Curlers For All Lash Shapes

My one beauty must-have…?  Eyelash curler.  NOTHING – sorry! – wakes you up faster.

For me, though, I’ve always had trouble finding one that doesn’t snag or pull.  I typically use the Tweezerman clear, open-ended one, which works like a miracle, but back in January I saw these.

 

ProCurl and ProMaster Lash Logic are designed with different eye shapes in mind – round or almond.  

BRILLIANT!  And…might I also say…FINALLY!

Because we all have a different shape, it isn’t a one-size-fits-all deal – literally.  Instead, we are generally forced to use the same tool, setting us up for potential snags and pulls – and lost lashes – along the way.  OUCH.

This new breed of curlers take angles into account, allowing for a beautiful lash curl, minus any pinching.  Hallelujah!

I have been meaning to post about this for ages – a recent post from ReallyRee reminded me that I needed to share (albeit in a horribly delayed fashion!)

Draw Like An Artiste

I loved Rouge Bunny Rouge’s recent newsletter…  I learned about tools and tricks of the makeup trade through my sports – which were primarily “performance” sports, such as dancing and figure skating.  

But…I didn’t go into those sports as a wee thing knowing exactly what brushes did what. Grooming is a HUGE part of the presentation so learning about the different shapes and uses helped enormously.

I loved that RBR neatly listed out the variety of brushes they offer, and that they make it easy to peruse on their site.  Some ladies are new to all of this and user-friendly MATTERS.  

Brushes can make a vast difference as far as the looks and lines you are aiming to achieve – professional makeup artists will tell you to the hilt that quality tools can make or break you.  

Now not everyone can afford – or wants to bother with – ultra high quality (which often means much pricier.) There is absolutely nothing wrong with that!  BUT...know what the different tips mean.  Indulge in learning a bit about the way these “tools” are used, because it will get you to your goal much easier and quicker.  Less hassle is always a good thing in a world that has become so very fast-paced!

Yay for Rouge Bunny Rouge – love how easy they made it.

Progress and Form Photos

So I understand that “selfie”-taking has actually been officially declared a disorder (all I can say is, I am SUPER thankful Facebook wasn’t around when I was in my more-than-currently-dorky stage.  Geezuz!)

Because I am an athlete and a lifter, however, many of my friends take progress photos.  Much like a video at a Ballroom or skating competition, progress photos can be used to gauge, to learn, to tweak, to… p r o g r e s s.  They are absolutely, no question, a tool for anyone looking to improve – and for each person, that “improvement” or goal is different.  The individual may be…

  • A figure competitor who needs to lean out while building some mass.
  • A  bodybuilder looking to increase size or definition in a specific muscle group for better symmetry.
  • An athlete who needs to recoup after surgical atrophy or injury.
  • Or perhaps it is just someone wanting to lose weight overall and lean out.  

Photos can, in any of these cases, offer incredible inspiration…especially for the days we just don’t feel like it!  They can help us push ourselves out of our comfort zone to reach our goals.  It feels AMAZING when we do.

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I was searching like MAD for a photo of my abdominals after completing months of training for, and the actual nearly-300 mile bike ride I did for ALS in 2013.  Everyone was so quick to say “you will burn all the calories,” “nothing will stick,” “you will be fine!”  

NOT SO!

I don’t normally eat processed carbohydrates, nor do I take in a substantial amount of sugar.  Well…I had to have BOTH to sustain the level of activity I was doing.  The first 109 miles ended up being in 110 degrees – as a non-endurance athlete, I wasn’t taking any chances!  BUT…I suffered because of what I needed to eat.  My body didn’t feel well internally at ALL…and I looked puffier externally as well.  It added weight, and NOT in a good way.

After more than a month of nutritional tweaks and a new workout routine, I was on my way to being leaner…but you better believe I took a photo of my abs as a benchmark…of what I DIDN’T want!  And…it helped.  

As I progressed, I took more photos – photos DON’T LIE!  It’s harsh, but it proved to me that I was seeing what I thought I was seeing, and that I needed a change.  I reminded myself that everyone starts somewhere and while it was for a great cause, I was off the track I wanted.  But if I could accomplish a distance event…I sure as heck could get back in shape!

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This image isn’t from that time, but it is under a year ago…

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I wasn’t out of shape here, but there was more around the area than I wanted. Mind you…I realize that with age, and natural changes, we won’t always be in peak condition.  As a woman, we also have fluctuations…and I can accept that (I’m still annoyed about it though! 😉 )

The below is just about four weeks ago – I feel less “puffiness” and more definition, and I’m thankful because I’ve put a lot of effort into tweaking what wasn’t working (that part is different for all of us.) 

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Photos are also a GREAT tool for form.  My Grandmaster is going to be 76 in August and his form is still impeccable.

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For me, it’s about making sure I am generally in the right place for what I am aiming to do.  A photo will tell me what I need to adjust to target the muscle I intend to better, to get my foot positioned better…whatever it may be…

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So whether selfie-taking is indeed a disorder…and in a way, I actually think it IS...I personally think progress photos are great.  They can help you see what you may not be able to otherwise, and they can help you stick to your plan (I’ve heard many success stories of posting pictures on fridges, bathroom mirrors, in the car…)  WHATEVER WORKS, right!?!  

You can achieve whatever you set your heart on…and you deserve the tools to make that happen.  Fortunately, this one is something you can easily do. 🙂  (Many photo apps have self timers, ps!  I use Camera + if a friend isn’t around!)

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