FOTD: Crimson Tide

I wanted to see what happened when I paired a crimson lip with Tom Ford Softcore blush. The blush did NOT stay reddish on me, even though I went a little heavier than I normally would. It just adapts to the shades around it (including your skin color). I kept the eyes easy…

 

FACE

Tom Ford Traceless Perfecting Foundation (Caramel)

Tom Ford Concealer (Medium)

Tom Ford Blush Duo in Softcore (blush only)

EYES

Charlotte Tilbury Brow Lift (Cara)

MAC Soft Brown (lids)

MAC Nylon (inner corners/lids)

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner (waterline)

LIPS

Charlotte Tilbury Night Crimson

Geisha Ink Mascara

3… 2… 1… RESET

Okay, I’m getting my bearings. After the week from hell, I’ve decided to reset. So I’m on a much needed juice cleanse to alkalize and reset my body.

For me, that means dumping all manner of salt and sugars, and getting back to basics. That’s lots and lots and a whole damn LOT of greens. So I juiced Arugula (soooo gross), Kale, Napa Cabbage, Cucumber, Lemon, Green Apples and Ginger. The Arugula takes over everything. It’s just so spicy. But whatever. It must be done. Down the hatch it goes! I got enough for a five day cleanse (although I’m thinking of extending it to seven… just because), and I’m juicing for the day as I go. So far, it’s working out pretty well. I also did a version with Kale and Pineapple that’s really good. Helps temper that Arugula madness. Although it hurts to drink, I immediately feel energized and clearheaded. That’s reason enough to keep it coming.

I also juiced a delicious concoction of Pomegranate (those seeds are SO easy to juice. I’m ashamed to just be discovering this now), Pineapple, Lemon, Orange and Ginger. Perfect pick me up in the morning. I have to hide it from hubby though (he’s doing the cleanse with me) because he will think it’s dessert and drink it all.

I made two different ‘recovery’ drinks for protein. One is my favorite blend of Cashews, flax seed, almond milk, filtered water and dates. The other is bananas, cacao (raw/unsweeted), flax seed, almond milk and agave. The second one is really for hubby; I’m not a fan of chocolate like that. We drink those after workouts or for ‘dinner’ as needed.

The final drink I made was my first attempt with avocado, and it came out really good! It’s avocado, almond milk, agave and flax seed. I love that one. I think I’ll be doing that one a lot more often in the future. Even with the fat content… it’s excellent for the skin. Plus, it’s ‘good’ fat… so I think I’m okay. 😉

I’m on day 3 and I already feel so much better. My skin cleared up and I’m sleeping through the night. The reset was soooo necessary. I know there are a lot of juicing naysayers, but for me it really works. I need to do this more often (a 1-3 day cleanse is recommended once a month), because it should not take a meltdown to get me to shape up.

The Gratitude Project: Body Talk

sleepIt’s late enough for me to go to sleep now. I deserve it. After 3+ months of adding new things while trying to maintain old things, I’m worn all the way out.

I got a wild hair about a magazine, and then the damn thing took off. Who knew? I got some help, moved some things around… and it’s still ticking along. But I need to delegate some more because running interference between writers and copy editors is not.fun.

This week was particularly interesting. I finished XP (Master) training at CorePower Yoga, and was supposed to take this week to get it together. But then another store wanted Habibi, and Crunch had paperwork (lots and lots of paperwork), and I’m running all over the world… answering texts and grabbing the saltiest food I can find along the way.

Not good.

I’m not sure when I slept, but when I did… it was restless. I dreamed about being Charlotte Tilbury Arrives In America: VIP Beauty Launch Event Presented by Nordstrom At The Grovelate, missing deadlines, and screwing up in class. Friday I was supposed to join the Charlotte Tilbury fray… but life got in the way.

Today, I tried again. I was RIGHT.THERE … literally about to turn into the Grove parking lot, when the most amazing migrane on earth smacked me dead between the eyes. I nearly crashed my car. DA HELL man…

My body is like TAKE YOUR BUTT HOME. NOW!!! My mind is whining “But…. CHARLOTTE!” Body didn’t care. Body won.

So I came home, juiced a green remedy to take the pain away, and now I’m about to take my butt to bed. I’m sad about missing Charlotte, not sad that my body gave me a wake up call.

I am Grateful For…

The good sense to know when to have a seat.

Goodnight.

FOTD: Autumn Nude

FACE

NARS Radiant Tinted Moisturizer (Malaga)

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer (Ginger)

Japonesque Setting Powder

Chanel Blush in Accent

EYES

MAKE UP FOR EVER Artist Shadow in Golden Snake (lids)

MAKE UP FOR EVER Artist Shadow in Pearl (inner corners)

MAKE UP FOR EVER Artist Shadow in Oat (browbone)

Eyeko liner (lashline)

Geisha Ink Mascara

LIPS

Japonesque Lip Lacquer in #1

Yo…

… still one more class to go before my CorePower Extensions training is done, and I’m already working like I’ve been doing this for the longest time. WTH man…

crunch

Yesterday I got a call from a friend, wanting to know if I could come audition within a couple of hours to teach yoga? What? Okay. So I pack up my ‘yoga gear’, throw on a few malas and stride into Crunch Fitness preparing to do my best namaste. It didn’t work. The woman who hired me (yes, I got the job) is more interested in what I can DO, not what I say. Oooookay.

So I launch into my best Warrior 3… and HOLD…

warrior3

… and hold…

And she blurts out “I like you. You got the job.”

Alrighty then.

Then a whole bunch of other stuff happens. There’s legalities (no touching/adjusting the students!), paperwork (are you a legal resident… what is your mother’s cousin’s firstborn’s second cousin’s name?), and a handshake.

So  here’s the deal:

Twice a week, I’m all about Power Yoga at Crunch Fitness in Northridge.

October 19th, I’m teaming up with Lorna Jane for a (free) Flow in Sherman Oaks. See my Facebook Page for more details.

I’m training to be a ‘Pilates Body’ (more on that later).

I’m booked for private sessions through November.

Habibi Bath & Body is headed to Finland (not me… just some products), and we picked up a new account in Northern California.

Life has changed… things have changed… I have changed.

Here’s to new Adventures!!!!!