Sunday, July 20, 2014

Japonesque Velvet Touch Foundation


Shade 01



When the brand Japonesque showed up at Ulta, I spent some time swatching and getting to know the products. I am impressed with the ones that I really took some time to look over. I am always on the search for a foundation that I like and decided to get this one. The one thing I noted was that most all of their foundation colors are yellow based. It comes in a glass jar and a spatula. I like that the spatula keeps the foundation from getting bacteria introduced, but the large opening still makes me leary.

The foundation itself is quite thick and gives a full coverage. I really had to "sheer" it out so that it didn't look cakey. It doesn't have an obnoxious fragrance and overall is pretty easy to apply. It states on their website that it is a "whipped" foundation and it is possible that my jar dried out. It dries to a matte finish and I found that it wore well on my 12 hour shift. I think that this foundation will be more suited to winter time as I like lighter bases with our 100 degree heat here!

I will definitely be checking out other products from their line. Have you tried Japonesque from Ulta? Thanks for stopping by the blog :) Sherry

Summer moisture switch up


Garnier Moisture Rescue Refreshing Gel Cream
Dry skin-(pink)
Normal to combo skin-(green)



Ladies with the temperatures in Texas being the high 90's to low 100's, there is not a lot I want on my face! To top that off, add in that lovely "hot flash" glow (yeah right) and greasy is the effect I run far away from. So my moisturizer had to change and Garnier was a great company and inexpensive option to try a gel moisturizer. These take very little to cover my face, take a minute to sink in and feel cooling to my face. Although, I sweat seriously badly this time of year I know I need to use a moisturizer because hey at my age I can't play around!!

I use these mainly at night because I like to have a strong SPF in my daily moisturizer. I do use these in the day when I am off work and not doing a lot of running around. I have placed some of my eye products in the refrigerator to make the cooling sensation even better and these gels cool really well and when refrigerated just totally refresh me and help me to wake up.

So ladies if you are looking for a great gel moisturizer that is easy to pick up from your local drugstore then this is one you want to check out! Thanks for stopping by the blog and leave me your thoughts below if you are trying gel moisturizers! Sherry

Seriously, goodbye Aqua Net!


L-R
Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Working Hair Spray
Loreal Elnett Satin Hairspray
KMS Hair Stay dry xtreme hairspray
Oscar Blandi pronto Texture and Volumizing Spray


Back in the day (and I am talking the 80's here :) I was addicted to my Aqua Net. Seriously a day didn't go by that I didn't have my super permed super out to there hair shellacked with this stuff! My hair didn't move and was a serious fire hazard. *Sigh the 80's. These days I am more educated about products and know my hair better than ever. I favor softer more fluid holds and since I have very fine, thin hair I like a boost of volume without the stickiness.

Enter some old and some new hairsprays that are absolutely a pleasure to use. They give my hair lasting hold, volume and shine. The Loreal Elnett is my everday go to work hairspray. I have read that makeup artists and hairstylists used to hoard this stuff from Paris. Now that it is available here in the US and at local Target stores, Ulta's and even Walgreens, lots of people can get their hands on this product. It holds without the stiffness and although the smell is pure old school hairspray, it works.

When I want some heavy duty hold, KMS rocks! I received this size as one of my points rewards from Ulta and fell head over heels in love with it. It is very dry and a little does a lot. I have replaced this travel size several times and it fits in a purse quite well.

The Alterna was in a haircare kit of Caviar Anti-aging products and it is a medium hold. It smells great and also provides my hair with a shine. Another great size to travel.

Last but not least, the Oscar Blandi spray is great for spraying near my roots and getting instant lift and volume. It has a serious hold as well and helps my fine, thin hair look a little thicker.

What hairspray do you use? Were you addicted to Aqua Net? Do tell! Sherry

Thursday, July 17, 2014

The Gold Fears No Fire!

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Pixi product love! #pixibeauty


From left:
Flawless Vitamin Veil Foundation
Redness reducing primer
Eye Bright Kit #2
Succulent Lip Twin in Peony
Correction Concentrate in Brightening Peach
H2O Skintint Tinted Face Gel
Illuminating Tint and Conceal


My first foray into Pixi products was a beautiful copper eyeliner pencil. Target has a large variety of Pixi and has grown more as time goes on. The products are reasonably priced and the efficacy is wonderful. I am in love with their website and Petra's blog. There are great videos on how to use the products and it definitely makes it easy as Petra shows step by step. There are some items that are not available in the US and I would love to get my hands on the Glow Tonic!

The H2O Skintint is very weird when applied as it is very watery and is hard to blend because it dries very fast. I have learned to apply it and have grown to love it. The correction concentrate in brightening peach is awesome for my terrible under eye circles and lasts all day. All in all Pixi is a fabulous line and plays a major part in my daily usage.

Are you a fan of Pixi? What products do you use? Share your thoughts and let me know if there is a product that I need to get :). Sherry

July Lip Monthly Box


From Bottom:
City Color Lip Lush
Stila Lip Glaze Stick in Orange
City Color Lip Balm in Bright Red
Appeal Cosmetics in Nude Up


Lip Monthly subscription box sends lippies as well as a random sample. This is my first box and overall I am impressed with it. I have never heard of City Color or Appeal Cosmetics and of course Stila is well known to me. There was also a John Frieda Frizz Ease Straight Fixation Smoothing Crème and I will get a lot of use out of that! The box is $10 a month and it can be purchased for $5 for new customers.

I have heard from reviews about this box that they do send discontinued items and some really awful items. This box seems to be good and I hope to continue to get usable items. Do check out their website http://www.lipmonthly.com and use the code "summerlips" to receive your first box for $5.

Have you tried this subscription box? Did you receive decent lippies? Do tell! Sherry

MOO Business Cards



I had the pleasure to get Klout points and get some MOO business cards. They are great to hand out when I need to let people know about my jewelry creations and my blog. I was impressed with the cards themselves and love that I was able to create the layout. I am learning to put myself out there and although sometimes I get insecure about advertising, these are an excellent way to do that.

Check out their website www.moo.com and play with your layout! You will be impressed with the product.

Do you use business cards? Have you tried MOO cards? I love them and plan on continuing to use the MOO company. Sherry