Becoming the Domesticated Diva

Finding my inner homemaker… one flub at a time!

Best Beauty Buys! .. and the ones they forgot.

Hello dear readers!

I was reading over an old issue of Glamour and noticed they did an article about the Best Beauty Buys of 2008 – and saw they left out some of my favorite products.  So here is the list again – with my favorites included!  🙂

  • Winning Lip Glosses:  Drugstore Brand – Maybelline New York Shiny-Licious Lip Gloss, Department Store – Victoria’s Secret Beauty Rush Lip Gloss, *MY favorite* – Bath and Body Works Liplicious Lip Gloss
  • Winning Foundations:  Drugstore Brand – Cover Girl Clean Liquid Makeup, Department Store – Bare Escentuals BareMinerals, *MY favorite* – Estee Lauder DoubleWear Makeup (Liquid or Powder)
  • Winning Hairstyling ProductsDrugstore Brand – John Freida Frizz-Ease Original Formula Serum, Department Store Biosilk Silk Therapy, *MY favorite* – Suave Professionals Sleek Anti-Frizz Cream
  • Winning Eye Creams:  Drugstore Brand –  Olay Regenerist Eye Lifting Serum, Department Store – Clinique All About Eyes, *MY favorite*Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye
  • Winning Body Products: Drugstore Brand – St. Ives Apricot Scrub,  Department Store – Bath and Body Works Japanese Cherry Blossom Body Lotion (they liked this smell best), *MY favorite* – I tend to agree with the Bath and Body Works products, though I do like the cream over the lotion and my favorite scent depends on my mood!  🙂
  • Winning MascarasDrugstore Brand –  Maybelline New York Great Lash Mascara, Department Store – Lancome Definicils Mascara, *MY favorite* – Clinique High Lengths Mascara
  • Winning Facial Moisturizers:  Drugstore Brand – Olay Complete All Day Moisture, Department Store – Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion, *MY favorite* – Estee Lauder DayWear Plus

Alright dear readers – why don’t YOU suggest YOUR favorites of these products??  Maybe I’ll just find a new one to try and add to the list!  😀

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Tanning Myths.. answered!

In the December 2009 edition of Cosmopolitan, they talked about various tanning myths.. and debunked them to set the record straight!  Just in case you missed this great article, here it is – with some insights from yours truly as well!  🙂

  1. Indoor tanning is not strongly linked to melanoma. The Indoor Tanning Association insists that no proof connects artificial UV light to melanoma – the deadliest form of skin cancer that is also the second most common cancer for women in their 20s and the third most common cancer for women in their 30s – and that rates of skin cancer today are probably based on having been sunburned 20 to 4o years ago.  Since the 80’s, the rates of indoor tanning have increased by 27% – while melanoma cases have increased 50%.  **Boys and girls, I think that’s significant numbers.  PLEASE be careful if you plan on tanning!
  2. Indoor tanning is an excellent source of hard-to-get vitamin D. Actually, there’s no proof in that.  No meter on the tanning device actually monitors the level of vitamin D your body produces.  **So don’t be on it being a good way to get your daily intake.  Instead – all you’ll need to do is head outdoors (with or without sunscreen) for 10 minutes per day – 3 times a week – to satisfy your vitamin D needs.  And heck, you can do that getting in and out of your car!
  3. A base tan will protect you from sun damage when you go outside. While its true it does give you some protection from burning, its only true because the tan itself is already the damage done to your skin.  Any more sun on top of that will just cause more damage.  Also, keep in mind that not every skin tone can actually tan.  Some people are just born to burn.  😦
  4. Tanning beds are safer than the sun, since you control the UV level. Although you can control the time on tanning beds, thus maintaining the amount of UV exposure you’ll receive, often times those bulbs used in tanning booths are two to three more times intense than actual sun exposure – therefore your 10 minutes in the tanning bed can equal up to 30 minutes in real sunlight.  So word to the wise, even if you know the bulbs are checked and rechecked to maintain accuracy, the best bet is to just steer clear.

There you have it boys and girls – some tanning myths, busted.  I know that some of you will still want to get out there and soak up the rays (indoors or out), so PLEASE wear sunscreen.  Trust me, you’ll still get some color to your skin – but perhaps not nearly as much damage.  Also, be sure to check your sunscreen for UVA and UVB protection – and that you read the instructions.  Not all waterproof sunscreens are waterproof all day.

Leave me some love – and be careful out there!  🙂


more “easy” hair!

Today we’re going to look at another great “easy” hair trick – headbands!  No matter what length, thickness or style – you can always try out a headband for some instant sassy-ness!  🙂 The great thing about a headband is that you can add it to a regular pony tail, layer them or even get one with some pizazz to polish off your hair – and its QUICK and EASY!

Check out these pics for ideas!  Click on each picture for a better preview  🙂

And – check out these websites for some fun headbands!

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quick and easy?

Hairstyles that is!  🙂

Thats right dear readers, you voted – and I’m writing!  This week’s topic of conversation will be all about easy to do hairstyles!  Today I’m going to do a general hairstyle based off “average” hair thickness and length.  Per your requests, via comments, we’ll work towards adding more for thinner hair or shorter hair.  🙂

The first hairstyle is by far the easiest – a PONYTAIL!  The best way to spruce up a regular ponytail so that its a bit more ‘elegant’ than going to a baseball game, is to do a deep part on one side.  Using a comb, go about an inch in either direction from the middle of your forehead and create a part almost to the top of your head.  Smooth out the back of your hair and create a low pony tail.  Waaa-la!  Sophistication in about 2 minutes!  🙂   Or – even faster – make a regular ponytail (high or low) and add a pretty barrette or fancy hair elastic, and you’ll look pulled together in under a minute!  Check out the sample pics below!

Try one of these today and leave some comments to let me know how they work out!  🙂

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… welllll ….

Today I didn’t quite make it to my 5 minute makeup.  Sorry loyal readers!

I’ve been fighting off various illnesses for going on 2 solid months, and today another popped up.  Not to go into any gross detail, but I currently am going through yet another side effect from the 3 different antibiotics I was on during February.  So, since we’re on makeup this week, and I didn’t do it today, I thought I’d share some of my fave makeup tricks I learned during my Estee Lauder days!

Fun trick #1:  Grab an eyeliner brush!  If you have a great crazy eyeshadow color, but not sure how to wear it – dip your eyeliner brush in a tiny bit of water, dab off the excess and rub into your eyeshadow.  Then draw a line across your eyelashes, just as you would eyeliner.  Waaalaa!  Eyeshadow is now eyeliner!  (Also works great if you’re out of your regular eyeliner and have a similar color shadow.  With it being wet, it comes out a bit darker than regular shadow!)  AND – if you ever wanna do that saucy winged eyeliner look, the eyeliner brush is your best bet!

Fun trick #2:  In serious need of 3 more hours of sleep? Grab some light yellow/white/cream eyeshadow!  Rub some (preferably with an eyeshadow brush or q-tip – not a sponge tipped applicator) in the corner of your eyes near your nose and under your bottom lashes.  Be sure to blend well!  Satin finished eyeshadows work best since they catch light and really make the whites of your eyes more apparent.

Fun trick #3:  Invest in a great foundation brush.  Yep, you read that correctly.  A foundation brush.  Rubbing on foundation with your fingers leaves it streaky and transfers more oil onto your skin.  Using a sponge actually soaks up your foundation so that you’re actually wasting more foundation than you use.  And by the time it stops soaking up the foundation, it’s so full of germs, you’re actually rubbing those on your face.  A foundation brush is a great tool that gives you an even finish – AND can be washed with regular hand soap every few days to prevent germ build up!  The video below gives some helpful hints on how to use it if you’ve never tried!

Hope you all enjoy the hints!  Let me know if any of them work for you!  🙂


It’s a blue day..

Outside and on my eyes!  🙂

Today I did my 5 minute makeup with blue eyeshadow!  I know, most people wouldn’t wear such a thing – but, I think that’s the point.  No, it’s not for everyone, but I do think its something everyone should try now and then.  It brings back your inner 80’s teenager.  🙂

I set my timer, started off with my now trusty DW Powder foundation and added some soft blue eyeshadow and a deep blue eyeliner, topping it off with violet mascara.  Unfortunately, I didn’t make it to the bronzer or lips today, so I went without.  (I did however, add some chapstick when I got in the car – can’t leave bare lips all day!).  Even just doing my eyes made a huge difference.  I think that’s what most women need to realize – if you can spare the 5 minutes in the morning to do either your eyes or lips, not only does it make you feel better and more confident, but it actually makes you feel a little more “adult” too.  🙂

So ladies – here’s your goal for the week.  Pull out your trusty timer, pick your favorite part (eyes or lips), and do it up.  And believe me – you’ll feel more adult in an instant (and your inner little girl will be super excited too!)

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Day One – Purple!

I started my morning a little late..  what can I say?  I like my sleep.  I knew today would be a long day and I figured I could use the extra 15 minutes.  🙂  So, I slept in a few.. took a nice long shower and managed to make it to work on time – without makeup.  However, I can’t let my newly acquired (soon to be huge) fan base down, now can I?

So, I headed into work, with my trusty mini makeup bag in tow.  I figured I needed to take some before and after pictures just to prove it could get done.  (See attached!)

My “before” shot                        My “after” shot

Today I decided would be purple.  For my 5 minute makeup look, I used Estee Lauder DoubleWear Powder, Clinique’s QuickEyes cream shadow, some brow pencil, eyeliner and lip gloss.  I mention the two items specifically because both are supposed to last all day – and as I mentioned earlier, with my oily skin, that rarely happens.  And – it just so happens, they did.  Picture me surprised!  I knew the DoubleWear powder was good stuff, but I will now swear by it for life.  It covered all the stuff I wanted covered, and left me looking more flawless (a definite plus).  I’d still use regular foundation from time to time – but for a 5 minute makeup, this stuff rocks.

Anyway, I’m now nearing the end of my long day and getting excited about tomorrow.  Who knows what color I might try next!

Stay tuned!  🙂


Where do I begin?

I suppose at the very beginning…    a very good place to start.  🙂

I’ve always been a busy person.  I generally take on more than I should, but somehow manage to get it done.  However, this means I sometimes forget about.. well, me.  And now that I’m married, I have more than just me to worry about.  So, I’ve decided that I will start documenting my efforts to become a better person, a better wife and soon a better mother.  One day at a time.  🙂

Today’s adventure is makeup.  As a former makeup artist for Estee Lauder, I sort of have a love for all things makeup – the crazier the better.  I think doing your makeup, getting your makeup done, and shopping for makeup are some of the most fun things girls can do.  Yes, girls.  Because although women generally wear more makeup than girls do, girls always had FUN with makeup.  Somewhere along the way I think women lose their love of doing their makeup.  Possibly because they realize that they’ve grown up and there are a million things more important than doing something fun or interesting with makeup…. or even wearing it at all.

Therefore, this weeks mission will be to try to experiment something new and different with my makeup every day and get it to:

1. STAY IN PLACE  (for my oily skin, a sometimes difficult task)

2. Be original.  Not the same ole, every day.. but something new and fresh.

3. Get it all done in 5 minutes.

Now, I know – you’re thinking, “5 minutes?!” – but yes, 5 minutes.  If there is anything I learned while my time at Estee Lauder is that full makeup CAN be done in 5 minutes.  Maybe not ALL the steps that a woman generally does, but, some of those aren’t always necessary anyway.

So, here’s to our first adventure together.  I’ll keep ya posted on how it goes..  🙂