Thursday, March 13, 2014

Tarte Amazonian Clay Airbrush Foundation & Airbuki Brush Review

It's no secret that I absolutely LOVE Tarte Cosmetics. They are a "gentle naturals" cosmetic company & I have always had wonderful luck with their products! I always love having a reliable powder foundation for the quick days of just needing to even out skin tone, pop on some blush & mascara & head out the door. But this one is so MUCH more than that. It's super amazing coverage & so beautiful on the skin! More of a demi-matte. Think healthy looking skin. I'm so down with that! I would rather look "healthy" than completely matte & flat looking.
So the packaging is super great!!! It's a loose powder that has a sweet little mesh barrier so things don't get crazy messy. The Airbuki brush they suggest to use with it fits in the space perfectly & applies this powder like a dream.

Fair-Light Neutral Shade

I have used this with only a primer & used it to set a foundation. I actually prefer it with just a primer b/c it has such a great natural look & looks really light on the skin & just look so healthy. If I do set my foundation with it, it's a lighter coverage foundation or BB so it just adds a bit more coverage if I need it & to set the liquid products.
I do still need to blot with this after about 4-5 hrs but it's not a greasy kinda blotting result. Just more "radiant" than I would like on my oily/combo skin. Once it do blot though, it looks freshly applied & I don't even need to touch it up. Just blot.
The staying powder of this powder foundation is seriously legit. As long as I blot every 4 hrs-ish, I'm good & don't even have to powder! I hate the look of so much powder on top of powder on top of powder so if I can use a product & only need to blot rather than actually touch up with powder, it's a winner for me!
I wore it the other day & took a fresh face photo!
No touchup work has been done on my skin.
This is also a shot of all the products used on my face for this look.
The lipcolor is actually a different shade than what is actually on my lips in the photo. It's "hummingbird" in the photo, but in the product photo, it's lotus pink. I picked up lotus pink that day & ended up putting it on after I took the photo.
These are definitely some of my favorite products right now.

Feel free to ask any questions about any of these products in the comments!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014


We are slowly but surely diving into homeschooling with Josephine.
I will never ever stop taking photos of Reuben's curls.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Meet the Young Living Essential Oils

I've shared a little bit about our story already as to why we ventured into the essential oils but I wanted to introduce you to the pretty little collection that we absolutely LOVE.
When we were looking to attack some of our family's issues with illness, sleep, headaches...etc... we were looking at a couple different companies. We did our fair share of research & decided to go with Young Living after learning about their Seed to Seal Process.
We decided that if things were going to work for our family, we wanted to tackle as many issues as we could with the kit. Also, signing up as a member/distributor, we would also receive 24% off any future order we were going to make! Totally made the most sense for us since we knew we would all be using them in full force!
If you are interested in diving in yourself, this is really the best way to take on so many issues you could possibly have, because, lets face it...we are all a mess. I know our family is. Sickness, headaches, tummy issues that occasionally arise, sleep issues, mood issues...
Another HUGE perk of purchasing the premium starter kit is the wicked home diffuser that it includes! The cost of the diffuser alone is $75 so having it included with 11 other oils is crazy awesome!

This thing is amazing. You fill it up to the line that I've marked there with water. Then you add 8-12 drops of essential oils. You can mix oils based on what you NEED.

I have a couple person favorite combos that aren't on here.
Babysitter in an Bottle
8 drops of orange
1 drop of joy

Sweet & Spicy 
6 drops of thieves
4 drops of orange

So the kit comes with 11 oils in 5 ml size. Lemon, Lavender, Frankincense, Peppermint, Thieves, Purification, Peace & Calming, Joy, Stress Away, Valor, & Pan Away & the home diffuser for $150. Seriously. Mega cheap considering frankincense in a 15 ml is $70 for a member. So you get to try & find your favorite oils & blends without spending MEGA cash money on full size bottles. You also get 2 sample packets each from Peace & Calming, Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint, & Thieves to share with friends & let them try some. And they also include a roller top for Stress Away or any other oil bottle that is compatible with roller tops. They are marked with a SB on the bottle if you can put a roller top on them.

Lemme break down the oils in the kit for you & tell you what we have personally used them for.
Lemon: Sore throats, energy, put a drop in our water.
Lavender: Cuts, bumps, scrapes, Josie's jam for sleep, nasal congestion, allergies
Frankincense: acne scars, scars in general, anti-aging benefits, skin issues
Peppermint: Headaches (we put a drop on our thumb & jam it up against the roof of our mouth), upset stomach
Thieves: Immunity booster, germ killer, cold sores
Purification: acne, cold sores, germ killer, purifying the air by diffusing, stinky diaper pale or bathroom
Peace & Calming: sleep, sleep, calming our kids, tantrum fixer, calming nerves in anxious situations, sleep
Joy: mood booster, happiness inducer
Stress Away: relieving stress in anxious situations, nervous children or us, relaxation
Valor: TMJ, sleep, courage & focus
Pan Away: stiff & sore muscles, "batman neck" that I occasionally wake up with from sleeping crazy

These are just small snippets of what we have used the oils for in the past 3 months. We have picked up a few other oils that aren't in the kit as well! Orange, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree), Clove, & RC. Ill be sharing those too in a post about oils outside of the kit that we call The Fab 14.

If you are totally jazzed about all this oil stuff & want to dive in, lemme walk you through that process.

You will follow THIS LINK to get to the sign up page.
It will look like this.

Here are the step by step instructions once you click the link.

Step 1: Make sure "Young Living Independent Distributor" is marked off
instead of "Retail Customer." Independent Distributor means "member"
to Young Living and it's the only way to get access to the kit and the
24% discount you get afterwards. It's really important!
Step 2: Make sure my member number (1580427) is in the blanks.
Step 3: Fill out all the information. It will ask you for your SS# but this is
only for legal purposes so that you have the ability to sign others up for
kits too (YL is a referral based business). If you never sign anyone up,
your SS# will never be used.
Step 4: Make sure you write down your pin, user name and password
when you choose it because you'll need that in the future to log into
your account.
Step 5: Select the "PREMIUM STARTER KIT" This is the one with the
everyday oils kit and the diffuser. It will be $150. The other kits do not
include the oils kit.
Step 6: Essential Rewards. You can enroll later if you choose to. It is not a requirement. Click NO THANK YOU if you do not want to do ER.
Step 7: Click "Agree" and "Next"
Step 8: Add any oils, capsules, or products that you would like in
addition to your kit if there are any.
Step 9: Check out.
Let me know if you have any questions or any trouble ordering, I’m
happy to help!

That is it! You are a member!! You should have your kit at your doorstep in 7-10 days! I was like a kid waiting for their birthday the week I ordered my kit!
If you have any questions, PLEASE EMAIL ME! I would love chat with you!
In the mean time, the best way to be equip with knowledge by the time your kit arrives is to check out this handbook & learn how to use them!

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014


Extra long edition of the 52 project today. This the latest game with daddy & the kids. A sheet & a man with muscles.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Current Skin Care Regimen | Paula's Choice + Tarte Cosmetics + Young Living Essential Oils

Here is my whole regimen. Now don't freak out on me. I don't use all these products BOTH morning & night. Some are only morning use & some are only night time use. 

Skin. My skin. Goodness. I had amazing skin when I was in highschool & college. Very few breakouts. Even tone & soft texture. Small pores. It was lovely. At some point in my mid-twenties, that changed. After Josephine weaned herself at 19.5 mths, my skin went crazy! Cystic painful acne all along my jaw line & chin. Red. Swollen. Painful. Totally foreign for me. I jumped on the Proactive bandwagon & that was awful. Benzyl Peroxide fries my skin. Red, flaky, dry, peeling...So then tried Murad for like 6 months or so. No luck. Then we got pregnant with Reuben & with the extra hormones, my face cleared up! Cool. Then when Reuben was born & about when he was 5-6 weeks old, my face freaked out again. At the same time, we were dealing with some issues with Reuben as well. He was developing a rash all over his torso that I was spreading to his back. He was screaming every night after I would nurse him & lay down. This went on for a few weeks. Josh's mom suggest we take him to our chiropractor who practices applied kinesology to help pinpoint allergies. So we took him & most of the foods I was eating on a daily basis. He tested fine with everything except bread. So I stopped eating gluten the next day. And he stopped crying. His rash went away. He stopped spitting up. It was amazing! Now you are probably wondering why this is included in my skincare post. 
When I went gluten free, within weeks, my face started to heal. On it's own. No additional medicine or anything. It was insane. My cystic painful acne went away & never came back. My scars were actually healing on their own. Post acne scars fading. I was shocked. Seriously shocked. 
So that's cool right? I also started taking probiotics as well b/c we needed Reuben to get them through my milk since he wasn't on solids at 2 months old. That helped a LOT! I totally know that your gut health is related to your skin health! Or your skin represents your gut health. However you wanna spin it. 
Over the past year, while my skin has cleared up dramatically, I was still have uneven tone & a lot of redness & rough texture. Not smooth supple skin. So I was on the search to learn about skincare a bit & ingredients. I came across this youtuber esthetician named Veronica Gorgeois. I started watching her videos & learning about skin & products you should avoid in your skin care. Most of my products included the ingredients you should avoid b/c they irritate your skin. Go figure. She had talked about Paula's Choice products in one of her videos so I decided I would look them up. I recognized the website b/c I had found some product reviews in her "Beautypedia" before. I never thought to look into her own line though for skincare. But if Veronica raved about them, they had to be good. So I emailed them & told them about my skin & what I was dealing with. They sent me a load of free samples & I got started. This was back in July I think. I started using them 2x a day & following the regimen they suggested. I am already pretty religious about washing my face anyway so it wasn't a challenge for me to have a "regimen" instead of a wash & moisturizer if I felt like this regimen was going to transform my skin. I didn't see an immediate difference in just a week of samples but definitely didn't have a bad reaction to the products so I decided to get full size products. 
This was back in the summer so my regimen is different now with it being winter so I'll share my winter regimen with you!

AM Routine
Cleanser: PC Moisture Boost Cleanser. Super creamy & light cleanser! I love it!!! It's been so good to my skin for redness & removing makeup! 
Toner: PC RESIST toner. It's almost like a lotiony toner. Super light & feels so lovely! It's balances out the ph of your skin after washing it with water. Super important!
AM Moisturizer + Sunscreen: PC moisture boost treatment cream & PC Super Light Daily Defense Moisturizer. My skin is super dry right now so I use the moisture boost cream b/c it's a pretty emollient moisturizer before I apply my lighter weight more matte moisturizer/sunscreen combo. The treatment cream will tackle my dry patches from this winter weather. I didn't use to use sunscreen on my face unless I was laying out. Now, I realize it's super important & it really has made a HUGE different in the appearance of my skin, even though it's winter. I know Im going to LOVE this moisturizer when I'm more combo/oily in the spring & summer. 
So that is my morning routine. Super simple. I was using the BHA exfoliant in the AM but it was too drying for the winter as well as the serum. 

PM Routine
Cleanser: PC Moisture Boost Cleanser. Super creamy & light cleanser! I love it!!! It's been so good to my skin for redness & removing makeup! 
Toner: PC RESIST toner. It's almost like a lotiony toner. Super light & feels so lovely! It's balances out the ph of your skin after washing it with water. Super important!
BHA Exfoliant: PC 2% BHA (acne killer). This stuff is going to completely clean out your pores, keep them clean & change the way your face feels to the touch. I have been AMAZED at the transformation in the texture & feel of skin through all this!!! It can be drying so that is why I only use it at night. 
Super Antioxidant Serum: PC RESIST ultra light serum. Loaded with vitamins & antioxidant. It really helps smooth my skin as well. 
Moisturizer: PC moisture boost treatment cream  & Tarte Maracuja Oil + YL Frankincense & YL Lavender. I put a little dollip of the PC Moisture Boost Treatment Cream all over. Then in the palm of my hand I put about 4 drops of Tarte Marcuja Oil & 1 drop of my YL Frankincense & 1 drop of my YL Lavender & massage that all over my face. 
Spot Treatment for blemishes: I still get the occasional break out. I use 1 drop of YL Purification diluted with a few drops of my maracuja oil in the palm of my hand & just take my finger & dip & apply to stubborn blemishes. 

I've been using the YL Frank & YL Lavender in my skincare routine for about a month or so now & I am so excited with the results. I have some stubborn post acne marks from some breakouts. The frank has faded them from a dark red/brown to a light pink. I was floored. The texture of my skin has smoothed out with this especially on my forehead. I've had tiny bumps there for a while & they are finally going away!The lavender helps with any dryness as well as healing skin from blemishes. 
It may seem like a lot but honestly, it only takes me 5 mins from start to finish & I have always removed my makeup at the end of the day so why not do it with quality products that are going to be good for my skin!
It's worth it to me to have clear skin & to not be lazy with my skincare b/c I suffered with bad skin for a few years. I take extra good care of it now & it shows!

I also have a $10 off your FIRST PAULA'S CHOICE ORDER code so follow that link if you are interested in trying some of their products!

I'd love to encourage you to watch Veronica's channel! She is so knowledgeable & I have learned so much! 
I would LOVE to answer any questions you have about my regimen, your regimen, product questions, ingredient questions...all that stuff!
Just shoot me an email or comment here so we can get some conversations going between readers & share stories!