When Makeup and Skincare Unite

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I’ve recently added a few new skincare items into the mix and I’m absolutely thrilled to death with them. With the impending birth of my second child, I’m doing everything I can to streamline my beauty routine, without skimping on much. So, combining skincare with makeup, in the case of the BB cream, was right up my alley.

Words that are attractive to me right now are “blur” and “skin perfector” and “glow”. I’m not sure how many of these will be emanating from within, if you know what I’m saying, with little sleep and hormonal changes, but I can do everything I can with my skincare to fake it!

To be totally honest, this is the first BB cream that I’ve really fallen in love with. I found with others I’ve tried in the past that they are worthlessly sheer or end up making my skin feel rather oily. And I don’t have oily skin, so I hated that issue. I resolved that I just wasn’t a BB cream kind of gal. But, I’ve used Estee Lauder Double Wear Light foundation and loved the coverage, so when I saw the Double Wear All-Day Glow BB Moisture Makeup I knew I had to try it. Could it be a BB cream that provides the right amount of hydration and coverage, without feeling too heavy or oily?

I even set it up for success by using Kiehl’s Micro-Blur Skin Perfector underneath it. This is a dream product on my skin. It goes on like silk, and almost feels like a bit of a makeup primer. It smooths everything out, hides my pores, and even hydrates any dry areas while leaving my skin completely matte. This could easily be used under a BB Cream or liquid foundation, but it would also make powder (loose or pressed) sit perfectly on the skin.

I love when my skin care products not only make my skin better, but it also allows my makeup to wear better too.

Allow me to walk you through how I wear and layer these products. Not shown is me applying the Clinique All About Eyes Serum under my eyes. I did that right after the shower so it had plenty of time to soak in while I applied my eye makeup. I love the metal rollerball on the end of the eye serum. It’s so refreshing and cooling!

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I started with a nickel size amount of Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve face cream. It doesn’t get any better than this for a daily face cream.

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Then I grabbed a pea sized amount of Kiehl’s Micro-Blur Skin Perfector and applied it starting around my nose and working outwards. Of the products I applied on my face, this one feels the softest.

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Other than some dark spots on the tops of my cheeks, which may be related to pregnancy, my skin is blemish-free. So, I just needed a little bit of the Estee Lauder Double Wear All-Day Glow BB Moisture Makeup. This has an SPF of 30, which is fantastic, and keeps my skin balanced all day.

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I finished with a bit of under eye concealer, blush, and a few swipes of mascara on my lower lashes.

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The biggest time saver of all, when it comes to my beauty routine in the morning, is not having to cover up blemishes. My skin wasn’t always this clear, and I remember fussing over broken blemishes and trying to cover them *just right* without the concealer caking up around the spot.

I know I owe it to finding the right products to use on my skin to keep everything balanced, hydrated, clean and even. And seasonally that changes as well. Come summertime, I may skip the Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve day cream and just go with the Micro-Blur Skin Perfector plus the Double Wear All-Day Glow BB Moisture Makeup. There’s likely enough hydration in both of those products to keep my skin from looking dry in the muggy summer days.

This post was created in collaboration with Nordstrom.

Spring Refreshers

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Despite consistently wearing neutrals, I’ve reached the point in my pregnancy where I’m excited about non-maternity clothes. Sure, I only have about 15 days to go, but I’m pretty tired of wearing the same maternity clothes over and over.

For spring, I’m interested in easy to wear, LOOSE AND FLOWY pieces that will seamlessly integrate into my wardrobe. Flats are a must. I can’t remember the last time I wore a wedge or a heel, and simple but interesting accessories will help me feel a little girly and put together.

I actually ordered those adorable striped flats from Target recently but I found them to be slightly snug. My feet are probably a bit swollen at 37 weeks pregnant, so I decided to return them and try them on again mid/late february.

What are you jonesin’ to add to your spring wardrobe? 

Boy or Girl?

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The clock is ticking and pretty soon I’ll know whether or not I have another baby boy OR am surprised with a baby girl!

I have to say, it’s been fun not finding out thus far. There are times I wish I knew, just to prepare his/her nursery a little bit more, but that will just need to happen later! Everyone is guessing that I’m having a girl. I think it’s because I’m carrying wider than I did with David although I did start this pregnancy 10 pounds up from where I started from David. When I look at my naked belly I think I’m carrying pretty much the same. I’d show you but I’m not in the business of causing nightmares.

It wasn’t until very recently that I started shifting David’s clothes and size 5 diapers out of the nursery to make room for tiny onesies and newborn diapers. I got out the box of newborn clothes I had packed up and could not believe how tiny his clothes were. I can barely remember him being that little!

If it’s a boy, seasonally we shouldn’t need to buy too many clothes! David was born in December, and this baby is coming 2/12 (at the latest) so winter clothes and layers will work perfectly. I’ve bought a couple neutral outfits that can go either way, because if it’s a boy I don’t plan on buying much else!

If it’s a girl, there are a few basics that would work from David’s clothes (white/neutral onesies, etc.) but otherwise I might as well hand my credit card over to Baby Gap and just say, “I’ll take one of everything”.

I stayed pretty true to what I imagined I would dress David in as a baby/toddler. We rotate through roughly the same 4-5 pair of pants and about 6-8 shirts. A lot of his shirts come from Target, and his pants come from Baby Gap (they are the only ones not too long on him). I always put him in sweatpants or comfy pants because he’s walking or crawling every where and I want him to be comfortable. I never really liked the baby clothes with certain phrases on the front, and that didn’t change either over the last year.

For a girl, I’m not terribly into the frilly, tutu, glittery type of clothes. Perhaps that is because I’m projecting my own feelings but it seems like it could be uncomfortable to wear as a newborn or little baby. I’m drawn to simple, comfortable, and soft colored clothing for a girl. And I know there is a hair bow to go with just about every single outfit, it’s hard for me to imagine putting one on her on the daily. Or even the weekly. Sometimes they look so tight and painful! My friend did give me some soft jersey headbands (if it’s a girl) recently that are small and flat, and I could see putting my daughter in something like that.

Like I said above, it’s hard to believe that my pregnancy is coming to a close so quickly! Despite a bit of back pain, and definitely “feeling” more pregnant this time around, I would still say I love being pregnant. I’m sure I’ll miss the belly shortly after the baby is here like I did with David, but I am anxiously awaiting the day I hear the first cries and Justin tells me what our newest addition is.

2014 Beauty Favorites

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We’ve all moved onto 2015 with new hopes and plans but I’m still here reflecting on my beauty favorites from the past year.

That’s right folks, I managed to film a 2014 Beauty Favorites video. I am sure I’m forgetting about some product that I adored, but you can search through my monthly favorites if you want to see (in more detail) what I loved over the year!