Thursday, August 30, 2012

Before summer ends

Purple is my favorite color, and I've always liked how it looks paired with blue for an outfit.  So it's no surprise that it looks great with blue eyeshadow.  Before the bright colors of summer gave way to the darker colors of autumn, I wanted to do another "bright eyes" creation.

The finished look:

Products I used:
Urban Decay Primer Potion
MAC Wonder Full eye shadow
MAC Moon's Reflection shadow
MAC Pompous Blue shadow
MAC Vibrant Grape shadow
MAC Paint Pot in Delft
L'Oreal Voluminous False Fiber mascara

First I put my eye primer on, then I brushed on a light blue shadow from the middle of my eye lid to the outer edge (not shown).  After that I used a small brush to put a bright blue in the inner corners of my eye lids.

Next I used a medium size brush to put bright purple in the center of my eye lid.

Then I used a crease brush (from Laura Mercier) to put the bright blue in the crease of my eye, leaving just the light blue on the outer corner.
I used a fluffy brush to blend the shadows.

The last eye shadow goes under the arch of my eye brow. This emphasizes the arch in the brow and makes your eyes stand out more.  It should always be a light color, generally beige or off-white, although in this case I used a pale blue.
Next I used a bent eye liner brush and cream eye shadow to line my upper and lower eye lid.

The last step is mascara - normally 2 coats.

Since my eye shadow was bright, I used a light pink lipstick and blush.  I loved the finished look and will definitely wear it again.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Dressing room tips

If you're going to try on fall clothes soon, I've put together some tips culled from my many trips to the try-on rooms.  Click HERE to check them out.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Mixing the old with new

I've been trying on almost everything in my closet to see what still fits. This way I'll know where the "holes" are in my wardrobe and what I need to buy for fall (unless I very quickly lose some weight).  Some old things still fit, so I'm having some fun mixing those with new items.  For the first time in my life, many of my shirts are too small across the chest. What an odd experience for a girl who was a 34B for most of my life. Click HERE  to read the rest.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

My birthday shoes!!

A week or so ago I wrote about a pair of Kenneth Cole shoes that I tried on and loved, but didn't have the money to buy.  I was hoping that some kind person would get them for me for my birthday the next week.  It turns out that my sister was plotting to do just that.  She never gave the slightest indication, though, so I was completely surprised! And thrilled.  They are different from anything else that I have, so I know I will wear them.
Here's a few pics of them in case you missed my first post.

ignore my chipped toe nail polish and just look at the great shoes

Friday, August 10, 2012

How to choose a top and skirt to wear together

For years I thought putting a top and bottom together was the same, whether I was wearing pants or a skirt. Alas, if you want to look your best, there is more that you can do.  Click HERE to read the rest of the article.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Make-up tutorial - mix up new shadow combinations

Summer is when most women want to keep their make-up light and minimal. But light doesn't have to mean bare eyes.  Personally if I don't wear eye make-up you can barely tell I have eye lashes.  I'm just happier with eye make-up on.  But in the summer I tend to wear lighter or brighter colors than in winter.  Recently I wanted to mix two colors that I don't usually wear. I got out my eyeshadows and set them on the nightstand, moving one beside the other to see which ones looked good together. I decided to use gray and blue. I used a light blue and grey for a day-time look.

Here's the end result:

Products used:
Urban Decay's Eye Primer Potion
MAC Moonlit Reflection
MAC Wonder Full
Laura Mercier Smoky Gray
MAC Penultimate liner in Rapid Black
L'Oreal Voluminous False Fiber mascara
MAC Amplified lipstick in Underplay
MAC Viva Glam IV lipgloss

The first step is to apply the light blue shadow on the lids of your eyes

Next use a light to medium gray in the crease and outer corner of your eye
Then I used the black pen to line my upper eyes and my lower eyes, carefully because this stuff dries almost instantly. Of course if you miss a spot you can always fill that in or fix a crooked line by adding a little width to it. Or if drawing lines just isn't your thing, use a pencil, since they're much more forgiving.
I skipped the photo of putting a pale color under my brows to highlight them.  I used a pale matte blue from MAC (Wonder Full), and I actually managed to cover most of the hair from my grown in eye brows.
Mascara on top and bottom was my last step for the eyes

I put a little bit of cream pink blush on my cheeks, and a darker nude lipstick and some gloss on my lips.  I really liked the way that the two colors looked together and will definitely use them again, maybe darker the next time.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Shoe love...swooning over these Kenneth Cole shoes

I haven't done very well so far finding love with a good man.  But shoes? Those are so much easier!  But I've tried to keep my lust (which is really what it is) under control for the past few years. I've only bought shoes that I knew I'd wear, that I didn't already have 10 pairs of in a similar color (ie: black), and pairs that were reasonably priced.  So that means that I don't own any Jeffrey Campbell studded Litas.
Oh but today... As my sister, mother and I were about to leave Marshall's, I saw a pair of beautifully colored   sandals made of patent leather and suede. As I looked through the boxes, I hoped that they wouldn't have any in my size (10, which don't show up that often at discount places).  And then I looked at the last box -  my size. Ugh!  Now I HAD to try them on.  Here's what they looked like.

Kenneth Cole Reaction shoes, at Marshall's

Don't they look beautiful?  Don't my legs look long and graceful wearing these?  The picture definitely doesn't do the color justice. They're a deep wine color, with gold rings connecting each strap across the top of the foot.
Logically, I know I don't need them (although I don't have any in this color).  I wouldn't wear them every day, or even every week right now.  And that makes it hard to justify spending $40.00 on them (although that's actually a pretty good price).  But I keep thinking of them.  Lusting for them. I think I know why, too. Right now I weigh the most I've ever weighed in my life.  I try to exercise, I don't eat very much, and yet, nothing changes.  I don't like the way I look.  But I love the way my legs look with these shoes on.  Just like I love the way my face looks when it's made up nicely.  And my hair when it's healthy and shiny. These are the ONLY things that I can truly be proud of right now, and sometimes, the only things I feel like I have control over.  I don't know if that's why all women lust after shoes, but right now, it's why I do. And it's why I keep telling everyone I know on Facebook what a nice gift these would make for my birthday next week.  Only $40.00, size 10, don't know the style name but they're the only beautiful burgundy/wine shoes there.  Time to sleep now, and dream.... Maybe next week on my birthday, I'll wake up to find a gift that I really like for the first time in many years.
So why do you buy shoes?