Saturday, February 28, 2009
Friday, February 27, 2009
The Giorgio I'm feeling very affirmative about is this guy,
who makes not only some heart-stopping jackets,
but also this makeup
which has restored my faith in foundation! Karen has been recommending this stuff to me for a while (and her skin looks flawless), and last weekend I finally decided to heed her advice.
I wanted to play with it a few days before evaluating. For those who always skip to the last chapter of a mystery novel, here's the whodunnit: it's good. Really, really good.
For the rest of you, here's the long version.
It comes in a nice little jar with a plastic scoop.
Pros: No waste! Every last molecule of creamy tinted goodness is available to the user.
Cons: Not exactly travel-friendly. I can see I'll need to make my own travel size for les voyages.
As mentioned above, it's creamy, and of a very even consistency. The Sales Associate told me I *must* (buy, of course, and) use the special brush to apply.
Pros: It goes on very smoothly, no streaking, and a little goes a long way.
Cons: Because it's thicker, it takes a bit longer than some foundations to apply and blend in.
Pros: A.Mazing. Once on and blended, this foundation really doesn't look like makeup, it just looks like Very Good Skin™. It's not matte, but doesn't shine like an oil slick either. The color matches my skin exactly, and it tones down the red bits. The overall texture of my skin appears much smoother.
Cons: It's still sheer enough that my brown age spots are visible. If I look closely, I can see where it settles into my pores just a little bit, though far less than any other liquid foundation I've tried in the last few years.
Pros: It really stays on, even on my nose, much better than any other liquid or compact foundation I've tried. I'm talking from 6 in the morning until I remove it at bedtime.
Cons: None, really.
This also is the first non-oil-free makeup I've tried since I can't remember when that doesn't make my face break out, not even a little bit. I'm giving it 4.5 out of 5 stars overall.
I've been experimenting this week with amounts, technique, etc. and can report that, a) primer or not, doesn't seem to make a difference, b) although every makeup artist advises "setting" the foundation with a dusting of translucent powder, after trying both with and without I think this product really looks better without. I give my nose a little dusting in the afternoon if it starts to shine a bit, and that's all it needs.
Once again, thank you Karen for sharing your secrets and pushing me to give it a try.
I'm hereby joining the ranks of True Believers in Giorgio Armani Shaping Foundation. If you try it, let me know what you think!
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
I never expected to see something like this from Talbots:
Silk Halter Dress, $199. (Wish it was a better print, though.)
But by far, some of the best safari-themed looks can be found in accessories.
Faux horn cuff, $49.
Ikat linen wrap, $59.
Exotic bead charm bracelet, $69.
Bamboo-handled bag, $199.
Cane print Wellies, $59. (OK, so these aren't exactly consistent with the "safari" theme, but I thought they were fun.)
Tumbled leather hobo, $159.
Botanical print scarf, $59.
Bead necklaces, $109 and $89.
Monday, February 23, 2009
Picture at top from www.adclassix.com
Friday, February 20, 2009
This is what my hair looks like today, after air drying. As you can see, it's very thin/fine with a slight bit of wave. As I cannot be objective about my hair, I am asking for your help. I know that growing it much longer is probably not an option, but am not sure about which way to go. My requirements are simple: I must be able to dry/style it in under 5 minutes (or even better, air dry) and it must remain at least earlobe length on the sides.
Or longer layers like this (though I worry this would require actual daily styling):Readers, I'm asking for your input. A, B or something else?
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Having been on many diets in my younger days, I know the trap of the "deprivation effect." We deprive ourselves of what we really want, and end up eating an entire package of caramel rice cakes instead of the piece of chocolate that would have satisfied the craving. Likewise, sometimes we "spend around" that thing that we really want: instead of that $300 pair of boots that we LOVE, we buy the $100 substitute, and feeling vaguely unsatisfied, proceed to buy a bag and a sweater from the final clearance table, ultimately leaving the store still having spent the $300. We pass up the $100 eye cream and spend $100 on random makeup. When that deprivation effect gets triggered, all we can think of is more, or the next thing.
The antidote for this is to cultivate a feeling of abundance. Abundance, not in the sense of having a large quantity of stuff, but of having exactly what we need. In fact, having too much can get in the way. Doing my closet purge a few months ago actually increased my sense of abundance, because instead of looking at a whole lot of "not quite" I had a clearer view of the "just right."
Cultivating an attitude of abundance makes it easer to be more discriminating. Do I love it or just like it? Yes, it's my color, but don't I already have something similar? Do I really notice that much difference between the $25 neck cream and the $125 neck cream? The trick seems to be to find areas where one can scrimp that don't trigger the feelings of deprivation, and save the splurges for where they will provide the most satisfaction. Right now, I'm fine to pass on salon manicures, spa facials, fancy meals out, designer handbags or Hermès scarves. I'm test driving some less expensive face creams (jury still out) and have scaled back to single-process hair color. I'm holding the line on purchasing any more clothing or shoes right now, as I have plenty for the current season, which will mostly last (within a 10-15F range) until June. But I need my good coffee, my Chanel lipgloss and my Anthelios sunscreen.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
**In fact, they fit into most of my shoes, except for the very dressy ones that I don't walk in much anyway.
Monday, February 16, 2009
Saturday, February 14, 2009
-A woman in love can't be reasonable - or she probably wouldn't be in love.
-Anything worth doing is worth doing slowly.
-Cultivate your curves - they may be dangerous but they won't be avoided.
-I never worry about diets. The only carrots that interest me are the number you get in a diamond.
-I only like two kinds of men, domestic and imported.
-I'm no model lady. A model's just an imitation of the real thing.
-Say what you want about long dresses, but they cover a multitude of shins.
-Those who are easily shocked should be shocked more often.
-Between two evils, I always pick the one I never tried before.
-You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.
Have a happy, sassy Valentine's Day!
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Recent forays to the mall have left the definite impression that yellow is the official It Color this season. Shades from pale lemon to saffron to mustard are ubiquitous as both main event and accents.
While many women balk at wearing yellow in large swaths or near the face (though it's une femme's contention that the right shade of yellow can be quite flattering and Michelle Obama recently showed us all how it's done), a pop of yellow in smaller doses can be just the thing to lighten up a late winter look and remind those of us in the Northern Hemisphere of sunnier days on the way.I've been trying to integrate more color into my wardrobe, and am finding the idea of a bright yellow bag to be a serious temptation. Some of these yellows are mellow, others are anything but.
Prada, $1695. Prada has several versions of the classic bowler out for spring. This is just gorgeous with the gold hardware.
kate spade, $325. kate brings the cute-and-practical.
Hobo International Patent Tote, $298. With a bag this bright, you want the detailing to be simple. Hobo Int'l bags often have great interior organization.
Cole Haan drawstring tote, $350. Cole Haan bags are a great value for the price. I haven't seen this one up close, but I'm betting the leather is lovely and soft.
Rebecca Minkoff MAB Mini, $550. Rebecca Minkoff's "Morning After Bag" has developed quite a cult following. This smaller version is still plenty big enough for a day bag, and with the same classic styling of the original.
Jill Stuart Monaco Tabitha Crossbody, $298. Small, but great for running a few errands.
Celine Nautil Large Satchel, $595. Turning up the Wow factor.
Treat your lighter colored leather bags with a leather protector like Apple Gardé before using to help prevent stains, scuffs and darkening. Sunny dreams!