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Laura Geller Spackle: Tinted Under Makeup Primer in Bronze Review

I got a sample of Laura Geller’s Spackle in my October Birchbox. I love Laura Geller blushes, but I was worried that the primer was so dark since I’m a shade or two lighter than snow white.

Even out of the tube the product looks pretty dark (image above is in natural light, no flash). Fortunately when you blend the product out its completely sheer. I don’t notice any bronzing or shimmer on my face after application. What I do notice is outstanding wear on my foundation. The product really does act as a spackle, once I put it on my foundation, blush etc does not budge.

I usually wear Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer, and the Laura Geller product is far better as far as keeping my foundation on my face all day. I do like the finish on the Smashbox product a lot better, but the reason I wear a primer is to keep my makeup in place, so I think I’ll be re-purchasing the Spackle when the time comes.

Instead of bronze, I think I’ll try it in Champange as it will be better suited to my skintone.

The primer is available here at Laura Geller’s website for $25.00.

 

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The Hunt for the Perfect Mascara: Buxom Lash Edition

I’m on the hunt for the perfect mascara. One that lengthens without looking spidery and one that thickens without clumping. In other words, I’m trying to do the impossible. Bare Escentuals Buxom Lash mascara has been much buzzed about, so I decided to give it a chance. I was scared to try Buxom Lash, mostly because of the scary looking plastic bristle wand.

Stiff bristle brushes have never worked for me in the past, they don’t give me enough length and they clump like crazy. Buxom Lash is the exception to the rule, because this brush is amazing. The hourglass shape makes it easy to apply, and it never gets on my lids like all my other mascaras. I love that the top of the brush is domed, it makes it easy to grab the lashes at the edges of my lid.

No Mascara

With Buxom Lash

 Overall, this is a great everyday mascara. It doesn’t make my lashes a million miles long, but it holds a curl and doesn’t clump, smear, or flake, which is all you can really ask for.

OVERALL: B
WAND: A
FORMULA: C
PACKAGING: B+
PRICE: $19.00 

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Mac Nubile Paint Pot Review and Swatch

The Nubile Paint Pot was released as a part of Mac’s Posh Paradise collection. The color is a beautiful sheer peach with a moderate amount of shimmer in it. Nubile works amazing as a base, especially if you’re someone who wears pink shadows a lot. Having Nubile around has allowed me to finally get some use out of Mac’s Naked Lunch shadow, a color that doesn’t show up on my lids without a primer.

This Paint Pot is an absolute must-have, and it’s limited edition, so you should get ahold of it as soon as you can. It’s sheer enough that it can be flattering on most skin tones, and like all of Mac’s Paint Pots, doesn’t crease or smear.

A swatch of Nubile

As you can see, Nubile evens skin-tone even on the front of my hand. Even if I weren’t going to wear shadow over it I would smudge on a bit of this pot for some shimmer and brightness on lazy days.  $19.50 for a primer I’m going to use every day is a steal as far as I’m concerned. Here’s hoping Mac hears the acclaim and makes it a part of the permanent collection.

 

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SNL: Anna Faris

Last night Anna Faris hosted SNL for the second time, below is a rundown of the sketches and some of my brief thoughts on the episode.

Cold Open–Mayor Bloomberg addresses the Occupy Wallstreet Protests

What a bad way to start a show that starts at 10:30 pm. A single camera, single actor, zero laugh political monologue. I AM TRYING TO STAY AWAKE HERE GUYS.

Monologue — Anna Faris vs. Anna Faris

Not a good night for Anna Faris. First her hairdresser totally fucks her and makes her hair look more artificial than her impersonator who is actually wearing a wig, then she has to struggle through a jokeless monologue never acknowledging her flopped and critically panned movie “What’s Your Number”. I think we all want to like Anna Faris, she’s good in Happy Face, and she’s married to Chris Pratt, so she must be cool. She just SEEMS like she should be funny, she’s fearless, and takes more risks than a lot of actresses would. Unfortunately, she was not funny here, her movies aren’t funny and she had an arc on Entourage, so she’s making it hard to stay on her team.

Manuel Ortiz Show

One of those sketches that’s supposed to be funny because it repeats the same ridiculousness over and over (the dancing between each segment) but it’s just not. Flop.

Lifetime Game Show “What’s Wrong With Tonya”

So much potential, there were some really funny moments; like Hader’s intro for one of the housewives “we understand your husband has a locked drawer”.  Ultimately though, this went nowhere and was super muddled and just didn’t seem like it had a clear direction.

Digital Short — Interviews with Drake

I don’t have much to say about this, it executed a dumb idea about as well as you could have, and Drake never hurts.

Another GOP Debate

They need to use Kenan Thompson more because his Herman Cain was the only interesting thing about this sketch.

Weekend Update

Finally, you guys! The best part of the show. We got secondhand news! That’s always the best, “the protesters at Walgreens want everything 99% off”. Then a Drake rap about stealing candy nearly ruined by the worst cast member in years Jay Pharoh .

http://www.hulu.com/embed/B255Mw6OXsHZm_rNGZYPTw

Plus, Seth Meyers is great. He does snark in a way that doesn’t make me want to smack him like I do every time I have to listen to Jon Stewart talk.

J Pop American Fun Time

White kids who think they’re Japanese are posers on a community access show. I fell asleep during this sketch. Bring back Melissa McCarthy. This season has not been strong, you guys.

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Carly Cristman — Check Her Out

Carly Cristman is an adorable Chicago based style and beauty vlogger and blogger. She’s a real down to earth girl (if you don’t believe me check out her hilarious twitter @carlycristman) but she’s one of the most professional bloggers in the game. Her style is a little more feminine than mine, she says she loves all things sparkly, but the way she pulls some out there items off gives me inspiration to step out of my own box. Plus this is what her bedroom looks like, so how can you not want to have her advice in your life…

Below are some of my favorite videos from her amazing and hilarious YouTube channel:

See more at: http://www.carlycristman.com

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I Love: Black Market Pizza

Yesterday I had pizza with sauerkraut on it. I took the first bite to be polite, but the next two slices were pure enjoyment. The pie was from Black Market Pizza a pizza place in Ames, Iowa that specializes in turning your favorite sandwiches into  crazy, but totally delicious pizzas. The reuben has a hearty layer of corned beef, 1000 island dressing, swiss cheese, sauerkraut and mozzarella. Oddly addicting. If you don’t trust me, ask Adam from Man vs. Food:

I can’t wait to go back to try the Oktoberfest pizza; bratwurst on a caramelized onion and beer sauce.

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Book Club: Tao of Pooh

This one was actually a required read for my religion class this semester, which is great because I don’t think I would have picked it up otherwise. I’m not the girl who’s into experimenting with spirituality or who goes on meditation kicks or anything, but the tone of this book really drew me in and endeared me to it. The book describes Taoist principles and how the animals of Hundred Acre Woods embody these principles. The best part is, it’s full of excerpts from “The House on Pooh Corner” and who doesn’t love that. It’s sometimes easy to forget how much I love AA Milne’s (as opposed to Disney’s) Pooh. His simplicity is really celebrated and I think that’s a wonderful thing to celebrate. It’s a quick read (I finished it in around 2 hours) and it gives you a lot to reflect on. I’m not ready to embrace all the Taoist principles just yet, but it did encourage me to follow “the Pooh way”  and effortlessness.

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