How I Brighten Up Gloomy Fall Days-Avon Arctic Goddess True Color Eyeshadow Quad

                         This has been what Edmonton has looked like every day this week:

Now, normally I really don’t mind gloomy weather. Really. But because I’ve been having trouble sleeping lately, I’d rather there be some sun out. Some. No sun makes you feel even MORE tired, ya’ know? And the more tired I get, I start to look like this:

Look at that piece of hair sticking out of my head @90 degrees. Awesome.

                                    Day 1 of no sun                                         Day 4

I need some BRIGHTness in my life! And one of the best ways to do that is to wear a nice, bright lipstick! Like one that my dear friend Gaelle@ The Makeup Fairy sent me in a surprise gift:

That piece of hair is still sticking out. I kinda’ like it now.

This is a Barbara Daly Stay Pout Long-lasting lipstick called Diva and it’s the prettiest cherry red I’ve ever seen. Even though it’s a cool-toned red I can still wear it and that amazes me. Lasts really well for a long wearing lipstick! If you find it a bit dry, just a little bit of lip balm prior to application helps a lot. But, it’s basically a steal since it’s from the grocery store! Thanks so much Gaelle!

Now, by Day 3 of this gloomy weather I needed something even MORE brightening. More happy. So, I pulled out the big guns. And the big guns is this new Arctic Goddess True Color Eyeshadow Quad from Avon*(available in November):

Avon Arctic Goddess True Color Eyeshadow Quad

OMG this Arctic Goddess True Color Eyeshadow Quad is kind of awesome!
AND it’s only $9.99 CAN!

Avon Arctic Goddess True Color Eyeshadow Quad swatches

As you can see, 2 blues are shimmery, and 2 are matte (LOVE the mix of textures), and the mattes are pretty fantabulous I have to say! Nicely pigmented and they blend well too. There’s a bit of fallout when blending, but after that I had no problems at all. Lasts all day with a primer too!

As the name suggests, you can create some really pretty Snow Queen looks (great, NOW I want some Turkish Delight), or a more sunny bright look like I did here:

Avon Arctic Goddess True Color Eyeshadow Quad

Add one of my favourite bright scarves and Bazinga! Brightness and happiness abounds!

Avon Arctic Goddess True Color Eyeshadow Quad

Who needs the sun when you have bright blue skies on your eyes, right? It’s amazing how colour can brighten up your outlook! Colour is power! Look for this gorgeous Avon Arctic Goddess True Color Eyeshadow Quad in November (WOW THAT’S NEXT WEEK GUYS) online at or by calling 1-800-265-AVON.

Today was Day 4 of no sun. So I decided to embrace the cold, dark day and MAKE SOUP.

I made this DELICIOUS Olive Garden Copycat Zuppa Toscana for supper today. Nothing like a piping hot bowl of great soup to warm your cockles I say! I substituted fat free cream for the whipping cream, because I don’t need the added calories thank you very much. I also used spicy sausage and not as much of it as the recipe suggests, used baby spinach instead of Swiss Chard, and skipped the bacon. YUMMY! It was really good and ended the day with some happy tummies over here. And nothing brightens my day more than seeing the happy smiles of the people I love!

I don’t see much sun in the forecast
for the next while over here, but you know what? That’s ok with me now.

It really is. I have ways to deal with Gloomy Edmonton! Or Gloomonton??

Now, where can I find some Turkish Delight?

What do you do to brighten up your look on dreary cold days?

*Disclamer: I was sent this product to review by PR/Company. Love it or leave it, but my review and opinions are my own thoughts and words, thank you very much.