Wednesday, March 19th, 2008

I thought I’d make Magellan earn his keep by writing his own column this week (and hopefully keep him out of my hair for a few minutes, at least). If you missed it, I recently adopted a yellow labrador (February 15th), and he is currently twelve weeks old. His name is Magellan, or as we affectionately call him, “Mellan.”

I’m Magellan–Mom and Dad insist this is my name, but I also hear the word “NO!” a lot, so I wonder if that’s really my name instead. It wouldn’t be the first time they’ve tricked me!

Ever since I got here, Mom has been complaining about her face and totally blaming me for it. She says I cause acne! I don’t think so. I think it’s all that gunk she puts on her face. Does she really think I want pink lipglass on my leg? [Mom: Maybe you shouldn’t squirm in my arms!]

Mom must have ordered a whole lot of stuff to try and fix the problem I caused (yeah right!), because all these boxes came into the house for me to chew on. When she was using Zeno, she would get mad at me when I tried to jump on her. Hey, the thing makes this sweet video game sound, it wants to play! Thermaclear makes less noise, and she’s been more covert and using it out of my sight so I haven’t been able to nab it.

When I licked her face, she yelled something about “Benzoyl Peroxide” and getting her face dirty after she had just cleaned it with “AHA/BHA Cleanser”. She’s so grouchy, can’t a boy kiss his mama?

I think Mom is getting wise to my tricks, because now I know if she cleans her face, she isn’t coming near me anymore. She makes sure she cleans her face and goes right to bed! At least she remembers to say goodnight before she goes to scrub off all that makeup gunk.

And you know what she’s whining about now (and they say I whine, please!)? Her eyes! First she’s allergic to me, her darling angel of a son [Mom: darling?], and now she is grumbling about spring. I keep trying to bring her flowers, and then she says something like “drop it,” whatever that means!

So Mom has been kind of miserable lately, and she’s laid off the makeup, which is good for me because it makes it way easier to try and kiss her face. She says she doesn’t like it, but I think she’s just playing hard to get! [Mom: No, I really don’t like it, that’s so gross, I know where that tongue has been! Yuck!] I think she solved her acne problem, because she is not blaming me for making her look like a “pizzaface” lately. Not that I caused it, nope, not me! Time to go bother Dad, Mom’s getting all “work mode,” which is so totally boring.

Paws and kisses,
Mellan

He’s right — I suffered terrible acne all along my lower face and jaw, which all cropped up shortly after his arrival. With the help of Zeno/Thermaclear, I was able to clear up some of the bigger guys, and then Benzoyl Peroxide (10%) helped to significantly reduce the little ones. However, it has also made my face ridiculously dry, so I’m currently battling that, but that’s not nearly as tough a war as acne is.

I’m also mildly allergic to dogs (which I had attributed to outside dogs, so more of the things they get into outside, turns out not the case!), and with spring finally upon us, my eyes are going a bit haywire. A little red, itchy, and not exactly conducive to wearing makeup, which explains the lack of looks in the past week or so. Bear with me as I adjust to the very pretty, but oh-so-terrorizing, season of spring!

If you want to see more pictures, you can see them here.

Sunday, March 16th, 2008

The Weekend Beauty Read from the Beauty Blog network….

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Sunday, March 16th, 2008

Thanks to Julie for having me on the show — it was an experience to remember!

Fashion and beauty blogging is fun, frivolous and occasionally devious! Learn hope to cope with Blogger Mama Drama with Coutorture’s Julie Fredrickson and Christine of Temptalia. We will tackle the tough topics including anonymous commenting, blog friendships, blogger gossip, blogger blacklisting, blogger etiquette, and keeping your cool in the middle of a blogger fight. We will explore the line between professional, personal, collegial and “I will scratch your back if you scratch mine” relationships in style blogging. Don’t worry, its just us girls!

The call in number is 347-996-3983 and you can find all of the information here:
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/Coutorture/2008/03/16/Friend-Foe-or-Frenemie-How-To-Handle-Your-Fashion-Blogging-Peers

Sunday, March 9th, 2008

Catch up on beauty reading with the Beauty Blog Network’s best of…

Saturday, March 8th, 2008

graphic_splendid_reads The weeks Splendid best!

Beautiful Makeup Search tells us why she wants to covet the new CHANEL eyeshadow quad.

Temptalia tells you what ingredients may be causing you acne or irritating your face!

Her Accessories is holding a contest to win a wee little rhinestone charm from Twisted Silver!

Beauty and Fashion Tech looks at new items and a great mineral makeup from Neutrogena Cosmetics.

SugarShock has a brush with greatness as she discovers the beauty editor fave product, YSL Touche Eclat .

Viva Woman finds out why some mineral makeup may pose strong health risks.

Style Manila spots a lady wearing a gorgeous Zara Maxi Dress.

Beauty Bento Box discovers an invigorating facial cleanser that’s perfect for traveling to warm and humid countries.

Tops 2 Bottoms came across a great shop find for shoes and bags!

The conversation over at The Space Between My Peers is all about Sweat Suit Alternatives.

Canadian Beauty has a new favourite foundation: it’s Estee Lauder Double Wear Light!

Shopalicious has found the perfect overnight bag for a getaway with the girls…

Karen from Makeup and Beauty Blog visits Shu Uemura’s Lash Bar and finds false eyelash nirvana, where the lashes are affordable and the appointment booking process couldn’t be easier.

Beauty Match reflects on how Lindsay Lohan is 21 and looks like she’s going on 41!

Indie Style File puts the spotlight on t-shirt designer Sam Trout.

All That & A tries to see if her hair is shinier after using Herbal Essences’ clear shine booster.

Style…a work in progress asks, “would you buy J Crew ‘s $3,000 jacket?”

Shoe Blitz discovers some jeweled sandals and striped pumps that are perfect for spring.

Savvy Skin writes about the never-ending obsession to find a miracle wrinkle cream.

Laya’s EYE loves Sage Machado Candles.

Petite Fashionista searches for the petite with the best style, vote today!

ShopDiary thinks the YSL Y-Mail collection is pretty cool.

NY Spender plays pairs with Gwen Stefani and her L.A.M.B shoes.

Sunday, March 2nd, 2008

Weekend reads from the Beauty Blog Network…