Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Winter Sephora Haul

I recently purchased some cosmetic sets from Sephora.  The first set I purchased was from one of my favorite cosmetic brands, Too Faced!  I really wanted to try Too Faced's Beauty Editor Darlings since I had not had a chance to try the mascara or the pore less primer.

This set includes all the popular, best selling items such as:  shadow insurance eye shadow primer, primed and pore less primer, lip insurance lip primer, lashgasm mascara, glamor gloss lip gloss in Sexpot.
I am a huge fan of shadow insurance, so it's nice to get a smaller version of the full size product for travelling.  Did I mention the set was under $20?  It's a great price to try out all of Too Faced's best products.
The Glitz and Glam makeup set caught my eye and I just had to have it.  The set was beautifully packaged in a stylish gold bag which included inside some full size and trial size products.
I am pretty happy that the Glitz and Glam set included full sized products.  The set came with:  bare minerals good fortune eye shadow, laura mercier baked eye color in black karat, stilla kitten duo shimmer powder, nars body glow, sephora by OPI in looks like rain dear nail polish, josie maran gogo mascara, stilla smudge stick in starfish, bare minerals's moxie lip gloss in trail blazer, and lastly lorac's 3D liquid lustre gold
As promised just about every item from this set is extremely shimmery.  If shimmer or glitter is not your thing, stay far, far away!
I attempted to swatch the eye shadows but they are so darn light or too glittery to truly capture.

I have been using black karat, and really enjoy it's versatility.  It appears dark inside the eye shadow pot but it's actually fairly light and great for work or just to hang out. 

I love samples.  This time I got the sephora brand mascara, dolce and gabbana light blue perfume (loving it!), sephora's age defy moisture cream, and lastly ole henriksen's truth creme.

I am loving all my new makeup goodies they add a little shine to this cold weather.

Until next time,

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Rest in peace my sweet kitty

This is an emotional post.

The end of 2012 was long, brutal and just plain exhausting. In November my sweet kitty, Spotty suffered and stroke and was diagnosed with vestibular syndrome.  I awoke that night with Spotty getting sick and after that he seemed different.  He was walking weird.  It was as if he had lost his balance and was straying to one side.  In effort to keep him close, I prepared him a cozy spot in the bathroom.  That morning, he was still walking weird but wanted to be left alone.  I had originally left for work but once I heard my grandmother had passed away that night, I returned home.

I am glad I came back home, because it was around 8:45 that morning that Spotty started yowling and rolling wildly.  His eyes became huge and they moved rapidly back and forth.  It was horrible, horrible, horrible.  I tried my best to comfort my sweet baby but he just kept rolling and yowling loudly.  It was very difficult to keep him still and to one side as he was having a hard time moving one side of his body.  Eventually his rolling slowed down and Jeff, my sister and I transported him to the vet.  It was there that we learned what had occurred.  We were sent back home with not much hope and some antibiotics.  The vet had bluntly told us that if Spotty did not get better within a week, we would need to consider some decisions.

My sweet little cat appeared to be in a trance.  His beautiful golden eyes just kept twitching back and forth the entire time and he was unable to move.  He simply laid on one side in a gaze.  It was a heart breaking sight.  My brave and strong Spotty made a wonderful recovery that week.  He slowly began to eat on his own again, and also starting walking.  It was difficult since he now had a head tilt and had bad balance.  I was so and still am, so proud of his fight to recuperate.  Sadly, within a week of his recovery he started getting sick randomly but then this became a regular thing.  He lost his appetite.  He lost weight.  Too much weight.  We kept taking him back to the vet but nothing was helping.  Not medication, not vaccines, not the endless variations of cat food I bought.  Nothing was helping.  I hand fed him for a week until my lovely baby left this world. 
My sick little boy
I had a bad feeling.  It was right after hand feeding him that I held his little paw and noticed it was cold and a bit off white.  I should have know then....  He seemed so sad those last two days.  I just knew something was off and I was right.  On December 20, 2012 around 11:40 in the morning, Spotty crossed over to the other side.  That entire time, I was speeding home from work to say my final goodbye but I did not make it.  Jeff was home and held him the entire time while I spoke my final sweet words to Spotty.

I know to some of you may think this is so silly, so crazy, so weird to write and even speed home for a cat.  I loved my cat with all my heart.  I had held in the palm of my hand since he was a young kitten and cared for him until he was 14 years old.  Although his body may be at rest, his spirit is with me.  He is guarding me, as he always did.

Spotty, we all miss you very much! 

Your Proud Owner and Human Companion.