Health is Beauty – The Challenge that helped me find my Passion. 

To care about beauty so much sounds pretty vain, right? Well to me, health and beauty are the same. Healthy is beautiful. And what if you grew up with health and/or skin issues that didn’t always make you feel so beautiful? That was the case with me. 

My skin has been an issue since birth. Covered head to toe in eczema and no one could figure out why so they just kept putting topical lotions all over me. But like beauty… it starts from the inside.  
After getting my master’s in nutrition and working in children’s hospitals with severe food allergies, I realized that my issue was actually really common, they just weren’t that familiar with it then. I was allergic to milk. And having not been breast fed, I was having a reaction to the only thing I was drinking. And when a milk allergy goes untreated, by the age of 3, you start getting asthma and a whole lot of other allergies with the potential for hives, puffy eyes, and all kinds of fun stuff. I was even allergic to diaper for F’s sake… yeah, that’s a real thing. Nothing but cloth diapers for this bum. 

The eczema got better as I got older, but I still remember getting it from time to time and being embarrassed to wear shorts in the summer like all the other pre-teens that had just started shaving their legs.

But as I got older, my pasty pale French/Scottish skin started getting more and more freckles, moles, and beauty marks every year. That to me, was even worse than the eczema! I wore an unusual amount of turtlenecks and sweaters for a small person right up until my freshman year of college, when I realized that boys could actually care less. Lol. So why did I?

It wasn’t until I was living in sunny San Diego about 6 years ago that I went in for a routine check up and the doctor wanted to do some skin biopsies on some of those freckles and moles. At that point, I had made peace with my skin and even thought it was kinda cute with a tan. A little extra character. Even with vampire white skin, I’ve always tanned easily and only really burned if I stayed out way too long, so I rarely wore sun screen.  

A few days later… all my biopsies came back abnormal. Okay, well, I am abnormal… but what does that mean? They sent me to a dermatologist for even more biopsies, which meant more big holes in my skin. I had some pretty good gashes out of my skin right on the middle of my stomach that I was not happy about. I didn’t know what was worse… moles or scars! 

But for my second round, they needed to do more testing and essentially is was going to be about three days before they told me whether or not I had skin cancer. I’m naturally a really positive person… but you wouldn’t have thought so those three days. Waiting to hear whether I had one of the most deadly forms of skin cancer. But, there are a million and one things that I haven’t done yet. 
I called my mom crying and asked, why am I the only one in our entire family with all these skin problems? No one had a answer for that one. 

It turned out to be pre-melanoma. I was safe for now. But, in those three days, I promised myself I would do more. I would eat better and take the advice I give everyone else, I decided to sign up for a fitness competition, scars and all, and I would make my skin and my health a priority. 

So, why do I love skin care, health, and beauty so much? Because I never want to repeat my mistakes and I don’t want other people to either. I’ve stayed mostly out of the sun for the last 6 years because I learned through all that… that sun damage shows up 5 years after the fact. And visits to the dermatologist are an annual thing.
Why do I love to model and host health and beauty shows? Because I never thought I could. 
I was wrong.
May is Melanoma Awareness Month. Make sure you’re having your skin checked every year with your routine physicals or by a dermatologist and wear sunscreen no matter what beautiful shade your skin is.   

Why am I the only one in my family with skin issues? Because it forced me to be where I am today… sharing all of it with you. 


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Perfect Lashes in 5 minutes for $5

I love big full lashes! But, I don’t want to spend the time or money for extensions. Gabby can fill you in on those… no pun intended.

I started doing strip lashes once in a while for special occasions. And once in a while turned into every day!

So, I did a step by step video for you below to show you how quick and easy it can be.

How to put on strip lashes 
1. Pick your lashes!

  • I LOVE the Ardell Mega Volume 250… they are big enough to look like extensions but not too big to wear every day.

2. Get the glue

  • I use Duo with the wand applicator making th whole process SO easy.

3. Trim the lashes

  • The lashes are generally a little too long straight out of the box so I trim the inner corners about 1/8 inch.

4. Put thin layer glue on the strip

  • You want to leave the glue on the strip for 30-45 seconds so it gets tacky before you put it on your eye.
  • Use this time to put mascara on your own lashes and curl them to match the shape of the strip.

5. Place strip on the upper edge of the lash

  • Center the lash and push the strip gently along the edge of the lash so they are nice and close to your own.

6. Fluff up the lashes

  • Use your finger to gently fluff up the lashes and make sure they are secure and dry.

That’s it!! Now you have perfect lashes for the day! AND… these lashes are totally re-usable if you take care of them. This means saving the box they came in and gently taking them off before showering or bed and placing them back in the box maintaining their shape.



Annie’s Makeup Drawer

1. Primer

  • NYX Studio Perfect Photo Loving Primer (Over Moisturizers and SPF, Of Course)

2. Foundation

  • L’Oréal Visible Lift Serum Absolute
  • L’Oréal Infallible Total Cover
  • L’Oréal Infallible Pro-Glo (blend 2 drops of each together)

3. Under Eye

  • It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye (My Must Have Product)

4. Contour

  • NYX Wonder Stick – Contour & Highlight

5. Finishing

  • NYX “Set it and Don’t Fret it” Matte Mineral Finishing Powder

6. Lips

  • NYX Lip Liner Pencil – Natural
  • Urban Decay – Midnight Cowboy (Center of Bottom Lip & Inner Corners of Eyes)
  • Sephora Glossy Gloss – Clear (Not Shown)