Friday, May 22, 2015

Weekend Report: Summerizing

Hey, guys!  Well, with the start of summer quickly approaching, I took it upon myself to raid my own closet and take a comprehensive assessment of my current collection of season-worthy attire.  I've always had a bounty of T-shirts and tanks tops to throw on at the ready; however, my post-audit numbers revealed that my wardrobe is falling woefully short in other areas.  And for what I had envisioned my summer to look like fashion-wise, that's simply no bueno.  Therefore, I'm on a mission to summerize my wardrobe something proper.  I've compiled a list of my closet's haves and have-nots, and even managed to squeeze out a Memorial Day outfit in the process.  So if you're at all curious and have a moment to spare, I'd love to share with you the final tally of what I have going on thus far. 

HAVE:  I do have a bevy of easy-breezy tops, ranging from solid colors to playful prints.  Tops in general are what I seem to buy most often because normally I do not even have to bother with trying them on.  One thing about me: I absolutely LOVE to shop, but absolutely HATE trying on clothes!  Going to a dressing room with an armful of garments... the whole process drives me bonkers!  Shirts/tops are usually no-fuss items for me.  I just grab them and go.

HAVE NOT:  Outside the pair in denim and two other pairs, including the ones above, I am severely lacking in the shorts department.  Yes, yes, y'all... I think I own a total of three pairs of shorts.  Three!  And it's totally apparent that in this case, three is NOT the magic number.  I've got to up my game in this gam-bearing category and do it pronto!  In the meantime, I do have the apron-inspired pair above to don this Memorial Day weekend, which is actually a skort (skirt + short).


HAVE NOT:  "I think I have enough shoes," said no woman EVER!  And I am no exception.  But my need is real: I desperately need to add some more sandals to my roster of shoes.  I am so done with wearing the summer synonymous, cheap, rubber flip-flops - they aren't good for your arches and leave the soles of your feet black with street soot after a day's wear (#EWW!).  I'm on the lookout for some more cultured fare, some foot candy with some flair.  And if they have a little feminine garnish like the ones above then that's all the better!

Add on a pair of sunglasses (of which I have a full supply) and I'm all set and summerized for the holiday.

HAVE:  I own polishes aplenty, enough to keep my fingers and toes painted for quite some time.  Of course I had to make sure my feet were right and tight for this weekend.  I gave them a sprucing up with a dollop of pink.  And, yes, I went back to my signature flowers for decoration. 

HAVE:  And summer wouldn't be complete without a summer-worthy scent to gracefully herald your presence.  I have an entire catalogue of fragrances from which to choose, including this trio of Marc Jacobs rollerballs that I have yet to crack open.  Perfect for anytime of the year, I simply cannot wait to put these lovelies to use!

So there you have it.  Assembling an outfit to wear this weekend made me painfully aware of how scant my summer closet is.  I'm in dire need of a larger selection of shorts, shoes and accessories (oh, my!), especially belts.  And some items I thought were still viable no longer fit me.  Therefore, an overhaul is overdue!  It's time for me to plump up my emaciated wardrobe with some much needed essentials.  Operation Summerize is in full effect!  One outfit's down and in the books... with plenty more to go.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Weekend Report: Mixed Metals

OK, it is official, guys.  I am in desperate need of an impromptu vacation, PRONTO!  This week has been...  Well, let me sum it up for y'all in one word: YIKES!  I know that Memorial Day is slowly making its jolly way around the bend, but I can't wait.  I just can't.  Even if I ended up at the house, noshing on burgers and ice-cream while visually imbibing a steady stream of anime and sci-fi flicks on Netflix, I would gladly choose a "homecation" over no 'cation right about now.  But, thankfully, I'll be getting out of my cave and casually grabbing some sunshine this weekend.  No real agenda, though.  No plans.  Well, except for what I'm gonna wear on my face, that is...     

After prepping my eyes with the essentials to ensure an uninterrupted broadcast of vivid color, I will be recruiting the golden brown shade from Prestige's Mermaid palette to act as the headliner on my lids with MAC's gold darling Woodwinked in a supporting role in the inner corners.  Rounding out the cast of shadows will be the dark, sooty bronze from L'Oreal's HIP duo Forgiving.  This richly pigmented pearl will serve as the anchor, bringing subtle depth to the eye.

Closing out the eye show with a healthy dose of metallic shine will be Milani's Liquif 'Eye liner in Aqua smudged along my lower lash line.  When it's all said and done, my eye should end up looking like this:

On my face I will be using both a highlighting bronzer - theBalm's Betty-Lou Manizer - as well as a contouring or darker bronzer - CoverGirl Queen Collection's bronzer in Ebony Bronze.  To help my painted visage luminesce even more, I'll use the middle strip of Inglot's 131R to lightly tint the tops of of my cheekbones.  Along with a simple coating of Revlon's Lovers Coral on the lips, my face should end up looking like this:

So there you have it!  I am so ready for this weekend, you just don't know, guys.  Or maybe you do.  In any case, I'm going to take this two-day "staycation" I booked for myself and squeeze every ounce of veg I can out of it.  No agenda.  No real plans.  Just some much desired time away from it all... before having to hop back on the "wheel" and re-commit to the five-day process all over again.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Product Purge: Makeup

Hey, guys!  Well, spring cleaning is still going on in my neck of the woods and now it's time for me to clear out some of the old makeup items that have been doing nothing but collecting dust.  From misguided purchases to underperforming, so-called bargains - these products have worn out their welcome and simply must go!  So, if you're at all curious, I'd love to show you the cadre of cosmetics that'll be unceremoniously getting the boot! 

Encouraged by the success I'd had with their HIP eyeshadow duos, I bought this L'Oreal single shadow with the hopes that it would be on par with its roster mates.  Granted, the shadow was on sale for only a dollar, but I just saw that as an awesome bargain.  Well, instead of it being a come-up, it ended up being a total let down: its casing was cheap and came unhinged easily, and the blue was dull with lackluster pigmentation to match.  At the cost of one hundred pennies, I think I can well afford to let this drugstore dud go.  And so I will.  

This was the very first concealer I ever bought.  I saw it listed as the beauty editor's fave in Essence magazine years ago, and went out to purchase it right away.  I was just getting my toes wet in the deeper end of the makeup pool back then and when I got my hands on this Flawless Skin concealer from Prescriptives, I just KNEW I was doing something!  Well, after a crash course in Concealer Shade 101 (and many odd looking applications later), I realized this was too dark for me.  I mean, it looked suitable after trying it on at the makeup counter when I bought it.  Ughhh... I can only imagine how tired a raccoon I must've looked wearing it to work day after day... after day.  Embarrassing.  Maybe I'll reassign it as a contouring agent.  Eh, never mind.  It's getting tossed... pronto!

This next band of misfits will be more than easy to let go of.  Discolored with visible separation from the sum of age and disregard, this set of nail polishes was part of a drugstore manicure set my mom bought for me some years ago.  Alas, I have no real use for any of these as their lack of quality is evident.  They're a cheap option to help introduce a youngin' into the world of self-pampered nails, but so not for me.  So, these will be exiting stage right ASAP.  (Sorry, Mom!)

Please do not ask me why I held on to these.  Two versions from MAC, one each from MUFE and Chanel - I've kept these vetoed shades/formulations of foundations for way too long now.  Again, please don't ask me why.  It's time that I right this wrong and free up some valuable real estate in my makeup drawer.  It's time for these unused samples to go bye-bye. 

Much like a young girl's neglected Barbie dolls, these drugstore brushes - with their matted bristles and flimsy ferrules - have no place in my much matured, cosmetic toy box.  These tools never proved useful as they are both impractical and inadequate for garnering guru-worthy results.  But, again, they were a gift that came in a set (yes, from dear ol' Mama).  And after holding on to them for many moons, it's finally time to let them go.

Not much to say about this one except for the obvious: it's so not for my skin tone.  I received this Clinique Moisture Sheer Tint in a makeup combo I picked up from a friend.  Seems like an OK product.  Problem is is that it's more of a cashew-beige.  Meanwhile, I'm more of a toasted chestnut.  Oh, well.  This one's a no-brainier.  Farewell, tiny tint!

Way before my gaggle of gel liners, I purchased this liquid-in-a-tube liner from CoverGirl.  It's a nice burnt brown with a nice consistency (still) that's saddled, unfortunately, with a not-so-nice brush.  This old school, Extremely Gentle Softliner's applicator just couldn't hold up as the bristles are now permanently disheveled and askew after having squeezed the brush through the tube's narrow opening during my few times using it.  It has completely flatlined.  And so it's time to put this eyeliner to rest.

So there you have it.  I'm getting closer to my goal of having completely cleared out my spaces of all the extras and the unused for spring, and guess what?  I feel good.  I feel good that I'm being decisive about what's being tossed and I'm excited about all the new things I'm making room for.  I still have a few more rounds to go, but progress is visible.  The Product Purge train is slowly pulling out of Makeup station... ready to make its next stop... furthering its steady advance towards Mission Complete - its final destination.  #CHOOCHOO    

Monday, April 27, 2015

Barbie: Harley Davidson

Hot.  Biker.  Mama.  Those are the three words I would freely use to describe this free-spirited beauty.  Clad in black leather from top to toe, she's all dressed up with nowhere in particular to go... but every intention on getting there.  She's up for some adventure.  And why not?  The weather has finally broken and she's got some time off from her busy schedule, so a well-deserved road trip seems in order.  And Barbie knows just the road hog to recruit for her impromptu sojourn - her fired up, chromed out Harley Davidson!  It's a super mean machine; the perfect two-wheeled specimen to take tooling around back roads and beyond...  She's ready to discover the "undiscovered" and is equipped with all the right accoutrements to do it with style.


Layered in the finest of biker babe essentials, Barbie sports a black crew-neck top underneath her thick cut, black leather jacket.  Both jacket and top are emblazoned with the Harley Davidson name/logo as well as orange-yellow flames, with the zip-up jacket bearing its flames down the length of the sleeves.


Working aesthetically in cahoots with her jacket is a boss pair of matching leather pants with a set of orange-yellow flames running up the outer seams.  Vivid in color and design, they will definitely be an eye-catcher as Barbie flexes her riding muscles and burns up and down the highway. 

And just in case you still weren't sure where her loyalties lie when it comes to motorcycles, she added on a few more Harley Davidson accessories, like the thick, chain-linked belt wrapped around her svelte waist...

... and black, three-pocket leather backpack, complete with snap closure. 

Keeping the flame motif going, Barbie opts for a black helmet with fiery, bright decals to help keep her safe on the road. 

And, forever maintaining her code of chic, this fashionable chopper chick rounds out her riding ensemble with a designer pair of ink-black motorcycle boots.

Windswept tresses may sound romantic, but add to that a case of "helmet hair" and you have a recipe for a tangled, unsightly disaster!  Well, Barbie will have none of that as she smartly dresses her locks in long cornrows styled in a half 'n' half.  In her ears are a simple pair of small, silver hoops and perched on her head is a pair of road-worthy sunglasses.  Road tested, road approved! 

With all that's going on with her outfit and such, Barbie decided to keep her makeup to the bare minimum.  A soft, neutral eye and a rich, burnt-red lip was all she was looking for.  And really, that's all she needed to bring a little color to her face.

So there you have it!  Barbie is getting her motor running and heading out on the highway.  She's looking for adventure and whatever else happens to come her way.  Loaded in leather, she appears to be the quintessential "biker babe", but she's way more than that.  She's a bad-to-the-bone bombshell who knows her way around an open road and has the fully customized, miles laden Harley to prove it.  She's ready to put her pedal to the metal and see some sunrises and sunsets...   A HOT BIKER MAMA who undoubtedly knows how to ride out with style!