Interview with Fab Over 40 Blogger- Kari Solynjes

Hey Everyone!

Today I have a special post for all of you. I had the pleasure of interviewing Fab Over 40 Blogger, Kari Solyntjes. Kari is based out of the Twin Cities and her blog gives women (particularly 40+ women)  practical but fabulous insights into maintaining their beauty without feeling like surgery or injectables are their only options. 

I discovered Kari’s blog about a year ago when searching for other beauty bloggers in the Twin Cities area. I was impressed with the content and beautiful layout and design. If you have not yet discovered Kari’s beauty blog go over and check it out!  Here are the questions and answers from our interview; enjoy!

1. What inspired you to start a beauty blog for women over 40 and have you always enjoyed writing?  Funny thing is, before I started blogging I never wrote. I began my blog 4 years ago after reading them for about a year. I could never find anything that was for women over 40- who have different skin and beauty concerns than say a 20-year-old like most of the beauty bloggers were back then.  I thought if a 20 something can do a blog, why can’t I?

 2. Who are your beauty and style icons??   I love Ines de La Frassange and her book Parisian Chic: A Style Guide. She is the quintessential natural beauty who is happy with her looks and style.  My mother was an incredibly beautiful and fashionable woman, too. I think it’s difficult to find a good role model of a natural looking beauty. Years ago many women used to try to emulate the looks and styles of many celebrities, but now it’s more difficult to find as so many have altered their faces and some are even quite unrecognizable. 

 3. Where do you get your inspiration for your blog posts?  Really everywhere – from color in nature or a product or just seeing a new collection of beauty can get me going. I’ve always loved the colors and textures of beauty and have been obsessed with good skincare since I was a pre-teen.

 4. What are your must have beauty products?  A good sunscreen is an absolute must, especially after having pre-melanoma twice I just don’t mess with that. There are some good ones from Aveeno – Obagi, just depending on what you want to spend. My Clarisonic, Kate Somerville ExfoliKate is something I have been using for several years since she came out with her line about 4 or 5 years ago – nothing compares to it.  I’m obsessed with Dior’s Capture Totale Night Cream, and Lancome Renergie Lift Volume Neck Cream. I always use a serum, eye cream and face moisturizer which can rotate quite a bit since I test a lot products.

 For makeup my favorite concealer is Le Metier de Beaute Classic Flawless concealer. It’s a perfect combination of creaminess/coverage. I rotate my foundations quite a bit depending on what my skin is like that day, but one I go-to quite often is Chanel Perfection Lumiere. Can’t live with out my Dior Universal Brow Styler. I don’t have any specific favorites of the rest of my makeup, but there are a lot that I use and love.

 5. What types of things do you enjoy when you are not blogging? Of course my family. I have two grown sons and my husband and for them to have this girly-mom/wife with all these beauty product, I think they just roll their eyes at me sometimes. Interior Design. I have worked in the interior design business in some form for nearly 30 years. Maybe that’s why I have an obsession for makeup colors and textures!

 I really enjoyed the opportunity to interview Kari! Go check out Fab Over 40 and see the questions Kari asked me. :)  



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Dove Diary: Beauty Advice and My Daily Beauty Regime

Hi Beautiful Viewers, I am very honored to have been chosen to be featured on; an Australian Fashion and Beauty blog. They are doing a Dove Diaries special and have asked me to share a couple of things with all of you!

First, they wanted to know what my advice would be on "staying beautiful." 

  • My number one piece of advice on looking and feeling beautiful would be to embrace who you are and how you were created. We are all so unique and it would be really boring to all look the same. There are many images out there portraying a beauty "ideal" and it is not healthy to get hung-up on. You  need to enjoy your life and embrace the beauty you are. 
  • Another piece of  advice for looking and feeling beautiful is to learn what works for you and your body, hair, skin, makeup etc. Just because one beauty magazine tells you a certain color you should wear, doesn't mean you should. Find what works for you and work with it. Don't be afraid to experiment and try new styles and products.
  • Lastly, take care of your hair, skin and nails. Healthy shiny hair, and beautiful glowing skin are really two things people notice.Make sure you drink plenty of water and keep your skin moisturized!

As far as my daily beauty regime tends to vary day to day and has gotten simpler and simpler the older I get. I think keeping it simple is key. I try to take really good care of my teeth, hair, skin and nails.

A couple of the things I do on a regular basis are : 

  • Exfoliate my skin
  • Moisturize my skin and apply an eye cream
  • Use deep conditioner on my hair
  • Brush and Floss my teeth
  • Paint  nails
  • Apply makeup
  • Drink lots of water and Green tea 
Those are my basics. Keep it simple, wear and use what makes you feel good, not what others are telling you to. Be honest with yourself and with others, treat others better than you would yourself with kindness, respect and love.
LOVE- Lauren


Interview with Make up Artist and Beauty Expert Mickey Williams

HI! Enjoy my interview with celebrity make up artist and beauty expert Mickey Williams. I hope you get some tips from her!

Mickey,  1. What 5-10 makeup or hair products are in your everyday routine?

I get so many products to try out and a lot of them are good but the ones that are great stay in my makeup bag whether traveling or not. I become obsessed. Currently I am on the road in Seattle and here is what is in my bag:

1: SkinCeuticals Blemish + Age Defense

Let's face it, I am not getting any younger but skin seems to think I am still at the age for blemishes. I am telling you right now this stuff works at keeping the bumps at bay and I use it religiously. The bottle lasts too.

2: Rembrandt Intense Stain Tooth Paste

I became a fan over a year ago and it helps keep my teeth bright through the periods before and after my whitening routine.

3: Cristophe Argan Oil treatment

Basically I do not think you would be able to get a brush through my hair without this in my beauty bag. I will even apply to my ends before a flight so they do not get even more dried out. Plus I love turning my clients on to it since you can get it at the CVS down the street.

4: Naturopathica Vitamin K Brightening Serum

It just makes your eyes look more hydrated and brighter. It works great under makeup and doesn't ball up when applying concealer or powder over it. LOVE IT!

5: Donna Karen Cashmere Mist Ultimate Moisturizing Bronzing Gelee

It makes anyone's pale legs, bad spray tan, or scarring look absolutely tan-fabulous perfect. It doesn't transfer too much and smells of the Cashmere fragrance to boot.

6: Physicians Formula Eye Booster 2-in-1 lash boosting eyeliner and serum

AMAZING! The thinnest brush tip liner I have seen in a mass market brand and it has sim peptide to enhance lashes and also contains the long wearing Japanese formula that does not smudge.

7: Mister Bright by Givenchy

The best little twist pen concealer on the market. Lightweight formula that vanishes but still conceals. Tons of colors to choose from and the brush is smooth and targeted.

8: DermaQuest Skin Therapy Breathable Coverage SPF 30 Mineral Foundation

Basically anywhere I go this is in my bag. It offers UVA and UVB protection plus it stays on and in place for hours and hours.

9: Elnett Satin Hair Spray;jsessionid=nGPSMblTw1mxNLQDZtR11hQQ8yph87Z6jd0cfsr3dc0TV2z0kCqQ!506405230?filterBy=&skuId=719549&productId=719549&navAction=jump&navCount=3

It's the best at holding a style even through humidity but then at the end of the day it brushes right out.

2. As a creative person, what are some other creative things you like to do?

I absolutely love exercise and all things that simply make you feel more balanced. I was finding that work was eating up all my time last year and I made a swift change to be more centered with my body and energy. I cannot tell you how open and fresh my thoughts are due to this. I also like to walk everywhere. Sometimes with music and sometimes open eared to hear all the sounds. I love culture and find neighborhoods and different cities to be moving art. it's great to observe as an onlooker and take in the different styles and nuances.

3. What advice would you give to aspiring makeup artists?

Try every form of media you can when starting out. Meaning, fashion shoots, fill, TV, politics. You will find yourself naturally settling into a groove that will work best with your time and talent. Also, be prepared to go to work for free when you start out. You will have to hustle and keep your eyes out for upcoming talent like yourself. Ask to see a photographers' work before you give your services for testing purposes. Even if they are starting off as well, you can see their eye and talent and see if they are someone you want to grow with. My last advice may sound jaded but artists in this industry can be petty and cutthroat, trust your gut and still keep your eyes wide open. You will need to keep your focus on the job and get in and get out in order to succeed.

4. What is your top beauty tip? It can be anything....

My top beauty tip is centered around two but they really go hand in hand.

- There are NO rules in makeup. No right way to use the brush or color to apply. If you get what you want in the outcome it doesn't matter how you got there.

-It's also very important to realize that everything takes practice. Makeup takes practice. No one walk in on face #1 and applies a perfect false lash. It takes patience and investment. If you want a certain look, your eye and technique will aim for it with practice.

5. Tell me about one memorable job experience...

Celebrities are beautiful and used to getting makeup. They also are busy so you usually have to turn and burn them out and little talking or feedback is given until the end. It's always nice to have a big name in your chair but people who are in a life process have always been my most memorable experiences. I worked with someone who was experiencing the hard road of chemotherapy recently and taught a beautiful woman how to draw the perfect brow and set a perfect lash. We even did wig placement. After we were finished we did it all over again just to make sure she really had the hang of it. These kinds of jobs give back confidence to those in need and help me feel like today wasn't just about a superficial transformation. It reached deeper.

Thank you so much Mickey!

Love, Lauren

My Interview with Umberto of Umberto Beverly Hills- All About Hair

Hi Guys! Last week I shared with you guys 3 interviews with makeup artists! Today, I have an interview with Umberto of Umberto Beverly Hills hair products. You can find these at Target Stores or on the website:

Enjoy my interview with a master of hair!

How do you get your inspiration for your spring/summer collections?

 My inspiration for spring/summer hair comes from three things - the texture and colors of the Runway Collections, shoes because they have a lot of attitude (shapes, height and heel and textures) and Nature which always inspires the hair color palette as well as shape of the hair. Women are always ready for change in spring because they are influenced by nature's changes.

 What is your favorite spring/summer 2011 trend?

  My favorite spring/summer trend is fewer layers in general and only using layers to frame the face and cut.  You will see fewer long overly layered styles.  More of a Stevie Nicks look - bangs, soft layering, more natural. For color - the hot color is golden brown. You want to see the glow of the golden. I recommend Umberto Beverly Hills U Color in 6.32 Golden Brown to get the look.  Jennifer Lawrence (Winter’s Bone) has that gorgeous glow at the moment.

 As a creative person, what are some other creative things you like to do?

 I like gardening, cooking, entertaining and traveling - all inspire me.  My table presentation while entertaining typically includes various fruit, flowers, leaves, bark and vegetables.  These shades inspired my color palate for my hair color line.

 What is your top beauty tip? It can be anything.

  My top beauty tip is to not fight your hair.  Control it! Don't let it control you, but most importantly embrace the hair that you have.  Learn to make it look its best, especially in the summer. Use my Roman Oil Serum to nourish the hair, control frizz and fly-aways or to just style. The Controller is a leave-in conditioner that is a wonderful blow dry tool.  It helps control and add shine as well as body. To preserve a fabulous blow dry in the summer wrap the hair into a messy bun on top side or back of the head and leave the bangs out. It will preserve the blow dry. Let it down for the evening and the style is full of body and bounce. If you have wavy or curly hair, take sections, tease the bottom up, then loop the hair and pin up, fish tail the hair pins so that it does not pop out. The hair looks fresh, shorter and off of your neck. Another great summer tip is to use my Shimmer Spray for added shine without weighing hair down!

Talk to you guys soon!!

Lots of Love LO

Interview with Napolean of Napolean Perdis Make Up

Hi Guys! You have now seen my interviews with Makeup Artist Jemma Kidd, and Petra Strand of Pixi Make up .

The interview I have to share with you today is with Napolean of Napolean Perdis Makeup, make up artist and creator of the famous line! You can find his products in Target stores and on the website:

Here is my interview with Napolean:

1. How do you get your inspiration for your spring/summer collections?


My inspiration stems from a range of places: my family, friends, fashion, music, art and interior design. But while my eye is focused on trends and popular culture, I’m always committed to translating the directional into the doable each season. Women always want wearable and that’s always top of mind.  

2. What is your favorite spring/summer 2011 trend?

A bold lipstick. Lipstick is very much back and it’s the quickest way to create a super-glam look. Try a ravishing red like NP Set Lipstick in Madrid. The pigment-rich color promises to stay put even as the temps start to rise. Try my beauty trick and line with a pencil after – not before -- you’ve applied lipstick to create a more natural and defined lip look.

3. As a creative person, what are some other creative things you like to do?

I’ve always loved to travel. It could be a weekend getaway to my home in Palm Spring or a trip abroad to Malaysia or Prague, I’m always fascinated by different cities and I love to seek out the beautiful architecture, art and history – it really inspires me.


4. What is your top beauty tip? It can be anything.  


Mascara, mascara, mascara! It’s a beauty godsend and instantly brightens up the eyes and frames the rest of your look. I say apply mascara three times during: A coat right after foundation and concealer, one following eye shadow application and once more after lipstick. Make sure you get the brush right into the base of the lashes for added definition.

 Thank you so much Napolean!







My Interview Questions for Makeup Artist Jemma Kidd

Hi Guys! A couple of days ago I shared with you my interview with Petra Strand of Pixi Makeup. The fabulous thing is...I had an opportunity to ask some other makeup artist and hair stylists some of those same questions.

The interview  I want to share with you today is with Makeup Artist, Jemma Kidd. I asked her four questions I wanted to know...enjoy! :)


1. How do you get your inspiration for your spring/summer collections? 

I’m inspired by so many things: fashion, film, books, art, nature, different cultures, people, photography… the list is endless! London is also a constant source of inspiration. Just walking through the streets you’re exposed to so many different styles and influences.


2. What is your favorite spring/summer 2011 trend?

There’s no escaping the trend for bold, bright lip colour this spring/summer. Lips were making a statement on the catwalks in an array of tutti-frutti shades; from juicy pink pouts at Jil Sander and Diane von Furstenberg to tangerine hues that looked good enough to eat at Marni. This season, the finish is all-important too – think matte with crisp, well-defined edges – so dig out your lip liner! Pair with polished skin and just a slick of mascara for effortless elegance.


3. As a creative person, what are some other creative things you like to do?

If I wasn’t a make-up artist, I would have loved to have been an artist. It’s difficult to find the time to paint now though – I had twins 18 months ago, so when I’m not working, every spare moment is spent enjoying time with my babies and my husband at our home in the country.


4. What is your top beauty tip? It can be anything.  

Some lipsticks look fantastic in the tube, but look very different once applied, due to the natural pink colouring of the lips. To counteract this, dab a touch of foundation over lips to neutralise the colour, then apply your lipstick on top. You'll get the true shade that way, which is especially important if you're recreating this season’s ‘statement lip’ trend.

Thank you SO much Jemma!

Jemma Kidd is sold at Target is the website:

Love, Lauren

Interview with Petra Strand of Pixi Make up

Happy Wednesday Beauties! Hope you all are having a wonderful week! I am beaming with excitement this afternoon to share with you all something very cool! As you all know by now, I am a huge fan of  Target  and their beauty brands. One of those lines called "Pixi" by Petra Strand is one that I have had the pleasure of trying out recently. I also got to do a brief interview with her and ask her a couple of the questions I wanted to know, and thought you guys might want to know as well!!

In another post, I will share with you the products of hers that I tried including a days of the week makeup set and bold new lip product!

Here is the interview...hope you enjoy as much as I did!


1. How do you get your inspiration for your spring/summer collections?   

I live in Santa Barbara , which has some of the most amazing, natural beauty on the coast line to the hills, by day it is sunny, bright and temperate but at Sunset it changes completely and the sky is lit with some of the most glorious corals/apricot/red- it really is spectacular and so inspiring.

The Week of Make up & Succulent lip twin shades are inspired by this gorgeous vista.

2. What is your favorite spring/summer 2011 trend?  

 I love the strong lip trend with a really pared down base, it looks fresh & gorgeous and eases you back into color after really being in a neutral make up bubble. It is so easy to wear and looks so sophisticated but with a funky twist.

3. As a creative person, what are some other creative things you like to do? 

  I am at heart a frustrated property developer :) I bought an old house that was definitely in need of some TLC and I have been renovating it room by room. Being Swedish I like clean, fresh interios with lots of natural light and I take inspiration from the Gustavian period,  which is vintage but timeless.

4. What is your top beauty tip? It can be anything.  

So many, so I will share with you my top tips

  • Be happy with who you are, yes you will age and you will change over the years and when that does happen invest in a great concealer and blush- gives the vitality back to your complexion :)
  • Be sparing with mascara- better to put 2 fine coats to thicken lashes than 1 heavy coat, take a kleenex and take the excess off the wand- by swiping through the tissue, so that you get just the right amount for 2 coats and then swipe again and take the residue gently through the lower lashes. Spider leg lashes is not a good look for anybody.
  • A good blusher can take 5 years off you - best way to apply it, especially if you are slightly out of practice is: follow directly below your iris- this will lead you to the true "apple" of the cheeks, sweep on a little color for a "flush" of blush- looks so natural and fresh. A natural rosy pink suits all skintones.
  • Instant revitalizer- Ice cubes- keep a tray of some of your alcohol free toner frozen this will be an instant pick me up and help to wakeup up your face & close the pores- for a real apothecary treat- mix your own with a half/half mix of rosewater and witchazel. Put in a flannel and press onto face for a few minutes in the morning before primer.

Thank you so much for taking the time to answer my questions Petra!

 I will be back later to share with you guys the products I tried from the "Pixi" line.