Tuesday, April 18, 2006

I'm really tired

I went to bed a little early and I'm more tired today than I was yesterday. Thank God my company has a Starbucks downstairs.

(Did I mention I'm tired?)

Last night I went bargain hunting at the mall. I had two pillow shams to return from an unfortunate "impulse" purchase. I really liked them, but after shopping for a coordinating duvet cover at approximately 6,000 stores I realized the color is absolutely impossible to match. Then I ended up buying the cool green duvet cover from Z Gallerie which REALLY doesn't match. So I took back the PB sale shams, got some makeup and hit the sale racks with my $16 return money.

First, about the makeup. It's not a good thing to have bad acne. You wouldn't know it to look at me, but I use three prescriptions for my face. Benzoyl peroxide does nothing. Salicylic acid makes me peel but doesn't clear it up (now that's a good look). I changed to a lower strength Retin-A prescription in March. Finally I'm starting to see some change, and my skin looks the best it's ever looked.

So all of this high-maintenance crappy skin means I do not, under any circumstances a) go without foundation or b) buy cheap foundation.Thicker foundation exponentially increases the amount of bacteria that stays on top of my skin, thereby increasing chance of bad stuff, and cheaper foundation tends to be thicker. So I stay away from that. I am very picky about foundation - what I use for foundation has to be light, oil-free, and reflect light like crazy in order to both look natural and cover spots. Also, it has to be yellow-toned. Must. Have. Sunscreen.)

(You aren't using pink-toned foundation, are you? Don't. Ever.)

(You are using sunscreen daily, aren't you? I worry about that.)

A few years ago I started using Chanel Teinte Fluide Universal - it's a reasonable price, very light, and a good match for my skin. I put Bare Minerals over it - something about it just takes the red out of my skin and makes it look so much more polished (and if I just go out on an errand, I usually just use the Bare Minerals and don't put any liquid foundation on.) And after three years of using this stuff you'd THINK I could remember the color. But no...fifteen minutes of trying on all the lighter ones ensued before I finally remembered the color is "Clair." Sigh. I only buy it twice a year, I guess I should write it down.

The powder was really easy to buy - for that I use Bobbi Brown (also check out her concealers, fabo). There is only one light enought for me to wear. Hey Kirsten, do you remember the time I put foundation called "espresso mocha smoothie" or something like that all over my skin from our Mary Kay kit? I need to post that picture.

So, back to knitting, since this is a knitting blog - I hit the sales at a few places and then ended up at the GAP. The GAP and I have had a love-hate relationship for a long time: are they marketing to my thirty-something demographic? Teenagers? Everyone at once? They used to be so hip and now they are just kind of blah. But old habits die hard, so I checked them out.

I found a DK weight cardigan with square collar and snaps (it's shown in green as "snap shawl collar cardigan, but I got it in a nice cornflower blue) and a green cabled monstrous hoodie (cable knit zip hoodie, same page) that I can best describe as "freeway sign green" - it's worsted, it's got bulky cables over every square inch of it...and it was $8. (The blue one was $9.) I bought both with the idea in mind that if I really hate the green monstrosity, I'll frog it and maybe dye the yarn with RIT dye and make something new from it - it's cotton/acrylic, not too shabby. Just a really weird shade of green. Usually green works pretty well on me, but this green is just weird. It's called "mineral green" but I think it probably ought to be "poison."

I worked quite a bit on my Koigu socks last night and knit some of the baby hoodie. This one I need to bring to SnB - because I think my gauge is way tighter in the round and I'm not sure if there's a visible changeup in the sleeves. I don't care if I have to frog it, but I will care if I have to use dpn's. Har. :)

Have a nice Tuesday.


Blogger Chris said...

Heh, my gauge is tighter back and forth - I usually have to switch to larger needles when I'm knitting a sweater in the round and get to the back and forth bit at the top.

11:09 AM  
Blogger Jen said...

Wow - and here I was just wondering if there was some kind of rule...no dice!

11:58 AM  
Anonymous Heather said...

Hmm. I'm so there with most of your post. I end up impulse buying some sort of accesory and then end up trying to build an entire room around the one stupid thing. It really never does well, kudos to you for having the power to return the pillows.

AS far as the makeup thing, I have been blessed with relatively good skin but I'm super ruddy and blush very easily. I use Bare Escentuals and that works pretty well for me.

And as far as the sweaters go, score for you. Be careful about frogging them, make sure you check the seams , sometimes they cut and sew their seams and their zippers using a serger so you will just end up with about a gazillion little pieces of yarn. Ask me how I know! :)

6:17 PM  
Anonymous Kirsten said...

My gauge is tighter back and forth as well...but I think I knew that about you, Chris--some comment about purling tighter than knitting back whan I used to blog. Remember that?? When I blogged?? Teehee...

12:38 AM  

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