Category: Beauty

Link Round-up: Skirt to Scarf, Emoji Nails, Pink Hot Chocolate, and More

Posted on Jan 27, 2015 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has a skirt-to-scarf tutorial, emoji nail decals, pink hot chocolate, and more.

A Beautiful Mess showed us how to create emoji nail decals.

Create Craft Love taught us how to make pink hot chocolate for Valentine’s Day.

Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons showed us how to make peppermint patty penguin pops.

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Muslin and Merlot showed us how to take an old skirt and change it into a scarf.

Luv a Bargain shared a recipe for easy ranch cottage cheese dip.

Two Healthy Kitchens taught us how to make the best ever sloppy joes.

Our Small Hours shared a free gratitude journal printable.

Photo credit: A Beautiful Mess and Muslin and Merlot

How Often Should You Shower?

Posted on Jan 26, 2015 by No Comments

The topic of showering is all over the Internet. It started with a study that talked about how many people over shower.

When I grew up in a two bedroom house with one bathroom and six kids, I can tell you there was no over showering going on. Even when we moved to a bigger house with four bedrooms, it still only had one bathroom with a shower and tub. We learned to clean up without always taking a shower.

The whole shower tropic really blew up when Nicolle Wallace of the View claimed she showers three times a day (pre- and post-show, and before bed). Co-host and Glee star, Naya Rivera, 28, tried to make a joke in response. She said, “I feel like showering more than once a day or every day is such a white people thing.” Needless to say that stirred some controversy.

Rivera is part Puerto Rican, African American, and German. Her statement was viewed as blatant racial sterotyping. The following day she tried to clarify that it was meant to be funny.

She said, “Yesterday, we were talking about a study that says you’re supposed to shower once or twice every three days. I had an opinion on it that was supposed to be a joke. Apparently it didn’t go over very well.”

That brings us back to the real question. How often are we supposed to shower? Common sense tells us it isn’t a one-answer-fits-all kind of thing.

Some people have dryer skin than others. Some people have jobs that make them sweat more or get really dirty. Not everyone needs to shower every day, but some people do.

According to Joshua Zeichner, MD, director of cosmetic and clinical research at Mount Sinai Hospital’s Department of Dermatology, “Daily showering is a more cultural phenomenon than medical necessity. In the U.S., people commonly shower once or even more per day – this can actually be harmful to skin, as hot water strips essential oils and can lead to irritation.”

The bottom line is that most of us shower too often. But on top of that, this whole topic has brought another rather disgusting topic into the limelight. Most of us don’t wash our pajamas often enough.

According to a Fox 13 report, the average man waits two weeks to wash his pajamas. Gross right? Would you believe women wait an average of 17 days! That certainly gives us a whole new topic to think about! How did we get to a place in society where we overshower and then put on pajamas that haven’t washed for two weeks or more?

Photo credits: Steven Depolo

Snooki Has a New Do for the New Year

Posted on Jan 21, 2015 by No Comments

The New Year brings with it a clean slate, a chance for do overs and a new beginning. The turn of the calendar page brings with it an incentive for change.

It’s no different for pint-size star, Snooki (Nicole LaValle). One of those changes this year has already included a new look with a makeover. Part of her makeover is her new hairstyle and color.

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Before she headed to Vidov Salan NYC and the chair of her go-to stylists Bradley Moreland and Luis Miller, she gave her Instagram followers a heads up when she posted, “Say goodbye to this hair cause mommy’s getting a makeover.” In the post she wore her auburn hair whipped up into a messy knot.

Now 27 years old and a mother of two, and as of a couple of months ago a married woman, Snooki was ready for a change. She mustered the courage for some heavy-duty snipping. I say courage, because when you have long hair for that many years, it’s always a big decision to cut it. But her new hairstyle is gorgeous.

Personally, I never liked that poof she wore back in her Jersey Shores days. I was glad when she finally left that style behind, it never really suited her. When she lost the poof, she did keep the long locks, but now that’s changed, too.

After her makeover with stylists Bradley Moreland and Luis Miller, Moreland posed holding the gnarly knot in his fist. The pint size star snapped a selfie or two showing off her new look and stepped out of the chair with a textured lob cut that’s a dark rich brown almost black.

The more natural color suits her skin tone and gives her a softer look. It’s a straight, sophisticated, chin-length cut that complements her heart-shaped face. I give her two thumbs up!

Moreland and Millier also did Snooki’s hair last November for her Great Gatsby-inspired wedding day look, and a while back gave her some hair extensions to add volume to her limp locks. Now with her new cut, if she wants longer hair for an evening, she can always get extensions.

Photo credits: Instagram

Link Round-up: Cold Remedy, DIY Earring Organizer, Beauty Products, and More

Posted on Jan 20, 2015 by 2 Comments

Today’s link round-up has a cold remedy, earring organizer, beauty products, and more.

I Heart Naptime shared a recipe for buckeye brownies.

Mind Body Green offered tips for talking to your kids about sex.

Confessions of an Overworked Mom shared a spiced orange cold remedy.

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Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons showed us how to put together a puppy dog bento lunch.

Keeping It Simple Crafts showed us how to make cute car-related valentines.

Geniabeme shared her picks for the top 10 beauty products of 2014.

Tales of Me showed us how to make an earring organizer.

Photo credit: I Heart Naptime and Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons

Melissa McCarthy Shows Off Weight Loss at People’s Choice Awards

Posted on Jan 14, 2015 by 2 Comments

Melissa McCarthy, 44, is known for making people laugh. She’s also known as a person of size who has made it clear that she is happy with herself no matter what size she is.

Just last year she told Rolling Stone that she loves herself at any size, but admitted, “I could eat healthier, I could drink less.” This year when she accepted her People’s Choice Award, on January 7, in Los Angeles, it was clear she had done exactly that.

I’d heard she was losing weight, but this was my first time seeing her results.

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She stepped on to the Nokia Theatre stage to receive her 2015 People’s Choice award dressed in a fitted pair of black pants, with a top accented with bold leather panels which ran along the seams. She accessorized with a sleek clutch and Forevermark diamond jewelry.

The design offered a slimming effect, but it wasn’t all style tricks and slimming effects that gave her the amazing results. Her new look was the result of hard work and food choices. She’s about 45 pounds lighter.

According to a friend, she lost the weight following a low-carb diet and lots of protein. The source told Star magazine that “She’s been making small changes and seeing big results. It’s given her a real confidence boost.”

The same source said that Melissa’s motive was her health, and to be a good example to her children. Plus she’s looking ahead and wants to be around to be a grandma, too.

The actress won the first award of the night for Best Comedic Actress and had also been nominated for Favorite Movie Actress and Favorite Comedic TV Actress. She’s a good example of a confident woman at any weight.

I congratulate her on her award, and on her new look. Both take hard work and dedication that has paid off.

Photo credits: peopleschoice, SandraBullockBlog

Link Round-up: Better Makeup, Abs Challenge, Breakfast, and More

Posted on Jan 8, 2015 by 1 Comment

Today’s link round-up has fashion and beauty advice, plus an abs challenge and a delicious breakfast recipe.

How Was Your Day? shared some tips on how to get better at applying makeup.

Pink Heels Pink Truck shared a recipe for maple bacon cinnamon rolls.

Blogilates shared a 30-day flat abs challenge.

Confessions of a Homeschooler showed us how to winterize our nails.

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A Beautiful Mess showed us how to turn a copper pipe into a clothing rack.

Pop Sugar showed us some winter accessories that are so cute, we almost won’t mind that it’s cold.

Makeup and Beauty Blog shared her thoughts on the new 12-pan Tarte Tartlette eyeshadow palette.

Photo credit: How Was Your Day? and A Beautiful Mess

Link Round-up: Achieving Your Goals, a Movie Review, Cosmetics, and More

Posted on Jan 1, 2015 by 2 Comments

Today’s link round-up has a movie review, tips for achieving your goals, and more.

Muslin and Merlot showed us how to make a book safe.

Thrifty Jinxy reviewed Into the Woods.

A Beautiful Mess shared part three of how to stay motivated to achieve your goals.

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Happiness Is Homemade shared a fun craft to do with the kids—making glittery snowflake sun catchers.

Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons shared a New Year’s cookie clock pop idea.

My Newest Addiction shared some cosmetics shades that match the Pantone color of the year.

Create Craft Love shared a chalkboard calendar printable.

Photo credit: Muslin and Merlot and Happiness Is Homemade

Link Round-up: Champagne, Aging Gracefully, New Year’s, and More

Posted on Dec 30, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up shared champagne recipes, tips for aging gracefully, New Year’s party ideas, and more.

Creative Green Living taught us how to green your household energy with wind power.

Thrifty Jinxy showed us how to make snowflake cupcakes with a printable snowflake template.

Snappy Gourmet shared five champagne recipes.

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Confessions of an Overworked Mom shared tips for looking younger and aging gracefully.

I Should Be Mopping the Floor gave us free New Year’s Facebook timeline covers.

The Crafting Chicks showed us everything we need for a fabulous New Year’s Eve party.

Tone It Up’s Love Your Body challenge will be starting up soon, and you can sign up at their site now.

Photo credit: Creative Green Living and Confessions of an Overworked Mom

Finding Boots for Large Calves: It Can Be Done

Posted on Dec 29, 2014 by No Comments

Living with large calves can be a fashion challenge, especially if you’re looking for a pair of boots. In my case, it’s my daughter who calls her calves “freaskishly large.” If there was anything I could do to change her legs, I would, but I can’t.

With stylish boots in fashion now, she gave up looking at boots because she couldn’t find any that would fit her calves. As her mom, I took on the quest. I figured someone had to make boots with large-calved people in mind, and I was right.

Here are a few places for wide-calf fashionistas to find stylish boots that fit.

  • Zappos: Zappos offers a large selection of wide-calf boots including flat-soled, wedges, and heels. So they have something for everyone – even riding boots. Prices start at around $100.
  • Lane Bryant: Lane Bryant is well-known for their plus-size style and they don’t disappoint when it comes to wide-calf boots. Selection starts at around $70 and run as high as $250.
  • Just Fab: Just Fab actually has you create a profile to help stylists get to know you. Based on this profile you’ll get a personalized boutique with your own special selection of footwear.
  • Duo: Duo offers boots in styles with calf widths up to 49/50 cm (about 19 inches). They feature a catwalk-inspired collection of women’s wide calf boots, handcrafted in the finest Italian leathers.

If you have struggled to find boots to fit your wide calves, don’t give up. If you’re trying to camouflage the size of your calves, choose a lower vamp and pointier toe on the boot and it will give your leg a longer slimmer look. And if you’re going with heels, a mid-height heel gives the illusion of a long and lean leg, too.

My daughter is thrilled to own a pair of fashionable boots that fit her leg, and as a mom, when she is happy, I am, too.

Photo credits: Amazon