Summer Shenanigans

Wow, it has been a while!  But time flies when you’re having fun!  What a wild year it has been so far.  I can’t believe it’s already the middle of summer.  The fun started with an all expense paid cruise for two to Bermuda on the huge and beautiful Anthem of the Seas!  It’s amazing to have been able to treat my hubby to this as it was only a week after our 16th Wedding Anniversary!

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And it was just for doing what I love!  It was definitely a fun and amazing experience for our first cruise!  And we ported in Bermuda for a night and walked around the island as well as took a boat tour that had a lot of rum involved!  Needless to say, I felt like a pirate after that!  We also got a kiss under the Moongate to make a wish as it was legend there it meant a long and happy life together! And that is our ship in the background!  Part of it, anyway.

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I was super shocked to receive recognition as well, as you can see by the look on my face!  I was in the top ten of reps who earned the trip for new title advancements, which means my team is fabulous and they really deserved the award!  But I was very happy to accept it on their behalf and it was wonderful to share that moment with my hubby!  That’s him in the hat behind me!

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After that whirlwind five-night cruise, we returned to reality to wrap up May.  We had end of year activities for the kids including my son’s graduation from elementary school!  I can’t believe I have a child entering middle school!  It even felt weird typing that out!  But he received several awards at his ceremony and was in the top two in his class for math and science!  Proud parent moment for sure!  We are so proud of him!  And our baby girl isn’t a baby anymore!  She is still in elementary but growing so fast!

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Speaking of awards, my President’s Recognition Program Luncheon was the day after the Fifth Grade Ceremony and I unexpectedly cleaned up!  I ended up with seven new statuettes, some for sales and some for the team, as well as a certificate for my sales title increase, and a few other goodies for different achievements.  It was a wonderful and heart-filling day!  My mentor even drove all the way up to be with me!  That just made it even more special!

After school let out, we have enjoyed some time at the lake, some time at the pool, and some time with friends, with a little work mixed in of course!  It definitely is a perk to be able to set your own schedule and hit the lake on a Tuesday at 11am!  No crowds!

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I will say this, I normally use our DEET Free Expedition aerosol spray for a bug repellent and sunblock, but at the lake it is super windy so I grabbed one of the DEET Free Bug Guard Plus Lotions and oh-em-gee is this stuff amazeballs!  My daughter has very sensitive skin and we have had a hard time finding sun block that didn’t break her out and my son is so fair-skinned he normally burns no matter how much we reapply.  But, we spent three hours at the lake one afternoon and she did not get any reapplication and was not burnt at all AND didn’t have any rash from the SPF!  My son got reapplied once in the three hour time and didn’t get burnt (seriously he is much more pale than the rest of us so I didn’t want to risk it).  The bottle does say waterproof for 80 minutes, so to make it stretch the way we did is a huge deal for him and his pastiness!  Most sunblock that says 80 minutes doesn’t even last 30 on him in the water!  The fact is smells good and also repels mosquitoes and no-see-ums as well as many other icky creatures is a plus!

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Besides our water play I have enjoyed some fresh made French Toast courtesy of my son the budding chef!  He also has whipped up grilled cheese for his sister a few times!  They have gotten along brilliantly this summer to be together so much!

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He has weaseled his way out of several errands and deliveries but my baby girl enjoys riding around with me!  In fact, it’s only during the summer months that she gets to do that with me as well as going to my mentor’s meetings.  During the school year it is just too late for her to be out so I always promise to take her during the summer.  The last time we went down, there were some storms but she was able to see her first rainbow in person ever, and it was a double rainbow at that!  She enjoys being around all my teammates and adores my mentor so I love when I can take her with me.

I was able to help my momma after her knee surgery and my teammates and customers were amazing and patient with me.  She of course rocked that surgery is already released from physical therapy and about to take her second trip to Gulfport post-op!  Her surgery was only in mid-May and she has already traveled TWICE!  It was such a blessing to not worry about a job and just be with my mom since she has always been there for me.  My sister was a huge help, especially the first week, and of course Dad was there in the evenings to take care of her and took her to some appointments because he wanted to.  Other than that, it’s been business as usual working from home most days and getting out to talk to folks others.  The cat always seems irritated with me when I am on the phone a lot during the day; this is his face all day until my hubby gets home!

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We were able to catch a few Braves game this year as a family and we love that!  One was 15 innings, though, and we were delirious by the time it was over!  Fun memories, though!

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We still have a little bit of summer left, but it sure is flying by.  I will say, my second summer as a work-from-home-momma has been much smoother and more fun!  I will try to not be so delayed on my next installment of Beauty Boss Momma, but glad to catch you all up!

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Dry and bitter…

No, that is not my attitude!  Although I realize I have been gone for a minute, I am actually hydrated and sweet!  But the weather outside is frightful, dry, and you guessed it, bitter cold!  Some folks love the winter months and I normally do until we hit single digits, especially for more than one day!  We even got snow-in Georgia-in December.  That just doesn’t happen.

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I grew up in the south where December may still yield short sleeves and flip flops so when we got over a foot of snow before Christmas I was in shock!  And even worse than dealing with our power going out and the endless amount of wet clothes the kids kept throwing off is the extreme dry skin!

I normally have oily skin so if my skin gets dry, you know the air is bone dry.  Weird how cold wetness can make the air feel so dry!  But as you burn fires and run the furnace indoors, that sucks the moisture right out of the air!  So how to you combat it?  I mean, we can’t have dry skin because dry skin leads to premature wrinkles and who needs that?

A non-drying cleanser with no soap and no alcohol is a great start.  This is my favorite here.  Then, this is a great time for a gentle but regular exfoliating to keep any dry flaky skin at bay.  I love this daily scrub and it is very gentle but definitely creates a soft smooth face!  Plus, a good exfoliation only aides in the use of treatments and moisturizers.  These items can get soaked up by dry or dead skin before making it to your face so exfoliation is double important!

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After a soft cleanse, I have switched up my routine to the Power Serum to help not only even tone and minimize pores but to give my treatments and moisturizer a boost!  I am loving the Advanced Wrinkle Corrector right now because while most products don’t do double-duty, this does!  It acts as a clinical treatment AND a moisturizer all in one jar!  And to be so awesome, it’s not harsh and doesn’t have a terrible medicine smell!

Of course the whole routine is complete with the Eye Lift Pro to keep my lids lifted and those crows feet at bay!  I hope you are staying warm and enjoying the weather like I am, from inside by the fireplace with some hot coffee early and chilled wine later!  Maybe if I change it to a margarita I can pretend I’m at the warm beach??

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Smooth like a baby’s bottom!

My skin is sensitive, combination, and generally just aggravated with me.  I love to try different foundations all the time, spend time outside, rub my face when I am thinking really hard, and my diet is, well, very poor!  Because of this abuse to my face, I do try to care for it by using gentle soap-free cleansers, this one is my favorite.  I also have carefully selected a skincare regimen to keep my skin moisturized while also attacking some of the signs of aging that I brought on with years of tanning and smoking, both of which I no longer do!  I love my AHA cream every few days, my Line Eraser, and my Ultimate.  I also love to exfoliate using my gentle Refining Daily Scrub 2-3 times per week.  It’s perfect for all skin types and the little beads are rounded so they don’t irritate the sensitive skin on the face.  But I was saddened this morning to find I had run out of the RDS even though I thought I surely could squeeze a few more uses out!  You only need a pea size for your face, so I assumed I could push some down but apparently I had used it all.  I had that tube over a month, but still, sadness….

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While I have come to love my RDS because of the gentleness, I was pleased to find I had a tube of the Clearskin Pore Penetrating Invigorating Scrub in the shower!  I had totally forgotten about this little gem when I started using the Anew Clean items.  But the invigorating scrub is just that…INVIGORATING!  It definitely feels more scrubby or almost sand-like than the clean line, but it also leaves this cool sensation on your skin when you rinse it off!  So I put a pea size of this in my hand and gently rubbed it on my clean face.  Amazing!  Super soft feel and that burst of cool after the scrubbies is the perfect combination to refresh you, especially in the morning!

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Now, exfoliating is serious business and you can actually harm your face by doing it too often.  Also, you want to rub longer, not harder, if you feel you are in need of a good sloughing.  Rubbing too hard will only irritate your skin and leave it blotchy and tender.  While exfoliation is good to get dead skin off and leave your skin smooth, you need to follow it with a great moisturizer as it can be drying.  Drying leads to lines.  Lines make you sad!

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Precisely

I am a lover of makeup.  However, a lover of makeup and an expert of makeup are two TOTALLY different things.  I have used and loved our Glimmersticks for so long that I am pretty confident in my look with them.  However, I have a large customer base that keeps ordering these Superextend Precise Liquid Liner Pens.  What is the fuss, I wondered? For a long time it was only available in black like many other liquids, but a customer had mentioned several times she would just love if they came in color.  While I was browsing my rep-only brochure for items coming soon, I jumped off the sofa when I turned the page and I see FOUR new colors for this pen!  I immediately contacted the customer that had wanted these and she got three of the four new colors.  She was so excited and I was happy for that!  When she received them, she kindly shared on my VIP Facebook page how much she loved them and how she was happy the new colors were being offered!  Several other VIP’s of course now want the full spectrum of colors in this item.

While I am excited my peeps are getting things they want, I was intrigued but scared to try them.  I have tried liquid liners in the past and looked more like Alice Cooper than Audrey Hepburn.  I had long made up my mind that look just wasn’t for me.  Hence the love of my ever-so-soft and long-lasting Glimmersticks!  But, in the name of research and stepping out of my comfort zone, I placed an order for one of the Precise Liquid Pens in black (this is hard enough without adding colors into the mix).

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So, then pen arrived.  I decided to try this on a Sunday when i had a little extra makeup time.  It’s definitely in a thicker pen than my beloved Glimmersticks.

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I opened it to find what appears to be a felt tip with a sharp end (not like cut your eye sharp, just very pointy).  So, ok, this is not what I expected as past liquid liners appeared much more liquidy and wet, this almost was like a marker and I use those all the time, just not on my face!  I got this, right??

Well, I was not right at all…But thankfully I have plenty of cotton balls and the best eye makeup remover ever!  Two cotton balls, three failed attempts.  I definitely put the remover to the test today and it did great!  Silver lining…but I am no quitter.

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After a few frustrating moments, some eye makeup remover, and a few deep breaths, I finally got a look I could at least leave the house with.  Is it what I envisioned?  No.  I need some serious wing-work.  But, to get these look after only three attempts, I was satisfied.  I will continue to practice this and play with the looks and the wings.  I will say, the hubby told me I looked sexy today, so I may start wearing this every day (ok let’s be real, maybe twice a week because I will never fully replace Glimmersticks).  If you want to check out the Precise Liquid Pens in the various colors for only $5.99 each, click here!

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Free lipsticks!

I am definitely a lover of eye makeup, but dabble with lip color because it really does change your attitude for the better.  Because tomorrow, 7/29/17, is National Lipstick Day, we have a sweepstakes for a full set of our 40 Avon True Color Lipsticks!  It’s free, so why not?  Imagine all the possibilities!  Click here to enter!  When you’re done with that, go checkout all we have to offer for lips here!

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Color by numbers

I am not a “color” expert.  I cannot highlight, strobe, or otherwise enhance my cheekbones.  I can barely manage a small wing on my eyeliner.  But that doesn’t mean I don’t want to try.  And it certainly doesn’t mean I want to look like a hot mess until I master these things.  I was at a show last weekend and I did the ole look-behind-me cliche when a lady said my makeup looked beautiful.  I literally thought someone must be standing behind me because she couldn’t be talking to me.  She laughed and said, “you, honey, I am talking to you.  Your eyes are just perfect.”  I could feel blood rushing to my face and I had a total awkward moment because I have a hard time accepting compliments.

I went on to finally say thank you, and its the work of my quad.  She then looked at me crazy so I had to explain the sorcery known to many as True Color Quad.

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The beauty of the Quad is it is like painting by numbers for kids!  Anyone can pretend to understand how to match shades and apply eye shadow with these magical little squares of color!

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You simply turn the quad over and follow the instructions!!!  OMG!!  How simple?  This is glorious, just glorious.  I recently did branch out a smidge and started using actual brushes for my application instead of the wand that comes with the quad.  But, I only use the crease brush and eye shadow brush.  That took some getting used to, but I definitely can tell the difference of the brushes versus the wand.  I still use the wand for the brow bone, baby steps…

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So, with some simple instructions and just a few minutes I have a decent look that appears like I at least put in an effort!  Be sure to check out all the different shades we have here!  At $5.99 you can get all of your favs and not feel guilty!

Sunny days

Well, we had a pretty wet and cloudy start to the summer!  But, even though we have had a good bit of rain showers and thunderstorms we have had a decent amount of sunny days!  I know I send the kids outside anytime I see a break in the clouds because it’s hard to say how long it will last!  I try to get some vitamin D as well and like most moms I am all about the Bug Guard and SPF!  I also use a day cream with SPF and during the summer months I switch to a day lotion with SPF 50, the Skinvincible, for my face to stay moisturized, keep my foundation looking good, and keep the bad rays away!

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I also must use shades outside because my eyes are super sensitive to light, the curse of the light blue eyes!  But even with my sunglasses, I tend to squint when I am outside.  I also have been laughing a lot this summer!  It’s been so much fun with the kids and friends and my biz that I have been gut-laughing a lot!  But with all this sun-squinting and laughter, I have to be mindful of that delicate skin around my eyes and the dreaded crows feet!

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But Anew to the rescue!  One of the staples in my regimen is the Clinical Eye Lift Pro Dual Eye System!  This is part of our clinical line but specially formulated for the skin around your eyes.  But better than just an eye cream, this one packs a one-two punch!

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There is a cream for under the eye, around the top of the cheek bone, and next to the eye area to keep the lines at bay and fight any existing ones.  But there is also a super special gel that you apply to the top of the lid and brow bone.  This gel keeps that area lifted and tight giving super definition to the upper eye and brow!  I also learned a trick from a very successful and ageless rep that if you keep this product in the fridge, it is very refreshing after a long, hot day! It will have all the normal benefits, but also has a fabulous cooling effect on those tired eyes when it’s cold!  So do yourself a favor and check into adding this little gem to your skincare routine to tackle those stubborn areas around the eye instead of trying not to smile or go outside!  Click here to grab it or click here to take the skincare quiz to find the best products for you!  Happy summer!