My Makeup Must-Haves

This is a really girly post. I have no reason to deny it. It is what it is. I’ve spent a good amount of time over the years thinking that because I have other thoughts and ideas and opinions that I should eschew fashion, makeup and other things that one could justly deem “non-essential” to the art of living well, but the truth is that although my daily uniform typically includes a sweatshirt and a pair of skinny jeans, I really do have fun with fashion from time to time– just keep in mind that rural Hoosier fashion is not on the same playing field as Highland Park, Dallas, fashion– college taught me that REAL fast! ;) But that’s another post for another day.

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Let’s chat makeup. Why? Because I’m 34 years old and finding the right makeup has taken YEARS. I STILL haven’t found my perfect mascara and I have zero clue what to do with my eyebrows so I really don’t do anything. That aside, I HAVE found a few things that I go back to time and again, so let’s focus on those {except, if you can recommend the world’s greatest mascara, PLEASE SHARE YOUR SECRET! M’kay? Help this sister out! Thanks!}

First up, let’s chat foundation. My face is weird. No, really, it is. I lived in Dallas when I was planning my wedding. That meant that instead of having access to the makeup aisle at Wal-Mart, I had access to the makeup department at Dillards, Neiman Marcus, and everywhere else that is far superior to your big box store {Sephora was not yet a *thang.* Remember, I’m 34}. Of course, my friend Emily and I were mildly obsessed with MAC cosmetics. I don’t even know exactly why, because I didn’t look that great in my 20’s. I certainly didn’t grieve waving goodbye to that decade of my life. Anyhoo– I strolled into the MAC area and hopped up in the chair to let the Pro work her magic and prettify my face for my wedding– and guess what happened when she tried foundation on me? You guessed it– she was like, “Hmmm…that’s weird. It really DOESN’T work for you. Let’s try the powder.” I sat there thinking, “Told ya so.” To this day, I only wear powder foundation. It took YEARS to find one that I like, but leave it to a Big Box store to deliver {Sorry this time, Sephora}. My go to for foundation is Revlon Colorstay Aqua Mineral Makeup, Medium. It feels all cool and light going on– it’s awesome!

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Next up is always my blush, a little bronzer and then eyeshadow. I have never been on to get overly excited about makeup– and the thought of spending a small fortune on it made me want to choke. But, before I set off on vacation last February, I decided to give the Naked 3 eyeshadow palette a try and WOW…a year later it is still going strong and I love it so much that I wear it daily. {No lectures about throwing out makeup like every month– seriously. Who’s got the funds for *that*!} Since I loved the Naked 3 Eyeshadow Palette so much, I thought that I would give the Naked Flushed Palette with bronzer, highlighter and blush a try. It’s now a staple! I’m actually crushing on this little NAKED2 BASICS Naked on the Run Palette LIMITED EDITION beauty a bit too for convenience sake {you know, when I have to put on my makeup in the car rider drop off line in the mornings– don’t even pretend like you don’t do it too}.

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As for eyeliner and mascara, I’m still working on that. I do like Sephora’s waterproof retractable eyeliner and so far, Buxom’s waterproof mascara is up for the win– but I’m open to suggestions on mascara. Read: PLEASE GIVE ME MASCARA SUGGESTIONS!!!!

Finally, we let’s talk lips. I love lip paint. I do. I would rather throw on a tiny bit of mascara and some lip gloss than go all out {but when I do that, people as me if I’m feeling ok because apparently I look ill without makeup– so there’s that.} Here are my faves:

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Sephora Color Adapt Gloss Unique Pink is incredible all on its own or you can throw it over any color to gloss things up a bit. It alters its color based on the ph of your lips. Super rad. Sometimes Parker and I put it on Sephora’s Unique Pink at the same time and watch the mirror to see what different colors our lips turn. We’re easily entertained. It’s a little sticky, but nothing like Mac glosses tend to be– I don’t like sticky lips, but I can do this no problem. My next two faves are Clinique Butter Shine Lipstick 458 Waterviolet topped with Maybelline New York Baby Lips Moisturizing Lip Balm, Grape Vine. This combo looks great at night or during the day. Sometimes if I’m feeling extra sassy I’ll put on Clinique Angel Red. Finally, my friend Dana sent me this tube of doTerra’s Peppermint and Wild Orange Lip Balm last spring. Can I say both yummy and perfection? Well, it is.

There you have it friends. My make-up must-have rundown. If you have favorite beauty products, I would LOVE to hear all about them! And for the record, the click-able links are affiliate links to Amazon for your convenience, but you can absolutely find this stuff elsewhere too. Happy Monday!

Feature Friday: Dana Moore with doTERRA Essential Oils

Hi’ya everyone! Please excuse the radio silence on the blog this week. I am desperately working to organize a few things around the studio and planning time to blog is one of them. I’m getting there– we CAN do this thang. ;) In the meantime, Friday is the one day that I am committed to showing up in this space and showing off my brilliant friends! This week is no exception.

Dana and I met when we spent a year together at an internship in East Texas. She was smart, articulate, sweet and a natural leader. Fast forward 14 years, and all of those things still apply– only she’s added an adorable family to her life and taken her leadership up to outstanding levels! Let’s show Dana a little love and welcome her to the blog! :D

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Hey everyone! I am so excited to be Featured on Lovespun Studio! Kirsten is super talented and has a great eye for quality and a knack for creativity, so you can imagine how thrilled I was to be asked to do a post on something that I am very passionate about.
Let’s back up a bit so I can introduce myself.

My name is Dana Moore, I am first a lover of God, a wife to Nate, and a mom to 4 amazing, wild, and totally delicious kids, Olivia, Luca, Harper and Max.

I love all things healthy and natural. (well, not ALL things – I never could get into cloth diapering.) I am a teacher, a birth doula and most recently a dōTERRA Essential Oil Wellness Advocate. That is what the meat of this blog entry is all about! dōTERRA Essential Oils.

For a quick intro on doterra, watch this 4 minute clip:

Our family has been using essential oils for 8 years. Now if you know anything about dōTERRA, it has only existed for 6 years so you are right to assume I have used oils from other companies. I actually love that this is my history with oils because with all of the “oil wars” that go on these days, I feel like I have a very objective view and a variety of experience.

I landed with dōTERRA over 2 years ago. My first experience looked something like this: A cold November night in Wisconsin with wine, dark chocolate, close friends, nursing babies, and oils. I think we talked more about birth than oils, but nonetheless, I learned more in that evening than I had in my previous 6 years using oils from other companies. I was literally blown away by my lack of knowledge and I was hungry to share this information with the with everyone I knew!

I set out on a mission to educate people on essential oils. I never had any intention of turning this love for essential oil education into a business. In fact, I was adamantly against that. Vehemently. But sometimes God has other plans. Nate and I genuinely wanted people to know about their safe, natural health care options because we care about people. The cool thing about dōTERRA is that when you share oils with others, you get paid. And if you share with more people, you get paid more. So this mysterious pay check kept arriving in our mail box and I was dumbfounded. I really didn’t even care to dissect the compensation plan to know how or why this company was sending me checks. Nate however, did. And when he sat down to understand the business and partner with me in the strategy of building, everything took off. In the past year I have traveled to over 10 states to teach classes and train people to use and reap the benefits of dōTERRA essential oils. It’s been an exhilarating time of personal development, caring for others and growing our team.

 So why dōTERRA? These are my main 3 reasons:

1. Education: They do a phenomenal job of providing resources, research, and materials for their oils users to glean from.

2. Sourcing: dōTERRA sources all of their oils where they grow indigenously. Plants that are grown in their native origin, with the best soil and climate are going to produce an essential oil that is very potent and beneficial to the body. Of the 26 countries we source from, 18 of them are impoverished and dōTERRA takes huge strides to give back to these countries through co-impact sourcing and through the Healing Hands Foundation.

Check out this video about co-impact sourcing.

3. Opportunity: I have seen countless people change because of dōTERRA. I have seen major health changes, major financial changes and major personal development. I have watched shy housewives come alive when sharing oils with others. I have seen couples become more engaged with one another and life as they navigate through their oil journey together. I have seen families completely transform and hope come to people’s hearts. I have seen dreams and possibilities that were once dormant spring to life again. This is why we do what we do. We love being catalysts of change and we love people.

You may be thinking, “but what would I use essential oils for?!?!” Great question! And the answer is EVERYTHING. Nearly everything you reach for in your medicine cabinet can be replaced safely and effectively with dōTERRA. You would not believe how empowering it is to have oils at you fingertips when your child wakes up at 3 am on the weekend with a high fever. There is so much peace knowing you have the tools to bring safe relief to that symptom. If you have 30 more minutes left of nap time, refill your tea cup and check out my intro class here:

You will be glad you did!

Ready to get started with dōTERRA? email me at nateanddana@gmail.com. Those of you that choose to start your wholesale membership are in for a treat! There is a special promotion going on right now that entitles you to $100 in free products. In addition, mention LOVE SPUN STUDIO and we will send you a free gift!

Blessings and Cheers for a happier and healthier 2015!

Dana

Feature Friday: Allison Wagler from Nest 2 Impress {GIVEAWAY}

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{Psst… Allison has offered to let us do a giveaway today too! See the bottom of the post for entry rules and a special discount code  for Lovespun Studio readers.}

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Do you already know Allison Wagler of Nest 2 Impress?  If not, you are missing out! I’m not even being dramatic, pinky-promise. Allison and I have been friends since way WAY back in the day– we have everything from church confirmation camp to double prom dates tucked away in our friendship file. Allison has been filling my heart with her infectious joy for years, and now she fills my Facebook and Instagram feeds with her impeccable design style every single day! Clearly, I’m the winner on all accounts. ;)

I asked Allison if I could interview her here at Lovespun Studio today and she readily agreed! {Yay for US!} Everyone, wrap your hands around that coffee mug and settle to meet Allison.

Me: People all over the world are dying to know more about you {well, if they aren’t, they SHOULD BE}. Tell us where you are from and all about your family.

TSOS_Allison_34Allison: I am a freelance interior designer, a wife, and a mother of 3 with one more on the way! Six years ago I put my blossoming interior design career on hold when my son was 5 months old. Toting my baby around from showroom to new construction site became a challenge. I would show up to a job with a tape measure and fabric books on one arm and a sometimes-fussy babe on the other arm. Not very professional, I know,  but thankfully my clients never seemed to mind.

As a residential interior designer I represented clients in various cities throughout Indiana. I once worked on a high profile college basketball coach’s home and the university’s locker rooms. I admit that I was a little starstruck at first, but I had a blast on the project. Plus it was a wonderful experience for my portfolio!

I now freelance from home so that I can spend more time with my 3 kids {ages 7, 5 and 3}. My oldest 2 are boys and they have a 3-year-old sister. We are about to level the field with another girl due at the end of March! I am crazy about my wonderfully supportive husband. We are complete opposites by the way! You probably already guessed that. I stay up all night working out my creative insomnia, and he quite responsibly reads through the Wall Street Journal and goes to bed.

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Me: You have a fabulous eye and are always creating lovely spaces! Have you always loved design? Do you have any favorite design items that tend to suck you in?

Allison:  I think that I have always loved  art and design. I started decorating my own imaginary dream house when I was in kindergarten. I had a floor plan all drawn out in minute detail — including a pool in the basement (say what?!) and a cat stenciled wall border that I designed for the kitchen! I wish that I could find those original drawings. I have since left kindergarten and went on to study art and interior design in college.

I think my parents were pretty happy when I graduated and moved out of the house because they never got used to my late night projects. They were likely scared to get out of bed in the morning to discover another room of their house painted a bold new color or all of the furniture rearranged again! I even painted blue-on-blue vertical stripes in my bedroom the night before my high school graduation.  Nothing says “design obsession” like pulling an all-nighter before the most important day of your high school career! I still do this…imagine my husband (who does not like change) coming home to the living room rearranged on any given day. I say that the shock factor is half the fun right?!

As for favorites things, fabric, cozy rooms, paint charts, colored pencils and floor plans are at the top of my list!

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Me: Do you have a tried-and-true design tip that you could share with us?

Allison: Pick your paint color last!  When decorating a room, I usually tell clients to start with an inspiration piece or magazine picture (Pinterest is great for that!). Once your inspiration is established you can start selecting fabrics for furniture, window treatments, artwork and accessories–  THEN pick your paint color.

The good news about paint is that it is fairly economical to change. It’s AMAZING how much color plays a role in our general mood, happiness and well being. If a paint color is really bothering you, I would say it’s time for a change. Freshen up that space! I generally err on the side of neutrals for no other reason than that I just really love neutrals. I prefer to bring pops of color into a space through fabrics, accessories and artwork.

I also have an important rule to live by: NO green bathrooms!

This is especially true in a tiny bathroom with no windows. The combination of green walls + poor lighting + putting on make-up in the mirror is never flattering to your complexion.

Me: You juggle a career both as a designer and running a successful Etsy shop selling fabulous throw pillows, being a wife & motherhood – what wisdom would you share with women who are trying to balance it all?

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Allison:  I think that when you are a wife, mother, and business owner  your success is all about balance. I can easily get sucked into thinking that I can have it all and I deserve that much. Truthfully, if I am putting 200% into my business though, my family life suffers and vice-versa. I have found that delegating tasks out to others is a HUGE help. I had an intern last year that has gradually taken on more tasks and responsibilities and this year I have made her my assistant! She is invaluable to me. I know that when she is here invoices are being printed, orders are being organized and cut out, and she is keeping track of my inventory downstairs while I am upstairs cleaning up the breakfast dishes and getting my kids and myself dressed for the day. I also have learned to just get over myself. It’s funny to be having online conversations with an interior designer out in California about fabrics, productions times etc., while I am standing in the driveway watching my kids ride their bikes around the cul-de-sec. It is not so glamorous…but I am a perfectionist and I take pride in everything that I make and ship out to customers. It’s not always easy, but I try and keep my cool and try to keep my priorities straight.

See everyone? Isn’t she THE BESTEST EVER-EST?! Here is the fun part:

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Allison has graciously offered to give away any one item in her shop of YOUR choosing. There are a few ways to enter:

  1. Head over to the Nest 2 Impress Shop on Etsy by clicking HERE and come back here and tell us which item you would pick if you win!
  2. Click HERE to follow Nest 2 Impress on Instagram and leave a 2nd comment here with YOUR Instagram name to verify
  3. Click HERE and “like” the Nest 2 Impress Facebook page and leave a 3rd comment telling us that you are following on FB!

*Following on Instagram and Facebook will earn 2 entries apiece, so you should absolutely do it! **The giveaway will close on 11:59pm EST on Sunday, January, 18, 2015. Winner will be announced on Monday, January 19th!**

Finally, Lovespun Studio readers can take 25% of your order at the Nest2Impress shop using code “JAN25” for all orders through February 1st! That is a stellar deal. I know that she is closing shop for a while come February to prepare for baby #4, so hurry and get your orders in before the shop goes on vacation!