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Spring Style Before and After : MK Olsen

17 May

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Here recently at Pin Up Boot Camp we’ve been talking about changing up our look a bit for the Spring. Maybe add a bit of color to your makeup or wardrobe palette… Maybe try a different look or style. Well, one of the Olsen Twins seemed to have taken that advice and ran with it.

Here’s a before-picture of Mary Kate Olsen. Though we love how comfortable and confident she is, and while there’s no true rules of style we are pretty sure she is breaking quite a few and we love that she doesn’t seem to care…

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Now, we aren’t suggesting that you do anything drastic to update your look this Spring. But we have to admit that we definitely love the vast change in the after image. This is certainly an update from hobo-chic to polished-pinup! Here’s the full after-picture of Mary Kate Olsen.

marykate afterWhat are some ways that you can change up your look this season? Would you dare to go so drastic?


Spring Skin and Makeup Tips

9 May

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Spring into the new season and upgrade your skin care and makeup routine with these great ideas and tips that we here at Pin Up Boot Camp have compiled, just for you. Your Winter weather skin will thank you! During the Winter, our skin has to deal with things like indoor heat and outdoor cold which can leave the skin feeling dry and flaky by the time Spring rolls around. And for a lot of us, our winter makeup palette can certainly use a colorful springtime update.


The number one tip in springtime skin care is exfoliation. However, there are some important do’s and don’t’s that we would like to share with you. WebMD’s article titled: Spring Cleaning: How to Pamper Your Skin recommends to never use an exfoliation machine on your face, and it also warns that certain exfoliation scrubs may even be too harsh for the delicate skin on the face:

“Scrubs that contain walnut shells or apricot pits, for example, can cause microscopic tears in the skin that can ultimately make dry winter skin look and feel much worse, especially on your face,” says Heidi Waldorf, MD, director of dermatologic laser surgery at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York City. Instead, Waldorf suggests a cleanser or moisturizer containing an alpha-hydroxy acid, such as this Beauty Without Cruelty Alpha Hydroxy Facial Cleanser, or beta-hydroxy acid (for those with acne), like this Dermastage Beta Hydroxy Cleanser. If you feel you must try some “mechanical” form of exfoliation, Waldorf suggests gentle cleansing cloths like the type made by Dove or Olay.


Dry flaky makeup is not allowed in the Spring. Thick cakey makeup is not allowed in the Spring. For Spring you want dew drop skin with a touch of glow. An easy way to do this is to trade your liquid foundation to a tinted moisturizer; especially one with a sunscreen, like this Aveeno Positively Radiant, in SPF 30. You can also accomplish the same thing by mixing your liquid foundation with a moisturizing facial sunscreen, like this Neutrogena Ultimate Sport, in SPF 70 which is also water-resistant.

Forgo the heavy powders and switch to a loose setting powder; the e.l.f. Studio High Definition Loose Powder is perfect and we love this brand because it is great quality and really affordable. If you are typically not a liquid foundation user, then now is the time to make the switch to an SPF face powder, which can be used instead of a liquid sunscreen. We recommend using an SPF powder that also provides coverage, such as this e.l.f. Studio SPF 45 Sunscreen Powder.


Shifting from the wintertime neutrals, Spring time allows us to flirt with color, which we love! The first thing you can do is play up the natural color of your skin by adding a highlighter to your makeup routine. Use a highlighter, like the e.l.f. Mineral Booster Shimmer, to show off your favorite features, one at a time. Experiment on your cheekbones, eyelids, or browbones; just remember to pick one feature to highlight, and then try a new one the next day. Shimmers and highlighters come in varying amounts of glow-inducing intensity, so make sure that you aren’t overdoing it. And by no means should glitter be confused with a shimmer.

You can easily transition your Winter look into Spring by choosing one accent color to add to your daily-to-day makeup. While it is fun to play around with the season’s trendy colors, like orange and purple, you should feel free to choose any color you like and see how it works. A simple way to add color into your daily makeup look is to use colored eyeliners; baby blue or teal are great colors to get you started. If you really want to spring into Spring, the NYX Spring Fling Palette is an awesome mini-palette with great spring time colors and it will look really cute on your vanity beside some fresh Spring blossoms.  Makeup is supposed to be fun, so you can have fun coming up with different color combos everyday if you like!

PUBC Week 2 Dare: Anastasia Foxx

25 Apr


Imagine being featured as a model in an international magazine…just after your 41st birthday!!! Many models have the goal of becoming a published model with international exposure, but a lot of us never get that opportunity – and that’s OK, there’s much more to being a Pin Up than that.

However, Anastasia Foxx is a shining example of how using your mantra will help you to not only live a Shiny life, but it can also help you achieve your goals!

You’ll want to watch this whole thing to the end, it is so incredibly inspiring!!!!

We Got the Beet! Beet Fudge: No-bake, Gluten-, Dairy-, Soy- Free

14 Apr


We here at Pin Up Boot Camp want you to look and feel your best from the inside out! This healthy recipe features a surprising root vegetable as the base; and when it comes to veggies for dessert, you can’t beat the beet!!

Imagine a chocolatey, gooey fudge topped with decadent chocolate ganache – without any flour, dairy, eggs, or baking!! You can have your fudge and eat it too!

Watch the video below:

Fudge Recipe:
1 15oz can shoestring beets
1/2 cup coconut oil (solid)
3 tbsp shredded coconut
2 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tbsp each – agave syrup, maple syrup, vanilla extract

Ganache Topping Recipe:
5-6 tbsp cocoa powder
1/4 cup maple syrup (or honey)
1/4 coconut oil (liquid/melted)
1 tsp vanilla (or brewed coffee)

Mix all Fudge ingredients into a processor or blender and combine well, making sure that the beets are finely incorporated in the mixture.
Pour mixture into prepared muffin pans and then set in the refrigerator or freezer until firm.
Meanwhile, mix together all Topping ingredients in a bowl with a whisk. Once the the fudge is firm, remove from the fridge and top with the ganache.
Makes 4-6 servings.

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PUBC Week 1 Journey: Jennifer M

29 Mar


We gave our Pin Up Boot Camp Team members an optional video challenge for this week that we called “Journey”. Basically we asked each lady to share her experience through the 1st week of Pin Up Boot Camp, and to share their favorite Pin Up Principle that has helped them along the way. Jennifer M shared her Journey through Week 1 with us, to share with you!

PUBC Week 1 Truth 2: Anastasia Foxx

21 Mar


Anastasia Foxx, one of our Pin Up Boot Camp Team members, shared this video talking about who she thinks she is. We love this Truth and we love seeing and hearing all the different answers to this question from all the different Team members. Knowing who you are takes guts, patience, and a lot of self-acceptance. Anastasia talks about being true to herself; whether she’s going to be a tattooed grandma or not she’s still going to be fabulous. She also talks about our little Pin Up community, how we are here for each other. We love that!


PUBC Week #1 Truth #2: Mountain Pyre

12 Mar

Our Team Member Mountain Pyre made this video to share with us. This first week dives a bit into our inner self and these truths are made to make you think about yourself. We love her honesty here!! We love how she was unapologetic about having to carve out time to make this video even though she is very busy. We love how she’s so dedicated to her personal journey that is is making it a priority in her life. You glow girl!!


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