Chafed Thighs? 6 #SummerHacks 

It’s summer. It’s hot. You’re sweating. There’s moisture. Wearing less clothes and not being size “0”.  Don’t know about you but my thighs touch = summer struggle.. Red, burning chapped inner thighs.

Every time it’s warm or I’m warm (enter hormones) and I wear a skirt, shorts or dress my thighs are rubbed raw! Sound familiar?

Well these are the BEST hacks I’ve found. They work & can be fashionable!

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  • Pretty underwear makes you feel sexy, these help chaffing too (I’m ordering these now!): http://amzn.to/29EHKIU

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  • I used to wear biker shorts (these are the updated version), but now a days SPANX or BOXERS are more fashionable.

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  • I use Monkey Butt for my doggies itches & it works GREAT but I didn’t know they had this too: http://amzn.to/29unEOe

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So NEVER lose hope or heart.. there is always a BEAUTY HACK waiting to be shared.  Please let me know what you use and how it works for you!

Happy Summer Fun!

Michelle xo

New Year, Let’s get real!

There is nothing like browsing gorgeous pictures online or in magazines, especially during award season. I want. I wish. I wonder. Sigh..

Having a makeup artist, hairstylist, great lighting and photoshop editors makes EVERYONE look great – trust me, I KNOW. At the start or end of my day, I don’t even come close to seeing a semblance in my mirror. Do you?

I hate to be Debbie Downer, but those people in the photos aren’t recognizable in their mirror at home after the event – once everything is off.  Good news: They are just as normal as you and I – only they have a BEAUTY TRIBE.

So it’s a new year.. I want to help you with real beauty concerns, questions & frustrations.  I want to give you real solutions, hope and inspiration!  So let’s GET REAL! Who’s with me?

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Here is your first Beauty “TO DO” for 2016.. schedule in #MeTime this year & regularly!  Whatever you have to do; add it to your calendar, phone, schedule an alarm or  stratigically place sticky notes DO IT & be consistent!  Here’s list to help start you off.

I will be back with more TO DOs for YOU and your perfectly, perfect (and annoying) imperfections!  Together we will GET REAL and feel more BEAUTIFUL by the end of 2016..  Cheers!!!  ~Michelle

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Fall M/U trend #2. Flushed cheeks

Flushed cheeks… what comes to your mind?

For me I think of a blushing bride, a chilly afternoon, a brisk, fall walk, a pilates class or a happy approachable person. Color “coming from within” that’s the goal of this look. Not that you’re embarrassed, doll-like or injured but when you’re flushed, good circulation, a beautiful glow & healthy.1c3a1859561691e3e4a95e465b57e045

Sometimes the benefit of a bright cheek allows for a quick swipe of mascara (I also like to swipe the blush along my brow bone for the illusion of a natural eyeshadow application) and that is all.  Natural beauty.  The flushed cheek is usually using a PINK/MAUVE or PEACH tone color.. not Bronzer. Watch my quick video on powder application tips:

Gels and tints/stains are also a great option but take a bit more practice.  Powder is easy to blend and wipe off.. a stain is not.  Cream blush and a tint are a great way to layer color.  I use my fingers to apply a swipe of a cream or a gel on the “apples” area of my cheeks and then follow with a light layer of powder color on top.  Blending is always the key!  Remember if you don’t like it, wipe it off and start again.

My Product Picks:

  1. Tarte “Natural” cheek stain
  2. Nars “Orgasm” Blush
  3. Cinema Secrets “Natural” blush
  4. NYX blush
  5. Naked Illuminating Shimmer 
  6. Smashbox soft lights shimmer

Application Tips: 

1. Tap off the end of your applicator before applying to eliminate any “splotches” of too much color at the first point of contact on skin.

2. Use the end of a sponge (“the butt”) to the blend edges of your blush application as well as to remove excess product.

3. Keep color within the triangle of your cheek and do not apply too far down under your cheekbone.  This is where it starts looking like you were punched in the cheek.

4. Take a selfie and see how it looks. Then add a swipe of a light shimmer powder across the top of both cheekbones to finish the look with a little glow. (Alittle goes a long way.)

5. Not working for you? Use the temporary tried and true methods: pinch your cheeks & exercise!

Stop by each week In September for tips on how to incorporate the 5 Fall Runway Trends into your every day look.

Fall M/U trends: #1. Red

Runway trends don’t always translate into every day wear, but this year there are 5 great trends that would work and really jazzed up your every day make-up look.

DOLCE&GABBANA-WOMEN-SS-2015-DETAILS-(111)Each week In September I’ll give you some examples of how to incorporate each trend into your look as well as my favorite product picks.  Let’s start with #1 = Red lips.
Every year when I think of the Fall & holiday season, the first thing I think of is bright, rich, bold lips!  And I get excited.. I have dark hair and pale skin so I love reds, dark fuchsia, bricks, crimson and wine.. and every year I add a new color.  This is one of the trends from the runway this season.

The trickiest part is choosing the right undertone for your skin tone. Here’s an example and a guide from The Beauty Bookends : Choosing The Perfect Red Lip.

My TOP 5 all-time favorite pics are these:

  1. Avon Slick Tint in Wine
  2. LipSense in Blue Red (The best contact for LipSense: lisaderoma@netzero.com)
  3. MAC LadyBug or RubyWoo Gloss
  4. Revlon Black Cherry
  5. Loreal Pro Infallible Red (long lasting not too drying)

game-changer_loreal-articleBasic rules: 

1. Red isn’t for everyone, but it doesn’t hurt to try.

2. Clear lip liner helps it stay in place & not bleed.

3. Keep your eyes simpler with a really bold lip. 

4. Take a selfie and see how it looks but make sure your whole face is made up not just your lips.

5. Have fun! Aren’t you thrilled that the fall is finally coming? Go out and try something new it’s make up remember, you can always wipe it off.

Do YOU have a favorite RED or have your eye on a new one for Fall? Please share with me in the comments below.. I’ll be shopping soon.

What’s Your FAV Red Lip? These are mine..

These are my 5 FAV Red Lip picks:

(Colors coordinate on hand picture from bottom up – see below)

Stila long wear lipcolor in Paramour

Merle Norman duo with Cherry Cola

MAC lipstick in Ruby Woo (or Lady Bug rocks too)

Burt’s Bees in Rose

AVON slick tint in Glossy Wine (on sale for $ .99 or less)

Reminders:

1. Apply foundation or concealer all over lips (and powder) before applying RED lipstick

2. Try different colors. If your teeth look yellow the tone is wrong

3. See how the lipstick wears. It shouldn’t run off your lips

4. Smile!

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Holding the Beauty: preventative Anti-aging

A recent visit with two of my friends from high school, aka “REAL Jersey Girls”, sparred a great conversion. “Now that we are forty, what should we do for skincare. At this point is there even any hope? Or are we too late?”

NO! I explained it’s NEVER too late to “Hold the Beauty”.. All we want to do is slow the aging process, hold onto what we have and prevent further damage. Here are a few tips for us forty plus beauties, to slow down the hands of time..

1. Cleanse your face twice a day no matter what. Follow with a cotton pad wet with a Hydrosol or toner to remove the excess residue. You won’t believe what a difference this makes until you look at the pad and see less breakouts.

2. Exfoliate 2-3 times a week. A lot of clogged pores are just dead skin that falls in and can’t get out. Once you see the white round dots under the skin, only a dermatologist can pop them out. The pore got clogged with skin that wasn’t removed and then grew over the pore leaving no exit.

3. Eye cream. Keep the thin skin under your eyes moist and tight for as long as you can. The right product and regular devote use can make all the difference.

4. Apply any and all creams & oils to your neck and chest as well as your face. We show our age on our chest quicker than anywhere else. Use SPF everyday on your chest. Whenever you apply body cream or face cream, don’t forget your chest and neck!

5. Oils on the skin and in the body. Fish oils are great to take for hydrating the skin from the inside out. Topical oils like coconut & jojoba are great serums to place under creams especially at night.

6. Water, water, water. Drink until you can’t drink anymore.. Then have one more. Keep hydrated and your skin will glow.

And always remember, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.. So be kind to yourself!

Olympic Waterproof Beauty

We are all enjoying watching the Olympics and all the wonderful diverse events.  Which is your favorite?

I LOVE gymnastics (of course) but I am like a magnetic to any event in water.. swimming, sync dancing, water polo, diving (and I have NEVER seen syn diving before – WOW!).. which brings me to my question.

Water Beauty

What makeup are those athletes wearing that allows them to jump off of a platform or diving board, swim few meters and come out gorgeous and not like night of the living dead with makeup pouring down their face?!?!?!?

So here I found it.  I believe MAKEUP FOREVER is sponsoring the Canadian team in syc swimming.  But the most brilliant find is the makeup line.. AQUA.  The foundation was actually designed for the water ballet!  The creator worked as the teams makeup artist and developed the makeup line.  Ah ha! BRILLIANCE.. Mystery solved and the end result is definitely AMAZING!

So rock on TEAM USA and let’s enjoy those pool close ups!  If it works on the Olympians, you may want to check it out for a hot, humid summer night of fun.

Now my next Olympic question.. why do they all bite their medals???!?