My TV Debut: Swimsuits for Your Body Type

Last week, I had the pleasure of modeling swimwear on Arizona Midday for a segment: Swimsuits for Your Body Type.  Cristina Pearlstein of How Do You Fashion walks us through the “nail-biting” situation that is shopping for swimwear.

How Do You Fashion is a one stop shopping and styling destination for all women.  See it, buy it, wear it.  No more standing in front of an overstuffed closet with overwhelming panic as the clock ticks.  You know the feeling, the more clothes you pull, the more you feel like you have nothing to wear.  How Do You Fashion’s Cris Pearlstein has set out to solve this problem for women of all sizes and budgets.

On the local NBC show, Arizona Midday, Pearlstein tackles one of my favorite subjects: Swimsuit Season.  It’s not my favorite subject because I look amazing in every suit I touch.  That could not be further from the truth.  I love this subject because it’s so painful for all of us, but it doesn’t have to be.  The feeling that a suit is highlighting your insecurities and everyone is going to notice knows no bounds.

When I was a personal trainer, a petite woman confided to me that she could not wear shorts because of cellulite.  Most people would think that a 115 lb. hot lady would not worry about wearing shorts.

 I asked that same client if she would ever dream of saying the things she thought about herself to another woman with the same features.  Absolutely not!  I reminded myself of this experience when I decided to go ahead with the segment and be the ‘gigantic preggo body type model’ (as the voice in my head would describe it).

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Pearlstein’s Tips: How to Shop Swimsuits for Your Body Type:

  • Don’t go after a big lunch.
  • Don’t go on an off day.
  • Order online if you can.
  • Try them on in front of your skinny mirror at home, where you’re comfortable.
  • Don’t get too hung up on trends and styles.
  • Make sure it’s comfortable.

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How to Find Swimsuits for Your Body Type
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This topic is difficult to fit into a short segment, so if you enjoyed this post and you want more information on shopping for swimwear, check out these posts, where I addressed each body type individually.

Most Flattering Swimsuits for Big Hips

Small Bust Swimwear Guide

Large Bust Swimwear Guide

How to Find Unique Swimsuits

Modest Swimwear Shopping Guide

Sexy Swimwear Guide

Swimsuit Guide for the Beach Bod in Progress

My Maternity Swimsuits:

Be sure you’re following on IG: to see me wearing these suits!  Click the photos to shop.

The above suit is my most recent purchase.  I love that it keeps me cooler than a two piece because the fabric is double layered, so it traps cool water against my belly.  Yes, it’s a one piece and while I don’t feel like I “should” cover my belly, it’s nice to have the option as I plow ahead through my third trimester.  The silhouette is sexier than your typical one piece suit with it’s higher cut legs and lower cut top.  The modifications to the silhouette satisfy the bikini lover in me.

I have the above suit as well and it has a few features unique to maternity wear that have solved a few problems I didn’t foresee having.  After months of squeezing into non-maternity suits, this was the first swimwear purchase I made and I didn’t look back.  Sizing is pretty easy because most maternity wear is sized based on your pre-pregnancy body size, so the changes are anticipated and the guess-work is removed.  The bandeau top offers enough support that I don’t need the straps; I can bend over, swim and do anything my pregnant bod allows without risking letting the girls out.  I stopped wearing my pre-pregnancy suits when this issue became a legitimate reality.  The bottoms are reversible with a fold-ver band, bonus because you still want variety without spending the money on it.  The band functions as an accent early in pregnancy and then as things start to migrate later in the game, it can be unfolded for extra coverage.

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How to Apply Lipstick and Check Your Teeth Without a Mirror

How to apply lipstick and check your teeth without a mirror is a trick everyone needs to have in their arsenal and it’s beyond simple.

I’m 6 months pregnant as of yesterday and I can’t believe it.  I’m feeling wobbly and more clumsy as my belly grows and grows.  One thing I always make sure to do to feel put together is apply lipstick.  Messy hair and no makeup, a little lipstick spruces up the look instantly.  Although, one of my friends said it best when she said, “Red lipstick is a commitment.”  She’s absolutely right, but it doesn’t have to be so difficult.

First, you need a lipstick that doesn’t dry or budge.  I love, love, LOVE the Sephora brand Cream Lip Stain for that.  I’m wearing Marvelous Mauve in the video, which is considered a universally flattering color on all women.  I have to say, I agree.

You will need to check your lipstick after you eat.  Oil in food wears down even the longest wear formulas.  No mirror?  No problem.  I got you.

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This simple trick is the easiest way to check your teeth (without asking someone to examine your toothiest grin) and apply lipstick without a mirror.  It’s seriously so easy, you’re going to think you should have thought of it a long time ago.

How to Apply Lipstick Without a Mirror:

I love that I don’t have to rely on carrying a mirror.  If you caught my “What’s in my bag?” post, you know that I carry an embarrassing amount of personal items regularly, so knocking one off the list is always a relief.

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June Giveaway: MILK MAKEUP Holographic Stick

I’ve finally found the highlighter I’ve been looking for and I have to share it: June Giveaway: MILK MAKEUP Holographic Stick.   Seriously, I have been in search of a highlighter for months.  I like the original Halographic stick, but not so sure I want to rock the purple tint all the time.  Then Milk Makeup, which has been kind of an obsession of mine lately, came out with a peach colored Halographic Stick.  I could not be more excited to share it with you.

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How To Zip Your Own Dress: The Easy Way

It’s 10 minutes after you told yourself you’d leave and you still can’t reach to zip your own dress.  PANIC!  We’ve all been there.  There’s actually an easy fix for this problem that will work on any dress and you already have what you need to do it.

How To Zip Your Own Dress

Seriously, what a time saver!

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Like the dress I’m wearing? I searched for you, but this Milly Printed Sheath Dress is sold out everywhere except to rent via Rent the Runway.

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Reverse Bucket List: Use Your Past to Pave Your Future

Most people have some kind of a “Bucket List.”  For some, like myself, a rough list of ideas, subject to change, is sufficient.  I’ve never been discouraged by missing checked boxes before approaching milestone birthdays.  That may change as I age.

I have ideas of things I’d like to do, but as life changes, so do my priorities.  If we’ve missed visiting a country as a childless couple, we will make up for it as a family or later in life when we start traveling alone.  That kind of thing.

I’m more than halfway through my pregnancy and life is about to take some major turns.  We are ready!  It helps that we feel we have shared some really great adventures along the way.  When making a bucket list, it’s important to take note of the road travelled before planning ahead.  Sure there are things that I could dwell on that I’m going to wish I did before I had kids and maybe I will do that during moments of weakness.  When you get down to it, my life has been pretty amazing and keeping a reverse bucket list is incredibly valuable.  Reverse bucket lists are a running tab of all your momentous experiences.  Not only does this help to celebrate the past, it also reminds us that the future is attainable.

I want to share with you some of the adventures I’ve had along the way.  Some I consider adventures because it was an amazing experience, some because making it through was truly triumphant and some were just plain strange; but nevertheless it is the road I travelled.

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Reverse Bucket List

  1.   Trade a stranger a hug for a sandwich.  The world didn’t always take credit and running out of cash was a different story back then.
  2.   Be good looking enough to pass out hugs as currency.
  3.   Get paid to write.  You’re reading it.
  4.   Try a crazy sport.  I once was a pretty good pole vaulter.
  5.   Foot race a professional athlete.  I am terrible with names and faces, so I can’t even remember the NFL player I raced.
  6.   Save a life.  Chest compressions will always be a cringe worthy feeling.
  7.   Start a business.  The Luxicon may be small now, but it’s going places.
  8.   Pay my way through college.  And at a 3.98 gpa I might add.
  9.   Try a profession completely outside my comfort zone.  Blogging, mystery dinner theatre actress, and Wedding DJ are the top three that come to mind.
  10.   Rescue an animal.  3 and counting.
  11.   Survive a near drowning experience.
  12.   Travel the world.  Check: India, Mexico, Canada, Italy, France, England, St. Lucia, Grand Cayman and Cuba.
  13.   Reach and maintain my ideal weight.  I’ve done it before and I can do it again after this baby!
  14.   Make a difference in someone’s life.
  15.   Make a difference to a stranger.
  16.   Beat pain.  I have a painful disease, so chronic pain is  and will always be an issue.  Having climbed that mountain in the past makes me sure I can handle the future.
  17.   Make a human.  He’s still baking, but it counts.
  18.   Experience the presence of a ghost.  Still don’t believe it, but I can’t explain it either.
  19.   Stand up to a bully.  It’s ridiculous that adults still bully each other, but at this point in my life, I’m not prepared to take it.
  20.   Learn a craft.  Sewing is absolutely cathartic to me.
  21.   Learn another language.  Still learning, but I’m determined our children will be bilingual.
  22.   Ride an elephant.
  23.   Buy a new car.
  24.   Star in an Independent film.  It was a terrible film and I’m thankful you can’t find it on the internet.
  25.   Overcome social anxiety.  There are still circumstances I don’t like, usually loud situations because my hearing is bad, so I can’t enjoy conversation, but for the most part, I’m good.
  26.   Learn to draw and paint.  Never thought I would enjoy portrait work or that I would even be half-way decent at anything that artistic.  You can see some of my work.  Keep in mind, I’m still an amateur.
  27.   Be my own best friend.  Why is learning to be kind to one’s self is such a difficult hurdle?
  28.   Be a ‘ride or die’ best friend to someone else.
  29.   Become cool.  I have no idea how or when that happened, but I’ll take it.
  30.   Be in love.
  31.   Break someone’s heart.
  32.   Start over.
  33.   Move somewhere new.
  34.   Be so close to someone that they feel like an appendage.
  35.   Witness childbirth.  It was an 11 lb C-section.  As I prepare for my first child, I kind of wish I’d witnessed something a little less traumatic in nursing school.
  36.   Be a mentor.
  37.   Ask a guy out.
  38.   Do yoga on top of a mountain.
  39.   Parasail.
  40.   Ride a horse on a beach.
  41.   Do a back flip.
  42.   Design and make a wedding dress.
  43.   Take a chance on a dream.
  44.   Snorkel in the ocean.
  45.   Do the right thing even when it feels worse than death.
  46.   Make bad choices.  There are certain number of learning experiences necessary to grow up.
  47.   Meet “the one” and be smart enough to see it.
  48.   Dye my hair a color completely out of character for me.
  49.   Find my spiritual center.
  50.   Know my purpose in life.

There are still so many experiences left to collect.  Peeking into my past reminds me how far I’ve come in such a short amount of time.   Not only do I feel fully charged to tackle my bucket list, I have new ideas inspired by my past.  What’s on your reverse bucket list?  Your turn!  Comment below.


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How to Not Wash Your Hair for 5 Days and Still Look Great

If you want healthy hair, you should not wash your hair more than a few times a week.  We’ve all heard that before.

Many women with great hair tell me they go 5 plus days without washing their hair.   How do they do it?  They look fabulous; I do it and I look like a homeless.  Seriously, I could be a “fail meme.”

Previously, I’d been shampooing, rinsing, conditioning, rinsing and that’s about it.  Isn’t that what everyone does/has been doing forever?  I tried various methods like rinsing with cold water and using a strange variety of products.  The results were pretty much the same; zero notable difference in appearance coupled with unpleasant side effects like shivering and stinky hair.  I have also always felt like the lather shown in shampoo commercials is somehow staged.  I would have to use an entire bottle to get the kind of foam you see on tv.  Maybe I just use shampoo with less detergent, I would think.

The secret to getting your hair to last a full 4-5 days without washing is to wash it properly.  I made a minor change to my showering routine and it has made a huge impact on the look of my hair.

What’s the secret already?!

How to Not Wash Your Hair for 5 Days

The key to not washing your hair for 5 days and still looking good is…

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It’s already written on the bottle.  Shampoo, rinse, repeat.  The key is to repeat; shampoo it twice.  It’s that easy.  Shampooing twice removes excess product and residue, leaving hair clean and ready for styling.  If your hair doesn’t lather well in the shower, it likely has too much residual product or, unfortunately, grease.

After the first shampoo, my hair feels like it typically does when I wash it, but the second shampoo lathers just like the commercials and leaves my hair feeling clean.  I follow the second shampoo with conditioner, just like normal.  Currently, I’m using the Davines energizing shampoo to boost hair growth after my botched experience with extensions and for the second shampoo, I’m using the super gentle Melu shampoo.  If my hair weren’t damaged, I would use a clarifying shampoo like, Oribe The Cleanse Clarifying Shampoo, followed by Oribe Shampoo for Beautiful Color 8.5 oz..

Shampooing twice also allows for more frequent deep conditioning treatments, which is exactly what my thirsty, damaged hair needs.

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Struggling with your over-treated hair? You’ll enjoy this post on how I’ve rescued my bleached hair.

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Father’s Day Gift Ideas: Get Dad What He Really Wants

Okay momma’s you had your day, now you get to return the favor to your man with the perfect Father’s Day gift.  Before you know it, Father’s day will be here and it will be too late to shop online.  Avoid the rushed shopping trips and out of stock ideas by shopping early.

Don’t know what to get?  You’re in good company.  “I don’t need anything.”  Why is this always dad’s go-to answer?  We’ve all been there.  Shop gifts for all dads and all budgets below.

Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Rolling Stone:

Hook & Albert Gray Waxed Canvas Garment Weekender For the man with a case of wanderlust. My husband and I actually own this bag in leather and it’s great for weekend trips. The bag unfolds flat and fits a suit and dress easily in the garment section (duffle liner) and weekend essentials in the duffle part. Perfect for weekend and work trips.

Dapper Dad’s engraved and monogrammed cufflinks and tie bars.  Custom cufflinks are a unique way to remind dad he’s loved on the special occasions when he dresses up.  Think about getting him cufflinks that reflect his interests like cufflinks made from his seats in his favorite stadium or Palladium Gear Shifter and Steering Wheel Cufflinks the car buff. My personal favorite, the simple, loving message.  “DAD” Cufflinks shown below. These elegant square cufflinks will be a subtle reminder to dad that he is loved.

Foodie Fellow

Foodie fathers can be hard to impress.  Get dad a unique Cheese & Crackers Serving Board.  He’ll use it again and again.

To really impress him, serve him BeerGarden Smoked Salmon and his favorite cheeses on the platter.  I cannot even describe to you how amazing this salmon is.  My husband and I share salmon, cheese and wine for our special date nights in.

Personalized Family Mugs are a lovely time stamped addition to the kitchen.  He’ll cherish the illustrations forever even when the littles on the mugs are no longer little.

Pampered Pappa

Bloomingdale’s Grooming Favorites Gift Set.   If dad uses all these types of products, he’ll enjoy the deluxe set and if dad is the kind of guy who uses this stuff when he has them or on special occasions, he’s going to feel extra pampered.

Baxter of California Double-Edge Safety Razor  A few years ago, hubs switched to this safety razor from  standard 4 blade razor.  I like it better because his face is softer and feels better against mine.  He likes that the razor not only works better, but at 100 blades for under $10, replacement blades are so cheap.

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Father's Day Gift Ideas 2017: Get Dad what he actually wants.
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Ugg Novel French Terry Robe Dads need a comfy, cozy robe to lounge in. He works hard; help him relax a little.

Adidas Men’s Adilette Slide Sandals.  I had to.  If you lived through the nineties, you know how great these shoes are.  My sister had these exact shoes and I used to steal them on the regular, but now I have my own.  They’ll be his new favorite summer shoes.

Man on the Move

Fitbit Blaze.  I have this fitbit and it doesn’t stop at counting steps, it tracks heart rate in real-time, controls my music and sends notifications from my phone.  This is a great gift for the multitasker who would enjoy fitness tracking.

Diaper Duty Dude

Diaper Dude Mens Black Convertible Backpack  Let’s face it, dad doesn’t want to carry your super girly diaper bag.  Even if he’s a champ like my man who would happily tote my tote, he will appreciate having his own diaper bag designed for dudes.

Guy’s Got Golf Game

Arccos Golf 360 Golf Performance Tracking System  This fully-automatic Gps and shot-tracking system records every shot and converts the information to usable stats, letting you know what you need to do to improve your game.  I don’t know much about golf, but I hear my husband’s golfer friends raving about this product.

Groovy Gramps

Crosley Radio Cruiser Turntable  Dad always have the perfect playlist?  He’ll really enjoy this old school turn table, but don’t forget to gift some of his favorite LPs as well.

Master & Dynamic MH30 On Ear Headphones  Men always appreciate a quality sound system.  These foldable headphones by Master and Dynamic are designed to go everywhere with dad.


Chatbooks are the quick and easy way to make a memory book for dad.  Capture all his favorite memories in one place without spending hours doing it.

60 page photo books for $8

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Don’t forget to tell dad how much you love him with these adorable greeting cards.

Mr. Boddington’s Studio Father’s Day Greeting Card with Envelope – The Chair

Mr. Boddington’s Studio Father’s Day Greeting Card with Envelope – Birdie the 10th

Mr. Boddington’s Studio Daddy’s CAT NAP – Father’s DAY Greeting Card

Mr. Boddington’s Studio Father’s Day Greeting Card with Envelope – Pass the Shaving Cream

Mr. Boddington’s Studio Little Lost Sailboat – Father’s DAY Greeting Card

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Swimsuit Cover-Up Styles You’ll Wear Again and Again

When it comes to swimsuit cover-up styles, I won’t wear just anything.

Let me explain.  I’m not a style snob.  It’s not about how much it costs, it’s about quality, versatility and personality.


Quality Swimsuit Cover-Up Styles

Many of the swimsuit cover-up on the racks look as though I could have made it in ten minutes or less.  You know what I mean, the ones that look like a poncho with the sides stitched up.  Odds are, if I could make it that fast, the manufacturer made it even faster.  Where’s the interest in that?  I want some kind of interesting details, that’s what makes it feel unique to me.  Fortunately, there are plenty of quality cover-ups to choose from this year, like all my picks below!

Versatile Swimsuit Cover-Up Styles

Versatility becomes important when you’re going to be out all day and will likely end up at a bar or restaurant for lunch or dinner.  Most beach towns are fine with beach attire for casual dining, but sometimes you don’t want everyone to see your entire bikini while you’re trying to eat.  It is after all, a coverup.  This year boasts lots of shirt dress cover-ups and caftans that aren’t completely transparent for a more versatile look.  Simply add a belt or tie and you have an enviable, brunch-to-beach look.

Lauren Ralph Lauren Crushed Cotton Camp Shirt Swim Cover-Up is a timeless and effortless cover-up.

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Tommy Bahama Geo Print Boyfriend Shirt Swim Cover-Up is a fun take on the shirt-dress cover-up.

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Muted colors are also in, you’ll notice lots of white and chambray cover-ups, which makes for great transition pieces.  These on-trend cold-shoulder mini dresses bring the heat.  Not to mention, they are an easy look to pull off.  Add accessories, chunky earrings and wedges, and no one will even know it’s a cover-up.

Pampelone For Mini Dress Swim Cover-Up

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Pampelone Bardot Off-The-Shoulder Dress Swim Cover-Up

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Cover-Up Styles with Personality

If it doesn’t speak to you, is it really worth your money?  I use cover-ups year after year.  Each and every one I own is unique to my style and personality, which means they don’t go out of style.

PilyQ Noah Tunic Swim Cover-Up also offered in white and black has a unique pattern that will surely garner attention.  While you may not walk into an upscale casual restaurant without a few glances in your direction, you will be able to wear this year after year.

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I practically lived in the Yfb On The Road Raven Kimono on my last vacation.  Knowing I’m about to ‘pop,’ I didn’t want to purchase a cover-up this year that would only get me through June, so I searched kimonos.  What a great buy!  Never underestimate the value of a great kimono.

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Floral print was perfect for the beach.

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And all the colors made it easy to match all of my bright vacation outfits.  I put it over so many outfits for that extra bit of trendy flare.

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Shop my 2017 Swimsuit Guides:

Swimsuit Guide for the Beach Body in Progress… Spoiler alert!  Lots of Rashguard suits!

Where to Shop for Unique Swimsuits

Modest Swimsuit Shopping Guide

Small Bust Swimsuit Shopping Guide

Large Bust Swimwear Guide: What to buy.  Where to buy.  How to style.

Swimsuit Guide for the Gal with Big Hips

Sexy Swimwear Guide:  Slay, Slay, Slay

Whew! that’s a wrap for 2017 swimsuit guides!  Happy Shopping!

What’s your favorite beach accessory?  I’m thinking of getting one of those big round Turkish cotton towels.  Oh lala.


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Shopping Guide: Sexy Swimwear 2017: Effortless Sex Appeal

I’ve been waiting to bring you the Sexy Swimwear 2017 Shopping Guide until I shared all my other swimwear guides.  If you want to slay at the beach, you should know how to pick the best suit for your body.  It’s also, though sometimes inevitable, nice to avoid that moment when you squeeze into a slinky little number, look in the mirror and just laugh at how incredibly different the suit looks on you than the model.  While this humbling moment can’t always be avoided, it helps to know which styles work best for your body type.

Need a little refresher before we get started?

2017 Swimwear Guides

Flattering Swimsuits for the Beach Body in Progress

Guide to Shopping Modest Swimwear

How to Find Unique Swimsuits

Flattering Swimwear for Large Busts

Flattering Swimwear for Small Busts

Flattering Swimwear for Big Hips

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Sexy Swimwear Guide 2017. Effortlessly sexy swimsuits
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Sexy Swimwear 2017 Picks:

Any swimsuit in wet leather is haute.  I chose this Heidi Merrick Josep SET because the fabric choice is sexy, while the silhouette is less overt.
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Who says one piece suits can’t be sexy? The Tularosa Tularosa Saffron One Piece Swimsuit cutouts are anything but basic.

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The higher cut leg openings on this Del Mar by Berjheny Alayna Maillot in Black suit elongates legs. I would feel like a goddess in this suit. Do you think they’ll make it in maternity? Quite possibly wouldn’t have the same affect.

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Delicate, flirty lace details compliment the For Love & Lemons La Rochelle Bandeau Bikini Top.

Sexy Swimwear 2017 Shopping Guide

If there’s one brand that knows how to turn up the heat, it’s La Pearla. La Perla Millerighe Padded Jacquard Swimsuit perfectly shapes the body for a slimming sophisticated look.
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Spotted on the Kardashians, this Marissa One Piece suit is flattering to most.

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There’s something so suggestive about a nude suit. St Lucia One Piece creates the illusion of a sheer suit with floral applique, though it’s not sheer at all.

Sexy Swimwear 2017 Shopping Guide

Theres something nostalgically scandalous about the Knot Bikini Top.
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Texture puts a twist on this classic Bralette Bikini Top.

Sexy Swimwear 2017 Shopping Guide

This sporty Eos Bikini Top reveals just enough to make the cut.
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Usually monokinis that widen at the hips from a narrow midline highlight the hips in a less than flattering way on even the thinnest of women. The Kill Bill One Piece has enough going on up top that the look is balanced and chic.

Sexy Swimwear 2017 Shopping Guide

Who’s ready for Summer?

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Why You Need to Know How To Bake Makeup

I keep seeing Pinterest Pins and blog posts on “How to bake makeup.”   I can’t be the only one thinking…

What the heck is baking makeup?

I’m going to heat up my makeup?

Is this like when I learned to heat my eye liner with a lighter and it glides on more smoothly? [Use a hair dryer, it’s safer].

Or like the time I was taught to use my hair dryer to heat my eye lash curler and I burned my eyelid?

No thank you.  I’m good.

But this trend is sustainable and people keep talking about it, so I listened.  It’s not really even a trend, makeup artists and drag queens have been doing this forever.  You know what… it works!

How to bake makeup and why you'll never go back!

What Does it Mean to Bake Makeup?

Baking makeup doesn’t actually have anything to do with applying heat to your beloved makeup collection.  The term “bake” is referring to allowing setting powder to heat up by body heat.  You pile on loads of setting powder to just  a few areas of your face, let it sit for anywhere from 5-15 minutes depending on the kind of time you have and that extra time combined with body heat sets makeup for all day wear.  There are a few tricky points to follow in order to achieve the best full makeup look without caking or creasing.  Check out the video for the detailed recipe and instructions.

Why Does Baking Makeup Work?

I mention in the video that this was my first attempt at baking makeup.  I usually try things out myself before jumping right into a video, but I already knew this technique was solid.  I stumbled upon the principle for this a while back with my air brush makeup.  I mistakenly sprayed my brush when I still had a few steps to go, so I put the brush down while I finished.  When I applied my makeup, the foundation wasn’t cold, it had warmed considerably on the brush before I used it.  It also applied much more evenly and didn’t require as much as I usually need.  This is why makeup artists pump foundation onto the back of their hand before applying it directly to a client.  The makeup warms on the skin and applies better.  The same principle applies to baking.  Leaving setting spray and powder on for a longer duration, gives it a chance to warm on the skin and set properly before the excess is removed.

How to Bake Makeup

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Hourglass Vanish(TM) Seamless Finish Foundation Stick – Warm Beige:  My base layer used prior to starting the video.  Great for overall coverage.

It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Cream:  Under eye cream is key to hydrating beneath your eye and stopping creasing before it starts.

It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Full Coverage Concealer: This concealer was perfect for baked makeup.  The consistency is exactly what you should be looking for.

Bobbie Brown Tinted Under Eye Brightener:  My go to for days when I don’t need as much coverage.

Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer:  This stuff is a dream.  If I were going for a full long-wear look, I would have used this.

Charlotte Tilbury Powder & Sculpt Brush:  Smaller, precision, powder brush is best for depositing powder under the eyes without smudging it up onto your eyelids.

Laura Mercier Invisible Loose Setting Powder:  Definitely use the loose powder over pressed.  Laura Mercier setting powder is the way to go.  This stuff is so fine and lightweight; it goes on smooth every time.

Dior ‘Diorskin Nude Air’ Healthy Glow Invisible Powder – 030 Medium Beige:  This powder should be used to remove excess setting powder.  The consistency is fine and it applies lightly.  I’ve been using it for years, but lately, my preggo skin has been so dry, I don’t need powder, so I had no clue I was out.

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