Anatomy of Beauty

Getting Down to the Bone of the Beauty Industry

Month: March, 2013

Holy Crap, A Video

My first youtube video in years!




Winter Proof Lips…and I Mean It!

Long time no blog! Work at the funeral home has burnt me out. I had a restoration project that was pretty intense.

I also lost my dearest friend and companion. His name is Tague, but I always called him “Handsome” and he is a seal point persian cat. He was 11 years old, and to my knowledge had absolutely nothing wrong with him. I just found him in his little napping area “sleeping.” I’ve been crying for days.IMG_1165


Anyway, apologies for all the venting…on to the actual post!

There are two products that I have used religiously for years when it came to either healing chapped lips or protecting them from further dehydration and pain. I’ve got nothing fancy to offer you here. You can find both products at your local pharmacy. I am so passionate about the efficacy of these products that I believe my very first youtube video was about this duo, and I’m pretty sure I rambled for a good 10 minutes. yikes.




Yep. That’s it. This may be my most boring post yet! Seriously though, these products offer such relief that I can’t be without them.

So when your lips are burning like hell, and you can’t help but lick them for a .5 second relief, (only to really cause more irritation) thats when I reach for the Chap Stick. Let me be clear here…when I say Chap Stick, I don’t mean the Moisturizing, Strawberry, Cherry, etc crap. Light blue tube. MEDICATED. (important details here) Applying this will give you instant relief. No exaggerations, either. One tube has .15 oz and prices vary depending on where you live/where you buy.

Aquaphor by Eucerin is my next choice. I was given an entire box of these little sample sizes when I started the Accutane treatment (for severe acne.) This is your super heavy duty moisturizer and defense against the elements. If after applying your Chap Stick, and you finally feel better, slap some Aquaphor right on top of that. Your pout will be signed, sealed, and delivered. Some winters, I get some really dry patches around my nose, forehead, or even eyelids. I’ve been known to dab some of this on overnight to help my skin pipe the #*%& down! I’m not exactly sure what sizes Aquaphor comes in as I’m still working on the box of samples I was given. I’m pretty sure I’ve seen pocket sized tubes at Target. Prices will also vary here as well.

Seriously, these two products are power houses when it comes to dealing with irritated, dry lips. I’ve heard others talk about Carmex as well…I don’t have much experience with it, but I do know that if it’s not medicated, its not for me.

Hoping you all are in better spirits than I,


Cotton Pads…I mean $20 Cotton Pads

Today’s my day off. Can’t you tell?

I don’t know if this is going to be a controversial topic or not. I don’t believe cotton pads have that ability, but hey, I could be wrong.

I’ve always been weird about cotton…cotton balls, rounds, squares, etc. Their texture just kind of freaks me out. *hoping someone out there knows what I mean*

I’ve tried using such products (usually purchased from pharmacies) for various applications. Tried using them to remove nail polish. It was okay…until the moistened cotton fibers started sticking to the polish of the hand I was using to hold the cotton. *shudders* Tried using them to remove makeup. It was fine until the pad started pulling apart.

I don’t know. I don’t have a great explanation, but I just don’t like the cotton thing. Do they sell those rounds that you find in those Almay Eye Makeup Remover jars, but dry? That, I could probably do.

Anyway, so I’m on sephora’s site and come across Shiseido’s Facial Cotton. Now, this stuff has practically a 5 star rating AND it costs $9.50. I DID. NOT. GET. IT.

Long story short, I have a gift card, so I give in and purchase. I’m a convert. The shitakie at the pharmacy doesn’t compare to this stuff. My mind is made up.


Now i get a sample of the cle de peau “le coton.” What?!? There are MORE options? I couldn’t wrap my brain around how many different ways you could make cotton squares awesome. Let me (finally) give you some photos/stats/opinions.



Shiseido Facial Cotton: 100% Cotton. Retails on for $9.50. There seems to be a question about the quantity of a package. Some people say its labeled on the back, others I think are making up numbers. ūüėČ I actually opened up my packaged and came to 162….yeah, I don’t know either.

cdp: they claim that the pad is a “blend of refined cotton fibers wrapped in a layer of silk.” Both Barney’s and are selling a 120 count for $20. O.O

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Differences? Well, Shiseido is smaller and slightly thicker, while cdp is a little larger but slightly thinner. It also has the logo stamped into the square. Aside from the price doubling, thats about it. I honestly can’t tell the different between the two otherwise. They both have more strength when I pull on them the long way. They more easily expand if I pull them wide. (Please keep in mind, the strength of these still doesn’t compare to the pharmacy counterparts.)

Correct me if I’m wrong here, but I’m pretty sure Shideido owns cle de peau. I can’t see the justification of doubling the price for (what looks like) less product than the Shiseido version….which ultimately feels and performs identically.

…..end rant…



Eeeek! Liebster Award!

As is obvious, this is a very new blog. I have a lot to learn, a ton of website development to do, photo quality issues to work out, and I’m sure another 2590831 things.

I probably had perhaps 3 or 4 posts, when the absolutely lovely Miss Ellinor of SubtleDancer ( notified me that she graciously nominated me for the Liebster Award. I was so excited, yet confused (I had no idea what a Liebster Award was) that I googled it.

In a simplified gist, I see the Liebster Award as a big ol’ high five from one blogger to another, along with the opportunity to learn more about each other. Right on to that!

Here are the questions SubtleDancer has posed:

  1. Favorite children’s book?  The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
  2. Where was your most recent vacation? Europe: Amsterdam-Brussels-Paris
  3. Five items do you use every day? Beauty related? My Vanity Lit Mirror, iTunes, Notebook (for reviews), Tangle Teaser, The Clock (I could sit there, playing, all day)
  4. If you could live anywhere, where would you live? US: Here and somewhere between Seattle and Portland. In the world: So far, Amsterdam
  5. Last time that you were surprised? Honestly, when I realized people were reading this blog.
  6. Your biggest pet peeve?¬†Relationships are the most important thing in life. I can’t have Lying.
  7. If you could have any career, what would it be? A full time Artist
  8. Favorite scent? Firewood
  9. Favorite dessert? Tiramisu
  10. Favorite animal? I am a big animal advocate. I love all animals and value their lives as much as my own. That includes you, Mister Spider setting up shop on my ceiling.
  11. One thing you hope to accomplish this year.¬†After purchasing my first home and never being in any kind of debt ever in my life….I’d say get my credit card debt cleared….then work on student debt…then that sneaky mortgage….probably not all in one year….unless I start playing the lotto.


I’m assuming I’m supposed to make up my own questions and nominate some bloggers. To be frank, I really don’t know a whole lot of you yet. I’m discovering new blogs daily, and I’m getting to know a few of you slowly, but surely, so I think I’m going to have to hold off on this portion until I have more than 2 people that I follow regularly.

Ellinor, I thank you for the “high-five.” It encourages me to keep this little blog going, and that maybe it is worth something to someone…even if its just me. Cheers, Mon Ami!


Inglot….Beyond the Eyeshadows

Happy Sunday! I’m hoping we’ll see some spring weather soon, but in true New England fashion…Who Knows!

Today’s little review will be about Inglot. No, I will not be discussing their eyeshadows (unless you want me to.) I just feel like those reviews have been done to death, but If anyone out there actually cares about my particular opinion, I’ll give it a go. Unfortunately for me, I do not have a counter anywhere near me, and their website is rather difficult to work with. The line just lacks any cohesiveness when it comes to their numbering systems, and the site swatches are useless in my opinion. Generally, when it comes to Inglot, I watch lots of reviews and look up plenty of blogger swatches.

Im feeling rather chatty today. On with the products!


I purchased the AMC Mousse Foundation in FC 100. It retails for $14 and has 11g of product. I also purchased the AMC Cream Blush in 85. It retails for $12 and has 5.5g of product.

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I don’t have much to say about the blush. Its kind of a gingery red color. Its creamy to the touch, but once blending it into my hand, it felt almost powdery and dry (in a good way.) Off the bat, this gave me the impression that it wasn’t going to feel greasy on the skin, and it indeed doesn’t. The pigment is strong (which I always love.) It does have a slight reflective quality, but it just adds a very slight glow to the skin. ¬†There really isn’t much of a scent to this product. If you stick your nose in the pot, there is a slight hint of…something…perhaps I can describe it as plasticy. Again, its extremely faint, and undetectable on the skin. The packaging is simple. A sturdy, but light plastic pot. The cap twists on and off smoothly. I enjoy this blush. My small stippling brush fits nicely in the pot. The price point is refreshing, especially after those last couple of high end posts!

Next up, we’ve got the foundation. Packaging is the same, and the texture of the product is as it describes: mousse-y. It has a very light weight feel to the skin. Out of the jar, it has a very light almost floral makeup-y scent. I don’t believe this to be an issue. If I’m not mistaken, FC 100 is the lightest shade available (its usually what I always go for.) Now, I fought with this foundation for days, people. First, I applied the Inglot primer, then used my ELF flat top powder brush to apply the foundation. Holy banana hammocks, the dry skin patches were everywhere! My skin looked fine just a moment ago! It was a no go. The following day, I again used the Inglot primer and instead applied the foundation using a damp sponge (Laura Mercier if you’re wondering.) The results were slightly better, if I could even say that. I could still see the emphasis on the dry skin flakies. Yuk! I was about to put this thing to bed, but I had one more idea. I made sure to moisturize (using an SPF) and instead of using the Inglot primer, I used a sample of the Hourglass Serum Primer. I then applied the product with my fingers. Holy hickin’ hillbillies!!! I had a great finish on the skin. It was practically undetectable. O.O I had quite the “Eureka!!!” moment….but don’t get too excited. Turns out, this foundation is VERY sheer. It has a slight bit of buildability, but that’s just not my style.

SO! Verdict on the foundation is that its just not for me. However, I will say, that if you have oily skin, and are looking for light coverage, this little guy might be just right for you, especially at a $14 price point. (Depending on how long it lasts as well)

All for now, lovely friends!