Archive for January, 2011

Midterms are finally over…

Hey guys!  Sorry for my short disappearance.  This past week was the week from hell: four midterms and none of them on the day they were scheduled for.  I was up until 3am for three nights in a row studying for various subjects that kept changing dates, and it was just awful.  I’ll be back to answering all of your questions and throwing up some posts tonight.  Thanks for hanging in!


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Undereye Veins

I wanted to expand a tiny bit on the recent post I did about concealing undereye circles.  Hopefully most of you know basic color theory, but for those of you who don’t, here’s a quickie lesson:

  • Colors opposite to each other on the color wheel neutralize each other.  Targeting “problem” face colors, this means that green neutralizes redness, lilac neutralizes sallowness, and salmon/peach neutralize purple-ish undereye circles.  The only “exception” is yellow, which can kind of multitask; it helps minimize redness and downplays blue-tinted veins.  Applying a corrector with hints of these colors in them will help to even out the problem area and stop the dastardly color from poking through your foundation or concealer.

Before we continue, let’s get one thing straight.  There are concealers and correctors, and they are very different.  Concealers are meant to cover a discolored area and bring it towards the shade of the rest of the face, and may be worn alone if the discoloration is not too severe.  Correctors (which often come in green, lilac, and yellow) are meant to neutralize the shades of problem areas, but require foundation or concealer over them (otherwise, they may appear ashy or just downright odd).  Correctors are more of a professional tool, but for some of you, they may be required.  Most of you are probably familiar with them in primer form (MUFE sells some great ones), and these may not need much else over them to hide their initial color; however, the most heavy duty ones come in cream form (much like a concealer), and a few companies sell liquid varieties (though these are often meant to be added into foundations and should not be used by the casual consumer unless you are quite confident in your knowledge of color theory and mixing/blending ability.)  Some setting powders also contain the a hint of yellow to minimize redness (Ben Nye’s Banana Poudre is amazing for this).

So, if you want to hide blue veins under the eyes, turn towards a yellow-based corrector if they’re very offensive, or a heavily pigmented, yellow-based concealer if they’re less so.  In this case, the yellow tint in a good concealer should be enough to disguise them without having to turn to a corrector, and this saves you the possibly problematic step of adding another layer of product under your eyes.

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So, I’ve finally decided to bite the bullet and get myself an airbrush machine.  I’ve been seriously considering the Temptu Air Pro (not the consumer, POD one you can get at Sephora), and the S/B line of their foundations.  But I’ve also heard great stuff about the OCC Skin Foundations…  Does anyone have any experience with this, and have recs for either the compressor or the different brands of foundations?  Help is greatly appreciated.  Will update y’all as I go along.  Thanks guys!

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Clarisonic Review

I know you’ve all been clamoring for a review on my Clarisonic Pro (I swear, half the questions I get are about it!), and it’s finally here! Kind of. I just sent my written review of such to Karen at Makeup and Beauty Blog, and I’ll post a link here when it’s up (should be pretty soon.)  I’ll probably also do a short video review.  I’m still trying to figure out my new camera.  It’s a serious one!  My last one was pretty nice, but mostly did stuff for me-a really good amateur camera.  This one is definitely pro-level, and all the settings are pretty much manual, which means I have a lot to learn before I’ll be any good at it.  I also kind of want a mini-tripod before I film, but I suppose I could do a few videos without it… Keep checkin’ back for that link!

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Finally Got One of My Photos Back…

Hey, so I finally got one of the semi-complete photos back from one of the first photoshoots I ever did!  The background still needs to be changed, but the “me” part is supposedly done with editing.  Check it out!

Anyway, my dad has a ton of work to do tomorrow, so I’m pretty much on my own all day.  Whadya think that means?  Yup! Answering all of your questions, at least two YouTube videos, and no homework! Awesome!  Honestly, every time I promise to start this stuff, I fall asleep. No joke. But I plan on actually sleeping tonight, so hopefully, I won’t be passing out in the middle of the day tomorrow, so this will actually happen.  Thanks guys!

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Preview of my review of Paco Rabanne "1 Million"

Here’s the opening paragraph of my review of the cologne 1 Million by Paco Rabanne.

You walk down the cement steps and step cautiously into the wall of lights.  Dance music makes the air seem to buzz as if filled with a cloud of angry insects.  Bodies meld into one another, indistinct forms of color and movement and flesh.  The bartender hands you a drink you don’t know the name of, but you take a sip anyway.  Across the floor, you see him.  He slinks between the amorphous crowds, the top two buttons of his shirt undone.  He looks at you; your eyes lock.  You stand transfixed, and he comes and takes your hand in his.  You make your way onto the raised floor.  Two bodies becomes one; indistinct forms of color and movement and flesh.

Just a taste of the sensation the fragrance creates. Have you guys seen my recent posts there reviewing Mario Badescu’s Silver Powder, my random assortment of makeup tips and its follow-up, and my mascara tutorial?  If not, go check em out and look around Karen’s awesome blog as well!

Lemme know what you think of this preview, and click here for the full review!

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