I’ve neglected you

I’ve been away a long time, and you probably think I’ve left you for another. It’s not entirely untrue, I admit.

I confess… in the time we’ve been apart, I’ve tried gel nails, and hated them, but I didn’t tell you about it. Oh sure, they looked great here with my henna, but they didn’t last. And I’ve gone back to acryllics.

I also bought myself some OPI black crackle nail polish, and I never came by to tell you about that either, like I said I would. But I love it, and I’ve been wearing it practically nonstop on my fingers and/or toes.

I’ve even had fashion cravings that I haven’t been telling you about, like Nicole Richie’s “Sasha” sunglasses from her House of Harlow line, that are driving me to distraction. I don’t know if it’s worth the save to splurge, but I’m considering it.

I just want you to know I still think of you alot, and I promise I’ll try not to neglect you like I have lately. If you’re curious why I’ve been so distant, you should know… I’ve been blogging elsewhere. And not even about fashion, but about palm reading, which I love so much too.

But that doesn’t mean I’ve forgotten about you. I promise.

Published in: on June 5, 2011 at 12:39 pm  Leave a Comment  

Is it just me, or…?

Published in: on February 21, 2011 at 4:13 pm  Comments (3)  

Cilea’s story continues and results pics

Well, it’s turned into a soap opera, hasn’t it?

I dropped my tube of Cilea eyelash growth stimulator, and broke it, but managed to save some in the bottom of the tube, so I’m still using my meager, broken leftovers. Because guess why? I think this stuff is really working.

Here is a picture from last month of my lashes after one week of Cilea usage, taken outside, natural light, no makeup on.

And here is a picture after 3-4 weeks of usage, taken inside because it was freezing out this month, and the flash went off, but with no makeup still.

So it seems that my observational assessment of my lashes being slightly longer is actually true! And I have to admit, I was surprised to see how much the density and number of lashes has really improved. And the flash made them look very glossy, no?

Lastly, here is a picture taken today, after 5 weeks of daily usage, outside with no flash and no makeup either. When compared to the first photo, also outside, I think you can see the best before-and-after example.

And here’s one last anecdote…

On the suggestion of Bravo Ho mom2cagc, I called the company last week to tell them about the tragedy of my broken Cilea tube. The lady I spoke to sent an email *to the company’s president* about the issue to find out what he wanted to do.

Turns out, the pres instructed her to sell me another tube at about a 40% discount from regular retail price. Which I do appreciate, and I have to admit, I was surprised to have the customer sales rep call me back (I didn’t hound them!) personally.

Cilea’s grade just went way up: B-. I would mark them higher, but I wish I could have sent my broken tube to the company for an exchange, instead of having to wait to save up the money and buy the replacement tube.

But, you decide for yourself! What do you think, is it in my head or do you see a difference too?

Published in: on January 20, 2011 at 11:02 am  Comments (4)  
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For the love of high heels

People often remark on my heels. I don’t know why. Perhaps because from age of 18-37 I refused to wear them (except at my wedding, or onstage as part of my costume). Why? I hated high heels. I have been known to declare, “Heels are torture devices, designed by men, just like the bra!” or “Function, not fashion!”

Can you believe I was ever so stubborn? If you know me, of course you can. So for several decades, I *never* wore heels. And then, I had an epiphany, as I am wont to do.

You see, I’m surrounded by testosterone. Every day of my life is about crazy-boy-energy or crazy-man-energy. Robots and guns, sticks used as swords in the backyard, and mixed martial arts. It’s kung fu and karate chops all day long around here, “Hi-YA! Hi-YA!” Even my toddler already has his testosterone pumping, “Fight fight BOOM!”

So I must guard my estrogen. I must protect it from the onslaught of masculinity that is my daily existence. And when the Great Fashion Epiphany of ’07 struck me, along for the ride came a love affair for high heels. The higher the better!

I wear shoes that men don’t wear. I wear shoes that no one would ever mistake as belonging to my sons, or to my husband. Two inch heels are like tennis shoes to me, I can do anything all day long in 2 inch heels. Four inch heels are more my standard attire, a nice height to see the world from.

But the uber-heels are my favorites, “tranny shoes” as Rachel Zoe would say. I have several pairs of shoes and boots that are 5 and 6 inch heels. With those on, I stand on demi-pointe, a feat my former-ballerina self delights in.

I view the world at a staggering 6’2″ in height, and find myself looking men dead in the eye (which many find unusual). You should see men back up when they realize you’re looking at them, literally, eye to eye. Sometimes, I find myself looking down upon men, another unusual vantage point for many women to ever experience. It changes things, don’t think it doesn’t. Most men like it, you can tell, but some don’t.

As for me?

I rise above, darlings. I rise above.

With my heels on, I am Woman, Hear me Roar. With my heels on, I feel feminine in a world awash with mud and Transformers.

So now you know. I wear my heels because they are my last bastion of femininity in my boy-laden reality. I wear my high heels like the Queen wears her tiaras… as a statement of my feminine beauty and power.

Published in: on January 18, 2011 at 9:33 am  Comments (4)  
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Cilea sadness

It’s nearly been 4 weeks since I began using this non-prescription eyelash growth stimulator. And although the results have not blown me away, I will grudgingly admit that my eyelashes are about a millimeter or 2 longer. How can I tell? I’ve been using the non-scientific method of looking under my eyes, and visually measuring the gap where my lashes end and my eyebrow begins.

But that’s not why I’m sad.

I’m sad because last night I accidentally dropped the Cilea tube and it shattered upon impact with my bathroom tile floor. I may be able to use the stuff for another week or so before the last drop dries out, now that it’s no longer contained.

I’d insert curse words to demonstrate how strongly I really feel about this, but I try to keep my blogs to a PG-13 rating.

However, Cilea is now officially a waste of my money. If a tube can’t take being dropped *once* on a tile floor what kind of product quality control is that?

Grade: D+. You passed, Cilea, but only because your product produces meager results instead of completely wasting my time and money. Overall impression, not worth your investment. Not even if Vicki Gunvalson gives you a discount code.

And a note to potential Cilea customers: Use while standing on carpet floors only. Trust me.

Published in: on January 11, 2011 at 11:39 am  Comments (1)  
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Gel nails are driving me to distraction

I started this blog because I get quasi-obsessed about fashion and beauty topics on a regular basis, and blogging is therapeutic. We’ve seen it happen… red LED skin care, chem peels, not to mention what happens when leopard print or red plaid cravings hit me in the closet.

Today? Gel nails. Spent hours obsessing on it after Google-ing last night. It’s a natural extension to my desire to have long lasting manicures, despite being an active Mommy. Remember my Minx nails obsession that never came to be?

Gel manicures are the latest (and shellac is *so* 2010).  More substantial than nail polish, yet less troublesome (and stinky) to apply than acryllics. The youtube videos explain it better…

A lot of steps though, no? As usual, my thrifty nature has me seeking to do it myself.

A typical gel manicure costs $40 and lasts two weeks. A typical gel kit from Sally Beauty Supply is $40, but is good for “50 manicures.” Oh, did we forget to mention you’ll need the special UV light to cure the gel? That’s another $50. Not so cheap either.

Now what? EBAY! (Of course, this is Alissa, people). On Ebay, UV nail lights are closer to $20 (there are cheaper, but I only buy inside the US), and gel kits are also available at about half the price of standard retail.

We’re so post-Christmas broke right now that I’ll have to delay gratification on this matter, but if it keeps my interest I’ll likely pick up supplies for my DIY at home experiment. I’ll keep you posted!

Published in: on January 4, 2011 at 8:57 am  Comments (2)  
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Cilea eyelash growth stimulator… 2 weeks

Vicki Gunvalson, Real Housewife of Orange County, tweeted about her new product she’s endorsing, and I decided to grab some with Christmas cash. It took a long time to arrive, about 11 days, but finally it showed up, so I’ll be reviewing it here for you, dear reader.

I’ve been using it twice a day for two weeks now, and so far I can’t see any results. The product hype says results in 2 weeks, more in 4… I’ll keep at it and reserve my final judgment. And it comes with a 60 day money back guarantee, so I intend to hold them to that if I don’t see something for my investment. I’m taking before-and-after comparison pictures as well, so I’ll be sure to post those by 4 weeks into regular usage as well.

The product is easy to use, I just swipe it over my upper lids, and sometimes my lower lids, without much carefulness. It doesn’t burn or in any way discomfort the eyelid, or your eye if it gets into it, so it’s easy to just swipe and be done with it. I use it as my first part of my makeup ritual, while I’m applying SPF lotion for the day. By the time it dries, you’re ready for your foundation and regular makeup.

The tube feels generous in your hands, not wimpy and flimsy, and it seems like there is a lot of product inside, especially since you’re using so little of it at a time. I just hope it actually works.

Published in: on December 29, 2010 at 3:55 pm  Leave a Comment  
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The sparkly tinsel hair saga continues

Well, I’m not the only one who loves glitter hair, and neither is Adrienne Maloof. It’s been the number one search phrase for my blog since putting up the previous entries, and since I haven’t quit playing with my sparkly hair, I figured it was time to talk some tinsel.

A week had passed, and all of my tinsel had nearly fallen out when hubby turned to me, while cooking breakfast for the boys together one Saturday morning, reached to pick at my scalp while saying, “You have something in your hair…oh! You did that, didn’t you?” He said he loved the tinsel, thought is was cute, and so I immediately tied in a headful more of tinsel strands. Attention whore, who me?

So here’s a few tricks I’ve picked up in the past few weeks while wearing tinsel…

I’m better at tying them in now, practice practice practice, but in general it helps to tie the tinsel to a few hairs, think 6-8 strands, rather than small chunks of hair of 30ish strands. The ones I tied to larger chunks of hair fell out twice as fast.

Washing with tinsel is no issue at all. I usually towel dry and then air dry, but I’ve found it’s better to finger-comb wet hair and use a boar bristle brush for removing tangles in dry hair. When you brush your hair, place one hand on your scalp while brushing. This helps hold the tinsel strands from being pulled out quickly.

And they do fall out quickly. They fall out when I brush, when I style my hair (which for me is minimal, I don’t use blow dryers or curling/flat irons). They fall out when I sleep, a lot. So get used to tying in a few strands every day in order to maintain your tinsel look. If I have time after doing my makeup, I usually tie in more tinsel then.

And if you know me, and you want tinsel for yourself? Call me, darlings… or drop me an email. I can help!

Hopefully I’ll try to take pictures soon to share as well. The holographic silver is what I’m wearing today — I like the bright stuff for the festive holidays — but the copper is pretty, subtle but still very noticable.

Published in: on December 27, 2010 at 1:15 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Newest nail obsession… Opi Black Shatter

My new obsession has just bloomed, thanks in part to Katy Perry. Weird, eh?

OPI’s newest release is called Black Shatter and I can’t wait to get my fingernails on some. Although I have yet to try it for myself, when applied over an existing color, the black dries in a “crackled” design.

And OPI’s put serious cash behind their product by landing Katy Perry as the spokesmodel.

Personally, I want the stuff for one reason only — to create leopard print nails. Now to find me the perfect orangey-tan to create the leopard look… I’ll be keeping my eyes peeled! And if I get my fingers on some, or if I get some on my fingers, I’ll be sure to report more!

Published in: Uncategorized on December 21, 2010 at 5:52 pm  Comments (2)  

Tonight’s “Don’t Miss” Fashion TV

Seriously, people. Pay attention, for tonight may promise to be some gooooood Fashion TV. And yes, it’s on Bravo… go figure.

Tonight is the Fashion Show where the Real Housewives of Orange County, as well as a sprinkling of Housewives from New Jersey, are getting a make-under by our contestants. And from the teasers they’re showing, it looks like Calvin was paired with Teresa… fireworks? Train wreck? Shark tank? All deliciously intriguing possibilities.

And, if that weren’t enough to please me while doing more Christmas gift knitting tonight, there’s Watch What Happens Live with guests Iman and Diane von Furstenberg.

DIANE VON FURSTENBERG! I love everything about her, in fact I adore her. I love her clothes, I love her face, I love her work, I love her tweets, and I *love* wearing her clothes.

Truly it’s Don’t Miss Fashion TV… you can’t blame it on me if you forget to set your DVRs. I warned ya!

Published in: on December 14, 2010 at 10:47 am  Comments (1)  
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