Saturday, April 29, 2017

April Beauty Favorites

April Beauty Favorites: All of the Beauty Products I've Been Loving During April - NYX, MAC, Revlon, Clinique, Hourglass

         Girl, do I have some awesome favorites for you this month! I usually post my beauty favorites in conjunction with baby and lifestyle but because I had so many beauty favorites, I felt they deserved their own post. You can either watch the video by clicking  the image below, or read the post by scrolling down. 

1. NYX Total Control Drops 

I've been working on a series for May that's all about getting your groove back as a new momma. Part of that involves self tanning. Tanning, hot. Non-Matching Foundation, not hot. Enter the NYX Total Control Drops. Instead of having to buy all of my favorite foundations in darker shades, I simply add a couple of NYX Total Control Drops and viola! I now have foundation that matches my 'sun kissed' skin. 

     I purchased the lightest and darkest shades so that I can create perfect looks in both summer and winter. I LOVE being my own makeup alchemist. 

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2. MAC Blushes- Fleur Power and Cantaloupe 

      These two blushes combined are perfection! Fleur Power provides a rosy, flushed effect while cantaloupe creates a subtle sun kissed glow.  This gives you the perfect Spring and Summer cheek, combining both seasons into one beautiful look! 

        Both of these blushes are matte so they will not highlight pores or fine lines and will not compete with a highlight should you wish to apply one. An absolute favorite!

April Beauty Favorites - Must Try Beauty Products
Fleur Power
April Beauty Favorites - Must Try Beauty Products

3. MAC Duo Fiber Brush 187

       I have been all about the duo fibered brushes lately. I feel that they provide beautiful blending with minimal effort. As a busy momma, I am all about the minimal effort when it comes to applying makeup. 

       Don't let the picture below fool you, the MAC 187 is a large brush that is able to quickly deliver product. This brush has been amazing at applying my bronzer while effortlessly blurring any harsh lines that might appear during application. It has been used non stop through the month of April and is a total favorite!

April Beauty Favorites - Must Try Beauty Products

4. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Incandescent 

      Obsessed would be putting it mildly. I am in love with Incandescent  from the Hourglass palate below. It is the center shade and is amazing for mid to darker skin tones. I typically use the shade, Diffused Light, which is lighter and yellow toned. However, I was finding that Diffused Light was just too white for my newly tanned skin. I say "tan," but I am extremely pale and self-tanner only gets me to a mid tone complexion 😂

          I decided to try Incandescent  and am in love with the natural and subtle highlight it gives my skin. The Hourglass powders provide such a beautiful glow without being overly dramatic, making it perfect for no-makeup-makeup days or natural daytime looks. Soooo pretty!

April Beauty Favorites - Must Try Beauty Products

5.   Revlon PhotoReady Airbrush Foundation

       My skin is back to being combo to oily so I was on the hunt for a medium to full coverage foundation that wouldn't feel cakey. Spring is in full swing with thunderstorms and humidity so I wasn't wanting something that would leave me feeling gross within the hour. 

       🙌  Revlon PhotoReady Airbrush Foundation totally fits the bill. It provides a medium to full coverage satin finish. So pretty and does not leave you feeling like you have a thick layer of makeup, nor does it settle into fine lines. Absolutely love this foundation. It has been on constant repeat this month. 

April Beauty Favorites - Must Try Beauty Products

6.  Mario Badescu Vitamin C Serum

         I have major hyperpigmentation from acne scarring and pregnancy, so I was looking for something to brighten and even out my complexion. I purchased the Mario Badescu Vitamin C Serum during Ulta's 28 Days of Beauty Event along with a brightening kit.  However, the serum is the only thing I've used so far and feel that it can definitely be a stand-alone product!

            I used it for about two weeks straight and saw amazing results. My skin looked so much more even and the hyperpigmentation from the acne scarring was greatly diminished. I've used hydroquinone before and feel that my skin reacted to the Vitamin C Serum in a much more positive way. I absolutely love this product. 

         Keep in mind that, as with all skincare, you have to use it continuously in order for it to work. With that said, it is a total fave and a total repurchase!

April Beauty Favorites - Must Try Beauty Products

           That concludes my monthly beauty favorites for April. Have you tried any of the products I mentioned? What have you been loving? I love to try new products and welcome any recommendations! 

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

❤ ULTIMATE FREEBIE Friday❤ Week On Two Pages In THREE Sizes! A5, Personal, and Classic Happy Planner

Ultimate Free Printable - Week On Two Pages - A5 MM Personal GM and Classic Happy Planner

   Happy Freebie Friday! All of the bullet journals on Pinterest really inspired me to create a new weekly spread for my planner (follow me on Pinterest here). I am in love with my new setup and I, of course, had to share my new love with you! Because not all planners have same sized inserts, I went ahead and created the 'week on two pages' for the following: 
  • Personal; 
  • MM;
  • A5;
  • GM; and
  • Classic Happy Planner

        My 'week on two pages' has the following sections: 

  • Quote;
  • Vertical Daily; 
  • Daily Appointments; 
  • Daily Task Tracker (Can be split into work/personal); 
  • Weekly Goals; 
  • To Do; 
  • Meal Planner; and 
  • Blank Box for your personalized use. 

        If you would like to download this week's printable freebie, simply click on the image below and you will be taken to the download folder where all sizes are located. 

Ultimate Free Printable - Week On Two Pages - A5 MM Personal GM and Classic Happy Planner
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Ultimate Free Printable - Week On Two Pages - A5 MM Personal GM and Classic Happy Planner

Friday, April 21, 2017

❤FREEBIE Friday❤ Functional Planner Stickers

Free Functional Planner Stickers

Happy Freebie Friday!!! It has been a whirlwind week, to say the least. My mother flew in on Monday, I just dropped her off at the airport, my in-laws come in tomorrow, and it is David's first birthday on Sunday. It is easy to feel overwhelmed with so much going on. My solution to this dilemma is stickers, of course! This week's freebie is all about the functional stickers. Who says functional can't be adorable? 

          In order to download, simply click on the image above and you will be taken to the download site. Once you've downloaded the free printable, you may print it on regular 8.5x11in. paper or  8.5 x 11 Sticker Paper (my favorite, 100 pages under $11, Click Here).

 Free Functional Planner Stickers

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Sunday, April 16, 2017

6 Must-Read Books For Every Girl Boss

6 Must-Read Books For Every Girl Boss

      Today's post is near and dear to my heart. I love to read, and today I get to share some of the most life-changing books I have ever come across. I will be dividing these books into three sections: 1) Self-Development; 2) Business Development; and 3) Goal/Habit Creation.

Girl Boss Books For Self-Development 

            I truly believe that in order to build a strong business, one must first battle their own demons a.k.a. "self-limiting beliefs." Some common Self-Limiting beliefs might be: "I am not worhty," "I don't have enough to offer," or "Why should someone listen to what I have to say?"

        Self-limiting beliefs may manifest themselves through failing to set goals, failing to follow-through with action, or even subconscious self-sabotage! I know I have been guilty of the latter. The following books will help you ascertain what these might be and teach you how to overcome them if any. 

  1. The Untethered Soul, by Michael Singer
   This is my favorite self-help book of all time. It helps you see who you truly are. Once you see are able to take a step back and truly see yourself, it is much easier to identify what has been causing any roadblocks in your life. A definite must read!

      Once you have found your thorns, it is time to heal. This book had me laughing and crying within the hour. I absolutely love Louise Hay. Though she doesn't even know who I am, I consider her a second mother. Her love and concern to help you overcome whatever obstacles you might face are visible in her work. You would seriously be missing out if you didn't pick up a copy.  

Girl Boss Books For Business Development 

     If you love clear and structured direction, you will love this book. She takes you from figuring out what your passions are all the way through implementing action items to achieve the business of your dreams. Carrie Green also offers checklists at the end of every chapter as well as free pritnables through her website. Truly an awesome read for any girl boss. 

4. You Are A Badass, by Jen Sincero

  Such a fun read! This is the most fun I've ever had while reading a book on business development. If you are afraid of taking that leap of faith, do yourself a favor and pick up this book. Total game changer. 

I am so excited to read her newest book "You Are A Badass At Making Money." ←👀 I will keep you posted on what I think.

Girl Boss Books For Creating Habits And Achieving Goals

5. The Miracle Morning, by Hal Elrod

        This book has truly changed my life. Hal Elrod combines key components in creating the perfect morning routine, the Miracle Morning. He offers free printables, one of which is a 30-day challenge. I honestly do not know one single person who has taken the challenge and not benefited from it. Absolutely amazing. I recommend this to anyone and everyone, all day, every day. 

6. The Science of Self-Discipline, by Kerry L. Johnson

     This is a no nonsense book on eliminating old habits and creating new ones. The book provides free printable downloads to help you set monthly, daily and weekly goals as well as methods and techniques that will actually help you create habits. Absolutely love this book. 


             All of the books I have mentioned are amazing as re-reads. I have re-read each one, with the exception of Carrie Green's book and that is only because it is the newest in my collection. This means a lot coming from me. I am known for starting a book and simply never finishing it. I don't believe in suffering through books. What are you currently reading? Do you have any recommendations for me? 



6 Must-Read Books For Every Girl Boss

6 Must-Read Books For Every Girl Boss

Saturday, April 15, 2017

30 Question Beauty Tag

             I wanted to do something fun for this week's beauty blog post, so I decided on a very fun beauty tag. I found the perfect tag on The Beauty Section, where Anna sets out 30 beauty related questions. See what questions have me making these faces ^^^ (video version at the end of the post)!

30 Question Beauty Tag 

1. Do you remember your first makeup item?

It was either LipSmackers chapstick or those fake press on nails.

2. Describe your perfect mascara. Have you found one that fits your specifications?

Definitely has to be lengthening and thickening. Long lashes without the width just isn't going to cut it. For length, I swear by the Maybelline Lots of Lashes. HOLY GRAIL status! For thickness, I swear by the Chanel Le Volume Mascara. It is amazing!

3. What kind of coverage do you prefer from a foundation?

Full coverage ALL THE WAY! I have acne scarring and hyperpigmentation that needs to be concealed, big time. 

4. Favorite high-end brand?

It depends on what product we are talking about: 

    • Eyeshadows: Chanel
    • Foundation: Estee Lauder
    • Blush: Nars
5. What cosmetic brands have you always wanted to try but still haven’t?
Natasha Denona... Trying to justify the price 😕

6.  Favorite drugstore brand?

 This again depends on what product I'm looking for: 
7. Do you wear fake eyelashes?
Yes and No. It depends if I have time. #momlife

8. Is there any kind of makeup you can’t leave the house without?

Concealer. A MUST. I even wear it to the gym. 

9. What is your most cherished beauty product?

The Charlotte Tilbury Bronze and Glow I purchased in London with Shaz. Not only is the bronzer amazing, the memories attached to it are priceless. 
 10.  How often do you shop for makeup? Do you like to pick up an item here and there or get lots of goodies at once?
All of the above? Ha, but seriously, I pick up items here and there as well as splurging on hauls. 
11. Do you have a “beauty budget” or you spend freely? 
I need a budget, but I spend freely. 
12. Do you utilize coupons, rewards cards, and sales when you shop for cosmetics?
Yessss! It would be dumb not to, right? 

13. What type of product do you buy most of?

Foundation. Foundation is LIFE.

14. Is there a brand that you absolutely can’t stand?


15. Do you avoid certain ingredients in cosmetics like parabens or sulfates?

No. I know Taralyn is huge on this, and I honestly should be avoiding certain products, but I honestly don't. I need to though!

16.  Do you have a favorite place to shop for makeup?

Hands down, Ulta. I love their point system. It is the best point system available in my state. 

17.  Do you like trying new skincare products or do you keep a certain routine?

I love trying new skin care. Trying to prevent or delay the aging process as much as possible... 

18. Favorite bath and body brand?

 C.Booth, TreeHut, Lush, aaaahhhh! I can't just pick one!

19. If you could only buy from one brand, which brand would you choose?

Estee Lauder. As I mentioned before, foundation is life. The Double Wear foundation is my all time favorite and I fear I couldn't live without it!
20. What brand do you think has the best packaging?
Tom Ford. It epitomizes luxury. Absolutely love their packaging. 
21. Which celebrity always has great makeup?
Kim Kardashian
22.  Do you belong to any online makeup communities?
Nope. Does YouTube count?
23.  5 Favorite Beauty Gurus
        ^^^ Clickable Links To Each of Their Channels or Blog

24.  Do you like multifunctional products like lip and cheek stains?
Nope. They either only work well for one area or do not worth for either. Not a fan. 
25. Are you clumsy in putting on makeup?
Only with eyeliner. 
26. Do you use makeup base/primer for the eyes?
Yes, I have major redness or darkness #momlife! I use either Mac's Paint Pot or the foundation I am wearing for the day. 
27. How many hair products do you use on a typical day?
28. What do you apply first, concealer or foundation?
It depends on what type of foundation I am using. If I am applying powder foundation, then I will use concealer before. If I am using liquid foundation, then I will apply it after. 
29. Do you ever consider taking makeup classes?
Yes! It's always fun to play with and learn about makeup. 
30. What do you love about makeup?
That it's magic. Seriously! It gives me the confidence to be the best version of me possible. It can transform my mood in an instant. I love how empowering it can be for people. It truly is magic. 
That is it for this week's beauty blog post. I am tagging each and every one of you. If you don't have a blog or YouTube, please feel free to let me know your answers to the tag questions below. 


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