I feel like this post is pretty appropriate since we are experiencing the most bizarre weather patterns in Austin right now. We all know the phrase, “when it rains, it pours.” Being an entrepreneur, this can be uttered far too frequently. While it’s somewhat true, it’s also a victimizing statement and a bit of a cop out. I know I’ve thrown my hands up several times over the past year. Let downs, hurdles, total catastrophies…all of it seems to happen at once. I’ve begun to realize though that you can either become victim to the constant barrage of obstacles, or you can embrace them. Embrace them, analyze, reflect and then find a way to turn that negative into a positive. It’s a mindset. It’s taken a lot of practice for me to consciously approach a negative situation with a positive outlook. Instead of running through the bad things that will come or trying to ignore them, flip it. Look at them as opportunities to grow, learn and potentially turn it into a positive situation! So put those rain boots on and go dance in the rain, instead of complaining and whining that it’s raining when it should be sunny!
SHOP FOR SOME RAIN BOOTS (positive mindset included)
And if that fails…save that adorable picture of baby piglet in booties to brighten your day!
Hi there! I hope you all enjoyed guest blogger Hannah’s Beauty week! She shared some amazing make-up and beauty tips that we can all implement in our busy lives and for special events! I bought the Urban Decay All-Nighterand I’m OBSESSED! Especially here in Texas with the heat finally turning up and the humid showing its face, that setting spray is a must for a day-to-night look! Be sure to follow Hannah’s blog, The Thoughtful Life, she has so many great tips and tricks!
I’ve been hard at work (I know ya’ll are probably all tired of me saying that) but it’s true. I’m on day 13 of my 24-day challenge, I feel amazing and finally starting to see some physical changes. I spent 13+ hours on Friday painting and decorating our new office space at Found Media and we won our first major contract at Prize Visual! So it was a great week and I have lots of work ahead of me. I have all these greats notes for entrepreneurship/biz blog posts that I have GOT to get drafted up so I can share with all of you! I also have 3 illustrations on the agenda that I must must finish! But the 13 hours of painting gave me major hand cramps so that put a big kink in my fine motor skills as I can barely grip a pencil. We have some great projects in the works and I can’t wait to share with you guys!
Image via Make It a Double Please
So cliche, but I don’t care…this is definitely my motto right now. I have so many goals and my ambition is pretty boundless.It’s why I spend my Friday nights painting offices and Saturdays working on my website and doing illustrations. Being an entrepreneur has provided me with so much personal growth and experiences far beyond what I could ever achieve insides the confines of a corporate environment or at a desk all day, everyday. Yes, it’s risky and often unstable…but I think that’s part of the thrill of it.
This week I’ll be talking about some of my recent experiences and lessons I’ve learned with starting my second business and what I’m learning about working with another entrepreneur. All exciting stuff! I hope everyone has a lovely, productive and relaxing Sunday!
To finish up my Beauty Takeover week, we are talking lips! This is generally the last thing I apply before I leave the house, and the last touch I apply for a bride. Lips can be SO subjective, so I have just narrowed down my very, very favorite and most trustworthy products that have worked for me.
Using a lip stain is the most sure-fire way to make sure you will always have some color on your lips, and unlike a thick lipstick, it won’t smear all over your groom or your Happy Hour mojito (I also can skip lip-liner with a well-applied stain). Before applying, the trick here is moisturized, exfoliated lips. Exfoliation can help remove the dry, dead skin covering the beautiful soft lips underneath. Regular exfoliation can help dry lips become moist and plump. I use Rodan + Fields Lip Microdermabrasion followed by a our Lip Balm + Sunscreen to prep lips before makeup application begins.
The stain I use in Revlon Colorstay Just Bitten in Passion. I use it for virtually EVERY makeup look. It looks bright pink when you put it on but when you layer gloss over it, it transforms depending on the gloss. It’s very pretty in pictures and won’t smear off. (Don’t use the balm, just the stain) You can adjust the color by applying either a neutral gloss to tone it down, all the way up to a bright pink or red, depending on your preference. This way, you always have a bit of color no matter how much Prosecco you have to cheers too!
L’Oreal Paris Infalliable Never Fail Lip Glosses…These are HANDS DOWN my favorite for longer wear to be worn over the lip stain. Although this formula is longer lasting, I do not find it to be drying, and when I apply it to bare lips, rather emollient. Petal is my go-to color, but I also love Barely Nude and Sunset.
Thank you guys SO much for letting me share these products with you all week, it’s been a blast! And a special shout out to my uber-talented, creative, and gorgeous friend Lauren for trusting me to take over for a few days! I hope to see you all over on The Thoughtful Life and hopefully back here for another project soon!
Hello, beauties! Today let’s talk cheeks and how to give yourself a healthy glow with blush and bronzer. Many women focus on their eyes and/or lips and don’t give much thought to blush and bronzer. Especially when you’ve seen these products abused (think little old ladies and Tammy Faye) and because these products don’t really attract attention to themselves when applied properly.
If you have any doubts about the importance of bronzer and blush, compare how you look with and without them. I saw someone just the other day wearing foundation and lipstick, but no blush or bronzer; It didn’t look natural. She just looked like she was wearing a mask of makeup – and no one wants that.
I apply both a bronzer and blush anytime of year. Generally, bronzer is applied first so we will start with that.
I use this Rimmel London bronzer (not pictured) and love it (comes in all different shades and isn’t glittery) Also a steal at $5!
I use it on the sides of my forehead, down to my temples, and under my jawbone. I put a bit of pink or peach blush right on the apples of my cheeks. There are some great tutorials out there (like some of these) for applying bronzer if you’re still having doubts.
For a pop of color on my cheeks, I love this poppy-pink tinted stain by Benefit. It brightens cheeks & lips with a cheery flush and natural finish. Kiss-proof & nuzzle-proof, the liquid-gel formula blends to perfection on all complexions and lasts for hours.
If you’re intimidated by stains, give one of these MAC powder blushes in Melba, Peaches or Gingerly a try!
For a sun-kissed glow, try this Benefit Sun Beam highlighter (I’d recommend skipping this step if you are naturally very oily). This liquid illuminator comes in a soft golden bronze hue that flatters all skin tones. It softly reflects light for an instant spotlight effect while giving skin a dewy finish. I lightly dab on this highlighter to the top of my cheekbones with my fingers and use a sponge to blend.
THE NIGHT IS YOUNG
The best secret to keeping your makeup in place: Urban Decay All-Nighter. After I discovered this and I don’t know how I ever managed without it! When I’m done with everything but my lips, I press my lips together and spray this stuff. According to the website, “Unlike similar products on the market that feel sticky or tight on your skin, the sprayer delivers a micro-fine mist that goes on so light, you’ll hardly feel it—and once you’ve applied it, you won’t even know it’s there.” LOVE LOVE LOVE. There’s also a mattifying formula for oily skin. Perfection. The Make Up Forever HD power also works wonders for setting foundation and providing a slight matte finish while covering imperfections!
Tomorrow is the last day of the series, so naturally we are sealing it with a kiss, and finishing up with lips! See you soon!
There are a million choices when it comes to eyeshadow and liners, and I’ve tried most of them. (trust me) These are a few of my long lasting favorites that I use on myself, and most of my brides because of their neutral color palette that flatters most faces. Best of all, they are smudge, smear and tears resistant. Ya!
I use the Maybelline Color Tattoo as my base color for everyday, as well as for special occasions. It is a gorgeous bronze (called Bad to the Bronze) that I apply with a eyeshadow brush. It dries fairly quickly so blend onto lid and into crease quickly. I then add a different color of choice into the crease for more definition.
The Cover Girl Eye Enhancer (not pictured) is the highlighter color that I use under the brow bone for every wedding I have ever done. It’s perfect. (use the lightest color of the trio Shimmering Sands, it’s not sold separately).
I use snakebite or pistol from the Urban Decay Naked 2 palette to darken the crease and for the eyeliner. This is pricier than drugstore brands, but it’s a beauty MUST in my opinion.
I use either this waterproof gel liner in charcoal or black for a great everyday look. OR this felt tipped liner for a more dramatic look on the upper lid. Just beware, IT STAYS ON and is highly pigmented.
There are so many great choices these days. I happen to be liking this Cover Girl waterproof one lately for lasting volume and all day staying power.
There’s nothing better than a great pair of falsies for that special occasion or just a day you just need a little extra va-va-voom! These Ardell Demure Lashes are my favorites. Affordable and you can find them at most drugstores…these are VERY natural and blend with your own lashes to add extra volume.
These Andrea Modlash Strip Lashes are what I wear on a night out and for my wedding and bridal pictures. And finally,
for a more dramatic look, these House of Lashes: Pixie Luxe Lashes and are great for larger eyes or someone wanting a very Glam look, and best for those with large eyes.
Tomorrow we are getting “cheeky” as we go over my must have products for blushes, and the #1 product to set your makeup and make it LAST! Because isn’t that what this is all about?! See ya manaña!
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XO – Hannah of The Thoughtful Life
Hi guys! Thanks for letting me take over this week while Miss Lauren saves the world with all of her many endeavors! A few things about me, then onto the good stuff. I am a native Texan, huge fan of all things Austin, massive foodie, fashion lover, photographer, occasional makeup artist when there’s time. I have a skin care business as a Rodan + Fields Consultant. I am recently married, and a few years ago I rescued a fluffy little half-blind poodle named Griffin who makes me laugh every day.
I write a blog called The Thoughtful Life on Facebook, and this week I am here to share a few of my Makeup Essentials with you! Wedding season is here, and these products are all easy to use, flattering to many skin tones, and long lasting. Although these are my “go to” products when I do wedding makeup, I also use them for long days at the office, or a night on the town when there’s no time for touch-ups. Thanks for letting me crash the party this week, and I hope you consider trying a few of these makeup essentials to refresh your routine!
All great makeup begins with a smooth, healthy canvas. I strongly recommend a microdermabrasion paste (skip if you have ultra-sensitive skin) 2-3 times a week to smooth the skin and prep for foundation. My all-time favorite is Rodan +Fields paste (also an Allure, Lucky & O magazine favorite)
To further exfoliate for truly glowing skin and reduce fine lines and wrinkles, the Rodan + Fields Macro Exfoliator sweeps away 5 million dead skin cells in just 5 minutes and is a beauty must have for Spring 2014 according to InStyle Magazine. This at home tool will also save you lots of dinero from pricy dermatology Microdermabrasion sessions.
Makeup primer provides a smooth surface on which to apply makeup, and it will help keep your makeup in place, which is especially important during humid summer months or for long wedding days posing for your paparazzi. I use this Loreal green tinted primer on areas of redness.
I ADORE the Smashbox photo finish primer. It mattifies skin and helps foundation go on smoothly. The travel size is great for a wedding day of, or just to try out. If just cheeks or nose are red, I rub a little of the green Loreal primer on problem areas, then this primer all over.
There’s no better in my book…I AM OBSESSED with the Austin-based Rae Mineral Tint. It boasts climate control, is water resistant and water based with build-able coverage. Applied with a makeup sponge until you have the desired coverage, it doesn’t look heavy or make-up-y, and leaves you with a natural glow, but not shiny (especially with the Smashbox primer).
Mac Pro Longwear Concealer…This stuff is the bomb.com. It is long lasting and doubles as an eyeshadow primer, perfect for a wedding when there is a possibility of a few happy tears or to keep that eyeshadow from being creased when you move straight from work to play! (*wink wink)
I also use this Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage (be sure to blend on back of hand to melt it!) for oilier skin and difficult-to-cover blemishes. A beauty editor and makeup artist favorite, this customizable concealer; covers dark circles, scars, and minor imperfections with a unique two-shade system. One shade is formulated to match skin’s depth of color, while the other matches skin’s undertone. The dual-shade makes it possible for everyone to custom-blend her own perfect shade! Always apply after foundation; the high-level of pigment requires very little product to achieve perfect coverage that lasts for up to eight hours. So you also get a lot of bang for your buck!
I generally skip wearing powder (I prefer a healthy glow) , but in the case of oily skin or if someone insists on it I use the Makeup Forever HD Powder. The pros use this before photo shoots to keep shine at bay. It’s pricier, but at Sephora they will sometimes have travel sizes and bonus…it lasts forever.
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Up tomorrow, it’s All About the Eyes, so be sure to stop back by, and in the meantime be sure to check out what’s going on over at The Thoughtful Life!
I’m so excited! So as you can probably tell I’ve been a little MIA from MIAD…managing multiple jobs, doing illustrations and pretending to have a small sliver of a social life has really taken a toll on my blog posting as of late. At Found we are moving into new (bigger) office space and I spent 14 hours yesterday with boss man shopping, cleaning and painting. I’ll definitely be sharing our redesign and new space because it’s perfection now! Business is booming and I’m not complaining, it’s a great problem to have. I’m closing a few contracts for Prize in the next few days which is exciting, but daunting as that equals lots more work. So I thought…why not invite my good friend and fellow blog sister Hannah from The Thoughtful Life to come takeover the blog for a week to share all her amazing makeup/beauty secrets with my awesome readers?! I’m terrible with keeping up a consistent makeup/beauty routine and I don’t put much thought into my products. But as I’m about to be 25, I decided I needed to invest in higher quality products that will actually work and LAST! The bf’s amazing mother gifted me a Clarisonic Mia Brush as an early birthday present and I’m OBSESSED! My main requirement with products is they have to not only last, but be long-wearing. As with many of you I’m sure, I’ll leave the house at 9am and not get back until late evening or sometimes I’ll join up with friends for an impromptu happy hour and then who knows what time! I’m not about carrying a bag full of my beauty junk just to reapply, so luckily Hannah tipped me off to some great long-wearing essentials. While long-wearing products invoke thoughts of weddings, specials events, it’s one of my main requirements for everyday wear and Hannah agreed. Most of the products she used when applying make up for special events she used everyday as well, just not as dramatically. We’re all busy gals, so we thought why not share her pretty wisdom with all my pretty readers!
So I hope that you all are ready for some awesome make-up recommendations, tips and tricks…because this girl has got it ALL! Her blog name is so perfect, because she really is one of the most thoughtful people I know. So, stay tuned this week as Hannah walks you through her entire beauty and make-up routine…I hope you’re as excited as I am!!
And not only is she gorgeous…but can we talk about how ADORABLE her rescue doggie, Griff is!? He definitely rocks an au’natural mohawk! It’s beyond cute.
I’ve been on a mission to get in great physical and mental shape by my 25th birthday. So as we jump into leading healthier, fitter and happier lifestyles, one of the most important parts is eating. Our bodies respond so dramatically to food and it’s amazing how just making small changes can have such a BIG impact on your body! I find I’m much more successful on the 24 day challenge when I buy and prep lots of healthy food before hand! That way I can’t make any excuses for not eating smart. I make it dummy-proof, for my own sake.
So, where to begin? First, you need your grocery list and you got to stick to it! Fill up your list with lots of lean proteins, veggies, fruits, legumes, nuts, whole grains. Once you’ve grabbed everything for a clean diet, its prepping time. Set aside a few hours on a Sunday or after work and you’ll save yourself TONS of time during the week. This little prep time will make your challenge experience SO much better! (promise)
This makes meal planning, cooking and staying disciplined a walk in the park! Or should I say kitchen. I’m on Day 5 of the 24 day challenge. I already have way more energy and my workouts have been awesome. I’ll be sharing those in the coming weeks too! I’m also super excited because I have invited Hannah of The Thoughtful Life to do a little guest blogging series next week! I’ll be formally announcing that on Sunday…I’m giddy! I can’t wait.
My 25th birthday is quickly approaching and it’s such an interesting time of my life. I finally feel a certain sense of peace with myself. Which is ironic, because I’m busier than ever and have so many responsibilities. But I finally am OK with it. I’ve struggled with major anxiety for a long time. But just recently I’ve addressed it, learning how to respond and manage accordingly (most of the time). I found this quote on Pinterest (what isn’t on Pinterest?) and as soon as I read it I just started nodding my head. It’s just so true. I’m so happy with the people I’ve surrounded myself with, the work I’m doing and my little family I’m in love with. I’m quickly learning that quality over quantity is always the way to go…unless you’re talking about gummy bears, wine or chocolate… then I say the more the merrier!
Have a lovely, inspired and happy Monday!
So, ever since I bought these slip-on sneaks from the Peter PilottoXTarget collection, I’ve been hooked. They carried me faithfully throughout SxSw, elevating my spirits with every step. And now, with spring quickly approaching, my eyes continue to fixate on these laceless wonders. They are just the perfect shoe for spring. You can wear these bad boys with pretty much anything and it will look good. So they are a win in my book.
I’m seriously so in love with all of these. I want them ALL! Floral, animal print, stripes…for reals… a bad decision can’t be made. But I’m lusting after the black perforated “Perfie” Steve Madden’s in the center. Obsessed.
What’s your slip-on style?
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It’s been wayyyyy too long since I’ve done a wine review. I’ve drank many a bottle since my last one, so I figured it would be selfish of me not to share what I’ve be up to. On Saturday night, Whitney and I opted for yoga pants con sweatshirts and a quiet, relaxing night in. Complete with mac n’ cheese, chocolates and cookie dough (i know..RIGHT!) Here’s the scoop:I’m a big red wine girl, but this wine was pretty great! It paired well with my gourmet mac n’ cheese and really complimented the complex flavors of the cookie dough. And that little hot air balloon…I mean…Ah-dorable.
But if you can’t find your invisible one…
a real one will do.
Remember to love and appreciate your mind, body and soul! We are always our own worst critics. Stay tuned for how I’m planning to make sure I’m my happiest and healthiest for my 25th on the 25th! (Yes…the golden birthday is next month! Eeek!)
Have an inspired and positive Monday!
Why? Because it’s the Monday post-SxSw and St.Patricks Day…so the real question is, why not? And, you’re welcome in advance.
Don Draper’s Guide to Classy Day Drinking
A Shazam-Like App….For Clothes (this is actually prety useful!)
The Cutest HedgeHog Gifs…ever (and for a bonus HedgeHog adventure…just search for #HattieTheHedgeHog on Instagram and you won’t be disappointed)
How we feel when trying on bathing suits in the Spring
It’s not nice to laugh at people that aren’t good at Pinterest projects….oh wait, yes it is.