Tuesday, May 3, 2016

ipsy April Glam Bag Review

I feel like a giddy school girl when my new ipsy bag comes in. I just can't wait to open it up and see what goodies I get. This is my review of the April Glam Bag. Just look at what many of us got this month for only $10.  


Isn't this a cute makeup bag? 




This month's card reads:
dream on!
This month, create looks that celebrate every side of your unique
beauty-from natural and understated to high fashion and ultra-glam.



Each glam bag contained two pur~lisse Beauty
Blue Lotus + White Tea Sheet Mask & Blue Lotus + Seaweed Sheet Masks.  I haven't tried them yet but will be soon. The description on ipsy's site says: Each individually wrapped sheet traps a powerful solution of Asian botanicals, seaweed, white tea and antioxidant rich Blue Lotus in your skin. The result? A plumper, more radiant complexion.



This highlight trio is from City Color Cosmetics.  I haven't used it as a highlighter yet, but I really like them as a soft eyeshadow. Ipsy does say: 
Always apply to these 6 spots for a super dewy glow:
  • Bridge of nose
  • Inner corners of eyes
  • Forehead
  • Cupid's bow
  • Chin
  • Cheekbones



I've heard a lot of good things about Tarte Cosmetics, so I was happy to see this. It's LipSurgence™ lip crème in Wonder. Just the right colour again. It goes on so well and makes my lips so soft.



This duo fiber blush brush from Crown Brush is another hit. I use it for last month's Pixi by Petra blush duo. I use one sde for the blush and flip the brush to apply the highlighter. What is totally cool about it is, if you look carefully, you can see the dip in it. There is one on both sides for proper finger placement.



Finally, we have the Luxe Longwear Eye Pencil in Jet from Starlooks. It's a kohl eye liner pencil that glides on smoothly and stays on. You can even use a fluffy brush to create a smokey eye look. My only issue with this is that it is very fragile and the tip broke off on my first use. 



Overall this is another great Glambag. I can't wait until May...

April Birchbox Review

I worry that I may be developing an addiction to monthly subscriptions. Although I am frugal about it, and subscribing for the less expensive subscriptions, I still worry that I may not be able to stop. Birchbox is a $10 a month subscription. But look at all these goodies:


April Birchbox was featuring this Rifle Paper Co. design and it's so beautiful! This keepsake box was included inside the monthly box, perfect for storing the two cute notebooks that came with it. 


This card shows the cute flowers that we can create with the paper from Rifle Paper Co. A link to the instructions is on the card. Aren't they pretty?


Lookie! Even got a coupon for my next Rifle Paper Co. purchase. I can't wait to use it.


This Daily Correct CC Cream from SuperGoop! Makes my skin feel so soft. It worked beautifully as coverage, plus it has a 35spf! The only complaint would be that my sample was a little dark for my pale complexion. But I am very impressed. 



This Acure Lip Lush in Birthday Suit is just perfect for a subdued look. It has just the right amount of colour and gloss for days when you want to wear lipcolour but don't want it to stand out. Plus, my lips feel so moisturized. 



The next sample was this medicinal-looking bottle of Davines OI All In One Milk. The scent is very strong, but once you get past that this leave-in conditioner works so well on my dry ends. My hair feels so soft after using this product.


Anyway by Juliette has a gun is the perfect parfum. It has a sweet, woodsy scent that is not too light, but not too heavy. Just right. It comes with a soft touch bottle for easy use. 


I love this! This enzymatic face rejuvenator is Brighten Up! by Vasanti. It is the best facial cleanser I have used in a long time. It works just like a microdermabrasion with the papaya, coconut and aloe preventing irritation. 


As a bonus the box had samples of davines OI Shampoo and Conditioner. I haven't had a chance to use them yet but the description for the shampoo says that it creates a sheen, and improves volume and texture. While the conditioner softens, conditions, and soothes.


Overall I am very pleased with this box and am waiting patiently for the next box to arrive. 



Thursday, April 28, 2016

Some Dreams Are Just To Bizarre To Explain, Part 3

It was as real as day. I was on my way to pick up India from work. 

I never pick India up from work. She gets out not long before Ken, and about the same time as Matthew. She takes the bus to church (where Matthew is on the IT staff) and rides home with him. Or she walks to the store and Ken picks her up on his way home from the office.  Having sold my van to Matthew, I am carless right now anyway, except for the rare occasion that I use Ken's and my car. Yet there I was, picking her up from work.

Only this was different. I was driving an older SUV that I don't recognize, and cruising down an icy highway that looked like the one heading north from Utica, NY. Sort of. 

I was the second vehicle in a long line of slow moving vehicles. We were following a man who was going about 35mph as he slid on his bottom along the road. Yes. he was sitting upright and pushing himself with his hands as he slid on his butt. Doing a pretty speedy 35mph considering his mode of transportation.



As we were slowly driving, I noticed an amazing view coming into sight. We were getting closer to a hill and I could see the valley spread out in the distance. I had my tablet in the car (I never do this), so I took the tablet and starting taking photos as we moved along. The valley was getting closer while I realized I had never seen it before. I was wondering if I had taken a wrong turn. All this time the car in front never blocked the view for me.

At the top of the hill, the man scooting along the road "pulled over" to the side to let the rest of us pass. The car in front of me was no longer there and I was at the top of a very steep drop (think roller coaster). I wanted to stop but there were too may cars behind me. So over I went. The SUV picked up speed as gravity took over. Then the road abruptly curved upward, and disappeared. I mean it just ended. I kept "driving" upward into the air. 

I looked down and realized the other cars were ant-size below me, while they continued down the road. It turned out I had veered off and gotten onto a short road similar to those found on sleep inclines to stop a runaway tractor-trailer.  Only those usually have gravel to stop the truck, not a huge ramp to the sky. 

As I continued rising into the air, I was thinking "This is the last time I pick her up from work."

Then Kito whined at the bedroom door for us to let him outside....

ipsy March Glam Bag Review

I've wondered off and on about the monthly subscription boxes. My daughters both have been getting their own boxes for the last few months. But I'm not really interested in the kind they get. Make-up, on the other hand. I am always interested in finding new make-up. I thought I would start with ipsy. Ipsy has gotten a lot of good reviews, plus it is only $10 a month for five deluxe samples or full-size products. How could I resist a deal like that? 

I was very impressed with the March bag when it arrived.  You can't miss it. All these goodies come in a bright pink envelope. Sorry. I tossed it out, but I'll share one when I remember to take a picture of it. 

Inside the envelope is a cute makeup bag.  With all the goodies inside.


The back of the card reads:
hello
Spring
We're having a spring fling with flawless! Celebrate the season with a spotlight on
radiant, selfie-ready skin, flushed cheeks and a fresh kick of color on eyes or lips.


The first item is Caviar Anti-Aging Miracle Multiplying Volume Mist from Alterna Haircare.
I really like this product and plan to buy more.
Spray this on towel-dried hair before using your hairdryer. This left my hair full and soft. Plus, it leaves such a nice scent. 


This Manna Kadar eye shadow in Fantasy can also be used as blush and a highlighter.  The Pro Tips for this are:
  • To achieve a more metallic look simply damp your brush with water or a light-weight water based primer and apply Fantasy
  • Apply on décolletage for a more dewy look
  • Apply to inner tear duct to open the eyes and look more refreshed
  • Apply under the bridge of eyebrow to lift the eye and appear more awake
I have only used it as eye shadow and am very impressed. I really does make my eyes look more awake, despite the pale colour.

This blush duo from Pixi by Petra is the perfect shade for me in Rose Gold. 
It says it can be warn layered or alone. I opted to wear the darker shade for shadowing on my cheeks, and the lighter shade as a highlight.


This eyeshadow brush from Beau Gâchis Paris is perfect. Not too stiff, not too soft. 


NYX’s Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick is amazing! I got it in the Kitten Heels colour. Just the right shade. It goes on smoothly and lasts through the entire day (and several glasses of sweet tea). My youngest daughter tried it and she loves it too.  Good to know it's available from Target for $6.99. 


I'm glad that I subscribed to this monthly make-up bag. It was well worth it. 

Friday, February 12, 2016

Lent Isn't Just For Catholics Anymore

Wednesday was the first day of Lent. I am reminded of this by my husband. He was raised Catholic, but attended my Baptist Church before our move, and now attends our Non-Denominational Church.  I don't drink or smoke, and the only thing I could think to give up is my rare sweets. I recently heard about taking a different direction during Lent: Doing good. This would be easy peasy since I am addicted to volunteering and enjoy doing things to benefit others. I found many ideas on various blogs and am already doing many of them.



For starters, let's look at some of the less obvious things you might consider giving up:
  1. Gossip
  2. Complaining
  3. Negativity
  4. Laziness
  5. Arguing
  6. Being picky
  7. Judging people
  8. Comparing yourself with others
  9. Lying
  10. Cursing
  11. Wasting your life on the internet
  12. Checking your smartphone when you’re with people
  13. Driving when you could walk
Then there are the ways to benefit others:
  1. A chapter of the Bible a day. You can get through all 4 Gospels if you read 2 chapters a day and don’t skip Sundays.
  2. 10 minutes of meditation a day
  3. Join a Bible study at your parish
  4. 20 minutes of Spiritual reading a day
  5. List 5 things you’re grateful for every day
  6. Journal
  7. Blog
  8. Make a schedule
  9. Call your mother
  10. Volunteer once a week
  11. Give someone a compliment every day
  12. Take someone to lunch every week
  13. Perform an act of charity every day
  14. Spend more time with family.
  15. Give to the poor.
  16. Each week write a thank-you note
  17. Write a poem of praise for each person in your family.
  18. Get a stack of sticky-notes and write one sentence of thanks each day and stick it to the bedroom door of each person in your family so that by Easter they each have 40 sticky-notes.
  19. At dinner each evening ask your family to share one thing for which they are grateful.
  20. Go for a walk each day with a loved one
  21. Exercise each day.
  22. Spend at least half an hour each day in meaningful conversation with your spouse.
  23. Do a random act of kindness each day.
I hope you can find something on this list that you would like to do. I know I have.


Thursday, February 4, 2016

The Lies That Break The Ties That Bind



Long, long ago I married my first husband. We had a rough start from the beginning of our dating, because he was always exploring his options with other women. But I was young and naive and hoped for the best. After we married, the cheating continued but otherwise we were happy. I just learned to accept the other women in his life, while he went about seemingly unaware that I knew. Then we had our son and I became completely devoted to my little boy, while his father continued his affairs. I had the distraction I needed to not think about his actions anymore.

Eventually he ended up seeing a co-worker.  She was fired, but continued to see him. She had a baby by someone else during their almost two-year affair (it took her several years to figure out the exact paternity - not him). Then she told him he had to leave me for her. I heard him beg her over the phone not to make him go, but when he got off the phone, she came over, he got in her car, and was gone. 

We agreed to remain friends for our son, but she didn't like that. She told me my son would be found in the bottom of the river if they ever had him come to their home for a visit, while the ex began acting erratically. The police, and his sister told me to get away. He cut me off financially so his sister sent me money to leave.  I went to be near his Mom, who is still like a mother to me. He never attempted to see our son and only spoke to him on the phone when our son was nine years old. That didn't end well when his wife demanded to know why our son refused to tell her that he loved her, despite him never having any contact with her before. 

They were married soon after he got a quick divorce from me. This resulted in his "Less Than Honorable" discharge from the Air Force, for committing adultery. He was give everything in the divorce because I didn't make the trip back to Texas. Everything: the piano I got in fifth grade, my parents' dining room set, the bookcases that my dad built, artwork of my parents, my personal items, our son's personal items and toys. Everything. But I got his Mom, his sister and our son. What I received was so much more valuable. 

Over the years his wife would call or email me to say she wanted us to be one big happy family. She would be so nice for a while, gather information, then flip out and tell me to stop contacting her. She would contact my son and tell him his father wanted to speak to him, telling my son to call at a certain time. Only to not answer the phone, or tell him that his father had gone to bed. She did this over and over throughout the years. She even returned my son's graduation announcement and senior picture, marking it "refused".

She used the information that I told her about myself to recreate her misspent youth. She was a mom at sixteen, had a several year affair with her priest (resulting in a child), and cheated on my ex throughout their marriage. Bragging to me about these things, like she was daring me to try to tell the truth about her. Yet she recreated her story to take over the accomplishments that I did in high school. Making herself part of the band, school newspaper, plays, anything that I did became hers. After only winning back-child support in her suit against the archdiocese, she rode on the way-ward priest bandwagon by writing a poorly written book claiming she was abused by this priest, and refusing to admit the child was his. 

She wrote letters and emails to my ex's family telling them lies about me, and convinced my ex that I had mental illnesses (although not being clear what they were). For some reason this was bad, despite her admitting to several mental illnesses herself. The reality was I had seen a psychiatrist twice. Both times it was during custody battles with the father of my younger children. The first time I was told that I was "mildly depressed". Not unusual for a mom fighting for her children. The second time I was told that I was "abnormally happy".  But considering I knew my childrens' father would not follow through on the fight, it wasn't surprising. She began contacting my exes and the sister that never liked me (or him,for that matter). They began a strange friendship based on their dislike of me.

She and the ex wrote letters to my then-boyfriend telling him how crazy I am and how I only wanted his money. Ironic considering she was slathered in diamonds and bragged about buying $10,000 in clothes every month, as well as getting herself a Camaro for her birthday. While that boyfriend didn't have a penny to his name. Every dime spent in that relationship was spent by me on him. Yet, he fell for it and started calling me a gold-digger.  She tried repeatedly to write a terrible comment about me on this blog (addressed to my readers), only to eventually realize that I have the settings so that I have to approve the comments.

She had my ex write a horrible letter to me, calling me all sorts of terrible things and saying that the abuse my son and I endured under the father of my other children was "Karma". This coming from a couple who had paid their way to becoming important to the local organization for abuse survivors. They bragged about how much they cared for everyone who had ever been abused and that the abuse anyone lives through should be taken seriously. Except mine and my son, we deserved it. 

Her heavy drinking and drug use, combined with her Lupus finally took it's toll and she died last year. Unfortunately, My ex has been so brain-washed into believing everything that she has said over the last 22 years, that he thinks I am the terrible person who kept him from my son and that she was the only one who cared. He thinks my son had made no attempt to contact him, not knowing how many times that contact was attempted, but blocked by his wife. He has no idea that his wife was behind the lost years. He only recently came to see his mom after all these years. She wanted so badly to tell him how she had been in my home two of the times that his wife called, pretending to be nice, but then turned on me. She is afraid to lose him again.  She wants him to see his son. She wants us to be a happy family: him, his children, her, myself, my husband, my son, my other children. She doesn't understand why there has to be hate.

But he has been told so much by his late-wife. I don't think he will ever believe the truth.