Tweezerman & Cynthia Rowley

I’ve been seeing nail polishes and nail treatments by Cynthia Rowley in many of the better department stores lately. And now she’s joined forces with brand icon Tweezerman, with the Cynthia Rowley Limited Edition Designer Series collection, exclusively at Sephora.

Tweezerman was kind enough to send me two of the new items and I’m really excited to be able to share them with you. I know you’ve seen me post about Tweezerman before and their fine line of eye beauty products. They also have a manicure line which you may not be aware of. So I’m going to talk to you not only about the new slant tweezer I was sent, but also about the double-sided file (Filemate), both from the new Cynthia Rowley line.

I love the feel of this tweezer and I’m one of those that keeps things like scissors, files, AND tweezers, in all rooms of the house. I have used them for stray hairs, removing splinters, tweezing my brow, (and maybe one you don’t want to admit to – the occasional picking of a flea or tick off my kitty, or maybe your dog). This slant design is easy to use and the colors are beautiful, so this one may be kept in my bathroom cabinet! 🙂 I received the cobalt blue and I love the design mixed with the green, white and black. It is also available in a light blue.

The double-sided Filemate comes in a similar pattern to the file I received, but in multiple shades of pinks, white and cobalt blue. The small size snuggles in it’s own slim case to keep it clean and protected, and fits comfortably in a pocket or purse.

These are really fun and functional products Tweezerman and Cynthia Rowley have come up with. I would recommend picking them up for yourself, or as stocking stuffers. Yeah, I think I know what my girls might be getting this year. And I’ve got a nice little Sephora gift card just burning a hole in my pocket!

🙂

These products were sent to my by Tweezerman for my honest and impartial review.

November GlossyBox Reveal

I have been so very happy with the subscription box service GlossyBox! I joined them in August when a friend posted a 3-month discount link to them. I was a little on the fence because I’ve seen the contents of some of the other subscription boxes people get from other sources. But I figured 3-months was worth a shot.

WOW – am I ever glad I joined. I just ordered another 3-months with them and this is the box I received this week!

First off they send a mini magazine every month with the products that are included as well as many other trending cosmetic and beauty products. Everything that I’ve gotten has been either full-size or a VERY generous sample size (not little packets, but samples that you can get many uses out of).

This month was a full size Illamasqua Make-up Pencil. The color is Spell and it’s a beautiful pink/coral/red that can be used on the lips or eyes. I’m really big on wearing pink on my eyelids and have several pink eyeliners already, so this is one more to add to that arsenal! It glides on smoothly and really makes a pop on the eyes which for me is a fun way to wear it to work with the next item. I like it! This product is made in the UK.

Kryolan for Glossybox blusher in Glossy Rosewood is also a multi-purpose cosmetic that can be worn on eyes, lips, and cheeks. Again it’s another pink shade, so this one too, will go on my lids. I’ve worn pink and charcoal on my eyes for years. It’s flattering and fun! I like that its matte. I used this with The Balm Matt Batali eye shadow I got in my Ipsy/MyGlam bag a couple months ago. These two are a great combo for me for work. This product is made in Germany.

The last full size item is Incoco Nail Polish Appliques. These real nail polish strips contain, basecoat, color coat, and topcoat in one strip. What a time saver! And they are 3-free – no dbp, toluene, or formaldehyde! The color is Sinderella and another perfect reddish shade I will wear. I’ve never worn nail strips, so I’m pretty excited to try these. They look like they are full enough for anybody’s nail, and since mine are wide and long I think these will work perfectly. 16 double-ended strips are included in each package. This product is also made in Germany.

The Nu-Me Arganics Argan Oil is 10ml and comes in a dark colored bottle with a dropper. I’m already a user of Argan oil so I’m looking forward to trying this brand. This product is made in the USA.

The last item is a “sample” size Skin & Co. Truffle Serum in a .5oz tube. This Hydro-Toning Day Face Serum is non-greasy and soaks rapidly into my face. I like the feel of this one and I like the fragrance which is light coconut (which is one of the extract ingredients). I don’t always like the way serums look or feel on my face but having used it once, I can say that I do like its texture. This product is made in Italy.

Also included are generous discount certificates for Nu-Me and Skin & Co.

If you’re on the fence about this box, you can also try just a one-month subscription. Or if you really want to save, go for the 12-months! That’s what I will be doing when this one expires! There is a link over there —–>; that will take you directly to the site, or you can click here.

Give it a try and let me know what you think. Or if you already subscribe, please let me know how you like the service!

Fort Lauderdale Beach Erosion from Hurricane Sandy

This is “my” beautiful Fort Lauderdale Beach with stills and video I put into a video from the time Hurricane Sandy was out in the Atlantic over The Bahamas, till what it actually looks like today. It is a mess and will take a long time to repair. Mother Nature doesn’t play nice! 🙁

 

There are several videos on YouTube that you can watch about this disaster on our beach. They all make me sad. I love this beach so much and we have thousands of visitors, so it’s obvious a lot of people feel the same way I do about it. I hope future plans will somehow help protect this part of the beach more. The waves here are more intense than the rest of the beach and this is where our “surfers” like to hang out. I hope the cleanup doesn’t cost an arm and a leg, too.

NEW Nail Polish & Makeup GrAB bAg SaLe!

Just a Small Display of Items in Grab Bags

Hey I’m offering Grab Bags that include all NEW items. These will include:

4 Full Size Polishes

PLUS 1 SoFlaJo mini

AND 1 Beauty Care or Hair item

ALL NEW AND UNUSED!

$25 shipping included, US only.

(International please contact me for shipping charge difference.)

Please contact me here to purchase your bag!

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Beauty Blogazons Weekly Roundup 11/23/2012

Final Hours of CyberMonday Free Shipping

Holiday Nail Polish Sale!

FREE SHIPPING with a minimum $20.00 purchase and must be purchased from this site (etsy sales are not included in this sale). ALL collections are included as long as the purchase total is $20.00. This sale is open to both domestic and international customers and ends at Midnight Tonight!

Welcome to the SoFlaJo shopping experience!

Click on the Shopping tab above and the drop down menu will take you to all the different collections and goodies! Or click on any link below! Happy Shopping!

Year of the Dragon Nail Polish Collection

Happy Hour Nail Polish Collection

Life’s a Beach Nail Polish Collection

Terrified Nail Polish Collection

Party Time Nail Polish Collection

I am an indie polish maker who has been making personal care items since the 1980s. Originally opened in a small storefront in Michigan, upon moving to Florida I lived on a sailboat for a dozen years and pursued other endeavors. However I am returning to my “roots” and will be releasing original creations and time-tested favorites once again.

SoFlaJo Holiday Nail Polish Sale!

Holiday Nail Polish Sale!

FREE SHIPPING with a minimum $20.00 purchase and must be purchased from this site (etsy sales are not included in this sale). ALL collections are included as long as the purchase total is $20.00. This sale is open to both domestic and international customers and ends at midnight Monday 11/26.

Welcome to the SoFlaJo shopping experience!

Click on the Shopping tab above and the drop down menu will take you to all the different collections and goodies! Or click on any link below! Happy Shopping!

Year of the Dragon Nail Polish Collection

Happy Hour Nail Polish Collection

Life’s a Beach Nail Polish Collection

Terrified Nail Polish Collection

Party Time Nail Polish Collection

I am an indie polish maker who has been making personal care items since the 1980s. Originally opened in a small storefront in Michigan, upon moving to Florida I lived on a sailboat for a dozen years and pursued other endeavors. However I am returning to my “roots” and will be releasing original creations and time-tested favorites once again.

Thankfully, Everybody LOVES Nail Polish!

  

If you’ve been following my blog you know that my mom used to live with us. We did a lot of things together and we had a lot of fun. Last April she had a stroke, and although it didn’t end her ability to speak, it seriously hampered her ability to care for herself. After her stint in rehab was over, and because of her advanced age, we thought it was better for her to stay at the rehab and nursing home. They do an awesome job and I’m sure  you’ve seen my pix and videos of her on the SoFlaJo facebook page. She is in better care than I could give her at home, and she is able to socialize in a better setting as well.

   

So on to the reason for this post! Tuesdays at the nursing home are manicure days! A gal who has come to be a dear friend, and who LOVES her own nails looking blingy, is the one that does the manicures. There is no extra charge for it, it is one of the social events on their very booked social calendar for the residents! The residents gather in one of the designated rooms and it’s like a coffee clache with all of them there! I have had so much fun when I’ve been able to attend. Elainey also will go around to the individual resident’s rooms if they are not capable of coming to the mani gathering.

I asked the Activities Director, Nicole, if I could donate some polishes and maybe makeup. She said “Oh Yes, but the makeup has to be new, not so with the polish.” Aha – did I find a great way to get rid of polishes I either don’t like or didn’t want anymore and didn’t think they were ones anyone would want to swap. BUT, I also gathered together some of my unused makeup and hair supplies because Nicole makes “goodie bags” for the residents for special occasions like birthdays and holidays since many of them don’t have any visitors. And that really makes me sad. I’ve done my best to learn the names of many of the residents, at least the ones who are out socializing. And I can confirm that I don’t see some of them ever have a visitor.

A Nail Polish & Goodie Bag donation I made to the nursing home.

So, during this month of November when we should all be thankful for something, I’m thankful that Mom is still with us and that she is receiving such good care. Maybe you would like to take some time out of your schedule and pop in on a local nursing home with a bag of nail polish and makeup (and I’m sure you’re gonna tell me you’re very busy), but think what it would be like to be all alone with no visitors that come to see you. And not all of the residents are elderly. Many have had accidents or illnesses that have placed them in continued care.

If you are interested in just sending off a care package to my mom’s facility, please feel free to send it to:

Broward Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Attn: Nicole, 1330 South Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

Remember to be Thankful this month. And Happy Thanksgiving!

🙂

Jody

BzzAgent Eukanuba Dog Food

OMG, have you ever smelled a dog or cat’s bad breath? It’s enough to make you want to gag. So how do you think your poor fur babies feel? All the tartar build-up in their mouths leads to bad breath and tooth decay and that can lead to far worse health problems.

I feel lucky to have been chosen by the BzzCampaign to spread the word about Eukanuba pet foods, which are recommended by vets. This particular Bzz is really exciting because I can introduce you to 3D DentaDefense. According to their testing, 3D DetaDefense, which is in all their adult dry dog foods, reduces tartar build-up an average of 47% but up to a whopping 80% in 28 days, reduces plaque, and maintains healthy teeth.

Eukanuba has been in the forefront of canine nutrition for over 40 years. They’ve accomplished some pretty impressive statistics along the way. Their food contains 0% fillers and is based on high quality animal-based proteins. It contains antioxidants to help strengthen your dog’s immune system. Dog experts and vets recommend them and they have a 110% money-back satisfaction guarantee by contacting them direct.

The kit I got included some very generous coupons which I shared with my favorite charity that you know I work with and mention often, Abandoned Pet Rescue. They also sent along a dog chew ball and tether. What dog doesn’t like that? But what I also got was a very interesting flashlight and instruction card. Not your ordinary flashlight, this one has uv bulbs, and the card shows you what to look for regarding the difference of natural lighting and the ultraviolet light so you will be able to spot the tartar build-up. Can I just say that when I got my fur baby’s (ALL OF THEM) mouths open (one at a time) and shined in that light on their teeth – YUCK!!! The tartar on at least two of them was pretty bad. I wasn’t able to take pictures of them because they weren’t too cooperative. But maybe you don’t really want to see what it looked like anyway! So I’m looking forward to seeing rewarding results with the brand!

 

To learn more about Eukanuba’s brands and where to shop for them, check out their website.

The items were sent to me for review by BzzAgent. They in no way influenced my review.

Thanks for checking out today’s post!

🙂

Jody

Beauty Blogazons Weekly Roundup 11/16/2012

Party Time Nail Polish Collection

SoFlaJo Party Time Nail Polish Collection

**Apply Top Coat to our Glitter Finish Polishes to smooth any slightly rough edges**

Ice Dancer – I love the sparkle and glitz of the costumes and the fancy footwork of Ice Dancers. When designing this holographic glitter mix of blues, silvers and browns in a blue base, I wanted a “topper” that could be worn alone with opacity in 2-3 coats or dress up favorite undies with its shimmer.

Watch Ice Dancer Polish Glisten on YouTube

      
ICE DANCER .5oz/15ml $10.00 each Click to BUY NOW

ICE DANCER 5ml $5.00 each Click to BUY NOW

Hidden Gem – We’re rocking this party! I find fascinating rocks on my walks and break them open at home to reveal glittering treasures inside. Hidden Gem is a steely blue teal polish with flashes of green and blue flecks and rainbows of scattered holo. Opacity is reached in two coats.

      


HIDDEN GEM .5oz/15ml $10.00 each Click to BUY NOW

HIDDEN GEM 5ml $5.00 each Click to BUY NOW

Ballroom – Our Ballroom is grand sized with opulent decorations in reds and golds. On the nail this polish glistens with flecks of red. Now turn your hand to reveal a golden glow. Opacity is reached in two coats.

Watch Ballroom Polish change colors on YouTube

      
BALLROOM .5oz/15ml $10.00 each Click to BUY NOW

BALLROOM 5ml $5.00 each Click to BUY NOW

Yule Tidings – Joe and I want to wish everyone Yule Tidings during this season of parties & merriment. This polish is a micro glitter mix of red, green and holographic glitters, and a few hexes and stars to remind you of a twinkling tree, sitting in a green base. Worn alone will require 2-3 coats for near opacity. As a topper it adds holiday sparkle to pale green or other undies.

      
YULE TIDINGS .5oz/15ml $10.00 each Click to BUY NOW

YULE TIDINGS 5ml $5.00 each Click to BUY NOW

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**Apply Top Coat to our Matte Finished Polishes to bring out sparkle and shimmer hidden within**

Red Carpet – Walk the Red Carpet at this party. This beautiful red matte polish I created will remind you of that experience every time you wear it. Opacity is reached in two coats.

     
RED CARPET .5oz/15ml $10.00 each Click to BUY NOW

RED CARPET 5ml $5.00 each Click to BUY NOW

Blue-Ray – Blue-Ray is a bright blue matte polish that brings technicolor to your nails with hints of purple. Opacity is reached in two coats.

    


BLUE-RAY .5oz/15ml $10.00 each Click to BUY NOW

BLUE-RAY 5ml $5.00 each Click to BUY NOW

Last to Leave – Everybody knows those people that are the Last to Leave the party. This green matte polish is dedicated to the last one out the door when the party’s over. Oh yeah, please turn out the lights! Opacity is reached in two coats.

      
LAST TO LEAVE .5oz/15ml $10.00 each Click to BUY NOW

LAST TO LEAVE 5ml $5.00 each Click to BUY NOW

Full Sets of Regular Size and Minis available with Discounted Shipping!

PARTY TIME FULL SIZE SET .5oz/15ml each $70.00 Click to BUY NOW Shipping Discount Applied
PARTY TIME COLLECTION MINI SET 5ml each $35.00 Click to BUY NOW Shipping Discount Applied

All SoFlaJo polishes are made from natural pigments and glitters with bases free of the chemicals Toluene, Formaldehyde Resin and Dibutyl Phthalate and Formaldehyde. All SoFlaJo polishes contain stainless steel mixing balls (and always have).

Each bottle comes attractively packaged and protectively bubble wrapped

Hallloween Swaps!

ATTN: PICTURE HEAVY

I’ve got to tell you, as if you didn’t already know,

I LOVE Halloween!

Last year I did a couple of Halloween swaps that were so much fun, so I was pretty excited to be involved in FOUR this year! And I got some really great stuff!

From my friend Rachel at Glam Polish in Australia (click her for her blog link btw) I got beautiful Ozotics, Vegemite (which I LOVE thanks to her always sending it to me), a boomerang, a couple of Koala bears, unshelled macadamia nuts (I’ve never seen them that way before) and a Picture Polish Dorothy for my hubby Joe (who collects anything Wizard of Oz)!

 

She also sent me one of her own handmade polishes! And it is beautiful!

My next swap was with my friend Nikki. She and I go back awhile and she lives near where I used to in Michigan. She is a huge penguin fanatic. Just look at this cute package!

 

She sent me two Sephora OPI polishes I’d been after as well as the darling black and orange Ty kitty. Also lots of goodies to use in my Halloween party theme!

I swapped as well with a fellow polish maker Kirsten from All That Glitters who sent me four of her fabulous polishes and a Starbucks gift card!

  

 

And here’s a really quick and uncleaned up mani because I wanted to see what my favorite one would look like on – Witch Craft!

I also did a Secret Halloween swap. From a nice gal named Andrea I got more polishes – China Glaze and my first Miso – and beauty goodies!

I’m already involved in two Secret Santa swaps as well as two other Christmas swaps. I am looking forward to sharing all those goodies with you next month, too!

🙂

Jody

Eradicate H8 Nov 8! Stop Bullying Now!

Bullying is not funny. It is not cool. It is not right. And more importantly, it is not okay.

Most of us are, thankfully, residents of countries that support tolerance and many of our families have settled in these places simply for that reason. Generations later, it is our responsibility to perpetuate that message of tolerance across our new social platforms, including the internet.

As members of the nail polish blogging community, we all share a love of beauty, color, and lacquer. Other than that, we are remarkably different: from our race to our religion to our hair color…even to our polish application techniques. To marginalize anyone because of those differences is completely unacceptable and today I take a stand against that. I refuse to allow other people’s view of “normal” dictate how I behave, believe, and blog.

In solidarity with a multitude of bloggers linked below, my purple manicure represents my proud commitment to the No H8 movement. Today, November 8, I dedicate my post to ending bullying of any kind and to encouraging diversity and imperfection among our colorful community.

 

(nails inc franklin’s row over cheyne walk. Sation Periwinkle Princess over unknown purple.)

“Bullying” is not a new concept. When I started school in the 1960’s I remember distinctly the one and only time I was bullied. Two of my little friends and I were walking in front of the school and an older boy (4th grade maybe) pushed us and I stepped in a dirty puddle of water with my new white lace anklets and little red buckle shoes. I was so mad that without thinking I turned and shoved him. I’m sure that was a surprise to him and I realized from then on my friends and I would not be bullied. I’ve always stood up for the ones that can’t and I’m doing it today as I stand in solidarity with many others who feel the same way.

Thank you for sharing the word with us! Click Here to view the Eradicate H8 blog.

🙂

Jody

Wake Up & Workout!

Join me for a new series of posts! My job “in real life” is a Personal Trainer and a Fitness Instructor. I have a tab on this site for Workouts, but you’ve told me that following written workouts can be difficult. So I’ve started recording my classes and I’ll be posting snippets of them on here. These are my actual classes so you’ll see a different perspective than watching TV workouts. I tell my students we’re there for fun and I’m just throwing in a workout with it! I hope my posts will make you want to get up and join us!

So Wake Up & Workout!

So – how’d you do? Will we see you again? I see you nodding!

🙂

Jody

 

 

Halloween Benefit – Another Successful Year!

I want to thank everyone that participated and contributed to our benefit for Abandoned Pet Rescue at our Halloween Party – Frankie’s Lab Dance – last week! The ourpouring of checks, gift cards and supplies is always so humbling. You all are fabulous. Remember any time of year though, you can clip pet or supplies coupons or drop off blankets or other items you would might otherwise toss. Thank you!

🙂

Jody

Selling Some Nail Polish Stash on eBay

 

 

I have been selling some of my stash over the last few weeks on eBay. These are authentic polishes that are just extras in my personal collection. The auction ends Saturday night.

SoFlaJo eBay Auctions

I hope you find some great deals! Polishes included are by OPI, Essie, China Glaze, Finger Paints, Nicole by OPI, Zoya, and many many moar!

   

Thanks!

 

Frankie’s Lab Dance Halloween Charity Benefit

It’s . . .  A L I V E

Frankie’s Lab Dance Halloween Charity Benefit

October 2012

PROCEEDS BENEFIT Abandoned Pet Rescue No-Kill Shelter

1137 N.E. 9th Ave, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33304

954-728-9010

PLEASE BE GENEROUS WITH YOUR DONATIONS!

$ Please Make Out Check Donations to Abandoned Pet Rescue $

Supplies Requested:
Gift Cards: Pet Stores, Sam’s, Lowe’s, WalMart, Office Stores
* Canned Kitten & Cat Food * Gerber Baby Food (Meat or Squash)   * Canned Puppy & Dog Food * Kitten & Puppy Milk Replacer   * Cat Litter * Ear Cleanser (Cat & Dog) * Dog & Cat Collars   * Liquid Hand Soap * Garbage Bags * Bleach * Dish Soap   * Heartworm Preventative (Dog) * Advantage Flea Treatment (Cat & Dog)   * Dog & Cat Treats * Cat & Dog Toys (Kong toys – no beanie toys)   * Speed Read Thermometers * 3cc & 1cc Syringes * Latex Gloves   * Cotton Balls * Q-tips * Rubbing Alcohol * Paper Towels   * Hand Sanitizer * Window/Surface Cleaners   * Lint & Pet Hair Rollers (& Refills) * Batteries (9 volt, AA, AAA)   * Mailing Envelopes (all sizes) * Manila Envelopes * Postage Stamps   * White Copy Paper * Color Laser Paper * Poster Board (all colors)   * Sheet Protectors * Scotch & Double Sided Tape * Cork Boards   * Wet/Dry Erase Markers * Laminator &/or Laminating Sheets   * Duct Tape * Paint * Ladder

la jolla Spa MD Vitaphenol Daily Defense Cream Review

I take pretty good care of my skin and I have been doing so for many years. When we are young we don’t even realize the damage that can happen to it and many girls don’t take very good care of theirs because of it. My mom still has a beautiful complexion at 89 years old, and she was very careful with her skin regimen and harped on me to do the same. I am thankful that she did. Of course I’m always looking for a miracle cure, without chemical injections or surgery, so I jumped at the chance to review Vitaphenol Daily Defense Cream.

I’ve been using it a almost two months now and haven’t used other moisturizers so that I could get a good idea of how well it works. Made with a variety of herbal and natural ingredients, I used one pump on my forehead and eyes, a second pump around my mouth and on my neck, and a third on my decollete. It is non-greasy and felt great on my skin, soaking in quickly and leaving my skin feeling refreshed, and although it is very lightly scented, I didn’t really even notice it had one. I like knowing that a product I’m using is not full of chemicals and is made in the USA.

The Daily Defense Cream that I used is a specially formulated medically compounded blend of Super-Antioxidants (Mangosteen – a rich source of xanthones, Pomegranate – to help give strength and support to skin, and Green and White Tea which reduce damage caused by sun and provide immunity boost), CoQ10 to visibly reduce fine lines and wrinkles, Ceramides (lipid molecules that boost the skin’s water-retention capacity), and Caffeine which immediately gives the appearance of tighter, firmer, younger skin.

I have fine lines as well as deeper smile lines. I used the Daily Defense Cream in the morning and evening after cleansing my face. I’m not sure two month’s use would be enough to see more than minor results, but I would think that with prolonged use it could continue to improve skin conditions it is recommended for such as hydration and dryness as well as correcting skin tone and redness. “In one particular study, more than half of the participants noticed a visible difference in skin texture, improvement in elasticity, increase in skin hydration and a decrease in fine lines and wrinkles after using Cellustructure Rejuvenating Serum (CRS) for a 3-month period.”

I like that it seems to pump out just the right amount for the area of my face that I am using it on. Its recommended to use under sunscreen and dries quickly and my regular powder makeup went on smooth. I’ve included pictures of before using it and after using it. You can see it plumps and gets rid of those fine lines around the eyes. I also have a lined scar under my eye I got when I was five years old. It helps to make it less noticeable as well! So yes I do like it. And I would recommend it.

 

This skin care line “is the first medically directed collection that has been formulated for ideal daily skin care regimens, as well as optimized care for skin undergoing treatment and procedures”. It was “created by world renowned dermatologist and cosmetic-surgeon Mitchel P. Goldman, MD”.

This line has four regimens depending on your skin type – Dry, Normal, Oily, Acne Prone – that include cleaners, toners, rejuvenating and hydrating products. All items can be purchased individually, but there are substantial price reductions when buying an entire system. Shipping is free with purchases above $50.

I was sent a full size sample of la jolla Spa MD Vitaphenol Daily Defense Cream for review. The 1.6 fl oz “Anti-Aging Deep Rehydration Treatment” sells for $95 at www.vitaphenol.com. I received this item at no cost to me and am providing an unbiased review of same.

Terrified Collection

 

Anybody that knows me will tell you without a doubt that Halloween is and always has been my favorite holiday. My earliest memories of it were as a small child and my dad dressing up with me to take me trick-or-treating. When I got older we always had a party with cider, warm cinnamon donuts and apple dunking with my friends. One year we were visiting my grandparents and my mean boy cousins made me walk through a graveyard with them if I wanted to trick-or-treat. Even so, I will always cherish these memories.

 

Spider Funk is full of orange and red glitters and small irregular shaped black “spiders”, plus silver hex “full moons” that all stay shiny in the orange matte base. Wear on its own, layer over black, orange, burgundy or green, or with clear topcoat to bring out even more bling!

SPIDER FUNK 15ml $10.00 each Click to BUY NOW

SPIDER FUNK 5ml $5.00 each Click to BUY NOW

Every year Joe and I put on a benefit for Abandoned Pet Rescue, a no-kill animal shelter in our neighborhood. This year’s theme is Frankie’s Lab Dance and my polish with the same name is an iridescent green filled with all the glittery colors of Halloween – orange, green, and purple. Opaque in 2 coats or wear over black to see the darker side of our favorite monster.

FRANKIE’S LAB DANCE 15ml $10.00 each Click to BUY NOW

FRANKIE’S LAB DANCE 5ml $5.00 each Click to BUY NOW

Purple Reign of Terror is a deep dark mysterious purple jelly that shimmers with purple glass flecks, and holo glitters in silver, pink and purple. Wear it alone or layer over purple or black.

 

PURPLE REIGN OF TERROR 15ml $10.00 each Click to BUY NOW

PURPLE REIGN OF TERROR 5ml $5.00 each Click to BUY NOW

Ghost of a Chance is a sneaky crystalline shimmer that looks lovely twinkling in the moonlight. But layer it over black and watch its transformation from ethereal blue to green.

 

GHOST OF A CHANCE 15ml $10.00 each Click to BUY NOW

GHOST OF A CHANCE 5ml $5.00 each Click to BUY NOW

The True Death, inspired by our favorite TV show, is a jelly black duochrome that shifts from red to green, without having to apply a separate base beneath. This deep black lacquer, opaque in two coats, oozes with shimmering red flecks.

 

THE TRUE DEATH 15ml $10.00 each Click to BUY NOW

THE TRUE DEATH 5ml $5.00 each Click to BUY NOW

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And don’t forget to check out the Black, Glow In The Dark, and other Color Changing polishes from the Life’s a Beach collection.

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TERRIFIED MINI SET 5ml each $25.00 Click to BUY NOW Shipping Discount Applied

TERRIFIED FULL SIZE SET 15ml each $50.00 Click to BUY NOW Shipping Discount Applied

 

All SoFlaJo polishes are made from natural pigments and glitters with bases free of the chemicals Toluene, Formaldehyde Resin and Dibutyl Phthalate and Formaldehyde. All SoFlaJo polishes contain stainless steel mixing balls (and always have).

Each bottle comes attractively packaged and protectively bubble wrapped

Goodbye Spring Flowers – Hello Fall Colors!

Just a quick THANK YOU! to everybody for their purchases from the now retired Spring Flowers Collection. It was a lot of fun seeing those perky bright colors after the dark winter.

 

But keep an eye out for some more exciting news. Autumn is just around the corner and with it will be a new line with some pretty awesome polishes and textures, if I do say so myself! Are you excited? I AM!

 

Stay Tuned!

Essie Brings Out the Beach Bum in Me!

I’ve lived in South Florida for over a dozen years now, and visited it yearly or as often as possible since my first trip here when I was 16. I’ve always loved the blue waters and white sandy beaches. My last trip back to visit my family in Indiana and Michigan was at Thanksgiving in 2001. Living anywhere but walking distance to the beach doesn’t make sense to me, why else would I want to live in Florida? LOL

Anyway – I’m not a big Essie wearer but I came across Beach Bum Blu this summer at my local nail supply. I already had NYX Girls Maven NGP161 I’d picked up earlier this year at a small beauty supply. They are the perfect combination and both wore extremely well.

 

What is your favorite blue combo?

I Love a Holo

A few months ago I blogged about a swap I had with a lovely Brazilian girl. She sent me some polishes by Ellen Gold that are a lovely holo. I finally wore my first one. I have way too many untried I’m trying to work my way through and thought this would be perfect to go with that gold pedi I just posted about!

In my birthday group I was gifted an Orly polish, Crawford’s Wine. It is beautiful! It was part of the Valentine’s Day Collection a couple of years ago. Since I don’t buy a lot of Orly (my helmer has less than a half drawer full), I don’t follow their releases as well as maybe I should because the ones I’ve gotten as gifts or picked up on sale at Sally are gorgeous and a dream to apply. This one is no exception. I applied one nice coat as my undies over my base. Since I knew I’d be topping it I didn’t necessarily do the best job on the base. 🙁

 

This is a photo of Ellen Gold Holo Vermelho. It actually is very dull without a topcoat. I used my normal Sally Hansen Clear 110. I wore this mani all week and only had minimal tip wear.

 

If you get the chance to pick up any of the Ellen Gold holos – go for it. This is a spectacular color, and the only reason I put undies with it was because it’s not a polish I can just go down to the store and pick up if I run out and I don’t want to do that! LOL

 

Even in the shade it’s a good looking holo! I hope you have the chance to get some of these and try them for yourself. 🙂

 

Bling Bling Mani

Sally Beauty is well known for their clearance sales. But when I shop I usually wait till the big sales when all clearance goes to an additional 50% off. Oh yeah, they had one just last weekend and I picked up way too much stuff, but it was hard to resist when I was paying around $2 a bottle for Orly and China Glaze. It’s quite a savings. And it was old collections that they can’t be bothered with or aren’t made anymore.

So I want to show you a mani I did with two of the colors I picked up from the sale. I really should say a pedi, please don’t squeal if you don’t like toes. I’ll try not to be offensive! 🙂

I’ve been finding myself drawn to golden polishes more and more. I spotted Orly Glitz on the sale table and immediately grabbed it. My bottle simply says Glitz, but I think it’s called Glitz & Glamour from the 2010 Holiday collection, while Glitz is from their permanent collection. So I am confused by that one and don’t really know for sure. Just suffice it to say if you come across either – BUY it! This is just one coat of Glitz as my base color.

And the layering polish is China Glaze Electrify from the Hunger Games (nope never read it or saw it) Collection. I love the red and gold glitter in this one. And these two polishes together do not disappoint. My toes look like they glow. Since I’m a South Florida girl and nearly live in open toed shoes, I’ve had a lot of excitement from this combo when people see my toes! I love them together and how they really bring out the bling in each other. I can’t wait to try them as a mani when I have something happening where I really want to draw attention to me! Hahahaha

 

Hope I didn’t scare you off too bad with a toe picture. If you already own these polishes try putting them together and let me know how you like the combination!

Spring Flowers Collex Retires July 31

The end is near for discovering the beauty of my Spring Flowers collection. All six polishes will be retired July 31. 5ml bottles are $5, 15ml bottles are $10. The two in lowest supply are Bluebelle and Wilde Irish Rose.

Shown here: 2 coats of Wilde Irish Rose layered over Sandy Shoes from my Life’s a Beach collection.

Order soon before they’re all gone! Click on the Shop tab up there ^^ and start Shopping! 🙂

New Revlon Moon Candy Nail Polish with Swatches

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Friday while I was at Walgreen looking for the new WnW Saved by the Nail collection (which I didn’t find), I came across one I’ve been waiting several months to see – Revlon Moon Candy duos. I shop (stalk?) that store often for polish so the cosmetic mgr and I always compare manis and talk lacquer. She said they just put the display out the night before so I was able to raid it for one of each color. And I haven’t bought hardly any polish in months, so the eight $1 coupons she gave me was also a nice little bump to get me to buy the whole set! If you have OCD let me apologize now for the way I took them out of the rack – sorry! :{

 

Yeah I did a skittle mani last night with them. Some are AH-Mazing. Some are ok. The undies are funny ’cause some are 1 coaters, others 2. Same with the Flakies so I went ahead with 2 on each. Slow drying but some are oh so pretty! I also had to use a coat of Gelous over my usual TC. The Flakies weren’t overly rough but I wanted to smooth them out entirely. (Posche basecoat and SH Insta-Dry 110 Clear for topcoat.)

I wouldn’t go with some of the bases they did, but I’m showing them in their combinations. Also note that none of the bases have names! Some of these were easier to photograph than others, even after  up to and over 20 attempts each! Also note that some of the labels are peeling (makes for terrible pix IMO) because there are “directions” on the back that you pull the label off to read. I wanted to show you exactly what my bottles looked like while I was using them, but I will be putting a piece of tape over each one to keep them from fraying even worse!

 

Let’s start with Satellite. The base is a wine red in my opinion. This combination works pretty well together. In the store I was afraid the base was brown, and that’s not a color I wear, so I was pleasantly surprised on this one. The base on this was 2 coats.

This is the other pinky-peachy flakie in the set, Supernova. I don’t know exactly what I was expecting, but I don’t think it was this. Worn over Revlon’s choice of grey one-coat base, I think it really detracts from what this one could be. I’ll definitely being trying this one again over something else!

Cosmic reminds me of camoflouge. This dark olive green base was also a 2-coater. I like this one and they work well together too.

This is a gorgeous combination that I would wear again! Galactic is over a really deep navy blue base and the flakies come out teal colored on the nail. One coat of underwear was all this one took.

 Moondust really fooled me! It’s gorgeous blue flakies on the nail. It’s over a one-coat black base. I want to try this one over other colors!

Milky Way was my disappointment. Look at how awesome it is in the bottle. It just didn’t transcend that way on the nail. It may have been because Revlon chose to go with a deep grey for underwear, and it just sits there. I’m pretty sure this one would pop with the right base color. Just one coat for the base on this one, too.

Being that I’m a purple girl, I thought Orbit was going to be THE one for me. It is beautiful, but I really had to work at it to get the flakies out of the bottle. This one was the reason I decided to use two applications of flakies on each nail. I had to shake it well and stir the brush around inside of it to pick up the particles. It is pretty on though, over one coat of purple base.

Universe also had me fooled from the start. Again in the store the base looked brown. But I would call it a deep brick red and it’s really pretty. The flakies on this one work great. The base was one coat.

And last night I was posting these to my facebook page so you could get a quick sampling of them. So here they are in case you’re not following my page – but you should be! The link is up there ^^. 🙂

  

I think these were pretty expensive and I wouldn’t have bought them all if it wasn’t for the discounts I got at the store because I actually did only pick up half of them till I was told I could use the coupons at the counter for each one. I wish CVS had a cosmetic counter since the stores don’t carry all the same brands (we don’t have Rite-Aid) in South Florida.

So – do you want to run right out and buy them all? Or are there only certain ones you’re interested in? The bottle total weight is .26Fl Oz/7.68ml. How does that compare to the price of indies in your opinion?

Spring Flowers Collection to be Discontinued July 31

All good things must come to an end. And with summer in full swing it’s time to say good-bye to my Spring Flowers Collection. Bluebelle and Wilde Irish Rose are already in very limited supply and all colors will be gone forever after the end of July.

Orders will be filled first come, first served. Click on my Shop Tab at the top and click on Spring Flowers for ordering. Thank you! 🙂

Here’s just a fun mani I did early in the week with China Glaze and Orly Neons (Sun-Kissed – index, Under the Boardwalk – middle, I’m with the Lifeguard – ring, Melt Your Popsicle – pinkie, Splish Splash – thumb). Then applied some of the polishes from the Spring Flowers Collection over them (Buttercup – index, Wilde Irish Rose middle, Fields of Clover – ring, Orange Blossom Special – pinkie, Bluebelle – thumb). Although it’s extremely hard to capture them, BlueBelle and Wild Irish Rose have duo qualities in the right light. (Dewdrop is on my toes over Claire’s (Color Club) Starstuck Cosmic, but I didn’t think you wanted to see that! LOL)

 

    

 

*Posche Anti-fungal Basecoat, Julep Kate as underwear, and Sally Hansen Insta-Dry 110 Clear as Topcoat.

NEW Life’s A Beach Polish Collection!

Everybody loves the beach, spending the day jumping waves, building sand castles, or catching a few rays. “Life’s A Beach” collection will take you to your favorite beach every time you look at your nails with these fabulous and fun colors and finishes!

 

 

Start your morning with a walk on the beach and enjoy the “Summer Breeze“. Our color changing polish is light and airy with hints of purple, pink, blue and green. Opaque enough to wear on it’s own. Transparent enough to wear as a topcoat. Put this one over black and you’ll be blown away at it’s transformation!

SUMMER BREEZE 15ml $10.00 each BUY NOW

SUMMER BREEZE 5ml $5.00 each BUY NOW

 

The sand might be fun to walk in, but it’s more fun to wear it on your fingers instead of “Sandy Shoes“! Ooooo we’ve captured that look of Florida’s golden sands, shifting with Hawaii’s famous black sand underneath, and sparkling like Coronado’s mica sand beaches.

SANDY SHOES 15ml $10.00 each BUY NOW

SANDY SHOES 5ml $5.00 each BUY NOW

 

During the day the heat erupts on the beach to the point where you can see the heat rising. Check out our smoldering glass flecked “The Heat is On” and discover your own smoking look! Then try it over black to see a rich new side of it.

THE HEAT IS ON 15ml $10.00 each BUY NOW

THE HEAT IS ON 5ml $5.00 each BUY NOW

 

Every famous beach has its own share of “Freaky & Fabulous“. Wear ours alone or over another color to take it to your personal best with this gorgeous gold and holo glitter mix.

FREAKY & FABULOUS 15ml $10.00 each BUY NOW

FREAKY & FABULOUS 5ml $5.00 each BUY NOW

 

After a long day at the beach, the best place to view it all is at the “Sunset Grille“. Glittering orange sunsets herald a last look of the golden orb slipping into the sea.

SUNSET GRILLE 15ml $10.00 each BUY NOW

SUNSET GRILLE 5ml $5.00 each BUY NOW

 

And now the nightlife begins. Take it out on the town with “Girls Night Glitter“, a true blue polish with dazzling bursts of pink, blue, and black glitter.

GIRLS NIGHT GLITTER 15ml $10.00 each BUY NOW

GIRLS NIGHT GLITTER 5ml $5.00 each BUY NOW

 

Every beach has one place that’s “Open All Night“. This iridescent green with golden glass flecks will help you find your way with it’s secret Glow in the Dark surprise! It may take a few coats for complete opacity, but WOW, check it out with one coat over black! You may never take it off!

OPEN ALL NIGHT 15ml $10.00 each BUY NOW

OPEN ALL NIGHT 5ml $5.00 each BUY NOW

 

As the inkiness of the night surrounds you, enjoy the “Moonlight Bay” with it’s jet black matte finish and twinkling white shimmers imbedded within it’s depths. (The second swatch is topcoated.)

MOONLIGHT BAY 15ml $10.00 each BUY NOW

MOONLIGHT BAY 5ml $5.00 each BUY NOW

LIFE’S A BEACH MINI SET 5ml each $40.00 BUY NOW Shipping Discount

LIFE’S A BEACH FULL SIZE SET 15ml each $80.00 BUY NOW Shipping Discount

All SoFlaJo polishes are made from natural pigments and glitters with bases free of the chemicals Toluene, Formaldehyde Resin and Dibutyl Phthalate and Formaldehyde. All SoFlaJo polishes contain stainless steel mixing balls (and always have).

Each bottle comes attractively packaged and protectively bubble wrapped

Ulta Benefit Birthday Brow Bar & Bonus Tweezerman Review

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I’m pretty excited to tell you I was accepted into the Tweezerman Ambassador program in May. Since my blog focuses on health, beauty and fitness, and they make so many great products, I wasn’t exactly sure what they’d be sending. So I can tell you I was really happy to receive their signature Tweezerman kit filled with brow and eye products.

As a natural blonde I have been extremely lucky to have been blessed with very light colored arm, leg and facial hair. So my eyebrows haven’t been a huge issue with me, but I’ve never had ones that I thought were shaped terribly well. Enter my birthday. And the free Birthday Benefit Brow Bar at my local Ulta. And my Tweezerman Brow kit. Can you see where this is going?

I had Lunch and fitness classes to teach just around the corner so I got an early afternoon appointment. I arrived in plenty of time for the 1:40 festivities. And Mehgan was ready for me. I certainly picked her brain as we sat down to do my brow-acure! She said most people never ask any questions and she was more than happy to comment on anything I asked!

First up. Ulta uses only Tweezerman products at their Brow Bar. They love the professional feel of their line and we discussed what many of them were for and how to use them correctly. They do not use the very pointed tweezers at the store because they are working so near the eyes (obviously) that they don’t want the liability in using such a product on the public. But Mehgan said at home THAT is her favorite tweezer. It gets in tight and she loves the ability to get such a clean pluck!

    

The Brow Bar uses waxing and plucking so there were a lot of tools we used. First she started out with the brush to brush my brows and the small scissors to lightly trim any hairs that were too long. There were just a tiny few. She said NEVER pluck them out because they will leave a hole where the follicle was and could leave a hole in the brow line. OK, too late on that one. I did have one long thick hair one time in my brow that I did yank out. Stupid move and I know better now. But she looked and said it didn’t cause any serious damage. Whew! So she used the little brush to brush up and away from my brow line. Don’t brush with the curve of the brush, that’s not how it’s intended to be used.

She then took a long thin waxing stick and made three points around my brow to outline it’s curve. She held it first directly at the nose and up the brow and made a tiny dot with a brow pencil. Then she held it midway at my nostril and up to the midpoint of my brow. Lastly was at the outside base of my nose to the outside of my brow. She repeated it on the other side. Since I don’t have big thick brows (and never did), there wasn’t a lot to work with to make those dramatic arching brows many women have. And she had said that the way I had been tweezing had caused me to have a “comma”, which I had to totally agree with. But she said it was all good and she cleaned it up with short little strokes of wax and quick yanks from the little muslin strips she had.

Meghan used sharp quick little plucks to clean-up above and below the brow after waxing. I wish I could do it that fast and painless to myself. I’m gonna practice! LOL And said the assortment of tweezers in my kit was a great way to get a comfortable fit for the type of instrument I would feel best using. There’s no wrong or right tweezer, only the one that works best for you.

She then used a cooling gel on my brow (aloe would work if you have no allergies to it) and massaged my brow. Now THAT was worth the whole waxing and plucking in my opinion! And touched me up with a bit of concealer to erase the redness. Then she cleaned up the tools with alcohol and put them back in the case I had brought them in.

We used the BrowMousse, a kind of setting gel to keep my brows in place. She stroked it on lightly and quickly and it never felt like I was wearing anything. I was worried I was going to have a heavy feeling over my eyes. Nope, not at all. Then she pulled out the Lashcomb and flipped open the top and said “This is the BEST lash comb you can find. See these metal teeth? They work so well to separate your lashes. You’ll never use one of those plastic combs again!”

And she also reminded me that you can return your tweezers to Tweezerman for free sharpening for as long as they can still be resharpened! Click here for details. So it’s always a good idea to have an extra if one is out for repairs.

Because I’m so blonde she thought the Brow Definer was a little too dark for me. But she used the Highlighter to create luminosity and brighten the area under my brow. I was very satisfied with the effect of everything we had done. And I got quite a brow education from a trained and talented esthetician.

After I was through I had to take a swing through Ulta, which is one of my favorite beauty supply stores. I found Tweezerman products in more than one location in the store. Their products are available in the time honored silver as well as fun designs and colors like one of the tweezers that was included for my review in what I would call a mini. It came in a plastic carrying tube which keeps it safe in my purse.

 

I am excited that Tweezerman gave me this opportunity to review their quality products. And to Ulta for allowing me to have the free brow done while learning how to actually use the tools correctly. Even though they provided the Brow Kit free of charge, all views and insights are my own opinion.

Happy Birthday to Meeeee! :)

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Oh yes, I’m still getting those fabulous, fun birthday gifts from my birthday club! Here’s the first post I put up about it in case you missed my debut video! I wanted to make another video, but Joe and I have been fighting these nasty colds for over a week now that seem to be plaguing the entire country. So last night I broke down and opened a few more of my gifts, with pictures only! I want to share them with you because I got some gorgeous polishes that I haven’t seen before, as well as some amazing indies for me to add to my small but growing collection by these talented ladies!

This gift actually came early in the month and I have NO idea why I didn’t already show it. My friend Nikki and I met very early in the nail polish community. We have been doing a very good job (too good maybe) of enabling each other with some marvelous collections ever since! When we found out we were in the same birthday club, it was “icing on the cake” as they say! I actually already sent her gift, even though her birthday isn’t for a few more months, because I had found the Color Club Backstage Pass set at Ross and didn’t want her to miss out on it, knowing how much she wanted it. Wait till her real birthday month comes! Shhhh – don’t spoil the surprise and tell her that she’s getting something else! LOL So on to what she got me! I had been longing for the CC Take Wing collection, but hadn’t found it around here. So what do you think she sent me? Yeppers – and what do you think I am wearing right now? You’re really good at this game, aren’t you?! And of course I got CHOCOLATE!!!!

   

And here’s what they look like on!

And a warning! TOES!!!! LOL And NOT the best pedi at that! 🙁

From Carrie I got Moar Chocolate!

See another cute PostCard? We were supposed to all be including one from our city or region for each gift. I’ve gotten some really nice ones that I’ve put up over my desk. Now this bridge, let me tell you, is one of the scariest I’ve EVER driven across. Actually I was a passenger and Joe drove across it. I don’t know that I could drive it. WOW – I ride 7-mile down in the Keys on my Harley all the time with no problem, but this one scared the shit outta me!!! LOL And Carrie tells me she drives it in the middle of the night to clear her head! OMG – She’s crazier than me!!!

And I also got Pure Ice Busted (PURPLE!!). Which is awesome because WalMart is really far from me and I don’t ever go there anyway. Suffice it to say I don’t like their policies! I love coffee, especially Starbucks. I also got a really neat little red lipstick case. I’ve had them in the past but have long since lost or ruined them, so this was a neat little treat to get! And a Cheshire Cat bracelet. Now isn’t that the cutest little thing?! But the piece de resistance was Carrie’s own Sassy Lacquer Pegasus Jizz! It’s beautiful and I can’t wait to try it and write a review for all of you. I’ve seen other reviews on it already, and it is a highly acclaimed polish in them! Thank you Carrie for sending me my own special bottle of Jizz! LMAO

Next up Candice went crazy (well she says her hubby did) buying me a huge tub of chocolate covered espresso beans! Now ask a coffe addicted chocoholic if it gets any better than this?! LOL And YES, they are Gooooood!! This was such a fun box to open because she had used BIG cotton balls for the packing and tons of fuzzy little craft balls that my cats just go wild over. When I first opened the box I saw a few of the fuzzies, but wait till you see the picture where I dumped it out!

Here it is dumped out on the couch. You can see all the goodies that came tumbling out!

Inside this fun box was a big Sally Hansen file, a bottle of JR Watkins Hand and Body Lotion (I love that stuff!) and the funniest card (Your brain on birthday cake!). She also found a set of Dragon nail transfers. They are unique and I can’t wait to use them. We want to do a bike trip soon, I’m gonna make sure I wear them when we do. (Take a look at that picture in my header. I have the dragon on both sides of my tank!) AND, two Essence Toppers that I haven’t even seen in stores! Glorious Aquarius in an aquatic blue. And Its Purplicious in my favorite – PURPLE!!! As soon as I saw them last night I KNEW I was going to be using them next – OVER the current mani I’m wearing. Why can’t we leave well enough alone?!

And one more box last night – from Kelly. This one wowed me! First, it was a Chocolate Box!!

 

But when I started opening those little bubble pillows I was astounded at her generosity! She included an OPI Nic’s Sticks Silver-Ella. Do you know how hard those are to find? A gorgeous silver holo I can’t wait to try. Then there was the large bottle of NYX Beach Glitter (NPS218). I have some NYX but they are much smaller bottles and I had never seen this one before. And I got indies! By three lovely ladies that I didn’t already own any by! But now I do! I can’t wait to try them. Ursula is a gorgeous purple glitter from one of those crazy Disney Villians (and all my girls know how much I love Disney) from Once Upon a Polish. The beautiful Basket Grass that I’ve heard so much about and agree it is stunning from Pretty & Polished. And the lovely color changing Aurora Borealis from Dollish Polish. It looks very purpley in the bottle and I can’t wait to try THAT! Last but not least is a Girl Scout Lip Smacker in Coconut Caramel Stripe which I think I’m just gonna eat straight outta the tube! LOL

These have been some amazing gifts and I’m excited that these girls are so thoughtful and also a bunch of mind readers! Chocolate, coffee, indies, holos, glitters, well thank you very much I will gladly accept them all with a HUGE smile on face. And all the charities that have had contributions made to them in my name has filled my heart with joy. This is a wonderful group of girls to be in a birthday club with and I thank them so much for being friends!

So tomorrow is my real birthday (May 29) and my little bro’s birthday is the next day! But I’ve got 10 years on the little monster! Wanna see a pic of us waaaaaay back when?!?! Ok well here it is anyway!

That’s also our older sis and our dad. I can’t believe this picture was taken back in the 70s. Man it seems like it could have been just yesterday. Time sure flies. I hope you are enjoying sharing my birthday month with me! There will be more to come! And since today is Memorial Day, I hope you’ve enjoyed it with your family and thought of a service man who has protected our freedoms. Here’s one more picture I’m sharing, of my Mom and her brother my Uncle Eddie, who was a pilot during WWII.

Thanks for taking a few minutes to let me share with you! 🙂

MyGlam Beauty Bag – Yes I Did!

Aye yi yi! Please don’t throw anything at me. Yes I did resubscribe to MyGlam. I had canceled it after the previous month, but of course they would make it a good one! So I resubmitted my name for the May bag and I got it! And you know, it isn’t too bad of a bag. It’s always going to be hit or miss, but for $10 I think I’m staying on the gambling train!

In a nutshell, I got a cosmetic bag. Ha ha, you’re saying you already guessed that? It’s cute aqua with pink lipstick kisses on it. I’ve heard some people complain about the smell emitted from these bags, but Joe says I have the nose of a bloodhound, and I’ve yet to be offended by any odor from them.

I got two more beauty brushes. The final they will be sending for the set. This time I got the signature pink MyGlam Concealer Brush and Defining Eyeliner Brush. They are both nice. I’m sure I will be using all of these brushes soon. I have a couple of sets by other companies but I do like to play around with all of them to see if there are differences in details.

There was also a sample of Philosophy Love Sweet Love fragrance. I don’t wear the brand and this is definitely not a fragrance I would wear. It will make a nice little added treat in a swap gift. I just hope the recipient likes it!

From Studio Gear there was a nice lipstick. I have heard some of the girls didn’t like the color they received. But I have to say – I love the color I got! It is a color I definitely will wear! (Kind of makes up for that orange Hot Topic nail polish they sent a couple of months ago that I may or may not wear around Halloween!) And it’s called “Romance”. Awwww

Lastly this bag contained Miss Beauty Nail Bling nail decals. They are pink hearts. They look like the light box game my little brother had that you put pegs in and it lit up from behind. I actually haven’t ever worn nail decals! I thought it was kind of cute that this month all my gifts followed the theme “love is in the air” so closely. But it seems like a better theme for February. Ahhhh what do I know? 🙂

This is your link: MyGlam if you want to get on the MyGlam bandwagon. I don’t get any points or anything for signing you up. You will probably have to sign up for a waiting list. But hey, it’s $10 and that’s a pretty good bet!

A Month of Birthdays

A Month of Birthdays

May is my Birthday month, and I’m in a birthday group on Facebook. I know, how many times am I’m going to tell you I’m in some fb group? Well it seems to be the social media of choice. I’m not a huge fan of Zuck and all the things he’s done to his baby, but I find it is the best place to keep in contact with your friends and business associates.

 

You may recall from a previous exchange post that I requested a donation be made in my name to a favorite animal charity. I just have way too much stuff. I imagine most of us do. It’s hard to not look at pretty things and want them, but I just don’t really need them.

Amanda contributed to my favorite charity – Abandoned Pet Rescue. They are a no-kill shelter here in Fort Lauderdale. Joe and I host an annual Halloween event with all donations given to them. This is their very welcoming entrance that was painted entirely by donation.

 

Yezenia donated to the ASPCA. This is the adorable internet card they sent me!

 

Amber made a donation to her favorite animal charity Wildlife Sanctuary of Northwest Florida. They provide care to injured or orphaned indigenous wildlife. Look at these cute little faces!

Ours is an international group and I’ve received some really nice nail polishes as well! And CANDY. Lots and lots of CHOCOLATE candy! Don’t worry, I’ll be celebrating all month with my wonderful group of friends. There will be more posts to come with some very cool pictures and maybe even a video or two!

So do you contribute time or money to charity? They always need help. My favorites are the animals, since they really have no way to take care of themselves without our help. What is your favorite charity?

Mother’s Day Tribute to My Mom

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A funny thing happened during the last 50 years. I grew up. That wild child with the Harley who traveled the country and lived on a sailboat and did everything she wanted, is the now responsible adult.

Last year I realized my mom was suffering from dementia, and as her power of attorney I moved her into assisted living for her own safety. But I was so depressed everytime I visited her and I knew that her mental health was declining rapidly as well. In November Joe and I moved Mom and her dog ShaSha in with us. One month ago today I found her on her bathroom floor suffering from a stroke. The paramedics arrived almost immediately but a lot of damage had already been done. She is now living permanently in a nursing home that is 10 minutes from our home. Those of you that are friends on my personal facebook page have watched me fall apart and pick myself back up again as I make sure Mom is well cared for. We just got home from spending the afternoon with her and having a Papa John’s Chicken Cordon Bleu pizza delivered for our “Mother’s Day Picnic” as she was telling everyone there! So her spirits are good and she can talk ok, but her 88-year old body is ravaged from the pain and she sits in a wheelchair during the day. But I know she is well cared for and she is comfortable, and that’s the best I can hope for now.

I thought you’d enjoy seeing a glimpse of Mom’s wonderful life. She was a vibrant woman who enjoyed life and lived comfortably but frugally, having been born during the depression. She grew up in Iowa with 2 sisters and a brother. This is the earliest picture I have of Mom. I know where I get my love for cats!

This picture is mom as a little girl with her older sister and brother. Aunt Helen is on the left and Uncle Eddie is on the right. My grandparents are behind Mom.

I’m not sure when this was taken but I’m guessing she was in her 20’s. She was a beauty!

 

This is a great picture of Mom with her parents, her older brother and sister Eddie and Helen, and baby sister on the far right, Ferne.

OK I have to show this one. I always loved it! It’s at Mom and Dad’s wedding! How cute are they?!

This is another picture I just love! This is my older sister Sandie, Mom, Dad, me and Dad’s drums on the left behind Sandie. My folks were musicians and we had a parade of people in and out of our house when I was growing up playing jam sessions with them. It was pretty awesome. There were drums, guitars, organs, and all kinds of percussion, string and wind instruments around our house.

Here’s a picture of her with band leader Ralph Marterie in 1954. Sexy lady for sure!

Mom quit school during WWII and worked the factories like many other women of her generation. She returned to high school night classes and graduated with her diploma from the same high school I did 10 years after I graduated. I am so proud of her for this accomplishment!

Mom, my sister Sandie, and me at Sandie’s son’s wedding in 1986.

Mom, Sandie, Sandie’s son Scott and Scott’s son, Michael in 1988. Four generations!

Celebrating Mom’s birthday 2003.

Mom, Joe and me at our wedding.

Mother’s Day 2006.

Last year at assisted living with Mom and ShaSha.

Mom living with us and “working” (playing games) on the computer. She’s really concentrating! LOL

And doing “slave labor” at our house!

Pooped out after a long day. Her ShaSha on the left and Friday cuddled on her lap!

At Ulta! We used to go there every couple of months for facials and hair cuts!

Mom the day after her stroke, smiling for the camera (I wanted my sis and bil to see she was ok).

After moving to the nursing home and having ShaSha visit her for the first time.

My friend Lisa’s husband lives at the same nursing home Mom is at. She sometimes brings their dog to visit. Handsome is a HUGE Great Dane saying HI to Mom!

 

Last week ShaSha and me visiting again.

And a little video at the Mother’s Day Happy Hour on Friday!

Mom shares a room with a sweet lady named Alice. Mom’s name is Bea. They’ve already declared themselves A&B to everybody! They sit at the same table in the dining room and you’d better not split them up! It’s a relief to see Mom is getting along better. I’ve been a wreck trying to make sure she is cared for. I think things will be ok. Thank you for letting me share my memories of Mom with you.

Happy Mother’s Day to everyone, whether you have real babies or fur babies or both!

XO Jody

Your NEXT Full Body Workout!

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Here’s your Next Workout ~

Alright – 15 minutes to warm up and get some cardio in – run around the block, do some jumping jacks, dance to your favorite songs – then meet me back here pronto!!!

Grab your Water, a Towel, and 3 to 5 Pound Weights, a Resistance Band and a Mat, and some Rockin’ Music!

Start Now!!!

 

 

Grab those dumbbells (NOT your husband) and lean slightly forward at the hips. Do 20 triceps kickbacks (hold the weights at  your shoulders and moving ONLY at the elbows, straighten your arms, then return fists to shoulder height). After completing 20 reps move on to triceps extensions (hands together overhead start with elbows bent, then straighten elbows, return to bent elbow position for one count).

NO MORE THAN 30 SECOND RESTS!

Repeat this exercise for a total of 3 times!

Move on the biceps! Start with 20 reverse curls (arms straight, palms facing toward your body and bend only at the elbows. Your palms will be facing away from your body when your fists are at the top of the movement.) Move on to  20 regular curls (arms straight, palms facing away from your body and bend only at the elbows).

NO MORE THAN 30 SECOND RESTS!

Repeat this exercise for a total of 3 times!

Lunge backwards and alternate legs for 20 reps.

NO MORE THAN 30 SECOND RESTS!

Repeat this exercise for a total of 3 times!

Bend slightly at the hips for deadlifts, arms straight holding weights, and bend over till your back is straight, keeping your neck in alignment with your back. Stand up straight and bend again for 10 reps. At the 10th rep, stay bent over and pull your elbows back (squeezing your shoulder blades and your back muscles [lats] just below the blades) for 10 bent-over rows. At the 10th row repeat 10 deadlifts, at the 10th deadlift repeat 10 rows.

NO MORE THAN 30 SECOND RESTS!

Repeat this exercise for a total of 3 times!

Put your arms in goal post position with a weight in each hand and extend straight up for 20 shoulder presses.

NO MORE THAN 30 SECOND RESTS!

Repeat this exercise for a total of 3 times!

Lay on a mat or a bench with a weight in each hand and with your elbows bent at your sides and push straight up over your chest for 20 chest presses.

NO MORE THAN 30 SECOND RESTS!

Repeat this exercise for a total of 3 times!

Perform 50 reps of ab crunches in 3 different positions (raising at your shoulders, raising both your knees and your shoulders, alternating elbows to knees, etc.).

Now how do your feel? You did a great job! Don’t forget to stretch and come back here for other workouts by clicking on my WORKOUT TAB