Blush Challenge – Everyday Minerals Yard Sale

For today’s blush challenge, I pulled out an old favorite – Yard Sale from Everyday Minerals.

No link, because this shade was discontinued a while ago. Thankfully I have this big jar that should last quite a while. Even if it were still available, I would not repurchase because Everyday Minerals has undergone some changes and everything has been reformulated.

Yard Sale is a peachy-beige with a gold sheen undertone. It’s very subtle and fresh. It also makes a nice eyeshadow.


Maren puts the X in P90X

P90X Chest & Back just isn’t the same since I learned about Maren’s previous career

Maren P90X Chest & Back

How can you be in that much pain and have that much fun?

It becomes a totally different video when Tony Horton tells her to go deeper, or when he tells her it hurts in a good way. And all those faces she makes…oh dear.

My pull-up progress is s-l-o-w. I did this workout at home with my guy yesterday, and put the bench behind me when I was using the pull-up bar. I could do maybe 5 for each pullup, and I am feeling it today.
For Round 1, I did push-ups on my toes, and went to my knees for Round 2, so my push-ups are coming along nicely.



Blush Challenge – adorned with Grace Minerals Radiant blush

adorned with Grace Minerals Radiant blush is an orangy-peachy shade. (link goes to an old site)

adorned with Grace Minerals Radiant blush

I really like this blush and I use it often.

my swatches are pretty much useless for bad photography

adorned with Grace Minerals is “adorned with Grace Minerals(TM) is a Vegan mineral cosmetic line specializing in formulating foundation colors for Olive/Yellow skintones.”  That’s me! I have strong yellow undertones and am on the pale side, so I really like that this company caters specifically for my coloring. Radiant is really a perfect color for me – peachy, sheer, just really pretty.

Unfortunately, adorned with Grace seems to have folded. The links I put in for the products are to the old ecrater site, and domain has a “Down for Maintenance” message, and the blog hasn’t been updated in over a year. I guess the indie mineral market is tough, and I’m really sorry this company closed.


Blush Challenge – Ecco Bella Rose Orchidee

I got this Ecco Bella Rose Orchidee blush a while ago in a package from Meg’s Makeup. I’ve used it quite a bit so the package is a bit beat up.

Someday I will learn to take nice photos

This blush is a highly pigmented, cool pink blush that doesn’t pull orange (a real problem with cool-toned mineral blushes). I apply it with a fluffy kabuki brush under my foundation, and I like the flush it gives me.

I do like this blush but I probably would not have bought it for myself.  I generally don’t like pressed products very much – I’ve v-e-r-y oily so pressed cosmetics always get that smudge on the surface even though I use a clean brush every time.  It’s also pricier than other mineral blushes ($15.95) but it will probably last for a long time since it’s has such good color payoff. So for this blush, I will break my no-pressed-products rule and would repurchase.


Sassy City Chicks Fashion Bash

Last night I attended the Sassy City Chicks Fashion Bash. I’ve been going to these events for a couple years now – Sassy City Chicks Fashion Bash, Shecky’s Girls Night Out, another one I can’t remember, and each time I swear I’ll never go again because the gift bags just aren’t worth it anymore. But! Sassy City Chicks sent me a coupon code for a $5 ticket so I couldn’t resist.

But I should have.

The gift bag

The gift bag’s contents

My bag contained:

The stuff in here is not for me. I don’t have curly hair so the shampoo and the Frieda styling products are out (I don’t even use shampoo very often), and I don’t need hormone replacement therapy (the photo of the screaming woman is an ad for HRT). I will definitely use the SoftLips though – that’s a Holy Grail product for me.

When I first starting going to these events, I had to bring my backpack because there were freebies galore from the vendors, the gift bag was huge, and the (free) booze flowed like water!

Now, the gift bags aren’t very exciting, the only free drinks was a sip of Godiva liqueur, and the vendors were the same old, same old – sex toys, scarves, blingy costume jewelry, and clothes that are usually spandex leopard print dresses.

For $5, I shouldn’t complain, but I am so there you go. I swear I’m not going again (this time I mean it)