In his first inaugural address to the nation, Franklin D. Roosevelt famously said, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” Nothing against the venerable 32nd president, but there’s nothing “only” about fear -- not when you’re about to go into a job interview, leave an unhealthy relationship or do anything that seems daunting or impossible. The questions are: Where do your unhealthy fears come from? And how can you find the courage to face your fears?
“The fears that hold us back are our ‘shadow fears,’ ” says Amy Stone, a certified “courage coach.” She explains that these fears are born of negative lessons usually learned in early childhood (often unintentionally taught by parents) and that persist as we grow older. The beliefs are common -- I’m not good enough, smart enough, capable enough -- yet we’re so unconscious of them we don’t even see how they affect us. But the shadows they cast are long, causing us to avoid intimacy or socializing, or a new move, or asking for a raise.
“These fears make us feel small and frustrated, like we’re not living the life we are meant to live,” says Stone. “This leads to frustration -- which only perpetuates the negative patterns, behaviors and beliefs that keep us in the background of our lives.”
On how to overcome fear and to conquer “shadow fears,” Stone recommends a three-step process:
Identify the fear. For instance, if you’re hesitant to go after a new job, it’s probably not the work itself that frightens you. Think about what’s really behind your worries. Are you afraid that a new boss might judge you harshly? Or are you uneasy about the thought of leaving your familiar workplace?
Ask yourself where the fear comes from. Some fears are instinctive -- we’re cautious around fire to avoid getting burned -- but many others are taught. If you were labeled as “awkward” or “shy” as a child, you may have trouble believing that you could be confident enough to give a presentation at work.
I absolutely hate frizz and fly-aways, but many products leave my hair feeling heavy or even greasy. Moroccanoil's Smooth line takes care of what I hate most about my hair and leaves it feeling light, smooth and beautiful. Not to mention, it smells absolutely incredible. Who knew four products could give me hair I'd actually be proud of? It all starts with the Moroccanoil Smooth Shampoo and Smooth Conditioner.
All the products contain the proprietary AminoRenew ingredient to help restore essential amino acids to your hair to make it stronger. Plus, the line is infused with argan butter and argan oil for smoother, healthier and more manageable hair. When you use both the shampoo and conditioner, the results can last up to 72 hours.
If your hair's really frizzy, start with the Smoothing Mask. It adds in coconut-derived fatty acids for even deeper hydration. To help with styling and frizzies from blow drying, try the Smoothing Lotion. It also contains Vitamin E. Even though it offers a medium hold, hair stays light-weight and frizz free. Starting at just $28 for the shampoo and conditioner, it's an affordable way to finally get manageable hair, even on the most humid days. If you're like me and hate constantly trying smooth away frizz, try a line that finally smooths without weighing your hair down.
Lately, I have been feeling such a shift in how we all are feeling. Too much stress, not enough care for ourselves. Makeup can be fun, but at heart it is what is going on inside us that counts. As I have always said, no amount of makeup can mask a sad heart. The times in my life that I have felt the most beautiful have always had to do with how much I am laughing...not how much makeup I had on. So, in the spirit of this, I will be starting to share more stories and tips on the blog of how we can create beauty...starting from the inside! Because being beautiful is not just about makeup. It is so much more.
by Lambeth Hochwald for Life & Beauty Weekly
If you’ve been feeling a little crabby lately -- maybe you feel more stressed or extra burdened than ever -- it is possible to give yourself a personal reboot and be the kind of person others admire.
Our experts offer seven ways to increase your generosity, patience and tolerance -- starting today.
Tip No. 1: Fill Your Personal “Pitcher”
Before you can be bighearted towards others, you have to do what certified health and wellness coach and registered dietician Adrienne Raimo calls “filling your pitcher” first. “This means taking care of yourself and your body,” says Raimo. “To be the best you can be, do your best to eat well, exercise and reduce stress. Otherwise, you’ll feel depleted.”
When it comes to finding the right concealer, it sometimes feels like a guessing game. Which shade should you choose? Which brand covers best? I've discovered two concealers from Judith August that not only cover well, but they're incredibly easy to use. The Everything Pencil and Orange Masking Creme will make you rethink concealers.
First off is my absolute favorite – Judith August's The Everything Pencil. What makes it so special? It's actually an pencil, which makes applying it just where you need it easier than ever. Forget about having a different concealer for every type of blemish. This one really does cover it all for both face and body. It contains both aloe vera and Vitamin E and glides on with ease. From age spots to spider veins, it's the true everything concealer. With six shades to choose from, it's easy to cover every flaw quickly and easily.
Next up is the Orange Masking Creme. No, it's not a brilliant orange crème. Instead, it's a three part orange based concealer with pink, yellow and peach undertones. The moisturizing formula is designed to make dark circles disappear. Plus, you can mix and match the three part concealer for match most any skin tone and even use it as a foundation.
If you're ready to cover up, these professional concealers should be your first stop. Not only do they cover, but they help moisturize and heal too. What more could you ask for?
I am a strong believer that you have to take care of yourself first and put your health as a priority if you want to achieve a beautiful glow. No amount of makeup can mask unhealthy skin!
I first discovered Youth H20 while doing makeup on the set of their infomercial, and instantly fell in love with the brand and the philosophy behind the product. They believe that the most important part of your beauty routine should come from natural ingredients that help you maximize your health and your life! For me, it has become a daily necessity. For the past month I have relied on my daily Youth H20 shot, and have seen a tremendous difference in my energy, my sleep, and my appetite. I was so excited about this product that I signed my father and mother up for the monthly delivery service, and my mother has already reported that she is sleeping better throughout the night!
As a makeup artist, I also rely on YouthH20 for my clients. I suggest that they take a shot of this magic juice the night before a big event to ensure that they are refreshed and look glowing the next morning!
The little daily shot of Youth H2O contains a proprietary blend of powerful super foods and nutrients formulated through advanced science and innovation to stimulate, replenish, and reactivate youthful elements and nutrients in your body.
- YouthH2O fights against the signs of aging, while giving you CAFFEINE FREE energy.
- YouthH2O also gives you immunity support everywhere you go!
- YouthH2O adapts to your body’s needs supporting Beauty, Performance and Wellness!
This is one of my favorite smoothie mixes that I watched them make with youthH2O; it is delicious, and energizing. Ingredients: – 1 cup Blueberries – 2 cups Baby Spinach – 1 Fat Free Blueberry Yogurt (4-6oz) – 1/4 Cup Water – 2oz of youthH2O. Blend and enjoy!
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I never start summer without a bottle of aloe vera around to handle any random sunburns. As it turns out, aloe isn't just for the summer months. Key West Aloe makes this amazing natural ingredient a year round must have. Their line of aloe infused skin care products are designed to make your skin look smoother, younger and healthier. Even though I have very dry skin I must admit that I hate applying moisturizer during the heat…this line solves my dilemma! Not only does it feel cooling on the skin, but it sinks in immediately and doesn’t leave a sticky, heavy film on the skin. Another benefit is that it works wonderfully for both men and women. The packaging is clean, unisex and sleek. I have found Mike grabbing for these products more than once!
The line targets everything from dryness to anti-aging. It all starts with aloe vera which already contains magnesium, zinc, calcium and amino acids. It also has hundreds of micro-nutrients and vitamins A, C and E. I couldn't believe how good aloe really is for your skin. Combine this with Key West Aloe's skin loving formulas for the skin you've only dreamed about.
I personally love the Environmental Defense Cream With SPF 15 for everyday moisture. From facial scrubs to night time recovery serums, this line has your face completely covered. With varying percentages of aloe in each formula, you skin gets exactly what it needs to maintain a healthy pH, fight the signs of aging and stay moisturized no matter what season it is.
Try just one product in their line and you'll be hooked. Trust me, you'll never see aloe the same way again. It's definitely become my new best friend.
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