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Palette of the Week: Too Faced Semi Sweet Chocolate Bar ~ Review & Swatches

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Part 1 - Review and Swatches

It has been a "hot minute" (to use the vernacular of the younger generation, meaning "a long time" :-) since I've posted a blog!  Between accompanying a choir for a patriotic concert, an emergency trip home to Colorado, several funerals and a fun visit from my BFF and several Colorado friends, my summer break was over before I knew it.  I'm sure many of you can relate to that!  Anyway, once September rolled around it was time for piano lessons to resume and choir practice with the group that I'm accompanying...I've felt like time is speeding by and here it is October already!  I thought I'd get back in the blogging groove with a review of a palette that makes a really great gift.....in case any of you want to get a jump start on that Christmas shopping ;-)

So here we go!  Such cute packaging...even the outer box is adorable!
Favorite Colors:Coconut Creme, Nougat, Truffled, Hot Fudge, Peanut Butter, Bon Bon and Butter Pec…

Coconut Cream Italian Soda

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It's 110 degrees outside....yikes!  I decided it was time for a cold, refreshing beverage to help take my mind off this extreme heat.  
One Coconut Cream Italian Soda coming right up! Italian Sodas sound so sophisticated but they are super easy to make! The great thing is you can tailor them to fit your tastebuds by adjusting the flavor, level of sweetness and choosing cream or no cream.
Coconut Cream is my current favorite and here's how to recreate this delectable drink...
Here's what you'll need: 12 ounce can La Croix Coconut Sparkling Water Coconut Flavor Syrup French Vanilla Flavor Syrup (optional) Half and Half 20-24 ounce glass
4 steps to deliciousness: 1. Pour in sparkling water 2. Add flavor syrups (1-2 Tablespoons of Coconut; 1 Tablespoon of French Vanilla) 3. Add a splash of Half and Half (2 Tablespoons or so). It will foam like crazy so that's why you need a large glass for this. 4. Gently stir and enjoy!
Here's to hoping it's a lot cooler where you live! Chee…

Dye Your Eyebrows at Home - Refectocil Review

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If you read my blog of 30 Random Facts About Me, you will know that my least favorite part of my makeup routine is filling in my eyebrows.  But I do it because I have several "bald" spots and my eyebrows are naturally a really pale blonde.

Something that has really helped with my eyebrow routine is dying my eyebrows.  This is something that can be done by an esthetician.  However, most charge $30+ and for me it only lasted about 2 weeks. 

After doing some research, I found a DIY kit by Roux for $35 at my local Sally's Beauty Supply and decided to try dying them myself at home.  While this kit did work, the color faded rather quickly and I had to be super careful when applying not to get it on my skin because it will stain it in a hot minute!
After more research, I came across rave reviews for a brand called Refectocil.  After finding a kit on Amazon for around $25, I decided it was worth trying.
There's no beating around the bush....this stuff is AWESOME!
*Super easy to a…

Quick Tip Tuesday: Perfect Winged Liner

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Problem:
You want to achieve a crisp, winged eyeshadow or liner-look but the scotch tape method tugs too much on the delicate skin around your eye.

Solution:
Use 1" sticky tabs by 3M or the Target store brand.  I saw this mentioned on a YouTube video by Mayratouchofglam and thought it was brilliant so I had to try it out.  Works like a charm!
After applying your eyelid primer, simply line up the sticky edge of the tab with the edge of the lower lash line, extending up toward the brow.
Apply eyeshadow and liner...

Remove the tabs and voila, perfect winged liner with no excess tugging on the eye area!
Clean up any fallout from your eyeshadow, apply your mascara and you are done!

30 Random Facts About Me

Years ago, I remember emails circulating among friends that had a list of questions you were suppose to answer and send on to a group of friends.  Anyone remember those?  I loved them because it gave me an opportunity to see how well I really knew my friends and pick up a few more tidbits about them that I may not have known before.  So today, I thought it'd be fun to share 30 random facts about me that many of you may not know.  Ready?  Let's go!
I could eat a whole can of black or California green olives in one sitting.My favorite Starbucks drink in the summer is a white chocolate frapuccinoWhen I order a hot drink at Starbucks, I order it "extra hot".I was home-schooled in Kindergarten and First GradeFavorite all-time classical piece of music is Clair de Lune.I have zero tattoos and plan to keep it that way :-)However, I'd consider having my eyebrows or eye liner tattoo'd.My least favorite part of my makeup routine is filling in my eyebrows.I'm allergic…

Jergens Natural Glow Instant Sun - Review

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I love a good tan.  But when my dermatologist starting cutting spots out of my skin, I decided my days of baking in the sun or going to tanning beds were done!  So what's a girl to do when it's shorts weather and her legs are a blinding shade of white?  Turn to sunless tanning, that's what :-)

Over the years, I've tried a number of sunless tanners but always go back to Faux Tan by bareMinerals.  Recently, however, I tried this new Jergens Natural Glow Instant Sun and it's FANTASTIC!
What's so great about this sunless tanner?
For starters, the price!  It retails for around $12.  While it's a little more pricey than other formulas from the drugstore, it's a whole lot cheaper than Faux Tan from bareMinerals and other high-end formulas.Foam formula blends easily onto skin.Dries fairly quickly (not 60 seconds like it says on the bottle but within 20-30 minutes). Once dry, there is very little transfer to clothes or sheets.Guide color of the foam gives skin an i…

Browse My Stash: bareMinerals Loose Blushes & All-Over Face Colors

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As I was doing a little Spring Cleaning a few weeks ago, I noticed my massive collection of bareMinerals blushes and thought it might be time for another "Browse My Stash" blog!

Today, you'll be browsing my stash of bareMinerals Loose Blushes and All-Over-Face Colors Now, I know what you're thinking....."why on earth would anyone need that many blushes?" Well, before you think I've gone completely mad, let me explain :-)  Most of these came in a kit of some kind.  If you are a fan of bareMinerals, you know that the most economical way to buy their products is by purchasing a kit.  And, when they have their "Beauty Rush" sales, there are even more amazing deals!  Many times when I need mascara or Mineral Veil, I can find a kit in their clearance section that usually includes several products, including a blush for less than the cost of the mascara or mineral veil by itself.  Here's just an example of one of those great deals....full-size masca…