Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Buzzworthy: Ponds 2-Week Challenge

Ponds.  I used to see it on my Grandmother's night stand.  I used to watch her smooth it on her face at the end of the day to remove her makeup.  Ponds has a new spokesperson to promote their line of products to make it relevant to women in 2015.  Jordana Brewster.  Aka John Ross's/Christopher's/Nicholas's girlfriend from Dallas.

I read in a magazine that the Ponds towelettes were perfect for traveling so while I was shopping for them recently, I thought I'd get a tub-o-Ponds and try the 2-week Ponds Challenge.  I purchased the Anti-wrinkle formula which comes with a "wrinkle calculator."  It gives you two applicators -- one for when you start using it and the second for when your 2-weeks is up.  You press the powdered applicator along the outside of your eye where your "crows feet" "laugh lines" are.  Then you smile real big like and press the sticky applicator on, pull it off and compare your results with the reference guide.

Good news -- I was on the far right with smooth skin as my start.  Bad news, I don't think I smiled as big as I was supposed to, so I may end of up with more wrinkles after the two weeks is up.

Nevertheless, when I put the cream on at night, I am transported back to my childhood.  The smell is light and very distinctive of the Ponds I remember back in the 60s as I spent time with my Grandmother.  Maybe she's who inspired me to be interested in taking good care of my skin.

The other coolio thing is that designer Jonathan Adler has designed new packaging perfect to leave out on your vanity.

Check back in two weeks for the low down.  You can go to Ponds and there's a $1 off coupon and other beauty information to check out.  Give it a try yourself and let me know what you think.

*I am not being compensated for this post.  Just my own buzz.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Pucker Up for Limoncello Cupcakes

Thanks to A Night Owl Blog for posting the most delicious Limoncello Cupcake recipe.  My friend (and trusted CPA) Mrs. Schumacher brought me back the cutest bottle of Limoncello from Italy.  I think she wanted to help me redeem my efforts when I made a Limoncello Prosecco drink that looked like barf...
I since learned you are supposed to use regular Limoncello in this drink, not a creme based Limoncello.

So, when I saw the recipe for the cupcakes I knew I had to give them a try.
They don't look like the finished product featured on A Night Owl Blog, but I'm pretty sure they taste just as great.  There is no doubt these have lemon in them, very puckerish (I made this word up), but in a good way.  And, the frosting.  Well, I may put Mascarpone, an Italian cheese made from cream, in all my frosting recipes.  In fact, you could easily substitute Mascarpone on your breads like biscuits and muffins as it has fewer calories and less fat than butter.

I put just a light spread of the home-made lemon curd on the tops of the cooled cupcakes, then iced them with the Mascarpone powdered sugar frosting.  A few cupcakes indented slightly when they cooled so with those I added a little more curd.  When you took a bite, the curd just flowed out to make the prettiest presentation.
These are worth the effort and mess I made in the kitchen.  Have a sweet Friday!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Try it Tuesday: Revlon HD Lipcolor

I have a new favorite lipstick in my makeup bag.  It's Revlon's new HD lipcolor.  I follow Revlon on Instagram and I saw Emma Stone sporting the Tulip color.  I always pick up new makeup to try at CVS because they have great sales and I can use coupons to save even more.

In 20 beautiful shades, it boasts a wax-free gel technology and one application gives you intense color.  So if you are looking for a light gloss, this one is not for you. I like it because when I want to have color on my lips, this does the trick. It goes on creamy and has a nice vanilla taste.
During a recent BOGO sale at CVS I scored several colors...Tulip, Gladiolus, Poppy, Poinsettia, and Petunia.  One makeup tip I picked up years ago from a makeup artist was the rule of thumb for choosing the right color for your skin and hair color and I have found it to be true.  If you have dark hair and eyes you need a bright color to match the intensity of your hair color contrast to your skin tone.  Have you noticed that in magazines most blonde models use muted lip colors light soft pinks?  I have tried soft pinks and while I am attracted to them, I always look washed out. Give this trick a try sometime!

Oh, and I have launched a Facebook page -- Buzz in the Hive.  I would love it if you "liked" my page.  I'm linking up my blog stories on FB so you won't miss any new updates.  Have a terrific Tuesday!

Friday, April 10, 2015

Dressers: Not Just for your Bedroom Anymore

I love to paint furniture.  Since I discovered Annie Sloan Chalk Paint a few years ago, I have several pieces in my house that I have restored using her fantastic paint.  But, I have to say, I am most proud of the restore I did on this dresser...

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

How to Set up a Metamucil Bar

Sounds pin-worthy doesn't it? You know you're old when you have a "Metamucil Bar" in your kitchen. I found this cute galvanized plant stand at Target and thought it would be perfect to corral our vitamins, cat medicines and "fiber" supplements.

Nothing is quite as attractive when you have company over and while they're sipping their champagne cocktail they take a gander at your "BM" meds.  Thinking to themselves "is this her house or a nursing home?"

So this doesn't sound that ridiculous, let me share a nightly cocktail that Mr. Bee and I have been concocting before bed.  We mix a heaping tablespoon of Metamucil or Miralax with a package of Emergen-C.  The fiber helps reduce cholesterol and improve your digestion (and the Gastro said this makes your colon nice and healthy) and the Emergen-C is packed with all kinds of good-for-you vitamins and minerals.  I am curious to see when I go for blood work soon if it indeed lowers my cholesterol.  And, the vitamin C helps to prevent colds.

I found these cute Le Parfait French Terrines at the Container Store to put all my supplies...

Metamucil, Miralax and Emergen-C

I took a wooden floral container and stuck on a chalkboard label to house all our vitamins.  The little glass dish has kitty cat's medicines, and a cute notepad.

Our supplies are neatly stored and displayed in the kitchen next to the sink without screaming "We are freaks about our colon health!"

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

What d'Orsay about this spring shoe?

Popular for spring is the d'Orsay style shoe and Target's Sam and Libby brand has the cutest pair for spring.

The d'Orsay is named after Count Alfred G.G. d'Orsay, French society leader and arbiter of fashion.  By definition, a d'Orsay is a woman's shoe in which the vamp of the shoe is cut away very close to the toe box, and sides are cut away, revealing the arch of the foot.  They can either be flats or heels.

I own both of these shoes.  In my fashion world two things are true:  Every woman should own a pair of animal print shoes because they go with everything and give your wardrobe a certain unexpected spark; and second you should own a pair of pointy toe heels.  They make your legs look long and can be worn with ankle pants, flared jeans, or any style of skirt.

Right now, I think Target has these shoes for $23.99 and they are true to size and very comfortable.

What new spring style are you sporting?

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Hosting a Girl Scout Cookie and Wine Pairing Party

Not too long ago I saw an article on FB for pairing wine with Girl Scout cookies.  I looked on Pinterest and found three posts with suggested wines for each of the cookie types.  Mr. Bee and I thought it would be the perfect theme for the neighborhood parties we all take turns hosting each month.

Since Girl Scout cookies are plentiful right now, with the little scouts selling them on almost every corner, it wasn't hard to score six varieties of cookies.  I made my list and did some research to determine the suggested type of wine for each cookie I had purchased.  Mr. Bee and I headed over to Total Wine last week after our date-night dinner and a very helpful, friendly lady named Kathi helped us shop for each wine we needed.

Thin Mint -- Michel Gassier Syrah Les Piliers at $14.99

Tagalongs -- Script and Seal Merlot for $9.99

Samoa -- A Port Quinta das Carvalhas for $17.99

Savannah Smiles -- There were a few suggestions on this and we went with Petals Riesling for $8.99

Trefoils -- A sparkling wine was suggested and I already had the perfect bubbly in my wine fridge.  A Petite Cadeau from Wine Shop at Home, an online wine club.  My FB friend sold it to me back in December and I was waiting for the perfect event to open it.

Do Si Dos -- We tried a Zweigelt, and Austrian wine,  from Winzer Krems Blauer for $13.99

Total Wine extends 15% off when you purchase 6 or more wines at one purchase, so we saved some money.  The Port was on sale during their Spanish wine promotion.

To prep for the party I used long, white platters (from Walmart) to showcase the cookies. White platters are perfect because they draw attention to the detail and colors of your food.

We cut the front off of each box so the guests could see the full description for the cookie.  Then I took small chalkboards and wrote the name of each cookie and placed them at the top of the platters.  We used cocktail napkins and dessert plates.

We told our guests to eat dinner first and to come over around 7:30 p.m.  I asked a few neighbors to bring mixed nuts, and sliced apples and cheddar cheese to help cut the sweet between cookies.

Cindy, of course, went the extra mile to prepare the prettiest platter of five varieties of apples and labeled them for identification...

Cindy is the same person that several years ago gave me for my birthday the cutest chalkboard place mats.  I set them on the bar and labeled each wine and the cookie it accompanied, then we put each bottle in order of when we would taste it -- lightest, to medium body, then finish with the dessert wine (Port).

The Petit Cadeau from Wine Shop at Home was so light and refreshing.  It was paired with the Trefoil (a shortbread cookie).  I love sparkling wine and I will definitely purchase this variety again.

I'm a sucker for a pretty label and this hot pink Gerber daisy had me at hello. This Riesling was light and was paired with the Savannah Smile -- a lemon powdered sugar cookie. The price point on this was a great bargain and would make a perfect summer time wine.

This Merlot was just so-so and we felt the peanut butter in the cookie was a little overpowering.

This French Syrah was excellent with the Thin Mint.  The coolness of the cookie with the peppery taste of this wine was superb.  It was rated number one among all the guests as the best pairing.

And finishing off the tasting was the Port.  We practically finished the bottle.  I am not a fan of coconut, but the pairing of this Port with the Samoa highlighted accentuated the coconut.

I didn't get a pic of the Austrian Zweigelt variety with the Do Si Dos.  It was a brand new wine for all of us to try and it was pretty good.  It paired nicely with the peanut butter sandwich cookie.

We had fun tasting each wine.   One of our friends is a wine enthusiast and asked us to smell the wine and with our first taste to try and identify the taste notes -- floral, peppery, fruity?  It was fun to come with up with our ideas then compare the crowd's input with the description given of each wine by the winemaker.  In most cases, each label on the bottle described the wine, but if there was no description we looked it up on the Total Wine's website.  All of the wines we selected with just input from the Total Wine expert were worth trying and ones we would definitely try again.

We also purchased beers to pair with the cookies, but we ran out of time and were full of cookies and wine.  So, we're hosting another party to just focus on beers.  It was a fun, easy party to host!