Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Wild Wednesday

We had several inches of snow Tuesday.  While standing in the kitchen making Ian a cup of hot cocoa, I noticed something move outside.  Hubby mentioned seeing a stray kitty cat Sunday afternoon, so I thought maybe it was the cat, since I'd only caught it out of the corner of my eye.

I grabbed my binoculars, and discovered it was a gorgeous red fox!   He wasn't very far into the woods, maybe 30 feet max.  I was in the kitchen window trying to aim the camera over the top of Ian's swing set.  Between the brush, the snow falling, and my old camera, I couldn't get a really good picture.




He had a luxurious coat, and wonderfully full tail.  It was nice, since the foxes I normally see are on the scrawny side.   He seemed quite happy to sit very still and listen, then every now and then dig furiously.  I saw him gobble down what appeared to be a mouse, which we have plenty of.  He sat for at least half an hour, but it started getting really dark and I couldn't see him anymore.  

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Tick:Tock Swatches - Neutrals (?)

Here's the rest of the samples I ordered from Tick:Tock Cosmetics.  These are the brown/beige/neutral shades.

All were applied using a damp wet/dry brush on bare skin.  Photos taken inside, no flash.





Close ups, with the next shade in the background showing off the shimmer.


Nightman - A natural shade of tiger eye brown with a coppery and gold shimmer


Brit's First Time - a lovely neutral shade with a bit of golden shimmer.


High Noon - light brown with a hint of shimmer


It's Only Forever - brown / grey shade with green shimmer


Sequel - light baby pink with strong aqua shift


Grandfather Clock - a rich chocolatey brown with loads of gold shimmer and gold glitter

My favorite is definitely High Noon.  It's a great everyday shade.  I hope you've found the pictures helpful, and thanks for looking!

Monday, November 26, 2012

In Memory of Sophie


Today marks what would have been Sophie Lancaster's 26th birthday.  Please take a moment to remember her.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Wild Wednesday - Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is tomorrow, so Tuesday is busy preparing.


Cats have the right idea.  I'd like to sleep through it too. 

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Tick:Tock Cosmetics - 3 swatches

Three shades from Tick:Tock Cosmetics.  Shadow was applied with dampened wet/dry brush on bare skin.  Photos taken inside, no flash.




I'll Sleep When I'm Dead - darkest black with lots of holographic sparkle and glitter


Time Warp...Again - a true black, loaded with every color of shimmer imaginable


Time Square - dark silver with loads of shimmer and sparkle

All three shades really are super sparkly, and my pics don't do them justice.  But I hope you've found them helpful anyway!  Thanks for looking.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Tick:Tock Cosmetics 6 swatches

I received my Tick:Tock Cosmetics order during the power outage after Hurricane Sandy.  It was so nice to get something good in the mail!

Shadows were applied with a dampened wet/dry brush on bare skin.  Photos inside, no flash, unless noted.


outside, no flash

Closeups, with T:TC color descriptions.  As usual, I've left the next shade on my arm included in the picture, since they're much more sparkly when not the focus of the picture!


First Birthday  -  metallic white loaded with shimmer


Honeymoon  - pearly white with red and purple sparkles and a slight red/purple shift


Metronome  -  pure shimmery white with loads of holographic glitter


Evening Dress  - pale baby pink with subtle sparkle


Salvador Dali  - deep purple with purple and red shimmer and purple glitter


the Night Bus - that  same purple shade as the Night Bus in Harry Potter, this color is sure to make heads turn...and not because of Ernie's reckless driving!

These are all really nice colors.  Evening Dress is a tiny bit warmer than I'd normally wear, but will work for me paired with cooler shades.  The other colors all fit perfectly into my palette.

Hope you've found the swatches helpful, and thanks for looking!

Friday, November 16, 2012

My Rosacea and Dry Sensitive Skin Care Routine

My skincare routine is simple.  I have both rosacea and dry sensitive skin, so there's lots I can't use.   Retinols are out.  I know so many women who rave about various retinol products, but they're simply too harsh for me, they may also worsen rosacea.  A lot of products designed for women over 30 target sun damaged skin, but I don't have that problem to worry about.  I avoided the sun during my younger years and wear sunscreen religiously.

I've found that the more products I include in my skincare routine, the worse my skin behaves.  I keep it simple and my skin looks and feels better!

I used Finacea gel for 2 years and switched to Avar-e LS cream in late May.  This contains both sodium sulfacetamide and colloidal sulfur, which stop the growth of bacteria on the skin.  The sulfur also helps the skin shed old cells.

There was about a 2 week adjustment period where my skin went crazy, but I had discussed it with my dermatologist and knew it could happen.  With any new/change in medication, if you're having a reaction or are unsure in any way, talk to your doctor and/or schedule a check up so he/she can make sure everything is ok.

Morning Routine

  • wash using goat milk soap, using it with the Clarisionic every two to three days.
  • apply Avar-e  LS cream on affected areas (cheeks & jawline)
  • apply Vitamin E cream
  • apply sunscreen on face & neck

I give each product a couple of minutes to absorb before applying the next.

Reapplications during the Day

  • reapply sunscreen as needed

I like to use the California Baby sunscreen for my initial application and the Lavanila for reapplications.  The Lavanila is more sheer than white, and absorbs faster on my skin.  If you're worried about reapplications messing up your makeup, just touch it up.  If you can't, well, better messy makeup than melanoma.

Evening Routine

  • remove makeup with olive oil / Vitamin E liquid mixture
  • wash with goat milk soap
  • apply Vitamin E cream
  • apply Avar-e LS cream if needed (usually only if I'm having a flare up)

Sometimes I use Philosophy's Purity Made Simple One Step Facial Cleanser instead of the goat milk soap.  A 3 oz bottle is $10, 8 oz is $20.  I recently traded in 500 Sephora points for the Philosophy Box of Miracles, which contained this 2 oz bottle.   The 5 oz Canus goat milk soap bar ranges from $2.39 to $2.79 at stores near me, but you can purchase it for as low as $1 if you shop around.   It's also available in liquid; I use the liquid version as a bodywash for me and Ian.  It's helped keep his eczema to a minimum.


When the really cold winter months set in, I also use the Oil Cleansing Method a couple of times a week.   I use a mixture of castor, avocado, and apricot kernel oils.  It helps keep my skin from feeling dry and flaky.

That's it.  Simple, but it works for me.

Hope you've found this helpful, and thanks for looking!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Not Just Another Hair Appointment

I have a hair appointment today.  A very typical thing, right?  Not this time.  This represents a bit more.

I've talked before about age appropriateness.  It's something we all deal with from time to time, and as I get older, I find myself contemplating more often.  I know plenty of people who steadfastly refuse to change their clothing, hair, or makeup, no matter their age or circumstance.  Part of me agrees that with that - we should all be comfortable in our own skin, and like the way we look.

But part of me also knows how difficult appearance can be.   It's no surprise to say people do judge you based on your looks.  The standard line "once they get to know me" becomes less acceptable as we get older, because we know people don't want to take the time to get to know you if they're put off by your exterior.   Dress up in your finest goth attire and go grocery shopping, you'll get a much different reaction than when you're in your "mommy on the go" clothes.  It's just the way it is.

I've made changes over the years, particularly in the last couple.  Some of these adjustments have been because I no longer feel at ease in some of my clothing, while some have been to blend in more with the other parents.

I've gone through three intervals where I really try to convince myself that I can do this, the longest being three years.  But at some point I realize it's just no good; I feel fragmented.   In the end, I feel relieved to pull off what feels like a costume.

Is it because I'm pushing myself too much?   Is it that I'm just so used to doing things one way that another feels alien?  I don't know.

After trying to change my hair last year, I went through a long stretch of trying to "work with it" and be content.  But no matter how much I try to tell myself otherwise, I'm heavy hearted.  While it seems like a small step, this appointment will go a long way in making me feel whole again.  As you read this, I'll be at my appointment.  I should have some pics for you soon.

Please, the next time I start talking about doing something I shouldn't, stop me.

Thanks for reading.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Wild Wednesday

A few pictures from my area after Hurricane Sandy.  The first pic was taken Oct 30th, the day after the hurricane, and the rest were Oct 31.   There was more damage on other streets but they were all blocked off, and I didn't want to drive around gawking. The 10/31 pics were snapped on the way home from the grocery store.

A large tree fell at the end of my road, snapping the utility pole and taking down the lines.  These lines are the power to my house, which was restored after 11 days by Georgia Power.  Those guys were wonderful!!  It's hard to see in the pic, but the lines are down hanging down just underneath the stop sign, on the right.


My across-the-street neighbor worked tirelessly with his backhoe, tractor, and chainsaw, pushing the trees off the road and cutting the larger branches so we could actually drive on the road and get around.   This made it easier when the power company got to us, they had a place to park their trucks and begin work.


The other end of the road had another tree on the wires, which were also taken care of by Georgia Power.  Once they got these up (which were laying on the in various places between the poles) the internet / phones came back on, after being out for 12 days.


Here's around the corner.  These lines were down last year, either for Hurricane Irene or the ice storm in October, I can't remember which.  Maybe one of these days they'll figure out how to get them up and keep them up.  No trees fell on them either time they came down, so I don't know what the issue is.


The same street, in the opposite direction.  Three trees decided to take a little rest on the wires, which made me want to duck while driving under them.  It was the only way off our street; the cross street on the other end of my road was closed in both directions at the intersection.

It's hard to tell without another car on the street for reference, but the roads around my house aren't really two full lanes, sort of one and a half, so you have to drive along the edge of the road if a car is coming the other way.   If it's a truck coming the other way, it's easiest to just pull over as far as you can and stop, or sort of edge into someone's driveway. The depth of the ditch varies, but I've seen many people end up in the ditch because they couldn't judge the width of their car or move over too far because the other car didn't keep to their own side.


missing some roof


I've noticed a few houses with blue tarps on their roofs in the days since, but haven't taken any pictures.  There's also a horse farm across the street from my son's school that lost some of the roof on one of their barns too.

Is that utility pole a bit crooked or is it me?

While being without power for 11 days was an inconvenience, our house was safe and sound, unlike so many people whose homes were destroyed and damaged by storm surge, flooding, and trees crashing down.   Many towns have a long road ahead of them, and this won't be the last storm we'll face.

Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Meow Cosmetics Sinister, Fear, Black Cat swatches

I purchased three shades from Meow's Halloween Zombie collection, way back before Halloween. I took a slew of pics inside and out, and I'm not sure which ones the flash went off, sorry.  My arm is very red from the tape in these pics as well.



Sinister - Dark burnished red with gold sparkle and red iridescence


Fear - Very dark ominous black-brown metallic


Black Cat - Deep Black with lots of sparkle and twilight blue undertones

I hope you've found the pics helpful, and thanks for looking.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Meow Alien Abduction Swatches

I wanted to post these before Halloween but Hurricane Sandy had other ideas. Sorry, I spelled Gray Matter incorrect in the first two pics, it's "gray" not "grey". DSC08816 DSC08819 DSC08820 Close ups with Meow's descriptions DSC08823 Abductee 2012 - metallic copper/bronze with golden metallic sheeen -not sparkly, but gleaming with alien influence DSC08824 Xenophobe - shimmery khaki/taupe with gray undertones - nourish your inner anti-social with this complex hue DSC08825 Probe - sparkly sheer silver/gray DSC08826 Mind Control - soft lusty lilac with a blue iridescence undertone DSC08827 Sighting - rosy hued violet shining with raspberry iridescence DSC08828 Close Encounter - crystal clear purple crocus with iridescent luminous blue undertone DSC08829 Gray Matter - sparkly mauve gray with hot cherry sheen DSC08830 UFO - medium sheer true black with silver sheen Hope you've found the swatches helpful, and thanks for looking!