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Lip Service

I get a lot of slack for some of the things that I do, but there is one particular thing that seems to get me more grief than anything.

My lipstick use.

I, by no means, try to hide my love of makeup. It is fabulous and amazing. I mean, what else gives you the power to change how you look and be playful in a naturally fun, inexpensive, non permanent way? Makeup allows me to one day rock a bold and colorful peacock inspired eye then turn around the next day to something much more demure. I like a lot of things….and I like the option for variety. One makeup item I could never live without: lipstick. I should’ve seen it coming. After all, I was all about stocking up on my Bonne Bell when I was younger, slowly opting for the shinier, brighter ones as time went one.

These and a few of their friends may all be in my purse right now.

These and a few of their friends may all be in my purse right now.

What most people don’t seem to understand is while I love wearing lipstick, I don’t wear it simply because it looks awesome. There are legit benefits to wearing lipstick, and that is why you will see me wearing it when I run or am doing more active things.

Let’s break down some of those benefits.

1. Did you know lips lack melanin, which helps protect them from UV rays? Because of this you want to make sure your lips aren’t exposed without protection. Wear matte or opaque lipsticks with SPF of 15 or higher to help protect your lips from sun exposure!

2. Lipstick moisturizes your lips. This is singlehandedly THE BIGGEST reason why I wear it all the time. I hate chapped lips. I hate when they feel rough….and this tends to happen when I run, especially in the cold weather. It doesn’t look attractive either. The lipsticks I wear when I run and when I go out in the winter months have some kind of moisturizing additives, like aloe vera and vitamin E.

Lipstick to run in? Yes, please!

Lipstick to run in? Yes, please!

3. Confidence. That’s right, I said it. Numerous studies have shown that people feel sexier and more confident when wearing lipstick, and I will be real here…even if there wasn’t a study done to state this, I would claim it as a benefit because it is 100% truth, and I feel my one person study should matter.

4. Intensifies your eyes. Regardless of the color of your eyes, lipstick can make the color more intensified and bright. Blues appear bluer, and even dirt brown eyes like mine are more colorful. Don’t believe me? Whip out a fantastic Mac lipstick and take a picture of yourself with lipstick and without. I bet you will be pleasantly surprised. Dimitri James, beauty expert and creator of Skinn Cosmetics, states, ” those with blue eyes should try lip shades in rose, pink, bronze, copper, and brown, while hazel eyes should go for violet, plum, fuchsia, and red-violet hues. Green eyes look best with mauve, lavender, plum, burgundy, and wine colors, and brown eyes look best with coral, peach, burgundy, purple, gold-red, nude-beige, and dark blue-red lipsticks.” Thanks, Dimitri!

5. Makes your face look slimmer. Yes, SLIMMER! Color draws the attention to your lips instead of the outline of your face!

6. Better posture. A recent study by L’Oreal showed that women who rock lipstick have better posture because we are stretching to apply it, improving our posture, even if it is only for a split second.

7. Brighter Smile. Lipstick brightens your smile by making your teeth look brighter and whiter depending on the shade you wear. I highly recommend determining your undertones so you can find the best color….you don’t want a frosted or dark color to make your teeth appear yellower than what they are either.

8. FUN! Yes, I am making this my own self diagnosed benefit. Wearing lipstick can instantly brighten your mood, make you happier, and help you have a fun, enjoyable day, and that, my friends, may be the best benefit of them all.

What are my favorites? If I HAD to choose. These would be it. My signature shade that most people identify with me is clearly “So Chaud” by Mac. Unbelievable with its color, staying power, and classic look. In fact, this is the lipstick I choose to wear when I run in the Warrior Dash. That’s right…I jump around and submerge myself in mud, and this bad boy stays put and looking fab. Worth every penny.

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My friends who are reading who are terrified of trying new lipsticks…..live a little. Try something new. Two weeks ago I was down in DC and being that my friend Emily and I were visiting another makeup junkie (love you, Ren), we naturally ended up in Sephora. Emily was hesitant to try a bold lip because she was convinced she would look like she was playing dress up and stole her mother’s shoes. After some persuasive debate from Marenda and I, Emily gave into peer pressure, bought the suggested lipstick, and looked absolutely gorgeous. Super proud of her for living on the edge with a funky color, and I am pretty positive she loves it, too.

Lipstick can be your pal f you give it a chance. The best part? If you don’t like it, you can just wipe it off and start again.

Now if only everything was that easy.

 

 

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Oprah, my list is better than yours.

I am going to say the one thing that always seems to enrage people.

I am NOT an Oprah fan.

Not one bit. I’m not going to get into all of the reasons why (maybe that’s blog material down the road). However, I will be honest and state that ever year I do review her favorite things of the year…usually hate most of them….but I do look at them. This year was no different….I finally checked the list out earlier this morning between cookie baking sessions. Surprisingly, there were a lot of cool things on the list….most unrealistic for people on the hunt for the perfect gift. I mean, are you willing to drop $700 on a pair of headphones? Probably not. ( Missed the list? Click here to view it! )

For that reason I decided to craft a similar post sharing my absolute favorite gifts to give and receive this year….only mine are much more friendlier to the wallet. As stated on her website, Oprah “tasted, tested, sniffed, snuggled, brewed, steeped, read, shared and dared” every item on HER list. I have done the same for the items on MY list. Here’s hoping this helps some of you last minute gift givers that need so help.

Katie’s Fabulous Favorite Things of 2014 List

1. Sorel Boots. I can’t begin to express my current obsession with these boots. I love love love them. They are fun and practical…..and cheaper than Uggs!

www.sorel.com

2. Orange Ginger Lotion and Body Wash. This is, by far, one of my favorite scents of all time. The best part? Very affordable and now it comes in lots of your favorite Bath and Body Works products. Click here to view all of the products in the line!

Photo Courtesy of Bath and Body Works

3. Anything from Lola and Darla. Ok…I think we know the obvious. I love sparkle. My team is named The Sparkle Squad, for Pete’s sake! This site is naturally up my alley because everything is about sparkle. Bonus: Lots of cute stuff for kids.

http://lolaanddarla.com is where you can go for cool Sparkle gear!

4. Beny Design’s Gold Bar Necklace. This is an awesome classic and simple necklace that anyone can rock. Best part? Only $19 and from a little shop on Etsy (my favorite!) You can view purchase options by clicking here.

I don't know anyone who wouldn't love this.

5. Coffee Tumbler. Everyone knows a coffee addict. If you know me, you know I am one, and you’ve probably seen me cruising around with with this neat mug that screams Katie! Bonus points for that hot pink lid, Bando!

I love that this lets people know that I need coffee in a serious way.

6. Urban Decay Naked Palettes. My favorite eyeshadow. Even though I own all of the Naked palettes,the Naked 2 palette is what I use 90% of the time and is my favorite. If you are into makeup or know someone that is, check out a little happiness for the eyes from Urban Decay.

This makes my eyes happy.

This makes my eyes happy.

7. House of Lashes false eyelashes.  I wear false eyelashes a lot and am constantly trying new brands out. My favorites come from the glam line at House of Lashes. When you see me rocking really serious ones, those are the Femme Fatales. I am also a big fan of the Starlet lashes. There are some really lovely holiday gift packs right now, and if you sign up on their mailing list you will find out all the great deals!

Photo Courtesy of House of Lashes.

8. Lush Bath Bombs. I’m not sure what I love more….the way they smell or the names of the different items. Either way, these things are rad. I’m also a huge fan of the soap….My favorites are Snowcake and Honey, I washed the kids! Here’s the site to check out all of the fabulosity!

Now that's a good looking bar of soap!

9. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. It’s an incredible book and so inspiring. Every one should buy this for themselves and for people who like to read. And get it soon before the movie hits theaters! You can get it for $9.60 on Amazon so get it now!

I can't put this down! And the movie drops Christmas Day!

10. Any bag by Olivia and Joy! Bonus…..right now all handbags are 40% off! Shut the front door. My favorite is the Tamara satchel because it holds so much stuff (as most of their bags do) and comes in this awesome pink color.

www.oliviaandjoy.com

11. Old Navy workout leggings. I live in these pants, and they are on sale for $18 right now! Plus, they have an awesome message running up the leg…..pretty cool, right?

You never know who your workout gear is inspiring!

12. USB Flash Drive. I am always losing mine because it is small and just easy to lose. Not this one, though….. look how cool it is….and realistic! And just $8!

I won't misplace this thing!

13. Leggings. I’ve shared my favorites from this store on Facebook before, but they are just too fun and affordable not to include on this list. Online Legging Store is where I purchase my cool leggings that I always get compliments on. My favorites? The skeleton ones and the muscle ones! Clothing doesn’t have to be boring….and these leggings definitely have personality.

Seriously, this store has leggings for ANYONE!
14. Skeleton Egg Shaper. If you have foodies on your list….or grown ups who refuse to grow up…. you absolutely must shop at Perpetual Kid. This has been one of my favorite secret websites for years because they have the most random finds for your home and great stocking stuffers. Pens that smell like pancakes? Bandaids that look like Ninjas? Bacon toothpaste? YES! This little egg shaper is only $3.99 and I love it because, well, I love skulls. I love eggs. And the two got married and had this item.

This screams Bad Ass Breakfast.
15. Tea-Rex Infuser. For my tea lovers, this little bad boy is so cute and also a necessary purchase. It’s on sale right now on Kohl’s website….and you know they have great coupons to save you more!

T-Rex is just great.

Regardless of where you are at with your shopping, I hope it wasn’t a stressful experience….there are so many neat things out there to fit anyone’s budget…..And remember…..the greatest gift of all is your PRESENCE, not your presents, so spend the holiday with the people you love doing the things you love. That really is the greatest gift of all.

Happy Shopping! Only a few more days until Christmas!

What the French Toast????

If you have spent more than four hours with me, the chances of you hearing one of these clever lines is very, very, high. I was disappointed today when one of my friends gave me the hairy eyeball after I called her a “lint licker.” I gave her a pass, but later realized that many people many not have caught this gem of a commercial. It is quite possibly one of the greatest commercials of all time. Enjoy, you biscuit eating bulldogs.