Feb 18 2018

Let’s Catch Up: My Latest Posts

Happy Sunday (or whatever day it is), everyone! Just wanted to quickly let you guys know that although you may not see posts from me here on Beauty Isles as often, doesn’t mean I’m not around. Having decided to expand the topics I write about to include more lifestyle and family-oriented themes, I’ve decided to feature those articles on my “mom blog”: My Mommy Years.  Didn’t know I had another blog? Well, I do and I’m having loads of fun with it. These are some of my latest posts…

 

My Latest Posts

 

Of course, I’ll still be chatting beauty with you guys here on Beauty Isles. Catch my last skincare haul? There’s more coming. But if you don’t hear from me in a while, know that we can also catch up on my other blog.

Hope you are all having a great day! Hugs and Kisses. xo

 

 

Feb 04 2018

February Skincare Haul: A Bunch of New Stuff

I’m calling this post my February skincare haul, even though I really purchased most of the products I’m about to feature in January. For the past several months, my skincare routine has been somewhat erratic. While there are several items that were staples (like the Caudalie Vine[Activ] Overnight Detox Night Oil) I found myself using lots of deluxe-sized or travel-sized products in an attempt to clear out my stash. This is definitely a good thing as I made some great discoveries, experienced epic fails and was rewarded with the satisfaction of “finishing stuff up”.

Despite trying so much new skincare, however, I found myself desperate for some skincare inspiration. That’s how this February skincare haul came about. I’ve spent the past month carefully curating a selection of skincare products that I’ve had my eye on for months (years) and now I’m gonna try them all. Maybe not the best move as you’re suppose to “gently” introduce products into your line-up. But, hey, I feel like being a rebel!

 

February Skincare Haul

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Jan 16 2018

I’ve Joined Weight Watchers: My Thoughts So Far

Today I want to talk about Weight Watchers. Before we begin, though, let’s address the obvious. At the beginning of each year people are all about their New Years Resolutions – and this year I’m no exception. Yeah sure, it’s easy to dismiss the whole notion of resolutions as a frivolous often fruitless pursuit. Not so long ago, I was a non-believer – rolling my eyes (on the inside) when I heard people talking about their resolutions. Thought I was too cool for that stuff (insert sarcastic tone). But I was a twat. Truth is, resolutions are no different than having goals in life – and I don’t think anyone would say that having goals is a bad thing.

One of my “goals” in the new year is to drop a few many extra pounds I’ve been carrying around. I’m not going to go into the history of my journey to a healthier self in this post but maybe one day I’ll tell you all that story. Suffice to say, I’m no stranger to “diets”.  At this point in my life, however, it’s about living the best life I can live and not what size jeans I wear. Quite frankly, aesthetics are an after thought. I could care less about fitting into some external, contrived notion of how I should look. I want to be fit for my daughter, future children and family. Another concept I’ve rolled my eyes at in the past is Weight Watchers. I had the air of superiority when it came to “dieting”. Oh, I didn’t need anyone to tell me about nutrition. I knew how calories work…what’s healthy and what’s not. I knew about exercise. Oh yea, I knew alright…I guess that’s why I was the picture of perfect health, right? Not. (Does that expression show my age?)

This brings me to the subject of this post. I needed something to make my fitness journey easier – tracking calories is just too time consuming. A few of my friends had recently joined the Weight Watchers program and they suggested I give it a try. So I’ve swallowed my pride, pushed my ego aside and decided to give it a go.

 
Weight Watchers and Eating Healthfully
 

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Jan 10 2018

Confessions of A Confused Blogger

It’s been nearly a year since my last post. I’m not sure exactly how to start blogging again other than to just do it. Truth is, although I desperately missed (aspects of) my blogging hobby, turns out I was a very confused blogger. Blogger. I started to hate strongly dislike that word. I mean what is a blogger, really? Dictionary.com claims a blogger is “a person who regularly writes material for a blog”. Sounds pretty simple, doesn’t it?

As I approached my third year of doing just that, however, I realized that I actually wasn’t really sure what blogging was anymore. I have a website and I write about “whatever” to people who may be slightly interested (or at least temporarily curious) about what I have to say about a given subject. Does that make me a blogger? If I write crap that no one ever reads, am I still a blogger? Or, with one born every minute these days, do I have to be deemed moderately successful, making this a career (i.e. making money) in order to call myself a real blogger?

 

Confused Blogger

 

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Feb 01 2017

YSL The Street and I Collection Review & Swatches (Keep an Eye on Me Palette)

 

The Yves Saint Laurent limited edition “The Street and I” Spring 2017 Collection is meant to be inspired by the graffiti art that colors the cities of the world. Though both rooted in artistry, at first glance, the thought of a luxury makeup brand embracing graffiti as a theme seemed somewhat ironic to me. But the more I thought about it (the history of graffiti and the history of Yves Saint Laurent), the more I acclimatized to the idea. And it is just makeup, after all (wink). So, with that in mind, let’s talk about my pick from the YSL The Street and I Collection…the “Keep an Eye on Me” Couture Collector Eyeshadow Palette.

 

 
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