Monday, June 21, 2010

"So Put on a Happy Face" :-(

It's the first day of Summer and I should be looking forward to my vacation time, but my summer just didn't get off on the right start. My car has been in the repair shop for over a week (and the drama behind that is for another post). But more than being transportationally inconvenienced (new word, huh, do you like?), I am right now in between makeup foundations.

I used to wear Estee Lauder Mousse and LOVED it. I received so many compliments when I wore that. It was a PERFECT match for my skin tone. I didn't even have to use it all over my face, just in spots to cover any blemishes and it blended so well. I was in foundation heaven until they discontinued the product, and that wouldn't have been so bad if they didn't change the color too! So I moved on.

To Prescriptives. I wore two different liquid foundations by them. Virtual Matte and Flawless Skin. I wore Flawless Skin the most. The color was not a perfect match, but it was close enough to keep me satisfied. I also loved their Virtual Matte translucent powder. Then my world was rocked this past October when I discovered at the Bobbi Brown counter at Nordstrom's that Prescriptives was eliminating it's brand (damn recession!). So I to find a temporary fix, which happened at the drugstore.

I haven't worn drugstore foundation since I was in high school. I'll wear drugstore eyeshadow and mascara, but that's where it ends. I checked out all of the drugstore brands. My main factors was color match, coverage, and formula look (some brands leave you looking ashy "what's with that?"). I finally settled on Loreal True Match. But it's not a love affair. It looks like the makeup just sits on my face.

What I notice about drugstore vs. department store liquid foundations is that low end foundations are more water-based and high ends are creamier, thicker. When applying high end foundations with a sponge, I would always wet the sponge first. But with Loreal True Match, the sponge is dry prior to application. Because I'm not completely satisfied with what I'm currently wearing, I have decided to take the plunge and find a department store foundation. Since I'm temporarily without my car, I have to begin my research online. I'm going to check out alot of brands. In prior months, I tried out Stila and Clinique's line. Clinique's color didn't really match, but Stila's did. I'm concerned about Stila giving me the coverage I need.

I have to say, I don't understand the point of sheer foundation. My face looks EXACTLY the same when I try sheer foundation. It doesn't even seem to even the skin tone. Sheer foundation is worthless in my book. Anyhoo, I will keep you updated in my search for the best foundation for ME.

Friday, June 11, 2010

The Sweetest!!!

Oh my gosh! I LOVE these commercials from New York Lottery.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Not Working Out

My 0-9 resolution has been derailed. I spent last week suffering from the flu, and this week still recovering from it. I cannot remember the last time I was sick with the flu, but all I know is that I felt awful. It was hard for me to get well because I was not able to get much needed rest since I continued to go to work every day, even on Saturdays. I would assess my wellness and strength at 80%. Not quite where I am used to being, but much better than I thought I would get.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

I'm Fine in 0-9!

Every New Year's, I try to come up with some slogan to establish the tone for that year. I thought about "Live in 0-9", but that seemed lame. For the past few years, I have been dissatisfied with my weight. I'm a size 8 burgeoning into a 10. I'm not obese, but I am overweight for my size. It's not so much size as it is shape. I really need to tone up. I can probably drop down to a size 6 maybe 4. I definitely am trying to get back into my designer jeans. It does not make any sense to have $200 jeans hanging in a closet because you can't fit them anymore, and Seven for All Mankind and Citizens of Humanity don't make denim for sizes above 10 (and if they do, don't tell me). My target areas are abs, glutes, hips, and thighs. My goal is to be in a bikini by summer. I'm going to take a before picture in one like they do on Celebrity Fit Club (it will not be posted online) and track my exercise routine everyday. That's my problem. I don't exercise. My lifestyle is too sedentary. I'm busy, but going here and there is not the same as a sustained workout. One thing is for sure, my biggest challenge is going to be cutting out Coke. And "no", I hate Diet Coke. I hate diet anything. I have to force myself to drink water.

Today, I jump roped for 5 minutes. I warmed up to T.I.'s "Motivation" and jumped into high gear with Gwen Stefani's "What You Waiting For". It's a start. I'm so out of shape that I'm trying to see how long it will take me to build my stamina to *run* two miles. That's why I decided to blog this experience. So in the spirit of the new year, my resolution is to say "I'm fine in 0-9!"

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Luxe List this Spring

I have my eye on this beautiful handbag, Giant City by Balenciaga. I haven't decided on a color. I keep going back and forth between black, grey, and sapphire. Purple is my favorite color, but for the price I want a color that is versatile and enduring.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Ebony and Ivory together in perfect harmony side by side (STOP! You know the rest.) So this week Bill Clinton and Barack Obama are going to be campaigning together for the first time. I'm stll not buying it. I think November 4th, Clinton is going behind that curtain and punching that button for John McCain. Bill is trying to preserve his stature in the Party. I understand. He has to do what he has to do, but he is still miffed with Obama about how he was characterized in the primaries. He doesn't like Obama. Obama is a young punk who jumped up and and stole his third term from Hillary. Well, we'll keep HOPE alive that one day Bill will CHANGE.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

God Bless You, Congresswoman

I am shocked and deeply saddened by the death of Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones. I thought she was a very dynamic woman. She had the biggest and brighest smile. I found the personal story of her marriage intriguing. She was energetic and a strong debater. Any politician would want her to go out on the campaign trail to support them because she could state their case very well. She was a great advocate for John Kerry in 2004.

It boggles my mind how someone so lively could be struck down so quickly and without warning. I think about how I watched her on TV a few weeks ago, these past months in the primaries, and over the course of years. I'm still shaking my head. My mother commented on how precious life is. My consolation is that she did great work on Earth and is in a better place (heaven).

It's a tough political year. First Tim Russert, and now Stephanie Tubbs Jones.

BTW: The plane crash in Madrid in which 153 people have lost their lives has added to my sadness.