Shake What Yo Momma Gave Ya!

So I was totally naked today. Not like “Free the Boobies” naked, but like, no foundation naked. For all you clear faced gals out there, I know you are wondering, “What’s the big deal?” But trust me, for some one who has freckles, wrinkles, acne scars and actual acne (at 40!), this is a big deal.

I didn’t necessarily have a perfect skin day. In fact, I am currently sporting 3 zits, major under eye circles, the usual forehead wrinkles and the ever-present freckles. In fact, since it’s summer, my freckles look like they had babies, so there are even more in my face…like literally! However, today I wanted to wear this new stick concealer I’ve been liking from Besame, but I couldn’t find it. So since I was in such a rush, I decided to just hit the Tarte Shape tape in the problem areas (see above). Highlight with my CoverFX Enhancer Drops in Sunlight. Do a little quick  dab and blend with my NARS Liquid Blush in Torrid. Contour the eyes a bit with the Hard Candy Top 10 Satin EyeShadow palette and curl the lashes with my trust Marcelle Xtension Plus Mascara. And brows…this girl needs brows. Then top it off with some Stila Liquid Lipstick in Patina.

Gee…that actually sounds like a lot, but work with me, ok?

The look was certainly not perfect. In fact, I picked apart my imperfections in the rearview mirror when I was dropping off the kids in school, but as I was listening to “I Like It” from Enrique Iglesias in the radio on my way back, I started thinking that I actually do like it and as started dancing along, it became even more apparent that I need to appreciate what I got.

Screw the zits, freckles, and wrinkles. I may not be perfect, but I am alive and healthy and I will continue to Shake What My Momma Gave Me.

Rock on, my friends!



The Art of the Messy Bun

I consider myself a beauty enthusiast. I love makeup, skincare, nails and fashion. However, there is one aspect that I loathe and detest. My hair.

Don’t get me wrong. I am grateful to have a full head of hair. I know plenty of people who due to disease or genetics, don’t have any hair and would read this blog and be like “Oh no, she didn’t!” But my love/hate relationship with my hair is more about not knowing what the hell to do with it rather than hating its mere existence.

You see, I have thick, wavy hair with a tendency to frizz at the slightest touch to humidity. Did I mention I live in South Florida? Rain and humidity is a way of life here. It is also the bane of my beauty existence because it prevents me from options. If I want to straighten my hair, I have to pray and hope that it doesn’t rain, otherwise goodbye shiny straight locks. If I decide to curl my hair with a wand, then one step outside the front door guarantees me those curls will die a quick death. Therefore, in the battle between me and Mother Nature, I end up waving my white flag and decide to do nothing and throw it into a messy bun, which is why you guys rarely see me with my hair down in my blog posts.

I’m also not going to lie. I’m pretty lazy and throwing my hair in a bun is so much easier that spending an hour trying to get it to cooperate. Call me defeated, but I don’t care. I work from home most of the time, so it’s not like I am trying to impress anyone. My husband and kids probably don’t even remember what I look like with my hair down.

I have a few go to products to create the Not So Perfect Messy Bun. The first one is a hair tie. If you have thick, long hair like me, then let me introduce you to my best friend. The Beauty 360 Ponytailers Strong Hold for Thick Hair.


I find these at CVS and they cost about $5 for a pack of 24. They are strong, so they don’t break easily and they don’t stretch out and become all floppy. The best part is that they are wider/longer than the average hair tie, which any girl with a full head of thick hair knows, the smaller ones can be too short to get the tie around the ponytail enough times to get that hold that keeps your hair in place all day. For messy buns, these are the BEST because not only do you have enough give to hold the hair up, but also take the band around one more time to secure everything in place and prevent the ever dreaded bun droop. Nothing says loser like a droopy bun.

However, even a messy bun is not the solution, cause I have all these little baby hairs that fly all over the place and frizz even when slicked back with hair spray, which is why my second best friend, next to the hair ties, is the headband. I find that a head band can give the messy bun that added touch of fake glam. I mean, let’s face it, nothing says I didn’t try more than a messy bun, but adding a cute headband mean you tried a little harder and therefore, my friends, you are one step above the masses. I personally like these retro headbands that I get on Amazon. They cost about $8 a piece and come in a bunch of funky designs.


Once I get the bun and head band in place, then add a spritz of your favorite hairspray and you are all set. I personally do my hair after my makeup, so the finished look is something like this.

Outtake Besame

Not too shabby, right??

Till next time, my friends!



Tarte Clay Play Face Shaping Palette – Welcome to Neutral City

Guess who’s back? Back again. It’s me!!!

Took a little hiatus from the site in order to move homes and I learned the first day that black winged liner in 90+ degree weather while carrying box after box up and down stairs is not a good idea. So haven’t worn much makeup since then, which is fine because now I get to put to the test some goodies I have in the back burner, beginning with this beauty from tarte.

I know from the outside the Clay Play Face Shaping Palette looks like the most boring palette in the world. Just a bunch of neutrals sitting there waiting to be asked to the party. Like me in high school. But trust me, this palette is a hidden gem. Once again, like me in high school.

First off, it smells like chocolate, so everytime I dip into it, I feel like I am digging into a box of square bonbons. The colors are pigmented and rich and only require a slight tap to obtain maximum color payoff. This is way better than the last palette I picked up from tarte, the Eye Love You Mothers Day set, was pressed so hard it made it almost impossible to get any color.

The shades are compartmentalized from light to dark, with each quad containing a mix of brown matte shades and a corresponding light vanilla shade, which can be used as contour, bronzer, eyeshadow and brow color.

Can we say multitasker?

Of course, you and I know there are no rules when it comes to makeup, so use any shade your little heart pleases for whatever you like.

For example, I like this combo:

  • Desert for contour
  • Terracotta as bronzer
  • Solstice under brow bone
  • Sand as a transition shade on the lids
  • Journey on the crease
  • Ember in the outer V and lower lid
  • Dunes for the brows

Voila! Just add mascara, blush and your favorite lipstick and your out the door.

The one downside is the price and also that name- Clay Play Face Shaping Palette? Am I the only one who thinks that is way too long? But the price kind of sucks more. $46 for a bunch of browns isn’t something that a lot of people might be into, but if you are looking for a one stop shop for neutral colors, then I would definitely consider this a good investment.

Till next time, my friends!


Nerd Girl

Shu Uemura x Super Mario Bros. – Nerd Girl Fantasy Come True

If ever there was a time when childhood and middle age collided it would be now as I just found out that Shu Uemura, legendary masters of hair care, will be releasing a limited edition Holiday Collection featuring none other than Super Mario Bros.

I think I just peed myself.

Shu X Mario


The line will include a makeup removing oil, eyeliner, lipstick and eye and cheek palette. Also, if you have about $400 just hanging around and no bills to pay, you can also buy a trunk to house all your goodies.

According to Refinary29 , the line is scheduled to be released on October 1, which is pretty damn close to the release of the Super NES Classic Mini on September 29 and the Super Mario Odyssey game for the Switch on October 29.

I think they are going for a trifecta that is specifically targeting the 35-45 demographic who like Mario and makeup. Kind of a really random niche, but hey… I’m sold.

TAKE MY MONEY!!! (Throws cash at the computer)

If you are interested, Shu Uemura has a pre-order notification link on their site so that you don’t have to be stalking them like I had planned to do for the next few weeks.

Till next time, my friends.




Fashion Hauls

ModCloth Sale and Mini Haul

I have a slight obsession with whimsical clothes. Seriously, if there an article of clothing that looks slightly retro, like from 1940’s or 1950’s, or something a like nerdy/hip librarian would wear, I’m in! So when I found out ModCloth was having a 25% off sale through August 16, I was totally stoked.

To be honest, I’m pretty simple when it comes to fashion. My closet is trending towards minimalism as I have made a habit of decluttering anything that doesn’t fit me or that I haven’t worn in 6 months or more. And don’t worry, I live in Florida, so weather doesn’t really affect whether I wear something only a few months out of a year. Typically, we are pretty warm, so no need to hoard the heavy sweaters and ski boots.

Nevertheless, I do like to update my wardrobe a few times a year. I mean, even if I tend to stick to the same style, doesn’t mean that every now and then I don’t add something new and since this is my birthday month, I decided to “treat yo self!”. Besides, “fall” and “winter” is coming and the temperature might actually drop into the 80’s here in Miami in the next few months. BRRRR!!!!

Typically I am a jeans kind of girl, but I still like to keep things nice and neat and pair them up with a cute top, like a collared button up, lace patterned blouse or a printed tee.  As I was perusing the ModCloth website, the first thing that caught my eye was this cute Cat Knit Sweater. I probably won’t get much wear out of this till December or January, but CATS!!!! For $29.99, I am adding it to the cart and hitting buy. I’m thinking that with a pair of skinny jeans and some ballerina flats, it will look adorable. It got a 3 out of 5 stars on the site, but with only 2 reviews, not too worried. It runs up to a size 4x.

Cat Knit Sweater

Also, with a cute pair of light blue skinnies or even, white ones, is this adorable pink collared knit top. The color is definitely wearable now in the summer and since I don’t subscribe to any fashion rules that prevent me from wearing anything light after Labor Day, I’m thinking it will still be worn way into the fall/winter/spring. I make the rules up in this house! No reviews on it yet, but for $24.99, I’m thinking I am willing to give it a go, so in the cart it goes.


Although I work from home, I do occasionally have to go into the office and to meetings, so I am thinking about this Navy A-line dress with bow details. I have it in my cart, but I am still hedging and haven’t purchased it yet. At $79.99, it’s a little steep for me, but does this not scream nerdy librarian from the 1950’s? I am thinking that this dress with my black patent leather heels with the cute ruffle and bow on the front were meant for each other.

Navy Bow Dress

I don’t just love ModCloth for the clothes. I actually get a kick out of surfing their website and finding some off the walls items. Life is short, so why not enjoy it, right? For that reason, I give you some random shit that I found funny and cute. I hope they make your day and if you do happen to buy one, please send me a pic. I’ll make sure to update you guys on any wacky purchases as well.

Also, don’t be surprised if a lot of these revolve around cats. I have an unhealthy obsession with the feline sort.

Illuminated Inspiration Candle in Jane Austen – $14.99

Culinary Curiosity Whisk – 14.99

Play by Playful High-Waisted Shorts in Retro Cats – $29.99

It’s the Hot That Counts Cotton Oven Mitt in Nerd – $14.99

Savor the Scenery Container Set – $39.99

Join Me Fur a Drink Flask – 14.99

Happy Shopping , my friends!


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Tales from the Beauty Crypt Vol. 1

Like most beauty lovers, I love nothing more that looking in the mirror and seeing an upgraded version of myself. Since I am not a makeup artist, I do find that I struggle in creating some of the looks – I mean you wing eyeliner – that are popular or making the rounds on Instagram these days. So, I do what any red-blooded woman in the midst of a midlife crisis does. I schedule a beauty appointment at Sephora in the hopes that one of the experts can help me achieve major cat eye status.

As a Sephora VIB, all I have to do is make a $50 minimum purchase to get a “free” beauty consultation. Since I was turning the BIG 40 in August, I strategically schedule it on my birthday thinking:

1. I get to look all glam for my birthday celebration that evening

2. Spending $50 would be easy seeing as I was going to do a mini-splurge anyways on myself on my big day.

This is the first time I was going to go for a makeover at Sephora, so I was pretty stoked. I walk in at 12pm sharp and I am greeted by one of the ladies as I walk through the door. She asks my name and promptly sits me down in one of the vacant chairs next to the cutest girl. She was fresh-faced and calm and she smiled at me through the mirror. I smile back seeing my reflection and the first thought that came to my mind was that the lights beaming down on me made me look like I didn’t have any eyebrows.

Damn, my fair-haired ancestors.

My beauty consultant comes by and asks me what look I am going for today. I told her, that I typically aim for a more natural look, but since it’s my birthday, I might want to take it up a few notches. She wishes me a quick Happy Birthday (wonder how many birthday makeovers she does in a day?) and then takes my color IQ or whatever you call it with that little machine that they place all over your face and then proceeds to fly around the store finding all the things to make me look beautiful.

As she picks up products, she drops them off on the counter next to me. So far, she has landed on a Lancôme foundation, Laura Marcier pressed powder, Nars concealer and Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Dip. She also must have noticed my browless forehead.

Fresh Faced Beauty next to me looks down at the Lancome bottle and tells me that foundation is very expensive. I ask her if it’s any good and she just shrugs and leaves it at that. I am so not good at the chit-chat thing. Her beauty consultant has all the products laid out in front of her and the first thing that caught my eye was the Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette. It looked so fiery and sexy that I immediately thought maybe I can request to have a look made with that palette.

My consultant comes back and places the NARSsist Unloaded Palette in front me. This is where it starts to go downhill. You see, if I were more of an assertive person, I would have told her that I already own that palette and that for that reason, I wanted to try something new, but I let it go and this is, precisely, also where everything started going wrong.

Narsisst palette

The NARS palette has a range of earthy and fiery colors that are right in line with my look, but she immediately went to the darker colors and when she began to smoke my eyes out with the darkest brown shade in the collection, I knew immediately I didn’t like it. I sat there watching her dip into that color repeatedly and never told her that dark colors are not my style or that I’m really not looking to go for a look so outside my comfort zone. Just sat there, silently watching her pack on that color.

It didn’t matter that when all was said and done she created a beautiful wing liner or contoured my cheek bones to perfection. That the NARS lip pencil in Cruella she put on my lips was the perfect red for my skin tone and that I added it to by online basket the next day or that when I got a Sephora gift card for my birthday, I also ended up buying the very same Anastasia Beverly Hills Cheek Trio blush she used. All this didn’t matter at that moment because all I wanted to do was get the hell out of the store.

She must have picked up on how uncomfortable I was because when she finished with me, she asked me if I would like her to lighten the eye look a bit, but desperate to just be done with this experience, I told her no. That it was fine and I thanked her and went to pay for some items I had picked out in advance.

This is ultimately more of a tale of caution, that a beauty horror story and it’s not because this consultant did a terrible job, it’s because I was a terrible customer. I told her what I wanted and never expressed any of my concerns during the process or guided her to the colors or products that I liked. All I did was sit across Fresh Faced Beauty and lament how beautiful her makeover was going compared to mine.

That really was not fair to myself or to my beauty consultant. In the end, I told her I liked the look. I led her to believe that I was a happy customer and that I was going to give her a good review. She would never know that I felt so uncomfortable with the amount of black eyeshadow I had on that I put on my sunglasses before I even left the store or that I washed off all the makeup the minute I got home.

It’s been about a week since my failed beauty consultant and I have decided that I will give myself another chance at redemption. Yes, you read that correctly. Not the beauty consultant or Sephora, but myself. I am going to walk in there and ask them to create a look with a few products I have been wanting to try and prove to myself that I am not a pushover or people pleaser because in the end, it’s not always about makeup, right?

Till next time, my friends.









Influenster · Subscription Boxes

My First Influenster VoxBox – Thoughts and Opinions

It’s no secret that companies use the power of social media to get people to buy their stuff. They send out products to Influencers all the time in order to promote them via Instagram, Twitter, Youtube and Facebook. So, if you ever do the rounds on any platform, you have probably seen at least one or two posts with  #gotitfree #complimentary #contest, etc.

I go on Instagram every day and I always intrigued by how all these people, who for all intents and purpose were just like me, just a lover of makeup, but by no means an Influencer. Yet, they got to try out these fabulous beauty products for free. I’m not talking about crap stuff either. I mean the really good, high-end products that cost a lot of money, like YSL, Lancôme, Becca, Bite Beauty, Hourglass just to name a few. So I did what any red-blooded beauty addict on a budget would do and downloaded the Influenster app.


Influenster, in a nutshell, is an app that relies on their users to provide products reviews on their site, while also using your influence in various social media platforms to promote certain products. Depending on how much power you carry across ALL platforms, they rate you on a scale of low to high, which when combined with how active you are on the app answering Snaps (products reviews across many categories) and your participation on their online campaigns, can get you the opportunity to receive a box to test out a product first hand.

These products are not exclusive to beauty either. You can be asked to test food, baby, pet, household or practically anything as long as you qualify. There is one catch though, once you do qualify to test a product, you are basically agreeing to give an honest and unbiased review of it on their app as well as on your social media platforms. So if you are one of those people who like your Instagram to have particular theme (i.e. only beauty related pics), if you are chosen to participate in a campaign that goes against your theme, then you have to suck it up and do it or quite possibly forfeit the ability to participate in any other future campaign.

Whatever, I like free stuff, so I am not picky.

Also, I don’t know how long it takes most people to qualify for a campaign, but I was on Influester roughly for about 4 months before I got my first VoxBox. I don’t have a very high social media presence. As it stands today, I rank at a medium, but I am very active on the app and do all my snaps and participate in any contest I qualify for. I’m fairly certain that increased my chances. Most of the time, I get an email with a survey letting me know I am on the short list for a box, but never actually qualify. I was beginning to feel slightly rejected and was having flashback to high school. So when I received notification that I was going to one of the lucky recipients of the Oasis VoxBox, I was stoked.


It took a little less than a week to receive my box and was surprised to find a variety of food and beauty products. Some of them where new to me, others I knew about. I did do my due diligence and tested each product out, sometimes with the help of my kids, and I completed each one of the “contests” (I don’t particular feel that it’s a contest, if you have to do it in order to finish your campaign, but potato/po-ta-toe) so that I could earn my badges and hopefully stay in the running to join another campaign.

In my Oasis Vox Box, I got the following:

Covergirl Vitalist Healthy Elixir Foundation – HUGE fan of this foundation. It’s actually been my go to foundation this summer and I was totally excited to add a full-size back up to my collection. It leaves the skin glowy and looking like actual skin. I don’t believe its full coverage, more like medium, but that works for me.

Eva NYC 10 in 1 Mane Magic Primer  – This was a “MEH” for me. I like that it’s an oil and that you can use it on wet or dry hair and even though it’s supposed to detangle, soften, nourish, control frizz, add shine, strengthen, protect your hair from heat, file your taxes and clean your toilet, I determined that it was really best as a heat protector more than anything else. It did in no way control the frizz. Huge props to EVA NYC though, they actually left a comment on Instagram post with suggestions on using it dry vs wet in an effort to control frizz. Love it when companies interact with their consumers


Vera Wang Embrace Perfume in Rose Buds and Vanilla and Periwinkle and Iris – I don’t know if you can tell the difference from drugstore perfume and department store perfume, but I can and this totally smelled like drugstore perfume. It totally lacked any undertones and the scent lasted a total of 2.5 seconds on me before it dissipated into thin air. Not to say that it didn’t initially smell pleasant, but it was short-lived. I would rather ask for free samples at Macy’s than pay $24 for this at CVS. Sorry, Vera Wang.

Aloha Peanut Butter and Jelly Protein Bar – Another full size treat in the Oasis box. I happen to have already tried Aloha bars and like them, but hadn’t tried the peanut butter and jelly version. It was ok. More peanut butter than jelly flavor, which was slightly disappointing, but nothing to complain about. I still prefer my Think Thin Bars, though.

Welch’s Fruit Rolls in Strawberry, Berry and Tropical Bunch – OMG, these were a hit with the kids! They love fruit roll ups, so were so excited to have these as a snack. I find that they are less chewier than regular fruit roll ups and actually tasted like flattened down Welch’s Fruit Snacks, which is A-OK with me. Tropical Punch was hands down my favorite flavor and I had to wrestle that one from the kids. Definitely a re-purchase for me… I mean the kids.

Evolution Fresh Cold Pressed Juice – No bottle was actually sent, but you did get a coupon which afforded you one free full-sized juice bottle. I was already familiar with this brand as they sell them at Starbucks, but I got mine at Target. I chose the Organic Sweet Greens and Ginger, which is tasty because it has apple juice in it, otherwise, I don’t think it would be quite as bearable to me. I’m not really a juice kinda gal. I hate drinking my calories.

Since I am pretty active in Instagram, I didn’t really feel like it was a chore to post my reviews and pictures, but my husband did comment that maybe it wasn’t worth the trouble to do all this work for a fruit roll up. I guess I can see his perspective, so this where you have to decide if it’s worth it for you. You do get about 2 months to complete all the tasks and document all your posts. Oh yes, my friends, Influenster doesn’t just take your word that you actually did you reviews. They verify all your posts and at anytime can disqualify you from the current campaign and any future ones, so let’s say you actually have a life, unlike me, then this might be a bit time-consuming and tedious.

Once again, no biggie for me. The most exciting thing I did today was take some excercise equipment to storage, so writing a review was actually refreshing.

Oh geez…LOSER!

So anyone else get a VoxBox. Did they get something really exciting or high-end. I hope that one day I can qualify for a Dior foundation or YSL lipstick because that’s shit’s expensive!!!!

Till next time, my friends!






Drugstore Finds

CVS Sunday …

… and Walgreens too, but CVS Sunday just sounds so much better.

It’s Sunday, so you know what that means? Time to scour the weekly ads to see what deals we can snag. Now, I’m not a big coupon clipper, so I am sure there are some gals and guys out there that can snag an even better deal than me, but I do appreciate saving a few bucks here and there, so I always look forward to Sunday so we can see what our local drugstores are cooking.

In Miami,  the largest drugstore chains are CVS and Walgreens, so we are just going to be reviewing these two chains, but remember, if these are not in your area, you can certainly order online. You can use Ebates on top of the sales, which might make it even more of a steal.

I do also shop in Walmart and Target for beauty products, like Hard Candy and Pixi, that you can’t find at the drugstore, but tend to think that if you wait for just the right time, you can get better savings at the first two places for all other products.

Before we start, make sure you have already signed up with CVS ExtraBucks and Walgreen Bonus Rewards Program. If you haven’t by now, what the heck are you waiting for?

CVS is within walking distance to me, so I always hit them up first and right off the bat, I have a big bull’s-eye on two savings:


Full disclaimer: I am not fond of the Katy Kat Matte lipsticks. I find them to be a bit too dry on the lips and they have a very strong waxy smell. However, Sofia loves them. She is a big Katy Perry fan and seeing as her birthday is coming up, I think she would enjoy a few of these, so at $7 a piece, if you buy two, you get $7 back in ExtraBucks, which makes it $3.50/each. Score!

When you get to the cash register, pay $14 and pocket those $7 EBs for next time OR do two separate purchases and buy the L’Oreal Lash Paradise that everyone is raving about and that I personally have been eyeing for quite some time. Pay $9.99 for the Lash Paradise and add one of the L’Oréal Colour Rich Mono Eye Shadow, which I highly recommend as they rich and very pigmented, for $5.99. Use the $7 EBs earned from the KP lipsticks, which brings your total down to $9 and you get $5 back in EB’s to use next time. Total price for L’Oréal: $4.

Total Spent at CVS: $22 –  $5 EB’s = $18

Also, did you know that CVS carries high end products online? You can shop for  La Prairie, Philosophy and Vichy and use your EB’s to get some savings on these pricey products.

After CVS, I head on over to Walgreens. I personally like Walgreens a bit more than CVS as they carry a larger range of beauty products in store, including my new favorite, Soap and Glory.

However, this week, I am not wowed by many sales in store. In fact, the only one that has me slightly excited is the Buy 1 Get 1 50% off Simple Micellar water, which I do like a lot. If you combine that with the $3 off coupon in the Sunday paper, you end of paying $8.68 for both bottles or $4.34/each. This is a great time to stock up!

Simple Micellar Walgreens


But, before I decide to completely write off Walgreens this week, I see they are having an online Summer Send Off Sale, which includes Soap and Glory. You save 20% of certain products and if you buy 2 or more you get a XXL Sexy Mother Pucker Lip Gloss mini. I love the Flake Away Body Scrub and Smoothie Body Buttercream, so I stock up on those, as with the 20% off, they come out to $12/piece ($6 savings for both). And let’s not forget Ebates since we are shopping online. Walgreen’s has 7% cashback, so that would make it $11.16/piece.

Total spent at Walgreens: $32.68 – $1.68 Ebates = $31

Not too shabby, my friends. Not too shabby at all.

Any of you score some sweet deals in your area. If so, share in the comments below. I’d love to see what I am missing.

Till next time!






Besame Cosmetics

Besame Cosmetics – It’s Vintage, Not Old. Just Like Me.

I am officially 40 years old today! Not sure why I added an exclamation point there, to be honest, but positivity, my friends. Positivity.

In honor of me entering the 4th decade of my life, I’d thought it would only be appropriate to talk about vintage makeup. Ok. Not the kind you buy in eBay or find in grandma’s closet, but the new kind sold by Besame Cosmetics, which is quickly becoming one of my favorite brands.

A little back story on how I came across this brand…

A while back I was reading, Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella. It’s a quirky, but extremely charming novel about a modern girl, Lara, who finds herself haunted by the spirit of her deceased aunt, Sadie. Back in the 1920’s, Sadie epitomized the modern woman. She dressed in short dresses, wore makeup, smoked, drank and dated men her parents did not approve. However, she died all alone in a nursing home with no family or friends around, and decided that her niece, who is in her 20’s, was going to help her with some unfinished business solving the mystery of a cherished piece of jewelry and artwork. Of course, along the way, Sadie ends up helping Lara, a practical person by nature, to let loose a bit and enjoy life. It’s a fabulous story.

Anyways, there is a part of the book where Sadie convinces Lara to dress up in typical flapper girl garb for a date with a hunky American businessman. They end up in a second hand store, where Sadie, invisible to everyone except Lara, begins pointing out all the items she would have worn back in the 1920’s, including makeup. Sophie Kinsella went into such great detail describing how the lipsticks, powder and mascara not only looked, but how it was used and applied, that it stuck with me. So when actually doing some research on vintage makeup,  I came across Besame Cosmetics.

I was immediately hooked on the brand. Not only did it look like something out of Twenties Girl, the whole website had this vintage, old Hollywood vibe that I dig. Their lipsticks are all replicas of shades used from 1910 -1960’s and their cake mascara is also supposed to mimic the type used by women of that time. Just check out some of the Instagram pictures posted by their fans and you will get an idea of how totally cool these vintage looks are.

Besame 1941

I swear, they could be selling puppy poop in a tube and I would have bought it simply for the presentation.

That’s kind of gross, actually, but you get my drift.

I have a long list of items that I want to buy from Besame, including everything from the upcoming Marvel Agent Carter line — sight unseen — but I decided, shortly before the eve of my 40th birthday, that the most appropriate item would be a lipstick, aptly named 1941 Victory Red.

I know that something named 1940 You’re Old would be better, but Besame skipped that year, so when deciding between 1939 Tango Red or 1941 Victory Red, I went with the second one. Which works for me because 1941 is a gorgeous, vibrant, highly pigmented, true red. It’s not stiff, which allows for the color to glide on easily on to your lips. I wish I could do a live demo to show you how much color goes on with one swipe. I am in love!

Besame 1941 swatch

Also, I need to take a moment to discuss how gorgeous the tube is. I would totally take it out in the middle of a dinner date with the hubs or right before a big meeting and reapply my lipstick just to show it off. Now, I know that this may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I am totally swooning right now.

Typically, I don’t wear colors this vibrant on a day to day and reserve them for special occasions like my birthday, but, like Lara, I’ve decided that life’s too short to sit around and wait for the right moment to wear a cute dress, take a day off to go to the beach, or in this case, put on red lipstick. So, I decided, just before the BIG 40 on a random Thursday, to get all glammed up and wear Victory Red. I didn’t do much. I worked from home, packed up some old (vintage?) kitchen stuff in boxes to take to the Goodwill and attempted to build a Minecraft Lego set with Logan. It was, for all intents and purpose, a totally boring day. But every time I looked in the mirror, I was like…Damn Girl! You look FABULOUS!


Maybe 40 won’t be so bad, after all.

Till next time, my friends!


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Say Yes To Coconut Lip Kit

I’m really not one to get very hung up on my facial attributes. I’ve learned that when it comes to beauty, most people always take the “life is always better on the side” perspective, instead of being grateful for what you have, as imperfect as it may seem. You always think that you would be so much happier if you had bigger boobs, a smaller nose or thicker hair.

With that being said, I’m not averse to trying new things out to see if there is a way to improve my perception of those facial and body parts I’m not too keen on. So, when perusing the beauty aisle at Target a few weeks back, I came upon the Yes To Coconut 2 Step Lip Kit. I don’t necessarily hate my lips, but I definitely would categorize them on the thin side, and for someone who spends a great deal of her time applying lipstick, I do know that those with plump lips have the definitive advantage in rocking certain colors.

Let’s just throw this little puppy into the cart, why not?

I use lip balm daily, so I consider my lips pretty well hydrated, however,  I had about a million calls at work today, so not only was I thirsty from all the talking, but also noticed that my lips were a bit parched. The lip kit claims that it will hydrate, restore and plump your lips, so no time like the present, right?

The kit is separated into two parts. Step 1, is to use the exfoliating lip scrub. It’s a gel like sugar scrub that smells like coconuts, which is like THE scent of the moment. I found it to be gritty enough to scrub off the dry patches, but I think the real winner is the gel as it provides a nice cooling effect after you finish. When I wiped off the excess, I found my lips to be soft and smooth. There is definitely enough product left over to use a few more times, but once you tear into the bag, you will need to put the remainder into a little jar or sandwich bag because it is not resealable.

Yes To peeps? Can we work on that part? This is good stuff that is going to waste without a resealable container!

Step 2 is the fun part. It a lip plumping mask containing sodium hyaluronate, which is supposed to help your skin retain moisture, thus making them look fuller. The mask sticks to your lips pretty well and it’s just the cutest thing. You are supposed to wait 15 minutes before you take it off, which gives you just enough time to take your selfies…cause why would you NOT take a selfie looking like this?

Don’t mind the hair and no makeup look…it was a long day


There is a slight tingling feeling while wearing the mask. Since the mask is so oversized, my one concern is that if you happen to have a small cut or zit in the vicinity, whatever is making it tingle, exacerbates that area. So don’t be like me and decide to try on the mask when you have a zit right on the side of the mouth. OUCH!!

After 15 minutes, the mask does dry out a bit and you know it’s time to take it off. Do I have plumper lips? I don’t think so. However, my lips feel super soft and taste like pina colada. If I were going out tonight, it would be the right time to try out a new liquid lipstick or lip tint, but I am just staying home and eating pizza in my yoga pants and Captain America tee.

Whatever. No regrets.

While checking out Target online, I also found that Yes To has a coconut lip balm, which I think will be the perfect follow-up. I think I may pick it up next time I am at Target along with a few other of the coconut lip kit.

We can’t all have lips like Sofia, but don’t mine look smooth?

Have you guys tried any other Yes To products? If so, let me know so that I can give them a shot.

Till next time, my friends!