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Beauty Notes: What I've been into, lately #2
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Friday, January 18, 2008 3:14 PM (Eastern)
I think we need a label for this, somehow...a blend of favorite things and Jack Bauer and Tony Almeida at a Drive-Thru.
Anyhow. Shall we commence?
Ava Luxe Voyage earrings
I'm not affiliated with Ava Luxe, I should mention. I just like her stuff. Here I thought this was beautiful, a binary combination of kyanite and labradorite, strung on karat gold. Sometime I will do something similarly binary...I can't wear 14KT gold earrings, but I'm hoping someone will come up with a wearable golden leverback cheaper than 18KT gold. mumbles...
Here is my own stuff. Less spectacular for sure, but keep in mind, there can be a difference between making something to wear, and making something to sell. With the emphasis on "can be."
It's been on my mind lately, because I tend to acquire less for the sake of owning something beautiful, and more for that of owning something useful. Sometimes the twain meet, oh, take this for example:
I've gotten the most mileage from Island Fever (far right). In the pan: a gorgeous shimmery sea blue shade, plus a medium shimmery iridescent grey. It should be pretty, but useless; something you bought on a whim because it looked nice. But it isn't useless by far. The blue shade, applied very lightly, is the most natural, unobtrusive shadow I own. It shouldn't work but it does.
Hence, the Ava Luxe earrings could well correspond to this concept. Bright and pretty, but potentially utile as well.
My little hoops (these are the most conservative earrings I've made thus far) would be more like this:
Nars Mambo, the unsung eyepencil. I paid $19 for you at Sephora, and momentarily felt a complete idiot; you can buy a perfectly decent deep brown eyepencil at Longs Drugs for four bucks. Then I started using you.
Mambo is deep brown, yet possesses hints of purple and red--making it subtly ideal for green or blue eyes, and making it go with everything. Thereby replacing brown, purple, and bronze pencils for me. No, you don't swatch particularly well, but on, you are a minor genius.
The Scented Salamander follows up on the Bond No. 9/Liz Zorn Perfumes story:
Trademark Questions Over The Use Of The Word "Peace" / Q & A with Laurice Rahme of Bond No.9, Liz Zorn of Liz Zorn Perfumes, & Sarah Horowitz -Thran of Creative Scentualization
Dwelling in lawyer-infested California, I suspect the entire thing was less of a shock to me. And I found some people seemed to turn it into a girl-on-girl fight--not good for business, for either party. Oh well. I see Zorn has some samples on her site; you might want to check them out.
And finally, for your perusal--Michelle Phan, aka RiceBunny, demos the aspirin mask (here with honey): RiceBunny's Xanga Site - Aspirin = Beautiful Skin
No, I'm not into this myself. I'm far too lazy. But the idea of using aspirin and honey as a mask makes perfect logical sense. You are exfoliating. Exfoliating is good.
Have a great weekend!
Old School Beauty Forums #3: Mad Science
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Saturday, June 11, 2005 12:44 PM (Eastern)
The era of mad science is long gone. I still have some vestiges of it on my old site, Josephine's Fans of the Beauty Boards Page, circa 2000; it was already in full swing around then.
What is mad science? Its origin is credited to a poster named carole, who invented, among other things, SPAM (Sandalwood, Patchouli, Amber, Musk). Mad science can be defined as creating your own cosmetics, either from raw ingredients or from existing cosmetics.
I still franken (not Al) one thing in my stash: my tinted frankensunscreen. Purists will balk but I tint my sunscreen very lightly with liquid foundation. It's already the perfect match; already has SPF. Quick and easy and cheap.
But the days when I lopped off lipsticks and melted them together in the microwave, well...let us say those days are gone. A good part of it is that cosmetics manufacturers have been so responsive to whatever I was trying to franken in the first place, that frankening is no longer necessary.
A few quick examples...Revlon Super Lustrous lipsticks (no longer perfumed, hence no more need to melt them down with a stub of strong mint-flavored lip balm); the overall superior lasting quality of lipsticks (melting a short-lived lippy down with a piece of food-grade beeswax used to do the trick).
Hm. Aside from frankening my sunscreen, I do still mix my haircolor. I use the Feria color components at Sallys Beauty Supply; still cheaper than the kits.