Wednesday, July 23, 2014

I think this new palette by Maybelline will be convenient to keep on hand-it includes matte & shimmer eye shadows:
 It was under $10 & would make a nice stocking stuffer for the holidays.

 This is a self tanner that has SPF & is used as a moisturizer - very convenient for use on a daily basis.  This will be nice to take you thru fall.
 I have been going thru my closet & finding things that I no longer wear - especially scarves. 
I love these colors but just never get around to wearing them.
The short cooling period we just had gave me the get up & go to start going thru the closet & eliminate some things.  It felt good!

Are you ready for a change in the weather?

Monday, July 14, 2014

I love all of you enough to nag - take osteoporosis seriously.  I have broken a bone somewhere for the past couple of years.  Please take this health threat seriously - I don't like milk but I should have been more conscious about my calcium intake when I was younger.  Take care of yourself because I want you around for a long time!

I recently realized I did not buy anything significant in clothing this summer.  Of course, healing from broken bones made shopping fairly impossible but there did not seem to be anything dynamic this season.  Here in the South summer means I am either hot or cold;  I have kept long sleeves going for the entire year, so far.  But hopefully we will have a cooling period this week & I am looking forward to the temporary change.

But at least with accessories, we can change the look of an outfit very quickly - here are some of my pieces that I use frequently:

I love the 2 tone San Marco bracelet and of course, I never get tired of sapphires!
An omega necklace can be used for casual wear or dressed up - I use the silver & gold almost every week so they are good investment pieces.

I don't feel great so I am off to rest - take care & I hope you have a nice week.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Apparently I am a hairspray collector - but I can explain!!!!!!!!!
I need soft & brush-able formulations & for the hot & humid days, I need major hold.
I will try anything once which would explain my current collection:
Do I have to confess there is another shelf  I didn't show..........

I was at Ulta's on Monday and I picked this up:
I have read good things about this brand & look forward to trying it.  The set includes a day & night formulation for wrinkles and unevenness.

Can you believe half the year is over ????!!!!!!!!!!!!
I have started some Christmas shopping and my little grandson will be starting school in a few weeks - time is going by too fast!

All my best to you.

Monday, June 30, 2014

I am excited to see some of the fall collections coming out and as always Chanel is showing some irresistible things like this blush - Innocence.  I can see that it will be easy to use & very buildable and since I like the picture, I will love it in my hand!!


I am going out today even though 6 weeks is not up but I'm not driving, so it's ok.
I even put make up on - not a lot because I won't be gone long but I don't want to forget how to do it!!
It seems I always dress for winter, but these stores are so cold I have to bundle up!
Thank goodness for active wear!!

Have a good Monday!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

What are your opinions about g+?  Do you use it & find it helpful or no big deal.
I could not do fb because I would never allow my pictures to be used without my permission.  A college friend invited me to join her on g+ & I just don't know enough about its purpose = how different is g+ from fb?  Is there more protection for the blog content?
I also have not joined bloglovin as I did not see the benefits.
Thanks for any opinions.

Since more x-rays are in order, I just don't bother with make up - just clean! Since I should not be bending over, blow drying is a pain - so this is just some volumizer & the flat iron:
 I swear I've had enough x-rays for 3 people in a lifetime - seriously, I believe I could work the machine!  I asked my Dr why my face gets so flushed & he told me pain can cause the blood pressure to go up which will cause flushing.  He told me he could just look at my face & see that I am in pain - he swears I don't tell him how bad the pain is -
there might be some truth to that but I hate to be whiny.  Ok, maybe migraines & a broken back are justified but honestly, I go to the Dr often enough, I know his birthday!
At least my shorter haircut came at a good time.

My friend found this adorable box which will be perfect for eye shadows:

I absolutely love these colors - I just now realized how they compliment each other!
How do you handle organizing small items?  For me, organization is a work in progress!

Much love to all!!!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

There is a running joke that if you want to see me, you have to go to Chili's - only it's true - I just don't go to other restaurants - I absolutely love their salsa & margaritas!!
But I have cracked a rib & should be resting so my friend brought Chili's to me!!
Salsa & pain meds - the ultimate combination!!!
But this has reminded me that people can be kind because lately, I have not seen much of it.  A friend's wallet was stolen - I had things stolen.  Honestly, you don't have to steal-just ask for it & I will give what I have.

But at some point I was good because I was rewarded with these 2:
This was my deal with God - if he would let me survive breast cancer to see these 2, I would have the mutilating surgery  - it was a good deal because 10 yrs later I am enjoying their fun moments - grandchildren are wonderful!
Some of the best days of summer -  they love coming up here - as long as I don't run out of popsicles!

(I think the dino was afraid of the girl - very smart dino because that is a fearless 4 year old !!!!!!!!!)

The heat often causes my face to flush so I have looked at lotions that should help & this one is popular with people that have rocasea - Rosaliac AR Intense by La Roche-Posay:
There is a pump top so too much doesn't come gushing out and it did not bother my sensitive skin.  I think it helped so I will buy this again.

Hope you have a good week!

Monday, June 16, 2014

Good Morning

I forgot I had this & have not used it yet!!!!  But I still love it!

Tarte - Be MATTEnificent Amazonian Colored Clay Matte

I enjoy the convenience of leave-in conditioners:
And of course if you leave them on long enough, they become deep conditioners!!

Hope your weekend was a good one!

Monday, June 9, 2014

I have some new followers this week & I am thrilled to have you here.  If you find yourself in the middle of  NC, let me know so we can have coffee & possibly hit Sephora!

I know one of the bloggers is going to focus on accessories and I have to admit it is one of my weaknesses. I love hammered silver cuffs:

And of course, a southwestern look is great for summer:

Now it is important to take care of silver because polishing it constantly is not fun!
I have a silver keeper armoire that works well if it is kept tightly closed - well worth the investment:
There are probably 4yr old fingerprints all over this mirror but it's never too soon to teach them to take care of their jewelry!

Diamonds are a girl's best friend & I love friends!!!!

My grandchildren love cupcakes so I found this site:
My little ones would love all these!
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Don't miss a chance to be kind - it could be the best part of someone's day.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Knowing I had to go to the Dr for shots, I try to keep my outfit simple and hopefully keep me out of those paper "gowns"!  I was afraid this was too casual but I've known him for 20 yrs so I think it's ok:
No jewelry in case he sent me for more x-rays & no make up - I knew I would just come home & crash from being so tense - I hate needles!
I think I have finally broken free from nightgowns that accommodate the back brace so this is my OOTD!!! 

I recently found these Clairol Pro 4Plex products that I will try: Leave in conditioner:
And there is a Volume Mousse:
I hope to give them a try this week.

I don't understand the continued use of very super dark nail polish - Halloween is over and this vampire look has to go !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
There are so many beautiful colors available & it will make your summer skin look gorgeous - please do it for me!!!!!!!!

Hope your weekend was wonderful!

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Since I had to have shots in my back I was rewarded with this:

These may be better than pain killers!!

I decided to try lengthening mascara (I only use waterproof) and I am happy with this product - Maybelline Illegal Length Mascara:
 This was not clumpy & did not have a bunch of noticeable fibers - I am going to stockpile this next Ulta sale.
And speaking of Ulta - they had their eye shadows Buy 2 - Get 2 free, so I chose these:
Starting at the top left: Bloom, Haight & Ashbury, Zephyr & Calla Lily.  I always love colors in the lavender/orchid range so of course I have been thrilled with the color of the year - I dread seeing it come to an end.
So I might as well comfort myself with this:
I am not usually drawn to summery fragrances but this is lovely & am so glad I bought it.  It will definitely be gone by the end of summer!

Have a great weekend my lovelies!!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

I just cannot get over some corp person stating to not wash jeans.  That is just completely past nasty!  I make everyone take their shoes off at the door so to not wash your clothing is mind blowing!

I recently read a blog in which she talks about the items she likes for the month - I can barely contain myself to a couple of days!! I can always find something I like or at least enjoy trying out - even though it may not stay in my permanent rotation.
This time of year bronzers are a part of everyday makeup but look at the different variations in the color of bronzers:
From left to right: Physician's Formula, Physician's Formula Bronze Booster,Physician's Formula Healthy Wear with SPF 50 in Natural Beige and the last one is Wet n'Wild "Reserve Your Cabana" with SPF 15, which is really the lightest shade.  So as a rule, I begin the early spring with the light shades & use the darker shades for contouring & shading and then as the season goes on, I can use the darker shades as make up on top of moisturizer.  These are not expensive so there is no guilt in having a variety!

As a note to all of you in my generation - was it not wonderful to see Steve Perry on stage again!
Besides the beautiful music he & Journey are known for; he also loved & lost a woman to breast cancer and showed others that's what real men do - stand my their loved ones thru it all.
Did I mention that I adore Steve Perry ????
( - This is especially for you!)

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

One of our sweetest bloggers is leaving the blogging world:
She provided info on good products & good deals on a regular basis - the sweetness inside easily came out thru her writing.  I will miss you Shalunya!

I need some ideas: if you are designing your walk-in closet what are the most important features?  In the past I thought hanging space was how to use the most valuable closet real estate; now I am not so sure - should it be pull out drawers or open shelving- help a girl out!
I currently have a separate dressing room but this will probably be included with the closet. This downsizing will not be fun but there will so much less to keep clean!

New haircut!!! 
As always Miss Dawn performs miracles - I love her - the daughter I never had!

I recently ordered Cargo's blush, Tonga & I so love it! It is perfect without being too
pinky, peachy or bronz-y.   

I hope you are having a nice day & be good to yourself!
Southern Girls
Photo: Pretty much sums it up #southerngirls

Monday, May 19, 2014

I have recently tried Too Faced Better Than False Lashes:

I am not someone to wear false eye lashes - it's just too hot & humid in the South but I definitely want a full look.  This product is a multiple step process but it goes on smoothly & dries quickly.  This is my do-it-yourself look:
Yes, I will buy it again but there are a couple more similar products I want to try first.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Here is a diagram on contouring for most of us:

 As a rule, darker colors push back areas while lighter colors bring them forward.
 Of course this will take serious blending but for a special occasion it would be worth it.

Here are products that I plan to try this week:


 I am a big fan of StriVectin and use it almost daily - this is the newest version.
The No 7 intense Serum has  been clinically shown to improve deep lines & is hypo-allergenic. It's from the Boots Comp in England and is fairly easy to find in the US.  I am excited to try this.
The 32 piece eye shadow set and the Shimmer Gloss set from elf was only $4.99 at TJ Maxx.  This should be a fun set.
Have a great Tues!     If it's pink or sparkly, yes I want it!

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Today my daughter-in-law graduated Phi Beta Kappa which is considered to be the nation's most prestigious honor society. She accomplished this while handling 2 young children.  But whenever she needed to get work/projects completed, we took the little ones for as long as needed  - which is never a problem because I can't see my grandchildren enough - I could see them everyday!  She wants to teach and become a professor & I know she will be a good one.

                                               Congrats Jennifer!!!!!!!!!!
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Thursday, May 8, 2014

I have let my layers grow out while my back healed & I don't like it - I am going to have to go shorter for the summer, so fortunately I have a hair appt on Sat. I want major layers.

I like this version of my style:

Or this:      
I know it's hard to believe but my hair color is exactly the same in both photos - windows & a flash make such a difference!

Apparently this eye shadow has become a cult classic & I can see why - neutral matte colors & made in the USA!
I found this at Target & there were only 2 left.  What is your favorite eye shadow brand?
I plan to go to Ulta this weekend, so enable me!!!!!!