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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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    Is L’Oreal Miracle Blur Just Like Avon Magix?

    Lately, I’ve been seeing the commercials for the new L’Oreal Revitalift Miracle Blur all over the place. So, when I friend of mine said she had a sample she could send me, I was all “Sure, let me see what this is all about”. And when I got it, tested it on my hand, I was all, “Wait, where have I seen this before?”. Then it came to me. This was just like my beloved Avon Magix Face Perfector that I told you guys about 2 1/2 years ago!

    LOreal Revitalift Miracle Blur Avon Magix Face Perfector bottles Is LOreal Miracle Blur Just Like Avon Magix?

    Both products claim to reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles (*L’Oreal claims to “erase” them). Both products leave a soft, matte finish. Both can be used alone or under foundation. Both have sunscreen – Avon has 20SPF and L’Oreal has 30SPF). Both claim to hold back shine all day (*Avon claims 10 hours).

    LOreal Revitalift Miracle Blur Avon Magix Face Perfector Is LOreal Miracle Blur Just Like Avon Magix?

    As you can see, both of them give me the same smoothing effect to the lines on my hand. The main difference I can see is the L’Oreal is a bit yellower in color and a smidge thicker than the Avon, but I do find I sometimes need to massage the Avon bottle to “mix” it before I use it. I haven’t had the L’Oreal long enough to know if that will be necessary going forward with it.

    All in all, I don’t know that I would call the L’Oreal Miracle Blur a “first-of-its-kind” product since I have been telling you about a similar product for 2 1/2 years, but if you are referring to the description on the bottle of “Instant Skin Smoother”, then I suppose it is technically.

    You can find the L’Oreal Miracle Blur at mass market & drugstores now for around $24.99USD for 1.18 fl oz (35 ml). You can get the Avon Magix from your local Avon representative or online for around $10 for 1 fl oz (30 ml), but they regularly have sales. (Also, you can look online at the 17 shade liquid foundation Magix line, too).

    *Disclaimer: The L’Oreal Miracle Blur was sent to me by a friend, and as mentioned in the prior post, I purchased my Avon Magix for myself.

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    Holiday 2012 Palettes

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    When the holidays roll around, brands love to bring out great all in one kits to wish for or to give as gifts. This year is no exception. Here are several palettes that I wouldn’t mind getting…or giving (*those words are so similar, right?) this year:

    Urban Decay Vice Palette – $59

    NARS Debby Harry Eye and Cheek Palette – $65

    Laura Mercier Glamour Wardrobe Dual Decker Palette – $98

    Avon Fold Up Palette – $19.99

    Sephora Color Daze Blockbuster Makeup Palette – $49.50

    Smashbox Pop Ultimate Palette – $59

    elf Master Makeup Collection – $30

    MAC All For Glamour Face Kit – $49.50

    Do you like to give, or receive, palettes? Or are you a single color type of person? I’m of a mind that if someone wants to give me one of these, I won’t complain. icon wink Holiday 2012 Palettes

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    Beauty Spotlight Mystery Makeup Bag 11/04/2011 – Older Girl Beauty’s Turn!

    This time it is my turn to give you guys a peek into my makeup bag. This bag is currently what I have corralled in one place & doesn’t include anything randomly lying across my vanity that I may be testing or just too lazy to put in the bag (*psst – it’s probably the latter.)

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    Not just one, but *two* pouches to hold my goodies.

    As you can see, I have two bags – one for my larger products and one for my pencils & brushes, as I got tired of digging to the bottom of the bag to find them all the time.

    In my bag, you will find several of my staple items, and after cataloging it, I realize I *might* have a plum/purple theme going on:

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    My cute Milly bag holds a bunch of goodies!

    Laura Geller Baked Marble Eyeshadow in “Amethyst/Lagoon”
    Three Custom Color 3C Eyeshadow in “Cool Peony” (*makes such a great base color)
    Clinique travel-size Blushwear Cream Stick in “Rosy Blush”
    Elizabeth Arden sample bottle of “Pretty” Parfum Spray (*sometimes you just need a touch-up spray)
    MAC “Hocus Focus Clourful Face Kit” from the “Magic, Mirth and Mischief Holiday Collection”. From 2009. (*What? Shut up. “Pretty Baby” is the prettiest beauty powder for me I have found yet. That’s why.)
    Sonia Kashuk 01 Powder Brush, with Blue Handle (*One of the first brushes I ever bought many years ago, and it’s still going strong!)
    Josie Maran Argan Eye Shadow in “Parfait” (*This makes a great base for those warmer colors.)
    MAC Fluidline in “Dark Diversion”, from the “Stylishly Yours” collex. (*Another candidate in my eternal quest for the perfect Plum liner.)
    MAC Shadestick in “Street Cool”, from the “MAC Me Over – Icelandic Cool” collex (*Makes a great smudge for a lazy smokey eye, or just a base lid color.)
    Mally Beauty Eye Brightening Eye Shadow Duo in “Lavender Glow” and “Plum Glow” (*From the no longer available “Rise and Shine” collex on QVC.)
    Three Custom Color Crème to Powder Blush in “Kiss My Apricot” (*I love me some cream blush!)
    Sampar Prodigal Pen (*For that last minute, unexpected pimples, without irritation.)
    tarte Rise & Shine Lipstain and Lipgloss in “Nude”. (*A warm nude for when you are kind of washed out, but don’t want anything obvious. And it tastes good, too.)
    MAC Lipglass in “Lap of Luxury”, from the “Fabulous Felines – Palace Pedigreed” collex (*Looks scary dark in the tube, but is a nicer dark, yet sheer, color for when you go out at night.)
    Flirt! Cosmetics Glamourazzi! Extreme Lip Lacquer in “Paparazzi” (*Closest thing to a real Red that you’ll see me wear.)
    Three Custom Color Lip Gloss in “Just Bitten” (*This brown sheers out to a nice warm nude.)
    Maybelline “Dark Circle Eraser” (*I just love the little sponge tip applicator.)
    Maybelline One by One Volum’ Express Mascara (*for when I want the most natural looking lashes)
    Mally Beauty Voluminzing Mascara (*for when I want big, spidery, drag queen lashes as Mally would say!)
    Maybelline “The Falsies – Flared” Volum’ Express Mascara (*my go-to daily mascara for to big fluttery corner lashes)
    Mally Beauty Evercolor Poreless Face Defender (*Duh! What *more* do I have to say??)
    Maybelline EyeStudio Color Plush eyeshadow palette in “Spirited Seas” (*I love lining with that copper on the end.)
    Maybelline Eyestudio Color Pearls in “Silver Starlet” (*I love the marbelized side so much, I have hit pan and *still* try to get some off of the side of the silver. No joke.)
    Boscia BB Cream, SPF 27 PA++ (*This 5-way multi-tasker is heaven for a lazy gal like me to look somewhat pulled together on the quick.)
    MAC Prep + Prime Beauty Balm SPF 35 (*I’m a big fan of MAC’s Prep + Prime line.)
    CoverFX ConcealFX Camouflage Concealer (*color adjusts so it blends right in)
    Mally Beauty Cancellation Conditioning Concealer (*This one is kinda light on me, so it’s good for those slight pinkish spots that need a quick cover, but nothing layered on.)
    Ulta Brow Gel (*still one of my best ways to tame unruly brows on the quick, without needing to draw anything in.)
    shu uemura Eyelash Curler (*It’s a classic.)

    As you can probably tell, I might have a *smidge* of an eyeliner issue. But, if you pay attention, you might notice one thing some would say is glaringly missing:

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    I kind of have a thing for colored eyeliners.

    Skinfood Banana Concealer Stick, from Asia (*the creamiest concealer that I have.)
    Mally Beauty Brow Beauty brow fix (*I’ve never learned to use a powder, as this does the trick for me.)
    Sue Devitt Eye Intensifier Pencils in “Ava” and “Gold Reef” (*Would you believe me if I told you I wore one or the other of these colors at least 5 days a week? True story!)
    MAC Superslick Liquid Eye Liners in “Marked for Glamour” and “Signature Blue” (*My favorite felt tip liquid eyeliner!)
    Make Up For Ever Aqua Liner in “11 – Diamond Burgundy” (*part of my neverending HG Plum eyeliner search – the color is good enough for me to ignore the stiff felt tip pen.)
    Avon Glimmersticks Diamonds Eye Liner in “Emerald Glow” (*just enough sparkle, without drifting into Glittertown.)
    Daniel Sandler Velvet Waterproof Eyeliner in “Velvet Grey” (*The perfect grey – almost matte, but not flat)
    GOSH Cosmetics Velvet Touch Waterproof Eyeliners in “Alligator”, “Purple Stain” and “Blue Moon”. (*If I could marry these eyeliners I would, because they will be true and not leave me for anything. Seriously, these bitches don’t go ANYWHERE after you put them on. My fav bright color eyeliners!)
    Bourjois Paris Contour Clubbing Waterproof Eyeliner in “grid tecktonic” (Much more amped up silver grey)
    Three Custom Color Light Clarifier Pencil (*Everyone needs one of these. That is all.)
    Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes Waterproof Eyeliner in “3L – Iridescent Navy Blue” (*Who says a blue-eyed girl can’t wear blue?)
    Mally Beauty 24/7 Professional Eye Lining System in “Smoldering Topaz” (*Yes, I know it’s part of a system, but I like it just fine on it’s own.)
    Mally Beauty Starlight Waterproof Eyeliner in “Gunmetal”. (*Hands down my favorite eyeliner for that dark-but-not-black liner & it. doesn’t. move! Ironic for something to be called “Gunmetal” to be bulletproof?)
    elf Studio Eyeshadow “C” Brush (*My most used brush. Of all.)
    Bare Escentuals Flat Edge Liner (unavailable now) (*I use this for tiny concealer touch-ups.)
    Sonia Kashuk Spoolie
    Crown Brush Double-ended Brush (*I don’t use this one, but I keep it in my pencil case, since I can’t store it in my rock filled brush-holder.)
    MAC 275SE Medium Angled Shading Brush (*A shorter version of the full-size brush that is great for that windshield-wiper blending action.)
    Avon Double-Ended Liner and Shadow Brush (*I think this might be discontinued now.)
    Mally Beauty Double-Ended Blending Brush (*I am certain this came with one of my sets, but I’ll be damned if I can remember which one!)
    Benefit Cosmetics Get Bent Eyeliner Brush (*My lining world was turned upside DOWN when I discovered this brush. Life changing. And now it looks like it’s discontinued. My preciousssss….)
    Avon (*I think!) Eyeliner Brush (*This unmarked brush is really firm and works really good on my drier liners.)
    Sonia Kushuk Lash Comb (*The foldable design has saved me many a finger puncture from the metal tines!)

    Did you figure it out? (spoiler alert: There is not a black eyeliner in the bunch!)

    So, that’s a gander at my goodies (*As the boys like to say) (*In the 1860′s). Tell me – do I have anything you carry in your stash? Let me know what are your daily must have’s, so we can compare. icon smile Beauty Spotlight Mystery Makeup Bag 11/04/2011   Older Girl Beautys Turn!

    *Disclaimer: I received some of these products from their PR for editorial consideration, and some of them I spent my hard earned money on.

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    Spring Scents I’m Wearing Now

    The weather is warming up, which means it’s time to start wearing lighter scents, if you are one to change your routine with the seasons. I don’t always stick to the calendar when it comes to things, but I have been finding myself reaching for these more often than my heavier/darker scents lately.

     Spring Scents Im Wearing Now Love to the Fullest by Reese Witherspoon Eau de Toilette Spray: As soon as I read “Black Cherry” in the description of this scent I was sold. Then, when I actually wore it, I swooned – this scent has darker essences like amber and wood, that makes this light enough for day time wear, but can easily carry you thru the night. It is warm and comforting to me & have gotten compliments every time I spritz it on.

     Spring Scents Im Wearing Now FLIRT! Luv-a-Licious Perfume Spray: I don’t like scents that are too floral or too powdery and this scent hits all the right notes (*see what I did there? ;)). This light scent is great for daytime or just running around. It’s feminine, but not in a too girly way, if that makes any sense. I like that it’s a nice everyday scent, without getting boring on me. It’s a blend of pink rose and sparkling lychee, but not in a grandmother-type rose perfume scent at all.

     Spring Scents Im Wearing Now True Delight Perfume Spray: This is kind of a cheat for me, as I wore it during the winter to fight off the winter doldrums. It was a quick burst of fruity goodness in the middle of the nasty frigid weather. But now that the weather has warmed up, its even nicer to enjoy in the sunshine, while sipping on that Fuzzy Navel on the patio.

    What are you guys wearing wearing right now? Do you guys change your scents with the seasons?

    *Disclaimer: I received these products from their PR for editorial consideration.

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