Lauren Snow
March 17th, 2014

Look good. Feel good.

Feel good. Look good.

Once upon a time, I had a personal trainer. I would meet him twice a week for weight training and cardio. I would even layer in two additional gym days all by myself (pretty good, huh?). I will always credit him for helping me come back from what I call, "The Baby Abyss". You know, that time right after you have a baby when you seriously start to question if your body will ever go back to the way it was. When I was at the gym, I would always notice how many gals either had on full-fledged makeup or not a stitch of makeup. Then there was me... the "No Makeup" makeup gal. I don't like to wear a bunch of makeup at the gym (for all the obvious reasons) but I do like to have some color and look put together.

After my trainer moved away from Phoenix, I decided it was time to try a new workout. Since then, I have been exploring all kinds of fun stuff to get active. Have you ever done a Barre class? Plus, my boys are getting super active and I love doing as many physical activities with them as possible. I adore this picture of Dean and I above, look how determined his little face looks as he runs laps to help raise money for his school. So cute. 

So next time you decide to hit the gym or run around with your little ones think of these 5 beauty tips:

1. Spray leave-in conditioner on your hair: I love doing this. I am always short on time and I don't usually have the time to sit and deep condition my hair. So what I'll do is spray on a leave-in conditioner and throw my hair back in a pony tail. It works perfectly to deep condition my hair while I workout. After you shower, my hair wil feel hydrated. I've even tried a hair mask and that works too. Click here to see my favorite.

2. Tinted moisturizer: I use a tinted moisturizer that is water resistent to even out my skintone and add a bit of color. It is also has the benefit of SPF if you are exercising outside. Click here to see my pick.

3. Wateroroof mascara: A must-have when working out. Helps to prevent raccoon eyes! Try this one here.

4. Cheek stain: Cheek stain is the best way to guarentee that your color will not fade off. Plus you can also wear it on your lips instead of lipgloss so it stays longer. I love this one here.

5. Lipgloss: I like wearing a lipgloss instead of using a lip/cheek stain. I like and need the hydratrion on my lips. This one here is my fave!

p.s. - In February, I got an email from the person in charge of creating local buzz for the Reebok Spartan Race (have you heard of this?). The race going to be held here in Phoenix and they do challenges all around the world. Think Iron Man meets the movie 300. He asked if I would be interested in doing the challenge (they are trying to introduce more women to the race), give one of my readers a free race code to participate, and blog about all of it. I was out of town the weekend of the challenge so I couldn't participate, but take a look here to see how super cool and duper challenging it is. Yeah... anyone want to join me next year? You'll have to excuse me now, I need to start training to participate in the 2015 Reebok Spartan Challenge. Who's with me? We can use my beauty tips above!

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March 11th, 2014

Happy Tuesday!

Make it a lovely day! xx

Happy Monday! Special thanks to my hubs for snapping this picture of me getting dolled up. These are my favorite Kate Spade earrings, ever!

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March 4th, 2014

Happy FAB Tuesday!



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March 3rd, 2014

Face your future: Aging

Face Your Future: Aging

Last week Marc Jacobs Beauty announced that Jessica Lange, age 64, will be the new face of his campaign. On that same note, Nars announced that 68-year-old Charlotte Rampling will be their muse. And just in case you missed it, Sharon Osbourne, age 61, can be seen in the new MAC Summer 2014 campaign along side daughter Kelly. 

With all this age talk in the beauty world, I can't help but think of my own personal obsession with age. Let me back-up to explain... A year ago, I went with my parents to visit some old friends they hadn't seen in over 25 years. When we arrived at Loews in Tucson, my parents quickly introduced me to their lifelong friends. They both looked at me in utter shock... the lady friend instantly hugged me and pulled away slowly to stare directly into my eyes (it would have been totally awkward for 99.9% of people, but I am a hugger, so I went with it!). The lady looked at my dad and said, "Oh my goodness, Lauren looks just like your mother (my grandmother) when she was young."

It has been that very comment that has haunted me since. It got me thinking about what I will look like when I'm 75. It prompted me to ask my mom to send me any pictures she had of my grandmother at my age to see the resemblence. It's strange how you only remember certain people old, like grandparents or Sean Connery, right? You tend to forget that at one point they were the exact same age as you. Would I look exactly my grandmother? Would I age as gracefully as her? What about my own mother? Would I look as young as she does when I'm her age?

After my trip to Tucson with my parents, It was the first time I actually started thinking about aging in the real sense (as in passing of time and not just wrinkles). My philosophy on aging has been stolen from my oldest sister Maureen. She once told me: the beauty about aging is that you don't do it alone, everyone does it with you at the same time. We can't stop it. It will happen to you and me. With that very mindset (thanks Mo), I've always viewed aging as a beautiful thing. Something to embrace rather than fear. Something to prepare for and not run from. Something to be proud of and respected.

Do I want to be the best possible version of myself? Yes, of course. But that counts for me at any age. Do I purchase anti-aging skincare products? Yep, with the best possible ingredients to work their magic. Do I wear SPF religiously? Wouldn't leave home without it. Do I want to be 21 forever? No way! To be honest,  I didn't want to be 21 when I was 21... I wanted to be, well, older. Do I stand-up and clap for Marc Jacobs Beauty for featuring Jessica Lange as their new face? Absolutely! I think there are so many interesting factors that make Jessica Lange beautiful aside from just her physical appearance.

Between working for the skincare company philosophy and listening really well to my mom over the years, here are 5 aging truths I believe.

1. Family tree: if you want to see how you will age, take a look around at your grandmother, mother, and aunts. This has been so apparent to me when we do weddings. You get the chance to see three generations of women standing side-by-side. 

2. Wear SPF: We all know that factors from the sun like UVA and UVB rays damage our skin. Never leave home without SPF. And don't forget your hands too! Click here to undertand SPF better.

3. Do something lovely: When you do something good you feel good. And that translates to the outside. Just look at a picture of any humanitarian. There is a glow about them.

4. Invest in good skincare: Take care of your skin. Invest in good skincare that works for your skin type. There are so many amazing products out there at every price point. No excuses. 

5. Take care of your pearly whites: If you talk with anyone who is older, they will always mention they would have taken better care of their teeth. It's somethng that is so important to your overall health. Click here to see my favorite DIY natural teeth whitener.

What are your thoughts on aging? Do you have any truths that you would love to share? Have you had that moment when you realize that it's happening? Can you see your future self in a relative? When you do think about aging, think of what Mo taught me... you don't do it alone, we'll all be right there with you growing older together. 

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March 1st, 2014

Life is beautiful.

Happy March! Just brushing up on my French. La vie est belle or life is beautiful (for all us Parisian hopefuls)!

I hope your months gets off to a lovely start!

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