skincare + selfcare


What 2012 Has Taught Me

Today is the last day of 2012 and I have been thinking for weeks that I wanted to write this post but wasn't sure how or what I wanted to say exactly. I have been through so much lately and the entire process is life changing as it alters everything you have known to be true.  The normal is unknown.  I am scared and confused of what lies ahead.....I'm on a new path, a new journey! 

At this point I am nowhere near healed and I know it will take time.  I have learned some things along the way so far that help to keep my chin up and get me through each day..... 
I am not broken! 


Etude House Precious Mineral Powder Review

Today I want to review the Etude House Precious Mineral Brightener.  This is a highlighter compact with four different colors that when blended, gives a brightening effect to the skin.

I was looking for a radiant/sheen highlighter to brighten up on the tops of my cheek bones, down the bridge of my nose and around my lips but this was way too shimmery/glittery....

The 4 colors do blend well together creating a very nice and bright shine on the skin but I found this to be way too shimmery! Disco ball anyone!! It didn't look very natural! I was hoping that this would look more subtle and soft but it was a bit chunky and almost had a glittery look to it.  It is not very finely milled and didn't flatter my skin at all! Someone with mature skin would probably not like this because it will accentuate any fine lines making them stand out due to this having way too much shimmer.

The packaging is cute and pink and comes in a standard round flip lid compact with a mirror inside.  No puff or sponge but they wouldn't work well with this product as it would apply too much product in one area.  This is best applied with a brush or your fingers! Overall I wasn't impressed and would not repurchase!

Have you tried Etude House???



Sigma Holiday Giveaway

Holiday Giveaway Time!!!

So I know I am a little late for a holiday giveaway but I really wanted to give back to you all for all the support I have been receiving lately :)  This time in my life has been extremely difficult but reading your comments has lifted my spirits and has made me feel like I am not alone in this big scary world!

Here is a little something from me to you showing my appreciation...I know it's not much but it's a little something!

What you will win:  $25 E-Gift Certificate Code to Sigma Beauty

How do you enter: Just follow the rafflecopter below

This giveaway is open to everyone worldwide!! Good luck to everyone and Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!



40 Before 40

I saw this going around the blog community and thought to myself....this would be a good opportunity to get some resolutions out on the table going forward.  I am going to dedicate this to life after divorce and moving on, writing a list of things I want to accomplish before turning the BIG 40!!   Here it goes!

1.  Finish a grad degree
2.  Change career
3.  Meet a nice man who will love me for who I am
4.  Write a novel
5.  Travel to Europe
6.  Travel throughout the US
7.  Learn Korean more fluently 
8.  Blog more often
9.  Read more
10.  Learn how to design blogs
12.  Learn how to do media art
13. Buy a house to raise my son and take care of my family
14.  Lose 20 pounds and keep it off
15.  Start doing yoga again weekly
16.  Work on my clothing style
17.  Get a tattoo
18.  Make love in the Caribbean!
19.  Pay off my car
20.  Pay off debt
21.  Have a savings of at least 6 months salary
22.  Earn a good salary to support my family
23.  Learn how to forgive 
24.  Learn how to love again
25.  Take 5 cooking classes
26.  Go on a cross country road trip 
27.  Go to a nude beach and be nude!
28.  Take communion in St. Peter's Basilica in Rome
29.  Drink Tequila in Mexico
30. Sing karaoke
31.  Go camping
32. Spend more time praying than worrying
33.  Host an ugly xmas sweater party
34. Get more organized
35.  Start a journal and keep it up
36. Go to the Monterey Aquarium 
37.  Take my son to the Redwood National Forest
38.  Take a photography class
39.  Learn to be more patient
40.  Visit the Anne Frank house in Amsterdam



Skinfood Parsley and Mandarin Cream Review

Today I wanted to review the Skinfood Parsley and Mandarin Cream.  This is not really a cream but a very light weight hydrating moisturizer for those with troubled skin. It is an easily absorbed gel that relieves skin troubles and controls sebum with long lasting moisturizing effects.  It is gentle and refreshing and contains anti-baterial properties.

It is made with parsley and mandarin extracts as well as dandelion and lily.  It also contains nano technology for clearer, faster results.

Instructions: Apply an adequate amount to face (preferably after the Parsley and Mandarian Essence) during day or night time regime.  Gently pat for absorption.

This gel cream is meant for someone with acne and oily skin.  It is a very strong herbal scented gel that is very refreshing and cooling to the skin and helps to reduce breakouts and kill bacteria as well as reduce inflammation and redness.  While this was extremely light weight, I found that it did not hydrate my skin enough! I have a skin that is easily dehydrated and more combination than oily.  This product would be better recommended for someone with a true oily skin that has light acne problems.  I do feel that is did help reduce the inflammation of active acne spots and did reduce redness in my just wasn't moisturizing enough. I feel that the Naruko Tea Tree Oil Out Night Gelly is a much better product with better results and more hydration!

Have you tried Skinfood??
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