2020 Holiday Gift Guide

Happiest of holidays to you all!

This year has brought with it many a crappy thing.  Corona, Charli D’Amelio, wildfires. I am sure you are all aware. Today I would like to provide a list of what Martha calls “good things”. Items that warrant perpetuating good ol’ fashioned consumer-driven materialism. Sure to provide the giver with all the warm fuzzies  and the recipient with some quality goods.

Here we go!

Makeup/Beauty

Casablanca Eyelashes & Adhesive – $20, $15

  • Perfect for: That person who loves a false lash! This is a small brand and you are sure to impress.
  • My description: Lashes that are comfortable, fluffy and gorgeous and idiot-proof glue.

Formula 10.0.06 Soak It In Vitamin C Revitalizing Lip Balm – $4

  • Perfect for: A person living in a cold climate with lips!
  • My description:  It’s like a blanket for your lips, with a very subtle sweet orange scent.

L’Occitane Almond Shower Oil – $25

  • Perfect for: Anyone with dry skin.
  • My Description: This is the ultimate in moisturization for the bath/shower.

Lyda BeautyLydLyda Beauty Cleopatra Cat Eye Stamp – $25

  • Perfect for: The person on your list with chronic uneven winged liquid liner.
  • My Description: This eyeliner glides on like a dream and the cat-eye stamp on one end makes achieving the perfect wing a CINCH. I did my liner in the above photo in approx. 20 seconds.

Home

David Rose Travel Mug/Mug – $18, $11

  • Perfect for: The rampant Schitt’s Creek fan or someone named David or (in my case) someone married to David.
  • My Description: I hear Moira and Alexis’ voice every time I see this.

First Edition Little Women Framed Cover Art – $65

  • Perfect for: The literary!
  • My Description: How cute would this be in a lil’ reading nook? They also have Pride & Prejudice, The Secret Garden and several others. The site Uncommon Goods has some really neat stuff (yes, I just said neat).

Oster Cordless Wine Opener – $17

  • Perfect for: The budding wino (read: all of us).
  • My description: Sadly this might be my most used household gadget. It also comes  with a handy dandy foil cutter.

SOi Alluring Amber Shimmer Candle – $18

  • Perfect for: Just about anyone who appreciates a good smellin’ home with a feminine touch!
  • My Description: A candle that smells amazing and doubles as a very nice Q-tip holder afterwards.

Kids

Scenties Hair Ties & Scrunchies – $7, $11

  • Perfect for – The scrunchie or hair accessory obsessed pre-tween.
  • My description – These are stretch and sniff hair ties y’all. A kid with some Scenties around their wrist is definitely going to MAD COOL.

Rainbow Suitcase Set – $33

  • Perfect for: Any child like mine who enjoys, wait for it… opening and closing things. And also…putting things inside of other things.
  • My Description: These are cute and functional! A gift that would please both the child and their parent.

Sleeping Beauty Replica Journal –  $30

  • Perfect for: The emotional, die-hard Disney enthusiast.
  • My Description: I audibly gasped when I saw this at the Disney Store. It is as stunning as it appears. And yes, it is a journal. Could there be a more majesty place to write down your T&F?

Hess Trucks – Prices Range

  • Perfect for: Any little kid (or big!) who appreciates trucks or cars or things that go!
  • My Description: These are top of the line toy trucks. So realistic and detailed.

Clothing/Accessories

Minnetonka Men’s Moose Hide Fleece Moccasins – $77

  • Perfect for: The man with huge-ass feet.
  • My Description: My husband wears a 15. Any shoes is hard to come by for him, but especially slippers. These go up to a 16X and he absolutely loves them.

Nordstrom Frosted Plush Robe – $79

  • Perfect for: Anyone who is ALWAYS cold.
  • My description: This is the the warmest, most buttery soft piece of robe I have ever felt.

Cath Kidston Pajamas – $54 (on sale)

  • Perfect for: Your mom
  • My description: The cutest printed pajamas I have ever seen. And they’re from the UK, cheerio!

Men’s Patagonia Nano-Puff Jacket – $199

  • Perfect for: Any male living in the PNW.
  • My Description: A wardrobe staple, this jacket is lightweight, warm and waterproof!

My Little Mascara Club Review

Greetings friends and happy summer!

Today I bring you another review and this time we’re talkin’ my all-time favorite makeup product…MASCARA! I feel like putting mascara on is one life’s real, honest to goodness pleasures. Seeing those lashes go from drab to fab…I mean, what is better?

And also, I don’t know about you guys but now more than ever, I have been appreciating the small things in life. You know? The beautiful, picture-perfect rose in my neighbor’s yard. The new bath mat that fit perfectly in front our sink. Someone at the store telling me they like my tie-dye sweatshirt. You get it.

It is abundantly apparent that the folks at My Little Mascara Club appreciate the small things, because the attention to detail in their products is unrivaled. These wonderful folks sent me the Lovely Gift Set to try out and well, just feast your eyes.

First of all, can we just admire this packaging for a sec? Everything from the mailer…

To the boxes…

(Which btw, what a great company slogan) And inside, they send a FORTUNE COOKIE!

I MEAN!

Included in this gift set is:

The Best Little Mascara Ever – Length + Definition

Fresh Micellar Water with Cucumber

Erase Reusable Mascara Remover Wipes

 

The mascara features natural bristles and did a great job of lengthening and separating. I find small wands SO much easier to control than the full-size bulky wands. Here’s how it looks on me:

The micellar water + erase wipes however, might be my absolute favorite from the set. The micellar water smells like cucumbers and virtually eliminated every stitch of mascara with EASE. I was honestly kinda shocked. Plus, the reusable mascara wipes are super soft and you can just throw them in the laundry. I am seriously hooked.

Overall, I cannot believe how much I loved all the products from My Little Mascara Club. Even more crazy, they are all vegan and cruelty-free! I would definitely recommend this brand and will definitely keep en eye on them for new products!

 

2020 Beauty Haul

A good ol’ fashioned haul is what the world needs right now amiright!?

Along with love, sweet love, of course.

Gone are the days of buying multiple new products from the eye-catching stands at the drugstore. Or casually picking up a few things from Sephora just cuz. Disposable income in our house is now put towards pragmatic items like baby food pouches, GD toilet paper and value sized bottles of Liberty Creek Pinot Gris.

C’est la vie.

Excitingly, I have accumulated enough over the last 3.5 months for what I have deemed to be a proper beauty haul. Let’s get to it.

Real Techniques Miracle Remedy Sponges

These are my favorite way to blend out my under eye concealer hands down! I already have a set that was looking a little worse for the wear so it was time to upgrade.

Urban Decay Perversion Mascara

Was gifted this from sister Rachel. I have heard amazing things about it and will be using it soon as it is next in my rotation. Anyone out there a fan of this?

Davines Liquid Spell Bodifying Fluid

My SIL Shannon gave me a Davines gift set for Christmas, containing this product. It was perfect timing because I was just about to go out and get a thickening product from Bumble and Bumble. You guys already know about my epic postpartum hair loss and this stuff is helping immensely by adding tons more volume to my hair.

Too Faced Primed & Poreless Pressed Powder

My sister Megan gave me this powder for my bday! The verdict is still kinda out. Not sure I love it more than the Laura loose translucent but I will tell you it does make the skin look airbrushed. Which hey, is kinda the best.

Too Faced Natural Lust Bronzer

This bronzer is gorgeous! Megan also fave me this for Christmas and the dual-tone gives such a lovely, natural finish to the skin. I love applying this with a big fluffy bronzer brush and focusing the colors on the natural contours of my face.

Urban Decay Naked Skin Highlighting Fluid

This highlighter (from Rachel!) comes in a lipgloss-type component making the application wonderful for very specific application. I enjoy drawing a line down the bridge of my nose and on my cupids bow and gently blending with my finger. It looks lovely, provides a nice sheen with subtle sparkle and last a long time.

Wet’n’Wild Bretman Rock 3-in-1 Face Mist

I have used this face mist a few times and so far I LOVE it. The mister is really good and produces a perfect amount of product. It smells like coconut sunscreen. And I really like the dewy effect it gives my skin. Love the packaging too!

Colourpop Brow Boss Pencil in Blonde

I am almost out of my Anastasia Brow Whiz in Taupe and did not feel like shelling out $20 so I am trying this one. I have high hopes!

Elf Hydrating Camo Concealer

YOU GUYS. I may have found a new holy grail concealer.

I got the original Camo Concealer about a year ago (in this haul) and aside from a few random uses it hasn’t really gotten much use. The original camo concealer was just too much. It was like paint. VERY high coverage, matte, and it dried down in less than 10 seconds. I only used it when I wanted a super beat face. Which let’s be honest, is not very often for me.

I feel like this new hydrating formula completely kicks the original’s ass. It is better in every way – does not dry down as quickly, does not settle into fine lines and does not take much to set. It is perfection and I am in love.

Kiss Press-On Nails

Full disclosure, I was sent these products for free from Influenster. If you are at all interested in getting boxes filled with free product and have a  fair amount of Facebook or Instagram followers, click here to sign up. It’s free.

I am really excited to take these nails for a spin. Last time I used press-on nails I was completely surprised at how long they lasted and how amazing they looked. These ones are gorgeous and perfectly shaped.

And that’s my haul guys. Hope you enjoyed! Now I am off to the store where I plan to fill my car with Digiorno pizza for the apocalypse.

 

Current Makeup Lineup

Howdy ho!

Today I am back with a makeup-related post. FINALLY right?! I know I have been harping on and on about babies and the glamorous life I do lead a little too much lately. But it is HARD to talk makeup when life is a total circus.

But makeup is what I love. It is what I am hear for. And maybe even you too. So here, my friends, is what I have been putting on my face as of late.

Foundation

When it comes to foundation, I have come to the conclusion that I am a very big fan of a slight dewy or luminous finish. Strong emphasis on the word slight. When a foundation is too dewy, or too sheer, I find that it almost makes my skin looks worse. And the same goes for a matte finish. It makes my skin look old, and overdone.

I have recently tried a few foundations that fit this bill, but none have even compared to my love for the Flower Beauty Light Illusion Foundation, in shade L2. This formula is SO GOOD. Click here to read a full review of this.

Concealer

The concealer I am using at the moment is the Too Faced Born this Way. The coverage is great and it does not settle into fine lines. I mostly wear this one under my eyes and I do not have issues with creasing or dryness.

Powder

I use the Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder to set my entire face and under my eyes. There are few powders that I like for BOTH the face and the under eye, and this is easily my fave.

Bronzer/Contour

My favorite bronzer at the moment has to be the Soleil Tan De Chanel. It is perfect. It always looks natural and beautiful and I always feel bougie putting it on.

BLUSH

I have been really into bright pink blushes lately. For years, I was stuck on the peachy warm colors but I find they just blend right into my bronzer. A nice pop of pink is so much more natural looking on me and adds a much-needed brightness to my face.

Another fave has been cream blushes! They work great with the Chanel bronzer and can look so much more natural than a powder blush. My favorites as of late have been:

Wet’n’Wild Color Icon Blush in Pearlescent Pink

Tarte Cheek Stain in Flush

 

Brows

I am still using (and loving) the gool ol’ Anastasia Brow Whiz pencils. I use taupe and soft brown to lightly fill in my brows and the colors work perfectly on me depending on how long it’s been since I’ve had my hair done.

Mascara

I am currently using the Grande Lash mascara. While it is not my absolute favorite, it is a really nice formula. I also like that it is actually good for my lashes. I recently got this set from my sister in law Shannon, which contains a Grande Lash serum and mascara.

Liner

You guys! I found the best drugstore eyeliner ever! And it is $3. Say hello to the Essence Extreme Lasting Eye Pencil Waterproof in Blacklove. It does not move and is SO black!

Highlight

I have so many highlights that I wear on a regular basis. The one I reach for most often is still my good ol’ Makeup Revolution Goddess of Faith. It works perfectly with my pale skin!

What have YOU been using lately?

Makeup Revolution Conceal and Hydrate Review

Good day little buttons!

I’m back with you today for a review of some v exciting products.

Those of you that know me well, are well aware of my affinity for a dewy face. It has yet to dew me wrong! (Sorry – hard for me not to pun when it strikes like that). So when I saw that Makeup Revolution had released a new sister concealer (that is hydrating!) to the ever-popular Conceal and Define – I knew I had to try!

When I went to Ulta to grab it, I realized two things:

  1. There was also a Conceal and Hydrate foundation
  2. Ulta was running a gift with purchase for spending $15 on Makeup Revolution

Mystery GWP

The tightwad and makeup hoarder inside of me was singing! I happily grabbed both, used $3 in points I had been banking and was on my merry way. When I got to the car, I tore into the mystery GWP I was just handed and let out a gasp.

There was a good $50 worth of products in there! See below:

So exciting!

I was looking forward to trying out the lipsticks especially, until I saw the colors…maybe for Halloween?

Anyway, let’s get on to the foundation review!

I opted for shade F3 after doing some quick jawline swatches with the in-store testers. I had Clara with me and doing this one-handed was no easy task. 

I was pleasantly surprised to learn they put a pump on this version, rather than the large doe foot applicator. I am a big fan of the pump.

Now, onto the concealer!

I went with shade C2. Again, I wish I had more time to select the right shade but MOM LIFE.

Onto application! Here we are fresh-faced. Here, I am wearing moisturizer, primer and eye cream.

Here is photographic proof of why you should stay the F out of the sun.

I decided that I would try a beauty sponge AND a makeup brush with the foundation. 

Flower Beauty Sponge

Sephora Mini Airbrush

The color was a pretty good match for me. Maybe a teensy bit too light, but overall not bad. One pump of this stuff covered my whole face and the consistency is more on the watery side.

Here we are with one coat of the foundation. I did not apply under my eyes.

As you can see, one layer does not provide full coverage. I did dot a little more directly on my sun spots directly, which did provide a bit more coverage.

Now, onto the concealer. (C’s sweet face in the background hahaaaaa). The color of the concealer was just a tad too dark. I do enjoy me a very light concealer.

Here we are all serious and blended out.

I really liked the concealer right away! Good coverage, VERY hydrating and easy to blend out. 

For fun, I decided to dip into some of the freebies to finish off the look! Here is the contour pallete in Fair.

Of course I had to dip my finger RIGHT ON INTO the highlight shade to see what it was packing. It is actually a really gorgeous highlight!

Here we are contoured, blushed and highlighted! I also set my face with the Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder FTW.

To finish, I added some mascara – this is the YSL The Shock mascara. It is a good one but you know how I feel about prestige mascaras. Drugstore mascara 4 LIFE.

Here we are with a little bit of brows and mascara on.

You can see a tiny part of Clara’s little hand in the bottom right of this photo.

Next, I decided to try the flawless foil eyeshadow.

There did not seem to be any directions provided on the box, but the liquid inside indicated it was a primer, so I placed a drop or two on my finger and patted it on my lids. Then, I dipped into the shadow (again, with my finger) and was surprised that it had a creamy texture. I patted the product on top of the primer and was left with the following effect.

Definitely pretty, but I am not sure it is worth the fuss of doing two separate steps. 

And can I get an amen for my lashes? 

I am telling you guys, go get you some Grande Lash. It works very, very well.

Overall – I liked both the foundation and concealer. I think I like the concealer a little better but I need to get a slightly lighter shade. The foundation is nice but I do not think it is ground-breaking. I do like the finish on the skin and how little of the product you need to cover the whole face.

Special thanks to my trusty sidekick Clara. 

Spring Makeup Haul

Hello dumplin’ flowers!

Spring is in the air isn’t it? I can always tell because without warning my nose starts itching like a sonofagun and drip-drip-drips like a leaky faucet. It is bittersweet, that feeling of a looming allergy attack mixed with the burst of pure glee from 2 hour pockets of 65 degree sunshiney weather! Bring it on.

And with the change of seasons always comes the downpour of new products. Here are some recent purchases I thought I would share.

ColourPop Super Shock Eyeshadow in Ladybird

 

 

This shade and formula is just mesmerizing. SO much pigment and super fine glitter packed into a velvety, almost creamy consistency. I cannot quit these shadows. They are too good.

L’Oreal Shake and Glow Dew Mist

I bought a little bottle of this based off a recommendation from my seester Megan. I can confirm that it is in fact a new favorite and a full sized version will be purchased. It does exactly what it claims to do, providing a gorgeous dewy finish to the skin. Plus it smells amazing!

Essence Extreme Lasting Eye Pencil in Blacklove

This I purchased based off a recommendation from Kristin Gehm. She uses all kinds of super high-end makeup, yet this $3 pencil remains her holy grail water line eyeliner. I had to give it a shot and I can confirm that it STAYS PUT in the water line and is also great as typical eyeliner too. It is richly black and glides on with ease.

Essence Make me Brow in Blonde

This was a re-purchase. I really like this little eyebrow gel. It is nicely tinted and the color is perfect for me. It is great for those days where I do not have time to do a full brow but is also wonderful as a last step when I am doing a full brow.

St. Tropez Self Tan Purity Bronzing Water Face Mist

This little stinker was a b*tch to track down! I have wanted a tanning water ever since Sephora discontinued their gradual self tanning water that I loved. I strongly dislike applying self-tan lotions, mousses or gels to my face because I always feel like they are too intense. I loved the “gradual” aspect of the Sephora brand one, and I could apply it with a cotton pad like you would a toner. When I saw that St. Tropez had a “water-based” face mist, I knew I wanted to try it. So far, I really like it. Of course it is a cinch to apply and the color is not too intense at all.

Elf Camo Concealer

I am considering doing a full review of this stuff, for all the hype it has received. At this point, I can confirm it is a bulletproof, super high-coverage formula. It is like paint. It dries super quickly and is quite troublesome to blend. It is very drying (read: I DO NOT set it with a powder) but is also wearable with a good eye cream underneath. The jury’s still out on whether or not I love it or hate it, but one thing is for sure – it’s a $5 concealer that will cover ANYTHING.

And that’s all for now! xoxo

Hard Candy Spring Collection Haul

Hi there gerber daisies!

And who is ready for Spring?! Of course you know I am. Unfortunately I live in Portland, where we experience a seemingly endless gray drizzle most of the year. Of course right now it is the worst and so begins my annual let’s-move-to-Scottsdale Arizona rant. Do I know anyone in Scottsdale? NO. Have I ever been to Scottsdale? NO. Would I move there in the blink of an eye after 4 months of nonstop rain and the relentless use of a Happy Light? Why, YES. Yes I would.

One of the only things that keeps me sane during these endless rain-fests is the promise of beautiful Portland summers. And recently, I was sent a lovely box of brand spanking new Hard Candy goodies from the spring collection. What a way to lighten up a dark Portland day!

Here are the goods!

Baked Powder Highlighting Trio in Make the First Mauve

This highlighting trio comes with three shades that create a beautiful, sculpted, glowy cheek! This set also comes with a brush which is really reat quality.

Overall I really like this product. I used the farthest right shade as a blush, the middle shade as a cheek-topper on the apples of my cheeks and the far left shade as a traditional highlight. The effect is gorgeous.

Stroke of Gorgeous 12-Hour Smudge Proof Felt Tip Eyeliner

I have not tried this eyeliner yet but I promise to report back!

Sheer Envy Redness Relief Face Serum

I do not have much trouble with redness but I am sure this will come in handy during the summer months! Green Tea and Cucumber would be so soothing! I plan to actually put this stuff in the fridge and use it cold.

Just Glow All Over Body Luminizer

First of all, this product smells AMAZING. Beachy, coconutty and fresh. It comes with a pump and it absorbed into the skin nicely, comparable to a light body oil/gel hybrid. It does leave behind a subtle sparkle

Swatched:

Glitteratzi Glitter and Chrome Eyeshadow Duo in Mercury Rising

This product is really stunning! The “chrome” end is super opaque and a really gorgeous rose gold shade. The glitter is SUPER beautiful and comparable to the Stila Glitter and Glow maybe just a little bit less saturated. But at $7 a pop, I might have to pick up a couple more of these colors!

I am so excited to continue to use these products into the spring. Maybe if I start now, it will happen sooner!

Thanks again Hard Candy! Check out or purchase these products by clicking here. #hardcandylyfe