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Lifestyle

10 Summer Must-Haves: Face and Fashion

Summer’s here! As we settle into sunny skies and lakes for days, we’ve got the beauty and style staples to help you slip right into the season.

1. FACE: Powder Sunscreen

Say goodbye to those greasy lotions and hello to a powder sunscreen that will keep your skin protected and flawless all season long.

2. FASHION: Floppy Hat

Whether you’re jet-setting on vacay or simply want a stylish accessory to rock all summer, a floppy hat is always a must. Our faves are the ones with wide brims and UPF protection!

3. FACE: Aloe Vera Facial Mask

Moisturizing and deeply hydrating, this face mask will sooth your sun-kissed skin and offer relief if in case of sunburn (hey, never hurts to plan ahead!).

4. FASHION: Summer Soles

With these metallic sandals, you certainly won’t have to forgo comfort for style this season. This fashion-forward design plus soft suede support will allow your feet to look and feel great as you run those summer errands or trek through the theme park with the fam.

5. FACE: Lip Tint with SPF

Looking for a pop of color for your pout, plus protection from those harmful rays? Toss this conditioning lip product in your purse or beach bag, and carry it along with you during all of your summer excursions.

6. FASHION: Clear Woven Tote

Ideal for shopping or hitting the beach, this tote bag is both chic and functional. The straps make it easy to carry and throw over your shoulder. Plus, could we find anything more fabulously neutral? Pair it with anything from your swimsuit to a flirty sundress…in any color!

7. FACE: Lash Sealant

Investing in a lash sealant is a good idea year-round, but definitely during summertime when your lashes are often exposed to extra moisture from humidity, sweat and water activities.

A sealant extends the life of the adhesive, locking your extensions in place for a longer period of time. Snag one of our two sealants during your next appointment! We have our Black Diamond coating sealer which is a daily use product that adds a dark sheen and helps extend the life of your extensions. Then we have our Protecting Sealant which is used twice a week and is perfect for those of you with active lifestyles, anyone who lives in high humidity areas and those with oily skin.

8. FASHION: Striped Jersey Dress

Nothing screams summer like nautical stripes! Pair this classic pattern with a comfy jersey dress (flattering for all shapes and sizes) and you’re all set.

9. FACE: Diffusing Bronzer

Get that whoa glow and up your contour game with a sun-kissed, matte bronzer. Available in a variety of shades for all skin tones, this lightweight, silky, smooth formula is sure to be your go-to summer beauty product!

10. FASHION: Hair Tie Bracelet

Ever been that girl in desperate need of a hair tie so you can pull your locks up in a pony or top knot? We have, but not anymore thanks to these styling hair tie bracelets!

This genius accessory doubles as a beautiful bracelet, holds two hair ties and will have your friends talking when they see how fashionable and functional it is. Best part…it’s only $12.00!


Of course, the ultimate summer must-have (hands down) in our book are lash extensions. Find a salon near you, book online and get ready to conquer the world with confidence—your new simplified beauty routine in check!

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6 Simple Ways to Add Balance to Your Busy…

Are you tired of feeling pulled in a million directions? We feel you!

We’ve got some easy ways you can simplify your life and find that much-needed balance you deserve!

1. REFRESH YOUR ROUTINE

Sticking to a set routine can keep your sanity in check, but sometimes it can be refreshing to change things up a bit:

  • If you work from home, get out of the house at least once a week and work from a local coffee shop.
  • Take a different route to work and get inspired by a scenic detour.
  • Step away from the office and join your coworkers for lunch.
  • Try a new fitness class at your gym instead of going to yoga for the millionth time.

Whatever it is, see how a simple change in your routine can help you thrive in the other areas of your life.

2. GET SOCIAL

Getting out with friends, visiting with family and even grabbing a quick coffee with your bestie can do wonders for your wellbeing. In fact, studies have shown time and time again that socializing can leave you motivated, help you de-stress and have many benefits for your physical and mental health.

So, set that to-do list aside, get out the calendar, text your friends, call the sitter and schedule a gathering on the books. You’ll be so glad you did!

3. NOD TO THE NEW

Take the plunge and give one of the many things that you have filed away in your brain under “someday” a chance:

  • Get that cute haircut you’ve been contemplating.
  • Go for the fun and bright nail polish instead of your usual neutral shade.
  • Skip your routine Friday night restaurant visit and try the new eatery down the street.
  • Make that appointment at The Lash Lounge for the full set of volume lashes you’ve seen all of your friends rock. (Hello, lash envy!)

It is so very empowering when you step outside of your comfort zone!

4. PRESS PAUSE

Sitting behind a computer all day or working on a home project becomes monotonous and exhausting. Press pause and step away for a bit, even if only for 10 minutes. You just might find that when you get back to what you were doing, you will feel more energized and ready to conquer the task!

5. KEEP IT CLUTTER FREE

Did you know when you’re surrounded by clutter, you can feel even more stressed? It’s true, which is why Cleaning off your desks, tidying up the space you spend most time in or investing in some organizational items to help keep the clutter under control is key to finding balance in your day-to-day life.

It’s time to splurge on that shiny rose gold desk organizer!

6. LEAN IN TO YOUR LIMITATIONS

Everyone has limitations, which isn’t our favorite thing to think about. But the thing is, everyone has their own unique amazing strengths! When you accept your weaknesses as areas of opportunity, you gain a whole new outlook. You can always strive to be the best version of yourself, but along the way, stop being so hard on yourself!

For example, maybe you’re not a “competition-ready” chef. If you’re constantly beating yourself up about it, consider taking some cooking lessons to improve. You’ll be shocked at your mad, new kitchen skills. Plus, think of the joy and sense of accomplishment when your family and friends start asking for seconds!


The moral of this story (we mean “blog”) is to be kind to yourself. Whether large or small, you need to add balance to your life in order to reduce stress, become a better version of yourself and find time for what really matters!

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The Beauty of Customization

Customization is the name of our game here at The Lash Lounge. The way we see it, no guest is alike, so there’s no reason their lashes should be either!

From application method to curl to lash level, today, we’re talking the customization classics, plus three guests share their one-of-a-kind lash looks!

FORMULATED TO FIT

Every time you visit The Lash Lounge, the experience will be 100% about you. This is your time, after all—to relax, to transform, to reclaim and reintroduce yourself to the world.

But before you lay back for some lash zzz’s, our trained stylist will guide you through a customization . First, we’ll learn a little about you, your lifestyle and the look you’re going for. Next, we’ll walk you through our different lash types, application methods, curls and fullness levels. We even have a lookbook we can flip through to help illustrate all your options! Working together, we’ll pull together the inspiration for your unique lash creation.

With all the customizable elements in place, next comes our exclusive lash design technique. Here, we’ll use your natural features as our lash canvas to create a personalized look that amps up your natural beauty. Unlike other salons, we do not offer cookie-cutter, “one size fits all” looks. Celebrating your unique individuality is our passion!

3 REAL CUSTOM RESULTS

It’s this customization, attention to detail and care that sets our work apart from the rest. But don’t take our word for it! See for yourself how this lash magic comes to life. We’re spotlighting three real guests’ electrifying lash looks, unique works of art built specifically for them by their stylists.

MORGAN FROM THE LASH LOUNGE

Morgan, our guest from The Lash Lounge Corporate Training Center, is all about va-va-volume. So, we knew right way our volume extreme lash extensions were the perfect fit for her!

To complete this look, Corporate Stylist Trainer Shelley used our bright D curl extensions across her lash line. Now Morgan, who is a rock star realtor, can take on each day with killer volume lashes as she passes those keys on to her clients.

SARAH FROM THE LASH LOUNGE FLOWER MOUND – ROBERTSON’S CREEK

This before and after on Sarah, guest from The Lash Lounge Flower Mound – Robertson’s Creek, almost speaks for itself. During her consultation, Sarah shared with her stylist that she wanted long lashes, but with a more natural appearance.

To achieve this look, her stylist went with our classic application method and C curl lashes. This means that she attached one extension to each natural eyelash in our softest curl. The result? Nothing short of the timeless look Sarah had her heart set on when she stepped inside the salon.

GILLIAN FROM THE LASH LOUNGE CHARLOTTE – BLAKENEY

When we have a guest who is torn between our classic and volume lash applications, we have the perfect solution: hybrid lashes! That’s just what Gillian from The Lash Lounge Charlotte – Blakeney chose.

To master this look, her expert stylist beautifully blended both methods (classic and volume) and created a custom design to give Gillian our dramatic lash level. A picture-perfect lash line was the end result and now Gillian is hooked on hybrid!


Love getting an inside look into the customizable options and looks of our guests? So do we! See our recent post with teacher and business owner, Cate Gale, and what she’s sharing about The Lash Lounge and her love for her new, simplified beauty routine!

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A Day in the Lash Life: Teacher + Business…

“See it in our eyes. We are women. We are warriors. Bosses, trailblazers, moms, sisters, daughters—every day, we face the world.”

You may have heard these words before. Maybe you’ve seen them on our salon wall or come across them on social media. These powerful lines were pulled straight from our brand manifesto where we lay it all out on the table: The Lash Lounge exists for you—to fuel the confidence you take with you every day…in whichever roles you play and through all of your accomplishments.

Today, we’re super excited to give you an inside look into the day and the (lash) life of a real-life Lash Lounge woman, Cate Gale.

Cate lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth area in Texas and is a regular guest of The Lash Lounge Prosper – Gates of Prosper. Talk about a killer set of lashes, right? But what’s even more impressive is how she puts them to work for her!

Get ready to see how this busy boss lady does it all—and just how The Lash Lounge is helping her simplify her beauty routine and feel rejuvenated and gorgeous along the way!

Living Life With Lashes: An Interview With DFW Teacher, Influencer + Business Owner, Cate Gale

LL: We’d love to hear a little about your profession and your daily routine!
CG: I am a middle school teacher and also a business owner of two online companies. When I’m not working, I am a gym junkie and I also volunteer every week with student ministry programs. Needless to say, I am constantly on the go.

LL: How has getting lash extensions enhanced your busy life?
CG: On days when I don’t want to wear much (or any) makeup, I still feel put-together by having lash extensions. And not only do I feel put together, but I also feel super confident when getting out with little to no makeup on.

LL: Does having lash extensions simplify your daily beauty routine?
CG: Yes, it does! In fact, it has cut down my morning routine by at least 15 minutes.

LL: What does it mean to you to feel and look beautiful while being a boss and working woman at the same time?
CG: That’s a great question!
First off I think that every woman, despite what they do for a living should never feel like they have to sacrifice their confidence or what makes them feel beautiful to also be fulfilled in their career. I fully understand that so many of us are constantly on the go, many working multiple jobs while taking care of loved ones daily. But, self care is not selfish, and in order to function as our highest selves, we need to feel confident, so whatever that may be for someone, lashes, nails, makeup, hair, etc. they need to make that a priority. Feeling super confident raises our vibration that echoes out into the world, and all of that comes back to us tenfold. So when we’re sending out confident vibes, those all come back to us in different ways.

What does that mean to me:
I LOVE all that I do, and I love that having my lashes done when I wake up, allows me to tackle other things and feel confident and beautiful while looking my best. Lashes give me that extra pep in my step knowing that I don’t have to spend an hour on makeup and I can still shine!

LL: What are some other beauty related benefits you are enjoying now that you have lash extensions?
CG: What I enjoy most is that I don’t have to worry about dreaded mascara smudges, especially during allergy season or when I’m feeling a little teary-eyed.

LL: Summer will be here before we know it, which brings us to our next question: What do you think will be the biggest benefit of having extensions during the summer months?
CG: What I’m most looking forward to this summer is being able to go to the pool and not having to worry about my mascara running. Total game-changer!

LL: What do you love most about visiting The Lash Lounge and receiving your service?
CG: The lash naps are amazing, but what I really love most is the guest service. It’s SO great! The staff listens to you and treats you like a princess. I am also obsessed with the atmosphere! I feel like I’m getting the VIP treatment every-single-time.

LL: Lastly, in 3 words, please tell us how you feel after your appointment when you leave The Lash Lounge.
CG: Valued, rejuvenated, and beautiful!


Hearing our valued guests share how our services at The Lash Lounge have simplified their daily routines and given them priceless and empowered feelings of beauty and confidence is music to our ears. Many thanks to Cate for taking time out of her busy schedule to give us an inside look into her lash life!

Are you a Lash Lounge guest? Would you love to share your lash life and get the chance to be featured here on our blog? Send us a message on Instagram and let’s connect!

(images courtesy of Cate Gale)

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6 Simple Ways to Make Her Feel Like A…

Mother’s Day is right around the corner and if you’re trying to think of some out-of-the-box ways to make the special lady in your life feel oh-so-special, we’ve got some great ideas to share with you that won’t break the bank!

A little creativity and lots of love can go into each of them. One thing we’re certain of: She’ll definitely feel the love on Mother’s Day. After all, that’s what it’s all about!

1. MAKE THE HOUSE SPARKLE AND SHINE

Survey’s in. What’s the most amazing gift for moms that also happens to not cost a dime? Coming home to a clean, sparkly and shiny house! We’re not just talking about tidying up and picking up the toys and laundry; we’re talking about really putting some elbow grease into it!

Mop the floors, wash the windows, dust, vacuum, clean the bathrooms, make all the beds, clean the kitchen. Boy oh boy, how her face will light up when she walks in the door to her own personal utopia! Trust us.

2. MAKE HER FAVORITE MEAL

Does she love Italian food? Or maybe Mexican food is more her jam. Whatever it is, make a list of what you need to make her a Mother’s Day meal to remember. Go all out, too! Start with an appetizer, set the table and even have Alexa play some themed music to go along with the cuisine you’ll be serving.

But wait, that’s not all. Truly knock her socks off by cleaning it all up once dinner is over. It’s not really a gift if you make the meal, then leave her the mess. Not only will you please her palate, but you will be making the BEST memory!

3. MAKE A “PAMPER HER” PLAN

Sadly, most women don’t take the time they need to de-stress like they deserve. So, what can you do on Mother’s Day? Does she love to soak in the tub, but doesn’t usually have time to do it? Make it happen for her! Go purchase a few blissful bath essentials like a bath bomb, a new candle to place by the tub and any other refreshing bath products you think she might love. She’ll love the gesture and the soak time.

Another idea (and our favorite, of course) is to schedule her a surprise beauty appointment. Whether it’s for a facial, massage or a luxury experience at The Lash Lounge, pamper her with some good ol’-fashioned “me-time.”

Thinking a lash nap and a full set of lash extensions are calling her name? at a Lash Lounge near you, and she’ll be forever grateful for her new time-saving beauty routine! Your life will be changed forever, too; gift-giving will be SO easy now that you have a Lash Lounge gift card in your bag of tricks!

4. TAKE HER DOWN MEMORY LANE

Nothing fills a heart more than memories, which leads us to this super sweet idea. Make her a special scrapbook with her most treasured moments and memories. She’ll love the effort and time you put into this keepsake.

Want to take this idea up a notch? Make a video with family photos, home video clips and special messages just for Mom. Include some of her favorite music and songs in the video and when you watch. Tip: Don’t forget the popcorn…and the Kleenex.

5. FLOURISH HER WITH FLOWERS

What woman doesn’t love flowers? Whether you purchase them from her favorite local florist, pick them right outside your front door or even make some beautiful homemade flowers for a fun DIY activity, she’ll love this cheerful gift.

Are you ready to get super creative? Incorporate her favorite flower into a homemade bouquet. Or make a few smaller arrangements and place them around the house. Put one next to her bed, in the kitchen and even by her sink in the bathroom. Leaving pretty petaled reminders here and there is sure to make her heart happy!

6. ENJOY HER FAVORITE ACTIVITIES WITH HER

It’s no secret that most women are constantly running around getting kids to and from school, practices, appointments, errands—the list goes on and on. With such an on-the-go schedule, she may not get to enjoy some of her favorite activities as often as she would like. So, on Mother’s Day, make it a day full of what SHE loves to do. Help her in the garden, take her to her favorite lunch spot, leave her for a couple hours with a good book and her favorite drink, or pack a picnic and take her to her favorite walking trail. Whatever it is you know she loves to do (but doesn’t get to do often), do it!


At the end of the day, showering her with gifts never hurts, but what truly makes all the difference in the world is how you make her FEEL on this special day. Make her feel loved, important and give HER all the attention to make this Mother’s Day the best one ever!

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Bright and Beautiful: 6 Spring Beauty Trends to Try

Spring is right around the corner and not only are we excited about warmer temps and fresh fashion statements, but we can’t wait to try out each one of the beauty trends below. Now the only question is: Which one shall we try first?

POPPY RED LIP

A red lip for spring? Sure, why not?! But not just any red will do; it’s a poppy red that is the shade this season. This fun color can glam up your full makeup look or add a pretty pop to your minimal, no-makeup fresh face. Either way, this color is a refreshing take on the classic red lip. Click here to find the perfect red shade for your pout.

BOLD BROWS

Don’t worry, ladies—pencil-thin brows are not coming back as a trend this spring (We hope they never do!). Bold, beautiful brows are here to stay! A big shout-out goes to designers like Fendi, who stuck with this classic look on the Spring 2019 runway.

So, just how can you transform your brows to stay on trend or give yourself a much-needed brow makeover? It’s simple, just visit a Lash Lounge near you and discover the options we have for brow services. Whether it’s a brow tint or microblading, we can give your brows a boost.

SUNKISSED CHEEKS

Don’t you love that natural spring and summer glow you get when you finally ditch the indoors for some precious sun? So do we! Give your cheeks that gently-kissed look by applying a rust shade of blush.

PINK PIGMENTS

Don’t be surprised when you see pink gracing eyelids and lips this spring. This timeless color adds such a youthful, fresh look when subtly applied. Giorgio Armani debuted new products for his Spring 2019 show and, in that collection, a plethora of pink! Swoon over these pretty palettes and how to wear them here!

LILAC EYESHADOW

Vibrant yet subtle, lilac eyeshadow should be your go-to spring eyeshadow shade this year! Why lilac? Well, it’s colorful enough to make your eyes pop, yet can still be worn subtly if your heart desires. Whether you choose more of a matte lilac shadow or one with a shimmer, we’re certain you and your lovely lilac eyes will make a statement wherever you go! Want to see just how fabulous this color is? Click here to see it on a celeb who was just spotted wearing this shade!

RAINBOW MANIS

Spring beauty wouldn’t be complete without pretty nails, right, ladies? In case you haven’t seen the latest manicure trend, we’ll fill you in with these two powerful words: rainbow nails. Yes, we did say “rainbow”! This colorful manicure has been seen all over social media over the past couple of months. Just picture it: a different color (usually pastels) on each nail! Want to see for yourself? Check it out here. And then tell us: Will you give it a try?

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No matter what beauty or fashion trend you decide to try and wear this spring, wear it (and ROCK it) with confidence!

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3 Women To Watch Who Are Making A Difference

Raise your hand if you celebrated International Women’s Day on March 8th. We did and we’re still feeling on top of the world and empowered, which is why we are excited to share three incredible women who are doing great things not only for other women, but for others around the world.

EMMA WATSON

We’ve known her for years as J. K. Rowling’s fictional character, Hermione, in Harry Potter, but did you know that actress Emma Watson is not only a talented British actress but also an ethical fashion pioneer, activist for women’s equality and UN Women Global Goodwill Ambassador? It’s true!

Over the last few years, one of the many issues Emma has gotten people to think more about is where and how clothes are made. For years, she’s had a love for fashion, which then turned into a passion for supporting ethical and sustainable fashion. It was during her press tour for Beauty and the Beast in 2017 that she documented the lovely outfits she was wearing and also explained how each look was sourced and made. While each outfit may not have necessarily been practical for everyday life, she simply made a difference by bringing attention to problems in the fashion world and making people think before they shop.

A super cool moment (we still have on the brain) was when Emma attended the Met Gala in 2016 and turned heads when she wore a gown made from recycled plastic bottles. Yes, you read that right…recycled plastic bottles! She shared the vision behind the gown on her Facebook page: “Plastic is one of the biggest pollutants on the planet. Being able to repurpose this waste and incorporate it into my gown for the Met Gala proves the power that creativity, technology and fashion can have by working together.”

Thanks to Emma for shining the light on an issue and topic we should certainly think and learn more about! Want more about her recycled gown? We thought you did, so click here!

LARAYIA GASTON

Helping the homeless might not be what you would picture this beautiful woman having a passion for, but she does! In fact, Larayia Gaston has a non-profit organization called Lunch On Me, which has a sole mission to ending starvation all while focusing on the mind, body and spirit of the homeless in LA.

Reaching nearly 10,000 people a month, Larayia’s organization feeds the homeless on Skid Row. And it’s not just one meal a week, it’s six organic meals a week. Why organic? Larayia has said that she herself eats organic and when this idea came to her, she decided that these people deserve the same quality, nutritious food she was eating. It was then that she partnered with local businesses and restaurants to redistribute organic food that would ultimately be wasted.

Being a firm believer that healing includes self-love, Larayia, along with volunteers, sits, talks, listens and builds relationships with people. She has also helped to organize things like yoga classes and healing gatherings to further meet the needs of others and heal their minds, bodies and souls. She said, “We are revolutionizing unity and empowerment for those who are broken and in search for hope. We are using our light to shine on the often invisible.”

Talk about a being selfless…wow! If you want to learn more about Larayia’s mission, organization and even donate to Lunch On Me, you can do that by clicking here.

ASHLEY GRAHAM

Super model, judge from America’s Next Top Model, TV host and author are just a few of the accomplishments and projects Ashley Graham has taken part in over the years, but her true mission…advocating for self and body acceptance.

Over the years, Ashley has not been shy about showing her own body. In fact, she has used it as a tool to open the door and discuss subjects many women are self-conscious about such as weight, cellulite, clothing sizes and more. In interviews, Ashley has expressed that she does not like the term “plus size” because when that term is used, it instantly puts women in a category and assumption that they are not healthy, they eat poorly, they don’t exercise and don’t care as much about their bodies.

Even though she has graced the covers of magazines like Vogue, Elle and Glamour (to name a few), Ashley has not and will not allow herself and other women to be put in a category. At one point in her modeling career, she considered giving up her profession due to the insecurities and self-conscious feelings she had about her own body. Thanks to her mother, who told her that her body could change lives and help other women, she kept going and didn’t give up.

Since then she’s been paving the way for body positivity by embracing her own body and doing so with confidence. She also has not been afraid to take on the fashion industry and be a voice for real women, helping to redefine the global image of beauty. One of Ashley’s most inspiring speeches to date was when she made a moving TED Talk in 2015. Click here to see what she said, hear more about her story and how she became her very own role model.

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We hope you found something inspiring about one, if not all three of these incredible women who are not afraid to take a stand and who are striving to make a change. As the saying goes, “Empowered women, empower women” and we certainly feel empowered after learning more about Emma, Larayia and Ashley!

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6 Ways to Find Self-Love and Be Empowered

From doing what truly makes you happy, to letting go of what’s dragging you down, finding even the simplest ways to love yourself will empower you and lead you to do great things. So, take note and try applying even just one of these 6 things to your life today!

GIFT YOURSELF HAPPINESS

We all feel good when we’re happy. When we take the time to do the things that make us happy, that positivity trickles into all other areas of our lives. A happy person feels empowered and motivated to do more; that can make a HUGE difference at work, at home and with friends and family.

So, find time to do what makes you happy, girl! Even if it’s as simple as indulging in your favorite coffee drink or buying that pair of fab shoes you’ve been eyeing for weeks. You’re worth it!

FORGIVE YOUR FAILURES

There’s no avoiding it: Failure is a part of life. We all experience it and, oftentimes, it’s our failures that lead us to something even better. Don’t tear yourself down when you fail; instead, build yourself up! Get back up and try, try, try again! When you face failure, embrace it. Learn from it. Grow!

EMBRACE YOUR STYLE

Those with a great amount of self-love often ROCK and OWN their personal style, whether it’s low-key, all about comfort or dressing to the nines. You may love to wear sneakers all day every day (you may even have the same pair in 20 different colors!) while your BFF wouldn’t dare be caught without heels. You both feel 100% when you wear what your heart desires, no matter the current trend or what others may think. This, ladies, is the definition of self-love. When we embrace who we are and our personal style, there’s only one way to feel…EMPOWERED!

(We bet you all those knock-’em-dead style days all include lashes though, are we right? 😉 )

DON’T SETTLE

Of course, every aspect of our lives can’t \go exactly how we’d like it to, but we can always strive for more; we don’t have to settle! Even the small steps make a difference. Think about your job, your relationship, your health—decide what it is you want to improve, then embrace the journey. First, find the drive and motivation to reach your goals, then set out to achieve them. That can-do attitude in itself is empowering!

Self-love means not settling. Self-love is knowing you’re capable and deserving of more!

LET GO

Whether it’s a friend, relationship or habit that is bringing you down…let it go. It can be easier said than done but finding true self-love means having the courage to let go of the people or things that we know are not good for us. Love yourself enough to let go and see how free you feel when you do!

BE SELFISH

As women, we are always putting others before ourselves. We feel like it’s our job to make sure everyone’s needs are met before even thinking about our own. But how about we let you in on a little secret? It’s OKAY to be selfish sometimes! That’s right, we said it! It’s okay to be selfish.

If you need to cancel your dinner plans just to stay at home on the couch with your dog, in your PJs and in front of your favorite chick-flick, do it! If you need to say no to the tenth birthday party your child has been invited to this month, do it! If you need to let your husband handle the kids for half a day while you go to the spa, get your lashes done or simply go shopping ALONE, do it!

Instead of always taking one for the team, let the team give you one every now and then. It’s good for the soul, for your relationships and your sanity. Love yourself enough to be selfish from time to time and see what a difference it can make!

Is there something you do when it comes to self-love that makes you feel empowered and gives your soul a boost? We’d love to know! Please comment and share your self-love tip below!

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10 Valentine Gift Ideas to Make Any Woman Feel…

Whether she’s a glam, nail polish and jewelry-loving gal or a low-key lady who loves to stay in, keep it cozy and indulge in a few sweet treats, we’ve got a variety of fine and fab gifts she’s sure to love this Valentine’s Day! (Psst…ladies, if you’re reading this, copy this link and share it with your Valentine. A little help in the gift department is always appreciated and, of course…you’ll get JUST what you want! Wink, wink.)

Colorful, Custom, Yummy + Cozy Gifts for Valentine’s Day!

1. Say it with cacti and something that will last way longer than roses this year. Bliss Succulent | $25

2.Give her a collection of six neutral nail polishes that deliver health, great wear and shine. Bed of Roses Polish Set | $36

3. 24K gold and a heart? Yes, please! This ring will make her own heart go “pitter patter” every time she looks at it! Liza Echeverry Love is Love Signet Ring | $188

4. What lady doesn’t love a fun, personalized piece of jewelry? Available in a variety of colors, this laser-cut pendant is sure to impress. Moon and Lola Script Font Necklace | $48

5. Renowned for their creamy texture and exceptional silkiness, these chocolates will win the way to her heart. The pretty packaging will give you some bonus points, too! Louis Sherry 12 Piece Truffle Tin | $40

6. That’s right, let your lady feel like Audrey Hepburn every day with this luxurious fragrance from The House of Tiffany. The bottle is quite pretty too, which you know she’ll appreciate! Tiffany Eau de Parfum | $76–$132

7. She will thank you every time she slips her tired feet into these chic, plush genuine-shearling lined slippers. Shaine Wisp Shearline Slippers by UGG | $109.95

8. She’ll know just how ‘sweet’ you really are when you gift her with gourmet gummies made with (wait for it…) Dom Pérignon Vintage Champagne! Sugarfina Champagne Bears | $8.50-$20.00

9. A luxury environment, lash naps, plus lash and brow transformations are all in store when she gets a gift card from The Lash Lounge. Whether you purchase one at a Lash Lounge or gift her with an e-gift card*, she will certainly feel pampered and oh-so-pretty! (Trust us, that extra boost of confidence will definitely catch your eye when you see her after her visit.) *For e-gift card purchases, click here, select your salon, then scroll down to “Gift Cards” and click “Purchase a Gift Card.”

10. Get her this lovely lavender throw set, so she can use one to get comfy on the couch and one when she goes nighty night. It’s 100% cotton and will be sure to keep her cozy wherever she relaxes. Amraupur Throw Set | $23.99

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10 Ways to Empower YOURSELF

As we are making our way through the new year, one goal we should all have  should not only be working to empower others, but also ourselves! See below for 10 ways you can empower yourself and start NOW!

1. Find your passion

Whether it’s art, academia, writing, tech, fashion, charity, animals, food, reading, etc find something that you love and care about. It may not happen overnight but vision boards and Pinterest are great tools to help you. When you find something you love you will be more committed and focused to giving your time to it accordingly. (via medium.com)

2. Don’t wait around…Take action

The surefire way to tell the difference between a regular team member and an empowered one is to see how they handle work. Empowered people don’t wait around for someone else to walk them through a challenge, they come up with an action plan to accomplish the task at hand. Own your job! (via jonschultz.com)

3. Kindness

Be consciously kinder to you. The more you do for you, the better you’ll feel. Each kindness will make you want more. It helps you focus on you and believe that you deserve good. Give yourself a break when you’re tired. Take a bath. Buy the lotion or coffee that costs a few dollars more than the cheap brand. Self-kindness can blossom into self-love from which self-empowerment can grow. (via beliefnet.com)

4. Tidy up

“For every minute spent in organizing, an hour is earned.” – Benjamin Franklin

Steve Jobs began leading Apple in 1997 and then began one of the largest-scale cleanups in history. Within a year, Jobs had cancelled 70 percent of Apple’s products and turned a $1 billion loss into a $700 million profit. What soon followed was a series of ground-breaking and now-ubiquitous products: the iPod, iMac, iPhone, and iPad. You don’t have to re-make a multimillion-dollar company to start making improvements in your professional life. Begin with your office or home work space. Remember, there would be no iPhone without a clear space for its development. So clear out the clutter to make room for new ideas and innovations. (via cnbc.com)

5. Set the right kind of goals

The mother of one of my friends has the mantra: “small successes, not big failures.” While there’s nothing wrong with having big, lofty goals … be sure you’re setting reasonable goals that you can accomplish. Short-term measurements of success can help build your confidence (and empower you) with each achievement. Whereas, if your measure of success is this big, lofty goal you’ve set that may take years to achieve, your confidence won’t grow as quickly. Long term goals stretch out the path to success —build your confidence and empower yourself every day. (via jonschultz.com)

6. Raise up others

As Maya Angelou said: “When you know better you do better.” None of us can be successful without the help of others and vice versa. Take time to mentor or be a mentee. Attend speaking engagements or conferences. Be a supportive friend. Showing up can take on many forms, but the key is to be present and have empathy for your sisters. (via medium.com)

7. Let go

Let go of negative people. We absorb other people’s negativity. That’s why it’s good to avoid the negative or toxic ones who bring you down and make you feel like you’re not capable. If you want to keep one in your life, limit time spent with that person. And ask that they not make the negative comments. If they do, leave. Love yourself enough to not allow negative people to hurt you. (via beliefnet.com)

8. Have a self care day

Even Superwoman can use a spa day. Take one day of the week (or at least a few hours) to binge that Netflix series you’ve been eyeing, catch up on some sleep, take a bath with some tea, or have a spa day with a girlfriend. Feeling rejuvenated and relaxed will make you more productive the rest of the week. (via medium.com)

9. Take action to seize opportunity

Business owner, investor, and philanthropist Richard Branson is known worldwide for his many successful ventures. His net worth totals over $5 billion dollars. Less known is the story of how his airline, Virgin Airways, came into being.

Branson was in his late 20s, waiting for a flight to the Virgin Islands, when he found out that his flight was being cancelled. Not having any other options, he took the initiative, writing “Virgin Airlines $29” on a blackboard and walking around the airport. Using the money to finance it, he chartered a plane then and there and took himself and his happy passengers to their destination. When you encounter a problem, consider a direct solution, even if you haven’t worked out all the details. You may be surprised at what you are capable of.(via cnbc.com)

10. Adopt a Positive Mindset

Never underestimate the power of a positive mindset. The mind is a very powerful entity that controls everything within our inner being. Thinking positively through all situations gives women a sense of calm, a peace of mind, happiness, productivity and a full feeling of self-worth. There is nothing a woman cannot do with a positive mindset. Maintaining the daily habit of being aware of what and how the mind is thinking allows women to pick and choose their thoughts by being in control of their mental state. Thinking positively helps women confidently solve problems and face life’s daily challenges with a smile, knowing that everything will work out to their benefit and the benefit of others. (via lifehack.org)

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