As a blogger, I take a LOT of pictures of my face. It’s almost sickening to be honest, and it’s really the weirdest thing ever to have to keep looking at your face on your computer all the time. And it’s even weirder I tell ya’, because sometimes I take a pic and think-THAT does not look like me at all… WTF. Like this one:

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I don’t know, but that pic doesn’t look or feel like me at all. I look snotty, aloof. And if you’ve ever met me? You know I’m neither of those things.

BTW, I’m wearing Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Backtalk in that snotty pic. It’s the perfect pinky mauve lipstick. I bought three of theĀ Urban Decay Vice Lipsticks in California, and wow I love them all. Get one of the Urban Decay Vice Lipsticks in the Comfort Matte formula you guys-so comfy, and not drying at all! And lasts forever and a day on your lips too with a nice fade.

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Urban Decay Vice Lipsticsk: Weirdo(cream, Criminal(comfort matte) and Backtalk(comfort matte)

But the pics I take of my face as a warm up? Yeah, see that’s something us bloggers-or at least some of us-or maybe just weirdo me do! I take “warm up pics” to get into the whole “MOOD” of taking face pics. Smizing takes some practice!

This is usually what my warm up face pics look like:

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YUP. DAT is ME. The REAL Tracy.

What’s the point of all this? I think I’m trying to show you that what you see on blogs, instagram, twitter-ain’t always real. A lot of pics are doctored to heck. I personally, don’t doctor or fix my pics to look perfect -I don’t care enough to do that HAHA. Seriously, that’s really the main reason. And the other reason is- that I’m just too LAZY. Editing pictures is one of the most time consuming parts of blogging that I detest. DE-TEST. I hate it. LOTS. Can you tell? šŸ˜› So, I try not to do it so much. I try not to do much of anything that’s not all that fun. Someone once told me that once something you love doing isn’t fun anymore then it’s time to stop doing it and try something else. I kind of agree. Life is too short to keep doing things that aren’t fun, right?

But every so often, I somehow take a picture that looks like ME-like REALLY ME.

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Chubby cheeks, wrinkles around the eyes and upper cheeks, smiley bright eyes-this is ME. This is what I look like in real life. At least I think so? And it’s a more realistic picture of me. But a lot of the time, this true version of me doesn’t come across in pictures for some reason.

Why? Well, I think a lot of it has to so with the amount of makeup I’m wearing. Compared to that first photo(and honestly it’s not a huge difference, but just enough) I’m wearing minimal makeup. Like very little. I’m wearing Sappho Organics Foundation, which is amazing and probably the most skin-like foundation I’ve ever tried. If ya’d like a more in-depth review, let me know and I will oblige.Ā The brighter lip shade makes a HUGE diff too, don’t ya’ think? As I get older, I notice a brighter lipstick makes a HUGE difference on me. Less bronzer too. Less of EVERYTHING looks better I think. And warmer shades of makeup- everything on my face is just warmer toned in general in that pic.Even the lighting is warmer. Cooler tones and shades seem to age me these days.

And the other thing that makes a difference too? Is how much sleep and exercise I get. I need lots of sleep to be able to function-more than the average person I’ve come to realize. It’s probably because of my MS that I require more rest, but I need at LEAST 8 hours-more like 9 or 10 hours to feel and look my best. And, the more rest I get, the younger I look in pictures, which I assume translates into real life as well.

Less makeup, a pop of bright lipstick, exercise, and sleep! These are the things that make a difference in how I look and feel. And those are the things I’m going to make sure I keep on doing from now on.

What are the things that make YOU look and feel your best? And have you tried theĀ Urban Decay Vice Lipsticks yet? I want about 5 more GEEZ.

I thought I’d update you all on my progress with my Achieving Life Balance for 2014 goal. Since being diagnosed with hypothyroidism,Ā I’ve lost 14 pounds! Wahoo! And that makes me so happy! It’s been hard work that’s for sure, but so slow. Being hypothyroid makes losing weight so much harder I tell ya. But truth be told, I like that it’s been slow weightloss, as that just means it’ll STAY off. Hopefully!

But I wanted to share a couple of things that have made losing weight fun and easy! And the first one is a snack that’s SO GOOD, I have to share it with you

Three Works Apple Chips are my new favourite snack. What’s different about Three Works Apple Chips is that they’re flavoured Apple Chips! Sure, they have plain ones, but how’s about apple chips with a touch of mango? Or cherry? Or Berry? OR CARAMEL BABY. Three Works Apple ChipsĀ are ready to enjoy in all sorts of really delicious crunchy chip flavours and they are non-fried, with no artificial flavours or sugar added. Ā And they’re gluten free too!

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Three Works Apple Chips

Three Works Apple Chips come in these two-serving cans, and also come in a single serving can too. One serving is 100 Calories and that’s awesome. Oh, and the apple chips aren’t just thrown in the can either-they’re packed in a vacuum-sealed bag to ensure delicious crispiness! You have to try them. You can find Three Works Apple Chips just about everywhere too! Click here to find a retailer near you.

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Sweaty Bands

Sweaty Bands have changed my workout life.

Before Sweaty Bands, I used to pin my hair back with a zillion bobby pins before workouts. If there’s one thing I can’t take, it’s hair in my face when I workout. I can’t STAND it. The shorter layers of my hair always slip free from my elastic pony tail holder too and fall into my eyes. But I have found the ultimate hair holder, Sweaty Bands. They’re a hairband made with a ribbon like material that has a signature non-slip velvet backing so they will not slip off, even during a sweaty Zumba workout. They absorb sweat AND stay on my head without slipping off. GENIUS. I only have this one right now, but I plan on getting more. They have loads of designs and different thicknesses too.

I’m a bit paranoid about this trip to California truth be told. I don’t want to gain back any of the weight I’ve lost, so I’m going to try to be careful. But we will be doing a lot of walking, so I shouldn’t worry so much I guess! Plus I plan on exercising too. I’ve downloaded the Zumba App onto my iPad, so I can Zumba in the hotel room if I want to!

Can I look like Gina please? I love her and her hair!

What are some of your low-fat, low calorie snacks?

*the Three Works Apple snacks were sent by one of my favourite PR people ever! How amazing is that kind of support? THANK YOU!