Beauty | Au Naturel

Hello, hello, hello! Happy Sunday, babes! Ugh. Poor Brodes is teething and has been having the toughest time sleeping. With Hunter, I never knew when he was getting teeth in because he was so chill about it. Ugh. Needless to say, no naps = no blogging. It's been tough for both of us, ya'll.

I recently found myself not even wanting to create makeup looks and tutorials because I knew half way in, putting on lashes (that take forever for me to do!), that Brody would wake up and I'd have to nyx the whole thing. Then I realized, "Who the hell am I putting these lashes on for anyway?" Seriously, guys, I rarely ever wear lashes unless it's a special occasion or a look on the blog.

THEN, I took to social media recently and found almost ALL OF YOU never wear lashes as well. And then it clicked. Where the hell have I been, right? Ugh. So here's to more tutorials without falsies! I want you guys to look at my tutorials and be like, "YES! I can totally do that." Starting with this one:

Face:

  • Urban Decay Naked Skin One & Done in the shade Light
  • Benefit Cosmetics Hoola Bronzer
  • the balm Mary Lou-Manizer
  • Stila Convertible Color Blush in Peony

Eyes:

  • MUG Eyeshadows - Vanilla Bean on the lid, Bedrock in the crease and Concrete Jungle on the outer v.
  • Jordana Extreme Lash Mascara

Lips:

  • ColourPop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick in Lumiere 

Beauty | Hotter Than A Popsicle

Ya'll. It's hot. Mother Nature was like, "You guys want to keep talkin' about hot weather? Fine. Here." and lit the Northeast on fire. It's about 95 out and humid AF. 

It's popsicle weather, for sure. Remember those red, white and blue ones? They were the bomb! Which is what kind of inspired this look. I really wanted something fun but super simple and easy. I also wanted to incorporate all of the new tarte goodies I just bought so here it is!


Face:

  • Josie Maran Light Argan Oil to moisturize.
  • tarte Double Duty Empowered Beauty Hybrid Gel in Light Sand
  • Urban Decay Beached Bronzer
  • tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Exposed
  • Urban Decay Afterglow Highlighter in Sin

Eyes:

  • MAC Paint Pot in Painterly all over the lid for a base.
  • Makeup Geek Eyeshadow in Vanilla Bean to set the base.
  • tarte Clay Pot Waterproof Liner in Unicorn Kisses (I need all of these! SO smooth and creamy to work with!) as the "beginning" to the liner, starting from the inner corner.
  • ColourPop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick in Wednesday as the middle of the wing.
  • ColourPop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick in Thursday as the "flick"/end of the wing.
  • tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer in Medium Brown

Lips:

  • tarte Rainforest of the Sea Drench Lip Splash Lipstick in Cabana Boy (I need all of these ASAP! So impressed with the formula!)

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Style | Pineapples, Pom Poms + Sunnies w/ Ashley Stewart (Spring/Summer Lookbook)

This post is sponsored by the PRIMP Network. All opinions are my own.

Warm weather is finally on the way, guys! The forecast for next week says 70's to 80's and I'm living for the moment I can slip on some shorts and tee and be on my way.

But you know what my favorite thing about the warm weather is? All the fun, colorful trends it brings, of course. This year I've been spying pom poms everywhere and I'm not sure if it's the cheerleader in me or what, but I'm obsessed!

Today, I've partnered up with Ashley Stewart to show you two fun ways (one for the day and one for night!) to add pom poms and color into your spring/summer wardrobes! Ashley Stewart is the plus size fashion brand with 89 stores spread out all over the US (as well as an online store) that offers a huge selection of clothes, accessories and more with sizes up to 32. They also cater to women who need wide calf sizes as well as wide width. Right now, Ashley Stewart is offering 40% off all full price styles with the code PRIMP40 so head on over and treat yourself! Not your size? Ashley Stewart has the cutest accessories (their sunglasses are too cute!)!

Lunch Date


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This outfit is just the right amount of comfy and cute! You can never go wrong with a basic ribbed tank top paired with some ripped jeans. I cuffed them at the ends to show off the grommets on these super cute wedges. This long white vest has pockets (yesss!) and added a little somethin' somethin' to the outfit. Let's talk about this humungo tote bag, shall we? The pineapple and pom poms totally caught my eye. This is the perfect beach bag as you can fit a whole bunch in it!

Night On The Town



* Make sure to click here use code PRIMP40 for 40% off full price styles!

Oh gosh, guys. I never show this much but this outfit was so much fun to rock. You can't really see it but the romper actually has long bell sleeves. It was a little risque with the long cut criss-cross top but I loved the chicness of the shorts length (not too short, not too long!) and the belt tie. The denim jacket is probably one of the coolest jackets I've ever owned! It has the coolest details with the pineapple patch on the back, the ripped elbows - so cool! I'll admit I was nervous walking around in the pom pom wrap heels but they were surprisingly comfy! Lastly, how cute is this white pineapple bag? It's subtle enough that the outfit isn't screaming pineapple at everyone. Too cute!

Which outfit would you rock?
* Click here use code PRIMP40 for 40% off full price styles!

This post is sponsored by the PRIMP Network. All opinions are my own.


Beauty | When Your Pimple Won't Go Away - Zit Zappin' Skincare Routine w/ ZAPZYT

This post is sponsored by the PRIMP Network. All opinions are my own.

Ya'll, I'm a stresser. I stress about my kids, about deadlines, about the news - heck, I even stress about conversations I had last week. I think I do it so much that I don't even really notice I'm doing it until it shows up physically in the form of zits (always right around the ol' chin area) and that usually makes me realize things are getting crazy and it's time to take a breather.


While stress is always going to be there, I've partnered up with ZAPZYT to share with you my zit-zapping skincare routine to make sure they won't be.

  • Washing your face - Morning and night! - is key. Even though my kids are running at 100 MPH from the moment they wake up, I try to take a few minutes, usually during breakfast when they're all settled, to pop into the bathroom. I've been using the ZAPZYT Acne Wash once in the morning and once at night to wash my face with. It contains aloe and chamomile (reduces redness) and 2% salicylic acid (encourages exfoliation of dead skin) for a nice balance.
  • At night, once the kids are in bed, I'll usually exfoliate next. If it's the morning, I usually skip this step because my skin is super sensitive with exfoliating. I've been using the ZAPZYT Pore Clearing Scrub with some warm water and like to gentle massage it all over my face. Exfoliating removes dead skin cells that can build up and cause break outs.
  • Next I'll go in and do a spot treatment if I have any poppin' up. The ZAPZYT Pore Treatment Gel contains 2% salicylic acid, natural botanicals (great for soothing sensitive skin) and linoleic acid to calm down inflamed pimples. This is a great alternative to the ZAPZYT Acne Gel that contains benzoyl peroxide if you have sensitive skin. This is kind of a cool as, once it's applied, it forms a moisturizing gel around the pimple and absorbs into it within 60 seconds. Per the instructions on the box, they recommend only applying this onto the pimple once a day and then gradually work up to 2-3 applications, if needed, as it can dry your skin out.

Before & After

Before: April 6, 2017 | After: May 6, 2017

What do you do to de-stress? Do you use ZAPZYT in your skincare routine?


PS. Make sure to check out these blogger's reviews as well!

This post is sponsored by the PRIMP Network. All opinions are my own.

Style | Warm Weather Walks w/ PACT Organic

I received this product for free from Moms Meet (momsmeet.com), May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agree to use this product and post my honest opinion on my blog. The opinions posted are my own.

The warm weather has finally made its way to New England and you better believe, we are soaking it up! I've been dragging the boys out every chance we get. 

Sometimes it's tough because my oldest, Hunter, LOVES everything about the outdoors - the mud, the animals - everything. My youngest, Brody, on the other hand is too little to really understand the beauty of being outside and with his light eyes, they automatically get red-rimmed and he gets super fussy. It's a balancing act between wrangling Hunter in and keeping Brody happy but we manage! 

You'll always find me in comfy sneakers and dark clothes that I can move around in when we go out because chances that at one point in the day out, I'll have to run after my crazy toddler or somehow I'll get some type of liquid on myself (coffee, spit up, boogers - pick your poison!) and need to camouflage that with dark clothing.

PACT Organic clothing is basically made for moms like me! They recently sent me a few items of clothing and I fell in love!  Their clothing is super soft - like, heaven! - and is made from organic cotton. They're also Fair Trade certified which makes me feel good knowing that no one was harmed or exposed to weird chemicals while manufacturing these clothes.

The leggings in the pictures below are actually SUPER long (I'm obsessed!). I cuffed them for the warm weather but I can't wait to rock these in the winter as well. The black hoodie jacket is super soft and lightweight and has cute thumbholes at the bottom. I'm also wearing, although you can't see it, PACT Organic's white camisole and black sports bra as well. The camisole has a built-in shelf bra which is amazinggggg and surprisingly sturdy. I usually find them to be pretty flimsy. I've also become a huge fan of this sports bra. It's lightweight but still has structure and is breastfeeding-friendly!

Little B was SO tired from the walk!

I know I asked this before but when clothes shopping, do you look for organic cotton clothing? Is it make or break for you?

PACT Organic was amazing enough to give my readers a coupon code for 25% off their purchase! Click here, use the code XO25 and let me know what you got!

I received this product for free from Moms Meet (momsmeet.com), May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agree to use this product and post my honest opinion on my blog. The opinions posted are my own.

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Extensions for 2017 | Swatches + Review

Happy Saturday, babes! I'm so giddy over this review today, guys. I literally ooooh'd and awwww'd all over these babies when they arrived at my doorstep. They're the new NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencils for 2017. They added ten new shades to their already amazing line-up (my old faves are Roman Holiday and Cruella) with some pretty tongue-in-cheek names.


  • Pussy Control - a lilac.
  • Let's Go Crazy - a vivid pink.
  • Endangered Red - an oxblood burgundy.
  • Get Off - a pink beige.
  • Intriguing - a rose pink.
  • Dirty Mind - a deep lilac.
  • Lonely Heart -a chocolate brown.
  • Unspoken - a midnight blue.
  • Famous Red - a bright pink coral.
  • Do Me Baby - a chestnut rose.
Swoon, swoon, swoon, am I right? I was going to go through these and review them one-by-one but honestly, they all performed the same with only one that I had "issues" with (I'll get to that in a second) but it ended up being my favorite of the bunch, so go figure.

 Wearing: Dirty Mind

Wearing: Do Me Baby

 Wearing: Endangered Red

Wearing: Famous Red

Wearing: Get Off

Wearing: Let's Go Crazy

 Wearing: Lonely Heart

Wearing: Pussy Control

Wearing: Unspoken

Wearing: Intriguing (slightly darker in this picture)
The lip pencil consistency is super smooth to work with. I specifically liked the shape of a lip pencil because it was angled enough that I was able to line my lips with it but still thick enough to fill them in. They're super pigmented minus Unspoken who I had to apply about two to three times to get a nice, even look. Honestly, I don't mind doing this because I fell in love with the color. I feel that when you have a dark color like that, that that'll happen. Once these lipsticks are on, they're almost a mix of satin and matte. You can still move your lips around without them smudging, cracking or bleeding.

My favorites: Unspoken, Do Me Baby, Lonely Heart

Shop | Buy ($27)
* Press samples sent to me for an honest review.

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