BLUSHCIOUS LIPS

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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:

  1. Lip liner by NYX in natural

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3. Heroes Beauty Luxe Lip Gloss in bombshell 

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Whatcha up to this weekend?

Remember to take some time to pamper yourself.

Let me know if you try my luscious lip trick.

Might attempt a video on it. I’ve never really done makeup tutorials. Stay tuned!

Love + Lipgloss,

Tiff

L’OREAL LOVE: Spring Skin Spruce Up

Happy Fab Friday, Gorgeous!

With the change of seasons and new fashion trends, I am always inspired to try new makeup and skincare products as well. I’ve been using Revlon Photoready Foundation and Makeup For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation for the past few years and they are both still fabulous, but being the researcher I am I decided to try the  L’Oreal foundations. This drugstore diva went on the hunt!

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?

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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.

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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.

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 Have you tried any of these L’Oreal products?

Give us your 2-cents and make sure to share this blog with your sistas!

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.

Love, Tiff

 

BE A GOLDEN GIRL THIS HOLIDAY

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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:

Gold High Pigment Eyeshadows

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NARS “Goldfinger” Shimmer Eyeshadow

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Maybelline 24 HR Color Tattoo Metal in “Gold Rush”

Check out this great tutorial for gold eyeshadow with bold black eyeliner:

Face & Body Illuminators 

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NUXE Paris Multi-Usage Dry Oil Golden Shimmer

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Olay Quench Daily Lotion Plus Shimmer

Nail Polish 

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Butter London in “West End Wonderland”

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Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in “Game Of Chromes”. These are my new at-home polishes! They really last for close to 2 weeks w/o chipping.

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Take some time to get your sparkle & fancy on this holiday.

Oo La La..

Fa La La La La!

Love,

Tiff

CHUNK IT! Makeup Expires

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Hello Beautiful Ones, 

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

LIPGLOSSES

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!  

Share the SOS love.

Stay beautiful & healthy,

Tiff xo

P.S.

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.

GLOW. RADIATE. SHINE. {new webisode}

HAPPY SATURDAY SISTAS!

I’m not going to waste any time writing… this webisode is long enough!  Get comfy and grab a pen + paper because there’s a ton of info here.  Get ready to glow, radiate and shine….

RECAP:

1. Murad Time Release Acne Wash

2. Sia Botanics Vitamin C Glowing Skin Tonic Pads

3. Sia Botanics Prickly Pear Age Defying Serum

4. Nucerity Eye Effects 3 Eye Serum

5. Physicians Formula Healthy Wear Tinted Moisturizer w/ SPF 50

6. Murad Line & Pore Minimizing Hydrator

7. Makeup Forever HD Invisible Coverage Foundation

8. YSL Touche Eclat Concealer

9. Maybelline Cover Stick

10. Makeup Forever Camo Palette

11. Laura Mercier Translucent Powder

12. Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder

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WHEW, that’s a lot of work!  But, since we’re not 16 anymore with that natural sunkissed glow…Thank God we can eat right, get enough sleep and use the right products to get that glow back.

If you have a great secret or special product that helps you get a gorgeous glow…share it with us sista!

Love, Tiff

 

Say “I love you” to YOU!

 

Hi Little Lover!

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:

I WILL…..

  1. Look in the mirror and say “I love you ____” (insert your name) at least 3 times.
  2. Plan a playdate with a genuine, like-minded girlfriend.
  3. Not skip a healthy breakfast even if it’s a protein shake on the go.
  4. Feed my faith and starve my fear.
  5. Stop taking myself so seriously.
  6. Try a new nail polish or lipgloss color.
  7. Stop making excuses and move my butt and get some exercise.
  8. Use my voice.
  9. Not compare myself to others.
  10. Allow myself a cheat day to indulge in something yummy.
  11. 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! 

Remember to Pin with me on Pinterest and also Tweet with me on Twitter!

Thank you for being part of the Style Sisterhood.

Thank you for choosing to walk tall in your power.

Thank you for being a champion for women.

Love, Tiff

 

DON’T WORRY, BE HAPPY plus Beauty + Haircare Answers

Hey Happy Hotties!

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!

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Here’s my A’s to Shannon’s Q’s:

 

For the latest hair tips plus inspiring + encouraging videos, make sure to check out

HAIR WITH HANNAH on Facebook and YouTube!

{Hannah’s Top Pick}

{My drugstore fave’s by Garnier}

{I always go back to Morcoccan Oil}

{My Fave Foundation}

{Loving the healthy organic line Sia Botanics}

{The one facial product I will not go without}

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.

Celebrating a very Happy August,

Tiff

SWEET SWAG + A SUMMER DILEMMA SOLVED

Hello Summer Babies!

Hope you are all enjoying the fun, summer swag bag giveaways as much as I am.  I want to take a moment and give a BIG shout out to our fabulous sponsors-THEY ROCK!  This is what’s in the bag this week:

1. COLOUR COUTURE SUNLESS TANNING (one product)

2. LUSCIOUS SOUL- Eclectic Boutique

3. SIA BOTANICS (one product)

4. BEAUTY SPRINKLES VITAMIN COCKTAIL MASK (one package contains 3 masks)

{Remember to participate in the giveaways you must be a subscriber to this blog and part of the FACEBOOK COMMUNITY

Simply make comments on the FB page and join in on the fun convo’s!  See you there}

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ARE YOU ALREADY SICK OF THE HEAT?

Growing up in the very hot, muggy + humid city of Houston, Tx– I know all about how uncomfortable extreme heat can be and how it puts a damper on our beauty routine! Here’s a few tips I’ve found to stay comfy + feeling clean during this time of year:

1. Keep the chaffing under control with a cornstarch based powder: GOLD BOND Medicated Powder and/or JOHNSON’S Cornstarch w/ Aloe + Vit E.  Apply a light dusting of the powder on inner thighs, under arms and under the edges of your bra.

2. Cooling spray for overheated or sunburned skin. Make with distilled water, a few drops of tangerine essential oil, aloe juice and a few drops of vit E oil. Keep in a spray bottle in the fridge.

3. Best workout gear to keep the outdoor fitness junkie’s cool + comfortable during the summer heat: ATHLETA’S “hot yoga” line of workout gear is designed with breathable fabrics for Bikram yoga- they style of yoga where the heater is cranked up for an added benefit to the body.  Perfect for staying comfy outdoors during summer too.

4. Many of us are in a swimsuit most of the summer. The pool chemicals plus a tight elastic band around the groin will create a rash, razor bumps and an all around uncomfortable feeling in your bikini.  Reduce razor burn and bumps with Bikini Zone (with lidocaine, salicylic acid, and aloe) to stay comfy in your bikini all summer long.

5. Tiger Balm or Icey Hot for staying comfy + cool in the heat.  Apply a dab or spritz on the inside of the wrists, back of neck and back of knees.   The menthol + eucalyptus has a lasting cooling effect.

6. Keep your feet comfy in sandals during the heat of summer by wearing sandals without a rubber insole.  Plastic or rubber flip flops add to the heat problem by making your feet sweat more.

7. Inbetween shampoos, use a dry shampoo to keep your hair smelling great and the extra sweat +oil under control.  I like TreSemme FreshStart and the one by John Freida. They’re both great and easy to find at most drugstores, target or walmart.

8.  My fave antiperspirant is Secret’s Outlast Clear Geland for women who prefer a natural brand, “Tom’s” is great too.

9. During summer switch from your usual alcohol-based perfume to an essential oil.  Our body chemistry changes during summer due to the heat so I HIGHLY recommend checking out my sister’s line of body oils called Corpus Dei .   She can even customize a personalized scent that works with your body chemistry.  Made with organic essential oils.

10. Stay hydrated! Drink more water than normal. I love to add cucumber and lemon slices for added nutrients.

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Please share these tips with your friends! Thank you for being part of the Style Sisterhood.

You are loved + adored, Tiff

P.S. Let’s finish out the week strong….

New Year, New You, New Products (+ Swag Bag Giveaway)

Who is ready to kiss 2011 ba-bye?  ME!!!

I hope you all had a beautifully blessed Christmas and Santa was super sweet to you!  I really love this time of year because there is a bit of downtime to get organized, set goals for the new year and reflect on any changes I want to make…including changes in my beauty + health routine as well as my wardrobe.  I asked my Fellow Facebook Fashionistas to share any beauty or fashion resolutions they are making for 2012:

  • Dawn Lynn Takacs:  My beauty goal for 2012- This year centering the inner you that reflects the outer you. More “me” time for creative therapy, thought provoking reading, sharing time or just meditating with a fabulous candle. I will find (if only) 20 minutes a day to nurture myself spiritually.
  • Naomi Sampson Westgard: I am going to wear EVERYTHING in my closet at least once!!! Ok….for at least a few hours at a time. If I don’t wear it…it goes!
  • Ellen Stoneberg: To get the courage to wear false eyelashes to work on a daily basis. Something tasteful and not obvious but a little more lampchop (the puppet) like, you know flirty! I want to be more girly.
  • Syera Letiece:  To bring more color to my closet I love bright colors and how they look on my skin. I want to pop and stand out a little more with over doing it. But so that when people see me they know it’s me 🙂
  • Lachele Haines Stoeck:  I am resolving to eat healthier. Not to lose weight but to gain energy and feel stronger!
  • Muffy McKay: I am going to try to buy less and shop my closet more this year.
  • Kirsten Robison: Eat healthier, hair change (it is so time to do so), and try to loose the extra pounds I need to….want to be Hawaii body ready!….and the most important, read my bible more and let the light shine through….more smiles! 🙂

WATCH WEBISODE:

I love finding great drugstore beauty products!  In the latest webisode, I give you 10 of my favorite + latest finds for $10 or less.  For the New Year, I will be giving one winner an SOS Swag Bag filled with a few of the items I discuss in the video along with some extras (like some fabulous accessories or my fave nutrition products) to help give you a head start on looking + feeling your best in 2012! (value worth $100)

TO ENTER: You must be part of the Sanctuary Of Style Facebook community. Then follow 2 simple steps.
 https://www.facebook.com/sanctuaryofstyle

1. Share this video on your Facebook wall with SOS tagged. (To “tag” the  SOS page along with the video–you simply type the @ symbol and immediately type in Sanctuaryofstyle and the FB page will be tagged)
2. Post this comment on the SOS Facebook page: 

“I will walk tall in my power in 2012”

ENDS AT 12 MIDNIGHT PST ON JAN 7th.
WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON SUNDAY, JAN 8th.



YOU HAVE EVERYTHING YOU NEED!  YOU ARE COMPLETE!  Just like Dorothy’s friends in The Wizard of Oz—the Scarecrow looking for brains, the Tin Man looking for a heart, the Lion looking for courage, when in fact — THEY HAD THESE THINGS ALL ALONG!

I appreciate each + every one of you for joining me on this path to us being our most beautiful, powerful + confident selves!  My prayer is that you all have more happiness, more abundance + more love in the New Year!

xoxo, Tiff

Put Your Best FACE Forward!

Hey SOS Sista’s!  

I hope everyone is enjoying a Spectacular, Stylish September so far!  I’m thrilled to welcome back the talented and uber- informative Tara Dowburd-Luftman of Makeup Therapy to give us simple steps to achieving the perfect “Go-to-Face” for everyday plus great tips for those of you who may be heading out on your first ever job interviews after graduating from college! 

PLUS, be inspired by Tara’s a-ha moment when she took a leap of Faith to start her own business!

WATCH WEBISODE:

A Few of TDL’s Faves:

Remember, even if you’re not heading to a job interview- it’s important that we always step out of the house with our “best face forward” ladies!  

Sharing the beauty, style + inspiration,

Tiff