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High School Friendships

Question. How many of you attend an occasional get together with friends from high school?

I must say that I am blessed, truly blessed, with an abundance of friends and many of them are from high school.  We get together often for lunches, dinners, and celebrations of birthdays. Or just because.

My graduation class had over 1000 people in it.  So! I must also admit though I didn’t know everyone in my class, with the many gatherings we have had over the years plus the addition of social media I have met many more.   Some of these friends are lifelong friends while others are what I call “new” old friends, but each are very special to me.

We have had several gatherings over the last two weeks because one of our classmates is visiting from California. So there has been lots of activities – lunches, dinners and late nights. It’s been a whirlwind for many of us.

And then a phone call.  One of my friends was in a dilemma. Her face was breaking out with a rash of some kind with the unknown culprit most likely being late nights, working days, and extra fun.  So I dug through my Beauty Bag and put my ‘healing hands’ on Patchology’s SmartMud No Mess Detox Masque.

It was a true healer!

This masque is a detoxifying mud sheet masque that purifies your skin without leaving any pore-clogging (or sink-clogging) debris behind. It minimizes skin’s impurities and maximizes your glow game. It will also tighten your pores so they are less visible for smoother, healthy-looking skin.

This masque comes in two pieces (one for upper face and one for lower) and can be used once a week or as often as needed.  Just unfold both sections of the masque; Remove the white backing and place the mud mask over face. Once the masque is removed you see nothing but healthy, youthful glowing skin. It’s a total toxin eliminator for sure.

I saw her the following day at another dinner and she was excited to show off her beautiful skin. The rash was gone and she was ready for another night of friendship!

Smile.  And live for the moments you can’t put into words. – Inspirational Quotes.

Red Red Wine

Beautiful Napa Valley California.  The Wine Country.  It’s been my ‘home’ for one week each summer for the last seven years.  I love the study of wine as much as I do skincare.  As soon as I arrive I immerse myself into the viticulture life of the region and everything that surrounds it.  It’s my “ahhhh” moment that lasts throughout the day and every day I am there.

We have some good friends that were there the week ahead of us and they texted us saying “it’s been in the 100s all week!”  Of course being from Texas we all acclimate to that type of weather easily.  Plus knowing the grapes love it because the nights also drop down into the 50’s it makes for some delicious wine!  But you must pack accordingly and that includes my skincare.  Fortunately the heat surge was over when we arrived and temps stayed in the 80’s the whole week, but my skincare plan didn’t change.  Those days are sun-filled and humidity is low which is hard on our skin.

My plan of using my really cute wide brimmed hat which I had purchased with Karen for the trip didn’t work out because there was a constant breeze the whole time and it wouldn’t stay on my head so I opted for my wide brimmed visor. Not my first choice but much better than going ‘naked’.

I used my Patchology FlashMasque Exfoliate Facial Sheets a few days before we left so as not to exposed my new tender skin to the sun’s rays on our first day and after that I used my FlashMasque 5 Minute Facial Sheets: Hydrate a couple of days while in the Wine Country.

To use: Exfoliate FlashMasque 5-Minute Facial Sheets should be used once a week for optimal skin health and new cell turnover. Put them on before makeup or at night.
Step 1: Unfold the masque and apply to clean, dry skin.
Step 2: Place over your entire face, pressing the material snuggly into facial contours.
Step 3: Leave on for 5 minutes (or longer if desired). It’s a great look… think Jim Carey and The Mask.  Just don’t take yourself seriously and do anything weird like he did!
Step 4: Remove the masque. No need to rinse. The serum will fully absorb into skin. Follow with your normal skin care regimen.

It is easier to use than all of my face masks since I don’t have to wash it off after and it actually takes care of the serum part of my skincare!  Then I switched to Patchology FlashMasque 5 Minute Facial Sheets: Hydrate – This mask replenishes your skin with essential ingredients hyaluronic acid and vitamin B5. You’ll look dewy every day with these.  These are amazing! My skin was plumper, bags under my eyes filled, fine lines gone!

I also used my Patchology Eye Gels each morning and my skincare needs were almost covered!  Two additional skincare products – Dr. Dennis Gross Instant Radiance Sun Defense Medium-Deep (SPF40) and Capture Totale Dream Skin Cushion (SPF50) covered the rest of my needs plus a little mascara!

After that I just enjoyed the week knowing my skincare needs were met and all I had to do was relax, eat some amazing food and well… drink wine – red please!

What is the definition of a good wine? It should start and end with a smile. Pintrest

My Wish List

Have you started making your Wish List for Santa, yet?  There are so many products on the market these days that I want, I want… but price points can make it a WISH at times for me instead of a NEED.  Besides this is the season to give, so I make a Wish List and refer to it from time to time. And! when I have that “all about me moment’ I splurge on something on my Wish list. And, when I attend beauty events that list becomes even longer of products I want to try.  Trend shows do that to me as well.

One ‘wish/wants’ at the top of my list a few years ago was my Sonic Makeup Brush by Michael Todd.  The brush is designed for any facial sculpting, highlighting or even applying your makeup.  The results are ahhhmazing.  You can place a couple of drops of your foundation onto the brush or your face and begin your application over your entire face.  And!  I use the brush to also apply my liquid bronzer to add a touch of glow to my face – after all it is the holiday season, right?  Actually you know me… I love the look of the glow all year long!


Another favorite of mine this year is what everyone calls “the BLUE mask” by Dr. Dennis Gross.  Talk about hydration!  You will love the coolness of the mask.  And! you will love the look of your skin after you remove it. This mask was developed to deeply hydrate, cool, and visibly plump the skin.  It’s a two-step process like many of his products and what can I say?  Blue goes with everything… especially your pj’s and a cup of hot cocoa on these cold winter nights. Hyaluronic Marine Hydrating Modeling Mask – it’s a must for your list and mine!

Another favorite from this year is the company, Patchology!  They have masks for your face, your eyes, your feet and your lips.  These products are amazing and they work instantly!  If you order from their site you get samples of their other products, too.  Try them all.  You won’t be disappointed.

Now, you can thank me as you sit in front of the fireplace and toast me and your beautiful glowing skin – Walt Sierra Mar Pinot Noir, please.  And maybe a bite of chocolate?

Sometimes when you smile, it’s not because you’re happy. It’s because you’re strong. ~ Pamela Denise Anderson

Can You Keep Your Mouth Shut?

Following a summer spent with family and vacations to Napa, Karen and I finally connected to catch up and have a girls lunch.  After all we must plan for Trend Show this weekend! As we were leaving Nordstrom, we saw a man and a woman in Beauty with one eye patch on each.  That does get your attention for sure.  They saw us looking at them and asked if we wanted one too.  Well?  Hmmmm.  What does it do we asked?

Patchology. This skincare line was developed by a team of transdermal patch experts and beauty industry veterans. They use advanced technology and innovative ingredients to create targeted solutions for specific skin care concerns. So sure, why not we thought. Karen got the patch for the lips and I got one for the eyes.

Karen remarked to me today “the Patchology Lip Gels did seem to help with the lines and add moisture to my lips and lip area.”  And I can tell you the Eye Gels made a difference that lasts for about 24 hours for me.  I did have to keep mine on a little longer than the 5 minutes, however.  In fact, I walked out of Nordstrom wearing one and guess what?  Not one person looked at me!  I guess some things are acceptable.

Anyway, these cooling and refreshing patches accelerate the delivery of essential ingredients, including caffeine and hydrolyzed collagen. Plus, the stay-put design ensures you get the ingredients where you need them the most. The result is a smoother, brighter, more youthful appearance for the eye.

Now, I did get a sample of the Lip Gel, but I must say it was too hard to do for me.  You have to keep your lips together for the 5 minutes you are wearing them.  That’s a long time between sips of water, wine or coffee.  Karen didn’t mention that so she can obviously keep her mouth shut with no problem.

Might be something for me to think about.  Hmmmm.

See Miracles In Life Everyday.  S.M.I.L.E. – Pintrest