Let’s talk brows

I’ll admit it: I’m a little obsessed with brows. Yes, I know I’m arriving late on the scene, but I have an excuse. I always hated my eyebrows. They were always too. Too dark. Too bushy. I preferred to do what was necessary to control them, nothing more. I didn’t want them to be a focal point. With that mindset, it’s taken a long time for me to realize the truth of the principle that the right brow shape and style really can frame your eyes and complete your perfect look.

As is typical of my personality type (INFJ, if anyone’s interested), I’ve gone from ignoring brow grooming as much as possible to wanting to learn everything I can about it and, of course, learn what works best for my style and coloring. If there’s one trend that’s been taking the beauty world by storm the past several years, it’s brow grooming. The trend even earned it’s own hashtag #instagrambrows. The Instagram brow is an over-dramatized fade where the brow is significantly lighter in the front then gets deeper in color as you move toward the end. This super-defined, dramatic look may not appeal to you. If so, don’t despair. There are many different brow trends and techniques to explore thanks to YouTube beauty bloggers.

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Fall in love with the 2018-19 palette

2018_19_colorsIt’s the time of year when we’re putting away the light, airy summer clothes and are bringing out the cozy, warm fall and winter outfits. And that means it’s time check out the latest collection of fashion colors!

The global psyche is increasingly all about inclusivity, so why not for fall colors, too?

That kind of all-are-welcome approach is central to Pantone’s Fashion Color Trend Fall 2018 Report. They have culled a Top 10 list that plays up seasonless shades, including a few that are far from wintry. Designers and consumers are veering away from cyclical trends in favor of more self-expressive, nontraditional choices.

Let’s explore and see which ones will work for you. Don’t know your best colors? Learn how to find them here.

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Health and beauty

health_beautyIt’s been several months since I’ve written a blog post. Life does have a way of disrupting our plans. In this case, life dealt me a somewhat scary autoimmune diagnosis. It’s taken a little time to come to terms with my new normal, but it has prompted me to share some info I hope will be encouraging and helpful.

When it comes to beauty, we tend to focus on the outward application of potions and creams, powders and glosses, cutting, trimming and plucking, curling and coloring… well, you get the idea. It’s easy to forget that a healthy diet and lifestyle are the foundation of beauty. Conversely, we may also overlook the subtle signs our body uses to convey there’s a problem, writing them off to lack of sleep or aging. If your hair seems thinner and/or finer, if your eyelashes and eyebrows seem suddenly sparser, if your face looks puffy or the color of your skin looks odd, if you have dark circles under your eyes – these are all signs of a problem.

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Summer glow

summer-beautySummer is officially here and it’s time to get your glow on! Sunny days and a slower pace – along with heat and humidity – demand a few changes to your usual beauty routine.

Lighten up your foundation

Look for a BB cream that can even out your complexion and cover redness while making it look (and feel) like you’re not wearing makeup. And make sure you choose one with sunscreen to protect your skin and avoid premature aging.

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Spring fashion trends for the real world

SS18_trendsEvery fall and spring, the big name designers trot out their new creations and let all of us mere mortals know what’s going to be in style for the coming months. Now, I know I can’t be the only one that looks at some (most?) of these outfits on the runway and thinks, “No way I would ever wear that.”

I think we can all get behind the idea of breathing a little fresh air into our wardrobes and updating with some key pieces. We just need to identify some basic trends and bring them down to earth so they’re wearable for the average woman, right? So, here are my picks for spring 2018.

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