Even a Workaholic Needs a Break Every Once In A While!

Hi. I’m Christy. And I’m a workaholic. I always have been and it’s a blessing…and a curse. 

I put work first…a LOT. My parents instilled a strong work ethic in me and for that I’m proud. But sometimes, even a workaholic needs to let loose, take a break, and just enjoy the finer things in life. This weekend, I’ve been unplugging, getting behind (stressing a little about that), and enjoying. Galveston is an awesome place to live when you want to unwind, and my family rocks as a support system.
The recent purchase of the tandem and carrier helps. I mean, who wouldn’t want to ride this on the Seawall? After a few hours at the pool (almost completely unplugged I might add…YAY ME), we took off on a limo bike ride to get something to eat. 
For the record, the back seat is the easy ride. Yes I pedal, but I’m pretty sure B does most of the work while I enjoy the scenery. What? He’s stronger than I am. It only makes sense.
I just love the view as we drive down the Seawall and pedaling is not my first priority. But my feet keep moving so that counts. It really does. I mean it. 
A nice 3 mile drive (shush B…it’s a FULL 3 miles there and 3 miles back) to McAllister’s Deli for a nice healthy vegetarian lunch, and then back home we go!
To enjoy the view one more time. Yes, the rocks are a little too sea-weedy, but the ocean has cleaned up for the year and I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else on the planet. 

I’m glad I stopped and smelled the ocean air a bit this weekend. There’s always Monday. I’ll catch back up and the memories I’m making in the meantime are priceless. Just like my family. 

Natural Looks for Summer: Get that Sun Kissed Look for Less with Rimmel

For the record, I am a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias® and their client. However, all photos, opinions, and ideas are entirely my own! #RimmelRealBeauty #shop
Summertime means fun in the sun here on the island. We play at the pool, we go to the beach, we ride bikes, walk the Seawall, and play at the park as much as we can. And summer brings out my fun, lighter side. Not only in my attitude, but in my clothing and makeup as well. Luckily for me, the makeup trend this summer is to “go nude” and Rimmel products make that affordable.

I could take that whole “go nude” thing literally, but let’s face it, clothes are an acceptable societal norm so I wear them. And not wearing makeup at all is unthinkable to me. I’ve always been a makeup junkie and the older I get, the worse my addiction gets. I keep a budget for it. I’m not kidding.

During the colder months, when we stay indoors more, I wear a pretty heavy “face” to cover my pores, hide the bags under my eyes, and minimize the wrinkles. Plus I’m pasty white during those months and I like to liven things up a bit. But during the summer, I stay very tan and I like to let that natural glow show. I do wear heavier sunblock on my face now because apparently the sun wasn’t my friend all of those years so my face tends to stay much lighter than the rest of my body now. So for more reasons than one, I refuse to go nude.

That’s where Rimmel products come in. I needed a fresher, sun kissed look for summer, without the look of heavy makeup. Rimmel offers affordable makeup so I didn’t have to break the bank to achieve my natural glow. They offer a wide variety of products and I love all of the earth tones they have available. For me, there are only a few essentials and Rimmel offers them all at Walmart for only $3.97 each. So let’s get down to business shall we. I’m going to show you how I got my look but I must warn you, you will be seeing something very few people have in the past 10 years. ME WITHOUT MAKEUP!

Always start with a good foundation applied with a brush, not a sponge. I used Rimmel Clean Finish Foundation for a poreless finish. Then for the sun kissed glow, apply a bronzer to get the appearance of a tan without all of the skin damage. For this I used Rimmel Natural Bronzer.

The eyes, it’s all about the eyes. Seriously, your eyes are the windows to your soul. You need to make them shine. I picked an awesome Rimmel Glam Eyes Quad, Sun Safari, to fit my theme, and I loved how the earth tones blended with my skin tones and only served to enhance my eyes rather than make them look made up and heavy. Split your eye up with the colors. Dark in the crease, light on the upper lid to brighten and open the eyes, bright on the inside lower lid, with a subdued darker color on the outer lower lid.

Although I did buy two of these Rimmel ScandalEyes Waterproof Kohl Eyeliners, I chose a brown shade for this more natural look. I do wear my eyeliner heavy no matter what, so that will never look totally natural, but I just feel a good outline opens up your eyes and brings attention to them. And this one is waterproof which is great because yes, I even wear my makeup at the pool and beach.

My lips are thin so I like to use lip colors to highlight them but I don’t want anything bold. I chose to use a base color from the Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate collection to shape my lips.

And gloss that up with Rimmel Stay Glossy Lip Gloss for that extra shine and sparkle that I enjoy so much!

I love this gloss and at only $3.97 a tube, I can buy lots of different colors to wear all summer long. And it lasts for 6 hours, that’s not just a claim, it really does!

I’m pleased with the look that I achieved and the money that I saved achieving it. All 6 products that I used cost just under $30. Now I can just sit back, relax, and enjoy my summer being “nude”. And it’s our little secret!

Be sure to check out Rimmel on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram to stay up to date on all of the latest beauty trends!

If you want even more ideas for your own natural, sun kissed look for the summer, be sure to read the LiveSoFab Summer Digital Magazine. You’ll love all of the fun stuff inside. Happy summer y’all!

It’s the Little Things…and The Smiles!

“Through the eyes of a child you will see the world just as it ought to be.” -author unknown

As adults, we often get busy and forget to appreciate the little things in life. Sometimes it’s wise to just step back and look at things through the eyes of a child.

My Bubby’s eyes hold the innocence and wonder of the world. When I’m too busy or stressed, I watch him play. This weekend, while we were at the pool, he found a bottle cap. Then he found rocks. 

Oh what fun he had with his treasures. The simple treasures of the world that surround us every day. Those things that we forget to cherish in our busy lives. Those are his playground. 

I love his inner and outward beauty. I love seeing the world through his wide-eyed wonderment when I take the time to look. I need to look more often. And I need to look through my own eyes. We all do. 

Sure there is much sadness in our world, but there is also beauty and excitement. It’s time to embrace what our children see again. How amazingly happy we would all be if we just saw the world through the eyes of a child. What a beautiful world we would live in if we would just embrace this. 

Now if you’ll excuse me, I think I have some rocks to play with. There are castles to be built and I’m missing out on the wonderment of life! Are you?