Thursday, September 30, 2010
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Isn't this miniature pig just about the most adorable thing you've ever seen????? I stumbled on this picture quite some time ago and literally BEGGED Allan to let us have a pig as a pet. (His response was "well, if you really want one, I guess we can look into it....") Anyway, I had to share this because Clive, the mini-pig, is definitely fashion forward in his thigh-high red rain boots!!
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
1. Mix white sugar with some olive oil. Massage on lips and, once rubbed in, wash off with a warm cloth. Your lips will be extremely soft!! Ensure you put some Vaseline on afterwards to nourish your new non-flaky lips!
2. Take an extra soft toothbrush, rub some Vaseline on the bristles and go to town (gently) on your lips. Again, wash off with a cloth and apply the Vaseline afterwards.
Do you have a great lip exfoliant recipe??? I'd love to hear about it!
Monday, September 27, 2010
Yesterday was a major hangover day for me. Typically on days like these, I stay at home in pj's, eat anything I want and watch movies. But, unfortunately for my pocketbook, I went shopping with a friend instead.
Friday, September 24, 2010
I've neglected them slightly with all my writings of lipstick, primers and bronzers, so after being yelled at by a good guy friend, Amar, I thought it best to write this then face his wrath again.
Women aren't the only ones that are obsessed with their hair. Yes, men may be concerned about different things then we are (like hair loss) but, all in all, men want to look good and fashionable, just like women. Their issue is how much time it takes to look good. There is absolutely no guy I know that loves spending time in front of a mirror perfecting each and every strand. (Actually, I don't think any women does that either.) Having said this gentlemen, here's how to create a good hair care routine without spending years in front of the mirror.
1. Shampoo and Conditioner. Yes, I said shampoo AND conditioner. Of course, you can use a 2 in 1 but they either contain more shampoo then conditioner or vice versa. For the au-naturel man, try and pick a brand that isn't chalked full of sulfates (such as Organix, Avalon Organics and if, you're prone to dandruff, JASON Tea Trea Oil Shampoo.) Yes, the prices may be a bit higher but you are doing WONDERS for your hair in the long run. Remember, once the conditioner is on your head, let it sit for about three minutes.
2. Grooming and Style Tools. Depending on hair length and texture, you may have to use a comb, (wide-tooth if you have curly hair) brush and/or a blowdrier. I will say that most men are put off the blowdrier idea. If you are wanting to add volume or straighten, a blowdrier will be your best friend. If using one, make sure you put a product in your hair first depending on what you want to achieve. Mousse = volume/shine, Gel = sculpting, Hair Oil = Anti-frizz.
3. Style. Once your hair is dry, you can then begin styling. If you style your hair prior to it being dry, you'll notice (and girls will too) that it becomes crunchy and hard. If you style it dry, you'll use less product and your hair will look and feel better. Find a style that works for you and can be created in under five minutes. (Trust me, you don't want to spend more than this....) Some great products to use are Redken for Men Polish Up Pomade, AG Waxx Gloss Pomade or AG Infrastructure. (The first two are more glossy and the last one is sticky.) Rub a small amount of product between your hands and go to town.
Remember, girls like coiffed hair on guys. We like hair that looks rugged but is still stylish. Oh, and crunchy hair ISN'T your friend....Ha. And, last but not least, don't cheap out on products. Cheap hair stuff either dries out your hair or makes it oily. (Both of which aren't good.) If you aren't sure what's good, your hair stylist can definitely help!
Hair Loss Tip: If you are starting to lose your hair, don't fret. It happens to a lot of people, women included. My girlfriend Renate, a very prominent stylist and guest blogger, recommends the Nioxin Hair Treatment Kit. It comes very highly reviewed and can be purchased discreetly online.
Let me know your thoughts guys. I may have missed something!
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Either I'm still not sure what I think about the product, the product is completely awful OR the idea that Benefit called something "Dr. Feelgood" and people still use it, has baffled me. For future reference, it's the former.
I bought this complexion balm because I'd heard AMAZING things. "Oh, Christina", people said, "you have to try it. I use it all the time and it's fantastic and blah, blah, blah..." Not only were my friends telling me good things but I needed to find a non-sticky, non-greasy primer. I think this is where I went wrong.
This is NOT a primer. You can, of course, wear it alone as it does conceal fine lines but it's meant to be used as a touch-up on top of make-up. It will, without a doubt, take away shine and does leave skin extremely smooth and silky, but my dislike for the applicator is greater than my appreciation of the product. (This is a first for me. I'm typically able to get over something as miniscule as this but for some reason, I can't.)
The applicator is so incredibly spongey that it removes your make-up with one quick swipe. If you're prone to oily patches like I am, this little issue will greatly hinder your put-together-ness.
Either way, I do enjoy the minty smell and texture of this complexion balm but wish it came with a different applicator. (I sound so nit-picky...Ha)
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
I woke up this morning and PURPOSELY didn't wash my hair because of my awesome nail color. I did everything like I usually do, which consists of eating breakfast, getting ready, getting dressed, and then, as soon as I got into the car, I noticed that one of my nails had a huge chip in it. As I was driving to work, I realized that I missed a very important step in my home-manicure line-up....buffing. Because of my oddly chipped nails (and as a reminder to myself), here's how to prevent your nail polish from flaking away.....
1. Clean your nails and hands. Wash hands and dry thoroughly BEFORE removing old nail polish. Even if you are painting non-colored nails, wipe them with polish remover anyway. It removes all the yucky grime that builds during the day and gives you a clean canvas to paint.
2. Buff your nails. Buffing smoothes the nail and makes it easier for polish to adhere to. (Missing this step will give you more chips as well know now!)
3. Base Coat. Some people aren't as fussy about this step BUT the last thing you want to have is stained nails. (Trust me, dark colors will stain.) Plus, a base coat makes it easier to remove the polish at a later date.
4. Pick a high quality nail polish. I am really bad for this. Personally, I like cheap nail polish because constantly change my mind and nail color. I will say that higher-end polish contains superior ingredients and are less likely to chip.
5. Thin coats. Paint the nails with thinner coats and ensure that each coat dries fully before adding another one. Only add a max of three coats per nail. (I only do two.) If you add any more color, it makes it too difficult to dry.
6. Add a top coat. This is the bonding coat so pick a good stengthening polish. Make sure the nails are completely dry before doing any activities that involve your hands.
Following these salon tips will definitely help prevent flaking and chipping. Of course, it doesn't help me now as I'm already at work and forgot to bring my nail poilish. So much for my new nail polish...Oh by the way, this whole chipped nail polish is supposedly a trend. Either I'm old, or completely ignorant, but I don't get it....at all.
Are there any polish tips that you absolutely swear by? Let me know.....
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Monday, September 20, 2010
Friday, September 17, 2010
Thursday, September 16, 2010
It's only 1:08 PM and, already, I'm wishing for sleep so it can be tomorrow.
My day began like any other EXCEPT that last night, I got my hair coiffed. So, typically, I adore getting my hair cut, colored and styled because not only is it great to have someone else deal with your hair, but it's a chance to read smutty magazines. Seriously, I am a sucker for hollywood gossip. I know everything about everyone from whom they're dating, what clothing lines they were and what they looked like last year. (Allan knows almost as much as I do because living with me involves listening to my crazy celebrity-inspired rants.) The problem with my visit last night was no new celebrity trash; I'd already read everything. Strike 1, I'd say.
Got out of bed this morning to an intense bug problem. (Yes, I said bugs.) Now, everyone knows that basement suites = bugs and, though I hate them, I understand that. Seriously, though, I can't handle killing 15+ potato bugs (weird, black, flat bugs) and 1 abnormally large spider before 6:15 am. It's just not right. The spider incident occurred as soon as I dragged my sorry behind to the kitchen to make coffee. I was filling the pot in the sink and noticed this weird black thing dart across the sink. I look down, since I'm still uber groggy at this point, and leaned in to the sink to catch a closer look. When I realized that it was not only a spider but one with real fangs, I freaked out. I screamed a bit, jumped up and down and called for Allan to come kill it. (Oh right, Allan is away for the next two weeks so I had to save myself.) I tried to drown it at first, but to no avail, so I grabbed a tissue and squashed the killer spider. Strike 2.
Once the bugs were met with their watery deaths, I went to the bathroom to have a bath. I flicked on the light, looked in the mirror and almost screamed again. I completely forgot that I got my hair colored and, let me tell you, holy crap is it dark. I did say auburn though but I am feeling a little overwhelmed. That plus I can't wear all black outfits anymore. Strike 3.
This next little tidbit isn't so much a rant but more of a strange beauty treatment I read about. It's called a Butt Facial. Yes, you heard me right. People pay about $70 to have a facial completed on their booty as well as a massage. Not only do you get cleansed, exfoliated and massaged but they include waxing should you choose. I have absolutely never heard of this treatment before and I have an odd feeling that someone is going to ask me to write a review about it........hmmmmmmm
Anyway, it's 1:30 pm now and since unloading, I feel mountains better......
PS... Is anyone else having a weird day???
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Monday, September 13, 2010
I am still extremely confused by how I stumbled on this picture but seriously, look at his face!!! Never, in my life, have I seen a cat look that odd when wet OR have such a dumbfounded expression. He's like, "Oooooooooo, you stupid human, I hate you hate you HATE YOU!" I used to bathe my cat, Chloe, all the time and she never looked like this.....nor were her limbs so gangly.....Anyway, had to share it!!
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Friday, September 10, 2010
I'm in love with a brand new (to me) product line so much that I'm contemplating marriage to an innanimate object.....Sorry Allan.
I have no idea why it's takin' me eons to even glance at this line but I'm glad I moved away from my comfort zone. A little while ago I purchased four products and loved the flat black packaging so much that I left them, unopened, on my vanity table. I took them out of the little boxes sometimes, stared at the pretty colors, and, once done, put them back into the boxes for safe keeping.
About a week ago, the time came for me to try out the purple eye shadow (NARS Single Eye Shadow in Strada) as I was wearing a new outfit and wanted my eyes to pop. I opened the box and tried the eye shadow on. Not only is the color absolutely bright and amazing, but it actually stays on the eye. Sometimes, with eye shadow, if you don't wear a lid primer, the shadow sticks to your eye creases and starts to appear worn but this shadow doesn't so that. It looks like you just applied it evern if you've had it on for hours.
After applying the shadow, I thought to myself, "why not open the blush too???" So, I did. Actually, I have been wanting to try this blush since I saw it in a fashion magazine a few months ago. Anyway, opened it up and the blush is a nice rosy peachy pink color with huge pieces of glitter in it. (NARS Blush Super Orgasm.) The glitter adds that subtle shimmering goodness that every blush and bronzer should have. Either way, the color is perfect on your cheeks alone if worn with dark eyes or even on top of bronzer for that sun-kissed hue.
I know I said four products but I'll get to the other two later. (They obviously weren't worn with this outfit....) Check this product line out ladies...you won't be angry you did.
UPDATE: Still plugging along with the eyelash serum. I am applying it every night, as recommended, but still not seeing anything. Of course, I am anxiously waiting for a change which could be why nothing's happening. Either way, here's my funny looking before picture....
Thursday, September 9, 2010
I was chatting with my friend, Bronwen, while blogging and stumbled on this fantastic picture. This cat absolutely made my night!!! Look at her face (yes, I am calling her a "her".) She looks completely unimpressed, like cats usually do, but it's like she has no idea there's a lime on her head.....Priceless!!!
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Nailpolish...so, though I can NOT live without it, I am the worst at applying it.
Monday, September 6, 2010
Saturday, September 4, 2010
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
So, after some serious consideration, and a lot of research, I've decided to try the re-growth option. Thanks everyone for your advice and thoughts as it was greatly appreciated!!!