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My New Facebook Page – Mattie a la Mode

May12

Hi Everyone,

I have launched my new facebook page @

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mattie-a-la-Mode/248699775146612?fref=ts

I am slowly going to move away from this blog and only post on Facebook and Pintrest @

http://pinterest.com/mattiealamode/

It is much faster to get articles and images up and running. Come and have a look and if you like what you see then feel free to comment and “like” the page.

Hope to connect with you soon,
Mattie

 

Shaping your celebrity eyebrows

March6

A lot of women underestimate the importance of the eyebrow. When it is groomed, and not tweezed to death, it makes your face look fresh. If your are like me and wear very little make up, grooming your eyebrows is a natural way to look your best without buying a lot of products and going through a morning make up routine every day. There is nothing wrong with wearing make up everyday. To each, her own.

First of all, if you have unruly eyebrows (like me), then go to a professional once in a season, and maintenance from then.

Here is how to do it your self;

Look at your face. Brush your eyebrows up and over. What kind of hair do you have, and how much time do you want to spend on your eyebrows. Do you want to clean them up or do you want to shape them? Although the hair grows back, eyebrow grooming does require some commitment.

Find your natural shape. Look for the angle, fullness, or narrow lines. I have said this before, learn to live with what you have. Make it work for you!

Watch this video to explain visually the proper spacing of the eyebrows relative to your nose.

how-to-determine-your-eyebrow-shape

You’ll want to invest in a good pair of tweezers with a slanted edge. They are easier to work with. Revlon is good for “tools” for your face.

Make sure to pluck hairs in the direction they grow. Don’t grab too many hairs at a time. You can hold skin taut as you pluck. I never do one eyebrow at a time. I go back and forth to maintain a balance. Stop every few hairs to step back and look at the job you’re doing.

If your brows are sparse or spotty, you can fill them in by pressing a brown shadow into your brow. If you use a pencil to fill in sparse brows, apply with short, feathered strokes from the inside of the brow out. Then carefully rub brows with a brush or your fingertips to soften the effect.

Wasn’t that easy?

$$ Save your money $$

March2

I get asked how to shop and save money, a lot. First of all, I love new clothes just as much as any woman, so I understand the temptations. Second, I am not going to endorse any company.

Here is my best advice that I live and breathe;

Buy what you need.

Find your favourite stores and visit them often to look for sales. It usually takes 3 weeks for an item to start getting marked down. If you visit your favourite store every couple of weeks, you should find sale prices. I almost never pay full price for anything. Why pay more if you do not have to. Be patient. Shopping is like hunting.

It is that simple. I have a full wardrobe and share a closet with my husband. Unless you are a fashionista, you don’t need that much clothes. You just need the right clothes, flexible and fashionable.

What has been your best buy ever?

Spanx – the best diet!

February22

The easiest way to look fit and trim is by wearing a girdle! They have come a long way in shaping bodies and feeling smooth. No one has to know that you are wearing one, it can be your secret. Not only do they slim you down and make you look smooth, they are design to push your body in a way to create the right curves. How’s that for a miracle? I bet the ladies on the red carpet are wearing one…

Definitely worth the investment!

Do you wear Spanx, without telling anyone?

Long eyelashes are a sign of femininity and beauty

February13

By nature eyelashes are meant to protect the eye. Realistically, they are an easy way to freshen up your face and really add drama, if you so desire.

Wearing mascara is an easy way to touch up your face. Women like long and thick eyelashes, especially if they can look natural. So here are some easy steps to get your face through the day;

Get an eyelash curler. Go as close to the root as you can without pinching your eyelid and hold the curler a few seconds to curl your lashes. Don’t pull as you might pull out eyelashes.

Apply mascara from the root to the tip once, starting from the outer corner and working toward the inner corner. Use slow strokes and wiggle the brush back and forth.

Comb out the clumps. If you don’t have an eye lash comb, then a simple pinch with your fingertips will get rid of the clumps.

To avoid smudging, use a blow dryer on a gently cool setting for a few seconds. If you get a smudge wait until it is completely dry (a couple of minutes) and use a Q-tip to wipe it off. Twirl the Q-tip.

My friend told me about dying eyelashes. I think that is a cool idea, for people with short or thin eyelashes who don’t want to wear mascara everyday, but want the luxury of volumous lashes.

What is your secret to longer lashes?

Shopping Tips

February10

No matter how you slice it, shopping can be a pain in the ass!

Focus on your needs, so that your shopping experience can be fulfilling. Look at your closet and see what you are missing.

Pick a convenient time, so that you are free to think. Don’t shop when you have to be some place else. And, try to shop early or late in the day, when the shops are quiet, less crowds.

Look for your favourite store. What I mean by this is stop shopping everywhere. Find the stores that have the styles and price point that are acceptable to you and only shop there. When you know what you want, go to the stores that work for you. If you don’t know what you want, you shouldn’t be shopping!

Try on everything you like and bring in all the sizes, that you may need. So that, you do not have to keep getting dressed and walking out of the dressing room to look for things. It is a good experiment, because you don’t have to buy everything that you try on.

Keep the receipts and tags.I have this weird rule of thumb. When I buy something I keep it intact in the shopping bag and leave it on my closet floor. There are a few exceptions here, but if I have not found a place to wear my new item within two weeks, I return it. I obviously don’t need this item and should save my money and buy something I will use.  Clothing should do something for you, other than take up space in your closet.

Have fun and good luck!

Do you have a funny shopping story?

Your Hairstyle is a statement

February6

Whether you like it or not, your hair is a piece of you that everyone sees all the time. You can sometimes get away with wearing a hat for either camouflage or practical reasons. But, you cannot hide your hair all the time. Learn to live with it.

Your hairstyle is your fashion statement. So take the time to figure out what will work with your texture, and how much time you want to spend on your hair everyday. Another issue is how much money you want to spend on your hair. Be realistic, otherwise you won’t be happy.

I think it is worth the effort to find a good and honest hair stylist. So when you can go home, you can feel like this is your style and you can maintain it. I think spending money on a stylish cut and maybe colour is an investment in your personal image. A good hairstyle will work for you.

If you are spending a lot of time and money on a style that isn’t working for you, then it is time for a change. If you have had the same style for many years then it may also be time for a change. If the style works for you, there are subtle highlights and layering options that can be low maintenance and still update your image. Go for it!

Do you have a horror story to share?

Little Black Dress (LBD)

January21

 

The LBD is an essential item for every woman’s wardrobe. It can be dressed up or down for any occasion. It works perfect for the last minute affair to attend.

If you are going to have only one LBD, then make sure that it is a classic simple style to accessorize it accordingly. Try to have one for the winter months and one for the summer months. If that is not possible, then a silky lightweight cardigan will transition the dress from season to season. Be warned, any layering piece with a dress MUST be fitted. Otherwise, you will look like a frumpy like granny. I don’t think that is the look that we are going for.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do you have a LBD that you wear all the time?

Top 5 ways to make a simple LBD look great!

January21

Style is not what you are wearing, but how you are wearing it. Style is in the details.
Manicure and pedicure. Pay for it or take the time to do it right. Go for a bold colour and match your fingers to your toes for a consistent look. The only exception is a French manicure.
Lipstick. Either match it to the polish, or go for a red punch!
Jewelery. Go for trendy large pieces, like long necklaces, bangles, and hoops. Or classic, not so small pieces. Unless the dress can speak for herself, your jewelery needs to stand out.
Hair. Styled hair presents a polished look.
Perfume. Don’t underestimate the power of the scent of a Woman.

How do you accessorize your black dress?

Make up is Fashion

January19

I am a make-up minimalist. I envy women who have the ability to put on make-up quickly and properly. If I put on make-up quickly, I would look like Corpse Bride. I can do it, but it takes me so long to get one side looking similar to the other side of my face. So I save this challenge for special occasions.

Through out his blog, I will be giving make up advice. Make up is fashion for your face. Why not have fun with it. You don’t have to do your whole face every time you go out. That would be impossible for me.

So when I don’t have time, I always use a good moisturizer (eyes, face and lips). With a good moisturizer, I can be fast and sloppy and no one will know the difference. And, after slapping my face around, I have instant rouge. Now, I am good to go.

What favourite make-up do you need everyday?

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