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“She did WHAT??” March 4, 2008

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Ok, Sunday night I was hanging out with my sister and our friend. I put some makeup on and left my stuff on the bottom of a little shelf I have where I keep all my makeup and didn’t think about it again. A couple hours later we were in the living room watching TV and I hear my cat, DeeDee, meowing by the stairs, but I don’t think anything of it. Our friend leaves at 11PM and I’m about to head upstairs when I notice … my powder brush laying at the foot of the stairs. It’s an art brush made from goat hair.

For a second I think, “Did I bring this downstairs?” but I’m sure I didn’t. I asked my sister if she brought it down and she said no. So I realize my cat must have done it. DeeDee can be quite an ornery little butt, and she’s also very intrigued by natural things – my leather ballet slippers, my 16th birthday lillys which poisoned her and ended in an extended vet stay but that’s another story, the hay in our nativity scene … and now, apparently my goat hair brush. So gross. I went to wash it the next morning and the bristles were stiff with her saliva. *GAG* That erased any doubt in my mind that she was the culprit. I washed the brush with shampoo first and then twice with antibacterial Dial soap (something I would NEVER normally do to a brush, by the way). I also washed by little blush brush that was laying with the powder brush – just in-case.

I brought them into my room and laid them on a towel on the floor to dry. Normally I would have put them on my desk or something, but there wasn’t space for them anywhere else at the moment. Later that afternoon I was downstairs on the family computer. My sister sticks her head in the door and says, “DeeDee’s in your room, by the way. She’s asleep on your bed.”

Ok, cool, I don’t mind her being in there.

“When I looked in there a little while ago,” my sister continues, “she was rubbing her face on your brush.”

CRUD!!! “I just washed it this morning!” I moan. Uhg, why didn’t I think? I left it right on the floor, in plain site. I couldn’t have done worse if I had tossed the brush to DeeDee and said, “here, have fun.”

So I went to wash the brush again. The bristles were stiff with dried spit again. I washed it with shampoo and twice with antibacterial Dial soap again. I’m going to spray a little diluted alcohol on it. I’m going to have to buy brush shaper to reshape some of the mangled bristles. That is, if I can ever bring myself to use it on my face again. I think I might just buy a new kabuki …

So, to all you makeup-loving people out there, if you have a curious, devious, or otherwise mischievous cat in your home I suggest you make sure you keep your brushes under lock and key – or at the vary least, out of their reach.The Little … Dear

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Ow. And Everyday Minerals March 3, 2008

Well, I’m laying in bed right now hoping the Advil I took helps my aching back. I was bending over blow drying my hair and then I stood up and it felt all tight by my right shoulder blade. Grr. I need to work on flexibility – this wouldn’t be happening to me if I did stretches.

So anyway, Everyday Minerals. I wanted to touch on that briefly before I (probably) do a haul video. Or a review video. I don’t know exactly, lol. Anyway, I’ve really been amazed by the quality of their products at the prices. I’m so excited about everything they have, especially the eyeshadow which is the first mineral (or even loose shadow, other than MAC) that I’ve found that can actually be used dry. I can’t wait to get every shadow they have. 😉 By the way, ED Minerals has a special on until March 10th, to get 8% off your order of $35+. You’ll also get a sample size of the pre-release blush/shadow Mojave Camping and Glass Bottom Boat shadow, both of which will become available March 15th. I have both of them and I REALLY love Glass Bottom Boat. Not sure about the Mojave Camping yet, but we’ll see. 🙂 I’m sooo excited about Glass Bottom Boat for spring though, it’s this beautiful light blue with a teal-ish flash to it.

 

Foundation Coverage October 17, 2007

Filed under: Makeup,tips — ezbeauty @ 9:06 pm
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Perhaps you have tried several different kinds of drugstore liquid foundations but are repeatedly disappointed with the level of coverage you get from them. Before you go all in and splurge on a high-end foundation, take a moment to examine the method you apply your foundation. Do you use your fingers or a sponge? These provide a more sheer coverage, which sometimes is fine, but other times you will want/need more than that. They key to getting really full coverage is to use a brush. A brush with synthetic bristles will not absorb or “rub away” any of your foundation and will give you beautiful coverage.

A foundation brush doesn’t have to be expensive, either:

ELF offers a foundation brush for $1.

AVON has one for $5.99.

You can even use paint brushes from the craft store, which is actually what I do. I get great coverage from a 3/4″ wash brush that came in a set my mom bought for $5. JoAnn has wash brushes on their site in a variety of sizes for $2.49 each. You can also use small shader brushes for your concealer.

 

Depot an NYX Trio October 15, 2007

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Here is a great tutorial by EnKore on how to depot your NYX shadow trio. Enjoy!

 

Shadow Applicators

Filed under: Makeup — ezbeauty @ 3:21 pm
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Hey guys, you know those little sponge applicators that come with eyeshadow? Well, I don’t use them for applying eyeshadow and I feel kinda bad just throwing them away (especially the nice ones from NYX), so I was wondering, is there anything else that they can be used for? I sometimes use them to scoop out loose shadow from pots but they’re not spectacular for this. Let me know if you’ve come up with some creative way to use them!

 

Want Some MAC?

Filed under: Makeup — ezbeauty @ 3:14 pm
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I mentioned in my Fall Look tutorial that incorporating some high-end makeup into your collection can bring your low-end things up to a higher level. It doesn’t take much, just a few products, and you can look like a million bucks without braking the bank. Here are a few items from MAC that I suggest you buy to use along with your other cosmetics.

1. Get something you can use as a base for all your eyeshadow – this can be a paint, paint pot, shade stick, cream color base, or prep & prime. Pick something that you like the texture of and choose a shade that is close to your skin tone.

2. Pick two or three eye shadows that you can use on a regular basis and that work well with other shadows you already have in your collection. Don’t pick anything that, while it looks pretty in the pot, you would only use once in a great while. I suggest getting one that is white/off white/cream to use as a highlighter, but the rest can be whatever you choose.

3. Studio Finish Concealer.

4. Lipstick or gloss. Pick a color that is flattering to your skin tone, comes in just the right finish, and works well with your other makeup colors. You could also get a clear gloss to add over the lipsticks you already own.

I don’t recommend buying mascara from MAC (or anywhere high-end) if you’re on a budget because you have to replace it so often. Mascara needs to be replaced every 2 – 3 months because of bacteria and yes, even eye mites (soooo gross!!). If your mascara stings your eyes or is three months old, it’s time to toss it.

I suggest using a permanent marker to write the date you opened your mascara somewhere on the tube so that you can know for sure how old it is.

I recommend N.Y.C. mascara – it’s $2 for thickening, lengthening, or waterproof mascara and $3 for curling. You just don’t want to pay more than that because of having to replace it sooo often. Also, I’ve heard that drugstore brands actually work better than many high-end brands!

So there you go. I hope you have fun picking out your products. Please note that I can’t advise you on your skin tone/what looks good with your tone. It just doesn’t work over the computer. The best thing to do is go to a MAC counter and try out swatches to see for yourself, or, if you’re really unsure, just ask someone who works there. They are more than willing to help you out. =)

 

Smokey Eyes October 12, 2007

Filed under: Looks,Makeup — ezbeauty @ 3:21 pm
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Here are a couple of fun ways to get smokey eyes.