Friday, May 25, 2012

Just a little note...(can't resist!!)

Sudsing up...

and saving face!
I have been locked into a self-inflicted clothing sort/purge/pack fiasco...I know I said I wouldn't be posting until I've finished, but I just couldn't resist any longer!!  I just needed to!  I feel better already!!

As I mentioned the other day, I haven't really been wearing anything on my face while I'm in closet lock-down, except to work, obvs!  Luckily I don't live near any paparazzi, so my bare face (though artfully disguised under large sunnies and a sun hat!) hasn't made the rounds in public chronicles!!

Alright, beauties, just wanted to check in.  Ooh, and I've passed 3,000 views on my blog...thank you!  Oh, and you can like my Facebook page now at .  Yes!!

Cheers to labor-intensive seasonal-clothes/too-small-kids'-clothes organization!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Hello, hiatus!

Just wanted to say hello and let you in on what I have been up to lately...reorganizing my family's clothing/laundry situation! Once I have a project on my mind it just weighs on me until I attack it. I have been avoiding it for far too long, hoping it would just go away, but you know what happens when you ignore a problem...ugh. So I have forced myself to pause in my blogging/extra curricular beauty adventures until I just get things done. I felt so preoccupied that I couldn't really get anything good down anyway, so I'm just going for it and should be back on track as my usual beauty-adventuress self in the blink of a heavily-mascaraed smokey eye!!! Cheers to beautiful-homemaking! L

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

QuickClips: Fast Face Refresh

Here's my super-fast way to freshen-up your makeup midday!
As usual, the kids are just fine!

Cheers to looking fab in a flash!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Tangerine Tango, or Color of the Year!

Tangerine-tastic lips!
I am in LOVE with this Sephora + Pantone Universe Color of the Year Creme Lipstick!

How cute is this box?
 The Color of The Year is a special, limited-edition color collection from Sephora, featuring Pantone's color pick for 2012, Tangerine Tango, aka 17-1463.  This capsule collections contains blushes, shadows, liners, glosses, polishes and even brushes, all inspired by this bright, tangy hue.
Luscious and creamy, this color pops!
Summer means bright lips, tips and toes, but this juicy shade makes a great alternative to a red statement lip no matter what the season.  Less-is-more beauties can still rock this color by tapping it on and blotting away the excess, or choosing the gloss version.  It is surprising how much this color warms up the face, making a lot of extra makeup unnecessary!

My summer forecast?  Super-hot, with a chance of sexy!

Cheers to Tangerine Tango,

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Derbylicious Updo Tips!

This is Sally's finished hairstyle for the fabulous Kentucky Derby-themed party she attended Saturday night!  I got to go CRAZY with this style and she had NEVER gotten an updo before!!
Sally has beautiful, thick hair that just followed my every direction!  This was so much fun to create!

We tried her hat with and without her full, rocker fringe, and opted to braid it into the style instead of wearing it down.  This also gave her hat a little spot to call its own!
The braid continued around to incorporate the front right section of hair.

Closer look at top left corner

Right back view with hat

Left back view with hat
Fabulously Finished, waiting for the Derby!
We had such a great time getting Sally ready for her party.  We had the appointment scheduled a month ahead of time and took a few minutes to discuss her style options at her previous appointment.  Consider these ideas to make your next updo a success: 
  • Wash your hair the day BEFORE and style as usual.  Fresh and clean hair is too slippery for an updo.  PLEASE do NOT go to your appointment with wet hair!  Your stylist is prepared to give you an updo not a complete blowout and then an updo!
  • Wear a shirt that you don't have to pull off over your finished style...a zippered or buttoned option makes things so much easier!
  • Talk to your stylist or the salon receptionist when you make your appointment to see if there are any other things you need to know before you come in.
  • Bring pictures of what you would like your hair to look like, but also bring in a picture of your dress!  This will give your stylist a strong style reference!
  • Try to be realistic with your expectations and requirements...your hair may not be easy to work with or your stylist may have an idea that would make you look extra beautiful!
  • If you are feeling miserable about how it's going SPEAK UP immediately...we can change directions in the beginning but not after the style is nearly done!
  • You may want to take an ibuprofen before your event...that tight hair and those bobby pins will feel less than pretty later in the evening (I AM NOT A MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL...THIS IS JUST A TIP NOT MEDICAL ADVICE!)
This season is full of fun events!  Proms, graduations, weddings and Kentucky Derby fetes give us great opportunities to get all fancied up and try something new with our hair!  Yay!

Cheers to Updos and Fancy Events!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Sample Society: April Favorites

April's Sample Society
April's Sample Society shipment was a skincare winner! This is what came to my doorstep!
  • OSCAR BLANDI  Jasmine Oil Serum
  • BOSCIA  Purifying Cleansing Gel
  • DDF  Amplifying Elixir
  • MURAD  Hybrids Skin-Perfecting Primer (for acne and shine control)
  • BY TERRY  Creme de Rose

I haven't used the Murad or the Oscar Blandi products yet.  My skin is (thankfully) not acne-prone or shiny right now, so I will be giving the Murad to a girlfriend to try, and the hair oil I will be trying in conjunction with other similar products at another time.  The goodies I have been loving are the rest!

By Terry Creme de Rose
I was really excited to try this By Terry cream (brand's founder Terry de Gunzburg was the creator of cult fave YSL Touche Eclat!)  because I have been looking for a new moisturizer since using up my Olay Microsculpting Cream. 

The cream has a mild rose scent (which I normally can't stand that smell but this is soft and dissipates quickly,) and is thick and rich without being greasy.  It says it is for firming, moisturizing and plumping, though I didn't notice any firming or plumping.  It made my skin feel soft and comfortable which is really what I want at night.  I will use the rest of the tube, but I'm not sure it is a must for repurchase at this point.

DDF Amplifying Elixir
I had only seen DDF (Doctor's Dermatologic Formula) in my Ulta fliers on occasion, but never looked at trying the expensive line.  This Amplifying Elixir claims bold results, so I was excited to try it.  It is supposed to be used in conjunction with your skincare regiment to boost your skin's moisture barrier by up to 70%, but on the website it says it boosts your routines results by up to 47%. 

The first time I used it without reading the directions.  Never a good plan, but I managed to put it on after cleansing and before moisturizing all the same.  Based on the sample's packaging I didn't expect it to come out so watery, so I used way too much the first time.  I thought it would have a more serum-like texture so I found it a little harder to control the application.  I didn't notice a huge difference in my moisture barrier.

The second (and last) time I used it my skin felt stung for a little while, which I never enjoy.  The other products in my lineup were exactly the same as before, so I don't know if it meant it was working or not.  I want to try it again consistently to see if I do see an overall change in my skin.  This sample size is 0.5 oz and should last for at least a week to be able to see promised results.  The jury is still out, though I really want this to work for me!

boscia Purifying Cleansing Gel
I love a regular, foaming face wash that doesn't contain scrubber beads or acne fighters for my everyday skin cleanser.  I just want to get all of my makeup (including mascara) in one non-irritating step.  This is a great one!  It smells clean, is preservative-free and makes my skin feel really clean without making it feel tight.  I really like this super-concentrated product and I'm glad the sample is almost two ounces!

I just received my May Sample Society box yesterday, so here is a sneak peek:
Cheers to sampling all the goodies in life!