Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Currently Loving...

Still definitely summer, but our brains are already gearing towards Fall, here are some season neutral looks I'm digging right now.

1. Warby Parker concentric eye glasses.  I've said it before and I'll say it again.  I'm secretly jelly of all you guys who can't see because I just think glass styles are the cutest, and these top the list!  Totally clear with a colored inner rim, hence the concentric look, these are different than anything I've seen before and pair perfectly with your favorite fall comforter and a good book ;)

2. Ruffle sleeves.  Since I'm officially in the trenches of mom mode, toddlers pulling at my every inch and rolling around on the floor regularly, many of the styles I would deem fashionable are also just quite honestly not practical.  I'm always on the hunt for typical mom tunics with a little something special, and the ruffle sleeves do just that.  I also love the basic colors because I can pair them with any of my jazzy LuLa's without having to worry about print clashing.

3. A little bit of summer, a little bit of fall, I love this Apple Cider color for a touch of warm peachy of pink that's sure to take you through both seasons. 

4. This double wrap (and charms) are a part of the August collectors edition from KEEP and I'm in love.  Just when you think you have everything you need, something new comes out and throws you for a loop.  Like, do I need it or do I need it?? Have you tried KEEP collective yet? 

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

How to Get Plump, Color Worthy Lips

Ok guys, it's honesty time.  You've probably heard me raving about the magic of LipSense and spreading my lip selfies all over Instagram.  It's easy to see I love the product.  But even as a spokesperson, my early experiences using it were often met with disappointment.  I looked at the photos, watched the tutorials, and followed every bit of directions, but my lips just didn't look like theirs.  They weren't young and sexy and voluptuous.  I wanted the color, but I wanted it on their lips.  Could I really pull it off with a thin, crackly pout?

Luckily, I have also learned a few very simple and easy to implement tricks to rectify this situation.  

1. Gloss and let your lips exfoliate.  This is really here for the newbies who are wondering where the magic is.  If you just started, you probably feel like you are glossing every 10 minutes and the color is still peeling off at your water line by midday.  I promise this will end. Your lips are thirsty.  Like parched for actual, healthy moisture.  They're soaking in your gloss like a plant that hasn't been watered in months and sloughing off the junk like crazy.  It's a good thing.  See through the process and I promise the lips that are waiting for you will already be better than what you've been working with thus far.  And because your lips will be naturally moisturized, your gloss will last a lot longer too!

2. Drink water.  Of course it's good for our bodies to stay hydrated.  Guess what?  It works for your lips too!  You can help your products to work at their best by doing your part to moisturize from the inside out. If you feel like your lips are cracking and drying out quickly, you probably need to drink more water.  

3. Lip volumizer!  Oh my gosh you guys, I LOVE this product!  I personally put it on once a day at night before I go to bed and sleep in it.  It has done wonders to fill in some of the cracks in my lips and reverse the signs of aging.  I mean, I have to keep up with these 20 somethings on my team somehow right?? ;) 

4. Over-line your lips.  You might feel a little silly doing it the first time, but if you do it just slightly, it really helps your pout to stand out.  I always take the pointed part of my applicator and line around the outside of my lips, just to make them a little bit bigger.  

5. Contour under your bottom lip.  Add just a tiny dot of shadow under your bottom lip and it will help to create the illusion of a fuller lip.  Just be careful here because it's easier to add product than it is to remove (I may or may not know from experience lol). 

So there you have it.  While none of these tips are necessarily going to leave you looking like Scarlett Johansson, they will give you some gorgeous, color worthy lips you can feel confident in! Good luck and let me know how it goes! xo

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

5 Things You Need to Break Out of Your Rut!

It's happening again.  Just when you feel like you've hit your stride and slayed the past week, you find yourself standing in the middle of your living room feeling like crap, staring at your mess, realizing you have nothing to eat in your fridge, bills to pay, and absolutely no idea where to begin.  How did I get here again?? I ask myself every.single.time.  I'm finally realizing that it never gets easier but takes a conscious effort of consistently surrounding myself with the things I know work.  The things that get my productivity moving, my body feeling healthier, and my mind clearer.  And I think we all can use a little more of these...

1. Movement.  Do a workout video.  Go for a walk.  Break into random jumping jacks in the kitchen.  No matter how much I feel like I don't want to, it ALWAYS makes me feel better.  Yesterday the girls and I hit up Target successfully followed by epic meltdown, tantrums, and straight up man handling to get them into the car seats.  I considered not stopping at the gym as I had intended, knowing I would have to experience this battle again afterward, but I stayed the course.  I knew that I was nearing the edge of my patience and that the 20 minutes of cardio would calm me and keep me going strong through the rest of the day.  It worked.  It always works.

2. People who inspire you and push you! No, I'm not talking about the girlfriend you call when you're upset to sling shots with and make fun of other girls on social media.  Yes, that can be fun every once in a while, but it's not getting YOU anywhere.  To live a truly fulfilling life, you need to feel like you are making progress.  Toward what is up to you, but you need somebody to get you out of your comfort zone and push you to do the things that are in your heart (which I suspect is not sitting on the sidelines watching or judging).

3. Daily personal development!  Yes I have said it before and I will continue to preach, preach, preach!! Nobody is beyond the need to feed their soul daily!  So get a devotional, watch some You Tube videos, subscribe to a podcast... whatever works best.  I'm telling you nobody can possibly remain a "rut" with Tony Robbins' voice in their ear, so make it happen will ya??

4.  An awesome supplement! Yes, good nutrition is key and a huge start to feeling good and having energy, but there's something about a good shake that just gives you that extra umph and validation that your body is working at it's peak.  There are a lot of good ones out there, just be sure to ask questions to find the one that is right for YOU and will best meet your needs.

5. A little makeup/lip gloss/nail polish... whatever interests you most.  I don't know about you but even when I know I'm not going anywhere, I always feel better with a little tinted moisturizer and gloss.  It's so that when I walk past the mirror with 2 toddlers in tow, I can be like, hey, I'm not doing so bad!  Current favorite: orchid gloss and medium tinted moisturizer from SeneGence.  What's your go to products?

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Nighttime Skin Routine in 3 Steps!

So if you're following me at all, you know you my intense love for SeneGence skincare.  Since I started using it, my face is glowing, my wrinkles lessening, things are continuously moisturized and healthy... it's bomb.dot.com people.  I can say with sincerity that the SenePlex Complex, a formula created to help cells renew 23% faster, is like nothing I've ever experienced before.  These products work and are still gentle on my skin.  A win/win for any 30 something mama! 

Now the real question... how to decide which products you need.  As with many companies, there are a ton of products.  Like, endless possibilities of plotting your anti-aging attack.  I've tried most of them and they're all fabulous.  But let's be honest.  No busy gal has time to put on 8 different products every night.  I had to narrow it down.  So without further ado, I reveal to you my 3 must have products for glowing skin, no matter how little sleep you're actually getting ;)  

1. SeneSerum-C: This SeneGence version of a vitamin C serum is fused with the awesome SenePlex Complex and is designed to protect your skin from environmental elements that wreck havoc on your skin.  It also will help to repair damaged skin cells and reveal firmer, younger looking skin.  This is the first thing I put on my face after washing it.  

2. SeneDerm Evening Moisturizer: I use the normal-dry version although it comes in several varieties.  Containing antioxidants and botanicals to deeply hydrate and moisturize, my skin has never felt smoother.  The depth of my wrinkles has reduced too!  As icing on the cake, the container size is quite large and is lasting me a very long time.  

3. SeneGence EyeCream:  This cream is much thicker than the evening moisturizer and a little bit goes a looong way.  It's velvety smooth and will keep that wrinkle prone area right under your eyes hydrated for hours.  Also containing the SenePlex Complex, this product is ultra smoothing.  I actually use it night AND day (more on that later), so it's a double duty must have for me!  

Of course all of these products are going onto a CLEAN face so make sure you wash up using a gentle, natural cleanser of your choice.  I've been using and recommend the SeneGence 3 in 1 cleanser (surprise, surprise), but I have substituted other gentle, natural cleansers and been just fine.  Of course, not everyone has the same skin, so if you want recommendations on the best simple skincare regimen for YOU, send me a message and I would be happy to chat!  Keep a good skincare routine, and you will always look your age!  I mean thirty IS the new twenty, remember? ;) 

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