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What Products to ditch for 2018

What Beauty Products To Ditch for 2018

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Beauty Products

A fresh new year is here if you can believe it! Along with it comes new resolutions to hopefully create better lives for ourselves. I’m actually not particularly big on resolutions, I believe in living the best life I can everyday. However, I do love the clean slate feeling a new year brings!

This is the perfect time of year to give your beauty products a makeover! Cosmetics expire like other perishable items. Taking the time to sort your items and ditch the old will make space for the new and keep your skin in beautiful shape!

Unused Products

Products you haven’t used in the past year is an easy place to start. We all have a statement lipstick we’ve bought for that one occasion but then didn’t wear it and will probably never will. Makeup pallets we didn’t quite get around to using. If you haven’t worn it by now your not going to.

You know what you like, so simplify your life and your vanity, and dump the rest you thought you might like.

 

Expired Dates

Makeup and creams can last far longer than the expire dates so take a close look at your sunscreens, beauty creams, and serums. Nothing is worse than a cream that makes your face break out because you kept it past the expiry date. The potency of sunscreens will drop considerably after 1 year. If you do not see an expiration date on an item when you buy it, write the day you bought it on the package with a sharpie then at the end of a year you can toss it.

Makeup Brushes & Sponges

Professional makeup artists clean their brushes after each use to prevent germs and keep their products pristine. I’m so guilty of using my makeup brushes and not cleaning them way past their prime! Either clean them with gentle brush cleaner now or use a gift card to buy new ones! Sponges should be thrown out after a couple of uses.

Mascara

You should be even more diligent with Products that are applied right next to your eyeball. Bacteria that builds up on the brush from being taken in and out can cause redness, itching and even conjunctivitis. Replace your mascara every 3-4 months.

Foundation & Concealer

Bacteria and germs love the water-based products! As result, foundation has a shelf life of 6-12 months after it’s been opened. Concealer and powder will be should, however, be good for around 2 years. These expired products can cause skin irritations and breakouts.

I’ve listed some of my favorite basics below to help you with your beauty refresh. You can also visit my Beauty Shop Page for more!

Thanks so much for reading!

xx- Tammy

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Winter Skincare Routine

Winter Skin Care Routine For Glowing Skin

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Transition Your Skin Care for Winter

Winter is here and just as your wardrobe has changed, your skin care routine will need to also change. Transitioning your skin care from a fairly simple and relaxed warm climate routine to a hydrating regimen for cool, dry weather will keep your skin glowing all year long.  I have gathered some of my favorite skin care products to make the transition easy.

Cleanse

These drug-store cleansers are dermatologist recommended. I’ve been using them for years and I love saving money on cleansers and spending on pricey serums and moisturizers that stay on your skin.  I use CeraVe Foaming Wash as a daily cleanser.  It helps repair the skin barrier function with hydraulic acid and ceramides.  For acne prone skin, the cult favorite is Neutrogena for Acne Prone Skin.  It cleanses with salicylic acid while also reducing redness.

Exfoliate

To maintain a clear, soft complexion, it’s important to exfoliate once or twice a week. More is not better here, you might irritate your skin. Choose a product with round granules, so you do not cause micro-tears in your skin.  An option I love is Lancer The Method Polish.  I was skeptical at first, because of the cost, but this product leaves your skin smoother than any other granular exfoliator I’ve tried. Exfoliators are a great option to use in the shower.  Another option I like is exfoliating pads, which are a perfect choice for when you wash your face in the sink.  Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Daily Peel, are single-use power packets.  The pads will help cellular turnover, reduce the appearance of pores and brighten your skin. Both of these exfoliators will make your skin glow.

Toner

Toners often get overlooked in skin care because of time constraints. The fact is though that your skin needs water to be at it’s best. Wipe an alcohol-free toner over your skin after cleaning then immediately apply serum and moisturizer while your skin is damp, to seal in the hydration. Erno Laszlo Hydraphel Skin Supplement is an ideal choice.

Serum

Serums are my favorite skincare product! I have been using clinical grade SkinCeuticals Phloretin CF for years. This is my hero product for targeting hyperpigmentation and preventing damage from the sun, as it acts as a sunscreen also! There is science behind SkinCeuticals products! Another favorite is PCA Skin Rejuvenating Serum. This serum dissolves into your skin and will minimize signs of aging by restoring your skin’s strength with a potent epidermal growth factor.

Moisturizer

During the winter you have dry, heated indoor air or dry, cold outdoor air. You will need alot of moisture for your skin to combat that. I started adding a few drops of an oil such as La Mar Renewal Oil to my moisturizer and daily foundation it’s made a big difference. Fresh Rose Deep Hydration is an excellent cream moisturizer choice. It is a time release formula and will give you a flawless glow!

Eye-Cream

The delicate eye area will show signs of aging first. Always treat this area with specialized products. I’ve recently discovered Cosmedix Elite Eye Doctor.   This is my go-to night treatment now that depuffs helps with dark circle and moisturized like crazy! If you try one new thing try this! During the day PCA Skin EyeXcelence is what I reach for.  

 

Face Mist

OK, I’m obsessed with face mists lately! I use a couple of different kinds, several times a day. They instantly add moisture, set makeup and help shrink pores. Caudalie Beauty Elixir and Avene Thermal Spring Water are two of my favorites!

Thank you for reading!! Visit my Shop Beauty page for more products I love!

I would love you to leave a comment below and share what products you love for winter!

xx Tammy

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How To Start Your Blog The Right Way

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3 Things to Do Before You Start Your Blog

Starting a blog is a very exciting time! There is SO much to do but you can’t wait to start because love every minute of it! If your blogging about what your good at and what you love, it won’t seem like work then because you’re passionate about it! However, it is work, alot of work! Start with the 3 steps below to help you get it right the first time.

I’ve started one other blog before, called Her Styled View, with a friend, and now this one on my own. It’s so exciting to envision your path as a blogger and make it happen! It’s your space to have a voice and hopefully, your blog will resonate with people and they will find it brings value to their lives.

1. Find Your Passion & Direction

Finding your passion and subject matter is where you want to start. Tap into a passion that excites you so much you want to talk about all night long. You will know when you have the right topic because ideas will start flowing and you won’t be able to stop thinking about all of the possibilities. You will need that magic feeling in the months (or years) to come with alot of hard and long hours you’ve committed to.

If your not sure what you want to blog about, ask yourself, what do other people ask advice for. Is it beauty, parenting, fashion, travel. The more unique and targeted your focus the better.

Next, you will want to examine what value your topic will bring to your reader.  There are a couple of different directions you can go: influencer or educator.  An influencer based blog will be grounded with you at the center of everything. You will be building relationships with people that subscribe and read your blog and those who follow you on social media. An educator based blog will educate your audience with the knowledge that you have about a topic.

Both formulas are built by building Like, Know and Trust with people that you reach through your website and social media. You will be building your own tribe. Pretty exciting or scary! Baby step through it. You got this!

 2. Choose Your Domain Name

This might come easily or take you weeks. You’ll feel it in your gut though when you hit the mark. You’ll need to search website name availability, through sites that sell domain names like Go-Daddy. You will also want to check ALL social channels. In today’s saturated market, this is not an easy task!

For my name Her Fashioned Life, Twitter was taken but all other channels were free. I went ahead with the name and adjusted the one social acct to Herfashondlife, leaving out the “e”.

3. Branding 

Branding is also a huge part of the equation you will want to have down before you start. Start with your logo. Etsy has a ton of graphic designers that will design one until your happy. Make sure you get the correct sizes for your website, business cards, and all social account banners. Next, you want a color scheme. Try to choose 3 at the most. Then choose your fonts, again 3 or 4 at most. There are sites like Fontjoy help you by pairing your font choices together to see how they look. Make sure you choose a Web-Based font or it might slow your site down.

You will want to use these, colors, fonts and logo on everything you do. This is building your brand. It will take time to perfect but nailing the basics will give you a head start to beautiful branding that people will associate with you when they see it.

Be sure to read my post about 5 valuable podcasts and how much they can help you on your journey also.

I would love to hear your thoughts about starting a blog in the comments below! Have a blog already? What do you feel like was important to know at the beginning of your journey?

Thank you for reading!

xx Tammy

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7 Questions To Declutter Your Closet

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Edit Your Closet and Shop Smarter!!

Do you find yourself saying “I have nothing to wear!” while looking at your overstuffed closet? It’s so easy to get overwhelmed looking at a closet filled with different patterns and prints that do not mix well together. You then feel like you need to go shopping to put an outfit together. The fact is you do not need more, you need less, at least 50% less in your closet. Stop the unnecessary spending that adds more to your wardrobe, and try a closet edit instead.

Simplify your closet by tossing unworn clothes, shoes, and accessories. Imagine being able to get dressed quickly every day in clothes that you love! You will be able to put new outfits together when you can see all of your options.

After your closet detox, you can then go shopping knowing what gaps you have in your wardrobe. Learn what not to buy again from seeing what you have discarded. Notice the cuts and colors didn’t work for you. Now you can shop smart!

A closet clean-out is going to take some time, about 4 hours if that is too much to grab hold of, start with sections of your closet. You are also going to need to be brutal with your decisions. It’s not easy letting clothes!

Put some music on, open a bottle of vino and invite a friend over!

Start With A Quick Scan

Begin at one end of your closet and quickly pull each item out to look at it. Toss anything your gut says you do not want to wear again.  If you spend more than 10 seconds on a piece, hang it back up and keep moving.

Clone Clothing

Many times we will tend to buy the same items because we know the work for us. Edit out the repeat pieces and only keep the pieces you reach for the most.

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Separate Into Three Bins

Put items you have decided to clear out in one of three bins: DonateTake to TailorResale

7 Questions To Ask Yourself

Now ask yourself these questions with every item you have left in your closet.

  1. Would I buy this today if I saw it in the store? Does this reflect my style today?
  2. Does this fit perfectly right now?
  3. Have I worn this in the past two seasons? This will keep your closet on trend also.
  4. Is this a repeat item in my closet?
  5. Is it stained, worn out, or have excessive piling?
  6. Does it make me happy when I put it on? Do I feel beautiful and confident in this?
  7. Is this damaged in any way? If yes, do I love this piece enough to take it to the tailor, this week.

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Investment Pieces

This is a bit of a tough call sometimes. We love these pieces enough to pay a premium for them. However, if they are out of your rotation after two seasons and still in their pretty boxes collecting dust, you should resale them. Use sites like TheRealReal and Tradsey to cash out and buy an item you will use regularly.

Maintenance

Now that you have created an edited wardrobe, keep it that way by maintaining it. Closet maintenance is an ongoing process but is well worth it for sure!

  • Keep a bag in your closet so you can immediately toss the pieces out that do not pass the above questions.
  • Try to also make it a habit to remove an item each time you bring a new piece home.

Congratulate yourself for a job well done! You can now enjoy wearing your favorite pieces every day!

Below is my shoppable edit of a capsule wardrobe. These investment-worthy pieces are the backbone of your closet. You can mix in trends with these basics for an effortless look! Visit my Shop Page about Everyday Essentials for more options.

Thank you for reading! If you have any tips for editing your closet, I’d love to hear them in the comments below!

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5 Valuable Podcasts For Your Blog

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Podcasts

I am a bit late to the podcast game, but I’m rapidly catching up! If you are still not sold on listening to podcasts, you’re missing out on a learning and entertainment style that is highly addictive! Whether you are looking for how to build a kick-ass web site or a fun science podcast for your kids on the drive to school, there is something for everyone.

I’ve listed below my current top five for building your SEO on your website/blog posts and marketing with social media. There are dozens of fantastic podcasts full of great content, and I’ve been obsessed with these particular podcasts because the material is all actionable and fluff is minimal!

I listen to podcasts on my phone with the preloaded podcast app. These are also available on I-Tunes, Spotify, and other formats.

BONUS: I have also included an affirmation podcast. Blogging can be a bit of a drain on our positive energy sometimes. I find it to be helpful to start the day or week with a focused affirmation. There are many inspirational shows out there. The one I choose will focus in on topics such as sleep, school, and gratitude.

Do you have a favorite podcast? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!

The Blog Millionaire

Host – Brandon Gaille

Length – 15-30 min! Easy snackable content.

Format – All information is from Brandon with simple step by step guides and examples of how to put it all of his game-changing knowledge into play.

Show Notes – Yes, add the episode number to his website www.theblogmillionaire.com.

Interesting Fact – Brandon will repost and tag you, to his vast social media following if you post, tweet or mention him in a Facebook post.

Why I love it -Brandon’s message is very clear and to the point about his topics. The podcasts are short and highly actionable! If I listen to a How To Build A Better SEO Blog Post Title, I come away with the know-how of how to make it happen.

Episodes you might like:

The Perfect Blog Post Sidebar Formula

Double Your Google Traffic by Adding the Right Words to Blog Post Titles

Social Media Marketing

Host – Michael Stelzner

Length – 45 minutes

Format – Interviews with successful business and marketing people covering all things social media.

Show notes – Yes, on his website www.socialmediamarketing.com (links are included in the show notes so you can refer to them after the show)

Interesting Fact – At the beginning of each show, a useful phone app or web tool is introduced, that can be used to improve your social media marketing skills in one way or another.

Why I love it – Michael’s interview choices are always top tier and have valuable information to transform your marketing and blog strategies.

Episodes you might be interested in:

Search for Social Ads: How to Use Google With Facebook to Build Niche Audiences

Google Tag Manager: What Marketers Need to Know

 

Manly Pinterest Tips

Host – Jeff Sieh

Length – 45-60 min

Show notes – Yes, on his website, www.manlypinteresttips.com

Format – Interview mostly

Interesting Fact –  Pinterest was by far the number one traffic source from my other blog. If you are not taking advantage of Pinterest, you are missing out! The traffic can take a month or so to build, but then it will be continuous. Just keep pinning!

Why I love it – Knowing how important Pinterest is to my blog, I searched out for a podcast to help me dive deeper into it and found Manly Pinterest Tips. Jeff is easy to listen to and follow along with.  His interviews are all actionable and have information that will up your blogging game!

Episodes not to miss:

The Power of Promoted Pins

The Formula for High Performing Content

#TWITTER SMARTER

Host – Madalyn Sklar

Length – 15- 30 min

Show notes – Yes, on her website www.twittersmarter.com

Format – Interview

Interesting Fact – I love that Madalyn starts out her interviews asking the guest to share their Twitter tips with us and then closes the show asking what some of their favorite tools are to manage social media.

Why I love it – Twitter is a platform I didn’t know much about. However after listening to Madalyn’s shows. I’m very excited to be more involved the Twitter community.

Episodes you will love:

Cleaver Ways to Use Click to Tweet

Building a Twitter Power Following

AffirmationPod

Host – Josie Ong

Length – 10 minutes

Show Notes – No

Format – Josie has an intro, then 10 min of Affirmations and finally a closing.

Interesting fact – Josie also offers mini-courses, workbooks, and worksheets on her website. You can also subscribe by email and have the podcasts delivered that way!

Why I love it – It’s so simple to get listen to in the morning car ride, shower or before bed. She will get you in the mindset you need to be in to succeed!

Episodes you might like here:

23 Affirmation – Here You Are Successful

6 Affirmations – Better Sleep

53 Affirmation – School Life Balance (Love this one on the way to school for my kids)

 

Thank you for taking the time to read this! I hope you find these podcasts helpful in your life and business! Be sure to read How To Start Your Blog The Right Way also for more blogging tips!

xx Tammy

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