Cat Humor – Starving

I know a certain somebody who insists that he’s gone skeletal, heaven forbid mom is two seconds past 6 pm with dinner.  His dramatics are – I think, but of course I’m biased – worthy of the New York stage. . .



Ballroom’s White Lines

White eyeliner is one of the bigger “tricks” in ballroom when it comes to widening the eyes.  Up close, we are more like porcelain…er…tanned…dolls.  Makeup and hair HAS to be perfect, but it isn’t all for no reason.

As a performer it is incredibly important that the audience (and the judges!) can see your expression – it is as much a part of that performance as the movements.  We are actors, actresses, and instruments…and our emotions are part of the “story” we are telling.

@nicoal_ann shared this photo on Nyx’s trend sharing page, and it stood out immediately

The white and black eye liners are paired so smoothly, and the overall effect is PERFECT for Ballroom competition. Sometimes we would extend the black liner out further, flanking the white wings, to create a wider eye, but this works too.  The white on the inner rim, and at the tear and outside areas helps to open the eye, making sure our sassy, sultry gaze doesn’t disappear between the floor and where you are seated!

Scheduling Posts…and Various

As an aside, I do schedule posts ahead of time – I tend to run around a lot with my training and I want to be sure there is always something new. I am admittedly a psychopants about skincare, in part because of what I was taught growing up…and also because, as an athlete, it’s important to be mindful, lest I walk away bruised and blemished.  Martial Arts are far from glamorous, but having been a performer for much of my Life, I’ll never show up a disaster.  Just won’t happen.

My background in the Fashion industry, as a competitive ballroom dancer, figure skater, and performer has afforded me a TON of knowledge with respect to skincare and color cosmetics – again, it isn’t as much as daily thing for, so much these are areas I’ve been exposed to for a LONG time. Many of my friends are pinups, pinup photographers, models, performers and dancers…so the makeup artistry is an interest by default! 🙂  I am also always curious to see new launches, though it is more relegated to new developments in the world of skincare, haircare, color technology etc…not so much that a product is jiving with a runway trend.

So all that said, my posts are indeed quite varied – I’m the dancer my friends called a jock, but who has more heels and thigh highs than a store!  So I’m thankful for those who read, even if only certain posts. Since I’m not always sitting at the computer (I am, rather, off rolling on a mat!) I tend to post things ahead of time.  When I do, I add the photos on my FB page, so they will show up with the shortlink, and then a date when the post will be published.  

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Exhibit A – Facebook

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Exhibit B – WordPress Gallery


Physicians Formula Work It

So…is this “Work It!” Collection for active ladies?!  If it is, YAY!  I’m a big BB fan, so tinted moisturizer is more up my alley than heavy layers of product.  I’m eager to see this in store – thanks to @rockgirlmaxim84 for sharing images of new product!

Separately, as the image is just next to it…Physicians Formula is also coming out with Extreme Shimmer strips – this would be UH-MAZING if you are a dancer or performer.  I can safely say that I’d have been on the hunt for these when competing in Ballroom – way to catch the lights!

Lips 101 With Besame

If you are in California at all, and free from 1 to 2:30 tomorrow – I only just saw this newsletter! –  you should check out Besame’s Lips 101, a class to teach the basics of lipstick, including the history, production and application techniques.  It’s only $10, which is pretty fabulous.  Sadly, I’m not in range for the class, but I’d enjoy it for the historical and production portions for sure – terribly interesting!  

I know a whole handful of pinups, dancers, performers and pinup photographers – this would be terrific for any and all, as well as ladies who simply love makeup and love to get glam! 😉

Illamasqua Sculpting Palette

I’ll be honest, I’m kind of overwhelmed by the plethora of contouring palettes these days!  I mean it’s GREAT, don’t get me wrong – being “in season” means there are countless options to choose from!  But therein lies the debacle – overload!

I actually really like the look of Illamasqua’s Palettebut it may not be as suited to the masses as many of the “trios” that are out.  The shades are a hair less intuitive – ones you would find in a pro contour kit for makeup artists or performers (Ballroom, stage, actor etc…) who need true definition at a distance.

In that way, I’m not sure this is ideal for a beginner – contouring in and of itself isn’t outrageously complex, but hues like these might well require a more solid grasp of shading…as well as what works best with your tonality.  

The shades are as follows:

  • Rush – champagne shimmer
  • Cirrus – ivory brightening matte
  • Heroine – cool-toned matte contour shade for fair-medium skin
  • Nimbus – matte grey under shadow
  • Steal – softly warm coffee bronzer
  • Create – peach-toned matte contour shade for darker skin tones

I have seen some nice reviews, but I think it’s fair to say one needs a lighter hand and proper brushes here so that the end results are natural…not painterly!