I Hosted A Care Cards Party!

A few weeks ago, (Grand)Mama Clumps and my sister helped me with a very awesome project. As a Johnson Baby ambassador, I not only get the opportunity to introduce some of their newest and innovative products, but I also get to be a part of showing love to mamas by having a Care Cards party.

DSC_1881

A ginormous box of products landed on my doorstop and the task was simple. Organize said boxes and write sweet letters to expectant mothers. As a new Mom, I was all over this project because I know what it’s like to be a pregnant mama and be absolutely clueless. Sometimes the smallest bit of confirmation can make such a huge difference. And pregnant mamas need this kind of support.

DSC_1879

Plus, any day that I get the chance to play with markers is a GOOD day.

DSC_1876

So, it was quite the honor to be able to write little words of encouragement to so many mamas. We did this over Thanksgiving and chit-chatted away. It took a few hours to decorate the cards, write the sweet words and pack everything up.

DSC_1890

There are so many charities that I know would love passing these out to expectant mamas but I thought that the Beta House here in Orlando would be a great fit. The Beta House shows support to teenage mothers through residential programs, educational opportunities and just making sure that younger parents have as much support as possible. Charities like the Beta House work so hard to provide so much and I know that they are thankful for anything that they can get.

For more information about the Care Cards and to send your own, check out Johnson’s Baby’s Facebook page!

The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 114

Something About Berry

Yay for another post from the The Lipstick League! We are a group of beauty bloggers, bound together by the desire to save the world with beauty, one post at a time!

For the month of December, we’re super-sizing The Lipstick League
and giving you double the fun from each member!

 

Clumps of Mascara – I don’t think I’ve ever loved a blush as much as I love these little Too Faced Sweethearts. Aren’t they just preciiiious?

EauMG – Hug your auntie! EauMG has last minute gift ideas for sweet nieces and teens!

EauMG – Attention fellow carb lovers, Victoria reviews a gourmand by L’Artisan Parfumeur that smells like woods and baking bread. It’s the ultimate comfort fragrance.

Gouldylox Reviews – This pre-‘poo treatment changed my hair dramatically for the better.

Gouldylox Reviews – Excited about the movie American Hustle? Here’s how to get the looks from the movie!

Lipglossiping – Embraces the spirit of the season with some vampy berry lips courtesy of Aveda!

My Beauty Bunny – Is thrilled to announce the launch of the My Beauty Bunny Cruelty-Free All-Natural AHA Facial Moisturizer! It’s vegan, GMO-free, paraben-free, and oil-free, and packed with good for your skin ingredients.

My Beauty Bunny – Takes a look at The Organic Pharmacy’s vibrant and shimmery All That Glitters nail polish collection and whips up a simple holiday-themed manicure!

Nouveau Cheap – Looking for some last-minute gifts for the bath & body lovers in your life? Here are my picks from Lush for Holiday 2013.

Nouveau Cheap – New for 2014, come take a peek at the Maybelline Color Show Street Art Collection.

Pink Sith – Only a few more days until Christmas! Here are 10 beauty stocking stuffers, all $25 or less, to help complete your list.

Pink Sith – Need a kickass red lipstick to wear to your next PepsiCo Board Meeting to tell them this isn’t your first time at the rodeo? Then you need NARS Guy Bourdin Cinematic Lipstick in Future Red!

Prime Beauty – is getting ready for the holidays with bareMinerals Crystallized Full Face Collection, a blend of iridescent, holographic joy AND it’s on sale. Happy Holidays!

Prime Beauty – found a fabulous gift for the traveler. Whether you’re going away for the weekend or on a long distance trip, you will definitely want the Jonny Bag with you!

Phyrra – shares the best cruelty free beauty gifts for under $30!

Phyrra – loves all things sparkly! Here are her Top 10 Favorite Glittery Beauty Products.

we heart this – reviews bareMinerals Complexion Superstars gift set, and gives you “WOW” worthy before and after images.

we heart this – implores all Black Phoenix Alchemy perfume oil fans; you NEED Scrappy Damsel! It’s a near dupe for their infamous scent Underpants…

Beauty Junkies Unite – Don’t miss your chance to enter to win 5 of the newest haircare products from the NUANCE Salma Hayek line found exclusively at CVS!

Question of the Week:

You can only buy one drugstore mascara for the rest of your life.
Which do you choose??

B says, “Seriously? How can I pick? I can’t. I just can’t. No really…I can’t.”

Can you pick? What drugstore mascara are you absolutely loving?

See you next week!

Win a jar of the blinged out Vaseline Lip Therapy Rosy Lips!

Nothing like  good spontaneity on a regular ole’ Wednesday, huh? Remember that time I showed off that gorgeous jar of Vaseline and you went around fuming because you didn’t think you could get one? Think again, sister! I’m giving one away!

Vaseline Rosy Lips Therapy

This is going to be a super and quick giveaway though in that you will only have 24 hours to get your entry in. I will be picking a winner on Thursday evening. Sound easy enough?

Cool. Get your entry in and good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

 

 

Is the Rafflecopter not loading for you? Try entering here.

The Sweetest Blushes ever…by Too Faced

Too Faced's Sweethearts blush

So a few weeks ago Too Faced put out some hints about their Haute Chocolate collection and the beauty blogosphere went crazy. Especially over their Chocolate Bar Eyeshadow Palette. Granted I need more palettes like I need more nail polish (which means I REALLLLY need) but honey, this palette gives me life. I don’t have my hands on it yet but I like to be a big tease so when these landed in my mailbox, I couldn’t help but share ‘em with y’all.

Too Faced Sweethearts blush

These Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blushes are the newest shades of the Flush Blush line. And they’re fantastic.

Too Faced Something About Berry

But of course, I would say that. That’s because I love blushes. I mean, LOVE. And the fact that these blushes are housed in cardboard-y heart containers, well…that’s just too cute. Remember when I first featured one here?

Something About Berry

Something About Berry is a deep fuchsia that places the perfect amount of pink on my cheeks. This is my favorite of the two because I find that it’s not only work appropriate but does well for date nights too. Not that Esposo and I regularly go on date nights but I digress. :wink:

Too Faced Something About Berry on cheeks

Sweet and unassuming, huh?

Too Faced Peach Beach

Peach Beach, as it sounds, is more of a bronze-y blush and yeah, I know we’re not technically in Spring 2014, but hey…who says you can’t rock glow-y skin year round. Yes, girl. Whoever said that you can’t is lyin’ to you.

Too Faced Peach Beach on cheeks

Both are fitting and sweet additions to the Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush lineup. They each run for $30 and you can scoop ‘em up at TooFaced.com.

Mascara Monday: Hard Candy Ginormous Lash mascara

It’s been a minute since I’ve reviewed a mascara from Hard Candy. I received this for review quite some time ago and I’ve been testing this baby for a good 2 weeks. Which, is now, starting to become my standard. I used to review a mascara for at least a week, but I don’t know…a lot of good (and bad) can happen in 2 weeks.

Hard  Candy Ginormous Lash mascara wand

Such was the case with this mascara.

Hard Candy Ginormous Lash mascara

Price: $6 from Walmart and Walmart.com
Packaging (brush wand): 3 out of 5
Overall: 3 out of 5

What It Claims: “Ginormous Volumizing Mascara infused with Growth Serum helps promote long-term lash growth, strength and vitality. Apply and watch as Ginormous plus Growth Serum stimulates your lashes to appear longer, fuller and stronger with regular use.” (source)

The Truth: Meh.

What I Loved About It: The wand works beautifully at really bringing out the lashes.

What I Didn’t Like: It didn’t volumize my lashes enough.

Overall: Well. I like Hard Candy. I really do. I think some of their polishes are freaking awesome and when it comes to budget makeup, you can always depend on them to step outside of the box and give us bold color and whatnot. They’ve got a slew of mascaras to pick from and any brand that gives me several mascaras to buy is alright with me.

This mascara not only promises to give crazy voluminous lashes but it is also supposed to help grow the lashes. I only reviewed this for 2 weeks, so I can’t speak much to that claim but the volumizing. It’s just okay. Really, it’s nothing monumental. And neither is the wand.

Mascara wand

I’m starting to prefer the plush brush wands over the plastic ones because you can really build up volume with them. So yes, for helping plump those lashes up, this wand works great. The formula is just so so. It wasn’t overly thick or thin but I felt like I had to apply a ton of coats for it to really show a lil’ somethin’. And said somethin’ was very minimal. Even after 3 coats, I didn’t feel as if I had much on my lashes. Some mascara lovers love the lightweight mascara feel and I do too, but only if my lashes look coated! And they just didn’t with this mascara. Boo. And double boo. But on a good note, I didn’t experience any smudging or flaking. Which is always a good thing. It’s an average mascara at best.

 

Bare Lashes



Clump Comb

 

Lashes after 3 coats

 

Hard Candy Ginormous Lash on eyes

Mascara on eyes

Do I recommend it?: I wouldn’t break my neck running to Walmart to get it but if you’re a lightweight mascara lover, you may appreciate it. However, if you’re like me and love those drag queen lashes, you may find this one a wee bit disappointing.umph!

Are you a fan of mascara with growth serums dumped in them?

The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 113

Scrub in pot

Yay for another post from the The Lipstick League! We are a group of beauty bloggers, bound together by the desire to save the world with beauty, one post at a time!

For the month of December, we’re super-sizing The Lipstick League
and giving you double the fun from each member!

 

Beauty Junkies Unite – See what Amber thought were hits, and those that were misses in the new MAC RiRi Hearts MAC holiday collection!

Chalkboard Nails – There’s no better way to celebrate Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2014 than with some freehand radiant orchid nail art!

Chalkboard Nails – Get party perfect nails with five easy black and gold nail art ideas. Feeling bold? Try combining a few together!

Clumps of Mascara – Been itchin’ to try new nail polishes but the stores don’t seem to have anything up your alley? Support an indie nail polish brand!

Clumps of Mascara – So not beauty-related but c’mon…who doesn’t like pictures of Baby Clumps?

Gouldylox Reviews – Looking for the perfect holiday gift? Here’s a list that takes care of everyone!

Gouldylox Reviews – Beauty products commonly use these tricks to play on your self-esteem. Don’t let them trick you!

Lipglossiping – checks out the behind-the-scenes video featuring the much-awaited relaunch of Shu Uemura’s lipstick range.

My Beauty Bunny – We’ve got the scoop on Radical Skin Care This powerful (and effective!) anti-aging line is the buzz brand in Hollywood – find out why.

My Beauty Bunny – We’re ALWAYS raving about DermOrganic’s amazing hair care products. Want to try them yourself? Here’s your chance to win two full size products!

Nouveau Cheap – Are the new Almay Shadow Softies cream shadows? Mousse shadows? Answer: neither.

Nouveau Cheap – Wet n Wild is discontinuing some products in 2014. Come see if your favorites made the cut.

Pink Sith – shares with you a famous holiday poem. “Twas the poem about the holidays that barely rhymed, but I show you gifts from ULTA Beauty so I know you won’t mind.”

Pink Sith – has a great gift idea for the men in your life. The Billy Jealousy Shave3Some is Mr. Sith approved!

Prime Beauty – attends so many holiday parties (haha) she needs flawless skin for all the pictures she’ll be starring in (haha again). Renee Rouleau’s Triple Berry Smoothing Peel does the trick and it’s on sale!

Prime Beauty – explores the Indie Brand SENNA Cosmetics and likes what she finds!

Phyrra – I’ve launched my very own cruelty free, paraben free, vegan hair masque called Pretty Little Elixir! It’s a must have for dyed or heat styled hair!

Phyrra – Love Chocolate? See if this sweet treat from Too Faced is for you! It’s the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Eye Palette.

we heart this – took a field trip to 100% Pure in West Hollywood, a long time favorite of many of our team members. It was a sniff and scrub-a-polloza!

we heart thisbareMinerals Degrees of Dazzling is all kinds of beautiful. Check out the looks we posted and see if you agree…

 

Question of the Week:

What are some beauty products that you’d be delighted to
receive as gifts this holiday season?

B says, “I want Formula X polishes by Sephora. I seriously want them all!”

What are you lusting after this holiday season?

See you next week!

Beauty in Mommyhood: Elle is 10 months old

Dear Elle,

I love that I’ve been writing you these letters. I love that when you’re older, you’ll get a chance to read my thoughts about what it was like to be your mama when you were just a wee babe. You’re growing up so quickly and it’s hard to remember everything. That’s why I make it my duty to document the basics each month.

10 month old

Look how pretty you are in your red Christmas dress! Unfortunately, you were more interested in eating leaves than smiling for the camera so we have to do a part II of attempting to get you to smile for your Christmas card photos.

You’re almost a year old and while in the past I’d get all weepy about this, I’ve decided to stop that. It is a blessing that you’re growing and developing the way that you are. There isn’t anything to be sad about. We’ve taken a few thousand pictures of you so we’ll always remember how teeny and small you were but to see you go from a tiny lil’ thang to this almost walking and talking little being…that’s sheer amazement! So no. Mama will not get choked up every time I think about how fast you’re growing. I will thank God that you ARE growing and that I get to enjoy this life journey with you.

Baby loves Christmas trees

Look at that. You’re not the only one growin’ up. Mama is too. Your 2 bottom teeth broke through this month and you didn’t cry one bit. In fact, your sore gums bothered me more than they bothered you. And it still surprises Daddy and me how quickly you went from scooting on the floor to crawling 30 miles per hour to now standing with no hands. Wow! You never cease to amaze us.

Oh…and you’re also talking. And A LOT! Some of your favorite words:

-Bob
-Butt
-Pop (you heard Daddy say this once and wouldn’t stop saying it!)
-Mum
-Dada
-Hiiiiiii
-Buh Buh (bye-bye)
-Pat, Pat, Pat
-Uh ooooohhhh
…and the unavoidable “NO”

I noticed you saying “No no no” a few weeks ago and I blamed myself because I got in the habit of telling YOU “no”. Daddy and me are trying to get in the habit of using words other than NO. It’s hard but we certainly don’t want you to go around saying NO! every minute of the day.

A few weeks ago we had a playdate with Sebastian and Cat. I’ve seen you interact with kids older than you but I’ve never seen you around kids smaller and younger than you. You were so sweet! It was as if you knew to be gentle wit him. You even gave him a kiss which just blew my mind!

DSC_1557

FOOD

Okay, mama will be honest. This food thing has me frustrated. Some days you’ll eat a ton of eggs and gluten-free toast. And other days, you’ll toss everything that we hand you. We offer you food multiple times a day but most days you just don’t want it. Mama has to practice patience because it’s a bit disheartening to give food for a baby that just won’t eat. You’re already petite and I want to get you on solids so that the breast milk train can stop a chuggin’ but it’s tough. You really are a picky eater. Daddy has been teaching me how to be patient and you keep developing beautifully so I’ve got to learn how to trust that one day, you’ll eat just fine. Can you believe that I’m still pumping? I’m so proud that I’ve been able to give you breast milk for this long!!

 

Duck face baby

SLEEP

I find solace in knowing I’m not the only mama with an older infant who won’t sleep through the night. It has become tougher since I have a grueling work schedule but I’m hoping that the end is near. Waking up every 3-4 hours at night is tough on your Mom and Dad. We’ve tried letting you cry it out but honestly, that just seems cruel and it’s heartbreaking to hear you scream “Mum” in dispair. Especially when a snuggle or milk is all that want. You sleeping through the night will change our lives for the better so help a family out, baby. Please?

Merry Christmas, baby
PERSONALITY

Girl. Your personality is so alive. You are hilarious. You do silly things (like go around screaming “butt”) that makes everyone chuckle. You also have your moments where you don’t want to smile. You don’t want to be bothered and you don’t want to be held. But then you have your needy days where you cry if someone puts you down. You’re so sweet. Sometimes when I carry you on my back, you rub and pat my arm. The most random things can make you giggle. We have learned to watch what we say because you repeat everythiiiiiing. And you want to get into everything too!

Happy baby

I’ve been learning to let go a little bit too. I’ve realized that I have become such a helicopter mama. I know hovering isn’t always a good thing so I’ve learned to let you play by yourself sometimes. And not always with baby toys. I stopped trying to block you from everything in the house and so you now have free range. That’s right, you’ve been known to dive right into mama’s stash of beauty products. I keep a close eye on you and let you play. Life is short. I don’t want to spend it limiting you to only playing with certain toys, in a certain room and at certain times.We started going to a new church and you’re not a fan of sitting still but you loooove the nursery. You’re such a social baby and I love that.

With every month there are different challenges, celebrations and I am just amazed at how much we are all growing. Daddy watched you for 3 days straight and he did such a good job! Some people call that just “parenting”, but hey…not every Daddy can go grocery shopping with a baby on their back. I am unbelievably proud of him and I love seeing how you can bring out the best of us. And I love the relationship that you have with your Daddy. It’s so beautiful to see you bonding with him.

Father and daughter

I love our little family so much. And we love you so much. You are the light of our lives and I thank God everyday for your health and happiness.

Untitled

Love you, baby.
Mama