Easy Everyday Makeup

This is my go to everyday "mom" makeup routine. You know when you only have a few minutes to pull yourself together and look like you actually slept enough and put in some effort. These are my favorite products for that easy natural look.

  1. Jouer Matte Moisture Tint: I sampled this through birchbox and found it to be the perfect mix of everything I look for in a foundation/base. It doesn't break me out, it has awesome coverage, and my face isn't an oil slick by the end of the day. 
  2. Original Beauty Blender: Pretty much every one has heard about this now, its one of those holy grail products that is totally worth the hype. It applies foundation flawlessly and its so easy to use. It prevents that awful cake face look and blends concealer seamlessly. 
  3. Laura Mercier Radiance Foundation Primer: I actually mix a little of this in with the Matte Moisture Tint to get that glowing radiant look.
  4. Maybelline NY Dream Lumi Touch Concealer: Under eye concealer to hide those pesky dark circles. 
  5. Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in Rose: My lips have been so chapped lately with the change of seasons and pregnancy. This is my favorite healing lip balm that also has the prettiest wash of color.
  6. TheBalm Mary-Lou Manizer: This is a great all-purpose highlighting powder. Sometimes I use in on my cheekbones, but mostly I use it on my eyes to brighten them up. 
  7. Clinique Cheek Pop in Berry: I don't know if I've used the words natural and glowing enough, but this is my favorite blush for that. Its close to my natural blushing shade, it has a pretty sheen to it and last all day.
  8. Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara: Yes. It is almost that amazing. I have short lashes and this gives me length, fullness, and curl. So fabulous, especially when I don't put much effort in to my actual eye makeup. 
That takes me 10 minutes or less. Even if I have more time to do more I usually don't just because I love the way this looks.

Do you have any go-to easy makeup products or looks?


Second Pregnancy Differences

I just made it past the halfway point with this pregnancy, YAY! It's been such a completely different experience than the first time around.

Left is 19 weeks with Evelyn and right is 19 weeks with our second baby girl.

  • The first enormous difference is that I haven't been very sick or nauseous this time around (knock on wood). I was throwing up every day for weeks with Evy and this time I only had a few weeks where I felt nauseous. 
  • I was able to feel Evy starting at 15 weeks and this time I'm just now at 21 weeks feeling strong kicks, this is due to having an anterior placenta (in the front). 
  • I was 100 times more exhausted in the first trimester than with Evy. That may be partly due to spending all day chasing a toddler around. But I was sleeping 12 hours every night and napping twice a day. Thankfully that part got a little better in the second trimester. 
  • With Evy we had her name picked out before we even found out she was a girl. This time we can't agree on any names! Ugh its driving me crazy not being able to call this baby girl by name. My husband calls her "The Baby Who Will Not Be Named", which he thinks is hilarious. 
  • This time we aren't really having to worry about buying anything other than diapers. Which is pretty awesome. We have a million baby girl clothes and plenty of baby gear. 
  • This time we're seeing midwives at a Birth Center instead of an OB. So far I'm loving the personalized care I've received and I'm really looking forward to a natural birth there at the center instead of a hospital birth. 
  • Braxton Hicks Contractions started around 17 weeks instead of 25 weeks. At least this time around I know that dehydration plays a big role in how bad they get.

New baby girl is growing perfectly and Evy is learning and growing like a weed. We're feeling really blessed.


Brand Focus: Josie Maran

I jumped on the Argan Oil bandwagon over a year ago and since then it has only gotten more attention in the beauty world. When you hear Argan Oil most people immediately think of Josie Maran, which not only has wonderful 100% Argan Oil and other products containing Argan Oil but they are also a pretty awesome company. Their slogan is "Luxury With a Conscience". They are dedicated to bringing you the best of the best while practicing fair trade practices, sustainably harvested ingredients, and eco-friendly packaging. They support great causes and source all of their Argan Oil from all women co-ops in Morocco. So besides that wonderful ethos, their products work.

Here are the things that I've tried. They are all pretty much my favorites. I know I will continue to buy from this brand for years to come.

100% Pure Argan Oil

The classic Argan Oil can be used for pretty much anything. I personally use it most on face for extra moisture. Sometimes I use it alone before bed, sometimes I mix it into my moisturizer either way my skin feels amazing in the morning.

100% Pure Argan Oil Light

I use this in the mornings because it absorbs a ton faster than the original and just works better under makeup. Although it works great I tend not to reach for it very often, especially now its getting into the warmer months.

Argan Cleansing Oil

This was the first cleansing oil I've ever tried. It dissolves makeup like a champ and when mixed with water turns into that creamy milky texture. My only dislike about this is that it leaves a slight greasy residue (when compared to other cleansing oils I've tried), but at least it doesn't dry out your skin!

Argan Oil Hair Serum

This is a nice hair oil, tames frizz and adds a little shine. But I find that other oils work better for my hair. 

Argan Infinity Cream

This is my most used Josie Maran product. When my skin feels dehydrated or I have dry patches I mix this in with my nightly moisturizer. You can use it alone but I find it a little bit too intense that way. It's packed with a ton of great ingredients like Aloe, Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, and Avocado Oil just to name a few. It also last for ever, I've had the same tube for about a year and it's only halfway empty. I love it so much I also have a mini size in my diaper bag that goes everywhere with me.

Argan Balm

I have only used this a few times, but I'm liking it. It's thicker and waxier than the Infinity Cream, which makes it better for lips, elbows, hands, etc. It just seems to last longer and really lock in moisture. 

Whipped Argan Oil Intensive Hand Cream

It smells like apricots. It moisturizes your hands without being greasy. But it doesn't wow me, I'll use it up but probably won't repurchase it.

Coconut Water Cheek Gelee

This is the only makeup item I've tried from Josie Maran, but oh my goodness it's stolen my heart (and cheeks!) When I wear mineral foundation, which is often, I use this gel blush to bring some dewy life back into my skin. They have great color payoff but aren't particularly long lasting. I have the colors Pink Escape which is a cool-toned pink and Poppy Paradise which is a warm toned hot pink. Pink Escape is amazing on my fair skin, Poppy Paradise tends to go a little orange-y. I'm hoping Poppy Paradise will look a little better on me with a tan. 

At some point I want to try out her Body Butter and those Argan Infinity Lip and Cheek Creamy Oils.  

Visit Josie Maran's website: http://www.josiemarancosmetics.com

Or shop it here on Sephora: http://www.sephora.com/josie-maran
Or go here to read a bunch of cool facts about Argan Oil: http://arganoilcare.com/argan-oil-benefits/


Life Update

It's been awhile. Lots and lots has happened in our lives. Big changes.

First off we moved! After four years of Jon being stationed in Tucson, Arizona they moved us to Albuquerque, New Mexico for him to become an Instructor for the Pararescue Apprentice Course. So far we're liking Kirtland AFB just fine, my only gripe is that its still on the other side of the country from the rest of our family.

Second huge announcement is that WE'RE EXPECTING (again)!

We are so excited to be adding another little girl to our family. Due March 2015. 

So all of that and Evy is definitely not a baby anymore. She's a very energetic and happy toddler. 


Pararescue Wife

I started this blog with the intent of talking about my experiences as a military spouse and more specifically as the wife of a PJ. It turned into a whole lot of random with not many details about being a military spouse and since we had our daughter I haven't posted much of anything. But I'm going to leave the blog up because of the wonderful emails I receive from girlfriends, wives-to-be, and wives of men who are interested in becoming Pararescuemen.

I am still more than happy to answer questions, offer advice, and to just talk to anyone about being a Pararescue wife.

So keep the emails coming!



Evy: The Last Few Months!

It's been several months since I've last blogged, I've been focusing on my little girl. Kudos to those mommas who keep blogging right after a new baby!

Evy is now 6 months old, she's such a happy sweet little girl I couldn't ask for anything else. I'm really enjoying motherhood.

Here are some pictures of her the last few months!


Newborn Essentials: For Mom

Here are some of the things that have gotten me through the first 6 weeks of being a new mom.

1. Motherhood Maternity Nursing Tanks: These are awesome. They have built in cups that unhook for easy access, they're slimming to hold in that extra baby jiggle, and they're comfy. I wear them all the time.

2. Korres Lip Butter Glaze: My makeup routine these days is very minimal, I guess that tends to happen when you're running on fumes. I love this moisturizing lip glaze that adds a pop of color to make a huge difference in brightening up my face. I feel slightly more put together when I wear this.

3. Milkmakers Lactation Cookies: I was skeptical if these would make a difference in my milk supply but they have. I have a recipe to make them on my own so I won't have shell out a fortune on them every month.

4. May Designs Baby Diary:  Used to keep track of feedings, diaper changes, and sleep. Its personalized, cute, and fits in the diaper bag. We used this for the first three weeks to make sure Evy was getting enough to eat and all that good stuff. It was very helpful to show the pediatrician.

5. Thermos Insulated Hydration Bottle: It's crazy how thirsty nursing makes you. I keep this water bottle with me 24/7 and it keeps my water icy cold.

6. Kindle Paperwhite:  I've been reading tons of books while I nurse, that or watching supernatural reruns. My new kindle paperwhite has LED lights built in so I can read in the middle of the night without waking up my husband.

7. The Body Shop Coconut Body Butter: After growing a baby for nine months your skin is a tad bit tired and stretched out that coupled with the fact that we live in the desert I'm constantly in the need for some serious skin hydration. I love the body shop's thick body butters, and coconut is definitely the best.

8. JJ Cole Diaper Bag: I'm super happy with this diaper bag, its got plenty of pockets inside and out, and it doesn't really look like a diaper bag.

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