Monday, August 17, 2015

As red as a tomatox?

I got a sample of Tony Moly's Tomatox Brightening Massage Mask and I have to tell you, I wish I had a time machine to go back and stop myself from using this mask.

When I put it on my face, I was instantly hit with the smell of permanent waves (big thing is the 80s and early 90s) and my skin started to burn as soon as I had applied it to my skin. I rinsed it off IMMEDIATELY. But it has left me with a rash, and a flare up. My skin was in pretty good condition this morning, and now it's all red and angry. The skin on my chin has a half dollar sized raised red welt. I think I am going to have to use hydrocortisone to soothe it. Maybe that's why they call it Tomatox. Your skin turns the color of tomatoes. *grr*

DO NOT USE if you have rosacea, acne prone skin, sensitive skin, or eczema. I am still debating whether to post an image or not. *frowns* Brighten skin, Korean style?  nope, nope, nope, nope, nope...

More printable goodness! Cleaning binder cover

The cover for my cleaning binder is translucent and the writing on the first checklist was showing through. I needed something that was in the same color scheme that wouldn't make me crazy.

So I made this. It's letter sized and I printed it out on cardstock.

Printable Chevron Turquoise and chocolate Cleaning Binder Cover Page

Enjoy! Are there any other printables you'd like to see?

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Blush Collection, Expanded and Swatched.

So I got this crazy idea after sorting through my brush drawers for the umpteenth billionth time, that I ought to swatch or some how mark my blushes so I could know the finish, the color without having to open them all and taking up precious time. I get pretty tired sorting my makeup and sitting in the chair, so I decided to just sort them once and for all.

I sorted by color, first. Light/Brightest to darkest. I then grouped similar colors together. I swatched them on watercolor I managed to scavenge from my youngest daughter. The paper worked wonderfully, I was able to use my fingers to basically smudge the blush onto the paper and have it 'grab' the pigment and shimmer and/or glitter.

I discovered that I have far more coral blushes than anything else, and being a neutral/warm leaning person, that works out well for me. I discovered a few shades that I am particularly fond of and I discovered a few finishes I really enjoy and a couple that I wasn't a fan of.

Here's what the drawer looks like now. All of them are marked with a light pencil or eraseable frixxon pen so it's not overly evident from a distance. I lost count at 120 blushes. I think I might just be a bit of a blush hoarder...
Blush drawer of doom
I just realized that I haven't swatched my 'complete palette' blush like my Tarte Showstopper and I think I have a few more that I will get to later. I am seriously contemplating organizing my eyeshadows in a similar fashion, but I may go mad doing it! (grins)

What do you think about swatching blushes? Is it completely anal? Overly OCD?

Thursday, July 30, 2015

So I needed a sign for my shredder... and I love pink and watercolor

I am setting up my mail center/command center and I needed a sign that informed people TO ONLY SHRED PAPER. We are getting a nifty log maker for shredded paper, and so I want to make sure that no plastic gets shredded, because that would suck to burn.

And since I made it, I figured, hey... why not share?

Pink Watercolor Recycle Sign - Paper only

Aw heck, here's a bunch more *thanks to Amelia for the inspiration!*

Recycling Signs

You can either print one page for portrait, or landscape, I've included both. You can print on regular paper but I think cardstock looks really nice.

Here's my inspiration!
Clean Mama, The secret to keeping mail off counters

So, here you go and now I am off to do more organizing, I just didn't want to forget  :)

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

May 2015 Birchbox

I've been slacking off a bit, sorta and I miss the details on this months Birchbox
The box was curated by Emily Shuman of Cupcakes and Cashmere. It's supposed to bring out our everyday elegance and I can't say that she did it wrong. The products scream deluxe to me. *squee*

Naobay Oxygenating Cream Moisturizer
W3LL PEOPLE - The Expressionist Mascara (already super duper love this)
Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water
Living Proof: Restore Shampoo, Restore Conditioner, Instant Repair Lotion
and English Laundry: Perfume- Notting Hill

I will be reviewing the individual products very very soon!

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Friday, May 1, 2015

Get Fit and Get Moving! :)

Everyone always talks about their new year's resolution is to lose weight or diet with this fad or that program. For me, the time to get moving is spring time. The flowers are blooming, the sun is shining and the wind is perfect. Here in Iowa it's about 72 degrees and I love it.

With that in mind, I decided to make a cool and fun Sport tek tee shirt. It wicks away moisture to help you have a more comfortable work out, whatever you decide to do. I am partial to chair dancing out on the back patio myself! So um, here! <3 <3 Love you lots!

Friday, February 20, 2015

Pressed Pigments = Super easy to use eyeshadows.

Home pressed pigments

Top one to press is a pink shimmer mica, I have been dragging this around since my last bout of makeup creation. Beautiful shade, light with a purple shimmer finish. I got it as a mica tester back when I was formulating my own colors and I loved it.

Second pigment to press was an indie cosmetic creator from Fairfield from a consignment shop called The Rose, called TigerEye. It is a beautiful deep copper brown with a duochrome green effect. It reminds me of MAC Club and of a pigment I pressed earlier in my pigment adventures.

Third is called Lavender Dream. which has a beautiful silvery pearl effect and fourth is a highlighter/eye shadow called Swedish winter from yourMinerals Sweden. Gorgeous finishes.

The fifth is Nyx Ultra Pearl Mania in Oro,  a gorgeous coppery brown that is simply divine. Opaque coverage,

The sixth is from The Rose, as well. A shimmery pink brown called Nude that swatches a bit more sheer than Oro. I misplaced it while photographing it and you can see it's next to the number 5 swatch. Meep!

Why press my pigments? I find loose minerals do not adhere to the skin well, and they are messy. I don't have time for that.  Adding the binder to the also powder acts as an adhering agent, much like a very expensive primer. The one I use has 3 different silicones, lending a buttery texture to the pigments.

I use a 1 to 1 ratio with drops of binder and 91% alcohol to liquefy the pigments. I mix them up using a sanitized mini spatula and then I press into a godot (also known as an empty makeup tin), using tissue and a pressing tile or coin. I let it sit overnight so the alcohol evaporates. Voila! Gorgeous eyeshadows in the morning!