Something Sparkly


Skirt: Express  |  Shoes: Old – Target (similar here)  | Necklace: Urban Peach  | Top: Norstrom
Blush/Bronzer: Flower Sunkissed and Single |  Nail Polish: Essie BBF | Lipstick: Lipstick Queen in Pinky Nude

When I wore this to church on Sunday I got a gazillion compliments, which might be because I’m not a morning person and I usually end up looking like the girl from a walk to remember Pre-Landon… but still, I thought I should share it with you incase it was the skirt.

I also wanted to add a little to my post the other day about aging. Some comments were made that were very thoughtful and deserved a discussion

First. To some of the women who felt like I was being  dismissive with their aging concerns: I am so sorry if the post came off that way.
My intent was not to say “you’re old now, so focus on inner beauty from here on out.” That is not my view at all! It was simply to say “I admire the beauty that comes with age, life experience and wisdom. I don’t think women should be required to look young in order to look beautiful.”
I would never dismiss any group of women looking for ways to improve their beauty routines but I still want them to feel good about where they are without any of that. So I like to promote both aspects.
And while Some of my posts have specific focuses (i.e. freckles, aging, acne) the rest of my posts are meant to apply to everyone of any age!

Second, A few people asked me if I thought it was contradictory to write this post so soon after writing about my under eye injections.
I can understand why. There is a vain-self-centered side to beauty that I think all of us want to stay away from. It can eat away at other important things and make us unhappy.

In order to avoid it I think, as a culture we have created boundaries that draw that line. Some people draw it at a certain amount of makeup or hair height, some draw it at a certain amount of time spent on beauty and some draw it at anything that isn’t natural or god given.
I don’t draw the line at anything specific.
It’s something that happens on the inside. I didn’t feel like the injections crossed that line for me. Although, I have crossed it many times. This summer after  obsessing over my hair for weeks I realized that I had definitely crossed that line. There have been times when I wasn’t wearing a stitch of makeup but I was thinking only about myself and my interests and needs constantly that I crossed that line.  I have crossed the line in the past when I limited my eating (in vain pursuits) so much that it made me irritable and I treated the people I love poorly.  There have been times when I have torn others down to make myself feel better, I surely crossed it then.
It happens to all of us.
It might be nice if the real boundaries were as simple as hair height or needles but I think there’s a lot more to it than that.
And again, I have an example:



I love her. She is so beautiful.
She also is very open and lighthearted about the fact that her outsides are not necessarily the ones she was born with:

“I’m not offended by all the dumb blonde jokes because I know I’m not dumb… and I also know that I’m not blonde.”

You’d be surprised how much it costs to look this cheap!

She is funny and sweet and has brought so much light and life into so many peoples lives.
And spends much of her time and money on taking care of others. Constantly showing love to people in every walk of life.

“If your actions create a legacy that inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, then, you are an excellent leader.” 

I don’t think she’d look one bit less beautiful with more wrinkles but I also don’t think she should have to conform to anyone’s opinion but her own.
She’s got the important stuff covered, whatever else she chooses to do is fine by me:)


Changes – My favorite products for maturing skin

Yesterday I talked about the fact that our faces and bodies change as we age and so its only natural our beauty routines should as well.  I’ve posted some of my very favorite makeup tips for aging here, but that was a YEAR ago! So it definitely needs an update. Today I’ll start with my favorite sparkling products and next week I’ll post some more of the best beauty/makeup tips & tricks I’ve learned since.


Glam Glow Thirsty Mud:
It is so hard to get a moisture that goes in deep and doesn’t leave you greasy but guess what!? It EXISTS! This creamy spectacular goodness has answered all of my moisturizing prayers. I smear it on like a mask right before bed  ever couple of days (it smells delicious BTW) and then I sleep in it. When I wakeup I rinse my perfectly moisturized face and try to stop touching it.
Budget friendly Option – Queen Helene Facial Masks:
In the world of Drug store moisture masks this one is raining queen in my opinion.

Hourglass Primer Serum Hydrating Primer
I LOVE the way this primer feels and I especially love the way it looks on mature skin. It feels silky and brings a radiance and dewiness that will really rock your world. It also has all kinds of benefits for your skin like vitamins and essential oils.
More budget friendly option – Porefessional:
This one is the ultimate primer for filling pores but it doesn’t do much for the moisture and the silkiness.

I’ve talked about this before but when it comes to cleaning the skin well and making it look fresh this is a must have.
If you haven’t already bought it, I know you’ve heard of it and if you’re skeptical get one from Sephora and try this baby!! You can always return it if you don’t fall in love!
Budget friendly version: Skin Sonic which is a quarter of the price! I haven’t tried this myself but here is a great review on it.

IT Cosmetics Hello Light? Luminizer
I chose this beautiful formula because it has anti-aging properties in it as well as a very subtle non-sparkly illuminating effect. It is a gorgeous soft creme.
Budget friendly option: Maskcara IIID Pretty in Pearl-
When I formulated my illuminator I was very picky! I didn’t want it to be glittery or too iridescent or too bold. I wanted it to make the skin glow without looking like makeup. It makes the skin look blurred and soft and radiant.

JolieMD Metamorphosis
This was sent to me a few months ago. When I read that that is to was supposed to: make the skin look radiant, shrink pores, soften fine lines and wrinkles and fight acne I was pretty much rolling my eyes but ladies. This is the real deal! I have never tried anything like it!  I always try my skincare products for at least a couple of months and then I try not using them again before I ever recommend them to you (cause sometimes you love something at first and then change your mind, other times you think you love it but if you stop using it you don’t notice a difference etc.) Well this stuff ran the gauntlet and came out a winner! I loved it at first use, waking up with soft tight skin and continued using it and getting so many compliments on my skin. Then I stopped a few weeks ago for a while, just to make sure, and I was really missing it. I felt like my pores were growing and my general texture wasn’t as smooth.
It’s pretty expensive, it seems like most age related products are for whatever reason but I have continued purchasing, cause it’s worth it to me!
They were gracious enough to offer to giveaway a set, so if it’s out of your budget now, enter to get one for zero dollars!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Rita Hazan Root Concealer
Right now I’m growing out my roots (just because I have no idea what my natural hair color is at this point, it hasn’t been seen in its virgin state since the mid 90′s) which generally just makes me look like I’m balding because the hair growing in is so light. Now that I have this spray I just shoot some in my part and carry on with life. It covers my roots perfectly. When my mom saw this trick she was so excited, touching up her grays can be a tedious task and they grow back so fast. Shooting some of this over them is quick, easy and effective.

UD All-Nighter
Instead of setting with powder (which can make the skin look dull and can sink into creases and crevices) I prefer using a setting spray.
This one is BY FAR the best one that I’ve used. It doesn’t feel sticky or weird on the skin at all, you won’t even know its there – except that your makeup will last and last. When I leave the house without it I definitely know a difference.

Riiviva PMD
I posted a while back about this little miracle and I couldn’t help but add it to this list as well. It has honestly changed my skin than I would have ever imagined. I could never get my makeup to look as smooth and flawless as I wanted before I found this. I tried every foundation on the market and always wondered what other people were doing to get it to look so smooth! It wasn’t til I found this that I realized it wasn’t the foundation, it was my skin! Getting rid of that dead outer layer of skin has made it so much smoother. Not to mention all of my other products work better because now they can sink in without a barrier! I’m a believer.

Beauty Blender
What is amazing about this sponge is that it blends your foundation into your skin in a perfect amount. A fine enough layer that it won’t move around or settle into creases and a heavy enough layer that gives you a flawless finish. You wet and wring the egg shaped applicator then dab your foundation onto your skin in a small stippling motion (I used it in this video if you’d like to see it in action)
For budget: I haven’t tried it yet because it’s out at my local Ulta but I had many of readers suggest the Real Techniques version, they say it’s the closest match to date!



PS Be sure to watch out for the MM&L show, they are announcing the winner of the IIID today!


Back when we did the survey a few weeks ago I noticed that a lot of what was brought up was aging.
I totally get that because as women age we go through so many changes and it makes sense to me that our beauty routines should change as well. We want to look our best and be our healthiest. That’s a good thing and I love finding new ways of doing that!
Although, there is something I wanted to talk about because it’s something I encounter a lot and something I have to remind myself (and my mom) sometimes as well.

Age and beauty are not mutually exclusive.
In fact, I believe in most ways they go hand in hand.
Looking younger is not necessarily looking more beautiful.
If you have a beautiful heart and if you live a beautiful life age does not detract from your beauty.
It adds to it.

I have proof.

Mother Teresa:


Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.

If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.

The miracle is not that we do this work, but that we are happy to do it.

Mother Teresa

Audrey Hepburn:


As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.

There is more to sex appeal than just measurements. I don’t need a bedroom to prove my womanliness. I can convey just as much sex appeal, picking apples off a tree or standing in the rain.

It’s that wonderful old-fashioned idea that others come first and you come second. This was the whole ethic by which I was brought up. Others matter more than you do, so ‘don’t fuss, dear; get on with it.’

Audrey Hepburn, UNICEF ambassador in Ethiopia

When you look at these photos do you think “gosh she would be so much more beautiful if she didn’t have those wrinkles.”?
Of course you don’t.
Because when you look at those photos you see two women who couldn’t possibly be more beautiful.

None of us will look like we’re 20 when we’re 60 but who would want to?
There is no cream for kindness, love, life experience and wisdom.
It is a beauty that cannot be born in or handed to you, it must be earned.
And when it is, it should be something you are truly proud of.


Superbowl Makeup

I felt after my last makeup video (the vampy look) that basically freaked Nick out, I though I’d better hook him up with a look that’s a bit more boy friendly. This little nugget is a surefire winner with the menfolk. Sometimes to the extent that they cannot stop panning away from the game so all of them can enjoy the hottie in the crowd. This photo was taken during one such closeup of beautiful Katherine Webb.


Which was an exciting moment for me because I don’t expect a smidgen of makeupspiration from sunday night football.
I love it because it capitalizes on your eyes AND lips AND skin all in one – which can sometimes be a little bit much but this walks the line line perfectly!


What I used:
Amrani Luminous Silk Foundation in 6.5
IIID Foundation in Medium
IIID Illuminator
IIID Blush in Jem
Lancome Shadow in Impress
Anastasia Dip Brow (this isn’t what I used, this is much better though cause you don’t have to mix it and you get the same result!)
Black Silkissime eye liner
NYX Taupe Liner
MAC Lip Liner in Hip N’ Happy
Soap & Glory Half Naked pluming gloss (it smells like popcorn!)
Wispies Lashes 
Beauty Blender
Elf Contouring Brush
Urban Decay Setting Spray in All Nighter

Have a fun weekend, if you try the look and take a photo I’d LOVE to see it! (tag me or email me or whatever you have time for:)