Sunday, July 24, 2011

The Beauty Buzz for Monday, July 25, 2011

What's the Beauty Buzz this week?  Well, it's hot.  Crazy hot.  So hot that I'm freezing from sitting near the air conditioning vent.  But I try not to complain, since cold weather will be here before we know it, and then I'll be pining for the summer warmth again.  

Here's a few fall previews from
Notice the leg-lengthening tights, the pleated shorts, and the boyfriend blazer.  All are on the hot list for fall. 

Must have bag - Notice the black faux-leather, the metal studs, and the cool dangly things.  This is a great piece to 'toughen up' any outfit.  I couldn't wait for wall - I already added this gorgeous accessory to my wardrobe.  And its a nice big size to hold all your essentials, too. 

Super high, super-chic boots.  Wear them over the knee, or flip the tops down for a cool, cuffed, pirate-y look.  Love 'em.  Can't wait for cooler weather to wear mine! 

Color blocking - try it for your wardrobe and your hair! 

Try a super-sleek, super-chic off-center pony to stay cool and professional.  You'll look great! 

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Women of Faith

Women of Faith - what an amazing time of refreshing, renewal, and friendship.  Most of all, it's a great opportunity to put the cares of life on the shelf for a bit and focus on Jesus Christ.  I'll be attending in Philadelphia on September 9th and 10th, 2011.  I'm really excited to be able to blog for Women of Faith.  What a blessing it will be to be a part of this wonderful event!  

For more information, please check out - this fab event will be in a city near you, so don't forget to order your tickets!  Be sure to like Women of Faith on facebook for great inspiration, and hope for this life and the next.  

I'll be posting again, especially as the time draws nearer.  I just wanted to give you a heads up for this awesome event.  Women of Faith helps you look beautiful on the inside - and that's the beauty that counts the most!   I hope you'll join me at Women of Faith this year!!!  

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Win Flip Flops!

Visit Life in the Lost World for your chance to enter to win a free pair of Planet Flops Flips Flops. They are supercute, look super comfy, and come in a wide variety of cool colors.  Entering is easy!


Monday, July 18, 2011

Soles4Souls Fundraising

Do you love shoes? I love shoes. I love sandals. I love boots. I love stilettos. In my lifetime, I bet I've had hundreds of pairs of shoes. Shameful, isn't it? It's shameful because there are a lot of people in this world who have never had a pair of shoes. This breaks my heart and makes me a little sick to my stomach. I'm totally convicted to do something for people who have never had a pair of shoes. That's where Soles4Souls comes in.

For just $1, they can provide a pair of shoes to someone who's never had one before. Shoes are important to people who are impoverished. Shoes protect them from parasites, from injuries they may sustain gathering food or from their difficult living conditions. Cuts and burns sustained while being barefoot may never be treated -leading to more serious problems such as infection, amputation, and even death. Some children cannot attend school because they have no shoes.

I never realized that something I merely thought of as a fashion accessory could be so important. I realize that there are dozens, if not hundreds, of charities asking for your hard earned money. I know that if you gave to every single one, you wouldn't be able to feed your own family. But please considering giving a dollar. A dollar will give a life-changing pair of shoes to someone whose never had them before.

If you can't give a dollar, please consider sharing this post or starting a fundraiser of your own. Visit for more information. Thank you for changing a life!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Shoe envy.

I had shoe envy.  Now I have a pair of shoes I can't walk in.  Thank you, Macy's for having a 75% off sale.  Lol.


Not too bad for a cell phone pic! 
Ocean Grove, NJ

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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Thrifty Thursday! I love a good deal!

Just a thrifty quickie for today!  I've been a little swamped with the role of storyteller at VBS.  I'm having a blast, though.....  here's the deal of the day.

Get a FREE full-size STILLA lip glaze in Grapefruit with any $10 purchase at  Offer expires 7/28/11.  While supplies last, so hurry!  Oh, and shipping is free on any order over $25.   Enjoy!!!!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Beauty Buzz Monday, July 11, 2011

Happy Monday!   It's a hot one, so I hope you're staying in and staying cool! I am helping with VBS this week, and let me tell you, it's hard to look good when you're sweating along with a few hundred kiddos.  Here's a few tips for the week, though!  Don't forget to add your own!

5 Must have hair products. 

4 Cool hairstyles for summer.

5 Summer Hair Mistakes to avoid.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Thrifty Thursday! Department store verses big box store

Who doesn't love a MAC eye shadow or a Clinique foundation?  I know I do.. and wouldn't I love a Chanel lipstick, or even a NARS blush.  But these high society products are as expensive as they are good.  And on a stay at home mom's salary.... that can be a bit of a stretch.

But here's the reality.  There's nothing wrong with using another product that works.  For instance, I love Mary Kay products.  They are extremely well researched, their manufacturing processes are stellar, their ingredients are great, and the anti-aging benefits are amazing.  I've visited their manufacturing plant and liked what I saw.  However, I have stubborn acne and Mary Kay acne products, while good, aren't strong enough to treat my stubborn acne.  So what do I use instead?  Neutrogena  Oil-Free Acne Stress Control Products.  Neutrogena is a big name - big enough to compete with Mary Kay's research backing.  And their products, while not fancy or sophisticated, work for me.  So I'm content using my Big Box Products for my Acne, while sneaking in the Mary Kay anti-aging products for the rest of me.  Neutrogena is less expensive, so I save money that way.  The savings can go toward my next purchase..... maybe a bottle of fancy eye cream?  Or Not?

The point is - use what works for you.  But don't be afraid to try a less costly alternative if it works just as well as its expensive counterpart.

Have a beautiful day!

Wednesday Words of Wisdom

People are like stained-glass windows.  
They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in,
 their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.  "

 Elisabeth Kubler-Ross quotes (Swiss-American psychiatrist and author )

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Tuesday Tip: Stay safe in the sun

Did you know the SPF of a pair of blue jeans is about 1700?  And a white t-shirt has an SPF of about 8.  Certainly, the American Cancer society does a great job at educating us about skin cancer.  We've all heard we need to use sunblock to protect us from serious sunburns that can lead to skin cancer.  But there are so many options available!  So which products should you use?

Well, the answer is that you need to use the products that work best for you.  For me, it's a little tricky.  Sunscreen makes me break out, and there is nothing attractive about sitting at the beach covered in pimples.  So here's what I like.

For my son, who has sensitive skin, I like Banana Boat's Kids Tear Free SPF 50 Lotion. It doesn't seem to bother his skin and it protects him very well. I also insist he wears a hat. Sometimes its a struggle, but I don't want his delicate skin to get too much exposure.

For me, I use a combination of products. I use the Mary Kay Day Solution SPF 25 on my face. It has good coverage, age fighting properties, and doesn't make me break out. It's a little pricey at $30 for a small bottle, but it lasts for a pretty long time if you only use it on your face. And it's well worth avoiding sunblock-induced pimples!

For the rest of me, I like Ultra Defense® UltraMist® Sunscreen SPF 30 Continuous Clear Spray. It goes on soooooo easy. You just shake it and spray it all over you. It feels tacky for a minute or two until it dries, but then you're good to go. I'm much less likely to miss a spot and it goes on so much quicker than lotion. And it hasn't failed me yet! It's easier to reapply at the beach since there's no rubbing involved. I also try to spritz a tiny bit at the partline in my hair. An awful lot of melanoma's go undiagnosed on the scalp since you can't see your skin there very well. Banana boat also makes a Scalp and Body Sunscreen spray. It's a good idea, especially if your hair is thin or thinning, to prevent sunburn on your head. It's a really sensitive place!

I'm very intrigued by the Bare Minerals SPF 30 Sunscreen. It's a powder that goes on anywhere you need it. I haven't tried it yet, but its on my to do list!

Another interesting product - - clothes recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation for its SPF properties.

When you're applying sunscreen, make sure you don't miss any hard to reach parts, and apply 20 minutes before you go out into the sun. Reapply according to the directions on the package. Take frequent breaks from the sun, drink lots of water, and wear a great big hat!

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Sunday, July 3, 2011

Happy Fourth of July!

Just wanted to say happy fourth of July!  We are blessed and privileged to live in such a great nation.  Although it isn't perfect, we have it pretty good here.  Celebrating our freedoms, our families, our faith, and especially the service men and women who sacrificed to make that happen.  Also praying for those in other countries suffering war, famine, poverty, and hopelessness.  One of our greatest gifts in America is hope.  I hope you have hope, too.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Photo Friday: Sharp Focus

So maybe a chipmunk isn't totally beauty related, but I loved watching this little guy.  He's pretty adorable!  And I took his picture at one of my favorite places - the Lehigh Valley Zoo.
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