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I love makeup. For 2 years now I've been following beauty blogs and logging into YouTube to check out all the new trends. This is my sophomore blog.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Kerastase Nectar Thermique

from the Kerastase Website: 

                                 Protects hair from the harmful effects of heat-styling tools. 
Nourishes, softens and moisturizes hair. Gives hair optimal shine from roots to ends. 
Improves hair straightening and drying performance.

A combination of Royal Jelly Extract that provides nutrition with carbohydrates, 
lipids and proteins and Gluco-Seek which provides protection with xylose, 
UV filters and guar gum results in heat styling protection and soft and supple brilliance.

At the suggestion of my colorist, I decided to purchase this. The reviews on makeup alley also sold me- rated 4.7/5. I purchased this mainly as a heat protectant and something that would lessen breakage in styling. 
Makes my hair silky soft and easily manageable. I have really course, wire-y (is that a word??) hair that is naturally curly. I straighten and have lots of highlights.  

I've noticed that drying time has decreased and I think moisture is sealed out better than when I'm not using this product (see: less frizz). 

On my quest for better hair, I'm starting to think it would just be a lot easier to stop fighting the curl and let it be. We shall see.. 

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Back to MAC

Since I've been concentrating efforts to use up products, I've pooled a few B2M items. 
These include: 

MAC Glaze Lipstick in Pervette

I got this two summers ago, in the height of my makeup craze. I wanted to love it, I really did. I remember the SA at Mac responding to my inquiry of the product with, "oh no, that's too 80s" and I should've taken her warning. The lilac duo chrome is just too much. I could layer it with a gloss, and this I tried, but I would just be doing it to use up the product- so away it goes. 

MAC Suntints in Just a Smidge and Lilt of Lilly

I was in LOVE with these when I first got them. I even thought I should grab more before they sold out.
The consistency of these is very thick and it feels like they aren't doing anything to the lips, if anything, just drying them out.

MAC Nail Polish in Cool Reserve and Beyond Jealous

 Cool Reserve (the light purple), just doesn't look good on my skin tone. I realized this after my purchase of Sephora's famous Metro Chic and how much MC blows CR out of the water.

Beyond jealous looks OK- but it's just not my color. Think it's greens that just don't work.

MAC Moisture Cover in NW 20

This is beyond a shame! I love the product, but NW 20 is not the shade. I am an NW 20 in every other MAC product, except for this one. It is much too dark for my complexion and I figured I would darken up during the summer enough to be able to use this, but it never happened. 

MAC Fluidline in Waveline

I'm a huge fan of Blacktrack fluidline, so was expecting Waveline to have equally strong pigmentation. It does not. When applied, Waveline is very light and not at all as it appears in the pot. I feel it even goes on streaky when you try to build up the color. 

 Just for fun, this is a new picture I grabbed at my recent trip to IKEA. I'm always paranoid that I'm going to injure the delicate frame on my way through the store and home, but this time, we made it out unharmed! I'm not sure where to put this yet, maybe by my new study area...

Monday, March 14, 2011

No, I'm not dead...

Wow, it's been a while. Lots has happened since I've last posted. I began a PhD program and have lost my life in the process.

So in the vein of makeup, what's new? Well, I took 2 months off from buying absolutely anything (save for food, gas etc.).  I broke this new years resolution ( I guess you could call it that- even though I started it after NYD) a couple days ago to buy: a flashlight, a replacement headlight for my car (that's new too!) and mascara (need to toss every 3 months!).  I've just been trying to use up makeup and downsize everything. I've gotten to the point in life where I've experienced a short while of excess and have found that excess does not equal happiness. Excess leads to chaos. It leads to a growing desire to consume, acquire and to compete. For me, it was just the chase of wanting things. I'd purchase (the chase) and then once conquered, the new products/clothing/objects would hold no excitement for me. I'd push them aside- never taking tags off or taking them out of their boxes and continue to hunt online for the next new obsession. Not exactly the healthiest hobby.

So, I cut cold turkey and I realized I could live without and even enjoy being without.

As for my new school and program, I feel (and maybe this is just me being self conscious, but whatever...) that if I do wear makeup and dress nice, spending extra effort and time on my appearance makes me feel like others judge me. Almost like I'd be taken more seriously if I didn't do any of this. As for my makeup routine, I've been basically wearing the same makeup for a few months now. Neutral eye, cat eye (can't be without it), light bronzer and blush with balm. And my hair is blonde now :)