Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Nars Pencils birthday gift from Sephora

Top: Cruella
Bottom: Rikugien

I look forward to the Sephora birthday gift every year and this year was right up my alley!!!! As a professed lipstick/crayon/gloss/stain addict, I bounced my way to the local Sephora and announced that I was getting my gift. I had every intention to go in, get the gift and leave. HA! My shopping damage later left me happy but broke. So yeah, I can NOT go into Sephora for just a browse (most of the time:).

For all the August birthdays out there, Happy birthday to ya'll!!!!!

Stay cool in this heat, Sherry

Ridding the face of fuzz!

Magic Razorless Cream Shave

Ladies, I have used Nair for years! and endured the burn to rid my face of the thick fuzz that makes my makeup look wonky. Yes, I have blonde hair but it gets thick I tell ya. Last night I reached for my Nair and was out. I remembered that I was browsing the clearance endcap at my local Walgreens and saw this and thought, "why not?". It was clearenced for $1.19.

So I reached for this and thought well it's the weekend, don't have to work and have time to heal if it burns my skin. OMG, not only did it not burn, it was gentle, took 4 minutes and took ALL the fuzz off easily!!! The product is originally billed for bald heads, I have made another use out of it!!! Since, it was clearance I was worried it would be hard to find so I gooogled it when I got home. It can be found at Walmart for 4 bucks and some change and you can be sure I will be buying a backup!!

Run, grab this, it works. Do you have another favorite to rid your face of fuzz? Do tell!!!

Fuzz free blessings :), Sherry

Toms Long Lasting Natural Deodarant

I was sent this for review and to say that I was skeptical is an understatement. I am a menopausal woman and sweat normally heavily so I believe in heavy duty antiperspirants and was leery of trying a natural product. Enter a day off, 105 degrees in Texas and testing began. The fragrance is subtle, it goes on smoothly without white streaks and has a roll up tube. So far, so good. Had to run some errands in the middle of the hot Texas day and upon returning home, sniffed my underarms and was pleasantly surprised that there was no funky odor! At the end of a 12 hour day, my arms were dry, the underarm odor was pleasant and I even got my husband to sniff (along with his jokester self:). Ladies I believe I have a winner in the natural deodorant department and will possibly repurchase. If it can handle Texas heat and a menopausal woman, it's a winner!

Have you tried natural deodorants? What are your thoughts? Do tell!!!

Smellin sweet in Texas, Sherry

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Too Faced Melted Metallic Lip

Color: Metallic Violet

Ya'll this lippie rocks!!! Not only am I a lippie addict and I don't play by anybody's rules, I try all kinds of lippies. I bought this to see what all the metallic fuss was about (and because purple is my fav color:). So I gave it a test run and ooooohhhhhhh. It lasts, it gives just the right amount of sheen to the lips, which us older gals need to make the lips look bigger. It is a tad bit drying on me, easily remedied, tends to migrate if I don't line my lips. Overall, I may just buy more of these and play, play and play!

I have several of the original Melted lippies and love 'em. What are your thoughts ladies? Do you own these? Do tell!!!

Purple Metallic lippie woman, Sherry

Simple Micellar Water

I jumped on the bandwagon of micellar waters! I had a small Caudalie cleansing water and although it smells incredible, and is cooling, I wasn't impressed with its cleansing properties. When Simple came out with their micellar water I went to my local store and purchased. My main reason was to see if it cleansed waterproof mascara. (Totally have to wear waterproof in the 100 degree plus weather here).

First, it is inexpensive compared to other micellar waters and secondly Simple is a great brand. I soaked a cotton pad, cleansed my face first and was impressed with its makeup busting properties. Then I placed over my eye and let it sit for a few and yep it helped remove waterproof mascara without serious scrubbing! Winner in my book as I can't stand losing lashes when I clean and tugging on delicate eye area. I believe that I will continue to use micellar waters and especially Simple brand as they are wallet friendly and readily available!

Have you tried micellar waters? What are your thoughts? Do tell!

Blessings, Sherry

Friday, August 14, 2015

Firmoo Glasses Giveaway

Ladies check out for a fabulous Firmoo glasses giveaway! I entered and you should as well. Check out her blog and enjoy her information. Have a kick ass weekend ya'll! Sherry

Thursday, August 13, 2015

I'm learning to wear long wearing felt tip eyeliners!

Hard Candy Felt tip eyeliner in Oh Fudge
Kat Von D Inkliner in Woolf
Kat Von D Lightening Liner in Poe

I actually was getting the Kat Von D in purple to complement my hazel eyes and grabbed the wrong one, however; this is pretty! The Hard Candy in the beautiful brown is softer than a harsh black for my eyes and actually is very pretty on. Now I have been using Urban Decay and Pixi gel liners and love them but as a menopausal and Texas living woman they tend to migrate and my under eye circles look terrible! I was actually a bit scared to try felt tips because they tend to show every little weird line, whereas gel liners can be smudged on the top lash line. When I got Poe (the purple one) it was love at first swatch! The Woolf has just enough green gold and compliments my hazel eyes as well.

I needn't have worried as they were easy to use and stayed frickin put when I used them! I have a new love of felt tip liners. I can still learn and try new things and it feels good to step out of my comfort zone. I still haven't even tried a cat eye flick but am considering getting out of my comfort zone and learning how to do it. Seriously you can teach an old dog new tricks LOL.

Let me know your favorite felt tip liners, would love to know!

Blessings, Sherry

Eye creams and treatments

I have a serious collection of undereye creams, gels and treatments. I have a genetic disposition to serious dark circles and allergies to boot, so I always apply eye cream morning and night and even during the day when I look dry and creasy. The open jar of Olay CC Eye Brightening cream is what I apply before makeup and let sit while I brush my teeth. It has a peach tint that gives a glow. No coverage but a great layer for later concealing. The Strivectin and Roc are both nighttime retinol products that I apply before bed. These are noticeable in that the dark circles and fine lines look better the more I use them. The Garnier miracle sleeping eye gel is that extra step that helps to work for refreshing under eyes in the morning. I love the feel of this gel! L'Occcitane one is a eye care and mask duo and I alternate nights using this one with the Garnier. Clarins Special Eye Contour balm also is rotated with my morning usage before makeup as it proclaims to "soften fine lines" and is good for dry eyes. The last 2 are natural products that I purchased, Mineral Fusion SPF 16 age defying treatment serum is new to me and will definitely be for morning usage! The DN Unik eye contour serum with hyaluronic is definitely awesome for thirsty under eyes.

Maybe it's an obsession but I will do whatever I can to prevent, soften and hydrate my under eyes and help the dark circles to lessen in time. Besides it feels good to give myself extra pampering and get the bonus of good side effects as well!

What are your favorite eye creams? Let's talk about it in the comments. Thanks for stopping by the blog!

Blessings, Sherry

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Summer Sandal Savers

Blister Armour
Band-Aid Friction Block

When I was in my teens and seriously awkward I would often be seen with band-aids on my ankles and toes to cover the sensitive blisters I would inevitably get with my sandals. Winter feet are still so soft and have been covered for so long that even though I can't wait to get into the cute sandals, the blisters were embarrassing and painful. Enter a much more grown up version of prevention and soothing those poor feet!

As a preventive, I make sure to adequately cover the area that will be rubbing and keep it in my purse for touch-ups as needed. It actually stays on even when my feet get a little sweaty and I can tell there is much more "give" if you will, with the skin that contacts the sandals.

I may still have my awkward moments yet, I love that I can wear that new pair of strappy sandals that make me feel like dancing!

Trust me when I say sometimes the littlest things makes the biggest differences :O). Have a great summer ya'll and rock those cute sandals all summer long.

Blessings, Sherry

Urban Decay BB

When it is sticky hot and I just really don't feel like doing a full face I reach for this duo from Urban Decay. The UD BB cream is quick easy and light enough to cover some of the irregularities that summer can provide. For some reason (am not sure if anyone else has experienced this) when I apply this BB, it has a cooling effect. Some have told me they don't like the odor of this BB, but it doesn't bother me. It actually has a weird color when you first squeeze some from the tube, however; I have noticed that it adapts to my coloring quite well.

The older I get the more I lack in the "lit from within" skin. Our faces do tend to lose some of its sparkle and this UD Illuminating BB is perfect. I know some ladies who wear this alone with a few other products for a natural glowy look. For me, I like to wear this underneath the regular UD BB cream and it really does wake my skin up without the disco ball effect or greasy look.

Pop some bright cream blush on and nude eye with mascara and a bright lippy and off to the day I go! Have ya'll tried these products? What are your thoughts? Would love to hear from you.

Blessings, Sherry

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

The search for the undereye concealer

Laneige Cushion concealer in Light
Sephora Gel Serum Concealer in Parfait
Perfekt Perfection Concealer in Luminous
Benefit Puff Off
IT Cosmetics CC eye concealer in Light

I have hereditary dark circles under my eyes and lack of sleep and allergies make me look like the living dead! However, I am also 48 and have fine lines and dry under eyes so I am constantly searching for coverage that doesn't crease. On to Sephora and Ulta I went to swatch away and purchased several.

Laneige is in pen form and clicked away and the top swatch shows it is fluid and quite moisturizing. I wore it on one eye for a day and was actually impressed with it's longevity and minimal creasing. Sephora gel serum concealer comes with a doe foot applicator and is surprisingly awesome feeling under my eyes, moisturizing and I got about 8 hours wear. Perfekt concealer is a mousse feel to it with a silicone feel and creased less than the others and I have to say it's my favorite. Benefit Puff Off is more a brightening product and has an iron tip that feels cool and refreshing and tops off the concealers I have placed earlier. Last but certainly not least is IT Cosmetics CC concealer and also has a metal tip that is quite refreshing to use. It is a bit thicker and creases if I don't set it well.

All in all, I love the products and will continue to test them out and as always my concealer search continues because older eyes AND the fact that I wear glasses is cause to search on. I also use YSL Touche Eclat as a brightener and am pleased with it's multiple uses!

If there is an older lady reading my blog, do you have any suggestions that I should try? Do tell!

Blessings, Sherry

John Freida Sea Waves Salt Spray and Deva Curl Ultra Defining Gel

Top hair pic: John Frieda Sea Waves Salt Spray
Bottom hair pic: Deva Curl Ultra Defining Gel

SO about 2 weeks ago I decided to chop the hair. A) I'm in hot as heck Texas, B) I am a menopausal woman and C) couldn't deal anymore!! So I put my hair in a ponytail and chopped about 3 inches, THEN I went the week after and had a professional (LOL) layer it up. I have fine thin natural wavy hair and am always on the hunt for products that help get the wave and natural curl happening without weighing down the hair and making it flat and limp.

Well ladies, the pics show exactly how I like to have summer hair! The Salt spray made my hair lay longer and have some pretty natural waves but was easy to do and I love not drying my hair in the summer. That EXTRA heat is NOT a good look for a sweaty menopausal woman!

However, I got a tip from a beautiful purple haired woman at Ulta about the Deva Curl and how to use it and I followed here instructions carefully and this bottom picture doesn't do the whole thing justice but it's gorgeous curls and waves and air dried. This is what I wanted and it worked! For those who are interested she told me to apply the Deva Curl product when my hair was very wet and scrunch it in and let it air dry and dang if it didn't work to a T!

I don't think there will be much variance on my morning routine with my hair, as not only do these products work, they last for my entire 12 hour shift as a nurse. Hair bingo I say.

Have you used either of these? What are your thoughts and what would you recommend? Do tell!

Stay cool ya'll, Sherry

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

Top "Mother"
Bottom: Bauhau5

In my never ending quest for lippies that stain and stay on my cranky lips, I came into contact with these beautiful stains. I am impressed! Not only are the colors magnificent they actually stay put for about 6 hours even with drinking and eating.They fade in the middle of my lips first and at the 6 hour mark if I put a bit of lip balm on they look freshly glossy. I have loved Kat Von D's products from the very first and when these came along I was at Sephora in a flash. They dry pretty quickly and do tend to leave my lips dry but a tad bit of balm remedies the situation.

Since raspberry is having a moment this one has been a favorite and I love how it brightens up my face. I think and know that I will be the little old lady wearing awesome colors because lippies are my thing! I don't see the lippie addiction stopping anytime soon so onward I march with a bright lip and happy mood :).

Have you tried these? What are your thoughts? Do tell!

Blessings, Sherry