October 02, 2015

Putting Concealers To The Test!

COVERGIRL OLAY CONCEALER BALM: I loved this, but it was a shade too dark for me. I like to use a lighter shade under my eyes to appear more awake!

HARD CANDY SHEER ENVY BRIGHTENING CONCEALER: The consistency of this concealer was like water so I didn't even bother putting it under my eyes. I don't think it should be marketed as a concealer if it's this sheer. Eye brightener perhaps, but not a concealer!

COVERGIRL TRUBLEND STICK & READY SET GORGEOUS WAND: A great combination if you have things to conceal, or just use the liquid for a brightening concealer!

                                                                                                                                                      MAYBELLINE MASTER CONCEAL CAMOFLAGE: It has a thicker consistency than most concealers I've worked with. It offers you full coverage, but more challenging to buff into the skin.

MAYBELLINE INSTANT AGE REWIND: One of my favorites!!!! Dab on, smooth out and great coverage and soft dewy finish. I've been using it off an on, and while I haven't seen my wrinkles disappear, I'm hopeful this will help, in time!

LORAC POREFECTION CONCEALER: Another thick concealer. It's harder to work in since it's so dense, but it has great coverage. I just prefer something creamier.

Tell me...What are your favorite concealers? I'd love to know!!!

September 28, 2015

Prime Time!

Primers...Do they live up to all the hype?

Younique Glorious Primer:

This oil based primer feels really silky when applied, but I find that my makeup slides off my skin throughout the day. I much prefer cream based products to oil based. It's too slick for my taste.

Maybelline: Master Prime, Primer & Base:

I LOVE this. It's a creamy texture and goes on like butter. After I applied it to my face my face felt flawless, but didn't yet look it. After applying my foundation i have this perfect matte coverage to add the rest of my makeup to. This is one I would definitely buy again!!!

Revlon Photoready color correcting primer:
It's a purple base, so I thought it would brighten my skin after applying it, but it didn't appear to do anything. I have red spots, blue spots and just discoloration from scarring on my face, so I thought it would correct something, but unfortunately it did not. My skin felt smoother, and it was a good base for applying makeup, but it did not correct as advertised.

Hard Candy Eyes The Limit Eye Shadow Primer - Smokey:

It comes out of the tube black, but once you apply to the lid it fades to a sheer gray. I think it's great for applying shimmer or glittery shadows. I applied with a bright pink shimmer shadow, and made it look more purple. It gives you more options with your make up!

September 17, 2015

Teaching The Lord's Prayer to Preschoolers - Great Book!!!

In this first book of the HeartSmart series, preschoolers are invited on a playdate with Emma. Together they learn the Lord’s Prayer and practice “teaching” it to Emma’s favorite teddy bear.

Introducing HeartSmart, a Scripture memory series designed to create opportunities for children to fill their heart with God’s Word. HeartSmart combines key Scriptures with songs, giving parents a spiritual formation path for building a strong foundation of faith.

The entire Lord’s Prayer is included, along with a custom song (free download with access code).

I really really love this book, and so does my 2.5 yr old son, as you can see! Not only does it get kids excited about the Lord's prayer, but also the book asks questions of the readers. Everytime I get to the page that says, "what's your favorite food?" My son smiles and says...peabutter sanwiches and juce n gapes. (translation: PB&J sandwiches, juice and grapes) Without fail! He loves responding to Emma's questions. It's interactive. We don't have many books that ask questions of the readers so this was really neat for us. My son is also obsessed with blueberry bear. He looks for him on the pages and points him out to me everytime we read it. The first night we read it 3 or 4 times and he repeated the lords prayer after me each time.  He has asked for this book every night since, and has many of the lines of this prayer memorized already. Those are signs of a great kid's book!!!!

September 13, 2015

Face Contouring - Smashbox Contour Trio Sticks

I've heard so much about face contouring lately, so for those of you who aren't familiar with it. It's a way of darkening parts of your face that normally would fall in the shadows, and lightening parts of your face where the light hits to make the effect more bold. It helps enhance your facial structure or give structure to parts that need it. It sounds intimidating, but it's simple. I like to think of it as improving what God already gave you!

Every face shape contours slightly differently. If you have a wide face and want to make it appear more narrow you contour one way. If you have a long face and want to make it appear rounder, a different way. I found this guide on another blog that was so helpful. As you can see they're all slightly different, but the end result is the same - angles and highlights/shadows.
Thankfully, there are products out there that make this simple. Smashbox makes a step-by-step contour stick trio. 

What it is: 
An exclusive set of three ultra-blendable, creamy sticks that glide effortlessly onto skin for targeted, precise application and a totally even finish. 

What it does: 
These hot contouring products have always been a best-kept secret of those in the know. Now Smashbox has made it easy to put your best face forward with three shades that mimic perfect lighting: Contour sculpts by creating shadows, Highlight mimics light reflection to pull features forward, and Bronze provides a smooth transition that eliminates the look of harsh lines. The result is flawlessly shaped features from defined-looking cheekbones to a seemingly perfected nose to the appearance of a sculpted jawline. The kit also includes a how-to insert with simple instructions for achieving the best look for your face shape. This set is exclusively available at Sephora. 

I decided to give it a try...

The end result... 
I think that contouring does amazing things. I use it on the sides of my nose to make it look thinner, and under my cheek bones to make it looks like I have a more sculpted face.  I think contouring is great and will contour for evenings out and big events, but maybe not every day! 

And while we're talking about defining and sculping the face, I think that making sure you brows are well drawn will only help accentuate your eyes. Some people like full and bushy, some like thin and discreet, but I like something in the middle. I try to draw my brows into an arch on top, and a slight curved line on bottom. So even if I'm not doing the full contour of my face, I still make sure my brows are done [used smashbox brow tech matte pencil below], to make my face look polished and done!

Check out Sephora's How-To video below:

September 12, 2015

It Works...or does it?

I've been hearing so much about the It Works products, but never had a chance to try them. I finally had a chance to try out some products from It Works, thanks to Ana Chinchilla! 

1. Greens Chew: Antioxidant and Prebiotic 
·        Support - With a nutritional boost of prebiotic fiber, support for healthy blood pressure levels, and the antioxidant strength of 20 cartons of blueberries in every serving, Greens Chew packs a powerful punch to support your overall health and wellbeing.   
·         Boosts your  body’s natural defenses against free radical damage
·         Supports healthy nutrition and digestion with prebiotic dietary fiber
·         Contains the antioxidant strength of 20 cartons of blueberries
·         Fueled by pTeroPure® to help maintain healthy blood pressure levels and promote heart health
·         Delicious blueberry-filled flavor. 
At first it tasted like a fruit punch chewy, but after a few seconds of chewing I got an earthy aftertaste and wasn't a fan, but if you can chew it quickly, it's tasty. I have this problem with chewable calcium pills too. The longer you chew, the more you taste the vitamin and not the sugary chewy. 

2. Energy Drink: this containg 100mg of caffeine per can. ENERGY is packed with natural stimulants free of the jittery effects caused by today’s leading energy drinks.

  • A full spectrum of phytonutrients
  • Potent antioxidant-rich polyphenols
  • Packed with Vitamin B to support brain function
  • Proprietary Energy blend
  • Helps support the body’s ability to sustain natural energy levels
There are those days when I could definitely use the extra energy, like days when my son refuses to sleep at night, or the nights the cat decides to get sick all night long, thus I'm cleaning hairballs all night long. What fun! The It Works! energy drink tastes like a light bubbly peachy flavored drink, in my opinion. The carbonation is light, so it doesn't give you that bloated full feeling many sodas do. The flavor was very enjoyable! I checked the ingredients to see if my tastebuds were correct and it has pear, citrus, raspberry and cherry juices in it, so I wasn't spot on, but still very tasty! I wouldn't drink this before bedtime because I found it hard to sleep after drinking it, but I don't consume much caffeine, so perhaps others aren't as affected by caffeine at night. If you are looking for an energy drink, I'd definitely check this out!

3. Body Applicator/Fab wrap: Expect "ultimate" results with this amazing 45-minute body Applicator! The Ultimate Body Applicator is a non-woven cloth wrap that has been infused with a powerful, botanically-based formula to deliver maximum tightening, toning, and firming results where applied to the skin. It helps tighten, tone, firm and minimize the appearance of cellulite. 

Over the last 2 years the amount of "padding" in my middle section has increased noticeably. They say it's all down hill after age 30, and I think I would agree, physically speaking anyway. I went from having a flat stomach to a small pouch, so I decided to give this wrap a try. You apply the wrap and use the fab to keep it flush against the skin, but I had much difficulty with this step. The wrap would not lay against my skin; it kept puckering. Even with the fab, it was bubbly and bumpy, as you can see from the photo. I even tried to put a tight shirt on over it, but to no avail. After 45 minutes I removed the wrap and took photos shortly thereafter. I noticed a very small reduction at my waistline making me look ever so slightly more trim, but it wasn't much. I expect that since that is the only place where the wrap lay flush against my skin, that's the only place I saw results. If I were to try it again, I'd try a different body part like my thighs where I could wrap and put under biker shorts for a better application. I do think that the It works! wraps work, if applied successfully. With only one application I saw a small result, and that was WITH a faulty application on my part (user error).

I would encourage anyone who was on the fence to give it a try!

4. Greens on the Go Berry: Alkalize, energize, and detoxify wherever you go with Greens on the Go™ in a new sweet berry flavor. This convenient, single serving packet is a pH-balancing blend, supercharged with an acidity-fighting combination of magnesium and potassium for even more alkalizing properties. It helps you maintain that healthy balance by keeping your digestive system regular and toxins flowing out. With multiple servings of fruits and vegetables and a blend of 38 herbs and nutrient-rich superfoods, Greens provides naturally occurring, bioavailable vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytonutrients, and enzymes to give your already well-balanced diet a nutritional boost. Just mix, shake, and take your Greens on the Go!   

If you don't like taking vitamins but drink shakes daily I think this would be a great route for you to go! I really like the flavor of their berry products! The added vitamins and serving of fruits/veggetables is a great addition to any smoothie or drink. I think I'd use them in a peach or banana smoothie so it tastes like I have the berries without the added expense of buying fresh berries :-P. Ways to save, right? :)

Overall I am a fan of their products and plan to check out others in the future! Some products take some getting used to, and others hook you from the start!

Head on over to Ana's site and check out the products: http://www.yourmissionwrapitup.com/

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Many thanks to Ana for the opportunity to try these products. All opinions expressed here are 100% my own.

September 11, 2015

ZO Products

Hydrafirm: Eye Brightening Repair Crème:

This breakthrough multi-function formula is designed to both correct and prevent multiple signs of aging on the delicate skin of the eyes. Active Vitamin A and biomimetic proteins encourage natural collagen production to help restore skin's elasticity. Enzymatic vasodilators, caffeine and coenzyme A rapidly reduce puffiness. Skin's appearance is instantly firmed and smoothed.
  • Optical diffusers immediately help reverse the appearance of dark circles
  • Antioxidant retinol diminishes the look of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Shea butter restores suppleness, increases moisturization and replenishes skin barrier
Stabilized retinol and advanced peptides aid in strengthening skin and minimizing fine lines and wrinkles. Optical diffusers highlight the eye area to reduce the appearance of dark circles. Olluminate Intense Eye Repair helps reduce puffiness and discoloration with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory ingredients.
Ossential® Lash Enhancing Serum
Ossential® Lash Enhancing Serum is a powerful blend of peptides proven to enhance eyelash thickness and length and improve the look of thinning, sparse lashes and brows.
  • Myristoyl Pentapeptide-17 Enhances the appearance of length and thickness of lashes and improves eyelash density
  • Myristoyl Hexapeptide-16 Stimulates keratin genes for thicker, fuller-looking eyelashes
  • Copper Tripeptide-1 Increases hair follicle size to encourage thicker, fuller lash growth
  • Biotinoyl Tripeptide-1, Apigenin, Oleanolic Acid Targets and strengthens the hair follicle, promoting healthy lash growth and preventing breakage and fall out
  • Panthenol and Sesame Seed Oil Conditions and nourishes lashes for optimal growth
  • Diaminopyrimidine Oxide Strengthens hair from the root; promotes hair thickness and enhances hair growth.

I had a chance to try all three products. I've used the lash serum for about a week, and already notice my lashes looking fuller. I plan to use it for a few weeks before big events for extra lash volume when I need it. I use the hydrafirm eye brightening cream twice a day: morning under makeup, and before bed. While I haven't noticed a difference in the blue under my eyes (thanks genetics), I have noticed my skin feels healther and smoother. It claims is reduced dark circles, which it may, I just didn't have dark circles, I had blue circles under the skin which I don't think any cream can remedy. The cream is really rich, so you don't need much, and it'll last you a long while. And finally, I've been using the Olluminate on my forehead and eye area for about 3 weeks, and I've noticed my skin looks more uniform, less patchy. Using the hydrafirm and olluminate together on the eyes seems to be a good combination. It tackles the wrinkles and puffiness. 

To find out more, head on over to this site: https://shop.zoskinhealth.com/

September 10, 2015

Global Literacy

I'm such a bookwork, which is why literacy is cause I'm interested in. I want to see children fall in love with reading at an early age!!!

Literacy Day

This infographic is courtesy of https://www.grammarly.com/plagiarism-checker


NYX is a brand of cosmetics that I'd heard of but never tried. Below is some information on their company:

"Our goal is to provide our clients with the best cosmetics and service in the field. NYX Cosmetics was named after the Greek goddess who ruled the night, just like many of our fans who rule the night life in this modern techno-savvy world. We offer a wide variety of products ranging from eye shadows to foundation and brushes to eye lashes and glitter to glosses. Everything a professional makeup artist needs for the job or that a goddess needs to create her look for a night on the town.

NYX Cosmetics originated and is headquartered in the heart of sunny Los Angeles. The cosmetics line was founded in 1999 by a young entrepreneur named Toni Ko. Ms. Ko has been involved in color cosmetics since she was a teenager and has always desired to create and share a line of cosmetics that provided quality products at affordable prices."

So while they're based out of LA, their products can be purchased online and at select CVS pharmacy stores, which is very exciting as i have one within walking distance of my home.

I had a chance to try the new NYX liquid suede in hot pink, and the color is spot on. It's HOT pink, haha. I found it to be a bit too bold for me, but may look great on other skin tones.

I also had a chance to try the Hot Singles Eye Shadow in Vixen, and it was the PERFECT base shade for almost all of my eye makeup looks. After I apply my NYX eye shadow base, I brush the vixen shade all over my eye, especially under my brows and on the inner side of my eye and nose. It looks so natural, but covers any flaws in my skin, making it look smooth and natural. I love it!

Finally I had a chance to try the Wicked lashes. I've never worn false lashes before, so I didn't realize that some came pre-glued and others came without. These came without so I had to purchase lash glue. My first try was pretty successful. Thin line of glue, applied with tweezers, pushed on, and covered with black eyeliner. I really like the effect, but was hoping for more drama. Next time I think I'll try fuller lashes. Theses look too sparse for my taste, but easy to use, and plan to use them again!

Old Orchard Mixers

Old orchard recently released a new line of products - Mixers! With or without alcohol, Old Orchard mixers let you mix more fun into your life, whether you’re entertaining a crowd or celebrating someone special. They come in three flavors: Daiquiri, Margarita and Pina Colada.

I was sent this awesome party pack from old orchard and was  excited to get a chance to try it, but sadly, I wasn't able to find them in a store near me. Even though I couldn't try them, I'm still using my margarita glasses for popcorn (my son thinks this is so fun!), and I love the lip balms. They make me feel like I'm on an island vacation.

I am definitely keeping my eyes peeled in case they pop up in a store in my area as I really want to try these. They sound perfect for hot afternoons hanging out back with my son (sans alcohol, of course).
Here's a video of how to use these in entertaining:

To learn more, or find out where you can find them, visit their site: https://oldorchard.com/

September 09, 2015

Perfectly Posh Product Review

I've recently learned about a company called Perfectly Posh. They sell beauty and body products made in the United States with natural ingredients, and all for under $25, which is one of the great selling features. So many cosmetic and body product prices soar well into the hundreds, so it's nice to find a brand that tries to keep the costs down!

I had a chance to try Posh's caffinator skin stick. Here's some information about this product: 

Wake up sleepy eyes and tired skin with a perky jolt of caffeine with The Caffeinator. Perfect for brightening dark circles, reducing inflammation, and evening out skin tone after a late night or an early morning. A zesty lemon essential oil and rosemary scent gives your senses a swift kick into gear.

My Thoughts: I have under eye blue circles/bags mostly due to genetics [thanks dad :-P], but the under eye bags are exacerbated by lack of sleep, salty foods causing water retention etc, so I was excited to try a product that claimed to brighten the under eye area and reduce inflammation. When applying it I found that it's more of an oily consistency rather than a cream or lotion consistency. I found that because of this it took a long time for my skin to absorb it. I tried it both morning and night. Applying in the morning caused issues because it didn't absorb fast enough for me to apply makeup over it. I would apply right out of the shower and go to do my make up 20-30 minutes later and it still hadn't absorbed. If I had the time to apply an hour ahead of time I would, but given limited "get ready" time with a toddler that isn't always possible, as the moms out there know. I also wore it at night, applying right before bed. I found that once my head hit the pillow most of it rubbed off on my pillowcase, so if you wear it at night apply at least 60 minutes before going to bed. I haven't noticed improvement in my blue bags, but it is great if you really need hydration under your eyes, or if you need to reduce puffiness. I suspect nothing will change the blue under my eyes, but it never hurts to try, right? 

I'm looking forward to trying some of the other Posh products in the future. These look fun!

Head on over and check out Christina's Order Page and Facebook Pages:

Keep in mind, that if you host a Posh party with her, you earn free products!!!! Book your party today!

September 08, 2015


Summer season seemed to fly by, or at least it did for us. And while we didn't get to the beach YET, we still spent a good amount of time outside between soccer practice, taking walks, playing at the park, and splashing in the back yard [as you can see from the photos]. It's not a good idea to be exposed for a long period of time without some form of sun protection. Coolibar, the leader in sun protective clothing, has clothing and hats rated UPF 50+ which blocks 98% of UV rays, allowing avid sun worshippers endless hours outside without worrying about sun damage.

Coolibar has lots of great hats, dresses, skirts, leggings as well as men's and baby/children's products to choose from. My son loves his reversible rash guard shirt from coolibar. It's lightweight, and keeps his skin protected from the sun, so he can splash to his heart's content!

My Thoughts:
Not only do they have clothing that offers UPF50+ coverage, but they're also practical and cute. I would definitely wear a skirt or leggings in the summer with one of their hats, and no one would realize I'm getting sun protection while looking stylish. I also LOVE that they offer these rash guard shirts for kids, so that our little guy can have fun splashing around but still be protected from sunburns. I'd love to try the hat too, since he doesn't have much hair on his head to protect his scalp. They offer SPF 50+ protection and are chlorine resistant so they don't fade from pool use.

Check out all their products here: http://www.coolibar.com/home.jsp

September 04, 2015

GIVEAWAY: Who loves Nichole Nordeman???

About the new album The Unmaking:

"Before things in our lives can be resurrected and given new life, certain things must die.  Before beauty blooms in spring, roots must do the hard work under the hard frozen soil of winter.  Before you renovate and re-build, you tear down the parts of the structure that are weak or damaged or dangerous.  Before we make, we must unmake."  Nichole Nordeman
About Nichole Nordeman:

Nichole Nordeman is a recording artist and songwriter for Sparrow/EMI CMG, with numerous number-one and top ten singles to her credit and cumulative CD sales of over one million.  A two-time Gospel Music Association winner for Female Vocalist of the Year, she has won a total of nine Dove Awards, including the best-selling album, Music Inspired by The Story.  Her best-known songs include "Holy", "Legacy", "Brave", "This Mystery", "Why", and "What If".  She lives with her family in Tulsa, OK.  



S O C I A L • C O R N E R

I have been a fan of Nichole Nordeman since a friend introduced her to me back in High School, over 10 years ago (wow, I'm feeling old now haha). She has a beautiful soothing voice, and while this album is very short I really enjoyed it, as did my family!

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