Sunday, January 31, 2010

A Fat Girl in "Skinny" Jeans

I lament the fact that my only full length mirror is in the basement with terrible lighting.

Yeah, this is how the jeans are supposed to look on someone:

The Gap - Deconstructed Slouchy Skinny Jeans- $69.50

I usually hate the idea of "skinny jeans" but since I've been playing around with boots I began to see the wisdom in a trend I formerly hated: wearing jeans tucked into boots.

Now boot cut jeans really don't work for this. I know - that's all I have. Or rather that's all I had before these skinny jeans. Sadly, I did not purchase this pair of jeans in a size smaller for they are still just as baggy in the legs as my boot cuts.

I know I'm not the body type for skinny jeans. But really, it would be wonderful to have a pair of tight fitting jeans, the kind that are practically leggings (without the crotch looking too crazy) but at this point I don't think I've achieved that. Once again, purchasing from the Gap at their suggested size for my measurements has resulted in baggy jeans. Ugh. Oh well. At least I now have a pair of jeans that I can wear in the garden without being worried about ripping them up (which by the way I've determined is the point of having pre ripped jeans upon purchased).

Oh well. Bad purchase I think. Should I give up until I lose about 50 lbs?

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Urban Decay's Alice In Wonderland Palette is On

For those of you eagerly anticipating the Alice In Wonderland Palette by Urban Decay and have been waiting for it to appear on Sephora (because like me you missed out on how fast it disappeared from the Urban Decay site), it is now available for purchase.

I ordered mine this morning. Not having a large Urban Decay collection I thought it was a good value for me.

Please see Temptalia's review to learn about which shadows from the Urban Decay permanent line were renamed in creating this palette.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Bobbi Brown's Latest Twitter Sweepstakes

If you follow @AskBobbiBrown on Twitter you already know this, but Bobbi Brown is having a "Tweetstakes Contest". Wonderful blogger KarlaSugar from The Next Best Thing To Going Shopping Yourself tweeted the details. That's how I found out.

  • Each week 4 winners will be chosen at random from tweest containing the #PrettyPowerful tag.

  • They are looking for Tweets for why Bobbi Brown makes you feel "pretty powerful".
  • Contest lasts from Jan 26 through March 30th.
  • Entries should be submitted on the Tuesday of the week during the time period.
  • Apparently if you win you get some unspecified Bobbi Brown Products.
Could be cool, particularly for people like me who are curious about Bobbi Brown, but not curious enough to spend the cash. So yes, you'll see me playing a bit. :)

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Pretty in the Air - Well, sort of...

I am writing this post in an airport mostly because I don't have anything else to do. But in light of the recent issue in Detroit Metro airport, I've been thinking about regulations for your carry on luggage... a lot. I've also been doing a fair amount of traveling lately and I've noticed patterns. This post may be a little boring, but I hope you will find it relatable.


Do you remember back when the announcement first came out that us innocent, beauty product obsessed people would have to fit all of our products into one tiny quart sized bag? I remember that day. I spent most of it on the message boards of MUA freaking out with the rest of the lipstick obsessed about trying to bring all of my products with me, and what I would have to sacrifice in order to get through security quickly, safely, and without casualties to the discard "No Perfume for YOU!" bins that awaited next to the scanners for those of us unaware that we had a bottle of Chanel #5 in the side pocket of our laptop bags we had forgotten about.

Ok, it so it wasn't Chanel #5... it was actually OPI Bogota Blackberry for me. And contrary to how I thought security would react, the Dayton International Airport security police kindly let me know that I had a "bottle of nail polish in my side pocket" and to "remember for next time".

I had gotten lucky.

The stories I have heard on MUA over the years have been everything from having to discard that bottle of Chanel, losing a favorite hand cream, and freak outs about if the beloved DiorShow mascara would qualify as a liquid, eyebrow scissors being confiscated. For anyone reading this wonder how women could freak out about this I guarantee at the time we all had at least one item we were terrified we would not be able to bring with us. We, and the TSA, have since learned.

In my experience I can tell you: No, your Diorshow Mascara does NOT qualify as a liquid. And even if it does, no one really cares.

Incidentally, neither does your lip gloss (which I now commonly have at least one in my pocket as I go through security, and three others in my makeup bag which I am carrying on), or your cuticle salves if it comes in a tin.

Travel Reality

To this day, my only scare has been that wayward bottle of OPI Bogota Blackberry. And even with the restrictions, even though I'm carrying on my luggage, I still usually manage to pack at least twice as much as I actually need to have with me. And I have never had anything confiscated.

So what do I travel with now? I'll show you:

My Quart Sized Bag of Products
(I try to keep this in my laptop bag until I get through security for easy of access)

This usually contains:
  • Liquid Foundation
  • Body Moisturizer
  • Facial Moisturizer (optional)
  • 1 Nail Polish Color
  • 1 Quick Dry Top Coat
  • Perfume
  • Travel Hairspray (please I wish they would make travel mouse)
  • Mouthwash
Ok, realistically, I can cut this down. I don't need the Aveeno Daily Moisturizer as most hotels usually provide a little travel bottle in the bathroom along with shampoo and soap. I could also probably ditch the Burberry Brit travel bottle in favor of a smaller vial sample size from my local perfume counter. But really, as you can see, not much in the way of actual mackup. I do really wish they'd sell travel bottles of polish remover, however.

I also carry on my medicines. I have a lot of them. Allergy Nasal Sprays, antibiotic creams for acne, foot cream for that phantom annoying case of athletes foot - it all adds up. Imagine how crazy it was for me to pack when I thought that these had to go in my Quart with everything else. Now, I can usually get them all into one container.

These prescription items don't need to be in a quart sized bag, but I do find keeping to the quart regulation helps me pack. I have so many medicines that are optional (hello pimple cream from the dermatologist) that this too could be cut down. Even traveling with the optional pimple cream I still manage to get "travel acne". It's just a fact of life.

Now for the fun stuff. My makeup bag!

Horribly Unorganized Collection of STUFF (Mostly MAC)

I usually pack for several looks, though there are always a few things that are MUST haves for me:
  • Foundation - I won't give up my liquid foundatione easily. Yes, this goes in my Quart, but I feel better having it with me. When presenting in front of NIH or interviewing neuroscientists, I want my fracking foundation! In a pinch, I'll swap my liquid for a MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural. I did this for most of the first year following the new regulartions before I realized it was unnecessary.
  • Urban Decay Primer Potion - I used to carry this in my Quart but I have since discovered that NO ONE CARES.
  • Mascara - again, something I always used to pack in my quart. I accidentally left it out once, realized no one stopped me, and have since carried it.
  • Tweezers - I was always afraid my Tweezermans would get confiscated. But really, no one has ever stopped me from carrying them.
  • Nail clippers
  • Nail file (crystal, of course)
  • Lipstick and Lipgloss - at least one complimenatary set. Again, no one cares if I take them with me.
  • Brushes - Mac travel brush sets from Christmas are great for this.
  • At Least One Item I threw in thinking I HAD to have it and never end up touching (most of my bag falls into this category).
Tip: Mac Pigments are Awesome for Travel. Some may tell you otherwise, but I swear by my Mac Coco and Mac Sweet Sienna for business trips.

Now here's what's funny. In all of my travel and all the freak outs I have heard about people traveling and items that get confiscated, why has no one ever considered THIS item a "bludgeoning weapon"???

My Giant-Ass Curling Iron
(seriously, they never questioned these?)

In the end, my suitcase usually looks like this:

Wow, displaying that picture is a little like being caught with your pants down.

Yes, that is a travel purse you see sitting on top of everything. I've found it useful when I have short trips that span two nights to ditch the laptop bag in favor of having a purse. But that purse has to be packable, because I can't carry on my luggage, laptop bag, AND a regular purse. As a working woman, I really REALLY hate the "laptop bag or purse" rule.

Trust me, most of the room in the small case is taken up by:

Heeled Shoes
(Required to make ME feel like I belong in meetings with important people)


Trashy Novel About Demons/Witches/Werewolves or Vampires
(hopefully more than one book)

As you can tell, I have not yet learned to pack even though I have had many opportunities to practice.

I'm honestly not sure how they expect a plus sized girl to fit three days of clothing into a tiny carry on luggage with everything else necessary to make one feel comfortable - yet somehow I manage.

So really, that day way back when on MUA when we all freaked out was it really necessary? In the end, any restrictions they impose on, you can be sure we will adapt.

Now just imagine the wardrobe I could take with me if I lost weight! Bigger clothing means less room, sadly.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Polish - OPI Absolutely Alice and China Glaze Dorothy Who? Comparison

Left - OPI Absolutely Alice, Right- China Glaze Dorothy Who?

I'm sure many of you know this already, but "blue glitter" is about the only thing these two polishes have in common. OPI Absolutely Alice is much darker, much more dense glitter, and has other colors of glitter beside blue (looked silver to me, though I've seen other descriptors saying gold). The blue is also different colors of blue glitter - I think Absolutely Alice has some light blue and some dark blue. Absolutely Alice also is a little rougher to the touch, probably due to the more dense glitter.

I don't have the time right now to try these on myself and see how they wear, but I thought maybe someone out there might benefit from a comparison. Personally, though I bought the OPI Alice in Wonderland collection as minis I suspect I'll try to pick up a full sized bottle.

That being said, I wouldn't pass up Dorothy Who? either. After wanting this color for so long, I'm very excited to finally own it! And clearly, I don't have dupes, not that dupes have stopped me from owning "must have" polishes before.

I purchased these polishes on

Friday, January 15, 2010

Polish - Rescue Beauty Lounge Grunge

Ok, so I tried to get this bottle pic to look as close as I could. This polish was very hard to pin down. The light I was getting reflecting off my nails wasn't helping. I miss sunlight.

Putty with perhaps an ever so slight touch of lavender. Also reminded me a bit of Angelina Jolie in the movie Original Sin, oddly enough. I like this a lot more than I thought I would. I think it goes better with my brunette hair than it would when I was a blond. I would not try this color if you are really warm skinned. Or you could, but the effect would be different.

Smooth as butter

This one had a difficult time drying on me, not really sure why.

Bottom Line
I'd suggest owning this. Yes, there are a lot of polishes out there that are similar right now, but I think Grunge started it all. Might as well have the original.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

New Project Runway Begins Tonight at 10 pm!

You know this type of post is partially a reminder for myself, but a new Project Runway begins at 10 pm tonight on Lifetime. Yay!

I am still a little upset that Althea Harper from Dayton did not win the last season. But oh well. I'm sure she will go on to bigger and better things. I definitely must keep an eye on her!

In other Project Runway related news, I returned from a business trip on Tuesday to my husband saying "Honey, you HAVE to watch How I Met Your Mother from Monday!". Great... sitcom. ugh. Well I turn it on and who guest stars but Rachel Bilson. Ok, not really a fan but was that why my husband wanted me to watch the show? No. It ends up the wonderful Tim Gunn was on as Barney's suit consultant! I was ecstatic! How fun! And how perfect! Sadly, Tim (as far as I could tell) did not participate in the Suit Musical Number - which would have been really cool. Check it out if you can - it was a fun episode.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

How Cool! Project Runway's Althea Harper is doing a Meet and Greet at the DAI!

Guess what?!? Project Runway runner up Althea Harper is doing a Meet and Greet January 30th at the Dayton Art Institute between 10:30 and 11:30 am. You bet your ass I sent an email in to try to see if there are still spots available! Knowing my luck they probably aren't, but I'm asking anyway. Cross your fingers - I definitely I want to go!

Teen Project Runway Class
Incidentally, if you are a teen between the ages of 13 and 17 Ms. Harper is also running a Teen Project Runway class just for you!


Fee: $100 members, $125 non-members
Space is limited. All materials are provided.

For more information or to register, call (937) 223 – 5277,
ext. 334 or e-mail

***EDIT*** I got my ticket to the meet and greet! What questions do you thinnk I should ask?

Urban Decay on Hautelook Today!

I really have been loving Urban Decay lately. Good thing they have sales on Hautelook relatively often. Like today starting at 11 am.

Not a member of Hautelook? Use my invite link...

Monday, January 11, 2010

Polish - Rescue Beauty Lounge Bruised

Oh boy, have I been wanting this one for a while...

I've had Bruised on my list of colors to nab for several years now. I'm not sure why I was drawn to this cream. It's certainly not my usual choice. But there was something different about this color and I am glad that I FINALLY have it. When I saw the bottle, I worried that the color would be a little too "old" for me but it's surprisingly adaptable, in my opinion.

Maroon, reddish-brown. A little dusty. I usually think of "bruises" as being purple, but I guess this works anyway. This could be a "Workhorse" type of color for many I think. Adaptable to the situation.

At least two coats. 3 to be on the safe side. The formula was the buttery goodness that I expect of Rescue Beauty Lounge.

I've got chipping in less than 24 hours but I'm not sure if I can blame it on the polish.

Bottom Line
If you're looking for a good go-to Work color or just like this type of color, then get it. You won't be dissapointed.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Artificial Intelligence? No More Blond Hair

Remember my last haircut? In case you forgot, it looked like this:

Old Blond Haircut

Well, I decided to try going brunette this time. I've been wanting to do it for a while, and as usual I was prompted to do it because of a business meeting. That seems to be the only time I ever end up going to the salon - for work. I wish I could expense this! :)

Anyway, Genny, my wonderful stylist at Hausfeld's Salon and Spa in Springboro Ohio worked her magic again. And let me tell you... it was quite a process...

Step 1: Cover the Platinum Blond with a Filler

(Note: My husband thought they should have stopped here - he liked the color).

As Genny explained it to me - you can't cover blond as light as mine with dark hair dye straight off. It will come out looking ashy, and not vibrant. The solution is to put a filler color in first, something that will tone down the blond and allow the real color to show.

This picture doesn't really capture the full effect. It was Ronald McDonald Orange-Red. Scary dull too. But my husband, the red-head lover, would have wanted it to say. Not that I don't want to have a scary red-orange color some day but that wasn't really the point of this haircut. I was this color for about one hot minute before they began to apply the real color dye.

Step 2: Apply the Dye!

You all know what this is like I'm sure, but the funny thing was, I never expected brunette hair dye to look like this:

That's a little counter intuitive isn't it? Looks like yellow cake batter if you ask me.

Step 3: The Final Product

(note: because my hair was SO blond, it will take at least another dye after this to get it so that I don't have red color showing through).

What do you think? I sort of like it. This was easier than wearing red hair. It just feels comfortable to me. Genny said she was envious of my ability to get away with pretty much any hair color. I guess being pale is good for something after all.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Mac All Ages, All Races, All Sexes Up Online!

I'm sort of excited for this collection...

Promo image from

As I'm sure you're aware, the All Ages, All Races All Sexes collection for MAC went online this morning. I think it's exciting that MAC is doing a collection that goes right along with what is supposed to be the motto for the company. In fact, I wish they would do something along this theme every year, because I think it's something that we tend to forget when we're looking at promo images of beautiful women dressed up in Hello Kitty Bondage Gear.

If you are looking for swatches, KarlaSugar has some great ones. Check them out!

About Showstopper Eyeshadow
I highly recommend getting Showstopper eye shadow. It's easily a go-to for me and probably my favorite matte textured shadow. The swatch online makes it look nearly indistinguishable from the black background, but it's there. I managed to snag it in a quad a while back and I use it all the time. Sometimes it doubles as brow enhancement for me. As you know, I'm a NC15 in MAC terms and if I can pull it off, pretty much anyone can - it's EASY to pull off using Showstopper. It's also a MUST HAVE if you're going for a brown smokey eye instead of a black smokey eye.

Lip Gloss: Beauté Cosmetics Goddess Gloss Gift Set

I purchased myself a little treat...

Beauté Cosmetics Goddess Gloss Gift Set
Includes: Heroine, Elitist, and Chimera (Top to bottom)

I got a really good deal on it too. While this set sells for $65 on Beauté Cosmetics website, I snagged it for about $20 less from The Fairest. I have been wanting to try Beauté lip glosses for quite some time now. I remember back when they were being given their names, and was so excite to try them - especially Chimera. But I just couldn't justify the cost. Now, I finally have a few! Here's what they look like on:

Chimera is a shimmery nude-pink that's ever so slightly golden. The only gloss I have that's similar that comes to mind is MAC Lovenectar Lusterglass, which is much chunkier in texture and far more tacky.

Elitist is the "nude" of the group, sheer and creamy. It does have more pigmentation than my picture may appear to have, though. My lips are not nearly that light in color without the gloss on. It's the type of lip gloss I would wear over a nude lipstick to make it look a little more special.

Heroine is the "My Lips But Better" gloss of the bunch. She is also probably my favorite of the three. I could see myself wearing this alone without any makeup on, or with a full face, perhaps on top of other MLBB lipsticks. I know my picture is a little blurry - best I could get out of Heroine that night.

Overall I loved how smooth the glosses were, and there was no tackiness to them (compared to my usual MAC glosses). The staying power seemed comparable to MAC, in my opinion. It might just be the three I got but I'm not sure what makes these glosses so special.

There's less in the tube - 0.11 oz compared to MAC's 0.17 oz and it's twice the price. Sure, there's supposed to be some plumping action but I didn't experience any. So unless you can get it on sale, not worth it from my perspective. According to Beauté the price is $26 a tube (which might be in Canadian Dollars - I'm not sure), but that's still not worth it compared to MAC. So unless you value the texture greatly, I'd wait for another The Fairest sale.

However, look at how elegant the packaging is:

Sort of masculine but elegantly understated. I love it! Don't you wish all gift set packaging was this slick?

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Polish - Rescue Beauty Lounge Smitten

Ever since I saw Rescue Beauty Lounge's Smitten in Ji Baek's book I have been "smitten" with it. I don't usually like girly pinks but for some reason I just had to have this one.

Ji Baek describes this as "Lilac" in her book, which really threw me off. I usually think of "lilac" as being a purple color. Yes, I know lilacs come in pink too (I have one in my back yard) and a variety of other colors. Anyway, this to me is more of a cross between "bubble gum" and "Barbie". It's "little girl" pink, and that's not usually something I'm comfortable wearing. I don't think I am comfortable wearing Smitten.

This was a pain. Maybe it's just my bottle, but the formula felt sluggish and uneaven when going on, almost like old polish. I was happy, at least, that once dry it didn't look like pink concrete. I used 3 layers to even this one out, and I'm still not totally happy with it.

Wonderful, actually. I used Zoya Get Even and Orly Bonder under it, and a fast drying top coat from Orly on top. Not a chip in sight after several difficult days.

Bottom Line
If pink is your thing, maybe you want this. But I generally consider this color passable.

Monday, January 4, 2010

The Great Boot Hunt Continues... sort of

As you know, I am on an ever continuous quest to find the perfect boot. I've had a few stumbles recently, finding what I thought was the perfect boot only to discover something wrong with it. I recently got back on track because I realized something: I am never going to find the perfect boot for to fit every occasion. For example, extreme snow and ice.

Well, Piperlime had a sale back in December and I found these babies:

Sporto Chelsea Boots in Brown Suede

Why did I pick these? They are so unlike me...
  • I decided if I was going to get winter boots they had better bet the funkiest "winter Nanook of the North" boots I could find.
  • The sale was REALLY good... I think I got them for around $60.
  • I couldn't resist the pompom ties - how ridiculous are those! I'm thinking cat toys...
They arrived one day too late for me to take to Montreal. Too bad for me because I could have used them. Around Ohio and Michigan, so far they've fared well in the snow and rain. My feet have stayed warm and dry. I couldn't ask for more. Hopefully I'll get a chance to test the ice first.

My only regret - not buying them in black to match more, but I was wearing jeans and a green sweater from Anthropologie when I ordered them so I think under the influence of my current apparel.

Now I just need to find a pair of skinny jeans to fit into in order to have them actually maybe look a bit chic.

Polish - Rescue Beauty Lounge Chinoise

Some might say a color like Rescue's "Chinoise" is too gaudy. And I'll bet those same people say that a Picasso doesn't match their dining room wallpaper. This amazing red is an instant pick-me-up that makes me feel like Diana Vreeland."
- Ji Beak on Chinoise in Rescue Your Nails

Am I crazy? No way would I ever pull this polish out on my own to purchase but after that wonderful sale Rescue Beauty Lounge had last month I just had to get "the Man Magnet" for myself (go visit All Lacquered Up for more on that). I'll admit that out of my entire order I was most looking forward to this polish due to it's near legendary status. Would I like it? More importantly, would my husband like it? Thus it was definitely worthy of being my first polish of the new year.

Incidentally, I don't think I've worn a true red since China Glaze's Summer Days collection, and even those are suspect.

The Color
Tomato, fake blood, hmmm... To tell you the truth, it conjures up images in my mind from the opening scene of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. I've had "Anything Goes" in Chinese stuck in my head all day...

No, you have not been lead astray with the description in Ji Baek's book - it is definitely a loud Red-Orange. But I think that this color is very difficult to capture in an image. The bottle pics in Jie Baek's book compared to on the nail make this one look more like "Glamourpus" than the Chinoise bottle pick, but the description from the book is dead on (though I didn't have any idea who Diana Vreeland was until I did a Google Search").

Smooth as butter. I used two coats here, though I probably should have done three. I used Zoya's Get Even followed by Orly Bonder, then the color, and a speed dry top coat by Orly as well. Really, though, the formula is impeccable.

Seems to be pretty darn good, as I've come to expect from Rescue Beauty Lounge.

The Bottom Line
If the Red-Orange is your cup of tea, go for it. But for me, I think I should have passed.

Is it Really a "Man Magnet"?
I remain unconvinced. I asked my husband what he thought of it and he said "uh... it's an orange-red" and shrugged. I don't think he was too wild about it. On the other hand, back in the 90s I remember seeing something on TV about men liking orange based reds more than blue based reds on an instinctual level in terms of sexual attraction, so maybe there's something to this. I also remember the same program saying that women preferred blue-based reds so maybe it's a no-win situation.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Look - My New Years Eve Look

Happy New Year Everyone!

The look I put together for New Years Eve was inspired by a dress I purchased from Banana Republic:

Normally, I would have returned this dress but my husband insisted I keep it. I think it looks like a funky tent on me but oh well. He liked it. Sometimes you just have to wear things you don't really like if your honey insists, right?

Anyway, I decided to try a look with a bunch of things I wouldn't normally use. That's when things started to go wrong. Learn from me: if you ever need to trim your false lashes, DON'T TRIM THEM WHILE THEY ARE ON YOUR LIDS! You think I would know this, but after wrestling with theses Shu Uemura rhinestone lashes for a half hour I just wanted to take off a tiny bit... ended up snipping my lid. Really bad move on my part. To make matters worse I tried to use brush cleanser to remove the excess Duo glue (what was I thinking)...Utter stupidity. I had to remove my contact lens toss it out, flush my eyes with Thera Tears, put a new contact in, and start over. Needless to say, the lashes ended up in the trash. I won't be trying that any time soon.

On to the look sans lashes...

The Breakdown

  • Urban Decay Primer Potion
  • MAC Vanilla Pigment - All over lid and under the eyes. If you don't own this by now, you're missing out.
  • MAC Swish Eyeshadow - over main lid only.
  • MAC Stars 'n Rockets Eyeshadow - Center of lid.
  • MAC Accent Red Pigment (LE) - Outer third.
  • MAC Tilt Eyeshadow - lower lid.
  • MAC Idol Eyes Eyeshadow - Outer corner, inner corner.
  • MAC Contrast Eyeshadow - outer corner
  • MAC Electricolady Liquidlast Liner - lower lash line
  • MAC Blacktrack Fluidline - Upper Lash Line
  • MAC Dark Soul Pigment - On top of Blacktrack
  • MAC Showstopper Eyeshadow (LE) - on brows

  • MAC Studio Fix Fluid NC15
  • MAC Etiquette Glimmershimmer (LE) - I really should have skipped this and just gone with the Light Flush.
  • MAC Light Flush Mineralize Skinfinish (LE)
  • MAC Skinfinish Natural in Light - as powder

Lips - I really loved the color I got with this combination. It was a little warmer than what it looks like in the picture.
  • MAC Dervish Lip Liner
  • MAC Rocking Chick lipstick (LE)
  • MAC Light Switch Lipglass (LE)
Anyway, the whole outfit, look and all, stayed on for about two hours, at which point I was so worried about my eye I washed everything off and changed into a t-shirt and jeans. I think I'm on the mend, and will put this down with the rest of my beauty New Years resolutions to quit doing stupid things.