Wednesday, July 31, 2013

LOTD #68 and Nailed It!

Stila Lip & Cheek Stain in Pomegranate Crush ($24 at Sephora)

I can't imagine using the Stila Lip & Cheek stains on my cheeks, but I do love them on lips. I usually top them with a clear sparkly gloss because they can be a bit drying. Even with a gloss, they are pretty long lasting.

Dinner Last Night

Here was my Pinspiration:

BBQ Ranch Chicken and Cheddar Pizza Roll 'em Ups
(picture and recipe from Jenny Flake at Picky Palate)

And here's what I ended up with:

Ha! My very first "Nailed It!" pic!

My dough was not as cold as it should have been, and my knife wasn't very sharp..... but they still tasted good!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

LOTD #67 and Online Bible Study

Maybelline Superstay Lipcolor in Plum 755

(discontinued and replaced with Superstay 24 Color)

This is one of the two-step long-wearing glosses that has the clear balm stick on one end. I HATE THOSE! I think it was Max Factor that originally had them, and then Cover Girl followed suit, and I have always disliked those balm sticks. They smell funny and I have a crazy nose and can still smell it hours after I apply it.

I do like the color- it's very My Lips But Better, but this is old and since I don't like the balm stick, in the trash it goes. De-stashing feels good!

Online Bible Study

Over the last year, we've had a great group of girls join together to do several of Lysa TerKeurst's bible studies. We were all set to start another one this week, but my surgery derailed things and we decided to wait until I'm feeling back to myself.

But I feel like I still need to be in a study, and I was so excited to find that Melissa Taylor will be leading an online bible study over Lysa's What Happens When Women Say Yes to God: Experiencing Life in Extraordinary Ways. It starts on July 28th and runs for 6 weeks. Has anyone done a study with Melissa? It looks great!

You can click here and read all the details on Melissa's blog. Anyone want to join in with me?

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

LOTD #66 and a Bundt Cake

Rimmel Show Off Lip Lacquer in Aurora
$5 at Walgreens

The earth-shattering lip lacquer from Rimmel London combining the intense color of lipstick with a lacquer like shine, Show Off Lip Lacquer is an explosive make-up phenomenon that represents the end of color as you know it.  Packed with pure color pigments, its lusciously creamy, conditioning formula promises a never-before combination of color, shine and comfort that last and last.

Although I really like the color, it wasn't very long-lasting at all. Most of it came off on the water bottle I was drinking during the morning. But I do love how vibrant the color is- it doesn't take much product to get this great coverage.

Bundt Cake

Today we did July birthday snacks at work, and I decided to try one of Mix and Match Mama's Bundt Cake recipes- Toffee Crunch Bundt Cake

It is amazing! And very very easy. 

Do you think I need a new cake keeper? (You know, with a domed lid.) This one came from my mom and must be a product of the 70s- how about that Harvest Yellow?

Thursday, July 11, 2013

LOTD #65 and Feeling Great

Today I'm wearing another IT Cosmetics Vitality Lip Flush, this time in the shade Pure Joy (this shade does not change color once applied like Je Ne Sais Quoi does). Pure Joy is described as a rich pearl mauve.
Vitality Lip Flush 4-in-1 Natural Anti-Aging Lipstick Stains take the place of four products; your lipstick, anti-aging conditioning lip balm, ultra-hydrating lip gloss, and lip stain all in one!

This shade was part of a special holiday gift set offered by QVC that included 6 different shades of Vitality Lip Flush for around $60 including tax and shipping.
IT Cosmetics Vitality Lip Flush in the shade Pure Joy

So sorry for the shouty capitals, but after a few weeks of being just nasty sick, I feel much so better today. Just like Jenny Lawson, my gallbladder was trying to kill me. It was a nasty, non-functioning organ that needed to come out, so we did that on the 3rd. Sadly, I did *not* feel instantly better. Nausea and other GI issues continued, but I've got some good meds now, and BONUS I am going to have great cholesterol! (Because cholesterol meds evidently help process the bile that non-functioning and missing gallbladders can't). I'll happily swallow my 6 pills a day if I can get off the floor. Hallelujah!

Thursday, July 4, 2013

LOTD #64 and Happy 4th of July!

Lancome LA LAQUE FEVER in Plum Wave ($27 at Sephora)

Holy cow this is an expensive lip product! I don't think it was that much when I bought it. I had forgotten about it, but I LOVE it. It lasts quite a while, smells nice, and I just love the color.

Happy 4th of July!

I did a really fun mani with some shades sent to me for review purposes from Pure Ice. I am definitely not artistic enough to attempt "nail art" but I think that accent nails and glitter toppers are perfect for people like me. You can add a real pop to your mani with little effort and artistic ability.

Pure Ice Siren 
with accent of Pure Ice Superstar! on ring finger (2 coats of each)
topped with Pure Ice Freedom (1 coat) 

This glitter topper is great! I only needed one coat to get the great coverage you see above. Although I only got one star out, I still loved the look I ended up with. Note that Siren does stain your fingers a bit upon removal.

All Pure Ice nail enamels are free of formaldehyde, toluene and DBP and contain a patented salon long-wear formula for a look that will last. Retailing at only $1.99, these polishes are the perfect way to bring chic looks from the runway your way with out breaking the bank! Pure Ice nail enamels are available through and Walmart stores nationwide. 

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Disclosure: The shades featured above were provided for review purposes.