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Brow Game Changer

The product that I use the most often, that makes a huge difference, is a brow filler. I had read about these before and they seemed complicated or the way they were used made people look very “made up.”

Aillea, a natural makeup store that we love in Denver, offers a brow brush and filler that you can use lightly or heavily for a more made up look.  It instantly makes your face look transformed. My friend who over plucked her eyebrows in college has been using it religiously for the the last few months. If I could recommend any product it would be the brow brush and filler.

Also, if you want the best brow expert in Denver go see Dana!  at Zen Skin and Brow Bar. 

Photo from Who What Wear.

The Perfect Red

Red lipstick is my go to look that makes me feel instantly together. It gives a pop to an outfit and a hop to my step.  I like a red/orange look personally. The only problem with red is that it can become such a mess!

I should try one of those lipsticks that never come off that you see advertised all over social media.  Has anyone tried them? Are they toxic?  What ingredient makes the lip gloss never come off? I am skeptical…

The RMS brand, linked above, is my go to favorite right now in RMS Red.

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Face Washing is such a PAIN

I avoid, and kind of always have, getting ready for bed. Sometimes, I avoid getting ready for the in the morning too, but WORK. When I was young I would often just splash cold water on my face and call it a day. Now, I will often just do nothing. Also, I now have wrinkles on my face because of a year of limited sleep, little water, and mostly caffeine.

I need to get a routine together and I am turning to the K beauty movement to get started. CVS has a million adorable products from the beauty-obsessed country of South Korea. I will be using this natural line.

Over the next 21 days, the amount of time experts say it takes to build a habit, I am going to follow a morning and evening skin care routine. To be honest, I feel brighter and more with it, when I take care of myself. This sounds obvious but everything is kind of dazey with a baby.

Day one starts tomorrow when my Amazon purchases arrive.

The process looks like this:

  1. Cleanse with CosRx low pH good morning gel cleanser
  2. Use CosRx toner
  3. Dab on CeraVe eye cream
  4. Body Merry Moisturizer

Winter Wish List

What things are you loving for winter? Here are my top three picks.

For winter date nights, special events and holiday portraits

 

For a mama to look instantly ready. Wear this eye,  lip and cheek stain in the Cheek to Cheek color.  I love the way these look and feel.  You can feel put together, even if you are just going to Trader Joe’s to buy some chocolate peppermint pretzels.

These JCREW socks are perfect for padding around the house, watching movies, and taking naps. 

Use code Thanku for 40% and FREE SHIPPING at J CREW! SCORE.  I just discovered this writing the post, it’s not sponsored.

Happy Holiday-ing!

 

 

Sweaters for Hot Chocolate and Fireplaces

This winter, now that it’s finally feeling like winter in Denver, I am wearing a lot of leggings and sweaters over my baby bump. Here are some sweaters that feel like blankets but don’t make you look like someone that just rolls out of bed and wears a blanket (though, that’s okay too.)

JCREW- 40% WITH CODE MERRY

 

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EVERLANE CHUNKY GRAY SWEATER

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Pregnancy Must Haves

Today I wanted to share a few products that have helped me during the pregnancy.   Overall, I thought I would use and discover a lot of new pregnancy products but the process has been low key. Here are my recommendations for products that are worth investing in both during and after pregnancy.

  1. I use this lavender mist to spray my snoogle (we will get to that) every night before bed. The lavender helps if you are feeling nauseous. The light fragrance makes your pillow feel cool, helps with anxiety, and will not disturb the person sleeping next to you. lavender-mist

2) Bio Oil-I have used Bio Oil almost nightly since from about 12 weeks.  Stretch marks run in my family and I haven’t had one yet (fingers crossed!). The bio oil doesn’t have a strong oder like Palmers Coco Butter or other creams.  Several of my friends complain of itchy bellies from the stretching and so far, it hasn’t been a problem for me.

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A Good Razor-I discoved The Schick Razor in Japan where everyone used them.  The thick grip with the built in soap has been a lifesaver, especially when you get to the point where you feel like you have swallowed a basketball and cannot bend so easily.razor-gillette-2 razor-gillette

Our midwife recommended The Snoogle during my second trimester. It basically takes up the space of another person in the bed but it’s so worth it, especially now, at 34 weeks. As your body grows it molds to just the right places to support your back and stomach. I am actually sleeping through most night while a lot of friends wake up constantly in discomfort…maybe its the snoogle?!

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Nursery Planning on Budget

The nursery. It’s important because it’s the setting where my imagination about what it’s like to parent takes place. I know my  “imaginings” are far from the reality but the nursery doesn’t have to be.

Originally I was scouring Pinterest and Land of Nod for inspiration but I wasn’t feeling inspired. I don’t  want the room to feel to baby-like, gender focused  or themed. Ideally, the nursery will grow with the baby. The room is small and my overall my  inspiration was to create a cheerful, cozy, modern, comfortable and inspiring space for our little family.

My goal is to complete this nursery on a budget so I  replaced  original expensive pieces with Ikea, Target and RugsUsa products.

Originally I wanted to find a vintage dresser to use as a changing table but the room is small and I don’t feel like painting or refinishing anything. We have a closet so we don’t really need a dresser right now. With any room, you should never just buy something because it fits. If you don’t really need it, don’t get it.

The crib is Babyletto and the changing table is from Ikea. They match enough and it saves me $250 on a matching Babyletto changing table which I realized, doesn’t matter.

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I looked for mirrors and lamps at vintage stores and they were so expensive, too big, or just not right. This brass mirror and gold lamp are currently on sale at Target. I  like mixing metals and again, these will grow with the baby’s room in the future.  The West Elm versions are basically the same and were over $400 together! These two pieces are a steal so buy them quick if you are interested.

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I love Etsy because it supports small business and the art is charming, original and whimsical. During late night feedings I will love looking at this friendly elephant and the “I think I Can” print inspired me from the moment I found it–I would move it into our room for daily inspiration.

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We have the grey version of these velvet curtains from West Elm in our room. They totally block out the light and you cannot find high quality velvet curtains from other sites (I’ve looked) in my price range. The curtains will be placed higher than the window to give the illusion that the window is bigger than it is. The heaviness will add coziness and elegance to the space.

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There are about 10 million gliders on the market ranging from $200-$1600! I thought about buying one used but they get a lot of wear and tear and I decided on a lower priced new one rather than a very used– used one.  My friend’s say the glider is  must have so we will see. The glider I am thinking about is from Target. I am still deciding on which glider to get.  Any suggestions?

The rug will bring the room together and I’m still not sure about the rug. Here are the two I am thinking about. They are both natural fibers, made of wool, which is better for the baby and environment.  What color rug do you suggest? Rugs USA has insane deals on rugs and I recommend them to all of my friends looking for great deals on rugs.

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So there it is, my nursery inspiration. Can’t wait to hear your thoughts and to do the nursery reveal in a few weeks!

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Baby Boy Clothes

I am resisting the urge to the buy baby boy clothes.  The world seems overpopulated by baby boys at the moment so I have a lot of friends who will be sending baby boy clothes our way. That being said, here are some of the sweetest baby clothing companies with sweet options for boys!

Our friend gifted us this romper from Winter Water Factory.

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I am OBSESSED with this adorable baby Tee from Cheerily

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This Polar Bear Romper on Etsy from AnchoreDeep is the cuuutest. I cannot wait to snuggle my little boy.  While baby girls clothing is adorable, boy shopping has been fun.

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Affordable Paintings on Etsy

While decorating our homes we have discovered several artists we love on Etsy. The best thing about the online artisan market is that you can get original works of art, from all around the globe, for incredibly reasonable prices. Here are some of the artists we love on Etsy.

I have a Lola Donoghue painting in my living room. I love how they are filled with color and movement.

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Our Lola Donoghue hanging in the living room.

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Clair Elsesser creates timeless paintings  that remind me of summer and carefree days.  I would put the second one in a little girl room one day.

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Italy Style Inspiration

We are leaving for Italy in two weeks! I plan on packing mostly dresses because they are easy to wear, pack, and perfect for strolling around and eating double gelatos and pasta in style. I love white in the summer and classic navy stripes with pops of red. I also want to bring a head scarf so I don’t have to do my hair everyday.  I have the exact swimsuit pictured from JCREW plus red lipstick, always.

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