Sorry for the long absence – current favorite products

Hi Beauties,

As it’s been now three months (I think) since I last posted, I figured it’s time to get back into trying to post at least once a month if I can swing that!!

It’s been an very overwhelming and extremely busy past three months and I’ll explain why. Three months ago this next week, my second decided to make an early entrace into this world at 6 weeks early! He was born a mere 4 hours after my water broke on January 31st, 2017. He’s done nothing but surpass everyone’s expectations for him and he is thriving despite having been 6 weeks early and with his spina bifida.

Alright, anyway, life’s been hectic to say the least, but I’m hoping things are starting to calm down. In the meantime, I thought I’d list some of my current favorite products as I’ve done a lot of shifting in my makeup/hair routine recently including chopping off my waist length hair into an a-line mix of a bob/lob (long bob). I think I want to start up my youtube channel again, but we’ll see if that’s too ambitious for right now!

Okay, let’s start with hair!

With the shorter hair I’m finding I only need to conditioner it mmmaybe once a week. I need to get another bottle of co-wash, but for now I’m liking L’Oreal’s new clay shampoo.

L’Oreal Extraordinary Clay Rebalancing Shampoo

I’ve been using this for a few weeks now and I feel like it’s actually cleaning my hair. I haven’t noticed any build up yet, but I’ve also been (when I use conditioner) putting conditioner first then shampooing. This seems to help my hair actually get clean without stripping good oils. I find the scent refreshing and while I’m not entirely sure the “clay” is actually doing anything, I like to think that it is.

In trying to figure out my new styling needs with my new haircut, I accidentally stumbled upon what I’m using right now. Ironically it’s a product I’ve NEVER liked before with my longer hair and yet it’s the absolutely best product I’ve found so far with my shorter hair.


I never liked how mousse would dry in my hair when it was to my waist. I liked cream/gels, but one of the things I specifically asked my hair stylist to do was give me as many layers as she could. I wanted, no CRAVED volume. I also knew that as soon as postpartum hair loss struck, I wanted a hair style I could get the absolute most volume I could. One day I decided to pull out my Garnier Fructis mousse and just give it a whirl. Holy cow, I got INCREDIBLE volume and my hair was SO soft. Check out the picture above, that was freshly washed and volumized hair.

Garnier Fructis Style Curl Construct Creation Mousse

The the last hair product I’ve been using this past week especially is a dry texturizing spray. I had found one by Garnier Fructis called Texture Tease last year at some point but with longer hair it was not a good product for my hair. I must have used enough of it last year because it only lasted a week! When trying to find the spray to replace my now empty bottle, I discovered that it appears to be yet another product that I’ve snatched up that is now discontinued! I then turned to the shelves of Target’s beauty section and stumbled upon a dry texturizing spray that I think is my new favorite product.

Umberto Dry Texture Spray 

I spritzed some of this on my hair after I got home this afternoon, and oh my goodness, instant revival of volume and without any crunchiness! I think I’m going to be reaching for this spray a lot.

Okay! Moving on to face products!

With having two kids now, one being an almost three month old who requires more doctors appointments than my first has had in his 3 years of life, my makeup routine has had to become very minimal. Honestly, all I’m doing right now most days is applying a BB cream after I put toner and moisturizer on my face after showering in the mornings, a little bit of eyebrow pencil, eyeliner, and mascara, and that’s my beauty routine.

Let’s start from the skin out –

Dickinson’s Witch Hazel Pore Perfecting Toner 

I’ve started using Witch Hazel two times a day and I’m really pleased with how my skin is starting to look! Especially with my body still full of pregnancy hormones and everything still settling after my little one’s intense arrival, my skin has been a bit unhappy with me. I don’t mind the slightly alcoholic smell of this witch hazel, it goes away as soon as it dries which is about 2 seconds. I just apply it with a cottonball around around my face, neck, and chest.

Olay Fresh Effects Long Live Moisture Satin Finish Lotion

I used to use this lotion several years ago but I didn’t really know how to take care of my face so it didn’t work all that great. However, I started using it again and I really love it. It’s silky but doesn’t dry oily. I don’t break out from it and one bottle lasts for months.

Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream – Light/Medium 

OMG, this stuff is amazing! I put this on after the lotion above and break one of my makeup rules; I apply it with my hands! I found this works best for this cream because the heat of my hands helps the cream blend into my skin a lot smoother than if I used a sponge or brush. Also, it’s quicker. I apply the witch hazel, moisturizer, and the bb cream in all less than 3 minutes.

But, when I want to do a fuller face of makeup, I found another new favorite –

NYX BB Cream in Natural 

I ran out of my Rimmel bb cream and decided to try something a little different for my minimal makeup routine. I haven’t always liked NYX products, but have been very pleased with this cream. It blends almost matte once it warms up to my skin. And it goes on really smoothly with or without primer under it. Ha, yet another makeup rule of mine I’ve broken recently! I’ll tell you what, having two kids really makes you figure out how quickly you can do something in as little steps as possible!

So those are my current favorite products! Thanks for sticking around during my absence. Life’s been really hard and busy and intense lately, but I haven’t dropped makeup as it’s become a significant self-care thing for me. Hopefully I’ll be able to start posting with a little more regularity soon!


Welcoming 2017 & Goals

Hi Beauties!

Welcome to 2017! It feels weird that it’s January. 2016 was a rough year for me, but it also felt like the year flew by! Lashes & Rouge has been around for almost a year and a half now, and I’m trying to decide where I want to take the blog in the coming year. I know I have to step back because of baby #2 coming at the end of next month, but how much I’ll be stepping back is still up in the air. I haven’t stopped wearing makeup, haha, I don’t think I could now, but my focus can’t be so narrowed in on this blog.

So, what are some of the things I do want to do?

  • I want to post at least twice a month, and I have a lot of ideas, it’s merely going to be a matter of finding time and energy to put posts up.
  • I’m going to split posts up between three categories (at least for now); Fashion, Makeup/Hair, and Reviews.

I’m still trying to find my niche with being a beauty blogger, and because of that, I’m hesitant to really stick with only one or two things! I recently picked up this planner and I want to try planning out my blogging schedule instead of just doing it whenever I have a few minutes. I’ll also be using this planner to keep track of baby #2’s drs appointments and surgeries and such too because yeah, lots of information going to be coming my way soon!

I left the company I was with last September and since then have been experimenting a lot with skin care and face care. So hopefully I can get my reviews of my new favorites with skin care routines up soon! Being halfway through the third trimester means I’m struggling to keep up with day to day things, never mind about blogging with any consistency!

I hope the first week of this new year has been good for you already, and thank you for following along as I shift and adjust this blog!

Mascara Recommendations & Comparision – product reviews

So I have noticed that roughly once a year, I get a new full sized mascara. The rest of the year, I live off of making my favorites last or I use travel/sample sizes that I get from a variety of places. A year ago, I was introduced to Stila’s HUGE Extreme Lash mascara via Ipsy and fell in love with how it made my lashes look! But, when I went to Ulta to get my own full sized tube for Christmas, they had sold out completely! And that is when I found my next favorite from Too Faced. I bought a tube of the Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara and found that I liked it almost better than the Stila mascara!

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara and Milk Cosmetics Ubame Mascara

This year, thanks to a gift card to Sephora, I picked up a brand new tube of Better Than Sex Mascara and have been thoroughly enjoying having a fresh new mascara to add to my makeup routine. However, as I have kept an eye on major brands’ Christmas sales, I stumbled across a deal at Stila that included a full sized tube of HUGE Extreme Lash mascara, eyeliner, blush/lip cream, and lip gloss all for $15! I was shocked and quickly snatched it up. I went back later that day and it had sold out completely.


The crazy thing is that now I have both of my favorite mascaras in front of me, I have a clear preference for one over the other. One of the thing that makes me like both of these mascaras is the hour glass shaped brush. I feels like it exaggerates and draws out and up the lashes in a way other mascaras I’ve tried don’t. I already have dark and mostly full eyelashes, so I don’t need a LOT of help when it comes to emphasizing my eyelashes, but I do love the way these mascaras do darken my lashes more. Anyway, after having almost two kids, my lashes have changed a good bit (mainly gotten thinner). Another reason I do like both of these mascaras is you really don’t need more than one coat for each eye and that’s with wiping the excess mascara off the brush!

Alright so now which is my preferable mascara?? I’d have to say it’s the Better Than Sex one! They are both really good, and I do really like Stila’s mascara, but the Too Faced mascara’s brush has a more defined hour glass shape and it does go on a teensy bit smoother than the Stila mascara! I do highly recommend both mascaras still. For their price and the fact that they really do last for quite awhile, I’d say these are still my top top favorites out of all of the mascara I’ve tried. And I’ve tried both high end mascara and the low end mascara (low end = low cost).

If you’re looking for a new mascara to try or to replace an old tube, check out Stila’s HUGE Extreme Lash mascara or Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara!

Brows – the trend that is no longer a trend

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Hi Beauties,

I’ve been slowly collecting eyebrow products awhile so here’s my take on the here-to-stay-not-a-trend makeup look!


Let’s talk about that!

Brows have been an on again off again trend for quite a few years (decades even?). But over the past maybe two years, possibly longer, bold and/or defined brows have not only been making a big come back, but a lot of fashion/makeup gurus are saying they’re here to stay. Now, of course, we all have eyebrows of some sort, but what they mean is defining your brows. Whether it’s filling them in just enough so they don’t look too sparse, or going full blown bold “make-a-statement” brows. With my heritage including Italian, I inherited my mom’s darker hair, but my dad’s bushy eyebrows. I have taken great pains to contain and control my sometimes, or what used to be, wiry eyebrows, and now, I feel like I have a decent grip on how to fill them in, contain the odd kinky hair that sticks straight up, and I like the shape. I believe one of the most important aspects of your face are your eyebrows. The eyebrows add definition to your face, they define your face shape, and when your eyebrows are defined, it balances out the rest of your features.

So what I want to do now is show you some of the brow products I’ve used and either have hated or loved, or felt something in between.

Here’s a run down of the many different types of brow products out there!

Powders – this are good for doing a gentle, subtle fill in of patchy areas

Gel – you can get clear brow gel (good for holding shape when you’ve combed your brows and keeping product in place) or colored that matches your natural color

Pencils – once again, a product that can be used for a subtle defining/filling in of your brows – or you can use a pencil to completely fill in your brow and you’re good to go

Cream – same as powder, but it’s cream, and depending on the quality and texture of the cream, it is easy (or hard) to fill in and define your brows with this kind of product

Markers – I don’t have any experience with this kind of brow product, but I know Benefit Cosmetics has one or two in their new brow collection

Okay, I have used the first four types of products, but have never used brow markers. Those kind of scare me, and I am not that thrilled of the idea of making my already bold brows even more in-your-face! The two kinds of powdered brow products that I have used were from Pixi by Petra and NYX cosmetics.

The NYX brow kit was the first eyebrow specific product I’ve ever gotten. Because I was so new to doing my brows when I first got that kit, I was pretty tentative about going “bold.” So I used the powder to carefully and subtly fill in my brows, but I didn’t know how to or want to create too much definition. I would recommend this to someone who wants a product with a brow pomade (basically the same as a gel…you can mix the powder with a pomade and create more of a cream product instead of just powder) and two different colors.

 NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder

The second powder product in the picture above is a little Pixi palette I accidentally stumbled upon last Christmas. I have since discovered it at Target and have notices that it tends to show up a lot during the Christmas season (which is coming up rather quickly!). I like the shades and powder consistency of this product better than the NYX eyebrow kit, but I think now I would honestly recommend either of them.

Pixi by Petra Mini Brow Trio

Moving on to…Gels!

The black tube in the picture above is actually a brow cream/gel kind of product from Julep. It was one of the free products I earned through a promotion Julep had a while back. I wasn’t so sure about using it when I first got it, but it has become one of the few brow products I will reach for when I want to do something different with my eyebrows. I don’t have a link for this product because to be perfectly honest, I wouldn’t really recommend it.

Let’s talk about Essence really quick. Essence is one of those brands that I would consider the AFFORDABLE side of makeup products. A caveat here though is that cheap does not mean bad quality. I have tried several of their products and have been impressed with the level of quality for such a low cost. I would put Essence products in the same category as e.l.f. cosmetics – well made, affordable, good quality makeup products.

Essence make me brow eyebrow gel mascara is supposed to be a dupe for Benefit Cosmetics gimme brow (however, I do not know if Benefit’s updated formulas have changed their gimme brow so that the Essence product is no longer a reliable dupe). This product is an awesome product to carry around when you’re on the go and want just a little extra oomph to your brows. It is not a heavily brow defining product, in fact I’m not even sure if you could build it up to get a more defined brow. I do like this product, the way the gel is formulated makes it look like it has little fiber in it. I don’t know if that is how the product actually functions, but I don’t mind at all.

Essence make me brow


Pencils – I received several different eyebrow pencil products in my ipsy, birchbox, and boxycharm last year and none of them I really liked. I can’t remember the brands now, they were all brands I had never heard of and have never seen again. I didn’t think pencils were for me because with those different pencils I had gotten, none of them seemed able to create the fine lines I was looking for. And then I found this pencil from Eylure.

As you can see, my Eylure pencil is not quite the length it once was. I love pencils that come with the brush already attached and this pencil is my #1 go to eyebrow product. I am constantly sharpening it and it does give me the fine lines I want when trying to define my brows. It is also the closest to a perfect shade for my natural eyebrow color out of any other product I’ve ever tried or have currently.

Eylure Defining and Shading Firm Pencil

I’m not sure if it’s because any Benefit product I’ve tried hasn’t been the right shade for me, but the eyebrow pencil above is too light and to be blunt, I hate it. It doesn’t go on smoothly, I feel like I have to apply so much pressure to get any color to show up, and because it’s not the right color, I just don’t use it. I did want to show it as an example of another pencil brow product that has great reviews and comes highly recommended.

I recently picked up NYX’s Tame and Frame brow pomade and have begun using that. It is a slightly different shade than the Eylure pencil, but it still compliments and matches my hair color. This product is actually one of the top dupes for Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade. I have never tried any Anastasia products, but I plan to take a trip to Sephora shortly and get a sample so I can compare the two products. The NYX product takes a little bit to get the hang of, but I am definitely not against it. I use this brush from e.l.f. cosmetics and next time I use the brow pomade, I’m going to try using the pencil to line my brows first before filling it in.

 NYX Tame & Frame brow pomade

So there you have it! My recommendations and suggestions for eyebrow products! What are your favorite products to use for your eyebrows? Have you had a difficult time figuring out what works best for you? Hopefully this post will help you if that’s you!

Fall/Winter Fashion – Maternity Edition

Hi Beauties,

Okay, I apologize for being so MIA recently. The last half of September was B R U T A L and I finally feel like I can breathe again. Combination of what I now know to be high altitude influenced pregnancy complications and then getting a nasty, nasty stomach bug a week later. Good gawd almighty, I do not recommend getting the stomach flu when pregnant. However, now that I am feeling more like myself, have caught up mostly on sleep, I am getting back into the swing of keeping up with life.

As our Colorado weather starts to get cooler (we’ve had two frost warnings already!), I am turning to my fall wardrobe and this year, it makes me especially excited because most of the maternity clothes I have gathered are more suited for fall/winter. I know a surprisingly large number of friends who are currently pregnant right now, both ahead and behind me, and I feel like maternity fashion is quite applicable. I am just shy of the grand HALFWAY mark with this pregnancy and I am so happy to be almost there! First off, let me walk through my list of what I consider maternity essentials (speaking specifically as a second time mom and how I have done things differently fashion-wise this time around). Please keep in mind that were this a summer maternity fashion post, my recommended essentials would be quite different!

**Note: With this being my second (and last) pregnancy, I have found I do have definite preferences regarding maternity clothes this time around. I prefer low rise maternity pants to full panel, or even low banded pant tops. I very much prefer more fitted tops/dresses this time around instead of loose and flowy. I know women who preferred the full panel pants, but for me, as I’m short-waisted already, always felt claustrophobic in those types of pants! So all of my recommendations are going to go off these preferences, but I will include alternatives for those who like the full belly, low band maternity pants!**

~ [Fall/Winter] Maternity Essentials ~

  • Tees/Tanks/Fashion tops – When I was pregnant with Ender, I only had maybe two actual maternity tops. We were pretty tight financially with my husband finishing his degree and I had stopped working. So I made do with what I had. This method works, but I regret not having three or four staple maternity tops. I prefer short sleeve maternity tops to full length sleeves because it’s easier to layer and not overheat when I have a base of a short sleeve shirt. My favorite go to top right now is from Old Navy and I have this one in black (which I found at the thrift store!). I got a two pack of short sleeve shirts from H&M but I can’t find them online anymore! Basically this top but in white and black. I honestly prefer the Old Navy top to the H&M tops because the Old Navy top gives me a lot of room and it’s got a lot of give. The H&M tops, not to much. I don’t think I’ll be able to wear those tops full term. So when it comes to tops, I definitely recommend Old Navy OVER H&M.Tanks – Again, Old Navy. Like I said above, I am sticking with a lot more form fitted tops this time around, and am finding I highly prefer shirred tops. This (black) tank top from Old Navy (again, a thrift store find, but I will be getting at least one more shortly) is my preferred tank. It is long, stretchy, and so very comfortable. A great layering piece as well.

    Fashion Tops – I have several plaid maternity tops, and while they’re not fully fitted, they are tunics and fitted around my shoulders and bust line. These tops (and I forgot to get a picture of the third top I have which I would pair with my gray leggings and tall boots) are comfortable, loose when I don’t feel like having something tight(er) across my belly, and they have a multitude of options for dressing up/down as well as adding a lot of accessories.

    tip: Liz Lange Maternity from Target is another great source for affordable maternity clothes. Their clothes are very comfortable, and I wore them a lot with my first pregnancy. I haven’t gotten very many pieces from them this time around because the style is a lot looser and not quite as fitted. I do have one short sleeve top I found at the thrift store from Liz Lange, and this long sleeve sweatshirt kind of top that I pair with a black tank top and leggings. 

  • Dresses – I have one actual maternity dress, but have two other maxi dresses I can wear for quite a while longer. The maternity dress I have is a brand I don’t recognize and can’t find online, so it must no longer exist. But yet again, it’s fitted and shirred. The reason I prefer fitted/shirred maternity clothes is because the more my belly grows, the more I need to be aware of balancing the lines of my body. This has nothing to do with hating how I look or trying to hide, this is all about being comfortable with your body and loving it as it shifts and changes while carrying your child. So while I prefer fitted looks because I believe it’s more flattering for my body type, it is 100% okay if you don’t and like looser more flowy clothes. Here are some examples of the three dresses I have, and some of the ways I’ll style them.
  • Leggings – After I had my first, almost two and a half years ago, I viciously got rid of all of my maternity clothes. I had a lot of prodromal labor before finally delivering him, and I absolutely HATED everything maternity. That being said, I have spent the past year kicking myself about getting rid of my maternity leggings! My absolute favorite maternity leggings are from Old Navy. I am not terribly fond of other maternity pants from Old Navy, but their low rise leggings! Omg, so amazingly comfortable and I don’t spend a lot of time pulling them up like other leggings (or feeling like I have droopy crotch)– low rise leggings in Gray
    low rise leggings in Black 

    I recently purchased a pair of the black leggings and then found the gray pair at the thrift store this morning for $2!!! Score! Leggings are one of the big essentials I consider worth getting, especially for a pregnancy that takes part mostly in the fall and winter. There are some fashion rules are wearing leggings though! 1. Make sure they fit comfortably, no skin tight unless you want to be tugging at them all day and having them cut off circulation
    2. Preferably wear leggings with a tunic top or longer t-shirt (this is personal preference, so this is completely up to you!)
    3. Think Balanced when it comes to pairing tops, jackets, and such with leggings. Do not do super super flowy top with leggings as this creates a top heavy kind of look that with a growing belly makes you look unbalanced. If you’re wearing leggings, have a looser top, but still with definition in the shoulders or around the rib-cage.

    tip: along with leggings, I consider yoga pants to be an absolute must. Especially on those colder fall and winter days when you don’t have to go anywhere! I have two pairs of non-maternity yoga pants, and they’re a definite staple for me. I also have a pair of these workout pants from Be Maternity by Liz Lange. I love the crossover back panel, and they are thicker and just all around super comfortable. 

  • Pants – Like I said above, all of my maternity pants/leggings are very low rise. Both pairs of my actual pants/jeans are low rise, have no panel whatsoever, and have belt loops. For some reason, my hips shrink during pregnancy, so with the low rise and with belt loops, I can actually keep my pants up this time! I have three pairs of maternity pants (one of those is not an actual maternity pant but they work very well despite that) 1. Dark Wash Low Rise Jeans from Liz Lange Maternity 2. Black Low Rise soft cotton stretch pants from Gap Maternity 3. No Boundaries Gypsy pants (I call these my crazy pants). Gap no longer carries the black pants I have which kind of sucks because they are so so comfortable and I will definitely be wearing them after I deliver as well. The Liz Lange pants are a little bit iffy, I need to break them in a lot, but they fit me overall (which is a difficult feat for me and jeans) and I have the skill set to alter them if I decide I need to (I’d need to take two tiny darts along the back waistband so they lie flat against my back). I have heard very good things about both Gap and Old Navy Maternity pants/jeans, and I’d highly recommend them as an affordable option. I would also recommend Liz Lange at Target for maternity jeans as well. The nice thing about Target, is those pants/jeans are on sale a lot.

    tip: just because you are pregnant doesn’t mean your wardrobe has to become boring or bland! I have several what I call crazy wild pieces (those gypsy pants for example) and I love mixing them into my day to day outfits. Granted, I do have mostly black and gray wardrobe staples, but those are base pieces and can be built upon for some awesome looks! 

  • Accessories – This is my favorite category and the one area of fashion you can go as big as you want or as minimal. Accessories are also the things that you don’t have to have as specifically maternity. These are good at all times, not just when you’re pregnant! I love using accessories (jackets, shoes, jewelry, belts, scarves, etc.) to up the game of a favorite outfit. I am all about comfortable, especially being pregnant, so any accessory I add has to be comfortable and match the comfort level of the base outfit. I have 4 [fashion] jackets and one specifically maternity jacket for wearing on top of layers. The fashion jackets are all pieces I’ve carefully spent time collecting over the past two years. I have two green jackets (I know, I know, a little redundant), one is a cargo/army type jacket and the second is the green jacket I am wearing above in the multiple pictures. I have a tan faux leather jacket, as well as a navy blue cargo type jacket as well. Two of the things I didn’t have were sweaters, which I found two of them at our local thrift store. One is the gray and black striped sweater above. I have a handful of scarves that I only wear when it’s freezing outside, but that make amazing fashion statements for outfits that just need a little something else. I jumped on a deal from H&M for this maternity MAMA Parka and I really like it. It’s not very thick, but there’s enough room to layer sweaters and whatnot under it. The green is not as bright as the picture (think an almost black teal green).Let’s talk about shoes. As this is specifically winter, I’m going to talk about my winter shoes, which include quite a very more shoes than my summer wear (literally sandals and maybe a pair of flats). I have collected over the past two years three pairs of booties. A dark tan pair, gray blue pair, and a black pair. I have three pairs of flats – a black and cream spotted pair, dark forest green, and black with a gold chain around the ankle. I also have two pairs of tall boots – a brown pair and a black pair. Then, I have my winter boots. I carefully looked for the boots I wanted and ended up finding a pair last winter at TJ Maxx of all places! These snow boots can take the place in any fall/winter outfit I would normally wear booties or tall boots with. If you’ll notice, every single pair of flats, booties, winter boots, and tall boots, can be worn with almost any outfit I have. This was done on purpose and these are all pairs of shoes that will [hopefully] last me a very long time. I will need to replace my black and cream pair of flats soon, but I have worn those religiously every fall and winter for the past 4 years.

    tip: I have mixed feelings about their boots, but JustFab has a deal right now where your first pair of boots is just $10 ($15 something when shipped) and that includes booties or tall boots. I just got my black pair of boots from them and they are stiff (they’re brand new and I think just need to be broken in, and they are wearable/comfortable) and after I got the boots, knew I liked them and would wear them, I canceled my subscription to JustFab and that was the end of that. They also carry wide calf boots that are legitimately wide calf.

    Alright, so those are all of my tips for Maternity Essentials! I hope you enjoyed this post and found it helpful! Enjoy the rest of your weekend and thanks for stopping by. ❤

Beauties On Fire – Fall!!!!

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Hi Beauties,

Welcome officially to fall! I am sorry for those of you still stuck in 90 degree weather, because that just downright sucks. It’s been gradually getting cooler here in Colorado, and I am so happy about that because not only do I always feel more comfortable in cooler weather, but the majority of my maternity clothes are fall/winter. So there’s that. Oh, and guess what! I’m actually posting on the Beauties on Fire collab day!! It’s been a rough week, but then that’s not terribly new as of late. My little monkey was sick two days ago, we’re thinking possibly just a fluke? But he’s been fine since and has kept everything down so that’s very good for this tired mama.

Alright, fall. Oh, glorious fall! Seriously, this is my favorite time of the year. I love the changing leaves (we’ve actually got several trees around our complex currently changing into reds among the vibrant yellows! I love the rust browns, maroons, the warmer colors that I don’t always look good in but tend to gravitate towards. I especially love fall inspired makeup. My fashion look today, as it did get to almost 80 (a balmy 80 though) today, was a tunic maternity top in a plum color, my black maternity capris, and then my olive green army jacket. For my makeup, I chose to use my Almay topaz eyeliner, and my Shadow Box Urban Decay Palette. The two colors I used for my eyes were Smog and Lost. I used my blush stick I had gotten from a birchbox a long time ago as the blush. For fall colors, I like to go a little darker with the blush and a little more contour because I like creating more shadows and angles. Where spring makeup is fresh and light and bright, fall makeup to me is a little darker, more warm toned, and plays to the angles of your face more sharply.

Besides liking to warm up or darken my blush for the fall, I love bringing warmer tones for my eyes and some darker/warmer tones for lips. I have two go to lip colors for the fall, and I’d like to get another one, but am trying to decide on the shade and which brand. By the way, I do not recommend Revlon lipsticks. Every single one I have ends up going on the lips almost watery, very thinly, and I find it hard to get a smooth finish. Maybelline, on the other hand, is A M A Z I N G when it comes to their matte lipsticks. And thus where my two favorites come from!


Maybelline Touch of Spice










Maybelline Warm Me Up

Now, the Warm Me Up shade is actually my nude lip color that I use regularly. But because my natural lip color is a little darker than normal, this still works for fall as it’s a slightly warmer pinkish brown shade so I find that it accents a fall look quite nicely. Touch of Spice is an all time favorite of mine but I’ve found that over the past year, I wore it most in the fall and winter. It has more brown undertones, still pink, but it’s definitely on the warmer end of cool spectrum of colors.










Enjoy and Happy Fall!

*belated* Beauties on Fire – Retro!

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Hi Beauties,

So I had my look all done Thursday evening, went out with a friend, then woke up Friday at 3:30am soaked with blood. There went my post for this past week as I then spent the next four days in and out of doctors appointments, making sure my little guy was okay and then trying to figure out why I had been bleeding! Needless to say, the past week has been quite full of drama and a lot of couching potatoeing to make sure my body can rest and recuperate.

Now, here’s my look for last week’s Beauties on Fire. The theme was Retro and as I looked through “retro” themed tags on Pinterest, the 1940’s kept popping out at me. It’s a very clean, but dramatic look, and I knew I could pull it off. Yes, I was a 90’s child, but where’s the fun in that? (kidding, kidding…) I chose this picture to emulate and kind of sort was able to pin my [waist length] hair up underneath to make it look like I had shorter hair.


The small bit I did of research about 40’s makeup was that the foundation was usually slightly darker than your actual skin tone. Cat eyes were being made popular by glamorous Hollywood stars, and orange red lipstick was really in. The brows were not very well defined, but they also weren’t paper thin like several other decades’ trends. The brows were natural, eyeshadow was fairly neutral with a focus on high cheekbones and bright lips. This look was fairly easy to pull off. I think I need to get some lighter foundation as I got into the fall/winter, because I was noticing that my full coverage foundation seemed a touch dark. Of course this worked perfectly for this look, but maybe not so much for other events! I used some highlighter powder from a hightlight/contour kit I have from Wet n Wild, as I found several diagrams from the 1940’s talking about creating a triangle of light on the cheeks, sweeping up towards the outside corners of your eyes. Then blush is placed roughly on the apple, but pulled towards your hair line, and in a slightly larger patch than modern blush wear today.


And guess what! For the first time EVER, I managed to create perfect cat eyes without having to go back and “edit” with eye makeup remover and q-tips! I was so excited and used my liquid eyeliner and then cream/gel eyeliner. I used the liquid eyeliner to create the dots that I then filled in with a small, precise angled brush and my cream/gel eyeliner. Maybe I’ve done cat eyes enough over the past year that I now know exactly where I need to place the lines? Whatever it was, I was so proud of myself for not having to redo any of it.

And now for some silly 1930-1940’s makeup tips!


Beauties On Fire – Back to School Theme

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Hi Beauties,

Technically the #beautiesonfire days are Thursday, but yesterday I got really sick. So here’s my post for this week. The theme chosen was Back To School and one of the things that immediately came to mind was having to get out the door quickly because you were late or missed your alarm clock. I’m not in school, and have no plans to go back to college anytime soon! But, that doesn’t mean that I don’t have to be quick and efficient when I’m getting ready in the morning.

So, here’s some tips for how to get a makeup/fashion routine down to, oh let’s say, 10 minutes.

  • Fashion. Several years ago, I started a habit of mentally (and sometimes physically) planning out my outfit for the next day. So all I had to do was get up in the morning and throw the clothes on and I was ready to go. Something that I found exceedingly helpful was creating a wardrobe that makes me feel comfortable in pretty much everything I own and I have a lot of items that mix and match. I played with the idea of creating a capsule wardrobe, but I didn’t care for the neutral colors which most of those wardrobes seem to be based off of. My advice? Create your own wardrobe that you love, feel comfortable in, and that does not have a huge amount of clothes.
  • Makeup. I’ve talked about this a lot over various past posts. Skincare is extremely important when it comes to makeup. Skincare is honestly not the first things that comes to mind when thinking about makeup, but unless your base, your face/skin is being taken care of, your makeup will only exacerbate any skin problems you may have. So for Minimal Makeup, taking care of your skin is the vital first step. Okay, so that being said, there are the items I keep in my makeup bag as my go-to, quick makeup routine products. Primer – BB cream – Eyebrow pencil – Eyeliner – Mascara – Finishing Powder – Bronzer I always apply the primer first, mix my bb cream with a little illuminator if I feel like it, then do my eyebrows. Once those three things are done, it’s maybe taken me 3 minutes to do this. I move on to eyeliner, bronzer, then finishing powder. My mascara is always last so I don’t get powder on my eyelashes. All in all, this makeup routine takes me 10 minutes or less. Usually less, but that all depends on how many interruptions I have from my toddler.

Those are my tips for getting ready quickly in the morning! What are some of the things you do to get out the door quickly? What are your favorite fashion tips or makeup tips?

Beauties on Fire – Villains/Superheroes

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Hi Beauties!

I have finally hit the second trimester and even though I’m still feeling pretty crappy, I am aware of more energy!

So this week with Beauties On Fire, the theme is Villains and Superheroes! Hop over to Elisabeth’s blog Everything and Nothin to check out the other beauties who are a part of the collab! I wanted to find an obscure villain and so as I started searching around on Pinterest, I came across the perfect villain! Talia Al Ghul from The Dark Knight Returns. She’s not very well known, but every picture I came across I knew I had to replicate her look! My makeup supplies have been running low recently, so I also wanted to find a look I could do with what I already had.


Talia Al Ghul is the daughter of Ras Al Ghul who is Batman’s nemesis. In The Dark Knight Returns, she befriends Bruce Wayne and then turns on him and tries her darnedest to destroy him and finish the work her father started; destroying Gotham City. The bad girl in me likes her character. I like to mystery surrounding her and the slyness she employs by working herself into Bruce Wayne’s trust so she could find his weakness and bring him down. Should I turn evil, that is the kind of person I would be! I study people and am a good people reader so I could find the weak spots. But whoops, you’re not supposed to know that about me!

Anyway, here’s my look emulating Talia Al Ghul. I used my Smoked Urban Decay palette, and did a slight smoky eye with a dark blue eye shadow. I didn’t use traditional eyeliner, but instead of used the Blackout eyeshadow from the palette. In every picture I could find of Talia, I noticed bold lips, bold brows, and a slight smoky eye. For my lips, I used a new lipstick I picked up the other day from Sonia Kashuk. It’s super creamy and I love the color! And I got it for $3 at Target in the clearance boxes.

I hope you like the look!

Have an amazing rest of the week!

Beauties on Fire Collab – The 7 Deadly Sins


Hi Beauties!

so sorry for the delay with this week’s post for the Beauties on Fire collab. Thursday was a bad day, Friday was packed, and then the weekend has been very busy for us. I’m currently sitting in yoga pants, not a lick of makeup on my face, having just gotten up from a much needed nap. Anyway, let’s dive in to the post!

The theme this week (last week) was The 7 Deadly Sins.

All of these sins were things I grew up with (not under the title of the seven deadly sins) but I knew Wrath very well, was always shamed about being Slothful, and Gluttony was often brought up. But honestly, the one that caught my eye for this post was Envy. This is something I’m very aware of in my life, and I absolutely hate whenever someone is envious of me. I guess up could say that’s one of the immediate things that will cause me to no longer want to hang out with you. If I sense you’re envious, then you might as well leave now. Maybe that’s harsh, but I consider my friends equals, and when I feel like I’m being put on a pedestal, I know longer feel an equal camaraderie with my fellow being.  So with those things in mind, I dove in to creating my look.


First, these are the main products I used to create my look. I thought about going all out and putting together an outfit as I have a deep green sequined dress, but I’m not so sure it fits me anymore in my present state. I knew the look I wanted to create would use my Urban Decay’s smoky eye palette. Using my Urban Decay Eyeshadow Potion Primer, I prepped my eyelids with that. I already had on a little bit of raise colored eyeliner and some mascara from doing errands earlier in the day, but I think those two things merely added to the grunge factor I was going for. I started with Loaded and used a little bit of Blackout along my lash line once my eyes were finished. I got a tiny two color Coastal Scents palette from Birchbox awhile ago with a bright green and gold, which I used to complete my eye look. On a whim, I used Backdoor on my brows and it created the bold brow I wanted without being too much.

Okay, so I am going to eat my words about primers. I have always said never get a primer with Silicone in it, and what did I do? Got a primer with silicone in it! I have heard several good things about the Wet n’ Wild primer but as I had two other primers I was currently using, I hadn’t gotten it yet. This past week, I ran out of my Baby Skin primer from Maybelline, AND my primer from e.l.f. cosmetics. I didn’t check the ingredients until I got home because I knew I wanted to try it, and when I was it had silicone in it, my first was response was “Well, sh*t.” Second response was, “I have it now, so I’ll give it a try.” Beauties, I’m kind of amazed. I would put it at the level of my favorite Baby Skin primer. Even though it is a very different consistency, it works just as well. I haven’t noticed any major slippage of my foundation yet, but I also don’t wear heavy foundation anyway. I’m going to keep using this for a bit longer before I can give a recommendation, but for right now, I give is a hesitant Maybe.

Moving on to foundation. I have really enjoyed using my Revlon Photoready Illuminator and mixing it with whatever foundation I want to use during the day. It’s been a great summer mix, and I think I will continue this into the fall and winter. I used my e.l.f. foundation since I wanted a heavier coverage for my look, and when applied with a damp beauty sponge, I was able to get an almost airbrushed look!

Not pictured are the blushes and contours I used as well as my lipstick. I used a deep wine colored Rimmel lipstick (the name of which is escaping me presently) and as I wanted a lot of shadows, I used my Jelly Pong bronzer combo and my Wet n Wild contour palette.

I had a lot of fun creating this look and I think I freaked my husband out with how dramatic it was! Oh well, I explained it was all for the blog. I had no intentions of walking out of the house with my eyes looking so ominous!


Thank you for reading and hop over to Elisabeth’s blog for the rest of our posts!

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