advert

Smackdown Updates III: Fishnets, Eye Makeup & Expired Shampoo

May23

by

The updates keep rolling in! Hopefully you guys aren’t getting too sick of these yet — I naturally find them interesting, but then again, I find joy in the weird shapes my dryer lint sometimes forms. If you still want to send in an update, note that I hold them until I get a good cluster of three or four to publish, so I’m guessing these columns should get more sporadic from now on. But by all means, update us! I know there are still a few dangling plot holes out there from some of the more popular columns, so whatever, whenever. You guys are the best. Mwa.
Original column linked in title header, my comments in italics, yadda yadda hammertime.
UPDATE ON: How to Wear Fishnet Stockings
I wrote to you early in November (I think) about how to wear fishnets with out looking like a hooker. Your rules on wearing them, and the advice contributed by other readers have helped tremendously. Unfortunately, the pair I had was still too hard core (seams up the back only work at Halloween) so I bought some that were easier to wear everyday. I then proceeded to wear them on a regular basis. My favorite way to wear them ended up being with tall boots and a skirt that hits a couple inches above the knees. You can see a couple inches of fishnet, but I don’t feel self conscious or skanky. I still want to try wearing them over colored tights, but its too hot now. Hopefully next fall.
Thank you!!!
Deanna
Hooray! An update on one of my personal most-favorite columns. You nailed the proper look down to a tee. Or to a boot. I don’t know. Either way, I’ll have you know that your question inspired me to rock the fishnets all last winter too, and I loved it.
But perhaps I should add another rule to that list: Ladies, there is a reason they don’t make maternity fishnets. Or at least, I hope they don’t make maternity fishnets. First person who links to maternity fishnets gets banned for life, I JUST DON’T WANT TO KNOW.

UPDATE ON: Perfume Sensitivities & Real-World Eye Make-up Looks
Hi, Amy,
I hope it’s not too late to send you an e-mail about a Smackdown Update…
You answered two of my questions (perfume and pictures of your eye make-up routine). The Amazing Grace has been the only thing that doesn’t kill me or annoy me. I think I’ve perfected the eye make-up and I’ve attached a couple before and after pictures. You can share them with readers, it’s up to you. I’m warning you, though, my eyebrows are quite scary but I’m getting them waxed in two days. I used Clinique shadow and liner and some Lancome mascara but I used your technique that you outlined in photos. They really cleared up a lot of confusion I had about how to do it. Thank you for answering those questions!
Also, I just wanted to say that I’ve gotten a lot of help from the answers to other peoples’ questions. I tried Curel and loved it. I switched to Cetaphil soap for my grumpy-ass dry skin. I learned how to blow-dry my hair better. Stressing the importance of using good skin care, especially SPF, because, as you said, you’ll wear your face forever. I also appreciated you ignoring some of my other questions because it forced me to get professional help and I couldn’t be happier with the results.
Thanks for the help, both directly and indirectly! I love your column and your pregnancy calendar. Congrats on your pregnancy! I’m excited to read the calendar, especially since I’m about 10 weeks behind you.
Take care and thank you again!
-Jae
Before:
Eyes01.jpg
After:
Eyes02.jpg
Wow, can I just say that your eyelashes are a thing of absolute envy? The column-reader has officially surpassed the columnist, not like that was very hard to do. Yesterday I went to apply mascara and somehow missed my eye completely and ended up painting my cheek. Even my toddler knew enough to laugh at me.
UPDATE ON: When Shampoo Goes Bad
Hi Amy -
A few weeks ago you answered my question about shampoo going bad.
While my shampoo lacked any of the signs you gave for bad shampoo (separated, runny, smelly, etc.), other than the fact that it didn’t lather as much as my other shampoo, but I can’t ever remember if it did, so it just flat out wasn’t working.
I hadn’t thought of the fact that since I cut off all of my perfectly lovely hair (which I am now growing back out – funny how that always happens), I had started using more product and maybe just needed to go find a better shampoo that was up to the challenge of washing all of it out. I did scoop up a regular-sized bottle of the Wella Volumizing shampoo and also a trial size bottle of super cleansing Paul Mitchell. They’re both fine. I haven’t noticed a huge difference in them other than they are just flat out better than the ISO that I was using, but I’ve also cut back on the styling products that I’ve been using. I don’t see the Wella giving me any more body than my basic Suave cleansing shampoo, but I have noticed that my highlights are a lot less faded than before (they’re almost still as bright when I left the salon about 4 weeks ago) with other shampoos, so I’ve started using the Wella with the color preserve in it as a daily shampoo, if for nothing but to keep my highlights looking bright.
Thanks again Amy!
Erin
Well, I’m glad to hear the Wella is indeed preserving your color, although I’m sorry to hear it’s not working on the volumizing front. There’s always a limit to how useful advice based on one person’s experience can be, unless we’re talking Philosophy skincare. I don’t think a week goes by without a gushing IT CHANGED MAH LIFE email from a happy convert. Whew! I don’t entirely suck at this, despite having no credentials whatsoever.
One more note on expired products: I recently got an email from a reader who purchased a Smashbox tinted moisturizer from Ulta, only to have it separate and become unusable a couple months later, long before she got a chance to use most of it. Upon closer inspection she realized the expiration date was a mere THREE MONTHS after she bought it, which frankly, is wrong and insane, since tinted moisturizer should have a post-purchase shelf life of about 12 months. Add on to this the time I bought some Smashbox Photo Finish primer from Ulta, but realized when I got home that the actual bottle had been SMASHED to smithereens inside the box. Smashbox! Not so great on a literal level!
So our Big Lesson for the day: check expiration dates no matter where you’re buying from, open boxes, inspect packaging, unscrew caps and examine the actual product whenever possible.

About the author

Amalah

http://www.amalah.com
Amalah is a pseudonym of Amy Corbett Storch. She is the author of the Advice Smackdown and Bounce Back. You can follow Amy's daily mothering adventures at Amalah. Also, it's pronounced AIM-ah-lah.

If there is a question you would like answered on the Advice Smackdown, please submit it to amyadvice@gmail.com.

Amy also documented her second pregnancy (with Ezra) in our wildly popular Weekly Pregnancy Calendar, Zero to Forty.

Amy is mother to rising first-grader Noah, preschooler Ezra, and toddler Ike.


Subscribe to posts by Amalah

10 Responses to “Smackdown Updates III: Fishnets, Eye Makeup & Expired Shampoo”

  1. Cheryl May 23 at 12:03 pm Reply Reply

    Wow, I am a total makeup whore who can’t resist trying a new brand of mascara every single time I need a new tube, and I don’t think I’ve ever seen such amazing lashes. In case anyone is interested, my current favorite is Too Faced Lash Injection (even better than the DiorShow I’m using now because Sephora raves about it so) but your lashes go beyond normal fantastic mascara lashes and just look awesomely fake. Would you share your mascara choice, Jae? Or is a curler the secret?

  2. Jae May 23 at 12:41 pm Reply Reply

    Sure! I’d be happy to share. I curl my eyelashes with a plastic curler from Avon I swiped from my mom and in that picture I used Lancome Definicils mascara. I also like the Cover Girl Lash Blast stuff.
    I’ve found that putting a little mascara on the top part of my lashes helps them look longer, too, since the ends of my lashes are blonde.

  3. Wallydraigle May 23 at 1:44 pm Reply Reply

    I completely agree that your eyes look fantastic. I might actually kill for my eyelashes to look like that. I have a general question for everyone:
    Is it at all possible to apply mascara without getting it all over your eyelids, or am I doing something completely wrong? I think one day back in ’05 I managed to put on mascara without making a total mess of my face. It doesn’t seem to matter what brand of mascara I get or how I hold the wand. And then I have a ten-minute job of delicately cleaning up my eye area with a Q-tip. For this reason, it takes me forever to put on makeup, and I don’t even wear that much. Help?

  4. TasterSpoon May 23 at 2:09 pm Reply Reply

    Related to the fishnets: Going out in Vegas in March, I remembered and used a tip that appeared in the comments, about putting nude hose under the fishnets to protect your toes – it totally redeemed fishnets for me! Comfortable, and also warmer.

  5. BaltimoreGal May 23 at 2:52 pm Reply Reply

    Regarding the Smashbox Photo Finish primer- I tend to buy the travel size (now available in the dermaxyl spf, light, bronzing, and color corrector versions at Sephora) because it comes in a nice little squeezable plastic tube. MUCH easier to control how much comes out than the pump, NO pump breakage issues, and easier to get every last bit out (and see it). Plus at $17 you can get two different primers for the price of one- great if you want to use the Color Adjust (green) on your t-zone and the light on the rest of your face.

  6. Maia May 23 at 7:17 pm Reply Reply

    The fishnets letter this winter inspired me… I’m hooked on DKNY nude fishnets now. Totally sexy, totally NOT skanky, and they make a Shabby Apple dress seem just a little bit less demure. Love it.

  7. AJMick May 24 at 11:34 am Reply Reply

    I’m currently using the Wella thanks to your advice and I really like it! Of course I have NO hair… I mean baby fine, naturally blonde, no hair. It’s definitely made a difference and I plan to keep it in rotation since I like to switch out now and then…

  8. MrsHaley May 26 at 8:41 am Reply Reply

    Wallydraigle, you might try holding the mascara wand vertically. Then brush gently back & forth like a windshield wiper. This would only work for top lashes, and you would have to curl afterward instead of before … but it would keep the wand further away from your skin. You probably wouldn’t get much volume/fullness but it would give you lots of length. Don’t ‘flick’ or it will splatter.

  9. Cheryl May 28 at 10:53 am Reply Reply

    Wallydraigle: Try immediately almost-closing your eyes after applying mascara …keeping your top lashes away from your upper lids and from your bottom lashes as they dry. You could also try curling your lashes before you apply mascara. Usually you should clamp down right at the base of your lashes, but you could walk out the curler a bit so that the crimp would be further along your lashes and would therefore give some breathing room between your lashes and your eyelid.
    Also, after a long period of being too lazy and forgetting the benefits, I’ve started curling my eyelashes regularly again after seeing Jae’s photos. I really think that it is the answer to making any mascara look more dramatic and amazing. It also helps space out your lashes and reduce clumping.

  10. Cheryl May 28 at 3:16 pm Reply Reply

    Wallydraigle: Try immediately almost-closing your eyes after applying mascara …keeping your top lashes away from your upper lids and from your bottom lashes as they dry. You could also try curling your lashes before you apply mascara. Usually you should clamp down right at the base of your lashes, but you could walk out the curler a bit so that the crimp would be further along your lashes and would therefore give some breathing room between your lashes and your eyelid.
    Also, after a long period of being too lazy and forgetting the benefits, I’ve started curling my eyelashes regularly again after seeing Jae’s photos. I really think that it is the answer to making any mascara look more dramatic and amazing. It also helps space out your lashes and reduce clumping.

Follow us on Google+

Close