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It’s National Lipstick Day

Posted on: July 27th, 2015 by Leah No Comments

July 29 is National Lipstick Day!   This makeup bag staple is a must-have for every girl’s beauty collection and has been for hundreds of years.  So pucker up and put on your favorite shade to honor the day.  Whether your go-to shade is subtle or dramatic, the fact that lipstick is available in almost every hue is reason enough to celebrate.

 

Giambattista Valli Designer Lipstick

Giambattista Valli Designer Lipstick for MAC

Code Red

A red lip can make you look effortlessly glamorous regardless of your attire.  From risqué to romantic, there is a full spectrum of red lipstick shades for every skin tone.  The trick is to find the perfect shade of crimson to flatter your complexion.

If you have a fair complexion go for a cherry or cranberry color, for warm complexions try an orange-red to bring out your golden undertones, and for dark complexions try tangerine or raspberry.  Regardless of your perfect red hue, anyone can rock red lips.  So put on some red lipstick to make you feel extra fabulous.

Be Adventurous with Bold Hues

Today’s lipsticks come in every shade of the rainbow.  If you’ve worn the same color for years without much variation, it may be time to try something new.  Wearing a bold lip color can make your outfit.  Be bold and opt for a new attention-grabbing hue such as orange, coral, hot pink or even purple.

My favorite way to try new colors are through buying a few less expensive brands from CVS or Walgreens to see how I like the color on me.  I typically opt for glosses as they are easy to wear and you can always add more or less to achieve the desired color.  Once I’ve decided this color is absolutely for me, I will try to find something similar in a more expensive variety with longer wear and a better application.

Wear Designer Hues

On July 9th, Giambattista Valli launched a new collection of lipsticks for MAC. The Paris-based “it” designer is celebrating 10 years of his fashion brand and a decade partnering with MAC on his runway shows.  In honor of this anniversary, Valli has created five vibrant matte lipsticks and a clear gloss that can be combined to create 10 different combinations. Also, for the first time MAC has color-matched the packaging to the lipstick to make it easier for you to find the color your looking for in your purse or makeup bag.

Transform your personal style by experimenting with a new shade of lipstick.  After all, lipstick is like the icing on the cake, without it you’ll just look like a plain round half-done doughy slab and who likes that?

 

Beauty is Pain

Posted on: July 17th, 2015 by Leah No Comments

The majority of fashionistas will admit that at some point they’ve hurt themselves in the name of beauty. Some of the most common include shaving cuts, teeth whitening mishaps, curling iron burns, and foot injuries from inappropriate shoes. But regardless of all these painful side affects of looking good, most of us haven’t altered our behavior. We haven’t stopped shaving or whitening our teeth or curling our hair or wearing high heels. Oh the lengths we’ll go for beautifying ourselves. Below are a few of the silly things we ladies do for beauty.

Plucking, Waxing and Laser Hair Removal

Removing unwanted hair is downright unpleasant. It’s not far off from the scene in 40 Year Old Virgin where Steve Carell gets his chest waxed. Short of yelling profanities at our beauticians, I know plenty of woman that have had to pop a Xanax, slather on some numbing cream and/or have a drink or two before a Brazilian appointment.

Spanx

I’ve figured out where Spanx get their name. Have you actually listened to the sound spanx make as you slide them up over your thighs and around your hips? It’s like a suction cup. If you accidentally let go it will snap against your skin like you’ve just been spanked. The last time I wore a pair I was sweating by the time I got them on and my husband came in wondering what all the grunting was about. The site of me in spanx was probably less appealing than what he thought was happening in the bedroom before opening the door.

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Too tight clothing

Last month a woman was hospitalized after wearing skinny jeans while helping a friend move. After spending hours squatting, her feet and legs became numb. And it turns out this isn’t a new thing. Skinny jean wearing has been causing women to develop meralgia paresthetica also known as the “tingling thigh syndrome”. Although I love my skinny jeans as much as the next girl, I would never wear them for rigorous activities such as moving, that’s what stretchy yoga pants are for. Apparently skinny jeans need to come with a disclaimer: “Only to be worn while standing, could cause nerve damage if worn while squatting or sitting for long periods of time.”

High Heels

Have you ever put on a pair of shoes that look amazing and felt fine in the store but cause pain if worn for more than 5 minutes? I literally have shoes in my closet that can only be worn while sitting but I keep them because they look so fabulous! Seriously. To ensure you don’t end up with more shoes in your closet that can’t be worn for walking, you need to do the heel test. While wearing heels in the store, stand straight and try to raise yourself on your toes so there’s at least an inch of space under your heel. If you can’t lift your heel than the heel height is too high and will likely cause you injury before you ever get a chance to walk in them. An orthopedic boot does not a fashion statement make.

Too Heavy Handbags

When I first started seeing a trainer, she did my measurements and noticed that my left bicep was larger than my right. We figured out it was caused by always carrying my handbag on my left arm therefore giving my left bicep an extra workout. Too heavy handbags can also cause back, neck, and shoulder pain and headaches. Now I don’t think this calls for wearing a backpack or pulling a bag on wheels, I happen to like my strong left bicep. But it does mean that you should clean out your handbag and get rid of the extra items you don’t need to carry around on a daily basis. I would also recommend opting for a small clutch for nights out. Give your bicep a break while also giving your outfit a punch.

Ultimately, the best way to look good is to feel comfortable in what you’re wearing. And doing it without suffering in the name of beauty and fashion is even better.

 

 

Florida Keys Footwear

Posted on: July 17th, 2015 by Leah No Comments

For Conchs, flip flops are likely the most basic and yet most popular item in your closet. These comfortable and durable sandals are a staple in the Florida Keys and yet Jimmy Buffett has been warning us about the perils of wearing flip flops for some time.  He sang about blowing out his flip flop in his infamous song “Margaritaville”.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, of the 198,437 emergency room visits due to shoe-related injuries, (yes, shoe-related injuries!) 25,300 were associated with flip flops in 2014. And worse yet, podiatrists point the finger at flip flops for causing bacteria and viral infections, bad posture, bunion exacerbation and formation, athlete’s foot and lack of arch support.

Before you go throw out all 50 pairs of flip flops in your closet, here are a few things to consider before wearing your favorite Florida Keys footwear.

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Wear in Moderation

Just like red wine and chocolate, in moderation, flip flops are just fine. Podiatrists hate stillettos too so now you might as well break all the rules and wear a little of both.   Let out your inner fashionista with some fun for your feet. Instead of donning your regular black flip flops try a cute pair of ballet flats or a great pair of colorful heels. You may be surprised by the response and your feet will look fabulous.

Consider the Time of Day

Wearing flip flops at night can be disastrous. I once had the unfortunate experience of accidentally stepping on a scorpion at night while wearing flip flops. As I stepped on him, his tale whipped up and stung me in the toe. My foot throbbed for days. So when going out at night, consider something that will provide a bit more coverage from stings, bites, rough terrain, broken glass, and other debris.

Flip Flops Do Not Last Forever

“Broken in” isn’t a good thing. If you’ve had your flip flops for longer than you can remember, then it may be time to replace them. Just like running shoes, flip flops get old and stop providing the support you need. A little wear is fine, but considering how many cute color combinations are available for relatively inexpensive, I recommend replacing your flip flops every year.

Don’t drive and flip flop.

Flip flop wearing while driving can also be dangerous. Backless shoes can easily slip off and get wedged under the break or gas pedal. A recent study identified over 1 million accidents or close calls while driving that were caused by flip flops every year.

Pamper Yourself

With all your flip flop wearing fun, it’s important to also keep your feet looking great. Get a pedicure regularly, be sure to lather plenty of sunscreen on your toes when out in the sun, and clean your feet after wearing flip flops. Remember that any dirt you come in contact with will also end up on your feet so be sure to give your toes a good wash before climbing into bed.

Consider the Event

Named for the sound they make when they slap between your foot and the floor, flip flops are great for the beach but have no use in any professional environment or dressy event. Just imagine flopping into your office or into a wedding. If sandals are a must, opt for a cute pair of sandals that don’t flop in a metallic hue for a more dressed up look.

When in doubt, wear your flip flops. After all, life is better in flip flops.