Makeup of the Day

Eyes: trèStique eye pencil in Kona Coffee, Urban Decay Perversion mascara

Lips: Rimmel Provocalips lip paint in Kiss Fatal

Nothing else, it’s a low maintenance day


Beauty Tag!

I’m from back in the good ol’ days of LiveJournal, so I can’t resist posts like this.

  1. Would you rather lose all your mascaras, eyeliners, lipsticks and lipglosses or lose all of your palettes and eyeshadows?
    Palettes and eyeshadows. I can replace them easily and without eyeliner my life is meaningless. MEANINGLESS
  2. Would you rather chop off all your hair or never be able to cut it again?
    Chop chop, baby.
  3. Would you rather have a coral cheek or a pink cheek?
    Pink. Coral makes me look like a clown.
  4. If you had €1000 to spend, would you rather buy clothes or makeup?
    Clothes, shoes and electronics.
  5. Would you rather apply lipstick as eyeliner, or eyeliner as lipstick?
    Eyeliner as lipstick. I’m goth, I do this all the time anyway.
  6. Would you rather only shop at Mac or Sephora?
    Probably MAC. I love the variety at Sephora but I tend to actually shop at MAC more.
  7. Would you rather only use one eyeshadow colour or one lip colour for the rest of your life?
    One lipstick. Hooker red goes with everything.
  8. Would you rather wear winter clothes in summer or summer clothes in winter?
    That depends on how you categorize “Winter Clothes” — here in Seattle it means “slightly warmer coat”/”heavier hoodie” and long pants, plus boots. I’d rather wear that in the summer (you can always take a hoodie off) than summery clothes in the wintertime.
  9. Would you rather have dark nails or bright nails all year round?
    Dark, absolutely.
  10. Would you rather give up your favourite lip product or your favourite eye product?
    Lip product — I have plenty of “runner up” lipsticks/lip products that I can use!
  11. Would you rather only be able to wear your hair in a ponytail or a messy bun?
    Not applicable. I have hair too short to put in a bun or ponytail. If I had to choose one that would be the result if I grew my hair out, I’d say bun – I hate ponytails.
  12. Would you rather never be able to paint your nails again or never use lipgloss?
    Never use lip gloss. I already don’t! I hate it.
  13. Would you rather shave your eyebrows and have none at all or sharpie them in everyday?
    I already shave them off AND draw them back in, albeit not with a sharpie.
  14. Would you rather live without makeup or nail polish?
    Nail polish.

How about you? 🙂

It’s Sunday – time to organize and clean!

So, if I can get to it, I usually wash my brushes on Sunday (unless I haven’t used them much).  This weekend I’ve been cleaning a lot and today I rearranged my new makeup desk setup (I recently moved EVERYTHING across the room because I decided standing up is for the birds). I’m sure I will keep moving it around because I cannot seem to get good lighting even with 2 lamps and a lighted mirror.  Well…I got the cheap one…not the $200 one…ah, that’s a post for another day.

Last night as I kept dropping things while getting ready to go see Fury Road (holy shit, Kristin, you were right, OMGGGGGGG), I got sick of my desk space being taken up by my brush roll, dropping things, etc, so I went back to my cases and vase filler I put together with supplies from Michael’s.  In no time, I will be sick of dust and random cat hairs…there is no winning when it comes to brush storage.  (And yes, I’m running a brand new air purifier in here!) 

That’s an obscene number of brushes.  Some aren’t even shown here.  I take really great care of them, though, and most of my MAC brushes are about 13-14 years old – no lie!!  If you invest in quality brushes and care for them properly, it’s a worthwhile investment.  That’s not to say there aren’t some cheap gems out there – see that $1 ELF concealer brush?  I spot conceal with it nearly every day.  There are some Sonia Kashuk and Eco Tools brushes in there, too, along with the MAC and Sigma.  You might even spot one or two detail brushes from the art store! 

What brushes are your favorite?  Any special tips for how you store them? 

What’s on my nails? Sinful Colors Endless Blue 

Hold on to your hats, color lovers, this electric cobalt blue nail polish is BRIGHT and it’s only $1.99 and found in just about every US drug store.  I’m in love!

Sinful Colors Professional nail polish Endless Blue, $1.99

This cream formula is just the right consistency and goes on opaque in just 2 coats with no streaking.  It’s shown here with Poshe fast drying top coat over it, because I’m a clutz and I have to use a fast dry top coat or I ruin every single paint job I do within minutes. 😉

At $1.99 and with such a great color and formula, I’m calling Endless Blue a WIN.

The Makeup Alley Mobile Reviews Feature Will Change Your Shopping Experience! 

You guys!  I’m seriously excited about what I just heard about on Twitter.   Makeupalley now has their reviews database easily searchable via product barcode scan.  I’m so excited, I found myself testing it out on stuff in my bathroom at 1:00 am!  The makeup lover and nerd in me are both ecstatic, because it works. 

Do you ever find yourself in the drugstore (or any store) looking at beauty products and wondering if you should drop your cash on them?  Have you ever actually grabbed your smartphone and googled that item before you put it in your basket?  I sure have!  Weeding through reviews is tedious enough, but doing it in a store is too time consuming when you just want a fast answer – does it suck?  DOES THIS $12 THING SUCK OR NOT? 

Well, get a load of THIS!  Download Makeupalley’s app to your smartphone, open it, and look for the little barcode icon:


Ok do you see it? Now tap on it and something that looks like a camera screen will appear on your phone.  Scan the barcode of your Item of Scrutiny by holding it between the guidelines on your screen, and THEN: 

Are you freaking kidding me?!?!  Easy access to all of Makeupalley’s product reviews at my fingertips?!  The feature works so well, too!  Just scan and there’s the review page; click on any review to see it in its entirety.  This site’s wealth of reviews is amazing, too.  If it’s not there, it’s really new or hella obscure.  

LIFE.  CHANGING.  I shall buy crappy products no more!

ABH Headquarters — West

This is me in my natural habitat. I’ll get to it in a second.

I do most of the graphic and web tinkering and “branding” (shudder) for ABH. I’m a former/semi-retired web and graphic designer; I focused mostly on designing with typography and photographs (see our header as an example) than original artwork, and more on layout and UX design than on back end code.

Basically, almost all of the actual blogging I do? I do it on my phone. Because it’s the future, and anybody who thinks that’s less pro than on my laptop or my desktop is welcome to chat with me about why that’s no longer true — the advent of mobile publishing has revolutionized and put into the hands of actual content creators The Internet, for better or worse. Usually better.

Anyhow, that being the case, I still necessarily do my tinkering on a combination of my iMac and MacBook. You would imagine, unlike the picture up there where I’m sitting on the floor playing with my phone, I would know a few things about workstations. And I do. And what works for me….

I present to you ABH HQ. Yes, I literally sit on the floor to use my 27″ iMac. It’s comfortable for me and that’s what matters, right? Let me show you around.

On the left you will see my mannequins. Their names are Brad and Angelina. They’re very friendly and also stylish. To their right is my Christmas tree. I like it, so I leave it up year round as an ambient light source.

Above my desk are an array of pictures of me, my friends, my car, and various Burning Man related exploits. The Fluevog box under the desk has cables and peripherals in it.

Oh, and the street sign just joined the collection. I found it outside of work the other day and brought it home with me.

Proper fluid intake is essential so I have a cup of tea and also a glass of wine. I suggest you do the same, it’s highly recommended. For both blogging and web design.

There you have it! I’m not showing you my beauty cave. I’d like to say it’s because I like to keep secrets, but it’s mostly because it looks like a makeup-obsessed bachelor lives in my bathroom.