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!

My Smokey Eye Tutorial Video!

A lovely look for the holidays!


Plan on giving it a try?? Let me know how you do, or what questions you have!


Should You Wear Bright Colors to a Business Meeting?

I got a lot of attention today in my pink and turquoise ensemble. Here’s what it taught me about what to wear to business meetings:

Tab’s Tip: When it comes to business meetings, wear colors that COMPLIMENT your complexion and REFLECT your personality.

What do YOU wear to business meetings? Do you typically wear dark neutrals? Do you wear outfits that say something about your personality? Share! :)

Dry Brushing is a Beauty MUST!

The only thing I have EVER done that has helped reduce the appearance of cellulite on my thighs is DRY BRUSHING. Plus it feels good!

Dry brushing also improves circulation, helps detox the skin and leaves your body feeling invigorated!

Try it every morning before your shower for a week and see if you can FEEL and SEE the difference!

Trust me, if you get into the habit, you will wonder how you ever lived without it. It’s especially great now that the cooler weather is approaching and your skin is drying out. Dry brushing also provides excellent exfoliation!

There is an excellent article about it HERE.

And this is a great how-to-get-started guide.



Do you plan to try it? Leave a comment on this post or on the FanTABulous Women Facebook page.

Tab’s Beauty Tip #4: blush

How to apply blush, choosing the right color and the tools you need!

Or visit the YouTube link

Eye makeup application

This is a great visual!

My eye are ‘close set’ and you’ll notice in many of my pictures and videos that I do try to bring my darkest shade up and out, to help my eyes appear to be more wide set.

Find your eye shape, grab a few eyeshadows and have FUN!

Tab Tip: Experiment with different looks and take a picture of yourself to see what you REALLY look like!

Source: via Tammy on Pinterest

Need help finding your perfect eyeshadow shades? Contact me and I’ll mail you samples of your BEST shades based on your eye color!

Introducing…Shari Braendel

It was a life-changing book for me. I still pick it up every so often to check on my ‘pop colors,’ to help me decide what pieces to add to my wardrobe or to see what makeup colors Shari recommends for a certain customer who needs new cosmetics.

It’s like my fashion and beauty Bible.

Good Girls don't Have to Dress Bad book cover

‘Good Girls Don’t Have to Dress Bad’ by Shari Braendel is available on Amazon.

I actually appeared on Shari’s blog in October 2010 in her ‘What To Wear Wednesdays’ feature. Check out my ‘interview’ HERE.

I also wrote a ‘book review’ on my former Pleasant Places blog. It talks all about what the book has to offer and what I got out of it. Check it out!

This, by the way, was my ‘after’ picture, using the tips from her book.

Tabitha after Shari Braendel makeover

Want to find out more about Shari? Here is her Fashion Meets Faith website

Shari also has a Fashion Meets Faith Facebook page.

And you MUST do her Color E-nalysis to find out what colors look best on you!! You will be surprised at what a difference it makes!

This book is a must-have and I highly recommend connecting with Shari–she is a lovely woman and truly FanTABulous!

{Disclaimers: I am NOT trying to promote my former blog. I just didn’t want to cut and paste everything from there to here! And Shari is not compensating me in any way–I just adore her, her book and what she’s about and want to promote her in any way that I can!}

Beauty Lessons

Aaaaah, beauty.

Whether plain or gussied up, women can downplay or overplay their beauty for all the wrong reasons.

On any given day, we can interact with a woman who looks totally put-together but is falling apart on the inside…or a woman who looks like a hot mess but actually has it all going on.

Some truly fashionable women can’t afford stylish clothes while some of the richest women I know always look like they forgot to take a peek in their gold gilded mirror that morning.

Skinny girls may have an eating disorder or a medical condition…and the same goes for bigger girls!

Who can ever tell!?!

The point, of course, is that you can’t assume anything about a woman based on her looks.

I’ve learned not to assume anymore. I do know for sure, however, that EVERY woman struggles with her looks and how it relates to her identity and EVERY woman wants to look and feel beautiful.

As a long-time fan of all things beauty and as someone who has struggled with various aspects of my physical appearance ALL of my life, here are a few lessons I have learned first hand, whether from women I have met or from my own struggles and triumphs.

  • Sometimes the prettiest woman in the room is also the most insecure and is just trying to prove something (usually to herself).
  • Sometimes the least attractive woman in the room is also the most well-adjusted, delightful and confident.
  • Sometimes the ‘plain’ girls don’t want attention from anyone, especially males, because they only male attention they’ve gotten has been negative.
  • Sometimes the ‘plain’ girls don’t think they deserve attention from ANYone and prefer to stay hidden (but secretly yearn to feel beautiful and be complimented).
  • Sometimes the ‘plain’ girls are 100% OK and just prefer to look plain.
  • Sometimes the girls who always look ‘put together’ are neither overly confident nor overly insecure–they have just learned how to put themselves together.
  • EVERY woman is insecure about SOME aspect of her appearance.
  • You have at least one physical feature that someone you know envies.
  • No one is going around trying to guess your dress or bra size. I once revealed that I was finally able to fit back into a size six dress and several people said, “I thought you were always like a size 4!” Um…no. We tend to think WE look bigger than we are, but we guess other people are SMALLER than they are. Go figure. {pun intended}
  • If you go to an event and feel awkward about something related to your appearance and feel like everyone will notice, rest assured that every woman in the room is too busy obsessing about her OWN appearance to give any thought to yours.
  • You’d be surprised at how many gorgeous women wish they could just blend in and be appreciated for something other than their looks.
  • You’d be surprised at how many below-average women would give anything to look beautiful–if only they knew how.
  • Sometimes that thin girl you envy is actually so stressed out that she has lost her appetite (that was me once)…
  • …and the girl who is ‘chubby’ is on steroid asthma inhalers that cause her to retain water and puff up (also me once).
  • Sometimes the woman who overdoes it on the makeup and hair and looks like she’s just begging for attention is actually a cosmetology student who has NO ‘dad issues’ and just likes to play with hair and makeup styles!
  • Sometimes the woman who achieves an ‘effortlessly messy’ look actually spent all morning on it….
  • ….yet the woman who looks like she spent the day in a salon actually DOES wake up looking that way! {I am not that woman}
  • I have learned the importance of making an effort to look my best EVERY day, so you definitely can’t assume anything about me from how I look! :)

What Beauty Lessons have YOU learned over the years, about yourself or others?

Beauty Lessons from

Tab’s Beauty Tip #5: How To Wear Red Lipstick

Or check it out on YouTube

Makeup application: What do YOU need to know?

Greetings, FanTABulous Woman!

I am working hard on updating and tweaking my site to make sure I serve YOU better! Have you noticed that now my blog is separate from my home page, and my home page is static?? It is! And I did it myself!! Sometimes I’m so proud of me!

I need to know…what do YOU need to know about makeup application?? makeup application

I have been wearing makeup since 1989 and there isn’t much that I don’t know about!

When it comes to putting your makeup on, what scares you? What are you too afraid to try? Do you need to know about tools? Techniques? The order to apply products?

Leave a comment and I will choose one issue to address in an upcoming Youtube video!!


And feel free to post your comment on my FanTABulous Women Facebook page instead if that’s easier.

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