Winged Eyeliner for The Makeup Challenged: How To Make It Easy

Hey Everyone,

If you are like me, then you always look at those girls with the perfect winged eyeliner and think, “Girl, don’t step in front of my car.” 🙂

OK, maybe that’s a bit extreme, but it seems totally unfair sometimes that these girls have the ‘perfect’ winged eyeliner. I watched every video I could find and asked every person that I knew how to get this right, and I was still awful at it. Like, if there was a medal for p*ss poor winged eyeliner, I would be sporting gold.

Anywho, over the years, I have developed what I like to refer to as ‘make up coping skills’. These are the tips and tricks that I have finally mastered to make myself appear much better at make up than I really am. I figure that I could not possibly be the only makeup challenged person out there, so I made this video about applying winged eyeliner.

Seriously, if you can mess this two step process up, then you are beyond hope. I kid, I kid. 🙂 I hope this helps you to rock that winged eyeliner this weekend!

Gratefully,

Raphaela Laurean

How To Set Up Your Business For Less Than $10…Seriously!

Hello Everyone,

I finally began shooting this series on Monday. This is honestly the most rewarding thing that I have done in a really long time. Thanks to my business now being run functionally by Amazon, I am free to share all that I have learned over the last 20 years with anyone who is interested. I have had to bootstrap everything in both my personal and professional life, so trust me, I get being on a budget.

I completely understand what it feels like to have a dream, and no way, or no help towards reaching it. This is my way of giving back. I am not selling anything, just providing information for people that need it. If you know someone who you think could benefit from this series, please recommend it to them.

This series will walk you through the step by step (literally) instructions for how to set up your business. The first 3-part video discussed how to come up with and choose your business name, make sure that no one else is using it, and see what others think about your name. The second 3-part video discusses how to set up your blog, domain name, and matching email address yourself. I have already filmed a few videos about how to sell on Amazon, and I will expand on this going forward at the end of this series. Tomorrow, I will be talking about how to secure all of your social media names, link everything up, design your own logo, print your marketing materials, and help your customers find you.

You do NOT need to hire anyone to do any of this for you. If you have been wanting to set up your business, or want to ‘polish’ your brand, then these videos are going to provide you with some very valuable content. Please click subscribe when you are there so that you will be notified when I upload new videos in this series, as I do not regularly post them to my blog.

I am so excited to be filming these, and I hope you find them a valuable nudge towards your dreams.

Gratefully,

Raphaela

 

How To Take The Perfect Selfie.

Good Morning Everyone,

I was shooting images the other day, and it occurred to me how silly it is that we all shoot selfies. Don’t get me wrong and think that I am going to stop doing them,  I am not :-). I am just saying that we always look so different, or at least we try to only present the most perfect part of ourselves in these images. It’s all an illusion, and the perfection is really in the flaws, so I decided to celebrate mine.

I made a short video about ‘The Making of a Selfie’ and I stopped once per minute (on a timer, so it’s legit) and took a photo of the process, both hair and make up. I also added my thoughts about each step, and it is really cute. I hope you enjoy it, and it brightens your morning.

Now, Go Selfie!

Gratefully,

Raphaela

Pre Workout Supplements for Bikini Bodybuilders

Ok, so it’s 5 AM, the kids are asleep and my husband is cutting down logs next to me (aka…snoring like an old man), and the alarm goes off. What do I do to get UP?

Easy, I walk past the coffee maker, you know, the place where good breath goes to die :-), and straight into my gym. I pour 8 oz of cold water into a cup, and add one scoop of No Xplode and one scoop of Amino X, both by BSN. On alternating morning, I use one scoop of Hyper FX and one scoop of Amino X (my personal preference between these two combinations). When you mix either the Hyper FX or No Xpode with the Amino X, the results are nothing short of pure magic.

I suddenly feel a rush of energy, and my body feels a bit warmer. I feel alert and ready to go, but not in the crazy, punch a wall, and run a 4 minute mile while listening to speed metal way. I feel an even and comfortable level of energy start moving through my body. As for my earlier statement about the comparison between Hyper FX and No Xplode, this is just my personal preference. I like the way that the Hyper FX makes me feel better. I feel a little more jittery on the No Xplode, but again, that’s just me. They both beat a coffee ‘awake’ by a country mile.

So here’s the weird part, and yes I know it’s weird, but this blog is about honesty, so here goes. While I am waiting for the full ‘wake up and be ready to lift’ stage in my mind, I do two things at once. That’s right ladies and gentlemen, I even multitask while working out. It’s a sickness, I know. Any who, I hula hoop and do facercise. No, you are not misreading, and no I did not mistype that. That’s what I do at 5:10 every morning, after drinking my pre workout supplement drink. Can you picture me doing this? If you can, it looks kind of silly, and I certainly don’t think that I would make new friends at the gym if I did this there, but my house, my rules :-).

There I am with a hula hoop flying around my waist while I am doing facercise in the mirror to keep my face toned. If you don’t know what facercise is, this is something you have to learn about. Think about when you see a woman whose body is very tone, but her face is very ‘loose’ by comparison. There are roughly 50 muscles in the human face, so why do most people ignore them? They probably just don’t think about. I didn’t until I was around 25 and I saw an old book at a yard sale about it. For a quarter, curiosity got the better of me, but wow, am I glad that I picked that book up. For anyone who is interested, I picked up The 5 Minute Face-lift, but I am sure that there are other wonderful books out there. This is just the one that I picked up that day, and the program that I have been pretty consistent about for roughly 12 years.

This is not a sales pitch for facercise, so I will not go into a lot more detail here. It should suffice to say that I can definitely tell the difference between the photos of mine where I had been sticking to a facercise program, and where I had not. Even at the tender old age of 37, I can confidently say that I do not look anywhere near my age, and if I had to identify one beauty secret causing that effect, it would be facercise.

So, that’s my crazy little morning secret, I fuel up on a BSN mix of Hyper FX or No Xplode, and a scoop of Amino X, throw a hula hoop around my waste, and make crazy faces at myself in the mirror (aka…facercise) until I feel ready to tackle my workout. Thank God my family is asleep while I am doing this, they might think that mommy has crossed over to the dark side if they saw this little routine.

What’s your crazy workout tip or trick? Add your comments below so that people can laugh at everyone, and not just at me :-).

Let’s Run To The Bikini Together!

Gratefully,

Raphaela Laurean