Monday, December 17, 2012

Beauty Things I Like Lately

I am far from a beauty blogger, but every now and then I like to pass on some products that struck my fancy and made me say "ohhhhh...." as I was pleasantly surprised at  how well they worked.

The first product is perfect for holiday parties. I put on this polish in preparation for my husband's company holiday party - and met up w/a friend beforehand. She was raving about how awesome it looked- and it is a steal at only $2.99 - Maybelline Color Show Metallics in Gold:

One downside is that the color doesn't fare too well by Day 3...but by that point the party will be over (hopefully)...However, I only put on one coat which may have had something to do with it.

The second product that I figured would be a total dud based on some negative online reviews - but turned out to be a winner is Garnier's new BB Cream.

If you are new to BB Creams and are wondering what the fuss is all about - according to Wikipedia, these products are considered a "blemish balm, blemish base, or Western markets, beauty balm"

The product is intended to be an multipurpose product which replaces  serum, moisturizer, primer, foundation, and sunblock.

One of the main complaints is the odor. It does have a rather strong odor - but unlike what I've read, the odor dissapates rather quickly and you are left with a smooth, even dewy finish. I am very happy with the product. I first learned about it when Allure Magazine Best of Beauty #1 BB Cream. At only $11.99 - it is worth a try if you are on the fence :) I switched from my ridiculously expensive tinted moisturizer and am happy I did!

There are several more products I hope to post about in the future...hopefully some of you find this type of post helpful.

And, finally, congratulations to Rebecca Jo, winner of my NOVICA giveaway!! So many goodies to choose from!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

R.I.P. Ravi Shankar

One of the vivid memories I have from grade school was learning about Ravi Shankar and his sitar...I was saddened to learn he passed away today.

Do any of you recall this photo?

Not to date myself - but we learned about him by watching a film strip on a projector such as this:

...those were the days!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

The End of Google Friend Connect - Even for Blogger?

Man, I've gotta get my head outta the sand. Just realized why my blog readership is down by 300+

I did some searching and realized Google has phased out Google Friend Connect - on Blogger, as well as wordpress, which we all pretty much knew about (the wordpress part). I was under the impression that it was still going to exist for Blogger - and have recently acquired a couple new followers on Friend Connect. It is basically a phantom follow - where they will not receive updates?

Apparently, it has been replaced by Google+ -- but who uses Google + ??

Has your readership plummeted since the change was implemented - or has it not yet been implemented and my Feedburner is still frigged up?

Advice on where to go from here greatly appreciated.

This is what happens when I have my head in the sand for a year doing my college studies. All sorts of changes!!

I posted an inquiry in the Blogger Forum earlier this morning and I can still hear crickets chirping probably because all the Blogger Pros are thinking *gosh* *idiot!*

*Giveaway still going strong - enter here  LOW ENTRIES - AWESOME PRIZE*

Monday, December 10, 2012


I think I may have insulted our new neighbor who moved here from London. As she was speaking, I detected a bit of a Jersey accent underneath her British accent. Sure 'nuff. She hailed from NJ originally, much like this Jersey Girl, but I could tell that she firmly identified w/Britain - having lived there for 15 years.

It always surprises me when people who are born and raised in one area, move to another - and subsequently take on a whole new accent. Think Madge when she adopted her British accent after spending some - emphasis on "some" - time in Britain.

Having lived in the South for nearly 20 years now, people can still tell that I am a Yankee.

I may have adopted some of the colloquial expressions from the area e.g. "all y'all,"get me some," etc. but my dialect remains firmly Jersey.

Have you come across this before? Did you move somewhere and now have a completely different accent? What are your thoughts on Madge (aka Madonna)?

**my giveaway is still going on - through Friday - please scroll down and enter!**

Saturday, December 8, 2012

It's All Fun and Games Until Somebody Dies

Yes, I'm going to weigh in on the Duchess of Cambridge aka Kate Middleton hospital ordeal. What a sad, sad outcome to a ridiculous prank by two imbecile DJ's.

I've never been a fan of the prank phone call. However, there were some local DJ's who did it as a friend pranking a friend or wife pranking a husband, and it was kinda funny, and they always cut the prank off at the point the other person started getting angry. It wasn't as much the DJ's pulling the prank, but more the friend of the prankee.

I can get that.

This was a completely another story. One thing I learned in the medical program I took at college last year is that they instill the Fear of God in all of the students, lest they EVER violate HIPAA and disclose personal information. Fines are discussed and let me say they are HUGE ASS fines.

I can imagine this nurse working to support her two children (makes it even sadder) - working horrendous hours, under constant stress for probably 1/4 of what these scatterbrained DJ's were making. Even if she wasn't disciplined by the hospital (which is what I've read so far) - she undoubtedly took her job very very seriously.

Here I go rambling on - when I forgot to mention the one thing I wanted to mention, about what I heard the day of the suicide - from a local talk radio guy who I have respect for - he said that the DJ's were not at fault and he didn't even think they should have apologized!!  That's crazy talk.

When did we get so full of ourselves that an apology, when not legally required, is deemed unnecessary?

Of course they should have apologized - and that's pretty much the one thing they did correctly.

This local guy felt that this type of pranking is done all the time - Candid Camera and Letterman and Leno were his examples, which made it completely acceptable. Uh, OK. Except this particular prank violated all sorts of privacy laws. We are talking eggs and oranges.

What are your thoughts?

Is it all fair game?


Thursday, December 6, 2012

A Unique Giveaway!!

I've posted in the past about the unique gift site NOVICA.

I cannot say enough great things about this company and the artisans it promotes and supports around the world. NOVICA has recently launched a Gift Finder to help with your holiday gift giving.

Why get a ho hum mass produced gift when you can support talented master artisans.

Here is just a small sampling of the treasures that await at NOVICA.

Gifts for Her:  I know a lot of you have friends/spouses who love to do yoga. Here is a lovely pearl and rose quartz pendant necklace, 'Yoga Warrior'

Gifts under $25: this gorgeous Silk Batik Scarf 'Love Awakens'

Gifts for The Animal Lover: C'mon admit it, we all have cat lover friends on Facebook!! Check out this adorable wood sculpture: "Toward the Sky Brown Yoga Cat"

And now, the Giveaway!!!
One winner will receive a $40 Gift Code to NOVICA. Here's how to enter:

(1) Leave a blog comment - something that  you like in the NOVICA Gift Finder
(2) Subscribe to my blog
(3) Fan my blog on Facebook

*Please leave a separate comment for each entry*

Giveaway ends Friday December 14th at 8:00 PM.

Full disclosure: I received a gift code for the purpose of this review/giveaway. No other compensation was provided. All opinions are my own.

Bad Disguises

Do you notice whenever someone is on the run, their dye of choice is jet black??? And their haircut is shorn close to their heads. Like that will be very hard to spot.

Didn't work too well for John McAfee. Or maybe he was going for the John Travolta look?

If I am ever on the lam, I'm going bleach blonde - with extensions! What about you?

BTW, if  you want the "Fort Knox" of computer security, I recommend Kaspersky.

With the blogging expertise of my cowboy friend Lisa, it looks like my feed is finally fixed - Hallellujah. Hopefully some of you have kept me in your readers :)

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Dancing with the People You Wish Would Disappear and Never Be Heard from Again

Word comes today that former Bachelor-contender and Bachelorette Emily Maynard will be on the next season of Dancing with the Stars - the 16th Season.

Has the show sunken this deep that this is what qualifies as a "Star?" They are clearly at the bottom of the barrel. I know this complaint has been going on from at least Season 3 but this is really stretching it.

Melissa Rycroft, the winner of DWTS All-Stars falls in the same vein. She was a good dancer, but a "Star??"

I have not watched in several seasons and now that Emily will be on the next one, I'll be gladly tuning out.

Flu Shot Update: I bit the bullet and got a flu shot this morning. Our wonderful insurance plan will only cover if we go to a doctor's office or the Minute Clinic - so convenient - NOT!!  What about heading to the pharmacy that is on every street corner??  They sure don't make it convenient.

I decided to go after the school sent out an email about flu cases already at the school. With all of the substituting I've been doing lately, I didn't want to chance it. I got so freaked out though by going to the doctor's office -- I had to sit for an hour in the waiting room w/people coughing, I was ready to flee....Made sure to use my OWN pen to sign in ;-)

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Flu Shot - Yay or Nay?

This is the first time in years that we have gone without flu shots. It is probably not the most opportune time since I am substitute teaching so much.

I seriously had no idea they would call this often but I'm taking the jobs since my health screening work is off for the month of December.

Which brings me back to the flu shot. I have seen a lot of what people think amounts to media propaganda pushing flu shots. The most recent article was about a few children who died of the flu a few years ago.

The more I read about the possible side effects of the flu shot preservatives, the more it makes me question the safety.

Coincidentally, or not, last Saturday I could barely get out of bed. I took my temperature and it was 101.6 degrees F. Now, I rarely ever get a fever. I am one of those whose temp normally runs below 98 - so this was unusual. Could it have been a mini-flu? Guess I'll never know, but I was back to normal by Monday.

But it got me to thinking about getting a flu shot. Or not.

What are your thoughts?
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