Partying, Twitter style

Why would you party on Twitter?  Because you can win stuff. It’s obviously BYOB since you are going to be sitting in your home/office/or wherever you log on to the internet. It usually only lasts an hour. It usually is sponsored by a brand and centered on various topics like beauty, travel, wine…right up my alley.

Anyway, last month I participated in one of these parties put on by  It was all about hair care and sponsored by L’Oreal. Amazingly, I won one of the beauty baskets. You can see the photo below. It was chock full of stuff.  I tried the lip gloss.  It was a color I usually wouldn’t buy, but looked decent on me.

beauty, twitter, prizes, winning

I also tried the shampoo and conditioner. It’s part of the Advanced Haircare Color Vibrancy line from L’Oreal.  Basically, it is formulated for hair that has been color treated. I really liked it and will definitely be putting it into my shampoo/conditioner rotation.  The conditioner really made my hair feel silky.

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Beauty Product Storage: How do you organize it?

Since I’mbeauty products, storage, organization still settling into my new place, one of the challenges I face has to do with my beauty products.  About a year and a half ago, I bought this organizer at Target.  It was great for splitting up my numerous products. Plus it was easy to carry from one room to another since I wasn’t living in my own place.  I had to figure out a way to consolidate and still have access to the stuff that made me pretty…or at least feel pretty.

foundation, eye serum, sunblock

The first layer is moisturizer and foundation. Yes, I love Olay products.  My mom uses them, which is why I tried them.  They always smelled so good.  Now, I use them because they work and don’t irritate my skin.  I’ve tried other products, but always end up going back to Olay.

The 2nd layer is supposed to be my everyday makeup, but as you can probably see (or not) a few fun/night on the town type make up items have made their way up a layer.

fun makeup

The 3rd layer is supposed to be the glittery, glam makeup that I only wear on special occasions or because it’s Friday night. Sephora and NARS are my favorite brands.  NARS because the color in the container is true to what ends up on my face and Sephora for the same reasons, but mostly because it’s significantly cheaper than NARS.

As I was taking these pictures, I realize that I need to purge this stuff…as well as just generally clean the silly thing.  While I do like this method of organization, the snaps on this plastic tackle box are starting to wear, so I’m going to have to start looking for an alternative soon.

Springtime in the Midwest

Minnesota, St Paul, MinneapolisApparently, Mother Nature isn’t just crazy in California.  She’s also nutty here.  Someone forgot to tell her that it’s late April and time for warmer weather.  So, now it’s snowing.  I know that I’ve seen people lamenting the fact that there have been blizzards blowing through the Midwest for the past few months seemingly non-stop. It’s all over the Twitter and the Facebook.

Let me tell you something, California gets spring for a week.  If they are lucky.  It jumps from rain (also known as winter) pretty much right into heat (also known as summer).  There are very small transitions in the seasons.

Also, I hate the heat.  I escaped its clutches in my early 20s when I moved to San Francisco.  The lovely fog and/or marine layer give the City by the Bay some of the lowest daily, mean temperatures for a major city in the U.S. for June, July and August. I didn’t even have an air conditioner when I lived in that area.  I didn’t need it.  It got into the 90s for MAYBE 3 days each year.  Since those days were usually during the week, I spent the hottest hours at work where they had air conditioning.

But, here in Minnesota, it’s snowing.  Right now, that is still novel to me.  I love the fact that I can sit cozily on my couch and watch giant flakes drift by the big picture window.  It reminds me of being a kid when I lived on the East Coast for a short while.  I loved the snow then too.  Making snow angels, sledding, snowball fights…OK, I didn’t like snowball fights, but I did like building snowmen and snow forts.

It’s not like I had to drive in it or anything.  Plus, I doubt the roads will be shut down for three to four days…I’m looking at you Wyoming!

So, this afternoon, I watched the pouring rain magically become fluffy white flakes.  I wish I would have made some hot cinnamon flavored tea.  That would have been perfect, but instead, I just stared at the show Mother Nature was putting on for everyone.  Reminding them that she is in control and not us puny humans.

Supposedly, the weather will change again this weekend and spring will finally arrive.  It’s supposed to be near 70!  A heatwave!

Nail polish: We have a problem.

Russian Navy, Lourve Me or Leave Me, The Spy Who Loved Me, and Pink Friday

Russian Navy, Louvre Me or Leave Me (purple), The Spy Who Loved Me (red), and Pink Friday

Twenty-seven…that’s how many different colors of nail polish I have.  That doesn’t include the base and top coats…

The dumb thing is that I don’t wear nail polish all the time.  I will go weeks or months with bare nails.  The pretty colors draw me in and the funny names that OPI creates are a definite selling point:  Kiss Me on my Tulips, Princesses Rule!, and Got a Date to Knight.

As much as I love polish, I am not a fan of the mani/pedi.  Call me a control freak, but I’d rather do my nails myself.

And fake nails? No thanks.  Mine grow fast enough that they stay pretty long.  Plus, fake nails will ruin your real ones.

Nail Polish Decals

I did try those Sally Hansen nail wrap things…NOT EASY.  You would think it just quickly applies to your nail like a sticker.  Nope. You have to stretch, buff,  and press the things into shape. Then stretch, buff and press them again!  It took longer to apply those things than it does to put three coats of polish on both hands.

Nail decals on hand

They do come in fun designs, but the effort needed to put them on my nails negated the frivolity.