Are Those Your Real Lashes?
I’m asked this question all the time and the answer is yes and no. They are lash extensions that are individually attached to my real lashes. These aren’t the Ardell lash strips you wear for a day or two and remove- these are individual lashes that are applied to each of my natural lashes, one by one, by a very skilled and licensed lash artist. I really like them because they look very natural and have simplified my beauty routine tremendously.
Lash extensions are also a great way to enhance your appearance (who doesn’t want to wake up looking fabulous everyday??) and cut down on time spent on make-up application. However, you may need to make some changes to your daily routine if you decide to go this route. For example, if you like hot yoga or going to the sauna – that’s out. If you wear water-proof eye shadow or liner you’ll need to switch to a regular formula as you can’t use oil-based make-up removers with extensions. This article goes over more of the pros and cons so you can decide if lash extensions are right for you: http://www.instyle.com/bea…/eyelash-extensions-pros-and-cons
It’s also worth noting that lash extensions are only as good as the salon/lash artist that applies them. I learned this lesson the hard way. I had my initial set applied at Eye Salons last summer and loved them! Towards the end of the year, I switched salons out of convenience. I quickly realized the quality of the lashes and the overall experience at the “other” salon wasn’t the same and had the extensions removed shortly thereafter due to an allergic reaction to the glue that was used at the “other” salon.
I have my lashes applied at Eye Salons and I can’t say enough about the quality of service I receive and the professionalism of their staff. As with any luxury purchase, the experience should be first class; Eye Salons always delivers. Below are photos of my lashes with and without extensions. If you’re interested in giving lash extensions a try, you can receive 10% off your visit if you tell them I sent you. Please note that I am in their system as Anita Barber, not Live Fit Fashionista 😉
My Summer Sun Essentials
I love summer and spending time by the pool…in the shade, lol! I do actually get in the water and lay out later in the afternoon when the sun’s burning rays aren’t quite as strong. However, I have very fair skin and burn easily, so I have to be vigilant when it comes to sun protection. I wear sunscreen on my face daily but if I’m going to be spending extended periods of time outside, I never leave the house without my sunscreen (face & body), sunglasses (to protect my eyes and the delicate skin around them) and hat (to protect my scalp and hair color).
If I plan on swimming, I make sure to coat my hair with a leave-in conditioner to help protect it from the chlorine. Plus, I recently learned that adding a bit of baking soda to your shampoo is a great, and inexpensive way, to gently remove chlorine and styling products from your strands.
I don’t necessarily have favorite products when it comes to sunscreen other than the one I use on my face. Neutrogena’s Age Shield Face Lotion with SPF 70 works really well for me and doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin – plus, it’s waterproof. The higher the SPF the better, especially if you use products that contain AHA’s (alpha hydroxy acid) or salicylic acid. Both products will make your skin extremely sensitive to the sun and a SPF of 50 or more should be used, and re-applied regularly, if you plan on being outside.
For body, I use a waterproof sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher and prefer the convenience of a spray. However, if you use sunless tanner like I do, you’ll want to switch to an oil-free lotion because spray sunscreen contains alcohol and most lotion formulas contain oil – both will cause the tanner to fade quickly and/or come off in blotches. Neutrogena has an oil-free line that’s inexpensive and works great. Shop my affiliate link here: Neutrogena Oil-Free Sunscreen
Product Review: GlamGlow FLASHMUD Brightening Treatment
I started getting medical grade facial peels last year and I love the results. However, I’m not a huge fan of the expense and down time. Right now I’m extremely busy with events and such so I simply don’t have time to “hide out” for a week while my face recovers. So I began researching some “at home” treatments that promised to deliver similar results and this one kept showing up as a top pick. At $59 I decided to give it a try.
GlamGlow FLASHMUD Brightening Treatment promises to deliver quick results for:
•dark spots and uneven skin tone
•dullness and uneven texture
The directions state to use three days in a row then 2-3x per week to maintain results.
I used as directed for three days beginning on June 12th and I’ve used it twice since. I have to say that so far I’m pleased with the results. I saw immediate changes after the first use as far as dullness and uneven texture were concerned. I can also tell that the dark spots are fading and see an improvement in uneven skin tone. However, at this point (2 weeks in) the results aren’t quite what I see after a chemical peel but the product seems to be doing the trick – it’s just going to take a little patience on my part.
At a recent event I received several compliments on how pretty my skin was and when I made it to hair and make-up that afternoon, the make-up artist said my face looked great (I was wearing Bare Minerals powder, blush and highlighter that I had applied early that morning) and she only added a bit of eye shadow and changed my lip color. That’s it!
Overall, I’m quite pleased with the results and would recommend this product. Below are before and after photos. All photos were taken in the same spot, same lighting and wearing no make-up, except for some remnants of eye shadow that managed to hang on in the first pic. (I use an eye shadow that contains semi-permanent pigment and can take a little extra effort to remove). The GlamGlow FLASHMUD Brightening Treatment contains several different plant and flower extracts; that’s what the little green specs are that you see in the application photos. If you’re interested in trying GlamGlow FLASHMUD Brightening Treatment for yourself, I’ve also included my affiliate link.
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Day #1 – I forgot to take a photo of both sides of my face and once I realized I was already two days in. For reference, this is the right side.
Turn Up The Volume
I went to have my color touched up today and my hairstylist used a product to style my hair that prompted me to write this post. I have extremely fine, naturally wavy hair and the summer heat and humidity really makes styling it, and keeping it styled, a challenge. Usually the less products I use the better off I am but I still end up using at least 2-3 products when I straighten it; a heat protectant, a styling aid such as a smoothing cream or serum and I finish with a bit of hairspray. The only time I see volume in my hair is when I go outside in the humidity and it starts to come undone, haha!
Before drying my hair she sprayed it with Aveda Pure Abundance Style Prep. That’s it. The company’s claim: Nature’s boost for fine hair. This pre-style treatment infuses hair with all-day weightless volume that feels naturally yours. Aveda’s own pure-fume™ aroma with jasmine, certified organic peppermint, palmarosa, ylang ylang and other pure flower and plant essences.
Not only does this stuff do what it says but it smells AMAZING (as do all their products). After styling my hair, she lightly spritzed it again and that’s it – no other products in my hair. After standing outside on a parking deck in the heat & humidity (with a slight breeze) for about 45 minutes this afternoon during a quick photo shoot, going about my regular daily activities and a nap – 9 hours later and it still looks great!
It’s priced at $24 for a 3.4oz bottle but a little goes a long way. If you order online, you can get 15% off your entire order just for signing up for their email – and shipping is FREE! Plus, right now you’ll also get a FREE travel size Smooth Infusion Style Prep Smoother ($9 value) with your order! Aveda products are worth the splurge and because a little goes a long way with these products you get your money’s worth. Below are links to all the products used on my hair today.
Looking For The Perfect Summer Fragrance?
While waiting in line at Victoria’s Secret recently, I decided to sample their fragrance mists since they just happened to be displayed right beside the check-out line 🙃. I’ve worn their Heavenly Fragrance Mist for years and was looking for something a bit more “summery” for the warmer months. Just so happens, their limited edition Bombshell Summer line with notes of grapefruit, black currant and lily of the valley, was exactly what I was looking for! If you don’t care for heavy perfume and like something light & fresh this is it 👇🏻👇🏻 Right now the fragrance mist, body lotion and powder oil are 2/$30 (reg. price $25 ea). 🛍 my affiliate link here>http://shopstyle.it/l/J8sH
The Eyes Have It
I get asked frequently where I have my brows and lashes done. My lash extensions are the work of my amazing lash artist, Claudia, at EyeSalons in Greensboro. When it comes to my brows, I do them myself 😉
Aside from an occasional touch up by my hairdresser, I do the waxing, tweezing, and trimming at home. Waxing your own brows takes some practice and I don’t recommend unless you have a steady hand. I also don’t recommend waxing your brows, or anything else for that matter, when you’ve been drinking wine… just trust me on that one.
If you don’t care to do the upkeep on your own, brow waxing services are relatively inexpensive and can be maintained for weeks with a little tweezing (which I like to do on a sunny day in my car – natural light shows everything!)
As for filling them in, I use Bobbi Brown eyeshadow in Blonde. Bobbi Brown also has brow kits which come with a mini set of tweezers and an awesome short handled, stiff brow brush but I don’t use both colors so I find it more cost effective to go with the shadow. However, it’s worth purchasing once just to get the tweezers and the brush 😉 Their products are a little pricy but last and work great.
Finally, use a spoolie to brush your brows into shape and blend the powder. Voila! I’ve included links for all products below. It’s rare to find Bobbi Brown on sale but I did manage to find free shipping and returns with purchase. I’ve also included links to dual ended brow brushes at two different price points.