Rimmel Scandaleyes Retro Glam Mascara

Rimmel Scandaleyes Retro Glam Mascara

Rimmel Scandaleyes Retro Glam Mascara

I recently received the Rose Voxbox, courtesy of Influenster. In it was Scandaleyes Retro Glam Mascara by Rimmel, sent for testing purposes. I am fairly new to mascara, as I have only worn it in the past two years and even then only occasionally. My glasses have enough smudge-marks without mascara to add to the mix. For nights out, I have contacts and this mascara is pretty perfect for a night out. This mascara is a fairly new product, only having been introduced to the US market in November 2013 and I am glad to be one of the first testers.

Rimmel Scandaleyes Retro Glam Mascara

The tube is quite large and so it grabs my attention each time I open my makeup drawer. The brush inside is quite large as well and it has an hourglass shape that I haven’t seen before. Because it is large, it is hard for a newbie such as myself to get it close to the root of the lash without getting the formula on my eyelid. To overcome (hide) this and to create the retro look it was intended for, I use liner to create a cat-eye look. The mascara did clump a bit if you apply many coats without taking a bit of time to fan them into separation. Once on one eye, it was a fairly dramatic difference between my two eyes.

Rimmel Scandaleyes Retro Glam Mascara

When it came time to take the mascara off, I only needed one soap. This was refreshing because the last thing I need when I come home from a night out is stubborn mascara staining my eyes. If you’re going to use the mascara alone without lining the eye, I would recommend just using a wet Q-tip to remove any formula from the eyelid. It came off pretty easily that way.

Library Book Sale Haul

Library Book Sale Haul

I have a low budget in comparison to my want list. Twice a year, my local library holds a used book sale and I am able to get a lot of book shopping done at once, for very low prices. This year, I not only shopped for myself but for my swimming students as well. Some teachers give out candy canes and chocolate but I rather their mind grow than their waistband. Before you get all, “wahwahwahhhh she’s calling kids fat!”, there is a childhood diabetes epidemic in the United States. Anyway, I suppose it is a little strange to give used books as gifts but I don’t have the budget to buy new ones. Recycled knowledge should not be seen as a negative thing.

For the children: A Treasury of Bunny Stories by Beatrix Potter (for baby Sophia), Baby Animal Stories by Publications International (for Grace, who reminds me of my old best friend at a young age), The Divide by Elizabeth Kay (for Andrew, who is stronger than he thinks), Illustrated Book of Questions & Answers by Publications International (for scientifically-minded Carlos), and a few dozen more.

For me: The Nasty Bits by Anthony Bourdain, Delicious on a Dime Cookbook by the editors of All You, Georgiana: Duchess of Devonshire by Amanda Foreman, Age of Enlightenment (Great Ages of Man) by Peter Gay, The Renaissance Cookbook: Historical Perspectives through Cookery by Berengario delle Cinqueterre, Love and Louis XIV: The Women in the Life of the Sun King by Antonia Fraser, History of Costume (World of Culture) by Rachel H. Kemper, The Cities Book: A Journey through the Best Cities in the World by Lonely Planet, Medieval Pageant by Bryan Holme, The Genius of Venice, 1500-1600 by Jane and Charles Hope, The Glory of Venice: Art in the Eighteenth Century by Jane Martineau and Andrew Robison, A Grand Design: The Art of the Victoria and Albert Museum by Brenda Richardson and The V&A.

For my boss: Suck on This Year: LYFAO @ 140 Characters or Less by Denis Leary

All of these books were purchased for a total of 35 dollars. Win. A full bookcase is a beautiful thing.

How to Survive The Library Book Sale

How to Survive The Library Book Sale

It’s intense, people; you don’t even know. I’m talkin’ shoving grannies and kickin’ butt. Just kidding! I do take the semiannual library book sale very seriously but it isn’t a life or death situation, unlike Black Friday. It is nice to go at your own pace during this otherwise crazy shopping time. I’ve put together a list of things I’ve learned about attending the library book sale and realistic tips to stick to, to ensure the best outcome for you.

I don’t know where you live but my library has a sale twice a year, each last for three days so I always try to be ready. It doesn’t always work out and it takes a little forethought. You’ll never have to camp out though. Whew. Over the course of the year, books are either donated or just appear (I’ve never looked into it) and then sold for very little money to benefit the library. The library in my town offers so many activities to the community and it is only right that we give back. They have little play classes for babies, reading clubs for teens, regular yoga and craft classes, as well as giving out free passes to local museums. I grew up sitting in the aisles in the children’s section, a book between my lap because I was too impatient to actually walk to a seat. Anyway, on to the tips…

1. Go with a clear head. I learned this the hard way one year when I went with a wicked hangover. I couldn’t focus and was in no mood to fiddle through tables and tables of books, especially because I was sick to my stomach.

2. Wear a cute, but comfortable pair of flats that you probably couldn’t fall over in. You may be heaving some pretty heavy books and even if your heels feel stable, you’ll be balancing some extra weight on one arm and it could really throw off your balance. The last thing you want is a broken ankle. Medical care is expensive and perhaps even worse, the EMTs on the ambulance probably won’t let you take your books. It’s a big deal.

3. Wear pants that fit perfectly. The last thing you want to do is be hitching up your jeans when you’re trying to hold a lot of books.

4. Wear a cute top and a cardigan. This is a very important two-parter. The top should have an average dip neckline. Sometimes you’ll have to balance a stack of books against your chest and if the books are lowered, your top is going with it. Wear any necklaces short, to avoid said issue and also because even though you’re at a library doesn’t mean you have to look boring. The cardigan comes in handy because it is better than a jacket. Why? Carrying around a coat isn’t ideal because it takes up precious arm real estate that could be holding books. Even though it’s a November in New York, deal with it. Sacrifice.

5. Leave your purse (hidden) in the car. I wear skinny jeans and they just about fit my money and my car keys. Cell phone? Wallet? Lipstick? Leave it in the car. You shouldn’t be using your phone in a library anyway. SHHH!

6. If you have reusable bags (and you should, what are you a caveman?), now is the time to NOT FORGET THEM. I use my Baggus and they are not only bigger than the flimsy plastic bags that library would otherwise give you, but they have reinforced and thicker handles that won’t cut your arm in half. Also, fabric is generally more sturdy than plastic and books (taking it back to first grade here) have sharp edges that can tear through a bag before you even get to the parking lot.

7. Make multiple trips. You may feel like Wonderwoman with all the good you are doing by reusing books and donating money, but don’t throw out your back. Also, multiple trips lets you buy even more books! Yay! I picked out the biggest books first, paid, and brought them to the car. I emptied my Baggus and went back in for more, smaller books. On Saturday, I am going back because they have this whole fill-up-a-plastic-bag-for-2-dollars deal and I like to get my swimming students books as little holiday gifts. It is still a good idea to bring a reusable bag for reinforcement when that plastic bag inevitably tears open in the middle of the parking lot.

8. Before you leave the car, take another $20 out of your wallet. You never know what you’ll see. Don’t limit yourself.

9. Wear a bra that allows for a full range of arm movement. Balconettes are not such a good idea in this case, as their straps are usually fairly far apart and can really start to dig in if your holding your arms in front of you for a long time. If you are sorting through and holding books, you’ll be doing a lot of this.

10. Be nice. Everyone there is just shopping for knowledge, just like you. If someone needs help finding something and you happened to see the subject of book they are looking for, let them know. Some people don’t have the patience or the time to look through everything themselves. By giving them a direction, not only are you being kind but you’re also clearing the floor for more customer movement.

Finally, you can go home and smell your books. That’s what everyone does, right?

Sometimes on Target…

Sometimes on Target…

I went to Target tonight, as I am feeling a bit sick (glands swollen, ears hurt), for a small pick me up in the form of a new lipstick. By new, I mean age-old. I tend to like things that have a history to them…Habanita de Molinard, tarnished silver-plated anything, hardcover science books with yellowing pages and cracked leather…and the recently relaunched Revlon 1952’s “Fire & Ice” Super Lustrous Lipstick. It will look very nice on my silver serving tray that is currently housing some of my cosmetics. I picked up a tube and I could have stopped there, but I didn’t. I may as well check the small clearance section, right? I picked up a got2b Guardian Angel Gloss Finish Flat Iron Balm for $3.08 because I haven’t owned a protectant spray since college and now that I work in a professional environment, I do find myself using my straightener more often. Now, I’m not saying I do my whole head; I am a firm believer in standing behind my natural curls. I tend to only straighten to right above my ears. Across the aisle was of course the misses section. Don’t judge me. Ha!

Right away, my eyes were drawn to a rack with several fit-and-flare dresses. You can’t see it from the picture but there is a cutout right above the chest and surprise!, it didn’t expose my bra straps. Also, the real silhouette is much more shapely. These are dresses I love because, at 5′ with my waist being the smallest part of me and my bust only tolerating seamed-at-the-natural-waist waistlines, they usually work for me. They aren’t clearanced on the website but they were $17ish at the store. I picked some out in a few sizes (SM, MD) and went onto another rack where I picked up something I figured wouldn’t work. A high neck peter pan collar dress? Meh, I don’t know about this… Both wound up fitting really well. My 30H bust usually either doesn’t fit the top part of the dress or the armholes of the dress wind up showing like 1/4th of my bra. A small amount of the bra did show through the armholes but not nearly as much as what usually happens. Also, it would be an even less amount with a bra that is maybe a bit more narrow; I was wearing the Parfait by Affinitas Charlotte. High neck anything is often unflattering on large busts but the fact that the upper section was unlined lace with the lining neckline being sweetheart, it gave the illusion that it wasn’t a high neckline and made the bust look not so low.

At last, I pulled away from the clearance rack and headed over to check out, but not before spotting some real beauties that I will be stalking until the price drops. I did not have a chance to try on the top dress, as they only had my size in the navy color, which had horses on it. I hate horses. What?! They’re tall, scary, stinky, and smart enough to kick people they don’t like. What’s not to hate? The second dress I tried on in a small and while the waist fit, the bust was a stretch and the pulling made the pintucking detail not lay as it should. I believe a medium would solve this. So alas, I stalk. Screen shot 2013-10-20 at 1.21.52 AM

New York City Pride Parade

New York City Pride Parade

Is that Vladimir Putin?
How many rainbows had to die to make that costume?
Mis Amigos! They’re not drunk. Not at all.

Last month, the LGBT (that’s Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender for those of you living under a rock) community of The United States of America had a few victories to celebrate. A section of DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) was struck down after being ruled unconstitutional by The Supremes. This means the federal government will no longer define marriage as between a man and a woman, which further means that same-sex couples will have the same federal rights as straight couples. Unfortunately, LGBT couples are only granted state rights in about 13 states. I suppose we have to step before we can leap. Another victory came when The Supremes destroyed Prop 8 (a ban on same-sex marriage in California).

Needless to say, the parade this year was a bigger deal than usual. Approximately two million people were there and I was one of them! Actually, I accidentally found myself walking IN THE PARADE. Oops. When I figured out what was going on, I just smiled, waved, gave out hi-fives, and kept walking. Awkward. At some point, it began to drizzle but it didn’t seem to dampen the incredible mood and energy of both the crowds and the walkers. The sky cleared and the city turned into a giant party, with bars brightened by patrons decked in rainbows and feathers. And for a moment…just a moment…the dirty, gray, structured city became a beacon of joy and color.

P.S. Russia’s unfortunate LGBT community was represented by a float this year and I nearly collapsed a lung, laughing when a presumably gay man wore nipple pasties (tassels included) with Vladimir Putin’s face on them.

P.P.S. Any and all hateful remarks will be mocked and ridiculed with contempt.

Strawberry Picking at Anderson Farms (and a wee bit of shopping)

Strawberry Picking at Anderson Farms (and a wee bit of shopping)

The other and I went out to eastern Long Island today to pick some strawberries as well as stop by the Tanger Outlet in Riverhead. I was only there a short period of time but I really, really want to go back at some point. I stopped into Kate Spade and Bath and Body Works, the latter of which happens to be having their semi-annual sale. After stocking up on some good smelling things, including something for the other, off we went to the farm. Needless to say, I ate two for every one put in the basket. At one point while I was happily munching away, the other told me to move quickly in another direction. Apparently a snake had decided he would like to join me in the munching of the strawberries. He did get some nice pictures of its beady little eyes though…