Tuesday, July 22, 2014

My Saturday Night Date Look!

My son was away with his grandparents for the weekend, so my husband and I got to have a date night, which I have to say isn't often enough.  My husband typically sees me in little to no makeup and a bun, at least through the week anyways.  I did a more dramatic, yet neutral eye, and a pop of color on the lips.  It was a very simple look to achieve.  Here are all the products I used....


-  Revlon Colorstay Whipped Foundation

-  Maybelline Dark Spot Eraser - Neutralizer (highlighted under eyes, bridge of nose, center of forehead, around the nose, and chin

-  Revlon Nearly Naked Powder

-  Flower Cream Blush - Peach Blossom (apples of cheeks) available at Wal-Mart

-  Sonia Kashuk Powder Blush - Sunset (backs of cheeks) available at Target

-  Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer (jaw line, under cheekbones, and temples)

-  Starlooks Lip Liner - Tipsy (coral)

-  Wet N Wild Lipstick - Purty Persimmon (black tube)

-  NYX Butter Gloss - Apple Strudel

*Make sure you use all of your cream products before your powder products.  All Starlooks products can be bought at starlooks.com


-  Too Faced Shadow Insurance Eye Primer

-  Wet N Wild Nude Awakening Palette - this palette has been discontinued, but I have seen it on amazon and ebay.  Any matte neutral palette will work.

-  Star Looks Eye Liner - Obsidian (black)

-  L'Oreal Butterfly Mascara - Black

-  L'Oreal Million Lashes Mascara - Black

After applying your eye primer, use a light to medium brown shadow on the lid.  Apply a shadow a shade or so darker in the crease, and a dark brown or black shadow in the outer corner of the crease.  Use a light highlighter shade under the eyebrow and inner corner.  The trick to great eye looks is quality brushes (I love real techniques), and blending out where the colors meet.  This will help it to look like a smooth and seamless transition from one color to the next.  Line the top lash line and two-thirds of the lower lash line (starting from the outer corner).  Keep the inner corner lighter to make the eyes look more open.  Then, go over the black liner with black shadow and a smudge brush.  This will sharpen the harsh line of the liner.  Apply the highlight shade on the bottom lash line where there is no liner, blending it where it meets the black.  Apply two coats of each mascara on the top lashes, and two coats of one on the bottom, and you are DONE!!

If you are looking for nail colors to go with this look, try Nicole by OPI - Hello World or L'Oreal's Le  Orange, which is a little lighter.

I hope everyone is having a great week!  If you have any questions, please comment below.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Quote Of The Day

For every minute you are angry, you lose sixty seconds of happiness. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Drugstore Beauty Deals - 7/20/14 - 7/26/14


RB = Reward Bucks

-  Cover Girl Cosmetics - Spend $15, get $5 RB

-  Crest Pro Health, 3D White Luxe, and Clinical Toothpaste - Spend $10, get $5 RB

-  Schick Hydro 5 Disposable Razors - BOGO 50% Off

-  Dove Antipersperant/Deodorant - BOGO 50% Off

-  Secret Clinical Antipersperant/Deodorant -BOGO 50% Off

-  Revlon Cosmetics - BOGO 50% Off


UR = Up Rewards

-  Maybelline Cosmetics - Spend $10, get $5 UR

-  Oral B Manual Toothbrush - Buy 3, get $5 UR

-  Tresemme Shampoo & Conditioners - Buy 2, get $3 UR

-  Sally Hansen Cosmetics, Bleach, and Depilatories - Spend $15, get $5 UR

-  Garnier Fructis Shampoo, Conditioner, Stylers, and Treatments - BOGO 50% Off

-Colgate Sensitive Pro and Advanced Toothbrush - $2 UR

-  Degree Deodorant - $2 UR

-  Banana Boat Suncare - BOGO FREE

-  Nature Made Vitamins - BOGO FREE

-  Osteo Bi-Flex - BOGO FREE

-  Physicians Formula Eye and Concealers - BOGO FREE

-  Secret Outlast, Scent Expressions, Natural Minerals, and Fresh Effects Deodorant - $1 UR

-  Gillette Venus Razor Kits - $2 UR

-  L'Oreal Suncare - 20% Off

-  Olay Age Defying, Complete, and Fresh Effects - BOGO 50% Off

-  Gillette Venus Razors and Cartridges - Spend $25, get $5 UR

-  L'Oreal Preference Mouse Absolue Hair Color - Buy 2, get $4 UR

-  Cover Girl Foundation, Powder, Blush, and Bronzer - BOGO 50% Off

-  John Frieda Precison Foam Color - $3 UR

-  Revlon Lip, Nail, and Face Cosmetics - BOGO 50% Off

-  L'Oreal Skin Care - 20% Off

-  Gillette Body Wash and Body Soap - Buy $25, get $5 UR


RR = Register Rewards 

-  Nature Made Vitamins - BOGO FREE

-  Sundown Vitamins - BOGO FREE

-  Osteo Bi-Flex - BOGO FREE

-  Marc Anthony Hair Care - BOGO FREE

-  Dial Soap and Body Wash - BOGO FREE

-  Crest Mouthwash and Toothpaste - Buy 2, get 4000 pts added to your card

-  L'Oreal Advanced Hair Care - Buy 3, get $3 RR

-  Scope Mouthwash - Buy 3, get $4 RR

-  Crest Toothpaste - Buy 3, get $4 RR

-  Oral B Toothbrush - Buy 3, get $4 RR

-  Bic Disposable Razors - BOGO 50% Off

-  Dove Advanced Hair Care - 25% Off

-  Lady Speed Stick Deodorant - Buy 4, get 5,000 pts added to your card

-  Nexxus Hair Care - Buy One, get 5,000 pts

-  Revlon Cosmetics - BOGO 50% Off

-  Centrum Vitamins - BOGO 50% Off

-  Maybelline Face, Nail, and Lip Cosmetics - BOGO 50% Off

-  Clairol Nice and Easy Hair Color - Buy 1, get $2 RR

-  Almay Mascara and Eye Makeup Remover - Buy 1, get $2 RR

-  Colgate Toothbrush - Buy 2, get $3 RR

-  L'Oreal Cosmetics - BOGO 50% Off

-  Old Spice Deodorant - BOGO 50% Off

-  Citracal - BOGO 50% Off

-  Caltrate - BOGO 50% Off

-  Tresemme Hair Care - 25% Off

-  Gillette Shave Gel - BOGO 50% Off

-  Olay Fresh Effects and Age Defying Skin Care - Buy 1, get 1,000 pts added to your card

-  Cover Girl Cosmetics - Buy $15, get $3 RR

-  Roc Skin Care - BOGO 50% Off

-  Almay Face, Eye, and Lip Cosmetics - BOGO 50% Off

-  L'Oreal Skin Care - BOGO 50% Off

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Health Tip Of The Week - How Your Decisions Can Change, Depending On Who You Associate With

This may not be a topic that is discussed very much, due to some people finding it offensive or even hurtful, but I do believe it greatly affects us whether we are aware of it or not.  After having my own experience with this, I feel the need to address it.  Not from an emotional or judgmental place, but as a potential problem that we should all be aware of for our own health.

I was always a naturally thin child and adolescent.  I could eat whatever I wanted without any concern about gaining weight.  Then when I was 18/19, I got put on a medication that added some extra weight.  Then at 21, I met my husband, who was obese.  My weight quickly skyrocketed, and one day I woke up ashamed, disgusted, and wondering how I had gotten there.

It didn't take long to realize that my lifestyle had significantly changed, because of my new relationship.  We were having the time of our lives!  We quickly fell in love, and our entire lives as we knew it, stopped.  We were young, carefree, happy, in love, and had little responsibility, other than for ourselves.  As with all new relationships, you engulf yourself with that person, and quickly start to take on some of their qualities, mannerisms, sayings, habits, and hobbies.  Because we both worked 2nd shift, we ate every night around 11 or 12 o'clock.  He loved to take me to my favorite restaurants, so I was eating large portions of fattening foods.  He ate a lot of fast food, so I started eating it right along with him.  He smoked and I had given up the habit for more than a year, but I quickly picked it back up in full force.  It was definitely a time in my life where I lived the mantra "if it feels good, do it," at least my version of it anyways.

It wasn't long before I woke up disgusted with myself, and wondering what the heck happened to me?!!  I no longer recognized the girl in the mirror.  I was recently thinking about this time in my life, and wondering if other people had experienced anything like this.  If spending time with others who make unhealthy choices has altered their behavior in any way, and this is what I found....studies show that obesity is contagious.  A large study done by The University Of Arizona shows that people who have a higher number of overweight friends, are usually overweight themselves.  They pick up more unhealthy eating habits, and participate in more sedentary activities.  They also start to view being overweight as a normal size, since their friends and family are overweight.

So, am I saying that you should dump your overweight friends and family??  NO, not at all!!  Studies done by Brigham Young University show that people with strong social ties with their friends, family, and/or co-workers, have a 50 percent lower risk of dying and have less depression, than those without strong social ties.  Research also found that those with little to no social ties, had many of the same health risks as smokers and alcoholics.  They also found that they have higher associated risks than those who don't exercise, and twice as many risks as being obese.

Anyone who knows me well, knows that I talk a lot about balance.  The work/life balance, diet/exercise balance, balance in relationships, and pretty much everything else.  You don't have to have an all or nothing mentality.  For me, I was completely unaware of the harmful changes I had made, and what I was putting my body through, because I was completely distracted by being in love, having fun, and doing whatever I felt like.  I had never had a time in my life like that before, and haven't since.  It was a great time in so many ways, but sooner or later reality sets in, and you gotta get it together!  It wasn't my husband's fault that I gained weight, it was my own carelessness.  If you do have a lot of overweight friends and family members, just be conscious of your choices.  Do you make different ones when you are with them?  Do you justify their behaviors, because you love them?  And remember, if your friends and family can affect your behaviors, then you can also affect theirs.  Show them the healthier choices you are making, and suggest some healthy activities.  Don't preach it, but rather live by example.  That always does the most good in changing behaviors for the better.  I can honestly say that since getting healthy, I have positively affected the behaviors of those around me.  It was a very slow change, and I thought it would never happen, but it has.  Loving, respecting, and taking care of yourself will only bring positive changes to your life, and hopefully to those you love most.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Quote Of The Week

Respect your efforts, respect yourself.  Self respect leads to self discipline.  When you have both firmly under your belt, that's real power. - Clint Eastwood

Friday, July 11, 2014

Recipe Of The Week - Cranberry, Orange & Goat Cheese Salad

Contrary to what many people like to think, I am not a salad person.  I have them once in awhile, but not too often.  This salad is my absolute favorite.  I could eat this every night!  It is super easy, and super tasty.  It is a nice addition to any meal, especially summer meals.  


-  Lettuce of your choice (I usually use hearts of romaine and/or leaf lettuce)

-  Craisins (50% less sugar), probably 8 or so

-  One cutie, peeled

-  Goat Cheese, 1 - 2 Tablespoons

-  Private Selections Raspberry Vinagrette

- Almonds, Pecans, or Walnuts (optional)

Simply assemble your salad starting with the first ingredient, and layer.  The sweetness of the cranberries, along with the tartness of the oranges, and creamy goat cheese, is just an explosion of flavors.  This is my favorite raspberry vinaigrette.  I have tried others, but this is the best.  It isn't too sweet or too vinegary.  It is the perfect blend.  If you are looking for a new salad, give this one a try.  I really think you will like it!!!