Friday, October 17, 2014

Update on my life style change

Hello loves! I wanted to give you an update on my get fit journey.... It's going really well. I am still clean eating 98% of the time. I day 98% because in the last week we have had birthday party's for both my sister and daughter and I had a slice of cake both times. I think a slice is better then going back for more and more though so win there! I also allow myself one - two cheat meals a week. Notice I said cheat meal not cheat day. It may not be the best idea, but it works for me so far and that's what this is about. These are my month results from clean eating and working out at home.

I could really kick  myself now for not taking before measurements. I really thought I would be able to rely on the scale, however there is only a one pound difference in those two photos! CRAZY RIGHT?!?! I really have to get the idea out of my head to keep jumping on the scale and measure how my clothes are fitting. That is such a foreign concept to me though because I have been a scale whore for way to long! I will take some measurements for this next month. I have slacked a little with the working out and this will be a no excuse zone, so I will just say that I can and WILL do better this month. I had planned on working out 5-6 days a week going into this and this past week I have only worked out about three days. The other weeks have been going good, this past week not so much. When I workout I have been doing 10-15 minutes on the elliptical and followed that up with anywhere between 30-60 minutes of kettle bell lifting exercises.  I have also been squatting... ALOT!
If you don't mind, share with me your fitness journeys... What are some healthy recipes that I can try?

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Teeze w/eez

I had to tell you about one of the most magical things that I have EVER purchased!

It's simply called teeze w/eez.

You know by now that I'm all about the big hair. When I first saw this at the beauty supply shop I was skeptical, but I'm so glad I gave it a try! Their motto is it's not a comb it's a magic wand (and believe me, it so is)!

Just look at the teeth on this thing, it brings mega volume!

They sell this beaut on for $14.99 
It's a must if you love the big hair! It has made my styling so much easier and really cut down on my tease time!

Do you tease your hair? Do you like the look of big hair? What are some tricks you have picked up throughout the years?

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Nars Dolce Vita Blush

Hello Gorgeous!!!
I had to share with you my favorite Fall blush.... I don't think I have ever loved a blush this much! It's NARS Dolce Vita, hello Fall!!!! This color is simply AMAZING!!! 

I bought it at Sephora for $29.00, and I am totally in awe of it! It lasts all day long, it doesn't leave any streaks after a few hours like some blushes that I have tried! The pigmentation is incredible, I just can't say enough about it! I seriously do not know how this one doesn't make it into any of their value sets or holiday palettes...

It's a berry red color and it's very very buildable. I can just do a very light layer and it looks great, but with a few more swipes I can have some high drama... Even in it's more intense color the finish is so amazing that it's virtually impossible to mess up with this shade it's sort of matte without that dry look!

This defiantly gets an A+

What is your favorite blush color? Is this color something you would try?

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Where have you been all my life!!!

One thing is for sure blogging has truly opened my eyes to new beauty brands... Being a Makeup Artist, I have this addiction to MAC. I love MAC and everything, but there is so much more out there in the wonderful world of makeup... Throughout these last few years I have become addicted to several different brands, the latest....... Kat Von D! I mean really why have I never given this brand a shot!!! Ahhhh, well you live, you learn! Ok so, here we go... I picked up a few thing the other day at Sephora, specifically 3 of the shade shifter eyeshadows. They are $16.00 for 0.09 oz. and are supposed to be a powder eyeshadow that shifts, as in a duochrome finish that is activated with water. I also picked up 2 everlasting love liquid lipsticks & 2 studded kiss lipsticks.

Swatches below
Love Letter
It's a purple-maroon color.  It medium/dark, warmer plum with a frost finish. I found it to be super soft, smooth like butter, and very blendable.

On the Road (my favorite)
 Is a sort of brown-green change! It’s  medium in color, but it's very buildable so you could easily make it very dark. It has a warmer tone brown with reddish undertones and it shifts to a green frosty finish. Once again the texture was soft and buttery, which made it easy to blend. This is the type of shade that I gravitate to.

it's a beautiful sunset golden color. It shifts from a deep orange in some lights to a yellow-green, with a golden yellow in between... This one is just like the others with buttery smoothness. I have found all of these to be incredible eyeshadows. This color though I feel like you will have to be very careful a little goes a long way and you don't wan to look crazy!

The everlasting love liquid lipsticks are EVERYTHING!!!
I mean to tell they wont budge, after I swatched outlaw, I took a shower and literally had to use my pumice stone to get it off!

I picked up Lolita (which I love) however it does come out very dark I wish it was closer to the color you see in the tube.
It is sort of a dark mauve color think mid 90's, now it's all coming back right!!! You weren't cool unless you had at least 3 lippies in this color range...

I also picked up outlaw. Because, you know you have to have an all powerful everlasting red!
I really went back and forth between outlaw and underaged red... I went with outlaw because it was a more cherry type of red.

Now for the studded kiss lipsticks, which have to coolest tubes EVER!
I grabbed Lolita!!!

I'm not even kidding I love this color and it is the perfect 1995, Kylie Jenner color!
I also picked up Lovecraft...
Lovecraft is super matte and a pinky nude color, it sort of reminds me of MAC mehr just a little less warm.

Swatches below left to right
Lolita studded kiss lipstick, Lovecraft studded kiss, Outlaw everlasting love liquid lipstick,
Devotion shade shifter es, On the Road shade shifter es, and Love Letter shade shifter es

With flash
without flash natural light

Make sure you are following me on instagram I will be posting some look using these in the next few days! instagram name onceuponamanda
So what makeup lines have surprised you? Do you own any Kat Von D? I'd love to hear your feedback!!!


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.