Secret Valentine Haul

Most of you reading this blog are in at least one of the nail polish or makeup groups that I’m in on the internet or Facebook. A lot of the groups do a secret pal type swap for different holidays. I’ve done Secret Pumpkin, Santa, and just recently Valentine. It’s a lot of fun to plan your gift and also to receive your gift. In one of the groups I’m in I was lucky enough to actually receive the same person to gift both Santa and Valentine gifts to. She’s a sweetheart who lives up in Mooseland, as we all jokingly refer to her Canadian home. Since I’m down here in warm sunny South Florida it is pretty fitting that she should be my secret pal!

 

On to the fun! Her nickname is Red and I just couldn’t resist the temptation of red for Valentine’s Day. On her card I wrote – I couldn’t remember if they told me to buy all the red polish or all the polish for Red. So I did BOTH! And here’s the box full of red I sent to her (and also included a pink organza bag of rawhide chewy bones for her pooch)! And I gifted her with my reddest polish from SoFlaJo’s Year of the Dragon – Dragon Heart! Yikes, there was one slight casualty, you can see the back bottle on the right with the red top. The lid was not on tight and a little polish leaked out, but she told me it wasn’t much and the bubble wrap contained it all. Whew!

                                 Red's Secret Valentine Pkg   Red's VD DragonHeart

 

Now on to the Secret Valentine package I received from my group! I was in awe when I opened it. Not only was it full of yummy milk chocolate, which IS my FAVORITE chocolate and/or candy ever, but I also got a lovely blue Sally Hansen HD polish, Spectrum. Purple and blue are two of my favorite colors! My SV knew exactly what she was doing with that one! BUT, she blew me away with a polish I’d never seen before – NOX Twilight Disco Darling. What a gorgeous silver holo glitter! OMG, WHAT do you think I had to do? Hell yeah! Hit the google button looking up that polish line. Big mistake. Now I need them ALLLLLL!!! Ayeyiyi But of course she wasn’t done YET. The pièce de résistance of this gift included TWO MORE amazing items!  A Specialty Valentine Card she had made for me by Sarah Trumbauer Creatives. With an OPI bottle on the front of the card, this gift really touched my heart. I got into nail polish collecting with my attraction to OPI and I’ve never lost that love of my favorite brand! AND the gift that actually brought tears to my eyes when I saw it – a DRAGON phone case for my iPhone! All these gifts touched me so much that someone actually paid attention to my posts and comments in my groups to be able to send me, someone she’s never met in person, everything that I would LOVE!

 

I hope your Valentine’s Day was as fun as mine was. BECAUSE I’m still NOT done!!! ONE MORE Valentine post. Then I’m going to bed! LOL

 

 

Valentine’s Day – Better Late than ….

I’ve got a few pictures in this one, so sit back and enjoy!

OK so I know. Valentine’s Day was YESTERDAY! But I figured I could post this the day after to make it last as long as possible since, hey, we started celebrating LAST Saturday night anyway! Here’s some pix of our very fun night downtown on Las Olas Blvd. We took Mom with us to dinner and met some good friends of ours from Pennsylvania that live down here in the winter months. Here’s a few pix of all of us and our yummy food! We ate dinner at the Riverside Hotel on the patio. Yes! February 11th and we were sitting outside on the patio well into the night enjoying dinner and entertainment!

joe jody vday     mom vday     jane denny vday

Yeah, these are the staged photos. They’d prolly clobber me if I showed the ones of us laughing and … eating! Dontcha just love it when you’ve got a mouthful of food or stupid look on your face and THAT’S the photo your friends tag?!?!

 

Well as I said, there was entertainment as well. I don’t know his name, but we had a marvelous time listening to his singing and horn playing, and watching his dance moves. From James Brown to BB King, this guy was amazing! We were all dancing in our seats, and a few people were dancing in the entranceway. People walking down the street were even bopping to his music!

                                                         

 

From these pictures you can see he really had the moves! 🙂

That’s my first Valentine’s Day Post this year. I’ve got a couple more to goooooo………

January’s Back to Nature MyGlam Glam Bag

I’m not one to subscribe to monthly deals, but I thought the MyGlam subscription might be a pretty good value. At just $10, Michelle Phan of YouTube notoriety, promises something that she actually delivers – products her team of stylists love, for all of us to try.

And I have to say right off the bat with the first product, I certainly agree. I have been using Wen Cleansing Conditioner for several months now. My stepdaughter Samantha turned me onto them last fall. I buy from QVC and get a better deal than buying from their website. Before Christmas it was a TSV so I got to try a wide variety of formulas for a great price. Needless to say I really like the product and my already long, thick, silky blonde hair has gotten even more compliments recently then normal. So if you get the chance to try this product, I’m saying Go For It!!

The Cucumber Facial Peel-Off Mask by Freeman is a lot of fun. I’ve always liked masks that dry on my face and I can peel off like a second skin. Kinda creepy, huh? Well, Halloween IS my favorite holiday! Ok, but I digress. I have seen Freeman products at the drugstores probably my entire life. And I’ve tried many different ones through the years. They are nice. They are inexpensive. And this one worked like other peel off masks I’ve used. I was really hoping for that nice cucumber smell since I love products with that fragrance. And it’s there. So I also give this product a big thumbs up!

On to the Sheercover Duo Concealor. It’s a Light/Medium color so it would work ok with my natural looking South Florida tan. Except that it’s not a product I would normally wear. So I can’t honestly review it and tell you much about it.

OMG I am a nail polish junkie though. I’m not even gonna tell ya how many I own, and how many brands. But THIS was the first bottle by theBalm in my collection. Hot Ticket Nail Polish. Sounds like fun. And maybe they sent me this color since i do live in South Florida. But ummmm well, I’m not really one to wear ORANGE nail polish. Orange You Glad You’re Not Blue. To tell you the truth I am Blue, and I’d rather had Blue. So I suppose I’ll save it for Halloween. Remember, I LOVE that holiday, so maybe you’ll see me sporting it on my nails then!

Last is the soft cloth cosmetic bag everything was attractively packaged in. It’s also thinly lined to repel minor leaks. It’s a cute design with a zippered top. I’m sure I can think of a million things to do with another little bag. I have tons of them because they are so useful. (One day I need to do a post on all of my bags. I take several of them with me grocery shopping, including insulated ones!)

There’s also a nice little postcard included that describes each product and includes pricing. Coupons were included too.

So my verdict, the value is definately beyond the $10 MyGlam took from my credit card, which included the shipping. I’m still in the plan and excited to see what February brings. I did miss out on December, which was their launch. If you haven’t already signed up for this deal, reconsider it! And at this price, NO, I don’t get anything for a referral.

(And that reflective pink bag in the background was the bubble mailer it all came in!)

The Year of the Dragon

I’m excited to be celebrating the Chinese New Year honoring The Dragon. I wasn’t born in a year of The Dragon but I believe it is my totem animal. From my dragon tattoo to jewelry, clothing, books, and art pieces, even my Harley is painted with dragons (see my banner above), I see dragons as inspiration and companions protecting me on my life’s journey.

During the 1980s & 90s I owned an herb business in Michigan that I closed to move to South Florida to live on a sailboat I bought. I’m delighted to once again offer my original creations as SoFlaJo, the nickname I have come to be known by since I moved here.  Die-hard customers and friends have continued to request my handcrafted originals for bod and abode. In the upcoming months I will once again be offering my popular soaps, incense, and other highly acclaimed originals.

It is with great pride that I announce the release of my first collection of original nail polishes, an 8-piece collection of sparkling color-changing topcoats fittingly called – The Year of the Dragon. Made from natural pigments and glitters, and bases free of the chemicals Toluene, Formaldehyde and dibutyl phthalate.

These topcoats work best over dark colors. Topcoats are shown over black, purple, blue, and green basecoats. The black is the most dynamic. Remember that these will flash to purple, blue and green, therefore they will not be as noticeable but will make these base color more intense!

All pictures shown have No Topcoat applied!

Glitters are softer to the touch as well.

      

The Conjuror with Purple glitter and depending on your basecoat, shifts from silver/green to silver/red to green/gold

Guardian of the Lake with Blue glitter and depending on your basecoat, shifts from turquoise to blue to violet

Call Forth Dragons with Silver glitter and depending on your basecoat, shifts from light purple to silver to blue/green

3 of Pentacles with Copper glitter and depending on your basecoat, shifts from lilac to red to silver to green/blue

Conjuror, Guardian, Call Forth, 3 of Pentacles over Black

 Enchantment with Aqua glitter and depending on your basecoat, shifts from gold/green to silver/green to blue

Druid Circle with Green glitter and depending on your basecoat, shifts from light green to rose

Dragon Heart with Red glitter and depending on your basecoat, shifts from red to copper to gold

Pendragon with Gold glitter and depending on your basecoat, shifts from red/gold to bronze

Enchantment, Druid, Dragon Heart, Pendragon over Black

Each 5ml bottle comes attractively packaged and protectively bubble wrapped.

$5.00 per bottle

Shipping:

U.S. $2.00 per bottle, 50c each additional bottle

Int’l $3.00 per bottle, 75c each additional bottle

Please Gift Paypal me at Jody @ SoFlaJo.com, include the Names of the Polishes you are ordering as well as your complete Name and Shipping Address. Thank You!

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