30 Things Every Woman Should Have And Should Know

My New Year has started with a cup of Italian coffee and my laptop, reading my favorite blogs.
I had to repost this one by Roxy from My Cup Of Te.
The timing is perfect.

Get on board with 30 Things That Every Woman Should Have And Know
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By 30, you should have:

  1. One old boyfriend you can imagine going back to and one who reminds you of how far you’ve come.
  2. A decent piece of furniture not previously owned by anyone else in your family.
  3. Something perfect to wear if the employer or man of your dreams wants to see you in an hour.
  4. A purse, a suitcase and an umbrella you’re not ashamed to be seen carrying.
  5. A youth you’re content to move beyond.
  6. A past juicy enough that you’re looking forward to retelling it in your old age.
  7. The realization that you are actually going to have an old age—and some money set aside to help fund it.
  8. An e-mail address, a voice mailbox and a bank account—all of which nobody has access to but you.
  9. A résumé that is not even the slightest bit padded.
  10. One friend who always makes you laugh and one who lets you cry.
  11. A set of screwdrivers, a cordless drill and a black lace bra.
  12. Something ridiculously expensive that you bought for yourself, just because you deserve it.
  13. The belief that you deserve it.
  14. A skin-care regimen, an exercise routine and a plan for dealing with those few other facets of life that don’t get better after 30.
  15. A solid start on a satisfying career, a satisfying relationship and all those other facets of life that do get better.

By 30, you should know:

  1. How to fall in love without losing yourself.
  2. How you feel about having kids.
  3. How to quit a job, break up with a man and confront a friend without ruining the friendship.
  4. When to try harder and when to walk away.
  5. How to kiss in a way that communicates perfectly what you would and wouldn’t like to happen next.
  6. The names of: the secretary of state, your great-grandmother and the best tailor in town.
  7. How to live alone, even if you don’t like to.
  8. How to take control of your own birthday.
  9. That you can’t change the length of your calves, the width of your hips or the nature of your parents.
  10. That your childhood may not have been perfect, but it’s over.
  11. What you would and wouldn’t do for money or love.
  12. That nobody gets away with smoking, drinking, doing drugs or not flossing for very long.
  13. Who you can trust, who you can’t and why you shouldn’t take it personally.
  14. Not to apologize for something that isn’t your fault.
  15. Why they say life begins at 30.

An excerpt from this by the editors of Glamour

Overhaul Your Makeup Bag For The New Season

There’s no time quite like the end of one season and the beginning of the next to overhaul your makeup bag.

Don’t you just love this picture??

image from Short Is The New Black

If you follow this blog you’ll know that for years now I’ve only used makeup bags from Stephanie Johnson

both for traveling, and also to tote around in my handbag. 

So as I’m prepping my Stephanie Johnson makeup bag for fall,

 here are some of the key items that will be making the cut.

Today I’m focusing on the eyes.

First up, a really good eye shadow primer. 
I am a big fan of the Lorac Behind The Scenes Eye Primer,
as well as the Nars eye primer.
Both of these are in my pro kit, and either or both wind up in my personal stash too.
An eye shadow primer is going to help your eye shadow to go on more smoothly, keep the color true, stop it from balling up and creasing, and keep it on all day.

Next is a luminizer.
Makeup Forever Uplight is one of my “go to” products for all kinds of quick fixes. You only need the tiniest amount as it is super concentrated, but it is a fabulous way to wake the skin up and make it look revitalized.
a tiny dab at the uppermost point on the cheekbone and the bridge of the nose can actually brighten the eye (if the surrounding skin is looking dull).
If you’re looking sleep deprived, mixing a dot of it with your concealer can restore vibrancy under the eye.
But be careful: adding shimmer where you have fine lines and wrinkles just accentuates said fine lines and wrinkles…

A good eye shadow palette.
I prefer to buy an empty palette and make my own, as the pre-made ones in the stores are frequently too sparkly, and have some pretty cracked-out colors you’ll never use.
Build your palette with matte shades – you build your eye with matte shadows. Add in a shimmer shadow for effect and a dark shadow for lining.

A Gel Cream Liner
When in doubt – wing it.
You can add polish to your look with a defined lash line. It doesn’t have to be high drama or over the top. An accentuated lashline with a slight lift at the tail can be super flattering to all. Just play around with it first, and find your ideal  thickness and shape.

Last but by no means least, max out your lashes with a really killer mascara.

Find one that is ideal for your lash needs – do you need to lengthen or define? Thicken or build?
If you’re not planning on swimming or sobbing 86 the waterproof in lieu of water resistant – far kinder to the lashes.
Know that most of the magic in a mascara is in the wand, so find a mascara with a wand to meet your needs.
Personally I’m still a Diorshow Blackout girl. I like to build huge, thick, dynamic lashes.
Be ready to toss your mascara as soon as it starts to get a little on the dry side. Crumbling, flaky mascara does no one any favors. 

Summer Boobie Lovin

Tis the season of the boobie.

Kate Upton’s boobs

Summer is in full swing, necklines are plunging, sundresses are cut low, and from bikini tops to loose tanks, chests are out and boobies are in.
This is the time of the year that is all about gorgeously bronzed, glowing, skin skin skin.
But did you know that you might actually be doing irreparable damage to your twin assets??

Kate Upton’s Breasts

The super tanned, golden chest of today is the wrinkled up, deflated chest of tomorrow.

Sun damage makes them fall.

Just as the sun breaks down elastin and collagen and is the leading cause of premature aging in your face and neck, so it does to your breasts.
Although they may look ripe, full and firm right now, sun exposure can have them looking old and saggy way before their time.

However much exposure you are giving them this summer, whether it is just top boob or side boob, cleavage or full blown topless, use a self tanner on your chest to get the golden glow, then save the girls from both the UVB burning rays and the UVA aging rays with a broad spectrum SPF of 50+
To avoid looking like a sideshow on the beach reapply sunscreen via aerosole, opting for a waterproof, high SPF)

The same applies to your decollete.

Sofia Vergara Decollete

This summer’s super bronzed, glamour decollete can wind up looking like next fall’s wrinkled, crinkled, discolored, uneven textured, old lady chest. Using high powered broad spectrum SPF protection can keep it looking completely delectable in low cut necklines for years to come.

Scarlett Johannson’s boobs

With the extra skin exposure of the warmer months comes the need for extra skin care.
Smooth on a moisturizer high in antioxidants every morning, followed by your SPF, and in the evening help lift away dead skin and debris, as well as SPF build up by using a Clarisonic. Alternatively use a gentle body exfoliant like
Ren Guerande Salt Exfoliating Body Balm 
once a week, followed by a firming moisturizer rich in retinols, or a luscious cocoa butter to keep the girls glowing.