Finding My Fabulous Through Tae Kwon Do

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My journey to find my fabulous  has primarily focused on makeup, plus a bit on skin care and clothes. I recently realized it has also included Tae Kwon Do.

Let me give you a little background…

As a kid, I tried every sport available; t-ball, basketball, soccer, swimming, track, and cross country. I would estimate I was in the bottom 10% of every sport I participated in. I was awarded several “most improved” trophies, which basically meant, “you really sucked when you started and now you only half-suck.” I had great fun doing all these activities, but I just knew sports weren’t my thing.

7 months ago my husband decided our family would start tae kwon do. I reluctantly agreed, mostly to show our girls that even if you aren’t great at something you can still have fun. If given the choice, I would have stayed home so the rest of my family could have Daddy/Daughter time.

We signed up at our local dojang and attended class twice a week. My husband and I were the only adults most of the time. The majority of the class only came up to my *white* belt. When we ran laps to start class, I was the slowest. Those little twerps lapped me every time, including my own daughters.

When we stretched, I wasn’t even close to touching my toes. One of the teenage helpers would walk through the students and say, “John is down. Bella is down. Andrew is almost down. Danielle is trying hard.” I knew I would never get past trying hard. Why? When I was 14 years old, my cross country coach told me I had the hamstrings of a 40 year of man. Thanks, Coach!

Much to my surprise, I got better. I was able to do most of the kicks and blocks and do them well. My flexibility improved. I am now “almost down.” Some kids still lap me, but I sometimes lap a few who run all out the first three laps then peter out before lap 10.

When it was time for our first belt test, I passed with flying colors! Happily, so did the rest of my family. We now proudly wear our yellow belts!

The topper came last week. I was called to the front of class and I had no idea why. The lead instructor announced that I was the Star of the Month for our entire dojang! This doesn’t mean I’m perfect or the best, but it’s a heck of a lot better than “you did suck and now you only half-suck” awards!

Our next belt test is about a month away. If we pass, we will begin sparring. That will be my chance to really show those fast little buggers!

As you journey to Find Your Fabulous, I encourage you to try something new. Take a cooking class, join the local choir, maybe even look into Tae Kwon Do! You never know where you might Find Your Fabulous!


Great Lipstick for $1? You Bet!

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Are you joining me in my search to Find My Fabulous?

Step One-Find a Great Lipstick

Do you have a signature color when it comes to lipstick? Or do you wear a color to match your outfit. Please tell me you aren’t wearing the same color from your Prom!

I have been wearing clear Blistex for the last few years.Sometimes I went wild and wore a slightly tinted Burt’s Bees lip balm. I know, I’m wild and crazy like that!

Before I purchased any lipstick, I checked around the blogs for some good colors. I really had no idea what colors would look good on me. After seeing some hot colors, I hoped in my minivan and headed to the closest Walgreens.

Guess what, Ladies? Drugstore lipstick is NOT cheap! I was looking at $8-12 just to find a decent shade. If I bought 3 to try out, I’m out about $30 and I might not even find something I like! Yeah, yeah. I know you can take back cosmetics, but honestly, I never do.

Then I found it. A fantastic, creamy lipstick in several lovely shades. For ONE DOLLAR. A dollar. Can you believe it?

Yep, it’s ELF.com. I’m not going to shut up about ELF, so get used to it.

 

So far, I’ve only used the Essential Lipstick and my favorite color is Posh. It’s a nice berry color without being too dark. I also have Seductive and Classy. They are both nice, but not much color. And if I’m going to the trouble of putting on lipstick, it better show!

My one complaint about ELF is the colors represented on the website just aren’t accurate. Just go to google and type in “elf essential lipstick swatches” and you’ll see all sorts of samples. Here’s one from beautylish.com, but I think the original source is http://www.beautybykrystal.com/2013/06/review-swatches-on-elf-essential.html. I really want to give credit where credit is due, so if I have the wrong source, please let me know.

Look at all these wonderful, rich colors! I bet you can find your perfect Your Lips But Better shade right here!

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Image courtesy of beautybykrystal.com

Product: ELF Essential Lipstick

Cost: $1

Verdict: LOVE it!

What do you think? Have you tried ELF Essential Lipstick? Do you have another lipstick you adore?


Monthly Subscription Boxes

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Have I been living under a rock? I have never heard of subscription boxes and now I am a stalker and an addict. Have you been under a rock and you don’t know that which I speak of?

Monthly Subscription Boxes are a subscription, must like a magazine. But instead of getting a bunch of pages of advertising, you get little treats delivered to your mailbox! There are dozens of Monthly Subscription boxes, including high end makeup brands, drugstore and indie makeup, hair products, complete outfits, craft boxes for kids, boxes for your pets, meals in a box and even fun boxes for adult adventures.

As far as I can tell, it started with BirchBox.com This company sends out a variety of high end cosmetics, skin care, and lifestyle products. In one month, you might get a foil packet of a new moisturizer, a great pair of socks, a fully size dry shampoo and a little notebook. It’s an interesting mix of products and for only $10 per month, what have you got to loose?

The first box I’ve subscribed to is Ipsy. Ipsy is also only $10 per month and it will introduce you to all sorts of new makeup products. Nearly everything they send is make-up related, often with full-sized products. Some brands you’ve probably heard of, others you haven’t

I’ll be reviewing my Ipsy bag soon, but here’s what I got:

Ipsy Bag

A very colorful lip balm, fantastic mascara, a purple eye shadow, a kohl eye liner and a nude lipstick. It’s a whole look in a single bag! If you want to sign up, please use my link.

The other Monthly Subscription Box I’ve signed up for, but haven’t yet received, is the PopSugar Must Have Box. It’s a bit more expensive, at $35 per month, but it has “lifestyle” items. You might find a scarf, jewelry, specialty foods, teas, a cute notebook, sunscreen or a cute toucan shaped bottle opener.  If you use this code REFER5 you’ll get $5 off your first order. As soon as I get this box, I’ll review it and let you know all about it and here’s the September box to get you drooling:

PopSugar

There are tons of other monthly beauty boxes. As I review them, I’ll let you know all about it!


Finding My Fabulous

Find Your Fabulous

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Finding My Fabulous
I just turned 40.

I cut off my hair.

I went from shoulder length hair to a short pixie cut. Yeah, I did that.

I decided, since my face was now just “out there,” and I didn’t want to look like a man, I needed to start wearing lipstick.

If I was going to wear lipstick, I may as well start wearing makeup.

It’s sort of like the book If You Give a Moose a Muffin. It just keeps going and going.

Guess what? I am LOVING it! I am having so much fun styling my hair and trying on makeup. It’s awesome.

I am Finding My Fabulous!

Care to join me? I will be posting my trials and tribulations as I find my own fabulous. Perhaps you can find yours too!

Watch here for:

Product Reviews

Video Tutorials

Hot Products, especially for “mature” ladies, not old women

Much more!

What would you like to see? How can I help you to Find Your Fabulous?

 

 


About Miss Mouthy

Welcome to Miss Mouthy! This post may or may not contain affiliate links You'll just have to find out. Okay, yes, it probably does have affiliate links. You've been warned!

Miss Mouthy, AKA Danielle, has been married to Mr. Mouthy for 15 years. They have two sweet daughters, ages 7 and 9. After 5 years as a SAHM, Miss Mouthy returned to the workforce full-time, teaching Middle School Special Education. Yeah, she’s crazy like that!  The Mouthy family resides in a small town about an hour outside of Seattle.
Since she recently turned 40, Miss Mouthy has been focusing on Finding Her Fabulous. She noticed the lack of quality beauty blogs for women over 30 and decided to fill that need.
At this time, Miss Mouthy does not sell advertising, but she’s open to the concept if it’s a great fit! MissMouthy.com is all about practical information and advice, conservative viewpoints and fun around every corner.
Please don’t hesitate to contact Miss Mouthy at Miss Mouthy *at* g mail *dot* com.

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