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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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!)
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