Okay so it's been a while since i have last posted. However i think this is worth the wait. I have forgotten to list my love of shoes in my about me stuff, however that will be mended.
Here are some cute shoes i have purchased recently. They are to celebrate weight loss and just take up beautiful space in my closet.
let's start with a basic: Mary Janes. The picture below is the J Crew version of my heeled MJs. They are high and shiny and wonderful. Mine are by Delicious and they are called Shiny. I got them for about $20 with shipping on ebay. Yes that's right - a total of $20.
The object with the shoes that i am showing is to just lengthen my legs and celebrate me getting back to my shape. The shoes are fun and sassy. Uber high and almost put me at eye level with my hubby, which is neat.
This is by Paprika (An inexpensive brand, but they come out with cool stuff all the time). I paid with shipping a total of $23 for these on ..yes again Ebay. They are called Saco and are in gunmetal. I don't think this picture does justice to these elegant and tough looking heels. It makes them look short and stubby, when they are long and slender. They make legs look miles long. Doing heels with studs is a new thing for me, as i love ruffles and buckles or just a pain shoe, however i wanted to try something new and Saco fit the bill perfectly.
Now for my fave of the new additions to my shoe collection: (in transit right now)
This is a double platform pump in satin. Gorgeous red satin. Take a look at that sexy lil ruffle. It is just to die for! I have a Sally Hansen nail polish that is the exact same shade. Now this one was a bit more expensive but i belive so worth it @ $42 including shipping. On ...ta dah Ebay! The heel is an extreme 5" the platform is 2". All i can say is wow and double wow.
So what am I wearing for the holidays? These lovely jewels:
These lovely leather Caparros call Dux are just stunning. At $28 on Ebay a steal (MSRP $75)! They will go perfectly with my purple holiday dress and any other dress i may need to go out dancign and partying. A littl elower with a 4 inch heel but none the less sexy and stylish. On ebay Show Metro was the seller and i love thier bargains! The bling on the toe is just enough but not over the top. Tip: did you know that Capparos is woman owned by a Boricua ( Puerto Rican)? Yes it is! Great US company.
It has been a great time for shoe shopping and I hope you all have found your holiday shoes. I'd love to see them. Merry Christmas!
Posted by Christina Reedy-Guadalupe | Monday, December 7, 2009
Got another Sulfate free shampoo for Dry Hair which is great stuff for those with risos (curls). A little bit goes along way and this hydrates like nothing else because it has olive oil in it and coconut oil ( my faves!) For hair that is when completely wet goes between my shoulder blades, I use about a nickel to just under a quarter size size of product to get all soapy and clean. My hair feels like it is clean and hydrated. Lather is enough for all of you who love bubbles. The smell of geranium, rosewood and peppermint essential oils leaves my hair smelling great. It's not overly flowery or too heavy which is fabulous!
I also got The Classic Soap Sampler. These lovely little gems are delectible.
here is the description from the website:
This sampler stack is a great way to try a few different flavors of Manor Hall natural olive oil soap. All four are tied together, and topped off with a Manor Hall hang tag. Makes a great gift for yourself, and is also an ideal way to introduce someone you know to the wonderful feeling of Manor Hall natural olive oil soap. Flavors vary by availability.
Each bar weighs approximately one ounce. Each stack is weighed before they are sleeved, and together will always total 3.5 to 4 ounces or above.
The flavors i got are:
- Ohh La Lavender & oatmeal
- Almond Sunset
- Spearmint Grapefruit
- Orange Tree Blast
These soaps left my hands feeling soft and clean without the dryness of conventional soaps you pick up at the grocery store. My hands have ascent but not over powering just a light clean scent of whichever soap i used. Lovely. These soap samplers are perfect for gifts and for little hands. My daughter was able to handle it perfectly without dropping it or it slipping out of her hands ( she'll be 3 in Dec). That made the sampler 100% worth it right there.
The Classic Sampler set is $7.35 and wold be a greta stocking stuffer or gift to introduce MHSC to any friend.
I also got the Carrot & Fennel Seed Complexion Bar. This 3.5 ounce bar is a wonderful miracle. leave my face hydrated clean and again..Fabulous! Doesn't dry or leave my skin overly tight. Just the right amount of everything. At $5.85 this is a steal!
As a bonus with my order I got as my Order Box Freebie (they usually have a freebie with any order) A Full size Honey Me Smooth Soap Bar. Again a full size is 3.5 ounces.
here is the description:
This kind and gentle honey almond soap bar contains the moisturizing protection of real honey and the rich softness of replenishing almond meal.
Honey is a natural humectant, grabbing and holding on to moisture while its antioxidants protect. Smoothing and softening, almond meal is gentle and non-irritating. It helps reduce inflammation, replenishing essential skin oils lost through cleansing.
This soap bar feels wonderful to use, leaving behind a rich barrier of velvet softness to ease and protect your dry or sensitive skin.
FABULOUSCITY! -nuff said
My other little bonus was a sample of the Deep Conditiong Creme. Featuring Shea Butter and jojoba oil. Used as a conditioning treatment pre-shampoo this little gem is thick and penetrating. If you use gel and product in your hair like i do daily i would rinse it out and lay in the creme and set with a warm towel. This is potent stuff. My daughter had frizzy risos and i just lightly rubbed my figer tip over the product and tried it on her Virgin hair. Let me say that her curls were shiney and soft and like moisture never hit them in the wrong way. The scent is pretty and I have found the company to take care of my baby's hair once we get out of the tear free stage. Thank You Manor Hall. For myself i know this will be a great at home luxurious spa treatment for my hair..now to make the time..hmmm...
I hope that you have enjoyed reading about Manor Hall Soap company and will give them a try. I promise youthey will not dissapoint!
Ciao for now!
Posted by Christina Reedy-Guadalupe | Tuesday, October 27, 2009
I just put them up in my Artfire store. Even thought he beads say they are gold in color it looks more like a high shine copper...almost like copper foil. Delicate against the strong turquoise beads which look great faceted. I hav a thing for faceted beads they just have such great dimesnion and i LOVE the way they catch light.
Still Trying to close up the necklace in progress and i need to get some suede cord for the turqouise pendant i have. If it seems like i'm a bit turqouise obsessed..yes i am. I do plan on moving on eventually out of my Turquoise Phase if you will.
The turqouise is more blue because of copper present in the vien wher eit was extracted. when turqouise is more green the more Iron is present in the rock surrounding it. I happen to love Turqouise in all it's forms and colors. which is why I create with it so much. Being inthe southwest there is a definete market for it and I just love how it looks on all skin types. Will post more jewelry when it's created. Until next time!
Posted by Christina Reedy-Guadalupe | Monday, October 5, 2009
Buff'd is a company out of Canada and has a high standard of product and customer care. It's why this Texas gal loves to order from them. I have blogged about them before with glowing reviews which you can read. See May and July on the right side bar for previous posts.
My package came with foundation, finishing powder, a bronzer, Illuminating Dust, blush, eyeshadow and eyeliner (10 samples in all). A little something from each department. I love the Buff'd foundations. The original Formula works great on me. I have oily skin and i have no need to go for a more intense coverage formulation. It's great at keeping oils at bay and doesn't feel heavy or cakey. Here is info straight from their Foundation portion of their website:
Formulated using only the finest natural minerals and pigments, Buff'd Mineral Foundations have outstanding versatility and wear. Available in an extensive collection of shades and three outstanding formulations, a minimal amount of product will help you achieve a flawless, radiant look while natural UV protection guards your skin. As with all our products, Buff'd Mineral Foundations are free of irritating and toxic ingredients which may be damaging to some skin types.
The Kabuki, Jumbo Buffer and Jumbo Flat Top brushes are perfect for applying these loose-mineral powders.
Available in three outstanding formulations:
original: a great full-coverage foundation with fantastic oil absorption and natural UV protection. ingredients: titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, mica, iron oxides, ultramarines
light: specifically for those who prefer a lightweight foundation that still offers buildable coverage and great oil absorption. ingredients: mica, titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, iron oxides, ultramarines
concealing: made with a touch of kaolin clay offering even better coverage with greater oil absorption. Ideal for those with combination to oily skin and a great spot concealer. ingredients: titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, iron oxides, kaolin clay, mica, ultramarines
My Colors for the year are Apricot and Pecan. Pecan for when i have more of a tan going on and Apricot for the winter season. They are just wonderful and at $18, 21grams volume in a 10gram weight sifter jar is just perfect. This foundation lasts all day and i do mean all day i have worn it from 8:30 am to 2am with no problems and even forget it's on.
The finishing powder in Peony is great for those days that i really need staying power and a flawless finish without drying out. I use this more in the winter when my skin tends to get a little dry. At $15 for th full size it's a great investment powder. The generous sample baggies are also great if you are strapped for cash.
The Bronzer in Toast is fabulous. It has a wonderful shimmer to it and make me think of the beach. i use it to conture and make me look a little thinner in the cheeks. also for a pick me up if my skin is just looking blah that day. A little goes a long way. The full size is $15 and picture on the website make it look darker than it truly is so order the sample bag to test out the shades. If you are confused but know your foundation shade the staff is more than willing to help you color match for a flawless set of colors appropriate to your coloring.
On to the eyeshadows and blush...the really fun stuff:
The Blushes: Thrift and Bouquet.
Thrift is one of my faves. It is a bronzy pink and just gives the apples that just kissed look. It makes me very happy and is great a a light pink blush when doing a smokey eye. Very little is required to give you that glowing look.
Bouquet is a light pink that i love to use as well. It's that color that reminds me of a soft pink rose and that is what you get on the cheek. Very classic looking but with enough shimmer to be modern.
The blushes cost: $15
full size jar: 14 grams volume / 3 grams weight
sample size: 1/4 teaspoon sample bag
Think of this as an allover product that gives you that extra glow with your look. Canvas has high shimmer but is extremely subtle when used with a light hand. The site says it's a soft and luminous off white and that it is. Another make you happy on a cloudy day product.
The full size Illuminating dust costs: $15
full size jar: 14 grams volume / 3 grams weight
sample size: 1/4 teaspoon sample bag
Scribe: Blue Base in the Smoky Eye Kits - Slate Blues Collection.
Great base color, goes on light and opens the eye nicely.
very soft and easy to put on.
Denim: Cool medium blue with silver shimmer. Blue Crease in our Smoky Eye Kits - Slate Blues Collection. This one looks more grey than blue in the baggie but on the brush you can see the blue properties of the shadow. it was great for the smokey eye look i was building.
Nova: a Mineral Eyeliner. Midnight slate blue with silver blue shimmer. Blue Liner in our Smoky Eye Kits - Slate Blues Collection.
I used it as a crease color and it worked wonderfully. I love how it looks like my dark jeans that i wear all the time. The look was very pretty and soft for a smokey eye.
I am in love with this company and shipping for samples is free. Shipping to Texas takes about 2 weeks but i am very happy with service and all the products i have purchased so far. I hope to see more from this growing company in the future as they have me with their uber fabulous foundation and now going into blush and eyeshadow.
Check them out at: http://www.buffd.com
Posted by Christina Reedy-Guadalupe | Friday, October 2, 2009
I was able to create quite a bit of jewelry. some going to a silent auction fundraiser for the school attached to my church, and from that i have new items to put in my store as well because they are reproducible.
First up: Cherries in the Snow
This set of earrings has Czech glass in clear aurora borealis and a dark cherry red. I've always loved the idea of red on snow or when you get shaved ice and the first drops of cherry red syrup hit the serene white canvas of ice. and that is what inspired me for this set of earrings. what i love is youcan give them a shake and the "Cherries" end up in different spots so you never have the same look twice. Set on silver chain it's just a fun set of earrings.
This is a simple and elegant pair of earrings. The silver wire was hand shaped and there is just a bit of lovely sparkle with the Swarovski bicone at the end of the wire. I love this because it reminds me of wavy hair. It also reminds me of what an icicle looks like when the sunlight hits it for the first time. Shiny, delicate and serene. The great thing about these is that they are easy to customize. so going to be a staple at A Different Shade of Me.
Got a few bracelets done. I seem to be on a natural gemstone thing as well, because a lot of these pieces have natural stones. They are truly lovely.
This bracelet is called Calming Copper.
I really like the chocolate button pearls used in this bracelet. The copper freshwater pearls are warming to the skin and great for any skintone. The Turquoise nuggets are a calming shade of green turquoise with brown in there that is just earthy and soothing to look at. I often find myself staring and looking at the crevasess and the patterns on each nugget and marvel at how time and pressure created this beautiful component to my bracelet.
This Bracelet I made for the fundraiser and it's called Cool Moss.
Industrial Waves Earrings
These earrings are just so neat. I'm sorry the pic isn't more clear. I forgot to take them out while i was outside. I was in a rush to drop off the fundraiser items (of which this is one). The hand forged copper teardrops are from England and the pearls are a gorgeous blue. You see the rocky texture of the back but the other side has this very smooth side that is just like blue steel. The contrast is just wonderful.
I do have one more bracelet t that i completed but the sun went down before i could move it due to the glue. Can't wait to post about it tomorrow.
Also making a birthday present for a friend and she wants something in fuchsia and black. This great that I'm getting so inspired and creative. I look forward to making more and sharing more with you all.
Posted by Christina Reedy-Guadalupe |
Right now it's just a work in progress.
First pic is a not so good shot of the center drop beautiful faceted glass and an aquamarine Swarovski bead on Sterling silver wire. With glass pearls in cream.
Next up the stage right of the necklace with Czech glass oblong bead amoung the creamy pearls.
Lastly, the stage left of the necklace, variegated sizes of pearls with a Swarovski aquamarine bicone. It's just lovely.
Just bought a clasp off etsy to go with the necklace and i'm sure it will turn out to be just marvelous.
Work in progress...will post final pictures when the necklace is finally arranged.
Posted by Christina Reedy-Guadalupe | Saturday, September 19, 2009
I'm calling the earrings and bracelet: Good Earth
I've got copper potato pearls and chocolate flat pearls with turquoise chunky beads. I have order the toggle claps and the beadalon copper wire to string it along with crimp tubes and all that jazz to finish it out.
Simple matching earrings with a turquoise bead and copper pearl. Simple but stunning. (will post earrings later)
Also made some gorgeous drop earrings I call them: Take the Plunge
They sit on silver chain 2.5 inches long and the faceted glass cubes are delicate, yet striking. This can be customized as well to any color. It looks like beautiful ice.
I also have a few ribbon bookmarks that are pretty.
I love the dark copper beads and the gold tone carved bead. Great for any guy who wants to add some masculine bling to their book.
This one is called: Feelin' 80's. The shocking turquoise of the 80's is lovingly reflected here with pink ribbon and black beads. This would be great for any child of the 80's or any little girl with a good book. It's one of my daughter's favorites.
Posted by Christina Reedy-Guadalupe | Friday, September 11, 2009
Founded in 2004 and out of Massachusetts, Manor Hall Soap Company strives to provide their customers with soaps and skincare that is free of sulfates and parabens. They are a vegetarian company that strives to use plant based ingredients in their products.
Found them on a blog and they were having a major sale at the tiem so i decided it would be a great time to try some products.
I purchased the Natural Face Mask - Yogurt & Green Clay 4 oz jar, and the Natural Sulfate Free Shampoo - 8 fl oz For Dry Hair.
They were on sale so they were each about $2 cheaper than the regular price. My package came expediently and with free goodies..I got the Beam Me Up Spotty olive oil soap and a silver glittery nail brush.
The mask is great! I love that it is in powder form and i add water to it to make it a nice consistency for my face. That way i can go as heavy or as thin as i wish. The smell is like any clay mask and dries in under 10 min.
Wash off with warm water then follow up with a toner and my skin just feels great like a face lift. It's difficult to find a great mask for oily skin that doesn't break me out or dry meout later. This is great stuff. Highly recommend it for anyone iwth oily or acne prone skin.
The next item i bought the shampoo for dry hair. Packaged very nicely and the ingredients are simple:
Saponified oils of coconut and olive, glycerine, oleic acid and essential oils of geranium, peppermint and rosewood
This shampoo is wonderful my hair is hydrated. A little goes a long way and if you have curly hair like me it can weigh curls down if you use too much.
hair was hydrated and silky smooth. Happiness!
The soap bar, smelled heavenly. I could smell it when I opened my package.
Haven't used it yet but i plan to when i go to visit my parents late this month.
Overall experience with this company has been great. I look forward to making another purchase.
Posted by Christina Reedy-Guadalupe | Saturday, September 5, 2009
My new store on Artfire.com is sweet! Need a logo to be done but that is not difficult. My store name is going to be A Different Shade of Me. My colors will be Raspberry and a dark purple and gold. Lovin' it! The name is inspired by all the different ways a woman can choose to change her look. Since i do that with color a lot, i wanted to incorproate that and came up with shades of color and then the light bubl inmy head became ever so bright and the name to my store was born. why the choice of "Me" instead of "you"? I wanted to make it personal. Different Shades of You is like looking at the woman and it seemed so impersonal while A Different Shade of Me make it personal, like the product could reflect any mood at any given moment. So if i want to be elegant today there would be soemthing in my store to fit that shade or persona of a client. If she wants to reveal her bold side, then there would be soemthing to reflect that shade of her peronality. It's just wonderful.
I've already got items up and am planning to create some more. I also take custom orders for those who want soemthing unique or woudl like an item in a specific color to suit thier shade or desire of the moment or occassion ( like a wedding, quinceanera, sweet 16 etc) Stop by take a look and if anything fits your shade, make a purchase.
Posted by Christina Reedy-Guadalupe | Tuesday, September 1, 2009
so here are a few bookmarks I've made and i know I've posted a few of them already but, i think the photographing is better this time around.
Decided to call this on Blue Midnight. It has Black Onyx faceted beads and a aquamarine Swarovski Bicone bead with Daisy Spacers. I love the way the trees are reflected in the silver bookmark.
This one is by far my fave. Love the filigree metal bead and the colors used. Have a thing for the olive color family it seems. The name of this bookmark is simply Butterfly.
This bookmark just has charm. The sweet color palette inspired the name of Sweet Love. It has quite an innocence about it and is soothing.
I so need to retake photos of my ribbon bookmarks and decade rosaries. Can't wait to share them.
Posted by Christina Reedy-Guadalupe | Sunday, August 23, 2009
Thank you to Cathy Dailey of CathyDailey's Handcrafted Artisan Findings for the wonderful Hammered Links and the S clasp. Will so order more, my mom wants me to recreate this bracelet set for her.
Here they are:
This experience has been wonderful. I enjoyed creating and making this bracelet and then had to make earrings.
Tropical rainforest, with colors that can go into fall and winter seamlessly. They would so look great with jeans and a cute top (See previous post to see the inspiring plants that helped make this creation possible.). Could een go with a simple black dress.
Getting better at Photo editing and lighting. These were taken outside and i just love the pictures. So happy with the results. This rekindled my passion for creating jewelry. Hope to open my own Etsy or Artfire.com store.
Posted by Christina Reedy-Guadalupe | Friday, August 21, 2009
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The theme is Tropical Rainforest. I had been looking for pictures that would take into consideration the coming fall trends so that the bracelet could be worn for months to come. so i considered the rainforest in the Northwestern US and did find some promising pictures but could not find beads or the right inspiration to compliment my vision.
I had gone with a sketch of something that had bright tropical colors out of frustration and even purchased $20 worth of matierals to compelte the multi-strand bracelet. Still, not happy with what I had.
So to my bead stash i fly. I had these huge almost 30mm long acrylic beads that were just sitting in my bead box. There was start of my inspiration.. Pulling ovlie beads and jade and pearls and faceted glass beads and some new metal beads this is what resulted:
I have my acrylic beads then lemon faceted jade, purple peacock pearls, olive Czech glass, Silvertone Hibiscus bead.
Then it slightly changes to accomidate a more opaque acrylic bead with gold shimmer in it.
The bead at the most left is the the change but it's beautiful. It also makes the skin kinda glow.
my inspiration was these pictures i found of a terrarium on this orchid forum i stumbled on to:
This was just a burst of inspiration and i'm so glad i could use beads i already ahd. now i just need to string and get a clasp.
Bling accomplished! will post finished product soon!
Posted by Christina Reedy-Guadalupe | Friday, August 14, 2009
So i'm trying two moisturizers:
1. Arbonne FC5 Oil Absorbing Day Lotion with SPF 20 Retail value: $39.50 1.7 oz
2. Sephora FACE Hydrating Balancing Cream - Combination To Oily Skin: $18(online) $12(in-store)
Yes even oily skin need moisture. However the quest to find a moisturizer that does what it claims is the challenge no matter what your skin type.
I choose these two brands based on my track record with both companies. Arbonne has had wonderful products that my mother uses religiously and that i love to use on occasion. The Hybrids Vitamin punch is great for my daughter and the mens line i so want my hubby to use. I still get the 35% discount and used it to purchase the Day Lotion at less than the $39.50 price tag.
The Sephora face brand saved my face when my skin dried out in the winter. Their dry skin line was perfect for my first experience with dry skina fter being oily for years. Now that the hot weather has finally caught up with my face, i have had to use a different moisturizer with little sucess much to my and my skin's dismay.
Arbonne claims this moiturizer is oil free and helps to absorb moisture has antioxidants and has SPF 20 to fight the sun's harmful rays while leavign the skin with a fresh matte appearance.
Sephora Face claims their hydrating balancing cream is tripel action: hydrates, regulates oil production and help future breakouts.
Arbonne is vegan and forulated thsi moisturizer without: Parabens,m Phthalates, Propylene Glycol, Mineral Oil, PABA, Petrolatum, Paraffin, Diethanolamine, or Anima-Derived Ingredients. Key Ingredients: Fresh kiwi cells; Matte Fresh Complex of mallow, melissa, watercress, ivy; grapeseed oil, pomegranate extract, vitamins A and E
Sephora: has white clay, zinc, vitamin b-5, however it has parabens. No mineral oil which is great.
-White Clay: Absorbs excess sebum and impurities.
-Zinc: Regulates sebum.
-Vitamin E: Antioxidant.
-Glycerin: Prevents skin dryness.
-Pro-Vitamin B5: Nourishing, softening, and anti-inflammatory.
Arbonne: Pleasant fruity smell though does smell a little like suntan loition.
Sephora: Fresh smell that is light.
Texture and absorption:
Arbonne had a light slippery feel a little like suntan lotion but thinner. The product comes out throught the use of a samll pump and it is a perfect amount for the face. It absorbed into my skin very quickly, lef my skin soft and matte just as the claim goes.
Sephora in a plain tube had great smooth texture and was thin as well. It absorbed into my skin more quickly than the Arbonne product.
Arbonne left my skin feeling hydrated longer while the sephora as soft but not as soft as the Arbonne product. I am sititng here petting my hand withthe arbonne cream on it b/c it's so soft.
Field testing into the Texas Heat is the next test. I need a week with each product to give it a full go. so this posting will have to have a Part II.
If you have used any of the two let me know. If you'd liek to purchase Arboonee with a 35% discount let me know and i can tell you how to get it.
If you haven't signed up for the Beauty Insider card with sephora you need to get it! Rack up points and get exlusive full sized samples. How cool is that!
Posted by Christina Reedy-Guadalupe | Wednesday, August 12, 2009