♥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

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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)

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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

Free Sample of Origins GinZing Facial Moisturizer♥

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http://www.origins.com/_efb/GinZing_Sample/na
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
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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