Category Archives: Beauty

I Have Found My Cosmetic Line!

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My daughter has been battling acne for years now.  She’s mad because I won’t put her on Accutane.  She started puberty at 6, which is called “precocious puberty” and ever since then has been a walking bottle of estrogen.  Poor thing.  All we could come up with after a bunch of testing was the plastic in her bottle may have been the culprit.  They decided not to stop it and she started “blooming” immediately.

Now she is 14 and we have tried EVERYTHING!  Her dad even spent close to a thousand dollars for 3 light treatments called Levulon.  That seemed  to be working, then just recently she had her last treatment, which of course makes everything WORSE before it gets better.

No7 is a beauty line owned by the Boots company from the UK.  It is pharmaceutical grade and hypoallergenic.  It is sold. at least here, in Target stores.  They even have a rep on hand at most stores. 

I started out getting her the Beautiful Skin Hydrating Mask, the night cream, the day cream and the exfoliating cleanser.  All work just as well as expensive department store lines, but at half the price.

We recently moved on to the make-up.  I do NOT like the mascara.  The one that creates volume.  I don’t know the name of it off hand, and I’m at my sister’s, so I can’t go look.  Either way I don’t want anyone to use the mascara for volume.  It clumps and leaves a disaster in it’s wake. 

We recently purchased the blush and a lipstick.  This lipstick is very hydrating and shiny.  It’s like lip gloss with the color and staying power of a lipstick.  The only thing was I couldn’t find a color for ME, but for her it was easy.  We bought the mineral lipstick, that’s not it’s actual name, but it’s kind of flat and round, not like a traditional lipstick.  The matte one DOES stay on all day, no kidding.  I put RED on at the store and it was cool…for about 5 minutes.  I did look good in it, it’s just not “me”.

Recently the rep asked me if I want a part time job!  I would have taken it except I have to be here for my sister and the kids.  I have a job right now..maybe after?  My friends and I always joked that if I wasn’t a cop I would sell make-up.   Now there’s a stretch for you.

Have a beautiful day all!

Em

 

This is a pic of the lipstick I was talking about. Not the matte one.

Beauty and The Beat..and The Beast

I know today is about beauty, but I can’t think of anything except how my brother-in-law used to tell me I had to “ugly” myself up before I went on patrol when I was a police officer.

I remember an incident I was called out to.  It was a dang good thing I looked good that night.  I put my long hair in a quick braid, didn’t take off my make-up and forgot to take my earrings out.  The call was an intoxicated person laying in the middle of my highway.  Another officer had rolled up on him and had dispatch call me to my jurisdiction.

I arrived at the scene to see my town drunk LAYING in the middle of the highway.  I had thought I’d seen everything at this point.  He was argumentative to the other officer as I was walking up to him.

I looked down and he hadn’t looked at me yet and said “Sammy, get up and I’ll take you home.”  He said “If you take me home I’ll kill you.”  WELL THAT’S A ONE WAY TICKET TO JAIL!  So, I told him I was going to take him to jail.

Sammy turns over and looks at me, eyes glazed over and said. “I’ll go anywhere with YOU, just not HIM.”  I said “Well, you’re going to jail for threatening the life of a police officer AND public indecency.”  At this point the other guy turned to LEAVE ME THERE!   I said “WHERE do you think YOU are going?”  He said “Well, it looks like you have things handled.”  I said “I don’t have anything “handled” until he is in cuffs and properly searched and stuffed in MY CAR!”  The other officer was on his way home and found it in his heart to back me up while I commenced to cuff and search Sammy.  What a JERK!  He even called me “little lady”, talk about the “good old boy” mentality.  Sammy on the other hand was pretty calm at this point.

We get to the patrol car and Sammy starts freaking out.  I whipped him around, batted my eyelashes so hard it hurt, and reminded him he was going with me.  Sammy’s eyes glazed again and he got into my car smiling like a kid.  I slammed the door shut and took a deep breath and than told Mr. Honky Pants he could go home now.

I saw Sammy at court about a week later.  He walked up to me and said. “Miss Emalie, I am so sorry for what I said to you.  I don’t remember that night but that’s not an excuse.  I quit drinking.  Can you forgive me?  I would NEVER hurt you.”  I had tears in my eyes.  I said “Of course I forgive you Sammy..just don’t do it again!”

Sammy hugged me.  I let him hug me.  Then he walked off.

Sammy died 3 days later of a heart attack while he slept.  He died peacefully.  Sammy had a long history and even though he doesn’t sound like a REAL bad guy, Sammy tried to kill his mother about 15 years prior to this stop.  He had a history of violence and when he said he was going to kill me I HAD to take him seriously.

Sammy’s mom forgave him and he got a lot of help.

Sometimes stories are funny, than turn into real life REAL quick.  That was the nature of my job, the nature of the beast.

Just another reason to look good, you never know when it might save your life.

EmImage

Easy Facial Scrub

My daughter is obsessed with making her own facial scrubs and masks.  She has dealt with skin problems and is looking for better alternatives to store bought skin care products.

One of the things she makes, and this is wonderful, is a scrub that leaves your skin moisturized and soft.  The scrub isn’t too harsh and can be used anywhere on your body.

I have to admit it gets a bit expensive when she uses my GRAPE SEED oil, and ALL OF MY COOKING oils.  Every now and then she clogs the shower drain with oatmeal.  That one stopped.  I was like “Really VAL?!!  The tub does not have a garbage disposal!”  But other than that it makes her happy, and really who could ask for more than a happy teen??

Here’s her scrub.

Take about 1/3 of a cup of brown sugar

add some honey

add some vitamin E

add some grape seed oil

Mix it all up and wash over your face or body.  Remember..you MAY want to do this over your kitchen sink.

You will have soft freshly polished skin.  She used this right after having a light treatment and it didn’t hurt her at all.  This is nice considering the light treatment leaves you feeling burned, and looking burned for about a week.  It was the alternative to Accutane, which we are not ok with at all.

Here’s to happy kids, and clear faces.  It smells good too.  Probably make a good marinade of some kind..BEFORE you put it all over your face.Image

See this face?  This is why I don’t lock her in the closet when the drain get’s clogged..I love her so much!  I’m still hiding the oatmeal.