Vampy Claws

For Ballroom, I had to have my nails “just so” – the grooming is impeccable and it’s unheard of NOT to have gel nails (or at least ferociously long, often outlandishly wide, french manicured nails.)  I opted for glittering, far more narrow tips myself…

Were I still in the sport (or perhaps even if not) I’m pretty sure I default to these unbelievable, deliciously, pointy claws.

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My Martial Arts rules out such a possibility (though they could be easily utilized in Ninjutsu!)  I suppose back in the day my weight lifting habit (of, now, nearly 26 years) would have also required some level of caution. . .

But still…these sharp, fresh-blood red talons are out of this world… At least to this not-so-secretly goth girl in a gi…

Holiday 2016 – Lime Crime Diamond Crushers

Wait…WHaAaaAT!?  Where were THESE when I was competitively Ballroom Dancing, dang it?!  

These are the PERFECT, iridescent light catchers (and I’m highly irritated that they’ve come out now…several years too late!)  The names are as sassy as the shades, and I love that they (along with many other companies) are following suit of such brands as Colour Pop and showing swatches on a variety of skin tones.  *LOVE*

Trip

STRIP

FLUKE. . .

I can’t well wear them to the dojo (lest my partner’s gi light up like a Christmas ball) but…I hope other people indulge in the high-wattage glow! 

The Diamond Crushers are meant to layer over lip color, but I’m sure you could use them on your own.  You could also very likely get creative (because…why not?) and use them to reflect light to / from other areas.  Eye gloss, anyone?  

The “Otherworldly” Glow Getter

Highlighters have absolutely proliferated the market…I’ve gone on about it plenty, and so have most beauty blogs.  And fashion sites. And publications. It’s a trend that hasn’t gone away, and probably will always find a place no matter the changing tides (yes, even when matte is the end all be all!)

Ethereal is ALWAYS in, but galactic is a whole other thing… It is definitely less wearable, but somehow still as appealing to most eyes (and wallets!) simply because of its novelty and “otherworldliness.”  I mean, who doesn’t want some kind of gleam somewhere?  It’s chic to sport an angelic sheen!  In the case of Milk Makeup’s Holographic Stick, though, it IS more extraterrestrial.

I’ve seen a bunch of posts out there but BeautyByKelsey shared one of the best swatches of this stick, as well as Anastasia’s Moonchild palette, Kat Von D’s Eyeshadow, Pat McGrath’s 003 highlighter (which was a quickly snatched-up cult item when it came out some months ago.)  It was nice to see it here, as other posts didn’t quite get the “on-skin, actual” look across.  Not to mention, if you really want to go full-bore, you have a nice collection of space-age products and hues to choose from!

There’s a definite lilac sheen going on here – it does NOT (hallelujah!) appear to be glittery or shimmery at all. Fear not, for those of you for whom glitter is your thing – this will still command some attention when on your skin (at least from someone else’s rods and cones!)

Not for the faint of heart, but those who want to stand apart. And glow while they’re at it.

milkmakeup.com

milkmakeup.com

Supernova, outer-spaced fabulousness.  If there’s life out there, prepare to wow.

Summer 2016 – L’Oreal True Match Highlight

I never use Snapchat – in fact, I’ve no idea, really, what the app even looks like.  But Budgetbeautyblog posted an image (this IS Instagram, no?!) of some fun new highlighters from L’Oreal.

I personally have AN ARSENAL of highlighters.  My wedding is in October, so naturally I am sifting through them all to see which ones I will actually end up using (wouldn’t it be tremendous to layer them all!? Ermagawd!I am incredibly discriminating, however, when it comes to “glow-getters” – and I am ever-determined to find ones that DO. NOT. GLITTER.  

Back in my college days, wearing glitter on my eyes, dark and painted jeans, and combat boots was no big deal.  In ballroom, it was basically a prerequisite.  But – as I have droned on about over and over again – I no longer feel my skin has to sparkle.  

No.  No, thank you.  I just want to glow – healthily – in a gleaming, possibly pearlescent manner.  But any sign of glitter – however small – will send me running the other way.  When the sun comes out (or the moon!) I expect my radiance to appear as though I am, indeed, lit from within.

Lofty wishes, maybe… Demanding of my products, 1,000%.  But I have found highlighters that glow beautifully, minus that disco ball scenario.  I don’t know if these L’Oreal liquid creams will just be “sheen” or something too-young for my taste – they look quite lovely swatches here, though!  Clavicle, brown bone, cheeks…the shades would work anywhere.  Curious to see more about these in the next few weeks!

Word Of The Day – Éclat (YSL, Is That You?!)

I smiled when I read the word of the day because the first thing that came to mind was YSL.  

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The Company’s Touche Éclat launched in 1992 – I was still in middle school so it was just off my radar.  When I got to college a few years later, however, Sephora stores started cropping up near campus – the store was a whole other realm of retail because it provided a one-stop-shopping experience for all things color (cosmetics, makeup etc) and skincare without having to deal with a full on department store. Ah, the brilliance.  Having been a performing athlete most of my Life I was used to a perpetual search for glitz and glitter (one I daresay took much more effort before the likes of Sephora.)

Back then I was far more obviously-Goth, but there was something about shimmer (the dancer and figure skater in me?) that always pulled me in.  Yes, glitter and badassery – in my own Geminian mind, they worked perfectly well in tandem.  I was regularly told I looked “intimidating” and I blended so well at a Type O show that no one would have been the wiser, but yes…my closet housed an absolutely arsenal of products.

Glowing, radiant, glimmering…all worked for me at that age – I was completely unabashed and frankly got a ton of girls hooked on the glitter.  It became a trend among the class, even with the sorority girls (with whom I shared little else in common.)  The other must-have?  Products that could fake “awake.”  Yep, countless sleepless nights writing papers, finishing homework, wolfing down a third dinner…some mornings we all needed some help (my undereye bags the most!)

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At 18 it seems like sleeplessness doesn’t show… Or maybe it’s that we think it “shouldn’t”?  I can’t speak for anyone else but – while not nearly as pronounced as it can be at 38 – it showed!  Enter YSL’s cult Touche Éclat. ❤  (They’ve since followed suit with a ton more shades and a variety of “Neutralizers” (as below.)

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I remember some years later working in executive retail management.  My hours were horrendous, the pay was incredibly low, and the work was exhausting!  I’d get home dead tired, and wake up feeling a shade worse than that…but I recall one of the ladies on my staff saying “you always look so bright and awake!”  With a laugh (to balance my “OMG, are you serious?!” thought process) I told her it was thanks to YSL.  “Just let me believe it -you look beautiful,” she replied. Talk about a compliment (more for the product than myself!)

So it was tried and true for me as much as all the cult followers out there, I guess! They’ve expanded in to color corrective versions also, which I have to say is hugely intelligent based on the of-the-moment trends!  I haven’t used those myself, but some days I think it would be a wise purchase… My bed, the devil on one shoulder, the pen, the angel on the other?

X ❤

 

Summer 2016 – Lancome Glow Subtle Silky Highlighter

The strobing, highlighting, glow-getting trend has been seriously string for some months now.  I feel like it doesn’t matter WHAT season it is, radiance is always a la mode.  These, though, do lend themselves beautifully to summer, given their rosy and golden sheen.

Musingsofamuse.com photo

Musingsofamuse.com photo

Lancome’s Glow Subtil Silky Creme Highlighters also happen to be pretty gorgeous to look at – annoying when you have too much stuff to begin with, and there’s even more you want to buy!  The perpetual predicament!

PS, I loved that they had swatches on light and dark skin (or swatches at ALL!)  It reminded me of what Colourpop does with showing how the shades appear on multiple skin tones.  Love that!

The highlighter is designed to give a “natural-looking, soft-focused glow” – always the goal, I think!  It can be layered without getting too chalky or glittery – two more bonus details.  The product contains conditioning ingredients, and “special blend of dispersed elastomer and pigments” which give the formula it’s bouncy texture.  Sounds very Asian inspired to moi!

Summer 2016 – Essie Bridal Collection

While I won’t be a bride this Summer…I will be come Autumn, though…so I thought it would be fun to share this new Bridal Collection from Essie for ladies who ARE getting married (or attending a wedding!) this Spring or Summer! 🙂

The Collection features six new shades, all delicate pastels – they are fresh, happy, and perfect for the Season (particularly, in my opinion, Springtime.)

The colors will retail for $8.00, and include:

  • Between The Seats – ivory
  • Groom Service – soft lavender
  • Passport To Happiness – a bright mint
  • Steal His Name – milky peach
  • Coming Together – light pink
  • Mrs Always-Right – cranberry terracotta

I like that they do offer a deeper “pastel” option for those who may not want to go too “sweet.”  The names, of course, are super cheeky and fun…  I kind of like the shimmer, Passport To Happiness mint myself…

As for me, though, even though it will be Autumn. . .three days from my FAVORITE day, Halloween!. . .AND despite my inherent vampiness. . .I will go with my usual glitter ombre.  It always looks so fun, reminds me of my ballroom days, and will definitely work with the gown!

Glitter Ombre

Glitter Ombre

 

Beauty Fail – Circle Glitter

So…

I came across this and, funny it may be, there are people who might give it a whirl (don’t look at me, I’m not one of them!  I did, however, see photos online of several ladies sporting the…er…idea.)

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Unless you plan to hit up a disco, or you happen to be an ultra famous pop star…I’m going to go ahead and say skip it!

A good eye cream and corrective concealer can make a world of difference…without the bombardment of finger-pointing or camera snapping!

 

From Ballroom To Mats

#FemaleJiuJitsuproblems…

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I still have my glittering uv gel nails from my Ballroom days.  I realize it isn’t exactly “Martial Arts”-y, but…I can’t help myself.  I also realize I am juxtaposing two extremes – sparkles and badassery – but that’s just how I’m going to roll.  (No pun intended!)

I was working on Trap And Rolls the other day with a very tall, broad male partner – as he threw me off, his upper back rolled over my hands, causing them to crush into the floor.  It didn’t hurt because my wrists were in the proper position (palms were up, facing his back), but the sound of “pop! pop! POP! poppp!” let me know that the nails didn’t come out unscathed.  I ended up using my hunnie’s 4 year-old niece’s princess band-aid to keep my thumb nail (then in three parts) together.  Great look.

They weren’t nearly as long as normal but any length is evidently an issue.  Is it necessary to totally forgo “pretty” to be a Martial Artist or Jiu-Jitsu practitioner?  I don’t think so…

I still have the glitter, but had the nails filed uber short. I can’t promise they’re going to last, but I have a better chance of their survival at a non-Ballroom length!

Kinetics Solar Gel – Goldy and Jet Black

I passed by this review on ChicProfile and loved the look of these two polishes!  Off course I adore black but some don’t come out quite as beautifully as this one!  

Kinetics Jet Black has a gorgeous, glossy opacity and is a true, non-blue black.  L ❤ VE.  It’s inky and divine on its own, though (as ChicProfile shows) it can also be fun with a glittering topcoat.

I happen to love Goldy because it really concentrated – there is nothing more annoying than buying a glitter lacquer that has nary a speck on the brush when you go to use it! (I’m exaggerating, but you know what I mean – some “glitters” are totally watered down, making for a very sparse coat…or a multitude of them in effort to get the effect!)  Goldy is nicely packed with a solid dose of large hexagonal glitter, and teeny, tiny spots.  

On the two polishes are beautiful.  A little bit punk, definitely fashion forward, and fun for winter!