Monday, March 25, 2013

A blog post about blogging

So if you aren't familiar, Independent Fashion Bloggers is a great resource for the world that is Blog.

One of their posts the other day mentioned the whole "have great content" thing that is every blogger's advice to those just starting out (me.)

I suppose this is just a post to summarize that post real brief like and then maybe I'll give some sort of mission statement or declaration of content or a list of things, because I love lists.

On the whole, IFB stressed the importance of thinking about the readers, and the reason they are reading things on the Interwebz. We read things to get inspired, to be entertained, to be informed.

Just some snippets that really stuck out for me:

"I hear bloggers talk about their blog’s topic, that it’s about “fashion” and/or their “inspiration” which is great, but it doesn’t communicate how the blog helps another person. Even more so it does not communicate, WHY another person should read a blog about a perfect stranger’s inspiration."

"Do you take AMAZING photos, have AMAZING style? I’m saying AMAZING, like knock me out of my chair amazing. Like “Holy moly!” amazing. The sad fact is, that the market is so saturated, and has become so competitive, that if you want to make it taking photos of yourself, that you have to have AMAZING style, unless you pair it with another component, like solving a problem or making people smile."

If you want to read the whole post, which I think you should, here's da link

So, on that note, my photos and style are not particularly knock you outta the park amazing. This isn't me being modest, I take most of my photos with my cell phone camera and my style doesn't really waver from The Jetsons(a little from the past, a little from the future) and/or slutty grandmas.

What I do have to offer is a vast... I don't know if "knowledge" is particularly the right word, maybe "experience" is better suited. If this were a persuasive speech, my ethos would be "my job title is "makeup artist" (well technically 'beauty artist') and in addition to that, I am addicted to makeup. I like to try everything, ever. And maybe this blog is just an excuse to buy myself lots of makeup, but I do have every intention of reviewing it. At some point.

So here is a list of my stats--if you will-- so you can compare yours to mine when it comes to picking out your own makeup...

- I'm incredibly pale.A lot of companies do not even make a shade of foundation that is light enough for me.

- I have combination skin.

- I recently had a good six month battle with cystic acne caused by what I am about 98 percent sure was the birth control shot. Which was horrible. And now the acne is mostly gone (woo hoo ! / knock on wood so I am left with:

- terribly blotchy red skin because of said acne.

- awkwardly dry lips that basically lack any pigmentation without lipstick. So colors may look a lot different on me than others.

- lashes that stick straight out so my mascara search revolves around getting them to be curly.

- brown eyes that are fairly large.

- and other "strong" features that I sometimes hate.

So that is a list of things to be considered when reading a review of mine.

Oh, and my cat is the cutest and cattest cat. Just sayin'

Monday, March 18, 2013

Sister Turquoisehair

So, I'm ever so sorry that I haven't been keeping up with this blog. I'd like to say that I've been busy, but it really doesn't seem like I have. Just a whole lotta bad things, mixed with a whole lotta good things. Not a lot of in between time, and if there is, you bet your buttons you would find me napping.

All that aside, I'm here to discuss Benefit Cosmetic's new line of eyeshadows and a little more of my makeup routine, and just briefly how I've found THE ONE in regards to lipstains.

So in these photos I am wearing two of Benefit's new cream shadows: "blue my mind" and "holy smokes" and on top I am using their "magic ink" liner, which I've oddly grown very fond of. As for mascara I'm still using that leopard print one. My brows are done with Benefit's "browzings" which is my second favorite Benefit product and the one product I could probably not live without..

For my complexion I'm wearing my face armor. LORAC full coverage liquid foundation and MAC's full coverage studio fix powder.

An aside... Although my breakouts have become under control, my face is now red and blotchy from scars :( for that, I spent a million dollars on this product by Dr. Gross that has retinol in it. Which I am very pleased to say is working wonders.

As for cheeks, I've fallen in love with a product called "candlelight glow" by Two Faced. This is really something I've been looking for for a long time. A powder highlighter and blush duo. Most makeup people know that generally ALL highlighters seem to come equipped with a bronzer. And, frankly, that ain't what I want. Unless the bronzer is whatever contour Lilly Munster uses. So to find a powder highlighter of this nature has pleased me greatly. And the blush side is still mostly just a different shade of highlighter. On top of that, I throw on some Super Orgasm.

The lips are Firm Form by MAC. And NYX eyeliner used as a lipliner. I swoon over these lips.

Oh and yes, my hair is currently turquoise. And the cut (I was aiming for a blue Louise Brooks) done by my lovely friend Kris. She nailed it.

Oh and the cream lipstain that is... The one... Is the Lip Maestro by Armani..  Expect me to eventually post something entirely on how awesome that is.

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Blonde hair, red lips. Charcoal eyes and Monroe hips.  Lots of opinions, lover of the macabre.