Monday, May 25, 2015

I have been on a brush-buying binge lately:
 The real Techniques brush (on the right) is super soft and retractable - probably my new favorite.
COCO eau de parfum Chanel - I just recently found this in the dressing room armoire and though it is over 10yrs old, it still smells fabulous!  I can't decide to go ahead and use it up or keep it for posterity!

My gang loves fajitas and this in-the-oven method looks great:
 http://www.budgetbytes.com/2013/02/oven-fajitas
  Oven Fajitas
The directions are at the  link - it seems like a great recipe!

Work Like You Don't Need The Money
Love Like You've Never Been Hurt
Dance Like Nobody's Watching

And Live Like It's Heaven On Earth

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Patti, you are sending me into withdrawal without your blog ~ but have a fabulous summer and use that sunscreen everyday.  We will miss you!!

Monday, May 11, 2015

Aveeno makes a nice daily moisturizer:
My sensitive skin is happy with this product and the SPF30 is an extra bonus.

Tarte Beauty in the Basics 6 Piece Makeup Set will debut on QVC as the TSV for May 11 and though I will probably not purchase it as I have enough Tarte sets to last for eternity, if you have not tried this brand this will be a good choice to try it  out.

Here are some of my sets:
I really have enjoyed all the products I have bought and can't wait to see the fall line!


If you enjoy trying restaurant recipes here is a link to copy cat recipes - there are a ton of them!
http://www.recipelink.com/copycat/key/A

The joys of spring: chasing after bubbles!

All About You quote

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Saturday, May 2, 2015

Since Sephora was having a sale, I could not be rude and not participate!!!!!!
Here are some of my new pretties:
Josie Maran Argan Liquid Gold Self-Tanning Oil
This has a vanilla & apricot scent and though not awful, I will be happy for it to dissipate.  The color was light and authentic - not orange.  I am hoping this will be worth the price. 

Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Powder Bronzer
This is a nice matte color which seems darker than the "Light" it is called.
It will not take a lot of product for everyday bronzing.
But this is not a flat matte but yet is not shimmery - it is a large compact and will easily last until next year.

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF20
 I have been very happy with this prod and it is perfect for Southern summers - coverage with sun protection and a very light feel on the skin.

It has been cool and rainy here so I have enjoyed making comfort foods.  Rosemary seasoned nuts are a good snack and so easy:
   Once in a while I will allow myself sweet carbs and have French Toast for breakfast, though I rarely have breakfast (so that makes it ok!!):
Do you have a sweet indulgence?

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Friday, April 24, 2015

I am enjoying Tarte Maracuja Miracle Foundcealer- This foundation/concealer has a thin consistency but has good coverage and feels very light.  It can easily be used for under the eyes without build-up.
I don' t use a brush - just my fingers to smooth out.
Here are some of my empties ~ I am so rarely consistent, it takes forever to finish something up - even if I like it!
I love my chicken salad and can never wait for it to be ready!
Besides the usual suspects, I add celery seed, oregano, herbs de provence
and only dill pickles (never sweet).
But my group would rather have goodies over anything else.
If you still have pumpkin left over from winter baking, here is a nice recipe -
http://www.duncanhines.com/recipes/cakes/Duncan%20Hines%C2%AE/pumpkin-pie-crunch
 Pumpkin Pie Crunch My gang loves the taste of pumpkin so this is on my list, though I plan to use extra cinnamon.

"Exercise?  I thought you said Accessorize!"

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Friday, April 17, 2015

Whenever Ulta offers a 20% discount, I am done for!!!!!!!!
(No, this is NOT everything!!)
Since they carry drugstore and HE (high end) cosmetics, it is one-stop shopping!
I was surprised to see my items from Too Faced & Tarte reduced by 20% - but thrilled and used it as excuse to buy some things I was sort of on the fence about. Just the eye shadow was a $9 savings!
 Tartelette Matte Eye Shadow has been on my list and now I am happy to have it:
I have become a Tarte collector in the past year - I like the eye shadows & their mattes are very good.

The Too Faced Cocoa Contour really does smell like chocolate (ok, milk choc!!)
The Dark Choc will be used for the eye crease, as it is too dark for my fair skin ~
but the others will be perfect for summer.

The L'Oreal Nude 2 Palette will get a more in-depth review later - I like the colors in this set more than the first set so I am grateful it was not sold out.

The daily head pain has started so off I go for meds  - enjoy your day.

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Monday, April 13, 2015

Being a person of persistence, I have found the Milani Rose Powder Blush that I was looking for!  I got the last 2 that were in stock and I really like both colors.
The Romantic Rose color could easily be used as contour on very fair skin.
Romantic Rose
Tea Rose

I think the information contained here is important - it is so vital not to share make up items.  I know it can seem that a simple swipe of a friends make up brush is innocuous but dangers may be present that we do not see:
 https://www.yahoo.com/beauty/sharing-beauty-products-and-makeup-brushes-is-115687638893.html
I am the first to admit that I throw away my make up brushes routinely and since I have had a cold recently, my big powder brush is going in the trash!

These Revlon interlocking eye shadows are adorable!  I love these lilac & lavender colors and these will be great for traveling - much easier to see in the make up bag when interlocked.
My next update will show my Ulta 20% Off Haul!!  It was fun - things that I had been hesitating on are now mine!!!

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Monday, April 6, 2015

I recently found this list: make up blogs with the skin tone, hair & eye color of the writers.
 https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/pub?key=0Al-eVynO4goydFdCVkl1RlNMSmYwdnpOSHdWX1YzSnc&output=html
I noticed there are almost no blondes with green eyes - surely we are not that rare a bird!
Since contouring is becoming such an important part of make up I think one of the easiest ways to contour is to use self tanner.  I like the Jergens Natural Glow in Fair.
Then, you can use your bronzer for all over color & highlighting.
I love this soft lavender bag.  Ever since I purchased my LV Noe, I have enjoyed the bucket style bag ~ though I tend to overload it!
This color will be wonderful thru fall. (It's a Kate Spade)
        Kate Spade New York Women's Kacey Lane Small Poppy Bucket Bag, Lilac Bliss, One Size

I have been on the search for the Milani Rose Blush but cannot find it.  It will last me for eternity because I use so little - it should be available at CVS but it has not been at any that I have visited. This is such a lovely rose color.
Rose Powder Blush
I recently read this article and saw myself!!!
 https://www.yahoo.com/beauty/how-i-became-a-hoarder-of-discontinued-makeup-115040853471.html
Tarte, AmazeMint Lip Gloss, Organic Wear by Physicians Formula  ~
My one wish is that corps would not change the formulations of the prods I love!     Then I would not have to hoard!    Some things don't need improvement.
This color is Creamy Natural which is a perfect match for my winter skin.
 Here in the South most of us grew up on Krispy Kreme Donuts  - now, I prefer to pick up a box of hot ones when I am in town, but for those of you who love to bake, here is a copycat recipe for you to try:
http://www.nurselovesfarmer.com/2013/04/krispy-kreme-donuts-recipe/
Enjoy!
Since it's the weekend, I have to bake ~ carrot cake muffins!
I'll save you some!
Coco Chanel Quotes 5

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Monday, March 30, 2015

When I saw this advertised:  Maybelline Eye Shadow Palette, The Blushed Nudes, I knew I had to have it!  These are my colors - as a matter of fact, I will probably buy a back up.
Maybelline New York Expert Wear Shadow Palette, The Blushed Nudes, 0.34 oz
Most of these have some shimmer in the color but are not too glittery.  There definitely seems to be a difference in the colors on the promotional ads than what I actually purchased.  I think I like my purchase better ~ for under $10 you can't go wrong.

I really like the pastel blue being shown in the spring collections:
This color will look fabulous with denim, in its many different shades.

I have always collected baskets and love this one:
I even found this style created into a necklace that I have had forever:

I enjoy looking at the lovely tablescapes people create but I always wonder.........where do they put the food?  Is there a buffet or sideboard beside the dining table?
It seems every square inch is taken up in decorations.
My family is not interested in hopping up every time they want refills!

I think this is what is for lunch today - of course with more cheese, worcestershire sauce and probably bacon bits!

Congrats to Duke ~ going to the Final Four!!!!!
(they have my son & my money!)

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Sunday, March 22, 2015

When I ordered my new Rose Gold Eye Shadow, I also ordered the Gilded Gold Eye Shadow Palette.
This is a very neutral set and should be very useful, particularly the 2nd row - the top row has way too much glitter for me but I will buy an entire palette for just one color.
The Rose Gold Eye Shadow Palette also included matte, shimmer & glittery eye shadows - I would not use the glitter but the others were nice - worked as well as higher priced eye shadows on the market.  I am glad I ordered as it as it has sold out, though surely they will reorder.
But the colors in the Rose Gold set are more my style ~ I love the pink, pastel lavender colors because they seem to work better for my green eyes.  Here are some swatches:
Top row L -R: Champagne, Pink, Hopeless, Romantic, Chandelier, Luxe, Dahlia
Bottom : Prosecco, Bubbles, Breathless, Dessert, Sweetheart, Orchid
This leave-in conditioner was reduced & am thrilled I spotted it!  I really like leave-in conditioners as I think it gives another layer of protection from blow dryers & flat irons.
It will be 70' degrees this week so maybe Spring is finally here!  The strawberries are coming in nicely:
So with Spring here, there are some things that need to be done and that includes cleaning my copper collection displayed in the kitchen:

Do you have a lot of spring cleaning projects?  Are there some you enjoy more than others?   I love changing the linens - I use flannel sheets for winter then change to Egyptian cotton for warmer seasons ~ and off comes the down comforters!

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