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Sorry I haven't been around more. I feel awful, and I would have wanted to post more. But my migraines has been killing me for the last month or more.

 

weirdness

 

Strangest thing happened the other night. I woke up very early in the morning, and I could hear singing. Sometimes I do that when I have a migraine, or if the neighbors are playing loud music. I didn't think much of it until I happen to glance out my window.  In the twilight of the morning I could just make out it black shape outside my window. I could not make out much because I didn't have my glasses on, but it looked to be about the size of a large house cats to me.

 

If I didn't know better I would say I was visited by a fairy.

 

Christmas is Coming

 

I'm all ready for Christmas. I just have to wrap some presents, and bake some things. Today I will be spending time getting the house ready and doing some last minute prep for tomorrow.

 

I hope that everyone else is ready.

 

I probably won't get another chance to say this, or more accurately will forget, so I want to tell everyone else to have a very Merry Christmas!

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Been loving the newest layouts at both DW and LJ. Changed my long time layouts at both. Maybe someday I'll even customize them. Who knows?



What's been happening...


  • Starting on my holiday baking today with a new banana bread recipe: Momma Callie's Banana Nut Bread with Honey Butter


  • I put up the tiniest tree and I luffs it! See it here


  • I'm almost done with my gift gathering. One more trip tonight, then just a few to make.







  • What's going on in your neck of the woods?

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    This lady did an adorable parody of Psy's "Gangnam Style" song. She did exactly what I thought the first time I saw it: horses.

     

    Kandee Johnson Kan-gnam parody

     

    Btw, all but two of the older kids in the video are hers. Her mother filmed it. It was quite the family affair!

    Mumkins!

    Oct. 15th, 2012 04:42 pm
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    Finally feeling like the migraines of hell week is over, so I finally got up to making my mumkin for my front porch.

     


    I also got a small bit of candy in case kids come by.

     

    Anyone else doing anything particularly special?

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    Isn't this the coolest look? Wishing very much to recreate this.

    Found on Pinterest here.

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    I finally got around to watching Teen Wolf. I admit that Stiles and Derek are adorable on-screen together. They'd make a cute couple.

     

    I've resisted watching this for ages, but boredom won me over.

     

    Bah!

    saifai: (TH - Secret Look Twins (unknown))

    I've been scouring the net for ideas on seasonal decorations and came across this gem. It's basically a formula for various containers. I've used that method before to recreate pieces on my own, but this is the first I've seen a method outlined to follow.

     

    saifai: (TH - Secret Look Twins (unknown))
    This makeup artist I found on Youtube does some awesome special effects makeup. She makes them look so easy!

    Unzipped_Zipper_Face_Makeup_1

    Zipper Face Mask

    She's also got a Snow Queen, zombie, bullet hole, scars, and an awesome screw through a finger.

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    ...but only because I've got a monster blackberry bush to trim back.

     

    Well, its actually my neighbors but its creeped all the way onto my deck now.

     

    Loving the colder weather. Finally getting to pull out the heaters and warmer clothes.

     

    What's your favorite part of Autumn?

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    I wrote my initial review of the Covergirl + Olay Tone Rehab 2 in 1 foundation and powder on the Buzz Agent website here (and my before and after photo is there).

     

     

    They claim it'll improve your skin texture in 3 weeks. I wasn't sure how well it work for me because I'm fairly sensitive to Olay products, so it could very well make it worse.

     

    Texture
    Short story is it works great. My 69 year old mother and I both tested it because our skin texture is so different. Her skin is dry and heavily lined. Mine is combination with pretty good lines around my eyes, and occasional acne flare-ups (not to mention my eczema).

     

    Coverage
    For both of us the foundation had great medium coverage. I tried it both with and without primer, and it blended well either way. I prefer blending with a damp sponge, Mom with a brush. It didn't settle in any lines, and didn't look (or feel) too heavy.

     

    Lasting Power
    The foundation didn't oil up too bad in the t-zone if I used an oil reducing moisturizer. Mom had zero problems. It lasts several hours, even on super hot days. I didn't have any transfer issues on my clothes once it was set. Bonus? It doesn't oxidize on me.

     

    Powder
    The powder was a bit different. It is actually quite heavy. To set your makeup with it you need to be very delicate. I actually used it as a light foundation most of the time. It stays on pretty well though without building up too much when reapplied.

     

    Overall
    I love it and will repurchase. My skin actually was a bit smoother, and cleared up of eczema. I got so many compliments on my complexion. That in itself is worth it yo me. Try it if you've got combination to dry skin, especially if age is becoming an issue.




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    I got a chance as a BzzAgent to try some of this new candy, Unreal, for free. wasn't expecting much out of the supposedly junk-free candy (no artificial dyes, no hydrogenated oils, no corn-based products). How good could they be? I was actually surprised though at how good they were.

     

     

    I tried the chocolate covered peanuts first. I'm a huge fan of Peanut M&Ms. These were a bit different. They're a bit softer in texture. The taste is quite sweet and rich. The natural dyes they use for the candy coating make them slightly spicy. These are definitely a new favorite.

     

    Next one I tried was the peanut butter cups. I love my Reese's cups, and these just weren't as good. They weren't as salty as I would expect, so they were a bit bland to me. Same with the caramel nut clusters (like Turtles). Probably won't repurchase these.

     

    Overall they're not too bad for a natural alternative candy. Might check them out if you get a chance. In the U.S. they sell them at CVS /Rite Aid, Walgreens, and Michael's.

    saifai: (TH - Secret Look Twins (unknown))

    I had an absolutely awesome birthday. It was honestly pretty quiet, but still a day that brought me happiness.

     

    I actually started celebrating this weekend when my mother took me out to lunch at my favorite Chinese all-you-can-eat buffet (which has excellent coconut milk chicken by the way). Then she took me to see Men in Black 3, which I have been dying to see for ages now.

     

    Presents
    For my actual birthday she gave me a native american-style necklace. She has one that I have been eyeing for ages in a similar style, and apparently she had bought mine at the same time and only now remembered that she even had it (which I'm thankful for because I absolutely adore it). If you have Instagram I put a picture of it there: saifai @ Instagram

     

    I bought myself something too, and made my birthday order at Sephora. I'm getting tons of samples and luxury size items to try out, sale items, a palette or two... things like that.

     

    ...

     

    That's about it for now. I want to thank all of you that sent me birthday wishes. I am off to take a sick today, and watch a movie. Hopefully I can update more later

    Quiet life

    Aug. 19th, 2012 09:46 pm
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    I am sorry to say the lure of other social media sites has caught my attention lately. I read and lurk though. I've said this before, but so often I compose journal entries in my head, but never quite manage to get them down. Something to work on I suppose.

     

    Been very quiet in my life as of late. I still have not replaced my computer that crashed so many months ago. My net access is down to my DROID and wii.

     

    But with my extra time, and still no job outside the home due to my severe as ever migraines and vertigo, I have time for thought. I've been exploring who I am again (a pursuit long overdue since the divorce), and relearning taking care of myself (hello beauty and fashion!).

     

    Okay, and maybe a bit of housework and gardening.

     

    More posting soon lately. I really want to get back into things.

     

    So...

     

    How are you all doing?

    Oh my good Lord, I just now noticed I'm reposting Twitter feeds. Sorry! Hadn't even realized it was doing it. Grr!

    My tweets

    Aug. 18th, 2012 12:00 pm
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    My tweets

    Aug. 16th, 2012 12:00 pm
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    My tweets

    Aug. 15th, 2012 12:00 pm
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    My tweets

    Aug. 12th, 2012 12:00 pm
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    My tweets

    Aug. 10th, 2012 12:00 pm
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    I've been watching the news lately to catch news of the fires in colorado springs. I grew up there,  and I've still got family and friends that live there. I think between my sister, mother, and I we've been driving them all just a wee bit insane. Luckily they've all been fine so far (though my uncle solved the dilemma by going on a boating trip).

     

    As for the rest, I've been trying to get caught up, and keep up with chores around the house. My mother is finally doing better now that she's going back to work half time.

     

    As for me, I've just been laying around today nursing a migraine and making orders on my phone for beauty tools. I thought a few brushes, makeup setting spray, hd powder, and a few new lip products to try.

     

    Now if only I can convince myself I really need to get up and start my day...

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    My mom got back from her annual trip to see my sister with a bad case of pneumonia. She's only just now getting better after a month and a half.

     

    Last week on her regular follow up, or rather right before we left, she slipped on the stairs. She flew down to the landing below and ended up fracturing three ribs. Unfortunately it was on the same side as her pneumonia.

     

    She goes back to work Monday at least part time. Cross your fingers.

     

    Not much else has been going on lately as I've been home taking care of Mom.

     

    More on all other things later.

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