Thursday, April 24, 2014

The #1 Reason Why Lupita Nyong'o Is People's Most Beautiful Woman

I know exactly why Lupita won the coveted People Magazine's title of Most Beautiful Woman 2014...






...that SMILE.  I feel like every time I see her on tv, on an awards show, or in photos, she's usually smiling from ear to ear.  And nothing makes me like a person more right off the bat and makes them appear prettier, than seeing them smile.  It gives her the kindest looking eyes which makes you immediately want to be her friend.

Oh, and her ability to wear bright and bold makeup colors.  Most of us would end up looking clown-like when breaking the cardinal rule of pairing a bold orange lip with a bright blue eyeshadow, but she makes it look super sophisticated!  She also never over-accessorizes.  Her styling seems to always showcase her amazing figure and features in whatever outfit she has on.  She wears the clothes and jewelry, they definitely do not wear her.  Also, can we talk about her beautiful glowing skin every time? Apparently that is thanks to the Hawaiin "kukui oil" that she slathers on her face.  So of course I immediately went searching for something of the sort, and you too can get your own kukui glow with this coconut vanilla scented Malie Organics Beauty Oil.

Okay, so maybe that's more like 4 reasons she got the honor, but either way, I think it was a good choice.  Way to go Lupita!  Can't wait to see what you wear on your next red carpet walk!

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Purple Pout

Purple is one of those shades that when used as an eyeshadow, compliments most skin tones and eye colors.  But what happens when you try for a purple mouth?  I put a few shades of purple to the test on my pout.





Lip products used from left to right:
MAC Pro lip palette "The Plums." I used "Cyber" (bottom right darkest shade), $16

Other products used:

Purple has always been the rich shade associated with royalty throughout history, so why shouldn't I want to embrace it?  Us mamas are queen's of the household right?!
  
I started off in the top pics with just the dark purple lipstick "Cyber," and felt like a real tough girl sporting that color.  It gave me a certain edgy feel I'm not used to when I wear my nudes and pinks!  Then I decided to see what would happen when I added a bright fuchsia lipstick (that leans more on the neon lilac side if you ask me).  This shade on top definitely brightened up my dark mouth and really brought out the purple.  Both of these lipsticks had a similar creamy formula so they worked well together.  And to top it off, I then added the Pantone color of the year, an orchid-like shimmer gloss, "Sugar Violet." This is one of my current favorite glosses  and looks really good and subtle even when worn alone.  I must say, I'm pretty passionate about the way this purple pout turned out.  I will definitely be sporting this look again.  

Would you wear purple on your pout?

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Monday Beauty Mantra


"The more we say thanks, the more we find to be thankful for. 
And the more we find to be thankful for, the happier we become."
Douglas Wood, The Secret Of Saying Thanks.

I hope everyone had a wonderful family filled Easter weekend!  I am sharing this video of a prayer that little Vivian said for us before dinner last night.  Warning - it's pretty long (Over 2 minutes).  And if you're not her mom/dad you might not understand some of what she says (it's a gift us parents have to understand our kids mumbled words!), and you'll hear little giggles from her brothers because it went on, and on, and on with her thanking God for literally everything! Excuse the very beginning where I have to get onto my youngest son before the prayer began - he was getting a little cray cray- HA!! Not unusual.

But bless her heart, this prayer shows that the more we say thank you, the more we realize how much we really have to be thankful for.  Especially the little things, like right down to "mommy's pretty eyeshadow" (about a minute into the prayer), ice cubes, and banana popsicles at the end.  I love how she always prays with her eyes open and her Thank You's sound like "Jank You".  I hope as she gets older that she always stays so positive about how much there is to be thankful for. 

Enjoy the start to your week and make sure to say thank you for something each day.  Even if it's for your go-to lipstick that you can rely on works every time!

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Guest Post :: 3 Ways To Take Denim From Day To Night By Lauren Lefevre

I am thrilled to have guest blogger + wardrobe stylist Lauren Lefevre, share her fashionable wisdom with all of my readers today!


I luckily got hooked up with Lauren when after the beauty event I hosted at Bloomingdale's back in February, her agent approached me and basically said she thought our blogs should meet and collaborate together because she knew our audiences would benefit from each others speciality in fashion + beauty.  Fabulous...I love meeting creative new people!  Not only is Lauren incredibly talented style wise but she is also a mom to twins, a boy and a girl (her sons name is Jack just like mine, so instant connection right??), and she's also a fellow UGA grad, so she's a bulldawg like me! Woof Woof! 

It's always refreshing to have a new spin on my blog, especially when it comes to a subject I don't typically touch on - STYLE.  What better way to start the weekend off than with advice on How To Style 3 Types Of Denim : Skinny, White, and Boyfriend.  Take it away Lauren...

As a wardrobe stylist who works with a host of women in differing ages and life stages, and as a mommy to three-year-old twins myself, I have a passion for creating versatile looks with key wardrobe pieces. In my opinion, the most fundamental wardrobe piece a woman can own is a great-fitting pair of jeans!

With that in mind, I have created 3 day-to-night denim looks, featuring three “must have” pairs of jeans for Spring :: a dark-wash skinny denim, a white jean and a boyfriend jean. On busy days, when you are quickly trying to transition from a casual daytime ensemble to a fun evening look, swapping out shoes and accessories can quickly and easily do the trick.

Look 1 :: Dark-Wash Skinny Jeans. The most essential jean you can own. The Paige Skyline Skinnies are my current go-to for comfort and flattery.
Shop The Look:
Day : Top | Scarf | Tote | Sandals
Night : Top | Necklace | Cuff | Heels 
 Look 2 :: White Jeans. I tell my clients that trying on white jeans can feel as time-consuming as finding a swimsuit. Don’t give up if the first few pairs you try aren’t flattering! There is a pair for everyone, and it often takes multiple tries with different brands to find the perfect pair. Many of my clients are loving this pair by Hudson this season.

Shop The Look:
Day: Top | Earrings | Necklace | Flats
Night : Top | Earrings | Clutch | Wedges 

Look 3 :: Boyfriend Jeans. A comfortable, laid back denim option, like these Rag & Bone ones, look as stylish with flats as they do ankle booties and heels.  

Shop The Look:
Day : Top | Earrings | Purse | Sandals
Night : Top | Necklace | Clutch | Heels 

Hope you are inspired to have fun experimenting with creative ways to style your denim. Don’t love your arms, or need a layering piece due weather? Simply layer a fitted jacket or blazer {I am particularly loving linen blazers as well as denim jackets this season} to these looks.

Stylishly yours,

Lauren

Thank you so much Lauren for giving me and my readers multiple ideas of how to style our denim this weekend!  And even though Lauren and I haven't gotten to meet in person yet, I know just from obsessing thru her Instagram and blog site, that we would be fast friends.  Hopefully one day soon we will get to hook up maybe through a Georgia football game or a weekend shopping trip to Atlanta! 

Don't forget to follow Lauren on Instagram (@laurenlefevre) and her blog on editbylaurenblog.com.



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 Fashionista.com.   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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