What Did I Miss?

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Well, I am back from a little hiatus. I’d like to  call it a vacation, but really it was just a recovery from wrist surgery. Treacherous. I tried to create posts on my iPod Touch and thought voice recognition (Dragon app. is fabulous), would suffice and while that was fun, it wasn’t as productive as I would have liked. All of that frustration got my already ADD brain working overtime and obsessing over what I was missing out on. What I  can say is that I feel mentally refreshed. Sometimes you have to get input, especially when you spend most of your time producing output, and I have a hard time relaxing, even in vacation mode.

All kinds of things happened while I was away. Timothy finally got booted on Project Runway,  Sandro lost his mind and quit the show, and it became obvious that Sue Waller couldn’t handle modern-day sewing technique. Hell, she couldn’t even thread a basic Brother sewing machine, much less know how to sew with it.  Justin LeBlanc was voted off, something no one took very well, including Tim Gunn who used his one and only save to keep Justin in the game. I was one of the teary-eyed, and I was elated by Tim’s save. I want to see more from this designer who uses his architecture background to create stunning clothing.

Jane Cosmetics, an iconic makeup brand from the 90s is making a comeback after coming out of bankruptcy. As of August 18, Jane Cosmetics is available online and at Ulta.

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How gorgeous was Selena Gomez in Atelier Versace, and Ciara in Givenchy? Look for Ciara on papermag.com as she is September’s cover girl. An honorable mention goes to Erin Wasson for her sheer Alexander Vauthier dress. I loved what she wore under it. If only…

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To show how much in work mode I was not, I bought this really cool ruler while shopping for office supplies yesterday and then I saw it on a local daytime show but it was advertised as a bracelet. I found the ruler and sure enough it is called a Slap Ruler, a bracelet and ruler all in one. Leave it to me to lock onto a ruler disguised as a bracelet, a bracelet for children no less.

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Beautylish is my makeup haven. I just love all of the makeup tips from people in the trenches. This sight is so inspirational for anyone who absolutely loves expressing themselves through their appearance. I have never done a nude lip primarily because I can’t get the shade right but after watching this nude lip tutorial by Wayne G., I see nude lips in my future. You can follow Wayne on YouTube under gosssmakeupartist.  An added bonus is if you watch the video on YouTube, an extensive list of nude lip liners and colors is included in the about section and like me, he is a huge fan of MAC cosmetics.

Finally, StylEnigma is evolving. There will be more posts, a different format, an event calendar, and more cool features. I am so excited. See, this is why I can’t relax.

Ombré Lips and Eyebrows (Video)

We have heard of ombré hair, clothing, and nails, but ombré lips? Why didn’t any of us think of that? Well, apparently Yumemi S., a regular contributor at Beautylish, and I suspect, a talented makeup artist, judging from the exquisite contributions and tutorials she posts. These lips gave me all kinds of ideas for outfits, and as I think about it, I am heading over to Polyvore with her lips. I hope she doesn’t mind.

She isn’t the only one. Sam C., London-ish “Jackie of All Trades” has a video tutorial for ombré eyebrows. Yes, even I didn’t see that coming. Head on over to Beautylish and check out these trendsetting makeup divas before they blow our minds away.

How to Build the Perfect Palette For You (Video)

As a cheerleader for individuality, I thought this article from Beautylish “How To Build the Perfect Palette For You”  provided excellent information on how to individualize your makeup. The system that the site is touting is Inglot, and I have to admit, the article has a great deal of useful information and the Inglot system is extensive and impressive. Personalized palettes are nothing new, most popular brands appear to have some form of personalization. Personalized palettes can be more expensive than ready made palettes, but if you look at the colors you are not using, you’ll see that you are actually wasting money.

“With Inglot, the possibilities are limitless. All you need is your imagination!”

Coastal Scents and Mary Kay also allow you to select your eye shadows, blushes, lip sticks/glosses, and powders à la carte, which limits clutter and saves money. I am particularly impressed with Mary Kay’s personalized system because they educate the consumer with Color Theory, so you know what your colors actually are, something the other systems don’t appear to provide.

MAC has custom eyeshadow and blush options, but it is a bit pricey; $33 for a two shadow palette. (It’s so cool because it is interactive and you can name your palettes.) As tempting as it is, don’t buy limited edition palettes (or limited edition anything) just because they are ‘limited edition’ unless it suits you AND you are going to use it. (I say this as I am on Sephora looking at the Pantone Color of The Year Collection.)

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We’ve all done it; bought an eyeshadow(s) on a whim, thinking that we can pull it off with the right makeup, and/or outfit, and/or accessories, only to rarely or never use it. Save your money. Seriously…

Without further ado:

How to Build the Perfect Palette For You | Beautylish