Sunday, October 28, 2012

Awards Dinner Outfit Possibility #2

Awards Dinner Outfit Possibility

Have You Heard of Claspies?

My sister told me about this product, which seems like it would be useful for people.  It's Claspies, a bikini-style panty for women, which features clasps on either side that permit changing the panties without having to bend over or remove one's pants or legwear.  They are suitable for athletes, people who travel a great deal (those tight bathrooms in airplanes), people with mobility issues, and others.

Here's the link:

The fit guide states that there is an XL size available, but it's not listed with the other packs they have available for sale.  Also, the hip measurements are in centimeters (don't know why they did that), so conversion to inches may be necessary.

I haven't tried these, and in fact I hadn't heard of them until my sister told me about them.  They have a request for men's styles, and I would hope that they would create plus-size styles as well.

If you decide to try them, please let me a comment and let me know how it worked out.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Maquillage - Recent Drugstore Makeup Haul

 Here are my makeup brushes, which I've had for years.  A pot of The Body Shop's Watermelon lipgloss is on top.  The orange tube is Cover Girl Lash Blast Volume Mascara in Very Black, then Maybelline New Instant Age Rewind Eraser Concealer for Dark Circles, and Maybelline Dream Fresh BB 8-in-1 Beauty Balm Skin Perfector in Light Sheer Tint.  Purchased Thursday, 10/18 in Walgreens on Hylan Blvd. and Seaview Avenue.


Here's a slightly better picture of the whole thing.  

This is a picture I took of myself wearing the makeup.  You can't even tell I'm wearing makeup unless you look closely at my squinty left eye, which has a ton of mascara.  

Here are the three items above, in addition to Cover Girl Clean Sensitive Skin Pressed Powder in 205 Ivory on the left, and Cover Girl Eye Enhancers in Champagne on the bottom right.  Purchased yesterday, 10/20 in Pathmark on Greaves Lane.

The grand total for all this?  $37.68.  I used coupons and sales.  The average price per item is $7.54.  Still, I think it's a pretty hefty price to pay for something I only use a few times a year.  However, when I think that just one product purchased in a department store or Sephora would cost me $40, I feel like I got off easy.

I also bought some round sponges for application purposes.

I wore the concealer, beauty balm and mascara all day yesterday, until I got home, when I took it off, because it was very humid in NYC yesterday, and I felt like my face was liquefying.  That's why I decided to buy the powder, to keep the makeup in place.  Let's hope it works!

I have a big event coming up on November 1, the NAMI Annual Awards Dinner.  My friend and partner-in-crime, Patty, is a guest of honor this year, so I feel like it's even more important than usual that I attend, and make sure my appearance is respectful of the occasion.  And if that means suffering for the sake of beauty, so be it!  That said, I'm really tempted to wear my Doc Martens like I did last year.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Retail Therapy Burnout

I'm sorry I haven't blogged in awhile.  I went to visit Lane Bryant in the Staten Island Mall a couple of weeks ago, and I haven't recovered.  All I did was pick up my bras and t-shirts that I had ordered online, and then I sat down to wait for my friend to finish her shopping.  But somehow, the sheer multitude of choices, in lingerie, shoes, accessories, and clothing, overwhelmed me.  Also, the hectic pace inside the store, with many customers and not enough staff to wait on them, disturbed me.  It was a Saturday, so of course it was hectic.  I just have to make a mental note to myself not to go shopping in stores on the weekend.

I used to thrive on this kind of activity.  Not anymore.  This is why I shop online rather than going to stores.  I don't cope well with crowds, pressure and stress.  And it's not that anyone was rude to me; on the contrary, people were very polite and friendly.  It's just that it's too overstimulating for me.

I used to be a champion shopper.  I could spend with the best of them.  I can't afford to do that anymore, though.  That's not necessarily a bad thing, either.  I would rather have fewer, high quality items in my wardrobe, that look good on me and that will wear well for a long time, than a lot of things that don't stand the test of time, and can't justify the real estate they occupy in my wardrobe.  So I take my time and think about my purchases now, and having wish lists and sites like Polyvore and Pinterest, allow me to do that.

Anyway, after my trip to Lane Bryant, I was in Fashion Overload.  I really did not want to look at another item of clothing, or accessories, shoes, handbags or anything related to fashion.  However, I seem to have recovered, because I'm back reading my fashion magazines and visiting fashion and beauty websites.  I even made an appointment to get my hair cut and I'm planning on a mani/pedi!  These are all carefully planned expenditures, though.

Do any of you use techniques, whether online or in real life, to keep yourselves from overspending?