Monday, April 11, 2011

Sew Your Own Makeup Bag!

Just a quickie today. I took a few minutes to visit some of my favorite sewing and craft blogs and this popped up!

Photo from Sew, Mama, Sew!
I still am "fibercrazed" after all. I just haven't found much time to do anything about it lately. If you're similarly crafty and want to stitch up a few of these cuties, here's the free PDF download. Or if you've never sewn before but want to try, give them a shot! Zippered bags are a great way to learn the basics as well as how to install a zipper. Either way - Happy Stitching!

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Tween Makeup & First Five Products

I have loved to wear makeup since I was a little girl. And I mean LITTLE. I can remember, even as young as four, waiting excitedly as my mother and grandmother cleaned out their makeup bags because I knew that some of the eyeshadows, blushes, etc. that they no longer loved might become mine. They never discouraged me from watching them or experimenting on my own. I knew makeup was not for little girls to wear out or to school (though I sometimes tried. lol) It was just fun to play with different color combinations and see how my face looked different before and after.

I've adopted the same sort of attitude with my girls - and my son for that matter. He asked to wear nail polish when he was about 4 and I obliged. He lost interest pretty quickly, but I was (and would still be) supportive of his desire to try it. Most people would agree that 9-12 is a bit too young to wear makeup regularly or to school, but I really believe it's a great idea to introduce kids to some good techniques for applying it so they've had lots of practice before they ARE old enough to wear it out into the world. I sort of think about applying makeup at this age like learning to paint but on a mirror image of a 3D canvas. Painting on a flat surface takes practice and makeup is no different. It takes practice and trial and error. But the end result is 1) a teen that can express themselves through makeup with confidence and 2) parents that are confident in their teen's ability to wear it tastefully and in an age-appropriate way.

Monday, April 4, 2011

March 2011 Favorites!

I really like doing these videos. Not in a "you have to go out and buy this product" kind of way, but more of a show & tell/ "this is my opinion about this stuff to help you if you were considering it anyway" type thing. It's fun to think back over the last month and pull things out that I've enjoyed a lot. It brings back memories of what I did those days, who I spent time with, or what was generally going on in my life. It's like a little 30 day time capsule! The days and weeks go by SO fast it's nice to look back, even if it's just via the makeup table.

Here's a run-down of all the products I mentioned. I've listed where *I* got them, but most can be found in other places as well:

Urban Decay Naked Palette -

Milani Mineral Blush in Luminous - CVS

Physician's Formula Happy Booster Blush - Ulta

Rimmel Big Sexy Curves mascara in 003 Extreme Black - Walmart

Clinique Bottom Lash mascara - 

Jordana Lip Cream Moisture Intense Color in Sleek Rose - Dollar General

Benefit The POREfessional pore minimizer - Ulta

Crown Brush KB5 - Pink Kabuki

Crown Brush PP14 - Deluxe Oval Shadow

Crown Brush SS008 - Deluxe Eyeliner Brush

Neutrogena Deep Clean Cleanser/Mask - Target

Hard Candy Sheer Envy Tinted Moisurizer in Medium - Walmart

LUSH Ultra Bland Cleanser

LUSH Tea Tree Water Toner

LUSH Enchanted Eye Cream (my Holy Grail eye cream!)


Hope you enjoyed it! Please let me know if you have any favorites this month that you think I'd like!


Smile & Be Beautiful!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Body Image Makeover - Move It!

Welcome to the second part of my Body Image Makeover series! In this video I share what I've found to be true about the importance of moving your body with some type of exercise or activity. The focus is not on weight loss or being a certain size or even the health benefits of doing so (which there are LOTS) but on how it can boost your self-image and confidence by reminding you how strong your body is and how it can rise to the challenges involved in elevating or maintaining a fitness level. Whether you can walk five minutes or run five miles, it doesn't matter. What matters is that you celebrate your accomplishments and what your body can do for you when you work WITH it instead of against it. I hope some of you find this helpful! (Re-posted from my YouTube video.)

Smile & Be Beautiful!