Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Beauty Beat {My Skincare Routine}

It seems strange to share my skincare routine here on the blog where I rarely, if ever, show my face! However, in my real life I do often get comments on my skin and how I take care of it so I thought I would go ahead and share it here. It is a pretty simple routine with reasonably priced and available products. I'll share with you what I do each day, two-three times a week, and once a week.


{ONCE A WEEK}

1. Get yourself some high quality tweezers. I have gone through my share of off brand tweezers and am almost always disappointed in the sharpness of the edges. I finally spent the money on an actual Tweezerman pair and am completely sold on the quality. I find me some good light and only tweeze single stray hairs.....promise me to NOT over tweeze, K?

2. I actually don't wax once  week....more like once every three weeks but I didn't want to create a category just for it. My sister in law convinced me to wax my own about 3 years ago and I have never looked back. I do go and get mine professionally shaped about once a year but I do all the maintenance in between. Sally Hansen has many waxing options and they all work well for me.

3. Yes, I shave my face. There I said it. You may think this is weird and I totally did too at first. However, I have quite a bit of "fuzz" on my face and felt that it kept my makeup from settling well. These razors are very gentle and take care of the peach fuzz perfectly. They are great for eyebrow and mustache touch ups too. Here's a video that gets right to the point.


{TWO TO THREE TIMES A WEEK}

4. I am a BIG, no HUGE believer in exfoliating. My theory rides on the fact that my makeup is only going to look as good as the skin underneath. If my skin is dull and covered in dead skin, my makeup is not going to look good regardless if it is drugstore or high end. I wash my hair every 3-4 days (maybe a post on that later, especially to convince those of you that just cringed when you read that) and these are the days I do steps 4, 5, and 6. I swear by St. Ives apricot scrub for its smell and its ability to slough away dead skin.

5. I received a Clarisonic for my birthday last year and quickly became a convert. Based on the same mechanism as the sonic toothbrush, its bristles move in a fast sonic fashion that really deep clean your face. It feels like a mini facial too which is a huge plus. They are a bit spendy but worth the investment.

6. Who doesn't hate a big 'ol blemish? Ugh. They are the pits. I have been fortunate enough not to have to deal with many of these bad boys (a true result of my skin care regimen in my opinion) but when I do I reach for my ELF zit eraser. It works best if you apply this in the early, early stages to let it really do its job. I see great results with this and it is very inexpensive...bonus!


EVERYDAY! Morning and Nighttime 



{AM~Morning Routine}

1. I religiously wash my face morning and night. If your face is dirty and makeup caked, your pores will be clogged, and in turn you will run into more breakouts. I am a DIE HARD Cetaphil face wash fan. Your local dermatologist will most likely recommend this too over MANY other face washes. Simple, gentle, and inexpensive. Bam.

2. Two products that I use daily are by Aveeno. They make really great products and one of my great "friends" Jennifer Aniston is their spokeswoman so....I love their Positively radiant moisturizer and truly believe it has diminished some of my freckle/sunspots over time.

3. I was not sure whether or not to put my fave Smashbox primer in this post or not. I don't use it if I am not going to wear foundation but it is such a part of my routine that I felt it had to be mentioned. This is definitely my most expensive product, however you don't use much and it does last a really long time. It fills in fine lines and give your face a smooth canvas for your foundation. It is stellar in helping your makeup last all day long.

{PM-Night time routine}

4. Love the Neutrogena eye makeup remover. I have very, very sensitive, allergy ridden eyes and this one bothers me the least. It is good at taking my gel eye liner off and I don't feel like I have to rub and tug to get the job done.

5. Who knew you could buy makeup remover towelettes in bulk? Yay Costco! I have tried many different brands and types of these in many different price ranges. I somehow keep coming back to these for their results and price. And the fact that I can buy and pack and my two daughters and I are good to go for awhile. These do a great job of removing my foundation so I am not sleeping in a face of makeup all night.

6. This is the Aveeno cream I use on my face and neck before I go to bed. It has a light scent and offers a good deal of moisture...especially for me in the winter when I get really dry. I wake up with a nice glow too which is a nice bonus no matter who you are!

Would love to hear in the comments what face routine product you can't live with out! 

Monday, June 16, 2014

Product Love {VS T-Shirt bra}



Sometimes a girl just has to share something a BIT on the intimate side! For realz! Waaay back in this post we here at TMS talked about how important what you wear UNDER your clothes is important to how your clothes look on the OUTSIDE. The proper undergarments really do make or break the fit and silhouette of an outfit. This is so so so true for bras. Most of us wear one for 360 ish days a year for more than 12 hours a day. They deserve a little consideration don't you think? I'm not asking you to wear lacey, matchey, ruffly concoctions on a daily basis Not. At. All. I'm just asking you to fork over a bit of cash for a well fitted, appropriate bra. Don't go complete utilitarian with your bra--it can be functionable and fashionable all at the same time.



My latest FAVE? The new T-Shirt bra by Victoria's Secret. You can snag it for $39.50 regular price or $29.50 with one of their stellar $10 off coupons. OR you could grab one RIGHT NOW while they are on sale during their semi-annual sale! It is uber comfy with straps that do not dig into the shoulders (if you have a proper fit) and stretch sides that move when you do. There is a small amount of padding at the base of the cups for that little extra lift for the girls! It offers a nice seamless silhouette under a t-shirt and comes in a great selection of colors. You should really treat yourself to one of these bras!

PS--If you have not had a bra fitting in a while (especially if that last time you had one was before you had your last kid) you need to get one. VS does an ok job but they will do it right there on the store floor. The best bra fitting I ever had was at Nordstroms. Check it out if you are able.

Monday, June 9, 2014

OOTD {Casual Converse}

School's out for the summer!!! I am trying not to fill my already precious summer days with all my to-do list items. Still, I can't wait to share some of the projects I am working on with all of you here on the blog, so stay tuned!

Despite it being summer, we are still in the midst of spring basketball with our third daughter. She has quite the knack for the sport and it has been so fun watching her grow in her skills and confidence. I always want to dress comfy for the all day tourneys in order to be able to stand up and yell and cheer. It was a bit cool at our last tournament which let me extend the wear of my ALL TIME FAVE skinnies from J.Crew factory. I am also sporting my new white Converse and I adore them!


{Shop the Style}

Top: Limited (similar)
Pants: J Crew Factory (exact)
Shoes: Converse (Von Maur)
Watch: Michael Kors (similar)
Bracelet: Limited
Necklace: Boutique

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Product Love: NYX Butter Gloss


Sharing a little product love on the blog today! I've been a fan of the NYX brand ever since seeing a YouTube video on how their single shadows are pretty good dupes for MAC. Every time I stopped at Ulta I just had to grab a new NYX shadow. Doing this exposed me to a few other NYX products that I enjoy including their eyeshadow base and several of their blushes. However, my local Target starting carrying the NYX brand (whoo hoo!) and I have been experimenting more and more with this "drugstore-but-acts-high-end" brand over the last few months. 

One of my FAVORITE products that I have snagged as of late is their butter glosses. They are a mere $4.99 each and I have four shades. If you've hung around here on the blog at all you know from this post how I feel about lip products and my lip routine. I don't really mind reapplying my lipstick as a trade off for a great formula that is comfy on my lips. These glosses are like butta.... very smooth and very NOT sticky. They apply a bit streaky but a few lip smacks and you are good to go. They also have the faintest vanilla~brown sugar scent that is warm and yummy. The lightness of the formula and the great color selection makes these the perfect summer lip product! Enjoy! 

The shades I have and LURVE...

Maple Blondie
a coral/peach 
Strawberry Parfait
a bright pink
Eclair: 
a faint pink
Tiramisu: 
a lovely warm brown/mauve


Friday, May 23, 2014

OOTD {Nautical}

Whew! It has been hard to get posts up these last few weeks as I am winding down another great school year with my middle schoolers! It has been a fantastic year but I am royally ready for summer. Only three days left...whoo hoo! Despite the spring weather I have still had to dress rather warmly as my building is fortunate enough to have air conditioning and it's a bit chilly. I am grateful for this but also anxious to bust out a sundress.

The other day I snagged one of my favorite cardigans and caught the nautical vibe and went all the way with it. I am obsessed with anchors and love how the necklace really finished the look. My latest obsession is with slip on tennies. I have been searching everywhere for the perfect Vans. My goal was to lace them in a way that I would not have to tie them--just slip them on and deal with the laces inside. Turns out I was not a fan of this set up. I instead settled on this adorable pair of Sperry tennies with the laces already curled and set. I wear them with some non-slip footies and they are so comfy.


{Shop the Style} 

Cardigan: Limited (old)
Tank: Limited (similar)
Necklace: Limited (similar)
Pants: Old Navy (similar)
Shoes: Sperry--Von Maur (same)


BY THE WAY----if you are looking to add to your summer wardrobe THIS is the weekend to do it. Memorial Day sales are in full swing and they are amazing. Many of my favorite stores (Old Navy, The Limited) are having 40-50% off of everything through Monday. Eeeeek! JCrew Factory--where I got my favorite distressed skinnies---is having 50% of all women's clothing. The skinnies end up being $44! 

Have a wonderful Memorial Day! 


Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Wedge Love

Wedge Love

Wedge Love by embellishedangel featuring wedge shoes


Tis the season for strappy and sassy sandals! I have FINALLY said so long to my beloved winter boots ( be sure that the "beloved" referenced the boots, NOT the winter) and have jumped both feet into the wide, wonderful world of sandals. I love pedicures and once I show my toes in the spring there is no turning back! Woot! Woot! One of my favorite sandal trends is the versatile wedge. I know, I know--wedges scare some of you because they appear sky high and highly uncomfortable. Let me dispel a few myths. First off, wedges are waaaay more comfy then they look. I mean, don't go crazy with the height of your wedges and you'll be just fine. I tend to choose wedges where my foot is actually still pretty straight despite the wedge underneath (see #2 below). You can find wedges that are very comfortable if you look for ones with stretchy straps and good ankle movement. I especially love my wedges because I am on the shorter side and they give me great height for maxi dresses, maxi skirts, and trouser pants. I firmly believe that a black wedge, a cognac wedge, and one pop of color wedge will be the perfect additions to your summer closet and you will reach for them again and again. Walk tall ladies!
Check out the links below for some of my favorite wedges available now at Target!

Comes in black too! This cognac goes with everything! 


Comes in so many colors and animal print! 


Target--comes in a great cream too! 







Tuesday, May 6, 2014

OOTD {Pop of Color}

I'll be the first to admit that I love me some neutrals. I used to have WAAAAY too much black in my closet and actually had to self-impose a moratorium on buying anything black for a year! Yes-a year. What did I learn from this experience? That color was my friend--bright, funky hues especially. I also learned that blacks and grays and tans look AWESOME with pops of color. The whole process made me rethink how I put outfits together and really helped me rework my closet.

Today's outfit of the day has TWO of my fave purchases from the last month. I searched high and low (price wise and location wise) for a great pair of distressed skinnies. I needed my skinnies to be distressed in a way that looked grungy but actually contained no "real" holes so I could wear them to work. I finally settled on a pair from J.Crew Factory and am in LOVE. 1) They are a midrise so those of you that hate the low rise trend and what it does NOT do for the ever lovely pooch, these are perf! 2) They are not skin tight skinny. The have just the right amount of give and stretch which makes them very comfortable and flattering.

My other favorite recent purchase are my lemon yellow moccasins from the Gap. They are literally like wearing slippers but offer the ultimate pop of sunshine to my neutral gray button down. This outfit was super casual but had such a put together vibe that I could get away with wearing it anywhere! LOVE!


{Shop the Style}

Top: Old Navy (similar)
Skinnies: J.Crew Factory
Shoes: Gap (similar)