Sunday, August 30, 2015

Kat Von D Piaf Studded Kiss Lipstick Review and Swatches

Gorgeous brown with an almost duo chrome purple sheen....

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Bond Girl and Glastonberry Review and Swatches

Both lovely...the formula is a muted matte...though Glastonberry really isn't matte at all.

Dr Jart+ Premium BB Cream Review

One of my favorite BBs and one of my favorite brands.

Tom Ford Moodlight Skin Illuminating Powder Duo Review and Swatches 3

Gorgeous.  Probably my favorite TF ever.  The colors should work on most and just light up the face.  Love.

Nars Audacious Mascara New for 2015

I like this sort of mascara....spidery lashes.  But it can clump and flake a little.

Tom Ford Lipstick in So Vain, Virgin Rose and Dark and Stormy Review and Swatches

So Vain is the standout.  Virgin Rose isn't anything super special but the same lovely formula that TF always has.  Dark and

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Book Review: The Gates of Evangeline by Hester Young

I love this book.

Okay, it's a little dark.  A mother has lost her child...and her husband has run off with another woman.  She isn't coping well.  How does one cope with losing a child.  Indeed, she's barely functioning.

But she starts seeing dead children...and they have messages for her.

A writer, she's hired to head to the south to write about a long unsolved missing child case from a prominent and wealthy family.  And there a few things are, of course, amiss.

But the book is beautifully written. Touching, but a little sad.  Love.

Book Review: 100 Days of Happiness by Fausto Brizzi

This book is utterly charming.  Fausto Brizzi is an Italian filmmaker and he has a great sense for the visual and an emotional scene.  The book is touching and rarely falls into the unexpected.

Lucio, a 40 year old Roman fitness trainer finds out he has terminal cancer and will die in about 100 days.  He decides to choose assisted suicide at that date as he has no chance of being cured and doesn't want to deteriorate to the final stages.  And he vows to document those last 100 days and accomplish a few things.

Obviously, this book tugs on your heart and makes you think.

Lucio is estranged from his wife, whom he truly loves, because he cheated.  He wants to win her back before he dies.  And he also wants to leave something behind for his children.  His father in law and two lifelong friends help him on his path.

The book is surprisingly upbeat but also profound.  I recommend it highly.

Book Review: The Dressmaker by Rosalie Ham

The Dressmaker by Rosalie Ham is a delightful book.  Tilly Dunnage has escaped her small town, one that essentially cast her out.  Having worked as a master dressmaker for top couture houses in Paris, she’s come back home to deal with her ailing and not so mentally there mother.

Or has she?  Tilly settles into a routine and begins to reconnect locally, including starting a romance with Teddy, a local football star who likewise has had to deal with his own fair share of issues with the judgmental locals.

Tilly’s dresses become popular…but she has an endgame in mind that will surprise all.

The book is currently being made into a movie with Kate Winslet and Liam Hemsworth.

It’s actually a sweet and sentimental story.  We never can leave our past behind.  Dunnage handles her characters with grace.

100% Pure Cranberry Glow Lip and Cheek Tint Review and Swatches

Gorgeous!  A vivid pink-red and it even works on lips.  All natural.

100% Pure Eye Creamstick Eye Color in Susie's Favorite Review and Swatches

A great natural eye look.  Not the most long wearing...but I love it.

DIY Rich Balm Cream for Face and Body Natural and Perfect for Dry Skin

Super simple....

To buy:

DIY Make A Vegan Face Cream Anti Aging and Anti Acne

10 ounces of bottled water (or rosewater, tea, etc)
2 ounces oil of your choice (in this video I use coconut, almond and avocado)
1 ounce emulsifying wax
3 tsp of vegetable glycerin

To buy:

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Simple face cream for natural radiance without chemicals

I will have a how to tutorial up on YouTube in a day or so.  For now, I talk about why I'm increasingly using natural skin care products and even making them.

These are all available for sale on Essentielle Beauty at under the Simple Natural Skin Care Line.

The vegan cream below

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Nars Vip Red Lipstick Review and Swatches Fall 2015 LTD

Gorgeous...a really lovely satin matter warm red.  This is a real "wow".  I love it.

Original Raw One Stop Combination Cream Review

One of my cream..anti aging...and...gorgeous....

100% Pure Pomegranate Oil Lipstick in Dandelion and Calendula Review and Swatches

Not my favorite from the brand.  A little off color wise...light...

Monday, August 3, 2015