LOVE THIS! Lorac Pro Matte Lip Color ($16)

LOVE IT NOW BECAUSE: You can finally have matte lips without losing the moisture!

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This week I brought you my Fall ’14 fashion finds, so I thought one of my favorite fall beauty finds was in order. Lorac Pro Matte Lip Color  ($16) should basically be called Lorac Pro MAGIC lip color because it does what few – if any – lipsticks have been able to do. It gives us long-lasting, matte finish without drying the lips out, at all.

On the contrary, this velvety-soft lipstick nourishes and protects our lips, thanks to anti-aging antioxidants of acai berry, pomegranate, grape seed extract and vitamins C and E. Not just a lipstick, the pointed tip allows you to line, define and fill in with highly-pigmented, buildable, beautiful color.

I love this product for fall because matte lips are a big trend! And definitely one we shouldn’t be afraid to try. After all, there are few looks that make as bold a statement as a confident, matte lip does when paired with lots of lashes.

But my favorite thing about this magic lipstick? It wears on and on and on – longer than you’ll even expect it to. And when it finally starts to dim a little bit (after hours of eating, drinking and dancing), it still leaves a stain. So your lips are never naked!

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Moll’s Bag of Tricks: The Lorac Pro Matte Lip Color in Merlot really gives me a beauty buzz. It’s the perfect sultry, mulled wine shade and truly looks gorgeous on any skin tone. A deep wine lip just equals instant glamour. And with this easy-to-use lipstick, it can work for everyone! Just dust a little loose, transparent powder on – and around – your lips, line the lips with the pointed tip of the crayon and then fill in with the sides of the crayon. I also love that it’s small and weightless enough to toss into an evening clutch or even your pocket!

A lot of things come to mind, when I think of fall – football games, fires, falling leaves – and, of course, FASHION!! While summer seems to get the most fun and lighthearted pieces, the fashion trends that are in this fall definitely are fabulous and, surprisingly, a bit lighthearted, as well. But how do you look at a runway and decide which trends are worth trying? Well, that’s what I’m here for. I’ve pared down all of the Fall 2014 fashion trends and plucked out the ones that we all can wear regardless of our age, size or climate in which we live.

Orange IS the new black. At least for this fall, it is. Talk about an orange crush! The runways were rampant with orange tops, bottoms, shoes, lips, and, even, hair.  Not sure you can pull off orange? Think outside the classic muppet orange that might make you cringe. If you feel like being bold, try wearing a bright orange skirt with a crisp white blouse. Or if you want to keep it a bit more subdued, that melted orange sherbet hue, in a blouse or sweater, looks great on everyone. Pair it with some tan slacks and you’ve got the perfect marriage of summer meeting fall.

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Get your Oxford degree. Classic male-inspired shoes were everywhere on the fall runways. And you’ve got some choices here. There were classic brown, black and gray oxfords or, my favorite, black-and-white saddle oxfords for a retro nod. Wear them with jeans or slacks to channel your inner Diane Keaton or use them to balance out the femininity of a frilly blouse or skirt. Just as I encourage the home to represent both male and female energies, I feel the same way about fashion.

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Wrap it up. Wrap coats – or robe coats – were a big hit on the runway for fall. They can be worn over a simple tee and jeans to instantly dress up a look, or can be layered over skirts and leggings for a multi-faceted, fashionably layered look. One tip? Keep the layers underneath light so your look doesn’t end up looking too bulky.

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Don’t be an animal. But certainly you can dress like one. In fact, Fall 2014 encourages it. Whether it’s the leopard prints that were all over the runways or the animal accents that appeared on printed sweaters, handbags and dresses, you can definitely incorporate a little piece of the animal kingdom into your fall wardrobe. I emphasize little, though. My picks? A leopard loafer, which adds a splash of whimsy to any outfit, or a slim leopard skirt, paired with a pop of color – such as a true hot or neon pink.

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Subtle tones. Black and white are always closet staples, but this fall, try adding in some gray pieces to switch things up a bit. A classic gray suit is a sophisticated option to invest in because you get a pant, jacket and skirt all in one ensemble, thus creating endless fashion possibilities. To keep it from looking too drab, add a pretty pastel, such as lavender or orchid. It’s business with a side of sweet.

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Fireside fashion. Well, that’s what I call it, at least. Reminiscent of early 1990s Ralph Lauren, the runway had some major Sun Valley influences this year. Picture anything you’d want to wear in a ski lodge, during a snowstorm, as you sip hot cocoa by a fire and you get the idea. Chunky sweaters, shearling pieces and Norse prints are all fun and festive pieces for fall. And don’t get rid of them after this season! If this year is any indicator, they’re bound to come back around in 12 years or so. In fact, I’m sure I have one of those Aztec Ralph Lauren sweaters in one of my closets, somewhere…

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Moll Wants To Know: Which Fall ’14 trend are you most excited to try?

LOVE THIS! Happytails’ Sparkle and Shine Brightening Shampoo ($12.99).

LOVE IT NOW BECAUSE: Puppies’ locks need lovin’, too!

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This week, we’re taking Moll’s Beauty Bag to the dogs! And why wouldn’t we? If you read this past Monday’s blog, you’ll know that I have acquired two new loves-of-my-life in my fur babies, Sir Winston and Miss Harlow. These King Charles spaniels have melted my heart and opened up my world. So, you know I’m going to do everything in my power to keep them looking and feeling their best.

Just as with humans, regular and proper grooming is a must with your pooches. A good guideline is to bathe your dogs once a month with a specially formulated dog shampoo or a gentle, tearless baby shampoo. I personally have become a big fan of Happytails’ Sparkle and Shine Brightening Shampoo ($12.99) because it is both.

We love it in our household because it makes Winston and Harlow’s coats extra shiny, glossy and glistening. Just like a good human shampoo, it does this all while moisturizing their manes. And the best part? Its tearless formula can be used safely on even the smallest puppy. I’m talking to you, Harlow.

And don’t even get me started on the scent. That wet dog smell gets replaced by the most delicious, clean, subtle vanilla scent that lasts for weeks, leaving them smelling as sweet as they are.

Moll’s Bag of Tricks: Bathe your dog at least once a month. Even though the formulation may be tearless, be extra gentle and mindful around the delicate eye area. If you have a dog with sensitive, dry skin, be sure to use a soap-free shampoo, such as this one. It is a great choice because it contains no Sodium Lauryl Sulfate or parabens. 

As I write this, I am sitting here with two sick little puppies. Two, you ask? I thought you just had one. Well, it’s been a big year here in the Anderson household. Six months ago, we adopted a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Sir Winston Churchill Anderson, and we thought our hearts couldn’t get any fuller.

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Winston coming up from his nap in the Sleepy Pod on the flight home.

We trained him, traveled with him and gave him more love than he knew what to do with.

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Winston was enjoying his life as an only “child” very much and then we had to go and throw a wrench in it by getting…you guessed it…a SECOND Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.

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This time, we brought a little girl into our home and decided to name her Miss Jean Harlow.

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Just like siblings, these little guys get jealous, covet what the other one has and, as I mentioned above, get sick when the other one is sick. Even though it’s twice the work for us as a family, we also know it’s twice the fun. And, as much as Winston might never admit it, that little girl is growing on him.

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Here are a few tips and tricks I’ve learned from these new additions to our family these past months. I hope they will help you if you have – or are considering adopting – a new pup, yourself. I can’t recommend it highly enough.

Home is where the heart is. Just like people, dogs need a reliable, warm and comforting home base they can always turn to. If you’re going to invest in one thing for your dog, invest in a reputable and comfortable dog crate. And today’s dog crates aren’t the unsightly, cage-like crates of the past! No sir. In fact, we have fallen in love with Maricela Sanchez Art’s Luxury Pet Crates ($540 – $1295) for that very reason. Not only are they comfortable for your Fido but with their deco design, they’re also super stylish, so you won’t mind having them in your home. Marciela Sanchez Art also offers luxe pet pillows by MFANO to place inside the crates to fit any style or décor, while making your pup’s crate as comfy and plush, as possible. But don’t stop at the crate! Every pet needs a pal. We found the Cloud B 4 Soothing Sounds Sleep Sheep Plush Sound Machine ($29.99) to be just what our little pups needed to be comforted and lulled to sleep each night. One of the most popular gifts for new parents of babies, I thought that it would be just as soothing for my little lambs. And, indeed, it was and is.

Feed their souls. Proper nutrition is a must. My guidelines for picking the proper dog food for my beloved pets is to look for foods with less filler and foods that are made in the USA. I also always ask our veterinarian what his/her choice picks are. Often, vets are sent hundreds of samples per year to try, so they know which are best. And don’t forget the treats! Not like those hungry pups would let you. My pups’ favorite treat is actually peanut butter! And I have found a gem in DogsButter by Dog for Dog ($9.99). Perfect for rewarding – or for oh-so-sneakily giving pills in – this dog-friendly peanut butter not only tastes delicious to man’s best friend, but is also sugar, salt, soy and hydrogenated oil-free. Plus, it contains flaxseed, coconut and ginger to aid in immune-building and digestion.

Well-seasoned travelers. If you start traveling with your pups while they’re young, they will grow into easy, well-seasoned travelers that make travel for you and your family a breeze. At 8 months old, Sir Winston has already been to a slew of U.S. cities. He’s stayed in hotels and interacted with hundreds of people, which I believe has really helped him to become one warm and personable pup. But maybe I’m biased. In all seriousness, it’s been going so well with him that I plan on following suit with little Miss Harlow. Not traveling a lot these days? No problem. You can still socialize your pup by taking them on walks, to dog parks and taking them with you on errands. Even if you’re just running to the post office, the simple act of getting into a bag – or the Sleepypod, in our case – and just being around people can help socialize your little buddy. And if you’re in your car a lot like we are, you’re going to want to have a safe seat. We love the Animals Matter Companion Car Seats because they’re both safe and comfortable. The more you take your pets along with you into the social environments of your daily life, the more socialized and civilized, they will be. And then they’ll be even more beloved members of the family…as if it’s possible for these little darlings to be more beloved!

So cherish those pups and make your home their home. While they are so lucky to have us, we are the ones who truly strike gold by letting these little guys into our hearts.

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Moll Wants To Know: Do you have dogs? What breed(s)? What are they named? I want to know it all. And, of course, you know I’m going to want to see pictures!

Author Frances Kuffel has had much success with her past memoirs “Passing for Thin” and “Eating Ice Cream With My Dog.”  We are thrilled to have her on The Moll Anderson Show tomorrow to talk about her newest book “Love Sick: A Memoir about Looking for Mr.Good Enough.” She is witty and seriously funny, and we are excited to talk to her today. Then later in the show we invite on beauty and fashion expert Kate De Ponte to talk about school survival tips. There are so many apps that are going to help with your back-to-school shopping that you are just going to love.  And wait till you hear what Coin is and how it is going to clean out your wallet.  Producer Susannah and I have some articles that go right along with our fabulous guests, “12 Unexpected Things Men Find Sexy.” What about that messy unkempt hair and don’t forget about those baseball caps. Another article is “10 Back to School Shopping Tips that Save Money!”  Well I know everyone is all about saving money- from backpacks to shoes, to the endless supplies, you are going to need as much help as possible. Our Beauty Beat expert Dawn McCoy from BeautyFrosting.com gives a fabulous hairbrush tip called the Wet Brush. If you have the type of hair that always tangles, this is for you especially on those rushed mornings with the kids. Our hot pick song of the week is quickly climbing the charts; it is by Clean Bandit and it is called “Rather Be. “ Write in to me each week for any advice at askmoll.com See you next week! 

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Frances Kuffel

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Dawn McCoy of BeautyFrosting.com

 

LOVE THIS! Benefit CosmeticsThey’re Real! Push-Up Liner ($24)

LOVE IT NOW BECAUSE: This latest holy grail of liners is a foolproof – and fabulous – budge-free, waterproof eyeliner in a pen!

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If you’re anything like me, you’re always on the quest for that perfect eyeliner. You know the one: the holy grail of eyeliners that lines smoothly and beautifully, leaving you with well-defined lashes every time, with no unsightly mess-ups. Well, I think I’ve found it…or, at least the latest holy grail in Benefit CosmeticsThey’re Real! Push-Up Liner ($24).

This innovative and, as I mentioned before, WATERPROOF, push-up eyeliner hugs your lashes every time you apply it. Plus, the pen makes it super easy, thanks to its AccuFlexTM tip. This tip has a flat, wide guard that gently pushes lashes aside to get the rich matte black gel pigment right up against the lashline, and in between, leaving your lashes darker, defined and dazzling.

But don’t just take my word for it. The buzz is big on this new beauty find and I’m not the only one who has seen these results; as the name of the product indicates, they’re real! In a survey of 32 women over a 2-week period, 91% said it was longwearing, 81% said it was waterproof and 88% said it hugged the lash line.

So try it for yourself and see if using the holy grail of eyeliners is as religious an experience for you.

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Moll’s Bag of Tricks: Twist the base once to push up the gel liner to tip. Prep the liner each time you line by giving the base half a rotation to empty out the well, then wipe on a clean, smooth surface, like your hand. Next, rest the AccuFlexTM tip on the roots of your lashes and gently glide along your lash line from inner to outer corner. My favorite thing about this pick? You can go as thin as you like for a natural, defined look or as thick as you want for that glamorous cat-eye look we all crave for those steamy, summer nights out on the town.

In a rut? Need to make a change but unsure where to start? Consider this your time to “go back to school.” Even though you may be well past the high school and college years, when it comes to life, there’s always room for learning.

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There are no bad questions. If you feel like something is missing or just want to become the best version of yourself, start the way we all start learning: ask questions. In this case, ask yourself, “What do I want to learn this year? What changes do I want to make in my life to help me be my best me yet? Is there something missing in my life? Is there something I’ve always wanted to do but have been to afraid to try?” Once you ask the questions, the answers will come easily and soon enough.

Books are excellent teachers. If you’re needing a little guidance but don’t know where to start, look no further than your local bookstore or library. I’ve found that books that give us assignments are most helpful because they encourage us to take action, rather than just dreaming about taking action. They also hold us accountable by keeping us on a schedule (although, you get to determine what that schedule is) and give us a daily discipline that we sometimes lack as adults. Books such as The Artist’s Way and The 4-Hour Workweek are both excellent books that have both inspired me, as well as millions of others, so perhaps start with one of those.

Break up your day. In school, our days were broken up into hour-long blocks of time, filled with classes, PE, recess, lunch and study hall. Schools have it always done it this way so that students’ attention doesn’t wander. Why not break up your day the same way? It may be just the thing you need to jumpstart the change and encourage the improvement you’re looking for. Try starting the day with 30 minutes of writing in a journal. It can include a gratitude list or maybe even concerns that you have or just thoughts you want to express. Next, how about a workout? Schedule 30 minutes or 1 hour to get your “PE” in for the day. Even a simple walk can get the negative energy out and the positive energy flowing. Then, head to work.  After work, schedule a block of time to do something you really enjoy doing. Maybe you love to cook?  Cook something new for dinner, turn on the music and enjoy the fact that you get to do what you love for that moment. Or maybe you used to love to dance and haven’t done it in a while? Dance alone to a song that fills you with joy or, if you’re a parent, grab the kids for an impromptu dance party. It’ll be a moment you all will remember fondly and it all started with living in the moment.

Meet with a mentor. Choose someone who is successful in doing what you aspire to do. Whether it be someone in your chosen career, church or charity, ask if you can meet with them to chat. Buy them a cup of coffee and ask them how they got to be where they are now. Get specific with them and take notes. This is nothing to be embarrassed about. Not only will you learn from this, but they’ll feel incredibly flattered, knowing that you respect them.

Just remember, only YOU have the power to change your life. By making just a few changes and taking a little action every day, you can be everything you dream of being and more. So what are you waiting for?

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Pictured book: Moll Anderson’s ‘Change Your Home, Change Your Life®’

Moll Wants To Know: What change do you want to make this year? 

Get your popcorn out it’s a movie themed weekend! I am so thrilled to have  veteran actor and producer Brett Stimely on The Moll Anderson Show tomorrow.  He has been in blockbuster films such as “Transformers” and “Watchman” just to name a few, and he has played John F. Kennedy more than any other actor. He just recently won 8 awards for Ray Bradbury’s film “Kaleidoscope.” He is here today to give aspiring actors some tips and to tell us what projects he has in the works for the upcoming year. Then later in the show, we have our friend and entertainment guru Tara Hitchcock from www.taraontv.com to talk about Comic Con. She also gives us the inside scoop on the movie hits and misses from the summer. Tara has been traveling all over the place covering junkets from France to Japan; she is one busy lady! Producer Susannah and I have some articles to go right along with movies and acting from “10 Tips On Becoming a Better Actor,” to “5 Movie Date Ideas for a Romantic Night In.” These are fun ideas that give you all different genres to have a movie night in! Dawn McCoy from BeautyFrosting.com joins us to give us the latest and greatest products; just back from Vegas she shares some great finds. Our hot pick song of the week is hot on the charts and it’s called “Break Free” by Ariana Grande featuring Zedd.  Don’t forget to write into me each week at askmoll.com. Have a great week! xo

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Dawn McCoy of BeautyFrosting.com

Dawn McCoy of BeautyFrosting.com

Song of the Week: "Break Free" by Ariana Grande

Song of the Week: “Break Free” by Ariana Grande

LOVE THIS! Clarisonic Mia2 Skin Cleansing System ($149)

LOVE IT NOW BECAUSE: Clarisonic is the 21st century way to clean!

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There are literally thousands of products that promise to improve your skin; and there are thousands of products that don’t live up to their promises. Well, Clarisonic Mia2 Skin Cleansing System ($149) keeps its promise – so much so that it’s kind of considered the Prince Charming of skincare tools.

Consider this tool an investment in your skin’s future as this professional-quality skincare brush elevates classic washcloth cleaning to a sonic level. The patented sonic technology gently removes debris and impurities that traditional cleansing leaves behind, cleansing six times better than your hands alone. How charming is that?

In just 60 seconds, its sonic action deeply cleanses – removing impurities from pores so that all of your skincare potions penetrate the skin more effectively. That’s right. Investing in this one tool will actually improve the effectiveness of the other products you buy, such as cleansers, serums, exfoliants and moisturizers.

When you use regularly, you’ll notice a marked reduction in dry patches, oily areas and those dreaded blemishes. Ideal for all skin types, it offers two speed options so you can choose a gentle or more aggressive cleansing approach.  The best part is there’s a 1-minute pulsing T-timer so you always know just how long to cleanse.

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Moll’s Bag of Tricks: Be sure to remove eye makeup first as the Clarisonic Mia2 is too rigorous for the delicate eye area. Apply your favorite cleanser directly to wet face or to damp brush head. Turn the brush on and select the speed of your choice (personally, I always choose the gentle speed). Following the pulsing T-timer, cleanse forehead for 20 seconds, nose and chin for 20 seconds, and 10 seconds on each cheek. Be sure not to press the brush too hard into skin as that could actually affect the motion and effectiveness of your brush.