Blushing Valentine’s Day Look

Some days are easier than others when it comes to getting ready. Some days it’s out of the question. Since becoming a mom to two boys under 3 I’ve had to adjust my makeup routine. It’s now all about timing and what I can get done in 15 minutes or less, and this is honestly a really great routine I have now that can look really clean and polished or glam like my days back at the MAC counter.

My skin has went through a roller coaster in the last year. Before Remi it was combination with a decent amount of oil in the t-zone, come shortly after finding out I was pregnant it became extremely irritated by everything and dry as a desert. My whole pregnancy my skin was so dry and it seemed like no matter what I used nothing helped long term, it did clear up though on the plus side! Once Remi arrived the clear skin lasted about 3 weeks and then the oil came back with a vengeance. What didn’t disappear though was the dryness, how could my skin be so oily and so dry at the same time!?! Hormones.. simple answer is hormones.

Fast forward to now and my hormones are finally leveling themselves out and I’m able to do a makeup routine I don’t have to adjust so much because of dry or oily skin. I pretty much have my skin figured out at this point.

To achieve this look I started with some Image Skin Care Matte Face Lotion, which has some SPF in it also. Since the matte helps control the oil, to add a little hydration back into my skin I used the Tula Face Filter Blurring & Moisturizing Primer. This is nice because it helps hide pores, blocks oil but adds hydration, and adds a tint of color to the skin. My go to foundation since literally high school has been MAC studio fix fluid, I will sometimes switch between this and Estée Lauder Double Wear but usually only do DW when it’s hot out since it helps fight humidity a little better. In Studio Fix i am NC37 for reference. For Concealer I like an oldie but goodie tried and true MAC Pro Long Wear Concealer (NW20). I use this under my eyes and down the bridge of my nose just to high light a little. To set I like Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder since it’s light weight and a small amount dusted over the face goes a long way. To Bronze I use MAC Harmony and just hit the high points on my face where the sun would normally tan. You can add blush if you like to the apples of your cheeks, today I did but normally I just stick with bronzer to quicken up my routine. Blush used was Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic in First Love. For Eye brows I prefer a pencil, I really like Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in the color Carmel for my blonde hair and olive skin. Her pencils are precise and don’t smudge no matter how hot it gets which is great for the oily girls! Since we seem to see a long wear trend here can you guess what eye liner and mascara I prefer!? MAC again! I LOOVEEEEEEE MAC’s Pro Long Wear Eyeliner in the shade Definedly Black, it is so dark and Smokey and it glides on like perfection. I used to love showing this liner to customers when I worked at MAC because you can draw a line on your hand, let it set for about 30 seconds and then try and smudge it and it won’t budge, It’s amazing! For Mascara I like MAC Extended Play Mascara in Giga Black. To finish off the look I wanted to go against the usual red lip and reach for a Pink. So I chose Candy Yum Yum by you guessed it, MAC! For those who don’t want such a bold pink you could try MAC Angel or Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk. If you want to take this one more step fancy just add you a nice strip of lashes and you are date night ready!

I hope you enjoyed this little “how to” Valentine’s Day look!

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Danielle

How To Make Dirty Hair Look and Feel Refreshed Again, A Step By Step Guide

So I here I am two months after giving birth to our second child, while I manage to be able to sneak in the quick daily body showers it’s not every day that I get to wash my hair. If we’re being brutally honest I probably wash my hair every 3-4 days, sometimes I stretch it to 5. Some of you may think “ew gross” but honestly if you really read into it or ask most hairstylist the less you wash your hair the better. Now I’m not a professional so I will give no advice on this but, I can give you my personal experience with it and how I make it work with the busy schedule of being a mom.

My typical week after washing my hair looks as follows:

Day 1: Hair is so fresh and so clean! No products generally needed this day, maybe hair spray if the style calls for it!

Day 2: Oh girl you’re looking a little deflated! Let me just throw in some dry shampoo at those roots to give you a little life again! *spritz spritz* “ahhhhhh!” Much better! Maybe a little teasing to top off that extra volume!

Day 3: (Looks in mirror) Yikes! Normally this day is the WORST for me. My hair is looking greasy, it’s laying all kinds of funky ways, looks totally dull and flat, and has no volume at all. So first things first I brush my hair and part it the way I want for the day. If it’s not working like I’m wanting it to I’ll take my spray bottle and pump a few bits of water onto it, grab the blow dryer and rough dry for about 30 seconds until it’s no longer damp, and doing what I want. Next I will grab my dry shampoo and section my hair, spray, and massage into my scalp. For me this helps fluff the root and massage the dry shampoo into the extra oil I’m trying to rid. Next I address the volume at the ends and body of my hair I am lacking. I like to use either a texturizing or volumizing spray and position the bottle below my hair facing the nozzle pointing up into the ends and middle of my hair. Do a few spritz of this and then again do a little fluff at my root and *BAM!* she’s a whole new woman!

Day 4: I basically do everything the same as above except by this point I usually almost always have to back comb my hair after I put in my products so that the products don’t make my hair heavy. Normally I will only back comb the very top section of my hair around the part line and that does the trick!

Day 5: If it gets to this point I repeat everything from Day 4!

Let me just tell ya, mommin’ ain’t easy BUT it is the most amazing thing ever! Babies are only babies for a short time so enjoy it. Basque in the oily pits of your hair, love them littles so hard, because before you know it your routine will return to “normal” and you’ll miss the days where they needed you so much you couldn’t even wash you hair.

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