Since I have been receiving frequent requests for how-to’s on my eye makeup looks (especially on Facebook), I decided to do a step-by-step picture post for my dedicated readers and those to come on a 2013 fall makeup look that I created.
I like trends, but I also like to do my own thing, too. Today I opted to create a look that reminded me of a favorite past time of taking fall drives in my home state of RI on the back roads in the small town of Scituate. Just imagine listening to the crunching sound as your tires roll over old dirt roads while staring out at a beautiful reservoir surrounded by vast amounts of huge trees in the prime of fall filled with gold, orange, red, purple, and green leaves…some being whisked away by a gentle breeze. Are you all starting to get why I am in LOVE with fall, and all the more inspired by it? There was not one year in my childhood that went by that I did not take that drive with my mom and family, and then follow it up with apple picking and hot pie a la mode! Just writing about it makes me want to return home right now…but I will patiently wait until October to do that! Read more
I’ve been wanting to get on board with the BB and CC Cream trend, but I have to admit that I’ve been having a hard time buying into the hype.
When BB creams first came on the market, everyone was buzzing about them. I’ve tried a few and while they’ve been fine, they kind of felt like glorified tinted moisturizers that I saw no real benefit from. With most BB creams, I needed to wear foundation on top of them to achieve full coverage. I just didn’t see the point in straying from my beloved moisturizers. Then came CC Creams, which was kind of confusing because many of us wondered, what’s the difference?
Before I tell you about my new obsession with a product that really has made it’s own little spot in the makeup world, here’s the rundown: Read more
My friend, fellow blogger, and holistic skincare expert, Rachael Pontillo has a book coming out on September 3rd: Love Your Skin, Love Yourself: Achieve Beauty, Health, and Vitality from the Inside Out and Outside In. It’ll be available on both Amazon and Kindle. Considering that her skin is absolutely flawless and nothing short of amazing, I needed to find out all I could about what she is dishing in her new book.
Women with skin issues often feel like they have to hide or that there is something wrong with them. Whether the condition starts as early as adolescence, or develops later on during a pregnancy or for other reasons, it affects much more than just the skin.
Sometimes issues that accompany a skin condition are physical such as weight gain, digestive issues, systemic infection, chronic inflammation, etc. Other times, however, the issues are emotional and even spiritual. This was the case for author and coach, Rachael Pontillo. After living the majority of her life with acne, she cleared up her skin for good (and simultaneously lost 80 lbs) once she cleaned up her diet and upgraded her lifestyle. Though she looked and felt better on the outside and was healthier on the inside, she still had issues having to do with self-image and self-love. These are issues common to many women, especially those who have experienced a visible skin condition, and many feel misunderstood, alone and insecure because of it. Read more
I love color. What better way to play with color than to create a dramatic eye makeup look? Sure, it’s not really something you can wear to the office, but it’s definitely an artsy look that may even work for a fun night out.
Here’s the steps used to create this look: Read more
Two Everyday Heroes Translate their Inner Strength into their Outer Pow!
Sherona McFadden of Harleysville, PA and Keara Ramos-Coles of Greenlane, PA are two women who define what it means to be everyday heroes.
Sherona is a wife, a mother of five children (two are affected by a disability and a serious medical condition), a friend, a working-woman, a singer/songwriter, and a community/church volunteer. Sherona emulates creative flare to the point where she seems to breathe it with every idea she speaks and song she writes. She is a natural visionary, but with much of her time spent caring for her family and/or living between frequent doctor appointments and hospital visits, Sherona struggles with a sense of zapped energy. She longs to reconnect with her keen sense of artistic allure when it comes to makeup, and shared with me that she is looking for some products/looks to reignite this flame.
Keara is a wife, a mother of three children (all of which have a learning disability), a friend, a professional caregiver for the elderly and those affected by disability, and also volunteers in her church and community whenever she is able. Keara so poignantly shared her struggle, which so many caregivers face, with balancing taking care of her self vs. others. Her compassionate heart for others wins in weight, but with that she said, “I am now at a time in my life that as much as I love taking care of everyone else I am also learning that I have to find ways to take care of myself.” Read more
Winners: Elizabeth @hobbylobbist, TheBargainBabe, and Laurie M. Congrats!
Imagine a BB cream that goes above and beyond — covering all of your skincare needs from A to Z!
philosophy hope in a jar a to z complexion perfecting bb cream with SPF 20 ($38.00) does just that!
With the same anti-aging benefits of philosophy’s iconic hope in a jar moisturizer, this new multitasking hope in a jar a to z bb cream is a one-step complexion perfector that acts as your primer, moisturizer, foundation, treatment and sunscreen. Read more
As a lip gloss lover who appreciates some color and shine all in one tube, I was super excited to get my hands on Lancome’s new lip collection, Gloss In Love. I’ve admired Emma Watson’s lips (she’s the face in all of the ads for the line) for a few months and had product envy. Lancome’s Gloss In Love gave Emma gorgeous lips that shined and had the perfect coating of color. To be totally honest, (because that’s just how I roll) I mostly loved this gloss, but the thing I didn’t love about it was a big one for me. Read more
A Girl’s Gotta Spa!® was founded on the principal that we all need a little pampering.
As I mentioned in this 2011 interview in SHAPE Magazine, “I created A Girl’s Gotta Spa! as an outlet for myself and as a way to say it’s OK to take time for yourself no matter how busy you are—in fact, it’s imperative.” Relaxing, decompressing from stressors, taking time to feel good about yourself…they are all equally important for your mental health, not to mention your overall health.
So on this National Relaxation Day, how do you unwind? Do you take mini breaks throughout the day to take in the beauty around you? Is it a bubble bath at the end of a long day? Or is it an indulgent spa treatment at the end of a long, tiring work week?
Here are a few suggestions to check out that may spark the way you relax: Read more
For the last several years a new beauty subscription service has popped up every few months. Most of these are monthly subscription where you receive deluxe, sample or travel size products, all of which were not of your choosing, you simply got what everyone else got.
But Wantable is doing beauty subscription differently.
Wantable is a new monthly subscription ($36) with the option to just do a one time purchase ($40). They offer two kinds of subscriptions- makeup or accessories. All items are ALWAYS full sized, are valued between $80-$100 and have been customized to your likes based on answering their questionnaire when you sign up.
Wantable allowed me a gifted makeup box so that I could try the service myself. The questionnaire was lengthy, but very detailed to ensure that I was being sent exactly what I liked. Within a week of placing the order the box was delivered. Upon opening it, I was stoked to see full sized items that I immediately began to play with.
My box came with Rainbow Honey Nail Lacquer in Fire Spring:
As a gal who prides herself in being pretty adventurous when it comes to trying new things and playing with makeup, I use the same eyeliner every single day and never stray from what’s comfortable. A twist up liner is my go-to. I’m not even brand loyal with it, I just love everything about a twist up liner.
That being said, I haven’t used the twist up liner in 2 full weeks because I’m obsessed with the NVEY ECO High Definition Cake Eyeliner ($29.95). I was skeptical at first . . . but I had no idea how fabulous it was going to be or how easy it was to use. I’ve been using NVEY ECO cake eyeliner in Black/Noir and I have to say, it’s a gentler alternative to a twist up or liquid liner. The look I’ve been getting is a nice smudged line that’s less harsh than my usual thick solid line. It comes in a pot, so you need an eyeliner brush to apply it. You can choose to either use the brush wet or dry, depending on the look you’re going for and how defined you want your line to look. I prefer the brush dry for day and wet for night. Read more