Thursday, May 30, 2013

The Thursday Post

Lindsey Stirling: Shadows. Instrumental, peppy goodness.

Backstage at the ballet. Amazing, amazing.

Dior cream blush. Oh yes please.

These bears are at the zoo! I've seen them. And he's feeding them peanut butter off of a spooooooon.

And a request: please, give me your interview tips. How do you dress? Makeup, clothes, shoes. Do you carry a briefcase or just a purse? Do you take notes, or is it better to leave those at home? What's the time frame for thank you emails? Anything you have to share would be very helpful!
I love this face.

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Sunday, May 26, 2013

Revisiting Old Favorites: L'Oreal Golden Emerald FOTD

It's no secret that I love green eye shadow, but I've been playing it safe and easy with neutrals, lately. But when Liz did a post on green eye shadows, I decided it was time to bring out the greens again.

I like L'Oreal's Golden Emerald a lot, so that's what I went with.
Annabelle BB Compact Makeup in Light/Medium
Bobbi Brown Corrector in Peach
Becca Eye Tint in Vicuna
Tarina Tarantino Wonderful palette (copper shade), L'Oreal Golden Emerald
Clinique Brush-On Cream Liner in
True Black, UD Mildew
MUFE #25 Aqua Brow

I used the copper shade from the Tarina Tarantino Wonderful palette all over the lid, and then patted Golden Emerald from the middle to the outer edge of the lid. Then I brought the copper shade under my eyes, and put Golden Emerald just in the lower outer corner. Then I lined the upper lashline with black, first, and topped it off with UD Mildew.
Sorry the lighting isn't the same. You can see the green more here than when my eyes are open, but it adds a subtle wash of color all the same. And eeeee, eye wrinklies!

So, we know how Liz feels...and how I feel. How do you feel about green eye shadow?

Thursday, May 23, 2013

The Thursday Post

David Bowie: Ziggy Stardust. Have I told you that I'm a Bowie fangirl? I am.

I don't love Starbucks, but I do appreciate some things about the company. This article might provoke some "sell out" comments, but I appreciate the effort and the movement toward local ingredients and the ideals that this bakery represents.

Science geek out time!

Louise has a great series about ingredients.

Baked blueberry doughnuts, anyone? I can't wait for blueberry season to hit full swing!

"Must. Groom. Foot."

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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

New Pretties from The Fushigi Shop

I haven't been too interested in recent makeup releases, but I have been picking up a few items of clothing and jewelry. I tweeted about this purchase from the Fushigi Shop earlier, because I was so darn excited. When I saw Yasumi's tweet about these new earrings she had made, I knew it was time to make my first purchase from her shop. Pearls and spikes! Two things I happen to love in earrings, even though I don't have many pieces with those components. These were a one-off pair (sorry!), but keep an eye out - wonderful things make it into that shop all the time!
"Susurrus Bite" earrings from The Fushigi Shop. I love that many of the pieces are inspired by folklore and fairy tales, and also simply little bits of whimsy.
I think they're fun, and can't wait to pair them with a little black dress. I also bought an anklet, but I'll spare you a photo of me wearing that. It's this one, which I couldn't resist, because it was inspired by a David Bowie quote and well, I've been looking for a cute, delicate anklet.

Anyhow. My experience shopping with The Fushigi Shop was lovely; Yasumi was responsive and shipping was fast. I've always got an eye out for new pretties in her shop. The $ to £ conversion is a bit depressing, which is what has always held me back before, but some baubles are worth it, you know? And it's always nice to shop indie. Check her out - she also makes brush rolls and keychains, all kinds of goodies.

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Sunday, May 19, 2013

Bright Lipsticks Can Be Fun and Fuss-Free!

[All products featured in this post were purchased by me, except those marked with a * - those were gifts from friends.]

As a Lipstick Bandit, I'm no stranger to pigmented, intense lip colors - bright, vampy, siren-red - we got ya covered. Summer is an especially great time for bright, cheerful lips; the colors are refreshing and go well with a tan and minimal makeup. If you're more into sheers and subtle lip colors, hey, we all have our thing, but you shouldn't be afraid of bright lip colors. They can be relatively fuss-free and easy to wear, and dang, they're fun.
See how HAPPY you could be? Hahaha. Wearing: L'Oreal Coral Tattoo. SO CORAL.
And you don't need to fuss or do any more prep than normal, in my opinion. Neutral, well-defined eyes, a touch of color in your cheeks, maybe some lip liner (depending on the shade/formula), and bam. BRIGHTNESS, BABY.

Start with the amount of base makeup you're comfortable with. For me, that's undereye corrector/concealer, and Annabelle BB Compact Makeup (thanks, Tracy!). Do your brows if you do them, don't if you don't. Then move on to eyes. I like to keep it basic but well-defined: neutral shadows and black winged liner.
Current favorites for neutral eyes: Burberry Pink Taupe*, MAC Moleskin*, Clinique Teddy Bear quad.

Clinique Brush-On Cream Liner in True Black, Tarte MultiplEYE Lash-Enhancing Liquid Liner*. Two of my current choices for creating a winged line. The Clinique cream liner became much less smudge-prone after a few months. I'm using it because I have it, but I don't think I would repurchase.
Next, add some color to your cheeks. I think that ties in the bright lip a little better. It could be bronzer all over, or just blush. You could pick a similar color, or something complementary. Lately, I've stuck to similar shades - pink blush with pink lipstick, for example. Usually with a little variety in shade, so it's not too matchy matchy, but hey - that's the concept behind lip/cheek tints, right?
I've stuck to bright, cheery cheek shades lately. Cheeky ones, if you will.

Then, lips. I already showed you some of my favorites lately. Some are slippery and I like to wear those with Dior's clear liner to keep it from feathering, but after that, I don't worry about it. See? Not any more than I usually wear.
NARS Carthage. Ponytails and bangs...I'm still not sure how I feel about that.
Summer is for frolicking around and enjoying the sunshine. If you want to do it with bright lipstick on, by all means, dude, rock on. And let me know what your favorite shades are!

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Saturday, May 18, 2013

My New Go-To Hand Cream: Yes to Carrots!

"What...what is this? Momma, I am not a backdrop."
Well. But he's soft. Like my hands, now!
Never mind.
Winter wreaked havoc on my hands. I climb, which means I bury them in chalk for a few hours each week, and I teach and do science - lots of hand washing. Add that to dry winter air and hot water in the pipes, and you can see why my hands were extremely unhappy. I also had run out of hand cream.

Not good. So when I made a order, I picked out a budget-friendly hand cream. I went with the Yes to Carrots Daily Softening Hand + Elbow Cream because it was on sale and is paraben-free. Luckily, it's also awesome. It's not heavily scented (something soft and vague, like a shea butter), it's not greasy, and sinks in easily. It leaves my hands soft and they feel moisturized. And the dry cracks and peeling have started to fade. Happy days!

The best thing is that it's $9.99 for a whopping 6.76 oz, and frequently on sale. On the downside, it's not easily slipped into a small clutch or handbag, but they have a smaller, intense version that I may try next for easy transportation. Still, this one lives on my desk during the week and on the end table on the weekend, so it's always on hand. (Ha. Ha. Okay. I'm sorry. I couldn't resist).

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Stearic Acid, Stearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Isopropyl Myristate, Polyglyceryl 3 Stearate, Brassica Alcohol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Persea Gratissima (Avacado) Oil, Prunus Amygdalus (Sweet Almond) Oil, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Sea Water, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Juice, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Oil, Maris Limus Silt Extract, Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) Leaf Juice, Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Fruit Extract, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Tocopheryl Acetate, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Algae (Seaweed) Extract, Honey Extract, Ipomoea Batatas Root Extract, Cucumis Melo (Melon) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract, Calendula (Calendula Officinalis) Flower Extract, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Oil, Niacin, Triisostearin, Beeswax (Apis Mellifera), Glyceryl Stearate SE, Brassicyl Isoleucinate Esylate, Brassica Glycerides, Polysorbate 20, Citric Acid, Sorbic Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Benzoate, Fragrance

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Thursday, May 16, 2013

The Thursday Post

Grace Potter & the Nocturnals: Falling or Flying. I love them. I love her voice.

Two things: no spoilers (!) and girl power.

When we move, I think I'm going to just do this (hopefully we'll have more storage space for huge jugs of vinegar!).

S. burst out laughing when he saw this.

One of the prettiest roundup posts for the Dior glosses, polishes, and lipsticks.

Someone in NYC please go do this!
Yeah, I don't know.
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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Own Firming Silk Concentrate: How I Test Skincare

[This product was received for review through iFabbo. None of the links are affiliate - click away!]

I don't have a lot of experience with different serums, as I only started using them in the past few years or so. It takes many months to get through a single bottle, so there it is. I've used skin tone correctors (Vichy, Clinique) which I like, but haven't really expanded beyond that.
Retails for $24.99, which is a nice price point to see.
Own's Firming Silk Concentrate is a retinol-free serum that is intended to improve the overall skin condition - firmer, brighter, softer. The dropper bottle is easy to use and control, and the serum itself is lightweight, non-greasy, and readily absorbed. I've only been using it for about a month, so I can't give you a detailed report on long-term effects. However, I was having some skin issues after the dry winter, and this has helped; the texture of my face has smoothed out a little bit, which I do attribute to this. If you're looking for an affordable, sulfate-/paraben-free serum, this is available at Ulta.
Ingredients: Caprylic/capric triglyceride, coco-caprylate, conjugated linoleic acid, tocopherol.

I would like to take a moment to explain why it takes me forever to review skincare. My trialling practices are as follows:

1. Trial only one product at a time. Skincare, colored cosmetics, it doesn't matter; certain colored products can cause irritations (itchy eyes from liners, for example, or breakout on cheeks due to blush) and I need to be able to isolate a cause if a reaction does occur.

2. Start slowly. Own's Firming Silk Concentrate is meant to be applied twice a day, so to start, I apply it once a day, every other day. Sometimes we can have delayed reactions, so I might not realize that something is causing problems until a day or so later. If I've already applied it five times between then, though, the effect is probably even worse than it could have been if I spread it out and started slow. This also means that when I'm testing a replacement to a product (e.g., a new eye cream), I make sure I have enough of the old one to finish out the trial period.

3. After about a week or two of alternating the new item, I go ahead and start using it 1x/2x daily, if I haven't seen any ill effects or cause for alarm. If I have, since I haven't changed anything else, the new item is usually the culprit, and I stop.

There you have it. The craziness that is Larie. However, I do think it's important not to overwhelm my skin with something new, and it's crucial that I be able to isolate a single new product in case something goes wrong. What's your approach to new skincare?

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Sunday, May 12, 2013

Snapshots: Currently Loving, May 2013

[Products in this post were purchased by me, except for *, which was a gift.]

I haven't had time for proper posts lately, so I'm having fun doing these short and sweet "snapshots" posts. We cleared out our dressers and closet today and came up with three bags of clothing to donate away, so I'm feeling quite refreshed and happy about that.

What have I been up to? Well, writing my thesis, desperately doing as many experiments as I can, and looking for a job. At the same time. But, the weather has been gorgeous in Seattle (70 F, sunny, dry) and we've been enjoying it as best we can when we do have time off. I've also been:

buying colorful summer dresses...
Target, H&M: budget-friendly and colorful. My wardrobe could use brighter colors.

...wearing bright lipsticks (the Dior Universal Contour lipliner is fantastic, by the way - recommended!)...
Dior Universal Contour lipliner, Marcelle Cleopatra, Delirium, NARS Carthage, L'oreal Coral Tattoo, Dior Red Serum.

...rocking metallic polish...
Chanel Taboo, Dior Exquis, Revlon Gold Coin, MAC Soirée*. I've really been loving warm, metallic shades for tips and toes. Exquis isn't really metallic, but it's a lovely mushroom-colored shimmer.

...and enjoying the great outdoors with Dennison and S.
Beautiful "urban" hike about 40 minutes from the city. He's trying desperately to eat the creek. S. is trying not to be pitched in, haha.

My apologies for being a bit quiet on the blogging front. I have a couple of posts coming up, and I'm hedging over purchasing Chanel Bel-Argus. (It's blue. Save me). What have you been up to? Happy Mother's Day!

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Thursday, May 9, 2013

The Thursday Post

Ingrid Michaelson: Die Alone. Catchy, catchy, catchy. Ba da da. Ba da da.

S. is going to ask why there are candles in the freezer.

Love these surreal images. Lets the mind wander to imaginary places.

I love Mythbusters, too.

Because we all need some fabulous 11th Doctor gifs.

I hope it doesn't suck.
He doesn't get a lot of people food, but I make an exception for yogurt cups every once in a while. No sugar substitutes, of course (those are poisonous to dogs!). It's adorable.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

The Thursday Post

London Grammar: Wasting My Young Years. I am obsessed with this song. Which is a relief, because prior to this, I was beginning to feel stifled, like I haven't had new music in a long time. Throw your suggestions at me. S'il vous plaît.

One of my favorite food bloggers does an April favorites post. BLENDING OF THE WORLDS, GUYS.

Fitness inspiration. I wanna be strong!

The colors in this post are jaw-dropping.

Some drugstore goodies...for me, and the McFlufferson. He's very excited.

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