Monday, March 30, 2015

Mommy Product Review: bareMinerals bareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation

Lately I've been trying to branch out and try new things in my makeup routine. I have really sensitive skin that is oily in my T zone and extremely prone to breakouts if the wrong thing makes contact with my face. Basically, my skin is a dictator that rules with an iron fist and until now I've only been able to use the one thing it has accepted: bareMinerals powder foundation. Every time I try something new my face reverts back to its pubescent glory.

The last time I was at my neighborhood Ulta I decided to branch out, but only slightly, and try something new. I decided to stay in the bareMinerals neighborhood, but try something I've never used before. Since I wanted something with more coverage than my mineral powder foundation without being cake-like I decided to try the new liquid foundation from bareMinerals: the bareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation.
My shade? "Bare Linen"......I'm literally as white as a sheet. 


My thoughts so far: I don't love it, but I like it a lot. If you have oily skin this foundation is for you. It feels like it's barely there and doesn't make your skin even more oily than it already is, especially if you set it with the mineral veil. If you have dry skin this foundation should be good for you too, but since dry skin isn't one of my problems I can't be 100% sure. However, it only takes a minute or two to apply, so as a busy Mother of two I appreciate that. It takes as long to apply this foundation as it does to apply the powder version, so your morning routine shouldn't be affected.

Here is a list of pros and cons with a little explanation for each:

Pros

  • Easy to apply: you simply buff it on like you do bareMinerals powder foundation
  • Long lasting: it literally only takes 4-5 drops to cover your ENTIRE face
  • Non-comedogenic: need I say more? No one likes rocking acne to their play-dates, am I right?
Cons

  • A little pricey: The bottle for this foundation is kind of small, and at $29.00 a pop that could get expensive. It helps that you only need a tiny bit at a time, so the bottle should last for a while but still, in my opinion, $29 is more than I'm used to paying.
  • You are urged to buy a special application brush: bareMinerals is all about the brushes. This foundation has its own special application brush (which is also $29). You don't HAVE to buy it, but they recommend it in order to get the best application possible.
  
29$ for this brush. You put 2 drops of foundation into the well in the middle of the brush and then buff on.

All-in-all this foundation is pretty great. It is easy to apply, goes on quickly, and has buildable coverage. My skin looks great when I'm wearing it and it doesn't clog my pores. I'd give it 4 out of 5 stars just for that

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Spring Forward

Ahhhhh, Spring. Other than allergies, what's not to love? This time of year is always great for me. I usually experience seasonal affective disorder from the end of December to the middle of March, so when Spring arrives I can always look forward to feeling more like myself and less like a zombie. I'm also a huge fan of spring cleaning, which for some reason helps me pull out of my funk. I guess it's cathartic for me to reorganize, weed things out, and get my house ready for open windows season.

My family is springing forward in all kinds of ways too. We're trying to begin teaching Liam how to read, and in an effort to help with that we joined our local library's "1,000 Books Before Kindergarten" program. For every 100 books your kid reads they get a little prize from the library, like a sticker. Once they read 1,000 books the library gifts them their own book to add to their home library. I absolutely love this idea, not only because it promotes reading and libraries but because it also is a family activity. You can never get enough quality time with your kiddos. Owen is walking more and more every day, and he's self-weaning. He's down to only nursing at night all by himself. My baby isn't a baby anymore *tear*. Nathan is getting ready to test for Staff Sergeant in a few months. He's been studying (which has been a challenge since he's also in school) but I know he'll nail the test. He's been working so hard to advance in the military and I'm so proud of him.

Me? I've been trying to take a slightly small step back and make some time for myself. I actually got 2 new dresses AND a pair of shoes! This is a big deal for me because I almost never get things for myself. I get horrible buyers remorse and put stuff back out of my cart before I even get to the checkout counter. I usually feel guilty for spending money on myself, even if it's on something that I need. I started small, a $10 monthly subscription to Ipsy, a site that sends you custom tailored makeup samples. Something so small, $10 a month, has made the biggest difference. It reminded me that even though I spend most of my days at home with the kids, that doesn't mean I shouldn't make an effort to do small things for myself. Now, I don't mean get all dolled up just to go to the grocery store or so I can look good while we read bedtime stories. I just mean that doing something small, like painting my nails or trying a new shade of blush, makes me feel like I've had time to be my own person that day. 100% devotion to your kids 24/7 can drain your batteries quickly. And sometimes, just sometimes, a firming facial mask can recharge them again.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

When You Have Guests, Reign In the Crazy

Well, as you can see by my writing this post, I survived my sons first birthday party. "Its just a kids party, how bad could it be?" you may ask. Well.....it's me, so it's at least 2x as hard as it would be for the average person. Any gathering that I have to host, be it a birthday party or a family reunion, will ultimately result in lots and lots of stress for me. I feel like I have a million things to do and about 15 minutes to do them in. No matter how far in advance I have things planned, I usually freak out at the last minute, even if things are going well. For example, whenever family visits I like to have my house clean. I keep it clean on a day to day basis, but when family visits I like to try to have things looking extra clean and organized. When my house isn't as clean and tidy as I need it to be I feel stressed and overwhelmed which ends up stealing away some of the joy of the visit. This past weekend we had family visiting AND a party so I was in rare form. Thankfully my husband was able to help me reign in my crazy, and I think everyone had a good time.

The party its self was cute. We did a "little gentleman/mustache" theme, and we had a "photo booth" area with props for guests to take pictures in. A great time was had by all. Even though I was freaking out for part of the time, I enjoyed myself too. My little man turned one, and I got to celebrate it with great family and friends. I want to thank everyone who helped to make the day special, whether they were physically present or not.




Immediately following Owen's party Nathan and I both got sick. Of course! Now that we both *seem* to be over our tummy virus it's time to put our house back together. Until next time.