A Posh 'Do....

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Never having been a Spice Girls fan, David Beckham fan, etc...I am shocked to be typing something giving mention to them. I think Posh Spice is a publicity-hound and rather odd, but to each her own.

That being said, I am LOVING her new edgy bob.

As someone who has had all lengths of hair, I gravitate toward short hair...I am usually somewhere between a page boy, bob and a pixie.

My pixie, which I got in September, has gotten old and I am growing it out a bit.

I haven't seen a celebrity pic to take to the salon in years that I have loved.

Until now!

Posh's new 'do is a big DO in my book. It's work well for this busy mom on the go who wants an edgy short cut, rather than a Laura Bush 'do (A MAJOR DON'T in my opinion).

Not only will this style be EASY to style, but it'll be easy to grow into given that the back is already cropped closer to her head and the hair on the side of my head framing my face is longer and angled! At my current rate of growth, I can accomplish this cute new 'do by summer's end!

Coming Soon!

First of all, I would like to announce the additions of a new mineral bronzer and finishing powder to my NEW MINERAL MAKEUP LINE! They went into my Etsy shop yesterday!

My universal cheek color (Rosy Cheeks) and a concealer will debut in August.

Also, some time next week, you will be able to find k.z.m. Facial Care Boutique items (selected items) at the wonderful online mall, Le Mod Boutique. You can find this great site at http://lemodboutique.com.

Did I Mention?

Saturday, July 14, 2007

It seems I have neglected to mention my Etsy shop!

I have a wonderful skin care boutique on etsy.com featuring my handmade natural facial products.

k.z.m. Facial Care Boutique is located at http://www.facialcareboutique.etsy.com

Check it out!

Mention that you read about my store via this blog with your first order and I will include a free gift.

I feature a complete line of cleansers, toners, moisturizers, eye products, a wonderful serum and more! Most products are vegan and ALL-NATURAL. The Goat's Milk items are all veganuntil the goat's milk is added. The moisturizers are the only items that are not 100% natural. They contain less than 1% of a safe synthetic preservative to maintain freshness, so they are about 99% natural.

I owned Flour City Bakery beginning in August 2006. My FCB items are no longer available via the internet, but can be found locally in the Rochester area.

Next week, my MINERAL MAKEUP line will debut with a SMALL selection initially. My BRONZER and FINISHING POWDER will debut first.

Check out my shop today!

My Affordable Fashion Finds!

I am not normally a fan of the chain Steve & Barry's when it comes to selection and quality. We have one here and, quite frankly, in the past their items looked like the $10 per item they were selling for.

When I heard Sarah Jessica Parker was launching her own line, Bitten, at S&B I had to take a look.

I first bought 2 Bitten items last month. The first was a sleeveless empire waist emerald green top with white vine-type designs. The top was only $9.98.

The second was a cap sleeved cotton black "perfect fit" tee, quite fitted, but not tiny and adorned with pin-head sized white polka dots. This find was just under 8 bucks.

When you're constantly on the go with two toddlers who may decide to wipe their faces on your shirts at any moment or sling sand on you from the sandbox, you really don't want to spend much when you're with them all day.

I have always loved fashion. Just because you're a stay at home mom does NOT mean you need to wear sweats and spit-up covered tees, a pony tail and no makeup. Why change how you took care of your appearance before you had kids just because you're a mom? Looking good isn't about being vain. It sets an example for your kids that you respect yourself and want to be at your best. My hubby looks good when he goes off to work (and always! He always looks awesome), so why shouldn't I look good, too? My boys always look great, so why shouldn't I?

I always am "put together". I do my hair and makeup every single day. I don't dress "up", but am always stylish in my casual duds. It doesn't take any longer to look nice than to look like a slob. And with the prices at Steve & Barry's, you can look great everyday, not just going out to dinner or out with friend or your husband.

I have now tested those two tops from S&B for a month. I've laundered them, marinara sauce on them, had my son's chocolate pudding rubbed on to them. They have washed well with no fading, pilling or shrinkage. They are no different quality-wise than a top you'd purchase at my most visited shops of the past for casual wear: Gap, Ann Taylor Loft, J. Crew or Banana Republic.

I can buy 3 tops for the price of one at Steve & Barry's.

Today I decided to go there again since I have been so pleasantly surprised by my other tops. We're going on vacation in a few days and after a recent weight loss, I am in need of some new tops. Her "perfect fit" tees fit me very well--as a large chested woman, the XL fits great. When I like something, I tend to buy several. Today I found a cute tee with horizontal stripes. It fit great, will pack well and be great for roaming museums, the zoo, all the attractions, etc. I bought black/white, denim blue/white, green/white, coral/white....I also bought a deep turquoise top with a cute design at the hem, and did I mention I found an incredibly chic little casual black dress with tiny polka dots (great for a very casual dinner on vacation)?

The damage for the 5 tees and a dress? Under $60! I then went to Target and was looking for the boxers my toddler had to have and found a great pair of red leather kitten heel thongs to go with that black dress--another buy at $6.98.

I just love bargains, and while in the past I would have scoffed at those stores, I am tickled pink to be able to have found great quality casual wear at the mall a mile away and at such bargain prices!

The bottom line is that the Bitten line by SJP is awesome considering everything is under $20--wonderful for moms who don't want to spend a fortune--AND looks great! Check out Steve & Barry's!


Tried Clairol Natural Instincts in SAHARA today to tone down some highlights that came out a bit brighter than this picky mom would have liked. I left it in 10 minutes and the result was toned down blonde highlights, no brass, no dullness, no green! The damage? With a coupon, $3.75!

Forever on the hunt...

Friday, July 13, 2007

I have been looking for my holy grail mascara for about 15 years now.

The first one I ever bought was Maybelline Great Lash. I thought I was using it wrong because it never worked well on me and all the "experts" said it was the best.

I tried every mascara a high school and college student could afford...then I found Lancome Definicils when I was freelancing for them in college. That was great for me....

I have VERY long lashes, long and thick, but pretty fair. I need color definition and a little drama to add some va-va voom to my mommy routine.

Through the years I have used YSL and Christian Dior, Chanel, Cargo, Smashbox, Bare Escentuals--so many mascaras. The Faux Cils, which is supposed to be la creme de la creme actually made my eyes burn.

I found my holy grail in RIMMEL EXTRA SUPER LASH, but alas, I discovered they test on animals, so I refuse to use it, even if it made my eyes look smokin'.

So, I am forever on the hunt. I stopped writing down the ones have I tried, and I stopped my documentation at #40.

I know I have tried more than that...

I have to say, though...Maybelline Great Lash is NOT great! As someone who has been a professional makeup artist and who knows many makeup artists, we all agree that it is sub-par. The only people this is good for is people who do NOT want definition or lengthening, and those who don't mind smudging.

I have a mascara I would give an A- to and I have been wearing it on and off since it debuted: AVON DARING CURVES MASCRA. It is great. Not perfect, but will suffice as my quest continues!

If you have any recommendations, I am eager to try some others!

Preview of the Blog

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Welcome to my blog!

I wanted to create a special place for my customers, friends and all lovers of beauty products to read up on skin care and makeup (and anything else).

I will also use this as a place to fully detail my products, how I have chosen particular ingredients, and some great recipes for you to try on your own skin at home.

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