Beauty Essentials for People with Zero Time

Here it is! See? I told you there would be two and there are. So…nya. 😛

Part of fashion is beauty, and beauty part of fashion. Like that rectangle-square relationship, they’re neither mutually exclusive or exclusive, but their traits tend to overlap. (It also doesn’t hurt that women love fashion and women love beauty tips. or that on the whole, fashionistas like things that are pretty.)

So, I offer unto you, my lovely internet readers, my secret to looking vibrant and alive despite my total lack of time to spend primping on a daily basis and the impracticality make-up serves in my work-related endeavors. (Usually I end up sprayed in the face with water at work. Every. Day. That’s what working with plants and flowers gets you. Pretty things are rude.)
The best part is, none of these items are over $15.

So without further ado, the four things that my life depends on [if I don’t want to look like death].

#1: Yes to GrapefruitYes to Grapefruit Brightening Facial Towelettes

These are phenom. They cleanse, they exfoliate, and generally give you that fresh-out-of-the-shower glow that makes your skin look healthy. Also, it helps get any oil, sweat, or cosmetics out of your pores to keep your face lovely. 🙂 I usually throw a bag in my purse and use one in the morning to get any grossness I might have missed, and then one mid-way through the day to freshen up.  Plus, they smell sweet and delicious! These only run about $5.99 for a pouch of 25 towelettes from their official website (or you can find them at Target if you don’t want to deal with shipping).

clean up your face!

#2:

Happy BoosterHappy Booster Glow & Mood Boosting Baked Bronzer

Because I don’t like cakey foundations and I occasionally look pale in the morning (thanks, anemia!), this compact is my BF. It’s Physician’s Formula, so it’s not full of things that are too horrible to be on your face, and it actually smells pleasant. They claim it’s violets, but it’s more of a baby-powder/perfume sort of mix. In addition to making you glow like you’re excited to face the day, it’s made with natural plant extracts that are supposed to promote happiness. I’m not sure if that’s true or not, but at the crack of dawn in the morning, anything helps. These will run you $13.95 for a compact, but if you watch the sales at King Soopers and Walgreen’s, you can usually snag them up for about $11.

get happy!

#3:

Pink Lemonadee.l.f. Essential All Over Color Stick in Pink Lemonade

I love this thing. Love. First off, it’s a whopping $1. And it’s actually GOOD. This is a quick, cheap, grab-n-go item that you can toss in your bag and use as blush, as lip color or even to brighten up your eyelids or temples. Pink Lemonade is my favourite color. Keeping in mind that I’m generally pretty pale (but yay, #2 bronzer!), but it makes a lovely blush and just a dab on my eyelids blended in makes me look more alert and awake. A little bit on your lips goes a long way though, it’s kind of pearl-y and shiny. You can order it online, or this is another good Target and occasionally Dollar Store find.

thirsty for some lemonade?

$4:

NatureLuxe Mousse MascaraNatureLuxe Mousse Mascara by Covergirl

I don’t wear eyeliner except very chic occasions, so this stuff is crucial to making my eyes look wide and alert. It’s natural (I think it’s made with bees wax), and you can completely tell that it doesn’t interfere with your eyelash health. I’ve had a lot of mascaras in the past, and what this one lacks in the falsies look, it makes up for with natural, long ad full-looking lashes. Plus, it washes off when you want it to and you don’t have to apply a million coats to look like a doe-eyed beauty. I would normally link you to the real page, but Covergirl sells primarily through others anyway, soooo… Pick it up from a Wal-Mart, Walgreen’s, Ulta, or anywhere else that sells Covergirl cosmetics. It’s only about $9.99 a tube.

lash up!

So, there you have it. Fantastical things I have found for you, on the cheap. They’re functional for running around trying to manage a busy lifestyle, or even just achieving a nice look with minimal effort, money, or too many icky chemicals. (also, it should be noted that all the images used are from their *official* product pages, and I was not given any money to endorse these! shame, really. ;P )

What about you guys? Do you have a favourite product you would love to share? I’d love to hear what else is out there!

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The Ferocious Alebrije & the History Colorado Center

Sorry it’s been a while.
Originally I had intended to post Sunday or Monday and make a weekly habit of it, but that didn’t work out. (I need to get more comfortable posting from my iPad. But it’s weird. Does anyone else have trouble adjusting to on-screen keyboards?)

Anyway! To make up for it, here’s the first of two posts.

As previously mentioned, Denver is hosting the Biennial of the Americas, which is still ongoing. The public events are mostly winding down (and most of them were shoved into a span of a few weeks anyway; that’s how Denver parties hard!), but evidence of the increased art presence can be seen all throughout the Denver area.

Possibly one of my favorites has to be this big ol’ guy.

Rawr!

It’s partially because he’s whimsical, and partially because the butterfly instillation on the 16th Street Mall disappointed me. (We can make the ‘beauty is fleeting’ and ‘nothing is permanent’ cliche’s to make it less upsetting, but mostly, the butterflies escaped and left us with an empty net. Denver got dumped by butterflies.)

So! Instead we have this coyote-drago hybrid cheerfully waving one clearly clawed hand at young and old alike outside the History Colorado Center. Despite a lot of digging, I couldn’t find who made this lovely creature, and the History Colorado website basically makes me feel like I should be visiting somewhere that isn’t made of concrete and office buildings.

Thankfully, the artist was kind enough to clearly explain to us that this is an alebrije. I remember these guys from my fine art student days. Alebrijes are Mexican folk art sculptures, almost always made from copal wood and always brightly colored. There is nothing about this guy that isn’t vivid; I love the use of color. This guy is made from paper mache (which I suck at, so WOAH), and it does look made by hand. To me, that makes it look a lot more personal than a generically perfect piece of work might.

So, what do you think? Cute? Frightning? Super out-of-place in Downtown Denver? (I agree with that last one; that’s why I like it. :P)

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As a side note, Colorado turns 137 tomorrow! Happy Birthday, Colorado!

The aforementioned History Colorado Center will be hosting a celebration with free admission and events!

If you want to check it out, it runs from 10am-4:30am with various events happening throughout the day. For a complete list of performances and events, click here (because I won’t make you navigate that website!).

Nick Cave & Denver Night – Video !

As I said, the video really does more justice to that dance than my photos did.
And, honestly, my video isn’t super fab either.
I understand if you sift through YouTube and find one of the official ones (but please remember they were invited and given special passes to wander around *inside* the event).

But if you want the real experience, here’s where you’ll be. Right? Right.
 
(psssttt! There’s no sound, really…because who wants obnoxious crowd noises… but I like to put on my favorite upbeat track du jour and enjoy!)

Nick Cave & Denver Night

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If you missed last Friday’s Denver Night,part of the Biennial of the Americas festival, don’t fret too much.

The Biennial of the Americas, described officially as “an international festival of ideas, art, and culture” is ongoing until September 2nd, so there’s still time to get some culture in before it bids us adieu and mosies on outta here. (they have a lot of other fun artsy things going on, too, so be sure to check out their website).

If you’re like me and basically did a giddy dance at the chance to see Nick Cave’s legendary Soundsuits in action, I’ll try to fill you in on what you missed. If you imagine real hard, you can pretend that you, too, were sitting on the pokey grass for an hour and a half before the show and refusing to relinquish your primo seats.
So a little background may be in order. Nick Cave is an American performance artist, who dabbles in sculpture, found objects, textile work and dance. A full-scale exhibit of his work, Nick Cave: Sojourn, is currently on display at The Denver Art Museum. Including 20 of his Soundsuits, fabric-adorned creations intended to be danced in, the exhibit also features short films and some other sculptural work of his. It’s a wonderful exhibit and it’s only running until September 22nd, so you had better check it out!
That aside, as a special treat for the Biennial of the Americas, Nick Cave put on a live performance of his horse Soundsuits specially choreographed  to coincide with his current exhibit. So, here are the images and a nifty little down-n-dirty video in the best definition I could muster for you to be inspired by. Clicking the photos will give you the much-larger version to ooh & ahh at. (ignore the occasional other photographers… how rude of them to weasel into my photos! ;P )

RainbowRun

BigRainbow         RainbowRunAction

The rainbow one was the favourite of my group. Its face was a little more elaborately stitched and also included shells hanging from where the ‘jaw’ area would be, along with more use of color. (and aren’t those kiddos adorable? I mean, I wanted to touch them, but didn’t muster the cahones until the little ones paved the way.)

LayingDown

So, they started out the performance doing this resting thing. Just some calm music meant to evoke country feelings (which, speaking as a small-town girl m’self, it worked) while they sauntered around and sat or nuzzled each other…

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Then, all of a sudden they bumped up the tempo, the backs of the horses separated, and it was a crazy jungle dance party! (the video really does this more justice. But my favorite part was seeing the little horse rear’s get their solo groove on. Maybe it’s because they all reminded me of McDonald’s “Fry Kids’…)

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Then the music slowed back down, the backs and the fronts of the horses were re-united and the slow parade of them began to signal the end of the performance. It was funny to see the dancers all re-arranged to create new colors of ‘horses’. Like a great big “CHANGE PARTNERS!” in the middle of the dance.

CuteChild

This little munchkin was afraid to touch them, but with encouragement en masse, she ended up crossing the rope and acting like a VIP. (too flippin’ cute, right?)

Stage

But eventually, the last of the horse Soundsuits walked out of the ring again and left us as the main stage lit up for another act.

But, we’ll always have the memories. (& now you can fake you were there, too, in case you weren’t. I’ll never tell. ;p)

Nick Cave: Sojourn