I’m All Lit Up Again! And More Reviews!

True dat!  But I’m lit up with a nice healthy glow.  Over the weekend I was putzing around Ulta.  I needed a distraction from grocery shopping so I decided to stop by to see if there were any new and inexpensive cosmetics I could discover!

That glow isn’t from a few glasses of wine. It’s from the new liquid highlighter from Wet n’ Wild!  Keep reading….

Anyway, I’ve been on a Wet n’ Wild Cosmetics kick for a while now.  I just cannot believe how the quality of this brand has improved over the past couple of years.  And while I was wandering, I came across a Wet n’ Wild display.  What I spotted was a liquid highlighter and naturally I had to buy it.

Highlighters are rather intriguing to me.  And they are way overused on Instagram and YouTube.  Highlighters are supposed to give a subtle glow and not make you appear like the glare from the sun at 5:30 in the evening when you are driving on the highway back from work!

This Wet n’ Wild MegaGlo Hello Hallo liquid highlighter comes in a small tube/bottle/jar–whatever.  I paid $5.99 for 0.5 fluid oz.  It may not seem like a ton of product but believe me, a tiny amount goes a long way!  As usual, it is a cruelty-free, vegan product.

This is a beautiful highlighter!!

The applicator is a doe foot—which is great for dotting the highlighter on.


This is the perfect applicator for the product!

The color is Rosy and Ready–it’s a beautiful pearlized mauvy-pink and glides on so smoothly.  It is very mature-skin friendly and lasts throughout the day.

Here’s what it looks like on my hand. It’s very luminous.  That photo at the top of the blog–I took it this morning and the glow lasted all day!

Overall. I give this an A+!!!

Don’t ask me why, but I ended up also purchasing an eyebrow pencil.  It was an impulse purchase for sure.  Nothing can compare with the Anastasia Dipbrow gel that I use, but for a change, I figured this might be decent.

The pencil?  It’s NYX Precision Brow Pencil.  The pencil itself is actually nice.  A spoolie brush on one side and a retractable eyebrow pencil on the other.  Why am I not crazy about it then?  OK—I purchased the color taupe and thought it would be more pigmented.  I like a dark brow and this just wasn’t dark enough.  It isn’t bad but it isn’t great.  It cost ten bucks and for eight dollars more, the Dipbrow is far superior.

Quite honestly, I don’t think this is worth the ten dollars I paid for it.

Thankfully, this photo from MakeupAlley provides a better look.  The tip is squared off. It isn’t bad, but it isn’t great!

Overall, I rate this a C.  Not that impressed, but it isn’t awful!

If you haven’t been reading about the vast assortment of color correcters, I’ll refresh your memory.  Do you remember years and years ago, back in the 1970’s when Revlon came out with color correcters in little rectangular bottles? I had the green to hide my redness.  It never worked.   The product was discontinued.

Color correctors are back.  And guess what?  I don’t think they do all that much.  I purchased the Wet n’ Wild Cushion Corrector.  In green.  It’s actually pretty good as a regular concealer.  The product is hydrating and doesn’t dry up.  The coverage is very good.  However, regular skin-toned concealers do the same job.

I love the packaging though..

Despite the horrible lighting, this really IS green!  There is plenty of product in this little cushion and the coverage is decent.  I paid $5.99 for this.

Overall I give it a B+. It isn’t bad at all, but it works more as a concealer and all my concealers cover my redness!

Speaking of green, the company I work for treated everyone to bagels for St. Patrick’s Day! Oy vey!  I’m trying to take it easy on carbs but for 6 WW points, I couldn’t resist a raisin cinnamon bagel.  No butter or cream cheese kept it at a solid 6 point breakfast.  I’m back to tracking!  For dinner I made a 9 point omelet filled with mushrooms and two slices of cheese.  Tracking will keep me in line!!

This guy greeted everyone in the cafeteria today!

This will go down in history as the year I ate bagels for St. Patrick!

Those are my little reviews for this evening.  And the winner in this…

Hello Halo from Wet n’ Wild Megaglo!

I’m going upstairs to watch TV with Bonaparte!!!!!  Here’s the trailer for Witnesses–It’s soooooo creepy!!!!



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My Time Management Sucks

Quite honestly, the title says it all.  It isn’t the time management at work that sucks either. On the contrary—I have my workday down to a science.  And my important stuff is always completed by the end of the day.  And I do my prep work for the next day so that I’m entering my cubicle in relaxing ease.

And every weekday I arise at exactly 6:00 AM and am dressed and ready to go at precisely 7:30 AM.

It’s when I get home that everything goes to $hit. It seems like there are not enough hours in the evening!  When I wasn’t working, it was very easy to sit down at the computer and write the blog posts—it was my job! But without pay and benefits!

Ummmm.  I do believe that there is no such thing as quittin’ time. We’re always busy!!!

So, I’m asking you to be a bit patient with me as I get myself a bit organized and fit a regular schedule of blog posts into my now working life.

That being said, last week was such a vile weather one.  The sun shone one day. The other four days brought about Mother Nature’s reminder that it is still Winter.  On Wednesday, it snowed so badly that most of the companies called a snow day—and since a great number of employees in the company I work for can do their work from home, I was the only one at the office.  And I loved every moment of it.  Got a lot done.

It’s also that time of year when everyone is becoming increasingly tired of the seasonal clothing and they want to get into some spring attire.  Not me boy.  I gained so much weight that two pair of my winter pants don’t fit me anymore. I’m so ashamed.  I really have to get on the good foot to drop some serious weight by the summer.

So even though the winter doldrums may have set in, I’m still enjoying the sweaters and heavier clothing.  Here’s a look at what I wore last week.

Last Monday, I opted for a gray dress to go with the gray sky.  I wore black tights and boots with it.  It was a very gray day!

On Tuesday, I brought out a bit of brightness with these neon corduroy pants and a navy tunic sweater. Very comfy.

Snow Day!  I wore this outfit for the snow.  The boots, by Unisa cost $40 three years ago and lasted better than those Tory Burch boots!!!  And in the snow no less!

Thursday was another snowy day with the same pants and boots as the day before. Hey. Nobody saw me because I was the only one at work!  I wore a cute ski-themed sweater by J. Crew!

Jeans Friday!!!!  Jeans with a plaid Lady Jacket, a black sweater and pearls. A fun Friday look!

On Saturday I wore my favorite Tee with a navy blazer and cuffed jeans.  Oh. And I wore loafers too!

Saturday, Bonaparte and I took a trip to the outlets in Limerick. He needed socks—he purchases his socks only at J. Crew or J. Crew Factory.   A big sale was going on and I picked up these cute printed skimmer pants, a Teddi sweater and a really cute striped tee for the upcoming warmer weather!

The bright green Teddi Sweater is a great match for the printed Skimmer pants I got..

….but this Tee!!!!  Pink Flamingo!!!!!!! I can’t wait to wear this!!!

Hey. Are you familiar with Tati Westbrook?  Her YouTube channel, GlamLifeGuru is one of my favorites.  She reviews tons of makeup and she’s quite fond of the drug store items.

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Tati Westbrook–her YouTube reviews are always great and informative and detailed!!!

She recently reviewed this new foundation from L.A. Girl cosmetics.  She highly recommended it for the value and the way it wore.  She paid ten bucks for it.

For the price, this foundation is decent!

Naturally, I had to try it and found it at Ulta for $8.99!  Tati made note to purchase a shade lighter than how the foundation appeared in the  bottle.  I went with the shade “Fair”.

A little pump of this goes a long, long way. A long way!  It looked a bit yellow when I pumped it onto my hand (as a palette), I added a drop of Argan oil and applied it.

The foundation appeared yellow on my hand but it may have also been the lighting.  This is ONE pumpful!!  A small amount really goes a long way with this!

This isn’t a bad foundation.  I wouldn’t call it full-coverage but it works fine if you want a buildable or medium coverage base.  I love the pump because you get just enough!

I applied with a dampened beauty blending sponge and had no complaints.

I went very light with this yesterday morning.  It’s got a nice finish but it isn’t full coverage..

The foundation lasted all day.  Nothing faded. Nothing wore off.

I built it up slightly today for a bit more coverage and I liked it better…

In fact, when I arrived home today, I had hair mail waiting for me.  Estetica Design’s “Violet” wig. She’s a cut short wavy bob—perfect for summer and the Caramel Kiss color is great!  It’ll look awesome with my fake tan!

Here’s the wig and the foundation!  If you just happen to be at Ulta or any drug-store that sells L.A. Girl, you might want to try this foundation out.  It did NOT dry my skin, it didn’t cake up, it remained nice all day!

These photos were taken at around six this evening.  The only thing I did was add a bit of lip balm. The foundation looks really, really good!  Ten bucks–you can’t beat that!  But the wig!!  What do you think?  I love it!  Violet is a winner!!!

Enjoy your evening!  I’ve got a few more cosmetics I want to share with you in my next blog post!!!! And thank you for your patience with me!!

Given my horrible time management in my personal life, I just had to share this oldie but greatie!  Time Has Come Today, by the Chambers Brothers. IMPO, one of the best rock songs ever!


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Rub-A-Dub Dubbed. I Like My Titles Subbed!

Let me tell you a story.  Or two.

Are you familiar with the nursery rhyme, Rub-a-Dub-Dub?

Rub-a-dub-dub, three men in a tub.

and who do you think they be?

The butcher, the baker, the candlestick maker…

Yeah. These three guys.  Who would get in a tub going across the ocean?  I give up!

Ok—so now we know about the three guys in the tub.  I’ll return to that in a while. Now……

Once upon a time, there was a couple.  The husband was French. The wife, American.  They made a rather interesting couple because they were polar opposites.  The Frenchman cerebral; the American woman, a bit devil-may-care.  But, the two enjoyed their life together.

Me and my Frenchman. How long have we been together?  We’ve been together since I wore my bio hair!  That’s a while!!!

And we do enjoy our time together—especially in the evenings after both working all day long.  We unwind by watching some of the series that Netflix has to offer.  Among them the foreign series. Among them the French series.  Bonaparte loves them because, as is natural, he is much more comfortable with the familiarity of his native language.  I love them because it gives me the opportunity to learn and become familiar with the French language.

I like to think of my husband as a twin to Antoine Doinel.  Francois Truffaut’s alter ego.  Maybe I’m the equivalent of Fanny Ardant!

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Fanny Ardant. One of MY favorite French actresses! She’s not dubbed!

The subtitles come in handy for me because as I’m listening to the words, and watching the show, the subtitles give me a better understanding of what the actors are saying.  The use of subtitles is also not distracting.  I repeat—subtitles are not distracting!

Anyway, we were very excited because one of our favorite French series, Marseilles, arrived back at Netflix for Season Two.

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This series is everything and a bag of chips with an aperitif!

I’m telling you, the first season was fantastic.  It’s full of dirty, juicy, nasty local politics.  Gérard Depardieu and Benoît Magimel headline the show and both men are deliciously heartless.  This gives you a good idea of just how much we anticipated the coming second season.

Depardieu and Magimel. What a nasty combo and so delightfully juicy!

Friday night, after we enjoyed our aperitifs and dinner, we went upstairs early to get all comfy and cozy in bed and turn the TV on to watch the first episode of Marseille’s Season Two.

But we ended up turning the TV off.  He, going bat$hit crazy and speaking very naughty words in French and me laughing so hard because I could not believe what happened.

My husband echoed a chorus of this word. It isn’t a nice one either–only he followed it with the words “de merde”.  He was very upset!

Let’s just say that the Butcher, the Baker and the Candlestick maker of the tub must have found new employment at Netflix because the  powers that be, decided to dub Season Two of Marseilles!  This angered my Gallic husband to no end and for me, it was a complete WTF moment!

Now, according to the “experts” at Netflix, this was a strategic move.  You can read more about this in the IndieWire article (scroll down to the comments—I left my thoughts!).

I can’t watch dubbed versions of anything.  It has nothing to do with me being a snob or a purist. It has everything to do with the fact that dubbing is so out-of-sync with the actors’ mouths and the voices are usually so freaking bad that it all becomes a bad joke.

The best and funniest example of this is Pepe Longsocks from SCTV. Did you ever watch it? OMG.  It’s so funny that you’ll cry. John Candy portrays Pepe Longsocks—it’s a take on the old Pippi Longstocking films that were so poorly dubbed.

Here’s what I’m talking about. Watch. And Laugh.

THIS is what dubbing is all about! Get a Depends because you just may laugh THAT hard!

And as angry as my husband was, I couldn’t stop laughing because Netflix Marseilles is now just Pierre Longsocks for me!

There’s a saying: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” and Netflix should realize this.  Part of the Netflix charm and appeal was their offering of Foreign series.  We are now watching the French series “Witnesses”, a detective series that is both somewhat gruesome and eerie, but nevertheless excellent.  Season One so far has been great. I’m so afraid that Netflix will ruin the series by dubbing it if it comes back for another season.

Witnessesses is creepy and eerie but it’s sooooooooooo stinking good! And it has subtitles!

There’s also another French series, Dix Pour Cent (Call My Agent), a great dramady about showbiz and agents and their actor clients.  The series centers around the agents, headed by Thibault de Montalembert. This show is so much fun because each episode stars real-life French actors playing themselves!  It’s my absolute favorite.  Seasons One and Two have been subtitled.

Hands down, Dix Pour Cent is my favorite foreign Netflix offering.  Cecile de France!!!!  Joey Freaking Star!!!!  Nathalie Baye and daughter Laura Smet!  I freaking LOVE this show. And it’s SUBTITLED!!!

Thibault de Montalembert, second from left, heads the Paris agency that caters to the French actor elite. OMG. This is greatness and to dub this would be the baiser  de la mort–the kiss of death!  Please Netflix–please don’t ruin my favorite show!

It sucks so much.  I’ve always respected Netflix for their many foreign choices but dubbing brings such a cheesy and tacky side to the shows. And frankly, I don’t know how anyone could watch a dubbed show and not be distracted by the out-of-syncness of the dubbing.

The conundrum is that I can’t unsubscribe because Netflix has great documentaries and stand-up comedy specials!  Boo hoo!

I can’t even anymore. What say you?  Do you want dubbed or subtitles?  Rub-a-dub-dubbed?  Or subbies?  Let me know!!!

But I can share a great French song and the video isn’t dubbed by an American singer!  Michel Fugain “Une Belle Histoire”. It’s a good one!

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The Saga of The Boots From Hell Comes To An End!

Just in case you aren’t familiar, last month I wrote a post about The Boots from Hell.  These boots were purchased quite a few years back at Nordstrom.  They were purchased during The Anniversary Sale and I paid $300 for them, which was a great price for Tory Burch boots.  Anyway, these boots ended up to be the bane of my existence.

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The Nadine boot by Tory Burch. Beautiful yet Baneful!! We all know that by now!

It took two years to finally break them in.  They were stiff, they were uncomfortable, but yet, I persevered.  They sat in the closet for a couple of years after that unworn.  Then, when I took them out again, I happily wore them until a zipper pull broke.  It cost me time to have them sent back and money to repair.  Then I happily wore them some more.  Then, this year, I noticed that the zipper on one of the boots wasn’t working properly.  Lo and behold, the zipper’s fabric ripped from the leather on the boot.

To make a long story short. Nordstrom sent them out for repair and I found out it would cost $100 to have the zipper fixed.  No dice. I paid $300 and was not willing to put another hundred into these boots that would only break again.

The staff at the Tory Burch boutique was so rude that I am still suffering from PTSD.  Post Tory Stress Disorder.

Luckily for me, the best people read this blog.  It was suggested by a few readers who both commented and emailed me that perhaps I should email Tory Burch’s corporate offices.  I did.

And got the ball rolling.

My first point of contact was a phone call from Gerardo, one of the customer service reps at Tory Burch.  Gerardo should be the CEO of this company.  He was incredible helpful but also very kind and he listened carefully to my story.

Yes!  I got a phone call!!

He told me that he would be getting back to me after speaking with a supervisor in order to see what could be done.

What evolved was that I was sent a UPS label to return the boots to the company, and I, in turn would receive a digital gift card for $300. And this was incredibly fair to me because had I not sent that email, the boots would have been trashed!

I received the gift card the other day, just in time for the Tory Burch sale.  Since I’m not really a fan of her clothing, and trust, me, I’m no fan of her boots, it was an interesting evening of on-line shopping for me.

I got some stuff!

What I settled on was a tote bag that I could use for work, shopping, travel and as a beach bag.  It reminded me of the Goyard totes that are way out of my price range.  Yes. This is more of a poor-girl’s Goyard tote.  Anyway, I really like it. The tote is the Gemini Link Tote and I ordered the cordovan/navy color.

True. I cannot afford this coveted Goyard St. Louis Tote–it’s over a thousand bucks!!

I opted for the Gemini Link Tote. I love the cordovan and navy colors.  Some call it “burgundy” I prefer “cordovan”–it has a nice ring to it!

Here’s the back view.  The straps are sewn very tightly to handle all the crap I lug around..

There’s plenty of room in this tote and it’s been great for work.

The coated canvas makes the bag easy to clean–especially given the fact I’m such a slob!  In addition, the front has a little “link” so that I can attach my office fob to it.

Next was an overpriced pair of flip flops.  Yeah. I know. Don’t judge.  I figured I could always use a “good” pair of flip flops if we go to a summer party.  (as if I’ll be invited anywhere). Surprisingly, these flip flops are a good fit for me because the sole is very narrow—just like my feet.

The flip flops came in this shoe box–another plus because I keep all my shoes in boxes!

A dust bag came with the flip flops as well. I guess that’s why they cost $79!  

The best thing about these flip flops?  They are cut narrow and fit my narrow feet very well. I hope they hold up!!

And last of all, I could not resist this leather wrap bracelet. I’ve got a lot of black so this will look good to offset black shoes, sandals or my new overpriced flip flops!

The Hermes wrap bracelets are out of my price range so this sufficed well!

Came in a little dust bag…

And I love the way it looks!!!

But—the best was the packaging.  OMG. I’m such a sucker for packaging. And when I ordered this stuff, there was the option of free gift wrapping.  Hey!!! Why the hell not?  It was a present to me for all the trouble those boots put me through.

The packaging damn near made me faint with delight!  The tote bag came in this….

And I love the little velcro closures!

The bag even matches the box the flip flops came in…

The bracelet was packet in this. I swear I can’t even with that bow!!

And I have a couple of bucks left over too!

Gerardo and I still keep in touch.  I asked him to send me a photo of himself for my post.  He declined!

Oh well, but I have to thank Gerardo for all the great assistance he gave me, and Tory Burch’s customer service was stellar.  Her brick and mortar sales assistants could learn a lot about great customer service from her customer service staff!!!

Thank you, Gerardo! And thank you Tory Burch Company.  Ya did good!  And thank you to everyone who told me to get in touch with Tory Burch Corporate!!!

Here’s my YouTube Video so you can get a better look at what I bought!


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How to Wear Any Foundation and Look Like a Million Bucks! (But Not Green and Wrinkled)

Ok.  Well, maybe you won’t exactly look like a million bucks—but trust me, you’ll look great.  It has nothing to do with price.  It has everything to do with the application.

Well, it may not be a million, but I can save you lots of Benjamin’s by telling you that with the right application, you can wear lower-end foundations even better than luxury brands!

I don’t want to sound “preachy” and don’t want to sound like I know it all—because I don’t know it all.  It’s just that from trial and error, I realized something.  Perhaps it’s that I’ve become wiser with age or more like I’m trying to work with my lines and wrinkles the best possible way I can.  But I’ve realized that you can work with what you have and you can work with those signs of aging!

No foundation is going to give a 60 plus year old face the dewy and wrinkle-free look that we had in our twenties.  Let’s face the facts.  Real life isn’t filtered.  The majority of us haven’t had fillers or a face lift (although I would love to be a guest at NY’s Hospital for Special Surgery to have my face and neck lifted) so we must deal with the effects of the aging process. And that’s fine.

Gurls–life ain’t filtered. Take a good look at this face that’ll be 63 next month. I got lines.  I’m not hiding them either but my foundation isn’t creeping into those lines aplenty!

And one of the most important products in my cosmetics militia is foundation.  I use it not to disguise anything but I use it to even out my skin tone.  I use it enhance!  Over the years I’ve acquired some redness and spots that blend in with my freckles.  I have lines. I have wrinkles.  And the goal is to get that foundation to do its job without gathering in the crevices and lines of my face and to not look cakey. I also don’t want my skin to appear so dry.

I know—you’re probably thinking that I’ve lost my mind.  I swear I haven’t but with experimentation and making sure I have the right tools, I’ve learned that I can wear any foundation that I have and it’ll really look great and last all day.

So—without further ado.  Let me explain.

Here’s a rotation of the current foundations that I’ve been rotating during the winter.

From left to right, clockwise.  Wet ‘n Wild PhotoFocus foundation, The Ordinary Coverage Foundation, Fenty foundation, Wet n’ Wild Cushion Foundation, The Ordinary Serum Foundation and back to Wet n’ Wild PhotoFocus foundation. In the center is the Laura Geller Baked foundation that I use in the warmer weather!

The exception being in the hot weather I’ll wear the Laura Geller Baked foundation.

Now—currently, the priciest foundation I’m using is the Fenty foundation which cost me $34.00 and still manages to be on the more affordable side than many high-end, luxury brands.

My most pricey foundation and boy, this remains one of my faves!  

It’s all in the application!

First, I’ll make sure my skin is prepared by being clean and a thin layer of serum is applied under a light moisturizer.  Follow that with primer.

My current rotation of primers. Left to right. The Ordinary Silicone Primer. The Ordinary Liquid Primer.  Fenty Primer.  Hard Candy Shine-Free Primer.  I’ve been using the Hard Candy primer a lot due to the very cold and dry weather. It goes on a little more “wet” for this horrible wintry mix!

Blah, blah, blah.

What I’ve learned is that if the application process is done correctly, then even the lower-end drug store brands will look fantastic.

I use different applicators for different foundations.

My foundation artillery!  Various brushes and a sponge!

Might I suggest to invest in a beauty blending sponge?  My sponge of choice is Real Techniques.  It does the job and costs around six bucks.  I use this for applying my foundations from “The Ordinary” and also use this to apply my Fenty Foundation.

Real Techniques Blending Sponge. A bargain at around six bucks.  I have to hide this because Chippy ate four of them and I will need a new one soon but I’m not giving this to him as a treat!

The Real Techniques sponge is fantastic for applying these foundations.  I wet it, wring it out a bit and apply the foundation with the dampened sponge!

I also never forget to add a drop of Argan oil to the foundation before applying.

I also never put foundation on anymore without adding a drop of oil first!  It is a game changer!

This brush from iT cosmetics?  The handle is loose and I’m ticked off big time about that because I’ve had the brush for under two years. This should not happen to a brush I paid over $45 for.  Regardless, it’s still the best brush for applying my Wet n’ Wild Cushion Foundation!  It blends the foundation in so well!

If you look closely you can see where the silvery thingy that separates the bristles from the handle looks slightly “off”. It’s loose and I’m so annoyed.  That should not happen.  Regardless this brush is fantastic!

I stipple the brush into the cushion and then apply to my face.  It is so good that I have a hard time seeing where the foundation actually IS!!!

My big spoon brush?  Well—that’s the brush I use to apply the Wet n’ Wild PhotoFocus foundation. Hands down, this brush blends this foundation in so that you can’t tell I’m wearing any foundation at all!

I’m going to wash this brush after I write this post!  But boy, I love the density of this.  All the spoon brushes are great!

If you recall, I added the spoon brushes to my “Best of 2016” remember?  Oona got me a set that Christmas and I love these.  The density is so great for blending this PhotoFocus foundation!  The brushes are from Bestidy and are on my Amazon page

And the big-ass buffing brush from Tarte?  That ended up to be the perfect applicator for the Laura Geller Baked foundation!

I have such a love/hate relationship with Tarte.   Their cosmetics dry me out like a ragged old raisin in the Sahara desert but the brushes are terrific. Too bad Chippy ate my favorite one!  This brush is GREAT for applying the Laura Geller Baked foundation!

What’s great about this brush is that it is also very dense but picks up just the right amount of foundation. It was worth the money I spent.

And after I’m finished applying the foundation, I lightly buff with a $2.99 brush I purchased at Marshall’s.  It’s great for that final light buff.  Then I mist with water, wait a minute and continue applying concealer, contour and blush!

This $2.99 brush from Mr. Perfect is pretty-much perfect for that final light buffing.  This was a great bargain find and proof that an inexpensive brush is just as good as an overpriced one that becomes loose in less than two years!!

Look.  I’m not promising that by the end of the day you won’t have any foundation settling into fine lines, but if you are active, if you are going to sweat a bit or work under harsh lighting, after a few hours any foundation may not look as perfect as the moment you applied it.

However, if you apply your foundation with the right tools, it’ll play for a better shelf life.  And if someone says anything to you about any settling, then they are standing too close to you for personal comfort.

Seriously. I put my foundation on at approximately 6:30 in the morning, Monday through Friday. The weekends I sleep a bit later.  During the day, I do not touch up at all.  When I was home all day I never touched up and when I’m working I never touch up.  My makeup stays put.  All.  Day.

Try this out and tell me what you think.  I’m no expert but these various ways of application really do work wonders for me.  Take a look –I swear I’ve used different foundations in each of these photos but I can’t even remember which foundations I’ve used.

I do remember I used the Wet n Wild cushion foundation yesterday and it gives a nice look..

Look!  No filters!  What you see is what you get!  I also used the Cushion foundation today!

Four different looks with different foundations (and wigs). Seriously–no caked on foundation and the wrinkles aren’t full of foundation that crept in!  I swear it is in the application moreso than the product!

I’m off to make some tea. It’s snowing like a Bastid and I went into the office earlier today.  I was the only one there!  But it was great because I got so much accomplished!

Thank Wayne Goss and God that I was the only one in the office–had anyone seen me taking selfies, they would have thought I was nuts!  It was fun being there toute seule–all alone!

The angels in heaven sure have a lot of dandruff!  It’s snowing like crazy!!!!

It’s still winter and as a reminder—here’s Vivaldi’s “Winter” from The Four Seasons. Enjoy the day!!!



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And Isla Love Her!! Reviewing a Short and Sassy Nugget of Fake Hair!!

Ok ladies!  I’ve got a wig review here.  It’s something somewhat out of my comfort zone because the wig is a short one.  Not boy short like my seventh-grade school photo which left me traumatized for life, but short in the sense that the wig comes just above chin length.

The unit is Isla.  She’s by Tony of Beverly and she is absolutely adorable!

Is this wig the cutest or what?  Don’t mind my sweatshirt!  I took some of these photos before I got dressed!

Before I continue on with the review, though, I want to reiterate the importance of checking out other reviews of wigs you may be interested in.  It’s a good practice to Google the wig you want and then head to see if there are any YouTube reviews or any reviews of the unit on websites.

There is a reason for this.

When I first saw Isla, I passed her by.  The stock photo that wig websites carry do not do this wig justice. She looks three hundred percent better IRL!  I would have never known that had Lori of @bluuu54 on Instagram not posted photos of her in Isla.  I was blown away at how great this wig was.  And this is the beauty of social media.  I follow quite a few women who wear wigs and it’s always great to see how different wigs look on different women!

The stock photo does not do this wig the justice it so deserves.  She looks so much better in real life!

Anyway, I pulled the trigger and ordered Isla from Name Brand Wigs.  Let me just say, I had a few questions and Leah from Name Brand Wigs was incredibly helpful.  The customer service at this site is just stellar.  I’ll definitely be ordering from them again. In fact, I ordered my second Jamison wig from them!

It’s always nice to receive a little note explaining little differences each wig may have!

I received the wig on Thursday.  It was sent by Name Brand Wigs in a plain brown box. In the box was the Tony of Beverly box and inside the box was Isla wrapped in a hair net.  I also received a little note and coupon from NBW.

Name Brand Wigs also has great prices for units that are not inexpensive.

Tony of Beverly has a nice elegant little box and I’m a sucker for nice packaging!

I put her on right away, without styling.  Straight outta the box, she was less styled, but nonetheless very well-made.  I took her off and with a shake, Isla became full of body.

Right out of the box, Isla is cute but not to her fullest potential!

She needs to be shaken like a little cocktail. However, if you want a straighter look, this is great!

I ordered the color “Rooted Sandstone” a combo of a darker root with lighter hair. Blonde and ash tones.

A closer look at the color!

The cap itself is incredibly comfortable.  The ear tabs are small which is great for those of us who wear glasses.  The adjustable straps are Velcro and not like bra straps.  There are no combs and I think I will add a comb to the back for extra security.  Trust me though, this cap fits beautifully and the lace front is undetectable.

The layering is gorgeous and the wispy feathering is great to soften the angular structure of a square jawline like mine.

Here’s Isla after a little shake.  I adore this wig and want her in another color!

Here’s a few more photos of how she looks in different lighting!

In the car…

Combed straight

Fluffed Up!

Finger styled

Front pulled back..

Another view of the front pulled back!  Isn’t she just the cutest nugget of hair??? I love her!

And to give you more information, here’s my YouTube review!!!  Enjoy!

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The New Office Casual and Some Inspiration from Adam Ant

There’s so much for me to say today that I almost don’t know where to begin.  I’ll start here—back in September, I was a bit shocked to be let go from a job that I had for just over a year. In hindsight, I’m glad because it led to a better position with a very well-established company.

And  remember that I was giving myself the six-months of receiving unemployment benefits to concentrate on the “branding” of my blog and Instagram? What it came down to was this: I have absolutely no business acumen.  I despise networking.  I’m not full of myself although I am the center of my universe—but there’s a difference.  I  like to keep things real.  Anything I write about in a review, you know that I use and approve. If I don’t approve, you’ll know it!! During that six months of trial and error I also realized that I want to just keep my blog as it is.  I don’t want it to change.  I don’t want to become one giant advertisement.

Yeah..I got some new stuff to tell you!

However, some good did come my way.  I’m now an Amazon influencer (but still trying to figure out the process) and I have become an influencer for Wigs.com.  Every so often I’ll receive a product from a company or small business to review and that keeps me happy.  If I do make any monetary rewards from my Amazon influencer program, it’ll go in the bank saving for that day when any one of my kids gets married! So, when you see a link for an item that I recommend, it’ll direct you to  my page at Amazon.com:  My Amazon Atypical60 Page

Now that that’s out of the way, I have to say that I enjoy going to work in the morning and I’m very focused on what I do.  My little cubicle is my little corner of the working world and I love it that way.  I’m also thankful that I was hired, at 62 years old, by a corporation that is certainly not ageist!

My little corner of the world. A private cubicle where I can focus on the work at hand!  I love being part of a team and…J’aime travailler toute seule–I love working all alone. This is so perfect!! My new happy place!

It seems, though, that “office casual” or “business casual” is here to stay.  I get that.  Some of the staff  works from home two or three days a week and I’m sure nobody is getting dressed to the nines.  There is something very comfortable about dressing down for work.  You don’t have to worry about shirttails hanging out or a run in your pantyhose (if you wear hose, I don’t).

But—I have a closet full of skirts and as the Spring enters, I’ll be choosing to dress up a bit more.  The weather has been absolutely horrific this past week and I was happy to be dressing casually. Especially Friday!  A surprise snowstorm blew the power out at the office and we were let out early.  That was a good thing because traffic was atrocious on the commute home.

Have a look at what I wore this week to work. Then I’ll continue…

Monday had me dressing “casually” in a kilt skirt, tights and a J. Crew turtleneck sweater! I think a kilt skirt offers ease and comfort. It isn’t a too-snug fit and there’s ease in movement.  Tights are a great alternative for those of us who hate pantyhose and haven’t fake tanned the legs in a while. Keeping the tights/shoes the same color gives a nice long line for the legs!

Tuesday brought the kilt-comfort to a new level.  While I realize that keeping the tight/shoes one color. I make an exception for loafers!  My beloved Bass Weejuns add to that office casual environment–especially when I’m up and running to the printer!  (mine needs to be installed!).  A hunter green turtleneck sweater (I freaking love those sweaters from J. Crew!) blends well with the plaid kilt and I matched my bag with my tights!  Oh. I forgot.  I’m wearing my Justine wig from It’s a Wig. I can’t tell you how happy I am that my fellow co-workers are so accepting of my wigs!!!

Wednesday morning we overslept. I blame it on Tuesday night’s full moon. I didn’t sleep well.  I literally threw this ensemble of casualness on without a thought.  My ten dollar burgundy pants that were purchased at Old Navy.  I paired it with a hunter green Tippi sweater from J. Crew–I love the combo of green and burgundy.  I wore a neutral pair of Tory Burch Reva flats. (I have an upcoming blog post about the latest installment of the TB boots from hell saga coming up…)

Even though I overslept, there was still time to hang with Chippy before leaving for work!

Thursday brought about another fun casual look.  The weather has been so awful and I wore the faux suede mini skirt from J. Crew.  I love this skirt because of it’s simplicity.  Tights and boots gave it a 1960’s vibe and a leopard scarf from Dollar Tree (yes–a buck) gave it a fun and toasty look!

The black and tan combo is another favorite of mine!

I’m also enjoying my “getting ready” time to put my makeup on!

FRIDAY!  Oh what a disaster!  I’m so glad that I really dressed down.  We had a snow storm that turned out to be quite the surprise.  High winds and trees knocked down. The snow was heavy and wet. The power went out at work and it’s a huge office so we were let out early.  Anyhoo, yours truly wore shoes with no socks and I was sliding around the parking lot till I got to my car.

Then when I did get to my car, I couldn’t find the scraper so I scraped the snow off with my hands, then a gust of wind blew the snow all over me.  I had to laugh because it was so funny.  The commute home was awful but I didn’t care because I had my music on!

Friday’s snowy day outfit!  I had no idea it was going to snow!  I must have been out of the weather loop!  I took Friday Casual to a new level with my AG torn jeans!  Not a good choice when the weather is cold and snowy!  Every time I wear this striped sweater from J. Crew, Bonaparte tells me how much he loves it.  It is a great little sweater.  I also opted for ruined shoes.  OK. I knew it was going to rain but not snow–so I decided to wear these old, worn out TB Reva flats.  They are falling apart. I’m not kidding!

What say you?  Would YOU throw these shoes out?  I wouldn’t–because they are great in bad weather. I don’t want to ruin a good pair of shoes but I’ll wear ruined shoes when conditions call for it….

I brought the snow into my car. On second thought perhaps I should not have opted to wear those ballet flats. My feet got cold!

Ok. Anyway, you know how I love to listen to music in my car and I have a ton of CD’s.  The other day, I was looking through my selection and was feeling nostalgic as I slipped Adam Ant’s greatest hits into the player.  After really giving his songs a good listening to, I realized that Adam Ant truly was and is an inspirational man.  “Goody Two Shoes” was an homage to not drinking or smoking but not in a preachy way. He did it with sauciness and humor.

Adam Ant. Then and now.  Although “now” I don’t like his nails.  But he definitely has a Johnny Depp twinning thing going on!  

But—to me, the most inspirational of his songs is “Prince Charming”–the lyrics are so inspirational and we can all learn a lesson from them.  Overall, it’s a feel-good song about respect!

Don’t you ever. Don’t you ever.

Stop being dandy showing me you’re handsome.

Prince Charming. Prince Charming.

Ridicule is nothing to be scared of….

Don’t you ever. Don’t you ever

Lower yourself, forgetting all your standards.

Prince Charming. Prince Charming.

Ridicule is nothing to be scared of….

Silk or leather, or a feather

Respect yourself and all of those around you.

 New Wave music, punk rock—whatever you want to call his music, the lyrics are prolific, profound and perfect.  His words are inspirational.  Respect yourself and everyone else and don’t be afraid of ridicule.

Mr. Ant was also inspirational in my love for military jackets.  Hey.  The man’s outfits were greatness!

Ladies–this man is one of my fashion inspirations.  I don’t need no runway. I don’t need no Anna Wintour. I don’t need no fashun bloggers because I got Adam Ant!

And this hat.  I’ve always yearned for a bicorn hat–it’s so Napoleonic.  I think an upcoming project will be to try to make one! Why isn’t this hat sold in stores?

I’ve always wanted that perfect military jacket and I finally found one that would be great for office and errands.  Gap.  I called three stores and they don’t carry it.  I went to King of Prussia mall today, stopped at Gap and they sold out but never restocked.  This is just my luck.  I’m hoping that I can order the jacket online.  Bonaparte has me on a no-buy so we’ll see.  Maybe if I bake his favorite pound cake I’ll be able to swing it.

I want this jacket.  Bonaparte gave me a solid “NON”–even after I made the best Bearnaise sauce he’s ever had!  I swear my life is the Franco-American version of “I Love Lucy”!!

I hope your week was a great one!!  And speaking of “Prince Charming”—here it is for you!  I now have to get back to my laptop from Hell to undo the effing updates that HP put into place. I hate HP!!  Just sayin’!!! I hope to have this issue resolved before the Oscars tonight!  What will Frances McDormand wear????

Adam Ant’s Prince Charming outfit is to die for!!!! I want his boots. And his jacket. And his shirt….


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