Technology and makeup!

Technology and makeup!

How much money have you wasted on makeup that was the wrong color??  Hundreds, maybe thousands of dollars over your life time right?  We all get fooled with the little color swatches in the drug stores and the horrible lighting in department stores.

The latest cosmetic technology is all about taking makeup out for a test drive before making a purchase or leaving your bed room.  Many major brands have adopted virtual try-on technology that allows you to use your phone’s camera to analyze your face for color matching, lipstick selection and eye-shadow tutorials! It’s amazing!

I tried one of these out this week and the foundation match app  suggested the very color I purchased in store just a few days earlier. I was happily surprised!

In the era of Covid, this technology is a real game changer. You’ll find these apps on websites like Sephora and Pinterest or In the Apple App Store.

Don’t take a gamble on another cosmetic  purchase until you try it on virtually. You’re going to love it.

You can do this!
XO~A

 

Pool Noodle Hacks

Pool Noodle Hacks

It’s the time of year to stock up on pool noodles because of the crazy cleaver ways they help you around the house, especially in your closet. My personal favorite is to use cut pool noodles as boot supports or inserts. Every winter when I buy new boots, I am grateful I bought a couple extra noodles over the summer.

Pool noodles also make great shoulder support for heavy coats on hangers. Just add a foot long slice of noodle to each side of the hanger and your sweater, coat or jacket will maintain its shoulder shape.

The same is true for pants. Add a slice of noodle to the horizontal hanger wire for crease free pants.

Small slices of pool noodle also make great closet bar dividers or separators. You can label each section for better organization.

You can find pool noodles at the dollar store or big box stores, but don’t forget to grab a couple before summer and pool season is over.  You’ll be glad you did.

XO~A

 

Michigan Blueberry Sauce

Michigan Blueberry Sauce

It’s not secret that I LOVE Michigan Blueberries! I eat them by the handfuls all day long during blueberry season. Beyond Blueberry Muffins and Blueberry Buckle, what else can you do with them? Try this!

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 TBS fresh lemon juice
  • 2 TBS cornstarch, mixed with 2 TBS cold water
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine the blueberries, 1/2 cup of water, sugar and lemon juice. Stir frequently, and bring to a low boil.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk the cornstarch with 2 tablespoons of cold water.
  3. Slowly stir the cornstarch into the blueberries, taking care not to crush the blueberries. Simmer until the homemade blueberry sauce is thick enough to coat the back of a metal spoon, about 5 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and gently stir in vanilla.
  5. Serve over ice cream or on top of a cheesecake!

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Thanks to Gerrit’s Appliance! 

Preventing and Soothing Mosquito Bites

Preventing and Soothing Mosquito Bites

Mosquito bites are the WORST, aren’t they? If you see these prevention tips soon enough, you won’t need the soothing tips. But they’re BOTH here for you!

7 ways to prevent mosquito bites (click for more details)
  1. Dump out any standing water near your home. …
  2. Keep mosquitoes outside. …
  3. Use mosquito repellent. …
  4. Wear light-colored clothing, especially outdoors. …
  5. Stay indoors during dusk and dawn. …
  6. Make yourself less appealing. …
  7. Try a natural repellent.

 

13 Home Remedies for Soothing them (Click for more details)
  • Oatmeal …
  • Crushed ice. …
  • Honey. …
  • Aloe vera. …
  • Baking soda. …
  • Basil. …
  • Vinegar. …
  • Onion.

 

 

 

Easy Blueberry Dump Cake

Easy Blueberry Dump Cake

It’s BLUEBERRY season, y’all! Got this recipe straight off the Bowerman Blueberry website! Get pickin! Then make this immediately. It’s super easy and tastes even better with a dollop of whipped cream on top!

1 can (15 oz) crushed pineapple
1 pkg (18.25 oz) yellow cake mix
2 cups fresh blueberries
2 sticks butter, melted

Spray a 9×13 pan with nonstick spray. Layer pineapple, blueberries and dry cake mix. Do not stir! Drizzle evenly with melted butter over top. Bake at 350 for 50 minutes or until golden brown.

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