Monday, January 15, 2018

Priorities

WARNING! More "Beyond" than "Blushing"....

There's just something fantastic about January and new beginnings. Maybe it's the short days and long nights that provoke a sense of urgency when it comes to developing a plan, or organizing, or putting into practice those new year resolutions and intentions. Being an eleventh hour warrior, I appreciate the sentiments of January and an opportunity for reflection and new beginnings. It's no exaggeration that every year for the last decade (plus) I have made a new year's resolution to not go to bed with my makeup on. That instead, I would add to my night time routine a time to take really good care of my skin. That would comprise of a good face wash, toner, moisturizer, and I'm sure some kind of eye serum. I even told myself that once or twice a week I would also implement a home facial including exfoliating, a nice steam session, followed by a mask and then a night time moisturizer. Good plan, right? Easy enough, right? Yeah! Why oh why can I not stay committed to this plan!! I've defaulted 90% of the time to using a quick makeup removing wipe while laying in bed calculating how many hours/minutes of sleep I'm going to get before my first alarm goes off. It's pathetic.

In Lisa's perfect world, On a typical workday I would wake up at 6am, snuggle with my pups, shower, put on my makeup, get dressed, leave my humble abode, stop for a vanilla latte, and get to work by 7:15ish to give me a few minutes to chit-chat with my co-workers before going into my first meeting at 7:30am. I would then be off work by 3ish, stop at Trader Joes for that night's dinner, arrive back at home by 4pm, snuggle with my pups, answer some emails, check out my social media accounts, prep/cook/eat dinner with my man and little man (when he's off work), catch up on the day over a nice glass of wine or cocktail by the fire, and/or take the pups for a walk, watch some TV while cleaning the kitchen and picking up, and then head up stairs by 8 or 9pm for my nighttime routine which would consist of everything I mentioned above, and finally lay down and fall fast asleep by 9:30pm. Sounds like a decent plan, right? I think so however my life is super busy and chaotic including restless nights, rushed mornings, late afternoons into evening at work, rushing to get home by 6:30 or 7pm two to three nights a week, resulting in being too tired or busy to cook but instead picking up dinner or simply being content with cereal, or toast with PB, or an apple and Funyuns for dinner (not kidding!). Still I always find time for cuddling with the pups, a quick check in with the hubby, maybe some TV while taking care of any unfinished work "stuff" from the day. My hubby and I are typically both exhausted by the end of the day and are ready to hit the sack by 9ish. I get ready for bed by changing and quickly grabbing a makeup wipe while crawling into bed praying that I will fall asleep quickly and get a restful night sleep.

With many long talks with my husband, and several tears of exhaustion, I have identified the problem. Time management and PRIORITIES are all out of whack. I'm working on it. Hard. Over the last six months my priorities have been re-evaluated and I have made some changes with some great results. Obviously time with my family is crucial. Whether it's cooking/eating together, running errands together, completing chores together--I just want to be together. I want to talk; I want to listen. Aside from my most important relationships being my number one priority next would have to be my health and wellness. I'm falling short in this area. Work definitely comes before my health and wellness and one of my new year's intentions was to change this. Starting with a better night time routine--taking better care of my skin and getting a good nights rest!

Now on to the "Blushing"....

For years I have LOVED doing at home facials. I cannot even remember how long I have done this but it has been at least a decade and a half!! When I'm not reaching for a MAC wipe (or Clinique make up wipe OR Philosophy make up wipe) I actually have a great routine.

**side note on Makeup remover wipes. I love the MAC brand the best and now that they have come out with a "gentle" version that doesn't make my eyes water--I'm doing a happy dance. The wipes cleanse, tone, and moisturize. love them. LOVE THEM!!

Back to my full service skincare routine:

First, my hair goes back in a ponytail with a headband in place to keep my hair out of the way. I typically start with a makeup wipe remover followed by a gentle facial wash. Lately I've been using Peter Thomas Roth anti-aging cleansing gel. It smells good and my face doesn't feel dry or overly tight after washing. I might need to re-wipe my eyes after I was my face if all the mascara isn't removed with my facial cleaner. While I'm washing my face, I put a pot of water on the stove to heat up to a gentle simmer. After I'm done washing the makeup, sweat, pollutants, (sometimes dried tears....JKNR) off--I prep for a steam session to open my pores for a deeper clean. After my pot of water comes to a subtle simmer I add some lose tea to the pot--maybe a quarter of a cup. I always use something with lavender or chamomile in it. Both are soothing and relaxing. I recently bought a night-time tea pack from Teavana that "Chamomile Bloom" and "Lavender Dreams." But are AWESOME!! I put the pot of seeping tea on my counter, grab a big towel and drape the towel over my head as I lean over the pot. Essentially I am creating a steam tent. I breath slowly, take in the calming aromas from the tea, and just spend that time quieting my mind and praying. I probably spend more time then I need to in this meditative state--maybe 15 minutes. Once done with the steam session I pat my skin dry and reach for a mask.

Picking a mask is so hard when you have a lot of options (which I always do). Origins probably makes my favorite masks. Whether it be a Rose Clay retexturing mask or Active-Charcoal mask to cleanse out the pores even further. I also LOVE LOVE LOVE their "Drink Up--Intensive" overnight mask. I also really like Cucumber Gel mask by Peter Thomas Roth for hydration or the Rose Petal mask by Fresh is BOMB!! (Eventually I will get my hands on a Glam Glow mask but as of now I haven't). The tightness that happens as a mask is drying feels so good. And I always try not to smile, talk, laugh, or make any sort of facial expressions but I fail EVERY time! Hahahaha! Another 15 minutes later it's time to remove the mask with a washcloth and warm water and then a quick pat dry.

The last few steps are pretty simple and fast. I'll take a cotton pad and a toner--usually rose water is my go to. I've used a simple basic one that I have picked up at an Indian grocery store (I don't know why this rose water is so amazing but it is!) or I have used Mario Badescu's rose water toner forever. I recently heard they came out with a Lavender toner. I need to get my hands on it ASAP!! A quick wipe all over my face, neck, and decollate with my toner drenched cotton pad and a minute to dry and my face is prepped and ready for a moisturizer and eye serum.

For the past few months I have been using Night-A-Mins from Origins. I'm literally obsessed with how soft and silky this moisturizer makes my skin feel within minutes. AND it smells good. I'm huge on scents. I like my products to smell good. You guys, I honestly LOVE, sincerely, this moisturizer. (BTW, been using Peter Thomas Roth Rose stem cell moisturizer every morning and it's everything!). Once my moisturizer dries (about a minute or so) I will reach for whatever eye serum I grab first. I'm testing out a few different products currently. One from Origins, one from Bare Minerals, and I just picked up another from Murad. All good. And all smell good and do not leave a gooey residue on or around my eyes. Face and eyes are perfectly cleansed and hydrated and feeling super good. A quick swipe of Rosebud Salve on my lips to keep them soft and moisturized and my facial routine is complete.

Done! And if you read to the end then I am both thankful and humbled that you care so much about what I have to say. I am truly blessed.

What are your skincare routines? Would love to know what tips, tricks, and favorite products you are using!!

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Monday, January 08, 2018

Warm and "Toasted"

Do I NEED another eyeshadow palette? No. Do I constantly find new eyeshadow palettes that I WANT? Yes. I’m especially a sucker during the holiday season when eyeshadows are a bit more shimmery or glittery. While browsing through Ulta one day with my daughter I was fixated on a particular palette- Tartelette Toasted by Tarte.  

The first time I laid eyes on the shimmery neutrals, shiny coppers, and glittery browns I was in eyeshadow heaven. My arm was swatched up and the pads of my fingers were painted with the beautiful colors of the palette. I swear, I was just playing and knew that I didn’t need to purchase another palette but had fun dreaming about the coppery looks I could wear with this palette. We left and I didn’t think about the palette again. Just kidding. I’m sure I mentioned it a couple of times in conversation with my bella Belle, aka my daughter, aka the-girl-after-my-own-heart, aka beauty industry major at FIDM LA. (LOL, it’s kind of fun ((most of the time)) having adult children!!) A week or so later I was celebrating my 41st birthday and my daughter handed me over a gift. To my wonderful surprise it was the coveted Toasted by Tarte!! Yea!!! So, if you are one who loves a little bit of shimmer and sparkle but like keeping it somewhat neutral--check this palette out!!


Tarte Cosmetics. Have you checked them out?

My experience with Tarte cosmetics, as a whole, has been great. Originally I became familiar with this brand after trying their Lights, Camera, Lashes. Bomb mascara!! I still love it and the packaging is awesome (I’m always a sucker for good packaging). My daughter swears by Lash Paint. She claims that it adds length (not volume) for a more natural looking long lash. I need to give it a try!! The other product that I used religiously as a makeup artist was their cheek stains. So dewy and pretty. And most importantly--long lasting!! So what do you use from Tarte? I’m dying to know!! #Tarte #TarteletteToasted #BeyondBlushingBlog


#Tarte #TarteletteToasted #BeyondBlushingBlog

Monday, January 01, 2018

This Foundation Is The IT!

https://www.itcosmetics.com/home

Happy 2018, beauties! There is something that just feels good about a new start. January one, twenty-eighteen! Wow! A fresh new year. New goals. New opportunities. New attitude. Ahh yes, all good!! The fresh start of the year is also a time where many of us make new year's resolutions, or more positively, the phrase I've adopted,-- "New Year's Intentions!" I've made the same resolution many times before, "stop going to bed with my makeup on" ugh! I know, I know. Again, another embarrassing fact (or bad habit) that I'm sharing about myself. Before I lose all credibility, I do typically use a Clinique or MAC cosmetics makeup remover wipe. They get the job done...just not as thoroughly as somebody who respects their skincare regime should be content with. Anywho, once again, I INTEND to do better with my nighttime beauty regiment. SantaBaby spoiled me with some amazing products that I INTEND on using on a regular basis. Once I get a "feel" for these products (Origins Night-A-Mins, Peter Thomas Roth Rose Stem Cell cream and anti-aging cleanser, and some other goodies) I'll let 'cha know what I think in a future reviews!

As far as skincare goes, I've always acknowledged the good genetics I've been favored with. My skincare habits have been unique due to my specific needs -- My skin is not too dry or too oily; Not too blotchy or too prone to acne. It's just normal. Normal. The most bothersome trait is that I'm neither perfectly olive toned or perfectly pink toned--but instead a little bit of both depending on the area of my face.

**Sidenote--have you ever paid any attention to the color of the veins on the inside of your wrists? If you take a look you will notice that your veins are either bluish or greenish. This is a good indicator if you are more warm toned or cool toned. As a makeup artist you are asked to foundation color match ALL THE TIME. I learned very quickly that if I paid attention to the color of a clients veins on their inner wrist I could quickly find the right undertone and match the client pretty quickly :) So, take a look, are you more warm (greenish) or cool (bluish)? Or are you more complicated like me and have both colors?**


I have always mixed tones of foundation or mixed a tinted moisturizer with an opposite toned powder. Or a pink primer with a warm sheer coverage foundation or tinted moisturizer. I've tried numerous combinations and it wasn't until recently that I was introduced to IT cosmetics by my daughter. Remember, the girl after my own heart, who is studying marketing in the beauty industry at FIDM, and currently works at Ulta! Yeah, her. (She's so cool! Haha!) She was raving about the foundation and I could visibly see a change in her skin. She just looked perfectly even and had subtle blur and glow. I was intrigued and decided to use my 20% off Christmas promo coupon and purchase "Your Skin But Better CC Cream with SPF 50+" in the shade "Light". I was skeptical at first. Typically my daughter and I have opposite taste in foundation. She likes full coverage; I like sheer coverage. She likes super matte; I like a little glow-y/dewy. But I was really, really impressed by how pretty her skin looked so I was happy to give it a shot.

The very next morning after receiving my new CC Cream, I prepped my skin (moisturizer and primer--I will review at a later time) and applied my new foundation. I was immediately impressed that I HAD to STOP application and take a progress picture and an after picture to show a couple of my BlushingBeauties at work how awesome the product is!

I was giddy and excited at how pretty Your Skin But Better CC Cream with SPF 50+ left my skin looking. The pros: --> SPF 50+, --> a little goes a loooong way (one pump is enough for my entire face), --> dries to a beautiful natural matte, --> tends to have a nice aroma-therapeutic scent (kind of like a lightweight tea tree oil scent), and honestly this product is the best color correcting/balancing that I have ever used! The cons: --> I didn't discover this product sooner! Lol! Honestly, folks, this is an awesome foundation option and I HIGHLY recommend it!!


I know there are a lot of skincare teasers in this post. What moisturizer am I using, which primer, and HOW do I actually apply these products?? I have to leave some mystery and questions so you come back and read some more!! Until then....go be beautiful! xx
#ITCosmetics #MACCosmetics #CliniqueCosmetics #OriginsCosmetics #PeterThomasRoth #BeyondBlushing #BlushingBeauties

Thursday, December 28, 2017

A "Wrinkle" in Time (pun intended)

First things first. I need to just touch on this span of time that has gone by in a wink of an eye. A span of time that has taught me some valuable life lessons along with some tough love, and thankfully moments of pure joy. A decade. An entire decade. This is the amount of time that has gone by since I first started dabbling in documenting my experiences with cosmetics, skincare, and fragrances! Whoa, geez! So much has happened over the past decade. An experience of broken bone hell (you can read all about it at: diary of my broken ankle hell), degrees earned (SpEd teaching credential and Masters Degree), careers started (from freelance makeup artist to high school special education RSP teacher), purchased and built a new home, my awesome sassy pants daughter graduated from high school and eventually moved on to study marketing in the beauty industry at FIDM (a girl after my own heart!),  a sweetheart son who recently turned eighteen and is on the verge of graduating high school, TWO fun little dogs--my precious fur babies whom I adore, and amazing personal successes such as celebrating my 20 year wedding anniversary (July 8, 2015) with the love of my life. We know there were a few naysayers calling us "crazy kids" when we were 18 and 21 years old, holding hands, gazing into each others eyes, and reciting our vows to each other but we knew THIS...WE... were experiencing true love. Clearly, a lot has gone down in the past decade! With the exception of my broken ankle hell, which I still have pain and issues with, I prefer to dwell on the accomplishments rather than the struggles, tears, and hurts,--of course there have been plenty of those too.


On November 26, 2016 I officially entered into my forties. I was excited about it. My dearest friends and family spoiled me all month long. My husband and I also planned a big trip to Napa, CA with a few of my closest friends and celebrated the right way! It was an exciting time...I just felt a little more grown up and accomplished. I know it sounds silly but I tend to be a little on the insecure side even though I know I have so much to be proud of. It's conflicting and lame but it's an honest struggle. Maybe coming into 40 was a new beginning for me in the sense that I could really own this decade and be confident in who I have become. So, a year into the decade and I'm working on it. I'm making progress and that feels good.



Now, beauty, hair,  cosmetics, skin care, fragrance--What this blog is REALLY about! Not gonna lie, SO much changes as you age......mature. I went from loving glitter all over like nobody's business to really appreciating a perfectly placed highlighter and a simple shimmer in all the right places. That doesn't mean I wouldn't love a pair of those sparkly VANS I've been eyeballing for the past few months
but for my beauty regime, I'll leave the glitter on the nails, jewels, and accessories! I've come to really value and appreciate fine skincare and the process and work that actually needs to be put in. I've been one of those fortunate souls who has not really had to do too much to maintain healthy looking skin. It's a "pro" in my running pro/con checklist that I keep in my head.
However, also on that checklist, in all capital letters, are WRINKLES and FINE LINES. You've seen them. Those stupid 11 lines that deepen between the eyes--like you're concentrating really hard or are really pissed off. Haha. Yeah those.  I blame my previous broken ankle on the development of those lines too. I'm in constant fear of tripping and falling so I walk with my head down concentrating (hard) on the ground beneath me, squinting my eyes--probably because my eye sight is going too, but whatever, I'm still blaming the broken ankle trauma--causing these deep, DEEP, 11 lines between my eyes.
And then the kicker question I am often asked, "Lisa, are you okay?" because I look worried or mad or confused. LOL. Well, I finally had it. And the month I was turning forty I also was researching and asking a lot of questions about BOTOX. I didn't think that I would actually ever go through with it but after numerous conversations about it with people I trusted and a great recommendation I figured, "what the heck; I'm doing it!" I scheduled my appointment and begged my hubby to come hold my hand and calm my anxiety as I had needles stuck in my forehead in the name of vanity. It was actually a quick and painless process. I wasn't expecting it to be so easy and I wasn't expecting the sensation that I felt as I was injected with the botox. It was this weird feeling or sensation/sound that reminded me of a needle going through iceberg lettuce. It tripped me out a bit but in less then two minutes I was done. And within 10 days those stupid, deep 11 lines were a lot less visible. Success!! I found myself saying to my husband, "look! I'm trying to make my mad face!" as my botox-ed forehead remained still and smooth. Haha!

It is recommended that you maintain your botox treatments every three-four months. I spent about $130 with the new patient special that was running and the botox running approx. $8/unit. Not bad but, Ummm, maybe maintenance would be more possible if I wasn't living off a teacher's and a painter's salary, or had a young adult we are supporting through college, or car payments, or a mortgage payment, or just normal expenses!!! And frankly, I'd rather spend the $150 I spend on getting my hair done every two to three months vs. botox injections so I decided to see how long I could really go before I felt like I really wanted to get injected again. I did well and waited an entire year.

The deep lines between my eyebrows never really came back as bad as they were initially however I noticed that I started getting more fine lines on my forehead where I raise my eyebrows and those awesome crows-feet around my eyes. So, right after I turned 41, just over a month ago, I decided to go through with round two of botox. I went to a new place based off of a recommendation and this time I went alone, like a big girl. The PA who would be doing my injections was lovely. She was sweet, beautiful, and made me feel very comfortable. Within no time we were talking fine lines and wrinkles and I was just like, "do what you think will look best!"

Mind you, I already thought that my skin, fine lines and all, looked to be in fairly good shape so I wasn't expecting much. I thought she might want to touch up those 11 lines and maybe talk about those crows feet but instead she recommended a whole lot more. Awk. Before I knew it I was getting Injections across my forehead and around my eyes.
Yikes! Not sure if it was all 100% necessary but I do like the results--just not the price tag that it took to get the results--or that uncomfortable conversation with my sweetheart when I had to explain why there was such a large charge on our credit card. Whoops. Happy birthday to me......????

Anyway, my annual birthday BOTOX kicked off a renewed love and focus on skincare and inspired me to start talking all things beauty again. Like I used to. A long, long, long time ago. When I was freelancing in my twenties and early thirties and thrilled to spend hours in Sephora or in conversation about hair, nails, skincare, makeup, and fragrance. So I'm working on a little friendly all-things-beauty review collaboration and will share more on that later!! Until then, welcome back to my journey. Glad you're here to keep me company <3 nbsp="" p="">


#VansChunkyGlitterOldSkoolSneaker #BOTOX #Beauty #Fragrance #Skincare #Hair #Nails #FortyYearOldLife

Saturday, January 29, 2011

New Obsessions....


Sometimes I wonder if I will grow out of my little obsession I have with cosmetics, skin care products, and fragrances. My prediction is no. It's so much fun! The last couple of weeks I have been playing with a look that just feels soft, dewy, and fresh. I was inspired to do this look because of one product: Rain's lipgloss in Peach Midler. It's such a perfectly pretty peach lipgloss. With a subtle sparkle and lots of shine it's what I consider a PERFECT lipgloss. Not sticky or thick but emollient and conditioning. It's awesome and Rain offers a great variety of colors!

So with my Peach Midler lipgloss I just thought it deserved a soft and pretty look to showcase it. NARS illuminator in "orgasm" was the perfect product to mix in with my tinted moisturizer for my dewy glow. It's such a beautiful effect. Clean and soft. I've kept it very simple with my eye makeup. I start with Kat Von D's eye shadow primer (it's super good!)layered with Midnight Cowboy Rides Again (a neutral eyeshadow with lots of sparkle). Then a sweep of liquid liner in black for a sultry cat-eye followed by a few layers of black mascara. Voila! My look is complete! Takes me 10 minutes top to get ready and I feel like I have a great day look for work or a casual weekend day! For now, it's a simple look that I love all inspired by a great lipgloss!

What will inspire me next....?

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

happy holidays!


Where does the time go? Much has changed in my life since my last post. I got my first official teaching job, received my masters degree, and started getting grey hair. Boo. I'm sure all of the above relate to each other some way some how : ) The things that have stayed constant and have provided me much escape from my hectic life is spending time with my family and my pursuit/past-time/obsession with messing around with cosmetics, skincare, and fragrance.

To be honest, there hasn't been much time for playing with new products. I've stuck with my tried and true products and have narrowed the time it takes for me to get ready in the wee hours of the morning to about 20 minutes. My faithfuls remain to be: That Gal primer (benefit cosmetics) mixed with, either face & body foundation (mac)or a tinted moisturizer by either Urban Decay or Benefit (I still can't pick a favorite between the two), Sugarbomb (benefit) or Orgasm (NARS) or Sin (NARS)or Pink Swoon (MAC) for blush (just depends on my mood--and outfit), Kat Von D's awesome eye primer, and then a quick application of a neutral eyeshadow (all different brands), still lots of eyeliner--I like MAC's powerpoint eyeliners and Urban Decay's 24/7 eyeliners, Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara by Tarte, and finally lipgloss (any will do--but Sephora brand seems to be my favorite of late)! Of course I finish myself off with either a quick spritz of a fragrance or a quick swipe of a rollerball--Luv (Sharon Bolton) is still at the top of my most favorite of all fragrances--and it's time to reorder! All that and I'm ready for my day and feeling put together!

Now that the holidays are upon us, I find myself taking time to stroll through the cosmetic department at our Macy's here in Temecula. My has that department changed since I worked there several years ago. Yes we had all the usual counters, Benefit, MAC, Clinique, Chanel, Estee Lauder, Lancome, etc.. But now the department is bursting at the seams with many of the amazing lines in the cosmetic world--just a few fantastic lines they've added are Bare Minerals, Philosophy, Urban Decay, a Benefit Brow Bar, and much more! Yes, Sephora is my personal place of nirvana but I love walking through a department store like Macy's and having all these wonderful lines at my finger tips to literally touch, feel, smell, and discover.

So, during this holiday season I am going to take some extra time and go play and discover new favorites to be found. My daughter has taken a liking to the very cute line, Tokidoki--and I absolutely love the packaging! Have you made any new discoveries in the cosmetic world as of recent? Please do share!

Happy holidays! Take out your red lipstick, glitter, and go be beautifully merry!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

the AHHH-MAZING: Urban Defense



Whoa! I consider myself a pretty loyal person. Once I find a great product I usually stick with it. I have been using the same tinted moisturizer for the last couple of years and I truly love it but when I saw that Urban Decay came out with their own version, "Urban Defense" I couldn't get my mind off of wanting to try it out. It just so happened that I had ran out of my other product and was strolling by Sephora last week when I decided to cheat on my faithful tinted moisturizer and purchase Urban Defense (in Halo--light) by Urban Decay. Oh my goodness! I LOVE IT!

The product glides on nicely and has the perfect sheer coverage I love. It's lightweight, smells nice, and my favorite result is that it does not leave my face shiny! I'm not a big foundation lover--especially during the hot summer months-- so when I can use a tinted moisturizer that gives me the sheer coverage I like and protects with a SPF 20--I am in skincare Heaven! My, hmmm - hmmm, fine lines are less visible, my pores are refined and nearly invisible, and with a light dusting of a sheer loose powder my skin looks near perfect!

I am 110% satisfied with this product and I know I have just discovered a new favorite in which I pledge my loyalties to...

Next on my radar from Urban Decay is the Naked Palette and I have to try the new Lip Junkies!!! And of course...I'll let you know what I think!

Friday, July 02, 2010

#1 rule for skincare: Moisturize and Protect!


Janson Beckett’s Sun Block Daytime Moisturizer with SPF40 has officially moved to the top of my list as my favorite sun block moisturizer. I have been using this moisturizer for just over a month and there is a lot that I really love about it. The first thing is that the product is very light-weight which for me--is a crucial element. I absolutely cannot stand the way heavy moisturizers feel on my face. Especially for all day wear. (A heavy moisturizer at night is a different story for me). Second, this product absorbs very quickly and leaves a super silky finish that feels fantastic and is a great base for applying makeup (or not). It doesn't feel like you are wearing any sun block/moisturizer at all! I love that! I personally do not wear a lot of makeup in the summertime and if I feel like I need a little bit of coverage I will usually wear a tinted moisturizer. But with this product I just add a little bit of foundation to the moisturizer and apply it that way getting the benefits of the light-weight moisturizer and sheer coverage of my foundation. Third, I really appreciate that this product is made out of really fine ingredients which include demineralized spring water, aloe, and shea butter.

This sun block and daytime moisturizer does not burn my eyes, feel heavy or greasy, it is fragrance free, and most importantly I am getting my UVA and UVB protection that will help keep my face (and neck and chest) looking youthful and smooth!

Without any hesitation, I HIGHLY recommend you try this top notch product!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Fine Lines....? Puffy Eyes....? Dark Circles...? No problem!!!


I'm baaaaaack.....well at least until life gets crazy hectic again. The last year and a half of my life has been so totally busy that I feel a bit dizzy when I think about it. I finally completed my mild to moderate special education teaching credential program AND completed the course work and thesis project for my masters in education! Ahhhh! Yes! I am very proud of my accomplishments but now I am on the lookout for a teaching position. But in the meantime, I will be happy to be blogging again about some of my favorite things....

I have been on vacation for a week and a half now. I have spent four days in San Francisco, spent some time at the beach, gone to a car show, organized and cleaned my house,taken my kids to the pool several days in a row, and in the meantime applied for twelve different teaching positions. I got two calls back. One for a telephone interview in which I did in my pj's and one regular face to face panel interview. You would think that I would be all rested up and looking my best with all this time off but NOPE--I jam my days full and have trouble falling asleep at night and unfortunately my brain is programmed to wake up at 6:30 A.M. even though I can sleep in....ugh!

Anyway, my face to face interview was this afternoon and I was freaking out just a bit because I was up late last night at the Angels vs. Dodgers baseball game, eating my nachos, drinking my beer, and getting a great session of people watching in. By the time I got home and to bed the wee hours of the morning had snuck up on me and I had to get some sleep! I woke up a few hours later and looked like hell! I showered, had my coffee, and I was still looking horrible. Then I remembered that I had a Collagen-Fibre Eye Pad Kit that I had already used once and was amazed with the results.

This kit is pretty cool. It comes with four eye pads that are contoured to fit right under your eyes. These pads are made of collagen fibre and infused with Myoxinol which is extracted from hibiscus flowers that helps relax the tissue under our eyes giving a smoother appearance. Who needs botox these days with such amazing products like this one? So, I put the eye pads on and then apply the skin energizing gel to moisten the collagen pad. This helps contour the pads under the eyes and provides optimal results by reducing the puffiness and dark circles from lack of sleep and proper water consumption. Fifteen minutes later I took the eye pads off and honestly, the results are terrific. I looked like I was completely rested. My makeup went on flawless and I walked into my interview feeling confident and knowing that I looked my best. Well almost confident--I was a little nervous that my duct tapped hemmed pants would come undone--but that's another story.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

You're Not Too Late....


Straight from the PR desk at Urban Decay:

Win a necklace from Tom Binns for Walt Disney Signature, valued at $875, AND an Alice in Wonderland Book of Shadows. 10 runners up will also receive the Alice in Wonderland Book of Shadows. Enter to win NOW!!!!!

http://www.urbandecay.com/promo/contest/Alice/index.cfm

So excited for this opportunity to be able to win this awesome necklace and of course that awesome Alice in Wonderland palette!

Good luck to the rest of you too!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Juice Beauty Green Apple Collection!


I'm having surgery to repair my broken ankle tomorrow so I thought I would take my mind off my worries and do what I know best...focus on skincare. I thought I should treat myself to a nice at home facial since I know I will be on my back and in major pain for the next 3-4 days. I don't take the time to do facials often but when I do--my skin always feels amazing!

I had a new product that I was also dying to try! The Green Apple Peel for Sensitive skin from Juice Beauty! So, first I started out by using a face wash. Today I used the green gel cleanser from MAC cosmetics. Once my face is clean I do a simple 15-20 minute steam. I heat up water, throw in a couple of camomille tea bags, put the water and tea in a big bowl with a towel over my head--creating a nice steamy tent. I take in nice long breaths and relax as my pores are being opened and exposed to the chamomille tea steam. It is so relaxing, smells so good, and is one of my favorite parts of an at home facial. Next is when I finally got to use the new Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel product. I put it all over my face and let it set for ten minutes. This is what the Juice Beauty website says about this produt,
Designed for sensitive skin, this refining hydroxy-acid complex of certified organic apple, lemon, grape juices and raw cane sugar exfoliate for visibly improved skin tone and texture. Vitamin antioxidants and essential nutrients hydrate and nourish fresh skin for a healthy, beautiful complexion.
After I left the product on for ten minutes I used a wash cloth and warm water to remove it. My skin was looking tight and had a great glow to it. I followed up with Elizabeth Arden's, Prevage Anti-Aging Moisturizer. I love that stuff.

So, I am feeling really good in the skin care department. I know that I am going to be laid up for several days and knowing that I just did a through skin care regimen--I feel much better. I highly recommend any of the products that I used today. They are so amazing, light weight, and effective.

Thursday, February 04, 2010

URBAN DECAY Spring 2010!!!

One thing that I can absolutely say is that my life is never, ever dull! Just when I thought I was on the path of freedom--on my way-- literally --to celebrate the completion of my teaching credential program I took a lame spill off my porch and broke my ankle! What a dork! I find out if I need surgery tomorrow.....but in the meantime, when I'm not totally doped up and loopy, I've decided to catch up on some reading, writing, and planning of birthday parties and family vacations we would like to take this year.

First off, I couldn't wait to share my ever consuming love of Urban Decay Cosmetics with everyone. It just so happens that it ties in very well with the preparation of my daughter's 12th birthday party that we are planning for her--an Alice in Wonderland/Mad Hatters' birthday! Consequently, Urban Decay just released their Alice in Wonderland palette last week! I must get my fingers on this darling palette full of great shadows, 24 7 liners, and a primer potion! I could just die and go to Heaven!!! I have a vision of doing my daughter's and her friends' makeup from the palette while sipping on all types of teas from whimsical glasses, nibbling on fun finger foods from funky plates, while in a room decorated with all kinds of big and small paper lanterns, big playing card streamers, candles, and shiny ornaments. Oh, and all the while my daughter will be wearing the cutest dress that I found on urbanoutfitters.com today! Who knows if it will all come together like I imagine....but I'm going to try! Might be somewhat difficult with this whole broken ankle thing! UGH!

Anyway, as I mentioned before...URBAN DECAY...is one of my all time favorite lines of cosmetics. I feel that the line is fun but sophisticated because of it's durability and whimsical qualities. Creative, sassy, and cutting edge are a few of the feelings I get when I use products from this particular line of cosmetics (which is just about EVERYDAY). The new spring line is of course a necessity in every ladies makeup bag!


I've mentioned a time or two before that I am such a sucker for packaging and honestly, Urban Decay's new STARDUST eyeshadows have some of the most innovative packaging I have ever seen! You have to try it for yourself but what is so cool is that you just lightly squeeze/pinch the sides of the eyeshadow and the top smoothly pops open! Trust me....It's cool! Gosh, you know the product is going to be amazing when just getting to it feels cool! Yes, and the eyeshadows are great! Just enough sparkle that it's noticeable and fun but not so blatant that you might feel like a Las Vegas showgirl (nothing wrong with that....) but in my opinion it is the best of both worlds. I am a teacher who loves wearing glitter....but I don't want to look immature or inappropriate while I am teaching high school students! They're amazing....and they last all day! These beautiful shadows can be worn dry or wet for a more vibrant look! Get yours....they're amazing!


New 24/7 glide on pencils were also introduced in the new Spring line from Urban Decay. These little pencils should be a staple in every ladies cosmetic tool box. They glide on so smoothly, smudge for a perfect smokey eye, and they truly do last all day without wearing off! I'm dying to get my hands on Binge, a beautiful navy blue color and Crash, a gorgeous deep eggplant color that have just been added to the 24/7 glide on pencils family! Funny enough, I was going through all my stuff and I actually do not own a navy blue eyeliner! Crazy--I have every other color blue though (cuz blue looks wonderful on brown eyes)--so without a doubt I will have to snag one of those eyeliners!



The other little secret weapon I have always kept in my makeup artist kit is Urban Decay's Primer Potion. I love it on both the eyes and lips...personally. Well Urban Decay decided to step it up another notch and add a new Potion to the mix....Eden! It's a beautiful matte neutral which I found myself wearing alone with some mascara for a quick, clean, and natural look! Fantastic! Another product that I now cannot see living without!


My little cosmetic obsession tank has been temporarily filled (until the next thing comes along that I can't live without) just in this one great Spring collection! Go to your local Sephora or Macy's and check out the products yourself. I promise you....you won't be disappointed!