Friday, December 23, 2011

My Beauty Comes From...


Beauty inspiration for the day...



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Thursday, December 22, 2011

HANA Titanium Ionic Flat Iron Review

I've mentioned time and again how important it is to take care of your hair, which means using the right products and hair styling tools. Because I have course, thick hair, I like to straighten my hair with a flat iron. But I don't use just any hair straightener. You may recall my review of the Hana Professional, which I love and have been using for the past couple years.  Well, the folks over at Misikko contacted me to see if I would review the Hana Titanium Ionic flat iron, which after using it for several weeks, I've come to the conclusion that it is definitely a step up from the professional version.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

5 Ways to Enhance Your Natural Beauty

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One of my goals with this blog - besides helping women discover their inner beauty - is to help women enhance their natural beauty. Each of us is unique and beautiful in our own ways, but many of us attempt to hide this beauty because of a perceived flaw.

The truth is, there are no such thing as flaws. What you think is a flaw could be seen as beautiful to someone else. Embracing your natural beauty is a matter of being more accepting of what you were born with and having the confidence to allow your inner beauty to shine through to your outer beauty.

So, how do you go about enhancing that natural beauty of yours? Here are my top 5 tips:

1. Use natural beauty products. Using makeup or skin care products that are made of natural or organic ingredients can have long-term health benefits for your skin. You're less likely to experience allergic reactions or suffer from skin disorders or acne.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Quick and Easy Holiday Nails


For beauty fanatics like myself, it's much easier to get into the fun and festive holiday spirit when your nails are all glitzed up. For those of you who have been reading this blog, you know how I'm all about doing my own nails. My go-to for this year is Essie's Luxeffects holiday collection because I can get dazzling holiday nails in a snap.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

The Glasses vs Contact Lenses Debate and How They've Affected My Self-Esteem

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Ever since I was the age of 16 I've had a love/hate relationship with my eye glasses. At times my glasses have boosted my self-esteem, like when people give me compliments (mainly from other eye glass wearers), but there are other times when my glasses have affected my self-esteem in a negative way. Perhaps those of you who wear eye glasses can relate to my story.

I started wearing contact lenses out of necessity when my glasses broke during a high school basketball game that I was playing in. The moment I put on those contact lenses, a whole new world opened up to me. You see, up until then I had this idea in my head that I was a "nerd" because I wore eye glasses. Never mind that I was actually a nerd, but to have this idea in my mind that I looked like one really messed with my mind. It's interesting how this one thing affected how I felt about myself. There are many women who have that "one thing" that distorts their view of themselves. For me, wearing eye glasses was that one thing.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

San Diego Spa Review: Spa Velia, Little Italy

Spa Velia Bathroom

While many people were shopping the Black Friday sales, I indulged in a much-needed massage at Spa Velia. Even before I stepped through the doors of the spa, I was in relax mode and eager to turn off the cell phone...

My Holiday Gift Guide For the Girls Who Have It All

What holiday gift do you give the girl who has it all? I share my top picks in an article published over at Yahoo! Shine, 5 Holiday Gift Ideas for the Woman Who Has Everything.

My favorite gift to give out of all the ideas I suggested is the photobook. That's a gift that someone will keep forever :)

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