I don’t leave the house without makeup on, or at least I try not to. In fact, I prefer to get up before anyone else and put makeup on. It isn’t that I am ashamed of how I look without makeup, it’s just that I prefer to look attractive and I find that I am more attractive with some mascara and lipstick.
Please note that I did say that I prefer to have my makeup on and my hair done when everyone gets up, not that I actually manage it on a regular basis.
My middle daughter is 17 and in high school. She is quite beautiful without makeup, as I was at that age, but she chooses not to wear it regularly. Oh, she might put her makeup on for special occasions but on a daily basis she spends her time on her hair and leaves the makeup in the drawer. I am thrilled that she has that kind of confidence.
I think there is a difference between intentionally not wearing makeup and not wearing makeup because you just don’t care anymore. We were out to a family brunch on Sunday after church. It wasn’t a five star restaurant but it wasn’t McDonalds either, you know?
At one of the tables was a couple with some children. The kids were dressed nicely, the husband was dressed nicely but the wife was wearing clothes that were old and baggy, her hair was pulled back in a pony tail, and she had no makeup on. Not even a smidge of lipstick.
So, I try not to make assumptions but it made me wonder why she spent so much time on her family and neglected herself. Then I remembered my own past, how I neglected myself because I felt worthless, and how I made sure everyone else had what they needed.
So I prayed for her.
How about you? Do you wear makeup, or choose not to, or are you in that dark place where you just feel like it’s no worth it?
The holidays are upon us and with them we face more treats and parties than any other time of year. It can be a challenge not to gain weight.
Every year I vow to do my best to keep my eating in check. I allow for exceptions, but for the most part I know that if I don’t make a conscious effort to curb my indulging, I can easily gain 10 pounds which will take me six months to get rid of. That’s insane! (I keep reminding myself).
It’s so easy to justify weight gain. According to the Centers for Disease Control the “average” American female is 5′ 4″ and weighs 166 pounds with a 37.5 inch waist. For the guys out there reading this, stop snickering. The average guy is 5′ 10″ and weighs 195 pounds with a waistline of almost 40 inches.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t want that to be my reality. The last couple of weeks as the weather has turned cold, rainy, and blustery I’ve let exercise slip and I can see it on the scale. This combined with the arrival of holiday season can be disastrous.
Over this year, low carb eating has really helped me drop weight, but the advent of the holidays has brought with it carb creep as I make an exception here…there…and more and more.
So how can I avoid weight gain over the holidays? I haven’t been actually counting carbs for the last month and a half, but I think to help me make it through the holidays without the extra pounds, I’m going to go back to counting to keep myself aware.
I know how many carbs I can eat and maintain my weight. That’s my target! I’ll use it like my bank account. When it’s spent, I’m done for the day. Maintaining is reasonable, don’t you think?
Photo credits: Charlotte Astrid
Today’s link round-up has a fall leaf tree, turtle fudge, Thanksgiving Rice Krispies Treat turkey pops, and a fall boot giveaway.
Crafts Unleashed taught us how to make rhinestone leather bracelets that rival the ones sold in stores.
Back for Seconds taught us how to make no-fail turtle fudge.
Made in a Day showed us how to make a fall leaf tree.
Keiko Lynn’s giving away a pair of Ariat boots, but you have to enter by November 27.
Temptalia shared her MAC must-haves. You may want to add a few to your wishlist or pick some of these up for a makeup-lover in your life.
Hungry Happenings has a last-minute Thanksgiving treat recipe to share.
Enjoy the View shared a little earth tone fashion inspiration.
Photo credit: Crafts Unleashed, Made in a Day, and Hungry Happenings
There’s nothing as relaxing as a facial to give you a healthy glow. Now, the latest in natural beauty is a snail slime facial that uses live snails.
This unique treatment is currently only offered to patrons of the Ci.z.Labo salon in Tokyo which lets live snails crawl across the face leaving slimy trails of the mucus elixir in their wake. The treatment is called a â€œceleb escargotâ€ facial.
The treatment involves a therapist placing snails directly on the cheeks and forehead. The snails slither slowly across the face for about five minutes while clients recline and relax. This is the first part of a 60-minute treatment and is followed by a series of massages, face mask, and an electrical pulse machine using creams infused with snail mucus. This ensures the live secretions fully penetrate the skin.
In all, it costs Â£161 (Y24,150).
The benefit is that snail slime is thought to reduce signs of aging. According to theÂ Telegraph, the snailsâ€™ secretions reportedly contains proteins, antioxidants and hyaluronic acid. These are the same ingredients found in some of the most expensive moisturizers on the market today.
These natural chemicals are thought to help skin retain moisture, remove dead skin, and reduce inflammation. According to Manami Takamura, a spokeswoman for Ci.z.Labo, â€œSlime from snails helps remove old cells, heal the skin after sun burn and moisturize it.â€
The salonâ€™s snails are fed a diet of organic vegetables to ensure they are clean and healthy. Even though they are deemed healthy, I’m not sure I’d lay back and let snails coat my face in mucus, but I might consider it.
Customers are reportedly satisfied with the treatment, but they do say it takes some getting used to.Â Would you do it?
Photo credits:Â jurvetson
I use to get my hair colored at a salon, and I liked the pampering. They offered Starbuck’s coffee, posh chairs, and good music. However, the prices got pretty steep and once the economy started pinching my purse strings I gave up the luxury of getting my hair colored by someone else. However, I wasn’t ready to give up coloring my hair.
I visited the hair product shelves at my local big box store and stared at all the selections. I needed a product that was the right color that would cover gray. Plus, I wanted one that would leave my hair feeling healthy. Once I started down this road, I also realized I wanted to find a permanent hair color that didn’t fade.
There really is a lot to think about and I haven’t been all that successful.
Now I’ve learned about a new company called eSalon. They take the guesswork out of home hair color, even though they are an online business. They provide a personal hair consultation with an expert. Based on your input, a team of professional colorists whip up a personal blend of individual color just for you.
They use salon grade ingredients, so hair is left feeling and looking good and it provides excellent gray coverage. When you get your hair color, it even has your name on the bottle.
This company has found the missing piece in home hair coloring. Most of us struggle to find the right product. Now for less than $20 we can get expert guidance, customized color, and hair we are happy with. In fact, if you’re not happy, they have a money back guarantee so you don’t have anything to lose.
Photo credits: deanwissing
Today’s link round-up has healthy boba tea, a nail polish review, hot & sour dumpling soup and more.
A Beautiful Mess shared a hot & sour dumpling soup recipe that’s perfect for cool nights.
Makeup and Beauty Blog reviewed the Beautiful Stranger nail polish collection that’s new from Nars.
A Pair & a Spare shared a post about doing what you love and working toward success.
Blogilates made healthy bubble tea and showed us how in a quick video.
World Label offered some printable labels for fall food gifts that will give them that extra special touch.
Happy Hour Projects shared 25 creative organization ideas.
Aunt Peaches made a fancy grilled cheese sandwich that even lets you sneak in some veggies.
If there’s one thing Jennifer Aniston is known for, it’s her gorgeous hair. For the first two years of the popular Friends TV show, in which she played Rachel, “The Rachel” was the hairstyle everyone wanted.
Funny thing is she hated that hair style. In fact in a recent interview she said she’d rather shave her head than go back to that haircut. Speaking of haircuts, that’s what the star has done, but it wasn’t really planned. It was more a necessity following a hair straightening procedure that went awry.
This is the kind of thing that I would expect to happen to me, not to someone like Jennifer Aniston and her perfect hair! The 44-year-old star showed off her new bob last week. The cut falls at the chin. She told Elle U.K. “My hair went through a phase – I did this thing called a Brazilian Blowout and my hair did not react really well to it.”
The Brazilian Blowout is a version of the Brazilian keratin straightening treatments and has been offered in salons. However, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (F.D.A.) has just confirmed that it contains “dangerous levels” of formaldehyde, even though the label claims to be formaldehyde free.
Aniston opted for the treatment to get rid of frizz and it resulted in her cutting her hair. She doesn’t talk about exactly what happened to hair, but now it is about 2 inches above her shoulders. She told Pop Sugar that her hair is “Short! It’s at my jawline and a little shorter in the back.”
She has taken it all in stride, though and says that she was ready for a new look and “to get it out of my face, so I could have a bit of an easier go at it.”
Whether her hair is short or long, it looks great. She’s one of those fortunate people that has hair that’s good to work with.
Photo credits: ekonestoz
Today’s link round-up has a couple of healthy desserts, an easy rope braid tutorial, and makeup and workout gear recommendations.
Enjoy the View shared a $1000 Christmas cash giveaway contest.
Chocolate Covered Katie showed us how to make caramel yogurt dip that isn’t loaded with sugar or terrible for you.
Tone It Up showed us some of their favorite peachy workout gear.
If you’re vegan or just enjoy vegan desserts, Choosing Raw’s pecan pie won’t disappoint.
Pursebuzz taught us how to do an easy rope braid.
The Beauty Look Book reviewed the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette, a hot item this season.
Blogilates made a healthy pumpkin cake in a mug and shared the recipe.
It can be fun to celebrate the holidays right down to our fingertips. For the Fourth of July, I got together with a bunch of girlfriends and their daughters and we did pedicures with red, white, and blue nail art variations. Now I’ve started to gather some easy Christmas nail art ideas for a party in December.
We break into twos and do each other’s nails after we pick the nail art we want. I learned it’s best to keep it less complicated since the kids take part in the effort. Here are a few ideas I think are winners:
This Santa hat pattern is very easy. Just cross two pieces of clear tape over your finger nails, leaving a space the shape of a triangle.
Christmas Tree Nails
You can use the same triangle art to create Christmas tree nail art. Start by painting the nail with a background color like gold. When it is dry, tape off the fingernail and paint a green triangle.
You can use glitter polish, or a matte green and then decorate with white, red and gold dots for ornaments using the dotting tool. Top the tree with a star nail decal or just add a red large red dot with the large dotting tool.
When dry add a fast drying clear top coat.
Christmas Nail Art
For something even easier, you can just paint your nails in Christmas colors and then add nail art from snowflakes to Christmas trees or Santa. This is a really quick way to get that festive look for the holidays.
Photo credits: Amazon