alice789: (frozen)
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[White and silver holo glitter, & OPI clear top coat]

Snowy nails for the winter holiday! Woot.
I like how this could almost pass for french tips at a distance. Its subtle and simple.

I have a tradition (since Jericho was born) of buying one fancy ornament every Christmas - photos of my new ornament will come later when I actually have my tree up and decorated (because I don't).

I'll be spending the next three weeks painting and sorting out my life! Everything is CHAOS!

EDIT -- HERE IT IS!
My new ornament.
alice789: (blush)
I will never buy pore strips again. Not that I buy them regularly - but I glanced at these in the store just a few days ago, and was disgusted by how expensive they were - Seriously? For something I put on my face and tear off?
This made me remember hearing some older ladies talking a few years back, about using Elmer's glue as a facial peel or as an alternative to pore strips. At the time, I shrugged, because people will always look for alternatives, for example, a guy friend in high school said, "Sticking a piece of really good tape to your face and ripping it off has nearly the same effect, right?"
No. Not really...
But I've heard of this Elmer's glue method a few times recently, and a Google search confirms:

"You know those strips you can buy to remove blackheads and dirt from your face? Yep, they're not cheap. There is another way to achieve the same results and at a cost of pennies, or less. It's Elmer's Glue. You heard me, good old fashioned Elmer's Glue that most of us grew up using for one thing or another.
Apply a layer of glue on your face, concentrating on the nose area if that is a problem area for you. Let it dry completely and peel off as you would with a peel-off mask. Rinse what residue doesn't come off when peeling. Feel your skin. Pretty nice… huh? Follow with a toner if you like.

Elmer's Glue disclaimer: When using Elmer's Glue as a beauty treatment, one should make sure they are not allergic to the product. While I don't know the statistics of "Elmer's Glue allergy," there is a chance that someone, somewhere, is allergic to the stuff. Also, I would like to add that when applying glue to your face, it is not advisable to apply glue anywhere near the eyes to prevent the possibly hazardous "Glued Eye Syndrome." Likewise - for the mouth area."

So this morning, while waiting for my car, I tried this out.
No joke, it works just as good as a pore strip. Yeah, it makes you look like an ASS. But it dries clear, peels off easily, and as far as I know, is non-toxic and safe for skin.
alice789: (blush)
Comebacks referencing body hair are always funny. Just FYI.

That reminds me, someone asked me at work what was a good mascara.
This was mildly important, because at this particular job, waltzing in with a face full of makeup was frowned upon.
Let me first say this: I don't wear mascara often. If I want to have lashes for miles, I wear fake ones.
I have pathetic weeny lashes, short and sparse. I was born that way. But my lashes are naturally dark and I don't spend much time flapping my eyelids at boys (who honestly can't tell the difference most of the time anyway).
I would suggest investing in an eyelash curler, and using that. Much less messy.

My unprofessional and inexperienced recommendations for mascara are as follows:

DIORSHOW ICONIC - This is what all the models raved about back when I was in college. I purchased a small tube of this, and they were right, its magical. This formula is smooth, natural looking, clump-free, and waterproof. This won't give you ultra dramatic party volume though, and if that is what you want, wear fake lashes.

CLINIQUE High Impact Mascara - This is not waterproof, so it causes panda eyes. If you are going out on a sunny day, nowhere near water, and with no threat of crying or rubbing your eyes, then this one is great. It is thick and coats well, but does like to wander. Its cheaper than Dior, and has a little more kick, imho.

COVERGIRL Lash Blast Volume - This is a good cheapy drugstore backup. It gives good waterproof volume and goes on nicely, but can get clumpy if you fuss with it too much. My only complaint is the brush on this is clunky and huge, and if I'm in a hurry, I'll often graze my nose or eyelid and make a mess.

In the past, I've tried RIMMEL LASH MAXXX - yes, triple X. The brush on this one was like a little comb. No issue with clumping, ever.
And L'OREAL VOLUME SHOCKING - which comes with a gray primer, and another little comb wand to coat (I used the back of the wand to apply, as using the front clumped like crazy) and was impressed with the shocking volume but was tired of clumpy unnatural-looking lashes.
alice789: (bath)
My favourite lotions:
(You should be aware of the benefits of collagen for skin. You should also avoid parabens and phthalates wherever possible.)
⋇ St. Ives makes a Collagen Elastin body lotion that I've used for years. It smells divine and makes skin silky smooth.
⋇ Le Couvent Des Minimes has a Honey and Shea nourishing hand cream that smells like sweet honey. It is a mouthwateringly delicious treat for dry hands.
⋇ Another staple of mine is J.R. Watkins Apothecary Lemon Cream Shea Butter. It is super thick, buttery, and smells like lemon frosted cake.

I suppose I really like sweet smelling stuff. After all, I also adore Comptoir Sud Pacifique's Vanille perfumes, as well as Prada's Candy.
I blame this on the fact that I never ate candy or sweets when I was little. I'm making up for it now.
alice789: (flora)
I have worn lipstick since I was 11. My first was a fluorescent shocking pink in 6th grade. STFU, that was popular back then.
At the Hello Dance that year, I went to the restroom with my friends, giggling and running, like all idiot 11 year olds at a party. I looked in the mirror and proceeded to reapply my hot pink lipstick, and glanced over at a girl on my right, and then started to stare. She was smothering her face with Cover Girl foundation, drawing in her eyebrows with an eyebrow pencil. She looked at me. I'm not sure what sort of face I made at her.
She scoffed, looking at the lipstick in my hand, and said out loud, "You know, I only wear makeup that matches my natural face."
And I laughed, and exclaimed. "Why even wear makeup then?!"
I didn't see her expression or hear any reply - my friends were talking, pulling me out the door and back to the party. It didn't even occur to me to use makeup to look natural. Why use makeup to hide something? What was there to hide? Shouldn't makeup be for adding colour?
Its okay, I figured it all out later. I do still feel the same way though.

For the next 10 years I'd wear a wide range of colours from pastel pink to metallic purple to straight black. (I was gothic lolita in highschool, you wouldn't believe how much fun I had with that)
Sometime after I turned 20, I started liking colours that were paler than my natural lips. Golds and soft nudes. I still love the look of dark eyes and pale lips. I tried back in 2010 to wear a bright pin-up girl red lipstick. It looked so gross.

Here is my small lipstick collection:
L'OREAL PARIS
L'Oreal's Infallible Le Rouge, in Opulent Organza.
This goes on silky smooth, and dries to a satin finish, and it lasts forever. I use this one super often, even sometimes as a base for other colors.

L'Oreal's Colour Riche, in Golden Splendor.
People complain a lot about these lipsticks, but I think they are wonderful. I love the smell of these, its like faint sweet perfume, and not offensive to my nose. This is a soft golden sheen, simple and pretty. I've used this particular color for many years.

NYX LIPPIES
And my NYX lippies. These are some of the best cheapy lipsticks out there. They have ultra high pigmentation, smooth texture, and a sweet floral scent. They have no real staying power, so you'll have to reapply after a cup of tea, but they look wonderful enough to overlook the lifespan.
I initially only picked up some of the more popular colours for photoshoots and runway shows, but I do intend to extend my collection with some personal exploration (trial and error) someday.

NYX LIPPIES OPEN
1. Strawberry Milk
This is a milky pastel pink. This is a sweet girly colour, and is a lot more flattering on paler skintones. This one is trickier with me, I wear this more often in the winter, with pink clothing. I add a little blush, and keep the eye makeup bright and youthful.
2. Indian Pink
This is a pale coral-ish pink-orange with a golden sheen. This one is a surprisingly beautiful colour that suits nearly any occasion, and looks lovely on any skintone. I often use this one if I'm in a hurry and undecided. The shimmer makes this one easy to maintain, and doesn't require any sort of base or gloss.
3. Orange Soda
This is a solid nude tone with a hint of orange cream. This is one of my favourite nude lipsticks. I layer this one over the L'Oreal Infallible, because these matte colours tend to sink in to the lines on my lips unless there's a base beneath it. This is gorgeous with a clear gloss over it.
4. Circe
This is a simple and perfect nude lipstick. I love almost all of the NYX nude colour palette! It was very difficult to just pick one.
5. Earth Angel
This one I chose purely for me. I love gold and copper coloured lips, and this is the perfect shimmery gold. This is almost sheer but deliciously metallic. This is my party lipstick, for nightlife and dancing, paired with super dark eyeshadow, it gives a mysterious creature-of-the-night aura. And I do love scaring the boys.
alice789: (windy)
I mentioned in a previous post that people joke that I don't age, but I think instead, that I'm pretty good at putting on makeup.

Here are my beauty secrets for skin:
Most days around the house, I am happy with my Nivea Touch of Smoothness lip balm, and just washing my face. LOL.
BUT If I'm going all out beauty, I do things differently.
I use a Dead Sea Salt Mineral Peel. This minimizes pores and keeps the skin even. I also like Bioré Pore Strips (even though I'm not sure they actually work).
Before applying makeup, I'll use a very thin layer of Skin79's BB Cream, sometimes just dabbing and buffing with my kabuki brush over problem areas. To deal with the awful dry summer heat here in Vegas, I have used Diorsnow, its a lovely moisturizer. I don't use it in conjunction with BB creams though.
As suggested by my model friend, Paul & Joe make an excellent moisturizing foundation primer. (all their stuff is pretty awesome, actually - They have kitty cat shaped lipsticks!)

Usually when I'm stressed with work I get ugly panda eye bags that make me look 90. :(
For years I tried a variety of products on the dark circles under my eyes to no avail, so I was happy to find something that did work - La Mer's Eye Concentrate. This is expensive, so I use it very sparingly.
Cosme Decorte makes a Moisture Lipsome Eye Cream that is fairly good as well.
I very recently started using SK-II products. The 'science' behind them is fascinating. Before bed or after a bath, I use SK-II Treatment Essence, Clear Lotion, and Lift Emulsion on any wrinkles or lines on my face. Awesome stuff, I love it.
LA MER & SK-II

I blasted away freckles that appeared (I call them age spots) under the corner of my eyes with Ambi Fade Cream (I've posted about it before because I love it). It smells pretty, the texture is soft and creamy, it goes on easily and soaks in to my skin. I've wondered about using skin whiteners during the summer, when I spend a lot of time outside, tanning, and enjoying sunshine, but so far I haven't had any trouble with odd discolouration or blotches. I'm thankful that my skin gets along with me for most part.

Bare Escentuals Bare Mineral Makeup. This is the foundation I use - it is magical. I only use loose powder mineral foundations. This brand included a mini kabuki brush that I adore. I dust a little all over.
And again, model friend adds that Bourjois makes a liquid foundation called Flower Perfection that is very nice with excellent coverage - if your skin requires some serious cover-up work.

Everyday Minerals used to carry a sweet Apple blush that I still use sometimes (I purchased it when I was Marie Antoinette for Halloween one year). And every mineral foundation I've tried from them has been perfectly adequate. They offer samples for free, and have a wide range of tones and functions, so I often recommend them.

I suppose it sounds like a lot for girls that don't wear any sort of makeup, but its an easy routine to get in to, and somewhat soothing and relaxing. I think a lot of girls don't pay enough attention to skin, but it really is the first thing people look at.
On the other end of the spectrum, some girls put way too much on their face. Foundation is supposed to be subtle and unnoticed.
If you are having such severe trouble with your skin, I'd suggest eating some collagen capsules or vitamins with rose hips. Maybe evaluating your diet will help.

Wow, I talk too much! Oh well. There you have it.
alice789: (blush)
So, I know when I was in highschool, the girls would act all high and mighty with their MAC lipgloss.
I've tried lots of different ones, and to be honest the Dior Addict lip glosses are my favourites.
But here's something funny - I like Avon lipgloss just as much. They accomplish almost exactly the same thing. Yeah, so what if you aren't waving around a glass tube labeled with a designer name. Big deal.
For 10 years now, I've made something of a tradition to acquire a new Avon lipgloss at the beginning of summer. They are inexpensive, and easy to order.
This is my new shiny golden glossy treasure:
Avon Lipgloss!
[Avon Smooth Minerals Lip Gloss in Golden Sand]

This reminds me, Avon carries a lip balm I love called Dew Kiss - that can be added to the list of lip balms I approve of and recommend.
alice789: (blush)
So, I've got something new to roll my eyes over.
I've been using asian BB creams (Skin79 Super Plus BB Beauty Balm) for a while now, and suddenly noticed a huge craze for them here in the US.
Last week at the store, I glanced at a bottle of Garnier's "Miracle Skin Perfector" BB Cream and looked over the ingredients. My first thought was, "Isn't this just tinted moisturizer?"
Yep, the American version of these creams are nothing new, simply renamed moisturizers they've carried for years. Reviews online tend towards the unimpressed, and I am not surprised in the least.

If you want to try a BB Cream that works, check out Skin79 - they carry a wide range of balms that are FANTASTIC.

I own Skin79's Hot Pink Super Plus, VIP Gold Super Plus, Diamond The Prestige, and Diamond Luminous Pearl.
SKIN79 BB Balm
I love the Gold and the Diamond Prestige as bases, they are super moisturizing, and even out my skin. The Pink is a lot like the Gold, actually, maybe with a little less coverage, both have skin whitening effects - so good under eyes and over freckles or scars. I love to brush a little of the Luminous Pearl on my cheeks, because its very sparkly - using a lot of it all over is likened unto Twilight vampire shimmering ridiculousness.

They are easy to find in miniature or sample sizes, so you can try out different types without spending much money. They have varying ranges of coverage, moisture content, and different plant or mineral infusions.
Working around models and makeup all the time, oriental BB creams are something I always hear about. I highly recommend them, just not the US versions.
alice789: (blush)
Thanks everyone for the birthday wishes. I didn't go out, but I got myself an egg custard and a bubble tea. (  ॣ́˃̶̤ ‧̮ ˂̶̤ ॣ̀)

Speaking of simple pleasures, I decided to make an entire post dedicated to lip balm. I'll probably do another just for lipstick and lipgloss.
I confess, when I'm stressed out, I chew on my lip. And when its really dry, I start tearing at it. Its a vicious and horrible compulsion.
My solution - always wear chapstick.
I have spent years trying different lip balms. I ultimately wanted one that was super moisturizing, long lasting, and nice tasting.

[personal profile] astah loves and recommends Burt's Bees Beeswax Lip Balm. Sadly, this stuff is total crap on me. It feels like hard wax, and is not smooth. It adds no discernible moisture to my lips and it doesn't last even 5 minutes. It has a strong peppermint scent, which is pleasant, and about the only positive I can mention.

Neutrogena Lip Moisturizer (SPF15) is very nice, long lasting, and has no scent or taste I can pinpoint. This has been my favourite for years.
For fruity lip balm, I have Softlips Enriched Shea & Mango Butter (SPF25), which is super smooth, but doesn't last at all. Nearly all fruity lip balms suffer from laughably short life span.
LUSH has a Honey Trap lip balm in a tin that I tried a few years ago, and with most LUSH lip balms, the moisture content wasn't what I wanted, but I liked it enough. Ultimately, I enjoy and value the convenience of a tube o' chapstick, so I probably won't use them again.

Now, when I did destroy my lips, my solution was to slather a medicated lip balm on before bed - like Carmex.
I think people often forget that their lips are skin. And if lips are truly dry or damaged, you can always put a buttery lotion on them overnight - it doesn't have to be anything designed specifically for lips, as long as its natural. Before a photoshoot or big event, sometimes I'll use L'Occitane en Provence Beurre de Karité, its 100% Shea Butter, on my lips the night before. Aquaphor Healing Ointment Advanced Therapy from Eucerin works as well. I don't want to eat lotion, but its fine if I'm asleep.

I recently found these Nivea lip balms that are heavenly, and are my new favourites!
The blue one is Nivea Kiss of Smoothness (SPF10) Hydrating Lip Care. This stuff is magic, long lasting, and ultra moisturizing. It has a subtle pleasant scent, and goes on smooth as silk. I use this daily.
The yellow one is Nivea Kiss of Milk & Honey, Soothing Lip Care. This one is less moisturizing, but still very nice. It has a light honey scent that is perfect, and goes on smooth. I wear this to bed.

Chapstick recommendations

About 8 years ago, I came home from the MAGIC fashion convention with a fancy designer lip balm that was perfect. Jericho was 2, and upon opening my purse and finding this treasure, he smeared it all over the carpet until nothing was left in the tube. I saw the aftermath, fell to my knees, and cried.
I cried real tears over it. That is how much I love lip balm.
alice789: (blush)
Isn't laziness just a derogatory term for efficiency?

I'm so tired, but I can sleep when I'm dead, right?
I need to officially reopen my Etsy shop. I have heaps of new items to list.
I also have a massive pile of clothes to mend, drawings to do, and unfinished paintings to work on.

I have a beauty / makeup post planned. People like to joke that I don't age, but I think instead, that I just happen to be good at putting on makeup.
Besides, I heard somewhere that happy girls are the prettiest girls. It makes sense to me - people are way less afraid of me when I am smiling.

Speaking of things that make me smile. Here are a few of my favourite things:
A few of my favourite things.
[Ambi Fade Cream and Zico Chocolate Coconut Water]

Oh, one of my friends asked, so I thought I'd share:
My days usually include a quick workout and stretch from http://www.bodyrock.tv/
I highly recommend this particular workout: http://www.bodyrock.tv/2010/06/09/booty-firm-up-workout/
It will kick your ass.
And most days, this is my only meal:
What I ate today.
[Naked Protein Juice Smoothie]
Its a cool new diet called Broke Like a Joke. Seriously.

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New friends and/or lurkers are always welcome. ❤

I grew up in Coronado, California, and the ocean is something I truly miss. I love perfumes, flowers, pastels and muted colours. I love to watch anime, play games, read books, eat sweets, and drink ice cream floats.
Despite liking really girly things, I don't consider myself an exceptionally girly person.
I get a huge boner for Baroque music.

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