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2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,100 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 35 trips to carry that many people.

 

Virtual Makeover-Modiface.com

I have thoroughly enjoyed having the past five days in a row off.  It was nice spending quality time with the family, cleaning the basement, watching too much HGTV, you get the picture. I was looking for some websites to try on a different hair color and came across Modiface.com.  OMG! I must have wasted over two hours tweaking myself. Let me rephrase that last statement, I downloaded a head shot and played with make up for two hours.  Of course I noticed I now have a dent on my forehead. Yikes! I opened my car door and smacked the crap out of my head a few weeks ago.  It barely bled, so I was surprised to see a scar. Oh well, scars add character right???? It’s a good thing I wear bangs.

The really cool thing about this site is that it has an anti-aging tab along with the usual hair and make-up colors.  You could alter your appearance via a virtual nose job, jaw contouring, face lift, etc.  It was way cool.  I kept showing my husband “look, here’s me at 35” I’m 55 so it was really cool seeing my younger self.  Check out the link below.  Have fun!

 

http://www1.modiface.com/mf_share/poll.php?sid=d26ddba2f23983d8c7cbeb67e81bb942

Chella Ivory Lace Highlighter Pencil-Review

I received a full size Chella Ivory Lace Highlighter Pencil in one of my Ipsy.com packages.  This is the best all-around highlighting product I have ever used.  I’ve been wearing make up for ages, and am always on the lookout for a great highlighter.  The Chella pencil I received in Ivory is for fair skin. It’s a matte finish and works great on concealing blemishes. I use it above my eyes and also as a highlight color under my brows.

Chella Ivory Lace-highlighter-pencilAs I’ve gotten older my nose has gotten bigger, along with my ears, which blows. I put a thin line down the center of my nose, and blend to make it look thinner.  It works great. The Chella website is not up, but you can buy the Chella Ivory Lace Highlighter Pencil at Amazon.com and Dermstore.com.  I’ve put links below. I’ve also included a short tutorial on the pencil that shows you ten different ways to use it.  The cost is $18, but well worth the price. I’ve used mine every day for the past few months, and still have half of it left.  The pencil is a creamy consistency, but stays put once you have it on.

http://www.dermstore.com/product_Highlighter+Pencil_31835.htm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9f6Wqtvd3PE

http://www.amazon.com/Chella-Lace-Highlighter-Pencil-Count/dp/B004VM968U/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1419382148&sr=8-1&keywords=chella

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A Little Christmas Cheer

Happy holidays to everyone!  Christmas is less than one week away.  Here is what I am hoping for Christmas this year.  Can people just stop with the daily “selfies” already.  We have become such a narcissistic society.  Do people forget what they look like from day to day?  Do their looks change every day? I don’t get it.  Maybe I’m just too old school, or wait not insanely vain.  I use to laugh when I would get my mother’s annual Christmas card with a photo of herself inside.  I would call her up to ask her if she thought I had forgotten what she looked like.  Needless to say, mom was very vain.

Politics have gotten so ugly lately.  I don’t have the same political views as some of my siblings, and my brother is going off the deep end with his.  I may not like his views, but I don’t rant and rave whenever I talk to him on the phone like he does with me. I just tell him we’ll agree to disagree, I think he just likes to argue, which is kind of sad.

I think deep down we all want the same things.  A decent job, good schools, healthy children and a planet that will be here for years to come.  I wish big money would get the hell out of politics.  Women’s rights are being trampled day by day.  I hope in my lifetime I will earn the same as a man for doing the same job.  Is that too much to ask?  I do wish people would take responsibility for their own actions.  I get so sick of people whining about everything being someone else’s fault.  Here’s a news flash for you, get up off your ass and change your life.  No one is going to do it for you.

I’ve decided that 2015 is going to be a great year for me and my family.  2014 was pretty good, but I’m going to be a better wife, mother and friend going forward.  Life is too short to not be happy.Christmas 2014

You know I hate to brag, but……….

I must be doing something right if someone 10 years younger than me is asking for anti-aging advice. I do love helping others.  It’s all about good skin care, and in my case getting rid of some of my massive inventory of Ipsy goodies! How many primers do I need anyway?Republican vice presidential candidate Palin blows a kiss to her family during her address at the 2008 Republican National Convention in St. Paul Oh and don’t be too skinny, it really ages you.

P.S. I’m not a fan of Sarah Palin, but I thought this was funny.

Galaxy Chic Baked Eye shadow by Cosmetics in Asteroid-Review

Having had an Ipsy.com subscription for over two years, I’ve gotten a ton of stuff.  I got the above referenced eye shadow last year.  I only use it on the weekends when I really want my blue eyes to stand out.  I wear glasses so every little bit helps. It is the most beautiful bronzy shade I have ever seen.  It has flecks of blue in a bronze base.  I went to the company website today to get pricing, and they only sell it in a palette of 18 shades.  The price is right, at only $7.95 for the palette.  Well I don’t need 18 more eye shadows, so I found it on EBay, and I’m bidding on it right now. Dang, if I had only known I wouldn’t be able to find it again I would have bought more last year. This is what happens when you have so much flipping make up like me.  I can’t help it.  I love trying new things, and hate to throw stuff out in case I might use it someday.  That was how I discovered Josie Maran 100% Argan Oil.  I had gotten it in one of my Ipsy bags, and used it for a rash I had on my face.  Not only did the Argan Oil clear up my rash, but my skin looks amazing now.

I think I need to start using all of the Ipsy stuff more often. Here are some photos of how awesome this eye shadow color is. If anyone knows of a similar color, please comment below.  Oh and I know my brows need some help.  They are blonde, and a bit sparse, but I’m working what I got. Galaxy Chic Baked Eye Shadow 12-14-14 Galaxy Chic Baked Eye Shadow 12-14-14.jpg-AsteroidHopefully I’m not heading to Joan Crawford town with my brows.  Plus I’m basically blind without my glasses, so I’m thinking it may be time for one of those handy dandy magnifying mirrors. Man it’s hell getting old. Thanks!Galaxy Chic Baked Eye Shadow 12-14-14.jpg-Eyes open

Ipsy December 2014 Glam Bag Review

Oh Ipsy, how I love thee.  I’ve been an Ipsy subscriber for over two years.  Every month I get five make up related items.  I usually get three full size products along with deluxe samples.  A cute make up bag with a different theme each month completes the order.   I only pay $10 a month, and can cancel at any time.   I recently tried Lip Monthly and Boxy Glam.  I was disappointed and cancelled both subscriptions.

This month’s bag is Fearless Heroine.  I got a nice sized black and plum make up bag. My bag included full sizes of an eyelash curler by Precision Beauty, NYX Butter Lip Balm in Parfait and Cailyn Just Mineral eye polish in Orchid.  Rounding out my order were deluxe samples of BWC Facial Cleanser with a 3% AHA complex, and Tarte- Lights, Camera Lashes 4 in 1 mascara in black.  I found pricing on all items except the Tarte mascara, with a value of $26.  The eye shadow alone was $15.  I am rarely disappointed with my monthly glam bags.

The Cailyn Just Mineral Eye Polish in Orchid is a pale pinky gold color that is shimmery. This will make a great highlighter color.  The NYX Butter Lip Balm in Parfait is a natural pink tone for when you just want a little lip color.  Plus you don’t need a mirror to reapply since it’s a balm.

This month’s bag was definitely a winner.  In the past, whatever I didn’t want (which usually isn’t much) I send to my 18 year old niece.  Her mother died 12 years ago, so I send her a fun care package every few months.

#thinkingofyou#ipsy   http://www.ipsy.com

The Ultimate Gift-Organ Donation

Do you have the organ donor box checked off on your driver’s license?  According to organdonor.gov in 2013, 28,953 people received organ transplants. As I write this article there are currently 123,495 on the donor list in the United States.  Each day 79 people receive organ transplants, while sadly 18 people die every day waiting for transplants.

This topic is important to me as I approach the twelfth anniversary of my dear sister in-law’s death.  Joanne was killed by a drunk driver on December 29, 2002 on her way to work as a nurse.  She left behind two small children, along with my brother.  The person who killed her spent less than four years in prison.

Her death left a gaping hole in everyone’s hearts who knew her. She was loved and respected by many.  Joanne was an organ donor.  Her death benefited over 200 people, which I didn’t even know was possible until after she died.

Here are some facts from the organdonor.gov’s website regarding organ donation:

These facts may help you better understand organ, eye, and tissue donation:

Fact: Anyone, regardless of age or medical history, can sign up to be a donor. The transplant team will determine at an individual’s time of death whether donation is possible.

Fact: Most major religions in the United States support organ donation and consider donation as the final act of love and generosity toward others.

Fact: If you are sick or injured and admitted to a hospital, the number one priority is to save your life.

Fact: When matching donor organs to recipients, the computerized matching system considers issues such as the severity of illness, blood type, time spent waiting, other important medical information, and geographic location. The recipient’s financial or celebrity status or race does not figure in.

Fact: An open casket funeral is usually possible for organ, eye, and tissue donors. Through the entire donation process, the body is treated with care, respect, and dignity.

Fact: There is no cost to donors or their families for organ or tissue donation.

Fact: Every state provides access to a donor registry where its residents can indicate their donation decision.

Fact: Federal law prohibits buying and selling organs in the U.S. Violators are punishable by prison sentences and fines.

Fact: People can recover from comas, but not brain death. Coma and brain death are not the same. Brain death is final.

I had signed up to be an organ donor years before Joanne died, but I encourage everyone to sign up when they renew their driver’s license.

In 2010, (the most recent data) there were almost 2.5 million deaths in the U.S.  Imagine if every one of those persons had donated.

Be a hero and sign up to be an organ donor today at http://www.organdonor.gov/becomingdonor/index.htmlOrgan Donation photo

Holiday Tips for Job Seekers

I just read an article on job hunting in December.  The article said how December is a great time to look for a new job.  I was surprised by this information; as I always thought the end of the year was a bad time to look for a new job.  Here is what I gleaned from the article.

  1. Many companies are finalizing their budgets for the upcoming year, and will be adding staff. Now is a good time to get your resume in front of a hiring manager for the New Year.  Most companies work on a calendar year basis, as opposed to a fiscal year.
  2. Get out and socialize. Parties, industry events and gatherings provide a great opportunity to mix and mingle with potential employers.
  3. Your completion level drops off in December. Most job seekers don’t want to bother with their job search during the holidays.  You will more likely get noticed when the competition thins out.
  4. Reconnect with old contacts. I have a list of recruiters who I have dealt with in the past.  I have shared this list with many others, and suggest they reconnect with them now.  In my opinion, during a job search you can never have too many recruiters working for you.  You have to take the initiative, and call them regularly.  New opportunities come in all the time, and now is a great time to let them know you are in the market for a new job.

Here are several of my own suggestions for a successful job search.

Reach out to former employers.  I recently read that nearly 50% of jobs are found through networking.  Be actively engaged on LinkedIn.  If you are interested in working for a particular company, sign up on their website for job opening notifications.

In mid-2013, I found out my position was being eliminated.  I was bummed out because this was my dream job.  The employer asked me to stay on for two months to help out with the transition.  I was happy to oblige.  During those two months I sent out LinkedIn invitations to every one of my co-workers who were on LinkedIn.  I also asked if any of my current co-workers knew of any employers looking for people.  I got very positive feedback, and doubled the amount of my LinkedIn connections.  I also asked people to endorse my skills.  Some of these wonderful folks wrote nice recommendations for me.   We live in a digital age, and having a good LinkedIn profile is crucial.

If you are currently unemployed, do volunteer work.  Having large gaps on your resume will hurt you.  You will be helping others in your community, and this may lead to potential jobs.  I work full time and volunteer with two local organizations.  I visit with an elderly gentleman every week, and teach financial literacy to high school students.   Being unemployed can be depressing, helping others makes you feel good.

Last but not least, try and help others who are looking for work if you can.  If you see that one of your LinkedIn connections knows a person at a company you are interested in, ask for an introduction.

Sitting on the couch eating Christmas cookies and drinking eggnog is great during the holidays, but don’t let that be the only thing you do.