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About: I graduated from a 2 year masters program slammed into 11 months, met and married the love of my life, have an adorable little boy, moved to San Francisco, have my dream job at Stanford University, and own an adorable Australian Labradoodle named Wookiee. I love my family, friends, church, fashion, soccer, Harry Potter, Breaking Bad and Lost. I am extremely blessed!                                                                                                                                               
Nighttime Routine

I love how mamas like to gush about their amazing pregnancy hair and skin. They must know some secret I don’t, because both of my boys have given me brittle hair and made my face a breeding ground for acne and oil (and yet they’re completely worth it!). Below I list my nighttime routine that has been working rather well for my sensitive face (products mentioned are used in the order I apply them). 

  • Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser - I ran out of my Michael Todd Charcoal Detox, so this has been my go-to cleanser of choice (and will probably end up repurchasing Cetaphil over Michael Todd - it’s cheaper and works just as well with my skin). 
  • Michael Todd True Organics Jojoba Charcoal Facial Scrub - love this stuff. I’ve been consistent with exfoliating and have seen a huge difference in my skin because of it. 
  • Michael Todd True Organics Lemon Toner - this, in combination with my facial scrub, works wonders! Tightens and firms the skin. 
  • RoC Retinol Correxion Eye Cream - I was hesitant about using an eye cream (I rub my eyes constantly) but so far, this hasn’t caused any stinging or redness. I’ve noticed a difference in the tightness of the skin around my eye area, as well as lightening of my dark circles.
  • RoC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Night Cream - same results as the eye cream - I’ve noticed that my skin has become much firmer. My sister got me hooked on this and I’ve definitely noticed a difference in the disappearance of wrinkles on her skin (not that she had many to begin with, but the proof in her skin made me a believer).
  • Clinique Anti-Blemish Spot Treatment - I only use this if I have a pimple (duh) but it does the job zapping it overnight. 
  • Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Moisturizer - I ran out of my Michael Todd moisturizer (see a pattern, here?), so this has been my moisturizer of choice. I’d prefer a nighttime moisturizer, but I’ve been lazy and haven’t purchased one yet. I apply a very thin layer, and only in areas I need to. 
  • Jack Black Lip Balm - FREAKING LOVE THIS STUFF. I only apply it at night, as it’s super slippery and medicated, but it really works wonders overnight. Obsessed.

I went through a period of time when I didn’t do ANYTHING to my face but wash it (and let’s be honest - during the sick days of my pregnancy, I barely even did that. Ok, I NEVER did that.). I was hesitant to use this many products at once, but I really have seen an overall improvement in my skin and so far, it hasn’t caused any major breakouts. 

Alright - does anyone else think the word “nighttime” looks really, really, REALLY weird?!? 

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Neutral Makeup Tutorial

This is the makeup routine I do on a typical day - a neutral look using the Naked Basics palette. Enjoy!

- PRODUCTS MENTIONED -

FACE:

No 7 Matte Primer

Benefit POREfessional Primer

MUFE Matte Velvet + Foundation

MAC Pro-longwear Concealer

MAC Studio Finish Powder

Smashbox Matte Bronzer

Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush

Lioele Eyebrow Brush

Anastasia Brow Gel

Anastasia Brow Wax

EYES:

Naked Basics Palette

L’Oreal Super Slim Eyeliner

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Pencil

Jordana Mascara

Buxom Mascara

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Give Me Gold.

I can’t stay away from gold eyeshadow. And I never want to.

It’s slightly less dramatic than my previous gold eyeshadow post (no black involved - shocking). Even though I own similar colors, I had to purchase Maybelline’s Give Me Gold. I love the combination of gold, brown, and GLITTER!!!!! A little bold for a daytime look but, as always, I do what I want. 

Never mind my bangs. They’re in need of some TLC.

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Dramatic Nudes.

I love me some mattes, and I love me some nudes (EYESHADOWS, you creepsters). When they came out with the Naked Basics palette, I was all like this and this. I knew I’d use it almost every time I wore makeup. 

I wanted to spice it up and create a more winged, dramatic look. I lined a piece of tape (hint: put it on your hand first to remove most of the stickiness) from the corner of my eye to the end of my eyebrow. Then I eyeshadowed away! Removed the tape and behold! A nice, crisp line. This is also a great trick if you want to create a winged eyeliner and are a newbie. 

I wasn’t TOO thrilled with how crisp it was (I like a more soft, subtle line), so I went over it with a small fluffy brush and blended it out. I still achieved a line, but it wasn’t as harsh as before. 

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Voila! Happy weekend!

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Jeslive?

I hate the word “Easter”. It just bugs me. I love what this holiday celebrates and I feel like a dumb bunny with Easter eggs takes away from it. I’m not one of those mom’s who refuses to let their child participate in activities, though. Samuel loved hunting for eggs. But I wish we had at least ONE Christian holiday where we only focused on Holy things - and I wish Resurrection Sunday (or better yet, a Messianic Passover AND Resurrection Sunday) was it. If you’ve never been to a Messianic Seder, you should. It reminds you of how SMART God is. Jesus is EVERYWHERE in a Seder. It’s amazing, and I love it to pieces. 

I don’t really like the name “Resurrection Sunday” either. I feel corny whenever I say it. Maybe I’ll start calling it “Jeslive”. You know, for “Jesus is Alive”. I don’t know. Taking suggestions.

Moving on. Jeslive is a perfect day for pastels, but unfortunately (or fortunately), I own mostly black and white apparel. I made up for that by using all pinks on my eyelid. I’ve really been getting into pink glitters - they’re so girly, feminine, and perfect for Spring! 

I used L’Oreal Infallible in Amber Rush for the entire lid (might be my favorite eyeshadow ever), followed by Urban Decay’s “Last Call" on the outer half. Urban Decay’s "Hustle" went in the crease (I typically use black for this step to make my eyes pop, but I refrained to keep it nice and bright). I didn’t want to take away from my pretty eyeshadow, so I used L’Oreal’s Super Slim Liquid Eyeliner to avoid making my eyeliner too thick. I love how it turned out!

A perfect day in my favorite city!

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Defeat Dry Lips!

My lips have been CRAY-ZAY dry. Seriously. Every time I try to put on lipstick, they end up looking like I have thousands of miniature Grand Canyons. Sick.

I had been using Philosphy’s "Kiss Me’ exfoliant and it worked great. I apply in the shower and behold! My dry lips were gone…for 5 seconds! The key to a great exfoliant is a getting a great MOISTURIZER. I tried Burt’s Bees, Blistex, Eos, you name it. Nothing worked. 

Until I discovered Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm! It is AMAZING. The smell is quite intense (I’ve only tried the mint one, so a different flavor might be better). This is best right before bed. I let it work all night and in the morning, my lips are CRAY-ZAY moisturized. I wouldn’t recommend putting this on right before lipstick (it’s somewhat thick…but maybe that’s because I apply it like this). 

If you have dry lips, this will be your saving grace. I promise. 

P.S. It looks like Philosphy’s lip exfoliant is no longer in stock, but Tarte looks like they have a nice one. There are also plenty of DIY lip scrubs out there - I’ve never successfully made one, but maybe you have some Hogwart’s magic that I do not. 

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Makeup Storage.

I feel like a little kid again (I say this with the tone of pretending to ALWAYS feel like an adult and that this is a rare occurrence). I finally got my makeup storage under control AND I CAN’T STOP STARING AT IT. 

I had been trying to figure out a way to keep all of my makeup organized. I was using a travel hanging bag on the back of our door, but it was so messy (I don’t do messy). I thought about a cart or stand-alone drawer, but Samuel would tear through that so quick. We have zero bathroom counter space or drawers (seriously? Who builds a bathroom without any DRAWERS?!). Solution? Sephora’s Train Case! Yes, expensive, but we received a $100 gift card from our apartment complex for dealing with the fire. Is it bad that I want another non-inhabited building to burn down? 

I love that it clips shut (Samuel hasn’t figured out how to open it…yet). It has adjustable dividers so you can move your treasures around according to their unique shapes and sizes. I don’t have a HUGE collection, so it fits everything perfectly. 

Our family moves every year, so this is a wonderful, organized, clean solution to keep my makeup in one place. 

I love it, I love it, I love it. 

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