Rimmel 25HR Breathable Foundation

I, like most makeup enthusiast have a ton of makeup in the vault that I have yet to try, but let me tell you I was sleeping on this Rimmel Foundation! I’m honestly amazed at the quality of the foundation from the drugstore. My all time favorite would have to be the L’Oreal Foundation, but the Rimmel Breathable Foundation is definitely in my top 5.

I love the my skin but better look that it gives and this is definitely a light weight long wearing foundation. It is not full coverage which is perfect for me. It’s probably all in my mind but whenever I wear thick or full coverage foundations and then pack on the rest of my makeup my face itches. I know, dramatic much! That’s another reason I enjoy a light weight feeling and medium coverage foundation. I just like the area around my mouth to be evened out. My skin is also extremely oily in my t-zone but dry around my mouth, so my foundation needs to combat those issues and this foundation does. Your skincare routine and primer will help combat those issues as well but if the makeup isn’t good quality or doesn’t work well with my skin type no amount of prep is going to help it!

Note: This is after 15 hours of wear, also after spending time outside.

The pictures of this foundation speak for themselves. I wore this foundation for a week to work. My job entails office activities and some field work on occasion. No matter where I was or what I was doing this foundation held up. I cut the grass is this foundation in The Florida heat, I fed the cows in this foundations, and I wore it for 15 hours one day and she held up!

Note: This is after 12 hours of wear, also after cutting the grass in FL sunshine ☀️ with a push lawnmower!

The pictures of this foundation after 12 hours plus of wear speak for themselves. I’m not overly oily; even after cutting the grass and sweating the foundation settled back nicely into my skin. This foundation performed better than a lot of the high end foundations I’ve tried. I would definitely recommend that you try this foundation.

Stay tuned for all the post this month as there will be a lot of great content coming.

XOXO 💋

Sephora Favorites

Skincare

The older I’ve gotten the more I’ve paid attention to my skincare routine. When I was younger I struggled with acne and was able to clear it with the help of a dermatologist. Now at the ripe age of 30 I’ve finally learned to listen to my skin and use products that work well with my skin type. First, let me briefly mention that I have combination skin, mostly oily. I’m oily in my t-zone, mostly on and around my nose and I sweat the most on my upper lip (gross, I know). My eyelids get extremely oily throughout the day, but after I shower or wash my face I feel like the area around my eyes is extremely dry. One product that helps combat that issue is First Aid Beauty’s Pure Skin Face Cleanser. I have sensitive skin and my skin loves this face wash. I love that it lathers! Am I the only one who hates when my face wash doesn’t lather? Another one of my favorite skincare products in the GlamGlow Supermud Clearing Treatment with charcoal. I love this mask. The charcoal in this face mask isn’t too strong and doesn’t make me breakout. I recommend doing a patch test.

Brands Featured: GlamGlow, Buxom, Laneige, Sephora Collection, & First Aid Beauty

Lip gross is the one product I use daily. I hate having dry chapped lips. My ride or die Gloss is Buxom’s Plumping Lipgloss. My favorite shade is Celeste but they have a ton to choose from. I have to mention Elf’s Plumping Lip Gloss; I tried it a few days ago and was in love. It may take the top stop but I want to use it a few more times. I hate when lip products are suppose to be moisturizing but in the long run dry your lips out. One brand that definitely leaves your lips moisturized is, Laneige. They have presentation, packaging, and product quality down. I love the different scents that their products come in as well. The Lip Glowy Balm & Lip Sleeping Mask are my faves.

Complexion Products

My holy grail complexion Products don’t need much introduction because they speak for themselves. NARS Creamy Radiant Concealer in the shade Caramel is a dream. This concealer has a good color range and blends into the skin beautifully. Hourglass Vanish Stick Foundation is the only foundation that I’ve purchased multiple times. I’ve purchased the shade Golden Almond, Almond, and Sable multiple times. This foundation is an oily girls dream! She is definitely a rider and doesn’t break down on me in this FL heat!

Brands Featured: Fenty, Hourglass, & Nars

F-E-N-T-Y was one of those brands I was dead set on not purchasing because I haven’t been impressed with almost every celebrity owned makeup brand. I feel like too often it’s a gimmick to just make money, but Sis if you felt like me throw that notion out the window! This brand is absolutely amazing and it caters to all skin types and skin tones. I still need to test out and play with the foundations and concealer; but honey this here Bronzer and Setting Powder is BOMB! Say bye bye to flash back and hello to a smooth flawless finish!

More Makeup

I have to start with Kat Von D Beauty. It is one of the first brands that I splurged on and is one the first brands that made me genuinely fall in love with makeup. The liquid lipsticks from KVD are one of my ride or die products. I know that they are going to perform well and hold up. I’ve also recently fallen in love with their lip liners and lipsticks. I probably own more of KVD than any other brand. My all time favorite palette is currently the Lolita palette by KVD. In my opinion this palette is unmatched when it comes to bendability, color pay off, and comfort, especially for purples.

Brands Featured: Smashbox, Urban Decay, Kat Von D, & Anastasia Beverly Hills

Another brand I’ve been obsessing over is Anastasia Beverly Hills (ABH)! The product drops that have recently come from this brand have been phenomenal, well at least they look phenomenal. I purchased the new foundation and I’m working on purchasing all of the Norvina palettes. I will definitely update you guys on that, but the product we’re here for is the Shimmer Body Oil. Let me tell you if you go on vacation this is a must have product. I took this with me to the FL Keys and loved how it had me oiled up, shimmering, and smelling like fresh dessert!

The final product I have to mention is the Smashbox Always On Matte Liquid Lipstick! I love this stuff almost as much as I love my KVD liquid lipsticks. I have multiple of both lipstick brands and I definitely think Smashbox is comparable to KVD. Always On has a good shade range and is a comfortable wear. It can be a little drying so I recommend applying a lip primer or lightly applying a lip gloss.

XOXO 💋

Best Drugstore Foundation

L’Oreal Infallible 24H Fresh Wear Foundation

I know, I know! This is not my first post about this foundation, but this is for the people who have asked me about my favorite foundation or asked me to recommend an affordable foundation. I honestly cannot rant and rave about this foundation enough. I mean look at it.

Infallible 24H Fresh Wear Foundation

First, let me tell you about my skin and my major concerns. My skin is very oily. I secrete most of my oils in my t-zone (chin, nose, forehead). My major problem is my nose and the area around it. My eyelids are also extremely oily but I’m dry under my eyes. I have larger pores on my cheeks and get the occasional acne blemish. I have hyperpigmentation around my mouth and get chin hairs that cause dark spots from the plucking. For me, personally I do not expect my foundation to work miracles and I’m not a full coverage kind of girl. I go for a my skin but better look, and that’s exactly what this foundation does.

Swatched shades from left to right: 545, 540, 535, 530, 525, 520, 515, 510.

L’Oreal truly outdid themselves with this one. There is zero flashback. Let me say it louder for the people in the back. There is ZERO, ZIP, ZILCH flashback! All the pictures above are with flash, the picture below is without flash.

Infallible foundation in natural lighting!

For the look featured in these photos I used 510 as a concealer, 525 as an all over shade, and 540 to contour with. I also have to shout out AC Cosmetics because their setting Powder is the truth! Below I compare how the foundation looks with and without flash.

Natural lighting vs. Flash

This is my number one drugstore foundation and I would recommend giving it a try. I think it works great for all skin types and skin concerns.

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New Mom Chronicles

Episode One: Back to Work

I’ve never known a love so beautiful and fulfilling. As my little girl continues to grow I feel like my love for her grows. I constantly joke with my mom saying, “Is this how you feel when you see me?” I’m sure you never stop loving your children, but I do believe the love you feel for them probably changes over the years. I pray that it just continues to grow.

This is love!

Everyone keeps telling me to enjoy my time with my little one because they grow up so fast. I’m already starting to feel like that is so true even though baby girl is only 10 weeks. Some days I want to stop time so I can soak up every moment with my sweet baby Scarlett. She has already started to scoot around on her back and stomach and even tries to roll over. She’s outgrown her clothes and is wearing 6 month outfits. I want time to stop or slow down so I can soak up every moment with her. I just pray I get to be there for as many of these changes as I can.

Each day my little princess seems to do something new that amazes me. She’s perfect in every way and I feel like she’s growing up so fast. That’s probably why I feel so guilty when I have to leave her to go to work. As she grows and learns more I hope that she knows how much I love her and that I would sacrifice anything for her. I thank my Heavenly Father for her daily.

The guilt I’ve felt daily having to leave Scarlett is something I’ve never felt. I never thought that motherhood would come with so much guilt. Right now I’m more fatigue than I’ve ever been in my life and I’m an emotional wreck. This morning I had to fight back tears of sheer exhaustion and guilt. I didn’t want to come into work; I wanted to sleep and most importantly I wanted to be with my baby girl. I’m on my fourth day of having to be away from her for ten hours and it doesn’t seem to be getting any easier. I’m sure much of the emotions I feel have to do with the sheer exhaustion I feel, but I’m doing my best to push through.

Patience. That’s my word for the rest of the month. I just have to remember to have patience with this new journey. My family has grown and there are going to be some growing pains. I just have to start each day with a positive outlook, seeing as Scarlett is a morning baby and is always smiling at me that’s not hard. I make sure I love on her and bond with her as much as I can when I’m with her.

XOXO

Pregnancy Update

First Trimester

Monday’s are the hardest. Sometimes I feel like I’m battling depression, other days I feel like it’s the baby just getting the best of me. It’s really rough for me because I was expecting this to be a great experience. I’ve had migraines for the past seven or more years that I thought were related to my menstrual cycle. Now I’m not having my cycle but I still have the migraines, if anything they are more frequent. I really hate it because I’m always sick, I feel like no matter what I do nothing changes. There is no relief from these migraines. The worst thing about it is it seems like no one cares, nothing stops because I’m not feeling well. I just have to put on my big girl pants and suck it up. I’ve had to start journaling to keep my mind off how miserable I am. My brother asked me why I’m always sick the other day, and even my man has commented on me always being sick. It’s honestly one of the hardest things I’ve had to deal with in my life and I’m miserable I’m thinking about going to counseling.

Second Trimester

Now that I’m late in my second trimester I feel so much better. I’m ALIVE! I no longer am experiencing migranes and the constant need to vomit has passed. I no longer feel sick or want to slap every person around me that is having a good day. I didn’t end up going to counseling, but I do think the journaling really helped me. I’d say that journaling has been my saving grace, as well as reading other mommy blogs. I truly believe that I was depressed early in my pregnancy because of a lot of things, but mainly being away from my man, being sick, worrying about money, and taking time off work when I just started my job. One thing I’ve had to constantly tell myself is that everything is going to be okay. I have a lot of support from my man and our families. One thing I will say is don’t take those feelings of depression lightly. There is a stigma with the word depression, but don’t be afraid to admit that something is wrong and please don’t be afraid to seek help. We all fight our own demons and deal with some form of depression in our lives. You’d be amazed at the amount of people who can relate to what you are going through, and the amount of resources and peoople that are out there to help.

Third Trimester

Right about now I’m really beginning to feel pregnant and experience some of the symptoms that go along with pregnancy. I only have about a month and a half to go and I’m feeling it. I took a weekend trip to the beach and did a lot of walking and not enough drinking and it caused my hands and feet to swell. My hands were tingling and so swollen that it hurt to hold a pen. I couldn’t feel my feet and literally felt like I was walking on ankles. To reduce the swelling I put my feet up and made sure I relaxed and drank a lot of water. Thankfully I haven’t had that problem again. In the grand scheme of things I’m doing really well. Other than being in a constant state of anxiety. I’m just having doubts about my capabilities as a mother, the birthing process, and I’m worrying about taking time off work, money, being able to spend time with my baby, breastfeeding, putting my baby in daycare, and my man having enough time to spend with us.

We currently have 27 days to go and I couldn’t be more thrilled. I can’t wait to see her beautiful face and see how proud her dad is. I’m nervous and absolutely terrified about the birthing process, but I thank God for the support system I have. Thankfully I haven’t had too many issues and the feet swelling is a rare occurrence and for the most part I feel pretty good. I have gotten to the point where some of her movements literally hurt and I just rub on her and talk to her and that helps, but I’m ready for baby girl to get evicted. The most painful, well more so annoying thing is the pressure I feel under my breast. I’m guessing I feel some part of her applying pressure there and it makes me out of breath and makes me not want to wear a bra, which unfortunately is not an option. All in all though baby girl and I are healthy and happy!

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