The Beauty of Change: An Update

Hello everyone! I hope you are doing well.

It’s been a while since I have posted here. I realize I just sort of dropped off with no explanation and for that I apologize.

grumpycatThere are several reasons for my absence. The first is that I have been having some technical difficulties. My computer is old and started crashing every time I tried to run WordPress. And it can’t handle video editing anymore at all, hence no new YouTube videos.

At first I was pretty upset by this, but before long I didn’t have much time to think about it anymore because of another reason…..

My family has been very sick this winter. Seems like we are down with something new every other week. I don’t like being sick. And I especially don’t like seeing my children sick.

Which brings me to yet another reason for my absence……

It’s something that I’ve never talked about on this blog before.

My youngest child has a genetic syndrome called Prader-Willi Syndrome.


2 days old

When she was born 2 years ago, our lives were turned upside down. Her first month of life was spent in the NICU, which was like being in an alternate universe. Everyday was centered around tests, procedures & the like. When we finally got to bring her home, her health was still very delicate and taking care of her consumed much of my time and energy. Having a special-needs child can be exhausting. I don’t think anyone ever plans to be a special-needs parent. I certainly hadn’t. And it was something I had a hard time accepting at first.

Then, over time, she began to improve. Things started to become easier. And I had the time to return to makeup & all things beauty related. And part of that was this blog. It gave me an outlet. Working with makeup was a part of my life that had begun before she was born, and I realize now that I was desperately trying to hang on to something that felt “normal,” a part of my life that didn’t have to be defined by being a “special-needs parent.”

But the health challenges we have faced this winter have opened my eyes to the realization that things in my life can change very quickly.

Change can be a scary thing. It takes us out of our comfort zone and makes us adapt. But change can also be a beautiful thing. It makes us grow and mature into better people.Change-Ahead-Sign

My sweet baby girl keeps me on my toes, that is for sure. But I wouldn’t have it any other way. Having her has made me have to change. And because of that, I am a better person.

So for now I am going to let go of trying to hold on to who I was before, which includes letting go of this blog. It’s time to embrace who I am now. “Special-needs” and all. Maybe I will return to the blogosphere one day. Maybe not. We’ll see what the future holds.


November 2012

Thankfully, my family is on the mend and all of our health is improving steadily.

I am so grateful for all of you who have come by to visit and hear what I have to say. Thank you for your love and support through this journey. You have helped me more than I can say.

So I leave you with this: Don’t resist change, embrace it. God has big plans for you!

CSLewis quote

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day!

Grey Smoke featuring NYC Individualeyes Palette Dark Shadows

Remember that NYC palette I showed you in the video for the Influenster Beauty Bloggers VoxBox?

Here is a look that I wore recently using that palette.

I really liked this look.  A bit of drama, a bit of glam, and alot of smoke!

I did not use the primer in the palette for this look.  I tried that primer a few days ago and it did not work for me at all.  Bummer.  But I have really oily eyelids, so it may work better for others.  The cream highlighter is nice, it blends well and lasts all day, especially with the white shadow layered on top.

For this look I used:

Lauren Brooke Cream Foundation in N3

Lauren Brooke Cream Concealer in Warm Light – under eyes

Lauren Brooke Loose Powder foundation in Natural – lightly applied to set creams

Everyday Minerals Blush in Salon Fun (Discontinued😦 )

Real Purity Eyeshadow Duo in Vanilla/Mocha – Mocha color – to fill brows

NYC Individualeyes Palette in Dark Shadows for eyes

essence liquid liner in Black  from my swap with lifeofbun – LOVE!

NYC Big Bold Ultra Volume Mascara in Black

Catrice Ultimate Color Lipstick in Frozen Rose  another product I love from lifeofbun

I got about 6 hours of wear before I noticed that the shadows were creasing.  I did  a quick touch-up.  About 3 hours later, I noticed that there was quite a bit of creasing but I was washing my face by that point anyway.

This was a fun palette to try.  The shadows have decent pigmentation and blend nicely.  They are pretty shimmery, but alot of that blends away to leave a nice sheen.

Thanks for stopping by!

Have a great day!


Influenster Beauty Blogger VoxBox Video!

I was really excited to get another VoxBox from Influenster so quickly!

The theme for this box was “Beauty Bloggers”.  Want to see what was inside??

Click the photo below to see the video!

If you would like an invite to join Influenster, let me know and I’ll be happy to send you a link!

Thanks for watching!  Have a great day!

The Beauty of Oranges

Oranges are one of my favorite fruits!  They are delicious, juicy and sweet!

They are a great source of Vitamin C which is a building block for collagen that helps keep skin firm and young-looking!  They are also high in Folic acid which is important for brain function and the production of healthy red blood cells.

Oranges are another great source of antioxidants as well!  Remember how important those are??  They also boost the immune system to help keep you healthy during these upcoming winter months!

Next time you’re craving something sweet, reach for an orange! 🙂

Nails: Sally Hansen Thinking of Blue

This was one of my first Sally Hansen Complete Manicure colors.  I picked it up a couple years ago and it’s still one of my favorites!

Navy blue makes a great nail color because it looks chic and professional but yet….it’s blue! 🙂

Complete Manicure

This polish goes on like a dream:  smooth and even, opaque in two coats and dries quickly without the need to use base coat or top coat.  After all, it’s a complete manicure in a bottle, right? 🙂

What is your favorite navy blue polish?

New Video! International Swap with Anouchka!

Today started out as a bummer kind of day.  Not for any specific reason, I was just in a bit of a funk.  Ever have one of those days?

But all of that quickly changed when I checked my mailbox and found a package that came all way from Belgium!!  My sweet friend Anouchka (from lifeofbun) and I have been in contact over the past couple months about doing a swap of products.  We were both excited to try affordable products from brands that are not easy to find in our native countries.  I had lots of fun shopping for her products!  You can see her swap post here.

I felt like a kid at Christmas!  My package contained a selection of Catrice eyeshadows, lipsticks and a nail polish.  She included a nail polish and eyeliner from essence as well!  Her selection of colors was perfect, exactly the kind of colors I would have chosen!

I was so excited that I made a video!  :-)  Click the pic to check it out to see all the wonderful goodies!

Nothing like a sweet friend to brighten up a gloomy day!!

Thank you!  Thank you!  Thank you, Anouchka!!  I love everything you picked out!!  Mwah!🙂

Influenster Naturals Vox Box

So there’s this website.  It’s called Influenster.

And when you sign up, you can build your profile and take surveys that interest you.  You can also read & write reviews on products, answer questions, and post photos & videos.

And sometimes, they will send you an email saying that they have decided to send you a box of goodies called a Vox Box.

Who doesn’t like goodies??

This was my first Vox Box and I have to say that I was pretty impressed.

As the name “Naturals Vox Box” implies, all the products in this box were considered natural or eco-friendly.

There was quite a variety of products in the box.  So let’s go through each item:

Lypsyl Intense Protection Lyp Moisturizer – This lip balm comes in an oblong tube (not round like traditional lip balms) and has a cute little bee on the side that you use to push up more product.  So cute!  It features shea butter and beeswax and claims to provide long-lasting deep moisture for your lips.  I keep this by my bed and apply it each night before going to sleep.  I love how my lips are staying so soft and are not feeling chapped at all despite the change in seasons!  Even my husband likes it!  It goes on smooth with no tugging at the lips and has a slight minty flavor.  Love it!

EBOOST Energy SupplementNatural Orange Flavor – This has a great taste that is not too sweet or too vitamin-y.  Know what I mean?  That distinct taste that lets you know that your taking vitamins?  Ya, that one.  It’s not there with this product.  To me, it tastes kinda like a less-sweet version of an orange Life Saver candy.  I reserved this for a day that was particularly busy to see if it would help me keep up.  And you know what?  It did!  I really liked that I never felt jittery and I didn’t experience a post-rush slump that can sometimes happen.  I’m not really one to take energy supplements on a regular basis, but this would be great to keep on hand for the days when you just need an extra….boost.  :-)  Clever name!

GeoDeo Natural Deodorant PlusIsland Scent – This has a great scent!  Very tropical and fresh without being overpowering.  It goes on clear and doesn’t leave any residue on your clothes.  The bummer is that it wasn’t as effective as I would like.  It claims to provide 24 hour protection, but I had to reapply throughout the day.  And let’s be honest, who wants to do that?  It doesn’t contain aluminum which is something I avoid so that is good.

The Original Dish Drying Mat – This is one thing I would have never thought to purchase on my own.  I’ve seen them at the store, but just thought it was another “gimmick” thing that would turn out to be a waste of money.  But now that I have it, I don’t know how I ever lived without it!  It helps dishes to dry quicker by absorbing more water without leaving the counter wet and soggy.  And it stays in place without slipping all over the counter like a dish towel does.  Anything that helps make daily, mundane tasks quicker and easier is a winner in my book!

nectresse Natural SweetenerWhen I saw that this is the new calorie-free sweetener from the makers of Splenda, I was immediately cautious.  Splenda (as well as aspartame) gives me headaches.  And I mean BAD headaches.  Like sick to your stomach, not getting out of bed headaches.  NO GOOD!  But when I read the ingredients on this and saw that it really was natural, I decided to take the risk and try it.  And you know what??  No headache!!  I was pretty surprised (and relieved!).  I don’t use a lot of sugar or other sweeteners, and usually when I do I use raw sugar or stevia.  I don’t really think that I’ll be purchasing this myself, but I was glad to find that there is another natural sweetener out there that will work for me.

Clean Well All-Natural Hand Sanitizing Wipe – These wipes work great!  They are just moist enough, not dripping with solution.  They smell great and don’t leave a sticky residue behind.  These would be handy to keep around in your purse, or makeup kit, or even a diaper bag for all-natural sanitizing on the go!

Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Baby Eczema Bar Soap – I have saved my favorite for last!  You guys might remember the first Shea Moisture product I tried from my review of the Shea Moisture Curl Souffle.   This little bar of goodness is another winner for me.  One of my children deals with eczema and let me tell you, it’s not fun!  We have gone through so many bath products trying to find something that will help soothe it, or at least not make it any worse!  This is it!  I am so grateful that this was a part of my box because I would have never thought to try this on my own.  This did not totally clear up the areas of eczema on my child, but I wouldn’t have expected it to.  But what it has done, is keep it very soothed and prevent it from getting worse.  And when battling the eczema beast, that means a lot.  Especially when it means more comfort, less itching, less irritation and less pain for my child!  Thank you, Shea Moisture for another fantastic product!

If you are interested in Influenster and possibly receiving your own Vox Box, head on over to and sign up.  It’s free to join and get started on your profile.  If you are selected for a box, you do have to agree to go back to the Influenster site to complete surveys on the products you received.  It doesn’t take long to do and provides companies feedback from consumers.  If you would like an email including a link to sign up, just send me a message at and I’ll be happy to send you an invite and share the love! 🙂

Disclaimer:  Although I received this box of products for free, these are my own thoughts and opinions.  I did not receive any further compensation for this post.

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