7 Summer Beauty Tips from a Friend and Experts around the World!

Summer Beauty
MODEL: Madison Taylor
All Photos, Styling, Hair and Make-up by: Leigh Thompson

Summer Beauty is simpler than you know. This blog is packed full of information and video’s when you click on the links.

1. Water. Never underestimate the power of hydrating with water and it’s affects on your skin. Drink at least 8 glasses a day. It helps moisturize everything inside and out! Read more about about this and supplements which help hair and skin.

2. Healthy Eating. What we put in shows up in how our hair, skin and nails look. Do your best to eat organic living foods.

3. Rest and Fun!

Summer Fun!

Sleep is so important and I admit some days I’m lacking in this department and it always shows up on my face and how I feel! I also need to add more fun time into my schedule.

4. Detox. Our beauty inside and out also depends on how healthy we are. If we are toxic from processed foods, smoking, drinking, drugs etc. it will steal our natural beauty and age us much faster. Next video here

5. Time with God. He’s the expert on everything literally! I have noticed how much better I look and feel when I put Him first and give him time. This is important because stress and anxiety can really take over if we aren’t meditating on His words. My favorite way to spend time with God is by singing and playing the piano. This is so relaxing! What’s your favorite way to hang out with God?

6. Protection. Protect your skin from the sun with protective clothing or a safe natural sun screen to keep your skin from aging so quickly!

7. Hair can be challenging during the summer. What do you do to your hair in the summer?

Bonus Tip: How to keep your eye make up in place all day and more!

What are your summer beauty tips?

Laurel Live

“Selfie” Craze: A Debate of whether it’s having a Positive or Negative Affect on our Body Image!

“Selfies!” They are everywhere. It can be fun, but to some it can also be discouraging when they compare their pictures to others they see online or in the media.

There are positive and negative reviews and debates of “selfies.” But what do you think?

Selfie's... PHOTO BY: Leigh Thompson (a selfie)

Selfies can be so innocent and fun! Some of us (especially the outgoing ones) like to share our moments with others and document as many moment’s as possible. Ok, so maybe you don’t and you’re outgoing, but I wish I had more pictures from growing up. I also wish I had more pictures from college. I was so busy living and doing awesome things but don’t have the pictures to look back on and remember.

So here’s some of the things that stood out to me while doing research for the “selfie” blog:

1. Taking “selfies for fun and sharing important parts of your life can be positive overall.

2. It’s very easy to start comparing yourself not only to pictures from Hollywood and the media, but to your friends on facebook. It can be easy to feel as if you don’t measure up in appearance.

3. Statistics already show women and men who aren’t happy with how they look can develop an eating disorder.

4. Like many things in life balance seems to be the key in keeping “selfie’s” positive.

5. It’s more appealing to others for you to post some “selfies” that are not the most flattering. No one looks amazing all the time, and you are then more relatable when you aren’t striving for outward perfection (which doesn’t really exist).

6. Selfie’s can boost or breakdown your Body Image and Self Image. It often seems to come down to how and why you are taking them in the first place.

7. Keep it light and fun, or for simply sharing your life’s journey through a photo. This will help you to balance and focus on what’s the most important to you.


You are beautiful. Loved. Valuable. Worthy.Priceless Daughter’s created by God.

No matter what you look like or feel like you need to know you are here to love and be loved. Anything pulling you away from loving yourself and others is likely to lead you down a destructive and dangerous road.

Try to respect who you are and those around you as you consider what pictures you take and post.

Are “selfies” having a negative or positive impact on your body image?

Laurel Live

Body Image: Do Mom’s Influence their daughter’s Body Image?

Body Image. It’s something most of us struggle with at some point in our lives. In fact, 91 % of women are unhappy with their bodies. It seems these days girls are starting to battle the negative body image thoughts at younger ages. Experts agree mom’s have the most impact over their daughter’s body image.

In speaking with their daughters mom’s are encouraged not to bring words like “diet” and “weight” into conversations.

My daughter is only 6 and already telling me what she wants her body to look like when she grows up. We discussed it will look like it’s supposed to for her. Then I explained that how we look on the outside isn’t really the most important thing, but it’s how we love everyone no matter what they look like. Also, we must love ourselves.

I used my own stretched out belly to show her how we all can look different but we’re still human and can love each other. This is where it all begins… it begins at home.

Family at home certainly affects self-esteem and body image.

A negative Body Image can lead to eating disorders and much more. This article talks about how we need food to fuel our body for energy and dieting isn’t a good idea.

No matter what your mom thinks of her own appearance just know our looks are not who we are. We are woman and each one of us is uniquely different.
Emma's Art.

Who has influenced your body image in a positive or negative way?

Laurel Live