Archives for November 2016

November 29, 2016

Stock up! Christmas is Coming!

Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, especially if you’re in the market for cosmetics!   It’s that time of the year, when many products are sold in gift sets or have free gift with purchase.  For years I’ve taken advantage of this opportunity to try out a varied selection of cosmetics.  This year was no different. I immediately headed to Nordstroms and believe it or not, only purchased two items and received one gift, and I purchased a Chanel lipstick, just because I love it!  Buying cosmetics is entirely different from purchasing skin care products.  With cosmetics, you know quickly if something is working or is a bust.  Skincare is a whole different can of worms, sometimes it takes weeks to realize the effects of the product on your face/body!  So I enjoy the holidays when I purchase some cosmetics I’ve had my eye for a while and am given gifts to try.  A win-win for me!

One of the major effects of the RA medications I take is the dry skin.  Compound that with applying a powder blush to mature skin is disastrous.  It has been my experience that when powder is applied to mature skin, it emphasizes visible lines and sometimes  even contributes to even drier skin.  So I’ve been on a mission to find a balm blush, that would moisturize as well as color my checks.  Off to Nordstroms I went and immediately was intrigued by the Clinique cubby stick cheek colour balm in #03 roly poly rosycheekcolour-balm-1

I wanted it, yet I did not spend the amount to receive the free gift, so  I picked up the Clinique be cool cool attitude gift set, chubby-lash-plum-mascara-1which contained the ‘Chubby Lash Fattening Mascara’ in Plum, an eyeliner and eye gel, no longer available in this gift set at Nordstroms.  Now I got the free gift with purchase.  It was a major compromise for me, since my intent was to get the YSL ‘Volume Effet Faux Cils’ Mascara in Burgundy, which I had read so many positive reviews about.  I’m happy to report that the Clinique ‘Chubby Lash Fattening Mascara’ in Plum is sensational, it adds a bit of color to my eyes, that are dark to begin with.  It is not a vivid color, subtle and made my lashes look fuller and longer.  The bonus of wearing this mascara was that it is long wearing, does not flake and is extremely easy to remove!  The cheek color balm is easy to use, has great pigmentation, and looks extremely natural on me!  So the two products I purchased were another win-win.

According to Clinique the free gift was a collection of the best of Clinique products, plus a cosmetic bag.handcreams-1-2  A choice of color foundation stick was limited to two at Nordstrom, if purchasing products online from Clinique you were given a choice of four foundation stick colors to choose from.  It is unfortunate that the color that was suggested to me was the darker of the two, and still was not the correct foundation color stick.  I did like that it glided on easily, was a buildable, but was not the proper color for me.  

This is a break down of the free gift!

Cosmetics Bag, satin, hot pink, pink, and gold dots, nothing to write home about.  

Dramatically Different Moisturizing Cream (1 oz.)I used this moisturizer decades ago when I really didn’t need it, but liked it.  I tried this cream for a week and it left my face smooth and soft.  Clinique advertises that this product delivers twice the hydration, and for that reason I will continue to use.  

Smart Custom-Repair Serum (0.34 oz.) I gave this serum a go, and I can honestly say that I haven’t noticed any change in my uneven skin tone or have any fewer lines.  I did use this product religiously, twice a day as directed until it ran out.  Perhaps the sample was not enough to render positive results.

Chubby in the Nude Foundation Stick in Intense Ivory (0.12 oz.)Nothing more to say!

Blended Face Powder in Invisible Blend (0.16 oz.) Will not use powder!

Mini Pop Lip Color & Primer in Sweet Pop (0.08 oz.) Absolutely loved the “Sweet Pop” pinky color.  It glides on easily and looks very pretty.  Clinique states; “Colour stays true for 8 hours.” I didn’t find this to be true, but I thought it was a good product, large selection of colors, and a reasonable price.  I will probably purchase a full tube at a later date.  

• High Impact Mascara in Black (0.12 oz.) It is an easy mascara to apply, it has a large brush with short bristles, and like the Clinique Cubby Lash it is long-lasting and does not flake.  

So now I present my Chanel Lipstick!

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The big deal about this particular red lipstick is that I’ve searched for years looking for a red lipstick that complimented my complexion.  This summer it was out of stock, therefore it was such a rush to get it last month.  It is a blue based, red lipstick, 169, named Chanel Rouge Tentation, I’m in love!  Rarely do I find a lipstick that is a satin finish, highly pigmented, creamy, and long lasting, that does not dry my lips out.  It is not advertised as a moisturizing lipstick, yet it is extremely hydrating.  I use my Chanel lip liner in, Rouge Profound, it is a creamy pencil that blends easily and is a great base for the Tentation. 

MY WEEK IN PICTURES!

Gray Heron fishing!

Gray Heron fishing!

#porchonrumstick

#porchonrumstick

Have a great week everyone!

XO - 1

November 23, 2016

Best of Health to you Thanksgiving & Always!

turkeys-1Thanksgiving is so much more than another day in November.  Thanksgiving Day is a time to enjoy and share.  Happy Thanksgiving to all!  XO - 1

 

November 22, 2016

An Exercise in Self Control & A Lifelong Journey!

In my October 10th post I shared that I had just finished a 21 day stint following the Microbiome Diet, by Raphael Kellman MD.  There are three stages to the diet and I am constantly working on staying the course of stage 3, since my last update.  My results are not outstanding, I am losing weight, yet I am not consistently following the diet.  I struggle with consistency!    My slow progress/success  is the result of following an abbreviated version of the diet.  I can’t figure out why healthy eating is such a challenge, but it is one challenge I’m not going to give up on!  Today, I want to share some of the delicious diners I eat when I am following the diet that satisfies any cravings!

Sirloin steak with purple mashed potatoes, brococoli, anc carrots.

Sirloin steak with purple mashed potatoes, broccoli, and carrots.  Maybe a little to much of the potatoes, but the whole meal was delish and satisfying.  

Stirfry beef and broccoli, with carrots, mushrooms, and scalions. I like this better than beef and broccoli from restaurants.

Stir fry beef and broccoli, with carrots, mushrooms, and scallions.  I like this better than beef and broccoli from any restaurant.  This is so delicious I don’t miss noodles or rice.

Chicken Ceasar Salad, a simple and satisfying dinner!

Chicken Caesar Salad, a simple and satisfying dinner! 

Pork Picatta with roasted butternut squash and carrots!

Pork Piccata with roasted butternut squash and carrots!  A picture says a thousand words, I love it!  Very easy to over indulge in!

Knitting was an addition to my weight-loss journey, aiding my healthier lifestyle!  I believe we have all read that keeping your hands busy by knitting may help in losing weight.  I’m not going into the reasoning behind this, but with the help of my friend Jackie, I gave it a whirl!  It is extremely frustrating sometimes, but I noticed I see Jackie more often to help correct my mistakes.  So maybe the knitting isn’t really helping the weight loss, the lack of skill that requires her help is!  Here’s what a months worth of knitting looks like!  Can you find the mistake that I am not fixing?  

I thought it was going to be a breeze knitting this throw! I'm enjoying the process but, I think it is going to be a long process!

I thought it was going to be a breeze knitting this throw! I’m enjoying the process but, I think it is going to be a long process!                                                                                                                                                                                 MY WEEK IN PICTURES!

Val and her crew as the supermoon rises!

Val and her crew as the supermoon rises!

Castle Hill Lighthouse, Newport, RI

Castle Hill Lighthouse, Newport, RI

I searched high and low for years, Grapples! Only had them once, but loved them! As good as candy!

I searched high and low for years, Grapples! As good as CANDY!                           

A worthy treat!

A worthy treat!

XO - 1

November 15, 2016

The Lawn at Castle Hill

 

You will be blown away at The Lawn at Castle Hill, Newport, RI!  

Magnificent views, delicious food, with my wonderful husband, we spent the afternoon here!

 

You are welcomed with a sign looking out to the East Passage, Narragansett Bay!

You are welcomed with a sign looking out to the East Passage, Narragansett Bay!

 

I don't know what happens, but you feel really something special when your here!

I don’t know what happens, but you feel really something special when your here!

 

You are seated at a table...

You are seated at a table…

 

with breathtaking views!

with breathtaking views!

The restaurant is warn and inviting.

The restaurant is warm and inviting.

The starters...

The starters…

were as delicious as they looked. New England clam chowder, hot and creamy, full of clams. The simple mixed green salad, pickled beets and goat cheese, delish!

were as delicious as they looked. New England clam chowder, hot and creamy, full of clams. The simple mixed green salad, pickled beets and goat cheese, delish!

 

Lunch was a halibut wrap with two types of relishes and Jeff's grilled angus cheddar burger, both served with fries. The meals were as good as they looked!

Lunch was a halibut wrap with two types of relishes, and Jeff's grilled angus cheddar burger, both served with fries. The meals were as good as they look!

Lunch was a halibut wrap with two types of relishes, and Jeff’s grilled angus cheddar burger, both served with fries. The meals were as good as they look!

 

Lo and behold, as full as I was I ate my desert, spiced sweet potato bread Poached pear, oatmeal lace cookie, sweet cream.

Lo and behold, as full as I was I ate my desert, spiced sweet potato bread,
poached pear, oatmeal lace cookie, and sweet cream.

I also helped Jeff with his chocolate parfait, with salted caramel. and roasted peanuts. Devine!

I also helped Jeff with his chocolate parfait, salted caramel, and roasted peanuts. Devine!     

It was a delicious lunch, with great views, and a totally relaxed vibe!

It was a delicious lunch, with great views, and a totally relaxed vibe!

Sometimes a very simple meal and beautiful surroundings will help erase the effects of a challenging three day work week!  I needed this!

 

My New Friend! (he lives in my tree)

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XO - 1

November 11, 2016

Today, we remember!

In honor of all

who served and

continue to

serve!

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Thank You

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