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Everybody wants to look and feel beautiful. The key is to love yourself, most importantly. You might feel like that’s a cop-out answer, but it’s actually the only answer that makes sense. Looking beautiful is all about feeling comfortable in your own skin. There’s no perfect size, shape, hair color, or any other aesthetic feature; beauty is in the eye of the beholder. And if you don’t feel confident or comfortable about the way you look then you need to think of changes you could make to your own perception of yourself. All that matters is whether or not you can embrace your flaws.

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Be confident in public.

Looking and feeling good is all about confidence. The first step is to find a look that makes you stroll out of the door with pride. And it doesn’t have to cost you a fortune to look good either. Not everybody wants to go “au naturale” when they step out of the house, but that’s fine – cosmetic products don’t have to bankrupt you if you know where to buy them. You could get some perfume to help you feel a little more confident at public gatherings and events; smell is as powerful as aesthetic when it comes to feeling attractive. And if you’re asking yourself “how long does perfume last?” then the answer is: a long time. Not only does it have a good shelf life but you only need a small amount any time you use it. One bottle could last you a good few years, so that’s a good example of a cost-effective way to spruce yourself up. At the end of the day, feeling confident in public is down to you. You have to feel comfortable in the way you present yourself, whether that’s in regard to your look or your smell.

Improve your health.

The best way to look and feel more confident about your appearance is to improve your health. We’re not just talking about “getting skinny” here because skinniness isn’t always the epitome of good health – being underweight is just as unhealthy as being overweight, so you need to focus on a more holistic concept of healthiness. It’s not just about improving your physical health but your mental health; the better your mental state, the more confident you’ll feel about the way you look. It’s a self-serving positive cycle. You should fix your diet because the things you consume have the biggest effect on your body and mind. Having a more varied diet with all the carbohydrates, protein, calcium, and iron you need is a good way to balance out your chemicals. You’ll feel better physically and mentally. The path to looking and feeling beautiful is made easier by a healthy lifestyle.

Work on your social circle.

You might not truly realize it, but your friends and family have a big influence on the way you feel about yourself. If you’re not confident about any aspect of yourself, whether it be your appearance or something deeper, then you should have a circle of people to whom you can turn in order to help you out. Likewise, you should get rid of toxic people in your life. Boosting self-confidence is something that you have to do, but the path can be made easier by friends and family who are truly supportive of you, as you are supportive of them.

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Are you tired of leaving the house looking like you’re still tired from the night before? It can create the wrong impression completely when you’re trying to impress the people around you. However, it’s not something you need to get too down about because it is a problem that can be solved with the right approach.

Cacao + Rose Organic Face Mask

Make Use of Masks

Masks are fantastic at helping you to rejuvenate your skin completely. Masks give your skin the nutrients, and they’re then able to absorb it. Of course, you shouldn’t expect instant results. If you do, you will simply end up being disappointed. Face masks take time to work, and you have to keep using them regularly if you to see long-term improvements. In the end, you will notice that your skin looks more vibrant, and the skin around your eyes should particularly benefit.

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Brighten Things Up

One way to hide the appearance of tiredness on your face is to start using makeup that allows you to brighten things up a little more. Bright colors show vibrancy, and they hide many of the imperfections you might be carrying with you. So, investing in a bright red lipstick could be exactly what you need in order to stop looking so down and dull when you start your day.

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Go Beyond Appearances

You need to go beyond your appearance if you want to stop giving off the appearance of tiredness. Instead, you need to think about some of the other things that help you seem on point and alert throughout the day. Learning the secrets that allow you to make perfume last is one good idea to consider. The way you smell can have a big impact on how people perceive you, so you don’t want that scent to descend into nothing throughout the day.

HONEY & HEMP organic face wash

Improve Your Face Wash

Something as simple as the type of face wash you use could have an impact on how your skin looks. If it looks tired, part of the reason for that could be the face wash you’re using. If you’re using a product that is harsh on your skin and not suited to the skin type you have, it will just cause you more problems than is necessary. Change your face wash until you find a solution that works. My current favorite is Yes to Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Cleanser. I swear my skin has NEVER been better.

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Learn How to Fix Your Tired Eyes Before Leaving the House

Fixing tired eyes doesn’t have to be an impossible mission, and it can be done before you even leave the house. You just need to know which steps are the most important ones to take. The two things that matter most are hydrating cream and concealer. These will help to improve the health of the skin around your eyes, while also concealing any obvious problems.

How do you perk up your skin when you have tired eyes?

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This year, I will actually be in Mississippi for Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 14th for those of you who need to plan!). Kendall is about to be gone for a month so we’re driving down together, going to New Orleans with his sister and her fiance, then I’m flying back up to DC that Monday. I was actually so upset to have to tell my mom that I would be missing it, but in true Downing family fashion, she shrugged it off and agreed we could celebrate the following weekend.

I’m really close with my mom, and I cherish the time we get to spend together the two of us now that I’ve really flown the coop. She’s coming to the Strong Women in Fashion show, and actually bringing her teammates from work along! She always has my back but will certainly tell me how it is (no naked cakes for the wedding, certain cuts of clothes are not flattering on me, and stop making that face).

I’m super excited for her as she now has 30 something days of this school year left and then gets to retire after teaching for 40 years! (40? Did I get that right Mommy?) Not that she won’t keep busy, but now she has a chance to travel to warmer climates when she wants and not have to worry about getting a sub. In fact, she’ll probably sub herself when she starts missing the classroom! I’m so proud of her and even though I won’t get to celebrate with her on Mother’s Day, I do have some surprises for her when I return. My mom wears a lot of hats, so let me break it down how my thought process goes when I shop for her (I also like to shop in themes/ sets). And no, Mommy, nothing on here is exactly what you’re getting. 😉

Tropical Mama loves fun in the sun with her pals: 1.Handmade Straw Tassel Tote||2.Swell Down Under Cap||3.Boca Clips 2-pack Margarita Clip

Perfect hostess Mama keeps an immaculate and color coordinated kitchen (Papa D had to put a stop to all the blue I kept bringing home from Pier 1): 4.kate spade new york Charlotte Street Collection Pitcher||5.ARTLAND Artland Cambria Set of 4 Stemless Glass Tumblers||6.Bormioli Rocco Murano Dinner Plates – Tempered Glass, Set of 6

Preppy Mama has a timeless style that gave me the bones of my own: 7.Women’s Lilly Pulitzer Suzette Sheath Dress||8.Women’s Jack Rogers Whipstitched Flip Flop||9.Kendra Scott Rayne Necklace

But most of all, she’s just my mommy. And these are a few of her favorite things: 10.I Love Love Cheap And Chic by Moschino Eau de Toilette Women’s Spray Perfume – 3.4 fl oz||11.Marine Candle||12.Lilly Pulitzer Exotic Garden Tumbler

Shop chic dresses at fashionme.com!!

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Is anyone else feeling horribly off right now? Maybe it’s because the upcoming inauguration is such a point of contention for this country, because Kendall just left for a week for drill, or the winter ickies but I just don’t feel well, you know? Just kind of panicky and unsettled.

I feel very strongly that a healthy mind and healthy body go hand in hand. Corepower Yoga certainly helps me with both, and I know I need to make a more concentrated effort to get my butt to more practices. I read recently an article that addresses a point of yoga that I think a lot of us forget about:

Thing is, yoga isn’t even about exercise. It has almost nothing to do with downward dogs, or headstands, absurd Instagram contortions or $100 yoga mats. Those can be tremendously fun and can even serve as a “gateway drug” to the deeper practices, but they’re still but minor tools, at best. And really, how can you misappropriate something you’re not clear on in the first place?

Ultimately and across most traditions, yoga is about one simple thing: freedom. It’s about total liberation from the ego, from the incessant, gnarled churnings of the mind, its stories and doubts and fears, so the practitioner can finally repose into the true nature of Reality, without illusion.

Which is to say, yoga is the means by which the Self, the world and all its inhabitants are revealed as they truly are: inextricably interconnected, each a unique expression of the same pulsing, vibrating, unified field of divine consciousness. Simple, really.

A few years ago, I was at one of my favorite gift shops and a woman there was selling aromatherapy oils and wanted me to pick out a scent that resonated with me. The scents were supposedly linked to a chakra and guardian angel. Whether or not any of this was BS, the scent that I chose was connected to the root chakra and Angel Uriel. I’ve done some research on both, and honestly, the symptoms of your root chakra being imbalanced are exactly what I’m experiencing: anxiety, fears, and nightmares- and I don’t really have a solid reason why! You can read a bit more about the root chakra here, but there are so many resources available on and offline.

I need little reminders to help me stay balanced, whether it be physical or a scent or even symbolic. Check out my choices for root chakra maintenance and let me know how you stay balanced!

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1.Root Chakra Yogi Soap||2.Red Jasper Tumbled Stone||3.Women’s Daisy London ‘Base Chakra’ Cord Bracelet

4.The Habit: Art! Chakra Bands||5.Root Chakra Tea by Buddha Teas||6.Root Chakra Essential Oil Blend

7.‘chakra 1′ Balancing Body Mist||8.Carved Marble Incense & Votive Holder

9.Wire Wrapped Red Jasper Point Pendant||10.Root Chakra Patch||11.Cool life fragrance Le quatrieme parfum

12.ROOT CHAKRA Meditation candle||13.Grounding Amulet & Gemstone kit||14.Chakra Key Chain

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If you’re wondering how you can work your makeup routine into this Christmassy season – look no further!

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1||Soak Up The Good Stuff

It’s winter, which means your skin in going to be dried out! This isn’t good, especially if you are planning on adding makeup. So a good moisturizer is your new best friend this winter. Every day, morning and night, you will want to coat it all over your body (focusing on your face the most!) ALWAYS moisture before you do your makeup, not only will it keep your skin feeling fresh and soft, your makeup will sit a lot better.

2||Add Festive Colors To Your Pallette

Reds, burgundies, and metallics are a must-have this season. When doing your eye makeup, focus on getting some gold or silver in there. If you don’t want to go too over the top with these colors, just use a glittery metallic in the inner corner of your eyes. This will add a pop of highlight that will brighten your eyes up straight away. (You can also add a little to the center of your lid for the same effect, and on your lower lash line.) You can find all you need at the online beauty supply store.

3||Warm Yourself Up

After you have applied your usual foundation, consider adding a little bronzer (if you do this already, add a bit more than you normally would.) In the winter time, your color tends to drown out a little; you don’t want this to happen! People will start asking you if you’re ill, (so annoying!!) So warm up the face, but still keep it natural – you don’t want to look like an Oompa Loompa! (It’s a fine line ladies…)

4||All Red Everything

It’s time to show off, bring out that red lipstick that you have been saving for a special occasion. A great look to do with your lips is the ‘ombre’ effect. Line your lips with a dark red (or even brown) liner, focusing on the outer corner of your lips, then fill your lips in with the red you have, blending it into the darker edges. Finish this off by adding a lighter shade (or even a concealer you have) in the very center of your lips. Not only does this look amazing – it will give the illusion of having a plumper pout. (Where’s that mistletoe?)

5||Glow Like A Star

Don’t forget that golden highlight on the top of your cheekbones, down the center of your nose, on your brow bone, and anywhere else you want to glow! This will bring the whole look together, and your angles will be poppin’ in those Christmas selfies!

6||Smell Like A Treat

Last but not least, make sure you smell good enough to eat. Whatever your choice of perfume may be, don’t overdo it! No one wants to be choking on the fumes. Just spritz a little on the side of your neck, behind your ears, and at the back of your knees, (it rises!)

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