Sleeping Naked.. How Do They Know??

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How do my girls know when I am sleeping in the buff? I swear they have slept through the night (even baby) for the last 18 months. They go to bed between 8:00-8:30, I don’t go to bed until midnight or so. They have several hours of getting into a deep sleep, they have no conscious awareness that I am still up, or getting into bed. But without fail, the few nights that I feel like sleeping naked, they wake up come 3am.

How the F** do they know???

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MAC…. All I Can Say Is Wow

Wow…. Yea wow.

Was finally about to play around with the new MAC makeup that I received, I swear it was calling me from my luggage bag. It was mad at me for not using it when I first got it, then it was mad at me for leaving it in there on my crazy busy day yesterday. (I know that I cannot be the only one that makeup talks to hehe)

The eye shadows are amazing. They lasted all day, even without a primer. There was NO, let me repeat that, there was NO fallout. I can honestly say that was a first. They didn’t crease. And they blended amazingly. Yes they are pricey, but they really were great!

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Shroom was a very light, shimmery almost white color. This was perfect for the highlighting and inner eye.

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Woodwinked was a shimmery gold color. I used this for the outer third my eyelid. It was great to show off my hazel eyes. The gold in it brought out the gold flecks in my eyes. Plus it was not harsh, so it was perfect for a day look.

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Omega is a great blending shade. It is matte and very neutral, it will work with a lot of looks. I used it in my crease and slightly above to blend the Woodwinked and the Shroom together.

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The lipstick in High Tea is a great nude color. My lips are very, very pink and it makes it hard to find a nude color lipstick that does not turn barbie pink on me. This shade, while pretty and nude, did not cover up the pink of my lips to give me a nude look. However, after playing a bit, I found that if I use the Boi-ing (see my review on that here)  on my lips first, not only does it give it GREAT staying power (kinda acted like a primer), it covered the pink of my lips to give this a great nude color. Perfect!

So while this was a very expensive little kit ($15 per eye color and $20 for the lipstick), I can not be more thrilled with it. I am looking forward to playing with it some more.

MAC….. So Excited!!!

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With as much as I love makeup, I have never bit the bullet and bought MAC. It always seemed to expensive for the size that you were getting. It is one of those brands that I hear about, that people rave about, that is suppose to be the best of the best. But, I am never going to purchase for myself.

We finally made it up to my grandma house for Christmas. And……. she bought me MAC!!!!! I can’t tell you how excited I am. It is like I am passing through a rite of passage. I received eye shadow in Shroom (Satin), Omega (Matte) and Woodwinked (Veluxe Pearl). As well as, Lustre Lipstick in High Tea. I can not wait to try it all out!!

I can not wait to use it! What are your favorite MAC products?

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BellaPierre Mineral Foundation

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I love makeup. I love wearing makeup. I love just about all things makeup.

However, I do not love or even like foundation. I don’t like the way it looks, it is either to full coverage and covers my freckles (I know I am a weird one that actually likes my freckles and like that they show), or they don’t offer any coverage. When I do wear it, not only does it have to cover but not cover, I don’t want to feel it on my face. So go find something like that. Ready and… GO!

The answer, BellaPierre Mineral Foundation. This gives a great coverage, without completely covering your natural look. Once applied, it is completely lightweight, meaning you won’t feel it on your face. It gives a smooth finish that won’t let any shine through, plus it lasts all day.

The down-fall, it does have a heavy price tag that goes along with it. At about $60 plus tax, it is on the high end for foundation. You really only need a tiny bit, so it lasts and lasts. On the other side, with it being a loose powder base, it is easy to spill. So beware and be careful when it is open.

How much are you willing to shell out for a good foundation? Do you use a powder foundation or only cream based?

Zero to Hero…. Day 1

Okay, so I am going to do this Zero to Hero challenge, AND try to keep up on my other stuff. Lets see how far, and how long I will be able to keep this up. With everything else going on, it seems like I might have bit off a bit more then I can chew and it is only day one. Not exactly the best footing to start this off, but every journey starts with one step (or post in this case). Here is my first step:

The challenge today is to write and publish a post on, “who I am and why I am here”. On the surface this is an easy one, but very challenging for me because, for me, this blog is helping me figure out who I am (aside from mom and wife).

I am a stay at home mom to three beautiful little girls, whom I choose to homeschool. I am a wife to an amazing husband, whom I would follow to the moon and back. I try my best to be the “perfect mom”. AKA my blog title. It has taken me a decade or so to realize that there is no such thing the perfect mom. That the perfect mom is a myth, a legend, a fairy tale character. I have come to realize that the perfect mom just cheats better. So part of this blog is set up for easy crafting type projects, that are super fast but will make you feel more like (or appear to be, if that is important to you) the perfect mom.

Aside from mom and wife, I am a make up artist. This part of me gets put behind my other duties. I am setting up part of this blog to be dedicated to makeup, dedicated to the girly side of me that I love so much. Whether that is reviews of products that I use, or tutorials (at some point I promise to get these up) on various looks that I like to create. This part of my blog, not only will hopefully be entertaining and informative to readers, but will help me carve out a little space for me to be me apart from mom and wife.

So I guess that sums up who I am, and why I am here.

Parenting Disclosure… Please sign and return

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So this morning I had a great make up all written up. Quite proud of it actually, then I ran across this amazingly hilarious blog. That is so true, and made me laugh out loud this morning, possibly even choke on my tea. Note to self, you can not drink and laugh at the same time. So instead of posting my riveting review, I am reposting this blog so all of you may laugh as well. Thanks to Momma Be Thy Name.

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Welcome 2014!!!

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Welcome 2014!!!!

Wether you are ready for it or not, 2014 is here. It is the start of a new year. Do you, like the majority, have New Year Resolutions? Do you actually keep these resolutions? Or does the thought of it stress you out even more then the few small items that you are wanting to change?

I don’t have full fledge resolutions. To me, they just add another layer of stress. Cause lets be honest, come February they are already a distant thought. Starting off the year with a failure is not exactly the way that I want to feel starting a new year. But, I do put together a plan to help me change things for the positive in the new year. By putting together a goal, and a plan you are far far less likely to give up. So here is my plan for the New Year:

  1. Meditate More- I try to mediate for a few moments every day. Up to this point it has not been a huge priority; so it gets put behind dishes, picking up, watching TV. My plan will be to actually set up a time every day (like right after the girls go to bed), to have “Meditation Time”. This way it gets put on the calendar everyday, and is part of the schedule not just an idea of something that I want to do.
  2. Continue Blogging- I have really loved blogging. I am a planner, so I am going to write “Blog Time” on my calendar (just like all my other activities), so everyday I have time set up to write. In connection with that, I am going to pay more attention to what you guys are wanting to read, leave me messages letting me know what you guys like.

For me, that is more then enough. How about you, what are your resolutions or plans for the new year?

New Years Eve- Family Style

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New Year’s Eve with the kids…. Family fun?? Lets make this holiday at home, as fun as going out.

This is the first year that we will be at our house, with the kids for New Year’s Eve. I was on a mission to make it enjoyable and memorable for not only all three girls, but for us adults too. How is that possible? Well, this little craft  will give the kids something to look forward to at each hour mark, and kept them busy so the adults can enjoy some down time. Each hour the girls will open one of the bags; it will have some candy (or other treat) and a card with an activity that we will be doing for that hour. Things like: game time, watch a movie, make desserts and so on. It is super quick to put together, seriously took me an hour, and you will have all the needed materials already. How great is that?

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Materials Needed:

  • Paper Bags
  • Card Stock/or any other colored paper you wish to use
  • Blank Clock Template
  • Tape
  • Marker (I am a fan of Sharpies. Who doesn’t like Sharpies?)

Let assemble the “Surprise Bags” (yea I know the name needs a little help. I am taking suggestions):

  1. Attach a piece of the card stock to the front of a paper bag. I used tape, but you can use glue if you prefer.   photo 3 (2)
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  3. Draw the hands of the clock on the clock face. photo 1 (7)
  4. All that is left is to fill the bag with whatever you want, and leave a little note as to the activity that will be going on. photo 2 (9)

Your little ones will be so excited to see these set out and the anticipation of getting to open each one will keep them excited about the night. Let me know how it turns out for you or what goodies you choose to put in each bag.

Naked 2- Why the Hype??

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Ever hear how great something is, how wonderful it is, how life changing it is? After hearing this over and over and over, you go against your original thought and buy it; then are disappointed.

This is what happened with me and the Urban Decay Naked 2 pallet. I opted for the Naked 2, over the Naked 3 because I am not a huge fan of pink, rose or reddish colors on my eyes. In my opinion it makes me look tired, and older. Who wants that? Not me. The Naked 2 was described as taupes, so I thought that would be the one for me. There are tons of reviews on this on already, so I know that I am missing the boat a bit. But how am I the only one,that was disappointed with this?

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The shades are all mostly shimmery or glittery. Which is fine. I would have preferred to see more mattes, but I knew going in that was not the case. There is a very wide range of colors. Everything from golds, to silvers, to purples and even some pink colors. All the colors work well together, are all very well pigmented, and blend easily. You can make an endless amount of looks from this pallet; from a very simple subtle day look to a very dark smokey eye.

For me, there was a lot of fall out. My poor cheeks looked like they were covered in shimmer powder. I had to use a make up wipe to get it off, then reapply moisturizer, foundations and blush. Not fun, and very time consuming. On a similar note, once the eyeshadows were applied it looked great. However, it did not last very long without a primer. It ran, bled and moved all over my eyelid. I was horrified when I looked in the mirror just a few hours later; I was a clown. Not the sexy mama I was hoping to be. Even with a primer it didn’t last all day. Maybe I am very spoiled with my make up brushes, but the one that came with the pallet was very poor quality. After using it twice, I am losing brushes left and right.

I should have stuck to my guns and not spent the money on something that I was not totally sold on. I was really wanting to love this pallet, I was really wanting to love Urban Decay. But after this, I will probably not be buying any more of their pallets.

So tell me, what did you think of this pallet? What do you think of other Urban Decay products? Help me out here, where did I go wrong?

Boi-ing…. Best Concealer or Not

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Got dark under eye circles? No problem. Got a little spot? We can cover that. Needing something to last all day long? Piece of cake.

Boi-ing by Benefit Cosmetics is really a great full coverage concealer. It can cover just about everything ranging from dark under eye circles, to pimples, to small discolorations. It doesn’t fade and does last all day, with very very minimal creasing. Boi-ing accomplishes what it says it says it does, which is very hard to find in a concealer.

A few drawbacks though: it is extremely thick, no cream or moisturizing qualities at all. In fact it tends to dry out where you apply it. While the color line can be acceptable to most skin tones, they are very yellow based. Good for a concealer, not for those of us who don’t have a lot of yellow in our skin though. I have noticed that after a bit of wear (about mid-day), it gives me a slight gray appearance under my eyes. With three kids, I don’t get a lot of sleep and it does cover the dark circles that I have. Morning it is perfect, but I am not a fan of this slightly gray look. It can be corrected by putting it under my foundation (I use Bellapierre’s mineral powder foundation), but still a pain on the days that I don’t want to wear foundation.

Overall it sets out to do what it claims, but will I re-buy? Probably not.