Friday, July 24, 2009

Sally's Beauty "Haul"

I purchased a few things at Sally's today, and I thought I'd show you the goods.
Batiste Dry Shampoo in Original, 2 pairs of Ardell lashes in Fairies and Demi, and lastly 2 Sally Girl sparke effects in Midnight Blue and Pearly White. I'll probably use the glitter in nail polish or something. I'm really excited to use the Batiste spray, so I guess I'll be gross and stay out of the shower. :P

Midnight Blue

Pearly White

Wednesday, July 22, 2009


I have a problem. It's sort of a compulsion really. If there is one chip or smudge in my nail polish I have to do it over. I can't just repaint the single nail, of course not. I have to do another manicure in another color. (I waste so many cotton balls. At least cotton is a sustainable resource.) Anyway I had managed to keep of Sally Hansen's Peachful Breeze of for a few days. I've always hate Sally Hansen nail polish because it seems that no matter how long you patiently sit there WAITING for the polish to dry it never does. Just when you think its safe to click away at your keyboard your polish smudges into that gooey messy way that only dear Aunt Sally's can. That being said I finally got it to dry, and it sat prettily for three or so days. So I tried another Sally Hansen polish that I had at the bottom of my polish basket. And no, I don't display my nail polishes in neat little lines like ready soldiers. The all canoodle together in a basket bonding and sharing stories. I got out a polish from a french manicure set, Natural 2 I believe, and then I got out a glitter polish to make a nice little gradient and this is what I came up with.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

DIY Pore Strips

As a tween my friends and I had sleepovers in which we tried out every beauty treatment we could, one right after another. We did calming cucumber masks followed by re-energizing citrus scrubs. One night in particular we tried a few Biore products: the Biore Self Heating Mask and, the famous, Biore Deep Cleansing Pore Strips. The mask was pretty amazing. I don't know if it actually cleaned out my pores, but it felt SO nice. It was as if my face was being wrapped in a warm blanket of goodness. Maybe if I were more articulate I could describe it better. It felt awesome, for lack of a better word. This post however, is not about the amazing packet of liquid sunshine that was the mask. It is about the Pore Strips. (Who would have thought.) That night with my friends I discovered the magic of pore strips. Alas growing up the price of pore strips was a bit too hefty so I rarely got them. Now that I have some more money in the bank I still don't want to pay eight dollars for a few pieces of nose tape. Soooo I present to you my craft store dupe....

Although it doesn't smell that great it works pretty well. You just have to be careful taking it off because it is a lot more fragile than a pore strip.

DISCLAIMER: This is not my idea. I got this idea from a beauty book. Don't blame me if you got high while doing this. You can blame the author. I'll forward your complaints to her. Do this at your own risk!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Lacura Lipsticks

If you've never heard of Aldi it's a supermarket chain from Germany that adopts a no-frills approach to marketing which allows them to offer items at EXTREMELY low prices. Most of what they sell is their own brand, but they do sell some things from major brands as well. Recently I stumbled upon their Lacura Beauty line which features a limited selection of powders, eyeshadows, blushes, nail polish, and lipstick. I picked up two of the lipsticks at around $4 each, one in Cool Sands and the other in Coral.Cools Sands is a golden brown color with gold shimmer. Coral is a rose color with a bit of mauve, and a slight pink shimmer. Both have that unmistakeable lipstick smell which could be a problem for some people, but I don't really mind it. They are a little drying, but that's nothing that some lipgloss can't solve. The color selection isn't extensive, but all of the colors are wearable. Some inexpensive drugstore brands have tons of colors, but many of them are unflattering and hard to pull off. The color doesn't last too long, but at $4 I don't feel guilty reapplying. I reccomend Coral over Cool Sands because it's an almost neutral pink with a bit of sparkle and would look great on everyone.