Tuesday, September 25, 2012

This is my life in footwear.

Derby, running, CrossFit, work
The idiomatic expression, "to wear many hats," refers to the different roles/responsibilities we take on in life, but for me, I think it's more accurate to refer to my footwear.

I put my feet through a lot, every day. I mean it, they SERIOUSLY take a beating, and never EVER from being forced into tight, strappy heels either. (If I'm going to torture my feet, I'm going to make it worthwhile.) My feet would be considered by most to be ugly and unfeminine - I do not have smooth, dainty feet with toenails painted seashell pink. My feet are large (my running shoes are a men's 2E width!) and calloused (I've never needed to buy sandpaper), and at the end of a long day, the veins bulge a little bit. Lovely, right?

But they are at the crux of everything I do in my life that is worthwhile, and for this reason, they could never be considered truly ugly. My feet help me maneuver around the track. My feet carry me for miles and miles down trails. My feet are my base of support when I'm lifting a heavy barbell in the air. My feet take me around to each and every student in my classroom. (My legs help too, but they're generally clad in the same thing - workout pants or jeans.)

And equally as important are my shoes. (And skates.) It's a societal joke how much girls love their footwear, and I guess you could say that I do too, but it's never been about having perfect, cute shoes to match my outfit. My shoes are as equally beat up as my feet (except maybe my Converse shoes above, which I only recently bought for CrossFit after realizing that I could squat better in flat shoes than cushiony running shoes). I've had my skates about two years now, and they've been with me through virtually every stage of growth as a skater; my running shoes get replaced every year, but I've worn the same brand/model for a couple of years, and this year especially has had the most wear-and-tear because of all the races and training; and my flats with the bows on them are my most practical shoes for work, since we have such a large, spread-out campus that requires a lot of walking to get around. Plus, I don't like to fiddle with laces or straps when I'm trying to get out the door really quickly in the morning.

I do have many, many, many, many other pairs of shoes, including heels, but these are the four that I wear the most. These are the ones I'd save in a fire. (And maybe also my two pairs of knee-high Steve Madden boots =P) These are the ones that I cannot live without, because if I didn't have them, I would not be able to do all the things that I love to do. And if I could not do those things, I would not be me. These shoes are me. They are my life, in quite a literal way.

Left to right in the photo: Riedell Wicked skates (265 boot/Dynapro plates) with Atom Wheels; ASICS GT-2170; Converse All-Star low-tops; Born ballet flats

Monday, September 24, 2012

Sometimes the classics are best.


Eyes:
- UDPP
- Echo Beach all over the lid
- Muse in the crease, blended out with Laced
- Anonymous as a brow highlight
- Eye pencil in Perversion along the upper lash line - feel free to make this thicker/cat eye/whatever
- Eye pencil in Stray Dog along 3/4 of the lower lash line and Midnight Cowboy (eye pencil, not shadow pencil) on the inside 1/4.
- Tarte's Gifted mascara

Cheeks:
- Tarte's Amazonian Clay 12-Hour blush in Blushing Bride

Lips:
- MAC lip pencil in Brick 
- MAC lipstick in Viva Glam I (my derby namesake!)

Sunday, September 23, 2012

UD Vice Palette RAINBOW!


Call me chipper - I had a great run this morning, I'm watching Day 3 of WFTDA Western Regionals, and it's just been a nice, relaxing weekend. TIME FOR RAINBOWS AND SHIMMER!

Eyes:

- UDPP
- NYX Jumbo Pencil in Cottage Cheese all over lid as a base
- In order from the inner corner out, use a smaller-than-normal brush to apply the following colors on the lid, taking up equal amounts of space for each color:
Blitz
Penny Lane
Noise
Vice
Unhinged
Junkie
- Using a small-ish crease brush (not too fluffy or large), apply Desperation in the crease and then blend it out with Laced
- Apply Anonymous to the browbone as a highlight
- UD eye pencil in Perversion in a thin line along the upper lash line
- UD eye pencil in Mushroom along the lower lash line. Top the outer 3/4 with Black Market and the innermost quarter with Armor. (Be careful not to get glitter in your eye. You could probably also use Echo Beach.)
- Tarte's Lights! Camera! Lashes! mascara

Also wearing: Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Blushing Bride and UD's Pocket Rocket gloss in Doug

I just used 11 of the 20 shadows from the Vice Palette on this one look. Think I'm getting my money's worth? ;)



Saturday, September 22, 2012

Firing on all cylinders

Right now my derby league is doing a weight loss challenge, and while I applaud the organizers and the participants for getting things going, I've decided not to participate because weight loss is not in line with the fact that I'm trying to train for a marathon and all that. (Weight loss, while welcomed, is purely secondary to my athletic pursuits. There are lots of ways to lose weight that that don't involve getting stronger and better at sports, and that's not what I'm into right now. Fitness challenge? I'd be ALL OVER that.) But just because I'm not participating, it doesn't mean that I can't set goals for myself and try to achieve them.

My main goal right now is to settle into a routine and get firing on all cylinders. Over the past year, I have lost weight and generally gotten in better shape, but I've never had every piece of the puzzle at the same time - I would be running, but not eating right or going to CrossFit or derby; or I would be on Paleo but not really keeping up with any of my activities (like now), and what I need to figure out for myself is how to get all the parts working together and going at the same time.

Because it all makes a difference, and all these things help each other. I skate better when I'm running and doing CrossFit. I run better when I'm cross-training through skating and CrossFit. I am better at CrossFit when I've been running and skating consistently (especially at WODs that involve running and squats). I do ALL my activities and recover better from them when I'm on Paleo. And I am more likely to stick to Paleo when I have a regular routine of activity, rather than sitting on my arse all day and feeling unmotivated.

Diet and exercise. Exercise and diet. Now more than EVER, I'm aware of how much the two rely on each other. (And when I say diet, I don't mean "regimen that you do temporarily until you reach a weight loss goal and then you go back to all your bad habits." I mean, "permanently ingrained healthy eating habits that are designed to make your body healthier and fuel your life.")

So my big goal right now is to figure out a way to make everything fit together and find balance. Be my optimal self. And this may generate some weight loss or it might not. I'm trying to focus more on performance (which I can control) and less on outcomes (which I can't):

  • I've managed to talk my friend Lisa into doing the 100 Pushups Challenge with me. I kinda suck at pushups (from my knees, chest touching the ground, elbows at my side) and I want to do them better. Probably when I'm done with that, I'm going to work on situps (FULL situps, not crunches). There's a situps challenge too. Is there a burpees challenge? I REALLY need to get better at those.
  • I want to run longer and more efficiently. We've been doing 3/1 intervals for our distance runs (and we've kept it up about 15 miles before we really started to fatigue and cut our intervals short), so it's what my body is used to, but when we started trying to do 4/1s, it was really, REALLY difficult. Just that extra minute! So I'd like to be able to maintain a run for longer stretches of time before taking walk breaks. (And then, of course, build up total distance from there.)
  • I need to run more regularly. I've been skipping my weekday runs, which makes my weekend runs difficult, and I just really, REALLY need to make them a priority so that I don't crap out on my long runs like I did last Sunday. (So, friends, if you see me during the day or are on my FB, please give me periodic nudges to run after school. HOLD ME ACCOUNTABLE.) I suck at getting motivated during the week, because I have to get up too early for work, and when I get home, I'm super exhausted and just want to veg out...
  • ... except that I also want to go to CrossFit. Twice a week is my goal. It's not enough time for me to become super familiar with the lifts and motions, but if I can even do twice a week regularly, then I think I will be in much better stead than if I didn't go at all. Plus, I actually really enjoy it. CrossFit Milpitas is really fantastic and everyone's super nice, and I just really love being there. I just wish I had the time and money to be there MORE.
  • Showing up to all my necessary derby practices would be a great idea too, if I want to consistently make the travel team roster. I've been on leave of absence lately, so since I just started back again this past Monday, I felt really out of the loop and sucky and behind everyone else, and I don't want to get left behind. I do have big goals for myself in this sport, and I consider it my main sport, so I need to get my s*** straight so I can show up and be a good teammate and a good skater.
  • I need to hydrate more. I'm so reluctant to drink water because I've been a soda addict most of my life, and water is neither fizzy or tasty. But... sigh... it's necessary.
  • I've been lagging on my vegetable intake lately. I'm very quick to cook up a piece of meat, but ever since I stopped getting fresh produce delivery (the delivery hours just weren't working for me), I've been lazy to buy and eat many vegetables. I kinda get bored with broccoli and zucchini all the time. I liked getting the produce delivery because it forced me to learn some new vegetables.
  • I've been sneaking sweeteners into my food lately (some honey in my tea here, some agave in my Paleo brownies there), and I should cut back. I should probably do a reset and go super strict for a month just wipe the slate clean. I've been very into making Paleo treats lately, and I'm pretty sure that that's NOT how it's supposed to work =P (Major shout-outs, though, to my aforementioned friend Lisa for making me Paleo sweet potato ice cream!!!)
It's a long list, and there's a lot I want to accomplish, but honestly, since going back on Paleo about a month ago, my body has been performing and recovering better than ever - now I just need to get the other cogs going, and I think I will be headed towards BEASTDOM. 

Friday, September 21, 2012

Stormy Seas

My first look using the Vice Palette! Moody teals.

- UDPP Eden
- Desperation on the middle third of the eyelid
- Junkie on the outer third
- Armor on the inner third
- Unhinged in the crease, blended out with Naked (not in the Vice Palette)
- Eye pencil in Perversion along upper lash line
- Eye pencil in Junkie along the lower lash line, topped with Junkie eye shadow
- Tarte's Lights! Camera! Lashes! mascara

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Urban Decay Vice Palette - swatches and comparisons!

Obviously this is called the Vice Palette for a reason - it was DESIGNED for those of us whose vice is eye shadow. 20 brand-new exclusive shades, available for a limited time only - OBVIOUSLY I bought this right at midnight when it was released. I mean, DUH. And OBVIOUSLY I spent a bunch of time taking pictures of the palette instead of getting ready for Back to School Night tonight:

Bling!

The button you push to open the lid. I know, it sounds like a weird thing to get excited over,
but it's so much better than PRYING the lid open and messing up your eye shadow in the process.

Siiiiiiiiigh. C'est magnifique!
The slightly rubbery purple surface of the palette is the same that they used for the tiny little face case that came out a few years ago. It's nice to touch like a James Bond villain stroking his cat. It's nice and sturdy, the lid stands up on its own so you can see the awesome full-sized mirror inside, and it comes with a double-ended brush - UD's eye shadow brush is okay (not my favorite), but their crease brush is totally awesome.

So I wanted to get some quick swatches out there - I know lots of blogs have done swatches already, but hey, it's great to see these shadows against different skin tones, right?

Simple and striking

Darling really is such a beautiful color. And Goldilux is absolutely unparalleled as a gold shadow.

*Eyes
- UDPP Original
- NYX Jumbo Pencil in Cottage Cheese as a base
- Sugarpill loose shadow in Darling all over the lid
- Sugarpill loose shadow in Goldilux in the crease and blended out
- UD eye pencil in Perversion along the upper lash line and in Junkie along the lower lash line
- Tarte Gifted mascara

*NARS blush in Orgasm

* Covergirl NatureLuxe Gloss Balm in Coral

Monday, September 17, 2012

I heart tattoos

I haven't gotten any new ink since before I was pregnant (RIGHT before I was pregnant, actually - I got this one on my leg done and then found out the big news), so I am way overdue. I've got some ideas in the works, but since having a baby and starting roller derby, I either haven't been able to make it a priority financially or haven't been able to time it right. (Full contact sport + raw skin from tattoos = no no no!)

I do have three tattoos listed on my 30 Before 30 list (one for Jolie, one for derby, and one for the marathon I am running on 10/28), and was hoping to get them all done before my birthday, but it looks like it's going to have to wait - since I am gunning on making our all-star roster for October and November, I don't want to take any time off from practice, especially for tattoos. Maybe right afterward :)

So, here are my ideas:

Jolie tattoo - I just wanted to get her baby footprint, from the day she was born.Unfortunately, the nurse messed up trying to print her left foot, so the right foot is the only viable print I could use. (If only I could find the certificate...) The other idea I had was to do some sort of star design with the words "the prettiest star," since that's her namesake. Maybe I'll do both, and incorporate her footprint into a star design. I've been considering filling in the area above my armband tattoo (deltoid area) and maybe this would be a good place for it, though it might look strange against the red.

Derby tattoo - I've been playing around with the idea of turning my lipstick/brass knuckles necklace into a tattoo. I recently got this sticker in red for my new helmet, and was thinking it would be cool to get brass knuckles on the back of one calf and the lipstick crossbones on the back of the other, so you could see them from behind if I'm wearing a skirt.

Marathon tattoo - There are lots of these around, but I want mine to be special. In searching out some material for my gender studies unit with my sophomores, I came across a website called A Mighty Girl, a company that produces awesome books, movies, and music for girls - very girl-friendly and girl-positive. The Mighty Girl mascot totally caught my eye:

and I thought of maybe having her made into a derby girl for a tattoo (with my coloring though), but then I thought, how about as a marathon tattoo? And then her shirt could say 26.2. This would be a huge tattoo of course, and there's only one place for it - my left upper arm.

These are all just ideas, and I've got some time to think about them. Hopefully I won't wait too long - I'd love to have some new ink for my birthday :)

Friday, September 14, 2012

My Bucket List

So, I decided that one of my "30 Things" goals really should be "Come up with goals for after I'm 30." And yeah, it sounds like a gimme (it kind of is), but nonetheless, I want to make sure that I always have things to strive for.

My list will not be constrained by time, and will be ever-changing, because as I've found through my 30 Things experience, my goals are always changing - even just over the course of two years, I've learned new things and picked up new ambitions.

So here it is... I've been mulling over this for a while so far, and I think it's a good start. I don't expect that all of it will happen, but hey, I've got a lifetime...

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Not-boring khaki!

*Eyes
- UDPP Greed (it's a nice, shimmery gold)
- UD eye pencil in Stash all over the lid and along the lower lash line
- From the UD Smoked Palette: Loaded in the crease, Freestyle to blend it out, and Kinky on the browbone and in the inner corners
- UD eye pencil in Sabbath (currently available in the new double-ended eye pencil set) along the upper and lower lash lines (on top of Stash)
- Tarte's Lights! Camera! Lashes! mascara

* Normal face routine with NARS Orgasm blush

* UD lip pencil in Wallflower topped with Pocket Rocket gloss in Kirk



Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Karma Chameleon

"Lovin' would be easy if your colors were like my dreams / red, gold, and greeeeeeen..."

This look was inspired more by the "red, gold, and green" than by Boy George, although I daresay he had some fabulous eye makeup going on at times.

*Eyes
- UDPP Original
- (In hindsight, I should've probably applied NYX Jumbo Pencil in Oyster as a base right here. But I did not.)
- Sugarpill loose e/s: Junebug on the outer half, Asylum on the inner half, and then Goldilux blended in the middle of the lid where they meet
- Sugarpill pressed e/s in Bulletproof in the crease, and then blended out with UD e/s in Naked
- UD Urbanglow Highlight Cream in Moonshine patted onto the browbone (I don't think this is available anymore, but for reference, here's a photo.)

- UD eye pencil in Perversion along the upper lash line and Stash along the lower lash line
- Tarte's Gifted mascara

*My usual face routine, with NARS Orgasm blush

* NARS lipstick in Christina



Monday, September 10, 2012

Urban Decay Holiday 2012 - Double-Ended Eye Pencil Set


As I'm sure you can tell by now, I'm a FIEND for Urban Decay's eye pencils, and it is part of my life's mission to obsessively collect all their different shades, because I totally love them.

UD's Holiday 2012 collection is definitely giving me lots to be excited about. In addition to their Ocho Loco pencil set (which I squee'd over in this post), they also released this new Double-Ended Eye Pencil Set, which contains two tried-and-trues, one almost-exclusive shade (Corrupt, which previously appeared in the UD15 eye pencil collection), and one brand-new shade called Sabbath, as well as one of their fantabulous eye pencil sharpeners (which I own multiples of, by the way):



Sabbath is a dark, dark, almost-black navy blue, no doubt inspired by the corresponding shade from The Black Palette.


Where it differed (IMHO) from its eye shadow counterpart, however, was that it seemed pretty straight-up matte to me when I swatched it. The eye shadow has glitter, but the pencil was matte.

Regular-ish light, whatever that means

More direct, brighter light
As you can see, it's not shimmery and it has no glitter. It's really quite nice - I kind of think of it as the "Perversion" of navy blue. That is to say, it's the super-darkest navy blue I've ever seen, just like Perversion is the super-darkest black I've ever seen. And very pigmented - after I swatched the above samples, I just kind of scrubbed them off the back of my hand with a tissue, and Sabbath seemed to leave a stain. (I guess that's the thing with mattes.)

Sabbath is pretty kickass. I kinda want to pair this with eye shadows like Woodstock or Asphyxia. If you've been waiting for a dark matte navy, then this is your best bet, as it's obviously darker and matte-r than the other two navy options (and I dare include the Binge Ink for Eyes as well). I have no clue about whether this will become part of the permanent line or whether Urban Decay will just decide to whisk it out every now and then to get some more money excite their fans, so I would pick one of these up now if you really want it.

(Especially since there's free shipping on UD's holiday stuff until 9/15 and if you've ordered anything from them recently, you probably got a postcard with a UD sticker and a $5 off coupon.)

Psychedelic Sister

This is kind of an opposite look of what I was wearing on Saturday. I was trying to create a look using the shades that are in the new Fun Palette, but found that I ended up wanting to use different UD shadows from the ones that are in the palette, for brighter pops of color. Maybe it's just because I have the old formulas, but Freakshow and Fishnet were just not working for me.

*Eyes:
- UDPP Original
- Sellout on the inner half of the lid
- Junkshow on the outer half of the lid (from the 15th Anni palette)
- Psychedelic Sister in the crease
- Virgin to blend out the crease/highlight the brow
- Chase (from the 15th Anni palette) dabbed on the center of the lid
- UD eye pencil in Psychedelic Sister all around the eye
- Tarte's Lights! Camera! Lashes! mascara

* My normal face routine

* Lips: Revlon's Just Bitten Balmstain in Smitten, blotted off, and then topped with UD Pocket Rocket gloss in David



Sunday, September 9, 2012

Goals and stuff

A 30 Before 30 item in the works
So, my 30 Things Before I'm 30 list has been on my mind a lot lately, primarily because my birthday is almost exactly three months away, and I've still got a fair number of things to get done.

I've also been thinking a lot about my goals for AFTER I'm 30 (and have finished the list, hopefully). And I've come to the conclusion that I don't want to do a 40 Before 40 list. In the two years since I started my 30 list, my goals and wishes have changed so much, and at times, I haven't even been able to come up with 30 things that I've always wanted to do. To be honest, many of the things that are left on my list are things that I'm not so excited to do anymore, but I needed to fill the spaces. (I seriously sat there for an hour and could not come up with new goals to replace them, especially with three months left on the clock.) Even with ten years to work with, how could I come up with 40 things I want to do?

So I'm thinking I'll take it a year at a time. Maybe I'll have a bucket list as well, but definitely let's do goals a year at a time. Kind of like New Year's Resolutions, but FUNNER.

So I am thinking that for 2013, I'm going to focus on running as a goal, and that I'm going to do 13 13's in '13! Come on, it's the perfect year for something like that! 13 half-marathons in 2013. And I'm even registered for two already.

Track my progress HERE, yo.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Makeup with friends!

My good friend and teammate Kelly (aka Blisterine) asked me to "make her pretty," so we took a day to hit up Sephora so I could help her build up her makeup kit and add some color to her eye shadow collection, as well as show her how to use it all.

As you can see by our photo, the day was a success! One of her priorities for today was getting a good face regimen, and having read this post, Kelly was eager to give Naked Skin a try and was able to find her perfect shade (Shade 0.5). At my recommendation, she also got BeneFit Boi-ing and UD's Razor Sharp Ultra Definition powder (what can I say? It's a tried-and-true for me =P), as well as this spectacular palette from bareMinerals READY, that I'm now considering getting myself because the colors and quality are just gorgeous and awesome. I have a bareMinerals READY quad already that I love (Dream Sequence), and this one is awesome too.

In the photo above, as part of our makeup lesson, I talked Kelly through a lovely bright pink eye look using her new palette:
- Couture on the inner half of the lid
- Statement on the outer half
- Silhouette on the browbone and tear duct/inner corners
- Ensemble in the crease and used dry as eye liner around the eye, with Urban Decay Virgin to blend out the crease

and then also talked her through the face makeup part too. And she was pleased! Yay! Mission accomplished!

I picked up a full-sized bottle of UD's De-Slick spray, because I've nearly used up my small travel size,  but the really interesting thing was the 100-point Beauty Insider reward I picked up:


It's a teeny-sized MUFE Rouge Artist Natural lipstick in shade N45. And it's BEAUTIFUL. I don't usually spend my rewards points, but when I saw this, I was like, it's MUFE and it's red! I have to have it! I've never tried MUFE's lipsticks before, so I figured it would be a lovely treat :)

N45 is a bright cherry red, but on me, it pretty much looks hot pink. To me it's even more pink than red:


The formula is soft, moisturizing, and shiny, and it took a few passes to achieve that color you see above. I can't imagine it lasting very long (because it's so glossy), but there was still a stain left after I wiped it off.

And what did I wear? I decided to go vibrant purple today:

Eyes:
- UDPP original
- NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Oyster as a base
- From UD's 15th Anniversary palette: Omen all over the lid, on top of Oyster; Junkshow in the crease
- Naked to blend it out
- UD eye pencil in Rockstar along the upper lash line and Psychedelic Sister along the lower lash line
- Tarte's Lights! Camera! Lashes! mascara

with my normal face makeup, my Tarte blush, and UD's Pocket Rocket lipgloss in Doug.








Friday, September 7, 2012

Woodstock... Mushroom... insert your joke here

I may or may not have been subliminally inspired by the tshirt I'm wearing today:

Eyes:
- UDPP
- UD Smoked Palette: Mushroom all over the lid; Barlust in the crease; Blackout to darken the crease
- UD e/s in Naked to blend out the crease
- UD e/s in Woodstock patted all over the lid (in hindsight, I'd pack it on a little more, make it brighter)
- UD eye pencil in Perversion along upper lash line and Mushroom (hooray for new eyeliner!) along the lower lash line
- Tarte's Lights! Camera! Lashes! on upper and lower lashes

Face:
- Garnier BB cream in the medium/dark color
- BeneFit Boi-ing concealer
- MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Medium Plus




Thursday, September 6, 2012

Urban Decay's Ocho Loco pencil set

SO excited about this that I didn't even wait to take pictures of the pencils in-box! (Eh, for that you can go here, here, here, and of course here.)

These are my favorite eye pencils in the whole world, and the fact that there are four new colors (and one almost-exclusive) in this set is fabulously exciting:

- Junkie is the almost-exclusive one. It was in one of the holiday pencil sets from last year, so I do already have it, but it's a small-sized one, whereas all the pencils in Ocho Loco are full-sized. It's a glittery dark-ish teal.

- LSD is a navy with blue glitter.

- Psychedelic Sister is a red-based purple, which I find really exciting because so far, all the purple pencils that UD has released are blue-based. It is every bit as lovely and vibrant as its eye shadow counterpart.

- Mushroom is another color that I LOVE in its eye shadow form, so I was super excited that it's now available in pencil form. It's a straight-up taupe, which (oddly) is one of my favorite colors when it comes to makeup. ("Taupe" sounds like it should be really boring, but I frickin' love taupes.)

- Hustle is a shimmery medium brown.

By request, here are some comparison swatches. They are all the regular eyeliner pencils unless otherwise noted.

C = UD's Ink for Eyes cream liner
L = Liquid - specifically, their vintage eyeliners that came in the inkwell bottles, not the current ones
S = Shadow pencils

Teals on the right:
1. Junkie
2. Covet
3. Minx (L)
4. Flipside
5. Clinic (S)

Blues on the left:
1. LSD
2. Radium (from the same pencil set last year as Junkie)
3. Radium (L)
4. Flipside
5. Binge
6. Binge (C)

I just ordered the new double-ended pencil set with the new navy shade, Sabbath, in it, so I'll swatch that when I get it.

Purples:
1. Psychedelic Sister
2. Lust
3. Ransom
4. Ecstasy (L)
5. Empire (part of a limited edition double-ended pencil, paired with Uzi)
6. Asphyxia
7. Morphine (S)
8. Delinquent (S)

I did not swatch Empire (C), because I forgot :)

Light browns
1. Mushroom
2. Underground
3. Rehab (S)
4. Stray Dog
5. Juju (S), from the eyeshadow pencil set last year

You can see that Mushroom looks more brown next to other browns, but it is still grayer than Stray Dog.

Darker browns
1. Hustle
2. Corrupt
3. Bourbon
4. Whiskey
5. Wasteland (S)
6. Rehab (S)
7. Demolition

I also forgot to swatch Demolition (C). Oh well. It looks the same as the pencil.

If you're trying to decide whether or not to shell out $60 for the set, I hope this helps. Just remember that each pencil individually is $19, and only three of them are actually available individually (Perversion, Rockstar, and Stash), so it's a really great deal :)

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Color Me Rad San Jose

No watch, no gear, no pants! (Yep, I ran in a skort. My thighs hate me now.)

This was a fun, fun race. My only complaint is that they ran out of my tank top size AND temporary tattoos by the time I picked up my race packet, and that the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds in SJ does not have great running surfaces - but luckily, this was a fun run. If I were trying to run for time, this would be far less than ideal.

It felt like longer than 1k to get to the first color station, but my friend Kymi agreed with me that the entire race felt short for a 5k. I loved that they alternated colored powder stations with colored water - totally awesome. Although, now I'm not sure if my hands and arms will ever be their natural color again.

The photos speak for themselves:








Next up: The Mermaid Series DUATHLON on October 6. SCURRRRRED!