Saturday, November 9, 2013

Help Fight Acne While Applying Make-Up

As we all know, acne sucks!  Isn't that the reason for make-up?  To hide our blemished skin and imperfections?

I have an easy and effective tip to keep your skin acne free while applying your foundation.  Spritz some tea tree oil on your make-up applicator before applying the foundation to your skin.

Tea tree oil kills bacteria and fungus so it is cleaning your applicator plus fighting off any bacteria on your skin.  This quick tip is just another fast and simple way to ensure your skin stays fabulous!!

XOXO gorgeous!!

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Friday, November 8, 2013

Cheap Make-up Setting Spray Tip

If you want your make-up to last all night or for a special occasion, I recommend using a make-up setting spray.  The only down side of using setting sprays is that they are pretty pricey.  

When I was a cheerleader in high school I would set my hair with hairspray and after I was done I'd close my eyes and hairspray my face.  My make-up would stay forever!  

All you do is hold the can about 10 inches away from you, close your eyes, and spray.  Keep your eyes closed for a few seconds after you're done so you don't get any extra hairspray in your eye.  VoilĂ  I just save you $30 on something you would have bought at Sephora.

Have a Fabulous Friday loves!!

XO

Make-up stayed all day without me having to touch up!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Get Long, Healthy Hair

I love seeing women with long, healthy hair.  Pictured below is one of my besties and I enjoying a concert and here are some of our tips on having strong, healthy hair.


  • Brush/detangle your hair before you hop in the shower.  This will make it easy to comb out after your shower and you'll spread the oils from the root of your hair all over.
  • Use products without sulfate.  Sulfate damages your hair and removes the color.
  • Use hair clips or hair ribbons to put your hair up.  They wont damage your hair like normal hair ties will. 
  • Eat spinach and kale.  They are full of vitamins that speed up hair growth.
  • Get a trim regularly.  Even though your growing out your hair its important to get a trim to take care of split ends.
  • Before you hop in the shower apply coconut oil all over your hair.  You can leave it for a few minutes to half an hour depending on how much time you have.  The results will leave you with shiny, more manageable hair.  Check out what else you can use coconut oil for with some of my previous posts: Cleanse With Coconut OilCocoa Eyebrows and Facial Recipe, and The Best Way To Clean Your Beauty Blender.





XOXO fabulous!!



Sunday, October 27, 2013

Health Tip: Don't wait until it's too late

It's the time of year for sore throats and sniffles.  Grocery store lines are getting longer and more crowded.  Before you get sick head to the grocery store and stock up on juice, vitamin C, and medicine.  One of the worst things is waiting in line to buy your soup and orange juice when your sick.

Plan in advance and pick up your necessities before you get sick.

XO

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Make-up Tip: Getting Liquid Liner to Stay Put

Ever try directly using liquid liner to do that sexy cat eye or just your eye liner in general?  It can be extremely messy and any time I attempt it, I'll blink and my eyeliner will be in the crease of my eyelid.  

An easy simple trick is to first line your eyes with a pencil eyeliner.  This will be your guide for whatever look you want to do.  Then apply the liquid liner.  The liquid liner stays put and it looks darker.


XOXO fabulous!!

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Monday, October 14, 2013

Stinky Little Miracle

Since my trip overseas this July I have not been able to get my acne under control.  I've been using my clarisonic, expensive cleansers and creams, and have been going to an ethstecian maybe a bit more than I should.  Not only have I been getting hormonal acne once a month, I have been getting painful cystic acne and I can not take it!

Last week was when I remembered that I used manuka oil in college to treat my cystic acne and the results on my skin were phenomenal.  In my town, manuka oil is very hard to come by, so I had to order it from amazon.com.  

Manuka oil comes from the manuka tree which is native to New Zealand.  This oil is anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, and anti-bacterial and has many benefits.  People use manuka oil for cystic acne, athletes foot, fungus, dandruff, eczema, cuts, sunburns, bug bites, and psoriasis.

Manuka oil works so fast on my cystic acne.  It makes my blemishes smaller and less painful.  The worst part about this oil though is the smell.  If you use this during the day BEWARE!  You will not have any friends and if you snuggle up with a significant other at night, they may start spending their sleep time on the couch and away from you.  I personally don't have a huge problem with the smell but all of my friends and family do so I just wanted to warn you now.

This oil is my stinky little miracle.  It makes my pillow case and bed sheets reek and it is kind of pricey for the little amount you get but it clears my skin up and makes it smooth and radiant.  

$19.80 plus S&H
XOXO

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Perfume that actually does something

As you may know from one of my previous articles, Know How to Shop for Perfume and When to Wear It, DKNY Be Delicious is one of my all time favorite perfumes.  It was the first perfume I ever bought so you could imagine my excitement when I heard of their new product.

This innovative perfume is the first of its kind.  Perfume usually tarnishes our sterling silver jewelry or can stain our clothes but this perfume guarantees to hydrate your skin. That's right, now you can get this delicious green apple scented perfume with amazing skin benefits.  Smelling great and staying fresh and hydrated, can't wait!!  I love when a product offers you multiple benefits.  

For more on perfumes you can read the link above on when and where to wear perfume or go to the mall and have some fun!!

Stay fresh and scented fabulous!

xo
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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Time to get your laugh on!

Laughing is so good for your health and a workout for your abs.  Health benefits of laughing include boosting your immune system, overall well-being, and relieving stress.  Laughing also releases endorphins, and thanks to Elle Woods we all know what that does for us.

Call a friend or watch a funny movie to get your laugh on.  Tonight, there is no better way to laugh than to watch "fat amy" on her new show.  It is minutes away from the 9:30 pm premiere and my abs are ready for the workout.  

XO

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Monday, September 30, 2013

Hot for Halloween!

You officially have 31 days until Halloween.  On all Hallows Eve it's your choice to dress scary, cute, funny, silly, or sexy.  Whatever costume you choose, I want you (and me) to look our absolute best.  

With Halloween just around the corner I am making it a goal of mine to drop a few lbs. and tighten and tone my bod.  You are more than welcome to come on this mini journey with me.  I have made a Halloween jar to keep me on track.  

Halloween jar rules:

  • Everytime you workout put $1 in
  • Everyday you eat clean put $1
However much money you end up with is how much you get to spend on your Halloween costume.  If your not into buying a costume go out and buy a work out top!






Some tips to drop a few pounds in the month of October are:

  • cut your alcohol intake
  • incorporate more veggies into your diet
  • eat unprocessed foods
  • get a few extra workouts in

Stay healthy ya'll!!
xo

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Blinged Out Eyeshadow

How convenient for this pigmented, long wearing eye shadow to come out right before Halloween.  This eye shadow made by stila comes in 12 different gorgeous shades.  When swatching all of the colors I couldn't help but think of the endless possibilities with how to wear your make-up for Halloween.  With the first color shown below, you can dress up as Cleopatra or you can be a Mermaid, Fairy, Angel, etc. with all of the other colors.

The eye shadow comes with a liquid primer that magnifies the shine and foil finish.  Using your fingers works best when applying the shadow. 


Available at Sephora $32

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September Favorites!!

Let me tell you... September was full of discovering some new beauty favs.  I hope you enjoy and if you want to know more about a certain product mentioned below just let me know.


I am seriously obsessed with this new foundation from hourglass.  It is amazing if you have oily, acne prone skin and want full coverage.  This is the only foundation I have been using this month. It is a liquid form that dries to a matte finish.  I love this because it doesn't break me out, keeps me from touching up throughout the day, and it has anti-aging ingredients in it that get to sit on my face all day.  My shade is tan.  Immaculate Available at Sephora $55


This primer is moisturizing and fights acne because it is formulated with salicylic acid.  Two purposes in one product.  LOVE.  Smashbox Photo Finish More Than Primer Available at Sephora $42







I pretty much replaced my foundation and concealer brush due to this little sponge.  It's been on the market for a while but up until this month I have been using Dior Airflash foundation and the two don't work very well together.  With a liquid foundation this stuff works great.  You wet it, squeeze it, and then bounce the blender all over your face to apply your foundation.  The tip of the blender gets into any creases you have on your face.  To find out the best way to clean your beauty blender check out my article Best Way to Clean Your Beauty Blender Original Beauty Blender Available at Sephora $19.95


Thank God Sephora's Super nourishing lip balm is back on the market.  This is hands down the best lip balm out there and at a $5 price tag it is one of my all time favorite beauty products ever.  It is back but is still a limited edition so get it while you can.  This lip balm is currently sold out online and they barely have any in the stores so if you find it, buy it.  You won't be sorry!


Honestly, drugstore mascara usually does the trick for me but this mascara caught my attention because it makes your lashes grow.  Its nourishing and moisturizing ingredients increase the length and fullness of your lashes.  I don't wear this mascara alone because I like really thick voluminous looking lashes but this mascara is great for getting any clumps out or good to wear for a natural look.  Urban Decay Lush Lash Mascara Available at Sephora $20.00


Call me old, I don't care.  My exercise of choice this month has been my shape-ups.  I put them on and go for a 2-3 mile walk and it has been so therapeutic to breath in the air and walk around.  I've had these since they first came out and spent $100 bucks on them but they are on sale online.  If you haven't tried these before be careful.  You need to find your balance before you start walking in them but once you do they are great for your posture and really help firm your lower body.  Shape-ups Available at skechers.com $47.99

Friday, September 27, 2013

Flat Ass?!?

Your desk job may be to blame.

If you are someone who sits for a long period of time at work or school, you may notice more cellulite and your nice behind shape getting flatter.  To prevent or correct your flat bottom get up and move every hour.

You don't have to break a sweat every hour during the day but be sure to spend a minute or two walking around, stretching, doing some squats, etc.  If your excuse is that too many people are around, go to the bathroom and get a quick little workout in there.

XO

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Best Way to Clean Your Beauty Blender

Honestly, no matter what makeup remover I tried, I could never completely remove all the make-up from my beauty blender or make-up brushes.  I'm hear to tell you, you don't need all those chemicals in your make-up brushes and beauty blender.  The best thing I have found is right in my own kitchen.

On a plate I mix equal parts coconut oil and dishwasher soap.  If you don't have coconut oil then use olive oil.  The oil breaks up the make-up and the dishwasher soap gets your beauty blender very clean.

Dip your beauty blender or make-up brush in the oil, then in the soap and rub it around against the palm of your hand.  Rinse under water and squeeze out the make-up.  Repeat 2 or 3 times and you shouldn't be able to see any make-up.

I like to wash my beauty blender 1-2 times a week because I use it everyday.  This may seem like a lot but it's a sponge and I don't want bacteria building up.

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

BB Cream, CC Cream, DD Cream: Will It Ever Stop?

BB cream- beauty balm
CC cream- conceal and correct
DD cream- disguise and diminish or dynamic do-all

These are all the different creams out in the market but my bet is that we will be seeing EE creams, FF creams, and so on!

The new DD cream  does everything the BB cream and CC cream does and then some.   It is formulated with even more anti-aging properties making it truly superior than any other cream out there.  





Will you try the DD cream or will you hold of for the next letter in the alphabet?

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Know How to Shop for Perfume and When to Wear It

Shopping for your signature scent is the best but it can get very overwhelming.  To truly find the scent of your dreams you need to take a good 30 minutes to an hour smelling all types of scents.  There are fresh scents, citrus ones, vanilla, musky, etc.  The list goes on and on and there are so many different perfumes out there you are sure to find one or two that you can't live without.

When shopping for a perfume, they will all start to smell alike after the 5th one, so be sure to ask the salesperson at whichever department store you are at for some coffee beans.  Smelling coffee beans will neutralize your nose, so you will be able to smell the scent of the perfume instead of the alcohol.  

When testing out perfumes use the paper strips they give you.  You don't want to walk out smelling like you have 20 different perfumes on.  Pick your favorites and spray those on you instead.  The perfume may smell different on your skin than it did on the paper so it is good to try it out before you buy it.

As for when to wear perfume, I think you should wear it everyday.  Perfume makes me feel sexy or feminine depending on which scent I go with and I feel like us women should always feel our best.  You shouldn't save perfume for a special occasion   Every day is a special day and you should always smell good.

When storing your perfume, never keep it in your car or some place hot.  This will dry out your perfume faster leaving it with that alcohol smell.  

If you want your perfume to last as long as possible do not rub your wrists together after you spray your perfume on.  Just spritz on both of your wrists and let it air dry.  Also, putting perfume on your pulse points, like behind the ears, will give off your scent throughout the day.

What is your signature scent and do you like to create your own scents by combining two or more like I do?

Please share!!

Below are a few of my signature scents, all available at Macy's, that I have been using since I started wearing perfume in high school.  


Juicy Couture
Chance by Chanel
DKNY Be Delicious
















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Monday, September 16, 2013

Need Make-Up Help?

Utilize a pro!  The next time you want to head to the mall or Sephora to purchase some of your beauty must haves, call in advance and make an appointment to get your make-up done.  Estee Lauder, MAC, Sephora, etc. all have a program where if you spend a certain amount of money, you can have your make-up done for free.  

Head over to pinterest, tumblr, or youtube and show the make-up artist what you want them to do.  Make sure you ask questions so you can replicate the look at home.

How much you have to spend to get your make-up done for free?
Sephora- $50
MAC- $40
Estee Lauder- Can't remember how much I had to spend but I purchased an eye pallet and mascara.

I have had ULTA and Clinique do free complete make overs on me but they weren't busy.

Hope this helps!

XO

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New Favorite Store Bought Face Mask

I have tried so many face masks over the years.  Whether it be all natural DIY face masks or store bought ones, this girl hasn't spent some serious dough and trying them all.  My new favorite is by Origins and it is their Clear Improvement Active charcoal mask.  This mask cleans out your pores and is best for all skin types.

This mask is available in two different sizes and costs $16 or $24 depending on which size you get.  That price point to me is amazing considering the amount of money I usually spend on face masks/facials.  

To use it, wash your face, then put a warm towel over your face for 10-20 seconds.  This will open up your pores.  Put the mask on and rinse of when you're ready.  I sometimes put it on for 15 minutes or 45 minutes, depending on how distracted I get.  

I love this mask because I can see the results after I use it and while it is on my skin I can feel it working.  It tightens slightly and has a refreshing tingly feeling on my skin.

If you're looking for a mask try this one!

Available at Macy's, Sephora, and Origins

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Cystic Acne? Maybe Your Food Is To Blame

A study came out when I was in college and I remember my Dad telling me about how a persons diet can cause cystic acne.  He said to try and stop eating dairy products for a while and see how it worked out.  The result was that my skin actually cleared up a lot.  Not only does dairy cause cystic acne but monosodium glutamate, also known as msg, and gluten causes cystic acne.  

If you're experiencing cystic acne I would highly recommend looking into changing up your diet to foods rich with vitamins E and C.  They will clean out your system and give you a nice glowing complexion.

Well what if you start eating healthy and get cystic acne?  You may have my problem.

These past few weeks I have been drinking kale smoothies non-stop.  They're delicious and full of goodness.  Even though I have been noticing an extra glow in my skin I too have been getting cystic acne.  Hello college days!

My cystic acne started when I went overseas started going away until my sudden obsession with kale smoothies.  
I had a facial and before we started I asked what was going on with my skin.  I'm using all natural and high end skin care and tools, I always wash my face before bed, have clean pillow cases, etc. so I didn't get it.  She asked what changed about my diet and when I told her about the smoothies, she said my body was detoxing and all the bad junk in my system was coming out through my pores in the form of cystic acne.  Seriously?!?!?!?! Yuck!

If your cystic acne is due to a recent detox it will go away.  Just make sure to drink plenty of water.  And if you're someone who eats a lot of dairy, gluten, or msg, ease up on these things and see how your skin looks after.

In my eyes you are all gorgeous!! Have an amazing day and I hope those pimples stay off your face.

XOXO beautiful!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Boscia Cleansing Sponge

Have you heard of the Konjac Cleansing Sponge from Boscia?  It is a new pillow soft sponge derived from the Konjac Root.  This little sponge cleanses and exfoliates your skin for a price tag of $18.  

For cleansing and exfoliating my skin I love using my Mia 2 Clarisonic, but at a high price tag it sure was an investment.  If you want something a little easier on the budget yet delivers amazing results for your skin, why not try it.

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Botox and Fillers: How Young Is Too Young?

First off, I want to start off by saying I am not against botox or dermal fillers at all.  I think the ever advancing technology out there for the beauty industry is very interesting and quite amazing. 

That being said, I did not realize how naive I was about dermal fillers and botox.  I mean I know what they are but I had no idea people my age were doing them.  

Just like every other women out there I too want perfect skin and facial features but being only 23, I thought that I was way to young to even consider doing these things now or in the near future.  Whenever my girlfriends, who range from early 20's to mid 30's, tell me they are having consultations or appointments for these procedures, I'm the girl who tries to talk them out of it.  We're in our prime for goodness sake!  But I just get laughed at because I clearly missed the bandwagon on the dermal filler, botox trend.

The age to have these procedures done are getting younger and younger.  I recently spoke with a close family friend, who is a plastic surgeon, and told him how young some of my friends are who want to enhance their face.  He simply said "Well, girls get their breasts enhanced at 18, why not work on your face in your 20's?"  Honestly, he makes a pretty darn good point for the ladies and gentlemen out there who want these procedures done young.  

The benefits of starting these procedures in your 20's and 30's, is that it is not as drastic of a change as opposed to having your first injections at 50 or 60.  Since your 20's and 30's are your prime, you might as well take advantage and look as hot as you can while everything is young and working correctly.

The cons are that these procedures are very pricey and are not permanent.  You have to maintain the look of botox and dermal fillers every 4 months- a year depending on how you want to look.  Also, I feel like dermal fillers and botox can be very addicting and lead to women and men finding more imperfections with themselves.  Thus, leading to more procedures and surgeries in the quest to look your finest. 

One more thing that is kind of off topic but do people not have student loans to pay off or rent to pay anymore?  Where does this extra money come from?  If you have the answer or tips on how to make a bunch of cash, please let this girl know!

At the end of the day, if someone wants surgery to enhance themselves, I say go for it!  

I would love to know your take on this topic though.  How young do you think is to young to start doing botox or filers or when did you start?

Comment below or on my facebook page!

Thanks gorgeous!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Favorites: Au Natural August!

Better late than never, right?

I'll just jump right in and let you know what my hot list consisted of last month.  Enjoy!

Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps 18-in-1 Hemp Peppermint Pure-Castle Soap:  Well that's a mouth full! Yes, that's the name of what the soap is called.  I love the peppermint one.  This soap is all natural and you can use it as regular soap, your cleanser, shampoo and to clean your make-up brushes.  It doesn't strip you skin of its natural oils and I feel so clean after I use this product.  The peppermint smell wakens you up in the morning and has a nice tingling feeling.  Available at health stores and drug stores.


Mia 2 Clarisonic: I have had my clarisonic for years now.  This has been a great tool for me to exfoliate my skin and really get deep down in my pores. Available at Nordstroms, Sephora, and Clarisonic.com


Simplers Botanicals Rose Geranium Therapeutic Hydrosol: This mist is so smoothing and calming.  I spray it in the morning after my toner or in place of it and apply my moisturizer after.  It is 100% pure rose geranium hydrosol and its uses are for itchy, red skin, sensitive skin, sunburns, hot flashes, fatigue, stress, and as a daily face mist.  This is such a great spray to wake you up in the middle of the day or if you've been out in the sun all day.  Available at Whole Foods and on the Simplers Botanicals website.

Pacifica Hawaiian Ruby Guava Body Butter:  I don't even like guava, but I LOVE LOVE LOVE this lotion!  The smell is absolutely fantastic.  I get so many compliments on how tropical and great I smell when I use this lotion.  Not only does this smell good enough to eat but it really hydrates and moisturizes my skin.  One of my all time favorite lotions.  Available at Whole Foods.


Spinning Spinner Pace Indoor Cycling Bike: This bike has been so good to me over the years and in August I was all over it!  When I would get home from work I would either have an intense 20-45 minute ride or just sit there peddling and watching TV.  If I felt like working out or if I felt like being lazy this was my go to exercise for the month of August.  Side note: Cycling while your butt is off your seat helps get rid of cellulite and burns some serious calories!  There are also a ton of cycling DVD's out there if you would like some motivation. Available at Dick's Sporting Goods.


Kale: This picture is hilarious and so true.  Kale is seriously my new BFF.  It's loaded with Vitamins K, A, C, E, and B (in that order) and full of fiber, protein, and calcium.  I have been adding kale to my salads but mostly putting them in my smoothies.  To find out how to make one of my favorite kale smoothies that actually taste good, read my article with the GGLF Tropical Kale Smoothie recipe.

So as you can see I kept it pretty au natural in August.  The beauty products I used are found out in nature and I really focused on my skincare and physical and nutritional health.  

Hope you liked my August favs and I hope you have a wonderful September!!

XOXO

Monday, September 9, 2013

Make-Up Tip: Make Your Lipstick Look Good

I love all types of lipstick colors.  What I don't like is having cracked or dry lips show through my lipstick color.  You can have on the most gorgeous, high end, lipstick but all eyes will be on those chapped lips not on your fab lipstick color.

Before you apply lipstick make sure to exfoliate your lips.  I like to mix together either olive oil or coconut oil with a little bit of salt or sugar, rub it on my lips for a minute with my fingertips, wash off with a warm washcloth, and ba da bing my lips are soft and ready to go.  If you're in a hurry use water and your toothbrush to brush your lips for about 10 seconds, dry them off, and apply lip balm.

If you're in the mood post a picture in the comment below of you rocking your signature lip color!

Thanks fabulous!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

A Kale Smoothie That Actually Tastes Good

Kale is the Queen of Green.  When it comes to dieting or living a healthy life style, kale is the veggie people gravitate towards.  This green cleans out your system and is packed with vitamins A, C, and K, fiber, calcium, and protein.  

I love having smoothies, and I love eating kale, but kale smoothies are something I usually have to force down my throat.  That's just not okay.  Everyone should enjoy their food so I wanted to share with all of you how to make a kale smoothie that actually tastes good.

GGLF Tropical Kale Smoothie
What you need:
  • 1 cup of chopped kale
  • 1 cup of frozen mixed tropical fruits (frozen so your smoothie is cold)
  • 1/2 medium banana
  • 1/2 cup 100% pineapple juice
  • 1/2 cup 100% orange juice
I purchase my mixed tropical fruits at Costco.  It comes in a huge bag and is filled with strawberries, pineapple, mango, and papayas.  

Toss all of these ingredients in the blender and enjoy!  For more protein you can add protein powder.

This smoothie tastes absolutely delicious and is great for you hair, skin, nails, and weight management.



Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Sam Edelman Takes On Jewelry

One of my favorite shoe brand designers is now in fashion jewelry!  I love Sam Edelman's style and am so excited for whats to come.  His edgy line is now available at piperlime.



Bacne Be-Gone

It's hard enough to deal with the acne on our face let alone our backs, which we can't even see that well.  I get a back facial (facial but for your back) every summer which I highly recommend if your bacne prone but here are a few tips to keep that bacne in check:

  1. Don't use body washes with fragrance.  Use mild soaps or body washes that contain salicylic acid. 
  2. Use a brush or loofah for your back.  This will exfoliate your skin and help acne come to the surface but don't scrub to hard or for too long.  Clarissonic makes an electronic brush or you can get a shower brush or loofah at drugstores.  
  3. Always wash or rinse your back after you workout.
  4. If you use really hot water when you shower like I do, make sure you do a quick rinse on the cold setting.  This will close up your pores so they aren't open for bacteria to get in.
  5. Make sure you get all the shampoo and conditioner off your back in the shower.  
  6. Wear a cotton t-shirt at night.  This will protect your back and absorb any moisture you have on your skin.
  7. Put your hair in a braid, ponytail or bun.  Your hair can be what is irritating your skin so get it off your back and out of your face.
  8. Once a week apply a mask on your back.  At the health foods and vitamins store I shop at in Bakersfield, there is a mask that oil field workers swear by.  Think men working all day in the heat with heavy clothing and their pores getting clogged.  It is an Indian Healing Clay you mix with water.  When I use it it works like a charm!
Available at health stores, Whole Foods, and Amazon.com- Prices range from $5-$7

Monday, September 2, 2013

Diana Nyad: Her 53 Hour Swim

At 64 years old Diana Nyad shows all of us that you are never to old to push your body to the limits.  Today she completed the 110 mile swim from Cuba to Florida.  This isn't Nyad's first time attempting to swim this long distance, which shows what determination, perseverance, and a healthy body can do.

If you are struggling with taking your workouts or your body to the next level I hope you think of Diana Nyad for inspiration.

Nyad leaves us with three pieces of advice.  "One is, we should never, ever give up.  Two is, you're never too old to chase your dream.  Three is, it looks like a solitary sport, but it is a team."

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Lazy Just Got Easier

In a serious crunch for time? Need an extra burst of softness through your tresses? Well dry shampoo's counterpart is out there and ready to be used.

Dry shampoo has helped out big time in my life.  If you've hit the snooze button a few too many times or have a last minute date, dry shampoo has been just the thing to take your lifeless greasy hair to clean and voluminous in minutes.  The difference between dry shampoo and dry conditioner is that dry shampoo gets rid of the oils while dry conditioner adds in oils to moisturize.  Just like dry shampoo, it comes in a dry form and there is no water needed.

Dry conditioner isn't just an option if you need a quick fix between washes.  It can be used if you have extremely dry or damaged hair and to combat frizz.  






Saturday, August 31, 2013

GGLF Banana-Cran Smoothie!

Tired of being pissed off and getting cramps during that time of the month?  Here's a delicious treat to help boost your mood and give you glowing radiant skin.

The GGLF Banana-Cran Smoothie has so many health benefits and as an added bonus it's a great meal to have during that time of the month.  Having cranberries during your period is good for the urinary tract, bananas help with cramps and make you happy, and this smoothie helps with your sweet tooth craving.

What you need for two smoothies:

  1. 2 cups soymilk (half the calories of milk)
  2. 1 tablespoon honey (all natural sweetener and anti-bacterial)
  3. 1 ripe banana (great source of potassium)
  4. 2 handfulls of Fresh/Dried/Frozen Cranberries (filled with antioxidants and is an anti-inflammatory)
  5. 2 dashes of cinnamon (helps cure bloating and great for weight loss)
  6. 1 cup of ice
In a blender add all of these ingredients and blend just the way you like it.  If you use dried cranberries like I do, you may want to mix the smoothie up for longer.

If you are drinking alone cut the ingredient amounts in half.

For another delicious smoothie try the GGLF Peach & Blueberry Smoothie.

Hope you enjoy!!



Friday, August 30, 2013

Sky High Lashes Without The Falsies!

I'm such a fan of huge, long, big lashes but a girl can't wear false lashes everyday and the upkeep on lash extensions are too much on my piggy bank.  To get the appearance of extra long lashes I use two or more mascaras at a time.  

The look below was created by Maybelline "The Colossal Volum' Express Mascara" in glam black and Covergirl "LashBlast Clump Crusher Mascara" which are both available at drugstores for under $10 bucks each.  


When doubling up on mascara it is good to have two or more mascaras that do different things.  There are mascaras for volume/thickening, length, anti-clumping, curling, etc.  Pick different ones and go to town.  Some mascaras dry fast so don't wait too long to apply the second or third type of mascara because it can get flaky.

Let me know which pairs you come up with and share your favorites with me and the rest of us!

Thanks gorgeous! XO ;)

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Cleanse With Coconut Oil

How many washes does it take to get all my make-up off when using soap or a cleanser? 
  • Two-three to make sure I got it all off 
How many washes does it take to get all my make-up off with coconut oil? 
  • One!!

When in its liquid form it makes such a great cleanser.  The oil breaks up and dissolves all of my make-up and wipes away completely with a warm washcloth.  After, my skin feels soft and completely clean.  Using coconut oil is beneficial for your skin because of its anti-bacterial properties and moisturizing effect.  

When purchasing coconut oil look at the ingredients and make sure the only ingredient is coconut oil.  Not only can you remove all your make-up and get that nice clean feeling but you can also use it for your hair and to cook with. 



Let me know how much you love this little tip down below or on my facebook page!

XO


Rain or Shine Its Heel Time!

Ever get ready in the morning or at night and your outfit looks phenomenal.  Then you put on those killer heels and it's like your looking at a picture on Pinterest only to have your outfit ruined by the rain?  Well not anymore with this amazing invention.  


When I was in the Philippines I came across these little rain coats for your heels.  You slip them over your shoe and they keep your pumps from getting soaked. 


If you want a pair the brand is called Fashion and I got mine at Market Market in Makati, PI.  

Thanks Philippines!



Monday, August 26, 2013

Trend Alert: Slouchy Pants!

When I was in the Philippines last month I saw women everywhere in slouchy pants.  They were surprising flattering and came in all different prints.  When I asked how long these pants had been in style for, ladies said they had been wearing them for the past couple of years.  I grabbed a few while I was overseas because they were everywhere I went.  Two years later, the trend is finally hitting the states and you too can get your own unique pair.

I spotted slouchy pants this weekend on my shopping trip to Nordstrom but I haven't seen them in that many places yet.  I personally pair mine with a short flowy top or a loose tank and tuck it in.  For a polished yet fashionable look these pants look great with a blazer and heels.

Will you be sporting this trend or do you think it's absolutely awful?

Let me know gorgeous!

XO




Neon Blonde Destroyer Slouchy Pant- $78 available at Urban Outfitters
  
Blu Pepper Slouchy Pants- $48 available at Nordstrom


Rebecca Taylor Slouchy Pants- $275 available at Nordstrom

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Beauty Tip: Hair Growth

Do you want long luscious locks?  Massage your scalp before your shower or at night before going to bed.  This will stimulate your scalp causing cell turnover which leads to hair growth.

For more tips and tricks go to my facebook page Good Girls Looking Fabulous.

XO