Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Simple Scents




Happy Holidays! Things are definitely different this season then any that I can remember. We are experiencing a lot of changes in our economy, government, and work which, of course, impacts our personal lives. I've noticed the stress level rise all around me and I have decided to take a different approach...an attitude of gratitude. There is always something in our lives that we can be grateful for. It does not always have to be the big materialistic things sometimes it's the simple things in life. It's a gesture of love or a simple appreciation for the beauty in nature that surrounds us.



Personally, I choose to see the glass half full. I just recently lost my father and although it makes me tremendously sad that I don't have the opportunity to hold his hand and tell him I love him I can look back at his long life and see how he chose to live a humble life where family and hard work was where the heart is. He worked hard and his family came first. He enjoyed gardening, hunting, and working on his cars. He kept himself well groomed and those were his simple pleasures.



It got me thinking about my simple pleasures. I also love my family and friends and I appreciate the gift of time. As far as personal indulgences go I LOVE coffee, I LOVE burning candles and sitting by a nice fire and I LOVE to smell good! It makes me laugh as I write it down. I know it's okay to enjoy these things. I also am thankful that I have a humble blog that I can share my opinions and talk about the pretty things that bring me joy!





I've been wearing perfume since I was about twelve years old. Do you remember, Love's Baby Soft...lol. I eventually graduated to a more sophisticated scent...liz claiborne...lol again. Next was Sunflowers by Elizabeth Arden and by the time I was a senior in high school my choice fragrance was Obsession by Calvin Klein (a pretty sophisticated scent for a 17-18 year old young lady--don't you think?).



Throughout the years I just really found an appreciation for different types of perfume and how these different scents provoked different feelings in me.



Some made me feel sweet and innocent for example Nanette Lepore and Thymes Kimono Rose.

Others made me feel a bit playful and flirtatious--for example Benefit's Maybe Baby and Issey Miyake.




I feel sophisticated and "grown up" when I wear Badgley Mischka Fleurs de Nuit.
I have a couple of "everyday" scents that I really enjoy too...most recently the Harajuku Lovers "G" was given to me as a birthday gift--Thanks, Kristie--you are a doll! It smells like "vacation" to me and I've been wearing it often (I would love a real vacation!).

I even have a "holiday" scent now--which reminds me of Christmas. Red Door Shimmer is one that is available now for the holiday season and it's a good one! It's sultry and playful and it makes me feel warm and cuddly.

One thing that hasn't changed for two years is my favorite perfume oil of all: Sharon Bolton's Luv. I wear it all the time and I am literally addicted to this fragrance. I feel like this fragrance provokes all of the above depending on my mood. It makes me feel happy everytime I put it on my wrists and behind my ears. Mmmmmmm!






As I mentioned above...it's the simple things in life. As you are out and about Christmas shopping this year you might want to consider giving the gift of fragrance to your loved one. You would be amazed at how just smelling good makes you feel good. Wouldn't that be a sweet gift in light of all the "drama" of life?













Sunday, December 07, 2008

M LAB




Very rarely do I come across a product where I literally see amazing results after only one application. To tell you the truth, I usually test a product out for a minimum of 4-6 weeks before I review it and usually in that time...I test it out on other people and get their feedback too. Things have been totally different with M LAB.




I tested the Body Treatment Cream one night before bed. I applied the product to my feet, legs, and arms (paying extra attention to my elbows and feet since they are extra dry). It instantly absorbed into my skin leaving a very silky smooth finish and the cream had a light and fresh scent to it. Nothing to overpowering to climb into bed with. I was "happy" with the product and result so far. Never did I imagine that I was going to wake up in the morning and have the softest, smoothest, most hydrated skin I have ever experienced without paying a fortune at the spa.





I immediately made my husband feel my skin to see if he noticed how soft it was....he did...! I did some research online to find out how and why my skin felt so incredibly soft. This is what the website: http://www.mlabonline.com/ says about the body treatment cream:


"a fusion of peptides, exfoliants and hydrators help
to promote collagen and
elastin production, smooth and brighten skin tone,
and provide long lasting
moisturization"

The product totally lives up to the expectations of the description. How delightful! True advertising! It has become routine for me to put extra body cream on my elbows every morning and night because of how dry my skin is there. I hate the feel of rough, dry skin. I am elated that I have found a product that is so rich in moisturizer that not only do I no longer have to lather my body twice a day with body cream but the last time I used M LAB body treatment cream was two days ago and my skin (including my feet and elbows) is still silky soft.


M LAB offers a whole range of skincare products. I definitely need to try out this entire line. I have a sneaky suspicion that I would not be disappointed and possibly look years younger! Everybody needs to check out this line. It receives my highest recommendation and I can't wait to try the other products. Let me know what you think once you try this line out!

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

BLUSH


I can't get enough of the new reality show, "BLUSH"

It's awesome! Everybody who really knows me knows that my secret indulgence isn't chocolate but instead it's reality TV. And when you mix reality TV with one of my passions-- makeup....there isn't anything better!

These makeup artist are really talented and pretty entertaining. I have been "doing" makeup forever and I love that the creativity factor is never ending. I am so inspired by what other people do, nature...in general, and the idea that thinking out of the box but still being simplistic is a sure shot at being successful.

So to all my fellow makeup artists, cosmetic, skincare, and fragrance lovers, and those of you who just appreciate creativity for what it is: keep being inspired, enjoy a fun and exciting reality television show, and never stop believing in the small random acts of kindness that keep us optimistic and happy. I truly believe that "cosmetics," in every sense of the word, can bring joy. I've experienced it in my own life. I have seen women come out of their shell as they sit in my director's chair during the process of their makeup application. I have seen body language change, confidence emerge, and a flame that is lit in their spirits. Makeup artists are not just finding your perfect red lipstick or the right formula of foundation we are encouraging, giving hope and raising confidence. So finally, a reality TV show that showcases the artistic ability and human spirit behind a great makeup artist. I'm so proud!!!