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Wednesday
Jun222011

Killer Beauty

Pistol Packing Lip Smackers? Weapon of Beauty? Pistol Whipped Gloss? New Weapon of Choice for Bond, Jane Bond?  Is it funny? Tasteless? Clearly designed by a man? If anything, it certainly is unique. Check out these new “make-up kits.”

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The black is the Chanel001. The white is the Dior001. These are a part of Dutch artist Ted Noten’s seven-part series 7 Necessities for a Woman (to feel like a woman through the eyes of a man).

The black Chanel001 comes “fully loaded” (not my pun, I swear) with an 18k gold toothpick (what every lady needs), a perfume bottle with an 18k gold mechanism, a USB stick, an antique hairpin, a Viagra pill, and of course, Chanel lip gloss.

The white Dior001 packs Dior lip gloss, a USB stick pre-loaded with “secret information” (wonder what that might be!), a 100-gram sterling silver bar (good in case the economic bottom actually does fall out), a hairpin, and a compartment for stashing your “pharmaceuticals.”

The pistols were just on view at Design Miami/Basel (via Stylesight) and are made from 3-D printed nylon. Noten’s  7 Necessities for a Woman (to feel like a woman through the eyes of a man) also includes sunglasses, a bag, helmet, chastity piece (eh?), bionic arm (now this, I understand) and shawl.

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The Dior001, a compartment for stashing all your crazy-lady meds.

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The Dior001 lip gloss silencer barrel. Nice.

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Dior001 blood red, natch.

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Dior001 USB stick for all the info you'll be lifting from random computers.

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Dior001, the copy calls this a hairpin. It’s actually a hat pin, but what do I know? Maybe I'm splitting hairs? Eh, that was bad....

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Dior001 silver bar. For payment across the border.

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Dior001 a handy mirror to check that you're stylin' during all that espionage. 

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A few thoughts:

1. May not be the best make-up kit to take along on your next flight.

2. Can you image whipping this out at your wedding and then nonchalantly applying your lip gloss?

3. Doesn’t one need a prescription for Viagra, even if it is just one pill?

4. I wonder if Rock-n-Roll Bride would be interested in this accessory? It seems a little, uh….edgy.

Too much? Do tell. 

Monday
May022011

{Sponsored Post} M•A•C Cosmetics

Ladies, as a M•A•C Cosmetics user, I can fully get behind this sponsored post!

I started using M•A•C when I was in my mid-twenties. There was a guy who worked in our M•A•C store at the mall who had long, blonde hair and on a daily basis, wore more make-up than I ever have. He also wore those super freaky cat-eye contacts, increasing his freak factor by ten-fold. However, that dude (dudette?) knew his make-up and I always singled him out for my make-up needs. Whenever I think of M•A•C, I think of him and his freaky contacts and one of their best products EVAH, their Fast Response Eye Cream.

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$30.00

Seriously, this stuff works like a charm! My deep-set eyes lean towards dark under-eye circles and the occasional puffiness if I’m not hydrating like I should. This stuff takes care of both and does it fast. I’ve even shared this little gem with a guy friend of mine who has the same problem! I think he gets his wife to buy it for him…

Anyway, what I love about M•A•C Cosmetics is that they have once again teamed up with Lady Gaga for their VIVA GLAM program that raises both money and awareness for the M•A•C AIDS Fund, for which they have already raised over $200 million!

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Viva Glam

This Spring, the new nude lipstick and lip glass (both $14.50) are the stars of the AIDS Fund. When you buy either of these items EVERY SINGLE CENT (minus local taxes) goes DIRECTLY to the M•A•C AIDS Fund. So even if you wear very little make-up, these two products can deliver a sheer presentation AND help find a cure for AIDS as well as assist those living with the disease.

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Viva Glam Gaga Lipstick and Lip glass

I mean, come on, how cool is that?

A few more of my M•A•C faves? I love their Naked Liner lip pencil. It's a great way to line your lips without really adding any color. I lean towards sheer lipsticks and sometimes a liner, even one that matches the lipstick, is just too much. This one is my go-to for make-up that doesn’t look like you’re wearing make-up. I’m guessing you could pair this with the Viva Glam Gaga products and be totally set.

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$13.50

I also like this little tool here: the concealer brush. I used this just this weekend for the wedding I attended in D.C. (more on that later this week!)! Whenever I feel like glamming it up and wearing a little more make-up, this is definitely in my arsenal of tools. It allows me to get my concealer and base precisely where I need it without over doing it. I tend to get too heavy-handed when I’m straying from my every-day look and this helps control that. If you keep it clean, this sucker will last forever.

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$22.50

You know what else is cool about M•A•C? Because they share a commitment to the environment, M·A·C accepts returns of its primary packaging through the Back to M·A·C Program. By returning six  M·A·C primary packaging containers to a M·A·C counter or M·A·C Cosmetics online, you’ll receive a free M·A·C lipstick of your choice as a thanks for recycling. Did you know that M•A•C was so environmentally conscious? Now you do!

So at the very least, go check out what the M•A•C Viva Glam program is all about. You might be make-up inspired!

If you have a fave M·A·C product, list it here in the comments section! Tell us what you love!

Friday
Mar042011

Trying to Contain the SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

I've been working furiously on TruLu Couture stuff these days. I haven't just been sewing my little fingers down to the nubs (I do a lot of hand sewing of laces and whatnot), but I've been frantically searching for someone to photograph my goodies. Now, if I was still in Nashville, I'd be able to put out a request and easily find someone willing to work for what's called TFP (Time for Print). Basically, everyone involved in a shoot offers what they do for free/trade and people get to build their portfolios. It's a cool little bartering system, but it's tough to coordinate. Being new to Charlotte has left me without my network of photographer friends. I was guided towards a website used specifically for networking called Model Mayhem.

Um, yeah. That's what I'll call a quirky little website. I liken it to Match.com in some ways. First, it took FOREVER for them to "approve" me - like over a week. Then, I had to figure out all the lingo and abbreviations. It's like walking into the newly engaged world and trying to figure out what OOT, FMIL, FFIL and all that shit means (and by the way, there are still wedding acronyms I'm confused about). Then I was able to post a casting call to try to drum up my own photo shoot. I indicated in that casting call that I was a newbie and had no idea what I was doing. My excitement with the project was completely derailed by a fuck-wad. Yes, a fuck-wad. In my casting call, I offered print for ad space on this here blog. Now, I'm no SMP, but I do have traffic that's decent. It doesn't suck. What I do know is that because of this blog, more than one wedding was booked at my reception venue. I believe my photographer booked a bride because of my blog too. In my little world, that means something. People come to this blog because they see me linked on other blogs and I am VERY appreciative of that, probably more so than a lot of those linking blog-writers are aware of. So, back to the fuck-wad. The person was a photographer from Chicago who seemed pretty hoighty toighty. He sent me a nasty message saying that offering ad space on a low-traffic blog wasn't worth the effort, that my stuff was crap and that I really shouldn't bother. He also posted the same, with slightly less attitude, as a comment on my casting call page. This was the FIRST response I'd had on that casting call. Awesome, right? I was just beat down before I even had a chance to start! But I'll tell you what, I got pissed.

1. Hey jack-ass? You have NO IDEA what my traffic is so go suck it.

2. Hey jack-ass? You live in Chicago. I didn't request photographers from Chicago. I requested them from CHARLOTTE. Now I know the "Ch" at the beginning of the city name might be a bit confusing for a Neanderthal such as yourself, but please learn to read.

3. Hey jack-ass? My stuff does not suck and I have happy brides to prove it.

4. Hey jack-ass? Fuck off.

Basically, this guy was an on-line bully trying to prove something to somebody. I basically wrote him back and told him to go away and to take his negativity with him. He continued to berate me with the meanest emails until I learned how to block him. I am so curious as to why people do this sort of thing? What is the point of engaging in that kind of activity? I'm going to guess it's either a traumatic childhood or a small penis. Or both.

But now I was gun-shy. There were models and make-up artists and a few photographers who were engaging me with interest, but I was as nervous as a cat in a room full of rocking chairs. I was frustrated too. For those of you who follow me on Twitter, you might have seen the random tweets regarding Model Mayhem and my frustrations. Thanks to those who encouraged me to stick with it as I received an invitation from a local make-up artist to join a bridal shoot in Greensboro, NC! At this point, I would have glommed onto just about anyone who was willing to be nice to me. However, I seem to have hit the golden freakin' jackpot because it appears that I have stumbled upon some kick-ass artists. Check this out!

The make-up artist is Make-Up By b.b. Check out some of her AH-mazing work:

Photographer: Rusty McDonald

Photographer: Rusty McDonald

Photographer: Marie Killen

Photographer: Urban Decay/Chris Cooke

Like, I am DYING over these photos. Edgy and cool, but with the ability to make women look totally beautiful. I could not have hand-picked someone better. I am so excited to work with her!

And now check out the photographers. I'm a little confused as to the who/what of them. It appears that two photographers have joined forces but I'm not sure if that's professionally and personally, or just professionally. So many photographers are husband/wife teams, it's hard to tell. The pictures I'm showing here are not from their individual web sites, but from the on-line combined effort on Model Mayhem. Individually they are Marie Killen and Scott Russell, together they are Russell-Killen Photo. Check this shit out:

So can I go ahead and say it? Yes, I think I have to.

SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

I am so nervous. I have so much to do. I totally shouldn't even be sitting her writing the bliggity blog. I need to be sewing! I want to offer an array of product in hopes that I can get as much photographed as possible. I have no idea what to expect, no idea what I can or can't request (if anything) or how to even walk into this scenario. What I do know is that I've got a platinum opportunity to have my stuff photographed and I hope the artists involved will forgive me my stupidity should I eff something up. Wish me luck because the photo shoot is tomorrow! And check out all these photographers and the make-up artist, their stuff is super-cool eye-candy.

ACK! I'm off to sew!

Friday
May212010

Eye Candy

I just have to think about someone messing with my eyes and I get the skeeves. I can't watch mascara commercials all the way through. I haven't been to the eye doctor in like, 5 years because I can't stand having my eyes messed with. That stupid thing that they flick in front of your eyes to figure out how bad your eyes suck? Oh, I just about go mad at the thought of it. I can barely put my own mascara on in the morning. In fact, I have to stop thinking about it now because I'm tripping myself out.

However....

I just think these are so cool. I just can't get over it. Would I wear this? Eh. Maybe when I was a twenty-nothing, but not now. But still, I can totally get into the cool factor that these fluttery little numbers exude. For real, they are PAPER eyelashes!

Totally weird and slightly creeptastic, right? But how incredibly awesome are they?

This one is call Peach Blossom.

Horses. Horses? Horses!

This one is Peonies.

Smaller versions. You know, if you just want to keep it simple.

 The paper eyelashes are made by a company called Paperself.they are uber-hip, for sure.

The lashes are inspired by the art of Chinese paper cutting. Each style offered represents a symbolic meaning that is rooted in centuries old Chinese culture:

Horses - Symbolic of success.

Peony - Symbolizes happiness and good fortune.

Peach Blossom - A symbol of love and romance.

These lashes are indeed, paper and are 42 x 18mm.

Designed by Ting Yu Wang

Sadly, I can't find where these are sold. The Paperself website says that they are sold at Lost in Beauty, but I can't find them on that site at all. So, I have no idea how much these cost. A word of warning: I doubt these are water proof.

I was not down with the false eyelash thing for my wedding, just because I feel like I had these big, giant caterpillars on my eyeballs whenever I attempted to wear falsies. I knew I'd want to yank them off mid-reception if I tried wearing them. My go-to girl Alecia was following me around at the reception with a compact and mascara in hand telling me I needed more mascara. I just couldn't do it. I do one coat in the morning and then I'm done. No more mascara for me. But what about you? Are you planning on vamping up the eyes for your big day? Going all out with the dramatic eye? Or are you keeping it au naturale? Do tell.