How To Wear A Peasant Blouse

Spring and summer usually have a more casual feel when it comes of fashion. The peasant blouse is the perfect example and is back in style for 2014.

The peasant blouse is loose fitting and is a mix of casual and polished. I recently purchased this peasant blouse from JCPenney. I dressed mine up a little with large gold earrings and some cute bracelets.

How To Wear A Peasant Blouse

I also like the feel of the material. It’s lightweight and can be worn all summer. I think it would be cute with a pair of shorts too.

How To Wear A Peasant Blouse

Here are some other cute peasant blouses


 

How to wear the peasant blouse:

  • Make sure you don’t buy a larger size than what you need. If it looks too big it can make you look sloppy.
  • When wearing a peasant blouse, wear a slim-fitting pair of pants to balance out its loose proportions.
  • Never wear a flowy skirt, or something with a lot of volume.

Have you tried a peasant blouse? How would you style the peasant blouse?

Beauty For the Heart~~Yesterday in church the pastor used Psalm 51 as his text. It’s one of my favorites. I was reading it in different versions. This is what verse 12 says in the NIRV,

“Give me back the joy that comes from being saved by you. Give me a spirit that obeys you. That will keep me going.”

Have you ever lost your joy? Sometimes life can be difficult and before we know it, we’ve lost our joy. If this happens then pray for it to be restored. He will be faithful!

Have a blessed day!

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How To Apply False Eyelashes

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There are a lot of things that change after turning 40. One of the things that surprised me was my eyelashes became thinner, shorter and lighter.

Most days I use mascara and an eyelash curler to add shape, length and volume. But sometimes if I’m going somewhere special I enhance my eyelashes a little more with false eyelashes.

False eyelashes have come a long way! They look more natural than ever and are easy to apply!

Here’s how to apply false eyelashes so they look as natural as possible.

You’ll need false eyelashes (duh), a Q-tip (or a toothpick), tweezers, and glue. I use the Ardell brand and I’ve used several different ones. Today I’m using the #105 Glamour length. If you want something a little less subtle try #110 or the demi whispies.

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First I put my eyeliner on my eyes and one coat of mascara to my natural eyelashes. Then I remove the false eyelashes with a tweezer. Be careful not to pull any lashes out.

How To Apply False Eyelashes

Next I put a drop of glue on a piece of paper. You only need a small amount, I always squirt too much out!

How To Apply False Eyelashes

I use a Q-tip to apply the glue to the lash line on the false lashes. I always try to add extra to the ends. I want to make sure they don’t come loose. :-)

How To Apply False Eyelashes

After you have placed the glue on the false eyelashes, let the glue dry for about 30 seconds (it’s best not to blow on them.) Then carefully apply on the lid as close to the roots of your natural lash line as possible.

I apply them from the outer corner of my eye inward, pressing lightly. The white glue dries clear, so don’t freak out if you see glue, it will disappear.

Once the false eyelashes are applied, let them dry for a couple minutes and then add mascara to blend them in with your real ones.

This is a picture I took a several months ago without false eyelashes.

How To Apply False Eyelashes

This is a picture I took with my false eyelashes. They definitely help to make my eyes pop!

How To Apply False Eyelashes

Practice makes perfect, so try them a couple of times and you’ll get the hang of it. You can also re-use them a few times by cleaning them with makeup remover.

Have you ever tried false eyelashes?

Beauty For the Heart~~Prayer is not about getting my will done in heaven. Prayer is about getting God’s will done on earth!

Have a blessed day!

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3 Easy Ways To Tie A Scarf

*******I get a lot of emails about tying scarves so I’m sharing this post from last year again. This is 3 ways I like to tie my scarf. Hope it helps!

Good morning! Today I’m sharing 3 easy ways to tie a scarf. You know, I love wearing scarves and I’ve been wearing these three ways a lot over the last month.

 1. The Double Loop Wrap

Place the scarf around your neck with the ends hanging in the back. Loop the ends of the scarf around and back to the front. Tie the two ends together with a simple knot to make the second layer.

2. The Pretzel

Fold scarf in half and wrap it around your neck. You’ll have a loop on one side and the two ends on the other. Pull one end through the loop. Twist the loop and pull the second end through. Adjust as desired.

3. Neck Tie Knot (tied like a man’s neck tie). 

This is perfect for women who don’t like a scarf wrapped tight around their neck.

Put the scarf around your neck with the ends to the front (I have one end a couple of inches longer than the other). Take the longest end and fold over the other two times. Take this same end up through the back and through the loop you created. Pull the ends taunt.

There are so many scarves to choose from: thick, thin, square, rectangular, infinity and more. Scarves can add color and texture to your outfit and if the weather is cold can help keep you warm.

Have you tried any of these ways to tie a scarf? What’s your favorite way to tie a scarf?

Beauty For the Heart~~Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. -Melody Beattie

Have a blessed day!

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How To Apply Eye Shadow To Deep Set Eyes

Hey friends! Well, I’m a little frustrated! I’m trying to do more videos but it’s sooooo hard. I watch a lot of videos and I’m not satisfied with mine yet.

The only way I know to get better is to keep doing them. So I know I’m going to look back on this and think, “that’s horrible!”  Actually I already do—-bad sign.

Anyway, some of you emailed me and asked if I would show you how I use the Urban Decay Naked Basics palette. So this is my feeble attempt.

How to apply eye shadow to deep set eyes

Because I have deep set eyes, it’s a How to apply eye shadow to deep set eyes video. Thanks for being patient with me!

(I fast forward a little bit of the video on purpose. It was getting too long for me.)

Did that help at all?? Should I stop while I’m ahead?? :-)

Here are the products I’m using. If you click on the product, it will take you to Amazon, if you’re interested in ordering.

Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette

Neocutis Lumiere Bio-restorative Eye Cream 

Benefit Cosmetics The Porefessional 

Benefit Cosmetics Lemon Aid

Benefit Cosmetics They’Re Real! Mascara

CoverGirl Perfect Point Plus Eyeliner

Beauty For the Heart~~“Grace is the voice that calls us to change and gives us the power to pull it off.” -Max Lucado

Have a blessed day!

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4 Easy Steps To Clean Makeup Brushes

Okay ladies, it’s time to clean those makeup brushes! You do clean them, right? Today I’m sharing 4 easy steps to clean makeup brushes.

I told my sister that I was going to share this today and this was her answer, “I’m supposed to clean my brushes??” I’m not kidding! I can only do so much with my DIY sister. I’m sure they’re covered in dry wall dust!


We should clean our makeup brushes because each time we use a makeup brush, it picks up both makeup and any natural oils on our face, as well as dead skin cells, dirt and debris. Bacteria can make a home in dirty makeup brushes too.

Cleaning our brushes is super easy and should be done once a week (although I usually only do it once a month).

Here are 4 easy steps to clean makeup brushes:

1. Wet the brushes with warm water.

2. Use a mild soap or shampoo. I use baby shampoo. Apply a small amount to the bristles and work into a light lather.

3. Rinse bristles thoroughly under running water. The water leaving the brush will be tinted with makeup. Rinse thoroughly making sure there is no color left.

4. After you have rinsed thoroughly, squeeze out excess water and lay them flat on a paper towel or washcloth. Allow them to dry completely.


I also clean my beauty blender with mild soap although there is cleaner specifically for a beauty blender. I love my beauty blender and I’ll be talking more about it tomorrow.

Do you clean your makeup brushes? How often?

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Beauty For the Heart~~Those who look to him for help will be radiant with joy; no shadow of shame will darken their faces. Psalm 34:5, this was one of the verses I read yesterday and I loved it. I want to look radiant with joy!

Have a blessed day!

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6 Steps To Help You Look Younger

I get a lot of emails from women over 40 asking me how to look younger and dress fashionably without trying to dress or look like their teenage daughter.

There’s no doubt we can dress fashionably but how do we look younger and not spend a fortune?

Here are 6 steps to help you look younger:

  • Keep you hair length at, or above your shoulders~Side-swept bangs and hair no longer than your shoulders will take off years! Have you ever noticed when they do makeovers of women over 40, they usually cut their hair, there’s a reason for that. As we age, our hair can thin and look stringy, cutting it above your shoulders will help it look thicker and healthier and will help you look younger.
  • Watch your lipstick shades~dark brown lipstick shades can age you. Creamy lipsticks are better because matte lipsticks can settle into your lip lines. Glosses are youthful and look great!
  • Use cream blushes and eyeshadows~as we age, our skin becomes drier and powder blushes and eye shadows can settle into our fine lines and wrinkles. Creamier products help our skin look softer and plump.
  • Don’t overpluck your eyebrows~After the age of 30 our eyebrows start to thin and they don’t grow back after you pluck them. Be careful not to overpluck!
  • Whiten your teeth~As we age, our teeth begin to yellow. Whiter teeth can take years off of you. As a dental hygienist, I recommend having it done by your dentist, because they have the strongest whiteners. But if that doesn’t fit in your budget I would recommend Crest White Strips.
  • Get a good night’s sleep~Few things age you overnight more than a poor night’s sleep. Sleep is important to help you feel and look beter. When you lose sleep, your eyes are puffy, your skin sallow and you can have dark circles under your eyes. Not good!

It’s amazing how these 6 steps will help you feel and look younger!

Do you have any other suggestions that might help? I’d love to hear!

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Beauty For the Heart~~“We exist to make a big deal out of God. It’s not about you.

It’s not about me. It’s all about him.” @Saintly_Life

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