Everything Is Coming Up Roses

Oh my, how time flies by. I guess I didn’t realize how quickly one day turns into 5…5 days turns into 2 weeks and now it’s been just over 2 months since my last post. Life’s been a bit chaotic with a newborn and toddler…and I’m the hostage. However, life has finally become a bit more…um, normal. I guess I can say that now. I think I’ve finally figured out a bit of a system, although that system is definitely flexible. One thing I try and do every day is to get dressed and put something on my face. This actually gives me motivation to do something. Whether I go for a walk with the dogs and kids or we go to the park or I have the opportunity to do a little Tracy Anderson workout, or even do a little cleaning around the house,  I feel productive that day. The days I don’t do a little makeup, I find myself sitting on the couch watching some series on Netflix or Hulu until the Husband comes home and finds me exactly where he left me…and I end up feeling a little hopeless.

Recently, I have seen a trend in some of the products I have recently picked up, received and already have. I think part of it is my subconscious giving me signs that things are going to be okay, things are turning around. If you read some of my previous posts, I was not only pregnant but kinda homeless (not really…just in limbo!). Well, my family and I found an area that we like that is also in close proximeter to both my job and the Husbands; the kid arrived and in great health and he’s pretty darn cute too. Life is blooming…and the products I have been using seem to be a reflection of this as well. I’ve been a little obsessed with rose in products. When a friend gave me the Matrix Oil Wonders Volume Rose Plumping Mousse, after using it and obsessing about not only the amazing bounce, lift and overall life my hair had, the smell gave me a little bit of happiness. Every time my hair bounced a little aroma of rose filled my personal space and I couldn’t help but smile. So I immediately purchased the shampoo and conditioner in the same formula. Which I also absolutely love! Again, the smell is amazing!  IMG_20160620_130829 (2)Captivating! And my fine hair loves the fullness and volume I get everytime I use the two together. Especially the conditioner, as volume conditioners have a tendancy to not really condition my hair or leave it dry and tangled, the Matrix Oil Wonders Volume Rose Conditioner makes every strand silky smooth, with out weighing it down! A must try if you have fine thin hair like mine. One of my go to easy products has been the Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses CC tinted moisturizer in Nude mixed with my favorite No 7 True Identity Foundation in Light (you can read about that post here). The duo together create just the perfect amount of coverage, making it look as though I am not wearing anything at all, just perfect looking skin! And it just so happens, every time I apply the 1000 Roses CC tinted moisturizer, a little smile emerges on my face.

Another recent obsession of mine has been the Stila Set & Bronze Baked Powder Trio, a rose hued bronzer that I found in Marshall’s for only $7.99, which I like to use as blush. This provides a rosy bronze gleam to my cheeks and looks as though I just came back from vacation. I think I love it even more because it was only $7.99! Unfortunately, it looks as though Stila has discontinued this product, as I don’t see it on the website…but I found a posting on eBay (although it was over $20…not the same deal I received..boo!) and you might also be able to find it on amazon. Another one of my go to products is from a line called, Catrice, that to my knowledge is only available at Ulta in the states. In fact, I have only ever seen the products on the Ulta website. But if you are looking for on trend products at a mere fraction of what even drug store products sell for, then this might be a new obsession for you as well! Anyway, I’m loving the Catrice Absolute Rose eyeshadow palette, which is only $6.99! While the pigment is not comparable to Urban Decay (which I don’t always like anyway) when used with a primer, these colors are just as beautiful and last a good 10-12 hours throughout the day (or night!)

So, for the past few months, these rose hued and rose scented products have really kept me going. Which begs the question, why? Well, I guess it’s not surprising that makeup and really any beauty product will make me feel better, but then why not just use anything? It turns out that the aroma of rose has medicinal properties that have been known to help with depression as well as stress (and a whole lot of other ailments!). So every time I’m taking a whiff of my shampoo or tinted moisturizer, that smile that sneaks across my face is a natural side effect of that rose aroma. No wonder people tell you to stop and smell the roses…not only are they telling you to slow down, but to relax, de-stress, unwind…give yourself some you time. So, while life can definitely be challenging, unpredictable and down right crappy at times, don’t worry, go grab the shampoo or tinted moisturizer and take a good whiff, because everything will eventually come up roses.

 

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My Rosy Makeup Look

Face Off

The other day I came home from work, said hello to the husband and kiddo and then went to put my comfy clothes on and then go wash my face. When I went to turn on the water, nothing. I asked the husband what was going on and he informed me about some work crew down the street. How long would the water be off? How am I going to wash my face? Water bottles can get a little too wet. I have face wipes…but I want to wash my face. So then I realized I had a couple different cleansing wipes, one package I picked up at Nordstrom Rack (Stila ready to take off moisturizing face wipes) and another travel package (yes to cucumbers soothing hypoallergenic facial wipes) that I received in my recent Birchbox subscription. What a perfect opportunity for a face off between department store and drug store.

All I had to do was wipe each side of my face, one wipe for each side, figure out which wipe removed more, and there would be my winner. Well, I grabbed a Stila wipe and cleansed one side of my face. The Stila wipe has a light fresh and clean fragrance that doesn’t linger long. I was able to wipe around my eyes with out any scratching, stinging or burning. While my mascara needed water to remove it (lash tubes) the cloth was nice and soft which helped  to remove the other parts of my eye makeup very easily, with out the need of hard rubbing.

The Yes To Cucumbers facial wipes have a light cucumber and aloe fragrance (they’re actually called cucumber and aloe) which also did not linger. The wipes were also soft, in fact just as soft as the Stila wipes. My makeup easily was removed with the cucumber wipe and they also did not scratch or burn my eyes. The two brands of wipes are so similar in fact, that it was tough to decipher between the two, however, I did notice the Yes to Cucumber wipes had much more moisture than the Stila wipes. Unfortunately, after the wipes sit out, they both quickly lose the moisture they have. It is important that either wipe is closed tightly and immediately to avoid any wipe dry out.

This face off was a tough match. In fact, both wipes had such strong performance, that when I set them down, I forgot which was which. Since both wipes looked and felt the same, I couldn’t figure which was which. Since both wipes don’t have a fragrance that lingers, my nose couldn’t do figure it out either. What I did notice was that both cleansing wipes had a lot of makeup and grime all over. It looked as though each wipe did their job and did it well. While I don’t recall which wipe did what, I do know that when I run out, I’ll have options.

Photo of either Stila or Yes to Cucumber wipe

Photo of either Stila or Yes to Cucumber wipe

Photo of either Stila or Yes to Cucumber wipe

Photo of either Stila or Yes to Cucumber wipe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We do not work for any of the companies listed nor did we receive any compensation for this post.