Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Finding my focus.

I started this blog as a way to express my thoughts about things going on in the world and how they affect Catholics and Catholics in the public arena but also some mundane things, too. I've noticed I've posted a lot of make-up reviews and not much else in light of Catholicism or what's going on in the world. I'm reconsidering the aim of this: I love make-up but I'm not expert by any means. I've been avoiding the news the most of the past year, so I'm not sure where to go with this. Perhaps take a hiatus from this blog and focus on the Rosary Page and the blog dedicated to the Suffering Souls. I'm going through a very trying and difficult time in my personal life at the moment as well. I don't know, we shall see I suppose. I know I've been just terrible in updating the others. Maybe combine them into one? I will think and pray hard on this.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

My Review of Under Eye Concealer & Highlighter

Originally submitted at

Correct under eye problematic areas such as dark circles and bags easily and effectively! Contains vitamins A & E, chamomile, caffeine and green tea to moisturize, soothe, and tighten the skin around the delicate eye area. Blends in easily and evenly to provide a smooth and natural finish.

I really like this
By Spooky from Lansing, MI on 7/16/2011
4out of 5
Pros: Covers Well, Multipurpose, Brightens, Easy To Apply, Blends Well
Best Uses: Age Spots, Discoloration, Under Eyes, Primer
Describe Yourself: Budget Buyer
Skin Tone: Fair
I really do like this product. I'm getting older and noticing more discoloration under my eyes and I wear glasses as well, which tend to make my eyes look smaller and tired. The way I use this product is: the concealer I dot under my eyes focusing on the area just under my eye and any darkness and puffiness, then blend with a finger. It has a light consistency but provides light to medium coverage. Next I dot the highlighter all around my eyes, a large circle and blend. This brightens the area and makes me look more "awake". Let it soak in and tighten and remove puffiness. I put it on before foundation but after primer.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

My Review of Kabuki Face Brush

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This anti bacterial, synthetic haired Taklon brush is softer and more absorbent and can be used with wet or dry products. Be a professional makeup artist and create a flawless look with this brush! Our handy and easy to use Kabuki Brushes provide a light to full coverage on your face or body to en...


By Spooky from Lansing, MI on 6/26/2011


5out of 5

Pros: Compact, Great Design, Soft Bristles, Functional, Easy To Use

Best Uses: Going Out, Travel, Everyday

Describe Yourself: Classic Style

I can't get over how incredibly soft this brush is! I have to keep it put up because my kids love to play with it. I use it for the e.l.f. mineral foundation and it applies it evenly and seamlessly. It's a high quality item and a terrific value! Love it, love it, love it!


Monday, June 13, 2011

My Review of Lip Stain

Originally submitted at

Achieve full coverage that lasts for hours with this long-wear formula. Enjoy silky matte color or layer on the moisturizing clear gloss for a shiny look. With key Vitamins A & E your lips stay smooth all day long.


By Spooky from Lansing, MI on 6/13/2011


1out of 5

Cons: Weird consistency, Drying, Not True To Color

Describe Yourself: Classic Style

I first bought this in Fashionista but it was a very unnatural pink color (perhaps better suited to someone with cool undertones). So I thought I'd try it in Heartbreaker and that shows up as a brownish color. Someone described the consistency as "watered down clay" and I'd have to agree. It emphasizes my cracked lips and just looked plain weird on my lips. I love ELF but this, not so much.


Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Dress Dare 2011 progress

Day 4 (May the fourth be with you... if I hear that one more time I'll puke). Every day I've worn a dress. I've been lucky with the weather, not too hot and not too cold. I like wearing a dress because it's just so easy to slip on; no worrying about coordinating tops and bottoms. I don't feel particularly feminine or modest. In fact it seems to be working against any sense of humility, as in "Hey! I look pretty dang good!" But, I'll keep plugging away.

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Dress Dare 2011

The ladies over at defining beauty have issued their Dress Dare 2011!
The Official Rules are:

Wear dresses and skirts throughout the month of May.

Exceptions:  Snoozing {zzz} and Exercising.

Honor Mary, grow closer to Jesus.

Be beautiful--- be YOU!

Leave comments or email to let us know how it is going!

Monday, May 02, 2011


About 15 years ago, my mother suggested I might suffer from ADD. I didn't think much of it. Recently, during a psych eval ordered by the court due to my custody battle for my daughter, the doctor asked me "has anyone mentioned you might have ADHD?" I was a little taken aback. So, the interwebs being all knowing I took this little test and these were my results:

Results of your
Attention Deficit Disorder Quiz

You scored a total of 87

 S C O R I N G   K E Y
 If you scored...
You may have...
70 & up
50 - 69
35 - 49
25 - 34
0 - 24
Adult ADHD
Moderate ADHD
Borderline ADHD
No ADHD likely

I think I'll print this out and show my doc...

Sunday, May 01, 2011

My Review of Complexion Perfection

Originally submitted at

Create a balanced and radiant complexion that is beautiful and healthy. The lightweight formula evens out the skin tone and absorbs excess oil. The sheer formula brightens, mattes and neutralizes the skin. The colors are meant to be blended together as the Blue neutralizes orange, the Green neutr...

All I can say is WOW!

By Spooky from Lansing, MI on 5/1/2011


5out of 5

Pros: Odorless, Good Value, Oil control, Versatile, Long Lasting

Cons: Difficult to Apply

Best Uses: Sensitive Skin, Special Occasions, Daily Use, Normal Skin, Oily Skin

Describe Yourself: Classic Style

Skin Tone: Fair

Age: 35-44

I saw this the other day at a local retailer and was thrilled to see it, as I was planning to buy online (instant gratification anyone?). I first used it over tinted moisturizer and was very pleased at the results: completely controlled any shine and gave my face a wonderfully balanced look. I wore it today over my foundation and the results were even better! No settling in lines or creases, no chalkiness, just a flawless finish that lasted all day. I like this better than the HD powder! This is now going to be a major staple in my makeup routine. The one thing I did not like was it didn't come with a puff or any sort of applicator. I used the Total Face brush but considering I didn't need any touch-ups, I can live with that. I plan on going back to the store and snatch up some more, the 3 dollar price tag is just too good to pass up. Quite possibly ELF's best product.


Friday, April 29, 2011

My Review of High Definition Powder

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The high definition loose powder creates a soft focus effect to the skin. Masks fine lines and imperfections for a radiant complexion. The incredibly soft and invisible powder is great for on-screen and everyday wear.

Must have for having your photo taken!
By Spooky from Lansing, MI on 4/29/2011
4out of 5
Pros: Blends Well, Easy To Apply, Silky Finish, Finely milled, Little goes a long way, Lightweight, Controls Shine
Cons: Very loose and airy, Cakes Up, A little chalky at first, Slightly wasteful
Best Uses: Normal Skin, Oily Skin
Describe Yourself: Budget Buyer
I first tried this in the winter when my skin is a tad dry, and I didn't get the insto-perfecto I was hoping for. The puff seemed to smear my foundation and transferred onto the puff, the all over face brush seems to leave particles hovering all over my bathroom. A light touch is ideal. However, I wore this when I had photos taken and my face looked AMAZING! Even my Drivers License looks fab! Now that summer is approaching I may go to this more and more for the oil control. I'm buying more just so I don't run out.

Been a While

I customized this card adding his name
Wow, lots of stuff have happened that I just didn't have the heart to blog about. But maybe I will get back in the swing of things: Advent is over; Lent is over but now it is the Glorious Easter-tide Season! He Is Risen! He is Risen Indeed. Also, this Sunday is two-fold in importance:  My precious James receives his First Holy Communion AND it is also Divine Mercy Sunday! Thanks Be to God! We are all looking with joy towards this mementos occasion. I even printed up a homemade Prayer card for James, with a picture of a boy receiving from Jesus His Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity and there is also an image of Our Lord as He appears on the Divine Mercy image. James LOVED this because he loves the Divine Mercy. He wants to go to Confession on Saturday so his soul can be "squeaky clean" (love it!). Such a wonderfully pious child! I plan on adding the prayer on the back tomorrow which will read:
My Jesus, I believe that You are truly Present in the Most Blessed Sacrament. I love you above all things and I desire to possess You within my soul. I believe because You have said it and I am ready to give my life to maintain this Truth. 
 And of course the date and Parish he receive. We've been practicing Communion on the Tongue since the CCD only taught about CITH (!) I reminded him in THIS family we receive on the tongue out of respect for our Lord. I also had to read over some instruction the DRE wrote up and she continually referred to the Blessed Sacrament as "bread". GAH! Parents, we MUST be vigilant in seeing to the Religious Ed of our children ESPECIALLY at your typical Novus Ordo (Ordinary Form).  I even had to explain what a mortal sin was and how we should always strive to never, ever commit one and if have the misfortune of doing so to present ourselves to the Confession as soon as possible! But more importantly how receiving Our Lord is the best remedy to avoid sin. This is the child, who at 4, on a Ash Wednesday service, which was packed to the gills, including the Governor of our State, when not given a Host, loudly protested by wailing loudly "I WANT THE BODY OF PRIST!" (mispronounced "Christ"). Funny now but at the time I felt horrible, my poor child wanted Our Lord!

And so ends my update. I love that from now on all 3 of us will be able to kneel at the Altar Rail and receive Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament! So many graces!