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  • 5 Minute Make Up

    I used to think 5 minute make up was not possible, unless I was not wearing any. I would spend almost an hour everyday just getting ready to “face” the day. After years of experimenting and playing I have my makeup routine down to 5 minutes.

    Start with a clean face. (On a side note, many facial cleansers actually dry out your skin making any problems worse. Check out our blog on Jojoba Oil.)

    Using powdered or compressed foundation and your favorite foundation brush, I personally like kabuki brushes, in circling movements put the foundation across your face. I sometimes repeat this step. (You can use your fingers or a smaller brush to use foundation to cover any spots). Use your fingers to even and smooth out areas in which the make up might be too heavy, be sure to blend around the hairline and jaw.

    Kabuki brush Kabuki Brush

    Next, again using your favorite brush add little bit of bronzer, less than a dime size amount. Run the brush along your cheeks following your cheekbones, and maybe along the bridge of the nose, under the eyebrows, forehead, basically anywhere the sun would naturally cause your skin to tan.

    If you would like you can use a mineral veil at this point, it helps to blend the foundation and bronzer and also helps keep your skin oil free.

    Next choose your favorite eye shadow and using a fluffy eye shadow brush or even your finger gently put eye shadow on both eyes, no need to get too fancy here.

    This is optional, but if you feel like it you can use some eyeliner for more definition. After many years of practice I use a slanted eyeliner brush and a dark compressed eye shadow, yes eye shadow, for eyeliner. It is more forgiving than liquid eyeliner and does not dry out in the container letting me use it for much longer. Put your fingers at the edge of your eyelid and gently pull the skin towards your hairline, this makes your eyelid flat and easier to put eyeliner on.

    Top it off with mascara if you wish. Sometimes I use a curler first especially if I am sleepy and want to look more awake. I use natural mascara and sometimes skip wearing it altogether. I started taking mascara breaks when I noticed that my lashes actually stayed longer and grew faster when I took breaks.

    Finish your look with a smile, this is the last and most important step. It doesn’t matter if you’re wearing make up or not, a smile makes you and other people happy.

  • Easy Raw Food Lunch

    Need something easy for lunch? Try this raw easy to make “tuna” salad!

    This meal is not only satisfying and savory, but has limited ingredients and is fairly easy to make.

    I like to put my “tuna” salad over a bed of fresh lettuce. I also sometimes throw a few cranberries, tomatoes, and sprinkle some nutritional yeast on top of my creation. This recipe really only takes about 15 minutes to prepare, just remember you have to soak the nuts for a little while.

    Raw “Tuna” Salad

    Serves 2


    1/4 c raw pumpkin seeds (soaked 10-30 min)

    1/4 c raw sunflower seeds (soaked 10-30 min)

    1-1/2 tbsp apple cider vinegar

    1/2 tsp sea salt

    1/2 tsp black pepper

    2 tbsp cold pressed (if available) olive oil

    1-2 tsp garlic depending on taste

    1-2 tsp poultry seasoning (optional)

    1/4 c diced red or yellow onion

    1/4 c chopped celery

    1/4 of red pepper chopped (optional)

    Put nuts, apple cider vinegar, oil, salt, pepper, garlic, and poultry seasoning into food processor. Blend or chop until you get a still chunky consistency (it will look somewhat like tuna salad). Remove from food processor and mix in chopped onion, celery, and red pepper


    a picture of the finished raw tuna salad
  • Find Lasting Love

    Find Lasting Love 

    Karma of Love Book Review

    Hands making heart shape with fingers

    Can you truly imagine what it would be like to find lasting love? What if you could find the perfect partner and each year your relationship would get sweeter and sweeter? Life is about unknowns, in anything we do we have a 50% chance it could succeed or a 50% chance that it won’t; this is true even with relationships, but what if we could change that?  The book Karma of Love, by bestselling author Geshe Michael Roach tells us exactly how to find our partner, complete with every quality we would like them to have. If we’re in a relationship the book details how to fix any problem we’re having with 100% certainty.

    Karma of Love 100 Answers for Your Relationship is written using the ancient wisdom of Tibet in a completely modern context.  The book is a compilation of questions, told through personal stories from the author Geshe Micheal Roach, making for an interesting often entertaining read. After reading the beginning of the book called, The Most Important Questions of All, you can flip to whatever problem you are currently experiencing and the book details how to fix it.  It has almost every problem people in relationships face, and is truly amazing, and the really great part is that it works.

    The book Karma of Love is a good read that could change your life, not just your relationship.  You can read it over and over again, and what as your relationship blossoms and grows sweeter year after year.

  • Travel Hot and Healthy

    Strong WomenTravel: Hot and Healthy

    Looking hot and feeling healthy while on the go can be challenging! Between figuring out how to feel comfortable, knowing what to bring with, or choose while out, well the questions can become daunting.

    Luckily, we dove in to this tricky subject and did some of the work for you. These simple tips have taken the guesswork out and put the easy-does-it back in.

    The Basics: On the Road & In the Air

    On the Road: Imagine, your task list is complete, you’re packed and you hit the open road. Wind in your hair, the highway beneath you and feeling free.

    Car Attire:

    Lara G (who takes many long road trips each year) says she always has something comfy to wear especially if she’s going to be in the car all day.

    A stretchy, comfy pair of yoga pants or skirt (that accentuate your curves perfectly), comfortable-to-wear & easy-to-remove shoes and a sexy little option for layering. Our favorite layering piece over at Lulu Luna's is this elegant cardigan

    Healthy Habits for the Car:

    1. Leave the caffeine & sugar out of the equation. If you get sleepy, pull over for a quick 15-30 minute catnap.

    2. Pack snacks! Gas station food leaves a feeling of bloated and blah. Here’s what we recommend: Chia Breakfast Cereal – This is hydrating, delicious, travels well & is high in healthy fats (which will keep you full and detour any cravings for junk). You can bring the dry components with you as well and continue eating this your entire trip. Grab the recipe here:

    Refreshing Strawberry & Mint Drink - Staying hydrated while traveling is important. This delicious concoction is cooling by nature (thank you mint!) and is quite a delight on a road trip. Grab the recipe for the strawberry and mint drink here!

    For the Flight:

    Fashion, function & fruit rank highest for us, and in the case of flying comfortable is functional.

    Flight attire:

    1. Wear something you can move in, check out Lulu Luna's easy to move in and super stylish looking studded floral blouse .

    2. A scarf is a great accessory and also functional, you can use it to pillow your head or to block out light when you’re trying to sleep.

    3. If you’re headed to the beach, remember to bring a cover up for the trip including a light sweater and socks (planes can get chilly!).

    Healthy Habits for the Flight:

    1. Start your flight off clean! It may seem obvious, yet you’ll feel better if you shower before and you’ll start your trip feeling fresh!

    2. Get some exercise ahead of time. No one cares and I promise, you won’t look weird. Yoga is an easy way to help you relax on the flight and to give your muscles a workout before sitting for a long time.

    3. Take fruit on the flight. Unless flying internationally (and even when you’re leaving the U.S., you can usually get away with taking it on the flight…just not off the flight on the other end). Fruit is high in carbohydrates which gives you great, yet relaxed energy. It’s also very hydrating. If your blood sugar fluctuates a lot, take some nuts with you as well to ensure you keep stable blood sugar throughout the trip. Fruits we like best for travel include: Oranges Cucumbers Apples Each of these travel well and taste delicious! Cucumbers don’t need to be cut before they are eaten, you can take a bite right out of it!

    4. Bring an empty water bottle with you through security. Once on the other side, find a Starbucks and ask them to fill it with filtered water. This is a lot cheaper than buying water and the water is usually triple distilled at Starbucks.

    Tips & Tricks from the Pros Voyages

    Headed on multi-country trip? Need to pack light and look good?

    Case K, swears by packing all in all neutrals, like black. Why? Everything goes together that way, it stays clean longer, and you don’t stand out like a tourist. For instance, when travelling in Europe many people thought she was from the country she was visiting she look so good! Check out Lulu Luna's very class asymmetrical ruffle sweater or little black dress.

    Another tip comes from Karlie S, one of Lulu Luna’s models, she says try to stick to natural fiber clothing, they tend to remain fresh for longer.

    Kelly, a Lulu Luna buyer, says stick to the basics. You can pack simple pants and plain shirts and then accessorize! She also says, always pack at least one classy jacket.

    Rolling your clothes is a great way to save space and then they don’t get a wrinkly either.

    Expect the Unexpected

    Bring what you need to keep feeling good! Take something for stomach relief, immunity, tampons, and any medications you think you may need. It is much easier to find these things while at home than in a place you’re unfamiliar with.

    Go with the flow, things will not always go as planned. You may miss your flight, your train, and more. Take a deep breath, and know that you’re making memories you can laugh at later.

    Do it like the locals

    You may have to take an airplane to get there, but in a foreign place not everything flies. Find out some information about the place you’re going, especially if it’s in a different country. To avoid trouble research local customs, clothing, and ways to act. For instance, leave the short shorts and tanks at home when travelling to India.

    One woman tells a story of wearing a tank top in Egypt and being mistaken for a prostitute. Use the opportunity to invest in some new local fashions!

    In those tough moments, where you’re alone, in a totally different place with different food, it is so nice to have a small comfort of home.

    Relax and Bring Chocolate

    On trips I can be nice to have an item from home that you take just to help you relax. Some people bring their pillow, a stuffed animal, or even chocolate. Take the time to pack one small item that can remind you of the comforts of home even when you’re far away.

    Pack clothes that make you feel confident. Sometimes you may end up feeling unsure or even afraid when you’re travelling somewhere new. If you are wearing something you like you will radiate with that confidence.

    Get Out There

    One of the main ways to experience a new place is by trying the food! It is a great way to interact with the local culture, and who knows you may find a new favorite. If you have dietary restrictions, like you are vegetarian, do a little research before you go to find out what local dishes you can order to meet your needs.

    Don’t be afraid to talk to the locals! Sometimes language barriers or even the fear of looking like a tourist can hold you back. As you travel you will find that most people love to show off where they’re from, they will be excited that you are taking an interest in their part of the world.

    When traveling aim for quality over quantity. If you take your time instead of running through a gauntlet of sights, you’re more likely to enjoy yourself and savor your trip. Taking your time will also allow you to really soak up the culture and atmosphere of the place you’re visiting.

  • DIY Pantry Beauty: 5 Ingredients You Have in Your Cupboard

    DIY Pantry Beauty

    5 Ingredients You Have in Your Cupboard

    pantry beauty These are 5 budget beauty tips, or as I like to say pantry beauty, already own it beauty, or I hate spending money beauty.  Truthfully, these age old tips and tricks, many of which you probably already have in your cupboard, work better than expensive products.  
    1. Baking Soda – this not only makes cakes rise at high altitude or things explode in science, but it can also work as an inexpensive exfoliator for your face and body.
      Just take a small quarter sized amount, a few drops of water, use your judgment and gently (very gently please don't hurt yourself) rub onto face in a circular motion. Be very cautious of sensitive areas such as around the eyes.  Rinse off and enjoy your super soft skin! I do it about once per week – I really wouldn't recommend more than twice, too much exfoliating can irritate your skin and cause breakouts.  I also recommend using a natural aluminum-free baking soda you will notice a difference, I buy it in the bulk section of my organic food store for about $1.26.          Baking soda can also be added to a bath for added relaxation.  Add 1-2 cups as you fill up your tube.  Baking soda is great for conditioning you skin, and will leave you filling super soft.  It also is exception deodorizing leaving you fresh.    
    1. Vinegar – Super tasty on salads and super cleansing in the shower!
      Balsamic vinegar: Mix a tablespoon or so with your shampoo for flawlessly clean hair it also helps add natural highlights! Condition your hair afterwards so that none of the vinegar scent remains.     Apple Cider vinegar is great for keeping your body synced.  It helps to balance your PH, weight, helps with heartburn and more.   Have dandruff or red flaky skin on your face? Some studies show that dandruff and red flaky skin that just won’t go away may be caused by a yeast imbalance.   Get a cotton ball and first add a little water to it, then a slight bit of apple cider vinegar keep the ratio at about 2 parts water to 1 part apple cider vinegar.  It will sting a little bit, but dab the cotton ball on the irritated areas.  You can use more apple cider vinegar, but it will sting.  Don’t get any in your eyes.  You will be amazed at how easily the irritated areas clear up, do this once per week.   I use the brand Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar with the mother.  They even have a little recipe on the bottle for how to drink it for optimal health.  
    1. Vanilla – widely used to flavor our favorite treats, but it can also be used as an inexpensive perfume, the aromatherapy properties of vanilla also helps to reduce anxiety.  And some people will say scent is the most subtly attractive thing about a person.
      Just dab a little on your wrist or just below your ears, and smell as delightful as a cupcake! Check out Rodelle Pure Vanilla Extract, it's made in Colorado! Rodelle Vanilla  
    1. Lemon – a little lemon goes a long way!
      Squeeze half a lemon into a glass of water first thing in the morning!  This not only gets your innards working, but helps you to detox, and in my experience the tartness wakes me up! Be sure to brush your teeth afterwards, being that lemon is acidic and hard on the enamel of your teeth.  Continue to drink lots of water throughout the day (yes I snuck the water tip in, something we can't hear enough of).   
    1. Get out there – moving away from things in the pantry, try to get outside at least once a day.
      Throughout the day, we have a build up of toxins and hormones that aren't beneficial for our body caused by stress, and emotional strain.  Just by walking a little bit everyday it helps burn these excesses and regulate your body.  Also, whenever I'm feeling super tired and burnt out on everything, a walk helps to clear my mind and wake me up
    Lemon and baking soda Lemon and baking soda
  • 20 Minute Late for Work Yoga


    20 Minute Late for Work Yoga

    Ancient Wisdom for the Modern Gal

      I woke up this morning craving something.  I could envision my body stretching, moving, and begging me to get on my yoga mat.  I looked at my watch, my first thought was, and do I really have time today?  And immediately my mind tried to talk me out of doing my practice, telling me no time! No time!  Well 20 minutes really isn't that much time, right?   Sticking with a practice or routine is hard.   Our culture glorifies being busy, and I personally find it difficult to take even an hour for myself. I spend at least 20 minutes a day checking my email, facebook, etc maybe instead I could spend 20 minutes doing something nice for myself?   I started practicing yoga when I was in high school.  Where I went to school yoga journaling counted as a PE credit. So, every morning I would start my day peacefully with a fun yoga class.  It was amazing!  Instantly I noticed that I had more energy, (I felt like I could run everywhere I really don't like running), I was less depressed and studying became easier.  My high school self had it right, she knew what I needed!   It wasn't until a few years ago that I was reintroduced to yoga, and rediscovered my love.  I found out about Lady Niguma Yoga, an Indian woman Yogi taught this practice over a thousand years ago (the Knowledge Base).  I feel it's a practice that most everyone can do! Even better on busy days it can be abbreviated and still you get amazing results.   I can tell the difference between days when I do yoga and days that I don't.  I even did yoga when I was sick, just to get my lymphatic system moving.  When I do yoga my days tend to be better, go smoother, and I find it easier to finish projects.  I find that I am more patient and less stressed (not to mention a little more toned).  Give yourself 20 minutes; it will make a huge difference in your day.   I even found a video of a 20 minute Lady Niguma Yoga Class on Youtube!       special thank you to Adam Andrade for the photos  
    Tibetan prayer flags Tibetan prayer flags
  • How to Make Anything More Meaningful

    unhappy people at work

    Dressing up your Motivation- How to Make Anything More Meaningful

    A short explanation

      I'm up, I'm dressed, and headed to work filled with dread and loathing for the day. Something needs to change, how do I make each day into something more meaningful?   Try taking some quiet time just for yourself first thing in the morning. Get your coffee, your oatmeal, or just sit for a bit.  Really you can do this at any point in the day, just take a few minutes ("bathroom break"!) and sit and think about what it is you're dreading or why you feel less than enthusiastic.   Think to yourself why am I doing what I'm doing?  Usually why we're doing something is for a selfish reason, and it takes a lot to just acknowledge that and not to lie to yourself. For example,  I'm up today because I have to go to work, I'm going to work because I want money, I'm drinking coffee 'cause I like it, or I'm helping someone because I want them to like me.  Get to the most basic motive of why you are doing what you're doing.   Next, in your mind take your reason for doing what your doing to the end of the day, picture yourself just about to fall asleep, you can no longer work–you're too tired, you can't get the person to like you–you're too sleepy, you can't make money anymore.  What type of impression or day would you like to have had?   Picture your day and the people around you during that time, how will you doing what you're doing help you in the long run–how will it help them?  I went to work today and I really got to help a lot of people, I was able to help them find the things that they needed and I made money so that I am able to live in a nice place and eat food that will aid me tomorrow so that I can help more people.  Wow, I'm sure glad I had that coffee this morning! I might have been mean to my co-workers without it, and that could have really ruined their day and mine.  Or you could say wow I'm glad I didn't drink that coffee today it would have kept me up all night and made me anxious and mean both today at work and tomorrow!  I went and helped Gracie today, hoping that she would like me, why do I want her to like me?  I feel like if she likes me I could offer a lot to the company and my opinions would be heard and therefore I would be helping everyone a lot more.   After you picture what type of day you want to leave behind, get up and go do what ever it is you were picturing.  Not only will you find that it's easier to do the task at hand, but with your motivation dressed up you will find your day to be a lot more meaningful.   Readjust your motives–it will help you to understand why you do the things you do and ultimately help you to be a better, more balanced, and more meaningful person. Two happy girls

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