The Perfect Bow

The day we found out we were having a girl was the day I went nuts over all things girly. Well, that was the official day the doctors told us that my husband was essentially outnumbered and in trouble. About six months pre-birth, I was diagnosed with short cervix–nothing super dangerous, though I scared the crap out of myself googling way too often–therefore I was deemed as a high risk pregnancy and had to pay a visit to the Maternal Fetal doctors twice a month for the next three and a half months. On one of our first visits, one of the doctors was examining me via ultrasound (I had ALOT of those) and asked casually if we wanted to know the sex. That was an obvious yes, but wasn’t it too early? He noted that it was still pretty early but that he was good at guessing, just don’t go crazy buying a bunch of gender specific things if he did tell us. Long story short, he guessed a girl, the nurses all told us he at a 97% success rate of guessing and four weeks later it was confirmed that we were in fact having a girl. Impressive Dr. Katz. Very impressive.

Of course that day Jason and I decided to hit the mall and buy something small and feminine to celebrate. I had an inkling that we were going to have a girl–the 24-7 morning sickness felt like the worlds worst hangover, the female:male ratio in my family is pretty strong, and honestly, I just felt it. Anyway, we ended up buying more than just a small something and most of that consisted of hair bows.

Fast forward to about a month ago as I was perusing Instagram I came across the most darling crocheted hair bows handmade by a girl named Tish. She sells these via her website (here–you won’t regret it, I promise) which she just converted her stock over from Etsy, and boy does she sell them. I waited very impatiently up until a week ago to get my hands on one of these bows; she lists them every Monday at 9pm on her website and they usually sell out in the first 10 minutes. The first time I ordered (I sat at my laptop for 20 minutes waiting for her site to go live) one of the bows that I went to order was literally swiped out from under me in the checkout process—three minutes in. I couldn’t hate…I was one of probably a hundred plus moms who wanted to snag one.

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As you can see I was obviously able to get some. The first time, I ordered the light pink and lavender because I thought it would be a while before I could get more. Besides, Q needed more than one color anyways and they were only $9 so why the heck not. That was a special listing on Friday. Monday rolled around and I loved how they looked on Quinn so much that I ordered the peach and lemon ice which Im totally in LOVE with. Are these not the perfect colors for Spring?!

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This particular photo is of her Annabelle style bows with the thin headband. She makes an adorable thicker head wrap style with the same type of bow thats much more popular and sells a lot faster. One of these days I’ll get my hands on one of those as well. They’re made of super soft yarn and although the band doesn’t have a stretch, she makes them at the perfect size so your littles can get at the very least a few months out of.

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Hey look, they also make great sleep masks! 😉

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Liquid Gold

For the past few years I’ve been a BB Cream user through and through. I’ve never been able to find a foundation that sits well with or rather, on, my skin. A few hours in they tend to get really cakey (if thats not a word, it is now!) and it highlights all of the imperfections that Im trying to hide. I touch my face a lot too out of terrible habit, and the foundation seemed to just completely disappear the second my hands came in contact with my skin.

I first really discovered BB Creams when I got a pretty generous sample of Dr. Jart+ Waterfuse Beauty Balm in my Birchbox and LOVED how it felt and even more how it lasted on my skin. It didn’t feel heavy, and it covered my redness and blemishes just enough without looking like I dumped ten pounds of makeup on my face. I eventually switched to the Black Label Detox which was equally as good, but I felt like it left a purple-like tint on my face sometimes. Could have been the lighting in my house but its always easier to blame the product.

Then I was introduced by a dear friend to the Skintone Correcting & Beautifying BB Cream at Kiehl’s when I became pregnant with Q and my skin went from tolerable to downright wild. I couldn’t say better things about that product, especially since it was formulated with Vitamin C and SPF 50. The second I got an inkling that I was running low I would be back in Kiehl’s in a flash to replenish. But since I’ve become a stay at home mom, I haven’t been able to restock it as easily as I’d like since the closest Kiehl’s counter is 40 minutes away at Nordstrom.   I could just as easily order it, but for this odd reason I hate buying makeup online.

One day, I was scrolling through Instagram while Q was slumbering away and I came across a post from a lifestyle blogger who I follow about Bare Minerals’ new Complexion Rescue cream. I figured since I had pretty much run out of anything remotely tinted to put on my face a month ago, I would give something different a try. My face was longing for an even complexion, even if I spend most of my days hanging just with Q. Jason noted the other day that my makeup looked nice but why put it on if I wasn’t going anywhere, and I simply responded, “Because it makes me feel more put together”, which is true. I hate schlepping around in my pajamas all day. I was also headed out the door the next day to see a movie at Patriot Place with Jason (American Sniper is a must see by the way), so it was a great opportunity to stop by Ulta and check it out.

I prefer buying my makeup at places like Ulta or Sephora so that I can test it first, but something like a BB Cream or Foundation is a bit hard to really tell how good it is just by swatching it on the back of your hand. I obviously liked how it felt, and the price was certainly considerably less than my usual Kiehl’s cream, so I bought it.

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I don’t really know why I never used Bare Minerals before and I’m not even sure what I should classify this product as. Is it a BB Cream? Tinted Moisturizer? Foundation? Who cares, its AWESOME. The bonus is that it comes in 10 shades and is formulated with SPF 30.

The brush is actually really helpful too. Ive always been a finger-application kind of gal when it comes to any liquid form of makeup; sponges are huge black holes for wasted product and garner TONS of bacteria. I found that when I applied this liquid gold to my face and blended it with the brush, it covered everything evenly with the lightest layer possible. Im a believer of foundation brushes now!

Some might ask, you’re a mom now, how do you even find the time to do your makeup? Two things: Q goes down for a 45 minute nap about two hours after she wakes up in the morning so I take that as my opportunity to pull myself together for the day, get pretty and stuff some food down my throat. And I’ve proudly mastered hauling ass when it comes to hair and makeup. I’ve left most of my shame within the four walls of the hospital that I labored Quinn in, so most of the time I don’t even give a crap what other people think of my appearance.

Im pretty sure I went an entire day running errands last week with sweet potatoes in my ear and only realized it when I was taking my earrings out before I went to bed that night. Whoops.

With that, I’ve cut down on my usual beautifying routine. I still religiously wash and care for my skin twice a day (6-step skincare system, WHAT?!) and I think I have that to thank for being able to use such limited products now and look decent as a result. Now I only wear this beautiful blend of awesomeness, a little concealer (MAC Studio Finish is my weapon of choice and lasts forever), and some mascara (Mally is my current fav). Of course every now and then I’ll brush on some bronzer (ever so lightly since lets be honest, Red Heads look RIDICULOUS with a fake tan) or cream blush.

These products are just the tiniest dent in my arsenal which is scattered all over my house; just because I’m a mom doesn’t mean I still can’t be a product junkie!

The baskets in the little nook in this previous post? Those are both full of product too. 🙂


Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue

Bare Minerals Smoothing Face Brush