Friday, January 15, 2010

Girly Stuff

I love makeup. I like trying new things, but I'm also picky and I'm not willing to spend a lot on makeup unless I know it's something I will use. I wear a mismatch of department store and drugstore makeup. I'm the same way with hair products and skin care.

I'm not any sort of expert, but I thought from time to time I would write about beauty products that I use. I'm always curious to know what other people use, their never-fail stuff.

I'm sure if I have any male readers, they are dozing off by now; that's fine guys, see you in a couple days. Sometimes I feel badly that more people don't read my blog, like I'm not funny or interesting. Other times, I like it that I'm under the radar. I feel more comfortable, I guess.


Deeply Violet *

It's taken me a long time to get my nails in decent shape. I wore acrylics for at least ten years. If I take care of my nails, they can look nice. I use Sally Hansen Hard As Nails original formula or Opi Nail Envy. I like wearing color on my nails lately. This is Sally Hansen Diamond Strength in Deeply Violet. I've been wearing it pretty much since I got it. I love the color and it wears pretty well, touch up every other day or so. It is thick, though, and requires careful application. That's kind of a pain, but the color is really great.

A Brighter Me

I have dark circles under my eyes. They drive me crazy. I've used everything on them. Clinque All About Eyes worked for a long time. I tried Hydrozolyne, which I had high hopes for. They really sold me on that stuff. Not impressed.

I've been using the Physician's Formula for about a month now. It's heavy, you have to really blend, and it dries quickly. It does cover well, and it does seem like my dark circles are lessening.

I haven't tanned since laying out by the pool in mid-September. You can do that in Indiana in mid-September.

I think my tanning days may be over. Except for the spray-on or other sunless type.

Winter Splash

I went into Bath & Body Works to get a gift for a friend's birthday. They were having a huge clearance sale. Some stuff was even 90% off. I got this body splash, which is actually a spray. It's a huge bottle, ten ounces. I have a hard time with scents; florals smell terrible on me. I've worn Clinque Aromatic Elixir for years but I'm pretty tired of it. It's rare that I find anything I like enough to wear more than once other than the Aromatic Elixir.

This is light, yet not sweet or flowery at all. It's described as "A vibrant, winter-inspired blend of citrus, mint, iced pear sorbet and blonde woods." It smells citrusy and fresh and green to me. I quite like it. Original price? $19.50. My price? $2.90. I'm sure once this bottle is gone, it won't be around anymore, but I'll enjoy it while I can.

*I originally typed that as "Deeply Violent." That's kind of a Goth sort of nail polish name.


Donna H said...

Did you know that dark circles can be caused by allergies? My husband had them really bad when I met him. After I made him throw out his grandfathers feather pillow (gross!!) they cleared up dramatically. It was dust mites. I still have trouble getting him to part with things but when I see the shiners coming back I buy new pillows.

Happy Housewife said...

Love the nail color. Mine are currently acrylic and black! I think I might go with a more purply color though this time.
Kudos on the B&BW deal! Whoo Hoo!

Miss Darr said...

I'm so disappointed. When we were either or texting or chatting the other night you typed Deeply Violent. I like that so much better. It reminds me of my alterna-chick days in Chicago in the 90's, and those great Urban Decay nail polish names. Oh well. Another dream shattered. ;-)

judemiller1 said...

I always want to try those things sold on the infomercials. Like the Suddenly Pretty or something like that, but...they always have an automatic refill procedure and if you don't call and cancel as soon as you get the products--another one comes in a month and they bill the credit card.

I like Clinque a lot, but then...I usually only go with a moisturizer and no mak-up. I find at my age, it just like to lodge itself in my laugh lines and looks worse than no make-up at all.