Author Archives: Wendy

Judicial Review: Armani Regenessence [3.R] Youth Regenerator

Armani REGENESSENCE [3.R] Youth RegeneratorWere you ever in a relationship that you really really wanted to work, but despite your best efforts the universe just seemed to be conspiring against you two?

That’s me and the Armani Regenessence [3.R] Youth Regenerator serum.

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Travaasa part 2: This ain’t your mother’s spa (but should be)!

When it comes to the full Travaasa Austin experience, Jenn’s post here can’t be topped.  (Nor can the Travaasa experience, for that matter.)  We only spent about six hours there, yet we left feeling like we’d had a full weekend away from it all.

I learned two important things that Saturday:

  1. Riding a mechanical bull is way harder and three times as fun as you’d expect.
  2. You do NOT want to thumb-wrestle Loni.

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Local Love: Lash Extensions by Betty Lash

Christmastime is about tradition.  Last year I instituted a new tradition of my own: lash extensions.  What does this have to do with the spirit of Christmas, you’re wondering?  Well, Christmas is about celebrating, which means you’re going to lots of parties and social events, and you want to look your best for said outings right?  So when you really think about it, it’s un-Christmas-like to NOT get lash extensions.  In fact it makes you a Scrooge.

Wendy's lash extensions, by Betty Lash

 

Wendy with lash extensions, by Betty Lash

No eye makeup whatsoever.  None.

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Ring Around the Rose-y-cea

Rosacea is a pretty common skin condition but surprisingly few of us are aware that we have it.  We just think we have mottled skin with uneven tone that flushes easily, coupled with occasional and seemingly random irritated red bumps on our cheeks that never become full-fledged zits.  Awesome.

Wendy's Rosacea

Wendy’s Rosacea and sun damage (even with daily sunscreen!)

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Talk Derby to Me

I was skeptical when a girlfriend insisted I go to a roller derby bout.  I imagined it to be like WWF on skates: loud, tacky and above all staged, with rough looking half-naked women putting on a display for the sole amusement of drunken men.  I thought it was anti-women, and I put it off for as long as I could.

When I finally gave in and went to a bout she gave me the “I told you so” look: I was mesmerized.  All of my impressions had been wrong in the best possible ways.

Hell Marys vs. The Hustlers 2011

Hell Marys vs. The Hustlers 2011. © Felicia Graham Photography.

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Judicial Review: Dior Extase Mascara

Dior Extase MascaraI’ve heard nothing but amazing things about Dior mascaras, so when I received a sample of Dior Extase Mascara I was excited to try it!

The claim: “A revolutionary formula with spectacular plumping volume that glides over the lashes to coat them one by one. Enriched with Metamorphosis Powder and spherical black pearl pigments, it is specially designed to amplify lash volume and deliver deep intensity to the eyes in a single stroke. …the brush with its exclusive couture design combines two types of fibers to coat and comb the lashes for guaranteed volume.”

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How to Look Younger Overnight – 8 Easy Steps!

Unless you’re a 16 year old trying to buy Boone’s Farm (why??), no woman intentionally tries to look older than her years.  Yet sometimes we succumb to fashion trends that don’t have our best interests at heart.  Other times it’s less intentional – a “look” you were able to pull off in your 20s now looks harsh and unflattering.

Author at age 25 (left); age 40 (right)

Author at age 25 (left); age 40 (right)

Whatever the source, the following will make you look older than your years no matter what your current age.  Luckily the fix for each is pretty inexpensive or even free!  Where possible, I’m (gulp) including pictures of myself demonstrating both the unflattering look and the solution so you can judge for yourself!

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What I’m Wearing Now (on my skin)

On our first Beauty-terrogation, Ashley posted a comment to ask what skin care products we use.  I don’t know about Jenn, but my lineup is pretty static: I have mild rosacea so I don’t switch products cavalierly.  I always read the ingredients list to see if it includes any known irritants, and if it has a strong fragrance I tend to avoid it.  I also like to keep it pretty simple; I don’t want to have to pack 20 bottles of products for a weekend trip.

I’ve used all the products below with good success and no adverse effects, so without further ado here’s the roster! Continue reading

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Judicial Review: Neutrogena Healthy Skin Enhancer

http://beautypendence.files.wordpress.com/2011/10/neutrogena1.jpgSome might recall my dalliance with Almay’s foundation that ended in disappointment.  I’m thrilled to report that I have a new love and I think this time it’s the real thing: Neutrogena’s Healthy Skin Enhancer foundation.

When I first saw the color selection I wasn’t going to bother: even their lightest shade looked way too dark for me.  But for under $10 what did I really have to lose by trying it?  I am SO glad I gave it a chance!

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TRIBEZA Style Week: Rock + Runway men’s fashion

Ad for Tribeza Rock + Runway ShowJenn and I attended the TRIBEZARock + Runway‘ men’s fashion show at the American Legion this past Tuesday night.

This was the 2nd year TRIBEZA has included a night for the stylish men of Austin and a welcome change of pace; I love the girly stuff but it’s nice to see the men getting some well-deserved attention!

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