Monthly Archives: April 2015

New Pixi By Petra beauty buys | Mini Review

April 28, 2015

Pixi By Petra / Beauty ProductsPixi By Petra Pixi by Petra Glow TonicPixi beauty quick fix powderPixi beauty Tinted Brilliance Balm

Products:  Quick Fix Powder | Glow Tonic | Line Relax Serum | Tinted Brilliance Balm

Pixi Beauty is one of my favorite brands sold at Target. I really wanted to try the Glow Tonic, I heard so many great things about this product by other bloggers and YouTubers. Unfortunately, you can’t get the Glow Tonic at Target, so I purchased the toner and all the other products online at Pixi Beauty. I was so impressed by all the four + five-star reviews on these, and so many other beauty and skin care products online. Affordable and effective = perfect combo.!

The Quick Fix Powder is the perfect little translucent finishing powder to pop in my purse. I take it everywhere with me now + use it when I feel I’m getting a little oily. It’s mess-free, and easy to apply! The first time I tried the Glow Tonic, my skin literally GLOWED! I was instantly in love! It’s been about two weeks since I started using it, and I’ve noticed my skin tone + texture has significantly improved. This toner will be a forever skin care product of mine! The Line Relax Serum intrigued me so much when I read about it. Although, I don’t have lines/wrinkles yet, I do wake up with puffy eyes or tired + dehydrated skin. So I got this product to help with those issues. I love the cool sensation the serum has upon application, and how it ‘perks-up’ my skin. It’s a great primer! I’ve been using the Tinted Brilliance Balm everyday. I got the color ‘Unique Pink,’ and it’s so cool because this one works with the pH in my skin to create my own ‘unique’ pink shade! This balm is very hydrating, and the color is subtle. It’s perfect for everyday.

– Xx

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Morning Makeup Routine

Mommy Morning Makeup Routine | Mix of high-end + drugstore products

April 23, 2015

Mommy Morning Makeup Routine Highlight and concealer

{ Marc Jacobs Beauty Concealer Pen, Clé de Peau Beauté Concealer, Estēe Lauder BB Highlighter (NOW 10% OFF!) }

Eyebrow Products

{ L’Oréal Brow Stylist Plumper, Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz }

pressed powder and bronzer

{ Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Pressed Powder, Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer }

Mommy Morning Makeup Tips

{ Maybelline Master Glaze Blush Stick, Milani Rose Powder Blush }

BareMinerals and NYX cosmetics

{ BareMinerals Pop Of Passion Lip Oil-Balm , NYX Butter Gloss }

makeup brushes

My Monday-Friday at home with the boys is typically the same. As a mom, I quickly learned that keeping a tight schedule is the best thing for my babies, and for me to be able to run my household effectively & keep my sanity!

So after the boys are fed, playtime is over, and Mason goes down for his morning nap, I’m able to eat my breakfast and then get ready. When I’m in ‘mom-mode’ I want to be comfortable and effortless in what I wear, and how I do my makeup. I barely have time to get ready sometimes and I usually feel rushed. So my mommy morning makeup routine is quick, easy and natural. I just want to feel put together (and not scare my husband when he comes home from work too – haha!).

What I pictured above may seem like a lot of makeup, but it’s really not. I don’t use all of those products everyday. I showed 2 blush options, 2 lip options + 2 highlighter/concealer options. I wanted to show you what I typically go for, depending on how I feel that day. Sometimes I want a cream blush, sometimes I don’t. Sometimes I need more coverage – so I may use both concealers, etc. I also wanted to show you my go-to everyday makeup brushes. I have MANY brushes, but I find I reach for these the most. And I definitely love doing a simple makeup look using peachy-coraly tones. I feel I look more refreshed when I use these type of shades with my complexion.


List of Makeup Products:

CC+ anti-aging serum | Remedy Concealer Pen | Brush-On Glow BB Highlighter | Concealer | Brow Gel Mascara | Brow Wiz | Fit Me Matte + Poreless Pressed Powder | Bronzer | Powder Blush | Blush Stick | Lip oil-balm | butter gloss 

Go-to Makeup Brushes:

It Brushes for ULTA #115 | Real Techniques Sculpting Brush | Real Techniques Powder Brush | Makeup Forever 122 Blending Brush | MAC 188 Small Duo Fibre

– My Makeup Beauty Organizer/Display is from:  Glamboxes




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Beauty Repurchases

Beauty Re-purchases: L’Occitane, Fresh, First Aid Beauty, NYX + St. Tropez

April 21, 2015

Beauty Repurchases

Beauty Repurchases L'OccitaneBeauty Repurchases First Aid BeautyBeauty Repurchases FABBeauty Repurchases FABNYX Butter Gloss

{ NYX Butter Gloss, shade: Merengue }

Beauty re-purchases are about the products that keep us coming back. We all have our cult favorites, and also new products we discover that then quickly become part of our beauty routine.

The following products are my most recent re-purchases. They’ve worked for me, I’ve enjoyed using them and they are products that I consider to be worth my mulah— *A.K.A cash money!

First up, is one of my cult classics, the L’Occitane Cleansing And Softening Shower Oil With Almond Oil. I’ve been using this product off-and-on for years, and I will continue to buy it. It is such a lovely, delicate and luxurious treat in the shower or bath. This shower oil is a body cleanser, it lightly foams up as you work it onto your skin. I love the way it hydrates and smooths my skin. After I take a hot shower or bath my skin feels so soft, looks luminous and hydrated. I love using it mostly for shaving- IT IS THE BEST SHAVE EVER!

The Seaberry Moisturizing Face Oil by Fresh has been a part of my skin care routine since February. I love facial oils. I bought the smaller 0.5 oz at the time and I still have a little product left in that bottle before I open up my new one. But for the size, I think it has lasted me a good amount of time. I put 2 drops onto my fingertips, then I rub my hands together and I gently pat the oil onto my face. It absorbs into my skin quickly and my face does NOT feel oily. Since using the Seaberry oil my skin feels moisturized, looks healthy (like I drank 20 glasses of water), and feel like it has helped balance my skin. I usually have combination skin with an oily T-zone. But the face oil has seemed to balance my skin out. Not too dry, not too oily. It’s the ‘Goldilocks’ of face oils.

I bought the St. Tropez tan applicator mitt again because It’s the best mitt, in my opinion, to apply my self tanner with. I’ve tried a couple other brands and St. Tropez’s mitt holds up the longest. It’s just a really great tool to use for applying my self tanners evenly and easily.

I’m still a fan of First Aid Beauty. I started using their products 4-5 months ago, and the cleansing wipes and facial radiance pads continue to be frequent re-purchases of mine. I keep a packet of wipes in my gym bag, my purse and in my bathroom. These towelettes effectively remove any make up, sweat, grime, or whatever from my skin. I love how clean my skin is afterwards and it does NOT leave an oily residue behind like some other cleansing wipes I’ve tried. The cleansing wipes do tend to be a little ‘soapy’ (as I tried to show in the picture above) BUT I don’t mind it. It does not irritate my skin, and like I said, It really does a good job of cleaning my face with out leaving anything but a clean feeling. The Facial Radiance Pads do a great job of exfoliating and toning my skin, and keeping my complexion clear from break-outs (until that time of the month comes around, then I gotta take out the big guns!).

My last re-purchase is my NYX Butter Gloss. Ohhh how I love me some NYX products! I own about 12 NYX lip products, and my collection keeps growing. The Butter Glosses are great. They are highly pigmented, long-wearing, hydrating and not tacky or sticky on the lips. Best of all, they are super affordable! The shade ‘Merengue,’ pictured above is one of my favorite pinks, it goes with almost every skin tone.

Please share what some of your favorites are, I’d love to hear them.

Have a great day, and thanks for reading!

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Dry Brushing

Dry Brushing

April 16, 2015

Dry Brushing

I heard about dry brushing through a Holistic Nutritionist over a year ago. I am now finally trying it and been dry brushing for almost 3 weeks. I wanted to share with you what dry brushing is, why it’s so beneficial, and why you should add it to your weekly skin care routine.

What is dry brushing:  Using a firm body brush to promote healthier skin from the inside—out.

The benefits:  An excellent way to exfoliate the skin and remove dead skin cells. If you dry brush regularly, it improves the appearance of cellulite making the skin look and feel firmer. Dry brushing also stimulates circulation which helps naturally detoxify the skin.

I also do it before I self tan to prep my skin, or after to help remove dry patches in-between my faux tans. Dry brushing helps my products I use absorb better into my skin. I have personally noticed smoother, less dry skin thus far.

How to do it:  Use the dry brush on dry skin 5-10 minutes before showering. Start at your feet and work upwards to your heart using circular and upward motions. Start dry brushing every other day, and then daily if you want. Dry brushing should feel good, a tingling or invigorating feeling. It should NOT hurt.

I really enjoy the invigorating feeling I get during dry brushing and a few minutes after. If you do it for a few minutes in the morning, it really helps you ‘wake-up!’ I imagine that tingling feeling is my body detoxifying.

What to get:  I got my body brush at Whole Foods Market. But you can find one here and here.

Dry Brushing

{ Bass 100% Wild Boar wet/dry body brush }

Dry Brushing, skin care


Thank you for reading!


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