Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Redness Solution/New Skin Regimen

I think I quite possibly have found a great solution for anyone who suffers from red skin.

I have very mild rosacea and have tried many products to treat it. Once I started wearing makeup, I became really self-conscious about the red blotches on my skin that would often show through my foundation. I don't like full coverage so that option was out.

My new routine is a combination of a few different products, and just in two weeks it has made a huge difference!
I now use the following:
- Clean and Clear Deep Clean (daily)
- Alternating between St. Ives Fresh Skin Olive Scrub and the sensitive skin Apricot Scrub (2x per week, sometimes 3)
- Clinique #2 Clarifying lotion (this will be different based on your skin type)
- Clinique Redness Solutions daily relief cream
- Clinique Turnaround Concentrate(been using this off and on since Xmas)
- Clinique Redness Solutions Daily Protective Base

The daily relief cream is the first main item. I alternate between this and an anti-acne moisturizer depending on how my skin is that morning. If I get out of the shower and my face is really irritated, I use the relief cream. It works wonders, it really does!
The turnaround cream is the second big skin changer. I put this on before my moisturizer twice per day and it has severely reduced my acne scarring and the scars from the constant skin irritation I've had for years. I had dark red/purple unraised spots all around my chin and forehead and just in 2 weeks, they have faded to non-colored pock marks. I imagine that in another two weeks, even those will be gone.
Last, but not least, the protective base. This cream has a slight green tint that helps to correct the redness and also acts a makeup primer. I used it one day on its own and didn't really understand the purpose of it... I even tried going outside. My skin was slightly different, but I wasn't getting the whole point. The huge difference was when I put on my foundation (I use Studio Fix powder for reference) and holy cow! I have nice skin! The look was amazing. 8 hours later... my powder and blush were still in place. I often had a problem where usually by lunchtime, my red blotches on my cheeks would just come right through the foundation.

I am very pleased with my new routine and now that the products I've been used have helped my skin so much, I actually wore no foundation today and just used the protective base to correct what redness is left. It has an spf of 15, so it will help to protect your skin as well.

I hope this is helpful for anyone who was needing a makeup base, and also a regimen to help treat their redness and rosacea :) I don't think this would be as effective as someone who has serious rosacea as mine is quite minor.

- Clarifying Lotion: $20 (13.5 oz)
- Redness Solutions daily relief cream $39.50 (1.7oz, they also have a set for $45.00 w/ the daily cream, base and urgent relief cream)
- Turnaround Concentrate $39.50 (1 oz... they gave me a sample of this just for inquiring about it, you don't need much)
- Redness Solutions protective base ($17.50, 1.35oz)

Comments? Questions? Just ask :)


Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Classic Pin-Up Makeup

Gotta do it, right?

Excuse the pink around one side of my mouth... totally shook when applying the lipstick and bloop... on the skin. How attractive.

- Clinique Redness Solutions Daily Protective Base (this stuff is amazing!)
- Mac Studio Fix Powder in NC20
- Mac Select MoistureCover in NW20
- Rimmel blush in Pink Rose
- Mac MSF in Gold Deposit

- Rimmel matte e/s in Vintage Lace
- Mac e/s in Brown Down (brows)
- Mac fluidline in Blacktrack
- Estee Lauder Lash Primer Plus
- Rimmel Sexy Curves mascara in black

- Prestige autoliner in Red Brick
- NYX lipstick in Chaos
- Mac dazzleglass in Amorous

NOTD: Nude-esque with stickers!

I'm in love with this mani even though I did something horrible to my right hand (sooo out of practice)... I love the little heart stickers :)

Sorry for crappy pics. I'm at work so I had to use my cell phone camera. Yep. That bored.

Items Used:
- Nail Magic
- Gelous base coat
- 3 coats of China Glaze "Heaven"
- Seche Vite top coat

The first close up nail pic is a little heart shaped locked box thing...with a key next to it, and the bottom photo is a set of three varying sized hearts. The stickers are gold foiled edges with milky white centers.

"Heaven" is an interesting color. It's a bit sheer and finnicky for my liking... I'd like to find something with a better formula. But the color is gorgeous. It's a shimmery nude leaning towards peach.

Friday, March 26, 2010


I promise I will get something up here soon.

I've been striking out lately, lol, haven't done any makeup posts. I got sort of meh because I felt like people weren't reading them, and a few websites that I post on weren't getting the comments or anything. I don't expect 200 comments but it's a little depressing when you see others with not as good pictures (not the makeup itself, the photography) and they get a bijillion.

I also had something going on with my eye for most of last week and into the beginning of this week, and it barred me from entering the Alice in Wonderland contest :( I didn't want to post makeup photos with my eye being swollen and red (something from my contacts, methinks)

So I'd like to hear what you guys would like to see? Anything?

Spektra has a thread where your boyfriend/husband does your makeup for you. I fully intend on doing that in a few weeks when he's here, and I will post that =P

Monday, March 22, 2010

Nail Magic Review

To start this off, my nails were in pretty sad shape about a month and a half ago. I had my hair professionally dyed purple (at the ends) and for whatever the reason, the color deposited itself heavily under my nails and all over the tops. So, after about a week, my nails were broken and fragile from all the chemicals.

So, I wandered into Sally's and asked for help... they had Nail Magic on special for $6.99 or so (about $6.50 with my Sally's card). The regular price is $8.49, $7.99 with your Sally's card.

According to the Sally's website, Nail Magic is a professional nail strengthener and conditioner designed to help your nails' overall look and strength, and also to help them grow. Unfortunately, I did not keep the box so I'm having to use a few different websites to get ingredients and the like. It does state that it contains natural ingredients, though I will admit that I do not think all of them are... it has quite a strong smell. More on that later.

I applied the product to clean, dry nails as recommended, using one thick coat. It provided a pretty gloss and shine. The next morning, I could feel that my nails were already thicker and less prone to bending. I continued to use the product nightly for about a week, and then I actually forgot to use it off and on and then returned to daily use. I'd say I've been using it steadily for three weeks, and off and on for two. Therefore, I got a good idea of whether or not the product is working.

Without a doubt, my nails are stronger. I love the look of them now, I have pretty, white, solid nails where before I had chipped, short, see through ones. As for growth, I definitely think it slightly enhances the speed at which the nails grow. I had a literal nub on my left pointer finger two weeks ago and it's now a decent short length (bit shorter than the sport cut fake nails, for reference). The nails on that same hand, when I had started using it unsteadily over a month ago, were all pretty short and now they are a nice length. I can see the improvements in them from this product, but I also have some major issues with Nail Magic as well.

1) Staining. The product states that you can use this as a base coat in place of your usual base coat -- I would not recommend this. I used this product for the first few weeks as a base coat under nail polish and removal was TERRIBLE. I can understand helping polish stick but this was ridiculous. It took me hours to remove. Even once I had removed the polish, I had disgusting stained, yellow nails. I used a mid-toned purple and my nails looked like I smeared grape jelly all over them.
Next, I used it under my usual base coat. This did admittedly seem to help. I normally use Gelous base coat and I think this is the way to go if you want to use this treatment under regular nail polish. To add to this, it states that it can be worn over nail polish, you just apply 2 thin coats (that way you don't have to go removing it every night before use). This is also a nice way to use it, as it refreshes the glossy look of the polish that sort of wears off after a day or so.

2) Absorbtion. To put it bluntly, my nails keep turning purple from my hair color. I bought this in order to prevent the staining... and while I can rub a cotton ball across my nail and remove it quicker than without the treatment on, looking like you have hypothermia is not cute. Also, if you don't remove it within a few hours, it starts to look really patchy and gross -- almost like you have bruises on your nails. Now, this could be my hair dye... I have half my hair dyed brown, the other half is purple, I only seem to get purple staining... not brown. (Purple is better, no? lol)

3) Smell. The smell is pretty strong... it's a general chemical smell mixed with a teeny tiny bit of garlic. Weird, I know. I use this at night so it's not an issue but if I keep using it while my boyfriend is here, I'm gonna have to find something to cover it with. That just isn't an attractive thing to get into bed smelling like. It does dissipate after an hour or so, and I found that using a scented hand soap helps to mask it.

4) Pain. It is very painful when applied the first few times you use it. It feels like your nail beds are swelling -- literally. It's hard to describe how it feels... it's a general burning/aching feeling. I did notice after a few weeks that my nails were desensitized and it definitely didn't hurt as badly. Also, do not get this product on your skin! It hurts horribly. If you do, I found that washing my hands gently in cold water and soap helped to calm it. I was usually okay by the following morning.

5) Chipping. And my last issue with this product. It does noticeably help growth, however, my thumb nails kept chipping off in chunks. The product states that this is normal in the beginning, but mine never really stopped doing it. As we speak, I have a little divet in my middle finger nail. But they grow back quick... lol. I guess it can be a little frustrating to have your nails all nice and done, only to look down a few hours later and be missing half of your visible thumb nail. Then you have to file and reapply polish alllllll over again. Luckily, I never felt it when it chipped off.

Overall, this product did do what it stated it would. I didn't feel like I wasted my money or like I was painting useless water on every night. However, I still haven't decided if the positives outweigh the negatives. I do love my new longer nails, but at the cost of not being able to have them naked or with pale polish on as I will have massive staining, it is a bit of a pain. If you wear dark polish all the time, go for it! Just use a good base coat after applying it.

What are your thoughts? Have you tried it? Do you want to try it? I'd love to hear others' results.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Stolen: 40 Beauty Questions

How many times do you wash your face daily?
Definitely at least once a day, twice if I put foundation on. I have a bad habit of leaving eye makeup on.

What skin type do you have? (dry,oily,combo)
Generally dry.

What is your current facial wash?
Clean and Clear Deep Cleanser

Do you exfoliate?
Yes, once or twice a week.

What brand do you use?
St. Ives Apricot Scrub or the olive oil scrub (I alternate as the second one is less abrasive)

What moisturizer do you use?
Depends... if my face is red, I use The Body Shop's Aloe Soothing day cream, if I'm having a breakout, I use Clean and Clear's Soft face moisturizer.

Do you have freckles?
Yes, dear god.

Do you use eye cream?
Yes, Clinique All About Eyes.

Do you or did you have acne prone skin?
It used to be a lot worse, and now it's not bad unless it's that time of the month.

Did you ever have to use Pro-activ?

What foundation do you use?
Mac's Studio Fix powder

How about concealer?
Mac Select MoistureCover / sometimes a little Studio Tech

Do you know your undertone color?
I dunno, I thought I was pink but I wear NC shades in Mac foundation.

What do you think of fake eyelashes?
I like them, but my eyes are so small that I always have to trim them. It's a pain.

Did you know that you are supposed to change your mascara every 3 months?
Yes, but I'm bad about that.

What brand of mascara do you use?
Using Rimmel Sexy Curves until I run out, then I'm onto Rimmel Max VolumeFlash.

Sephora or MAC?
Mac, all the way.

Do you have a MAC Pro-card?

What makeup tools do you use in make up application?
Brushes, mostly. Sometimes Q-Tips... tape for clean up and to get a straight line.

Do you use make-up base/primer for the eyes?
Yeah, definitely. I put it on out of habit, even if I'm just tossing mascara on.

For the face?
No, I was using NARS face primer but didn't like it. I'm gonna try the Revlon one.

What is your favorite eyeshadow (color or shade)?
No way I could pick one... I use White Frost the most, though.

Do you use pencil or liquid eyeliner?
Mostly pencil. Liquid if I have the time.

How often do you poke your eyes with an eyeliner pencil?
Like never?

What do you think of pigment eyeshadows?
Fun, but a bit messy sometimes.

Do you use mineral makeup?
I have a few mineral eyeshadows and some mineralize skin products from Mac.

What is your favorite lipstick?
At the moment, Viva Glam Gaga.

How about lipgloss?
With Gaga, I love Perky lipglass over top, I also use the Sephora #18 a lot.

What is your favorite blush to use?
Mac Prism.

Do you buy your makeup on ebay?
Never have.

Do you like drugstore makeup?
I have some, mostly lip products. I have a few drugstore blushes and eyeshadows but I don't use them much.

Do you go to CCO's? (cosmetic company outlets)
When I can, there's one about 40 mins from here.

Did you ever consider taking make-up classes?

Are you clumsy in putting on makeup?
Occasionally it's just not my day.

Name a makeup crime that you hate?
I don't like heavy blush or caked on black eyeliner. It's depressing.

Do you like colorful shades of makeup (lipstick,eyeshadow) or neutral ones?
Both, depends on my mood and how much time I have to put it on that morning. Neutrals are less work.

Which celebrity always has great make up?
I love Lady Gaga's, though I wouldn't wear it out. Katy Perry, sometimes Kristen Stewart can look nice. Also, Blake Lively.

If you could leave the house using just ONE make up item, what would you use?
My brow shadow, Brown Down. I look bad without my brows done.

Could you ever leave the house without any makeup on?
Sure, I do it pretty often, just as long as my brows are done... lol

Do you think you look good even without any makeup on?
With brows!! lol I'm passable. Maybe a little undereye concealer.

In your opinion, what is the BEST makeup line?
Probably Mac.

What do you think of Makeup??

Now I'm tagging...

Monday, March 15, 2010

The Holy Grail of Cheek Combos

Ladies and gentleman, but mostly ladies, I have found the holy grail of cheek combos, the "coup de grace" if you will, the creme de la creme of beauty products...


Mac's Prim and Proper blush


Rhapsody in Two mineralize blush

Seriously. This is sex on your face. Pics to come later. Enjoy THAT imagery in the mean time.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Which Lady Gaga makeup?

I'm looking to do either a recreation or a Lady Gaga "Telephone" inspired look... screen-capped this from the video. All images belong to her.

Which should I do? Would love to hear your thoughts.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Three things

Three names I go by:
1. Wendy
2. Turtle (don't ask(
3. ?

Three jobs I have had:
1. Assistant Manager (shoe store)
2. Makeup sales (Macy's)
3. Paralegal

Three Places I have lived:
1. Virginia Beach, VA
2. None

Three Favorite Drinks:
1. Dr. Pepper
2. Hot Chocolate
3. Milk

Three TV shows I watch:
1. Survivor
2. CSI
3. Grey's Anatomy

Three Places I have Been:
1. London, England
2. Washington DC, DC/VA
3. Atlanta, Georgia

Three people who text me regularly:
1. Rob (boyfriend <3)
2. Chris (best friend)
3. I dunno... Rachel P.?

Three Favorite Old TV Shows:
1. Sopranos
2. I Love Lucy
3. While You Were Out (anyone remember it?)

Three Favorite Dishes:
1. Anything pasta
2. Sushi
3. A good, homemade bowl of chicken noodle soup

Three makeup/beauty products I can't live without:
1. My Brown Down e/s... for my eyebrows
2. Mascara
3. Concealer

Three things I look forward to:
1. Rob's visit in April (it'll be three months since I've seen him)
2. Having work to do at this new job
3. Dinner tonight with an old high school friend


Yep. I gave in.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

I've been spotted!

Haha, lame title. I couldn't think of anything else.

Mooooving right along...

- Mac Studio Fix powder in NC25
- Mac Select MoistureCover concealer in NW20
- Mac blush in Prism (contouring)
- Mac MSF in Gold Deposit (forehead, cheeks)

- Too Faced Shadow Insurance
- Mac e/s in Brown Down (brows)
- Lancome e/s in Style Section
- Mac e/s in Amber Lights
- Mac e/s in Lucky Green
- Mac e/s in Mink & Sable
- Revlon e/s in Vintage Lace
- Mac e/s in White Frost
- Maybelline Ultra Liquid Liner
- Rimmel Sexy Curves mascara in Black

- Mac lipglass in Nymphette
Come to think of it, I should have used something more rust/gold. Meh.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Non-Beauty: Music Review - Lifehouse "Smoke and Mirrors"

I am a huge Lifehouse fan, always have been. Their "No Name Face" album was my first CD ever. Yeah, ever. That is a huge deal, lol. They were also one of my first concerts (it was technically Vertical Horizon but only by a week). I've seen every local concert of theirs (I wouldn't elevate myself to a fangirl, I just like the music).

So, I was super excited for their new album, Smoke & Mirrors. It released yesterday, March 2, but unfortunately I cheated and downloaded it on Friday before purchasing it yesterday (I made up for it, my mom bought a copy too... lol). Thus, I've had some time to listen and give my thoughts track by track:

1) "All In":I only discredit this song a little because of a few of the lyric lines (little weak for such an amazing song). But overall, I love this song. I think it's a perfect choice for an opener on the album of the songs. Some of the words also have a bit of a personal connection for me, so it's another reason I enjoy this song and the band in general, they have a lot of connecting songs for me and my current relationship. This is one of those upbeat, cruising songs that will be fun in summer to listen to with your significant other. I'm weird, I know, this is how I picture things.

2) "Nerve Damage": This song is very interesting for them. It's a different direction and also a risk, but I'm glad they took it. I really love the lyrics and the bass/drum beat. It's a new flavor for them. The heaviness of the track offput me initially but definitely grew on me. If Jason wrote this, he was definitely feeling some intense things when he did it. I also really like the the blues overtone of the song.

3) "Had Enough": This track is unfortunately so-so for me. It may grow on me, but right now I really enjoy the verses but I'm not a big fan of the chorus. The song feels a bit disjointed for me, but I do like the lyrics. It feels like a Lifehouse song, but somehow I feel like they've done this before.

4) "Halfway Gone": The current radio song. Love it. I've loved it since it released. It's 100% them and feels like an appropriate radio hit for them... I hope it gathers more steam on the charts. The lyrics, while a bit repetitive, are a warning to those who aren't all there in their relationships. I feel like a lot of people could relate to the words, either being the one who's "halfway gone", or the one chasing after the one who is "halfway in". The drums are fun, as well, and it's catchy!

5) "It Is What It Is": My favorite track on the album, by far. I love the tone of the song, it's got such a beautiful opening and the words are heartfelt. The idea of the song is great as well, Jason stated that it was a neutral break up song where you don't side with the one who ended it, or the person who got their heart broken. It's just a this is how it is, and this isn't working. I think it's beautiful, the track shows a maturity in them.

6) "From Where You Are": This was a previously released track for the Allstate drunk driving campaign. Always enjoyed it... I think my only complaint is the placement of it on the album, it's almost in the wrong spot, I feel. Very sad song as it expresses a deep feeling of loss for someone.

7) "Smoke & Mirrors": 2nd favorite track. Love the tone, love the words, even the slight country feel. I don't know how I pick my favorite songs to be honest, there's just something about them that hooks me. This is one that I find myself clicking to in my car over and over, it's a good driving song. Favorite line? "Running out of time, and out of sin, we were living smoke and mirrors anyway."

8) "Falling In": I swear, the beginning of this reminds me of You and Me! Not that it's a bad thing... it changes completely about 16 seconds in. This is overall a good track, I definitely enjoy it. It's a cute little love song... nothing fantastic or original on the lyrics side, but slightly catchy. "Everytime I see your face, my heart takes off on a high speed chase". Good stuff.

9) "Wrecking Ball": Ah yes, Bryce's singing debut. I have to admit that I don't adore this song's verses but I love the chorus, especially the harmony. I give congrats to Bryce for putting himself out there by singing by himself, and I do like the words (don't know whether he wrote them or not) and the idea of this song. It's got a rather basic guitar and drum scheme, which does make the song slightly boring about 1/2 way through.

10) "Here Tomorrow, Gone Today": This song still hasn't fully grown on me. I love the four-on-the-floor beat, and the different sound of the track... my boyfriend called it the "sitar-ey" sound in the beginning. Again, the heaviness of the chorus surprised me but I'm happy for it. It has a sort of indian/exotic feel in some bits.

11) "By Your Side": I, again, like this track but it falters a bit again in the words on some lines. I can look past it though as this song has quickly become one of my boyfriend and I's "songs". (Natasha Bedingfield's "Say It Again" is OUR song, for the record). I like the tempo of the song, the way the guitar and drums sort of roll together... it's hard to describe but the beat just sort of rolls on through the song.

12) "In Your Skin": Love the guitar in the beginning, not crazy about the rest of the song. It will grow on me probably, it reminds me a bit of "Quasimodo" in the verses. A lot of the later songs on CDs sometimes roll past me and I find myself clicking back to Tracks 1-7 on a lot of albums until I force myself to let the later songs grow on me. I'm sure this one will do that to me, I do like the words.


13) "All That I'm Asking For": Very pretty track, melodic and definitely a slower one. Love the lyrics and the feel of the song, I think it should have been featured earlier in the album as I feel like a lot of people may skip this one.

14) "Crash and Burn": I have been waiting so long for this track to be released. I remember when they played it live so many years ago and we were all so excited and 3 years later, it's coming out. I'm happy but will admit that I am a little let down by it at the same time. The verses are fine and just as catchy as the live version, but they did something to the chorus to make it less interesting. It's something with the processing of Jason's voice, it's like they smoothed it over so the roughness that hooked me on the song just isn't there. I don't know, I think this track just had something magical live that doesn't translate on the record.

15) "Near Life Experience": May grow on me, it's very Dylan-esque and I'm not a huge fan of his so this song bores me a little. I want to like it, but I'm having trouble.

16) "Everything (Live in Studio)": You can't touch the original, but this is fantastic. "Everything" is one of my all time favorite songs from them and it was actually THE song that made me go buy No Name Face. The song is beautiful, the words are timeless... it's a simple love song about someone literally meaning everything to you. You breathe for them, they are your hope in life. The concept is beautiful. I always loved watching them perform this live because there's a passion that they added to it once they started performing it in the past 3-4 years. This version captures the vocal qualities and the haunting sound while polishing them for the record. I wish they could release this as a single and have it be well-received, because this song alone could gain them so many fans if people really listened to it. The line "You still my heart and you take my breath away" brings tears to my eyes, every single time.

Overall, I give the album a solid A- and that is only for a few tracks that didn't wow me. Even so, it's been on constant spin since Friday. And I do mean constant.

But this album is fantastic and I think that if you're a Lifehouse fan, it's a must-have. If you're new to the band and want to get into a talented pop-rock band, this is the album for you.