Blush Challenge – Everyday Minerals Snooze Bar


Everyday Minerals Snooze Bar is an old favorite of mine – I actually used up a 10-gram jar of this blush. It’s a soft bronzey color, without too much shimmer. The more I try the other blushes in my stash, the more disappointed I am in Everyday Minerals. The formula just isn’t as smooth and blendable as Lucy Minerals or Aromaleigh.  As much as I love this color, I won’t repurchase when I use up because there really are better mineral products out there.



Blush Challenge – Aromaleigh Nectar; Aromaleigh DewDrop Foundation

Today I went for a more simple look, mainly because I was running late.

So pretty!

Another winner from Aromaleigh (why haven’t I been using these blushes all along?!). This is the perfect everyday blush. A bit pink, a bit peach, not a lot of shimmer but enough so that it’s not matte. Unfortunately Nectar was discontinued, but Aromaleigh is rolling out more old favorites so it might make a comeback. It should make a comeback; this sort of color is a staple in the makeup bag of every fair- or light- complected woman.

I also wore Aromaleigh Dewdrop foundation in 2Y. Now, I never thought I’d be someone to wear a foundation for dry skin, but Retin-A, recirculated office air, and Santa Ana winds made my face feel kind of tight the last few days. Or maybe it’s just normal but I’m used to being an oil slick. Anyway, I have mad love for this foundation, even more than I liked Gossamer. Dewdrop is smooth. I have giant pores and a few pits, but Dewdrop just glided over, where as most foundations settle in a bit even with primer. No breakthrough shine either, nothing to make me feel like I’m oily. I didn’t even blot today! I’m waiting for this to go on sale and I’m snapping it up. (I did say I’m cheap)

When I got home from work, I did Insanity Cardio Power and Resistance. I held back a bit, because it was a lot of jumping and I’m afraid of the downstairs neighbor complaining again. It’s also pretty tough to exercise after work, but I got it done.


Blush Challenge – Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Copper Diamond and WOTD

Today’s blush (and eye shadow) was Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Copper Diamond. I bought it a while ago at a Cosmetic Company Store outlets.

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Copper Diamond

I’m not wild about this. I bought it because I’d always wanted to try the Shimmer Bricks and I didn’t want to pass this up at the great price of $28.

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick swatch

Well, it might have been $28 wasted. I just cannot figure out how to use this. On my cheeks, it doesn’t show up, except for a trail of glitter, and on my eyes, it creases like nobody’s business, despite using primer and Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy. I’m sure a huge part of the problem is that I just do not know how (or why) to use this kind of shimmery makeup. I’m so ridiculously oily that putting this on my face makes me look even greasier. A little shimmer, sure, but a ton, no thank you.

Now, on to the workout.

Insanity all the waaaaay!

Now that I’ve done Insanity a couple of times, I can see why this workout is the first. It’s tough, but manageable.  After a 9-minute warmup (which could totally be a workout in itself) with increasing intensity, there’s a nice stretching period, then about 20 minutes of plyo, but with 30 second breaks between sets. Those breaks are what powers you through the workout before another stretch.

The first time I did an Insanity workout, I could barely get out of bed and took Advil all day long. I didn’t get past Week 2. Today I was breathless and sweaty, but I could (mostly) keep up. I guess once you get fit from these workouts, you can stay pretty fit. That’s not to say it’s not still incredibly challenging; I’m just glad I won’t be limping around discouraged like I was the first time I tried it.




Blush Challenge – Aromaleigh Dalhia and Avon Golden Wine Nails

Today’s blush was Dalhia from Aromaleigh.

Aromaleigh Dahlia, formerly Corset from the Gothic Lolita collection

Now this, this is what I wanted for a fresh-in-from-the-cold blush. The Aromaleigh website describes it as ““Dahlia” Rouge is an enticing wearable warm red on the verge of being neutral in tone.” It made me look like I’d just returned from the ski slopes, ready for a steaming mug of hot cocoa…


I applied this with a loose blush brush since it’s so pigmented. I think I might try to make a lip gloss out of it too. And it’s on sale this week!

Today’s nails:

Avon Golden Wine

I just love Avon nail polishes – I like the slim, squared bottle, the varied colors, and the typical clearance price of $2. I did mention that I was cheap.



Since I finished my last round of P90X, I’ve been looking for another exercise program to follow. I tried TRX, various classes at the gym, Couch-to-5K, and P90X again. As much as I miss P90X when I’m not doing it, when I am doing P90X I’m all – this again? So I’ve been floundering a bit.

I evaluated my goals, and I’d really like to drop a pants size. I think Insanity will do it (it’s done it for me before).

I’m ready to DIG DEEP

My downstairs neighbor was not impressed when I did Insanity before, but this time it won’t be at 6am. I’ll do it when I get home from work ~4pm. That’s another reason I want to work out at home – schlepping my gym clothes around with me all day to go to the gym after work is a pain. Yes, I’m lazy like that.

So tomorrow is the Fit Test! My workout buddy in Phoenix is going to start tomorrow too. We did a great job motivating each other during P90X this summer, so I’m hoping we can keep that momentum going.

This does mean I’ll have to postpone my pull-up progression for a bit. However! If I drop a few pounds from Insanity, doing a pull-up will be that much easier.