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Solstice

21 Jun

Today is the Summer Solstice! Grab your flower crowns and go Bacchae wild this Friday.

Here are some earthy inspired beauty stuff to try:

Fishtail Braid video – (El Cee really did teach me how to do the ‘do!)

Connect with your inner flower child by using the too adorable Swedish Dream Sunflower facial soap. It’s very good for thirsty skin!

Let your eyelids be as green as the grass you prance on with Bobbi Brown’s Sage, Balsam and Forest Metallic Eye Shadow palette. All three are stunning greens. For a cheaper alternative, L’Oreal’s Wear Infinite Studio Secrets in Spring Leaf packs a pigment punch. Use Eco Tools Bamboo set to apply —  the fibers hold product very well. If you’d rather coat your lashes instead of your lids, try YSL’s Mascara in Jade Black. It’s dark enough like a normal black glob but when the sunlight hits  just right the green comes out. Magical.

Now enough interneting! Go out and play!

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Midsummer’s Night Dream engraving photo source

Robert Altman photograph of hippies dancing source

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Slick

22 May

Grease ‘er up.

Oil wrestling is the national sport of Turkey. If this photo gets you all hot and bothered, click here.

Seems like ever since argan oil (“Moroccan” oil) was successfully marketed as a “miracle” beauty treatment, more focus has been given to plant-based oils as natural and beneficial beauty ingredients.

Oils have been used for dietary, medicinal and cosmetic purposes throughout human history*. There is a whole alphabet of oils out there that you can use to slather and gloss with. Here are two ways to slick up and get down.

GLOP REMOVER AND SKIN CONDITIONER:

Ever wake up looking like Meeko in someone else’s den with nary a facial wipe in sight? Never fear! Most people have olive oil (usually in the kitchen) and toilet paper. Presto! ‘Coon eyes wiped away and you look dewy and lovely.

Some eye makeup removers (especially those in liquid form) can be very harsh on your delicate peeper tissue and cause irritations. Instead, use (you guessed it) oil on a cotton pad to clear the junk off and condition your skin. You already know Rose Oil‘s dexterity as a beauty base and especially as a makeup remover. I use it to wipe the drag queen load of globbity glob off my eyelashes.  Lighter oils like Virgin Olive, Sweet Almond, Jojoba, Grape seed, Vitamin E and Chamomile are great for your eyes and don’t leave as much grease behind. Use heavier oils like Coconut as a body moisturizer. All these oils are cheap if you buy them “as is” (versus packaged as beauty products) at your drugstore, health store or supermarket.

Dorian Corey

Click on the link right below this photo for the full scoop on Dor Cor’s mummy!

 What do Dorian Corey and the Ancient Egyptians have in common? A penchant for eyeliner and mummies. She had one in her tomb closet!! 

Of course, if you’d prefer to buy than create, The Balm Eye Make Up Break-Up is the best manufactured eye makeup remover. It comes in a tin and has a lighter consistency than Vaseline and is easier to spread. Most importantly, it will not throw a tantrum and spill everywhere which is a danger when travelling with oil.

HAIR SKRUNCHEROO POTION: Coconut Oil, Salt, Lemon and Water

Get a plastic spritzer and mix coconut oil, salt, lemon and water. It’s up to you to decide the proportions but remember that with coconut a little goes a long way. Add the oil first as a base and pile on the rest of the ingredients. Shake well and spritz sparingly and scrunch.

beach on your head! Yumiko Utsu’s “Octopus Portrait” (2009)

The hair potion is  a very cheap way to get beach hair (the lemon and salt lightens your strands as well) but you can always use Sally Hershberger’s Wave Spray, Wavy Hair instead which, incidentally, smells like coconut.

So how about you? Do you use oils? Do you have any other tricks for me to learn? Do you prefer to make your own beauty concoctions or trust and prefer store-bought? Tell me tell me tell me!


* Note: Ancient Greeks and Romans adored their olive oil salves while folks in Ancient Egypt preferred ben and balanos oils as bases for their aromas. The O’odham introduced jojoba to settlers as a way to treat burns and wounds. Berber women have long produced argan oil for cooking and the growing demand of the oil as a cosmetic has assisted many to establish economic independence


 

Yumiko Utsu’s “Octopus Portrait” photo credit

Glob Sticks

21 Mar

When it comes to glob sticks (“mascara” in normal speak), there are three things that must be met. It has to have:

1) A zaftig brush

2) A sturdy wand

and be

3) Non-waterproof — only for everyday wear. Unless you’re heading out for brunch in a tsunami, waterproof formulas dry out your lashes.

I have already mentioned my affection for Yves Saint Laurent mascara. It’s the Rolls-Royce of Glob, and thus has a cost of 30 something dollars. It has a life span for about two months if used every day (you will notice when it’s time to chuck it out — the bristles stick together, basically making it a smooth stick). Apparently you’re supposed to throw out mascara after two months of use anyway. Usually I just throw them out when the formula dries out, gets crumbly, super globby or when I run out. If you buy Yves, trust that he’ll tell you when it’s time to break up.

Since it’s incredibly expensive, the YSL is not the mascara I frequently buy or use everyday. I have compiled some kind of list below of other greats. Bear in  mind that we all have different wants and needs for our lashes. Because I have very long lashes I tend to use larger brushes to darken, puff-en and fan-en them out.  We have come a long way since powder and bristle brushes and new products on the market these days are high tech nerds that usually combine the whole kit and caboodle of enhancer options like volumizing, thickening, curling, etc… The more classic models/formulas are not as tech savvy and therefore will generally be focused on one performance enhancer.

There are a gazillion types of mascaras out there, all with their own flair and personality.

If you really really like the Yves (and I really really do), another gold packaged bad bitch mascara is L’Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes. It adds quite a bit of drahma and is a cheaper alternative to the Sex-In-A-Stick Yves.

The dependable coworker of this bunch is CoverGirl Professional All in One. Simple, straightforward, reliable, and sold in ever single drugstore/pharmacy.  It’s great for day if you want to highlight your lovely eyes but don’t want to get all porn star-y.  I prefer the curved brush to the straight one just to add a bit of dimensional drama to this otherwise Solid Molly of a glob. Both curved and straight brushes work well though. Unlike some of the newer CoverGirl mascaras out there, the wand is very sturdy.

Benefit’s Bad Gal is the mascara equivalent to a Rubens’ woman, though the name would suggest a Rubens gal putting on her leather and hitting the local strip club for a Girl’s Night Out. It’s everyone’s Top Banana so I won’t go into it too much here.  A cheaper alternative to the Bonnie Clyde Bad Gal is the very Doris Day Neutrogena Healthy Volume.

The Three Graces

GoNna gEt oUr dRanK oN.

Speaking about luscious fullness, Maybelline’s Full ‘N Soft is a super romantic, bat-your-peepers-and-make-your-lover-swoon kinda glob. Liesl would have absolutely been wearing this when she got all kissy face with Rolf.

The movie version of the Von Trapp estate was gorgeous, and if you wanted to emulate those grounds instead of kissing a Nazi, Laura Mercier’s Faux Lash will make your lashes sprout like vegetation on a Corinthian column.

Imagine this sproutage on your eye lids!

Now onto the “specialty” globs. As a green eyed person, I really do like a plum/purple mascara to bring out the Emerald Cities. Almay Intense i-Color Volumizing in a plum shade works well for me, and I imagine the other i-Colors will bring out the intensity in brown, hazel and blue eyes as well.

Most people I know coat their lashes with a black/brown mascara and then do a coat of any-other-color-than-black. That’s perfectly fine but a little snoozy. Colorful mascara used on its own is way more interesting than regular ole black and brown.  My friend Emily has HUGE blue eyes, and whenever she swaddles her lashes in Maybelline Great Lash in Royal Blue she looks dynamo. Like an edgy, beautiful alien (in the best of ways).  So, although a coat of Yves Saint Laurent Effet Faux Cils in Fascinating Violet on top of already blackened lashes is subtle, why not just wear color on its own? Royce’s aside, there are cheaper colorful drug store mascaras which are the way to go.

There are many types of mascaras I’d love to try. I really want to get some sparkle eye glob. I’m sure they have it somewhere. For now, these are all the mascaras I can think of.

So, what’s your favorite glob stick?