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Have Celebrity Confidence

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Find Your Inner Celebrity Confidence:

I constantly come across women and men that are never satisfied with how they look. From weight to the shape of their face, they always feel bad about how they look. I try to remind them that everyone's different and even those celebrities they admire aren't perfect. The truth is, we all deal with our own body confidence issues. I have a few tricks I've picked up from celebrities to help me feel confident even when I might not feel like I look my best.

Dress For You

I don't have to wear the latest trends if they don't work for my body. Dress for your body type and you'll feel far more confident. Be comfortable in your own skin and your beauty will shine through. Demi Lovato isn't ashamed of her curves. Embrace what makes you unique, don't hide it.

Be Grateful

Victoria Justice may seem perfect, but she isn't always happy with her body. Instead of obsessing, she takes a step back and thinks about what is right. She's grateful to be healthy and lets the body issues drift away.

Alter Ego

Okay, so it may sound silly, but embrace your alter ego. Pretend you're someone else when you're not feeling confident with your looks. Even Beyonce embraces her alter ego Sasha when she doesn't feel super confident on stage.

Basically, forget your imperfections and just love yourself. Confidence is sexy!

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Be a Better Person- Starting Today!

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To start the New Year off right, we share on how to kick that blah feeling to the curb! 

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.”

Tip No. 2: Ask Yourself Some Tough Questions

“The first step to becoming your best self requires brutal honesty,” says Kerry Connelly, a certified life coach. “Ask yourself what you’re good at, what your faults are and what are the things that repeatedly come up that hold you back. By becoming aware of your constant frustrations and the ways in which you’re responsible for them, you’ll experience a greater sense of peace and well-being.”

Tip No. 3: Find a Way to Be Compassionate

So much of our negative actions are based in fear, says Jen Hancock, author of several books, including The Humanist Approach to Happiness. Ironically, the antidote to that fear is compassion. “When we view negative people and situations through a compassionate lens, we no longer view people who scare us as giant ogres. They’re frail humans, just like us.” Next time someone cuts you off in traffic or posts something on your Facebook feed that gets under your skin, think a kind thought: “Maybe he was in a rush because of a family emergency,” or “I may not agree with her, but I admire her passion for her cause.”

Tip No. 4: Own Your Own Stuff

That means taking responsibility for both your successes and failures without beating yourself up for it, says life coach Elaine Taylor-Klaus. “Decide that you’re going to stop making excuses to anyone, especially yourself. No more: ‘Sorry I’m late, there was a slow truck and I hit every light.’ Try, instead: ‘Sorry I’m late. I just didn’t allow myself quite enough time to get here.’”

Tip No. 5: Be Thankful for the Good -- and Bad

It’s not always easy to be thankful for rough times, but they help you to become a better person, suggests Colene Elridge, a life coach in Lexington, Ky. “When you’re experiencing something unfavorable in your life, stop and say, ‘What am I learning from this that I didn't know before?’ Use every experience as an opportunity to learn.”

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Face Your Fears and Win!

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 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.

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Give Yourself A Personal Reboot!

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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. 

xoxo  Christina 

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 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.”

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Youth H20 Giveaway!

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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!

Now is your chance to try out this fantastic product! enter simply tweet about our giveaway, and let us know how you take care of yourself from the inside! #beautyfrominside a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Hylunia Wellness Day Spa

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Take a journey to Bali as you relax and discover both inner and outer beauty at the Hylunia Wellness Day Spa in Costa Mesa, CA. The experience is one you'll never forget. Not only does the spa focus on physical treatments, but mental ones as well. Their idea is to relax you before your treatments ever begin by giving you a virtual tour of a beautiful Bali beach. This 15 min meditation experience was unbelievable and put me into a deep state of relaxation even before my treatment! The relaxation room alone is worth the visit for many to strip away stress.

Hylunia seeks to restore you both mentally and physically using a holistic approach. Their treatments utilize Hylunia's own organic and specially formulated products. Each treatment is catered specifically to your own unique needs to give you the best experience possible.  I was able to experience their signature facials, and I was floored with how relaxed and calming the environment was.  Normally, I am so not a facial girl....but this changed my mind.  My skin felt soft and clean, and the therapist pampered me with a foot massage as my face masks sank in.  It was divine. 

From facials and detoxification to yoga and massages, this spa has your total well-being covered. They even offer cooking and weight management programs to help you continue to become a better you. Throughout the entire process, you feel pampered like never before. Not only will you look more radiant, but you'll feel lighter as the stress melts away. That alone is worth everything during our stressed out world. 

At only $50 per visit without a membership, it's well worth giving yourself a spa day at Hylunia. Of course, you're probably going to want a membership and all its perks after you discover just how relaxing and refreshing this day spa truly is! I can honestly say this is one of my favorite new treasures in Orange County.  

Until Sept. 30, 2014, purchase a Hylunia membership at a 20% discount. The cost is normally $50 with no monthly fees or annual dues. You can purchase your Hylunia Spa membership on your first visit to the spa. Use code BLOGGER2014 to get the deal. With your membership, you may schedule any one service you choose for free! (Maximum 75 minutes, up to a $130 value).

More about the spa! 

  • The spa offers Custom Massages, Chakra Balancing Massages, Stress Relief- Fire Therapy, Meditation Therapy, Shirodhara Ritual Massage, Pre-and Post Natal Massages, Couples Massage and Hot Stone Massages.  
  • The yoga classes are created for the whole family, ranging from beginners to expert level classes. Some of their amazing offerings are Restorative Yoga, Couples Candlelight Yoga, Stress Reduction Lunchtime Yoga, Family Yoga, Happy Reggae Fun Flow Yoga, and Dancing Yoga Classes. 
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My favorite Neutrogena Products

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 In honor of National Relaxation Day, I wanted to write a quick post about some tried and true favorites over here at The Makeup Blogger.  Since I was a teen I have been a huge fan of Neutrogena products. It started with my beloved Oil Free Acne Wash, and moved onto their amazing sunscreens. 

Now, as an adult I found new loves in the line and especially adore their body products that give me that added dose of pampering.  I have even gotten Mike hooked on the Rainbath! The scent is uni-sex and very musky, which we both love.  My other love is the classic Body Oil, which is perfection in the summer because it sinks into the skin immediately, and leaves behind a very soft almond scent.  I am already on my third bottle, which is pretty amazing considering how much product I have on hand.  It is the moisturizer I grab on a daily basis. 

Another new permanent addition in our home is the Norwegian Hand Cream, which has saved Mikes hands.  He is a foreman for a concrete company, and he paws take a beating!  This non-greasy cream is very soothing, and does the trick at breaking down his cracked and overly dry man hands.  

Since today is National Relaxation Day, I encourage you to take a moment for yourself. Even if it is only for 5 min. You are important, and should always take a few min out of your day to care for yourself, whether that is by treating yourself to a shower with a soothing body wash, or giving yourself a little hand massage to soothe away the aches of the day.  Here is to you! 

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