Beauty

Body-Positive Campaign + Empowering Women

via HuffPost

This is what a bikini body looks like. #DropTheTowel

A new campaign is reminding women to show off their beautiful beach bodies and #DropTheTowel.

Created by Wear Your Voice Magazine, the #DropTheTowel campaign features women of all shapes, sizes and color to remind women that every body is beautiful and should never be hidden.

I feel that this is an amazing ad campaign, and I am ready to see more ladies sharing their confidence! Let’s all be summer-fab like these beautiful ladies and #DropTheTowel!

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Secret Beauty

Airbrushed skin, tossed hair, bright and wide eyes, long lashes…all features of the lady sitting across the restaurant; as if she’d hopped out of a magazine. What is it about this woman that makes her beauty seem so effortless, yet completely refined? I wonder…is there a secret family recipe for homemade skin-care, a traditional herb for hair…like what is it! What is she doing that I’m not? Are there rules to follow? Am I not doing them in order or something? What!

Trends come and go, but there are some classic beauty rules to follow:

Rule #1: Focus Feature

There’s nothing wrong with being a makeup minimalist. Choose a feature to emphasize and make it pop! Like the look of bare skin, a little mascara with bold lips. (It shows true beauty!)

Rule #2: Stay Away From The Face

Avoid touching your face. Think about the germs from many of the things you touch daily…do you really want that on your face?

Rule #3: Stick-To Staples

I use Aveeno Clear Complexion Daily Cleansing Pads every night and morning, with Aveeno Clear Complexion Daily Moisturizer to follow. It works just as well as MaryKay and Clinique, just less expensive!

Rule #4: Finding Balance

Don’t overdue color on your nails and toes, at the same time. Try wearing neutral nails with colorful toes, or with neutral makeup palettes.  (What looks good on my toes, does not on my fingers!)

Rule #5: 3-Way Your Favorite 

Like organic oils? Find a favorite and use it for your hair, skin and even pampering on a good day. Have you tried Argan Oil of Morocco?

What are your beauty secrets or daily rules?

Photo Credit: Gotobeautyschool.com

Baking With Highlights

Missy Lynn has arrived! I’ve been overly excited about this for a while and now I can share the good news with you all! Just in case you did not know, Missy Lynn is a Youtube beauty guru and active duty military member who collaborated with BHCosmetics to create a limited edition eyeshadow and highlighter palette.

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The palette contains a built-in mirror, six eyeshadows and two highlighting powders, including warm earth-tones and rose gold for every skin tone. The eyeshadows have good pigmentation, but I’d recommend a primer before use so that it lasts longer. The highlight powers have great coverage with little flake and fall out. I would use the highlight bakes for a bronzer as well. The textures are so smooth, which I love and I would recommend a nice fluff-brush for applications.

So far, Missy Lynn has gotten great reviews and feedback. I don’t know about you, but I shop online based on reviews. Regardless of how much I want something, if the reviews are terrible I do not bother spending money.

The palette is no longer $11.95, but you can still purchase yours today! You can also achieve Missy’s nude and plum looks using your own palettes!

What’s your favorite glam-eye look?

Love Your Skin

The weather these past few weeks have been so crazy. One day it rains, the next day it is sunny and then it’s super windy! It’s a repeating cycle each week. I never know what to expect! All I know is that it’s cold, sometimes freezing-cold! In weather like this, it’s important to give your skin the best moisturizing treatments.

Your skin can get so dry and dehydrated if its not being taken care of properly. So, I decided to share a few products that I use on alternating days, and sometimes simultaneously. I believe that I have extra-dry skin and it seems that nothing really works best, so I choose from a variety of products that work great for me.

Hopefully, you’ll enjoy these products as much as I do. All, except the Avon Moisture Therapy, can be found at your local Wal-Mart or drug store. You can also use the links below to shop online!

I also encourage you to share your beauty-skin treatments, as I’d love to hear about them!

Avon Moisture Therapy Intense Healing & Repair Relieves skin of dry with hydra-boost technology.  Leaves skin feeling smooth and soft.

Avon Moisture Therapy Healing & Repair
Relieves skin of dry with hydra-boost technology. Leaves skin feeling smooth and soft.

Lubriderm Advanced Therapy Moisturizing Hand & Body Lotion Enriched with essential moisturizing vitamins, nutrients  and antioxidants to achieve healthy skin.

Lubriderm Advanced Therapy Body Lotion
Enriched with essential moisturizing vitamins, nutrients and antioxidants to achieve healthy skin.

Clinique Turnaround Overnight Radiance Moisturizer Gently replaces dull, worn-out surface cells  more luminous ones.  Day to day, your skin seems to build a healthy glow.

Clinique Turnaround Overnight  Gently replaces dull, worn-out surface cells more luminous ones. Day to day, your skin seems to build a healthy glow.

Dove Nourishing Beauty Bar Infused with a rich blend of shea butter that melts deeply into dry, dull skin leaving it soft, smooth and even toned.

Dove Nourishing Beauty Bar
Infused with a rich blend of shea butter that melts deeply into dry, dull skin leaving it soft, smooth and even toned.

Beauty is Skin Deep

I admire the Dove Beauty Sketch series because it brings a sense of happiness and joy to me. This experiment not only allowed these people to feel better about themselves, but it also welcomed a sense of acceptance. The little things that we all find unattractive or bothersome about ourselves are the very things that someone else sees in a different light.

Self acceptance is one of the many issues that many people face today. Whether it is trying to find courage to be out-going, the ‘right’ social circle, or even the ‘ideal’ body type we all have our own inner issues that we deal with everyday. Dove’s point of the video was to show how many women are overly critical about their appearances, instead of being more tolerant of their true beauty.

The forensic sketch artist, Gil Zamora, was able to sketch the features of the women without meeting them beforehand, or looking at them during the session. First, he drew the women based on their own self-perception and then based on the opinions of a stranger. The stranger’s descriptions were more soothing, attractive, and similar to what the women actually looked like.

I really feel that this was definitely a step up for Dove’s Beauty Campaign. An article that I read stated that the video had more than 114 million YouTube views, a month after it was released, making it the most viral ad video of all time.

You can see more of the series on the Dove YouTube Channel.