Makeup Tips of 2011: How to Keep Your Lipstick Long Lasting

My Red MAC Lipstick Beauty Supply:

At work this weekend I wore a really cute black romper with black flats and a black loose cardigan.  My hair was my normal down & messy lion’s mane, and I had simple eyes, strong eyeliner, and RED RED LIPSTICK [“Ruby Woo”, matte MAC lipstick].  I loved my outfit!!  Having to wear black all the time can make you blend in with objets, backdrops, ect… So you have to find someway to dress it up and make it fun!!   And as we all know lipstick doesn’t stay on all day [except MAC’s pro long-wear lipsticks, those do really well], but in most cases not so much… So I brought my little lipstick bag to work.

I have a little mermaid purse that holds my favourite lip beauty supplies, and I touched up my lips about halfway through work…  Well, I set the mermaid purse on the counter and went back to work.  It was extremely hot that day and when I came back after a couple hours to touch up again [red is the hardest to maintain- “Kool-Aid mouth” everywhere if you’re not careful] and the my mermaid purse was warm… I open it and grab my Ruby Woo and it isn’t melted to where it collapsed and didn’t keep it’s shape- but it was looking really dewy!!  This was pretty much the same for most of my beauty supplies in the makeup set.  Even the long lasting lipsticks seemed to have heated up a tad.

Tips for Makeup When the Beauty Supplies Seem to Have Melted:

1.) DON’T use them if they have seemed to melt AT ALL!! Even those ones that don’t seem too bad.. Don’t use them or they will lose their shape, melt even more with the heat from for your lips, or the stick will be loose in it’s container and any pushing movement on it might knock it out.

2.) Move them from the heated location… A pretty “Duh” concept :]

3.) Depending on how melted they are, you can either put them in the refrigerator or the freezer.  If they are PRETTY melted- then go ahead and stick your version of your mermaid purse in the freezer.  Come back and check on it after 30 minutes to see if they have hardened up- and then gauge if they need mor time from there [we just don’t want them to be COMPLETELY frozen… they won’t work well if frozen solid].  Same with the refrigerator, but you don’t have to check up on them as much because they don’t have the possibility of freezing in there!

IN THE FREEZER:

IN THE FRIDGE 

4.) When they are done, take them out and inspect each one.  Look at the shape of the stick, the texture, and it’s ability to go up and down in the tube.  If all these things check out- it’ll be safe to try a sample swipe on your wrist- you’re looking to make sure it has retained it’s colour.  IF the colour looks duller than normal, then it just needs to come back to room temp…  No biggy!

Checking on my “Vegas Volt” lipstick from MAC

Checking on my “To The Future” long lasting lipstick [PRO LONG WEAR] from MAC

London’s 411 on the “COACH” Designer House & Coach Outlets Online [is what your purchasing legit?]

The Coach QUESTION:

One of our readers [Jannelle] asked me- Hey London! Quick question…  do you know anything about coach?  just looking at this website and i dunno if i want to buy them cuz i dont know if they are real or not! ha my friend just bought a bunch from there but im not so sure…

WEBSITE IN QUESTIONhttp://www.coachoutletonlineh.com/

London’s Coach “Outlet” Answer:

So Jannelle, here’s the skinny [which by the way- that phrase does not reference skin as “thin”.  just a little FYI]…  Coach is a designer brand that treats their products like queens!  Their purses, scarves, perfumes, ect are all so well guarded that there are only THREE ways to purchase an authentic “COACH” bag, or whatever you are buying…

1.)  Walk into Coach and fork over the cash

2.)  Go to Coach.com and fork over the cash

3.)  Walk into a Coach Outlet STORE and fork over a bit less cash than normal…

That is it!!  There is NO other way!!  I say this because you cannot even CALL into a Coach Outlet, tell them what you’d like, give them your creditcard, and have the item shipped…  They will not do it!!  That is for 2 reasons: 1.) They don’t want to ship an item off if there is any way possible that your card doesn’t go through and they can’t hold you in the store…. and 2.) They do not want the legitimacy of their product questioned.

So I am sorry & glad to report that any ONLINE designer Coach OUTLET is actually a fraud :C / : D.

[you know what’s funny… I’d wear none of this!!

Coach is not my best friend or love, ha, sorry!!]

why LONDON MOORE doesn’t buy designer clothes…

Well, to say the least… I don’t like “labels”.  I went to a high school where kids were handed Mercedes and Hummers for their birthdays and 14 year old girls walked around in True Religion jeans with their Juice purses hanging off their shoulders.  Labels are DESIGNED for the “money sign”: people wear them to show that they have enough money to purchase the item…  Not only that BUT-

they are made for “all styles” [for the masses so that every girl and boy/ lady and man will identify with that style], so they are usually generic and not too innovative in style…  A 14 year old could wear it, and a 40 year old could wear it and it’d be just fine.  Beyond brilliant marketing plan- especially since people fall for it….  Designers like Juciy, Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Coach, ect… all have a specific “logo” “image” or “pattern” that is their selling point.  People see a woman in a taupe plaid scarf with red and black lines- you KNOW she is wearing Burberry!!  This shows that she has money, and lots of it to just toss 375 quid on a scarf!!  It also is the same scarf that about a million other women are wearing [weather authentic or not].  That is ANOTHER issue….

[nice original style ladies & gent….]

we [people] are so obsessed with designer-anything that we’d spend 3 and a half paychecks on “AUTHENTIC” ___[put your guilty pleasure label here]___ that we’d sacrifice our rent just to look like we HAVE enough money to buy whatever item.  Confessions of a Shopaholic is a GREAT example of this…

 movie version

  book version

MAYBE You Just Like the Designs…  But a Louis Vuitton CONDOM… Really?!

Okay…All in all, you spend a boat load of cash to have something everyone else already has…. BUT if you really like the design of a COACH purse or a pair of JUICY sweats- then that decision is ALL YOURS!! However, you have to admit that labeling is really an issue when Louis Vuitton comes out with a CONDOM and people are gitty over it…  I suppose there is nothing like class when you are out and find a one-night-stand, to reach in your purse and pull out a Louis Vuitton condom…..  If people are so enthralled with labels and designers that we sacrifice our other needs [like rent, food, other bills, ect…], sacrifice our worth [by thinking your worth is conveyed by what you wear or have…], or sacrificing ANYTHING just to get your hands on SOMETHING “designer”- that you’d actually purchase a $68 Louis Vuitton condom… Then something is REALLY wrong…

What STYLE Means HERE [@ LondonMoore]

Style is….

Originality!!  Creativity!!  Unique!!

Emotional!!  Affordable!!  Inspiring!!

And most of all….  AUTHENTIC TO YOU!!  Genuin to your taste and bank account.

It doesn’t matter if someone else doesn’t like your style or says it’s too cheap, dirty, crazy, hobo, bubbly, ridiculous, or just plain ugly…

STYLE IS ART… ART IS OPEN TO INTERPRETATION!!

 

 

 

 

 

4 Ways to JUMP START Your Weight-Loss Transformation- Modeled After 34yr old Mom Who Got Her Hot Bikini Body Back!!

Where do your measurements BEST match?

One of my good friends just got married, and for a year before that she had decided to get into shape.  She worked out hardcore for 6 months straight and lost a bunch of weight!!  She looks amazing now, not that she didn’t before- but as a friend, you don’t tend to notice things like that until there is a dramatic difference.  Now, she still monitors her eating habits to maintain her healthy lifestyle & at times when I want to get us ice cream for the night she turns it down and I tell her, “Come on!! You’re not working out like a mad man anymore!!”  She just replies with something along the lines of wanting to keep the weight off [commendable!!] and how easy it is to slip back to what she calls the “Fat & Happy Stage”.

Fat & Happy or Fat & Depressed?

To even find out if you do fall in the range of being over weight- you can take your BMI [Body Mass Index] and find out your Body Fat percentage.  It depends on age, sex, ect…  BUT if you do fall into the “Over Weight” or “Obese” categories- then which are you?  Fat & Happy or Fat & Depressed?  Brandi [who is shown above] was Fat & Depressed… Her life was busy with a new baby, a husband who she didn’t have time for, her own business, friends who she was losing touch with, ect… You know, LIFE!!  So, 3 years after she had her son- she just looked into the mirror it really hit her that she needed to get back into shape.  Well, naturally a busy mother looks for the least time consuming path, which for Brandi meant home workout videos [that she never touched] or diets [that she never stuck to].

Once Brandi saw a friend of hers go through her workout “transformation”, she was desperate to find time in her busy life to go workout with the personal trainer that her friend did!! But as Brandi says, she just had to STOP with all of her “excuses, excuses, excuses”!!  My friend- the fat & happy one :] said that she just never really realized she wasn’t completely happy with her body until her wedding day was approaching because she was having a great time in life: a loving boyfriend, a great group of friends, accomplishing her school work, ect…  She was having such a great time in life that she was blind-sighted to her body changing in a way that she, now with new nuptial perspective, wanted to change!

How Can Your Weight-loss Transformation Be Like Brandi’s:

Reading through the article on Brandi, there are key factors that were crucial to her weight-loss transformation!

1.)  She Dropped the Excuses & Made Time!! [Women in San Diego who are starting on this transformation journey- I attend a personal training women’s workout group every tue/thurs/sat mornings at 6am and saturdays at 7am.  This leaves plenty of time to get ready for work and have girl time in the morning!!]

2.) She Became Inspired!!  For Brandi, seeing a friend go through the transformation was enough to motivate her to leave the excuses behind…  So what is your inspiration?  Do you miss your pre-pregnancy jeans?  Is this next summer the summer you travel to foreign countries hoping to find a foreign love?  Have you watched a friend or family member lose control of their weight & you don’t want that for yourself?  Whatever your motivation/inspiration- make sure it is strong enough to push you through those mornings where you have to fight to get out of bed in order to go continue on in your transformation!!

3.) She Was Comfortable With Her Trainer!!  Brandi talks of Micah as a “dear friend” after 6 months of constantly seeing him.  It is important that you feel like you can sweat, grunt, cry, and even yak if need be in front of your trainer and/or group!!  What I personally love about our Busy Mom’s Fitness group [or Ripped Body Boot Camp] is that the couple leading us women along in our workout journey are the best part of our workout!!  Both so down to earth and caring people that you make friend right away!! Sames goes with all the women in our group, and that is what keeps you coming back for more- is that these women are counting on you to be there!!

4.) She Showed Up!!  This is the MOST important step of all!!  Step 1-3 will get you to this point- but once you are HERE, you are ON YOUR WAY to your weight loss transformation IF you can just follow through with this goal each and every week!!  Showing up IS half the battle, but if you do- you will see result like Brandi!!  There is no doubt about the power of consistency when it comes to fitness!!

I myself am going through this transformation!!  You are certainly NOT alone!!  However, if you feel like you have steps 1-2 down, but are looking for a place to work out and a trainer and/or group to start getting comfortable with- then try out the workout group I am going through in order to look like Brandi :]  If you live in the San Diego area, then our workouts are located in Del Mar!!  Contact me if you are wanting help with step 3!!  It would be my pleasure to see others choosing to do this transformation with me!!

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GIRLS ONLY Club: TOP 5 Rockin’ Workout Songs for Women’s Workout Routines

Work Out Routines Need Some Spicing Up- Que WORKOUT MUSIC!!

Amid your workouts you start to feel that burn that feels as if you just ignited your bones…  Ughhhh… it hurts so…. good?  Hmmm.  Not always….  In fact, it mostly sucks until afterwards when you feel like you can now take on the world with your boost of energy and satisfaction that you just kicked that workouts a%*.  But workout routines can be just plain dull, and you most likely wont commit to finishing all your reps or go the whole time you planned to bang-it-out UNLESS you have AMAZING workout music!!  In the workout world- your choices of what to listen to are limited; it is either: trainer chanting instructions to you, quite with your own thoughts [can be seriously dangerous], or music of your choosing.  Now since OUR team is targeted towards women’s workout routines- I have 5 WORKOUT SONGS that will pump you through whatever exercise you are attempting to push through till the end!!

Weight Workout Routines:

WORKOUT SONG: “Rolling In The Deep”- Adele

EXERCISE MOVE: Reach & Squeeze

Bend elbow and bring weight to shoulder as you lift top leg as high as you can.  This exercise works your back, obliques, and butt!!  It is a slower paced movement [not going for speed- in the workout world you want a nice form so it works all the right spots], which means having a fast beat is a no-no!!  However you will feel a fire start to buuurn- so we have none-other-than Ms. Adele!!

Chest Workouts:

WORKOUT SONG:  “Mr. Saxo Beat”- Alexandra Stan

EXERCISE MOVE: Incline Press [with weights]

The Incline Press exercises your pectorals, deltoids, and triceps by strengthening them, and if enough reps are done- will increase mass as well.  When you do Incline presses, what gets you through them is burst of ENERGY!!  So when you hands are in position A- make sure your shoulder blades and then BURST your energy and push them straight up to the top like position B.  This means our music needs are calling for a beat that is repetitive and has a punching back-beat that get us through out BURSTS to the top…  What else besides Alexandra Stan’s Mr. Saxo Beat?!

Ab Workouts:

WORKOUT SONG: “Moves like Jagger”- Maroon 5 Ft. Christian Aguilera

EXERCISE MOVE: Bird-Dog

What The bird dog exercise strengthens your abs and lower back and butt muscles while improving balance. [Opposite arm & leg full extension- then switch & repeat!!]  Bird-Dog [seriously… who thought this name up?!] is a slow paced move that helps you coordinate your balance while your tighten your abs.  “Moves Like Jagger” is a classic Maroon 5 song- 1.) slow paced beat to begin with 2.) bumps it up a notch and then 3.) has some catchy rhythm you can’t get out of your head [in this case: whistling… “do do DOO do DOO do DOO dOOooo” Moves Like Jagger! – and that is JUST how it goes!! You know…].  So Maroon brings it to the floor mats when they released this- because it is in perfect swing for a balancing act- you can WHISTLE WHILE YOU WORK!!

Effective Workout Routines:

WORKOUT SONG:  “The Lazy Song”- Bruno Mars

EXERCISE MOVE: Stretching

Stretching is how every workout routine should start!!  You’ll feel it when you don’t stretch before and after!!  Okay, now that your lecture is done about the importance of stretch [tres importante!!]- it IS the first thing you do when you get to our women’s workout routine, and it is early in the moooorning!!  The first thing you want IS NOT some hard core rock or rap… You are just waking up for crying out loud!! Plus, stretching is not fast paced nor does it require explosions of energy to complete the tasks at hand.  You are mostly just sitting or standing- pulling, pushing, or bending.  SO of course- “The Lazy Song” has a great beat for early morning “GET HAPPY” time, again- a whistling tune to go along with while you work, and Bruno will just make you laugh at his lyrics!!  Laughing and happiness is what you need to get you in the right zone for working out- fo sho!!!!

Gym Workouts:

WORKOUT SONG:  “Somebody to Love”- Justin Bieber Ft. Usher

EXERCISE MOVE: Cardio Relay Races

If your workout group is awesomely fun like me- then there are fun ways to go about getting cardio done!! Our women’s workout routines sometime throw in a relay race to mix things up a bit! And since it is a large group of women- when we hear this teeny-bopper 13 year old [or 17.. whatever] singing about love and buying diamond rings it just makes us giggle!!  Plus, those brave enough confess their Bieber-Fever while others fake vomit!!  Hey- in group gym workouts you have the fortune of camaraderie- which means you can take advantage of laughing, playing, and having fun!! After all- isn’t that what workouts should be about?!  Who is going to make the effort if it isn’t fun- and nothing says “FUN” like mocking your Bieber-Fever!!

So I have given you plenty of ideas for workout music while you are doing your home workout routines, gym routines, or IN OUR CASE: women’s workout routines!!  Our Busy Mom Fitness group OR Ripped Body Boot Camp clan all put in our ipods to play what songs motivate us, and they are sometimes completely different tastes!!  So what are YOUR top 5 workout songs?!  Someone played the Adele “Rolling in the Deep” in our circuits today, and I had never thought of playing Adele for a pump-up work out… But HEY it landed on my TOP 5 Rockin’ Workout Songs for Women’s Workout Routines because someone suggested it to me.  SO lets hear it!! Top 5 favourite workout songs….

Thanksgiving Day 2011 Fashion Update- What Did YOU Wear?!

Inspired by “PARADE” & “FESTIVITIES”

Searching through my wardrobe this morning I was thinking back to my inspiration boards [Holiday Outfit Inspirations] and I was COMPLETELY inspired by “Parade” & “Festivities”!!  So…. Job well done inspiration boards!!  You worked perfectly.  As I said, my fam is casual on Thanksgiving and so dressy skirts & dresses don’t exactly make the cut on Turkey Day… So inspired by “Parades” casual/cosy pictures mixed with “Festivities” fun and playful Fall colours I decided upon this outfit….. :]

Ensemble Pieces:

1.) Mustard yellow coat with 4″ ruffle bottom [Burlington Coat Factory]

2.) Skinny Jeans [Charlotte’s Russe]

3.) Taupe Ankle Boots [Pink Zone]

4.) White 3/4 length mid-button-up top [Forever 21]

5.) Peach & burnt orange 3 layered floral top [Pink Zone]

6.) Shades of Gray Scarf [unknown… sorry!]

Products Use:

MAC Eyeshadow “Coppering”

MAC Eyeshadow “Golden Rod”

MAC Eyeshadow “Embark”

MAC Prolong-wear “To The Future” 

MAC Superslick Liquid Eyeliner “Pure Show”

NYX Eyeshadow “Golden Orange”

NYX Mosaic Powder Blush “Dare”

NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder “Blonde”

Long-lasting…

And this is my makeup- which lasted throughout the long day of celebrations at two different households!!  We started at 12:00pm and this picture was taken when we got home around 7:00pm!!  Talk about long lasting…  Not exactly in it’s prime, but just as good as any other 4 hour wear makeup- except this lasted LONGER!!

The Rest of Turkey Day!!

and my hubby with his beautiful mama… and his “are we done yet, love?” smile.