I can not even begin to describe how busy and chaotic my work schedule is now – all self-inflicted. And when I can stick to my to-do list and remember that I can (and have to) turn down work (you know, so I can sleep and parent) things flow pretty smoothly. Being a web and graphic designer is one of my jobs; working on campaigns for an on-line company is another job. I am very lucky that both allow me to work at home. Which is where I confess that if I didn’t take my son to preschool three times a week I would live in lounge wear 24/7.

Lately my career has led to some really great opportunities to teach. As much as I love independently working in front of my laptop I also love showing people how they can hone in on their own creativity to make beautiful spaces on-line. A friend that manages a well-known social media group in town asked me to join her in presenting a program on design and I jumped at the chance.

On the morning of the program I had my laptop bag packed, my notes outlined, I was prepped and ready to go. My Mother looked up from playing with my son and said, “Honey. Aren’t you going to put on make up?”

Now my Mother comes from an era and a geographic demographic that does not/ will not/ could not EVER leave the house without makeup. Quick trip to the grocery store? Makeup. Off to the gym? Makeup. Mowing the yard? You guessed it. Makeup. She is also quick to quip that if I would put on a little makeup, “just a dab of mascara and a swipe of lipstick!” that I would find a boyfriend.

But as I looked in the mirror before my program I started to see myself how the people in the room might see me. I DO look different, better, with makeup on. If anything it looks like I have taken some time with my appearance, some care, before facing the world. I applied a few strokes of mascara and put on some tinted lip gloss. The transformation was instant and honestly it mostly came from within. I looked better. I beamed from giving a damn!

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Inspired by my newfound appreciation for a touch of makeup I was excited to try Covergirl’s LashPerfection™ mascara. I wanted to try a mascara that was lightweight but also made my light-colored lashes look like they had volume. I have to be honest a LOT of mascara commercials and ads scare me because they make it seem like everyone should want these big, fat, thick, fake looking lashes. I don’t want that. I want something natural looking – just enhanced.

Because I have light lashes and I wanted to go with a more natural look I decided to try Covergirl’s brown shade. I have tried brown shades in the past and they are always too dark for me but this shade was right on. The wand didn’t have one of those OMG giant hairbrush kind of brushes – that was a nice surprise. On first use and every use since the mascara has gone on easily (no thick gloppy bits) and lasted through full humid Philadelphia summer days. I’ve been wearing it every day when I leave the house.

This morning a guy at the coffee shop totally winked at me. I was in shock because it was pouring down rain outside and my hair and clothes were a mess. But I’ll be…It must’ve been the mascara. (Maybe my Mother is right!)

BlogHer also suggests you check out the new posts on “Looking Your Best” in the Life Well Lived Section of for some great ideas on revamping your look for Fall. Oo la la!

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