Monday, June 30, 2014

June Obsessions!

Its that time again!  Products I fell in love with over the past month are listed below.  Only one mommy product this month!



CHI Keratin Silk Infusion
I know I've discussed this one before but I just fell in love with it all over again as I started using it before using the straightener on my hair.  Makes my hair silky and shiny!


CHI Deep Brilliance Hydration Moisture Binding Shampoo

 Speaking of shiny, this shampoo has made such a dramatic change on the look and feel of my hair that I can't believe I haven't used it sooner.  I do notice I have to use my toning shampoo more often since using this CHI product, but its well worth it. 




Venus Embrace Sensitive Razor


Full review coming soon!  Made for sensitive skin, this razor gives me a super close shave without irritation!


theBalm's Balm Voyage Palette

Since I love their 'Nude Tude Palette, I finally decided to start using the Balm Voyage palette I've had in my makeup drawer regularly.  Its especially great for bright Summer looks and I've also used it for smokey eye looks.


COVERGIRL's Ready Set Gorgeous Liquid Foundation


I now switch between this foundation and the Stay Fabulous 3 in 1.  These are the only two foundations I have used regularly in several months. Love the flawless look, easy application, and of course, NO BREAKOUTS!  (PS. Win a chance to try it for yourself HERE)

CoverGirl Fresh Complexion Concealer

 
While I do still use Maybelline's 24/7 concealer from time to time, I find myself grabbing for this one more often.  I like the smooth creamy texture of this concealer.  It is also very easy to blend. 



Neutrogena Oil Free Acne Wash Redness Soothing Facial Cleanser



While I do love my Spearmint Cleanser, I wanted to find something I could just grab in the stores instead of buying online.  I was a little skeptical of this product (since I havent had much luck with Neutrogena in the past)  but I LOVE it.  It works just as well as the Spearmint cleanser and is available at my local grocery store. 


Sesame Street Best of Friends

This is my ONE Mommy Obsession of the month.  And its a pretty good one.  My son is mesmerized by this DVD.  So much so that we watch it daily.  Its all songs so that makes it tolerable (I've even developed my own favorite scenes.) 

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

My TRUE Makeup Essentials

Hi everyone!  No, I haven't forgotten about you all!  We've been moving this week so we've been busy, busy - packing, unpacking, cleaning, etc. 

Through this process... I figured out which makeup products are truly my daily essentials.  This is makeup only.  All essential beauty products... that's a longer list!  This is a quick list post! Enjoy!

Concealer - COVERGIRL's Fresh Complexion Concealer


Foundation - COVERGIRL's Stay Fabulous 3 in 1 Foundation



Blush - MAC Mineralize Blush in Gleeful



Eye Shadow - The Balm's Nude 'Tude Pallete



Lippy - Revlon's Balmstain in Honey


Mascara - Mally Beauty's Volumizing Waterproof Mascara


Friday, June 20, 2014

Affordability and Style?

Happy Friday, everyone!

I just wanted to write a quick post to share an online shop I recently discovered!  Tidestore.com has affordable women's fashion including dresses, tops, and accessories!  Below are a few of the items that caught my eye just to give you an idea of what they offer.



Stunning Shining Alloy Tassel Beads Bangle/Bracelet


Chromatic Bohemian Style Striped Maxi Dress
Carefree Falbala Split Joint Deep V-neck Print Fancy Sexy Maxi Dress

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Get #InstaGlam For a Night Out

I have been looking forward to doing this post for awhile now.  Mostly because in order to do this post, I would get to have a night out with the hubby!

Now very rarely do I wear a full glam look, so I wanted to get Katy Perry's #InstaGlam look using COVERGIRL products for this special occasion.  I love these products  mostly because they provide a flawless look in very little time.  They also, in my opinion, have the same quality and lasting power of much more expensive luxury and boutique products.  AND - they don't make me break out.  So yes, COVERGIRL has become my go-to for face makeup.

Now lets get to it!  Here is my before picture.  A clean face with zero make up and a light moisturizer.  Are you loving my messy mom bun?  That is typically how I keep my long hair out of the way day to day. 


But for a night out, I get to let my hair down (literally) and have a little fun with my makeup. Normally I only use my tried-and-true makeup for a special night out.  But since I have so much confidence in COVERGIRL at this point, I used the Ready. Set. Gorgeous Concealer, Liquid Foundation, and Power for the first time.

I was not disappointed!  The coverage is spectacular!  I love that its oil free and I am especially happy that the foundation is an "all in one."  This means no need for that layer of primer before putting on your makeup.  Not only did this save me some time, but it also made me feel better about not putting layer upon layer of product on my face.  And yes, it did last all night.  Even through the Florida heat and humidity.   

I applied the liquid foundation with a makeup sponge.  Then applied the concealer with the wand and blended with my finger (because I'm oh-so-professional) and set it all with the Ready. Set. Gorgeous Powder.   It literally took MAYBE 3 minutes. Awesome!

 Makeup Products Used

COVERGIRL Ready. Set. Gorgeous Liquid Foundation

COVERGIRL Ready. Set. Gorgeous Concealer


COVERGIRL Ready. Set. Gorgeous Powder

COVERGIRL Bombshell Volume LashBlast Mascara

MAC Cosmetics Mineralize Blush in Gleeful

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil in Bourbon

Revlon BalmStain in Honey

The Balm's Nude 'Tude Eye Shadow Palette -  Colors  -  Stubborn, Sleek, and Serious




Now its time to get out of those everyday Mom clothes and dress up into something a little bit classy and a little bit sexy.  I LOVE this dress from Patty Boutik.  Its so versatile, comfortable, and flattering.  I see myself wearing it again and again.


Fashion Products

Dress - Patty Boutik

Necklace - Amazon.com

Shoes - Tahari 

Crossbody Purse - Coach







Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Olay Pro-X Skincare Review

So this review has been a long time coming.  Finally got around to completing the after video and I know I definitely see a difference in my skin.  See for yourself in the video below!



Products I Started Out With


Olay Professional Pro-X Anti Aging Starter Protocol


Olay Pro-X Exfoliating Renewal Cleanser







Products I Am Using Now


Skin by Ann Webb - Skin Organics Spearmint Tea Exfoliating Cleanser


I stopped using the Olay wash because it left a little bit of a soapy film.  I started using the Spearmint Tea Cleanser instead and have had great results.


Olay Pro-X Wrinkle Smoothing Cream





Olay Complete All Day Moisturizer With Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 15 - Sensitive


Monday, June 9, 2014

Beauty Looks From the Runway to You!

Let's be honest... There are A LOT of instances where runway looks do NOT translate well to everyday use.

Luckily, this is NOT the case with makeup artist Pat McGrath's 2014 Fashion Week Trend Report.  I've chosen a few of my favorite looks to share with you AND will also tell you which AFFORDABLE beauty products to use to get these looks.  Sound good? Read on.


Lash Takeover
Lash Takeover-Accentuating lashes in various forms, textures and shapes. From intensified, clumpy lashes at Prada and blunt and abstract lashes at Lanvin. From perfected and precise long top and bottom lashes at Gucci, double layered top lashes at Versace, and black feathered lashes at Alexander McQueen.




New Neutrals
Layering shades of muted stone colors from a color palette of khaki, lemon yellow, violet-gray, blue-gray for a new natural, nude look to structure the face






Polished Nude
Full face of polished perfection by highlighting skin and adding foundation for a lightweight all over nude face with a minimal, yet an effective way to enhance their natural beauty




Looks brought to you with help from the ever fabulous COVERGIRL

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

May Obsessions

FINALLY have my May Obsessions ready for you all!  I know its been awhile since I've done a video and I promise there is one coming soon.  But for now enjoy this list of beauty, fashion and mommy products that I fell in love with last month.

1.  Essie Naughty Nautical

Swatch by beautezine.com


I love this color for Summer.  Lately so many turquoise polishes have had hints of mint or baby blue in them.  I love that this one is just a great, true shade of turquoise.


2. Olay Complete All Day Moisturizer With SPF 15 for Sensitive Skin

This moisturizer is light, non greasy, and the sunscreen doesn't burn.  Plus, this is one of Olay's more affordable products at under $6/bottle.

3. Anytime Tank from The Mint Julep Boutique


The Mint Julep Boutique

I love this tank! Its comfortable, bright, and versatile. Super cute and cheery!

4. Forever 21 Tribal Maxi Skirt


I love this skirt and it has become my comfy, yet stylish Summer skirt.  Its light weight, flattering, and goes with different looks. 


5. Garanimals

This is my favorite clothing line for kids.  Its affordable, they launder well, and they have some really cute stuff.  Walmart also sells this line.