Looking for Guest Bloggers!

Happy Monday!

Over the weekend, we found out that our sister Facebook page was deleted with no notice or email from Facebook!  So, we are working hard to rebuild.  If you have a moment, please stop by and like [or re-like] our page: Bee’s Knees Reviews.   This page is run by a few admins, so if you leave a comment on our wall, we will like your page back!

I would love to have guest bloggers or even regular bloggers here on Beauty Brite!  I am open to any subject: parenting, cooking, working, being a stay at home spouse/parent, and especially couponing!  I just started couponing but since I am new, I am only sticking with one store and non-food items!  If you have some great starter tips, love to share weekly deals, I would love to have them posted on Beauty Brite!  If you are interested, please leave a comment below or email me at info at beautybrite dot com!  If you would like to guest blog and your topic isn’t listed above, please do not hesitate to email me! 

LovingEco- Launching MONDAY June 6th

LovingEco- Launching MONDAY June 6th   

LovingEco is a members-only, social commerce platform, that offers unsurpassed and innovative eco-friendly products at exclusive price points (up to 70% off retail), without compromising style. 

Launching MONDAY with Clean Living, the site will be working with many brands in the beauty space including: Pritinyc, Goddess of Skin, Golden Earth an LaLicious.

Through a series of limited-time and brand-specific sale events, subscribing consumers are given the opportunity to access and shop for eco-friendly, fair trade and natural products at a discount including: fashion, accessories, beauty and kids items.  Each sale features the best eco-friendly brands, which are hand-selected and available on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Additionally, 3% of net proceeds from each purchase is donated to the current ‘tastemaker charity’ to help support a social or environmental cause.

Book Preview: A Conflict of Interest

Stay tuned for my book review on A Conflict of Interest by Adam Mitzner!

EXCERPT – A Conflict of Interest
by Adam Mitzner

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6 Tips to Feel Beautiful Today!

By Sarah Maria,
Author of Love Your Body, Love Your Life: 5 Steps to End Negative Body Obsession and Start Living Happily and Confidently

How many times have you waited for something to change so that you could finally start feeling beautiful?

If you are like most women, the answer is “all the time.”

Here is the problem: most of us tend to live with the delusional belief that we somehow need to change in order to be beautiful. It usually sounds something like:

When I lose this extra weight, then I will be attractive.
If I can just get my abs a little more toned, then I can wear that bikini I love.
I feel so much better after I put on my make-up in the morning.
I looked much sexier before I had these wrinkles.
My hair looks drab and lifeless until I get it colored.

Unfortunately, we think these stories, these lies, that we have been taught are true. We believe that we somehow need to change who we are, how we look, and what we do in order to finally be sexy, attractive, and drop-dead gorgeous.

This is a lie — an erroneous, ubiquitous, and often painful lie. The truth of the matter is that you are inherently, unconditionally, and absolutely beautiful and lovable right now, without changing a single thing.

Fortunately, very fortunately, you can expose these lies and choose to no longer live under their spell.
Ready to get started? Here are 6 simple and sure-fire ways to help you feel beautiful today:

1. Become Aware of What You Are Thinking

Simply become aware of the stories you are telling yourself so that you are no longer reacting on auto-pilot. Through awareness alone, you can begin to transmute your reality and transform lies into truth. Actively acknowledge that there is no inherent truth in the belief that you need to change something about yourself in order to be attractive. Consider that you can start feeling beautiful immediately, in this moment, without changing a single thing.

2. Set an Intention to See Beauty

Setting an intention is simple: intend to create a different reality for yourself. Here are some examples:
I intend to experience my inherent beauty. Or: I intend to see my beauty and perfection at all times. Or: I intend to know I am inherently beautiful, lovable, and worthwhile. Do you ever see your reflection in the mirror and grimace at your wrinkles, vowing to purchase the latest anti-wrinkle cream?
Set an intention to find beauty in your reflection.
Or when you undress, do you ever suck in your stomach, berating yourself for not yet losing those 5 extra pounds?
Set an intention to appreciate the body that you have right now.
Do you ever go shopping for clothes and wish you were a size (or more) smaller?
Set an intention to unconditionally accept your body.
Hopefully you get the idea; set an intention to see yourself through the eyes of beauty.

3. Take a “Meditation Moment”

Meditation is the mental equivalent of brushing your teeth. This means that it is an essential and indispensable daily activity designed to help rest and rejuvenate your body, cleanse your psyche, awaken your spirit, and help you live a life that you love.
Nourish yourself with instant meditation moments throughout the day.
Are you waiting at the bus stop on your way to work? Close your eyes and take a few deep breaths, allowing yourself to connect within.
Are you making dinner for the family? Take 30 seconds and focus on the sounds, smells, and sensations in your environment, letting them nourish your senses.
Are you in the shower, getting ready to start your day?
Turn your attention to the feeling of warm water cascading against you, gently caressing your body, and allow yourself to relax.

These meditation moments can happen anywhere, anytime — 30 to 60 seconds of closing your eyes and connecting within can make all the difference in the world.

4. Your Body is Your Best Friend

Your human body is your truest ally. Befriend it and it will serve you tirelessly.
Treat it as you would a dear friend:
Feed your body with healthy food, taking the time to give it proper nourishment.
Remember to exercise, and make it enjoyable. If the gym makes you cringe, opt for yoga, Pilates, dance, or good old walking. Anything to get your body moving will do wonders.
Relaxation is key. In our harried and hurried world, it is essential that you remember to relax and rejuvenate.
Instead of critiquing your body for not being enough of this and for being too much of that, offer it gratitude and appreciation for its unwavering support and devotion.

5. Create Meaningful Moments

Every day is filled with countless tasks and errands: going to work, talking with friends, picking up the kids, supporting your significant other, washing dishes, going to the gym, visiting the supermarket, shopping — on and one it goes. Remember that you can imbue each moment with meaning. It can be as simple as smiling at everyone you meet, reacting with compassion and love instead of anger, or making sure to tell your friends and loved ones how much you care about them.

6. You’re Smoking Hot, Inside Out

Remember, you were born beautiful. Believing that you are unattractive is a learned habit. You can unlearn it and discover the Joy, Peace, and Love that are your natural state and birthright!

So that is it — 6 Simple Steps. 6 simple steps to start feeling beautiful, right now, in this moment. You don’t have to go anywhere or do anything to experience the Beauty that you already are. In fact, there is nothing you can do, say, or buy that will make you any more perfect, any more beautiful, or any more desirable than you are in this very moment. Simply know this, and you will revel in your true beauty.

©2009 Sarah Maria, author of Love Your Body, Love Your Life: 5 Steps to End Negative Body Obsession and Start Living Happily and Confidently

Author Bio
Sarah Maria is the author of Love Your Body, Love Your Life. The book outlines her 5-step process for helping you feel great in and about your body and yourself. (Her work embraces the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual, so that true and lasting healing can occur.) Click here to purchase your copy and begin to love your body today. To learn more about Sarah Maria and her work, you can visit her website at www.sarahmaria.com and www.breakfreebeauty.com

Tina’s Tips for Looking Fabulous at Any Age

By Tina Sloan,
Author of Changing Shoes: Getting Older -Not Old- with Style, Humor, and Grace

Find a Hairdresser Who Likes You.  You want to go to someone who genuinely wants you to be beautiful.  A good hairdresser will keep you up-to-date, but knows you well enough not to give you a Duck’s Ass or some other cut that doesn’t suit your personality.

Avoid Snow White Syndrome. 
Women who keep coloring their hair dark tend to look ridiculous after a certain age.  Your skin tone changes and lightens as you get older, and suddenly your former hair color becomes too harsh for your complexion.  Recognize that if you have always been a brunette, you likely need to go lighter now, or at least get some highlights to frame your face (like Diane Keaton’s in Something’s Gotta Give).

ALWAYS Wear Makeup. 
Remember the story about bumping into an old boyfriend and trying to hide in the cantaloupes.  Lauren Hutton makes wonderful beauty products for aging women; they are available online and come with an instructional DVD that provides some great anti-aging techniques and tricks.  I also like Chantecaille and Bobbi Brown.  I once met Bobbi Brown and she told me, “I make my products for your kind of woman.”

. . . But Don’t Overdo It. 
Nothing is less attractive than an older woman with bright pink cheeks.  Plus, heavy makeup makes you look years older (and I think this is true as early as your thirties).  At our age, less is more, so realize that you probably need to simplify your routine and start using more natural tones.  If you’re not sure how to do this, get a makeup professional to help you.

Avoid Powder on Your Face. 
Powder makes you look dry and settles in the creases in your skin, making wrinkles more prominent and you look older.  Foundation or base is great since we need to even our skin tone out (like I do).  And today there are so many good products available for older skin.  Many of them multitask, providing anti-aging ingredients along with an even skin tone and dewier skin.

Learn the Art of Contouring. 
With contouring, you’re putting a darker color on the places where you want to create more definition, such as your jaw line.  A makeup professional, or Lauren Hutton’s instructional DVDs, can teach you how to do this.

Use White Around Your Eyes.  The skin around the eyes thins as you get older, leaving you vulnerable to shadows and dark circles.  Using white concealer on the inside corners and under your eyes will brighten your entire face and make you eyes look younger.  Just make sure to blend it — mixing it with moisturizer if necessary — so you don’t look like startled jackrabbit.

Use an Eyelash Curler. 
Everyone should have an eyelash curler as there is no better way to open up your eyes and brighten your entire face, especially since the skin of the eyelid tends to thicken and droop over time.  You can buy one for a few dollars at the drugstore.  It will work best if you heat it before using it — simply run it under hot water or heat it with your blow-dryer.  The words thicken and droop really upset me, but opening your eyes is kind of like a mini-face-lift!

Lighten Your Eyebrows. 
Much like your overall hair color, lighter brows are better as we age.  You can lighten them with bleach and toner.  To find the right shade of toner for your skin type, seek the advice of a professional, probably someone at your salon.

Get Your Teeth Whitened. 
When our teeth get yellowed, they age us tremendously, and coffee, tea, and red wine are all the culprits.  You can get your teeth whitened by your dentist or use the at-home strips sold in drugstores, which do work, although not as well (but you can’t beat the price).

A pretty colored scarf or earrings or necklace can be a terrific way to liven up any outfit and announce to the world that you care about how you look.  Accessories also work to camouflage our flaws: People will say, “Oh, what a pretty scarf!” and not, “Oh, she’s put on a few pounds.”

Find a Few “Uniforms” that Work for You. 
If you tend to just give in and throw on whatever shapeless, comfortable clothing is sitting on the chair, you are putting yourself at a disadvantage.  You can avoid this and be chic anywhere, anytime by finding a few “looks” or combinations that work for you and wearing them often.  For me, one uniform is beige or black slacks with a white shirt open, a blue blazer, a gorgeous chunky necklace, and big earrings — and pretty shoes, of course.  You work it out and just keep wearing it, even when you are tempted to reach for the sweatpants and slippers.  I find that when I’m dressed nicely, even if I’m just sitting at home, chances are I will find something exciting to do to make that outfit worthwhile.

The above is an excerpt from the book Changing Shoes: Getting Older -Not Old- with Style, Humor, and Grace by Tina Sloan. The above excerpt is a digitally scanned reproduction of text from print. Although this excerpt has been proofread, occasional errors may appear due to the scanning process. Please refer to the finished book for accuracy.

Copyright © 2011 Tina Sloan, author of Changing Shoes: Getting Older -Not Old- with Style, Humor, and Grace.

Author Bio
Tina Sloan, author of Changing Shoes: Getting Older – Not Old- with Style, Humor, and Grace, played the role of Nurse Lillian Raines on Guiding Light, which aired its final episode in 2009 after a seventy-two year run on radio and television.  She has appeared on many other television shows, including Third Watch, and Law & Order: SVU, and in a variety of feature films, including The Brave One and Changing Lanes.  She is currently shooting two feature films and touring nationally in her acclaimed one-woman show, Changing Shoes.  She lives in New York with her husband, Steve McPherson.  They have one son, Renny.
For more information please visit http://www.changingshoes.com/ and follow the author on Facebook and Twitter