A Spiffy Girl

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When I say we’re going to need a bigger closet, I mean it.

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This week we announced news we’ve been relishing in ourselves for almost three months now – we’re having another baby!

I was excited to get all the details out at the same time – the fact that it’s a girl and her name is Elianna (middle name TBD).

The idea that I’ll be dropping “Dude” and Dinosaurs for “her” and bows (also TBD, haha I’m trying to work up a love for bows currently) is still settling in, however, she is truly an answer to prayer and I am resting in the fact that God will equip me to be a mother to this little sweetheart.

I’ve had this name picked out for over 15 years – before I even knew my husband. In Hebrew it means, “God has answered.” And boy, is that spot on! We’ve been believing for another baby and He has answered in the perfect way.

There’s so much more I can say but I’m still in processing mode so it’s not coming out as smoothly as I’d like.

Thanks for stopping by and sharing in our excitement!

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Beauty Hack for Fuller Lashes (Psst: It’s super cheap)

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Easy, safe, oh and CHEAP.

Currently there’s a big emphasis on hair. Particularly the hair around your eyes – full eyebrows, full lashes. Basically, if you make lashes and eyebrow toupees you’re sitting in high cotton…finally.

Let’s focus on lashes for today…

There are so many options out there from magnetic lashes (more on that later) lash extensions that you get filled in about once a month, and serums. All of which can cost you anywhere from $50 – $150 and beyond I’m sure.

My thoughts on the serums and things that you put on your lashes for “natural growth” are this… While I’m not saying I’ll never try them, I’m hesitant to do so because well, it’s going near my EYES. But also because I like being able to add drama for special occasions. And while having longer-than-life lashes every day would be glorious (gosh, skipping the mascara portion of my makeup routine would have me doing praise hands), I like being able to switch up a special occasion look with fuller lashes.

Having said all of that, I did have some stubby lashes on my right eye that I wanted to fix. I don’t know why but in the middle of my eye there was a small band of lashes that held hands and decided to stop growing. It always annoyed me when I put on my mascara and I wanted it fixed.

I did some research and saw that rubbing Vaseline (or petroleum oil) on your lashes causes them to grow. I thought I’d give it a try, so I put a big ole’ tub on my night stand and started rubbing it on my lashes before falling asleep.

Turns out – it works! ALL of my lashes (including that rebellious clique) are now longer and fuller. I love putting mascara on because it emphasizes how nice and full they look.

Now, it’s not a DANG GIRL YOUR LASHES ARE POKING ME IN THE FACE type of growth, but it is noticeable enough that I could tell it really works. And I probably rubbed Vaseline on them for two weeks when I started seeing results.

I wish I had taken some masterful before and after photos, but it’s hard to nail that kind of thing. Just know, I’m loving the results and I believe you will too.

All you have to do is take some Vaseline in between your fingers and rub it on your lashes!

Cheap and safe – sounds good to me!

Want some tips on applying false lashes? I’ve got you covered!

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Have You Been to The Edge?

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You’ll want to live life there (get it?…on “the edge”)

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It doesn’t matter how many reviews you read, or how many YouTube videos you watch, there is nothing like going and shopping for things in person. Touching the product, even trying it out. Hearing from a LIVE person why it will or won’t help your skin type. It’s just such a more personalized experience – no clicking required.

Which is why I’m thankful Dillard’s has the beauty experience called “The Edge.” Located inside their beauty department, The Edge features a number of brands that are hard to find anywhere else in person, and great customer service by people who are makeup freelancers on the side – so they know.

My favorite part is they offer classes and training! Yes please! A lot of the tips and tricks I’ve learned came from good ole’ fashion classes in the mall. Years ago MAC offered them periodically and I learned A LOT by going to those. In fact I use a lot of those same tips today!

They have one coming up on August 27th that is at two different times – one in the mid-morning and one in the afternoon. The cost is $45 – but that goes towards buying makeup – which you’re going to want to do after hearing how to use everything and how certain products can help you look and feel your best.

Go check out the Edge and say hello to Aryn (pronounced Erin), Marissa, or Audrey! They are all super nice and will be happy to help!

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How to Maintain a Fresh Face in Summer Heat

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In the summer, the only thing I want to feel on my lips is cold gelato.

Rubbing gelato on your lips instead of lipstick is pretty messy and doesn’t produce the perfect pout, turns out….”hypothetically”.

So my pout was pretty pumped when the women at Bare Minerals in West Town Mall told me that there was a moisturizing matte lipstick coming out.

Moisturizing AND matte?! It must be witchcraft!

Nope. It’s just science and the brains behind Bare Minerals.

In my past experience with matte lipsticks I would end up feeling my lips after a while. Like someone had just applied false eyelashes to them – you know that feeling of being aware of every blink when you first put them on? That’s it.

And on top that, the color would wear off like I had some kind of medical issue on my mouth.

This new liquid matte lipstick is amazing. It glides on (a little goes a long way), it stays on nicely and if you get a shade that’s a little bit pinker than your skin tone it looks like you’ve got soft Victoria Secret model lips.

The shade I’m wearing is “Swag” and oh, did I mention that this was 3 hours after I applied it during which time I worked out OUTSIDE. I’m just going to step away now and let you buy some for yourself…

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Summer Purse Essential

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Cover up Buttercup.

This time of year, I become “that mom.” The lady that tracks you down and slathers you with SPF before you can say, “Let’s go outsi…” Which is why when I saw someone talk about this product on an Insta Story, I swiped up immediately and put it in my cart.

Sure my moisturizer and primer include SPF, but that’s not enough! And even if it were, you have to reapply, which means you can either run home redo your entire face, OR just buy this. Your choice.

It’s a wonderful mist/spritz that’s going to protect your skin and allow you to confidently be outside in direct sunlight without doing damage. Also? It’s not going to alter your makeup.

I bought the 1 oz. version so I can throw it in my bag and go. This time of year, you never know when you’re going to be outside for a long period of time (last night I went for a spontaneous walk!). Having this always in my bag gives me peace of mind. Not to mention the fact that I don’t have to rub anything but can spray and go – taking all of 5 seconds to protect my skin. I’ll even use it on other body parts real quick, not just my face.

Something is better than nothing!

You can pick that up at Sephora. I don’t think that smaller version is available on Amazon right now, but the larger one is.

Sun care is SO IMPORTANT. A lesson I wish I would have learned in my 20’s. *Whaaa Whaaaaa So don’t be 20-year-old me and buy this stuff already!

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