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Palette of the Week - The Glinda Palette by Urban Decay

Part 2 - Favorite Makeup Looks
Here are a few of the makeup looks I created, using the Glinda palette (please forgive the bad photography!  I'm not so good at taking pictures of myself :-).  If you don't have this palette, you can easily recreate these looks using similar colors you may already have in your makeup collection.  Or, get inspired with these application techniques and create your own unique look with completely different colors!

Look #1: Colors used: Browbone:  Aura (blue/violet side) Crease:  Illusion with Magic blended over it Upper eyelid:  Smudged black liner along lash line first; placed Oz (silver side) on inner 2/3 of lid; blended Tornado in outer corner and outer crease; lightly dusted South over Oz
Look #2: Colors Used: Browbone:  Aura (blue/violet side) Crease:  Illusion with South blended over it Upper Eyelid:  To make the purple more vibrant, start with a white, non-shimmery base...I used NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk; pack on Tornado eye shadow over the white ba…

Palette of the Week - The Glinda Palette by Urban Decay

Part 1 - Review & Swatches
Urban Decay recently launched two new palettes in conjunction with the upcoming Disney movie, "Oz the Great and Powerful".  Each palette contains 6 full-size shadows (8 colors total), a travel-size eyeliner and a full-size saturated lip color pencil.  The Theodora palette consists of more neutral, earth-tone shades while the Glinda palette is more soft and feminine with pinks and purples.  Since I have plenty of neutral toned shadows, I decided to go for the Glinda palette.  I've been using it over the past week and decided it would be my first "Palette of the Week".  This series will be a two-part blog:  Part 1 will contain pictures, swatches and a thorough review of the palette; part 2 will be pictures of 2-3 of my favorite looks and instructions on how to create these looks.  So, without further adieu, let's get started!

This pretty tin case....
....holds 6 full-size shadows and a travel-size eyeliner.
This case is cool be…

Clean With Me Monday Challenge

*Wash curtains in one room of the house; wipe down curtain rod, window sill and inside of windows

*Approximate time ~  20-30 minutes, plus time for an extra load of laundry

*Tips:  I think it goes without saying to make sure the curtains are machine washable :-)  Use windex or glass cleaner of your choice sprayed on a paper towel to wipe down rods and window sills; spray the windows with windex and wipe clean with a towel or a squeegee.

*Personal Note:  I personally HATE cleaning windows....get that from my mom I think :-)  But I find that I hate it less when I use a squeegee....seems to make the task go much faster and the windows look less streaky.  Also, after removing my super dusty curtains, I decided it'd be wise to spend a little extra time with the vacuum cleaner in that room as well, just to ensure I got up all of those dirt particles :-)

Happy Cleaning!

Avon - Haul & Product Reviews

I don't know about you but there is something fun about flipping through an Avon catalog.  There are always new makeup products at irresistibly low prices and I love that they are delivered for free to my doorstep!  And, as an added bonus, I'm helping my local Avon Rep make a living from her home!  Now, I'll admit that many Avon products I've purchased were fun to try but I wasn't impressed enough to repurchase them.  Recently, though, I tried several new products that I love and will most definitely be repurchasing so I wanted to share those with you!

1) Nailwear Pro+ Nail Enamel
*Price:  3 for $10 (Campaign 4)
*Newly reformulated polish in TONS of beautiful colors
*Available in the following formulas - Creme, Sheer, Shimmer & Sequins
*Colors pictured below are:
***Vintage Boutique - a medium brown/taupe color; Creme formula***Mystic -a sparkly, silver-taupe; Sequins formula

*Overall, I like these new polishes.  They go on evenly and dry fairly quickly.  Avon boasts…

Lindstrom Tools - Living Up to a Lifetime Guarantee

A few months ago, when I was in the middle of preparing for some of my final jewelry shows, my favorite pair of Lindstrom pliers snapped in two.....

 After recovering from the shock of what had just occurred, I picked up an old pair of pliers and "limped" along as best I could through the next several projects, all the while wondering what on earth I was going to do.

These Lindstrom pliers weren't cheap so I didn't exactly want to run out and buy another pair.  I remembered when I bought them that they came with a "lifetime guarantee".  Now, I've read the fine print of some of those "guarantees" with other companies and usually they are extremely "limited" and come with so many exceptions that the companies can wiggle out of replacing/repairing the product.  However, when I read the "lifetime guarantee" on these pliers, I figured I had a chance of some kind of action from Lindstrom, especially since I was using the pliers as …

Clean With Me Monday Challenge

*Clean the frames AND glass of all of the framed pictures on the walls throughout the house

*Approx time for task ~ 15-20 minutes (depending on how many pictures you have in your house :-)

*Tips:  Clean the frames first with a soft dust cloth sprayed lightly with furniture polish (such as Endust or Pledge).  Use Windex (or other glass cleaner) to spray a paper towel or clean cloth and wipe the glass clean.  Be sure not to spray the glass directly with the glass cleaner as some of the over spray can spot/damage the frame.

Personal Note:  Every few weeks, I quickly run my dust rag around the frames of many of the pictures on the walls.  However, it never occurred to me that dust was also gathering on the vertical surface of the glass as well!  So, once I cleaned off the thick layer of dirt and dust on each picture, I was amazed at how much better my pictures looked :-)   

Happy Cleaning!

Clean With Me Monday Challenge - TVs and Computer Monitors

Ever look up at the bathroom light and be appalled at the pile of dust on the light bulb and shade?  Or move curtain panels and sneeze because a cloud of dust just appeared?  How about suddenly noticing the door or wall in your bathroom is covered in a shiny film from hairspray?  Well, a few months ago, I started noticing things like this all around my home.  At first, I told myself that I'd get to those projects later when I had extra time or that I'd save them up for "spring cleaning".  However, as each week passed, my list of cleaning projects kept growing and it was time to take action or I'd wind up spending the whole month of March cleaning!

I decided by breaking these projects down into "bite-size" pieces, I could accomplish one or two each week and have only put in an extra 5-15 minutes of cleaning and maybe one extra load of laundry.  So, since Monday is the day I set aside to clean house and do laundry (yes, I'm one of those that likes it a…