Tuesday Talk: Self Care Sessions Vol. 8

Well, how has your week been, dear?

Mine could have been better. This weekend seemed to be “Let’s All Fight with Christina Week!” at home. I’m ready to be adopted by another family. Know any takers?

Here is what I did this week:

  1. Cleaned out under the table in the living room. This may not seem like a relaxing activity, but it was something that needed to be checked off my list. I can finally check it off!
  2. Went to visit my friend’s cat. I had to do this anyway (my friend is on vacation and asked me to check in on her), but this is a treat because Princess Cosette is such a sweetheart. She’s a very cuddly cat.
  3. I went to Heather Gardens and the Cloisters. I took several photos. The gardens are simply gorgeous right now.
  4. I decided to say “fuck you” to a friend who rudely and callously cut me off a while back. This was a different friend from the one I talked about before. The incident still bothered me months after it happened, but I only recently decided I didn’t care anymore.
  5. I’ve decided I want to learn French. I’m eager to read Victor Hugo’s works in his native language.

Here are the garden photos.











And the view of the Hudson River.


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The Organic Pharmacy Organic Glam Bronzer in Light Bronze

I hadn’t even heard of this brand until a friend passed this along to me.


It’s marketed as a bronzer. My friend certainly used it as one. She has a very light complexion.


This one is Light Bronze. They make one called Golden Bronze, which is a shade darker. 

As you can see, my friend really liked this one.😀


As you can see in the swatch, it’s lighter than my skin tone and somewhat shimmery.


I use it as a highlighter just at my cheekbones. It works very nicely for this purpose. It’s definitely not a great product for camera work of HD photos, but for my everyday life it’s a nice addition to my look.

Would you try this?

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Current Favorites: Beauty and Life Vol. 23

Summer is almost over! My favorite season is almost here! It’s not exactly getting cooler but it has gotten less blistering.

I will have to arrange some kind of ritual for Mabon. It’s badly needed for both me and the season.

Here is what I have been enjoying lately.

1) Jarritos Grapefruit Soda: I’ve been sipping on this soda since last year but that was an infrequent habit and I didn’t truly appreciate how refreshing the Grapefruit flavor is. I’m not really a soda person, but for some reason I crave soda during the hottest months of July of August. I like that Jarritos contains real and the flavor is very much like real grapefruit. It doesn’t taste artificial at all.

2) Colourpop Ultra Satin Lip in Lost:  I’ve been wearing this brown-red lip color all summer. Partly because I need to use it up, and mostly because it’s long-lasting and stays out for hours at a time. I can wait until 1pm to reapply, even after drinking a frappuccino. 

3) Charming Charlie Honeybee Trio Necklace: I picked this up for $8 during my last trip to CC. It’s cute, perfect for summer (bees are very active in the park gardens during this time) and kinda unique. The one issue I have with it is that the gold finish has already rubbed off on some areas. I still wear it because it’s still kind of new in my closet and the silvery part is only visible toward the neck region. 


4) Lakme Highlighter/Bronzer Duo:  I won this is a giveaway a couple of years ago. I only just pulled it out this summer. I wish I hadn’t waited so long to use it because it’s so soft and pretty on me. I use fan brushes to apply the bronzer as a contour (but I blend it so it’s not a true contour) and apply the highlighter just above that. 

5) Photos of Connor Claire With or Without Tabs: I think everyone who reads my blog also reads Makeup and Beauty Blog. Ever since CC was born I’ve been squealing with delight over her photos. And when her big brother Tabs gets in the pic, I risk overdosing on the cuteness. 

Photo credit: Karen Monterichard

Photo credit: Karen Monterichard

See what I mean? How cute is that?

What have you been enjoying this week?

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Do You Have Personal Beauty Idols?

I have an entire Pinterest board devoted to my beauty idols. I also pinned photos of women I find beautiful in general.

When I was growing up the grunge era, Courtney Love and Shirley Manson strongly influenced my outlook on makeup and my style. Everyone I knew condemned Courtney’s smudged red lipstick, but I loved it because to me it looked “lived-in”.

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I also obsessively followed every Gwen Stefani look there was, and I painted my nails bright red for weeks at a time in her honor.

As I got older I fell for Salma Hayek’s flawless style. She always looks impeccable and polished. I aspire to be as gorgeous as she is (this will never happen lol).

I also had some non-famous beauty idols. When I was in the 8th grade a girl named Kim attended my school. She had green streaked hair, a silver bead necklace, Contempo Casual fashions and I thought she was the coolest girl at school.

Throughout my academic career I met lots of people whom I really admired for their fashion in one way or another. When I was an 18 year old college student there was a pale young woman who had class on the floor of one of my classes. She had stark white hair. She looked like a character from Lord of the Rings.

Do you have any beauty idols?

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Tuesday Talk: Self Care Sessions Vol. 7

It’s Tuesday, babes! You made it through Monday and Wednesday is tomorrow. The weekend is nearly two days away! I still don’t have my computer back. It’s put such a damper on blogging. You’ll notice that I have been posting … Continue reading

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Yardley London Oatmeal & Almond Soap

You’ve probably heard of this elegant and understated beauty soap or seen it in stores. Yardley is an older company (established 1770!) and since their inception they have expanded their scents.

When I was 10 years old my mother purchased a bar of their Rose soap. I was so captivated by it (my obsession with product began at a young age) I saved up my coins and bought a bar of Oatmeal & Almond from the discount store for $1.

Before I did that, I swiped a bar from her. Shhhhhhh, don’t squeal on me!

Photo credit: www.Yardley London.com

Photo credit: http://www.yardley london.com

Oatmeal and Almond has a slightly sweet, comforting scent of almond and contains oat flour, which gives it a very light exfoliating effect.

Since the age of 12 I’ve been using this soap. When I started doing more online shopping in 2006, I veered more toward homemade soaps but every once in a while I would come back to this one.

I have used the English Lavender and Aloe Cucumber bars. Both are good but I personally prefer O&A. I use English Lavender as a hand soap and I keep it in that soap dish I showed you all.  :)

Have you ever tried this?

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What’s Your Most Embarassing Makeup Moment?

I have too many to name.   There was that time I went to a pagan festival with a grey face because my foundation was the wrong tone. That other time I wore light blue shimmer shadow with dark brown … Continue reading

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Tuesday Talk: Self Care Sessions Vol. 6

A little surprised (but happy) to see us at #6. I have not had a great week. I’ve been suffering from heartache caused by unrequited love and my computer has not been repaired yet. I’m struggling to think of some … Continue reading

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Review: Chagrin Valley Cafe Moreno Solid Shampoo

I bought Café Moreno in my last Chagrin Valley haul.

“A natural shampoo infused with coffee and cloves. Brunettes have been pouring fresh brewed coffee on their hair for centuries to help transform flat brown tones to into shiny, rich color and maybe even do away with some of those pesky gray strands.

  • Organic cloves help enhance warm tones
  • Fresh brewed organic coffee enriches brown hues
  • Nourishing oils and butters moisturize and soften dry, dull, damaged hair
  • Improves luster and manageability
  • Good for dry hair”

I experienced decent results with this shampoo. My hair felt completely clean and there was no greasy residue or slick feeling after washing my hair with this. I bought this particular shampoo because it is promoted as a possible hair color darkener. I saw no difference in my hair color after repeated uses and my gray hairs remained gray.

The shampoo has a pleasant coffee scent which isn’t overpowering or terribly strong. It did make my hair shiny and lustrous.  I experienced no rich moisture or softness from using this, but it also didn’t make my hair very dry.

Pros: Efficient cleanser for the hair, doesn’t make my hair too dry, nice coffee scent.
Cons: Doesn’t make hair color darker, doesn’t moisturize.

Grade: B-

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Tuesday Talk: Self Care Sessions Vol. 5

One week without the computer! I still can’t believe I haven’t exploded yet. I’ve been using my tablet but it’s been a real hindrance.

I hope you all enjoyed the guest posts. I plan on publishing more in the future. Are there any topics you’d like to see discussed by the guest writers?

So how was your week, lovely? Here is what I did this past week:

1) Visited my friend in the hospital because they just had a baby! For privacy reasons I don’t think I can show you all photos, so just take my word for it when tell you that he is KEWT with a capital K! His name is Yalah and I got to hold him. 😀

2) I had brunch with my BFF and saw his new apartment. It’s beautiful. He has a small balcony and a gorgeous modern kitchen.

3) I bought Entemanns Chessmen cookies. Look, I’m not saying that I would ever rob a cookie factory but……if burglar kits go on sale all bets are off. 

4) I used a $10 coupon at Charming Charlie and got 3 pairs of earrings and one necklace for $20. I bought a cute bee-themed gold necklace I’ve been wearing since Friday.

5) My dresses arrived today from the Nordstrom anniversary sale. I got one from Vince Camuto and one from Maggy London.

The Vince Camuto Printed Crepe dress.

The Maggy London Print Wrap dress.

Have you done anything nice for yourself this past week? I recommend holding a newborn. Doing that brightens your whole week!

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