Wednesday, January 6, 2010

2009 Holiday Reflections

The holidays have come and gone. We're in our sixth day of a new year and a new decade. I hope
everyone's getting back into the swing of things.

For me, holiday shopping was pretty interesting in December 2009 to say the least.  I dropped in on a few places like Sephora, K-Mart, Make Up For Ever, Aeropostale, Barnes & Nobles, Borders Bookstore, Macy's, Best Buy, JC Penney, Target, etc... Retailwise, there were some pretty sweet deals for the consumer.

For my niece Dana, I purchased the majority of her gifts from Aeropostale. Why? 50 - 70% off that's why!
The line in the store was soooo long, it was almost like a maze. No complaints from me. The money I saved was a-maze-ing! :)

I also stopped by K-Mart. Good thing I did. Not only did I picked up some cute gloves for us, but bought a pair of weather boots for myself. On the way to K-Mart, the snow had started to fall and was
accumulating rather quickly. This was a no-brainer. Time to stop shopping and head home.

While on the train, I called my car service (just in case there was a long wait). By the time the train pulled into my station, six inches of beautiful soft snow had fallen. I went into the ticket office, quickly changed from my sneakers to the weather boots I purchased from K-Mart and waited for my car.

The driver arrived, getting me home safe and sound. When I exited the car, my feet sank almost eight inches deep in snow. I grabbed my packages and went inside the house. Before closing the door, I looked outside. My neighborhood was so beautiful. It was covered in a blanket of snow. Although in the morning we would be greeted with several hours of shoveling, right outside my door was beauty...simplified.

I had an awesome 2009 holiday season.  I hope you did too!

Much love,

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Sunday, January 3, 2010

Welcome to Makeup Tips, Tricks & Tales

Happy New Year! 

YAY! The blog is up....finally. In this web log, I'm going share with you tips and tricks I've picked up along my journey as a makeup artist, but with a couple of different twists. 

The focus will be on beauty issues experienced by women over 30. Dark circles, nasolabial folds, heavy eyelids - how to minimize their appearance. If you're in a black or brown eyeliner rut, I will discuss alternative colors you can use. Foundation formulas (liquid, cream, cream to powder, powder, stick or HD (high-definition) - how to choose the best one for you. Your skin and why it's very important that you take excellent care of it. The list of topics goes on...

Regarding the title Makeup Tips, Tricks & Tales, the humorous bits happen too. I will share some funny moments that occurred while working or out shopping for products. 

If there's anything you'd like to discuss, please feel free to drop me a line at

Here's wishing you a safe, healthy and prosperous 2010.

Much love,