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  1. I was just wondering if anyone on this forum has ever tried any of the makeup from Color Connection? (www.imagedesignbycolorconnection.com) I was thinking of trying it but I couldn't find any reviews online so I was just curious to know if anyone here has ever heard of this company and used their products? Also, for the people here who are familiar with Color Connection's products, do you know what color their Satin Swirl lipstick is? Or their High Impact lipstick in Crystal Charm? They don't really say what the colors are on the website, so I was just curious. Thanks.
  2. It's main notes are jasmine, woodsy notes and amber. I know that sounds like it should be a really nice, pretty fragrance. The way the notes are combined though makes the perfume come out smelling weirdly like artificial sweetener. And it's very heavy and strong. Actually, I have another white floral fragrance already so I might just layer it with that. Thanks.
  3. I have a small sample of the fragrance Alien by Thierry Mugler. Unfortunately, it turns out that I dislike the fragrance on it's own. I don't really want to throw the sample in the garbage because it wasn't free, so I was wondering if anyone has any recommendations for other fragrances that I can try layering with Alien?
  4. Hi everyone. Today, I'm looking for some really good fragrances that contain lavender as a main (dominant) note. It doesn't matter too much to me whether they are Eau de Cologne, Eau de Toilette, Eau de Parfum or body mist, or if they are feminine or unisex. what would you recommend?
  5. I live with my parents and it is so stressful. I really wish I could move out, get my own place and live my own life but it is just not possible for me at this time. I simply cannot afford to do it. But I'm pretty sure I would do it at the drop of a hat if I was able to. I don't like living with my parents, I seriously don't. Adults who live with their parents are often called "rent avoiders" and other nasty, judgmental things. People always try to make it sound like we live with our parents by choice, but the truth of the matter is we don't. We live with our parents because we have no choice and simply cannot afford any alternative. I'm sure there would always be problems and things to stress me out in my own place too, but at least I would be more free to live my life the way I want to live it and to make my own decisions. Sorry for the long ramble, but I'm just feeling a little stressed out and I need to vent lol. I get like that sometimes. It probably happens a lot to most people who have to live with their parents. There are probably a lot of things I could witch about, but one thing I'm taking issue with specifically at the moment is how my parents are really not that supportive of my decision to try and take control of my weight issues. You see, like a lot of people I have a very sedentary job. I spend a lot of time just sitting on my butt. Now, for most of my life I haven't had what I would call a real weight problem. My weight always hovered around the same number regardless of what I ate or what I did. I always considered myself a little lucky that way. Then, I got this job I have now and since I got it my weight went up significantly. Okay, I'll admit it wasn't just the sedentary job. It was a combination of both the sedentary job and the fact that one of my relatives always wants to go out and have lunch with me all the time, and she isn't very careful about she eats either. Actually, she eats a lot of junk and forces some of that junk on me too. Now..these things wouldn't be so bad and wouldn't bother me so much if my weight hadn't gone up as much as it did. It really shot up a lot and I didn't even realize it. The first time I stood on my scale and saw the unusually high number I thought my scale must be broken. I completely denied my weight for a while. Then..finally I couldn't anymore. Both my dad and my brother went to the doctor for physicals, were weighed by the doctor, came home and found out the number on the scale there was the same as the number our scale said. Our scale is perfectly accurate. (Of course.) Finally, I said to my mom that our scale must be wrong and she almost sort of rolled her eyes at me and said that I actually looked like I weighed the number our scale read. She also said, "couldn't you tell by how your clothes fit??" I said no, but I realize now that I was even in denial about that. Many of my clothes still fit me, but I owned at least a couple of things I wasn't able to wear anymore. My dad tried to tell me my weight was normal and I was right in the middle of my medically recommended weight range. I have no idea what he was looking at or if he was just lying when he said that. I checked my BMI on a calculator online and it told me I was overweight. Not obese, but my BMI was at least 25. I was just devastated. I know that probably sounds overly dramatic, but it seriously bothered me a lot. I had not intended to put on that much weight, and I felt angry with myself and with my parents for the fact that it had happened. Maybe it's somewhat unfair to blame my parents, but my mom even said she could tell how much weight I'd gained and she never said anything to me! But I guess maybe I just should have been more careful? Anyway, I'd managed to lose at least ten pounds just by cutting back on what I was eating, and at first that made me happy. But my weight was still higher than what it used to be, and I seemed unable to lose any more. I was just too sedentary from my job, and probably always eating out still wasn't helping either. Then I made a new discovery! Just by chance, I went with my brother to a specialty tea store one day at the mall because he wanted to buy some loose leaf tea. I happened to start looking at all the teas too, and then just bought a canister of some (purely by chance.) I really enjoyed my tea, and began to drink it on a fairly regular basis...then one day I stood on our scale to check my weight again..it finally dropped lower! I hadn't really done much that was very different aside from drinking the tea. It dawned on me that drinking tea actually really can help with weight issues. Well, after I made that little discovery I've been drinking lots of my tea on a regular basis. Okay, not really "lots" in my opinion. Just a few cups a day (normally no more than four) which I still think is in moderation and not really a crazy amount of tea lol! However, my dad made a comment about it tonight which bothered me. He had tasted my tea once and said he liked it and said that he wanted me to make him tea as well whenever I made some for myself. So..I made him a cup of tea tonight when I had some too. And he said, "wow, you're really on some kind of a kick lately, aren't you? You're really drinking a lot of tea." I probably should grow a thicker skin and not be so sensitive, but I really felt a little put out by his comment. It probably wouldn't have been so bad if he had only just said that, but then he started talking about thin people and putting them down. He sort of alluded to a guy that he knows (and who I'm also acquainted with) who always looks very thin. It's entirely possible that this man might be within his medically recommended weight range and may just be at the lower end, or may be lower end approaching the middle. He is very, very tall so excess weight wouldn't show up on him a lot anyway. (He's over six feet tall.) But my dad insists that this guy has to be severely underweight. maybe he is too, I don't know. He does look pretty thin. In any case even if he is that's his own business. But, my dad made some dumb comment about that guy, and if he would approve of how much tea I drink. It may have only been meant in jest, but it kind of bothered me too. It was one of those comments that only escalates a tense situation into even worse levels. The man my dad was talking about is well over six feet tall and male. Men burn fat more efficiently than women do, and tall people often carry their weight well anyway. Also, this guy looks like he has never been overweight in his life. I could be wrong about that, but I suspect I'm not. In any case, I think it was very wrong for my dad to compare me to him. I'm a woman, and I'm only 5'4". And obviously, I have a natural predisposition to gaining weight. I have to work a lot harder to lose weight than to gain it. The guy in question doesn't seem to be like that at all. I also suspect I don't have the personality type he has. I resent being compared to him, especially since I know my dad didn't mean it in a nice, cute way or anything like that. After making that comment he went off on a tangent about how much he dislikes thin people, and how he doesn't trust them. It was actually a little bit of an ugly conversation. His comments disturbed me somewhat. Now, I will admit that my father is also overweight. (Or at least overweight. Now that I know what overweight on the BMI scale looks like, I think my father may even be obese.) So..it's entirely possible that his ugly comments about thin people may purely be based on feelings of jealousy. But, I still find it very odd that he would feel so strongly that way! My mother is very slim and doesn't gain weight easily at all. She was underweight when he met her and has often been underweight much of her life. (Actually in all fairness she may have not been underweight. She may have simply been at the lower end of her recommended weight range. She is only 5'3" and very small boned like I am, so she look naturally very small.) In any case..my dad obviously likes skinny women and is kind of full of crap. But, whatever the reasons for his comments I have to say that it just sort of bothers me that he's not very supportive of my decision to try and take control of my weight! I was unhappy with being overweight, and I'm not sure if he understands that. I could try and explain it to him but I don't think he was going to listen. He was making comments like, "being thin is okay is you live in a concentration camp." which I found very hurtful. I don't even know why he was saying that. I haven't lost a ton of weight, I just want to regulate my weight and be healthy. I wish he would understand and be nice and supportive instead of making nasty, stinging comments. I don't know, I'm just stressed out. :/
  6. I live with my parents and it is so stressful. I really wish I could move out, get my own place and live my own life but it is just not possible for me at this time. I simply cannot afford to do it. But I'm pretty sure I would do it at the drop of a hat if I was able to. I don't like living with my parents, I seriously don't. Adults who live with their parents are often called "rent avoiders" and other nasty, judgmental things. People always try to make it sound like we live with our parents by choice, but the truth of the matter is we don't. We live with our parents because we have no choice and simply cannot afford any alternative. I'm sure there would always be problems and things to stress me out in my own place too, but at least I would be more free to live my life the way I want to live it and to make my own decisions. Sorry for the long ramble, but I'm just feeling a little stressed out and I need to vent lol. I get like that sometimes. It probably happens a lot to most people who have to live with their parents. There are probably a lot of things I could witch about, but one thing I'm taking issue with specifically at the moment is how my parents are really not that supportive of my decision to try and take control of my weight issues. You see, like a lot of people I have a very sedentary job. I spend a lot of time just sitting on my butt. Now, for most of my life I haven't had what I would call a real weight problem. My weight always hovered around the same number regardless of what I ate or what I did. I always considered myself a little lucky that way. Then, I got this job I have now and since I got it my weight went up significantly. Okay, I'll admit it wasn't just the sedentary job. It was a combination of both the sedentary job and the fact that one of my relatives always wants to go out and have lunch with me all the time, and she isn't very careful about she eats either. Actually, she eats a lot of junk and forces some of that junk on me too. Now..these things wouldn't be so bad and wouldn't bother me so much if my weight hadn't gone up as much as it did. It really shot up a lot and I didn't even realize it. The first time I stood on my scale and saw the unusually high number I thought my scale must be broken. I completely denied my weight for a while. Then..finally I couldn't anymore. Both my dad and my brother went to the doctor for physicals, were weighed by the doctor, came home and found out the number on the scale there was the same as the number our scale said. Our scale is perfectly accurate. (Of course.) Finally, I said to my mom that our scale must be wrong and she almost sort of rolled her eyes at me and said that I actually looked like I weighed the number our scale read. She also said, "couldn't you tell by how your clothes fit??" I said no, but I realize now that I was even in denial about that. Many of my clothes still fit me, but I owned at least a couple of things I wasn't able to wear anymore. My dad tried to tell me my weight was normal and I was right in the middle of my medically recommended weight range. I have no idea what he was looking at or if he was just lying when he said that. I checked my BMI on a calculator online and it told me I was overweight. Not obese, but my BMI was at least 25. I was just devastated. I know that probably sounds overly dramatic, but it seriously bothered me a lot. I had not intended to put on that much weight, and I felt angry with myself and with my parents for the fact that it had happened. Maybe it's somewhat unfair to blame my parents, but my mom even said she could tell how much weight I'd gained and she never said anything to me! But I guess maybe I just should have been more careful? Anyway, I'd managed to lose at least ten pounds just by cutting back on what I was eating, and at first that made me happy. But my weight was still higher than what it used to be, and I seemed unable to lose any more. I was just too sedentary from my job, and probably always eating out still wasn't helping either. Then I made a new discovery! Just by chance, I went with my brother to a specialty tea store one day at the mall because he wanted to buy some loose leaf tea. I happened to start looking at all the teas too, and then just bought a canister of some (purely by chance.) I really enjoyed my tea, and began to drink it on a fairly regular basis...then one day I stood on our scale to check my weight again..it finally dropped lower! I hadn't really done much that was very different aside from drinking the tea. It dawned on me that drinking tea actually really can help with weight issues. Well, after I made that little discovery I've been drinking lots of my tea on a regular basis. Okay, not really "lots" in my opinion. Just a few cups a day (normally no more than four) which I still think is in moderation and not really a crazy amount of tea lol! However, my dad made a comment about it tonight which bothered me. He had tasted my tea once and said he liked it and said that he wanted me to make him tea as well whenever I made some for myself. So..I made him a cup of tea tonight when I had some too. And he said, "wow, you're really on some kind of a kick lately, aren't you? You're really drinking a lot of tea." I probably should grow a thicker skin and not be so sensitive, but I really felt a little put out by his comment. It probably wouldn't have been so bad if he had only just said that, but then he started talking about thin people and putting them down. He sort of alluded to a guy that he knows (and who I'm also acquainted with) who always looks very thin. It's entirely possible that this man might be within his medically recommended weight range and may just be at the lower end, or may be lower end approaching the middle. He is very, very tall so excess weight wouldn't show up on him a lot anyway. (He's over six feet tall.) But my dad insists that this guy has to be severely underweight. maybe he is too, I don't know. He does look pretty thin. In any case even if he is that's his own business. But, my dad made some dumb comment about that guy, and if he would approve of how much tea I drink. It may have only been meant in jest, but it kind of bothered me too. It was one of those comments that only escalates a tense situation into even worse levels. The man my dad was talking about is well over six feet tall and male. Men burn fat more efficiently than women do, and tall people often carry their weight well anyway. Also, this guy looks like he has never been overweight in his life. I could be wrong about that, but I suspect I'm not. In any case, I think it was very wrong for my dad to compare me to him. I'm a woman, and I'm only 5'4". And obviously, I have a natural predisposition to gaining weight. I have to work a lot harder to lose weight than to gain it. The guy in question doesn't seem to be like that at all. I also suspect I don't have the personality type he has. I resent being compared to him, especially since I know my dad didn't mean it in a nice, cute way or anything like that. After making that comment he went off on a tangent about how much he dislikes thin people, and how he doesn't trust them. It was actually a little bit of an ugly conversation. His comments disturbed me somewhat. Now, I will admit that my father is also overweight. (Or at least overweight. Now that I know what overweight on the BMI scale looks like, I think my father may even be obese.) So..it's entirely possible that his ugly comments about thin people may purely be based on feelings of jealousy. But, I still find it very odd that he would feel so strongly that way! My mother is very slim and doesn't gain weight easily at all. She was underweight when he met her and has often been underweight much of her life. (Actually in all fairness she may have not been underweight. She may have simply been at the lower end of her recommended weight range. She is only 5'3" and very small boned like I am, so she look naturally very small.) In any case..my dad obviously likes skinny women and is kind of full of crap. But, whatever the reasons for his comments I have to say that it just sort of bothers me that he's not very supportive of my decision to try and take control of my weight! I was unhappy with being overweight, and I'm not sure if he understands that. I could try and explain it to him but I don't think he was going to listen. He was making comments like, "being thin is okay is you live in a concentration camp." which I found very hurtful. I don't even know why he was saying that. I haven't lost a ton of weight, I just want to regulate my weight and be healthy. I wish he would understand and be nice and supportive instead of making nasty, stinging comments. I don't know, I'm just stressed out. :/
  7. I was just on the "Beauticontrol" website and I happened to notice that they have a fun online online quiz for figuring out your color season and style type. Now, I've had real online PCA's done by actual professionals so I know that I'm a Warm Autumn with some Deep Autumn characteristics (Warm Autumn leaning Deep Autumn.) But I decided to do this quiz just for fun, and to see what it was like. In the color analysis quiz, my result was Winter because I have light skin, dark hair and dark eyebrows, deep brown eyes and skin that burns and freckles easily. (Although I believe that is often a Warm season characteristic, not a Winter one?) I was not overly surprised, almost all online quizzes tell me I'm a Winter or a Deep Season based on the way I look. However, I was still a little disappointed with the result. For years I wore colors like white, black, true red, candy pink and deep fuchsia. I never really received very many compliments in those colors. People told me that I looked "washed out" in white (I also noticed at some point that white emphasizes dark circles under my eyes), that I look much older in black (and again, that it washes me out) and pink...is just really bad. Years ago I posted a picture of myself on www.hotornot.com wearing a deep red top and candy pink cat ears. I thought I looked sexy and cute. Most people rated me 5 or lower dressed like that. My feelings were so hurt! Recently, (since I've had my PCA's done online) I finally decided to post another picture of myself on there as an experiment. This time, I am wearing a pumpkin colored sweater and jeans. Not particularly sexy in my opinion, I never would have dreamed of posting a picture like that instead of my cat-ears picture in the past. It immediately received ratings of almost 10 the minute I put it up, and now it's down to 8.5 after almost 1200 ratings but that's still incredibly high compared to my other picture!! But I digress. The point is: I'm not a Winter, I'm an Autumn. But...back to the Beauticontrol website: their color quiz didn't work that well for me, but I found their style quiz much more interesting. I completed that one too and my result is "Natural Chic" which is so much more spot on than my result on the other quiz! Mind you, the questions are a little arbitrary and are based purely on what you like as opposed to body lines and face shape. So..some people may criticize that as imperfect too. However, I personally liked the style quiz a lot more than the color one since it seemed to pinpoint me so well! I also received makeup recommendations based on my style result, and because it is "Natural Chic" most of the recommendations (or many of them anyway) fit with my color season really well. So I was really happy about that. But taking these quizzes made me wonder: how much is PCA (and style recommendations) based around actual science, and how much is just based on our personalities and the "energy" we project? I have done a good amount of reading and research on color analysis and a bit on style recommendations and body lines too and it seems to me that there is some actual science behind it. As I said, I've been told that I don't look well when I wear white, that I look older in black and I just get plain insulted if I wear pink. That really seems to be linked to natural coloring and color relationships. However, the fact that I got a lot of my season's colors of the style test but not the color test on this website really makes me wonder how much of a role personality type actually plays in this too! I understand that these are just fun quizzes on a website and they are not very in depth and therefore there is margin for error I definitely don't take my results on there as gospel truth. (As I've repeated already, I'm certainly not a Winter! Unless maybe there is actually such a thing as a low contrast Winter and I only suit warmer colors because they create less contrast with my natural coloring.) However, I know there are many people who swear they don't believe in PCA. My mom is an artist and she says she doesn't believe that I can't wear purely cool colors. I know there are lots of other people who think that PCA is a "fad" as well, that it doesn't work, that there is no real science behind it, and that it is just another part of marketing in the fashion industry. There are many good arguments against that but I won't get into those here. I know there is a school of thought though that says that anyone can wear any color as long as they feel confident in it. OR, that anyone can wear any color as long as they have the personality type to pull it off. Sometimes I think there may be some truth in these statements, although I also think there may be science behind PCA as well. The same statements could also be applied to clothing, makeup and hair styles. So..I scored "Natural Chic" on my personality test. Autumn is largely a "natural" season. So..there may be some validity behind the argument that I come across better in Autumn palette colors than Winter palette ones because they suit the whole way that I am and the natural energy I project. Winter colors obviously come across as weird on me because I don't have the personality type to pull them off. My boss in my last job actually put forth this theory to me, and I rejected it at the time, but now I'm wondering if there's a good amount of truth in it? How much does my color season have to do with actual science and how much is based on my personality? After all, colors all have strong psychological connotations..maybe our color seasons are based a lot more on psychology than on our physical appearance? I suppose that's still a scientific basis since psychology is science..but not a physical basis so much. What do all of you think?
  8. I have combination (leaning somewhat oily) skin and I'm looking for a really good quality facial cleanser (and possibly toner.) I have visible pores in the T-zone, and I sometimes get a bit oily there, otherwise my skin is drier everywhere else on my face. I occasionally get some pimples (mostly caused by hormones/time of the month) but it's not usually a major problem for me anymore. I find that some cleansers and toners for oily skin are too harsh and drying, and can make my skin red and/or irritated. However, most products for very dry skin seem to be wrong for me too, and usually seem to be too "heavy" and can sometimes give me pimples if they have too many heavy moisturizing ingredients. I am 30 years old and female, and I am beginning to show some signs of "aging" as well ("minor" lines around my mouth mostly, and only just slightly under my eyes) but I don't have any major wrinkles yet. Can anyone with a similar skin type (or someone with expertise in this area) recommend some really good quality products? (I don't mind if they're on the expensive side.) thank you very much.
  9. Hi! I'm a metalhead too, and I also like bands like Ensiferum, Amon Amarth, Enslaved, Arch Enemy, Finntroll, Behemoth, Dimmu Borgir, Satyricon, Cradle of Filth, Septic Flesh...the metal bands that are not really mainstream in general. Nice to see there are other metalheads here. *horns*
  10. I usually feel guilty for spending a lot of money on high end makeup, clothes, shoes, accessories, jewelry, perfume or any other high end item I don't really need. (I'm making it sound like I buy high end stuff constantly. Truthfully I don't buy expensive, fancy things all that often.) However, if I know that a higher priced item is actually higher quality than the lower priced version of the same type of thing, then I will splurge and spend more money to get the more expensive thing. Low quality and shoddy products annoy me more than spending lots of money. That said, it kind of also depends on how much I need or want the item too. If I really don't need whatever the item is, then I often feel less inclined to buy it, even if it is fantastically good quality or whatever , lol! I'm not rich enough to spend tons of money on a lot of things I don't need. That said, I still splurge a surprisingly large amount of the time considering my limited funds.
  11. I am using Elea Blake mineral foundation. (You can see many of their products at www.eleablake.com.) It is not sold in stores unfortunately. If you want any Elea Blake makeup you have to order it online, off of their website. If you don't live in the USA you can still buy their makeup too BTW, but you have to send Darin Wright an email telling her what you want to order, and then give her your name, mailing address and credit card info and stuff. It's quite expensive to have it shipped but I personally think it's worth it. After using their mineral foundation I don't think I would want to go back to using liquid foundation or pressed powder compacts. I so much prefer just sweeping all my foundation on with a brush, and I even think it makes my face/skin look better/healthier than some other foundations! So far I've found that it doesn't cause any redness/dryness or adverse reactions. I don't break out in pimples from using it. (That's a common issue I had with other non-mineral foundations.) It's amazingly long wearing.I apply it on my face in the morning, and I find that even if I go for a brisk walk outside in the Summer heat and humidity (I live in Southern Ontario, Canada..it gets really hot and humid here in the Summer) my foundation doesn't wear off. I actually find that my face doesn't even get as sweaty or oily in the Summer when I wear this foundation. (This may depend on how oily your skin is though, but normally my skin can get pretty oily in the Summer.) I apply the foundation with a normal powder brush that has bristles that are a little bit stiff and it gives me excellent coverage. I really don't think you'll have coverage issues with this makeup, their foundations, bronzers and some eyeshadows can all be used as a mineral concealer too. I use their products and I find it makes my skin look beautiful and flawless. (I know that sounds like a commercial, I love their makeup though lol.) I also even find that it makes some of the lines around my mouth slightly less noticeable, so I think it it is good for mature skin too. The only other thing I want to point out though is that although the coverage of he foundation is really good, when you wear a full face application with medium-full coverage you can actually feel the makeup sitting on your face a bit. Mind you, I find the same thing is true with other long wearing brands. I've also used Estee Lauder's Double Wear Light foundation and I find it feels about the same on my face. So if you really dislike actually being able to FEEL your makeup this product might not be for you. In every other way it is amazing though. In terms of color range: their color range is huge. You should be able to find the perfect match for your skin. And, even if you can't: if you visit their studio in person Darin Wright (who owns the company) can custom-mix the perfect foundation for you! If you write to her and ask you receive little samples of all their foundations. Test them on your jaw line using a Q-tip, sponge applicator or your finger. The perfect color will "disappear" on your jaw line. One other thing I should mention too is that all of their makeup is "color analyzed" using the Sci/Art PCA system, so all of the colors (and the foundations) are categorized into one of the 12 Sci/Art color seasons. Soo..if you don't know your color season this might be tricky for you. Again..you can visit Darin Wright in person and she can color analyze you. (Drape you.) Unfortunately, the Elea Blake studio (that she works out of) is located in Chatinooga, Tennessee. I actually have never seen her in person because of the distance I live from her. But I pretty much know that I'm an Autumn. My foundation match with Elea Blake is actually a color they call "Nurturing", which they categorize as a Soft Autumn overtone. (All their colors are named after the stereotypical personality traits that each of the 12 seasons is supposed to have.) I believe I am actually a True Autumn though, all the other colors I've been using are the True Autumn ones and they look natural on me, but I digress. I really do recommend their foundation a lot. It's $45, which is a little expensive I admit, plus you have to pay shipping and handling on it but I still highly recommend it.
  12. I just recently began using mineral makeup, and so far I've just been using some old powder and blush brushes I have lying around to apply it. The brushes aren't very good quality though, and the bristles are actually a little stiff (I'm not sure if stiff bristles are a recommended thing or not for applying mineral makeup.) I have a feeling that my brushes may be picking up too much product and depositing too much product on my face all at once. The makeup I'm using is quite expensive too, so I don't want to "waste" any of it. So..I was just wondering: what brushes do you guys all use? Or, what brushes would you recommend the most? (Especially for applying mineral foundation, concealer, blush and bronzer.)
  13. I don't know that much about my family tree either. Again, no one has ever traced it very far back as far as I know. Also, I don't even really know my grandfather on my dad's side of the family (my dad's dad.) He could be descended from just about any kind of background. This is what I know: My mom and dad are both Canadian by birth like me and my three brothers. My mom was born and raised in Toronto and my dad was born in Timmins and raised there and in other parts of Northern and Central Ontario. Grandmother (mom's side): From Londonderry, Northern Ireland (Catholic) Grandfather (mom's side): From Middleton, Greater Manchester, UK (Anglican) Grandmother (dad's side): From Basiliano, Northern Italy (Catholic) Grandfather (dad's side): French Canadian from Timmins, not sure what ancestry he comes from, presumably French ancestry and possibly also Canadian aboriginal background. I also often suspect that he comes from some sort of German background because his first name is Walter but I could be wrong I have no idea. My grandmother on my mom's side told me that her parents were also both Irish. I think she told me her father's family came from the actual republic of Ireland, and some of them were from Dublin, but I don't know that much about that. The only significance in that is that some of the Dublin Irish are actually descended from Vikings, therefore I may possibly also have a certain amount of Scandinavian blood. My grandfather on my mom's side is actually English, and I know that his parents were English too, born and raised in England. I don't know very much about his family though aside from that. They all seem very, very white anglo-saxon protestant though. I know that my grandmother's (dad's side) parents were also both from Friuli in North-east Italy. They all spoke Frulan, not Italian. (I think they understood Italian too though.) My great grandfather (on my dad's side) was apparently very tall and blue eyed. (I never knew him but I've seen old photos and I've been told he looked like that.) So it seems very likely to me that he came from either Slavic or Germanic background of some kind, but again, I don't actually know very much about this! My Great-grandmother, his wife, looked more "Italian." But, yeah, I don't know her exact ancestry either. My grandfather, on my dad's side is a bit of an enigma to me because we are estranged from him and his side of the family. He has a French last name, and I am told he is French Canadian but as I said his first name is very, very German. I have been told that there are many Canadians of Aboriginal (First Nations) descent with the same last name that my grandfather has. That could be coincidence,but probably not. I think that's everything I know about my family tree LOL!
  14. Well, it's possible that I may post a profile photo on here at some point. I am pretty certain that I agree that I have the complexion of an Autumn though. Some of my absolute best "power colors" are warm yellow greens (generally somewhat muted though) and actually, a lot of greens in general. They make my complexion "glow", and make my skin look better even without foundation on. Oranges, peaches and warm golden or orangey yellows also seem to bring out lots of healthy color in my face, whereas colors like fuchsia, burgundy and wine colors,cool berry tones and blue-based pinks definitely don't. Those colors can actually make me look pale, tired or even unwell. Some true reds seem to overpower me. The reds that are nice on me are the deep warm reds of the Autumn palette, and the pinks that are nice on me are warm salmons, corals and peachy-pinks. Dark browns and warm grays are generally more flattering on me than black. Black is kind of severe on me. I even like navy blue more than black although one color consultant advised me against wearing any kind of blue. Most blues make me look really pale, and sometimes even ill. Blue is a really bad background color for in photographs. I generally look crappy if I have to be photographed against blue. I also can't wear pure stark white because it can make me look really tired and pale, and often the color stands out more than my face. Truthfully, Autumn is the only season that makes sense for me. (As far as I know anyway.) I think I just wanted the experience of having the color draping done because I've only had virtual PCAs. I will see if I can post a picture of myself here, but I have to tell you that no one assumes I'm an Autumn just from looking at me. A lot of makeup artists just automatically recommend pinkish and purple-ish lip colors and blushes for me. On that subject, most bronzers look ten thousand times more natural on me than most blush colors. Unfortunately I never knew what that meant for years though. I now know that's a common Autumn characteristic.
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