Monday, August 31, 2009

The Aura of Inner Beauty

inner beauty explored"Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart." ~Kahlil Gibran e4rqmiyxha

I did a search for blog posts with the intention of sharing other people's thoughts about inner they define it...what it means to them...and I came across this post, Inner Beauty: How Do You Define It written by Dinneen, a nutritionist blogger.

Lance from The Jungle of Life shared some thoughts that were pretty profound in the comments section. Here's a snippet of what he said:

"...when I think inner beauty in a woman – I think about light. I don’t know if it’s really a glow, or if it’s like a light bulb going off, as much as it’s a sense of light shining out. That light shining out, I believe very deeply comes from connecting with something deeper within us. And when we do, there’s something that just shines. Not a literal “shine”, so much as as an “at peace” shine..."
This is so true. When you're in the vicinity of someone who is in touch with her/his inner beauty, you can just feel the peace in the air. You just feel comfortable around this person. Their peaceful aura engulfs you.

By the way, Lance's blog is a great read for uplifting thoughts. I've been a fan for quite some time now ;)

When you become in touch with your true inner beauty, there's no pretentiousness. You're not worried about what other people think about you. You feel good about who you are and are not obsessed over what people expect you to be.

So, what are your thoughts on inner beauty? What does it mean to you?

Photo Credit: pranav

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

L'Oreal's Colour Riche Anti-Aging Serum Lipstick: What I'm Lovin' Right Now

L'Oreal Colour Riche Lipstick"Ahh...Now I can start my day," my friend says as she puts the cap on her red lipstick.

What is it about lipstick that makes women feel "put together"? Most of the time I wear lip gloss because I like how gloss just slides on my lips.

I do have lipstick that I wear when I'm in a sassy mood. The problem I have with most lipsticks, though, is that they don't go on smooth enough. I usually have to put on chapstick first before I can apply any lipstick.

I got to sample L'Oreal's new Colour Riche Anti-Aging Serum lipstick and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it. It's creamy and has this inner core of conditioning including Omega 3 and Vitamin E. When I put on this lipstick, it just glides on.

My favorite color out of all the ones I sampled is "Compelling Coral", although I do like "Robust Raisin" as well. I've never been excited about lipstick before. Crap, am I going to turn into a lipstick junkie?!?

And speaking of lipstick, the September issue of Women's Health Magazine offers a guide to choosing the right lip shade for your skin tone. Follow these tips from celebrity make-up artist, Kimara Ahnert:

Figure out your skin’s undertones
  • Look at the veins in your wrists under natural light. If they appear bluish, you have cool undertones; If they’re more green, you’re warm.
Don’t test lip color on the back of your hand
  • Always test color on your fingertip. It more closely mimics the shade of your lips.
Pay close attention to your skin tone
  • Fair skin tones should avoid bright shades of pink and brown that can look too severe against light skin
  • Medium skin tones, stay away from nudes which can leave you looking washed out
  • Olive skin tones should steer clear of orange-reds and pinkish reds which will make your face look green
  • Dark skin tones should pass on anything remotely orange—it will bring out yellow undertones
Check out all the lip shade tips...

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Beauty News: Giveaway, iPhone App, Fragrance Widget, and More

My email inbox is full of beauty and fashion news to share with you. Here's some of the goodness I want to pass on...
  • Women’s Health magazine has launched an iPhone application, “Women’s Health Workouts.” It's available at Apple’s App Store:
  • Origins' new "Leave it all behind" sweepstakes will grant one lucky winner a FREE luxurious getaway for two to gorgeous Los Cabos, Mexico. Click here to register by August 31, 2009.
  • NARS has come out with "Larger than Life Mascaras" boasting formulas enriched with Vitamin E and Macadamia Nut Oil. Currently available in Black for $25.00 at Sephora and

Friday, August 7, 2009

Beauty Product Review: Maybelline's Lash Stiletto

Maybelline's Lash StilettoAs I've said before, the one beauty product I can't do without is mascara. I really envy women who have long, curly eyelashes and sure, I could put on fake eyelashes, but that's just too high maintenance for me.

I've come to accept my short and thin lashes. It's not that big a deal anymore since I can play up my eyes with fun eyeshadow. Besides, I can just rely on mascara to create the illusion of long lashes, right?

I've been using Maybelline's Lash Stiletto for the past few months, and here's what I like about it:

  • It isn't clumpy. I don't have to use an eyelash comb to separate my lashes after applying the mascara.
  • It washes off very easily with soap and water
  • It does do its job of giving your lashes length
  • The packaging is very cute - it's shaped like a stiletto heel.

  • If you do need more volume in your eyelashes, this probably isn't the mascara for you. I also read a few reviews where women saying that this mascara has an odor to it. Maybe my sense of smell isn't as strong as other women, but I don't smell a thing when I apply it.

    Here is what my eyelashes look like without mascara...

    Eyelashes before mascara
    And here's what they look like after I apply Lash Stiletto...

    Eyelashes after applying Maybelline's Lash Stiletto
    Overall, I do like this mascara. It performed to my expectations.

    (~$7) Available at Target, Amazon, and other retailers.


    Monday, August 3, 2009

    New Fashion Philosophy: Life Is Too Short to Settle For Clothing You Don't Love

    My Fashion Philosophy

    As I get older I’m beginning to notice that I have a more “refined” (read: expensive) taste in clothing. My outlook on clothing purchases used to be, Well, why would I want to spend $200 on a dress when I can buy 2 pairs of shoes and a dress at H&M for the same amount of money?

    I used to shop looking for bargains - and I still love to do this…but I now realize that the $5 shirt I bought only gets worn 3 or 4 times before it gets ditched into the back of the closet because it somehow got messed up in the wash or the stitching came undone.

    I’ve even made the mistake of buying a pair of shorts just because they were on sale. Guess what? I still have yet to wear those shorts.

    I guess what I’m trying to say here is that I’m no longer going to buy clothing just because it’s on sale. Life is too short to settle for clothing that I simply just “like” versus buying something that I absolutely love - even though the item that I love may cost twice the amount of the bargain item.

    I would much rather spend $350 on a fall coat that is timeless and can be worn for five years or so than to spend $100 every year for a new jacket that goes out of style in six months.

    That’s not to say that women who do spend $100 every fall season for a new jacket is wrong. Every woman is different with different fashion philosophies. I’m just saying what works for me.

    It seems that I'm not the only one who has this same philosophy. Here's Kristin Koch's fashion mantra.

    What's your fashion or shopping philosophy?