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Indie Beauty Brands You Should Know About

Like any hard core beauty junkie, I love shopping at the big stores: Sephora, Ulta, Nordstrom. But lately in my constant pursuit of cosmetic scores, I find I get my real buzz from the smaller, lesser known brands. The gems of the Internet that you hear from via word of mouth, a hashtag on social media, or a fellow beauty guru on Youtube.

Well, follow my advice and check out these smaller beauty companies that don’t compromise punch for just a name, that blow your mind with pigments and ingredients over glossy packaging or advertising.

 

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Glossier

Glossier is a company started by beauty editors that make ‘easy to use basics that form the backbone to your unique beauty routine.’ Shown above are the basics that make their brand. Although simple, it’s effective. Brow Boy is a cult favorite among beauty gurus to fill in and shape sparse browse or just add fullness to your already ‘on fleek’ brows. See that Balmdotcom? That’s a skin salve made of mostly coconut oil that will moisturize and solve any dry skin need. You want it on your lips, your elbows, your cuticles and any crazy dry patches that spring up on you. Minimal ingredients and straight forward results are what make Glossier unique. Join the bandwagon and check them out.

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SauceBox

You might be a little saucebox if you are rude, impudent and obnoxious. That’s the Old English origin of the moniker this Monther/Daughter company uses to call their company. Expression and no boundaries, innovation and quality without expense; this is their philosophy. The shadows above are from the Etude palette. A soft, neutral and tremendously pigmented eye shadow palette. It’s a staple in my routine. Sold out until November. I know. I’m an idiot for tempting you. But there’s other awesome shadows on their site. Cruelty free and made in the USA, I’m in love with this brand. Check out for yourself my YouTube video reviewing and demonstrating the shadows.

 

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Deciem

Call themselves the abnormal beauty company. And they’re right. They house several brands under their roof and it’s truly like no other company out there. The NIOD Photography Fluid creates a canvas on your face of light and perfection before you put on your makeup. It’s remarkable. It has nano-prismatic blurring ingredients! I’ve featured it on my YouTube channel before and I love the invention, science and beauty that powers this beauty brand. Deciem makes me feel smart for buying their product. They’re the thinking beauty addict’s love affair.

 

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SUVA Beauty

Created by makeup artist, guru and YouTube personality, Shaina Azad. She has worked in Cairo as a journalist and makeup artist for Egyptian brides. She has worked on set in Canada for movies and developed her line to fill a need for pigmented products that didn’t compromise. Her formulas contain their own primer in the shadows. I found this line at IMATS Vancouver and I fell in love with the way the shadows go on and the color doesn’t stop. It’s crazy!  The above shadows can be worn as contour and blush shades as well. It’s multi-functional!

 

If you get excited like I do when finding new brands, then dive in to these companies. Check out my videos if you want to see them in action too! Have fun. And remember- there’s no rules in makeup!

 

A DIY Memorable (and budget friendly) Milestone Birthday Party

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I love a lavish party. But the thought of paying for it and organizing it makes me break out in hives. I also know that my mom detests big and grand affairs but was turning the big 75 this year and wanted something special.

Brainstorming ideas gave inspiration to things like: a trip to Paris, a hot air balloon ride, a sky writer wishing her a Happy Birthday. None of these were feasible.

I kept thinking to myself, “How do I make a fabulous 75th birthday party??!!” And then the answer came to me-

What does any grandparent want? MORE TIME WITH THEIR GRAND KIDS!

So I did what I could. Emma and Owen were available. But her other grandchildren were traveling both abroad and back east. It would rely heavily on Emma and Owen. But we could do it.

First we piled on the sap.

Not the tree sap kind, but the sentimental kind.

We made a list of 75 things we loved about my mom. Our Oma we call her. She’s German. Then Emma cut the list in little strips of paper and we put it in a very affordable apothecary jar (found for cheap at TJ Maxx!). We tied a little ribbon on it.

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I bought an amazing cake at our local bakery, found some glorious, yet not too pricey champagne at Whole Foods, and we ordered vegetarian Vietnamese food from a family run restaurant in town, which I knew my mom would love.

We took a poster board and folded it in half. We found so many old pictures through the years, scanned them and printed them and pasted them in the card.

I found a DIY banner at Michael’s that we also clipped photos too. I also picked up at Michael’s a chalk board sign that we used for the mantle. Using my coupons everything came to around $15!

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I picked out two photos of our families featuring the grand kids and printed them off Shutterfly for just a few dollars. I found 8×10 frames at Bed, Bath and Beyond and used coupons there too. This way she had some prints of her favorite people to display in her home.

In our digital age, sometimes, a good old framed photo of loved ones is just what a 3/4 centenarian could hope for!

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So without a lot of expense or embarrassing fanfare, we celebrated my mom in the best way we could. She loved the hours of hanging out at our home, listening to her family read 75 reasons why we love her, and cherishing the people closest to her.

I also picked flowers from my yard to add to the decor.

If you have a special birthday coming up for a grandparent, or loved one that you want to add some memorable little touches- feel free to borrow any of my ideas.

 

 

Uh oh. Your kid watched a scary movie- now what?

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I remember it a few summers ago. Owen was probably 9, maybe 10. He had been having lots of sleepovers at his friend’s house in the neighborhood. Staying up late playing video games, playing baseball in the cul de sac past dark; it was just easy to let him crash there. What I found out later is that sometimes they would watch a scary movie, something involving the paranormal. The other kids didn’t see the big deal. But Owen has never liked scary. Doesn’t like it when someone sneaks up on him, doesn’t want anything with ghosts or just that creepy factor. He watches all kinds of action and adventure films that don’t scare him. He says when they have fictional fantasy aspects, he can differentiate that it’s just a movie, it’s not real.

But in some paranormal films, the plot and storytelling are just TOO real. And you can really wonder what that sound was you heard downstairs, or are the lights playing tricks on you.

So. What do we do when our kid watches a movie that scares them and now they want to sleep with the lights on?

I have partnered with Grace Hill Media and Warner Bros. to bring you some tips on what to tell your kids and help them through this. Also, I have a GIVEAWAY for the grown ups that LOVE to see scary, intense movies with real plot lines and great story telling. The Conjuring 2 is opening Friday, June 10th and I’m looking forward to this sequel.

• The first thing you need to do is sit down with your child and give them the chance to discuss the film openly. Ask them what they saw, what they thought about it, and how it made them feel. Whatever you do, don’t make light of their fears or dismiss their feelings as silly or immature.

• Once their emotions have been aired, assure your son or daughter that this was only a story, just like the imaginary tales they may have seen in books or other action movies and cartoons. Bad things weren’t happening to real people – they were actors playing a pretend game, like they and their friends do.

• Reassure your child that you, as their parent, are dedicated to protecting them. Let them know that it is one of your most important jobs – ensuring they feel safe and are safe. Reinforce that message with plenty of hugs.

• If you are a Christian family, you can explain that God has promised to be with them at all times, even in the midst of danger. Read some Bible verses together that show comfort and protection. Pray with them about the scary movie and their fears, and encourage them to pray on their own when they become frightened at night. If it seems appropriate, you can also practice some coping techniques with them, like deep breathing relaxation exercises or visualizing a happy place.

What we did for Owen was talk to him about his fears during day time. Waiting until it was right before bed seemed to remind him of the images he saw in the film. I explained that there’s special effects and people on the set that are either waiting behind walls or in a control booth that create the images and situations for us on screen. We see the finished product set to music and it just plays with our emotions. Those people in the movie got up and laughed after the director yelled “CUT” and went to go have lunch. Also, we let him sleep with as many lights on, night lights on and stuffed animal fortresses that he wanted. I also used lavender oils and some aromatherapy and breathing techniques like mentioned above.

He is 13 now and will still not go to a scary movie. I’m fine with that. His friends also respect that he doesn’t want to watch them. I know kids even younger than his age love the scary stuff, and that’s okay. The horror and super natural movie genre is one that some grasp onto early and for some others, never enjoy.

My daughter and I love a good scary film. She and I will definitely be going to see The Conjuring 2! And we’re going to wear our T shirts from the film. Which you can too if you win my Conjuring 2 prize pack.****

In it is:

2 movie passes to see the film

1 Conjuring 2 T-shirt

1 Leather bound and embossed Conjuring 2 journal

2 Creepy tumbler cups with a movie image screened on it

1 Keepsake Conjuring 2 candle

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All you have to do is comment**** below if you like scary movies or not. And if you do- tell me which is your favorite because I might not have seen it and need to check it out!

Grab your Rosary beads and light your candles and check out the Conjuring 2 this weekend in theaters!

****giveaway now closed, thank you for your responses!

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How To Get Perfect Brows- On a Budget

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Brows, brows, brows! That’s all anyone talks about in the beauty community. Twenty years ago eyebrows were the last thing to worry about on your face while applying makeup. Ninety percent of the time, I didn’t do anything at all with them.

I didn’t even start plucking or waxing until my 20s! But now girls (and boys) are grooming brows as young as middle school. [Read more…]

Dear son- don’t rape anyone

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Because I have to say it. I have to make sure I’ve done my part. I know the Boy to be sensitive, sympathetic and trusting. But what if that’s what other moms have said too? Other moms of rapists who date raped a girl at a frat party? Or who just saw a drunk girl passed out at a friend’s house and didn’t see the harm? What if those moms thought it was obvious and they never said anything?

So we need to say it. We need to tell boys that you can not, absolutely, CAN NOT have any kind of sex with a girl if she’s not given consent. Period. Done.

It’s weird that we even have to define the gray area. Oh, but what if you’re drunk too? What if she’s not passed out but sort of inebriated? She’s just tipsy, is that okay? No. It’s not okay. There is no gray area. It’s black and white. [Read more…]

What’s On My YouTube Channel

Hello readers. Long time no read.

As absent as I have been here on my blog website, it’s only because I have been all over the place on my YouTube channel.

It’s not that I don’t like to write anymore. I do. Sort of. Writing is hard. But I like makeup. A lot. So I’ve found my passion and I’m diving in. Like, head first. Or feet first cannon ball style.

I enjoy the thrill of finding new products. Of opening new packages of lipstick and seeing their glossy, gleaming smooth surface. Foundation excites me. It’s a little bit strange for those of you not in makeup land. I get it. [Read more…]

#A4PaperChallenge: The Internet’s Latest Dumb Trend

I came home from the gym today after dying on the elliptical and killing myself with pull-ups. Not the potty training pull-ups, the kind that you pull yourself up on a bar. I am working up to doing more of these on my own. You know, for when I happen to be on a cliff dangling and need to use my own upper body strength to save my life. I think of these things when I’m falling asleep.

I came home to get on social media and find the latest dumb ‘challenge’ called the #A4PaperChallenge.

Since you are probably unawares of this stupid trend, let me inform you. It started in China where women, girls, females of a diminutive frame stand behind a piece of copy paper, or 8.5×11 regular office paper, to show if they’re skinny enough. “Look, I can hide behind this piece of paper, I’m so skinny!” is basically what they’re showing us.

Paper Thin. Because that's a thing now. Ugh. #A4PaperChallenge

Paper Thin. Because that’s a thing now. Ugh.
#A4PaperChallenge

Since on the Internet, things are separated by seconds and not miles, this trend is finding its way to the States, Europe and God knows wherever else women need to prove themselves and how itty bitty their waists are.

 

Say it with me, “UGH”.

 

Enough with the ‘waist training’ and the paper challenges and the thigh gaps, and the concave stomachs.

We are not women in 1850. This isn’t Scarlett O’Hara days of corsets and 18 inch waists. We are more than that!

Thank you Internet for setting positive body image progress back one hundred years. Stop.

You should want a smaller waist for cardiac health, reducing your risk of stroke, diabetes, and high blood pressure. Not for an Internet trend.

Who started this anyway? Some bored office worker? What’s next? The #rulerchallenge?

I hope not. I decided to try out a few of my own random objects around the house.

 

I would like you to notice that I am mastering #Toasterchallenge

 

Thank you very much. Now go on with your bad ass selves and change the world without silly vanity trends.

Can I hear an Amen?

#A4PaperChallenge #Fail #notgonnahappen

#A4PaperChallenge #Fail #notgonnahappen

#scissorchallenge #notsomuch

#scissorchallenge
#notsomuch

 

#toasterchallenge #nailedit

#toasterchallenge
#nailedit

 

#fryingpanchallenge #likeaboss

#fryingpanchallenge
#likeaboss

 

#cuttingboardchallenge #yougotit

#cuttingboardchallenge
#yougotit

The Pain of Endometriosis

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I wrote last year on Emma’s journey with chronic pain due to endometriosis. It’s still a journey. Since then, she has been doing an amazing job of coping, thriving and overall being an awesome young lady.

Her academic achievements and praise from faculty and random folks not only make me proud, but put me in awe how she can handle so much at such a young age and still come through it with a sense of humor and strength.

She was given a writing assignment in Language Arts to write a poem about an emotional pain. She chose to write about her physical pain and put it in the context of the emotional strain and anguish the pain of endometriosis puts on her.

All I can say is, she broke my heart and made me even more proud of her all at the same time.

I’m sharing this with her permission so that anyone else struggling with the same condition can feel a sense of compassion from a fellow comrade in suffering.

Nothing is more frustrating to a woman with endometriosis when a doctor or even friend says something like, “It can’t be that bad.” ; “Have you tried such and such.” ; “Maybe you should do meditation or yoga.”

Sure thing. We’ve heard it all.

We don’t know what the future holds. Our goal is to keep her comfortable today, while preserving her fertility for tomorrow.

My dearest Emma, I’m so proud of you.

Love, Mom.

 

You think you have felt pain
But you have not felt my pain
My pain is a fire, burning everything in its path
My pain is dark, darker than a winter’s night with no moon
My pain is sharp like the blade of a knife
The pain of hearing you may not be a mother
Your bloodline won’t be passed on
You won’t have a daughter with eyes as blue as the sky
Or a son with hair like silky corn
Your uterus is useless
Yet you don’t want to part with it
For the bright chance you may have a daughter with your sense of humor
Or a son with your freckles
This thing inside me causes such pain yet emits such hope and possibility
This organ I despise may bring me the happiest part of my life
The pain I hate may one day be insignificant because of the love I feel to my children
The love of giving birth to a baby
How strange to have this brought to me by something I hate
My pain is a burning fire
My pain is a candle lighting a dark, cold room
My pain is endometriosis
And my pain will not stop me

-Emma Gallagher

The best gluten-free makeup

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I am not allergic to gluten, but some of my friends are. They can get really sick even if they use makeup products with gluten in them! I’m sure to some of you this is news and you never thought it mattered if there was gluten in beauty products. Well it does matter.

I have searched high and low for what would pass my beauty test. Would I use these products even though I don’t need to? Yes.

So here’s a quick list to reference.

But please watch the video. I go into detail of the products I like and some I don’t, and what to look for from companies as well as what products deserve honorary mention.

I hope this is helpful. Grab a rice cake and enjoy.

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Sources-

http://www.vitacost.com/gluten-free-shopping?isrc=glutenfreesecondarycategory:header

http://celiacdisease.about.com/od/GlutenFreePersonalCareProducts/fl/Gluten-Free-Makeup-Brands.htm

How To Not Get a Cold

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I’m not a doctor. And I don’t play one on TV. But I do know a thing or two about keeping crud away.

Remember in that Seinfeld episode when he was so proud of himself for his non vomiting streak? Well, I’m kind of like that with cruds. Okay, last spring’s food poisoning was not the flu! Sometimes you just can’t help it.

But for the most part (knock on wood) I don’t get too ill. A sniffle. Maybe. But my days of bronchitis and sinus infections seem a thing of the past. Why? Because adamantium, that’s why. No. Just kidding. I think it’s because I’m looking after myself.

Here’s how I protect myself and my family from yucky stuff all year long, not just winter. But let’s face it, winter sucks. How many times are kids sick in the winter? All the time.

Tip #1-

WASH YOUR HANDS! This is not optional. This is required. And here’s how you do it. You come in the house, you set down your purse, keys, phone, and YOU WASH YOUR DAMN HANDS! This goes for EVERYONE. If someone isn’t washing their hands, it kind of blows the purpose of keeping germs at the door.

My husband will be all, comes in, gets a glass of water, sits down, pulls out his laptop, and I say, “did you wash your hands?” And he replies, “Oh, yeah, no. I forgot.” And then I flog him for his lack of cleanliness. Just kidding.

But seriously. Wash your hands as you enter the house.

Tip #2-

GET PLENTY OF REST. I know what you’re thinking. “Fudge you Rebecca. If I wanted sleep I wouldn’t have had children.” I know. I know. But seriously. Not resting is what gets you rundown, your immune system compromised and your body out of whack. If you can feel some crud coming on- go to bed. Say no to that PTA meeting. Don’t take your kids to the bounce house. Let them play in the street while you take a nap. Okay! Just kidding. I know. But do what you can to slow down.

Tip #3

INVEST IN A GOOD QUALITY AIR PURIFIER IN YOUR HOME. This would be the Venta Air Purifier in my home. It’s the best German engineering available. It humidifies, purifies and signifies that you’re smart. Smart because you know that dust particles and dry air are a bonanza in your sinuses during the winter, and you are preventing that party from starting. Clean air and moistened nasal passages are helpful in keeping colds at bay.

 

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Tip #4

Acupuncture. Oh for crying out loud! Stop being a baby and telling me you think it’s hokey placebo stuff or scary needles. My kids have done it. It’s not scary. I do maintenance acupuncture once a month that helps keep my chi flowing like a river through Montana. I don’t get migraines anymore, I don’t have sinus headaches or infections anymore and I can see through things. Ha!

Tip #5

DRINKING LOTS OF TEA. I’m a huge tea drinker. I drink coffee too. But I pretty much keep it to one shot of espresso per day. Tea is everything. I’m drinking it constantly. Oh, and I don’t smoke and I eat kale. Sometimes. But I don’t do weird things with coconut oil or have my lady bits steamed. So I draw the line the line somewhere!

Now. If Murphy has its law about me and I drop ill from some Shanghai flu tomorrow, I will burn this post to the ground.

But truthfully, I just wanted to share with you my wisdom so that you can stay healthy and well.

Cheers!

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