Thursday, January 16, 2014

Peaches and Cream

My boyfriend is leaving for Thailand tomorrow for work and heroin trafficking (just kidding about that last part) so tonight we are going to our favorite dive-y Mexican place for enchiladas and pitchers of sangria.  I am going to stay with him tonight so I carefully packed up all my things into the really nice Jack Spade overnight bag/weekender he got me, embarked on my long journey to work, and about halfway through my stomach sank - I forgot my makeup.  It was too late, not to mention too silly, to turn back, so I spent the rest of the ride thinking of what I can use to make do.  Normally I wouldn't mind but I plan on meeting my mom for dinner and Neiman Marcus tomorrow night so I don't want to look too much like a bum when I ask the sales associates to pass me the Fendi 2Jours from behind that glass case so I can try it on.

I think everyone needs a little "emergency kit" in their purse for occasions like these.  Mine has:

  • Fast drying topcoat
  • Face moisturizer sample (any one will do, I usually swap out when I run out)
  • Nars Lipgloss in "Chihuahua" (a muted, universal pink described as "guava"  )
  • Mascara sample (any one will do, this one is Benefit They're Real)
  • Absolute! nail polish remover pads
  • Advil
  • Bobby pins and a few extra ponytail holders
I've seen the Pinch Provisions Minimergency Kit at J. Crew and Sephora and these seem like really cute gifts, but if you're making your own then you might as well use things you have.  These Advil packets have been sitting in a drawer since an RA gave them out in a little goody bag my freshman year of college, certainly I don't need to buy any more.

So here I have mascara and lip color covered.  I carry an Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder around with me in "Dim Light" (peachy pink beige) at all times, and that can double as a cheek color if layered and a setting powder.  Now, all I need is foundation.  I will head to Rite Aid during my lunch break but the last drugstore foundation I bought, Revlon Color Stay Mousse, looked great in the picture color sample but turned ghastly orange on my face.  I forgot how hard it used to be to buy a foundation without being able to try it.  No wonder I was orange all throughout high school!  Actually, I take that back - I'll take responsibility for being orange by choice throughout high school if only so it reminds me that I never want to do that again.

Does anyone have any recommendations for a good drugstore foundation?  I'd prefer one of the cheaper ones since I already have so many at home:
  • Nars Sheer Glow in "Deauville" is my absolute favorite.  I keep going back to it, even when I've tried others.  The only downside is it does not come with a pump, and I like the pump because it makes it easy to dispense the right amount every time so you don't end up wasting a ton.  Luckily for you, I happened to do a ton of research on this already and found that you can buy a pump specifically for Nars foundations at Barneys and it's a good quality one too - it's lasted me through at least 4 bottles of Sheer Glow.  After each bottle runs out I wash the pump with hot water and a tiny bit of antibacterial soap and it's good to go for the next one!  You could try asking for a tester pump at Sephora but I find they are very stingy.
    • Apply with a Beauty Blender for seriously flawless, airbrushed looking results.
    • One con: this stuff casts white in pictures sometimes.  You will never know if this is one of those times until you check the pics out on Instagram later and see you look like a bald eagle.
  • Urban Decay Naked Skin in 2.0 is a close second.  It has incredibly staying power but I just don't like the finish as much as Sheer Glow.  It's nice, don't get me wrong, but it's never that dewy yet airbrushed sort of look Sheer Glow gives you.
  • Make Up For Ever HD Foundation  in 123 Desert is a distant third, unless I'm going to an event where I expect to be photographed.  This stuff photographs like nobody's business - it's incredible how well it comes out and how much you don't look washed out in pictures.  I just don't think it has very much coverage or good staying power which is why I don't really use it on a regular basis.
At least this means I will be able to review something new for you guys!

Shirt: Diane Von Furstenberg Acedia Crepe Tee // Pants: 3.1 Phillip Lim // Belt: Tommy Hilfiger // Watch: Michael Kors Two-Tone Layton Chronograph // Ring: David Yurman Color Classics Ring w/ Gold in Peridot // Nails: Essie "Downtown Brown" (which looks red and not brown to me...)

I was talking to my mom about my thoughts on the female anti-hero and she said she felt that the promiscuity was simply a producer ploy to get people to watch the show; as they say, "sex sells".  I pointed out that I wasn't quite sure because there could be sex in the shows without adultery, that in TOTL Moss' character didn't need a fiance waiting for her at home who we never meet and in 'The Fall' Andersen's character didn't need to sleep with a married man and react callously to this information.  I really think it's something else, I think writers and producers are trying to tell us that women who are in positions of power and heavily focused on their careers have their priorities fucked up - their morals are off and perhaps if they focused a bit more on their home lives and less on their careers they could be more capable of having a stable relationship with a man.  After all, that's the whole goal here isn't it?  The culmination of the quintessential series on female lives and their relationships with both men and each other, 'Sex and the City', was what?  It wasn't a deep realization about how Carrie's life was in fact complete without a man, it was her getting married and finally getting the major thing her totally incomplete life, merely filled with fun evenings and a fulfilling career and strong friendships, was desperately in need of.

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