Category Archives: Beauty

Obsession: Glamourazzi Perfume

glamourazziWhen it comes to perfumes and scents, I am one picky lady. This totally frustrates my husband because it is nearly impossible for him to buy a cologne I can get behind. The same is true for myself, so when I find a fragrance I wear it for several years until my nose finds another rare scent that doesn’t make me cringe.

Glamourazzi was one of those rare finds. At the Kohl’s counter. In the tween section.

I was mildly embarrassed to be purchasing such a silly, obnoxious bottle clearly designed to catch the eye of an eleven year old wanting to smell like a cool teenager, but the vanilla & ginger scent won me over. And it has won me over for the past few years.

But now, I come to discover, my beloved Glamourazzi has been discontinued. The horror! What in the world am I going to spray on myself on my thrice yearly date nights??

So now I’m on the hunt yet again for “my scent.” Any suggestions folks? In the meantime, I will be savoring the last few drops of my Glamourazzi and mourning its loss. Sigh.

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Obsession: Bio Oil

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When I was in my first trimester of my first pregnancy, I read an article where a supermodel swore by Bio Oil to keep her stretch mark free. So naturally I ran out to Target that day to get me some. And I experienced a bit of sticker shock: one bottle of that stuff is $20! But it did not disappoint.

It kept me stretch mark free through two pregnancies by applying it twice a day, every single day. I didn’t gain that much weight with My Girl, but My Bear was  different story. I was fully expecting to sport some stretch marks during round two, but I believe Bio Oil prevented that from happening. Especially because I have stretch marks from getting breast & hips during puberty – so my body has been susceptible to them in the past. But perhaps that magic potion kept them at bay when growing my babies!

So if you are pregnant, keep Bio Oil in mind. I don’t know if it works for everybody, but it was worth the $20 gamble for sure.

Home Spun Fun: Makeup

Home Spun Fun: Makeup
Makeup fun began with My Girl out of necessity. Having her play with my makeup was the only way I could get it applied before noon. But now it’s somewhat of a routine for us, and when I’m not ready to primp on the weekends, sometimes My Girl will drag me to where I keep my makeup to remind it is time to get to business.

Now this may be controversial for some, that I am sending a message that I need to wear makeup to feel pretty or that I need to cover up my flaws or something along those lines. I am conscious of that and I want to pass along to My Girl that I wear makeup because I like it, not because I feel like I have to for someone else. So whenever she “applies blush” or draws on her face with my eyeliner, I always say “How fun!” or “Does that feel nice?” instead of “That is so pretty!”

We both enjoy it (notice her fab application of my beloved Tarte concealer), and it allows me to look feel put together when out and about. A pretty big win for me!
Home Spun Fun: Makeup

A Major Fashion Moment!

My Girl had her first fashion moment! We met Christian Siriano at the Green Hills Mall! He was super sweet…and super petite. I feel so good that I’m getting My Girl involved with pop culture at such a young age. 🙂
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Stepping Out of My Polish Comfort Zone

There are just a few things I’m traditional about: etiquette, saving money and nail polish. I’m usually sporting one of three nail polish shades on my toes: pink, red or maroon. I have several varying shades of each, but that’s about as wild as I get. If I’m feeling especially saucy, I might even try out a dark plum/black. I’m crazy like that.

Enter the latest issue of Real Simple, and they said varying shades of mint green polish was the perfect transition color for summer to fall. With that fresh on my mind (and itching for a mid-pregnancy fashion statement), I grabbed a bottle of Sally Hansen’s Mint Sprint at my last trip to Target. About three weeks later, I found time to tend to my unsighlty tootsies. And this was the result…
Stepping Outside My Polish Comfort Zone
My Hubs’ response upon seeing my ballsy polish move was “Whoa. What’s going on here?!” Clearly not a fan. Though I’m not sure I am either. I wouldn’t hesitate rocking this polish on my finger nails for a fun night out, but it may be a bit loud of me to rock on my toes for weeks at a time. Because let’s be honest, I’ll be sporting this green until I make the time to tend to my toes again mid-October.

But hey – at least I’m fully prepped for St. Patrick’s Day 2014. Silver linings, people. Silver linings.

13 Things No One Tells You About Pregnancy

13 Things No One Tells You About PregnancyYou know of morning sickness and weight gain when it comes to pregnancy. But few people spill the ugly details of those nine months of growing a baby. Here is a little list of weird/uncomfortable/embarrassing things about pregnancy either I or my girlfriends have experienced. So here you go, 13 things no one tells you about pregnancy:

1. It hurts.
Pre-pregnancy, your uterus is about three inches long, two inches wide and one inch thick. During pregnancy, it stretches to accommodate a baby the size of a watermelon. That stretching is uncomfortable. It itches. It straight up hurts.

2. There’s swelling in some weird places.
We all know your hands and feet can swell when growing that baby. But your crotch area can swell too. Here is a recent text stream between me and one of my preggie friends:
“Did your hoo-ha get swollen when preggo?”
“Totally! Didn’t Jenny McCarthy call it the blue taco or something?”
“Whew! I was attempting to groom and pulled out the mirror for assistance only to be horrified. I could feel the swelling but the veiny, blueness really disturbed me.”
And there you go.

3. You get Swamp Crotch.
Speaking of the crotch, it can stink during pregnancy. And get incredibly sweaty. It has something to do with hormones. It always has something to do with hormones.

4. Discharge is a daily annoyance.
Another tidbit about the pregnant hoo-ha: there’s a lot of discharge going on for nine months. A lot.

5. Veins are a nemesis.
I was spared the evil varicose veins (I here those things are incredibly painful), but I was struck by spider veins – not only on my legs but also on my belly. ??? I’m still trying to figure that out.

6. Emotional break downs are par for the course.
I wasn’t an emotional basket case for nine months; I did, however, have the most ridiculously emotional weekend. My husband got an extra ticket to a football game & I was excluded, and this tipped off a weekend of constant crying over the smallest of hiccups – like not getting a ticket to a football game. I couldn’t control it. I couldn’t explain it. I could just cry over it.

7. Feelings of annoyance are amplified.
If your husband leaves his dirty dishes in the sink instead of loading them in the dishwasher, you may be a little irked pre-pregnancy. When pregnant? You will want to throw those dirty dishes across the room. Then stomp across the room and slam the door shut. Then curse his stupid ways. And feel completely justified in doing so.

8. Hungry takes on an entirely new meaning.
When you’re not pregnant, you might feel hungry and think, “I may need to get a munchie in the next half hour or so.” When you’re pregnant, a hunger pang institutes a feeling more like “Get me food right now or I will eat your arm.” Or something like that.

9. All systems will take a beating.
Constipation is constantly an issue. I didn’t poop for two weeks in my first trimester – it was so uncomfortable, I’d wake up in the middle of the night from the sharp pains. And get used to breathing through only your mouth – having a constantly congested nose, or “pregnancy gunk” as my sister and I call it, is par for the pregnancy course. Been spared heart burn your entire life? Probably not while pregnant.

10. Your appearance will take a beating.
I knew I’d gain weight when pregnant, but I had no idea my skin would take a beating too. I looked so rough during my pregnancy that people told me “A girl steals your beauty” – before I even knew I was having a girl! I developed cystic acne on my face, my neck, my chest and my entire back. My doctor just shook her head in disbelief. My mom gasped when she saw it. My ego was busted. Have you heard of melsama, the mask of pregnancy? Chances are you will.

11. Boobs will grow – maybe unevenly.
Bigger boobs come with the preggie territory. But sometimes they don’t grow at the same rate. Mine were dubbed the “fraternal twins.” Enough said.

12. Two words: Nipple Discharge
Speaking of boobs, they can have discharge too. Yep, your nipples can ruin your expensive Vicki bras even before your milk arrives.

12. Sleeping is annoying.
Finding a comfortable sleeping position when pregnant is like playing a game of Jenga. And getting up to use the bathroom in the middle of the night collapses the entire tower. I used six pillows to find some sense of comfort when I slept – two under my head, one under my belly, one between my legs, and two supporting my back. Try putting that back together at 2am after a tinkle run.

This is just the tip of the iceberg, as I’m sure a lot of mommas can chime in to their own weird/uncomfortable/embarrassing pregnancy experiences. Being pregnant can feel like being an active science experiment, as the above list can attest to. But it’s worth it. Trust me.

Obsession: Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Concealer

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I’ve got an 18 month old toddler and though I’m in my second trimester with Baby Dos, I have yet to rid myself of the first trimester energy slump. Needless to say, I look really, really tired. So off I went to Sephora to find a remedy for this problem, and boy did I find it!

Enter the Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Concealer, aka heaven in a bottle.

Just a dap will do you – which is good, considering 0.28 ounces of this stuff costs $24. But it’s worth every shiny penny. It makes me look somewhat rested! A miracle at this point.