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.

I'm certainly not a professional when it comes to this industry, but I do spend far too much time perusing the pages of fashion and lifestyle magazines, reading dozens of fashion and beauty blogs, and attending beauty trade shows and events when I have the opportunity. 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 twenty-six 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 Greta (German Shepherd rescue), Gizmo (Shih Tsu rescue), Tanner (German Shepherd mix rescue), and 3 cats, Misho, Stewie, and Amanda. If I ever win the lottery, my dream is to  open a residential ranch and take in handicapped kids currently in foster care and rescue animals from shelters, so they would all have a place to call home. I also enjoy cooking, gardening, reading, and creative writing. 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.

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