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What I Did This Summer, 2013

I can not believe how fast this summer flew by! It’s almost Fall – in fact, my kiddo went back to school and started the 11th grade today! So, I thought today would be a good day to finish up my own summer vacation.

In case you were wondering what I had been up to, I made this handy dandy collage just for you!

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1) “Orange is the New Black”. You GUYS! Seriously! This show! It makes me questions lots of things – like, what was I doing 8 years ago that could totally creep up and screw up my life now? I need it to be 2014 already.

2) I went ziplining! Who’da thought *that* would happen? It went so good, I was a “shaka brah” goddess by the end!

3) I had this *ridiculous* Peach Pie ice cream. Real bits of peach and crust and real vanilla bean. Geez, I can taste it now. Too bad I had it at some hole in the wall out of state and no chance to get any more. Someone hit me up with a recipe STAT!

4) I saw some *amazing* movies this summer that you guys HAVE to check out, like “The Kings of Summer” and The Spectacular Now. I have a completely inappropriate crush on Miles Teller and am counting down the days until “Divergent” comes out. (*Fact: I may actually be a teenage girl, instead of a 40+ mom.)

5) My BFF had her baby and I finally made it down to see my new nephew, Henry. He’s kind of already in love with me. It’s understandable.

6) I read. A lot. “Shocked”, (*which was written by Beauty Blitz’s Polly Blitzer’s mom!), was just one of the *many* books that I read. My library card got a workout. And, yes, I still read paper books – there is just something about holding a physical book in my hand that a digital version just can’t match.

7) I figured out a way to give up the scrunchies. For now.

8) I went super bare on makeup this summer. Literally, what you see here was pretty much all that was used in some combination. I was lazy & I didn’t want to make a fuss, so, this MAC “Illustrated” bag was my it bag & in it I stashed:

  • My NARS “Puerto Vallarta” Multiple (*a miracle for this bronzer impaired gal.)
  • My Covergirl Lip Perfection Jumbo Gloss Balm in “Jam Twist”, which is almost a close-to-plum shade, which is important for this plum loving gal.
  • My Mally Beauty Evercolor Starlight Eyeliner in “Lucky Penny”. It’s meltproof. Done.
  • My Avon Mega Effects Mascara. I’ve had fun learning to use this wand and have really gotten the hang of winging out my outer corner lashes, which cracks me up when I have pretty much a bare face and then these va-va-voom lashes!
  • My Kiehl’s BB Cream, which with it’s SPF 50 and it matches my skin tone, of course it’s going to be my go-to.
  • Yep, that’s really pretty much all I wore this summer. For real.

    9) And, I am pretty sure I spent most of my Summer in 2008, because I spent far too much time trying to get the Golden Fishing Rod in “Animal Crossing: City Folk”, which my sweet Momma loves to watch me play. I’m still 1 fish short. Damn you, Coelacanth!

    So, that’s pretty much my summer – spending time with the family, relaxing and basically stepping away from the keyboard for a while.

    Hope you guys had a great summer, too! (*Or maybe a great winter, if you are Down Under. icon wink What I Did This Summer, 2013 ) Tell me – what kind of fun things did you do?

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    Happy 4th of July!

    Happy 4th of July!

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    Happy Independence Day to all of my US readers!
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    Top Ten Tuesdays: Getting Your Glow On

     Top Ten Tuesdays: Getting Your Glow On

    This week’s Top Ten is all about “Getting Your Glow On”, but as we all remember from April Fools Day, I am *clearly* not a bronzer girl. So, I’ve decided to sit this one out.

    But, I didn’t want you guys to miss out on the fab suggestions from the other ladies, so I wanted to make sure you had the links to their lists for today:

     Top Ten Tuesdays: Getting Your Glow On

    15min Top Ten Tuesdays: Getting Your Glow On cos challenged Top Ten Tuesdays: Getting Your Glow On polish insomniac Top Ten Tuesdays: Getting Your Glow On phyrra Top Ten Tuesdays: Getting Your Glow On pbb Top Ten Tuesdays: Getting Your Glow On blushing noir Top Ten Tuesdays: Getting Your Glow On pp Top Ten Tuesdays: Getting Your Glow On pinksith Top Ten Tuesdays: Getting Your Glow On bms Top Ten Tuesdays: Getting Your Glow On 411 Top Ten Tuesdays: Getting Your Glow On retrodiva Top Ten Tuesdays: Getting Your Glow On gouldylox Top Ten Tuesdays: Getting Your Glow On bft Top Ten Tuesdays: Getting Your Glow On prime Top Ten Tuesdays: Getting Your Glow On biz Top Ten Tuesdays: Getting Your Glow Ongotta spa Top Ten Tuesdays: Getting Your Glow On

    Do you guys avoid bronzer, too? Or am I just missing out and it is the best thing in the world?

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    Day and Night with LORAC “The Private Affair” Collection

    50 Summer Beauty Challenge Day and Night with LORAC The Private Affair Collection

    Recently, several beauty bloggers, and myself, were given one of two challenges – to create two eye looks or show off some dupes on a limited budget. To do this we were provided with $50 credit to Sephora, Ulta or drugstore.com. I decided I would show two looks, so I took my Sephora giftcard and off I went shopping, with the help of some Sephora coupon codes, as it is easy to go thru $50 quickly there.

    The best way to get the most value for your money is to get a complete collection that includes a shadow palette – in this case, I snatched up the LORAC Private Affair collection. It includes eyeshadow primer, a 6-color eyeshadow palette, with a range of shades from light to dark wine, a cream eyeliner in “Plum” and a volumizing mascara.

    LORAC Private Affair Collection Day and Night with LORAC The Private Affair Collection

    The great thing about this palette is that it gives you the ability to have a daytime look with the lighter, neutral shades, and a nighttime look with the darker shades, all from this one palette. And with the eye primer, it will make the light shades appear brighter and your night look will be richer and last longer. The gel liner is silky smooth and is easily applied to really outline your eyes for the night. The mascara does a great job of opening up the eyes for the day and really enhancing that smokey eye for the night with its big volumizing formula.

    Summer Beauty Looks Day and Night with LORAC The Private Affair Collection (*I would have showed you these on my eyes, but, this stupid weather around here in Oklahoma has got my allergy eyes just weeping up a storm, so there wasn’t any way to give you guys a true shot of it all.)

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    And now I have a chance for you to win your own Sephora gift card to create your own day and night looks, only this one is for $300! Just enter in the Rafflecopter widget below:

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    And after you have done that – go check out what the other bloggers did with their gift certificates:


    *Disclaimer: I was provided with a $50 gift card to Sephora to purchase the products used in this challenge. No further compensation was provided.

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    Pixie Cut and the Plus Size Gal

    I am in a severe hair quandary and I don’t know what to do. Well, I do, but I don’t know if I can pull the trigger or not. I am sick of my hair. I do not style it, it has no style on its own. I wear it in a ponytail pretty much every day of the week. Hell, I even wear it in a loose pony on top of my head (*in a scrunchie!!) when I sleep. So, I want to chop it off. I wanted to last year, but was talked out of it. I have used a short hair cut as an incentive to lose weight – “a short cut will look so much better when I am skinnier”. And then I pull up my hair in a pony and open another box of Milk Duds, so we all see how well *that* is working out for me.

    So, I said “screw it, I’m finding a pic of a low maintenence pixie that I like and going to make an appointment”. And that is where I was stopped. If you google “pixie cut plus size” you get 152,000 results with a ton of articles asking, “Can I wear a pixie cut?”. Google results for “pixie cut”? 20,600,000. Seriously, a search on Pinterest for “Pixie Cut Plus Size” pulled up *4* results. There are approximately 63million, 463thousand and 12 pics on Pinterest and only 4* are of plus size pixie cuts.

    Either no one likes the cut on plus size lovelies or there just isn’t that much out there to pin. I am leaning towards the latter because from all corners of the world – from the local Supercuts to the $$$ salons of NYC you will hear the same thing said to full face women, “It’s just not that flattering on you”. And we believe them, time and time again. And we end up with the past our chin bobs that make our face “look thinner and longer”, which is a lie because, uhm, my face is still round as it was before the chop (*even tho I do have really cute cheeks and amazing dimples!). As the magician’s say, “It’s just an illuuuuusion”.

    And for the folks who say “well, it’s a cut that looks good on anyone”? You lie. That’s like saying “One Size Fits All”. It doesn’t. Just ask “the girls”. It’s like clothes – if I am looking to see how a piece of clothing looks on a model, I want it to be a model that is a similar body type to give me a good idea of how it might look on me. This is especially true of a haircut. As adorable as the pixie looks on Emma Watson and Carey Mulligan, it will not look the same on me as it does on these gamine beauties.

    So, I don’t know. It should be a matter of if I like it, I’m going to rock it. Hell, I espouse that about things myself. Of course, as usual, it is much easier to give that advice than to adhere to it myself. But, I’m on the hunt for the right pic to take into the salon and then there will be some shearing. Whether it will be as short as I imagine in my mind, or if I put it off once again, is to be determined.

    Now, I’m not looking for compliments or “oh, you can do it” comments. I am merely just venting that it is stupid that this is as difficult as it is turning out to be. But, I would gladly take any suggestions of looks that you have seen that you think I might ought to look at, too. Maybe I just overlooked something out in the big world wide interwebs. It’s possible, right?

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