Tuesday, November 1, 2016

October Favorites 2016

Goodbye October, Hello November! I know everybody always starts their monthly favorites post out by talking about how quickly the year is flying by, but its so true! Who would have thought we are merely eight or nine weeks away from Christmas and 2017? I know I can’t. During the month of October, I feel like I have really found some amazing products that have worked there way into my every day routine. And I’m super excited to share them with you!
  1. Shiseido “Eyelash Curler” - I don’t know if many of you watch Mimi Iknon video’s on Youtube, but I know I do. I’m practically obsessed with her and her darling little family. A few months ago in one of her monthly favorites she recommended the Shiseido “Eyelash Curler”. At the time I didn’t rush out to purchase it, but about six weeks ago when I was in Ulta. I discovered the exact eyelash curler in the impulse buy section and I have been loving it ever since. The curve on this particularly tool does a great job getting the inner lashes and curling them in addition to the outside lashes. One squeeze, a little mascara, and you are out the door! 
  2. Bobbi Brown “The Nude Library” 25th Anniversary Eyeshadow Palette - I had a lot of mix emotions on whether or not I should include this palette in my favorites. Since its a limited edition item and very hard to find. But I’m so in love with this palette I knew I had to share it. Towards the end of September Bobbi Brown released this amazing palette filled with there best selling nude eyeshadows from the past 25 years! I can’t believe they have been around that long. Anyways in the palette you receive 40 eyeshadows ( a quick tidbit… If you are someone who either has this palette or lucky enough to get your hands on it be warned the pans are smaller then normal eyeshadow palettes ).  All the shadows are creamy, buildable, and blendable. I did notice a small amount of fall out in the more glittery shades, but to be honest I expect that from almost any glitter shadow. 
  3. YSL “Rouge Volupte Shine Color 47(Beige Blouse)” and Jane Iredale “Soft Peach Lipgloss” - Has been my most loved lipstick combo of the month. I love it for running errands around, play date for the kids, date night, or business meetings. This lipstick combo is sure to compliment any look.
  4. Peter Thomas Roth “Pumpkin Enzyme Mask” - October and pumpkins go together like peanut butter and jelly. This exfoliating mask smells pumpkin pie and does a beautiful job removing dead skin on the face. Start of my dampening your face, take a generous amount of product on your fingers and rub the product onto your face in a circular motion. Wait three to seven minutes, depending on skin sensitivity, and rinse off. Just be warned this mask does tingle, so if your not a fan tingling masks you might want to skip on this one!

And there you have it my beauty favorites for October. 

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Bite Beauty "The Perfect Bite"

Is it just me or does anyone else find it crazy the Sephora is already putting out there holiday gift sets?! I mean come on here, Christmas isn’t for another two months, this is literally insane. Which brings me to today’s post a holiday gift set review in October. Every year Bite Beauty releases a lip kit. Last year was lip crayons I do believe but this year is a mini lipstick quad. Featuring four of their most popular nudes. 
  • Fig a true baby doll pink.
  • Pepper an everyday wearable mauve.
  • Honeycomb your typical tan nude. 
  • Nori a dark brick/brown red. 
Each of the lipsticks in this set can be found in full sizes year around. That’s probably my favorite part of this set. Because all to often we find ourselves sucked into these sets only to find out the colors are limited edition! Thankfully though this is not the case with these beauties. Another quality I love about this set is the creamy, moisturizing quality of the lipsticks themselves. Every single lipstick is packed with high pigmentation that looks amazing on the lips with one swipe. As you can see from the swatches on my hands and lips down below thats just one light application! 

*PS If you find yourself a little to afraid of the darkest shade Nori, apply it first with a very light hand and then go over it with Honeycomb. Or do the reverse use Honeycomb on the center of the lip and add Nori to the outside edges to darken things up. Don’t be afraid of mixing up your own color. Designing/ creating new looks with your makeup is half the fun!

For all of you out there who was a fan of the luminous creme line of Bite, this set would be a great way for your to experiment with the Amuse Bouche formulation without the heavy price tag of buying each one of this lipsticks individually. 

All in all I would give this holiday quad a thumbs up! Just keep in mind these lipsticks are the MINI versions, which is a big complaint I read online. For me this really isn’t an issue. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve bought a full size lipstick and didn’t finish it. Mini lippies are perfect for your purse! 

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Pumpkin Pie Potpourri

I don’t know about you but there is just something about the month of September that makes crave PUMPKIN! Pumpkin spice lattes (from Starbucks, that I never like, but insist upon trying each year), pumpkin pie, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin candles, wall plug ins you name it! There’s just something homey and delicious about this smell that really gets you in the swing of autumn. Pumpkin pie wall plugs from Bath and Body Works are a staple in my home right and normally the candles would be to, but this year with a toddler roaming the halls I find myself leery of lighting candles. Especially since I’m never in one room for long. Now don’t get my wrong the wall plugs do a great job of filling the home, but for me personally I wanted a little bit of a stronger baked smell through out my home. The kind were you walk in and smell pumpkin pie being pulled out of the oven. This got me thinking what if I forgo the stress and expense of my beloved pumpkin candles, but instead make my own stove top potpourri! And after a few trial and errors I’m here to present to you my new favorite Pumpkin Pie Potpourri. 

All your going to need is: 
  • 1 sauce pan
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 tablespoon of pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon of nutmeg 
  • 2 to 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla 

Bring the water to a boil before adding in all your ingredients and turn the temperature down to low. And let the sweet delicious smells waft through your home. Just be sure to check in on your pot from time to time to make sure the water hasn’t evaporated. You don’t want the smell of a burnt pot in your home! 

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

What's New At Sephora/Haul

Good morning Beauties, Happy Wednesday! How is your week going? For those of you who are having a wonderful week I hope your week continues in a positive direction. And for those of you who aren’t having the best week, don’t worry its never to late to turn things around! Today we are going to be talking about New Products at Sephora! Yayyy! Who doesn’t love new products at Sephora, I’m sort of a Sephora addict so at least once or twice a week I like to pop onto my Sephora app and check out the “What’s New” section and last week in a moment of weakness I broke down and placed a huge order. Lets take a look! 
  • Proraso ‘Shaving Cream’ Sensitive Skin Formula. I have sensitive skin on my legs and with all the shaving that comes during the summer months I keep ending up with these tiny little red bumps on my legs and under arms. Ugh! But when I found this shaving cream with oatmeal extract and green tea to calm the skin I knew right then and there I had to buy it! And the price isn’t bad at all $10 for 5.2 oz. Thats a pretty good deal to me. I can’t wait to try this shaving cream out tonight! 
  • Sunday Riley ‘U.F.O’ Ultra- Clarifying Face Oil. Like many of you I have been swept up in the Sunday Riley craze and let me saw this skincare line isn’t a fad. It really works! My skin has never looked better with Good Genes and Luna Sleeping oil, I’m hoping to have continued luck with the ultra-clarifying face oil. 
  • Boscia ‘Sake Bright White Mask’. A face mask that treats: dryness, uneven skintone, fine lines and wrinkles?! Sign me up! Peel of masks are my favorite type of masks. I find they do an even better job of removing impurities from the skin and leaving you with soft/supple skin. Let’s hope this peel off mask lives up to its claim! 
  • Dr. Brandt Skincare ‘Magnetight Age-Defier’. I tried this mask out the first night I had it in my home. What you do is apply a thin layer of product over the skin, wait five to ten minutes, wrap a tissue around the magnetic that comes with it and use the magnetic to remove the mask from your face. I know this might sounds crazy but my skin felt amazing after using this product. I’ve only used it once so I can’t say it whether or not it lives up to its claims to remove fine lines and wrinkles, improve firmness, elasticity, and texture. But I will certainly keep you posted! 
  • Bite Beauty ‘Multisticks in Gelato and Lotus’. Bite Beauty is my favorite lipstick line hands down and when I saw they had created a multistick for your eyes, lips, and cheeks. I knew I had to try them out! I picked up two shades. Lotus a lovely pink shade and Gelato a more purple toned color. I’m most excited to try Gelato! 
  • Elizabeth and James ‘Rollerballs in Rose and Bourbon. If you love the Elizabeth and James Nirvana White and Black, you will not be disappointed in the Rose and Bourbon perfumes. Sephora describes the Rose scent as rose, geranium, and vetiver. Confident. Refined and Seductive. And the Bourbon contains notes of Vanilla Bourbon, Oakwood, and Tuberose. Passionate. Unpredictable. Provocative. I personally lean towards the rose a little more but I have a feeling I will be ordering full size versions very soon. 

What new products have you purchased recently at Sephora? Any recommendations? 

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Sunday Riley U.F.O

Sunday Riley U.F.O

Hello Beauties, Happy Saturday! I hope all of you are having a relaxing weekend with your friends and family. Summer is drawing closer to an end and our oldest child is getting ready to go to school this year! Instead of writing an informative post for you today, I need your advice today! 

For the past week or two I have been hearing tons about the Sunday Riley Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil. And I do mean everyone is raving about this product, so naturally I ventured on over to sephora.com to do some research. The website stated this product is designed to clear pores, treat and prevent acne, and smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Skin types: normal, oily, combination, dry, sensitive everyone! Fantastic since I have normal to dry skin. 

The next day I headed to Houston to pickup a bottle of this amazing skincare oil, at the store I purchased the last one and rushed home to try out. But when I got home and opened up the box, the bottle stated this product is for ‘oily/acne’ prone skin… I’m so confused! For all of my fellow Sunday Riley fans I’m asking you, whats the deal with this product? Is it for all skin types like sephora.com said or is this product designed for oily/acne prone skin? Let me know your thoughts in the comments down below. 

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Product Empties

Hello Beauties, today I am going to be sharing some empties with you. I love reading and watching ‘empties’ videos and posts. Not only do you get a mini review of the product but you find out if the person is going to be repurchasing the product again or not. And that my friends is the true test of a product, deciding whether or not your going to repurchase! 

First up, lets talk about some dry shampoo. I don’t know why but lately it seems like I have been going through a ton of dry shampoo! Batiste Dry Shampoo for medium brunettes, Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo, and Elizabeth and James Nirvana in White. 

Batiste dry shampoo for medium brunettes is my favorite drugstore dry shampoo of all time. In fact its in my top three dry shampoos. I love the fact this product has a brown tint to it, I can’t tell you how many times in the past I have used a dry shampoo, thought I brushed it out well and found my scalp looking grey later that morning! Thankfully with the Batiste I don’t have to worry. This product is a definite repurchase! 

Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo was ok. I didn’t have any problems with it and the smell was ok, but to be honest I don’t think this is one product I will be repurchasing in the future. In fact this dry shampoo was part of a dry shampoo assorted collection box I purchase back at Christmas time. Needless to say it was time to use this lil mini up. But I don’t see myself repurchasing this product. 

Elizabeth and James Nirvana White is hands down one of my favorite dry shampoos of all time! The smell is divine and the product itself does a wonderful job absorbing the oil in your hair. I find myself still catching the smell of this dry shampoo throughout the day, heck strangers at the grocery have stopped me and asked me what perfume I’m wearing. lol. This is my second and third bottle of the mini and by now I’ve gone through two full size bottles. And I’ve already repurchased my next bottle. This is a must have item! 

Living Proof Perfect Hair Day  5 in 1 styling treatment. Looking for a product that provides volume, smoothness, conditioning, strengthening, and polish all in one step? Thats exactly what the Living Proof 5 in 1 styling treatment does. After getting out of the shower I like to take a quarter size dollop and work this product throughout wet to damp hair. From there you can choose to blow dry your hair or let your hair air dry, either way you are going to be pleased. Another must have item! 

Philosophy purity face soap. Best face soap every is how I would describe this product. You can use it on your Clarisonic, yours hands, a wash cloth, use it to remove your makeup, if you happen to get soap in your eyes this one doesn’t both your eyes. I absolutely love it, this is my fourth or fifth bottle of this stuff. Currently I’m using the Pericone MD face soap, but I can guarantee you when that bottle runs out I’m going to go back to my purity face soap! 

What products have you finished up lately? I know in my next empties post I will be sharing some makeup goodies! Have a wonderful week beauties! 

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Pregnancy Weight Gain and Weight Loss

Its hard to believe that this time last year, my family was preparing for the arrival of our second child. This past year with both of my kids and husband have been amazing, with lots of happy tears, first times, and many sleepless nights. But isn’t that part of what goes into a mom? For each of us our journey to becoming a mom or a better mom each day is unique. I’m not a natural mom, but I love my kids. So every morning when I wake up I tell myself today I am going to be a better mom then yesterday and make it happen. I read the books, magazines, and websites. I talk to friends and family. My husband has been wonderful and supportive and my mother in law has truly been an inspiration. In my heart I believe that she is one of those people who was placed here on earth to be a mom. Even now with my husband in his early 30s you can see in her eyes that he is still her little boy. Now don’t get me wrong, she’s not telling him ( or us) how to live our lives, she’s not sending him socks and underwear in the mail. But she’s always there to listen, to be a sounding board and provide advice when needed. However today’s blog post isn’t on being a natural mother, but my pregnancy weight gain and the year I’ve spent loosing the weight. 

I want to be up front and say to you when I became pregnant with my son I was over weight for my height. Not terribly and I like to tell myself I wore the extra pounds well. Let’s just put the number out there, I was 182. I wasn’t pleased with my body and I had tried to loose some weight before getting pregnant, in fact we even struggled with becoming pregnant. My first pregnancy was in college, I weighed around 152 pounds when I became pregnant with my daughter and though out that entire pregnancy I put on about 11 pounds, not bad at all. In fact when I gave birth to my daughter who was 6lbs and 6oz and all of the after birth, mind you it was a c section so the doctors did all that work for me, I weighed less then when I had become pregnant with her. So with my son I was determined to keep my weight gain low, reason being I was already stressed about my weight. In the first and second trimester I ate very similar to how I normally would eat before pregnancy, indulging my body’s every craving and then the weight gain started to excellerate. I was miserable! I was to focus on how much weight I was gaining and how was I ever going to loose all of this once I had my child, that I didn’t really take to time to truly embrace the wonder of producing a little human being. 

My true change started at the beginning of my third trimester, I decided to start making small differences in my diet for not only myself, but for the baby as well. Now mind you I didn’t eat poorly before I just wanted to do better. The first item I wanted to eliminate from diet ( and when I say diet, I don’t mean to diet. Diet is just how I eat) was soda. I was drinking about two to three cans a day, sweet tea, and slushies. I knew this wasn’t helping my weight, my baby, or setting a good example for my daughter. So I gave all those up for sparkling water or diet waters. They still tasted sweet and the had a fizzle like soda. I used this as a stepping stone of sorts to wean myself from soda. From there I started introducing more water into my diet. For whatever reason I would only drink bottled water from one brand. Silly I know but it was making a difference for me, my baby, and daughter. 

I may be a stay at home mom but l was never much of cook till this past year in half. Before that we ate out a lot or our meals came out of boxes. I attribute this to weight gain I put on before getting pregnant my second time around. But I knew if I ever really wanted to be healthy and set a good example I needed to start cooking at home. So there I was well into my third trimester looking up recipes in cook books and online. Burning or over cooking the fast majority of them in the beginning. My daughter ate a lot of mac and cheese cups throughout that time and my husband ( a true champ ) suffered through many blacken meals, but he never criticized me in fact he encouraged me to keep trying and become a better cook. And he was right, the more I practiced and the more often I cooked my food started turning out better and better. Till even I was impressed with my own cooking. Now I love to cook! Its something that I do every day and I don’t get tired of. 

By the end of my pregnancy I had gained 17 pounds, putting my weight up to 199lbs at my sons birth. I know for many of 17 pounds seems like nothing to me at the time, someone with poor body imagine I felt like this way awful, and to be honest it was never really about the 17 pounds but the fact that I weighed 199lbs at my height and age. To be fair I knew I going to loose a good portion of the weight at the birth of my son, but the concerns were still there about what happens afterwards. In a second post here in the next couple of weeks I’m going to talk about how I lost 55 pounds after my son was born. This weight loss journey has been a wonderful experience that I hope will you inspire you in some way. But before I end this post there are a few brief points I want you to take away from todays post. 
  • DON’T FOCUS ON THE WEIGHT GAIN! No matter what you can loose the weight, instead think about the amazing human being you are producing. 
  • If your displeased with your diet or lifestyle, pregnancy is a good time to change it. For me it was soda and fast food, yes you can drink soda and eat fast food during pregnancy, but why? Its not good for you or the baby. And one of the thoughts that I had during pregnancy was how is this food benefiting me and the baby. Don’t deny yourself the temptations of the occasional cheese cake, gummy worms, or cheese burger, but don’t do make it an every day indulgence just because your pregnant. Use the pregnancy as a sort of guide to a better diet. 
  • I know was a little late to the game but in the third trimester I started doing pregnancy yoga and ladies let me tell you it was amazing. Not only was it  healthy for me and the baby but I feel like I was able to bounce back from the c -section faster.
What about all of you? Have any of you struggled with poor body imagine during pregnancy? How did you over come that struggle?