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Monday, April 22, 2019

Dior Spring 2019 Lolli'Glow Collection: Sugar Shade, Peach Delight, Rosewood, Coral Review, Swatches and YouTube Video

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Not Sponsored: Hey Everybody! I purchased some pieces from Dior's Spring 2019 Lolli'Glow Collection. For some reason, I don't purchase as much Spring/Summer makeup as I do Fall Makeup. I think it's because Spring/Summer makeup has more pastels and cool-toned colors in them and they don't work well on my skin-tone. It took years of blogging, trying & testing things to figure that out. Once you know what works for you, it really helps. I had to think back to when was the last time I even purchased anything from Dior. When I clicked on my BEAUTY tab and then DIOR, I found out I hadn't purchased anything from them since 2013/14'. That's a long time! In fact, I gave them a Bittersweet rating then. The collection had a lot of bubblegum pink in it and it just didn't suit me. Well, this collection is HUGE! It's CANDY INSPIRED! There are pinks, browns, yellows, blues and peaches. I love certain pinks (loathe others) and I'm definitely a peach girl. How did it all work out? I have to give you my thoughts on each below. To see these in action, watch my YouTube demo. I want to give a shout out to Rowena of Rolala Loves. She gave me this Compartes 'Let Them Eat Cake' candy bar a couple of years ago. It was so good. I loved the candy and I loved the packaging it came in. I thought it would be cute to include it here. It showcases an assortment of cakes beautifully decorated and a theme-inspired Marie Antoinette "getting lost" in all of them. I kept it and it is on display in my makeup room. It always makes me smile. Thank You Rowena! It's definitely a treat for the eyes.

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Dior 5 Couleurs Lolli'Glow Eye Shadow Palette (Sugar Shade 257) - Bittersweet
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There are TWO eyeshadow palettes! I purchased Sugar Shade #257 (peachy, brown, pink, blue, yellow). The other is called Mellow Shade #447 (blue, pink, green, yellow, peachy). You immediately think of candy when you see it! Not only the colors, but the design. They remind me of candy wrappers. Each palette contains two eye shadow applicators (different ends). Compared to the palette I purchased in 2013, the pigmentation was much better. These applied (swatched) beautifully. I used the peachy shade from my lid to crease. I used the milk chocolate brown in my crease. Its highly pigmented so it started cancelling out the peach. So I had to go back in with the peach color. You can see more of this in my video. I lined my eyes with the brown shade as well. I used the baby pink on half of my lids and the yellow on the inner corners of my eyes. All have some sparkle. This is glow makeup. So why the Bittersweet rating? The color scheme although pretty, just doesn't flow UNLESS you want to be really colorful! I'm going to use the peach & brown and maybe the baby pink. I won't be using the blue. If you watch my video, you'll know why I won't be using the yellow. For an everyday person like me, you're limited with this palette. There's not many choices for everyday. Plus, the flow of the palette. It's hard to mix colors without overpowering a color. So this palette, can be a little tricky. Really good quality. Tricky application. Go to a Dior counter if you're interested in it. It's pricey. This palette is only good for 6 months after opening it. This palette is ok. The only thing that had me skipping for joy were the shadow designs.

Dior Diorskin Nude Luminizer Lolli'Glow (Peach Delight 07) - Bittersweet
Dior's Lumenizer comes in Peach Delight and Pink Delight. I bought Peach, because I am a peachy girl! Graphic silver casing. Mirror. Very nice compact. Beautiful peachy color in the pan. Light peachy color swatched. Dior tells you to put this LUMINIZER on the bridge of your nose, cupids bow, underneath your bottom lip and the sides of your face by your eyes. I applied it like a highlighter. When I applied it to my nose, I said ... WOW, this is some powerful stuff! I didn't think anything of it. Applied it elsewhere. On my video, it looks fine. But when I stepped into the real light (sunlight) to take these pictures, I saw LOTS & LOTS of SPARKLE & SHIMMER. So if you get this, use a light hand and ONE APPLICATION is enough! It's Bittersweet because of that AND it didn't show up very peachy on my skin.

Dior Addict Lip Glow To The Max (Rosewood 212) - Sweet
There are seven color choices to choose from. Rosewood was one of my choices. It's a pinky brown shade. I want to note, these are not lipsticks but lip balms. Each has a candy themed peppermint design. They are so cute! They feel really good on the lips. They're moisturizing. Rosewood complimented my eye shadow. These lip balms also have a glow to them and will make your lips glow. They make your lips look healthy. I was pleased with Rosewood.

Dior Addict Lip Glow (Coral 204) - Sweet
I initially thought the peach shade in the eyeshadow palette was coral, so that is why I purchased this Coral lip balm. Well, the lip balm swatches orange but depending on the pigmentation of your lips is how it will turn. I have pigmented lips and it veered more pinkish red on my lips. It didn't compliment my eye makeup as much as Rosewood did. I'm not going to wear it with this collection, but on its own. It's still a pretty color and feels great. Just not with this collection.

So as you can tell, this collection was hit and miss with me. I would suggest going to a Dior counter and see how these colors work with your particular hue. I think that is what it comes down to. The quality of the products, except for that luminizer are excellent. Also for me, there's a LOT OF GLOW going on. Glowing eyes, highlighter and lips. Sometimes it's overwhelming and can make you look oily (even though all of these are powders), wet or greasy. I have SUPER dry skin, so if it is making me look that way, can you imagine someone with oily skin. I don't like a lot of shimmer. I will probably use all of these products separately. Its just too much for my personal taste. Those are my honest opinions you guys. You can take a closer look in my YouTube video. Hope you had a lovely Easter and Have A Great Week!

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

4 Things To Consider When Buying Gemstones

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When it comes to buying gemstones for your jewellery, it’s not always about the colour, while that is still an important consideration. It is, however, importantly about your personality and fashion style.

So, before you settle on an emerald or decide to buy alexandrite, for example, here’s a few tips on how to pick the right gemstone for your next piece of jewellery.

Consider Wear And Use
When it comes to gemstones in your jewellery, you need to consider durability. While both wearability and durability are usually determined by the level of hardness, it’s not always the case.

When we talk about the hardness of gemstones, we’re talking about the stone’s resistance to scratches and not its resistance to drying, fracturing, denting, parting or crumbling. Some hard gemstones can be rather fragile and easily split with even the softest blow, examples of these include topaz and diamonds.

There are other types of gems, though, that are even softer but are considered incredibly durable, like jadeite and nephrite.

The overall durability and toughness of a stone for your jewellery is measured by:
  • Cleavage
  • Hardness
  • Sensitivity
  • Tenacity
  • Fracture

The Affordability of Gemstones
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If budget is of no concern, then you’re best opting for untreated, natural gemstones. This are gems that are found in an unenhanced and untreated state.

However, most of us have a budget and are okay with enhanced gems. These can help save costs without sacrificing the look of the stone. If you don’t have any issues with treated gemstones, then enhanced stones open up so many options for you. This is in part due to the fact that some of the more popular gemstones on the market just can’t be found untreated, such as blue topaz and zircon.

The Versatility Of Gemstones
How are you going to wear your gemstone jewellery? Will you wear it every day or only bring it out on special occasions?

White diamonds are a common choice for engagement rings, and they’re hardy enough to wear all the time. But many of the coloured types of gemstones may not be as versatile as their white diamond counterparts. It’s worth knowing though that coloured gemstones can be custom-designed according to how you wish to wear them.

When it comes to shopping for a gemstone, make sure the colour will suit your personality and style. If you’re looking for an extremely versatile stone, consider garnets, sapphires, tourmaline, spinel and even aquamarine.

Consider Availability
Some coloured stones are incredibly rare that no matter how much you search, you might not find what you want. Availability can also affect the way you buy your gemstones. Some stones, like critine and amethyst are easy to come by, while others must be sources from other countries.

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Many kinds of gemstones are also limited to certain weights or sizes. Often, certain kinds of stones will only be available in small sizes. Gemstones like alexandrite are not often found in large sizes.

When it comes to buying gemstones for jewellery, these are the most important factors to consider. But don’t forget to take into account clarity, cut and colour, too!
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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

A Guide to Traveling Safely

Traveling can be a great experience, but when you’re far from home, you don’t have the same comforts or luxuries. You might not be insured medically, for example, or you might not know what the emergency number is. Though in many places you should be able to reach emergency services if you dial 911, that isn’t always the case. Being prepared can make any emergency a cinch, however, which is why before you head off on your next trip abroad you will want to follow this guide:


Know That Country’s Emergency Numbers
When you need emergency services, there are two things that you need, ideally. One is the emergency number itself; the second is the ability to ask for help. The first can easily be done by looking up what the emergency services number is in your destination country, and the second can be done by remembering a few phrases in your host’s language so that you can ask for help.

Get Travel Insurance
When you travel abroad in most cases, you won’t have medical insurance. Travel insurance can cover these costs for you, on top of covering your belongings from theft or damage. It is irresponsible not to get travel insurance when traveling, if only for the fact that if you need emergency services or a doctor, you won’t be covered for it and will need to pay out of pocket.

Prepare Accordingly
You should know how to use public transportation, which cabs to use, what the tipping culture is like, and so on. Just knowing a few cultural norms ahead of time can be a great way to prepare and stay safe. For example, knowing what neighborhoods are dangerous is a great way to reduce risk on your trip. If you do intend to go to a neighborhood that has high crime rates, you will want to then look into how to avoid being pickpocketed.

Take the Weather Into Account
If you are traveling by car, you will want to take the weather into account. You won’t want to risk driving on black ice, or during a torrential downpour, for example. Check ahead and plan accordingly so that you don’t get into an accident due to severe weather conditions.

Let Others Know Where You Are
Let your friends or family know where you are and check in with them on a regular basis so that they know you are okay. To be really safe however you will want to create a system. That way, if you get hurt, they can send someone over to investigate or get help.

Know Your Rights
If you are in a car accident, you still have a right to compensation. Simply call up experts from 1800vincent.com who can help you get the lawyer that is best suited for your case, one who specializes in these situations. That way you can enjoy recovering at home and still get compensated for an accident that wasn’t your fault.

Traveling is a great experience, but you want that experience to be completely accident-free. That is why preparing in advance and knowing your rights can be so key to a successful trip.
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Not Sponsored: In preparation for Spring & Summer, I did some online shopping. I have a lot of pants in my closet (jeans, trousers, shorts etc.) My wardrobe needs dresses. I love the ease of slipping on a dress. With a dress you can look dressed up without looking dressed up. I needed daytime casual dresses, so I picked up these two from Garnet Hill. One is by Eileen Fisher (organic cotton). The other is a black/flax linen dress. As you can see, I love black even for Spring & Summer. I love simplicity. I like to keeping things to a minimum. Earlier this year, I purchased a pair of blush & black ballet flats by Vionic (here, here, here, here). The ones below are by Michael Kors. They have the same color scheme as the Vionic pair. Plus, they were on sale! A nice win for me. They'll go nicely with some other outfits I have in my closet. I've been wanting a casual olive green skirt. I love paper bag style shorts, pants & skirts. I have some sandals that will pair nicely with this skirt. Lightweight nightwear is a must in New Orleans. I picked up a pj set by Madewell and a chemise by Lauren Ralph Lauren. I'm back with REN Skincare you guys! Last year, I tried a multitude of brands. Several brands were really good and came VERY close, but I truly see a difference in my skin when I use REN. Its what works for me. So during my absence of using their products last year, they came out with a multitude of products. I placed a huge order and as I use them, I'll let you know my thoughts. I've used up the last of my body wash & body lotion! So it was time to order & try something NEW!!! The Cottage Greenhouse has been on my list to try. Their packaging is so delightful to the eyes. I'll begin testing their products this week and do some blog reviews for you.


4. Pajama Set (top & bottom)  5. Paperbag Waist Skirt  6. Chemise (here & here)
7. REN Clean Screen (here & here) 8. REN Cleansing Balm (here, here & here
9. Glow Bundle For Sensitive Skin
Glow Daily Vitamin C Gel Cream Moisturizer here, here, here, here
Gentle Cleansing Milk here, here, here, here, here, here, here
Ultra Comforting Rescue Mask here, here, here, here
Perfect Canvas here, here, here, here, here, here, here
Radiance Perfection Serum here, here, here, here
Anti-Redness Serum here, here, here, here, here
13. Sungold Apricot & Sage or Grapefruit & Blood Orange Hand & Body Light Lotion

I use to only decorate the inside of my home for Thanksgiving and Christmas. I've now decided to decorate for Easter and Halloween as well. I love Department 56. They make the cutest and most whimsical houses. I have several of their Christmas themed houses. Several years ago, they started coming out with Easter and Halloween houses. I purchased one of their Easter houses. The one below is called their Easter Sweets House. I can't wait to display it next year.

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