Top 5 Mistakes That Make You Look Older

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We all think that we are doing everything right with our beauty routine. But are we really? Here are the top 5 mistakes that most people make, at least part of the time:

  • Mistake #1-

Going to bed with your makeup on. I know we are all busy, and that we are exhausted by the end of the day. The draw of, “oh just this time, I will wash really well in the morning” is so alluring. But this can be the single worst thing you can do for your face. While we sleep, is when our bodies repair themselves. This apply’s to our faces too. Without being able to breathe, it can’t repair itself. So those little lines are going to settle in a bit more, those little red spots or imperfections won’t have a chance to heal. Want better looking skin? Then let it do its thing and wash off. See here for my routine.

  • Mistake #2-

Washing our faces with water that is to hot. You may have heard, “hot water/steam helps open the pores and you can a better clean.” This is just wrong, and pretend that you never heard this advice. (Unless you are getting a facial, then they know what they are doing) Hot water dehydrates your skin, it will pull the water right out of you. Dehydrated skin ages faster, so hot water = lines and wrinkles. You don’t want that. Instead use luke warm water. It doesn’t have to be cold (even though that will help shrink your pores), but anything warmer then what you would feed a baby is to hot.

  • Mistake #3-

Using the wrong product. If you have dry skin, you need to use a product for dry skin. If you have oily skin, use a product for that. And so on. There is nothing wrong with looking in the mirror and seeing that your skin is maturing, so use products made for maturing skin. Using the same product that you used when you were a  teenager, is no longer benefiting your skin. The anti-acne, while your face is still clear of breakout, is to harsh for most women’s faces at this point. You need something that gives back to your skin. There is nothing wrong with admitting that you need an anti-aging product.

  • Mistake #4-

Not doing the beauty routine to our necks. Our necks age just as fast as our face, yet most people tend to ignore this area. You need to be using the same product on your neck that you are using on your face. You want everything to age at the same rate. We all have seen those women with amazing looking faces, and the turkey neck going on. Not a great look. So treat your neck the same as your face.

  • Mistake #5-

Not drinking enough water. Drink water, drink water, drink water and then drink some more. When you hydrate from the inside out, you need less products. Plus hydrated skin wrinkles less, that is another big perk. So go get a bottle of water, we can wait. Go on now….

If you work on these five items, you will see dramatic results. See pretty simple. Did I miss any? Or am I off here, and everyone does all of this every day?

LOTW- Pretty In Pink

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So I am thinking that I am going to start a “Look Of The Week” aka LOTW. Thoughts?? Yea I think it is the best idea every too. I have to admit I am kinda, ok really excited, about it!! Ready? I know I am. Let’s go….

This last weekend, for Easter actually, I did a pretty pink look. Very spring is here type of makeup. My girls whenever I do a pink look call it “Princess” makeup. Apparently pink makeup = princess. I am okay with this.

Here is what I used:

  • Black Kohl eyeliner
  • Sephora  eyeshadow pallet
  • Maybelline Big Eyes Mascara
  • Maybelline Baby Skin primer
  • BellaPierre Mineral Foundation
  • Bobbi Brown blush in Pink Peony
  • Maybelline lipstick in Nude Lust

Step 1-
Okay I always do my eye makeup first. This way if I end up with lots of fall out, clean up is easy and I don’t have to worry about ruining my foundation. Line your upper and lower waterline with the black pencil.

Step 2-
Apply Cream all over the lid, from lash line to brow. Apply Dusty Rose on the outer third of your eyelid, from lash to crease. Last, apply Desert into the crease and slightly above it.

Step 3-
Apply Maybelline Baby Skin to face. You only need the size of pea for your entire face.

Step 4-
Using a big fluffy brush, apply the mineral foundation. Start by stippling it on under your eyes, around your nose, on your chin, and on your forehead. The using big circular motions, apply it to the rest of your face.

Step 5-
Using a blush brush apply the Bobbi Brown to your cheeks. The great thing about this blush is, even though it looks kinda over the top bright pink, it apply’s really nicely and you can build the color easily. A good tip on how to determine where to apply it is to not go closer to your nose then two finger widths. You want to stay on your actual cheek bone, brush up the bone all the way to your hairline and up your temple. You want the blush to frame your eyes.

Step 6-
Apply your lipstick.

Step 7-
Last but not least, curl your eyelashes and apply mascara. Please see here as to the best technique to apply it.

A very simple, yet pretty spring look. What are your thoughts? Do you equate pink makeup looks with Disney Princesses? Is this something that you would wear or do you stay with more natural colors? Let me know.

Monday Morning MakeUp Madness… Party #11

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How was everyone’s Easter weekend? Do I have any readers that do the full event from Ash Wednesday, to Holy Thursday, to Good Friday, continued to Holy Saturday, and finishing on Easter Sunday? I am very curious what all it entails. It seems like a lot, so let me know.

As far as we go, our weekend was insane. It seems that as the year progresses our weekends are getting more and more packed. Friday started with a girls night out, followed by Belle’s Frozen themed birthday party (make sure to tune in later this week for how we did that at the dollar store!!), then another party that night, to the big Easter Bunny event today. I am pooped.

But I am never to tired to a good party!! Lets get to it!! The features this week are:

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Fashion Friday… Easy Easter Brunch Attire

Pretty Easter Outfit

Can you believe this weekend is Easter??? Holy cow this year is already getting away from me already. For me Easter kicks off the spring fashions. We move from darker colors and winter fabrics to items that are light in color and fabric. We move away from boots to open toes wedges and sandals. Florals take center stage, both in the landscape with flowers awakening from their winter slumbers and on our clothes. To me this outfit just screams, “Hello Spring!!!”.

  • Dress- I am totally digging this tea length floral dress. It has all the wonderful spring colors; pink, green, yellow. The belt to tie it on the waist will help hid a few of those stubborn winter pounds that don’t quite get the hint that it is time to go. Plus the A-Frame will also show off the hourglass figure without drawing any attention to any problem areas. I like that the print it not the entire dress. For those of us who carry weight on our lower halves but hardly any up top, the round abrupt end to the pattern just above the girls, will help make them look larger too. Really, unless you hate flowers, there is nothing not to like about this dress.
  • Shoes- Hello pretty piggies!! There is nothing more spring then open toed cork wedges. Love how strappy they are!!
  • Hair- For this particular dress, a soft up-do would be best. I love this twist on the sock bun, with the braid around the bottom. It looks kinda like a waterfall braid. What do you think? I would have jazzed it up a bit with bobby pins though.
  • Accessories- Diamonds are a girls best friend. I love diamonds, so personally I think diamond stud earrings go with everything. They are just pretty and sparkly. A shiny silver bracelet is the cherry on this outfit.

Let me know what you think of this outfit. Is it something that you could see yourself wearing it? If you had to change one thing about it, what would your change be? I love reading your comments, so let me know your thoughts.

Hippity Hoppity… Here Comes The Easter Bunny Money

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In our house, the Easter Bunny is “the” main Easter thing. My kids look forward (well since Valentines Day) to him coming. They try to think ahead as to where the clever bunny might leave eggs. If they were the bunny where would they hide things. They wonder about what is going to be in those eggs. They wonder where the basket will hide, and what hints the bunny will give to help them find the basket. See in the basket, the bunny leaves “bunny money”. This can be dollar bills, five dollar bills, ten dollar bills or the extremely rare and coveted twenty dollar bill. That rare bill has only been seen once, when Belle’s birthday happened to fall on Easter, but the girls hold out every year that they too might get one. So how do you make “bunny money”? They are so simple, yet so much more fun then just handing over cash.

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Step 1-
Lay the dollar bill horizontal and fold the bottom up a third.

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Step 2-
Fold the top down a third.

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Step 3-
Take the left side and fold it over just shy of half way.

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Step 4-
Take the right side and fold it over just shy of half way.

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Step 5-
Turn over dollar bill, and fold each “ear” into a point.

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Step 6-
Flip back over. Add a pink nose and eyes. I drew mine one, but I have been known to put on googley eyes.

And your done. See super easy, and way cuter then just plain old bills. So what does the bunny leave in your baskets? Are your kids excited?

Do You Feel Pretty?

Do You Feel Pretty

This may seem pretty superficial, and maybe it is. But how different is your day, on the days where you feel pretty?

I know for me, on the days where I feel like I am looking my best I have an extra bounce in my step; a bit more confidence to my stride; my head just a tiny bit higher. On those days, I can tackle anything. So why does something as trivial as how we look, make such a huge difference?

Bottom line, looks are important to us as a community. We live in a society, where looks matter. Everywhere we look, we see beautiful people selling something. Everything from movies, to makeup, to kids toys are sold with ads featuring good looking people. Our TV shows are casted with good looking people. This is what we have to compare ourselves to, a photoshopped arsenal. We then strive to be that; be the thin, be made up, be the perfect version we see about everyone else. There is so much pressure to look a certain way, and such a stigma associated with it when you don’t. How can anyone live up to that?

As a mother to three daughters, I worry about how this will affect them. Will they be able to believe that they are just as good as the tall skinny blonde? Will they have one of the many eating disorders to make their bodies be overly thin? Will they not leave the house until they look “perfect”? I worry about the society that we live in, that has an unwritten code that girls are pretty things to look at. Not that we are powerful or intelligent, but that we are sexy and pretty. Now before all the feathers get ruffled, yes we have come a long way. But it doesn’t change the fact that to be worth much in our society we have to be good to look at.

While of coarse I tell my daughters that they are beautiful; I make a point to tell them more often that they are smart, that they are sweet, that they are important. I wonder if it will be enough. So here is my question to all of you…..

Do you feel pretty?

The Best Way to Make Sure Your MakeUp Rocks..

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Want amazing looking makeup? The easiest way to get that flawless looking skin, is taking great care of your skin. If you have fresh, moisturized, nurtured skin; it will not only make your job a whole lot easier, your skin will actually take your makeup a lot better.

Taking care of your skin is also easier then you think. First and foremost drink water, drink water and then drink some more water. This will keep your skin from getting to dry, meaning you can use less moisturizer; it will also flush out your system so you will have less breakouts and the ones you do get (cause lets be honest, no one has “perfect” skin all the time) will not last as long. A huge perk of keeping your skin hydrated from the inside out, is that you will also age slower. Those little lines and wrinkles appear first in drier skin. So I will wait, go get a glass of water.

The next best thing to do is keep it clean. You have heard your mother tell you, more then once, don’t go to bed in your makeup. I get that we all are exhausted by the time that we go to bed. We are running after kids, working, trying to keep up with the endless house chores. The temptation to just hit the hay is pretty strong. Lets talk about the ewww factor. All the bacteria that is on our brushes, we brush on our faces. All the germs that we pick up on our hands then touch to our faces all day long. The pollution and airborne allergens are always battling with our face. So going to bed without washing your face you are putting all of that on your pillow to then sleep on all night. Yummy. Lets wash that off, and wash it off correctly.

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Step 1- Cleansing-
Using luke warm water, one mistake people make is using water that is way to hot, wet your face by splashing the water on it. Use a gentle cleanser, one with vitamin C will help hold moisture in, to remove your makeup. I LOVE Murad Vitamin C Cleanser. It is super gentle, so gentle you can use it as an eye makeup remover too. So no need for yet another product. I have very dry skin, and after using this I don’t have any of the tight dry feeling.

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Step 2- Toner-
Toner is a secret sauce that most people ignore. Toner helps your skin absorb the moisturizer, it also helps close your pores, and helps rebalance your skin. Pretty important stuff there. Honestly, until last year, I totally skipped this step too. Let me tell you, once I started doing my skin started to change. I just spray this one time on my face, and use my fingers to rub it in. You can spray it on a cotton ball then apply to your face. But I find that when I use that the cotton ball absorbs a lot of the product and I need to spray 2-3 times. This is the first toner that I have found that does not sting or irritate my skin. Again gentle is key. Many people think that you need “heavy duty” product, but when it comes to the thin skin on your face, gentle is better.

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Step 3- Eye Cream-
Yes, once you hit a “certain” age, you need an eye cream. There is nothing wrong with admitting that you need one. A good eye cream will help your eyes look more awake and younger. This is the cream that I use day and night. It claims to help with under eye circles, fine lines and puffiness. After a month of so of using this I really did notice amazing difference in my eyes. Any all under eye circles, bags and puffiness is gone. (Well except for those nights when all three kids need to get up, at different times. You all know those nights.) In fact my under eye area is lighter, and all of my little lines have gone away. It was amazing. I get asked all the time what I am doing, cause I am looking 10 years younger then I am. I attribute that to this little bottle.

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Step 4- Moisturize-
Moisturize, Moisturize and Moisturize. Apply your facial moisturizer after your eye cream. If you apply it first, the eye cream won’t be able to penetrate through. You will be wasting your product and not getting any results. I really like this product. It soaks into the skin almost immediately. The pores on both sides of my nose, are almost gone and I no longer have any dry patches.

These products are pretty expensive, I won’t lie. I tell myself it is an investment again future plastic surgery. A facelift has to be way more then these products. Right? What do you use? Do you wash your face every night, or most nights are you just to tired?

Be sure to check in next week, for when I share with the you the drugstore stuff I use when I am traveling.

Monday Morning MakeUp Madness Party #10

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Monday Morning MakeUp Madness
Party #10

How was everyone’s weekend? Mine was so busy, I am ready from a weekend from my weekend. Am I am the only one that has weekends like that? But, it’s Monday again. So off we go, ready to start a new week. Not quite as bright eyed and bushy tailed as I wanted to be, but here we go.

Here is what you missed last week-

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How old is “sexy”?
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Fashion Friday- Jeans and Tee Look

Casual Look

 

Are you a jeans and tee kinda girl? I am right there with you. I love a good pair of jeans, probably would live in jeans if I could get away with it. So any time that I can just upgrade that look I am all over it. A simple way to make it look a bit more pulled together, pair your jeans with a pair of heels. I am a fan of the pointy toe stilettos, but anything with a bit of a lift will make you look more pulled together.

  • Jeans- For me, I feel like a million bucks in a great fitting pair of jeans. You know the ones: they fit just right, and when you turn around, you know you have a rockin booty going on. They can be a fabulous pair of skinny jeans or a boot cut, dark washed or bleached out, formal stiffness or ripped up. Any pair that you feel amazing in.
  • Top- To help bring this look up for just another pair of jeans and tee, I like the top with a bit of lace. Lace is one of the few types of material that looks great on everyone. It doesn’t matter your style or body size; a splash of lace will always look classic and chic. I love how the entire top here is lace, brings a bit of sexiness to it. It give the illusion of a strapless top, without actually have to bare all.
  • Shoes- Lets be honest, I love shoes. Really all types of shoes, and while the pointy shoe is my favorite, for this outfit I opted for something a bit more classic. But there is way to many nice shoes to pick, so I picked two lol. The first one is your basic black heel. It has a rounded toe and about a four inches tall. This really should be a staple in ANYONE’s wardrobe, it will match and go with everything: from everyday looks, to pretty summer dresses, to full on date night LBD (little black dress) attire. Summer can’t get here fast enough, so the other one is a little strapy sandal version of a heel. While this is not as versatile (since it is a sandal and therefore only summer use) there is something fun and flirty about open toed shoes.
  • Accessories- Gotta have a little bling, and I am not a huge fan of yellow gold (silver is fine, white gold is good, platinum is great.. Just not the traditional yellow gold) so I went with a silver accents. With how delicate the lace can look, you need a big chunky necklace to off set it. But you don’t want to go into over drive with jewelry, so pair it with simple stud earrings. (Kinda like makeup, focus on one major accessory and downplay the rest) I have a thing for clutches, maybe because all I carry during the day is a diaper bag or huge purse to fit all the kids stuff in. This one is so pretty, simple but has some major talking points. LOVE that the closure is off center, and that it pinches the purse a bit too.
  • Hair & MakeUp- For a pop of color, I thought going with a dark purple smokey eye would be fun. Nude lips, and very light on the blush. (Play up one feature not everything) Then for your hair something very soft and down. Loving these soft, big, loose curls. Now only if my hair would do it lol.

So what are your thoughts? Are you a jeans and tee kinda gal too or if you are going out do you.. go all out? What are your thoughts on this outfit? Let me know, I love reading all of your comments.

Today Is About YOU!!

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Good Morning!! Today I have a question for you. Yes that’s right for YOU. No long post, No update on what is going on, No thoughts from me. Today is all about you. So here it goes:

What do you like reading about the most???

If you have followed me for a while you will notice that I write mostly about makeup and beauty. But there is a splash of fashion, with a pinch of features about different businesses, and a hint of family/mommy/crafty type posts. Today I am asking my readers what they like reading most. Leave a comment and let me know. Please and Thank You!!