Creating a California Bronze Glow with Mary Kay® & a Prize Pack!


Did you know that Mary Kay® is the official Beauty Sponsor of Project Runway?! I love that show, and while I love the fashion, I am always excited to see what hair and makeup they do for the runway presentations! I had the opportunity to try out some Mary Kay® products that Mary Kay® Global Makeup Artist, Luis Casco used to create two looks that were featured on Project Runway.

I don't know if it is the California girl in me or what but I gravitated towards the Bronze Glow look! I won't lie, at first I was a little intimidated. The Amber Blaze eye shadow is super pigmented, which is of course beautiful, but when colors are that intense they can be a little trickier to work with! I was excited to give it a go though, and step out of my comfort zone with some serious color payoff with this look! The Amber Blaze eye shadow combined with the Gold Coast Mineral eye color blended beautifully and there was no mistaking the bronzed gold look with this duo! I used some Precious Pink Mineral eye color in the crease, which was a nice touch and added a rose gold element to the overall look that complemented my skin tone. I used some gel eyeliner in jet black, and applied a few coats of the Lash Love Lengthening Mascara. I believe I have raved about how much I love Mary Kay® mascaras in another post, but I will do it again. I LOVE THEM! I really think it is the wand that does it for me, it just separates the lashes so beautifully and you don't feel like you have spider eyes. It is actually one of Mary Kay's best sellers.  
Now onto the skin. If there is anything you want your skin to do it, it is GLOW. This was probably my favorite part of the whole look and it really brings it all together. I applied the Bronzing Powder in Light-Medium to the high points of my face, the trick with bronzer is to put it where the sun would naturally hit. It created the most beautiful sun-kissed look. And I was glowing! This bronzing powder had flecks of shine in it for sure, not glitter, but a pretty dewy and luminous finish. I tried to capture it in these pictures but it is hard to do it justice, you have to see it person! It is beautiful. You kind of feel like an Egyptian goddess with this look! Haha. In fact, I would even recommend this for your collarbone to extend the look further.  
I also added some Mineral Cheek Duo in Spiced Poppy to the apples of my cheeks. The color of this blush was out of this world you guys! The color pigmentation is also really good with this blush, so be careful when you apply it, a little goes a long way. The key is to start off light and build up to what you want. It is a super unique color and I don't have anything else like it in my makeup collection. I am typically not a blush girl, but this got me excited to start playing around with it more. And what look would be complete without some lips? I used the NouriShine Plus Lip Gloss in Beach Bronze. It was the perfect finish to this bronzed glow look, since the lip gloss has literal flecks of gold in it. I thought at first it might be too intense, but it is subtle enough just to capture the sunlight, and moisturizing ;)
This look is one I would recommend for an evening at sunset, your face will literally light up!

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40 Weeks Pregnancy Update


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I am 40 weeks and 4 days pregnant! Baby girl is as big as a Jack Fruit, whatever that is? haha I am officially "past due" and let me tell you, I feel it! Last week at my appointment I was dilated to a 1, so I was really excited to see if anything had changed at my doctor's appointment today. I was still dilated to a 1, however, I had completely softened, and my doctor said the only thing holding me up from dilating was the fact that I haven't really been having any contractions. Because my cervix has softened, once I start having contractions, the dilation will amp up! My doctor stripped my membranes, which I was really nervous about doing, but thankfully it wasn't bad at all. I had totally hyped it up in my head. I mean, sure, it was really uncomfortable, and it "hurt" but not much worse than the cervical exams you get weekly at this point anyways. Both my doctor and I hope the stripping gets my body going over the next 24 hours! I feel a little achy but so far, that is it. Cross your fingers people. I would really like to start on my own and not be induced.

My Mom is flying in late tonight so she will be here for the labor and delivery. Trevor and I are going on a little date night tonight because who knows if this could be our last without needing a babysitter! Isn't that a thought? Crazy! Hopefully my next blog post will be a baby girl announcement. Stay tuned :)

Deciding to stay at home & Motherhood


My mother was a stay at home mom, so naturally growing up that is what I thought I would be when I became a mother. As I got older, went to college, and started working, I realized all the possibilities that were available to me if I wanted to be a working mom. My aspirations led me to think I would find some way to make it work. I have had a job for as long as I can remember. I started babysitting for neighbors around the age of twelve and continued to do that even after I got a job at a local restaurant at the age of sixteen. I have had a job since. Over the last ten years of working, I have held so many amazing jobs, and have considered myself extremely blessed in that department of my life. Everything seemed to always connect and work so seamlessly to the next position and stage in my life. I have learned a lot, and really grown through all of my work experience.

When I got pregnant, I had to really think about what I wanted my next step to be in regards to working. First off, I am lucky to even have the choice. Trevor has a great job, and there isn't a "need" for me to work. But did I still want to work? My first problem is the fact that I don't have any family here, and I don't love the idea of leaving my baby with someone who isn't family for continuous periods of times daily simply because I want to work. I just don't think I could emotionally justify that personally. As I got closer and closer to having the baby, I realized I didn't want to work the traditional office job anymore. The eight to five office life lost all of its appeal when I would think about this new stage in my life. As each month passed in my pregnancy I realized how badly I wanted to soak up every minute of this precious and fleeting time in my life with a new baby. My degree and experience isn't going anywhere, but this moment in time is. The decision wasn't really hard for me to make once I got to that point, it was a no-brainer.