Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Accesorizing Rule #1 - Enhance, Don't Distract!

The purpose of accessorizing is to add interest to your outfit and enhance your beauty, not to distract & detract from it. 

Pick one or two bold pieces, whether it be a bold necklace or bold earrings and a bold bracelet and lighten up on the rest of your accessories.  You want the eye to be able to take in and absorb your whole look and not be distracted, going from one wild accessory to the next.  If you have too much going on, it "cheapens" your overall look.  Stick to the rules and you'll come out with a look that is classy and sophisticated and will get you noticed . . . in a good way!

Monday, March 29, 2010

Eyeshadow Combination...."Adventure Girl"

Of all of the many eye shadows and liners that I have in my collection, I often find myself in a rut, using the same colors over and over.  So after looking through the last Mary Kay catalog sent from my dear friend, Earen, I was inspired to venture out and try a new color combination last week.  I loved it so much that I thought I would share it with you.  Hopefully it will inspire you to be adventurous this week and try a new color combination.



Here's how I used these colors:
  1. Applied Drama over my eyelid from the lash line to the crease; from inside corner of the eye to the outside corner.
  2. Applied Skywalker over the top of Drama just on half of my eyelid - from the inside to the center of the lid
  3. Applied Merlot across the entire crease of my eye
  4. Applied Nude Beach above the Merlot to my brow line
  5. Applied Smoky Diamonds liner shadow wet along just my upper lash line
**Make sure to apply a primer first so your artwork stays in place and blend each of the shadows into the next color. 

What fun color combinations might you come up with?  Take an extra 10 minutes this week during your children's naptime or before an evening out and try something adventurous . . . you may be surprised to find a new favorite combination!

Friday, March 26, 2010

"Do my necklace & earrings have to match exactly?"

No, however, there should be at least one element in the necklace/bracelet that is repeated in the earrings you choose.  Here are a few tips on how to do that:

*Shape - choose earrings that have a similar shape to the pendant or the beads in the necklace.  If you have a teardrop shape gemstone pendant, choose earrings that have a teardrop shape dangle.
*Color - if you have a multi-colored necklace, choose earrings that have at least one of those colors as well.
*Metal - if your necklace has silver accents, make sure your earrings have silver in them; if it has gold accents, choose earrings with gold or brass accents; etc.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

To Prime or Not to Prime

Ever put on eye shadow and eye liner in the morning and wonder where it disappeared to by the end of the day?  I tried every trick in the book . . . various eye shadows, putting foundation under the eye shadow, dusting my eye lids with powder first, even water proof eye liner. . . nothing kept my shadow and liner in place.

Then one glorious day, I was introduced to Eye Primer.  Now, I can take that extra time on my eyes in the morning because I know my "eyelid artwork" will still be in place by evening.  My two current favorite formulas are by Mary Kay (most "bang for your buck") and Bare Escentuals.  If you've never tried a primer, try one of these - you'll be amazed!  Not only will you see the staying power it gives to your shadow but you'll also see how the primer makes even the lightest shades pop on your eyes.  Happy Priming!

Friday, March 19, 2010

Fabulous Lemon Cookies

A few weeks ago I had a craving for something "lemony" but didn't have a lot of time to make lemon bars so I tried a lemon cookie recipe and oh, was it good & so easy!
 Double-Lemon Cookies

Ingredients:

1 pkg Lemon Cake Mix
2 T. lemon juice
Not quite 1/2 cup vegetable oil (see directions)
2 eggs
1 tub Lemon Frosting or Cream Cheese Frosting (loved these cookies with the cream cheese frosting)

Directions:
  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease cookie sheets really well or use a well-seasoned pampered chef stone.
  2. Place 2 tablespoons lemon juice in 1/2 cup measuring cup; add enough vegetable oil to fill the rest of the 1/2 cup.
  3. In a large bowl, combine lemon juice & oil with cake mix and eggs and stir with a spoon until dough forms.
  4. On cookie sheet, drop dough by teaspoonfuls.  Bake 6-8 minutes or until set.  Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack & cook completely.
  5. Spread with frosting and enjoy!
*High altitude: Bake 8-10 minutes