Showing posts from January, 2014

L'Oreal Infallible spring colors

Sometimes there are colors and I just have to wear them.

These are from L'Oreals spring line of Infallible eyeshadows.

- Burst into Bloom all over the lid
- Purple Priority in the crease
- Always Pearly Pink to blend/highlight
- UD eye pencil in Tornado along the upper lash line, topped with Purple Priority
- CoverGirl The Bombshell mascara

I might try this again with NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk as a base, to see if I can get Burst into Bloom to pop a bit more.

Smoky olive and purple

The other day, UD's Facebook page posted this tutorial for an olive and purple eye that I really liked, so I decided to try it myself, but I made it smoky instead.

The eyeshadows used are all from the Vice 2 palette.

- Stash all over the lid
- Smokeout in the crease
- Habit to blend out the crease
- UD eye pencil in Psychedelic Sister along the upper lashline and Desperation along the lower lashline
- L'Oreal The Butterfly Voluminous mascara

Tinkerbell Half Marathon 2014

(For the record, I've never been sure if it's "Tinkerbell" or "Tinker Bell," and I don't really care enough to look it up and correct myself. The race stuff (in my photos) looks like it says "TinkerBell," so... yeah, I don't care.)
I've been saying that this would be the last year I run Tinkerbell, but I think I still want to come back next year. And the year after that. At least to be a five-year streaker.

This year, a few things were different.

I made lipstick with crayons.

I was so inspired by this blog post (which I discovered through Sheila of Painted Ladies), that I HAD to try this for myself. Because you know how I love crafting and makeup.

So I gathered the materials as recommended, including:

and containers I bought from Michaels:

and coconut oil, which I already had a jar of because I cook with it sometimes. (Don't worry, it wasn't contaminated with food or anything - I always use a clean spoon to scoop it out.) I also had my handly spritzer bottle of rubbing alcohol to sanitize the containers.

So I followed the directions as written (double-boiler and all - next time, I'm using the microwave), and I decided to make six for my first go around.

I found that for the most part, these ended up being more like a tinted lip balm than a lipstick, and I think I need to play around with the proportion of crayon to coconut oil a bit to find the right amount of pigmentation, but overall, I really like everything that I made, and I will totally …

Rave: my Ipsy bag for January 2014

I don't usually feel the need to gush about my Ipsy bags, but for some odd reason, I am really happy with this one. (It's odd because the sneak peeks were nothing exciting to me, and meanwhile, there've been sneak peeks that I've been thrilled about, but then the bag was just kinda meh.)

I think it's because I can actually see myself using all of this. Past bags have had one or two really choice products and the rest were like, "What do I even do with this? I don't use hair oil." But I actually like everything:

First of all, cute bag. I have NOT loved all their bags - some of them were boring, some gaudy, some kinda low-quality. This one is nice and sturdy, and I love the toiletries on it.

Mica Beauty Tinted Lip Balm in #6 Fiesta
I know Ipsy really likes Mica Beauty - I feel like I've received a lot of their stuff already. And yeah, gel liner is cool (but I don't really use it). But who can't use another lip balm, right? This one is reeeeaa…

Race recap: Hot Chocolate Run SF 5k

Aside from a short 1.5-mile jog this past Wednesday (that was really mostly walking), I haven't run at all since my last race, the Mermaid Sirena 10-miler in San Francisco in November (after which I developed a cold that turned into a sinus infection, and then I reinjured my knee, and then two weeks ago I caught a really bad cold that had me bed-ridden for the better part of a week...)

So, I decided to change distances for the Hot Chocolate Run yesterday - instead of doing the 15k that I signed up for, I wisely ended up running the 5k instead.

Of course, there are two totally different approaches to running 3.1 miles vs. 9.3 miles, but in general, I just didn't feel like being on my feet for 6ish extra miles. The only reason why I had really wanted to do this race was for the awesome swag and the giant mug of chocolate fondue they give you at the end, so... I was fine with taking a whole lot less time to finish.

A bunch of other PRGers were doing this race too, and at some po…


Well, what now? My last two years have been so defined by running goals that, now that I don't have any further running goals, I'm not really sure what I'm aiming for. And the year before that was a whole lot of derby.

Aside from an ultra (which I don't feel ready for), I've done every running distance - I don't really want to try NEW races (obstacle courses and glow-stick runs don't interest me); I want to do everything I've already done, but BETTER.

I want to become a better derby player, for sure. I have a lot of ground to make up, thanks to my injury, but I think I was doing well up until the moment I got injured (literally up until that moment, since I got injured in a scrimmage). I have signed up for some ambitious bouts for Rollercon this summer, and I intend to rise to the challenge.

Otherwise... right now, it's hard to think of long-term goals when my short-term goals are the crucial thing: I've been sick with a bad cold for the last w…