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After much deliberation, I've finally decided on, and found a place to ramble on about makeup without disrupting all my other ramblings.

preamble: I'm NC30, with combination skin that's just settling down to the grime and humidity of the thicker New York air. With no other makeup background than simply liking it, and the hundreds (read: thousands) of dollars poured into this hobby, flimsily justified by crying out "but I need it for my acting!".

Bright colours make me unashamedly happy. For my Beauty Quick Tips, go HERE.

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Thursday
Mar102011

Stallion Breaking Trojans

So currently, we are doing our Language Projects at studio. You don't need to understand what it is, but just understand that we are presenting, as a show, the story of Book 8 of The Iliad. It is a show were we are dressed all in black, with no distinct costumes. So in true Alice fashion, I need to unleash a little of my passions through a little makeup action.

Yesterday, I did a shimmery bronze look for the gleaming Argives armed in Bronze. Today, I decided to go for the side of the Trojans. I took inspiration from Hector's famous shining helmet, which in the Trojan style, would have red plumes going down the center line, you know what I'm talking about, it looks like a broom.

All this is to say, red and bronze were the colours I was drawing from. I kind of liked it, I'm probably not going to do it again anytime soon, so I thought I'd share it here.

 

Sunday
Feb202011

Guerlain Rouge G Lipstick

Every once in a while, a cosmetic item becomes more than just something that you slap on your face, more than just the product inside. Every once in a while, a cosmetic item becomes an object of luxury itself. The Guerlain Rouge G lipstick is one such item.

About the size and weight with the design of a tiny pistol that a high flying superspy secret agent lady might carry, this thing feels more than substantial in your hands. Encased in chrome, the cap clicks open with two mirrors for easier application.

The case is a work of art, designed by the famed jewller Lorenz Baumer. The formula is creamy, smooth, with intense pigmentation that lasts for hours (through food). Greta is a deep cherry red that's dramatic without being too bright. Flattering on both warm and cool skin tones. $46 at Sephora.

Saturday
Jan222011

MAC Pro Longwear SPF 10 foundation

$29.50 at MAC Cosmetics

ROAD TEST:

Preamble: I've haven't really worn liquid foundation (or even a tinted moisturiser) for a good number of years now, so this was as much of a stress test for my skin as it was for wear. I wanted something with a little fuller coverage than my everyday minerals or MSFN, while at the same time being long wearing and sweat/lights proof. After reading a bunch of reviews and weighing up the cost/rating of each of the contenders, I settled on this.

I was tipping on the side of NC25 for most of the year, but after 5 weeks back home in Australia (during their summer months), I gained a tiny bit of colour and the NC30 seemed to blend a little better into my skin. It reads a tiny bit yellow on me under some lights, but not noticeably so.

Initial application: I used the 187 (duo fiber stippling brush) and I liked the coverage I got with it. The finish was not exactly matte but it was quite dry, I could tell it wouldn't budge any time soon, I almost didn't need a setting powder. For this to be a real road test though, I needed to do a realistic routine, i.e. no time for primer, but conceal + powder. In terms of the finish, it wasn't as nice and natural looking as my mineral powders, which was to be expected, nor was it as nice as the MAC Studio Sculpt. But the studio sculpt slides off my face after about 3 hours regardless of primer or powder or finishing spray so it's really no good to me. I decided against a finishing spray today because I wanted to see how it would fare on its own. I used Laura Mercier loose translucent powder. My skin hasn't experience a setting powder in a long while so it's looking just a little powdery, this disappeared after a few minutes. I'm not sure if this would show up flaky in dry patches, I had a pretty decent scrub this morning in the shower with my Aesop exfoliating paste so I didn't have any such offending patches to test.

3 hours in: Most foundations look better on me a few hours into its wear, something about my skin's natural oils coming out to play I guess. My makeup still looks flawless right now, which is a good sign. It was freezing outside so I was touching my face quite a bit, not exactly rubbing it but gently putting my palms to my cheeks to warm them up a little, I don't feel any oil or grease, and the makeup is staying put. I gently brushed my face with the black t-shirt I'm wearing and there's the barest trace of transfer, leagues better that a lot of other foundations I have tried. All good signs.

check back later for my end of the day update.

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8 Hours: This jet lag is kicking my butt, so I'm going to head to bed. Makeup still looks pretty damn good. If you look really closely you can see a little bit of wear but at a normal distance (that's socially acceptable) it looks just as good as freshly applied. Still no shine. I haven't had any sweat either so I can't promise you this no shine nirvana. I'll say one thing though, because it's a liquid foundation, it provides a bit of a tacky base for my blush and so my blush has held on far better than my mineral powders.

Final verdict: I'm a fan. For my day to day I would probably stick to my Everyday Minerals, because it has beautiful coverage and it's a natural finish while taking about 1/8th of the application time. But on days where I can't touch up and need something full coverage that would last, I would probably pull this out. All in all, HAPPY CAMPER!

Sunday
Nov212010

Bathtime Fun

"Y'all niggaz that be fuckin with that bird bath shit thinkin y'all clean, like you just gonna go in the bathroom & wash your nuts your face

Thats not cleaning yourself. I don't give a fuck how much soap you put on your little bird ass chest nigga. It ain't working my nigga.

Nah mean, get your ass in the shower son. Get between your toes nigga. Wipe your ass nigga.

And when you get in the shower for niggas that don't know how to take showers, wash your fuckin face first man. THEN wash your nuts.

Don't wash your nuts and then wash your face. You feel me! You goin' backwards. A lot of y'all niggas ain't know that shit! Nah mean.

And scrub hard! Scrub your balls hard nigga, scrub your little dirt off your ankles that when you was a lil kid u couldn't get em off & shit

Shit kept sticking there even tho how hard you tried haha. For y'all niggas that got that shit, y'all niggas ain't clean man. Word up man!

And have a bitch getcha back. Cuz your back is dirty son! The back of your ass and the back of your back. Scrub that shit nigga.

Clean your ass with the best soap. The best soap from the heavens above nigga. That's Dove!"

- Health and Hygiene advice from Ghostface Killah

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It's getting to that time again, when I start taking bubble baths with my laptop on a chair so I can watch a movie while I soak. It helps that there's a Lush store 2 minutes away from me. Here are my favourite bath supplies:

(links + prices US centric, if you're in Australia ask me for stockists, or you know, ebay that shit)

Kiehl's - Creme de Corps Soy Milk & Honey Body Polish

this smells yummy, isn't too abrasive, and doesn't dry out your skin either. Just a really nice body scrub to slough away the winter skin.

$28 - Kiehl's

Bliss Lemon + Sage Soapy Suds

I like my shower gels that smell fresh and not too sweet, this doubles as bubble bath (seriously though, all shower gels can double as bubble bath, it just depends on the sud expansion volume, it's a special branch of bathtime physics, don't worry about it). The body butter version of this is pretty special, if you're feeling splurgy you should probably get on that.

$18 for one, or $32 for a double pack - Bliss

Lush Bubble Bars, Bath Bombs, and Bath Melts

Here are the combination of products I like to use for a bath:

The traditional Butterball bath bomb goes well with anything, I like to pair it with either an Amandopondo bubble bar or a Floating Island bath melt. Those three would have to be my favourite things in a bathtub, apart from, you know, a person. They have new items all the time though, so go have a smell.

BODY LOTION SPECIAL:

It's winter time so time for some heavy duty slathering of lotions and potions and butters to make snuggling that much cozier. I like body lotions in general as a category, and really, most products on the market do a bang up job, it really just depends on scents and personal preference. I'm just going to list all the ones that I like becuase, let's not beat around the bush here, I'm a dictator. The cheap stuff first, then the more high end indulgences.

Vaseline Sheer Infusion with Stratys-3

These came out last year but I don't think they sold very well so I haven't been finding them anywhere. If you do find them, try a tube, and let me know so I can go stock up. The scents are really fresh and doesn't punch you in the face, but the best part is that these are so completely non-greasy, but they so completely moisturise. I like to have this on hand during the day and not so much for late night heavy duty lotioning.

Aveeno - Daily Moisturizing

Well this is an old faithful. Hypoallergenic, unscented, trusty good day lotion.

Palmer's Cocoa Butter

I know this doesn't need too much intro. Pretty much any girl who has ever picked up a fashion magazing has probably used this at some stage. Smells like cocoa, feels good on the skin. Can be a tiny bit greasy until it is fully absorbed, and because of the strong scent I like to use this just before bed.

Kiehl's Superbly Restorative Argan Body Lotion

They had limited editions of these for charity last year that were ridiculously expensive, as it is normally, it's pretty expensive. But Argan oil really is the shit, and it makes your smooth and happy.

6.8 fl. oz. for $35; 16 fl. oz. for $55 - Kiehls

Bliss Lemon + Sage Body Butter

Slightly more expensive than the shower gel, this feels a lot like the vaseline, but with at beautiful citrus scent that I'm in love with.

6.7 fl. oz. for $28 - Bliss

Aesop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm

Speaking of sparkling citrus scents, the smell of this just makes me feel good. I have a small jar of this in my makeup clutch that I take everywhere and in a pinch, I would slather this on my legs or elbows or anywhere else that needs it. It is hands down my favourite hand lotion.

75ml for $23 - Barneys

Sunday
Oct032010

Lush Lips

lip balms and petty crime from Alice on Vimeo

Things learned:

- I should plan out what to say before I turn on the webcam.

- I say the word "literally" way too obnoxiously and too often.

- I could never run out of lip product even if I never bought another one in the next 4 years, and with that money saved, I could probably buy a decent little video camera to do these videos on.

- By vaseline I mean, of course, petroleum

- Stealing is wrong, kids.

- I apparently lie in videos, I wore lipstick yesterday, it was Jungle Red by Nars, it was bananas.