Poshmark – High Heels and Whatever Else

I don’t know…eBay is nice and all but Poshmark is pretty great.  Once upon a time I was in Product Development in Ladies Footwear – talk about a wild ride!  Fashion at it’s finest…and craziest…and literally in the thick of it.  We used to say “we see everything from the birth, to the death, of a shoe.”  And we did…

Poshmark is great because it offers more than just what you can find on eBay (but, in the same vein, both new and loved items you may not be able to get elsewhere – Fashion obsolescence!)  

If you want to list something on Poshmark, while there are fees involved in selling, there aren’t any up front for listing…so even if you get dinged with a small fee at point of sale, you aren’t getting nailed monthly with hefty fees (those on eBay can really add up.)  So basically it’s long-term exposure without a major price tag, provided your items need it.

It’s definitely worth checking out if you haven’t as yet… You can do so here.

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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…

Multi-Tasking Hydrating Mists

I’ve stocked up on a ton of facial mists myself over the years, usually finding them at Asian markets, Asian brands on eBay, or in New-York-City style pharmacies (think Evian, Avene, La Roche Posay…now FAR more accessible!)

Many mists these days, though, aren’t just for cooling, refreshing, or soothing.  Nowadays they are designed as much to protect you from the elements as they are for instant, feeling great at the time.

Garnier’s Moisture Bomb Multi Protection Hydrating Mist (that’s a mouthful!) protects the skin from UV pollution and oxidation, boasts an SPF of 30, and hydrates with a “lighter than air” feel – a nice addition to refreshing, don’t you think?  It isn’t here in the USA as far as I can tell…but you can find it in the UK at Boots, for one.  For a review, you can check out ReallyRee’s here.

For another multi-tasking variation on mists,Wander’s Glow Getter Mist promises non-comedogenic moisturizing, antibacterial soothing and healing, plus a radiant , dullness-busting, dewiness.  Yep, this rose-scented spray actually serves as a bit of a highlighter, how about that?  So not only do you feel refreshed, but you most certainly look it (provided you are wanting that all-over-glow it provides – with or without makeup underneath. Oilier skin types may not, but I haven’t seen too many reviews just yet to determine that!) 

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Last but definitely not least (since the brand has quite a cult following already for its masks!) is GlamGlow’s Glowsetter setting spray.  Per Sephora’s description: “This instant makeup finisher is infused with TEAOXI® complex (green tea, white tea, and red tea) paired with charged waters and caffeine to hydrate, energize, and smooth in a weightless fine mist. Inspired by Hollywood skin—always sexy, never shiny—this setting spray is the perfect makeup companion, finishing your look with a soft, cloud-like mist so your glow goes everywhere with you, no matter what.” Fan of the brand?  Eager to try it?

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2017 Sneak Peak – Maybelline Khaki Camo (Et Al)

I very distinctly remember – in my many years of Fashion – when “camo” would come back “in season.”  It was never just about the print, mind you, but the colors themselves – you couldn’t go to a fabric or leather show with seeing a proliferation of khakis, olives, sandy browns…

I follow the Runways (a lot) less these days – at the time, it was a huge chunk of my job! But, when you see posts about cosmetic companies backing a certain hue, you can be sure you will be seeing it in everything from handbags to shoes, to apparel.  So embrace your badassery and get to this borderline-grunge, sooty but sexy shade. It definitely will work for green and hazel eyes, but give is a shot – for a variation on smokey – no matter the color of your eyes.

There are LOTS of other products coming out as well from this brand, so be sure to check out Nouveaucheap’s post for pictures and descriptions!  It isn’t JUST about the camo khaki for sure…

 

Fall 2016 – Marc Jacobs Blacquer

Marc Jacobs new Collector’s Edition – launching for Fall – embraces blackness unabashedly.  Black in and of itself is so deliciously dauntless one might even say “THE” blackness.  Ahhh….How gloriously gothic of you, Mr. Jacobs…and in ample time for my favorite day! (#halloween, don’t forget it! 😉 )

The Collection includes:

  • Le Marc Lip Creme Lipstick in Blacquer 
  • Highliner Gel Eye Crayon in Taboo
  • Epic Noir Mascara & Gel Eyeliner Collector’s Edition Set 

It isn’t for the shy, for sure, but rather those who can go boldly withOUT batting a lash… I personally think it’s brilliant that cosmetic companies aren’t automatically eschewing the less traditionally “wearable.”  Women are more fearless in this day and age, and it isn’t only the Manic Panics of the World who should feel free enough to offer such intrepid shades.

My Pagan heart adores you, Marc.  I like your brazen nerve!

Summer 2016 – Tarte

There’s something to be said for flushed cheeks – the kind you get from figure skating training during the winter…OUTdoors, from a great Martial Arts class…, or from a romp with your hunnie.  For Tarte, inspiration for the newest Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush shades comes from the latter – how saucy, Tarte!

  • Sensual
  • Seduce
  • Risque

All three hues manage the kind of just flushed color you want to wake up with, but sometimes have to exert yourself to get (or, conversely, that you have to buy and brush on.  Whatever works!)  They maintain a natural, your-color-but-better, “nude” kind of enhancement – nothing overly done, garish, or contrived with these.  Hallelujah.  I want to buy all three for that reason alone (though the sassy names add a level of fun to them by default.)

Taste does have a slew of other products as well but since I’m all for a healthy flush of color – which typically I tote around as a byproduct of my Martial Arts training and exercise – the Amazonian Clay shades caught my attention first. 🙂

The rest of the lineup, per Temptalia (who always has thorough lists – thank you!) includes:

AMAZONIAN CLAY 12-HOUR HIGHLIGHTER 

A vegan friendly, 12-hour highlighter for an effortless, incandescent glow.

AMAZONIAN CLAY 12-HOUR BLUSH 

  • Sensual
  • Seduce
  • Risque

SHAPE TAPE CONTOUR CONCEALER 

A vegan friendly, creamy concealer for radiant coverage and contouring.

  • Fair
  • Light
  • Light-Medium
  • Medium
  • Tan
  • Deep

CREAMY MATTE LIP PAINT

  • Choker Warm brown
  • Rave Greige
  • Grunge Dark brown
  • Crop Top Mauve brown
  • Brownie Brown

METALLICS SHADOW

A collection of creamy PRO eyeshadow singles in a range of high-impact metallics.

  • Pin-up Prismatic pearl
  • Shake Down Taupe
  • Grind Taupey silver
  • Dame Dusty rose
  • Scandal Bright copper
  • Scarlet Metallic plum
  • Whiskey Bronze
  • Speakeasy Brown copper
  • Poker Face Silvery lilac
  • Hussy Yellow gold
  • Sinful Plummy slate

KISS & BLUSH CREAM CHEEK & LIP PALETTE 

A universal cream cheek & lip palette powered by the propriety Rainforest of the Sea™ complex.

  • Smooch Pink
  • Peck Nude
  • Butterflies Mauve
  • Saucy Berry
  • Tickled Peach
  • Cloud 9 Pearl highlight

YOUNG, WILD & FREE AMAZONIIAN CLAY PALETTE

  • Simple Life Beige
  • Happy Place Light brown
  • Virtue Antique gold
  • Weekend Rose gold
  • Lucky Charm Bronze
  • Dream Team Copper
  • Party Champagne highlighter
  • Wow Dark charcoal liner

Check out more of Temptalia’s post for additional photos!

I feel like the colors of the rest of the Collection read more heading-into-Autumn, but regardless I think they’re pretty divine.

Say Hello To Sexy

Well…I guess the “strobe” trend has gone global (so to speak!)  It went from face…to face and décolletage…to face, décolletage AND the legs.  Why not, I suppose?

So if you are thinking that your visage is more youthful, highlighted and radiant…but that your gams don’t match, fear not…there are new products for you!

Say Hello To Sexy Legs Illuminating Fluid is a “lightweight, transfer-resistant highlighting cream with a splash of shimmering pearls.”  I don’t know about that shimmer part but I guess if you want to glow…

For those who want to do a little photoshop reshaping, the Say Hello To Sexy Legs Contour Stick is your trick-o-the-trade.  Ultra light, easy to apply and also transfer resistant, this can be used anywhere you like to add (or subdue) lines.

Pretty snazzy for a night on the town…  Or, maybe a stroll in the park?