Monday, September 22, 2014

Late Summer Favorites

Happy (?) last day of summer!  I thought I'd celebrate (???) the day with a favorites post.  And, because I didn't write a July favorites post, and I'm slightly late with August favorites, I figured I'd just call this a "late summer favorites" list.

NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer -- This tinted moisturizer has a wonderfully light texture, has a light citrus scent, and leaves the skin slightly dewy.  It has decent coverage for a tinted moisturizer, and it protects the skin with an SPF of 30.  I have been wearing the shade Alaska because I've been using a self-tanner, but I think I'm going to need to switch to Finland for the winter.

MDSolarSciences Mineral Creme Broad Spectrum SPF 50 UVA-UVB Sunscreen -- This stuff has an interesting texture.  It's very silicone-laden, and kind of thick.  I love that it has a really high SPF, but my favorite thing about it is how well it works as a makeup primer.  I need to try to write a full review of this sunscreen.

Benefit They're Real! Mascara -- Whenever I use this mascara, I remember how good it is. However, I did manage to poke my eye rather seriously with the wand recently, and it really hurt.

Prada Candy -- Wearing this perfume puts me in a good mood.  It's kind of a sweet, but spicy
floral-y scent that has completely different top and bottom notes, so it smells totally different after a few hours of wear.  You really need to try it for yourself.

Sleek Garden of Eden Eyeshadow Palette -- I have really been enjoying this palette.  My favorite shades in this palette are Eve's Kiss, Evergreen, and Fauna.  Tons of possibilities with this.

from left: Eve's Kiss, Evergreen, Fauna

I sometimes find writing favorite things lists kind of tough, because the staple items (like foundation/tinted moisturizer, mascara, powder, etc.) remain pretty much the same each month, and I use so many different other things (like eyeshadows, palettes, blushes, lip colors -- I usually mix those up everyday) that it is hard to choose favorites.  Does anyone else have this problem?  How do you choose what favorites to write about?

Thanks for checking out my recent favorites!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Nude and Silver Nails

I tried to do something arty with my nails.  It's not particularly arty, but I think it's a little more interesting than my standard "one color of polish on my nails" nails.

I though the combination of a cream nude with a tiny bit of sparkly silver on the tip would look cool. I obviously didn't do a perfect job, and I could have made the silver tip even thinner, but I like the results.

I used JINsoon Nail Lacquer in Nostalgia all over my nails, and Orly Shine on just the tips.

I love JINsoon Nostalgia.  It is a perfect nude.  I actually love it for fall as an alternative to all the deep and dark polish shades we usually see trending in the autumn.

What's on your nails today?

Totally unrelated:  I suddenly have "Phantom of the Opera" music going through my head.  What is that about?

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall

The low to mid 60°F temperatures here in Michigan really make it feel like fall has arrived, even though the autumnal equinox is not for another week or so.  It got me thinking about a few favorite things about summer and fall. 

A few things I will miss about summer:  
1) long days -- I like when it is still light out at 9pm.
2) easy dressing -- Undergarments, a dress, sandals  DONE.
3) baseball -- Although, if you count the playoffs, we have until the end of October for baseball.  Hopefully the Detroit Tigers will be in the playoffs!
4) high temperatures -- I actually enjoy hot weather.  I mean hot for Michigan (usually less than 95°F).
5) my garden -- There is still visual interest in the garden in the fall, certainly, but as plants start to die back to prepare themselves for winter, the garden starts to look less full.

What I will not miss about summer (I could only come up with one):

1) over air-conditioned restaurants/stores/theaters -- I never remember to bring a cardigan with me.

A few things I'm looking forward to this fall:
1) butternut squash soup -- I like to eat this soup in the autumn.  Yum.
2) changing leaves -- The colors of the turning leaves in Michigan can be pretty spectacular.
3) fall fashion editorials in fashion magazines -- They seem to pull out all the artsy photography for the fall issues.
4) fall fashion -- The cozy knits, layered looks, and boots boots boots!
5) fall makeup -- I love jewel tones and deep shades on eyes, cheeks, and lips, which seem to mirror the moody weather.  
6) football!

7) Halloween stuff -- Especially the decor and the candy.

What I'm not looking forward to this fall:
1) shorter days -- I don't get as much done when the days are shorter.
2) uneven temperatures -- The temperatures in Michigan can vary wildly from day to day, so I never know what to wear until the morning of that day.  And even then, sometimes more than one outfit is needed.

3) leaf blowers -- I don't know if I'm particularly sensitive to the frequency at which a leaf blower operates, but the sound absolutely drives me up the wall.  One of my neighbors is especially fond of his leaf blower and will use it whenever he feels like it and for as long as he feels like it.  I've seen him use it in the rain.  Just thinking about the sound of leaf blowers is making my blood pressure rise.

So, what will you miss about summer, and what do you like about fall?

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Caturday Time

It's Caturday again!

Charlie is ready for the Tigers game!

Emma found a new place to hang out.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Throwback Thursday With Too Faced

Does anyone remember the Too Faced Couture Eye Shadow Luxe eyeshadows?

They had adorable packaging, and I remember the formula being pretty fantastic across the board.

The shape of the compact kind of reminds me of a meringue pie or cookie.

Socialite is a super pigmented deep sparkly shimmery copper.  Gorgeous.  It has quite a bit of sparkle, which produces a certain amount fallout.

It looks like I haven't made a dent in this from the angle of the photo.

I think I acquired this shadow in 2005 or 2006.  I'm not sure when they were discontinued.   Possibly 2010 or 2011.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Oil Change EotD

I took my car in for an oil change and tire rotation today.  Cool story, bro.  I felt like doing a really colorful eye using my Disney Ariel Collection Storybook Palette by Sephora after I got home to make the day a little more interesting (no, I didn't have the nerve to wear this to the dealership).

I went a little crazy with the eyeliner.

I used:
   from the Disney Ariel Collection Storylook Palette
        -- wanderin' free (peachy light copper) on the moving lid

    -- sea witch (purple) in the outer corner and crease

     -- sebastian (matte peach) up towards the brow to blend out sea witch

     -- caspian sea (teal) on the lower lashline

     -- sea shells (shimmery ivory) in the inner corner by the tear duct

from left: wanderin' free, sea witch, sebastian, caspian sea, sea shells
   L'Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Mascara
   Physicians Formula Eye Booseter liquid eyeliner in Ultra Black
   Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner in Black Velvet (lower waterline)

Using the Ariel palette always makes me happy, but at the same time, I don't want to use it because it's so special.

It's absolutely a privilege to own a car, but sometimes getting around to maintenance type stuff is not particularly fun (#firstworldproblems).  I often put off doing it, although now that I have a car that tells me how much oil life I have left, it will be easier to know how long I can put it off. :P

What were you up to today?

Monday, September 1, 2014

Holding On To Summer EotD

It's Labor Day here in the US, which is the holiday everyone associates with the end of summer and the beginning of autumn.  But I am not ready for summer to be over.  In the most serious way.  I know this summer has been one of the hottest on record for the entire earth, so I'm sure there are plenty of people ready for autumn.  However, our summer was pretty mild, temperature-wise.  I personally love having at least a few scorching hot days each year just so it's obvious it's really summer.  I even had to get out some sweaters a couple weeks ago.  Bah.

Anyhow, I decided that I was going to keep using summery makeup colors for as long as I can stand it.  I love fall fashion and makeup that is all moody and deep and jewel-toned and what not, so I will probably start transition to wearing them soon.  But not yet!  So, I used the Too Faced à la mode Eyes palette from their spring/summer collection today.

I used:
  from the Too Faced à la mode Eyes palette
                      Jardin (coral pink) all over the moving lid
                      Soleil (reddish brown) in the crease
                      St. Tropez (cream with tiny glitter) under the brow and in the inner corner
                      La Croisette (ivory) by the tear duct
                      De La Mer (navy blue) as liner on the upper and lower lashlines
  Prestige Total Intensity Eyeliner in Fierce Blue on the lower waterline
  L'Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Mascara

from left: from the Too Faced palette: Jardin, Soleil, St. Tropez, La Croisette, De La Mer
Presticge Total Intensity Eyeliner in Fierce Blue

I love the color "Jardin" from the Too Faced palette.  It's such a pretty, feminine shade with enough gold shimmer to make it seem almost duo-chrome-y.  Plus, jardin translates to garden.   :)

So, are you ready for autumn?