I always say it’s been a minute when I have been gone from the blog due to new job, marriage
, pregnancy, and now a baby. It really has been a minute! The last post I wrote was on my due date back in May! While I was waiting for my baby to be born I managed to get my last blog post before I took some time for mommyhood. Let me just be clear I was not one of those blogger or instagram moms blogging and posting while in labor . HECK no way! I still wonder how they manage a baby and a blog. Although my baby was not born on the due date I was given he was born a few days later.I wont go into much detail on my delivery, but let me tell you it was hard! And when I mean hard I mean really hard! It was one of the most difficult things I had to go through in life. Im grateful for a lot of things now and don’t take anything for granted. I faced a few challenges in the delivery room that during post partum I needed some time out to get better and care for baby. I completly lost myself in motherhood and lost my skin care and regime routine too! My skin has gone through so many changes due to hormones that I didnt believe it when I actually went through it.
I tried a couple of products and found what worked neat for me.I did go back to a couple of my old time favorites. I did find a couple that I fell in love with and have worked wonders for my eve changing skin. Lancome has worked wonders for me ! Specially their Miel face wash because it’s the quickest way I get my face washed now. Being a mom I need something quick and this seems to work for me . I apply the way to my face and let it melt off the dirt and makeup. When you first use it you warm it up with your hands and let it work wonders with its soft honey texture. Then you will rinse it off with water and Whooola your face is clean.After I use Lancome alcohol free toner. I have also been using face masks and scrubs . I’ve notice these in particular have learned up my acne prone skin due to changing post postpartum hormones.
Highlighting and Contouring has been a major beauty trend over the past couple of years. It has always been around and has always been in the industry, but we have celebrity makeup artist and major beauty gurus that helped blow up this trend. When we think of highlight and contour we all automatically think Anastasia Beverly Hills! They have come out with major super affordable pallets of great makeup quality. I have to give it to them before they ventured into other categories of the beauty industry they were only known as the “Goddest of Brows”. I have not been able to get my hands on the latest pallet, but do have few to work with.
I love this pallet because it gives you that sun kiss summer glow all year long. I feel this one is more suited for someone who has been highlighting for a while. This pallet sparkles a lot . It maybe a little bit to chalky and glittery for a bigger , but over all I LOVE it. You can apply this on your body for a glow.
I personally love this pallet and would aim for a bigger to start using because the colors are so soft . I love how they just sit well on the skin without them being to much or to little.Remember it’s all up to you how much you pick up.
Ok so Sun Dipped is one of my favorites because it has more of a bronze contour effect. Great for a biggenir and offers a variety of different shades to create different looks. Remember like I mention above it all depends on how much you decide to pick up.
Finally the brush to get for all this wonderful highlight is Anastasia Beverly Hills A23 brush. This brush picks up the right amount and is small enough to reach creases and areas where you only want to apply the high light without feeling like you dipped your whole face .
So if you have not been introduce to the world of setting sprays let me tell you …… You have been missing out. I love setting sprays because it sets your makeup by giving it a finish look and by helping it last longer. When it comes to setting sprays there are affordable options, but splurging will not hurt. There are a variety of sprays in the market and it is hard to pick one because there are so many options.
What is a setting spray and why is it important? A setting spray is a light weight mist to prevent makeup to meltdown because it controls oil, reduces shine on the surface of the skin and helps keep your makeup by looking matte and flawless. Have you ever notice that when you do your makeup a couple of minutes later the makeup is eaten up on oily areas of the skin? Many setting sprays have high tech ingredients that prevent and control eyeshadow, foundation ,blush from running, fading, and smudging. Using a good setting spray will prevent you from touching up.
Here are my top setting sprays…..
Chanel Hydra Beauty Essence Mist $90 nordstrom.com
I personally love this setting spray because it refreshes my face, but $90 is a big splurge so spraying just a bit goes a long way. This spray is light weight that hydrates, freshens, cools, and comforts skin. It strengthens and sustains skin to its optimal state. This can be used under makeup or over makeup to freshen up your look.
Music Festivals are approaching and you might be excited selecting unique trendy indie outfits to wear. One important factor to not forget is your beauty essentials. The key to surviving these out door festivities is wear less because its always better. With the heat , crowds, and dessert dust surrounding you makeup has to last longer than usual. I like to opt for water proof makeup products and dessert sun colors. I would suggest avoiding the heavy foundations and dramatic smokey eyes. Here are five key products that I would recommend for you to pack in your bags.
I recommend to pack a highlighting glow kit to get that sun-kissed summer glow. My personal favorite its Anastasia Beverly Hills glow kits.
As for foundation I would option Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage foundation with SPF 15. This foundation is proven to last up to 12 hours which is great while you are having fun under the sun and throughout the night.
Do not forget mascara to make eyes pop! I personally like DiorShow Blackout Waterproof mascara because it makes eyelashes appear longer and fuller due to its amazing brush, but it also is water proof to avoid raccoon eyes. Remember you don’t necessarily have to be exposed to water splash to get raccoon eyes. Dessert heat and sweat can cause that to!
When it comes to eye-shadow I prefer packing light because who wants to haul a luggage full of eye shadow pallets that can break easily!You can not go wrong with Smashbox Full Exposure travel pallet. It has essential colors for day and night under the dessert sun and moon. Its convenient because it is small and packs well in your makeup bag.
Now if you must have a dramatic eye at night to ump your makeup look I recommend packing a waterproof eye linear. Remember everyone’s body chemistry is different and a waterproof eyeliner may work for one person might not work well for another. I suggest using what you know works best for you! My personal favorite is Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eye Crayon that last up to 12 hrs.
Now as for lips wear any color you want and have fun! Just remember to wear and spf balm under to avoid dried sun burn lips.
If you are like me who waits a couple weeks to have time for a manicure, but wants to still maintain soft and neat looking hands I recommend to use treatments in between manicures.I personally like ” Burt’s Bees Almond Milk Beeswax Hand Creme” which is very thick and hydrating. A little bit goes a long way to soften and hydrate rough skin. This balm is great for skin that is exposed to cold temperatures, heat , dirt, and harsh detergents that can roughen skin. This balm can be used on knees,elbows, and feet.
Another of my favorites is “Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream” this definatly hydrates and softens rough cuticles. So go ahead and pick this baby up. Trust me you will love the lemon fresh aroma this product has.
If you are looking for a mask to clear your pores and tighten I recommend using “Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask”. This mask will deep clean pores and tighten them as well. As soon as you wash it off your skin will be left feeling smooth, bright, and clean. This mask solves all problems of dull looking skin, oiliness, and visible pores. The mask is known to flush away toxins, dirt,and debris that clog up the pores.If you tend to have super oily skin you are familiar with the debris that clogs up pores. You know those annoying white heads that build up, and if you pop them they tend to leave a visible open pore. I tend to have this problem , but so far using this mask twice or once a week has helped reduce any clogged pores. I like to use this mask during the night after I wash away makeup with a cleanser. After I apply this mask on damp skin and leave it for 10 minutes as it hardens. I follow up by washing with warm water and massaging the mask away. I love the after feeling! This mask contains bamboo charcoal that draw out deep impurities.It also contains china clay that is known to absorb environmental toxins and dissolves impurities.