Monday, September 29, 2014

Brave and Beautiful - Share your Light!

I am Brave and Beautiful - a beauty movement that is sweeping the globe. Colbie Caillat started it with her recent song and video called TRY. My blogging friend Megan of Brassy Apple wanted to push this movement along and invited women from all over to share what they looked like without make up and I joined in!! Colbie's song says, "Take your make up off. Let your hair down... Look into the mirror at yourself, Do you like you? Cause I like you... "
Megan and her friend Cobi of Peacefrom6pieces have been the team behind this whole project. Their worldwide vision included creating their own video inspired by the song TRY. The talent of Robbins Creative made it possible for them to pull it off. You have to click play and see the beauty and bravery displayed and you might even recognize a few faces in there.
Me along with 101+ other blogging women from different backgrounds, religions, ethnicities, ages, shapes and sizes have decided to be Brave and Beautiful! You can join in this movement too by sharing what you look like without makeup on. You don't need a blog either! Just tag your photo with #IamBraveAndBeautiful on Instgram and search the hashtag to see who else has joined in. ALSO, if you tag it with a second hashtag - #ColbieTRY we just might be able to get Colbie Caillat's attention since she was the inspiration behind it all!
Are you brave and beautiful? I am, here I go!
I am all for the hot pink lips, anytime, anywhere! ow ow

Stripped bare, no makeup, no jewels, no shoes..
and I am still me, beautiful me.
Let's face it, I like to wear makeup! I mean for heavens sake I have been obsessed with makeup since I could talk, and trained professionally in makeup artistry for over 15 years!
I love to enhance a woman's (or my own) natural beauty with makeup, but we don't NEED it.
Society tells us we do, but we don't!
I am very lucky to have a husband who tells me that when I am in sweats, and no makeup.. it's his favorite. .. cue the AWE's  ;)

I have found that is is SO important to approve of yourself, love yourself, respect yourself, and be downright kind to yourself. 
Look in the Mirror and tell yourself you LOVE you!
Seriously! YOU are the BOMBDIGGITY!!!
Look no further than yourself for everything you have ever wanted in this life.
Happiness, success, health, and wealth are all a state of mind.. and you are the only one in control of your thoughts... So make them good ones!!
XOXOXOXOXO

share your natrual beauty - brassyapple.com
Don't stop here. Get clicking around - its a blog hop! Below are more brave and beautiful women bearing more than their natural beauty. They each have a little bit of their heart to share with you. Some get very personal. Some share stories. For some this was very hard to do yet they gathered their courage and did it anyway. We hope as you click around (and YES pin these different posts!) you will feel the importance of it, the empowering effect it has and that it encourages you in some way.
**********;Important info! Blog Hops often have glitches the first day. If the link has an ERROR, simply click on the HOME button for each site, or google the blog name next to the link, and you should see their brave and beautiful post there. Links will be updated as soon as possible.**********
women sharing their natural beauty - no makeup
women with our makeup on and what makes them beautiful
women from around the world share their face with no makeup on - BrassyApple.com
Mommy bloggers share their face without makeup and what makes then beautiful
Natural beauty untouched photos
raw natural beauty - join the movement
beauty and bravery - women wearing no makeup - Brassyapple.com
#colbietry #iambraveandbeautiful
Ready in join in?Snap, hashtag and share! Tag @BrassyApple and @Peacefrom6Pieces if you can too!
Also follow our Bravery and Beauty PINTEREST board for more inspiration!
Attachments area Preview YouTube video Colbie Caillat - Try Colbie Caillat - Try

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

6 Steps Toward A More Productive Day

If you know me at all, you know how much I love a good makeover! Usually these makeovers include me taking a sledgehammer to a wall, or  using up 15 cans of spray paint.. 
but lately I have been very invested in little 'life makeovers'.


Join me on a journey.. a journey of self acceptance, of love, of peace, of determination.. of obtaining a BETTER LIFE!
We are constantly changing and growing, so the things around us in our lives must change as well.
I am sure you've noticed more than once, the things you once disliked, you now like, and vise versa. 
We all adapt to life, but how about we take over now... and create the life we want!!


Let's start with something small, like How To Get More Out Of Our Day...
  • Step 1  Keep a Notebook by your bed
    • Before you go to bed, write a list of the things you need to do the next day.
    • Section off your list.
      • Make a section for Priorities (things you MUST get done that day)
      • Make a section for Work and one for Home
      • Make a section for people you need to get ahold of/or people you are waiting to hear from
      • Make a weekly section, for things that will take longer than one day to complete, or things you want to get done within the week
      • Write a positive thought at the top of your list that will help motivate you throughout the day.
    • Your subconscious will work for you during the night to help figure out how you will accomplish those tasks. 
    • You will sleep better because you have gotten your thoughts out on paper, you won't worry all night about what you have to get done the next day.
  • Step 2  Eat a HEALTHY Breakfast
    • I know you have heard this time and time again, but it is absolutely essential to having a better day!
    • You will have more energy
    • You will think more clearly
    • You will just FEEL BETTER
    • You will probably lose weight because a healthy breakfast jump-starts your metabolism
    • Check out my Pinterest Board full of healthy breakfast choices
  • Step 3  Enjoy Your Morning
    • Your morning sets the tone for the rest of your day, so enjoy it!
    • Open up those blinds and let the SUNSHINE in!
    • Turn on your favorite music/or your favorite talk show when you first get up (I love to listen to different motivational talks on YouTube)
    • Have your clothes picked out the night before so that you aren't stressing about it in the morning (if you have kids, make sure they have clothes laid out the night before)
    • If you run low on time in the morning, try doing what you can the night before like  taking a shower, prepping your breakfast or lunch.. or you could WAKE UP EARLIER! wink wink
    • Get MOVING! Do 5 min of yoga (here is my favorite yoga resource), or a quick walk around the block... get down and plank for 30 seconds.. do something that gets your heart pumping, it automatically puts you in a better mood!
      •  If you have kids, get creative and be fun with this.. lead them in a few simple stretches and 10 jumping jacks, or play a quick game of tag!
    • The main thing that can ruin any morning is when you are running late. This causes stress and contention for all involved, so try to use your time wisely. If you need to, plan every little detail of your morning so you never skip a beat!
  • Step 4  Curb Distractions
    • This is a biggy! You need to gain control of your day, and that means not letting 45 min slip by while your browse Pinterest, or an hour wasted on Facebook.
    • A great way to gain control is to give yourself time limits, and stick to them! Set a timer for 10 minutes and go crazy on Pinterest, or Facebook, or Instagram.. whatever you are in to. And I mean 10 minutes set aside for each platform, that way it helps you focus on what you really want to accomplish or see, rather than just waste time.
    • TV is one of our biggest time wasters, and with Netflix, Redbox, Direct TV, Hulu.. it is so easy to get lost for hours watching numerous shows and movies. Studies show that the average person watches 4 hours of TV a day! Over one year, that equals 60 days!!!! So out of the 12 months, we watch TV for a full 2 months!! Holy Cow, can you believe how much we could accomplish if we just cut that down to 1 hour a day?!
    • Don't check your emails all day long. Set a couple times a day that you check it and allow a short amount of time to respond to the important ones. 
    • Charge your phones and tablets outside of your bedroom, you don't need those distractions in your bedroom. Use going to bed and waking up as a time to connect with yourself and recharge. Read a good book, spend time with your spouse, meditate/pray... whatever helps you to clear your mind and get ready to conquer another day.
  • Step 5  Learn to say NO
    • Have you heard the quote "If things aren't adding up in your life, start subtracting"? This means quit saying YES to all your requests!
    • We as humans have an innate desire to be liked.. so we are not very likely to say No when others ask things of us
    • Put your (and your family's) needs first. Prioritize. It's ok to let things go... and to say No
    • You will be far more productive if you are juggling a few things than if you were juggling 15
    • Start subtracting those things/projects in your life that aren't beneficial to your goals, your life, and your desires
  • Step 6 Add Value to Other's Lives
    • It's true that you will have more energy and be in a better mood when you are serving or adding value to someone else's life.
    • Give a sincere compliment to a co-worker, a stranger, or someone in your family.
    • Email or call someone you haven't spoken to in a really long time, just letting them know you were thinking about them.
    • Make an acquaintance feel extra special on their birthday.
    • Take some cold drinks to the construction crew down the street
    • Pay for the person's drink or meal behind you at the drive-through 
    • Offer to teach someone something
    • Always make sure your family knows that they come first, always make time for them.
RECAP

You know yourself better than anybody else, and I KNOW you are capable of greatness, that's why we were all created... now go and conquer your day!

Any thoughts/insights/questions??? Hit me up here in the comments or on any of my social media sites.. can't wait to hear from you!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Something More



Do you ever feel like you are suppose to be doing something else? Something more? Stuck in a rut!?! You're doing that little dance that looks like you are stepping on hot coals, because you aren't quite sure of what the future holds? You know that ho-hum feeling that surfaces more often than not, and makes you doubt everything about yourself...
Well I am about to blast those feelings out of my atmosphere and I invite you to come along for the ride!
Pretend we have a magic bed like that on Bedknobs and Broomsticks.. Let's climb on that bed, turn the knob and head off to that wonderful land of happiness and success! We may even have a little game of "Football" while we are there!!!
XOXO
Andrea

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Favorite Lip Color Combinations

Hello LOOVVVERRSSSSS!

Boy, I have missed my readers!
 It's a darn good thing Pinterest keeps giving my site high traffic rates!
{Thank you Pinterest!}


I thought I would jump in and share my 2 favorite Lip Color Combos!

I got these first two at ULTA!
YOU.ARE.WELCOME.

oh and P.S. The Lip Injection is pretty powerful, so don't cake it on your lips OUCH!

 These two were purchased at a MAC counter {that's pretty obvious I guess}
Have fun playing with your makeup, start mixing what you already have!
 I bet you come up with some dynamite colors!!
XOXO

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Makeup Tutorial by Andrea Queen B ~Yellow and Green~

Those of you who know me well, know that I wear MANY hats!! LOL
One of which is Makeup Artist/Stylist!
I have been in the makeup and beauty industry professionally for over 15 years, 
and I LOVE IT!
It is one more way that I get to CREATE!
I have prepared this tutorial for you by the request of many.. 
I hope it is helpful, and I am already working on more!
 I really tried to lay this out as easy as possible.
I used MAC Makeup for everything except the mascara.
Don't feel like you need to go out and buy all these colors at MAC,
there are comparable colors at the supermarket that will cost much less.
STEP 1. +Wash your hands+ Use your finger {with light pressure} to apply your base color all over lid, which will highlight your brow bone, and inner corner of eye.
STEP 2. Use your finger to apply a gold color on inner eyelid. 
STEP 3. Use your finger to apply a light green shade, right next to the gold, so they blend into one another.
STEP 4. Use your finger or a brush to apply a slightly darker green shade in a small C-shape so in blends into the lighter green, and rounds on top of it a bit.
STEP 5. Use a blending brush to apply your darkest green shade in your outer corner and blend up into crease in a big C shape. Bring the color thru the crease until in meets the gold color.
STEP 6. Use a blending brush and blend blend blend! You don't want hard lines, especially with dark colors! 
STEP 7. Eyeliner! This can be tricky, especially depending on what you are use to. I will be doing an eyeliner video soon to demonstrate the many different techniques and brands. However for this look I used a gel liner with an angled eyeliner brush. It gives a nice smooth, dark line.
Start at the outer corner with the brush turned up slightly to create the 'wing'... You can extend it as far as you are comfortable.. Continue carefully extending the line to the inner corner, letting the line get thinner and thinner.
If you want to apply to the bottom lashes, use the same technique.
STEP 8. Mascara! I love SO many brands, and I will share them all with you later.. But for this look I used L'OREAL LASH OUT BUTTERFLY.. and BONUS it's under $10 at the supermarket!!!! I use an eyelash curler, then I apply the mascara starting at the base of the lashes, moving the brush side to side slightly as I pull it up through the lashes. I recommend 3 to 4 coats... Or until you reach the coverage you desire.
STEP 9. Use an angled blush brush and apply blush on apples of cheeks, concentrate most of the color there, but blend it up into temples and down onto cheek as well.
Finish off with your favorite lipstick or gloss.

I have a tutorial for lips I am working on that I will share later this week.


Don't mind my red eyes, I was up all night with my sweet baby...
If you have any questions/Suggestions.. please let me know on here, FB or Insta!
THANKS!!!
XOXO

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

OCG's TOP 50 Home Design Blogs


Ottowa General Contractors in Ottowa Ontario Canada 
compiled a list of their 
TOP 50 DIY Home Design Blogs and 
Queen B and Me made the cut!!!

Here's what they had to say:
Queen B and Me shows the adventures of Andrea and her husband undertaking and offering tips on various DIY jobs around the house. Her posts offer a good price point and work involved with different DIY projects as well as showing pictures as their projects go on.
The project of Queen B and Me that caught my eye was “How to Refinish Hardwood Floors“. Their guide shows pictures every step of the way and the hard work involved when refinishing hardwood floors. They did a great job, and the finished product looks perfect.

WOW!! Thanks for the compliments!!
We are listed among some pretty awesome DIY sites
Go check out the list HERE

You can learn how to refinish hardwood floors yourself HERE