Five Secrets to a More Beautiful Morning

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Do you find yourself wishing for a smoother morning routine that also helps you start your day looking and feeling your best?

Here are my five secrets!

fantabulous women morning routine

LOOKING GOOD

1. Choose your outfit the night before. Try it on and lay out everything you will need, including undergarments, shoes and accessories. There’s nothing more stressful than searching for a lone camisole or errant earring when you’re racing against the clock in the morning!

2. Have a simple everyday makeup look easily accessible. Set aside your wild eye shadows and bold lipsticks for special occasions. Make sure that your basic foundation and mascara, along with two to three eye shadows and a blush in neutral shades, are handy so you have no excuse for leaving the house without makeup on.

3. Start your day in a happy place. Take time to sip a cup of coffee, read a page from an inspiring book, repeat your personal mantra, stretch your body or write in your journal before the craziness of the day sets in. There is nothing more beautiful than a woman with a smile on her face and a spring in her step!

FEELING GOOD

4. Keep healthy breakfast foods on hand. Whether it’s a boiled egg, protein bar, V8 juice or cheese stick, eating a healthy breakfast doesn’t have to mean sitting down to a hot meal. You’ll feel better all day if you start it with good fuel and having something you can grab on your way out the door will help guard against desperate donut purchases.

5. Get a grip on your to-do list. Whether twenty items or three, spend some time with your to-do list in the morning and map out your day. Consider tackling your hardest task first, followed by a fun task, to start your day well. Try to schedule in some “me time,” too, even if it’s just flipping through a new magazine in the school car line or enjoying a special treat with your lunch.

Here’s to a happier and more FanTABulous morning!

Could your morning routine use some help? What ideas would you consider implementing this week?

Global Makeover Day

It’s Mary Kay’s Global Makeover Day! We’re trying to set a record for the most makeovers in one day.

I’m up to four so far!

This was my mother-daughter pair. Gorgeous! I’m so glad Shannan tried the red lipstick–I love it!

Mom (Kathy) is a Clear and Shannan is a Soft.

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Mother-daughter makeover!

This is Chris, another Clear. Her favorite color drape was the royal purple.

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And here is my mom’s before and after.
Before…
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And after. Wow-za! She looks amazing in her POP color: ocean blue.
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Contact me for YOUR makeover!

Color Makeover!

My lovely friend Michelle was my first color and beauty makeover victim volunteer.

We categorized her Dominant Color Category as a Soft. These are women with light to medium brown hair (sometimes mousy or dishwater blonde), light to medium skin tone and medium intensity eye color (hazel, brown, blue or green).

See how miserable you can be without color?? :)

fantabulous women before makeover

Softs are neutral, neither warm nor cool. Softs should wear soft ivory (rather than ivory or white) and NO black near the face. Michelle was not thrilled with that news as most of her wardrobe staples are black. I recommended adding a pretty necklace or scarf when she wears a black top to bring color to her face.

This was the favorite color that I draped her in: turquoise. Not only does it look lovely ON her, but she is drawn to the color–that’s the winning combination!

The other thing we did was a neutral everyday makeup look: primer, foundation (Beige 3), a little blush (Shy) and lipstick (Shell), all Mary Kay.

Here she is!

fantabulous women color makeover before and after

Thank you, Michelle, for coming over to play! You are beautiful!

Do you want your OWN color analysis and Eight Minute Face tutorial? Contact me!

LOCALS! I am also hosting an open house on Friday March 8th for Mary Kay’s Global Makeover Day. FREE appointments for color analysis and beauty makeovers are available from 2:00 to 8:00pm! Contact me for your appointment!

A Romantic Song

This is just a beautiful song worth hearing.

Enjoy.

My NEW FanTABulous Women Teaching Series!

LADIES!

I am thrilled to announce the launch of a long-time dream of mine–I am starting an eight-week teaching series right in my own home, all about being a FanTABulous Woman!

Here’s a blurb from my Facebook event page:

This is the best of what I teach, preach and blog about, all in one series!

The tools, resources and accountability women need to live a life of passion, confidence and influence.

Come to a class you need, come to share your own expertise, come to network or just come to hang out and have a cup of tea!

Practical, simple and hands-on, this eight-week series will be held every Tuesday night in my home studio in south Chandler. 5:30-6:00 is tea time, 6:00-8:00 is class and 8:00-8:30 is networking and Q&A.

{see the list of classes below}

You are encouraged to join the FanTABulous Women community for $350 (payable by check or Paypal).

Your membership includes:

  • an all-access pass to all classes in the series all year long
  • an invitation to the FanTABulous Women secret Facebook group
  • FREE admission to field trips plus discounts on retreats
  • a thirty minute one-on-one Creative Consultation with me
  • EVERYTHING you see in the photo below (yes, the basket, too!)
  • the FanTABulous Women notebook with ALL course materials and handouts
  • the best of my personal library (“Good To Great” by Jim Collins, “Simple Abundance” by Sarah Ban Breathnach, “Good Girls Don’t Have to Dress Bad” by Shari Braendel and “Organized Simplicity” by Tsh Oxenreider)
  • pocket color wheel
  • customized makeup look and compact (three eye shadows, blush and lipstick or gloss)
  • journal
  • “Satin Hands” set for at-home pampering

The retail value of the materials alone is well over $400.

FanTABulous Women teaching series course materials

All included when you join the FanTABulous Women community!

You may also audit any class(es) you choose for $25, which includes the handouts for that night. You may buy books and materials individually, too, but the real value is in the package deal, above.

Feel free to invite a friend, colleague or family member to come along!

WEEKLY COURSE TOPICS:

1. Living an authentic life according to your personal mission statement.
2. Practicing practical spirituality and living with an attitude of gratitude.
3. Style and wardrobe help, dressing your body and revamping your closet.
4. Color analysis, creating a daily makeup look and following a daily skin care routine.
5. Home: having a “Mom Cave,” hospitality, entertaining and “Good Enough Housekeeping.”
6. Health & wellness, fertility, sleep, self-care, at-home pampering and making time for yourself.
7. The Five Love Languages, friendships, mentoring and creating your own board of directors.
8. Communication, networking, maintaining your online presence, pursuing your passion.

Check out my Events Page for the current dates.

For more information, message me on Facebook or visit the Facebook event page.

Bridesmaid Beauty Secrets

Over eleven years ago, Sarah (the best friend of my college roommate), told me that she thought I should meet her brother because we’d really hit it off. Drew and I were introduced at Thanksgiving, were engaged three months to the day later and were married the following August. She was right.

This past weekend, Sarah married HER true love and I was thrilled to be a bridesmaid in her wedding.

Here are some Bridesmaid Beauty Secrets I wanted to share with you.

1. Hair and makeup:

PRACTICE! I did several trial runs and made a few changes each time. Take pictures, too, 1. so you remember what you did and 2. to make sure it translates well to photographs.

Bonus Tip!

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Try the dress on to make sure the colors are right. My lips were too light!

DARKEN IT! Even if you usually wear some makeup day to day, you’ll need to darken it. Eyeliner, blush and lipstick are musts or your features will disappear and you will look washed out.

2. Get a tan.

I cannot recommend visiting a tanning bed in good conscience. I can tell you that there are a lot of effective and affordable self-tanning options available, including spray tanning. Besides adding color, it can also eliminate tan lines if your bridesmaids dress is cut differently than what you wear when sun bathing.

3. Consider your undergarments.

Stick-on bras, strapless bras or convertible bras–choose the one that offers the best lift and coverage and that is completely hidden beneath your dress.

4. Get a manicure and pedicure.

Besides feeling better when your toes and nails are done, it will look better in pictures. You don’t want dry, cracked heels to detract from your dress.

Here is how my look came together (with my mom outside of the church):

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bridesmaid!

I hope these insider tips help you when you prepare for your next special occasion!

Do you have other tips to share, or questions to ask? Leave a comment or visit my Facebook page!

Exfoliate Dry Lips NOW

Are your lips dry? Do you need to exfoliate them…now??

You already have two of the BEST tools for sloughing dead skin from your lips:

This…

FanTABulousWomen.com lip exfoliator washcloth

A damp washcloth!

And this.

fantabulouswomen.com toothbrush exfoliate lips

A toothbrush!

At night before bed, simply rub your lips with a damp washcloth or toothbrush to gently remove the dead skin, rinse and apply a lip balm to leave on over night. Viola! Soft, kissable lips.

If you have a little more time and really want to pamper your lips, give this a shot. Mix equal parts brown sugar, honey and olive oil, rub gently onto lips and rinse.

lip exfoliating treatment

via Pinterest

Could your lips use a little TLC? Let me know if you try any of these ideas!

xxx, Tabitha

Makeup organization tips!

It is now mid-January and I think a lot of us are in ‘life improvement mode.’ Maybe you’re like me and want to start the year with a clean slate, including your makeup drawer. Or drawers. Or in my case, my drawers, medicine cabinet, under-the-sink area and a few boxes in my closet. Sheesh.

Here’s a glimpse at my set-up in the master bathroom. Look closely and you can see my beloved garden tub in the mirror reflection. I try to keep things on the counter beautiful AND functional.

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Where I (never) sit to do my makeup.

fantabulous women makeup organization

A tray, bowl and cup keep items contained and easily accessible.

fantabulous women bathroom organization

A pretty bowl keeps my daily jewelry neat and dry.

Here’s a trick! This is a great way to keep items separated so you can see and use them easily.

utensil organizer for makeup

Use a kitchen utensil organizer for your makeup!

Yes, I have a lot more makeup than you see here. This is what I keep it in, separated by warm vs. cool, with everyday items (eyelid primer, brow gel) in the top drawer and rarely used items (glitter, powder) in the bottom drawer.

fantabulous women makeup organization 5 drawer

Perfect for storing makeup on your bathroom counter.

What are your biggest makeup organizational challenges? What do you hope to change for 2013?

Happy Holidays!

I hope you are enjoying the holiday season and I wish you a Be-YOU-tiful finish to the year and a FanTABulous start to 2013!

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tab family photos cowboy hat

 
Please comment if there is anything you’d like to see here in 2013! OR, hop on over to the FanTABulous Women Facebook page.

Need some holiday WOW?

I can tell you how to get it in two words: RED LIPSTICK.

If you choose a true red with a blue base, it WILL flatter your complexion, brighten your skin and even help your teeth to appear whiter.

I guarantee that you will get compliments.

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At a recent Christmas Tea in “Really Red” Mary Kay lipstick.

Try it and let me know what happens!

Copyright Tabitha Dumas, online and in-persona image consultant Gilbert Chandler, Arizona. All right reserved.