♥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

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…

judgementDon’t think I can’t see your judging me!  You don’t even want to know how many lip glosses I have lying around!

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

Maybelline Cat Eyes Colossal Volume Express Mascara Review♥

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Hello All!
I thought this mascara would be a winner because of the fabulous commercial and super cute packaging, but alas, those  lying bastards product designers at Maybelline Corporate had me fooled!
This mascara is not awful, but there are much better ones out there.
I personally am a religious follower of the CoverGirl Lash Blast Volume (The one in the fat orange tube in Very Black), but the promise of this description and the metallic leopard print wand, I couldn’t resist cheating on Lash Blast just this once!
First of all, I wasn’t a giant fan of the brush, the bristles are not as close together as the Lash Blast brush that I had become accustomed too. The closer the bristles are the more lashes the brush can coat, at least, that has been my experience for myself and applying makeup on others.

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I did like the curved brush because it helped me get the lashes on the ends well coated, but it did not get the middle ones very well, so I had to keep reapplying to make sure the middle section was well covered.
The brush did not coat and separate my eyelashes very well, after applying a third coat my lashes looked similar to prongs on a fork since they were sticking together so much.
During the day it flaked a little bit, but nothing too dramatic.

All in all, It was a good $6 experiment.

I would much rather use another mascara, I ended up just using another wand for the mascara since I did not want to waste it.
On a scale of 1-10 I would give it a 4. It did make my lashes very dark and the actual mascara (when used with another wand!) did lengthen my lashes a fair amount.
On the bright side, I give it an A+ for the packaging!

 What do yo think of  Maybelline Cat Eyes Colossal Volume?

♥Shelby