Hi guys! Another big work day today so sorry for the brief post. In the meantime, hop on over to my favorite makeup bag website, StephanieJohnson.com. I am sharing here what I keep with me on the go in their adorable & oh-so-perfect bags.
There are a myriad of reasons why I wanted my friend Katy (up to shenanigans with me in the pic below) to post here on Belle Belle. The first, you’ll quickly notice is that she is funny as hell (please see @KatyWellhousen and @VodkaVendettas on Twitter). The second, when the going gets tough, she’s there for me. And there is nothing like a quick reminder of why we make and break resolutions to reset and recharge – something I am certainly in need of this mid-February day. Hope you guys enjoy (and laugh your asses off as much as I did):
4 Reasons Your New Year’s Resolutions Aren’t Getting You Anywhere
I really wanted to title this, “4 Reasons Your New Year’s Resolutions Aren’t Getting You Anywhere but Your Ex-Boyfriend’s Blocked Numbers List,” but that was a little long and taking up too much prime Twitter character count.
This all comes from a place of love and understanding. Because I get you. I know relationships like Carrie Bradshaw knows a shoe sale. I’ve true-loved, texted first and initiated “The Talk.” I know diving into that third Wendy’s Frosty like H&M knows David Beckham’s abs. I’ve French fry-dipped, self-loathed and told myself I was only going to eat baby carrots for two weeks straight. And typically I tried all of these right around the turn of the new year. And where did that get me? In bed with two men: Ben and Jerry.
Finally one day I woke up and realized that French manicures just weren’t cool anymore. Oh and also that New Year’s resolutions don’t work.
1. January 1 is just a day.
Think about it. It is, isn’t it? Sometimes it’s a Sunday — setting you up perfectly for a new year, a new week and a new YOU! But then sometimes it’s a Tuesday and how can you really start a whole new life on a Tuesday (you ask yourself as you order takeout)? Don’t let the dead guys who probably just got bored coming up with names of months decide when you stop drunk texting your ex and start caring about you and the badass-betch you are. Just start!
2. You’re totally hungover on New Year’s Day.
Let’s be honest. You celebrated the “end of the old you,” by getting wasted-face on New Year’s Eve. Are you going to wake up and convince Hangover You that a salad will really cure your problem? No. Hangover You is used to No-Self-Control You feeding it a cheeseburger and fries. It’s day one and you’re already screwing up.
3. You rely too much on calendar motivation and not personal motivation.
“2014 is going to be my year!” you say to yourself. You tell yourself that for the next 365 days you’re going to eat less, exercise more, stop responding to his booty calls, keep your sock drawer organized, whatever. After all, “Swimsuit season is only five months away!” But then what happens? The National Championship Game. The Super Bowl. Mardi Gras. Your best friend’s boyfriend’s birthday. A snow storm. That calendar that you were just so reliant on just became your worst enemy. And now you’re waiting for some other calendar event (Lent, perhaps?) to tell you when you should start improving yourself (again).
4. Everyone else is failing their New Year’s resolutions, too.
Raise your hand if you know at least one other person who made a New Year’s resolution. OK, now put your hand down because what are you doing raising your hand randomly in public, weirdo? Everyone makes a New Year’s resolution. Everyone. Even I, who is currently telling you that New Year’s resolutions are a bunch of crap, made a New Year’s resolution. (Mine was to eat less carbs, more veggies. I just had a bagel.) Nothing makes this clearer than a regular gym goer such as myself showing up at the gym at her typical 5:30 a.m. time come January 2nd and having to park in Canada (Oh hey, Beiber) because of all the cars in the parking lot. But guess what? It’s mid-February and now the gym has dwindled back down to my little group of regulars. The point is, it’s a lot easier to feel better about completely blowing off whatever it was you said you were going to do or change because hey, everyone else is doing it.
I’m not telling you you can’t make a positive change in your life. You can totally, 100% make a positive change in your life. If you had told me three years ago that I would be a 5:30 a.m. gym regular, lifting weights, counting calories and spending money on a personal trainer, I would have said, “Can you pass the French fries please?” What I’m telling you is not to rely on some stupid day to tell you that you can change. Rely on yourself. You are your own best friend.
Most importantly, don’t give up just because you have a minor (or entire gallon of ice-cream sized) hiccup! Remember when you were six and all you wanted was to cross the monkey bars? You’d make it three bars and fall and skin your knee. And you might cry a little. But the next day you were out on the playground and you’d try again. You’d have calluses on your hands and bruises on your knees, but one day, you crossed the monkey bars. And then you crossed them again. And again. And again.
Don’t give up what you want most for what you want in the moment. Cross the damn monkey bars. No matter what day it is.
One day recently, I was having a chat with my twitter friend / fellow blogger / fellow Oklahoman, Irene, about her amazing hair. I am still struggling to come up with a routine after 34 years, but it always seemed she had hers down. So she’s on the blog today sharing her routine. Take it away, Irene!
I was so excited to be asked to share my favorite fall finds with Verily Magazine. This new magazine is all about taking a new, honest approach. The tone is modern and real – I can’t tell you how excited I am for the work they are doing over there. So pop on over and get all the dirty details here about what’s new and noteworthy in beauty.
What better way to round out my week of guest posts than the fabulous JM from OpinionNothing.com. This girl has style not to mention is always up on what’s new in beauty living in the fabulous New York City. I asked her to share some of her favorites to beat the crazy heat this summer in the Big Apple:
When temperatures soar and humidity caps off at 100%, my favorite summer beauty products rise to the occasion. Whether I’m headed to the office or out to brunch with my girlfriends, these warm weather essentials keep me looking my best!
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder ($45) – This magic face powder comes in six shades and uses photoluminescent technology to soften light as it reflects off the skin. I like using Dim Light with a big, fluffy brush to set my foundation. It’s not a traditional mattifying powder, but I don’t mind a little bit of healthy shine.
Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation with SPF 15 ($45) – I love Vitalumiere Aqua because it gives medium, buildable coverage yet still feels light like a tinted moisturizer. I can apply it with my fingers or an array of foundation brushes and my dry-to-combination skin looks great every time. BONUS: travel-friendly packaging and a luxurious scent.
NARS single eyeshadow in New York ($24) – Red eyeshadow is difficult to wear without looking like you have pinkeye, but New York is rich enough to pull off. It’s perfect for adding dimension to a neutral, summer-appropriate smoky eye or simply smudged along the lash line for a grungy pop of color. It pains me to say that New York is no longer available as a single eyeshadow, but you can still find it in the splurge-worthy NARS Loves New York palette.
Lipstick Queen in Hello Sailor ($25) – My number one lipstick pick for summer! Hello Sailor looks bright blue in the bullet, but the sheer, moisturizing formula works with natural lip color to create a shade of berry unique to every wearer. It makes teeth look whiter too! Literally my lips, but better.
NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Hyde Park ($25) – Red lipstick instantly perks up a simple look, but not when it’s melting off your face, or worse, in your purse. The latest Stalin Lip Pencils from NARS pass the test in both categories and Hyde Park, a gorgeous rosy red, is perfect for day or night.
Sally Hansen Gel Cuticle Remover ($4.59) – No one appreciates a good at-home manicure like I do and step one is using the right tools. Resist the urge to use cuticle scissors. After five minutes wearing the gel, my cuticles are soft and trim. A quick wash with some soap and my nails are ready for bright colors!
Clean & Clear Blackhead Eraser Cleansing Mask ($5.49) – Before we go crazy thinking our pores are filled with dirt, let’s remind ourselves that blackheads are most often caused by oxidized oils, not filth. This cleansing mask contains both silica and salicylic acid to remove excess oils, leaving skin clean and blackhead-free in between facials. I like to apply it with a synthetic flat foundation brush for a spa-like feel at home.
I leave for summer vacation in less than two weeks (bonjour, Paris!) and you can bet I’m making room in my carry-on for everything on this list. With great skin, a perfect pout, and groomed nails, I’m ready to beat the heat on both sides of the Atlantic.
I have had parties on the brain! With travels and weddings this summer, cocktail makeup has been in high rotation. Nothing like having an expert on hand to tell us her favorites. I’d love to welcome Lara from theglossarie.com (one of my all time favorite beauty blogs) – she’s sharing her party makeup favorites today:
Oh summer, you are going way too fast! I’ve been taking it easy through June and July because my August is packed with events – and I absolutely love events. Blame my girlie nature, but something about getting a touch dressed up and giving my makeup that extra oomph is one of my very favorite things.
My daily go-to look is subtle; usually consisting of a cc cream, spot concealer, a wash of bronzer, and a swipe of mascara. If I’m lucky, I get some color on my lips but mostly I live in lip balm. I like to give my face that something extra when I’m getting all dolled up, and these six things are just the ticket.
Mark. Hook Ups, $6.50 each
This concept is a party girl’s dream. Mark.’s Hook Ups allow you to create a custom double-ended makeup magic wand, pairing lip gloss, mascara, eye liner and even brow gel. You can swap things out for endless combinations and keep your two favorites with you at all times. Perfect for tucking in your best clutch!
These vibrant pigments are like little works of art. Technically intended to be worn as eye shadow, I have taken to wearing this light pink/peach/lavender pink option as my special occasion blush. The finish is a gorgeous and almost ethereal glowy hot pink. It never fails to make me feel festive!
How fun is this speckled polish from Maybelline? Clearly Spotted is pure black and white glitter in a smooth jelly base. It brings my nail game up a notch and easily goes with every dress in my closet. The texture means that I can apply it myself without needing a professional manicure – plus, any chips are well hidden.
These Aqua Creams from Make Up For Ever can be patted on to lids and blended with my finger so they’re very hard to screw up. They wear without creasing and smudging (even on a sweaty dance floor) and this mint green color has been my summer go-to because it’s subtle yet statement making.
Marni Eau de Parfum, $75
This fragrance from Marni is sexy sexy. Top notes combine elements of spice and woods, with a touch of rose for elegance. It’s classic, yet unlike anything that I have ever smelled before. It’s special and memorable, but perhaps best of all is that my husband cannot get enough.
I love a lot of lash and this new mascara from Too Faced delivers long, doll-like lashes that do not quit. It’s intensely black and helps to hold beautiful curl, leaving lashes lush and defined. I especially like that I can skip eyeliner when I wear it because the finished effects are just that good.