30 Days of Facials

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Motives by Lauren Ridinger

I hadn’t heard of the Motives brand until a friend who is a shop.com consultant informed me she sold the line on her site. She had heard good reviews and I had found some good ones after Googling it. I needed a restock of basics so that is what I started with. I bought a base shadow, a primer and a concealer. I will definitely be buying more! Here are the products:

Motives Pressed Eye Shadow in Vanilla $12.50.  I was looking for a base with a slight shimmer. The site didn’t have a description of color so I chose a shade close to what I needed. This is a matte shadow but an excellent base shadow.  Very fine, build-able and great to blend with.

Motives Eye Base $14.00. This is a great primer to wear alone to even out skin tone and also a great base for blending. It is a soft formula so during a heat wave, it still slightly creases. The formula is very silky and a little goes a long way. I have it pictured with a quarter to show that the opening is very small for a pot. I had longer nails when I first tried it and it was very hard to apply with my fingers. I advise using a makeup sponge. This stuff will last a while!

Motives Liquid Correction Concealer $17.00. I think I will stock up on this stuff. Like the primer, a little goes a very long way. It’s a light formula but has amazing coverage. I have it unscrewed in the picture because the wand doesn’t have a rubber grabber inside. Without it, the formula tends to glob up and goop out after being screwed back on. So I unscrew it a little as pictured and just dab my finger to the wand or screw ridges. It’s really all you need for under eyes and it controls the amount you use.

Thank you Jen for introducing me to such a great line! Check out these products and more from the Motives line at Jen’s Shop.com website:

http://www.shop.com/zenjen/nbts/Market+America-v243380-c+.xhtml

Vintage Minnie Mouse by OPI

My mani/pedi for the rest of Summer 2012. Pictures of the first mani tonight! 

From left to right, Nothin’ Mousie ’bout It, If You Moust You Moust, I’m All Ears, The Color of Minnie. These are all one coat so you can see how sheer they are.

If You Moust You Moust. 2 coats, 1 coat of Nothin’ Mousie ’bout It on my ring fingers and finished with a top coat. Go to OPI.com to find salons near you.

Custom Spray Tanning in Vermont!

I have blotch paranoia. For wedding and bikini season, I wanted to be tan without heading to the beach or a tanning booth. Also with my wintery ivory skin, I was hesitant to step right into mystic tan. My dress was a backless halter and the last thing I needed was a prominent armpit blotch.

I googled “spray tan Vermont” and the very first one was Northern Lights Tanning which is right down the road (right down the road in Vermont is about 30 minutes).

I emailed Cathy and she responded very quickly. I wanted to try an application before my event to see how my skin would react. I advise this for anyone as everyone’s skin reacts differently. This goes with anything you’re applying to your skin. 24 hours before the tan, I exfoliated with St. Ives Apricot Scrub. The morning of the tan, I shaved my legs. Don’t put any lotion or makeup on!

The spray takes minutes and then add in some drying time in front of a fan. Wear loose fitting dark clothing and let the tan set for 4-6 hours before showering. Make sure you moisturize to make your tan last! The spray usually lasts about a week. I use Ocean Potion Ever Glow. It’s a light aloe moisturizer with a gradual tan.

If you live in upstate Vermont, check out Cathy’s website at www.northernlightstanning.com. Cathy has over 12 years of experience in spray tanning. She offers tanning out of her home if you live farther than 10 miles or she can come right to you with her mobile spray tanning system.

Here are some before and after pictures of two different applications:

Day 3 of first tan

A friend’s wedding with my husband Ryan as the Best Man. And the dress! Day 2 tan.

 2 weeks prior to tan

Girl Scout Cookie Lip Balm!

By Lip Smackers of course!

The Growing Nail Polish Collection

Nails are getting bolder and becoming a great way to accessorize. I am loving all the new colors, sparkles, designs, textures and patterns. It seems that every week there is a new color palette for the current and upcoming seasons. With most polishes being under $10, it’s a great way to change up your look. Check out some new shades I’ve recently tried:

OPI Polishes. OPI.COM for stores

Wet & Wild Saved By The Blue: $1.99 Drugstores

Essie Sew Psyched $7.99 Amazon.com

Orly Star Spangled $7.50 Orlybeauty.com

Sally Hansen Sheer Me Now $5.25 drugstore.com with Essie Good To Go Top Coat $8 Amazon.com

Sally Hansen Gem Crush Showgirl Chic $8 Drugstores; Wet & Wild Saved By The Blue $1.99 Drugstores; Essie Good To Go Top Coat$8 Amazon.com
I will add that this is only ONE coat of the glitter! I’ll be buying more!!

To Buy List:

$9 drugstores

Next adventure:

Update! I tried the black and gold and LOVED the outcome. Here is a picture of the 2011 home for the holidays visit. I am wearing Essie Licorice $8 Essie.com Orly Prisma Gloss in Gold $8 and Essie Good to Go Top Coat $8 Essie.com. The Orly Prisma Gold is very build-able so the fade effect is very easy. Be patient during drying time! Letting each coat dry completely before the next makes for a longer lasting mani.  I’m not sure the brand of red polish my cousin is wearing but its a pealescent red.

Jewelry is custom cut Aquamarine by my father, Stephen Boyd. Custom setting per customer’s wishes. E-mail me for more questions.

20% OFF!

Bed Bath and Beyond has a great selection of makeup and beauty supplies. Use your coupon for that new straightener or hair dryer you didn’t want to splurge on. The $5 off coupon is great for those $10-$20 items like Essie 2 packs, Burts Bees and Crabtree & Evelyn.