It’s 11:31 PM, almost December 19, my birthday. I decided to get myself a present this year. Usually that means a new outfit for going out or a hot pair of shoes, but not for me. I’ve poured myself a glass of honey bourbon and drawn a bath with a LUSH bath melt to greet 29. Bliss.
Today is my dear friend Miranda’s birthday. I was thinking about her and her signature style as I was getting ready today, and I totally did homage makeup, copying her. I don’t know how much of it was intentional, but she always makes me want to be more goth. Here’s a picture I stole from her (it’s so fierce!)
Every day this girl has the porcelain skin, goth eyebrows, cateyes (or wings I sometimes like to call them), and red lips. Oh, and she always has the best bangs. I don’t know what I would do if she suddenly started using bronzer or changed up that eye makeup. My world might collapse in on itself. The movie Cry Baby always reminds me of Miranda. The Cry Baby girls had the same winged eyeliner.
Miranda is the queen of eyeliner. I won’t tell you how many years of practice she said she’s had with it, or how old she’s turning today. After stealing and posting her picture without her permission, that would just be too far. (Good thing she loves me.) I’ve always been so in awe of her skills because I am eyeliner deficient. She can do this makeup with liquid or pencil. I’ve only recently started using pencil and could not make these lines so smooth and sharp. Maybe if I had gel eyeliner I could do it, but I can’t see myself using it every day to justify buying it. The scumbag way is to make do with what you’ve got.
Miranda and I have the porcelain skin thing in common, so that’s a check. I used my darkest rusty blush just under the cheekbones. No rosy apple cheeks with this makeup. I kept my standard eye makeup as a base. L’oreal Morning Light Perle eye shadow as an all over highlighter, then Rimmel Smokey Quartz to define the crease. I started with my black pencil eye liner, but couldn’t get the wings sharp and straight so I busted out my angled eyeliner/shadow brush (Sonia Kashuk) and my good ol’ black eyeshadow (CoverGirl Shimmering Onyx). I’ve done this before by wetting the brush, but didn’t really need to today.
To get the really red lips like Miranda’s, I usually do some combination of a stain, pencil and lipstick. Today I decided to just smear on some cherry red lipgloss. It was the solid kind from a palette. I always like the texture of those better than a tube, but I do have a red fingertip now. (I find lip brushes annoying.)
Now if I could ever have rockin’ bangs the look would be complete.
A great LUSH review. I definitely want to try these toner tabs. My favorite part is that you get a steam facial AND toner to use later all for cheap. Yay for cheap!
I love the music of Amy Winehouse. Especially when I’m driving and I can sing along, no holds barred. I was listening to the song “You Know I’m No Good” and it made me think of my body lotion, of all things. The song tells of her infidelities as she sings “I cheated myself.” I totally cheated on my favorite body lotion and now I’m the one suffering.
Here’s the love of my skin.
I started using this after I got my first tattoo. That particular tattoo artist said this was her favorite fragrance free lotion, and I listen to tattoo artists about skin care. Curel lotions all absorb into the skin quickly and deeply. They do not clog your pores (none of that nasty mineral oil shit). I’ve used this body lotion year round, in dry Colorado and in humid New York. My skin always feels smooth and comfortable, never greasy or thirsty. Curel’s been good to me.
Now here’s “the other lotion.”
This is Vaseline Cocoa Butter Deep conditioning body lotion, and the same formula by CVS pharmacy. (Deep conditioning, my ass. Liar.) I had used Vaseline before and either my memory failed me or I am too forgiving. My mind was focusing on stretch marks as I shopped for lotion. Cocoa butter is known to help with skin tone and texture. When I first used this body lotion, I was still living in New York and we were just coming out of summer so my skin wasn’t very dry, but applying this body lotion the first few times felt like trying to rub water into your skin. I didn’t feel hydrated beyond the surface. Now I’m in Colorado in the midst of freezing temperatures and 10 inches of snow. My skin is killing me. Just a few hours after moisturizing my skin feel dry and tight. I miss the 24 hour deep moisture of Curel. I’m cheap so I’m trying to use this up before I transition back. (Wasn’t I smart in buying that value size!)
This is what I’m running back to.
The transition to Colorado dry air has been rough on my skin, so I’m going to pamper it with the Ultra Healing formula. I’ve used it before during some fierce winters, and I’m pretty sure this winter will be just that. This one won’t clog your pores either, it’s still non-greasy and absorbs quickly. It helps soothe my super sensitive winter skin. My skin’s itching to use this the more I talk about it!
Check out Curel’s website where you can check out their products, including ingredient lists. I used the Skincare Advisor and they suggested I used the formula for sensitive skin. Hmm, maybe. I should ease back into my Curel relationship first. I also linked all the images above to the product pages in drugstore.com.
Ladies and gentleman, the late Amy Winehouse…
I’ve spent so much time in the drugstores I don’t notice boutique cosmetic shops. I usually assume they’re always out of my budget anyway. BUT I came across LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics at the mall a couple of weeks ago and have been so excited by this company ever since. First off, I want to share with you their beliefs.
We believe in making effective products from fresh, organic* fruit and vegetables, the finest essential oils and safe synthetics.
We invent our own products and fragrances. We make them fresh by hand using little or no preservative or packaging, using only vegetarian ingredients, and tell you when they were made.
We believe in buying ingredients only from companies that do not commission tests on animals and in testing our products on humans.
We believe in happy people making happy soap, putting our faces on our products and making our mums proud.
We believe in long candlelit baths, sharing showers, massage, filling the world with perfume and in the right to make mistakes, lose everything and start again.
We believe our products are good value, that we should make a profit and that the customer is always right.
* We also believe words like fresh and organic have honest meaning beyond marketing.
Pretty awesome, right? But I’ve come across other companies with good will and good intentions, but a crap product. I think that too often cosmetic companies are making things too one-size-fits-all. At LUSH, there was a product for every need, every skin type. I told the sales associate that I have oily skin and she showed me at least 3 different face washes I could use. There was oily with acne, oily and sensitive, oily/combination. I asked a million questions about ingredients and came away impressed. So, there’s this ethical company selling me body products that are just as based in science as the big chemical companies? Again, awesome.
My biggest adjustment with LUSH is their little to no packaging. They make products into solids whenever they can to eliminate the waste of a bottle. Yay for the environment, but… solid shampoo? I’m so scared of it. I have to try it. And now that I’ve poured over their catalog, I have found the perfect products for everyone I know. I want to get the coconut shampoo for my curly-haired friend. I want to pick out a solid perfume for my dad, since he can’t do alcohol based sprays. There’s even a solid body tint bar, for my friend who hates being pale. I also think this is a great collection for men as well. The (little) packaging is cool and nothing in the store screams girl. I’m grateful to LUSH for getting me excited about body care again. It got this blog started!
Here’s what I went home with after my first LUSH experience:
I’ll come back to these to let you know how they worked out for me, but I encourage you to go into a LUSH store and play. They said they also give facials in store so you can try stuff. Also, here‘s a review NYLON magazine did online of LUSH dry shampoo.
If you’ve ever looked through my purse, waited for me to shower and get ready, or even asked me a simple question like “what lotion are you using?”, then you know too well my time and energy is consumed by beauty products and their use. If you don’t know me at all, then please prepare yourself. I can border on fanatical (don’t get me started on mineral oil) but am always thrifty. The majority of my purchases are made at drugstores and those big evil stores like Wal-Mart. Bargains are bargains, my friends.
This blog thing will cover my trials and tribulations in the beauty aisle, covering products I love, want, or will never buy again (or at least until I forgive them and give them a second chance). I want, née, CRAVE, your opinion and comments. The best way for us to learn about new stuff is to SHARE SHARE SHARE! So if you have any questions or comments or your own testimonials to share, please do.
Now, if you’ll excuse me… I have a new face wash to try.