Not much to tell. I'm a horary astrologer - this is the type of astrology where you cast a chart for the moment the question is born, not the person's birthdate, about a specific matter - anything from 'is it true love?' to 'will I sell my house in the next six months?' to 'where did I leave my car keys?' It's remarkably accurate, and I absolutely got hooked on it.
I also love, and have written about a lot of offbeat European oracles like Lenormand cards. I'm interested in flower language, art, medieval history, as well as ancient and biblical history, languages, and as far as the great outdoors goes, my best experiences have been in that Taoist garden just down the road from me - the only one outside China. Face it, I'm a city kid, through and through. I love the sea as well. If I'm not living in sight of it, I tend to feel trapped.
I love blending perfumes, especially from traditional Indian and middle eastern attars, and have a pretty sizeable collection at this point.
And I have this small makeup collection.........
|Special Skin Characteristics:||
|Special Hair Characteristics:||
|Desert Island Items:||
Silk Natural's Tart Light Blush
Great Black Mascara
Lippies, hundreds of lippies
|My Beauty Secret:||
Eh, my beauty secrets are pretty boring. Sleep. And make sure to take your makeup off no matter how tired you are. I usually do the full deal at night (proper face cleansing, serums (yes, multiple), moisturiser, lip moisturiser, but in an emergency just grab one of those disposable makeup cloths (Prevens are good, cheap, and even get eye makeup) and get rid of the makeup!
Sample! Especially if you're a pale, cool-toned redhead. Hit up the makeup counters - most of them are willing to give you a week's worth of foundation so you can try it in every light (ever notice how it looks great in the shop, and then orange or yellow outside?) and see how it holds up, and make sure it doesn't turn funny colours on you or have any other untoward effects halfway through the day. Just ask nicely, most makeup assistants will be very helpful if you do.
Okay, okay, you can also carry a small spritzer of orange water or rosewater with you to perk your makeup up during the day or evening - works a treat to give you that soft, dewy look and it only takes a few seconds.
And masks are your friend.
How long does it really take for you to get glam? Are we talking straight to business or are wine breaks required?
Oh, the wine breaks are built-in! Start out with a bath. Not a shower, a nice, relaxing bath, preferably with a CV cocoa butter melt or something else lovely and moisturising in it. Take your time and if you've got somebody to hold your mimosa on a tray, so much the better (yes, dream on, I know). Use a nice foot scrub, too, to keep your heels smooth.
Once you get out of the tub, pat yourself dry (or just damp) then lather your body with cocoa butter (the regular kind, the smell is so glorious) after you get out of the tub, and cleanse your face, occasionally go over it lightly with a facial loofah. Spritz on some toner (alcohol free, we drink that, we don't put it on our face), and retire for the first glass of wine while it's drying. See - I told you the wine breaks were built in!
Next up - DMAE. To get the full benefit, no matter what kind you're using (I like Silk Naturals' Facelift) pat it on your face, and leave it for 30 minutes. (Wine optional while waiting.)
After that, a good hydrating serum and moisturiser. Don't let it dry completely, but give it a couple minutes, then any special stuff (eye lash or eye brow re-growth serums, magical wrinkle removers (I like SN's Holy Crow - it doesn't take them away forever, but it pretty much gets rid of fine lines under eyes and anywhere else you need them hidden for eight hours or so). Then let all that dry. (Another optional wine break is handily built in here.)
Then you can start on the makeup part of it - and if you don't have a vanity, at least get a good makeup mirror to put on the kitchen table (nobody can do their eyeshadow properly standing over the bathroom sink - well, I can't, anyway).
For me - a thin layer of whatever I'm using as primer goes on first, then foundation (with a brush, darling, it works so much better than fingers!) Next - eyebrows. In my case it mostly involves filling in the sparse bits and drawing them out a bit - you may have to mix your own powder unless you luck out and find one that's exactly your shade (and if you're a redhead, you probably won't get that lucky).
Eyes - if you're in a hurry, just do a one-colour wash. If you're glamming, then comes the primer, or mixing medium, or both - be creative with colours! I like purples and pastels, and have been playing with a lot of greens lately, too. It's worth it to invest in a good set of eye brushes, by the way - don't use those tacky little sponge applicators if you can avoid it. Keep a few cotton buds and some makeup remover oil handy in case you end up with shadow or liner where you don't want it - those work a treat.
Once eyes are done, lined, and mascara'd, I do blush.- Fibreoptic brushes are a godsend for the pale! Then finishing powder (again, I like fibreoptics because they don't overload you, then lips. At least a coat of SN Full n Soft (hydration plus great lip plumping with no pain), then lipstick. You can use liner first if you're using a dark colour, but do put something on your lips - if only balm - before you go out of the house.
And don't forget scent!
And I've actually done the whole thing with no wine at all! But yes, it can take me a little bit of time to get ready.
|My Horror Story:||
Far too traumatic, I'm old, you see. One of my grandmothers was Christian, and sometimes I used to have to spend the night at her house and go to church with her the next day (okay, okay, that's not the beauty part, but it's still pretty traumatic for a Jewish kid!).
The true horror: she'd put me in those horrible, painful, S&M devices known as wire rollers that you had to sleep in all night (they stayed in because the wire would grab your hair - and your scalp - so that she could make me look as much as possible like a young Shirley Temple before she dragged me off to church. Including the white frilly dresses. And black patent leather shoes.
I'm happy to say that any photographic evidence of this look has been long-destroyed...uhh...lost to time, I meant!
This is amazing stuff - it comes in a little 10 gram pot, but it lasts forever. Put just a touch on crow's feet, laugh lines, or anyplace else you need wrinkles to be gone, and they'll disappear for a good six to eight hours - I'm not kidding!The ingredients are very gentle, and surprisingly hydrating, and at $5.99 per pot, you simply can't go wrong with this stuff - it really really works! If you're an arch-sceptic, samples are available for 99 cents. Find it in the skincare section at www.silknaturals.com
I was sceptical, too. In the extreme. But I have fine hair, and no matter what I used, it either caused too many tangles, or weighed it down so much that even if it was supposed to give it more volume - my hair got even flatter.I stumbled across Chagrin Valley and have been using their Milk, Carrot, and Honey shampoo for about a year now. Not only does it really get my hair clean, but it adds the volume and shine that I just couldn't get from anything else. And it's so easy - it's just wash and go!http://www.chagrinvalleysoapandcraft.com
Another one from Silk Naturals.Does everything it says it will do, and more. If you're 'of a certain age', like me, you can probably use all the wrinkle fighting and firming help you can get. And even though the price on this is very reasonable, it outdoes the products you'll find that cost five times more.It's made an incredible difference for me. The last time I went to buy foundation, the makeup assistant dragged me away from the firming ones I was looking at and told me with my skin all I needed was a bit of translucent powder!Find it in the skincare section at http://www.silknaturals.com
From within bottles, jars, compacts and tubes.*