Tuesday, October 29
Since fall of last year, I've been wearing a blush compact from Laura Mercier called Illuminating Powder Quad in Pink Rose.
I really loved it and used it up to the last speck - you know, when there's barely anything left and the once-pressed product becomes a crumbled mess.
So when it was time for me to replace this item in my makeup bag, I could have just pulled out my tote of other blush colors waiting to be used up, but decided to try something new.
For months I've been reading fantastic reviews online about Jordana makeup, so when I came across a display at the drugstore I popped a pretty one in my basket. It was a toss-up between a warm and a cool color, and having trouble deciding I enlisted the help of my five year old son, who to me has impeccable taste when it comes to beauty and fashion.
Though I was leaning towards the cooler tone, he wasted no time choosing the warm one, and we went home with the shade Tawny Beige.
Jordana Tawny Beige Blush is now on my list of must-replenish beauty items. It's a very pretty naturally fresh tone that gives the entire face just the glow it needs.
Complimenting nearly every eye color I wear, I really can't imagine living without it.
Not only this, but for such an inexpensive item it's highly pigmented and long-wearing. If you're looking for a new blush color that compliments your skin tone perfectly and wears all day, give this one a try.
Thursday, October 24
Our October Kiwi Crate arrived just in time - right after all the excitement of my son's 5th birthday party.
It couldn't have dropped on our front stoop at a better moment; there isn't an easier way I can think of to come down after a thrilling time than to immerse ourselves into something crafty and familiar.
This month's theme was glow in the dark, full of two fun projects that illustrated just that.
The first was a jellyfish craft that included glow in the dark stickers to apply all over the body. My son enjoyed this part, and we also learned the fun fact that jellyfish have been around since before the dinosaurs (he was really impressed by this!).
Next up was an adorable glow worm made with a tube sock and cotton stuffing. He colored it all over with glow in the dark markers and named it Smiley.
This crate was fun but I was really hoping for a Halloween themed one this month. It looks like that unfortunately had to be ordered separately. We'll need to remember that for next year.
We're on our 6th month of this craft box subscription, and so far we love it and always look forward to it's arrival each month.
If you're a busy mother who loves doing crafts with your little one but just can't seem to find the time, consider the Kiwi Crate Craft Box subscription an excellent solution - we love it.
Wednesday, October 23
If a more hydrating and luxurious body cream is out there, I have yet to find it.
Although there are loads of other body creams on my shelf that I do love, this Kiehl's Creme De Corps Body Moisturizer takes the cake.
With it's second ingredient being squalane, a derivative of olive oil - and loaded with shea butter, sweet almond oil, and cocoa seed oil - you can imagine how nourishing it feels on the skin.
This time of year my skin gets really dry and itchy; if I forget to apply this at night I find myself awake scratching my arms wildly for relief. For being such a moisturizing lotion, it's not greasy at all.
In fact, absorption is within one minute, then you can dress as normal. Your skin will feel like it's had a giant glass of water.
There's no scent, so this also layers beautifully with your favorite fragrance.
And if you happen to be pregnant? Lather it on all over to prevent stretch marks; I never missed a day during my pregnancy and am gratefully mark-free.
Monday, October 21
For the last week or so I've been wearing all shades of green on my eyes.
My favorite so far is the olive-ish shade found in the warmest of these palettes.
Typically I keep my eye makeup pretty light, but something in this season is possessing me to wear these warm green tones.
In fact I'm a bit occupied with all the shades of fall, and can't get enough of the coppers, golds, purples or greens.
I also happen to be getting a lot of compliments on these shades, so I feel I'm doing something right.
We have about 8 more weeks left of this season, and it looks like cosmetic routine is set.
Saturday, October 19
For my son's 5th birthday, we had a bmx and skateboard themed party at our house where all his friends could bring their bikes, skateboards, scooters and anything else they wanted with wheels.
I picked up all the decorations a week before - in colors like yellow, blue, red, and black to tie in with the theme.
The morning of the party I was busy finishing the cake and slow-cooker chili, so the decorations took a backseat to all of that. Thankfully my brother in law, who came from Oregon just for the party, offered to help get them started.
When my husband and I began hanging everything I realized how fun it would be to have a place where all the kids could have their picture taken with their wheels of choice.
Once the guests arrived - after an hour or so of them warming up - I asked each one if they'd like a photo of themselves; most of the kids were excited to pose. It was super cute to see them each get cheesy for the camera, and the photos turned out really well.
This photo booth was a great feature to the party, and worth giving a try for your next kiddo birthday bash.
You can get as creative as you want with the theme - though since mine was last minute, I simply used a plastic yellow tablecloth and streamers in alternating colors of black and red.
I love the way the photos turned out, and especially how easy it was!
Friday, October 18
About 3 weeks ago I headed out to our garage to retrieve all the winter sweaters I'd stored away last spring.
After a 20 minute search, and no sweaters in sight of the now very organized garage, I determined they were long gone.
My husband went to work on our home and garage over the last 6 months, and lots of junk finally got thrown out. Unfortunately my stored sweaters accidentally made their way to the junk pile as well.
Sadly among them was a very well-liked sweater dress given to me by a close friend, of which I was in love with and couldn't wait to wear again this season; and an alpaca wool vintage ski sweater that I will dearly miss.
Faced with this dilemma, and in much need of some immediate warmth, I headed out to my favorite thrift store and started scouring the racks.
After 10 minutes my cart was full of 20+ sweaters, all of which I loved but of course some had to stay. I made my selection of about 5, and among them was this maroon and gray Land's End cardigan that has become a true staple in my closet.
I wear it to work, on outings with my family, and even to bed occasionally.
It's supremely warm but lightweight, and it came in a large size so it drapes nicely over everything. (I never let size deter me when I'm thrifting; some of my favorite items aren't properly sized for me, and I love the fit even more.)
While it's not an alpaca wool vintage ski sweater, this is one I'll definitely pack properly come spring, so as not to lose it during another garage spring cleaning purge!
Thursday, October 17
Every fall season like clockwork since 2004, I head out to replenish my Neutrogena Rainbath refreshing shower and bath gel.
I literally can't live without this when the weather begins to turn cooler. There's nothing better than coming home after a long day at work or play to take a supremely hot shower or bath on the most chilly of nights.
The spicy smell of this product fills my entire bath with warmth and leaves me with a sense of relaxation that is well needed at the end of the day.
I will usually pick up the limited edition jumbo size that becomes available this time of year, but was delighted to find this travel size in the drugstore while browsing for other travel beauty essentials.
If you've never tried this product before, and are looking for just the right scent to spice up your bath this season, pick up a travel size for a decent trial run of it.
And you won't be out but a couple bucks.