Then and Now: so… what changed?

So… a new mantra of mine is, “it’s progression, not perfection.”

Here is a list of some of the changes that have directly/indirectly affected my beauty regimen:

  • I became a vegetarian.
  • I stopped drinking diet soda.
  • I went back to work full-time.
  • I started working out regularly at a public gym, and eventually earned my certification to become a Pilates instructor.
  • I bought myself a bicycle.
  • I stopped using conventional mass-market underarm deodorants.
  • I stopped watching t.v.

and most importantly…

Because of these changes (just a start), stopped focusing so much on makeup, skin and hair care, and spent more time on natural, healthy living!

Jen <3


October 24, 2014 at 3:02 pm Leave a comment

Back at It!

Together, let’s simplify the process by identifying what we love and what we don’t.

Continue Reading October 23, 2014 at 8:27 am 6 comments

FGW: Who you callin’ Shady?

I recently had a spur of the moment trip to join my Daddy-O for a few days. With 5 days of travel and 3 different hotels, I wanted my makeup kit to be portable but diverse. I needed something for transit, for the moment when I jumped into his arms, for a touristy walk through the art district, and for fabulous evenings out to dinner. How could I possibly fit everything all those looks required into one little train case? If only there was something compact that contained a plethora of flattering shades….

Ask, and you shall receive. Only days previous I had opened a box containing theBalm’s Shady Lady Eyeshadow Palette(Limited Edition, Sephora only). I’d heard good things and I was headed out on an adventure anyways, so I just tossed it in my case along with a few brushes and hit the road. I guess I figured that if it didn’t work I could always use the excuse to hunt down a cosmetics counter and buy something new. It turns out that no hunting was necessary.

The palette case has a magnetic lid, a generous sized mirror, and is fairly sturdy. It survived being bashed about by baggage handlers, me, and later, my 15 month old daughter (a moment of silence please for the half a pan of Easy Wheezie which ended up embedded in her nails and my couch cushions). It’s smaller than a standard CD case so it can be easily tucked between folded clothes or jammed into the corner of your train case. Not that I would ever do such a thing.

There are 9 colors in this collection, ranging from light to very dark and covering every major color family. The 3 darkest colors are perfect for use as liners as well so you needn’t pack anything more than an extra brush. The color combinations are limited only by your imagination and I found that even the most seemingly insane combination were lovely. On a whim I used Curvy Cami(Plum shimmer with gold flecks) partnered with All about Alex(olive shimmer) and I loved the results. You only need to rub your fingertips across the pans of color to realize why these shadows are described as velvety. They apply smooth and clean, with no clumpy, chalky texture. They glide across your eyelid and stay quite well without feeling heavy in the slightest. I generally use a shadow base, but theBalm’s shadows stay well without one.

I think the thing that most impresses me about this set is the value. With nine shades for only $38 it averages to just under four and a quarter for each shade. There’s no way you’ll find a shadow of this quality for that kind of money anywhere else. This set has great potential for people who want to try several new shades without the expense of buying a bunch of singles. However, I think its true value is for the woman who wants variety and quality but can’t afford to lay down the cash this usually requires. I found that this palette offers something for every occasion, from a picnic at the park to an evening on the town, and something for every mood, from soft and playful to sultry and divine. This was a well thought out color collection of a fantastic eye shadow packaged in a convenient way. For the price and the quality I simply have no choice but to rate it two enthusiastic thumbs up!

October 22, 2008 at 1:46 am Leave a comment

Total Beauty Total Cure Baby Quasar PowerPack Giveaway

As you are probably aware October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. The economy is tight and might make it difficult to donate, so why not enter and learn a fact along the way about breast cancer that you may not have known? In order to promote breast cancer awareness, Total Beauty has organized the Total Cure initiative. Over 50 beauty blogs have been partnering with several different beauty brands to provide giveaways throughout the month of October to raise awareness for Breast Cancer.

Mythbuster Beauty along with Baby Quasar are enthusiastic to be part of this initiative. In search for a cure and to promote BCA, for today only you can enter here to get a chance to win a Baby Quasar PowerPack!

What it is: The Baby Quasar PowerPack (which is both the Baby Quasar and the Baby Blue) are Photo Rejuvenation and Acne Clearing Devices.

The Baby Quasar (or BabyQ, as it’s affectionately called) is designed to deliver four light wavelengths that can enhance the skin cells’ circulation, stimulating collagen production and healing. The Baby Blue delivers only blue light and kills the bacteria that causes acne. Both devices have been favorably reviewed and are probably the most coveted photo rejuvenation items on the planet!!!

To read my very positive review of the Baby Quasar and Baby Blue, you can follow this link to: Mythbuster Beauty Review: Baby Quasar and Baby Blue.

These two “babies” have a total retail value of $749!

So how do you enter? Just enter your name, email address, and one of the facts about breast cancer found on the Total Cure Myspace and Facebook pages in the box below. But HURRY…this contest will be open for 24 HOURS ONLY!

Giveaway Rules:

The contest will end at 3:00 AM EST on Saturday October 18th. I will draw THREE winners at random and they will be notified by email. The winners have 48 hours to respond to my email notification that they have won and if they do not respond an alternate will be drawn. The winners will be announced by Monday, October 20th.

October 16, 2008 at 10:31 pm Leave a comment

Beauty Bloggers and Brands Unite for a Cure to Breast Cancer


In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Total Beauty blog community is hosting an initiative that integrates breast cancer awareness, fundraising to benefit the Breast Cancer Research Fund (BCRF) and daily beauty giveaways to engage women in the quest for the cure. These giveaways run for only 24 hours so hurry and enter!!!

Breast cancer, your days are numbered… (more…)

October 16, 2008 at 6:00 am 1 comment

FGW: Why Be Pretty When You Can Be Gorgeous?

That’s Too Faced Cosmetics’ mantra, and I can totally get behind that. They don’t want women to just look gorgeous, they want women to feel gorgeous, and that’s a message that sells. Since their inception 10 years ago they have skyrocketed to the top of the cosmetics wish list, taking their place with other faves like MAC and Chanel.

One of the things I love Too Faced for is their ability to be fun and kicky but remain classy. As I get older and finally grow into my adult responsibility (sort of), I try to evolve and keep my style on course with my age. Too Faced offers products that help me look smartly put together while still having a little crazy fun.

One of their products that helps me do that is Starry Eyed Liquid Liner ($17.50). Liquid liners packed with micro glitter, these are perfect for a little extra pop during the day, or a lot at night. A quick pass of Gold Digger right at your lash line gives a brightening look to your typical bronze shadow. It gave my eyes an open happy look, without being over the top. One swipe gives a twinkling shine without screaming “HELLO, I’M WEARING GLITTER!”, or add a few more layers for a bold, eye catching disco ball effect. Unlike a lot of micro-glitter eye products, Starry Eyed doesn’t irritate my eyes, and I appreciate that I can wear something I love without my eyes ending up goopy and itchy for once. Is it the addition of calming cucumber or soothing carrot that does it? Heck if I know, but I can tell you it’s a fantastic formula all around! It’s not quite as fast drying as you hope, but a quick shot of cool air from my hair dryer takes care of that. Be sure to let it dry all the way before opening your peepers wide, or you’ll end up with glitter on your upper eyelid all day long because the staying power is awesome. (more…)

October 15, 2008 at 9:12 am 4 comments

Attention SLC: Splendor Beauty Emporium Grand Opening

In SLC the Splendor Beauty Emporium has just opened their NEW Foothill Village Location (across the parking lot from The Sports Den).




Friday, October 17th & Saturday, October 18th* (I will be sure to be at this one!)
Grand Opening Event co-hosted by Paula Dorf Cosmetics
Complimentary Make-overs
(To schedule an appointment for these events you need to call 801-583-1555.)
Beverages, Food, Free Product with Every Purchase
Gift Basket Drawing Every Hour
Special Promotion:  Free Kinerase Cleanser or Antioxidant Mist with the purchase of $100 in Kinerase products…While supplies last.  During the month of October you can enter to win an OJON ‘Try Me’ Kit every time you spend $50.

And be sure to mention that Jen from Mythbuster Beauty sent you!

October 15, 2008 at 3:35 am 2 comments

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