Saturday, April 14, 2012

I *Heart* Coffee

My tower of creamers at a friend's 40th birthday party at Logan's Roadhouse

I love coffee. And I'm not ashamed of it.

Yeah, yeah, I know: it's addictive; it can make your heart race; it can dehydrate you. I don't care.

My first experience with the brew of the glorious bean was at a gathering of the Ladies of Philosophy at Sunset Grill, over dessert. I don't remember if it was a flavored coffee, an espresso, or a regular cup, but I do know that it had creamer and sweetener. And that's how I take my coffee now.

The "Java Junkie" fairy, by artist Karen Rossi
{Photo of my collectible, in my office}

Friday, April 13, 2012

Happy Birthday, lil' blog!

Eight years ago today, which is akin to an eon in blogosphere years, I started this blog. Because I began in the era of snarktasticness (and before niche-blogging and Twitter), because I wanted an outlet for my writing and my goofy sense of humor, and because I just could, I wrote about whatever I felt like saying... and tried to do it with a lot of humor (most of the time). But eventually I realized that the snark was taking over, and as a born-again follower of Jesus Christ, I felt that I was not serving my Savior and Lord well and not adding value to the online community. So I hit "pause" on blogging. {Plus, I'm sure that part of it was RLTB — real life trumps blogging — going on. Aaaaand maybe some writer's block too.}

I still am not sure what this blog is supposed to be about, other than my thoughts, reflections, writing exercises, humor, and faith... and now makeup! (Haha.) I do know that I am going to continue to resist posting rants about Nashville traffic; my daily commute to work usually could provide fodder for much ranting, but who wants to read all that negativity? Plus, I need to extend grace to my fellow commuters. I'm sure I drive some of them bonkers with my style of driving.

Anyway, here be this blog, and here be me. And maybe I'll start sharing more about who the gal behind the "Elena" moniker really is. Especially now that I've revealed my face to the world (urm, to all four of you blog readers [ha!]).

Thank you for reading, friends. :)

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

The Big Reveal: the real-deal Elena (FotD)

Psst... a secret that you blog readers (all four of you) probably didn't know about me: I'm a makeup junkie!! I've gotten into watching YouTube tutorials, expanding my collection, and trying looks I wouldn't have tried years ago. Nothing garish (I hope), but definitely more varied than the same-makeup-look-every-day-to-work thing.

So... here's my FotD (face of the day). {And yes, I know that my photography skillz are sorely lacking. But hey, this was just a PhotoBooth session. No hatin'! ;) }

^^^ missing the glasses (I've run out of contacts and need to reorder), earrings, and lip products (this was taken at the end of the work day)...

^^^ after reapplying gloss and lipstick and putting the glasses and earrings back on

Products Used

~ Aveeno moisturizer - over entire face
~ Hard Candy Sheer Envy face primer - also over entire face
~ Revlon Age Defying DNA Advantage Cream Makeup – 15 Tender Beige – liquid foundation
~ Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder – 001 Transparent
~ Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzing Powder with Real Cocoa – Original Chocolate – for face contouring
~ Rimmel Lasting Finish Blendable Powder Blush & Highlighter – 008 Spring Flower – cheek contouring
~ Milani Minerals Blush – Sweet Rose – apples of cheeks
~ Physician's Formula Happy Booster Glow & Mood Boosting Powder – Translucent – above brow bone, down top of nose, Cupid’s bow, cheek bones, jawline
~ Revlon PhotoReady Concealer – 002 Light – in a couple of spots

~ Palladio Herbal Eyeshadow Primer {I've not used any other eye primer yet, so I don't know if this is better or not as good as the high-end brands [Two Faced Shadow Insurance and Urban Decay's Primer Potion being two of the most popular].}
~ Rimmel Glam’eyes Trio Eyeshadow – 750 Tempting – light green shade over entire lid and up into crease
~ Sally Girl eyeshadow – Lilac – inner part of “hood” of eye
~ Sally Girl eyeshadow – Eggplant – midde part of “hood” of eye
~ Sally Girl eyeshadow – Midnight – outer part of “hood” of eye
~ Sally Girl eyeshadow – Fairy Pink – under eyebrow
~ Rimmel Soft Kohl Kajal Eye Liner Pencil – 07 Pure White – around tearduct area
~ Physician’s Formula Custom Eye Enhancing Eyeliner Trio: Smoky Eyes – Charcoal - under bottom eyelashes
~ Physician’s Formula Custom Eye Enhancing Eyeliner Trio: Brown Eyes – Purple – middle 2/3 or so above upper eyelashes
~ Physician’s Formula Custom Eye Enhancing Eyeliner Trio: Smoky Eyes – Black – outer 1/3 of area above upper eyelashes
{Note: I used only a sponge-tip applicator and my fingers for the shadows! Left my brushes at home. Oops! But hey, it turned out well. Yay!}
~ Almay One Coat Get Up & Grow - 010 Blackest Black - mascara

~ Bonnie Bell LipLites – Strawberry – lip gloss
~ Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick – 450 Gentlemen Prefer Pink – lipstick on top of gloss
{Note: I layered the lipstick over the gloss, which is the reverse of what I usually do, for two reasons: (1) the color payoff on the gloss wasn't quite what I wanted for this look, and (2) the lipstick's color was a bit muted by being on top of the gloss rather than being the first on the lips. I was pleased with the result.}

I know, I know: sounds like a lot of products. Yes, it used to take me an hour to do this much work on my face, but I'm getting the hang of it and have accomplished reducing the time to about 30 minutes or so. To me, for the results I get, the time is worth it. Problem is that I don't do this every day. But that's one of my goals. (Some gals like makeup; other gals don't. And that's okay. I happen to like it and how it makes my face look.)

So... yeah, that's me. Well, my head. I'm not promising any full-length shots right now! Hahaha!

¡Hasta luego! :D