NYC New York Color Smooch Proof 16HR Lip Stain

NYC New York Color Smooch Proof 16HR Lip Stain


Despite the 16 hour claim, and despite the fact that this is a “stain,” it does not last for more than several hours. Three to four at the most, and that’s with no eating!
Rest assure, This is true for any lip product.
Stains adhere color to the top layer of the skin on your lips. But because your skin naturally sloughs off its top layers over time, that color will gradually disappears. However, you can definitely extend the life of this product by applying chap-stick or a clear gloss over it.

I use to only wear lipsticks, but they have such a heavy wax in the them and stain coffee cups something awful. I was always hearing people say..”OH, that coffee cup must be Michelle’s!” *grin*

I think these lip stains are a pretty new thing…I never recalled them a few years back. These come in ten different shades, but the Rock Out Ruby is my favorite.




It is a blue-based red, which is very hard to find. Ladies always complain that they do not look good with red lipstick. Mainly because they are pink based and just look too clown-like, and brite. If this is you..Then you will like this blue-based color. Despite the name having Ruby in it. It is the perfect shade of sheer red. Perfect for this time of year.



This one retails for $4 at CVS. Half the cost of Revlons, Once Bitten, brand. Which I also love. But only have one. I had a $8 coupon for CVS this past month, so picked up two of these NYC ones. Free is always a good thing. :o)

These look like a magic marker, with a felt tip point, as shown above. As with a magic marker, you need to make sure to keep the cap on tight, otherwise they will probably dry out.
 You also need to keep in mind, that you have about 30 seconds to apply. It dries VERY fast, and if you take your time, you will have streaks.
I start off by using it as a lip pencil, then fill in the middle. It dries fast with a matte finish. Very subtle, and natural looking. It does not come off on your coffee or tea cup. Nor your water bottle.

I recently had a friend tell me about Cover Girls lip stain, but will wait for another CVS coupon.


Queen Helene Oatmeal 'n Honey Scrub REVIEW


Queen Helene Oatmeal ‘n Honey Scrub




I have tried three of the QUEEN Helene facial scrubs, but this is  my favorite.


The first few ingredients are: water,walnut shell powder, and oatmeal.


Unfortunately, it does contain parabens. But we do the best that we can…
Unlike their Apricot Scrub, that has a much  harsher exfoiliation, The walnut shell powder is a lot more finer, and will not rip your delicate skin.



Combined with the oatmeal, it draws out impurities and unclogs your pores…Which I am finding.. as I age, my pores are a lot more noticeable on my face.Ugh!


The aging facial skin. :o(


It actually bothers me more, then weight gain. *sigh*
I had the most perfect skin when I was a teenager.
My friends all had terrible acne, and use to get mad at me, because my skin was always so clear.


I had great clear skin right up until my 30th birthday. Then BANG! I don’t know what happened, but it was like puberty just started.


I have two teens, and while my oldest has been broken out for the past few years..Her sister has flawless skin. She is obviously taking after me, and prances around the house without so much as a blemish.


I keep gently reminding her how her face is going to look fifteen years from now… I tell her to ENJOY it now! It will not last! *mean mom, I know!*

Getting back to this facial scrub…
I like the idea that they put  honey in it… Which is said to replenish lost moisture, due to the cleansing.


The smell is also very pleasant.
Some people think it smells like bread. All I smell is the honey. Which I love.


The back of the tube says to use it a few times a week. But I use it once a day. In the shower. I see immediate results, and my skin feels so soft afterwords. I then immediately follow with my vitamin C-power moisture cream.


For only $4 at Walmart. I would say it is worth it. It comes in a toothpaste-like tube. 



ENVY verses' Jealousy

ENVY verses’ Jealousy
After watching a news program that mentioned the differences between these two words, it led me to have a discussion with my two oldest daughters.

What are the differences?

Jealousy is wishing you had something that someone else has..

It makes you  angry and  you start to wish they did not have what they have. You become bitter, and  jealousy stirs your heart in the wrong way…hoping something bad will happen to the person. That they will somehow lose what they have.

ENVY on the other hand, is feeling like you also would like what someone else has. You wish you both had it. And I’ll admit, I have been guilty of this in the past. I think we all have. At one point or the other. Whether we would admit it, or not.
When I pass a big Victorian house and see a women out watering her beautiful flower bed, I silently think to myself how nice it would be if I too, had that lifestyle. The same goes when I see a lady dressed very nice, and has what I perceive as a perfect figure.

It use to happen a lot more when I was younger. Thankfully, I have grown more content with age. But there is always room for improvement. 🙂

The news said that Face-book, has attributed to making many people jealous of what others have.
Mainly, because so many women post about their lives. Whether it is how great their husbands and children are.. To how fabulous their vacations and trips to the weekly spas are…

I think we can be happy reading these posts by our friends and acquaintances. But I do find it dreadful, if that is all one posts about.. (I have a whole other blog post in the winds regarding that. :o)

And yes, I know what the bible says about Jealousy.  I know it can destroy a person of any age.

Children today seeing all their friends with iPhones and iPads..I get it. It is some thing that even I struggle with. I know people that are on Government assistance, yet their children, and themselves, have all the latest electronics. I see it. My kids see it..And for a brief moment..Envy strikes a cord. I’m not immune to it. None of us are.
We do the best we can with what we have, and hope to set a good example to our children along the way. I think it is important that our children see our strengths, as well as our weaknesses..

This world is crazy…. and not fair all the time. But it is all we have on this side of Heaven…


~Psalm 139~

I have been struggling lately with a lot of things in my life. And Psalms 139 keeps popping up. So I have decided to memorize it this month.

Memorizing scripture use to be a part of my daily worship once upon a time…

I really do not remember why I stopped focusing on one scripture, but I decided to get back to it, and start with this one.

My kids memorize scripture by writing it down, or typing it out so many times…But that has never worked for me. I need to read it. I will read it 5-10x in the morning. Then see what I can recall of it mid-day. And then read it again 5-10x in the evening..

Psalm 139


1O Lord, You have searched me and known me.
You know my sitting down and my rising up;
You understand my thought afar off.
You comprehend my path and my lying down,
And are acquainted with all my ways.
For there is not a word on my tongue,
But behold, O Lord, You know it altogether.
You have hedged me behind and before,
And laid Your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
It is high, I cannot attain it.

Where can I go from Your Spirit?
Or where can I flee from Your presence?
If I ascend into heaven, You are there;
If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there.
If I take the wings of the morning,
And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
10 Even there Your hand shall lead me,
And Your right hand shall hold me.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness shall fall on me,”
Even the night shall be light about me;
12 Indeed, the darkness shall not hide from You,
But the night shines as the day;
The darkness and the light are both alike to You.

13 For You formed my inward parts;
You covered me in my mother’s womb.
14 I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Marvelous are Your works,
And that my soul knows very well.
15 My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.
And in Your book they all were written,
The days fashioned for me,
When as yet there were none of them.

17 How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God!
How great is the sum of them!
18 If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand;
When I awake, I am still with You.

19 Oh, that You would slay the wicked, O God!
Depart from me, therefore, you bloodthirsty men.
20 For they speak against You wickedly;
Your enemies take Your name in vain.
21 Do I not hate them, O Lord, who hate You?
And do I not loathe those who rise up against You?
22 I hate them with perfect hatred;
I count them my enemies.

23 Search me, O God, and know my heart;
Try me, and know my anxieties;
24 And see if there is any wicked way in me,
And lead me in the way everlasting.