Makeup Organization

Originally posted on Leah's Blushing Rose:

I’m 40 years old and only started recently really getting into makeup.  Between being an AVON Independent Sales Representative and my good friend being a Counter Manager for Estee Lauder in Bealls my makeup collection has started to expand, though it’s nowhere near some people’s collections.

My mother had this toolbox that was given to her as a gift and that she no longer needed, so I commandeered it and turned it into storage for my growing collection.

Makeup BoxFront View Open

Isn’t it super cute?

The top of it opens up and I use this compartment to store my skin care products as well as other things that were too big to fit into the other compartments.  It’s a mess right now, but I’m hoping to get it more organized in the future.

Skin Care and Miscellaneous

Then the front opens up and reveals three other compartments, the first compartment I use for my eye makeup.

Eye Makeup

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Father’s Day is June 21st!

Angela O'Neal:

Don’t forget to follow our AVON blog: http://leahsblushingrose.wordpress.com

Originally posted on Leah's Blushing Rose:

Only three Campaigns left until Father’s Day!  Let’s not forget the wonderful men in our lives!

Memory Foam Unisex Slipper Regular Price: $14.99 Sale Price:  $9.99 DESCRIPTION Slip into something comfy. Plush padded memory-foam footbed cradles your feet for added comfort. Cozy fleece upper with stretch jersey collar. Treaded sole. Memory Foam Unisex Slipper
Regular Price: $14.99 Sale Price: $9.99
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Slip into something comfy. Plush padded memory-foam footbed cradles your feet for added comfort. Cozy fleece upper with stretch jersey collar. Treaded sole.

Portable Device Charger $19.99 Item# 134-101 DESCRIPTION No power source? No problem. Interchangeable adapter fits most cell phones and other devices, then recharges through computer or other power source via USB connector. You can charge your cell phone and other portable electronics on the go - no power outlet needed! Includes one USB cable and five connectors. 3 1/2" L x 3/4" diam. Plastic. Imported. Not compatible with the iPhone 5 or 6. Not available in Alaska, Hawaii, Guam or Saipan. Cell phone not included.  Ground Shipping Only Portable Device Charger
$19.99
Item# 134-101
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No power source? No problem. Interchangeable adapter fits most cell phones and other devices, then recharges through computer or other power source via USB connector. You can charge your cell phone and other portable electronics on the go – no power outlet needed! Includes one USB cable and five connectors. 3 1/2″ L x 3/4″ diam. Plastic. Imported. Not compatible with the iPhone 5 or 6.
Not available in Alaska, Hawaii, Guam or Saipan.
Cell phone not included.
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Men's Phone Valet with Organizer $24.99 Item# 608-201 DESCRIPTION Perfect for keeping your belongings in place at work or at home. Includes four built-in frames for displaying family photos. 10" L x 6" W x 4 3/4" H. Man-made materials. Imported. Men’s Phone Valet with Organizer
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Six Ways to Beat Summer Sun Damage

Angela O'Neal:

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Originally posted on The Fashion Foot:

Sunbath protection

With summer quickly approaching, the sun is getting brighter, the weather is getting hotter, and we’re spending more time outside. And while it’s fun enjoying the great outdoors and getting some much needed vitamin-D after a gloomy winter, it’s extremely important to keep your skin safe and healthy during the summer season. Because believe it or not, everyone is susceptible to sun damage regardless of age, skin type, or skin color, and exposing a lot of skin to the sun can greatly affect your future health. Not only can you get sunburns, wrinkles, and skin discoloration, it can also leave you susceptible to tumors and skin cancer.

Being aware of what sun damage can cause and implementing preventative practices in your daily routine will allow you to have fun outside while being safe!

1. Sunscreen

It’s absolutely vital to wear sunscreen every time you go outside, regardless of the season…

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Blog Party Next Saturday, Anyone?

Angela O'Neal:

Who else will be participating in the Blog Party?

Originally posted on Suzie81 Speaks:

imageAfter the farcical General Election this week, many of us are feeling a little dissolusioned. What better way to cheer us up than a blog party?!

Steve, my good bloggy friend, is in the process of relaunching his music blog. Currently, Now This is What I Would Call Music is going through a revamp, and he needs your help – check out his latest post here.

To celebrate, Steve is hosting a blog party next Saturday, but with a slight twist. For those of you who have never particiapted in a blog party before, here are the rules:

1. Choose your favourite post from your own blog. The subject of the post can be anything you like – blogging, food, parenting, life, travel, thoughts, photography… Note: This should be only one post at a time or it will get sent straight to the ‘spam’ folder but please don’t share…

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Foodstamps, Medicaid and Welfare

I see a lot of posts from people saying “Get a Job”, “The Government isn’t your Baby Daddy”, etc. when it comes to people receiving government assistance.  Every time I see these posts it makes me filled with rage and the ignorance of some of the human race.

I have been gainfully employed and paying taxes since I was 15 years old.  I was 24 years old and single when I became pregnant.  Yes, this was my choice and I don’t regret a single second of it.  I was also employed full-time in a fairly decent paying job with full health benefits.  I gave birth to beautiful boy/girl twins in December of 1998.

At that time I learned that placing my children in daycare so I could continue working my full-time job would cost approximately $375 per week, which comes to $19.500 per year (only a few thousand less than what I was earning, and more than what my take home pay was).  I tried to apply for subsidy, but was denied because I was earning too much money to qualify.  I then went to DCFS and applied for assistance just for the daycare so I could continue to work.  Again, I was denied because I earned too much income.  When I spoke with a social worker, I was told that I would have to quit my job in order to qualify.

Seriously?  I was told to quit a decent paying job that gave me full medical benefits, 401K, disability insurance, dental insurance, paid time off, etc. just so I could receive daycare assistance.  In turn, this would also force me onto Foodstamps, Medicaid and Welfare.  How does this system even remotely make sense?  It’s kind of like Medicaid refusing to pay for birth control pills, but having no problem paying for the birth of a child and the medical expenses of said child up until the age of 18 and beyond.  Makes no financial sense in my opinion.  Rather than offer some sort of subsidized assistance for daycare so that I may stay off of Foodstamps, Medicaid and Welfare, they would rather pay for it all.

I managed to work through it by having my mother watch the children for me and then finally putting them into private daycare until they turned old enough to enter public school.  I did end up losing the well-paying job and having to take work that made me earn much less and lose my medical insurance, so I ended up on Foodstamps and Medicaid at various parts of my life.

To those who think they know everything, please stay out of other people’s business.  Until you walk a thousand miles in another person’s shoes, you have absolutely no idea what you are even talking about, so just stay quiet.  If you want to know more, ask someone.  But never assume you know anything about that person’s life.

I work and pay into the system that affords me the RIGHT to use the benefits that are offered to me when they are needed.

I’m not saying that there aren’t people who abuse the system.  I’m only saying that you have no idea who those people are.

Birchbox – May 2015 Review

These are all the wonderful goodies received in my May 2015 Birchbox.

CoTZ® Flawless Complexion SPF 50

CoTZ® Flawless Complexion SPF 50

1.  CoTZ Flawless Complexion SPF 50 – Full-Size version costs $20.  This item is fairly nice and seems to match my complexion very well.  I have only swatched this item at this point, but I like it.

JUARA Candlenut Body Creme

JUARA Candlenut Body Creme

2.  JUARA Candlenut Body Creme – Full-Size version costs $35.  This is actually my favorite item in the box this month.  I absolutely love the scent and it makes my skin feel very soft.

Marcelle Hydra-C 24H Energizing Hydrating Gel

Marcelle Hydra-C 24H Energizing Hydrating Gel

3.  Marcelle Hydra-C 24H Energizing Hydrating Gel – Full-Size version costs $24.  I’m not really loving this item.  I’ve applied it to my face as directed, but it makes it feel sticky and unclean.  Kind of beats the purpose of putting it on after you have washed your face.

Number 4™ Blow Dry Lotion

Number 4™ Blow Dry Lotion

4.  Number 4 Blow Dry Lotion – Full-Size version costs $32.  I don’t blow dry my hair at all, so this product was really pointless for me to get.  However, my daughter occasionally blow dries her hair, so I gave it to her to use.

W3LL PEOPLE The Expressionist Mascara

W3LL PEOPLE The Expressionist Mascara

5.  W3LL PEOPLE The Expressionist Mascara in Black – Full-Size Version costs $23.50.  I tried this product and I have to say that you can’t even tell that I put mascara on at all.  I do like the fact that it is an all-natural formula, but I’m not going to pay that kind of money for a mascara that doesn’t do anything at all.

All this being said, I think I’m just going to cancel my Birchbox subscription.  I’ve only really liked two of their products and it’s not worth it to keep spending the $10 per month for it.

24 Questions Tag: Facts About Me!

I first posted this on October 10, 2013, but decided that enough of the answers have changed that I decided to redo my answers.  I hope you don’t mind.

Here I am in 2015!

Here I am in 2015!

1. What is your middle name?: Leah
2. What is your favorite drink?: Dr. Pepper or Merlot
3. What is your favorite song at the moment?:
4. What is your favorite food?: Bacon Wrapped Jalepenos (Yummy!)Bacon Wrapped Jalapenos
5. What is the last thing you bought?: AVON Products
6. Favorite book of all time?: Mercedes Lackey’s Last Herald Mage Series
7. Favorite Color?: Black
8. Do you have any pets?: I have a cat named Dusty and a dog named Tobi
9. Favorite Perfume?: Flor AlegriaFlor Alegria
10. Favorite Holiday?: Halloween
11. Are you married?: I’m destined to walk the Earth alone until the final days
12. Have you ever been out of the country, if so how many times?: Once to drive through Canada
13. Do you speak any other language?: I speak Sarcasm fluently
14. How many siblings do you have?: I have one brother
15. What is your favorite store?: Besides AVON, it would have to be Bealls
16. Favorite restaurant?: I just found a new one called Frankie’s in Mexia, Texas
17. When was the last time you cried?: Last night
18. Favorite Blog?: Not to slight any of the amazing blogs that I currently follow, but my favorite blog would have to be Mama Kat’s
19. Favorite Movie?: Remember Me
20. Favorite TV show?: Doctor Who
21. PC or Mac?: I own both, but I prefer the Mac
22. What phone do you have?: iPhone 4S
23. How tall are you?: 5’4” last I checked, but I think I might be shrinking, because my kids keep getting bigger and bigger…
24. Can you cook?: Yes, but the question is “Do I cook?”