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To Those Reading This Blog

   To those of you who have stopped by to read anything written here or to anyone here for the first time, I want to say thank you. My intention is not to offend anyone out there by stating my true feelings about anything; I know at times I can seem too outspoken and to some I’m sure a bit harsh. Regardless, I do appreciate the fact that you have taken the time to hear what I have to say. Whether you agree with me, or vehemently disagree, I would very much like your feedback, be it good or bad.

   When I first sat down here to state my feelings, I thought, who out there will give a darn what I have to say? who am I anyway in a sea of millions? The truth is, the more hits that I got, sprinkled with a few comments, the better I felt about what I was doing. Needless to say, without you out there reading any of it, it means nothing, but I’d also welcome any comments that you might have, not only to know your thoughts and feelings, but also to learn what topic it is that you were interested most in reading about. If you have the time, please share your feedback with me, and thank you in advance.

   One more thing, as time goes by, the things written here may become more sensitive to a lot of people. Again I’d like to stress that my intention is not to offend or seriously pee off any readers, I just might think differently than some people. I know that religion and politics are a hot button to many, but my opinions are just that – my opinions! I do appreciate though that you took the time to stop by, and I look forward to hearing from you soon. Thank you.

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Posted by on June 15, 2012 in All Posts

 

Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Serum Review

Always on the hunt for anti aging products I got the Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Serum after seeing the commercial, it isn’t the least expensive wrinkle repair product out there but I always figure that if a product really does work, it’s still cheaper than botox or fillers, I use this serum nightly and apply it under my makeup during the day.

Bottom Line:  not at all impressed with this product, it’s no better or worse than most others out there but it does help foundation to go on easier. I wouldn’t recommend wasting your money or time on this one, regardless of it’s claims I saw zero difference in my skin.

 
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Posted by on December 4, 2017 in Makeup & Beauty Mania

 

Seuss, Misdiagnosed by every Vet that examined him for nearly 6 months!

Anyone that has a beloved pet knows that they are a member of the family and loved as a biological child is loved, that fact in itself is used against us by the majority of veterinarians across the country. When our pets have health issues there isn’t much we wouldn’t do to take care of them and get them healthy again and as I’m sure you know, getting them healthy can break the bank and leave us in a financial mess, what’s more tragic than that is when our pets are written off by their vet because of their advanced age or because of the extent of treatment the animal might need.

Seuss is my 14 year old orange and white tabby cat, every vet that he has ever been to has remarked that he should teach other cats how to behave because he’s always been such a gentle, well mannered, handsome little man. One day when he went to eat he ran yowling from his dish in agony, he was moving his tongue around his mouth frantically, as if he was trying to get a scrap of food out of his mouth or as if there was a shard of glass in there, he ran and hid.  Our vet wasn’t able to get him in until day two of this behavior, incidentally I was worried about dehydration but his bladder had been blocked from not being able to eat or drink, thank God she was able to catheterize him successfully. She said that she didn’t see any problems in the mouth or throat and sent him home. That was back in June of this year and the problem just continued, only his pain grew so bad that he would scream whenever he tried to lap up the puree food I made him and would even yowl in his sleep during the night. I kept returning to the vet telling her that there is something very wrong with Seuss, she kept telling me that she had no idea what was going on, that he wasn’t “textbook” for anything, in spite of that she felt the answer was to extract his entire mouthful of teeth, I didn’t have it done because of the fact that she was only suggesting it because she didn’t know what the problem was! Months of force feeding him with a syringe and when August rolled around, one day he fell over and was critically weak, it was the vets day off and I rushed him back to the office where he was seen by a different vet in the practice, that vet said that he didn’t feel it was the cats mouth at all, but rather his ear ( the same ear that I had been taking him to the vet for, for two years off and on prior ). The next morning they sedated Seuss and took an x-ray of his skull, drew blood and scoped his mouth, throat and ear. There was nothing wrong in the mouth or throat and after the ear was viewed and cultured they found a staph infection and a ruptured eardrum, the ear began to RUN with blood. After all of that and all of those months lost guessing, it was thought that he needed ear surgery because, they said he had to have a mass or polyp in the inner ear canal, of course the surgery he needed wasn’t performed in many places.

Thousands of dollars later and after many different vets seeing him we decided to take him on the long trip to Plains, PA to a hospital there where the ear surgery was performed TECA (total ear canal ablation). Seuss had the T.E.C.A. surgery and there was a mass that the doctor said had spread aggressively, he said there was no way to get it all at this point. When I saw my poor little old guy after the surgery I burst into tears, half of his face is cut up, the incision around the ear is massive, his leg where a line was run is just one giant bruise, under his tail where another line was run is a mess and his neck is a horrific mess. Half of his face is paralyzed because the surgery wasn’t done sooner because it took far too long to diagnose him, he can no longer blink the left eye on the paralyzed side. They left him lay in his bed that we sent with him, in a cage for soo long without checking on him he was completely covered with urine, he hadn’t had any food or drink during his hospital stay!

In September I took Seuss to an emergency room at an animal hospital in Clarks Summit, PA and let me tell you, being brutally honest here, the doctor that saw him was the single most arrogant, obnoxious, insensitive, unfeeling, rough brute that I have ever had the displeasure of taking any animal to! When he asked how old Seuss in and I replied fourteen he immediately responded with, “Well he’s an old guy anyway so what is it you think can be done”. The visit conclude with him telling me that he would GLADLY euthanize Seuss, just say the word, because, he went on to say, if no one can diagnose his problem anyway it’s going to cost you thousands of dollars for an MRI and surgery on a cat that has lived his life and is elderly and that even if someone could find the problem and correct it, you’ll be lucky to get another year out of him! I was disgusted and sick to my stomach, talk about writing an animal off just because of his older age and the fact that a vet has to actually work to find the diagnosis.

Dr. Hassinger in Plains was like no other vet that I had ever seen, he handled Seuss with care and allowed him his dignity, he didn’t write him off and did his best to diagnose him and treat him, even though I’m told that will take a miracle. He was honest but sensitive and understood what Seuss means to us, while I didn’t like the lack of care that Seuss got from the staff that was to take care of him during the hospital stay, I really can’t gripe about the doctor.

Seuss is home now and it will be a long week until we hear the results of the biopsy to determine what comes next, I will never give up hope, I am living proof that miracles do happen and I am expecting a miracle for Seuss too. He’s possibly the strongest cat that has ever lived and if anyone can get through this it will be him, but feel free to say a prayer for him too. If you feel in your gut that something is wrong with  your pet don’t wait, get him to a real vet and if your usual vet doesn’t help your fur baby get that animal to a different one but don’t wait because waiting might mean the difference between life and death for your beloved pet.

 

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If You Have A Cell Phone……….. Beware!!! Guard Your Privacy

As if we haven’t seen ( and some of us been a victim of ) nasty invasions of our privacy, yet another one pops up and this one uses your cell phone to attempt to gain private information.  When my cell phone rang today I never dreamed that the number calling me would be my own, listed under the caller name MY INFO, when I answered it the robotic voice stated that it was AT&T calling because the accounts security was breached, it wanted the last four numbers of the account holders social security number. Needless to say I hung up immediately and called my carrier, of course they had nothing to do with the call and documented this latest scam.

The IRS breach, the Equifax data breach, the recent Yahoo breach, identity theft is at an all time high and there is little, if any privacy left! I feel the worst for the elderly people that don’t know to be suspicious of calls such as the one I received. While there are computers there will always be hackers that just don’t give a damn about anyones privacy, it’s a vicious cycle that will steadily get worse. If there is a solution to the problem, I certainly don’t know what it is, we all enjoy technology but at the same time it comes with at a high cost to all of us.

Be careful if you get any cell calls wanting any information at all, don’t give any account information out to anyone because your carrier will never call you and ask for your info. Get off of the phone asap and report it to your carrier, don’t think that you don’t have to report it because someone else will either, if you don’t then they cannot tell how widespread the problem is becoming, and those people that are affected. Good luck.

 
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Posted by on October 5, 2017 in Personal Stories

 

Milani Brow Fix Brow Kit

Yes, yes, it’s yet another Milani product but this is one that I have used forever and I would not switch and I’ll tell you why.All of you women out there that have blond hair, be it natural or from a bottle, know how impossible it is to find a brow pencil, cream or powder that accentuates your eyebrows, rather than make you look like you used a piece of coal to draw them on so horribly that you end up with a stinking ebony unibrow! With platinum colored hair you may as well forget trying to find anything for your eyebrows, yet I don’t know about you but I feel naked or unkempt without anything on my brows, sure you can just use an eyebrow wax to keep them where you want them, but when you apply eye makeup to your eyes it’s even more noticeable that your brows are naked! That’s where the Milani Brow Kit comes in, the kit consists of 3 powders, a minute mirror, a wee little angled brush, a sponge tipped eyeshadow applicator, and tiny tweezers. I use the Light kit which has a frosted cream colored highlighting shadow, a very light beige (1) brow powder and a light brown (2) brow powder, I never use the 2nd brow powder, as it would be much too dark for me but I have used it as eyeshadow for the crease and on days when I wear very little makeup, I have used the second one as an eyeliner beneath my bottom eyelashes, looked great.

PROS: The brow color matches 100% and can be put on heavier if your brows are just a bit darker and there is another darker one to boot, incase your hair color is light brown. You can use the other brow powder as eyeshadow, if you want to you can pluck any stray brow hairs on the go with the tweezers included in the kit, the kit lasts a long time with everyday use. I use my brow powder every day ( even those rare occasions when I don’t put on makeup I still do my brows ) and my kit lasted for almost 11 months!

CONS: Hard as it is to believe, I really can’t find any cons with this Eyebrow Kit, seriously not a one. It is most certainly a thumbs up, no make that two thumbs up for this one! Ladies, it is a must have for every and any woman, while it comes with an adorable little angled brow brush, I prefer to use my own full sized eyebrow brush but it isn’t that anythings wrong with the one included in the kit, it’s simply a matter of preference.

NET  WT  0.15 OZ

$6.99

 
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Posted by on September 20, 2017 in Makeup & Beauty Mania

 

Milani Prime Light Face Primer

I like Milani cosmetics in general and have had pretty good luck with their products, thus far, it doesn’t hurt that their prices are slightly lower on most stuff when compared to their competitors. For awhile there I didn’t use a primer on my face, laziness I guess but having “older” skin like I do, that was a mistake! I have tried the heavy duty silicone primers (foundations too) and ohh what a mess, I’ve tried “lightweight” primers and that did nothing for a face that had begun to show it’s age, normally I steer clear of the strobe primers but in this case, since it’s Milani, I gave it a try.

Pros: It’s “strobing” effect is subtle and not filled with huge chunks of glitter, it comes out of the tube white instead of pink, gold or other crayon colors that are suppose to give a “natural” looking glow! The tube reads Milani Prime Light Face Primer Strobing + Pore Minimizing and it does seem to minimize the pores, so it does what it claims to do. One day I mixed a bit with my foundation and I couldn’t believe the result, the foundation actually matched my skin tone better and went on a thousand times easier! The Prime Light is also oil free so it shouldn’t cause you to break out or get excessively greasy.

Cons: If I HAD TO come up with a con here, let’s see……. I guess I’d have to say that it’s a wee bit runny! There really isn’t anything else that I can say negative about it. If you get the opportunity to try this then by all means, do so a.s.a.p. I love it and have made it part of my daily routine, i will continue to use this one until they stop making it or something better comes along.

Tube is 1 oz

$9.99

 
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Posted by on September 20, 2017 in Makeup & Beauty Mania

 

Milani Conceal + Perfect 2-in-1 Foundation

Okay ladies, do you have a whole lot of blemishes that you feel mar your face or perhaps you have slight acne? If so you may want to give this foundation a try, I warn you though it is most certainly full coverage so go easy when you first apply it, you can add more if you need the extra coverage but go easy until you find the right coverage for you.

POSITIVES— this foundation covers so well I didn’t need a whole lot of my usual concealer, most full coverage foundations are hard to apply as if they don’t want to blend into the skin, which usually leads to having to add ridiculous amounts of extra moisturizer, I didn’t have that problem with this one, it went on easy and blended well. The shade was perfect (I used the Creamy Vanilla), I love the pump bottle, it’s cleaner and easier to get out. As always I lost my receipt but I paid nine something, figure ten dollars, when compared to other foundations of this type it is much more affordable.

NEGATIVES— I think that the line should have more shades to choose from, compared to it’s competitors the Milani Conceal + Perfect 2-in-1 Foundation is way behind in giving the consumer a variety of colors. Let’s be real here it’s darned difficult to find the exact shade that matches your skin so variety is a must. This foundation is a must to add to your cosmetic collection, even if you don’t wear it all of the time and save it to wear after binging on greasy food or other snacks that cause breakouts, it’ll cover up your flaws pretty darned good. I say a definite thumbs up!

 
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Posted by on September 20, 2017 in Makeup & Beauty Mania

 

Signature Club A Platinum ElectroCharged Lower Face & Neck Scaffold Repair Night Creme

Yet another Signature Club A product, after I saw the supposedly untouched before and after pictures of older women that used this product, I couldn’t resist spending the money on it. Looking at the pictures made you think that this stuff was as good as a plastic surgeon in a jar and God knows I could use that! I kept my usual open mind but must admit that for whatever reason, I really did expect this one to work. This creme is supposed to work while you sleep to firm, tighten and restore the appearance of definition to sagging skin.

Good: let’s see here…….. the good? Umm…….. the jar was cute and had a whopping 1.7 ounces of creme in it!

The Bad: this stuff reeks so bad that I seriously couldn’t stand the smell of myself when I used it, it did not do as it promised, it caused my skin to break out terribly. Don’t even take a second look at this stuff if you’re looking for real results because you will be disappointed. Perhaps if you were to use it for years on end it may make a slight difference but maybe I’m giving too much of a benefit of doubt here. I didn’t see the logic of a creme that you apply to the LOWER face and neck, what are you supposed to buy 85 different things to apply here and there on the upper face,

As I’m sure you’ve already guessed, this one is a real stinker and it simply did nothing good to/for my face!

 
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Posted by on September 7, 2017 in Makeup & Beauty Mania