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Beauty | Cotton Candy

A few days ago, I was rummaging through my palette collection and came across the Sigma Creme de Couture palette. Anyone remember that one? I did a review here back when it came out - in 2013. If you read the review, appreciate baby blogger Noelle and how "pigmented" the swatches were. I've come a long way. But anywho, the colors are so fun and I was inspired to do a little look with them.



Get The Look:

  • tarte Cosmetics Drink of H20 Hydrating Booster
  • tarte Cosmetics Double Duty Beauty Empowered Hybrid Gel Foundation in Light Sand
  • MAC Cosmetics Mineralized Concealer
  • Urban Decay Beached Bronzer in Bronzed
  • tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Exposed
  • Sigma Beauty Creme de Couture Palette - Passion Fruit in the crease, Cherry Blossom on the lid, Blue Chocolat on the outer v - I recommend using a white base under these to really make them pop!
  • tarte Tarteist Clay Liner (my absolute fave!)
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer in Medium Brown
  • PUR Beauty Fully Charged Mascara
  • Crowd Colour Liquid Matte Colour in Jessie

Baby | Five Things I Wish Someone Told Me About Breastfeeding + Must-Haves!

Breastfeeding. It's something I knew I 100% wanted to do when I was pregnant with my first little guy. What does one do when they have no clue what they're doing? That's right, they Google. I researched the crap out of breastfeeding. From best nipple creams to Mastitis symptoms (y'know, just in case) to what's the best breastfeeding position - I Google'd it all. While I had a very easy, amazing breastfeeding relationship with my first son that I am so, so thankful for, I can't help but remember how bad I wish I had someone with personal experience breastfeeding to able to go to for questions.


Let's be real, Google great and all but it gives you a wide array of answers to your questions that can go from you're-fine to you're-dying real quick. So don't worry, I am here to give you the lowdown on a few things I wish someone had told me when I first started breastfeeding. If you have any questions that you want some friendly advice to, please don't hesitate to e-mail me (xonoelleblog@gmail.com) or comment below. Remember, I am not a doctor, just a mama that has breastfed her two little guys for almost three years straight.


Breastfeeding cravings. Breastfeeding burns a lot of calories, guys! I've read you can burn up to 1,000 calories a day through feeding or expressing. Insane, right? In fact, it is estimated that producing breastmilk takes 25% of your body's energy so your body is constantly working hard to maintain all your functions which in turn can make a mama ravenous! I never had pregnancy cravings but breastfeeding cravings hit me hard with both boys. It's totally normal and as long as you don't make completely unhealthy choices (*ahem* like, 10 cookies in one sitting)  all day, every day, you'll be fine. Try to make healthy choices but girl, eat that cake if you want it. Doctors say to up your calorie intake about 500 calories to keep up. Along the same topic, breastfeeding can dehydrate you so make sure you're staying hydrated. Being dehydrated can totally mess with your supply! I recommend a pretty water bottle with a straw (for some reason it being pretty and having a straw makes me want to drink it more)!

Pumping is no indication on how much milk your baby is getting. I wish I could yell this from the rooftops! Also, I wish someone had told me this when I first tried pumping. I vividly remember trying to pump a bottle for the first time so I could go out on a date night. After about 15 minutes, I had maybe one ounce and felt completely and totally devastated. If I could only produce this little after 15 minutes, how the hell am I making enough to fulfill my baby? Thankfully, I didn't give up and after much research (and seeing how huge my not-so-little-guy was!), I realized that pumping is absolutely NO indication of your supply. If your baby is happy and thriving, do not stress about how much you pump out. That being said, if you're looking to pump (either for a date night, work, etc.), make sure to check the flanges on your pump. Did you know they come in multiple sizes for different size nipples? The standard flanges on a pump might not be the right fit for you which can decrease milk production.

Nursing while sick is encouraged. How crazy is that? If you have a cold or other mild illness, breastfeeding your little babe is fine - even encouraged! In fact, they were probably exposed to it before you even knew you were sick. Studies show that there are receptors in our mammary glands that can detect if the baby is getting sick and will change the milk's composition to produce customized antibodies. There's an awesome article here that actually shows the change!

You don't need to pump and dump. I'm not a huge drinker but any means, but if you're a breastfeeding mom, you'll know every last drop is precious and it would suck to have to throw out because you had a few drinks. For my mama's that just want to relax at the end of the night, this one's for you, because if you're sober enough to drive, you're absolutely sober enough to nurse your baby. Less then 2% of the alcohol you drink reaches your blood and milk, and while it peaks at about an hour after you drink it, it leaves the milk as it leaves the blood. Obviously, you know your limit and should use your own judgement. (Source) PS. Some mama's swear drinking stout beer increases their milk supply! 

Breastmilk totally stains your clothes. Yeah, did you know that? I had no idea until I wore a shirt to bed without a nursing bra/with pads and woke up with wet boobs. After it dried, it totally looked like an oil stain and even worse, would not come out in the wash! Breastmilk is actually a protein but because it contains fat, it can look like an oil stain. Some great options to great rid of the stains are dabbing Dawn or Oxi Clean onto it or leaving it out in the good old sun!


Breastfeeding Must-Haves:

  • nursing bras (so the odds of staining your shirt are a little less slim)
  • nursing pads (because the above)
  • flanges that fit your nipples if you're pumping
  • nipple cream / coconut oil / Lanolin
  • big (but still cute!) water bottle
  • one stinkin' cute baby (or two!)
  • a phone charger (let's be real, I love looking into my little guy's eyes when he's nursing but sometimes he passes out on me and I need a distraction to pass the time!)
  • nursing necklace (really good to have when your little babe gets a little older and is looking for sometime to put in his hands!)
What is something about breastfeeding that you wish someone told you?

Beauty | Pink + Bronze

Gooooooood afternoon, guys! I teased this look a few weeks ago and while I'd like to say the long wait was totally on purpose and all for hype, in all honesty, I totally forgot. I could've sworn I had posted it and then looked back and was like, "Hey....Where'd it go?" I have had the worst memory lately, guys. Anyone else lately? I think it's mommy brain.

Get The Look:

  • tarte Cosmetics Drink of H20 Hydrating Booster
  • tarte Cosmetics Double Duty Beauty Empowered Hybrid Gel Foundation in Light Sand
  • MAC Cosmetics Mineralized Concealer
  • Makeup Revolution Ultra Bronze Bronzer
  • Benefit Cosmetics Coralista Blush
  • ittse + Love For Lacquer Run The World mixed with Hustle & Glow
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer in Medium Brown
  • MAC Paint Pot in Painterly (for base)
  • ABH Raw Sienna (crease)
  • Makeup Geek Morocco (crease), Curfew (bottom), Cherry Cola (outer v), Bleached Blonde (lid), Starry Eyed (inner corner)
  • PUR Cosmetics Fully Charged Mascara
  • tarte Cosmetics Lip Drench in Cabana Boy

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Lifestyle | The Best Amazon Prime Day Deals for You + Your Little Babes!

I'm pretty sure this is what Christmas in July looks like, guys! Today is Amazon Prime Day! Prime Day is 30 hours straight of insane deals that are exclusive for those with Amazon Prime accounts. They tend to sell out quickly so I'm sharing my faves that are still available right now!

Treat Yourself:



* If you're looking for makeup storage, this sale is so for you! Just search "beauty storage" in the Prime Day area and holy cow, shop away!

Treat Your Little Babes:



* SO many good deals, guys! Lots of diapers are on sale as well as Melissa and Doug toys and Graco products!

 Happy shopping, guys!

Lifestyle | POPSUGAR Must-Have Box for June 2017

| PopSugar provided me a complimentary box.

The happiest of Sunday's to y'all! Today, I'll be sharing the deets on the latest POPSUGAR Must Have Box. I know, I know. It's the June box and it's already July, Noelle, get it together! Unfortunately, my box arrived a smidge late but hopefully, even if this particular box isn't available, this review can show what type of amazing goodies to expect in the July box!


For those who might be scratching their heads like, "What the heck is a POPSUGAR Must Have Box?" - I'm so glad you asked! It's a monthly subscription box delivered straight to your door, every month, filled with full-sized home, fashion, food, beauty and more products. They also have a "mini" box option that contains a smaller amount of products for a lesser price per month. The full-size box will run you $39.95 a month, $109.85 for three (saving you $10) or $214.70 for six months (saving you $25). The mini box will run you $18.95 per month. Click here (aff) and use the code SHOP5 for $5 off your first box!


What's In The Box?

  • Billabong Aloha Forever Trucker Hat ($17.95)1 - This bright blue trucker hat is giving me eighth grade vibes in the best way! I used to rock Billabong and Roxy with some Adidas Superstars like nobodies business. This hat is super comfy with an adjustable plastic band on the back to create your perfect fit. I feel like I'll get a ton of use out of this!
  • Captain Blankenship Mermaid Sea Salt Hair Spray ($24) - What's a summer box without a sea salt spray, am I right? This one contains organic ingredients like aloe vera and sea kelp extract to keep your hair wavy but soft - no crunchiness here!
  • The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid ($26) - A good read? Uh, yes please. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is about a movie icon that decides to have an unknown magazine reporter help write her biography where they find out they have more in common than they think. I haven't had a chance to sit down and read this yet but it seems like one of those guilty pleasure books that'll have you up all night until your done.
  • Aloha Collection Mid-size Coco Palms Pouch ($16) - If you're a mom, you will definitely know the importance of a good wet bag. I absolutely love the tropical print and the bag is a pretty big size so you can throw in a lot wet clothes or even use as a makeup bag!
  • NCLA So Rich - Mermaid Tears ($18) - My nails have had better days so I was happy to see this in the box. Mermaid Tears is a cuticle oil that smells just like honeysuckle. It has vitamin E extract as well as sunflower seed oil to keep your cuticles from drying out on those harsh beach days.
  • Belgian Boys Mini Cookie Stash ($.99) - You had me at mustache-shaped cookies. THESE. ARE. DELICIOUS.
  • Meri Meri Blue and White Party Straws ($5.95) - These are the cutest paper straws! Is it weird that I just want to sip milkshakes from these? Totally saving them for special occasions.
  • Starbucks Caramel Frappuccino Coffee Drink ($2.39) - You can never go wrong with a Starbucks Frappuccino - especially when it's caramel! Pop this in your bag for a delicious pick-me-up during the day (or if you're like me, you'll chug it when the kids wake up for a kick in the butt to your day). So yummy!
Click here (aff) and use the code SHOP5 for $5 off your first box!

| PopSugar provided me a complimentary box.

Beauty | Get Your Bronze On: Top Six Favorite Bronzers!

I am all about that sunkissed tan life - without the whole actual going outside and laying out in the sun to get it. #palebabe, y'know? Today, I've compiled six of my favorite bronzers, from matte to shimmer, at just about every price point, so you can look like you just got back from a tropical getaway without ever having to step foot outside your house.

  • Urban Decay Beached Bronzer in Bronzed ($28) - Funny story. I bought this shade accidentally. I originally wanted Sun -Kissed which is a lighter matte brown more suited for lighter skin tones but accidentally put Bronzed in my cart instead. *facepalm* It ended up working out in the end because with a light hand, this works perfectly for me when I'm pale AND with a heavier hand, works great when I'm self tanned. It's very finely milled and silky to the touch. 
  • Makeup Revolution Ultra Bronze ($7) - Looking for a great dupe of Bronzed? This is definitely it. UD Bronzed might be slightly more golden but barely and texture-wise, this is so close. Very pigmented (a light swipe is all you need!) and super smooth to apply. 
  • Makeup Revolution Shimmer Bronze Highlight ($7) - If you're looking for a little shimma shimma (and I mean little), this is all you. I actually really like this as the shimmer is not noticeable at all and you can either mix them all together (like the swatch below) of pick and choose which shade you want to use. I find this slightly dustier than the Ultra Bronze but still pigmented and easy to apply.
  • NARS Sun Washed Diffusing Bronzer in Laguna ($40) - You might be thinking that this bronzer is basically a re-invented Laguna, but you're in for a surprise. This bronzer is very firmly packed so that it really only lets you pick up a small amount for a very natural wash of bronze. I know, I know. You're probably thinking, "Well, couldn't I take any old bronzer with al light swipe for the same effect?" Honestly? Probably but I'm lazy AF and personally find this easier for me to achieve that naturally bronzed look without having to gage, on my own, how much is too much. 
  • Vita Liberata Trystal Self Tanning Bronzing Minerals ($45) - If you're looking for a bronzer with lasting effects, this one by Vita Liberata is calling your name. It comes in two shades (one light, one medium) and gives such a gorgeous tanned look that lasts for days. The bronzing minerals are actually a fake tan in a powder version. Thankfully, you can't really go overboard with this as what you put on your face is what you get afterwards (does that make sense?).
  • Glamour Dolls Fakecation Bronzer ($4.99) - Last, but certainly not least, if you're looking for an affordable bronzer that'll last you a very long time (I mean, that pan size is HUGE!), this is it. Glamour Dolls is best known for their Lisa Frank collab but I highly suggest popping this into your cart before checking out. It's so underrated but so, so good! It's a little drier compared to the others but the pigment is great and is a nice tan shade that's flattering for my light skinned chicks.




Let me know in the comments below what your favorite bronzer is! Up next, my top six favorite highlighters (awwww yes!).

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Beauty | US of Slay

Happy Fourth of July weekend, guys! I wanted to get a fun and easy patriotic look up for the weekend but natural light was not on my side so my apologies for the odd, pinkish lighting! Ya'll get the gist, right?


If you have a black eyeliner, a red lipstick and some blue and silver eyeshadow, you can totally own this look!

Face:

  • Josie Maran Light Argan Oil to moisturize
  • tarte Cosmetics Empowered Hybrid Gel Foundation in Light Sand applied with a damp PUR Beauty Blending Sponge (one of my favorites!)
  • MAC Mineralize Concealer under the eyes and around the nose
  • Makeup Revolution Ultra Bronze
  • ColourPop Birthday Suit blush
  • Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Highlighter in Radiant Lights

Eyes:

  • MAC Paint Pot in Painterly as a base
  • Makeup Geek Vanilla Bean to set the base
  • Makeup Geek High Wire on the bottom lid
  • LORAC Burlap (from the Mega Pro 2 Palette) in the crease
  • tarte Tarteist Clay Paint for eyeliner with LORAC Blue Quartz (also from the Mega Pro 3 Palette) patted on top for a blue liner look
  • PUR Beauty Fully Charged Mascara
  • Billion Dollar Brows Universal Brow Pencil

Lips:

  • ColourPop Ultra Matte X in Trust Me...


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* Some products used in this tutorial were sent for consideration.

Little Babes | Our Favorite Books for All Ages!

Reading is one of our favorite things to do here and is a huge part of our wind down time before going to bed. I'm so thankful that both of my boys are really into being read to as I'm a huge bookworm myself. There's nothing better than getting lost in a world of make believe, one page at a time.


While we have hundreds of books, we seem to always go back to our few favorites with the worn out (and chewed on) pages. Today, with the help of my oldest son, Hunter, I've compiled a few of our favorite books that never seem to get old!


Hunter's favorite books (2.5 years old):
  • Good Night Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann - Good Night Gorilla is about a silly gorilla that lets out all his animal friends from the zoo after the zookeeper locks them up for the night. They all end up in the zookeepers bed!
  • Good Night Train by June Sobel - We just recently bought this book but it became one of our absolute favorites since Hunter has become OBSESSED with trains and now we read it every night. It's about a train that helps its passengers fall asleep!
  • Tons of Trucks by Sue Fliess - A super cute lift-the-flap all about different trucks and what they do. 
  • My Awesome Alphabet Book by Dawn Machell - Hunter knows his ABC's (kind of, sort of) so this book is great for showing him what objects start with what letter.
  • I Spy by Jean Marzollo - Um, classic! I would be lying if I said I didn't get this for myself more than for the kids at first. Hunter LOVES trying to find all the different objects. So, so much fun!
Brody's favorite books (9 months old):

  • Vroom, Vroom, Trucks by Karen Katz - So, Brody is just getting into books right now. We can now make it through an entire short story without him trying to throw it out of my hands or suck on it. Vroom, Vroom, Trucks is bright and colorful and make pretty sturdy so when Brody lifts a flap, he can't rip it off, for the most part. PS. We're obsessed with all of Karen Katz's books! Other faves are: Where Are Baby's Easter Eggs?, Where is Baby's Pumpkin? and Where Is Baby's Christmas Present?
  • Toes, Ears & Nose by Marion Dane Bauer - Another gorgeous book illustrated by Karen Katz. This book teaches children where their hands, feet, etc. are, behind a lift-a-flap. Brody loves this one!
  • On The Night You Were Born by Nancy Tillman - The hospital gave us this book through their book program when Hunter was born and I still can't get through this book without tearing up.

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Lifestyle | Top 5 Things To Do At Lake Compounce

* Tickets sent to me for a great day at Lake Compounce!

Summer has officially arrived and I don't know about you guys, but one of my favorite pastimes to enjoy the warm weather is to head to an amusement park! For me, it's Lake Compounce, located in Bristol, Connecticut. 


From eighth grade outings to getting the friends together for some thrill-seeking, Lake Compounce has been the place to have some fun in the sun since I've been little! Celebrating it's 171st season this year, Lake Compounce is the oldest continuously operating amusement park in North America and is also known as the home to Boulder Dash, a top-rated wooden rollercoaster. Last month, I was so kindly sent a few tickets to enjoy a day at Lake Compounce with some friends!

Amusement parks, in general, can get crazy and with big crowds and long lines, you can easily spend most of your day just waiting for a ride that might not give you the thrills you were looking for. I've compiled a top five list of my absolute favorite things to do and rides to go on while spending the day there. Let me know what your favorites are!



Coordinate your day with a festival. We ended up picking the day that happened to be their first annual Craft Beer and Food Truck Festival but Lake Compounce always has events going on where you can more bang for your buck when buying a ticket (usually when you buy a ticket to the park, the event is free). The Craft Beer and Food Truck Festival featured a bunch of food trucks and breweries like Two Roads, Thomas Hooker, Stoney Creek, Lenny and Joe's Fish Tale and more - all local to Connecticut! While I'm not huge into beer, the guys that I was with had fun trying different IPAs.


Get your game on. Lake Compounce has plenty of smaller games like a basketball toss, squirt gun race, etc. but one of my absolute favorite games at Lake Compounce is the Haunted House - where it mixes a game with a fun ride all in one. The name of the game is to shoot as many ghosts as you can find with a laser gun as you sit and ride through the dark, spooky haunted house. There's a bullseye over moving targets and whoever has the most points at the end of the ride wins! I lose every time but I always make it a point to ride it at least once while I'm here. So fun!


Feel the thrill. I know rollercoasters aren't everyone's cup of tea but Lake Compounce has plenty of thrilling options that don't have you seeing upside down. Down Time is INSANE (and one of my faves!) that holds you up in the air and unexpectedly drops you from 185 feet above. Twister, Wipeout and Rev-O-Lution are great choices if you love getting dizzy. If you are a rollercoaster enthusiast, you can't leave without trying the Zoomerang (a rollercoaster that twists and turns forwards and backwards!) as well as Boulder Dash (the world's #1 wooden rollercoaster) and Lake Compounce's new Phobia Phear which speeds up to 65 mph and has an insane cobra roll at 150 feet in the air!


Grab a bite to eat. Lake Compounce has nine dining areas as well as snack shacks throughout the park. My absolute favorite place to eat is La Fiesta (I love their Taco-in-a-bag!) but if you're a hot dog and hamburger type of person, Pink's comes in at a close second and The Potato Patch in third! If you're craving sweets, the park offers Dippin' Dots (YUM!) as well as a bunch of other ice cream options, fried dough, The Bavarian Nut cart as well as the Sweet Shoppe (I remember when I was little I would stock up there before leaving!). The Watering Hole showcases breweries such as Firefly Hollow Brewing, Thomas Hooker, Back East Two Roads and more. It also offers quick snacks like pretzels and popcorn. PS. There's a special spot in the park where you can get free Pepsi products all day. You'll know it when you see it!

Cool off by the water. Am I the only one who saves the water park for last? I think I like to wind down in the water and usually towards the end of the day, there's way less people their. Lake Compounce's Crocodile Cove boasts eight main water rides including the Croc-O-Nile (a lazy river), Bayou Bay, Clipper Cove (a pirate ship loaded with water cannons, slides and big bucket of water!), Lights Out (a crazy water slide in the dark - I love this one!), Mammoth Falls (a water raft ride - so much fun to do with friends!), Riptide Racer (a slide you can race with up to four friends), Tunnel Twisters and Anchor Bay (a wave pool). Unfortunately, this was closed when we went but is open now!
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* Tickets sent to me for a great day at Lake Compounce!

Beauty | Crowd Colour Liquid Matte Lip Colours in Izzy, Jessie + Codi - Swatches + Review

Hey everyone! Today, I'll be sharing swatches and reviews of the Crowd Colour Liquid Matte Lip Colours. If you're unfamiliar with Crowd Colour, they are made up of a group of beauty enthusiasts, event organizers and web developers with over 15 years experience in the beauty game. They're mission is to bring beauty products to all communities that are cruelty-free at a great price point. What's really awesome is every time you shop their site, they give 5-10% of each product sale back to your chosen school!


The Crowd Colour Liquid Matte Lip Colours are a collection of six different shades ranging from greige to red and a good mix of colors in between with a "seductive, matte finish". They go for $7.63 (in US dollars if my conversion is correct) for 5 ML of product.

The biggest difference, right off the bat, between this and most other liquid lipsticks is the applicator. My brain kind of went, "What the heck is this?" when I first opened it and then realized it's just a doe foot applicator - but longer. It was still easy to use and I had no issues with application.

  • Codi - a tomato red matte. I absolutely love this shade of red but the formula? Not so much. Codi was kind of tricky because the consistency was the same as the others (slightly mousse-y) yet when applied, it seemed sheer in some places. As you can see from the top picture, the top lip shows one coat which was really thin and patchy. The bottom lip shows two coats. I'm not sure why this one was so thin compared to the other two but this does have about a twenty second dry time so you have more than enough time to go back in for another coat to make it more opaque. There was virtually no difference in the feel of it (drying out your lips, cracking, etc.) with two coats versus wearing one opaque coat from Jessie or Izzy so that's a win in my book.  I also want to note that these do have a pleasant scent to them but I can't put my finger on what exactly it is - but I like it! 
  • Jessie - a light greige matte with pink undertones. This was initially the first lip colour I tried from the bunch and I was/am still so impressed! The consistency is light and mousse-y but the coverage is very opaque and even. Dry time was about twenty seconds and left my lips feeling smooth and comfortable. Throughout the day, it only slightly felt drying with no cracking or feathering.
  • Izzy - a neutral pink matte. Izzy is slightly brighter in person than the picture shows but nevertheless absolutely gorgeous. Like Jessie, it's super smooth and velvety to apply and work with with one swipe giving you full, even opacity. Again, about six hours out, it felt slightly drying but absolutely nothing compared to other liquid lipsticks I've tried. Dry time was about fifteen seconds.

From top to bottom: Codi, Izzy and Jessie

Overall: Codi aside, I'm pretty blown away with this formula! I have to admit that this is the first liquid matte lipstick I've tried in a while (maybe ever?) that hasn't gone Sahara-dry on me as the day went on. All three were very velvety smooth to apply and both Izzy and Jessie were super opaque with one swipe. Codi was opaque with two swipes; the extra coat did not seem to influence any extra drying or cracking as time went on. There is a scent but it's non-existent once applied. I can't put my finger on what the scent is but it's pleasant and not perfume-y at all. I would highly recommend these!

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DIY | Father's Day Tool Box Gift Idea w/ Harry's

Father's Day is two days away (June 18th; this Sunday!) and if you're like me, you're scrambling right now. My fiance is, by far, the toughest person to shop for because if he likes something, he gets it. If he doesn't, he doesn't. He has a huge range of hobbies but always seems to have what he needs for them already. In short: SO FRUSTRATING!



That's why this year, I'm putting together a really cute, great last-minute gift toolbox that is so easy to recreate and contains a few things that any dad would love!

You Will Need:


  • Tool Box - This one is from Marshalls but you can find great, cheap alternatives at Home Depot, Walmart or Harbor Freight. A great alternative to a tool box could be tackle box if your guy is into fishing!
  • Card - As much as I love my fiance, he not really a card person but loves anything our kids make him so we go the home-made card route and it's a win/win.
  • Snacks - Honestly, what guy (or person in general) doesn't like snacks? Twizzlers, chips, beef jerky - all great things to stuff in there!
  • Books, knick knacks, etc. - If you don't follow me on SnapChat, we recently got chickens to help with our ridiculous tick problem (and also, fresh eggs, yes please!) so this book totally works for him. But if your guy isn't into books, some other great options are: video games, cologne, grilling tools, scratch offs, etc.
  • Harry's Winston Set ($25) - If you're still stumped for the main gift in the toolbox gift set, look no further! Harry's Winston Set is absolutely gorgeous and comes complete with everything a guy with hair (ie: all of them) could ever need: one Winston razor handle, three German engineered blade cartridges, one travel blade cover and your choice of shaving cream or foaming shave gel. Plus, orders over $10 ship free!


Place everything in the toolbox (or tacklebox!) and you're good to go!

How are you celebrating Father's Day?

Buy | The Winston Set (also available at Target!)

* Harry's Winston Set sent for review.

Beauty | A Little Mustard On The Side

I am literally the worst when it comes to beauty post titles! Other options were "Call Me Mellow Yellow" (super original, Noelle) and "Urine Trouble" (totally kidding about this one). This is just one of a million different looks that have been playing around in my head lately. The color combo of mustard and dark teal is so fun and unexpected but kind of complimentary, don't you think?


The Breakdown:

Face: 
  • SUZANNE Organics Cosmetics Bioactive Moisturizer for some much needed hydration on the face. 
  • tarte Cosmetics Double Duty Beauty Empowered Hybrid Gel Foundation in Light Sand applied with the PUR Cosmetics Contour Blending Sponge (literally my fave blending sponge!). 
  • Urban Decay Beached Bronzer alllllll over the face to give me some color.
  • ittse x Love For Lacquer: The Glambition Collection Hustle & Glow highlighter
  • ittse x Love For Lacquer: The Glambition Collection #GIRLBOSS blush
Eyes:
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer in Medium Brown (Guys, I'm down to the smallest nub ever on this thing!)
  • MAC Paint Pot in Painterly as a base.
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Golden Ochre in the crease, Kat Von D Fran all over the lid, ittse x Love For Lacquer Hustle & Glow in the inner corner.
  • PUR Cosmetics Fully Charged Mascara
Lips:
  • ColourPop Crystal Ball Lipgloss

Beauty | Natural, Everyday Makeup Tutorial w/ SUZANNE Somers Organics Cosmetics

*This post has been sponsored by the PRIMP Network but all opinions are my own.

Hey guys! Show of hands, how many of you look at what kind of ingredients and what not are in your beauty products and skincare? I'm not sure if it's because I'm a mom now or if it's because I'm getting older but I find myself becoming more ingredient-conscious now than ever before.


I find myself gravitating more and more to beauty and skincare products that are paraben-free, cruelty-free, organic, etc. which is why I am so excited to partner up with Suzanne Somers Cosmetics today to bring you this fun, simple, natural everyday makeup tutorial! 

After years of wearing makeup every single day as an entertainer filled with parabens, lead and more, Suzanne wanted to create a makeup line that was paraben-free, with no artificial dyes, no lead, no chemical binders, no animal testing, no synthetic fragrances and that was made in the USA. 

She created Suzanne Organics Cosmetics that uses all-natural and organic ingredients such as shea butter, grape seed oil and Vitamin E in her products to insure your skin is nurtured!

Let's get to the tutorial!

  • Moisturizing is first - and believe me, my skin needed this! I dotted my face with the SUZANNE Organics Cosmetics Bioactive Moisturizer ($34.99) and gentle massaged it in. For a moisturizer with a thicker consistency, I was surprised with how lightweight this felt and how easily it absorbed into the skin. It's chock full of Argan Oil, Sea Buckthorn Berry, CoQ10 and Beech Tree Bud Extract to moisturize the skin, reduce the appearance of wrinkles and protect the skin from elements.

  • Next, I went in with the Sheer Flawless Foundation ($39.99) in Porcelain Light and applied it with a damp sponge. I was looking for an alternative to my tinted moisturizer that I just ran out of and I'm happy to say that I think this is replacing it! It's SO light and gives a really nice glow to the skin. Obviously, it's extremely light coverage so I did go in with a concealer to conceal my spots and under the eyes.

  • Next up is contour and highlight! I was pretty impressed with Organics Contour Kit ($49.99) that I used to HAC with! It has three shades: a pale banana for highlighting, a warm bronze shade for bronzing and a grey-toned brown for contouring. First off, all the praise hands for a grey-toned brown! I've always had a hard time finding the perfect contour shade and this is it, ladies and gents! I like to contour my cheekbones and forehead. For highlight, I applied it under the eyes to set the concealer and under my cheekbones. I will note, though, that these were slightly dry and powdery but very pigmented and workable. 

  • And rounding out the face with some bronzing! This is the perfect bronze shade for my pale friends as it creates a nice, sunkissed warm glow without getting orange on you. I place this on my forehead into my cheeks in nice, circle movements.
  • Totally cheeseballin' it to get the perfect rosey glow! It looks funny but it's the best way to find the apples of your cheeks and blush them up! I used the Natural Blushing Powder ($29.99) in Honey Glow and oh my gosh, guys - this is my fave blush right now! It's the prettiest pale pink with it's coloring from organic raspberries and cranberries. Yum!
  • We're almost done, guys! I always curl my lashes before applying mascara as mine are super straight. I used the Lengthening Mascara ($19.99) and was pretty happy with the lengthening I achieved with it. The formula is slightly more wet than I normally use but I didn't have any issues with clumpy or "spider legs". 

  • And lastly, the lipstick! It's the icing on the cake, no? I used the Sheer Satin Lipstick in Coral Crush ($24.99). It is slightly more pink than coral but totally works for me. It's was moisturizing and pigmented and smelled ah-mazing!
What do you think? Would you give SUZANNE Organics Cosmetics a try? 

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