Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Where In The World Has Nur Been?

Right here, actually. I wish I had some amazing world-traveling story to tell. Ha!

So here's the run-on sentence that will fill you in: a little over a month ago my computer started telling me it was running out of space and I just thought it was getting old and obsolete and it wouldn't let me record videos (tyrant camera!) and then a few weeks later it completely crashed and I realized that the "running out of storage space issue" was actually a virus and nothing, and I mean NOTHING, could be recovered on the computer and so I had to get a new one. The End.

I now have a Macbook. I'm a total first time Mac user and it took me hours to figure everything out. Like how to upload decent quality videos. If you've seen my Heidi Klum makeup collection video you may have noticed I look like a ventriloquist's puppet. For those of you keeping count, that would be the second video I've done that. Wish I could list it as a talent ::sigh:: Of course, I later figured out how to upload a better quality video, but I have such amazing subscribers whose comments and responses I didn't want to lose, so I decided against it =)

So here other things that happened while I was MIA:

  • I had the flu. Not swine, just...umm...the human one? [Apparently this is important since it's the first thing that came to mind. I ooze optimism, I know.]
  • Halloween! I tell everyone this is my favorite time of year. I spent time with some of my favorite people- they know who they are! We went trick-or-treating. I was also in the final phases of recovering from being sick. Please see the optimistic bullet above.
  • That's about it. I'm just filling in another bullet because three bullets looks waaaay better than two.

See, I thought about making a video to explain all this except I've been accused of being a rambler. I figured if I wrote it out like this then what could people really say?? "Wow, you write way too much!".....which could totally be interpreted as a good thing. >:|

Missed you all! =)

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Sunday, July 19, 2009

The Perfect Line Everytime

The liquid eyeliner trick is something that will help you perfect the shape of your eyeliner. All it really does is allow you to focus on drawing the eyeliner that will show without having to worry about drawing the line close enough to your lash line. When eyeliner isn't drawn close enough to the lash line it just looks so terrible. I made up this trick years ago on my own when all I cared about was the shape of my eyeliner (my trademark winged eyeliner). I figured, ok, put liquid eyeliner on quickly without worrying about neatness. Then when it's dry, I can go in and focus on drawing my line with a kohl liner. When people ask how I get my eyeliner shaped liked that, this is my number one tip- but you won't know how well it works until you try it. If you don't have a steady hand, anchor your arm somewhere- sit your hand gently on your face, or pile up folded towels in front of a mirror and rest your elbow on them. I know it sounds silly, but it takes away from the fear that you might end up looking like Jack Sparrow.

I start by drawing from the outside edge of my lash line towards the middle while holding my eye taut. The outside of the line is always thicker so it's easier to fix if I happen to draw a sloppy line. It's much more important to be steady as I'm drawing the line towards the inner corner of my eye. The last thing I do is go back to the outer edge and draw the tip past the outer edge. And voila! you're done! Watch it in action:

MAC Kohl Eyeliner is the best eyeliner I've ever used. The color I buy, Smolder, is a beautiful dark black that doesn't tug on the eyelid and goes on very smoothly. It's not an "eyeliner" exactly- it's a kohl liner which is more rich in color and smoother in texture than an eyeliner. I like my liner a little more slippery because the eye area is so delicate and it's important to be gentle!

My picks:

MAC Kohl Liner in Smolder
Maybelline Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Black
Revlon Colorstay Eyeliner in Black

Monday, June 29, 2009

Up, Up and Stay!

Of all the eye makeup tips I love to share, this one is probably the simplest to incorporate right away. Check out my video:

Long, curled eyelashes make eyes seem big and awake. And yes, we've heard all the tricks in the book: curl your eyelashes, curl your eyelashes after you put on mascara (THIS IS A BIG NO NO, lest you detest your eyelashes and you're making a silent and weird protest to hair...), blow-dry your eyelash curler to heat it up and curl your eyelashes (sure, let me singe my eyeballs too) and last but not least, sleep with your eyes open and your face flat against your pillow. Oh wait, you haven't heard that one? Ok, clearly, we're desparate.

Here's a quick, simple and painless one: After you've applied your mascara and it's begun to dry, close your eyes and, holding your mascara wand horizontally, brush the tips of your eyelashes upward for a curled effect. This works best when the mascara you've already applied isn't wet anymore because the wet mascara will weigh lashes down. You can then open your eyes, fix any clumping and voila! Try it and tell me if it works for you!

Mascaras I LOOOOVE:

  • Dior's DiorShow in Blackout Hello darkness! Hello DRAMATIC!

  • Loreal Lash Architect Fair warning: can be flaky, but is very manageable if you're a mascara ninja. Gives my lashes the "fake" effect- probably the only time it's a compliment for someone to say something about you looks fake....

  • Physician's Formula Lash-In-A-Tube Cream Mascara This is my "primer" masacra. It's so soft and creamy that I can easily put any mascara right over it without struggle.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Can't Live Without It

I absolutely love my Anti-Bacterial Complexion Pad by Earth Therapeutics. I had no idea these things existed until about October of '08. I swear by exfoliator and its skin-clearing capabilities (it's still completely overlooked and totally underrated). I always felt as though my measly little fingers somehow missed a surface of my face or that they didn't apply enough pressure and I would often scrub my face into a red frenzy. So I thought "WOW, what if I invented a sort of face loofah!" Behold, someone thought of it already...[sigh] Ok, a big part of me was relieved. I looked it up online and saw that ULTA carried some; I wanted to check it out in person. I picked this particular one out on a whim and I've tried others, but this one is just the perfect texture. It really feels like it's doing something for my skin without my applying too much pressure. And my skin feels amazing whether I use this with a face scrub or regular face wash. They're under $4 pre-tax and the directions say that with every day use, they last for 3 months. I just buy a few of them and when I open the newest one, I use a permanent marker to write the date that the pad needs to be thrown out (else I'm left wondering when I bought it and how long it's been and if February counts as a whole month because it's a total runt and has less days then all the other months and then I realize it's already March and Easter is coming up soon.....ALL while washing my face) So just decide right away when you'll throw it out and be faithful to the date you write on the little tag that's hanging off it. Other awesome things about my love affair: not tested on animals, recyclable, environmentally friendly and won't leave me for another face. I can't live without it!

Monday, March 16, 2009

To Hide Flaws Go Seek Some Amazing, Inexpensive Concealer

I love inexpensive products that work well. Especially inexpensive makeup that works just as well, if not better, than department store makeup. I came across the discount bin in CVS the other day (and yes, I looked in the discount bin and you know you do too probably hoping you find an accidentally discounted and clearly misplaced tub of La Mer...) and picked up Physicians Formula Conceal Rx Physicians Strength Concealer (phew) for $2.49. Not because I needed it. No, no. I have enough concealer to camouflage the dark under-eye circles of a small nation of online gamers with a relative population matching, say, that of China. The official website says it usually retails for $8.75. That's a deep 71% discount math majors. More importantly, I have to try everything. Whenever I see things discounted, I really have to wonder why they aren't selling? At $2.49, I really wasn't expecting any miracles. So, on with my morning routine and I'm using this stuff and I find that I'm quite impressed. But we all know that the true test of makeup is how long it lasts. By golly it did. I'm out of the house at 7 AM and not back till 5:30 PM and this stuff is still going....until I wash off my makeup at 10:30 PM (and I still look fresh and wide-eyed with no reapplication whatsoever.) It seriously competes with MAC Select Cover-Up at $15.50. The thing about MAC Select Cover-Up is that the consistency is quite fluid. Physicians Formula is thicker so you're not layering your concealer. Layering isn't a bad thing, but I just don't have time for it. MAC Select has it's advantages though: fuller range of colors; can be used under or over foundation and...yeah, that's about it actually. You'll do well to use a primer or line-filler so that any concealer you're using isn't settling into the laugh lines around your eyes (that's right, I said laugh lines! because no one here frowns). I personally think certain concealers go under foundation and other concealers go over foundation. Physicians Formula Rx definitely goes under foundation because it's an industrial strength foundation and the color should be brought back to match your face coloring with the foundation. There's also Soft Green and Soft Yellow for more targeted issues. I'm thinking about picking up another tube. Or two. Or fifteen.... Have you used MAC Select Cover-Up or Physicians Formula Conceal Rx? Let me know what you think! Happy concealing!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Hello Pretty World

I love makeup. I know a lot of other girls do too, but I'd venture to say that my obsession needs medical attention (my family would agree). From the moment I started wearing makeup, I've always thought about perfecting everything, from production to application. A funny thing started happening- people began asking "How?" about everything from skin care routines to eyeliner tips to flawless base application. Not only do I love makeup, I love sharing what I know with as many people as possible.I am a total advocate of educated consumerism and nowadays, you can find a review on just about anything. So here it is: the birth of my blog. Send in questions, requests and comments at will. If I don't have the answer, I'll find someone who does. Subscribe and share with your friends. I hope you find something here that keeps you coming back!