Friday, January 20, 2012

If you're a fan of Matthew Gray Gubler

Click over to the Celebs tag to read my review of this week's episode of Criminal Minds and see some candid behind the scenes photos of Matthew and the rest of the cast.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

My dream is... a MAC shopping spree

I was just browsing through their web site.  It's been so long since I've been able to walk into a MAC store (I moved from SoCal to Pittsburgh, PA.  Now all I've got are MAC counters at Macy's and Nordstrom.)  If I won the lottery tomorrow, one of the top things on my "fun list" would be a no holds barred shopping spree at MAC.  God that would feel good.
After that, of course, would be another one at Sephora.  On that note, I'm going to sleep and hope I dream of shopping....

Monday, January 9, 2012

Product review - the new L'Oreal Voluminous mascara

The newest mascara in L'Oreals' fabulous voluminous line is just called voluminous false lashes.  It's in a shiny gold case like the millionizing variety.  But the newest one has something extra going for it, aside from whatever changes they've made to their brush or formula - it has Gwen Stefani advertising it.  That was actually what prompted me to give it a try.  (what a pushover I am!)
side angle view of regular Voluminous mascara
So I put the original voluminous mascara on the lashes of one eye, and the new false lash on the other eye's lashes.  And I took several pictures to compare.  I put 2 coats on each side.  So... here is side one:
one coat of regular Voluminous mascara

Then I did the same thing with the other eye and the new false lashes mascara.  Here's how that turned out with the first coat:
I was surprised how different the two sides were.  The false lash mascara made a big difference

The False Lash eye

This was one coat.  I decided to put on one more to compare them again.  So here's the regular Voluminous mascara after 2 coats:

lashes with regular Voluminous mascara against white paper
And the Voluminous False Lashes after a 2nd coat:
Here's the brush for the Voluminous False Lashes - much smaller than the one for regular Voluminous

Two coats of voluminous false lashes against white paper
And finally a comparison of both eyes together.  I love my original Voluminous mascara, but I have to admit the new one makes my lashes much more noticeable.  I do think it clumps them together more, which I'm not crazy about since I don't like to have to comb them to separate them.  But I can't deny that it makes my lashes much more noticeable, so I'm a fan.  A thumbs up for this one!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Visions for 2012

My IFB Blogging Vision Board for 2012

This is for the newest project for IFB - to create an inspirational board of what direction I want to take my blog in for 2012.  I'm always tearing out photos I like in magazines, and I love inspirational quotes, so putting the two together was interesting and fun.  I've read a lot about how inspirational visualization is, and I want to try it.  For this project I created it in an 8 x 11 size in case I want to print it out.  Now that I did this one, however, I want to get some poster board and create a larger one.  There are so many more photos that I want to put on!

Next, though, I think I'm going to create one for other areas of my life.  It's fun to do and I've read it works, so why not?  What type of vision board would inspire you in your life?

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year!

Are you the type who makes resolutions?  I'm more the type who makes goals, but the beginning of a new year is a good time to do it.  One of my goals is to find a place to put my camera on a tripod so that I can take my own photos of entire outfits.  Another is to go out more and look for people with style that I like and ask to take photos of  them.  I'm sure that I'll think of others as the days go by.
Does anyone else have goals that they want to share?