Brooke

Beauty, Baby, Modeling, Acting, Fashion Crazy

Summer ready Gams

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I am not one who “tans”, or lays out in the sun. Even when I have the opportunity, I get bored, and annoyed by the constant fight with my sunglasses and the sun in my eyes, while I try to catch up on my magazine reads.  Is this just me?.. Not to mention, I lay on the SPF like a freak show, so what’s the point really? I totally dig my self tanners, so I’m over it anyway. The reason I’m writing is to hopefully help you get as comfortable as I am, with your SPF + “fake-tan”, groove. Let’s face it, it’s so much better for you! I’m not saying you can’t enjoy yourself outside, or hang on the beach with your friends, because you absolutely can, and still look amazing!

Here is my tip.

After a nice exfoliating shower (& shave), dry off and grab the self tanner. My recommendations are St.Tropez, or a tanning towel of some sort. Apply liberally all over your body, (don’t forget the tops of your feet and hands). Let soak in and dry for at least a minute, and then apply moisturizer. Be sure to use circular motions to avoid streaking.  Pay extra attention to areas commonly missed, like around your wrists, on the inside of your arms, back of the legs, and around your ankles. I then, take a baby wipe and lightly wipe the areas that tend to get a little too tan, like the elbows, knees, between finger and toes, around your ankles,  and the palms of your hands. Sometimes I even hit those areas with extra moisturizer, after.

If you are wearing shorts, a skirt / dress, or heading to the beach, reach for a  shimmering lotion to blur any imperfections, and to make your legs look extra magnificent! My favorites include, Tarte Cosmetics Maracuja Rainforest Glow Instant Matte Waterproof Body Perfector (the name is way too long, I know), and Pacifica’s Coconut Crushed Pearl bronzing body butter. I like these two because they have a little color to them, a nice soft scent, and don’t leave your legs too bright or glittery. I also, like the Sally Hansen spray.  Use caution if you choose go the spray route, because it is extra messy. Best to apply spray in the shower ( when you are dry ) to avoid getting it all over your floors, and anything else that may be close by.  Allow the product to fully soak in before getting dressed, and make sure to wash any excess product from your hands before getting dressed as well.

Voila, gorgeous gams!

 

 

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My life changed forever, 5 years ago when my baby boy came into this world. Emotionally, spiritually, physically, literally, I was a new woman. It was the best thing that (I thought I was) I wasn’t ready for.  Before him, I was a wild and free spirit. Somewhat cold-hearted and what I believed “untouchable”.  That was when this little creature opened doors inside of me I didn’t think existed, and in the best possible way. I owe so much to this little boy which whom I’ve only begun to know, and yet life before him was merely but a mirage, and now I know he is the real thing. Life. Love. Existence. It all makes sense now. Thank you my love, my little B. Happy birthday!

 

I Can’t live with out these products…

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As a bonafied product junkie, I don’t usually stick to one of anything for a long period of time. However, there are a few staples in my daily routine, that haven’t gone anywhere for quite sometime, and also few newbies that I plan on sticking to for a while.

First, My go-to facial wash has been Neutrogena’s Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser. It’s everything a girl who loves her makeup but has sensitivities, could hope for. It’s super gentle, foams deliciously, and removes every little thing I put on my face, without over drying, or irritating. LOVE!

Second, is my plain jane witch hazel. I use this as a toner, after I cleanse my face AM and PM. I have worked I the skin care industry for more than a decade, and the toners with all the bells and whistles are lovely and all, but I feel this does a good enough job for me. I like the T.N. Dickonson’s packaging, because the spout is perfect for squirting onto my cotton ball (for toning). I usually refill this bottle with store brand witch hazel, because the name brand stuff tends to be out of stock pretty often.

Third, is my moisturizer of choice Eucerin’s Redness Relief cream. Lately, I have been using this morning and night, because my skin has been dying of thirst. In the summer I’ll use Neutrogena’s Sensitive Moisturizer for face. Like I said, my skin has been crazy sensitive these past few years, so I am very choosey when it comes to anything that touches my face.

On days, I feel I’m lacking a certain “glow”, I apply Clarins Intense Bronze Self Tanning Tint. This is a liquid bronzer, specially made for the face. I apply this before I moisturize, so my moisturizer can blend any streaks I may have missed when I applied by cotton ball.

Next, I’ll tell you about my new favorite tinted moisturizer/ BB Cream. Tarte Cosmetics BB Illuminating Moisturizer. This lovely product, hydrates, blur’s imperfections, is antioxidant rich, and isn’t formulated with all the extra garbage that a lot of other tinted moisturizers have. This whole product line is a favorite of mine, and becoming a staple in my everyday makeup routine.

Speaking of the Tarte line, I have a new love for their Maracuja Creaseless Concealer. My eye area is my main area of concern, as far as my sensitivities go, and in general when it comes to anti-aging and applying makeup everyday.
This concealer is super creamy, gives great coverage, and the oil in it really calms and moisturizes wherever it is applied. I can really count on this product to deliver, especially if I am experiencing a flare up around my eyes. It stays put, and doesn’t irritate my delicate skin.

Now, I’ll move up a little on the face and tell you, after years of torture, all but a few hairs in my brows have decided to abandon me all together. Therefore, I fill them in all the time. I have used countless types of pencils, powders, waxes, and mascara-esque techniques, and have finally fallen for Tarte (surprise) Waterproof Brow Mousse. This gem came with the perfect dual ended angled brush, and spooly, to help me achieve the most natural look. Definitely a must for any gal (or guy) with sparse brows.

Oh wait! I forgot about my favorite eyeliner… So, I don’t do my makeup the same everyday. As far as eye-liner goes, some days I use pencil eyeliner (usually a coal based), a gel/ brush applied, powder, no liner, liquid, etc. you get the point.   The liquid eyeliner I choose is based on what type of applicator is used in the formula, and how it lasts after applied. I prefer a thin, brush type, applicator, with my liquid liner. For the perfect winged-lined eye, I love my Liquid Liner by Motives in Noir. This entire make up line is amazing, and is a staple in my makeup case.

Eos lip balm. I am in love with this super moisturizing lip balm. It keeps my lips super soft year round. The packaging is super cute too!

In hair care, it is also important to apply a prep or foundation mist as a “primer” or base for styling products. The one I have use for years, is Bumble and Bumble’s “Prep”. It is weightless, has vitamins to nourish my hair and scalp, and also helps the products I layer on top, adhere and do their job best.

Another daily product I use is Oribe’s Royal Blowout. This is a fine, light weight oil-type mist. I apply this mid-length to ends, to assist in the perfect blowout.

Floss… I can’t go without it. Your smile is one of your best beauty weapons, therefore take good care of it! I am so loyal to my Glide Floss, I don’t dare switch. Well, I take that back. I’ll switch from Original Glide, to 3D Whitening Glide floss. There is something so fabulous about this smooth and minty tape which makes flossing so enjoyable. This roll of floss never gets stuck between my teeth, and is super gentle and effective.  I can’t stand the feeling of other thicker flosses.  I am a lifer Glide user.

Okay, let’s move down to the rest of the body. After my shower, and (sometimes before bed), I use Nivea’s Anti-Cellulite Gel. I have been using this product since it hit the shelves, and let me just say that I am totally comfortable in my bikini, because I know that no one is checking out my cottage cheese booty. There isn’t any, that’s why. Now, I am not necessarily claiming that this cream has gotten rid of it for me, diet and exercise has played a huge role as well, I’m sure.  I do believe however, this cream helps smooth trouble areas and keeps it from getting worse. I have used this throughout both of my pregnancy’s, and will continue to use it as long as Nivea makes it. There are so many other creams out there for a higher cost, yet no real evidence that the extra money spent is truly worth it.

Last, is my newfound love for AmLactin body lotion. This lotion contains Alpha Hydroxy Acids that help smooth and treat dry, rough, and bumpy skin. Think “chicken bumps” or Keratosis Pilaris  (KP) , flaky, ashy, or even breakout prone areas. This will help clear any such issues. With bikini season coming up, I highly recommend this for smoother than smooth skin all over your body. This brand also makes a fabulous foot cream. All of which are super affordable. Love this product line!

Make it end – Trend

One trend in shoes that I’m seeing everywhere for spring / summer ’14 is making my eyes and stomach hurt. These horrid Birkenstock inspired sandals, look like something my 89 year old grandmother would wear, and are absolutely FUGLY. I have no other proper description for them… Please, make them go away! Celine, Miu Miu, Marc Jacobs, Salvatore Ferragamo, Just to name a few. All offenders of this terrible trend. These sandals may be trendy on shuffle board courts in the nursing home, but nowhere else. Period.
I’m not sure what these designers are thinking? Maybe they are all old, and out of touch, and personally need to wear this style for their own ratchety bones.  I don’t care how you bedazzle, or how many platform levels you add, this style is not flattering on anyone 60 years of age and younger. Make it stop.

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Spring So Fresh

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Spring is on the bound, and this means fresh pallets in beauty, fashion, and just about everything else life has to offer.

This season is all about pastel colors, soft hair, and natural makeup in sweet hues. Lighten up from the bottom up, literally. From your lighter colored toes, to balayage hair. Think, less black, less layering, less fuss… Go for a more natural approach, on everything. Even your perfume should change. Yes! Fall/Winter go with heavier ambers, and more sensual scents. When Spring/ Summer hits, lighten it up with floral’s, and citrus notes. Luckily, the scent you already use, may already have a lighter/ similar alternative to your go-to fall/winter scent ( or vise versa ) .

Spring clean your closet by moving your heavy knits, and tweeds into storage, and bring back your gingham, and linen, all white everything, and frayed denim shorts, back to the front line up.

Girls, skin is definitely in. Now more than ever! Start working on that booty by getting your squat on for those short shorts, and be sure to do your crunches for the crop tops because, they are back baby!

This is also a great time to start waxing, or laser-ing, those bikini exposed areas again.

Notes for a New Year

It’s a new year, January is the month of new beginnings. Things are suppose to be new and fresh and exciting all over again. What I love about a “new year” is that, it means only a few months left of yucky snow (Michigan life), and it’s totally appropriate to wear white jeans again (I took about a month off), even though the whole “no white after Labor Day” rule is dunzo.  I mean, I’m even sick of black this, and black that, when black is pretty much my favorite “non-color” besides white. Wink wink!.. I’m ready for pastels and all white everything! There are however, a few things I’m not ready to let go of/ would like to see go for 2014…

1. My obsession with Leather/ Faux-Leather pants. I can’t get over it just yet. Besides the fact I want to wear them every day, and it’s not technically “spring” here until late April. Let’s not forget I suffer from having issues with people “seeing me in the same thing twice disease”. So this is tricky, but I’m still addicted. I’ll try the leather shorts with tights now, between my hot ass leather pencil skirt and leather and faux leather pants,  through spring. However, I find it very unpractical to wear leather shorts in the summer.  I’ll suffer for fashion, but pain and sweat are totally different monsters. Am I wrong?! It grosses me out! Not to mention, other options that are more desirable such as, my black sequin Zara shorts, from 4 years ago are way hotter anyway, and not in the sweaty kind of “hot” either…

2. Oxford loafers… Where did these ugly things come from? Were designers so cornered with coming up with a stylish flat that they sold themselves short for this style?! And thirsty fashonista reporter type wannabe’s. accepted them, for lack of a fashionable voice of their own (heaven forbid). I mean there are one type of woman where this looks good on, and it’s not me honey. Not hating, they are just NOT sexy, on this type of female. At all. Period. They have to go. I’m sorry, I’m not sorry. I hate them.

3. I am soooooo happy pointed toe shoes are in again, (minus any platform). Words can not explain. I always hated the stripper platform shoes, that have been popular in recent years. The fact that some still designers are still coming out with these styles with the stripper platform is beyond me. I’ll  be straight up when I say, there must a lot of “inner strippers”, in some rich bitches in the suburbs or here there and everywhere, because this style is still out there. Or maybe a lot of risqué gals who married up, continue to buy the shoes thus encouraging these designers to come out with more of the less glam style. They are gross (the stripper esque shoes). No one wears them appropriately. They have to G.O…

5. Flats in general I have a hard time with. Heels are just plain sexier! It’s so hard to find a cute flat if you are below “supermodel height”. Unless, of course you are in full on Lulu Lemon headed to a workout class in your neon tenni’s, but even that is hard to pull off past the grocery store, post workout..

6. Take care of your skin in the winter months.  Winter months are especially hard on your hair and skin. This time of year takes a huge toll on your skin, hair, and nails. Why you ask? Because, there is so little moisture in the air naturally,  and due to having the “heat on” in your home and in your car. Hot showers can even cause dry skin in winter months if you do not moisturize quick enough post shower, and properly. Read the ingredient list on your moisturizers. This is particularly important in winter months. Stay away from cheap moisturizers with alcohol in the ingredient list, or petroleum, or mineral oil. My favorite winter moisturizer in the winter is raw coconut oil. Plain and simple. It’s good for you, and your whole family inside and out. It’s free of excess garbage found in most main stream “moisturizers”, and you can use it head to toe. Not only do I cook with it, I use it as a hair masque, face/body moisturizer, cuticle oil, and spread it on toast all in the same day. My young son and I have sensitive skin, and this is the only thing that doesn’t sting, and delivers results. LOVE!

6.  As far as your face,  clean & soft makeup with a bright bold lip are a DO. Don’t get caught up in the whole high-light/contour fad. It’s great for professional Makeup Artists, and nights out when you may get photographed, but it doesn’t always translate on the everyday. Especially if you are attempting the look and you are not a professionals makeup artist. Less really is more…

7. Nails, I love looking at all the fun nail art designs posted on social media, and I look forward to more in 2014. Almost everything goes,however, acrylic and (orange glow tan) is still a no… Not sorry.

8. I hope pastel hair stays cool for the young-in’s because I am obsessed, and not ready to let it go!  I personally can’t pull it off because, I’m not that cool, I’m a mom and turning 30 this year. Let’s keep that gorgeous trend for the 25 and below crowd. I love seeing the photos!

9.  Boots. I love them, and they are cool year ’round. For a more summer boot, go for a perforated style that’s sued and/ or, peep-toe, or both. Boot are sexy and cool year round. Check in to Pinterest, or your favorite fashion blog for style tips.

10. Layers.  Start with a well fitting tank, and choose which shoes/ boots you wish to sport for the day, and work your way from there. This is good until it’s too warm to layer. Personally, I’m a little over cardigans. As much as I love them, they don’t flatter anyone’s shape unless you belt them correctly and that can be more hassle then you set out for when looking for your outfit of the day. Blazers are a classic option, always look amazing and come off less sloppy than a cardigan, plus they flatter a womans shape more so than a cardigan. Don’t forget another layering option: Leather and fur/faux vests. A never fail in cold weather, and always a good layer option as well.

 

DVF11. Last but not least, words of fashion wisdom for 2014… Legging are something a lot of suburbanites and beyond swear by ( I am even, one myself) for day to day errands. However, try to limit the “legging look” to workouts and groceries.If you care to make a fashion impression, in the outside world, and if not disregard this piece of advice. Fashionista’s have condemned the look for an “all day” look since they (the leggings) resurrected themselves. As a fashion icon would say, “Feel like a woman, wear a dress”.  DVF

Basically, get up, and dress up! We are woman. It’s enough we have the world on our shoulders. Bur we also are lucky enough to have a cast of brilliant designers who have created lines just for us Women! Not just clothing designers, but makeup artists, hair stylists, and of course shoe designers who have broken grounds for the everyday girl to her her own, Liz Taylor, Marilyn Monroe, or her modern day Kate Moss.

This quote is what gets me motivated on those days where all I want to wear is my yoga attire and no-makeup. Ugh!!! Be sexy, and go get it,  every single day! Weather its under what you are wearing and you are the only one who knows,  or right there for everyone too see as a red lip, just give a little glam… For your sake, the woman you are, if not for anyone else.

Quotes by this iconic designer are extremely real and inspirational, for any woman.  I highly recommend looking up all her of words of wisdom. Dian Von Furstenberg is truly a woman’s woman.  Dian Von Furstenberg, is a true icon.

Happy New Year!

 

Holiday Glitz

 

When this time of year rolls back around, it seems like everyone starts to sparkle a little more. Shoes, dresses, accessories, and even makeup is covered in glitz and glam.  Maybe it’s the fact that our evenings are now longer than our daylight, and we are just craving a little sparkle to light up our day to day. Or maybe it’s the many parties that we all are attending that get us into a glittering spirit. Either way, it’s fun, festive and definitely puts a smile on my face, regardless the dreary weather. In fact, December may be the only month when it’s absolutely acceptable, and even encouraged to wear sequins in the AM.

As you are getting ready, remember to keep your style balanced, and avoid dressing like a disco ball. For instance,  I found these amazing sequins jeans from ASOS, that I plan on wearing with a simple top, and pointy-toe heels, (as often as I can get away with, because they are fabulous!) this season.  I also love what Essie recently came out with for glittering polishes. They aren’t your typical ”glitter” polish. Theses lacquers add a metallic “color” to your nail as well. Leaving your nails looking absolutely luxurious. The colors I chose from the Essie line are, ”Hors D’oeuvres”,(shown below)  and “Belugaria” a gorgeous glittery black.  Pair the jeans, and nails together, and I am perfectly glitzed out for a day in the month of December.

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There are other ways the keep the glitter in your life, and not just around the holidays. Tis, the season to stock up on the bling’d out accessories and beauty tools to use throughout the year!  I have seen it all lately, from good old Vaseline, to an eyelash curler. Everything is getting bedazzled to make your daily routine a little brighter.  Here are two of my favorite bling-bling beauty tools; an encrusted  lash curler by Tart, and blinged out Tweezerman tweezers.

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Happy Holidays everyone! Hopefully this post makes your December a little lighter, and brighter!

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