Saturday, October 15, 2016

Salon Day is my favorite day!   Hair cut, manicure and then out to lunch!  Fun!

I found this set while shopping last week and I am thrilled - a $93 value that I picked up for $29.99 - and so far my sensitive skin likes it!  I hope to go back this week and get another one.  The price was much better than on Amazon. (found it at a discount dept store)
bare minerals Ready To Go  Complexion Perfection Palette
  Included is:
- bareMinerals READY Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 20
- bareMinerals READY Touch Up Veil Broad Spectrum SPF 15
- bareMinerals READY Bronzer
- bareMinerals READY Luminizer
- Correcting Concealer Broad Spectrum SPF 20
- Mini Precision Face Brush
- Mini Tapered Face Brush
- Keepsake Makeup Clutch and mirror
 Top: Luminizer - Foundation - Mineral Veil and Bronzer on bottom
The foundation color seems to run slightly yellow but the mineral veil is a perfect match so I think these combined will be fine for all year round. Many times I can go with just mineral veil and have enough coverage - but I always like to add a swipe of bronzer all year.
Apparently there is a SeaNutritive Mineral Complex that delivers anti-aging benefits- can't have too much of that!!  Great size for travel and includes everything you need for the face.  This would also make a nice gift.  My girlfriend & I are talking about a short cruise and this kit will be perfect - all my products in one place.
                            This tutorial will show you how to use this palette.

I did not have such good luck with a sample of bare minerals Bakeskin Sheer Sun - it is a serum bronzer that I added to my moisturizer.  My skin reacted - not pleasantly!!  I had this same reaction when I tried the Clarins serum-type bronzer - apparently there is something in the tanning formulation that makes my skin unhappy - oh well, back to my powder bronzers.

I enjoy the Sephora Favorites kits they produce every year - it is a wonderful way to try a variety of products especially high end items, before committing to a full size.  This came recently but I have not tried anything yet - it may end up being a gift: 'Skin Wonderland'
Do you own this and do you like it - which are your favorite products - let me know.

I really like Laura Mercier products so was excited to see this:
 Laura Mercier Holiday 2016 Collection - Layer Up Holiday Caviar Stick Eye Colour Collection
Deluxe Caviar Stick Eye Colour in 4 shades: Rosegold, Amethyst, Aubergine and Tuxedo

Unfortunatley I already have these colors from last year!  I like this product but have not used all of it  - some have never been used!  I guess the 'limited edition' means that the time this will be available will be limited.

I love fresh Parmesan cheese on most anything and I recently found this at BJs while shopping:
I bought a new grater and cut this entire piece into sections and put the extra in the freezer - there will be no 'wood pulp' in this house!

Grand daughter loves 'helping' decorate the fall entry way table - fall has the most beautiful colors!  It's a season that should last longer!

 Pink isn't just a color ~ it's an attitude!  

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Friday, October 7, 2016

I have to admit I currently love Lancome Hypnose Drama mascara:
I like the travel size because it will not dry out before it's finished - and if it gets lost I won't flip out.
It's not overly wet and truly coats each lash - definitely worth the price.

This is finally back in stock and on its way to me!
               Sephora Favorites " Glow For It "
We will review next time - but I can say it is worth the price as  Lancome Glow Subtil Silky Creme Highlighter is $30! - the cost of the entire set!!!  It is considered 'limited edition' and has sold out once already.
 This set contains:
- 0.68 oz/ 20 mL Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Liquid in Moonstone
- 0.08 oz/ 2.5 g Benefit Cosmetics Watt's Up! Cream-to-Powder Highlighter in Champagne
- 0.10 oz/ 3 mL Cover FX Custom Infusion Drops in C+ Lemongrass - Radiance
- 0.049 oz/ 1.4 g Hourglass Ambient® Strobe Lighting Powder in Incandescent Strobe Light
- 0.14 oz/ 3.9 g Lancôme Glow Subtil Silky Crème Highlighter in Glowing Lights 06
- 0.1 oz/ 3.4 mL MILK MAKEUP Sunshine Oil

Can't wait for it to arrive!

 Since my last order with Ulta was over $50, I received this Becca 4 piece gift set that included:
Shimmering Skin Perfector Liquid Opal
Under eye Brightening Corrector
Backlight Priming Filter
Shimmering Skin Perfector Poured Opal
The under eye brightener is a soft pinkish color and perfect for hiding darkness beneath the eyes.  This went on smoothly and quickly - very soft texture.
The Shimmering Skin Perfector Creme Opal has a bronze color and will be lovely on the cheeks.
The Backlight Priming Filter Base is sheer & soft and just a small amount will be enough.  These are all sheer and moist and since they are new to me it will be fun to try these different highlighters that can be used all year.

The new Too Faced  Christmas in New York Grande Hotel Cafe is here and it is lovely!
                             Peppermint Mocha Palette by Too Faced - these are my colors!
 It really does smell like peppermint & mocha!!  The set contains 3 different palettes and a deluxe size mascara.
 I will show the individual pieces next time - they smell wonderful and would make perfect gifts.
  • Have you  read Vogue's remarks about bloggers?
    Apparently they consider many bloggers to be 'pathetic' - wow - that's uppity!
    I had already decided to cancel my subscription since I consider many of the outfits they showcase to be irrelevant to my life - so now I have an additional reason not to renew.
    But by the way, my age group is the fastest growing segment of society and our dollars spend very well - somewhere else!

    Please note:
     I want those of you that purchase make up on auction sites to be very careful.
    My friend was an executive with a major cosmetic company and had to leave to care for her  mother.  She had access to various over-runs and items that were discontinued.  She sold some on a bidding site and always clearly stated there were no returns - who wants used make up??!!!
    2 weeks after an item sold the buyer wanted her money back, even though she stated she used the product repeatedly.
    As unbelievable as it sounds the site gave her money back even with pictures showing how much of the product she had used (apparently, daily!!).
    Please be careful - being the honest person she is, of course my friend threw the product out but I am sure not everyone is so trustworthy.  Do not risk the health of your skin.  If something just does not look right, return it.  Examine every purchase to be sure it is safe - look for brush strokes or finger prints on powdered products  -  afterall, how many people can actually sell a $50 product for $9.99 unless they are terribly desperate for money - or the product is fake.

                    Here is a good read about copy cat make up.
    Stay safe!

      Pink isn't just a color ~ it's an attitude!  

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Friday, September 30, 2016

A break in the forest
Walking through the woods back to my house.

I had quite a haul from Ulta this week - lots of good things that I will break down slowly.  Some of it will be gifts but most of it is for me - I have to be honest!!
I very kindly received this lovely snake skin bag filled with all of these products -
 some are full size!

 This is what I use to wash my face every day - it is gentle even when using my Clarisonic.
 Ulta had a special - buy one - get one 50% off so that is a good deal for me.  I cannot always find this in stores and I don't want to run out since I live in the middle of no where!

This is the body wash I use all year - though formulated for winter, it is moisturizing without being oily and making the shower slippery!  As a rule, I cannot find it locally so I stock up when I find it on Amazon:

 I like many of the Hourglass products and have all of the Lighting Powders - they give such a soft glow without being sparkly.  So I thought I would try this:
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush  - Dim Infusion (Light peach - one of the lightest colors) - info from the website:
"Discover a new way to blush: This groundbreaking hybrid combines the customized lighting effects of Ambient Lighting Powder with a spectrum of breathtakingly modern hues"
I am not a big blush person as I have some redness to my skin - but the color was so pretty.
Color on a tissue and under the forearm - it is a very finely milled powder so you can build on it if needed - I won't need to - just a quick swipe will be enough color for me.  This will definitely last!
But it does not have the soft focus effect that the Lighting Powders are known for - so one blush will be enough for me.

Artisan organic greens for lunch:  I try to be good!
But sometimes you need a doughnut!

I recently read about the high cost of a migraineur's meds.  When she started using it in the 1980's it cost $180 for 10 doses.  Her most recent prescription cost almost $15,000.00 for 10 doses. NO, that is not a misprint!  It made me so mad I thought my head would explode!  I believe in
a competitive market but this is just outrageous.
This year I had one medication jump from $6 to $80 in one month and it's an old generic med!  Something is very wrong in the pharma industry.  I shudder to think what it will cost at the first of the year.
Be well my loves.

Pink isn't just a color ~ it's an attitude!  

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Friday, September 23, 2016

I am liking the no make up trend.  And I do my fair share by doing without make-up several times a week.
Here are stars that are embracing the look:
And me, rocking the look - just off the treadmill:
Ok, maybe a little make up is needed  -  I don't want to scare small children!

So, if we are going to go au naturel we need to take extra care with our skin.  The No7 skin care line is very popular in Europe and is #1 in Britain and has a lot of science behind the brand.  It was on sale (at Ulta) so I decided to try some new products.  According to the Boots website, Lift & Luminate are made for the 45-60 age group.  I have used some items in the past and enjoyed them - no reaction from my skin   But I recently had a terrible flair up (rocasea) and my skin was red and feverish - no idea what set it off.  I needed something calming for the skin.
 The Calm Skin Balm was soothing lotion-like that felt good on the skin - I have not used it every day but might try that as the weather changes to drier and colder.  The ingredients include: Squalane, Ceramides & Licorice extract which help calm the skin.
I only use waterproof mascara and this one is new to me.  It is very wet mascara so you don't need a lot.  But I will probably not buy this again - I will return to Lancome.

Overnight Hand Treatment is very nice - absorbs quickly and no oily residue on top of the hands - I use this at least once daily on the back of my hands.  If too much comes out, just swipe the extra on the chest or neck.

 Protect & Perfect Intense Eye Cream
Protect & Perfect Intense Eye Cream is a very nice product that I have used occasionally over the past year.  I really need to be more consistent because this is not harsh and can use it day or night.  While this is on sale at Ulta I need to pick up another one and to go along with this,  I think I will also add Beautiful Skin Dark Circle Corrector - it can' hurt!
For more info about this brand visit my friends at Peppermint Cove: - 
lots of great info here that they kindly shared about this brand.

Have you tried this brand and did you like it?  The stores here in the US do not carry all of the products available but you can find more here:
Let me know if you have tried anything from this brand and what products you recommend.  

I read on another blog that the writer liked a new fragrance that smelled like leather - really?????
It was made for women but I don't understand the appeal.  I realize my fondness for florals is not for everyone but at least it will be soft and pleasant.  When I read the description, I can only think about cowboys - I love them (think about Tom Selleck and Sam Elliott ) I just don't want to smell like one!

Turn Thread And Fabric Into Quilts What's Your Super Power? Cardinal Red T-Shirt Front

  Pink isn't just a color ~ it's an attitude!  

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Friday, September 16, 2016

I love this product!  I did not even wait for a sale!!!

Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder, shade - Highlight-01

It is a natural color with soft matte radiance - just gives a glow without being sparkly.
    I start at the cheekbone and brush down to under the eyes.  Then continue to dab over the upper lip and over the brows.  This is sheer yet build-able silky texture with no dust - super finely milled - this will last as there is no waste.  
Contains Vitamin E (antioxidant that protects skin) and Jojoba oil

And since I am on a Laura Mercier kick - I forgot I had this (too)!!!!!!!!
 Laura Mercier Eye Art Artist's Palette
This set contains:    0.03 oz x 12 in Sparkling Dew, Guava, African Violet, Plum Smoke, Kir Royal, Violet Ink, Vanilla Nuts, Primrose, Fresco, Bamboo, Truffle, Espresso Bean
 The top row is organized into cool colors, while the bottom row is in warm colors.  Both rows are arranged in light to deep shades from left to right.  Great matte colors!
This originally sold out but seems to be back at Sephora but a little higher price.  But still a good value rather than buying the individual eye shadows.
Packaging: magnetic closure with full mirror

I tried these shampoos because they were on sale - of course!

The tsubaki blossom from OGX smells wonderful - but I still needed some conditioner.
The O2 shampoo had a nice clean scent but was too drying for my hair - so I am back to Pantene.

It's that time of year - yum!!!!!
Death by Chocolate coffee (decaf) and choc caramel creamer - of course it would not hurt to add a tablespoon of pumpkin spice flavor!

I think the door wreath is good enough - I might add a few more sprigs but I am happy with the colors so let's call it finished!

Here is a project that we all can get behind:
Help foster care children get off to a good start in the new school year.

In the bag I delivered, I included things like nail polish remover and some nail polishes that I will not use, lotion, shampoo, blush and mascara - things that might be too expensive for the foster families to provide but will be fun extras for a high school girl. I hope it brings a smile to a young lady.
 Fall and Thanksgiving Scenes.
                                Scare the world - Be exactly who you say you are!

 Pink isn't just a color ~ it's an attitude!  

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