Wednesday, December 17, 2014

I can't help it - I am already thinking about next Christmas!
This year can go quietly away since I am happy to forget about 2 cars I demolished and the broken bones that are healing.
Because next year I am going to treat myself to this lovely ~ ALEXIS BITTAR LIQUID GOLD: BEAUTY BRUSH SET + STAND
SEPHORA COLLECTION - ALEXIS BITTAR LIQUID GOLD: BEAUTY BRUSH SET + STAND
Of course, I realize I won't be throwing these make-up brushes away like I normally do so I will be careful with them - they truly need to come home with me.  These are worth being good for the entire year!

This adorable case was out of stock on line but my local Ulta kindly put this aside for me until I could make it into town:
"Let's Face It" Collection has a nice assortment of eye shadows, primer, blush, bronzers, lip gloss & applicators.  This would make a nice gift or the perfect travel kit.  With my platinum discount I think it was under $10!
While I was in Ulta I also picked up this hairspray/finishing spray:
This is very softly scented & user friendly! No stiffness or dullness - I am very pleased with this purchase.

I absolutely love the new cotton tips that are so perfect for applying makeup:
I found these 2 different types & stocked up - you know it's one of those things that when you run out, you can never find them!  I really like them better than a regular eye shadow brush.

I adore the chandelier sweater look so I bought this:
I also found a very similar one for GD - she is like me = if it sparkles, we love it!
And speaking of the Princess ...................

Happy Birthday angel  ~  you are the best surprise I have ever received!
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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Since I am dealing with kidney stones, the Princess has been helping:
She is almost 5 ~ where did the time go? (The front of her jammy top reads:
"I don't need a prince"~ It's soooo her!
I have enjoyed the pink & cream color scheme for a while now but I am thinking next year should be a change - but  I am not sure which colors to go with - I know red & green would not be for me but maybe a burgundy & cream color (with gold accents?) - it would not be a big departure but just different enough to keep me from being bored.
GD had not seen the Dakin & Gund bears before so of course she thinks they are for her (they are! ~ though when I bought these long ago she was just a twinkle in my eye).
Ok Santa, I think we are ready!

 This just came in my email-Tarte's 2015 Spring collection & I love matte eye shadow so I am very interested in this.....I think.  At first sight, the colors seem dark for spring but I will go into the store for an up-close look: 
tarte - Tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte Eyeshadow PaletteUsually I am all over a limited edition but I think I will have to pass on this - I am wanting lighter, pastel colors.
It will be hard to beat this year's Tarte Mattenificent Palette: 
But I love seeing new things so they have my interest!

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Friday, December 5, 2014

 It's here: Pantone's color of the year~Marsala, a  terracotta red shade, has been named the official color of the year.
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It appears items with this color will be launching in Sephora and on Sephora.com on December 26.  This color will make beautiful lipsticks but surely too dark for blush-it will be interesting to see how the eye color palettes are created to incorporate this color.

I am still in organization mode so this armoire in the corner of my dressing room has my attention: (the back wall is all mirror)
Most of this stuff could go on the vanity but I think I will use the decorative boxes to store the eye shadows:  
I hope this nesting instinct will stay with me thru the new year ~ I could get so much accomplished!

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Saturday, November 29, 2014

I am a collector of a variety of things including china, silver and of course, shoes!
But one of my greatest loves is the Dept 56 holiday pieces.  I so look forward to the GD  having these in her home:

These are pieces I do not mind if GD plays with; I want her to learn to be gentle with her future heirlooms.

This time of year starts me thinking about editing - which usually causes me to find items I have not used in a while~I like this journey necklace but have not worn it in over a year:
 
I need to go thru more things but I normally wait until the new year:
But this photo made me go in search of this blue topaz necklace:
I am not tan - just a low light flash!  I need to wear & enjoy my stuff - 
this year was the 60th birthday so time is marching on!!
Do you plan to take inventory in the new year & find some new "old" things?
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Saturday, November 22, 2014

When I dress casually I still like to look put together.  So I have been thrilled to find everyday wear in velour fabric - it looks dressy & keeps me warm without too many layers.  I like this black hooded shirt in velour and when I found these flats in the same type of fabric I was thrilled.
This will look great with pants in grey, red, pine green & other basic colors.
(The shoes are from Lands End)

I collect china and especially love holiday china patterns: these are some of my Thanksgiving pieces:
They are from 2 different pattern sets, though they "go" together.
As soon as I put away the Thanksgiving pieces I will take out all of the Christmas china and get it ready for the holidays ~ polishing silver is not my favorite thing to do but a necessary evil.

The princess was here for 2 days & she is growing too fast - the day is coming when she will not let me dress her in footies - why can't she stay 4 forever?
She is so stylish - her footies match my dining room!  We both love pink!
   
Happy Thanksgiving
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Sunday, November 9, 2014

 Autumn Rain

I have been using Laura Mercier powder foundation during the summer and like it very much:
I use a powder brush for even distribution. It is light & comfortable to wear.
Now that colder temps are here I am enjoying her tinted moisturizer which also has SPF 20.  This is a light texture & is build-able ~ a very nice product.
I use Dr. Dennis Gross ferulic + retinol fibroblast anti-aging moisturizer first:
This absorbs quickly and my sensitive skin really likes it.
I need to order another one while the Sephora 20% sale is going on.

Have you started making the Thanksgiving menu?  Heaven forbid I should change mine;  the earth could stop spinning if I changed up my menu!
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Pink isn't just a color ~ it's an attitude!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

 Good Morning My Lovelies
This very cute set came recently: Away Oui Go Portable Palette & Collector's Set from Tarte:
Tarte Away Oui Go Collectors Set & Portable Palette for Holiday 2014-2                                                       
  • interchangeable & removable eye and cheek palettes which includes:
    16 full size, French-inspired Amazonian Clay Eye Shadows (0.07 oz. each)
  • 4 full size Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blushes: Irresistible (soft melon), Envisioned (sheer coral), Limitless (peach rose), Intrigue (rose petal) (0.158 oz. each)
  • 3 deluxe Maracuja Lip Glosses: Paris (raspberry), Cannes (light pink), Nice (nude mauve) (0.06 fl. oz. each)
  • Deluxe Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 Mascara
  • Portable collector's compact (0.14 oz.)
The individual palettes fit in the blue case so you can take
your touch-up makeup with you. 
It is a limited edition set so if you are thinking about a gift ~ better get it!
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Monday, October 27, 2014

Ok ~ it's confession time  - the vanity in my dressing room has been looking like this:
So I bought this and hopefully life will become organized!
I hope it will look nice with my brush holder:

Organizing this space is a work in progress and I hope I like the end result.

The princess was here and got a haircut - she knows she is adorable:


You were born an original - don't die a copy.

Monday, October 20, 2014

I tried Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Polish this week and it only lasted a couple of days even after using the top coat.  Gel polish products have a way to go before they are perfected.  I hope there is a new & improved soon ~ I want polish that will last more than 2 days!
This is a nice limited edition set from Tarte;
The picture on the box is the most true to the real color ~ the items are smaller than what appears on the box.  The cheek tint is the only item that was sealed & that sort of alarmed me.  I feel any product that touches the skin should be sealed.  I wrote the company about this and they simply stated that is the way this was made; therefore, I won't buy their products online anymore - I will wait to see them in person and be sure that my item is sealed.

My DIL is a teacher and takes her lunch everyday since she has to stay with the children.  She is a Southern girl so I knew she would like my tuna & macaroni salad;

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

It's officially fall because this was in the grocery store:
And it's only 60 calories!  Life is good!

I could not resist this when I saw it in the store:
It's Sonia Kashuk's 15th Anniversary Brush Set.  There are 15 lovely purple brushes included which is great for me because I just don't keep my brushes - I know there will be something better coming along eventually.  This will make a nice gift ~ but I'm keeping mine!

Ok, I have to say this: putting a tank top over a pair of torn jeans is not 'stylin'.  No, not even adding a pair of designer heels. And such a sloppy OOTD would cause me to dismiss a blog. This did not take any thought, preparation or instinctive design sense.  I am drawn to much more creative designs and I hope you are.

I love Chilis and now some of their main dishes are available in the grocery store:
This was very good for lunch - of course, I added hot sauce, sour cream, bacon bits & shredded cheese ~ it was delish!!

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