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Monday Beauty Poll

Monday, November 14th, 2011
By Glinda

39% of you say that it’s the mood you’re in, rather than the season, that dictates your perfume choice.  30% switch from lighter to heavier depending on the weather, while 10% always wear the same thing regardless.  A full 19% of you use no perfume at all, which I have to say is surprising to me.

Today’s question deals with being the recipient of something designed to make you more beauteous.


It Needs to be All About Me. And You, Too.

Friday, November 11th, 2011
By Glinda

I’ve never actually taken a spa break, but it certainly sounds like a fine idea indeed.

I’m a big believer in stress relief, I just haven’t found a way to make it work for me since my kids entered my life. Although now that I think about it, I really should find a way because I notice that I’m a happier mom when I get even a couple of hours to myself reading a book.  Who knows what could happen if I actually managed to pamper myself a little bit? Surely a Mother of the Year award would be within my grasp.

I remember my former (non-child) life when I would stay at high-end hotels and there upon the desk would be the spa “menu.”  You could choose from all kinds of heavenly-sounding spa treatments, from a hot stone massage to Ayurvedic treatments, which were so mysterious yet so very tempting.  However, there was always something else to do on those trips, and at the time, my husband would insist that we were not there to visit the spa.  If I had only known the stress that would be visited on me in later years, I would have dragged him there kicking and screaming, so as to build up some stress relief reserves.

For our recent 10th wedding anniversary, my husband suggested we go and get a couples massage.  Hallelujah, he has finally seen the light!  Forget the traditional gift of tin or aluminum, sign me up for warm oil poured on my forehead!

Does anyone have any favorite treatments they recommend for some spa newbies?

 


Oh Marc Jacobs, Now You’ve Gone and Done It

Thursday, November 10th, 2011
By Glinda

Ok, so the very large perfume bottle placed suggestively in the crotchal area is definitely NOT a new thing for you.

But, ah, apparently it doesn’t have to be groundbreaking to be offensive, especially when it’s a 17 year old. Britain has banned the ad for Oh Lola! featuring Dakota Fanning.

I understand that sex is used to sell pretty much everything, but is it too much for me to expect it to at least be subtle? Or is that just being a hypocrite?


Tools of the Trade

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011
By Glinda

I think I’ve mentioned this before, but if you have makeup and you want to use it to its best advantage, then you’ve gotta have the right tools.

Sure, you can buy Bare Escentuals foundation, but if you don’t have one of the kabuki brushes, then forget about it.

Want to do a smokey eye?  Well, then you will need a large shadow brush and a crease brush at the very minimum.

How about using eye shadow as an eyeliner?  Helps a lot if you have an angled brush to apply it with.

I know that my personal go-to beauty tools are my regular kabuki brush, my large domed brush, my large shadow brush and crease brush, my large angled contour brush, and my eyelash curler and my eyelash separator.

Wow.

No wonder people who don’t use a lot of makeup find it intimidating.

And I don’t even consider myself to be someone who has a lot of tools and brushes.

What I do find is that it’s worth it to pay a bit for your tools, but you don’t have to go top of the line to get something decent that will last and not shed on your face every time you use it.

How about you?  What are your indispensable tools?


Things I Covet: One Nighty Nite Tonic Facial Mask

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011
By Glinda

I’m always afraid to try new skin products because sometimes my face totally freaks out.  I never know when it’s going to happen, and since I have a horrible track record about returning things, I’m hesitant to make a big purchase.

However.

One Nighty Nite Tonic Facial Masks are eco-friendly, travel-friendly, and most importantly, have an extremely budget-friendly price.

Sold only online at Target.


Monday Beauty Poll

Monday, November 7th, 2011
By Glinda

57% of you found yourself in the same boat as me, with no costume for Halloween.  I debated getting a silly hat or headband, but never got around to it.  17% had some makeup that wasn’t essential to your costume, while 22% had some fun integrating their makeup with their costume.

Today I’m curious as to how you choose your perfume.


Cosmetics Cage Match: Revlon True Precision Tweezers Vs. Tweezerman Slant Tweezers

Friday, November 4th, 2011
By Glinda

I am fully cognizant that tweezers aren’t really cosmetics.

But I don’t care and I’m going to do this anyway.

So, we’ve got a pair of tweezers pitted against each other that basically came about because I moved right after having a baby and lost my favorite pair of Tweezerman tweezers somehow.  In a haze of sleeplessness, I grabbed a pair of Revlon tweezers at Target, thinking to myself that tweezers were tweezers.

And the more I type the word tweezers, the more I realize what a truly ridiculous word it is.

I will be judging each set of tweezers on three set of criteria: durability, cost, and performance.

Durability

Revlon’s tweezers start out looking all nice and shiny and surgical instrument-like.  But keep them on the bathroom counter for a while and they start to quickly dull in both appearance and sharpness.  I suppose if you were the type that polished your tweezers daily this would not happen as fast, but I am not that kind of gal.

Tweezerman tweezers look rather unimposing but are surprisingly well-made and I have never observed any dullness.  Even after years of use.

Round One goes to Tweezerman, hands down.

Cost

Revlon will run you a cool twelve bucks or so, which in my opinion is awfully expensive for what you get.

Tweezerman comes in at not quite double the price, but is sooooo worth the extra money.

I’m not coming across biased or anything, am I?

Winner of Round Two is Tweezerman.  Again.

Performance

Using Revlon’s tweezers is like trying to dig out that one tiny piece of eggshell you dropped in the batter.  Difficult, frustrating, and sometimes an utter failure.  I don’t consider my eyebrows to be especially difficult to tweeze, but using the Revlon tweezers took twice as long as it normally did because  I would have to pull multiple times.  Forget about getting the really small ones just starting to grow back.  Not gonna happen until they are much longer.  Which kind of defeats the purpose of tweezers, does it not?

Tweezerman tweezers do the job and do it right.  A nice firm pull and they are out of there.  Minimum amount of pain, and minimum amount of futzing around with the smaller hairs.  I am a big fan of scientific terms such as “futzing.”   You’re in, you’re out, and you can quickly move on with your life.

Winner of Round Three is Tweezerman.  Big surprise.

The Ultimate Victory without a doubt goes to Tweezerman.  Don’t even hesitate for a second about spending the extra ten bucks or so.  Totally worth it.  I will never consider buying any other brand again.


Things I Don’t Do: “Dewey” Makeup

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011
By Glinda

Because on me, it would simply translate into “oily.”


Michelle Williams Talks Pixie Cut

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011
By Glinda

From a recent Elle Magazine interview:

‘I’ve really grown into it – I feel like myself with short hair. And it’s been a really long time since I had long hair, five years,’ she explains.

‘Of course, the only people who like it are gay men and my girlfriends. Straight men across the board are not into this hair!’

‘I cut it for the one straight man who has ever liked short hair and I wear it in memorial of somebody who really loved it.’

Of course I’m not going to knock her for the very personal reason why she keeps her hair short, but does she seriously think that straight men do not like short hair? And hey, maybe there are some gay men who hate pixie cuts, don’t ya think?

I’m disappointed that she would buy into such a tired trope and attempt to generalize the male population in its entirety.

I’ve had both very short and very long hair, and I never felt less attractive with short hair. It was just time for a change, as I had pretty much had short hair from the time I was in third grade, thanks to my Mom, and didn’t grow it out until senior year of high school. But never did I look in the mirror and think, yeah, I’m turning off the entire straight male population.  Nor did the straight male population ever give me the idea that they hated my hair.

Which then of course gets into the very tricky territory of why we have our hair the length that we do, and are we doing it for ourselves, or for the men in our lives?

I will admit to keeping my hair long for my husband, but when I felt the time was right to chop off seven inches or so, I did. With his full support, not that I wouldn’t have done it anyway.

So, do you think most women keep their hair a certain length for themselves, or for their partners? Or maybe a little bit of both?


Things I Covet: The Clarisonic

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011
By Glinda

When the Sonicare toothbrush first came out, I poo-pooed the raves.  Good lord, people, I would think, it’s just a toothbrush.

Then I got one, and understood what everyone was talking about.  Whenever I use a regular toothbrush now, my teeth just don’t feel clean.  Whether there truly is a big difference, I’m not sure, and I’m too lazy to do the research on it right now.  But it certainly FEELS like a big difference to me.

So when the makers of the Sonicare came out with the Clarisonic, which is the skin version of the toothbrush, I really wanted one.

I’m big on exfoliating, or at least thinking that I’m exfoliating, and this thing sounds right up my alley.

But for whatever reason, I’ve yet to purchase one, probably because there are too many expensive lipsticks out there calling my name seductively.

However, that would officially make me an idiot because if your skin doesn’t look decent, then no amount of lipstick is gonna save you.  Not even forty dollar lipstick.

One day, Clarisonic, you will be mine.

Hopefully sooner rather than later.












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