Monday, January 26, 2015

More Ways to Waste Time

Good Morning!  We had a great, sunny weekend here in Denver.  We also saw Aziz Ansari (and Joe Mande) at the Bellco Theater downtown.  They did not disappoint!  (To the couple sitting to our right who barely laughed the entire night: are you dead inside??)  Also, a couple got engaged right behind us at The Kitchen Denver.  All of a sudden she leaped out of her chair and nearly tackled her boyfriend.  Our waitress confirmed that they had just gotten engaged.  Honestly?  I kind of felt like I was intruding on a very personal moment.  But I totally couldn't take my eyes off of them after that.  
Here are a few things that had me clicking last week.

1.  Sephora's Teint INFUSION Ethereal Natural Finish Foundation has me intrigued.  It's supposed to "melt" into your skin and leave a natural, dewy finish. 

2.  Here are the 25 healthiest cities in America as ranked by the American Fitness Index.  My old hood and my new hood are in the top 12!

3.  This completely unsubstantiated, yet totally believable SERIAL theory has me thinking...

4.  Making healthy homemade mayonnaise is a pain in the rear, especially if you don't  have an emersion blender (remember, I'm lazy).  Mark Sisson and his team are here to rescue us all from traditional mayo.  Primal Kitchen's Mayonnaise is coming February 4th!  (I'm really curious to see how much each jar will cost.)

5.  House Beautiful has a fantastic article about creating space in your home by decluttering.  My favorite quote to remember, "The barn's burnt down, now I can see the moon."  This is a really thoughtful article about how to know what objects really have meaning and those that you think have meaning.  Getting rid of "things" opens up space in our lives.

6.  Have you started reading Inc. yet?  I'm not in the workforce right now, but it seems like every article they write I want to read!  These 11 productivity tips can apply to anyone, in any field.

7.  I am one of those people who thinks sugar is going to be the death of us all.  This Bustle article, "I Quit All Added Sugar for Two Weeks and Was Completely Surprised by What Happened", was funny, heartfelt and had a fresh take on why quitting sugar was important to the author.  (spoiler alert: it's not because her skin cleared and her energy spiked)

8.  Check out this cool time-lapse video of snow falling in Amarillo, TX.

9.  Time magazine has a list of toys that will be huge in 2015.  I know my kids already love the Minions, but with their own movie out this summer, I'm sure the Minion mania will be at its peak in a few months.

Have a great day :)

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Bliss 'Fuzz' Off

It's time to talk about the not-so-glamorous side of beauty: facial hair.  Being fair skinned with light hair, I never thought this would be an "issue" for me, but another gift of age is extra long, coarse hair in unwelcome places.  But I recently discovered an incredibly easy and effective way to manage hair removal.  Plus, it's pain free!

I remember when Joe and I were looking at one of our first apartments, the landlady had the longest hair around her mouth that I just could not take my eyes off of.  I made a snarky comment to Joe: "how can she walk out the door with that!"  Little did I know that twelve years later, I'd be staring in the mirror looking at my long lady-stache.  Okay, I'm exaggerating a bit.  And my hair is very light, so this is probably (hopefully?) not something the Target cashier noticed at checkout.  But once I spotted it, it was hard to ignore and it's all I saw when I looked in the mirror.

I had been using scissors to "trim" the hair around my mouth, but it seemed to grow back stiffer and angrier than ever.  I've never tried waxing, but was considering giving it a try.

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But then I heard about Bliss 'Fuzz' Off  ($24/0.5 ounce) while watching a youtube beauty blogger (probably Anna) and I made a note to buy it the next time I was in Sephora.  I'm so glad I did.

Highlights of Bliss 'Fuzz' Off:

  • Safe, effective in-home hair removal (convenient!)
  • Fast results that last
  • Efficient packaging for minimal product waste and targeted application
  • Fresh, clean scent
  • Budget friendly ($24 for this tube that will last me two years, or more)

The packaging of 'Fuzz' Off is well thought out.  You gently squeeze the tube and the product arrives at the end of the plastic, angled tip.

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From there, it is simple to apply it exactly where you need it.  I use a dabbing/spreading technique that works well.  And for the little hairs that sneak down into the actual lip area, I use my pinky finger to nudge the product over those spots and then wash my hands with soap and water.

Once it's on, it's ON (like donkey kong!).  The instructions say to test the area after 3 minutes by wiping it away.  If your hair hasn't budged, reapply to that area and wait another few minutes.  I find that it takes about 5 minutes for me.  Definitely do not exceed ten minutes as you could irritate or even burn your skin.

Another clever feature is the angled tip.  It has little textured 'nubs' on both sides that you can use to gently nudge the hair off the skin before you wipe all of the product off.  I know, it sounds gross, but it's really effective.  And the results?  I never knew my skin could look this smooth around my mouth!

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The instructions on the box state that it's for the upper lip, chin, cheeks and hairline.  It specifically says to avoid the eyebrow area and to avoid contact with lips.  I use it between my brows and all the way around my lips (the hair doesn't stop at my upper lip).  I haven't had any problems in either of these "not recommended" areas--only fantastic results.  Now my tinted moisturizer/foundation doesn't accentuate the hair between my eyebrows making it look like peach fuzz.  The warning is probably meant to deter you from using it directly on the eyebrow area.  I would follow this advice. It seems like it would be easy to get into your eyes with it in such close proximity.

This stuff is fool-proof!  I can't recommend it enough.  And the results last for ages.  I did my first treatment the second week of October and only just repeated it in the first week of January.  I've never waxed my upper lip, so I have no idea what the maintenance time is on that, but three months seemed like more than I could ask for!  And the re-growth is not stubble.  It grows in more soft and subtle than when I was trimming it with scissors.

Have you ever used Bliss products?  I've seen them in Sephora, but I'd never investigated the line before.  The products were developed for the Bliss spa that opened in NYC in 1996.  Bliss is all about scientifically proven beauty formulations that not only change your skin, but change "your state of mind".  I guess they want you to feel "bliss" after using their products.

I'm not sure I'm blissful, but I'm pretty darn happy with my hair free lips and forehead!

If you've been waxing your upper lip, or your hairline, I highly recommend you give Bliss 'Fuzz' Off a try.

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Project 52 Week 3: Denver Stock Show

I didn't go off the prompt sheet this week.  The prompt was "evening routine" and this week's evenings have been anything but routine.  So I'm going rogue and posting a picture from Sunday at the Denver Stock Show (officially: National Western Stock Show).  Okay, I'm posting two pictures. Because I couldn't decide.

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That will be the last time Kate asks daddy if he wants some of her ice cream!  (HOG)

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This is Kate pointing out which pony she wanted to ride.  She ended up on Cagney, not her first choice, but she had fun, nonetheless.  Townes wanted no part of it, but had fun watching and eating cotton candy.

I had so much fun taking pictures--it really tested me.  There were so many different lighting situations: we were inside tents, outside trolling food vendors, inside dark buildings/barns and I only brought my 50mm lens (no zoom), so it was very challenging.  I did some editing in Lightroom to both of these photos, but not a lot (Adjusting white balance while out in the real world without my trusty white poster board is a skill I want to master..and soon.).  Note: my computer is running slow, so I'll have to go back and add in the settings I was using...

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