Beauty Sleep

I just woke up…or at least as I am writing this, I’ve just woken up. It’s about 1:30 in the afternoon. This has been my routine for the last six weeks. Every time the kid goes down for a nap, I too take this time to catch some needed shut eye. I’m about 2 weeks away from delivery and while I have been taking it easy (went part time with work, staying in the room and playing with the kid when I’m off) I have not gotten a good night’s sleep since…well, possibly the past 3 months. Every time I move at night, I wake up due to pains in my groin and then it’s time to go to the bathroom and then right as I am ready to fall asleep, the husband’s loud snores keeps me awake for the next 2 hours. Before I know it, the alarm is going off and it’s time to start the day.

The necessity of a nap is definitely required while pregnant, however, I think napping is much needed for everyone. I remember when I was a kid, my dad would come home from work and while not every day, but maybe 3-4 days out of the week, he’d take a nap before dinner. He’d first make sure that he had done everything he could before he went down, but he would take a nap. My mom would do this occasionally too. While not as often as my dad, she would indulge in a nap every now and then.

Since taking my daily naps with the kid, I’ve found myself to be a nicer person during the day, no longer groggy in the morning or immediately after the nap, and an additional bonus, my skin is looking clearer, brighter and more radiant.

It turns out there is truth in beauty sleep. In fact, WebMD informed me that getting enough sleep will provide six key beauty benefits, which include:

  1. Fewer Wrinkles- skin creates more collagen while your body is in sleep mode, and more collagen means less sagging which means less wrinkles. At the same time, not getting enough sleep can create more wrinkles, as the skin can become drier and make wrinkles more visible. During the night is also the time that your skin goes into repair mode, and not having enough sleep, your skin can’t do the full repair that it needs to do.
  2. A Glowing Complexion – While sleeping, your body boosts blood flow to the skin, which promotes a brighter, more glowing complexion. Skip the zzzz’s and your skin can look tired, ashy or grey even lifeless. When your body misses out on the much needed sleep, your skin isn’t getting the blood that it needs which results in dull skin and no more rosy cheeks.
  3. Brighter, Less Puffy Eyes – Anytime I don’t get enough sleep, extra concealer is definitely required! My go to is Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Vanilla, however, even better is to get enough sleep so you don’t have to use concealer. Puffy eyes can also be a symptom of lack of sleep. Just getting enough shut eye will keep your eyes looking bright.
  4. Healthier, Fuller Hair – Hair follicles receive their nutrients from blood flow and when you lack sleep, the blood flow slows down as well, and your hair has a greater difficulty growing. In addition, when we lack sleep, stress can increase as well. When stress increases, the hormone cortisol increases which has the side affect of hair loss.
  5. Happier and Healthier Appearance – Lack of sleep can cause the corners of your mouth to droop, making you look sadder than after a good night’s rest. Has anyone ever said you look tired? Well, that’s because you probably do. Turns out there are subtle changes in facial expressions that can make us furrow or frown more making us look, well, tired.
  6. Products Work Better – Your skin can focus on repairing itself when you are sleeping, especially since it doesn’t have to defend itself from all those elements/free radicals you face everyday. In addition, blood flow is more consistent, and this allows your skin to benefit from the flesh repairing ingredients in your skin care. However, skin can lose more water while sleeping than during the day (unless you drink water while sleeping) so make sure you are applying a creamier moisturizer at night (ever wonder why the beauty counter girl is trying to sell you the day cream and night cream? It’s not just about having you spend more money, but truly about getting the most benefit from your products…your skin needs that extra moisture at night!)

All in all, sleep looks good on everyone. If you don’t normally get a full night’s sleep (8-9 hours), maybe scheduling a nap would be a good thing for you. Don’t think of it as being lazy but a much needed prescription for your beauty routine.

 

Are you a napper? When do you take a nap? Daily, or just when you feel you need a few extra zzz’s?

 

I do not work for any of the companies listed, nor did I receive any compensation for this blog post.

Home Beautiful Home

Have you ever had your life get flipped upside down, sideways and then diagonal on you? I’m sure many of you have and it just so happens that life has decided to really go topsy turvy. It started in January, however, really hit me and my family in February. You see, the husband accepted a fantastic position about 2 hours away from where we were living. That meant we needed to move. Good thing, however, is that our lease was up anyway, so that was the easy part. The hard part was moving to an area where we didn’t already have a place to live. My go with the flow kind of attitude and bright eyed optimism gave me the idea that we would be able to find a place within a couple weeks…a month at most. In the mean time, we could stay at a hotel for a somewhat extended period of time. Well, it’s been two months and we are still in a hotel.

While some may think hotel living can be a fabulous lifestyle, let me be the one to tell you that fabulous it is not. Life with out a home down right sucks. It has been more than a challenge every day, especially with out the luxuries that a home has to offer. Whether an apartment or house, when you have a place that you can go to at the end of the day and be able to unwind, what a beautiful and peaceful thing to have. Something that I may have taken for granted before.

Suffice it to say, during this time my beauty routine has gone down the drain. Part of the reason is that I have a fraction of my beauty tools with me. Oh, how I miss my own bathroom! However, I have learned the absolute minimal routine that allows me to be able to go outside with out looking like I just got out of bed (even though that is exactly what I am doing every morning!)

So far, my absolute minimal routine is using 3 of my favorite products. First and one of the most important are my brows, mainly because I over plucked through out the years (I grew up in the 90’s and 90210 was a major beauty influence for me…you should see my high school sophomore photo…no, never mind, you should not). Anyway, one of my go to brow products is either Anastasia Brow Wiz or NYX Micro Brow pencils. I love them because they are so fine, I can fill in my brows and make them look full yet natural at the same time. I can use either with or with out make up and I just look as though I have naturally full brows! I have been able to fill my brows in less than 30 seconds, which is just about the time I have before I walk out of the hotel room. Of course, when I first wake up it looks like I just woke up…and since I don’t have a coffee maker in the room, I need to fake it with a little concealer. My go to concealer is from Nars, Radiant Creamy Concealer in Vanilla,  which melts into my skin and allows me to fake perfect skin with out looking as though I have any makeup on! A little around my eyes, on my lids, down the bridge of my nose, on the outer corners of my nose and outer corners of my lips, then just tap in and voila! Perfect skin faked. Love this product and I have written about it before…it still is my go to concealer for every day. And I am still on the same tube…this product lasts a really, really, really long time!

Lastly, I finish with mascara…especially since my lashes are fine, light brown with blonde tips, which makes them disappear when I do not wear any mascara. Needless to say, mascara is a definite must for me. Now, recently I have been playing with some different mascaras as there have been some new formulas I have wanted to try or some crazy deals out there that I just couldn’t pass up. Anyway, my normal go to is the L’Oreal Double Extend Beauty Tubes Mascara that I have written about in the past. But then I started using Revlon’s Ultimate All In One Mascara (which surprisingly I am able to use as in the past my eyes were unable to use Revlon mascaras or liners) and I really, really like it, (minus the flake factor towards the end of the day). Well then, Nouveau Cheap blog shared a great deal on the Nordstrom site where I was able to snag a freebie sample of the Chanel Mascara, which I have been using for the past week or so and this one has become my absolute favorite! I love how the deep black color makes my lashes pop at the same time it also separates, lengthens and volumizes the base of my lashes…all with out flaking through out the day!

While not having a home to go to everyday, it is nice to have a mini beauty routine to keep me going as well as keep my sanity. I know that as soon as the popular snow season is over, inventory will be available and we will be moving into our home beautiful home in no time.

 

I do not work for any of the companies listed nor did I receive payment or product for this blog post. 

Barely Fabulous

Flesh Beauty is all about feeling good about yourself, no matter your age, skin, height, weight, etc. It is so important that you feel good about yourself because life can be pretty miserable otherwise.

I have to be honest with you…when I am in sweats and a t shirt, just waking up and then looking in the mirror in the morning, I see a vaguely familiar person, almost unrecognizable until I realize that tired older woman looking back at me…is, well me. And then I feel like a tired older woman. Not how I want to feel throughout my day.

The problem is however all me. It was this past week, the husband was away on a business trip in Vegas. That left me home alone with the kid. I’m stoked. However, after 2 days of looking like a tired older lady, I decided to do something to make me a little more fabulous…but by barely trying.

So, giving myself a limit of 10 minutes I challenged myself to looking barley fabulous…with barely any products. This is what I found worked-

Step 1- Use a wide tooth comb to run through slept in hair

Step 2- Use a curling wand on larger sections of hair and hold for 10 -15 seconds before releasing. Making sure not to curl every section, but about 3/4 of my hair…barely fabulous!

Step 3- Spray with a texturizing spray for light hold and beachy waves. (I just picked up on clearance at CVS a texturizing spray from Nuance, Texturizing Enhancement Finishing Spray – LOVE IT so much I purchased another one…I just hope this product isn’t gone forever!!!!)

Step 4- I used a BB cream mixed with a tinted primer for lightweight even coverage. My mixture is an Andalou Naturals BB Cream with equal parts Boots No7 True Identity Foundation in Light. This combonation perfectly hides redness and discoloration without settling into fine lines. It also provides me with light/medium satin finished coverage.

Step 5- 2-3 coats of a mascara that will simply add a rich black color and giving more volume at the base of my lashes. I received a freebie Clinique High Impact Mascara over the holiday season and found it provides just enough lash enhancement without being too much. And it is easily washes off with my face cleanser.

Step 6- I’m always gonna look a little older, unless I do something to my brows. In an untouched state, my brows are barely there (mostly due to the over plucking phase of the 90’s, thanks 90210) and now my brows just won’t grow in certain places so it’s up to a brow pencil to help me achieve the perfectly arched brows to frame my eyes, giving me a more lifted and awake look. Honestly, if I wanted to keep it uber simple, I’d just do mascara and brows, but then even that sometimes just isn’t enough. Anyways, I love the Anastasia Brow Wiz in soft brown but then I saw that NYX has a total dupe (I use ash brown) that is half the price. So that is my go to pencil of choice. I like to out line my brow shape and then lightly fill with the pencil and then follow with the brow spoolie on the other end of the pencil.

Step 7 (and the last step)- Concealer. For me, it’s a must. I go to my tried and trusted (and reviewed here) Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Vanilla. It is the perfect pick me up for my eye area and anywhere I may need to coneal any redness or blemishes…it also blends seamlessly into makeup free skin.

10 minutes and barely fabulous. I can walk by a mirror with my 2 1/2 year old and not get scared by the woman holding the kid, as I no longer am frightened by my reflection, but recognize myself, looking, well, barely fabulous.

 

What simple steps do you take to looking you barely fabulous self? Comment below or even better, post a selfie of your barely fabulous self (#barelyfabulous)

 

I do not work for any of the companies listed nor did I receive any compensation for this post. All products have been purchased by myself (although, feel free to hook this beauty blogger up!)

 

 

Coffee In A Tube

I’m a big fan of coffee and when I don’t have it, life seems to suck (and not just for me, but those around me too). This seems to be true with some makeup products as well. I didn’t really realize how much until recently…
So, my work-life balance has been a challenge as it usually goes. Of course, with life changes happening at the same time, the whole work-life becomes even more difficult. With work demands, not having enough people and feeling as though I haven’t been doing anything at all, while at the same time running around like a chicken with my head cut off, and of course life happening (and by life happening, I am being totally literal as I recently received confirmation that I am pregnant…) I am totally exhausted. Which I know happens to all of us. Which is why coffee is my drug of choice. It just so happens, that during my first trimester my taste buds have decided to conspire against me, coffee no longer has the same fragrant wonderful odor nor does it have the same rich, wake me up taste. Now, the smell leaves me nauseous and while I decided I should drink it anyway, the taste (now oh so bitter!), just isn’t the same…and neither am I!
Anyway, so no coffee?!? What is this girl to do? Well, makeup makes all things right again! Or so, I thought.  While I am excited to have another little life coming into this world, I’m not quite ready to have everyone looking down at my belly and watch it grow. To avoid this, I’ve been doing my makeup a little more dramatic. My main goal is to distract people from my growing belly and keep the focus on my face. So, things have become a little smokier, a little more lippy…you  get the idea. Well, it was one day when I forgot to put on a certain key piece of makeup and a coworker comes up to me, and tells me how tired I looked and gave me a hug (yes, she hugged me! – Folks, if you didn’t know already, I’m not a hugger). I then found an excuse to leave and raced to a mirror. Tired, a bit of an understatement…I looked haggard. My coworker was nice to tell me I looked tired, when I really looked like a bus ran over me. Dark circles were completely obvious…I apparently had forgotten to use a key product before I left for work that morning. The game changer, the coffee in a tube for under my eyes, my holy grail concealer…my Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer. This has been my go to product, especially since coffee has decided to betray me. Why do I love thee? Well, there are just so many ways!
0607845012344The Nars concealer is light weight (so no settling into my fine lines) yet has buildable coverage that will leave a luminous finish. I love that I can use it on a no makeup day, as it effortlessly blends into skin completely undetectable, just leaving you looking wide awake, as though you’ve already had your cup of caffeine for the day!
I can’t believe I forgot to wear the necessity for the day! I don’t believe in pregnancy brain, but maybe there is some truth to it…or maybe it was the lack of sleep that day which made me forget the most important step in my makeup routine. On my lunch break that day, I went next door to Sephora to pick up a spare of the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer and keep in my purse, as I have a feeling this won’t be the first time I’ll forget the most important product of my day.

Do you have a product you can’t live with out? Share in the comments below!

I do not work for any of the companies listed above, nor did I receive any compensation for this post.