Friday, May 27, 2016

Alternate Uses for Baking Soda this Memorial Day Weekend

I love being a part of the community and sharing reviews and uses for everyday products.  I received this product free for review, but all opinions and pictures are my own!

Baking soda was that box you always saw in your grandmothers and mothers refrigerator and freezer. You never knew just what it was supposed to do but it was omnipresent throughout my childhood. As I became an adult and by habit, purchased that cute orange box to put in my own refrigerator/freezer, I knew WHY it was in there! But, let me tell you ladies, over the years that orange box of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda has evolved into some cool uses. Check out below for more ways I use my baking soda.

It's great to make into a paste and place over insect bites, helps take out the sting and burn by neutralizing the area.

Heartburn relief: you have  no idea how many people told me that this helped them more than the OTC brands!

Baking Soda makes an inexpensive and effective scrub for my face AND my hands as well as my lips. I pour a bit in my palm, wet it and use it as my exfoliant in the morning. It's gentle and the pH balance is just right! I never feel like my skin has been "stripped" or tight after using. Another great idea is adding a drop of Argan oil to the mix and it's even soothing! Placed in a cute snack size ziplock it becomes great for travel as well.

Baking soda is a great neutralizer and helps when my tennis shoes are a bit musty. I just pour some product in a cloth or muslin bag (as pictured) and place in the tennis shoes to eradicate the musty!

Many years ago I was told that baking soda was great on a wet toothbrush and helped with my teeth and my gum health. It's gentle, effective and easy to use. You can find lots of toothpastes with this ingredient today.

That nasty smelling fish cooler is neutralized, scrubbed and ready for the boat this weekend!

I always keep a box next to my stove because in the event of a grease fire, dumping this on the fire will help put it out!

Arm & Hammer has come a long way and now have products that you can use in your swimming pool (I don't have one).  It's an effective laundry booster, It's a great scrub for that nasty shower floor as well!

Be sure to use this link for coupons and more tips on how to use baking soda!

What do you use your Arm & Hammer Baking Soda for? If you have some unique ideas, do tell!!!

Blessings, Sherry

NYX Dream Catcher Palette in Golden Horizons


This palette caught my eye when shopping in Target. It wasn't too outre and looked like colors that I could get away with using and the glitter/shimmer aspect didn't scare my mature lids into hiding. Within 2 hours of bringing it home the plastic case was busted and the lid was not secure but I decided I could work with this! There are 3 separate NYX palettes of this kind and the Golden Horizons caught my attention the most.

Now onto the swatches:

Right arm: bottom row
Left arm:(with bracelets) top row

Ladies I am strongly disappointed! Fallout HUGE, the swipes were awful and uneven and a couple had to be swiped several times to show up on my arm. Now I may have gotten a dud and no there wasn't any primer before but I was pretty down. The colors appear beautiful in the palette but didn't translate onto the swatches. I am not one to waste a palette and there were several ideas popping into my head as to how I could use this palette. There are no mattes, all have some shimmer running through them, none disco ball glitter though.

NYX as well as other brands do have hits and misses and this one was a miss for me. I will attempt an eye look with primer and possibly wetting them to see if they work better that way.

Has anyone gotten this palette? Did I get a dud? Thoughts? Do tell!!!

Blessings, Sherry

Thursday, May 26, 2016

20 things about me you might be surprised to know!

I love this tag and had several friends ask me to do this, so here goes!

1) I am a mom to 3 sons and a stepmom to a son and daughter.
2) I have been a nurse for 20 years.
3) I played in a metal band in the 80's and then played in a band in the early 2000's
4) I am a voracious bookworm, especially love horror, forensics and mystery in fiction
5) I was a tomboy for most of my life and didn't get into "girly" stuff until my 30's
6) I HATE snakes
7) I lived in South America for 3 years as a teenager
8) I have 4 tattoos
9) I still speak Spanish
10) I love roller coasters, the wilder, faster and crazy the better
11) I make jewelry and love to create things.
12) I started my blog as a way to connect and learn!
13) As many of you know from reading my blog, I am a lippie addict hardcore!
14) The only different haircolor that I had was orange from a bad darker hair experiment gone wrong!
15) I'm addicted to Snapped and Deadly Women (if you know these shows, then you know the lure)
16) I first started watching horror films/shows when I was 7. Couldn't get enough of them lol
17) I'm allergic to cats
18) I'm a skincare junkie and a makeup hoarder
19) I fish often with my husband
20) Last but not least, I turn 50 this year :)

Well there you have it! Hope you are having a great week and looking forward to your 3 day weekend!

Blessings, Sherry

Shopping my stash-Becca Beach Tint Shimmer Souffle

Spring time can mean that I start a search through my stash to see what would be fun to start using again. The Becca Beach Tint Shimmer Souffle's fit the bill!

Swatch from wrist up:

I tend to go for warmer shades as my undertone and coloring lean warm. I have tried several cool looks and it's way to "icy" and dead looking. So as you can see all the colors that I have in my collection are warm and bronzy or pink. The last swatch is great as a highlighter alone as the Guava doesn't show up on me very well.

Depending on what mood I am in or what I am wearing, I tend to grab the first two the most. The Papaya/Opal tends to be too dark until I get a little spring/summer color into my face, although using it as a one wash color on the eyes is pretty! The Lychee/Opal is a gorgeous pop of color and makes me look really well rested.

The soufflé is soft and a bit bouncy and I use these colors with a stippling brush as using fingers is too messy and I hate stuff that gets under my nails! It is sheer and can be built up without looking to overdone. However, if I put too much on it tends to be more about the shimmer than the color.

So going through the stash has given me some options for color on my face and I am already planning my looks for my trip to San Antonio this week.

Do you shop your stash? Any good finds? Do tell!

Blessings, Sherry

Monday, May 23, 2016

Spring/Summer Primers

Left to Right:
Dr. Brandt pores no more pore refiner hint of tint
La Roche Posay Anthelios 50 Daily Anti-aging Primer with Sunscreen
Clarins Beauty Flash Balm
Laura Geller's Spackle Supercharged fortified under makeup primer
Nip+Fab Smooth Viper Venom Micro Blur Fix

Ya'll it gets hot in the spring time in Texas. You could easily have a 92 degree day and the next week have a high of 60 so it varies, however; one thing that doesn't vary is my face in the heat. The older and more menopausal I get (yep I went there) the more my face either "eats" the makeup as if I didn't put anything on or slides right off. I have tried, no lie about 24 different primers and have yet to really find one that helps my makeup stay put. Now I know to moisturize very very well because I am getting a drier face every year and that the dryness contributes to the makeup just becoming non-existent.

It get's frustrating because A) I don't want to wear tons of makeup or lots of layers in the heat B) I want to look put together and not a hot mess. So the primer testing continued. Because I have hyperpigmentation on my lower cheeks and jaws I am militant about my sunscreen and the La Roche Posay primer with SPF 50 is absolutely excellent. It isn't heavy on the skin, the sunscreen isn't greasy and it actually has some staying power to it that I was impressed with. It is quite expensive and can be found at your local CVS and Ulta. I'm always on the lookout for coupons and sales.

The first time I tried the Dr. Brandt pores no more with a hint of tint, I was surprised at it's soft moussey texture and one size fits all color. It actually blends well, hits my red face where it needs it and made the "textured" parts of my face play nice with the blending of my foundation and other face products. Although it is for oily/combo skin, it seems that those type of products work for me if I moisturize my face well. These tend to have a longer and stronger staying power on my face.

The Clarins Flash Balm is my everyday around the house or running errands face balm that definitely brightens and tightens up my face and can be worn under my favorite CC cream. It's moisturizing, needs to be applied thinly and helps everything just "stick" to my face better. A little goes a long way! I can also pat it around my eyes or other problem area throughout the day for a refresher. Definitely worth the price.

Laura Geller's Spackled line is impressive and I have used several of her primers but this one is my favorite. It looks champagne colored in the tube but is silky smooth clear when placed on the face. Has that slippy silicone feel but has some great skincare ingredients, soothing botanicals and age fighting antioxidants. Very cool product and I am impressed with the quick absorption when placed on the skin and the way it seems to keep my face "plumped" up throughout the day.

The last one I got has that magical blur word in it and also because I have tried many of the Nip+Fab Venom products, I decided to try this. It is silky, gel like, quickly absorbs and gives a fabulous "cheat" to the texture of my face. It can be very drying on me and the Venom series also can make my skin feel a bit tighter (because of the ingredients). So moisture is key under this, but ladies it works for me and that is a big thing.

These are a few I am giving a whirl as Texas heats up and my face needs to at least look put together and not a hot mess. Do you have any favorites or suggestions? Do tell!

Thanks for stopping by the blog, Sherry

Monday, May 16, 2016

Don't forget ladies to check out my blog giveaway!!!

I would love to have one of you lovely ladies win this bobs and bits of makeup products!!! Check out the blog and follow me on Bloglovin and Instagram.

Good luck ya'll! Sherry

New at Target: Pixi and Embryolisse

Left: Pixi skintreats 24K Eye Elixir with Gold and Collagen
Right: Embryolisse  Artist secret Radiant Eye express cooling and refreshing eye care

For about 20 years now, I have been obsessed with my undereye health and appearance. Serums, creams, dark circle correctors, concealers and mid-day rejuvinators. For longer than that I have been obsessed with Targets growing beauty department.

Pixi is an awesome line that I got drawn into with their makeup. It was affordable and beautiful. I jumped on the Pixi Glow Tonic bandwagon and haven't looked back. When the 24K Eye Elixir came out, it wasn't hard for me to justify the expense. The slim tube has a roller-ball applicator and delivers a smooth serum that imparts a bit of a shine as well. It has a cooling effect and boasts Gold that stimulates circulation, Collagen that strengthens skin, Peptides that plump fine lines. It also claims to de-puff the undereye area. Although you could pop this in the refrigerator for a cooling roller-ball experience, I keep it in my purse to smooth and comfort the undereye area when it gets dry during the day. I have to say I like it except for the expense of the product.

An even more expensive product (although this brand commands respect and expense) is the Embyolisse  Radiant Eye stick. It is small, the balm is a push up within the tube and is smooth and although a solid, sweeps across the skin like a serum. This one I love to use at bedtime because it is a bit thicker and lasts a bit longer on my skin. Over my nighttime undereye retinol, this soothes and protects. Apparently makeup artists love this product and keep in their kits. Although I love the product I am not sure I can justify the $45.

No problem, because I love to hunt for the coolest, smoothest, most awesome undereye products and the hunt is as fun as the finding! Have you tried either of these? What do you think of the growing beauty department in Target?

*this is not a sponsored post, I bought it, opinions are mine

Blessings, Sherry