My Grown Up Daily Beauty Routine #MomStyleMonday

This post contains affiliate links.  Happy Monday mamas! So excited that you stopped by for my very first #MomStyleMonday! I shared last week how we were going to kick off this fun series and we are, starting with some new beauty and skincare items that have become a huge part of my daily beauty routine. But first, I just want to add that I would love to see you hashtag anything that you post on social media with our #MomStyleMonday hashtag so that I can also follow along with what you are doing that's helping you rock your mom style. Anyways, as I've turned 30 this year, I've learned a lot about myself. I know that I needed to change the way I was eating and exercising after the holidays, so I started Whole30, which prompted a whole lifestyle change. I've learned that I have total control over my happiness and exactly what really does make me happy. And I've also learned that my daily beauty routine needed a kick in the butt. Gone are the days where I can buy drugstore makeup and skincare products, I need high quality products for my daily beauty routine. And you know what? I'm totally worth it and so are you! So today, I introduce you to the brand that's become a huge part of my grown up daily beauty routine: Colleen Rothschild Beauty.  Most likely,  you've heard of this luxurious skincare brand (ahem, their Vitamin C Treatment Complex is a cult favorite). If not, today I'm formally introducing you. They are truly skincare experts and a brand I have … [Read more...]

DIY At Home Day At The Spa In A Jar Tutorial

  Ok mamas, if you're anything like me, you're getting a bit overwhelmed with holiday stuff at this point, am I right? It's the week of running around to tie up any loose gifting ends and get all those last minute things for stocking or people we accidentally forgot (oops). I'm sharing my new favorite gift that is SO easy to make, really fun to receive and easy on your bank account: the DIY at home day at the spa in a jar. Your friends will use every single piece that's included, while they get a few minutes to themselves to enjoy it. So cute, right? How to make the spa day in a jar Here's what you need to complete this super easy DIY: Unscented Epsom Salt (this bag will only cost you $7.99 for 2 pounds) Your favorite essential oil (I used Lavender, it's my favorite!) A single use face mask (My favorites are Masque Bar as they come in sets of 3) 2 nail polishes (I like to include Sally Hansen Top Coat and Sally Hansen Cool Cucumber - my favorite this season!) Contigo Shake and Go Tumbler Simply add a half cup of the epsom salts to your open tumbler and drop in about 5 drops of your essential oils. Give it a good shake and then fold in the face mask and add your nail polishes. Close the lid on tight, throw in a holiday bag and you are ready to go! Check out my video below for a little extra inspiration to see just how easy it is to make! Watch my quick video here: I seriously can't recommend making these in mass quantities for … [Read more...]

My Secret For Voluminous Hair

This post was developed in partnership with Women’s Rogaine®. All opinions are my own. Mom to mom: our bodies change drastically every single pregnancy. With Branden, I had some pretty positive side effects (as in, my metabolism sped up and I was finally able to lose weight), but with Blake, I'm struggling with super dry, thin hair and skin. I'm finding my hair everywhere and my already thin tresses are losing more volume everyday. Since hair loss runs in my family, I knew that I need a change and a volume boost, no just for the holiday season, but for my daily routine. So, I turned to Women’s Rogaine® and sharing style tips + spilling the beans on my secret for voluminous hair. So obviously I've been having some major "hairapy" because you can see that these is some natural volume happening here. Some of my favorite styling tips for thinning hair comes from Celebrity Stylist Jill Crosby, who always recommends starting with the scalp, “keeping the scalp clear of waxy buildup creates a better environment for hair regrowth. I recommend shampooing every other day, for every type of hair.” My hair is super thin, so I always overlooked this important fact, but have started adopting it as part of my routine and not only does it help give me volume, it saves me time in the shower. Jill aslo recommends playing with your part, “Experiment with flipping your part to the opposite side. By adding a little texture spray to the roots you can get a new voluminous flip started. Or try a … [Read more...]

Kissing Beauty Pain Good-Bye

This post was sponsored by Sensodyne® as part of an influencer activation for Influence Central. Sensodyne® compensated me in connection with statements made in this post.  All opinions expressed in this post are my own. I've said it already, I know, but I turned 30 this year. (Whomp, whomp.) But with 30 came a total no nonsense type attitude and the realization that I need to stop putting myself through so much when it comes to my beauty routine. Come on, you know what I mean. The pain. The hurt from so many different procedures we do on a weekly/monthly basis. I’m saying “buh-bye” to the pain for good. I've always had sensitive teeth. Now, you can turn to Sensodyne® True White® for a whiter smile and sensitivity relief, without the compromise. Back in my college days my girlfriends and I used to gather around our favorite beauty mags and choose different treatments to try out that came with so many different promises. With age, came the knowledge to make better decisions and know that more pain doesn’t mean more beauty. In fact, it means the opposite. Beauty shouldn’t be painful. So fast forward almost 10 years and today I stand as an adult making super informed decisions for my everyday life. I have chosen not to live with sensitive teeth anymore and missing out on eating my favorite foods (or eating them extra slow) just because. I am faced with better options in my life like Sensodyne® True White® – and you best bet that I am going to take it. Did you know … [Read more...]

Going Back to Basics For Winter Skincare

This is a sponsored post written for Neutrogena. I was compensated and provided complimentary products for this post. All opinions are my own. Beautiful, chilly weather with snow falling all around us is certainly ahead. While these moments are filled with fun and excitement for the upcoming holiday season, it also plays a role in the condition of our delicate skin. I keep stressing this to everyone: our skin is our largest organ and we need to be kind to it. I have always made sure to switch to a more intense skincare routine during the winter months, but after having Blake, my skin took a turn for the extra dry and I knew I needed something more. Neutrogena Body Oil is the product that I added to my routine this winter and I honestly can't imagine my day to day without it at this point. This year, Neutrogena Body Oil is celebrating its 50th anniversary which totally speaks volumes about this product. Beauty products come and go very quickly, so having one on store shelves for 50 years tells that it's a favorite of many people. (Check out the awesome vintage ad below from oh so many years ago - this product is a staple for so many!) I've been a fan of replacing body moisturizer with oil during the winter months for quite some time, starting with my face, but I love that this light sesame oil formula instantly absorbs into skin, sealing in moisture without a greasy after-feel. I don't have to worry about it soaking through to my clothes - it simply leaves my skin soft, … [Read more...]

I Tried a Waist Cincher for Postpartum and Here’s What Happened

This post contains affiliate links.  The things we do in the name of beauty, right? All jokes aside, I was so excited throughout my pregnancy to try out my Belly Bandit Mother Tucker Corset Waist Cincher for postpartum because I was curious about how it would help me get back to my original figure. (Spoiler alert: I wish that I would start using it sooner, but probably for different reasons than you think.) So here I am today, on the first Monday after totally indulging for Thanksgiving and really, really baring it all for you. None of these pictures were photoshopped, just brightened up. And the after picture was literally taken this morning so that I could give you the most accurate results. So first things first, I want you to know a little bit more info about using a waist cincher. Basically its the art of wrapping the midsection to help take inches off the waist - kinda like wearing a corset. Why is wearing a waist cincher for postpartum so great? It helps your body get back to it's pre-pregnancy shape quicker by essentially shrinking your uterus back down to original size. These are also great for helping with your c-section recovery as well. The Belly Bandit ones are a tad bit more expensive (the one I linked is about $89), but they really are the best I found after doing a TON of research, and this isn't really something you want to buy cheap. Now I'm not a fan of weighting myself or measuring because I tend to get competitive (yes, with myself) and would … [Read more...]

How to Simplify Your Makeup Bag

  I haven't written a beauty post in a while (I know: tisk, tisk!), but behind the scenes I've been on a little beauty mission of my own: to simplify my makeup bag. Remember last year when I wrote about my beauty commandments?  Well, I'm trying to live up to them, especially #4 - which brought me to where I am right now. I've been exploring a lot of different beauty brands and have even written about the new beauty labeling that's kicking USDA Organic certification to the curb and replacing it with something better, and I realized that my makeup bag is really complicated. In fact, I was finding myself digging through it quite a bit when I only really use a handful of items on a daily basis to begin with. So here's the deal: let's all make thing less complicated together. Sound like a plan? Good! So here's my foolproof plan to simplify your makeup bag, once and for all. How to Simplify Your Makeup Bag I've written about makeup organization in the past, but this is a completely different beast. Even the most organized person can have way too much going on - it's time to be practical! 1. Buy a smaller bag! As simple as it sounds, it took me years to figure this one out. In fact, at the beginning or my marriage, I remember having a huge carry case that had many different organizational pockets that I carted to my vanity as if I were a professional. I do not do makeup for a living, therefore I had no need for this. So I finally ditched my overwhelmed beauty case … [Read more...]

Getting My Beauty Groove Back {Giveaway}

This post was developed in partnership with Clairol Nice’n Easy, as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. So here I am, three and a half weeks post-baby. Sure, I planned for downtime and days filled with comfy clothes and indoor baby snuggles to keep both her safe from the outdoors (for a short while), and me to recover from giving birth. But I'll tell you what - it's getting old. I'm getting sick of being in between maternity clothes and regular clothes, I miss putting on makeup and feeling pretty and for goodness sakes - I'm OVER the granny panties. I know that I need to take baby steps though, so my first plan of action to get my groove back after having Blake is with an updated, fall hair color from Clairol Nice’n Easy. I often dye my hair, especially as a new season approaches. I typically go darker (like a deep, deep red) in the fall and a bit lighter for the summer months. It's fun to shake things up from time to time and try something new, and I have always had an obsession with trying out different hair colors throughout my life, a drive that has carried with me into adulthood. Having a newborn to take care of now though means that I am home most days, holding her in my arms, and making a little color update definitely helps me to feel like a normal human being again. When hoping over to my local drugstore to choose a hair dye, Clairol Nice’n Easy has always been my go-to because of how silky-soft it always make my hair feel (ahem - a secret CC … [Read more...]

Feel Beautiful Everyday With Vera Wang Embrace Collection

This post was sponsored by Vera Wang Fragrances as part of an Activation for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review. There is just SOMETHING about a great fragrance that can truly change my outlook on everything. Think about how magical it is to grab a great glass of wine and light your favorite candle - that scent can elevate your mood and just put things into perspective. I feel the same way about the fragrances that I choose - they MUST be able to do the same thing. This is what I love about the Vera Wang Embrace Collection and its newest addition - Marigold & Gardenia. Both light and floral, this fragrance offers up fruity notes that are strong enough to smell, but not bold enough to overtake your own confidence. Being pregnant, I had been on the prowl for something that made me feel confident again, yet was chic enough to wear everyday. The new Marigold & Gardenia has certainly provided me with that and then some! The Marigold and Gardenia fragrance is the newest member of the Vera Wang Embrace Collection and if you are a Vera Wang fan, you know how important it is to her that her customers feel confident and beautiful, and this fragrance is no different. If you have followed along from the beginning, you know how important that is to me. We are all mamas who feel a certain way about our bodies before, during and after pregnancy and there is nothing that really compares to finding something that makes you feel wonderful … [Read more...]

Defy Aging With Luzern Laboratories

  Defy aging. Definitely two words that we say an awful lot as women. It's on our minds as we look in the mirror, as our kids get older, and most certainly around our birthday. As I mentioned before, this big 3-0 is coming this year for me, so working towards preventing wrinkles and keeping my skin detoxified and hydrated are up there on my beauty to do list. Luzern Laboratories products have come into my life and are becoming a part of my daily defying process. Being pregnant and knowing that I'm turning 30 this year leaves me examining my body an awful lot. What is changing? What's staying the same - so far? And most important - how can I combat anything that I see that I'm not liking? Luzern Laboratories offers a full line of skincare, but I have been testing out their renowned serums, which are highly concentrated, custumizable, and will target your very specific needs. They totally get that skincare isn't a one size fits all situation. I have been using the Serum Aboslut Control to help battle breakouts. I generally have breakout prone skin, but being pregant I have been getting all that not-so-lovely hormonal acne, so this has truly been helping. Then, their Serum Absolut Luminious has been a life saver for getting rid of my dark circles. Mine aren't really triggered by anything, I've just had them all my life and they are a pain in the butt to get rid of - this really helps! I mentioned last week on Facebook (read about it here + my funny … [Read more...]