Beauty Products I’ve Tried in 2020

Hi everyone!

I thought it might be fun to talk about all the beauty products and trends I’ve tried this year.  I know that there are so many pressing issues and stresses out there in the world – trust me, I know.  But sometimes it’s just a fun, stress-reliever to get yourself a small gift and see if (by some miracle) it actually works!

I’m all about the “I deserve something” present for those sticky Monday blues… which aren’t only for Monday’s!

As you know, this year marked quite the milestone age for me – GAH! 40!!  In Jan/Feb I was thinking about trying a newer, more invasive facial like microdermabrasion or an IPL facial.  My friend told me about Skin Laundry, which offers a free introductory laser treatment.  Free!  Of course, I had to try it out.

First off, it’s not a facial, which is relaxing and takes about an hour.  No.  This is a prickly laser treatment that takes roughly 10 minutes.  It’s designed so that you go (at least) monthly for a lower dose laser as a maintenance treatment.  I loved my rosy glow so much that I signed up for their 2x’s a month membership which is about $200 a month.  I ended up going 4 times before quarantine hit and I’ve actually cancelled it now.  The first month, I really loved it but then between the second and third treatment I got a nice sized pimple.  Then between the 3rd and 4th treatment, I got two more.  I’m one of those people that get 1-2 bad ones a year, so this was definitely a drastic increase.  They said my skin was purging and maybe that’s true, but ain’t no one going to keep to a regiment if it leads to worse skin.

I have heard that it helps a lot if you already have acne.  So, maybe that was just my experience.  If you’re interested, it’s free the first time!  Why not try it out one of these days!?!?

When my birthday in March rolled around, I bought myself a bottle of Sunday Riley’s Good Genes.  This stuff is AMAZING.  I love it so much that I’ve since ordered a few samples of their other products.  I’ve been using it about 3 times a week before bed and I’m a fan!  Yes, yes, yes!

While I was at it, I put this Grande Cosmetics GrandeBROW in my cart.  (Macy’s does a 20% beauty sale about 2-3x’s a year, which is just fantastic!)  I mean, why not give this a shot since I really had nothing else going on?  I’ve been using it since May (because it was backordered) and I do see a difference.  I’m not very consistent with it either – I forget to use it all the time!  But it totally works and I feel like a few areas that were sparse are now filled in.  **Please know that I did zero research into the brow product and I’m not sure if it’s had negative reviews elsewhere =)

Okay… onto the next fun purchase!  In June when we finally got the refund for what would have been the vacation of a lifetime, I bought a home laser hair remover.  I have been wanting one for forever and hey, if I couldn’t go on vacation and had to wash 2,000 dishes a day at least I could be armpit-hair free!!  (Gross! Hahaha!)  For this guy, I did about 20 minutes of research, so very extensive.  It was a good price and had great reviews – Done!  I’ve used it 4 times so far and yes, there is much less growth.  I think that if I keep at it, I’ll be smooth as eggs!  I use it on the max setting which doesn’t hurt at all.  Initially I thought to only do my pits and bikini, but I’ve since started zapping my upper lip, knees and ankles.  I don’t have much hair but I remember my grandma with a ‘stach, so perhaps this will save me from that fate?!  Fingers crossed!

Looking for a new great mask?  This one is my new favorite!


Two great cheapie buys?  I’m obsessed with this Gold Bond!  If you have bumpy skin on your arms or legs, this works better than the expensive stuff!  Since it’s such a great deal, I’ve been using it all over!  You guys, the hype about the Weleda Skin Food cream is real.  I, for one, was extremely skeptical but wow!  It’s thick and luxe.  I’ve been keeping it by my bed to use on my feet at night and my feet do not look like it’s sandal season!  They are so soft!  Of course, my toes look terrible since I’ve been painting them myself, but that’s another story!

I think that’s about it!

I’m looking for a new eye cream and would love your suggestions!  And let me know if you try any of these!  I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Some Progress and I’m Still Here!

Hello Friends!

Time is flying by, amiright?!  Strangely, it feels like we jumped from March right into August and I, for one, don’t have too much to show for it!

Can you believe I’m still working on these gosh darn doors?  Truth be told, I have taken several months long breaks… but still!!  It’s like enough already!  The funny thing is that I’ve messed up SO many times and I’m just really annoyed with myself.  I literally look at the doors and shake my head.  Now I truly understand why some people would rather NOT do-it-themselves.  Lol!

The last time we chatted, I had tested the technique on one door and couldn’t figure out if I liked the color or not.  Guys, I freaking stared at that door for so long!  Ultimately, I did what any normal person would do and I sanded it to start over.

The thing is, that I KNEW I wanted it darker.  I just didn’t want to have to go into a crazy Home Depot to get darker paint.  So I waited and waited and waited… until I had to go to a crazy Home Depot for something else and THEN I got the paint.  I’m a disturbed person.

I had them add even more black to the already Frankenstein paint I was using.  This would be easy, I told myself…. new paint, some sanding, no. big. deal.

I got to work.  I painted all the doors this time, cause this was it, I tell ya!  And then I noticed there were areas where the paint did not adhere properly.  Ok.  So my dumbass didn’t sand properly??  Alright, alright.  I sanded AGAIN, then repainted AGAIN and then (drum roll) the F%$! paint did not adhere.

Oh hell no.

This may seem so obvious to you right now.  Why it was not obvious to me can only be explained by delirium or lack of brain cells or plain stupidity.  I don’t know what was going on with me, seriously!! Why did I not prime this mutha?!?!  Whhhyyyyyy!!?!?!?!?

Ok. Breathe.  Life sucks right now.  Deal with it.

Prime that shit.

I did.  Then I repainted AGAIN.  For the 4th time, I might remind you.  You can all relax, because the first coat finally looks good!  Hooray!  Hallelujah!  I can be taught!!

I’m letting it cure and hopefully, next week I’ll start with the black treatment.  With any luck, I’ll be done by Christmas.  Ha!

In other news, I made myself a spray painting tent!!  I have been working on reupholstering a 50’s patio set and fixing up some rattan pieces, which requires some painting and I’m trying not to stink up the neighborhood.

This peacock chair is now for sale in my shop and needed a repair on the leg.  This is pre-painting, obvs.

I mean, guuurrrllll, look at that weaving!  Oh la la!  My husband said, “I didn’t know you could fix that stuff.”  I responded with, “I didn’t either.”  But now I do, y’all!!  It’s pretty relaxing actually.

Then…. there’s some stuff going on in the back, back part of our yard.

We have this long, thin area behind the tennis court with a hillside that doesn’t currently have a purpose.  I have been pondering a sculpture garden on the hill and finally, I found my first piece!!  Omg, I’m so excited!  I’ll tell you more about it and show you photos when it’s in, but you can see that we’ve already started planning for it.

It is a set of 3 tall pieces that I’m putting together to form one shape.  My father-in-law suggested we use buckets filled with cement to install them – So freaking genius!  You can see the buckets there and the purchase of cement is what led to me getting darker paint.

I can also tell you that bright 4×4 tile has been purchased, but I have no idea how I’m going to install it.  I want modern, artistic.  What that means and translates into is still marinating in my brain.  If you have any ideas, please shoot them my way!!

Well, that’s it for now!  Nothing finished, but progress is happening and I guess I should feel pretty proud of that.

Faux Bois Musings and Attempt Part One

Hi Everyone!

Remember when I was inspired to turn my master bedroom boring doors into this?

Well, the process has begun and you guys, I REALLY NEED YOUR ADVICE!

I started by sanding the doors and darkening up some paint I had in the garage that wasn’t working for anyone.  (I did the paint fixeroo before the whole lock-down thing.)  Here’s where I started…

I think you already saw this.  Anyway, about a fortnight ago, I started taking my sweet ol’ time painting the base and that’s when it happened.

Friends.  I got really scared.

I started thinking that I was going crazy and that this wasn’t going to look good at all.  So, I painted one door, figuring that one door wasn’t too bad to fix up if I hated it later.

Right?!?!?

Not that anyone wants to redo crap 1000x’s.  Sigh.

Finally (after much hemming and hawing) I mix-up the topping, Black Magic from Home Depot, in there premier satin with clear glaze, and then I DID IT.

Oh ya!  I did a few tests first, which turned out surprisingly cool, and propelled me to take on more.

I only did the back of the door, because again, I am a weak, little sissy.

I got SOOOOOOO SCARED!

But what do you think??

The men in my house think it’s awesome and that I should keep going.  But what say you, my decor friends??

I did some cut and paste for fun… here’s the motif on the main front doors…

Here is an option on the right if I darken it a tad…lower the contrast a bit?

GAH!  I’m so torn as to what to do.

I think I like it… though there are a few things I will do differently, (like pull the tool longer before making knots, since it looks a little too pine-y), but should I stay with the lighter gray that I have or risk it all to get a darker gray base paint??

I think you know where I’m leaning, and less contrast would be a bit more modern but (hahahaha delirious laughter) our friend Corona is standing in my way.

Then again… contrast is bold!  The indecision is real.  And I feel like after two months of quarantine, my will to paint is less each day.  (That’s only because most of my energy is going into strong arming my kids to do classwork each day!!)

What to do, what to do?

Help!

PS  Hang in there!!  And don’t lose that sense of humor =)