Wednesday, July 31, 2013

5 of My Fave Beauty Tips & Tricks

One of the biggest hurdles to overcome when trying to establish a healthy lifestyle is the decision to wake up everyday and love yourself. Choosing to see past all of one's flaws and insecurities is especially hard for women.

Thank God for self-tanner and maskara — am I right or am I right?

Really and truly, though, it's so important to remember that you are worth it, and not just because L'Orèal tells you so. You are worth the life of God's only son. You are so valuable that God reaches down and blots away all your wrongdoings every single day.

Seriously, folks, if the epitome of perfection (Jesus) loves you that much, then I think we can find the strength to pick ourselves up and carry a little dignity.

And what woman doesn't carry herself a little better when she feels beautiful? Come on, now. You know what I'm talking about. Lord knows I got enough "fat days." You know those days when you don't get out of your sweats all day or even mess with your contact lenses because ... well ... you just don't feel like it?

Well, we can also have "fat-free days," or better yet, "friggin hot" days.

The key is to discover what really makes you beautiful from the inside out. You gotta get that part down first. After that, it's just glitter and lipstick and tons of fun.

One of my favorite parts about getting ready for my first NPC bikini competition was the three hours worth of primping and getting ready with my mom and friend. It's in times like these that we can let our hair down (literally) and just be at peace with our bodies.

With that being said, I have a few beauty tips and tricks to share. Let me know your faves in the comments below!

  1. L'Orèal Instant Bronze tanning lotion — This stuff is priceless. Actually, it's about $8.99 at Walmart, which is super-cheap compared to other leading self-tanners out there. It's absolutely the only tan-in-a-can I use, other than a Versa Spa, which I highly recommend. Get it here >>
  2. H. A. C. — Highlight. And. Contour. This acronym refers to the way you put your face make-up on. Once you get this down, you will wonder how you ever walked around with a pastey-looking flat face before ... sorry, that's kind've harsh. Watch a fabulous tutorial on the Maskcara blog here >>
  3. Teasing Brush — Maybe it's just here in Texas, but I think big, voluptuous hair is just downright sexy. With as much hair as I have, most people would think I couldn't have a flat-hair day, but girls, believe me. I do! But, ever since I found this perfect little hair utensil, I can make the perfect poof! Get it here >>
  4. Bronze your chest — For those of you who got the good boobie-gene, bless you. All my girls with mosquito-bites, say Ahhh! Actually, this little maneuver works for both types. Take your bronzer and create a "natural" shadow of cleavage above and between your breasts. Dust your shoulders, jawline and throat. You'll love the instant slimming effect it has!
  5. DIY Natural Face Toner — OMG, one of my favorite creations (because it's so oober-simple and cheap and totally "granola") is my facial toner. Grab a bottle or jar, and fill it 3/4 full of water. Fill the rest of the container with apple cider vinegar. Add in some essential oils like peppermint, tea trea oil, lavender or jojoba. Shake it up and wah-lah! I use a little on a cotton ball every morning and night. It totally brightens your face. (You'll get used to the slight vinegar smell, but feel free to use less and more oils.) 

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