Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Dear world...

Dear world, a lot has happened since you and I spoke.  I won't bore you with my life, because that's not what you come here to see.  I will tell you that in effort to distract myself from lesson plans about Andrew Jackson, I will have a blog sale up within the next 48 hours.  Hurray!  Check the "blog sale" tab up top, but maybe not til the weekend.
Next up is a detail of my first "facial", or my experience lying on the bathroom floor whilst my esthetician-in-training little sister picked at my face.  Gross.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

I'm frizzy and I know it

This commerical really, really annoys me.

You have to click, unfortunately, because the only YouTube one is in Dutch.

I have many problems with this, many of which have surely been voiced on hair boards the Internet over.  Let's percolate on this for a moment.

"What can you do with curly, frizzy hair?  Make it go away."

Just for fun, and because I'm (irrationally?) mad at this specific commercial, I'm going to take the opportunity to say this:

I DO NOT NEED TO FLATIRON THE SHIT OUT OF MY HAIR TO LOOK GOOD.

I have struggled with my hair my whole life.  I have hated it for years.  YEARS.  I have hot combed, gelled, hairsprayed, clipped, bobby pinned, cut, flatironed, curled, pulled, and tucked stray frizz.  I have obsessed about bumps in my ponytail, complained about crumpled curls, cried as my mom tried to detangle, and tried a lot of different care methods.  Curly Girl?  Too dirty.  Daily flatironing?  Dear lord, I can't even.  Short hair?  Oh, honey, no.  I can't seem to find a system that works with the time and budget I have.

But, seriously, what is so wrong with my curls?  I like being curly.  My nieces and nephews get a kick out of "boinging" my hair.  My hair is a little crazy, but so am I.  Yet every single time, without fail, that I spend the two hours straightening my hair, I'm swimming in compliments.  Never is that the case when I wear my hair curly.  I once had a mentor teacher tell me that I either need to straighten my hair or wear it up, because my big hair was unprofessional.  Even still, it's taken me nearly two decades to learn to like my hair.  Why is my hair wrong?  Why is it "wild"?  Why is it not good enough?

As a little celebration, here's some funny photos.

The frizz--told you so.  I'm still rocking it, though!
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Second day after wash. Still decent.
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This is a really good hair day.


What my hair normally looks like:

And here is what it looks like straight:


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I come by my hair honestly, at least:

Long story short: I have started to love my hair, frizz and all.  John Frieda and his 3 day straight can suck it.

Love, B

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Twenty-twelve, or: How You Learned All the Things You Didn't Need to Know about Tanky

Hello, lovely readers.  I'm sure you're used to, by now, me flitting in to apologize for my incredibly irregular posts and then have nothing new ever.  I am a little disappointed, but sometimes life wins.

I thought I'd fill you all in on some of the things that have kept me from blogging (and my internet life in general), without being TMI and not sounding like a whiny brat.  Here goes nothin'.

In the last year and a half, I:
-moved four times (five next week)
-added an additional teaching licensure and 25+ credit hours to my already insane 146 hour minimum for my teaching degree.  However, I will be both a history/geography/government and ESL/ENL/EAL teacher by this time next year.
-lost my beloved grandpa
-lost my childhood home and my parents split, and been separated from my dog
-began a job I usually enjoy, but lately it's been more stress than fun
-have not managed to stop biting my nails or lose a single pound, nor paid a single dime to my student loans yet
-on a good note, found my lovely boyfriend, and we've been together for that whole year and a half

I took 15 credits spread out over this summer.  I'm supposed to be completing one last unit plan for my summer session right now, and starting tomorrow I'll have a two week break from classes.  My counter starts another presale for GWP on Monday, and gift runs through the first two weeks of fall classes, a whopping 21 credits.

As I said, I'm moving again next week, and hopefully that will work out to be my best situation yet (some of you are familiar with some of my roommate stories).  I hopefully will carve out time to perfect my organization, as I finally will have space all to myself and not be shoved in my bedroom.  I'm sure I'll be asking for suggestions!

I'm going back and forth with the "purge bug".  I know I'm hanging onto some of my makeup items, despite not using them/having dupes/not wearing much makeup in general lately.  On the other hand, I have a drawer full of products that I meant to either swatch or reswatch/photograph that I won't get rid of yet.  Also, I like my stuff.  Moving so frequently encourages me getting rid of things, but my inner hoarder is holding on tight.  I'm sure that will right itself as things settle down a bit.  I wouldn't call my last blogsale a huge success, so I may or may not try one again.

I do want to keep up, or I guess restart, the blog.  I will have great natural light at my new place, so I won't have to take a bag of products, plus wipes, camera, camera cord, white paper background, and paperweights outside to some public flat surface to get decent pictures.  I am kind of bummed about the quality of all the pictures on the site, as I've usually been making due with a point-and-shoot and outdoor light.  Given time (and, to be honest, enough traffic/interest) I'd retake them all.  I do have an impulse problem when it comes to waiting to photograph things before using; the Revlon balm stains, for example, were all tested before I could make time to go take clean, crisp product shots a la Temptalia or Cafe Makeup.  I hope that my impatience and "homespun" photos adds to the feel that I was going for here--I'm just a broke as sin, college student twentysomething excited to share what I can.  I don't have exclusives; anything I've tried to post about product/collection launches would have been posted so woefully late I didn't dare anymore; anything I do have in advance is the brand I work for, and let's be honest, you all would know if I had the scoop on one brand and not any other.  I'm not my brand's blogger (they have someone much more "famous" for that) and to be fair, if I was posting only about exclusives from the site I would like to be paid a little more, please.

So, I guess this was the State of the Tanky.  Hopefully I can get back in the swing of things and catch up.  I'm not kidding about that drawer full of products I justified "for the blog" and never posted.  As always, I really appreciate the support you've all given me, before, now, and in the future.

How are you all doing, friends?

Monday, June 11, 2012

Coming tomorrow...

Tomorrow, and I promise it WILL be done tomorrow, Tuesday, as long as UPS doesn't fail me: I will have swatches/a review of all of the new Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains, including testing whether or not they are truly kissable.  I will also shamelessly steal from Planet Martha and compare all 12 Balm Stains to all 21 Lip Butters for possible dupes, etc.  I don't have a Tarte Lipsurgence to compare (LauraJean covered this one) but I will be trying to compare a Balm Stain with a Clinique Chubby Stick (hee hee) to test the difference.  If UPS fails me, this should be up Thursday, except I have a summer final on Friday, so who knows.  Here's to UPS being on time!  Woo!  See you all tomorrow.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Julep contest!

Miss LauraJean gave me a heads up about this, and I thought you all would want a shot too!




Click here to enter!

Now, I haven't tried Julep's polish yet, but what better way to than by getting all of it for free?  If you couldn't tell by my collection of Sleek and my complete set of Lip Butters, I love "catch[ing] 'em all".  Pokemon was bad for me as a kid!  Anyway, I hear great things about them, and like the idea of "toxin-free" polish since I still haven't quite kicked the habit of biting my nails yet.

Are you going to enter?

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Woe is Tanky

Hello, fair readers.  I greet you today with a 102.6 degree fever.  I was sent home from college, for heaven's sake.  I had planned to go outside and retake all of my Real Techniques pictures, and write ahead those posts for them.  I've gotten the three new brushes, and I'm unhappy with a lot of the other pictures.  However, as I said, I'm ...indisposed.
Finals are next week.  I'm hoping that I'll have some more time in the summer (and I usually do, check the archives) to blog, but I'm taking a full load of classes, so we'll see.
Thank you thank you for following, commenting, and keeping up with me.  I hope to write to you all soon!
Love, Becca

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Real Techniques: Core Collection review

This is an updated review. It is mostly the same, but I updated prices and availability, and added a few more thoughts. I will post a link to this updated version in the old post. I plan to update the photos as soon as possible.

Some of Real Techniques' gems hide in kits like these, the Core Collection of face brushes. This set contains the Contour, Pointed Foundation, Detailer, and Buffing brushes, as well as a handy case.

Real Techniques Core Collection

I'll go through each brush individually, just to make it easier. Please click the link below to read the rest of the post.