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1000 Fabulous Things We Love

“1000 Fabulous Things We Love” is a lighthearted count of our favorite inspiration, ideas, and products that remind us just how we can make our lives a little bit more fabulous, day by day. Please leave your comments! We welcome your contributions and suggestions!

#32 Putting Yourself First

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

We as women are born nurturers.  We feel the need to take care of others and put their needs above our own and we genuinely enjoy it too!  While this is an amazing quality that we have, it is important to take “me” days.  Days where we do what we want when we want.   It can be as simple as cooking YOUR favorite meal for family dinner and as elaborate as treating yourself to a luxurious spa day.  In order for us to take care of others, we need to make sure that we, ourselves are taken care of first.  You will thank yourself for it!



#30 Lashing Out. Lashes.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

We love getting all done up to go out-hair, nails, make-up, outfit choices…all fabulous! Those false eyelashes though, they can really amp up your look instantly!  Lashes add a little bit of drama and really open up the eyes.  Applying them though, can be a whole other story. The glue, the placement, the drying; it can be a little daunting to those of us who haven’t attempted it before.  Here is a great video demonstration from Pixiwoo that can help!



#23 Fabulous Things We Love: Matching Bra & Underwear

Monday, February 18, 2013
As women we are designed to want to feel beautiful and even a little sexy!  Behold! The hidden “sexy” power of hidden matching bra and underwear.  There is something to be said about the pampering feeling we get when wearing a matching lingerie set and being the only one let in on the secret.  So bring it on matching lace, leopard, polka dot, sating and bright neon's!  We like that we can control our destiny from the moment we get up.  Forget wearing this for a hot date, we’re wearing this for ourselves!

  

#22 Fabulous Things We Love: Meditation

Tuesday, November 01, 2011



Meditation—Fabulous for Inner and Outer Beauty

You don’t have to be a Yogi much less a spiritual guru to try meditation. There are various benefits from the practice of “training your mind to self induce a mode of relaxed consciousness.” The act of meditation often results in stress reduction, tranquility and even increased levels of happiness. If those factors alone don’t encourage you to try this technique, what about the fact there are several Hollywood celebs who incorporate meditation into their daily lives?

•             Russell Simmons
•             Gwenyth Paltrow
•             Gisele Bundchen

Now that you know who is transcending in tinsletown, here are some tips for getting started. First, find a quiet place where you can go uninterrupted for at least 15 minutes. Yes, you heard correct. 15-20 minutes is all it takes to meditate, although some people prefer a longer amount of time.

Next, lay down in the area you have selected and get comfortable. As an option, get a towel or eyemask to cover your eyes. You are ready to start. While counting to 5, take deep breaths in and out of your body. As you inhale, imagine that you are breathing in pure energy. As you exhale, tell your conscious mind that you are unloading negative thoughts and emotions. You can repeat this breathing to a point where all thoughts clear your mind and you are near a sleep state. Meditation and sleeping do in fact differ so do your best to remain awake but relaxed. If that sounds a little intimidating, guided meditations are a great tool to use as well. The exercises provide you with music and instructions during the process to help you reach a deeper, internal state.

You would be amazed at the fabulous feelings produced by 15 minutes of meditation. Even better is the power you gain in taking this time for yourself on a daily basis. If you still need some convincing, here is insight from Russell Simmons, who states that meditation “has given me energy, strength, health, wisdom, and access to my own inner stillness, inner silence, inner bliss. It is my connection to myself; it is my connection to the universe." What could be more fabulous than that? We can only thing of one thing, Pamper Me Fabulous on November 13th. 

Have you ever meditated? What was your fabulous benefit? We want to know.

-Jaclyn Mullen

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#18 Fabulous Things We Love: Carnations

Monday, September 26, 2011
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The carnation has not always been revered as a worthy flower, often mislooked since it has been seen time and time again as inexpensive and not very high-end, but I truly believe this is one of the most overlooked and underrated flowers ever!  Not only are they an amazing substitute for the expensive flowers such as peonies and roses, they have one of the most amazing scents!  I have looked everywhere for a carnation fragrance.  It is such a beautiful, simple, and clean scent and I await the day when a company will come and bottle it up to sell!  The next time you are in a flower shop, take a moment to give these beautiful blooms another look and a whiff, as they not only make beautiful additions to centerpieces but would make one of the best-selling perfumes! I believe it!

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#17 Fabulous Things We Love: OPI Nail Lacquer

Friday, September 23, 2011
OPI Nail Polish You Don't Know Jacques! 0.5 oz.

There is really no better feeling than getting a manicure knowing it will last for weeks, and this seems to be the case whenever I use OPI Nail Lacquer!  OPI polishes have a huge variety of colors, over 450 to satisfy every taste and fantasy!! They even pull out new collections every now and then with new colors that have been grouped thematically, for whatever your mood is!  Even with just two light coats, these polishes have been made to last and even after a few weeks, there are hardly any chips or cracks.  For only $9 a bottle, it is totally worth it, and with every color imaginable, my collection has already started to grow so fast!

Get your collection started by purchasing your Pamper Me Fabulous ticket, the first 500 ticket buyers will receive a FREE bottle of OPI nail polish!  Get going ladies!



#14 Fabulous Things We Love: Coconuts!

Sunday, September 18, 2011



Coconuts are just about as fabulous as fabulous comes these days. This gift from earth has been terribly propagandized in the past. It is time to come clean and embrace this miracle nut. Coconut oil contain 50% lauric acid, sounds scary I know, but when I tell you that the only other place in the world where you can find lauric acid is mothers' milk, I am sure you will be less scared and more eager to learn more - it is this ingredient that gives coconut oil its antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties. It provides you with loads of energy, due to its MCTs ( medium chained fats) that are used instantly for energy and don't get stored away like other fats. Put it in your smoothie in the morning!

Also you will be excited to learn that this oil, is so stable and hardly ever turns rancid, a very scary true fact it, that most of the yellow colored oils in you kitchen ( especially the ones the in the see through containers) are already rancid when you buy them in the store, they are processed and heated before even entering your frying pan. Read this article for the whole truth, it will blow your mind, and make you want to stand on a soap box preaching to the world to use coconut oil! 

-Alison

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#13 Fabulous Things We Love: Kerastase Hair Serum

Saturday, September 17, 2011



Got crazy, uncontrollable, rebellious hair?  Kerastase’s Serum Ole-Relax is the answer to uncooperative frizz!  I’ve been using this product for three years now, and I haven’t looked back.  I have long, thick, wavy hair - that if not conditioned correctly, can get pretty frizzy.  Like many women, I use a straightening iron and blow dryer so I’m sure you can imagine the damage.  My hairstylist pulled this out of her drawer one day and said that this will answer all my frizz needs.  Just apply a nickel-size amount into towel dried hair, and the results are smooth, shiny and touchable hair.  If I’m in a hurry, I apply this serum and I’m confidant that I’ll have gorgeous locks.  If I’m straightening my hair, this helps tame my fly-aways and gives me a sleek and healthy shine.  All I can say is try it and you’ll see why I’ve been a loyal fan!  


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#12 Fabulous Things We Love: Use Protection People!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Waterproof Sunblock SPF 30 : Sunscreen & Sunblock Skin Care
No, I’m not talking about safe sex – I’m talking about protecting your skin from those harmful UVA and UVB rays.  Every beauty expert will tell you that using a sunscreen or moisturizer with SPF (sun protection formula) should be apart of your daily regimen in order to help your skin fight against wrinkles and to keep that youthful glow.  My SPF of choice is Murad’s Waterproof Sunblock SPF 30.

I first tried this product when a friend of mine who works in the beauty industry gave it to me as a gift.  I have a combination skin type so this formula has worked wonderfully for me.  Not only does it keep my skin protected, but I haven’t had one break out and its non-greasy formula allows me to use it as my daily moisturizer as well. Being an avid runner and hiker, I can also attest that this formula STAYS ON so I’m not constantly reapplying.  The pomegranate extract also enhances sun protection and gives it a slight, but sweet, scent.  Give it a try – your skin and pocketbook will thank you with this two-in-one formula!

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#10 Fabulous Things We Love: Brewer’s Yeast And Oatmeal Scrub

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

I have to share this skincare secret with you. It doesn’t smell so pretty but I promise your skin will glow! One of my amazing teachers at FIDM gave us this recipe for a natural exfoliator:

1/4 cup brewer’s yeast

1/4 cup chopped oatmeal

purified water

In a small bowl, mix dry ingredients and put into a jar to save excess for future use. In another small bowl, combine 1 tablespoon of the scrub with enough water to form a spreadable paste. Allow mixture to thicken for 1 minute.

Using your fingertips, massage onto face and throat and allow to dry for 15 minutes. It’s important to not wash it off immediately.

Trust me on this one. I’ve become quite the beauty product junkie and have been searching for a perfect exfoliator. Before I tried this recipe I was doing a comparison between Fresh’s Soy Face Exfoliant, Kate Somerville’s Exfolikate and NaturaBisse’s C+C Vitamin Scrub. At the time I was in love with Kate’s Exfolikate. After using it, my skin was so soft, smooth and had the sexiest glow to it. However, the oatmeal from the recipe is so gentle that you won’t be able to go back to a product that has granules in it. I was stunned to realize how coarse and irritating these products truly are.

The other great thing about this homemade recipe is that it immediately kills any pimples. If I ever have a little breakout I just whip up a little batch, scrub and let it sit for 15 minutes. Every single time I’ve done it my breakouts are gone by the next morning. I promise.

-Crystal

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