Friday, January 28, 2011

Wishlist

The downside of being addicted to YouTube beauty channels is I end up wanting to buy EV-ER-Y-THING that's recommended to me.  Sigh.

So, here are the list of products I will probably try in the coming months (or over the course of the year, cuz I'm broke!).  Expect reviews.

Better start saving now!

<3.
jen

Thursday, January 27, 2011

This One's About Breasts!

Lulz, jk.  This one is about breastfeeding.

It's been a long while since I've written a blog post.  Two weeks, me thinks.  I took a short break to finish up my Grad School applications and work on some other projects I've had lingering around the house (like my YOUTUBE CHANNEL, pls subscribe!).

But now, I'm back in full force to talk about b00bz and the wonderful things that they do. 

I'm a huge advocate of breastfeeding.  Not only is breastmilk, like, a wonderful, magical formula containing immunities and all sorts of vitamins and crap, it creates a fantastic bond between you and your baby. 

Forewarning: If you're one of those people who are easily freaked out by breastfeeding women, do me a favor.  Don't comment, don't turn your face in disgust.  Simply click that little "x" above this page and get the heck out.  Nobody's forcing you to read this.  Any and all negative comments regarding breastfeeding mamas will be deleted.

Also, I don't claim to be some sort of breastfeeding expert.  I just happen to have well over a year breastfeeding experience under my belt.

Anywhoo, here are my top three breastfeeding tips, and my top three breastfeeding products.  I know you can hardly contain yourself.
A little boob humor never hurt anybody.
 
1) Don't deny baby your boobies, and pump when baby don't want none
Nursing frequently will help you maintain your breastmilk supply, because you're telling your body that your baby needs more milk, and your body will respond by increasing your supply.  That said, some people nurse on-demand, and some people nurse on a schedule. I did both; I nursed on a schedule (every 3 hours at first), but if I felt like my supply was dwindling (even if just a bit), I would nurse more frequently to increase it. Also, if I was engorged, and baby didn't want to nurse, I would pump. You don't want to stay engorged for too long, because it tells your body that you're producing too much milk, and your body will react by decreasing supply. So, pump, pump, pump it up!

2) Breastfeeding takes mental stamina.
Disclaimer: This, of course, does not apply to those who literally are unable to breastfeed (due to baby's alergies, mama's health conditions, etc.)

Don't pay attention to what our society (here, in the states) feels about breastfeeding, how long you should breastfeed, etc.  If you want to breastfeed up to a year, do it.  Stay committed and dedicated.  I worked full-time, starting from when baby was about three months old, but was able to keep baby on a breastmilk only/no formula diet until he turned one by pumping on a strict schedule (as often as baby would nurse if I were home with him). 

Remember your rights; if you work full time, you can demand that your employer lets you pump AND provides a space for you to pump, with a locked door, as often as you need it.  (That applies to California; check your state laws for clarification.)


3) Get a good latch.
When I first started breastfeeding, I would cry in agony over the pain I had to endure from baby's latch.  Though some of the pain was expected, since I was a first-time breastfeeder, a lot of it was also due to baby's improper latch.  It's crucial to teach your baby how to latch correctly; it helps ease baby's frustration, your frustration, and helps baby get milk more efficiently (which, in turn, also avoids your breastmilk supply from dwindling.)  Here's a website that shows how to get a proper latch.


 1) Medela Pump-in-Style Breast Pump
I know it's pricey, but trust me.  If you're going to work full time, your breast pump will become your breast friend.  (Heh, see what I did there?).  This particular breast pump is the one I used.  It's a double breast pump, comes with both a wall charger/adapter, and a battery powered adapter in case you're traveling.  You just pop this sucker onto your boobies for about 20 minutes and you're done.  It's easy peasy.  I highly advise getting a breast pump that will be easy to use, because you want to stay encouraged to pump, so you can meet your goal.

2) Lasinoh Soothies Gel Pads
http://www.target.com/gp/detail.html/177-5512802-8513556?asin=B002KGHUL4&AFID=Froogle_df&LNM=|B002KGHUL4&CPNG=baby&ci_src=14110944&ci_sku=B002KGHUL4&ref=tgt_adv_XSG10001

Like I said, any first-time breastfeeding mama will have to endure some pain.  I found that these really soothed me, and applied them whenever I got a bit sore around the nipular area.  I loved them.

3) Nursing covers!
http://www.target.com/Balboa-Baby-Nursing-Covers-Sage/dp/B001Q84A10/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&searchView=grid3&keywords=nursing%20covers&fromGsearch=true&sr=1-2&qid=1296156026&rh=&searchRank=target104545&id=Balboa%20Baby%20Nursing%20Covers-Sage&node=1038576|1287991011&searchSize=30&searchPage=1&searchNodeID=1038576|1287991011&searchBinNameList=subjectbin%2Cprice%2Ctarget_com_primary_color-bin%2Ctarget_com_size-bin%2Ctarget_com_brand-bin&frombrowse=0
I nurse in public.  And while I don't really care if you think that's gross or not, I'm just not ballsy enough to whip it out for the world to see, so I cover up.  I'm lucky enough to have a sew-happy mama who made one of these for me, but you can find them pretty cheap at any baby supply store (and they come in cuuuuute patterns!)

Final thoughts:  Stay ready, focused, and pump it up.

<3.
jen



Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Wanna See Me Without Makeup?

lol.  Here's the video to go with my Yes to Carrots review.  I uploaded it a couple nights ago, but it took a while for me to get used to the fact that you all would see me sans makeup.  Enjoy the monstrosity!  :)


Friday, January 7, 2011

Beauty Tips for Sporting Events. ie. LET'S GO GIANTS.

Folks.

If you live in the Bay Area, you'll know these three important things:  1) The SF Giants are the 2010 World Series Champs, 2) our other sports teams suck right now, so 3) is it time for more baseball yet?



Yes, sports is a big deal here in the 'yay, and most likely where you live, too.  (Unless you live in Seattle, lulz!  jk.)  While talking with my dear friend and old roommate, he suggested that I do a blog entry/ Youtube video regarding beauty and sports.  I thought it'd be a good idea, too, for you ladies (and gents) who are attending your first major sporting event.

Well, friend.  Here it is.  My top three beauty tips for attending sporting events.

1) Wear Layers (it ain't sick to get sick.)
I've been to many outdoor sporting events (not just baseball) in my day, and they have all been in San Francisco.  That means it's always freaking cold.  So, usually I'm sitting there in a freaking parka, and a couple of girls come down the stairs in their jean skirts and cut up tank tops... and of course Uggs for warmth.  Immediately, the old lady inside my head yells,  "DO YOU WANT TO GET PNEUMONIA?!".   

Ladies, nobody cares what your cleavage looks like unless you catch a fly ball in it.

So, wear layers, because even on the warmest day, a breeze could get you chilly.  And cover up, because your body is your temple and you should respect it.  But more importantly, YOU SHOULD RESPECT THE SPORT.

2) Don't Wear High Heels (it ain't fly to wear 'em high.)
Look, I'm a huge fan of pretty heels.  I've got tons.  But in any arena, there is LOTS of walking.  And LOTS of people hurrying to get to their seat for the next few minutes of the game.  Nobody wants to get stuck behind you, because you're trying to preserve the heels of your Louboutins.

And if I'm that person stuck behind you, and Brian Wilson is pitching on a 3-2 count with 2 outs in the bottom of the ninth, I WILL push you outta the way.  Wear flat shoes.

3) Protect Yourself with SPF (get outta the sun, son!)
This reminds me of this quote I once heard, "Even on the cloudiest day, the sun is shining."  It's not just some crappy saying, It's true; the sun's still there, and so are its harmful rays.   So, wear a moisturizer and/or foundation with SPF on your face and sunblock on your body to prevent sun damage.


Above all, have fun.  The culture of sports is an amazing one.  Video tutorial to come.

<3,
jen

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Dirty Boys and Drugstore Hauls

I am TOTALLY on a roll.  Check out this insight for the YouTube video I posted last week:

I believe it's got something to do with the title of my video being "Sally Hansen Real Nail Polish Strips". Thank you, interwebz for bringing to me all the gross dudes slyly looking for softcore pr0nZ I can possibly handle.  (If you read my blog regularly, you'll recall my interesting searcher from a couple weeks ago.)

Anyway perverts, I WENT TO CVS!  Here's the booty I scored (...heh heh.)

Lips
  • L'oreal Colour Riche - Toasted Almond - A darker nude, good for a natural look.
  • Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick (Creme) - #613 Just Enough Buff - Super nude (lol), more matte than cream
  • L'oreal Infallible Lip Color - Beyonce Red - As recommended by ItsJudyTime
  • Sally Hansen Forever Stay Moisture Gloss - Creamsicle - An orangy shimmery gloss.

Swatches below, pictured from left to right.
Natural light
With Flash

Nails
Revlon Scented Nail Polish in "Orange Pop" - It smells like candy!  AMAZING! (Suuuper sloppy swatch below.)

Nailene French Tip Pen - I gave myself a french manicure at work.  But, they chipped two days later.

CVS Instant Nail Polish Remover - Stick your finger in and swirl it around.  Enough with the entendres!

Face
CVS Pharmacy Deep Pore Cleansing Cloths - For emergency use only; I still love my Yes to Carrots!



Oh, and I got HELLA extra CVS bucks.  Aww yeah.

Also, as you can see, I didn't stick with my nail strips for very long.  They chipped away after day four, and they looked a bit silly after New Year's Eve anyway.  But I did go back and see that there was one design that didn't completely suck.  I might try it!

<3,
jen

Saturday, January 1, 2011

3! 2! 1! Contact. I mean, Happy New Year! (and a Sally Hansen review)

HAPPY NEW YEAR, READERS!  (and a special greeting to you, if you can name the pop culture reference made in the title of this blog entry.)

I hope all of you had a safe and wonderful New Year celebration!  I spent my NYE making.... MY FIRST VIDEO REVIEW EVAR on Sally Hansen's Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips ($10.99 for 16 strips)!!


Well, I guess I've spoiled the review by showing you the video first, haven't I?

As I was walking down the mean streets of CVS, my eye was caught by these bad boys.



Stickers made of real (dry) nail polish; apply them carefully to your nails, remove the excess, and you're done.  They come in an assortment of different colors and patterns; from solid colors to the extra-sparkly sort.  From only about 20 years ago do I remember anything like them; it was a hot pink Barbie nail polish that were marketed to be kid-friendly, since you didn't have to use acetone to remove it.  They just peeled right off.

Only, the polish would stick to the polish on your other fingers, and they would come off and cling to you.  Little, hot pink, nail-shaped adhesives everywhere.  How fun for parents.

These were a tad bit better in execution, but I wouldn't go so far as to say they were any less tacky.

After application, which took about twenty minutes (and I'll include a caveat that I'm probably slower than the average user), I was pretty disappointed with the look and feel of the nails.  The design fell flat; no texture, no "pop".  They literally looked like stickers I had taken from a middle schooler's sticker book and slapped on my nails.  They also felt like they would peel right off if I labored too profusely in any one task.  Being so disappointed with them, I layered a silver glitter top coat over them.

Before


After


The outcome was a sparkly, snake-like pattern.  Cheesy, but given the NYE around the corner, I kinda liked them.  It seemed that the top-coat had also made them more durable.

Here's the rundown:
Price: 3/5 (COME ON, $10.99 FOR ONE APPLICATION?!  Not to mention, they sell these things in solid colors.  SOLID COLORS.  Why would you pay $10.99 for that?)
Packaging: 4/5 (Like the cuticle stick and nail file included.)
Product: 3/5 (For this experience only.  Maybe if I had picked a better design, I'd feel differently.
Overall: 3.3/5 (womp womp.)

Lastly, the box says they're supposed to last up to 10 days.  I'll keep you posted, but I might take them off early, because they're starting to look a bit silly after the New Year.

I saw that Revlon makes a scented nail polish!  I'll do that as my next nail review.

<3,
jen