Sunday, January 31, 2010

Wore all my non-Bare Escentuals eye colors!

I did it! I have officially worn all my non-BE eye colors as of yesterday. I have a small collection of Pure Luxe, Monave, Korres and 100% Pure eye colors. Nowhere near as many as my enormous Bare Escentuals collection. This will soon be a much larger collection when my few clearance orders come in from The She Space. I went a little nuts during the sale due to the amazing deal and limited edition colors being released. At least I managed to resist shopping during the BE shows on QVC.

I have to say my favorites were Pure Luxe Mildew, Pure Luxe VooDoo, Monave Sabotage, Monave Galaxy, Monave Hypnotic and Pure Luxe Alloy.

Here is the list of the colors:

Monave:
Khaki #42
Mamba #75
Sabotage #93
Copper #32
Driftwood #77
Jinx #76
Hypnotic #78
Hibiscus #84
Vamp #74
Ivy #80

Pure Luxe:
Love es
Strength es
Prismatic kaleidoscope ES
Amethyst es
Illusion kaleidoscope ES
Deviant es
Verdigris es
Forged metal es
Alloy metal es
Tart es
Mildew
Willow es
Charm es
Trailor Trash es
Pandora es
Pin Up Liner
VooDoo Liner
Plummy Liner
Mineralla Liner
Utopia es
Olive You! es
Galaxy es
Heather Mist es
Shameless es
Sprout es
Dream On Liner
Molten metal es

100% Pure:
Vanilla Sugar
Cocoa Plum


Korres:
Silver 51S
Golden Bronze 27S
Golden Brown 34S
Golden Green 44S Pin It StumbleUpon

Thursday, January 28, 2010

A Pure Luxe Heavy Metalz look!

I am almost done wearing my non-BE eye colors. I have 1 more shade of Pure Luxe to wear after today. Then I have 2 100% Pure eye colors and I am done. Problem is, I have a bunch of TSS (The She Space) colors on their way soon so that will be a new project once they arrive. Normally I would have resisted but the clearance prices were too much for me to handle. I am weak.

Today, I am wearing:

  • BE Bisque mixed with Summer Bisque as concealer
  • BE Light mixed with Fairly Light Foundation
  • BE Warmth
  • BE Feather Light Mineral Veil with a layer of Hydrating MV on top
  • BE Papaya Blush
  • Pure Luxe Alloy on lids
  • Pure Luxe Forged in crease & V
  • Pure Luxe Molten Wetlined
  • 100% Pure Mascara in Black Tea
  • 100% Pure Lip Gloss in Pinkberry





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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Bettie's Cakes in Saratoga Springs, NY


What!?!?! I haven't blogged about Bettie's Cakes? I must be crazy. Spa City Cupcakes closed its doors a while ago and now Bettie's Cakes lives in the same spot. The decor is retro and fabulous and the cupcakes....oh the cupcakes. I have to admit, these cupcakes are much better than the previous place. Bettie has a style and flavor all of her own. Bettie has 3 sizes of cupcakes, baby cupcakes call A-cups, medium cupcakes called B-cups and large cupcakes called C-cups. You can get a sampler of 12 a-cups for $12 which is great if you want to take them home to share or want to try lots of flavors. They also have cookies which are delicious. If you love a doughy chocolate chip cookie, this place has cookies for you!

Bettie's not only has yummy eats, they also have gluten free cupcakes (at least most of the time to my knowledge). They do event cakes and cupcakes and have cool retro sodas and warm drinks like cocoa.

You can follow them on Facebook &/or Twitter. They run specials on there so it is good to pay attention. They also announce the flavors of the week there.

Not only do they have the cool little shop in Downstreet Market here in Saratoga Springs, they also have a double-decker bus that goes to various locations and, you guessed it, sells cupcakes! It has seating and this winter, they even had Santa!

I have to say, the people are sweet as, well, a cupcake! Their baked goods are truly awesome and addictive. Run, don't walk, to Bettie's Cakes. It will help you burn off some of the calories.

Me with a peanut butter cup (B-cup) cupcake:














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Some new apartment pics

Finally things in the new apartment are getting settled. There is a lot of unpacking and cleaning to do. It is hard since I can't do it all myself. A lot of things belong to the BF and I don't know what to do with them. Here are some pics of the rooms that are closest to set up, the tower room, kitchen and bathroom. The bedroom is sort of set up but very dull, the living room and hobby room are a mess so those pics are coming soon...I hope.

My tower room:





The bathroom:





The kitchen:




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My Beauty Filled Tower Room

My tower room in the new apartment is close to fully set up. There is still some cleaning and unpacking to do. I am hoping to get some artwork up on the wall or maybe put some of my Raku pottery collection in there.

My Christmas tree lived there first and now it is my beauty filled tower room. I have a chaise lounge with a small bookshelf, a wardrobe and a dresser. My jewelry and beauty collection is all in there. I wanted to share some pics even though it is not 100% set up yet.


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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Tempted to finally try the she space eye colors


I just found out that About Face Cosmetics is being Discontinued. In light of this, and the discounted price, I decided to place an order even though I was trying to resist. I set a spending limit and only used money earned from selling some BE so it seemed to balance out. I am looking forward to getting these eye colors though I did realize there was one color I had hoped to order and forgot, oh well. I will live without "moral enemy."

Go check it out, samples are .50. Individual jars are $2.50 until they are gone! Pin It StumbleUpon

Monday, January 18, 2010

Pure Luxe Galaxy, Monave Hypnotic & Sabotage

Today I am wearing:
  • BE bisque mixed with summer bisque as concealer
  • BE Light mixed with Fairly Light foundation
  • BE Warmth
  • BE Mineral Veil with another layer of Hydrating Mineral Veil on top
  • 100% Pure blush in Strawberry
  • Pure Luxe Galaxy on lid
  • Monave Hypnotic in crease & V
  • Monave Sabotage thickly wetlined
  • 100% Pure Mascara in Black Tea
  • Korres Cherry Oil Lipgloss in Bronze 37




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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Korres Golden Goddess Eye Colors

I got the Korres Golden Goddess Collection from Sephora just before Christmas. I'd been wanting to try their products and so far I really like them. Since this is part of my non-BE collection, it is on the list to wear during my non-BE Nirvana

Today I am wearing:
  • BE bisque mixed with summer bisque as concealer
  • BE Light mixed with Fairly Light foundation
  • BE Warmth
  • BE Mineral Veil with another layer of Hydrating Mineral Veil on top
  • 100% Pure blush in Strawberry
  • Korres Silver 51S on lid
  • Korres Golden Green 44S on outer lid
  • Korres Golden Bronze 27S in crease
  • Korres Abyssinia Mascara in Black
  • Bare Escentuals 100% Natural Gloss in Cranberry Sorbet







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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Pure Luxe Prismatic, Trailor Trash & Dream On

Today I am wearing:
  • BE bisque mixed with summer bisque as concealer
  • BE Light mixed with Fairly Light foundation
  • BE Warmth
  • BE Mineral Veil with another layer of Hydrating Mineral Veil on top
  • 100% Pure blush in Strawberry
  • Pure Luxe Prismatic lid to brow
  • Pure Luxe Trailor Trash in crease & V and on outer 1/2 lid
  • Pure Luxe Dream On Ultimate Liner wetlined
  • 100% Pure Mascara in Black Tea
  • Bunny Butt Apothecary Tinted Love Lip Tint (just got my Bunny Butt order, stay tuned for a review)







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Monday, January 11, 2010

Safer Nail Polishes!


One of the harder things to find or figure out on my mission to go all natural with beauty items has been finding good nail polish that is still safe. I haven't gone 100% natural with them yet but have gone low chemical. The most important chemicals to avoid with nail polish are:
  1. Dibutyl phthalate (DBP)
  2. Formaldehyde
  3. Toluene (methylbenzene, toluol, phenylmethane)
For more info on this, I am going to send to you an awesome nail polish blog: All Lacquered Up
and also: BellaSugar

So far I am a big OPI fan and hope to try Zoy sometime soon. I almost never paint my fingernails but like to keep my toes done year round.

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Still unpacking!

The move has gone well. We are finally 100% moved in as of a little while before Christmas. BF turned in the keys and got his deposit back and we are done with his old place and on to the new.

I feel so at home now. I cannot explain how much better I feel having my own place, even if it is still full of boxes. We get a little bit done at a time. I am often too busy doing everyday cleaning and cooking and working to focus fully on anything major. I think tonight I might finally tackle the last of the boxes in the kitchen.

My tower room is awesome. Now that the Christmas tree is down, it hosts my Pier One dresser and wardrobe, a small black chaise and a small bookshelf. All of my make up and jewelry is in there too. I feel like it is my one girly place just for me.

The living room is getting there. BF got a new TV for himself for Christmas so that is nice. The couch is all set and my art table is in there. We have quite a few boxes to get through and a huge pile of empty boxes to recycle.

The hobby room/office, which we also call Kitty's room since he often likes to hang out in there, is the biggest project. The most packed boxes are still in there but our desks are set up. The printer is up and running. An old Salvation Army couch, which mostly gets used by Kitty, and BF's old TV are in there. I think he plans to set up his older video game systems in there and store a lot of the other ones he wont be using. I wouldn't be surprised if all the boxes are video games, old systems and books!

The bedroom is doing pretty well. BF finally cleared out most of the piles of storage totes full of his clothes and bedding we aren't using.

Things are coming along. The bathroom is quite nice, especially now that we aren't having to email the landlords about it. We had quite a few bathroom troubles, water heater control panel died, then water pressure problems, toilet flushing itself (we called it the ghost toilet), faucet refusing to turn all the way off. We saw our landlord more in 1 month than most do all year!

I still have a lot in storage at my parents house and BF has added to it. I figure things are safe there and my parents will let us use my old room and storage area in the basement for as long as we need to. I doubt it is worth packing all my books, holiday decor and massive kitchen items collection unless I need something. Next time we move it better be because we are buying a house with room for everything LOL Pin It StumbleUpon

no pics today... Pure Luxe & Monave eyes

Today I am wearing Pure Luxe Tart foiled on my lids and Monave Ivy in the crease & V. 100% Pure black tea mascara and apricot blush. The rest is the usual.

Had trouble sleeping and slept late so I was running late. No time for liner, no time for pics, not even time to diffuse my hair! Wet hair outside in this cold weather, brrrrrrrrr! Pin It StumbleUpon

Pure Luxe Willow, Minerella & Monave Khaki

Wore some more Pure Luxe & Monave eye colors. This post is a bit delayed because my camera batteries needed to be recharged in the middle of my picture taking.
  • BE bisque mixed with summer bisque as concealer
  • BE Light mixed with Fairly Light foundation
  • BE Warmth
  • BE Mineral Veil with another layer of Hydrating Mineral Veil on top
  • 100% Pure blush in Strawberry
  • Pure Luxe Willow on lid
  • Monave Khaki in crease & V
  • Pure Luxe Minerella Liner wetlined
  • 100% Pure Mascara in Black Tea
  • Bare Escentuals 100% Natural Berry Rush lip gloss






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Friday, January 8, 2010

Let the BE sale commence!

I finally listed my BE items for sale on BE Addicts and BB Cafe on Delphi Forums. I listed some new sealed brushes and bags, Prime Time eyelid primer, Wild Honey Gloss and a bunch of 1/2 jars of BE eye colors. Lets hope I find some loving homes for these. Pin It StumbleUpon

Thursday, January 7, 2010

More Pure Luxe eye colors

Really getting back in the flow of things. Loving the new apartment!

Today I wore more Pure Luxe eye colors. This is my whole look:

  • BE bisque mixed with summer bisque as concealer
  • BE Light mixed with Fairly Light foundation
  • BE Warmth
  • BE Mineral Veil with another layer of Hydrating Mineral Veil on top
  • 100% Pure blush in Apricot
  • Pure Luxe Sprout on lid
  • Pure Luxe Pandora in crease & V
  • Pure Luxe Mildew Liner wetlined (all I can say is WOW about this one)
  • 100% Pure Mascara in Black Tea
  • 100% Pure lip gloss in Shimmering Cocoa berry



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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

More non-Be colors. This time with pics!

Doing well getting myself to wear all my non-bare escentuals eye colors. Today I wore more Pure Luxe eye colors. This is my whole look:

  • BE bisque mixed with summer bisque as concealer
  • BE Light mixed with Fairly Light foundation
  • BE Warmth
  • BE Mineral Veil with another layer of Hydrating Mineral Veil on top
  • 100% Pure blush in Strawberry
  • Pure Luxe Charm on lid
  • Pure Luxe Heather Mist in crease & V, then blended
  • Pure Luxe Plummy Utimate Liner wetlined
  • Yes to Carrots Flirty Pink lip gloss






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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Wearing my non-BE eye colors

Now that my tower room is almost fully set up and my cosmetic area is more organized, I am trying to wear all my non-BE eye colors. I have officially started today but did not have time to take any pics. I own a lot less non-BE make up so this should go by pretty quickly.

Today, I am wearing:
  • Pure Luxe Deviant foiled on lid (glad I tried this foiled because I was previously disappointed in it dry)
  • Pure Luxe Strength foiled in crease & V
  • Pure Luxe Pin Up Wetlined
  • Korres Abyssinia Mascara Black
  • 100% Pure Peppermint Blush
  • Yes to Carrots Cocoa Lip Tint in Chocolate Kiss
  • BE concealer, foundation, warmth & Mineral Veil
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Sunday, January 3, 2010

My new Oster Expressbake Bread Machine!

I got an Oster Expressbake bread machine for Christmas from my parents this year. I was pretty excited but so far my recipes have come out so good, I am even happier I asked for one for Christmas.

So far I love this bread machine, very easy to use and great features.



So far I have made cinnamon roll dough which I then prepared and baked by hand and a delicious simple honey oatmeal bread 100% baked in the bread machine.

This is a yummy bread machine dough recipe for cinnamon rolls. I rolled the dough out, skipped the nuts for personal preference and made a different icing since I am not fond of cream cheese.

Cinnamon Rolls III on Allrecipes.com

Alternate icing(came out a little too thin this time around):
1 cup confectioners' sugar
1 tablespoon and 1-1/2 teaspoons butter, melted
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon and 1-1/2 teaspoons milk

Combine the confectioners' sugar, 3 tablespoons melted butter, vanilla, and 3 tablespoons milk.

My baking results:



The super simple yet very yummy recipe for honey oatmeal bread is a new found favorite. I have already shared it with my aunt and she said the loaf barely lasted a day in their house. I still have 2 slices left here but look forward to eating them soon.

Honey of an Oatmeal Bread on Allrecipes.com

My baking results with this recipe:

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