Thursday, August 21, 2014

Throwback Thursday With NARS

NARS used to have liquid eyeliners in nail polish-type bottles.  I believe they were introduced around 2001.  The three that I own probably date from 2005.  I'm not sure when they discontinued this type of packaging.

The shades I have are Neverland, Showgirl, and Silkwood.

There weren't any brushes included with these, so you had to supply your own.

Here are some swatches I did using q-tips.

from left: Neverland, Showgirl, Silkwood

The colors are pretty awesome, aren't they?  I think I used these once or twice and I kind of remember not being very good at applying them.  I'm now afraid to use them because they are so old.  I think they are destined for the trash.

I received these as gratis when I was working at Sephora years and years ago.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Shimmery Copper Bronze Eyes of the Day

I love shimmery eye makeup.  (And the rest of the face, really, but lets stick to the eyes today.)

I used Mally Evercolor Shadow Stick in Topaz, a rich, shimmery, reddish coppery brown, as a base for this look on the lids and lower lashline.

Topaz is incredibly creamy, but "dries" quite quickly, so super fast blending is required in order to soften any edges.

Mally Evercolor Shadow Stick in Topaz swatch

I used the incredibly shimmery LORAC TANtalizer Baked Bronzer all over the lid, into the crease, and the lower lashline.  I actually prefer using this bronzer as an eyeshadow, and not so much as a bronzer on the face because it is SO shimmery.  I used theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer, a beautiful shimmery gold highlighter, under the brows and in the inner corner.

from left: theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer, LORAC TANtalizer Baked Bronzer

from left: LORAC TANtalizer Baked Bronzer, theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer

To darken the crease, I did use a matte shade.  It ended up looking not matte and pretty shimmery because it was blended into the shimmery bronzer shade.  I chose to use Sable, a matte warm chocolate brown, from the LORAC PRO Palette as the darker crease color.

For liner on my lower waterline, I used Tarina Tarantino Hyperliner in Tommy Jet, a black eyeliner.  Maybelline Full 'N Soft was the mascara I used.

from left: Sable from the LORAC PRO Palette, Tarina Tarantino liner in Tommy Jet

More photos of the shimmery eye makeup:

I think this shot shows just how shimmery the Mary-Lou Manizer is as a highlight under the brow.

I tried to include the word "shimmery" as many times as I could in this post.  I'm not sure I used it enough, so... shimmery shimmery shimmery shimmery.  There you go.

Have a wonderful day, friends!!

Friday, August 15, 2014

What Have I Been Up To This Week?

It's been kind of quiet this week on the blog this week due to the fact that I have been busy with stuff.  I have been visiting with family, recovering from visiting with family (lol), and dealing with the wet basement in my house from the Great Flood of 2014.  Also, our internet has been kind of spotty, so reading and commenting on blogs has been difficult.

My brother and his wee ones (my two nephews and niece) who live on Long Island have been visiting my parents in mid-Michigan, and they came to Detroit to go to Greenfield Village on Saturday, and I went with them.  Greenfield Village is an outdoor museum that was founded in 1929, and has numerous historical working buildings that have been moved there to create a "village" that depicts American life and how it has changed since the founding of the country.  I haven't been there since I was a kid, so it was fun to see everything as an adult.  I think as an adult, one can appreciate historical stuff and museums differently than as a child.  It was kind of a long day (there is a ton of stuff to see), and I may have gotten too much sun (I didn't burn or tan because of my diligent use of sunscreen!), so I was pretty tuckered out by the end of the day.

Some pics from Greenfield Village:

Statue of Henry Ford

Detroit got a boat load of rain, or rather enough rain to float a boat, on Monday, and our basement flooded some.  Not a huge amount to where we needed professional help to pump it all out, but I spent much of Tuesday and Wednesday wet-vac-ing and sopping up water.  Our sump pump and dehumidifier have been working overtime.  Detroit's freeways were such a mess that my husband couldn't even get in to work on Tuesday due to closings and such.  We didn't have anything damaged because we learned in our old house that had some water issues in the basement to not put anything directly on the floor, so we have everything on plastic pallets or plastic shelving.  It also helped that our basement is unfinished, so we didn't have to deal with carpet or electronics getting wet or anything like that.

After dealing with basement fun-ness, I went to my parents house on Thursday.  We had a party for my sister, who flew in from Wisconsin, and my brother.  We were celebrating my sister graduating from the University of Wisconsin, and my brother receiving tenure at Adelphi University!  My aunt also came to Michigan from Illinois for the party.  A few family friends came over, too, and it was a nice, relaxed celebration.

It was hard saying goodbye to my nephews and niece (ages 10, 8, and 6), who I only get to see once or twice a year.  They are such sweet children, and they are growing up sooooo fast.  They are leaving Michigan on Saturday, and I'm not sure when I'll see them next.  Hopefully around Christmas.

Anyhow, I think next week will be a little more normal and predictable, although my parents are going to Russia on Tuesday, so I get to enjoy being anxious for the next 2 weeks while they are there.

As a reward for reading this rather fascinating peek into my week, here is a photo if Emma hiding under a tablecloth.

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Mid-Summer 2014 Garden (Pic Heavy)

It's been quite a while since I took you on a garden tour.  Lots has been happening, so tons of photographs today.

I think this is from mid-June when the orange Asiatic lilies were blooming.

Bright orange Asiatic lilies

The alliums (those orbs on tall stalks) grew a little wonky.

But they popped open and were nice and large.

Orange daylilies and various hosta, along with hydrangea bushes

Daylily buds with some heuchera in the back

The hosta along the driveway look nice and lush.

Balloon Flower buds look like balloons.

And then they open and look like this.

This little guy was an annual snapdragon from last year that spent the winter in the garage and survived!

Biiiiig hosta (I can't remember the variety of this hosta.)

Huge hosta leaves!

Huge 'Southern Comfort' heuchera leaves

Spotted lungwort foliage

'Fire and Ice' hosta

This is a perennial snapdragon from Spain.

I love how interactive snapdragon blooms are.  Pinch the "cheeks" and the "mouth" opens!

The daylilies started blooming.

The catmint in the sun garden finally bloomed.

Even the carnivorous plants bloomed.

Venus Fly Trap

Sarracenia purpurea (pitcher plant) flower

Close up photo of the pitcher plant flower

tropical Sundew

The pot of Caladiums looks pretty cool.  Charlie wants to come outside and check them out.

I have a whole post dedicated to all the spectacular daylilies here.

Thanks for taking today's extra long garden tour!