Friday, December 30, 2011

Meeting Anthony Mackie

The pre-remodel bar at TenJune

I planned on sitting on this story forever really, but then I thought, "Eh, what the fuck."

Spring 09 I was inside TenJune, standing between the entrance and the bar with a female friend of the moment, and I was looking down at the floor at something. A second later when I look back up to eye level, I spot this super cute brown-skinned man that I immediately recognize as Anthony Mackie walking towards me.

So what do I do?

I touch him of course.

I put my hand on his chest, stopping him in his tracks and say “I know you.”
And he smiles and replies “Do you?”
And I snicker softly because I'm thinking “'I know you'?! What an odd opening line to give a famous actor.”
I disregard my thoughts, and lean in to bashfully utter “I have a little movie star crush on you.”
And he says “Well I have a pretty girl crush on you!” smiling his grand smile again.
He asks me my name and I give it, smiling sheepishly at the fact that I already know his, but he gives his anyway and adds how nice it is to meet me.
Then he puts his hand on my shoulder and tells us ladies to have a good time, and that he'll see us around. 

[I saw him about 30 minutes later when I got pulled into his VIP area, but that's neither here nor there.]

When he walked away, it hit me:

I had just met Anthony Mackie!!! 

...and I didn't make an utter and complete fool out of myself. And rather refreshingly, neither did he.

*He's one of the rare male celebrities I've ever had a crush on – mostly due to his good looks and a magazine interview I'd read long ago where he came across as intelligent, dope and down to earth aka my kryptonite.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Navigation

I don't know where this is.

Adulthood requires a lot of navigation. And with all that navigation comes a lot of forethought.

Right now I'm navigating the beginnings of a new relationship that is most likely heading towards marriage and house-hunting and children. And right before the New Year I'm navigating past the end of one of the most energy-sucking jobs I've ever had. I'm navigating through the dawn of my actual career, attempting to mangle all the confetti-like pieces into something solid and coherent.

Shit is a lot of work. And so I'm saying all this to say that little of what I do in this life is easy. And that even when on the cusp of amazing opportunity and incredible change it can feel kind of awkward and daunting. It DOES feels exciting. But I know that there is quite the journey before me*, quite a few steps before I reach the other side of the bridge. And then once I get there, I'll surely have some other challenge to surmount, another obstacle course to expertly navigate through.

*I know it always seems like my life is an unpredictable whirlwind, like I'm always on the cusp of some dreamy and life-altering experience, but the truth is, that's how your life becomes when you're constantly going for the gold. I'm always pushing myself and stepping out of my comfort zone. Are you?

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Pretty Young Thing II

Here is part two of my newest beauty must-haves!  You can go back and take a peek at part one. Each and every one of these items are CRIZZY-CRACK-amazing, and worth every penny. Run to your nearest beauty supply store and get them now! P.S. - I like to have 2 of each product, a high and low end version, so if you see anything you like but it's out of your price range, let me know, and I may have a cheap dupe to recommend! [For the record, I have fine, soft curly hair that needs hydration and hold without crunch, and combination skin that needs moisture without oiliness; so these products should work well for people with similar skin and hair.]

COLOR:
-Becca Cosmetics stick foundation [I'm toffee] and mineral powder [I use Dream for medium complexions]. Not only is her shade range ridiculous [20+ shades] but the stick foundation is so creamy, sets so nicely and the mineral powder blurs away all imperfections and makes me look like I'm glowing from within.
-Tarte amazonian clay blush: Crizzy crack! All the colors are fabulous but I have it in exposed [my fave - a brownish, dusty pink] and blushing bride [at left: a sparking purple/wine that shows up fuchsia on me].
-Anything by Josie Maran: I have her 'My favorite powders palette' as well as her 'fingerpaints palette in lovely' [pictured below]. Her argan oil is also fabulous [it's great for moisturizing my sometimes oily, acne-prone skin] but you can find it at beauty supply shops for much cheaper. Her blushes [although few] are also great, and she just recently made them a bigger size. I have 'Passion', a bubblegum pink which actually shows up rather well and rather nicely on my tan skin.


-Revlon Age Defying Spa Concealer: This is a glorious, natural-looking dark circle concealer [I use '004 Medium Deep'] and is also a fantastic and cheap drugstore dupe of YSL's Touche Eclat. 
-Liplicious lip gloss: I have about every flavor but nothing is better than whipped vanilla [a pearly, nude pink].
-E.L.F Luscious Liquid Lipstick: Dirt cheap and pretty impressive, with a light minty flavor. I have 'Ruby Slippers' [a cranberry red] and Maple Sugar [a creamy nude].
-Origins Automagically Eye-lining pencil: IN MULBERRY, MY FAVORITE EYELINER OF ALL TIME!!! If you have hazel eyes, I highly urge you to get it, it will make your eyes pop! Plus you don't have to bother with sharpening it [which I love] and the other side has a smudger.
-I also love Ulta automatic Eyeliner in Deep Brown and the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on eye pencils in Bourbon [a chocolatey brown] and Baked [a muted gold].
-Covergirl Nature Luxe Liquid Silk Foundation: Although the coverage is rather good, the staying power on this liquid/mousse foundation is poor, but I just feel like shouting them out because they carry my exact shade, #355 Suede. [PSA: BEAUTY COMPANIES, PLEASE MAKE DARKER SHADES!!!] I wear this on errand days.


 FACE:
-Alba Botanica Aloe and Green Tea Oil-Free moisturizer: light yet hydrating with a tropical [but initially overpowering] fragrance.  -Alba Botanica Hawaiian Papaya Facial Enzyme Mask: Leave it on for a few minutes, rinse it off and say hello to a rosy new glow.
-Alba Botanica Pineapple Enzyme Facial Cleanser: I used this cleanser during the spring and summer when my skin tends to oilier. It worked great without feeling like it was stripping my skin. Like the moisturizer this cleanser has a strong mango-ish scent.
-c. booth Koji Acid Skin Brightening Fluid: An amazing drugstore find that really does lighten any hyper-pigmentation marks. I highly recommend all products from this line.
-c. Booth derma M 36 Oxygen Infusion Cell Rejuvenation Peel: your skin will be glowing and feeling refreshed after this quick and easy [and cheap!] oxygen peel. An affordable dupe of philosophy's oxygen peel.

HARDWARE:
-Muji Containers: I hate when cleansers, body wash and the like don't come in a bottle with a pump. So I decant most of my stuff into these clear and stylish looking containers.
-Sonia Kashuk Remove eye makeup remover: This is a neat [it's purple and you have to shake up the two different components], non-greasy and effective eyeliner/mascara remover.
-L'Oreal Studio Secrets Magic Perfect Base: This is a dope, drugstore primer that actually works! It comes in a little pot, and the pink mousse formula keeps my t-zone mattified all day!
-ELF mineral infused face primer: is also a nice primer [I use it as a cheap dupe for Lancome La Base Pro primer which is ahh-mayy-zingg], and a total steal at $6.
 -E.L.F. High Definition Powder: I haven't used this yet but the reviews say it's pretty damn impressive. It comes in a quite large container, and is a nice dupe for Makeup Forever's Microfinish HD powder.


BODY:
-Kenzo Amour: I love this cute scent. It's light and slightly reminiscent of play-doh [which is kind of weird] but the vanilla in it makes it a winner for me. [pictured above]
-Vaseline Fresh Moisturizing Daily Body Gel: This bad boy is 100% aloe vera and perfect for keeping your skin hydrating during sticky summer days.
-Dr. Scholls insoles and inserts: for every possible pair of shoes you own - these are a godsend for those who are on their feet all day or walk a lot [perfect for city folk]!
-Nailtek Citra - formaldehyde free nail strengthener step 2: Hands down the best nail strengthener I've ever used. I slap it on in the middle of listening to music and 2-3 days later my nails are already growing in fast! and much much stronger.
-Kiehls Superbly Restorative Argan Body Lotion: This has a lemon cake scent and once it sinks in, I can't stop adoring my beautifully gleaming and hydrated skin.
-LUSH sandstone soap: I loved this for sloughing off dead skin during the summer months, it has strong lemon scent and is made with real grains of sand.
-Korres vanilla guava shower gel: I was initially going for the guava body wash since I'm in love with the lotion, but once I saw this [being a total sucker for vanilla], I had to have it. It doesn't smell quite as luscious as I'd managed but most of the ingredients are natural and it does a decent job of making me feel clean.
-I'm big on aluminum free deodorant now, especially since it's better for you and it keeps your white shirts pit strain free, but Tom's of Maine wasn't doing it for me anymore [it left me smelling like some weird kind of rancid lemon at the end of each day], so in walks Herbal Clear Natural Deodorant [in Clear Aloe Fresh, which smells divine]. It doesn't leave me smelling all weird, and it actually keeps my pits drier than Tom ever did!

HAIR:
-Frederic Fekkai Protein Mask: a basic [and pricy] hair mask that coats the hair, and hydrates your strands effortlessly. [pictured above]
-L'Oreal EverPure Restorative Masque: this is the one with the pink cap. It has an odd yet lovely smell and really moisturizes the hair in just a few minutes. It is a cheap dupe of the aforementioned hair mask.
-Curls: This brand makes some delightful products for curly hair. I love the 'Curl Creme Brulee' which smells like pound cake and hydrates without weighing down [there's also a kids version 'Curly Q Custard' which is a medium hold cream and smells just as mouth-watering ], the 'Passionfruit curl control paste' [a sort of gel-cream-pomade] which I like to use on my unseemly dry ends and flyaways, and the 'Blissful Lengths Kukinut Oil Elixir' which I use in my hair in place of argan oil.
-Carols Daughter Black Vanilla leave-in conditioner: I'll admit, this spray smells wonderful but for some reason dries out my hair, so I use it on oily hair days between washes and for covering up weird city smells.
-Nexxus Exxtra Gel: Not only can this gel hold a hairstyle for hours, but I notice it tends to relax my curly hair; so the next day I have really soft, 50s movie star style waves. A definite perk.

HONORABLE MENTIONS: 

-I know this isn't a beauty product, but I've never found a dish-washing liquid that works this well on greasy and grimy dishes. Palmolive Pure and Clear is really amazing for cutting your dish-washing time in half. It also has a refreshing green apple scent. I might even end up using it to wash my makeup brushes.
-Cotton facial pads [vs cotton balls], they soak up less product and take up less room. I store mine in a recycled round candle jar.

Happy Shopping, until the next time!