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Well, I Guess Summer is Over?

Shit. How did that happen?

Kids are both back to school. The Frug is frugging busily downstairs. And me? What am I doing? I’m sitting here at my desk, listening to the soothing sounds of Otis licking his empty ballsack, and dicking around on the interwebs. Time for me to do my traditional post-summer Kelly overhaul.

The summer damage is truly exponential. The revenge of summers past, if you will. It seems that no matter how many peels I do, serums I try, creams I buy and forget to use, the sun damage is there. SPF 70, no pool or beach during peak hours, sitting under an umbrella, etc. Pfft. No matter. Freckles, age spots, melasma. And the sagging. That’s a new one. Really enjoying the sagging. Jowls and neck are so pretty, flapping in the wind. I have 3480 browser tabs on “how to firm sagging skin without surgery.” *snorts*  

Another thing I’m digging is “eyelid hooding.”  Lots of people have undereye bags and dark circles. My thing is upper eyelid sag. It’s gorgeous!! Makes already porcine eyes look even more sinister! And old!  Let’s not forget OLD. Who has good product reccs for THAT? Come at me!


Happy Fall to All. Blah.


How’s Your Brow Game?

I have been way off my brow game this past year. Went cheap and paid the price later. Was getting a pedi and asked for a spur-of-the-moment brow wax. Just a cleanup. What could go wrong??? *sighs*  I like my brows to be full, defined, yet clean. Welp, I ended up sparse and tadpole-ish. I waited months for them to grow in. MONTHS. Fun fact: brows eventually give up on you. I used to have to get them waxed monthly. Now it’s been 5 months and I could still wait. It’s scary. I just have blonde tumbleweeds underneath and between the brows. Oh-so-pretty.

Pick your brow shape and stick with it. Don’t go trendy. Growing up with Brooke Shields and her fantastic full brows was a Godsend for a wooly-browed Irish lass like me. All I needed to fix was going from one brow to two. Easy peasy. I blame all the 90s skinny brow chicks for my later trauma. (Gwynnie, Jen, Gwen Stefani, etc) How are brows trendy?? This year, big bushy ones are in. Cara Delevingne, Lily Collins. Next year it’ll be that bleached nonsense or back to super-skinny. I am DONE messing with my brow shape.

Sadly, not only are mine now refusing to grow back, they are gray in areas. *shrieks* Insult to injury, amigas.

Today I got brave and went to the Benefit Brow Bar at Ulta. A lovely young woman named Ena tinted and waxed the brows!  It cost just $32 for this — it’s about $50 at the fancy place in Georgetown I used to splurge on. (plus parking, gas getting there, etc) #alwaysfrugal. It’s hard to tell from this photo because I have a lamp next to the computer that’s making one side look lighter than the other. They are both a light-medium brown. I like to have a good contrast between the brows and the hair on my head!  Also, ignore the weird scar I have on that side too. #scarface Overall, I’m pleased. She was quick and efficient and not too chatty

.Photo on 12-4-14 at 7.03 PM


I did, naturally, find some new products to test. Both promise to not just add color to the brows, but volume too!

Maybelline Brow Drama (love that name!)

Blinc Brow Mousse

I like the look of the Maybelline one. The brush looks interesting AND it’s $8 versus $24 for the Blinc! #soveryfrugal

Another cool item that I am going to try the hell out of is a wax brow stick from NYX. It’s supposed to be able to tame the outer edges of my brows that like to stick up and make me look (more) evil. It’s also only around $8 so…mine mine mine!

That’s all for now. If you have any brow tips, leave comments!


Products I am DIGGING and some I’m so NOT

I am loving my Bare Escentuals spf 30 Natural Sunscreen. It has fun packing w/the powder and brush all nicely contained in the tube.  You just twist and the brush fills w/just the right amount of product. I got the ‘light’ one and it is more of a medium, which is fine…it gives me a bit of color along w/spf 30!  What’s not to like?  I got mine at Ulta.com but it’s available at Mecca aka Sephora as well.

Last night before I met Tina for our girly date, I stopped at Ulta and picked up Urban Decay’s Pocket Rocket Lip Gloss. Am a lip gloss fanatic.  If it comes in a fun pink and has cute packaging, I am so IN. Have to say tho, I was a bit confused by this one…’pocket rocket’? Seems like a name for a vibrator!  (ahem…from what I hear, that is)  It’s packaging is nice and slim and would fit easily in a pocket w/out a weird lump…it also says:  “Rub the tube to release pheromones into the air—chemical signals that are undetectable by smell, but enhance mood and sexual attraction.”  Um, okay.  I’ll test out the pheromone part when the Hubs gets back.  I chose the color “David” (“James” was my back-up color choice) and it was a nice shade of pink but the flavor is not-so-good.  It’s described as ‘creme brulee’ which is an interesting choice for a lip gloss flavor 😉  A bit eeuuww.

Am just trying out the Cargo LashActivator Mascara (got mine at Sephora).  I want to try Latisse but a) it costs over $100 and b) it may or may not turn my blue eyes brown!  (am I dating myself too much if I recall Crystal Gayle’s ‘Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue’??  Yes, I guess I am!)  I just started using it so I can’t say yay or nay just yet.  So far, it goes on smoothly and is a nice ‘primer’…not that I have time or energy to add ‘lash primer’ to my non-existent routine!  So, if I don’t see some sort of results, it’s buh-bye!

And, lastly…

Am waiting anxiously for the release of the new DuWop Lip Venom V. Yes, that is V for VAMPIRE!  They say:

Lip Venom V is not your typical DuWop venom. Instead of a gloss, Lip Venom V is a shimmering crimson lip stain suspended in a venom-laced liquid lip conditioner with a super potent bite (watch out!), and contains argan, avocado, olive oils and vitamin E. 

It can be pre-ordered at shop.duwop.com.  Just hoping Edward Cullen knows when my shipment arrives 😉