Here’s a quick SOS beauty tip! Last week, I received several compliments on my lip color and how plump/luscious they looked. I’m loving the nudes and blush pinks right now even for Fall. It’s such an easy look to achieve!
First, make sure to add a touch of concealer around your lips then line with liner just outside your lip line to make them appear larger. Here are the products I used in the above photo:
I have been hearing so much about the Armani foundations, but ummmm…with the price tag over $60 I decided to find the drugstore equivalent. You can buy a concealer, powder, foundation, blush and mascara at Target for the same amount. I found out that the L’Oreal Group owns Giorgio Armani Beauty and that means there may be some cross-over formulations. I was right! I tested the Armani foundation at Sephora and the coverage and texture is almost identical to the L’Oreal Magic Nude Liquid Powder Skin Perfecting Foundation. Who else loves the $10.99 price tag at Target?
Because I deal with puffy under eyes and dark circles, I am always trying new concealers hoping to find one that totally deals with this problem area. I am yelling HALLELUJAH from the mountain top for the L’Oreal Visible Lift Blur Concealer. The “blur” effect is real, sista! It’s super blendable so you’ll never have the raccoon look plus the “lift” property gives your under eye a more youthful look. Completely in love with this concealer! The L’Oreal Visible Lift Blur Foundation rocks, too.
Here’s more love for L’Oreal… my new favorite foundation is the True Match LUMI Healthy Luminous Foundation! It takes 5-10 years off the look of your skin. Yes, I’m serious. It’s made of 40% pure water for all day hydration and filled with Antioxidants, Vitamins C & E for even skin tone and texture. The “Liquid Light” Technology gives you an instant, luminous glow! HOLLA! I love that it has SPF in it for extra protection as well.
Have you tried any of these L’Oreal products?
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Spring is around the corner so make sure to spruce up your makeup bag and chunk any old products. It’s the perfect time to try some new things.
Just as we clear the clutter in our closets each season, it’s important to chunk old makeup. Especially as we approach Fall after a sweaty Summer. YUCK! Have you been using the same powder puff in that compact since the Spring? If you’ve been breaking out lately — this could be the culprit!
From the moment you open a product and expose it to air it begins to expire. Over time, ingredients become toxic and it’s equal to applying straight bacteria to your skin which can create infection and premature aging.
Here’s the life span of the main products we use:
Eyeshadows: 12 to 18 months
Powder: 2 years
Foundation: 1 year
Lipstick & lipgloss: 1 year
Mascara: 3 months
Blush: 12 to 19 months
Makeup sponges: Replace weekly
Makeup brushes: Clean weekly
I’m a self-proclaimed lipgloss addict and recently cleaned out my purse to find a total of 6 tubes. Really? I know I’m not the only one. A few tips for keeping your lips and face healthy is to pay attention to the texture, smell and any color changes to your makeup. Once there’s a slight change- chunk it! As the ingredients in makeup gets old, it can turn rancid and smells awful. If you have had a cold, cough or cold sore and used a gloss while sick- chunk it! Limit swapping lipgloss, eyeliner and mascara with your friends. Although we may appear to be healthy, we could innocently be spreading germs that could cause serious issues.
Because I only really use foundation when I’m on camera, it is easy for me to keep a bottle forever. When I buy a new one, I take a sharpie and write the date on the bottom of the bottle so I’ll know when to chunk it.
Make it a fun weekend project to go through your makeup and chunk items that are “iffy”. Then head to Target, Ulta or Sephora and get some new things for Fall!
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Stay beautiful & healthy,
As you lay your head down tonight…Replay your daily highlights (not the fouls)…Give gratitude for your many blessings…Go to sleep with a smile on your face..
This really is THE best beauty ritual you can have because you will sleep peacefully. No potions, lotions or amount of botox can give you what a good night sleep can. Sweet dreams.
Are you a worrier? Or are you a happy girl, naturally? Of course, at different seasons in our lives we may tend to be one over the other. Really, we all have so much to be happy about in the grand scheme of things, but why is it we so often battle with unnecessary worry which drains us of energy, vibrance and joy. When I’m worried, I feel as if I have a dark cloud over my entire life. NO THANK YOU! Bring on the blue skies and sunshine please! Which sounds better to you? HAPPY(adj.) enjoying or characterized by well-being and contentment. WORRY (v.) to torment oneself with or suffer from disturbing thoughts; fret. It is truly a conscious choice to stop worrying and choose happiness.
P.S. You girls who have won the AHP limited-edition EP, my hubby wrote a song on this very subject called “Nothing But Blue”- Enjoy!
There’s been lots of talk of HAPPINESS lately and Oprah’s even launching a “Celebrate 30 Days of Happiness” campaign to get us all focusing on our happiest moment of each day. I love this and I’m joining in! I have to admit, I’ve been pretty lazy with my journaling and this is exactly the kick-in-the-bootie I need to get back to it. I know myself and I am much more peaceful and joy-filled when I write down happy moments and things I’m grateful for. Some people think journaling is just a venting session and a cathartic vomit of the negative junk in our heads. Ok- yes, someday’s that is what’s required to keep our sanity, BUT for the month of August– let’s all join Lady O and celebrate the things that make us happy. I want to see some comments below and on Facebook saying YES, I’M IN TIFF!
Here’s my A’s to Shannon’s Q’s:
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I’m sad to say this friday is the last full SOS Summer Swag Bag Giveaway. It has been such a blast giving away such awesome products and helping promote these fabulous companies! We will have a few more smaller giveaways with great books from SOUND WISDOM plus a few surprise goodies from me! Make sure to check in on the FACEBOOK COMMUNITY and make comments. This has been such a fun way for us all the get to know one another better and strengthen our Style Sisterhood.
You ready to get your fill of Beauty, Style + Inspiration? This blog post is busting at the seams with it! You may want to grab a pen and paper. Kick back and let the fun begin…
Not being able to SAY NO is a topic that comes up often among us gals. If you don’t have an issue with it- kudos girlfriend! It is definitely something that took me a while to get a handle on and still find it to be a challenge. Grrrr- this tiny little word with those two little letters can have such a kung fu grip on us. We all have so many commitments these days between our families and their commitments, friends, career demands, church, community plus all the extra-curricular activities like small group meetings, team sports, etc. WHEW! I’m worn out just writing all that. Women tend to be “people pleasers” and do not want to let anyone down by not agreeing to help with a task, do a favor or attend an event. It is just a fact that you cannot be productive if you over-commit yourself! By spreading yourself too thin, you will end up jeopardizing your important priorities and ultimately your health and stress level. Take the pressure off yourself and start saying “NO” politely and with love. Here’s 5 tips to help you get started:
YOUR TIME IS PRECIOUS! Start valuing it by dedicating your time to your priorities. If you don’t have your priorities straight, then start there first!
PRACTICE SAYING “NO”! Like everything in life, we must practice, practice, practice. Eventually you will be comfortable saying it. I promise.
BE UNAPOLOGETIC! It is important to be polite, but it’s okay to be firm when you are protecting your time.
TAKE A BEAT! It is totally acceptable to say, “let me get back to you” or “maybe later”. If it’s a situation that sounds interesting, but you simply do not have the time for it right now- maybe you can rearrange your schedule or fit it in when you have some free time later.
LET GO OF THE GUILT! Stand your ground and respect your decision for saying no. We tend to feel guilty later, but that serves no purpose. Let it go, you made your mind up and move on.
Do you find saying “NO” difficult? Have you overcome it? Please leave a comment!
HERE’S PART 2 OF KILL THAT SUMMERTIME SHINE:
A few of you have already picked up the Physicians Formula SPF 50 and said you love it! Woohoo!
STYLE TIP FOR THE WEEK:
One of the reasons I love summer so much is that we’re able to rock fun exotic prints that have an international flare plus tropical florals, great woven bags and bright jewelry like that great turquoise piece you picked up in Mexico! I’ll be chatting more about this in an upcoming webisode on MY SUMMER ESSENTIALS. A great Tribal or Navajo print is definitely a MUST ROCK! I’m drooling over this BCBG dress that just came out:
A BIT OF DESSERT WITH A CHERRY ON TOP:
I was asked for my recommendations on books I found helpful along my path of Spiritual growth and healing. There are so many more that this list, but here is a list of books I highly recommend:
It’s Black Friday- the day all serious shopping addicts can get their “fix” on! Are you braving the malls today? If so, are you insane girl? I truly hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and created special memories with good friends and loved ones.
A few viewers have asked me to give some options for cute winter hats while their hair is growing back after chemotherapy and I also show how to tie my signature headscarf look. I realize this is a sensitive subject, but I believe these brave women should feel as fashionable as possible during this transition. In 2011, there will be 2.6 million breast cancer survivors so I know this has touched all of our lives directly or indirectly in some way. Celebrating their courage and bravery today!
For Fall 2011, the hat must have- A Floppy Fedora!
OR grab a chic hat with feather accents like this one my BFF, Heidi is wearing by Jessica Simpson!
Have you tried the GLOW DIET?
I have been diligent in eating blueberries every morning and have been adding more kale and sweet potatoes to our meals. Not only does your skin glow, but it amps up your energy too. Remember, our skin takes a toll in winter with the extreme temp changes from outdoors to indoors with the brutal heaters so take special care of your beautiful face! Change up your night cream and moisturizers. Most of you know, I love the Arbonne RE9 line especially their night cream, but wanted to change things up. For the past 3 weeks, I have been using VICHY’S Liftactiv Retinol HA Night Cream and give it 2 thumbs up. It has a TRIPLE dose of Hyaluronic Acid for an intense, stabilized filling action + New Generation Retinol (Retinol+Adenosine Complex) for an accelerated resurfacing effect. Your skin looks plumper after the first use. SERIOUSLY! I love the convenience of being able to pick it up at CVS!
I have to share a new beautiful song by my hubby called “My Number One”. Take a few minutes to listen and be inspired!
“It’s so important to tell those we love how important they are while we have the chance. My new song, ‘My Number One’ talks about two lives that left this world without knowing, without hearing the words… It’s important today and everyday to tell those we love how much they mean to us”. ~AH