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Happy New Year

I like to think of the word YEAR as Your Exhaustive Annual Review. I believe it’s important to reflect on the past year for my personal growth. I think about what was successful and try to figure out why. This is important to determine so that I can repeat it intentionally moving forward.

Some incidents are simply a part of life’s cycles and are beyond my control, such as the death of a loved one. I think about those, too. Do I need to scream or cry? If so, I do it! Sometimes this can be cathartic and I allow myself this moment.

What is hard is reflecting on unsuccessful occurrences or things that have caused us to be hurt or angry. Many of us attempt to ignore it and leave it in the past year. We act like if we don’t think about it any longer, then it never occurred. I’ll admit that I’ve been guilty of this. However, that’s a big no-no! I’ve learned that if I don’t reflect on the negative, some things are destined to be repeated unintentionally. It is foolish to repeat negative events that could have been prevented. As painful as it may be, I have to spend some time on these things. What happened? Why? How did what I do or say contribute to it? What could I have done differently? Who else was involved? Did this person help or hinder? With whom do I need to associate less or not at all? Critical thinking upon the negative has been important for my own learning and growth. It has proven to be the most beneficial because learning from the negative can help me to create more positive situations. My belief is that if I can learn from the negative, then I’ve taken something positive from it.

So going into 2017, remember that YEAR means Your Exhaustive Annual Review. Let’s look 2016 in the face, the good and the bad, and be prepared to make 2017 even better!

Happy New Year!

Raquel

 

No Brushes for Your Eye Shadow? Use Your Fingers!

Last Saturday, I had to attend a PTA meeting. I’m an Assistant Principal at an elementary school and yes….we hold a few meetings per year on Saturdays to accommodate parents who can’t attend during the week. I overslept and was in a rush. Can you believe I could not find my  eye shadow brush? What is an ageless elegant woman to do? She improvises! I believe in the power of makeup brushes, but I had to make do without them that day. I used just my fingers….and it worked! It was actually quite easy to apply and lasted all day. I even received a few compliments on my eyes! Imagine that!

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I look tired after a long day but, this photo was taken 8 hours after I first applied my eye makeup; so it really did last!

If you’re ever in this bind or you simply want to give it a try…these are the steps I followed.

  1. Because I was dealing with my eyes which are susceptible to infection, I made sure that I applied my eye shadow with clean, dry fingers by washing my hands first.
  2. I used my index finger to apply a base coat – a neutral shade  – all over my eyelids.
  3. I used my middle finger to add a dark shade. I put this darker color only on the outer half of both eyes from the crease to my lashes.
  4. Next, I used my pinky finger to highlight under my brows with a lighter shade.
  5. Then I used my ring finger to blend/blur so that there were no visible lines in any of my applications.
  6. Lastly, I swiped some mascara on my lashes and dashed to my meeting.

There you have it! If you don’t have any brushes for your eye shadow, just use your fingers! Click here to try Avon’s True Color Matte Eyeshadow Quad. It includes four shades in one palette to create great look!

The Disadvantages of Wearing False Eyelashes

I recently did a blog post on Avon’s Big and False Lash Volume Mascara. In it, I mentioned a friend who wore false eyelashes so frequently that her own lashes have become thin and have fallen out in some places. Now, the use of false eyelashes is no longer optional for her. We all know the basic advantages of wearing false eyelashes: they accentuate the eyes by providing instant length and thickness, and they give a new look to people who don’t have naturally long eyelashes.  However, false eyelashes were not designed for everyday use. I believe that they were supposed to be a temporary fix for a night out or a special occasion. This made me wonder, what are some of the disadvantages to wearing false eyelashes?
One disadvantage is the possibility of an infection. I recall that I had my face professionally done for an event. I loved the way the makeup artist (MUA) did my eyes. When I saw myself in the mirror, I instantly fell in love with the false eyelashes I initially rejected. I loved them so much that I decided that I would wear them the next day…and the next day as well. Each morning, I washed around my eyes, doing my best to not moisten the adhesive. I looked great! Bad decision. I didn’t get one, but this could have caused an eye infection. I didn’t know that bacteria collects under the eye glue if you wear false eyelashes for more than one day. They are supposed to be worn temporarily (a day) and definitely not over night. I was supposed to remove the false eyelashes and clean my eyelids with eye makeup remover.
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Infection from false eyelashes

Did you know that some people have allergic reactions to the the false lashes and/or to the eyelash glue? Yes…this the second disadvantage. It can cause the eyelid to swell and also cause redness. Eyelash glue is supposed to be tested on your wrist or hand before actually putting it on your eye. I never tested my eye glue. Big mistake! Fortunately, once again, I was saved from a possible infection.

A third disadvantage is that removing the false lash can cause some tension and you risk the change of pulling out your natural lashes. This is obviously what happened to my friend. She is literally “bald” on some parts of her eyelid because the hair won’t grow any longer. This means that she damaged hair follicles.

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Damaged hair follicles

A fourth disadvantage is false eyelashes that simply look…well…false. I know they’re fake, but they’re not supposed to look fake! This is totally subjective, but it drives me crazy when I see women wear lashes that look obviously fake, stiff, and cheap. I believe that false eye lashes should enhance how we look, not make us look clownish and phony.

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Does anyone’s lashes look like this naturally? It may work on the runway, but for every day? Not!

In a nutshell, if you’re going to wear false eyelashes. Be wise. Test the glue first to ensure that you won’t have an allergic reaction to it. Wear the lashes for one day only…and don’t wear them overnight. Take care when you remove them from your natural eyelash. Don’t pull or tug. Be gentle and use an eye makeup remover. Wash the lid carefully to remove all traces of glue and makeup. More importantly, instead of wearing false eyelashes, consider wearing Avon’s Big and False Lash Volume Mascara. This mascara gives the appearance of wearing false lashes without all of the work required to apply them, without the threat of damage to hair follicles, and with limited risk of an eye infection.

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