SOAP & GLORY A Great Kisser

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I picked up this pot of Soap & Glory A Great Kisser Lip Moisture Balm at Sephora a couple months ago and haven’t stopped licking my lips since.

The Juicy Peach flavor smells and tastes like, well, a juicy peach, and I can’t get enough of it.  I do have to disagree with Soap & Glory calling this a balm because it’s definitely more glossy than balm-y.  I generally don’t like a sticky lip product but in this case I don’t mind, the smell and taste is THAT DELICIOUS.

Soap & Glory A Great Kisser Lip Moisture Balm is available online at Sephora for $10.

PS- Bailey just bought this in the Vanilla Bean flavor and she said it’s definitely not as good as Juicy Peach. 

On the Agenda: 2014

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I hate to be the bearer of bad (good?) news, but I’m sure you saw this coming. I mean, if you stepped anywhere near a retail outlet last weekend you know for certain that the holiday season is upon us…a clear marker that the end of 2013 is near.

What better way to get organized and gear up for new endeavors than with a brand new agenda? After all, nothing says new beginnings and endless possibilities like a fresh, blank calendar.

Being a paper/notebook/calendar junkie, it has been impossible to stay loyal to any one brand through the years. Aside from that single stretch devoted to Franklin Covey from 1996-2003, I’ve flitted around and courted many many agendas. I’ve even been known to break up with my calendar halfway through the year because I come across a brighter, prettier, more blank version. I’m super fickle like that.

And because of my fickle tendencies, I have yet to decide on an agenda for 2014, but I’m finally down to a handful that survived the first cut:

1. Smythson Soho Diary with Slide: The bright pink version of the style shown above was my 2011 agenda and I was desperately in love with it. The pages are oh so delicate and the entire book just feels fancy. If weren’t for the price, this would be my number one pick year after year. But, yeah. The price.

2. May Designs Customized Agenda: I just recently came across this website that feels similar to ErinCondren.com (a favorite for personalized stationery, stickers, notebooks, etc…) but less overwhelming. It’s so fun to select your pattern, typography and background colors and these agendas are incredibly affordable, especially when they’re on sale (as I found out this weekend when I placed my order and everything I purchased was 50% off).

3. Kate Spade 2014 Agenda: I haven’t seen this agenda in person but I like that it has an interior pocket and elastic band closure. I’m also drawn to the celebrations and notes features, and let’s not deny the cuteness that is the spattering of roses across the cover.

4. Green Paisley Monthly Planner: Sadly the little island where I live doesn’t have a Barnes and Noble, my most favorite book store where I’ve been known to spend days on end perusing the stationery section. This adorable paisley agenda is available in-store only so you can’t get it online, but it would make the perfect gift for a co-worker.

5. Whitney English Day Designer: I’m pretty sure my final decision for 2014 is going to come down to the Smythson Soho Diary and the Whitney English Day Designer (not shown here). I love that the Day Designer has eight different worksheets designed to help you narrow down your purpose and passions into key areas to apply to a daily executable plan. Also, at $55 it’s considerably less expensive than the Smythson and not a huge price to pay for help in executing my purpose and passion!

I’ll be ready for 2014 before I know it.

Kauai Life: Week In Review

This week we celebrated Thanksgiving, my least favorite holiday.

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I mostly dislike this holiday because it reminds me of my dad, who has been gone for nearly six years already. His birthday is usually within days of Thanksgiving (this year it happens to be today) and every year since he died I find myself in a funk on this day. Also, I don’t really like turkey all that much.

I’m sure my dad would be bummed to see me moping around on his birthday. But since it’s raining and gloomy in Kauai today, it’s the perfect excuse for me to just pull the covers over my head and miss him.

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We did make some rhubarb pies at my mom’s on Wednesday night, and that was fun. The pie was too tart for the girls, but I actually liked it.

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I also captured this beautiful sunset from my bedroom window one night this week, I can’t remember which one:

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The highlight of my week was watching one of my favorite babies for a few hours yesterday. (Wait. Who am I kidding? Every baby is my favorite baby.) Poor Janey had been out Black Friday shopping with Bree until 3am and then woke up at 5:30 am with me when the baby came over. Now that is a dedicated babysitter.

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I saw this on Twitter and took a screen shot. I’m sharing it here in case you ever think that I don’t care. Because I totally do.

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with your loved ones.

 

Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque

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As I get older I’m fearful of causing an uproar on my sensitive face and instead choose to play it safe where my skincare is concerned. This means using the gentlest products with the least reactive ingredients and sticking to my tried and true regimen.

That is, unless someone I know and trust convinces me otherwise. In this case, it was Bree that insisted my life was not worth living until I tried the Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque.

Bree has flawless, amazing 21-year-old skin so I wasn’t sure I needed to believe her when she described how this mask made her skin feel after the first time she tried it. “Mom, I’m not even kidding. This is the best product I’ve put on my face EVER,” she told me the day after her first application.

Having sensitive skin that reacts in strange and unusual ways to pretty much anything I put on it makes me very leery of masks. Especially clay masks that tend to dry out my skin and leave it feeling tight and irritated. For the sake of keeping my face happy, I may have responded, “that’s nice, honey” and went about my routine without giving it a second thought.

As the weeks went on and Bree continued to sing the praises of this Kiehl’s mask, I could no longer ignore her raving recommendation without trying it for myself. I mean, she was saying things like “It tightens every pore and makes my skin feel so soft and smooth” and “I can’t believe we didn’t know about this sooner.”

So, in the name of beauty and all that it represents in our lives, we set forth and took one for the MakeupBag team:

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Just kidding.

Bree, Janey and I slathered that mask on and waited ten minutes to see what would happen (while taking selfies to occupy ourselves, naturally.)

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Janey’s face! Haha!

I was immediately surprised that my skin didn’t sting as I had expected it to. And even as the mask started to dry, I didn’t feel like my skin was cracking or turning to brittle.

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After ten minutes we followed the instructions to remove the mask (with a warm, wet washcloth) and my skin was left feeling smooth and supple and not the least bit dry and tight. I can’t quite testify that my pores have minimized but my face definitely feels and looks good.

Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque claims to purify with mineral-rich Amazonian White Clay and is best suited for normal to oily skin types. It is available online at Kiehls.com for $23

Race Review: Rock and Roll Marathon Las Vegas 2013

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Last weekend I flew to Las Vegas from Kauai to participate in the Las Vegas Rock and Roll Marathon, my third half marathon in 2013. I’m kind of excited that I got to cross that off my list for the year because although I made a 3-race goal for myself at the beginning of 2013, as the year went on I didn’t think it was actually going to happen.

Vegas is beautiful this time of year and since it’s the off season crowds were minimal. I was a little disappointed that I missed the holiday decorations by a week or two, but the Conservatory at the Bellagio still had some cool fall decor.

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The race was on Sunday and we arrived a couple days early to acclimate ourselves and adjust to the time change. (Really, I just wanted to escape work and go shopping!)

The race expo was at the Las Vegas Convention Center and was super big and crowded. Had my husband not been with me, I would have hung around there longer than I did but he’s a typical guy and was getting on my nerves with his antsy-ness so we cut it short. I actually love race expos and could probably spend several hours looking around checking out new gear and possible future races to attend.

We stayed at the Aria Resort & Casino which had a great location and nice amenities. The rooms were nice and spacious and the restaurants we tried were all great, especially Javier’s, their Mexican restaurant. The chicken tacos were beyond amazing. Like, pretty much the best I’ve ever had. The service in the bar was so exceptional we went back a second time, and really, who does that in Vegas where there’s so many amazing restaurants to try.

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Our room was on the 29th floor and had a pretty view of the strip.

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Sunday’s race had a 4:30 start time so I was really confused about how to fuel and hydrate in the early part of the day. I ended up not timing the hydration part right as I pretty much had to pee for the first 6 miles of the race (even though I went right before the start) and couldn’t hold it any longer by mile 7.5 and had to stop AND WAIT IN LINE for the porta potty. This took several minutes off my time as I later realized when I discovered my Garmin was set on auto pause.

Pre-race beauty essentials.

Pre-race beauty essentials.

 

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Race ready in my Caribbean Running Skirt from Runningskirts.com, Pro Compression marathon compression socks and my favorite Saucony Viratta’s.

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The sun was just setting as we filed into our corrals and the weather was perfect. Once the race started it was slightly annoying to have to weave around people for the first several miles. I was in the starting corral I was assigned to, but others were clearly not. I mean, I’m a slow runner and for me to be passing and weaving around people who started in waves before mine means something is not quite right with the system.

Nevertheless, it was the Las Vegas Strip that we were running down and there were more than 30,000 people at this race, so I really can’t complain.

The course is an out and back so the first and last miles are super exciting as you pass all the casinos and lights and music. The middle miles are dark and weird…you can’t really see anything and I’m not sure if we were running through a neighborhood or an industrial area or what. The spotlights they used to light the course were blinding and didn’t really have much ground coverage. If I run this race again I will bring my own head lamp for this portion of the race.

Other than my hydration issue and resulting potty stop, I felt really good and strong throughout the race. I ran a negative split with my final mile being the fastest of them all, go figure. Although in full disclosure, this course is super fast and flat with nary an inch of elevation.

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Whatever. A faster time is a faster time, right?

The finish line was so crowded and confusing. I wanted to wait for my husband to come across the finish (this was his very first half marathon, yay!) but they kept pushing me back to the end of the secure finish area. Now that I think about it, I should have left the secure area and gone to the spectator side of the finish line, but for some reason my brain wasn’t working at that point. I was freezing my ass off and confused as to how I would ever find my husband in the sea of people.

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It all ended well and we headed back to our hotel to warm up, meet up with our daughter Bailey who had flown down from Northern Nevada to hang out with us, and have a post-race sushi dinner at BarMASA.

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