Friday, February 14, 2014

It's My Birthday. Oh, and Happy Valentine's Day to You!

I like to think today is all about me, but really it's about everybody else.  Happy Valentine's Day to each of you, sending you hugs and wet snufflies.

I'm so touched (and relieved) that my last $1000+ post didn't arrive with a barrage of outraged omgwtfbbq comments and emails.  Maybe you really ARE my tribe?  I am seriously grateful for the kindness of you.  Thank you.

I didn't realize until after posting that I didn't mention my skin type, which I've done in previous skincare related posts.  I am combination, oily in the t-zone and dry and dehydrated everywhere else.  In the winter, I tend more to dryness.  I think even in my summer oily phase, the best products are the ones to imbue my skin with moisture.  This is a lesson learned late in life.  I don't strip anymore... skin that is.

*awkward silence*

Anyway, hope your Valentine's Day is filled with whatever lovely thing you adore the most.

For you, some makeuppy pictures.  For a snow day, which requires some bright happy colors.  That's Addiction Ready To Wear eye shadow palette in Soda Lunch, Laduree blush in 06, Guerlain Rouge G in Girly and my favorite mascara.

Swatches of those pretty things and the colors I used.  Considering the clouds and poor lighting, I'm kind of happy with the product and swatch pictures!
Wiiiings.  I used the blurple in Soda Lunch to make my wings and on the lower lash line.  Used the turquoise in the inner third of the line.  I used the white in the palette to build some brightness in the inner part of my upper lids.

Obviously still playing around with my new camera toy doodad.  I need to figure out my exposure issues!
Also, I am taking a break in posting, and haven't queued up any new posts.  See you soon.

Enjoy your upcoming weekend wherever you are.  :)

42 comments :

  1. Lovely makeup, lovely photos, lovely you!

    Happy Birthday!

    Shani x
    She Dreams in Perfect French

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    1. Thank you, Shani! And thank you so much for the birthday wishes! :)

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  2. Meow! Happy birthday, Belly! That is one BRIGHT quad, and a great look!

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    1. It's been snowing like hell in my neck of the woods. I'm on holiday in a bright sunny part and I think that quad would be equally as fab here, too!

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  3. Weee, so pretty! Happy Birthday to you, Belly! Also, you have awesome hair *major hair envy* <3

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    1. :D Thank you, Monika! *tosses the wig, left<<< right>>>*

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  4. Happy birthday beautiful Belleh! I am envious of your wings. Mine are always kind of... crinkly...

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    1. :)) Thank you, Kate! I do the slightly closed lids for wings. Ya know? I have hooded lids, irl!

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  5. Woohoo for Valentine Birthdays! It's my birthday too, and I love your blog!!! :-)

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    1. Happy Birthday, too, Coloruza! :) Thank you so much for the valentine birthday wishes (same to you) and for reading the blog!

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  6. Happy happy birthday!! :-). Enjoy your day!

    That is a great look to brighten up your special day. Enjoy your weekend and your break. We will be waiting when you get back, lol. :-D

    Btw, just saw the length of my response to your Amore Pacific post, sorry about that! :p

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    1. Dawn, your comments are always awesome! I can easily dedicate a whole page to you! :-**

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  7. Happy Birthday, Belly! I've been intending to tell you for weeks what a wonderful writer you are, from the funny stuff in 30 things about you to the more serious but beautiful description of the Hudson Valley. Do you write for a living? You should. (By the way, I am makeup and food obsessive too. And few people know I love gel pens!)

    Enjoy your evening; I hope you're planning a double celebration tonight!

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    1. Thank you Ava! I am a fan of your blog, so this means so much! :) I definitely do not write for a living, other than typing bullet points and mastering the full suite of Microsoft Office products.

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  8. Happy birthday!
    Have a fabulous time. xoxo
    You look gorgeous as always. ;)

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  9. Wrong, it's always about you. Happy Birthday darling :) Love the look you created, that blurple winged liner is fabulous!

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    1. Thank you so much, Liz! :) mememememememememem! Ah, now I've gotten that out of my system.

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  10. Oh my you look absolutely lovely!!! I'm so glad, relieved in fact, to know that you don't strip anymore... skin I mean. That Ladurée Camé is to cute for words aaaannnddd HAPPY BIRTHDAY GORGEOUS!!! xoxoxo

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    1. Thank you Helene! Yeah, that Laduree thing is adorable beyond words. Such a pretty color and SO SMELLY! XP

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  11. You look FAB!!! That color combo looks so happy together & so happy with you. So happy 3x :-D And gah, if my skin looks anywhere near yours, I'd gladly spend that $1K+ skin care, heck, if it's cheaper than botox/IPL/other work, why not? Happy Birthday, many happy returns and wishing you all the best!

    xo, Claire

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    1. :) Well, I love how your mind works, Claire! I wonder if I'd feel the same quibbles spending that on injections, lasers, etc?
      Thank you so much! My birthday was wonderful!

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  12. Happy Birthday! Looking fabulous! This winged liner look is perfection!
    Also 2nd what Claire said about skincare.

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    1. Hello, Selphia! Thank you so much! Blurple is always a good color!

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  13. That flick is sexy. Hope you enjoyed your birthday :-)

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    1. Birthday was excellent! :) Thank you!

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  14. Happy Birthday dear frond! Love your winged look- must go find Soda Lunch!

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    1. Thank you Jo! Soda Lunch is great fun to use. :) Thanks for the birthday wishes.

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  15. Happy Birthday! That winged eye look is totally fab!

    And I was going to comment on your previous Amore Pacific post but time escaped me. If you can afford and it works for you, do it.
    I got samples of Amore Pacific stuff a while back in a gift bag and I couldn't tolerate it, it was so heavy, my face felt like it was being suffocated and my skin got so itchy, I had to go wash it off and I was red for a few hours--I'm allergic to something in there. Skin care is so unbelievably personal and unique--as I always say, poison oak is natural, doesn't mean we should slather our skin in it :-)
    But some folks do, I'm sure, more power to them!!

    I use old fashioned Cetaphil cleanser with my Clarisonic, Kate Somerville creams and serums, and retinoids at night, and all is well. But our skin changes all the time--age, climate, stress, diet, illness, etc.

    Love your blog--much health and yummy makeup!

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    1. Hello, Silvita! Thank you so much for your awesome comment (and birthday happy thoughts!). Sounds like you really had a terrible reaction to the AmorePacific stuff. I think all the botanical ingredients will probably case reactions in a number of people. I seem to have lucked out with how my skin seems to soak up and love that stuff.
      Thank you for sharing your skincare routine with us! I'm also incorporating the Cevave cleanser (very similar to the Cetaphil) for my morning cleanse. It feels really nice to use.

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  16. I told you before, but I'm not tired of it... your purple winged eyeliner is gorgeous!!! I love it!!! I hope you had a really happy b-day!!!

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    1. Hi Anne! :D XOXOX *sending you smooches*

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  17. *speechless*

    ....see what you did?! Many, many happy returns, my beautiful winged belly!

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    1. Awwww, driveller! :) Thank you so much.

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  18. Pretty pretty! Happy birthday, Belly. :) I've been taking a little break from posting, too~

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    1. I hope your break has been as restorative for you as it has been for me. :)

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  19. Happy birthday!! Sending you e-flowers. :) Your blurple liner is wonderful, I love the simplicity of it!

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