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Tired of Tarnish?

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Most people do not enjoy the task of polishing their jewelry.....myself included!  So, I thought I'd share a couple of tips I've learned along the way, including some great new products that I've added to my store that will help prevent tarnish in the first place.
One of the most important things to consider is how you store your jewelry.  Most people love to have their jewelry out on display, hanging on a super cute jewelry "tree" on their dresser.  This is fine for your jewelry that has antiqued metal or for something that is mostly made up of beads, pearls or some other type of gemstone.  However, this will wreak havoc on your bright metal pieces, especially sterling silver.  Things like hairspray, perfume, humidity all contribute to the tarnishing of silver.....definitely eliminating the ledge in the bathroom as a viable jewelry storage space as well :-)  So what are you to do?
First, remove any tarnish that's built up on your pieces.  Then I recommend p…

Bare Escentuals' Liners Contain Hidden Tools

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I made an exciting discovery this morning and had to share it with you all.  Bare Escentuals (yes, this is the proper spelling :-) retractable eyeliners and lipliners have helpful "tools" hidden in the ends of the pencils.  Both contain a small sharpener, which you might think is silly since they are retractable.  However, one complaint people have had with retractable liners is the inability to maintain a sharp point for precise application.  Bare Escentuals solved that problem by smartly including this little sharpener.  They also hid a sponge-tip smudger in the eyeliner as well so you can easily blend out your eyeliner for a softer look.  Brilliant!
Here's a look at how they work:
 We start with the typical looking liners.....
The top of the eyeliner has a band of color representing the color of the eyeliner.  This is the removable part of the pencil.  Grasp the color band and gently wiggle free from longer part of the pencil.
You now have the sharpener rea…

New "grownup" snacking crackers....

As a self-proclaimed "Snack Queen", I'm always on the lookout for new foods to munch on.  This past week, I was browsing the cracker aisle and happened upon several new flavors of Wheat Thins.  Since I already enjoy the original flavor of wheat thins, I was immediately intrigued when I saw all these new flavors...Zesty Salsa, Tomato Basil, Ranch, BBQ, Spicy Buffalo.....after reading the ingredients to make sure there was no MSG, I hurried home with my Zesty Salsa and Spicy Buffalo crackers. 

I have to say I'm very impressed!  Zesty Salsa has more of a "green salsa" flavor with just a little spice.  My favorite of the two, Spicy Buffalo, reminds me of buffalo chicken wings (minus the chicken :-) with that tinge of tang and then the spicy kick at the end.  Delicious!  They have a little more spice than the Zesty Salsa but are still in the "medium" range of spiciness.  So far, I've enjoyed them just plain, right out of the box.  But I think they&…

Urban Decay Smoked Palette - Review

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If you haven't guessed by now, I love makeup :-)  Most people view putting on makeup as a chore but I enjoy the process of combining various colors and experimenting with new products.  So when I found out that Urban Decay was releasing a brand new eye shadow palette last week, I couldn't wait to try it out! For those of you new to the makeup world, Urban Decay is most famous for the "Naked" palette, released a couple of years ago. They followed that palette with the "Naked 2" palette which wasn't received with quite the accolades of the first palette but is still one of my favorites.

Now they have introduced Smoked, which has 10 beautiful shadows to create the perfect smoky eye.  And, all of the colors are different than the ones in either of the "Naked" palettes, with the exception of "Blackout" (which is also in the Naked 2 palette, but this time in it's new formulation...more on that later).  The new "Smoked" pal…

New Jewelry Designs...

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Here are some brand new designs just added to my shop today....
 Aren't daisies just the friendliest flower? :-)
 Bright copper...the look of rose gold at a fraction of the cost!
 Check out these and more amazing designs in my shop!

Whoa! Those are some bright lips!

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We've all been there......standing in a store, staring at all these beautiful, bright shades of lipstick.  You're wishing you could wear those colors....wondering if you could be brave enough to do it....it becomes almost a dare to yourself to try it....suddenly you are through the check out and rushing home to try on your new bold lipstick purchase.  It looks great on and you can't wait to wear it to work the next day.  You awake, feeling invincible, don your bold lipcolor and spend the day receiving compliments on your lips.  However, the following day, you aren't feeling as confident....a few days/weeks later, that lipstick is in the back of your drawer or bottom of your makeup bag and you chide yourself for wasting money on that lipstick!

Well, not too long ago, I was reorganizing my lip products and pulled out those seldom used shades.  Some were ones I'd purchased, others were ones that came as "free gifts with purchase".

Two of my favorites are NYX…

Pretty & Yummy Pasta Salad

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I think everyone has probably fixed at least one version of this pasta salad in their lifetime and has tried another half dozen at potlucks over the years.  I've been tweaking the one my mom used to make and came up with this recipe.  The variety of fresh veggies add color and crunch and a whole new dimension of flavors....delicious and nutritious!


Pretty & Yummy Pasta Salad
Ingredients:
1-16 oz pkg of tri-color spiral pasta
1 pkg of pepperoni (any size pepperoni will work....if using large pepperoni like me, cut it in quarters)
4 sticks of mozzarella string cheese, cut in half and then sliced into small pieces (regular block mozzarella cheese works too but I never seem to have that on hand :-)
1 yellow bell pepper, coarsely chopped
1 red bell pepper, coarsely chopped
1 can black olives, sliced
30 grape tomatoes, cut in half and lightly salted
1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese
1 cup to 1 1/2 cups Italian dressing (use whatever kind is your favorite :-)
Garnish:  Fresh spinach lea…

Weekly Designs Revealed....

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Take a little break and see what's new in my store...
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NYC Liquid Lipshine

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This gloss was recommended a few months ago by one of the makeup "gurus" I like to watch on YouTube.  However, every time I would see it in the store, I'd remember the plethora of lipglosses I already had at home and wondered if it could really be all that great at a price of $2.27.  Well, last week, I was on Target's website checking out their coupons (which is a great resource for all you coupon lovers like me :-), and lo and behold, there was a coupon for 50 cents off any NYC product.  That sealed the deal.....I figured for $1.87, the gloss was worth a shot.

It comes in 4 or 5 colors but the color I chose was "Brighton Beach", a beautiful, peachy-pink....

The formula is just sticky enough to stay on for a good while but it's not gloppy.  It has a light, sweet scent and good color payoff.  It's frosty but not glittery and the doe-foot applicator is thin and flexible making it super easy to apply just the right amount.

In the end, I'm SO hap…

The Second Half of 2012...

As the second half of the year officially kicked off today, I felt like I wanted to set some goals to accomplish in the remaining months of 2012.  Among these goals, I've included a return to a regular blogging schedule & a weekly reveal of new jewelry designs.  So, fingers crossed, here's what you can expect to see starting this week.....

Mondays will be "Monday Makeup Madness" where you can expect to find everything from reviews, new makeup finds, favorite products and maybe even picture tutorials of my favorite eye shadow combos!

Wednesdays will be "Weekly Designs Revealed" where you will see brand new jewelry designs I've been working on during the previous week.

Fridays will be "Fabulous Food Fridays" and will contain everything food-related.....new recipes, reviews of new foods/beverages I've tried, snacking ideas, etc.

Of course, there may be other snippets I want to share that don't fit into these three categories that I'l…