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:
https://www.yahoo.com/beauty/m/0e5fa0f0-f917-3267-bddd-aaffd8d4848c/jennifer-garner-goes.html
http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/gossip/stars-makeup-real-face-fame-gallery-1.21019
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:
https://www.peppermintcove.com/no-7-is-just-a-number-or-is-it/#comment-1489 - 
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:
http://www.international.boots.com/en/No-7/Skincare
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.
shampoo 
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.

 http://www.mattressfirm.com/community-foster-kids.html

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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Thursday, September 8, 2016

I forgot I had this!
Not expensive so if I knock it off the dressing table I won't have a melt down!  But I like the colors even though there is a little fall-out.  You can never have enough eye shadows!

                                                      Try this great product!
                      SKINFOOD's Premium Lettuce & Cucumber Watery Emulsion
Skin Food has a very light green scent (goes away quickly) and the skin feels so refreshed.  My sensitive skin liked it and it felt very gentle.
This is from the manufacturer:
"Lettuce extracts have a naturally high water content, quickly cooling and refreshing sun-stressed skin. Lettuce also has high levels of minerals, as well as and vitamins A and E, which help hydrate, firm, and illuminate skin for a balanced complexion. Cucumber extracts help tone and moisturize skin. They provide soothing repair for sun-damaged skin. Cucumber is packed with vitamin C, which helps restore and stimulate collagen in skin for a firmer, healthier complexion. We use a technique of steam distillation on our cucumbers. Condensation of the steam is collected to create a fragrant cucumber water, without sacrificing the natural plant oils and essence. SKINFOOD's Premium Lettuce & Cucumber Watery Emulsion is a light, water-based emulsion that cools and hydrates without leaving residue. It's made up of 5% lettuce extract, 5% cucumber extract, and 20% cucumber
water (hydrosol)."
I use it as a pre-moisturizer - I also apply a moisturizer with SPF if I am going to apply make up.  But if I am just hanging around the house this is all I apply in the morning.

Happy Day! It is after Labor Day so I can officially decorate for fall.  This year I added a new decoration over the doorway into the sun room:

I am refreshing the door wreath and creating a larger bow - a work in progress!

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

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Sunday, August 28, 2016

I found this Estee Lauder set at an outlet and am excited to try these different forms of skin care.  I am of the age that firming & lifting are very important to me!  Of course, it would be helpful to be consistent with the products but I admit that I am not.
I know these will be high quality products so even a little improvement will be wonderful!

A couple of times a year, I take a tissue and rub over my powder products and scrub fairly rigorously to that a new layer comes to the surface.  Though I use clean bushes, I think this keeps fresh product on top.  It can't' hurt!

I just found this holiday collection from Two Faced and the eye shadows are calling me!!
 too faced holiday 2016

I can't believe this haircut is only 2 weeks old!  If I wanted it to grow of course it would not!  I still have 2 weeks before the next appt!
But I am still in love with Drybar's Southern Belle Volumizing Mousse - it gives serious volume without stiffness and it is on my Sephora list - to be had, again!

Please see this blog - such a lovely person and thank you for remembering me! She is one of us  'more lovely for longer' ladies -- is that not the best name !!.  Love you Mimi (the other one!!)
http://atrayofbliss.blogspot.com.au/2016/08/a-homespun-year1-minute-projectsdancing.html#comment-form

Hi, my name is Mimi and I have a pen problem:
 NO, this is not at all the amount of pens I have bought - if it is pink or purple ink, I bought it!
I love this time of year when all the new choices have arrived!  If you see me buying more, stop me!

Dear Gs is a dinosaur aficionado and has been since he began reading many years ago.  So for his 4th birthday I made a Jurassic Park cake and he was thrilled - now it is the only one he requests.  I make the cake of different levels and crumb coat the entire thing with chocolate to represent dirt, along with crushed choc cookies.  I buy dinosaur 'eggs' (jelly beans in marshmallow flavor so they are speckled), pretzels for fences and make white frosting which can be colored for: water/pond=blue; volcano lava=orange and grass=green.  I always have a variety of sprinkles on hand and they use them to give dimension to the landscape - they are very artistic and have a great time creating the masterpiece!
At this point, I have already collected various dinosaurs and washed them.

Jurassic Park birthday cake - sparklers in the volcano - pretzel fences trying to keep the dinosaurs caged, but to no avail!
*Put them in white t-shirts so you can bleach the dyed frosting out!
                                  Happy birthday angel -  I love you more than my next breath.

***I have decided to be careful about the photos of my loved ones that I share.  I recently read that pics of children taken from social media sites are used in foreign countries for nefarious purposes.
A local news show stated people should not put pictures of children with their names and the schools they attend on public websites.  I think this is a reasonable precaution. 
It is a sad state of affairs but protecting our little ones is always paramount to anything.  Be careful out there.

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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Ulta kindly sent me a $10 gift certif for my birthday and I used it for some basic things:
I will give more details about these products after this week - we celebrate my adorable GS's birthday and his presents are wrapped but I still have a Jurassic Park cake to build.

I have been wanting to try Prada's 'Candy' perfume as I liked a sample I received.  As a rule, I would shy away from a product that has a name that is too 'cutesy' .  But I am happy with this small purchase - it will not be an every day fragrance but will be nice for a change.  It is floral without being too sweet and not so large that I will tire of it before it is finished.

I also received a free Urban Decay eye shadow in 'Midnight Cowboy'.  It is too glittery for me as an eye shadow but used lightly, it will be fine for a brow highlighter.
(To be honest, I should just give it away - I know I won't use it !!!)

I finally got around to trying my new  L'Oreal Colour Riche Pocket Palette in ' Avenue Des Roses'.
I like the pale lavender and bronze colors - this will be fine all through fall.

I like this hairspray!  It is one of a zillion that I have but this actually works well without too much stiffness.  The product states there is caffeine in the ingredients - I don't know how that helps hold a style but I have been happy with this!
Finally,  a haircut!

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Sunday, August 14, 2016

It is getting time to start the holiday baking so things can be put in the freezer and ready to be mailed off at the right time.

This is the refrigerator/freezer in the kitchen and then there are 2 other freezers in the garage. During the holidays it takes every bit of space I have to store things and even then sometimes I have to molly-hock items and make room!!  I love baking and do not want to be rushed during the holidays.

If you love anything Christmas, see this blog:
http://adebbie-dabblechristmas.blogspot.com/

Since Ulta had 20% off I picked up a few things - especially the seasonal shower gel because you can't get this in the fall/winter and I love the scent. And it was half off so that made the purchase irresistible!
Ulta Shiny Sheer Lip Gloss
                                             Top: Fuchsia                             Bottom:Rouge

Fuchsia is more berry toned and a shade deeper
Rouge is more red without being stark
This is not goopy lip gloss - it provides color with a little shine that reflects light back so lines on the lips are not so noticeable.  I keep a variety of these in every bag.
I always buy these when Ulta has a sale even if I don't need any - just in case!

While out and about I stopped at a discount dept store and found these e.l.f. Cosmetics Baked Eyeshadow Palettes.
I picked up California
 and Texas
     Infused with active key ingredients that include jojoba, rose, sunflower, apricot and grape to nourish and hydrate the skin.  These are baked in ovens and can be used wet or dry - I only use dry simply to save time.
These are small and will be great for travel or as stocking stuffers for the holidays.  The prices varied from $5 - $10.
  *Speaking of the holidays - I need a pink/shabby chic tree skirt - if you know where I can find something like this let me know.

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