Monday, June 19, 2017

How To Get A Perfect Crease Every Time

struggling to learn how to get that perfect crease every time? the answer is simple, tilt back. tilting your head back while applying your making helps stretch out the surface of your eyelid allowing you to apply the details of your eyeshadow more carefully. applying your shadow while your head is upright compresses the surface of your lid making accuracy more difficult.

additionally, you tend to apply the color lower than it should be applied when your head is upright. when your head is tilted back you apply the color directly to the shadowed part of your brow bone which is the perfect location. WARNING: applying your crease color too low can actually make your eyes appear smaller. your lid surface will look wider and bigger when your crease color is applied correctly.

getting the perfect crease every time has never been easier.


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Summer Ready With Curél

I’m sharing Curél® in my life as part of a sponsored series for Socialstars™” #curelskincare #enddryskin

i have officially reached the three month mark for using my Curél Skincare Hydratherapy Wet Skin Moisturizer. i wanted to post a recap of the changes i have noticed in my skin since using the Curél product. winter had come to an end as well as postpartum changes were in FULL swing and my skin was one hot mess. thanks to ever fluctuating hormones it would go from dry, to oil and back to dry all in one day. i started using the Curél Skincare Hydratherapy Wet Skin Moisturizer to see if i could wrangle the craziness of my skin and get it under control. with summer approaching you don't want your skin looking dull and dry, you want it to glow. after using this product for three months i can tell you that this is the beginning of so much more!

my skin is finally retaining moisture, staying balanced (thanks to hormones that are finally leveling out) and looking sun kissed and glowing. i feel so good heading into summer knowing that my skin looks great and feels even better. no more scale-y legs peaking out when i wear dresses or shorts. no more itchy skin underneath my clothing. no more chalky looking skin peaking out of my sleeves. i have kissed all of those issues goodbye and am basking in the glory of moisturized skin.

sure, my lifestyle hasn't slowed down any. it is not like dry skin was holding me back from living. but there IS something to be said about looking and feeling your best. heck, that was why i started this blog in the first place. my goal was to empower readers to look and feel their best and to give you the tools to do that. i wanted readers to feel confident in themselves and their appearance. as we age, our body changes, our needs change and i am here to take that journey with you and share what i have learned along the way.

three months of skin that was no longer itchy, irritated, ashy, oily, or scale-y left me feeling like a new woman! bring on the summer months because i'm ready to show off this glowing skin.


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Johnson & Johnson Travel Hack

 I have been compensated by Johnson & Johnson for this post; however, I am sharing my own thoughts. All opinions are my own. #Johnsonsbeautyhack

ok, lets be real, traveling with an infant can be kind of a logistical nightmare. there are just so many things you have to bring for the baby and add that to all of the kitsch you have to pack for yourself and pretty soon you find yourself akin to a pack mule as you lug your gear through the airport. so how can you cut down on some of that extra baggage? simple, you borrow from your baby. 

this isn't the first time i have made this recommendation. you can read my article here about how great Johnson & Johnson baby products are for everyday use. when it comes to traveling it can all be summed up in one great product - the Johnson & Johnson No More Tears Head-to-Toe Baby Wash. i have recently been sneaking this product from Beau's bath arsenal and using it for myself. i love the way it washes eye makeup (no more stinging thanks to the No More Tears formula), it works great as a face wash thanks to being hypoallergenic and gentle on sensitive skin, it cleans well as a body wash without stripping your skin of essential nutrients and can double as a shampoo when you are in a pinch.

this weekend we are heading to Utah to watch the NCAA Basketball tournament. we are the leaving the older kids home but baby Beau will be making the trip with Tman and me. because we will only be traveling for the weekend i don't want to pack the whole kit and caboodle however sometimes quick trip packing is the most difficult because you are trying to narrow it down to the bare minimum. thankfully i stopped by Walmart to pick up this 9oz bottle of Johnson & Johnson No More Tears wash. it is the perfect size to pack in my carry-on size checked bag and will last the whole weekend for baby, Tman and me. i don't have to worry about packing shaving cream, body wash, face wash, cleansing wipes or shampoo as this will work as a great temporary substitute for all of those products. besides, wouldn't you rather pack one item rather than five??

besides being a great substitute for my own beauty products lets not forget that it makes for a great baby wash. my sweet Beau has some sensitive skin that dries out easily and this body wash is so gentle for his delicate baby skin. plus there is something about the smell of Johnson's products that make you want to smooth your face into the neck of your baby and give them a million kisses.

be sure to check out your local paper for a BOGO Johnson's coupon so that you can snag some great deals on Johnson's products at your local Walmart. in the meantime stop by the Pinterest Board below to get more ideas on how to make the most of your Johnson's baby products:


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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Beautiful Hair With Nexxus

Sponsored post by Mirum Shopper. All opinions are my own. #BeautyFromNexxus

if you follow me on social media you have seen the recent addition of hair extensions to my long locks. i wanted a change and i wanted something that would help me feel better about my hair post baby since postpartum hair loss is in full effect. in order to take care of my delicate postpartum hair as well as my hair extensions i opted to try Nexxus Therappe and Humectress from Walmart. they help to replenish hair hydration and lock in moisture for up to 24 hours. each product has a caviar and protein complex that Nexxus has carefully worked to extract from nature and then perfect by science. this protein complex helps maintain vital moisture in hair in addition to helping your hair feel soft. in a nutshell it helps develop the best version of your hair, naturally.

the great thing about Nexxus is that even though it is a salon grade product it is something you can pick up on your next trip to Walmart. you can find it in the hair care aisle and you are quickly on your way. plus, you don't want to miss out on the current deal they are offering for Nexxus products. right now you can get $3 off of one product coupon as an FSI and add that to the current Rollback of $2 off 33oz products you can score a GREAT deal on these products.

i absolutely LOVE the way these products make my hair feel. combined with my new extensions and i am definitely feeling my best. now when i grab my favorite handbag and go i can do it with the confidence that my hair looks and feels great.


Thursday, April 20, 2017

Olay Daily Facials Head to Head Match-Up

This content was sponsored by Olay but all thoughts and opinions are my own. I hope you enjoy following along! #ad

I love a good head-to-head competition and when I was asked to see how Olay Daily Facials Daily Clean 4-in-1 Water Activated Cleansing Cloths matched up against other cleansing facial wipes I was definitely on board. As a mom of four, my time is precious and any product that can eliminate a step or two in my daily routine is definitely something I am interested in.

The Olay Daily Facials are refreshing for your skin. They are a 4-in-1 water activated cleansing cloth. The specially textured cloths have the cleansing power of a scrub, toner, mask and cleanser to gently exfoliate your skin. You can use them daily to remove dirt, oil and makeup (p.s. even mascara! It is so gentle on your eyes, pinky swear). These cleansing cloths combine a soap-free lather and Olay's amazing power to condition your skin, leaving it clean, hydrated and smooth. (After washing my face, I use the cloth to wipe down my bathroom sink for a quick clean. Two birds, one stone for the win!)

The cleansing cloths are textured with soft cleansing pockets that gently break up dirt, oil and makeup. The 4-in-1 formula is a cleanser to wash away dirt and makeup, toner to tone skin with an essential cleansing formula, mask to hydrate with specialized Olay conditioners and a scrub to exfoliate and smooth your skin's surface. Simply wet with water, rub to lather, cleans and rinse. You'll get the best results if you use the cloth to rinse.

As part of the head-to-head challenge, I washed my face using a regular makeup remover wipe. After allowing my skin to dry, I used a blotting sheet to see how much oil and residue was left on my skin after washing.

I tried this same test again with the Olay Daily Facials and, once again, after waiting for my skin to dry, I used a blotting sheet to see how much oil and residue was left on my skin after washing. As you can see from the results below, the Olay Daily Facials Daily Clean 4-in-1 Water Activated Cleansing Cloths left virtually NO OIL OR RESIDUE on my skin. Compared to their counterpart, which left my skin splotchy with oil and residue, Olay Daily Facials were the clear winner.

If you are interested in giving Olay Daily Facials Daily Clean 4-in-1 Water Activated Cleansing Cloths a try you can visit You can also find Olay on:





Like I said, as a mom of four, my time is precious and I want to devote as much of it as I can to these cute smiling faces. Olay Daily Facials are a great skincare option for my normal to oily skin. They are not too drying, gentle on my skin and so unbelievably effective in removing makeup.



This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Olay . The opinions and text are all mine.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Get Spring Ready With Curél®

I’m sharing Curél® in my life as part of a sponsored series for Socialstars™ #curelskincare #enddryskin

as winter has come to a close and my postpartum body is slowly bouncing back i have been tackling a number of issues in an effort to get my body feeling as good as it did pre-pregnancy. i have been exercising, working on eating healthier, using products to improve the condition of my hair and battling the war of aging on my face. the one thing i haven't discussed much is dry skin. at the end of my pregnancy my skin was incredibly dry and i experienced issues i have previously not had a problem with: cracked heels, splitting skin on fingertips, flaking skin, bumps on my upper arms. these problems are all a result of dry skin and I have been working to get my skin back to its hydrated, best self.

one of the ways i have done that is with Curél Skincare. it is a new-ish style of body lotion that you apply immediately after your shower. and by immediately i mean before you even towel-dry. yes, it may seem a little weird but it has been proven that applying this lotion while your skin is still wet helps to lock in moisture even better than when you apply it to your skin once dry. getting used to applying your lotion while your skin is still wet can take a while. it is definitely not something you are used and you have to change your 'routine' a bit, but trust me, it is worth it!

i was asked to give this Curél Skincare lotion a try to see if i noticed any improvement and i can definitely say that i have. i am a firm believer in this method of lotion application (our Allergist has recommended a similar style of lotion-ing to help improve serious skin problems like Eczema) as it is really effective in sealing in moisture. it definitely has ended any issues of dry skin and i can't wait until summer when i can expose my soothed skin to the warmth of the outdoors!

one of my favorite things about holding our newborn baby Beau is feeling how soft and gentle his skin is. there is nothing more wonderful than snuggling with a newborn baby and feeling their soft skin. hopefully now when he snuggles with me he feels the exact same way!

you can get more information about Curél Skincare by visiting their website including information on where to buy. 


Thursday, April 13, 2017

Olay Skin 28 Day Study

this post is sponsored by Acorn & Olay however all thoughts and opinions are my own. #28DaysofOlay

there are so many things i am easing myself back into 'post-baby'. exercise is one of them. i began with simple 30 minute workouts that were low impact and have been gradually working my way up to harder, more difficult workouts. same with my diet. at the end of my pregnancy i pretty much ate anything and everything because i was always starving. since i have finished nursing i have been slowing cutting back on sweets and high fat foods and trying to moderate the volume of food i have been eating as well. with all of these changes it only makes sense that i would be doing the same thing with my skincare. pregnancy has a tendency to wreak havoc on your skin and i wanted to slowly ease into a skincare routine that i knew i would (one) be able to stick to and (two) be able to accomplish.

that is where the #28DaysOfOlay study comes in. i was asked to use Olay products for 28 days and see how my skin felt at the end of the 28 days. before beginning i visited the Olay Skin Advisor to determine what products where the best options for me. it is so easy, you visit THIS WEBSITE and quickly snap a photo of yourself without makeup and upload it. the Skin Advisor analyzes your color, eye lines, wrinkles, and more to give you specific product recommendations for your skincare needs that you can easily purchase at Walmart. after i received my recommendations from the online Skin Advisor i snagged my products during my next grocery trip at Walmart.

using the products was so easy. it didn't require a massive amount of steps and it didn't require a massive amount of products. my main concerns were under-eye bags (hello! newborn baby) and fine lines and wrinkles. this lead me to using the Olay Eyes Depuffing Eye Roller and the Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream. both products felt so soothing and soft on my skin and while my results after 28 days were super dramatic i did see an overall improvement in my skin and the Depuffing Eye Roller felt SO GOOD on my skin. the metal ball rollers were soothing and helped to massage away the puffiness. the Micro-Sculpting Cream not only smells ah-mazing it also feels amazing and leaves your skin glowing. 

while my results weren't dramatic i will say i was pleased at the direction my skin is heading and like all things in my life, my slow and steady approach to skincare is providing me with results that i feel great about.