Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2013 Mom and Beauty Picks

So everyone is putting in their top picks for beauty products... but I'm going do something just a little bit different and also include some mommy/ baby products.  Here are my top picks of 2013!

Beauty Pick #1

The Luna Mini

This handy little scrubber has changed the look and feel of my skin.  It hasn't eliminated breakouts, but it's definitely made my skin a lot more manageable. I received this product through BzzAgent at a severely discounted price. Retails for $139. 

Mommy Pick #1

Fisher Price My Little Lamb Cradle N' Swing

My son slept ONLY in this swing for months.  It was a lifesaver.


Beauty Pick #2

Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition Conditioner

I am so impressed by this conditioner.  It's relatively affordable, easily available, thick, and leaves my hair so soft.

Mommy Pick #2

Skip Hop Versa Diaper Bag

I have 4 diaper bags. The Petunia Pickle Bottom one is wonderful, but too big for every day quick trips.  I was tired of feeling like I had a such a HUGE bag with not a HUGE amount of stuff in it. I also could never find anything in my daily messenger style diaper bag.  So for Christmas my son got me [ ;o) ] the Skip Hop Versa Bag.  This bag is so versatile. It looks like a purse, can unzip in the middle to expand, can be worn over the shoulder OR adjusted to be worn cross-body, has multiple zippered compartment so stuff doesn't spill out in the middle of the store,  AND it has huge thermal pockets for bottles right in the front so I no longer have to carry around a separate bottle bag.  Plus the interior is a bright color so I can always find what I'm looking for. I LOVE this bag.

Beauty Pick #3

Olay Total Effects Tone Correcting Night Moisturizer

I saw a change in my skin just a few days after using this moisturizer.  It makes my skin more radiant and even cuts down on breakouts. 

Mommy Pick #3

Robopax DreamMover

I am so surprised this nifty product isn't more popular.  It moves back and forth rocking your baby in a stroller, bassinet, or infant seat.  Available on Amazon.com

Beauty Pick #4

Urban Decay Naked 3 Eyeliner

I know everyone raves over the Naked 3 Eyeshadow Palette.  But I think their eyeliner really deserves the spotlit.  Urban Decay eyeliner in general is awesome.  It has replaced MAC as my favorite.  It's smooth, creamy, and stays all day without getting messy.  I love the colors in the Naked 3 Eyeliner - they make my eyes pop.

Mommy Pick #4

 Joovy Room2

As my son has grown, this has become more and more useful.  Especially when my husband is at work and it's just me and baby boy at home.  Unlike the pack n' plays, this play yard actually provides enough room for a big baby to play. 

Beauty Pick #5

The Balm Nude 'Tude Palette

For anyone who thinks Urban Decay's Naked Palette is a little overpriced (this girl,) The Balm's Nude 'Tude Palette is the answer.  It comes in both a "Nice" palette and a "Naughty" palette (pictured above), but both contain the same color eyeshadows.

Mommy Pick #5

Fisher Price Laugh N Learn Jumperoo

Before my son was able to move around on his own, this jumperoo helped him learn how to maneuver on his own and gave him an outlet for his energy.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Jolly VoxBox Review

Watch the video below for my Jolly VoxBox Review from Influenster. 

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Friday, December 13, 2013

Mommy Problems

This is about to be a serious mommy post.  Are you all ready?  Here it goes.  I'm actually not really sure how to start this post.  So I'll just ramble for a little bit.

I'm sure every mom feels the same mix of feelings. My world is a constant balancing act.  For example, I've already had to stop writing this post 6 times to calm my baby boy, switch out the laundry, and put bottles away.  During the course of writing this post I also tripped over the baby gate (broke it) and am hoping I didn't gain any real injuries while wrapping an ice pack around my side.

Don't get me wrong, I know I have it good. I'm a stay at home mom, who has managed to start a career as a freelance writer in less than a year, with a hard working husband, and an amazingly loving and supportive family.  At times I feel like I'm "queen of the world" and can do anything and everything. Other times I feel like I need to do more, that I'm not doing enough or I'm not doing anything well.

It's the mommy guilt that comes with being pulled in a million directions ALL OF THE TIME. It doesn't help that deep down I'm a perfectionist. Not in the way that most are. Not in the everything has to be in its place, every material object has to be sparkling way. But in the sense that everything I do, everything I work at, everything I put my time into needs to be done perfectly. I need to do a perfect job. Which is completely unrealistic and unfair. I know I shouldn't put that pressure myself but I think it's something most moms and women feel.

And even though logically I know I should give myself a break, that as my husband tells me, I do my best and that's all anyone can do, the yucky feeling still comes over me at times.  I get down on myself.  I know it will eventually pass and I just keep trucking, but I wonder if there will ever be a time when I will no longer have the yuckiness wash over me. 
From what I've heard from other moms... It's a constant battle. If you feel like you're a great employee, you feel like a not so great mom. If you feel like a great mom, you feel you should be a better wife or friend. 

It's illogical, yes.  But not uncommon. No wonder women get the reputation of being insanely emotional! 

I'm hoping that with time I will discover ways to beat the mommy guilt. And once I do, I will be sure to share it with you all. But until then... Here are some helpful links.

My favorite since it's both amusing and relate-able -
Parenting.com's 31 Reasons You Shouldn't Feel Mom Guilt 

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Sephora Holiday Collections

Ohhh Sephora... How you tempt me with every ad you send out.  LOVE this store and love the deals they have!  I've become addicted to their sales and their Beauty Insider deals.  But their Holiday Collections are beyond amazing.  You get high quality products for a great price.

The first gift set I saw upon opening my package from Sephora's PR was breathtaking.  The Marchesa Gift Set is beyond gorgeous! Just look at that perfume bottle!  I opened it right away and took a whiff. Beautifully feminine, floral, and sweet, I have worn this perfume every day since receiving it.  It's not overpowering but definitely gets noticed.

Keeping my perfume obsession going, I also received the Fragrance Sampler For Her.  Now I've already shown you all my makeup bag full of deluxe perfume samples, so you know I was thrilled with this set.  It contains 14 deluxe samples of women's fragrance.  My favorites in this set are Bright Crystal by Versace, Couture La La by Juicy Couture, and Light Blue by Dolce&Gabbana.  But honestly, there wasn't a scent that I didn't like.  And as a bonus, this gift set also comes with a completely adorable beauty clutch.  In my opinion, the clutch is pretty enough to be used as a clutch to take on a night out.

A more recent interest of mine is experimenting with different nail colors.  For years I've worn the same shades of pinks and reds.  Not anymore.  Now I'm trying a little bit of everything.  And finding new loves! When I saw Sephora's The Twenty-Two - Formula X included in my package I was a very happy girl.  This set contains 22 mini nail lacquers in a variety of colors.  There's glitter, pastels, brights, and metallics.  These lacquers offer smooth, streak-free application and long lasting vibrant color.

If you're more of a lipstick junkie, don't worry.  Sephora has something for you too!  Kat Von D's Spellbinding Lipstick Set is the perfect gift for any lipstick fanatic.  This set contains 10 mini lipsticks.  Providing long-wear and rich pigment, these lipsticks range from bright to neutral.  There is definitely something for everyone in this set, as well as, something for every occasion.

Now to my FAVORITE of what I received, Sephora's MicroSmooth Baked Winter Wonderland Collection.  The main reason this is my favorite?  It pretty much has everything you need.  This set includes 15 eye shadows, 2 blushes, 2 bronzers, and a luminizer.  Best of all this set is free of parabens, sulfates, and phthalates.  The eye shadows have great pigmentation and last all day. The luminizer adds a little bit of a glow to my skin and is perfect for those days when I need a little something extra..

15 eye  shadows just not enough for you? Want every possible color of eyeshadow?  Yep, they've got that too.  Sephora's Color Anthology contains 70, yes 70, eye shadows.  What I like about this set is the way the shadows are arranged.  Colors that easily blend and flow are sorted by row.  Taking a lot of the guess work out of trying to create the perfect eye look.  The set includes bright, neutral, smokey, romantic, matte, and glittery looks.  Any look can be achieved using this palette.

Don't have to tools to apply all of these makeup goodies?  No problem! Sephora has that covered too.  The Holiday Light Show Brush Set is definitely the most stunning brush set I've ever seen.  Not only that, they are EXTREMELY soft and high quality brushes (no shedding.)  I love that this set comes with a brush stand, making it easy to organize (and prevent a scatterbrained mom from losing) the brushes.  I have a few (ok, several) brush sets and this one by far provides the most flawless look.  They are comfortable to use and make applying and blending a snap. 

So there you have it.  Sephora has everything and anything you could ever need or want beauty related.  The store is pretty much every beauty queen's dream come true.  Don't miss out on the great deals this Holiday Season.  You'll definitely get more than your money's worth with these sets. 

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Flower Beauty Giveaway

This is very much overdue.  But it is finally here! A Holiday Giveaway!  And you can thank Flower Beauty's PR team!  I received several products for review and decided to share the wealth. 

First up, Flower's Kiss Stick.  This lipstick is GORGEOUS. It definitely provides high shine as promised. It also lasts a pretty decent amount of time.  Especially for the price!  Plus I love the colors they come in.  The most beautiful pinks and neutrals.

Next we have... nail lacquer!  I've been getting into nail color again and experimenting with different neutrals other than the typical ballet slipper pink.  Flower's Nail'd It in "Go With The Fow-Er" was perfect.  It's a cream/slightly tan color that I was unsure of... until I saw it on a friend.  It's a very subtle neutral that achieves a very classy, polished look without being typical.

My favorite out of these three products has to be the Eye Shadow Chubby.  This stick is not only mess-free, but also provides a build-able application.  Giving you more control over your look.  The texture is that of a cream shadow and has extreme staying power.  I mean it, this product stayed put all day.  I even used a liner brush and applied this product as an eyeliner.  It was not only easy, but looked great. 

So what is the giveaway already?  One lucky winner will receive 4 eyeshadow chubby's.  Colors are "Olive My Love," "Daffodil With It," "Dark Side of the Blue," and "Keep Your Pansies On!" (All of the colors in the picture above except for the light blue in the middle.)   To enter "LIKE" the GIVEAWAY POST pinned to the top of the Mommy Diaries (Of a Florida Mom) Facebook Page.  Giveaway closes 11pm EST on 12/13.  Good Luck!

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Beauty Products of the week, Clinique, and eye problems

This post is a little late... but I will make up for it... a giveaway is coming up!  Watch the video below for the beauty picks of the week, Clinique review, and a little explanation as to why I'm not wearing eye makeup in the video below.

Giveaway will be in the next post!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Guilty Pleasures

We all have them... Things we LOVE that we know we really shouldn't. But you know what? I'm not hiding mine anymore! I'm about to spill some of my GP's (yeah, I just abbreviated it) and maybe... Just maybe...you'll find one on this list that's also yours.

1. It's kind of like eating Reese's... Right?

I have MANY food guilty pleasures and I openly indulge most of them in front of others. There is one, however, that only those close to me have seen. Ready for it? Peanut Butter (JIF - straight out of the jar) and Hershey's chocolate syrup. Together. I take a spoonful of peanut butter out of the jar, drizzle some chocolate syrup on that spoonful, eat, and repeat. Now before anyone gets upset about me contaminating the jar - I'm the only one in my house that eats peanut butter anyway.

2. A cray face

So I know how to do my makeup and usually stick to the same few looks... But when no one is home and I have some time to myself I sometimes go crazy with makeup. I put on a ton of bright colors I normally wouldn't wear or do heavy liner and shadow from my brows all the way down past my under eye. For some reason I just have so much fun doing it. It actually feels a bit freeing. Most of the time I end up putting a smile on my face and laughing at how ridiculous I look. But a few times I inadvertently discovered looks that I like. For example, my love for plum, bronze, and aqua eyeliners all came from one of these silly experiments.

3. I Keep Up... Religiously

I've already let this guilty pleasure out of the bag... But I didn't go into detail about it. I l-o-v-e Keeping Up With The Kardashians. I've seen every episode. I DVR it and I get excited for new episodes. I am currently impatiently waiting for season 9 to start. I know, it's shameful to admit, but there it is. I have noticed a lot of ladiesI know are suddenly admitting to watching this show since the Jenner boys have become cast regulars. I can't blame them. It doesn't hurt to look at Brody...I'm just sayin'...

Brody Jenner

Brandon and Leah Jenner

4. Hasn't That Show Been Off The Air... For 6 Years?

While we're on the subject if TV shows... I STILL DVR Gilmore Girls.  Even though I've seen the entire series countless times.  I'm at the point where I can anticipate what the next episode will be.  My husband doesn't understand why I continue to not only watch these reruns, but record them.  There is just something about this show that I find so comforting.  I couldn't tell you specifically what it is, but there is nothing like sitting down with a giant cup of coffee and watching an episode filled with the adventures of Lorelei and Rory. 

5.  A Little Worn... Or Just Right?

I only realized this GP a couple of years ago when I bought my "new" car.  It was "pre-owned" but in great condition and pretty much felt like new.  I liked the car and was happy with my purchase, but I all I really wanted was my old car back (my old car died so that wasn't happening.)  The "new" car didn't feel like mine.  It felt too clean, too perfect.  I LIKE it when my car is worn.  I LIKE a couple of dings. I know this one is odd, but to me a car is something functional.  Something to get me around.  I don't like have to feel like it's another item I have to worry about looking pretty all of the time.