Monday, January 30, 2017

Meet Dreamworks TROLLS PUR Minerals palette and then some

Hi ya Gorgeous!

Thanks for visiting Makeup University today! This week's digest is a feature of the eye shadow palette from PUR Minerals featuring colors inspired by the Dreamwork's movie Trolls that has fellow beauty blogger Kandee Johnson as a voice for one of the characters!

 This palette of eye shadows has a lot of pigment and blend beautifully! They easily work into a liner with a little bit of water. It's $29.00 for the palette and currently out of stock on the PUR Minerals website.
But, if you see it in Ulta Beauty, snap it up because you will love it and the versatility of the palette!

I have a product introduction and review of True Naturals self tanner. If you like vegan and cruelty free products you will love this product!

 These products do not have the usual DHA smell of self tanner in fact, it's actually light and citrusy! They texture ranges from a thick cream to a milky lotion and absorbs easily onto the skin.

True Natural is a premium brand of natural sunscreens, self tanners and anti-aging products, all made specifically for the North American market from the finest natural and organic ingredients! Only 100% natural and high quality ingredients are used as well as sustainable ingredients and packaging. All products are 100% biodegradable and never tested on animals. Certified organic ingredients are used whenever possible. True Natural continues to receive new awards every year! A few of the most recent awards are from Elle Magazine, Healing Lifestyles & Spas Earth Day Beauty Awards, Surf Channel Best All Natural Sunscreen for Surfers, Delicious Living Beauty & Body Award, and on and on!

Prices range from $20-$30 per bottle.

Finally, I am a voracious reader and this week's book is a return to a standard and favorite in my library, the Be Empowered For Destiny book by Barbara Wentroble!

 Find this book and more great resources on the author's website

Now enjoy this video review with a makeup look and then some!

Remember: you are beautiful! Thank you for visiting the blog and check back for promotions and beauty giveaways!

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Prime Leggings: for fitness, leisure and dressing up

Hi ya Gorgeous,
I have so much travel in the year 2017 that I have turned to leggings as a way to pack lighter and get more looks and variety with function in my travel wardrobe.

I'm finding some great prices, with free shipping and so many choices on the Prime Leggings website.

I have a dark colored pair that can go to the gym, be paired with a cowl neck shirt for casual wear and then add jewelry and dramatic makeup with heels and the entire look becomes evening wear.

If you can only take a carry on bag and need 3-4 changes of clothes on a trip, look to leggings!

 Prime Leggings prices range between $10 - $20 and free shipping is included, there are some fun patterns as well as basic traditional yoga pants. Go check out Prime Leggings and get what you need now for your upcoming fitness events, travel and fun!

Remember: you are beautiful! Thank you for visiting the blog and check back for promotions and beauty giveaways!

Monday, January 23, 2017

Meet Charlotte Tilbury Red Carpet Ready in 5 Minutes

 Hi ya Gorgeous!

This week's digest has a beauty product, a health tip and a life encouragement! The weather is rainy and stormy and I love it! Well, things are busy around here and I welcome the change going into production.

Enjoy this week's post and I pray it helps you in some way!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

3 Essential Hand Products to Avoid Cracked, Dry Skin This Winter

Hi ya Gorgeous!
Quick mid-week pick ya up post to share about these gorgeous hand care gloves from Borghese. This post has 3 products, 2 you can purchase and 1 you can DiY at home. Keep reading!

Hands can give away your age....
Until now. These intensely-moisturizing, specially- formulated gloves illuminate and hydrate vulnerable hands. Rich, natural emollients, including Jojoba Seed, Avocado, and Olive Fruit Oils, improve texture and tone. Octadecenedioic Acid helps to brighten, clarify and impart luminance. Dry hands are quenched and relieved at once, revealing a soft-silken appearance.
Pricing and Availability
$50 at 

BORGHESE Splendide Mani Brilliante Brightening Hand Creme 
Deeply hydrate and enhance the even-toned appearance of your hands with this rich, non-greasy, rapidly-absorbing formula that helps to both brighten and protect. Cocoa Seed Butter saturates skin in moisture.
Advanced natural plant Cell Culture helps restore and provide smooth skin. Palmaria Palmata brightens and improves tone.
Pricing and Availability
$35 at

About Borghese
Borghese was built on a heritage that dates back to the 14th century, combining the tradi
tion of classic Italian
beauty and modern sensibility to deliver color and skin treatment products of unparalleled effectiveness andquality to women. As a pioneer of perfecting the synergy between health and nature, luxury and science,
Borghese continues to develop superior anti-aging skincare, daily skin maintenance, self-renewal spa careand luxurious color cosmetics lines. Borghese is a member of the Italy America Chamber of Commerce.

Finally, for those DiY gals at home who wants a natural treatment you can do on your own, use this simple recipe for a product you can use on yourself and give as a gift!

  1. Grab your supplies. You'll need 1 cup coarse sea salt, 1/2 cup liquid coconut oil, 5 to 7 drops of grapefruit essential oil, and a 10-ounce glass container.
  2. Add the salt. Pour 1 cup of salt into the empty glass container.
  3. Add the oil. ...
  4. Add essential oil. ...
  5. Stir the mixture. ...
  6. Seal and gift. Or use on yourself by getting a spoonful, and rubbing your hands vigorously together and then rinsing. Enjoy the softness!

Remember: you are beautiful! Thank you for visiting the blog and check back for promotions and beauty giveaways!

Monday, January 16, 2017

Film Festival Beauty Essentials and then some featuring butter LONDON

 Hi ya Gorgeous!
Welcome to this week's digest for January. Today butter LONDON is featured as well as what you need to take to the Sundance Film Festival as well as Slamdance - plus, what you don't need to take!

Meet butter LONDON and the Bronzer Clutch, Palm Paradise eye shadow duo and new lippie in Glam Pop.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Video Resources for Keeping Up With The Girls Knock Life

Hi ya Gorgeous,

To wrap up the featured benefits of Girls Knock Life, I have an amazing life and beauty hack for you, from them!

How is it that I live and work in the desert and have never thought of this! Sweat in the gym is a badge of honor - sweat at work and regular life is awkward at best!

Enjoy the video, please like, comment and subscribe to the GKL YouTube channel too!  This tip is just too good not to share, so when you love it, please share it! 

Find more Girls Knock Life on their website here:

Check out the Girls Knock Life YouTube Channel here
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How To Get Your Dream Vacation Done with Girls Knock Life

Hi ya Gorgeous,

New Year. New you. Right? I encourage you to set really big dreams and really big goals. I have a big one for myself and my family this year. I would like us to take a Christmas trip to the Disney Aulani resort in Hawaii. I want us to spend time touring the memorial for Pearl Harbor.  I want my son and I to surf the Hawaii waves, hike some serious waterfalls, and just chill.

It's going to be a mighty tall order to get us there for a week, though I am committed to do a monthly savings plan as well as a monthly "extra" gig to raise more funds to be able to travel in the holiday season while also having everything paid! I see no reason for why a single mom can't treat her family to something special!

I even have a fabulous beach towel picked out to enjoy on the white sands of Oahu!

This Girls Knock Life towel is just the thing I need to keep me focused on my savings and work plan to see this trip manifest!

 Like the towel says ...stop thinking and start doing...  so when it comes to you, and some outrageous thing that you want in your life, what do you need to do right now to start taking action towards achieving this goal?

Don't do it all in a day. Rome wasn't built in a day. Do a step today. Follow up on the step tomorrow. Make a plan to go further the next day. Write it down. Post it on your mirror. Post it on your phone. Keep the image in front of you that you want to achieve. You can do it!

Get your Girls Knock Life positive encouragement beach towel here!
Remember: you are beautiful! Thank you for visiting the blog and check back for promotions and beauty giveaways!

Power of Routine with Girls Knock Life for Daily Gratitude

Hi ya Gorgeous,
New year or not, no matter how your resolutions are or are not going , one simple go to trick to help get yourself on track and that is the power of routine!

Nothing fancy! Nothing complicated or hard! A simple five minute gratitude session with a good cup of coffee will do you good! Plus, it will help train yourself to start the day grateful and hopeful.

First, get a great coffee mug and coffee. Like this inspiration mug from Girls Knock Life

It's important to surround yourself in a positive environment with positive people! Don't know any? Then you be the one who starts the chain reaction of kindness!

Next, get a great coffee. It's an indulgence for me, though once a month I splurge on Lavazza coffee. I met this brand while traveling through Italy and it has stayed with me since!

Find it in your local grocery or get it from Amazon here

Tony Robbins focuses on fulfillment over achievement.  The point is to enjoy the journey.  He’s seen too many people that achieved great things, but weren’t fulfilled.
The key to fulfillment is gratitude.  And, an interesting thing about gratitude is that you can’t feel fear while you’re feeling extreme gratitude.

Tony Robbins provides several prompts to help you feel deep appreciation and start thinking of what you might be grateful for:
  • Who do you love?
  • Who loves you?
  • What is the wealth you have currently in your life – technology? choices? friends? books? ideas? opportunities?
  • What’s right in your life?
  • What’s beautiful?
  • What’s magical?

Tony Robbins shares a few mantras you might use:
  • All I need is within me now.
  • All the joy I need is within me now.
  • All the love I need is within me now.
Speak what you want to become.  Speak with certainty and intensity.

I attended several Tony Robbins events years ago and these stuck with me, and when i feel stuck, I go back to them!


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Top 3 things you need to tote around this year with Girls Knock Life Tote

Hi ya Gorgeou!
The first month of the year is almost half way in - how ya doing on your goals? Are you checking the list twice and doing something daily to get towards your goals? Don't go easy on you! you can do it! When it gets tough, keep going!

To be prepared this season, you may want to have these 5 things in your tote bag: wait, need a new tote bag?  Get this one from Girls Knock Life!

Now put these 3 items in your tote and get ready to conquer your fears and get your dreams!

1. Phone charger battery pack and a plug in with cord

Put this in a ziploc bag or an old makeup bag, but most of all, don't get caught with no juice on your phone just when you need to make or receive an important phone call, text, or respond to an email right away! I recommend bringing one wee charged battery and a plug in with cord with you at all times. Why? Because you just never know!
Find on Amazon here:

2. Collapsible Water Flask with filter
You need to drink water if you want to keep your brain hydrated and thoughts moving. Drink water for good looking skin and hair! How do you know if you are drinking enough water? Take your body weight, and divide it by 2, then whatever that number is, drink it in ounces of water. Example: Weight 150 / 2= 75 ounces!

This flask is amazing and a must have for the whole family. It collapses. It has a filter in the neck so you can refill it with tap water and it's incredibly sturdy. So no excuse saying you don't want to lug around a bulky water bottle. Fill it. Drink it. Stuff it in your bag. Easy peasy!

Get it on Amazon here

3. A red lip - whether you pack a red lip liner or red lipstick, the one item that will take you from work to play in your makeup is a deep lip tone. I'm a rabid fan of the Burt's Bees brand due to their commitment to healthy cosmetics - the pigment load is high in the crayon and it's moisturizing too!
Find Burt's Bees at mass retailers nationwide or online at Amazon here

Now, these 3 key items in your bag are going to take you far this year! Remember to get your new tote bag from Girls Knock Life here!

Remember: you are beautiful! Thank you for visiting the blog and check back for promotions and beauty giveaways!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Top Tank Tops to Keep Your Gym Commitment for New Year's Resolution

Hi ya Gorgeous,

Did you make any New Year's resolutions this year? I did not. I made a top ten list of things that I am going to do this year come heck or high water!

I usually re-commit myself to fitness and then book a couple of marathons or triathlons to keep that commitment! After all, you must know, there is no race day magic. Either you put the road miles in or you don't, and that is what shows up on race day!

So who needs a fun, positive encouraging tank top to wear to the gym for some zumba, kettle bells or treadmill time?

Check this out from Girls Knock Life, there are several choices, this one being my favorite and they come in a variety of sizes so you can get one for yourself and one for a friend.

Speaking of friend, it's true what they say about a buddy for a fitness program. Someone to be held accountable to and someone to hold you up  to the mirror and be sure you are staying on track helps the fitness effort go forward more smoothly!

So get a Girls Knock Life tank top and hit the gym already!

Remember: you are beautiful! Thank you for visiting the blog and check back for promotions and beauty giveaways!

We all need a lil Cushion now and then! Girls Knock Life

Hi ya Gorgeous!
Were you planning on doing a lil bit o' shopping on your lunch break? Do you have friends or family in college who have a dorm room that could use some brightening? Girls Knock Life has just what you are looking for and then some!

Then check out this cute and affordable throw pillow that lightens the mood of the room while providing a positive encouraging message any time it's needed!

Visit the Girls Knock Life store today and get the gifts you need for college dorm rooms, spring  break trips and be looking ahead to graduation!

Remember: you are beautiful! Thank you for visiting the blog and check back for promotions and beauty giveaways!

Stop Thinking Start Doing from Girls Knock Life

Hi ya Gorgeous,
I recently introduced you to the amazing positive encouragement work that Girls Knock Life is doing through their website.

If you didn't see that full post, read it here.

Now, if you have no time to read or shop but want to get something truly special for your next gift giving occasion, try this goodie from Girls Knock Life!

  Every gal needs a shirt for the casual day at work, gym time or even bed time! Get some!

Remember: you are beautiful! Thank you for visiting the blog and check back for promotions and beauty giveaways!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Will Girls Knock Life impact you?

Hi ya Gorgeous,
I am always on the hunt and look out for those things that will help edify and encourage a woman, no matter her age. I think it's important to keep a positive mental attitude as well as surround yourself with encouraging and upbeat people and reminders!

Meet, Girls Knock Life !

Monday, January 9, 2017

How to wear Pantone Greenery - use Tools of Titans- and the Golden Globes - oh my!

Hi ya Gorgeous!
Happy Monday to you! Are you ready for an amazing week? I sure am!

In this week's digest I have a video on how to wear the Pantone color of the year, Greenery. I introduce you to the best "new year new you" product for your health and share my new fave read for the year.

Keep reading!

Monday, January 2, 2017

2017 - whatcha gonna do?

Hi ya Gorgeous,
Welcome to the new format for Makeup University for now. Not forever. But for now. I am in the middle of  directing my first feature film ,while launching a mobile app, appearing at two major festivals and publishing a graphic novel.

Oh, all while seeing my Cub through school and life and yada yada.

So, I know that you too are very busy and doing some great things and I am so excited to learn about them so please tell me!

Next, you will find 2-3 thoughts and desires, expressions and chit chats that I have been impacted and feel that they may help you too.

I've said for too long that we are a lifestyle blog though I did very little living in the time. Suddenly, life is full force. Like drinking from a fire hydrant. So hang on.  Here we go.