Sunday, January 13, 2013
I am a total beauty product whore. (sorry mom)
I loooooooove the health and beauty section of ANY drug/department store.
So, when I was watching Tuesday Night Beauty, on QVC (my addiction), and I saw them presenting the New Beauty magazine and Test Tube. I had to buy it! And I had to report on it! I'd been avoiding it for a while. I couldn't resist this time.
Welcome to the new section of my blog where I TOTALLY keep it real with beauty products. I'm going to test them. I'm going to rate them. I'm going to tear them apart, or lift them up. We'll see what happens! If you have any suggestions for me to try, please send them to me. I want to try these things. I want to get rid of my blotchy red skin. I want to get rid of the dark circles. I want to look like I'm 20 even though I'm closer to 40. Help a sista out!
In any event, I'll be posting about any new products (in a new and snarky way) so I hope you enjoy. If you don't, I hope you'll forgive me and alternately pass the link on to someone who might.
So, to get on with it.... I got this season's test tube.
What have we got? Well, I'll tell you!
Julep Rapid-Dry Nail Color - I received the color Brit which is a steely grey with some iridescence
I cannot wait to try this. I was so excited that I didn't get a crappy color. I'll post pics with my reviews.
Mally High-Shine Liquid Lip Color - I LOVE Mally. I am totally a Mallanista. I have other colors of this lip product and I love it. I'm sure this will not disappoint. The color received was Starburst. It's a peachy pink color. I think it would look good on most skin tones.
philosophy miracle worker lactic acid cleanser + mask - I have so much philosophy and there are not too many things that they make that I don't like. My daily cleanser is philosophy. My daily scent is Pure Grace. I can't wait to try this.
Tarte smolderEYES Amazonian clay waterproof liner - I have tried a few things from Tarte and I have not been disappointed. I am stoked to try this. I wish I could tell you what color I received, but it's not on the container (fail!). It looks like a navy blue though. It'll look great with my brown eyes.
Algenist Complete Eye Renewal Balm - OMG I have already tried this. I was tempted to take before and after pictures and I should have. I will start tomorrow. These folks started out as a chemical company and happened upon this compound, made out of Algae, that helps with anti- aging. Science is da bomb!
OLEHENRIKSEN Truth Creme Advanced Hydration - I tried this already, as well. I have to tell you that my face has been like a baby's butt all day. That is not my official review, but it kind of is. After one day, I think it's amazing. We shall see how it goes.
Nick Chavez Advanced Volume Conditioner - This is purported to give your hair strength, volume, and defense against damage. It has hyaluronic acid which makes me a little nervous, honestly. Isn't that supposed to strip things from you? I might have to go back to my WEN after this, but I'll try it. We'll see.
Bliss High intensity hand cream - I received this in the blood orange + white pepper scent. O.M.G. it smells divine, first of all. It reminds me of a scent that Bath and Body Works had for one of their hand creams only it is not as thick. It is luscious. I love it. I'm buying it. That is all. Even if it doesn't work, it makes my nose happy and that is all that matters.
Ok, so that's what was in the test tube. I will test all of this joyous madness and report back to you. Some of it may take time (the beauty treatments) and some of it may take a hot minute. I'll let you know what I think, as if it matters.
Anyone have any suggestions for beauty treatments, lotions, under-eye creams, etc? I REALLY WANT TO KNOW!
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Saturday, January 12, 2013
So it has been a crazy few months. My experience in the paranormal field is growing as well as my experience with editing and radio.
I have a radio show every Wednesday night. It is a bit of a train wreck, just like me. Anything goes. I fumble over my words sometimes. I'm a bit of a moron sometimes. I am a sarcastic bitch sometimes. Sometimes I just don't get it. I think that's life though.
Anyway, we started on a very popular paranormal Internet station, but that station looked shaky so we left. I say we left as if I had a choice. I was told we were leaving. I'm not bitter. It happens. I go with the flow. In any event, we left. I like the station we went to. I really like the people there. I really like most everyone I've met in the paranormal field. There are some people who think that their shit doesn't stink and there are some people that have trouble telling the truth, but every field has those people right?
I've also been editing a friend's books. That is very interesting and probably deserves it's own post. More on that to come.
In any event, there is a lot going on in my life and I need to take the time to relax and also to pay attention to this blog!
I hope you all are doing fantastically! What is going on in your life? Leave your links for us all to see!
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Sunday, November 4, 2012
I really think that is what most of my anxiety problem is. I don't like to go to places where there are large groups of people because it's overwhelming on so many levels. I can usually tell when someone is in a bad mood without them saying a word. Yeah... Yeah... body language... but it's much more than that. I can just tell.
Normally I try to stay away from those people until they work their shit out. Sometimes it's unavoidable.
On the other hand, I am a Paranormal Investigator so it definitely comes in handy during investigations. Sometimes, things just get weird.
I was on an investigation a few months ago and the entire evening I was stressing and thinking that I left my car lights on and that I would get into my car at 3am and the battery would be dead. I don't know how many times I walked around the house to the edge of the porch and checked my car, each time knowing that the lights were off. (But were they really off the last twelve times I checked and I just couldn't tell because of the way the streetlight was shining?)
When we were all packed up and ready to go, I gave strict orders to another investigator that he was not to leave until I had turned my car on and was ready to go. I got to the car, turned it on and it turned over. I was so relieved. I drove home (checking my back seats twelve thousand times to make sure I didn't have any hitchhikers), pulled in, and went to sleep.
The next day what do I find, but another investigator that had carpooled had to be jumped when he got back to another investigator's home. He had left his lights on and his battery died while we were at the investigation.
A few weeks ago, I was involved in an investigation at Pennhurst Asylum. It was amazing. At one point, we were in the basement of the Mayflower building when I got the distinct impression that there was a little girl with us. We were doing an EVP session and I asked, "Is your name, Emily?" There was no response.
There is a new show on Bio called The Haunting of (insert celebrity name). It's a show that takes the celebrities from Celebrity Ghost Stories and takes them back to the scene of their experience, with a psychic, Kim Russo (Paranormal State), and she does a reading there.
On this particular episode, The Haunting of Beverley Mitchell, Kim met Beverley back at Pennhurst where Beverley had an experience filming a film. They entered the Mayflower building where a lot of the filming took place. Kim and Beverly were on the second floor and Kim said that she felt a little girl with them and she got the name Emma or Emily. I almost fell off the couch. How could I have gotten the same thing?! Yes, my middle name is Emily, but I rarely think about it. It just popped into my head.
I have a psychic friend who told me that I would be getting signs that I was ready to step more into my "abilities" and to welcome them. Well, I welcomed them and they keep coming. I don't think I'll ever call myself a psychic, but I am intuitive and sensitive. I guess we'll see where this takes me.
Have you ever had a strange experience like this? I'm dying (no pun intended... well, kinda) to hear about it!
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Most people that know me know that I love knitting. Well, maybe love is not the right word. I’m obsessed. In particular, I am in love with knitting socks. I can’t get enough of them. I started knitting socks a few years ago when I was trying to think of something to make my husband for Christmas. I’ve been hooked ever since.
I don’t even know how many pairs I have. It’s horrible. I get the yarn, I knit the pair and then I move on to the next. I don’t even think I wear all of them. I should probably make and give away, but I can’t seem to part with them once they’re done. I don’t feel like many people appreciate the time and effort it takes to create something. I don’t want to send my creations to a home where they won’t be respected. It sounds so silly. It’s not like I’m fostering an animal; they’re just socks!
I think the reason that I like socks so much is that they don’t take long. I have a relatively short attention span. I also have no patience for long, convoluted instructions. I have tried to knit larger projects, but if I come to something I don’t understand, I get overwhelmed and put the project down. I invariably forget where I was in the project and it sits until I decide to take it apart and start something new. I have started a particular project more times than I care to count or admit to. I don’t know if I will ever finish it.
Another thing about socks is that you can experiment with some of the more difficult stitch patterns. It’s easier to practice techniques on a smaller project. That way, if I ever decide to try something larger and more challenging, I will have had practice.
Right now, I’m obsessed with anklets. They take almost no time and they’re more friendly to warmer weather. I wear socks to bed all year round and these are perfect for sleeping. You can also experiment with the more expensive fibers without such a large monetary commitment.
There are a lot of patterns on Ravelry. The one I seem to be obsessed with the most right now is the Summer Sock Hop Sock. It’s quick and easy and is easily modified. It’s written to be knit using the Magic Loop technique though I prefer DPNs. I’ve knit it with and without the ruffled cuff and I like it both ways.
I think that these anklets will keep me occupied all summer while I plan for my Fall and Winter knitting projects and Christmas gifts for the next holiday season. It seems to be so far away right now, but time is sneaky and it will be upon us in no time.
In the meantime, I’ll keep knitting these anklets and adding to my stash of socks.
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Sunday, June 24, 2012
All this editing I have been doing has really re-stoked my writing fire. I really think I may want to write again. I always have, but I never was very serious about it. I like words, but I preferred to take the journalistic route and went to school for Journalism. When that train left the station without me, I left those desires to marinate while I pursued things like a job, groceries, paying my bills, etc.
It’s not that I have a lack of drive and I am certainly not lazy. What I do have is a lack of confidence and a fear of wasting time. Sure, I have a lot of great ideas, but when push comes to shove and things look like they might be hard, I hesitate.
As most of you know, I have a huge anxiety problem. I’ve had it since I can remember. I have to take things one step at a time. If I look at a starting point and then where I want to be in the end, my mind gets fuzzy with all of the details. I get overwhelmed, my pulse quickens, a fire rises from my toes to me head, and I throw my hands up in the air and say, “Forget it!”. I retreat back to the familiar.
I also am the type of person that likes to know everything before I start something. I am always getting ready to get ready. Right now it’s easier for me to hide behind someone else’s work, to perfect what they’ve already created. I get lost in the sentence structure, the punctuation, and the dialogue between the characters. It’s easier. I don’t have the pressure of creating. I move slowly through each sentence, each paragraph, and each chapter with little responsibility.
I do want more, but right now I’m happy to get lost in someone else’s masterpiece. Someday I may change my mind, but today I’m happy to play a supporting role in someone else’s success. You can call it laziness or lack of drive, but I call it Getting Ready.
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Saturday, June 23, 2012
So, I have been a very busy bee. There has been so much going on in my life and I haven’t had/made any time to blog in a very long time.
I’ve been involved with my photography and have been busy getting photo’s for a friend’s new book, a paranormal investigation book. The team that I belong to, HAPS, has traveled to some famous haunted locations in order to obtain evidence for the book. I’ve gotten some amazing shots, some of which may be seen on my photography site RecklessShots. We also took part in the National Haunters Convention in the beginning of May. Some of my shots from that event are on my site as well.
I’ve also edited the third book in the same friend’s teen horror novel series. This book has now been shopped around La La Land and has been picked up for a motion picture! They liked my editing and it was mentioned that I may pick up some part-time work for this particular producer. I’m super excited.
I also have a radio show on Para-X on Tuesday nights. The Blurred Line features HAPS team members as well as paranormal experts, cryptozoology, the weird, and the strange. I also co-host a show, The Dark Side, on Friday nights with some of the same people on the same station.
On top of all of this, I’m working full time, investigating residential properties with HAPS, trying to get some other hobbies in, visiting friends and family, and trying to relax. I’m not sure how I get all of this done, but I sure am enjoying myself. I’m not sure what will happen if hubs and I ever realize the dream of a family.
Keep a eye out! You may see me zipping by somewhere…
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Sunday, March 11, 2012
Bacon, Mushroom and Cheddar-Stuffed Burgers
2 .5 lb ground beef (your choice in fat content)
1/2 lb bacon fried and crumbled
1 portobello mushroom cap chopped
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Fry the bacon until crispy. (There is nothing like the smell of bacon cooking. I Lurve Bacon.) Once bacon is done cooking, place on a paper towel to dry.
Fry the chopped portobello mushrooms in the left-over back grease. Once the mushrooms have achieved sufficient crispiness, remove from pan with a slotted spoon and drain on a paper towel.
Crumble the bacon and combine with the cooled mushrooms and 1/2 cub of cheddar, in a bowl.
Once all of the burgers are formed, season how you would like and grill/cook to your desired temperature.
Cut fingerling potatoes in quarters and toss in olive oil, salt, and pepper.
Cook potatoes for 20 minutes or until done.
Serve with copies amounts of ketchup.
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