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“I prefer to play older songs because they’re the ones I personally enjoy dancing and singing along to and modern dance music bores my brains out.”

Somebody buy me this book? I’m poor.

Vivacious Vixens

 

Wise words from model/DJ/ITgirl/fashionista Alexa Chung.

Hungry for more? Get the scoop on Chung’s life, thoughts, hopes and dreams in her new book IT.

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Take pictures of everything…..

 

Do you have the book or plan to read it? What are your thoughts so far?

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Aight, time to talk vanity again

Y’all know me and my dependency on cosmetics. No shame. But it better be of good quality. And when yours truly comes across some real gems, you know she’s spilling the beans.

So… for November (we’ll get back to “Movember” later), these are some tried and trusted products.

Skin saver!

Skin saver!

I use Boscia BB cream in light every day. I blend it with two or three other shades of foundation to match my skin color. This BB cream is great on its own, but doesn’t give a lot of coverage. Blended with foundation it gives a perfect, luminous look. LOVE! It costs about $38 at Sephora, but lasts forever.

Another skin saver!

Another skin saver!

I found a sample of this oil in a magazine and decided to try it. I think my skin had an orgasm. Can you say that? It felt really good and I had a rosy glow all day. NOT greasy at all and is perfect as a night-time treatment. About 8 bucks at drugstores.

Bye bye circles.

Bye bye circles.

And this one is truly a life-saver. I get up at 3 am every day (night) for work, and this covers everything. Set it with a little bit of translucent mineral powder, and nobody can tell you didn’t get your 8,9,10 hours of sleep. A little goes a long way, but it’s super blendable. $24 at Sephora.

OK! Three recommendations for today. What are your must-haves? Do share! I’m always looking for new products, even though I stay true to the ones I love the most. Olay Total Effects Moisturizer Plus Touch of Sun has been a staple for nearly five years now. I curse the day they dare to discontinue!

Now – talk to me. Have you tried any of these? What are you faves?

Until next time… cheers! 🙂

 

Fab stuff

Fox painting by Ally Burguieres

Fox painting by Ally Burguieres

Unagi sushi (via)

Unagi sushi (via)

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Nail polishes from Essie

Nail polishes from Essie

I hope you all had a great Easter! It was pretty mellow around here. Today Jamie and I went to the Willamette Fish Hatchery in Oakrdige (of all things), but it was pretty fun. Now we are enjoying a glass of red while waiting for the Easter dinner, which is in the crock pot. Yeah, we’re budgeting. In case you’re dying to know WHAT we’re cooking, you can find the recipe here. Nothing says Easter like sausage and cabbage… said no one ever. Ha!

Here’s a song that I’m enjoying tonight:

 

Hmmm…… or should I say, “OH MY EYES”!

There might be something wrong with me. Last Sunday I could barely finish watching the latest episode of “The Mentalist”. Am I losing interest? Or is the show getting worse? I just want the writers to get on with the RED JOHN storyline, for crying out loud. Not even Simon Baker could keep my eyes open, and that’s a sign of serious illness, at least for me. AND, Mr. Baker is also Givenchy’s face for their new fragrance titled Gentlemen Only. I don’t know what’s more painful, reading Simon’s (probably) forced enthusiasm on manly style or his explaining his views on metrosexuality. Hey, if your face is on TV, you better get in the game. That’s just how it is. And he’s trying to be patient, I can tell. But for the love of everything that is holy and mentally stable, please, let this NOT be the actual photo for the ad. Please. 

Oh gee. What have they done to the man? Image via Marie Claire.

Oh gee. What have they done to the man? Image via Marie Claire.

Ole Henriksen Seven Skincare Sensations

It’s no secret that I’m a total skin care and make-up junkie. I’ve left too much money behind at Sephora, thus becoming a VIP costumer, yay! But I digress. I recently purchased a starting kit containing seven of Ole Henriksen’s best products.

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It contains:

1) African Red Tea Foaming Cleanser

2) Truth Serum Collagen Booster

3) Truth Revealed Super Creme SPF 15

4) Invigorating Night Gel

5) Sheer Transformation

6) Ultimate Eye Gel

7) Walnut Complexion Scrub

I’m familiar with the brand, but it’s quite expensive. However, Sephora offered the kit for 50 bucks, which isn’t bad. I had high expectations, as I’m a fan of the brand’s Truth Serum Collagen Booster and Blue/Black Berry Enzyme Mask.

Well… what to say. I’ve only used it for a week, and I think the “oil-free” labels are a red flag. It’s a myth that oil causes more break-outs, oils are the new gel! So if you catch my drift, a gel doesn’t give my dry skin enough moisture. And the eye gel feels like glue, although I just read on the instructions (a little late, perhaps) that you’re only supposed to apply under the eye, and not on the eye lids. Gotcha.

The cleanser is pleasant and it smells good, but it leaves my skin feeling dry. The scrub seems promising, but there is no expensive scrub that can knock St. Ives off its feet anyways!

I’m not entirely sure if I will continue to use the brand after this. I’ve recently noticed some weird bumps and clogged pores, and I never have that!

I think I will stick to my fave brand, REN, and the French cult creme Embryolisse after this.

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Bordeaux

Since we’re already on the topic of aesthetic enhancement, I’d like to give my two cents about Rimmel London’s Lasting Lipstick in 124 Bordeaux. This color is HOT HOT HOT for fall, but can I get away with it? I prefer a natural look for daytime, as I prefer to emphasize my eyes. Easy, no fuss. But for date nights or evenings out with the girls I love to change it up a little. I just bought this lipstick yesterday, and since I am lacking a decent camera my crappy “YouCam” will have to do. I think I look a little pale, but I do like the color. Just wish I had bigger lips, but hell no – I will never resort to restylane or any other fillers. I’m happy with what God gave me even though I curse it sometimes 😉

I could be in The X-Files with this look. Mulder, call me!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A little piece of heaven came to my door

Since I’m a girly girl most comfortable in a pair of A-line dresses, cute shoes, clear skin and the ability to change my make-up according to my mood I see NO reason for me to excuse myself for being born a girl and thus obsessing over everything glittery. It’s a form of expression and art and aesthetics all in a simple brush stroke. But, alas, I digress. The piece of heaven I previously mentioned is in all its simplicity but no less divine than a box from Sephora. I will test them for some time and give you an honest feedback. Products received thus far are NARS The Multiple in Orgasm, Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer in Porcelain (yah, I am FAIR, get over it), Too Faced Lip Injection and Too Faced Snow Bunny Bronzer – both long time favorites. I also got this drop-deap gorgeous make-up palette by Urban Decay called NAKED. Just look at it, drool! So far I’m impressed. The shadows are easy to blend and you can create various looks depending on your mood and time of day.

 

 

NARS’ The Multiple goes leaves a sheer, shimmer-y pink on my cheeks, but you can also use it on your chin and temples for subtle contouring. It’s not called The Multiple for nothing!