Archive | November 2015

Update-e.l.f. High Definition Undereye Setting Powder

ELF Undereye Setting Powder Packging

Update-I used a better brush today, and the results are amazing!  The lines are blurred and not cakey at all.   I’ve had this on since 7 am, it’s now noon, and my under eye area looks great!  Never under estimate the power of a good brush!

Whose says $3.00 won’t get you anything these days?  I just bought this powder yesterday at, and it’s awesome.  It works great to set your concealer.  I just started using Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector along with Bye Bye Under Eye Anti-aging concealer by IT, (which I purchased from and this e.l.f. setting powder is a nice finishing touch.  It’s a finely milled whitish powder that blends well. I have some serious under eye line action going on, and this helps to blur everything out.  While you can still see my lines, my dark circles are gone, and I can live with that!

The brush that comes with it is a joke, but for $3 bucks, who cares! Just use a small fluffy brush to apply. Now it doesn’t completely hide my lines, I have too many! Plus I wear glasses so that helps to hide them as well.  Now if I could just blur out all the other wrinkles on my face, oh wait, I really don’t have too many. That my friends is from using a daily sunscreen for the last 30 years. Sure, you can get procedures done to help look younger, but I would rather have more money in my pocket.


A guy’s thoughts on the ‘Thigh Gap’

Great story! I’ll never have a thigh gap, and that’s just fine with me!

Straight Talking Fitness

Apparently you ladies want to have your own thigh gap?

Apparently it represents health, happiness and even sexiness?

Apparently if you’re a chick without a thigh gap, you’re less of a woman, right?

That’s the thigh gap fad talking. Not me. 

Enjoying the company of some girls the other day, they referred to a magazine image that supposedly portrayed “feminine perfection” – or words to that effect.

I’m not sure of the exact image, but it looked a little something like this……………

Okay okay, maybe I’m stretching it a touch…………….

Yes. That’s more like it! There’s your classic, stereotypical thigh gap magazine type image.

“Wouldn’t it be great to have legs like that?!”

“Oh HELL yeah! Guys love it!”

Hang on a minute!

Being a relatively young and heterosexual guy, if there was ever a time my input could or would be relevant, it was now. And if that didn’t…

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Thanksgiving Grinch-Thanks Ulta

Now I am a huge fan, but I sent them an email today expressing my dissatisfaction that they were open on Thanksgiving.  I really wasn’t expecting a response, but boy what a response I got!  Below is the response, along with the email I sent them! Sheesh!

Hello, Stacy

You recently reached out about your concern regarding your local Ulta store.

We thank you so much for your valuable contribution to our company and are very glad to hear you invest in our products. The fact that you write reviews on our products on your blog is highly appreciated and your compliment will be sent forward to our company.

Looking at your profile, we see that you do in fact value our company highly.
Unfortunately yes we are open on Thanksgiving. We understand that this holiday has recent values in spending time with family and eating good food while other stores have large blowout sales. Unfortunately we do profit off of these sales.

Your concern though, questions me. Thanksgiving is not a holiday worth celebrating since it has roots in the slaughter of an entire nation of people on the first Thanksgiving, so I do not see why any store would be closed on this holiday especially since we benefit during this time with the sales and large amounts of it.

We’re so glad you got in touch and want you to know how happy we are that you shop Ulta.

If you have any other questions, you can respond directly to this email.

Thanks so much,

Dakota G.
Ulta Beauty Guest Services

Dear Sirs,

I have been shopping at your fine establishment for over 10 years. Ulta is my favorite store, and I often write glowing reviews on my life style blog with links to your website. I have introduced your store to my worldwide readers. I am also a platinum rewards member. I estimate I spend almost $1000 a year at your stores. I shop at Ulta weekly. I don’t smoke or drink, I buy cosmetics and skin care, lots of them.

The staff is always helpful, and I’ve gotten some great tips. I am writing today because I was saddened to see your store was open on Thanksgiving. I expected more from Ulta. You sell beauty products, not 50 inch flat screen TV’s for under $300. I actually stopped today for some Christmas gifts.

Judging by your current stock value, I would not have guessed your company would have been aligned with the likes of Walmart, and Best Buy. I can’t imagine anyone waiting in line to buy make up. I expressed my disappointment to the salesperson that helped me today, and she thanked me for my concern.

I’ve worked in retail in my life, but fortunately it was many years ago, and I never had to work on a holiday. I know our society has gone overboard on our consumerism, but I expected more from you.

While I will continue to shop at Ulta, I just wanted to let you know of my concerns.

Thank you,

Stacy K.Not_our_Priority


Goodbye Sweet Melissa

I lost an old friend today.  Though I haven’t seen her for years, it only seems like yesterday when we last spoke. We had reconnected recently on Facebook.  She was doing well, living in the house she grew up in, and taking care of her mother.

I met Melissa in 1971 at Northview Junior High, seventh grade, first day of school.  I was standing in the lunch line and Melissa asked me about a birthmark on my fore arm. It’s large, and resembles a map of the United States. I looked her in the eye and told her with a straight face that it was a hickey! I was all of 12 years old and had never had a hickey, but I’ve always been a smartass. Melissa looked away and busted out laughing. From that point on we became best friends.

I started riding the bus home after school to hang out at her house. Her house backed up to a park, and she always had good snacks.  I thought her family was rich because they had a microwave! Remember this was 1971, and no one had microwaves in their homes. Wow! How cool!  One of our favorite after school snacks were frozen glazed donuts that we would microwave. OMG! Best snack ever! Those doughnuts were the high point of my day. And because of those darn doughnuts, I didn’t buy my first microwave until I was 27!  I was convinced I would end up eating frozen glazed doughnuts all the time and weigh 800 pounds!

Melissa was the youngest kid like me.  Her older sister had a 1970’s white Triumph Spitfire convertible that I thought was so cool.   (Melissa would later buy said car).  Melissa had an older brother Eddie who was always so nice to me. They had a camper in their back yard that was the best hang out for a couple of 12 year old girls. We had so much fun hanging out with her neighbors Craig, Lisa, and her cute brother Mark. I had a crush on him; he was fine, but too short for me. Ha!


This is Melissa in 1978. She had the best smile, always lit up the room.

Melissa and I had quite the adventures. One of our adventures involved a weekend party at my house, and no parents around.  We were all of 14. Yeah, I took the car out for a spin.  Melissa stayed back at the house, which was probably a good thing. Unfortunately, we got caught, and Melissa couldn’t stay over at my house anymore. Nothing got wrecked; we didn’t think it was a big deal, not so for the folks.

Middle school is such a tough time for most kids. Eighth grade was very difficult for me; I was always getting into trouble.  Melissa always had my back, and she never judged me, and for that I will always be eternally grateful. Her delightful mom pierced my ears! She has the best family, so warm and welcoming.

I’ll never forget the time Melissa and I were hanging out in my front yard one afternoon.  All of a sudden Melissa is screaming her head off, I turned around and my goofy cat was peeing on her back. The cat was about five feet away from her, and the pee was shooting straight out of his butt! OMG, I don’t think I ever laughed so hard in my life.  Melissa wasn’t too amused, but after she got cleaned up, she was laughing too. Then there was the time we were riding our bikes, and her neighbor Craig, totally wiped out in front of us, he went right over his handle bars. We stopped to make sure he was okay, and then proceeded to laugh our asses off at him. It was pretty funny. Sorry Craig.

Melissa had the best sense of humor; we were always cracking each other up. She would say something clever, and do this side look and grin she always did.

I spoke to Melissa on the phone in 1996, but last saw her at our 10th high school reunion.  I was there with my brother, and she was with our friend Deedee.  We had so much fun, I had forgotten how truly clever she was.  I’m so glad I got to connect with her again.

I do hope her children find comfort in knowing that their mother was a very important person to me all those years ago. She will be truly missed.