Baby, It’s Cold Out There


As a pregnant Jewish woman, I do not feel bad about not fasting for Yom Kippur.  As a matter of fact, I have never fasted for any holiday (primarily due to my being anemic).  But don’t get me wrong–I’m not going to go out and grab a plate of bacon or pork ribs (I don’t  and have never kept kosher but I feel the need to be somewhat observant of the holidays–at least in my own way).  As I’ve said before, I’ve never believed that the path to salvation lied in what we ate.

The weather is finally starting to get nippy.  Thank goodness I got my raincoat/windbreaker and winter coat during the summer.  It sure feels good to have something I can just put on at a moment’s notice with the change in the weather.

Speaking of the change in weather, do you get cravings for certain things in cold weather?  I certainly do–pumpkin pie (Whole Foods has the BEST), hearty soups (Harris Teeter has a pot roast with veggie soup–perfect with rice), and pastas (Bolognese sauce and sausages, please).  D’s office is having a “chili fest” the week after next.  I have to admit that I’ve never made chili.  But I’m sure I can find a recipe online and tweak it.

So, I know I’ve been a bit MIA lately because of all the tech issues and my feeling bummed about my condition (placenta previa).  I’ve been using eLance, which is wonderful for start-up businesses and individuals who have projects but also strict budgets.  Web designers, IT consultants, ghost writers, editors, etc.  It’s quite the resource, actually (just pay close attention to the reviews of those you hire).  I believe in helping freelancers and mom-and-pops (of course, I’m biased) and think that eLance is a good way to go about it.

In other news, I’m in talks with Nordstrom about doing another beauty/fashion event for next month (featuring La Mer and Christian Dior).  On the one hand, I feel fatigued and out of it (due to the fact that I recently started the third trimester of my pregnancy).  But on the other hand, I miss doing events (especially ones that have to do with makeup :)).  Ah, the smell of the cosmetics in a department store…

Lipstick Jungle


Even though it’s still mid-summer (and despite the fact that I’m pregnant), when it comes to fashion and beauty, I always make an effort to think ahead.  Since I’ve stopped painting my nails (due to the birth-defect-causing chemicals in my favorite brand of nail polish), I’ve started shopping for my fall and winter lipstick.  Right now, I’m wearing gloss.  And everyone (who wears lipstick and glosses regularly) knows that gloss is just not going to cut it during the dead of winter.  My favorite has always been CD’s lipstick collection–specifically, the Extreme Collection.  What I love about CD’s lipsticks is that they glide on and have a very subtle shimmer to them (and also include some of the best colors on the market).


Saving Face


Being on the east and west coasts has taught me few a things about my skin and skincare and makeup needs (which do change every now and then).  Since we’ve established that this is the first year I’ve started using serums and have changed my skincare line a bit, I figured I would investigate my current makeup regimen and explore some changes to that, as well.

When I’m in the east with the humidity, my skin is very sensitive and acne-prone.  Most liquid foundations worked well for me until grad school.  Then, my skin decided it had had enough of the liquid masks.  So, I tried mineral makeup and thought it was the best thing since sliced bread.

Now that I’ve been hanging out in the west, my skin is quite dry and, although I still get those pesky blackheads, acne (for the most part) has kept its distance.  The problem with my wearing mineral makeup out here is that, because my skin is so dry, it looks like a thick layer of powder covering my face.  I also feel it more for some reason (if that makes any sense).  So, here are a couple discoveries I’ve made that work wonders for dry skin and/or people with combination skin that tends to get drier in the winter and/or certain geographic regions:  Christian Dior’s AirFlash Foundation and Yves Saint Laurent’s Top Secrets BB Cream.

Although CD’s AirFlash foundation is a bit messy to put on (you are literally spray-painting your face), the effect is amazing.  The finish is soft and airbrushed (powder finish) and you feel absolutely nothing.  I have never had a foundation that felt this light.  Incredible.

YSL’s Top Secrets BB cream is, of course, creamier (as BB creams are meant to be versus other types of foundations).  If you want a dewy look, this is it.  This BB cream erases blemishes and oxidizes to your skin tone (there are only three color choices for this foundation and oxidation takes about 10 minutes).

Neither has given me any side effects (i.e., breakouts, etc.).  And, as a bonus, I’ve also been able to set both foundations with my mineral powder foundation.  But that’s only if I have a long day ahead and don’t plan on refreshing the base.  And that, my friends, is how I am “saving face” this winter  :).