Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Monday, February 9, 2009
In search of some new fabulous (and inexpensive) lippies, I went to my local ULTA store today. First, let me say that I had never even heard of ULTA until my friend Phyrra (of the beauty blog Decorative Diva) told me about it. She posted about NYX Jumbo Lip Pencils in her blog and I had to have one for myself. She recommended that I try an ULTA store or Cherry Culture (an online makeup store that carries NYX and other brands at a very good price). To the best of my knowledge, we did not have an ULTA store in our town. However, I looked them up online and found that a store had just opened here this month (lucky me!).
To aid me in creating my NYX lippie wish list, I did a web search for NYX lipstick and lip gloss swatches/color descriptions (Cherry Culture’s swatches leave a lot to be desired and they don’t have any shade descriptions), I came across Nonpareil Boutique (another web site that carries NYX makeup at great prices). They had even more shades of lipstick and gloss on my wish list than Cherry Culture.
Okay, with that said…I love instant gratification so before I placed an online order, I had to check out my local ULTA store. They don’t carry any of the NYX lipsticks, but they did have plenty of lip glosses to choose from. They have a 90-day return policy so I purchased with the knowledge that if the colors didn’t work for me, I could return it for a full refund. I like that policy!
So even though I still have 14 lipsticks to order from Nonpareil Boutique, here is what I brought home with me today from ULTA:
- 5 NYX Goddess of the Night (Mega Shine) Lip Glosses - $4.99 ea
- 1 ULTA Extreme Wear All Day Lip Color - $4.00 (reg. $10)
- 1 NYX Jumbo Lip Pencil - $3.99
- 1 Max Factor 2000 Calorie Mascara (waterproof) - $5.49
- 3 OPI Nail Lacquers – reg. $8.50 ea (buy 2 get 1 free offer going on)
- 1 ULTA Salon Formula Nail Lacquer (my daughter wanted this one) $2.00 (reg. $5)
I forgot to mention that I joined the ULTA Club (no fee to join) and received 20% off with my first order. You also earn reward certificates towards free beauty products or salon services for every $50 you spend. My total with tax for this haul was only $62.01.
NYX GODDESS OF THE NIGHT LIP GLOSS WITH MEGA SHINE (my own personal observation): The consistency is smooth and creamy. Not sticky at all. Very similar to CARGO lip gloss for a fraction of the price.
- French Kiss – Not too cool, not too warm. A perfect shimmering pink
- Sweet Heart – Light shimmering pinky peach
- Frosted Beige – Light shimmering warm beige
- Iced Latte – Shimmering tawny nude
- Natural – Lt/Med pinky nude beige with no shimmer but lots of shine
NYX JUMBO LIP PENCIL (my own personal observation): Thick and creamy. Not greasy. Stays where you put it.
- Pink Nude – Very light frosty nude pink
ULTA EXTREME WEAR ALL DAY LIP COLOR (my own personal observation): I only tried it on and have not worn it for an extended period of time yet. However, I like the way it goes on. Does not feel thick or cakey like some long-wearing lip colors. I like the brush on glossy top coat. ULTA’s Extreme Wear lip colors come in A LOT of colors that most drug store brands don’t. I love light/medium shimmery colors and ULTA has an abundance of them.
- Devoted – Light metallic mauve
- Significant Other Color – Shimmery pink lilac w/ glints of mint
- Mother Road Rose – A glimmer of burnished rose
- Nomad’s Dream – A dreamy shade of cool starlit mauve (looks warm, not cool to me)
ULTA SALON FORMULA NAIL LACQUER (my own personal observation):
- Sweet Heart Pink – Medium hot pink w/ a slight warm cast (no shimmer)
Saturday, February 7, 2009
My favorite eye shadow colors that I use on a regular basis are in my vanity drawer and all of my less frequently used ones are kept in a plastic container under my bed. Today, I decided to revisit some colors that had been neglected while tucked away out of sight.
I had forgotten how truly "chameleon-like" Lillith really is (I didn't go to the site and re-read the descriptions before I applied these eye shadows today). I was going for a subtle grey look, but ended up with something a bit different. Here's what I did...
- Aromaleigh shadow base - all over
- Longing - on lid
- Lillith - crease
- Fiona - Brow bone
- Tapestry - outer vee for depth
- Scuba Dive gel liner - uppers/lowers smudged
Rest of face:
- Vert Coquille - t-zone
- 2WL Voile - all over face
- Firewoman - cheeks
- Translucent Ultra Res Finishing Pwdr - all over
- Neutral drug store lippie (sorry - can't remember which one)
- Rimmel vinyl lip gloss in Rhythm
- Longing Pure Eyes Frost - A pale cool mauve/pink toned grey/silver frost
- Lillith Eye Lustre - A truly chameleon-like shade in a base of heathery grey
- Fiona Eye Lustre - The palest beige with a silvery highlight
- Tapestry Opulent Lustre - A rich, frosted black with an incredible depth of color and pigment within.
- Scuba Dive Indelible Gel Liner - Deep navy blue
- Firewoman rocks! sonic rouge - Intense true red red!
Friday, February 6, 2009
Olive Garden, Spaghetti & Meatballs
PER SERVING (dinner portion): 1,110 calories, 50g fat, 2,180mg sodium, 103g carbs
For anyone who missed the big news, Olive Garden now posts its nutritional info online. We flipped when we heard and were brave enough to scour the site in search of shocking new info. Some of the meals are what we like to call "DUH!" items (a dinner portion of Chicken Alfredo over fettuccine has 1,430 calories and 82g fat... DUH!), but others surprised and horrified us. Specifically, the most basic of all Italian food -- Spaghetti & Meatballs. Over 1,000 calories for spaghetti in a tomato-based sauce and a few balls of meat? COME ON!
Better Choice: If you want that classic tomato goodness, go for the Linguini alla Marinara, with 430 calories and 6g fat for a dinner portion. And if you really need a ground beef fix, start with a serving of Pasta e Fagioli for just 130 calories, 2.5g fat. Those meatballs are SO not worth it.
Red Lobster, Parrot Bay Jumbo Coconut Shrimp with Creamy Langostino Lobster Baked Potato and a Caesar Salad
PER SERVING (1 dinner portion with accompaniments): 1,620 calories, 69g fat, 2,708mg sodium, 111g carbs
One of the things we LOVE about Red Lobster is that you can customize your meal by picking your sides. However if you're in one of those "throw caution (and diet) to the wind" moments, you can get in SERIOUS trouble. Say you decide to be a little adventurous and get those coconut shrimp (they sound so special). The dish comes with a salad. You ask for Caesar (it's still a salad, right?). For your side, why not get the baked potato (smart!) topped with lobster? WHY NOT?!? Because the combo meal you just ordered has now tipped the scales at over 1,60 0 calories... AHHHHHHH!
Better Choice: If it's shrimp you crave, go for the dinner portion of Wood-Fire Garlic-Grilled Jumbo Shrimp -- only 365 calories and 6g fat. It comes over wild rice pilaf, and if you go with the garden salad and fat-free ranch, you'll clock in with a total of 495 calories and 9g fat. WAY better!
T.G.I. Friday's, Sizzling Fajita Combo
PER SERVING (1 order): 1,590 calories
Of course the Jack Daniel's Ribs & Shrimp is gonna be a calorie-fest (1,910 calories, to be exact), but fajitas seem so simple and grilled and guiltless. How bad could they be? Ummm, BAD. For a meal that consists mostly of grilled meats and roasted veggies, that sky-high calorie count probably means that a) the tortillas are plentiful and a little high in calories, b) it's served with the heaviest possible toppings, and c) this is an OILFEST!!! One of these days, we'll get that fat content from you, T.G.I. Friday's...
Better Choice: You've got the right idea going with a grilled entree, but instead go for the Dragonfire Chicken. It's glazed with spicy Kung Pao sauce and it comes with stir-fried brown rice, broccoli, Mandarin oranges, and pineapple pico de gallo. All that for 510 calories. Not bad.
Outback Steakhouse, Alice Springs Chicken
PER SERVING (1 order): 2,000 calories
Alright, we recognize that nobody really walks into an Outback Steakhouse and expects to leave feeling like they ate healthy food, but COME ON! If you think you're dodging a big fatty bullet by getting this not-beefy, not-deep-fried dish, you are just plain WRONG. It's a grilled chicken breast, sure, but it's buried under bacon, sauteed mushrooms, honey mustard sauce, and two kinds of cheese, and it's served with "Aussie Chips." Wow. It takes a lot of work to get a grilled chicken dish up to 2,000 calories. And Outback, you are putting in OVERTIME!
Better Choice: If you're determined to eat well at Outback, go for the Ahi Tuna Chopped Salad. You'll get seared tuna on a big pile of greens with wasabi vinaigrette and crispy wontons for 590 calories. Save some calories and fat by ditching the wontons. Save more by ordering that dressing on the side -- even better, get the fat-free Tangy Tomato Dressing -- then dip, don't pour! Click here for more suggestions on how to cut calories and fat from Outback's menu -- pretty impressive. Guess you can eat smart at Outback... it just takes a little effort!
Romano's Macaroni Grill, Parmesan-Crusted Sole
PER SERVING (1 dinner portion): 2,190 calories, 141g fat, 2,980mg sodium, 145g carbs, 9g fiber, 82g protein
Friends, we're scared. This meal, at first glance, seems like a pretty safe option. "Filets lightly hand-breaded with Parmesan cheese and garlic, sauteed and topped with lemon butter sauce and capers." Oh! It's only lightly breaded. And at least it's fish and not beef. "Served with sun-dried tomato and spinach orzo pasta." Well that sounds lovely and not heavy at all. The ugly truth? You could eat an entire Layers of Lasagna dinner AND a Brick Oven Meatball Sandwich and STILL not have consumed as many fat grams and calories as there are in this dangerously deceptive dish. (Don't do that.) Sad times!
Better Choice: Go somewhere else. Seriously! But if you're stuck there for dinner, stick with the Pollo Magro "Skinny Chicken" -- 320 calories and 5g fat. If you swore off that dish after last year's nutritional controversy, your next best bet is actually the Simple Salmon, with 590 calories and 32g fat -- and stress the word SIMPLE when you order, because the Grilled Salmon has a LOT more calories. Both the Pollo Magro and the Simple Salmon come with grilled asparagus and broccoli.
*Article From HungryGirl.com
Thursday, February 5, 2009
For all of us who are married, were married, wish you were married, or wish you weren't married, this is something to smile about the next time you see a bottle of wine:
As the trip was a long and quiet one, she stopped the car and asked the Navajo woman if she would like a ride.
With a silent nod of thanks, the woman got into the car.
Resuming the journey, Sally tried in vain to make a bit of small talk with the Navajo woman. The old woman just sat silently, looking intently at everything she saw, studying every little detail, until she noticed a brown bag on the seat next to Sally.
'What in bag?' asked the old woman.
Sally looked down at the brown bag and said, 'It's a bottle of wine.. I got it for my husband.'
The Navajo woman was silent for another moment or two. Then speaking with the quiet wisdom of an elder, she said:
'Good trade . . .'
- Aromaleigh Creme Shadow in Bare Necessity - all over
- Meow Witty Kitty - all over (and then lightly over Her Majesty)
- Meow Zinfandel - crease and outer v
- Meow Her Majesty - inner 1/2 of lid (a free sample)
- Aromaleigh Indelible Gel Liner in Tanzanite - upper/lower lash lines, smudged
Rest of face/lips:
- Aromaleigh 2y/2yl Glissade foundation blend - all over face
- Aromaleigh Rocks! Sonic Rouge in Femmefatale - cheeks
- Aromaleigh Ultra Resolution Finishing Powder in Translucent - all over
- Wet n Wild Mega Colors lipstick in Captive - lips
- Rimmel Vinyl Lip Gloss in Rhythm over lipstick
Her Majesty - Bright light matte violet
Witty Kitty - Vanilla w/ a subtle metallic cinnamon-copper sheen and undertone
Zinfandel (from ltd ed Winter Spirits collection) - The ultimate true taupe
Note: I'm not sure I would duplicate this eye shadow look again, but it was fun trying out new colors. I'm loving the natural flush that Femmefatale rouge gives me. I've used it twice now this week and I think I'll be using it even more in the future.
On February 13, 2009, The Heart Truth will bring the Red Dress to life once again on the runway at New York Fashion Week with the debut of the Red Dress Collection 2009. This spectacular event reminds women of the need to protect their heart health and inspires them to take action. For the first time ever, a selection of the designer dresses seen on the runway will be auctioned online in February through a partnership with Clothes Off Our Back.
Get Involved today and be sure to let others know about your event by submitting details to the Activity Registry.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Aromaleigh Opulent Lustre e/s in Bamboo - lid
Meow IdealEyes e/s in Petulent - crease and outer v
Meow IdealEyes e/s in Bad Girl - lined wet on upper lash line
Covergirl Marathon Mascara in black - lashes
Bamboo - Warm tan, golden Opulent sheen
Petulent - Copper Cider with rose undertones
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
"Valentine’s Day is a big deal every year at Aromaleigh. We usually have a limited edition kit, but this year I decided to to think on a grander scale, and we are offering a gorgeous palette of Limited Edition Valentine-inspired colors. But not your typical pinks and reds… we’re giving you a Valentine with a twist!
Enjoy these beauties in samples, full sizes or sets! Quantities are limited- plan your purchase ahead of time so that you don’t miss out on this truly unprecedented collection.
We’ve done our best to capture the beauty and multi-dimensional quality of these shades, but like most of our recent collections, these are true vivid gems that can’t be completely captured on camera. Rich highlights and lowlights, interference sparkles and shimmer, contrasting glimmer. These shades are romantic and luscious."
Soulmate - A soft, velvety frosted pink that is extremely wearable due to it’s buff undertone.
First Kiss - This appears to be a plush, smooth medium cool pink… but it goes on with a surprising violet highlight.
Bliss - A warm frosted coppery brown with tiny glints of silver throughout.
Fervor - Cool brown with a heart of pink roses, and bright sparks of copper.
Chocolate Heart - Luscious cool toned brown, pearlescent.
Sweet Nothings - Rosy mauved light brown with vivid twinklings of blue.
Be Mine - Soft and buttery smooth frost with unexpected bright twinklings of gold.
Pillow Talk - Pale buff pink with violet sparkles. Fans of our holiday big seller “Champagne Toast” will love this!
Love Note - Cool brown with green iridescence. Pearly frost, steely undertones. Like a cooler version of our discontinued “Elfin”.
Intrigued: Smooth, pearl frosted warm chocolate brown with a deep undertone.
Hot Stuff - Can’t resist vivid coral-red soft frost with violet sparks. Don’t be shy!
Sea of Love - Deep, richest pearlized teal with deep pewter tones and glints of silver.
Lovelorn - Exquisite! Deepest rose brown with a myriad of smooth iridescence. Sure to please.
xoxo - Purply mauve with coppery iridescence. Very smooth and plush.
Heart and Soul - Sheer, easy to wear vivid magenta with sparks of pink. Can be foiled for more intense application.
Affair - Mid-deep smooth rosy coppered brown with soft golden iridescence.
Wine and Dine - Wine and rich garnet tones apply like silk with the slightest copper iridescent highlight tone.
*Side Note: Kristen (owner of Aromaleigh) had a contest to name the eye shadows in this collection. The prize was one free full-size eye shadow for each name chosen. If the same name was entered by more than one person and it was chosen, each person wins! Five of my names were selected: soulmate, first kiss, be mine, hot stuff and xoxo (I got my inspiration from the traditional Valentine's Day candy Conversation Hearts). Thank you, Kristen for your generosity and letting us join in on the fun!
Sunday, February 1, 2009
Lychee - Deeper rose-brown raisin shade that shines!
Tapestry - The much requested "black lustre", this is a rich, frosted black with an incredible depth of color and pigment within.
Nude Frost creme shadow - lid/crease
Lychee - lid/crease
Tapestry - crease/outer vee
Rosy Cheeks - just above crease
Sunny Disposition - brow bone/inner corner
Black Out creme liner - outer 3/4 of uppers and lowers smudged
Rest of face:
2y/2yl glissade blend
Femmefatale - cheeks
Tulip liner - to line and fill in lips
Lush gloss - lips
(photo 1 - outdoors w/ flash; photos 2 & 3 - indoors w/ flash)