Face the Foundation

When I was younger, I had a love/hate relationship with wearing foundation. I loved it because it concealed all my flaws (or so I thought) but hated it because I felt like I was wearing a mask. At the time, I struggled with acne. The more concealer and foundation I applied, the worse my skin got. Finally, I went to a dermatologist. He had me throw out my foundation, put me on some antibiotics and told me to buy a water based foundation. I questioned the doctor’s sanity at the time, because initially my skin got worse instead of better. Two years later and I learned that the layers of foundation I was wearing was doing nothing to improve my appearance.

I mentioned before that your face is like a canvas. Concealer and foundation prime the canvas for the total makeup experience. There are all kinds of concealer to choose from whether it be powder, spray or liquid. I’m in love with Giorgio Armani’s luminous silk foundation. It is so light, I feel as if I’m putting a delicate layer of silk on my face. It’s expensive, but I use so little it easily lasts a year. I also love their concealer. Another line I love that is significantly cheaper is L’Oreals line of foundation.

Before I apply foundation, I lightly apply concealer to the skin under my eyes and to any other areas that need a little extra help. Next, I mix a foundation cocktail which consists of 1-2 pumps of Origins A Perfect World (I love this stuff. Sometimes, I put it on my face all by itself), 1 drop of foundation and 1 pump of an illuminator. This is typically a tint that can brighten the complexion. My favorite is Borghese Splendore, however, almost every line now carries some type of illuminator. or glow enhancer. The result of this mixture is that my skin feels soft with a slight luminous glow.

My daughters prefer a spray foundation, Dior Diorskin Airflash Spray Foundation.



Whichever foundation you choose, it should enhance your skin and feel comfortable. #nofilters




Your Face as a Canvas

pexels-photo-235985.jpegI’ve heard numerous times that your face is a canvas and the makeup that is applied should enhance that canvas. A smooth, blemish free surface is preferable but not always possible.

When I was a teenager, I had the worst case of acne. I couldn’t pour enough concealer and foundation on my skin. The more I tried to hide my blemishes, the worse they got. It took me two years to clear up my blemishes. In that time, I learned old adages can be relevant.

Always remove your makeup before you go to bed. In my 29+ years of existence, I’ve gone to bed 3 times without removing my makeup. My skin suffered from hangover makeup blues the next day. If you do happen to go to bed with your makeup on, thoroughly clean your skin the next morning.

Drink water. Something so basic, but challenging at the same time. To encourage myself to drink more water, I will add some fruit slices, or fruit juice in with my H2O. I also love sparkling water. I buy it by the case.

Sunscreen. I’ve never been a sun worshipper. I have friends who religiously tanned and their skin shows the damage. There are all kinds of sunscreen on the market. There are also foundations that contain sunscreen. If you are going to be out in the full sun, even if your foundation contains sunscreen, apply a layer of sunscreen. For my face, I use a fragrance free formula. Don’t forget your neck. Your neck and the back of your hands will betray you if you neglect them.

If your canvas is ready, you can go on to the next step … prepping the surface.


Strasbourg, France

The first time I remember visiting Strasbourg, I was 14 years old. Since that first visit, every time I visit my family in France, I visit this beautiful city. Strasbourg is located in the historic region of Alsace. Besides being the seat of the European Parliament, it is located on the eastern border of France by Germany.

The city is known primarily for its sandstone Gothic cathedral and its famous astronomical clock. The cathedral is considered to be one of the finest examples of late gothic architecture. There has been a clock in the cathedral since approximately 1352. This is the third clock and dates from 1843. Every day at solar noon, there is a procession of eighteen inch figures of Christ and the Apostles. The life size cock crows three times.

My favorite place to visit in Strasbourg is La Petite Franc. It is in the historic area of the city. The pictures above are of the exterior of the cathedral and la petite France. In La Petite France, you can find restaurants and shops. The best way to explore this area, and my favorite mode of exploration, is by walking. Wear comfortable shoes because of the cobblestone streets. If walking is not your forte, you can also take a boat tour. Enjoy!




Tea For Your Eyes


Today I’m deviating from my usual travel blog to share with you something I discovered. Lately, due to the weather and allergies, I’ve been waking up to two swollen steamer trunks under my eyes. Makeup junkie that I am, every time I see an advertisement professing to cure my dark circles and puffy eyes, I run out to buy it. Obviously, if my favorite celebrity wears it then it must work. The result is that I have a drawer full of eye creams that guarantee to shrink my wallet size, but have yet to reduce my swollen eyes.

The other day, I decided to try an old natural recipe, tea bags. I made a cup of tea, let the tea bag steep for 3 min then poured it into a plastic container and stuck it in the refrigerator. I read that many people cool the actual tea bags and place this over their eyes, but I opted to cool the actual tea.

The next morning, I awoke to two orbs surrounded by puffy skin. I immediately grabbed the tea container out of the refrigerator, dipped two cotton puffs into it and placed it on my eyes. Since I have no patience, I only left the cotton puffs on for about three minutes.  When I removed the puffs, I realized I actually have two eyes.

I’ve heard that you should leave the tea/tea bags on your eyes for a minimum of 10 min. I know cucumber slices are supposed to work as well, however, I’m not a fan of cucumbers. If you have any natural dark circle/puffy eye recipes, feel free to share.

Things to do in St Lucia

Besides the gorgeous views, St Lucia has a lot to offer for everyone. Whether your goal is to lay on the beach, snorkel or scuba dive in the Caribbean waters or explore the rainforest, you will find plenty to do.

As I mentioned in my previous post, if you stay at an all-inclusive, the resort will have many options available for exploring the island. If you decide to venture out on your own, you will enjoy the sites far more if you hire a taxi, via your hotel.

While we were on the island, we stayed on the northwest side of the island in Rodney Bay. We visited the volcano by taking a cruise along the coast. I highly recommend the cruise because you develop a better appreciation of the beauty of the island. If you travel via the extremely winding road, even if you don’t drive, it is difficult to relax. We cruised to Soufriere and from there took a small bus to the volcano. Some members of the party chose to relax in the mud baths while the rest of us enjoyed a short, though interesting history of the volcano.

Another activity I would recommend is a visit to the rainforest. I booked the aerial tram tour which takes you through the rain forest. I read reviews about the tram tour before booking it and some people were disappointed by the lack of colorful vegetation and birds. I found it very calm and relaxing. Often on trips, we are so busy trying to do everything that we tend to forget this is a vacation and that it’s okay to relax. On the way back through the rain forest, my son and I decided to zip line down the mountain.

I mentioned in a previous post that if you visit the island of St. Lucia, try to dine at the Pink Plantation House. It has phenomenal views and delicious food. It is difficult to find on your own. We stopped at least three times to get directions from the locals. It was well worth it, once we arrived.



Blue Monday


This morning in yoga class, the instructor informed us that today is Blue Monday. I know I’ve mentioned that I’ve been struggling this month. Today was affirmation that my fellow class members feel the same. It’s the middle of January and we’re all in a depressed state of mind whether due to the holiday let down, the cold weather, or some other explanation. The exercises today were geared toward lifting our bodies up, and hopefully our minds as well.

Some suggestions she offered consist of reading something entertaining or listening to catchy tunes. Laughter can be the most powerful remedy of all. With that in mind, she handed out homework. The homework is to find a funny joke about dads.

This is the joke she shared:

What did the papa buffalo say to his son on the first day of school?                                       Bi son.

Yes, we all laughed. We’re easily amused. Do you have any uplifting ideas? Feel free to share.





(Photo from Pixabay)

It’s still January! Boy is this month going by slowly. The wonderful starts I planned for January have yet to be realized. I find myself making excuse after excuse. I know I’m not the only one as friends lament to me reasons why they haven’t started a diet, new exercise routine, decluttered their house/work space, etc. Why is it so hard to get into a routine besides the routine of making excuses?

I’m hoping my blog will help. One of my goals is to post something on my blog at least once a week. Two times a week would be lovely. Next, I want to write a minimum of 5,000 words a week. I’ve finished one book, I’m half done with the second and I started on the third. Since we’ve moved, over 8 months ago, I’ve only written 2,000 words. I love to write so you would think this wouldn’t be a problem.

Last, I’m trying to improve my photographic skills. The big joke in the family is that if you want the picture to turn out bad, hand your phone over to mom. It’s amazing the amount of blurry photos I’m able to take. The good news is that my photographic prowess is better then my mom. She either cut off my head or half of my body.

Besides the resolutions listed above, my new resolution is to keep excuses to a minimum. I have a feeling this may be the hardest resolution to keep.

What’s your resolution? What are your excuses?