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I’m on day 5 of being off on a little mini-vacay from work (though, I’m back tomorrow – boo!), and as you may have noticed, with all that downtime I didn’t fill it with awesome, stupendous blog posts. I know we are all allowed a break when we need it, but I’ve been feeling slightly guilty about not writing more – March overall was admittedly pretty quiet for me. I’d like to blame that on my significantly decreased spending on cosmetics, but that’s a cop-out – there are plenty of other creative ways I could talk about makeup and beauty (see particularly adept bloggers here, here and here). More than anything, it’s been the brain shift that’s prevented me from posting more often; this blog has been predominantly to showcase new products I’ve purchased, and while I’ve had a few other bits and bobs here and there like themed posts, or skincare chats, my creative juices haven’t been flowing as often as they should. Coming up with new ways to portray my enthusiasm for makeup (because – regardless if I’m posting about it or not, I’m ALWAYS excited by it!) has been more of a challenge than I anticipated.
I went to a Clinique school in the middle of March, and we’ve got NAIL POLISH (again…we used to have it but it got discontinued back in 2005) and it’s pretty awesome. This is a face chart I did that we needed to find a complimentary polish to go with it (check out Party Red, bottom) – I think it turned out lovely!
Here is the good news, though, about my ‘break’ over this long weekend. I had several days to just relax, and process, and mentally and physically clear out old crap taking up space (I went through all of my financial documents, three accordion file folders full, and turfed stuff that was dated as far back as 2003! WOOOOOO!!!). And as tends to happen, my brain started revving up again, and I came up with a few ideas for upcoming posts that I hope you’ll like. Nothing too groundbreaking, but topics that are relevant and encourage discussion about our favorite topic: beauty *Though I must confess – lately I’ve been really into fashion as well, and any extra cash has gone toward beefing up my paltry wardrobe. And a new blog I stumbled upon, Meek n Mild, is seriously sparking my sartorial desires – her style is pretty much where I want to be!
I bought these high-waisted skinny jeans by Cheap Monday that are effing fabulous!! I though for sure high-waist + my body shape would be awful, but actually they look better on me than I think they do on this model =)
I hope that I don’t disappoint readers out there who are looking for a constant stream of product reviews – I’m sorry, my budget just doesn’t accommodate for that right now! And additionally, as tends to happen, I’m through the stage of wanting to buy everything because of my restrictive situation, and now into the phase of pulling back and enjoying what I own rather than continuously adding to the mass. I’m having fun playing and discovering new techniques; learning more about my skintone and type and what works best; and using what I already own in new and innovative ways. I hope to share all of these things with you, because while accruing new pretties is totally fun and addictive, the point is to USE all of this stuff, is it not?? And as I keep telling myself, this situation is temporary and it won’t always be this way for me (in fact, I might be getting a roommate for May and June! Yay for splitting costs ), so stick around (particularly in April, as I have been saving to splurge during Sephora’s annual VIB sale – woohoo!)!
And…I did buy this in March (which is all Denise’s fault), so there is that review to look forward to!
End of PSA and the use of too many parentheses.
Thanks for your understanding!!
As many of you know, I’m having a rough go of it lately with respect to finances. I don’t really know how to handle this situation mentally and emotionally – I don’t want to come across as a whiner, or like I’m some sort of a ‘victim’ of circumstance. I also don’t want to be one of those people who sits around not DOING anything to change their situation – generally I’m a fairly pro-active person. But the way things are now, well – the whole issue is tricky, and not easily solved by just ‘doing something.’ First, there are so many options (and if you’ve been reading for a while, you know me and options = anxiety): I could get a roommate. I could get a serious part-time job (not just hours here and there with Clinique). I could sell and buy a new, smaller, more affordable
hole-in-the-wall place. I could rent my condo and then rent an affordable apartment to live in. Everyone has great suggestions for me, and are trying to help the best way they can. Problem is, I am the type of person that can see merit in just about any idea a person has, so every new suggestion seems like ‘The Best Choice.’ And every option has a downside, which makes it easy to cast aside. I like my space. I like my free time. I love my condo – maybe not the location, which (as much as I like the area) means I’m terribly isolated from almost everyone I know, but the actual building and unit itself is damn near perfect. SO. What the heck do I do?!?
Essentially since I returned from New Zealand I’ve been a lesser version of myself. I’m tired often, I’m unproductive, I’m generally uninterested (in reading, in work, in running, in being social, in romance – take your pick)…I just feel overall blah. And everyone around me has all these great things happening and going on, and as truly happy as I am for them, what it seems to mean for me is that no one really notices that I’m struggling, that I’m trying to maintain this joie de vivre that I’ve always had, but that I’m failing. And I’m not interested in bringing them down with me.
Note: I can write all this here because the majority of people in my life don’t read my blog. Typing that sentence feels kind of shitty, actually, when you think about it. But I don’t hold it against them; the reason I started the blog and then continued it was because it was so amazing to me to actually meet other like-minded individuals, when I truly thought there were none. So they really have no reason to read my ramblings on makeup and beauty.
Last week I realized that I spend almost 100% of my free time looking at makeup etc. on the internet. I come home most evenings to just sit at my computer and stare at the screen, making lists upon lists of products to try, and then repeat the same behavior every single night. I’ve been pondering this behavior a lot and trying to figure it out. Sure, I’m kind of obsessed with beauty and I sure do love makeup and all the pretty things that come out here and there. But I’ve never taken it this far. It’s never taken over.
I think the reason I’m behaving this way, is because it gives me something to hope for. Even on a small scale, regardless of the fact that ‘hoping’ for more makeup may be sad, and pathetic in it’s way, nevertheless – making wishlists of beauty products allows me to imagine a time when I might have more money to actually indulge myself, sort of like acting in a self-fulfilling way; if I write these products down, it’s like saying ‘I will be able to purchase that, someday’. It’s not to say that I don’t buy makeup at all now – obviously that’s not the case (see all the posts over the last 6 months!). But every single purchase comes with a price: guilt. And just like anything else, once I deem something as a ‘no-go,’ it tends to be all I think about.
Anyway, that’s a little bit of what’s going on with me lately. Sorry to be a downer, but you know everyone has low points in their lives, and this just happens to be one of mine. While this blog is dedicated to beauty, it doesn’t mean I’m a robot without feelings, and blogs by nature are a place to express yourself. It just so happens that my expression today is sadness. Additionally, sometimes its easier to confess to those you’re not as close to – for the most part I’ve been keeping my feelings under wraps with my loved ones, as I find those who care about you most want to give you advice, rather than just be an ear. And I think right now I’m kind of maxed out on advice.
I will return to the regular light and fluffy posts now – in fact, I’m just about to write a review on Chanel’s quad in Vanités. If you stuck through this whole ramble, I applaud you. Life isn’t always fun, but you have to have some lows to appreciate the highs.
It’s that time of year again, when everyone likes to compose their ‘top 5/10/20′ etc. lists which sum up opinions of what made an impact on them during the outgoing year. I like reading these a lot, but am not fully sold on composing them myself; my lists tend to be quite small, as I’m terribly discerning when it comes to what constitutes as a favorite – and also because I rarely love a product consistently enough and get bored quickly (I’m a fickle beast, I know). However, when I develop a loyalty to someone or something, it truly sticks. The following list is dedicated to my absolute favorite beauty blogs, which give me such pleasure to read and are well-deserved of recognition (not that they need my help, mind you, but I always love to give credit where credit it due!). And so, without further ado, here are the blogs that rocked my world in 2012:
1) Best Makeup Swatches
- Bloomin’ Beauty
Danielle’s swatches are of perfect clarity, and her makeup collection is large enough that she easily has some of the best comparison swatches I’ve ever seen. She took a well-deserved hiatus in the fall, and is STILL one of the best resources I’ve found online for product swatches!
- The Beauty Look Book
Sabrina’s swatches are a great reference point for any beauty enthusiast, and she also has a vast high-end makeup collection, which is invaluable when you don’t want to waste your hard earned money on duplicate shades (and she almost always does comparison swatches). Also, she has the good fortune to live somewhere that seems perpetually sunny, and is able to capture the nuances and sparkle of the shades in the sunlight.
2) Best Polish Swatches
- Ommorphia Beauty Bar
I have the proud honour of being one of the first readers of Eugenia’s blog – I don’t recall how I stumbled upon it, but I am SO thankful I did! Even looking back to her first photos, her swatches were still perfection, and have impossibly improved even since then. She is, bar none, the very first resource I go to when I want to see shots of the newest collections, and somehow can turn even a ho-hum shade into something I should desperately covet.
- Burb Beauty
I came across Lola’s blog while looking for comparison swatches of some random shade (I habit I have of doing before I buy any new polishes!) – she had been posting a series called ‘Purge Wars’ in which she swatched potential dupe shades within her collection, and instantly I was hooked. She has exceptional swatches and a HUGE collection of shades, writes concise reviews, and is an all-around lovely person Plus, an additional bonus for me is her skintone is similar to mine, which make choosing shades that much easier!
3) Inspires the Most Lemmings
- Bloomin’ Beauty
For the reasons I noted above, plus Danielle’s exuberance when describing her own particular favorites and seeing her pretty face wearing the products, she easily makes almost every item she shows lemming-worthy!
- Ommorphia Beauty Bar
Again, same reasons as above – honestly, this gal KILLS me every day with another new polish to add to my wishlist. On top of her fantabulous swatches, her way with words will hook you in Every. Damn. Time.
4) Best for Brown-Skinned Gals
- Makeup and Beauty Blog
If a product catches my eye that I’m unsure will look good on my skintone, I needn’t go any further than Karen’s blog, as she generally has reviews of any new product coming out, and is very close in color to myself. With my penchant for online shopping lately, having a reference point helps immensely as not all shades will work for everyone, and some are less pigmented than others, which can render them almost useless to me. Karen most definitely saves the day!
- Weekend Ramblings
As a relative newcomer to Radhika’s blog, I was so pleased to discover it in my search for shade swatches, as it gives me such a better idea on whether or not certain colors will work for me / show up on my skintone. As there aren’t a lot of blogs featuring darker skintones, I am so grateful to find another that reviews current, department store products (as we all know I’m a snob)!
5) Most Likely to Have You Laughing Out Loud
- Makeup Morsels
The very first time I read MM’s blog, she had drawings she made of a stick figure doing lunges – how can you not love a gal who can get silly like that? I laughed my ass off, and continue to do so each and every time I read a post – her witty humor and hilarious geekery are SO up my alley. I came to realize that her stick figures are one of her signatures, and every time she pulls them out my day is made that much better.
- Beyond Just Beauty
Sometimes I can get pretty wordy with my posts, but Amy beats me hands down in that category! What makes her posts so much more worthwhile to get through though, is her self-depreciating humor and her natural ability to tell a story. Add to that her insanely fabulous vocab and you’ve got one excellent read on your hands! Her blog title really tells it all – it’s not just beauty reviews that I keep coming back for!
- Beauty Reflections
I adore a good quirk in a person, and Tracy’s got quirkiness in spades! She’s got to have one of the best imaginations out there (hello, Zombie Apocalypse!), and infuses every post with comic phrases and a huge dose of fun. She’s the one you KNOW would be the life of the party and you just can’t help but absorb her cheerful energy every single time.
6) Best FOTD
- Messy Wands
Every single face shot that Xiao posts is just so insanely gorgeous that you essentially feel like buy everything she’s showing right on the spot. She always uses makeup in a unique way, pairing colors and using techniques I’d never even think of, and is fearless when it comes to pretty much any look. When I’m in need of inspiration, this is one of the first places I turn to.
- Drivel About Frivol
I almost feel unworthy even trying to sum up Kate in a few words, because she is just in a league all her own. I have yet to come across another blog that manages to showcase incredibly unusual yet still beautiful looks – the way she pairs what seems like odd color combinations together and manages to look amazing nonetheless is a skill I’d LOVE to learn!
7) Most Original Content
- Eye Heart It
While I can appreciate a structured post in which you can scan the goods in mere seconds and move on, true enjoyment when I sit down to go through my RSS feed comes from those posts you can really get into; the ones you can relate to and which feel a bit more ‘real’. The beauty of Larie’s blog lies in the fact that she doesn’t follow a formula – she marches to her own beat, and nails it every single time, without feeling scattered (as I sometimes can be). I always feel like what she has to say carries weight to it – you want to listen to what she has to say, and it always feels authentic.
- Beauty Reductionista
In the original sense, a blog was a tool to use in which you could discuss your opinions and personal reflections on your life and interests. To me, Liz’s blog is the epitome of this. Her interest (one of them, anyway) is makeup and beauty (and candles!! LOL), and in between we learn about her life and gain insight into her personality. There’s a reason she has a strong following: because while reading her blog, she becomes someone you want to know, and someone you care about. Her personality BLAZES through, and the fact that she writes about makeup is just an added bonus, because she could write about dust bunnies and I would keep coming back for more.
8) Most Thorough
Rae’s reviews are, simply put, perfect. She has the perfect combination of information, photos (arm and face swatches), and personality, which makes for endlessly good reading. It can be a fine line between detail and becoming detached, but she manages to pull it off and make it look easy in the meantime!
- The Beauty Sample
Becca’s blog style reminds me the most of my own in the fact that her enthusiasm for makeup mirrors mine – and we can both get a bit chatty It’s a pleasure to read what she has to say, as she takes the time to truly evaluate a product and explain each nuance. With the hoards of cosmetics I accumulate, this is important to me as I want to know exactly why *this* product is not like another product I own and thus is justifiable in purchasing (word of caution – you WILL find yourself enabled! lol).
9) Most Refined
- Glossed in Translation
Ack! Elizabeth has truly got to be ‘the fairest of them all,’ and this doesn’t just refer to her porcelain looks. I’m certain she’s much younger than I, yet when she writes I feel as if I’m hearing from an expert in the matter. Her choice of products is always enviably sophisticated, and I feel that when she makes a purchase she uses exceptional judgement and taste. I always feel that her reviews are well thought-out and each opinion is not made lightly!
- My Lucite Dreams
Aside from Taylor’s flawless skin, which could sell just about any product, she presents herself in a way that always makes me feel calm, cool, and collected. She is the epitome of sophistication and has a well-edited stash of cosmetics that are always presented beautifully and tastefully. She rarely features anything but the very best!
10) Most Flawless Technique
- Call It Beauty
I’m fairly certain Dani could just have a lipstick blog and I would be just as satisfied – girl can WEAR some color on that gorgeous pout! – but she’s also got a serious talent for eye makeup as well, and when she puts it all together, it truly is stunning! With her sweet features, the contrast between them and the touch of edginess she has with makeup makes for an absolutely fabulous juxtaposition which I always find myself trying to recreate (to no avail, sadly!).
- Glitter Geek
~sigh~ Those dimples! Arianne has an unfair advantage because of her chiseled features, of course – but even despite her lovely genes, she clearly has this makeup thing DOWN. Even the most basic look turns into something magical, and at the same time, she makes it feel achievable. She is a perfect example of someone who knows her face and coloring well, and uses that knowledge in the best way possible (which is, to make us all terribly jealous!).
…And now you all know what I spend my time doing most hours of the day! Reading all of these blogs, ogling over makeup, laughing at their hilarity and commiserating when they have a bad day. For someone who doesn’t really have any friends who share my love of cosmetics, discovering beauty blogs several years ago was like coming home. Even though my spending has been somewhat curbed, beauty is still in my blood and this is how I get my fix – living vicariously through all of these lovely ladies! So, if you haven’t already, I highly suggest you start reading them all, stat! I promise you won’t be disappointed!
Happy New Year to everyone – I hope you all celebrate the end of another year in the very best of ways!! See you in 2013!
I’m noticing a bit of a trend happening right now in the blogosphere…seems that a few of us are feeling a lack of inspiration to some degree – something I completely understand. What’s frustrating is that I don’t think it necessarily means disinterest or that we still don’t feel excitement about beauty – god knows that I still spend hours trying to find products for my ‘ideal skincare regimen’ and I continuously ogle over everything in Sephora even though I need to hang on to my money for dear life right now. The latter I think is partially why I’m kind of stuck: when you’re feeling financial pressures, indulging in excess (for sure any further makeup purchases IS an excess for me) can be quite stressful. So, even though I have a few products to write about, I almost feel guilty that I have anything new in the first place (and some products I didn’t even purchase!). It’s sort of a moot point now since they’re all being used, so I just need to get over it, right?
Of course, the other side of the equation is that it’s the holiday season, and I’m busy as F#@K. I’ve decided since New Zealand that there is no point in denying it any longer – I’m a party girl (you saw the photo evidence!). Yep, that’s what I am, a social butterfly, and while I have a serious hermit side to me, my outgoing side is clearly stronger. On top of that, I’m working shifts at Clinique to supplement my income, so these two things combined leave me with about one night a week to myself. No offense, but on those nights I do NOT want to be sitting in front of my computer, but rather laying prone on the couch in front of the (faux) fireplace drinking rum and eggnog. Ahhhh, yes.
Today is my day off from my regular job, but I didn’t have much of a weekend as I worked at Clinique yesterday, and I was busy all day/night Saturday (though it WAS all fun stuff – writing letters from Santa with my mom and mail carrier uncle, and going to see The Nutcracker ballet/symphony with my mom, our annual holiday event ). So my inclination is to totally veg and do a whole lot of nothing before my 13 hour day tomorrow (since I work at Clinique tomorrow night). However, it’s also stressing me out to be so behind on blogging, so I think a few posts are in order first before I can truly relax.
Fear not my friends, as this whole situation is only temporary, and I’ve already begun mentally drafting out how I want Beauty Obsessed to play out in the New Year. There will be changes: aside from aesthetically, the blog needs to reflect my personality better and follow a different path – I feel like I have been *trying* to model myself after other, more popular blogs, but it doesn’t feel right to me and hence, I write less. So in the New Year, a more authentic blog will be coming your way. I hope you like it!
*End of rambling PSA. Back to work now!*
Ugh. I am totally ‘that blogger’ that goes away and comes back and goes away again. I’m sorry! I should be here to stay now – new hard drive installed and computer seems to be ticking along, good as new. Except for the fact that I have no idea where all my pictures went – and apparently they were able to save my documents etc. from the old drive. Must investigate.
In the meantime, thankfully the last big photopalooza I did was the same day my PC crapped out, and as such I still had all those pics on my memory card So I should be good for the next little while, anyway. Just hope I didn’t lose all my old stuff… No matter. THE POWER OF NOW, as my wise new bestie Marikym reminded me while we were away: be in the present. My present includes missing photos and a whole lot of product to write about – so away we go! There has been a lot of beauty goings-on in my world while I’ve been off galavanting around (which I had to do in order to keep myself occupied – good grief, finding things to do when you’re sans computer/internet is TOUGH O_o).
Here’s a quick update:
- Used up all this stuff!!
- Purchased a handful of new stuff!
- Lined up all my holiday polish and makeup shades (because I am a freak. Yes-indeed-y!)
- Embarked on a one-month endeavour to use every makeup product I own at least once (so far it’s going AWESOME!)
…yea. I’m literally writing each day down and what I wore. a) I’ll forget, and b)…I love me some lists. What can I say?
Anyway, besides all this fun stuff, I’ve also started growing my brows out *slightly* (just looking to have them a big thicker a la the trend right now), and I’ve figured out how to recapture the awesomeness of my hair style while in NZ – hair oil! I’ve been using Ojon’s Damage Remedy Restorative Oil (or some name to that effect), and THAT’S IT. No styling lotion, nothing else but a few drops of the oil, and my hair has never looked better – I think anyway! It’s got more softness and movement without looking so ‘done’ – which I thought was necessary to keep frizz away – and since it’s gotten so long, the weight on my hair keeps it from turning into one massively huge POUF and it’s just all sorts of awesome. For the first time I can ever remember, I actually really love my hair! So yay to that! I think the new conditioner I’m using (photo above – the brown Organix bottle) is also helping things along. But more on that product another day, as it deserves its own review!
So, all in all, while I’ve been chomping at the bit to get back online, I have been keeping myself busy (and not just with anal organizational tactics, I promise). What about you? What kind of beautiful things have you been up to? Any particular holiday festivities you’ve been enjoying?
Hello my neglected beauties! I am so far behind in everything in life it seems – isn’t summer supposed to be carefree and relaxed!? While I’ve had a lot of good times the past couple months, I’ve hardly had any time to address my ‘real’ life (guess that’s escapism to the max, eh?). I’ve flown out of the province three times in August alone (twice to Newfoundland and now to Ontario – I’m actually in the airport right now heading to Ottawa), and while I LOVE to travel, I didn’t realize how hard it is to get back on track when you return. Soon I’ll have been away from home for 12 out of 31 days – that’s a whole third of the month – and it’s kind of nuts. Fun – but nuts.
Look I did for a cottage party I went to – my friend’s family does a washer toss tournament every year, and this year there was a record 50 participants! As the cottage is right on a lake, I wore only MUFE’s waterproof Aqua Liner in #5 (diamond turquoise blue) and a touch of mascara – it gave enough impact all by itself!
To add to all that, recently my boyfriend and I broke up. So not only am I away physically but I’ve also mentally been not entirely present the past week or two. However, I know that everyone has ‘stuff’ that goes on in their lives and they keep on moving, so I don’t want to lean on this as an excuse. Most bloggers have busy lives and children and the like, and they post WAY more than me on a good week. I merely just want to explain my absence so you know it’s only temporary! Well…at least until October. Then I’ll be away for 35 days and you’ll be lucky if I’ve got a post a week coming out. LOL. But THEN! Then I will be blogger extraordinaire, I *promise.*
The most frustrating part about all this is that while moving forward my budget will be next to zero for beauty purchases (paying for a condo on my own is NOT going to be easy), I bought a slew of fun, beautiful things in the past couple months I’ve been desperate to talk to you about! Actually, to be honest, a lot of those things I haven’t even had the time to experiment with myself, and they’re just in a forlorn little pile in my bathroom begging to be adored. Since I’ve been traveling so much, most of these items haven’t come with me because I’m crazy-anal about keeping my makeup pristine, and I’m nervous about things getting banged up or broken (I’m still sore over my MAC Early Morning blush being in pieces :S). Argh! I hate not being able to multitask. LOL!
Make Up For Ever’s Rouge Artist Natural Lipstick in N10 (iridescent copper pink). It was the shade the MUFE Artist matched me with for my ultimate ‘MLBB’ shade. It’s quite pretty but I see to either veer lighter, darker or more bold with lippies for the most part. See link above for original review on formula.
But ladies (and maybe gents??)…there appears to be a silver-lining for you now. It was just announced that my flight has been delayed for 2 hours – surely I can pump out a post or three in that time!? Its not going to be any of the new, good stuff, but I have a boatload of photos from other items I’ve been meaning to show you. So sit back and get comfy…I have a lot of making up to do!
I confess that I don’t really understand the ‘terrible’ implications some people seem to feel turning 30 has (or 40, or 50, or any milestone age, for that matter!). I feel exactly the same today at 30 as I did yesterday at 29, and the number itself harbours absolutely no negative feelings in me whatsoever. I actually much prefer the even number to the odd, ugly number of 29 (though 28 – my ‘golden’ year – was my favorite ). Anyway, mostly I just think it’s pretty cool to be entering a whole new decade of my life, and I’m really looking forward to what it is going to bring. I can’t imagine anything but new and exciting times to come!
In order to fully celebrate making it successfully into my thirties, I’ve decided to do compile a list of 30 things I’d like to do this year, starting today till my birthday next year. I’m sure many of you aren’t surprized, since I do so love a good challenge and an opportunity to make yet another list!
The list is comprised to items of varying nature – some are quite grand events and goals I hope to endeavor upon (run a full marathon; buy a piece of designer jewelry or a pair of designer shoes; participate in a protest; travel to New Zealand – which has been on my ‘bucket list’ for ages and is the only thing that’s officially set in motion!), while others are much more moderate in nature but things I’ve always wanted to do nonetheless (learn how to play poker; read 12 classic novels; have a technology-free weekend; go to a new restaurant every month). I divided them into categories – 10 for life-based goals (like learning how to shoot a gun *just because, not for any scary reason!*), 5 for Halifax-themed (go on the local Ghost Walk tour), 5 for travel (take a spur of the moment flight somewhere!), 5 for ‘fabulous’ things (like attending a real fashion show), and of course – 5 for beauty-related items!! Which I am now going to detail below:
1) Learn 3 new hairstyles
My curly mop of hair is fun, to be sure, but there’s really not a whole lot I can do with it – or at least that I’ve taken the time to learn, anyway! So this year, I vow to stop doing the same old (which just means wearing it down as is) and trying out new ways to work with it to have some fun with it! I’ll say it right now: I am welcoming suggestions!!!!
2) Attend Cosmoprof or IMATS
I’m fairly certain attending one of these events would be like my own private Utopia, so attend I must It’ll depend on the timing and location to determine which I’ll go to (and I’m not even sure if a layperson can go to Cosmoprof?), but I probably should start saving my pennies now, eh?
3) Go makeup-less for a week
Gotta throw in a good challenge of course! Even though I tend to not want to stop wearing makeup for the mere fact that that means I’m not using it up faster, I think going makeup-less for a week will be a wonderful way to make sure I remember thatit’s just makeupand that as fun as it is, it’s not the be-all end-all. I don’t think this is going to be that hard as in, being uncomfortable without it per se, but obviously makeup plays a huge part in my life, and I think going without for a period of time will strengthen my character. And when I say without, I mean nothing. Nada. Not even concealer for my racoon eyes. Who am I kidding? It’s gonna be a scary week. But also majorly liberating!
4) Try 12 new-to-me beauty brands
I’ve already got my list drawn up for the brands I’d love to try! I’ve made some headway this past year with checking out Le Metier de Beaute, and Burberry (oh yes I did! Keep reading for the scoop ), but there are still a handful which I’d love to try and am going to make a point to do so. I think this year will be a good one for restraint on the number of products I pick up, and more of a focus on what I’m getting instead. I’m pretty stoked for it!
5) One Month Beauty Challenge
I have to explain this one because it’s a little convoluted, as my schemes usually are What I want to do is this: Choose 10 makeup items only (this includes staples like foundation or mascara) and then allow myself to wear only those 10 items for the entire month. Of course I will have to be extremely selective and make sure I have the best products to allow me to create a variety of looks. I have a vague idea of what I’ll use; when the time comes I’ll make the final decision. I’m tempted to cheat and do this while I’m traveling for five weeks in New Zealand – because I’ll be bringing VERY minimal makeup along with me then – but I think I’ll do this as a separate challenge for my day-to-day life. I don’t know the month yet, but of course when I decide I’ll be posting all the details here!
So that’s what you can expect to see at Beauty Obsessed over the next year! I’m pretty excited for all of the goals I have to work toward, beauty or otherwise. I love having things to look forward to, and I like getting a fire under my butt to get things done. No time like the present!
Now, I’m not going to leave you with just a bunch of my ramblings today, of all days! I’ve got a little bit of photo porn to show you from my Burberry haul first – of course full reviews will be forthcoming over the next little while!
Oh yea, I forgot to mention – these photos were taken with my BRAND NEW CAMERA!!!!!! My delightful boyfriend gave it to me for my birthday gift (along with planning a surprize super-fun photo scavenger hunt/pig roast/party for my celebrations this past weekend!). Best gift ever! I can’t get over how much better my photos are and how much less work I have to put in to get a good result! Old camera is getting the boot lol. I hope you’ll enjoy the much better quality photos moving forward!
Now I’m off to relax and enjoy my day (going for a massage later – heaven!), I hope you all had a fantastic weekend!!!
Hey-o everyone! I feel like I was a bit of a slacker on the posts last week, still getting back into the groove I guess! I have some pretty things to show you this week though so never fear I’d hoped to get an Earth Day post up today but I was pretty busy all weekend. Let’s recap what I got up to:
1) Worked at Clinique Friday night (FYI Sears is on GWP right now until May 8th! Check out the Clinique bonus they’ve got going on this time around) – it was the first day of gift and it was BUSY! I work best under pressure though, and had some great customers, so it was good night (PS: Happened to walk by Sephora to check out the new nail bar they have going on, and they are carrying Illamasqua polish!! SA-WEET!!! I’m gonna be ALL over that ).
2) Slept with four animals (two dogs and two cats) while pet-sitting for my bf’s sister & her hubby! Waking up to puppies cuddled up beside you is really lovely
3) Had an impromptu kareoke sing-a-long, to classic songs like ‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’ ‘Baby Got Back,’ and ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine‘ LOL!! I LOVE kareoke. Back in university, my friends and I would go almost every week to a local sports pub which had the best kareoke nights in town (in our opinion). Good times!
4) Went to my cousin’s baby shower, where I proceeded to paint my other cousin’s kids finger and toenails, and put on a little makeup – they’re already super into makeup and they’re not even close to 10 yet! Totally girls after my own heart
5) Was introduced to the world of Jenna Marbles, pretty much the most hilarious person I’ve watched in a while. I particularly enjoyed the video below, and I would be remiss if I didn’t share it with all you other beauty mavens out there!! Somehow I think you’ll get a great kick out of it
SOO funny, right!?!
And that was my weekend! Pretty good all around I’m definitely wiped now though! It’s going to be bedtime for me very shortly. Before I go though, I’m still going to leave you with 3 green beauty tips to try in honor of Earth Day:
- Use multi-tasking products. As much as I like to shop, it really makes more sense to spend less money on items that I don’t really care about – like shave gel, brow powder, and foot lotion. I lather body wash to shave my legs, a brown eye shadow as a brow powder, and regular body lotion mixed with olive oil for a foot moisturizer. I’d much rather spend my money on say, another blush!
- If you want to start going green in your beauty routine, the best way to begin is by finding a great body moisturizer that contains few ingredients or is free of ‘baddies’ like parabens – or even better, use a body oil like jojoba oil as a hydrator. Your skin is the largest area on your body and so it makes sense to go green there first!
- If you’re like me and get impatient and eager to buy a new skincare item as soon as I want it, instead of buying without trying – only to find that you’ve had an allergic reaction – go ahead and buy the product but also score yourself a sample, so that you can try that first before opening the container and potentially wasting the product. That way, if you have a reaction, you can take it back without having opened it (which would mean it would just go into the garbage); and if you don’t have any issues, you can dive right in to your new item without having to wait!
Do you have any green beauty tips to share? How did you spend your weekend? I hope you all had a great one, do tell!!
Well another year has passed, and that means another Lent and a challenge to embark on. Six weeks ago, I revealed my plan to you for this year’s Lent, which was MUCH tamer than last year (giving up buying cosmetics cold turkey – gah! What was I thinking!?):
1) Write a blog post every single day, with the exception of Sundays
2) Wear every single makeup item in my stash at least once
3) Post regular FOTD pictures with the evidence
It was a pretty easy year, I have to say, which is why you didn’t get many updates from me as the weeks passed. I started strong with the FOTD pics (though failed at making them look good!), but as time wore on I found myself still mostly wearing the same old looks and products I always do. It was an unsuccessful Lent in that respect, but not entirely a waste – I did learn a few lessons!First, I came to some conclusions about blogging and how I plan to proceed with writing posts. While I almost always have a plethora of things I’d like to write about, near the end of the 6 weeks I found that I was feeling less enthused about blogging – working on a computer all day to come home to work for another few hours, every single day, started to get to me. Could have been year-end as well, but in order for me to maintain my blogging integrity and the quality of posts I want to produce, I think every second day or so is more reasonable for where I’m at right now. I really want to engage with more people, either our in the community making myself present, or through my own posts, and I’m barely finding the time to write a post, take good quality (as I’m able) photos, respond to comments, read others blogs and comment….it’s a lot of time and as I’m no night-owl…it gets pretty strained. So while I tried and mostly succeeded to write every day, it’s just not feasible for me if I want to still enjoy blogging as much as I do. I hope you all understand!
Second, and much more entertaining, I did experiment with makeup more than normal, working with shades that I had deemed unwearable and pairing them with different products to ‘figure them out.’ With the exception of a handful of shades, I’m pleased to say I did wear everything in my stash at least once. I had some particular successes:
- Wore MUFE Aqua Liner #5 (an aqua), a bold shade I was hesitant to wear, on the top lash line with minimal other makeup, and actually ADORED how it looked – and how wearable it turned out to be! A perfect look for Summer!
- Paired MAC’s Shimmermoss, another aqua shade, with MAC’s Petrol Blue liner (smudged at the lash line) to create a deeper, more intense teal shade which looked much better on my darker skin tone.
- Wore UD’s Kush (kelly green) from the BoSIII palette on Saint Paddy’s Day, along with Lise Watier’s Folie de Pomme loose shadow (golden green), and it looks absolutely amazing!
As to be expected, I also had some failures:
- I struggled to find ways to wear MAC’s Madly Magenta Cream Color Base, a deeply saturated violet pink (tried it on lips as well as cheeks, and I’m not too sure…*see below*).
- Several shades from the UD BoSIII palette continued to be completely unworn: Perversion (matte black), Uzi (glittering white), Midnight Cowboy Rides Again (glittering champagne), and Money (pale aqua-blue with a touch of glitter)…can you see a trend here? The shades with glitter (hello, fall-out!) are just so tough to pull off!
- Still haven’t taken the time to figure out NARS Habanera…I feel like the lack of effort I’m putting into it might be indicative of it’s fate.
Overall, while there were some shades I discovered new uses for, or learned how to wear them properly, there were also shades that just aren’t going to and won’t work for me. A lot of the more cool-toned, blue-based shades I own I think will have to go – I just don’t feel comfortable wearing them. The UD palette also is a bit of a thorn in my side, because while half the shades I love, the other half are essentially useless to me. It’s a bit frustrating! However, there are still some items that are a work in progress, and I’m going to continue to investigate whether or not I should hang on to them, such as Tarte’s Blushing Bride Cheek Stain (I think I’m too dark to make this work, as it’s quite sheer); Smashbox On Trend Cream Eye Liner, a deep khaki (I’m bringing it to Jamaica to try smudging it out a ton, as that feels like the just right look for the trip); and Clinique’s Salt & Pepper Lid Smoothie (a shimmering silver-grey that would be a great base for certain looks).
Lastly, I did improve my photography skills a bit when it comes to taking FOTD’s, though I still have a LONG way to go!! Here are a couple looks I shot over the last few weeks:
So. While Lent this year wasn’t much of a big hoopla as it has always been for me in years past, nonetheless I still took something away from the experience, and it wasn’t for naught! I plan to continue to go through my stash regularly to weed out products that just aren’t right for me and could use a better home, and I’m definitely going to keep trying to experiment – with both products and photos. Blogging as a whole is a constant learning experience for me, and one that I relish and take great pleasure in. There will never be a shortage of things to discover and write about!
Oh, one last thing before I go – here was my Easter mani for the week:
(Tee hee!!) Happy Easter/Long Weekend everyone!!
Oops! Busy weekend again it seems…but I have a few excellent links to share which I hope you enjoy!
- I love this article on how to care for sensitive skin – they break it down so well, and actually offer valuable advice.
- When my little shoebox full of nail polish became over-capacity, I got a few awesome storage ideas here (sadly, none of which I used – but still so cool!).
I’ve never been one for the matte skin look – so aging! Check out some hints on how to achieve a glowing, healthy look.
I hope everyone is having a great weekend with some sunshine-y weather It’s cool here in Hali but Spring is in the air big time! I can’t wait till the Public Gardens open!
Photo courtesy of http://www.eden.travel