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:
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.
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:
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: ~
my favorite 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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