:: Product Review ::

:: Okay gals, I promise this is the last post for the day -- I'm off to do some celebrating and run some errands, but I wanted to post this for y'all to see ::

:: The other day I was in our local JYSK {junk you shouldn't keep} and I found this on sale from $14.99 to $9.99 ::

:: I had eyed this up the last time I was browsing through JYSK but I had decided that it wasn't quite worth the $15 price tag ::

:: So when it went on sale I couldn't resist it! It's perfect for quite a few things like, transporting misc. items to friends houses {like dessert, salad etc.}, obviously grabbing a few groceries or produce from the local fruit stand. Plus the extra bonus is you don't have to remember to bring you re-usable shopping bags...you just pop your products back into the basket and go ::

:: My basket has a zip top so that if I don't want a certain someone to get into it I can hide it and it also has a hard bottom so my dessert I took to a friends place last weekend stayed level ::

:: Seriously, this is such a great invention! Just as long as I remember to take it when I go to the store! Ha!!! ::

:: Ps. my basket is black but they also have them in Kelly Green and Navy Blue - I was so tempted to get the Kelly Green, but I decided to stick with the black. Oh and it also folds up flat for storage - seriously, go get one you won't regret it! ::
:: Happy Birthday Grampy - Love, the Boys! ::

{ Ps. look what I can do Grampy...I can put my brother in a headlock, see you taught my Uncle Jordie to do that, and he did that to me one day and rubbed his knuckles across my head and look how quick I learned! Now I do that to my little brother, and my Mama doesn't even mind, she just takes pictures and pretends I'm being nice! }
:: See Exhibit A - Brother doesn't really like it, but Mama is still just taking a picture ::
:: See Exhibit B - If the headlock doesn't work, just like you said Grampy you can just sit on 'em, right Grampy, you said that, didn'tcha?!?! ::

:: Well, even if you didn't Happy Birthday anyway! ::

:: Euro Pro II ::

:: *Edited to Say* ::

:: So last night Paul and I were thumbing through our local fliers looking for deals & coupons {I'm a coupon clipper} ~ and I came across this in our local Canadian Tire flier ::

:: I
squealed when I saw it as just a few days ago I had seen it on a fellow bloggers site "Thrifty Decor Chick" and thought, now that's what I need, just a little machine to fix the busted open pillow, make a few new pillows, stitch a few cute dresses for my nieces, the list could go on ::

:: Now I do have access to my Moms mammoth sewing machine, but it doesn't like me - see I can never feed the thread or figure out how it is supposed to go and I just end up getting mad at it and it takes so
stinkin' long to just do one straight line of stitching! ::

:: I must say the reviews on this little machine are mixed - apparently you either love it, or hate it! But I'm willing to take the chance. So I asked Paul if he would get it for me for Mother's Day - I know it's only $30 {*NOT $30 but $20!!!!*} but I don't expect to purchase $30 items often and since he just purchased these completely
impractical shoes for me {on a whim - for no reason} ::

:: So, hang tight - once Mother's day comes around and I get my new Euro Pro II - I'll be sure to write up an official review of my own! ::


:: Make-up Update ::

:: Okay girls, I know this has been a long time coming, really long, but I wanted to give you an update on what conclusion I came to with regards to mineral foundation and what I found to give me the dewy & fresh complexion, when really I'm feeling FAR from being fresh! ::

:: If you didn't read the last post regarding my questions about mineral foundation and why I was on this "quest" of sorts, you can read about it here ::

:: So I set out to our local Shoppers Drug Mart with a friend - cause I wasn't going to go and look like a complete dumbo when it came to make-up by myself ::

:: I asked about mineral make-up, specifically looking for something that was going to give me that luminous look I was going for ::

:: She pointed me directly to SMASHBOX - And my oh my - they are fabulous products at a a little too fabulous a price {for me at least!} ::

:: I truly loved the SMASHBOX products, but was not prepared to spend $80+ dollars finding my inner luminosity! ::

:: So we spend a good hour trying out all the drug store brands, Covergirl, Revlon, Maxfactor, Loreal etc. we find some great little products in the mineral category, but they continue to just look "cakey" on my face...so we continue talking to a few of their ever-so-helpful Shoppers staff members and I come to this conclusion regarding mineral make-up ::

:: If you have naturally dry skin, mineral make-up {foundation} is not for you - you need to have oily or more oily than dry skin to really get the full benefits of mineral make-up ::

:: See I don't have oily skin, if anything I have dry skin, so this was not an option for me ::

:: After we have successfully tried every sample of mineral make-up in the store, I finally concede to telling the lovely make-up expert what I'm specifically looking for & she suggests that I start of with a primer {what the heck is that!} ::

:: Here is what it is officially {from the Shoppers site} "TOTAL PERFECTION FACE PRIMER Create the perfect canvas for foundation application. This formula fills in fine lines and pores to help skin appear visibly softer with a smooth finish." - so there you go & yes, it does just that! I bought the QUO {Shoppers own brand} for $15.00 and it's worth every penny! I just love it! ::

:: I then decided that I probably do need some sort of foundation to even out my skin tone, so again, I found the QUO products to be exactly what I needed ::

:: Here is the foundation I bought {again for $15.00} and here is the description right from their site "MINERAL SHEER TINTS This ultra light moisturizer is packed with sun protection and just enough color to even skin tone. The light, hydrating formula is ideal for all skin types and comes in natural, easy to blend shades. Application is a cinch, leaving you with a perfect glowing finish every time. With a hint of tint to even out skin tone, sheer moisture to ensure a soft natural glow and non-chemical SPF 20 sun protection to defy the elements." ::

:: Now I'm totally one of those people that loves to buy "no name" aka non-branded products - and to me I would say that QUO is one of those products, however I am SO pleased with their line of products. They definitely keep the line small and specific, which works wonderfully for me! ::

:: Now last but not least I was recommended to get my true luminosity on to use the "shimmer block" by QUO - here's what the site says about it "SHIMMER BLOCK Suitable for all skin types, this universal bronzer blends four skin brightening shades together to achieve the perfect hue."
:: However that was another $15 and when I got home I just couldn't justify it, so I returned it the next day ::

:: Then the other day when I was shopping at Wal-Mart in the USA I found this for all of $3.96 :::: One other little tid-bit of information that you may find relevant is that Revlon "colorstay" products are made by the same manufacturer as MAC and basically the same make-up as MAC ~ Well that would explain why I love my under eye concealer so much, it's amazing! ::
:: So there ya go, thanks for all of your input and suggestions - I really appreciate it and hope that all of this information is helpful to you too & if in doubt head to Shoppers and talk to one of the friendly make-up gals yourself, they are a wealth of information! ::

:: Oh yeah and just so you know; as far as the information that the girl @ Shoppers gave me, is that ALL make-up has minerals in it, just some have a more concentrated amount and thus can be called specifically "mineral" but it's just a fancy-schmancy new way of re-selling products that have already been on the shelf for years! ::


:: Invite for YOU! ::

:: UPDATE - Date Change ::

:: Okay, so we all meet up on this place we call 'Blog-Land' - So I've decided that we should all meet...with a purpose...to enjoy a SPA night! ::

:: If you are a blogger and you want to meet other bloggers who you have yet to meet in the flesh, this is for YOU! ::

:: Blogger Open House ::
:: Where: My Place ::
:: Date: March 23
rd {MONDAY} ::
:: 7:30 pm ::

:: I'm wanting to re-launch my SPA line {BeautiControl} so what better girls to do that with than you?!?! ::

:: I'll have SPA stations for you to try out, prizes to be won and some sweet refreshments ::

:: If you're nervous about coming by yourself, bring a friend...come on, it'll be fun! ::

:: Can't wait to meet y'all in person! ::

{PS. if there isn't a great response - I will re-schedule it; so email me (on my side bar) and let me know if you want to come and if that date doesn't work for you, what date would}

{PPS. if you read my blog but aren't a 'blogger' you're more than welcome to come too, we just might convince you to start blogging!}

XO :: Shawna

:: Update & A Recipe ::

:: I'm in bed today, I had two wisdom teeth pulled yesterday and I'm feeling it today! I slept for 3 hours last night due to the intense pain. I would have rather birthed another child instead of doing this...it sucks! ::

:: Thankfully my parents decided to keep the boys overnight so I can actually get some rest, it's great that they have done that for me but I miss them so much, I even had a good cry over it last night ::

:: Anyways, I made this recipe for Paul the other day and it was so easy that I thought I would pass it on to you! I found this recipe on the web - so don't give me any credit for it! ::

:: Cadbury's Fruit & Nut Fudge ::

1 - 14oz can of sweetened condensed milk
3 cups milk chocolate chips (since the Fruit & Nut bar is a very milky chocolate)
1.5 tsp vanilla
Dash salt
1/2 c almonds, chopped in half
1/2 c raisins

Foiled line an 8×8 pan, and spray lightly with cooking spray.

Melt your milk, your chips and vanilla in a pot on stove top. Remove from heat, stir in nuts and raisins, then pour into foil-lined pan.

Chill 2 to 3 hours. Put your longest non-serrated cutting knife in a glass of warm water, wipe dry, then slice. Re-heat your knife via the water whenever the going gets less smooth.

:: Hope y'all enjoy the recipe and if you haven't already replied to my SPA Blogger Get-together, please let me know if you'll be able to come, as of right now I have 1 person maybe attending! Seriously people, I have aprox 160 hits a day on my blog - Come out and have some fun with me! ::

xo :: *Shawna

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