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Makeup Tips for Sunburned Faces!

September 4th, 2014 · 1 Comment

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With summer coming to a close, everyone’s favorite activity is spending time outdoors!  But whether you’re planning an afternoon cookout or a day at the beach, it’s crucial to remember sun protection.

However, even after taking those precautions, sometimes you still end up burned. Maybe you missed a spot, or maybe you fell asleep in the sun — it happens. When your skin is paying the price, there are some quick, easy things you can do to conceal a sunburn.

1. Start with a stick concealer and apply it to the parts of your skin that are the most red — probably the tip of your nose and the apples of your cheeks.

2. Follow it up with a light liquid or powder foundation. Liquid provides more coverage, but powder will be easier on your sun-sensitive skin. Avoid rosy tones like pinks and reds, and focus on bronze and nude shades in your blush and lipstick. 

3. Dust your face with a translucent powder and smile — your skin looks great again!

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girls night!

July 28th, 2014 · No Comments

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One of my favorite things to do, party-throwing-wise, is to have a night in with my girlfriends.  I love going out, and I love spending nights with my husband, but sometimes you just need an evening with just the girls — whether it’s to catch up on everyone’s life, to vent about problems or challenges, or just to relax and enjoy a fun night together. 

I like to keep things simple when I throw a girls’ night — a light recipe, a bottle of wine and some non-alcoholic options to drink, and a fun distraction or two.  We have a projector that can be set up outside, so I always put on a total classic — Clueless or Girls Just Want To Have Fun — in the background!  Or, I love to break out the XBox for the night, and get everyone in to almost-Karaoke by playing Rock Band! 

And it’s almost too easy to set a pretty table — mix and match your favorite china and crystal, stock up on a few bouquets of fresh flowers, and whip up a healthy recipe that’s full of fresh, local ingredients, like Panzanella!  Your friends will love it, and it’s incredibly easy to make!

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INGREDIENTS

2 pints cherry tomatoes, mixed red and yellow, cut in half
4 cups crusty bread (sourdough or french), cut into chunks the same size as the tomatoes
25 stems of fresh basil, torn into little pieces
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
Fleur de sel
Fresh ground pepper

DIRECTIONS

Toast the bread for about 3 minutes, until just crispy on the outside.  Mix everything together and let marinate, covered, at room temperature for at least 30 minutes.  Serve.

So those are some of my favorites!  What’s on your Girls Night agenda?

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Find a Secret Garden in Your City

June 11th, 2014 · 20 Comments

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Whether your city is filled with skyscrapers or a bustling Main Street, it’s important to find spaces that aren’t just concrete and bricks. A green oasis in a city, big or small, is crucial to help you recharge and de-stress.

Houston — the city I call home — has lots of beautiful green spaces, and there are more being built all the time, but one of my favorites is the new SkySpace installation at Rice University.

Artist James Turrell created the installation as a way to draw people’s attention to light, nature, and perception, and the result is just stunning. Every sunset and sunrise, a light sequence highlights the colors of the changing sky, and for a city-dweller, it’s an incredible reminder of the beauty and the awesomeness of the natural world that surrounds us.

And it’s an important reminder too, both for our bodies and our minds: Interestingly, research has shown that people who live in greener urban areas have better mental health. You wouldn’t usually think that your state of mind shows on your skin but it really does. Psychiatrist Dr. Josie Howard has studied the link between skin and wellness, and she says that your mental health can have a big impact on your looks.

So grab some fresh fruit, your favorite kind-to-skin beauty products (my favorite on-the-go staple is Simple Skincare’s Radiance Wipes) and head over to your city’s best green space for some relaxation and rejuvenation.

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