July 5, 2016

Part 2-Gift Sets

Since I was a toddler I was familiar with Elizabeth Arden products.  When Auntie Cady left for work, I would scope out the top of her dresser and touch all her cosmetics and jewelry, Elizabeth Arden face cream was front and center.  I knew this because my Grandmother had the same jar on her vanity, and she confirmed its name and use.  That’s my first recollection of the brand and just recently (within the last twenty years) a friend received a gift certificate to an Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa.  I’m known to read anything in print that has to do with self-improvement, and I could no longer ignore the accolades Elizabeth Arden products received, especially the Eight Hour®Cream Original Set. When a gift set from Macy’s presented itself, I jumped on it.  For $27 I purchased the original  Elizabeth Arden Hydrate & Nourish with Eight Hour®Cream.  This gift set included a full size Eight Hour®Cream Skin Protectant, 1 oz, Intensive Moisturizing Hand Treatment, and  a full size Nourishing Lip Balm Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 20.Blog - 50  I started with the extremely popular Eight Hour®Cream Skin Protectant.  It was more of a gel than a cream and as I applied to my hands and arms, I found the smell far too off-putting to continue using.   My husband on the other hand loved the cream/gel.  He applied the product on his recently sunburned legs, he liked how easily it was absorbed into his skin and it left his legs feeling better and without the remnants of the sunburn peel.  I can’t really expand on the remaining products in the set, Intensive Moisturizing Hand Treatment and the Nourishing Lip Balm, because they both had a distinctive scents that I found to be not to my liking .  I liked that the hand cream absorbed quickly onto my hands, I couldn’t ignore the scent.  My not liking the scent in no way should reflect on the quality of the product.  If you were unsure whether this would be a good purchase, you could go to the Arden counter and try it out.  Just remember that this product Elizabeth Arden Hydrate & Nourish with Eight Hour®Cream has been the winner of “Glamour Magazines 20 Best Beauty Buys!”

A gift set I thoroughly adored was a Living proof.® full size frizz® shampoo, conditioner, and humidity shield.  I used and loved these products, but never replaced them due to the cost.  In March of this year, I changed hair stylist.  Lynn of Hair, Heart & Soul bravely attempted to correct my over-processed hair and neglect of proper care.  Something she said the first time she cut and colored my hair resonated with me, I believe she said, “if you want your color to last and your hair to look healthy, use good product.” That’s all I needed to hear and immediately went home and ordered the Blog - 49Living proof.®frizz travel kit  and full size frizz®shampoo and conditioner. I used this kit on a visit to Boston and was surprised to have such warm weather. My coarse and slightly frizzy hair went haywire.  It dawned on me that the travel set contained frizz shampoo, conditioner, nourishing cream, leave-in-conditioner, but no humidity shield.  I compensated for not having the humidity shield by applying some leave-in-conditioner to my ends and flyaways, this helped but it definitely did not work as well as the humidity shield.  I think its obvious how enamored I am with the Living proof. products, especially the humidity shield, its weightless solution for dry hair that blocks humidity, is incredible.  I love it!  Hopefully these two reviews will be helpful in your decision-making when working on your style and flare!

I am aware that there are some issues with the posting of comments and function of buttons on my blog.  On July 12th, I will be meeting with a blog developer and hopefully all issues will be resolved and this blog will be 100% interactive. Thank you for your patience!

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July 3, 2016

Happy 4th of July!

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Wishing everyone a great Independence Day!  Today we honor everyone that has fought for our country and freedom, both living and dead.  Hope your 4th of July sparkles with remembrance and appreciation!

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June 28, 2016

Josie Maran Gift Sets

5Josie Maran products deserve a post of their own, their products are outstanding!  My first purchase was a gift set, the “Whimsical Wonder” from December, 2015.  I had no idea about the benefits of argan oil, I just thought the packaging was festive and I’d give it a whirl.  What a surprise to love every product in the gift set.  The 100% Pure Argan Oil Light  is good for all skin types, absorbed quickly in my sensitive skin and left it feeling hydrated and nourished.    The Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelee in Pink Escape is a gel blush that feels cooling when applied on your face and leaves a sheer flush of color, natural looking.  After I blended a few drops of 100% Pure Argan Oil Light  into my moisturizer and applied it on my face, I then applied the Argan Enlightenment Illuminizer. When this liquid illuminator was spread over my face it left a healthy glow that brightened up my face.  I love it and usually wear the illuminizer without any blush.  It  absorbs quickly into your skin and blends beautifully.   I love this product!  Even though I am not a fan of liquid eye shadow I applied the Coconut Watercolor Eye Shadow in Beach Sand , it was highly pigmented, a lovely color, it went on easily, and I would probably wear this eye shadow if I was a few decades younger.  Finally, the set included the Argan Black Oil Mascarait is terrific!  This mascara is made of 100% Argan Oil mixed with mineral pigments that yield a 91% natural product that has a 24 hour wear.  I loved this mascara because I felt it conditioned my lashes and I used this as a primer for my all time favorite mascaraMaybelline the Colossal Volum‘ Express.  I am accustomed to a more intense lash look that I can achieve with my Maybelline mascara.  Since I replace my mascara every 4-5 weeks due to my fear of a bacterial infection, it is cost prohibitive for me to use a high-end mascaras.  Since all the products in this gift set impressed me, I purchased another recently!

The “Argan Enlightenment Illuminizing Trio” was the next kit I purchased.  It included three Argan Enlightenment products,  Argan Enlightenment Illuminizer that is part of the “Whimsical Wonder” and two others.  It is my understanding that all three products in this kit accomplish the same thing, but the format is different.  The  Argan Enlightenment Illuminizer is a creamy liquid that is applied all over,  while the Argan Enlightenment Illuminizing Wand is a creamy wand that is used to target the inner eye or any other part of your face, or just for an on the go touch up.  The Argan Enlightenment Illuminizing Powder Veil is a creamy powder that left a healthy glow but did cake on my middle age dry skin.  That’s the only reason I can come up with for not loving this powder.


All these products looked amazing on me, whether alone or combined with other products used to make my complexion glow and keep my skin hydrated at the the same time.  Powder is not something I usually wear, as I got older I steered clear of powders and have found success in liquid/creamy products.  I hope you enjoy Josie Maran products, especially since they are made with organic natural ingredients, and most importantly are cruelty free.

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June 21, 2016

For the Love of Shoes!!!!!!!

Comfort Shoes for Summer

There is no longer joy in purchasing any type of footwear.  Since being diagnosed with RA, I have suffered with foot pain, swelling, and stiffness.  Shoes that I have worn no longer fit,  and my go to comfortable shoes bring me no more comfort to my feet.  For the past six months I looked high and low to find comfortable sandals, sneakers, and dress sandals for this summer.  The following is a description of the four pieces of footwear I purchased, and how the footwear has been working out for me.

ASICS Women’s Gel-Cumulus 17 Running Shoe-Love these shoes/sneakers.  They fit well and are comfortable.  The sneaker has great support to keep my feet from rolling.  I was able to get this sneaker in a wide width which allowed me to wiggle my toes, that sealed the deal.  I wear these sneakers all day (6-8 hours) with no problems.  I love them!

Taryn Rose Shoshana Slingback Wedge-This sandal is made with a stretch fabric with leather trim.  Even though it was a standard medium width, it was generous enough to fit me comfortably.  This is a well made sandal that I was able to wear for hours, and love that it can be dressed up or worn as a causal shoe.

Teva ‘Universal’ Flatform Sandal-Never was a fan of Teva sandals but when I saw the platforms and the gold straps I had to have them.  I was familiar with Teva knowing that they run large and the straps are adjustable, I never purchased another pair after the one pair I had worn out years ago.  These platform sandals are light weight and stable when walking.  They are truly a versatile sandal and many compliments have been received since I started to wear them.

Birkenstock ‘Arizona’ Genuine Shearling Lined Sandal-This sandal is like wearing your slippers with support.  The shearling lined sandal allows you hours of comfortable walking.  This sandal is light weight, flexible, and it absorbs shock.  Love’m!

I didn’t just end up with these four pairs of shoes, I spent endless hours trying shoes on.  I must admit I would prefer more stylish and feminine shoes but these are great substitutes.  The comfort and occasional compliments I receive makes me happy.  What really impresses me is the total comfort I have when I wear these shoes, and there are no residual problems by wearing these.  Be well!

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June 14, 2016

Part 1-Gift Sets

In a few months I will celebrate the 3rd anniversary of my Rheumatoid Arthritis diagnosis.  After living for years in excruciating pain and being advised by doctors to seek psychiatric care, a simple blood test proved that I was not crackers.  At this point, I was on the road to better health and challenges associated with the disease and/or side effects of the medications I took.  There were so many things to straighten out and not being a very deep person, I focused on my physical looks first.  I knew my skin was dull, dry, & gray and I looked almost as good as what the cat dragged in.  To improve my outward appearance I purchased many products rated with 4-5 stars to improve my complexion and appearance, but was not successful.  Continuing on this path I would surely be broke in months if I continued to buy tons of products.  I thought about my teen years when money was in short supply and I would wait till Christmas or Mother’s Day to buy gift sets of new products to try, I thought this would be a good avenue to re-explore.  The gift set products has yielded successful results.  The first sets I purchased were:  First Aid Beauty Face Cleanse & Exfoliate , bareMinerals up close & BEAUTIFUL
The First Aid Beauty set was a $10 investment that included a 2 ounce tub of face cleanser and 10 facial radiance pads.  I loved the face cleanser mainly because it made my extremely dry and sensitive skin feel soft and clean.  Followed with the facial radiant pad that gently exfoliated my IMG_0462skin leaving it smooth and brighter.  This set is not only impressive for the results that it yields, yet contain no parabens, harsh chemicals, or colorants.

The bareMinerals up close & Beautiful 30-Day Complexion Starter Kit intrigue me.  I had previously used the bareMinerals Ready Blush in “The Indecent Proposal” (plum) and the bareMinerals Mavelous Moxie Lip Gloss in “Dare Devil” (blackberry) and loved the products.  Each morning for at least two weeks I applied the original foundation in the 4 steps that should have produced the look of bare skin with flawless coverage.  It just didn’t work for me!  I liked the way the product felt when I was applying it, but I really did not see the coverage this 50 something babe needed to look radiant, or produce a healthy looking skin.  I would never advise anyone to not buy this product, bareMinerals have proven to be a contender of cosmetics of value, just not for me with their foundation products.

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