I have the Death Cold… Here’s a silly review for you.

Seriously,  it sucks. Normally I don’t wuss out over colds, but this one is special. I almost cried when I found a can of vaporub in the cabinet earlier.

That said, despite my desire to remain roughly horizontal, I still need to make a post.

I have decided to review my vaporub, because I can’t think well enough to write something intelligent.  Please enjoy the result of my stupor…

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Generic vaporub: my savior
Earlier today I had to make a choice I didn’t want to make. Did I want to breathe through my right nostril, or my left. After switching off for several hours, I decided to poke through the medicine cabinet in search of relief.
I found it in a blue can with a green lid.
The texture of vaporub is gooey and unpleasant,  similar to Vaseline. It is translucent and colorless with a glossy look when applied.

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It feels thick and sticky on the skin, but does seem somewhat moisturizing.  The smell is refreshing but repellent, with a top note of menthol and a slightly camphorous eucalyptus base note. It could be described as “bracing”.
I applied the goo to my chest and throat,  and found myself engulfed in a fragrant cloud which I could feel entering my clogged sinuses. Lovely. Within a few moments I had recovered the use of both nostrils and was coughing much less. It had a pleasant cooling sensation as well, which was much less pleasant when accidentally applied to the inner corner of my eye. Given the resulting discomfort,  I cannot recommend this product as an eye cream.
As a scent, it has rather heavy sillage whic many people find unpleasant.  It is definitely a unisex fragrance, and is suited to any season. I do not recommend it as a date fragrance,  but it might be a good choice for test taking as it would keep you awake.

Pros:
Get a seat to yourself on the bus
Clear sinuses
Great moisturizing properties
Might get you out of work
Can double as muscle rub

Cons:
People may avoid you
People with clogged sinuses may sniff you
Greasy feel
Really sucks if it gets in your eye/nose/mouth/genital area. (I can only confirm the eye. The rest is conjecture.)

Overall: If you have a cold or are taking a bus somewhere, I highly recommend this product. If not, you may want to look elsewhere.

I hope you found this helpful.
Or at least amusing.
I’m going back to bed now.

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20 movies you probably haven’t seen that you really really ought to.

I know it isn’t exactly beauty, but I wanted to share these. I hope you check them out. I think there’s a little something for everyone here!
I’m skimping on plot summaries because I don’t want to give anything away, and because I’m pretty sure IMDB has them all. Instead I’ll tell you why I like them so much!

1. The Women
This one’s a classic film with wonderfully written characters. It also contains the best insult in the history of film, in which someone is called a bitch without ever uttering the b-word. Wonderful.

2.Bell Book and Candle
Another classic. This one’s a bit hard to track down, but worth the effort. I can’t think of anything similar to compare this to, but it’s well written, funny, and lovely.

3. Some Kind Of Wonderful
I’m actually watching this right now! This one’s a John Hughes flick, but it’s the one nobody’s heard of. It’s also the best. You know how it’s gonna end about 5 minutes in, but getting there is a great ride. Heartbreaking in spots and hilarious in others. A solid 80s film.

4. Kairo (pulse)
This film is usually found in the j-horror section, but it’s way more than that. It’s really a film about loneliness. It’s a little scary in parts, but mostly it’s heavy and sad. A  beautiful film.

5. Doggie Poo
This film threw me for a loop. I thought it would be funny, being that it’s an animated kids movie about a dog poo. Actually it broke my heart into about a thousand pieces and left me bawling. This is the most beautiful movie. It’s about how everyone has a reason to exist, but it might be hard to see that sometimes. Seriously, see this movie. (but have tissues handy)

6. Air Doll
This one caught me off guard too. It’s a Japanese film about a blow-up doll that becomes alive. It definitely has funny parts, which I expected. What broadsided me was the depth of the film. You might want tissues for this one too.

7. Whisper of the Heart
My favorite Miyazake film. I’m not sure this even got a US release. It’s not set in a magical land. It’s a film about love and friendship, and finding the magic in yourself.

8. B420
Another film about how beautiful life can be. But not the way you’d expect. Sad and beautiful.

9. Bounce Kogal
A  Japanese film about friendship. I don’t know what it is about this movie but it makes me want to go smile at the world.

10. Attack the Gas Station
This is an insane film from Korea about some guys who try to rob a gas station and end up in a huge, bizarre, mess. This movie is a BLAST!

11. Phone
The best thing about this movie is the little girl in it. She’s an amazing actress even though she’s teeny tiny. The movie itself is great too, but the kid really makes it stand out among the k-horror genre.

12. 9 Souls
This is another heartbreaker. I love movies that make me cry, and this is one that gets me every time. The main characters are escaped convicts, and they want to get their lives back. That’s all I’m gonna tell you. If you need an excuse, it also has a midget. (which is not really a valid reason to watch a movie, but it might convince immature people to let you rent it…)

13. 13 Moons
(Yes, I did that on purpose) A Steve Buschemi film with a bizarre cast of characters and a really harsh ending. Another tissue film.

14.Angel-A
This is a Luc Besson film, and it’s in French. It will make you want to love yourself. If you need to feel better about yourself this is a great film to watch. It’s also just a good film.

15. Pump Up the Volume
Christian Slater stars in this, and he’s really freaking adorable. This movie is about having the strength to be yourself, and about surviving high school. And it has the look and feel of the early 90s perfectly. And great music.  It just has everything. If you liked Empire Records, you need to see this.

16. The Chumscrubber
Did you like Donnie Darko? If so you should watch this. It’s even better. That is all I will tell you.

17.Samurai Fiction/ Akakage
Technically two movies, but they go together. Samurais, ninjas, comedy, beautiful cinematography, romance. The total package.

18. Logan’s Run
Okay, so the costumes scream 1970s. Try to ignore that. The plot is so good it’s easy to get past the cheesy costumes. Someone should really remake this with a modern look so people would watch it.

19. Visitor Q
First off, this is a Takashi Miike film. If you are offended by gore, sexuality, ultra violence, bizarre stuff, or really anything, don’t watch this film. It contains violence, necrophilia, lactation, and lots of things that only Miike would use. The fascinating thing is, it’s actually about family and the need to depend on people in order to have functional relationships and be functional human beings. It’s strange and messy, and beautiful all at once. Just don’t watch it around your mom or grandparents.

20.Tokyo Sonata
Another beautiful film about family and loneliness that goes about delivering the message in a unique manner.  It’s hard to describe.

I hope you look these up and watch a few.
If you’ve watched them, feel free to say what you liked (or didn’t like) in the comments.
Or add something to the list. I need some suggestions anyway. 🙂

Things I’m Obsessed With: Nail polish. So much nail polish.

(Note: It had originally been my intention to take lush, beautiful, carefully lit pictures of my polish collection. Then I realized how much of it there actually is and got embarrassed. Also it would’ve taken a month at least…)

I am a nail polish addict.

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Seriously. I think I could paint a car if I wanted to I have so much.
I know damn well I own more polish than any one person has reason to, and yet if I’m in Walgreens/CVS/etc. I will ALWAYS look for new colors.
I’m pretty cheap about how much I will spend on one color. The most expensive polish I’ve ever purchased is my holographic black, which I think was nearly $10. (I reeeeeeealy wanted it.) Usually I won’t spend more than $3. $5 top end, and it’d better be really special.

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I don’t really get “normal” colors very often. I have a few reds and pinks.

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Mostly I like blues and purples.

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I have some greens too, but I have to be picky about shades or my hands look weird. 😛

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When grey polishes came out I thought they were really strange until I saw them on someone. Now I have several. It goes with everything!

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Somehow I have several different black polishes. Between glitter, shimmer, etc. there are lots of different finishes.

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There’s a couple different white polishes too. My favorite looks like confetti.

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And there are just a few oddballs in orange, yellow, and brown. I always think they look so pretty in the bottle, but usually they don’t look so good on my hands.

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My favorites are the holographic polishes. I get distracted watching the colors shift.

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Also the solar polishes and scented polishes. (even though I can’t smell the scents after I apply topcoat…)

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And there’s magnetic polishes,

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chromes,

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nudes,

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silvers,

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glitters (which I always buy and never wear because they take forever to remove),

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etc.

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So much polish!
When I went to nail school, the joke was that I only did it to justify my absurd polish collection. At least I THINK it was a joke…
I usually do my nails on Sunday and Wednesday evenings right before bed, because I’m super hard on a manicure with my crafting and such. I guess that sort of justifies the polish collection, but not really. I plan to try to start instagramming my manis, so feel free to check it out.
I’m always careful to close everything tight, and because of that my polishes last forever. In fact, I have polish I bought in 7th grade (*coughcoughintheninetiescoughcough*) that is still perfect and useable!

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I don’t really know why I have such a thing for polish. I think it’s just that I love color. Color is almost like a drug for me. I love colorful things, and when I see a color I’m drawn to the reaction is almost physical. I pick my colors by season (I love brights in summer and icy sparkly blues in winter), mood (Cheerful? Moody? Dramatic? I have a polish for that.), and for events. It’s amazing how the right color can change my mood, even if it’s just on my nails!

Do you have a nail polish addiction? (And if so, can we have a support group?) Let me know in the comments!

Things I’m Obsessed With: Two products I would buy even if they were the most expensive

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(This is kinda a combo TIOW and review,  because I’m feeling a bit down today.)
Most of the time I buy the cheapest functional version of any given product, but occasionally I like something enough that I stop caring about the  cost.  Two products I am rabidly loyal to are my mascara and my topcoat.
I graduated nail school and have my license, so I have access to pretty much any nail products I want.  I have tried topcoats ranging from OPI to dollar store looking for the perfect one. I needed something shiny and durable, but also quick drying because I’m really impatient.  I also wanted a product that wouldn’t turn into a rock before I got even half way through the bottle. I had been pretty sure finding a product that did all this was right up there with the holy grail and the fountain of youth until I got a bottle of Speedey from a CND rep at an Ulta opening a few years ago. I don’t know if they use unicorn tears or what, but it dries really fast, lasts a week, and stays useable until about the last 1/2″ or less is left! I tried other kinds, but I have always come back to my beloved Speedey. Recently I started buying the salon size, which is cheaper in the long run. I highly recommend this topcoat.  It’s the best I’ve ever used.

As to mascara, I don’t have the range of product experience to compare, since to me a $10 mascara is a major splurge.  What I can say, is that of all the reasonably priced mascaras I’ve tried,  this is the winner by a long shot. I like length but despise clumps, and I like my mascara as black as possible. I also like being able to remove it easily so I don’t wake up racoon-y, but I wear circle lenses and have dry eyes so I need it not to run down my face every time I use eyedrops. (I ask a lot of my products) Before my wedding I had gotten some Lashblast Length as a pre-wedding “splurge”. (Tiny budget.) When it ran out I was unreasonably sad, but resigned myself to the cheap stuff again. 5 totally unusable tubes of cheap mascara later…
I finally gave in and got my “expensive” stuff again. I was excited to see the water resistant kind was available, and even more excited since it claimed to be removable with soap and water!  Of course I snapped up a tube in Very Black right then and there. It is lovely stuff, and lives up to my expectations entirely! It isn’t prone to smudges, but it’s seriously black. It really does come off easily too. I generally use DHC mild touch cleansing oil to remove it, but it melts right off without much effort even with facial cleanser. At the same time, it doesn’t run much at all. Super impressive from an under ten bucks mascara.

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One generous coat on uncurled lashes vs nothing on the other eye.

Do you have any products you like so much you have to have them at any cost? Let me know in the comments so I can check them out! I’m gonna go put mascara on my other eye now… 🙂

Things I’m Obsessed With: “Diamond Club” makeup transformation videos

I randomly discovered one of these videos a while back and it blew my mind completely.
I’m pretty sure this show is the reason I started trying to learn to do makeup again!
I really don’t know what anyone is saying, although a few videos are subbed in English, but that doesn’t matter. These videos are a testament to what makeup can do, and they are simply incredible.
I started watching to pick up some makeup tricks, but in the end I think my entire worldview was changed. I grew up under the assumption that pretty people were just born that way. Either you were pretty, or you weren’t. If you weren’t, well then tough luck kiddo. Makeup was something pretty people wore to look prettier and not-so-pretty people used to cover pimples. Obviously models were just lucky, and they rolled out of bed looking amazing, right?
Then this show comes along. These girls are GORGEOUS in their modeling shots, and totally ordinary without makeup!
The lightbulb came on…
So, wait… That means maybe I could look like a model too?
Really?
Whoa.
I watched about a zillion of these videos, and over time it was pounded into my head that pretty can be applied, and that being less pretty but a stellar makeup artist was every bit as good as being born gorgeous. My old ideas had been holding me back, and I had no trouble letting them go in favor of these new ones! I remember one subtitled video that really hit home. The girl said something to the effect of “I may look ordinary, but with the skill of my two hands I can become beautiful”. Wow. What an awesome thought. Skills matter more than nature. And that’s okay. I could’ve hugged her.
Since then I’ve been devouring makeup tutorials, camwhoring tutorials, and anything else that might help me harness this magic. I’ll be honest, it’s working. I can make myself look more like a model than I ever thought possible. I’m still learning, but it’s a fun process. Makeup is fun again. Yay!
I hope you can find inspiration here too. You are beautiful, even without makeup. However, if you can’t see it yet, maybe a transformation is in order. If you don’t like it, wash it off and try again. That’s the beauty of makeup: there’s no commitment, and you can do as much or as little as you want.
Now If I could only learn to make the makeup on the second eye come out as well as the makeup on the eye I do first…

I’m so sorry for not posting yet this week.

I have things to review,  and more TIOW to post, but I haven’t felt up to posting them. You see, on Monday we realized my kitty’s tumors have begun to return. When we had the last ones removed we knew they were almost certainly cancer, but we hoped it had all been removed. It has now become clear this was not the case, and there is nothing more we can do for her. She isn’t uncomfortable, and she may have some time left, but it’s been a very hard time for me and I am only now beginning to adapt to this situation.  I hope to post something this weekend, but I may be a bit sporadic with posting for a bit.

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My baby girl Shelby.