Sunday, February 7, 2016

Beauty Reviews & Love Letters

Hello, dear friends.  Happy Superbowl Sunday!  We woke up to a beautiful bright sunny day.

Yesterday, the Mister and I went into the big city for lunch and a play.  I couldn't wait to see Ryan and Ali in the flesh in Love Letters.

We dined at Abby Lane, which was conveniently located right next to the theater.

Calories do not count when you are celebrating Valentine's Day.  The food was fabulous.

The theater was packed.  I would say eighty percent of the audience was made up of women, just like me.  The show was great.  Ali looks so darn good.  Sista and I have a theory.  If a woman is tall and thin, she is 90% there.  And boy, is Ali ever tall and willowy and epitomizes perfect posture.  She is blessed with a beautiful face that lacks the pinched and pulled look of her contemporaries in Hollywood.  Ryan, on the other hand, looks good but has definitely had some work done.

Ali and Ryan still have great chemistry and it was apparent that they enjoyed every minute of working together.  


I love cosmetics.  I am constantly in search of the miracle product that is going to take years off my appearance.  I've given up on finding something to make me taller and thinner, so I put all my energy towards beauty products.  I want to get carded again and be referred to as "Miss."  I have yet to find that miracle in a bottle that will turn back time, but I'm sure having fun trying.  

I'm really impressed with this primer.  It goes on smoothly and keeps my foundation in place for hours. 

My Sista recommended this foundation to me.  It is a joy to put on - so silky.  As you know, the problem with store-bought brands is getting the color right - so I bought two colors when they were on sale.  I mixed the two, and the color seems to be about right.  Because I have an oily t-zone, I started to get shiny after a few hours and the coverage was not as full as I needed.

I love this foundation.  It has got great coverage and stays matte for hours.

I use the lightest color of this to give my pasty, chalky skin a warm glow.  Don't know whether it actually glows, but it helps. 

This foundation got great reviews, but it's not for me.  Couldn't get the color right and it made my skin look like I had streaks.

My #1 gave me this for Christmas.  This is the new thing in mascaras.  Blinc is the original in the tube technology mascara.  It forms tiny water-resistant tubes around your lashes rather than painting them. The good news - it doesn't flake, clump, or run.  The bad news - difficult to take off.  You have to apply warm water and pressure to pull the tubes off the lashes.  Too much work for me.

My #1 gave me this mascara, as well.  My girl knows that her Mama loves trying new make up. This is a nice mascara that does not clump.  The brush is big which makes application easy.  I'm not sure it's worth the price, though. But I would definitely use it if my rich daughter kept buying it for me.

I ordered this because I was impressed with the video on line.  It looked so easy! 

Picture this girl 40 years older.
That says it all.

It may be pretty simple to everyone else.  The gel was difficult to apply, and it ended up looking like a goopy mess.  

Now we're talking.  I had never heard of this line before, but I was very impressed with this slanted eyebrow pencil.  It's user-friendly and lends itself to a very natural look.


Tarte Creaseless Concealer does a stellar job covering up dark circles and flaws.  And it also stays on all day.  But when it comes to its creaseless claims, not on my old wrinkles.  It may work better on a 30-year-old, like everything else in the world. 

This high definition powder works just as well as the Smashbox more expensive version.  I'm becoming more and more impressed with the Elf line.

That's it for now.  I hope you enjoy your Sunday and your team wins.

I want to hear from you.
What's your latest and greatest beauty product?

Until next time...

Friday, February 5, 2016

Valentine Gift Ideas for your Mister

Hello, dear friends.  TGIF!  Yesterday, I had a delightful lunch with a lovely lady named Annie.  I am so fortunate to meet so many great people through this blog.  

I am sitting here writing to you at the beginning of a winter storm watch.  We are expecting six to eight inches of the white stuff by 3 PM.   

It has only just begun...

Somebody got a little too excited about the impending storm and is spending some quiet time repenting for teasing his little sister.

I have put together a few suggestions for a Valentine gift for the man in your life.  I have already surprised my man with my gift.  Let me give you a hint.

Yup, I really did it this time.  I am pretty sure he loved his gift because when I showed him the tickets he lost all color in his face and became speechless!! 

What hot-blooded middle-aged man wouldn't love to spend a couple of hours with his hot wife listening to Oliver Barrett IV and Jenny Cavilleri reading love letters to each other?  

So, since I have hit a home run with my gift for the Mister, I have put some suggestions together for you. 

Love means never having to say thank you.

 Mark & Graham is one of my favorite sites for gifts.  The items are of the highest quality and they offer free monogramming and gift wrapping.

To the pool owner, a floating speaker might be just the thing to put a smile on his face.  Girl not included.

If you have teens, this breathometer might come in handy.

For the man who has everything ... a 26 pocket travel vest.  Allow extra time when traveling because your valentine may be spending some extra quality time with an overly friendly TSA agent.

A must for the thirsty golfer.  


For the guy who has ticket stubs littering his closet floor, stuffed in his pockets, and decorating his sink, this ticket stub organizer is the perfect gift.  I have a sneaking suspicion your man will be as grateful for this gift as my guy was about the theater tickets.


If your Mister likes his stubs organized, he is sure to be delighted with this charging station.  

Password Vault
Sharper Image

 I need this more than the Mister.


We Met Here Crossword Puzzle is a truly romantic gift to remind him where it all started.  I wouldn't recommend this though if you have toddlers.


NASA Space DIY Electronics Kit  is the perfect gift if your man is a brainiac. 


If your man likes to sink his teeth into an intriguing spy novel, the Mister just finished this one and loved it. 

Fire Stick
For the guy who wants to broaden his horizons in the TV world. 

Vacuum Grooming Kit

Five words:  
No hair in the sink!


A great gift for a James Bond wannabe.

The Gift Tree
A manly grooming gift. It may also give him a hint if you need any painting done around the house.

The Bro Basket
One macho gift after another in this masculine crate.

busted tees

If you're angry with your man for some reason, give him this t-shirt and tell him he has to wear it to his next company function.  Then sit back and enjoy the show!

If you really want to give your man the ultimate gift, tell him to relax and not worry about shopping for your Valentines Day gift.

You took care of it. 

Until next time...

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