Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Fenty Beauty Review

primer, foundation, rihanna, velvet matte finish, older skin, combo skin
I don't know how many foundations I have tried but I think I have finally found one that is as good as it as going to get with combo, mature skin!  

When I first pumped the Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation on my Beauty Blender, I wasn't too sure about it.  It was pretty thin (watery) and thought perhaps that it meant poor coverage.  Boy was I wrong.  


Great coverage

Nice finish - demi-matte 

Doesn't accentuate dry spots

Doesn't settle into fine lines

Wears off rather than gathering in oily areas

No blotting really necessary (winter weather, not sure about summer yet)

Packaging is glass and slim and I love the pump 

Doesn't bother my sensitive skin

Great color selection

Long wearing


$34 is a little spendy but better than others I have tried

I need to use a little over a pump but it is easy to control the amount that comes out

As far as the Fenty Pro Filt'r Primer, I think it performed pretty well but noticed that my skin reacted a little bit to it so I sent it back.  If you don't have sensitive skin, I would definitely give it a try.  It reminded me a little of PoreFessional but in a thinner version.  

I have found great success using the Dr. Brandt Pores No More primer with this foundation. 

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Current Audible Love - The Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon

Outlander, Dragonfly in Amber, Diana Gabaldon, Audible Books, historical fiction, drama
For those of you who do not have STARS, I highly recommend giving the Outlander audiobooks a try for various reasons:

Narration - Davina Porter is amazing!  She gives each character their own charm speaking both Scottish and British.  

Story - I love a good historical, be it fiction or non-fiction, story.  This particular series has comedy, tragedy, magic, heroism, romance, drama and characters that touch on every emotion.  I often find myself laughing out loud but there are also times where I just cringe.  The brutality of the era.  

Value - With each book being at least 30+ hours, when you use your credits on Audible, you are getting a good bag for your buck.  

I am only on book two, "Dragonfly in Amber", but I will definitely be purchasing the entire series and perhaps the DVDs when I am finished.  I haven't heard how well the tv series follows the books but I don't want to chance it until I am done.

Monday, February 19, 2018

DIY Doorstop

fabric bag doorstop, rice for weight, diy, doorstop, cosmetic bags
This will be quick as it is SUPER simple. 

We have double doors in our bathroom, which has tile floors.  One door, that has the long mirror on the back, won't stay closed.  The other won't stay open.  We had a really cute cast iron doorstop but when you were trying to be quiet, moving it on the tile was very noisy.  I even put felt on the bottom and although it helped a little, still not ideal. I went on a search for another doorstop but there weren't really any options besides those UGLY rubber wedges.  That got me thinking...

Since I am a beauty addict, many times the free gift includes a little bag.  I have a few of them!  The one pictured I think was a Clinique gift with purchase.  I took a ziploc bag, filled it with white rice (but you could use anything that is cheap - beans, etc).  You could even add some essential oils to make it fragrant.  Anyway, be sure to get as much of the air out as you can so that it will form to the inside of your bag.  Put it in your beauty bag, tie it tight and you have an inexpensive doorstop!  

I didn't have matching bags but I like the added color that they bring, they don't make any noise and when they get dirty you can just throw them in the wash.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

My Discovery of Spanish White Wine

Martin Codax, Granbazan, Albarino, Rias Baixas, white wine, seafood wine,
While visiting my son and his girlfriend, they took me to a great little Tapas restaurant.  It was a small restaurant and VERY popular but they did it right in that they have an area to wait and while you wait will serve you drinks and appetizers.  

Not being familiar with Spanish wines, I looked to the server to suggest a white wine and his recommendation was the Granbazan Albarino Etiqueta Verde.  OH MY GOSH!  It was, I think, the best white wine that I have ever had.  At least in recent years as I have been on a Prosecco fix lately.

I am not great at describing wine/food but I will give it a try.  It is definitely bright tasting, not at all heavy like an oaky chardonnay.  It isn't sweet at all.  I guess it could be described as dry.  Really refreshing.  Great with seafood, chicken or just to enjoy with friends whenever you want no matter what you are eating. 

Winemaker notes:  "Pronounced varietal personality, with notes of fresh fruit, citrus, floral aromas, pear and green apples. Highly aromatic and nicely balanced, with an elegant, dry and slightly salty finish."

It is difficult to find and runs around $20/bottle.

An easier to find version from the same region is Martin Codax Albarino Rias Baixas.  It has similar notes.  "Rias Baixas, Spain- Medium to light-bodied white wine that is rich with peach and citrus fruits while the aromas tend to the floral and slightly nutty end of the spectrum. The wine has bright acidity and an easy-drinking quality."

It is around $11 a bottle and can be found at Total Wine & More, various super markets with a good wine selection and on-line.  I will still go to the effort to find the Granbazan as it is worth the splurge.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Trash OR Treasures February 2018

February 2018, empties, beauty, skincare, hair, makeup, laundry
It's time for another round of Trash or Treasures.  

It's been awhile since I have posted.  I have tried a few new products which I will be reviewing soon but for now, here we go:

c. Booth Honey Almond Body Butter - A thicker version of their body lotion that I really like.  I would repurchase.

the Vitamin Shoppe B Complex 100 and Nature Made Chewable C - I tend to purchase Nature Made when they are on sale and the B Complex 100s are hard to find so gave the Vitamin Shoppe a try.  They were fine.  The Nature Made Chewable C are a must for me in the winter.  I really do think that Vitamin C helps me stay well or get over flu/cold symptoms faster.

eos Shave Cream Vanilla Bliss - I like this product but I do not like the packaging.  You get to the end and can't get it out.  I would not repurchase simply because of the amount that either goes to waste or too much work to get to.

L'Oreal Boost It Air Blown Texture Mist and Bamboo Volume 48-Hour Sustainable Volume Spray - I love the Bamboo but it is pretty pricey at $25 (or somewhere around that amount) where the L'Oreal is under $5.  The problem is that I am having a hard time finding the L'Oreal.  I don't know if they quit making it or if it just sells out but I really hope it isn't being discontinued.

Paula's Choice Resist Skin Revealing Body Lotion 10% AHA and Resist Anting Aging Clear Skin Hydrator - I realized that I have not done a review of the 10% AHA but bottom line is that I think it is amazing for the girls, arms and thighs.  I believe that it has kept my skin firmer and will continue to repurchase.  

Yes to Coconut Hydrate and Restore - I like the smell and the consistency but I don't feel that it does a good job a deep moisturizing.  I will stick to my Neutrogena hand lotion.

LaVanilla Healthy Deodorant - This is my favorite "healthy" deodorant and will continue to repurchase.

Maybelline Lash Sensational - LOVE LOVE LOVE!  Better than any of the higher end mascaras I have ever tried.

Lancome La Base Pro - I have repurchased and will do a review soon. 

Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector - I ran out and thought I had a back up but didn't.  I had to order another from Sephora with two-day shipping. Don't want to be without this!

OPI Natural Nail Strengthener - I do think that this made a difference in growing my nails but you do have to use it recommended.  I am trying another brand right now so will do comparison soon.

Shiseido Facial Cotton & Ulta Cotton Pads - Both are loves and repurchases.

Honest Dryer Clothes - This is a repurchase and will continue.

Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'R and Soft Matte Longwear Foundation - A review will be coming soon as I did end up purchasing the full-size of both of these items.

Caviar CC 10-in-1 Leave In Hair Perfector - A review will be coming on this too.  I did also purchase the full-size when Ulta had it on sale.

Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Body Wash - As you can see, I go through a lot of this BUT these were to fill up a pump bottle which is holds at least two at a time.

The Laundress Signature Detergent and Darks Detergent - A little on the spendy side but I only buy it when it is on sale.  I LOVE this brand.  The scent is amazing.  Not perfumey like most detergents and cleans really well.

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Trash OR Treasures - October 2017

beauty, hair, nails, laundry products, skincare, vitamins, samples, hand soap
It's another round of Trash or Treasures so let's dive in to the circular file:

Out the Door Top Coat - A fave and continue to repurchase

Sephora Waterproof Eyeliner - I love this product but it dried out quickly

Paula's Choice Skin Balancing Pore-Reducing Toner - It's a repurchase product

Paula's Choice Resist Intense Wrinkle Repair Retinol Serum - Another repurchase product

Well Kept Screen Cleaner - These are a bit spendy for what they are but I love the size and portability.  I get them from Sephora when I need something to put me up to the $25 or $35 mark for a sample I want to try

Honest Company  Dryer Sheets and Wipes - Repurchase of both products

c. Booth Foaming Body Polish and Cleaner - I LOVE THIS STUFF!  It's like sand in a tub but it lathers

Brazilian Bum Bum - Very moisturizing but it is the scent that I love.  I ended up getting the larger one and the body spray as well

Emergen-C Vitamin C Chewables - I am a strong believer in the benefits of Vitamin C.  Unfortunately I cannot find these anywhere now.  I can only find the ones with other vitamins also included :(

Lancome Teint Idole Ultra and Estee Lauder Double Wear - The dynamic duo.  I use both of these everyday for my foundation applied with a Beauty Blender

L'Oreal Boost It, Paul Mitchell Worked Up and En Root Hair Spray - Boost It is really hard to find and a volumizing fave.  When I find it, I stock up.  Paul Mitchell Worked Up - I think I prefer the Hot Off the Press which actually comes in a larger bottle and En Root Hairpray - it's okay...I might repurchase.  I love the sugary scent

Pureology Hydrate and Orlando Pita Argan Gloss Shampoo - I love Pureology.  It use to have a stronger scent I love but I still find it moisturizing.  Orlando Pita was a great shampoo as well but my scalp seemed to react to it

The Laundress Signature Detergent - I am obsessed with this line of products and will continue to repurchase

Bath and Body Works Sicilian Lemon Foaming Hand Soap and Trader Joe's Lemon Kitchen Hand Soap - The winner is Trader Joes.  it doesn't dry out my hands like the Bath and Body works brand.  I continue to purchase the Trader Joe's

Too Faced Hangover - This is a decent primer but not sure it made a big enough difference that I would purchase the full-size

Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask - I ended up purchasing the Champagne one as I liked the shimmer.  All colors stay on your lips really well unlike so many moisturizing lip products

Paula's Choice Oil Reducing Cleanser, Clinical Instant Calm Redness Relief and Skin Recovery Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum - The only one I wouldn't purchase is the cleanser.  I don't think they do well at taking off all of my makeup at the end of the day (and most has worn off after 10 hours)

Monday, October 2, 2017

My First Sephora PLAY!

$10, subscription service, makeup, beauty items, sample sizes, monthly
It took awhile to reach the West Coast but Play by Sephora monthly subscription service is finally hear. 

The details:

$10/month - no obligation

50 bonus Beauty Insider points when you visit a local store

Includes 5 deluxe samples plus a fragrance sample

I forgot to do an unboxing picture as I was so excited to see what was included in the September box so I just took a picture of the flyer that was included. 

Each item has a description, tells why it was included and how to apply it.  

Touch in Sol eye shadow - Really pretty and seemed pretty easy to work with even though it is a metallic.

Sephora Collection Contour Eye Pencil - I am a huge fan of these.  I just wish it wasn't always black that gets in the sub boxes.  I use it for lining the upper lash line.

Algenist Genius Ultimate Anti-Aging Cream AND Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream - I really like my Paula's Choice products and am always hesitant to use something new on my face so unless I hear about how great it is, I use them for a hand lotion.  One of them, I think the Fresh, has a fragrance to it so that will definitely not be going on my face.

Wander Beauty Wanderout Lipstick in Wanderberry - I don't wear reds but this is a really pretty shade that I think would be flattering on most skin colors (if you don't mind rocking a bold lip).  Also, it doesn't come off!  But again, why red?!  A nude I think is a better choice for appealing to the masses.

Briogeo Hair Mask - I have received this brand in a few different boxes.  I like the sprays but not a fan of the mask.  I don't think it is that moisturizing.  Aussie is a better product in my opinion and if you want higher end Macadamia is the best I have found.

I'll continue to subscribe a little while longer to see if things improve. All-in-all I was not impressed.

Monday, September 18, 2017

First Impressions: Olivia Garden Thermal Round Brush

Thermal, round, ceramic, ion, bristles
Very rarely do I get excited about a brush.  I have used many variations over my lifetime and most all of them have gotten the job done, or so I thought.

Upon using the Olivia Garden brush the first time, I was in love!  

So many brushes I have purchased they are made in multiple parts leaving gaps for your hair to get stuck.  This brush is all one piece at the handle so no more tangles.

The other thing that I thought I needed was those balls at the end to protect my scalp.  All they do is fall off in your hair.  These bristles are amazing.  They don't hurt my scalp and my hair passes through them without issue.

It has a ceramic coated barrel which warms and retains the heat for more body.  The vent holes are also larger to allow for air to flow better than most brushes.

Another little perk, at the base, which I didn't capture in the photo, there is a metal knob.  Well, if you pull it out, it has a pointed piece (point hides in the base) that when flipped around sticks back in allowing for point to separate your hair.  BRILLIANT!

These brushes are a little more spendy.  I got mine at Ulta for $19.99 but if you use the $3.50 off coupon and EBates, it really isn't that bad!  Totally worth it in my opinion. 

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Another Simply Noelle Crossbody Bag

handbag, simply noelle, black, faux leather
I'm not going to say too much about this brand, Simply Noelle, as I spoke enough about that in my other Simply Noelle post but I wanted to show you another example of the beauty of this brand.

This crossbody is like a purse and a wallet in one.  The bag itself has two sides held together by the snaps shown in the top photo.  There is your wallet where you can keep your credit cards and money OR even your cell phone.  

In the back there is another pocket and inside the zippered compartments on either side of the wallet is plenty more storage.  You truly could use this bag for everyday and not feel like you are sacrificing space.

There are a variety of colors but this was the one I was drawn to.  I think it was around $45.  Again it is faux leather but magnificently made.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Techno Weenie Tuesday - Relax Melodies Relaxation/Sleep App

sleep, meditate, white noise, make your own, nighttime, iPhone, app
Because I have significant ringing in my ears, I have to have something playing in the background at night to block it out.  I have tried a few different "white noise" apps like aSleep, White Noise and Ambiance but Relax Melodies is unique in that you can build your own sounds.  Some of the choices that aren't shown are Zen, Campfire, Waterfall, Thunder, Slow Waves, Heavy Rain, Wind Chimes and Underwater.  There are more and if you upgrade to the Pro, you have even more choices.

On another screen there are Meditation options.  I haven't really gotten into those but may give it a try.  

The Favorites screen allows you to store your own favorite sounds that you build OR try one from the community board. 

Times is what it says.  You can set an alarm, shut the sound off after a certain amount of time, use the app as a nightstand clock or set up a bedtime reminder (which I never need - I love sleep).

The Pro version is currently $19.99 (one-time purchase).  I don't know that I would need that but it might be worth it down the road.

Being that it is a free app, I highly recommend if you are looking for a good sleep app.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Handbag Discovery - Mona B

recycled tent material, leather embellishments, Mona B, Crossbody bag, shoulder bag
As I mentioned in a previous post, I am really getting into boutique finds like my Simply Noelle bag. Another find while visiting Sunriver, Oregon is this Mona B. bag.

In Sunriver Village there is this cute little store with all kinds of goodies.  I could have spent so much money there but I was drawn to this bag.  The salesperson shared with me what ended up being the deciding factor.  The bags are made from recycled tent material.  It took me back to my childhood camping with my dad, setting up the tent and listening to the rain falling on it.  At that time I never thought about what happens when tents lose their ability to keep you dry inside.  

I love it when items are recycled rather than added to our landfills.  In this case, the tent material makes a very cool, unique handbag.  Each one is one of a kind because of the wear of the material.  To kick it up a notch, it is embellished with genuine leather.  Again there are plenty of pockets.  One on the front with two zipper pockets and one on the back.  My iPhone 7 Plus fits in either spot.  Inside there are two more device pockets and a zipper pocket.  The inside material is a little more lose compared to that of Simply Noelle, but this is a different style of bag.  This is your weekend, out and about bag.  You can wear it as a cross body or put it over your shoulder.  Love that flexibility.

This bag did cost $74.  A little more but it is genuine leather (and smells so good).  

You can find Mona B. bags on their website as well as Amazon.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Handbag Discovery - Simply Noelle

Lately I have taken a liking to neighborhood boutique shops.  It started recently with a "wine walk" where you taste different vineyards while shopping in different little shops. There I discovered Simply Noelle

This is what I like about the brand and this bag:

The quality of the material.  It is faux leather but you wouldn't know it looking at it.  It isn't flimsy at all.  

The inside material is also nice.  So many inexpensive bags the lining is loose so as soon as you pull something out, the lining comes with.  That is not the case with this bag.  

Another thing that I like is the interior phone pocket is landscape so it fits my larger iPhone 7 Plus.  But there is also still a zipper compartment.

Lots of storage. As you can see in the picture there are two zipper pockets in the front and another in the back.  This made transitioning from my larger bag to a smaller bag easy.  

Color and accents.  I actually punched another hole in the strap so that I could wear it more as a shoulder bag.  It has nice pulls that are secure and the added touch of the tassel I think just gives it added richness. The color was also a selling point.  Again, some colors just accentuate the gaudiness of the bag.  This one looks natural.

Guess how much this bag cost.  Lastly, my favorite thing is the price point.  This bag was only $49!  Almost what you would pay for a bag at Fred Meyer or Target. 

I ended up going back and getting a smaller crossbody bag for sporting events and such.  I'll put that picture on my FB page.

Lastly, and sadly, it is hard to find this bag in stores.  You can visit their website to find one near you OR I have found quite a few on eBay.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

First Impressions: Finishing Touch Flawless Facial Hair Remover

battery operated, facial hair remover, electric
If I was to spend money to professionally enhance my appearance, it would be on electrolysis.  The older I get, the worse it gets and I get tired of plucking.  Why is it that the hair on your head gets thinner but you get hair everywhere you don't want it?! And why does it grow overnight?!

In the past I have used the Sally Hansen cream, and although it works, I am hesitant to use chemicals like that on my face.  With that I started using those small razors.  The ones I have found that I like the best and are least expensive are from Dorco.  Weird name for a company but anyway...They work well but no matter which brand I always end up with scratches on my face.  It does work better if you use a shaving cream of some kind.  

Then I came across the Finishing Touch Flawless Hair Remover.  It is battery operated, small, sleek and lighted.  The light isn't much to talk about BUT the performance is.  I have only used it once but I am totally impressed.  It reminds me of the electric razor my mom had with the three blades similar to this one.  I will spare you the contents after a buzz over my face but for $20 it is totally worth it.  I got mine from Ulta.  Buy it using EBates and the discount coupons and you definitely cannot go wrong.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Techno Weenie Tuesday - My House is Going Techno

echo, alexa, dot, smart wi-fi plug, smart home, iPhone, app
One of the things I love about my iPhone is the ability to say "set timer for",  "directions to" or "read new messages".  Then I saw on Amazon that the Echo Dot was on sale for $44.99, I decided to take the jump.  I had NO IDEA!

As soon as I got it, I downloaded the app and set it up.  The reviews for the app were not great but I decided to give it a try vs the computer set up.  Honestly, it isn't that intuitive BUT it really isn't that difficult.  Just cumbersome.  Since setting it up we have settled two arguments (which I won), set multiple timers AND set up a shopping list.  That was a cool part I wasn't aware of.  It does require adding additional apps to your phone but now when I say "Alexa, add ___ to my shopping list", it does it.  Now when I go to the store I just look at the app.  The other bonus is our dog can now listen to audiobooks when we are gone.  If you subscribe to Audible, Cesar Millan did a study where it shows that dogs do better with audio books than music.  Hopefully Sampson doesn't understand everything being said in my Nora Roberts books.  

I loved the Dot so much that when I saw the Echo on sale for $99, I decided to get that.  It has 360 degree sound with a built in subwoofer. While getting that I also decided to get some wi-fi smart plugs.  I did a little research and landed on the Rockbirds plugs.  Only $23 for two.  They arrived today and I am totally impressed.  Again, it takes a little bit getting everything set up but once you do it is so worth it.  The sound on the Echo is pretty amazing.  The lights can now be turned on with my app OR by saying "Alexa, turn on the den lights".  I feel like I live in the Jetsons' home.  One of my favorite childhood comics where I never imagined so many things would come to life.  Now if we could just have that machine that applies your makeup. 

Just like the Apple Watch, it wasn't anything that I thought that I needed until I had it.  Now I can't imagine life without this technology.  

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Review: c. Booth Foaming Dry Body Polish & Cleanser

scrub, charcoal, body wash
This was one of the favorites in my New Summer Finds post and I thought worth giving a little more attention.

When you first open the tub of c. Booth Charcoal Foaming Dry Body Polish & Cleanser, it really does look like sand from the Oregon Coast.  There is no moisture inside whatsoever.  The main ingredient is pumice (like the rocks you find at Mt. St. Helens).

It is cruelty free, paraben and sulfate free and petroleum and mineral oil free.

What I love most about this product is that it helps with my oily skin.  It isn't just limited to my t-zone.  The scent is nice but doesn't linger once you rinse and a little does go a long way.  It does foam up but I also just add a little body wash to it as well.

I did make the mistake of leaving the lid off after one use and of course my husband didn't think to put the lid back on before he showered so it did get filled up with water.  Didn't make a difference other than it didn't last as long.

Highly recommend!

Savings alert:  Ulta often has c. Booth on sale and be sure to use EBates for extra savings.