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{Confessions of a Product Junkie}... New Makeup 2018

I had been using the same makeup pretty much across the board for some time.  I've ventured out with different colors of lipstick, but stuck to my hard and fast rule of Tom Ford lipstick only.  As I watched the Royal Wedding back in May, a couple of looks stuck out to me.  First, Harry's cousin Kitty Spencer looked fabulous... and one of the others was Amal Clooney...

As the information started to trickle in about who wore what designer, etc., there was a commonality between these ladies... they both were wearing Charlotte Tilbury makeup.  I hopped online and did a little research and then headed off to the Charlotte Tilbury counter.  On my first visit, I bought lipstick, blush, and eyeshadow, but I received a sample of the Magic Foundation.  I couldn't believe how much I liked this foundation, and less than a week later, I trekked back to Nordstrom and purchased some.
The Magic Foundation provides good coverage without feeling too heavy.  In the Texas summer heat with hi…

{Confessions of a Product Junkie}... Skincare 2018

I last blogged about my skincare routine in August 2017.  I haven't updated since then because I hadn't been tempted to try any new products and was pretty happy with my routine.  But recently, I purchased a few new products, so I wanted to do an update.  As always, I'm no expert, I just like to use great products and I'm always on the hunt for something great.

Just to recap, this has been my steady routine for a while...

I wipe makeup off my face before I use any products.  I prefer these Walmart brand Equate face wipes.  They are their version of Neutrogena wipes.  They don't irritate my skin, they do a good job of taking off makeup, and don't contain a heavy smell...
Next I wash with Renee Rouleau's AHA/BHA Blemish Control Cleanser...
Then I use RR Balancing Skin Tonic Toner.  It's alcohol free, which I really like...
Next I use Teddy Organic's Rosehip Oil.  I put about 5 drops into the palm of my hand, rub them around and then all over my face.…

Planning my next adventure...

I'm constantly "planning" my next adventures in head.  I have an always updating list in my head of places I want to visit and things I want to see there.  If someone offered me all the cash I needed for whatever I could plan in a couple of hours, I'd be set.

I've been wanting to go to London.  This is nothing new, I always want to go to London.  The difference is that I wanted to go for a specific purpose and on a specific timeline.  I wanted to go see the Kensington Palace Diana Exhibit which is on until January.

I also really wanted to see the Fife Tiara and Queen Victoria's Emerald Tiara that have very recently gone on display at KP as well..

So I've been thinking about where I could go in addition to London, and contemplating trying out the discount air carrier, Wow Airlines, since they are now flying out of Dallas.  I finally narrowed my "other" destination to Iceland or Amsterdam.  Both those locations seemed better suited for a summer t…

A calendar I love

I know lots of people calendar electronically now.  I do not.  I have a paper calendar that I use for work and everything else, but the last couple of years, I've done a shutterfly easel desk calendar.  I've really enjoyed them, so I wanted to share.

Last year I did this calendar (this was a new thing last year and the selection of how many pics you wanted per month either wasn't available or working when I built mine):


This year I planned to do another similar one, so I had this ready to order...
but right before I ordered I saw that they had a new (or new to me) option that I ordered instead... Y'all.  I couldn't love this more.  I used pics from my various vacations and the quality turned out great!  This may seem like an untimely post, but the great thing is that you can pick which month you want to start with, so this could be something you can do anytime.  
They sit on a little wooden easel like this... {Milan}
I love each month so much, but here's a clos…

Europe 2017 {Budapest ~ Day Seven & London Stop-over ~ Day Eight}

December 22nd was my second day in Budapest and the last day of my trip.  I had lots to do that day, which means picture overload...Sorry!

I woke up and the sun was shining!  This was my 4th day in Budapest (between my two trips), and this was the first time I had ever seen the sun.  I was excited and headed out to walk along the Danube toward Parliament.

Looking over toward Matthias Church and Fishermen's Bastion
Buda Castle and Chain Bridge


Shoes on the Danube Memorial There are 50 pairs of shoes created from iron which mark the murder of over 3,500 people (many of them Jews) by the Arrow Cross party police (the Nazi puppet government).  Most of the murders took place in December 1944 and January 1945.  They rounded up people from the Budapest ghetto and had them stand on the bank of the river, take off their shoes, and they shot them so that their bodies would fall into the Danube and be carried away by the current. Hungarian Parliament Building Tisza Istvan was a Hungarian po…