Thursday, April 17, 2014

Is This The Non Surgical Miracle Your Under Eye Circles Have Been Waiting For?

Concealing my under eye circles is very necessary so that I don't scare people when I walk out in public.  No one likes seeing zombies walk around in real life...
So what if there were finally a miracle product that could truly help erase those puffy, ugly, dark under eye circles some of us encounter as we age?  What if you were able to hide them without having to figure out the makeup artist tricks of contouring, concealing, and picking the right concealer color?? 

Introducing Neotensil, which is being touted as the "Spanx for eye bags."  It's made by the company Living Proof (partially owned by super beauty celeb Jennifer Aniston), and is supposedly an eye treatment that will improve your bags IMMEDIATELY with no lasers or needles necessary.

Here is the full scoop on this fascinating innovative treatment from   My bullet points from reading this article and watching the few tv blurbs recently on it:
  • It's expensive - $500 for a 7 week supply.  My priciest concealers cost around $38 and last at least 6 months.
  • You can't wear your own makeup below or above it.  Or you have to buy one of the Living Proof makeup powders on top, which again you're spending more money on.
  • You can't get it from your local drugstore or specialty makeup store.  You gotta go to the doctor to get it.
  • It's a film that takes 3 hours to activate and work.  So if you've got to be at work by 8am, you best get up at 5am to start the process.
  • It's temporary and isn't a long term fix.  But that's ok, because neither is concealer and I really haven't found that miracle eye cream that truly performs an absolute  miracle on dark circles or puffiness.
I saw this video segment from Good Morning America HERE that is a great visual on exactly how it works.  But wait until the end when one of their anchor women tried it on and you see her after look.  Of course they don't get real up close on her because you can see even from far away, it's almost TOO good and obvious she's got something on under her eyes.  You'll see what I mean if you watch til the end.

What do you think?  Would you try this treatment over surgery, or would you stick with cosmetics to cover the circles? Personally, my pocketbook is going to have to stick to good ole peach toned concealers and cold spoons!

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Smoky Brown Eyes With Stila In The Light Palette

Step By Step:

1. All over lid in "bare" 2. Lash to crease in "bubbly"
3. Highlight crease and lower lash line with "luster" 
4. Line entire eye with included pencil in '"damsel"
5. Smoke out and soften the pencil by adding "gilded gold" on top of liner. 
6. Apply "kitten" right in the tear duct area.

Makeup products used on this look:

There's no look I like better than an easy to wear smokey brown eye.  It goes with practically every outfit and is sexy without being too over the top.  This palette by Stila is the ultimate collection of 10 very wearable neutral shades that can help you to create a simple eye look to a dramatic smokey eye with a combo of 4 matte and 6 shimmer shadows .  I have created a look somewhere in the middle with 6 of the 10 shadows.  If I had used the dark black and charcoal gray shades, it could have gone much more nighttime drama!  The waterproof pencil included in this palette is ah-mazing and goes on super soft without having to drag or pull the lid.  It deposits rich dark espresso brown like color that has awesome staying power.  Of course this palette includes Stila's best selling shade, Kitten, which is a most beautiful shimmery champagne shadow.   It's one of those colors that looks good on everybody!  

I cannot wait to play with this palette more and see what other looks I can come up with!  Luckily you can use all of these shadows wet or dry depending on whether you want a soft or more striking look.  I like using these wet if you want to create an eyeliner look without an actual liner.  

Have you tried out this Stila palette yet?

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Monday Beauty Mantra

"The meaning of life is to find your gift.  The purpose of life is to give it away."
William Shakespeare

Happy Monday everyone! Have you ever thought about what your "gift" is?  I believe that I have 2 IMPORTANT GIFTS to share...  

1. After having children, I realize that motherhood is my first true gift.  They are my purpose in life, and they deserve to have an involved, loving, and supportive mother to help guide them through their own lives.  So my gift requires me to be that mother they need who is a mentor, good listener, and leads by example, but also makes the journey of life, a super fun one!  I certainly don't consider myself the perfect mom by any means, but that doesn't mean I can't try to be the best one I can be.

2.  My second gift I was given, is the art of makeup.  After every makeup job I perform, I realize it is truly is a gift I give to my clients to make them feel like their most beautiful self.  I owe this all to my husband who encouraged me over 6 years ago to start my own freelance business because he realized I had a gift that could be turned into a business.  I was very doubtful in the beginning I could pull it off because this idea came about right after I started to have kids.  Although becoming a mother for the first time was super overwhelming, I realized that I needed that creative outlet for "me time" and it just happened to be an added bonus that that outlet, could make money.  Every time a client looks in the mirror after I'm finished and they smile from ear to ear because they like what they see, then I realized I gave away my gift.  And it feels amazing.

*The photo above is over a year old, but is still one of my favorites that combines my 2 gifts - motherhood and sharing my love of makeup with my own daughter!  Thanks to my friend Abbey of Dylan Blue Photography for capturing this.  (She is also a mother of 2 who shares her gift of photography with me and all of her clients!)*

What is your gift? 

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Chic Spring Manicure Color Combo : White + Gold

I  mentioned in yesterday's post that one of my spring essentials was going to be WHITE  NAIL POLISH, so I went ahead and practiced what I preached.  Although I don't quite have the spring/summer tan I'd like to be sporting white nails with, I did it anyway bc I'm 1. impatient (at times) and 2. I love to paint my nails different colors every week!

The magazines, blogs, and runways have been filled with lots of white paired with gold accents when it comes to clothing and accessories.  So I figured, what better way to sport this sophisticated color combo, than on my fingernails?

My L'Oreal white is now hard to find, but you can get the look with this Nars white and my Julep gold.  Y'all know I love a good accent nail so it's hard for me to go all 10 nails the same color these days!  But that issue actually works out great in this instance!  And how chic would it be to carry around a white leather tote for spring?  I found this beautiful structured Michael Kors one at  White is such a crisp and neutral shade that could go with everything in my closet!  Looks like I'll be on a white kick this spring.

*Flashback* Do you remember my white eyeliner trick I did?  This would look super fresh paired with my new mani don'tcha think?!

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

5 Must Have Spring Beauty Essentials

I think I can safely say, that spring has finally SPRUNG here in Georgia (crossing fingers no more cold snaps!)  And that means it's time to welcome in some new beauty products, but also bust out some trusty oldies for the season!


(Products from left to right from photo above)

1.  Signature Spring Scent.   Sonia Kashuk Purple Seductia Eau De Toilette, $19.99 :  I bought the spray body oil in this same scent a couple months ago and just recently purchased the eau de toilette bc I wanted to pack some more punch in how good I will be smelling this spring! Although this tends to go slightly musky (bc of the patchouli) which kind of feels fall/winter, the addition of the hints of rose and pomegranate give it a punch of spring flowers and fruits!  This fragrance is in a word 'sultry' and when I wear it I feel like I don't smell like anyone else.  And it's super cheap compared to the rest of the fragrances I typically wear since you can get it at Target!

2. White Nail Polish.   L'Oreal Nail Color in "I will", $5.99 :  Nothing screams warmer weather like the color WHITE!  Remember the old rule of "no white before Easter and none after Labor Day," then Easter is right around the corner and bring on the bright white! Once my hands get a little more color to them (maybe I'll speed it along with some self tanner) this will be a winning color and go with everything I wear! I love a crisp white nail and how sophisticated it looks.  The one I own above seems to be out of stock most places so here are some similar shades - fancy version | cheap version.

3.  Colored Lip Balms (1 bright and 1 pastel).   I have 2 shown here, Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in "Wild Watermelon" $6.49 and L'Oreal Colour Riche Balm in " Pink Satin" $5.99.  I'm actually wearing the pink satin in these photos.  You'll notice that in the spring I try to lighten up on my products and wear ones that are more sheer (such as my foundation below).  My clothes get lighterweight in the warmer weather and so do my makeup products.  These L'Oreal Balms and Revlon Lip Butters are perfect for keeping the lips feeling hydrated with pretty color during the sunny days.

4.  A Liquid Highlighter.   Josie Maran Argan Illuminizer, $28 :  The two pics up top show the beautiful highlighting job that this Josie Maran product can do you for your cheekbones - they glow without being too harsh or disco-y!  I absolutely adore this champagne based shade and it seriously works on pale skin to dark skin.  And just a dab will do ya!  I apply a few drops right underneath my foundation on the tops of my cheekbones and center bridge of my nose.  You could also apply it right on your brow bone to make it pop!

5.  Lightweight Foundation.  MAC Face and Body Foundation, $27 :  I wear color N2.  When warmer weather comes around, I don't feel the need to wear such heavy makeup, especially foundation.  This one by MAC is one of their most popular formulas and it is a build able product that gives the most amazing dewy skin finish.  Just FYI, this wouldn't work for someone who wants full on coverage or has many skin issues to hide.  Luckily I was blessed (thanks mom!) with pretty decent skin that hardly breaks out, so finding this foundation was a big win for me and it will get used often this spring.  

I am excited to bring these essentials into rotation now that the gorgeous colorful flowers are in bloom like my peach Gerber daises above!!  Now if I could just find a peach lip balm to match them.
*Oh, and my blue eyeliner is THIS ONE*

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

First Haircut

Vivian just got her first legit haircut in 3.5 years of life. I have been reluctant to let scissors touch her hair because I have realized from experience with my two boys, once their hair was cut for the first time, it made them look so grown up.  And in some weird (possibly delusional) way, I wanted to hold onto not making her look older!!  But as you'll see from these pictures, it was time.

Needless to say, Viv thoroughly enjoyed her first big girl salon experience.  She seriously got the royal treatment and the staff took such great care of her.  I must admit, her hair looks SO much better that I'm wondering why I waited so long!!  I really can't believe my baby girl is old enough to go to mommy's hair salon and sit so patiently through the shampooing, blow drying and cutting.  Next stop, mani-pedis with mom!! I love this little girl and it was such a fun experience.

BIG THANKS to my favorite salon in Athens, Ga, Republic Salon, and to Lyric who is a master at what she does.  Mine and Vivian's head of hair thanks you for our impeccable cuts.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Monday Beauty Mantra

"When I went to school they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down 'HAPPY.' They told me I didn't understand the assignment, and I told them they didn't understand LIFE"
Quote from John Lennon

This was a very busy, but super fun weekend!  It was full of HAPPY LIFE events!

It started off with a trip to the University of Georgia Vet School open house where my kids got to tour the campus and see into the life of what it takes to become a veterinarian.  They got to see all sorts of animals from zebras, llamas, camels, cows, dogs, and reptiles.  It was truly fascinating and I even learned a lot!  
I also got to work with two sorority sisters I hadn't seen in years and help these two moms/friends with a fresh new approach to their makeup routine, which is always rewarding.  Immediately after we were done, they were excited and ready to take their face charts I had made them and head straight to  Ulta to pick themselves up some new products! 
My youngest son made his first hit at his baseball game and you have no idea how happy this made him (and his mama) after games and games of striking out! Small victory for sure, but he was smiling from ear to ear after that game.  That one hit gave him the confidence he needed.  
We also attended my niece's 3rd birthday party where Vivian got to run and jump around with her cousins.  And to finish it off, we got to visit with one of Scott's college fraternity brothers and his new wife who came all the way in from Italy and are expecting their first baby together - such a happy time of life!

It was a very HAPPY weekend, that's what life is all about.  What did you do this weekend? 

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