Quickies : 001

1. Only 7 digits left to reach my second to last milestone. Giving myself until October seems reasonable and do-able. Then January for the last bit. That’s my goal and it finally (finally!) feels possible.

2. I will never be that Pinterest-mom or PTA-mom or extroverted, volunteer for everything mom – and you know what? That’s OK. I help and contribute when I can, the best way I can. That is enough.

3. As someone who loves a little coffee with their cream and sugar, limiting myself to just a dash or smidge of each is difficult. I can’t get over the bitterness. So weekends are when I indulge. Meanwhile, I get the little caffeine kick I need for the week via kombucha. Fair trade I’d say.

4. No one really warns new parents about how much these years can SUCK SO MUCH. Yes, you love them unconditionally and blah blah blah BUT, that doesn’t mean you have to like them all the time. It’s unrelenting neediness, constant whining and then worrying about this and that. Oh, let’s not forget the guilt! It’s impossibly draining and it can feel like an unending stream of suckage but, you’re not alone. Other people feel the same and have gone through the same shit and they have survived (somehow). This shit will eventually pass and it will be OK. This is what I (and the Husband) tell ourselves.

5. Signed up for a local yoga studio. The same one I went to before L was born. I found I cannot get “into it” mentally unless I’m in a different environment and there’s someone taking the lead. YT videos are great and all but, it’s not the same as going to an actual studio. Plus, it is much needed time away. Physical and mental self-care (even at nearly $90 a month) is worth it.

6. I’m not looking forward to hotter days (and nights). Savoring these May-Grey days and hoping for an extended June-Gloom. Summer and I are not friends.

7. Averaging 5 to 6 (on a good day) hours of sleep thanks to my teething 15 month old. His molars need to show up pronto!

8. Less than a month away from Summer break. Looking forward to no-rush mornings. I will need the break to wrap my head around the fact we’ll have a 3rd grader in the Fall.

9. I create so many lists, and plans, and notes and things on my phone that they have become sort of a magical manifestation tool. Use what you got, right?

10. Lunch dates with good (local) friends make me happy. Now if I can somehow magically transport myself to other cities to have lunch/dinner dates with my non-local friends? That would be even better.

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Evening Skincare

My current nighttime/PM skincare routine includes the following (in order) :

Philosophy Purity Made Simple facial cleanser
Neutrogena Alcohol-Free Toner
Clinique Repairwear Anti-Gravity Eye Lift Cream
Herbivore Botanicals Moon Fruit Superfruit Night Treatment
Herbivore Botanicals Phoenix facial oil
Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask

Twice a week (when I have time, really) I incorporate Herbivore Botanicals Brighten Instant Glow mask. This mask is a game changer! Full review for the HB line to come.

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Morning Skincare

My current morning/AM skincare routine includes the following products (in order):

Neutrogena Alcohol Free Toner
Deciem/The Ordinary ‘Buffet’ (for dryness, fine lines, dullness)
Herbivore Botanicals Pink Cloud Rose Water Moisture Cremè
Clinique Repairwear Anti-Gravity eye cream
Olay Complete All Day Moisturizer SPF 30
Dr. Jart Tigergrass Cicapair Color Correcting Treatment (nose, chin area)
Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask (love!)

It may seem like a lot but, it takes about 10 minutes (if the kids are being nice to each other lol) every morning. I double up on moisturizer because I’ve yet to find one w/ SPF that my skin likes.

Afterwards, I apply makeup (usually just concealer, a cream blush, do my brows) then hair.

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Eight.

For years I’ve wanted various tiny tattoos – even before they became a ‘thing’! Just a small collection of symbols and words I identify with and remind me of all my experiences (to date). I finally had the chance to get all eight of them in one session. It was great timing really, because Joy only had a small section of my Hecate sleeve to finish up.

After finalizing design elements, placement, sizing and applying all eight stencils it was go time…

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Influenster : Bare Minerals Made 2 Fit Foundation

PROS :
innovative concept
love the customized bottle
app is user friendly
applies smooth
buildable
money back guarantee

CONS :
getting a perfect match can be tricky
made my skin oily
oxidizes

OVERALL :

I wanted to love this foundation because it is such a neat concept. To be able to use an app to get your exact skin tone and shade for a foundation is exactly what the makeup/beauty industry is missing. Unfortunately, there are some kinks to be ironed out.

The app itself looks great and is easy to use. Directions are clear, concise and I didn’t experience any issues while scanning myself. I received my customized bottle of foundation right away. Packaging is great; the glass bottle comes with a pump which is always a plus.

The foundation itself is light weight. It applies smoothly and I’d say the coverage is about light to medium. I used one full pump, dotted it all over and used a beauty sponge to blend. If you want full coverage, you will need to apply another layer where needed.

As for the color/shade, it wasn’t a perfect match but it was close enough to where I didn’t feel I needed to send it back. However, should there be an issue with that Bare Minerals will happily replace your bottle with the correct shade (provided you go through color matching via the app again). That’s a plus since it runs about $50 a pop.

I did notice it oxidized somewhat as I went about my day. I find that Bare Minerals formulations (the original powder kind) tend to do that on me as a rule. Something to consider if you don’t get an exact match. I normally have dry skin but, this formula made my T-zone oilier than usual.

All in all, it’s just ok. I love the concept but, it will be a challenge for the app to match everyone perfectly every time. Perhaps sending out two sample sized shades at first would be worth the extra expense on their end. I guess we’ll see what happens going forward.

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Influenster : Bare Minerals BarePro 16hr Concealer

PROS :
nice color range
creamy
buildable
good coverage
lightweight
good for undereye area and spot concealing

CONS :
formula is a little dry
can crease around fine lines
can get streaky/patchy at 8hr mark
not much product in tube

OVERALL :

Lucky me got to try out the new BarePro concealer by Bare Minerals via Influenster. I received the color ‘Light/Medium-Neutral 05’ (which I think is a good color match of my trusty Nars concealer in ‘Custard’). I normally use ‘creamy’ concealers (in tubes or pots) so this is my first time trying a stick version.

I applied it after I moisturizing (but without primer) to see how it would perform. I found the formula to be a little dry at first swipe. Once I used it again, it went on smooth and didn’t tug my skin. However, I was able to blend it in with a bit of work. I recommend using your fingers in lieu of a beauty sponge as the warmth of your skin will help melt and evenly distribute product.

Coverage was pretty good and it is buildable without feeling heavy. It noticed it lessened the redness around my eyes and helped brighten the area. I didn’t notice any creasing, cakey-ness or fading after 4 hours BUT, around the 8 hour mark it was starting to crease where I have fine lines and there was some patchiness. 16 hours is quite a claim to make but hey, YMMV.

Overall, I like it and will continue to use it in conjunction with other concealers.

[ I received this complimentary from Influenster in exchange for my honest/unbiased review. ]

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