My Makeup Morning Routine

What better way to get advice on how to put on makeup than by posting a video of me actually putting on my makeup? Yeah, I know what you're thinking. Most. Boring. Video. Ever. And yes, it's pretty dry. The original video took about 9 minutes and through the modern marvel of video editing has been sped up to clock in at about 2 minutes.

A funny note about the video: You may notice that I keep on rubbing my nose. No, it's not a coke habit surfacing its ugly little head. At about 42 seconds, I accidently cut my nose with my fingernail as I apply my BE Mineral Veil. The rest of the video, I'm rubbing the blood off my nose. That, in a nutshell, is why I'm so pathetic. Pathetic, but professional all the way - I'm just that way for Miss Tified.

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Miss Tified 2007 New Year's Beauty Resolutions

Since a good beauty regimen is all about consistency, I figured January 1st would be a great time to change a few of my bad beauty habits. So I present my 7 New Year's Beauty Resolutions for 2007.

1. I Won't Hoard Old or Expired Beauty Products!
While most makeup has a pretty decent shelf life (12-18 months for most everything other than mascara; lipsticks last longer), a good rule of thumb for me should be: if I don't use it, if it hasn't been made since I was in college, if I don't love it and if it has expired, toss it. I have very limited space in my bathroom and keeping products that have either gone bad or I never use is just pointless.

Mascara 2. I'll Change My Mascara Every Three Months.
Related to resolution #1, but worth calling out by name (old mascaras: I'm talking to you). When you think about how gross old makeup can be, the idea of putting it near your eyes is just disgusting. And the fact that older mascara clumps and just doesn't look as good as newer ones makes this an easy resolution to keep. I currently have three older mascaras and all of them are due for a toss. The replacement? A new container of Revlon Lash Fantasy (Waterproof) in Blackest Black.

3. I'll Drink More Water.
It's just a good thing to do and really needs no explanation.

Outlast4. I'll Apply Sunblock Daily (sort of).
You'd be hard pressed to pick up a beauty magazine and not find this advice somewhere in the pages. But do I listen? Of course not. Why? Because I feel that I'm never in the sun. Is it worth the hassle of applying sunblock when you're inside an office for all but ten minutes of your day? This year, I'll take their word for it and go back to using my favorite foundation, Cover Girl's Outlast All Day Foundation, which has two products built into it -- a foundation and a prep coat with sunblock.

5. I'll be Consistent With My Teeth Whitening Regimen
For the past couple months, I've been using Invisalign to straighten my bottom teeth. When I was given my aligners, my dentist also threw in a supply of teeth whitening solution. I've been very very good when it comes to keeping my aligners in, but I just can't stick to the teeth whitening thing. I have the products and I have the time and in 2007 I will simply use what I've got: Nite White ACP.

6. I Won't Shave My Legs Dry.
This will be the hardest resolution to keep since I've been doing this for as long as I've shaved my legs. And I'm not talking about touch-ups. I'm talking about full leg shaving. Dry. Not only is it horrible for my legs, it doesn't give all my special razors with their special gels and lotions their opportunity to shine. Not in 2007!

Dogtags7. I Won't Lose Lipsticks.
Although this resolution is part of a larger "won't lose things" resolution, it should definitely apply to my lipstick carelessness as well. In coat pockets, in jeans, in purses, at my desk at work -- my lipsticks are everywhere but my makeup case. Well, the first part of this resolution may be solved with the new makeup case I purchased.

Why do I lose my lipsticks? Because I constantly have to reapply during the day and therefore bring them on the road with me. Finding a perfect lipstick that doesn't need tons of reapplication, but also doesn't make me look like a clown (I'm looking at you Revlon ColorStay Overtime Lipcolor) is key to making this resolution a reality. Or, I can always consider a daily makeup that somehow attaches to me.

What will your beauty resolutions for 2007 be?

What's in my Makeup Bag?

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Here's an A-to-ZY guide to the makeup I currently own. Note that I probably have between 5-10 various lipsticks not pictured. These have been misplaced in purses, coat and jacket pockets and weren't available for the photo. I can imagine that there will be a Miss Tified post in the near future entitled "Help Me Figure Out How Not to Lose My Lipsticks!"

My collection of makeup is pretty sparse and I probably only religiously use a handful of items (C, I, N, T, Z). However to better understand the mess that is me, it's probably good to see my hodge podge of make-up. Hopefully there will be an updated Makeup Bag post that shows a more cohesive grouping.

For comparison, I'd love to see shots of other make-up bags.

And now, an inventory:

A Bronzer, Expired - now in trash
B Physicians Formula Powder Palette Multi-colored Corrector Peach-To-Glow
C L'Oreal True Match Super Blendable Makeup (Classic Ivory)
D Aveda Tourmaline Charged Eye Cream
E Shiseido Future Solution Eye and Lip Contour Cream [1]
F Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream
G Bliss Lemon + Sage Body Butter
H L'Oreal Colour Juice Lip Gloss (Pink Grapefruit)
I MAC Lipstick (Mocha #A76)
J Burt's Bees Lip Shimmer (Cocoa)
K Revlon LipGlide Color Gloss (Glazed Almond #150)
L Revlon Timeliner for Lips (Blackberry)
M MAC Lip Pencil (Whirl & Spice)
N Sephora Blockbuster Palette
O Sephora Colorful Mono (#06)
P Stila Eyeshadow (Ebony)
Q L'Oreal HIP High Intensity Pigment (Restless #918)
R L'Oreal HIP high Intensity Pigment (Mesmerizing #338)
S Cover Girl Shadow Squease (latte chocolate #430)
T Almay One Coat Nourishing Mascara Triple Effect Waterproof (Black #02)
U Revlon Lash Fantasy Waterproof (Blackest Black)
V Almay Eyeliner (Black)
W Coverstay Liquid Liner (Icy Black #01)
X Guerlain Meteorites (Beige Chic #03, Fresh Pink #02, Mythic #01)
Y Neutrogena Skin Clearing Oil Free Concealer (correcting green #06)

[1] Just for the record. I did not purchase this $225 product. I received it as a gift from a conference I attended (Shiseido was a sponsor). And for the double record, now that I know that this thing costs so much money, I'm actually going to use the stuff!

What is Miss Tified?

On a flight a couple weeks ago, I sat in my seat reading the most recent copy of Allure. Every once in a while I grab a copy of a true beauty magazine in order to see if there are just any tips that could apply to me. It's not that I'm a mess. I don't consider myself to be a mess, really. I'm just not one of those girls/women who you would call put together.

It all boils down to these facts:

  1. I don't know how to put eye makeup on well.
  2. I'm incredibly half-assed when it comes to applying lipstick.
  3. I use foundation, but it's more psychological. I'm not sure it looks right.
  4. My hair has always been my enemy. It just has never looked right.
  5. I just don't know how to do a cohesive face.

I remember, one time, in grade school when a girl told me I didn't know how to put on eye makeup because I had put on eye shadow without mascara. I swear, to this day, I won't ever not put mascara on if I put make-up because of that episode alone. The point of all this is simple. I don't have the time to master make-up. And, really, I don't want to be obsessed with it. However, I'd like to use the power of the web and wisdom of crowds to figure out what I don't know how to do. So welcome to this journey!

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