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October 2, 2017

Donna’s on-the-go beauty kit

These are miniature versions of roller lash mascara & Nars orgasm blush

I need an easy way to keep myself fresh with small amounts of products that I need at any given time

Donna Spangler Actress & Producer

As an actress, producer & business woman, I am often on the go.  Weather it is on a formal trip or just a day trip, I need to have my beauty items handy to look & feel my best.  When we are on the road or going places where we may need to primp or completely do our makeup or freshen up, it is great to be prepared with a little beauty kit with all the essentials needed to look your best. The problem is taking everything you need in normal size containers you may need a suitcase. I have come up with a solution for this!
Donna’s on-the-go beauty kit made with samples

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ON THE GO BEAUTY KIT

In today’s world, we want to look our best at all times with the least amount of effort. I have come up with essentials every girl should have on hand, so you will be able to look fresh whether you are on the go, staying overnight with your boyfriend or simply need a touch up. Stash these necessities in your purse, and you will always be prepared.

I love samples. It gives me a chance to try high-end products of all sorts. Since you receive ample amounts in small packaging, you can make a full-on beauty kit to haul along in your purse. This can be very effective, especially when you may be out somewhere away from your packed arsenal of at home products.

First, you need a case for your makeshift beauty kit. It should be something you can fit easily into your purse. I used a handy foldable holder that I had received from a business flight, but you can also get a makeup holder at the 99 cents store or any drugstore. Just make sure it is somewhat flat and can be comfortably stowed in your purse.

Next comes the fun part. You need to get the ingredients to put into your kit. Take a trip to the department store and get samples of makeup base that fits your color, creams, perfumes, liner, mascara, gloss or whatever useful items you can find. I like the samples that are in flat packets because they are easy to fit into the kit. The other alternative is to have the salesperson make samples for you. High-end lines usually have tiny plastic containers the size of a quarter with tightly sealed lids that will work for your kit as well. Gather all the essentials possible in one visit.

You can also gather the beauty freebies attained through larger makeup purchases. These items tend to be smaller and can be easily stored in your kit. Figure out when makeup lines are offering free gifts, and keep track any ‘points’ you’ve accumulated (Sephora’s point system gives spectacular yet small gifts). Sephora also sells small beauty items as you are standing in line which are great for your beauty kit as there is everything from small hairspray and mascara to pint size foundation.

Add a sample perfume of your choice. I recommend a black or brown eye pencil, earth tone shadow, sample mascara (I like ARMANI – and they are small!). If desired, throw in a couple of packages of Advil for those emergency days. Remember one feminine product (tampon), and put in a flat comb and hair band so that you can tie back your hair when you wash your face. A few Q tips and cotton balls are a must – store them in a tiny sealable baggy.

Pick up some shine eraser sheets (Elf Brand makes a great one). Get a pocket-sized toothpaste and
toothbrush. I have

Dental Floss

gotten these items in hotels as well as in airline kits, or you may already have a few saved. Also add a small dental floss or put two or three dental claws into the kit.

You can also add any samples or small packed products that you think you may need. Go to the section in the drug store where they have the samples. Other items to consider are razors, baby wipe samples, mouthwash, face wash, etc

I also like collecting hotel items because they can be used in your kit. When it is put together, it should supply you with what you need for one day or night out. It is great if you are spending the night at a friend’s house and want to appear fresh without bringing a suitcase.

You can keep your kit in your purse or car so you will be prepared to look, smell and feel your best at all times. This inexpensive condensed beauty kit is incredibly handy, and you will be glad you took the time to have it constantly within your reach. Knowing you are prepared to wow in any situation will give you a priceless piece of mind.


ON-THE-GO BEAUTY KIT

6 Q tips, 2 cotton balls, samples of eye makeup remover or cream to remove makeup, and tissues (there is nothing worse than running eyes at the end of a night. These essentials can fix this pesky problem)

Put the cotton balls, Q tips and tissues into a small sealable plastic baggie

One black liner to re-apply for later

One black or brown mascara

Brown or earth toned eye shadow

Blush in your favorite color (I like NARS orgasm), brush for application

Your favorite color lip liner

Lighter lip gloss to go over liner

Add a few samples of foundation in your color and bolting powder paper

Get some perfume samples perfect for your kit

Small tube toothpaste, toothbrush, floss and gargle (Remember, these should all be sample sizes)

1 feminine product, small comb, ponytail holder and package of Advil

With this kit, you will be ready for your on-the-go life and always look your best!

There are also mini flat irons & curling that are as tiny as a few inches long.

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September 8, 2017

Back to School

Back to school time has begun and during this hectic time it gets hard to remember the little things. As we become engulfed in assignments, responsibilities, our social lives, and planning for the future, we often forget to take a step back. Being busy is truly an amazing thing because you are filling your life with memories and experiences as well as learning on the way. However, try to remember that within your busy schedule you must always make time for yourself. This can be done in a variety of ways depending on you and your personality. Maybe you need to go on a run, meditate, bake a souffle, watch an episode of Gossip Girl, read a book, take a yoga class, or just listen to music—in whatever way resonates with you, take time to just be and not do.

I always talk to my dad about how I feel like time is unavoidably going by faster and faster and that there is nothing I can do to slow it down. I jokingly tell him “I feel old,” and he laughs along but always reminds me of one simple truth. Taking a step back to just be in the moment and appreciate the world right in front of you allows time to slow down. So thanks Dad for the best advice always, I am starting to just be and enjoy the world around me. And I hope you will too!

Best,
Lizzy

 

               

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August 16, 2017

THE MINT

Hello!

As some of you may know….today marks a week away from my performance at The Mint LA. It will be a 30 minute set along Taimane, BobbyRock and others. Throughout the set I will perform my own original songs as well as some covers of some of my favorite music. I will even be performing a song I wrote that has never been released or performed for anyone before. My set begins at 7:45! Come listen, drink, eat, and dance with us! Here is where you can get tickets for $10! P.S. you must be 21 or older to attend 😉 Thanks!!!

Ticket Link: http://themintla.com/event.cfm?id=263469

I hope to see you there!

Best,
Lizzy

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June 24, 2017

Bella Magazine Party

Thank you to Bella Magazine and Camila Alves for having me at your cover issue party! The party was at Sofitel Hotel and Restaurant last night in Beverly Hills. It was so great to meet the editor and publisher of the magazine that covers the luxury lifestyle of both New York and Los Angeles. Dermalogica Skin Care sponsored the party, handing out free samples and a certificate for a 20 minute treatment–thank you Dermalogica!

Camila was so sweet and remembered meeting my mom at the “Sing” Premiere with her husband Matthew McConaughey. Thank you again Bella Magazine and Camila for a great night!

And if you haven’t yet, go checkout Bella Magazine and pickup a copy of this month’s issue with Camila Alves as the cover girl!

Best,
Lizzy XOXO

P.S. New music and live show is coming soon!!!

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April 6, 2017

Patience

  

There is so much I want to share with the world, that sometimes it’s hard to make sure everything I want to share is in the place I want it to be before I open my ideas to the world. I have been working on so many different things that I have input my love and passion into. However, the things I love and am passionate about take time to complete. As a college student trying to balance my personal life, school work, my career, and my overall well-being, it can get tough to figure out how to make time in the day for everything I aim to accomplish. I am currently on a journey that has taken precious time, but has taught me so much and enriched my life and spirit along the way. The cover I recorded with Elliot Lanam is completed and ready to be shared, but the video for the song is still in its editing phases. During times like these, I must remind myself and the people around me to endure patience. Patience is such a fundamental part of this life we are all living. So through my journey, I am learning to be more patient and will continue to put 100% of myself into everything I want to share with the world.

XOXO,
Lizzy

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February 24, 2017

My new true love: TRUE LOVE SKINCARE

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I was introduced to this amazing new skincare line at Doris Bergman’s Valentine Oscar Style Lounge–TRUE LOVE SKINCARE. Jen Suiter, mom from Utah, developed these amazing products from her own home. Not only great products just to maintain healthy, glowing skin; these products can help alleviate sun damage, eczema, cold sores, and more! These products contain only natural ingredients that never include chemicals or harsh compounds. Definitely check them out! The scrub and honey balm are two of my new favorite skin products and they smell amazing! You won’t be disappointed!

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XOXO,
Lizzy

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January 23, 2017

“Let me Love You”

Hello everyone!
Sorry it has been a minute since I have been on here, the holidays and traveling may have gotten the best of me. However, I am back and have most definitely kicked things into gear for 2017. My newest cover, “Let me Love You” by Justin Bieber, produced by Elliot Lanam, is officially done and will soon be released! Working with Elliot was so effortless, and I can’t wait to start creating some more original music with him. Along with the song release will be a video, directed by one of my best friends, Charlotte Manning, who is an extremely talented film-maker. I can’t wait for you guys to hear this new take on such a popular and loved song, and see what Charlotte and I visually created. The aimed release date is sometime in February so keep your eyes out and your ears open!

Thank you, much love!
XO,
Lizzy

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November 3, 2016

Take a peak at Whiskey and Leather

Whiskey and Leather is an amazing boutique in Montecito, California. I had the pleasure of doing a photoshoot with them, showcasing the Fall Collection of For Love and Lemons for their website and social media. Faith Reineck, a friend, and the photographer/intern for Whiskey and Leather boutique, took me all around Montecito, from the magical Four Seasons to the stunning Butterfly Beach. It was a wonderful, sunny Friday and we spent it taking pictures around what I consider to be one of the best cities in the world. The owners of Whiskey and Leather are two UCSB Alumni (woo go Gauchos) named Zee Chew, and Ariel Hujar who have made their vision and love for fashion and a zen lifestyle come to life in this cute little boutique. Walking into the store makes you feel like you could be in the middle of New York City! Definitely check them out and make your way to incredible Montecito for a visit!

Best,

Lizzy XOX

Website: Whiskeyleather.com
Instagram: @whiskeyleather

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August 26, 2016

The Final Five

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I loved watching the Olympics. The U.S. women’s gymnastics team impressed me. I can’t imagine all the time, dedication and practice it takes to get to the Games, much less participate in them. The ladies of the team looked so happy doing what they love to do– and they did it well!

For me, the gymnastics competition was kind of like watching a football game where it comes down to the last minute to see who wins. Midway through their events, the U.S. team led by four points and then they came in first place outdistancing their biggest competition, Russia, by 8.209 points. This was a pretty big deal because it was the first time the U.S. women’s gymnastics team won back-to-back Olympic golds. They were #1 in 2012 and now they’re #1 again– that’s pretty amazing.

I also liked how the team chose a nickname, “The Final Five.” It reminded me of how you have to not only think of what you want your goal to be, in life, but also write it down, name it, tell others about it, etc. These ladies– Laurie Hernandez, Madison Kocian, Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, and Gabby Douglas– showed the world how young ladies can reach their dreams. They sure did inspire me, and I’m thinking there’s a whole generation of young women who look up to them, too.

xoxo, Lizzy

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July 7, 2016

A Summer to Give Back

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Are you traveling somewhere new this summer? With the weather generally being sunny and warm in most places, summertime is prime traveling time, isn’t it?

 

Here’s the thing: while we often like to be pampered and enjoy things like pools, spas and all that good stuff, what about doing something kind for others while you’re on your trip?

 

I’ve got an idea to make your summer trip more interesting. Go to the local store and buy several supplies you can put in a nice bag to give to someone who is homeless. Shop for things like an umbrella, moist towelettes, sunscreen, chewing gum, a comb or hairbrush, socks, and anything else you think would be practical, useful gifts for someone less fortunate. If you don’t have a lot to spend, try shopping at the Dollar Tree or Wal-Mart where you can find many great items.

 

Pack a bag, or two, or three, or more and take ‘em with you on your “vacation.” Then, make a point to look for someone in need. Unfortunately, underpriveleged people are not hard to find– you’re likely to see panhandlers on the streets of most cities, in parks, or along highways… especially at exits where cars line up to make their turns. Hand them your bag of goodies and wish them a happy day! Trust me, doing something kind and unusual like this will be a highlight of wherever you go this summer.

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