Valentine Nails

IMG_1974-3I’m not much of a ‘nail art’ kind of girl. It’s either one color or bare nails for me. So I’m not really sure what got into me recently, but I had a huge impulse to don my phalanges with a little gold accent. And since Valentine’s Day is this weekend, why not have a little fun with it?

All you need is your regular assortment of polish (base coat, your favorite red, top coat, gold accent) and some tape. You can use washi tape, masking tape, scotch tape, or in the case of this homeowner: painter’s tape. It is a multi-functional tool.

v-day nails

1. Paint your nails as usual.
2. Take your piece of tape, fold it in half and cut out a small heart.
3. Gently place your tape on your desired nail and polish in the outline. Don’t put it on too thick or it will bleed.
4. For the accent on my first finger, sweep some gold polish onto the very tip. Then wipe the excess polish off the brush and gently pull the sparkles down the nail gradually.
5. Put an extra layer of top coat on your enhanced nails–and voila!
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My Foray Into the Land of Eye Shadow

See, they make it look easy. But I need more help than just pictures 😦

I am religious about wearing many different types of makeup. Foundation, for example. I don’t like to leave the house without, at the very least, tinted moisturizer. But most days I do my full BB Cream–Primer–Mineral foundation routine. Blush, eyeliner and mascara are also every day musts for me. I feel kind of naked without them. But eye shadow wasn’t something that I ever really messed with. I might put a little shimmer on my lid, and when I would go out I would try my best to put a little something up there. But I always felt lost when choosing colors, and felt especially lost in the application process.

Then I found The Makeup Chair while wandering on Pinterest one day. Continue reading

Confessions of a Concealaholic

Benefit “Confessions of a Concealaholic” $36
1) Boi-ing industrial strength concealer in Light and Medium 2) Erase Paste in medium 3) Eye Bright 4) Lemon-Aid 5) “That Gal” Brightening primer 6) two dual-ended brushes

I realized yesterday that it’s been a painstakingly long time since I did a beauty post. But fret not, because this is a good one. Well, the product is a good one. I can’t guarantee anything about the post 🙂

Concealer is a very tricky thing. You need to find something that matches your skin tone, doesn’t cake off or wear off during the day, doesn’t dry out your skin and doesn’t add to breakout problems. Tall order, right? I had been steadily becoming disenchanted with the staying power of my previous go-to concealer (Neutrogena  3-in-one concealer for eyes). It looked great when I put it on in the morning, but if I didn’t touch up throughout the day, it got cakey or wore off. I’ve been upgrading my makeup basics in the past year (one of the perks of having a steady and comfortable income) and finally decided that it was time to upgrade my concealer. Continue reading

Sorry, but I’m not built like a 12-year-old boy

When did the switch flip?

I know that I usually talk about mostly random fluff on this blog (though in a very enjoyable manner I must say) but lately I’ve been thinking a lot about body image. It’s been at the forefront of my mind for a myriad of reasons, and it’s finally gotten to the point where I feel the need to put my more serious thoughts out onto the interwebs.

First of all, let me put all my cards out on the table: I have never been fat. Nor have I ever been skinny. I have really muscular legs, a big booty and a little flab around my tummy. But I’m built in very nice proportion and have a visible waist, so you wouldn’t know to look at me that I wear a size 8-10 most of the time (nor are those shameful numbers to have stitched into your jeans). As a result, I live in this in-between range that sometimes makes me feel like I won the genetic lottery, and other times makes me feel like no one should ever find me attractive.

In a way, I think all women go back and forth between those emotions, no matter what their body type is.  If they’re thin, they have times where they wish they had bigger boobs or a rounder butt. If they’re curvy they wish they could wear a v-neck without showing 6 inches of cleavage or could walk in a skirt without their thighs rubbing together. The grass is always greener, right?

But instead of embracing ourselves for the numerous positive attributes of our bodies, we continually focus on that one negative. Continue reading