Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Declutter project with a difference

The Geeks and Beauties group that I am a member of are doing the tag #loveitorloseit for decluttering. The simple rules are to pick 5-10 items of any type (clothing, accessories, home, beauty etc) use them for a month starting today. The end date with the update will show whether the products you used are keepers (love its) or donate and/or trash (lose its).

This is not your standard declutter in the beauty world; yet it definitely helps to use and remove items from your home! I have chosen 8 products and will give you a brief description of why I chose them!

The Dior Eye Reviver palette is a cool toned beauty. In my experience, Dior shadows are not very pigmented yet I am going to use this and see what looks I can get with it.

Left to right back row:

Organx Morracan/Argan dry oil. Perfect for summer as it isn't greasy and great to use after the shower.

Garnier Fructis Fall Fight Strand Saver. I'm losing hair down the drain and in my brush a LOT. I bought this and forgot about it after using twice. I want to be consistent with use and see if it works.

Pixi Glow O2 oxygen mask. I recieved this as a gift and haven't even tried it yet, so it's a great product for this tag!

Philosophy No Reason to Hide instant skin tone perfecting moisturizer with SPF 20 (whew). I've had this for a couple of years and want to finish using. The pump is great and the product comes out gray but adjusts to my skin. Easy peasy base for a hot summer day.

Left to right front row:

Soap and Glory Sexy Mother Pucker lipstick on Pomme Girl. Very pretty color for summer and although it says it's matte, it doesn't feel matte to me.

The Bath and Body Works perfume trio I'm counting as one. These are great summer scents that I love to mix and match together. Check my mini review of these on my Instagram page!

Wet N Wild eyeshadow single in Cheeky. I will probably use this as blush more than eyeshadow.

Ahava Softening Butter Salt Scrub. Great for all over in the shower but I'm going to focus on feet, hands, elbows the most.

Here is the list of ladies doing this tag. Hope you go to each of them and see their picks and subscribe to their channels!


Monday, July 16, 2018

What They Don't Tell You About Shoulder Surgery (humorous anecdotes)

Superior Capsular Shoulder Reconstruction and Bicep Tenotomy

That's the fancy name of my surgery that I received July 2, 2018. It all started with a fall on crutches January 18, 2017 at my home and progressed to chronic pain and debility with my right arm. Although I researched  and watched videos of the surgery, nothing can quite prepare you for the actuality of daily life after the surgery!

Let's began with the nerve block that they put into your NECK to numb you for over 24 hours during and after surgery. If I had known I could ask that they do it after I was already under, I would have. That was not an auspicious beginning to the procedure.  And the aftermath of the block is that you have an entire side of your body numbed for quite awhile and when it starts to "wake up" it hurts like hell ya'll. Like snow cold fingers times 100 coming back to life!

Of course the surgery can be done laparoscopically  and may be 3 insertion sites in your shoulder. Nope I came out with 8 holes and a plethora of stitches. Ok, I can deal. Until, when you are coming to in the PACU, that they place that sling of death, that you MUST wear at all times unless showering. There is no instruction manual on how to wear the thing and you are too groggy to remember any instructions whatsoever. YouTube videos were my educational research and now I can safely say, I'm a pro at this thing. (Well sort of).

Let's move on to the activities of daily living, the most basic of self care; that you now must do one handed AND with the non-dominant hand. Brushing my teeth left handed was awkward but quickly learned. Toilet duties were AWFUL. Washing my hair in the shower was miserable, not counting that I had to style said hair after the shower. I had to get an electric razor for my legs as ya'll it's hotter than hades here in Texas and I am not about to walk out with stubbly legs (well didn't care the first week).

One handed makeup was so not working and I will try again later, because I can't be bothered at the moment. Throw on a lippie and out the door. If I attempted mascara with my left hand I would probably have to have eye surgery to repair the self injury *sigh. Clothing you ask?? I am unable to wear a bra, because I can't get the dang thing on; so I'm wearing big loose t-shirts that cover and wear with the sling. Such a lovely sight I am. You have to bend over, hang your bad arm down, and slowly pull the arm hole up and the head hole over and then slowly put your other arm in and swoop it on and stand straight. Sounds easy? Ha! And the toilet duties? Ever tried to pull down or pull up your panties one handed? The side you are attempting to bring up will always roll and you have to wiggle around to get it all together. My nightdresses always FEEL like they are down but alas, look in the mirror ladies because that picture of the dress caught in the panties look? EVERY. STINKING. TIME.

I'm here to tell you, that I have lost 5.5 pounds from not being able to eat with my right hand! So this is a PLUS lol. Watching the hubby do the laundry is TORTUOUS, seeing him cook dinner and leaving the kitchen stacked with dishes is driving my OCD bonkers. But at least he's trying, bless his heart. Having someone to tie my tennis shoes so I can walk with my neighbor to continue this losing weight thing, makes me feel like a kindergartner!

I've been sleeping on the couch because it supports me best, and have a comfy spot to read, do daily paperwork etc. The hubby has threatened to move the couch in the bedroom because he can't sleep well without me (his obnoxious snoring says otherwise :).

There is only one other thing that is probably the WORST problem I have, (besides constipation from the narcs), my hair. Specifically, it's past my shoulders and I would love to throw it up in a clip to let air to my neck. There is NO throwing of any hair into a clip and trying to do it one handed well, let's just say I am possibly going to get an emergency cut today. There might be a market for those of us who are rendered armless temporarily or permanently, that will help you get your hair up if you don't have a ready helper! Any suggestions ya'll? Because again, my hubby tried, bless his heart.

Hope you enjoyed this light hearted whine about my shoulder surgery! Tomorrow is first post-op visit with possible stitch removal and that does NOT sound good at all *sigh.

Love ya, Bye
Sherry P

Monday, July 9, 2018

Juicy Lips from Stains

There's something about lips that look like you just ate a berry popsicle! Fresh, bright and a little sheer. I reached into my stain drawer this morning because I was feeling the summer berry look and decided to pull out the ones that have been staples and become favorites! Keep reading and I will break them down for you.

MUA Lip stain (doesn't look like CVS carries these stains anymore)

Rose, Coral and Wine. These are pretty sheer but pigmented enough to leave a pretty stain that look like you didn't even try that hard! Portable and simple.

ELF Aqua Beauty Radiant Gel Lip Stain $1.29 on ELF website

Rouge Radiance and Dewy Berry
I reach for these the most! They are light but pack a pigment punch. Staying power is pretty amazing and super easy to take with you.

The Balm Stainiac  in Beauty Queen $17 Kohl's
Ulta Lip Gloss Stain in Treason $9 Ulta
Lipstick Queen Saint and Sinner Lip Tint in Deep Red Ulta or website (may have been LE)

The Ulta and Lipstick Queen stains are a bit thicker but sheer out and leave a fantastic stain. The Balm Stainiac can be used for lips or cheeks (reminiscent of Benefit).

MAC Versicolor Stain in Constant Craving $12.60 MAC
Bliss Long Glossed serum infused stain in Love $24 Kohl's and Amazon
LUSH Glossy Stain by Style Essentials found at Marshall's

The MAC is a thicker gel formula with impactful pigmentation ya'll! Lasts for frickin ever! The Bliss is also thicker with a pigment punch, but wears down a bit quicker. LUSH can be found at Marshall's, TJ Maxx and Five Below and for their inexpensive price, these stains actually hold their own against the more expensive ones!

Swatches are in order of the mini reviews going left to right in the pictures, on down!

So give me all the berry lips and popsicle juiciness for the ease and longevity that a hot summer day requires!! Let me know what kind of stains, tints or long lasting lippies you like!

Blessings, Sherry

Monday, June 25, 2018

Fragrances of Summer

As I was starting this post, I couldn't help but sing the "Boys of Summer" that was popular in the 80's! My title took me on a winding memory journey. Ever had that happen when a certain song comes on? On to the fragrances that are rocking my summer world.

Pacifica Tunisian Jasmine Lime perfume $17.50 rollerball

  • Limes, jasmine and lush orange flowers bloom in this fresh, bright, magical scent that is wearable all year. I did some searching because I can't find the regular bottle for sell anywhere! However, I found the rollerball on Amazon. I am not an overly fruity/flowery scent lover. This has just the right amount of spicy undertone to carry this through and although it doesn't have super long lasting power, it's perfect for refresh sprays!

Bobbi Brown Beach $78

Designed with a lightly intoxicating blend of sand jasmine, sea spray, and mandarin, this fragrance is wearable anytime, anywhere.

This fragrance has been a long time favorite and now has some incredible summer beach memories to go with the scent! I'm almost out of the bottle but have a rollerball as a backup!! It has lasting power and I get lots of compliments when I wear this.

Estee Lauder Private Collection $95 (1 oz)

The Eau de Parfum Spray cap is a work of art with a hammered gold texture, inspired by jewelry given to Aerin Lauder by her grandmother, Estée Lauder.
Top Notes:
Neroli, Lilac, Rosewood
Middle Notes:
Tuberose, Gardenia, Orangeflower, Jasmine, White Lily, Orangeflower
Base Notes:
Carnation, Vanilla Bourbon

Just reading the scent notes is exciting; however, when you get a whiff of this, it's pure magic! I literally got sprayed with this in Dillards one Christmas and that was all it took to buy a bottle. It takes a little spray and the scent lasts a long time. This bottle has been going over a year.

Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Limon Verde $95

This is a citrus aromatic fragrance for both men and women. Top note is lime.Middle notes are green:tropical fruit, fig and sugarcane. Base note is tonka bean. Browsing in Neiman Marcus and the first thing that grabbed me was the beautiful bottle. Then I sprayed some on the tester card and it was love at first smell! This category of fragrance has 4 or 5 other concoctions that will suit many different tastes.

So there you have four of my favorite hot summer fragrance loves! Have you tried any of these? What are some of your favorites? Do tell!

Blessings, Sherry

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Stay Put Summer Makeup Favorites 2018

After watching Catharine's  Life Beauty and Lifestyle on Youtube this morning about her Summer Beauty Essentials; I was inspired to blog some of my favorites! Keep reading for the breakdown of products.

L to R:
Ponds Luminous Finish BB SPF15
la prairie Anti-aging Hydra tint SPF20
IT Cosmetics CC+ Illumination SPF50

I want light, easy pretty bases to wear when the weather is roasting. Add some awful humidity and everything tends to melt right off! These three are light, glowy, contain SPF and tend to stick around through the day. Just the right amount of coverage (medium for me) and can be combined with powder coverage as well.

La Roche-Posay Daily Anti-aging primer SPF50
La Roche-Posay Mineral Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid

Who doesn't love a multi-tasking primer?? Sets my face AND protects with SPF50. It feels smooth, silicone type and helps with my sweat. The Mineral sunscreen has a universal tint, is waterproof and matte. I actually love to wear this on its own as it gives pretty decent coverage. This is my go to on the lake fishing!

Lancome waterproof Long Lasting Undereye concealer
IT Cosmetics CC+ eye SPF50

Both of these concealers have several things in common: thick, full coverage and a little goes a loooonnngggg way! I only need the tiniest bit to obtain great coverage and protection at the same time. They also last extraordinarily well. If I'm out and about then I wear these, if I'm on the beach or lake I tend to reach for lighter, thinner concealers.

Coola has some fabulous Tinted Mineral Liplux SPF30, the beautiful metal case at the top is Firecracker. Beccas Beach Tint water resistant cheek colors are fun and are in Guava and Watermelon. Cargo cosmetics rocks the summer face with their water resistant blush in Bali. Their Swimmables eyeliners last, I can say that with authority!! These are all easy to carry with you and super simple to reapply as needed.

Last but not least, the two setting sprays that have been with me for years, Urban Decay All Nighter and Chill are the favorites. Chill became an addiction when the menopausal hot flashes made me crazy red and sweaty and makeup started to move ugh. All Nighter is iconic and works for the indoor days.Best way to also knock that powdery look out with a spray!

So there you have it, some of the makeup essentials that keep my face from sliding in the Texas heat. What are some of your favorites? Do tell!!

Blessings, Sherry

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Making New Year Goals Without The Guilt

New Years inevitably start the resolutions/goals and "gottas". The year starts and I have so many huge goals and things I want to change. That ever present weight loss goal and the exercise more goal. Yep, every year I have a renewed sense of hope that this will be the year I have spectacular results. And then a month in, the defeat and guilt and shame set in and I start beating myself up. It's not a great feeling, yet I continue to do the exact same thing!

Instead of a sweeping statement, make the goal "bite sized". By that I mean be detailed in your goal that makes it easier to define and accomplish. For instance, "Workout more". Great goal but leads to failure because it's not defined. Here's how I would put this: Walk a mile three days a week. Go to Yoga class once a week. This goal is direct and concise making the goal not as overwhelming in its generality.

I've learned over the years some hard truths. Namely, without a plan to execute that goal, the goal is dead in the water! It's so easy to write down the goals, hang them on the mirror to see every morning and then not DO anything different. That's where the detailed plan comes in that gives me the tools to accomplish that goal and to take baby steps. Make your plan as detailed or broad as you like; however, make them attainable. The detail the goal paragraph starts that idea and you can add the specific work you need to do in your plan to execute the goal. Make them enjoyable!

Write it down in your everyday calendar so that it's a part of your daily and weekly routine. Plan ahead and it will make it easier to do and you will feel a sense of accomplishment on a smaller scale, such as weekly!

Any habit worth breaking needs a habit worth doing! So you want to lose that stubborn weight, you have a plan, you've scheduled the ideas and are doing them daily/weekly. Then you have an off day or week, maybe an illness, family crisis or just plain exhaustion. This is where giving yourself loving support is most necessary. There's nobody harder on ourselves than ourselves!! Remember you are human and no one is perfect; gentle self care is necessary to get through a rough patch without throwing in the towel. Plan for self care and do it. It's not the end, it's a rest stop.

Having an accountability partner or group is an excellent way to achieve the goals you have set and shared with someone that supports you. We all hit roadblocks and need encouragement and a helping hand or ear when things get rough. It's good for you to know you aren't alone and are able to open up and share your feelings.USE the support group even when it's hard to admit you had the super buffet twice that week and fell off the weight loss momentum! It's ok, another new day starts and you will be able to start a new 24 hours!

Oh yes, easier said than done! It has been proven through countless studies that the way you talk to yourself predetermines a lot of outcomes. Sometimes, that self talk is so automatic we don't think about it. Pay attention to how you talk, practice self encouragement. I've caught myself just reciting crap I have ingrained by habit and I am learning to stop the words and listen to myself. This one is a lot of practice makes perfect (well better!)

The anxiety and pressure of setting New Year resolutions/goals will be minimized by a positive, detailed goal, a plan of action, support and keeping your words and thoughts on the positive and GIVE YOURSELF A BREAK!!

Thank you so much for stopping by, may you have a joyous and productive 2018!
Blessings, Sherry