Saturday, November 28, 2015

I am using this adorable tree skirt this year - if you enjoy sewing, I think this would be easy to replicate:
 I love the 3D effect - I used 2 tree skirts to add fullness.

I love trying new hair products but some seem too expensive for what you receive.
This Phyto Phytoplage Protective Sun Veil should work like a veil for your hair and protect it from the damaging sun rays - and it may well but I just could not see any difference when I used this.  It did provide a high shine from the sunflower extract.  There was just a slight scent and it went way quickly.  I have similar products that seem just as effective and will save me $30.
Phyto Phytoplage Protective Sun Veil - 4.2 oz

I am trying some new Dr. Perricone products since there was a nice sale on the web site.
I have ordered these:
Face Finishing Moisturizer TintFace Finishing Moisturizer Tint
Plasma Essentials Plasma Essentials
I hope they will help especially during cold weather and with the reduced prices, it's a good time to give new products a test drive.          

            OK bloggers - we need to talk 
Have you visited blogs with so much advertising that it locked up your computer and you had to turn it off and restart??
I will no longer be able to return to any blog and/or link up if the site consistently locks up my brand new computer.  With the pop-up ads and embedded videos and various other clutter on these sites my computer slows to a crawl - and on top of that, half the day is gone and the blog is still not live.  I just don't have the time or patience to keep constantly checking back.
I have decided to limit my time.......
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Sunday, November 22, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!  Are you enjoying your favorite foods - just too much of it??!!!!!!!!!!!
That is what the holidays are for - so don't stress - sit back  & enjoy!

I love cranberry anything & I have been making this side dish for years: whole cranberries mixed with mandarin oranges, pecans, brown sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, triple sec (orange liqueur)  - put it together the day ahead so the flavors develop - you will enjoy this for days afterwards!

 I collect cut glass bowls and I have several of these - they are beautiful & timeless.  Your grand children will be glad you saved these!

For the upcoming holidays my family always likes to know my favorite kind of perfume. My current favorite is Viktor & Rolf  Flowerbomb - I have enjoyed this for several years.
The basic scents:
Sambac Jasmine, Centifolia Rose, Cattleya Orchid, Ballerina Freesia, Patchouli.
I just love this fragrance and have it in various forms - this is a strong scent so you just need a little and as a migraineur I cannot use it every day, as scent is one of my triggers.  But when you need to treat yourself,  you cannot go wrong with this!  Thank you Santa!
Pict: dual-ended lip gloss & roller ball perfume,  hair mist  &  perfume.

The tree is done - but is it really???  I keep fiddling with it every day and make some adjustments - it gets loving care every day.
It took all morning to create the bow topper - but I have to say it was fun using a new color scheme this year with burgundys, golds & cream.  But I will not be surprised if I run right back to my pink & shabby chic color scheme next year.  It will give me an excuse to put the tree up extra early for 2016!!  Change is not my strong point!!
I confess I miss Radiant Orchid as the color of the year and I am not going away quietly!!!

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Monday, November 16, 2015

If there is one beauty product that I do not use regularly it is blush - though I have plenty:
I tend to have some reddish undertones on my cheeks so I fear blush will just accentuate the skin color - I find bronzer to be more useful to give my cheeks some color.
I do love the ombre blush on the right - It's Estee Lauder & I probably have not used it twice - I found it at an outlet & could not resist it!

I have found another Revlon Colorstay polish in Rich Raspberry.  It is a lovely color and can be used year 'round.  It is definitely a berry color and not a true red - which will be very versatile.  But this particular color did not last as many others have and did not seem as thick-but a great color.
The Sephora 20% off sale ends today so I need to get my order in.  This is what I have chosen:
Caudalie Lip Conditioner
Phyto Phytoplage Protective Sun Veil
Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Hair Mist
Sephora Favorites Skin Wonderland

The only item I have ordered before was the hair mist - I love this fragrance! 
What did you order? 

It's time to put up the tree - only partially decorated because the grand children will be here soon to finish the decorating.  I still need to create the bow tree topper which will be in burgundy, cream & gold:
  What is your color scheme this year?

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Monday, November 9, 2015

I recently got this face serum from Ulta: Vichy Liftactiv Serum 10.  The box states it is for sensitive skin so I am excited to try this.   I think I need to add a serum in the never ending battle against wrinkles!
According to Vichy (owned by L'Oreal):
“Our breakthrough formula features Rhamnose, a naturally derived plant sugar extracted in its purest form. Rhamnose in a 5% concentration, has been clinically proven to improve skin rejuvenation at the source; improving  collagen production elastin, production and cellular turnover.”
Please let it be true!!!
 I like lip gloss because it deflects the wrinkles on the lips - I got this in 2 colors which will be nice for this time of year:  Shiny Sheer Lip Gloss in Rouge & Fuchsia - very pretty colors.

I recently found these polishes ~ Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy in 'Winning Streak' and the sparkles are Sephora by OPI  in 'It's Bouquet with me'
 I really like this lavender color but it will be more appropriate for spring - but I need this manicure to go to a party so I will add the sparkles for festivity.
I have tried most every color of polish in this line and some of the colors just simply last longer than others - why?  I don't know but it's true.  Some last a few days before starting to chip - others have held up beautifully for over 12 days.
This color is 2 coats and the top coat - will be interesting to see how long this new one lasts and I am a serious hand washer!

Was $72 of after-Halloween candy too much?  No, I don't think so either-it's not going to get any cheaper and this should tide me over until Christmas!!!!!!!!!!!
I will use some of this to top off cookies & cakes for the holiday baking - which should get under- way soon!

I am now officially the "Miracle Maker" Mimi!  My precious GS desperately wanted this Lego set:
I hunted this toy down like a rabid dog!!  Yes I spent hours looking for this - I was on waiting lists and finally today I got the call it was available - he will be so surprised because we sort of warned him that it was in short supply - but it was worth it because he is a grateful child.  Now, keeping it hidden will be the endurance test!

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