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My summer in Capri, pants that is!

Happy Saturday! I can’t believe its August already! Where did the summer go? I’ll tell you where it went for me. Laid up. Yep! I hurt my left knee while exercising May 1st.  I have a high school reunion coming up that I was trying to get in back in shape for. I love wearing shorts in the summer, but it’s been capris for me all summer.  Between wearing a leg brace or leg support, I’m covering up as much as I can.

So I’m exercising on my stationary recumbent bike, at the lowest tension mind you.  My exercise of choice prior to the recumbent bike was a treadmill. I have foot issues, so I bought a recumbent bike about six months ago. Now one would think this would be about as less a stressful exercise as you could get. Well not for me! I had worked up to an hour a day on my bike.  I’m trying to lose 30 pounds that found its way back to my body.  I was down about five pounds when I heard a snap during a bike session. Oh crap! Turns out I tore a ligament in my knee and have arthritis. I got a cortisone shot, but it didn’t work. I had knee surgery last week to remove said loose body and repair a torn meniscus.  The surgery went well.

Our summers here in Southeastern Wisconsin are short.  One of our favorite things to do in summer is attend street festivals.  Before I had my surgery I would limp around as best I could.  Beer helps. Having your mobility limited is no fun. It sucks major balls!  I haven’t been able to exercise since May.  I miss it actually.

A couple we frequently attend these festivals with offered to wheel me around in a wheelchair. I politely declined. I’m always amazed when I see someone on crutches at a festival. Good for you I say.

We’re travelling to New Orleans with this couple in October.  I know there will be a ton of walking involved, and hope like heck I’ll be back to normal by then.

Never take your mobility for granted. I live in a two story house, and our bedroom is on the second floor.  It’s been a challenge going up and down the stairs. I’m determined to get back to where I was before.

My Summer mani is taking my mind off my bum knee.

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Best Beauty products of 2016-at least for me anyway! LOL!

Happy New Year early!  I’ll be glad that 2016 is coming to an end.  It’s been a rough year here in the United States.  That being said, I did discover some great beauty products.

Here are my top ten picks for 2016.  Some products have been out for awhile, but I just discovered them. I’ve been using these products all year, and I must say I really like them all. So here goes.

Hope for Everywhere Concealer  I started using this in July. It’s a great under eye concealer by Philosophy.  It’s a bit pricey at $26 USD, but I got another tube on Ebay for $7.50.

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Caption Nail Stamping OMG!  I’ve been having so much fun nail stamping.  I bought two kits at Ulta, but I see they don’t carry them anymore. I’ve used 4 of the 24 designs and get compliments all the time.

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Julep Maven Beauty Box Subscription Where can you get great nail polish for free??? I signed up for a three month subscription and got a box of 12 full size bottles of Julep nail polish for free. You can pick what comes in your box, and I have to say the nail polish is fabulous. You can skip months as well.

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Free gift for signing up!

POREfessional Face Primer by Benefit I’m so glad I watched the how to video for this on the Ulta website. It virtually makes pores disappear.  I also use it under my eyes to help cover up wrinkles. A little goes a long way.

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Clinique Chubby Stick Lip Balm This stuff is awesome!  I bought this before we went on a tropical vacation.  I usually have eight or so lip colors in my purse at any given time. Since we were traveling for 10 days to two different countries, I wanted to streamline my make up. This lip balm is the perfect color and stays on really well. Plus you don’t need a mirror to apply it. The color Bountiful Blush would work on any skin tone.

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Maybelline Super Stay Foundation This is a great powder foundation. While it doesn’t have an SPF, it covers well and smooths out your skin tone. It comes with a sponge applicator, and is great for travel.

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Easy to carry, includes mirror

Super Nail Swiss Silk Nail Wraps These babies are a lifesaver. If you break a nail, just glue these wraps on and you are good to go. I have used them on nails that I have broken below the skin line.  They work great while your own nails grow out.

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No Lift Nails Cuticle Oil This is some amazing stuff.  I’ve been using this daily for the past six months. I use a drop on each nail before I go to bed. It smells amazing and makes my nails really strong. I still have half a bottle left and it only cost $7 at Sally Beauty Supply.

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Smells so good!

Garnier SkinActive Micellar Water This is one of my favorite products of 2016. I use to use make up removing wipes, but they never seem to be wet enough for me. This cleanser is so gentle, and it takes off eye make up as well.  It leaves your skin soft with no residue. I’ve been using this for a year , and I love it.

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Smashbox Insta-Matte Lipstick Transformer I got a deluxe sample of this in my December Ipsy bag.  This turns any cream lipstick into a matte lip color.  I haven’t really jumped on the matte lip color bandwagon, but this product also has another great benefit.  You can use this around your lips to keep lip color from feathering. I’ve been using this daily and it works great. I have some lines around my mouth, and this makes them disappear. A super product.

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Caption Art Screens-Nail Stamping Kit by Young Nails

Happy Saturday!  OMG!  I love this new nail stamping kit I picked up from Ulta. Caption Art Screens Nail Stamping Kit  I picked up Party Squad for $14.99.  It has  12 different designs and everything you need to stamp away.  I had bought a Essence Nail stamping kit a while back, and it was total junk.

This kit is crazy cool and super easy to use. This is only the second time I’ve tried nail stamping, but I’ll be doing this more often for sure. Everything in the kit seems to be high quality.   I used a lint roller to clean up between stamps.  One thing to remember with stamping is you have to clean the stamper, plate and swiper card between each finger.

I used the two Revlon Top Speed colors in Hazy and Fire.

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