Hola and happy Friday! I have loved reading all your comments this week. I think every comment on the blog this week has made me smile or laugh out loud. So, thanks so much for that. 🙂 I’m already excited for next week because I’m hoping to have a super hard workout posted for you plus a travel-related post (for all my dreamers) that I’m having way too much fun putting together.
But for today I’m sharing some things I’m loving lately – mostly my recent beauty buys that I’m loving. Nothing in this post is sponsored – I purchased all these items myself and wanted to share them with you because I’m enjoying them.
This is, without a doubt, my favorite beauty purchase I’ve made in months. I bought this maybe 2 months ago and I’m OB.SESSED! I still love this highlighter by BH Cosmetics so much (it’s my tried and true highlighter and it is back in stock), but after switching between the 2 for the last several weeks, I think this Becca highlighter is my new favorite. But they apply so differently, so part of me doesn’t even feel right comparing them. The Becca Skin Perfector adds a not-so-subtle glow without looking too glittery, if that makes sense. I apply it to my cheekbones, brow bones and the tip of my nose and I use it in the shade Champagne Pop. It is available on Amazon Prime or via Sephora. It is a little cheaper on Sephora, but shipping isn’t free with Sephora so check all that out if you buy it to ensure you get the best deal. I’ll try and post a little video showing you guys this product on my Instagram stories today (or sometime this weekend), so be on the lookout for that. It really is so pretty!
This is also a new purchase and holy coverage! After reading so many great reviews about this concealer, I purchased it and I have been using it for a few weeks and I’m a big fan. I did buy the Laura Mercier brush that was recommended with it because all the reviews said you would need a brush to apply it and I agree. Depending on the look I’m going for, I either mix the 2 shades or I just use the lighter shade and I apply it under my eyes, around my nose and over any annoying zits. It took me a while to get used to painting my concealer on with a brush, but I think I finally got the hang of it and I love how it conceals any dark circles/dark spots/redness I have on my face. I know a lot of beauty bloggers use this for contouring and I can see why – but I don’t contour my make-up (at least not in the extreme way that I usually see people do on You Tube) because I don’t have time for all that. I use shade sc-3 for reference because my face is super pale, but I sort of wish I would have gone up one to the sc-4. And if you’re thinking, “but your face doesn’t look super pale in photos” it is because I apply this bronzer. 😉 Fake Bake, baby!
I bought this serum earlier in the summer and I’m about halfway through the bottle. I won’t share products on this blog that I don’t genuinely love, and with some products I have to use them for a while before I’m sold on their benefits. Well, I’m sold on this product and I already know I’ll be purchasing another bottle when this one runs out. My overall complexion is better and brighter and I think it may have helped even out my skin tone a bit. I’m on a pretty intense skincare regimen right now, so some credit would definitely need to go to other products but I feel like I can tell a difference when I leave this product out of my routine.
I really hate buying beauty products with suggestive names (what can I say…it’s the conservative Christian school girl in me) and I sort of hate sharing another lip product with you guys for fear that you will think I’m some sort of lipstick addict who needs an intervention, but I’m going to share this product with you anyways and then I won’t talk about lipsticks/lip glosses/lip balms for a long, long time! Deal? This lip gloss is only $14 and I told Dave it is my ‘magic lipgloss’ and he laughed for 3 straight minutes. I was like, “You know you want to kiss me right now to see if you can get some of this magic rubbed off onto your lips.” He laughed even harder. I thought I was being sexy – but whatever. Anyways, It is supposed to help plump your lips up and when I apply it, I feel like my lips are getting stung by a million tiny bees, but I sort of like it because I’m like, “Oh my gosh! It’s totally working!” Regardless of whether it makes my lips bigger or not, I love the shade. I purchased it in Nude in Town and its pretty all by itself or paired overtop a lipstick/lipliner (I’m wearing it alone in the photo I posted above, if that helps). I really want to try it in the shade “coy toy.” Man, I might really have a lipstick addiction. I guess the first step is admitting it, so I’m on the road to recovery.
I love that Andi Rose is finally getting to an age where Atlas views her as a playmate sometimes. They have been playing so hard together lately and Andi Rose laughs at pretty much anything and everything Atlas does. It just makes my heart so happy to watch them interact together. Having 2 kids so close in age is an exhausting job, but I’m starting to see blessings in the midst of all the diaper changes and messes and their friendship is at the top of that list. I pray all the time that they grow up being close friends. What a gift to have a built-in best friend, right?
Brownies from a Box
I really like making things from scratch, but sometimes you just gotta make brownies from a box and that’s exactly what I did this week. I really didn’t have high hopes for these, but they were BOGO at Publix (I feel like I’ve purchased something similar in the past and was underwhelmed?) so I snagged 2 boxes. Boy was I wrong! These things were jammin! I added chocolate chips to the peanut butter cookie mix, but other than that I followed the recipe on the box. They are already gone (insert crying emoji here). I did share with the kids…but I did most of the damage by myself. I let Atlas lick the bowl though and to be honest, that’s something I still struggle with now that I’m a mother (Sharing). I really didn’t want to let him lick the bowl because I wanted to lick the bowl, but I felt like I had to lead by example and whatnot and be the adult. He loved it, but he’s got a lot to learn because I’m pretty sure more batter got on his elbow and his nose than in his mouth. I was like, “CHILD! YOU ARE WASTING THAT! You better figure out a way to lick that off your elbow.”
Southern Living Magazine
Now that we are back in the South, I’m getting southern-fied (←technical term) again. Let’s be real: I don’t have time to read a magazine cover to cover anymore, but I do love flipping through the pages of Southern Living in the mornings while the kids and I eat breakfast together. This magazine just makes me feel good on the inside. And in last month’s issue, the ice cream shop where I had my very first job was featured as one of the best ice cream shops in the south! I was totally geeking out over that. I ate my body weight in ice cream back then…those were the good ole’ days.
Do you have a sibling close in age and if so, are you guys besties? What’s your favorite make-up product? What’s your favorite magazine to read? What’s your plans for the weekend? Oh, this is a funny story…Dave’s childhood best friend lives in the same city as one of my very best childhood friends (ironically, it is not the city that any of us grew up in) so we set them up and they have their first date this weekend & I’m pretty sure I’m way more excited for their weekend than my own weekend! I’m seriously giddy with excitement to see how their date goes.