Friday, June 09, 2006

The Making of a Future Porn Star

A teenage girl's dream of pop-stardom
D-list celebrity Dad's connections
any considerable talent
Brooke Hogan, future porn star.

Where do I even begin?

The girl is what, sixteen? Seventeen? Not only does her black eyeliner, overly bleached-blonde locks and fake-n-bake tan make her look fifty, but her clothing choices scream "adult" entertainment. Leopard print? Seriously???

For Mr. Hulk to pretend to be so incredibly overprotective of his daughter, he certainly doesn't mind his daughter flouncing her goodies around in public...

Someone told the "wannabe-Ashlee-Simpson-wannabe-Jessica-Simpson," she could sing and dance. Obviously, that someone was lying.

*Boom-Chicka-Boom-Boom* Did anyone else hear that? It's only a matter of time...

Photos courtesy of SFF.

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Product Review: Sephora Lip Marker and Flash Plumping Gloss

I've always liked lip stains. I like having some color stay on my lips all day. However, I've noticed that the Benetint, while by far the superior stain of those I've tried, tends to stain everything else, including teeth and clothes. While I was at Sephora the other day I found an alternative--lip markers!

These chubby markers are great. At $10 each they're a somewhat affordable addition to your lip wardrobe (Benetint is $26). Best of all, there's no mess. They don't last as long as your traditional stain, but I think that it's worth it. In addition, they come in a variety of different colors so you can match them to your skin tone and the colors you're wearing each day.

My tip: Buy a couple of different markers and pair them with a lip plumping gloss like The Balm , Lip Venom, or Sephora's own Flash Lip Plumper. This will create a sheer look perfect for these summer days!

I'd never read any feedback at all on Sephora's name brand, but I've always observed that it's cheaper than a lot of the other brands Sephora carries. When I noticed they had a plumping gloss for a paltry $12 I decided I had to try it. This gloss works just as well as the Lip Venom. It doesn't smell or taste quite as nice, but it creates the desired effect. My lips definitely felt and looked fuller after a few uses, and I like the tingly stinging feeling I get when I wear it. If you want to have fuller lips without breaking the bank then this is the gloss for you!

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

A Beautiful Woman Misses the Boat

I've always loved Scarlet Johansson. I love her pale and luminous skin, I love that she typically isn't artificially brown as a nut, I love that she looks well fed and healthy.

I love this photo of her too:

Yes, yes, pretty, nice, not too crazy about the hair, but it's not bad, love the makeup, love seeing a genuine smile, she looks happy, necklace is OK, like the color of that dress...

Erm, let's talk about the dress shall we? It looks like some sort of tribute to the 1920s, except shorter. Love the matching bag and shoes, though. She's so Old Hollywood.

I really, really want to like this dress. But I can't excuse the top. Maybe it's just her posture, but the dress looks frumpy. She's so well-endowed on top that this blousy fit really does her no favors.

Scarlet, keep the color--lose the smock!

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

How to Schmooze

We all find ourselves at one time or another--whether through work or social engagements--at a party where we know no one but the host. Here's how to network, meet people and have fun--especially when your job depends on it.

-Make the first step. Introduce yourself, mention how you know the host/hostess, and ask your fellow party goer how they know them. If you are a shy person, you can practice this with a friend or on your own before you go out. If it's appropriate, you can always compliment another gal on her outfit or hair (but honestly mean what you say)--it's a great ice breaker.

-Have a mental "go to" list. When the conversation lulls, have a mental list of things to talk about: a book you read, a movie you saw, a place you traveled to recently. Better yet, have a mental registry of questions you can ask: what do you do for a living? what does a typical day look like for you? what's your dream vacation/job/shopping spree?

-Get informed. I had the unique experience of talking with a state legislator for about twenty minutes the other night during a work-related schmooze fest. Lobbyists have to pay big bucks to get the time and attention of elected officials, and there I was just chatting away with him. He asked me for my opinions on education funding, unionism, taxes, and immigration legislation. It helps to be informed on subjects that may come up at the party (based on the nature of the event and the type of people there). Fortunately, I was able to give him my opinion without faking it...too much anyway.

-Make people feel important. Use their names. Ask questions. Take an interest in them, even if the topics they choose to talk about are boring to you. You will be remembered favorably and may even make a lifelong friend--or a really great networking opportunity.

-Talk shop--or not. If other people are talking about work-related topics, go for it. If not, keep your conversations informal and fun. Too much work talk in off-work hours can be a real turn-off.

-Do not, under any circumstances, get drunk. Know your limits!
While I think drunkeness is a bad idea, period, at least don't do it in front of a bunch of strangers, and especially not at a work event. I don't care how much fun the open bar is.

Now go out there and schmooze, people!

Monday, June 05, 2006

Product Review: Bourjois Liquid Eyeliner and Bourjois Wet/Dry Eye Shadow in #34

I've seen Bourjois in Sephora, but I'd never tried any of their products until recently. Upon a recommendation from the DeLush gals, I purchased their liquid eye liner. That was four months ago--and the eyeliner is still going strong. I've discovered that good liquid eyeliners are hard to find, but they're an invaluable tool if, like me, you're trying to make your eyes look wider. While it takes awhile to learn the trick of application, a thin line of liquid liner right next to the lash line will make your lashes appear thicker, creating a widening effect around the eyes. What makeup maven doesn't want that?

The Bourjois liner is exceptional, and it's reasonably priced (for Sephora, anyway). After four solid months of use my brush has started to wear down a little bit, but the look I can achieve is well worth it. I normally apply the liner right after my eyeshadow and before my mascara. The liner lasts well all day despite a little fading. You can also make really thick lines or thin, natural lines--it's all in the control of application.

Bottom line? This is a must-have for gals who like to create wide-eyed, long lash looks.

Since I had such luck with the liner, I decided to try the Wet/Dry Eye Shadow. I was particularly intrigued by color #34, Rose Tentation (Pink Temptation). It's hard to tell from the website, but this color is really iridescent! It's a great combination of pink, green, and gold that varies depending on the light. I just had to try it.

The first thing I noticed about this eyeshadow is that it's compressed much more tightly than my usual Stila shadows. The problem with metallic shadows is that they are much more fragile than mattes. You have to be careful with them to avoid shattering. I recently lost one of my favorite Stila shadows (in Kitten) this way. They just aren't that durable.

I doubt I'll have that problem with this Bourjois shadow. It seems really tight in the holder, and the plastic case is both durable and portable. The shadow comes with a tiny sponge applicator as well.

It took me awhile to figure out how to maximize the rainbow color effect of this shadow, but by far the best way is to apply it with a wet sponge applicator. It lasts longer this way, too. The shadow wears well throughout the day.

This is a great all-around shadow in a color most people can wear, and I'd definitely buy other shades.

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Product Reviews: Are You Curious?

Dear Readers,

From time to time we like to do product reviews. Are there products you'd like to see us try? Leave your suggestions in the comments, and we'll do our best to review the products eventually as time and money allow!


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