Category: Musings

Armani Lasting Silk Foundation: Adventures in shade matching

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I’ve been on the hunt for my “holy grail” foundation, and because of all the raves it receives, I knew that Armani Lasting Silk Foundation HAD to be on the list.

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Weekend break

Hello lovely people! For those of you who don’t live in the US, this weekend is Memorial Day weekend. Which means 2 days off from work and a nice, long break.

And I’m actually going to do that. Take a break.

I almost posted for this week’s Sunday question, “What do you do when you’ve lost your motivation?” Because I feel I have. When you ask bloggers why they blog, they invariably answer, “Because I love it.” And I’ve gotten to a place where I’ve marveled over other people’s ability to respond with that answer, because more and more lately, it’s felt like an obligation.

Mind you, an obligation I’ve put on myself. No one has put any pressure or expectations on me except myself. I’m blaming no one, and I’m not complaining. But indeed I have put this pressure on myself. I’m not quite sure why. I’ve felt this overwhelming drive and NEED to “make something” of this blog.

And it’s true. If you are trying to build a following and get more well known, it helps to post a lot. I know that it’s possible to do, because I read blogs that are updated daily, sometimes more than once a day. If they can do it, why can’t I?!

Though, I’ve started to wonder lately, HOW do they do it? No one tells you going into it how much work is actually involved. People think it’s easy, but it’s not. I go to work, come home, and do work on my blog. Many mornings I’m doing work on my blog (taking photos) before I even leave for work. I work on my blog on the weekends. And, yet, the only time I managed to get ahead of myself with posts was when I was going away on vacation.

But this past week, I discovered that some of the blogs I’ve been trying to match are written by people who are now full-time bloggers. They don’t go to a day job and come home and do this, they just DO it. And I’ve been trying to keep up with that. No wonder I feel burned out!

And I do. I want to be able to just not work on my blog when I don’t feel like it. I want to go out with friends after work. I want to knit. Hell, I want to sit on my sofa on a Sunday and do nothing.

So I’m going to take a break for this holiday weekend and recharge the blogging batteries. And when I come back, I’m going to start doing things a little differently. No more trying to blog every day. I’m going to try and switch to the 3-times-a-week model. (Though I won’t hold back if there’s more that I want to write about or if something comes up unexpectedly.)

This means that I most likely won’t be doing the weekly features anymore. Don’t get me wrong—I’ll still post music when I feel like it and you’ll definitely know when there’s something I’m lusting after, but it’s not going to be on a weekly basis. (You wouldn’t believe how hard it actually is to think of a song every week. It’s even hard thinking of something I want every week!)

This also means that I’ll hopefully be able to focus on quality content, less filler, better, more interesting posts. I hope. You’ll have to tell me. (Of course, some filler is always fun. Celebrity Fashion Lust, anyone?!)

I know that I could have just made these changes without writing this post, and maybe I should have, but I truly value each person who reads this blog (even if you don’t comment—although I would really love to hear from you more, and I know from all the votes in the polls that people do read!). So I didn’t want you to be alarmed when things suddenly got a little more quiet, or if things you looked forward to stopped showing up on here. Hopefully you’ll follow me along on this journey of blogging self-discovery.

Have a great weekend! x

Shani Asks You Sundays – Rank the X-Men Men

No, you didn’t read that wrong. 😀 I was watching the Graham Norton show last night, and he had on Hugh Jackman, Michael Fassbender, and James McAvoy. They were talking about the “100 hotness rankings” that had come out, and how they were ranked, and James was way, way below them in the rankings.

What order would YOU rank the guys in?

James McAvoy up to, all the way. I have adored him for forever. Then Fassy. Then Hugh. (Sorry, never been a huge Hugh fangirl!)

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Shani Asks You Sundays – Foreign Customs

Oh, hello. Back at home and missing France already. Walking around New York, it’s all I can do not to say, “Pardon!” when I bump into someone. But that’s not what I find myself missing most.

What are the favorite foreign customs you’ve observed and/or picked up while traveling?

For me, it’s walking into a store, finding the person in there, and saying, “Bonjour.” Not to mention the, “Merci! Au revoir!” on the way out. I know that French people have a reputation for being rude, but I find that so polite and human, if not friendly. In America, sales assistants will come up and ask you if you need help, but no one gives a fig if you walk out without saying a word. I really miss it when I get back home.

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Shani Asks You Sundays – Traveling Shopping Experience


*This entry has been prescheduled to post while I am out of the country, so if you comment and I don’t reply right away, that’s why.*

This week’s question again comes from my friend Andrea, and seems fitting since I am currently traveling.

What was your best or most memorable shopping experience while traveling?

There are SO many to pick from, for me! But last year around this time when I was in Spain, I scored my Guerlain Rouge G de Guerlain in Garçonne for about €23 at a random tax-free store on the street in Malaga!! (It retails for $49.50 at home.) 😀

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Shani Asks You Sundays – Expiration Dates

I’m getting on a plane tonight and heading for one of my favorite cosmetics-buying countries for two weeks, and it’s left me thinking about the other products I have at home. I read recently about people who threw out makeup because they were past their expiration date, and I thought to myself, “They put expiration dates on makeup?!”

Maybe it’s something I should be more aware of, but I want to know what you think.

Do you pay attention to makeup expiration dates? Do you throw products out after they’ve “expired,” or do you keep them anyway?

Personally, the only makeup I really replace regularly is mascara. I don’t get a new one every 3 months, as they advise, but I do change that up most often. I have bags of old makeup that I don’t use (and have been looking for a place to donate to, but more on that a different time), but I find myself periodically digging into the bags and pulling out old products I haven’t used in ages and am suddenly in need of again.

I personally feel that things like powder eyeshadows and blushes don’t go bad. Lipsticks are obvious when they’re past their prime—they’re not supposed to smell and feel like crayons!—but most everything else? Nah.

Anyway, bon voyage, lovely readers! I have posts scheduled for when I’m gone, but I’m not sure how often I’ll get to reply to comments. But please leave them anyway! 😉

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Shani Asks You Sundays – Travel Beauty

I am clearly already suffering from vacation brain (sorry to the people at work!), so today’s question is all about going away.

How do you choose which beauty products to bring with you? Do you pare down? Or do you wind up with too much?

Personally, I always wind up with way too much. I mean, WAY too much. It’s usually because I’m overwhelmed and can’t make decisions as to, “You will only be able to wear these 10 things,”  because I never know what I’ll be in the mood for, even when I try and plan around outfits.

This time, I have a new travel cosmetics case and, ideally, I’d like to only take what fits in there. Ideally. (Normally I wind up with 3 or 4 packed to the brim smaller cases. So, wish me luck!!)

Tips for Shopping Overseas

Shopping overseas It will surprise no one that I like to shop. Or that I like to travel. Or that I like to shop while I’m traveling. Since I’m heading off to France (I know, again) in a week and a half, I thought I would write up a guide with everything I’ve learned about shopping overseas.


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Haul: The search for THE Lancôme lipstick

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Lancôme lipstick I know this may come as a shock to some of you, but I can be a bit obsessive when it comes to lipstick—especially when it comes to finding the right shade of lipstick. Which is how I wound up the owner of, count them, FOUR different Lancôme lipsticks, in the two-monthlong search for a specific one.


Shani Asks You Sundays – Big Changes and 200 Posts!

Welcome to my 200th post! Funny how these milestones seem to keep happening on Sundays.

Anyway, last week 2 things happened. The first is that I had my last day at my job, and I start my new one tomorrow. (Wish me luck!)

The other is that I went for a haircut, asked for 2 inches off, since I knew my ends were still really damaged, and when all was said and done, she had taken off 6 inches. Or so. I’m still not recovered from the trauma. My long, long hair is no more. I actually choke up every time I see someone with very long hair. I’m not even joking.

(My least favorite placation is, “It’ll grow back” followed very closely by, “She didn’t cut off THAT much” [she DID], followed by, “It doesn’t look that short.” So don’t even try. I’m not saying it’s not a good cut, but that’s half a year’s growth, so it’s not JUST going to grow back any time soon. My hair hasn’t been this short in years My one friend who understood said, “It’s the first shower that’s the worst,” and it was. I almost cried. I just hate it when they take that control away from you.)

I have some OOTD posts that I’ve been saving up since I lost my photographers when I left my job, so you’ll probably see shots of my old hair interspersed with my new hair. (Then tell me it’s not that much shorter!)

So, on to this week’s question:

What big changes are going on in your life right now?

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