Monday, March 27, 2017



I like watching these Hauls because you can save time browsing, and zoom into new products! Jaclyn Hill is a well-known YouTube Makeup Artist and brand. Her career has really taken off in a relatively short amount of time, like a couple of years, and she now partners with top beauty brands. Today, anyone with a camera, a skill or hobby they want to share can find a home and audience on platforms like YouTube, Instagram, SnapChat or Periscope among others! Take a peek at this Haul, Jaclyn's a hoot, but her recommendations are always some of the best on the market, from pricey to affordable!

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

OK, it's hot, it's summer, but you still want to add a little pop or enhance your sun-kissed summer bronzer with the right eyeliner and lashes. Makeup Artist Teni Panosian gives a tutorial on how to to do a simple beautiful summer look for all occasions! She uses Maybelline products, along with other products to give you a dramatic eye look! 

Wednesday, April 23, 2014


 Modern Self - Self-Aware and Self-Assured

The modern me, woman, man, mom or family has drastically changed over the last decade or so. What does it mean to be modern, and what does this have to do with self-awareness? Well, to begin with self-awareness is something that plagues many of us (self-consciousness). I remember growing up, and I would be so self-conscious about the most remote things. I didn't like to draw attention to myself WHATSOEVER! So, compliments were difficult to take and receive. I always enjoyed being behind the scenes, a natural people watcher, observer that came off the wrong way, I'm so sure. I worked so diligently to hide myself from people that I didn't know who I was, and eventually lost contact. People either think I'm really quiet and shy or odd and overly confident (a non-conventional mix). It was all easy for me to understand growing up in an urban inner-city, a tough neighborhood, one of four siblings, a latch-key kid with tremendous cultural enrichment in my life, and a wonderful extended family. I saw the world through the eyes of diversity. A daydreamer and doodler, I listened and thought a lot to myself. I was so self-conscious, yet quite bold when I wanted to or had to be; whether facing neighborhood or school-yard bullies, or taking the plunge out of my comfort zone. Many of us get stuck in adolescence (pimples and all, the awkward moments and events) when we are our most brutal and worst critic.What's your biography (what shaped you)?

Today, I know that self-awareness is about self-acceptance, working with what you were given. As I look at endless media images of the beautiful, famous and rich, I say, "wow," but I am at peace with my modern self as it has evolved, and the universe has reinvented me through so many circumstances. Our circumstances are often responsible for our change. I sought to reclaim my happiness, after being unhappy and experiencing terrible life disappointments. But, before that could happen, I had to journey through so many hills and valleys of my life. It's not easy being authentic in this fake-azz world. We live and breath in optical illusions (fake people), observe human train wrecks, and there are those obsessed with delusions of grandeur or narcissists. What isn't Photoshopped is some big publicity stunt, or a disingenuous neighbor, or coworker who is only consumed with taking something from you (envy). Relationships are premium, but fake friends or saboteurs take them [relationships] for granted, and just screw things up (that includes the boyfriend, partner, manager, family member, etc.), a lot of us call them "losers." People who burn bridges with themselves standing on it, still amaze me (the lack of self-awareness).

Self-awareness is quite missing as pop culture has consumed us, and we're disconnected from our true selves to fit-in and be accepted by "the group" (whatever the group is). We are not in touch with our feelings and therefore, we don't have a clear picture of what really blows our hair back and our skirt up, living vicariously through media optical illusions, celebrities and reality TV that is not real. When Bruno Mars performed for the 2014 Super Bowl Half-time Show, that was so real. All the movie blockbusters and super action heroes are fine, but being self-aware (YOUR feelings, needs, opinions) about your modern self is critical to feeling good when there are no special effects!

The Modern Self Series Will Continue...

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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

10 sunscreen tips for hot summertime fun

Try other options other than sunscreen - 10 sunscreen tips for hot summertime fun 

 International Business Times

 By | July 03 2011 9:50 AM

Don’t get burned. Red, sore, blistered (then peeling) skin is a clear sign you’ve gotten far too much sun. Sunburn increases skin cancer risk – keep your guard up! Wear clothes. Shirts, hats, shorts and pants shield your skin from the sun’s UV rays – and don’t coat your skin with goop. A long-sleeved surf shirt is a good start. Find shade – or make it. Picnic under a tree, read beneath an umbrella, take a canopy to the beach. Keep infants in the shade – they lack tanning pigments (melanin) to protect their skin. Plan around the sun. If your schedule is flexible, go outdoors in early morning or late afternoon when the sun is lower in the sky. UV radiation peaks at midday, when the sun is directly overhead. Sunglasses are essential. Not just a fashion accessory, sunglasses protect your eyes from UV radiation, a cause of cataracts.
Sunscreen may not be the best defense against UV radiation. Truthfully, “sunscreen” is not “sunblock.” No sunscreen product will completely block harmful rays from the sun and it remains effective on the skin for only several hours. Environmental Working Group recommends options other than sunscreen: protective clothes, shade and timing. Here is a useful checklist from EWG prepared:

[2] Key protective ingredients should be included on your sunscreen - 10 sunscreen tips for hot summertime fun

FDA plans to introduce a new UVA protection rating system in 2012. But till then consumers are advised to check the ingredient list to make sure their choice of sunscreens contain the most essential protective ingredients. A sunscreen’s ingredients are directly connected to its level of protection. The key protective ingredients should include: avobenzone, Mexoryl SX, Tinosorb, titanium dioxide, and zinc oxide. “Broad spectrum” sunscreen are composed of one or more of these ingredients. In specific, the first three are chemical ingredients while the last two are more natural as they are mineral ingredients. The best formulas should contain broad spectrum sunscreens either chemical or natural, or a combination of the two. For example, one of the most commonly used ingredient, oxybenzone, does not protect against long-wave UVA. Therefore, unless a product contains the above mentioned key protective ingredients, it does not actually protect against the harmful UVA but a portion of UVA waves only. Here are some helpful details on the key chemical formulas: Avobenzone is an effective broad-spectrum sunscreen and more commonly used ingredient which has 3 percent for the best UVA protection. Mexoryl SX is another good option that some beauty magazines and reviewers praise it, commenting that it contains an ideal mix of ingredients for the best possible protection. However, it is expensive and sold in very few formulations. Tinosorb could be a good option but regrettably, it is not yet available in the US.    

[3] Higher SPF is not always equal to higher protection - 10 sunscreen tips for hot summertime fun

SPF (sun protection factor) is frequently misunderstood by consumers. Take an SPF 30 and an SPF 15 sunscreen as an example. While the SPF 30 blocks 97 percent of rays, SPF 15 blocks 93 percent. SPF 30 does not mean double the UV ray protection compared to SPF 15. Between the two, the difference is slight in its actual efficacy. Experts say that ultimately SPF ratings higher than 30 do not offer more protection and no sunscreen can block more than 97 percent of UV rays. Therefore, it is generally recommended that SPF 30 be used under extended sun exposure and SPF 15 be suitable for everyday use. It also reaffirms that sunscreen should be applied daily. The daily use of a SPF 15 has been shown to be more effective in preventing skin damage than the intermittent use of a higher SPF sunscreen. Additionally, FDA also commented that higher values were inherently misleading, and there was no assurance that the specific values themselves were in fact truthful, according to its draft regulations in 2007. On this publication FDA proposed prohibiting companies labeling sunscreens with an SPF higher than SPF 50+.

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Under the scorching sun your sunscreen is not an option but a necessity. Before heading out to have some hot summertime fun it may be best to brush up on your knowledge of sunscreen. Try asking yourself these questions about your sunscreen:

'Are sunscreens the best defense against UV radiation?; Does higher SPF rate always mean higher protection from the sun?; Do you ever check the ingredients list before you get your sunscreen? If you do, do you know what you should be looking for on the list?; Do you know chemical sunscreen may cause potential hormone disruptions?'

If you cannot confidently answer to these questions, then check our 10 sunscreen tips. Click Start to see:

Thursday, January 3, 2013


Here we are again with a brand new year! What will this year hold for you? Well, start the new year off with being kind and patient with yourself. Monitor what you expose yourself to and the company you keep. Don't over-commit or over-schedule yourself. This is a year (new and exciting opportunities) where you will need your strength and energy, so don't spread it too thinly!

Continue to share and show gratitude for what is already in your life. Don't allow gloom and depression to corner you and steal your joy! Seek Help!

Toss away being so "self-conscious" doesn't add value and should not be mistaken for humility. Just brave ahead of such seeming obstacles. It may feel like the whole world is looking at you, eyes fixated on your every move, live your life like no one's watching!

The Options Are Endless!

Read More
Get Healthier
Complain Less
Expect The "Unexpected"
Toot Your Own Horn
Humor Yourself
Don't Take Others' Insensitivity Too Seriously
Create a Vaccum of Fun in Your Life
Take A Guided Tour of Your City
Donate To Worthy Causes
Create Your Dream Job
Help Someone Else's Dream Come True