Monday, July 9, 2012

Inspiration: Nina Dobrev

Nina Dobrev, hands down, is one of the most gorgeous women on television right now. She makes me want to be an olive-complected brunette. Bad. 

But I can't. I mean, I could dye my hair, but my husband would probably kill me. And sadly there's no changing my pale skin without doing serious harm down the road. So, I'll just have to keep fawning over her natural-yet-sultry beauty every time I watch The Vampire Diaries.

Yes. I watch The Vampire Diaries. Elena would wipe the floor with Bella and Sookie! So there!








Saturday, July 7, 2012

Some thoughts on cellulite.

“Cellulite can best be described as a normal physiological state in postadolescent women — a state that maximizes adipose retention to ensure adequate caloric availability for pregnancy and lactation.” MP Goldman in Cellulite: A review of current treatments, r/p on FutureDerm.com  

Everyone knows what cellulite is, but reading the above quote was the first time that it was really put into perspective. Instead of being one of God's cruel jokes to women, those horrible little fat pockets actually serve a biological purpose. Who knew?

But still, even knowing that it's Nature's way of ensuring my potential/future children will have enough food/calories, it doesn't make it any easier to deal with. While I wish there was a miracle cure, it seems that diet and exercise are the only natural ways to get rid of it. All of those firming cellulite creams are just a temporary optical illusion and liposuction is, well, expensive and kind of icky when you think about the actual procedure. I don't like the idea of someone vacuuming things out from underneath my skin, even if I get skinnier/smoother in the end. Plus, they're not exactly gentle when they're shoving that hose around. If you don't believe me, just watch a documentary on it. It'll give you the heebey-jeebies.

So on that totally random note, I hope people will have an "A ha!" moment like I did. Knowing there is actually a scientific reason behind cellulite (and why even skinny girls can be cursed with it) makes it just a smidge easier to accept. Just a smidge, though. Let's be realistic.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Too Faced Perfect Eyes Waterproof Eyeliner



Normally I'm a huge fan of automatic eyeliner pencils, but I'll make an exception in the case of Too Faced's Perfect Eyes eyeliner. For $18 you get .04 oz of product, which is a lot when you think about the measly .01 oz in Stila's automatic Smudge Stick. There are a total of nine colors to choose from, ranging from your basic black to a gorgeous peacock color (Navy, Moss, and Espresso are new this year). Too Faced says:
What It Is: 
Our creamy, long-wearing eyeliners glide on with the ease of a liquid liner and lock down for 8 hours of smudge proof wear. These high-impact pencils come in six nine waterproof shades ranging from the necessary classics to cutting-edge couture. Each includes a flexi-firm, beveled smudger to allow a smoky blend or precise line. 
 It's also "vegan friendly" and paraben-free, which is a perk to some people.


I chose the color Perfect Storm, which is a charcoal gray with silver sparkles. Don't worry, they're not that scary. I hate chunky glitter in eyeliner, but I think this shade is perfect for days when I don't want to wear black eyeliner.


See? Sometimes you can't even see the sparkles.


And a quick EOTD featuring Perfect Storm and Cover Girl Lash Blast.



I definitely get a full day's wear out of this eyeliner. I have had a few instances where it transfers to my upper eyelid, but that's because my eyes are slightly hooded, so depending on how thickly I line my eyes, it can transfer a bit during the day. Nothing that a quick swipe of your finger or a Q-tip can't fix, though.

The new shades are available online, but I don't think they're in stores yet. As soon as they are I plan on checking out Navy. And maybe Moss. Just to spice things up a bit. 

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy 4th of July!


I hope everyone has a happy Fourth of July! While I haven't quite decided on my makeup yet, I know I'll be wearing plenty of sunscreen and bug spray while I'm grilling with my family. 

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Busted.



To say that I'm busted is a bit of an understatement. It's not that I meant to abandon/neglect/flake out on my blog, it's just that life got in the way. In addition to my extremely demanding/stressful/non-flexible full-time job, I went back to grad school in January for my Master's. Needless to say, trying to juggle my hectic schedule meant that something had to give. Unfortunately, my blog was one of those things to suffer. 

The time away has given me some good perspective, though. I've kept up with the beauty world despite not being "active" in posting/commenting on others and I was able to evaluate what I can do with the Via Media and what I want out of the whole experience as a blogger. While the revelations certainly are not earth shattering, it is beneficial to be able to spell it out for myself - and others, if you're curious.

The biggest change in my "old" blogging mentality to the new: I am sticking to my low-buy. For various reasons, I decided to go on a low-buy around the same time I pushed pause on blogging. I think they were interrelated. Since I started the blog, my beauty budget was WAY out of whack and I felt compelled to buy the latest stuff so I could a) look like I was on top of the trends and b) so I could show off swatches. In hindsight, those were ridiculous reasons and I ended up not liking half of what I bought. I had to remind myself that waiting has its virtues, i.e., someone else does the legwork for you and you don't end up buying crap just because it's lemming-central on the makeup boards. 

I know the child in me gets impatient having to wait that extra week or month or whatever until Product X gets to my local store, but the adult in me is satisfied knowing that when I actually do make a purchase now, I'm almost guaranteed to be satisfied with it because I've been able to read reviews, see swatches, and make sure that my new addition will actually serve a purpose in my stash, versus getting mad love for a week and then getting shoved into a drawer and forgotten. The goal of my life now, especially with having little-to-no spare time, is streamlining. I'm trying to streamline everything from my clothes, to my house, to my makeup. 

What I am not: I am not the blogger to announce breaking beauty news. I can direct you to those who do. I am not the blogger for crazy, awesome swatches of every new collection coming out. I can tell you who those ladies are, too, if you don't already know. I am not a beauty guru or makeup artist/professional. Again, I'll tell you who those people are if you want to know. What I am is simply a beauty enthusiast.

So, what should people expect? Pretty much more of what I used to post. Reviews of various products. Eye/Lip/Nail of the Days. And maybe some inspirational pictures or helpful articles/links. I tried to post every day or every other day the last time around and that put unnecessary pressure on me. Now, I've resolved to post whenever inspiration strikes. I have four posts pending from before my hiatus that will probably be the first up, but after that, there's no telling how often I'll be posting. I apologize in advance for that. I know some bloggers are way more busy than I probably am and still post three times a day, but I do not want to make a promise and then not follow through. 

I'm reclaiming my blog from myself and taking it back to what it was originally intended for - a place for all of my weird, random thoughts on the beauty world. At the end of the day, I hope people will be entertained or at least a bit more informed by my attempts to streamline the beauty stuff in my life.