When I was in elementary school, Spice Girl clubs were all the rage. No, not nightclubs that only played Spice Girls. That would have been 9 year-old-me paradise, but luckily I’m not Drew Barrymore and I didn’t go to rehab at 13. No, Spice Girl clubs were groups of 5 girls, each who took on the role of a different Spice Girl during recess. There was a weirdly competitive aspect of the Spice Girl clubs as well – the best Spice Girl club was the one with the most closely matching appearances and personalities. Thus, the giggly blondes were always Baby, the intense athletes were always Sporty, and so on. I’m not a redhead, more of a dirty blonde, but I was chosen to be Ginger Spice.
My favorite thing to spend money on is makeup. Well, right behind skiing and concerts. I was frugal for the first half of the year, but after the launch of a beauty blog, I decided to indulge myself in a few (ok, much more than a few) packages in the mail. Here’s the best of my haul (not in any order, because how can you choose between children?).
I wanted to try a new look for New Years. To me, new years style means, dark shades and glitter glitter glitter. But because I usually wear an all-over glitter shade, I wanted something a little more detailed and special. I decided to adapt the Beauty Department’s New Years Nails article with some of my own style.
My favorite lip product of the year was Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetic’s Lip Tar ($16), an innovative, customizable lip pigment. Don’t be thrown off by the name – they aren’t particularly sticky. Instead, it’s a highly pigmented liquid lipstick with a satin-matte finish. Only a pinhead’s worth of product will cover your lips, and they last through eating and drinking with ease. This year OCC began selling their products at Sephora, making it a lot easier to try out their many colors.
If you’ve been looking for a deal on high quality eyeshadow palettes, look no further. I was scrolling through Sephora’s sale page (such unusual behavior for me…), when I happened to noticed this great deal – BareMinerals’ The Star Treatment palette for $25 .BareMinerals released a new line of pressed powders thus year, and I’ve read many reviews raving about the high pigmentation, easy blending, and long lasting powders. I liked (but not loved) their famous loose powder foundation, but I’m excited to get my hands on this palette.
Sunday morning I met a friend for breakfast. I wanted to look nice, but was also headed to 90 minutes of yoga directly afterward. What to do? I figured this would be a great opportunity to test out my makeup-staying powers. When you’re working in extreme conditions (summer in New Orleans, etc), there are a few important guidelines: