Archives for May 2011

May 7, 2011

The Enlightened Mom

This Sunday, May 8th is Mother’s Day. Everywhere you look there are reminders as the perfect gift to get Mom. Nothing against material gifts, they are wonderful. But perhaps one of the best gifts you can give Mom is to be herself, and permission that it is okay to not be perfect.  We women have grown up with generations of hearing that we have to be perfect……the perfect daughter, the perfect wife, the perfect mother……we strive to make everything around us as perfect as possible. And that striving for perfection normally comes at the expense of ourselves. We perform for love and approval. We seek the love and approval from our parents, our spouses and our friends. We become martyrs in a way, striving for love and acceptance. We may get approval, but it isn’t love. Real love comes from within.

The pressure on mothers and women in general is overwhelming.  Most of us feel completely buried in responsibilities, and the last person who matters is you. You give and give, only to feel as it is never enough. You constantly feel guilty that you are not giving enough and are making the wrong decisions. That guilt buries you, overwhelms you and keeps you tired and wanting to run for the hills.

 “We’ve been ingrained with a belief that says life is a competition and we must strive to get ahead. So we momma’s make it our job to prepare our children for the future. But when you realize that each of us is an individual and has unique gifts to share, you discover there is no competition. You don’t have to fight and scramble to get ahead. As you allow yourself to honor and love the way you were created, your gifts are revealed. You align your heart with God. And as you do, you open up to abundance and miracles,” so says author of The Enlightened Mom Terri Amos-Brit.

Terri Amos-Brit knows how you feel. A mother herself, found herself lost. Yelling at the kids, resentful of her husband, and that picture of that perfect family that she had in her head had vanished. She knew that if she wanted things to be different in her family, it would have to start with her. She would have to look within and shift the anger, judgment, resentment, blame, sadness and guilt that she was feeling. She found herself on an amazing journey of introspection and healing. As she let go of her ideals of what a good wife and mother should be, and started loving and honoring herself, she became a more loving, joyous, playful and happier mom. Denying her to be less than perfect had created pain and suffering. Allowing herself to discover, love and honor herself set the tone for the whole family to heal. Mothers set the tone for the family and the ones they love. But the first person they have to love is themselves.

Terri, a Life coach, mom, stepmom and Former Miss USA, shares her journey in an acclaimed new book written just for you, The Enlightened Mom: A Mother’s Guide for Bringing Peace, Love & Light to Your Family’s Life, and its 25 beautifully produced a guided meditation which is now available! She will help you step by step clean up those beliefs that keep you shut down.  An enlightened Mom has the courage to look within, to release beliefs. She has passion, purpose. She is playful and joyous, has abundance and the knowledge to follow her heart. “It is not what we do for our families, but how we live our lives that impacts them the most”. 

You can find out more on The Enlightened Mom at http://

 Look for at it your local bookstore. And while materials gifts for Mothers Day are wonderful, also pick up a copy, and give this to Mom or yourself. Let Mom know it is okay to not be perfect. What you want is for her to be herself!

I will say that as I reflect on Mother’s Day, which this year is also my late mother’s birthday, I can’t agree with Terri more. Watching my mother come into her own, and releasing any expectations that everyone else had of her, is what I remember the most. She had the courage to teach me to follow my dreams and be true to my heart. I can’t think of a better gift that I was given!

Wishing all you Mothers a very happy Mother’s Day!!!!!!


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May 6, 2011

“Makeup For Ageless Beauty” is an exceptional new book by acclaimed Makeup Artist Linda Mason

Linda Mason deserves a standing ovation for this exceptionally beautiful, informative, and well presented book that will not only teach you how to care and prepare your face to apply cosmetics as the skin ages, but show you various looks and how to correct areas on your face that may have created a challenge for you in the past, or with maturing, may need some different application techniques. Linda goes through every step on how to make your age and lifestyle work for you.

This is only the beginning! Linda has not only acknowledged the woman 40 plus, but has included women of all ages into their 70’s who look stunning with the proper instructions, products, and placement of cosmetics in a variety of looks which, as a result, brings their “ageless” inner beauty to the surface.

The beauty of the individuality in “Makeup For Agless Beauty” is so visually outstanding, and it’s written in an easy way to understand, and adapt to your own personal needs.

For over 30 years Linda Mason has worked with celebrity clients, fashion designers, photographers, and her makeup artistry has been seen in magazines such as Glamour and Vogue, to name a few. She has her own line of products and a retail store called The Art of Beauty by Linda Mason in New York’s SoHo area where she also teaches makeup classes. You can find out much more about this talented artist, author, and teacher when you visit her website at:

Bravo Linda….Your book should be in every household ! It’s such a joy to see this beautiful range of women who grace “Makeup For Ageless Beauty” from cover to cover, and radiate a positive joy expressing their uniqueness as lovely women from all age groups!

Beauty is from the inside out ,and your book is indeed the perfect expression of how we can all experience that feeling with “Makeup For Ageless Beauty”.

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May 5, 2011

Shout out to LA—May 5, 2011

I used to plan my on-air wardrobes around what outfits made me look slimmer… I plan them around what works with my Nix and Stones necklace collection!!!! With good reason, not only do I love them, but I am constantly complemented on them. Clinton Kelly made his remark in my interview with him because he loved the necklace!  You can see two (and yes, I do have more and am looking forward to acquiring more!) of my stunning necklaces on my interview with Clinton Kelly and on my “Your Carolina’s” segment on Hollywood Moms.

If you happen to be in the area tomorrow, be sure to stop in, meet Amy and see her fabulous collection at the Maximillian Gallery inside the Sunset Marquis for the champagne launch of Nix & Stones on May 5 between 6 – 9 pm. The event benefits 1736 Family Crisis Center.

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May 3, 2011

Meet Julie, Amy & Nix&Stones

Get Styled! Visit stylist Julie Waldorf and jewelry designer Amy Nix (pictured) at the Maximillian Gallery inside the Sunset Marquis for the champagne launch of Nix & Stones on May 5 between 6 – 9 pm. The event benefits 1736 Family Crisis Center.

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May 2, 2011

Define and create beautiful eyes with Gerda Spillmann Bio-Blends Eyeliner Pencils

As a Makeup Artist, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve asked a client why they don’t wear eyeliner. The answer generally is that they don’t know how to apply it so it looks natural, and not over done.

I can understand the dilemma and frustration with eyeliners in general. Many times a pencil is too dry, pulls the delicate eyelid area and doesn’t deliver a smooth line. That can often create a challenge on a mature or sensitive eye. On the other hand, I’ve worked with pencils that are too soft, and it’s difficult to control the width of the liner and many times the line will not define, but actually create a smeary look that often ends up appearing over done and messy. A liquid liner has it’s place, but it takes a bit of time to get the precision of application and is not as easy to correct, once applied, if it’s not placed on the eye just the way you’d like it to look.

Leave it to Gerda Spillmann to create a pencil that is not only easy to apply, but is perfectly balanced in texture to give you the control that allows you the ability to create many different looks with one pencil.

Gerda Spillmann is a Swiss Skin Care company that is over 62 years old!! their products are tried and true, and staples in many Makeup Artist’s cases. (Mine included)

Visit their website: Read about Madame Spillmann and the dedication to her fine products that she created so long ago, and are still top of the line ,simply, because they work!

Recently Bio-Blends Eye Pencils were created. Keeping with the standard of high quality and proper ingredients, these pencils are very versatile and glide on with ease. Whether you chose to create a precision line, soft shadow line, smokey line, or completely blended line you can confidently do so with the Bio Bends Eyeliner Pencil.

Not only does this silky smooth textured eye pencil apply effortlessly, but being water proof, your liner will last all day and take you right into the evening with confidence. A special smudge applicator on the other end of the pencil lets you to blend the liner to your specification.

The colors look so pretty on the eye and are available in:
Black Magic
Perfect Grey
Rich Navy
Dark Chocolate
Regal Plum
and Teal

You may purchase the Bio-Blends pencils at the Gerda Spillman website listed above. You may also register to win at our Bio-Blends Eyeliner Pencil Giveaway at: There will be 12 lucky winners… Register now, and good luck!

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May 1, 2011

New York Times Best Selling Romantic Suspense Author, Brenda Novak’s Annual Online Auction to benefit Diabetes Research is about to begin!

We all know Brenda Novak as the best selling, award winning author, who captures your attention from the moment you start to read one of her books. Her intriguing stories take you on breathtaking adventures with intertwining romantic twists that keep you on edge till the final page!!

The picture above is Brenda with her son, Thad, who was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at the age of five. Here’a your opportunity to participate in an event that is near and dear to Brenda’s heart, and is giving hope to those with Diabetes in one of the most exciting Online Annual Auctions to Benefit Diabetes Research.

The auction will run May 1 – May 31st, but not all items will be open all month, so look for the ending times!

Visit the website now,
and view the most unique items, and opportunities that are up for bid.

Quoting Brenda, “In case you haven’t heard, last year we broke the $1 million mark (as a cumulative total) and set a new annual record by raising $303,000!! I hope that our seventh year end in another new record, maybe one closer to $500,000. Please join with me in fighting to make a difference.”
Go now
…. Bid often and Bid High…..“For the cure of Diabetes 2011”

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May 1, 2011

Chelsy Davy looks splendid at the Royal Wedding

It always fascinates me to see how lovely the movie stars appear at the red carpet events. As a makeup artist, I realize all of the planning that takes place with stylists, hair designers, and makeup artists to achieve that special look for a celebrity.

I must say I was curious, and had been thinking a lot about what type of preparation took place with prominent guests participating in such a regal, worldwide publicised event as The Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton .

It was one of those synchronistic moments when seconds later I opened an email from UNITE Hair Care. It contained the most interesting documentation of Celebrity hairstylist, Jonathan Long, and Celebrity makeup artist, Jules Cardozo-Marsh ,who by Royal Appointment created the stunning look for Chelsy Davy. Ms. Davy is the young lady who has on and off been linked with Prince Harry, the younger brother of Prince William, and would ,indeed, be a part of the Royal Wedding.

I personally use some of the wonderful UNITE hair products, and have written about them before. With much gratitude to UNITE Hair Care , it’s my pleasure to share both of the artist’s “step by step” hair and makeup creations with you.

Click this link:
Chelsy Davy at the Royal Wedding[3][2]-1 Enjoy!!!

Below you can experience the amazing “Reveal” of Chelsy Davy as she looked for the Royal Wedding.


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