And Then There Were Three

When Jonathan and I first met, I had my life figured out. I was going to finish college, get married at 25, and have kids before 30. That was when I thought no one really married their best friend and no man could make me as happy as my big comfy bed all to myself.

Exactly one year and one day after we began dating, Jonathan asked me to marry him. While I knew it was coming, I was still somewhat surprised myself. Had I changed that much to want to be engaged at such a young age? Was I getting into things too quickly? After many long discussions and long walks on the beach, we decided we would wait as long as we wanted to get married. Being engaged was merely a way to promise to each other and people around us we have full intentions of marrying. Whether it be two years or four years down the road.

Jonathan and I have always been fans of the saying “What happens happens”. When we got engaged, we made a conscious decision to stop preventing children and let nature take it’s course. I have dreamed for years of being a mama, I just never thought I would pursue it before my mid twenties. On January 30th, we got some news we weren’t expecting. I had taken a test a few days prior and it was negative. So once again I put the thought of babies at the back of my head and focused on everything else going on. But on January 30th, something told me to take another test. That something was right and we found out we are going to be expanding our little family.

Jonathan and I could not be more excited to be welcoming our new addition in October 2017. I can’t wait to share my stories and experiences with you guys as a first time mommy. It is sure to be nothing but comical and entertaining. Make sure to keep checking back to follow our updates!

2017 Spring Cleaning

March 20th came and went. I didn’t even stop to notice it is officially SPRING! Which in Florida, means it is officially SUMMER! The temperatures have already hit above 90 a few times and everyone has broken out the short shorts and bikinis. Lately, as I have been Spring cleaning my closet, I have found some styles and trends I am choosing to relive.

I don’t know when I chucked all my Lilly Pulitzer shorts to the back of my closet and decide I was too cool for them, but I regret it. I recently began wearing them again in light of spring and all the bright colors/prints Lilly Pulitzer has! Personally I think the Walsh Style and the Callahan Styles are the most flattering. Every time I wear these shorts, I get compliments on my legs and butt! They are magic shorts I am telling you. Pair them with a solid v neck or tank top and some cute sandals and you immediately look like you tried when you didn’t even have to think up an outfit.

Shorts | White Tee  | Shoes

Bag : Kate Spade Crossbody from Nordstrom Rack

The PERFECT Eyeshadow Palette?

I hate to be one of those girls, but I am a picky person when it comes to… well, just about anything really. Right now I am going to talk about my picky-ness with eyeshadow palettes. If you know me at all then you know I travel a good amount. With the amount of time I spend on the road or in airplanes, I need small and multifunctional. Believe me when I say though, that just because a palette is small does NOT mean it has the functionality of a great traveling palette. In my mind, the perfect palette needs slim but durable packaging, a combination of QUALITY mattes and shimmers, and priced at an affordable price because you know mamas going to be buying an endless supply of them (since all of my favorites ALWAYS get discontinued).

 

I recently was watching a favorite Youtuber of mine, NikkieTutorials, and discovered a palette that accommodates all of my desires. At a low price of $23, The Nubian eyeshadow palette by Juvia’s Place gives me everything I need and want in a palette. Let’s dive in and I’ll explain to you why you NEED to add this palette to your collection and call it a day.

PACKAGING

When yo0u receive the package from Juvia’s Place, the palette comes in a box identical to the outside of the palette itself. Once you open the box and take the palette out, you uncover sleek cardboard casing similar to that of KylieCosmetics Kyshadow or the Carli Bybel palette. Because it is cardboard, there is no mirror in this palette. Not a good or bad thing in  my opinion as I am usually in front of a mirror anyways when applying makeup. Because there is no mirror, the palette is thin enough to fit nicely in a cosmetics bag or even inside a purse.

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THE PRODUCT

What is the PERFECT combination of eyeshadows? If you have an eyeshadow palette that NEEDS other eyeshadows with it to be used well, its not a good combination of shades. The problem I so often find with palettes, is I use one or two colors then resort to my ABH single shadows or another palette to finish the look. The perfect eyeshadow palette gives me multiple complete looks without the need of any other shadows. The Nubian does just that. It contains four transition matte colors and eight shimmers for a total of twelve shadows that come together to create a beautiful earth toned palette. Even though the palette is a bit warm toned, I would not shy away from it if you have fair skin. The shadows are neutral enough to compliment all complexions! The Nubian takes all of my favorite shadows from the Morphe 35O palette, makes the color payoff 10x better, and puts it in cuter more travel friendly packaging. I couldn’t be more in love.

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OVERALL

The Nubian by Juvia’s Place is a palette I will keep reordering until they tell me it’s been discontinued. They currently have a limit of one palette per order due to the high demand but I intend on ordering at least two backups as I am close to hitting pan on a couple of my favorite shades. I support the fact the company is a small business and is also cruelty free. The only critique I have is it did take about 2-3 weeks to receive and it is likely due to the high demand of the product at the time but it was worth the wait. I highly suggest you get your hands on this palette ASAP!

Kylie Cosmetics: Uncensored Opinion

There are certain things in this world that we as a society make fun of and aren’t supposed to like. Smoking, children’s beauty pageants, reality television, and Kylie Jenner’s cosmetic line. Now even though Keeping Up With The Kardashians has an average of two million viewers, not many people will openly admit to binge watching the reality tv show about famous people being famous. When Kylie Jenner began KylieCosmetics earlier this year, we all made fun of her attempt at breaking into the makeup world and were only given ammunition when the product turned out terrible. Well after fixing the formulation, packaging, and just about everything else… She came back and shocked us all.

Let’s Address

The Price

The Lip Kits, which contain a lip pencil and a matching matte liquid lipstick, have taken a hit (many actually) for the price point, 29$ USD. I would like to point out this cosmetics line is not sold in drugstores or any stores at all. You cannot walk into CVS, Target, Ulta, or even Sephora and buy this product. This adds a required amount dedication to either Kylie Jenner or the cosmetics industry in order to actually obtain anything from Kylie Cosmetics. When a new shade or product is released on KylieCosmetics.com, it is more often than not sold out within an hour. This is both a good and a bad thing. For the younger Kylie fans, and some of the older ones, hysteria occurs when her products become sold out. For most of the older fans, we end up on eBay willing to pay ridiculous amounts to get our favorite shade! The EXTREMELY HIGH DEMAND for the product combined with the quality of the product equals the price point. If you walk into Ulta or Sephora, you will be paying anywhere from 40-100$ for a lip liner and lipstick. As you question the price of Kylie Jenner’s lip kits, simply compare them to other HIGH END lip products and it seems more and more justifiable.

The Product

My childish spirit tends to come out when trying out new lip products! Maybe because as a child my favorite part of the chapstick was how yummy it smelt! What I love most about the matte liquid lipsticks is the scent. Oh my gosh, it smells like dessert, LIKE VANILLA FROSTING! I could sniff it all day… Actually I have sniffed it all day. The lipstick itself has a moussy texture and is very creamy when first applied. These formulas are not meant to plump the lips. Let me repeat, NO PLUMPING EFFECT! So don’t expect that. This lipstick dries to a MATTE finish which can be quite drying if you don’t moisturize/scrub prior. The corresponding liners are very creamy and easy to apply. I have had issues sharpening the lip pencils due to how creamy they are. You really have to be GENTLE in sharpening them. I have to say, both the liner and liquid lipstick have EXTREME STAYING POWER. The lighter shade come off a bit easier at the end of the day. However, the darker shades like True Brown K you may end up SCRUBBING off!

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The Packaging

The packaging for the lipstick is absolutely adorable. The matte liquid lipstick comes in a clear tube, with a dripping/melted lipstick design, black top, and Kylie’s “signature” in script. It has a doe foot applicator, typical of most popular liquid lipsticks. I do believe there was a mistake with the original packaging. Many customers complained about the applicator bristles being bent and useless for applying the product. However, the brand quickly fixed any packaging errors there may have been. The box all of the Kylie Cosmetics products come in is super luxe and makes the whole experience exciting.

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All in all I will most likely continue buying products from Kylie Cosmetics. I have not yet had a bad experience and if it aint broke, don’t fix it. I purchased all of these lip kits with my own money and have not been sponsored in any way.