December 6, 2017:


It's COLD here. Cold and windy. But the Sun has been out for the past 2 days so it's bright, and that helps me to bear the cold and the short days. Only 15 more days to Winter Solstice, and then each day, a few more minutes of daylight will magically begin to be added, and even though the cold and snow will continue, the "worst" will be over because I know we are over the hump and headed toward the Spring Equinox.

Meanwhile, I am busy decorating the tree. I dug out an old collage of photos from the former Maison Newton (above). Gosh, that was a beautiful fireplace. My current gel fuel fireplace is great, but no match for that large and lush gas fireplace in my former home. In my case, downsizing meant not only much less square footage and a single story (which IS nice), but no fireplace until I purchased my gel fuel fireplace. I love it, but there was only one wall I could put it on, and this current living room is much smaller than my former living room, so I sized the fireplace accordingly. (It was also much less expensive and did not need to be installed by professionals).

Yesterday I womaned up and muscled, huffed, puffed, cussed some, breathed heavily and heaved mightily to get my Christmas tree up the basement stairs and dragged into the living room, and then into position in front of the picture window overlooking the front of the house. Whew! Quite the work-out. But I wasn't ready this year to switch to a "single woman of a certain age" (4 foot tall) tree. Maybe next year...NAH!


Saturday, March 23, 2013

Miracle Blur? Yeah -

- I only have to take off my Walgreen's readers, look in a regular mirror and I've got instant Miracle Blur.  Seriously!

In today's mail is my April edition of Vogue, with a lovely photograph of First Lady Michelle Obama on the cover.  Even in my hay-days I never had toned arms like hers, yikes!  Jealous!

From L'Oreal website: $24.99
Inside what promises to be an interesting read this month, is an advertisement for L'Oreal Paris' Revitalift Miracle Blur, Instant Skin Smoother.  Promises to make you (your facial skin, that is), look instantly smoother, clearer, cleaner, erase wrinkles, etc. etc. Yeah, right.

Well, I'll say this for L'Oreal Paris, they're gutsy, because they included a free sample in this magazine, and I'm damn sure going to try it and I promise you I will write about what results (if any), I see in the mirror after applying (after washing my face and moisturizing) tomorrow morning. 

The advertisment says "Not a moisturizer.  More than a primer."  So, it's like a BB cream for grown-ups? 

Hmmm, sounds like a hoaxy kind of make-up to me:

"Velvety-Matte Finish"
"Unique Cushiony Texture"
"Blurs Lines, Pores, and Wrinkles"

If I'm putting makeup on my face, tell me so, flat out.  Don't BS me about it, covering up the reality of what this product actually is!  If it's makeup, of course, I won't buy it, because I love my Bare Escentials Mineral Makeup, and won't switch back to some liquidy form of foundation, no matter how much hydroxy-whatever it has in it.

Really, if you want excellent non-toxic about 99% all natural products for skin care (cleansing, moisturing, exfoliating), check out L'Bri, invented by a wife-husband team right here in southeastern Wisconsin.  Excellent stuff, love it and won't switch to anything else after years of searching, and struggling with skin problems once menopause, and then post-menopause hit.  EEK!  My youngest sister, Yvonne, got turned on to this product line in 2009 and invited me to a party to demonstrate the products at her house in early 2010.  I went out of sisterly loyalty and out of curiosity, convinced there was nothing new under the sun and that the product claims were all bogus.

Well, at the party, I was intrigued enough by the demonstrations of the products that I bought some, and I've been using them ever since February 2010.  Unlike many products, cheap and expensive alike, I've tried over the years, L'Bri products actually work for me.  So I've got nothing but 100% praise for them.

Updated Sunday, March 24, 2013:

Hola Darlings!  It's a cool, blustery and overcast day here, snow is threatening.  I HATE THIS CLIMATE.  Have I mentioned how much I HATE THIS CLIMATE...

Okay, so after I washed my face this morning I put on some L'Bri light non-greasy moisturizer and headed downstairs.  Then, I remembered that Olay L'Oreal Revitalift Miracle Blur sample I'd set aside from the latest issue of Vogue magazine.  I grabbed it off the desk in the  front room and went to the powder room.  I opened up the sample package and put some on my fingers and applied it to my face. 

Hmmmm, I did not seen any kind of transformation whatsoever.  Definitely nothing like the before/after photographs that were included in the magazine ad!  I also do not like how it feels on my face - kind of gooey and heavy, like it's smothering my skin.  Yes, my skin does feel "soft" but to tell you the truth, my skin has been feeling soft ever since I started using the L'Bri products, including regularly exfoliating with its wonderful facial peel gel (made for very sensitive skin).  In short, I did not see any 'blurring' of crow's feet and laugh lines, my dark spots weren't even partially blurred away, my redness was still quite evident, as were the dark smudges under my eyes.  My eyesight is so poor these days without my Walgreens readers I can't even see my pores, so I can't tell you truthfully whether they 'blurred' away. 

Then, I hiked to the Pick 'n Save supermarket and back.  After putting away the items I bought, I went upstairs and checked my face in my hand-held magnifying mirror, the one I used to put on my make-up on.  Seriously, I could not see any difference in how my skin looked from before I put on the product to afterwards, and when I checked in my magnifying mirror it was close to an hour after I put the product on, so there was plenty of time for it to "soak in" and do its miracle stuff.

No miracles occurred on my face!  So, this product is not for me.  That's not to say it doesn't work, but perhaps it is designed for 30- and 40-somethings, not 60-somethings.  We 60-somethings have to be SOOOOOOO careful what we put on our skin!  It sucks to get old but that's life, darlings. 

So, I'm going to stick with what I know works for me, which are the L'Bri products.  They have aloe as their primary ingredient, no lanolin or mineral oil.


  1. Hmmm, I was going to go out and buy some of this Miracle Blur but now I think I'll save my money. Thanks for the heads up.

  2. Taunnie, if you can get your hands on an April, 2013 edition of Voge magazine for - whatever current list price is - $5.95? Not sure -- but it's less expensive than buying a full packaged container of the L'Oreal Revitalist Miracle Blue -- then I recommend buying the magazine (after checking to make sure the free sample is actually inside), and trying the free sample. It must work for some femmes, just not for me and my skin. In fact, over the past few days I woke up scratching the skin on my face and throat - EEK! Signs of an allergic reaction. Since I haven't changed anything else in my skin care regimine because (pain in the neck that it is) my skin is sooooo sensitive to ingredients in products, I must conclude that this current itching is a reaction to what I put on my face on Sunday, and didn't wash off soon enough. I kept it on all day because I was busy doing other things (blogging, for one). I add again this caveat -- this product didn't work for me, but that's not to say it doesn't work for others. Unfortunately, I've had this kind of red bumpy just underneath the skin in a million bumps kind of rash reaction in the past when I've used some other skin care products (including products with PABA) -- unsuccessfully -- and I will most likely wake up to find myself scratching the heck out of my face until next Wednesday. It usually takes my system about 10 days to get rid of - whatever it is that caused the allergic reaction. At this point, I am inclined to believe that the L'Oreal product is designed for a much younger woman than I, one who has NOT gone through her changes and is now ultra-senstive to all kinds of ingredients that I am still discovering sensitivities to. My skin didn't used to be like this, of course. When I was in my teens, 20's 30's and even my 40's I had skin that could take just about anything and it stayed clear and soft and wrinkle-free. I do believe in prevention, so perhaps this product will help younger women than I!

  3. I like the Miracle Blur because it makes my Bare Minerals go on smoothly. I had been using the Bare Minerals Prime Time. However, after about a week I noticed a grainy rash on my face. I have stopped the Miracle Blur and will return to the Prime Time.


  4. Wow - another rash reaction! I too use the Prime Time primer before applying my Bare Minerals and I've never had any problems with Prime Time at all. It really does make a difference, too, in how fresh looking my make-up stays when I use the primer as compared to when I do not.