Sunday, August 31, 2014

Since I live in the country, I enjoy my magazines coming to the house.  But I recently went to amazon to order some and everything was automatic renewal - yuk!! that is something else I have to keep up with.  After multiple brain surgeries there is not room for too much stuff that must be remembered.  This needs to be simplified.

Ok - my recent nail polish experience ~ When I broke my back earlier this year, I stopped going to the nail salon because I could not sit up long enough to have my gel manicure.  But I still want color & protection so I was anxious to try the new gel-like polishes that have come on the market.  My first venture involved  Nutra Nail Gel Perfect - oh my, what a disappointment!!
It is a multiple process which if it had worked would have been ok - it did not.  In less than a day, there were major chips - from just taking a shower!!!!!!!!!!  It was tough to get off - regular polish remover would not budge the color.  So in the trash it goes.  It's a shame because the Snapdragon was a nice color.
So the next day I try the Revlon Gel Envy - there are some lovely colors in this line and I chose Up the Ante: it's a pretty plum color ~

I also used the Top Coat recommended so I am praying I get more than 24 hours wear~!
Stay tuned!

Let me follow up with a small review about the Calvin Klein mascara I received from Ulta - the pic is below in a previous post.  There was no significant volume and the brush was too big; it would require several applications for any dimension & that would try my patience.
Also, not being waterproof means I am going to throw it away - there are many others I am excited to try, so onward & upward.

For me, Labor Day gives me permission to decorate for fall  -
some of my favorite colors: 

I hope your holiday was wonderful!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Watching the Emmys (as I bounce around the channels) it was nice to see many of the women dressed tastefully with a nod to old Hollywood glamour.  There was a large range of red colors that looked lovely on almost everyone.

Speaking of color, here are some of Pantone's previous selections for color of the year:

Apparently the nine palettes for 2015 are: Style-Setting, Abstractions, Botanicum, Zensations, Urban Jungle, Tinted Medley, Past Traces, Serendipity and Spontaneity.
I am thinking a grayish-green would fall into these categories - it would probably not be my cup of tea but I could certainly see it in eye shadows & would give it a try.

The love of my life celebrated his 9th birthday recently and this child just gets sweeter with every passing day.  We made a Jurassic Park birthday cake & little sister 'helped'!
(white t-shirts are great for baking because you can bleach the frosting out!)

Wishing you good times & happy memories........

Linking up with these fabulous bloggers here

Sunday, August 24, 2014

If you would like a bunch of southern blog reading to be available to you all the time, bookmark this site:
There are plenty of nice blogs for all ages & it will entertain you on a rainy day!

I received the current issue of Instyle & it is huge!  I saw a great Fendi gray bag but could not find it on line:
I do not have a gray bag so that oversight must be rectified  - of course the Prada was not too shabby either:
 My fall bags tend to be darker colors: I love this bag & have never used it - It's Dooney & Bourke:
I seem to be drawn to texture.
Are you planning to buy a new purse this season?

 I could not believe Mr. 4 40yrs brought home an almost duplicate to my beloved car:
It's a shade darker but that's ok because he thinks I may need a smaller version of my Cadillac.  So I will wait for this:

But curious minds wonder if this small car can hold the Ulta & Sephora hauls..........??

Linking up with these fabulous bloggers here

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Southern humidity is sooooo cruel!!!
We have to fight for any sort of hair style - I think this is all of the curl I am going to eek out today!  I surrender!

I like Hourglass products and have talked about the primer they produce - it is silky smooth and is perfect under powder or liquid foundation. I also use
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Luminous Light (left) and Mood Light on the right.  There is not a great difference between these 2 colors but I have enjoyed using these along the neck & top of my cheekbones.  It takes very little product to create a lovely glow.
    I understand Hourglass is coming out with similar items in blushes but I will probably pass on those as I love this:

This is so perfect to keep control on the amount of blush that is used. It's Estee Lauder and I found it at an outlet.  The gradient idea is an excellent one

I did not like the sound my eye lash curler was making this morning - it is plastic because I am highly allergic to nickel and it proceeded to make 'cracking' sounds.  This is not good because these are difficult to find.  I need a sturdy one - not one from the $ store so this must go on a list = I have so many lists!  Don't laugh - one day you will be my age and fully appreciate "lists"!!!!!

I can't get over this heart shaped bruise from the steering wheel - a good-bye from the car I loved  - it kept me from breaking my neck - the ultimate gift!

Happy Birthday to all of us green-eyed girls!
Ok, I am ready for 60 to start being fun - any day now !
 Woman face green eyes vector illustration -

Friday, August 15, 2014

I have been wondering what the new color of the year will be - I loved this year's orchid color & I believe emerald was the year prior.  Let it be anything but coral!  What do you think - what would be your choice?

My girl friend just called to check on me - she will probably be moved by next year and I am so dreading that time.  She is a great shopping partner - if I can stop breaking bones for a while, we can get some serious shopping done!

Here are some basic items I got from Ulta:
But I wanted some other items and they were not in stock.  This has happened before - I go in for specific items & they are sold out.  Having been in advertising back in the day, if you promote something have enough in stock!  Gas is too expensive to drive unnecessarily.  But since it is my birthday month this was the free item:
Calvin Klein mascara - I have not tried this brand before so I will put it in the rotation.
I saw my adorable hair designer yesterday & she loves Bon Jovi and told me I needed to check out this song - I absolutely love this one:

And for my friend Valeri, a grandmother that follows the band, here is some
" cheesecake " for your birthday!!!!!!!  Enjoy!

I can't help it - isn't she adorable - don't let that sweet smile fool you - she wasn't born yesterday!!!!!

 I am off to rest the bumps & bruises - seeing the munchkins did make me feel better.

Wishing you a safe weekend.
   Amen Sister!!!!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

I hope everyone is well.  I am sick :

I have matching bruises, though I was driving.
I am sick at heart because I love this car but I am so truly thankful I was alone in the car and on the road.
So I guess my OOTD will stay the same for a while ; blue bruises with contrasting purple.
Please be very careful out there.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Hello August
From here, I can see fall - on the mountain, some of the leaves are starting to lighten up & Martha Stewart & I have a birthday!  And of course, my adorable grandson who loves anything about dinosaurs:
This must have been a marketing device - this has no lightening ingredients:
So I don't know where the 'lemon' highlights are supposed to come from.....maybe the oils just "shine" up the ones you already have?!?

The orchid color of the year will come to an end but this is still beautiful: I will miss this color.

I like these stripes but I certainly do need a haircut:


When a migraine comes on I start craving carbs:
There is nothing like supreme pizza with extras added on: cheese, olives & sauce.  I never eat the crust but love everything else!

My weekly link ups are listed on the right!  If I participate in your blog hop it will be listed here and this list stays up every day.
Have a lovely weekend.

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!