Sunday, January 17, 2016

2016 Book Challenge

This year I am participating in a book challenge with a couple of friends.  Here is the list of requirements and what I read to fulfill the challenge.  Enjoy!
  • A book you've already read at least once: The Control of Nature
  • A book that intimidates you:
  • A book you own but have never read: Never Have Your Dog Stuffed and Other Things I've Learned
  • A book that you previously abandoned: Unstoppable: Harnessing Science to Change the World
  • A book that was banned at some point:
  • A book published before you were born: The Lost World (1912)
  • A book chosen for you by your spouse, partner, sibling, child, or BFF: The Power of Habit
  • A book you should have read in school:  Bird by Bird
  • A book recommended by your local librarian or bookseller: A Year in Provence
  • A book you've been meaning to read: This is Where I Leave You
  • A book you can finish in a day: Becoming Marta
  • A book published this year: Deliver Her: A Novel

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Love This Shampoo...

It's been a week since I received these hair care items from @Influenster.  I've been using them faithfully every morning and I can really see a difference in my hair consistency.  It feels so much smoother and silkier already!  Even my colorist made comments about how nice my hair felt and she thought my color was holding better than she'd seen it do so before.  I simply wash my hair then let the conditioner sit on my hair when I shower.  I rinse off at the end.  That's it.  I can definitely feel a difference when I blow dry, too. 

I would highly recommend this product.   It's available at Target and I think I'll probably be buying this in the future.  You can also check it out at @DessangeParis and @Influenster


Notice:  I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Dessange California Blonde...

I am soooo excited!!  I received a new Influenster box the other day and it contained full-sized products from the Dessange California Blonde line.  I wanted to do a blog post with my initial ideas about the products.  I've been trying the shampoo and conditioner over the past couple of days and I have a few thoughts...

1.  The smell on this combination is absolutely fabulous.  It's not too heavy a scent, nor too light.  I could smell this forever.

2.  The shampoo is thick and lathers really well.  Just a small quarter-sized dollop is perfect for my hair length.

3.  The conditioner is thinner, which is nice.  It definitely does NOT weight down my hair.  That's a great thing.

I have not tried the color corrector yet.  I am waiting until I see my colorist this weekend to make sure it won't do anything to my current color.  I'll update once I talk with her.

Overall, I am highly impressed with this line.  I'll post again after I've used this product for more than just a few days.


Note:  I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Birthday Gift...

Richard's birthday gift is coming along nicely!  These are the San Diego Chargers team colors (it's his favorite football team!)  It's been helpful that we've had the past two days off from school because of ice.  Honor likes it, too!


Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Peppermint Tea Cookies

Today I tried a new cookie.  I've been craving something baked and sweet over the past few days and these little tea cookies seemed to be simple enough.  These cookies are really delicate and just melt in your mouth, which is exactly what I was craving.  You could make these with just about any kind of "chips" like chocolate chips (use the mini ones if you can find them), cinnamon chips, butterscotch chips, etc.  However, I bought these these Andes Peppermint Crunch baking chips right before Christmas and I wanted to try making these cookies with them (because I am a mint addict!)

Peppermint Tea Cookies

8 oz. butter at room temperature
1/2 cup powdered sugar (AKA confectioners sugar or icing sugar)
Pinch of salt
1 t. vanilla
2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup Andes Peppermint Crunch chips (you could use chocolate chips, cinnamon chips, etc)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Add in the pinch of salt and vanilla and mix to combine.  With the mixer on low, add in the flour 1/2 cup at a time.  By hand, mix in the peppermint chips.

Shape the cookies into 1-inch balls and place on parchment lined baking sheet.  Bake at 350 degrees F for 10-12 minutes, or until the bottom of the cookie is just lightly browned.  Remove from oven and allow to cool on the baking sheet.  Removing them early will cause them to crumble and break because they are so delicate.  Store in airtight container for up to 2 weeks.  I like to freeze mine so they are off the counter and I'm not tempted to pop one in my mouth every time I pass the container.


Saturday, December 27, 2014

Birchbox December 2014

Hello All,

I wanted to share my December Birchbox with you.  Overall I'm pretty pleased with this box. 

The first item was the RUSK Texture Spray.  I like this product a lot.  It smells really nice and holds my hair well.  The only drawback is how forcefully the product comes out of the can!  It actually messes up my hair as I spray it on.  Small issue, but irritating.

Next was the Dr. Jart+ Black Label Detox Beauty Balm.  It goes on smoothly and provides a nice base for my makeup.  I like this product very much and will continue to purchase.

The red item is the Acure Organics Lip Lush in the shade Shmexy.  This is a typical lip gloss but it's got a really funny chemical scent to it.  Overall, not impressed.

The Mirenesse iCurl 24Hr Mascara has not been opened.  I have SO MANY mascaras and black eyeliners that I still have yet to get to.  However, folks on youtube seem to like this product and the wand, which is a slightly bent shape to mimic the shape of the eyelashes.

Finally, I received the SeaRX Moisturizing Anti-Wrinkle Face Cream.  This sample barely had any product in it for being such a large tube.  Seriously, it wasn't even 1/4 full.  It was too small of a sample to really make any assessment about its claim to reduce wrinkles.  Note to companies that provide samples for these boxes:  give us enough stuff to work with!

Overall, not a bad box.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Rimmel Reviews...

Hi Everyone!

Today I'm doing a review on two items I received in my influenster FrostyVoxBox...the Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl eyeliner and the Just Let It Go Gentle Eye Makeup Remover.

So first...the eyeliner.  Liked this a lot!  It goes on smoothly without tugging at the eyelid.  I also like that you can use a lighter touch with this product.  This is a really dark black, which often washes out my blue eyes, so I like to go a bit lighter and make it more of a dark grey color.  This worked perfectly, and true to its name, it stays on all day!!  No flaking or any other product issues often associated with eyeliners.  My hooded eyelids make it difficult to see in selfies, that's for sure, but in addition to using it on my upper eyelids I also smudged it under my eyes.  I like it!

I figured that the make-up remover, which claims to remove waterproof mascara, probably would take off this eyeliner in nothing flat.  Boy was I wrong!!  I always like to test on the back of my hand and what I found was that I really needed to scrub the swatch of Rimmel eyeliner quite hard to get it off.  Not really sure I want to be doing that on my eyelids!  However, the remover did take off my eyeshadow without any problems. take on these two items.  I give the eyeliner two thumbs-up, and the make-up remover I give one thumb-up and one thumb-down, just because of the issue noted above.