Saturday, September 29, 2012

DM Oxblood

I've read the "hot fall color" is oxblood. When I hear "oxblood" I think of Docs!   If you're looking for some great boots in oxblood, may I suggest these two styles?

First is the Nevena ankle boot, currently on sale at for $94.00 (regular price $170).


The second is the Gilda boot, currently on sale at for $138.00 (regular price $250).


There's lots of other styles on sale, and you can use the code TAKE20SALE for 20% off through Sunday, Sept 30.   If these styles aren't for you, simply type in the word oxblood in the search field on the dmusastore's home page.  Happy shopping!

Friday, September 28, 2012

Subtle Eyes w/ Too Faced Naked Eye Palette

I used some shades from the Too Faced Naked Eye palette and a bolder lip.

L'oreal Studio Secrets color correcting primer in Pink under eyes
Illamasqua Skin Base #2 applied with UD Good Karma brush
Illamasqua Sob cream blush applied on tops of cheekbones

Too Faced Pink Cheeks inner 1/3 of lid
Too Faced Pillow Talk lid
Too Faced Like a Virgin crease
BftE Forget them Not browbone
Black Out gel liner
L'oreal Voluminous Million Lashes in Carbon Black
Brazen Bettie in brows

OCC Stalker applied sheerly


Looking a bit mental here but I wanted you guys to look at my eye color.  I swear the edges of my irises are turning a blue / blueish grey color.  WTF? 



Thanks for looking!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Cut and Recolor

Cut and recolor last week. I went back to chunkier highlights, and although I'd really like to go back to the purple, I'm happy with this black cherryish sort of shade. It's noticeable indoors, and more vibrant outside and under brighter lights.   My stylist Sami blew it out for me, a little messy from having slept on it but still far better than I'd do myself.





two inside with flash



Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Wild Wednesday

A few quick pictures from Monday morning, the trees on the side of the house and the backyard.   Leaves are just starting to change, I'll post more pics as they do.

Hubby mows a good sized area for Ian to play (well, except for the front, which is all wildflowers).  He stops about 2 feet before the treeline begin; most of our "yard" is heavily wooded.  There's a little creek in the back as well, I'll take pics of that to show you later.





Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

WnW Fantasy Makers Stars & Snipes palette swatches

I picked up this Wet n' Wild Fantasy Makers palette the other day for $3.49.  You can find these in the Fantasy Makers Halloween display at the usual places.



these two are outside, no flash


inside no flash

Shade 1 is a multi sparkle white powder (I applied it with a damp wet/dry brush & it clumped)
Shade 2 is a creamy mid grey with shimmer
Shade 3 is a shimmery red cream
Shade 4 is a shimmery bloodstain red cream
Shade 5 is a solid black cream
Shade 6 is a multi sparkle black cream

Shadows 2 through 6 are a creamy formula, 1 is a powder.  The palette came with the usual sponge applicator brush, but I used a wet/dry shadow brush to do the swatches.  It would be nice if WnW included a couple of extra sponge applicators though, since many casual makeup users don't own brushes or even spare applicators.   It'd be a pain to wash off the applicator to apply the next shade, unless you didn't care about mixing the colors.  But hey, for $3.49 I guess I can't really complain.  

A good palette for Halloween themed makeup, or anytime really at such an inexpensive price.  I can easily see baby bats stocking up on this palette for year round use!

Thanks for looking, and hope you've found the swatches helpful.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Morgana Latte, Roses in Bloom, Violetta swatches

I ordered Latte lipstick and two lip gels, Roses in Bloom and Violetta.  I really adore Morgana's lip products!  I know many of you prefer lip swatches, but my lip swatches are terrible, so I do them on my arm. 

All but the last pic were taken outside, no flash.  






This one was inside, no flash

Friday, September 21, 2012

Dr Martens Dreama boots

The Dr Martens Dreama boots arrived Thursday.  They're from the Zita collection, all of which have the same style narrow 4" heel.  These are normally $300, but I got them on sale at Amazon for $258 and used a coupon code, so I ended up paying $213.

I'm a patent fiend, and love the silver hardware on these boots.  Since I try to sell/get rid of a pair of boots / shoes every time I buy a new pair, I'm thinking about selling the Gildas.  I really like them, but I'll pick these over the Gildas for nearly every situation.  

This will be a picture heavy post.

First set are straight out of the box, with the cardboard still inside the boot to hold the shape.The fullest part of my calf is about 14 1/8" (measured around using a measuring tape) and the boots fit me perfectly laced right out of the box.  You can loosen or tighten the laces but I'm not sure how much more or less room it'll give you, since the boots do zip up.

the little greenish mark is just the flash from the camera.  These boots are super shiny!




The Airwair loop is patent too, nice touch!

nice longer zipper pull

the usual heel, approx 4"

good sturdy tread

These boots, like the Leanne style, have a hole punched in the tongue, which helps hold it up while you're putting your boots on and adjusting the laces, if needed.  When the boots are new and stiff, it's not really an issue, but as they break in falling tongues are a pain.

Here's the view from the tongue, you can see the hole with the lace under the stamp.

Here's a few pics of me outside wearing them.  Hard to take pics of your own legs/feet.


they look a bit odd straight on, mainly due to the odd angle and me trying to not fall over while taking the pic

There's extra room around the ankle, I wish there was a tad less material but I suppose they make them using some sort of average ankle measurement.  This is a problem with my other heeled Docs, the Gilda and Leanna boots.  I can pull the laces tighter around the ankle, but it still "bunches" a little. 


I get asked all the time if my Gilda boots, which are very similar (black packard, a matte-ish black, no sparklies, same heel, also from the Zita collection), are comfortable to wear.  Yes, but I'm used to wearing heels.  Docs are always stiff in the beginning, and I put a pair of Dr. Scholl's inserts in them to give me a little extra cushioning.  I expect these will be the same as all my others, and feel the same as the Gildas.

If you like the Gildas in the Oxblood shade, they're down to $138 at, by the way.  Grab a pair before they run out!

I hope you've found the pictures helpful, and thanks for looking!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Wet n' Wild Fergie Nail Color - Rock n' Roll

Ian was grocery shopping with me last week and he insisted I needed this super sparkly polish.  The display said $3.49 but it rang up $2.99 at the register, so very inexpensive.  This shade is called Rock n' Roll, #A022.  It's a sheer base jam packed with small silvery grey glitter, and slightly larger multi colored pieces, sorta holographic.  It's very sparkly in person and hard to capture that sparkle in the pics.

I did use a base coat but it'll probably still be a PITA to remove the polish.  I didn't use a top coat because I only wanted to wear it to show you the color.  I'm far from good at nail polish application, but here you go.


Up to the light, the polish is quite sheer.  This is three coats!

It appears darker normally. 


thumb again - interesting texture


Yeah yeah yeah, I didn't do an accent nail.  I was half high from the albuterol treatment I'd received earlier that morning.   These are my real nails, but I really need to shape them.  They grow so fast it seems like I'm constantly trimming them.  The nails on my right hand are shorter - I keep my thumb and forefinger very short to avoid poking myself in the eye when I take my contacts out.  The other three nails are slightly longer, but not as long as my left hand.  I have "old lady hands" as many people have pointed out, and keeping my nails a little longer makes them look nicer, IMO.

Thanks for looking!


I know, it's Thursday.   I'd been having trouble breathing Monday and Tuesday.  The easiest way to describe it is I felt like I was standing in a sauna, and even though I could breathe, it felt like not enough air was getting into my lungs.  The air felt warm, heavy.  If I took a deep breath through my mouth it felt like I was getting a small amount of air.   I had trouble sleeping Tuesday night, so Wednesday morning I called my primary care physician.  They had me come down an hour later.

The doctor listened to my lungs and apparently did not like what she heard.  She had a nurse come in with a nebulizer and start a breathing treatment.  It did help a bit, but the medicine made me feel lightheaded, and made my hands shake.  The doctor listened to my lungs again, and prescribed an inhaler (ProAir HFA 90 mcg, albuterol sulfate)for what we're assuming is allergy induced asthma.  She gave me strict instructions that if I'm not 100% by mid October (first frost) that I need to go back for additional tests.

The two puffs on the inhaler that I took before bed got me through the night, and although I really don't like taking medication, I don't feel as I have much of a choice right now.  I'm not sure what is making my allergies go so crazy the last few days.   There's been a lot of rain so I'm thinking that made the leaves & mold spores go haywire.  I don't consider myself to have bad allergies, usually 2-3 weeks in the spring and 2-3 weeks again in the fall and I'm all clogged up, itchy eyes, loads of sinus pressure.  I'm also hoping that this does not become an annual issue for me!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Wild Wednesday

I forgot it was Wednesday and didn't have any nature pics for you. There IS a dead mouse in my driveway, but I didn't think you guys wanted to see that. I'm not sure who dropped him there, a bird of prey or a fox, but he's a bit mangled. So instead I snapped a few quick pics of my kitties.

Tuesday is the black & brown cat, Thursday is the grey & white one.


Worn out after chasing the laser pointer this morning! Thursday is a ball of energy in the morning - some hard playing means she doesn't bother Tuesday for a while.


Tuesday doesn't like to play. She's an older, dignified cat. Or as dignified as one can be when Thursday attacks her tail all the time.


I'll just turn my back and ignore her.


Thanks for looking!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Mid September

A few quick pics from Friday after work, complete with messy hair that's past due for a touch up. I have an appt scheduled for later this week to take care of that.



L'oreal Studio Secrets color correcting primer in Pink under eyes
Illamasqua Skin Base #2 applied with UD Good Karma brush
Illamasqua Sob cream blush on upper cheekbones

Evil Shades primer in Nude
BFtE Shadows on lid
BFtE Gentle on lid and crease
BFtE Forget them Not on browbone
Brazen Dita in brows
L'oreal Voluminous Million Lashes in Carbon Black

Fyrinnae Coffin Velvet, blotted
Fyrinnae Shangri La over that

I'm wearing my Folter Clothing Night Owl dress - the photo is a little blurry but you can see the top of the dress. I added the polka dot fabric straps, which match the polka dot belt you can't see in the pic, to hide my own bra straps. Sorry, I don't trust strapless bras - or my coworkers. Since my dress was quite colorful (for me) and an interesting print, I opted for very subdued makeup.


My rosacea has improved since my dermatologist switched me to a stronger cream a few months ago, but I don't feel it's good enough for a light foundation or regular layer of beauty balm type base. The UD Good Karma brush allows me to build two light layers, the second dotted over the problem areas, without looking cakey. When I used a non latex sponge to do this, it didn't work nearly as well, and even with careful blending didn't do as good a job. The brush works far better and I don't have to go crazy trying to blend.

I'll try to remember to take a pic after my trim and recolor later this week. Thanks for looking!