Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Revamp, Renew, Reintroduction!!! This is me!

Hi Loves!!! Long time no talk!!! I have really missed this, so much has been going on, so much has changed. I have wanted so many times to write a new post, I have actually reviewed a few things and then never hit publish.... So here we go a new start and kind of a change up. This will absolutely still be a beauty blog, but I am also going through a new journey. A get fit, get healthy and self love journey. It's something that has been a long time coming, I am hoping that by putting myself out there you will help me to stay accountable.

I think it's safe to say that I have tried every diet possible. Some have worked and some not so much. I have always had good luck with weight watchers. It is a magnificent program, however I just ate whatever in moderation and stayed in my points. This is great, but eventually I would revert to bad habits. I never TRULY changed my lifestyle or mindset.

I feel like I have always struggled with my weight and been contentious of it. I gained 32 pounds with my first pregnancy and it took a year to get it off plus some. I went back down to high school weight before I got pregnant with Bella. Then with Bella I gained 30 pounds and I worked that off in 6 months, then I had a brilliant idea to get an IUD!!!!! BIG MISTAKE HUGE!!!! I started breaking out and gaining weight back slowly and it was around the holidays to so I didn't think anything of it at first... The sad thing is, it took me over a year to figure out what was going on and by that time I had gained about 45 pounds. I had it removed, downloaded the c25k app started running, tried herbalife stayed under 1200 calories a day and nothing!!! Not one pound, my hormones were so out of whack. I was facing an uphill road and then I got pregnant.... I only gained 16 pounds with Scarlett, and it really was a hormone reset for me. I have now lost 45 pounds since I had her and she is a year old today. Honestly though I hit that 45 pound mark in May and have just been maintaining. That is no longer good enough I am 12 pounds away from prebaby weight (Noah the first baby) and I am determined to get there and keep on going!

So if your still reading (sorry for all the ramblings)...This is what I am doing now... I use the my fitness pal app to stay on track, I am eating as clean as possible and I am working out 5 days a week. I am working out at home, I don't have a gym membership although I plan on getting one at my 6 month mark. I have been using my eliptical for cardio and doing lotts of push up's squats and using my kettlebell. I will just say to you, in the small amount of time that I have changed my eating up, I have NEVER felt better. I'm talking NEVER, not even in high school. I guess because I have never attempted to eat clean before, even while on weight watchers. I never knew the difference that it actually made. I have days now where I actually feel good about myself and that is no small thing for me. I can already see a difference in my arms and my clothes fit so much better.
 
This is it for me I am all in, I don't want to live my life hiding in big clothes and not wating to take family pictures. I want to enjoy going places and not wonder what people are thinking of me. I want my little girls to be proud of me and to know that they can be strong. I want my husband to think I'm the most beautiful woman in the world. I want my son to be proud that I am his mommy, and I just don't want to feel like crap about myself anymore. In short I want to lift heavy!!!! 
So if anyone is still out there thank you for reading, and please share with me any similar struggles. Like I said this is still going to be a beauty blog, but I will also be talking about my victories and struggles with my self love journey...
 

Friday, November 8, 2013

Stila Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eye Shadow Metallic Dusty Rose Review

Hi lovies! This has been sitting in my back log since the day I went into labor, whoops!!! Any way she's here and healthy and I'm back and ready to hit the ground running , I had to post this so you can get it in time for the holidays!



Stila Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eye Shadow in Metallic Dusty Rose


Hey lovies, I saw this amazingly sparkly eyeshadow while walking through Sephora a few weeks ago and decided it needed to be mine!

It took a while for me to pick a color and I finally narrowed it down to two kitten or metallic dusty rose. The two are super similar, but I decided for my skin tone the metallic dusty rose was better.

It took a while to try it out because I'm so behind on swatching, but I finally tried it this past weekend. I'm so torn because I love the sparkles, but I really thought this would be a one and done shadow and its so not...


It's described as a rosy pink sheen with a high volume foil finish. It says it's a cream to powder, I think the texture really throws me off because there is SO much of a foil finish. The Pigmentation is incredible though, so that makes up for it... I also found that this is best applied with your finger.






Also, included with the Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eye Shadow is the NEW Stay All Day Liquid Eye Shadow Primer (0.06 oz) that preps the lids and allows for all-day wear with a unique liquid formula that creates long-lasting adhesion to lids. It can be used with any eye shadow and also extends the wear of eye liner. The primer comes in a dropper for easy, measured application and you only need a baby bit!



It is available in 9 shades and they are supposed to be coming out with three more.

I purchased mine at Sephora and it was $32.00


Has anyone tried this yet? How do you like it?

Monday, September 23, 2013

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder Duo Review

 Hi loves just wanted to do this quick review with you, I've been searching for the perfect brow fix....

Since Anastasia is one of the first names that comes to mind when I think eyebrows I figured I would give it a try....


Now I have tried this before, but I bought the wrong shade. This time I am using the Brunette/DK Brown. I got this at Sephora and the powder was $23 the brush was $18.


This was a miss for me, not so much the powder I think it was the brush. I really wanted to love this but every time I use it and I look in the mirror at my brows I hate them. I am following Anastasia Beverly Hills on instagram and have been picking up alot of great tips. I think she is amazing, but I am just not happy with this particular product of hers.

Overall I give this a C-  it was a total miss for me if I use a different brush it might be ok, but then again I was going for the full Anastasia effect.

Friday, September 13, 2013

The Wet (paddle) Brush


Hello loves, have you ever seen the wet brush before? Maybe you have but have you ever seen it in the paddle brush form?!?! The original was a much smaller oval brush.

I have always loved paddle brushes, it is pretty much all we had in the house growing up, so when I saw that they came out with a paddle brush version of this it was a no brainier. If you have long hair or hair that tangles easily this is a must!!!


You can buy this on Amazon.com for $11.98 and let me tell you it is well worth it!


This is the only brush that my daughter will let me come near her with.

Is this something that you would be interested in purchasing? 

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

It's Giveaway Time!!!

So sorry it's been so long beauts!!! I've really missed you guys, I am feeling so much better and back to myself and I only have a few short weeks left of this pregnancy!!! 
So to bring some excitement to the page I have decided to start with a giveaway, here goes....

A full size UD eyeshadow in YDK - PERFECT for Fall
The Mariah Carey liquid sand minis
An elf safari eyelash curler
Last but not least a travel size psssst! dry shampoo, review on this coming soon ( hint LOVE it )
 This giveaway will run until next Thursday the 19th...

Hope you love the prizes...
-XOXO

Psssst! Dry Shampoo Review




Hey loves,
I wanted to go over a recent fav of mine.... The Psssst Dry Shampoo, it's  incredible! I got it a few months back in my ipsy bag and literally fell in LOVE!


I find this works best if I apply it liberally to my roots. 
Make sure you get it in between strands, don't just coat the top 
layer of your hair or it looks gross. I use my fingers to rub out the 
powdery look after a few minutes. Another trick that I use is I 
spray it on first day hair right after I am done styling so it doesn't 
have a chance to get greasy! That also helps me to use less product 
on the second and third day. I use this after I have curled or 
straightened my hair so I don't get the build up on my tools!

I love the smell of this dry shampoo it's almost cocoa-nutty to me.


When I compair this to other dry shampoo's that I have tried, for 
example the tresemme or the TIGI Rochaholic dirty secret it wins
hands down!

 This comes in two sizes I bought mine at ULTA and the larger 
was $5.99 and the smaller was $2.99... Not to bad considering a 
bottle of TIGI'S would cost $19

Lorac PRO To-Go Palette



Hi  lovies,
long time huh!?!? I have to share this AHHHHMAIZING product with you, the Lorac PRO To-Go Palette!


The Lorac PRO To Go Eye/Cheek Palette ($38) at Sephora is the latest release in Lorac’s Pro Collection. This includes eyeshadows, bronzer, and blushes in a range of finishes to create an easy look!


So one of the main reasons that I bought this was for my hospital bag, I thought how great would it be to have eyeshadows and blush/bronzer in the small palette very convenient right?!?!

I love, love, love the original Lorac Pro Palette and use it alot! 

Ok, the eyeshadows in this are HUGE! Really I don't know how I will ever hit pan! I mean can we just talk for a minute about how creamy and silky smooth Lorac's eyeshadows are!?!?! I don't think I have ever fallen in love with eyeshadows more then when I tried my PRO Palette for the first time and the shadows in this palette are more of the same!


Shadows
Pearl - So gorg! It's a creamy shimmer that's perfect for

 highlighting 

Chai - is a perfect for fall copper

 Mink - is a very cool grey-brown color, it's the kind

 of crease color I always gravitate to

Shell - is a very soft egg shell color

Cafe -  a warm nude to light brown color

Black - it is such a true black very deep great if you

 like to wear shadow for eyeliner

                               
        As far as the cheeks go...





First up is Coral - it's a shimmery coral colored blush.

Next is Pink - it's a very Malibu Barbie pink color 

Lastly there's Bronze - it's the perfect shade of bronze not to light and not to dark it is very comparable to benefit's Hoola in my opinion.

I love how blendable all of these shades are, it's a great one stop shop!

The kit also comes with two small brushes. There is an eyeshadow brush and an angled eyeliner brush. I don't think I will use these very much...



Overall I love this and it was well worth the $38.00. I love it for travel, I love it for my hospital bag, I love it for everyday or something to just keep in my purse.

I give this an A+

What do you think? Is this something you would buy?

-XOXO