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Makeup Monday - Gel Manicures

Sunday, June 29, 2014




Welcome to Makeup Monday on Julie's Lifestyle.  Each Monday I will post about a certain type of makeup, nail polish, face or hair product etc.  It will be a fun place to come visit about anything to do with beauty.  

  


Week 22 - Gel Manicures


Hello friends!  I'm back with my Makeup Monday Series and welcome to Week 22.  I recently had a gel manicure because I had a few special functions I was attending and I wanted my nails to look good.  I love the way a gel manicure looks and it lasted beautifully for about 2 weeks without any chips on my nails.  On my right hand I have one chip on the tip of my middle finger and it's day 18.  Its almost 3 weeks now since I had my manicure!  The nail salon had so many colors to choose from and the whole process was fast.  What I liked was at my nail salon they have a cloth glove to wear while putting your hand under the UV lights.    

Would I get a gel manicure again?  The answer is yes but only for a special occasion. I would not get it done regularly.  The cost of the manicure at my nail salon was $30 too.   

What are the negative aspects of a gel manicure? 

1.  UV lights
2.  The gel polish they use
3.  It may cause infections
4.  First time use may thin nails by 50%
5.  Removal of gel polish 

To remove the gel polish you have to use acetone nail polish remover and pour it on a cotton ball and apply to your nails and then wrap in aluminum foil and wait at least 15 minutes.  Then rub off the all the polish from each fingernail.  Next you need to scrap off all of the polish and what is left on the nails.  Acetone nail polish remover can really dry out your nails too.  Click HERE to see a tutorial I found on how to remove the gel polish.

Have you ever gotten a gel manicure and did you like it?  

I hope I may have helped you decide if you would like to try a gel manicure.

Thanks so much for stopping by Makeup Monday and in case you missed any posts you can click HERE.  See you all next time.




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Julie





Guest Blogging at Plucky's Second Thought Today

Friday, June 27, 2014

Hi friends and Happy Friday!  I am excited to announce that I will be Guest Blogging over at Jess's blog called Plucky's Second Thought for today!


Jess has a blog where she shares her love of recipes, crafts, DIY and reviews.


To visit me there please click HERE.

I hope you all stop by to see what I will be sharing today.

Thanks friends!

I was featured at The Enchanting Rose!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Hi friends, with the 4th of July fast approaching I did not have any time to make any new patriotic crochet projects this year.  

If you pop on over to Stephanie's blog The Enchanting Rose today will find plenty of 4th of July inspiration!



Please stop by her blog and you will see one of my crocheted dishcloths that I made and she has featured.

Just click HERE to go to Stephanie's blog.

A special thanks to you Stephanie for featuring my American Flag Crochet Dishcloth!


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Julie

Wordless Wednesday - Trying to get Bosco's Attention

Wednesday, June 25, 2014



On the left is my daughter trying to get Bosco's attention, while I take his photo on the right!  You can see us in the black shadows and it's so hard to get Bosco to pose for me lately.

I will be sharing at these Wordless Wednesday parties:

Wordless Wednesday - Claire Justine oxox
Wordless Wednesday - Create with Joy
Wordless Wednesday - Curious as a Cathy
Wordless Wednesday - The Jenny Evolution
Wordless Wednesday - Oh My Heartsie Girl
Wordless Wednesday - Crafty Spices
Wordless Wednesday - Xmas Dolly
Wordless Wednesday - Marlys This and That

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Julie


Taking a Little Break from Makeup Monday

Monday, June 23, 2014

Hi friends, I hope you all had a nice weekend.

I have decided to take a little break from the Makeup Monday Series in order to have more ideas for posts.  


Thanks friends for stopping by for the series each week and I will be back soon with more ideas! 

In case you missed any posts, just click HERE.

I would also like to say thanks to all my blog friends that have blog parties that have featured me on their blogs recently:




Mels Daisy Patch Monday Funday #85 June 9, 2014 HERE

Le Chateau Des Fleurs Monday Link Party June 9, 2014 HERE

Lori's Culinary Creations Tickle My Tastebuds Tuesday - June 10, 2014 HERE

Be a Crafter xD - Crafting Along #45 - June 13, 2014 HERE

Mamas Blog Central - Fabulous Finds & Link Party #11 - June 12, 2014 HERE

Confessions of the Perfect Mom - Monday Morning Makeup Madness #18 - June 16, 2014 HERE

Mels Daisy Patch Monday Funday #86 - June 16, 2014 HERE

Oombawka Design - Tuesday Pinspiration Link Party #4 - June 16, 2014 HERE

Miz Helen's Country Cottage - Full Plate Thursday - June 19, 2014 - HERE


Thanks, it's been so much fun and it makes my day and makes me smile!


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Julie


Greek Marinade for Chicken

Friday, June 20, 2014

We recently had grilled chicken for dinner and I'd love to share with you the marinade I made.  This marinade is so easy to make and makes the chicken taste really moist and delicious.  You can marinate it overnight for a really great flavor.


              GREEK MARINADE

GREEK MARINADE

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 cup fresh lemon juice 
4 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup oregano or 1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 cup minced fresh parsley or 1 teaspoon dried parsley
2 teaspoons red pepper flakes

Combine all the ingredients in a jar and shake well.  Makes enough to marinate 2 to 3 pounds of chicken or fish.  Makes about 2 cups.

* I saw this recipe in the newspaper last week and tweaked it a little.  The recipe calls for fresh oregano and parsley but I used them dried.  It also called for 2 teaspoons of red pepper flakes, but I used just 1 teaspoon.

Let me know if you try out this marinade and if you liked it.

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I have decided to take a little break from the Makeup Monday Series in order to have more ideas for posts.  


Thanks friends for stopping by for the series each week and I will be back soon with more ideas! 

Wishing you all a nice weekend and see you next week.  Happy Summer!



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Julie

Wordless Wednesday - Dunkin' Donuts

Wednesday, June 18, 2014



Here is a box of donuts we had the other day from Dunkin' Donuts!  I had such a craving and they were so good!

I will be sharing at these Wordless Wednesday parties:

Wordless Wednesday - Claire Justine oxox
Wordless Wednesday - Create with Joy
Wordless Wednesday - Curious as a Cathy
Wordless Wednesday - The Jenny Evolution
Wordless Wednesday - Oh My Heartsie Girl
Wordless Wednesday - Crafty Spices
Wordless Wednesday - Xmas Dolly
Wordless Wednesday - Marlys This and That

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Thanks everyone and Enjoy!

Julie


Makeup Monday - Makeup Tips and Tools

Monday, June 16, 2014

Welcome to Makeup Monday on Julie's Lifestyle.  Each Monday I will post about a certain type of makeup, nail polish, face or hair product etc.  It will be a fun place to come visit about anything to do with beauty.  


Week 21 - Makeup Tips and Tools

Hello friends and welcome to week 21 of my Makeup Monday Series.  Today I'm going to talk about two simple makeup tips.  

1.  Using a white pencil to line the bottom waterline of your eyes will make your eyes look bigger and appear more awake.  




Here is a white pencil that I like to use by Avon in the color vanilla #B02.

2.  Using an eyelash curler before you apply mascara will make give the illusion of bigger and longer eyelashes.

This eyelash curler is from Sephora and I love the way it works.  To see the link for this eyelash curler click HERE and the cost of this curler is $17.00.

What makeup must have tools do you like to use? 

Thanks everyone for stopping by and see you all here next Monday for Makeup Monday.  In case you missed any posts you can find them HERE.


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Julie


Finished Crochet Granny Blanket

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Hi friends, I finally finished crocheting the border for the crocheted granny square blanket.  Here is what the blanket looks like laid out on the floor.  

For the final border on the blanket I half double crocheted all the around the blanket.  I kept the border simple and I love the way the blanket and border looks.

In case you missed the post on the pattern and yarn I used for this project you can find it HERE.

I really enjoyed working on this blanket and it feels good to be finally finished with it.  I will be donating this blanket that I made to the Christmas Fair that we have at our church.  I hope I may have maybe inspired you to crochet or knit something.

Thanks for stopping by and wishing you all a wonderful weekend.  See you all next week.

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Julie

Wordless Wednesday - At the Met!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014


I took this photo outside the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
I used the Waterlogue app for iPad.  This app was recommended by Diane at Lavender Dreamer.  Thanks Diane for recommending this fun app.  I love how this photo looks in this watercolor effect.

I will be sharing at these Wordless Wednesday parties:

Wordless Wednesday - Claire Justine oxox
Wordless Wednesday - Create with Joy
Wordless Wednesday - Curious as a Cathy
Wordless Wednesday - The Jenny Evolution
Wordless Wednesday - Oh My Heartsie Girl
Wordless Wednesday - Crafty Spices
Wordless Wednesday - Xmas Dolly
Wordless Wednesday - Marlys This and That


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Julie


Guest Blogging at The Enchanting Rose Today

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Hi friends, today I am pleased to announce that I will be guest blogging over at Stephanie's blog called The Enchanting Rose.  

Stephanie has a beautiful blog where she shares her love of faith, crafts and cooking to name just a few.

To visit me there please click HERE.


I hope you all come by to see what I will be sharing today.


Thanks friends!


Makeup Monday - Finding the Perfect Blush

Monday, June 9, 2014

Welcome to Makeup Monday on Julie's Lifestyle.  Each Monday I will post about a certain type of makeup, nail polish, face or hair product etc.  It will be a fun place to come visit about anything to do with beauty.  


Makeup Monday - Week 20 - Finding the Perfect Blush

Hi friends and welcome to Week 20 of my Makeup Monday Series.  I was on a quest to find the perfect new blush as I have been using the same blush for so many years.  It's been so many years that I have been using the same blush and color that I can't even remember how many years!  I looked on Pinterest and a lot of beauty bloggers claim that NARS Blush in the color Orgasm is the perfect blush.

Here is the new blush that I purchased NARS in the color Orgasm at Sephora.

Here is a photo of the old blush that I had been using - CoverGirl 590 Soft Mink.

I have been using the NARS blush and I like the color, it's a peachy color with a little added shimmer.  When you apply a light application it delivers a natural looking flush and color.  This is a splurge buy because it costs about $30 and to see the link for it click HERE.  I do like this blush and would recommend it.  

If you have a favorite blush that you use and like, what is it?  

Thanks everyone for stopping by and see you all here next Monday for Makeup Monday.  In case you missed any posts you can find them HERE.

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Julie



Julie's Green Bean Potato Salad

Friday, June 6, 2014

How would you like an easy recipe to make Green Bean Potato Salad for your next dinner or BBQ?  Well I have an easy recipe that tastes great and can be made fast.  I make this during the spring and summer months and my family loves this dish.



JULIE'S GREEN BEAN POTATO SALAD 

2 14.5 oz. cans string beans - drained
7 red potatoes - cut up small and microwaved
small amount of red onion - chopped
2 to 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
2 to 3 tablespoons olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

Add cut up potatoes and put into a microwaveable bowl with one tablespoon of water.  Put the potatoes on potato setting in the microwave and cook until done.  Let potatoes cool.  Put in a large bowl 2 cans of drained string beans, potatoes, red onion, salt and pepper, vinegar, and olive oil.  Mix everything together.  Done.  

Enjoy!



Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!


See you all here on Monday for my Makeup Monday Series.  In case you missed any post you can click HERE.

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Julie

Wordless Wednesday - Dinner in NYC

Wednesday, June 4, 2014





We all recently had dinner in Chelsea in NYC at the restaurant Pounds and Ounces and you can click here to see their website and the "Grilled Cheese" Club Burger my daughter ordered for dinner.

I will be sharing at these Wordless Wednesday parties:

Wordless Wednesday - Claire Justine oxox
Wordless Wednesday - Create with Joy
Wordless Wednesday - Curious as a Cathy
Wordless Wednesday - The Jenny Evolution
Wordless Wednesday - Oh My Heartsie Girl
Wordless Wednesday - Crafty Spices
Wordless Wednesday - Xmas Dolly
Wordless Wednesday - Marlys This and That

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Thanks everyone and Enjoy!

Julie

Makeup Monday - Mothers's Day Makeup

Monday, June 2, 2014

Welcome to Makeup Monday on Julie's Lifestyle.  Each Monday I will post about a certain type of makeup, nail polish, face or hair product etc.  It will be a fun place to come visit about anything to do with beauty.  


Week 20 - Mother's Day Makeup 

Hello friends, I hope you all had a nice weekend.  Today I'd like to share with you all the wonderful makeup I received for Mother's Day.

1. Essie Nail polish color bikini so teeny
2. Clinique orange makeup bag
3. Clinique blush brush  
4. Clinique eyeshadow brush
5. All About Shadow Quad - 4 colors olive in my martini, at dusk, blushed, french vanilla
6. Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief Gel-creme
7. A Different Nail Enamel for sensitive skin - color sweet tooth
8. High Impact Mascara - color black
9. Chubby Stick Intense Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm - color plushest punch



Look I have more makeup that came in another box from Clinique.

10. Little purple makeup case
11. Chubby Stick Intense Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm - grandest grape
12. A Different Nail Enamel for sensitive skin - color hot date



And a wonderful handmade card from my daughter!

I love everything I received for Mother's Day and it was all picked out by my daughter.  

Thanks so much for stopping by and see you all next week for Makeup Monday.  In case you missed any posts you can click here.

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Thanks everyone and Enjoy!

Julie