to four I get a big silver stripe down my part. If I just need to touch up the roots, I buy one box of color. If I want to refresh the whole head, I need to use two to be able to saturate all of my hair.

There are more shades in the Nice ‘n Easy palette than there are in the Perfect 10 line. I couldn’t find a cool brown that wasn’t ash. I’m not a big fan of ashy colors. I think they look a little green. So I chose Mocalotive, a true Medium Brown.

Perfect 10 takes just as long as any hair color to apply. But the waiting time is drastically reduced. My hair is not very porous so I usually have to wait about 40 minutes with the regular Nice ‘n Easy. If I get lazy and don’t wait the whole time, I always regret it because my gray coverage is not as complete.

So, in trying Perfect 10, I decided to really go for it and rinse in exactly 10 minutes. And it worked. My grays have disappeared and my hair is soft and shiny. I’ve been through a washing, so I know that it didn’t all rinse out. It looks just as good today as it did when I first colored it.

Application was easy. I used the root application method, which means I used the usual squeeze tube to apply color to my roots. The color goes on the same color that you get, which was a nice change. Some hair colors, like the regular Nice ‘n Easy, look purple when they are sitting on your head. They end up brown. But with Perfect 10 what you see is what you get. It looked a lovely brown as I was applying the color.

I had a little left over from my root application so I tried out the comb applicator. I really liked it. I combed the remaining color through my hair as a touch up. It makes coloring long hair much easier.

Ten minutes later I was ready to style.

I highly recommend Perfect 10. My hair color looks natural, not freshly dyed. And I saved so much time. The only drawback is that it costs about $13-$14. Still much less than at a salon. But the regular Nice ‘n Easy is only about $7 or $8.

Clairol Perfect 10 Hair Color

Gothic Vampire Makeup

If you want to be a sexy vampire for Halloween, follow this youtube tutorial by Michelle Phan.

She creates an elegant gothic vampire that is easy to follow.

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Too Much Cardio?

health club: girl in a gym doing weight lifting.

We all know cardio is essential to our fitness routines. But doing too much cardio can leave your workout routine in a rut.

Cardio workouts in moderation are great for your heart and lungs and burning up excess calories. But if you really want to bust up the fat in your body, you need to add strength training to your routine. Building up muscle strength is key to burning off fat.

Balance your workouts with no more than 30 minutes of cardio and add strength training at least three times a week. Don’t forget stretching and flexibility exercises. You will see greater results.

To revamp your fitness routine, read this article from Shine.

Chanel Collection Noirs Obscurs

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Chanel Collection Noirs Obscurs

No, this collection is not for Halloween. But it is dramatic and slightly evil — in a fun way, of course.

An edgy collection of colors in various shades of black. So modern.

I wish I could wear my makeup like this everyday.

EYE SHADOW

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Quatuor Boutons de Chanel
Quadra Eyeshadow

Les Folies Noires, a quartet of shadows in near-black shades of intense green, mahogany, midnight blue and dark violet.

Imagine the smoky eye possibilities.

TWO MASCARAS

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Inimitable Noir Obscur
Mascara Multi-Dimensionnel

and

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Exceptionnel de Chanel Noir Obscur
Intense Volume and Curl Mascara

Both volumizing and curling mascara formulas come in Extreme Black.

Who needs falsies? Bat those lashes.

EYE LINER

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Le Crayon Yeux
Precision Eye Definer

A smooth eye liner pencil in a limited edition shade of red-tinged black called Demoniac.

Draw a your own conclusion with this seductive pencil.

LIPSTICK

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Rouge Allure
Luminous Satin Lip Colour

Three limited-edition lip colors in deep dark shades of seduction: Maniac, Hysteria, and Obscure.

Pucker up with a blood red pout.

LIP GLOSS

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Aqualumiere Gloss
High Shine Sheer Concentrate

A light-weight lip gloss in a glittery deep shade called Furious.

Reflect on the possibilities with this shiny gloss.

NAIL POLISH

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Le Vernis
Nail Colour

Three colors in black-inspired shades of Diabolic, Vendetta, and Forbidden.

Let your bad girl play with the latest beauty collection from Chanel.

40 Years of Monty Python

Happy Anniversary, Monty Python.

The best way to celebrate is with a sketch. No, it’s not. Heh.