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2012 Post-Mortem & Best Of Stuff
About Claire, Best Of - Be the first to comment! - January 11th, 2013

I was feeling a little bad about not doing this post BEFORE the end of the year, but then I looked and saw I wrote last year’s Best Of late as well, so I’ll stop feeling bad. 2012 was …interesting for me. I didn’t work this year, so my budget for buying beauty stuff was pretty limited, and not going off to work each day proved to be a deterrant to doing my makeup regularly. I also had a really hard time with depression thanks to a pharmacy making an error with my medication, that I didn’t catch for several months. That really sucked away my motivation to write, too. Which is all to say, if you’re still reading my blog and didn’t quit last year, THANKS. I promise to do better this year! (More on that in a bit.)

Anyway, my best of list is the standout stuff from last year. Here’s the goods.

Best Body Product: St. Ives Naturally Smooth Body Lotion was an awesome find. Clearing up a rash I’ve had for 20 years? YES PLEASE. Runner-up: One Hand Washes The Other’s Buttella. It’s chocolate-y hazelnutty awesomesauce.

Best Facial Scrub: One Hand Washes The Other’s Black Magic Scrub rocks. Runner-up: St. Ives Naturally Clear Green Tea Scrub is a decent substitute if you’re in a hurry and need a scrub now.

Best Indispensible Multi-Tasking Face Product: Murad Skin Perfecting Primer (Acne and Shine Control formula) has become one of my must-have products. This is an awesome multi-tasking product – it has salicylic acid in it, so I can eliminate one of the serums I usually use from my morning regimen. It controls shine and mattifies like a champ. It evens out my skin tone, and is a great makeup primer. Basically? It’s FABULOUS.

Best New Tool I Found This Year: The Real Techniques Expert Face brush quickly became my brush of choice for applying foundation.

Best Lip Balm: This is a tough call, but I think the eos lip balm spheres have to win. I started using the medicated Tangerine one pretty religiously when I was sick in December, because it was TOTAL WIN on my chapped, peeling lips. The vanilla one from the Alice In Wonderland set is still my favorite.

Best Shampoo: I’m still loving Suave shampoo. I bought a bottle of the Rosemary Mint stuff to try, and I like it too. (Review coming!) For a basic shampoo that’s cheap, it’s great.

Best Mascara: Maybelline The Colossal Cat Eyes Washable mascara was the best new mascara I tried this year.

Yup, it’s a pretty short list this year. So, why will this year be better? I am going to school at the end of the month, for a five month program, to get my esthetician’s license. Yup, Claire’s Beauty is going to beauty school!! Much like going to work, I intend to wear makeup every day, because I hate looking schleppy in a professional setting, which means regular EOTD posts again! I’m looking forward to getting back into that routine. You can also expect interesting tidbits about skincare, etc., as I learn them. Happy 2013 everyone!

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Radio Silence
About Claire - Comments (3) - November 1st, 2012

It hasn’t been the best week and a half for wearing makeup. I’ve had pinkeye since last Monday, which pretty much means no eye makeup wearing at all. BOO. Until it clears up, I won’t be wearing eye makeup, either. I do have one EOTD from pre-plague days to put up, and some skincare, so I’ll try to get those up tomorrow and in the next few days. In the meantime, please come back next week when hopefully I’ll be back to wearing makeup again!

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Ugh. *cough* *sniffle*
About Claire, Site News - Comments (2) - December 21st, 2011

Hey everyone! If you haven’t already unsubscribed, thanks! I’ve been pretty sick this week AND trying to make Christmas presents (I’m not working at present, so I’m making most of my gifts this year) and I just haven’t had the energy to blog. I haven’t hardly even been wearing makeup! You know it’s bad when I stop wearing makeup. I also haven’t bought anything new in ages, mostly due to spending my disposable income on gifts instead, this month.

Anyway, I am starting to feel better and should be resuming posting in a day or two, at least with EOTD posts and I’m going to TRY to do some swatches. I’m not a very good swatcher, but I’d like to get better so I guess I’ll subject my readers to my practice attempts *smile*

Today is the Winter Solstice, so enjoy the longest night of the year! ((hugs))

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Shameless Self Promotion
About Claire, Etsy - Be the first to comment! - November 18th, 2011

So, I thought about whether or not I wanted to write about this on my blog, but decided why the heck have a blog if you can’t do a little shameless self-promotion once in a while? I’m collaborating on a fun new project with my mom, making earrings. She provides the feathers, I make earrings!

My folks live on 9 acres down in the Willamette Valley, the same place where I grew up. She has chickens. Lots of chickens. Chickens with very cool, colorful, fluffy feathers. She also has an Etsy shop called Toad Flax Farm, where she sells fun accessories that she makes herself from recycled/repurposed/reused fabrics and other natural fibers. I think the whole feather earring trend is a lot of fun, so she sends me feathers, I make earrings!

No chickens are harmed in the collection of the feathers, by the way. We are talking cruelty-free plumage here. She picks up feathers that are naturally molted, and some of the more tame chickens have donated feathers carefully snipped with scissors. The feathers are thoroughly washed and sanitized as well.

In keeping with the reuse/repurpose theme of her shop, I am also making earrings from old (unwanted) jewelry and broken jewelry. I had fun today poking through Goodwill looking for things I can take apart and remake into something much prettier!

I have metal allergies and can’t wear most metals, so I’m using titanium ear hooks for all my earrings. They aren’t as pretty as sterling silver, but more people can wear them.

Thanks for reading, and thank you for checking out my mom’s shop and our work! :D

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A to Z
About Claire - Be the first to comment! - May 18th, 2011

Manda and Erin tagged me to play, so here’s A to Z about me!

A. Age: 32

B. Bed size: Queen size.

C. Chore you hate: Folding laundry is the devil.

D. Day: Whichever are my days off!

E. Essential start to your day: Shower and coffee.

F. Favourite colour: Blue, although purple is a close second.

G. Gold or Silver: I can’t wear silver (metal allergies) so gold.

H. Height: 5’4″

I. Instruments: I can play the French Horn, a little piano, and I played the flute for a few years as a kid.

J. Job title: Boutique Manager

K. Kids: They have fur :) Theo & Tigerlily are my kitties. The jury is still out on the human kind.

L. Live: In Portland, Oregon.

M. Mum’s name: Linda

N. Nicknames: My family still calls me DeeDee, which is what my little brother named me when he was a baby and couldn’t say Claire.

O. Overnight hospital stays: None, lucky for me.

P. Pet peeve: Oh God, don’t even get me started. Today I’ll go with bad drivers and people who confuse faze and phase, but the list could go on…

Q. Quote from a movie: “I gave her my heart, she gave me a pen.”

R. Right or left handed: Right.

S. Siblings: One brother, one sister.

T. Time you wake up: 7:30 or so on days when I open the store, 8:30ish the rest of the time.

U. Underwear: Boy shorts rule.

V. Vegetables you dislike: Cooked peas and lima beans.

W. What makes you run late: Everything? I just lose time somehow, like Oh Hey, where did that five minutes go?

X. X-Rays you’ve had: Teeth, chest, knee, hand.

Y. Yummy food you make: Enchiladas, tortellini soup, spaghetti… actually I’m going to brag and say that everything I make is tasty because I’m a really good cook.

Z. Zoo: I like the penguins. And any cats.

Most of my blog friends have been tagged already, but  The Eyes Have It and Cinnamon Candies haven’t played yet, so I’ll tag them, as well as The Raven & The Rose and Risela! . :D

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Blog Award: Versatile!
About Claire - Be the first to comment! - April 6th, 2011

The wonderfully sweet Reggie at Color Me Obsessed tagged me with the Versatile Blogger Award! Fun! To play along, I need to 7 things about me, and then pass on the award. Woot!

1. I majored (eventually) in Art/Photography in college, and earned a Bachelor of Science. At the time the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences offered either a BA or a BS, and I took the BS route because I didn’t like the foreign language department, preferring to take a bunch of statistics and computer classes instead. So, I have a Bachelor of Science in Art!

2. I’m actually more of an introvert than an extrovert in my non-online life.

3. I drink a lot of coffee. Venti non-fat latte please!

4. I watch a LOT of anime and read a LOT of manga. I also like reading what gets called “paranormal romance” and mystery novels. Especially mystery novels with cats.

5. I really hate getting holes in the toes of my socks, and I really love wool sweaters.

6. My cats are named Tigerlily and Theo and they think they should be in my blog more. Anyone want cute kitty pictures included?

7. I’m the oldest of three. My brother is 11 years and my sister is 12 years younger than me. My sister lives with me right now, while she goes to college.

I’m going to tag:

KimmieKarmaLove – she does AWESOME reviews!!

Eyeconic Makeup – Heather does great EOTDs and swatches!

Queen Cicada – I love her Love Lists!

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A Note About Claire’s Beauty
About Claire, Site News - Comments (1) - March 13th, 2011

I wanted to make a short post stating my values and the mission behind this blog.

First, I will always evaluate a company or product I review on its own merits. That means my review is based on MY experience with the company, the transaction, any communication, and the products themselves.

I work in cosmetics now. I also used to work for Sephora and was trained by them and their brands extensively. I used to own a business selling handmade soap and lotions and have spent literally YEARS reading everything I can on cosmetics formulation and safety. I believe this makes me quite knowledgeable about cosmetics, and I feel my experience means my readers can trust my opinions.

I do spend a great deal of time reading other beauty blogs. If a blogger whose opinion I respect has an appalling experience with a company or product, I may choose to avoid that company or product. Sometimes things aren’t so cut and dried, in my opinion, so I’ll try the company and products myself, and my reviews are based solely on my experience. They may differ from what readers find elsewhere.

My honesty and integrity are important to me. I want my blog to reflect that. I try to avoid supposition, assumptions, making decisions based on rumours, and second-guessing. If I recommend something, it’s because I had a good experience with it, and I have reasons to believe someone else who tries it will too. Sometimes I recommend products that didn’t necessarily work FOR ME, but only because it wasn’t the right product for my skin type or complexion color, and it’s still a good product. If I feel a product has merit, I recommend it. If I feel it has no merit, I don’t. It’s basically that simple.

Thank you for reading my blog.

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I swear I’m still here…
About Claire, Random Stuff - Be the first to comment! - December 1st, 2010

It’s been a busy month for me, so blogging has fallen by the wayside a bit. I have quite a backlog though, so I’ll definitely be trying to get the posts up soon!

In the meantime, here are some cool things to read:

Blogger Phyrra did a super-cool interview with Tammy from Meow Cosmetics! I ADORE Meow, so I was really excited to see this backstage peek.

The lovely Temptalia reviews MAC’s A Tartan Tale Cool Thrillseekers pigment set, with great photographs. I purchased this set and LOVE IT.

Speaking of Meow Cosmetics, their Holiday Shop is OPEN!! Yeehaw! A full size Burnt Turkey from the 12 Pains collection is on its way to me as we speak…

I’m also currently obsessing about making orders from Geek Chic Cosmetics and another Shiro Cosmetics order. How awesome is it that both of these businesses are local to me?!? Speaking of geeky cosmetics, I really wish someone would name colors Cactaur and Chocobo. In fact, do a whole Final Fantasy theme. I’d buy that in a heartbeat!

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