August 24, 2016

6 Minute Makeup!


I'm talking easy, peasy makeup here ladies! I'm always on the run during the week and this is my go-to, get ready QUICK, everyday look for errands and at home shananigans! And I promise....it takes me 6 minutes (or less) to get this done. 

1. CC Cream. Get yourself a good CC cream! I love the one from Arbonne and I've been using it for years. It goes on sheer with enough coverage and makes my skin look awesome! I apply this with just my fingers.

2. Concealer. Next I conseal  under my eyes. I raved about this product before by Rimmel (it's $4....hello!!!) and I'm still using and loving it!

3. Bronzer. I use my bronzer to give color to my face and as my blush too; if I'm feeling extra fancy I'll put a little blush on that day. I place  my bronzer under my cheekbone up, along my hairline and under my jaw line. I use a big powder brush for this. 

4. Brows. One of the most underestimated makeup products!!!! Fill. In. Your. Brows. Please! Frames and shapes your whole face. Plus, bold brows are in!!!

5. Mascara. My favorite product. Give your eyes some pop with a couple coats of mascara. Flutter, flutter....

6. Lips. Pull the whole look together with some color on your lips. This is Maui by Anatasia.  Love!!! 

There we have it. Take some time to get yourself pretty in the morning. You'll feel great and put together...even for a day in the house! 

Until next time...

Laura

August 18, 2016

five steps to {fall ready} skin

I don't know about you but my skin seems to take some major turns as the season changes. Heading into colder weather its important to remember a few things with your skin and I'm here to help you with that....
Image result for fall leaves

5 Steps to {fall ready} skin

1. Switch out your bar soap, trade it for a hydrating body wash or cream. I don't mind using a bar soap in the summer because I sweat more and it doesn't seem to dry out my skin as much but come the cooler, even drier weather, I'll usually swap it out for something that is a little more hydrating.

2. Water intake----increase it! I think the best way to hydrate your skin is from the inside. Whenever people tell me they feel their skin is getting dry or lips are starting to crack I always ask how their water intake is going. Increase it and you'll see a difference....trust me!

3. Night cream as a day cream too! Some people find this helps but not everyone has to do it. If you're feeling a little extra dry in the AM try using your night cream as a daytime moisturizer as well.

4. Get a great exfoliant for face and body. I love a good scrub for my body in the fall and a gentle one for my face too. As the cold weather creeps in our skin gets dryer from lack of moisture in the air and because of the lack of sun if can look a little dull too. Exfoliating once a week will keep the skin look clean and fresh.

5. Last but not least and not really skin related but get yourself a full fall-colored lipstick! Something rich and beautiful will do. I always love a pretty plum or burgundy lip for fall....maybe my next post? We will see!

Thanks for stopping by, til next time!

Laura


August 13, 2016

easy, healthy homemade granola

I'm always on the look-out for something easy to make and that I'll use all the time and THIS, yes....its a winner. Easy, healthy, quick clean-up and sooooo delicious!

I love to put granola in my yogurt, eat plain as cereal, grab on the go and I've even seen it used in cookies.

I got this recipe from a friend when we lived in NC and (forgive me) but I've completely forgotten her name. I've had 3 kids since then so you get it, right? Sheesh...blush, blush, blush. I've modified it a bit and it super easy to add in or replace ingredients as you wish, its a very forgiving recipe.



Easy Homemade Granola

Preheat oven to 250 degrees F

9 cups old fashioned rolled oats, raw
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour (or flour of your choice)
1 1/2 cups wheat germ
1 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut (you can use sweetened too)
1 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1 1/2 cup nuts of choice (I like almonds or walnuts...or both!)
1 1/2 cup honey or agave
1 1/2 cup canola oil
1 tsp vanilla

Mix all dry ingredients together in a BIG bowl. Mix honey/agave, oil and vanilla in a separate bowl, microwave for 1-2 minutes. Make large well in dry mixture and pour in honey/oil. Stir until moist and oats are completely coated. Pour and pat down into 2 large cookie sheets. Bake at 250 degrees F for 45-60 minutes. Leave on counter to dry for at least an hour. 

Enjoy.

Thanks for stopping by, until next time!


March 29, 2016

spring casual

Whenever Spring comes around I always want something cute, casual and versatile to wear. I like to pair a t-shirt with a light jacket just in case its chilly and no can say no to Chucks...


spring casual

March 25, 2016

finding joy in motherhood

We have had a pretty stressful year. Lots of changes....okay, lots of BIG life impacting, serious changes. Its hard being an adult. I see those "I can't adult today" shirts online sometimes and I'm like...I need that. :) Man, life is hard but I feel it can be even harder if you let the discouragement, stress and worrying totally take over. One of the biggest things I feel gets the boot when I get really stressed out or worried is my parenting skills. I'm quick to anger, irritated easier and worse of all...I sometimes take it out on my kids. And by the end of almost everyday I'm DONE!! Like, run away and never come back done. Slight sarcasm....

So, I've been thinking. What can I do more to find balance and joy in motherhood? What are daily things I can do to be a better mom, find happiness in my everyday (stay at home allllllll day) day? We've all heard the saying..."If mama ain't happy, ain't no one happy." And that is so true!

I was able to go on a little girl's trip this month. Sans kids. Just me. It was so nice! Even on the 2 hour plane ride I was thinking, "I could even turn right back around, go home and be satisfied!" Just sitting on that plane in silence was enough. Ha! With that said I had a great trip! I really got some relaxation in and was able to learn how much I love and missed doing my day-to-day mom duties. I kinda felt lost and out of sorts, especially the first day. You have to understand my life revolves around my kids and with twins....I never stop. But I will emphasize again (wink, wink, wink) how nice it was and how good of a time I had. Overall, it helped reconfirm to me that I'm in full "mom-mode" right now. I'm a full-time mom and wife. That's my life right now. And I need to live it and love it.

I thought I would share with you today a few little things I do on a daily basis so help me find joy in motherhood and some extras that help me push through those bad days.

1. I work out. Surprised? Is this not listed in almost every one of my posts? Hey. Did you know I work out? Hardy-har-har. I don't care if its 10 minutes. I get a little workout in. I don't have the time lately to go to the gym everyday like I used it so I've found some really great at-home workouts and make it to the gym to teach my spin class and do some favorite classes here and there. I find that doing a little workout to get my heart-rate up, just isn't something I do for myself but it gets my endorphins going and makes me feel pumped and ready for my day.

2. I laugh. When my kids do something silly or goofy....even if its not that funny I try to laugh at it. It helps them feel like they are important and laughing is good for the soul!

3. I have an occasional pity-party and then move on. Sometimes we have those days when we feel like our life is the worst life on the plant. Ha. I'll do a little "woe is me", shed a few tears and move on. Because really my worst day is someone's best day.  

4. I do one-on-one time with my kids. Sometimes we don't realize how much just a little one-on-one time with your kids can help them behave better and helps you understand your child better too. Plus, its fun. We will do coloring, lego's, crafts, make cookies, etc. It also helps you get out of your head for a bit and do something childish. 

5. I count my blessings. I used to do a gratitude journal but I find saying daily personal prayer really helps me reflect on my day and let my Heavenly Father know all the things I'm grateful for. Helps me look back on my day and see what I might need to work on too. And then do better the next day.

Hope that helps someone!!! I also had a little tip for dealing with "emotional children." We have been reading a book about helping children understand and deal with their feelings, and have loved it! I've learned that most of the time the tantrums are attached to a feeling the child is trying to get out but doesn't know what its called or how to share it. I find if I listened with cue works like, "Yes, hmmm, I see." (amist all the tears and screaming) and then follow up with an emotion for the problem (Man, its sounds like you're really mad about....) it helps calm them down. Just like us, kids want their feelings validated! This takes some serious patience!  I know, there are times when its just straight up obnoxious and there might be some discipline that needs to take place but over all we have found this has helped us.

Well, have a good weekend! And thanks for stopping by.




March 11, 2016

highlight for spring!


If you are looking to add just a touch of something fun and different to your makeup routine for Spring, and have people wonder why your skin is glowing? Look no further...here are my favorite makeup highlighters.


PS. Highlighters are applied on the upper cheek bone, under the eyes, along the chin and nose to add a brightness and reflective light to your skin for that extra POP! I will usually keep it simple and just add a little on my cheek bones. Some can be applied under your powder, but I usually just pop it on before I add my blush. And remember...a little goes a long way! 




1. High Beam by Benefit. This one is intense and a little, little goes a long long long way! This is best is blended out with a sponge or beauty blender.

2. Glisten Up by Flower Beauty. This one is a great! A good find at Walmart, and add just the perfect touch of glow.

3. Physicians Formula's Shimmer Strips.  This has great pay-off, meaning a little goes a long, long ways. It is very shimmery too. Plus, it can be used as a bronzer and eyeshadow too. I love this product line.

4. Benefit's Watt's Up. I know, I'm kinda obsessed with Benefit products...but some line's really get it when it comes to a certain product and Benefit has got their highlighters down!!!! This is one probably my favorite. It is simple to apply and adds just the perfect amount of glow and shimmer.

Those listed above are my favorites that I've tried and test BUT! Did you know that anything with a shimmer and an off-white, pink tone can me used as a highlighter? Have a favorite shimmery, pink-ish white eyeshadow or lipstick? Yep, use them!

Highlighting is that one finishing touch that really can pull a look together. Although it is not apart of my daily routine, I do love to add it in for that extra touch and puh-zazz especially if my skin is looking a little dull that day.

Thanks for tuning in...have a great weekend!

February 1, 2016

How I Honestly Feel About Makeup

Gonna get real here people! ;) Ha ha. I thought it would be fun to share a little bit of why I do what I do as far as being a makeup artist and esthetician. I will try to keep it simple and to the point. So let's go.

There is really 2 sides of this. First, makeup and getting pretty for myself and the second being getting others pretty. 

I'll start with me...because I'm selfish like that. If you know me well you might know that I'm pretty laid back and very low maintenance. I'm not a over-the-top-glam-gal. I keep life and myself pretty simple and easy. And that's how I tend to approach my beauty regimen too. When I have nowhere to go and know I'll be house bound, I still put on a little makeup though (like CC cream and mascara) and here is why....when I feel just a little put together and pretty I live up to my potential better.  I know for a lot of people this has no impact on them what so ever, and that's fine. But for me, it helps. I feel like I just "got it together" that much more. And I'm taking that extra step for MYSELF. Try it for a day and see if it helps. Also, I like pretty things. I like makeup and I enjoy embracing my femininity. And even though it seems useless, it helps set my day up a little better and gets me motivated. Yeah, there are days when makeup doesn't happen, and yes, I'm perfectly comfortable without it (have you seen me at the gym?) but its kind of the icing on the cake for me. 

Here is the best part. Doing makeup for others. I went back and forth as to what I wanted to do for school and I always felt strongly to go to beauty school. I thought about doing hair but I had a real strong drive for makeup and skincare strictly. I struggled for a while wondering if I was getting into a "vain market". I got nervous that people might assume I was self-adsorbed, snobby and over the top. But then I realized something, I'm a health conscious person, and taking care of your skin and OUTSIDE is just as important and what you do for the INSIDE of your body. That really resonated with me. And still does. I firmly believe that! Your skin is the biggest organ of your body and a protector of all the outside crud we encounter. So its not just about looking good, having flawless skin and wearing makeup; its another step in taking care of yourself. So with that in the for-front of my mind. I went for it and have never regretted it. 

The biggest pay-off of helping people with their skin and makeup is how it helps them with their confidence. I've helped teens with acne finally see the light of how beautiful they really are even with pimples. I've helped older woman look past the age and see the beautiful color in their eyes they never noticed before or helped someone see that just the most basic application of makeup can make you feel like a rock-star goddess on the red carpet. And THAT! THAT!!!! is why I do this. I love to see the smiles (sometimes shocked smiles) of woman who get their makeup done and say, "Wow. I never thought I could look like this." And they feel beautiful, pretty and unstoppable. That's why I do it. I love that. It's priceless. And then I TEACH and help them take it home to do it over and over and over again. And feel beautiful everyday. Its the best. The best ever.

So how do I really feel about makeup? Honestly, I could give a crap about it but for me and what I do with my job and my dreams it is the vehicle to building confidence and self-motivation so in that light...I love it. 

Thanks for sticking it out with me. And get yourself pretty my lovely ladies! ;)

January 25, 2016

{recipe} kale chips

If you have never had kale chips....its time, my friend. 

I'm actually not the biggest kale fan but I will put it in smoothies here and there, and always always have kale chips. These are light, crunchy, healthy and the best way to kick that crunchy, salty craving-which I have all the time! 

Quick easy healthy. Win win win. 


Kale Chips

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Spread 4-5 cups raw kale on cookie sheet and drizzle with olive oil (or your choice of oil. Coconut, avocado and grape seed are good too). Cook for 10-12 minutes and sprinkle with salt. Enjoy! Store in air tight container or bag. 

And your kids will love them too. Your welcome!