Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Sonia Kashuk On Sale!!

        So for any of you who love Sonia Kashuk or have wanted to try it, now's the time. At Target when you buy two Sonia Kashuk items you get 20% off of both items. Now, if you want to maximize your savings then be sure to start with Ebates or Fatwallet and you will get 1% cashback. Now I know that doesn't seem like a lot, but if you make purchases online often, it all really does add up. Also, don't forget to use your Target RedCard to get an extra 5% off and when you purchase online you only have to pay state tax and not local tax so that also saves you money depending on the taxes in your area. For me that's an extra 5% off.

        Again, I know I preach about Ebates and Fatwallet, but it works and for those of you/us that love saving money or needs to save money, it's worth it in the end. They do not pay me to say this, I use their cashback services and I know it works. So why not share my ways of saving money?

        Also at Target they have a deal where you spend $75 and get 20% off of mens, womens and childrens clothing, shoes and accessories. So there's another good deal if you're interested. There are also some deals on furniture and rugs as well. We do have some of their furniture pieces and I'm pretty impressed with the quality of it. There's even real wood instead of mdf or particle board in the pieces we purchased.

        Well, those are my deals of the day! Let me know if you use any of the deals or if you find any good deals. Let's help each other save money where we can. :)

        Huge Hugs from Me to You!!!
        Jewel S. ;o)

Saturday, February 21, 2015

DIY Super Simple Sugar Lip Scrub

        So this time of year your lips get dry and cracked and chapped. How do you get rid of it? Well besides the obvious putting lip balm. I know there's tons of companies that sell lip scrubs, but why pay for them when you can do it at home for almost free? All you need is a colorless lip balm like your EOS, Burt's Bees, coconut oil, olive oil, heck even good ole fashioned Vaseline would work. Put your lip balm on your lip and let it sit for at least 10 minutes to let the dead skin soak it in so it comes off easier. Then you may need to reapply your lip balm, but all you have to do is dip your finger in some plain white sugar, brown sugar, raw sugar, doesn't matter, and then use that sugar on your finger to start scrubbing your lips. Just go back and forth using your finger or in a circular motion, etc,. Do this for about 2-5 minutes depending on how chapped your lips are and you're done. I have even done this in hotel rooms using the packets of sugar that comes with your coffee pot in your hotel room. :)

        Now if you would rather use a purchased product, I have used several brands and the most inexpensive one I have found that actually works is the Lip Scrub Stick by e.l.f. It's only $3.00 and it does work amazingly. It's brown sugar, coconut oil, aloe, etc,. So that's an alternative, but the good old fashioned DIY works just as well. Just make sure after you scrub your lips though, no matter what you use, make sure to keep lip balm on them for a few day or they will get dried out again and worse. The reason is that you are getting rid of the dead skin and exposing fresh new skin that dries out more quickly if not kept moisturized. So give it a day or two to heal by keeping lip balm on it so they don't get rechapped.

        Don't forget to subscribe to my feed/blog so you don't miss any tutorials, good deals, recipes, etc,. And as always, Huge Hugs for my new and old Friends!!!

        Jewel S. ;o)

Friday, February 20, 2015

What's On My Nails This Week?

        This has been a busy week since there have been so many snow days so I opted for something a little more simple. But I think it came out cute. And I got to use a polish/Mylar top coat that I haven't gotten to use yet even though I've probably had it for about a year or so. So here's the look I chose.

        Here's what I'm wearing on my nails:

        Base Coat- Finger Paints "Base Coat"
        Black- Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear "Black Out" 370
        Mylar Glitter Top Coat- Finger Paints "Psychedelic Hue"
        Top Coat- Seche Vite "Top Coat"

        So what's on your nails this week? Is there a polish you want me to review? What do you want me to do next? Let me know what's on your mind or share your nail art and as always don't forget to subscribe to my blog or feed so you don't miss out on any of my posts for great deals, tutorials, recipes, giveaways, etc,. 

        Huge Hugs,
        Jewel S. ;o)

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Colour Pop Review and Tutorial

        So today I finally got a chance to play with my new Colour Pop Super Shock eyeshadows and Lippie Stix. I have to say that so far I love them. As you all know, I loves me some glitter and shine and these eyeshadows are killer. So let's review shall we?


        Bae Metallic Eyeshadow-  Rich eggplant purple with an emerald, and turquoise, glittery duo chrome metallic finish. This was a super hard color to photograph and I know the pics aren't that great to begin with, but it is a Gorgeous Color. It looks like a dark purple in the pot, but it's definitely eggplant and it has super staying power and blends beautifully.

        Tea Party Metallic Eyeshadow- A versatile soft peachy pink with gazillion silver glitters and subtle hints of pale pink glitter. Don't mind that this looks horrible, it came broken, but since it's so creamy all I had to do was pat it back down into the pot. I know I could've said something to them and I'm sure they would've replaced it, but it wasn't really necessary so I didn't bother. It just doesn't look like new, but it's definitely still usable. This is a pretty sheer color so you definitely have to use a primer under it and if you want it intense you will have to use a corresponding base, but it is definitely Gorgeous!!

        Fringe Metallic Eyeshadow- Shimmering champagne with gold and silver glitter. This again is a Gorgeous color. Again though it is a sheer color, so you definitely have to use a base or primer if you want it very pigmented.

        Girly Metallic Eyeshadow- Creamy vanilla with a flash of pink and gold duo chrome finish. This again is sheer, so primer or base required. But it's another Gorgeous color. It shows more pink on the skin than the cream color.

 Now for the Lippie Stix

        Bichette Lippie Stix- Deep red wine in a matte finish. I have to say I'm so in love with these Lippie Stix. This is a Gorgeous deep red color with a nice bluish undertone so it makes your teeth white and it goes on like a dream and lasted all day. It did crease a little in the cracks of my  lips because they are chapped. But I just used my finger to blend it back out again and was good to go. I ate, drank coffee and from water bottle, etc,. and it stayed pigmented. It did sheer out a little since I was leaving some on my water bottle and coffee cup, but was still highly pigmented. Quite impressed really.
        Lumière Lippie Stix- A dusty mauve pink in a matte finish created by the lovely @KathleenLights. My Gosh, it's another fave. I have dark pigmented lips so this is a great nude shade for those us that do. I'm also dark complected so a lot of nudes for most just does not look good on me because they are just too light. But this one is just right. Thank You Kathleen!!!!
        I ♥ this Lippie Stix- Red based fuchsia in a matte finish. OK, so another fave. Gorgeous Color and again it lasts and it's not too dry for being a matte.

          Colour Pop Super Shock Eyeshadow Swatches

        Here's the look I created with the Eyeshadows

         And here is the look with the different Lippie Stix

        With Lumiére Lippie Stix

        With I ♥ This Lippie Stix

        With Bichette Lippie Stix

        If you would like to achieve this look here is the face chart and how to below with a list of all the products I used.

Colour Pop Super Shock Eyeshadow Turorial

        1. Urban Decay "Naked"- This is my transition color that applied using a Sigma Tapered Blending brush E35. Just use windshield wiper motions right above the crease to blend out.
        2. Pop Colour "Fringe"- I just used my finger to pat this color on the inner 2/3 of my eyelid.
        3. Pop Colour "Tea Party"- I just used my finger to pat this color on the outer 1/3 of my eyelid.
        4. Pop Colour "Bae"- I blended this color in my crease using windshield wiper motions in the crease and oval circular motions on the outer part of my crease to blend it out a little more for more depth on the outer part of my crease with a Sigma Blending brush E25. I also smeared this color on the outer 3/4 of my lower lashline with the e.l.f. Essential Smudge Brush (the white handled one).
        5. Pop Colour "Girly"- I used this in the inner corner and into the inner 1/4 of the lashline and slightly over Bae to blend the two together with a Crown C461 Pencil brush.
        6. Wet n Wild "Sweet As Candy" Palette- I used the browbone color as my highlight color with the e.l.f. Studio "C" brush (the black one). I love this browbone color and it's my favorite highlight color. Just the right amount of shimmer and great for darker complexions as well as my fair complected beauties. It's just perfect.
        7. NYX Eyebrow Pencil EP06" Taupe"- When doing my brows I really hate the look of the lightest part of the brow being in the beginning of the brow. I know they are being called the "Instagram Brows". I have never done my brows that way and I personally don't like it. My brows naturally start out dark in the thickest part of the brow and then get lighter as they taper out on the ends. So that's how I like to do my brows when filling them in. I personally have always done it this way and feel that it looks more natural. So I fill in my entire brow with the taupe pencil then I go in with...
         8. NYX Eyebrow Pencil EP05 "Dark Brown"- ...and go over the first 1/3 to half of my brow and blend it in for a smooth transition. I also set my brows with a little translucent powder and then brush them out with Crown Spooly for not only a more natural look but staying power.
        9. Too Faced Bronzer "Chocolate Soleil"- I contoured my face with a Sigma Large Angled F40 brush. First I just want to say that you all know I'm not a big fan of Too Faced. Their packaging is amazing and draws you in saying, "But Me, I'm Cute!", but not impressed with the products themselves. But this bronzer, I absolutely Love Love Love!! It's not orange like most which does not flatter olive skin in the least and it's not too grey like so you don't look muddy. It's perfect, so Great Job! Too Faced.
        10. Laura Geller Blush n Brighten "Boysenberry"- This is an absolute Gorgeous color that's perfect for all skin tones and all make-up looks. I applied this as my blush using a Sigma Angled Top Kabuki F84 brush.

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        Now here is the rest of the make-up I used in this look in case you are interested.

        1. Foundation- L'Oreal Visible Lift 146 Nude Beige using a Sigma F82 Round Top Kabuki.
        2. Concealer Under Eyes- Covergirl + Olay stick 310 Fair patted on using my finger.
        3. Concealer On Face- Covergirl + Olay stick 320 Fair/Light patted on using my finger.
        4. Mascaras- First application- Wet n Wild Megalength Waterproof C899 Black
                              Second application- Maybelline Illegal Length Fiber Blackest Black
                             Third application- Essence I ♥ Extreme Black
        5. Powders- Rimmel Stay Matte 001 Transparent applied using a Sigma Foundation F60 on all of the concealed areas first so it doesn't oxidize and turn dark since I'm olive complected. Then Laura Geller Balance n Brighten Powder Foundation in Medium all over face with an e.l.f. Studio Complexion Brush (the black one).
        6. Eyeliner- Physician's Formula  Eye Booster liquid liner in Ultra Black
        7. Eyeshadow Primer- e.l.f. Mineral Eyeshadow Primer (my all time fave primer)

        So, for my final review on Colour Pop cosmetics. I love them!!! The Lippie Stix are matte, but fairly creamy for being matte and they last on the lips. I would definitely do a lip scrub and put some lip balm on before you put it on, but other than that, I'm thoroughly impressed with them. I will definitely be ordering more and I just saw that they have now added blushes to their lineup. Let me know if you would like me to review them for you. Also, I was thinking about doing a give away. What do you think?

        If you have any questions at all, please feel free to ask or if you have any make-up looks you would like to know how to do or make-up you want me to review, let me know. Don't forget to subscribe so you don't miss any of my posts. I'm always putting up deals I find, make-up reviews and tutorials, recipes, nail art, etc,. etc,. And as usual, Thank You to all my Friends, new and old. Huge Hugs!!!!!

        Jewel S. ;o)

Friday, February 13, 2015

My Classic Meatloaf

        As most of you know by now, I don't use recipes when I cook. I just make it up as I go along. But my children are getting older and they want my recipes. So over the past few months I've been trying to put together my recipes from my head as I cook, which is difficult because like I said I'm always just winging it when I cook. lol So tonight I made meatloaf and wrote it down as I went along adding ingredients. I just hope my children realize how much longer it takes to make dinner when you have to think about everything you're doing rather than just throwing it together. I'm hoping though that by the time they get out on their own or get married, etc,. I will have compiled enough recipes for them to get them started.

        Everyone should know how to cook even if you don't do it very often. To me it's like art and I love creating delicious works of art. I have taught a few how to cook over my years and from the beginning pointers I gave them they flourished trying new things and different spices. There are no rules when it comes to cooking, especially when it comes from the heart. So don't be afraid to veer off of the by the book recipe path and add some pizzazz here and there.

        I started cooking at a very young age for my brothers as well as myself, around 5th grade. I have never used recipes, I'd just add things together and hope they tasted good. And if it didn't I would tweak it next time til I got just right. As far as learning how to season, I would just smell the spice or seasoning and if it smelled like I wanted it to taste or like it would go with what I was making, then in the pot it went. It's just about trial and error. So don't be shy about cooking or trying something new. The more you do it the better you'll get and the more you'll learn just like everything else in life.

        So without further ado, here is how I make my classic meatloaf.

        Prep Time: Approx. 15 minutes 
        Cook Time: Approx. 35 minutes 

        Preheat convection oven on Meats setting to 375 and spray a 3qt. rectangular baking dish with nonstick spray for easy cleanup later. If using a regular oven I believe it would be more like 400 degrees for the same length of time, but do check it after 25 minutes or so to make sure you don't over cook it.

        Serves 8


        2lbs Lean Ground Chuck
        1/2 Medium Sweet Vadalia Onion small diced
        2lg Eggs beaten
        3/4C Ketchup for mixing in loaf
        3/4C Ketchup for layering on top
        2tsp Spicy Brown Mustard
        1tsp Worcestershire Sauce
        1/2tsp Minced Garlic
        1/2tsp Kosher Salt or to taste
        1/4tsp Red Pepper Flake
        1/4tsp Seasoned Meat Tenderizer 
        1/4tsp Dried Dill
        1/4tsp Dried Oregano 
        1/4tsp Canadian or Montreal Steak Seasoning
        1/8tsp Dried Thyme
        1/8tsp Dried Tarragon 
        Fresh Ground Pepper to taste
        6 Slices of Bread cut to 1" cubes

        Put all ingredients in a large mixing bowl minus bread and the second 3/4C ketchup and mix with hands. Once thoroughly mixed add in the bread cubes and mix lightly again making sure you are leaving the diced bread whole. Pat down into a loaf in your glass baking dish making sure to push down and round out the sides away from the sides if the dish slightly so the edges don't burn. Place in oven for 30 minutes or til done. Since all ovens cook differently I would start checking it around 20-25 minutes in so you don't burn it. Once done, spread out the remaining 3/4C ketchup on top with a tablespoon and then bake for an additional 5 minutes.

        Now for the calorie count and other nutritional info in case you need it.

        209 Calories 
        6.9g Fat
        1g Sat. Fat
        0g Trans Fat
        75mg Cholesterol 
        805mg Sodium 
        25g Carbohydrates 
        1g Fiber
        14g Sugar
        11g Protein 
        5.8% Vitamin A
        7.2% Vitamin C
        8.5% Calcium 
        8.8% Iron

        Let me know if you make it and what you think. I know my family loves it and I hope yours does too. And again, if there is anything in particular that you would like for me to post my recipe for, please do not hesitate to ask. I love sharing with my friends, Internet or otherwise. I will try to post more recipes soon, so make sure you subscribe to my blog so you don't miss any. As usual Huge Hugs and Blessings to You All!!

        All For You!
        Jewel S. ;o)

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Pink & Red Ombré Valentine Nails

        Ok, so for this week with it being Valentines weekend and all I went with a cute red to pink glittery ombré nail art complete with halo hearts. I think they turned out pretty cute and they are fairly easy to do.

        The colors I used are:

        Base Coat- Finger Paints "Base Coat"
        Light Pink- Fresh Paint "Pinkapalooza" 
        Medium Pink- Sephora by OPI "Go with the Flow-er"
        Red- Sally Hansen Extreme Wear "Red Carpet"
        Glitter Top Coat- Sally Hansen Extreme Wear "Perky Pink"
        Halo Hearts- Revlon Top Speed Fast Dry "Hearts of Gold FX"
        Top Coat- Seche Vite "Top Coat"

        Start by putting down your base coat then two layers of the light pink. Then using a cosmetic sponge put stripes of each color lightest to darkest right next to each other making sure the stripes will fit on your nails. Meaning you don't want them to be too wide where you don't get all 3 colors or not wide enough where there's not enough color. Then pounce the spong back and forth across the nail until it's covered with the ombré stripes. Be sure to add more polish to the sponge each time when using glittery, metallic or sparkly nail polishes because the sponge soaks the paint and your nails get most of the glitter, etc,. So if you do a second nail without re-layering polish on your sponge you will get mostly color and it won't look like the last nail you did. If you need help with this step of sponging on your polish you can do a YouTube search for ombré nails and there are plenty of step by step tutorials, although hopefully I can put one up soon. Fingers crossed. :)

        After that dries I layered one coat of the glittery pink top coat. After that dries I just took individual halo heart glitter chunks out of the Revlon polish by getting them on the polish brush and then nabbing them with an orange stick and placing them on my nails. Last but not least two layers of Seche Vite top coat and viola you are done. If you have any questions feel free to ask, I'd be more than happy to help. :)

        So what's your Valentines nail art? Did this inspire you? Tell us what you think! And don't forget to subscribe to my blog so you don't miss any future nail art posts.

        Huge Hugs as Usual,
        Jewel S. ;o)

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

What Did You Have For Breakfast?

        This is what I made for my hubby and I for breakfast. Healthy and delicious and nutritious. Yummy!

        Here's what I put in it:
        1Tbs Extra Virgin Olive Oil
        1C Organic Baby Carrots diced
        1C Mushrooms sliced
        2 Pinches Kosher Salt
        Fresh Ground Black Pepper to taste
        1/2 Sweet White Onion sliced
        2C   Yellow Squash sliced
        1C Zucchini sliced
        5oz. Hillshire Farms Smoked Turkey Sausage sliced
        1C Grape Tomatoes halved (about 20)
        1C Spinach Leaves Raw

        Add ingredients to nonstick skillet heated to medium heat in the order listed adding a minute or two between each item added to give for even cooking. Do not add salt until mushrooms are browned so they brown and don't give off their juices too soon because the salt will draw the moisture out of them so they don't brown.

        Add two eggs over medium, or how you like them, and you have a great breakfast that is filling, low in calories but gives you the protein and energy you need to get you going in the morning. This would make a great lunch, dinner or side dish as well. There's just nothing like fresh fruits and veggies. I'm not a sweets girl, give me an apple not chocolate. :)

        So what's your favorite healthy breakfast? Or what did you have for breakfast? Let's help each other create a healthy lifestyle. It's not about your size as much as are you healthy and are you eating healthy. If you would like to know some tips or some recipes that help promote a healthier lifestyle let me know, I would be more than happy to post some.

        Huge Huge Hugs,
        Jewel S. ;o)

Monday, February 9, 2015

OMG!!! Colour Pop!!! My First Order Came In Today!!

        I've been hearing about Colour Pop all over the internet. All the Beauty Gurus on YouTube have been talking about it, swatching it and reviewing it. Well, even though I have more than enough make-up, I had to order some. I love me some shimmery eyeshadow. :) Here's what I got:

        Girly Metallic Eyeshadow- Creamy vanilla with a flash of pink and gold duo chrome finish.
        Bae Metallic Eyeshadow-  Rich eggplant purple with an emerald, and turquoise, glittery duo chrome    metallic finish.
        Fringe Metallic Eyeshadow- Shimmering champagne with gold and silver glitter.
        Tea Party Metallic Eyeshadow- A versatile soft peachy pink with gazillion silver glitters and subtle hints of pale pink glitter.
        Lumière Lippie Stix- A dusty mauve pink in a matte finish created by the lovely @KathleenLights
        I Heart This Lippie Stix- Red based fuchsia in a matte finish.
        Bichette Lippie Stix- Deep red wine in a matte finish.

        I haven't gotten a chance to play with them yet, so I will put up swatches and a review for them as well as pics, etc,. in a day or two. But I was so excited that I had to share that my order came in. And how Sweet was that they even sent me a handwritten note?!?! Now that's customer service after my own heart!

        If you are interested in ordering from Colour Pop, sign up for their email subscription and you get $5 off of your first order. Plus if you spend $30 you get free shipping. So my totaly for all of the above was only $30. All of their eyeshadows and lippies or lipliners are only $5 each. So really affordable.

        If you have ordered from them already or order in the future let me know what you got and how you like them. We'd all love to know!! But for now, Over and Out!!! Huge Hugs!!

        Blessings Always,
        Jewel S. ;o)

Thursday, February 5, 2015

My Nails Polish for This Week! Peacock Green with Pastel Glitter and Glittery Gold Accent Nail

        This week I wanted something a little different. I'm not really a green kind of girl, but I love this polka dot polish from Sally Hansen called Samba that I got probably almost a year ago and never wore. It's iridescent hex glitters in pastel yellow, pale spring green and turquoise. I have several of these types of polish and it really is hard some times to find a base polish to put them over because you want something that goes with it but that shows them off as well. So I thought this peacock/olive green would make a good base coat. What do you think? I like it, I think it came out cute. But you know me, I still have to have some bling so gold glittery accent nails were a must. :)

        Here's the polish list if you're interestedly:

        Clear Base Coat- Finger Paints "Base Coat"
        Green Base Coat- Finger Paints "Be-Leaf It Or Not!"
        Polka Dot Glitter- Sally Hansen "Samba" 730
        Gold Base Coat- L.A. Colors "Deluxe" CNP551
        Gold Glitter- China Glaze "Medallion" 830
        Top Coat- Seche Vite "Top Coat" 83005

        What's on your nails this week? I'd love to know. And let me know if you'd like to see all of my polishes. I have well over 200 and I believe almost 300, but don't tell my husband. lol

        Huge Hugs,
        Jewel S. ;o)