Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Fashion Tips For The Busy Mom




   Mom is a title that carries a lot of weight and is full of so much responsibility. We spend most of our days tending to the needs of others we can easily forget about our own needs and ourselves. As moms we tend to look as exhausted as we feel but we don’t have to. With just a few basic pieces of clothing, some accessories and a little time you can look like an off duty model instead of an on duty mom. 

   Let’s start with the basics. Believe it or not a pair of great fitting jeans and a simple t-shirt is the foundation for a put together look. When choosing your denim go for what is comfortable for you. If you’re not into the latest trends, then don’t attempt them. Hey, distressed denim is not for everyone. Your t-shirt can be a plain solid color or it can be a vintage band tee just make sure it’s not too tight, too short or too long.  I like mine to go to mid hip.  


Every day outfits



 If you’re running around doing errands with the kids opt for cute and comfortable shoes. My favorites are white low top converse. They are comfy, easy to clean and always in style.

All white Chucks




I stopped using diaper bags a long time ago. Big bulky bags with characters on them just didn’t cut it for me. Instead I just carry a large purse with me that can double as a diaper bag. The key is it has to have a lot of inside compartments.

   The next step is makeup. Now I know what you’re thinking, “Where am I going to find the time to apply makeup?” Have a “go to” look. A signature look is a real time saver. Once you’ve done it so many times you begin to get into a rhythm and it becomes second nature to you. What may have started out as a 30-minute process can become 10 once you’ve mastered it. My go to look? Polished brows, dark lips, winged liner and lots and lots of mascara!

   To take your look from day to night is easier than you’d think. Simply dress it up with a pair of heels and a statement necklace. 


    I hope you find this advice to be of some help. Give it a try and I bet all the moms at the next PTA meeting will be wanting to know how you look so good!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Why #relationshipgoals is Unhealthy



  As I scan my social media time lines I’ve been seeing a hashtag running rampant on the likes of Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Apparently not of the hottest things around is #RelationshipGoals accompanied by a picture of an adorably cute couple doing cutsie things like cuddling, on a date holding hands or simply watching TV together. Do I think every couple should have relationship goals? Yes, I do. However, I do not think those goals need to be based off of a picture of another couple.

Behind the Scenes
   There was a time that seemed like forever ago I would see other couples and think to myself “They are so adorable I would love a relationship like that.” Then over time the relationships that I wanted to emulate began to unravel at the seams. Everything we on the outside of these relationships are seeing only what these couples wanted us to see but on the inside there was infidelity, unhealthy amounts of fighting and many other things that were well hidden until it couldn’t be hidden anymore. I couldn’t believe I was Naïve enough to try and strive to be like someone else when they had problems of their own.

Social Media Will Make You Feel Bad
   Nowadays with social media we get to see a glimpse into other people’s lives but again, it is only what they want us to see. While we scroll through Facebook and see all of the pictures of flowers or read the status updates about “How Bae is the best ever. I love him so much.” We oohh and ahh at them and silently wish for the love that they have but we don’t know what’s really going on. We don’t see that the flowers were sent because Bae didn’t come home last night. Too many times have I seen lovey dovey status updates from a couple I know but in real life I’ve seen first hand the turmoil of their relationship.

Make Your Own Goals
   It’s all right to take certain aspects of a person’s life and want to adjust it to fit your life. For example a couple worked really hard to buy a new house or brand new cars. Or someone just celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. Work towards those kind of goals but It’s important to sit down with your significant other and set achievable goals for your own relationship. Don’t try to mirror someone else’s relationship when all you’re really getting is little glimpses into their lives and not able to see the full picture. You could be striving for something that you might not really want.


    I want to be clear and say not all couples on social media are creating a façade but it’s always best to find who makes you happy and create your own  #RelationshipGoals.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Giving You More Of Me & Rebranding


   I've been blogging since October 2012. I've been writing since before I can remember. Over the past 5 years, I've put a lot into this blog or as I like to refer to it as my little corner of the internet. In that time I've done everything from write every day to not write for weeks at a time.   From the end of June til now has been one of those silent times. It's not that I've lost a love of writing or reviewing beauty products and giving you makeup tutorials... it's just that I'm more than that... much more. 

   I haven't given you all I have to give. I haven't given you my full authentic self. So I've been trying to decide just how to do that, I finally figured it out. Besides being a makeup artist and clothing designer I am also a mother of 7 and a wife. I had a separate blog where I shared all of my family stories and advice on motherhood but it was a lot of work and something that was supposed to be fun and helpful became an overwhelming task that I stepped away from completely.

   So I have decided to rebrand just a little. While I won't be flooding your timelines and shoving parenting articles down your throats there will be a good mix of the usual beauty and fashion along with some new things. This will also open the door to me taking a lot more guest posts. I really want to build a solid community. 

   I feel good about the changes that are on the way and I hope you'll stick around, comment and share everything I have to give.

xoxo,
SJM

Monday, June 26, 2017

Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette Review



 By now all makeup addicts know that Urban Decay has released a new Naked palette. Not everyone has welcomed the idea of yet another addition to the Naked family with open arms. I've heard some negative feedback as well as positive from the beauty community but was determined to find out for myself.

   Of the previous Naked palettes I own the 1, 3 and Basics. I like them all but 3 has always been my most liked simply because I find the color scheme romantic while the Basics was what I wore the most simply because the colors were more wearable for my line of work at the time.

   Enter the Naked Heat. At first sight on the Urban Decay Facebook page I fell in lust. Without a swatch or seeing it in person I knew I had to have it. As soon as I got it in the mail I knew I made the right decision.



    The packaging is beautiful and nothing like the other palettes. The box is hard and the outside colors mimic the shades inside. As always it comes with its own brush... Double sided no less.

   Take note that the shadows are perfect for every skin tone. They are so rich and creamy making this palette a must have for everyone! The thing I love the most is the Naked Heat is finally a palette for us girls with darker skin. The other Naked palettes limited us on looks we could create with them. The Heat is perfect for my skin tone and I can see myself reaching for this palette more than any other.


   The only thing I don't agree with is that it is a part of the Naked collection. I feel that the Heat palette can stand in a class by itself.




                                                    I'll be swooning over this one for a while.




   Be sure to follow me on Snapchat. I've been hanging out on there a lot more lately and I show all of my nee stuff there first!

Friday, May 26, 2017

Makeup Minute: Tarte Kiss & Blush Palette and Double Ended lip & cheek Brush


   I know my last Makeup Minute was also for Tarte but they are quickly becoming one of my favorite brands. Like always I was on the Sephora app and saw the Tarte Kiss and Blush palette and Double ended Cheek and Lip brush and immediately had to get them.


   First of all I'm a sucker for great packaging and Tarte seems to be getting it right for the entire Rainforest of the Sea collection. The shades of purple and blue along with gold is perfect! The color scheme and design is reminiscent of a tropical getaway.


   The palette is made up of  five beautiful colors made to be used as a cream blush and doubles as lipsticks. There is definitely a color to compliment any skin tone. To bring it all together is a gorgeous cream highlight right in the middle.

   To apply it perfectly is the gorgeous double ended brush made to go perfectly with the palette.

   I feel like these are must haves for the summer months.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Hollywood's Reigning Best Actress Is A Perfect Beauty Role Model


   If you tend to be a close follower of Hollywood celebrities there's a good chance you tuned in for the Academy Awards back in February. It’s always a great time for the stars to strut their best stuff, and while the following day always brings about a bunch of “best and worst looks” articles, I'm here to focus on the positives!

   La La Land star Emma Stone played a big role on the red carpet and at the show itself. The story behind her winning look is one that any self-respecting fashionista ought to enjoy hearing. Attending the show as a representative of La La Land, Stone was careful to embrace classic designs and beauty tricks. She reportedly wore one of the last Givenchy gowns designed by the legendary Riccardo Tisci, and worked with her beauty team to adopt a sort of “old Hollywood” glamour, circa 1930. The result was lovely from top to bottom—and it needed to be!

   Stone wasn’t just attached to the 2017 Oscars because La La Land was in the running for Best Picture. The young actress was the favorite for Best Actress, which may speak to why she put such care into developing the perfect look. As movie fans and celebrity watchers are probably aware, she took home the top prize and looked great when she accepted the award.

   But while Stone was the Hollywood icon for one night, her short history as a celebrity has revealed a balanced and healthy approach to beauty. Comments in the last few years have shown her to be part of a trend of young stars embracing the beauty tips and tricks available to celebrities without getting twisted ideas about body image or self-love. You can’t help but think it makes her an ideal role model for young women that want to be secure and strive for traditional beauty at the same time.

   Long before she was Hollywood’s Best Actress, Stone talked about image and what it means to her when people are critical of each other’s weight and beauty. She seems to have reached a place where she recognizes that most criticism is projection, and that those calling out others for being overweight, underweight, or whatever are usually revealing their own insecurities.

   This is how Stone rose above body image-related criticism. She even admitted that it’s helped her to try to eliminate gossip from her own tendencies. Her take is not the traditional celebrity “everybody is beautiful” take that can come across as kind of pretentious. Stone seems like she has a healthy understanding of where criticism comes from and how to make the most of it.

   Even so, the actress isn’t afraid to talk about the effort she puts into her own image and there are some good tips there. She’s talked about her own love of makeup, and how she came to realize she couldn’t do close to as good a job as the pros. She’s talked about how she deals with dry skin and hair, and what some of her must-have beauty items are. It’s the kind of beauty advice we always want from celebrities, and to get it from someone so thoroughly grounded in realistic image concerns is a treat.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Origins My Perfect World Event with Influenster #MyPerfectWorld

   Alright so I got invited to the My Perfect world event at Origins from Influenster. Now if you don't know who or what Influenster is it's an awesome program where you can get free beauty products to review. They go by how big your social network is and that determines what they send you and how often they send you things. So I was really excited to get a box of samples of Origins products from Influenster along with that box of goodies I received an invite to go to the Origins store. There were five events in 25 cities. The event was the launch of some of their new products and to learn more about Origins.


    I'll be completely honest, I have heard of Origins but I had never used their products so I was super thrilled to receive the invite. Here where I live in Tampa the event was held at International mall. It's the beautiful mall with a lot of high end stores so is the perfect place to hold an event like this.


   The store is really cute. It's small and quaint. Their products are made out of natural ingredients so none of it's going to be bad for your skin.
At the event there were three stations set up. One for mini facials, an artist doing charcoal caricatures and a tea leaf reader. You could just show up or to get a facial you had to RSVP. I was kinda bummed when I got there because even though I rsvp'd and I had a ticket on my phone my name wasn't on the list. So that sucked but they said they would do their best to squeeze me in for a mini-facial.



   I decided to pass on the facial and sign up for the Tea Leaf reader. While I was waiting for her I looked around the store and grabbed some goodies. An added benefit of being with Influenster was they gave you 20% off your purchase and if you spent $45 you got some free items.

Free gift with $45 purchase

   I picked up the clear Improvement active charcoal mask. It's to help clear your pores and it's awesome for oily skin. If you've been a reader of mine for any time now you’ll know I have super oily skin. I also purchased the Original skin Retexturizing mask with rose clay. The other thing I purchased is Zero Oil Purifying toner with saw palmetto and mint. It's a toner for combination to oily skin that smells amazing!


   Since it has been a few weeks since the event I’ve had time to use each product a few times. I love using natural products! I really like everything I purchased. My skin looks refreshed, is super soft and feels clean. The Retexturizing mask has small Jojoba beads in it that’s gentle enough to exfoliate a few times a week.


   Overall the My Perfect World event was pretty nice and I had a good time. The tea leaf reader was very cool and gave me some pretty good insight and advice.
I made a video a while back titled “Get unready with me” and people really liked it. Since then I have changed up my skin care routine so I may make an updated one.

If you’d like to sign up for Influenster you can check them out here.

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