Category Archives for "Beauty Health and Fashion"

Beauty and Health are important in helping people feel good and look good from the inside out. We also have awesome fashion tips.

April 20, 2012

Fashion Friday: The quest for the shirt for less


I love Fashion but I hate paying tons of money to look great. I believe you need two things the knowledge of what looks good on you and the skill to find it for less. I encourage you to get rid of all the items in your closet that you do not wear. They cloud up your options to make really great outfits because you can’t see your clothes! If they are in good condition sell the at a consignment store or a place like Plato’s closet, or host a clothing swap. Clothing swaps are a blast!


    I have to say I am not normally a JCPenny’s girl. I did however fall in love with this adorable shirt. The problem is I have a $20 a week all about me budget and it was $25. I know spend the other $5. I just couldn’t. I had to find a way to get it for cheaper. I guess that is why I have a deal blog. I like to get what I want for less then everyone else. I am a deal gal!

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April 19, 2012

Chloe Purse $225 off

I decided I would make a huge virtual closet of all the purses I would like to own. I figure this may quench my desire to be a bag lady. It is also cheaper than filling my closet with the real thing.  I love Endless/ The have designer good for a steal this purse is $225 off of retail. Love this Chloe purse. You can check Endless out they have everything a fashion diva wants.

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April 14, 2012

Ask a Nurse: Good Grief

Pamela is an RN, MSN/Ed.

Pamela is a mother of 6 amazing children ages 11 to 24. She is a nurse educator and loves to travel overseas to work in medical clinics and teach health-related topics to schools and communities. She has been married to her best friend, Steve, for 29 years. She has many different interests including reading, writing (NOT arithmetic!), baking, teaching, and spending time with her family. She lives in central Pennsylvania with her husband and two youngest daughters.

Good Grief.

Grief [greef] noun 1.keen mental suffering or distress over affliction or loss; sharp sorrow; painful regret.
2. a cause or occasion of keen distress or sorrow.

Can there ever be such a thing as “good” grief? I think there can. Grief itself is a painful experience, not good in a “wow, that feels good!” kind of way. The alternative to not grieving is to not allow yourself to feel the pain of your loss. When this happens, feelings are bottled up inside and later develop into anger and/or depression. Grief in itself is not depression; it is normal and healthy to feel loss, sadness and pain over the death of a loved one, a family pet, a beloved friend. Grief sometimes turns into depression, though. If you are still crying and feeling extremely sad every day, have no appetite, can’t sleep or sleep too much, find no joy in doing activities you usually enjoy, and are isolating yourself a long time after your loss-you may have crossed the line into depression. It is hard to say how long is normal to grieve; sometimes it may take a year to feel like yourself again. You may never completely stop grieving over certain losses, but it should get better with time. If you or someone you know is having a hard time adjusting to a loss, it may be time to see your family doctor.

How do we grieve well? Here are some helpful tips on how to grieve in a healthy way, and what kind of things don’t work.

  1. Grief is work and takes time. Don’t expect to be done with the process of grieving in a weeks’ time, or even in a month; be patient.
  2. Share your feelings with friends and family members. Clergy and counselors are also great resources.
  1. Allow yourself to cry! Crying releases something inside of us that makes us feel better. Crying can help us acknowledge that something has hurt us, and help us to begin to heal.
  2. Journal your feelings. Writing your feelings down can help you not only express what you are feeling, but also help you process your journey of grief. You can re-read what you have written, see how your grief has changed over time, and evaluate if you are going in the right direction in your grief process.
  3. Don’t try to numb your pain with alcohol or drugs. Doing this may delay the grieving process, or even give you a new and harder issue to deal with than grief.
  4. Take care of yourself! Make sure you are caring for your physical needs, too. Eat healthy meals, try to get enough sleep, get some exercise. Try to keep to a routine as much as possible. Go for your regular medical and dental check-ups. Let your doctor know how you are handling your grief, they may have some great advice, or notice unhealthy coping mechanisms.

All of us will grieve at some time. Loss is a part of life. I hope these tips will help you when you experience the loss of a loved one.

Be Well,
Nurse Pam

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Ask A Make-up Artist: Iman Cosmetics Review

IMAN Cosmetics has launched their new spring 2012 color story – Sweet Temptations! The perfect palette for spring, it spotlights a sexy wash of glimmering honey, citrus and berry tones for eyes and cheeks that coordinate with a juicy pop of candy colored hues for lips. You can check out the full list of “Sweet Temptations” products including videos on how to get the look here.

Also, IMAN has teamed up with Wal-Mart to host a series of exciting in-store events throughout Georgia on April 28th, 2012 to celebrate the “Sweet Temptations” launch. If you want to attend RSVP here.

Check out MadameDeals’ Iman Cosmetics Make-Over

before make up




eyes with a kohl pencil


love the eyes


Add the brown lip liner and red lips … blend

All done and here are the tools

Here’s the review of Makeup Artist Anne Christine Tejano

LIP LINER: As far as your staying power, consistency, and color pigment goes, this IMAN pencil seems to be in line with the standard for luxury makeup. It’s what you’d expect from a quality lip liner product. What I LOVE about this lip liner is that fact that there is a handy pencil sharpener built into the cap. How convenient is that! I don’t know about you, but saving myself the trouble of digging though my makeup bag to find a sharpener is a big plus. The sharpness of the blade isn’t SUPER DUPER but can’t complain for the convenience factor!

EYE PENCIL: LOVE this eyeliner! However, that “love” comes with a word of caution: This particular eyeliner (like most luxury eye pencils) has a specific function and use. Here’s the deal with eyeliners: People always ask me, “Anne, what’s the BEST?” My answer is always IT DEPENDS. Because it DEPENDS on how you will USE IT. What are you trying to accomplish? Believe it or not, not all black eyeliners are created equal! And the “best” is defined by what the liner will be used FOR. For example, some black liners have great staying power, others have great smudgy ability, others have a stickiness to them that are great as a base to set with a good powder eyeshadow on top for that smokey smudgy yet messy look. Some are water proof, others come off fairly easily. Others have a twisty top that doesn’t need to be sharpened (but never will be as precise as a freshly sharpened pencil). If you are looking for a water proof eyeliner that will stay all day, this is NOT the choice for you. However, if you want something that is mufti-purpose and easily blended, this is the eyeliner for you! I LOVE the blend-ability of this eyeliner. It works great under powdered eyeshadow to “smoke-out” your water line. It is EXCELLENT in the outer crease due to the fact that it’s so easy to blend. I like to call this eye pencil “an eye shadow’s BFF” because it’s best used in conjunction WITH an eye shadow. Used appropriately, this eyeliner is excellent!

MASCARA: Very natural. Again, it has it’s purpose. If you are looking for something more dramatic and bold, this may not be the best choice. If you are looking for something natural, and easy to work with, this is a great choice. If you want a natural yet full look, I would recommend a mascara primer, that way you can combine the fullness and length with the natural look.

LIPSTICK: I vote YES to this lipstick due to its pigment and texture. While it is a heavier, full coverage lipstick, it has a creamy finish that is comfortable and won’t leave your lips feeling dry. The smooth creamy consistency makes it easy to wear, but the pigment and coverage makes it more bold and fun. This lipstick certainly makes a statement!

BRONZER: LOVE this color! Great shade of bronze that is easy to wear for most skin tones. Most good quality bronzers will deceive you; looks one way in the container and quite another on your face. Although it appears really dark in the container, it goes on very sheer; which makes it easy to wear for lighter skin tones. It’s also very easy to build so deeper skin tones can get away with wearing it too! If you are someone who prefers a good all around basic bronze all year long over a “winter” or a “summer” shade, this bronzer is for you! Love the fact that it’s sheer and highly build-able, which makes it a staple in any professional makeup artist kit.

LIP COLORS ENRICHED WITH VITAMIN E: These are superfun, and in my professional opinion, the preferred method of application is with a good lip brush. These are minimally sticky, and have great pigmentation for your average Vitamin E infused lip gloss in a pot. While the consistency is more sheer than the lipstick, the colors are bold and fun. I would caution the purchaser though, not to apply this with your finger! It gets all over the place and stay-put pigment does not come easy with a tissue. Especially since it comes in a pot, I would highly recommend applying it with a lip brush. The whole finger painting thing gets messy with this stuff!


About the Artist:

Anne’s makeup obsession began at an early age. As a former model, she knows what it takes to look fabulous in photos! After working at MAC cosmetics as a professional makeup artist for over 2 years, she decided to start her own business, focusing on day-of bridal and wedding party makeup, as well as high end fashion, glamour and beauty makeup applications. Very experienced; she has been a professional makeup artist for several years, and has applied her excellent techniques and unique artistry to over 1000 faces.

Anne is no ordinary makeup artist; her finished product is a work of art. People come to Anne when they want the best of the BEST! She can easily create a variety of customized, beautifully blended, professional looks, ranging from an all-natural day time look, to a sultry/sexy evening, night out in the town look; and will make you feel like you just stepped out of a magazine! Whether it’s an effortless “girl-next-door-beauty,” to a high fashion, smoky eye with a “Kim-Kardashian- all-out-sexy-glam look,” to everything in-between, Anne can do it all! She travels with a well-stocked, up to date kit containing only professional tools and supplies, most of which are luxury makeup products and she uses professional MAC Makeup brushes for all applications. Anne is energetic, punctual, fun, and familiar with on-set / day-of protocol. She is available for travel within the United States, Asia, Europe, and adapts well to all locations and situations. She is Fluent in Dutch/Flemish as well as conversational Tagalog and French.

Originally from the DC Metro Area, she moved to her husband’s home town after her marriage in May 2010. She is happily married and lives in the outskirts of Charlottesville, VA with her husband, Nate and is also a dedicated member of the Charlottesville Derby Dames roller derby team.

Questions about my review? Feel free to contact Anne at [email protected]!

April 13, 2012

Endless: Fashion you can’t find elsewhere

   I have a big fat secret. I become fashion obsessed with clothes. The item above was my obsession. I saw it at my local department store. It was out of my budget but I know that some times there are sales. I also hadn’t finished saving for my big spring purchase. I have a jar full of change and every season I dump and splurge. If I want something this expensive I drop clothes off at the consignment shop to make up the difference. I fell in love with this Kate Spade purse. I searched high and low and they didn’t have this purse anywhere. Then I went online and Endless was the only place I could buy this.

   I did. I saved up and I had it shipped to my house. I put it on. I change into 6 outfits. I walked around with the purse. I picked up my kids with the purse. Then I realized this purse wasn’t the one because I decided on another Kate Spade Green purse. I wear it everyday! I love it! The good news is I shipped this one  back. I received a refund right away. I didn’t pay for shipping and I was able to use my amazon gift cards on the endless site! That is right with Amazon gift cards  you can grab designer goods at Endless.

What would you buy if you could from Endless site?

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