The Foundation of Make Up

Hello my lovelies! You are absolutely perfect just the way you are, but if you feel you need to enhance any part of your appearance, please do it for you and nobody else. As I have said in the first posting ever, I’m in your corner and here to help you in anyway that I can. So with that said, I wanted to share some information about foundation today.

Being a woman with an uneven complexion and other aspects that I wish to eliminate or at least hide (more on those in the future), I have tried numerous options and found several foundations that I like. This post is not sponsored by any of the brands mentioned therein.

So I prefer a full coverage foundation. One that isn’t too thick but can be built up in areas that need more coverage and in less needed areas it provides good coverage but may not be as heavy. However you do you! If you need less coverage or even none at all, simply share this post with others so they too can maybe find an option that will work for their needs. I envy you if you do not use/need foundation.

The first product that I would like to mention is the Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation Stay In Place Make Up. This has been my go to foundation for a long time now. I find it covers the areas that need to be covered. Doesn’t irritate my skin, and allows my face to breathe. It’s not a product that feels cakey nor does it sit in fine lines (thank you face primer). They have 56 shades and is available online or in fine department stores; $43.

Another product that I have used and enjoy as it is also a fuller coverage foundation, but appears on your skin like natural skin; meaning it doesn’t look like you have foundation on, is the Anastasia Beverly Hills Luminous Foundation. Like the Estee Lauder brand it too can be built up so that you can cover certain areas more as needed. This product isn’t a matte finish, so it simulates healthy glowing skin and provides decent coverage to make you feel your best. Available in beauty stores or online; $38.

Lastly a product that I’ve recently tried and I’m sure you have seen advertised lately is the Il Makiage Foundation. I did their easy color match quiz and received a full size product to try out. The shade is pretty close to my natural skin tone, so I think the quiz is really good at matching you, as long as you are honest and accurate in your answers. What’s even better is that you have full support from Il Makiage so if the shade is not a good match or if you don’t like it, you can return it and try a different shade. Available on $44.

Whatever you wear let it be something good for your skin, your beauty, and your confidence. This past year of the pandemic I haven’t worn make up much at all, and I’ve slowly gotten more confident in my own skin. That said I still enjoy make up and getting “dolled” up, but I don’t feel that I have to hide my imperfections any longer. I’m imperfectly perfect. And so are you!

Be strong, be beautiful, be you

West Virginia State Penitentiary

Prisons hold many people who have done despicable things. We as a society seem to be infatuated with prisons for a number of reasons. Not only are they needed, but we also have a fascination with the true crime genre that the individuals residing inside can provide. Another aspect of prisons that we seem to flock to is the fact that even the guardians of these criminals have the ability to be horrible monsters, all in the name of the law. So the prisons in turn have their own stories they can share. That may be true of the West Virginia State Penitentiary.

Moundsville, WV, is the home to the West Virginia State Penitentiary. Originally built in 1866, and similar in style to the prison located in Joliet, IL, the prison began accepting prisoners in 1876 until it closed in 1995.

In a span of 60 years, 94 men were executed, primarily by hanging, but some by electrocution as well. The prison had four distinct areas for prisoners: The Alamo, where the worst guests of the prison earned 22-24 hours in a 5′ x 7′ cell; New Wall, which was for the general population; Rat Row, which was for prisoners who testified against others and needed special protection; and Honor Hall for those who had earned special privileges. If you found yourself being housed in one of the 10 worst prisons in the United States, you may have had dealings in the “Sugar Shack”. This was the recreation area of the prison; but the recreation included gambling, fighting, rape, and even murder. This area of the prison remains a hotbed for paranormal activity.

One of the infamous prisoners who requested to be relocated here was Charles Manson, his letter remains on display in the execution chamber. The prison may have been the inspired by the Shawshank Redemption (Novella: Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption by Stephen King) as in 1992 three inmates tunneled out through the greenhouse.

Even though the prison is no longer housing prisoners, some of those who once lived there, may still be there. The prison hosts many paranormal tours, and you may encounter the Shadow Man, you may hear echoing sounds from souls that your eyes can no longer see, or even be accosted by unknown forces. The lowest levels of the prison host a dark entity that if you dare to explore, be warned.

If you have visited the West Virginia State Penitentiary, please share any of your experiences with me!

You are your own best investment!

Entrance to the Sugar Shack


*Warning – the content below may be too graphic for some people, it may contain descriptions of crime scenes, victims of heinous crimes, and crime scene photos. Reader discretion is advised.*

Wineville Ranch

Those of you who had watched American Horror Story: Hotel, may have learned briefly about this case. However let’s go into it further and learn what happened at the Wineville Ranch, in Riverside County, California during the 1920’s.

Gordon Northcott

Gordon Stewart Northcott was born in Canada, in 1906. He moved with his parents to Los Angeles, CA, in 1924. Two years later he asked his father to purchase a plot of land in Wineville, where he built a chicken ranch and house. He needed help with the new ranch and had his nephew Sanford Clark join him in California. When the boy arrived Gordon began to beat and sexually abuse Sanford.

Sanford’s sister Jessie, came to visit and was concerned over what her brother had informed her of one evening. He stated that Gordon Northcott had murdered four boys at his ranch. Upon returning to Canada, Jessie contacted the American Consul, who in turn contacted the LAPD and they also included the United States Immigration Service as Gordon was a Canadian citizen.

Sanford Clark

August 31, 1928, two Immigration Service officers took Sanford Clark into custody, Gordon had seen them coming and told his nephew to stall them or he would shoot him with a rifle. For two hours, Sanford stalled them while Gordon ran, but when he felt they could protect him he advised that Gordon had fled into the trees.

Gordon and his mother, Sarah Louise, fled to Canada and were arrested in September 1928. They were extradited back to the United States. Sarah Louise wasn’t an innocent party in the happenings at the Wineville Ranch. At her sentencing, Sanford advised that Gordon had kidnapped, molested, beaten and killed three young boys with the help of his mother. A fourth young man was killed by Northcott and Sanford had been forced to help dispose of the victim’s head which was burned in the fire pit. Quicklime was used to dispose of the remains of the three boys, but the young man was left on the side of the road.

Sarah Louise Northcott

Police found the three shallow graves exactly where Sanford said they would be, unfortunately the three bodies were not complete, it is believed that the bodies were dug up by Gordon and Sarah Louise and burned in the night. Gordon and Sarah Louise claimed to have killed up to 20 boys, but this has not been supported by any further evidence.

The three victims remains, along with the testimony of Sanford and his sister, resulted in a death sentence for Gordon, and life imprisonment for Sarah Louise. Gordon was hanged on October 2, 1930 at San Quentin Prison. He was 23 years old.

Sarah Louise served her sentence at Tahachapi State Prison, and was paroled in less than 12 years. She died in 1944.

Wineville changed the name to Mira Loma in 1930.

Sanford returned to Canada and died in 1991.

Christine Collins
  • The vicitms:
    • Walter Collins: 9 year old Walter Collins was abducted when he went to the movies and never returned. His mother, Christine, worked with police to find her son, and when they claimed to have found the boy in Illinois, the police organized a public reunion, and upon meeting the boy who claimed to be her son, she told police that wasn’t her son.
      • Dental records proved this boy was not her son, and police committed her to a psychiatric ward in Los Angeles County Hospital. The boy, who was actually Arthur Hutchens Jr, was a runaway from Iowa. He was trying to get to Hollywood to meet his favorite actor. Arthur admitted he was not Christine’s son and she was released from the hospital, and filed suit against the LAPD. The story of Christine and Walter Collins was portrayed in the movie, The Changeling.
    • Lewis and Nelson Winslow: Aged 12 and 10 respectively. They were abducted in 1928 from Pomona, California. Their father, Mr. Nelson Winslow Sr, led a lynch mob to the Riverside jail where Gordon was being held, with the intent of hanging him after his trial. The police convinced the mob to disband.

Be ever alert, make good choices, stay safe

Greater Things

Hello my lovelies! I have some greater things in store for the Amateur Connoisseur! Please keep reading my daily posts and you will see the changes coming soon! I can’t wait to share them with you, but until the “grand unveiling“, you will have to wait patiently for them. I hope you won’t be disappointed!!

~The Amateur Connoisseur

Be Strong, Be Beautiful, Be You

Apple Sharlotka Cake

Desserts are something that either are fantastic or okay. Everyone remember the dessert and not much else about the party. If you have an arsenal of recipes but are lacking in the dessert front, don’t worry, this recipe is simple, delicious, and will be one you and your guests remember for years to come.

  • Ingredients
    • Butter or non-stick spray for greasing the pan
    • 6 large tart apples, such as Granny Smiths
    • 3 large eggs
    • 1 cup granulated sugar
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1 cup all purpose flour
    • Ground cinnamon, to finish
    • Powdered sugar, to finish
  • Directions
    • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan with parchment paper. Butter the paper and the sides of the pan. Peel, halve and core your apples, then chop them into medium-sized chunks. Pile the cut apples directly in the prepared pan. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, using an electric mixer or whisk, beat eggs with sugar until thick and ribbons form on the surface of the beaten eggs. Beat in vanilla, then stir in flour with a spoon until just combined. The batter will be very thick.
    • Pour over apples in pan, using a spoon or spatula to spread and press the batter into the apples. Bake in preheated oven for 55 to 60 minutes, or until a tester comes out free of batter. Cool in pan for 10 minutes on rack, then flip out onto another rack, peel off the parchment paper, and flip it back onto a serving platter. Dust lightly with ground cinnamon, if desired. To serve dust with powdered sugar.

Happy Eating!

Slender Man

Urban Legends are everywhere, in every country, state, city, and even every family. Some call them folklore, some call them history, but they are mostly stories that may have been from other sources that have been created and adapted along the way. Such is true with the character described as Slender Man.

Slender Man is an unnaturally tall, thin, humanoid. He has a featureless face, and is most often seen in a black suit. Slender Man is commonly known to stalk, abduct and/or traumatize people, especially children.

In 2014, Slender Man was thrust into the media when two 12 year old girls attempted to murder a third girl by stabbing her 19 times. They claimed this was to become proxies for Slender Man. The victim survived her attack.

Other stories of attacks in the name of Slender Man were relayed across the United States. Other young teens attacked family members with knives or set their homes on fire, all in the name of Slender Man. In 2015, many suicide attempts were made on people ages 12 – 24 on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

After the 2014 stabbing incident, Slender Man became less creepy and more horrifying. Scholars have argued that despite being a fictional work, Slender Man is a form of digital folklore. Because of the horrifying acts done in the name of Slender Man, his popularity has declined with those who followed his creation and comics in the past. Other sites have limited his exposure or shut down completely.

What do you think of the myth of Slender Man? Is he an urban legend, a scary story, or a folklore? Please share your thoughts and ideas and especially other legends you would like to hear about.

Be strong, be beautiful, be you

Little, Sam

*Warning: The post you are about to read may be too graphic for some people, it may contain descriptions of crime scenes, violent crimes, adult situations, reader discretion is advised.*

There are serial killers who kill and join the ranks of more infamous murderers. There are some names that when asked who is the most prolific serial killer in the United States, we immediately mention them; Ted Bundy, Jeffrey Dahmer, and John Wayne Gacy. But maybe the most prolific killers out there are the least well known.

I haven’t heard of this serial killer until I had seen advertising about a documentary on him. Have you heard about him? His name is Sam Little, and he has claimed to have killed as many as 93 women, police have linked him to over 60 murders.

June 7, 1940 Samuel Little was born in Reynolds, GA, to a mother who he claimed was a prostitute. He was raised mostly by his grandmother in Ohio. During Junior High School he had problems with discipline and achievement. He had started to fantasize about strangling women as a child and sexual fantasies began soon after. He would collect true crime magazines depicting women being choked.

At the age of sixteen, Sam Little, had his first run in with the law. He was convicted of breaking and entering, and was held in a juvenile institution. In his twenties, he moved to Florida to live with his mother and had odd jobs, and was arrested in 8 states for a variety of offenses including fraud, shoplifting, assault, and rape. In 1982, Sam had been arrested and charged with murders in two states and in both instances he was either not indicted, or acquitted.

Moving to California, Sam was in the San Diego area, and in 1984 he was arrested for kidnapping, beating, and strangling a 22 year old woman. She survived. One month later he was again found with an unconscious woman in his car; this time, he served over 2 years in prison. After his release in 1987, Sam Little moved to Los Angeles and continued murdering women, a total of 10 in that area.

September of 2012, Sam was arrested at a homeless shelter in Louisville, KY, and extradited to California for narcotics charges. At this time his DNA was tested to establish that he was involved with the murders of Carol Ilene Elford, murdered on July 13, 1987; Guadalupe Duarte Apodaca, murdered on September 3, 1987; and Audrey Nelson Everett, murdered on August 14, 1989. Due to the new circumstances the murder that he was not indicted for in 1982, was reopened. Sam Little was tested for involvement in 93 murders in over 18 states.

In September of 2014, Sam Little was convicted of the murders of Elford, Apodaca and Everett. He was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

I may never have heard of this case had it not been for seeing the advertisements for the Confronting a Serial Killer show. The show has 5 episodes and is based on information from Sam Little, Mitzi Roberts of the LAPD who captured him, and from Jillian Lauren who was interviewing Sam and investigating the story.

Sam Little passed away in Los Angeles County area hospital on December 30, 2020. He suffered from diabetes, heart problems, and other health concerns.

For a full list of Sam Little’s victims, please view them online. Here is a list of images that Sam Little sketched himself. Most of his victims are unnamed and so far unidentified.

Be ever alert, make good choices, be safe

Mystery – D.B. Cooper

1972 FBI composite sketch

1971, a man by the name of Dan Cooper, later the media would refer to him as D.B. Cooper, hijacked a Boeing 727 between Portland and Seattle. After a stop at SEATAC, he collected the ransom of $200,000 and 4 parachutes. Jumping from the plane over southwestern Washington, D.B. Cooper was never found, nor has all the money been recovered. It is believed that DB Cooper did not survive his jump from the airplane.

There was an extensive manhunt, and a 45 year long FBI investigation, but this crime remains the only unsolved air piracy in commercial aviation history. The FBI officially suspended active investigation on the case in July, 2016, but they ask that any physical evidence of the money or parachutes be submitted for analysis.

The investigation produced 66 unidentified fingerprints on the airplane. The agents discovered Cooper’s black clip on tie and his tie clip; along with two of the four parachutes. One of which was opened and two shroud lines cut from the canopy.

The precise area to search was difficult to determine, as even a small difference in the aircraft’s speed or any conditions outside at the time, could have changed his landing point considerably. Another variable was the amount of time he was in freefall before pulling his ripcord, if he even pulled it.

Upon recreation of the event, it was determined that at approximately 8.13pm, D.B. Cooper had jumped from the plane, and it was a heavy rainstorm in that area at that time. So it’s very possible, that if Cooper survived, he could have been “blown off course” and landed farther away than what was projected.

Whatever happened to D.B. Cooper? What happened to the money? Some of the money was recovered in 1980, when it was found by a young boy on the bank of the Columbia River. Unfortunately people have searched for the person known as D.B. Cooper and the money he had received. What do you think happened?

You are your own best investment

Color Correctors

Hello my lovelies! Today I wanted to discuss a product that is important only if you need it. Color correctors can make your look go from Velma to Vamp.

They are designed to be put on your skin, after moisturizing and priming. Before your foundation and other products. And you can get a palette of numerous colors…..but what do you do with them all? Rest assured I am here to help guide you on this.

Now we all have areas on our faces that we want to correct. It could be acne, dark under eyes, or even problem areas that are considered in the ‘five o’clock shadow’. Each area that needs correcting has a special color corrector for it. Please remember to use the “less is more” philosophy with color correctors. You can always add more if needed but it’s nearly impossible to take away extra product after you have added it, unless you wash it all off and start again.

So here is what you can use a guide when using color correctors:

If you have acne, rosacea, or other redness on your face, you will want to cancel that out with a green or yellow color corrector. It is not required to use both, one or the other will work very well. Simply dab on the product and tap/blend it into your skin. When adding your foundation over, you won’t see the redness, nor the color corrector but it will make your foundation cover better.

If you have dark under eyes, or perhaps bruising on your face, you will want to correct that color with a pink color corrector. As above, dab it onto the area, less is more, and then blend into the area that needs correcting. Especially with your eyes, if you add too much product it will start to crease and have the potential of caking when you add more product on top.

If you have yellow spots on your skin, think dull patches; using a purple color corrector is a way to neutralize those areas. Dab it onto the areas that need it and you will see an overall brightening on your face. It is possible to use this on your entire face, but since I’m also concerned about adding too much product, I would limit it to the areas you need it most.

Now for the areas of your face that you have blue undertones; reach for an orange or peach color corrector. This is especially true for my hirsute ladies out there. Blue undertones on your skin would occur primarily if you have facial hair (usually of the unwanted variety). However, those men who do wear make up, you will want to find a perfect color corrector for those areas to help eliminate the shadow and allow your foundation to cover fully.

There may be other color correcting shades out there, so please do your further research or ask a professional make up artist for other suggestions. The options above would most likely work with the majority of areas that need correction. Again, I want to state that you will need to use the barest amount of color corrector and even if you perceive a flaw, it may not require a color corrector. If you can skip adding product to your face, please don’t feel you have to add color corrector to yours. More product means more possibility of pores being clogged and more breakouts or other issues.

You are beautiful just as you are and do not need to cover your beauty with layers of product just to satisfy the world’s idea of what a woman should look like.

Be strong, be beautiful, be you

Levi Weeks

Who is Levi Weeks? I’ll be honest until I started to write this post, I didn’t know him either. I hadn’t even heard the name before until doing some research. Let me take you on a brief journey to Manhattan, NY.

Levi Weeks was born in 1776 in Massachusetts, and moved to New York in 1798, to work for his brother Ezra.

December 22, 1799, Levi and his lady friend, Gulielma Sands, were going out that night. Gulielma informed her cousin that she and Levi were going to be wed that night. In secret. Unfortunately Gulielma didn’t marry, but her name would be tied to Levi Weeks for eternity.

In Manhattan, there is a well, located in Lispenard Meadows. Now in today’s Soho. This well was located at the intersection of Greene and Spring Streets. It is in this well that Gulielma’s body was found on January 2, 1800. Her possessions were recovered near the well on December 24, 1799.

Now it was known to several people that Levi and Gulielma were seeing each other that night, and they were seen leaving her boarding house together. Levi was arrested and put on trial from March 31 to April 1, 1800. He was defended by Aaron Burr, Alexander Hamilton, and Henry Brockholst Livingston. When the jury went to deliberate, they took all of 5 minutes to find him; Not Guilty.

However, Levi left New York anyways as his reputation was in shambles. Almost everyone thought he was guilty. He was still able to find success in Natchez, MS. Levi became a successful architect and builder, married and had 4 children. He passed away at age 43, in 1819.

The murder well as it has now become known, still exists. It is currently closed off and unless you are doing a special on the most haunted locations of America, you will most likely not see the inside of the well. The well is currently housed at 129 Spring St, Manhattan NY, and is in the basement of a retail store. Of which you can still see the well while shopping, as the well is visible in the men’s department.

Workers in the store claim that there are odd happenings and mysterious occurrences in the store, that they contribute to Gulielma Sands and her murder. People have claimed they can hear the screams of Gulielma near the well. Is this really true? There truly is only one way to find out.

If you have visited the retail store, and were able to see the well first hand, please share your experiences with me! I would be very interested to know if the well is still haunted, and the area surrounding it as well.

You are your own best investment