Monday, December 27, 2010

"I don't know how you do it, but you're good" A Physician's Formula Review

"I don't know how you do it, Jenny, but you're good at it". My sister would tell me this a lot in the last few years. What was she referring to? My magical abilities to hide my adult acne & acne scaring.

Yes, here I am at 28, and I am still prone to the occasional acne flare up. When my skin is good, it is very, very good, but when it is bad, it is BEYOND horrid. Of course you can't cover everything when it comes to acne, but I have learned how to perfectly mask acne scars and small break outs with out noticing when I buy the right makeup.

Of course Revlon foundation is my favorite of all time.

I could NEVER find a powder to safe my life when it came to setting my liquid. NEVER. Either it was too pasty, or way too orange. I know, but it's true.

One day I was in CVS 6 years ago and seen a product line called Physician's Formula, I thought, hmm, okay, they've caught my attention with the name, so I read the back and figured, this could be good for my skin. It wasn't department store priced, but it was a little more than the other drug store brands, but I gave it a go and bought it anyway.

RIGHT AWAY, I fell in love. I bought the beige pressed powder, because I didn't want to go too light. It was amazing, there were no blotches, nothing, it was an even and natural looking powder, my skin seriously NEVER a day in my life looked that good.

Other times I would buy the Natural glow powder, which was pale, but I would finish it off with a magic mosaic palette in warm beige which absolutely gave me the perfect light and soft NATURAL tan look with out looking orange at all, it was amazing, a makeup that FOR ONCE NEVER made me orange!

I have since been fiercely brand loyal to Physician's Formula and even love their shimmer strips eye shadows when I want to try a different look from time to time. They are honestly the only make up I can wear that doesn't give me the "Tammy Faye effect". I love Tammy Faye by the way, but you know where I am coming from ;)

Today I was ecstatic to see this arrive in the mail:

Who could of sent me such pretty envelopes?! What was in them?

I hurriedly opened them to find that I was LUCKY enough to try the new product line before it will even hit stores!! OH MY WORLD!!! The day after Christmas and it feels like Christmas all over again ;) These are called Happy Booster Glow & Mood Boosting Blush and Face Powder.

First impression is that I am drawn to the adorable product packaging! Second impression is that I am going to try the lighter palette first. I literally opened it up and tried it out. I noticed right away the light and airy scent of the makeup. I wondered if it was supposed to have this scent, because I sure loved it, I read the paper that came with the makeup and sure enough it has an aroma therapy added to it! AMAZING!!

You all know how some makeups have this funky smell? ugh, does your significant other really want to peck you on the cheek with that funky makeup smell? I hope not, well this is smooch worthy, trust me :) it's not overpowering at all, it has just the right hint of scent.

While I am ogling over the amazing scent, I am pleased with how this actually looks on my face, it has a nice sheer translucent shimmer. BEAUUUUTIFUL!!! I really mean it, BEAUTIFUL! I have bought supposed "sheer shimmering face powders" before only to notice they make my pores pop out like an eye sore. YUCK!! I don't know how Physician's Formula did it, but they did! They managed a product that not only goes on even and evens out your skin tone but NOW also, hides those yucky pores.

I haven't tried out the darker palette yet, but I will in the morning and promise to post a photo to show you just how beautiful this product is and how satisfied I am with it, but first, I wanted to say thank you to Physician's Formula, & Blue Sky Communications for allowing me to try this product before it hit shelves. I LOVE to share product reviews that are review worthy with my friends & readers, and this one was definitely worth blogging about. And if you know me, my dear friends, and readers, you all know I am the first to complain about any and everything I do not like. It's true, I have this built in negative Nancy that likes to complain about products or companies that are foul, so when I rave on about a product, it is because I GENUINELY find no flaw in it and LOVE it. I guess I should also add that anytime I wear Physician's Formula powders of any sort, my face breaks out a lot less if any at all.

So, let's wrap that up into a short version for all of you: EVEN toned skin, HIDES/MINIMIZES unsightly pores, helps conceal acne & the scaring left from old breakouts, and gives you a fresh YOUNG glow all while having an added aroma therapy light and airy scent, rich in omega 3, a known anti depressant that has been linked to the production of Dopamine which promites happiness, feels light on skin, AKA NOT cakey.

Again, Physician's Formula does cost slightly more than other drug store brands, but it's worth every dime to have that even skin tone! I also find, that places like Ulta usually run buy 2 get 1 free deals, as well as local drug stores. Ulta also has a $3.50 off total purchase coupon in every Sunday paper as well which can curb the cost. My gosh this make up never ceases to amaze me! I get excited every time a new line comes out.

I LOVE YOU I LOVE YOU I LOVE YOU, Physician's Formula :) !!! Check out there site while you are added, my user name is girlxmom on the site :)

Sunday, December 19, 2010

..and she's built! (the farmhouse bed that is..)

So, the lovely man of mine assembled the farmhouse bed in our bedroom, we'll have to paint it white tomorrow sometime, but I LOVE!! Now to find bedding to compliment the blue walls..hmmm..wish me luck:) Again, excuse the odd angle of the images - my room is small I need a smaller lense camera to capture it.

I can't wait to paint it:D

I also spray painted these photo frames with krylon's ivory paint, it's comparable to rustoleum's heirloom white and 3 bucks cheaper :)

It only took 7 months..

7 months for what? Oh, to decide on what to do with this farmhouse bed we built.
I couldn't tell you the exact month we started, it was sometime after we got our income tax returns. We used the queen plans from Ana White of knock off wood. We ran into some bumps along the way. The center panels in her build directions were not the right size, and instead of buying all new panels, we just cut a small piece to fit. However, we are still thankful for her plans, because WE LOVE IT, even with it's minor flaw hehe.

So there it sat for months, all built, just not assembled, and we couldn't decide what color to stain/paint it. Eventually we settled on white.

Since we are both busy with kids and never having a break, today we finally decided it would be a good idea to get the ball rolling.

So the drop cloth is down, the bed & it's pieces are up, and we shall paint it shortly. I have to tell ya'll, I realllllly love the natural pine look, but we are going to go for white paint. Wish us luck:) She's def going to be beautiful!!

And don't mind the odd angled shots, my camera lens is huge, and my 65 rancher bedroom is insanely small compared to most new homes, so taking a photo of it is a challenge in and of itself:) More pics when it's all said and done!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Mini Session: Baby M & Baby B: Indoors Portraiture

This week, I was thankful to be able to photograph these two adorable little boys. The Christmas baby with Santa hat is a photo I think ALL babies should have for their first Christmas. I have done it with my own children & think it's cute on any baby!

Monday, December 13, 2010

H Family Photo Shoot: Fayetteville, NC

This weekend I had the honor of photographing two lovely families. The rain held out for my last session of the day and I love how they turned out. Take a peek of the "H" Family :)

same photo as first, just different effect:

Such a beautiful family!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

My Rustic - CHEAP tree // Living room redo

I say cheap tree, in that all the ornaments were really cheap at wally world. You can hate on wally all you want, but I am in love with wally. With out wally, I don't know how we'd afford to put groceries on the table. Chain groceries stores are just too much for us.

Anyway, I went with a bronzey theme to give it that rustic country look. Of course our real tree was 50 bucks, not too bad, each ornment was 2 bucks, except the reindeers that we got about 12 for 2? and the bronze balls were a box for 5.

My favorite are these stars:

The pinecones are too cute and homey feeling for me (ignore my camera blur, I didn't use the flash and have a shakey hand):

It's starting to look more like a drunken Christmas:

I loooove bronze;)

What's better than a coppery bronze? OIL RUBBED BRONZE;)

And then I ran out of ornaments, and decided I was too cheap to do the rest;) and that MiMi & I will just make some more of those snazzy little ginger bread looking ones, that we did last year this week.

You can find out how here.

I also for the first time in 6 years hung something on my sofa wall, and it semi works. For now, anyway.

Disregard my clutter, my son is into everything these days ;)I know what you are thinking about my "yellow walls" I promise they aren't this yellow in person. The color is actually "ripe wheat" and it's by behr at home depot. I painted them in 2005, and I wish I had all the before pictures of the 65 ranch, b/c you'd be shocked. We bought the home from a military family, who really loved camo colors. The baseboards and walls were HUNTER green and beige, it was just a hot mess. But here is some of the before and afters:

Oh, '65 rancher, you've come a long way baby!

Maybe when I am not so lazy I'll share our bathroom reno, it was a HUGE accomplisment;)

Friday, December 10, 2010

Tis the season, to SHARE that family photo in a whole new light! SHUTTERFLY!

Looking for the perfect Christmas Cards? How about Shutterfly!?

As a photographer, who loves the art of beauty caught in time (the photograph), I all too often get asked, “Where should I print these”.

With several online photo printers, and having had tried nearly all at one point or another, I tend to refer my clients to Shutterfly.

Unlike other photo print companies, I find that Shutterfly’s photos always print exactly how they look on my screen. They never over contrast my images, and they always come out sharp, crisp and clear.

Pssst, want to know a secret?! THEY ARE MUCH CHEAPER than a lot of other companies as well.

There is no shoddy quality with the affordable prices at shutterfly, just GREAT images, gifts, and cards you can make RIGHT from your own computer!

As many of you know, Christmas is not far away, and if you’re anything like me, you STILL haven’t sent out cards yet. C’mon we live in a world of procrastination, but I can tell you from experience, Shutterfly’s cards always come out beautiful!

I still have Ethan’s framed birth announcement I did with them two years ago.
(check out the birth announcement designs here:
Shutterfly Birth Announcements, What a way to introduce your bundle of joy! )

Not too long ago you may have read my blog about the Shutterfly photo book I received. I don’t often rave about a company (I tend to complain more than compliment when it comes to businesses) but I was so impressed with the photo book I HAD to share last month. It was by far the best gift I have ever received!

You can learn how to make one yourself here:
Shutterfly Photo Books: The perfect way to display your family photos

But, back to the holidays, have you checked out Shutterfly’s incredible NEW and FRESH designs? AMAZING! If you haven’t let me share with you some of my favorite designs:

I am a sucker for squared crops and this card just screams, “PUT YOUR FAMILY PHOTO ON ME”! It has a cute whimsical feel and it’s simple enough that it won’t clash with anything else in the room. I ADORE IT!

Then there is this one:

Beautiful colors straight from nature, the green and brown look so peaceful, calm and serene! The snowflakes add to the holiday element, and I can envision this looking great with ANYONE’S photo. Can’t you? I bet you’re kids would look lovely on this card! I’d have to say it’s my favorite!

…Right along with this one:

It really is hard to pick just a few, because they are all so unique and eye catching in their own way.

I love photos, I’ve got to tell ya, but even more than I love photos, I love the visual representation that a nice backdrop can provide, and these holiday cards really give any photo that “wow” factor!

Take a peek for yourself at all the designs here:
Holiday Cards from Shutterfly

Try one on for size, and possibly order a few for the family & friends. Photo cards are so much more personal than the boxed cards you pick up at the drugstore, and we all know how family and friends love to see those gorgeous faces!

Shutterfly also makes it easy to narrow down choosing, with options such as number of pictures, format, paper type, card size, color and pricing. Other places can be overwhelming when selecting with no narrowing down options.

Thinking of giving a photo gift? Try the photo books I was telling you about here:
Shutterfly Photo Books
Or check out the other unique gifts you can make with your favorite photo here:
Several Unique Photo Gifts for everyone on your giftlist!
This ornament is my favorite:
Shutterfly pewter-ornament

I can personally tell you from my OWN experience, this company is amazing, and I’m not just saying that, I’ve bragged about their prints countless times on facebook, myspace and even once on this blog. The shipping is always quick and the product is always top quality. You can always find online discount codes and they always have great promotional offers. Just take a look and see for yourself what great gifts you can give today out of your memories caught forever in time, they really are precious, and worth sharing.

Shutterfly, was also extremely generous to us bloggers this year, by offering 50 free photo cards for sharing our experiences with you all. Want to join in? Submit your blog information here:
Holiday Blog Submission

Thanks, Shutterfly, for ANOTHER great deal and Christmas gift! I consider it just one more way to spread the word when we mail them out this year to family and friends, when they ask us, “Hey where’d you get these incredible cards”? And, like usual, we’ll say “Oh,”.

Don’t wait too long; Christmas is just around the corner, lovely readers! And if you do order a card from Shutterfly, be sure to put me on your mailing list, I’d LOVE to see what you've made!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Sibling Photo Session: Fayetteville, NC

I just love being able to take photos of these two, they are so sweet and well behaved :) Sharing a few from last weeks session :)

Schedule your holiday session NOW :)