25 August 2015

If It Ain't Broke...

louis vuitton modshots

platinum blonde curly hair

keyhole tee

louis vuitton speedy b 35

nike pre-montreal

nike pre-montreal

Remember how I said I find what I like, then buy it in every color? Yeahhhhh. That's been the story with these t-shirts by Cara Loren. These are easily the softest, most comfortable boyfriend tees on the block! The shirt that started it all for me was this lipstick tee you've seen me wear on Instagram. I patiently waited for WEEKS for it to be back in stock and when it finally was I ordered immediately! I paid no attention to the fact that it was oversized and just scurried to checkout. Well, when she says "oversized boyfriend tee" Cara isn't playing'. It's like OVER-sized! So, my lipstick tee is usually worn knotted at the bottom, which is still totally cute! Anyway, I loved the material and fit so much that when she launched her new line of t-shirts, I was on it like white on rice and picked up two more! (This one in size medium and this one in a small.)

Then of course there are the Nikes.  I had been in the market for another pair of black sneaks for a hot minute and these were decently discounted during the Nordstrom Anniversary sale! (They are actually on sale again right now!!!) I don't know what it is about black sneakers, but they just seem to work with any outfit!

You know what is missing in my closet right now? A light wash denim jacket. I love this darker one that I got in a Stitch Fix a while back, but I definitely need one a lighter color. The lighter denim is more versatile I think. Right? Can you point me in the right direction?

Oh. White jeans with a toddler and baby? #stupid

jacket || Stitch Fix
t-shirt || Cara Loren
pants || The Limited
shoes || Nike (on sale now!!) 
handbag || Louis Vuitton
lipstick || MAC "pink plaid"
nails || RATCHET as hell (is that what the cool kids are saying these days?)

24 August 2015

August Beauty Review

Happy Monday! I hope you had a fantastic weekend! Ours was terribly mundane other than Kyle cutting his finger on his table saw. (!!!) It was all fun and games after he was numbed and we learned that he would be able to keep the tip of his finger. In this house, we are a well oiled, machine when it comes to "stop, drop and head to the hospital" events. Between, the rapid fire children, the cancer stuff and a husband who firmly believes he is still 16...we've got it D-O-W-N. Seriously, from table saw meets finger to turning out of the neighborhood we were clocked at less than 3 minutes. Not bad with two kids and a husband who routinely has to practice breathing exercises at the sight of blood...*pats self on the back* He left the hospital after a couple of x-rays and with only a few stitches. We've said too many times to count that "it could have been so much worse!"

Anyway, because August is nearly over, I figured it would be fun to share my thoughts on some beauty items i've tried out recently...

beauty product reviews

The good, the bad and the ugly--here it is!

makeup blog

green apple peel full strength review

strivectin instant revitalizing mask review

dermaroller review

clinique color pop blush review

1. Clinique "Cheek Pop" Blush || This particular shade is called "pansy pop" and is a cool toned, pale purple. The color of this blush is absolutely stunning and one I've been hunting for to add to my collection! I was surprised to notice that I just wasn't reaching for it. The reason for that is probably that you have to pile on so. much. product to get decent color payoff. Who has time for that?! So, great color, not so great formula/pigmentation.

2. CoverGirl Ready Set Gorgeous || I purchased this foundation after several of my favorite YouTubers recommended it. Its an oil free formula that claims to be suitable for sensitive skin and will last all day. My Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation is just a touch too dark for me, so I figured I would purchase this in a lighter shade with the intention of mixing the two. I actually think I like how the CoverGirl foundation wears better than my Double Wear. I've found I'd rather warm this up with bronzer rather than dial back my Estee Lauder...For the price, I would definitely recommend giving this stuff a shot!

3. Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel Full Strength || I don't know about you, but when I read things like "all natural" or "organic" when it comes to beauty products I immediately think "well, that's not going to do anything." This peel has caused me to eat my words! I've been using it 3-4 times a week to jump start my night time skin care routine and it's been great! I get a pretty intense tingle going for the ten minutes its on and I'm left with a rejuvenated and fresh face! 

4. StriVectin Instant Revitalizing Mask || So, StriVectin is a higher end brand name that usually packs a decent punch. (I love using their hand cream in the winter time!) This decently spendy face mask, claims to nourish, clarify and illuminate the complexion with alpha hydroxy acids and their patented NIA114 technology. Ehhh. At best this mask is hydrating as I did notice my face was slightly more plump after each use. More even complexion? No. Brighter tone? Nope. It feels nice on the skin and certainly didn't hurt anything, but probably not worth the money in my opinion. 

5. Tweezerman Izaac Mizrahi Splatter Paint Slant Tweezer || I've said it before and I'll say it again, not all tweezers are created equal! For as long as I can remember I've kept tweezers in both my car and my bathroom. (The car offers the best lighting so I like to go to town on my brows when I'm waiting on a sleeping baby or two to finish their car naps.) Anyway, ever since I've stopped getting my brows waxed, I've had to up my tweezing game so I splurged on these tweezers. GAME. CHANGER. I get completely frustrated using any of my other tweezers now, so these pretty much just live in my purse so I have them with me at all times. They grab the tiniest of hairs and pull them out like butter! Worth every penny.

6. MAC Lip Pencil || The shade "edge to edge" is damn near perfect as far as the your lips but better shades go. This color leans more pink instead of nude, which I happen to prefer on my skin tone for day to day use. If I put this on in the morning, I find I barely need to touch up through the day because its so long wearing! Even when there is little to no product left on my lips there remains a nice, natural pink-y stain. Good stuff!

7. Dior "Addict" Lip Maximizer || You know those products you "sample" EVERY time you shop in store but don't purchase? Yeah...this was one of those for me. One day I caught myself planning a trip to Nordstrom for no reason other than to get my hands on this tester--that's where I drew the line. It was time to just buy the damn thing! (HA!) Now I use this stuff all day everyday; I'm obsessed! I've owned Dior's Creme de Rose in the past and there is no comparison. The Lip Maximizer is better in every way, from it's packaging to the formulation. Oh! Last thing, don't be intimidated by the "plumping effect" of this product. It is so so gentle doesn't cause that intense prickling sensation that a lot of other plumper do. I'm not down with that either...

8. DermaRoller || Have you heard of these things? Dozens of tiny needles that you roll all over your clean face before you apply any serums or treatments. Sounds insane, right? Well I certainly thought so! I started reading more about them when I noticed that the Rodan & Fields sells a dermaroller type  as an amplifier to the skincare regimen I've been using. Color me intrigued. So I headed to the land of beauty research, YouTube, and discovered that people seriously dig these things! The final straw was having a friend, who is also using Rodan & Fields tell me how much of a difference she thinks her dermaroller makes. THAT DAY Eleventh Avenue had the .25mm on sale for like $6 so I snagged it right up! I've been using this for about a month now and have to agree with all the hype; it transforms your skincare! I can actually feel my products at work and see the results. Huge fan!

What beauty products have you tried lately?

Disclosure : I received the StriVectin Revitalizing mask free of charge. My review was not required. As always, all opinions are honest and my own

22 August 2015

Our First Time

Ha! I bet your mind went someplace else with that title, didn't it? ;) Today I'm talking about our first experience with diaper rash--a sort of rite of passage in parenthood, amiright? (Too much? Ha! I  clearly haven't had my coffee yet...)

It seemed like my oldest, Mallory came home from the hospital with a diaper rash! Ok, it may not have been THAT fast, but she did get her first diaper rash much sooner than I’d ever imagined. One day, just a week or so after we brought our brand new baby home from the hospital, I noticed what I thought was a scratch on her bottom. After calling every adult in the house to the changing table to take a peek, we decided to take the “wait and see” approach. The next day she seemed to have more “scratches” on her bottom. Don’t worry, we finally caught on… it was diaper rash! 
To be honest, I felt like it was my fault. I thought maybe I wasn’t changing her as often as I needed to or getting her as clean as I should. I blamed myself. Add the guilt of thinking I caused my newborn great discomfort on top of those intense postpartum hormones… not pretty. 
It took a little reality check from my own mom to get my emotions back in check. She asked, “Is Mallory fussy? Does she seem uncomfortable?” The answer was no. (Although she has since had a severely uncomfortable diaper rash or two and she is nearly 2 years old.) To which my mom replied, “Well, let’s just take care of it then.” 

Enter Desitin. We purchased the Maximum Strength Original Paste because my mom said that is what worked the best and fastest for me and my sisters when we were little. That of course made me cry again–I will be using the same diaper cream on my daughter that my mom rubbed on my butt 20 something years ago. Those hormones were really something!

Sure enough, within 24 hours Mallory’s rash was gone. Like, gone gone. Without a trace! All I did during each diaper change was; clean her bottom, if she was happy I’d let her kick around diaper-less for a bit, coat her booty with Desitin then put a clean diaper on. So, so simple! 

Now that I’m rolling two kids deep and have had some experience with diaper rash, what advice do I have for new moms? Try to reign in your emotions. Sometimes diaper rash just happens! Whether your baby is 1 week old or 3 years old, seeing them uncomfortable is tough. As moms we can’t always “fix it,” but when it comes to diaper rash we can! Go with what you know works, and for me that’s Desitin!

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