Thursday, September 4, 2014

Whose Nursery Is It Anyway?

Hi everyone!
I just finished up the day's editing tasks and thought I'd write up a quick blog post. I meant for it to be makeup-related, but when I was walking down the hall and spotted a certain someone hanging out in the nursery, I snapped yet another picture and thought this would be a good time to share Cupcake's nursery obsession. In case you're not familiar with Cupcake a.k.a. "the cake" a.k.a. Baker a.k.a. Bean a.k.a... you get the idea-- she has lots of nicknames... she's our first baby. We adopted her from a shelter back in 2010, not long after we moved into our first house. She was only a few months old at the time. She is such a sweet girl and has been so good with all the adjustments of moving to a new home. But it seems that the place she feels the most "at home" in this house is the nursery. 
From the very beginning (back in June) when the room was just a lavender-colored landing spot for bags and boxes, she became infatuated with a new phenomenon... skylights. Large, uninterrupted rectangles of sunbeams to lay in?! She was in love.
Once we actually started assembling baby stuff in "her" room... she was there to let us know where furniture was NOT allowed. 
Oh, you've added a Pack-n-Play? Thanks for the additional spot to enjoy the sunbeams. 
I suppose I can hang out in my tunnel... until the sunbeams come out again.
A new glider?! Don't mind if I do!
 Now there are blinds... I believe these are meant for creeping on the neighbors.
The window seat is so much better now that you've added a comfy blanket! Thanks mom!
My sweet Cupcake loves the nursery! Most afternoons when I'm working on videos, she's in there lounging the day away. I wonder what she'll do when she realizes she has to share? 
For now, we're all getting plenty of rest until Belle makes her arrival! Well, some of us more than others ;) I'm now 38 weeks along, and continue to see the doctor on a weekly basis. I know anything can happen at this point, but I think he figures I'll be back in for another appointment this coming Tuesday. I'm such a mix of emotions as the days tick closer to my due date - September 17th! I'm a little nervous, scared, excited... but most of all, so grateful. I'm about to embark one of the most exciting phases of life... isn't it strange how I won't know exactly what day everything will change? One thing is for sure... Tyler and I already have so much love in our hearts for this little person who we've yet to meet. And I think there's a four-legged big sister who knows something big is about to happen, too. =^..^=

FYI: For my nursery update videos & other pregnancy vlogs- check out youtube.com/beautyvlogcast 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Two Pretty Summer-to-Fall Transition Lip Colors

Hi everyone!
It's been awhile since I've explored the lipsticks in Maybelline's Color Sensational line, and there's no good reason for that. The lipsticks that I have from this line are pigmented, creamy, and feel good on the lips. So the last time I was at Ulta, I spent way too long looking over the various shade families, and ended up focusing on the "Red" collection. I found a couple of gorgeous new shades that I'm loving! I think they're great colors that aren't too light or too dark... making them beautiful options as you transition your summer looks to fall! :) 
Peachy Scene (left), and Summer Sunset (right)

Peachy Scene has a bit of shimmer... I'm not normally a fan of shimmery lipsticks, but I think this one is so pigmented, the shimmer doesn't overwhelm the look. I think the tone is so beautiful! And I'm also kind of obsessed with Summer Sunset. It reminds me of a color that I used to love from this line called "Blushing Brunette" - but it's no longer available. Summer Sunset has the teeniest bit of shimmer (it's just barely detectable on the lipstick itself, but I can't see it on the lips), and has such a pretty soft red look on the lips. This would be a great option for people who want to try a red that isn't as "in your face" as most classic red lipsticks. I love it! On an unrelated note- I'm developing an obsession with matte lip colors as well. Look for a video on that in the near future! :) 

Daily Nuggets!
  • I need to get groceries.
  • We have 2 new gliders in this house and Cupcake is usually in one of them during the morning, and the other at night. 
  • Bobbi Brown's "Beach" scent continues to grow on me.
  • I saw this clip on Morning Express with Robin Meade today- CRACKED ME UP!!! And when the bulldog flops over- it kinda reminds me of myself trying to get out of bed. 
  • Today marks 36 weeks pregnant! 
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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Bath & Body Works Home Stuff Haul

Hi everyone!
This past weekend involved more nursery prep! More on that in an upcoming vlog, but as we were out & about picking up some of the last baby-related items, Tyler and I stopped in to Bath & Body Works for a few things. It's becoming the most irresistible time of year for me where their home scents are concerned... I LOVE the fall stuff! And according to one of the nice ladies who works there, more pumpkin-ish scents are expected in the coming weeks! It seems like fall should be way off in the distance, but when it comes to fall scents, I don't waste any time :) 
I was tempted to go nuts on the candles, but reminded myself of the insane amount of candles I had to pack up when we moved recently, and opted for just a couple of the smaller mason jar candles. Banana Nutmeg Bread Pudding is the STAR scent, in my opinion. If you love the sweet/warm/cozy smell of banana bread, you will love this scent! I asked Tyler which of the other scents he liked, and he chose Blackberry Bramble Tea (don't tell anyone, but I think he enjoys Bath & Body Works more than he wants to let on). It's a really yummy sweet berry scent- a great choice! I honestly don't know what the heck "bramble tea" is, but I like the concept. Speaking of Tyler, he also picked up his much-loved strawberry hand sanitizer for the office. Click here to see his review/hand sanitizer thief story! 
I have six spots where I use Wallflowers in the new house! Conveniently, there's a special deal if you buy six, so that's nice. If you're not familiar with Wallflowers, basically you twist these pods of scented oil into the Wallflower plugs that go straight into your outlets. Some of mine have cute night lights on them! They heat up the scents and then you have a fabulous-smelling house. Some scents end up being stronger than others, and I think it also depends on the size of the room you place them in. Anyway, all of the scents I picked up were in a special fall Wallflower display, although not every scent is brand new for this season. I got two of the Banana Nutmeg Bread Pudding... I LOVE IT. I also got Vanilla Chai, Autumn Mums, Farmstand Apple, and Mahogany Teakwood. All of these scents are new to me, except Mahogany Teakwood. I loved this scent last season... makes me think of a dude's cologne. As for the others-- I'll have to test them in the outlets to see how strong the scents come through. 

Have you explored the new fall Bath & Body Works scents lately? Any early favorites? 

Daily Nuggets...
  • Not sure how many of you saw last week's Beauty Broadcast Live, but I had explained that my dad had gone in for a procedure to get rid of his prostate cancer earlier that week. Now it's been exactly one week since that happened, and he had a follow-up with the doc today. Of course he'll continue to be monitored periodically for some time, but as of now, the doctor says he's very pleased with how the whole procedure went & how he's progressing! What a blessing. Sounds like it won't be long before he's back on the golf course :) Dad was in a good place at the time of the treatment-- the cancer was caught very early and had not spread. Prostate cancer is also known to be extremely common, but fortunately very treatable among men his age. Still, as I said on BBLive, Dad has a long life still ahead of him and nipping this problem in the bud was the best course of action. So many of you have messaged/tweeted/commented such kind and supportive things to me over the past week, and I just want you to know how much I appreciate that. My family is very thankful for your prayers!
  • What kind of daily nugget can possibly follow the first one?!
  • We went to our final baby-related class last night. It was part 2 of "Life with Baby" and we got some great info on how to install infant car seats. We also learned infant CPR and how to respond to a choking baby. Of course we hope to never be in situations where those skills are required, but it's best to be prepared! 
  • It's a 2-video day... there will be a Beauty Broadcast Express review and a tutorial on my main channel! I'm so, so excited about how the tutorial turned out! It's a very coordinated face/eyes/lips thing. 
  • Blast from the past craving I've had recently... chocolate Teddy Grahams! 
  • I did so much cleaning on Sunday... I believe that's what they call "nesting". I'm eager for the nesting instinct to kick in when it comes to unloading the dishwasher. 

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

My Favorite Sunscreens!

Hi everyone! 
I just wanted to do a quick post to answer a question I got today on Beauty Broadcast Live. Several people were asking about favorite sunscreens, including one for the face that wasn't too sticky or heavy.  I said- I have a product that totally qualifies! I've been swimming a lot lately, and before hopping in, I take off all the day's makeup and makeup sure I'm covered in sunscreen. Here's what I use!

  • Neutrogena Clear Face Break-Out Free Liquid-Lotion (SPF 30) - I love that this is a face-specific sunscreen that's oil-free. It's very light and blends into the skin quickly- it's not at all sticky on the skin. It's also water-resistant for 80 minutes. I haven't noticed any breakouts or skin issues since I've been using this, so I'd say it's living up to its "Clear Face" name. Oh, and most importantly, I haven't gotten a sunburn since I've been using this, and I've been swimming a lot!
  • Coppertone Clearly Sheer for Beach & Pool (SPF 50) - This is probably the most light-weight sunscreen I've ever used. It's a spray, so it's very quick to apply. But don't get cocky like I did at first and try to apply it TOO quickly. You know how it is... you're feeling all cool with your spray-on sunscreen, but then you miss large patches of skin and end up burning. Take your time and take a couple passes over your arms, for example, and it DOES seem to provide the protection I need. Like the Neutrogena, this claims to be water resistant for 80 minutes. It claims to have a "light, clean scent" - and I'd agree with that. I particularly like the spray-on style when it comes to re-applying it. Even when I'm being careful and making a point to get everywhere, I can apply this in much less time than it would take to rub a lotion all over my body. 
What are your must-have sunscreens? I'd love to hear about them! :) 

Daily Nuggets...
  • I'm wearing a bright coral shirt with parrots on the front. 
  • I just posted a review on a travel hot roller set. Spoiler alert- it's awesome. 
  • This week has FLOWN by.
  • Breastfeeding class last night was fun & very informative. I feel much less intimidated by the process. Until I saw the handout that shows what a breastfed baby's poo will look like... 
  • You know what sound good right now? Sweet potato fries.

Friday, July 18, 2014

#Electric Challenge Day 5: Purple Haze

Happy Friday!
It's the 5th and final day of the Electric Challenge! Thank you SO MUCH for the nice feedback on the looks I've done throughout the week, and there are now more than 100 #ElectricChallenge pictures on Instagram- how cool! The idea of this challenge is to use the Urban Decay Electric Palette every day for a week, and you have to make sure you work in all of the different shades by the time the 5 days are up! Click here to see all of my Electric Challenge blogs from this week. It's been so much fun to get up each day and map out my eye looks, and I've really enjoyed seeing how these intense shades can transform so easily when you blend them or incorporate other eyeshadows entirely. I think the purple in this palette is one of my favorite shades, so I made that the primary focus of this look, with a blue pop! I think it's a great way to make brown eyes glow!
Today's Electric Palette shades are Chaos and Urban. 
Urban is a stunning metallic purple that takes on different tones depending on whether you apply it very concentrated or sheer. Chaos is an intense royal blue with a satin finish- but in application, it seems pretty matte. In addition to these colors, I worked in some classic neutrals from my Urban Decay Naked Basics palette. That's a very handy thing to use alongside Electric!
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  1. For my base, I applied a matte white cream shadow stick from Jordana all over the lid and around the inner corner. I dabbed over it with my finger to remove any excess product. 
  2. Next I added a few neutrals- from the Urban Decay Naked Basics palette, I used Venus (shimmery white) on the lid, Faint (cool matte brown) in the crease, and W.O.S. as my creamy highlight under the brow. 
  3. I patted Urban on the lid, starting at the outer part and working inward halfway. I went more intense on the outside, and then used a lighter touch so the purple would start to fade into the white. I also blended Urban on the outer part of the crease and just above it. So we end up experiencing 3 tones from just one shade... intense purple (outer corner), lilac (center of lid), and a pinkish purple tone as the color fades up. 
  4. Then I lined my upper lashline with black liquid liner (FYI- I'm using black liquid a lot with these looks because it sets to a matte finish & gives me the intense definition I want with these bright colors!), and I used a blue liner from NYX on my lower waterline. 
  5. With an angled liner brush, I applied Chaos along my lower lashline- it's a great match for the blue eyeliner... just get it wedged right in there between all the lashes. Then I used a smudge brush to do a double line with Urban- underneath the blue. 
  6. I finished the look with mascara on my upper and lower lashes, along with a strip of falsies on the upper lashline. 

 I'm also wearing... 
  • Estee Lauder Double Wear Face & Body in Creamy Tan
  • Estee Lauder Double Wear Concealer in Warm Light Medium
  • Wet n Wild Color Icon single eyeshadow in Brulee (set undereye concealer)
  • Makeup Up For Ever Pro Finish Powder in Neutral Sand
  • Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer (contour)
  • Coastal Scents Forever Blush in Sweet
  • Hard Candy So Baked Bronzer in Tiki (highlight)

  • Jordana 12 Hr Made to Last Shadow Stick in Eternal White (base on lid)
  • Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette (Venus, Faint, and W.O.S. as noted above)
  • Urban Decay Electric Palette 
  • Jordana Color Envy Liquid Eyeliner in Black Envy (upper lashline)
  • NYX Slide On Eyeliner in Sunrise Blue (lower waterline)
  • Rimmel ScandalEyes Rockin' Curves Mascara (upper & lower lashes)
  • Too Faced Brow Envy Kit
  • Red Cherry #415 False Eyelashes

  • Too Faced Perfect Lips Lip Liner in Perfect Spice
  • Too Faced La Creme Lipstick in Naked Dolly (how cute is this sample size?!)

Thanks again for checking out this post! I really believe that a 5-day challenge is a great way to push your creativity and get out of a makeup rut! :) Whether it's something you're a little scared to use or just a palette that's not getting much use in your collection... deciding that you'll make use of it for 5 straight days really causes you to dig a little deeper for new ideas as opposed to just using the same shades over & over (I'm guilty of that!) Something I realized about the Electric Palette is that it's a great companion to the many basic neutrals I own. I've learned to look at these bright shades not as a palette that I have to be confined to... but rather as individually great shades that can be nice accents to a more muted look. If I can get all my editing done in time, I'll have an Electric Palette review posted on my main channel tomorrow! :) 

Daily Nuggets...
  • Cupcake was extra adorable while we shot Tyler's review this morning. It's like she knows when she's "on" - LOL!
  • I have done so much brush cleaning this week... gotta start fresh each day when you're using these bright Electric palette shades!
  • I'm trying out a travel hot roller set to review sometime soon... it gave me surprisingly big hair today.
  • Yesterday I saved a frog from the pool vacuum. I think the little guy is gonna make it!