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Sunday, March 23, 2014

Maybelline FitMe Stick Foundation

This whole FitMe line is hit or miss with me. Albeit, I do really like the FitMe powder, the FitMe concealer is nothing but the devil. So when I picked up the new Stick foundation I really didn't know what to expect. I got it for around $3 with coupons so if it was bad... it wouldn't be the end of the world.

 The foundation claims to be "shine-free." I do not get excessively oily but I do have a T-zone that I sometimes worry about. With this foundation, it did keep the oil at bay so I would recommend for oily skin girls.
As you can see (or maybe you can't... I have been using it for a couple of weeks), the core of the foundation is supposed to be an 'anti-shine' primer. I thought this was so cool but as I started to use the gimmicky product, I realized I HATE the consistency. It wasn't as firm as the stick foundations I've used in the past and I wasn't completely sure how I was supposed to blend it in. In the end, I ended up just using my fingers.

 The longevity was decent. Because it was anti-shine, it didn't break down like other foundations would after a long day. It wasn't necessarily long wearing but it stayed longer that most drugstore products.
I didn't love the color match for me. I wasn't able to get my hands on the darkest shade so I got 340. It looked a little ashy on me so I mostly concentrated the foundation on the center of my face.

All in all, I don't particularly love this foundation but I can see why someone would. It is affordable and it does keep shine away. I just didn't like the consistency and the color match. I don't even use it as a foundation anymore... I mostly use in as a tinted primer and it works great that way.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

The Aviator's Wife Book Review

Melanie Benjamin gives a vivid look to the inside world of 'Lucky Lindy' (Charles Lindbergh) and his wife. If you are relatively young like I am, you don't necessarily realize the magnitude and celebrity of this aviator during his time. He just seems to be lost in the blur of name in your history book.

I don't know what made me pick this book up but I am SOOO glad I did. I couldn't imagine how emotionally invested I became in Anne Lindbergh and her all-consuming relationship. As I read about the governor's daughter immersing herself in the celebrity of this golden hair man, it put a lot of things into perspective.

As Anne describes in the book, some men have a 'god complex' and are constantly trying to mold you into their image. Young Anne allowed herself to be defined as 'the aviator's wife.' The story follows her as a young girl meeting Charles for the first time, their fairytale love story blossoming, and their tragic kidnapping. I can not stress enough how captivating this novel is.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Nyx Dewy Mist

For a couple of years now, I've been solely faithful to the Urban Decay makeup setting sprays but lately, my wallet hasn't been agreeing with the $30 price tag they cost. So I walked  over to my local Ulta and picked this up for a $7.

Honestly, I didn't see a huge difference but I did love the nozzle. You can cover your whole face with just a couple of spritz.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Netflix Review: This is 40

Knocked up is literally one of my favorite movies... So when I first heard about the 'unofficial' sequel to it, I almost jumped up with excitement.

That excitement weaned the second I actually starting watching it.

It stars Leslie Mann (the director's wife), Paul Rudd and appearances Melissa McCarthy (love her), Megan Fox, Jason Segel, Chris O'Dowd, and Lena Dunham (LOOOOOOVE HER.)

It is about  a couple's realization of where their life and marriage is when they finally turn 40.

Quick review: what I liked was the familiar conversational humor that Apatow has perfected since like... Freaks and Geeks. (Oh God, I'm still waiting for a reunion.) I liked that he used his own adorable kids in the movie.

What I didn't like: the quirky humor and plot lines bordered on random in this film.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Fashion 101: Mixing prints

I am personally NOT a fan of this fashion trend. Even though I am into beauty, I can't really seem to have a firm hold on fashion. (Especially when it comes to trends like this.) Why would you want to look like you had to throw everything thing in your closet on at the same time?

But the fashion magazines seem to be crying out in unison that this is an acceptable look for the street. Celebrities like Solange Knowles have made this the quirky girl's uniform.

I mean, sure, of course it would work on her right?

I admit, there are days when I have left the house to lazy to coordinate a proper outfit. On those occasions, I try to convince myself that I'm "mixing prints" but how do I convince onlookers that? Hold up a sign?

I have heard that the key to making this work for the average man is to pair a smaller print with a bigger print.
So this scarf could work with this poncho... But what do I know?

All in all, this difficult trend should be saved for the celebrity, the runway, and the brave.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Book Review: The Boys (vol. 2)

I'm not a HUGE graphic novel fan but I had such high hope for this series. The first book in this 8 part series I devoured in one sitting so when I got my hands on the second one, it was a bit anti-climatic.

All of the old character are back and they are still in the business of policing those reckless super heroes. In the second installment, the group has to figure out a murder that might have been conducted by a oversexed Batman-like "supe."

What I don't like about this book in particular is that the story is LITERALLY everywhere. I didn't fully get what was going on half the time. This makes me a little hesitant to pick up vol. 3. 

Friday, February 7, 2014

Netflix Review: The Bling Ring

I know I'm literally the only person in the world that gets Netflix DVD sent to the house but I like the wide selection available to you and I can't justify paying extra for streaming. No one has time for 10 hour binge fests. So getting that red mailer every other day sort of reminds me to take time out and enjoy a movie.

This week I had the chance of watching The Bling Ring.
The 2013 dark comedy stars some familiar faces like Emma Watson, Taissa Farmiga (American Horror Story), Leslie Mann, Gavin Rosedale and it introduced others like Katie Chang and Israel Broussard.

The Sofia Coppola directed film is based on a true story of a couple of teenagers that robbed high profile celebrities by just walking into their unlocked houses. The amateur criminals would get their hands on expensive clothes, jewelry and shoes: every high schoolers dream right? Some of their victims included Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton, and Orlando Bloom.

 I thought this film was a statement about our generation's obsession with celebrity idolatry and the pervasive media images that sells you that life. When did we not become content with being us? The two main characters, Marc and Rebecca are product examples of our photoshopped model-esqued media messages. And when I say media messages, I include everything from music, news, ads, movies... it seems like everything has to sensationalized and 'sexy.'

Rebecca is obsessed with clamoring to a more glamorous life while Marc is dissatified with his 'aveage' looks. And the movie makes it clear that each one of the vapid teens are obsessed with their social media presence, trying to attain some 'FaceBook' fame.

All in all, I would recommend this movie if you are into quirky films.