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Switching Gears

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I hope all of you had a wonderful holiday and made some great new memories with your loved ones!

I have been in a slump this past month. If you follow me regularly, you might have noticed the lack of posts this month.

There are two reasons for the slump:

1. I just feel fat! I have gained about ten pounds, making none of my clothes fit. I feel ugly and unattractive. It's that simple. No excuses.

2. My skin is reacting very bad and no matter the product I try, it doesn't help. I will blame the Accutane I used last year on this. It's as if no oil will come through my pores and they instead just get blocked. I am having constant, consistent breakouts. This, too, makes me just feel ugly and unattractive.

This slump I am in has left me with zero motivation to blog, make videos, or even put any makeup on.

I now realize there is only one solution. I have to change my lifestyle! I hinted to this in my last post about getting healthy and lean in 2013. I have got to change my lifest…

Be Healthy and Lean in 2013

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This is going to be my year! I have to make myself accountable for my bad eating and exercise habits and start making permanent changes. I am approaching mid thirties and it is only going to get harder to lose the weight. I have 20 pounds to lose. Who is with me?

I believe strength comes with motivation and motivation comes when you are held accountable. Let's hold each other accountable!

Let's all make changes and help each other!!

Post below if you are interested and I will get a group together for us.

January QVC Insider Beauty Info

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Josie Maran TSV- Jan 18- Ultimate Argan Moisturizing Collection

NOURISHING ARGAN CARE PACKAGE. Josie created an Argan Oil care package for you, with everything you need to nourish your skin from head to toe, plus some color treats for your cheeks and lips. These Argan goodies are made with care for you and your body. Receive: (1) 100% Pure ArganOil 1.7 fl Oz;(1)Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter in Lavender Citrus 8 oz;(1) Argan Balm 4.6oz; (1)Argan Color Stick in Tenderheart (Coral Pink w/subtle golden luster)0.21oz; (1) Argan Color Stick in Rosey (Dusty Rose)0.21 oz. USA/Morocco. $69.96

A233576, AD A233618


Tarte TSV- Feb 5- Journey to Natural Beauty 6 piece collection

AD#A233804.Receive this item now,then receive a new collection w/ different seasonal shades & brushes in June & Nov '13.3 total ships. Cancel anytime.Rec:(1)Amazonian butter lipstick plummy rose (deep rose )0.1oz,(1)Amazonian clay 12hr full coverage foundation 1.7fl oz,:Fair, Light,Medium,Tan,Deep.(1)…

Laura Geller Beauty off the Vine- TSV

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Time is against me this morning as I rush to photograph and swatch these items for you. I had recorded also a full tutorial, but the camera decided it didn't have enough memory- so I will record it again tomorrow!

This kit is wine themed, rich in anti-aging ingredients with the main one being reservetrol. The pigmentation is smooth and rich in both pressed items, the lipstick is a bold wine shade and the foundation has a nice medium coverage that glides easily over the pores with no settling.

For anyone interested, I am medium in the foundation.

Here are the swatches:

packaging
Five full size pieces
Blush in Bouquet
Shadow duo in Fine Wines
Lipstick in Rosato
L to R: Fine wines duo, Bouquet, Rosato
My full face using all five products, added LG Charcoal eyeliner, Loreal mascara, Tarte brow mousse, LG baked Vanilla highlighter

I found this kit very easy to use, and very appropriate for the season! I am so glad someone finally did a deep lip in a kit instead of the usual peach. Tw…

Anastasia HYPERCOLOR review and tutorial

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The Anastasia HYPERCOLOR brow and hair powder was developed as a safer alternative to chalk, without the damaging effects of chalk. It is meant to be a fun, temporary hair color, and meant to be washed out at the end of the day. It can transfer onto lighter clothing and sheets, so be careful when using. I recommend putting a towel or cloth over your lap to avoid fallout. This product will be released to the public on December 26th and will be available exclusively at ULTA stores for the first few months. The colors will be sold individually at $12.50 each. My thoughts will be posted below. 










Fallout- please place a towel over your lap when using! My Thoughts: I find this product extremely easy to use. A complete novice could use this successfully. I recommend trying out different bases, such as wax and pomade, for more complete color saturation. I used a leave-in conditioner and it worked just fine, but something more sticky might work differently. This little pot would last a long …

Fresh Flushed Winter Face- video

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Products Used: Lancome Teint Idole 24H Tarte Amazonian Clay concealer Mally Spiked Champagne Dior Frosted Beige Laura Geller Bali Nyx Pinky Benefit They're Real Smashbox Stunning

Ouch!!! My dry, cracked, cuticles!

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I am sure many of you are having the same struggle as I am this time of year. My hands are extremely dry and dehydrated and my cuticles look mangled. Hand creams are not good enough!

I went on a search yesterday for something to help me through this. I ended up purchasing some Burt's Bees Hand Salve. ($9)




Have super-dry hands? This all-natural salve knows how to handle it. Brimming with botanical oils, herbs and Beeswax, your hard-working hands can finally find sweet relief.

• Moisturizes rough, dry hands with botanical oils and Beeswax
• Herbal scent
• Perfect for both men and women

Ingredients: prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond) oil, olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, cera alba (beeswax, cire d'abeille), helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, lavendula hybrida (lavandin) oil, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf oil, eucalyptus globulus oil, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) flower oil, tocopherol, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, glycine soja (soybean) oil…

My top 10 beauty Christmas wishlist!!

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Happy Thanksgiving!!!

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I hope you all had a great day!

I started off having pumpkin pancakes for breakfast with my family. I then tried to take a nap while the ham cooked, but my sister-in-law came over and had me do her makeup.


husband and sister-in-law

I then drank some wine while the rest of dinner was cooking. We said a blessing then ate a large dinner consisting of turkey and ham and all the fixins.

After we were good and stuffed, we went out the theatre and watched Breaking Dawn 2. Last year we saw #1 on Thanksgiving. Next year will be the second installment of The Hunger Games-Catching Fire.

I have now washed my face and am heading to bed. I have to work tomorrow :(.

I hope you all had a blessed day. I truly feel blessed!

November Birchbox 2012

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This month was worth the $10 spent in products, even though I don't particularly like them.

I received a full size ModelCo Fibre Lashxtend mascara- I tried it and it did nothing for my lashes. I ended up having to go over them with another mascara to get the look I wanted. I would not recommend. The next item is Color Club deluxe sample nail polish in Put A Pin In It. It is beautiful and I have nothing bad to say about this. It is a beautiful rose gold shade with high shine. The next item is Lulu Organics Lavender and Clary Sage hair powder. It is difficult to use in this packaging. I don't hate it but wouldn't purchase. I also received a fragrance sample from Stella Cadente which I really like in Miss Me. It is a nice powdery scent that is perfect for daytime. The lifestyle extra I got was a Soyjoy bar. I ate it, it wasn't horrible. I wouldn't purchase. I did find these for sale at a flea marker for a quarter each after I ate this one.

What did you receive this mo…

Chanel Harmonie Du Soir palette- swatches

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If you can only buy one item this season, I would go with this one. The colors are gorgeous, the pigmentation is good. It just feels and looks luxurious. A definite splurge at $65 but well worth it! I wondered why Chanel put gold in this one since it was also in the Topkapi palette, so I took pictures of Topkapi for you to compare. The gold in Topkapi is much brighter and more yellow.


I had to beg and plead to find this palette. I bought it used as you can see and hoard it in my collection. I am afraid to use it because then I won't have it anymore. Sad, I know!