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Oopsie … March 12, 2008

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Well, somehow I accidentally changed the layout of my blog. I can’t put it back to the way it was at the moment because the EZ Beauty image that I had up is on my broken computer. *sigh*

Oh well, I guess it looks ok for now. I’ll have to figure something out later – right now I actually need to go put makeup on, lol. I’m going out to see my grandma later today. 🙂

 

Affordable Brushes

Haven’t blogged in a couple days as my mind hasn’t been very focused on makeup lately. However, a couple nights ago I saw a great video by Koren of EnKoreMakeup over at YouTube about affordable makeup brushes.

These brushes look super amazing. I went to the site and they have even more that weren’t featured in the video. I haven’t tried any of these yet, but I’m excited to buy some in the future. Not sure how soon that will be, though, my personal computer broke (I’ve been using the family laptop) and pretty much all my money will go to a new computer for the next month or two. But that’s life, lol.

Anyway, I’ve also heard that H&M has brushes that are really inexpensive, but very soft and of high quality. I’ve been wanting to go and look into this but I haven’t had the chance to do this either. =( Hopefully soon.

 

ED Minerals Pre-Release Shadow/Blush Swatches March 4, 2008

Here are some swatches of the Everyday Minerals upcoming shadow, Glass Bottom Boat, and shadow/blush Mojave Camping. They will both be available to purchase March 15th. I took these pictures in the afternoon on a cloudy day. Glass Bottom Boat looks much different in more direct light. In this lighting it took a more sage green color and the aqua flash was not very noticeable. I will take some in sunlight as soon as the weather cooperates! 🙂

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How to Tell if You are OUT OF SHAPE March 2, 2008

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You are definitely out of shape if you feel like you are going to die after doing (well, kind of doing) a 10 minute thigh workout and one of Kathy Smith’s warm ups (yeah … I said warm up). I think I am going to just walk for a week or two before I attempt any more of my fitness DVDs from the library again. 😉

 

I’m Back!

I completely abandoned this site and for that I am sorry. Uhg. I shouldn’t start things before I figure out how to incorporate them into my life, lol. But anyhow, I’m back and hope to start creating better content for the blog. I’ve gained a lot more knowledge since this site began which is a very good thing – I didn’t know very much about makeup in the beginning. >_< I knew only that I liked it and wanted to learn more … BUT, like I said, I’ve been learning and I’ve got some new products that I’ve been experimenting with (such as Everyday Minerals, Pure Luxe Cosmetics, Alima Minerals, and NYX – reviews/tuts coming soon, BTW!) and have come a long, looooong way. Don’t get me wrong, I am far from knowing everything (FAR!!), but I feel like I am now more at an intermediate stage rather than being so beginner. If that makes sense …

Anyway, I was completely blown away when I checked this site today to find that it had recieved 4,000+ hits. I still feel shocked. I realized this is something I should try to keep up even if I can’t spend 10 hours a day on it.

I’m also going to start up the YouTube videos again. It took me a little while to get over my camera shyness (I have to thank ExpoTV.com for that!), which was really weird, by the way. The last thing I expected from myself was camera shyness. I’ve grown up with a video camera in my face and my mom and my aunt and both my grandmas take pictures like crazy – I’m no stranger to the camera. But to get in front of it, put on makeup, and then post it on YouTube totally freaked me out at first.

But yeah, I think I have rambled on long enough now. 😉

 

Fergie and MAC! October 15, 2007

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There are some MAC products in Fergie’s “Clumsy” video. Check it out! =)

 

Lead in Lipstick October 12, 2007

Some information coming out is that a lot of lipsticks, including luxury brands have a high amount of lead in them. In fact, some of the luxury brands had more lead than the drugstore brands.

Since I don’t understand all the aspects of parts per million and don’t know how much lead is absorbed through the lips (or how much lipstick is ingested for that matter), I don’t know how serious this is.

All of the lipsticks tested were a red color. This could mean that there is something particular about pigments/dies that are red being contaminated with lead and that other colors are fine, I don’t know.

Anyway, here is a complete list of the lipsticks tested.

If you feel strongly about this, please stop buying products from these companies and write to them and tell them why. They don’t seem to be very concerned about it – but, as we all know, money is the only language a lot of businesses speak …

Here are links to contact some of the brands that had the highest level of lead in their lipsticks:

Maybelline

Cover Girl

L’Oreal

Also be sure and visit the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics where you can get more info on how to take action!

 

Coco Mademoiselle October 7, 2007

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I don’t know about you, but I love this commercial!

 

Tips for Cold Sufferers October 6, 2007

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Hey guys! I know this blog is supposed to be about beauty … but today I wanted to share something a little different with you. Since we’re heading into cold and flu season I wanted to share a few tips with you that will hopefully help get you through any fall/winter illnesses and get you back to beautiful. 🙂

Always, always, always keep Vicks VapoRub on hand. I use this pretty much whenever I’m sick. Thing is, I don’t like to get it all over my skin, so what I do is I spread a thick layer out on a wash cloth and then lay the cloth over my chest. No mess and you can breath easier.

Also, make sure to put extra moisturizer on. Colds (and all the decongestants that we use along with them) really dry out your skin. Pay close attention to the area around your nose. It’s the first to go with all that wiping!

 

Getting the Most Out of Your Shower October 3, 2007

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I like to take my daily shower in the evening. I think it makes more sense than showering in the mornings because a.) who wants to get into bed dirty? and b.) showing in the morning is a pain when I’m half asleep and cold. Note: you shouldn’t shower at night if you have insomnia – it’s too stimulating.

Now, how should you go about doing all the things you do in the shower? Maybe you haven’t thought about it before, but there really is a certain way you should shower.

You should start by getting wet all over. Don’t wait to wet your hair right before you wash it, it needs time to get really wet. This will make it easier to get shampoo through your hair.

Next, wash your body while your hair is soaking up the water. Since I shower in the evenings, I also sometimes wash/exfoliate my face in the shower. This is the time for that.

Then shampoo your hair. You only need to shampoo once. Yep, that’s right. =) Rinse and use conditioner. I strongly, strongly recommend you use conditioner if you don’t use a 2 in 1. I know a lot of people skip conditioning but it really is important. It will soften your hair and keep it from getting full of static. If you are really pressed for time, you can mix conditioner in with your shampoo – just put a little of both in your hands and then wash your hair.

After applying conditioner, shave while it is soaking into you hair. Don’t shave first thing in the shower because if you wait for the hair to become saturated with water (takes 2 or 3 minutes) the hair will cut easier.

Now rinse the conditioner out of your hair and you’re done! And with no wasted time.