88 Handbags Review

88 Handbags reached out to us for a collaboration. Of course we said yes. Who would not want to review a new purse. 88 Handbags is a vegan brand and no animal products are used. The founder of 88 is a life long vegetarian and believes that the environment would benefit from the reduction of factory farming.  https://www.88-eightyeight.com

The scientific names for the leather they use are PU (polyurethane) and PVC (polyvinylchloride) PU. The company thinks it is better for the environment. Although more expensive 88 only uses PU in our bags.

88 develops all of our own custom hardware, again with a focus on the best way for the environment and not necessarily the cheapest way.

I have been trying to update my look lately, so what great way to do it by adding a new purse in a great color! So I got the Katie Medium Satchel in Cobalt.  The size of the bag is perfect for me and it is very roomy and the color is gorgeous!  The bag is not heavy when it is empty. I find that sometimes with some purses that they are very heavy even before you put anything in them. On the inside of the purse there are places for cell phone and other items.  My IPad fits into the purse nicely. I have a 9.7″ IPad and it fits.
The Katie has a snap closure and a zipper compartment in the center and small compartments along the side.

88 Handbags

With the purse being “vegan leather” if you spill something on it, you can clean it of with a cloth.

So if you are looking to update your look add ing a new purse on a fun color is the way to do it.

I will be back to get another purse from 88 Handbags.

Applying Loose Mineral Foundation

Applying loose mineral foundation a problem for you? I hear it all the time I cannot apply loose mineral foundation or at my age I shouldn’t wear it. Well you can!! I am older and I still wear mineral foundation. You need to have a good skin care regime and do a prep before applying loose mineral foundation.

The first and foremost thing in applying loose mineral foundation is you have to get a good match. If the foundation is off, you will not feel right about the rest of your makeup. You also have to find the right formula, our has a few ingredients and go on smoothly with no tugging.  We will get into ingredients in another post. Also you have to have the correct brushes to apply the foundation. This all takes trial and error but when you find the right one, you will not go back to liquid!!  Applying loose mineral foundation is fast and easy to apply and lasts all day.

Here are a few tips on how to apply loose mineral foundation.

Tip a small amount into the lid of your container or a small dish or a minerals mate.
Take your  brush and push gently into the powder then swirl, lift, push and swirl again until the powder has disappeared from the lid. Give the brush a tap on the side of the lid to get rid of any excess powder.  The idea is not to have any sitting on the surface of the brush but pushed into the bristles.

Start applying by gently buffing the powder into your skin in small circular movements. You’ll be surprised at how far a small amount will go. Keep buffing until you have applied the powder to your whole face. I start in the center of my face and work out.
If you want to go over your face again because you feel that it needs a little extra, no problem. Just repeat the whole process.

We have a great selection of loose mineral foundation.  We also have samples under the sample section of our website.Applying Loose Mineral Foundation

Vueset Containers

My bathroom counter was a mess!  So I thought I would use the Vueset containers because I could not find half of my brushes and items in the morning. I saw a lot of posts with the Vueset containers on Instagram and thought hmmm I need that. So I dug out my Vueset containers and began my organizing.  I used the Star Nova ones for my brushes, pencils, lip pencils and shadows that I use basically everyday. But what I found is that they wereVueset container a bit too shallow. So I posted on Instagram and Vueset responded they had new one that was deeper. So I bought the Bananaman one (cost 22.00) dimensions 9 x 4.5 x 1.25. It holds a lot of brushes and does hold the Artis Brushes, but it does smooth the oval 7 a bit.



Vueset containers   I also bought the new divided one for pencils, the Freeway (cost 22.00) dimensions 9 x 4 x 1.25 in.   Does hold quite a few pencils, but I think I like the Star Nova better, I can find my colors I need faster. The Star Nova is same length but not as deep.

So far I do like using The Vueset containers for organizing. I do use the Star Nova for my eyeshadows. They fit a 3 gm jar, the 5 gm jar it a bit too tall, the top does not close. This was a good choice for me for when I have a new color collection, they are all in one place so I can test them out.

Here are my Vueset containers that I use, it does help me find things in the morning. All in all the Vueset Containers are a great option for organizing your bathroom or your kit if you are a Makeup Artist or just like things in order!

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My Ice Cream Making Adventure

My Ice Cream making adventure started because I went back to Somersizing to lose some weight.  For some reason this is the only “diet” that  works for me. For some reason after dinner I need dessert. So since I had to give up my piece of cake, coffecake and cookies, I need something to fill the void. I do love my ice cream and could not find one on the market without sugar or very low sugar I liked. So begins my ice cream making adventure. I did make ice cream long time ago and tossed the maker I had years back. So I researched machines and found the Cuisinart Ice-21 had the best reviews for the price. I got mine at Williams Sonoma it came with 2 bowls for 69.95 plus if you sign up for their e-mails you get 15% off.  Ice Cream Making

So my ice cream making adventure begins! I read the booklet, googled information, got in some ice cream books. So I tried a custard base one, but was ok too many egg yolks. So I found something called Philadelphia Style Ice Cream, has no yolks and no cooking involved! I tried a few different things and found this works the best. Cuisinart says it takes 20 min to make soft serve, hmmmm way too soft serve for me. So this is what I came up with and seems to work well.  You need 3 cups of liquid, I use 1 1/2 cups of Heavy Cream and 1 1/2 cups of Half and Half. I take the heavy cream put it in a bowl add approx a cup of Whey Low Sugar for Ice Cream and some vanilla and mix until the sugar is dissolved with a  hand mixer. Then I add the half and half and 2 tbls of powdered milk mix a bit longer.  After doing my research I found out you need to add a stabilizer, they are a few mentioned some require cooking, so those were out. But if you add 2 tbls of powdered milk to the mixture, it keeps it from getting that freezer burn and give it a nice texture.Ice Cream Making

So I make my mixture the night before put it in the fridge overnight and then the next morning put it in the freezer for about a half hour.  I also keep a bag of ice cubes in my canister in the freezer to keep it really cold.  When I am ready to make the ice cream I put the machine together, turn it on add my cold mixture. I generally let it run maybe 25 mins, after you do this a few times you will know when it is done. It still comes out soft serve, so I out it in an ice cream container (they have these especially for ice cream) and put it in the freezer. Even after maybe 6 hrs it is still soft, but you can eat it, so overnight for me works to harden it up, but it is still soft enough to spoon out.  I do stick to vanilla, this way I can add topping to it to change it up.  So far I m loving this maker and found out that this way of making it work well.






Via Buff Exfoliators for Body and Face

I was sent the Via Buff Exfoliators for Body and Face to review, well I must say I do like them.  The have 4 different levels of exfoliation for different skin types and issues.
The sponges come in 4 different colors Purple for Oily Skin Level 1, Green for Normal Skin Level 2, Pink for Dry Skin Level 3, and White for Very Dry Skin Level 4

Via BuffThese sponges are different than the nylon ones found in most bath stores. The Via Buff Sponges are more dense and you use less product in them. They lather well and rinse clean.  According to their website Via Buff






Via Buff has 2 sizes of sponges one for the body and one for the face. My favorite is the one for the face. I am always telling people to exfoliate your skin. Well this makes it easy. You do not have to worry about chemicals, things in the exfoliating product that will tear your skin. With the Via Buff Facial Sponge you can do it daily or a few times a week, depending on your skin.  I use the Green one mostly and find it work very well.  I do like the body ones also, they do a good job of making the skin feel smoothwithout being too harsh.
They have a handle for reaching those hard to reach places. That is next on my list to get!!

The Via Buff Sponges do not use a lot of produce, they lather up really well.

All in all these are a good product, my only thing is I wish it had a loop on the bigger one so I can hang it to dry.

You can find these sponges at https://www.viabuff.com

There is a lot of great information on the site about them and how they work.

Would I buy them again yes I would especially the facial ones.


The Benefit of using Mineral Makeup

I get asked  a lot what is the Benefit of using Mineral Makeup, well here is the answer!!  #1 it is healthy, if you want make up with the least ingredients than Mineral Makeup is for you.  MIneral Makeup
Makeup is actually good for people to wear, as long as they are not wearing products harmful to their skin. Mineral makeup is the safest because it adheres to the natural oils in a person’s skin and doesn’t seep into the pores. Makeup acts as a protecting agent against free radicals. Almost any barrier between your skin and theenvironment is good, so long as it’s still letting your skin breathe, which most makeup doesn’t. Mineral foundation allows your skin to breathe while still offering protection. Because of the use of titanium dioxide in most mineral products, it’s also an excellent SPF. You can’t beat a makeup that works with your natural body chemistry.
Another benefit of using mineral makeup is that is is versatility.  You can mix the mineral makeup with water, moisturizers and cremes to make a liquid foundation consistency if that’s what you like. You can conceal with it or just use it as a light coverage. Fusion of Color  mineral pigments can turn into anything you can think of. The powder pigments are what companies use to color cosmetics. Fusion of Color’s loose powder pigments have no additives, fillers, or dyes. Our products can be used as eye shadow, eyeliner, lip gloss, hair highlights, colored mascara, nail polish, body shimmer, blush, etc. Our products can be mixed and matched to your hearts content, you make make colors that are unique to you.

One of the  benefits of using mineral makeup is it has a very long and stable shelf life. We all want to have a makeup collection without having to worry about throwing items out because they have gone bad.  Mineral makeup is simple and inert, it does not harbor bacteria because there is no organic material in it for the bacteria to grow. It is beautiful and comforting to know the same simplicity is on your face. If you mix water with your minerals, please take  bit out of the container and mix it in either  Minerals Mate or on a small dish. Never mix water into your minerals.

mineral makeupFusion of Color uses quality ingredients. We try and use the least ingredients to achieve the best product we can which is a great benefit of using mineral makeup!

Fusion of Color Cosmetics is not only long lasting on your shelf but also on your skin. The pigment lasts a long time and a little goes a long way. The benefit of using mineral makeup especially mineral foundation, very little can give a basic coverage. For extra coverage, after lightly applying the mineral base, women can use a more concentrated amount of foundation to conceal the areas that may need special attention. This makes mineral makeup last a lot longer on your skin.


Makeup Primers – Over 60 & Fab

Today’s installment of Over 60 & Fabulous, we are talking Makeup Primers. As we age our skin takes on a texture of its own and if we can make it look smooth and softer, why shouldn’t we. If you haven’t been using makeup primer, then you’re really missing out. If you wear a full face of make or just use a BB cream or tinted moisturizer, makeup primers are great when trying to combat shine, create a smooth surface to apply foundation. There is a lot of debate when it come to makeup primers, if they are really needed or not. Well I love them!

One of the  benefits of using a makeup primer is it seals your pores and will help even out skin tone and texture.
Makeup Primers make your skin appear much more youthful, they smooth out fine lines. This creates a more youthful appearance and reduces the look of fine lines and wrinkle

One of the main reasons for using a makeup  primer is because it helps your makeup stay on longer. Primers help decrease sweating through the pores, which makes your makeup stay in place longer. They also act as a natural shield for dust, water and debris that might make your makeup wear off. This is my favorite reason for using one.

Makeup primers come in all kinds of formulas and textures for all skin types. You need to find one that works for your skin, and as with all makeup products always test it to make sure you are not allergic to the ingredients. I am always saying not everything work for everyone.

Makeup Primers



Fusion of Color Cosmetics offered 2 different makeup primers one is Perfect Canvas Primer, which is more of a silicone based one. It is thicker and glides on smoothly over the skin.




Sheer Perfection Makeup Primers


Our newest member to the makeup primer family is Sheer Perfection Matte Primer, this one is loaded with good things for your skin and is a thinner formula than Perfect Canvas Primer.  Sheer Perfection like Perfect Canvas Primer can be worn under makeup or alone. Sheer Perfection can also be added to your foundation if you want to sheer it out, especially if you use a cream and it is too heavy for you.
As we age if a product helps us smooth our skin and helps soften those fine lines and wrinkles and possibly have ingredients that are good for our skin, I am all for it!







Exfoliation – Over 60 & Fabulous

We are going to talk about my favorite thing exfoliation! To maximize the benefits of your moisturizing products, it is important to exfoliate two to three times per week to remove dried out and dead skin cells from your face. Exfoliation may seem quite harsh and many mature women wonder if they shoud be doing this. When you exfoliate, you are assisting the natural process of shedding dead skin cells.

The process of removing dead skin cells rejuvenates the face and allows new, healthy skin cells to grow. The process of renewing skin cells slows down as you age, so in your 60s it becomes crucial to exfoliate in order to speed this process along.

Exfoliate Your Skin Regularly.

When skin is suffocated due to build up of dead skin cells, sebum and bacteria in the new skin cells below are starved of nutrients and vitamins. Exfoliating regularly will expose them to minerals they need to become healthy.
If we don’t exfoliate, anti aging skin care products are not able to penetrate the upper skin layers and so are not as efficient as they could be.

There are a lot of exfoliation products in the market. If you are new to this, start off with something gentle like a cream exfoliator with soluble beads in it.  You can also see your Esthetician and get a deeper exfoliation  of your skin.  But what ever you do, you must do some kind of exfoliation of the skin.