My Favorite Beauty Finds: Part 1
Over the last few years I’ve managed to hone in on a few things that help me look and feel my most beautiful. I’ve streamlined my skin care regime and cherry picked the best products to help me achieve that often illusive clear skin glow. I’ve carved out time to get my roots done regularly and have my lash extensions cared for (said lash extensions are kind of my new favorite beauty find by the way!) I’ve discovered the perfect apps to help me maintain a consistent, quick and relatively easy workout routine and I’ve mostly stopped buying the latest trends in favor of fits and styles I know are more flattering to my figure. It’s taken me about 20 years to figure out what I most need, what truly works and how I really want to feel and I thought I’d share my findings with you. As I started listing and linking to all my favorites I realized I needed to break this post up into parts. It was getting a little overwhelming and way too long to be easily digestible so I decided to start my beauty share with my favorite lash extension line, my 10 minute or less makeup routine and the two apps I’m using now to help rid myself of the last of my baby weight. The next post will have all the info and links to my all time favorite skin care products and after that I’ll dive into my go to jeans, tops and sweaters that help shape, lift, minimize and flatter me the most. I’ve discovered that feeling beautiful is beautiful and that there’s no shame in passing by a mirror and smiling at what you see!
Four Products That Perfect!
Waking Up Pretty
So about those lashes. The first time I tried them was about nine years ago for a movie I was doing and lord were they a pain in the ass! They took hours to put on, were itchy and uncomfortable and fell out way faster than promised forcing me into another lengthy session to re-apply. I gave up on them for several years until a girlfriend with enviable lashes convinced me to try them again. They were a little better this go around but still never lasted long enough, forcing me to refill every week and ultimately becoming way too high maintenance for my schedule. Then, when another friend started working for Borboleta Beauty I let him talk me into trying them one more time.
Borboleta Beauty was so convinced that I’d have a far better experience with their lashes expertly applied by one of their professionally trained lash experts they were willing to let me try them for free only hoping that I’d tell you all about them if I liked them. Well, like them I did!! They have become one of my all time favorite beauty treats! They look amazing, feel amazing and are way less maintenance than lashes past. It pays to not only use the best lashes out there but to have a well trained expert applying them! The first couple of weeks I had them on my kids couldn’t stop commenting on how pretty I looked, even first thing in the morning without makeup on. Josh has been incredibly vocal in his approval as well, winking at me constantly and telling me how sexy I am all day long. For some strange reason, or maybe a very obvious one, these lashes have given me just the confidence boost I was needing.
With my 39th birthday right around the corner, I’ve been feeling a little…I don’t know… misty eyed I guess over the passing of my thirties and the distant memories of my 20’s. There was this nasty little voice inside my head telling me to just give up on feeling beautiful, that beauty is for the youthful and the young. Well the younger, I’m not that old for God’s sake! Spending an hour and a half on my back with my eyes closed while Kelly, the great gal who expertly applied my lashes, did her work was probably the best spent me time I’ve had in awhile. When she was all done and I opened my newly fabulous eyes I wasn’t expecting such a monumental shift in my self confidence or my beauty perspective, but monumental shift is what I got. Having these thick, gorgeous dark lashes have given me and my look just enough extra oomph to bring me my groove back. I realize they seem like such a small, insignificant, even shallow thing to give so much credit to, but credit I will give them. I can’t totally explain it, but they make me feel beautiful and feeling beautiful has made all the difference!
Getting My Abs Back!
Lately as I scroll through my Instagram feed I’ve noticed some sponsored posts, or commercials if you will, for apps and products. A few of them I’ve clicked on to get more info and have ended up downloading. They’ve mostly been geared towards fitness and workouts, and I’m assuming that’s not some sort of sign from the universe that I need to work out but just very clever algorithms that know what I’m interested in. Anywho, I’ve ended up with some pretty great fitness apps that have really helped me not only get motivated but stay consistent with a workout routine. I’m still trying to lose the last of my very stubborn baby weight and know that each workout is one step further in the right direction. I’m already feeling sexier, stronger, healthier and more vibrant after each session and like I’ve already said, feeling beautiful is beautiful! Here are my two favorites apps right now.
Asana Rebel combines yoga with HIIT type training. I love it because I’m getting my yoga in while burning extra calories and toning up. It’s also totally doable for a gal like me who doesn’t want to hit it so hard I have nothing left for the rest of my day!
Aaptiv has tons of audio based workouts that feel like you’ve got a personal trainer at the tip of your fingers. Of course I mostly gravitate towards their yoga workouts. I love that I can choose everything from the length of the workout to it’s intensity to the music it’s set to.
Hopefully this has helped inspire a little extra beauty in your life. For even more beauty finds, info and links stay tuned for next weeks post on my favorite skincare products. XOXO, KT