Friday, April 30, 2010

Margo's Winner!

    Thanks, everyone, for a great day in the lair on Thursday! Margo has chosen her winner and it's:

    EVA FROM FINLAND!


    Eva, you've won your choice of either WILD or TAKEN BY THE LAIRD. Congratulations! Please email Margo on margomaguire @ yahoo.com (no spaces) with your snail mail details and she'll get your book off to you!Source URL: http://castleofrock.blogspot.com/2010/04/
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Stunning mineral illuminating powders with pearl powder and diamonds...


    This post is actually part two of the Haul.

    I wasn't planning on getting Laura Mercier's mineral illuminating powders - I didn't even know about them, to be honest - but once I'd tried them, I had to get them. There are two colours to choose from and I first got Starlight. Then I went back and got Candlelight, too. I adore these!

    Starlight (L) and Candlelight (R)

    Starlight is the lighter shade and it's described as a 'golden nude' on their website. It has a beautiful, soft shimmer that's supposed to give a natural, healthy glow. The ingredients are really glam: pearl powder, diamonds, emeralds and other precious / semi-precious stones!

    It's definitely not for using all over the face but it's pretty as a highlighter. If you look at the swatches below, you'll see that Starlight is the most subtle because it blends in better with my skintone. MAC pigment Naked is rather pink and Vanilla is very white with a strong and visible sheen.

    (from L to R) Starlight, MAC pigment Naked, MAC pigment Vanilla

    In daylight (no direct sunlight)

    In sunlight - sparkles are visible

    In artificial light - also sparkly

    Candlelight is more of a pink tone. It would add a nice bit of colour and shimmer to a beauty powder or light blush on the cheeks. It might even work as a blush on its own but I haven't tried that yet. Or as eyeshadow, actually. These powders are basically like MAC's pigments.

    I swatched Candlelight alongside some random colours on a different day in different lighting (still outside). Candlelight ended up in the middle. Naked pigment is on the left and Soft and Gentle Mineralize Skinfinish on the right.

    L to R: MAC pigment Naked, Candlelight, Soft and Gentle MSF

    The one last thing that I got is the new Secret Finish - Mattifying. It comes in a small tube and the consistency is slightly strange; it's described as a liquid-gel that instantly absorbs excess oil and removes shine for hours. It's primarily for touch-ups.

    I've only used this once so far but noticed that you have to be careful with the application. Don't try to rub the product in because that will 'push' the make-up around and possibly 'dilute' it. Better to spread it out on the back of your hand first, then just tap it into the skin. 

    Whew. I think that's enough Laura Mercier for a while. Coming soon is MAC - the new collections that I wrote about in my wishlist. Yay! 
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Mo'nique State Theatre Tickets

    In exactly two weeks from today, Mo'nique will be performing at the State Theatre in Minneapolis. The big day will be on Friday, May 14th and the show starts at 8 pm. Mo'nique first rose to fame in the UPN series The Parkers and since then has made a name for herself as a stand-up comedian hosting a variety of venues. Now is your chance to get a great deal on Mo'nique State Theatre tickets! Ticket King has some of the best seats in the house!! Check them out and grab yours now before they're gone!Source URL: http://castleofrock.blogspot.com/2010/04/
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Mo'nique State Theatre Tickets

    In exactly two weeks from today, Mo'nique will be performing at the State Theatre in Minneapolis. The big day will be on Friday, May 14th and the show starts at 8 pm. Mo'nique first rose to fame in the UPN series The Parkers and since then has made a name for herself as a stand-up comedian hosting a variety of venues. Now is your chance to get a great deal on Mo'nique State Theatre tickets! Ticket King has some of the best seats in the house!! Check them out and grab yours now before they're gone!Source URL: http://castleofrock.blogspot.com/2010/04/
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Summer Concerts at the Minnesota Zoo

    If you live in Minnesota and like to attend concerts, we've got great news for you! The Minnesota Zoo has a very nice lineup scheduled for this summer and Ticket King is carrying tickets to ALL the big events! Be sure to check our website to view our entire inventory of Minnesota Zoo concert tickets. There will be performances by Straight No Chaser, Blues Traveler, Gear Daddies, Dark Star Orchestra, The Wailers, Devo, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Greg Brown, Taj Mahal, Joan Baez, Los Lobos, Los Lonely Boys, Dave Koz & Jonathan Butler, Squeeze, Marc Cohn, Jimmy Cliff, Gaelic Storm, George Thorogood & many more!! But don't wait- these shows WILL sell out!! Get your tickets today while you can!Source URL: http://castleofrock.blogspot.com/2010/04/
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Summer Concerts at the Minnesota Zoo

    If you live in Minnesota and like to attend concerts, we've got great news for you! The Minnesota Zoo has a very nice lineup scheduled for this summer and Ticket King is carrying tickets to ALL the big events! Be sure to check our website to view our entire inventory of Minnesota Zoo concert tickets. There will be performances by Straight No Chaser, Blues Traveler, Gear Daddies, Dark Star Orchestra, The Wailers, Devo, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Greg Brown, Taj Mahal, Joan Baez, Los Lobos, Los Lonely Boys, Dave Koz & Jonathan Butler, Squeeze, Marc Cohn, Jimmy Cliff, Gaelic Storm, George Thorogood & many more!! But don't wait- these shows WILL sell out!! Get your tickets today while you can!Source URL: http://castleofrock.blogspot.com/2010/04/
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Haul: Aveda, Laura Mercier, OPI

    My husband didn't change his mind, of course, so I had to return his shirts today. Got that money back - and headed straight for the beauty department. Here is what I got - and I'm keeping everything.

    Aveda
    I got bath salts called Soothing Aqua Therapy. It's supposed to refresh, hydrate and relax. I've never tried any bath products from Aveda before so this will be interesting. I also got samples (yay!) of their smooth infusion shampoo and conditioner. 



    OPI
    I got their nail and cuticle replenishing oil. I've been using this on and off for years. Apply to cuticles at night before you go to bed and you will wake up with nicer looking nails. Mine look absolutely terrible at the moment. 



    Laura Mercier
    I think Laura Mercier does great powders so I picked up a couple of those and a brow definer. 

    First, the brow definer. It is a wax/gel in a pot, applied with a brush, that keeps hairs in place. It comes in three colours and I got it in Fair, the lightest colour.


    It's not as dark as it looks in the first photo. Here's another pic, taken outside. 


    Now for the swatch.  
    After taking the picture on the left (below), I thought I was done so I started to rub it off. Then I noticed that I couldn't get it off. It had virtually stained my skin and it only came off with soap. Great for summer. 


    The secret brightening powder is a very light powder made specifically to set concealer. This is an incredible powder, it's light, doesn't crease and is supposed to lighten the eye area with its tiny flecks of shimmer. In her book "Make-up Masterclass" (review coming soon) make-up artist Jemma Kidd lists her favourite loose powder as being this one.


    It comes in two colours and I actually use #2, an off-white. But I wasn't concentrating (too busy looking at other products) and ended up with #1, which is very white. I can still use this so I won't bother returning it but don't you hate it when that happens? 

    Anyway, the white one reminds me of MAC's Prep and Prime transparent finishing powder, except the MAC one is matte and Laura Mercier's is not. 

    Secret brightening powder 2 and 1

    What else... I got two mineral finishing powders. I won't go into that now. I tested it and wrote about it here.

    There will be a separate post on the mineral illuminating powders because they are so amazing. 

    Have you tried any of these products? 
    Source URL: http://castleofrock.blogspot.com/2010/04/
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"It's the Batman!"

My Hoot Skipped A Beat

Hootsband & Wife

The Stations of the Resurrection--Eighth Station--Jesus Strengthens the Faith of Thomas


    ("The Incredulity of Thomas," by Michelangelo Merisi da Carvaggio)

    The Eighth Station--Jesus Strengthens the Faith of Thomas

    Leader: O Risen Christ, Light of the world, we adore you;
    People: You allowed Thomas to believe in the way he understood best.

    Thomas had been absent from the other disciples when Jesus had breathed the Holy Spirit upon them. When they told him of their encounter with Jesus, Thomas just glared at them and did not say anything for a long time. He had no doubt his companions had experienced something--but wondered if their desire and wishes to see Jesus again had not clouded reality for them. Perhaps they had met someone who reminded them of Jesus and they wished it so. Perhaps someone had played a cruel trick on them. Perhaps they were so grief-stricken they were having delusions.

    Thomas was still grieving terribly himself. He simply did not want to hurt any more than he was hurting already. He didn't want to hear these stories--it did not make his own pain any better. So finally, he growled back, "You know what? I don't want to disagree with you, but I just can't buy it, as much as I love and believe in you. I won't believe it until I see it--and I'd have to feel the nail marks and the hole in his side myself before I could even begin to believe it."

    A week later, the disciples were again behind closed doors and Thomas was among them. Suddenly, Jesus was again in their midst! "Peace be with you," repeated Jesus. He looked squarely at Thomas, holding out his hands. "Thomas, put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt, but believe."

    The Gospel of John doesn't say whether Thomas actually did touch Jesus--that is left up to our imaginations--but whatever did happen caused Thomas to exclaim, "My Lord and my God!" What is clear, though, is that Jesus understood exactly what it took to come to Thomas on his own terms--and he was perfectly willing to do that.

    Leader: Jesus came to Thomas to the way of his own understanding,
    People: Just as Christ can come to us in the way of our own understanding.

    Leader: Let us pray.
    (a brief period of silence is observed.)

    Lord God, perceiver of all things,
    Sometimes it hurts too much to simply accept and believe your truth.
    Sometimes when our worries and fears overtake us,
    the gentle touch of your loving hand sears our flesh like acid.
    It becomes easier to doubt than to believe.
    Remind us in those moments
    that we are loved by a Son with nail holes in his own hands
    and a gash in his side, a Son who cries and bleeds,
    and will not ask anything of us in our pain
    but to simply touch his own wounds and feel one with them.

    People: Amen.

    Leader: Alleluia! Christ is risen!
    People: The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia!Source URL: http://castleofrock.blogspot.com/2010/04/
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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Cheap State Theatre Owl City Tickets!!

    If you're a fan of Owl City, you should know that the man behind the music, Adam Young, will be traveling back to his hometown of Minneapolis this Saturday for TWO performances at the State Theatre! The early afternoon performance will be at 2pm on Saturday, May 1st, while the later show will be at 7:30pm on Saturday. If you haven't bought your State Theatre Owl City tickets yet, have no fear! Ticket King still has a very nice selection to choose from starting BELOW face value at just $30 per ticket for main floor or balcony seats! Grab yours today before they're gone!
    Source URL: http://castleofrock.blogspot.com/2010/04/
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Cheap State Theatre Owl City Tickets!!

    If you're a fan of Owl City, you should know that the man behind the music, Adam Young, will be traveling back to his hometown of Minneapolis this Saturday for TWO performances at the State Theatre! The early afternoon performance will be at 2pm on Saturday, May 1st, while the later show will be at 7:30pm on Saturday. If you haven't bought your State Theatre Owl City tickets yet, have no fear! Ticket King still has a very nice selection to choose from starting BELOW face value at just $30 per ticket for main floor or balcony seats! Grab yours today before they're gone!
    Source URL: http://castleofrock.blogspot.com/2010/04/
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Travel-friendly massage ball

    It's such a pain when flights gets delayed. But once in a while it can be an opportunity in disguise. I was walking around the airport shops, bored, when suddenly I spotted one of these little reflexology balls. It's simply a ball with spikes, small enough to fit in the palm of your hand.


    Unlike a lot of other massage props I've tried, this one is relatively hard and doesn't give way too much when you press on it. So the massage is effective, if you want it to be.

    I liked it so much that I rushed back to get some more before my flight - another back-up for me and one for my mother.

    Do you have any favourite massage products?Source URL: http://castleofrock.blogspot.com/2010/04/
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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Japanese Tattoo design

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