Thursday, February 24, 2011

Filming disaster

So I finally got to filming my first YouTube beauty video today and the word "train-wreck" comes to mind. Since the first YouTube video i watched I've always had a respect for everyone that puts their face out there for others to see. That can be tough, now I see how tough it really is and everything else that goes along with it. I'm sure others went through this too. And to think how many people leave nasty comments on these videos that took work to make, makes me wonder if they have any idea.

I pretty much knew I wasn't going to get it on my first shot and... I didn't. Watching myself on video, which I've only done a few times when i was younger, was not as hard as I thought it would be. I was sitting there in front of the camera talking to no one but there might as well have been thousands of people there because that's how I felt. I'm a flight attendant, I make public announcements in front of hundreds of people a day and that doesn't phase me. And here I am in front of a camera with no one around, filming a practice video that I have no intention of uploading and I can't even say my name. Once I took a deep breath and got over the stage fright, (if you could even call it that) everything else came tumbling down. The lighting was bad cause a storm started rolling in, the angle didn't work, my head kept getting cut off, ha ha. I'm sure everyone out there is dying to watch a YouTube video by a girl with half a head. So I finally told myself that tomorrow is another day and I'll get it, it won't be perfect but I'll get it.

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

First impressions/ First review

First impressions of products are sometimes as important as how a product performs as whole. If I don't get a good impression of the product initially what keeps me interested long enough to see all the product has to offer?

Philosophy Hope in a Tinted Moisturizer

I went to Sephora last week to to pick up a couple of things and this product caught my eye as one of the 100 point perk samples. I have used Hope in a jar, and the oil-free version in the past and I liked it, but a tinted moisturizer with the same formula would be great I thought. My sample came in a small tube but I have been using it for a few days and there is still plenty left. The full size also comes in a tube with a pump, packaging that's travel friendly, a plus for me. . The other aspect of the product that i like is it has SPF 20. So this is meant to be a multi-tasker, another plus. This is the original formula not the oil free and when I looked online I did not see the tinted moisturizer in oil free. That might be something to look for in the future because I did find it a little oily at first (almost like a sunscreen that has not completely sunk in) and my face got shiny by the end of the day. I thought this might be a problem because of my oily skin but so far it's been fine. No breakouts (keeping my fingers crossed). My sample is in the color light to medium and the color works just fine. Light to medium makes me believe that this could be a year round color since I'm pretty fair right now and it works fine. The coverage is very sheer, the sheerest coverage I have seen from any tinted moisturizer i have tried, but still appears to even out my skin. Since I have pretty clear skin at the moment this lack of coverage is ok. I don't think it's very buildable but if I'm using it as a moisturizer especially in the summer then I don't want to build it up anyway. I wasn't really looking for a new moisturizer by testing this product as I am very happy with my current one (Lush Vanishing cream, as close to holy grail as any product has ever gotten for me ) so I will not be replacing it with this. This might be a great product for the summer when I'm on the go outside and don't want my makeup to sweat off with a stronger SPF of course or even for the colder months when I'm doing something active and don't want makeup to clog up my pores but don't want to be barefaced. The fact that the product is formulated without parabens and sulfates is also a plus. So overall I like the product. Am I impressed? Almost, the potential is there. Will I purchase the full size? I'm not sure due to it's $38 price tag for not too much product (1.7 oz.). But I'll try it out on the beach next time I get a chance to see how well it holds up and who know maybe it'll end up as a future favorite.

Monday, February 21, 2011

First Impressions

You get the chance to make a first impression but once. That's what I live for. In my everyday life as a flight attendant, and in my beauty search, it's all the same. I have to judge a book by it's cover, trust my initial reaction when someone says hello, that rush i get when a color in the pan catches the corner of my eye. I do the research too, does this foundation have staying power, is the color payoff enough, but that fist impression will always be there. Lust after products because they impress you, not because they are said to be impressive. Beauty items should work for the user, have fun using them but keep in mind you should not have to work hard at making them what you want them to be. Reviews should be a tool to assist you, not dictate your decision.

All my reviews are unique and genuine and are truly how I view an item at the time of review. If at any time I drastically change my opinion of a reviewed product I will post an update to the previous review.