Detail of glitter
I love my beautiful bird ornaments and the fact that Melissa really thought about me when she chose them. Happy Holidays!
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Detail of glitter
Monday, December 14, 2009
Day after professional color (mid-October)
Here are a couple of pictures of me around the week or two prior to coloring at home. You can really see how much my professional hair color faded in a little less than 2 months (it's to be expected when you color over bleached hair). The blonde is really coming through in the longest sections in front and the top is starting to look orange-y.
Clairol Natural Instincts - Suede (light brown)
Suede is their lightest "neutral" brown. I didn't want to go too ash and but I also didn't want quite as much warmth as I had with my professional color (it faded pretty quickly, but that's to be expected when you color over bleached hair) so I chose a neutral brown. I'm very pleased with how even the color took and how rich it is. I'm curious to see how the color fades and how soon I'll need to refresh it.
By the way, after using a $2 in-store coupon and cashing in an online rebate, the color only cost me $3.99. For the results I achieved, I think I'll be sticking with at-home color for a while (my stylist charged me $100 for 3-color foils, cut and blow dry).
Me today, 2 days after I colored it at home.
Thank you for reading my post!
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Here's a list (from top to bottom) of what I use each brush for. . .
- Sonja Kashuk powder - I use this brush to dust on my finishing powder
- Sonja Kashuk blush - This is my favorite blush/rouge brush
- Studio Tools duo fiber - I use one of these brushes to apply Aromaleigh rocks! sonic rouge. The other one I use when I want a very sheer dusting of finishing or shimmer powders.
- Aromaleigh large rounded face - I use this brush to blend my foundation down to my neck.
- Sonja Kashuk pencil brush - I use this to apply creme eyeshadow under my lower lashes
- Sonja Kashuk crease brush - This is used to be my favorite crease brush. It's one of the first brushes I purchased when I started using mineral cosmetics two years ago. This brush it still going strong. Now, I use it to apply the highlight to my brow bone area or the inner corner of my eye lid.
- Sonja Kashuk fan brush - I use this brush to mix my mineral foundation. I sprinkle the colors I want to blend into a little glass dish and then I pounce it with the fan brush. Works great! I also use this brush to apply my Aromaleigh vitamin c mask (I wash it first, of course).
- Angled Craft brush (aka "4 Royal soft-grip SG150") - I apply brow powder with this brush. I have "permanent makeup" on my eyebrows so I only use this brush when I want a more dramatic brow.
- Flat Craft brush (aka "1/4" Royal soft-grip SG160") - Great for foiling (mixing with water or sealant before applying) mineral eye shadows.
- Aromaleigh thin liner (they don't carry this brush any more) - Great for wet lining mineral pigments, cake liner or gel liners.
- Aromaleigh silk fiber - Good for applying a small amount of dark eye shadow pigments to outer corner and/or crease. My "go to" crease brush.
- Target large shadow brush - I use this brush to apply my loose mineral eye shadow to my lid.
- Target small shadow brush - I use this one to apply dark eye shadow colors to the outer half of my lid (but not the outer v, I use the Aromaleigh silk fiber brush for that).
- Target smudge brush - First I apply my indelible creme liner using the liner brush, then I use this brush to smudge it out for a smokier look.
- Target/Studiotools crease brush - I don't use this one as much as my Sonja Kashuk crease brush, but I still use it to apply highlights to my brow bone or inner corner of lid.
- ecotools crease/shader - My "go to" highlight brush. It's the softest brush I ever met! Great for blending powders (mineral foundations and correcters) under the eye too.
- ecotools concealer brush - I use this one to apply creme eye shadow as a base on my lid.
- ecotools face brush - My favorite face brush in the whole wide world. It's just the right size for a light dusting of foundation under my eyes, finishing powders, whatever. I usually stick this one in my purse when I think I might need a little touch-up.
Target/Studio Tools & Sonja Kashuk brushes were purchased at Target.
Aromaleigh brushes were purchased online at Aromaleigh.
Craft brushes were purchased at Michael's Crafts (you can find these at any craft store).
ecotools brush set was purchased at Walgreen's (other drugstores and ULTA also carry them).
I hope this was helpful to you in some way. If you have more specific questions about any of the brushes I listed here, please feel free to ask in the comments section of the post.
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
And of course, I rose to the challenge. I love the DonorsChoose project (benefits impoverished public schools) and have donated to it several times in the past. And to have an eye shadow created just for me by Kristen was the icing on the cake. After submitting my donation, I provided the details of my eye shadow (shade, hue, color, interference highlight, sparkle, name, etc.) to Kristen and left the rest of it in her talented magical hands. Here is a sneak peek at my custom Aromaleigh Angels eye shadow.
If you donate at least $35 or more to "Pretty
Inside AND Out" DonorsChoose.org Social Media challenge., you will then have
the chance to have your dream eyeshadow created, and featured on the Aromaleigh
website, named after you- on our special "Meet the DonorsChoose.org Aromaleigh
Angels" page. You must donate to our Aromaleigh challenge page- donations made
to projects not on our page do not count towards the Aromaleigh Challenge.
I'll save the details of my request for a future post when Kristen reveals all of the Aromaleigh Angels eye shadows and their descriptions.
Click here to view the other Aromaleigh Angels eye shadows that have been created/posted to date. More will follow.
Monday, December 7, 2009
The only changes I made to the recipe was that I subbed 1/4 cup of the regular flour with whole wheat flour (I like to sneak in a little extra fiber for the family wherever I can), and I used regular unsweetened applesauce instead of chunky (grocery store didn't have it). Everyone in the family loved them without frosting (they couldn't wait for them to cool before they tried em) and with frosting. But they definitely preferred the frosted version. So do you think they're Santa worthy...I do!
Thursday, December 3, 2009
First, a lamp with a story. . .
Jason and I went to lunch the other day. When we got back to his work, we stood outside for a few minutes talking. I noticed in the window of the store next door (Tuesday Morning) a gorgeous hand painted dragonfly lamp. I knew exactly where I wanted to put that lamp and I told Jason I was going to buy it provided that it wasn't too expensive. We said our goodbyes and I went in the store with high hopes that I would be going home with a cute buggy lamp.
When I walked in the store, I recognized the man working there as someone I went to high school with (we weren't in the same class, I just never forget a face). We chatted about that for a minute and then on to the task at hand. I asked him how I could find out the price of the lamp in the window (it was buried deep by other furniture). While he was moving the furniture out to get to the lamp, I relayed to him the story about how I saw the lamp when I was talking with my husband who happened to work next door, blah blah blah. He (Chris) pulled the lamp out and I spied the tag. I said "Oh, it's a little expensive." (The tag was marked Retail price $190, TM price $70) Chris then said, "Oh, too bad your husband isn't very nice to me or I would give you a discount, ha ha ha. Just kidding, your husband's a great guy." (All men think they're so funny.) Chris then asked me how much I wanted to pay for it. Me: Are you serious? Chris: Yes. Me: How about $40? And then Chris said those magic words every girl loves to hear, "It's yours!"
Sad little lamp (okay, so it's not totally hideous) that I bought at a rummage sale more than 13 years ago and repainted twice. I also tea stained the lamp shade to give it some character.
I think the dragonfly lamp fills this space much better than the previous lamp did, don't you agree?
I was shopping in Big Lots (discount variety store) and found an espresso colored basket. It has a lid (yay storage!). As soon as I saw it, I knew it was going to be my new side table for my reading corner.
The only thing wrong with this corner before I bought the basket is there was no place to set a drink except up high on the breakfast bar counter. Here's a link to a prior post showing what the reading corner looked like without the new basket table and tray.
Here's a closeup of the tray you see sitting on top of the basket. I bought it at Home Goods a while back (way before I found the basket). I didn't know what I was going to use it for but it was so pretty (and only $12) so I couldn't leave the store without it. It sat on the built-in buffet in my dining area just looking pretty for a couple of weeks until I found it's true calling.
See, I actually use it a lot. I was sitting in my chair the other night watching television and I looked over at my stuff on the tray and thought "that would make a cute picture," so I snapped a shot of it.
I found this framed and matted dragonfly print at Home Goods and it was the only one. Again, I wasn't sure where I was going to put it (or if I was even going to keep it) but I love vintage-y art (especially bugs, birds and botanicals) so it came home with me. I left it in the garage for a week or so until I found a home for it.
Here it is in it's new home. There used to be two framed photographs (one stacked above the other) in this spot. I don't miss them. Now, don't get worried that my family room is all bugs and such. They are strategically scattered around the room as accents rather than a grouped collection. I don't think anyone would even noticed a theme (I don't "do" themed rooms) if I didn't point out the similarities. So if you come to visit, I promise not to start pointing around the room "here's a bug, there's a bug..." ;)
I picked up this little round carved wood mirror at Big Lots the same day I got the basket/table. There was nothing at all in that spot under the shelf before I put the mirror there. It didn't look weird empty due to the composition of the other things on the wall, but now I can't imagine it NOT being there.
I got this carved wood piece at Big Lots as well. It was the perfect fit for a formerly empty spot on my bedroom wall.
Do to the fact that there is a light switch on the wall in my bedroom, I had to hang this mirror off center leaving the space next to it empty. It wasn't such a big space that it looked weird with nothing in it, and I knew eventually I would come across the right piece to fill the spot.
You can see this little iron bird picture frame on the dresser in the photo above. I got it at Marshall's. I haven't found a picture to put in it yet but it's still pretty just as it is.
(Oh yeah, I like Buddha too. Got a few scattered here and there.)
And just so you don't think I've recently gone bonkers over insects, here's part of my collection that I've acquired over the span of 12+ years.
And lastly, my butterfly ornaments.
Well, that's it. Thank you for enduring yet another tour of my recent acquisitions. Besides the fact that I think everything I bought is beautiful and of exceptional quality, I didn't spend more than $20 (most things were around $10) on each item you see here...except the lamp and the basket ($40 for each). I'm a great bargain shopper and I love shopping in discount and second hand stores. You should come with me next time!
*Jason, if you happen to read this blog post, I swear I'm done shopping for a long while. :)