Fresh From the Runways-It’s Ready to Wear

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One of the cosmetics that I can’t live without is foundation. Unfortunately I am one of these women that has rosacea and have had it my whole life. I can’t even go to the store without some sort of foundation. Working for department stores has familiarized me with many different brands. Foundation has to have two functions, hiding the every day red and presenting the best face possible when I go to an event.

Recently I was presented with Ready to Wear Foundation. I had to be honest that I had never heard of the brand before. It’s consistency reminds me a lot of Estee Lauder quality. Definitely gives the coverage, but I might have chosen a shade that wasn’t so light. It’s so light because it is part serum and part foundation. I am in love with the consistency . It spreads so easy and I also love how you can use the applicator to squeeze out amounts of the foundation. I usually take my brush to apply for even coverage.

Last week I gave it the supreme test, I used it while working on the set of the NBC series “Chicago Fire.” When working as background, it amounts to long days on the set. Usually I am not able to reapply during these long days, but when I checked myself in a mirror, I still had the coverage.

For this being a product that you can purchase from HSN, it had the same quality as the expensive lines . The best part is that the foundation is a good value because it lasts longer than regular brands.

Ready to Wear Skin Perfection Serum can be purchased through for 30.00

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For Fun and Comfort , It’s FlopZ

Flop z shoeIt’s a hot little number and it comes from the UK. Aga Chervel was on holiday and a fashion concept was born. FlopZ combine fashion with comfort and add a little bit of attitude into the mix. The shoes create images of exotic beaches with white sands and colorful reefs. They come in a variety of colors , some come with glitter but one thing they all have in common. Each shoe has a built in massage system so your feet get a treat with each step. I have wore them for a while and they are so relaxing. I have wore them shopping and for those nightly strolls on the beaches of Lake Michigan. They are fancy enough for events too.

They come in such a variety of styles and colors that you can buy one for each outfit. They are so classy that you can pair them with jeans or that cute new sundress. el design also can keep summer with you all year long. Even when the snow covers the ground.It also comes with a smart little travel bag to make it easy to pack whether its for a trip or an afternoon at the spa. After an afternoon of pampering, you will want to show those toes off in style. No more little paper flip flops. I love the bag’s color , it reminds me of the translucent ocean. Flopz retail for fifty dollars at retailers or you can order them from

Dive in!

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Healthy Meals Are Child’s Play With VeeTee Rice

vee tee logoTime , its something we never have enough. We lead such busy lives and one thing that we seem to neglect is eating healthy. People stop and order take out or bring home food from the drive thru . If you are a busy mother with a busy family, this seems to be the order of the day. Another problem you might have is a picky eater in the family. No matter what is put in front of them, they won’t eat it.

Thanks to the folks from the European import , VeeTee, dinner time is no longer stressful. The dine in meals spell convenience for the consumer. They are reasonably priced, easy to fix, and come in a variety of flavors. The rice dinners are also the perfect compliment to any entree. One of our favorites is the Spicy Spanish Rice and we make them with frozen burritos. It’s a quick , inexpensive meal , and if you pair it with refried beans,it is like you are eating a meal in an authentic Mexican restaurant. Vee Tee’s Chicken flavored rice takes your chicken and makes it memorable whether it is chicken cordon bleu or dino nuggets. Need to feed your kid and you won’t be home in time? With VeeTee it’s handled. Pull off the plastic and put the rice in the microwave. In two minutes, lunch is served.

VeeTee Dine In rice is $1.99 and can be found locally at Jewel Osco stores

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A Clean Face is the Best Way to End the Day!

neutrogena make removerAfter a long day of dealing with stress, sun, and exposing your skin to our modern technology. It is a release when we get home for the night. We can take off the mask of the day and just let our face breathe. In the course of the day, we put a ton of chemicals on  just to make us feel better and show off our bad self to the world.

One of the rituals we end our day with is to take off our make up. What I like to use to take off my eye make up are  Neutrogena Pre moistened towelettes. they are so convenient for travel and even come in mini packs that will fit in the carry on nicely. They are so soothing on tired eyes as well and they take the mascara, liner, and shadow right off. With a reasonable price and a celebrity like Kerry Washington plugging the product, it is a must in my make up kit. Since I am going back to the world of show business again, I also love the fact that the dark eye make up required for stage and screen comes right off. No more raccoon eyes.

olivia neutrogenaKerry swears by the product when she plugs it on television. But when she says its kiss proof, we can only imagine who  she is kissing!

I have spent literally a lifetime washing my face. From the yellow dial that was recommended by my dermatologist to the many cosmetic scrubs I have used through the years, I have maintained a rather youthful look by working at it. Recently, I have got the opportunity to try a scrub that not only smoothes the face and gives that clean feel , it actually tightens the face. Stemulation’s Micro derm facial scrub exfoliates the skin and allows the dead skin cells to be stripped away and energizes the skin to give it a glow. i also love the citrusy smell and gentle cleansing action. It is the perfect way to end the day and lets the skin breathe once again. There is a whole line of Stemulation skin care products that will give your skin that healthy glow. You can find the products at

stemulation_micro_derm_shopBy using these products, I always end my day looking back on a glorious day and thanking God for its many blessings. Then I can retire for the night with the plans for tomorrow and only good dreams.

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Red Eye Sponsors Battle of the Burgers

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Burger gourmets and foodies will be united July 23 when the Red Eye and Amstel Light sponsor the 3rd annual Battle of the Burgers at the Chicago History Museum. Twenty  of Chicago’s best bars and restaurants will compete for the title of Chicago’s best burger.

Admission for the event includes burger tastings and free Amstel light beer (Beer included in the cost of the ticket) VIP admission begins at 5:30 with early entry, intimate tastings with the chefs as well as a meet and greet with Jeff Mauro , Food Network Star of “The Kitchen ‘ and “Sandwich King”

General admission is 40.00. VIP admission is 60.00. You can get tickets at the door also for 50.00. The Chicago History Museum is located at 1601 N Clark Street.  The event is strictly for 21 and over.

Parking:  Parking for this event is available one block north of the Museum on Clark and LaSalle Street for $9 with validation at the museum’s front desk. The lot entrance is located on Stockton Drive. Parking spaces will be reserved for Battle of the Burger attendees. Upon arrival attendant will direct you to our reserved space. –
Event sponsors include Amstel Light, Jewel Osco, Red Eye, and Groupon
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All Aboard For Fun at Gildapalooza.

gilda s club logoUnseasonable chilly weather didn’t spoil the fun at the Columbia Yacht Club   last Thursday as celebrants  gathered for a good cause . People came eager to mingle and dance to the music at the eighth annual Gildapalooza.. The Associate Board of Gilda’s Club Chicago hosted the event to raise money for Gilda’s Club. While enjoying one of the most picturesque views of the city, almost 350 people danced, ate, and drank Beer was sponsored by Goose island Brewery. The event raised over 33,000 dollars for men, women, and children and family members and friends living with cancer so they can go to Gilda’s Club for support.

Entertainment was provided by Viceroy, Pistols at Dawn, John Vincent, and Fritz the Violinist. There was also a raffle and a silent auction.

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Good For Your Skin and Good For Africa-Shea Yeleen

shea yeleen lavender honeysuckleIt is a great thing to make a product that helps women , but even better when that same product helps women to better support their families. Shea Yeleen is one of the few companies that pay shea butter cooperatives in Africa three or four more times more than other companies. This makes African women feel better about themselves and isn’t that what we are all striving for anyway.

It made me feel better to know that this product line helped women., but that isn’t what sold me. Opening the jar, I was immediately enraptured with this springy fragrance. It conjured up so many romantic notions of gardens and lace. Another great thing about this product is there is no animal testing . So many of products that I have used for years, I have sadly found out that they use animals for testing. This is not acceptable because of how I feel about dogs and cats. Everything is all natural. The fragrance wasn’t the best thing about the product. The body balm actually eased itching from summer maladies like eczema and bug bites. The skin moisturizing also slows down the aging process, regenerates skin cells, and improves elasticity. It also gave me a fresh feeling when I got out of the shower. My shower experience was further enhanced by the other Shea Yeleen product I received. With a smell guaranteed to wake up all your senses, i used the lemongrass peppermint shea soap. It lathered up like my favorite body wash. Another great thing, was it softened my skin enough to give me a great shave. The smell had a yummy citrusy fragrance. Never has a product done so much good and also been so good at the same time.

Shea Yeleen products are available at Whole Foods Markets throuhgout the country and through the website


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