At a young age, I was interested in all things pretty. I remember admiring older girls’ clothes, hair and makeup, wishing I could trade in my sweatshirts, permed bangs and Lipsmackers for something cooler. Over the years my wish came true and to this day I still proudly declare myself a girly girl.
As times have changed, so has beauty advice. I'm always looking for new tips or products in magazines, books and blogs, so I was excited to receive a fun new read as a bday treat a couple of weeks ago.
You all know Carmindy, right? The blonde bombshell from What Not to Wear with the flawless makeup? Not only can she make up a face, she can write a cute book too. Crazy Busy Beautiful: Beauty Secrets for Getting Gorgeous Fast, is a light read of loveliness with a fresh take on common diluted beauty tips and tricks.
On a recent road trip, I perused the chapters on skincare, eyes, lips and cheeks, as we made our way through the mountains en route to Waterton National Park. I sure didn’t learn how to fight off a bear, but I did learn that a spot of mud mask overnight on a forthcoming zit will cure things up in a pinch.
Other noteworthy tips from Carmindy:
- lather up with shower gel, then scrub a handful of regular white sugar over your skin in circular motions for a great exfoliant
- apply eye pencil liner first, then trace over the line with liquid liner for a precise look
- add a few drops of your favourite perfume to unscented lotion for a custom body cream
- sweep bronzer on your cheeks and eyelids for a fast two-in-one sunny glow
And although I’ve moved on to loving Laura Mercier, Korres, Smashbox and the likes, I couldn’t help but notice a Bonnebelle rack recently and feel a sense of nostalgia when I saw that Dr. Pepper lip balm is still going strong.
I wish to brighten your day with a little inspiration. Inspiration to try something new. Inspiration to find joy in cooking and crafting, entertaining and styling, writing and sharing. I’m Alexandra Joy and I have many joys to share.