Halloween A La Lime Crime

Lime Crime is known for their offbeat shades, and daring finishes…so really Halloween isn’t a stretch.  Like, at all.  

But I love that they make a point of the 31st all the same, and they they go “LE” (limited edition) in honor.  “Bloodmoon”? I do!  (Incidentally, I never – ever – wear lipstick.  But…I bought it, because… #vamp #bloodmoon #batwings. ❤ )

It’s kind of hard to resist – the perfect blackened red, don’t you agree?  Wicked is also spectacular, but I find it more a challenge to find the right dark blood red… Of course then I see Red Velvet and want that too… ❤

It’s perfect for leaving love notes, so I have an excuse to splurge. 😉  (Or at least that’s what my not-so-inner-also-outer Vamp says.) 

If you are feeling angelic, you could always go “Moonstone” – fair to say they have all manner of “bold” covered…and in that shade, you wouldn’t be run of the mill “divine!”

 

 

Par For The Course and Cryotherapy

The other day I was training double leg takedowns with my partner in Jiu-Jitsu and my foot took a real hit (her patella to my right medial bone spur (thank you, ice skating and pointe!)) Even when you are “training smart” and being mindful, accidents happen!  While my partner thought she just scratched me, I knew from the feeling that I was going to have more to deal with than a scrape.

In about three minutes, the area turned a blackened purple, proving that the “feeling” wasn’t just a hunch.  Ouch.  What do you do in that situation?  ICE!  I am by no means a medical professional, keep in mind – with something as simple as icing, you will find a ton of articles in support of it, and quite a few against.  

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Cryotherapy entails applying enough “cold” to cause vasoconstriction (narrowing) of your blood vessels.  As this occurs, new cells are allowed to grow, injured ones can repair, and dead ones can exist stage left…along with some of that nasty inflammation.

In my personal past, ice has been incredibly helpful in preventing more substantial, longer-term damage by facilitating the healing process right away.  In the case of my foot, the ice attacked the swelling and blood flow immediately, leaving me still with an injured foot…but one I could walk on. 

What’s the time frame for icing?  What’s worked for me is about 15 minutes – I don’t want to just cool my skin, and I also don’t want to get frostbite (yes, it happens!  During knee reconstruction rehabilitation, I actually was borderline – my knee was so numb I almost noticed too late!)  

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It can be helpful to ice a few times a day to keep any inflammation at bay, and it’s useful to continue the following day as necessary – obviously it depends on the injury, but the point is…don’t ice once or twice and assume you are in the clear.

Whenever I feel an injury I assess the treatment I need immediately – ice in this case was the go to, and my Gracie Academy was stocked, fortunately!  NSAIDS (non steroidal anti inflammatories) can help too, but I try to steer clear of taking medications as much as possible. A topical Diclofenac (Voltaren), which is almost like Advil in gel form, has been a better go-to for me in the past.  I also didn’t combine compression with this one because it was an awkward and very tender spot – I LOVE compression for other injuries though, as it helps rush oxygen-rich blood to the scene of the trauma, (and minimize edema!) helping the injured tissue to heal.

This wasn’t an armbar, but it was a nasty contusion in a tough-to-heal spot (that I couldn’t help putting pressure on!)  The prompt attention made a huge difference in the healing time and though I still feel it, it didn’t keep me out of training for a prolonged run.  PHEW!

The Blood Runs Deep

So of course ANYTHING vampy will catch my attention…

I love red nails, and I LOVE degrade.  So naturally this mani stood out!  I prefer longer claws but…I love the deep red to black. 

Sassy, @Nail_Swag.  I dig it!

Ellis Faas Reds and Lights

I’ve loved Ellis Faas for a long while now.  I used to get her newsletters and basically covet all the “REDS.”  Didn’t matter the formula, the ones ending in ’01 or ’02 had this UBER vampy tinge that I just swooned over.  

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I just got a newsletter to say the Netherlands-born makeup artist and photographer has a special exhibition in L.A. for some of her photo work, and I ended up back back on her site ogling all the gorgeousness.

The Eye Lights always stood out because with Ballroom I was under some seriously hot-white lights – if you want the eyes to pop…glitter, shimmer or sheen of some kind is THE glow go-to.  I loved the shades Ellis offered, and I’m kind of upset I never bought any!  Honestly, smudged close to the lash line, E305 would be divine for a night out.  It reminds me a lot of a shadow I have called “Dragon Scales” because it has that earthen-gone-green-gone-blue iridescence (you know, the kind that conjures images of massive, winged mythical beats!)  The Lilac and Sliver would reflect beautifully out on the dance floor, and might have been what I’d have snagged for comps.

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As for the lip colors…I don’t know a single Vamp who wouldn’t want all of these!  Again, it’s the ’01s and ’02s that I am personally obsessed with.  One of the interesting things about Ellis is that she wanted to mimic shades that naturally occur within the body...so, of course, I’m ALL over the vampier, true “blood” shades – they have a rich vibrancy, and are so in-tune that instead of me-but-better, the shades are me-but-Disney.

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I don’t really wear much beyond balm or gloss these days (yay, Nivea and Baby Lips!) but I have never stopped wanting to buy up all the low-number REDS.  They’re seriously hot and show-stopping, and with colors that look like they are totally meant for you? How could you NOT!?