so a couple days ago i went to the clinique counter at macy’s to refill my pore-refining serum. that day happened to be “free gift day” or whatever, which i yawned at, seeing as “free gift” typically means something i will never use. fortunately, i was wrong. behold:
in addition to a large and small make up bag (the pattern on which is sort of ugly, but whatever), i got:
chubby stick moisturizing colour lip balm in super strawberry
color surge eye shadow quad (includes two shimmery and two matte colors)
lash doubling mascara in black
dramatically different moisturizing lotion
7-day cream scrub (rinse-off formula)
all for spending $40 on something I would have bought anyway. :)
top, skirt, and shoes: h&M / tank: ardmore boutique? / leggings: polo
the shoes are actually lanvin for h&M… :D is anyone else less than psyched for this year’s versace for h&M line? most of the stuff i’ve seen so far looks like a florida resort threw up on a dress/skirt/whatev. someone please prove me wrong.
I used to think that the bouffant was another term for the result of a bump-it, conjuring some not-so-favorable images:
but these are just bad examples. the bouffant has perhaps gotten a bad rap in part because of the bump-it and similar contraptions, which can produce cartoonish results. the antics of those donning the modern bouffant don’t exactly help. the classic hair style is much more put together and (dare I say) subtle by comparison:
(pamela tiffin, sigrid agren, and bridget bardot)
a simple google image search indicates the bouffant is easily confused with the bee hive: images of amy winehouse’s signature ‘do show up for both search terms. however, the bee hive is more of an elevated bouffant, with the hair wrapped (as opposed to piled?) nearly-vertically atop the head instead of following the natural angle of one’s crown. in some cases, the bee hive looks like it could almost be an exaggerated, teased-and-laquered version of the top knot for people with incredibly long and/or thick hair:
though generally pretty lazy about styling my hair, the transition from summer to fall leaves me wanting more drama than my default, function-over-form top knot offers.
in the summer, the scorching temps+high humidity characteristic of DC demand loose-fitting, breathable clothes devoid of intense color. i became a minimalist in terms of hair and cosmetics, as the sticky conditions outside (and my reliance on the woefully ill-equipped public transit system) rendered my efforts futile. frankly, when my train is late and the station is baking, i’m much more concerned about keeping my hair off my face and neck than how it actually looks.
as the temps drop, I find myself craving fall’s more dramatic, tailored pieces. something about color-saturated, aptly-fitting clothing makes me want to look a little more polished in terms of hair and make up. while it’s no longer broaching 100 degrees outside, the humidity just won’t quit - it’s been pouring rain on and off for the better part of a month. cue me rocking a bouffant/bee hive hybrid most days:
consistent with my minimalist attitude (what a great euphemism for laziness), this ‘do requires little more than unwashed, slept-on hair (having sex before I go out helps) and a little styling product. I flip a dry head of hair over, apply said product, ruffle my hair around a bit, and tie the whole mess in a loose top knot. then continue ruffling as desired. sometimes I throw in a cutesy little hair clip if i’m feeling fancy.
bonus: while searching “bouffant” one of the auto-fill search terms that came up was “bouffant jellyfish.” I couldn’t resist, and this is what I found:
clinique’s repairwear night cream (generally amazing if you live in a city)
use a mask or whatev makes your skin feel tingly-awesome. what does the trick for me is a mixture of the following:
bliss triple oxygen instant energizing mask: to perk up your dull skin
philosophy microdelivery: to slough away all those dead skin cells. this product is as addictive as crack, i swear
mixture of tea tree & lavender oil: super easy to make at home; CVS sells both oils for under $5
[you can make a really cheap version of this face wash using grape fruit juice, Cetaphil, and baking soda to texture. the spot treatment doesn’t get any cheaper.]
A note concerning application tools:
brushes: the appropriate brush/product combo can make you look flawless. however, it can also make you break out if you don’t wash the damn brush. i like sephora’s daily make up brush cleaner, bc you just spray on and wipe off. make sure to clean the brush between EVERY (every!) application.
sponges: foam sponges are awesome for applying make up to oily skin. plus they’re disposable, so there’s no washing involved
cotton balls: generally only useful for removing make up or applying some sort of tonic
q-tips = erasers. or applying something in a really hard-to-reach area, like the corner of your eye. also good for smudging liner
your fingers: best bet. just be sure they’re CLEAN
-> prep (yeah, there’s more prep)
apply sparingly in the following order, allowing each product to dry completely (~2 min) before applying next product
clinique all about eyes serum: apply liberally under eyes - a tiny bit on your lids, too
bliss triple oxygen energizing cream: skip or use very sparingly if your skin is oily
clinique pore minimizing lotion: godsend.
new skin liquid bandage: apply only to particularly stubborn blemishes - helps reduce swelling and ensures covering them up doesn’t make them worse
quick side note: for you girls with acne scars, clinique’s even better clinical strength dark spot remover is the only thing I’ve ever used that actually works. you MUST use at least SPF30 for the product to be effective, though. (quitting smoking helps, too)
use either or, depending on your skin’s condition:
bare minerals prime time oil control primer: use if your skin is oily (i know smashbox is all the rage, but i find it actually makes my dry skin more oily - something to do with overcompensating)
benefit that gal: if your skin is dry and/or dull (little bit goes a long way)
whichever you choose, apply to eye lids sparingly. hell, mix and match if you want. i would recommend using prime time first, as it may cover up the pretty shimmer of that gal.
-> eye & blemish coverage
lots of options here. for me, I get the best coverage when I apply the make up to stuff I wanna cover up and wait to blend until I get to the overall color (see next application step).
physician’s formula eye palette: the yellowish hue and matte texture takes care of koala-like under eye circles. the not-jaundice hue allows you to blend according to the depth of your circles, plus even out your lids
clinique’s under eye concealer: medium-level coverage for the circles, strongly recommended for the lids.
benefit’s smokin’ eyes kit: contains everything you need and tons of stuff you didn’t know you needed. eyebrow wax, plus a wax and powder version of eye bright (pink-purple substance hue to dot in the corner of your eyes to really combat that whole end-of-a-3-day-bender effect, also looks great on brow bones)
onto blemish coverage:
green is your best friend.
l’oreal studio secrets redness-reducing primer: strongly recommended if you have rosacea or perhaps are still red owing to the hangover (could use it instead of prime time or that gal in application step #1)
physician’s formula blemish-reducing palette: much like the eye palette, the complementary skin-toned color allows you to get the exact right amount of green to counter a bright red zit
-> overall color
use one or a combination - just don’t overdo it, you don’t want to look cakey. this is when the synthetic sponge comes in handy.
clinique’s even better make up: full coverage; evens out skin tone, doesn’t make me break out
almay smart shade make up: high to medium coverage; medium risk of making me break out
per-fekt skin perfection gel: medium to low coverage; always make me break out, but the fact that this product makes my skin look amazing and totally eliminates any need to use high lighter is ample justification
that gal: sheer coverage; skip if you used it as a primer
one of these I use in the winter and the other is for the summer
bare minerals mineral veil with SPF20: nice matte finish; perfect for the winter bc it doesn’t sop up too much of my skin’s natural oils
thomas roth instant mineral SPF30: sheer finish, works better than oil-blotting papers
and you’re finally done. now get thee to wherever you’re going after a 3 day bender.
my younger sister jumps her best friend, ashley, after winning the western maine basketball championship (kind of a big deal) in high school. made the front page of the portland press herald sports section at the time :)
while i never made the papers, i did intern on capitol hill. the resulting photo (a rite of passage for anyone who works in policy in washington) was taken during finals week my junior year of undergrad (yuck).
i never want to look as skinny as natalie portman did in black swan, but damn did i want her clothes.
I think I bought like a million tank tops from H&M that look exactly like those ones. the film also validated my obsession with leg warmers. i haven’t been able to find a cobweb-knit shrug like the one natalie dons in this still, though.
Rodarte, will you please make my halloween costume? pretty please? i’m small like NatPo, you could probably just alter one of hers. the sisters’ sketches for the film’s costumes alone look amazing.
on a semi-related note, I have been obsessed with these posters upon their release from the london-based design studio la boca. (the third one, to be specific)