Saturday, July 19, 2014

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick Hexagram, Wonderchilde, Motorhead, LUV, Thin Lizzy, Vampira and Bachelorette

Amazing shades!  Some are so unusual but so wearable.

Heavier formula…which will be drying for some….and requires more precise application…but wow does it last.

Product grade:  A+

Hexagram and Motorhead


Bachelorette, Thin Lizzy, Vampira and LUV (not the best photo of LUV).

Friday, July 18, 2014

Tarte Rainforest After Dark Palette Review and Swatches...

A few chalky mattes….but overall a great palette.  I would have liked some lighter colors as well.  But - on balance - a lovely effort!

Product grade:  A---

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Guerlain Rouge Automatique Lipstick in 120 Coque D'Or and 164 Chamade Review

Two of the loveliest shades ever.  And the formula is amazing.

Product grade:  A+++

Marc Jacobs Twinkle Pop Eye Stick in Three Shakes 404 and Frannie 408

Pretty…but they make my eyes sting…

Product grade: B

Marc Jacobs Smart Wand in 220 Light Medium Review

Greasy looking…it never dries down.  Irritates my eyes…  Sheer coverage.  Not my thing…

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Good Morning , Mr. Mandela by Zelda la Grange Book Review

Zelda la Grange worked for Nelson Mandela for over 20 years and grew to not only adore him but also rely on him.  This book is both history - a traditional Afrikaner who believed in Apartheid - grew to believe in Nelson Mandela's case of equality for all in South Africa - and a woman who respected someone with a very special character.

Mandela led by example but could be tough on his staff who didn't take the lesson.  He learned to speak the language of his enemies - literally - and was courteous to all (including his jailers).  Reading the book and seeing a great man behind the scenes I was overawed.  I've known many successful people, including politicians, but none who lived as a better person the way Mandela did.  So many play nice in public but behave badly in private.  Not Mandela.

La Grange is a credible witness to this part of history.  Sometimes I wish she'd added more depth to her insight.  Too often she's driven more by logistics than insight.  But I still very much enjoyed the book and recommend it.

Learning about this great man - really - changed me.

Mandela was a truly great man and la Grange was witness to that greatness.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

I Will Love Myself: A Poem and My First Attempt at Blogging

I will love myself

I will love myself
No matter how hard the day or how long the night
No matter the mistakes I make or the stupid things I say
If I eat too much, ice cream or sushi, and if I don’t exercise
When I stumble and even fall
If I skin my knees, which I do
Drop, break, lose and not appreciate things
And when I cry
I’ll love myself anyway
Tears black with mascara and eyes red with shame
I don’t care
I’ll ignore the stares, pick myself up again and find a way to smile
I’ll love myself
Even when no one else loves me
Or believes
But I believe and I do great things, even if they’re small
I breathe, and love and support and try
I can only control myself, my thoughts…
And seemingly, only seemingly, my body
But I know that every morning the world begins anew
And I’ll say a prayer to my God and breath deeply,
Appreciating my ongoing and never easy efforts
I’ll love myself this day even if I didn’t yesterday
With every breathe in, and each one that exhales out
I know that I’ve got life, deep, eternal and not so everlasting
With my crazy mind and ever changing body I still exist
And my heart beats
I breathe
And I want, ever so much
Which is all that matters
Given this wonderful life I’ll remember
That I should love myself
The only one I can’t escape and who’ll always be here
For me
The sun will slant, casting its mysterious glow
Across the scenery unfolding before me
And I’ll just be