Not one to desire excess, I prefer understatement and underdogs...except when it comes to beauty products!

Welcome to Body & Soul Beauty Blog! This is where I enjoy sharing beauty-related products for one simple reason: they make me happy! If you're a regular reader of my blog, I think it's safe to say that like me, you're obsessed with products that make you look and feel prettier. It's amazing that one tube of lip gloss, a bottle of nail polish, a spritz of perfume...whatever your fancy, holds so much power. These products not only give us a little beauty boost, but they also can lift our spirits and give us more confidence. I remember watching my Mom paint on her red Estee Lauder lipstick when I was a little girl, and I was so excited when she bought me my first beauty product, a Bonne Bell Dr. Pepper Lip Smacker. That was my gateway drug! High-end, drugstore, well known brands, Indie brands, it's all good.

Some may say it's frivolous to spend so much time learning about such things and to have such a vast assortment of beauty products, but I disagree. I love the colors, textures, packaging, and everything else about it. It's my hobby, my passion, my outlet, and a source of my happiness. I have many other interests, so I may stray from beauty products to fashion, accessories, home and lifestyle, and the occasional food/recipe every now and again...whatever makes my soul happy!

When I'm not playing with my makeup, I do have other things that keep me busy. I have a wonderful husband that I adore, and a 33 year old daughter who is the most precious thing in my world. She's severely mentally impaired, and she has taught me more about love, compassion, and empathy for others than I ever thought possible. I have loved animals all of my life, and we share our home with Tanner (a 10-year-old German Shepherd mix rescue), and Kyle (a 2-year-old Havanese). I also enjoy cooking and baking, gardening, reading, creative writing, and various art mediums. Some of my simple pleasures are a good cup of coffee, cupcakes for breakfast (is that wrong?!!), classic 70's rock music, Notre Dame football, and a real life love story with a happy ending.