Here are some pictures of my Fall Look.
My “Dumb ELF Brush” Remark October 3, 2007
I feel I really owe poor ELF an explanation (not that ELF is ever going to notice … but whatever) about my “dumb brush” remark. I really don’t know where that came from. I don’t think the brush is dumb at all, it just doesn’t work very well for me. The brush tends to really pack on the color and it can give you a very intense look. Since my skin is so fare, I like to keep things soft and blended so I don’t look like a clown or something; I can be overwhelmed by color really quickly. So I don’t use the brush for eye shadow but only because it doesn’t do the kind of look that works on me. I do use it for applying a base (as shown in my Fall Look video), and it works nicely for that, except for the fact that it’s not meant for liquid stuff, thus it sucks up a lot of your product.
So anyway, yeah, I don’t hate the brush, it’s not dumb … no, no, no. I just wanted to clear that up. =)
Sadly, I’m not deeply impressed with this product. I want to be because I absolutely love the Tequila Sunrise shade (it was just the retro orange-red I was looking for), but the polish just doesn’t last. The regular Rimmel nail polishes chip like crazy, even if you do your manicure absolutely right, and the 10 day color is no better. Maybe I need a base-coat or a really good topcoat to help it stay on better … but, on the other hand, Petites (for like, 98 cents at WalMart) last better than this.
If you really, really like one of their shades, I say go ahead and try it (it’s only a couple of bucks after all). Just be prepared to have to do a LOT of touch-ups if you want to keep it looking neat all week long.
Curling Lashes September 26, 2007
Perhaps you are one of those who never curl their lashes after applying mascara in order to keep from ripping out lashes or getting too crimped of a look. You might be surprised that many advise curling only after applying mascara. And vice versa.
There are two theories when it comes to curling lashes.
Curl then Mascara
Supposedly, you get a more natural curl and avoid ripping out your lashes.
Mascara then Curl
Because the wet mascara will take out all the curl if you do it first.
Hmm … this is quite a pickle! Or is it? I’ve come to the conclusion that it works best to do both. I curl my lashes before mascara, holding the curler tight for a few seconds at the base of my lashes and another curl, closer to the tips. Then, after applying mascara, I do a quick curl, usually just at the base. =)
And, in case you’re wondering, yes, water proof mascara is very good at holding curls (more wax in it), and no, curling mascaras really don’t do all that much.
Autumn is here! Time to put away those bright summer colors and bring out the rich, deeper tones for fall. Some color ideas:
Deep, burnt peach shades and more neutral, sandy colors.
Try a gold shade. I LOVE shimmer powders from Bon Bons. They have a bronzy gold color that is perfect for fall. They’re only about a buck at Wal-Mart. Apply lightly with a fluffy or fan brush for a subtle glow or gradually build for a little more color. You can also add shimmer into your moisturizer or foundation for all over glow. Just be sure that the powder is very, very fine so that you don’t look like you have glitter all over your face.
All shades of brown (try Shimmering Bark by Petites), burnt peachy colors (Iced Spice by Revlon), orangy retro reds, deep ruby reds, jewel blues, purples, and greens (HOT colors for fall).
Jewel purples, blues and greens, deep peachy/apricot colors, buttery yellows, and classic brown or black smokey eyes.
Put away the light pinks and play with some deeper pink shades, reds, and sandy colors. But of course, always do a neutral lip if you’re doing a dramatic eyes.