♥Quick, Simple & Easy Beauty Tips For New Moms

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Hello and welcome!

I was inspired to write this post today, because a few wonderful ladies in my life have approached me recently asking me how I find the time to look pulled together and fresh with a one-and-a-half year old daughter.

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*Insert loop track of me laughing for 8 years here*

No, I did NOT, and do not wake up looking great each morning. However, I do have a strict beauty routine I follow every night to ensure that I feel taken care of and thus, can wake up in the morning feeling fresh and confident. If you are new to this page, I should also let you know that I am a licensed Esthetician, so beauty, makeup and skin are kind of my utter obsession jam.

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I know that all of us new moms, and women in general, are on totally different wave lengths and skill sets when it comes to beauty and makeup. With that being said, for this post, I will be focusing on very simple beauty steps you can do to ensure a great complexion and confidence boost!

All of these beauty tips and tricks are ways I personally like to perk myself up on a day to day basis, I hope it inspires you to be your best self, however that looks to you!

1. Eye Cream For Late Nights

When my daughter was born I was able to get her on a sleep schedule fairly quickly. With that being said, there were still hundreds of bloody awful a few challenging nights where I would be up every two hours to nurse and sooth her back to sleep. I decided to keep a tube of eye cream next to her crib, as well as my bedside to remind me to layer on a little eye cream every time I had to get up and nurse or sooth her. I swear by this trick, because even though I felt like death  exhausted the next morning, I looked rested.

My favorite eye creams are:

(Luxury) Dermalogica Age Reversal Eye Complex  

(Budget Friendly) Burts Bees Radiance Eye Cream 

Both eye creams are excellent for battling fine lines around the delicate eye area. Dermalogica uses incredible ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid that helps the skin retain water, apricot seed oil, cucumber, and oat to hydrate and sooth, as well as rice grain extract to brighten the eye area.

Burt’s Bees eye cream also includes awesome, high preforming ingredients such as royal jelly, which is packed full of nutrients for the skin to help it appear youthful, sunflower and olive oils to smooth and pamper the skin, lemon peel extract to brighten the eye area, and aloe to hydrate.

If you are on a strict budget, a little dab of coconut oil will also help the delicate eye area look rested and hydrated.

2. Face Masks For Short Household Tasks

I love, love, love face masks.

If you want your skin to do a 180, or have your makeup go on smoother and more evenly, a face mask is where it is at!

As a new-ish mom, I like to put on a face mask when I am doing short tasks around the house such as dishes (yay, steam!), vacuuming or folding a batch of laundry.  Since these tasks take me about 20 min to finish, it is a perfect opportunity to pull double duty. There are literally hundreds, if not thousands, of face mask recipes on Pinterest, in books, and DIY blogs all over the place. I am after results, so no matter what type of mask you choose, just go after what is natural, and for all skin types. (When in doubt, try to look for something organic!)

My favorite “ready to use” Masks are:

(Super Budget Friendly) Petal Fresh Aloe and Pomegranate Clay Facial Masque

(Average Price) Dermalogica Multivitamin Power Recovery Masque

The Petal Fresh Clay masque is excellent for drawing out impurities and makes the skin so, so soft after use. The mask includes nourishing white clay, pomegranate extract to help your skin fight free radicals and environmental stresses, and Glycolic Acid to help gently exfoliate the skin.

The Dermalogica Masque is a very thick, rich mask that boosts collagen with its complex Peptide ingredients. It also includes ingredients like licorice to brighten the skin, and oat to nourish.

*If you have a few odds and ends to throw together in the kitchen, you can create some awesome masks that are very effective.*

In a small bowl, mix one tablespoon of plain Greek yogurt, with one teaspoon of honey, and a half a teaspoon of lemon juice or orange juice.

Wet face with warm water, and pat with a towel until just slightly damp. With hands or a clean masque brush, spread mixture all over the face and neck.

Leave on for 15 minuets! Then rince with warm water and follow up with a rich moisturizer like ALBA Botanica Even Night Cream .

Effects: The lactic acid in the yogurt will eat away dead skin and brighten the new skin, the honey will hydrate and eliminate bacteria, and the citrus juice will brighten and cleanse.

3. Hand Cream 

Just like the eye cream, I like to use hand cream before bed and really pile it on.

I adore the Trader Joe’s Ultra Hydrating Hand Cream. Shea butter, hemp oil, and coconut oil are heavy hitters of hydration making hands feel smooth and beautiful.

My Trader Joe’s sells it for 4.99 for 3oz.

As nice as it is to use before bed, I also like to use this under my rubber gloves when gardening, doing dishes, cleaning the bath tub, etc. Again, double duty!

Another hand cream that works wonderfully, with ingredients like avocado and macadamia oils, is Lollia Hand Cream.

This product is pricier than the good ‘ol Trader Joe’s, but it is wonderful.

If your hands are in particularly rough shape, lather on hand cream and put on a pair of cotton gloves and leave on while you sleep. You will wake up amazed!

4. Quick Dry Nail Polish

If you have .0 time to sit down and go and get/give yourself a true manicure, but still want your fingers to look beautiful, I recommend Sally Hanssen Quick Dry Nail Polish.

I love the color selection they offer, and during the unpredictable amount time I have when the baby is down for a nap, I know I will have at least 2 minuets.

I also recommend using a good preforming Top Coat to give your polish extra glossy-ness and chip protection. OPI Top Coat is one of my favorites!

5. Fill in Your Eyebrows 

If full face makeup is simply not happening today, take a minute to groom and lightly fill in your eyebrows. Eyebrows help frame your face and add definition!

I really like Wet & Wild Brow Pencil in Taupe Of The Morning. They have a good number of shades, I prefer a Taupe shade since I am very blonde.

6. BB Cream 

Just like filling in your brows, if you have just a little time you can also even out your skin tone and pop on a little BB Cream. I love this Super BB by Physicians Formula.

A BB Cream includes medium coverage foundation and a light moisturizer with an SPF. This BB cream is also hypoallergenic, so it will not irritate your skin.

If you have 5 minuets, (which, you should make time for yourself to at least have 5 minuets), Start by prepping the skin with a moisturizer with SPF, I like Burt’s Bees Radiance Day Cream.

Follow with the BB Cream, use fingers to blend or favorite brush or beauty blender.

Follow with a loose or pressed powder to set foundation, I like Rimmel Stay Matte 

Pop on a little blush for your pretty cheeks Milani Dolce Pink Baked Blush

Fill in brows

Crimp Lashes

Swipe on mascara Covergirl Lash Blast Very Black

…and end with a swipe of oh-so-flattering peachy pink  e.l.f lip gloss!

Simple, very quick and beautiful!

7. FOR THE LOVE OF GOD Remember To Drink Water 

I know, I know, I know.

This is not unknown news and It’s like a broken record.

Honestly, I have to remind myself of this daily.

It is too often that 5:00pm rolls around and I realize I have had only coffee all day. 

I remind myself to drink water by putting alarms on my phone because I am an adult. Yep. It’s that bad.

Jazz up your boring as hell water by adding a sprig of mint and a lemon slice, or a slice of orange. It helps cut the monotony, trust me.

I hope I have given you a new nugget of beauty wisdom!

Remember, you are awesome, you are beautiful, and you’re doing the best you can as a new mom.

Take time for you, there is no shame in taking care of yourself so you can take better care of others!

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♥Shelby

♥Triple Citrus & Goat’s Milk Beauty Bar Soap

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Hello, sweet thing!

There are very few things I love more than citrus, lemons in particular.

My friends, family and anyone who has been around me for longer than about an hour know that I love lemons!

I like to  annoy others with the title refer to myself as the Lemon Queen.

blaircrown“Here Ye, here Ye, Lemon Bars and Lemonade for all in the Kingdom!”

Lemons bring me so much joy. Their sweet but tangy flavor, the bright golden hue, and the zesty smell are just everything to me.

(…if you think I’m kidding, look at my scarf in the About Me section!)

I have been on a soap making kick recently, experimenting with a few fun scents and varieties. So far I have made Lavender & Vanilla Oatmeal, as well as Honey & Oat.

Both were fabulous, and they smell cozy and comforting, but I was really in the mood for a bright and zesty scent. We have had an extremely wet week here in western Washington with a rain and wind storm. I’m feeling a little gloomy and grey! It’s time to liven things up!

For this Triple Citrus Soap You Will Need: 

Goats Milk Soap Base (Melt & Pour)

1 Lemon (Juice + Zest)

Zester

Measuring Cup

Knife

Soap Molds (I used a recycled Almond Milk container)

Sweet Orange Essential Oil

Lemon Essential Oil

Grapefruit Essential Oil

Embellishments (I used vintage book pages, twine and labels)

Assembly: 

Start by taking your Goats Milk Soap Base and cutting it into cubes, you will need 8.7 oz  (one cup melted) Start cutting small cubes, place in measuring cup, and work your way to the 1 cup mark.

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Microwave Goats Milk for 2 min or until completely melted.

While Goats Milk is being microwaved, zest 1 lemon and juice 1 Tsp of lemon juice, set aside.

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Take melted Goats Milk out of microwave (be careful, it’s hot!) and add in half of the lemon zest and the 1 Tsp lemon juice.

Add 5 drops of each orange, lemon and grapefruit essential oil.

Mix thoroughly.

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You may have to pop the mixture into the microwave for a few seconds if it is starting to set inside the measuring cup, (20-30 seconds should be enough)!

Take your mold and sprinkle the other half of the lemon zest into the bottom of the mold. This will look beautiful, add another layer of scent, and add texture to the soap!

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**My soap mold is a recycled almond milk carton, it is 6 1/2 inches x  3 1/2 inches. If you don’t want to be ghetto resourceful like me, you can use a silicone mold with similar measurements!**

Mix your Goats Milk mixture once more and pour it into the mold.

Set aside in a cool and undisturbed place for one hour.

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Ding! Hour is up!

Hooray! You have your own beautiful soap! Carefully peel away the sides of the mold and cut out 3 bars that measure 4 inches x 2 inches each.

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Decorate them however it suits you and enjoy!

Until next time, my dears.

♥Shelby

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Fabulous 5 Under $5♥

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Are you ready for spring?!

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It is my absolute favorite season. Around this time of year I get an itch to try bunch of new things and reinvent myself. Maybe it’s because I can feel the renewing of the earth, a bunch of flowers blooming, blades of green grass peeking through sheets of ice and dew, and every creature slowly coming out of their cozy homes to say hello once more.

I also get the urge to shop.

…and I mean shop.

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Alas, I do not have Blair Waldorf cash disposable income, so a few cheap thrills are perfect for me!

1.Wet and Wild Blush in Pearlescent Pink $2.99

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Love, Love, Love this color!

I was able to swipe the very last one at my local drug store! Score!

This blush is very similar to NARS “Orgasm” but for 90% less.

It is very nicely milled, very smooth application, very bendable, highly pigmented, and I have had no issues with it fading or patching throughout day. It is a pinky-coral with subtle shimmer, and it gives a very nice glow to the cheeks.

Here is a swatch:

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This was just a quick swipe with my finger over the blush, and as you can see, the color is very pigmented!

For only $2.99?! It’s a keeper!

2.e.l.f Zit Zapper $2.00

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This product is the definition of “bang for your buck,” (two bucks to be exact!)

I think this may actually be one of my best holy grail products of all time.

I have used it without fail when one of those evil “time of the month” flair up’s erupt onto my face. The blend of  salicylic acid, tea tree oil, and witch hazel kicks out the unwanted blemishes overnight. The roller ball gives super easy, no fuss application and is perfect for travel.

A total steal for only $2!

3.NYX Lip Pencil in Rose $3.49

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This was a recent purchase for me while I was on the market for a fun, springy, pink lip pencil.

It is a really complimentary shade for me, and I can definitely see this shade working for an array of skin colors, (which may make for a great universal gift option!)

I am quite fair skinned, and this is how I have been rocking this color recently:

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Loving it!

This NYX pencil has given me no trouble so far. I sipped coffee while wearing it and didn’t see much transfer onto the cup. I do think this pencil formula is a smidge on the dry side (This pencil favors a matte finish), without a little chapstick underneath, so a swipe or two of some hydrating lip product will probably keep your lips less pruney more comfortable. I also like a little bit of pale pink gloss over this color for some shine. Super pretty!

4.Wet&Wild Setting Spray $4.99

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It holds up your makeup even in the rain, steam, sweat, inevitable meltdowns, zombie apocalypse , and other makeup hazard zones.

I have been wanting to try this since it came out onto the market, and it did not disappoint!

I knew it was going to be good because I drove to two drug stores and both were sold out!

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I really enjoyed using this setting spray on one of my most recent cleaning days when I was coming in and out of the rain, accidentally splashing myself with water, was working around steam, and was working up a sweat!  I did have a little dewiness in my T-zone, but other than that, I would say this setting spray works better than almost any high-end type I have ever used. For less than half the price of a department store brand, I would choose this every time. I have heard a couple complaints about some people saying this gave them a few zit flair up’s, but I have not had that experience. If you use it, one good spray on the face in a “Z” formation is all you need. I went a little crazy the first day and spritzed four times before coming to the realization that one spray was plenty.

5.St. Ives Body Wash Oatmeal and Shea Butter $3.97

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I have always really enjoyed St. Ives body wash. In fact, I have reviewed their body wash in the past. Here is another review of their Tripple Butters Creamy Coconut formula here if you are interested.  I just have not found very many other body washes that leave me feeling as moisturized as these St. Ives formulas. I LOVE to use this oat and shea scent in the bathtub, It creates pretty good bubbles as It should since I pour half the bottle into the tub and feels wonderfully silky! I also love how it is hypoallergenic, sodium lauryl sulfate-free, and has no parabens. I have been using this since November and am on my third bottle of this particular scent. I had the option to pick up one of the others scents, but I keep being drawn to this scent and formula. Hey, if it works, it works!

So there you have it! A list of 5 truly great beauty products all under $5!

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Until we meet again, stay your beautiful self!

♥ Shelby

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My Purse Essentials♥

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Hey Y’all!

I’m just sittin’ pretty, waiting for my daughter to come out into the world on June 1st!

I have had a glorious first week off of work, and while preparing for the baby to arrive, I have been assembling my hospital bag(s) for the fast approaching day! I have also been cleaning out my purse to make room for things other than coupons   the beauty items I really NEED to carry around with me, not only for the hospital, but for day to day. Surprisingly, this was actually pretty hard for me, it really forced me to pick and choose what was most important. During this time I also realized HOW MUCH CRAP I HAVE how many items are really weighing me down and are not necessary to lug around every day.

Prime example: The six lip glosses I found in just ONE pocket.

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I have a problem.

Other than the obvious contenders, (keys, wallet, and cell phone) Here are a few beauty items I have used in my purse as staples over and over again!

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(The purse is the Betsey Johnson Bow-Nanza Quilted Heart Handbag in Blush! So girly and FABULOUS!)

1. CoverGirl Lash Blast Mascara 

Unless you live under a rock, you have heard the hype over this blessing that CoverGirl bestowed onto us mere peasants. I never go anywhere without this magical tube of lash perfection. It can be built up for a very dramatic look, or just one swipe for beautiful, defined lashes. The best of the best!

Make it yours!

2. Physicians Formula Pressed Powder (In Buff-Beige) 

Very natural looking, shine free, perfect medium coverage for general touch up’s throughout the day, and SPF 16?!

What is not to love?

Make it yours! 

3. Burt’s Bees Lip Balm with Pomegranate Oil 

I am a huge fan of anything Burt’s Bees, and I have used stick after stick of this wonderful product since it’s release!

This lip balm gives a universally flattering subtle raspberry-pink tint to bare lips. It’s nourishing ingredients, (coconut oil, sunflower oil, and pomegranate oil, to name a few) ensure that your lips will be soft and supple all day.

Make it yours!

4. MAC Lipstick in Frost

I am obsessed with this color. It is the perfect pink for any look because it never looks overdone. It has a subtle shimmer to make it a touch glamorous without being over the top. I wear it almost everyday at one point or another!

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(I had a hard time finding this online…uh oh! I got mine at Nordstrom)

5. Bath and Body Works Pocket-Bac in Meyer Lemon 

Obviously, having a germ fighter is essential! From public restrooms to shopping cart handles, it’s a must have! These come in every scent under the sun, I am partial to Lemon scents!

Make it yours! 

6. Victoria’s Secret Bombshell Body Spray 

I love this floral scent from Victoria’s Secret!

Does that make me super basic? 

Whatever.

I actually use this more as a “room spray” than a body spray most of the time.

Just think, mall/grocery store restroom, and you’ll understand where I am going with that…body spray is a good thing to have just in case you should run into any unpleasant odors.

Make it yours! 

7. Joico K-PAK Protect and Shine Hair Serum 

Fantastic frizz buster and shine booster thanks to the macadamia and evening primrose oils that are used in this lifesaver of a product! I have had this bottle for TWO YEARS and I still have more than a fourth of the bottle left. A little goes a very long way.

Make it yours! 

8. Dove Clear Tone Deodorant

One of the best deodorants I have ever used! I’m not sure what makes this particular Dove deodorant so much different from the others, all I know is that it WORKS! I never have to worry about having damp underarms with this product. It also has a very subtle scent that isn’t going to clash with perfume or scented body lotion.

Make it yours!

There you have it! I would love to know if you have a purse staple you would be lost without!

Wish me luck in the next few days! Praying for a safe and quick delivery for this mama and her new, sweet baby girl!

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Love,

Shelby♥

The Best For Less! Outstanding Beauty Products $10 and Under♥

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Hello, darling!

I hope everyone is enjoying the last of the summer months, I know I’m ready for fall and to lay low for a little while! Between buying a house, having my big birthday celebration, and being the florist for three Weddings in the past month, it has been crazy! Crazy fun, but still crazy!

I thought this would be a good time to share some of my beauty favorites of this past summer, not only are these five products downright AWESOME, but they held up in the heat and kept me looking fresh and put together.

Another bonus, they are all under $10!

YES!

The list begins!

1. Earth Therapeutics Loofah Exfoliating Scrub Oatmeal & Honey

Fred Myers $7.99

I love this product so much! I picked it up at first because it smells divine. I love anything honey scented so it went into the shopping basket without any hesitation whatsoever. Once in use, I noticed how beautifully it worked and how the smell intensifies when bathing. A rich soothing oatmeal honey goodness. YUM!  I was particularly impressed with how smooth and silky my skin felt after the scrub down. This scrub is less abrasive then my homemade sugar scrubs yet worked just as well! I was very impressed with how it made my self tanner work even better than ever. My color was even, smooth and after the first application it appeared very deep and golden brown. Normally it takes me two or three applications to get the desired color, but this product made it happen in the first layer! The pumice and loofah are excellent exfoliants while the honey, aloe, jojoba and oat extract are soothing and hydrating. Definitely my new favorite find! Pick this one up as soon as you can!

(If you don’t have a Fred Myers where you reside, you can find it here on Amazon)

2. Palmers Coconut Oil Formula Replenishing Hair Milk 

Walgreens $5.29

Rejoice all you broken haired beauties! Palmers is here!

Ladies, this hair product is a god send for broken ends. I swear to you my hair was transformed after one week of using this product. I especially recommend it to the curly hair types for extra hydration. My hair is wavy and on the dryer side, so I use about a nickle size from my ear lobes down to my split ends. If you have fine hair, concentrate this only on the last inch of your hair to nourish the ends since the product is on the heavier side. Another great option would be to use a tablespoon or so in a travel spray bottle and mix it with water. I tried this and it worked well, but I wanted more of the concentrated product.  Works wonders as a leave in conditioner!

3. Wet and Wild Eyeshadow Glitter Singles (Color: Brass)

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It’s glitter, it’s cheap, it’s beautiful, oh, did I mention it’s GLITTER?!

Wet and Wild is one sneaky brand! I never know what they will come out with next!

This is a gel eyeshadow. It has a beautiful pigment and staying power. I personally use it on top of my black liquid eyeliner to give it an extra pop. Apply it with an eyeliner or angle brush to give your eyes a subtle sparkle. There were many other colors such as silver, pink and purple! Since gold is my favorite color, I jumped on it!

Here is a close up and sample of the look I often use with it over the eyeliner:

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4. Revlon Lip Butter (Color: Strawberry Shortcake) 

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The word “butter” is perfect for this product because it is so beyond smooth and creamy on the lips. I was very happily surprised when I tried this for the first time. It was very pleasant on the lips, not fussy, sticky, or tight. Some lipsticks have that “tight,” feeling that I hate, do you know what I mean? The feeling that when you smile it feels like you cant smile all the way because your lips feel stiff?

Anyone? (Crickets heard in the distance)…

Okay, well, I hate that feeling and this product did nothing of the sort.  Actually, it felt like a very pigmented, luxury chapstick, and I mean that as a high compliment! The color is a beautiful, natural pink tone with just enough pigment. It is perfect for any occasion, it will be a purse staple forever!

Now finally, the creme de la creme.

Drum roll please:

5. Rimmel London Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation (Color: Light Ivory) 

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How does one describe the most wonderful beauty product to ever be created?

For me, the second I used this product I was in awe. It was the equivalent of a 13 year old girl getting to meet One Direction.

I couldn’t stop hyperventilating and crying tears of joy.

Also, I wanted to kiss it a little.  

THIS PRODUCT.

IS.

EVERYTHING.

It is like an airbrush finish from Jesus. It makes your skin more luminous than the pearly gates.

Since I am a licensed esthetician, I have tried millions a lot of products, and this surpassed all expectations.

My skin was smooth, radiant, fresh and it could breathe. This is a weightless, medium coverage foundation that is absolutely stunning on the skin.

(I am wearing it in the same picture as the eyeliner sample above).

There are 6 tones to choose from, mixing them to get the best skin tone for you would be very easy, and at $5.49, why not buy two?!

I hope you pick up one hundred of these on your next shopping trip!  You will not regret it!

See you next time doll face.

♥Shelby

DIY Lemon, Lime & Coconut Sorbet Body Scrub♥

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My Darling!

I hope you all are surviving the heat wherever you reside!

It was over 93 degrees here in Tacoma, Washington this weekend!
It was not the sexy heat, either. You know, the kind where you get a nice glisten on your skin and you have beach hair without even trying?

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Nope, not even close.

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Nailed it!
We are not cut out for that kind of weather here in the Evergreen State mother nature! Stop it!!!
Anyway, I have been craving all things lime recently and I decided to make this quick and easy sugar scrub to curb my cravings or I will eat a whole key lime pie all by myself!

 Since the showers are short and cold this season, its nice to have something special waiting for you in the tub!

Let’s gather the supplies, shall we?

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You will need:

1 Lime + Zest

1 1/2 Cup White Sugar

1/3 cup Coconut Oil (Melted)

1 tsp Lemon Extract -or- 3-4 Drops Lemon Essential Oil (I used extract)

Zester

Spoon or Spatula

One Drop Green Food Coloring (Optional)

Mason Jar or Plastic Container (I buy mine in bulk here)

Combine sugar plus the juice and zest of your lime. Next, slowly stir in melted coconut oil, (make sure it has cooled slightly). Mix all other ingredients into the container. If you don’t want any of the food coloring in it, that’s okay, it still looks pretty! The zest of the lime gives it a very slight green tint. I wanted to have a slightly brighter color, so I went for it, (living large over here!)
I put the mixture in the fridge for 15 min so it could firm up and let the coconut oil cool down. You can leave it in the shower with the lid secured for up to three weeks.

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It smells wonderful!
I nicknamed it a ” Coconut Lime Sorbet,” because it does have that lovely lime color that all lime sorbets and sherbets have, and when it came out of the fridge, the consistency looked like it too!
So refreshing! So easy! Make it as a hostess gift for the next summer BBQ you are invited to!

Have fun with this one!

♥Shelby

Victoria’s Secret Lash Dare 3 In One Mascara Review ♥

Hello All! ♥

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Today, I wanted to tell you about my experience with this 3 in one mascara from Victoria’s Secret!
Normally, I am a cult follower of CoverGirl Lash Blast and Victoria’s Secret Voluptuous Mascara, but this particular mascara was on sale so I decided to give it a go.
After all, I keep mascara in a few hundred couple places such as, my house (duh), my purse, my car’s glove department, pool bag, gym bag, and my office…

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Whatever, better safe than sorry!

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I trust Victoria’s Secret to make a quality product, after all they are one of my top three favorite retail stores! However, I was just a little disappointed with this product. I must say, the reviews I read about this seemed promising, and it certainly has its benefits. Sad to say, it did not met my needs when it came to voluminous lashes.  On the bright side, it lengthens really well and it looks very natural! Sorry there is no photo of me wearing it for reference. The mascara did not look super exciting since it looks very natural, so I opted out. If you do want a more subtle lash definer this mascara is for you! I personally like to add a little definition to my eyes when I go to the gym or take the dog for a stroll. This will be a great beauty enhancer without looking too made up for those casual occurrences.  I have layered this mascara under the more volumizing CoverGirl mascara and it looks great!  If you like a more subtle, no-makeup, makeup look then this mascara is for you! The deep black is great and it does a very good job coating and separating while adding length. If you are like me and prefer lots of volume for your every day look, try it out for a very subtle eye definition while at the beach or the gym.  While strolling around with my dog, I wore this with a little bronzer and some pinky-peach gloss. Natural, but polished!

Stay gorgeous!

♥Shelby

Free Sample of Origins GinZing Facial Moisturizer♥

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Click the link and you will get your very own sample of this new Origins product! If you are not familiar with Origins products, they are wonderful holistic, natural products with quality ingredients.

This product contains:
Ginger: Helps to  lighten dark sun spots, and has also been known to help clear up acne flare ups.
Coffee Bean: Loaded with antioxidants, and will help wake up tired skin.
Chestnut Seed: Helps create smoother looking skin.
“Like” them on Facebook and try it out! I don’t know how generous the sample will be, but still a fun surprise in your mailbox none the less!
It should get to you in 2-4 weeks!
Applause for freebies!
♥Shelby
*Real Simple Magazine Photo

E.L.F Mineral Infused Face Primer Review♥

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So sorry it has been  an eternity so long since I have had a new post! Did you miss me?! I have been very occupied with wonderful vacations and working at my brand new job!

However, I’m here with something new to share! *throws confetti* *dances*

ELF mineral primer

I have been using VS Airbrush FX Perfecting Primer (with SPF 20) for about a year or so and I love it! Its $18 at Victoria’s Secret and even though that is a very fair and reasonable price, this primer is only $6 and almost feels like the exact same thing! I am no stranger to the E.L.F products, they are a fantastic brand with quality products that anyone can afford even if you are a broke collage student  a homeless person on a shoe string budget! Most of their brushes are only $1 and most eye shadows will only set you back $3 or less. Great for when you want to try something new, but don’t want to sink $20 at Sephora when you don’t even know if you will like the outcome. So during one of my weekly trips to Target, I wandered into the alluring lair of the makeup isle (even though I only went there to pick up spaghetti sauce, I can’t resist)! I had been hearing about how amazing this primer was, and even though I was feeling just a little skeptical,(I mean $6? Really?) I decided I would give it a shot.  My hand to God, this stuff is better than most primers I have ever used, (Victoria’s Secret, calm down, I still love you). Seriously, all you need is a very, VERY tiny amount for complete coverage. It is a non-greasy, silky, gel-like consistency. I love how it makes my mineral foundation glide on with ease and it makes your makeup look fresh all day. I mean it when I say all day, not just until lunch, not just before cocktails, I mean 24 hours, all day. I have read some reviews saying that if you have skin that is more on the oily side, you may want to skip it. I personally have dry to normal skin, and have had zero problems. If I were you, I would try it anyway, everyone’s skin is complex and different and you never know until you try!  The only real con is that there is no SPF, so remember to wear some moisturizer with added sun protection under your makeup to protect your delicate skin! With that being said, run to Target, or click http://www.eyeslipsface.com/ and get yourself some of this stuff of legends magical primer!

Cheers!

♥Shelby

New Jergens Unscented Self Tanning Lotion Review & Sunless Tanning Tutorial♥

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Before I start, I have to apologize for no before and after pictures! I totally forgot to take a before and would have nothing to compare with the after! So, you will have to use your imagination.
I have been using Jergens Self Tanning system for a while, I would say about 7ish years. Through the beauty blunders that come with self tanning, through trail and MANY errors, I have now conquered the system and will share with you how to get a great glow just in time for summer!
I actually never really minded the Jergens tanning scent before, but when they took it out I was grateful because heaps of fragrance is not good for your skin, especially your delicate face. I have not noticed a change in the firmness or reduction of cellulite in my skin one bit since using this. Maybe it takes a few bottles to see a difference, but I’m pretty convinced that its just a boldface lie marketing ploy.
Anyway, the color of the tan itself is great! Make sure you buy the Medium-Tan bottle. The Fair-Medium has a more golden orange tint to it rather than golden brown. At least that has been my unfortunate experience!
Alrighty! Now let me help you achieve a great, flawless, safe tan!

First, take about a 1/2 cup of sugar and three tablespoons of olive or coconut oil. Mix together. You can add essential oils if you want. I like adding blood orange or lemon!
Take a hot shower and scrub the sugar mixture all over your body pay a little extra attention to the knees, elbows, and any other rough areas. This is exfoliating the dead skin cells off the body so you will be glowing and soft!
Rinse off the sugar and then dry off thoroughly. Now, before you use the tanning lotion, use a light, fast absorbing lotion. I use Petal Fresh Botanicals in Fresh Lilac. Then for the rougher parts, use a more dense lotion like Victoria’s Secret Body Cream ( I looooovvveee Delicate Petals). Okay now that your body is exfoliated and hydrated, put on some disposable plastic gloves. This will ensure your palms are not unusually dark. Take the self tanner and start down at your feet/legs and work your way up. This way there will be no creases by bending down. Okay so far so good? Once you’re done with 95% of your body, take off the gloves and wash your hands, (they get sweaty). Lotion your hands once more with the light lotion. Then take a PEA SIZE of self tanner and put on back of your hands. Rub the BACK of your hands together, don’t forget to coat the web between your finger and thumb or in between your fingers. The hands are strangely the hardest part of this whole tanning process, sometimes they can get too dark and it looks like your left your hand in the Dorito bag too long, or you get hardly any on your hands and you look like you have Mickey Mouse white gloves on! Not cute! The pea sized about is just right though, and you will find what works for you as you embark on this sunless tanning adventure.

There you go! You’re done! Try not to get water on yourself  for 8 hours. If you can, do this at night since your body warms up at night it will help the tan penetrate your pores. There is also no chance of getting water on you when you’re tucked away in bed! Unless you’re into that kind of stuff…no judgement.

Happy Safe Tanning!

♥Shelby