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. :)  



(C)Lovelo Beauty 2012

Inspirational Female: Kandee Johnson

Goodmorning Friends! I am so happy that so many of you read the words that I write and read the blog's that I post for you! I feel so blessed that I have found a hobby that I really love and that makes my heart happy. I always feel so encouraged when I read any messages or e-mails that I get from you guys saying how you enjoy my writing or you enjoy my tips about beauty. It's an honor.

Reading your messages and your kind words only make me want to open up more with you guys. It makes me want to share more of my life, my thoughts, feeling and loves. So, one thing that I want to do is share with you some women who I think are inspirational from time to time.

I have been following beauty guru's on YouTube and blog's for a little over a year now and one in particular has really stood out to me and I enjoy reading and watching the videos and blogs she posts so so much! Kandee Johnson.

She is a mom, a makeup artist, a you tube vlogger, blogger and so many other things. The reason I have chosen to share her with you all is because I see such a light in her, an honest woman in this world who is not perfect (because none of us are) but who really is doing what she loves and has such a talent to share with the rest of us!

Her makeup tutorials and tips and tricks inspire me to keep doing what I'm doing. Here are the links to her blog's and I'd encourage you to check them out!

Her makeup artist blog:

Her personal blog:

I recently watched a video on her YouTube channel. It was her just sitting down in front of the camera and addressing some things she wanted to share with her viewers. I found that so much of what she said is what I feel so often. I'm not comparing myself to her. But, I'm saying I can relate to her. I do what I do because I love to do it. I feel very blessed because God is in my life and he provides a security for me that I cannot imagine not feeling.

The reason I admire Miss Kandee is that she had the courage to speak about her faith and how it's gotten her to where she's at on YOU TUBE! She speaks about being a light in this world of darkness reguardless of the negativity that can often surround her. She says, the reason she is able to get through it all and "has happiness in her heart is because of God." This video is very long (almost an hour) but I'd encourage you to watch it if you have time and have an interest in the beauty/blogging industry. [youtube=]

One of the things she says that I could not agree more with is: "the greatest thing you can do is love somebody." -Kandee Johnson.

Talk to you all soon!!

Lots of LOVE ...Lauren