Friday, April 22, 2016

Good day to everyone:
My friend's grandchild is having open heart surgery so at this moment we are concentrating on this situation but I will be back.  We look forward to a wonderful outcome.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

I am so loving the colors of the year, esp the pink (Rose Quartz)
Some of my favorite bags are in versions of this color:

The first one is Dooney & Bourke domed satchel from the Nile Croc series.

The Louis Vuitton is Watercolor Speedy
     The (Aquarelle) Watercolor Speedy is one of the many representations of the classic
bag which originally came only in white but later was made with a brown background. (No longer available).
I have never used this bag - heaven only knows what I am waiting for especially now that the color is hot again!
 Trivia Question:  Did you know that there are 17 paint colors that were used in blurring the Watercolor Speedy? See how smart we are!


I intend to make this year's Christmas tree a pink beauty (ok, I have already started collecting new ornaments with the pink theme~I can't help it ~I'm already excited about the holidays!)
These just arrived  - safe & sound!

      I would like you to meet Michelle at http://grammietime2.blogspot.com.  This lovely person explores the wonderfulness of being grandparents and the joys that come along with this segment of life.  I was fortunate to be featured and I thank her for the kindness.  I am known for loving my grands more than my next breath. (According to my son, I like them better - hummmm!) It is the most unconditional love - grandchildren do not care what your job is or how much money you have - they only know how you make them feel - they know they are loved just because they exist ~ and that's enough. 
    And happy, happy day - they are coming again this weekend!!!!!!!!!!!

    The grands & I like barbecue potato chips but sometimes it's a little sweet for me so I decided to 'dress' mine up!
    I added cayenne pepper and cumin to my portion and loved it! It toned down the sweetness and made it uniquely mine!

    My precious babies are here for the weekend so craziness will commence - and how I love it!
    Have a great weekend.

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

     ~ All items purchased by me ~
                                               Linking up with these fabulous bloggers here

    Friday, April 8, 2016

    I have to help celebrate one of my favorite brands of hair spray ~ Kenra
     I have various forms of their products and really like Working Spray,
                                                                and Texturizing Mist
    All are excellent products that do not get stiff - nice fragrance that goes away quickly & does not conflict with perfume.

    I tried a pink & bronze-coppery eye shadow look and I don't care for it - it did not seem to highlight the green in my eyes.  Maybe I should go darker with the crease and shading.


    Yes, I will have some syrup to go with my french toast! (lite, of course!)
    No, really I only do this once a month - it would be terrible if it should become a habit!!!
    I started collecting Pfaltzgraff during the Bicentennial and have almost all the pieces in the Yorktowne series.  They are celebrating 200 yrs of creating durable, classic pieces of dinnerware.  Here is an article that is very informative if you collect any of their lines:
    http://www.antiquetrader.com/antiques/ceramics/collecting-200-years-of-vintage-pfaltzgraff
    I have considered selling my sets but the family is afraid I will regret it afterwards.  I am sort of leaning to a more basic white dinner pattern but I will just wait - how can it be Thanksgiving without these dishes??

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

     ~ All items purchased by me ~
                                               Linking up with these fabulous bloggers here

    Thursday, March 31, 2016

    If you are not big on bronzer but would like a little glow, you should look at Ambient Lighting Powder by Hourglass Cosmetics
    Luminous Light (L) and Mood Light (R)  -  these powders are not glittery and give just a slight sheen.  They are perfect for this time of year.
    I use these along the top of my cheeks bones - it takes very little product so you will get a lot of use from these.  I have had mine for well over a year and am not even half way thru these.

    I pulled out my Laura Geller Fortifying Eye Lash Primer and now remember how much I liked it!
    It is a black color without the little fibers and gives good coverage - in the above photo, I have no mascara on and my lashes are very soft.  This product is supposed to be good for the lashes so I am going to be more conscious about using it.
                                             

    I had to give the grands back as spring break is over.  But it was a nice time to stop at the outlets for a 'little' haul!!!!
    I have not tried everything yet but I know that I love all the Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess products.
    The Origins BB is a tinted moisturizer with white tea and SPF15 - this is new to me so I am excited to try this.

    It is cold and rainy here & I wanted something tasteful for a snack so I looked up Rosemary Mixed Nuts (the Barefoot Contessa has a similar recipe) - with just a handful of ingredients and 5 mins I had heaven on a plate!  I love salty and nuts are one of my favorite snacks.  I had been to BJ's and picked up a 3lb container of mixed nuts. So I combined butter, chopped rosemary, sea salt, cayenne pepper and a little brown sugar - it does not get easier than this.  I did not bother to let this cool - I just dug in!
     And this reminds me - I need to get a rosemary plant for the sun-room.

    Congratulations to Miss Sandy for winning one of the Naked eye shadow palettes-I hope you enjoy it!  I still have several other palettes waiting in the wings!

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

     ~ All items purchased by me ~
                                               Linking up with these fabulous bloggers here

    Sunday, March 27, 2016

    Baked eye shadows generally give long lasting color and can be used wet or dry - I have liked most of the products I have tried.  I found this palette at a discount dept store and though I am not familiar with the brand, Paula Dorf, I bought it to try some of the colors. (I have since found that beauty.com carries this brand).  I have green eyes and thought some of these green & bronze colors will be nice for spring & summer.  There were no names listed for the shadow colors but these can easily be combined to create your own version.
     The top left color of the palette will make a nice highlighter which I always use and the bottom left color will be the base - then the 2 right colors will be for my crease. There is no glitter, just a light sheen.  For $3 I can't go wrong.

    I have read some beauty blogs that only discuss very expensive products - never drugstore or mid-price brands and it is always interesting to see the reviews.  But I enjoy trying new products (frequently!) so I would never spend $400 for a face cream - afterall, I have to buy my grandchildren everything they want - it's my job!!!!!!!!!!!
    I am not swayed by designer labels and would not buy something just because***** created it - probably within a year another company will produce something very similar and cheaper.
    Certainly, cheap is not always the way to choose something but in this day and age money is not to be taken casually.  I enjoy a bargain as much as anyone and being retired makes me conscious of my spending.
    Do you let price dictate your cosmetic purchases?  Is there one item like eye cream that you simply will not compromise on?

    With my last Ulta purchase I received this lovely bag with all these samples - several that I have been wanting to try - if you click on the photo, generally the picture will enlarge
    AG Dry Wax is nothing like the name.  It is a great spray texturizer that helps create my 'piecey' ends - there was no build up or stickiness and did not apply wet - I will certainly buy the full size of this.
    And I hope to try these this week:

    If you missed last week's post be sure to go here and meet Nicole and read about her featured beauty bloggers, that just happened to include me!
    http://highlatitudestyle.com/2016/03/16/beauty-secrets-makeup-over-40/
    She is fun and helps make your working wardrobe very stylish.

    I plan to have a giveaway for eye shadow on March 31 so if you are a follower you have a chance of winning.  I would love to send one to you so start following!
    See this link for pictures:
    http://inmyprimetime.blogspot.com/2016/02/i-have-liked-most-of-physicians-formula.html#comment-form

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

     ~ All items purchased by me ~
                                               Linking up with these fabulous bloggers here

    Saturday, March 19, 2016

    Maybelline New York Lash Sensational Luscious Waterproof Mascara
     I can't do without mascara and I only use waterproof so this new item from Maybelline caught my eye - infused with oils to create soft lashes - there is a curved brush which helps reach from root to tips.  This is black pearl and enhances a soft look to the lashes - this may be a keeper.

    Urban Decay has Eyeshadow Primer Potion in the shade of Eden and it is fabulous!
    It is a matte finish and stayed that way for over 12 hrs!  It's a nice neutral color and could certainly be used as the eye shadow color alone.  If you use products like Latisse sometimes it causes some redness on the eyelid and this will certainly cover that.
    But there is no reason to spend $20 when you can buy Wet nWild Take on the Day Eye Shadow Primer for under $10.  It lasted just as long with no scent and is easy to find.

    My blood pressure tends to be wonky so my dr put me on a diuretic and in 2 days I lost 7lbs!!!!!!
    I don't generally get crazy about my weight & eat what I want - but now I definitely will not pass up the extra piece of chocolate!

    I like bagel crisps and bought this last week - my goodness, they are delicious!!!!!!!!!
    The garlic flavor is for real so be sure everyone indulges or they will know you have had garlic!
    Today's lunch was easy - cheeseburger wrap with honey mustard dipping sauce.
    Hamburger was on sale for $1.99 which I have not seen in over a year - sure would be nice for meat prices to come down at least for a while - I have cosmetics to buy!!!!!!!!

    Wow, girl friend needs a haircut!

    Please go to this link and meet Nicole - a fashion blogger and brilliant scientist in Alaska!
    http://highlatitudestyle.com/2016/03/16/beauty-secrets-makeup-over-40/
    In this post, she featured several beauty bloggers of diff ages and included me!
    Thank you love!
    It was very interesting to read what everyone considers important for their daily make up routine.
    For me, exfoliation is paramount.
    You will enjoy her blog and personal sense of style.

    I plan to have a giveaway for eye shadow on March 31 so if you are a follower you have a chance of winning.  I would love to send one to you so start following!
    See this link for pictures:
    http://inmyprimetime.blogspot.com/2016/02/i-have-liked-most-of-physicians-formula.html#comment-form

     Pink isn't just a color ~ it's an attitude! 
    ~All items purchased by me~
                                               Linking up with these fabulous bloggers here

    Saturday, March 12, 2016

    I have enjoyed Too Faced products and love eye shadows but this is too kitschy for me:
    Too Faced Peanut Butter & Jelly Eye Shadow Palette
    tf-inside.jpgThere is too much glitter in this set and the Jelly color is too garish. I am fairly sure I don't want to spend $36 and smell like a sandwich!  The Chocolate Bar series was nice and I bought the Chocolate Contour palette though I only use about half the colors.  Yes, they really do smell like chocolate - ok, milk chocolate!

    I have been using Ulta Sculpting Contour Stick and it is a good product.  It's a very creamy formula and easy to blend - the color is not too dark and has no sheen:
     It gives a nice definition to under the jaw line and along the sides of the nose.  I prefer using powder under the cheek bones and then blend in with my bronzer.

    I know I should add Vit C to my skin care but so far I have not found a product that does anything noticeable - I admit I am not always consistent - this Kakadu C creme is my latest try:
     If you have a Vit C prod that you like, let me know - I will try anything once!

    If you have ever wanted to create your own perfume this might be the way to go:
    Midnight Fleur,  Amazon Lily,  Indigo, Paradise, Passiflora, White Sandalwood, Dahlia&Vines
    Eau De Parfum from Nest smells heavenly - very clean and real.  I have been combining several diff scents from this set and it has been great fun.  I really have liked every combination I have tried.  The Dahlia and Vines and Passaflora are wonderful, as is Indigo.
    The only single scent I did not enjoy was Amazon Lily - it was spicy, sort of like a Christmas scent and that was not what I expected - but all the others were fabulous together & separately.

    ~ All products purchased by me. ~

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

                                                Linking up with these fabulous bloggers here

    Saturday, March 5, 2016

    At 62, I don't think glitter is a nice look for me; but I definitely could use more of a glow so I am happy to have tried Fiona Stiles Light Illusion Prism Palette:
    This is very finely milled so you don't go overboard - which is good because I tend to be heavy handed!  You can easily build on the color but I have found just a swatch on the brush is enough.  This will certainly last for a while so it's a good investment.

    Deep Wrinkle Serum from Roc is a good product and feels silky on the skin.  If I am at home all day I will reapply since I have no make up on.
                                         
    There are plenty of opportunities to buy this with a discount which I did - Ulta had buy one - get one 50% off so I also bought
    Multi Correxion 5 in 1 Daily Moisturizer which has SPF 30 - you cannot have too much sun protection! (the name is the correct spelling) ~ and,
    whatever you put on your face & neck also apply to the back of your hands - you will thank me later!

    I have always been a fan of Dior and this eye shadow (which is my weakness!) is now part of my collection!  It's just gorgeous #642 Lifting Amber.  5 colors with serum enriched primer & eye shadows.  The compact is beautiful and this would make a nice gift, even for yourself!
    Yes, you deserve something lovely!  And if I buy another one it would make a nice giveaway!!!!!!
    Stay tuned if you are a follower!

    I am a very happy camper as my wonderful manicurist has returned to our city !!!!!!
    I have tried others but no one has done to suit me since she left - thank you Nikki for coming home!
    I have missed my french manicure!
    My front door is almost ready for spring:
     The grapevine holder has been sort of wonky - keeping it centered has been a challenge so I used double sided tape and that has helped.  I have loved this mahogany door - it blends well with the brick and I would use this same color scheme for the next house.

    Pink isn't just a color ~ it's an attitude!
       Linking up with these fabulous bloggers here