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My Fit-Spiration

In fitness, lifestyle on June 24, 2016 at 1:00 pm

Every time I see Serena I get my life.  She is Beautiful.  Strong.  Resilient.  Powerful.  When I see her, it pushes me to do a few more reps.  To run a little harder.  To jump a little higher. To be a better “athlete”.

These women are my definition of a Boss.  To achieve this level of athleticism, you have to Dedication.  Vision.  Discipline.  Focus.  Grit.  Determination.

I think I’m going to create a fit inspiration board and include some of these images so that when I feel discouraged and tired and don’t want to get up at 4 am to work out, I can look at my board and remember that there were, are, and will be days when my fitness heros have felt the same way and have not given up.


Quick Beauty Product Solutions

In beauty, how to, makeup on June 22, 2016 at 2:17 pm

Here are quick solutions for when two common beauty product start to run low and you haven’t had the time to replenish …

  • You know what happens when you start hitting pan with your favorite foundation or bronzer compact…the slightest jolt or bump can make your product shatter into a big mess all over the place.  To prevent that from happening, take a few cotton rounds to put in the compact to absorb impact.  If you carry  your product with you, I would also suggest putting that compact inside of a zip lock bag and then putting it into your cosmetic bag so the contents don’t get all over your other makeup.

  • You can also use a sifter jar to put the contents in.  This is not necessarily the most convenient if you carry your product with you for touch ups but it conserves your product.  You can find these jars here here or here.
  • What do you do when you have a tube of something like a moisturizer or foundation that is running low?  Many times you may not be able to squeeze anything out however many times there is still a great deal of product left in these tubes.  Just cut the tube open with a pair of clean scissors (if you can’t screw or pop the top off) and scoop the contents into a travel jar.  Usually if it is a bottle of product, you can screw the top off and pour the contents into a sample jar.

What are some of your beauty product solutions?

To Cheat Or Not To Cheat

In fitness, lifestyle on June 17, 2016 at 12:00 pm

There is much discussion or schools of thought, if you will, around cheat days and whether or not you should cheat on your meal plan.  Cheat.  Don’t cheat. Everything in moderation.  Eat clean.  Intermittent fasting.  3 days on 1 day off.  Be vegan.  Be vegetarian. If it tastes good don’t eat it. Blah Blah Blah.  The list goes on.

There is validity to these schools of thought and one, some or none of these methods may work for you.  I do know that when you are following some type of weight loss, fit journey (whatever you choose to call it) you have to do your research so that you can make informed decisions that will support your goals.

Cheat Days

I personally don’t believe in cheat days.  For starters, the word “cheat” has a negative connotation.  Link that to food then every time I want something like pizza, I feel bad about it.  That can then lead to shame, defeat, binging, etc. Let’s face it:  I am a foodie.  I love eating different kinds of foods as well as experiencing different restaurants.  I also have a torrid love affair with pepperoni pizza and Cheez-Its.  I don’t plan on giving these things up.  EVER.  I also know I cannot eat these foods on a regular basis and expect to maintain my weight.  So what do I do?  If i want a particular food, I eat it in moderation.  If I want pizza, depending on where it came from, Pizza Boli or Mamma Lucia, I have a slice or two – not the whole pie.  If I want ice cream, I have a serving size, which is usually a scoop, and move on with my day.  That glass of wine?  It depends on my mood.  This practice works for me because I have developed a certain level of discipline and have clearly defined fitness goals.  Moderation for me may be once a week or once a month.

If you want to do a cheat day, I think that’s fine as long as you maintain a certain level of self control so as not to undo all of the hard work you have put in all week.  If you are going to use a cheat day,  try planning it out.  Make sure it fits into your calorie count for the day.  So for instance, you might choose one Sunday meal to splurge on like brunch or dinner and eat lean and clean for the rest of your meals that day.  I know that if I have an event/dinner to go to, I typically will eat cleaner and possibly meatless on the days leading up to the event.  The day of, I keep it simple with fruits, veggies and lots of water because I am going to enjoy the occasion.  This method helps me maintain some type of meal plan decorum.

Don’t take anything I have said about this topic as law.  This method works for me and many other people I know.  So, in the words of the beloved Hodgetwins:  “It’s just advice.  Do whatever the %$&k you wanna do!”


On The Phone Again…

In etiquette, lifestyle on June 16, 2016 at 12:00 pm

It’s that phone thing again…

Why does it seem as though people cannot get off the phone for even 30 seconds to transact business?   I’m speaking specifically about people who have their phone glued to their face while at a checkout counter.  You’ve seen it before, perhaps standing in line behind said perpetrator, maybe you are the cashier, or maybe you are the perpetrator.  Anyway, said perpetrator is checking out while having a loud conversation on the phone and the cashier has a barrage of questions their company demands they ask (rolling eyes in the back of head) and Talking Tiffany (or Tom) wont get their ass off the phone. Not even for 30 seconds, thereby holding up the line. And while said person is on the phone, you know they can never find their wallet or their keys or their kids or their supposed coupons for 10% off their purchase of $5.  Please.  Mass confusion.   My advice for you is to at least tell the person you are talking to please hold while you transact your business because doing so is just plain rude and disrespectful and I’m sure you would want people to respect you.

Makeup and HDR Cameras

In makeup on June 15, 2016 at 12:00 pm

The other day a friend of mine who is a filmmaker texted me asking if I knew anything about makeup for film in high dynamic range (HDR) which then sparked a discussion about makeup for film, etc.  I had not heard anyone in my circles discussing the topic (not yet anyway) but this made me start doing some research for which honestly I didn’t see much information.  From what I gathered from our conversation (and the workshop she attended), this seems to be the next big thing in television and film, possibly replacing HD (which is already hyper-focused) camera technology.  HDR is on our camera phones and if we are taking photos, selfies, etc, we have the option of editing with facetune, etc to smooth out, color correct etc.

But what does this do for the art of makeup/makeup artists in film and the ability to make skin look flawless.  I did say that from what I know about makeup and skin and how it translates in real life and especially on camera, it may come down to, in part, the condition of the skin and skin prep before you get to the makeup (but this is standard or at least should be prior to a makeup application).  Makeup can only do so much to hide texture in the skin such as pimples, larger pores and wrinkles.  For instance, there is a very famous, talented actor whose name I will not mention (Shades Of Blue) who has very textured skin which is visible, regardless of how much makeup he may have on. Like I always tell my clients, foundation can only do so much to make you look flawless.   Anywho, the technology for makeup (and application techniques) my have to change very quickly in order to adapt to the increasing demands of camera technology.  Case in point –  when Make Up For Ever (forerunners in creating makeup for HD camera) went from original HD to Ultra HD for the increased focus of 4D camera lens.  That change is fairly recent so I’m curious to know how they, and other brands will adapt foundation if they do that at all.

As far as application techniques are concerned – it may mean increased demand for airbrushing  because traditional application techniques show brush strokes which HDR (HD, even the well trained eye, can detect).  Maybe sheet foundation masks?  Who knows?  We shall see.  All of this is just me thinking out loud…