FOTDs: How do you do it?

When it comes to FOTDs, so many of you do such beautiful shots — such as Em (Too Much Blush), Stefanie (The Lip Print), Sara (The MakeupSnob) and Laura (Liparazzi). Forgive me if I didn’t include everyone but again there are so many of you that do this so well. I on the other hand, struggle with this which is why I don’t do it very often.

For me, when I try take my FOTDs, it’s like a comedy of errors. Figuring out how to hold the camera for one is a constant challenge. Do I hold with one hand, two hands, above my head or below, or at eye level? Then it’s deciding whether to tilt the head, look straight ahead, big smile with teeth, little smile/no teeth or no smile at all. You can imagine that a LOT of photos are deleted. And dear god, I hope they are permanently deleted — and don’t come back to haunt me one day. LOL. I can just hear it, ‘mommy why are there so MANY pictures of you on this computer? And why did you take so many pictures of your eyeballs and mouth?’ LOL.

So bloggettes, blogesses — can we share our ideas on how to get a really good photo of the day.
I want to learn!

Here are my questions:

-What kind of camera do you use?
-Do you use a tripod?
-What’s the best lighting?
-Do you crop/edit your photos?
-How do you take a good photo of your eyes?

Look forward to hearing from you!!

Getting to know each other!

When I started blogging, I always loved to read tags and blog awards. And I’m thrilled to bits that people are now thinking of me and nominating me/tagging me for various tags/awards. I hope this doesn’t sound obnoxious or anything – I don’t mean to be. The challenge now is keeping up with these along with other posts — and life! I am behind but I will try to get to them. And if you think I’ve forgotten, please drop me a note. I am still a sleep deprived mommy. Anyway, I ramble as usual.

This tag came from the ever so cute Sofia from MakeupStained. Here it goes:

1. What time did you get up this morning? 5:30 a.m.

2. How do you like your steak? Well-done. I know I know — the flavour is all gone when it’s done this way but what can I say? I like it this way.

3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema? Ice Age 3 with my offspring. Before that, Star Trek

4. What is your favorite TV show? True Blood!!!!

5. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? Canada. I don’t want to be anywhere else

6. What did you have for breakfast? Coffee & Muffin

7. What is your favorite cuisine? I love all cuisines! My top faves are Indian, Italian and Vietnamese and Japanese

8. What foods do you dislike? Pickles!

9. Favorite place to eat? Hmmm. I love so many restaurants.

10. Favorite dressing? Balsamic Vinegrette (I know I spelled this wrong)

11. What kind of vehicle do you drive? Mazda tribute

12. What are your favorite clothes? Jeans, fun top with great accessories

13. Where would you visit if you had the chance? the UK!

14. Cup 1/2 empty or 1/2 full? Half full.

15. Where would you want to retire? Canada

16. Favorite time of day? Early evening

17. Where were you born? Manila, Philippines

18. What is your favorite sport to watch? Figure skating during the Olympics

19. Who do you think will not tag you back? I don’t get this question. Moving on!

20. Person you expect to tag you back first? Weird question. Moving on.

21. Who are you most curious about their responses to this? All my readers!

22. Bird watcher? Not really.

23. Are you a morning person or a night person? I’m more productive in the morning.

24. Do you have any pets? Nope.

25. Any new and exciting news you’d like to share? I’m going to plan my 10 year wedding anniversary trip (it’s not until 2010). I think I finally convinced The Husband that we should go on a trip. I’m thinking London/Paris! Or maybe Italy…we’ll see.

26. What did you want to be when you were little? A fashion reporter.

27. What is your best childhood memory? Eating an entire jar of peanut butter with my cousin.

28. Are you a cat or dog person? Neither.

29. Are you married? Yes, very happily!!

30. Always wear your seat belt? YES!

31. Been in a car accident? No.

32. Any pet peeves? Ignorant people.

I just realized I didn’t finish the rest! Here it is:

33. Favorite Pizza Toppings? Pepperoni

34. Favorite Flower? Peony

35. Favorite ice cream? Vanilla

36. Favorite fast food restaurant? McD’s

37. How many times did you fail your driver’s test? passed!

38. From whom did you get your last email? Sara.

39. Which store would you choose to max out your credit card? The Bay

40. Do anything spontaneous lately? MAC binge

41. Like your job? yep

42. Broccoli? yep

43. What was your favorite vacation? My honeymoon

44. Last person you went out to dinner with? family

45. What are you listening to right now? nada

46. What is your favorite color? red

47. How many tattoos do you have? zero

48. How many are you tagging for this quiz? All my readers!

49. What time did you finish this quiz? Just now.

50. Coffee drinker? Yes

That’s it! I tag Su-pah, Madame B Fatale, and Tastes like Glitter and any of you who want to do this!

Beauty Binge of the Day (BBOD): MAC’s Makeup Art Cosmetics!

It’s done. The MAC beauty binge. And the guilt I felt last night….GONE! For now at least. Right now I am basking in the makeup purchase afterglow.

Thanks to the lovely Kate at the MAC Bay/Bloor who put my goodies on hold. It was great having the opportunity to see everything in advance and just swoop in and buy on the day of the launch. Here’s what I got from MAC’s Makeup Art Cosmetics Collection and my initial thoughts:

NOTORIETY QUAD: I was attracted to this quad by the pretty shimmer in Skintone 1 (light gold shimmer) and Notoriety (brown with shimmer). This quad is so pretty. I wasn’t planning to get this originally but when I saw in person I thought it would be very versatile. It is right up my neutral alley. Swatches below (sorry ladies, I still haven’t mastered the swatch photos!)

PHOTO REALISM QUAD: This was instant love. This was the quad I originally said would be my ONLY purchase. It exceeded my expectations in terms of loveliness. I am terrible still at describing colours but this palette features greens, grey/greens. It’s unlike anything I have in my collection…I think…Not positive though. So bad that I don’t know what I have! Again, excuse the swatches. I can see doing a great green-based smokey eye with this palette.

I wasn’t planning to buy any lip products but you know that is my real weakness. I limited myself to:

LOVIN IT Lipstick (Lustre): MAC describes this a cool neutral with a yellow undertone. This was beautiful when I put it on. I did have a swatch but deleted it by accident and am now too tired to take more photos. I promise to post a photo of the day with it on. Today at work, I even put Lychee Luxe on top of it and together it created a beautiful rich peachy pink neutral. I’m loving it!

ON DISPLAY lipglass: When I swatched this in the store, it really reminded me of Jampacked from last year. This is a beautiful rich purple colour which I think will rock this Fall with a neutral eye. I will have to compare it to Jampacked though.

There were a couple of other lipsticks that caught my eye but the rest of the lipglasses I thought were too similar to ones I had already (see I showed some restraint. Some.)

While at MAC, I also picked up Shade fluidline. Lollipop 26 did a video about this and said it was a beautiful dark mossy green/black liner that was being discontinued. In person it is beautiful — and I thought would pair well with the Photo Realism colours.

The other brighter shadows, pencils and pigments were beautiful as well but I averted my eyes to avoid the temptation. Will I last? We’ll see…..

Any other beauty binges today ladies — MAC or other lines?

Tag! You’re it!

I’ve been tagged by the lovely Lorla to write six random facts about myself. So here it goes:

1) I love Vanilla ice cream
2) The first concert I ever attended was Duran Duran in 1984. They filmed the Reflex video at Maple Leaf Gardens during that concert and I can say “I was there.” The 12 year old me ;-) Did I just give away my age now? LOL.
3) I wear a lot of black
4) I am older than my husband by 2 years (robbing the cradle!)
5) I have a younger sister
6) I think the character Eric from the True Blood series rocks…but Edward is still my vampire of choice

I tag anyone who hasn’t done this yet! Let me know if you end up doing this in the comments below as I would love to read your answers!

A Mild Case of Makeup Guilt

On the eve before what will probably be my biggest MAC makeup binge since the Cult of Cherry, I am feeling some guilt. I was trying yet again to organize my makeup drawers (I have one of those plastic four drawer systems on wheels) and it hit me again. The guilt. Buyer’s remorse. I honestly don’t need more…yet I keep buying…and tomorrow I will add to the collection.

Don’t get me wrong. I love what I have. I appreciate what I have. But I realize that I don’t really ‘need’ more. I want more. Such a consumer!

As many of you know I’ve tried Project 10 pan, Project 5 pan but didn’t have much luck with those. That said, I have made a few strides to reduce my makeup spending. I don’t feel the need to buy from every LE collection MAC releases. Hooray. Second, I have started to give away some ‘gently-used’ items to friends and family. And finally, I’m even considering a blog sale (can someone email me on how to best do this?).

I can’t vow that I will stop buying makeup after tomorrow’s MAC launch. That would be dishonest.

All I can promise is that I will continue on with Operation Lipstick Love, and have fewer big beauty binges like the one planned tomorrow. I will allow myself to buy one item per paycheque a month (minus the products I’m getting from swaps I am currently in the middle of).

That’s it. Do you ever feel makeup guilt? ;-)
Have a great night!