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Monday Beauty Poll

Monday, October 31st, 2011
By Glinda

46% of you were intrigued by the idea of magnetic nail polish, but thought that sixteen bucks was a bit much to have to shell out for it.  38% flat out said no way, and only 16% wanted to go for it.  I guess I’m with the 46% in thinking that I don’t want to pay that much for something I’m not sure will work right.

However, today is Halloween!


Retro Beauty: Tickle Deoderant

Thursday, October 27th, 2011
By Glinda

Seriously, if you were a deoderant wearer during the mid to late 70′s, you either used this deoderant or knew someone that did.

I know my sister had it, I was a bit too young to wear it.

But talk about suggestive advertising!  Apparently there were some accusations of some not-so-subliminal advertising going on in ads like this one.

Are they selling a bit more than deoderant here, or is it just me?


Things I Don’t Do (Yet): Dark Spot Concealers

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011
By Glinda

I added that caveat above because I have suddenly noticed a flurry of dark spot concealers that had gone unnoticed by moi from the likes of philosphy, Caudalie, Dr. Brandt, and even Clinique.

I have two medium sized dark spots on the top of each cheek, and they are starting to bug the heck out of me.

My two unwelcome guests first appeared during my first pregnancy.  I panicked, and then found out that it was something that happened quite commonly to pregnant women, and relaxed.  After my son was born, the spots faded quite a bit, but never truly went away.  But, I could easily cover them up without a problem, even though it annoyed me to do so.

My second pregnancy is when they apparently decided to make my cheeks their permanent home, since my daughter is turning two next month and they haven’t faded in the least.

And who knows? It could also possibly be sun damage as well, since Lord knows I didn’t use much sunscreen for the first 25 years of my life.  I also have a thyroid disease, which is listed as another possible cause.

So fantastic, I’ve got this ungodly trifecta of causes and it will probably take some sort of miracle for these things to pack their bags and leave.

Has anyone tried any of the dark spot concealers?  Any recommendations?  Anything to avoid?

You all were so helpful to KESW on the e.l.f. post, I thought I would give all you experts out there a chance to help ME!


Beauty FAIL: Gwen Stefani for L’Oreal

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011
By Glinda

I have nothing against Gwen. I think she is a lovely, supremely talented woman.

Yet I cringe and change the channel/fast-forward the DVR every time I see this commercial.

Maybe it’s because the lighting is terrible and her lips are SO freaking red against her very white skin that she reminds me of a clown. And not a nice clown, either.

Not that I’m against clowns, but I’m sure L’Oreal didn’t spend a bunch of money to remind me of Pennywise.


Monday Beauty Poll

Monday, October 24th, 2011
By Glinda

44% of you feel that if a slightly different set of criteria were applied, men have just as much pressure to “look good” as women do.  38% of you call malarkey on that.  14% of you found yourselves looking at the men around you and not being impressed in the least.  I’m torn on this one.  I think they do have some pressure, not as much as women, but I think they can get away with more.

Today I want to know what you think about magnetic nail polish.


Things I Covet: Dior Rouge Dior Holiday Collection

Friday, October 21st, 2011
By Glinda

I have already admitted to being a complete lipstick whore, and one of my favorite brands ever is Dior.  I’ve been wearing Dior lipsticks for close to twenty years.  While I don’t ALWAYS put on a Dior every time I go out of the house, there is always at least one in my current rotation.

Dior is coming out with a 2011 Holiday Rouge (and Vernis, but those I’m not discussing today) collection.

Apparently the lipstick is infused with a gold dust that sort of melts on contact and gives a lovely sheen.

Swoon.

I am a complete sucker for shiny (but not too shiny!) lips.  I don’t think I currently own any truly matte shades and it’s been a preference of mine for quite a long time.

I find myself wanting to spend some money on at least one of the limited edition shades.  Even though, you know, I’ve got stuff like Christmas and my daughter’s birthday and other things that are calling out to my credit card.

Sigh.

 


You’ve Still Got Time Before Halloween: Ultraflesh Flash Face Decorating Kit

Thursday, October 20th, 2011
By Glinda

This set of reusable stencils, highlighting pens, and different colored metallic sprays looks pretty great.  They can be used on the face and body.  I can see this being appropriate for quite a few different costumes, sexy or not.  Because it seems like almost every costume is all about the sex-ay these days.  I once went as Alice in Wonderland and I was sexy as hell, but it had nothing to do with the costume itself, but because I felt great in it.

However, the set is a bit pricey.  One of the commenters on Sephora’s website recommends splitting the cost with a buddy, which sounds completely reasonable to me.

 


e.l.f. Palette for $3.50

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011
By Glinda

Now when I first saw this deal, I was really excited.  I thought that e.l.f. was offering a very large palette for $3.50.  I mean, they ARE, but you have to spend $25.00 to get that price, and I have to say that kind of annoys me.

I wouldn’t call it a true bait-and-switch, but still.

I’d like it better if they just tossed it in for free if you purchased X amount of product.  I just like free things better than things I have to pay for, even if it isn’t a whole lot.  Does that make me wrong?

A long time ago, I remember when Lancome used to give out free baguettes (and maybe a tote bag) for purchasese over $50.00, or something like that.  Bread, for god’s sake, and I recall hordes of women hitting the counters. They don’t do that any more, do they?  Tells you how long it’s been since I’ve shopped at a department store for makeup.

But, here’s the link in case you are interested.  Oh, and you’ve only got a few days left.


Breaking Up is Hard to Do

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011
By Glinda

I admit it, I am a bad breaker-upper.  After my first boyfriend and I broke up, I decided he didn’t deserve the Billy Joel concert tickets I had bought him mere weeks before, so I took them with me as I left his house. Another guy I was casually dating implored me that even if we stopped dating, to please keep speaking to him.  Well, he sent me a salacious card that offended me at the time, and I just simply stopped speaking to him, despite my promise.

But probably the worst break up I’ve ever had was with my former hair stylist.  She was the sister of my former college best friend, and I just kind of fell into becoming her customer since I saw her all the time at my friend’s house and such.  Not that she wasn’t good, she was fine, but over time, little things started to annoy me.

She was an itinerant hair stylist, always changing her salon.  I think during the ten or so years that I went to her, she must have changed salons at least 6 times.  She kept selecting salons farther and farther away from where I lived, and it got to be a bit much to travel 45 minutes just to get a haircut.

Along with every move came a price hike.  I think she was up to almost $145 for a haircut and partial color weave when I broke up with her.

She also had a bad habit of “working in” other customers during my appointment time, meaning instead of my appointment taking an hour and a half, it wound up taking almost three hours.  While I was “conditioning” at the sink she would cut someone’s hair.  This took at least 20 minutes.  Then, as I was under the dryer, she would cut someone else’s, also adding at least an extra 10-15 minutes.  She never asked me if I minded, I guess she just figured it was her prerogative.  Eventually, I felt disrespected and used, just like some of my former relationships.

But, what really drove me nuts was that she would always talk about herself.  I had always thought that you were the customer, and so the hairstylist was supposed to be the attentive listener-therapist who would commiserate with you about your latest problem.  Not her, instead I found myself giving her the advice and having to try to squeeze in some tidbits of my own whenever she would pause for breath.

So I am rather ashamed to say that I allowed her to do the hair and makeup for my wedding, and then never spoke to her again.  I know, I know, I should have called her, wrote her a “dear Jane” letter or something.  But, I am a wimp when it comes to things like that, and as the examples above show, I am not very good at breaking up.  It is not so much malice on my part, I simply slink away and try to avoid directly hurting someone’s feelings.  As if she hadn’t noticed that her customer of 10 years stopped coming.  But, as guilty as I feel, I haven’t had the guts to ever say anything, even though my sister and mom (whom I referred to her) still go to her on a regular basis.  Coward, thy name is Glinda.


Monday Beauty Poll

Monday, October 17th, 2011
By Glinda

The majority of you (like me) would love to try out a place which applied makeup for you with no pressure and a set price, 56% to be exact.  28% would like it to be a tad easier on the wallet, and 10% have no interest. 6% would like to steal the idea, and I also join those ranks as well.

Today I want to see what you think about men and their experience with societal pressure to look a certain way.












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