Wednesday, March 9, 2016

F*ck Anything That Doesn't Make You Happy

Whilst sifting through some high quality images on my favorite stock image site, Pexels, I came across the following cutesy little desk image of a lady with freshly painted nails busy at work at her computer job. I was probably looking for an image to go with some dumb listicle I was half-heartedly putting up on the lackluster website I used to contribute to. Something along the lines of "5 Ways to CRUSH Your Next Interview!" or more fittingly, "5 ways to recognize that your soul has been fully exhumed from your body and replaced by a rolly office chair!"

Listicles these days are like the plastic bags of the internet. They're recyclable but only to a point. They just sit in the landfill of crap that is the World Wide Web, never serving their ultimate purpose or really even helping anyone. Why do we keep publishing this shit? Has anyone's life ever changed because of a listicle? If so, please reach out. Anyway. I found this picture and thought, "ooh, if my boss looks closely at that she'll surely ask me to find something else." (note the little poster on the desk that says 'FUCK ANYTHING THAT DOESN'T MAKE YOU HAPPY.') 

So I posted it as a subtle test. And guess what? She didn't notice. Because she wasn't a good boss. And as a result, I wasn't fucking happy at that job at all. I didn't want to keep working for someone who wasn't thorough, who didn't have any creative vision, strategy or realistic long-term goals for the brand. Not to mention wit, humor, appreciation for nuance, etc.

Two weeks later I was out on the street. Well not really the street, but the proverbial job-seeking street. Their decision, not mine. Was it my bad attitude that left me jobless? Maybe. I can't hide how I'm feeling when I see things happening that are completely bogus and dumb. And I can't change them if no one gives me the reigns they said they would give me. Nonetheless I felt a happy flutter of joy rise up in my stomach when they told me my job was ending due to "department restructuring."

I spent the entire month of February in a gloomy post-employment malaise while my roommate, her visiting-but-basically-living-with-us foreign boyfriend and myself all quietly bopped around the apartment with little to do but look at screens. Now, if you thought this post was going anywhere, think again. I have mild adult ADD and I haven't thought that far ahead. I'm only writing this because I delight in this kernel of wisdom and the semi-ironic way in which it presented itself to me.

So, here it is again. Fuck anything that doesn't make you happy. Get off of that stupid rolly office chair and find something that does. That's (kind of) what I'm doing. 

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Review: Cover Girl The Super Sizer Mascara by LashBlast

Well, color me surprised. I actually emphatically like a Cover Girl mascara.

Whether it's justified or not, I never really put Cover Girl in the bracket of impressive or daily go-to mascaras. Rather than being on the top level of my rotation, they're always kind of...there. I've tried many CG mascaras. Super Thick Lash mascara, along with LashBlast Fusion, and also that underwhelming "Flamed Out" stuff, are perfectly wonderful for more natural workday lashes—but in my opinion, only when you have time to painstakingly build up your mascara over a period of several minutes (which, thanks to Mother Nature for my sad, thin lashes, I do).

So that's mainly the category I've had CG mascaras in. But being the beauty obsessed cheapskate that I am, I couldn't resist trying the new Super Sizer mascara. (Side note: does anyone else ever worry about what the mascara names are going to be like in ten years? Seems like they've blown through a lot of pretty dramatic ones already. "Sky High Curves," anyone?)

Anyway, here's the packaging:

And here's the wand, which you're supposed to twirl while applying. As you can see, it's different from other LashBlast mascaras. Mind you, the bristles are still plastic but they're longer/more spaced out. This means it packs A LOT of product onto the lash line as soon as you first put it on, which makes it a great out-the-door mascara. I personally like packing a lot of product on at first stroke, but it's not for everyone.

As you can see, the brush is different from other CG mascaras in that it's sort of reverse-tapered, with longer spikes for the plastic bristles.

As for application, here are eyelashes with/without (please note how puny and sad my natural lashes are.):

Left eye, no mascara. Right eye, lots of mascara.
Now, I don't recommend this, but my 40 minute commute to work allows me the perfect intervals (read: bumper-to-bumper traffic, lots of red lights) for applying mascara in the car. I've actually given up doing it at home before getting in the car because I actually enjoy my ride to work more when I'm putting mascara on at the red lights. Is that sad or cool? Anyway.

Even though this mascara promises "400% corner-to-corner volume" I would actually put it more in the category of curling and lengthening. IF you already have somewhat voluminous lashes (which clearly I do not) then you'll likely love it no matter what.

The complete effect:

Hesitant facial expression not intended.

In short, this mascara:
  • Lengthens
  • Curls
  • Separates
  • Dries FAST, so best to apply coats quickly
  • Packs on a lot of product at first coat
  • Washes off semi-easily (I use Sephora Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover to take the residual bits off)
Also worth noting is you get .4 oz of product in this little guy, so it'll last a long time. (By comparison, L'Oreal Miss Manga is .27 oz.)

All in all, really loving it. Anyone else tried it/found success with it?

Thanks for reading!

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Spotted On Sale: Milani Power Lip at CVS

My heart sort of floods with joy whenever I see that bright little clearance sticker on something. Makeup that I previously had little to no interest in suddenly becomes a must-try item. Such is the case with Milani Power Lip, a "lasting and moisturizing gloss stain." I'm not sure if this is at all CVS locations, but mine has these moving off shelves for 50% off right now. I grabbed the color Macaroon, a seemingly mauvy pink.

Let's take a look:

The one thing I like about Milani is that it typically doesn't use any parabens. I always look at ingredients, and these seem pretty good (coconut alkanes high up in the list)!

Here's how it looks on- please excuse the un-groomed eyebrow(s) and half done face:

Milani Power Lip in Macaroon

The formula feels pretty good on, if a bit waxy. I'm not certain this is really the best shade for me, but at less than $4, I can't complain. Definitely check CVS if you're looking for a new lippie at a stellar price! 

Thanks for reading and hope everyone had a good Fourth of July weekend! :) hash tag America. 

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Makeup and Me in 2015

Hi guys!

It's been a long time since I updated this blog, but I really want to get back into it. I have to say though, I was pretty miffed when all of my photos from my first few posts got wiped. (Thanks, Google!) Basically, I deleted a bunch of blog photos from Google+ after they imported automatically, thinking I was just deleting them from my public G+ profile. Nope! That also wiped them from the blog. I see a lot of people have had this same problem, and I feel awful for people whose years of blogging were basically wiped without so much as a warning. Anyhow, if you look at old posts and wonder why there are no photos there, that's the reason.

Onto the present, though.

Here is me:

Lake Gregory, CA, May 2015
I decided to revamp this blog because I find that no matter what happens in life, no matter how many amazing friends I have or how much I love playing my guitar, nothing sparks joy quite like opening a new mascara or trying on a new lipstick. It's a little sick, eh? Clearly I'm not alone, though. And I would love to get better at writing, better at reviewing, and better at taking photos of things I love and things I wish I loved.

So, I'm writing this just as a means of promising (to myself) to post more. This week I'm going to pick up a couple of new drugstore mascaras I've been eyeing (no pun intended, oyy) and review them. 

Thank you for reading and I'm excited to share more of myself and my life with the great ol' internet in 2015.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

new(ish) hair color!

So I recently decided I wanted to go a little lighter with my hair.  I am naturally a dark brunette, with hints of auburn in the sun, and a color that responds well to Sun-In (my go-to highlighting method).  So a few months ago I dyed my hair with Revlon Colorsilk in Medium Ash Blonde.  I went to Florida, my hair got a little lighter in the sun, and as my roots came in the contrast started to bother me, so I picked up another box of Colorsilk in plain old Medium Blonde (which, according to the numbers, is a tad lighter than the 'ash' version).  Like any at-home hair dye participant, I'm always afraid of orange, but I think this turned out pretty nicely.  Here's what my hair looks like right now.  Excuse the tired face.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Neon Pink lips! according to The Body Shop.

Today I reluctantly left sunny/humid Florida and headed home to cold/dreary upstate New York.  My Mom and I had a connecting flight in Charlotte and decided to run to the Body Shop during our short layover.  I spotted this lipstick in #59- Neon Pink- and could not resist picking it up.

It reminded me at first of MAC Gladiola, which came out with the Dame Edna collection.  Gladiola is a bright blue-based matte pink, and not very moisturizing.  It definitely appears more purple-y than Neon Pink.

Neon Pink, however, really gets the job done in terms of moisturizing the lips and leaving lasting color.  Because I was a) bored on the flight and b) excited about my new lipstick, I took some pictures of myself wearing it as the sun was starting to go down.  They actually turned out pretty well, and I think demonstrate how non-garish this color really can be.  It reminds me of some of the loud colors Lady GaGa's been seen sporting as of late, but definitely toned down a bit.  When layered on a little more, this shade shows up as having a subtle lavender iridescence.  Until I'm confident enough to sport Lavender Whip (MAC), this will suffice.  For only $12.50, you really can't go wrong.

The first picture is not my best but I like how the color of my sweater offsets the color of my lips.  Not a bad pairing. (this one was obviously not taken on the plane. the two below it were.)

What colors have you discovered recently that you loved more than you expected you would?

Saturday, January 16, 2010

cheap eye shadow, etc.

     So the other day I was at Ulta and I decided to pick up an eye shadow since they were on sale for just $3 each (the Ulta brand shadows, that is).  The one I ended up getting is called 'Organza' and it's a light, silvery taupe lilac.  I got home and played with it a little, and ended up putting NYX's 'Gypsy' in the crease, which is a dark purply-plum with some slight shimmer.  The result was pretty and wearable, not too dramatic. (I should really use the word 'wearable' less. I sort of hate it.)  Anyway here is a photobooth picture of it--not the best quality for taking this type of picture but you get the idea.  Also if you're curious, the nail polish I have on in this picture is O.P.I.'s Gargantuan Green Grape- a light chalky pastel green.  It is love.