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The beauty industry is an $11 billion a year business. If you want it, you can get it. Anything from hair care, to makeup to skin care, to nails….the list keeps going and going. And let’s talk marketing messages that are being lobbied your way on a daily basis. Are those $125 moisturizers enticing you to believe your wrinkles will be gone forever? Do you feel you absolutely HAVE to spend more money to look more fabulous? Or are drugstore items really as good as the high-end stuff? Guess what? The truth is, YES there are beauty products you should splurge on…and there are also quite a few you should save your money on.
Do you dream of having your photo look amazing? Do you wish you could take a really fantastic shot – especially in a photo everyone is going to see (think about your profile picture or your photo on your business cards)? If so, here are a few quick and easy tip on how you can look amazing in EVERY photo!
You can look younger if you avoid these 3 things.
Hey, I can’t tell you how much you can drink or smoke. Do whatever you’d like in that regard. Just know that the more you consume, the older you look at a faster rate than those who don’t. And if you don’t smoke or drink, congratulations you are already well on your way to staying youthful looking – long term.
But one thing EVERYONE has to deal with at one point or another is the sun. You may live in an area where it’s sunny year round. Or maybe you are 2 feet under snow right now. Whatever your situation, you are most likely outside sometime in the day. So what can you do to ensure the sunshine isn’t stealing your youth?
STEP 1 – Wear a bright color (especially a color that you know makes you glow!) near your face. It magically brightens your face and reduces the appearance of dark circles. The brighter the color, the more they virtually disappear.
STEP 2 – Cut out salt. It helps your body not retain fluid, which helps diminish the appearance of dark circles. Even if you don’t salt your food, if you go out to eat a lot, restaurants tend to use too much salt.
STEP 3 – Get a better night’s sleep. My favorite “sleep recipe” (from my husband, Dr. Alan Christianson) is below.
Want to shine in your business? Want to gets lots of positive attention? Want to get you and your business noticed? Then all you have to do is 1 simple thing….Wear a bold color near your face!
I must say this a hundred times a week, and yet I’m still surprised at how many women show up to do business looking…well, blah. Remember that you are in business to make money. Part of making money and attracting people to you and to your brand is to stand out from all the competition out there. Yes black clothing can be classic and thinning. But it’s also AGING! Unless it fits with your brand, you don’t want to look like an old and out of touch business woman.
Okay. So what happened? You think you leave all the teenage drama, angst, and …PIMPLES behind in your teen years. Only to discover those pesky skin problems come back stronger than ever in your 30′s and 40′s. F-U-N. And when you have a poor complexion, it’s hard for you to feel confident facing the world, especially when you are the face of your business. What’s a busy entrepreneur to do? You work on your skin from the inside out, that’s what you do!
Ever feel frumpy, dumpy, and all around blah? Hey, we all do! 8 Years ago, I gave birth to my son. The little stinker (and daily caramel sundae’s) made me gain 60 pounds, and I felt like the frumpiest, most useless person in the world. I’d forget rudimentary business details, and just felt plain ol’ fat and sluggish. But bless the nice sales people at a store I went into for saying how fabulous I looked even though I had just given birth. A day or two later someone else said something really nice to me. At first I did what you’ve probably done too…I brushed it off. Denied it. Humphed, and said, “yeah right.” But after the 3rd compliment I had a stroke of genius (yes even in that sleep deprived state). And suddenly I said something foreign. I said…..”Thank you.” That was it. And then I thought, well with all of these nice things people are saying, I’d better write this all down before I forget. And so the Compliment Journal was born!
Okay. So you’ve had a rough day. Everything seems to be going crazy, your world as you know it seems to be exploding all around you (or maybe that’s just your paperwork), and you feel as though you aren’t good at anything today. Crying about it helps a little, but doesn’t really change your mindset.
Grab a notebook, journal, or anything that you can write in (heck, even at the bottom of your daily calendar) where you can record ALL the compliments you receive. If you tend to get compliments on facebook or in emails, save those messages in a “compliment” folder in your email. The point is to have a place where you record what was said, who said it, and when. Start doing this immediately!
Two things will happen when you start practicing this. First of all, you will be much more excited to hear (and more importantly, ACCEPT) kind words from others. Secondly, you will begin to notice a pattern. Often times it’s so hard for you to think of just how fabulous you are right now! Not how fabulous you will be after you loose 20 pounds, or get rid of that zit, or ditch the mom jeans. But how wonderful you are RIGHT NOW and if you just listen for it, you’ll discover that you are really nice, have a great smile, are honest, dedicated, and are a whatever else kind of girl.
After a rough day, you’ll start to feel pretty gosh darn amazing when you open your compliment journal and read what people are saying about you. (It’s especially great when you record compliments from people who normally don’t compliment….then you know it’s really true!)
It’s easy, it’s fun and it’s a great exercise you can also implement into your business. Record the compliments your business receives to see where you and your team shine. You can do it! And if you need any support or encouragement, I’m here for you. Now go out there and have a fabulous day!
Want to know the secret to instantly look younger, gain visibility in your business, have people listen to you, and look well rested? It’s ridiculously easy. It’s super affordable. And it makes a HUGE impact on you and how your customers respond to you. What is it?
Wear bright colors near your face.
If you are like most women, you have a closet full of “safe” colors like black, gray, navy or brown. *yawn* Listen carefully, it’s time for you to slowly step away from your closet full of boring black, and get oodles of positive attention. Here’s another bonus: wearing a bright color is a great way to positively stand out at a party or event. Do you really want that red-blooded man of yours giving his attention to the 2 women who ARE wearing bright colors in a sea of black dresses?
Remember, the human eye is naturally drawn to color. Be that girl that gets the most amount of yummy attention by wearing a bold color. Now YOU will be the one girl everyone can’t keep their eyes off of. It really is that simple. Shhhhh. It’s our secret!
How do you do it?
- Neckline – When you wear a vibrantly colored shirt or dress, you draw attention to your face, your smile, your eyes. If it makes you feel more comfortable, think of it this way; a bright color near your face draws attention to your upper part of your body….and attention away from where we women naturally gain weight; hips, thighs, tush, and tummy.
- Accessories – You can also wear a bright and colorful necklace, earrings, or scarf. *Note: scarves with color are especially great if they are flowy and have movement to them. Stiff scarves are fine, but sheer scarves will move with you and make you look fresh and feminine.
- Tie a Long Sleeved Shirt Around Your Shoulders – I call this the “preppy” look! You will not only brighten your face with something you most likely already own, but you will also extend the life of your wardrobe because you are creatively wearing that long-sleeved shirt year-round.
- Solid Color – Generally speaking, patterns detract from YOUR beautiful face. Do you really want everyone’s attention on the body parts you don’t like? Then stay away from patterns, and keep the attention on YOU.
Wearing a vibrant color is a great tip you can use when you are presenting on-stage, on camera, and in a conference room. (It doesn’t hurt your chances in the bedroom either….just saying).
Yes, you are an entrepreneur, but it’s time for a double take. From the grocer. From your clients. From that man that lives in your house. You are ready to shine. You glow girl. Wear a bright color today!