Sunday, December 26, 2010

Brenda Novak's Auction for Diabetes Research

On December 2nd I had a photo shoot for Mollye Jewelry that will be used as part of Brenda Novak's Annual On line Auction to Benefit Diabetes Research. Be sure to check out the website: The auction will be featured on Good Morning America and in several national magazines. Last year’s auction had over 500,000 page views, bringing Brenda’s total to over 1 million dollars raised for diabetes research!

Photos courtesy of Deborah Singer-Kolodkin Photography

Monday, December 6, 2010

LaLona's Beauty Tip #2 - Mascara and More

Dan, the boys, and I spent Thanksgiving visiting my parents in Kentucky.  It was a relaxing break from the balancing act I maintain when home in Georgia.  My normal schedule involves fitness training clients from 5-8 AM, home with the boys (Hadley 18 months and Brendan 3 years old) from 8:30-10:00, a 10:00 appointment of some sort (anything from modeling, to a radio interview, to an event for a sponsor, to a lucky day off spent at a play date with my kids), 12:00/1 home for naps and two hours of working on personal training follow ups and upcoming education seminars, the afternoon and evening with the kids (3-7), kids’ bedtime at 7, and then non-stop work on education consulting and Mrs. Georgia duties from about 7:30 until 10:30 or later.  Whew. Kentucky was different.

I maintained my workout schedule in Kentucky, but I ran and trained around 8 AM instead of 5 AM.  I’d often shower and then put back on my PJ’s and spent countless hours just chit-chatting with my mom (and best friend).  I had plastic breakfast foods served to me on a miniature plate while sitting at a kids’ table (In other words, Brendan pretended to cook for me using a play kitchen. He served cheese and butter for breakfast, not exactly my normal routine!), raced remote-control cars, and read numerous picture books.

After a couple of days of following this grand schedule, I decided to actually put on clothes, style my hair, and put on make-up.  My mom, always one to closely examine my make-up, asked me if I was wearing fake eyelashes.  Surprised, I told her I was not. She commented on how long and full my lashes looked. Ah –ha!  I realized I had not yet shared with her one of my best beauty secrets – the “magical mascara”.

The next day I joined her in the bathroom while wearing no mascara. I naturally have small lashes and Mom knows that well.  I then applied the “magic mascara” to one eye only. She was shocked at the extreme difference!  The day after I left town she called me and said she was on her way to buy some.  This mascara will take anyone’s lashes to an entirely new level.
So, what is this magical mascara -- an expensive mall brand? An order on-line special feature?  No. It is Double Extend Beauty Tubes Mascara by Loreal Paris. You can buy it at your local drugstore for 8-10 dollars.  It is a two-step process of first applying a white lash coat that lengthens and thickens your lashes, and then applying the black mascara as a top coat. Wa-la! People will envy your naturally long, thick lashes!

Now that I am back to the balancing act, the “magical mascara” is part of the daily routine!