Friday, January 25, 2013

Sparkle Sparkle

I did a very sparkly look for a group challenge.  It's overcast and the snow should start in another hour or so.....

The first three are outside, no flash


for some reason I look kinda yellow in this pic

Here's what I used:

Illamasqua Cream Foundation CF115
Illamasqua Cream Foundation CF110

MAC Black cream color base on lid
Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy (it's magical!) all over
Fyrinnae Immortality along lid closest to lash line
Evil Shades Date with Death glitter patted over that
Glamour Doll Eyes Hollywood glitter crease and onto lower browbone
Fyrinnae Pure Sugar browbone
Brazen Bettie brow powder
Too Faced LashGASM mascara
Falsies on outer corners, and damnit my glue is all dried out so they were not sticking!

MAC Black Knight Cremesheen lipstick along edges
Morgana Shrieking Violet lipstick all over
Fyrinnae Coffin Velvet lip lustre all over
Evil Shades Date with Death glitter dabbed along outer edges

Here's a close up, you can see the shadow isn't blended, but patted on heavily to get it to show up in the pics!


inside with flash, which washes me out!

inside no flash, standing by the door for some light

It was fun to jump in and participate in a challenge, I haven't done one in a long time.  I just wish it had been a bit more sunny out so you could really see how sparkly the shadow was.

Yes, my bangs are looking a bit more pink -  I threw on a little Pravana Chromasilk Vivids in Wild Orchid a few weeks ago, just to see if I liked it.  I did, but I don't know if I want to venture into three colors on my own, so I haven't decided whether to add it in along with the purple or not yet.

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Evil Shades Bump in the Night Collection Swatches

I received my Evil Shades Bump in the Night collection an eternity ago, but have been swamped with so many things I hadn't had time to swatch the shades.   This collection is an LE but still available, Finally, here they are!

I've swatched them four at a time so they're not all squished on my arm, and here's the first four shades.




Boo Baby - deep bright pink with green and orange shimmer.  This is a gorgeous berry rose shade on me, my favorite of the bunch!


Boogety - bright glowy orange with soft pink undertones, with gold and copper sparkle. 


Chain Rattler - creamy nude that shifts from silver to gold.


Closet Monster - bright purple with green to teal shimmer.

The out of focus shots show off the shimmer, while the in focus shots don't. 

down the arm to see the shimmer

Here's the next four




Eye of Newt - mossy olive green with a golden yellow shift.


Ghouly - bright deep teal with flashes of pink to silver shimmer.  I'd recommend a base with this one.


Nightmares - dark witching hour purple with a haunting pink shift and multi colored sparkle


Tricks & Treats - crisp green with a soft pink shift hidden within and golden shimmer.

Another out of focus shot for you

and a down the arm sort of shot

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

Friday, January 18, 2013

Maybelline Color Tattoo Inked in Pink, Too Cool, & Barely Branded Swatches

Inked in Pink and Barely Branded are part of the new Metal collection.  Silver Strike, Gold Rush, and Electric Blue are the other three shades, shown in the photo below (courtesy


Too Cool is part of the original Color Tattoo collection, although it's no longer on Maybelline's website.  Has it been discontinued?  I have no idea, sorry!

All photos taken inside, no flash





Inked in Pink is a shimmery warm pink.  This would be a bit too warm for me to wear alone, but a cooler pink patted over it makes it work fine.


Too Cool is a shimmery, cool white, and works great alone or as a base.


Barely Branded - I'm a bit let down by this one.  In all but the picture directly above, it appears to be a barely there nude shade, super light beige, but in person, and as you can see in this close up, it's much more golden/yellow on me.  My skin is very pink though, so if you're warm or neutral this shouldn't be a problem.  These make good bases, so it won't go to waste though!


You can find these in the usual places, prices range from $5.99 to $6.99.   I didn't buy these, a friend gave them to me.  I had purchased Too Cool last January, but it's about gone, so it was nice to get a free replacement plus the two new shades.

Hope you've found the swatches helpful, and thanks for looking.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Wild Wednesday

The trees are covered in ice this morning

outside, no flash, foggy out


outside with flash - makes it look like water, but it's ice



Thanks for looking.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Clothing: Rules and Woes

I've talked about this before, and I'll talk about throughout the year.  Let's think about the basics, shall we?

1.  Clothing should be age appropriate.

2.  Clothing should fit well.

3.  Clothing should make you happy, bring you joy.

There's lots of other things we could add to the list, like clothing should serve a purpose (work clothes, date night clothes, etc) but let's keep it simple.  Besides, a good piece can serve many purposes.

Age Appropriateness.  I'm not always sure if my clothing is age appropriate.  I do try.   I've always been cautious with my hemlines, because I've seen too many women walking around in skirts that are way too short.   Sometimes women want to wear clothing designed with younger girls in mind, thinking it will make them look and feel younger, but it can backfire and make one look older, and in some cases, older than you actually are.  Less common, but still out there, are the women who dress as if they've raided their grandma's closet.  This includes themed sweaters, ones with cutesy animals, pom poms sewn on, or anything that you'd wear to the annual Ugly Christmas Sweater party.

How do you know if you're wearing age appropriate clothing?   Well, I don't want to name names, but if you're 50 and buying your clothes from the same place your 16 year old daughter gets hers, you might want to think twice.  I'm not talking about the women who find the occasional piece here and there, I'm talking about the women whose entire wardrobes still come from the juniors department, or if a previous decade's fashion becomes trendy again and you wore it the first time around.  Mutton dressed as lamb, anyone?  On the flip side, if you find yourself looking at the same blouse as an 80 year old with elastic waist pastel pants and a walker, or the Senior Citizen's Group is having a shopping trip in the same aisle you're in, you might want to try another department.

FitFit is an issue for all of us.  Petite, tall, plus sized, curvy, normal (whatever that may be), we all have difficulty, and I don't know any woman who can pull something off the rack and have it fit perfectly every time.  Please, ladies, stop beating yourselves up if something doesn't fit you.  Put it down and move on, and never, ever, take it personally. 

First of all, screw size.  Sizing's inconsistency is ludicrous, and vanity sizing actually pisses me off.  Buy what fits you and who gives a fig what the tag says.

Women's sizes are all over the place, plus we often have bodies that require different sizes in different areas.   I'm busty, have a smaller waist by comparison, and full hips.   I'd classify myself as curvy, or the supposedly desirable Hourglass Figure.  Which, btw, is a pain in my ample ass to dress.  I'm 5'7",  I weight 134 lbs, so you would think finding clothes for my body would be not so hard, right?  I'm not thin, I'm not plus size, I'm just regular, if maybe a smidge taller than average.   What size do I wear?  Beats me.   I have clothing in my closet that ranges from 2 to 12,  Small to Extra Large, yet it all fits me right now.  I have two of the same skirt, same brand, same style, same material, but in two different colors, that are two different sizes.  That makes no sense to me. 

Sorry manufacturers, but vanity sizing insults my intelligence.  I will not buy your item simply so I can tell everyone that I wear a smaller size than I do.  Hello, everyone can see me and it's pretty damn obvious I don't wear a zero!  I have a friend who is obsessed with wearing a zero, and  I want to slap her.  She's thin and pretty, yet completely worried about what the tag says.   I don't get much time to shop.  If I have three items I'd like to try on, that means I'm likely carrying in 6 garments (2 of the same item in 2 different sizes), and having to keep going back and forth for each item is annoying and wastes my time.

I don't wear pants.  I do have a couple of pairs of yoga pants that I wear while cleaning.  Those are a medium, and they're comfy.  Loose, but not excessively.   I probably could've bought the small but I don't like things tight, particularly since I wear these pants while I'm on my treadmill and moving about cleaning.  I don't own any jeans.  For those of you who live in jeans, I hope you didn't hurt yourselves falling on the floor over that. 

My hips are a size larger than my waist, so I usually go up a size for skirts.  Sometimes there's too much material at the back of the waist, and the tailor has been able to take care of that for me.   Those small alterations are reasonable, and I never mind paying for them.

I go up one or two sizes in dresses to fit my top half.  I don't like anything tight or too clingy, because I am a self conscious about my chest, which is a 30 G (and thank goodness for Prima Donna bras, who have a 30 band instead of the standard 32).  My dresses are 8's and 10's, mostly.  8's mean my chest fits and the rest of the dress looks good, comfy.  10's mean maybe I'll have it altered, and now and then I'll need to go larger to fit my chest, which means definitely altering the rest.  If I'm buying a dress online, I'll check their size chart, and sometimes email their CS to try and get some guidance, and always double check the return policy.   I have to balance out whether the cost of the dress plus the cost of alterations will be worth it in the end.  It's one thing to nip in the waist, it's another to alter a good portion of the dress.

I love camis.  When you have to buy a larger size than all of your body needs, sometimes the top is a bit too low cut (often an issue with wrap dresses for me) or shows too much cleavage, or any cleavage if you're in a conservative environment.   A simple camisole underneath, plain or lacy, doesn't add bulk underneath the dress but allows me modesty.   I was watching TV one day and saw the lovely Niecy Nash, who is large breasted and always looks gorgeous in her dresses.  She nearly always has on a cami, and I slapped myself and thought "there's the perfect answer!"

Certain styles fit my body better - retro / swing dresses tend to fit and flatter my body, with their fuller bust lines and fuller skirts that balance my body visually.   But like all trends, they come and go, so when I find pieces that work, I'll buy a bunch to get me through times when styles change.  Thankfully, finding these styles online is far easier than finding them in a brick & mortar store.

Shirts.  Shirts are my nightmare.  I shy away from button down shirts, because I end up having to get a shirt several sizes larger than the rest of me needs so the buttons across the bust don't look as if they're straining to remain buttoned, while the shoulder seams are halfway down my arm.   I buy shirts without buttons, t shirts or pull over shirts.  I don't buy any turtlenecks, mock turtles, high necklines, or thicker knit sweaters because they make me look more top heavy.   I favor v necks or lower cut (but not low cut) types which separate my boobs from my chin.  Shirts are always on my list of things I really need to buy, and rarely manage to buy any.  I know some of my issue is my own self consciousness with my bust, and I'm trying to learn to accept it.

Your clothes should make you happy.  It sounds silly, but I hope we all have pieces in our closet that make us feel beautiful when we wear them.   Ideally, everything in your closet should make you smile, but we all know that's rarely the case.   I have a pair of shoes that I adore, and no matter where I go wearing them, people always compliment them.  I wore them grocery shopping Wednesday and two people, a young man and a woman my own age, complimented them.   They make me very happy, and that's what counts, but when others find them delightful, it's icing on the cake.

My goal for this year is to improve my wardrobe.  I have a few pieces that fit all of my rules, they are age appropriate, fit well, and make me happy.  I have other pieces that meet one or two rules, but not all three.  Sometimes I'm willing to compromise on one rule if it meets the other two.  Life is all about compromise, but I try to make clothing one thing where I feel I need to make concessions on the least.  It's not the easiest thing in the world to do, regardless of our size and shape, so remember that we all struggle.

Thanks for reading.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Wrist Update

I'm still wearing the wrist support - I took it off earlier this morning to figure out if it's getting any better.  It is, slowly.  There's a brownish/yellow bruise that goes right across my wrist, which is slowly fading.  My wrist still hurts if I try to move it side to side or up and down, so I will continue to keep the support on and keep checking it.

The bruise on my right palm is now gone.  Yay!

My left knee is much better, I still have to be careful not to go too fast up & down stairs.  I walked very slowly on my treadmill today and after about 25 minutes it started to bother me.  Hoping that's feeling better soon so I can resume my regular routine.

I can't wait for my left wrist to be back to normal.  I've been careful to avoid using my left arm as much as possible to avoid further injury, but it's hard to do everyday things like wash the dishes, fold laundry, and wash my hair.    Hope everyone else's first week of the new year has gone well, and thanks for reading.

Thursday, January 3, 2013


I haven't posted anything lately, due to holiday business.  On 12/31 while unloading groceries from my car, I slipped on some slushy snow.  Luckily the concrete floor was there to break my fall.


I landed on my left knee, which hurt too much to move for a few minutes.  My right palm hit flat on the floor,  and started turning colors within minutes.  I pulled myself up, carefully went inside, and then realized my left wrist was starting to hurt.  Took some Tylenol, iced my wrist, then wrapped an Ace bandage around it to keep it still.  I didn't think anything was broken so I figured I'd just wait a day or two and see my GP.

I went to the doctor's office last night and she was concerned about the swelling (the compression definitely helped keep it down) and the slight problem that I couldn't move my wrist without pain.  The radiology office was already closed so I went this morning, and luckily there are no fractures.  The doctor wants me to keep the wrist support on for a few more days and take it easy.  No problem there.  My knee is also feeling better, only a little tricky going up and down stairs.  I'm happy it's not worse, since my knee did take quite a hit.

I had my choice of black or tan wrist support, naturally I chose black.  There's a flat metal bar inside the layers of material to help hold everything nice and steady.  I can move my fingers without anything hurting, although I can't grasp anything or apply any pressure (opening jars, picking things up, etc) yet.  This support is 100 times better than the Ace bandage, IMO, and quite welcome after wearing the bandage since the fall.

No swatching for another week or so.  I do have some Evil Shades shadows and OCC lip tars to show you, all of which arrived right before Christmas. 

Thanks for reading, and hope your New Year's Eve was a great, injury free one!