Lit from Within: May 2016

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Going For The Gold #iBeautyLabs

Press Sample.  All opinions are my own.
Hello, Fireflies!

Ready for another mask review?  I knew you were! Get ready to get golden with the iBeauty Gold Collagen mask!

Monday, May 30, 2016


Press Sample.  All opinions are my own.
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Glycolic Acid.  Facial Peel.  If you're not familiar with these skincare terms, you may be thinking it's time to run away before you end up looking like a comic book character with acid burns and their face melting off.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Purple and Gold Swirls

Hello, Fireflies!

As of right now, I don't know if the AIS group is going to continue with the Sunday Challenges, and if so, what they're going to look like going forward.  In the meantime, I'm still stamping, and I'll keep trying to post my latest attempts here on Sundays.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Leafy T-shirt

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I didn't get all four of the challenge posts done this month.  Bad blogger.  And, today's nailart is one I really liked a lot, but I don't know what I was thinking when I tried documenting it.  No polish names, no stamping plate name...  just some pretty pictures for you to enjoy!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

I Mus-stash it You A Question #StashIt

Press Sample.  All opinions are my own.
Hello, Fireflies!

I've been traveling lately.  Usually, when I travel, I like lots of pockets and things for all my toiletries - everything all sorted out into different places.  But this time, I decided to try something different, and I really liked it!

Friday, May 13, 2016

Ageless Eyes #LaDeessaBeauty

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Ageless? Well, that's what this eye serum is called.  The eyes are often the giveaway to our age, with delicate skin around the eye being the first to show crows feet, sagging, bags, and discoloration.  Can Ageless really help me look ageless?

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Cleansing my Face With Ocean Minerals #AzureNaturals

Press Sample.  All opinions are my own.
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When I think about how I used to clean my face with a bar of body soap and not think about it, I cringe a little.  But, I didn't know anything about skin care when I was younger - it just wasn't on my radar, really.  Now, even my cleanser is an important part of my skincare routine.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Floral Nails, Stamped and Framed

Hello, Fireflies!

Remember last week, when I did a square glitter nail look to match a dress?  Today, I have a stamped glitter look I created to match the same dress!

It's hard to tell, but the stamp is supposed to be the outline of roses.

It just looks like a stained-glass window, though, with all that glittery goodness!

I like how the polish abstractly creates flower patterns, like the less defined flowers on the dress.
I used my generic white polish as a base, Deborah Lippmann Cosmic Love glitter, and a black striper to frame the mani.  I don't remember what polish I used to stamp, but most likely Finger Paints Black Expressionism.
Which interpretation do you like better? Stamped over glitter, or square glitter over coral?

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

From The Vault - Blue Smoky Eyes

Ageless Derma and CoverGirl Supersizer mascara are Press Samples.  Everything else was purchased by me.  All opinions are my own.
Hello, Fireflies!

This may be the first time I've done a 'vault' post on some older makeup looks!  Sometimes, I just don't get around to posting them, for whatever reason.  Today, I have two looks that used blues and teals that I wanted to share with you.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Send Those Gray Hairs Away with Gray Away! #GrayAway

Press Sample.  All opinions are my own.
Hello, Fireflies!

There are many things I love about getting older.  Any day on the right side of the dirt is a good day, right?  But my inner child isn't too happy about feeling older in my bones, or looking older in my face.. and hair.  I'm a bit vain about my hair, I admit.  And when these white hairs started coming out, they turned my glorious curls into kinky, course strands that stood up at the crown of my head, like a wizened Alfalfa from The Little Rascals.  (Google it, young'uns!)

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Mother's Day Flowers

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I'm not a mother myself, and this year, my mom is very ill.  I'll be visiting her today.  She is a master at gardening, with a vast knowledge of how to grow almost anything.  She loves flowers and plants, and I remember growing up with huge flower gardens, and the best home-grown tomatoes on the planet.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Water Zoya-Marbles

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Watermarbles are one of the hardest nail art techniques for me.  I really hated the mess and cleanup - even with tape or latex barriers, I was making a mess, and not getting the results I wanted.  Watermarble decals are a game changer for me!

Friday, May 6, 2016

Cleansing Hair and Body with Oils #FBArganShampoo #FBhairmask #FBCoconutScrub

Press Samples. All opinions are my own.
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It's bath time! I'm getting clean and oiled up with First Botany Argan Oil and Coconut oil shampoo, hair mask, and body scrub.  Can oil clean my hair and body as well as it cleans my face?

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Fleek? No! Brows On Point! #BDBrows

Press Samples.  All opinions are my own.
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I'm glad the Instagram Brow trend is finally dying down.  I can appreciate the artistry that goes into a sharp, defined brow, but I could never achieve it, and I prefer a more natural brow look on my own face.  Instagram has made me look at how I treat my own brows, though! I fell in love with Billion Dollar Brows Universal Brow Pencil when I reviewed it earlier this year.  Can their new Micro Brow Pencil, Brows On Point, sway me away?

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Monday, May 2, 2016

So Cheeky!

Hello, Fireflies!

I never used to pay that much attention to blush.  I had naturally rosy cheeks, and because I didn't wear foundation for a long time, I never really felt the need to add more color.  But, age and makeup have leached the color from my cheeks, and lately I can't get enough of the different colors and kinds of things I can put on my chubby cheeks.  Highlighters, blush, bronzers, I want to try them all.  I've got swatches of a few of my most recent acquisitions to share with you today!

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Colorless Stained Glass

Hello, Fireflies!

Today's Stamping Sunday is a stamp that reminds me of stained glass, but over a colorless backdrop.

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