Friday Favorites September 19th

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1. OPI Nail Polish in Lucky Lucky Lavender In my opinion, this color looks more like a darker pink rather then lavender. When I picked it up I thought it looked like a bubble gum pink. After applying a few coats it is a shade or two darker then bubble gum pink. With my favorite combination of  Gelous Nail Gel Base Coat and Seche Vite Top Coat, I was able to keep this polish on for almost an entire week!

2. Alba Botanica Even Advanced Deep Sea Facial Mask I randomly picked this up at Target a few weeks ago on a quest to try inexpensive face masks. This one in particular is supposed to aid in evening out skin-tones. The texture is thick and creamy, but just a small amount goes a long way. I put a thing layer on around my face and waited until it dried (about 10 minutes) to wash off. Immediately, I felt a tingly sensation on my skin once it was applied. Since it is not a typical face cleanser, I used a warm wash cloth to wipe it off my face. It left my skin feeling clean and very soft. After a few uses I have not had a problem yet with break outs from using this product. This product is $6 at Target and definitely worth trying.

3. Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder After running out of this powder that I’ve been lucky enough to use one jar in the course of 5 years, I was so hesitant to buy it because of it’s $34 price tag. It worked wonderfully, but I still wanted to try to find something a bit cheaper. I purchased Elf’s High Def. Powder for $6 at Target. The results weren’t very favorable as I felt like I was applying talcum powder to my face. Rather then setting in, this stuff just laid on my skin and made my face appear white. I didn’t use anymore then I did with the MUFE powder. So, I just bit the bullet and picked up MUFE HD powder. Again, this is a case of “you get what you pay for.” On the Elf site their powder gets great reviews but, it just didn’t work well with my skin.

4. Stories Seldom Fold Boot from Modcloth Although I do not own a pair of these fold over boots, I LOVE the look of them. Modcloth has several different styles and different colors but, they do not carry something similar in black. With fall steadily approaching I need to start searching for a reasonably priced boot.

5. Things I’ve Learned from Dying The topic of this book is rather somber and although I am not finished with it yet, I can easily tell that it will be one of those books that will stay with me forever. This book is non-fiction and written by David Dow, a Texas state defense attorney. In this particular book, he is defending an inmate who is on death row. His goal is to keep this man alive. Dow incorporates this case along with his father in law who is dying of cancer and his dog who eventually also passes. As the title suggests, this book is about the journey that Dow takes through the deaths of those around him. Originally, I was not sure if I wanted to read this book because it sounded so heart wrenching. So far, the book has included some sullen moments but Dow’s writing is rather witty, which keeps the readers emotions at an even key. As I delve further into the book I am sure it will pull on my heart strings a bit more. The reality of it is dying is a natural part of life. Books like this teach us how appreciative we should be for our own lives and the lives of others we care about. What you have today may be gone tomorrow.

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Friday Favorites September 5

Guess what?!

Tomorrow is my birthday! Hopefully right now I’m still asleep spending the day relaxing. Tomorrow night we have reservations for a yummy dinner at Emeril’s Italian Table. The Eggplant Parm is amazing. Without further a due here are this week’s favs…

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1.) This Ulta Blender Sponge I learned applying make up by trial and error. My first tool of the trade was my fingers. Next, I graduated to those foamy sponges, and for awhile I just used the puff pads. I started wearing MAC liquid foundation and moved on up to a brush. Out of all of these methods, the brush provided the most smooth lasting coverage. UNTIL I tried this blender thingy. I saw it over and over again at Sephora and refused to pay $18 for it. On a trip to Ulta my husband I insisted I try it because it was only $5. Oh my gosh! I can’t believe what a different it makes with make up application.

2.) Target High Waist Flare Jeans Flares Flare jeans became popular while I was in junior high school and I’ve been a fan ever since. HOWEVER I don’t do low rise. My hips are large and any item of clothing that goes lower then my navel instantly creates a muffin top. I have a hard time finding jeans with my body type. I’ve been wearing a pair of Tilt jeans for like 5 years now that have fit me on again and off again. Right now, it’s an off again period. I gained a little weight (maybe 5lbs or so) and the jeans no longer fit as well as they should. When I saw these at target I had to try them on. I love the faded color and the fact that they are “high waist.”

I felt they were flattering, the high waist was perfect to cover up that little bit of extra bulge and they are a bit stretchy. Jean problem solved!

3.) Naked 2 Basics Palette Everyone is raving about this thing and yes, it is that awesome! I love that the colors are matte. I own both the Naked and Naked 3 palette an both have a lot of shimmery colors included. I work in an office and try to usually stay toned down. Plus, I’m lazy in the morning and don’t feel like going all out on my make up. If you like neutral matte colors, definitely pick this up!

4.) The Simpsons Powder Blush in Sideshow You. I grew up watching the Simpsons and love that MAC paid homage and came out with a special collection. The eye and lip colors were a little too bold for me so I opted on the coral blush. The packaging is adorable and the blush is beautiful. One of my favorite blushes is Orgasm by NARs but I find that to be too sparkly. Sideshow You reminds me of it but it is more matte. If you are a Simpson fan, definitely pick up something from this collection!

5.) NYX Xtreme Lip Cream in STRAWBERRY JAM Am I the last to know that Target now sells NYX products? I am pretty much at target every other day and have never noticed them before. I love love LOVE these lip creams. The colors are super sheer and not sticky. Strawberry Jam in particular leaves a pink neutral hue on your lips. It’s very subtle but pretty. I think these are about $4.50 each. Try one, seriously.

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Skin care routine

When I was younger I totally abused my skin. I rarely washed my face with anything besides water in the shower, never took off my make up nor used SPF, and spent a lot of time in tanning beds. To my defense, I was never really educated enough on how to take care of my skin. Growing up the only skincare knowledge I got was out of Seventeen Magazine. 16 years ago not very many people had computers and even if you had the luxury of owning one beauty blogs and YouTube didn’t exist back then. Plus could you imagine trying to watch a video on dial up?

For a couple years on and off I frequented tanning salons and did not wear any protection on my face. I laughed at the people who told me how tanning reeked havoc on skin but later regretted not listening to them. In my early 20’s I started taking care of my skin and developed my own routine by trial and error. Here is my typical routine:

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1.) Yes to Grapefruit Face Wipes First I use wipes to take off my makeup. I found that the “Yes” brand that Target sells are excellent. I’ve tried several other brands but these actually stay moist after you open the package.

2.) PHILOSOPHY Purity Made Simple I have never disliked a Philosophy product that I’ve tried. I use this face wash on my skin every night before bed. I have really sensitive skin and this formula is really gentle and non irritating. I apply about a quarter sized amount to my face nightly and the $20 bottle lasts me a few months.

3.) CLINIQUE Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+ I use this every night after I wash my face. It does not have an SPF so I wouldn’t wear it during the day. I also think it is a little too greasy and runny so I avoid putting it on my chin, otherwise I break out.

4.) Neutrogena Facial Moisturizer This is the ONLY moisturizer I have used for the past 10 years. It has SPF, oil free, and is reasonably priced. I noticed that Neutrogena does have a moisturizer with 30 SPF that I may change to. I’m not sure if it is oil free, which is essential for me.

5.) Clarisonic Mia I use the Clarisonic about twice a week to exfoliate. Yes, the Mia is expensive but, seriously worth the price. Nothing else I’ve ever used has exfoliated my skin so well and made it soft.  Amazon sells generic replacement brushes super cheap.

My Morning Routine:
Wash face with cold water
Apply SPF Lotion

Nightly Routine:
Wipe make up off skin
Wash face with Purity or Exfoliate with Purity
Apply Moisturizer

Always make sure to wash your face before bed even if you are NOT wearing make up! To keep your skin looking great it is important to establish a skin care routine and force yourself to abide by it and make it a habit.