Idiot’s Guides: Everyday Makeup Secrets by Daniel Klingler
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Idiot’s Guides: Everyday Makeup Secrets devotes too much space on faking the perfect face shape (oval, with evenly proportioned features) and perfect eye shape (almond) through highlighting and contouring. It also recommends eyebrow shapes for different face shapes: I would think that the best approach is to follow the natural shape of the brow bone.
The best parts of Idiot’s Guide: Everyday Makeup Secrets are the call-out boxes, which feature many interesting hacks.
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The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I was into Anne of Green Gables, even before the 1985 TV series starring Megan Follows. I was 17, and a copy of Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm was lying around the house, a Christmas gift from my mother’s friend. I read Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm and liked it. Mom suggested that I read Anne of Green Gables. I loved it. In 1980, soon after I graduated from college, I went on my “pilgrimage” to Prince Edward Island.
I discovered The Blue Castle through Susan L.M. Goldberg on PJ Media. She wrote: if you’ve never, you must read The Blue Castle now—quickly! I’ll wait. As a fan of Lucy Maud Montgomery‘s books, I had to read The Blue Castle.
Valancy Stirling fits the archetype of the lonely, sad person living in a home where others are cold to her (think Cinderella or Harry Potter). A medical diagnosis gives her one year to live. She casts off her inhibitions, scandalizes her family, and lives life to the fullest. She even proposes marriage! Then multiple revelations upend her life in a day (I won’t disclose them – read the book). The Blue Castle has a “happily ever after” ending.
I’ve decided that a cynic is a disillusioned romantic. In reading The Blue Castle, I can momentarily believe in romance again.
PS Read the introduction by Collett Tracey after you read The Blue Castle. It contains spoilers.
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When is it really time to toss a beauty product? Look no further than this ultimate guide to makeup expiration dates.
Pay attention to the tips, not the shelf life, in this guide.
I often think that the shelf life is a ruse to make you buy makeup more often. I’ve had some makeup for years, and they haven’t gone bad.
And be sure to clean your brushes and applicators often!
Source: Save or Toss? The Truth About Makeup Expiration Dates | Byrdie
According to this article, preliminary studies have found a link between a meatless diet and mental problems like depression, anxiety, and self-harm. A nutrient-deficient plant-based diet might create problems that contribute to psychological disorders.
I quit eating red meat several years ago, mostly for health reasons. After reading an article about the benefits of vegetarianism for spiritual development (!), I quick eating poultry. I seldom eat eggs, but I still include dairy in my diet. On rare occasions, I eat fish.
Depression, anxiety, and fearfulness have ruled my life for as long as I can remember. I wonder if a mostly vegetarian diet has made things worse. Blood tests have revealed that I had severe deficiencies of Vitamins B12 and D in my diet. So much for spiritual development! (When I told my nephew why I had given up poultry, he said that that was ridiculous).
I don’t plan to give up my diet, but I’ll add nutritional supplements to my diet.
The book The Vegetarian reminds me of Margaret Arwood’s proto-feminist The Edible Woman, in which the engaged-to-be-married heroine loses her appetite for food, to the point that she can only eat noodles. After she breaks off her engagement in dramatic fashion, she suddenly becomes ravenously hungry.
“If you’re going to be a vegetarian, you have to be more thoughtful about what you eat.”
Source: ‘The Vegetarian’ and the Puzzling Link Between Diet and Mood — Science of Us
I call Sunday afternoon “Radio Sunday” as WPFW 89.3 PM has 6 hours of great programming, starting with Miyuki Williams’ Sunday Kind of Love from Noon to 2:00 PM, continuing with Donnie McKethan’s American Songbook from 2:00 to 4:00 PM, and winding up with Larry Applebaum’s The Sound of Surprise from 4:00 to 6:00 PM.
Donny McKethan often plays different renditions of the same song back to back. Today he had renditions of George & Ira Gershwin’s A Foggy Day (in London Town) by Billie Holiday and Frank Sinatra. The beauty of standards such as A Foggy Day is that different singers, with different styles, can perform them and be equally persuasive.
I had not heard A Foggy Day before, but I smiled when I heard the lyric:
A foggy day in London Town
Had me low and had me down
I viewed the morning with alarm
The British Museum had lost its charm
It reminded me of the weekend that I spent in London, in a hotel room no larger than a closet. Restaurants were so expensive, that I bought a grab’n’go sandwich at Boots to eat for dinner. The serendipitous discovery was that the British Museum was just around the corner from the hotel. I have more to say about the British Museum, but enough for now.
Here is another rendition of A Foggy Day, this time featuring Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald:
Walgreens has decided to close down drugstore.com and Beauty.com effective September 30 to concentrate on “a more unified brand and marketing approach” for its e-commerce strategy.
Sad. Beauty.com was one of the earliest beauty e-commerce sites. Kevyn Aucoin and subsequently his protégé Troy Surratt were consulting makeup artists to beauty.com. I hope that Walgreens will keep the high-low mix of beauty brands that drugstore.com and beauty.com provided.
With easy-to-remember names like drugstore.com and beauty.com, one might expect these Walgreens-owned websites to be doing gangbusters business. Yet the retailer says it will shutter both sites by the end…
Source: Walgreens Closing Beauty.com, Drugstore.com – Consumerist