B E A U T Y T H I N G S.

 

Let me be the first to say I am not a beauty blogger but Sephora and Bobbie Brown are both having a huge sale right now so I thought it was the perfect time to share some of my all time favorite products with you guys. 

 

S E P H O R A  R O U N D  U P.

Sephora is having a big sale for all beauty insiders (takes two seconds to sign up and is free!)  

April 13–16: Sephora Rouge members get first dibs to shop this season’s top beauty finds at 15% off a full week earlier than Beauty Insider and VIB members.

April 20–23: All VIB members will receive access to shop Spring Bonus products at 15% off, and Beauty Insider members will be able to shop the same at 10% off.

Great deals for some really great products, I've shared some of my top Sephora favorites below. 

 

|| MAKE UP FOREVER CONCEALER || this is like caffeine for your eyes. I'm a mom and a full time photographer which translates to I DON'T SLEEP. This concealer is my best friend and could be yours too. I go two shades lighter than my foundation to brighten my chronic under eye circles. 

|| TATCHA DEWY SKIN MIST || This is my absolute, all time, favorite product ever in the history of forever. It is basically beautiful dewy skin magic spray. It takes my dry and tired skin and transforms it into glowing dewy goodness. I started using this product right when I got pregnant with Mera and I had SO MANY people compliment me on my "pregnancy glow" ....plot twist... it was not pregnancy glow it was this amazing stuff. 

 

|| URBAN DECAY NAKED FLUSH PALETTE || This is the perfect blush, bronzer, and highlighter palette for on the go. I keep this in my purse at all times for touch ups throughout the day, I love that it has all you need in one simple palette. I use the color combo "strip". 

 

|| ANASTASIA BH BEAUTY EXPRESS FOR BROWS AND EYES || I am half Columbian and forever thankful for the full brows trend (and praying it sticks around forever). I do however have sparse areas from being a 90's child who over plucked during that horrible thin brow phase that we'd all like to forget. This comes to my rescue. It also comes with stencils to help guide you with shaping, which is a life saver if you are like me and have no idea what you are doing half of the time. The stencil helped me perfect my brow shape. 

 

|| NARS AUDACIOUS LIPSTICK || The perfect lipstick. Olivia is my favorite shade. 

 

|| BEAUTY BLENDER || I used to roll my eyes when I watched beauty gurus rave over this and tell you it was a necessity in make up application. Then I tried it and now I'm a believer. I also feel like it really needs to be the beauty blender brand to get the full benefit, I've tried other brands and am never as happy with them. Also, wet this guy before using it each time, you guys probably already know that but I didn't until my sister had to explain it to me in a humbling moment where I realized I am no longer the youngest hippest girl around.  

|| TARTE SMOOTH OPERATOR FINISHING POWDER || This magic powder sets your concealer for a scary long time. 

|| CAUDALIE CLEANSING OIL || I have super dry skin and this cleansing oil is the perfect make up remover/cleanser for me. I love basically everything from this brand but this is my favorite of their products. 

|| BOSCIA TSUBAKI SWIRL MOISTURIZER || Love this whole brand and their natural products, this moisturizer saved my skin during pregnancy (and beyond). 

|| VITA LIBERATA TAN MOUSSE || If I could go back and fuss (ok scream) at my younger self for the amount of time I spent in the sun (and even more unfortunately... the tanning bed) I would. I now rely on organic spray tans from my girl Kate at Gypsy Lee Rose tans and use this awesome product for the in between. It also is free of a lot of the harmful things you find in other self tanners. It gives a super natural glow without the underlying threat of skin cancer. Win Win. 

 

 

 

B O B B I E  B R O W N  R O U N D  UP.

BB is my number one make up brand. If I had to choose only one brand to use for the rest of my life, this would be it. I love how all of their products give you a natural "not trying too hard" look even though I am definitely trying too hard most days just too look alive. 

They are doing an amazing sale right now where you get 25% off, free shipping, AND a full size product free gift if you spent $85+ so basically you need to run like the wind bulls eye and buy all the stuff. 

|| SKIN FOUNDATION WITH SPF || This is the perfect foundation for everyday and I love that you can layer for extra coverage when you need to. They have so many shades to choose from and it blends beautifully. MY FAVORITE.

|| TINTED MOISTERIZER || In the summer months I will alternate between the above foundation and this amazing tinted moisturizer. I've used the tinted moisturizer since I was in high school and I've never strayed from it because it is just that good. 

|| CREAMY CONCEALER KIT || I use this for touch ups throughout the day, its perfect because it has concealer and finishing powder in one little compact. 

|| POT ROUGE || I love this for a dewy glow. I prefer cream blushes over powder because my skin is on the dryer side and it helps me look more natural and glowy ( I realize that isn't a real word but it should be).

|| VITIMIN ENRICHED FASE BASE || Love this face cream, I use it as my pre make up moisturizer. Perfect for all skin types and it smells so good. 

|| SKIN SMOOTHING PORE PREFECTOR || This is a miracle worker for me, I use it as my primer and couldn't possibly love it more. 

There are so many great products at both places, I am sure I missed some! What are you favorites? 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EASTER THINGS.

E A S T E R  T H I N G S.

With Easter right around the corner I thought it would be fun to put together a little guide of some of our favorite Easter gift ideas. If you are like me and you just realized Easter is almost a week away and you haven't finished your kids baskets (ok even started their baskets yet) then this is for you. 

Item number one... TELLING YOUR KIDS THE REAL MEANING OF EASTER. Keeping Jesus as the center of it all is the most important gift. 

 

and now for the rest...

 

B U N N I E S.

I feel like every Easter basket needs a good Bunny rabbit. For Bowen's first Easter we got him the Jellycat bunny that is now his "Bun" and it basically hasn't left his side since (if you haven't checked out #bowenandbun on instagram, get to it. All the feels up in that hashtag). We also LOVE any and all Hazel Village animals. They are the most precious little animals that come in adorable tiny outfits and if that isn't enough you can also opt to have your child's name stitched OVER THIER HEART. Bowen has several of these guys and this year Mera is getting two of them in her basket. The "Zoe Rabbit" as well as the "Catalina Mouse". The mouse specifically since Mera makes those sweet newborn noises that sound mostly like little squeaks and we've dubbed her "little mouse" because of it. There are probably a lot of #meraandmouse posts in your near future. 

 

B O O K S.

We are big on reading at our house and I always try to add a good Easter and/or bunny themed book to our baskets each year. This is also a great opportunity to give your little one their first bible, so special and sweet. 

 

E X T R A S

We always add a few more small toys or accessory items in there that are geared towards them specifically, for example this year Bowen is getting a set of blocks that build into dinosaurs (linked the exact ones) and Mera will be getting some baby toys. You can theme them up as well, i've linked a few cute extras below!

 

B A S K E T S  A N D  E G G S.

Because I actually found some easter eggs that are not the usual obnoxious-plastic-neon brightly colored ones for hunts (and storing the other important Easter item.... CANDY) and you need a place to put it all. 

 

H A P P Y  E A S T E R!

PARTY TIME. EXCELLENT.

We take birthday parties pretty seriously around here.

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When I was little my mom did an AWESOME job of going all out with perfectly designed party themes and decor. I really wish I could dig up some party photos from our birthday days but unfortunately Hurricane Katrina robbed us of most of them. My mom was a single mom for most of our childhood meaning there were times when we did without the extras, but she always made sure we had incredibly special birthdays and that is something I will always cherish and appreciate. She set the party bar high and I've had so much fun trying to live up to her party planning ways. 

I thought it would be fun to share some details and fun little video from Bowen's party this weekend. I also wanted to share what we did for his first and second party as well! I wasn't blogging then so I didn't really have a good space to share all the details! Get ready there are A  L O T of photos. I will start with year three and work my way down. I will also try to include outfit details and what I can remember for party vendor details!

Let me be the first to say I fully realize I go way overboard on parties and I am ok with that. I love party planning and decorating for my babes, I get to be in my element with this kind of thing. That being said, the party itself isn't what its about, its about celebrating their lives year after year! They may not remember all the details and that is ok, because all I really hope they will remember is that we love them and want to celebrate them as big as possible. 

This was supposed to be a more photo heavy content post, so I will stop talking now...

 

T H R E E  R E X.

Dino Theme for year three!

Cake and cupcakes: Taylor Massey 

Cookies: Didi's Fancy cookies

Photos: Me

|| Bowen's outfit || Overalls and shirt: Zara, Crown: Oeuf, Boots: Mikoleon 

|| Mera's Outfit|| Top/dress: Soor Ploom, Tights: Sawyer and Halle, Bow: Fourth and Pierce also at Row 10

|| My outfit || Top and shoes linked below Pants: George Mary's

 

T W O  T H E  M O O N.

Year two. 

Cake and cupcakes: Taylor Massey 

Cookies: Didi's Fancy cookies

Photos: Brittney Dowell

Moon mural and watercolors: Faith Bullard

Photo prints: Artifact Uprising 

|| Bowen's Outfit || Romper: Rylee and Cru, Shoes: Adelisa and co

|| My Outfit|| Dress: Deep South Pout, Shoes: similar pair linked below

 

W I L D  O N E.

Year one.

Cake and cupcakes: Taylor Massey 

Photos: Me

Photo prints: Artifact Uprising 

|| Bowen's Outfit || Romper: Rylee and Cru, Crown: Oeuf, shoes: Ullaviggo

|| My Outfit|| Dress: Deep South Pout, Shoes: similar pair linked below

 

 

If you made it this far, you are the real MVP.