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Author: midlifebeauty

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Beauty Products & Reviews

Best drug store makeup products: Jordana Cosmetics

I love high-end cosmetics.  Brands like Benefit, Too Faced, and Urban Decay make me swoon! But, there are some smokin' deals to be had at the drug store, and today I wanted to shine a light on one brand in particular: Jordana. Never heard of Jordana? I'm not surprised.  I hadn't either, until a YouTube beauty blogger mentioned it in one of her videos and I went racing over to Walgreen's to see what the fuss was…
Life After Divorce

In your conversations with God, who’s doing all the talking?

A few years ago, I went through a bit of a spiritual growth spurt.  It led to some new thinking about how I see myself, my relationships - even God.  Especially God.  The growth spurt came at a time in my life where I was hemmed in and unhappy in my marriage, and ultimately it led to my divorce and a different level of happiness and independence.   During this period, I started meditating.  If…
Positive Living

Beginning again… and again

Meditation can be frustrating for newbies.  Often that frustration stems from expecting to quietly and peacefully meditate for an hour at one’s first sitting - it’s an unrealistic expectation.  When we teach others a new skill, we offer compassion and patience.  We encourage the idea that it takes time to master a new skill, and that with practice that new skill will grow and develop.  Why is it we can offer that compassion and patience…
Beauty Products & Reviews

Beauty review: primer products – eyes, lips, face, and Ultimate Ozone

I love makeup - so why am I nonplussed by the entire “primers” category? Is it just me, or is the word “primer” a bit off-putting when it comes to cosmetics?  The concept is clear - just like with wall paint, makeup primers prepare the surface and make stuff stick.  With walls, I love that concept, but for makeup, it somehow doesn’t connect with me. I’m a believer in eyeshadow primer, for sure.  It’s quick…
Cooking

Gonna eat that: homemade chicken marsala

  Just a quick note to say DAMN, that was a good dinner last night! This recipe earned a spot of honor in the blue binder where I keep only tried-and-true favorites. (Note to self: I should tell you about that binder sometime.) This one is quick, delicious, and has just a few ingredients. I will make this again as a weeknight dinner for sure, but you could totally serve it to company as well.…
Life After Divorce

A vacation by myself (and to myself)

The commitment I make to my hobbies and interests is pretty lackadaisical, and I like it that way. To me, hobbies and interests shouldn’t involve commitment, goals, or any aspiration of achievement. I read a great piece recently by author Elizabeth Gilbert on the difference between a career, a job, a hobby, and a vocation. (Interestingly, what led me to read it was that I thought it said “vacation,” and was going to be about…
Cooking

First Christmas in my new home

My new home is decorated for Christmas, and I wanted to share a few photos with you.  The living room mantle is my favorite spot because it includes two of my best snowmen including one (on the left) which was made by my Aunt Connie.   The living room: It was fun to decorate this year since it meant figuring out where everything fits in the new place. (I've always wanted a tree in the…
Beauty Products & Reviews

Beauty Review: Wet N Wild Lipsticks

I'm going to keep this short and sweet: if you like having an outrageous choice of lipsticks in your collection, get to know Wet N Wild.  I got turned on to Wet N Wild lipsticks about a year ago by a YouTuber named Angie - her channel is called Hot & Flashy.  Angie does really thorough product tests and gives good recommendations, and last year she test drove a variety of high- and low-end lipsticks…
Cooking

Product Review: Kitzini sheets (like Silpat, but cheaper)

I'm back in the habit of cooking at home again!  It's good news for my budget, and also for my health. Perhaps not so good for my health is that lately I'm interested in baking again as well. A close friend of mine is an excellent baker, and her specialty is cookies. Several years ago after telling her what a miserable mess I make of baked goods, she gave me a step-by-step refresher on making…