Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year!

He's 8! ♥

Friday, December 30, 2011

Physicians Formula Wrinkle Corrector & Firming Moisturizer.

After my Neutrogena Moisturizer nightmare, I was once again on the hunt for a new daily moisturizer. As I yet again browsed the shelves of moisturizers, I spied this:

Per Physicians Formula's website, this is what the product claims to do:

Wrinkle Corrector & Firming Moisturizer SPF 15

Formula Rx111

Potent moisturizer instantly enhances skin's firmness, hydration and radiance. SPF 15 protects against damaging UVA / UVB rays. Luxurious and lightweight formula improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles for an overall smoothing effect.

It also claims: Look 6 years younger in 4 weeks.* We promise.

I don't recall seeing this product before, so I think it's relatively new. Or maybe I've just overlooked it. Anyway, it doesn't contain Retinol, but I like Physicians Formula products, I like what the bottle claims it does & I like the price (around $15 or so), so I bought it. I'm glad I did!

Whether it was 'working' or not, I didn't really pay attention because as I mentioned before, I honestly don't think there's any product out there (expensive or inexpensive) that can rid and/or reduce wrinkles (please correct me if I'm wrong!). What I did notice, however, & what I love, is that this moisturizer goes on so smooth, resulting in a soft, satin-y feel with a pretty, subtle glow. It just feels & looks good.

For whatever reason, this morning when applying my makeup, I studied my face (next time, I think I may need a stiff drink beforehand ;o) a little. Smiling, poking & wrinkling my eyebrows (which I do all the time, unfortunately). Wait just one minute. What? Where's that one deep, long wrinkle area that I daily devote some extra moisturizer to? For the most part, it was gone! I smiled again & again & still, no long, deep wrinkle! Ok, now to check out my other problem area. The delicate skin under one eye that slightly wrinkles/gathers up when I smile. (When I sleep, I push & pull on my face a lot & over time, this has done damage on how firm my skin is in that particular area.) Oh it's still there, but not as prominent! By this time, I was almost high-fiving my moisturizer bottle. Ü

But not so fast. Later, while in my car during daylight hours, I looked in my visor mirror. Well shucks. There was that long wrinkle. I saw that sucker. But again, I swear, it doesn't appear as visible! I didn't have foundation on today, so sometime this weekend or next week, I'll apply a full face. With foundation & powder on, I'll compare those two areas with an old photo & hopefully I'll really be able to see if there is a drastic difference, like I think there is.

But in the meantime? In my opinion, this moisturizer is lovely. On a scale from 1 to 10, 10 being mah-vah-lous?

I'm giving this product an 8! Oh, before I forget - PF's last claim of "Look 6 years younger in 4 weeks." - um, no. ;o)

Happy Friday!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Smashbox - Lip Enhancing Gloss.

I love shiny lips. I've tried drugstore brand glosses but they're so sticky, I just don't use them.

I ran to Ulta a week or so ago to purchase my 14 year old niece a box of different Smashbox glosses for Christmas. She'll love them! The other day we were out & close to Ulta again, so I thought I'd buy myself a Christmas gift (ahem) - a Smashbox gloss. I mean really, an $18 (just for one!) lip gloss surely won't be sticky, right?

Wrong. Ew with a capital E. Oh good glory. The color (Pulse) is divine, but the texture is like glue! I applied the gloss & looked at my husband, while pressing & unpressing my lips together. The stuff is so gooey, when my lips were unpressed, the gloss pretty much stayed stuck together. Ha! (I think his exact words were "yuck".) But hey, on a positive note, I really like the brush you apply it with. ;o)

Sheesh. I'm hard to please, yes. That's why I love to offer product reviews (even if they are my own personal reviews) - I just can't justify spending a hefty amount of money on beauty products (or any products, really) unless they just blow me away!

Hope Ulta has a return policy. 'Cause this sucker's going back, right after Christmas. Ü

Speaking of Christmas:

I hope you can slow down a bit enough to enjoy the holiday before it's over. I've simplified a lot this year & it's been so great to enjoy, versus panic. I wish you & your family a beautiful Christmas, full of love, laughter & happiness. ♥

Friday, December 16, 2011

When the cat's away...

(Pardon the grainy photo - it's been very gloomy here & I won't use a flash! :)

The mouse will play! She found the Nintendo. And can play the darn tootin' thing(s). We typically do not allow Nintendos before age 7. This year, that changes. Guess what she'll (& her big sister) be getting for her birthday? Ü

About the couch. Ugh. I love this couch. We've had it many years & it is probably the most comfortable couch we've ever owned. But, I do believe it's run its course. It's really starting to bug me. Next year, I think I'll put it on the list to replace. And I'm anxious to get paint on these walls - I'll just have to force myself to choose a color! ;o)

Our Christmas shopping, minus odds & ends, will be complete - tomorrow! Woot! My husband took today off & he alone knocked out a lot of shopping. I will finish up 1st thing tomorrow morning. (Wasn't it just Monday I was panicking that we might not make it in time? No need to panic!) We've never been done this early & we've never wrapped in advance. Ever. I'm so excited that this year we'll have wrapped packages under our tree! In the past, we never really wrapped in advance & placed them under the tree because we had a baby. No more babies. Sniff. All I know is that next week will be completely stress-free & we can bake, play games, wrap, people watch at stores (heehee), look at Christmas lights, the whole nine yards. It's the simple things, always, that really excite me.

Happy weekend! Make it fantabulous!

Monday, December 12, 2011

The Gingerbread House.

Actually, it's a Graham Cracker House. Ü

Gosh. It's been so crazy, I haven't blogged in a week? I need to get some things under control. Can't abandon my blog. :)

My husband was out of town last week, so it 'twas just I holding down the fort. Also last week, I apparently od'ed on caffeine. We think. No one knows. Not even the EMT's. Ahem. I didn't partake in Black Friday a few weeks ago (except for what I bought me - heehee), so basically, I have NO Christmas gifts. Panic mode is in full force. No Christmas cards purchased. No Christmas photo of 4 little cute people because the weather has been gloomy & gray. Did I mention I have hardly any Christmas gifts? I made some (very little) progress today, but it's difficult to shop toting a little 3 year old with me. The three oldest have Christmas parties (yes, Christmas - not 'Holiday') this week, which means 1 book exchange, 3+ different items/products/supplies for fun party foods & 3 teacher gifts. Are you aware Christmas is in 13 days? Am I aware Christmas is in 13 days? I hope this blog post finds you in much better shape than I'm in! Have I mentioned I have purchased hardly any gifts?

Tonight I said forget it all & we had 2 cooked frozen pizzas (but I had my MckDonald's salad) & played games. It was great & relaxing! I think we'll do that more often. Lots more often.

It'll all get done. I always seem to panic because I always wait until last minute (for most things anyway, swearing I'll never do it again) yet always, everything works out perfectly. And I sure am banking on that very thing happening again. Ü

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Christmas decorations!

I love how my decorations turned out this year! I tried to keep it simple & not overthink things, like sometimes I tend to do.

I was going to go with all silver & white ornaments on my new flocked tree, but now I'm so glad I didn't, because those two colors are difficult to see against the white flock. I love traditional Christmas colors, so I stuck with those. This is my favorite tree to date. I think it is absolutely gorgeous! ♥

The white dresser is a thrift find I found at Goodwill for $30. It's been in the foyer, waiting patiently to be refurbished. Because I put my tree in the foyer, I moved this to the kitchen area, since I sold my black server. At first, I just began getting out my decorations & placing them here until I distributed them - but the more I added, the more I loved it, so I just rearranged them & added some snow. To the floor, too.

This is my formal dining table:

And my new shelf ladder (love!) - for now, in the dining room:

My children's tree:

I think that sucker is a little crooked due to me knocking it over last week. Oops!

I am completely done decorating, except for the stockings. I have been searching for new stockings for years & was finally prepared to pay an ungodly amount, just so I could end my frustrating search. Friday night, I found them! And they were on clearance! And I love them! I need some hooks so I can hang them on the mantel & then I'll add that photo. They are too darn cute! ♥

It has been cold, rainy & gloomy here all day (in other words, it's been wonderful!) & now it is thundering, loudly. Off I go to comfort Bray! Poor guy. Have a super week!