Archive | August, 2013

Short skirt and booties!

21 Aug

Oh man, I love these shoes. It wasn’t love at first sight, but upon wearing them, they are great!

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Shirt is H&M, skirt and shoes are J. Crew.

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A closeup.

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I love my hair today! It’s my Khaleesi hairstyle for short hair. No eye makeup again, and I’ve been avoiding under eye concealer, too. Just one more week until my LASIK makeup restrictions are over! Necklace is made by me.

Happy hump day!

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Makeup Revelations…

21 Aug

Originally this was supposed to be about contouring, but it’s turned out to be about all the awesome tricks I’ve learned from people on YouTube. People who tell me how great my skin looks… shhhhh, I’m wearing foundation! Here are the two makeup artists who have inspired and transformed the way I apply my own makeup.

First, Lisa Eldridge. She’s a makeup artist for the stars and has done a ton of magazine covers and editoral looks. I’ve mentioned her before, but it’s worth repeating. She rules. I’m serious, just go through and watch her videos. She goes over a wide range of topics, from every day looks to smokey eyes to “meeting the ex” makeup. I had a huge revelation when I was struggling with acne and watched her video on covering blemishes. She points out that most people who have acne have a few patches of blemishes and great skin in between. I used to cover my whole face with heavy foundation. It looked heavy and awful. Lisa suggests putting as little foundation on as possible, starting in the center of the face and blending out, then dabbing and blending concealer only where it’s needed. Definitely check it out.

Second, Wayne a.k.a. Goss Makeup Artist. I find his videos amusing and informative, and I would highly recommend his channel. Wayne’s video on 100% invisible makeup was great for me, both for everyday looks and for special events. In fact, I did a very similar technique for my “no makeup” makeup look for the Philadelphia Geek awards because I couldn’t wear eye makeup and didn’t want to look like I forgot my eyes. I think it worked out! The video includes some contouring with creams. I think powder is much easier and harder to mess up, but it’s up to you to figure out what works best.

Speaking of contouring: I think it’s the single best makeup trick… ever. Especially if you know you’re going to have your picture taken. A little contouring around your temples, below your cheekbones (at a natural angle!) and under the jaw is very flattering for most people, and you can tweak it for your own face shape and bone structure. Check out Lisa Eldridge’s video on powder contouring and make sure to watch the whole thing, paying attention to when she talks about day vs. night contouring.

Now go on, give it a shot!

 

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Peek-a-pew pew!

20 Aug

My first post back from getting LASIK done, and I have to tell you: it was so easy! If you’re interested in the whole story, I’ll be posting about it in a week. Onto zee fashion!

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Today’s outfit is a big mix and match of all the things I’ve been wearing lately. Gap broken in khakis, Ann Taylor LOFT sweater, H&M tank, and Fioni shoes.

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Close up of the necklace and knit.

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No eye makeup for two weeks! Fortunately, I only have one week left of that nonsense! I did manage to look decent at a black tie event without eye makeup AND hide my creep red eye spot in all the photos. Check it:

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Seriously, how adorable does my husband look?!

I think I’ll be doing a makeup post first thing tomorrow on CONTOURING! Stay tuned!

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Buckets of Rain

13 Aug

I rode my bike to work today, and it was… an adventure. By the time I got to work, my Hunter boots were filled will water! Yuck. Fortunately my change of clothes (and hair!) stayed dry.

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How I feel about getting LASIK tomorrow. Nervous and excited. Necklace is some unknown brand chain.

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Dress is vintage DVF. I’ve lost a bit of weight recently (the munchkins I ate for breakfast today notwithstanding) so the dress fits noticeably different. Definitely not hugging my (lack of) curves the way it used to. Much more room in the waist, but that’s what happens when I lose weight; I get more narrow!

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Yep, nude Lucky Brand flats again. They are just too comfortable and versatile! I really like the bottom of the shoe:

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I may have a causal outfit tomorrow. I’m heading to work but only have one experiment to run, then I head home and leave for surgery. Wish me luck!

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Muggy Monday

12 Aug

Ugh, another gross August day. I’m over it.

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Shirt is H&M. Necklace is made by me! I’m thinking of making it longer… Any opinions?

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My engagement ring! I wear it from time-to-time, but it’s delicate so I need to be careful.

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Pants are Ann Taylor LOFT, shoes are Lucky Brand.

I got some good news today! I’m getting LASIK done on Wednesday instead of Friday. This way, my weekend is much less stressful. I just hope everything goes well! Until tomorrow!

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Blue Friday

9 Aug

Happy Friday, all. Not much going on over here today. Dinner with friends tonight, lots of rest and relaxation tomorrow, and family time on Sunday.

Shirt is very old… brand unknown. Gap khakis. Necklace from Bauble Bar.

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Shoes are Aerosoles, and they’ve lasted at least… 7 years, so go Aerosoles! Ring is J. Crew.

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Oh. My. God, Becky. That zit is so big.

5 Aug

Raaaah. This is one of the worst blemishes I’ve ever had. I haven’t picked at it at all, yet I can see that there are broken blood vessels all around it. So frustrating! I’m tired to wearing these glasses, too. Everything is awkward. And so are my photos! I was pissed that you could see my stupid undershirt in the best photo. GRR. Alas, this is all I have time for today. Oh Mondays! I’m just thankful my husband is a sweetheart and bought me a cappuccino this morning.

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Sweater and slacks are both Ann Taylor LOFT (on sale for a grand total of $35!). Shoes are J. Crew, necklace is Urban Outfitters, I think, and I’m wearing a ring by UO. Forgot to slip it back on for the photo:

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Close up of the necklace and sweater:

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