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Prepare to be Amazed- 30-Day Water Challenge!

Update 7/29/15

After my initial post issuing the water challenge I had no less than 12 girlfriends take me up on the challenge. Fast forward 30 days and only 2 were able to complete it- because a gallon is a whole lot of water to drink every day!  

An amazing transformation happened with my friend Gena! Most noticeably the bags underneath her eyes are completely gone. Overall her skin looks radiant and hydrated. She estimated her before challenge intake to be around 16-24 ounces/ day. 

BEFORE                                 AFTER

GenaBefore     GenaAfter

My sister was already drinking nearly a gallon of water a day but upped her intake and sent me her after picture only. Here she is!



And finally, here are my before and after pictures- while it doesn’t appear to be that dramatic of a difference, I definitely could tell an improvement in the bags underneath my eyes as well as the fine wrinkles around my eyes that are no longer nearly as pronounced as they used to be. Before I started the challenge I would estimate my daily water intake to be around 40 ounces/ day. 

BEFORE                                AFTER

SuzieBefore   SuzieAfter


If these before and after pictures inspire you in any way to take the water challenge, send me your before and after pictures- I would love to add them to my gallery!

xXx Suzie




We all know that we need to drink more water. The benefits are endless, including helping you to eat fewer calories, flushing out your kidneys and helping balance all of the fluids in your body. But what about helping you look younger?

I remember seeing  this intriguing article a year or two ago on the serious effect that drinking more water can have on your skin. Interested? I know I was. Lines? Gone! Dark circles? Gone! Sunken and sallow skin? Gone!

Who wants to waste hundreds of dollars buying creams and serums that promise the fountain of youth? And who has the time to religiously try these products to see whether or not they are having any effect? Let’s face it people- the clock is ticking and 6 months wasted on a serum that isn’t working isn’t helping anybody. Worse yet who wants to pump their bodies full of fillers and chemicals to get their skin looking twenty years younger?  

According to the European Food Information Council, water content declines in our bodies with age, starting with 75% as infants and decreasing to 60% as adults. In order to maintain a higher percentage of water in our bodies we need to continually replenish the fluids that are being lost by drinking water daily.

So let’s start drinking!

Here’s the Challenge:

Drink 1 gallon of water daily for 30 Days. Take a picture in the morning on Day 1 of your face only without any makeup. After 30 days of drinking a gallon of water a day, snap another picture- again, face only and no makeup. See for yourself if drinking all of that extra water made any difference in the appearance of your face. And if you are really brave, email the pictures to me, along with any changes you noticed, and I will post them here!

N.B. I am not a medical doctor, but there is a condition called hyponatremia, or water intoxication, that occurs when you drink too much water too quickly. It is a very rare condition. For more information on hyponatremia click here.  


One, two, three step…Make me up!

Makeup is something that I started getting interested in later than most women I suppose, and by the time it became somewhat of an emergency (due to major dark circles under my eyes from sleep deprivation of a growing family) I had no idea where to start. I also had no time to learn. Cue YouTube videos- The perfect companion to those middle of the night feedings! These handy clips gave me lots of tips on skin care and makeup application, and most importantly gave me confidence to try some new things.

Over the years I have ramped up my makeup routine and am able to complete it in 5 minutes feeling complete and pulled together. But there are some days when I don’t even have 5 minutes- and that got me to thinking: If I have a minimal amount of time what are the three things that I would put on my face? We all have different things that we like to conceal or accentuate. For me I have absolutely no lips so I have shied away from lipstick my entire life. However, I have seen women looking great with just a dab of lipstick, a touch of bronzer or a swipe of mascara. After giving this some thought, here are my three things:

1.) Concealer– I have tried a number of different ones over the years with varying results but am currently using Estee Lauder Smoothing Cream Concealer. To give you an idea of the gravity of my dark circles, the woman who sold it too me sang its praises by indicating that people even use it to cover up tattoos. Now that’s an endorsement!

2.) Mascara– For many years I swore by the classic Maybelline Great Lash in brown/black. It’s inexpensive, you can find it anywhere, and it does give you pretty good results. Recently I was introduced to a wonderful three step fiber lash system from Younique, and it yields wonderful results. But since this post is about being speedy, try Estee Lauder Sumptuous Infinite.  In the event that you do have an extra moment, try a lash primer with it- I use Estee Lauder Lash Primer.

3.) Highlighter/Illuminator– I am a huge Carmindy fan from TLC’s no longer running show “What Not To Wear”.  One of her makeup staples is to use a strategically placed highlighter or illuminator on the faces of her makeover clients. This trick alone will make you look (or at least feel) 21 again. One of my favorite standbys is Smashbox’s Halo Highlighting Wand. I use this product down the bridge of my nose, in the cupid’s bow of my lip, in a “C” around the outer edges of my eyes and again pressed into the inner corners. This is such a good tool I can’t believe I am listing it third on my list!

I can accomplish those three things in a minute and a half. And that’s just the amount of time I have before someone starts to yell “Mom!“. And yes I admit, on occasion I have walked out of the house with mascara on one eye only. Hey, a girl’s gotta try, right?

What do you think? What are your three things? Sound off in the comment section below!