Great Skincare…the first step to complexion perfection!

beautiful skinGiven my background in the beauty industry (I created dana L Skincare & Cosmetics in 2007 and worked as a makeup artist for a national morning show during the Balance Your Life Road Tour), people often ask me beauty related questions.  What moisturizer should I use? What color blush should I wear? How can I get my eye brows to look like that?  So by request, at least one post a month will focus on a beauty topic. If there is something in particular you would like to know or read about, please let me know! My goal is to answer your specific questions!

Since we are in the midst of the cold, winter weather season, I thought it would be appropriate to start with skincare. The beginning of the year is also a great time to start a skincare routine (if you haven’t already) and winter is notoriously a difficult time of year for our skin.  Great skincare is always the first step to complexion perfection, so it only makes sense to start there!great_skincare_the_first_step_to_complexion_perfection-680424

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How to Handle the Small Things

One of my dearest friends for over 20 years asked me a couple weeks ago to write a post and share my thoughts on how to handle the small things.  She is literally a person that can handle major surgery just fine, but give her or one of her children a paper cut and it’s all over…the world is crashing down! It’s hilarious to me that she asked me to write this, since I think she has heard everything I have to say on the topic.  Just in case she hasn’t and since you all haven’t, here it goes! Continue reading

Did I Pass the Test?

Sunday night I watched a show where a celebrity was tasked with transforming a man’s life. No breaking news there, haha! Just like a lot of transformations, the first step was to test the man’s inner strength and determination…basically to see if he would quit his journey before it even started.  After the initial test, the man asked the celebrity-“did I pass the test”? I’m happy to say he passed with flying colors and it seemed like (as much as it can in an hour) that he was well on the way to a much more fulfilling life because of the experience.

pass-failThe question he asked really got me thinking…did I pass the test?  We are taught this mentality from such an early age-did I pass or fail?  Our society wants to put everyone into a box that we can label and easily identify, but this is highly counterproductive when trying to encourage someone to be their best self. What if your best self doesn’t fit neatly into the box? I say, go create your own box! Live the life you want, not the life everyone else tells you to want or how to act or what to think.

It’s actually quite fitting that I am writing this now, as I don’t believe in irony or coincidence. I think things happen how and when they are meant to happen…they happen for a reason. Last week, as I was preparing to speak to a group of women that have completed their cancer treatments, I was hoping to be inspirational, uplifting, empowering, and encouraging.  In my prepared remarks,  I planned to share some of my favorite quotes from Elizabeth Gilbert, Joel Osteen, Oprah and a few others. It wasn’t until about 3 hours before my presentation when one of my best friends on earth said to me…that’s great, but what do you think? What would you say to those women? Oh my, I was in trouble! Now I was thinking and rethinking and then I thought again!  Just those few words and a couple questions later, my world was turned upside down (thanks “Thelma”)!  You mean I can’t hide behind great words from people I admire? I have to actually tell them what is in my head? That’s scary and so intimidating. Continue reading

Live in every moment!

As I am preparing to speak to a group of cancer survivors tonight night and with the recent passing of ESPN commentator, Stuart Scott, I began to think a lot about life…what does it mean, why are we are, what is our purpose, why are people taken from our lives too early, how can we have a positive impact?

I’m reminded of Jim Valvano’s  infamous ESPY speech.  He taught us some very important lessons:

  1. Time is precious
  2. It’s important to know where you came from
  3. The 3 things we should do every day are-laugh, think and have our emotions moved to tears
  4. Don’t Give Up, Don’t Ever Give Up!

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