I have to take a moment today to honor a very special young lady, who lost her battle to cancer today. Talia Castellano was an inspiration to alot of us, and showed what complete grace and strength she had in the face of her illness.
Her YouTube videos were a complete reflection of her vibrant, funny, and warm personality, as she gave her makeup tutorials and stated that "makeup is my wig".
Although I never got the chance to meet her, I was touched by her and loved her spirit. I am heartbroken at this loss..
I wanted to share the video of Talia, when she was able to meet her hero Ellen Degeneres. I send all my love to her family and friends. She was a special gift.
United States celebrated its 237th year of freedom from Britain last Thursday on July 4, 2013. This celebration can also serve as a reminder for you to wage peace with your bodies. Especially with beach weather looming over your heads, it is body showtime for all of you lovely ladies. Whether it may be bikinis, shorts, mini-skirts, tank top, or cropped shirts, summer clothing is all about revealing the skin. And which girl would not want to look her absolute best this summer?
Although makeup, perfume, clothing, and beauty accessories can be used to accentuate your natural look, celebrating your flaws is the true key to beauty. The difference in body types, body shapes, skin tones, skin types, and hair textures are what sets you apart and makes you gorgeous the way you are. Pledge to accept and love your flaws this summer!
Get fired up with these tips for a confidence-killer summer:
1. Look at yourself in the mirror every morning and night and boldly proclaim how beautiful you are and how you love each of your flaws. Be sure to name all your flaws.
2. Find comfort in knowing that everyone has weak spots where they feel insecure. The idea of bodily flaws arises when you feel that certain parts of yourself are different from other people. Your uniqueness defines you individually and makes you “you” and not someone else. Otherwise, imagine how boring the world would be if everyone was perfect and looked the same.
3. Know that the personality and the persona you portray speak stronger than your outer appearance.
A lipstick can change someone’s look, but can it change a life?It certainly can on April 25, 2013, 9-11pm ET when QVC® and Cosmetic Executive Women Present Beauty with Benefits, a Multimedia Event in support of Cancer and Careers. Go to http://www.qvc.com/BeautyWithBenefits.content.html to find out more!
Do something beautiful when you shop Beauty with Benefits, featuring some of the leading names in color cosmetics, fragrance, skin, body, and hair care, all with a special gift with every purchase.
To celebrate Earth Month 2013, Origins is debuting four limited edition products that provide the essential skincare prep needed for a fresh outlook. In partnership with American Forests’ Global ReLeaf; an education and action program that helps individuals, agencies and corporations improve the local and global environment by planting and caring for trees, Origins will plant a tree for each limited edition product purchased from April 21-28, 2013.
Some of my favorite Origins products:
GinZing – the latest addition to the collection is the Energy-boosting moisturizer which revitalizes lackluster skin and jumpstart hydration levels
Clear Improvement – unclog pores with this cult favorite mask, containing activated charcoal to clear skin.
Formerly known as “Sprout,” SW is a Brooklyn-based cosmetics brand making bath and beauty products you might actually eat by mistake (and um, love, either way). From a ...Origins Ginzing Natural Deodorant from Origins...
Please join the upcoming #LGFBWeek Twitter Chat on Wednesday, April 24 th, featuring celebrity makeup artist Tim Quinn, celebrity hair stylist Oribe, and doctors from NYU and Memorial Sloan Kettering. Encourage your friends to join in and ask questions about beauty, skincare, hair care, and to share their own tips on how to look and feel healthy and confident!
In the wake of yesterday, I was hard pressed to find the motivation to write or wax poetic about makeup. Yet, I wanted to find something that I could share and to keep the blog from screeching to a halt. When I saw this stunning documentary being passed around facebook, I knew that I had found something amazing to pass along. It lifted my heart, when I couldn't find the words for much else.
For me, I wanted to emphasize how much I believe that their is beauty in everyone. Even in the face of such monstrous acts as yesterday in Boston, I still believe that there is good. I watched all the brave men and women who rushed in to save and help those in need, without thinking of their own safety. I watched people instantly loving and caring for one another. That is beauty.
Sadly, we sometimes forget to see the beauty in ourselves. I am guilty of this too. We pick apart our flaws, and forget to notice our own smiles or inner radiance. We need to start to slowly find the compassion to love ourselves for who we are inside, and not judge ourselves for the little imperfections that everyone else doesn't even notice.
You are beautiful. You are strong. xoxo
Dove Real Beauty Sketches"Women are their own worst beauty critics. Only 4% of women around the world consider themselves beautiful. At Dove, we are committed to creating a world beauty is a source of confidence, not anxiety. So, we decided to conduct a compelling social experiment that explores how women view their own beauty in contrast to what others see"
I am constantly amazed at how many people are are suffering from an allergy or sensitivity to Gluten. I, myself, have always had a love/hate relationship with wheat. I adore anything with a carb in it, but my body has always tended to swell up everytime I eat a sandwich. I am currently trying to reduce my intake of Gluten, and so far have seen a difference in my belly bloat. So, when I got the sample of the Gluten Free Lipsticks from Red Apple Cosmetics, I was eager to try it out. I get asked all the time by my clients (some of whom have Celiac Disease) if they know of any natural, and gluten free cosmetics. Well, now I can happily give them a recommendation!