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.
One of my favorite looks for the holiday party season is golden eyeshadow and nail polish. Glimmer and shimmer puts me right in the holiday spirit and my skin tone is more flattering with gold tones rather than silver. If silver works on you- go for it! Silver shadow looks stunning with a red lip.
I did some research to get ready for the upcoming holiday parties. Here’s my picks from high end to drugstore:
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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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.
How was your weekend? Can you believe it’s already that time again? Yes, here are your Sunday Evening Affirmations! Every week seems to be flying by. That’s a good reason to take some time to pause and regroup every weekend. Now- this evening let’s all set our intention on having a successful week ahead before we ever see Monday morning’s sunrise:
Look in the mirror and say “I love you ____” (insert your name) at least 3 times.
Plan a playdate with a genuine, like-minded girlfriend.
Not skip a healthy breakfast even if it’s a protein shake on the go.
Feed my faith and starve my fear.
Stop taking myself so seriously.
Try a new nail polish or lipgloss color.
Stop making excuses and move my butt and get some exercise.
Use my voice.
Not compare myself to others.
Allow myself a cheat day to indulge in something yummy.
Always stay in peace because it gives me power.
I would love to hear some affirmations you may have! Please comment and share your love and brilliance with the rest of us.
As we wind down from the hoopla and fun of the summer swag bag giveaways, I want to thank all the sponsors once again and encourage all of you who won these great products to give us all feedback by posting on the Facebook page and letting us all know how you liked everything. I love doing some kind of at-home facial on Sundays and did a Beauty Sprinkles yogurt mask this morning and loved it!
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.