Thursday, June 19, 2014

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Algenist Friends And Family Sale

Save 25% off all Algenist products from now through Friday, June 20th, 2014 using the code FAF25. 

My picks are the Advanced Anti-Aging Repairing Oil, the Eye Balm, the new mask and Genius cream.  These are the best prices on Algenist all year!!

The Eye Balm was my pick of the year for 2012.  The Repairing Oil earned Best Product of 2013 from me.  Search my blog for more information, but I hope you shop in the meantime!

Monday, June 16, 2014

Opening A New Door... From Sea To Shining Sea

Life is all about changes. If it is stagnant, there is something desperately wrong because we all grow, both mentally and physically, and change all throughout. You can even watch your pets change their habits, likes and dislikes, along with their size and even hair color as they trod along with us. We've changed our hair, restyled our clothes, seen babies born and grown... all the changes of life.

My family is experiencing the opening of a door that takes us to a new life and we are summoning the courage to walk through.  This year, my husband recently retired. He was fortunate to have began his career as a police officer at a young age so he could retire young. For so many years, I just longed for these days so that we could spend the time together doing different things as we did when we were dating. The stress of his job changed him to become more serious, quieter and less willing to do the things that we spoke of doing in retirement. Over the few months that he's been away from work, I've seen him begin to relax a little more and to be willing to do things he would never conceive of before... like driving through quitting time traffic, lol.

The passage to retirement is met with excitement to do the things we've dreamed of.  First is finding really good bicycles and taking them around the country to see famous sites I've only read about; monuments, battlefields, and natural wonders. Living in Alaska all of my life, it has always been my desire to see this great land we call America and really experience the flavor of each different region. One time, on a vacation visiting family, we took off on a whim to go see Mount Rushmore. Now that he is retired, we can do these kind of things at will. Anchorage is a very transient area. The military and oil companies are the largest employers in the state. We've known so many great people who have either retired and moved away, been transfered or left to be closer to family. Alaskans come to expect that people may not stay and the real excitement in that ends up being that we know people who live all over the country. Good friends, close friends. We're going to visit the people we've missed for so long.

The bicyles will bring us better health and visiting our friends will bring much love, laughter and the lightness of being that comes from such beloved visits. We've lived in the land of "purple mountains majesty" for so long that we're ready to see the "amber waves of grain" and "the fruited plains" of this land that I love. We've spent a lot of time in the Pacific Ocean and just dabbled our toes one time in the Atlantic, but our plan is to spend more time exploring "from sea to shining sea."

The doorway of this great change that we are standing upon is beginning to open. We excitedly look forward to jumping thru the door and hitting our next life full-on, with freedom and abandon. I don't know where the first place is that my bike will take me but you can bet that I'm looking forward to it BIG TIME! (Say hi to my dog:)

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One woman who enters the “Open a New Door” contest will be awarded $10,000 to help her realize her reinvention goals in the areas of professional development, volunteerism or travel, in addition to a personal coaching session with Pamela Mitchell, founder and CEO of The Reinvention Institute. Women 50 and over can visit to enter. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN IN THE OPEN A NEW DOOR CONTEST. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE THE CHANCE OF WINNING. Starts 8:00:00 am ET on 5/20/14, ends 11:59:59 pm ET on 6/30/14 (“Promotion Period”). Open to women who are legal residents of 50 United States and District of Columbia and 50+ years. Void where prohibited. Subject to the Official Rules, inclusive of the entry judging criteria, available by visiting during the Promotion Period or by sending a self-addressed stamped envelope for receipt by 8/4/14 to: Open A New Door Contest RULES, P.O. Box 13106, Bridgeport, CT, 06673-3106. Sponsor:  MSD Consumer Care, Inc.”

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Butter London Friends And Family Sale

Guess what?  I bet you've already guessed!!!  Butter London is having a Friends and Family sale.  Go there now and you can buy any of their awesome nail polishes, skincare items, or cosmetics for 20% off.  Don't forget the code!!

The sale is now until June 16th at 11:59 PST.  Happy Shopping!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

DOUBLE Points At Nordstrom Plus Half Yearly Sale For Women and Children

It's ON!!!! Double points on Nordstrom cards for two days, 5/21 and 5/22, during the first two days of the Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale. If you order through my link or my ad in the affiliate bar, I will make a small percentage off the sale and love you forever.

NORDSTROM - Shop the Half-Yearly Sale for Women & Kids

And on Saturday, 5/24, order two mascaras and get one free!!! Now is the time to shop!!

What are you looking for in the sale?

Friday, May 9, 2014

Spring 2014 - Pixi Beauty Nail Polish Pictures and Review

Press Sample

Pixi Beauty has released three nail polishes for Spring 2014 and guess what?  I like all three!!!  There is the neon Oh So Orange, the lightly shimmery yellow Liquid Sunshine and the pale shimmering mint green named Lime Luster.  They are pictured in that order in the photo below.

review, swatches, Oh So Orange, Liquid Sunshine, Lime Luster

You can see the light shimmer that is characteristic of both Liquid Sunshine and Lime Luster. And you can see that on the left, Oh So Orange is a nearly traffic cone flourescent neon orange. What really surprised me was that Oh So Orange was my favorite of the set. I'd seen some pictures on Instagram and thought I would like the Lime Luster best. (It's my second fave in this group). So not only was I surprised to see the shimmers in Lime Luster and Liquid Sunshine, but I was really surprised by how much I adore Oh So Orange.

I am SO READY for summer with this color!!!!

review, swatches,  Liquid Sunshine, Lime Luster

All we need is some flip-flops, sunscreen, and sunglasses and we're good to go!!!

review, swatches, Oh So Orange, Liquid Sunshine, Lime Luster

If you were to compare it right next to an orange traffic cone, I do believe the cone would be a shade brighter.  However, the coverage on this polish was amazing.  I'm a two-coat kind of person so I used two coats in all my pictures but this neon didn't need a white base coat to make it pop like so many do.  All three of these polishes are happy, happy, happy and you will feel your spirit lift as you wear these.  

The next polish in my Pixi Trio is the delightfully sunny shimmer Liquid Sunshine.

review, swatches, Oh So Orange,  Lime Luster

Don't you just want to jump into your shorts and tank top RIGHT NOW?!?!?!

review, swatches, Spring 2014, Oh So Orange, Lime Luster

That's right...this is a full coverage yellow!!  That doesn't happen often.  The shimmer isn't perceptible to the eye really, but more just adds some luster to the nails.

The sheen is able to be seen a little more in Lime Luster, my second favorite from the set of three for Spring 2014.

Spring 2014, review, swatch, Oh So Orange, Liquid Sunshine

Seriously!  Just so pretty, I totally die.  When I go to the beach or the pool, I put my hair up to keep it from getting wet and kinky frizzy.  So add a hair clip and I am totally ready to go!

Spring 2014, review, swatch, Oh So Orange, Liquid Sunshine

These three beautiful nail polishes can be found for just $8.00 at Target and Pixi Beauty on-line.  Be sure to follow Pixi on YouTubeInstagram, and Facebook.

Which is your favorite?  Do you have other Pixi Beauty nail polishes that are your favorites? (Confession: I have my eye on Baby Girl and LA Blue!!)

(Polishes were provided as press samples. All opinions expressed are the result of my own honest investigation.)

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Booster Review

Today we're going to talk about Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Booster, ($56/1fl oz), which I was invited to sample by IFabbo. IFabbo is a blogging group that I am fortunate to belong to. The first thing I want you to know is that I have no pictures of my own. Sad face. :( Don't you just hate reviews without pictures? Yeah, I do too. I was recently out of state and this somehow got left behind, but I was able to try it before it walked away to someone who seemed to need it more. (That's the story I'm telling myself because it makes me feel better).

skin care, serum, review, Ifabbo

I used this as a serum, putting it on after cleansing and before moisturizing. It has Hyaluronic Acid, Panthenol, Glycolipids and Algae Extract that work to help restore moisture balance, helping to relieve dryness, making those nasty fine lines plump up and look better. I found that this did help my dryness when I used it in conjunction with my regular regimen, and you should know that I have really dry skin. Also, it has a light lavender scent, which I really love, but a lot of people may not. The scent doesn't linger, so you can't use it for your scent of the day. ;) Use this as you would any other serum, applying it to skin and throat areas.

There are a lot of reviews for the Dermatologica Skin Hydrating Booster online and I'm sure you can find one that matches your skin type.  You can purchase this on the Dermalogica website as well as places like Amazon.

            (Product provided by IFabbo.  All opinions expressed are my own.  Affiliate link.)

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