Mother’s Day Gift? Check!

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My absolute favorite boxes from Birchbox are the special limited edition boxes that are released at various times throughout the year. It is SO fun to open it up and usually hits the nail on the head as far as what is included in it!

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And the Limited Edition Mother’s Day Box? It’s awesome. I mean, the full size Cargo blush was the icing on the cake as I frantically dug around and looked over what was inside!

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I’m not going to give too much away in the post about what is included, but I AM going to offer YOU a chance to win one, thanks to Birchbox generously giving one away!

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Renewing My Skin with Burt’s Bees

bb-1This is the most recent photo I have of my “naked” face. In other words, no makeup (Except for my eyes). My skin has been clear and I’m generally quite happy with it as I’ve progressed through my twenties. I used to deal with fairly regular break outs, but those have since gone away. I do, though, have some minor gripes with the skin on my face. I feel like it’s tired (or maybe I’m just tired?) and rather dull. There isn’t that youthful glow anymore, you know what I mean? So I always reach for my blush and a highlighter after I apply my makeup to compensate for my rather dull skin. Also, there are a few specific areas that are new in the last year or so that are showing my age. And now is a good time to have a brief chat about aging. I’m not the kind of gal that is trying to fight growing older. It’s going to happen, and I’ll embrace and roll with the changes as they come. I think aging gracefully is so much prettier than taking extreme measures to cover up or physically change your face. That said, these are specific areas that wouldn’t top the list of “Things I Love About My Face”. bb2

Burt’s Bees new Renewal line is all about refining and hydrating your skin so it looks its best. Under eye cream excites me, so I’m really looking forward to diligently applying the Renewal Smoothing Eye Cream and looking to see the progress in a few weeks.

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The Renewal Firming Day Lotion is supposed to help restore the “glow”, and as my makeup lightens up in the warmer months, I’d love to have a glowing base to start with! Anyway, there are really positive claims about using this line for 4 weeks. 96% of women using the entire line saw improvements in the lines and wrinkles in their face. While that isn’t my biggest complaint for my skin right now, I’m never opposed to going to preventative route when it comes to skincare. Be sure to check back for my follow up post after using the line for a few weeks!

A little nursery spruce

Luke officially moved into his nursery when he was about 6 weeks old. Until then he was sleeping in Justin and my room, but he tends to be grunty in the morning so we kicked him out.

He’s doing really well sleeping at night in his nursery, and taking naps in there during the day!

Anyway, I didn’t do anything to the nursery prior to Luke’s arrival because Justin and I didn’t know if we were having a boy or a girl. So, if it was a girl I was planning on incorporating a little lavender in there to make it more feminine. And it if was going to be a boy, I wasn’t going to change much!

But I did want to make it a little special for Luke so he didn’t look back and see that he was just plopped into David’s room, you know?

I have a few more projects I’m working on to freshen it up in there, but the first step was adding new linens.

I didn’t want to give up entirely on the grey theme since the linens David used are still perfectly good, but it’s nice to see the crib looking a little updated!

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You can find details about the original nursery here, but I’ll run through what is pictured above.

The crib is from Pottery Barn Kids, as well as the mobile and the elephant you see to the left of the crib. The baskets are from Target or Home Goods. The photo above the crib is from Creature Comforts which may have gone out of business as I cannot find it online.

The Solid crib skirt, Diamond crib sheet and Sticks play blanket are gifts from Oilo Studio. They kindly asked me to pick a few items out from their store, and it was TOUGH to decide! I love the darker grey against the white, and the Sticks play blanket is nice a sturdy for even using outside on a sunny day. This likely goes without saying, but the blanket doesn’t stay on the crib when Luke is sleeping in it.

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Luke is clearly thrilled with the changes.

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A few wardrobe staples

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Does this photo stress you out? There’s a lot happening here. Sorry about that. I tried to take nicer photos of my outfit but I happen to have relocated my office to quite possibly the worst lit room in my home, and full body shots are rather challenging in it. Also, in the spirit of full disclosure, my post-baby body isn’t exactly what I would call “camera ready”. Should I be alarmed that my cat Grits “makes biscuits” on my belly because it’s soft and warm? Meh, perhaps. On the other hand, at least Luke has a nice, soft place to lay as I nurse him. Maybe I’ll hang onto my rolls for his sake. What baby would want to lay on rock hard abs in order to eat a meal? Not my baby. In fact, it would be cruel for me to lose this baby weight and provide too hard of a surface for him to eat on. Cruel I tell you! I should probably go get a Snapper or something to make sure I stay soft and comfortable in the belly region for my son.

I’m doing it for him, okay?

What was that? Oh you are seeing right through my embarrassment and excuses?

Oh.

Let’s move on.

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I’m in a season of casual, simple & minimal when it comes to style. And I’m totally good with that. Occasionally I miss getting dressed up a bit like I did when I worked behind the chair, but for the most part I like the easy-going comfort of casual clothes.

And I pretty much alternate the same 3 outfits over and over and over again.

SSone, two: earrings/watch, three, four(I have these!), five, six

These are on major repeat in my weekly wardrobe. And frankly, I think I’d wear anything pictures above in any stage of life, mom or not.

MMMmyeahhhh let’s just say I understand why Zella named these the “Live-In Leggings”. It’s all I’ve been living in lately. I really think they live up to the hype, especially having worn them now for about a month. They do NOT slide down, like some leggings can, and they look brand new even after a lot of washes.

I love the raw look of Herkimer diamond earrings (I have these and wear them often!). They can be super casual, but they are also unique!

And the New Balance kicks from J. Crew were something I gave a lot of thought to. I wasn’t sure if I would wear them much, but I’m grabbing them 3-4 times a week!

I’m looking forward to adding a few casual dresses into my wardrobe this spring too!

A Dual Use Powder Foundation from Urban Decay

I’m a liquid foundation kind of gal. I use it on the daily, and have tried a handful of different ones over the years. But, I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, I like to skip the liquid and stick with a full-coverage powder in the summer months.

It can get pretty swampy and sticky here in Raleigh in the summertime, and the last thing I want is to feel like my face is melting off.

I was temped by this foundation by Urban Decay ‘Naked Skin’ Ultra Definition Powder so I bought it at Nordstrom. I loved that it’s buildable, and I also thought it would be cool to try it wet AND dry.

I gave it a go the other day and holy cow I loved it. It did exactly what Urban Decay claimed it would do, which I find impressive in the foundation realm. So often foundations claim to be luminous or matte or sheer or full-coverage, and it doesn’t always play out that way when I apply it to my skin. And sure, everyone’s skin is different, but all that to say this foundation lives up to it’s description.

I started with moisturized skin (my eye makeup was finished already!) .

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I dampened the sponge, swiped it across the powder, and pressed/smudged it onto the areas of my face that tend to look red or uneven. For me, that’s around my nose, between my eyebrows, and at the tops of my cheeks where I’m battling a bit of melasma left over from pregnancy.

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For the rest of my face, I grabbed my large fluffy brush and dusted on the powder dry.

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To finish, I popped a bit of blush on my cheeks and hit the high points of my face with my Hourglass Luminous Light Ambient Lighting Powder.
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 top: Anthropologie, lipstick: Smashbox Be Legendary Long Wear Lip Lacquer in Coral

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The shade I chose, and I decided to live in the edge and buy it online, was Fair Neutral. And it matched my pale complexion perfectly. I love that there’s a neutral or warm option on the color range. . . more foundations should consider that in their products. This quick quiz will help you determine if you are cool or warm toned!

So if you too are looking for a light-weight but full-coverage foundation, I’d really recommend looking into this one! It truly is a matte finish, so it’s essentially as if you are using two products in one: a full coverage liquid + a powered to matte it out.

This post was sponsored by Nordstrom but all opinions are my own. Like, if you ran into me on the street these days, and asked me what foundation I’m wearing, it would be this one.