It’s official.  Everything is ok in the world now, I’ve got a lipstick that matches my shirt.  Hello, the fall 2012 “ox-blood” trend.  You are on me.

This new lipstick cost me $2.59.  That’s right, this creamy, non-gloppy, evenly pigmented, non-grandma smelling and smooth lipstick is totally cheap.  Even cheaper if you have a $3 off a $5 beauty purchase at Taget coupon burning a hole in your pocket.  $5.59 regular price Rimmel lipstick in Bordeaux becomes a $2.59 steal for me.  YAY.

nailing the nails.

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything for a number of reasons I won’t go into yet.  But here are some nails I’ve been banging out lately.

As you can see, I’m never perfect with nails, and it’s a constant battle to try and keep them from getting all messed up while waiting for them to dry.  I enjoy the process more than the end product.  I pin nail art, peruse for inspiration and get working.  Inspiration for some of of these designs came from here, here, here and here.


the regulars

The 5 things I put on my face every morning, for the past 5 years:

1) moisturizer/sunscreen:   Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Moisturizer SPF 15 – The best basic.  No smell, non-greasy, protective and hydrating.  Not to mention fairly affordable at $31 for a bottle that lasts about 2.5 years.  Are there expiration dates for stuff like this?  shrug

2) concealer:  Benefit’s Play Sticks – I only put it on whatever spots I happen to have that morning, and around the edges of my nose where I’m always red.  30 seconds and I’m done.  The best non-drying, full coverage concealer ever, though it is marketed as a foundation.  One $34 stick will last me almost exactly a year.

3) and 4) powder foundation: Bare Minerals Matte Foundation/Bare Minerals Mineral Veil – No need to talk about it right? Hasn’t everyone and their mama tried this out at least once?  I hate having to put two things on for the same purpose, but the Mineral Veil does make a difference.  One $28 tub of the foundations will last me about 6 months and one $20 tub of mineral veil will last me a year.

5) blush:  Finally, my favorite product of all time, Tarte Cheek Stain in the color Blushing Bride (stupid name).  I look like a colorless zombie without at least some cheek color on.  This stuff is the best.  All natural, smells great, sheer, no shimmer (I hate shimmery stuff) and versatile.  Makes a great lip color too.  $30 and I’ve had the same tube for 2 years so far.  More than half the stick is still left. Granted, I do switch out this item for others here and there, but I always go right back to it eventually.

All in all, my 5 step morning routine takes 3 min, tops (not including teeth brushing and face washing – otherwise it would be 6 min).  Not bad right?

oh, and something fun I saw in the Mission a while ago out with Aimee and Anne:  holla!!