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Tuesday Tidbit: Dressing to impress.

1 Mar

I always find it vaguely surprising when people show up in things like ratty sweatpants or pajama pants. I realize that it is a community college, but I try not to leave the house looking too terrible. My fall back outfit is a fitted fleece sweatshirt that I got on sale for about $5, a pair of dark skinny jeans, and a clean walking/running shoes of some kind. Whenever I go out like that, I always try to make sure that my hair looks good, and I am wearing a bit of makeup.

Why?

Because I have met people who I never would have guessed I would meet while out and about. Even if you don’t think that you are going to see anyone, you should prepare for it.

My classmates sometimes disgust me, because they put forth no effort whatsoever. I’m not asking for them to spend a lot of money, but for them to put an effort in. These are the instructors that are going to be giving you a recommendation for the next step. Wearing worn-out spongebob pajama pants and a torn up sweatshirt while playing WoW isn’t going to impress them.

Maybe I take it too seriously, but I recently interviewed for a position at my gym, in an area that I never work out in/go near. The woman interviewing me recognized me, and said that she had seen me a few times before, working out. She said two or three times throughout the course of the interview that I am very regal, and that is what she thought when she saw me working out. I wear Target workout gear. Trust me, I’m not trying to impress.

But I always put my hair in a neat ponytail or braid, and I come in after class, so I have a bit of makeup on. Just enough to say that I realize that I am in public, and in view.

I would much rather be overdressed than underdressed if I have an impromptu meeting.

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1,001 Beautiful Things: Day Four

1 Mar

That clean face feeling.

I love makeup — the ritual of it in the morning, going out and feeling like I look good.

I love removing it at the end of the day more.

I am a night person, and I tend to remove my makeup as soon as I get all of my “official” business done — classwork, etc. After my makeup is off, my teeth are brushed, and my moisturizer/lip balm has been applied the night becomes mine. I relax, post here, and read other blogs. It is a huge part of my wind-down time at night, and I miss it on those nights I get lazy.

I curl up in bed, smell the lightly herbal scent of my moisturizer, and smile.

Beautiful.

Nars lip pencil: Damned

26 Feb

I made a bit of an impulse purchase today — I was cold, and bored, and I went into Sephora. This is never a good thing. I have a tiny fascination with Nars, and I have been looking for a deep, non-traditional color that is still fashionable.

Today, I found it.

This is a lipstick in pencil form, something that I have not used before. I like it, and I feel that it gives me more control during application. I would not recommend using this as a lip liner, because it is too thick and seems to lack the consistency.

As a lipstick, it is beautiful. More magenta than red, but deep and luscious in a grown up way. Purple, without being grapey. I love it.

I would not recommend wearing it with large amounts of dark shadow/liner, but with a bit of mascara, black liner and beige shadow it works out beautifully.

It is a tad pricey at $24, but I think that it will be worth it.

Breaking the color mold!

16 Feb

I think we have all heard the usual tip: wear red lipstick on a dull day to add spark and flavor.

I love red lipstick! It is definitely my favorite, but I tend to get stuck in a rut. While it is a stunning, classic color, it isn’t the only one.

On days like today, I like to switch it up. I wore an old, discontinued MAC color that I have been hoarding: Vivacious. It is this fantastic pink sparkly color that is intense, but not too little-girly. I have also been known to wear Up The Amp, a neon-purple color. I know that it sounds crazy intense, but it is actually quite flattering.

I pair this with just enough foundation to even out my skin tone and remove shine, and a bit of black liner and mascara. I feel that this makes my look work-safe, but still young and fresh. The biggest risk of this look is overdoing the liner/mascara combo or throwing on too much shadow. This is a look that you have to be use minimal makeup, or you look like you secretly want to be a Vegas showgirl — probably not the look you are going for.

MAC Fluidline: A review.

13 Jan

Via the M.A.C. website

 

Let me start by saying that I don’t usually wear a lot of eyeliner. I’m very pale, naturally. I truly can’t tan. I burn then go back to being a lovely shade of lightly chilled death. If I put on a bunch of liner, I have the unfortunate tendency to look exhausted.

Because I am so pale, I have to have a very pigmented black shadow. If it isn’t a dark, dark black, it looks gray and washed out, and not in a good way (although I love gray eyeliner, and that review will arrive on Tuesday of next week, if not earlier.)

I bought Fluidline in Blacktrack because I had read multiple reviews of it, and was looking for an intense black liner for a party.

I have to say that this is a fantastic eyeliner. I can apply it in a fine line, or in a thick, winged line for a smokier look, and it stays. And stays. And stays. I am not kidding. On the days that I go to class, I apply my makeup at 7am, and don’t get home until after 9pm. That is over twelve hours, with the rainy Oregon weather, a ballet class, and a zumba class between 7:40 and 8:40, my last event of the day. During the day, I don’t really have the time do re-do much of my makeup, and this product is perfect.

It will still be on, and unsmudged, when I get home. That is pretty amazing.

I will say that it takes a little bit of time to get used to applying if you aren’t familiar with brush-applied pigments or gel, and that a little goes a long way. It is a bit pricy, but it lasts forever. I’m not kidding.

I give the product itself 5/5 stars, because it lasts so long, even through a workout. The price is a bit of a deterrent, but it does last an incredibly long time, and provides an intense color.

I give the packaging 4/5, because it doesn’t seem like it would be portable. It has a screw-on lid, but I don’t feel like I can toss it in my bag. I feel like the lid might come off during basic transportation, and I am not that hard on my things. If it was a more secure fitting lid, it would get the full five. I like to be able to take my makeup with me, because I occasionally go out after Zumba, and I re-do my makeup after I shower.