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1. Reach for products that make my beauty lovin’ heart go pitter-patter.  That means favorites, special occasion-only products, and shades I know flatter me best. 2. Give myself enough time to get ready to the nines and not feel rushed; when I feel the time crunch, then I lose out on the fun that is creating and applying a look.  3. Eat right! I always feel guilty, gross, and terrible if I overindulge in really bad food.

— Christine

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1. Staying away from people who make me feel horrible.

2. Not worrying about the opinion of people who don’t know much about me to begin with.

3. Eat, wear, and do what makes ME happy.

1. Take a long, hot, decadent shower, followed by body lotion or moisturizer of your choice. I don’t know if this makes me feel *beautiful* but it sure helps me feel fantastic and I’m happier about my body and appearance in general when I’m clean from head to toe and my skin looks good.

2. Have a good hair day *g* I always feel better about my looks when my hair looks good. This is why #2 can sometimes depend on #1 (in related news I’m looking for a good conditioner for fine curly hair, anyone got a suggestion?)

3. Have plenty of time to get ready. I hate mornings when I’m running out the door and my hair’s in a clip because I didn’t get to shower and I don’t have time to deal with it and forget makeup, I’m lucky if I have a chance to swipe on lip balm and there’s a giant zit on my chin I haven’t covered and…yeah. I always feel prettier when I have time to even just put on a bit of powder and mascara.

Giovanni Smooth as Silk Conditioner – plus the shampoo are the only things that work for my curly hair!! Plus they aren’t that expensive at all 🙂

In re:#2, I have fine curly & wavy hair … I’ve been using living proof no frizz conditioner as well as carols daughter monoi hair mask and phyto phytodefrisant mask. I like this stuff and got it 20% with sephora vib but I might switch to drugstore when it’s finished. … aveda brilliant is really awesome if you’re looking to splurge

The three things I do to make me feel the most beautiful:
1. Fix my hair either by tying it up or styling it with products. I think hair contributes more to a woman’s appearance than makeup.
2. Pick a simple but classy outfit. Jeans and a nice shirt or even a skirt.
3. Walk with confidence.Or at least, walk with posture you learn as a child. Men notice this and it’s very flattering.

1. enough sleep
2. good ..x life
3. no stress (financial worries, deadlines, peace with friends& family, no enemies..)

I think these factors are the most determining to look my best. Make up is more a tool to enhance beauty or to reflect state of mind, which is fun. Plus to be honest my first three points are pure luxury and more fiction than reality to have all this balance, whereas make up does the magic regardless of the circumstances.

I really agree with Christine on number 2. It’s hard to feel decadent when you’re rushed. Also, while I can certainly slap on a nice look in 10 minutes, it’s not enough time to really pay attention to details.

1) A pink or peach blush instantly brightens my face
2) Exercise running or dancing makes me feel healthy and beautiful
3) Chocolate

1. Use Soul Purpose Body Balm in Brown Surgar.
2. Wear a bright pink lipstick.
3. Wear a sexy bra and matching panty.
4. Wear a Spring/Summer sheath.

1.) Regularly sweating makes me happy. I have to go to the gym at least five days a week to get a boost of endorphins. Plus, even if I am not loosing weight, it keeps everything nice and tight. 😉

2.) I try to eat healthy. I, like Christine, find that when I eat healthy I feel good.

3.) Makeup, wearing it and purchasing it, also makes me very happy.

1. Blush! It helps with everything.
2. Wear pink. It always instantly brightens my mood.
3. Drink some tea. Having a few minutes to myself to enjoy something so simple is really calming.

1. Consistently work out and when I can tell my body is getting more toned I feel so good about it.
2. Take care of my skin, so I can go without makeup more often 🙂
3. Smile!

1. Yoga. Eating fresh, doing yoga in the morning and evening. It’s the best ways I have for making my body feel new again.

2. Skin care. I’ve spent more money on making my skin look it’s best than I ever have on makeup. Once I found my perfect products, I’ve felt the best while wearing the least amount of makeup.

3. Filling in my eyebrows. No joke! I had no idea how much more perfect my face could look but the first time a makeup artist filled in my brows, I was set. It’s the one absolute that I do in my makeup routine daily.

1. Taking care of my skin: I never ever go to sleep with makeup on, I use eye cream morning and night, use my Clarisonic about once a week/every other week, use Retain-A gel at night, use amazing moisturizers, and always apply lip balm before bed.

2. Nail art. Different textures of polishes (like the Pixie Dust or Speckled polishes), painting/drawing designs on my nails, new takes on traditional nail art, etc.

3. This would be a tie between fun jewelery/accessories (right now I am in to knuckle rings and half gloves) OR wearing an amazing perfume.

And I’ve stopped judging myself/trying to change myself. I am who I am. Take it or leave it. No one is perfect and if you aren’t happy with yourself, you’re going to be blue. I would love a less judge-y world.

Ive written a strict skincare regime, and i love following it because i feel so pampered after it all, and i notice the difference in when i do follow it and when i dont.

Applying makeup with all the time in the world. I hate being rushed, but when i got the time, i let my creativity run wild and it always looks sooo pretty.

Curling my hair, ive recently discovered the best curling wand ever (so amazing and alsoo sooo cheap i bought another three as backups because i use it all the time), my hair is so long and thick, and it has a red tint to it, my boyfriend absolutely adores it when i curl my hair, he says even without the makeup, if i just curled my hair, it makes me look so beautiful/

1: Eating right. If I don’t, I feel guilty and disgusting, and just blech. D;

2: Straightening my hair! It looks so much better straight, and it helps with flyaways, frizz, etc.

3: Doing my makeup for as long as I want to. Being able to just sit and listen to music and not be rushed while I do my makeup is a treat, because I have to get up at 4:15 AM for work.

1. Giving myself a nice mani/pedi
2. Taking time to fill in my eyebrows perfectly — they are very thin, and they make the biggest difference in my look.
3. Not being rushed and taking my sweet, sweet time!

1) Guerlain Samsara, paired with a smile!
2) Nice lingerie, that’s not too fancy but with a great cut, fabric, and overall design.
3) Doing some work-out. I’ve had back problems and I don’t want them back, so a lot of sports are a no-go for me, but when I have more time on my hands (like not right now, unfortunately), I really enjoy callanetics. It soothes me, and I do feel more toned!

1. Proper hygiene.

2. Staying away from negative people & situations. Even if the negtivity isn’t towards me, I still prefer to stay away from it.

3. Wearing what I want, because I like it, and I don’t care what *anyone* else thinks (as long as it’s appropriate for the situation or environment I’m in). This goes for clothes, makeup, accessories, etc.

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