Current Beauty and Body Favorites

01 Feb 2016 Permalink

amazing beauty products

I’ve kinda been revamping everything from my diet habits to the products that I use on my body. I started by tossing or finishing up everything that I truly didn’t like. Then I asked about, researched, and shopped for things that better fit my needs and wants.

These products that I’m about to share are ones that I wholeheartedly enjoy! They’re the type of things that I would gush about to my girlfriends…and now I’d like to share them with you.

natural hair products

I had been using hair oils to help hydrate my hair and protect it from heat exposure. Unfortunately, those oils were causing me to breakout along my jawline. I was so pissed when I realized what was happening. I loved those oils…but NOT at the expense of my face.

So, I decided to check out my favorite health food shop and search their beauty section. I figured that something with natural ingredients might be better for my skin.

I’ve been using 2 Chic Blackberry & Coconut Milk Ultra-Repair Leave-In Conditioning & Styling Elixir and Desert Essence Coconut Hair Defrizzer & Heat Protector as needed for about two months now and I love them both! My jawline is looking MUCH better! Plus, besides for my hair getting the conditioning and heat protection that it needs, it smells super yummy.

dry shampoo

On days when I don’t wash my hair, I stick with this Root Reboot Dry Shampoo from Pantene. I’ve been enjoying this product so much that I actually look forward to not washing my hair! I mean, I’ve tried many dry shampoos before, but this one really eliminates the extra oil. I also really like how it adds some texture and lift to my hair. Sometimes I even use it just for the purpose of adding some volume to my locks.

foundation

Back in October, I had my makeup professionally done (first time EVER!) for a wedding I was standing up in. Whenever I have the chance to talk with a beauty professional, I just have to pick her brain. Besides for sharing some awesome makeup tips while she was working her magic to make me look gorgeous, this makeup artist told me that her all-time favorite foundation was Make Up Forever Ultra HD.

Up until that time, I was using a foundation that I felt kinda blah about. The color wasn’t really matching to my skin tone as much as I wanted it to, and it really didn’t seem to last all day. So when I finished the bottle of the blah stuff, I quickly went to Sephora to try out the Make Up Forever Ulta HD shades. Instant love! The sales girl was super helpful. She gave me enough of a sample so that I could try the foundation out before buying. But after one full day of wearing it, I placed an order.

herbal tea

This last of my favorites was something that I came across on Instagram. I’m not a coffee drinker, but I love myself a great cup of tea. Especially tea that provides a little something “extra”…

This loose tea from Tea Kitten claims to make your lady parts smell fresh and taste good. So for some reason over winter break, I decided to order myself this magical tea and give it a try. If you are planning on using it for a special night, make sure to follow the directions. A certain amount of ounces needs to be consumed at least 48 hours before hand. Buuuutt, besides for the tea itself actually tasting delicious, it truly done work. Scouts honor.

Shapewear That’s Actually COMFORTABLE

15 Jan 2016 Permalink

shapewear

shapewear

shapewear

I started my secret love affair with shapewear shortly after having kids. I don’t wear it everyday. But on days when I wear something more revealing – like a bodycon dress or fitted sweater – I definitely have something underneath to help smooth things out.

You know, there’s only so much diet and exercise can do. Sometimes a girl just needs a few tricks up her sleeves.

Unfortunately, most shapewear is way too constricting for me. I mean, I gotta be able to eat and breathe in it!

Recently I added the stā Body suit to my shapewear collection. It’s a winner for a few reasons. First off, it’s very easy to put on and wear. I don’t feel like a stuffed sausage, and I’m able to breathe! Also, it’s specially designed to stay in place. The tank part is connected to the panties which means that it doesn’t come untucked or expose any body parts. This is soooo important because no matter how great shapewear makes you look, if you’re constantly tugging and pulling to keep it in place, you’ll just look like a hot mess.

I’m promising more pics with this gem soon! Winter blogging in Chicago really isn’t my jam. Indoor lighting drives me nuts, and I wasn’t about to set up shop for a photo shoot in freezing temps. But…to give you an idea how this body suit looks underneath a fitted turtleneck…

blue turtleneck

See?? Nice and smooth and no one even knows. Having the right tricks makes me one happy – and smoothed out – lady!

stā Body provided me with the body suit for review. All opinions are my own.

Momiform Musts: Coats & Boots

30 Nov 2015 Permalink

black coat, black boots

love these boots!!

black coat, black boots

love these @Rockport black boots!!

On days when the kids and I have a ton of running around to do, I’m left with little time for myself to get ready. Recently I’ve been focusing on my hair and makeup, rather than deciding what to wear. There’s a few reasons for this…

I like how a fresh face of makeup can make it appear as if I got a full night’s sleep. (Hello, concealer and lipstick!) And on the hair side of things, if I don’t take the time to do something with these red locks, I might end up looking like Carrot Top.

During the winter months, especially when the minis and I have a list to accomplish, I’m spending most my time wearing a coat anyway. Outerwear plays a big part of my “outfits” once the temps drop down. So, to keep things simple, I stick with darker colors for a monochromatic look. (Side note…I found the most amazing vintage faux fur coat over the weekend! So excited to add it to my coat collection!)

Boots are another necessity to my mom-on-the-go outfits. I have been wearing my black over-the-knee boots every chance I get, but these heeled booties from Rockport are slowly taking over.

The first time I actually wore them was to the Chicago Toy & Game Fair the other weekend at Navy Pier. I was a little skeptical to wear heels to an event that required so much walking, but I wanted to try out the NanoGLIDE® cushioned heel. Alison even made a comment about how crazy I was to wear heels to the event, but I kid you not, I forgot that I was even wearing them!! They’re that comfortable!

Today you can save 40% at Rockport!! (Yay for Cyber Monday!!) Besides for these beauties, there’s plenty of other stylish yet comfortable options for ladies…and men too!

coat – Banana Republic | boots – c/o Rockport

Balance and Simplicity

25 Nov 2015 Permalink

layered necklace, cardigan

layered necklace, cardigan

layered necklace, cardigan

layered necklace, cardigan

layered necklace, cardigan

Balance and simplicity are two words that I’ve been incorporating into my everyday life.

Both in the classroom and at home, I’m working on showing my students and my two minis that there is a time for work, and a time for play. I guess you can say it’s the whole “work hard, play hard” mentality, but really it’s just common sense.

If you don’t balance out your life between work and play, you will begin to find yourself stressed out. It’s not healthy for your body to just focus on one of the two. There has to be an equilibrium.

Simplicity comes into play – for me at least – during times of stress or chaos. It’s calming to stop, take a step back, focus on just what’s important at the moment, and continue on from there.

Balance and simplicity are words that have also been describing my style recently. Take this outfit, for example. I love a great chunky sweater…but it can truly look overwhelming my petite 5’3″ frame. That’s when a simple – but adorable – layered necklace comes into play. This new arrival from Karine Sultan brings the right amount of balance to my fall outfit. And provides that little glam factor that I always look for.

Melissa (Gold) Necklace – c/o Karine Sultan | vintage cardigan – thrifted | jeans – J. Crew