How are you all doing as we careen into the holiday season? Are you excited and having fun? Hoping to leapfrog into the new year instead? Or just taking it day by day?
This time of year can really wreak havoc with your psyche as well as your skin. The good news is, we can choose to streamline what we do to make it as enjoyable as possible. For me, this means simplifying seasonal decorating and just slightly modifying my beauty regime.
For many reasons, I didn’t decorate for Halloween or even Fall, although I am happily anticipating cooking and baking for Thanksgiving. As for Christmas, I want to keep it simple yet pretty and festive…by using real and real-ish greenery, string lights, and little else. As for my beauty regime, here are the quick takes as of this month:


I still haven’t found a reasonable replacement for my Aquaphor ointment, so for now I embrace it, especially for wintertime. Result: Satisfactory


I’ve given up on my tube of Embryolisse Filaderme Émulsion Peaux Sèches. It has turned out to be a total fail, among the worst dry skin moisturizers I have tried. In fact, it has the direct opposite effect on my very dry skin. So, it looks like I’ll be using the Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré year-round for the foreseeable future. Result: EPIC FAIL

NOW Solutions Vegetable Glycerine 

I’ve been using this solution since mid-October, and while I can’t report that it’s magically transformed my skin, it does seem to tame the driest part of my face. I’ve tried applying it different ways. Thus far, it works best when I apply a tiny bit on top of my moisturizers to those drier parts. Result: It’s OK


On the makeup front, I am sad to report my disappointment with e.l.f. I have been such a fan, for over four years now, but their prices have dramatically increased within the past year. Products that on the average used to cost between $1.00 to $3.00, now range from $5.00 to $20.00 and above. I’m disgusted enough to pass on using an $8.00 birthday gift they emailed me. I know, I know, their products are still more affordable than many other brands, but I just foresee the company moving out of my budget zone completely…and sooner than later. It’s a good thing that earlier this year I stocked up on items I really like and use routinely. Result: Lost Loyalty
So, that’s the news from my side. What is happening in your world? Are you enjoying the holidays? Is your seasonal beauty regime making you happy, or causing you angst? 
I wish you the best of the holidays and beauty gifts that make you smile.

Let’s create a nice green eye makeup that is wearable

Do you have second thoughts on products you loved but not anymore?


Hello and thank you for stopping by and checking my new video! Find out the good and the bad, after trying and using.. Do I still love these? In general most of us fall in love with some products, we buy and love, then we realize that we don’t love them anymore, as time goes by for various reasons, as the product gets tested and used! I wonder if you may have any such products? what are your previously loved and no longer loved products?

New and exciting products | October 2017

Each month I like to present to you 3 new products that are new to me and maybe also they are new to you.. I share my thoughts and impressions and if you are familiar with them, you can also add your input on each product. This is the video for the month of October 2017. Enjoy and don’t forget to share your impressions.

Holiday season gift set comparison: Lip gloss

As the holiday season approaches, all cosmetic companies are rushing to get their holiday kits and offers out there so that you buy something from them rather than someone else. In this regard, I have attempted to collect a few different cosmetic brands lip product offers and we can see which one we like more and which one is a bit better priced than the competitor.



From start of season to New Years Eve, this set of glosses has your holiday lip look covered. Includes nude, pink and rich red shades in party clutch-friendly minis. A $67 value, yours for $39.

Infused with Jojoba and Avocado Oil, our best-selling lip gloss formula delivers immediate hydration and lush shine (without the sticky feel). Formulated with Vitamins C and E and Aloe Extract to instantly soothe lips and keep them comfortable.

Set Includes:
Mini Lip Gloss in Buff
Mini Lip Gloss in Nude
Mini Shimmer Lip Gloss in Rose Sugar
Mini Shimmer Lip Gloss in Kir Sugar

This set of 4 lip glosses mini size 4.2 ml each, retails for $39! By comparison a regular size lip gloss which is $7 ml retails for $28.


Limited-Edition Posh Pout Quick Dry & Glossy Lip Set

A deluxe, eight-piece set of your favorite matte and glossy liquid lipsticks with glam new shades to indulge in.

What it does:
This travel set gives you two tarteist treats in one, featuring eight lipsticks in a mix of colors and textures, including long-wearing mattes and non-sticky glosses in mauves, nudes, and exotic reds. Perfect for the lipstick obsessed, it’s two separate gift boxes in one—each with four quick-dry matte lip paints or four glossy lip paints glammed up with bright, patterned caps.

This set contains:
– 4 x 0.034 oz/ 1 mL Deluxe tarteist™ Quick Dry Matte Lip Paint in Novel (cool nude), Reign (plum wine), Spice (cool mauve), and Valor (cool red)
– 4 x 0.034 oz/ 1 mL Deluxe tarteist™ Glossy Lip Paint in Eager (peachy nude), Gifts (deep mauve), Crown (blackberry), and Cast (raspberry)

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
– Parabens
– Phthalates

What else you need to know:
The Quick Dry Matte Lip Paint is for when you want full-coverage, transfer-proof color that wears weightlessly and is long-lasting. The Glossy Lip Paint is a vegan, non-sticky, super-pigmented lip gloss for the payoff of a lipstick and sexy sheen of a gloss. Both formulas are dermatologist tested.

This set retails for $36 and is comprised of 8 pieces! The colors are from the same family and therefore not everyone would love to use these colors which may work for one but not another.


Nudes for Days 6 Piece GEN NUDE™ Lip Wardrobe

A mini Gen Nude® collection with three Matte Liquid Lipcolors and three moisturizing Buttercream Lipglosses.

What it does:
Gloss like a boss or go full-on matte with six perfect pink, peach, and mauve Gen Nude® tones. The ultra-creamy Buttercream Lipgloss has balmy, buildable coverage that’s never tacky, never tingly, and always shiny. Primer-infused, full-coverage Gen Nude® Matte Liquid Lip Color has a cushiony, velvety texture and is packed with moisturizing ingredients to counteract dryness.

This set contains:
– 3 x 0.06 oz/ 2 mL Gen Nude® Buttercream Lipgloss in Cosmic, Sugar, Flirt
– 3 x 0.06 oz / 2 mL Gen Nude® Matte Liquid Lipcolor in Weekend, Icon, Juju

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
– Parabens
– Sulfates

This set seems like what I would go for, it has 6 total lip glosses, 3 matte and 3 buttery gloss, and the colors are nude colors and the set retails for $24. Not bad at all. What is your favorite from these sets?

Here is one more..

Marc Jacobs

Snake Charmer 5-Piece Petite Enamored Hi-Shine Gloss Lip Lacquer Collection

A limited-edition set of bestselling, high-shine lip glosses.

What it does:
This mint-scented lip gloss gift set features an array of creamy neutrals, shimmering nudes, and bright pops that give lips a lush look with lasting color and unbelievable shine. Formulated with a unique triple shine complex and a blend of high-performance ingredients, it delivers unstoppable wear and shine with maximum color. Be one of the first to try new shade, Ch-ch-changes, a transformative plum with a blue-green shift.

This set contains:
– 5 x Enamored Hi-Shine Gloss Lip Lacquer in Ch-ch-changes, Sugar Sugar, Skin Deep, Raspberry Beret, Boys Don’t Cry.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
– Parabens
– Sulfates
– Phthalates

What else you need to know:
Enamored’s super shiny look was inspired by Marc’s coffee table, which was finished with 30 coats of lacquer for the perfect, customized shine.

“I think it’s always appealing, glamorous and mesmerizing to look at something that shines with the luster and brilliance of lacquer.”—Marc Jacobs

This set retails for $39. I don’t like the shades at all. It has 5 lip glosses.

Vegetable Glycerine as a Moisturizing Agent BY ARDITH LOWELL

Hi there, fellow beauty buffs. This is Ardith stopping by to let you in on my latest skincare adventure.
As owner and manager of very dry facial skin, I’m always on a quest to find products and processes that will bring about dreamy skin texture…without a brain-numbing price tag and multiple steps to achieve it.
I’ve had my eye on vegetable glycerine for well over a year now, as I’ve read of its somewhat magical effect on skin. I finally ordered it this past week and am experimenting with how best to use it.
The first night I simply applied it directly to my clean, dry face and neck. It absorbed well into my skin, without the faintest bit of dryness. When I awoke, it was still soft and supple. Since I have pretty sensitive skin, the next night I opted to apply a small amount over my nighttime moisturizer, specifically from nose to chin, around my nose and mouth. This is where my skin tends to be the driest and a bit flakey. I’ve been taking this approach for about four nights now, and I think I’m beginning to see an improvement in that area. My skin is less flakey there now. It even seems to be protecting my skin. So far, so good.
My pros for using vegetable glycerine as a moisturizing agent:
  • It’s inexpensive.
  • It’s easy peasy to apply.
  • I can use it alone or under/on top of/blended into branded moisturizers.
  • So far, it seems like it is fine for sensitive skin.
Cons of using vegetable glycerine so far:
  • None
I’ll let you know how well this works over time, but I am very happy to report that my initial impressions are very positive. Have you tried vegetable glycerine as part of your skincare regime? If so, how has it worked for you? How are you using it?


I was browsing the net today and came across this ad by chanel which says that this product was tested on 20 women.. Immediately I was surprised to see that only 20 women tested a product before the product went on the market.. what are your thoughts on the subject? How many women should test a product so that we are convinced that the product is good?


A refreshing face mist that instantly comforts skin for a hydrated, rested, radiant look. With use of SUBLIMAGE LA BRUME, the complexion appears plumped and smooth, and is shielded from irritants such as pollution. The complexion is moisturized immediately and up to eight hours after a single application*. With continued use, radiance increases 49%**.

Set includes:

4 x 0.6 oz.


The signature SUBLIMAGE ingredient, Vanilla Planifolia, in the form of antioxidant Intense Vanilla Planifolia Water, helps skin adapt to environmental stress. Silk Tree Extract helps diminish the appearance of signs of fatigue such as puffiness and dark circles. Hyaluronic Acid deeply hydrates and smooths fine lines.


With eyes closed, spray onto face as the final step of your skincare ritual and then whenever you desire, before or after applying makeup.

*Instrumental evaluation on 20 women.

**Clinical evaluation of 34 women after four weeks with application at least three times a day.