Sustainable Fashion For Any Lifestyle

Sustainable Fashion For Any Lifestyle

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I do my best to live a simple and laid back lifestyle. We choose organic and natural as much as possible. I prefer to use green-friendly cleaning products. As for health and wellness, I use essential oils and oil diffusers. My way of life did not happen overnight. I took little steps and learned a lot along the way. I am always looking for more ways to improve.

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Remembering September 11th 16 Years After Tragedy

Remembering September 11th 16 Years After Tragedy

How is it possible that we’re coming up on the sixteen years since one of the worst tragedy’s that our nation has ever seen. It’s amazing to me that even though I was merely a child I remember it like it just happened. It was the in a lot of ways the point and time when the children of that generation lost their child-like innocence in the face of such a disaster.

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September 11th 16 Years Later

September 11th 16 Years Later

Today marks the 16th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks. I originally wrote a post on the 10th anniversary but that post was deleted by mistake. When I discovered I deleted my original post, I have been meaning to re-write the post. This year, I decided to finally get my thoughts out and share what I remember.

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Behind The Scenes: We Have A New Home

Behind The Scenes: We Have A New Home

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Beauty Brite started as a passion project. I was just getting into skincare and beauty. I just started using anti-aging products and wanted to share beauty recipes, tips, hacks and new products! I already had several other blogs and they all eventually merged into Beauty Brite.

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A Better Quality Of Life With Essential Oils

A Better Quality of Life with Essential Oils

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The benefits of essential oils are incredible! They are seriously worth looking into if you suffer from ailments such as asthma, headaches, muscle fatigue, and sinus pressure. If you’re just looking to enhance your overall well-being, essential oils are great for that too! Oils can be a great mood-booster, especially in the dull and bleak months of winter…. [read more]

Going Green with Your Mattress – Part 1

Going Green with Your Mattress

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It seems like just a few years ago the only place you could buy a mattress was at a mattress store. No one would have ever thought about ordering one online, until recently. I remember the first time I heard an ad for an online mattress company was while I was listening to a podcast. I was intrigued. When I began hearing more ads on other podcasts, I was even more intrigued.

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Embrace Your Glamorous Side

Embrace your glamorous side

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“Grace Kelly; Harlow, Jean. Picture of a beauty queen. Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, Ginger Rodgers, dance on air. They had style, they had grace. Rita Hayworth gave good face. Lauren, Katherine, Lana too, Bette Davis, we love you.”  Madonna had it right, these ladies and gents from the golden age of Hollywood were extremely glamorous. Even to this day, their vintage style still inspires fashion and beauty.

As much as I love modern fashion and a good pair of jeans, I often dream about what it’d be like to dress like Marilyn Monroe or Elizabeth Taylor. While this isn’t really an option, I can indulge my glamorous side with the British brand known as Vintage Cosmetics.

Inspired by the glamour and charm of the 50s, Vintage Cosmetics products pay tribute to the past while also meeting the needs of today’s women. Each item they design is affordable, elegant and effective.  I first discovered Vintage Cosmetics while perusing the beauty selection at TJ Maxx. As I was looking for some great deals I noticed this cute little box featuring a floral and polka-dot design. I was intrigued by the packaging and by the product inside…the Brush Cleaning Tool.

Vintage Cosmetics Brush Cleaning Tool

This amazing, pocket sized goodie is designed to help you keep your makeup brushes in “tip-top condition”.  The Brush Cleaning Tool offers two different cleaning texture options. The ridges can be used for larger brushes, while the bobbles are ideal for smaller brushes. I tend to use a mix of both, especially when cleaning my eye brushes. Not only is the tool highly effective, it’s also very affordable. Next to my Dr. Bronner’s soap, the Brush Cleaning Tool is my go to for brush cleaning days.

Vintage Cosmetics Brush Cleaner Tool at Work

I will be gifting my extra Brush Cleaning Tool, which Vintage Cosmetics was kind enough to send me, to my sister. She called dibs after I told her how amazing it was. Also included in my Vintage Cosmetics goodie box was the Smokey Eye Brush Set and two pairs of their Re-Usable Lashes.

Vintage Cosmetics Smokey Eye Brush Set

As far as I’m concerned, you can never have enough eye makeup brushes. I’m excited to have this adorable and well-crafted trio to add to my collection. I’ve used the Smokey Eye Brush Set to create a myriad of looks, from smoky to classic (picts below). The bristles are dense, yet flexible. They’re also soft, yet firm, and make application and blending a smooth process.

Vintage Cosmetics Smokey Eye Set Brushes Upclose

I use Step One…for the money for applying color to my lids and inner corners. Step two…for the shadow is the perfect crease brush for adding darker colors or my transition shades. Finally, Step Three…go girl go helps me blend my look together. It also works great for applying shadow underneath my lower lashline for that perfect smoky effect.

As I mentioned above, Vintage Cosmetics also sent me their Re-Usable Lashes in Nancy and Connie. I was a little apprehensive about using fake lashes, as I’ve never tried them before. I have a bit of an eye thing/phobia, whatever you want to call it. I can’t even watch videos where people tight-line their eyes because it grosses me out. I know, I’m a freak.

Vintage Cosmetics Lashes in Nancy and Connie

However, I was determined to give these lashes a try. I am pleasantly surprised to reveal that applying and wearing falsies isn’t so bad. I decided to give Nancy a go first. These lashes are designed to add volume and length. I cut the lashes to the right length, added some of the included adhesive, and followed the instructions for application. It took a little finessing, but I was able to get Nancy in place. Not too bad for a first timer.

I used the same procedures to tryout the Connie lashes. Connie features a crossed knot design which gives a soft, natural, voluminous look to the eye. Of the two lashes, Connie is my favorite. They feel lighter on my eye and give me volume without being too overpowering.

Vintage Cosmetics Nancy & Connie Lashes Wear (1)

While the Nancy lashes also look nice, I can definitely feel them when I’m wearing them. I also think they might be a little too intense for my small eyes. I don’t know how often I will wear false lashes, but I’m glad to have these two options in my makeup arsenal.

 

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What are your favorite vintage looks? How often do wear false lashes?

 

 

 

Sizzling Summer Fun Roundup

So Fab Sizzles Summer Roundup

Summertime is in full swing and we are so excited to share some amazing summertime food, activities, crafts, and beauty tips. Summertime is for fun and fresh ideas. SoFab is sizzling with amazing ideas to make your summer even more enjoyable. I think you will love this round up of amazing summer time posts filled with ideas and yummy treats…. [read more]

Workout Motivation Essentials

Workout Motivation Essentials 

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I don’t know about you, but I can come up with lots of excuses for not working out. Most of the time, it’s due to being bored with my routine. Other times, it’s because I’m tired, not in the mood, or it’s too hot. When those feelings of sabotage arise, I break out my favorite workout motivation essentials to help get me moving again.

Workout Motivation Essentials - Playlist

My first essential for keeping up the motivation is a killer playlist. Back in my college days, my friends and I would create mixes designed to get us through a workout. Though I miss the days of mixtapes and walkmans, I’m happy to have the option of creating as many playlists as I want on my phone.

One of my go to playlists actually comes from one artist, Girl Talk, also known as Gregg Michael Gillis. I can’t recommend this artist enough. I have listened to Girl Talk’s Night Ripper and Feed the Animals over and over. Why? Because they are basically professionally designed mixtapes spun together to get your heart pounding and your body moving.

When I’m not working out at the gym or outside, I turn to workout DVDs, Beachbody on Demand, or fitness channels on YouTube. Varying my workouts tends to prevent boredom and keep me more motivated. Lately, I’ve been really into a Pilates challenge I discovered from Boho Beautiful.  I’m also a huge fan of Yoga with Adrienne, Fitness Blender, and Blogilates. Each has a unique style and offers me different types of workouts to suit my moods.

Workout Motivation Essentials - Swell Bottle

Of course, once I get to sweating, I need maximum hydration. I never start off a workout without having a fully loaded bottle of water. Although I have several in my collection, my go to is either my giant, 32 oz., BPA-free Whole Foods water bottle, or my Swell Bottle. I love my Swell Bottles because they keep water cold for over 24 hours. I never have to worry about adding more ice because I know my water will always be very cold.

Workout Motivation Essentials - Just Live Race Time Cropskin Blue Fish

Finally, and probably most importantly, is my workout gear. Nothing increases my workout motivation more than activewear that is comfortable, high performing, and fashionable. My latest find comes from Just Live, who was kind enough to send me two pieces from their new collection to try. I choose the Race Time Cropskin Blue Fish and the Expression Muscle Tank – Buddha Blue from their Summer Lookbook. I just couldn’t resist having my very own Buddha shirt, or workout capris that reminded me of the ocean.

Workout Motivation Essentials - Expression Muscle Tank - Buddha

What I love most about the Race Time Cropskin Pants is their proprietary Yolon Fabric. It’s designed to remain cool to the touch and feel like a second skin. It’s lightweight, yet helps smooth and sculpt all my curves. Plus, it wicks moisture away so I don’t get overheated or overly sweaty. I’m also a huge fan of the stitching, which is designed for maximum comfort and longevity.

The Expression Muscle Tank in Buddha Blue isn’t just cute, it’s well made. I love the soft Viscose/Spandex blend, which helps this super comfy shirt hold its shape. I kind of wish all my workout shirts were made the same way. I can’t wait to see what Just Live comes out with next to help keep my workout game going strong.

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What’s your workout essentials? What do you do to stay motivated?

 

 

Cutting Tomatoes The Easy Way

Cutting Tomatoes The Easy Way

We eat a lot of tomatoes during the summer.  Actually, we eat them all year round.  We love those little red orbs of goodness.  But, cutting cherry and/or plum tomatoes can be a tedious job when you are faced with a pile of them to cut individually. I can’t tell you how many tomatoes have rolled off my counter before I was able to cut them.

I have found a new tool that makes this sometimes tedious job very quick and simple.  The Veggie Tube Cutting Guide made by Norpro.  I came across this little time saver recently for less than $10…. [read more]