Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Resolute Beauty Blogger April 2014

It is once again the 15th of the month! Woo Hoo! I actually really like checking back in with my blogging resolutions. It’s a great way to give my blog a monthly check up to ensure that I am achieving the things I hope to achieve. It’s no secret that my Mother’s passing has thrown me off my blogging game but I will tell you that I have some exciting things coming up. In the next weeks, you’ll see me push and stretch to grow my talents as a blogger. So stay tuned.


  1. Participate in a swap with another blogger. – Not yet but I’m not stressing over this one yet. Life has truly been crazy.
  2. To be a guest blogger on someone else's blog. – Again not yet but I will be focusing on this.  
  3. To have someone else guest post on my blog. – Sadly, this one hasn’t yet happened either. 
  4. Create an innovative tag – I was part of the creative process for Beauty Love Affair, Face Five Challenge, and My Lipstagram as well. The creative process stalled for a bit but I’m getting back into the swing of things.
  5. Shop my stash at least twice – Need to do this soon! The problem is right now that I am not living with my stash. I am staying with Dad until he is ready to be alone and I haven’t moved my stash here. 
  6. Participate in another No Buy – I need to work on this one soon. Maybe for May. Any others interesting in supporting each other through a no buy?
  7. Be approached by beauty companies to review their product – Yep,I am thrilled to say that I’ve been approached by a couple of companies to do reviews; but I find it a little less satisfying than just writing what I prefer to write.
  8. Begin making YouTube videos. – This won’t be happening anytime soon as I don’t have my camera with me. I am actually using my cell phone for blog pics right now.  
  9. Publish at least 1 makeup look a month. – I have been awful about this but I have gotten better about including selfies during reviews!  
  10. Learn to utilize ToDoist app to the fullest. – I love ToDoist. I am really becoming diligent about keeping my list and my notes on either ToDoist or my calendar. I have ToDoist linked to my calendar and a large widget on the home page of my phone. Score! This one I have truly progressed on.
  11. Review at least 4 products a month. – I have fallen a bit behind on this one but I have plenty of reviews coming up so I don’t think the overall count for the year will fall short.
  12. Publish at least 2 product duels a month. – I need to get working on this one. I am behind the curve and need to play catch up.
  13. Utilize my Facebook blog page more. – Does anyone really read Facebook anymore? 
  14. Explore other social media sites. – I’ll admit it I haven’t even tried with this one recently. 
  15. Incorporate more positive tips into my blog. – I think I do a pretty good job of keeping things positive on my blog. I tend to throw in the occasional inspired living post.
  16. Include a beauty or self confidence quote on my blog each week. – I will admit that I am not at 100% on this one but the majority of my blog posts have a quote.


“Live in the present and make it so beautiful that it will be worth remembering.” ~Ida Scott Taylor

Monday, April 14, 2014

Cargo A Vintage Escape

I recently discovered that Ulta will no longer be carrying Cargo and Pop Beauty. Consequently, Ulta is offering 50% off of the remaining stock from both lines. I happened to be shopping near Ulta, so I popped in to see what goodies I could find. I am not overly familiar with either of the lines. I’ve received a couple of items from Pop Beauty in my Ipsy bag and I’d heard good things about Cargo.


I discovered this adorable kit called ‘A Vintage Escape’ for only $18.00 which is a great price for a kit containing two full sized items and three deluxe sample size items. So, I thought I would I purchase the kit and explore the brand, even if it will no longer be carried in Ulta. I must say though that the best part of this kit was that it rang up at $9.00 not $18.00! I’ll take 2 points; because, I believe I just scored!!!


I was really looking forward to trying their lipstick and was quite delighted to learn that the kit included a full size Cargo Essential Lip Color in Dubai which is a beautiful spice colored neutral shade. I have found this lipstick to be extremely hydrating and quite comfortable on the lips. It contains great ingredients like shea butter, olive oil and jojoba oil. It is also packs some pigmentation!


Cargo’s Water Resistant Blush in Bali is a gorgeous peachy pink with an amazing almost iridescent shimmer to it. Now, I can’t attest to the water resistant part of this blush as don’t typically walk around under waterfalls or sprinklers all day. It did rain for about 10 minutes today but I wasn’t in the mood to go dance around in it as the rain was laced with hail. Nope, not my idea of fun. I will, also, admit that when I first swatched this blush I was like, “Um, Naw!” Iridescence? on my face? I think not! But in the interest of beauty research I gladly swished that blush laden brush across my cheek and something magical happened. I will just say that there is something about this blush that provides a gorgeous luminescent glow to the cheeks. It’s that dare I say it, ‘lit from within’ glow that everyone is so fond of these days. Not sure what light is in there but it looks really good.


Let’s about Yukon. No one really expects to find anything exciting going on there; but, Yukon might just surprise you. I know it looks like just another average taupe shade; but, WOWZA this one knocked me in the knickers. The texture is silky, smooth and downright delightful. I prefer to apply this one with a sponge tipped applicator as it provides more even distribution of the pigmentation and more shine. This particular shade of taupe leans a bit more green which works well for my green eyes.


The kit also contains the Picture Perfect Eyeshadow Promer and the Triple Action Mascara. I’m not gonna lie, I can’t tell you anything about either of these products other than that they both come in black basic packaging and that they are included in the kit. I have other primers and mascaras open that I am trying to work my way through; so, I didn’t even bother to open either of them. Sorry, beauty blogger fail, folks.

Cargo Bali, Yukon and Dubai

Here is the obligatory beauty blogger hand swatch. The Bali is on the left, Yukon in the middle and Dubai is on the right, as if you couldn’t guess that. Well, I felt it needed to be said written. For $9.00 I will tell you that I am quite delighted with this little kit. In addition to all of the goodies contained within the box itself is darling. If you happen to stumble across this kit in Ulta I would highly recommend you snatch it up.


“We travel not to escape life, but for life to not escape us.”

Homespun and Homegrown

Lloyd GeorgeLloyd Charlotte Williams










I would like to introduce you to my great great grandparents George and Charlotte Lloyd both born in the 1820s in Wales. They spent the majority of their lives working hard, farming and raising a family. Charlotte gave birth to 12 children. Sadly, it seems that two of them died prior to becoming teenagers. In approximately, 1883 they immigrated to America with 8 of their children. After arriving in America, George, Charlotte and the children settled in Nebraska. The majority of the children eventually wandered all over the United States. If you do the math, you will soon discover that 2 children are remained in Wales as they were already married and raising families. I am frantically searching for the offspring of those 2 children they left in Wales; but, as of yet I haven’t found any. I have located some of their spouse’s family  members; but, none that are directly related to the two siblings left in Wales. Hopefully someday soon I will be able to reconnect with my Welsh relatives. I will keep you informed of my search for my long lost relatives.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Sunday Scores and Steals 4/16/14 – 4/22/14

It feels really good to be back with Sunday Scores and Steals. In case you aren’t familiar Brittnee from Beauty Product A Day and I help you find the greatest savings on cosmetics and beauty problems each week. While Brittnee gives you some great options at Ulta, Sephora, Sally or elsewhere. I always cover the best savings at CVS. If you have never couponed at CVS and are unsure where to start please read Learn How to Coupon at CVS. Don’t forget to go visit Brittnee to see what goodies she has found for you as well. 


Per the Sunday Coupon Preview we are receiving 2 Smart Source coupon inserts and 1 Red Plum coupon insert. As usual, I will be getting 4 copies of my local paper.

Abbreviation Key:
$1/1 - $1.00 off 1 item coupon
$3/2 - $3.00 off 2 items coupon
2/$8 - 2 items for $8.00 purchase
PG - Proctor and Gamble coupon insert in Sunday paper preceded by distribution date, i.e. 1/26/14PG
RP - Red Plum insert in Sunday paper preceded by distribution date, i.e. 2/9/14RP
SS - Smart Source insert in Sunday paper preceded by distribution date, i.e. 2/2/14SS
BOGO - Buy One Get One Free
BOG50% or BOG50 - Buy One Get 50% off the second
MQ - Manufacturer's Coupon
CVSQ - CVS Coupon - In Store Coupon Center
ECB - Extra Care Bucks issued for specific amount off a future transaction
OOP - Out of Pocket
wyb - when you buy


Photo Book4x6 Photo Book
$4.99 ECB wyb 1 – Free after ECB

BanRefresh Cooling Body Cloths
Coupon Free Ban Refresh Cooling Body Cloths 4/13/14SS - Free After Coupon

$1.99 ECB wyb 1 – Lip Balm or Eye Makeup Remover
$4/1 Almay Cosmetics 4/13/14SS - Free After Coupon + ECB




$1.99 ECB wyb 1 – Lip Balm or Eye Makeup Remover
BOG50% – Excludes Lip and Eye Makeup Remover
$4/1 Almay Cosmetics 4/13/14SS

Sally Hansen -  Cosmetics
$5 ECB wyb $10
$0.50 off any Sally Hansen Nail Color Product

NiveaLip Care
$5 ECB wyb 3

CoverGirlSelect Cosmetics
Sale $7.99 – Lashblash Mascara or Trublend Foundation
Sale 30% Off – Outlast Lip Color
$1.00 off ONE COVERGIRL truBLEND Foundation$0.75 off ONE COVERGIRL truMAGIC Product
$0.75 off ONE COVERGIRL Lip Product$0.50 off ONE COVERGIRL Nail Product$1.00 off ONE COVERGIRL Bombshell Eye Product

Physicians FormulaCosmetics

Wet n WildSelect Cosmetics
Sale 2/$5

Revlon -  Cosmetics
$1.00 off (1) Revlon Lip Product


Milani Cosmetics

Maybelline - Volum’Express, Great Lash Mascara, Line Express Eyeliner or ExpertWear Shadow Quads
Sale $5
Coupon $1/1 Maybelline Mascara or $1/1 Maybelline Eyeshadow 4/13/14RP or PRINTABLE

Nuance Salma Hayek Cosmetics, Hair, Body or Facial Care

Other Cosmetic Coupons
$2.00 off any one Sally Hansen Wax Product$1.50 off any Burt's Bees Lip Color Product
$0.50 off any Rimmel Product

Facial Care

Johnson & Johnson Select Products – Neutrogena Facial Care, Cosmetics, Hair Care, Men's Products, Hand Cream 2-3 oz or Specialty Bath Products
$10 ECB wyb $30
Coupon $1/1 Neutrogena Pore Refining Product or PRINTABLE

Garnier – Skin Care
$3 ECB wyb 2

Vichy – Skin Care
$10 ECB wyb 1

CVSFacial Cleansers, Towelettes or Acne Care
$3 ECB wyb 2

Olay – Select  Skin Care
$2 ECB wyb 1
Sale $19.99 - Regenerist or Total Effects Tone
Sale $24.99 – Regenerist Premium

Ponds, Dr Lin and Cetaphil Facial Care

Clean & Clear, RoC - Facial Care
Coupon $1/1 Clean and Clear 4/13/14SS or PRINTABLE
Coupon $2/1 RoC 4/13/14SS or PRINTABLE

CVS – Select Facial Care

LumeneFacial Care

Aveeno – Facial Care, Hand/Body Lotions, Personal Cleansing, Hair Care or Sun Care
Coupon $1/1 Aveeno Product 4/13/14SS or PRINTABLE

Other Facial Care Coupons
$3.00 off Burt's Bees Brightening Face Care$3.00 off $10.00 or more on any St. Ives products$1.00 off OXY ACNE MEDICATION Facial Cleanser $1.00 off any Dermarest product

Hair Care

L’Oreal Preference, Ever or Oleo Hair Care
$4 ECB wyb 2

Axe or Clear  Shampoo, Conditioner, Antiperspirant/Deodorant, Body Spray, or Shower Gel
$5 ECB wyb $15

Dark and Lovely, Optimum or Let’s Jam – Select Hair Care
$3 ECB wyb $10

Rogaine  Men’s or Women’s 3 pack
$10 ECB wyb 1
Sale $39.99
Coupon $10/1 Three pack or PRINTABLE

John Frieda Hair Care or Hair Color
$10 ECB wyb $20

Fx or OGX – Hair Care

Nuance Salma Hayek – Cosmetics, Hair, Body or Facial Care

CVS – Select Hair Care

Aveeno – Facial Care, Hand/Body Lotions, Personal Cleansing, Hair Care or Sun Care

Premium Hair – TIGI, Joico, Biosilk, CHI, Rusk, Agadir, Macadamia, DermOrganic or Peter Coppola

Conair, Scunci – Hair Accessories or Hairbrushes

Other Hair Coupons
$0.75 off ONE Pantene Styler or Treatment Product $2.00 off any ONE (1) TRESemme Treatment
$1.00 off one GARNIER FRUCTIS Shampoo $2.00 off any L'Oreal Paris Excellence Hair Color
$1.00 off any one (1) VO5 Salon Series™ Hot Oil $1.50 off one Suave Natural Infusions product
$2.00 off TRESemme 7 Day Keratin Smooth Product $2.00 off Pantene Expert Hair Regrowth Treatment

Personal Care

Johnson & Johnson Select Products – Lubriderm 
$10 ECB wyb $30
Coupon $1/1 Lubriderm Product or PRINTABLE

– Razors, Cartridges, Disposables, Edge or Skintimate Shave Gel
$10 ECB wyb $25

Coppertone – Sun Care
$5 ECB wyb 2
$3.00 off two (2) Coppertone Sunscreen Products

Softsoap – Body Wash
$1.50 ECB wyb 1
Sale $3.99

Jergens or Curel – Lotion
$5 ECB wyb $15

Jergens Natural Glow – Lotion
$5 ECB wyb $15
Sale 2/$18
Coupon $1/1 Jergens Natural Glow 4/13/14SS or PRINTABLE

CVS – Mouthwash 1 Liter, Multi-pack Toothbrushes, Deodorant or ANY CVS Shaving Products
$3 ECB wyb $

Gillette or Venus – Disposables
$2 ECB wyb 2

Electric Trimmers/Shavers – Men’s or Women’s
$5 ECB wyb 1

Axe or Clear  Shampoo, Conditioner, Antiperspirant/Deodorant, Body Spray, or Shower Gel
$5 ECB wyb $15

Speed Stick or Lady Speed Stick – Antiperspirant/Deodorant
$2 ECB wyb 2
Sale 2/$5

Ban – Antiperspirant/Deodorant
$4 ECB wyb 2

Vaseline or St Ives – Spray and Go
$2.00 off ONE (1) Vaseline Spray & Go$3.00 off $10.00 or more on any St. Ives products

Fragrance – Select designer or celebrity

Essence of Beauty – Body Sprays

 Other Personal Care Coupons
$2.00 off ONE Gillette Clinical Antiperspirant $1.00 off Gillette Clear Gel Antiperspirant
$1.00 off any Stetson Personal Care Product $2.00 off ONE (1) St. Ives Fresh Hydration Lotion 
$2.00 off renu fresh multi-purpose solution $1.00 off 1 Right Guard Total Defense Deodorant
$2.00 off ONE Secret Clinical Antiperspirant $1.25 off ONE Olay 34oz Body Wash Pump
$1.00 off any adidas body wash, deodorant or spray $1.00 off ONE Herbal Essences Body Wash
$2.00 off any Speed Stick Gear $1.50 off any (1) VISINE product
$1.10 off Olay Sensitive Bar Soap or Body Wash $1.10 off ONE Olay Body Lotion
$1.10 off ONE Olay Body Wash $1.10 off ONE Olay Bar Soap 4ct or larger
$1.00 off ONE Old Spice Bar Soap 6ct or larger 

Oral Care

Johnson & Johnson Select Products – ListerIne
$10 ECB wyb $30
Sale $4.99
Coupon $1/1 Listerine product or PRINTABLE

Colgate – Max 6 oz, Total 4-4.2 oz, 2in1 4.6 oz or Optic White 4 oz
Sale $3

Coupon $2.50/1 – Instant coupon from Coupon Center
$0.50/1 Colgate Manual Toothbrush 4/13/14SS

Colgate – Multi-Pack Toothpaste or Toothbrush
$2 ECB wyb 1

Colgate – Optic White Toothbrush + Built-in Whitening Pen
$5 ECB wyb 1

Colgate – 360ยบ Toothbrush
$1.50 ECB wyb 1
Sale $2.99

Oral-B – Power Refills 3 ct., Vitality Floss or Pro-Health Power Toothbrush
$7 ECB wyb 1

CVS – Mouthwash 1 Liter, Multi-pack Toothbrushes, Deodorant or ANY CVS Shaving Products
$3 ECB wyb $10

Other Oral Care Coupons

$1.50 off ONE Oral-B Pulsar Toothbrush$2.00 off ONE Crest 3D White Glamorous White
$1.00 off ONE Scope Classic Rinse 1L or larger $2.00 off ONE Crest 3D White Professional Effects
$2.00 off ONE Crest Whitening System 12ct-40ct $1.00 off ONE Scope Outlast 750mL or larger
$1.00 off Scope Dual Blast Rinse 750mL or larger $1.00 off ONE Crest Sensi-Relief Toothpaste
$1.00 off ONE Crest BE Toothpaste 4.5 oz $1.00 off ONE Crest 3D Whitening Rinse
$1.00 off ONE Crest ProHealth Rinse

My shopping list:

Product Qty Cost MQ CVSQ ECBU OOP ECBR Cost/ea
Colgate 360 Toothbrush 2 $5.98 $1.00 $3.00 $2.00 Free $3.00 Free
Colgate Optic White Toothpaste 2 $6.00 $1.00 $2.50 $2.00 $0.50   $0.50
Almay Liquid Lip Balm 1 $5.99 $4.00   $2.00 FREE $1.99 FREE
4x6 Photo Book 1 $4.99       $4.99 $4.99 FREE
Ban Body Cloths 1 $3.39 $3.39     FREE   FREE
Axe Body Spray 4 $17.96 $4.00   $5.00 $8.96 $5.00 $2.24
Jergens Natural Glow 2 $18.00 $2.00 $1.00 $5.00 $10.00 $5.00 $5.00
Maybelline Volum’
Express mascara
1 $5.00 $1.00     $4.00    
Neutrogena Cleanser 2 $17.98 $2.00 $4.00 $4.00 $7.98 $4.00 $3.99
Listerine 2 $9.98 $2.00   $3.00 $4.98 $3.00 $2.49
First Aid 3 $15.00 $5.00   $3.00 $7.00 $3.00 $2.33
Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear 3 $3.39 $1.50   $5.00 $3.67 $5.00 $1.33