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Monthly Archives: February 2017

My Weight Loss Journey: About False Starts

I really hate it when I have to start things over.  And so it goes with my weight loss efforts.  It seems like I’m always re-starting and I never reach my goal.  It’s an exercise in insanity, really.  And yet here I am again, having to admit to not following through on my declaration to lose weight last October.  I guess the decision to change wasn’t really a decision, it’s was just another false start in disguise.  I’ve had so many false starts; frankly, I’m pretty damned sick of them. I’m kind of an expert in weight loss and fitness.  After so many years, and so many times that I’ve lost weight, I know exactly what I need to do.  I just can’t seem to make the jump from intent, to action, to follow through.  Despite knowing the health risk I’ve placed myself in, it hasn’t been enough to motivate me to stay away from foods that aren’t good for me.  It hasn’t given me the gumption to get out of bed and start my day with a work out.  It’s because, while I know the big picture, I haven’t owned myself, and my results, enough to follow through. I hurt myself recently.  Seemingly out of the blue, I popped my IT band out of place and my hip has been bothering me A LOT since – walking is sometimes difficult.  It’s very frustrating for me because it makes me feel feeble, which I truly hate.  I don’t see it so much as the onset of age, but instead, it’s more evidence of…

Video Tutorial: A Beginner’s Guide to False Lashes

Have you ever tried to apply false lashes and ended up with two lash lines?  Yeah, me too.  The tutorial I’ve posted on my channel is a beginner’s guide to what I think you need to know about false lashes, from which lashes work best for beginners, to which tools to use, and what glue and makeup removers work best to remove it.  It’s a soup to nuts talk through on what I think you should know about wearing falsies. I know it can be very intimidating but really, with a little bit of know how, and some practice, you too can sport lashes like a pro.  Whether it’s to an event, or as an alternative to getting lash extensions, I walk you through my experiences, and tips and tricks on how to best apply lashes.  I really hope this helps you to take the plunge and give lashes a go. If you’re already and expert, share some of your tips and tricks.  If you’re a newbie, take heart – we all were once.  Don’t be shy, share any questions you may have; I’d love to hear from you!     &nbsp…

Sexy & Sultry Valentine’s Day Eye Tutorial

I really love a good, smokey eye.  And even better when it’s a warm smokey eye.  I pulled together this look using my latest obsession, the Smashbox Cover Shot Ablaze eye shadow palette.  These shadows are incredibly pigmented, and super warmed toned.  It’s very reminiscent of the ABH Modern Renaissance palette in tone; so if you have that one, then you can easily use it to create a very similar look. Smashbox released seven of these little gems.  The palette itself is quite small, compared to some others I have but with the shadows packing a major punch, a little will go a long way.  I love Ablaze so much, I’m considering getting a couple of the other Cover Shot palettes.  Anywho, I really hope you enjoy this Valentine’s day tutorial, and tag me on Instagram at @styleandlipstick20 if you recreate it!   &nbsp…