Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Why You Should Read the Instructions on Beauty Products

Davines Authentic Moisturizing Balm

Awhile back I received Davines Authentic Moisturizing Balm to review, so I'm thinking it's your typical moisturizing lotion. It comes in a unique tube and pretty artwork on the packaging with a woman and various elements from nature, and because I'm an artistic, visual person, I paid more attention to that than to the directions on the back.

Then one day I decided to read the directions:

Friday, April 26, 2013

Jane Fonda Doesn't Consider Herself Beautiful

"...the energy that emanates from someone who owns who they are, shines from their eyes, and it affects the people watching them. I think that gives off an aura of youth, even though chronologically you're not young." --Jane Fonda

Monday, April 22, 2013

Try Something New: 2013 Spring Makeup Trends

You may have enough makeup to last ten lifetimes, but do you find yourself sticking with the same makeup looks season after season? TotalBeauty.com offers up three makeup trends you may want to try out this spring...

3 Spring Makeup Trends You Have To Try This Season

We asked an expert makeup artist to scour the runways and pick the hottest spring trends. Here are the top 3

3 Spring Makeup Trends You Have To Try This Season

This is a TotalBeauty.com Makeup article

Now that you've restocked your makeup back with the new makeup products that have launched for spring, it's time to put them to use. To get you started, we enlisted the help of makeup artist Taylor Babaian, who scoured the runways of Fashion Week to find the top 3 must-try makeup trends for spring. Click ahead to see Babaian's expert tips on how to recreate these fresh, new looks this season.

See makeup trends

Here are more spring makeup trends over at the Solemates blog.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Spring Day in Balboa Park

Top: gifted to me (and surprisingly has no label!) / Pants: Forever 21 / 
Jacket: Ann Taylor / Purse: City DKNY / Sunglasses: Forever 21 / Shoes: BOBS by Skechers

Spring is here in San Diego, so it's only right to visit Balboa Park to enjoy the weather, see all of the beautiful blooming flowers in the Botanical Garden, and stroll through a few museums for art inspiration.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Are You Your Own Worst Critic?

In Dove's latest campaign, Real Beauty Sketches, they say that only 4% of women around the world consider themselves beautiful. That seems like such a low number to me, but I can see how many women, especially those living in the U.S., can be very critical of themselves.

Watch how women describe themselves compared to how others describe them in the video below...

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Beauty Product Review: Primavera Clarifying Face Scrub

Primavera Clarifying Face Scrub

"...every day is a chance to bring nature closer – to discover balance with the outside world and the world within.." --From the Primavera website

Have you noticed that I've been writing alot about skin care lately? I guess that happens when you start to get "up there" in age. I just celebrated a birthday and have really started to notice how much my skin has changed. I never did believe women when they told me about all the different changes. I figured I could drink enough water, take vitamins, exercise, and eat healthy so that my skin would stay the same. Uh, no.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Interview With a Makeup Artist: Dr. G Is On a Mission to Provide "Beauty Care"

Gina 'Dr. G' Charles

Gina Charles is not just any makeup artist. Gina is also a doctor who is on a mission to provide what she calls "beauty care" to help boost the self-esteem of women who are dealing with cancer. I was fortunate to connect with her on Twitter and felt compelled to learn more about her story. Here is my interview with her...

What inspired you to become a makeup artist?

During graduate school, I was approached by a fellow makeup artist to assist her with a large wedding. Although I enjoyed learning about makeup from her, I had never did makeup professionally. After some training, I went on to assist her a few more times. A few years later, I moved away to start medical school. Based on my experiences with her clients I was inspired: I observed how the women were glowing after their makeup was completed. It was not simply a matter of looking good but I noticed they were feeling good about themselves.

Friday, April 5, 2013

What Does Your Favorite Perfume Say About You?

Perfume bottle

I believe what Maya Angelou said about people forgetting what you said or did, but remembering how you made them feel. However, our five senses come into play as well, and what you wear can leave an impression on people too. It's the visuals that capture our attention, and sometimes even our scent or perfume that makes people remember you. When they encounter that scent again, it reminds them of you.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

The Secret to High Style on a Budget


How do you keep up with fashion trends and look stylish every season if you’re on a budget?

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Shine Bright Like a Diamond

Love this! (Available at marlows-diamonds.co.uk)

Have you ever really looked at diamonds and wondered why women treasure them so much? I sit here staring at the diamond on my finger, it’s beauty and sparkle putting me in a trance. Regardless of how much light hits it, it still shines bright. Even in the dark, it still shines. No matter what angle you look at it, it still shines.

Do you think of yourself as a diamond? Do you shine bright regardless of what’s going on in your life? Do you shine even through dark times?

Monday, April 1, 2013

Be Happy, Be Beautiful

Just a reminder that when you're happy, confident, and smile, it makes your day - and outfit - complete.

What are some things you can do to be happy? Eat a piece of chocolate, play with your pet, dance to your favorite song...Whatever it is, do it at the start of your day and watch your day unfold in a state of peace and happiness. (One piece of chocolate in the morning is ok in my book!)