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Monday, November 26th, 2007

It’s really important to take a break from being cool, collected, and gorgeous and just have a little bit of fun with yourself. Knowing when to have a bit of spontaneous fun can do wonders for your attitude, outlook, and even creativity! Personally, I’m known as a work-a-holic, as I enjoy being productive above most things; whenever I’m not productive, then I really go all-out and be the laziest gal you can imagine (this means I sit around, catch up on ANTM and I Love New York, watch Criminal Intent, etc.).

I don’t “let loose” as often as I probably should, but I did tonight, and it reminded me that I should urge everyone around me to do the same every once in awhile. My boyfriend just purchased a new suit and had it tailored, so he modeled it for me earlier this evening. As a joke, I put on his jacket, and he convinced me to put on his pants, too. Since I made him model for me, I had to model for him (fair is fair, after all). He snapped four photos, and here’s a collage (larger size than the top photo) of the four he took so you can proof that I can be fun and silly at times! :)

What do you do to have a bit of fun and be silly?

Monday, November 26th, 2007

DuWop Moon Venom Review

DuWop’s Moon Venom ($17.00)

An iridescent-hued lip-plumping gloss that gives lips a stunning celestial shimmer. DuWop’s Moon Venom is just the product you need to pump up your lips to out-of-this world proportions. This tingly gloss is infused with the same essential oils as the original Lip Venom, including cinnamon, ginger and wintergreen, that enhance your lips’ natural color and shape by increasing circulation. Slick on Moon Venom for a pearlized, opalescent finish and the fullest, flashiest pout that can’t be achieved with ordinary lip gloss.

What makes it worth it: If plump is what you want, plump is what you’ll get. Moon Venom delivers on giving you a plump pout with a good dose of shimmer to add to it. I like how shiny and glossy the formula leaves your lips looking, and it did feel like the plumping power lasted several hours.

Why you might pass on it: Like DuWop’s other formulations of their original Lip Venom, Moon Venom is not meant for anyone who has sensitive lips or wouldn’t be able to handle a tingling/prickling sensation for more than a minute or two. You will definitely feel a bit of pain as the product plumps up your lips.

Find this product at www.duwop.com and www.nordstrom.com.

Monday, November 26th, 2007

AVRIL LAVIGNE is famous (infamous?) for her incredibly dark, black smoky eyes. It is often hard to find her sporting anything other than black shadow and liner, but we find her testing out a smoky gray and gold-yellow at the 2007 AMAs. Apply your base of choice (we suggest Urban Decay’s Primer Potion). For the inner fourth of the lid, apply MAC’s Goldmine eyeshadow to the area, as well as the inner tearducts and inner lower lash line with the 239 brush. For the gray, we pick MAC’s Print eyeshadow. Using the 239 brush, apply all over the remaining portion of the lid, extending above the crease and blending upwards. With a highlighter like MAC’s Shroom eyeshadow, apply to browbone and just below it to blend the gray seamlessly into the highlight with the 239. We don’t see much of a crease color in this look, from what we can tell, but we like Carbon eyeshadow applied with the 222 just gently deposited into the outer portion of the crease for a slightly smoldering look. With the 219 brush, apply a thin line of Print eyeshadow on lower lash line. Use a kohl liner, like MAC’s Graphblack technakohl, on lower lash line. Afterwards, use the 219 brush to smudge outwards into the gray shadow. Apply MAC’s #3 lashes for pitch-black, dramatic lashes.

Though Lavigne’s skin looks practically flawless, she has focused on playing up her eyes rather than her skin. We like your favorite foundation as our choice for this look, but if we must suggest, we’ll suggest our holy grail: MAC’s Studio Fix Fluid. Apply dabs of foundation on your cheeks, chin, forehead, and nose using a concealer brush like the 194. Spritz a fluffy powder or buffer brush (we love the 182) with water of Fix+ (if you have it), and then spread out the dabs of foundation. Cheeks are minimally flushed, so we recommend MAC’s Springsheen blush with a most light-handed application.

Lips are also downplayed in this look, and we see mostly her natural pink lip with some lipgloss for sheen. Make yours like hers with MAC’s Sweetie lipstick, a sheer lipstick with moderate buildability, topped with clear gloss for the right effect. Smile a bit, and you’ll be rockin’ like Lavigne all night.

Monday, November 26th, 2007

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Monday, November 26th, 2007

What five products do you use everyday? What products are in your everyday routine?

My list: Cleanser (whatever I am in love wtih or testing), Estee Lauder DayWear Plus moisturizer, mascara (currently testing DiorShow), lip balm (anything I have!), and Studio Fix Fluid foundation. I haven’t had much normalty in my routine lately, because I’ve been doing my best to test new products to review them for you all, so many of my staples have been on the back burner!

Monday, November 26th, 2007

ESTEE LAUDER LASH XL

Think of it as simply stretching the truth. Get extremely long, way-out-there lashes that defy reality. Lash XL extends natural lashes to supernatural lengths—up to 50% longer. Every last lash is separated, defined, lengthened beyond belief. And that’s the truth.

  • Applicator: Small to medium sized brush, very skinny, but the bristles are packed densely on the wand.
  • Clumping: I thought this mascara would have some problems with clumping if you waited too long between coats, and especially if you tried to do more than two heavy coats or three lighter coats. You can see in the results photo that after three coats, my lashes aren’t as separated as one would like.
  • Curl: Some natural curl mechanism, but mostly due to the lash curler.
  • Ease: Quite easy to apply given the smaller nature of the wand, which allows for more precision to get to harder to reach lashes on the inner area and the lower lashes.
  • Length: This is a lengthening mascara that did not deliver as well as it could, and it definitely doesn’t compare to some of its competitors in the price range.
  • Thickening: My lashes were definitely thicker, but several of them stuck together, so it’s hard to say whether it’s truly thickening or if it’s just the clumping that does it. I think my lash looks somewhat full, but with the lack of length, they’re unimpressive.
  • Volume: I saw an increase in volume, but not by much. I was a bit dismayed that for a lengthening mascara, I couldn’t get the length, and despite that, volume seemed to be missed, too.
  • Best: I liked the richness of the black, and if I wanted a mascara to quickly apply before leaving to get groceries or something simple, this wouldn’t be a bad choice.
  • Worst: I was quite disappointed in this mascara, because it did not give me the length it should have. It claims to be a lengthening mascara, so when it clearly misses the mark, it’s a big let down. For $21, I expected more out of a mascara! I would compare the results of this with Bobbi Brown’s Everything Mascara.