Tuesday, September 30, 2014
If you have spent any time on my blog you know I have a serious lippie addiction and I don't plan on stopping my usage anytime soon! I wanted to do a lipstick, gloss, crayon or stain once a week for the month of October. Add the changing of the seasons, cooler weather and some lippies I haven't talked about and hopefully you will swoon over them as much as I do!
Now I have a HUGE respect for bloggers who do photos of their lips and faces and I am still very uncomfortable but moving through that discomfort and showing you my crooked lips and all. So stay tuned for the lippie month. Share your favorite lippie loves and maybe my wishlist will grow :). Bring on October!!! Sherry
Monday, September 29, 2014
Saturday, September 27, 2014
The phenom that was 50 Shades of Grey have spawned a wide variety of books to the genre. After checking out some of the bargain books at my Barnes and Noble for my Nook e-reader, I stumbled upon Lisa Renee Jones and her books. And all I have to say is they are good. Not quite 50 Shades but definitely something you could sink your teeth in and really enjoy. I devoured the first 4 books and am anxiously waiting for the 5th to come out November this year!
So if you have the time and are looking for another breathless book series, then you must check out "Being Me" the first in a set of books that will have you waiting to dive back into them right after you have put it down!!! Enjoy, Sherry
What are you reading right now? DO tell!
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Ok ladies Fall is upon us and without a doubt this is my favorite time of the year. A) It's cooler and my hot flashes rejoice!, B)I get a bit braver with my makeup choices, C) I am ecstatic that my boots get out of the dark and dust to wear, D) Cardigans, Moto jackets etc. really need I say more!!! Purples and greens and deep dark burgundies are everywhere and shopping my stash was very exciting!
I dug out my Kat Von D Shade Shifter eyeshadow in love letter: a multihued purple and on the road: a multihued green. I love her shadows! The Milani Gel powder eyeshadows have been on everyones blogs and eyes and are wonderful for a wash of color for daytime. The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette that I received for my birthday is perfect for that subtle glow and face setting. A little more oomph to my base had me picking my Cover FX CC cream, the perfect balance between coverage and a great face. The Smashbox Fade Out eyeshadow palette came out last year and was an instant hit for this time of the year (it was LE and I can't find it anywhere but E-bay). For the lippie lover that I am, Maybelline Colorsensational in Espresso Exposed and Covergirls Embrace were two sure fired lippies to get me in the mood for the cooler weather.
When the temperature here in the Dallas area is 80's instead of 100's that is the sign that I can play around with some different looks and makeup. I am beyond excited and although I am wearing shorts today, I am confident that the 60's are around the corner!
What are some of the Fall seasonal makeup items that you are going to bring out? Do tell! Sherry
I shared with you ladies about using the Sephora points goodie I received the Ole Henricksen 3 Little Wonders sample kit. It contained 7 days worth of morning and evening serums and face moisturizer. I absolutely loved this and then it got my brain to working overtime. The way this was packaged was incredible. What I mean by that was if companies made a packaged daily usage serums and moisturizers, how easy would that be? And for me, when I get lazy this takes out the guesswork and there is no using too much or wasting product.
I know, I know, this is out there but at the same time how many of us can stick to a new skincare regime without having some off days? Maybe just me :)! I was pleasantly surprised to see how well these products worked for my face especially as the temperatures here in Texas are changing from 100's to low 80's on most days. I felt that the ability to use something well for a week also gave me a great feel for the products and this company has surely gotten my attention.
Do you also think about samples and try it kits like I do? Wouldn't it be great for a month long packaged skincare kit that takes out the guesswork and is easy to use? Share your thoughts below as I would love to hear from you! Blessings, Sherry
Sunday, September 21, 2014
Seriously a gorgeous product and incredible for full on summer skin. I can honestly say that this last year is the first time in my life that I have added any kind of "illumination" products to my makeup routine or face. I watched tons of youtube videos, read numerous blogs and loved that it gave me a youthful glow. Sure a woman of my age has to be careful not to get into disco ball and teen prom makeup looks but I sure learned that a bit of highlighter just looked right! This one is seriously easy to use and the soft mousse/gel like texture is intriguing. I can either use my fingers, (which I prefer) or a stipple brush and add this to my cheekbones for a lit from within glow. I also used the Guava/Moonstone on my eyelids one day and it was simple and perked my tired eyes right up. Becca Cosmetics are famous for their illuminators and this blush/highlighter medley in a jar is perfect. Yes, I had to learn how to apply these and figured that playing around with them and thinking outside the box was the surefire way to find a look I liked.
Sephora is where I acquired mine but I have since learned that Becca is now available at Ulta! Have any of you lovely ladies tried these Beach Tint Shimmer Souffles? What are your thoughts and tips? Do tell!!! Sherry
Sephora just totally rocks! I am in love with being able to obtain some serious samples and try them and fall in love with some great skincare and makeup. This was included in one of my Sephora orders and having used Ole Henricksen products before in a kit that I got for Christmas a couple of years ago, promptly fell in love all over again. This deluxe sample set gives you 7 days of professional strength am/pm regimen to turn your skin around. The products are: truth serum collagen booster for AM followed by the sheer transformation oil-free moisturizer and then PM: invigorating night treatment followed by the moisturizer. I am on day 4 having decided to use this little pick me up after being under the weather the last couple of weeks. I have noticed a remarkable difference in the texture, moisture and radiance in my skin.
I know that using products from one line that all work together is usually the way to go to achieve great results, however; I am a die hard skincare advocate and have different kinds and brands that I love to use. This 3 little wonder am/pm regimen is incredibly good. I may just have to check with Sephora, especially as the holidays are coming, that is when lots of brands have great starter kits for great prices. I for one, love the products from Ole Henricksen and feel they are worth the extra dough!
Have you tried any of this brands products? Thoughts? Would love to hear from you! Sherry
Swatches Top to bottom:
different lipstick in raspberry glace
different lipstick in shy
butter shine lipstick in fresh watermelon
high impact lip color in very currant
There are some Dillard's that carry the excusive Brighter Smile Collection. Basically Clinique had dentists and makeup artists bring together the colors of all the lipstick brands that Clinique carry and show which of the colors make teeth appear brighter when you are wearing them. I love to give myself an edge in that department as I am a smoker and the colors I picked out of the Brighter Smile Collection were not all the same type of lipstick but the colors were! As you can see from the swatches that there is definitely a theme going on!
Seriously though, I have been drawn to these colors my whole life and love that these are helping to make my smile a bit brighter! Clinique has some really pretty and great wearing, smooth lipsticks and on top of that they have a weighty silver tube that is seriously luxe. The designs on the tubes even kick that luxe up a notch! So Clinique used a dental guide and there are 15 colors in the collection to choose from and at $16 a tube not half bad.
Have you tried any of Clinique's brighter smile collection? Sherry
Saturday, September 13, 2014
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
I had the pleasure of winning a $50 Sephora GC from the absolutely beautiful, hilarious and slave to her cat lady, Karen at makeupandbeautyblog.com. If you have not had the pleasure to check out her blog, jump on that fast as this lady knows her stuff and gives incredible comprehensive reviews, swatches and a side dish of humor and lifestyle. Do it I tell ya, do it!!!
Anything Sephora is fun and because I won it in my birthday month it made it even better! I absolutely love Givenchy's 4-1 mascara and this little kit had a full size mascara with a mini lipstick. I have never had the pleasure to try Givenchy lippies and this was a divine experience. Although this lippie addict needs another lippie like I need another hole in my head! Becca's Beach Tint Shimmer Souffle in Lychee/Opal was an addition I really wanted and was so excited to receive. Also because I had accumulated some points I got the Origins deluxe sample skincare set and ohhhh can't wait to dive into these. I have loved Origin's since the late 80's.
Sure made a yucky end to the month a bit more exciting, nothing like a little Sephora goodie box to brighten up my skin and eyes :). What have you gotten from Sephora lately? Do tell! Blessings, Sherry
Loreal swatches from top:
White cream in Medium
I didn't "need" these but had to have them! The regular white cream changes on my skin to a medium coverage and I have noticed that I use less base. They are not billed as primers and yet make my face smooth and even before my base. I am pleased with the product. The Anti-fatigue ( hey we all need all the help we can get when the sleep is lacking!) evens and brightens my face and is light and easy to apply. They are surprisingly moisturizing and work to make my face look so much better. Overall I am pleased with the results. They are a bit pricey for a drugstore product but am ok with buying something that gives me an edge.
Easy to blend and a little goes a long way. Loreal has come out with some incredible products lately and I am pleased to get some great products for a fraction of the price. Have you used these products/ What are your thoughts? Do tell! Sherry
Stila eyes are the windows Shadow Palette- MIND
I do NOT need another palette girls! But this one was calling my name LOUD :). It has a lot of matte shadows (necessary for older hooded lids IMO). There are a few that have minimal shimmer and work really well to lighten up my eyes. I have a challenge to myself to use a different lipstick a day, different eyeshadow a day and different blush a day. Primarily because I am in a rut and also because I have so many products that languish in my makeup case!
Stila has always been a brand that I love and this is no different. The shadows are: (L column top to bottom to R) Brilliance, Imagination, Genius, Understanding. Middle column: Instinct, Observation, Will, Perception. Last column: Reason, Thinker, Creativity, Intellect.
I love these names as they are in line with the Mind. They are buttery smooth, last all day (with primer) and have some great pigmentation. The other 3 in the launch have some serious shine and shimmer (read glitter) and although beautiful are not for me. I am pleased and excited about this palette and can't wait to dive into looks to wear. Yeppers, I feel the price is worth it and am not sure if these are LE or not. So grab 'em while you can ladies! They are available at Ulta and Sephora while they are available!~ Sherry
Thursday, September 4, 2014
With the launch of the new UD Naked blush palettes, I had to show you my "old school" palette that came out a couple of years ago. This was the original blush palette and it has been a staple in my rotation. It contains a blush, bronzer and highlighter. Makes for a very handy palette, especially for travel or purse. The swatches are shown very heavily swatched and doesn't show the bit of shimmer in the product. Not overly so that you feel like disco ball fiasco, but a nice shimmer that is seriously a lit from within look. I like that it is virtually foolproof for those of us (me) that need a palette that carries all I need for a cheek look without worrying myself to distraction!
Urban Decay just totally rocks! I have a large amount of their products and love each and every one of them. There aren't many misses in their line and although they have some high prices, I believe they are totally worth it. This palette is proof that they know how to put together complimentary items to give you a product that works.
Are you interested in the new Naked blush palettes? Do you own this one? I would be interested to hear your thoughts, so dish ladies! Sherry
I am firmly in the BB/CC craze and don't care LOL! Most of my BB and CC creams have been drugstore or inexpensive ones and having a giftcard made me want a higher end BB cream (don't ask me why, could have purchased a lot more:). So to my local Sephora I went and swatched away and this one caught my eye and heart. It was purely an impulse buy as I hadn't read reviews or looked it up prior to purchasing. But there was just something about having a Dior product and a BB cream at that!
This BB cream is seriously smooth, pretty sheer and blends like a dream. It covers my redness and hyper-pigmentation really well. I still need to use a concealer on the spots as well as under eye circles that I sport. Overall, it's impressive. It has an SPF 30 which let's face it is a necessary evil. What better way than to have this included in my BB! It actually dries down to a semi matte finish and although it doesn't last my full 12 hour shift, it gets pretty darn close. The oxymoron is that it hydrates my normal to dry skin and gives a sheer medium coverage (if that makes any sense!). I am so glad that I decided to purchase this and albeit there was no research, it became a favorite base in a hurry.
Have you used the Dior Hydralife BB? I have read reviews on Sephora and there are mixed reviews for sure. Take it from me, my older skin is loving this stuff. Would love to hear your thoughts! Sherry
Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Within the last 2 weeks I have had a car accident leaving me without transportation, a severe 72 hour migraine with non-stop vomiting and just general life blah's. Not a great time at all let me tell ya. I have struggled to get back to some kind of normalcy, mainly as people with chronic pain or illness know that just to get up and shower and brush your teeth is a very big deal. It took me almost 3 days to do these very small and normal things. Today I am being still, letting myself get my energy back and eating lightly as to keep things down and make sure the razor's edge I live on with my migraines can very well turn. I am possibly getting my car back from the mechanic shop tomorrow and my fingers are crossed for that (my insurance company rocks!). I love my blog and I love being a nurse and when I get as down as I have been for that last 2 weeks I have to remember to really take care of myself first. Very hard for the caretaker in me.
So ladies, thank you for continuing to read this slice of my world and for following me and posts will be back on schedule by the end of this week. I appreciate those who have asked after me and for the people who support me. Blessings to ya'll, Sherry