Makeup Junkie: Skincare

As you can probably tell by now, I’m a makeup junkie. Enabled by my daughter, who edits a cosmetics magazine, I get plenty of freebies, both skin care and makeup. Today I’m going to talk about a few of my favourite Skin Care products.

It’s important for aging skin (tending to be dry)  like mine to be sufficiently hydrated. Maintaining a radiant complexion  and incorporating a good anti-wrinkle cream are also important factors.

Here goes:

My Morning Routine

My first step is to cleanse my face. Estee Lauder’s Soft Clean Tender Crème Cleanser for Dry Skin and companion Toner are so gentle on my skin and really do the job. Tender Creme Cleanser

Next step is Lancôme’s Energie de Vie Daily Cream. It promises “dullness relief” and an “energy recharge”. RenergiedeVieWith its fresh “green” scent, I adore using it in the morning for a refreshed feeling on my skin. I sometimes use an anti-wrinkle product, such as Vichy’s LiftActiv UV Moisturizing Cream. UV and SPF protection is so important , which is why I make sure an SPF factor is in my foundation (my personal favourite is Lancôme’s Renergie Lift Makeup).

There’s nothing so refreshing during a hot summer day as using a Toner right from the fridge on your skin. Ah, cool relief! Even is you have to reapply your makeup, it’s worth it.

My Evening Routine

First, the same cleansing  routine as in the morning. Next for skincare:

My favourite evening anti-wrinkle product right now is Neutrogena’s Ageless Intensives® Anti-Wrinkle Deep Wrinkle Night Moisturizer. Neutrogena Retinol It has a combination of Retinol SA and Hyaluronic Acid, two strong anti-wrinkle fighters.
Next up is Estee Lauder again: I just love their Renutriv line because my skin is fairly dry. EL Renutriv ReplenishMy daughter gifted me with the Renutriv Replenishing Crème. Love it, love it, love! It feels so luxurious on the skin, and has an Omega 3 Phyto Complex containing lipids to keep the skin hydrated and supple. This line is expensive, but to me, it is worth every penny to nurture my skin.
And, yes, I do use eye cream: my new fave is Lancôme’s Ultimate Rejuvenating Eye Contour Collection, which includes Ultimate Rejuvenating Eye Balm Elixir and Ultimate Eye Patch, again from my lovely daughter.

Well, there you have it. Just a reminder: this is my personal skincare routine. I do not endorse these products for anyone.

Organizing Your Makeup: Go Acrylic

If you’re like me, with an absolute mania about cosmetics, you’ll likely have little palettes of eye shadow, blush, and foundation scattered all over the place. That used to be me, until I read a Post from my fellow blogger, All in the Blush. She suggested organizing one’s makeup in acrylic storage cases. Well, I was sold!

There are all kinds of sizes and prices – some to about the $300.00 range as used by Kim Kardashian in “Keeping Up with the Kardashians”. Now, I’m no millionaire, so I wanted something that looked nice at an affordable price. I found what I wanted on eBay, and you can too. Here’s the one I bought. It’s a simple 4 drawer case, with two smaller drawers at the top, The second and third drawers run the width of the case.


Now, on to organizing my makeup. I’m going to go drawer by drawer here, so you have a visual of what I did.

First up – the top two drawers. As you can see they were both used for eyeshadow palettes. I sure do have a lot of eye shadow!


In the second long drawer, I put…OMG…more eyeshadow. Yikes!


Finally, in the last drawer, went my blushes, and eye liner and eyebrow pencils.


But what about lipsticks and foundation, you ask? Well, I had a solution for that as well. I used an acrylic lipstick container that I already had, filled it with my lipsticks, and placed it top of the Makeup Case that I had just filled. There was also room for some stand-up items, such as mascara. Placing it on the left-hand side of the case, I found I still had some room, so on top went my foundation.

Et voila! Here’s the filled case.


Genealogy: An Adoptee’s Journey, Part 4 – Reconnecting with My Birth Family

In my last Post, Mother and Child Reunion, I detailed how I met my birth mother and birth family. This was a sad story to tell, partly because I’ll never know the name of my birth father, and also because I abruptly lost contact with my birth sisters and brothers.

Ah, but now comes the happy part of the story! A few years ago, I decided to search Facebook for the names of some of the family. Now, this is where Facebook becomes a godsend, because I managed to find the two youngest right away – a brother and a sister.

I contacted my brother, Mark, right away, explaining who I was. To my surprise he got right back to me, sharing that he remembered my long-ago visits and always wondered where I was and what I was doing. Before I knew it, we had arranged to meet at my place. Naturally, we were a little awkward with each other at first, feeling each other out, but by the end of the visit we were feeling quite comfortable with each other.

I then reached out to my sister, Heather, on Facebook. She was so warm and receptive, I knew we had to meet really soon. And so we met at my cottage which was relatively close to her home. We immediately felt right at home with each other. We discussed a family visit, which turned out to be at Mark’s place. Another brother, Sam, was also there. I cannot begin to express the joy I experienced that everyone accepted me and my husband. That fall, we all met at my place for a potluck dinner, and everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

At the same time, my niece, April, contacted me to be a Friend on Facebook. She had also always heard about me and wanted to know more. We corresponded for a while, and this past winter, while my husband and I were vacationing in Florida, I noticed that she and her family were also coming down. I asked her if they’d like to have lunch with us one day during their holiday. And that is how I met my brother, Pete, and his wife. Again, it was a case of everyone feeling at home with each other. Now we have plans to visit them, and for them to visit us.

What a blessing everyone I have met has been to my life!

Next: My Genealogy Search