Tuesday, September 29, 2009

BE Nirvana Update - September 29

So far so good. I did allow myself some Fall shopping and don't regret any of my purchases. I ordered during Bare Escentuals Preview day and got 20% off with a coupon so it was well worth it. I had another duplicate eye color worn by accident. I solved this issue by printing my checklist and leaving it with my collection at my parents' house so that I don't pack any colors I have already worn for my mini stash at the BF's.

Here is the latest eye colors worn list:
  1. Nude Chiffon
  2. Smoked Clay
  3. Marina
  4. Strawberry Mousse
  5. Berry Flambe
  6. Berry Custard
  7. Lemon Meringue
  8. Spiced Biscotti
  9. Cherry Choco Truffle
  10. Dark Chocolate
  11. Creme De Menthe
  12. Spellbound
  13. Surreal
  14. Suspense
  15. Sapphire
  16. Yoga
  17. Mod
  18. Aquamarine
  19. Humor
  20. Spright
  21. Coffee Bean
  22. Retro
  23. Grape
  24. Midnight Diamond
  25. Beautiful Lisa
  26. Clarity
  27. Mystery
  28. Oz
  29. Bamboo
  30. LOL Nice Pear
  31. Flamenco
  32. Elegance
  33. Princess
  34. Hero
  35. Mystic
  36. GF Margo
  37. Halo
  38. Merlot
  39. Starlet Leighann
  40. 1990s
  41. Soul Sister
  42. Shantung
  43. YCNBTRB
  44. Sandcastle
  45. Starfish
  46. Antique Pearl
  47. Gossip
  48. Catwoman
  49. Nice Rock
  50. Exquisite Diamond
  51. Camel
  52. Chic Diamond
  53. Soft Focus Dune
  54. Chardonnay
  55. Ecstasy
  56. Heavenly Diamond
  57. Jade (doesn't really count, it was worn twice)
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The Peanut Principle


I went to the Eagle Mills Craft Fair this past weekend with my lady. We came home with bags full of snacks and treats. Of course we both got cider doughnuts and kettle corn...amazingly delicious!

We also discovered a stand for the Peanut Principle which is located in Cohoes NY. I have to say, this stuff is delicious. We both bought a Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter, the scrumptious combination of peanut butter and chocolate and I swear it tastes like really good Peanut Butter Chocolate Fudge. The White Chocolate is a surprise. I didn't even think to sample that one until my friend suggested it and OMG so yummy!!!!!

The Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter is 60% creamy peanut butter and 40% dark chocolate. The White Chocolate Peanut Butter is the same combo but with white chocolate. They do contain some dairy but they taste so good I am willing to take the risk and take Lactaid if I must. Definitely give them a look. They ship! Pin It StumbleUpon

Friday, September 25, 2009

Bare Escentuals - Berry Custard, Berry Flambe, Strawberry Mousse and Amethyst

I am wearing:

  • Bisque mixed with Summer Bisque as concealer
  • Light Foundation
  • Warmth
  • MV
  • Pink Ice Blush on cheeks
  • Secret Radiance on cheeks
  • Strawberry Mousse from lash to brow
  • Berry Custard on lid
  • Berry Flambe in crease & V
  • Amethyst Liner
  • BE Flawless Definition Mascara in Black
  • BE 100% Natural Lip Gloss in Cassis




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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Bare Escentuals - Natural Muse

I am loving these colors though I think they don't show up as well on camera. I feel very sultry in them.
I am wearing:

  • Bisque mixed with Summer Bisque as concealer
  • Light Foundation
  • Warmth
  • MV
  • Poppy Blush on cheeks
  • Nude Chiffon from lash to brow
  • Smoked Clay in crease & v
  • Marina Wetlined
  • BE Flawless Definition Mascara in Black
  • BE 100% Natural Lip Gloss in Praline

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Bare Escentuals - Spellbound, Surreal & Suspense




I am wearing:

  • Bisque mixed with Summer Bisque as concealer
  • Light Foundation
  • Warmth
  • MV
  • Morning Blush on cheeks
  • Secret Radiance on cheeks and eyes
  • Spellbound from lash to brow
  • Surreal on lid
  • Suspense Liner
  • BE Flawless Definition Mascara in Black
  • BE 100% Natural Lip Gloss in Angel Food Cake (sheer and sparkly but looks pink on me?)




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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Bare Escentuals - The Surprise & Sweet Obsessions

I was so excited to see people posting that their BE.com orders arrived so I emailed my mother (as I have packages sent to their house) and my order was in. Hooray! I swung by after work to pick up my goodies. I attempted to take some pics tonight. Since I don't get home until 10pm, there is no natural light, just flash or lamp. I also ordered Glam and Muse. These kits are gorgeous, I am so happy I let myself do some much needed shopping.













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Monday, September 21, 2009

Bare Escentuals - Bamboo, Nice Pear, Oz, Coffee Bean

I am wearing:

  • Bisque mixed with Summer Bisque as concealer
  • Light Foundation
  • Warmth
  • MV
  • Ginger Spice on cheeks and eyes
  • Bamboo from lash to brow
  • Nice Pear on lid
  • OZ in crease & V
  • Coffee Bean Liner
  • BE Flawless Definition Mascara in Black
  • BE 100% Natural Citrus Tart Lip Gloss

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Sunday, September 20, 2009

Bare Escentuals - Mystic, Shantung, Heavenly Diamond, Grape

I am wearing:

  • Bisque mixed with Summer Bisque as concealer
  • Light Foundation
  • Warmth
  • MV
  • Ginger Spice on cheeks and eyes
  • Heavenly Diamond from lash to brow
  • Mystic on lid
  • Shantung in crease & V
  • Grape Wetlined
  • BE Flawless Definition Mascara in Black
  • BE 100% Natural Raspberry Tea Lip Gloss

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Saturday, September 19, 2009

New Fall Skin Routine

I decided it was time to change things up a bit. My new skincare routine seems to be going well. I have already gotten a few compliments on having more of a glow.

My AM routine:

This is followed by my usual Bare Escentuals application.

My PM routine:
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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Bare Escentuals - Halo, Merlot, 1990s and Retro

I am wearing:

  • Bisque mixed with Summer Bisque as concealer
  • Light Foundation
  • Warmth
  • FLMV
  • Morning on cheeks and eyes
  • Halo from lash to brow
  • Merlot on lid
  • 1990s in crease & V
  • Retro Liner
  • BE Flawless Definition Mascara in Black
  • BE 100% Natural Sugar Cookie Lip Gloss

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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

So Much Stress

Not sure where to even begin. I have been on a bit of an emotional roller coaster the past couple weeks. Stress, weather changes, stomach issues, work stuff, home stuff, family stuff...the list goes on. I finally did some venting with a good friend and feel a bit better just getting it all off my chest. Sometimes it is hard not to get too down when so much negativity is going on around me but I am trying. Sometimes you just need to feel grumpy or foul-mooded or sad. It seems like so many things aren't getting better or are undecided and left floating in limbo. Hopefully they will work out on their own. If not, it may be time for a change. I am just not sure what kind of change it would be. Pin It StumbleUpon

Apple Cider Doughnuts - YUMM!


Imagine my joy over realizing that something as delicious as an apple cider doughnut is almost always going to be dairy free. Hooray! The highlight of autumn, though I do know of a few places that have them year round, would be cider doughnuts. I can never eat just one. I had my first batch this past week from Eagle Mills. The BF and I swung by over the weekend. They got a little soggy from being in the car for our drive to the store after but still tasted fabulous.

For some good info on Cider Doughnuts, check out this article: A match made in october: The Boston Globe Pin It StumbleUpon

Bare Escentuals - Clarity, Mystery, Catwoman, Aquamarine

I am wearing:

  • Bisque mixed with Summer Bisque as concealer
  • Light Foundation
  • Warmth
  • FLMV
  • Ginger Spice on cheeks
  • Clarity from lash to brow
  • Mystery on lid
  • Catwoman in crease & V
  • Aquamarine Wetlined
  • BE Flawless Definition Mascara in Black
  • BE 100% Natural Strawberry Creme Lip Gloss

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Bare Escentuals preview sale temptation - It got me!

Between stress and the excitement of the preview sale and a coupon for 20% off, I eventually decided to go for it and ordered myself a bundle of new BE. Strangely, I don't feel guilty, just a little worried I have unleashed the BE buying beast. I looked this morning and almost placed an order, then told myself to wait. I figured it was a test. If I kept thinking about it all day, then I should get it. If I forgot about it, like I sometimes do, then I don't need it yet or at all. Sooooo I kept thinking about it on my drive to work, then got distracted by stress-related thoughts, then I kept thinking about it at work and finally decided it was time to place an order. I think I have to make myself start going back to the gym so I feel like I earned this shopping spree. I've been slacking off the past month or so due to scheduling changes and lack of motivation.

I feel like I am in confession or something. I resisted shopping all summer so it isn't as bad as it could be but I still need to be careful with all the new holiday items coming out soon.
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Bare Escentuals - Princess, GF Margo, Soul Sister, Yoga

I am wearing:

  • Bisque mixed with Summer Bisque as concealer
  • Light Foundation
  • Warmth
  • FLMV
  • Papaya on cheeks and eyes
  • Princess from lash to brow
  • GF Margo on lid
  • Soul Sister in crease & V
  • Yoga Wetlined
  • BE Flawless Definition Mascara in Black
  • BE 100% Natural Biscotti Lip Gloss

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Saturday, September 12, 2009

Latest BE Nirvana Update

So far I am till doing well. I have only had 1 accidental eye color repeat. I did allow myself some shopping for the Fall. I got the Lining Tutorial kit at the new Syracuse boutique and got colors from the new Black Diamonds AD kit from fellow addicts on the BEAddicts forum on Delphi.

Here are the latest colors checked of my list:
  1. Black Ruby
  2. Smoky Sequins
  3. Sugar Plum
  4. Tiger's Eye
  5. Nurture
  6. Smoky Diamond
  7. Minx
  8. Sable
  9. Wildflower
  10. Silk Rose
  11. Enchanting
  12. GF Tina
  13. BE Grateful
  14. Jazz
  15. Honeydew
  16. Socialite
  17. Wicked
  18. Key Lime
  19. Herbal Tea
  20. Jasmine Tea
  21. Idol
  22. Karaoke
  23. Waterlily
  24. Bordeaux
  25. Skyline
  26. Pacific Heights
  27. Wearable Plum Light
  28. Wearable Plum Medium
  29. Wearable Plum Dark
  30. Desire
  31. Cerveza
  32. Classic Rock
  33. Graphite
  34. Bravo
  35. Platinum
  36. Gilded Quartz
  37. Brass Roots
  38. Snowflake
  39. Sincerely Angela
  40. Soul
  41. Venus
  42. Playful (accidental repeat so it doesn't count)
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Friday, September 11, 2009

Bare Escentuals - Sincerely Angela, Waterlily, Bordeaux, Sugar Plum

I am wearing:

  • Bisque mixed with Summer Bisque as concealer
  • Light Foundation
  • Warmth
  • FLMV
  • Papaya on cheeks and eyes
  • Sincerely Angela from lash to brow
  • Waterlily on lid
  • Bordeaux in crease & V
  • Sugar Plum Wetlined
  • BE Flawless Definition Mascara in Black
  • BE 100% Natural Sugar Plum Lip Gloss

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Thursday, September 10, 2009

Slowly paying off the debt

No major news lately, got a stomach bug, slowly recovering and now focusing on small accomplishments like paying off my credit card debt. It feels great to see a difference even though I have a ways to go. I started by getting rid of all my store credit cards as they all tend to have the highest interest rates and the most temptation. I paid off the last of the store accounts this past paycheck. Now I just have a handful of major credit cards to pay down and my furniture account (which is only for a mattress set, so it should not take too long to pay off).

Sometimes I feel tired of making so many payments and trying to live paycheck to paycheck for now but I am seeing a difference and that has to help keep me going. I finally ordered my FICO score and I have to say I was shocked. It was much better than I expected. I am starting to think that within a year I should be doing a lot better and have a lot less of my income going towards credit card payments. Pin It StumbleUpon

Bare Escentuals - Soul, Cerveza, Key Lime, Tiger's Eye

I am wearing:

  • Bisque mixed with Summer Bisque as concealer
  • Light Foundation
  • Warmth
  • Tinted FLMV
  • Papaya on cheeks and eyes
  • Soul from lash to brow
  • Cerveza on lid
  • Key Lime in crease & V
  • Tiger's Eye Wetlined
  • BE Flawless Definition Mascara in Black
  • BE 100% Natural Biscotti Lip Gloss



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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Bare Escentuals - Classic Rock, Idol, Silk Rose & Minx

I am wearing:

  • Bisque mixed with Summer Bisque as concealer
  • Light Foundation
  • Warmth
  • Tinted FLMV
  • Papaya on cheeks and eyes
  • Classic Rock from lash to brow
  • Silk Rose on lid
  • Idol in crease & V
  • Minx Wetlined (used lining tutorial pointed liner - LOVE this and the soft edge one!!!!)
  • BE Flawless Definition Mascara in Black
  • BE 100% Natural Iced Coffee Lip Gloss

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Monday, September 7, 2009

Challah French Toast!

I was recovering from a tummy bug this week, so my best friend, otherwise known as "my lady," and I decided to cook our own brunch instead of going out. We wanted to eat and watch the finale of Weeds together. I was nervous about what to eat but thought French Toast would be safe. She said she had all the ingredients except the bread so I had to get that. That morning I went to Hannaford and lo and behold, there sat a loan challah bread. Perfect! Challah makes for excellent french toast and did not have milk listed as an ingredient. I had enough to make French Toast 2 days in a row, some for Weeds & Brunch and some the next morning for me with leftovers for the BF.

I don't have an exact recipe but this is generally what I used:
  • 5 pieces of thickly sliced challah
  • 3 large cage-free eggs
  • a splash of 1% or non-fat milk
  • a large splash of real vanilla extract
  • a few shakes of cinnamon and nutmeg or apple pie spice

Mix all ingredients with a whisk or fork (start with whisked eggs first and then add the rest and whisk some more) and dip both sides of challah, allow some to soak in. Preheat griddle to medium high and lightly butter it. Cook until golden and challah feels more solid when pressed with spatula.


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Bare Escentuals - BE Unique, GF Tina & Sable

Testing out my first new purchase since before summer...

I am wearing:

  • Bisque mixed with Summer Bisque as concealer
  • Light Foundation
  • Warmth
  • Tinted FLMV
  • Papaya on cheeks and eyes
  • BE Unique from lash to brow, blended more at brow
  • GF Tina in crease & V
  • Sable Liner (used lining tutorial Full-edge liner)
  • BE Flawless Definition Mascara in Black
  • BE 100% Natural Almond Tart Lip Gloss



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Sunday, September 6, 2009

First BE purchase since Nirvana - trip to Syracuse boutique


I had decided that I could shop a little during the fall. I was going to wait till Monday and go shopping while I had Labor Day off and to myself but the BF wanted to go shopping yesterday. He wanted to go someplace different so out of his list, I picked Syracuse's Carousel Center. It was about a 2 hour drive, not too bad but pretty tiring. We got there very easily and grabbed something quick to eat before we went through and really looked in stores. We didn't find any clothes like we were hoping but I did go to the new Bare Escentuals boutique which opened on Friday.

It was their second day. It looks almost exactly like the one in Albany except it is somehow more inviting. They are located right near Macy's on the 2nd floor. I found the staff to be super friendly. The Albany store is nice and they seem nice but also a bit snooty from my experience. I decided to purchase the Liner Tutorial. I got my card stamped and she gave me a RM cleanser sample, a large sample of the new mascara and a free Thank You eye color. She was so friendly and seemed to be excited about the products and kept raving about the mascara. I love it when it is like that at a boutique. I wish the Albany store had that kind of vibe. Maybe eventually? One can hope. I still wish they had a boutique in Saratoga Springs because I would much rather shop there. Pin It StumbleUpon

Friday, September 4, 2009

125 colors left to wear

I did a quick count of the colors that have not been checked off my list and I have 125. Not too bad but it feels like more than I expected. I haven't been feeling well so I haven't been doing full looks so I have fallen behind a bit on my mission but am still working on it. No new pics or anything this week, hopefully next week things will look up. Pin It StumbleUpon