Everyday Smokey Eye

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I have been having so much fun with makeup lately. It’s hard to be into clothes when you are still getting back to normal after having a baby, so I have kinda switched my focus to makeup at the moment. This look is my take on a smokey eye. It’s not a full blown smokey eye.  I would categorize this as more of an everyday smokey eye. I’m really happy with the way this turned out. I might try to push the black a little further to get a fuller smokey eye next time.

One trick that I feel is important when creating a smokey eye is to do your top eye lid makeup first. It’s so much easier to clean up any excess eye shadow when you haven’t applied any foundation or powder. It really helps to keep the area around your eyes clean so you don’t look like a raccoon, especially since that seems to be the biggest concern with a smokey eye. Also, I wouldn’t go too far past the natural crease of the eye with the black. You can blend it up past the crease, but I wouldn’t add too much extra color. It will also make a difference how far to blend it up depending on how much space you have above the crease. I actually have a lot of space above my crease so I could have brought a mid tone color up a little higher. With this look, I created more of a smoky eye by concentrating the black on the bottom lid. It’s important to really blend or smudge out any liner or shadow on the bottom lid. If you don’t, you could unintentionally give your eyes a smaller beady look. By really blending, or smudging out any harsh lines created by the shadow, or liner, you are actually making your eyes look larger.

I recently discovered that I have hooded eyes. It definitely helped me to realize why a lot of eye looks and colors didn’t work on me. I have been learning new ways and tricks to help me get the best eye looks with my eye shape. It’s helpful to know what eye shape you are, so you can work on getting the best looks for your eyes. I have been loving watching You Tube channels. They have taught me so much about really great products, as well as helpful tips and tricks. If you do find out your eye shape, it’s really easy to search tutorials for your eye looks. I can always recommend a few if anyone is interested.

Products listed below. (All products are from the drug store)

Face: Primer – Nivea After Shave Balm, Too Faced Primed Poreless (a friend gave me a sample size)                                                                                                                                     Foundation – Loreal Infallible Pro-Matte                                                                                                   Concealer – Maybelline Superstay Better Skins, Maybelline Instante Age Rewind in their brightener illuminateur shade                                                                                                                       Setting powder and Contour- Wet n Wild Megaglo Contouring Palette in Dulce De Leche       Blush – Milani in Romantic Rose                                                                                                                   Highlight – Colourpop in Lunch Money

Eyes and Brows: Eyeshadow primer – Too Faced Shadow Insurance (also a sample size given to me from a friend)                                                                                                                               Eyeshadow Palette – Revolution Redemption Eyeshadow Palette Essential Mattes                   Liner – Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Black Ink                                                               Mascara – CoverGirl Waterproof The Super Sizer in Very Black, Loreal Voluminous in Carbon Black                                                                                                                                                       False Eyelashes – Ardell in Whispies                                                                                                             Eyebrow pencil – NYX Micro Brow Pencil in Espresso                                                                           Eyebrow gel – Loreal Brow Stylist Plumper in Light to Medium

Lips: Liner – Rimmel in Natural                                                                                                                     Milani – Matte Color Statement Lipstick in Matte Beauty

Setting Spray: NYX Matte Finish Long Lasting Setting Spray












Little Cotton Tail

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Adelaide will be three months on Friday. It feels like time is going by so much faster, especially since she is already wearing 6 month size baby clothes. Alice Jane never grew out of her baby clothes so fast. It’s crazy how different they are. I love seeing those differences and their own unique personalities.
On a different note, I thrift-ed this top the other day, as well as 4 others like it, in different colors, for a $1 apiece. I hit the jackpot, because I also found at least 10 other cute vintage pieces that I can’t wait for Adelaide to wear.

Body Image


First outfit post after baby has me a little nervous. I’ve been trying to give myself more patience, and not stress out about getting back into shape, especially since it’s only been two months. I’ve been reading about ways to help my stomach to go down, and it was nice to see how important it is for me to take it slow, so everything goes back where it’s supposed to. I’m still ready to be back to normal, but I want to be happy and not beat myself up about it.

I’ve also been having the hardest time finding clothes, post baby. Since I’m nursing, I have to have something that is low, or buttons down the front, and dresses have been almost impossible. I do prefer dresses at this stage of my body, but it’s been so hard finding something flattering and convenient to nurse in. I finally found this dress for a great price, and I have been wearing it probably too much. I just love the shape for me right now, the great collar, and that it’s jean material. I can’t wait to be able to put a sweater, or jacket over it, when it cools off. I got it from Kohls, but I doubt I will be able to find a link for it, since it was on mega clearance.

I’m so happy how well we have all transitioned into a family of four. It’s been really cool to see how well Adelaide fits in. It’s weird to think about life without her. I have loved seeing her personality come through at only two months. I’m trying to soak in as much of her as I can at this stage, and really enjoy everything, since I know how fast they change and grow. I was always ready for Alice Jane to hit the next stage. I was so impatient and wanted to experience it all at once.  Now that I know how fast it does go, I have been trying my hardest to pay attention to Adelaide, so I don’t forget how she looks, and acts as a newborn. I have to look back at pictures, and videos of Alice Jane, since I’ve forgotten the details of her over the course of four years, and that saddens me. This time around, I’m hoping time goes slower.