Fit For a Germaphobe

More goodness from Korea!  Today’s little piece of cosmetic awesomeness comes from a brand called Chica Y Chico, which is a very un-Korean sounding name, but the English description on its website is so very Google Translate:

The Powerful Cosmetic Germ Killer Spray

Take just 10 sec. everyday for your clean make up pouch.

Don’t let the make-ups uncleaned anymore!

They threaten your health as well as beauty.

Seriously, people.  Don’t let the make-ups uncleaned.

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Of course, we clean our makeup brushes semi-regularly, but we can’t actually clean our makeup.  Alcohol can change the color or texture of some makeup, and water doesn’t work either.  But OMG Spray It (yes, that’s the actual product name) cleans both tools and makeup.  It dries in ten seconds, smells a little bit like fresh limes, and doesn’t damage the color or texture of your makeup at all.  If you’re ever concerned about the cleanliness of your makeup, this is the perfect product.  Even bacteria-laden mascara wands can be cleaned with this spray.  

Bacteria is responsible for a variety of problems from breakouts to pink eye.  You definitely don’t want to be applying it directly to your face every morning with your eyeshadow.  OMG! Spray It! can eliminate those worries.  It’s available in a two-pack exclusively through Wishtrend.

Turning Towards Autumn

For the teacher, when school starts, summer is officially over. The calendar may still acknowledge additional days of summer, and the weather may still be balmy (I’m fanning myself on a humid evening as I write this), but it’s fall. That’s all there is to it.

When I shop for work clothes, I don’t shop for summer clothes. I have a much larger wardrobe for winter than for summer. The best pieces I have are transitional, and I find myself looking for pieces that will go from summer to fall with a few tweaks.

Skater/Fit and Flare dresses

Last year I bought a skater dress in grass green, and now I have one in teal as well. I’m kind of obsessed with this as a transition piece, since you can wear it on its own or with a small shrug in summertime, or with a sweater or blazer in fall. A bright solid is perfect for late summer and fall, as it doesn’t seem too frivolous or summer-y. You can wear this dress with sandals in summer, knee-high boots as the weather gets colder, or flats in a bright (not necessarily matching) color anytime.

When it comes to skater dresses (or fit and flare dresses, or a-line dresses–whatever you want to call them), you really can’t beat ModCloth for selection. I love that site so much.

Case Closed

Have you ever gone shopping for an item, and you weren’t sure exactly what you wanted, but once you saw it, your reaction was “that’s THE THING. I DON’T KNOW HOW I COULD WANT ANYTHING ELSE BUT THE THING NOW.”

That just happened to me.

I need a new iPad case, because mine is falling apart. The corners are pulling apart, and it slips and slides around. I generally have a hard time finding what I want because I like something practical and stylish. I went to Amazon.com, because it has a wide selection. And then I saw this:

Lego Case

And the search was over.

First of all, it’s LEGO. My brother and I were obsessed with Lego as a child. We are Danish-American, after all; we visited Legoland in Denmark, and let me tell you, there were Legos for girls in Europe. I had a set that was a tiny Bavarian cottage, complete with a lady with a tiny Lego rug beater. I wish I still had it, it was that awesome.

Pink Legos

The stand is called a “DIY” stand–you can move the pieces around and adjust it. I honestly don’t care that this is marketed as a kid’s iPad case. I like it!

One concern–I didn’t read the reviews until after I ordered it. The reviews are mixed. I’m hoping it won’t be flimsy, but I’m also not hard on my cases. I’m crossing my fingers that I didn’t make a mistake, because I really want this! I’ll keep you updated once I get it.

Out, Damn Spot!

As my last video so painfully illustrated, I’m not immune to the occasional blemish. I remember being a teenager and thinking that I would get no more pimples after I exited puberty. That was a major lie. Of course they didn’t go away. The teenager thing is only told to us as part of a giant conspiracy in which young girls are taught to hope unreasonably for unachievable perfection, hooking us into the makeup industry forever. CONSPIRACY THEORY. Boom.

Anyway…

I have found something that’s effective on my occasional blemishes, and helps heal them quickly. Of course, it’s a Korean product. It’s the Lioele A.C. Control Trouble Patch. These patches contain tea tree oil and salicylic acid to treat the blemish gently, reduce inflammation and redness, and help it heal.

AC patch

Meant to be worn overnight, the patches are soft and thin. They look like they might be plasticky, but that’s not the case–it’s more like wound care covering that you’d find in the hospital. The patches are almost like synthetic skin. This was a big relief for me, because I am a sensitive sleeper, and feeling like I have something on my face would leave me tossing and turning. The big danger is forgetting that you have them on. For optimum results, you’re supposed to leave them on for 8-12 hours, but I’ve had good results with six hours. Every time I use them, I see results the next day–even to the point that the patch looks like there was never anything under it when I take it off.

The patches at 60 for $7 at Pretty and Cute.

Be-ringed

I awkwardly Googled today. You know how sometimes you type something dumb into Google because you can’t think of the smart way to say it? Well, up until I decided to write this post, I never stopped to think about what you would call those rings that go above your knuckles. Not knuckle rings, because those are different dastardly jewelry pieces. Forefinger rings? That makes no sense. Top rings? I couldn’t figure it out. So I awkwardly Googled “those rings that go above your knuckle” and cringingly hit enter.

Turns out they’re called midi rings. I’ve been intrigued by them ever since I saw Gong Hyo Jin in The Master’s Sun drama wearing large bands around every finger; some below the knuckle and some above. I really like the look, but I don’t know if they would be comfortable or not. I own one ring that comes up above the knuckle, but it’s a sectioned armor ring that starts at the base of my finger and comes up to the nail. It bends with my finger, but it’s not very comfortable. I think they’d have to fit well, too, because I wouldn’t want my rings flying off during the day.

Midi Rings

I created a set for this, with some stand-alone midi rings and some sets. I personally wouldn’t spend a lot of money on a midi ring, because I do think that they won’t be around forever, fashion-wise, but it would be fun to have a set incorporating midi rings. The question mark is so alluring to me. I know most people would think of the Joker or some such person, but I think of George Emerson in A Room With A View, and Lucy Honeychurch’s coming across the giant question mark that he drew on the back of the painting in his room. One of my favorite literary couples. Who probably would never wear a midi ring, despite their progressiveness in the Edwardian age. (Also, who remembers Helena Bonham Carter before she was “quirky”? Nobody does it better, but please, she’s a gorgeous English rose here!)

High Definition

Magnifying mirrors are terrifying.  My mother owns one so strong that I feel compelled either to run away quickly, or spend hours tweezing every stray hair and worrying every blocked pore.  It’s frightening and humiliating to see all your imperfections writ so large.

After a frightening experience like that, I sometimes wonder what other people see that I might miss in my 1x non-magnifying mirror.  I would really like to have a flawless finish when I’m done with my makeup.

I started using an “HD” powder by It Cosmetics called “Bye Bye Pores Silk HD Anti-Aging Micro-Powder.”  I got it from Ulta.  It claims that it gives an airbrushed look to skin. (Especially aging skin, but I didn’t know that when I bought it.  I’m not obsessed with anti-aging, I swear.)

HD Powder

The color is similar to powdered milk–very white–and it doesn’t come in shades. It’s translucent, so it should go with every skin tone. I’m so pale it’s hard for me to speak to darker women’s experiences. This powder is truly a micro-powder. I hold my breath when I apply it, because I’ve taken it up the nose before just by inhaling. And I wasn’t even applying it under my nose. The advantage of the small particles is that they do settle into the pores and make them practically disappear. I’ve also learned that if I forget to put my gel blush on before I powder, it’s a lost cause. Trying to apply a substance with any water content over this powder turns it to sludge, so it’s only for finishing up.

Overall, I really love this product. The finish is so smooth and doesn’t look unnaturally perfect. It just makes my skin look quite lovely, and if I touch my face after putting it on, it feels so smooth and silky.

Summer’s Remains: Friday

Day two of Nashville shenanigans.  For running around the city today, I’m going to continue on with a day counterpart to last night’s vintage look.  A little nautical look, courtesy of Cherry Velvet (except I don’t have all the tattoos that the model has!).

Full Retro

Since I’m going retro with the dress, might as well go all the way.  Retro accessories like a pair of cat eye sunglasses as a charm bracelet or two help achieve the complete look.  A small shrug is a must for the transition into aggressively air-conditioned indoor spaces.  The orange sandals seem out-of-place until you actually see the dress; the parts that seem red in the pattern are actually orange.  The finishing touch is a striped canvas bag with a rope handle to tie everything together.  Retro enough to be original, but ordinary enough to not look like a costume while out and about.