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Rodarte Spring 2012 Runway Looks

Thursday, September 15th, 2011
By Glinda

It seems that I can always count on the Mulleavy sisters to throw a nice curveball on the runway when it comes to their makeup and hair.   I kind of hate the slick hairstyles that so many designers default to.  Rodarte always tries to do something different than most of what is out there, and I applaud them for going their own direction.

Can you tell that the inspiration for the collection was Van Gogh?

Things I Covet: Paperself Lashes

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011
By Glinda

Oh, why can’t I just turn back the clock twenty years or so?

As a forty year old mother of two, I just can’t imagine myself actually needing to buy these for pretty much any reason.

Made by a company based in London, these paper lashes were inspired by the art of Chinese paper-cuttng.  They can be used as-is, or cut up and used in parts as big or small as you would like.

Not only are there peacocks, there are peach blossoms, sea creatures, and of all things, deer and butterflies.

The Vitamin Firestorm

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011
By Glinda

Hyperbole much, Glinda?

All right, fine.  So there is no vitamin firestorm started by my poll yesterday, but I deliberately chose the topic to get some discussion going.

My husband and I have had many disagreements about vitamins/supplements, which he takes fairly regularly.  I’ve told him that for someone who does not believe in global warming (or my preferred term “climate change”) because there isn’t enough “proof” he sure does place a lot of faith in the unregulated dietary supplement industry.  He shoots back with the fact that even though I don’t regularly take vitamins, I did take pre-natal vitamins during both my pregnancies, so obviously I must have believed they did something.

Usually we just call it a draw.

As for some resources (as requested) about vitamins/vitamin supplements and how they work, try some of these:

An article from WebMD.

This paper from a researcher at Vanderbilt University.

This interesting article.

And this one from The Mayo Clinic.

An overview of vitamins and how they work.

Monday Beauty Poll

Monday, September 12th, 2011
By Glinda

71% of you are just like me, and are not planning on putting away any makeup due to the change of seasons.  My go-to mauve lipstick looks just as good in the fall as it does in summer.  10% of you will say farewell to your bronzer/self tanner, and 7% will get rid of the lighter lipstick shades.

Today ‘s poll question will be dealing with “inner” beauty, so to speak.

Beauty Icon: Sophia Loren

Friday, September 9th, 2011
By Glinda

Not only beautiful, but an accomplished actress as well.

I’m not really sure that I found even one picture where she didn’t look less than stunning.  Hair up, hair down, from the left side, from the right side, smiling or not smiling, they were all lovely.

She is no “classic” beauty, but the combination of her hooded, slightly slanted eyes, full mouth, strong  jawline, and classic Roman nose makes her one of the most unforgettable women in the world.

The killer bod certainly didn’t hurt, either.

Kate Winslet Channels Elizabeth Taylor for V Magazine

Thursday, September 8th, 2011
By Glinda

I never know exactly how to feel about pictures of famous people channeling other famous people.

I’ve never thought for a moment that Kate Winselt looked anything like Liz Taylor, but you know, she sort of does in these shots.

What do you think? Tacky or fab?


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Things I Don’t Do: Feathers in My Hair

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011
By Glinda

I think that even if I was young enough to wear feathers in my hair, I still wouldn’t.

And to be honest, there are truly few beauty trends that I feel are for young ‘uns only, but hair feathers definitely fall into that camp.

Or maybe it’s because every single time I see the “new” incarnation, I automatically think of these:

Yup. If you don’t know what the above item is called, then I pronounce you young enough to wear feather extensions.

Tuesday Beauty Poll!

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011
By Glinda

When I last posted a poll, I was in a big rush for some reason, and didn’t actually look at the post until the next day.  And then what do I find?  A freaking typo in the poll question iteself, which is a pain to undo as it resets the voting to zero.  And I wasn’t sure what would make you more annoyed, a typo or having to re-cast your vote.  So, I left it.

However, it should have read “What was YOUR biggest beauty blunder?” instead of the oh-so-classy, “What was YOU biggest beauty blunder?”

We had answers covering the spectrum, with mismatched foundation being the blunder of choice with 23% of the vote.  Discovering raccoon eyes that weren’t there on purpose came in next at 14%, and overzealous use of blush/bronzer was third with 7%.  And, all the comments made me crack up.  Seriously, you guys crack me up all the time.  My husband is always wondering what I’m cackling at while I”m on the computer, and most of the time, it is the witty repartee of the Manolosphere commentariat.

Today’s poll question is ripped straight out of the headlines of Sephora’s Facebook page.

Top Ten Guyliner Videos

Friday, September 2nd, 2011
By Glinda

And here to start your holiday weekend off right, I’ve got my pick of the top ten guyliner videos ever made.

Now, just because some dude WORE eyeliner does not qualify him to be on this list.  If that was my main criteria, then every hair band from the 80’s would make an appearance.

No, the song and the videos have to have that something special according to Glinda.

Feel free to disagree with me.

But I’m totally right.

In no particular order:

I thought I’d start it off with a bit of a bang.  I present to you the special brand of crazy that is Ozzy Osborne performing with Black Sabbath.

No list like this would be complete without a Mr. David Bowie.  I know this isn’t his first video with makeup by any means, but I think it’s probably the most entertaining/headscratching one. Oh, and embedding is disabled on Space Oddity, so there’s that.

Again, not a correct list without KISS.  Not necessarily a huge fan of theirs, but I do like this song.  I’m going to try and ignore the chest hair.

Ask not how the members of Culture Club know how to fly a plane and just enjoy.  They look like they are having a lot of fun.

I dare you to think of The Cure without seeing Robert Smith and his guyliner.

To see the rest, click through!


Bad, Bad, Glinda

Thursday, September 1st, 2011
By Glinda

I’m sorry, my lovelies, for abandoning you.

But I decided to take advantage of the laxness allowed during the month of August, and I once I began rolling with it, it was a bit difficult to start writing again.  I kept telling myself, just one more day, Glinda.  It’ll be fine.

And so here we are.  In September.

However, I’m peppier than ever, and can’t wait to get back to dishing on the newest beauty-related stuff, including some reader suggestions.

I’d like to begin with something the lovely and awe-inspiring marvel said in the comments a while back:

When I got more tan than usual last summer, I  bought a slightly darker tone of the same brand of foundation and mixed it (during application) with the lighter one I used in winter. Sometime in October the tan faded and I went back to the unadulterated lighter one. Experts here can now explain why this was wrong!

My god woman!  You are in no way wrong!

In fact, I have always assumed that everyone adjusted their foundation according to their tans, no?  I mean, if you spend any time at all outdoors in the summer, you are likely to gain some sort of color, unless you walk around with a shroud around your body, and if you do, well kudos to you on a job well done keeping those UV rays off your skin.  But if you’re like me, you are going to county fairs and beaches and BBQ’s and somewhere along the way, your foundation no longer matches perfectly.

So, it’s time to play artist!  Mix those foundations to where they need to be!  One of my pet peeves is obviously mis-matching foundation because it really is not that hard to fix.

But the same thing can be said for almost any cosmetic.  Lipstick a little too dark?  By all means, grab a lip brush and lighten it up with another shade!  Same goes for too-intense eyeshadow or blush.  Professional makeup artists constantly apply custom shades, even nail polish mixes!

Messing around with makeup is one of the best parts of having it!  Use it to your fullest advantage.


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