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The pinky pin comes out- video!

Remember when I broke my pinky? You can read about it here. The skinny was; I broke my pinky, had surgery, and they put a pin in it.

Yesterday was the day when they took out the pin. They just yanked it out basically.

I knew this would be entertaining, so I had Emma join me and video tape the whole thing.

The video is full of all kinds of colorful moments. They even let me take home the pin.

Enjoy!

Click on the picture to take you to the video.

Frugie gets her pinky pin out

Simplifying your summer makeup routine to 7 products- you can do it!

Lighting and filters always help.

 

If you’re a makeup junkie like I am, reducing your beauty routine to just 7 products is a challenge.

I can use 7 products on my eyes alone if you include primer, shadow, liner, mascara, brow pencil, brow gel… geeze!

So reducing my entire makeup routine to just 7 products is a huge accomplishment for me.

Usually I like to give myself about 20 minutes to do a full face. I love playing with my makeup and applying different colors, formulas and trying new techniques. But going on vacation or to a conference, or if you just wake up late, and you need to look decent in around 5 minutes, there’s still hope to applying a full face of makeup with just 7 products.

I will be attending BlogHer 2013 in July in Chicago. There won’t be a whole lot of time to sleep in and dink around with my beauty routine. Plus, I can’t take my entire Sephora sized makeup collection in my suitcase.

So I came up with the following:

 

My top 7 picks for a quick face. (Video below, if you choose. Please choose, please.)

 

Cover Girl 3 in 1 Color Stay Foundation Creamy Natural

Susan Posnick color correct stick-light

Tarte Amazon Eyes Waterproof pencil (some bronzey brown color, it doesn’t say)

Tarte Amazon Clay Bronzer- Park Avenue Princess

Dior Brow Styler- Universal Brown

Cover Girl Flamed Out Mascara-Black

Mirenesse Gloss Stick-First Kiss

I also used my Sigma F80 foundation brush- I love! And I put on BB cream prior to the foundation to give myself added sun protection and coverage.

If you’re headed to BlogHer this summer, let me know other packing tricks so I can fit 10 pairs of shoes in my carry-on.

Thanks!

 

I do my makeup how I want to

This week I was in a funkity funk. So I made a makeup tutorial. It always brightens my mood to put makeup on for you guys.

I hope you like it!

I did a drugstore makeup challenge

I’m a makeup snob. But I’m also a makeup junkie. So if there’s a chance there’s something just as good out there, but at a fraction of the cost- I’ll try it.

How I wish I had this knowledge last summer when we went to Hawaii and I forgot to pack my makeup!

So I made a video to show my application and to compare the high end matches to the low end dupes. Check below for a product list.

And let me tell you- I was pleased!

 

NYX Eyeshadow Base

Maybelline Color Tattoo Metal 24 Hour

L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow Bronzed Taupe

Wet N Wild Kohl Pencil- Black

NYX eyeshadow- Nude

Milani Blush- Luminoso

NYC Bronzer- Sunny 720

Boots No7 Photo Fix Primer

L’Oreal Concealer Crayon- W1/2

Laura Gellar eyebrow pencil- taupe

Rimmel lipstick- 110

Revlon Colorstay in Nude 200

Maybelline liquid  master liner- black

Elf Makeup Remover Pen

Brushes- ELF, MAC, Sonia Kashiuk, Samantha Chapman

 

Chicken in a Biskit- a video

I try to be healthy. I do. But once in awhile I find something that takes me to the dark side of snacking. Here you go-

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Here we go a wassailing

Let’s drink and be merry, it’s the holidays!

I made wassail for you. Okay, it’s not really wassail, because it isn’t made from cider and it’s not to celebrate the apple harvest. But I digress… I made mulled wine and show you can too in this little video.

Holy crap, the cat video bombs- again! It’s 5 minutes and you can sit with your beverage and watch. I even sing. People, I don’t hold back for your entertainment.

And don’t forget to watch, click and share. I get paid in m&m’s for my videos now and you will save my mom so much trouble trying to accumulate all those views herself.

Behold:

 

 

If we were nudists that would solve my laundry problem.

Of course that would require us to get more slip covers for the couches. Ew!! Yeah, gross.

Oh my gosh, can you just imagine Owen nude all the time? He would be so up in his butt and playing with this nuts like they were stress balls. Which they are. I mean, he’s fiddling with them, they’re balls… you get the idea.

Before I started blogging, I would complain on my Facebook page about the laundry. I don’t read single people complaining about their laundry. Married folks without kids might gripe a little. Wives complaining about folding socks and undershirts. Maybe a husband wondering what in THE hell is with the once a month underwear from the misses that looks like a crime scene. But it’s not until you have children that you feel the pain of laundry. The burden that comes with the constant loads of clothes, towels, sheets, stinky socks, underpants. My favorite is the hunt. When I go to Emma’s room and her hamper is empty, but the clothes are strewn about the floor and she complains she has nothing to wear that just fries my craw. So goes with McSweetie. He has an entire pile of dirties, but the hamper is empty.

Now I know I don’t have to take them to the river or anything and beat them on wash boards. The clothes. Not the family members. Although maybe that would make them better at helping me! It’s the same as dishes. There will always be dirty ones. There’s always laundry. Always. Until we start going naked, there will always be clothes to clean. If we stop eating, we can stop loading the dishwasher. I prefer eating. I also prefer garments that cover my privates. So I suppose I will continue to do laundry.

We haven’t planned on moving to any remote island or getting shipwrecked a la Blue Lagoon style. So laundry it is.

And like most normal people who stare at a laundry basket piled high with clean things, I get out my video camera and decide how to vlog about it. I mean, right? You do that too don’t you?

So here’s my ballad to the laundry. I look really sad. I think I’m just overwhelmed.

What an asshole. Look at him just sitting on those clean towels like that. Little turd.

A Tutorial on Spanx*

*Or, how to stuff your muffin top into a Lycra tube.

Listen ladies (and men, cuz there is SPANX for men out there, but let’s pretend we didn’t know that), it’s not that hard. I’ve been wearing SPANX for years.

Yes, it’s a fancy name for a girdle. Yes, it’s not cheap to buy at Nordstrom. HOWEVER, it’s a helluva lot more comfortable than the old fashioned girdles of the 50s. I don’t know this personally. I’m only 40. But I can only guess since back then, the fabric didn’t ‘breathe’ a whole lot.

So yes, SPANX can be uncomfortable. Yes, SPANX can be hot in summer. And yes, there is that weird crotch hole in some. I will explain more on that later. BUT- it does slim, trim and whittle you down under clothes. I don’t care what size you are- the point is to be smooth and bulge-free under your clothes.

So if you are bulging out over your pants, or your back fat over your bra- then you’re wearing the wrong garment. Everyone’s complaint about Spanx is that it just pushes the fat to a different place. Well, that’s not entirely true. You need to push the fat IN and spread it OUT under the steel clad grip of the garment.

Oh and just a side note- the crotch hole is only for peeing. Not for pooping or sex. Just don’t go there.

I’ll demonstrate. Please sit back and enjoy this lengthy movie I made for your viewing pleasure. It’s like an infomercial. A little redundant, not as long, and DEFINITELY way more entertaining.

And I was not endorsed by SPANX at all in the making of this video. But I gotta say, if Sara Blakely wants to come and deliver me a truckload of these things, I’m her gal. Yes- I put SPANX on in the video.  You’ll see.  Have I NO SHAME?

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I’m like Jane Fonda of the 80s…only better

I’ve been on Pinterest a lot lately. And there are a ton of exercise tips. Lots of them. They all come with these pictures of some woman and her six-pack, that’s really more like a ten-pack. Thighs of steel, buns of supple perkiness that you could bounce a quarter off of.

So I pin all these exercises to my board. And guess what? They don’t seem to work unless I actually DO them!

Yeah. So I decided to make an exercise video that you all could pin to YOUR Pinterest boards.

You know all those exercise people are very intimidating. Their sculpted, toned bodies. Tanned and cellulite free. What a crock!

So I give you- ME.

When my friend and I would do the Jane Fonda video that her mom had and we used her VCR and it was like 1984, we were so excited to don our leotards and leg warmers. We really wanted to look like the girls in the video. I guess I have never lived that down. Which will explain my exercise wardrobe I selected for this clip.

The super high leg openings are like an 80s dream come true. And a bikini area grooming nightmare.

Watching this will make you feel so much better about yourself. And hey, you too can be just an average sized housewife like me. Just trying to stay out of the mom jeans and keep my muffin under control.

Stay hydrated and be sure to warm up first.

It’s a vlog again.

Does anyone out there actually LIKE Kristen Stewart? I mean, if she were my neighbor or roommate in college, I’m sure I would be perfectly pleasant with her. We might actually go out for coffee. No we wouldn’t. Because I couldn’t take the ‘thumbs up’ habit  and awkward she exudes for even five minutes.

Not that this vlog is all about my dislike of good ol’ K. Stew. But I do review Snow White and the Huntsman. And give a stunning example of her performance.

It’s a decent movie. Don’t get me wrong. And I went with a girl friend and we had a great time. So I’m not complaining. Well, sort of. I’ve seen soap opera actors do a better job than she does. Why does she continue to get work in the industry? It’s annoying.

So with that- here’s the latest vlog.

It’s pretty entertaining. I’m drinking and eating in it. My cat has a cameo. I pay honor to the Queen, not the evil queen in the movie- the Queen of England sillies!

It’s like a Jubilee/movie review/vlog/ extravaganza!

OH and good news- there’s no copyright issues so it should work on mobile devices!

Yay!