Beauty in Mommyhood – Elle Is 2 Months Old!

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Okay, it’s official. My child is growing up. Yes, it’s great that she’s growing and thriving but I really enjoy her sweet cuddly newborn-y self. Elle G. is a really good baby. She doesn’t cry too much; mostly when we have stupidly missed her hunger and tired cues. But other than that, she does a great job at not driving us nuts with constant crying.

And when she does cry and I can’t figure out why I’m all like, “Elle, you’re being such a crybaby.” And she gives me this look like, “Ma, do you want to make it better or shall I turn it up a notch?”

I’m starting to spot her little personality. She’s hilarious and has a wacky sense of humor just like me! She does this new thing where she’ll open her mouth to receive the pacifier and then spit it right out. And then she’ll whine just for you to put the paci in her mouth to start the cycle all over again. It cracks me up. She’s also starting to  babble. We are chit-chatting allll the time.

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She’s a smiley baby too. Sing a song or talk in a high-pitched voice and Elle Belle will smile at you. It’s the sweetest little smile. She’s still sleeping through the night and only wakes up once or twice to get a bottle. And then she’s out again.

Honestly, I can’t complain about much because Elle is such a good baby. She only has few meltdowns and that’s when I’ve eaten things that haven’t agreed with her. Which includes the following: dairy, curry, spicy food, sweet potatoes and beans.

Many of you have asked how breastfeeding is going and um, yeah no. I am an exclusive pumper – this means that I am a mother who only expresses breast milk for her baby. Elle will nurse a bit using a nipple shield but quite frankly, the pain I get from that (think cracked nips) and confusion in trying to figure how much she’s getting is just not worth it. She’s latched a few times but usually ends up screaming minutes later. I have no idea why.

So yes. I spend approximately 19 hours a week total and pump about 250 oz worth of breast milk. Since she’s been born, I’ve expressed over 21 gallons of breast milk. Insane? Yes. Remind me to write a post about the up’s and down’s of being an exclusive pumper. I would have loved to nurse her directly but hey, I’m doing the best I can. I have small goals for when I will continue to pump. I want to last for at least 3 months, and then 6 months and then 9 months and then a year. Truthfully, I’ll throw myself a party if I can last 6 months. I will buy myself a diamond tennis bracelet if I can last a year. Pumping is the most difficult thing I have ever done in my life. Ever. Childbirth is 10x easier. Yuuuup.

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That’s Elle hangin’ with her Gam. Yes, Grandma Clumps’ name is Gammy. Hilarious, uh?

How am I two months postpartum? Starving! All I want to do is eat. And I do. I have recently joined Weight Watchers and I’m becoming more active with taking walks with Elle. My goal is to loose a good 10 lbs in the next few months. I’m pretty sure it’s feasible but when I tell y’all I am hungry, I mean starving…allllll the time.

I am becoming so much more confident in motherhood. I can leave the house with her and not be so…afraid. It’s tough living in a city without many family members to help with a newborn. I feel like it’s just Esposo and me most times and when he’s working around the clock, well, it’s just me. And taking care of a newborn plus a blog is anything but easy. But…I’ve been doing it. So yeah, Elle isn’t the only one growing and I’m really happy about that. :cool:

We’re in the process of finding a nanny or home daycare for Elle and I can’t stop crying over it. I can’t work from home, I can’t quit my job and how I’ll put her in someone else’s care at such a young age is beyond me. But I have to do it. It’s just soooooo hard. Any tips, working moms?

Elle Stats:

Weight - 10 lbs
Biggest Accomplishment - Discovering that chocolate gives Elle insane gas. Prior to this, we would endure a few nights of insane crying and tummy troubles. We tried different bottles but nope, I was the problem.
Favorite Toy – Elle got a swing that she adores. We love it too as it is great at getting her to sleep.
Biggest Hurdle – Elle and I were sick with a cold for like a week and it was baaaad. But we got over it.

 

Too Faced Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush

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This review would have been appropriate for Valentine’s Day but um yeahhhh, I totally forgot to put it up. Worry not. This darling little blush is still available on TooFaced.com. TF ruuuules in the packaging department. 9 times out of 10, my attraction to the brand starts at just a simple glare of their beauty baubles. Like this Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush. I recently received her for review.

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Presh, isn’t she? And she sits nicely in the balm of my hand…

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It’s been awhile since a blush has wooed me. And this is sad because I adooooore blushes.

What Too Faced says about this baby,

“Three swatches of rose, coral and peach packed into one pretty heart. Baked color formula allows the blush to be applied as a beautiful buildable finish. Blush works on all skin tones.” (source)

Oh. And if you’re an ingredient snob, it’s paraben-free too. I’m a bit of a rule breaker when it comes to products like these. You can probably get away with applying this blush as 3 separate shades but naw…I swirl them altogether and pop it right on the cheekies. Yeah.

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Frostier than I’d like, this is the kind of blush that works best with a highlighter.  I can probably get away with wearing the shade with the most pink in it best, but I find that they do better when used altogether. Plus, it’s just easier to apply that way? I mean, who has time to strategically apply only 1 or 2 of these shades? Yeah no. Keepin’ it simple is the way, yo.

Worn alone (meaning without foundation, tinted moisturizer or some kind of base) means she won’t last long so I definitely like to wear this on top of a lil somethin ‘somethin’. See…

Very subtle but it still gives my cheeks a nice dose of color in a pinch.

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Love love love.

Where To Buy: TooFaced.com
Cost: $29

Price is a wee up there but she’s a speciality item so I get it. And she’s adorbs. Whatcha think? Are you in love?

Mascara Monday: L’Oreal Telescopic Shocking Extensions mascara

I can’t even remember the last time I tried out a mascara from L’Oreal. It’s been monthssss. They don’t seem to be big on releasing as many mascaras as some of the other brands. Which I guess is okay. Better a few big hitters than a ton of sorry mascaras, ya know? This mascara came in a CVS Beauty Bag that I got for review.

Let’s see how this one did…

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Price: $7 or so at drugstores including Walmart.
Packaging (brush wand): 5 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What It Claims: “L’Oreal Paris Telescopic Shocking Extensions Mascara has a lash-hugging brush with 200 bristles and a shape that simulates the eyelid to capture and precisely define every lash, even the smallest ones. In one motion lashes are separated, intensified, and look shockingly lengthened for an intense make-up result. The brush grips and lengthens the look of each lash for extraordinary lash extension effect–no lash is left behind. Its liquid extension formula coats and lengthens lashes from root to tip for shocking length and intensity.” (source)

The Truth: I’ll never complain about this wand. It is awesooooome.

What I Loved About It: Yeah, the wand. It is perfect for separating super wonky lashes.

What I Didn’t Like: It’s not the best mascara for if you want super volumized lashes.

Overall: Hi L’Oreal! So nice to tango with you again. It’s been so long, darling. First, let’s talk about the one aspect of this mascara that I’m obsessed with – the wand.

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Those little comb bristles literally comb the lashes to perfection. I’ve got cranky wonky lashes that neeeeever go in the same direction. This wands helps my lashes straighten up and act right with ease. I’ve always loved mascara wands like these. Because even though they don’t provide insane volume, they still make my lashes stand out. A wand like this gives them definition. Especially if you have puny lashes.

Formula-wise, this stuff was a bit on the thick side. It had a bit of a matte finish which is neither good nor bad. Okay wait, I lied. One of the downfalls to matte finishes is that they tend to smudge and smear a bit. Especially in high-moisture situations. I’m pretty sure they have a waterproof version of this mascara and I’d roll with that one over this one. I experienced a bit of flaking and I think that can be attributed to the formula. Your best bet with applying this mascara is to apply 1 coat, wait a few seconds and then apply the second coat. The sooner the first coat dries, the greater the chance you have of some flakin’.

Otherwise, I’m a fan of this mascara. Two coats is all you’ll need and it should last throughout the day. Don’t expect a ton of volume but if you’re looking for definition and a mascara to straighten out those lashes, this is your gal.

 

Bare Lashes



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Lashes after 2 coats


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Do I recommend it?: Yep! I’m impressed. Granted, you really can’t go wrong when you have a mascara wand like this, but still…it is definitely a mascara worth trying if you’re in the market for a new one.

 

Are you a lover of mascara wands like this?


The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 80

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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!

Prime Beauty – dishes on the new Laura Mercier Smooth Creme Lip Colours–there are 14 of them, see two of her favs!

Phyrra – shares several brands from The Makeup Show LA. Check it out!

Vampy Varnish – shows you several options for bright lips in the hotter Spring and Summer months!

we heart this – Stef shares one of her favorite bright eye shadow palettes, AND you can get it for under 5 bucks!

Beauty Junkies Unite – Curious if the new Miracle Blur Instant Line Smoother from L’Oréal Paris really works or not? Check out this review with before & after photos, then decide for yourself!

Clumps of Mascaratested a makeup remover that just wasn’t up to par. In fact, it just, well…it sucked.

EauMG – The 1920’s are going to be a big trend this year thanks to The Great Gatsby movie coming out this spring. Instead of trying a perfume inspired by flappers, try one actually worn by flappers! Victoria reviews her favorite carnation perfume.

Gouldylox Reviews – Love the YSL Rouge Pur Couture lip stains? Don’t miss these at the drugstore – some of the colors are an amazing dupe!

Lipglossiping – deploys her taste buds as she gets to grips with Jo Malone’s limited edition Sugar & Spice fragrance collection.

Nouveau Cheap – has been testing the new CoverGirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation for a while, and finally has her verdict.

Pink Sith – has three of the new NARS Satin Lip Pencils to share with you and a question about lip swatches

My Beauty Bunny – shares her cruelty-freee dupe for Covergirl Mascara.

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by Prime Beauty – I don’t have a discerning nose but love perfume so I go to Cute and Mundane to read fragrance reviews. Dovey doesn’t only review fragrances though, she’s all about the makeup too.

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by Pink Sith – During some recent image searches I happened upon the Bloomin’ Beauty Blog. This blog is filled with great images and reviews of high end makeup, making it one of my newly favorite blogs to visit, and also dangerous for my bank account!

Question of the Week:

What’s your current favorite face powder and why?

B says, “I used to adore tarte’s Hotel Heiress but when I ran out and couldn’t find it at Sehora’s, I tried the Nuance Salma Hayek powder and it’s fantastic. In fact, it’s the only thing I wear on my face most days.”

Do you wear face powders? Which one is your fave?

 

 

Urban Decay Naked Nail Polish set.

Hi everyone! Today I’ve got a pretty mani for you with the new Urban Decay Naked Nail Polish set. I’ve
also got a little how-to on how I did my nails to share with you.

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Left Column, top to bottom: Sidecar, Smog, Creep. Right Column, top to bottom: Naked, Toasted, Hustle.

Before I applied the nail polish, I pushed back the cuticles. Then I wiped the nail base clean with nail polish remover to remove any oils that that might be on my nail bed. I used Cult Nails Get it On Base Coat so that my polish would apply smoothly. I applied two coats of Urban Decay Smog, which is a gorgeous copper with red undertones and gold shimmer.

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After Smog was completely dry, I decided I wanted to add a little something extra, so I took a makeup sponge and dabbed a bit of Urban Decay Sidecar onto the sponge, and then dabbed that ½ of the way up my nail. I waited a bit, and then did that ¼ of the way up my nail. This created a glitter gradient effect. I did angle my sponge a bit, into an upside down V shape, just to do something different with the Sidecar. I finished off my nails with HK Girl Glisten n’ Glow Super Shiny Fast Drying top Coat. I love this top coat for making my glitter polishes smooth and keeping things shiny!

 

Phyrra is an award winning beauty blogger, social artist, standard poodle lover and Pinterest addict. Find her at www.Phyrra.net. You can also find her on Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram.

Products purchased by Phyrra. All opinions are her own.

Veganize Your Lippies with Too Faced’s Newest La Creme Lipsticks

So remember that time I showcased those amazing and vegan Too Faced La Creme lipsticks? Welllll, the geniuses at TF have given us 4 more shades and I couldn’t be happier.

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Because you can never have too many lipsticks. And anyone who tells you otherwise ain’t a friend. I’m just sayin’.

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Say ‘ello to the new lovelies. I surprisingly love every single one. I’m a bit of Picky Patty when it comes to lip colors but I seriously don’t have any compliments about any of these. This is just a quick feature of these babies since I’ve reviewed them before.

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(L-R)
Bumbleberry, Loganberry, So Berry Sexy, Teddy Berry

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Bumbleberry is a darkened pink that has a nice work appropriate touch to it. It’s the kind of lipstick that you can wear comfortably by itself but then apply a lipliner for some added WOW-ness.

 

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Loganberry is a highly pigmented magenta that rocks my world. This is MY kind of pink. It doesn’t require anything else. She is dynamic on her on. This is definitely my favorite of the bunch.

 

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So Berry Sexy is a rich blue-toned rose that I find that will likely compliment anyone who wears it. It’s my second favorite of the bunch.

 

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Teddy Berry could have been a grandma shade but no, somehow it works. It’s the perfect lippy to wear when you want something without having to look TOO made up.

 

The Beauty Basics

Price: $21/ea
Availability: TooFaced.com
Do I recommend: Absolutely. I love everything about the La Creme lipsticks. The packaging is darling, they are super moisturizing and they seem to last quite some time on the lips. The color selection is great and I think these 4 are a great addition to the bunch.

Rock on, Too Faced! You done well. :cool:

OPI Mariah Carey collection

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Yes y’all! Mimi herself has partnered up with OPI to release her very own nail polish collection. I’m wondering why this is just now happening. She should have had her own collection years ago, uh? I adore Mariah Carey. Moreso the old skool Sweet sweet fantasy baby Mariah than anything else. And don’t even get me started on the albums Music Box and the Emancipation of Mimi. Yasssss. This collection is also where we see the revolutionary Liquid Sand formula polishes. I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about them but honey, I’m lovin’ them.

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A Butterfly Moment is a frosty tan nude and it’s not what I would have put in a Mariah Carey collection. It has a bit of a Grandma feel to it. It’s definitely work appropriate and would probably look dynamic when used it nail art but by herself, meh…I’m not feelin’ it too much.

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Pink Yet Lavender is a pink glitter with lavender shimmer. She’s loaded with hex bits and holographic glitter. Nothing too unique but it’s a nice layering glitter. I’m not sure I get the name though. Am I being slow or does it not make much sense?

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Anti-Bleak isn’t terribly unique but I love this deep creamy purple. It has such a nice richness to it and while it takes 2 coats to reach full opacity, it looks stunning nonetheless. And of course I love that it’s a creme.

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The Impossible is a matte fuchsia with star confetti. This is one of the Liquid Sand polishes and whooooa – I love it. It dries to a sandy matte finish. It has a nice textured look and feel to it but the crazy thing is, removal is super easy. It’s as easy to remove as a regular polish – not a glitter. As much as I love The Impossible, I hated that I couldn’t get enough stars on the nails. Womp.

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Get Your Number is a matte blue with sparkles and I think this is my favorite Liquid Sand polish. It looks amaziiiiing. I don’t even want to see how this looks with a top coat. It looks so spectacular by itself.

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 Stay The Night is a matte black with red glints. And don’t even ask me what a glint is because I certainly don’t know. Ha! I couldn’t get this one to look as sandy as the others. I waited a good 5 minutes for it to dry, but it still had a bit of a glossy effect to it. Maybe I got a dud? I’m not sure but I still dig the red sparkles.

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Sprung is a shimmery copper. This is another unexpected shade for me. It just doesn’t scream Mimi. It’s pretty enough but it’s just okay…

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Can’t Let You Go is a matte purple with dazzling sparkle is woooow, this is another one of my favorites. It actually looks a bit more of a blue violet in real life but it is wonderful. And I don’t think I’d love it as much if it weren’t for the Liquid Sand effect.

I used about 2 coats of polish for polish here and I didn’t have any serious application issues. The Liquid Sand polishes apply beautifully and there aren’t you tricks that you need to know prior to applying them. They are so great and I am loving this trend. I’m sure we’ll see more of these from OPI and other brands. And I am definitely okay with that.

The Beauty Basics

Price: $9/bottle
Availability: Ulta, JC Penny Salon and anywhere OPI is sold
Favorites in collection: Anti-Bleak, Get Your Number, Can’t Let You Go

Any Mariah Carey fans in the house? What do you think about this collection?