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3 Tips To Enhance Your Lashes

1. Use a sensitive eye makeup removing cleanser, some makeup removers are very harsh on your eyes!

2. Apply GrandeLASH-MD Lash Enhancing Serum on each lash line, once a day and GrandeBROW Brow Enhancing Serum on each brow once a day. 

3. Stay consistent – it takes 4-6 weeks of consistent GrandeLASH-MD use to start seeing results, and 6-8 weeks of consistent GrandeBROW use to start seeing results. 

Available at Ulta.com or click on the images below to shop.

When we lived in LA, I religiously went to get lash extensions every 6 weeks. I would get a sitter and drive an hour to West Hollywood and pray for a parking spot. Then, I would lay down for 2 hours and pray the stinky glue wouldn’t get into my eyes, which would happen on occasion and my eyes would burn! After two hours, I’d have full, long lashes. Sadly, this didn’t last long especially if I had allergies and my eyes would tear up or itch. I knew eventually that I needed to enhance my own natural lashes, that became so short as a result of the stress of the extensions. Yes, lash extensions can hurt your natural lashes.

Enter the lash serum from Grande Cosmetics, GrandeLASH-MD Lash Enhancing Serum. I saw a blogger friend that I trusted use it and I knew I had to try it. I was hooked.

Why I love GrandeLASH-MD, it’s a one swipe wonder! It helps promote the appearance of naturally longer, thicker looking lashes. It is water based so it’s suitable to use with contacts and lash extensions. And it is Ophthalmologist tested and cruelty free.

Have you tried it?

Thank you Ulta for sponsoring this post! All opinions my own.

5 things that 2020 forced me to DIY

I don’t know about you, but 2020 was a strange year. It felt kinda crazy and isolating but I learned to pivot! 

I still wanted to feel good about myself, despite staying in more and things being closed, so I didn’t want to skip out on the spa treatments. A girl needs her beauty treatments!

First off, waxing! I get this kit from amazon. It’s $12 for the wax that I melt in the microwave. Lately, I’ve used a paper plate under the plastic wax bottle due to a few unfortunate spills. Trust me, the paper plate is a game-changer. I use these strips to peel off the hair. I use these to wax the bikini area, underarms, and upper lip. This takes practice, so give yourself some time to figure it out. But it’s so worth it!

EXTRA TIP: Finish off the area with this tanning lotion. VOILA!

I learned to color my roots using this kit I go with a lighter shade than my hair. I use light brown and apply on my roots mainly. I leave it on for 1 hour to get those stubborn grays. This doesn’t have chemicals, so I’m a fan.

I love self-tanning; it’s an instant mood boost! I use this mousse for legs and body, and tan oil for face.

I learned to tint my eyebrows You leave it on for 10 min and it tints your brows, making it easier to color in your brows and saves you some time.

Whiten my teeth I use these and Atalie uses them too. If you want a healthier version, try these.

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Beauty Counter is clean beauty

Growing up, my mom was a health and healthy lifestyle advocate.

We would drive miles and miles to a natural food store with dirt floors and pick up bulk food at a co-op. It was no question, that if the meat had antibiotics in it, we didn’t get it. We also made our own calcium pills from egg shells and HAD to drink the full glass of carrot juice, no chaser! I remember shopping with her and a butcher was laughing at my mom when she asked if there were any antibiotics in the meat. I even felt uncomfortable that she ALWAYS asked what the ingredients were or the mode of food preparation, especially when it was’t listed. In addition, she ALWAYS used clean beauty, lipstick without junk she said, and never were allowed to use conventional baby soap. All that to say, she was not only before her time, her actions are respectable. She was our advocate. She wanted to give her 4 children a legacy of good health and a healthy constitution, and guess what, I do too.

A PR company sent some Beauty Counter lipstick , and I guess you could say that changed everything. I didn’t just love it, I LOVED it!! It wasn’t just the perfect color, it was moisturizing, and minty. I only regret that my son got into it and the better half of it sits on his shirt. Since we eat 9 lbs of lipstick in their lifetime, I care about the amount of toxins in my lipstick. This is fortified with jojoba and castor seed oil. If you’re curious, they list the ingredients by the product description.

Atalie is going on 13 years old and there is NO WAY I am giving her junk in the form of toxins and things I can’t even pronounce.

Clean beauty is the future.

Did you know that Beauty Counter restricts 1800 ingredients from their products? That’s almost 2,000 ingredients you don’t want to put on your face or skin. Which is your largest organ. Whether you’re a cancer fighter, survivor, or concerned parent like myself, Clean beauty is the future. As far as makeup goes, I’ve always been a fan of the barely there and healthy glow makeup look. If someone is caked in foundation, you can see that, and I’ve worn it before and it feels like an unhealthy mask, I can’t wait to take off. I won’t name names, but the last time I used conventional foundation by a very well loved brand, I was sitting in church, 11 am or so, and my skin was tightening and I found myself looking in my bag for a facial spray because my skin was SO DRY. I want my makeup to have minerals in it, I want my makeup to help my skin not hurt it. I want my makeup to have vitamins that make my skin G L O W. because when skin in healthy it already glows with minimal makeup.

Learn more of their ingredient selection, HERE!

I now am a Beauty Counter distributor. Which means I get sneak peaks of cool products, discounted product, and commission to support my family. ASK ANY QUESTIONS.

I’m still learning about the toxic free revolution that Beauty Counter that has hit the beauty industry. My only regret is that, I started too late. If you’d like to make some side money and join my team, email me shalice@shalicenoel.com. In the meantime, I rounded up some favorite products I’ve used from skincare to makeup. . . .

Products I’m loving so far . . . .

Lotus Cleansing Balm – love this balm that melts off all my makeup!

Serum, goes on light with Vit C in it! A cult favorite.

This lipstick I WEAR EVERYDAY, just ask Reid. I get color “Be fearless” It gives me a go get em attitude, with color, moisture and mint. What more could a girl ask for? (ask me how to get a discount!)

Want a toxic free skincare regimen? I started using the Countertime Collection and loving the results. I have sensitive skin and my skin looks so healthy.

Just ordered concealer in Medium 1

Lip gloss in “peony” that my daughters both like

Ask any questions, thanks for shopping with me! Ask me how to get a discount, to get your toxic-free products! Sharing more of my healthy lifestyle and diet in this post.

All the best, Shalice

Skincare Game Changer

C E Ferulic // 3 Pack Bundle // Gentle Cleanser I also use this cleanser to melt off my makeup

I found the missing link to my skincare routine. It isn’t a cloth or something unattainable or crazy but serum! I love how it makes my skin glow. I’m in my thirties so I know I must make my skin and face a priority and invest in it. Speaking of, the drops aren’t cheap. If Levi ever wants to play with them, I take them right away. Too much has broken on the tile floors of our house! They currently have a bundle on sale, so “invest” and seize the opportunity, you won’t be disappointed. I haven’t yet used the Gentle Cleanser, but I can’t wait to see the results. I’m all about a double cleanse these days especially as were outside in the sun working on the yard. Lots of free radicals outside that we need to guard our skin against.

That’s my skincare secret, what’s yours? I’d love to hear!

Confession: my jeans are tight. I’ve been living in joggers and pj’s till 12 noon. Or later. However, I have started, by day 25 of quarantine, to get dressed, make my bed, and get some blog posts on here! I’m not a dietician, or doctor, but I have included some of my personal tips for avoiding gaining weight during this time at home.

DRINK LOTS OF H20

We need to train ourselves to drink water. We go through our days drinking coffee, smoothies, more coffee, and then we wonder why we have an afternoon headache. We are dehydrated! Here’s a tip: Drink 3 glasses of water before 12 noon. This helps a lot. You should drink a total of 8 glasses a day, and if that feels like too much, lemon water helps. Also, when I get a hankering for a peanut butter cup (more on this later) I make a (calorie-free) lemonade.

Calorie Free Lemonade

8 oz filtered water

1 lemon, squeezed

1 full dropper of stevia

5 cubes of ice

Mix all ingredients and enjoy!

Add Fab4 smoothie to your breakfast routine

I feel more fueled and focused when I have my Fab4 smoothie, originally published HERE.

#FAB4Smoothie: Protein (20g minimum) + Fiber (10g minimum) + 1 Tbsp. Fat + Handful Greens + 1/4 Cup Fruit + Superfoods + Liquid

2 scoops Vital Proteins collagen powder // 1 TB almond butter// 1 frozen banana // 1 cup frozen pineapple // 2 cups frozen organic spinach // 1 TB chia seeds // unsweetened almond milk // 2 meyer lemons (add at the end) //

Directions: blend till smooth in a vitamix or blender. I add the lemons at the end and drink immediately.

I explain more in this post about how I am changing the way our family eats.

Add a pilates ring to your routine

I place it in between my thighs while I sit for a thigh workout. Try doing it 100x!

Drink ACV

Add 2 tablespoons to water and ice and drink before a meal. Reid and I have one after dinner. Whenever it makes sense, just add this to your regimen.

American Eagle

MANGO

Nordstrom

I’m not sure if you’re aware, but Nordstrom is having a HUGE sale. I rounded up some favorites including my shoes on sale!

SkinCeuticals take 15% off!

As always, my shop page is open 24/7, ask any questions and let me know how you are staying fit and healthy during these times. What are your plans this weekend? Reid and I will take the kids to our friends’ pool to swim. Don’t worry, we will still be practicing social distancing. And thanks to the high temps, we will try our hand at margaritas! Will let you know how they go!

I’m nuts about Elemis cleansing balm and I think you may already know this. I stepped it up with the rose cleansing balm recently, and in love with the essential oils in it, the smell of rose oil and overall effects. I mean, it melts off your makeup!! Crazy.

Self- Tanners – You guys know I love to self tan so here is what I use:

Beauty Gadgets

Skincare

That’s it for now. I hope that reminds you to make time for yourself as you homeschool, work, house clean, cook or whatever you’re doing during these strange times. Check the Liketoknow.it app “shalicenoel” for my Elemis sale picks! 25% off in the app. If that’s not a good excuse for self care I don’t know what is.

All the best!

Shalice

Coverup (under $20!)

Do you have a favorite lip gloss you reach for over and over again, you know the one that’s found in your car, random coat pockets, and every third purse? And somehow I’ve become one of those people who can’t go to bed without applying a TON of lip balm, so now there’s one by the bed too. Although whoever created lip balm should have his own museum because it’s pretty darn great, this lip balm is rock-star awesome. 
First of all, it’s moisture-rich, so my lips never feel dry, which is huge in the dry California climate. And it comes in different tints, and the tints are all gorgeous. You know how sometimes you put on lip balm and suddenly your lips are this weird orange-y sick pink color? Never happens with this lip balm. I use the clear one at night and the tinted ones during the day. When I wear the red one (gorgeous slight red tint) my son always asks me where I’m going. So you have the beauty of lipstick, with the convenience of lip balm! Um, yes please. Otherwise, my favorite work from home look is a tee, pajama pants, clear lip balm and a messy bun. 
Another really great thing about this lip balm is that it can be used as a stand-alone or as a primer. It helps with the appearance of full lips (did you know that as you age your lips thin??) and repairs dryness. I reach for it over and over again because I like the soft color and incredible moisturizer. It’s a bonus that it is small enough to fit in my makeup bag and purse, goes on smooth and looks natural. I like all three colors but if I had to choose, Coral works best for me. Honestly, go try them! It’s lip balm, so you’re not breaking the bank, and the pay-out is huge. 
 Do you have a favorite lip gloss we should know about? Do share in the comments below! 

Read about 3 anti-aging products I’m using and my facial with Cle de Peau here!

More clean beauty lips below:


Friday afternoon, Reid and I visited a gorgeous mid-century modern home in the hills with Clé De Peau for an amazing facial. He did his architectural wanderings while I relaxed in bliss–definitely a win-win.

Joanna Czech, the celebrity esthetician, started off by applying Clé De Peau la crème, eye contour creme supreme, and the serum onto my face, neck and decolletage. Initially, I was a little worried about my sensitive skin reacting to the new products, but not only did my skin not react negatively, it actually glowed. So of course, I’m continuing all the products! She also used red and yellow LED lights and a steamer to give me the most relaxed hour and a half that I’ve had in ages.

Here are two useful, and easy, tips for beautiful skin from Joanna:

1. You can use eye cream all over.

2. Don’t forget the neck and chest. When our neck skin ages, it makes you look old. Take care of your neck and chest with quality anti-aging products like la crème and serum. 

I wish I could go back tomorrow, but instead I’ll be in Dallas in April, and hope to pay her a visit. If you’re in the area, you should too! You won’t regret it. In the meantime, you have all the Clè de Peau products at your fingertips at Nordstrom.

Here are the products Joanna used in my facial:

La Crème – the ultimate night creme that helps rejuvenate your skin while you sleep. Did you know that your skin temperature rises when you sleep leading to increased blood flow? Additionally, your skin’s ability to function decreases during sleep and is exposed to oxidation as well. The crème is targeted to react to those factors and help improve skin density and prevent signs of aging. Mais oui!

The Serum – smoothing plumping and great for anti-aging. It has a blend of red brown and green kelp that activate the skin’s regenerative powers and helps promote a smoother looking skin texture. Skin is brighter, softer, and more intensely hydrated after use.

Eye Contour Creme – This eye creme can be used all over the face and visibly re-contours the entire eye area. After use, the eye area appears more plump and youthful. My favorite benefit to this eye creme is the significant decrease in dark circles and bags underneath the eyes. This is especially helpful after long nights up with a teething toddler.

So grateful for a wonderful facial and valuable information about these anti-aging products. I’m excited to see the results! 

These four for anti-aging:

Thank you Clé de Peau for sponsoring this post. All opinions my own.

Sweater dress // Fendi bag // Eyeshadow palette

So instead of being late every year for Christmas cards and gifts, I am trying something new this year and DOING IT ALL EARLY. Holiday cards have been sent, with the exception of only a couple, and gifts have been ordered (just not wrapped). Most of you know I’m working on a secret project and spending time on last minute gifts is just out of the question. Nordstrom made it easy this year to get holiday gifts. I was able to get Reid some much needed skin care in an affordable gift set, my friend some facial sprays I’ve been telling her about, and myself, some makeup! I only use Charlotte Tilbury eyeshadow and this case was too pretty to pass up. Below are some of my reoccurring purchases on Nordstrom online and why. Have you tried any of them? Let me know in the comments!

One // Two // Three // Four // Five //

Six // Seven // Eight // Nine // Ten //

Supergoop self tanning: two years ago, I forgot my self tanning towels on a business trip to Dallas, and a friend recommended this lotion. That weekend, I got a ton of compliments on my tan!! I ended up buying another bottle and the rest is history.

Supergoop Unseen Sunscreen: I use this as a makeup primer. Goes on almost weightless and works well with my concealer and foundation I apply over this primer. Hello sunscreen you can feel, smell, or see, and protects you from dangerous rays all day.

Mario Badescu Facial Sprays This gift set is so good! (you’re basically getting one for free!) This is a great makeup setting spray or afternoon pick me up. It smells so amazing that I packed the lavender spray in my hospital bag when I had Levi. It’s so refreshing!

Jack Black Travel set: Reid hasn’t used a ton of skincare because he doesn’t need it. I sometimes get jealous of men and their good skin and they barely take care of it. This is gentle on his skin and he said he liked the moisturizer a lot.

Kiehls Hydration Essentials set: gentle on the skin and works for my tween! Honestly, this set caught my eye because I LOVE their lip balm. And I’m familiar with their creme de corps lotion. It is very dry here in LA, and I’m always misplacing lotions. My hands are dry from mom life, long nights on my laptop, etc, so this creme is a lifesaver.No guarantees I won’t loose this one too, lol.

Nuface Trinity (20% off!) If I want a good lift before a shoot, I use the trinity on my face. I love the results and moisturizing gel (with anti-aging hyaluronic acid)!

Altera Caviar Shampoo and Conditioner: My hair stylist recommended I use this duo on my color treated hair and I must admit, I like the results. My hair feels full and healthy. I don’t think I could ever go back to drugstore shampoo. Plus, did I mention it smells amazing?

Charlotte Tilbury Eye Shadow: So many good shades I found similar to the Naked palate but with more shine for the holidays and a limited edition Swaroski crystal case that is stunning! The best thing about this palette is that it compliments every skin tone.

Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm OMG. Have you tried this? I bought a sample off an Instagram ad, for $5. I’ll admit, I squeezed every last bit of balm out of that travel size. And may have cried a little when it was done. It smells like a botanical garden, luscious essential oils, and goes on like butter. It melts all your makeup off from the day, and after rinsing off, I feel like a new woman. I’m not frivolous, but this stuff is WORTH.EVERY.PENNY. I wish it could clean my room as well as it cleans my face.

Charlotte Tilbury bronzer and Highlighter I was introduced to this from my make-up artist Morgan. She uses the bronzer on my cheeks, and highlighter for my cheekbones for an evening glam. The queen of Hollywood glow, Charlotte makes a mean highlighter few can rival. Also, fits great in a stocking. Your stocking 😉

You probably already know this but, Nordstrom is your destination for ALL things beauty! Don’t forget on cyber Monday (December 2), head to Nordstrom to check out the gifts with purchase and can’t be beat deals. Which are your favorite?

Thank you Nordstrom for sponsoring this post!

Why I Take Collagen

by Shalice Noel

Sandals // Skirt wearing a 4 // Square Neck top worn in xs // Faux Shearling Coat


Why I Take Collagen


If you follow along on Instagram, you see me adding collagen to my morning coffee every day. Because of this, collagen is something I get asked about a lot in my DMs, so I thought I’d put together a post on why I take collagen and what it’s benefits can be as a reference for when I get asked. I hope this answers any questions you have!

First things first, it’s important to understand that collagen powder and protein does not equate to collagen in your skin, or on your face. What it does do is line the gut and help to support your gut health. Almost every skin issue and inflammatory issue humans have is linked to our gut health. Crazy, right? So, a healthy gut equals less inflammation. And, it just so happens that inflammation is the number one factor when it comes to aging. Therefore, a healthy gut = healthy skin.

In addition, healthy skin is more hydrated and strong, and can even result in fewer instances of rosacea and acne breakouts. Then, of course, consistent hydration and less inflammation mean fewer wrinkles. 

For me personally, I’ve seen a dramatic change in my hair and nails since adding collagen to my daily routine. I’ve always struggled with thin hair, so taking 2 scoops a day for over a year has given me fuller, thicker hair. Even my makeup artist noticed and asked what I’m doing different! My nails have also gotten stronger, which is a relief after a couple years of weak, breaking nails.

So, this is what motivated me to start taking collagen. Like I said, it doesn’t directly put more collagen in your skin, but it can play a huge role in how your skin ages, along with other benefits like stronger/thicker nails and hair.

Have you used collagen before? Tell me about your experience with it – I’m kind of passionate about it at this point!

Forward me any questions. Click HERE for my smoothie recipe using two scoops of collagen powder!

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