Cost Prohibitive in the SF Bay

11062756_847461325307171_2370186662826186954_nI’ve moved, from Silicon Valley to the East Bay. My theme song is now The Pet Shop Boys’ Suburbia.


 

So I don’t have the need to be close to the major search engine anymore, and it’s amazing what greedy people want to charge for questionable apartments on the Peninsula.

I think that this kitchen alone is almost as big as my last apartment in Palo Alto. You get way more bang for your buck in other places, although it’s still expensive, compared to most places.

Blah blah blah, Bay Area rents.

I’m still close enough distance-wise to things, although I sh*t you not, it took nearly two hours to travel 22 miles the other day.

 


 

I’ve been sick AGAIN for what feels like forever with the sonic death flu. Ugh, but at least my hair looks fabulous thanks to Nicole.

I think I’m growing it out and can’t commit to a hair color. Some things never change!

I’ll be posting some new reviews soon of some products. Once I can get my lighting rig setup, perhaps there will be a long needed tutorial or two.

Being sick means that I have the entire Samsonite collection under my eyes.


Nursing life. I successfully breast fed Coco and continue to do so with Lulu. Pregnancy really changes your body. I feel so different now but wouldn’t change a thing.

Lest that be a negative connotation, I’m proud that my body could produce two delightful daughters. Not everyone is a breeder, as they say, but to each his own.


I’ve been making a lot of progress with my book by using the Learn Scrivener Fast program thanks to Joseph Michael.

The appropriate title will come later.


My video shoot was this weekend, in S.F. Mom life and goth life collided in the same day and I think that end result will be great. I’ll link as soon the finished product is available!

Here are some pics I found on Pinterest for my makeup inspiration.

     

Here’s the result of some experimentation:  

I’m wearing an Erin Fetherston coat, All Saints dress, burlesque fishnets and patent leather Docs.

The following products were used for the makeup:
Melt Cosmetics lipstick in Bane

Melt Cosmetics Dark Matter magnetic shadow stack

Kat Von D. Shade and Light Contour Palette

Nars Cosmetics Sheer Glow Foundation in shade Punjab

I adore the Tarte Cosmetics The Slenderizer Bamboo Contouring Brush for application of contour and highlighting products.

Most everyone can highlight and contour and pull it off without looking like J.Lo or the other one.

The key is in neutral and not warm shades, unless you’re really tan, and most everyone knows how I feel about that!

 

 

The Week Ending 2.27.15

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I love my new glasses! They remind me of a pair of Tom Fords that I was coveting. However, since they were under $100, they are much more friendly to the pocketbook.

They’re the Derek Cardigan 7005 style in black from Coastal.com. However, they are currently sold out.


Mom life. We’ve been sick for a couple of weeks and hopefully it goes away soon.

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Did you know that there are Diana Vreeland fragrances? I’m so curious about these, but I need a new fragrance like a hole in the head, as the saying goes.

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Which one(s) are you curious about? On paper, I’m partial to Extravagance Russe and Simply Divine.


In other beauty related news, this brush will change your life! It’s been awhile since I’ve been thoroughly impressed by a makeup brush. This one delivers!

Enter one of the latest brushes from Sephora. This beauty is the Sephora Pro Airbrush Blender #78, exclusive to Sephora. At $38, it’s not cheap, but is what I consider a sound investment.

The claim is that there are at least 100,000 synthetic hairs to this brush. I didn’t need to use my fingers or BeautyBlender once! Impressive. I appreciated the versatility in application.

I put many drops of foundation on the back of my hand and then went for it with this brush. It was easy to apply, whether I used broad sweeps or rolled the foundation around. It’s got a soft tapering tip at the end so it’s really easy to do detailed work around your nose and mouth.


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I’d had the opportunity to work with the Nars Sheer Glow foundation on a photo shoot at the beginning of the month and was very impressed! The lowdown is that it’s not sheer and I wouldn’t say that it’s exactly glow-y. It’s intended for normal to drier skin types but hasn’t made my combo to oily skin break out.

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The Sephora Pantone Color ID has matched me to both shades 2Y07 and 3Y07. The shade “Punjab” was recommended to me in the Nars Sheer Glow foundation. I procured a deluxe sample of this foundation as I need another foundation like I need another hole…but this one is really worth a try if you want to look natural and luminous.

For me, the only con to this foundation is the bottle! There’s no pump, so it just pours out. The top is super flimsy and easy to break. It would be much more sanitary with a pump, so get it together, Nars!

KarlaSugar has a great in-depth post on her site about this foundation, complete with swatches, too.


Recent thrift score!

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Vintage Norma Kamali plaid 2 piece outfit for $9.99 at Goodwill. The plaid reminds me of Vivienne Westwood or Alexander McQueen. Kamali has been one of my favorites since the 1970’s. This one will remain in my personal wardrobe and I’m not quite sure how I’ll fit into it!

Best Tressed Colors

Whenever I’m worried about being boring, I remember the hair colors from the last decade and worry just a little less.

Pics of my hair through the years:

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Link Love 5.25.12

So the little one is now a year old and we’ve been battling the baby flu. Poor kid, first official sickness.

I’ve been battling my studies and also my skill set. And frizzy hair, but we won’t talk about that for long. I seriously declare that I am certifiable for taking the course load that I’ve taken this semester. It’s taken time away from my fun site here and other life items that I am duly missing. I got 100% on my Computer Science test today, but I don’t want to rest on those laurels as my programming skills are lame.

I tried the OPI Axxium Gel Manicure with mixed results. My technician didn’t do a good job, as my right index finger is missing half the polish from chipping. It’s not even been a week, boo. I’ll try somewhere else though before I go back to the major chain salon, ugh.

I bought a bathing suit (!) at Old Navy (with cherries on it!) last weekend for under $13 in the clearance section. I wanted to use the hot tub at my complex, so there. No fun in the sun for this girl!

Speaking of sun, here are three easy ways to protect hair while swimming. (BellaSugar)

Did you know that May is Melanoma Month? Here are some helpful links and a mighty awesome infographic regarding sunscreen.

Five Things to Know About Sunscreen and Sun Care, Sunscreen, and New Labeling Requirements (Temptalia)

Phantom Cell Phone Vibration is a Sign that You Need a Tech Break (Lifehacker)

I had really weird dreams last night and one of them was about acquiring tons of Betsey Johnson goodies at over half off, including wall fixtures and other ephemera. I’m still sad that the stores are closing and all of that, but I honestly can’t remember the last time that I bought brand new Betsey Johnson clothes.

Random awesomeness on Pinterest. I’ve never been arrested, but I’m digging Donna Lethal’s mugshot style. We have two things in common though, we both lived in Minneapolis and have similar height/weight combos. She lives on in infamy with this mugshot.

I’m waiting for my new eyeshadow treat/early birthday present from Sugarpill Cosmetics.

So excited to mix this in with my existing pink and red repertoire.

My birthday’s coming up and I’ve got to figure out stuff, between needing to re-enter the job market and also manage school somehow. I don’t imagine that I’ll be going full-time, although I will finish my goals, that’s for sure.

Tony gave me a great compliment today, actually on the pic on the upper right that I’m using as my avatar here on this site. I quote: “You look glamorously inhuman in this picture. I love it!” I love the compliment, Tony.

Although I wouldn’t say that glamorously inhuman is my goal, at least consciously, I guess I want to look like I could kick butt in short notice if I needed to, a la Pris from Blade Runner or Wonder Woman or something. Never settle for ordinary when you can be extraordinary, even if it’s in just experimenting with different makeup and hair colors. I’ve never understood the status quo of “caramel with blonde highlights woven in”. Perhaps I’m not meant to, and besides, other girls do that much better than I.

Your comrade in beauty and beyond,
Lisa