It’s Saturday. And let me start off by telling you I’m slightly pissed off at the meteorologists in the Philadelphia area. It was supposed to rain today. And it was supposed to be cooler. Instead, the atmosphere in these parts is hot, humid and hotter.
Believe it or not, I was actually looking for a cool and rainy day. I’ve got a lot of cooking to do and don’t like to stand in a hot kitchen!
That’s not bad—in fact, I love the heat. But if I knew just how hot it was going to be, Bonaparte and I would have gotten up early and headed to Stone Harbor for some serious beaching—and I would spend a few hours more damaging my skin.
With the forecast being cool, it was my plan to get my nails done, bake some cookies for Bonaparte, bake some bread and work on a blog post that required me getting dressed up in many items of clothing.
This is fun in cool weather. When it gets hot and humid and Monsieur “I-love-the-heat-and-humidity” Bonaparte doesn’t turn the A/C on, this is not fun.
The bread is rising, the last batch of cookies is in the oven, I’m sweating my ass off, and it was too hot to work on the blog post that I really wanted to write.
Cookies are baked…
I forgot to add, the potatoes are par-boiled. I’m making B’s favorite potatoes. Cubed and sauteed in duck fat!
And so, today I’m just making it a busy catch-up day.
There is a pile of baby gifts that need to be wrapped and I’ll get to that this evening.
Actually, I hope it really does not rain because that’ll mean I have to clear the piles of gifts and everything else off the dining room table. This is like having the kids home again–the dining room table becomes a catch-all for homework, school books–everything but dining! We’ll be eating outdoors this evening!
Is this the cutest pillow? I couldn’t resist an extra gift of a swan in a tutu. Swan Lake takes on new meaning!
I am also in a tizzy (did I just write that???) because I’m tired of some of my favorite cosmetic items being discontinued.
Stila’s “In the Know” eyeshadow palette has long been one of my go-to’s. I swear I must have had this palette over 5 years and I hit pan big time but I still use it wisely and sparingly because Stila discontinued it. And it was discontinued a while ago.
Had I been “In The Know” that this palette would have been discontinued, I would have purchased two more! I swear this is THE original neutral palette. And I’m using the shadows very sparingly these days. Stila needs to bring this baby back!
This morning while getting ready, I decided to take out my Stila Convertible Color Lip and Cheek Cream in Sweet Pea. I love this. The pink is bright but not clownish and only a bit is needed to give your cheeks a nice glow. I don’t even use it on my lips—for me, it purely blushes. My compact is basically a mess from both hitting pan and from brush shedding. I figured it was time to repurchase.
Can I go on record now to say I am NOT your typical smoke and mirrors blogger? Who else would have the nerve to showcase a hot mess of an overused product that has not only hit major pan but has little brush hairs in it. I don’t care–it still gives good color!
And after I got a pedicure, manicure, lip and chin wax (yeah, I’m like the bearded lady at the circus but I’m losing the hair on my head—go figure!), I drove home to get Bonaparte and we were off to run errands.
Kim does such a great job on my feet–she even scrubbed away my fake tan!!
If Kim didn’t do such a great job on waxing my face, I could possibly tour as the new Annie Jones, the bearded lady who was the main attraction for P.T. Barnum.
I stopped at Ulta, which is quickly becoming more of a favorite than Sephora for me these days. I think it’s because the store is offering higher end brands while still selling drug store brands as well. One stop shopping. My only beef with the King of Prussia Ulta is that the sales assistants like to stand around gabbing to each other more than assisting. (For what it’s worth—the sales assistants at the Collegeville Ulta are fantastic!) Or—perhaps they just don’t like to assist old ladies! No big deal, I know what I want anyway. I went up to the wall that displayed the Stila cosmetics and found the Convertible Colors. Sweet Pea was not there. I must have looked like I was having a stroke—after all, I am that old in beauty industry years, and finally, someone asked if I needed help. When I explained that I didn’t see “Sweet Pea” I was told that Stila discontinued it.
Can you believe this? Is Stila now manufacturing all their cosmetics as limited editions or something?
Anyway, I ended up purchasing a nice coral-pink color “Petunia”. I tried it on my cheek and it looked fine. If I end up really loving it, I’ll have to purchase a couple of them because I’m sure Stila will manage to discontinue it on me.
I know–it photographs very orangy. In reality, it is a very nice coral-pink color and looks rather pretty once it is applied. We’ll see….
This week’s other big cosmetic purchase was Mally Beauty Poreless Face Defender. I was intrigued by this because it’s unlike any product I’ve ever seen. It’s a blur—sorta. It’s also a product that sets your makeup. It is supposed to give your face a nice finish because you can wear it over your makeup. You can also use it as a primer under your makeup.
Mally Evercolor Poreless Face Defender. As odd as it seems, this is really quite an intriguing product that does work! It’s like a powder made of balm!
It certainly does give a nice finish. I like to think of this as a finishing powder for mature skin. I can’t use powder to finish my face because it’s so dry—but this. I better buy another one before Mally follows suit with Stila and discontinues!
Ok–I’m 62 and the lines are here to stay. But–I have to say that the Mally Poreless Face Defender does the job in smoothing the face a bit and finishing off the makeup without a powdery, dry, look. VERY mature skin friendly!! Thumbs up on this one ladies!
My Marc Jacobs Genius Gel Foundation was the one I went with today since I thought my post would be going in a different direction and I wanted to look extra fetch! This foundation has never failed me. It’s light but with a little build does cover and at $48, it may be pricey, but considering I’ve had this bottle for almost two years, it’s worth the money. It’ll soon be time for a repurchase, though, because I did notice that I’m running low. I better make a mad dash before it’s gone!
See the bottle? It’s getting a bit ‘glassy” and the product is leaving me. I will repurchase because I’ve had it for a long, long time and for a higher end foundation, it works!
Oh. I did manage to lose one pound this week. Trust me, I’m thrilled about that! I’m at a point if I can lose one pound a week between now and the Holidays, I’ll be in decent shape to stuff myself at Christmas time! I didn’t take a photo because when I weighted myself I was naked and didn’t want to run downstairs to get my phone. Trust me. I’m down to 144.
I also got some new hair this week.
Look at this hair! Solar by It’s A Wig . A Whole lace wig that is pretty- much perfect! Soft and natural. And just about sold out! I was lucky to get her!
Another wig I got lucky with. Model Model Joy. Under twenty five bucks on Divatress.com. I love the way she mimics my natural hair blown out!!
What did I wear this week? Take a look. I was sick with a stomach bug on Wednesday and stayed home to rest—so I stayed in my ragged pj’s.
Today I went with my $16 dress from Primark. I love it because I can go braless. And I’m diggin’ this Joy wig from Model Model. I did manage to put flip-flops on..
Yesterday I had a bit of an 80’s vibe with the bright colors. I did purchase this lightweight sweater at J. Crew Factory for our trip to France but it stayed home. I like this sweater a lot. Only issue I had was that my drawers kept falling down inside my pants yesterday and I had to pull them up all day. It was not a pretty sight.
Thursday it was a bit cool so I threw a denim jacket over my ten dollar dress. I wore my favorite Rondini Sandals. It won’t be long till these sandals get a rest until next summer.
Tuesday was rainy. And I started to feel “meh” so I didn’t shave my legs. A maxi took care of that!!!
Monday. My favorite outfit of the week. Simple. Pixie Pants. Repettos and a striped shirt. All-season dressing. What’s not to love?
Are you like me? Do you get annoyed if the weather report changes drastically after you’ve made plans? Do you get upset with discontinued items? Am I overreacting?
Because I get so upset over things like cosmetics being discontinued I need to pull out this CD again. George Harrison. All Things Must Pass. From one of the greatest albums of all time. All Things Must Pass.