In recent years, as my kids get older, I have rediscovered myself and how looking good helps me feel good. Therefore, I'm a better mommy! I'll tell you some great hair/makeup and fashion tips I've learned along the way... My friend, amazing makeup artist, and teacher, Deanna Bell, will also be contributing! Her secrets are endless, affordable, and amazingly genius!

5 Solutions for Great Skin

November 8, 2011

Almost everyone would like to improve the way that their skin looks. In this blog, I am going to focus on some skin solutions to try in the comfort of your own home – some in pajamas! Before you spend money on expensive products, here are 5 things you can do right now to get started:

1 – Go to sleep!  A restful night of sleep can do wonders for your skin. Skin is able to take the time to repair itself as you rest, because there are less environmental factors to battle. No extra minutes in your day? Make the most of the time you do have by sleeping in a cool, dark room, and take advantage of white noise and sleeping masks.

2 – Get moving! Cardiovascular exercise builds capillaries which feed the skin and allow it to look more youthful and radiant. Anything that gets you moving and gets your heart rate up will help; even a brisk walk.

3 – Don’t forget the fats! It’s true. This is a case of moisturizing from within. You can put tons of expensive creams and lotions on your skin, but the more Omega 3 fatty acids you put into your body, the healthier your skin will look. Avocados, eggs, salmon, tuna and olive oils are all great sources of Omega 3s, and will help increase skin luminosity.

4 – Do the laundry! Not to give you extra housework, but clean linens help keep skin clear and bright. Use laundry detergents that are free from irritants, and if you have trouble with frequent breakouts, change your pillowcases, towels, and washcloths as often as you can.

5 – Water! Everybody knows that drinking lots of water is great for the skin but many people don’t know that the temperature of the water you use to wash your skin is also very important. Using water that is too hot can rupture capillaries and cause redness. Try washing your face with cooler water, and you will see a difference instantly.

I hope these tips help you all to look radiant without any makeup at all!  Please share your skincare stories with me, and submit questions for a future blog by emailing me at deanna@kateplusmy8.com

Thanks so much for reading!

The 5 Minute Face

September 27, 2011

As our to-do lists get longer, the time we spend on ourselves seems to decrease exponentially. That said, we all know how much better we feel when we look at least slightly presentable!

Like most of you, I have a sort of “uniform” of clothing that I wear. It consists of a pair of nice jeans, a dressy casual top, and a few pieces of jewelry that I keep by the door. Isn’t it amazing how a necklace or pair of earrings makes it look like you tried harder in the morning? Well, the same goes for makeup!

I’m happy to be sharing with all of you some tricks for when there isn’t a lot of time for primping. In this recipe for success, you will need the following ingredients:

5 Essentials for the 5 Minute Face:

Lightweight Foundation
Eye Pencil
Lip Stain

Now, let’s set the timer and get started:

1. Apply a dime sized amount of a lightweight foundation with your fingers, paying special attention to the areas around your nose and under your eyes. Extra points if your product has SPF! A great product to try is Make Up For Ever HD Foundation http://sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P217905&categoryId=B70 orMaybelline Fit Me! Foundation. http://www.drugstore.com:80/maybelline-fit-me-liquid-spf-18-foundation-medium-beige-245/qxp339077?catid=183551&fromsrch=Maybelline+foundation

2. Line your lash line with an eye pencil and use your ring finger to smudge the line. A rich brown is flattering on everyone. Time saving trick: Use a pencil similar to your hair color so you can quickly fill in your eyebrows. Two to try: Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes in Pearly Brown http://sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P35082&categoryId=C13402 or Styli-Style Line Seal in Brown Quartz. http://www.buy.com/prod/styli-style-line-seal-24-twist-for-eyes-178-brown-quartz/216007021.html

3. Apply mascara. My opinion? Black mascara for everyone. My absolute favorites are Loreal Voluminous in Carbon Black  http://www.drugstore.com:80/loreal-voluminous-mascara-for-lashes-carbon-black-335/qxp179656?catid=183541&fromsrch=Loreal+voluminous and Maybelline Define-A-Lash in Very Black. http://www.drugstore.com:80/maybelline-define-a-lash-mascara-very-black-601/qxp167031?catid=183541&fromsrch=Maybelline+lash+stylist

4. Put on a little blush or bronzer! Kate and I both love NARS Orgasm Blush and Laguna Bronzer. If you are going to splurge on one thing, this is it! http://www.narscosmetics.com/color/cheeks/blush–bronzer-duo/orgasm-laguna

5. Lip stain! Lip stains are easy, no mess, and you can wear your favorite sheer lip balm on top. I recommend the universally flattering and budget friendly Cover Girl Outlast Lip Stain in Nude Kiss. http://www.drugstore.com:80/covergirl-outlast-lipstain-lip-color-plum-pout-425/qxp208387?catid=155310&fromsrch=Cover+girl+lip+stain

Throw these products into a tiny makeup bag with a mirror and keep them in a place where you can steal a bit of time — in the kitchen while the kids are eating cereal or in the TV room during the favorite cartoon — just NOT in the car!

I hope this helps to save you time and look great! Please share your tips and photos of your 5 Minute Faces through Twitter, and send in your beauty questions by emailing me here: deanna@kateplusmy8.com

Thanks for reading,