That Time I Posted Pictures Of My Scars On The Internet

I’m a klutz. And there’s no denying it. I have childhood and adulthood scars all over my body. And I used to be ashamed of ‘em, but whatever. Each scar tells a story and I’m not gonna pretend like I have this perfectly flawless skin because helloooo, I don’t. But at the same time, there are some scars that I wish weren’t so glaringly obvious. And when I got some samples of Mederma, I just knew I’d be puttin’ them to use.

Mederma Advanced

Please tell me you’ve heard of Mederma. They are only the “#1 doctor and pharmacist recommended brand for scars”. According to Mederma, regular use of their products will assist in improving the appearance of both new scars AND old scars. And since I’m a dork, I figured it would only be right to introduce you to a few of my scars, new and old.

Childhood scar

I got this one in 9th grade. I sat down in a seat at school and some metal pokey thing was sticking out and sliced my arm. Okay, “sliced” sounds dramatic but that’s how it felt when it happened. I remember trying soooo hard not to cry. And that’s when I knew I could handle getting 5 tattoos. Ha!

Childhood scars

That scar is a 2-in-1. One came from tripping on a sidewalk while taking a walk during my church’s summer camp. The other one came from when I was 12 and fell off of my bike. I’ll never forget the burn I got when my Mom poured hydrogen peroxide in that wound. I really should have gotten stitches, Ma. Seriously.

Bug Bite

And then there’s the newbie…got that one from a bug bite during a park day with Elle.

So yeah. I am totally going to be trying Mederma on all of those scars. And when my baby girl gets to being all rough, I’ve got Mederma for Kids on deck.

Mederma for Kids

Aaaand, Mederma has a Stretch Marks moisturizer!

Mederma Stretch Marks Therapy

I’ve always been pretty skeptical as it relates to getting rid of stretch marks but at the same time, I never stop trying to get rid of stretch marks. Ha! Mederma products are sold at most drugstores and Mederma for Kids is sold at Target. If you’re not sure where to find it in your area, check out their website.

Anyone else want to share their scars on the world wide web? Come oooooon. :cool:

A Month of Thanks 2013: Day 12 – Caretakers

Crawling baby

I am so grateful for Elle’s in-home daycare provider. I am thankful that she loves my baby as if she were her own grandchild. She cuddles her and knowing that my child is being watched by someone that I can trust makes being away from her so much easier.

It’s SO hard to find good caretakers. I get sad wishing that I had an Aunt or cousin nearby who could watch Elle. But we live in this big city by ourselves and I’m just ever so thankful that we have caretakers that we can trust.

A Month of Thanks 2013: Day 10 (Breast pumps) and Day 11 (Esposo)

You  like how I combined days 10 and 11, huh? I just knew I would fall behind on the daily posts. I knew it! I’m proud that I’m not too far behind though so yeahhhh.

Day 10: Breast pumps

Breast pumps

The whole “Elle not effectively latching despite my attempting every day for 3 months thing) devastated me and made those first new months of motherhood so so hard. But thanks to the modern conveniences of electric breast pumps, I’ve been able to exclusively pump for Elle for 10 months now. I’ve pumped in hotel rooms, cars, airports, conference rooms, restaurants…the list is endless. I hate it. Pumping sucks. But at least I’m able to give my baby that nourishing breast milk. And I’ve been able to give milk to a total of 9 babies. That includes 3 friends, 2 foster babies, a family who adopted a baby and 2 babies in NICU. I am beyond thankful to thee ole breast pump.

Day 11: Esposo

Today Epsoso and I celebrate 2 years of marriage! I’m a bit bummed out that we didn’t get to spend it together since he’s out of town working but I know he has big plans for when he returns. :wink: Marriage is crazy hard. There are some days where I can to punch my darling husband in the throat. But he’s my best friend. My #1 fan. My biggest supporter. My lifelong partner. I love him, will continue to love him and I am thankful to him and our marriage.

Mascara Monday: Eyeko Fat Brush mascara

It cracks me up when some makeup brands get all literal with their descriptions. Eyeko wasn’t like “Massive plumping brush”. They’re all like…”fat brush”. Ha! *snort* It’s the little things, y’all. The little things… Anyway, when I got this to review I just knew I had to share it with the blog fam!

EYEKO FAT BRUSH

And obviously this wand ain’t little. It’s fat. Didn’t you read the description?

Eyeko Fat Brush mascara

Price: $19 from Eyeko.com.
Packaging (brush wand): 3 out of 5
Overall: 3 out of 5

What It Claims: “Our super-sized dense bristle brush coats lashes from root to tip building a volumised full lash fringe. Complimented by our fibre-enhanced Keratin formula to boost lashes with carbon black finish for visibly thicker and defined lashes. ” (source)

The Truth: The wand is definitely on the thick side.

What I Loved About It: The packaging. This is seriously the best mascara wand everrrrr!!!

What I Didn’t Like: While the formula was nice, the mascara’s performance overall was just…eh.

Overall: Man, I love me some Eyeko. It’s been over a year since I’ve tried their Skinny Brush Mascara and I’m trying to figure out what has taken me so long to play with their mascaras again. Eyeko is most known for their innovative mascara packaging but I’ve also heard that their eyeliners are amaziiiiiing.

Also amazing is this mascara’s wand…

Eyeko Fat Brush wand

Yes, it’s large and in charge (like me, boo!) but I like it. I’m a fan of larger mascara wands. I don’t need to use them often but when it comes to coating the lashes in just a few coats, large wands tend to get the job done. They also make it difficult to get in the inner corners and bottom lashes, but c’mon now, girlfriend. Stop being picky. You can have it all. Application is easy enough but my folx with smaller lids and lashes may run into some trouble.

The good news is, because it’s a fiber mascara, you can take small strokes up to the tips of your lashes for extra long. In fact, I found that to be more effective that attempting to get volume from sweeping the lashes at the base of my lashes. I found the formula to be very lightweight. It was memorable but it wasn’t terrible either.

I think I like the Skinny Brush mascara better because at least you have more control. I think my guys and girls with nice and thick lashes will like a mascara like this because it’ll take their lashes over the level. Those of us who already have puny lashes, however, we won’t see any dramatic differences. Womp.

But the mascara does have some other good specs – it’s paraben-free, contains conditioning keratin and it’s water-resistant.

 

Bare Lashes



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Lashes after 3 coats

Mascara on lashes

 

Do I recommend it?: I’d say nay. I think you’re better off with the Skinny Brush mascara.

Soooo is anyone else in love with Eyeko’s packaging?

A Month of Thanks 2013: Day 9 – The Chance

My new job

I took the above picture in my car last Friday before a job interview. I wasn’t nervous. In fact, I felt confident and powerful. I knew I would rock the interview. I do very good in them. I was just grateful to GET an interview. I feel like I look good on paper but securing an interview is always a challenge.

But today I am thankful because I landed that job. It was offered to me the following day. I get to work for a company that I actually like. I get to be creative. I get to be in control. I get to be independent. I get to work away from a desk from time to time.

I couldn’t be more thankful for this financial burst that our family so needs. And I am so thankful that someone gave me a chance.

The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 109

ELLIS VAAS mascara wand

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!

Nouveau Cheap – Can Dr. Rescue, the newest member of the Maybelline Baby Lips family, truly rescue my sad, chapped lips? Come find out.

Pink Sith – becomes an Ingredient Detective and tells you all about the chemical Triclosan and why she is avoiding it at all costs.

Prime Beauty – takes a look at the Laura Mercier Holiday 2013 Collection and likes what she sees!

we heart this – is feeling like a regular Picasso thanks to the MAKE UP FOR EVER Artisan Brush Collection.

Beauty Junkies Unite – Amber shares the review & swatches for the new OPI Mariah Carey holiday collection for 2013!

Chalkboard Nails – Are you a fan of Wicked? Deborah Lippmann is too, and created this set of three mini lacquers to celebrate the show’s 10th anniversary!

Clumps of Mascara – ran into an amaziiiing mascara. And it ain’t cheap but WHOA, it rocks.

EauMG – is obsessed with this limited edition shower gel by LUSH and wants you to be obsessed too.

Gouldylox Reviews – I love makeovers! You must see the before and afters on the lovely Chelle. She’ll make a beautiful bride!

My Beauty Bunny – Lilly Brush has teamed up with a few of our favorite beauty bloggers for their biggest giveaway yet! Click on over and enter to win $250 and two Lilly Brushes!

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by Nouveau Cheap – I love it when beauty bloggers show me new and exciting ways to use products I’ve owned forever. That happened this week when Ashley over at Pretty Pisces Beauty rocked a shade from the Wet n Wild Comfort Zone palette in a really beautiful way (I’m totally stealing this, Ashley).

 

Question of the Week:

If you could have any job within the beauty industry, what would it be?

B says, “I’d love to be a product developer. I would help with marketing and targeting products and packaging to women of color. Woot! “

See you next week!

Let’s Talk A Little Bit About #MascaraProblems…

Mascara wands

This is a collaborative post is all about mascara. And its potential woes…

Mascara can be a wonderful thing – a desert island essential and the one thing most women won’t leave the house without – it makes us look awake and opens up our peepers to give us that pretty, girly look. However, mascara can also be the beauty bane of our lives and when it goes wrong, it really goes wrong. Here are some of our most common #mascaraproblems…

The Eye Poke

You’ve slept in, you’re blurry eyed and you’re trying to balance throwing on some clothes with gulping down a scolding hot coffee and doing your makeup – it’s never going to end well. How it often does end, is with a mascara wand being prodded into your eyeball, blinding you for a good few minutes and consequently making you even later for work. Not ideal.

Over-Zealous Hairdressers

A trip to the hairdressers is supposed to be a relaxing experience, but often, that’s just not the case when you’re at the mercy of an over-zealous hair washer. Not only do you leave with an aching neck after being sat over one of those hellishly uncomfortable sinks, but you’re also subjected to several face-fulls of water as your hairdresser carelessly tries to rinse the conditioner from your locks. Ten minutes later you’re left with black smudges around your eyes and streaky foundation, and there’s absolutely nothing you can do about it. Hairdressers, take note: invest in more comfortable sink seats from Capital Hair & Beauty and be more careful in future!

The ‘Les Mis Effect’

Anybody who saw Les Miserables at the cinema will be well aware of what I’m talking about here. Going to see a sad film at the cinema will inevitably result in you walking out looking like a clown; tear-stained foundation and panda eyes, anyone? It’s happened to all of us, but seen as Les Mis has to be the biggest tear-jerker we’ve ever come across, we’re dubbing this the ‘Les Mis Effect’. Mascara lovers, be warned!

Won’t-Budge Waterproofs

On the other end of the spectrum, the problem isn’t getting some mascaras to stay on, but rather the issue lies with getting them off. Some waterproof mascaras are so determined never to run, smudge or budge, that they’re actually impossible to remove. You can try oils and all the best eye-makeup removers in the world, but you can never quite get it all off. In the process of trying though, you end up with sore eyes and a few less eyelashes than you had when you started. You just can’t win!