Beauty Resolutions

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I,like a lot of people make resolutions. The typical lose weight, eat healthy, drink more water, etc have been tops on mine for years. Truth be told , they’re on it again this year. I’ve also added some beauty resolutions to that list.

I am not kind to myself, my skin, nails, and hair. I’m horrible to them. I go to bed without taking my makeup off, go weeks with chipped nails, skip touch ups and trims for my hair.

So this year I’ve resolved to be kinder to them. I’ll share my new skincare routine.

First my makeup remover was a gift from Influenster that I fell in love with. The Rimmel Just Let It Go gentle eye makeup remover. I’ve talked about this in a previous post so I won’t go on and on about it.

Next up is my cleanser, I’ve chosen Cerave unscented foaming facial cleanser. It’s huge, cheap, and it works really well. I wet a wash cloth with warm water and put one pump of cleanser on it and lightly wash my face. I like using a cloth because it seems to get off more makeup than just using my fingers.

Then I use a serum, mine is the Youth Code skin corrector from L’Oreal. It’s supposed to brighten your complexion.

For eye cream I went for another Cerave product, the Eye Repair Cream.

For all over face moisturizer I chose the Aveeno smart essentials nighttime moisture infusion. For daytime I stayed with my Neutrogena Healthy Defense daily moisturizer with SPF 50.

For lips, good, old fashioned Vaseline. My mom swore by it and it’s never let me down.

For body I went with Vaseline intensive rescue lotion. It’s fragrance free and non-greasy.

Last but not least is Gold Bond’s Triple Action Relief Foot Cream. This works so well that I’ve used it on my hands when I have an eczema flare up.

If Toddlers Made Resolutions

If my toddler could make New Years Resolutions this is what I hope they would be.

1. I will keep my clothes and/or diaper on at all times.

2. I will not run outside naked.

3. I will not refuse to eat my lunch but then take my mom’s identical lunch, pretend I’m going to eat it and then feed it to the dog.

4. I will stop trying to ride the dog.

5. I will stop trying to flush things down the toilet.

6. I will go to bed at night and not keep my mom up until 4 in the morning.

7. I will take a nap so my mom can have some “me” time.

8. I will stop using my mom’s shirt as a napkin.

I’m sure there are many more but like most resolutions, they will be long forgotten by Valentine’s Day!

My Rimmel Review

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I received a Rimmel Scandaleyes eyeliner and their Just Let It Go… gentle eye makeup remover free from Influenster for testing purposes.

The eyeliner is seriously the BOMB! It goes on so smooth, no tugging whatsoever. The color is so saturated, a really true black. It made it so easy to do a winged line.

The makeup remover is so gentle, it actually made the skin around my eyes feel better. It’s really soothing, not drying at all! Also, it removed everything. Not a speck of my eye makeup was left.

Rimmel has two more winners in their awesome line of products!

My Review of Celestial Seasonings Candy Cane Lane Tea

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I recently tested Celestial Seasonings Candy Cane Lane Decaf Tea. Honestly, I didn’t think I would like it. When it comes to tea I’m a purist. I stick to Oolong or English Breakfast, plain or with a little bit of honey. Definitely nothing flavored. So I was a little skeptical about trying it.

I was pleasantly surprised, it has a smooth flavor, not too minty. I feel like this would be something to have on hand if you’re getting a cold or a sore throat. It’s really comforting.

If I were you I would stock up, I’m sure they’ll be scarce after the holidays.

I received this complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

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Frosty Vox Box

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Thanks to Influenster, I received another wonderful Vox Box full of scrumptious goodies. Some edible, some not. They gave these to me free for testing purposes.

Included in this box is a full size bottle of Rimmel Gentle Eye Makeup Remover and their Scandaleyes Kohl Kajal eyeliner.

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McCormick Gourmet Thyme. I’m cooking my first prime rib roast on Christmas Eve and thyme is going on it. It is the perfect holiday flavor. 9 times out of ten when you taste something that reminds you of the holidays, it has thyme in it.

Red Vines Fruit Vines, I prefer Red Vines to the other big licorice candy company. They taste too waxy and don’t have much flavor. These are the bomb! Red Vines and I have watched many a movie together. These are little bite size candies and the flavor just bursts in your mouth.

New York Color lipstick in Sugarplum. I loved this color before I even put it on and with a name like Sugarplum it’s perfect for the holidays.

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Celestial Seasonings Candy Cane Lane Decaf Tea, I can’t wait to cozy up under my tree with a soft blanket and a hot cup of this tea!

EcoTools Sleek and Style Finisher hairbrush. I love Ecotools products and I’m sure this will go onto the A-list.

Boots No7 Protect and Perfect Advanced Serum. I’ve never used and of their products but I’ve heard a lot of good reviews, so I’m excited to try this.

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I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

Kids, Lies, and Photoshop

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When I had my son, Mason in 2012, I envisioned our first Christmas to be like those you see in a magazine or an Anne Geddes calendar. Guess what, it was far from it. Not from a lack of trying on my part.

I bought him the cutest little onesie that said “Santa Baby” and paired it with some Santa Babylegs leg warmers and a little elf-esque hat that a friend of Troys made him. He was adorable! My heart soared thinking of the cute pictures I was going to get on my DIY photo shoot.

I’m notorious for setting myself up for disappointment. This day was no exception.

Mason was adorable, we’ll just because he’s a good looking kid. The photos in my head did not translate into real life.

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This is all the face I could get. I love it, he’s cute but I had this idea of those cute toothless grins I’ve seen numerous times on Instagram. You can see it on his face, he was completely annoyed with me, the outfit, the camera. He was having no part in this hoopla I was trying to create.

So I figured I would get myself one of those Norman Rockwell like Christmas trees. Now I live in an area that is overrun with trees. Most of them pine. However, we have no local tree lots, and most of the land with the trees is privately owned. Walmart does sell trees, but they’re $40, small, and not local.

Instead I became the proud owner of a 7 1/2 foot fake tree. It’s actually quite nice and looked beautiful after I decorated it.

Next in my quest for the most perfect first Christmas, was the cookies, and gingerbread house. Now remember, my so was only three months old. None of this was for him, it was for me. This part I wasn’t too worried about, I’m confident in my baking abilities. It did go smoothly, until I was just finishing up making little black hats out of sparkly black piping gel for the snowman sugar cookies.

You know that scene in National Lampoons Christmas Vacation where they hear the squeaky sound in the tree. That was me, except it wasn’t a squeak, it was a cracking noise. I looked up just in time to watch, in horror, as my tree with ornaments I had been collecting since I was a small kid, came crashing to the floor.

I Kim Kardashian ugly cried for at least an hour. It was Christmas Eve, my tree was laying in a pile of glass and tinsel. Even the star on the top was shattered.

After everything was cleaned up, I got myself and Mason dressed, took his Christmas gift and went to my parents house to partake in our holiday traditions. I got there in a bad mood, frustrated at my failed attempts at the perfect Christmas.

After all of this I came to a conclusion, all of those Instagram pics are photoshopped, and the moms are liars. Their kids aren’t all sitting there smiling in their matching pajamas. They aren’t gathered around a perfectly decorated tree with evenly spaced lights and ornaments. The rooms filled with poinsettias and amaryllis. It’s all green screen and Photoshop.

Their perfect Christmas meal, they ordered from Holiday in a Box. The cookies, the local bakery.

No one is that perfect.

Maybe I’m right, maybe I’m not. As Christmas creeps closer and my gifts are unwrapped, cookies, and Nisu unbaked I take comfort in my theory that they’re just as disorganized as I am.

Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays! Whatever it is that you celebrate I hope it’s filled with love and happiness!

I’m going to try to take that picture I keep seeing on Pinterest. You know the one with the little kid in the Little Tykes Cozy Coupe with the little Christmas tree tied to the roof. I’m sure Mason will be more cooperative this year, right?

Ultimate Mashed Potatoes

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One of the reasons the Atkins Diet doesn’t work for me is my fondness of potatoes. I mean it I won’t give them up. This recipe I came to be because I was making dinner and ran out of butter.

Makes 4 servings

4 potatoes, I used russets but whatever you prefer is fine.
4 ounces of cream cheese
1/4 cup of chives
Milk as needed

I’ll be quick with the instructions because I think most of us know how to make mashed potatoes.

Peel, wash and diced potatoes. Put them in a medium saucepan and cover with water. Bring them to a light boil, don’t boil too fast I’ve done it and all I’ve accomplished is evaporating the water and scorching the potatoes. When they’re tender drain them put them in a bowl or back in the pan. Mash them with a potato masher or if you want them extra smooth use a mixer. That day I used a whisk because I couldn’t find my masher or the beaters for my hand mixer and I didn’t want to dirty more dishes by using my Kitchenaid mixer. Did I mention that day was kind of a disaster? The whisk resulted in some pretty lumpy potatoes but Troy likes them. He likes most cooking failures, burned cookies, overcooked roast beef, etc. I’m guessing that’s what he grew up on. LOL.

Back to the potatoes, add the cream cheese, chives, and add milk until you get your desired consistency.

They’re rich and creamy, didn’t need gravy or butter. I’m sure you could use light or fat free cream cheese if you’re into that sort of thing. I’ve also tried the different savory cream cheeses like the garden vegetable and it was pretty tasty, I bet the jalapeño cream cheese would be amazing!

Enjoy, and have a great day!

Updated Review of BareSkin by Bare Minerals

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Okay this is long overdue, but here it is. In an earlier post I said how disappointed I was in this product. The link is below.

Find it here

So, I ordered mine from Sephora.com and tried to guess my shade by comparing it to the pictures on the website. Well, I was way off! It looked like I stuck a wet piece of paper on my face. It was awful. So I took a two hour road trip to Ulta. (I went for other reasons,not just to get foundation.) Who am I kidding, though I totally would drive two hours for foundation. While there I got color matched and let me tell you. It was a game changer!

So, I have a complete love/hate relationship with this foundation.

I’ll start with coverage, the coverage is awesome! I used such a small amount and it really went a long way. It’s really build able if you needed a little extra coverage.

Staying power, it does last über long with some touch ups needed in the t-zone.

However, here comes the hate. My skin breaks out so bad when I use it. I have never had breakouts as bad as when I use this.

Last but not least, I took my jaunt to Ulta in either June or July and it is November and it smells rancid. Which may be a good sign that it doesn’t have a ton of nasty preservatives it but for $29.00 it should last more than a few months before going bad.

So would I repurchase? In its current state, no. If made some improvements, for sure. The major factor in my decision is the rancid smell after using for just a few months.

Have a great day! If you’ve tried this let me know if you’ve had a similar experience or not! Thanks for reading!

Just Making Some Snacks for Halloween

This week I’m going to share some of my favorite treats for Halloween. When my nieces and nephews were younger I used to have a party for them the weekend before Halloween. It was always a big sugar filled celebration with apple bobbing, pumpkin carving, and piñata busting. They’re all grown now and I miss those days. I still make the treats and share them with friends and family. Sometimes Troy will take some to the guys at work.

1. Rice Krispy Treats

Always a favorite and so easy to make. One suggestion I have is use good ingredients. I’ve tried to be cheap and use generic and they just aren’t as good.

You can find the recipe on the Kraft Jet Puffed Marshmallows or the Kellogg’s Rice Krispy Cereal box.

Sometimes I use a heavy duty cookie cutter and cut out shapes. One thing I found on Pinterest was they cut them into rectangles, put them on a stick, and dunked them in white chocolate, and put sprinkles on them. They were really cute.

I’ll put the link here. http://pinterest.com/pin/32158584814616216/

And here’s the link for the Rice Krispy treats http://www.kraftrecipes.com/recipes/marshmallow-rice-krispies-treats-56923.aspx

2. Caramel Apples

Nothing says fall like a crisp apple with soft buttery caramel. There’s many ways to make them. You can slice them and dunk them in caramel dip. I like to warm the caramel and drizzle it over the slices. You can get those little plastic wrapped caramels and melt them in a pan and dunk the apples. My mom was a fan of these things called Wrapples. I’ve seen them recently in the produce department of the market. They come in a bright yellow package. Inside are these round sheets of caramel that you wrap around the apples, insert the stick and put in the oven to soften the caramel.

When it comes to food I don’t take the easy way out. I make as much as I can from scratch. This is the recipe I use. You can also put this in an 8 x 8 pan lined with parchment paper, let it set and cut it into squares. It is delicious!

Ina Garten’s fleur de sel caramels

Just skip pouring the caramel into the 8 x 8 pan let it cool until it’s thick enough to stick to the apples and just dip the apples in the refrigerator to set.

3. Monster Munch Chex Mix

Rice Chex, pretzels, and white chocolate? How can you go wrong?

This isn’t an exact recipe, just kind of a mishmash of yummy ingredients.

I use a half sheet size cookie sheet.
Goldfish pretzels
Rice Chex Cereal
Candy Corn
Wilton Candy Melts- I used white and orange
Mixed nuts
Halloween Sprinkles
Plain popcorn

Line with aluminum foil, put cereal, pretzels, nuts if you want them, on the pan, one option is adding air popped popcorn to the mix. Melt the white chocolate in a double broiler and drizzle it over the mix. Toss to coat, immediately top with some candy corn, and Halloween sprinkles. Then melt orange colored melting discs. I use the Wilton Candy Melts. Also over a double boiler. Take a fork and dunk it in the orange colored melts and drizzle over the mix. You could stop here and let it set or keep going and add black colored melts. Either way when your done drizzling, let it cool until the chocolate is set and break it up and store it in an air tight container.

I’m also going to be making Jersey Devil Cupcakes, Pumpkin Shaped Sugar Cookies with Buttercream Frosting, and some chocolates. I’ll share those in another post so you’re not stuck reading a novel.

I hope you all have a Happy Halloween!