Saturday, June 6, 2009

Everything is Better in Pink.

I dunno about you guys, but I think that everything is better when it comes in pink! The only thing I'm missing is a pink phone. I used to have one but then it drowned so I had to put my sim card in a random one a friend had. My camera is actually red, but it has a pink case (on the left). I'm definitely working on building my pink collection.

: )

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Guest Blogger!

Hey guys, if you get a chance, check out my guest article on It's all about glitter, which I love (when it doesn't get everywhere!).  Get ideas on looks to try out and how to wear it right.

Thank you Karen for featuring me.

If the voice doesn't sounds a little different than usual, note that it's been edited down quite a bit to fit her desired length (I tend to write a lot). 

Hope you like it.

My Go-To gloss

Wet n Wild Glassy Gloss Lip Gel in Reflection.
Clear lipgloss is perfect for any look. It will add a subtle shine on it's own, or amp up any lipstick by making it creamier and glossier. Gloss also helps hide those tiny wrinkles around the lips. Lipstick can accentuate those lines, but if you love lipstick,  just put this right on top. 

I love Wet n Wild's because it is just a few dollars, and lasts a surprisingly long time. I never run out of products because I have so many, but I have repurchased this a few times.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

But It reminds me of him...

You know how right after a break up it feels like you can't go anywhere or do anything because everything reminds you of them?

You can't go to where you had your first date, even if it's your favorite place, because if you go you'll think of him and and cry. You can't go eat at that one restaurant anymore because you ate there with him once. It sucks being in your own bed because he may have slept there with you. You can't go to the fruit section of the super market because his favorite food was grapes. You flip through channels on the TV and it flickers through his favorite show, so you throw the remote at the TV but then are stuck watching the show so then you burst into hysterics. It gets so riduculous that you get annoyed if that one girl talks to you because her ex was friends with your ex's best friend's girlfriend's sister. And you'll never go a McDonalds ever again because you passed by it once when you were driving with him and he said "I like their Big Macs."

But songs can be the worst. You will never be able to listen to his favorite band again without thinking of him. Or you'll think the radio DJ is out to get you because every song on the radio seems to be saying something exactly about you and him. And then they play your favorite song but you can't even listen to that because you listened to it with him that one time.

But god forbid you hear their name. And if it's a common name or the name of something else, well, you're screwed. I had a boyfriend named Tyson, so for a while I had something against Tyson chicken and their stupid commercials. I had a boyfriend named Miles, so if a week after our breakup you were to tell me you were "Going to go run 2 miles" or you were driving "70 miles per hour" I probably would have turned around and walked away. The other day I was reading an article where a girl was talking about her boyfriend named Miles. Now, I'm way over that guy that I dated, but every time I would read that name it would recall those horrible feelings I had after we broke up. So I stopped reading. In my defense she said his name A LOT. And then all because of her I had a dream about him. Thanks.

What places or things did you have to avoid after a breakup?

What would you never name your kid because it's your ex's and then you would probably have a grudge against your own kid for its whole life?

Monday, May 25, 2009

Can I Have Both Please?

It would be really nice to find a guy that is able to carry on an interesting, intellectual (two sided!) conversation AND is attractive. Sometimes it seems that they are either one or the other. You may realize at the end of a relationship that you were completely wrong for each other, but you got together because of lust. Lust can have such a strong pull. After all, it's built into our bodies from the caveman days to find potential mates based on healthy physical attributes.

Or, you have a really good friend who you know would be the best boyfriend ever... but you could never bring yourself to that point because you're not sexually attracted to them. If you really like them enough the attraction can grow. But sometimes, you just can't even go there. Even if you wish it could work out, you can't force yourself to be with someone who you have zero attraction to. On a scale from 1 to 10, if the attraction is a 6 or 7, it may grow if they are the most amazing person. If it's at a 2, it's pretty hard. I've tried once, it ends horribly. Now that is awkwardness. 

I want someone who has both. Sometimes I wish I could combine people. A lot of times I'd like to be back together with the last guy I was with, who I loved deeply. He was everything I wanted. I was attracted to him, but not in a way where it's so overpowering that you're self conscious. We had deep conversations but we were able to sit in silence without any awkwardness,  just enjoying each other's company. I wanted to be with him physically, but I also wanted to hear what he had to say about life. If he wanted to be with me, I would have done the long distance thing when I moved to another state. Unfortunately, it ended before that.

Being in love  can make life so much more fulfilling and interesting. And sometimes it just helps to pass the time pleasantly. Being in a relationship with the right person allows you to be totally comfortable and completely yourself. You could be locked in a room with them for 72 hours straight and never get bored. I miss it. I miss him. 

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Makeup: How much is too much?

I know what you're can never have enough makeup! But really, when it gets to the point that you use a product once every two months, not because you don't like it, but because you have so many products that you almost forget you have it, then it's a bit much.

The thing is, why spend so much money and effort buying new makeup all the time if you don't actually use it? Except, when you see something pretty and shiny and new it's like "Who cares if I don't need it...and even if i might not use it that much...look at it! It'll make me feel happy!...for 2 seconds." I know I do that. And then I get something, and try it out, and if I don't like it gets cast aside and I'm disappointed and the excitement goes away.  I realized I wasted money on something useless. Even if I do like it, I might not wear it that much because I'm having a lazy week or I'm not going anywhere or I'm using something else.

If you think about doesn't actually need any makeup at all. But if it's art and expression and fun for you, then you want it. But having 20 lipsticks (myself included..and in bright colors I got just to try out but don't really wear) means that you might wear each color once a month. Or more likely, you'll just stick with a color you like and the rest of them will be forgotten. And then they'll get old and you'll never have used it.

The reason for this post is because is when I moved I thought I couldn't bring all my makeup. When it's a choice between dishes and sheets or makeup, hopefully one would choose makeup.  When I was sorting through and picking out the stuff that I would use the most and would be the best use of space, I felt sad to leave it behind because of the time and money that took to create that collection.

But then I felt relieved. Because it wouldn't take up a ridiculous amount of space and I would actually get good use out of the products. I had the idea that if you just have a few things that you really like then you can alternate them back and forth and actually get good use out of them. When you run out of one or want to try a new color you'll be able to appreciate it because you'll actually be using it. 

On the opposite side,when you're deciding which out of the million to choose to wear nothing is really special. Or maybe you'll have those couple that you alternate between and the others were just impulse buys that just sit there. It's retail therapy if buying something one day and buying something else the next just for the sake of buying and having  a little thrill, while a day later it's buried in the drawer never to be used after that first try-out application.

For me it kind of seems like the less there is in the collection, the more appreciative I am of what I have, because I'm actually able to use the things more. You can say that you have a giant collection and still use your makeup, but if you have 1000 eyeshadows it's not possible to use every one all the time.  No matter if you have enough things to fill up an entire room, there will always be something you don't have, and if you're buying for a pyschological reason like you feel sad or you think material objects will fill a gap, then it will never be enough.

The reason I write this is because I find that sometimes when I buy things or look at my collection I feel guilty. I think, money could have gone for necessities (though I've never bought things in place of necessities). I think, I bought yet another color I don't need and will use twice. I worried that if people saw all the makeup I had while moving in, they would think I had too much or I'm spoiled or shallow, even though I've bought things before and it was never enough because s0-and-so bought more, or so-and-so got the whole collection. The point is, if after the residual excitement of a buy wears off, if you feel guilty or like it's never enough
then it's time to lay off.

So my advice would be to buy things you actually like and want to try, not because someone else wore it or it's a trend. If you genuinely like it though, then go for it of course. But if so-and-so-prettiest-girl-ever used this new lipgloss and liked it and you don't have the money for it, you don't need to feel bad that you don't have it! Because when you get it you'll be excited for a second, untill the next new thing comes out and then you feel like you have to get that too. It's about spending within your means on things you want. And will actually use.

To be worthy of buying it should either do something different or be different in some way than what you already have. Unless you want 25 of the same black eyeshadow or pink lipgloss to clutter your space, then go ahead.

When I first wrote this, I still had that pull of wanting to the drugstore and getting that new lipstick because it looks pretty and it could brighten my day just a bit.It came with the territory of following about 500 beauty blogs, I suppose. So just try to do what makes you feel the best. Experiment with walking by that annoying sales lady one day, and letting her talk you into buying a random product another day. You'll know what to do next time based on how you feel.

I ended up being able to  bring all my makeup here. No one said I had to much or has even noticed. But since being here, I haven't used all that much. Now that I have an actual life with friends and things to do and places to go, I'm not spending 5 hours a day on beauty blogs doing research. When I see an article about something new I pretty much skip it now because getting it would just mean an extra trip somewhere to buy something I don't need. I have morning classes and usually all I'm up for is some foundation and mascara. I might do a full face or makeup a couple days a week, but definitely not every day. I'd rather spend that half hour hanging out with my friends than applying a mask of a million products. I'll just do it when I feel like it and it would be fun. Before I was obsessed with it and the study of it because I didn't have anything else to do.

It doesn't mean I won't walk into a Nordstroms and feel like I'm in a candy store, but the change in my life really has me reevaluating my interests. I still love makeup and beauty and am studying fashion marketing, but it's so much more important to focus on friends and fun and school work and life. That's just me though. It would be really cool to work in the beauty industry because I would be getting paid for something I enjoy. But it's not something I'm going to waste too much money on or time thinking about what I could collect just for the sake of having, when that reflects boredom and a need for retail therapy rather than being able buy something when you'll actually use it. And I'm not quite sure if spending 20 bucks on a lipstick just to swatch it once online really counts.