Miracle Worker: Ginger Root

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I have a confession: I am wholly, totally, and completely addicted to Ginger Root. I use it in and for just about everything these days. I take a straight Ginger Shot (juiced Ginger Root) almost nightly, sprinkle a bit in soups and over salads, and add a shot of it to juice blends to give it a little kick.

I started taking ginger regularly for immunity-boosting … but quickly became fond of the taste and sweat-inducing burn it provides. One of my dearest friends got me into it, while teaching me how to juice fruits and veggies. I quickly developed a taste for it.

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What I love about it is how FAST it works. One of my family members had strep throat… which immediately sent the rest of us into a panic. Within 24 hours of contact with him, i got that distinct ache and ‘tickle’ in my throat … you know the one that tells you something is about to infect your body in the worst possible way. I immediately made a ginger shot (and hit it with a shot of cayenne), and took it before I went to bed. The next day, the tickle was gone, and I never got sick.

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I discovered Ginger Powder (specifically, Wakaya Organic Ginger Powder) while poking around Space NK. It has the same properties (and is a bit ‘damp’ to the touch… like it’s just been pressed and is not completely dry), and is a lot more convenient to use. I use this to sprinkle in teas or soups… or take alone (washed down with water) for a daily immunity boost.

I also use it in skin care (I’ve blended it to make a fantastic ginger fragrance, and added it to shower gels, lotions, balms and body scrubs), and find that it leaves my skin tight and tingly… and smelling sweet and a little spicy. I love it.

I now swear by Ginger Root. I’ve not found any adverse side effects (unless you count a boosted metabolism as an adverse side effect) with my body, and I feel like I’m operating a peak capacity. Ginger Root works for me. I don’t know that it’ll work for everyone, but my personal experience has been extremely positive.

You can find out more about the benefits of Ginger Root HERE.

Flawless Finish: T. LeClerc Pressed Powder (Banana Doree)

Talk about a throwback! I came across this little gem tucked in the forgotten archives of my local Beauty Supply store… and thought that it absolutely must go home with me. This was the last one, and it was looking pretty rough around the edges, so the SA was lovely enough to give me a significant discount on it… which made my purchase that much sweeter.

The finish on this powder is amazing. In addition to softening the overall effect of the skin, I detected the smallest amount of shimmer. The distinct yellow color is amazing on my warm toned skin, and the subtle gold hue makes it even better.

This is a pretty heavy swatch. Diffused properly… it just leaves an airbrushed look to the skin. It makes me smile to use the word ‘airbrushed’ to describe the performance of such an ancient brand. I think that’s a true testament to the quality of this product. No special ‘pigments’ or light diffusers that were discovered by the light of the Harvest Moon at midnight on some obscure island… just good old fashioned quality.

T. LeClerc has been around since … well … EVER. My grandmother used to use it… I remember smelling her powders and potions on in her powder room when I was a little girl. I bought this powder because it made me feel… whimsical. And, in many respects, makeup is very much about how we ‘feel’ at any given time. This makes me feel… pretty… in a fairy princess kind of way. LOL

T. LeClerc is on the pricey side. This little gem retails for $49. You can find out more about T. LeClerc HERE

FOTD: Purple’d Pink

Back to the Armani Eyes To Kill Silk Eyeshadows. This time I used Rose Popilla.

FACE

Marc Jacobs Genius Gel Supercharged Foundation (Cocoa Light)

By Terry Touche Veloutee in Cream

Chantecaille Loose Powder (Shadow)

Dior Blush in Pink Flush

EYES

Armani Eyes To Kill Silk Eyeshadow in Rose Popilla (lids)

MAC Eyeshadow in Soba (crease)

MAC Eye Pencil in Designer Purple (lashline / waterline)

Chantecaille Mascara

LIPS

Le Metier de Beaute Lipstick in Uma Paro

Score! All Saints Masson Blazer

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There’s nothing like a good score! I’m ever on the hunt for the best … stuff, for the least amount of money. One of my favorite places to browse is a thrift/consignment shop called Wasteland. Amid the piles and piles and PILES of stuff that – at first glance – appears to be another one’s trash… there are genuine treasures to be had.

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My latest trip to Wasteland nearly seemed like a total waste of time, until about five minutes before I was leaving. It’s hot as Hades right now, but I’m ever looking ahead to the next season. I wanted a  classic blazer/jacket that I could do more than a few things with (like toss over dresses, or slacks, or skirts… or whatever).

I was nearly ready to give up… and then I found this smashed between two nondescript sweaters:

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UK8 (US 2)…  perfect condition… $50! I tried it on (All Saints can be a bit narrow in the shoulders for me) to be sure it fit… then I took it right up to the cashier.

I love a good fashion find at a great price! The good news is, Wasteland isn’t just scattered about cities in Southern California. They’re also online!

You can check them out at http://www.shopwasteland.com

FOTD: Blue Beetle

Wow, is all I can say. Once again, Armani performs above and beyond expectations…

FACE

MAC Face & Body (C6)

Bobbi Brown Pressed Powder (Golden Orange)

MAC Blush in Stylish Me

EYES

Armani Eyes To Kill Silk Eyeshadow in Blue Beetle (lids)

Louise Young Eyeshadow in Pom Pom (outer crease)

Louise Young Eyeshadow in Ting (browbone)

Chanel Eye Pencil in Taupe (waterline)

Volume de Chanel Mascara

LIPS

Kate Spade Supercalifragilipstick in Bashful Blush

Autumn 2013: Armani Eyes To Kill Silk Eyeshadows

The final two Eyes to Kill Silk Eyeshadows (Autumn 2013) finally made their way to me (Thank you Emma!), from Las Vegas. We didn’t have them locally, so I had to hunt them down out of state.

Autumn 2013: Armani Eyes To Kill Silk Eyeshadows

Gold Hercule (32) and Blue Beetle (34)

Gold Hercule is a greenish gold shimmer, and Blue Beetle is a much more ‘blue’ and pigmented version of June Beetle (which leans a bit teal)

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Like all Eyes To Kill formulas… these have absolutely amazing staying power. I also noticed that the formula seemed ‘upgraded’ a bit. Previously, it was pretty challenging to pick this color up out of the pot with a brush, but I’ve found that it’s no longer a problem. You can pick up the color and blend it beautifully as you would any powder eyeshadow. That’s impressive.

Armani continues to blow the competition away with this formula. It is simply unmatched in terms of ease of use, layering, and staying powder.

FOTD: Wearable Indulgence

I used the two golden hues from my MAC Indulge haul: Gilt Gourmet (fluidline) and Three Ring Yellow (eyeshadow).

FACE
Marc Jacobs Genius Gel Foundation (Cocoa Light)
Bobbi Brown Pressed Powder (Golden Orange)
Guerlain Terracotta Bronzer (03)
MAC Blush in Stylish Me
EYES
MAC Fludline in Gilt Gourmet (inner lids)
MAC Eyeshadow in Three Ring Yellow (entire lid)
Elizabeth Arden Smoky Eye Pencil in Noir (lashline & waterline)
Volume de Chanel Mascara
LIPS
Chanel Lip Pencil in Nude
Shiseido Lip Lacquer in GD 817