How was your Thanksgiving?!
Last weekend was such a productive weekend. I have been super busy finishing my latest article called “Christmas is Here Again.” It will be out right before the holidays. I hope you enjoyed reading my latest one,” In the Moment,” that came out on November 1st.
Now, let’s switch gears and talk about makeup, shall we?
As you know, over the past few years, I have tried more than my fair share of foundations, from high-end to drugstore products. Some of you may call it an obsession. The Makeup Forever HD Foundation will be in my makeup bag from now, forever and ever.
Not too long ago, as I was strolling around Sephora, I picked up a few samples and absolutely loved the Makeup Forever HD Foundation. So, of course, I bought the full bottle. I highly recommend trying on the small samples first before purchasing any foundations. This lovely foundation comes in a plastic bottle with a pump dispenser and a plastic lid, super cute and light weight.
This is a medium coverage foundation, It’s a great color match, and it blended well with my skin tone. It can be built to a medium/full coverage, which I have done in the pictures above. They were taken for Great North Apparel over the weekend.
This product will last for many hours on your skin, without fading away like other foundations do. What I love the most about this foundation is that it gives you that beautiful, youthful glow. It allows your skin to breathe, and it looks super natural. I have been wearing it frequently, especially for my photo shoots. The results are great. The consistency is a bit thick, but it does not cake on your skin.
With the holidays right around the corner, all of us are ready to have that perfect “photo shoot” face. I would definitely recommend this foundation to all the ladies out there, of all ages. I must and will give this product 5 out of 5 stars.

Being productive
Although I love to relax on weekends and snuggle up with my fur baby, I also love to feel productive by completing all my tasks. My query about my new article has been sent to the editors. My photo shoot for the Great North is done. Now, all I have to focus on is Thanksgiving. Needless to say, I’m happy that my “to do” list on my phone is getting shorter. We all have that list on our phones. Every day, but especially during the holidays, I thank God for Siri. I don’t know what I would do without her reminders during this busy time. Do people still write reminders down? We can just as easily put our fancy phones to work for us!
Even though it is not officially Thanksgiving yet, there is a festive holiday air flowing around. Yesterday morning, my husband and I completed our holiday grocery shopping together. Ever since we have been married, we have gone holiday shopping together. This year, we implemented a few changes in our tradition: we changed our menu.
Instead of cooking the traditional turkey, we decided to roast a few whole chickens for our guests. Along with that, we are going to be serving ham. The side dishes will remain the same, to keep the stress level low. You do not want to be overloaded with work on Thanksgiving.
I’m planning on baking all the pies on Wednesday. I will be serving a traditional pumpkin pie, along with a chocolate pumpkin pie. I’m going to try to accomplish as much as possible on Wednesday. I may even do a blowout for my hair on that day. On Thanksgiving Day, dry shampoo will go a long way.
Don’t skip your workout
I hear you! All of us are going to be super busy cooking and entertaining for most of this week, but even if you don’t have a whole hour, it is important to get some exercise.
I love “Yoga with Adrianne.” So, this morning, I have a quick yoga session on my phone called “Yoga for the Brain.” Doing this will make me feel happy and energetic all day.
I was very proud of myself today. I was able to work out with a sore knee. I will find out soon if I need another knee surgery.
Thanks for reading this. We will chat soon.
Until then, happy Thanksgiving to all!

Yesterday was my husband’s birthday. We had such a great day! Yes, he was born the day before Halloween. Can you believe it is already here?

Children love Halloween. They are going to be busy celebrating this holiday with many different activities, such as going door-to-door Trick or Treating, carving a pumpkin, visiting haunted houses, or attending costume parties. Tonight, Claudio is going to help us give out candy.






Growing up in Italy, Halloween was not a thing at that time. We only saw it on TV, when Dad and Grandpa watched American movies.

I can’t believe how fast time goes by. It seems like, just yesterday, we were busy celebrating the 4th of July, and here we are at the end of October already. Please, Time, don’t go so fast!

I know that Christmas is still a couple months away, but I’m happy to share that I have already started Christmas shopping. I have always disliked shopping in a crowded store. I always remind myself that planning accordingly during the holidays will keep the stress level low.

If you are taking your little ones out tonight, have fun. The time with your family is priceless. Stay Zen!



Let us be present!
As you all know, self-care is essential for our happiness. Eating well, getting a good night’s sleep, and meditating helps us stay centered, happy, and healthy. Nowadays, it seems almost impossible to stay away from our devices. When I’m not working on a writing project, I truly enjoy unplugging from technology.
Yes, I hear you. In our society, we can’t function without our computers/technology. I get that. However, let us make an effort during our off-time to enjoy some relaxation without having our eyes glued to a device and our brains somewhere else. It’s like staring at a yummy looking chocolate doughnut right after a workout. Even though it looks delicious, keep in mind it is also loaded with trans-fat, which is not that great for us. It takes hard work, daily, to resist the addiction (and it is an addiction) of checking our phones every five minutes, to get updates on the imaginary world of social media..
 Social media is a place where everyone is trying to make their life look so perfect. I will be discussing more on the pros and cons of technology and social media in my next article called “In the Moment.” I will keep you posted when my new piece goes live
The joy of organizing the closet
It is one of the best and most mindful activities. Everyone should do it every new season. Getting rid of old clothing in your closet must be one of the best feelings ever. Even if the item is not that old, or if you just have not worn it in a while, it needs to go. Remove it from your closet. The feeling is great. It is like letting go of old memories
My closet cleaning project is almost complete. I have been shopping for new dresses and casual jean skirts to wear with boots during the fall. I will be sharing a few links where you can update your closet without spending a fortune.
Hello, fall
What is it about fall that makes everyone happy? Maybe it is because the holiday season is not that far away.
This cozy season brings us so much fun and beautiful holidays, such as Halloween, Thanksgiving in the US, and my husband Patrick’s birthday. Then, right after Thanksgiving, a new Holiday season begins. I love Laura Vitale’s Pumpkin Spice Latte during this time of year.
I have already started to decorating for Halloween. I know it is still a month away, but this cozy weather makes decorating easy. Just last week, I purchased this adorable scarecrow. When I brought it home, Claudio welcomed this cute little doll to our house with a bark and a gentle push to the floor.
I will be back for my next blog update soon. Until then, smile and stay Zen!

Perfectionist Youth-Infusing Foundation from Estée Lauder

Finding the perfect foundation can be difficult sometimes. There is a lot of makeup on the market. Believe me, it’s a beauty wonderland out there. How many of you, like me, feel like it is Christmas morning when you walk into Sephora and Ulta? I hear you!

Shopping for a new foundation, for those like me who are over forty, can be a bit of a dilemma. If we don’t choose the right makeup, it can make us look older and super tired, simply because some foundations contain ingredients that can actually make our skin age prematurely, especially if you choose a powder foundation. It can clearly emphasize fine lines and wrinkles.

It is important to choose a foundation that will help hydrate your skin. Pick one that is rich with goodies, like anti-aging formula, full of moisturizing ingredients.

Always be sure to test several foundation shades before you buy one. Any makeup counters at your favorite department store will help you decide which shade is the best for you. Always apply a small amount of foundation on your jawline. This is a great way to test if your new foundation matches your skin and neck.



I have been using Perfectionist Youth-Infusing Foundation from Estée Lauder for about a month now. I go through a lot of foundation, because I get bored if I use the same product for an extended period of time. I feel like it just stops working for me, leaving a dull look on my face. No one wants that. So, if you feel like your foundation is making you look blah, by all means, toss it out and invest in a new product. You are going to thank me for that.

Let’s review the product, shall we?

Once you open the small box, you are going to notice this super cute glass bottle, outfitted with a pump dispenser.

This is the perfect foundation for those of you who like a light coverage. It hydrates and brightens up your skin instantly, and it feels extremely light. You don’t feel like you’re wearing a lot of makeup at all. It leaves your skin looking beautiful, radiant, and hydrated.

What I love about this product is that Estee Lauder has included a blend of ingredients that help blur out any imperfections. Let’s face it, we all have those. It’s okay. Due to the inclusion of the anti-aging serum, you will notice less wrinkles and dry lines on your skin. It is totally okay to apply this foundation multiple times to achieve that perfect look/coverage. You will not look overly made-up. What else can we ask for?!

I will definitely purchase this product again. Now, along with Fenty Beauty, this is my second favorite foundation I have found in recent months.

In conclusion, if you are looking for an everyday, natural-looking foundation, this is it. I give this product a solid 4.5 stars out of five.

If you are over forty like me, and have a recommendation for a foundation, share your thoughts in the comment section below.

Until my next beauty review, stay Zen!



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