Top 5 Posts of 2013

Happy New Year everyone!

I thought I’d do yet one more Top 5 list; this time my most-read posts.

5.Lucy Minerals blush swatches
I’ve got a pretty bad photo of my two favorite two Lucy Minerals blushes – Juicy Peach and Sea Coral, but this post gets quite a few views from indie mineral makeup shoppers.
Lucy Minerals Juicy Peach Sea Coral blush swatches

4. Maren puts the X in P90X
This is a family blog, so we’ll just leave it at that.

Maren P90X German Potato Soup

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

3. Sneak Peak of P90X3
There was a ton of buzz around P90X3 and I was so very lucky to do one of the workouts months before it was released. Buy it here!
P90X3, Tony Horton, Beachbody

2. My first half marathon and I don’t know how I feel about it
I’d been training for this race for a few months and the day finally arrived. I was not as happy about finishing as I’d hoped.
Half Marathon finisher medal, Phoenix half marathon

1. Fitness Friday “What’s Your Excuse?”
Maria Kang sure has taken the blogosphere by storm, and this was my most-read post 2013.
Maria Kang what's your excuse

Have a great year!


My Top 5 Beauty Items of 2013

Have you seen these Top 5 Beauty Items of 2013 lists floating around the blogosphere? Everyone’s list is different and I love reading what items have become someone’s Holy Grail product.

Here’s my Top 5 Beauty Items of 2013 list:

Giovanni D:Tox Purifying Cleanser, Makeup Artist's Choice Mandelic Acid, Lucy Minerals finishing powder, Lucy Minerals Juicy Peach, Lumiere Cosmetics Cashmere Foundation

1. Giovanni D:Tox Purifying Facial Cleanser – read my review of this cleanser here. It’s definitely helped clear my pores without stripping my skin or making it feel dry.

2. Lumiere Cosmetics Cashmere Foundation in Light Medium Golden – read my review of this foundation here. I caught a glimpse of my reflection in a mirror the other day, and I was surprised how even my complexion looked thanks to this foundation. I waffle between Light Medium and Light Golden, so I have a jar of each on hand.

3. Lucy Minerals Oil Control Silica Finishing Powder and Juicy Peach blush (okay, that’s two; I’m cheating). The finishing powder is so smooth and soft and just perfect. PERFECT. The blush is pretty and makes me look – dare I say it – youthful.

4. Makeup Artist’s Choice 5% Mandelic Acid Toner – I stopped using this toner over the summer because I was worried about sun exposure on my chemically-exfoliated face, but I started using this again a couple of weeks ago. It took about 3 days for my skin to look smoother and fresher. I’ll just buy a stronger sunscreen next year. And a hat. I need this in my life no matter what the season.

5. Makeup Artist’s Choice 25% Mandelic Acid Peel – I was a bit intimidated by an at-home chemical peel! But mandelic acid is both gentle and effective. The brown blotches on the side of my face have faded considerably. Like the toner, I stopped this over the summer – I won’t make that mistake again next summer.

What’s on your Top 5 Beauty Items of 2013 list?


Lucy Minerals blush swatches

I do love orange-y blushes. Two of my favorites are Lucy Minerals Juicy Peach and Sea Coral.

Lucy Minerals blush swatches, Lucy Minerals Juicy Peach, Lucy Minerals Sea Coral

Top: Lucy Minerals Juicy Peach
Bottom: Lucy Minerals Sea Coral

These two blushes are nicely pigmented and have good staying power. I had to use soap to remove the swatches from my wrist.

Juicy Peach has a hint of sparkle to keep it from being matte, while Sea Coral is pretty shimmery but without being over-the-top. I tend to use Juicy Peach most often, perhaps because I have a large jar of it.

What is your favorite blush?



Blush Challenge – Lucy Minerals Juicy Peach

Day 1 of my attempt to try a new blush in my inventory everyday.

I got this blush a few months ago but hadn’t yet tried it until today. There were some raves for this blush at Mineral Makeup Forums,so I ordered it with one of Lucy Minerals‘ amazing stock-up specials.

Juicy Peach ingredients

This is a sheer peachy color with a hint of sparkle.

My photos suck

Juicy Peach swatch

Juicy Peach is so pretty. The color is sheer, so it’s great for me since I tend to have a heavy hand. You can layer it for more intensity, but even just a quick sweep gives you a nice peachy glow. I really like this and will keep it in regular rotation now.