5.04.2016

FOTD: My Shy Face



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I haven't shared an FOTD in forever, mainly because I'm still figuring out my own angles. Weird right? The makeup lover isn't sure how to handle her new face? Plus, if I'm being completely honest, I'm not thrilled with how the extra skin is now wrinkling on my face. I don't like doing a lot of airbrushing in photos* so I've been shy about posting. However, I was really happy with how this look came out, so here goes!

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The Face

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Bravon Beauty Luminous Skin Perfecting Foundation in Natural Ivory 
Kat Von D Lock It Concealer in Light 18
It Cosmetics You Sculpted Contour Palette; soft contour and matte radiance (this is new and amazing!)
Urban Decay 8 Hour Highlighter in Aura
Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist


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The Eyes

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Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil in Platinum Blonde
Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Palette 

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L'Oreal Paris Infallible Gel Lacquer Liner, Blackest Black
It Cosmetics Superhero Elastic Stretch Volumizing Mascara


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Lips

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It Cosmetics Blurred Lines Gel Lipstick in Je ne sais quoi

For a shadow palette I thought I would never use, I end up using this palette constantly. If you haven't grabbed it, definitely pick it up! I've also been getting some of the best lashes of my life with the It Cosmetics Superhero Mascara - love it!



*Last weekend, some friends and I were looking at instagram and one very popular beauty personality was so airbrushed my not-in-the-know friends thought she was a Real Doll, not a human. Can we please get away from that beauty aesthetic already? We don't need to look like dolls, we are women!

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5.02.2016

FOUND: The Most Youthful "Blush" Yet

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I'm obsessed with this iridescent, baby-faced shade from Urban Decay. Aura is everything the magazines tell you to avoid when you're over 22, so get ready to rethink the rules. This shade is sheer but pops a really pretty pink glow on the apple of your cheeks.

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8 Hour Highlighter in Aura by Urban Decay, $26. Bracelets by Joseph Nogucci, $12+
It has a touch of iridescence, but it's not glittery or prom-like. It just gives a beautiful pink glow, making your smile come alive when the light catches your face.

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If you are looking for a color to give you a non-surgical lift, Aura is the most youthful blush I've seen. While this is actually an 8 hour highlighter, apply it like a blush for a more youthful appearance. Tap it on to the apple of your cheeks and blend, blend, blend. Skip it on your nose and chin. You don't want "light reflecting" products to compete with each other. Unless, that is, you're looking to recreate something from Falcon Crest.

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This is one of three shades of 8 Hour Highlighters released before the Alice in Wonderland collection (which has amazing lippies, I'm told!). Sin is a beautiful champagne and Fireball is a peachy shade that will deliver a youthful glow (I'm going to grab it today!). Snag Aura for a baby faced glow anywhere UD is sold for $26.00.


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Urban Decay Aura 8 Hour Highlighter
Written by: Gouldylox
Date published: 05/02/2016
4 / 5 stars

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5.01.2016

Lipstick League: How Do You Get Ready For Sandal Season?


Question of the Week: Sandal Season is rapidly approaching in the Western Hemisphere (you may already be wearing sandals as I type this). So let’s hear it: what do you do to get your feet ready for their big spring/summer reveal? I have to get a pro pedicure every few months during sandal season or I'm a hot mess. I'm not good at my nails and I'm twice as bad at polishing my feet. You would think I'd get the hang of it. Nope.

  My Beauty Bunny - Mother's Day is almost here. Do you have your gift list complete? See why you should Treat Mom to the SheaMoisture Peace Rose Oil Complex Collection this year! My 

Newest Addiction - Laura recently tried out a bunch of new stuff from Madam C.J. Walker Beauty Culture and shared her thoughts!

  Nouveau Cheap - Would you try a $1 matte liquid lipstick? When you see these, your answer might just be, “Yes, please!”

  Olive & Ivy - has found the most perfect festival shoes (AND they’re under $30)!

  Phyrra - I have a confession to make! 6 Reasons I Hate Drugstore Makeup.

  Prime Beauty - is giving her skin a big drink of water with the new PUR Minerals HydraFluid Foundation--I swear it has magic water in it!

  we heart this - Have you seen enough photos and swatches of the Urban Decay Alice Through the Looking Glass eye shadow palette and lipsticks yet? Yeah, me neither.

  Beautygeeks - has everything you need to know about the newest, super-groovy, groundbreaking beauty tool, the Dyson Supersonic Hairdryer. Everything!  (GX:I want to get my hands on this so badly!)

  Beauty Junkies Unite - Amber is giving away the Laura Geller Chocolate Truffles Eyeshadow Collection, don't miss it! You can enter daily until 5/9!

  Blushing Noir - Color correcting isn’t so hard after all! There’s a lot out there to familiarize yourself with but Brooke has several faves to share with you!

  Clumps of Mascara - Guess where I am? I’m in New York City for the Makeup Show NYC! I’m thrilled and can’t wait to bring you the deets. In the meantime, here are the list of brands that I’ll be checking out.

  Gouldylox - Is convinced she is the only one who didn't like this subscription box. Did no one else notice you're supposed to get a makeup bag with each box? Thoughts?

  (Wondering what the Lipstick League is? Find out here.)

  My Beauty Bunny is Currently Craving: the Viseart Theory Palette in "Minx". It’s so pretty and both the shimmery and matte earth tone colors look super intense! (GX: I need this too. It's a smaller palette I can afford to try!)


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4.29.2016

What I Ate To Lose 90+ Pounds


Not a doctor or licensed professional in any way. See a doctor before beginning a weight loss plan.

Happy Friday! How was your week? I hope it was a positive one - can you name one choice you made this week that got you closer to your goal? Share it in the comments!


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I officially hit my goal weight this week at Weight Watchers! However, I was saddened to discover that Weight Watchers no longer has much maintenance support. The staff at my center didn't even tell me how to change my point value from losing to maintaining (it's in your basic account settings). It was a let down, for certain. However, it's still pretty awesome being 97 pounds less than I was when I began this journey. I won't let them take my joy. But seriously, boo Weight Watchers.

Now I begin the stage of weight loss that terrifies me the most, and I feel like I'm on my own with the exception of you guys. Maintaining the loss. This is where I always fail. I'm scared, so I'm going back to the basics.

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Which brings me to this week's topic: What Am I Actually Eating? 

So many of you have asked what I eat in a typical day and I haven't shared because I'm super basic. I'm in no way a foodie, I'm a pescatarian who doesn't love cooking and would be happy to eat the same food all of the time. Since I'm an over-sharer, I'll give you a few of my favorites (I was getting 30 points per day and on maintenance, I'm up to 34 per day on maintenance). I'm sure you can craft a better meal plan, but here's a few of my favorites from the fridge.

Breakfast Foods

Yogurt- 2 points
Low fat, sugar-free Activia is a great way to start the day. Plus, it keeps things moving on the inside, if you know what I mean. The plus side is it has 2 points. The downside is that it has artificial gunk and while there are probably better choices, this works for me.



Egg Sandwich- 5 points 
I love a good breakfast sammy. I take 2 slices of Fit & Active 40 Calorie Bread (Aldi) and toast. Spray with butter spray if you're feeling fancy. I cook a half cup of Egg Beaters in a microwave safe bowl for about a minute. I add a 1/4 cup of 2% Mozzarella and season to taste. If I'm going to be running around all day, I'll add a Boca Mushroom patty (2 more points) and a touch of honey mustard. Assemble your sandwich and wait for it to cool. YUM.

Lunch Foods

Strawberry Salad- 6 points 
My favorite is a basic chopped salad with spinach, lettuce, onions, strawberries a teaspoon of chopped almonds, a bit of champagne vinegrette (Girards), an ounce of goat cheese.

Meatball Sandwiches- 7 points 
I am addicted to those meatball sandwiches I mentioned a few weeks ago. I eat these a lot (I think I'll have one for dinner tonight, actually!).

Lean Cuisine Vermont Mac and Cheddar- 8 points 
This is such a cheat and it's not a filling food that does anything for you, but on a rainy day when things aren't going my way, this is my favorite.


Dinner Foods

Fish and Chips - 12 points
We are so basic at dinner, it's embarrassing. We eat late in the evening (my husband is in training as a competitive Olympic weightlifter), often waiting until 8:30pm for dinner. This takes 22 minutes total and only needs one pan. Baked Haddock with Panko (Giant Food, house brand) is a large portion of fish that fills you up. We add some baked fries or tots (15 whole tots is a serving!) from Alexia and call it pub food. 

Gardein (Meatless) Crispy Mandarin Chicken- 7 points 

This quicky pre-made meatless wonder is shockingly delicious. It's the best substitute for orange chicken chinese food  I've found. We split the bag (1.5 servings each), add some bagged vegetables and devour. I find the Gardein line at Target


Spaghetti Nests - 3 points each 

I mix 6 ounces of the lowest point spaghetti I can find with 1 1/2 cup of grated parmesan cheese and 1 1/2 cup low point pasta sauce (I like Nature's Promise Organic). Mix that up and divide into 12 muffin cups. Add a meatball (I like Franklin Farms VeggiBalls) on top and add a dollop of sauce. Bake for 25 minutes at 375. Here is the recipe from Allrecipes.com

Snacks

VitaTop with Peanut Butter - 7 points. I love these. Just warm up a dark chocolate VitaTop and add a tablespoon (use a measuring spoon!) of Crazy Richard's Chunky Peanut Butter. Eat it with a spoon and enjoy every second. 

Bananas - 0 points. I don't generally like 'nanas, but I'm on a banana kick right now and one in the afternoon gets me through the day.

Chickpea Blondies - 5 points. This recipe changes based on the ingredients you used, so be sure to determine the points based on what you use. I'm a big fan of these on Saturday nights while watching a movie with friends. Here is the recipe I use. 


Extra Help!

Brussel Sprouts are my new bread. Cut brussel sprouts in half, drizzle in olive oil and sprinkle with Old Bay seasoning (that seasoning is what Baltimorians put on crabs, corn and everything else). Roast in the oven until slightly crunchy. Or drizzle with oil and add a little brown sugar sometime. Also yummy! I never thought I would say this, but I LOVE BRUSSEL SPROUTS.

Tomatoes and cucumbers save me when I go too far with the peanut butter. I just cut some in half, add a healthy dose of seasoned rice vinegar, let them set for an hour or so and devour. Add feta if you are feeling fancy!

Is this a perfect meal plan? Probably not. Too much salt, too many artificial chemicals and too many processed foods. You know what? I'm just a blogger trying to stay healthier and this is working for me. Sure I can cut some salt, spend more time prepping and cut out the diet soda. But this is what is working for me right now. We can't be perfect. I just want to be happy.

What are your favorite recipes? Share a link below! We all need inspiration, right? Now get out there and kick the week's butt! You got this!

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4.27.2016

LOVE THIS: A Girl's Gotta Spa! Energizing Citrus Salt Scrub

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Have I mentioned lately how much I love exfoliators with oomph? Nothing is worse than when you settle in for a good scrub and the exfoliation stinks. Those little beads that you can barely feel, let alone scrub anything? Hate 'em. It's so disappointing. Why bother? I always feel like companies who make those kind of products didn't even try--like they gave up halfway into development.


Of course, a scrub that combines a toughness with the delicate scent of citrus will win my heart every time. Which brings us to the Energizing Citrus Salt Scrub at hand, a new-to-me scrub from the woman who made "spa" a verb (and made spa testing into an actual job): Shannon from A Girl's Gotta Spa!.

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A Girl's Gotta Spa! Energizing Citrus Salt Scrub is delicious on all levels. It's not too runny or oily, my other scrub pet peeve. Her salt-based scrub isn't going to put a horrific film on your shower, because it's slightly dryer than most scrubs. While it's hard to call a salt scrub fluffy, this one is somehow actually kind of fluffy. And rinsing it off is a glorious experience. My skin was so incredibly soft, even my husband was gobsmacked.

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The blend of Dead Sea Salt, avocado oil and green tea is the perfect combo of exfoliation, antioxidants and oils. Plus, it's mouth-watering and cruelty-free. What's not to love? (Ever floated in the Dead Sea? The water kind of feels like loose jello and it can be hard to get your footing if you float on your front. Keep that in your back pocket for later, will ya?)

Grab this from A Girl's Gotta Spa! for $32.00.

Me in the Dead Sea. Don't float like this. It's trickier than you think, that salt water.


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