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Yep, I did it.  So since I currently am only following one person on Twitter, let me know if you’re on it so I’m not a Twitter loser!  Send me your contact info so I can start following you!

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January 26, 2009 at 8:36 pm 2 comments

Pining (I know. It doesn’t look right to me either.)

This morning I discovered a blog.  It’s called A Jill Story.  I was reading about her “special man friend” with a smile on my face.  A smile that wasn’t on my face when I got up this morning.  Let’s just say it’s been a weird couple of days. 

I started reading through her archives and came across this post

So this is me.  Sad and at work.  Putting it out there.  Saying I miss you.  Doing it here because I can’t do it in real life.  I don’t have the courage. 

But I do. 

I miss you.

January 20, 2009 at 6:15 pm 2 comments

Semen – it’s what’s for dinner.

Oh, how I wish I were kidding.  A friend of mine sent me an e-mail this week entitled “EWWWWW”.  In it was a link to this.  (note:  I doubt I will be able to consume creme caramel ever again).

Semen based recipes.  Awesome. 

The description says the following,

Semen is not only nutritious, but it also has a wonderful texture and amazing cooking properties. Like fine wine and cheeses, the taste of semen is complex and dynamic. Semen is inexpensive to produce and is commonly available in many, if not most, homes and restaurants. Despite all of these positive qualities, semen remains neglected as a food. This book hopes to change that. Once you overcome any initial hesitation, you will be surprised to learn how wonderful semen is in the kitchen. Semen is an exciting ingredient that can give every dish you make an interesting twist. If you are a passionate cook and are not afraid to experiment with new ingredients – you will love this cook book!

Oh my hell.  I have no words.

January 20, 2009 at 10:49 am Leave a comment

Random Yumminess – Part 2

I was reading Ali’s blog and came across this post about THE list.  I commented that Roberto Urbina was most definitely on my list and then I thought I should spread the love.

Meet Roberto.

Roberto Urbina

You’re welcome.

P.S. If you want to check him out, rent “Towards Darkness” – be forewarned, it’s subtitled.

January 19, 2009 at 7:05 pm Leave a comment

Guilty Pleasures – The Music

I’ve always loved listening to music.  When I was six years old all I wanted for Christmas was a CD player.  I got my first two CDs that year too – Ace of Base and Michael Bolton.  The first was trendy for my parents (I’m sure they got the idea for that one from my older brother) and the second only served to further exemplify my family’s blatant whiteness (yes, I made it up).  There’s really nothing better than a balding white man with a mullet belting out a ballad to make you really believe in love.

As I got older my tastes in music began to change, evolve, diversify.  My dad was constantly telling me to turn that “hippy music” down.  I listened to everything – Pearl Jam, Counting Crows, Nirvana, Sheryl Crow, The Tragically Hip, Sarah Harmer, Alanis Morrissette, Van Morrison, Offspring, Smashing Pumpkins, Jewel, TLC, Real McCoy, Ella Fitzgerald, Third Day, U2, INXS – everything.  When I first moved in with my university roommate we had the usual discussion of what kind of music we liked.  My answer was, “Everything”.  After living together for a few months she came into my room and said, “You really do listen to everything.  I have no idea what I’m going to hear next”. 

Throughout all of my music listening there has always been a little bit of country mixed in, but I have a confession to make.  It’s sucking me in even deeper.  Ten gallon hats, huge belt buckles, tight jeans and cowboy boots.  It’s true – I’ve gone country.  Particularly chick country.  Particularly the Taylor Swift variety.  And I guess that I’m not the only one because the girl is selling a shitload of CDs and shee’s like 18 or something. 

Right now there is nothing I look forward to more that cranking Taylor Swift in my car and singing at the top of my lungs.  There, I said it.  I love Taylor Swift.  I will no longer be ashamed. 

So tell me, what’s your guilty pleasure music?

January 16, 2009 at 1:06 pm Leave a comment

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday to the boy who broke my heart.

You were my best friend.  You chased me and I ran as far as I could.  I kept you at arms length because I was terrified that we would ruin our friendship.  I knew I wouldn’t be able to handle having my heart broken by you.  I was so reluctant and still you pursued.  Hot chocolate brought to my dorm room at 2 am because I had a sore throat, poems when I missed a day of class, bringing me Cheerios for breakfast on my birthday because it was the one cereal the cafeteria didn’t have.

That night you asked me to talk and I told you I was busy.  You called my bluff and our relationship hesitantly began. 

Within weeks I was surprised by how easy it was.  Within a few months we were in love and it was better than I ever could have imagined.  We laughed, we loved, we spent every spare minute together.  We were inseperable and I couldn’t imagine anything better than falling in love with your best friend.  We were standing in the produce section when you leaned over and whispered, “I’m going to marry you someday”.  Those words put my on cloud nine for weeks.  I fell in love with your family and friends and you did the same. 

We spent every holiday showering each other with love and gifts.  On our third anniversary you planned a trip to somewhere I had always wanted to go, complete with a suite with an incredible view, 5-star restaurant and valet parking.  You had even packed a dress for me to wear for dinner.  That day it never crossed my mind that we wouldn’t see 4 years. 

A few months later I went to your house and found you sitting and the foot of your bed with tears in your eyes.  You wouldn’t say anything and you couldn’t look at me and that’s when I knew.  Tears began streaming down my face.  I could hear my heart pounding in my ears.  I couldn’t catch my breath.  It felt like I was drowning.  You kept saying that this wasn’t supposed to happen, not to us.  Hearing those words made me want to scream.  It was your choice – you were making it happen.  You cried and cried.  You shirt was soaked with tears and I tried to console you even though I felt like my heart was in the back of my throat.  I couldn’t stand to see you in pain.  I loved you.

I asked if you were sure because there wouldn’t be any second chances.  You said you were.  I asked if there was someone else.  You said there wasn’t.  I said I should go.  You walked me to my car.  I said goodbye and pressed my lips to yours.  I haven’t seen you since.

The boy who had been my best friend and partner had changed his mind.

January 14, 2009 at 6:00 am Leave a comment

Fake it ’til you make it (and delurking).

It tends to surprise most people that I’m a girly-girl when it comes to makeup.  I love it.  I hoard it.  I have dreams that I went on a spree then I wake up pissed because I realize I really don’t have Diorshow mascara (this one happened just last week).  I love love love reading about products that other people are using, which is part of the reason I love Slynnro as much as I do.  The girl knows her shit. 

I figured it was about time for me to share my must-haves (aka:  there’s not a lot going on right now).  So here we go.

Until recently I hadn’t put much thought into my makeup bag.  I had been using one of those black drawstring bags that Sephora on-line purchases come in, just because I had a lot of stuff and I travel for work 4 days a week (also, because I was too lazy to get anything else).   Enter Alex’s mom who always comes up with the best Christmas gifts.  She got me a Fossil cosmetic case that holds EVERYTHING.  It also rolls up so it only takes up a tiny corner of my suitcase when I’m traveling. (I looked EVERYWHERE for a picture and it is nowhere to be found.  Trust me when I say it’s olive green and tan canvas and is super cute).   

The first thing I worry about is skincare.  Enter Murad.  Throughout high school I was one of the lucky girls who could use whatever cleanser was on sale and not really worry about her skin.  Then I started university and everything changed – it was acne city.  I tried everything short of Accutane and the only reason I didn’t try it was because it scared the hell out of me.  I started using Proactiv and things got 100 times better.  The only downfall was that it bleached EVERYTHING.  Pyjamas, towels, face cloths, sheets, pillow cases – my eyebrows even!  Then after being a faithful Proactiv convert for about a year and a half things got ugly.  My acne became worse than it had ever been before.  I started searching for a replacement and decided to give the Murad Acne Complex Kit a shot. 

Murad

I’ve read some mixed reviews about it but my skin has never looked more healthy.  My skin always looked flush and this makes my complexion look perfectly even and keeps the pimples at bay.  The only part of this kit that doesn’t agree with my skin is the spot treatment, but even with that it’s still cheaper for me to order the entire kit.  To my fellow Canadians – the last time I checked this still wasn’t available through Sephora in Canada so I order it directly from Murad. 

The next step is bareVitamins Skin Rev-er Upper

bareVitamins Skin Rev-er Upper

I apply this one on top of the exfoliating gel from the Murad kit, but under the lotion.  At first I didn’t know if it was doing anything for my skin so I stopped using it.  My complexion returned to it’s rosy ways and small pimples began to show up.  I’ve been using it devotedly ever since and it lasts forever!  I use one pump a day and this normally lasts me around six months. 

Along with acne-prone skin I’ve also been blessed with under eye circles and the only thing that can cover them without making me break out is Lancome Maquicomplet

Lancome Maquicomplet

This stuff covers everything and dries to a silky finish. 

Since I’m acne-prone I think I’ve also tried every possible kind of foundation and EVERYTHING made me break out.  During my last two years of university I stopped wearing make-up altogether (which was heartbreaking) just because I was tired of foundation just making my skin worse.  Then I decided to take a gamble on Bare Minerals

Bare Minerals Get Started Kit

Enter my skin care hero.  At first I hated it.  HATED IT.  The powders seemed tricky and they always spilled all over my bathroom.  But my persistence paid off, my skin became clearer and it never looks irritated.  If you’re thinking about trying Bare Minerals, try the Get Started Kit. You get two shades of the foundation (so you can figure out which one works for you), plus Mineral Veil (awesome) and Warmth (bronzer), plus a bunch of brushes.  The new kit comes with Prime Time primer which is okay, but I’m not crazy about.  I only use it on special occasions because even though it does keep greasiness at bay it also can make me break out. 

I also use all of Bare Minerals blushes and all-over face colour and I have the following shades:

Warmth

Warmth All-Over Face Colour 

A Little Sun

A Little Sun All-Over Face Colour

Tropical Radiance

Tropical Radiance All-Over Face Colour

Beauty

Beauty Bare Minerals Blush

My favourite combination is Warmth with a little Tropical Radiance on top.  I also like Beauty when I want to look flushed and flirty.  A Little Sun is nice for the summer but tends to be too dark for me and my pale skin during the long Canadian winter.  I know Warmth looks pretty dark but for some reason it looks AMAZING once you put it on. 

I’m pretty noncommittal when it comes to eyeshadow.  It’s something I just refuse to spend a lot of money on because it all seems to crease anyway.  I tend to buy Rimmel eye shadow in the single shades.  This way I don’t but a palette of colours and only end up wearing one or two of them.  Plus, they’re like $3.00 so that never hurts.  I particularly love the “Romance” shade and have been using it daily for the last five or six years. 

I am completely inept when it comes to putting on eyeliner, but the one I can manage is the Automatic Eye Liner by Quo (available at Shopper’s Drug Mart).  I tend to stick to the Cocoa Brown but that’s only because I’m so fair that black looks way too harsh.  Quo also has a great eyeliner brush which I sometimes use with dark eye shadows to create my own liner.

It’s hard to find a good mascara and it’s especially frustrating when you fall in love with an expensive option just because you have to toss it so often.  I had searched high and low and finally found Lancome Hypnose.  Then I heard a lot of people saying that CoverGirl Lash Blast was similar and way cheaper, so I figured I may as well try it. 

CoverGirl Lash Blast

This stuff is awesome.  Rich, full, black lashes and the waterproof version does not smudge or clump.  True mascara love for under $10!  The only part that is slightly strange is the rubber brush and it takes some time to get used to. 

Lips are a difficult thing for me.  The skin around them tends to break out easily and for years I was stuck with just using Cherry Chapstick (just call me Katy).  Then I tried Guerlain Kiss Kiss Stick Gloss

Kiss Kiss Stick Gloss

It’s the perfect middle ground between a lipstick and a gloss and comes in pretty semi-sheer colours, perfect for my casual office.  And the packaging is beautiful.  You really don’t mind carrying this one around in your purse. 

My finishing touch is always Benefit High Beam on the inside corners of my eyes and just under my brow bone.  It makes you look instantly awake which is good when I have to get up at 4 am for work! 

High Beam Luminizer

So, there you have it – the craptastic load of make-up I use to look “naturally” beautiful.  Apparently I missed some sort of de-lurking day, so for the 4 of you who have actually made it through this enormous post, what are your beauty products that you CANNOT live without?  Or let me know something new that I should be trying! 

 

 

 

 

 

January 13, 2009 at 5:34 pm Leave a comment

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