Monday, December 5, 2016

When a blogger is down with chronic migraine

ELF Haul 2016

My husband is awesome, he indulges my blogging/beauty hauls and time spent with the blog. This ELF haul, he actually couldn't believe that I spent $49 for all these products LOL. I told him that this brand is inexpensive and has some great items. He told me that this is an early birthday present (it's in a week, so perfect timing). ELF has always been a favorite brand of mine and although there are some hit and misses, I have found a lot of hits lately. Stay tuned for the rundown!

The 2 brushes that I got are the beautifully bare Stipple Brush and the Blending Brush. I really like the blending brush as it's full bodied and super soft. Now the one thing I am not really happy about is that both these brushes have seriously short handles. But I will work with them for sure!

The Blush and Bronzing palettes are just frickin awesome. Pigmented, compact, easy for travel and gorgeous.

The eyeshadow palettes: Mad for Matte, super neutral and although there are some that are super powdery and light on pigmentation, I feel like I can get some use out of these. The Tantalizing Taupe (clear front) is right up my alley and will definitely be used for everyday eyes. And ladies I am not mad that they give me instructions embossed on the shadows to tell me where to put them, I learn over and over :)! Last but certainly not least the new clay eyeshadows in Saturday Sunsets is beautiful. Pigmented, a little powdery and small which is great for traveling.

The Mineral Infused Mascara will be a first for me as for the Liquid Eyeliner in Charcoal. I have used neither of these products and am looking forward to seeing what all these are about! The Eye Primer and Liner Sealer is another newbie to me. Definitely will have to research how to use the liner sealer!

The Facial Massager intrigued me and anything to aid in my march against an aging face will be welcome!

The lippie addict in me was jumping for joy with the new lippies to my collection as follows:

Left to right:
Aqua Beauty Radiant Gel Lip Stain in Dewy Berry
Beautifully Bare Lipstick in Touch of Blush
Beautifully Bare Lipstick in Touch of Berry
Gotta Glow Lip Tint in Perfect Berry

Last but not least the All Over Color Stick in Persimmon can be used as highlighter, blush topper or eyeshadow IMO. It's a tad icy pink but hey, this lady will try most anything!!!!

Overall. I am a happy and excited lady to play with these products and this will NOT be my last ELF haul. What are some of your product picks from ELF? What should I try? Do tell!!!!

Blessings, Sherry

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Glycolic pads and lotion

Left to right:
Lumavera Glycolic Night Cream
Peter Thomas Roth Un-Wrinkle Peel Pads
Skin + Pharmacy Glycolic Peel Pads
Nip & Fab Glycolic Fix  exfoliating facial pads
Nip & Fab Glycolic Fix Night Pads

Glycolic acid, AHA's and lactic acids are known for their ability to exfoliate and move the dead skin off your skin to show smoother and "new" skin. These are in lots of different products and can be subtle to outright heavy duty. I for one, love heavy duty! Read on for my picks and uses.

I have uneven texture, hyperpigmentation, and dry skin. The sun worshipping of my youth has caught up with me big time! After researching the acid family and finding that they were key to my skin, I incorporated them into my skincare regime asap. Several brands caught my eye and I went about purchasing them and testing them out. I didn't want any sissy products and these are the ones that I wanted.

Some of these are downright expensive and others are wallet friendly. Keep reading for my thoughts on each brand/product!

I am almost finished with my Peter Thomas Roth Un-wrinkle Peel pads and find that the 20% complex (the ingredient list only states retinol with no percentage) was a pretty hefty dose. This is the most expensive and can be found at Sephora and Ulta. I have used PTR products and trust this brand as the other cleansers are pretty jam packed with good ingredients. These pads are easy to use, say to use once a day am or pm your choice. I like using them at night while I sleep. They say to rinse off after 60 seconds. I don't do that and only spritz with a face spray to deactivate and leave it on overnight with no side effects. They do not sting when using unless I have a breakout. I have seen brighter skin, more even texture and the hyperpigmentation appears to be lessened.

I was blessed to have won some Lumavera products and the Glycolic Night Cream was included. This is the next expensive product. I use this on alternating nights. The cream is thin, has a chemical smell and definitely stings for a bit after applying. It does not state the strength on the ingredient list but has some incredible ingredients to go along with this cream. Including "stem cell" and some great herb additives.

Skin + Pharmacy can be found at CVS pharmacy. CVS has gotten game with their new skincare lines! This is another pad that doesn't give the percentage of acid but has some pretty incredible ingredients. Again it can be used at night and is gentler on my skin than the previous listed items. Again, (personal preference) I leave it on without rinsing off. It is in the $25 range but worth it in my opinion.

Nip & Fab products I have been using for several years and trust their items because I have seen that they work! The light blue label product has the added benefit of hyaluronic acid, blue daisy and witch hazel and is quite mild IMO. I use this when my skin is a bit cranky, it works well!

The other Glycolic Fix Night pads are a bit more heavy duty and when I run out of my PTR, these will be the ones I jump to next. It has salicylic acid and lactic acid in its ingredient list, both reat for breakouts and exfoliation. Both the Nip & Fab products can be found at Ulta and if you keep an eye out, they do buy one, get one half off often.

Because I have a mature face, glycolics and acids are a staple in my routine. Be sure to wear a good sunscreen as acids tend to make you more susceptible to sunburn!!!

Overall, acids work for my face and I don't think I will stop anytime soon as I see clearer, brighter, exfoliated skin. This is a great effect!

On a side note, Nuance by Salma Hyack has a tub of these at CVS and they are quite affordable!

Do you use acids in your daily routine? Have they worked for you? Do tell!

Blessings. Sherry

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Glycolic and Hydroxy Acid Cleansers

Peter Thomas Roth Anti-Aging Cleansing Gel
Mario Badescu Glycolic Foaming Cleanser
Garnier Radiance Renewal Cleansing Gelee

I am a firm believer that the older I get that skincare is the absolute most necessary step in my routine, period. I use over the counter peel pads, retinol products and glycolic cleaners. These are 3 that are in my current routine. From expensive to drugstore!

From Wikipedia:
Glycolic acid is used to improve the skin's appearance and texture.
It may reduce wrinkles, acne scarring, hyperpigmentation and improve many other skin conditions, including actinic keratosis, hyperkeratosis, and seborrheic keratosis[citation needed]. Once applied, glycolic acid reacts with the upper layer of the epidermis, weakening the binding properties of the lipids that hold the dead skin cells together. This allows the stratum corneum to be exfoliated, exposing live skin cells. Highly purified grades of glycolic acid are commercially available for personal care applications.

I first started using PTR when I purchased my Clarisonic Mia and it came with a small bottle and have since purchased the big bottle in a holiday kit. Love it! It lasts a long time because a little goes a long way and has very little fragrance and doesn't strip my face. It also has great skincare ingredients that add some great benefits. Available at Ulta and Sephora.

Mario Badescu Skin Care is well known and not as expensive as PTR. This little bottle has lasted me for over 6 months! Little fragrance, little goes a long way and doesn't strip my face. This products main ingredient is glycolic acid and because the packaging is basic the money for this product, I feel, goes into the product itself. Available at Ulta and Sephora.

Garnier has some great drugstore prices and although not entirely glycolic acid, has salicylic acid and other great skincare ingredients. This product has a great fragrance, and does strip my skin a bit. I am careful to moisturize really well. This product is great for acne prone and breakout skin. Can be found at your local pharmacies, Walmart and Ulta.

Because the older I get and the more hyperpigmentation and texture I notice, this is a must have for me. There are lots of glycolic toners in the market and night time treatments. I feel these last longer as with glycolic cleansers you wash a lot away!

Do you use any glycolic cleansers or toners? What is your favorite? Do tell!!!

Blessings, Sherry

Friday, September 2, 2016

Ulta Haul and Gift with Purchase

gloss, matte lipstick

I have tried very few Ulta brand products. I rectified that situation on my last trip. Primarily because they had the cute purple makeup bag with products inside when you spent $21.50 of their beauty brand products.

I purchased the Inner Rim Liner Trio (top middle) and the Brow Lift Duo in Blonde. One end has the highlight and the other a tinted brow gel. I then added the Micellar Water Makeup remover pads (they are not all that saturated, but I made them work). This got me to the gift with purchase!

The gorgeous (ok I love purple:) zipper bag holds a palette, mascara, clear brow gel, setting powder, gloss, matte lipstick, sharpener, cute purple fingernail polish and a couple of brushes. All in all a travel friendly product for easy peasy use. I added a couple of trial size BB creams to round out the full face! All in all a great gift with purchase.

There is something about gift with purchase that makes me want to buy products that, let's face it, I don't need LOL. But, hey I can always use them and if I don't I can pass them on. I am impressed though that the Ulta brand products are pretty good and stay up on trends and dupes.

I have a feeling that I will use these products and love them. Are you a GWP junkie? Do tell!

Blessings, Sherry

Saturday, August 27, 2016

My Favorite Bloggers and YouTubers

I can honestly say that I am addicted to YouTube, Snapchat and Bloglovin. Mainly because I love learning about new products as well as learning things from these women about how to blog and snap! So I am going to list my top faves and why they rock my addiction!  Tracy just plain rocks. Her blog is thorough, honest, funny and downright awesome. I can seriously not get enough and wait with bated breath for the next post lol! Visit her blog ya'll, she won't disappoint. Elle has awesome reviews, tutorials and beauty information. But the thing I love about her blog too is the DIY's that she has taught me. They are awesome!!! Lauren has a beautiful and very professional blog. Her photos are top notch and I love reading this well though out blog. Seriously, check her out! emilynoel83  Emily is another straight up honest, informative and has a sweet personality! She has both a blog and YouTube channel. Go check her out! is known far and wide. That doesn't stop me from obsessively checking her YouTube channel out because you just never know what she will throw out there. Her personality is incredible and she has a positivity about her that shines. The skincare Queen!! I learn so much from her blog and YouTube. If I have a question she 99% of the time educates me on the whys, hows and how to's!

reddelicious is my favorite Australian YouTuber. Not only is she an intelligent, beautiful red head, she has a sweet personality. Seriously a great channel, you won't be disappointed.

zabrena is another beautiful redhead on YouTube and she is awesome. Informative, intelligent and funny. Her Frugal Fridays are a huge hit! Check her out.

lizwilliams has a sweet YouTube channel that chronicles lots of beauty, lifestyle, family and fun stuff. I love her reviews and her sweet personality.

vickieisenstein has the funniest channel. She mixes beauty, lifestyle, comedy and lots more. If you need a pick me up watch her Lunch Crunch series!!

uppiesbeads59 for those of us that are "mature aging" this lady and her channel makes it easy to work with what we have and still look good over 40!

ginamber is a European transplant and is funny! She does reviews, tutorials and general life. She seriously makes me laugh! Check her out!!! Laura Lee is funny, informative and has great tutorials on her YouTube channel. Her husband is in many of her antics and is awesome.

These are a few of my favorites. Who do you love and why? Do share :)

Blessings, Sherry

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Makeup Revolution Palette Haul- Outta my Comfort Zone!

Mermaids Forever Eyeshadow Palette
Blush Palette in Goddess
Unicorns Unite Eyeshadow Palette

Makeup Revolution palettes can be hit or miss. Some of the shadows in the top and bottom palettes are dry and the super glittery ones are a mess I tell ya!  Lots of fall out (I can work with that). They have great color payoff and overall are worth the money to me.

Even when I was younger, the most I went out of my comfort zone makeup wise was when I was in a metal band in the 80's and deep eyeliner and wicked lippies was the wildest I went. Then I got really tame and yes, boring. I am 50 next week and dang it, I am going outta my comfort zone and playing with my colors. YOLO and "it's only makeup and will wash off" and "who cares what others think", I'm gonna play! (Brave words from a tame woman LOL ).

Makeup Revolution has some awesome palettes that just speak to my inner rebel. Now Urban Decay and Wet N Wild have duochromes that I LIVE for, although yes I am cautious and light handed when using but it makes me feel a little daring. So my late new years resolution is play, play, play!!!

I have found Makeup Revolution in the last 6 months and have fallen head over heels. Not only for their colors, but their great prices and huge selection. Game on!!!

Already I have snuck a couple of the shadows into my routine and it feels deliciously decadent. I am not a young 'un and have to be careful of the super shimmery shadows with my old crepey lids but that hasn't stopped me from adding some fun pops of color. And ya'll I have gotten some compliments (one from the hubby who rolls his eyes with my makeup addiction/blog:) and it made me feel super happy.

So on to the living outta the comfort zone because ya'll it feels GOOD!!!

Blessings, Sherry