Monday, September 26, 2016

Buxom Lash Mascara

I just tried a new mascara. It's not surprising. I always seem to be trying a new mascara.
buxom lash mascara tube
I purchased Buxom Lash Mascara during the Ulta 21 Days of Beauty sale. It was a good deal.  $10.00 which is half of the regular price. Buxom is owned by Bare Escentuals and is not tested on animals.

They claim Buxom Lash Mascara separates and define lashes 
buxom lash mascara package
and intensely volumizes right on the box.

buxom lash mascara package
I read a few bad reviews of this mascara so I wanted to see how it worked for me. Some people have said that it's dry or it dries out quickly in the tube and clumps when applied. They say it doesn't do much for their lashes, doesn't add volume and that it is difficult to remove. 

Well for or me........ I love it!!! It gives me a bold lash look.  I think my lashes look spectacular! I had very little clumping as you can see. The lashes do stick together a little. This is four thin coats. 
buxom lash mascara on lashes
I think a little more effort from me with the brush would have helped separate the lashes more. The brush is great!
It's one of those firm bristle brushes that really does help separate the lashes and prevent clumping.
buxom lash mascara brush
I don't find this mascara to be dry at all. It is does take some effort to remove, but I have used lots of mascaras that take effort in the removal department. That is not a draw back for me. The color is blackest black. I have trouble with my mascara fading as the day goes on, but this one stays very black all day long. I have had not smearing or smudging throughout the day. There isn't any eye irritation either.

Does it separate, define and volumize? It does separate and it does define for sure. I find it lengthens more than it volumizes. That's okay with me.  I like a lengthen mascara more that a volumizing mascara. I find volumizing mascaras clump easily. I totally recommend that you try it.

My only regret is that I didn't buy two during the sale!

Water (Aqua/Eau), Beeswax (Cera Alba), Butylene Glycol, Pvp, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax (Copernicia Cerifera Cera), Sucrose Polystearate, Acrylates Copolymer, Stearic Acid, Tribehenin, Behenyl Alcohol, Polysorbate 80, Triethanolamine, PEG-800, Rosa Centifolia Flower Water, Rhodochrosite Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Squalane, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Disodium Edta, Bisabolol, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hematite, Hexylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate. May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide (CI 77510).

Find Buxom Lash Mascara at Ulta and Sephora for $20.00. There is the regular formula, which I tried, and a waterproof formula, which I haven't tried yet. 

I found a small travel size on Amazon. A travel size is a great way to try a product at a lower cost!

Have a Beautiful Day!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Zoya Urban Grunge Fall/Winter 2016 Nail Polish Collection

The Fall/Winter collection from Zoya is 
zoya urban grunge swatches
There are 6 creams and 6 holos in the Urban Grunge Collection. The creams are one coat polishes. The holos are metallic shimmers.  I am always skeptical when is comes to a polish that claims to be a one coat polish. I find that they streak and really need a second coat.  
zoya urban grunge one coat creams
So how do the Zoya Urban Grunge One Coat Creams fair? 
They are very pigmented and actually look good with one coat. I'm very pleased!

zoya urban grunge metallic halos
The holos have nice depth to them. They are shimmery and beautiful. Alicia, Finley and Merida need 2 coats for good coverage and have more obvious glitter particles in them than the other 3 holos

Troy, Britta and Ash are highly pigmented. One coat of them gives good coverage, but they have more shimmering dimension with 2 coats.

zoya urban grunge collection
As always, I have my favorites.

Mallory is a fabulous blue with saturated rich color. I just love it! It is my very favorite of the bunch. It went right on my toes!!!
zoya mallory

August is a rich creamy gray, not too dark and not too light. I think my clients will be using this one a lot. This is one coat.
zoya august

Alicia is a glittery silver metallic with a bit of gold. It's light and bright. A perfect party color. This is two coats.
zoya alicia

Troy is a pewter gray metallic with a gold cast. Gorgeous! This is one coat.
zoya troy

Ash is a rich cherry red with red and gold fine shimmer particles. This is two coats.
zoya ash

It reminds me of Sarah which is another Zoya color I love. This is Sarah on my toes.
zoya sarah

I'm sure Ash is going to be a client favorite at Christmastime. 

Find this collection in salons and at for $10 each.

Have a beautiful, colorful day!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Chicken Poop for your lips?

I came upon this lip moisturizer in Bed Bath & Beyond.
chicken poop lip junk
 It doesn't sound like something I would want to put on my lips! I turned the product over and did what I always do. I read the ingredient list. Guess what? I would put this Chicken Poop on my lips! The ingredients look fabulous!
chicken poop lip junk ingredients
So why is it called Chicken Poop???

"Grandpa says:
If ya got dry lips
put chicken poop on 'em
so ya won't lick 'em."


I read up on the company, Simone Chickenbone and they are my kind of people. Earth friendly packaging, natural ingredients, no animal testing and a great sense of humor!

They also make a lip shimmer in 3 colors called LA Chick Poo Poo, a body moisturizer called Good Gravy and a natural deodorant called Kill it Dead. lol!

I never thought I'd say I gotta go get some me Chicken Poop! 
Check them out at

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Friday, September 9, 2016

How to Spray Tan your Face

Q. How do I apply spray self tanner to my face?

A. Don't spray the tanner directly on your face. Spray it onto a makeup sponge, then use the sponge to apply the tanner to your face. 
cosmetic wedges
1. Exfoliate
Exfoliate your face prior to application with an exfoliating product for made faces only. A body exfoliating product will be too rough for your face. I always love YonKa Gommage. It's an effective, gentle spa/salon product. There are 2 formulas. Gommage 303 for dry/sensitive skin and Gommage 305 for norm/oily skin. A nice, easy to find drug store brand to try is Burt's Bees Peach and Willow Bark Deep Pore Scrub. 

2. Moisturize
A thin layer of moisturizer before application of self tanner will help you achieve a more even tan.

3. Apply
Spray the self tanner onto the cosmetic wedge and apply it to your face like you would apply foundation. Applying 2 thin layers of tanner instead of one thick layer will give you a more even tan. Apply one layer. Wait 15 minutes, then apply the second coat...


try a creamy formula instead.

There are many good cream and mousse self tanning products that give a nice tan without making you look orange like someone we see on the news everyday these days!
Fake Bake The Face Anti Aging Self Tanning Lotion 
Body Drench Quick Tan Instant Bronzing Mousse 
are two good ones to try. Follow the same application procedure. Exfoliate, Moisurize and Apply. Apply the cream or mousse directly to your face using your fingers to massage on a smooth even layer. Always read the product label for the manufacturers specific directions for best results.

Have a Beautifully Tan Day!

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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Butterflies and Flowers Tattoo

butterflies and flower tattoo
Tattoo by Mike D. at Olde Media Tattoo
This beautiful tattoo belongs to a friend of mine. It's on the side of her body. Like many tattoos, it has special meaning. That's what I love about tattoos. There's almost always a special meaning to them. 

This tattoo began as 3 butterflies representing this special person, her sister and her mother. You can see them there in the center in blue, pink and yellow. 
butterflies and flower tattoo closeup
The tattoo then grew a few years later with beautiful pink flowers to honor her mother. It's a butterfly garden.  I just love a butterfly garden... 
butterfly on butterfly bush
a live one and a tattooed one!

Pink tulips are her Mom's favorite flowers. Such a beautiful, special tribute. 

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Monday, August 29, 2016

A Late Summer Wedding

Saturday was a beautiful day for a wedding. The sun was shining brightly and the temperature was warm but the humidity was low. We arrived in the morning to do the hair and makeup for our friend's early afternoon wedding. 

The bride worn her hair pulled back into large low bun with a few pieces down in the front which added softness around her face. I like the soft romantic feel the loose pieces create. 
She had a fabulous rhinestone headband. It looked absolutely amazing, shimmering in the light, especially in the 
summer sun.
For her makeup she chose a neutral dramatic eye with a nude lip.

It was special for me to do the matron of honor, who was the bride's sister, and mother of the bride's makeup because I did their makeup 6 years ago when the matron of honor was a bride! 
The matron of honor worn her hair pulled to one side and curled with a decorative gold comb in the back. For her makeup, she wanted a pinky gold shimmery eye to coordinate with the coral bridesmaid's gowns. We did soft pink cheeks and a pale raspberry lipstick.
She and her Mom both opted for a few individual lash flares because who doesn't want long beautiful lashes!
  The bride.......stunning!
The flower girl and ring bearers.......adorable!




The colors.......gorgeous!

The priest had wise words for the bride and groom that hit home for me. He said there are 3 important phrases that we neglect to say or say infrequently, but need to say often in marriage. His words made me realize that I don't say these phases enough either.
Beautiful, essential phases we should be using in not only marriage, but other relationships as well. 
Remember them and use them.
 All the Best to the Bride and Groom for a Beautiful Life full of Joy and Happiness!

Have a Beautiful, Joyful Day!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Eat less sugar for better skin

This is a post I did about added sugar back on June 16, 2014. What's interesting is the American Heart Association recently issued new recommendation for kids and the amount of sugar they should eat. Children and teens 2 to 18 should have no more than 25 grams of added sugar per day. Children under 2 should have no added sugar.
lollipop and lips

I have been hearing a lot lately about sugar. It's not good news. Eating sugar causes a process in the body called glycation, among other things. The sugar we eat attaches to protein and fat cells in the body forming advanced glycation end products (AGEs). These AGEs damage the collagen and elastin fibers that give our skin firmness. They cause the collagen and elastin fibers to become discolored, weak and less supple. This results in our skin looking dull, yellow, saggy and wrinkly. 

That is not good! AGEs also make our skin more vulnerable to UV light. As we age, we don't produce as much collagen and elastin, therefore, the body can't repair the sugar damage like it used to. Our skin shows signs of aging. This, unfortunately, is a natural body function. Many healthy foods cause glycation, but added sugars are the main culprits. Reducing sugar intake will slow the process. 

Cut waaaay back on sweets. 

The American heart Association says that women should have no more than 24 grams, that's  just 6 teaspoons, of added sugar per day. Added sugar means sugar, brown sugar, high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, evaporated cane juice, etc. that has been added to food, not sugar that naturally occurs in food. Frutose is particularly bad. Glucose is friendlier because it suppresses the hunger hormone. 

24 grams is not much sugar.

I decided to count my sugar grams just after lunch. I am over the limit at 33 grams! This is not going to be easy. One serving of delicious Entenmann's Marshmallow Iced Devil's Food Cake contains 27 grams of sugar. 27! One piece and you are over the limit! Yogurt is healthy right? Read the label. Look at the sugar content. It too can be 27 grams in one regular yogurt. Go for a low calorie yogurt. Chobani Simply 100 yogurts contain about 7 grams of sugar depending on the flavor. There is added sugar everywhere. Even in organic marinara sauce. Here is an interesting tidbit...the swirly lollipop in the photo above has only 12 grams of sugar. That surprised me. I thought there would be much more. We have to read ingredient labels before we buy!

Now back to the American Heart Association. I wondered why they, a heart association, would be recommending a sugar limit. Well, it is because fructose is metabolized by the liver where it is converted to fat (also waste products and toxins) that can built up in the liver. The built up fat gets released into the bloodstream as triglycerides and cholesterol which can lead to heart disease. So that explains the American Heart Association.

Besides cutting back on sugar, there are a few other ways we can fight the glycation aging process.

Green Tea
Drinking green tea interferes with glycation and also promotes collagen production. 

Skin Care
We can use skin care products that help build up collagen in our skin. Anti aging skin care products contain ingredients such as retinoids and peptides to stimulate collagen production. Also, there are specific skin care products designed to address the glycation issue. Dr Brandt is one of them.  Click here to view Dr. Brandt products.

We may not be able to get ourselves down to 24 grams of sugar per day, but we can easily cut back to slow down the aging from sugar.

Reduce aging from sugar in a nutshell:

1. Cut down on your carbs

2. Cut down on added sugar by reading ingredient labels

3. Use stevia as a sweetener

4. Drink green tea and white tea

5. Drink Seltzer water flavored with a little juice, not soda

6. Eat foods that support collagen production: soy, beans, dark green veggies, orange veggies, red fruits & veggies, berries, citrus fruit, garlic, food high in Vitamin C and other antioxidants, food high in omega 3 fatty acids (fish, nuts, flaxseed)

7. Use anti aging skin care products that contain retinoids and peptides. Use a sonic skin care brush which may help stimulate collagen.

Have a beautiful day!

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Lorac Pro Palettes Eye Shadow Palettes

I decided I needed more eye shadow because a girl can never have too much eye shadow and because I'm always looking for pretty colors to use for bridal makeup. The Lorac Pro Palettes looked good to me. There are 3. The fact that the newest Pro Palette 3 recently hit the shelves made me want to go to Ulta and look at them. Each palette is $44 and each contains 16 shadows which are 8 shimmers and 8 mattes. The mattes are the top row, shimmers are the bottom row.  

The colors are basically neutrals like the Urban Decay Naked Palettes. Here they are so you can compare them.

Lorac Pro Palette:
Lorac pro palette

Lorac Pro Palette 2:
Lorac pro palette 2

 Lorac Pro Palette 3:
Lorac pro palette 3

I thought I would be purchasing the new palette 3, but when I saw it in person I realized I had many similar colors in a small Lorac palette. So, it was between the original palette and palette 2. I really like the nectar, plum, navy and charcoal in palette 2 but the rest of the colors also look too much like colors I have. I went with the original Pro Palette. I have to say, I love the colors and have used them to do bridal makeup. 

Here are the colors on my arm so you can see how they look on medium beige skin.

Lorac pro palette swatches

I find the colors to be velvety, very pigmented, bright and clear.  The shadow goes on smooth and blends nicely. It is a bit powdery, though, and leaves some fallout that can get in the eyes easily. Using an eye shadow applicator instead of an eye shadow brush should help with the amount of fallout.

Lorac pro palette shadow on eye
Here I used Lt. Pink, Mauve, Black, Nude and Champagne blended for a soft look.  The Champagne has a bit of fine glitter in it. You can see the sparkle at the inner corner of the eye. Espresso and Taupe filled in the brow with smooth color. I also used the black as eye liner.
lorac warm shadows
Here is a warm golden eye. Nude, Lt. Bronze, Gold, Garnet, Sable and Black.

As for wear, I tried the Pro Palette shadow with Urban Decay Primer Potion and had slight fading but no creasing. A small Lorac Behind the Scenes Eye Primer came with the eye shadow palette. I also had slight fading but no creasing when using the Lorac primer.
Lorac Behind the scenes eye primer
It's good. For me, actually rivals my favorite Urban Decay Primer Potion, but I have read that it irritates sensitive eyes and does not work well for some people. It's nice that it comes with the palette to make it easy to try. I never would have purchased it because I am happy with the UD Primer Potion.

I hate to keep comparing the Lorac Pro Palettes to the UD Naked Palettes, but I'm going to compare them once again! The Pro Palette packaging is not as nice as the Naked's watercolor box style packaging. 
lorac pro palette packaging
But, the Pro Palette price is $10 less and you do get 16 colors as opposed to 12 in the Nakeds. Also, no brush is included in the Pro Palette. I like that the packaging is thin and easy to pack in a makeup bag.

Overall, I am happy with the Lorac Pro Palette and recommend it if you are looking for a collection of neutral shadows.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Is Mosquito Shield Mosquito Control Spray Safe?

I need help my internet friends!

I have been searching, unsuccessfully, for information about the chemicals used in the proprietary Mosquito Protection Blend (MPB) that Mosquito Shield uses to spray residential properties. This is the Mosquito Shield franchise company founded by David Briggs, not to be confused with the Canadian Mosquito Shield Inc. company or Mosquito Shield Bands. Mosquito Shield claims their spray kills mosquitoes, masks CO2 and repels mosquitoes. I can't help but wonder what other insects it kills... bees, butterflies, lady bugs, fireflies, etc.

I spoke with a franchise owner about what was actually in the spray. He was not a little bit forthcoming about it. He just kept saying how safe and natural it is. He said it is so safe that the technicians don't even wear masks when they spray. Funny thing is, he did wear a mask while he was spraying it!!! I sent the company an email asking for info about the ingredients and how the spray affects other insects but got no reply. 

What I know about the spray from the information provided by the company is this:

It's 99.97% natural plants extracts...... but what plant extracts?

The rest is controlled materials, meaning insecticide..... but what insecticide?

It contains a waterproofing wax they call Rain Shield which allows the product to stick to all organic surfaces....what kind of wax? (I guess it also sticks to the feet of your children and pets and is tracked in your house to where it then proceeds to stick to your floors and everywhere else!)

They use "FlexBlend" technology -"Brings together the power of science and research to create the industry's only predictive spray technology"....not quite sure what that means!

They monitor mosquito population and weather conditions and adjust their program and rotate control products.

I don't like mosquitoes. I also don't like unknown chemicals being sprayed near my home. You see, my neighbors have their property sprayed by Mosquito Shield and I watch the over spray drift over to my property where we grow veggies and have a butterfly/hummingbird garden.

frittilary butterfly

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I realize that they have the right to spray their property, but I don't want unknown sticky chemicals on mine! So my friends, please, please, please share with me any information you have about the chemicals and natural ingredients in the spray or sprays used by Mosquito Shield. I thank you and the visitors to my garden thank you.....Meow!
feral cat sitting in garden
Please leave any info you have in the comments section.

Have a Beautiful, Safe Day!

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Thursday, August 11, 2016

An Easy Butterfly & Hummingbird Garden

Sometimes you have to blow off what you are supposed to be doing and just enjoy a nice summer day to add some joy to life. For me, a nice summer day should be spent relaxing on the deck or fussing in the garden.....that is, if you can't be on the beach of course!
butterfly garden
This is my butterfly and hummingbird garden which is right outside my kitchen door. It's just little, but there's a lot of action going on. We just need to take a little time to actually see the action! 

bee on coneflower


black swallowtail on butterfly bush

hummingbird on feeder

goldfinches on black-eyed susans

Even a feral cat friend enjoys a morning nap on a cool rock.
cat in the garden
Believe me, it's not complicated to create a small garden space to attract the attention of butterflies and hummingbirds. We planted easy, common flowers to attract them. Plus, the hummingbird feeder filled with sugar water is a hummingbird magnet! Make your own sugar water instead of buying the commercial hummingbird nectar from stores. It's easy and inexpensive. Plus, those packaged nectars can contain preservatives and red dye. I won't give that to my little visitors.

Hummingbird Nectar Recipe

Mix 4 parts of water to 1 part of granulated sugar in the amount desired. Example: 1 cup of water and 1/4 cup sugar.

Heat water in a saucepan to a boil.
Add sugar.
Stir to dissolve the sugar.
Boil for a minute.
Remove from heat. 
Let the nectar cool and add it to the feeder.

Extra nectar can be stored in the refrigerator up to 2 weeks.

Your hummingbird feeder should be cleaned and refilled with fresh nectar every 3 or so days. The sugar water gets funky out in the summer heat.

Remember to never use pesticides or insecticides in or near your butterfly/hummingbird garden.

Back to the plants. Many plants butterflies and hummingbirds like are perennials that come up every year which is great. We have planted

A purple butterfly bush (Buddleia)
Black-eyed Susans (Rubeckia)
Coneflowers (Echinacea)
Hollyhocks (Alcea)
and Red Day Lillies

We add in annuals. This year we did

and Impatiens 

All but the impatiens are sun loving plants. The impatiens go in shady spots.

We also have a hibiscus not far from the garden which the butterflies and hummingbirds love too.
butterfly on hibiscus

I decided to to to one of my favorite garden stores, Mostardi Nursery, and to pick up a plant to help fill in a space in the garden. I got a Kalimeris Incisa Blue Star, a type of aster that is an easy to care for plant that butterflies like. Easy is the keyword here. Look at the happy little bluish purple flowers!  
Kalimeris Incisa Blue Star,

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I potted it and placed on top of a rock in the garden. It helped the garden look fuller for sure and added a new color to the mix. 
butterfly garden
I like it. I hope the butterflies like it too. 

Take a little time today to enjoy some natural beauty!

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