Hey Folks…sorry for the radio silence. Life has been pretty hectic lately. Mr. Man has been working crazy long hours and hogging our home computer for work. (In fact, I had to write this post from my phone! Ugh.)
Plus, my kids have been really acting out.
Like I’ve-started-saving-for-bail-money-bad. They’ve been acting out got so bad this past weekend I had to take to my bed…you know, like Victorian era ladies of the manor who would take to their bed when overcome by some drama.
Okay, okay, okay…I know those poor women weren’t so delicate that they couldn’t handle their emotions but rather their brains were being deprived of oxygen and blood because their corsets were so tight. But still you get my drift, right?
Anyway, all of this is to say I’ve not been able to check in with you guys. Truth be told I haven’t been able to do much of anything but keep ahead of the laundry and keep my toilets from getting too funky. #thestruggleisreal
And even though life has been like this for the past few months I decided this weekend (after I finally managed to get out of bed) that I had to pay attention to the kids for the next few weeks while Mr. Man finishes his project at work.
To be clear I am not writing my swan-song here and signing off. I just needed to be honest about the type of posts you’ll be seeing for the next few weeks, which will be mostly shorter posts about things I find and share from my brief web-acations.*
Sephora’s Virtual Artist
Using the Virtual Artist you can try out lipstick colors and false eye lashes on an actual picture of yourself. The instructions are really straight forward and you can even do it on your smart phone.
Plus, and most importantly, the colors are pretty true. When I first used the Virtual Artist I became obsessed with Stila’s Chianti. I loved how it looked on me in the Virtual Artist but I was skeptical that it would look the same on my actual lips.
You see, I’ve had a life-long love-hate relationship with lipsticks. I love lipstick but hate the way they look on my lips. One make-up counter sales clerk once proclaimed in shock and horror “You have so much pigment in your lips!” when the “fool-proof” color she tried on me didn’t look good on me.
Suffice it to say, I wasn’t in a rush to be disappointed by Chianti in person. Eventually I found myself at a Sephora and decided to give it a try. Low and behold, it looked almost exactly the same on my actual lips as it had in the Virtual Artist.
How to Use the Virtual Artist
First, when you get to Sephora’s Virtual Artist, click on “Lip & Lash Start Now” under the “Product Try-On” banner. (See picture below)
The next screen will ask you if you want to use a stock model photo or one of your own. (See the picture below.) I insist that you try this at least once using a picture of yourself. You won’t regret it. Trust me .
The next step is to get a picture of yourself. You can either take a selfie or use a picture of yourself from one of your libraries. (See picture below).
If you use an actual picture of yourself (as opposed to the stock model photos), it will then ask you to set the correct outline for your lips and eyes. This takes some trial and error because if you get it wrong it’ll look like a 3 year old put lipstick on you. I usually leave the dots where they’ve set them and only reset them if the outline is really off. The picture below shows you what that screen looks like.
Once the dots are set, the next screen will ask you to set the dots around your eyes. I’ve never done this but it looks pretty straight forward.
After that you’ll finally get to the Virtual Artist. At the bottom of the screen you will see a row of lipstick colors. You then just start clicking on the colors and they’ll appear on your lips.
There are seemingly hundreds of colors to choose from so it can be overwhelming. You can use the “Filter” that’s at the bottom right corner of the screen to narrow down the options by color family, brands, and/or categories (e.g. gloss vs. lipstick).
There you have it. I hope you have fun using the Virtual Artist.
*web-acation [\web-a-ka-shen\]: a period of time that a person mentally spends away from home, school or business on the internet, usually in order to relax or escape the pressures of the same; alternatively a vacation for the mind by surfing the internet.
I think I just invented this word. Did I? If so, this is a Trademark of “They Call Her Flipper” and patent is pending…