Sunday, November 30, 2014

I'm back!

Hey y'all! It feels so good to be back at it. I know I've been away for a few months (like 5 months) but sometimes life gets in the way. 
I will say that while the break was nice I missed being here. Now that A2s school is in full swing and A1 has a semi normal work schedule, it's time for me to sit down a make a blogging schedule. I've got a lot of new products to review and a whole box full of empties to show y'all in the next few months. If I did it all at once it would be the longest blog post ever written (not really). 
With the holidays coming up that means family is coming to visit. Our first holiday season on the island and I was afraid it wouldn't feel the same since it's warm but oh how wrong was I. It actually feels chilly here some of the time. Call me crazy but after being in this tropical climate for 7 months 75 feels uber cold!

Keep on the lookout for what's to come! 

Saturday, July 26, 2014


I have been so bad about blogging this month. We've been trying to enjoy the laid back island life before the crazy school schedule starts back up. Since A2 will start Kindergarten in just a week, (where have the past 5 years gone?) we've been in lazy mode. I know it may sound crazy but were just enjoying her last few days at home just doing the fun stuff we wont be able to do at the drop of a hat once the school year starts.  What am I going to do in this house all by myself during the day? What do y'all do once the kids go back to school? I plan on setting up a better blogging schedule and actually sticking to it.
Speaking of blogging. what would y'all like to see? I do plan on involving my budding business more in the blog and posting more about what I sew and create. I use the term loosely because its just a hobby at this point since the move I shut everything down and I'm not sure if I'm going to continue with craft shows or not while were in Hawaii. The state makes it difficult and sorta expensive to run legally here. In Va it was no issue because it was just a hobby so there were no taxes to be filed or business paperwork to deal with. Here its a whole new ballgame and I'm not sure were ready to take that on just yet.  Sewing boutique children's items is so relaxing and brings such joy to my heart when I see pictures of my items on all y'alls cute little ones.  As I sit here and type this the dark rain clouds are moving in. There goes shooting product photos in the yard today.
Sometime this fall I'll be posting a series about nut free lunches! When A2 and I went to her school this week to get her teacher assignment they dropped the bomb on my 5 year old peanut butter addict child. The school is nut free. This poses a huge challenge for me since she is so picky.  But her and I are going to make the most of this and have a fun and creative time making lunch for her to bring to school.What lunches do your kids ask for over and over again?

Until next time y'all

Monday, June 23, 2014

Collective Haul

What better to do while trying to pass the time living in a hotel than to shop!
I want to get this out of the way now and say that I am in no way trying to brag or be a show off. This is from many shopping trips from the beginning of May up until this past week.
I will try to link to the store where I purchased them.
Grab a cuppa whatever your drinking and a snack and lets go-

First up the non makeup items
Amazing Grace gift set Not sure where A1 got this
Aveeno moisturizer with SPF 30 Someone sent this to me to try out and I can't remember who
Elizabeth Arden visible difference skin balancing lotion  mine was just a trial size and I can't remeber where I picked it up

Primers, Tinted Moisturizers, BB Creams and Foundations
Bareminerals original foundation  another repurchase
 it seems to blend in well and the color seems spot on

I've used this in the past and it was a repurchase. 



 I'm going to have to play around with these and mix the colors together
110 Ivory

150 Buff




 Left to right
 I can't seem to find this anywhere online. Anyone know if it was discontinued?

They are in the same order as the picture above

Have y'all picked up any beauty goodies lately?

Friday, June 20, 2014

First Impression Friday

 Almay smart shade perfect and correct primer 
Almay smart shade primer
I purchased mine at target but I have seen them at most drugstores and Ulta.
The first thing I noticed was the swirly colors suspended in a clear gel. Attention span of a 5 year old, I know. 

The website says:
" Multi-tasking face primer intuitively adjusts to smooth and soften skin while correcting skin's most common problems with visible color correcting strands. green ribbons neutralize redness, while swirls of lavender pigments even out and brighten skin tone. imperfections are diffused and skin is up to 265% more hydrated. this lightweight, non-oily formula works for all skin types but is specifically formulated for sensitive skin. wear it alone for a flawless finish or underneath foundation for the first step to perfected skin."

So I thought awesome! 
I have a huge issue with redness on my face and nothing seems to help it. I ripped open the package in the car ( while A1 looked at me like I belonged in the crazy house) and pump out some on the back of my hand. It was almost instant, the smell. Nasty fish and garbage all rolled into a pretty colored package. I held my breath and slathered it on my red spots thinking once it dries the smell will disappear. 
Oh I was WRONG, very wrong indeed! 
I ended up taking a baby wipe to my face not even five minutes later because none of us could handle the smell. Even the dog runs from it. 

It takes a while to soak in and dry but leaves a smooth service behind. And that's all it does. I have tried this many times and it does nothing for the redness. Not even a tiny bit. Doesn't help my makeup stay on longer or colors look more pigmented. Total waste of money in my opinion.

What products have you tried to combat redness?
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