Are You Stuck On Life’s Treadmill

  I have been training for an upcoming race I will be running, so training has been essential.  The sun has been shining as of late, but a few weeks ago I put on my running shoes only to discover it was raining outside  So off to the gym I  go.  I jumped on the treadmill and I started running.  Usually I find the 1st mile the hardest before I get in my running groove.  This time after 3 miles in – I was still not “feeling it”.  I’m usually good at pushing through and getting it done but this time I just couldn’t and I didn’t make it my usual 6 miles.  I was frustrated with myself and a little perplexed as to why it was so difficult to accomplish.

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Time to Conquer Your Fear – Lean In to Your Own Beauty

fear:   A feeling of anxiety and agitation caused by the presence of nearness of danger, evil, pain etc; dread; terror; fright; apprehension
Webster’s New World Dictionary

Let’s talk about fear ladies…
Fear of failure, but also a fear of success. I think a lot of us suffer with both these types of fear and it can be debilitating – and oh so scary. We are afraid of what others will say or think about us if we present ourselves as beautiful, or if we genuinely feel good about ourselves and let that fact be known. It’s the infamous double edged sword. Do I project confidence or is that considered to be arrogant?

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You Are Worth The Time!

It’s time for some real talk ladies!

Being beautiful isn’t just about what skincare, makeup or hair products and tools you use.  It’s about being the person you are on the inside. Read more

5 Easy Steps for Choosing the Right Foundation: The Secret Language of Makeup Companies Revealed

makeupBelieve it or not, there really is a way to find a foundation that you like.  How many times have you thought, “This is it,” only to look in the rear view mirror and realize you look as orange as a pumpkin.  Follow this step by step process, and you won’t be frightened to look like you applied pancake batter to cover your blemishes.  Let me demystify the secret code that makeup companies use to label foundations, so you can master this process for yourself. Read more

What’s Up With Cheryl Tiegs?

cherylYesterday morning I got a text from my friend Lillah saying, “What’s up with Cheryl Tiegs?” Later, another friend posted on my Facebook page an article discussing an interview Cheryl Tiegs did with E! News, where she responded to model Ashley Graham’s Sports Illustrated cover. Read more

The Top 1%: The Hollywood Beauty Detective

Me with my specs on

Me with my specs on

“Congratulations, you’re in the top 1%!”

I just stood there. “Wow,” I said.  I continued to just stand there; not because I was reveling in my top 1%-ness but because I had just taken out my contacts and this always places me in a very vulnerable state. “Yep,” he went on, “the top 1% of bad eyesight.”

“Great,’ I replied as I fumbled to feel my way to the ‘eye doctor chair’ so he could place all sorts of devices in front of my fabulously flawed eyes. Read more

The Inspirer - after

The Inspirer

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  1. Sweep a light application of blush on the eyelids. (Yes, you can use blush as an eye shadow!)
  2. Apply the light shade under the brow to define the arch of the brow, and blend both colors in the crease.
  3. Apply the dark shade into the crease, and smudge into the outer corner. You can blend the shade into the bottom lashes to further enhance the shape of the eye.Use the Felt Tip Eyeliner Pen to create a winged cat-eye. Trace slowly along the top lash line, ending in an upward motion at the outer eye. You can keep building the line in thickness until you get the desired effect.


  1. Contour the cheekbones with the bronzer from the Highlighter/Bronzer Kit.
  2. Use the middle shade of the eyeshadow along the tops of the cheekbones for a pearlescent shine.


  1. Create a “stain” from your lipstick. Apply the lipstick using a makeup sponge or a sponge tipped eyeshadow applicator. This will create what is called a “bitten lip” or lip stain. A diffused, soft shade of red.
Melissa McNamara

Five Easy Steps for Beautiful Smoky Eye Shadow

  1. Choose the color palette you want to work with.
    You will need a light, medium, and dark shade. The light one should be slightly lighter than your skin tone. The medium should be slight darker than your skin tone, but still slightly nude in shade. Now have fun choosing what dark shade you want! Basic black, peacock teal, whatever your fancy is!

  2. Apply the light shade all over as a wash.
    Pat the color all over your lid, from lash line to brow bone. Don’t worry about blending just yet.

  3. Smokey eye step 3 Line the inner rims of your eyes.
    I like to use mostly black, but if you choose to match your dark shade, just make sure that your liner is waterproof and dark enough to line the inner rim solidly. Try one of those gel liners, I find they work the best!

  4. Smudge the dark color into the lash line, encircling the eye.
    Use a brush that is short and dense, like a bullet brush. Smudge the dark shade in between the upper and bottom lashes, and blend over the lid. Do not go too far into the crease.

  5. Blend the medium shade into the crease.
    Use a contour brush to pick up the medium shade, use this to blend all 3 colors together. Swish the brush back and forth through the crease like a windshield wiper. Also, twirl the brush through the crease using tiny little circle motions. The idea is not see where one color starts and the next begins.

Final smokey eye