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Tarte’s Berry Couture Giveaway, and the winner is

One thing is certain, you people love your summer berries! 

The response to this month’s tarte Berry Couture Cheek and Lip Stain Giveaway was incredible.  I simply treasured reading everyone’s entries.  Not only did people write about their favorite berry, they wrote up about nostalgic childhood memories, how berries are healthy, and their favorite ways to eat them!   It was amazing!

The favorite berries were tallied along with some of my favorite comments:

#1 Favorite Berry, Strawberries:  125

“Strawberries, they just so bring summer to mind. Where I grew up we used to be able to go to local farms and pick them ourselves, and thus get them much FRESHER and much cheaper than at the grocery store, we would come home with 10’s of lbs. We would freeze them to make strawberry shortcakes, etc year round. That was the most fun, picking them yourself and just eating a ton when you got home D “- Rebecca C

# 2 Favorite Berry, Blueberries:  71

“My favorite summer berry is the blueberry. Not because I like to eat them because I could actually care less for the taste, but because of the time I spend with my son collecting them. Every summer during picking season we go out a couple days a week to pick blueberries. We pack a lunch and sometimes our fishing poles. We make a day filled with memories. Most of the time we give the berries away sharing the joy with others.”- Denise 

“I really don’t know if I can pick! Strawberries are the family “summer picking” tradition, but my mom still claims my eyes are so blue because of all the blueberries I ate as a child! “- Laney

#3 Favorite Berry, Red Raspberries:  71

“One of my earliest memories was hunting for blackberries and raspberries with my mom and my sister, we would always go walking down dirt country roads looking along the sides and fence lines and we would come home with baskets full of them. Those were the good ol days, but any way, my favorite berry is blackberries and blueberries, I can’t have just one favorite !!” – Carrie 

 #4 Favorite Berry, Blackberries:  51

“I was just given some of the largest and sweetest blackberries from a friend’s garden. My husband made a blackberry cobbler. Just add vanilla ice cream and it doesn’t get much better than that!”-Cindi

Honorable Mentions:

Mulberries (6), Gooseberries (2), Marionberries (3), Logan Berries (1), Boysenberries (2), Saskatoon Berries (1), Georgia Mountain Blackberries (1), Elderberry (1), Black Currants (1), Olallieberries (1), Yellow Strawberries (1), and Black Raspberries (5).

And then the one berry we cannot forget,

“My favorite summer Barry would be White, Barry White…. There’s something cheesy about listening to a little “Can’t Get Enough of Your Love Baby” while driving with the windows rolled down on a hot summer night… Accompanied, of course, with off-key singing and the clicking of bugs hitting the windshield.”- IFW

Congrats Angela!  Angela is not only the official winner of this contest, she is a forty-something mom to two teens, a wife, a theatre junkie, and the author of a fairly new blogsite Opera Lobster!   Congrats Angela, a mom of teens certainly deserves this berry couture set!

Many thanks to tarte cosmetics for their generous contribution to this giveaway, and many thanks to you for participating.  Next week I will be announcing another kick-butt MBB giveaway with 3 amazing prizes!!! Make a note to check back because this next giveaway really deserves the three exclamation points.

September 1, 2008 at 9:48 am 7 comments

Marilyn asked, and I attempt to please her.

Tuesday I wrote about using a sheer red lip gloss instead of a full color red lipstick called, “This ain’t your Momma’s Lipstick: Going Red.” I go for the sheer red lip look because of feeling intimidated by a true lipstick in red. With many lipstick shades I feel like a kid that sneaked into my mother’s pocketbook and tried on her lipstick.

So my friend Marilyn asked, “Wait a minute! Where’s the photo of YOU in that lipgloss?” My response, “Isn’t the one I posted of Christina Aguilera so much better!? I am a beauty blogger, not a beauty model.” It is always difficult for me to pose and demonstrate a product or shade in a picture. To please Marilyn here is my attempt at taking a picture of myself wearing Becca’s Glossy Lip Tint in Cherrybomb. To intensify the color and keep “in bounds” I first lined my lips with the newly released and fabulous 24/7 Glide-on Lip Pencil by Urban Decay in a shade called “Wicked.” It’s wicked pretty together with Cherrybomb don’t you think?

My little Becca even joined me during the photo shoot! I think that is another reason why I love the Becca Cosmetic line so much; it has a beautiful name.

Hope this inspires you Marilyn! 😉

August 14, 2008 at 5:17 am 3 comments

Supplements for the Skin, Hair, and Nails: Price Hard to Swallow?

If you are a skincare junkie like me, I bet you have been wondering about all the supplements and drinks that purport to benefit your skin, hair, and nails.  And these supplements don’t come cheap!  I am not saying that these do or do not work, I am just saying a little investigation is in order before you “bottoms-up” on some of these products.

A recent post from J. Tania at Beauty Tip Today mentions a new celebrity-touted drink called Beauty Scoop that is supposed to do wonders for your skin and hair.  I mean, if Ricki Lake loves it, and she has the most fabulous skin and hair, it must be good right?  Well $95 for a 21 day supply, it better be!  In the next months, I am planning to put this product and some more skincare supplements to the test. 

This weekend, some friends invited us to go boating with them on Bear Lake.  Not being a native from Utah, I had never been to this remote lake location.  Craving the azure blue ocean and the Greek islands but don’t have the money to go?  Visit Bear Lake.  Its completely fresh water, clear to the bottom, and absolutely breathtakingly beautiful! 

Our first day there, I jump off the side of the boat and into the perfectly clear water without thinking.  The boat was near the shore where it was only three feet deep, but I thought it was much deeper, and ouch!  As I hit the sandy bottom quickly I could feel the crunch on my right foot.  I really messed up my right heel.  Evan remarked later as I was unable to step on it without wincing, “Luckily blogging doesn’t require walking.” 
 

Above:  My husband Evan, daughter and our favorite puppy, Asia.  Below:  If you know me, big hat, sunglasses and relaxing in the shade on the boat, and holding my sleeping daughter Becca.

My foot is doing much better today, but the heel is bruised and needing time to heal (heel/heal great homonym)!  I have been taking ibuprofen, but also thought about a joint/bone supplement that I have taken that also claims to benefit your skin, hair, and nails.  It is called Super Collagen+C from NeoCell.  I started taking it again and hopefully this will speed up my recovery, and if it benefits my skin, hair, and nails, even better!  I purchased this bottle at Costco for about $19.00 for 350 tablets, which you are supposed to take six tablets daily, so it should last for 2 months.  A little pricey, but just a tad bit more reasonable than the Beauty Scoop or N.V. Perricone Products. 

Have any of you tried or benefitted from using a skincare supplement or beauty drink?  If so, please share your experience.

August 4, 2008 at 10:23 am 7 comments

Prizey, A Giveaway Utopia

Promotion.

I would be down right fibbing if I didn’t confess that I am a self-promoting fool when it comes to Mythbuster Beauty. A few months ago I was introduced to Shai Coggins’s Creative Geek Living blog site that she created to share information and support others’ websites. It is a brilliant blog and Shai deserves a lot of praise for her vision and hard work at her site.

One way I try to promote this site is by offering monthly giveaways. Giveaways have become one of the most rewarding and exciting elements to my beauty blogging experience. Not only do I get to work and get to know the individuals behind the beauty companies sponsoring the contest, I also get to award some very nice prizes to some truly deserving people. I am so grateful for this opportunity.

Last month, the Alison Raffaele contest was launched at Mythbuster Beauty and the response was pretty small. After week one, I became a little concerned. A low number of participants in the contest might be great news for an entrant, but for me as a blogger and for Alison Raffaele Comsetics, it wasn’t good news at all.

By some freaky whim, I visited through some of the names and websites of the women participating in the contest. One of these women happened to be Naomi, (aka superdumb supervillian). I soon discovered that not only is her personal blog delightful, she contributes to a website that announces and tracks several giveaways called Prizey After contacting Naomi she immediately listed the Shine-Busting Alison Raffaele giveaway on Prizey and the numbers of entries took off! Many, many thanks Naomi. As a supervillian, you are clearly anything but superdumb!

If you are a fan of giveaways and particularly in need of things for small children, the Prizey website is a must subscribe onto your daily web feed.

Thank you Naomi for helping with the promotion of the giveaway here at Mythbuster Beauty. And, many thanks to all of you that put in a good word of support or encouragement to any bloggers out there. Sometimes your words of encouragement or promotion can make all the difference.

As always, thank you all for your continued support! I hope I can help your efforts as well.

Jen

June 5, 2008 at 8:42 pm 1 comment

Mission Impossible: Shopping for My Mother

Mother’s Day, Ugh!  This is a post about why my Mom is the hardest person on the planet to buy something for.  Let me explain.

My Mom is a beauty minimalist.  She doesn’t wear foundation, and cannot wear eye makeup.  Very sensitive eye issues make it impossible for her to wear mascara or eyeshadow.   She uses her lipstick on her lips and than dabs some on for her blush and voila!  She’s gorgeous.

[What do you think Mo, does her hair style look familiar to you?  Yes, that is me in agony on Santa’s lap.]

She loves antiques and collectibles, but I never go to auctions or to flea market shops where they sell these things.  First, I have no idea how to assess anything there accurately, I don’t enjoy bartering, and it is a nightmare bringing small kids into places that have wall to wall breakables.  My Mom could literally host the “Antique Roadshow” on PBS, and unfortunately I am completely clueless in this arena.

I really don’t know what she has or doesn’t have.  We live 2,000 miles away from eachother and I am not up to speed about what she needs.  She has also lived out the country for 4 of the last 6 years overseas in Cambodia and Indonesia. 

She loves jewerly, but the good 18K kind, and real gems.  Big bucks, sorry Mom, no can do!

She loves to gamble.  Lottery tickets might work!?

Maybe just a card, with some cash.  Oh, crap, she isn’t even home right now.  She is out visiting her family in MA and selling her wares at the Brimfield Antique and Collectibles Show!  My card won’t get to her on Mother’s Day, but this Smilebox slide show will have to suffice.  If you are at Brimfield this week, and recognize this woman, tell her I honestly tried!  She doesn’t even own a cell phone!!!

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 I love you Mom!  The only person probably more difficult to buy a present for is me. 🙂

May 9, 2008 at 1:19 pm 7 comments

Sunday Sermon: Prayer of the Children

In January of 2008, I wrote an article called “Prayer of the Children” inspired by a picture that I took of my daughter Becca, the Ouelessebougou Utah Alliance, and a musical piece by Kurt Bestor.  Little did I know that a few months later, they would all strangely collide at a fund-raising dinner for the Ouelessebougou Utah Alliance. 

Last night at the fund raiser, Kurt Bestor was in attendance and performed his “Prayer of the Children.”  Much to my surprise, I was not aware that Kurt was affiliated with this group, or that he performs this piece annually at this fundraising event.  The realization was a bit surreal for me.  Kurt sings while using an amazing electronic synthesizer, that shapes his voice into varying frequencies and allows him to harmonize according to his wishes.  I had no idea that he was the only one singing this in the music video.  I just assumed it was a group of men singing harmony.  Mind blowing performance Kurt!

Last night, I also took away some important messages from a speech given from Mali’s Ambassador, Abdoulaye DIOP, who spoke about the immense diversity of Africa, that the stories are not all negative, and that although aid is needed, what is also needed is training and working with their Governments so that they can help themselves.

This is a picture taken of my youngest daughter Becca in December 2007, playing out in the snow.  It is hard to imagine not being able to provide for your child.  I feel so blessed to be able to feed, provide health care, and all the modern-day benefits that I desire to give her. 

Becca Praying

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mali has suffered from long-standing drought since the mid-1980s and is among the five poorest countries in the world. The Ouelessebougou (Oo-less-a-boo-goo) Utah Alliance has worked cooperatively with villagers to address the most basic human needs.  I would also like to share Kurt Bestor’s song with you.  May all our prayers make the world a better place and may the prayers of all God’s children be answered.

May 4, 2008 at 12:35 pm 5 comments

What is your cosmetic beauty style?

The Mother’s Day Edition of the Sephora catalog just arrived. I think fashionable shots of the supermodel mother-to-be, or posing “glammed-up” next to her toddler is a very sweet gesture. As a real life momma, I can only *chuckle* thinking about the dirty looks I would get from the women behind the counter at Sephora if I allowed my toddler to unload a stack of beauty products on the floor!

What I would have given to look half as good as the pregnant rock star mom on page 12!

You don’t have to be a mom to love Sephora, and this late spring catalog characterizes women in four cosmetic style types.

“Glam” Where flashbulbs go, she follows. If it’s not fab, forget it, dah-ling.

“The Rock Star”Edgy, push-the-envelope treats are right up her electric avenue. (Mo, I thinked they have you pegged)! Someone in this group would love to get the…

Urban Decay Wallpaper Shadow Box – 9 pigment rich shades including “shot gun,” “shattered,” and “asphyxia.” ($34), or

Winning the Urban Decay Showers to Flowers contest – deadline 4.30.08

“The Sophisticate”She wears many hats, never a hair out of place. Her trick? Products that work as hard as she does.

“Earth Mother” – Saving the world one biodegradable lipstick tube at a time, her must-haves are as earth-friendly as she is.  She would go ga-ga to over…

tarte’s natural beauty cheek stain and double dose T5 gloss – yes, these two gems are what we gave away last month for the tarte march madness giveaway at MBB! Sharon absolutely loves her new tarte lip glosses, and reports she is “hooked.”

I am placing myself in the “Earth Mother” category. Mainly because of my thick and crazy naturally curly hair, and the fact that I honestly believe women are most beautiful with very little makeup on.  Just sit me under a shady tree with my hair flowing in the warm breeze, wearing my homemade tie-dyed t and faded jeans while listening to Simon and Garfunkel. I can picture my kids frolicking in the sunshine, and chasing after butterflies. I would be in hippie heaven.

But secretly, in my heart I am a rock star mom wanna be!

Which cosmetic style would best describe you?

April 24, 2008 at 10:18 am 10 comments

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