March 15, 2014 Comments Off on [ BB Cream, Take 1! – March 15th, 2014 ]
There’s been so much going on lately! I’ve got a lot of head way (about 50 articles to annotate for my thesis) with school that I need to make and some big things are happening for my other project! Through Daily Lives is ‘officially launching’ soon – meaning we’re writing up some introductory posts, some ‘meet the writers’ things, and some real content! I couldn’t be more excited about it. I’m not sure if any other Spoonies or Chronic Illness sufferers follow this blog of mine – but I really hope you’ll check out my project and help me and some other great people by checking it out! ‘Real’ posts start this Monday! Thankfully its Spring Break so I actually might have a little time to pull everything I need to off, which is only minutely (read this in full on sarcasm) amazing.
I’ve felt pretty awful lately, for a lot of reasons – but for the first time since I got diagnosed, hell for the first real time since my symptoms started – I’ve actually felt like I looked sick. I’ve looked tired. I’ve looked pale. I think I may have even developed some minor psoriasis that’s gone misdiagnosed as cradle cap for years (not fun have bright red patches on one’s face and chest), so I’m trying to up my game and integrate easier make-up routines into my day to day to keep me feeling like I haven’t lost my ~healthy look~.
I used to use CoverGirl almost exclusively in high school for all of my foundations (powdered and liquid) so I thought CoverGirl would be a great first try. First try of what you may ask yet assume at the same time? BB Cream! I’ve heard some great things, its quick and easy to apply, plus the dual moisturizing and covering step is pretty great. For a gal on the run who does way too much, is way too tired, and doesn’t leave herself enough time for anything – less steps? Always better.
As I was saying, I’ve always been a pretty big fan of CoverGirl, even though I migrated away from them to mineral powders and dream liquid, it was never because I lost faith in the brand – they just didn’t have the products I was looking for any more (outside of mascara which I migrate back to every now and then). Well I was looking around at the different BB Creams and they seemed a great place to start! CoverGirl has always been pretty great with moderate styles of coverage, which is what I was looking for, and does have some great moisturizer on the market. So here we are! Take 1 of my ‘finding a BB Cream I like’ trials. Lets get to the results!
Here is my glorious face without an ounce of make-up on – not even any day old mascara left over! I’m legitimately fresh faced here people so take advantage of this rare opportunity. At least I don’t have any of my red patches right now, they’ve been behaving for the last month or so (which hasn’t made trying to get in to a dermatologist any easier, since I’d obviously prefer to go when I’m having a flare so it can get diagnosed in an optimal way – rather than me just trying to describe it). I have a fair bit of redness in my face even without any patches, but other wise my skin is looking fairly good right no. No major blemish breakouts, no redness breakouts, just my normal red toned skin rather than any wonky patches.
Our first picture here that you see if my face half covered in the product. The right side of the photo (so the left side of my face) has the BB Cream on it. You can definitely see a different in the level of shine that is being emitted – even though right now I’m not big on the almost waxy feeling of my face, maybe that will disappear after its had a little time to settle in, because if not that would be a huge deterring factor in me continuing use of the product – let alone recommending it to anyone. It does seem to give at least a little coverage, but since my nose is the most discolored area of my skin right now – I’ll get a better idea of that once I’m all the way under. For now, I do at least appreciate that my face seems to shine less, which is always a bonus – no one wants to look greasy (even if I feel it right now, which is still a major turn off).
The redness isn’t gone, but its definitely been downplayed! You can see a lot of the benefits I mentioned in the ‘in-between’ shot a lot better here, where my face is entirely covered in the BB Cream. That redness ion my nose hasn’t completely disappeared but it would be easy to miss now if you weren’t already aware and looking for it. Some of the waxy feeling on my left side has dissipated now, by the time I’ve covered my right side and am writing this but there is still a bit of a… I dunno, its just an odd feeling, to my skin. I’m not a big fan of this feeling but I’m sure it could be easily counteracted with some mineral powder to just finish things up.
So all in all how do I feel? Well I certainly feel like it was a good idea for me to start testing out some BB Creams! I will probably use this CoverGirl one up – I’m happy enough with it to keep using it until I’m out, but I’m not completely sold on whether or not it will become a new product in my arsenal. I’m really thrown off by the way it feels on my skin – waxy, and I can tell its there which are two things that I find to be a big no, no. It has decent coverage – nothing amazing but the point here is for a one step, easy fix that I can use on my lazy or episode-filled days and I do think it at least brings that much to the table. I think I’d have to try 1 or 2 other BB Creams to decide whether or not I use CoverGirl as my regular one. Either way I will definitely be adding some sort of BB Cream to my make-up bag.
January 29, 2014 § 2 Comments
I originally was going to have this post go up on Sunday but I decided to space everything out a bit for practicality’s sake and… well because I’ve got an awful cold. Said cold only makes me miss the warmth and comfort of Florida even more – where most of these pictures were taken while I was bored without my life line (the internet, obviously) in my Dad and Nana’s new condo.
I got my HD Color Trio from Influenster in ‘Longbeach Sands’ and I was pretty stoked about it – as a green eyed lady I am a fan of browns since they usually make my eyes pop quite nicely! I had an occasion (going out with my Mom to St. Augustine – which I’ll be posting about this weekend, along with other Florida shenanigans!) to finally justify wearing eyeshadow and took the opportunity to give the kit a try!
Unfortunately I didn’t have my DSLR at the time so I wasn’t able to get the best pictures, but given the subtlety of the eyeshadow I don’t think it would have made an incredible amount of difference.
That’s me all fresh faced with only a bit of foundation on because a smart lady knows her mascara comes after her eyeshadow! Least you want black streaks under your eyes. As a side note, my eyebrows look so much better here than in that far back picture I opened my last post with, which makes me feel much more secure in posting photos of myself – but either way, moving on to the application! So there’s three steps with the HD Color Trio from NYC New York Color: eyelid, crease, and highlighter – I suggest you apply them in that order, even though the packaging makes that not entirely clear.
Here you can see why I have a bit of an issue with calling this colour trio a ‘smokey eye’ – its just not smokey, it just doesn’t get that effect. It is a nicely blended trio of colours that can really highlight one’s eyes – but without a real colour punch to make your eyes pop, its just pretty much well applied and blended normal eyeshadow, coincidentally that’s more my style anyway so this is anything but a downside to me, it just means I’ll actually continue to use this product even after the Jolly VoxBox is over!
Here is my completed look for the night – the Rimmel ShowOff Lip Lacquer I also got from my VoxBox made a nice companion to my very nude look for the night, perfect for strolling around the still-lit-up streets of old St. Augustine with my Mom and enjoying some damn good seafood and the best Jameson Bread Pudding I’ve ever had!
January 25, 2014 Comments Off on [ Jolly VoxBox – January 25th, 2014 ]
So this post has taken me ages to write, I know. Three attempts that got deleted because of no-draft auto-saving due to my Dad’s horrible, horrible internet and outdated router, a terrible drive home that took almost 2 days longer than it ought to have, and my utter crash of effort my first few days back in my own apartment. Top all that off with the fact my Dad didn’t even have internet my first 3 weeks in Florida and you get a complete inability for me to keep up on my normally immediate blogging about my VoxBoxes. Alls well that ends well though! I’m getting to it now! Even if it is only 5 days before the VoxBox closes….
Please ignore my overly done eyebrows – its taking me loads of getting used to because they’re just a bit too thin for me (not to mention that I haven’t gotten them waxed in over 5 years, I prefer just to keep the strays under control) – that’s what I get for not being able to say no when my Mom’s roommate offered to do them for free!
Puffs Ultra Soft & Strong To Go Tissue Pack
NYC New York Color HD Color Trio Eye Shadow
Rimmel London NEW Show Off Lip Lacquer
$5.49 – $5.99
Skinny Cow Candy
$3.99 a box, $1.09 for a single bar/pouch
Ducklings Mini Rolls
$2 – $3
“Puffs Ultra Soft & Strong To Go is still our best non-lotion facial tissue to use in the car, for on-the-go, wherever you go!”
Besides the fact that I actually got a pack that was lotioned I really was stoked on this item more than I should have been. As a long time allergy sufferer who was about to spend 5 weeks in Florida, the haven of all that is pollen, it couldn’t have been more well timed for my needs. Any allergy-sufferer or make-up wearing lady should invest in keeping a packet of these in their purse or car – hell, its good even just for the normal person who might spill their coffee every once in a while!
Puffs will always get a 5/5 for me, no first impression here.
Ducklings Mini Rolls
“Excellent for repair, crafting, and imaginative projects. High performance strength and adhesion characteristics. Tears easily by hand without curling and conforms to uneven surfaces. Ducklings are perfect for small repairs, trimming out projects or for when you need a little tape!”
While I love the idea – I found a lot of the colour options to be extremely juvenile. I’m a 24 year old lady! I don’t exactly want neon leopard print all over my stuff! I feel like the normal colours would have brushed better off on me – but I just am never enthralled by products that come in a bright blue/neon purple leopard print colour because there is just no possible sensible use for that.
First Impression: 3/5
Pros: It is a well made product, and it does come in a variety of looks.
Cons: Seriously, why does neon leopard print exist?
“HD Color Trio Eye Shadow delivers high intensity color with a silky soft texture. The lightweight formula blends effortlessly for the ultimate smoky eye look.”
I received the ‘Longbeach Sands’ version of this palette, which is quite light to try and achieve a smokey eye with. I do like the neutral, soft effect it gives my eyes (which I’ll go more into next time, and by next time I mean my post tomorrow!) and it was packaged very well for its price range. I was a particular fan of how they clearly labeled and separated out everything.
First Impression: 3.5/5
Pros: Well packaged, good colour combination.
Cons: Very light for the purpose of being a smokey eye.
Rimmel London NEW Show Off Lip Lacquer
“It’s the end of colour as you know it! The intense rich colour of a lipstick combined with an invincibly smooth lacquer shine. Available in 14 shades.”
I got ‘Stargazer’. This was another flop for me as far as colour goes, like the last gloss I got in a VoxBox, it doesn’t quite work great for my skin tone (though this one is much more wearable for me). However much I wasn’t a huge fan of the ‘champagne’ like colour – the shine and lack of stick was perfect and definitely has made me consider grabbing a different colour to more properly try out!
First Impression: 4/5
Pros: No stick, good shine.
Cons: ‘Stargazer’ is MUCH lighter in use than depicted on advertised materials, be aware!
“TA DA! Presenting almost too good to be true Skinny Cow Candy! Unbelievably chocolately. Melt-in-your-mouth madness. Perfectly yummy portions. Skinny Cow’s line of candy weighs in at 110 to 130 calories. So if you’ve been avoiding the candy aisle, welcome back. You’re gonna feel like a kid in a candy store.”
I quite liked these – me and my Mom shared a package right when I got them in
First Impression: 4/5
Pros: Small, portable, low calorie intact.
Cons: Still VERY full of sugar.
The JollyVoxBox! Provided by the lovely people over at Influenster! 🙂
December 6, 2013 Comments Off on [ Kiss Nails Accent Contest – December 6th, 2013 ]
The picture might be a bit old but I think its better than opening with a picture that would represent the life of every graduate student rushing to finish 20 page long papers all at once at the end of the semester (meaning I haven’t slept, I haven’t washed my hair, I certainly am not in clothes that would be appropriate to step outside in) so instead you all get a slightly (Chicago) dated photo of me that is a much better representation of my commitment to nail care and showing off my extensive collection of rings.
I received some Kiss Nail Dress applications in my Varsity VoxBox – I’ve written about them before and how I was, admittedly, a bit underwhelmed with the product. I will admit though – when I entered the context it was sort of on a lark because I still had some sitting around and felt like playing around with fun looks for my nails – I decided to just go all out and do some things I wouldn’t normally do.
Sometimes its fun just to have fun with your nails – even if it steps out of your own personal ‘style zone’. So that’s exactly what I did! I rummaged through my nail polish drawer and remembered I had this lovely bright pumpkin colour from OPI (A Roll in the Hauge) and it matched nearly perfectly with the orange I had left over – with that in mind I took the 30 seconds out of my time to pop one on my chosen accent finger (I almost always chose my left ring finger) and I actually quite liked the results! With that in mind I popped myself into Influenster’s contest and…
I was honestly pretty shocked – I never really win anything and here I am a winner in a contest! I won a $10 Amazon gift card as well – a brilliant thing for me really, as it goes right into my book-buying fund (I’m quite close to a book I want as well! Hello Juvenile Osteology text, you are almost mine!)
I have to thank Influenster – really I do – I was invited to the site pretty early on and didn’t participate but they kept bugging me and I eventually decided to really give it a go and I’ve had quite great experiences with the last two VoxBoxes and I have to say, they really do give even us small-caliber bloggers and social media users great opportunities for getting free things and giving us fodder to write about. So thank you Influenster! I hope this is just another point in a long and healthy relationship 🙂
October 19, 2013 § 1 Comment
This is my warrior-angry face at feeling like such crap for the last two weeks. I’ve been a horrible blogger again! But its time to crack open a pumpkin beer, make myself some popcorn, enjoy being comfy and curled up in a plush blanket with some super soft yoga pants on and push myself into writing mode. So here we go – Influenster VoxBox number 2! The Varsity VoxBox has a lot of great products in it for your average University student – now, I know, I know I’m a grad student now – but I’d like to think not enough has changed in the last 6 months to make my opinion redundant!
Clearasil Daily Clear Refreshing Superfruit Wash: $6.49
Airheads Xtremes Bites: $1.69
Kiss Nail Dress: $6.99
NYC New York Color Big Bold Plumping & Shine Lip Gloss: $3.99
Tide Pods: (about) $0.50-$0.75 per pod
“Delight your senses NEW Superfruit cleansers fro Clearasil Daily Clear. Formulated with a blend of Superfruit Extracts, Vitamin B3, and blemish prevention for radiant skin day after day.”
I used this the first night I got it. Paired with my usual Clearasil face pads to remove my make-up, I was really pleased with the results! My skin felt soft and smooth – not dried out. After using the pads first to get the majority of my make-up off I was shocked to see that when I did a ‘test’ afterwards with some Lush products – nothing came off in a secondary wash! My paper towel that I used with my usualy post-pads Lush regime (9-to-5 cleanser plus Breath of Fresh Air toner) was completely clean, no more make-up came off in a second cleaning. This was an amazing thing, when I was just using the pads and no wash between my removal and my cleansers I was still getting a good amount of make-up off on these other steps. I can’t have praise enough for a product that lets me use only two steps instead of 3!
I will admit though, I think I’ll still be using the Lush products after the Clearasil products just for a bigger punch-packing before-bed clean. I think adding this wash will really push my skin regime up to a new height. Now if I could just find a good moisturizer that I can really stick with… I think I’d be all set!
First Try Rating: 4.5/5
Pros: thorough wash, super clean feeling
Cons: where is this ‘superfruit’ smell?
“New Airheads Xtremes Bites are the perfect balance of sweet and sour, just like the Airheads Xtremes belts. These rainbow berry bite sized pieces are easy to eat and perfect for sharing with others. Rainbowberry Airheads Xtremes Bites are availabile in a 6oz peg bag.”
Now, I love candy, but due to some unfortunately susceptible dentition I can’t eat a lot of it – so these types of candies are really perfect for me! Its nice to have just 2-4 pieces and quash that craving for something sweet (and sour!) and not risk my normal 10 cavities in the process. I actually wish these came in a smaller sized package as well – something more “one serving” sized so that I could carry them around with me – the 6oz sized bag is actually a bit big for a purse.
Pros: small size, don’t go ‘bad’ so you can eat through the bag slowly, good flavor, not too chewy
Cons: should come in different bag sizes for portability and easier snacking
“Give yourself the perfect manicure or pedicure in no time with Kiss Nail Dress. Quick and easy to apply, these strips stick on in minutes and come right off with no remover needed! Your manicure will last a week, chip free – available at Walgreens.” (Also available at many other places, like Target and CVS.)
I wasn’t excited about the package I got because it, well, I couldn’t have gotten a style of Nail Dress that was “less me” in terms of my personal style. I pushed through this fact though because there are so many other styles that if I found that they were of good quality – I’d be totally okay with trying.n Unfortunately, I didn’t have a good experience. First, the sizes included are clunky and I loathe the fact that it comes with -2 nails short- of two applications. Really, guys? You had to package -38- applications not 40? Meaning you couldn’t even give yourself a full matching mani-pedi if you wanted. It just seemed frustrating to me.
Then we have the quality. Because of the rhinestones these were really awkward to place and keep smooth, let alone to file off like you’re suppose to be able to to remove excess. It goes without saying that the “chip free” for a week thing is completely not true – I had visible chips within 6 hours of just sitting on my computer and playing xBox. I was incredibly disappointed with this product. I liked the fact that it made fancy things so easy – but I’d move on to trying Essie’s version (which are less club-kid-gaudy anyway), I would not use Kiss’s version again.
First Try Rating: 1/5
Pros: quick application, no dry time
Cons: misleading claims, chips easily, gaudy, rhinestones come off and are impractical, bad quality
“Have you always dreamed of the full, plump lips? Get voluminous lips in one effortless stroke with NYC’s Big Bold Plumping & Shine Lip Gloss! This sultry gloss adds up to 50% more volume and four hours of shine for lasting wear!”
Now, I was skeptical about whether or not I’d even be able to keep this product on because I’m a balm or stick girl all the way. If you try and separate me from my MAC or Bobbi Brown lipsticks I can and will have a nervous breakdown. I haven’t really worn gloss since high school – but I liked the soft pink colour I got so I was happy to try it anyway!
While it was a bit stick for a girl with long swooshing hair like myself, I couldn’t help but like this gloss. It left my lips feeling soft after I took it off and it was easy to take off (a big plus with a gloss). I like the colour, it was shiny but not obnoxiously so (good for a New Years outfit where you may not see a mirror for hours to fix that lipstick!). I didn’t see much plumping, but perhaps for a girl with thinner lips this may be more obvious.
Pros: good colours, not too shiny, not too sticky, easy removal
Cons: didn’t see the plumping action
“Tide Pods is the only unique 3 in 1 Detergent that contains a Detergent + Stain Fighter + Brightener all in one small pac. All you need to do is pop in 1 Tide Pod pac to clean any size load. It can be used in any washing maschine and dissolves in any temperature – even in cold!”
I haven’t had a chance to use my 1-pod-sample yet (sad, I wish it was more than 1 pod, I honestly probably won’t be able to tell a huge difference from one wash since I already use a Tide + brightener) but I can speak on the convenience at least! If these turn out to be a well-made good-cleaning product I would definitely think of switching to them. Right now I have to carry down two jugs and a box of softening sheets – it would be much easier for me to pop a pod, a sheet, and the required quarters into my pocket and just go instead of trying to manage a balancing act as I walk around my building to where our laundry room is.
I’ll bring a more concise opinion about the Tide Pods after I do my next Clearasil blog post – pictures of my skin before and after included!
September 29, 2013 § 2 Comments
So I know, I know, I’m still not keeping with the updating as much as I said I would! But its a start (and hell, I think with my 400+ pages a week to read on top of class, interning, and work – updating every other week is still pretty good!). I’ve got a few fashion posts lined up for the next few weeks that should be coming out on Sundays, this is gonna be the first one to get me really back into the saddle, so to speak. Where is better to start off than your basic colour choices anyway! I’ve got some obsessions this fall, and some of them might be a bit shocking! Some of them are probably a little easy to guess coming from me (and my polyvore history…) but, that doesn’t mean I’m wearing them the same ways!
Colour Obsession: Vermillion
Vermillion is an orange-red colour that can have a lot of variance to it. Some companies call it orange where as some might call it tomato soup red (looking at you Jessica Simpson), and then you have names for it like Valentine (hello there American Apparel, how boring a name choice!) but in reality they’re both kinda correct depending on how you want to look at it. I’ve seen a few people sort of overdo the colour, but in my opinion it makes the perfect ‘pop’ for any outfit. My go-to item that fits in with this colour is a pair of (glorious) Cynthia Rowley pants (of which I own in multiple colours thank you very much). Especially during fall and with the multitude of blacks and greys that start creeping back into our daily wardrobes its the perfect addition to any outfit!
Colour Obsession: Wine and Navy
Well, I am an Anthropologist so it should shock no one that wine is a constant in my life – not only in cooking and drinking but when it comes to my clothing as well! And Navy? Who could say no to a lovely bright blue that makes any outfit just that much better. I’ve bought a fair bit of navy recently – the biggest staples have to be my H&M blazer and my peplum top – both are Navy but one is lighter and bolder while the other is richer and darker, that’s another great thing about Navy! So many options! I could talk about either colour for days – but my favourite thing about them has to be how amazing they look when paired together! We’ll just pretend my other favourite blazer (the forest green one) isn’t conspicuously in the photo.
Colour Obsession: Spring in Fall
Mint? Lavender? Wine (again, cough)? All my favourite things about a lovely spring afternoon in a park – who says I can’t wear them year round! I’m one of those people who spits in the face of all those who claim some colours are only for one time of the year – damn them and their opinions! I disagree! Vehemently! Angrily! LOUDLY! I will wear my mint in December OR April! I will wear Lavender whether it is 70 and breazy or 40 and dreary. I WILL do it! The great thing about these colours is they can cheer you up on even the dreariest of midwestern Mondays. I really need to get more of them in my life – my current set-up is just not cutting it!
No matter how you spell it out though, I’m obsessed with trying to make all of my spring mints and lavenders proper and fall – at least in their layering! But whats the best part of them? They pair perfectly with a nice wine-coloured lip and nail pairing. Ah yes, I do love when all of my favourites start to come together and be friends!
July 21, 2013 Comments Off on [ Well, Hello – July 21st, 2013 ]
So I’ve been gone from the blogging world for quite some time, just over a year actually – 13 whole months! Many things in my life were going on, many changed, many made 180s follow by 360s followed by 45s followed by – I think you get the point! But regardless, I’m in the mood to write again, whether its for me or someone else or for everyone and everything in-between – either way, for some reason I need this right now so I’m doing it. I’ve really missed writing, I’ve only been writing for school the last year – I completely put aside any journalism (and really, photography as well) to focus on getting into graduate school and really focus on finishing my BA and Anthropology – which I’ve done now if you can’t tell by the overly happy and grainy photo from graduation of me and one of my best friends from undergrad (Jaclyn Ortiz – who is an AWESOME musician, you should look her up).
So I suppose I should give a little run down of my last year, eh? I talked a lot about school and my goals in life previously on my blog so I figure it makes sense to try and ‘clue people in’ to how things have progressed! Well I worked as a TA at DePaul for both Fall and Winter quarters which was an awesome experience – it really helped me to figure out I would love to be a lecturer and teach one day, I really thoroughly enjoyed it (even having to explain multiple times at 7am that Paleontology is NOT a part of Anthropology, but its okay – I understand the confusion… the first 5 times you hear other students ask me…) I took the GRE last July and started applying for Biological Anthropology/Archaeology programs in November. I ended up applying to Syracuse University, University of Central Florida, University of Tennessee Knoxville, and the University at Albany (SUNY)… well… I got into two programs! I ended up getting into UCF’s MA program and UAlbany’s PhD track program… it was actually a bit of a hard decision since I already had spoken with my possible advisor at UCF and my parents are still down there but… in the end I chose UAlbany – I couldn’t pass up getting into a PhD program (a particularly big deal for someone who has a GED, not a standard high school diploma and statistically speaking shouldn’t be in a grad program, let alone a PhD one) and I’ve missed New York so much.
So long story short my time at DePaul came to an end in June. I graduated with my BA – majoring in Anthropology, double majoring in Art Media and Design (with a photography concentration), and minoring in Communication and Media. I’ve already moved to Albany – though I’m not living in the city itself, which was a nightmare! Word to the wise, never try and move to another time zone 2 days after graduation and only 5 days after your last final was due – its a horrible idea. Learn from my mistakes!
Right now I’m spending the summer (and hopefully the foreseeable future!) volunteering at the New York State Museum in their Osteology Lab helping with documentation types of things. I’m looking for something to do for work since the job I had didn’t work out (lets not even go there – but in summary I was fired for reporting someone who verbally threatened me and physically blocked me into a corner while trying to force me to talk to them) and I intend to start blogging again! Hopefully I can mix in some science and fashion posts during the week – maybe one of each if I can find the time, because those are my two loves in life!
Science is my professional passion but fashion will always be a personal one!