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Cosmetic Brushes…My Take

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If I were a professional makeup artist I am sure my thoughts would be different on this matter regarding brushes.  I am no make up artist, I don’t pretend to be.  I am a female who loves make-up, that’s all.

Nevertheless…I will admit to watching several videos on YouTube regarding make-up application.  I have hooded eyes so I watch those videos about how to give yourself a crease when you really don’t have one, and I also like to watch vidoes on certain “looks”.

What I don’t get is this fascination with brushes. Granted, I miss the days of drug store cosmetic shopping and simply using the sponge applicators that came with the pans of eye shadow.  I could deal with the sponge applicators.  When I made the switch from drugstore cosmetics to Mary Kay Cosmetics, I loved the applicators, a soft sponge on side and a brush on the other, and I could work a sponge applicator like nothing.  My eye makeup looked good!  Then they changed their formula to mineral, so I gave up on that and went to natural cosmetics.

Now.  Even in the drugstores, cosmetics are coming in pots with no applicators, meaning you have to purchase your applicators separately.  Even worse, we’re being told that brushes are the way to go if you want a flawless face with professional results and that certain brushes get the job done better than others.

Like I said up top, if I was a professional my view would be different, since I am not, well, here you have it.

I think the brushes are a racket.  Watching videos on YouTube everyone talks about their MAC brushes and how awesome they are…but $56 for a powder brush?  Wow.   Then, for certain looks, you have to have an L543 or a BB304, and don’t forget a VT124 for the crease!  Of course here I am being sarcastic, but really, its all about the expensive brushes, and in order to get the look you must have the brushes.

I actually watched a video for a hooded eye look where the commentator used a finger to apply the base color, which was a standard over the counter cosmetic brand.   I was shocked and amazed because hey, cosmetic application that everyone can relate too!  A FINGER.  Ingenious.


Beauty is big business, this I understand.  The competition must be horrific.  Yet can’t we go back to basics when makeup was simplistic and didn’t cost a fortune, and we didn’t need so many accessories to apply product?

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I got the strainer for my birthday and can I just say its completely perfect and easy to use. Wish I asked for the 32 oz instead of the 16.

Check it out here at Adiago Teas…mine came from Amazon.

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A Minor Rant

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I bet you all can already guess I love cosmetics.   A brand new tube of lipstick always puts a smile on my face, I am not ashamed to admit it.  I have tried all sorts of colors, types, department store, drugstore, expensive, cheap…I’ve tried it.

Over the past year I have devoted myself to educating myself and others about the dangers in typical over the counter cosmetics and beauty products.  I never thought beauty products were unhealthy, I believed in all the print ads and the pretty models when they said this one product is going to make a difference in your life.  I felt special when I raided the Clinique counter of their facial cleansers and toners, I loved the eye shadows at MAC.

Then a friend started selling a direct sales brand of cosmetics and I was in heaven all over again.  I had personalized service and she ran a tab for me as well so I could always have what I wanted, and believe me I used every single item that was offered:  cleansers, masks, microdermabraision, moisturizers, toners, eye cream, something to even out my skin tone…and all of this was before I actually put any makeup on.  Then came the color and primers and everything else.  I had the best eye shadows ever in my entire life, a whole selection of lipsticks and liners and glosses. I enjoyed doing myself up every day.

Then the line changed their formulation for their cosmetics:  they came out with a powder mineral foundation that was supposed to be the greatest thing, they changed the formulation of eye shadows from whatever they were to mineral, their lipsticks became scented with vanilla…suddenly cosmetics weren’t as fun anymore.  The mineral foundation was full of talc (which my face did not like) the eye shadows did not last on my eyelids, the eye primer made my eyes burn, the mascara made  the inside of my eyelids break out, and I cannot stand the smell of fake vanilla.

So I started my search for healthier cosmetics.  It didn’t happen overnight, I spent tons of time online looking for eye shadows, lipsticks, and especially foundation, and not only foundation, but there were veils and sheers and all this other stuff THAT WAS LOOSE.

Everything came in little jars, and you needed fluffy brushes to apply.  All sorts of brushes:  contouring, lining, blush, foundation and lets not forget the numbers of the brushes.  I can’t keep them straight.  Whatever happened to the little sponge applicators?  I liked the little sponge applicators, they work for me.  I never bought the line that brushes had to be used to get a more professional, polished look.

Lets go back to my issue:  everything is loose.  Loose foundations, eye shadows, blushes, veils, shimmers, bronzers.  Touch ups are no longer a simple compact with a little pad, now you have to carry around the container and the coordinating brush.  Even though there are those new “locking lids”, its really difficult to be discreet when you have to click open the container, shake product onto the lid, then take the kabuki brush and swirl it around, while not trying to shake the powder all over you and everyone else.

The eye shadows:  love the colors, hate the big mess, hate the brushes.  The days of clicking open a compact and having colors there in one place are long gone, now we have messy jars and brushes and mess.  There’s more glittery colors out there than matte, and I am of the age where I am not into glitter.  Also, for the most part colors come individually, so instead of having a set of colors together that compliment one another, you have to figure out on your own what color goes with which other colors.  Believe me when I say I once ordered from one shop four different times trying to get the right brown.

Samples are cool, but there still isn’t enough product to make a difference.  I have a collection of 20 different colors of foundation powders,   What I thought was the right color when I put it on turned out to NOT be the right color after the oils on my face broke through (which doesn’t take long, stupid skin)  so I turned to another sample.  I used almost the entire thing on my face so I didn’t have a whole lot to touch up with, so I used a lighter color, which made my face look as if I dipped it into a floured cake pan.

I got fed up.  I wanted to take all of my jars and dime bags and huck the whole entire wad into the garbage can…but then I found hope.  Hope in a plastic Petri dish looking container.  I finally came across a foundation that was not a powder, that did not need brushes, that didn’t change color over the course of the day and blended into my skin so flawlessly due to its yummy oils I didn’t need an exact color, the foundation came in three colors and the “deep” suited me perfectly. 

I did end up finding a pressed mineral powder, so I consider the face part of my makeup routine taken care of.  I am still looking for healthy pressed eye shadow.  I love eye shadow but I simply hate the mess that comes with all of the little jars.  Today, out of frustration and just to be pissy,  I went to the drugstore and actually bought a $2.99 pressed eye shadow trio in three very pretty colors.  Each color is imprinted with where the color should go:  Brow bone, Crease, Lid, and there’s a sponge applicator as well as a little brush for application. Eye shadow for Dummies.  Love it.  On the back of the compact I am promised “all day crease-resistant color, and the coordinating shades take the guesswork out of creating the perfect eye look”.  Hey, if its written it must be true, right?  I am going to get a lot for my $2.99, right? As soon as I got into my car I put it on, and as soon as I sat down at work my eyes started to water, but I didn’t let it bother me because I had product that was easy to work with.   I got a box of tissues and dealt with it, eventually it went away.

Fast forward to about 8 hours later, I am still at work, writing this article and looking at my new eye shadows in their pretty little black case.  I realize I have to peel away at some labeling in order to find the ingredients, which was a pain because I was supposed to separate the back label, not rip the entire thing off.  Eventually I came across the ingredient list.  I will only point out the ingredients I know are bad and there’s a word or two I can’t even pronounce:  Talc (that might ingredient that made me switch to natural cosmetics after my face broke out in an oozy, drippy rash), Dimethicone, Trimethylisiloxysilicate (a silicone derivative, the Cosmetics Database considers it a low hazard ingredient),  Nylon-12, (a bulking and opacifying agent, considered a clay alternative in reducing shine, is able to expand and contract with facial movements without filling in small lines, creating a full and smooth appearance, is considered hypoallergenic and sterile), Synthetic Fluorphlogopite all I can find is that it’s an artificial mica), Methyl and  Propylparabens,  Dimethicone/Methicone Copolymer, Tin Oxide (I am just going to give the link to the OSHA listing for Tin Oxide and leave it at that ).And this is about half the ingredients.  MAY CONTAIN:  Aluminum Powder, Carmine, Ferric Ferrocyanide (inorganic pigments used as colorants.  Also known as Iron Blue, Prussian Blue, and is known as the antidote to chronic Thallium poisoning), among other things.

Seriously.  I think I can deal with the messiness more than an ingredient list such as the one I listed above.

I am on the hunt for healthy pressed eye shadows now.


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Drink Some Tea!

Iced tea with lemon.

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Apparently the beverage industry isn’t doing us any favors.  Too many calories, sugar, fake sugar, caffeine, chemicals…don’t drink this because its got too many calories and a days worth of sugar…don’t drink that because its full of artificial sweetener which could do your body harm…

Then there’s bottled tea.  I’ve read claims of bottled tea being “all natural”, but I still can’t drink it.  My favorite brand of bottled tea just changed their formula so green tea is in all of their beverages.

SIDE NOTE:  Not all teas are the same on your body.  Personally, I cannot consume Green Tea (yes I know its healthy and full of good stuff) but I found out the hard way that Green Tea isn’t the best thing for me due to an anxiety disorder and I have a ragweed allergy so I stay away from Chamomile.

I love my coffee, but I also love my tea as well.  In the summertime, iced sweetened black tea is my absolute favorite thing to drink.  At night I love winding down with a hot, soothing cup of herbal tea or tisane.

Here’s an easy solution to get away from all of the additives that is in beverages these days:  make some tea and drink it.  Even better, get a tisane or two, brew it and drink it.  Iced or hot, either way its good for you.


I am going to share with you several of the teas I absolutely cannot do without and drink on a regular basis:

Owens Acres Summer Sunset Tea1.  Owens Acres Summer Sunset:  A rich blend of Calendula, Hibiscus, Lemon Balm and Rose Petals.  Brews up a deep, ruby red and is pleasantly tangy due to the hibiscus.  I like to brew this stronger than the instructions on the bag because I love the flavors, and the Calendula is so soothing.  I have a very large cup of this, hot, when I get home from work, its my winding down before I go to bed.

Owens Acres Sun Tea Herbs2. Owens Acres Sun Tea Herbs:  Its called Sun Tea but to be honest, I have never had this iced, I have always had it hot.  Brews up a pretty pink (the color reminds me of a pink grapefruit) when I brew it hot and stronger than the directions ask for.  This tea contains Lemon Balm, Lemon Verbena, Peppermint, Spearmint, Calendula, Lavender, Catnip, Rose Petals, Hibiscus and is sweetened with Stevia.  No, not the powdered stuff we get at the store, but the fresh cut kind, you know?  The actual plant, which tastes so much better than the processes Stevia we’re all so used to.

Owens Acres California Moonlight Tea3.  California Moonlight:  This beautiful tea contains dried Pluots, Elderberries, Blackberry Leave, Peppermint and Sweet Lavender.  This tea is awesome because hello, dried pluots are delicious.


Owens Acres California Gold Tea4.  Finally, California Gold.  Contains dried Persimmons and Pears, Calendula, Chamomile, Sunflower Petals and orange Peel Chunks.  This tea is sweet and golden and soothing.

Brew some up, ice it down and hand it over to your family.  Who’s gonna miss heavy, artificially sweetened and flavored water when you can have the goodness and health of nature?

You will find the fruit teas over here at Owens Acres and the regular teas over on this page of their website.   For information about certain tea ingredients, I use Tea Benefits as a resource.

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I got this gorgeous necklace in the mail today as well as a matching pair of earrings that she obviously just came up with because they are not listed anywhere that I can find.

Handmade loveliness I will cherish always.  Right now I feel I am the luckiest person.



New Products…again.

Owens Acres Rosemary Mint Hand Scrub and Polish

I get real excited when folks in my circle are creative and come up with wonderful products to share.

I don’t have those types of skills, and I don’t even pretend to.  So I write about those who do.

Lavender Goats Milk Soap from Owens Acres

Owens Acres is at it again…they’ve go more lovelies for us to play with! Click the link for the latest blog post, then check out the website.  By the way, that beautiful soap is five huge ounces of loveliness.

Goats Milk Herbal Healing Bath by Owens Acres


Beautiful Day

Peaches come from a can


My advice for today:  find a ripe peach and sink your teeth into it.  Let the juice run down your chin, breathe, and enjoy.

One giant step for happiness…

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Owens Acres Peach Lip Balm

  I am slowly working my way through the entire set of Owens Acres Lip Balm collection.  I think the only one I haven’t tried is the Strawberry…wait, I haven’t had the mango one either.

So here’s my lip balm story:  I have never finished a lip balm.  I usually get bored with them,  misplace them, forget about them, or simply get over them.  Not these.

In my purse I have three flavors I carry around:  the Peppermint, Pina Colada and the Cucumber and I use them more then lipstick.  The ingredients are Mango butter, Macadamia Nut Butter, Aloe Butter, Almond Oil, Shea Nut Butter, Hemp Seed Butter, Jojoba Oil, Coconut Oil, then whatever Essential Oil/flavoring that is needed.

I love these.  They go on smoothly and they actually heal my lips if they are chapped.  I love products that actually heals instead of only covering up the issue.

These have no odd aftertaste either.  The Peach lip balm smells like peaches.

I am actually embarrassed I carry around three of these in my purse, but its soon to be four.

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The All Natural Face Review: Again

Tiare French Polynesia National Flower

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Yeah, I am a shameless fan of The All Natural Face.  I can’t help it, because of their products my face recovered from a horrible cosmetic reaction from a mineral foundation that contained talc and other unsavory ingredients.  I am still working my way through their product line and so far, there isn’t a single thing I don’t like but there are many things I find myself going insane over.

The most recent item is their French Polynesian Tahitian Gardenia Body Oil.  Its coconut oil infused with Tahitian Gardenia, in other words.  This stuff is amazing for two reasons:

1.  The smell.  Gardenias smell good.  The scent is light yet feminine, flowery without being heady.  There’s nothing worse than a scent that’s so heavy it comes off of you in waves.  This product has a fresh, real gardenia scent:  in other words, it doesn’t smell like it came out of a laboratory.  The gardenia is there, but its not overpowering, once the oil sinks into your skin there is a subtle, lingering scent left behind that is just amazing, to the point where I cannot stop sniffing my arm.  By the way, gardenias are a species of the Rubiaceae family of flowering plants, which is in the coffee family of plants.

2.  How it treats your skin:  This stuff isn’t greasy, sticky, oily…in fact, its amazingly moisturizing, yet it sinks into your skin and vanishes, leaving behind only the scent and soft skin.  Ever use a lotion product and your skin sticks to your clothes or you feel as if you were dipped in a vat of syrup? I don’t know about anyone else, but I use oils and lotion to make my skin feel better, but I don’t like to feel like a frosted cake, especially when its hot outside.  This oil literally evaporates:  I am not sticky, slimy, nothing.  My skin feels soft but you can’t tell I put anything on other than the fact that my arms smell really good.

Comes in several sizes, Igot the 1 oz jar for $4.50.

I nosed around the internet and found the Technical Sheet on the oil.  Check it out, its healthy and has many uses.


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