March 24, 2015

BEAUTY | L'OREAL BLOW DRY IT QUICK DRY PRIMER SPRAY

I was strolling through the beauty isles at Target a few months ago and spotted the new, "Blow dry it" line of products from L'oreal. I was really eager to try the "Quick Dry Primer Spray". It acts as a heat protecting spray, but it also promises to "cut dry time". Being a new mama I am all for anything that will allow me to get more done in the short amount of time I get to spend on myself everyday.  For only $3.99 I decided to give it a whirl.


It comes in a spray bottle (just like most shine or heat protecting sprays). The spray nozzle actually does pretty well. I usually hate drugstore quality spray nozzles, but this one has done a great job so far.





The first time I sprayed this in my hair I was really surprised at how lightweight it is. No sticky product either. I spray it on while my hair is damp and work it through. This also worked pretty well as a detangler for me.

My hair normaly takes fooorrrr eeevvveeerrr to blow dry. I did notice that this spray did cut dry time. In fact, it cut dry time in half for me. I love that it also gives my hair a bit of a shine to it also. If you are like me and will stop using a product just because it smells funny.  It has a pretty smell, almost a floral smell.


I took a few snaps of my hair after I blow dried it. The only product I used in my hair was the "Blow Dry It" spray.

I really loved this product! For only $3.99, I plan to repurchase it. Have you tried any of the products in this line? I would love to know your thoughts!




March 18, 2015

BEAUTY | MAKE UP FOR EVER MAT VELVET + FOUNDATION



On the blog today I am sharing my thoughts on Make Up For Ever- Mat Velvet +  Matifying Foundation. I have been wearing this foundation for almost 2 years now. This is one of my favorite foundations to wear in the spring and summer, and I will explain why in this post. 


In my opinion, Make Up For Ever did a fabulous job with the amount of shades to select from with this foundation. There are 16 shades, and these shade numbers can be found at the bottom of each bottle. I wear #40 "Natural Beige" in the spring, and a darker #50 "Sand" during the summer. For a full list and view of each of these shades Click here.

This foundation comes in a plastic bottle with a squeeze nozzle top. The cap screws on and off easily.  The packaging really is ideal for travel. I just wish it was a little larger.

 Product Description:
" A shine controlling, oil-free, water-resistant, complete coverage liquid foundation. Hides imperfections, evens out skintone, and mattifies with a non-oily, perfectly powdered finish. The result is flawless and lasts for hours. Although this foundation provides full coverage, the end result is completely adjustable to fit your needs—a little goes a long way. "

My thoughts:
I would have to agree with the description from Make Up For Ever. I have sensitive skin, and in the spring and summer my skin can also be a little on the oily side . For this reason, I really love wearing this foundation during the warmer months. I have never had a problem with it irritating my skin or dealing with any breakouts. It really does control the oil very well. It also works very well with the heat and staying in place when you sweat. With that being said, I do not feel this foundation is best if you have really dry skin or for use in the winter months. 

I love the more dewy look I get when I apply with my beauty blender, but I normally apply this foundation with my Sigma- F80 Flat Kabuki brush. A little does go a long way and it dries pretty fast, so you have to work pretty quickly once you apply it to your skin. It never feels cakey or heavy, but you do get full coverage. However, I always have to touch up after about 4 / 5 hours after I apply it. Any shine is eliminated and you do end up with a mat finish as promised. I love how natural and flawless it looks after I am done. It photographs nicely too. 

You can purchase this foundation at Sephora & the Make Up For Ever website. 


March 16, 2015

STYLE | MY FAVORITE EVERYDAY ACCESSORIES


Today on the blog I thought I would put together my favorite high-end accessories for everyday. I love these kind of posts. Most of these items were gifted to me (that is why they are my favorites).




My favorite color just happens to be tiffany blue, and I am a sucker for Tiffany & Co. My husband always seems to remember what I had my eye on. One evening he brought them home to surprised me. These were not cheap, and we don't normally do big gifts like this out of the blue. It was really sweet of him. I LOVE them.



Next is my Tiffany necklace. No joke, I wear this necklace pretty much  e v e r y d a y.  It is the perfect size and goes with pretty much everything I love to wear.



I love my Michael Kor's watch and Tiffany bracelet together. I had been looking at this watch for almost 2 years! This one was pretty expensive, so I always put off purchasing it. It was placed in my hands, wrapped in pretty wrapping paper, from the mister (for our last anniversary). There are so many different Michael Kor's watch styles, so I can't believe he remembered the exact one. I would have honestly loved whatever he had given me though. 


These two Tiffany rings were given to me on Valentine's day a few years back. I love them not only for that reason, but I think they are also so cute for everyday.


I love these cute little earings because they are simple and comfortable to wear everyday. 


What is your favorite accessory to wear every day?


March 12, 2015

BEAUTY | HIGHLIGHTERS THAT I LOVE



I love a good everyday highlighter, which I'm sure is no surprise if you follow this blog. I am always trying new highlighters (especially around this time of year). I have a few "first impression" posts coming at a later date. Today though, I thought I would share a few of my top highlighters. If you have favorite highlighter please share in the comments.





Bobbi Brown Shimmer Braick [ Beige ]-


I pruchased a few Bobbi Brown shimmer bricks last spring. It was love at first sight, and it was like I had to collect them all. My favorite is obviously the, beige shimmer brick. I normally use this as a blush/highlighter in one, but you can also use these bricks as eyeshadows.

I have fair/medium tone skin and this fits me so well. It gives me a subtle gold dewy shine. I use this product to highlight the tops of my cheeks after contouring, to the inner corners of my eyes, and the middle T of my forehead. These shimmer bricks last forever too, so they are well worth the price tag.




Nars Copacabana Multiple- 

I love the Nars multiples. I purchased Copacabana from Sephora last summer as well. Sometimes highlighters can be too metallic and unreal looking. This one will if you apply to heavy - a small amount goes a long way. Copacabana is  most flattering on light/medium skin tones, but I feel if you were to apply lightly on warmer or darker skin tones, it will look beautiful also.  It is a soft and creamy texture that gives such a beautiful glow. I use both my fingers and a brush to apply. There is a slight shimmer, so if you do not like that, then is not the highlighter for you. 


MAC Soft and Gentle -

Soft and Gentle is a very popular highlighter, and for good reason. I love this on my skin tone, it gives me a beautiful subtle glow. I've been using this highighter for over two years now and just recently had to purchase a new one. It is perfect for spring/summer. I cannot recommend this enough and I have received so many compliments.  



What are your top highlighters?


March 8, 2015

FITNESS & NUTRITION | SPRING IN MY STEPS


We are finally seeing some sunny spring like weather here in Pittsburgh, and I couldn't be happier. I am really looking forward to doing more activities and workouts outdoors again. If it was just me I wouldn't mind going for a jog outside, but now I have an infant, and I really didn't want him outside in the cold weather so much. 

I stayed pretty active while I was pregnant, but I couldn't do as hard of a workout as I was used to before I was pregnant. Now that I am 2 months postpartum and my doctor gave me the OK to start running again. I am really looking forward to getting back to that. 

Having a new baby around the house and getting back to work can be exhausting, let alone finding time (and energy) for a workout. Right mamas??? Fitness is very important to me though, so I always try and make time and find ways to stay inspired.

Everyone has their own way of staying inspired to workout and stay healthy, here are mine.


I make up detox waters the night before my workout , and let them sit in the fridge overnight. These are so yummy and refreshing to have during a workout. My favorites are: Strawberry, lemon and blueberries +  lemon and cucumber. You can add mint also. Oranges and blueberries is another favorite.


Starting off the morning with a healthy breakfast always inspires me to jump right into a workout.


I love reading fitness and health magazines. They are great for finding new workouts and new yummy meal / snack ideas. Pinterest is another great way to find these things also.


Good music can get anyone inspired to workout. I love using the Pandora radio app. Here are some secret workout stations for whatever mood you are in: 80's Cardio,  Alternative endurance training, Classic rock power workout, Country fitness, Dance cardio, Electronic cardio,  Hard rock strength training, Pop and hip hop power workout, Pop fitness, Rap strength training, Yoga, Yoga workout.


I know that when I invest in a nice pair of running shoes or good quality workout attire it always inspires me to workout. I like to buy new workout attire when I hit a goal. It helps me to keep going. I have really been loving VS Sport and Fabletics. 

What inspires you to want to workout and stay healthy? 


March 5, 2015

BEAUTY | SINFULCOLORS SPRING POLISHES


It is officially March, and that means spring is almost here! Today on the blog I am featuring five spring 2015 Sinfulcolors polishes. You can purchase these polishes and check out the whole collection at Walgreens , Rite Aid, and other mass retailers for only $1.99.




Navy I do, Thimbleberry, Feel the vibe, Tempest, Cream pink.


Such a beautiful creamy lilac! The perfect spring polish.



A bright bubble gum pink with a slight shimmer.



A bright splash of juicy orange.


True Navy Blue. A spring/summer nail polish staple.


A perfect shade of coral!



Check out the SinfulColors website to view more colors and collections.
You can also follow with Facebook,Twitter, and Instagram for updates and nail inspiration.


This was a sponsored post.

February 26, 2015

BEAUTY | LUSH FAVORITES


I thought I would share a few products from LUSH today on the blog that I really love and enjoy.

I started using LUSH cosmetics a little over 5 years ago, and have been hooked ever since. 

I have always had sensitive skin, so I love that all LUSH products are handmade with all fresh ingredients (and animal cruelty free). I know everyone has different skin types, but I haven't had an issue yet with any of their products aggravating my skin.  

I am also a lover of a relaxing, hot bubble bath, and  LUSH bubble bars and bombs always help me relax. My skin always feels so soft and smooth after I get out of a LUSH bath. 




Amandopondo bubble bar & Tisty Tosty bomb are my favorite bubble bath combo. Both have real roses inside that float on top of the water after dissolved, making your bath look so pretty. They smell like rose and jasmine to help relieve stress. These two always calm my rough, dry skin in the winter months.




Butterball is another great bomb for soft, silky skin. I love vanilla scents, and Butterball smells of vanilla. It works wonders for rehydrating the skin. This became an instant favorite for me. I highly recommend this one if you have dry skin. 



Sunny Side is an orange, tangerine and lemon scented bubble bar. It is coated with gold glitter, so your bubbles will shimmer. I love its citrus scent, great for waking you up. This one is amazing for a morning bubblebath on the weekend. 




Ocean Salt - self preserving is a sure favorite. This works as a face and body scrub. I use ocean salt all over my body, but mainly on my feet. For some, this is a little harsh to use on the face. I use it on my face once a week, and it has never felt too harsh for me. I love the smell, it reminds me of a lime margarita. Even though this is an exfoliant, it won't dry out the skin. The avocado and coconut in it will leave your skin so soft.


This lip scrub is a must-have for me. It works great (especially in the winter months) for removing dry, dead skin. I love anything mint, so this is my favorite of all the LUSH lip scrubs.


If you have never tried any LUSH products, I highly recommend giving them a try the next time you pass by a LUSH store. If you have any LUSH favorites, share your thoughts in the comments. I am always looking for new LUSH products to try! 



February 15, 2015

LIFESTYLE | VALENTINE'S DAY

Happy Sunday! I hope everyone has had a great Valentine's Day weekend?! We have had some really nasty weather here in Pittsburgh recently. For Valentine's day we got a whole lot of wind, snow, and yucky freezing rain. The mister and I had already planned on staying in for Valentine's Day with our newborn son, so it didn't smash any Valentine's day date plans or anything for us. I am having a hard time leaving my little guy right now , so we were perfectly happy staying in by a warm fire and cooking up a yummy dinner together. I wouldn't of had it any other way! I feel like it is Valentine's Day every day with my guys, but it was an excuse to do something extra fun. 


My husband got me some beautiful roses and I couldn't stop looking at them all day. So appreciative!



Since I am now a mommy, the husband and I agreed that having a chocolate allergy isn't going to go down very well in the future. I ended up getting on a medication for it and I am really not sure why I didn't do this earlier? lol I can't go crazy having a lot of chocolate , but I can have a little bit. My husband and I picked out some chocolates to share and have with a glass of wine. It was a whole new experience for me! 



He also picked me out some really lovely gifts from the LUSH store and our favorite wine. I can't wait to take a relaxing bubble bath this week after my little guy goes down for a nap. Much needed and so appreciated!



My sweet little Valentine is one month old already. After now having him with us....we can't imagine not having him in our lives. The smiles and cute little laughs are starting to happen and I melt every time.



I made my husband Valentine's Day brunch, something we don't get to do very often together. He works a rotating schedule, so it is normally dinner we get to enjoy together. 



The gorgeous view of my backyard...NOT! It was a total whiteout for a good while. I am over it, and so ready for spring!



We made his and hers pizza rolls. I loaded mine up with spinach, feta, mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, and some garlic and olive oil.

I had a fun night in with my guys and I hope you all enjoyed your Valentine's Day also.



January 12, 2015

BABY | MY LABOR & DELIVERY STORY


If you have been following my pregnancy posts over the passed 9 months you know I was due to give birth any day. This has been an amazing journey! Thank you to everyone on here and on social media for all the love. 

Week 38 of my pregnancy-
 I had been having full blown contractions every 5 minutes, for hours- on-end, for over a week . I was experiencing prodromal labor. Something I wish no one would have to go through ! We had been to the hospital on New Years eve and were sent home because my contractions weren't progressing. I was so disappointed. I was having strong contractions every 5 minutes, ready to meet my son, and didn't get to go home with my baby. Instead, we had to wait it out at home.

Week 39 of my pregnancy-
Finally, after having more contractions all night, at 3am on January 3rd, my contractions started getting even stronger, longer, and closer together. My husband put his foot down and begged me to let him take me to the hospital. I didn't want to go back to the hospital only to be sent home again, so I was putting up with the pain as long as I could. Finally I gave in and my husband put our bags in the car and we headed to the hospital (40 minutes away).




We were lucky because we made it in right before all of the nasty morning, Pittsburgh traffic and just as we got there it started to poor freezing rain. A lot of the nurses (and our doctor) made it in late because of the weather, so we waited in a small room for about an hour.

Finally, a doctor came in and checked me out and my cervix progressed passed 5.5 centimeters and I was in active labor. My husband and I were so excited we were staying. Finally, the day had arrived and I get to hold my baby in my arms.



They finally got us into our delivery room at around 6am.  After going on and on with contractions , and going so long without sleep, it was a no-brainer when they asked if I wanted an epidural. At around 7 am I got my epidural. I was surprised that I didn't feel a thing! I was a little nervous about it after hearing other moms talk about how uncomfortable the process of getting an epidural was, but it didn't hurt a bit. After the epidural and after the nurses had hooked me up to everything, my husband was able to get some sleep.
 

The doctors kept checking on me, and after hours of being in labor, I hadn't progressed past 7 centimeters and was taken to another room for an emergency C-section.

It turns out that my frame / pelvis was to small for my tiny baby to pass down through. For over a week he had been trying to arrive! After having contractions for so long, my cervix was swollen, and so was my baby's head.

I went into this pregnancy knowing that anything could happen during labor, and I was fine with whatever had to happen- as long as my baby was ok. Was I a little disappointed it ended in a c-section? Yes! Honestly though, once you hear your baby cry...all of that goes away, and there are no words to describe that moment. You always hear people say  "You will never experience anything like hearing your baby cry for the first time", and it is so true! Next to marrying my husband, hearing my son cry for the first time will forever be my favorite moment and memory. I cried and cried and after looking over and seeing my husband crying...it made me cry even more. 


My love, Phillip Joseph L. was born on January 3rd at 11:52 pm. He weighed 6 lbs and 7 oz. 
Born just 1 day before his due date (January 4th) He is named after his daddy and it fits so well being that he looks exactly like daddy.



We stayed in the hospital for 2 days. Those 2 days seemed to drag on and on, but I got a lot of time to cuddle him and kiss him. I couldn't believe how tiny he was....and all that hair!




Daddy changed the first diapers and did such an amazing job helping out while we were in the hospital. On the last day we were SO ready to bring our little guy home.




On January 6th we were released. It just happened to be on our biggest snow day of the winter so far in Pittsburgh. Even though everything we had brought (or purchased) for him to wear was all to big for him, we bundled him up and headed home.


Phillip is a little over a week now and doing wonderful! He dropped down in weight to 5 lbs 14oz in the hospital, but gained weight since he has been home. He had his first checkup and weighed 6 lbs. 2 oz. I am so in love with this little guy. He is worth all of the pain and sleepless nights. I am so happy he is home and healthy. My birthday is January 14th, so this was the best birthday gift I have ever received!