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I Am Age, Site News - Comments (5) - March 15th, 2012

So I was laying awake last night thinking about the media and society and notions of beauty and this article I read about how scientists have developed software that can detect digital photo retouching. We see pictures of people on websites and in magazines, but are they actually real? Or are they simply a creation of a digital retoucher aka “photoshopper”? What do REAL people actually look like? How can we challenge these notions of false and unattainable beauty?

I came up with an idea I’d like to share with you, and hope that you’ll be interested enough to participate too. I’d like to start a project on my blog and call it “I Am (Age)” where Age represents the actual age of the participant. I’d like to display un-retouched pictures of women and men, to show the world (the Internet world anyway) what REAL people look like. We’re all unique and beautiful in our own way. I’d like to share that. In order to do this, I need pictures of people of all different ages. I decided I’d ask you, my readers and friends, to join me on this project and send me your pictures.

I envision this as an on-going project, where I feature one or two people with each blog post. For example, I’m 33. So my first blog post will be “I Am 33″ and I’ll use my picture.

Read on if you’d like to participate! (more…)

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Friday Link Love
Site News - Comments (1) - January 20th, 2012

The lovely Luna at Toxid-Lotus tagged me to share five blogs with you that I like to read. The tough part is to pick some that she didn’t already name! (She got some of my favorites!)

In no particular order:

1. The Raven & The Rose
2. Now Smell This
3. Canadian Beauty
4. Lipstick and Luxury
5. All Lacquered Up

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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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Happy Thanksgiving!
Site News - Be the first to comment! - November 24th, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I’m thankful to have a happy, healthy life! I’m also thankful for fun makeup, lol.

It’s been an interesting year for me, and I have a lot to be grateful for. Also, many thanks to my readers! I have a lot of fun writing this blog and I hope you have fun reading it.

What are you most thankful for this year?

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Vacation!
Site News - Comments (2) - August 29th, 2011

I’m going on vacation, from today until Saturday night! Enjoy the week! Posting will resume on Sunday…

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We’ve Been Nominated!
Site News - Comments (2) - July 17th, 2011

I’m really super-happy to say that Claire’s Beauty has been nominated for an award! Cinnamon Candies is hosting Beauty Blog Awards and we’ve been nominated for Best Overall Beauty Blog. I’d love to get a few votes from my readers, so go check it out. Thanks!!!

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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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Merry Christmas!
Site News - Be the first to comment! - December 25th, 2009

Snow SceneMerry Christmas everyone! We wish everyone a peaceful and happy holiday time.

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