Happy Spring! I love this season because everything that was once seemingly asleep is now coming back to life. The trees have started to bloom, the flower bushes are budding once more, spring fashion is upon us, and this mama-to-be is 28 weeks along!
There were certain things that came along with pregnancy that surprised me. For example, the changes in my hair and skin! My hair has become much thicker during the first two trimesters. A lot of the places where I had previously lost hair [in the baby hair area around my scalp], welcomed new growth. My skin on the other hand, became extremely dry and flaky. I have combination skin which is oilier in the T-Zone and dryer in all of the other areas. Pregnancy turbo-charged the dryness to a whole new level.
Happy Monday! In honor of #nationallipstickday a few weeks ago and all the beauty vibes it evoked, let’s talk lip glosses. Do you need to shell out $25-35 per tube for the designer brands, or are the drugstore versions just as good? I’ve always wondered that as the only high-end lip glosses I used to use were the Lancôme samples that my mom would give me 🙈. I kept them for years (my newly aware self cringes at the thought of how expired they probably were…) But now that I’m becoming more beauty product savvy, I will share what I learn as I go. I hope this saves you the time from having to test these out and brings some ease into this part of your life!
Ok, so here’s the skinny. I tested the following six lip glosses over the last month and these are my thoughts from best to worse:
Ok, ladies. Can we just get real for a minute here? There are several “men’s” products that I have been using for the last couple of years that I absolutely love. I would’ve never heard about them or even tried them had I not been living with a man who uses them on the daily. So when I would run out of soap or a razor, I’d have to open up one of my husband’s, and lo and behold, I liked them so much better than my own! This post is all about the best men’s products that women can use as well. My favorite ones that I use on a daily/weekly basis are below:
I never had a pimple throughout puberty. I would always see kids breaking out in middle school and I didn’t understand it. I would actually find myself wanting a pimple so that I would feel normal! (Can’t believe that now as I look back…)
All of that changed when I turned 23/24. All of a sudden, I started breaking out like crazy. I got cystic acne all over my chin. That was the main area where it aggregated, but sometimes I would get breakouts along my t-zone as well.
I was devastated and had no idea how to handle this change in my body, especially as an adult! Over the next 7 years, I would spend countless dollars and precious time going to dermatologists, estheticians, researching on the web and buying products to try and remedy the situation. Several dermatologists that I went to either prescribed medicine that caused even more issues (i.e. gastrointestinal problems) or just didn’t fix the problem at all. I have also gone to both ineffective and effective estheticians who have either hurt or helped my skin heal. Over the last couple of years, I have found an amazing dermatologist who helped me heal my acne through medication and topical creams. I didn’t want to be on medication forever and once I got off, my acne did come back. I have been told that my acne is hormonal and there’s nothing that will fully heal it other than medication. Additionally, I have found a wonderful esthetician who helped me discover the product I’m so excited to tell you about today: TEND SKIN.
I hope you had a great weekend and are excited to start the fresh new week! We saw La La Land, which was phenomenal, and I’m so glad Emma Stone took home the Oscar for best actress. I cried at the end and I won’t tell you why, in case you haven’t seen it yet! 😉 The weather is going berzerk, as it usually does in February in Dallas, and I’m loving the excuse to be wearing a warmer top in February.
The shoes I’m wearing in this shoot are pretty nostalgic for me. Unfortunately they’re no longer sold (I’m sorry about that and I linked some super cute, similar ones below!), but they hold a special place in my heart. They were the first designer shoes I bought after graduating college and being on my own. They are Michael Kors and I think they were about $125 in 2008, and let me tell you, I thought I had made it.