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Swimming at the Lake

Fashion, Lifestyle, Style, Travel, Petite StyleCrystal JacksonComment

Been spending ample time getting as close to Mother Nature as possible lately. Yesterday I took advantage of the beautiful sunshine after almost a week of cloudy skies and rain by stepping out on the lake for a swim! My daughter and I packed up a picnic and walked from our cabin down to the lake to get much needed swim time!

I’ve been really into wearing a more modest swimsuit this past summer despite the fact that I’ve worked on toning more than ever in my thirties. I think as we get older it’s perfectly okay to wear a flattering sexy swimsuit but I also think it’s just as impactful to be a little more covered. When I’m out playing with the kiddo I’m not trying to constantly adjust every few minutes to ensure I am not showing something I shouldn’t be. No, I’d rather be able to swim comfortably and play!

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Don’t forget to protect your skin with SPF Veil!

As the summer winds down don’t be afraid to buy half a swimsuit if you find one in your size! Although my top and bottoms are part of two swimsuits I own I mixed and matched to create today’s retro inspired look! Instead of buying a matching set you can look for things on clearance in the same colors!

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Marina Mornings

Fashion, Lifestyle, Healthy, Product Review, Travel, Style, How ToCrystal JacksonComment
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Since I’ve been staying at a lake in Northern California, I’ve made it a point to focus on overall health and connecting deeper to my surroundings. Slow drives through the mountains, walks at sunset and sunrise, stargazing at night and examining the beauty in nature are what most of my past few days have been like for me. Health is my number one priority and I’m not just talking about diet and exercise. Now more than ever I am putting my mental, spiritual and physical health at the top of my priority list.

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With that being said I’ve been paying close attention to making sure I’m getting enough exercise, eating whole fruits and vegetables, hydrating my skin and protecting it from the sun. The air in Northern California is so clean compared to Houston and the UV rays sear right through it. Not only do I use an SPF veil broad spectrum beauty fluid (you can read more about that product in last week’s post) but I also hydrate with our YOU•OLOGY Day Moisturizer and my favorite BB Cream.

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I’ve been harping so much about skincare lately and it’s more important to me than ever before now that I’m closer to forty than twenty-one! The main key with skincare is to be as consistent as possible. Ensure you cleanse, tone, treat and moisturize daily to allow your skin cells to regenerate. Another BIG step I’ve added is regularly exfoliating. I love our YOU•OLOGY Brightening Mask because it treats the skin to a brighter appearance and lightly exfoliates.

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Recently I earned a certification in our YOU•OLOGY skincare product line. If you are not sure where to start to improve your skincare regimen then I’m all ears! Reach out to me at threeheelclicksblog@gmail.com or submit your email below! I’d love to set up a brief consultation online and discuss your best options for your skin!

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Tips for Staying Sane on a Long Road Trip

DIY, How To, Packing, Lifestyle, Style, TravelCrystal JacksonComment
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Finally I’m back at you with a few new travel posts! Feels like it’s been a while since I last shared anything travel related. We are currently en route to a lake house in Northern California where we will be staying for a few weeks. Instead of flying out this time, we decided to load up the car and drive from Houston to San Diego, CA then up to Sacramento after a few days of play. Now being a child who moved every few years on average, I know a few things about road trips. However, it’s much different when you grow up and have to take care of every body else! Here are a few ways we managed to survive 25 hours of straight travel.

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What to Pack and Bring

Leave early evening and drive through the night

A lot of people choose to leave in the middle of the night or early morning to get a head start. We actually drive a lot through the night because there is little traffic and hardly anyone on the road. Instead of waking everyone up in the middle of the night for a 3 or 4am departure, we load the car at sunset and then hit the road. If you have two adults capable of driving then you can switch off. If it’s just a single driver, you can always pull over at rest stops. We left for California at 8pm and arrived in San Diego the following night around 9pm. Driving through the night had us arrive about halfway in El Paso the following morning which was the longest, most boring stretch of the ride. West Texas has some beautiful parts, but it’s pretty bleak for miles on end.

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Rest Stops are Your New Spot

Rest stops don’t get so much credit these days, but they are an integral part of long term travel. They allow a safe place for you to grab something out of your luggage. Most come with picnic tables and rest rooms. As we entered California the rest stops became so much more elaborate. Not kidding, some of the cleanest restrooms I’ve ever seen! Rest stops are pet friendly so if you brought your pup along you’ll be able to give her a good walk from time to time. Plot a few out along your journey and then look for road signs so if you need to stop quickly you can. The other benefit is they are a quick and easy get on and off the highway.

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Bring a mini cooler to save on breakfast, snacks and drinks

Take a quick survey before you leave and load up with everyone’s favorite snacks and beverages. The fewer stops you have to make the earlier arrival time you’ll experience. Also, instead of packing tons of bottles, give everyone a refillable bottle and buy a few beverages in bulk. If you do decide to stop for something to eat, take time and enjoy a local spot along the way. We ended up having the BEST fish tacos in San Diego unexpectedly while we were at a gas station. Look at using YELP or TripAdvisor for recommendations. The key is to keep everyone fed and happy so you can enjoy the trip!

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Dress in Easy to Remove Layers

One of the best things you can do for your family and yourself is to have everyone dress in layers. Start with soft pants like leggings and a tank or a tee. Then, add a hoodie and easy to remove shoes instead of ones that require socks and lacing up. Being able to jump in and out of the car along the way without having to get your shoes on as an ordeal makes the trip seamless. Also, while we are on the note of getting out of the car - encourage every person traveling at every stop to get out and move around no matter what! It’s good for the legs and will help keep everyone from being restless!

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Don’t Forget Your Sunblock and Moisturizer

Being trapped behind a windshield in the middle of the desert means you are getting tons of unwanted UV rays. I like wearing sunglasses and a baseball cap so I can let my hair down without worrying how it looks. But I also like those items to shield me from the scorching sun. Remember, when you change climates your skin will need to adapt. Bring lots of lip balm, SPF, moisturizer and of course hydrate with water. You’ll end up feeling so much more refreshed upon arrival. You can also use car time as spa time by doing a mask!

Tips for Staying Sane on a Long Road Trip

Protect your face from UV rays

Well, there you have it! If you have kiddos consider renting a vehicle with a DVD player unless you already have one. You can also rent a car to save on wear and tear or to get a larger vehicle than you may own. Bring lots of road games or have a list on your phone of things you can do and spot along the way. Last but not least, enjoy this time! Remember it’s the journey not just the destination!

What are some of your favorite road trip tips and tricks?

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Put Some Pep in Your Step This Morning!

Fashion, Inspiration, Lifestyle, Petite Style, StyleCrystal JacksonComment
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There was a time when I hated Monday mornings. Heck, I hated all mornings. Now I no longer use an alarm and find I naturally wake when the sunlight pours into my bedroom window (or hotel room as it currently stands). I immediately rise excited to start my day, but it wasn’t always like that. There were years that went by where I felt like getting out of bed required me to army crawl to my coffee pot for energy. Although I sure do love a good cup of coffee, I’ve noticed since I made lifestyle changes over the past year I have so much more enthusiasm to get myself out of bed. I thought it would be motivating to share a few ways to put some pep into your step this morning!

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Down a HUGE glass of water first thing

Hydration is key for energy, clear skin, and for our minds. By starting the day with a tall glass of water (at least 16oz) you’ll be immediately helping your mind and body kick off right! Hydration is so important in the mornings because you just spent hours sleeping which in turn means little fluids were put into your body. Put a tall glass beside your bed and down it first thing in the morning!

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Play some of your favorite upbeat music

Forget the TV, radio and news this morning and control the message with some upbeat tunes to lay a positive foundation for the day. Because the news and radio are pretty unpredictable on content, you can choose a playlist of songs that would get you movin’ in the morning. Imagine getting your favorite song stuck in your head rather than some silly jingle on the radio. Control the message you hear and keep your mind in a positive place!

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Wear a Favorite Outfit and Feel Your Best

When I worked in an office I usually came in dressed pretty nice on Monday’s. It was always nice because I usually had meetings with my teams or the executives. Being dressed up and prepared to attend a formal business meeting was something I frequently did. If you are staying at home today, pull out a comfy sundress or pair of athleisure joggers and matching top. Even your lounge wear can be stylish and luxurious.If your running errands or dealing with the kiddos, you can always opt for your favorite pair of shorts with a button down top or a cute matching athletic set. The key is to be intentional. Put on light makeup and fix your hair. You’d be surprised what 15 minutes of effort can do for your mood.

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Saturday Shopping: 20% Off All Makeup and Beauty Collections in August

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20% Off All Makeup and Beauty Collections in August

Back to school shopping is officially in full swing right now! Everyone is running the best sales across retailers and YOUNIQUE is on board! Released on August 1 all collections (which are discounted already) receive an ADDITIONAL 20% off!The best part about our collections is that you get so much more bang for your buck! The collections are carefully curated to help you make an easy decision when purchasing new makeup. We have a total of six Be YOUNIQUE collections with customizable colors for a variety of skin tones. Our collections group complimentary products together and bring them to you at a discount of up to 40% savings!

Today I'll be sharing about our BE YOUNIQUE Blessing in Disguise kit featured in each photograph. The Blessing in Disguise kit comes with an interchangeable quad eye shadow palette, mascara of your choice, a brow pencil, liner and foundation of your choice. It's only $93.00 and has five full size items inside of our signature purple satin cross body. This color is just as beautiful in real life as it is in the photographs in today's post.

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BE YOUNIQUE Collection

Six collections at a deep discount!


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Style your YOUNIQUE crossbody with a flirty white dress and statement earrings

Not always do I receive a kit or collection and love the bag that comes along with the products inside. I can tell you that numerous times those bags end up getting used to tote groceries. Not with YOUNIQUE! They actually make quality purses and satchels with our collections to allow our presenters and customers to incorporate them into outfits. I wore mine with a flirty white dress, white pumps and statement earrings. It’s such a simple outfit but definitely a head turner. I’ve rounded up a few dresses that have a similar knotted front in a variety of styles.



Use a matte powder or liquid foundation for soft even skin

The Blessing in Disguise kit comes with your choice of one of three foundations. I personally love our TOUCH liquid mineral foundation for smooth coverage from a liquid drying to powder formula. I layered it over our primer and then added a little bronzer on top! Smooth and flawless looking skin doesn’t require makeup to be caked on. Using our liquid foundation will help even skin tone and it feels like you are wearing nothing!

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Create a romantic eye building soft layers of eye shadow, liner and then 4D mascara

Start by using the quad palette in soft tones to create a shimmery warm toned eye. Then, use the pencil liner to line the tops of your lids. I like to smudge afterwards with a small angled brush or cotton swab. Finish it off with two coats of our 4D mascara. Gone are the days of fibers flaking on to your skin as soon as you put the mascara on! This one blows the orgininal MOODSTRUCK EPIC 3D 2 -step mascara system out of the park. Now, simply layer the new 4D mascara over your lashes in a single step to create unbelievable lashes!

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Quad Custom Eye Shadow Palette

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Finish this romantic look with a pretty pale pink pout

When I do such a dramatic eye I tend to leave my face and lips more neutral. Swipe on a pale pink creamy lipstick for a more natural look leaving your eyes center stage. Romantic makeup is best when you focus on just one feature so today it was all about the eyes. Our lipsticks come in 19 shades so if you prefer a bolder lip and neutral eyes you can customize your palette to best suit your needs.

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MOODSTRUCK OPULENCE LIPSTICK IN SUBTLE

Longwear formula allows for all-day wear.

One of the biggest questions I get asked is how durable are YOUNIQUE’s products. I am pleased to tell you that after wearing a plethora of skincare and makeup products YOUNIQUE’s work. They last 8-12 hours and withstand hot humid summer days. I love layering any of the makeup I wear over a primer for a lasting finish and then setting it with either a spray or powder.

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The LOVE IT Guarantee

YOUNIQUE products are backed with a 30 day money back guarantee because we know you’ll love it. Yep, for any reason if you don’t like a product you can send it back. That’s us putting our money where our mouth is. It’s risk free - which doesn’t happen often this day in age. I challenge you to try it for yourself and let the results shout out to the world!


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