Thursday, February 23, 2017

I have been using highlighters sparingly - at 63 I don't want to look like a disco ball but I do want to create a subtle glow.  I keep on hand  Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder,

 Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders in Luminous Light (L) & Mood Light (R):
Most of these are build-able and will last a very long time - no need to be heavy-handed!
These are not overly sparkly ~ begin at the corner of the eye and sweep the brush down towards the face, hitting the tops of the cheek bones. 
 
Keep an eye out during the holidays because companies create sets that allow you to try different products with one purchase like Sephora Favorites 'Glow For It'~ these included powder and creme highlighters and was a great way to try out items without over spending.

I like AG Hair Care products:
I have a lot of layers that need definition - I have used AG hair wax previously (on the ends)) and it worked well.
So I when I saw the Tousled Texture in a spray I thought this would be so convenient - wow - that stuff comes out fast & furious!  It is a powerful spray that is really too much - I will try just spraying it on my hands and apply to the ends - the force is too strong straight from the can. Yes, Girl Friend needs a hair cut!!

I did not know National Margarita Day is on February 22  -  I did not realize this was a 'thing'!! Here are some lovely looking recipies:
 http://www.nycsinglemom.com/2017/02/16/margarita-recipes
I tend to associate margaritas with summer but Feb is good too!
Let me know if you tried some of these.

Here is a recipe that I tried and liked.  Super easy and everything is in 1 pan!  I did not use Italian seasoning but just a bunch of diff ones we like - oregano, herbs de provence, celery seeds & bay leaves.  I also added some chopped onion ( you could use dried)
Chicken legs & thighs have been on sale for about .69 lb lately so it is a great time to stock up.
 http://www.highheelsandgrills.com/green-beans-chicken-and-potatoes-one-pan-wonder/
I baked this at 370 deg for about an hour - we like food very done!  This is the before pic - I melted a stick of butter and poured it over everything and added some more salt & pepper. Here in the South butter is a food group - necessary for every day life! (You could use less but perish the thought!)
I will make this again - have you tried this recipe?

If you enjoy cross stitching look at this cute Etsy shop:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheSweetPinkShop?ref=hdr_shop_menu
New things will be listed everyday as the brick & mortar shop is closed.

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Do you remember 100 yrs ago when we were in college and someone's aunt would send a big container of "Russian tea"?  The smell of this organic tea reminds me of that time:
Very fragrant and warming!
The grands were here so hot chocolate for them - they got 'surprises' because they made the honor roll.  Truly my life is simply spoiling them ~ I could not love them more.

I had Cover Girl Jewels eye shadow(r) so I wanted to try Maybelline's 24k Nudes.  Several of the jewel colors are not for me and most of the 24k are too dark except for use in the crease.
There is only 1 color (top left) that is any where near golden but some of the others can be used as highlighter for the brow
 I thought I was not using enough of the darker colors in the crease but this day I was too heavy-handed - I was not happy with this look - not even the lip color! (which was bareMinerals Pop of Passion in Rose Passion - I prefer a 'berry' color) - of course a headache did not help!
I won't  buy these again - there are not enough use-able colors for me ~ as a rule, I don't re-purchase most cosmetics - there is always something new to try!

I found these bronzers from Physician's Formula (ok, I dug them back out since I have not used them!) and I am going to start using them - I could stand some color!  But the goldy dust on the left "City Glow" will have to come off - a girl can just do so much glitter!

I still love this fragrance from years ago ~ Coco by Chanel.
I have seen this on auction sites for lots of money (yes, even used!) but I have decided not to save mine but use it and enjoy it.  I find the current version does not smell the same as my 'classic' and I do like my version better.  I am not getting any younger so I am going to use what I love!
Do you change your perfume as Spring approaches?  I do tend to go lighter - not so heavily floral.

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Friday, February 10, 2017

I am very happy with this new product:
Ulta's Juice Infused Lip Oil is a luxurious lip oil infused with a combination of natural ingredients ~
I bought Cranberry + Pomegranate:
Antioxidant and skin nurturing properties
Skin conditioning and restructuring benefits ~ there is no color in this when applied but it has immediate moisturizing effects. Just a slight fragrance that goes away quickly - I will definitely buy again.

I am loving this form of Pantene Shampoo: Ultimate 10 BB Shampoo
 It has a soft creamy texture and a nice lather.  I do not need conditioner after using this.
Here are some of the benefits: Repair for Rough Hair, Strength Against Damage, Silky Softness, Brilliant Shine, Frizz Control, Heat Protection, Manageability.

I am also trying new OGX Orchid Oil Shampoo - such a lovely scent!
I try to find shampoo that is not too harsh in the winter - what is your favorite at this time of year?

I am trying this on the back of my hands:
 This is a small amount and it is not too harsh - this is good if you have dark spots on the hands.  I use sunscreen when I go to the nail salon for protection but I think it is good to add a product like this to lighten any areas - be sure your derm thinks it's ok for you to use!

Dear Mr. For 43 Years made cookies!  No, I'm not too sick to taste these!

I am fighting a virus currently so I will have more goodies (make up & food!) next time  ~
Stay well!

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

If you collect Mac eye shadows - here you go!!
This wonderful person has done all the work for you - all the colors are grouped together with the names - how generous to share with all of us:
https://www.makeupgeek.com/content/makeup-basics/how-to-organize-your-mac-eyeshadows ~
my favorite purples.
 Purples

 Since Ulta sent me a 20% off code I picked up some things I have been wanting to try and some staples.
 
Active Infusion Youth Serum by Strivectin
Strobing Palette 
 
Amped Lashes Waterproof Mascara
This is not all of it (!!!!!!) but I will share the other things when they arrive so I can get better pictures.  
 Attention lip gloss lovers! Here is my current very favorite gloss & it is wonderful!
Butter London has created the ultimate lip gloss for me!


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Saturday, January 28, 2017

Now that we have Pantone's color of the year - what do you think?

Pantone Color Institute Logo

GREENERY

PANTONE 15-0343

       

Color of the Year 2017 - Color Pairings and PalettesEven though I have green eyes, this is not a color I was ever crazy about - no particular reason.
But it will certainly pair well with Rose Quartz which  I like.  None the less, I will always be in love with Radiant Orchid from a couple of years ago.
PANTONE COLOR OF THE YEAR 2014 - Radiant Orchid 18-3224  
 But hopefully the cosmetics companies will utilize Greenery as a base for some
 great eye shadows -
I will definitely have to buy some of those!
How do you plan to incorporate these colors into your life - clothes, make up, decorating?
It certainly gives a freshness to upcoming Spring.

Ulta is having a sale =  ULTA Beauty Makeup, Brushes and Beauty Tools   Buy 2 Get 2 FREE 
It is a great way to stock up on the basics like brushes, primer, lip gloss.

Have you changed your skin care routine this winter?  I am trying to add more VitC  inside & out!
I normally make lemon water every morning and have tried products that have VitC in them - I have not really noticed a difference but I am not as consistent as I should be.
Do you have a favorite VitC product - I would like to try some new ones.

I got these small samples of Whish body creme - this is a new company for me so I
 will try this - anything to combat dry skin!
The info I found was interesting - the company is known for using natural products and is paraben, sulfate, TEA, DHE & petrochemical free.  Definitely worth a try!  Have you tried this brand - what did you think?

My beloved grands are here so my blueberry muffins are all ready for their breakfast!

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

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Friday, January 20, 2017

I am a big fan of Kenra hair products and stock up when they have a sale.
I got the Texturizing Wax as I have a lot of layers in my hair that need definition.  This is a good product in mousse form but you do not need a lot - I tend to be heavy-handed so I know from experience!  Just  a small amount will do the job.
The Thickening Spray & Blow Dry Mist (thermal protectant) are nice to have in my stockpile and I add these first after shampooing - then blow dry - then add the wax which is really only needed on the ends of the layers - not especially on the roots ~ remember ~ not too much!
                                               Yes, alas, this is what 63 looks like ..........

I recently ordered this Purple Smokey Look Kit from NYX - 9 eye shadows & 2 lip colors with applicators.  I have always heard that green eyes should go for the  lavender/purple shadows and I have a zillion of them - so of course I needed this one!
 This is the appearance of the eye shadows from top to bottom-there were no names listed.  The first one (#1 shown on my arm) would be nice for the crease or as an eyeliner.
If you click on the pic it should get bigger.

It is a small compact and I will never use the lip colors - there are a few shimmer eye shadows in this set but not over the top -  I really do like these colors!
But there is fallout so keep a powder brush handy!

I rarely use this under eye concealer mainly because it is dry - I usually mix it with moisturizer and then apply but I am still not crazy about it - which is a shame because it has good ingredients.  I purchased the medium color but it was not a great match.  At least I got a little use out of it.

I am using Argan Oil regularly - it really absorbs quickly.  I use it on the face, neck and the back of my hands.  It has been unusually cold here in the South (6 deg!!) so I am using this in conjunction with upping my water intake.  It is a great moisturizer.
 What are some of your favorite moisturizers?  I can always use some more!


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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Since it is a new year, let's review some things that we loved from the past year - which will help us get back to using our lovely goodies!
  Rainforest After Dark by Tarte
 Colored clay eye & cheek palette - absolutely love these colors and they can be worn all year long.
Colors:
bare to explore (pink beige)
make a mauve (plum mauve)
plum away with me (dark plum)
up to no gold (gold)
tan-gled up in you (tan)
don’t turn a-brown (dark brown)
unleashed (nude rose blush)
champagne (highlighter)
park ave princess (bronze)
Formulated without parabens, mineral oil, triclosan, soldium lauryl sulfate and phth
alates

I love these colors and have only used it once - which is crazy!  They will be great for the entire year.

Chanel
The formula is the same as the other quads in the Les 4 Ombres range, which is supposed to be “vibrant, pigment-rich” with “long-lasting pigments”  - great news - the spring edition of Chanel Les 4 Ombres is the same formulation!

                                      Hi; I'm Mimi and I have an eye shadow problem!!!
I still enjoy these palettes even though I rarely use them  ~ both are rose colored nude eye shadows~ L'Oreal and Ulta

The Countdown to Gorgeous from bareMinerals set was fun!  I did not want everything that was included but others did so nothing was wasted.  It was a great way to try various things in this line but I am glad I did not pay full price for the set.  Included:
Deluxe Marvelous Moxie Lip-gloss in 5 different shades
Deluxe Pop of Passion Lip Oil Balm in 4 shades
Eyecolor in 5 shades
Blush in 2 shades
Radiance in 1 shade
Original Mineral Veil
Tinted Mineral Veil
Mini Lash Domination Volumizing Mascara
Mini Lash Domination Petite Precision Mascara
Deluxe SkinLongevity
I gave all the lip balms away - so far the eye shadows are very soft with a little fallout but are gentle on the skin.  Here is a pic of Thankful eye shadow which I will use in the crease:
It is a milk chocolate color - fairly powdery (is that a word??)
That is a small mascara!  I can understand smaller eye shadow samples (the larger one is Mineral Veil- I like that product a lot) - but mascara should be bigger.
But since I did not pay full price I won't complain too much.

What are some of your products that need more love - things you still enjoy but have not used consistently - share your favorites!

ETA: 
Att Bloggers: Do you have a reader that checks your site multiple times a day  - every day???
I have one from NJ - this person never participates or comments so I don't know the purpose of these visits, as I only publish once or twice a week.  Do you keep an eye on their IP address - which would probably be a good idea.  How do you handle the 'overly fervid' reader?
Feel free to email me if you prefer private conversation.

 Words to the Wise.:

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