Month: September 2014

Drab to Fab in 90 seconds

Look like you’ve slept 8 hours, in 90 seconds.

Updated with product links to make this fool proof.



  • The Body Shop Eye Cream with Vitamin E (helps reduce appearance of find lines, puffiness and dark circles.
  • An eye shadow that is lighter than your skin. Use a brush to apply. It’s okay to apply on top of eye cream.
  • Bare Minerals pressed veil or powder with SPF. Think of it as non-greasy sunblock.
  • Blistex Lip Vibrance with SPF 15: Adds a natural color, contains a small mirror for touch ups.
  • An ouchless Elastic for ponytails.
  • Head band
  • A pencil case, to keep the supplies easily handy. If you don’t have time to sleep, you don’t have time to look for your make up!



  • The Body Shop Eye Cream with Vitamin E: This product can be hard to find at the Body Shop. On many occasions you’ll find it sold out. Ulta now carries it, so you might have more luck there. The cream adds a reflective barrier on the skin, giving the illusion your under eye is a uniform skin color. Furthermore it reduces appearance of find lines, puffiness and dark circles. As a person who suffers from allergies, this has been my go to remedy for eradicating puffiness. This lotion is best applied by dabbing from the outside of the eye and working your way towards your nose. Apply both over and below the eye.


BEAUTY TIP: To further decrease swelling, use your fingers to tap around your eye orbit, starting from the outside of your eye brow, then working your way down and around the eye, again towards your nose. This helps move the fluid that gives the appearance of puffy/ swollen lids. By tapping, the liquid that’s been sitting on your eyes all night moves faster out of your system. You’ll know you’ve tapped correctly if you feel your nose start to run (about 30 seconds). If you don’t have time to do this before you leave the house, it’s the perfect activity to do while waiting for the signal light to turn green.

  • An eye shadow 1-2 shades lighter than your skin: Using a shadow a shade or two lighter than your skin will give the appearance of larger, brighter eyes. Also, using one shade evens skin tone and makes application a breeze. Simply cover all areas between your upper eye lashes to your inner and out brow, so there’s no need to fret about eye shadow placement. Plus, with a subtle color like this, mess ups won’t be noticeable.

BEAUTY TIP: Also add shadow to the inner corner of your eye up to your brow. Your eyes will pop and glimmer!

  • It’s okay to apply on top of eye cream, in fact I find the shadow stays even better when applied after the eye cream.
  • Bare Minerals pressed veil or powder with SPF: Most sun screen leaves an oily sheen on the skin. This natural product will absorb oil throughout the day and protect your skin from aging sun damage. For a natural look use the veil only. For coverage, use a tinted powder. Unlike the loose powder form that leaves a mess and requires a brush, the compact form can fit your back pocket and no brush is required. In San Diego overcast days can fast become sunny, so I always have some screen protection handy. In fact, I keep this in the glove compartment of my car so I have it any time I leave my house. Think of it as non-greasy sunblock.


  • Blistex Lip Vibrance with SPF 15: Exhaustion and illness can take the pigment from your skin faster than acetone removes polish. If you look ghostly or have a cold, a coat of Vibrance is a must. If you haven’t time to sleep, maybe you haven’t time to hydrate. Dehydration leads to chapped lips. This lip balms adds a neutral rosy sheen, making lips look rosy and chap free. It contains a small mirror on the cap for touch ups.



  • An Elastic and headband. As evident in my before picture, getting a brush through my tangles is as difficult and painful as walking through a cactus forest. The elastic is a quick solution.
  • The headband helps create the illusion of having an oval face shape. An oval face shape is considered the “most pleasing”. Further, the headband placement can also bring attention to cheek bones.
  • A pencil case: Put your drab to fab supplies in a pencil case or similar container next to a mirror. It is important to keep the supplies easily handy. If you don’t have time to sleep, you don’t have time to look for your make up!

Indian Summer in SD

SD. Beautiful beaches, warm winters, temperate summers… until this week. 101 degrees in San Diego. 75% humidity. No air conditioning ANYWHERE.

We all know SD is full of microclimates. 101 in Poway or Chula Vista is understandable. 101 in view of the coast… unimaginable. Unless you are living in San Diego now.

Like almost all of West SD, we have no air conditioning. Even $2500/ mo apartments in Fancy La Jolla don’t have air conditioning. Why? Apparently “You really don’t need it” or so I’ve been told countless times since I moved to SD. And, maybe I need to get my hearing checked because I swear people have been telling me, “it’s only hot here one week a year”. I think they mean it’s only cold in the summer for one week a year.

Well I work from my air-conditionless hot home and until I installed an indoor thermometer I thought it was ME who was just too sensitive to the heat. Yesterday the high in my home was 95 degrees, with up to 75% humidity… inside my house! The overnight low was a freezing 82 degrees. Of course the famous cool SD ocean breeze is always helpful, but on the hottest days of the year I couldn’t be that lucky. It seems a cool breeze comes from the ocean wind on the pleasantly sunny days and the hot breeze comes from the east In fact, the strong warm winds from the east are called Santa Ana winds, a Spanish word referring to Saint Ann. However, when Santa Ana is said fast in Spanish, the words sounds more like Satana-meaning Satan. Today I feel Satan is exacting his revenge on me!

I tried to cool off with a cold shower. I turned on the cold sprocket, kept the hot one seal shut, and jumped in, anticipating a cool shock. Nope. The water pipes were warm, because the concrete and dirt are warm. Warm water pipes, warm water- an interior HOT SPRINGS.

I turn to my icemaker for relief… broken. The cool air from the fridge teases me. My kitty and I stand in front of Fridge with the doors open. My kitty jumps into the fridge. Kitty Move over- I want to sit inside the Fridge too!

That’s it! I’ve had it! 9pm and I’m drenched in sweat. Let’s go to home depot and buy a portable air conditioner. Oh it’s Sunday and they are closed. Monday morning, I wake up and read my indoor thermometer: Low last night- 81 degrees. Honey! Let’s go buy an air-conditioning unit NOW!!! We get to home depot and are told, “Air conditioners? We don’t have those. I don’t think anyone has them. Some customers have come in and told me they’ve been to many stores and no one carries them, especially in September. No one expects this Indian Summer.” So I go online and look for other stores- like their competitor Lowes. Here’s what I find

Knowing I’ll spend another day melting like Frosty the snowman, I look at the forecast and try to develop a plan. Perhaps I can do household chores while its still cool. Nope, it is 95 degrees by 10am. 0 chance of precipitation. Well, there’s a few stores I need to go to today, so hopefully they will give me a respite from the heat. First I went to a paint store… no air. Their indoor thermometer read over 90. Then I went to a machine shop orientation. 2 hours surrounded by hot tools, no windows and no air conditioning.

I want to escape to the mall but there’s only outdoor malls here. My hair dye is streaking down my face. Help!

Starbucks it is! So I’m typing this in Starbucks, after quite a bit of first standing and waiting for a table to open (others had the same idea as myself). I’m concentrated on my typing but I hear a commotion around me. I look around. The forecast was wrong- it’s raining! Hard. Sudden. Rain. Relief?! Rain in SD is rare. The little bit of rain we get comes in the winter and is cold. RELIEF!? God has forgiven me!

The drops bounce off the pavement. Palm trees sway as the wind increases. Lightening streaks the sky. Thunder, a sound I haven’t heard in months, nearly knocks the drink from my hand.

Within minutes, trees are falling, sirens are blaring, and roads are flooding.

Figure 1 Raining hard in San Diego Sudden Tropical Storm

I step outside of Starbucks, longing for the cool rain to soak my clothing. I step outside, the doors pull me hard as they get caught in the gust.

Damn, it’s still hot!

Ode to Joan Rivers

No T.V. personality, male or female is as witty, fast and comical as Joan Rivers was.

Joan Rivers is an example of the determination and skill required for a woman to make it a man’s world.

In an era where media is still dominated by strong males and passive females, Joan was an inspiration to myself and other women. She spoke her mind and never apologized for it.  Despite her high ratings she was continually let go.  Its like men didn’t want to compete with a lady. But, she was too good to be ignored. Her and her daughter eventually called their own shots and produced Fashion Police this became the number one TV show in Britain- and personally my favorite show.

I could always count on Joan to make me laugh- now she’ll bring more smiles to heaven.

Joan Rivers Picture

Joan always looked fabulous in pink! Joan Rivers, comedian and fashionista

In her memory, I wrote a few jokes I imagine she’ll say on her way to heaven:

  • When encountering the grim reaper: “I’m 81, what took you so long!”
  • Looking at the staircase up to the pearly gates: “taking the stairway down sure looks easier”
  • Entering: “I’m surrounded by all my exes … you call this heaven?!”
  • Dressing up in heaven: “Finally, I get to wear white!”
  • Upon meeting God: “And I thought I was old”.

Learn more about Joan Rivers on her official site