Beauty

Milk Cosmetics Mascara

Last Friday Milk Cosmetics launched their new mascara and it has been a buzz worthy topic ever since. Everything from the release date (4/20) to the product name “Kush Mascara” has been making waves. Underneath all the hype, what is this product really about? Well, I was lucky enough to receive a complimentary tube of mascara and here are my thoughts.

Milk Cosmetics:

Milk Makeup is a US brand makeup company that is vegan and cruelty free. This company wants to use natural ingredients to allow makeup to be fresh and clean. What we put on our skin is important because it is absorbed and Milk Makeup wants to use high-quality products that won’t cause harm. They are known for their phenomenal highlighter sticks, which I absolutely love.

Kush Mascara

Yes, you read that correctly. One of the active ingredients in this new mascara is canabis oil. It should be noted though that when infused in makeup, you won’t be having the side effects that you would if you enjoy other forms of canabis oil (lol). This oil, is actually very nourishing and when used in mascara it helps achieve the creamy texture in lieu of harmful ingredients.

Packaging:

The company spared no expenses when it came to the sleek design of this product. The tubing is almost like a brushed nickel bottle. It feels a little heavy and rich all at once.

Application:

The product comes with a thick brush, to help lift lashes and have the mascara adhere to every last one. I found the brush to be a little to thick and more prickly than what I’m used to, but it really did hit every lash. Upon application, you can really tell that you’ve applied some mascara to your lashes. The bold black color really allows lashes to standout. However, I can’t say my lashes looked any fuller than normal. In fact, I still preferred lining my lashes with Roller Lash than applying this mascara over it.

Kush Mascara did last all day, without flaking. The mascara never felt heavy or itchy, and no it doesn’t smell weird either.

Final Thoughts:

Overall, this is a decent mascara. If you’re more interested in clean, paraben-free ingredients then this would be a great option. However, if you prefer volume and length than there are other products that may not be as chemical-free out there that you would prefer. I enjoyed using this since I knew it was good for my skin, so I will make the purchase in the future.

Have you tried this new mascara? What are your thoughts??

Kids Corner · Recipes

Food Fun

Let’s face it feeding a toddler could be considered an Olympic support. Between the pickiness and ever changing opinions it’s hard to keep up. So, call me a sucker but I’ve turned meal time into a craft some days because everyone has to eat.

Below are a few of our latest mealtime creations. Each has been surprisingly easy and every last bite has been eaten by our little princess. It’s a win-win in my book.

Fox Sandwich

A toasted peanut butter sandwich for the head accompanied with cheez-its for the body and carrots for the tail. A few mini chocolate chips for the nose and paws.

Poppy Pancake

Add a little food coloring to the pancake batter and pour desired shapes. Seriously these were the cutest. We used strawberries to make her dress and blackberries for her headband. My daughter devoured this meal up.

Bunny Pancakes

Again, just pour the pancakes in desired shapes and create away. We used whipped cream and fruit for the accents.

What have you been doing to get your kiddos to eat??

Beauty · Uncategorized

Magnetic Eyelashes

Lashes are everything in my world. Like I’ve told you before, I will not leave the house without mascara and carry a tube with me always. So, by now I’m sure you’ve heard of magnetic lashes and if you haven’t, stick with me a little longer.

Magnetic lashes are false eyelashes that use the smallest magnets instead of eyelash glue. Since they use magnets you’re able to reuse them over time if taken care of properly. I’ve been reading on these beauties for quite a while and finally clicked purchase because I just had to know if they were with it.

One Two Cosmetics

I purchased my lashes from One Two Cosmetics. After winning the Allure’s Innovative Product in 2016 and being featured in several magazines and websites I decided to purchase them. This brand uses synthetics locally manufactured in California and the lashes underwent testing from Princeton’s Consumer Research to ensure safety of use.

Lashes

I ordered the full coverage original lash. It’s described as elegant and understated on the website, to give the appearance of longer and fuller lashes. The packaging itself is gorgeous.

Once I opened the box, I was mot disappointed. They look beautiful and I couldn’t wait to put them on. They were so long and had a full look (kind of like my lashes after I put on 162 layers of mascara).

Application:

Maybe it was he excitement, but it did take me a few attempts to correctly apply these beauties. The directions were simple and easy to follow for both methods of application. (You can choose: apply them by hand or use the applicator tool).

When applying by hand, I just had to figure out my hand placement to ensure the lashes were in the correct place. Once I figured out where/how to focus on the outer corner things were SO easy. After a few practices, I can now apply them in seconds.

I personally didn’t enjoy using the applicator. You magnetize the lashes onto the applicator then place them on your eyes. It reminded me of using a lash curler in a sense. I just had better luck by hand.

Wearing My Lashes

After the first 5 minutes, I forgot I even had them on. They felt so light on your lashes. This is a huge perk because I find most fake lashes annoying and the glue bothers my skin.

The length was out of this world. If you love longer lashes, you will not be disappointed.

Removal:

Seriously, the easiest thing you’ll ever do. You simply pinch the outer corner with your thumb and index finger, give it a sliding motion (almost like you’re going to snap) and off they come. THATS IT. The site recommends cleaning with their product and storing away safely before the next use.

Final Thoughts:

Overall, I’m hooked. These lashes are so easy, reusable, and won’t cause damage to your natural lashes or skin. The actual lashes I purchased are great for an everyday look, but if going to a special event I would purchased the bolder lashes so they stand out more. (Which I plan on doing). I would also recommend purchasing the cleaner. I initially didn’t (because I’m stubborn) but I’m now waiting on delivery because I want to take care of these the best way possible. It was crazy how much makeup gets on them while wearing them.

If you’re interested in finding out more, click here. They have several lash styles to choose from. The site often runs promotions where you can receive a discount. I uses a 20% off code and at checkout was offered special pricing if purchasing more than one pair. I didn’t use that offer and actually regret it now.

Have you tried them yet?!? I’d love to hear your thoughts/results. I’m officially hooked and can’t wait to order more.

Beauty · Uncategorized

Spring Style

It FINALLY feels like Spring here in Missouri, can I seriously get an amen?!? I have been waiting weeks to start wearing springtime clothing because it’s one of my favorite seasons. Still cool enough to layer, but brighter colors and lighter fabrics.

I have a slight obsession with Von Maur, mainly because it’s minutes from my house. Another reason being that every time I go there I manage to snag a cute outfit or statement piece. Today is no different, both pieces came from there.

Angies Striped Top

This striped and floral top is from the brand, Angie. It’s a breathable material with a cute wrap style in the front. A small clasp holds the two together in the front to create the deep v. The shirt is flowy and loose with slightly belled sleeves. I’m obsessed with how the floral pattern from the top repeats on the wrists. Such a comfy and cute shirt that can be dressed up with slacks or pieces beautifully with denim for a great daytime or evening look. It’s on sale right now for $23, such a steal. Click here for more details.

Vervet Distressed Denim

Distressed denim is all the rage and I personally love it. This pair of jeans feels like butter on my skin. Stiff jeans are my least favorite thing, and these jeans bend and move with me. They feel so soft and you’re able to move around comfortably. These jeans are under $60, which is a bargain for comfy jeans. Click here for more details.

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What spring trends are you obsessing over? Would love to know, drop a comment below.

Kids Corner

Trolls Birthday Party

Well, it happened. Our little lady turned three last week and I am still trying to figure out how that’s possible?!?! Pretty sure I feel like I just had her yesterday, but here we are in full threenager mode already.  No joke, threenager is a real thing and if you have ever been graced by the presence of one you now what I’m referring to.  Anyways, we decided to throw her the biggest, loudest, craziest party ever ((insert Trolls voice here)).

So, when your daughter loves Trolls as much as ours you bust out all the decorations and balloons you can find.  However, I didn’t want the house to look like DreamWorks threw up in our living room, nor did I want to spend a fortune on the decorations.  Below I posted party details and some amazing deals we were able to find.

Since I had a few days before the party, yes I am a procrastinator I went to my go-to AMAZON.

  • Silver door curtain (2 pack): I wanted this to serve as the backdrop for our party so we purchased the door curtains for $6.  It added the right amount of pizazz to our typically boring kitchen.
  • Poppy supplies: I purchased Poppy plates and napkins to be delivered to our front door.

The local dollar store was my first stop.  I have always checked there for local deals and this trip was another success.  I was able to purchase

  • A pack of 20 balloons to make a cure little rainbow with above our entryway.  Full disclosure, I blew some balloons up before the party and the kids had a blast. However, they really enjoyed popping them.  LOL. So, I used what was left to make the rainbow.
  • Knives/Forks/Spoons: Yes, I could have purchased the plain white or clear silverware BUT this was a Trolls theme so I grabbed the hot pink and purple.
  • Tissue paper garland: How cute are these?!?!  I’m sure you have seen tissue paper flowers by now and this garland is made from tiny little tissue paper flowers.  I literally just had to unfold and go. SO EASY.
  • Vases: I grabbed some vases while there.  Yes, we already have a ton at home but I had a vision and they were only $1 a piece…. OOOOOPS

Once I left the dollar store, I headed to Party City, after all we were having a party so it seemed logical. From Party City we purchased just the essentials:

  • Hot Pink Table Cloths:  I tried grabbing these from other stores but the color just wasn’t right.  If you’re looking for table cloths in a variety of colors, this places is hands-down the best.
  • Balloons: I purchased the rose gold number balloon and the 8 colorful latex balloons here.  I tried contacting other places, but to ensure they would float for over 24 hours I needed the high-float which is only available at select stores.  In total, we spend $17 on balloons from Party City, but she LOVED them.

Overall, we made the theme come to life.  For her actual birthday, it was her “Golden Birthday” so we decorated with light pink, gold, silver, and white.  Then we used the same supplies again for the party day.  The party was full of bright colors and Troll themed snacks.  We made Poppy Popcorn and made our own Rainbow Fruit Tray.  Add in the colorful table cloths and brightly colored confetti and I think her Poppy Party came to life.

Here are the details and pictures from our Poppy-Tastic Day.  *Disclaimer: Daddy isn’t the biggest fan of glitter all over the house, so we had to find alternate ways to bring the party to life.*

Has your child has a birthday?? What was the theme?? Any tricks you have found? I’d love to hear about them.

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Kids Corner · Uncategorized

Build-A-Bear ((& Bakeshop))

By now you have heard of Build-A-Bear, a company that literally lets you make a bear in store.  What started as making simple bears has evolved into making bears, your favorite cartoon animals and even dressing them up for various occasions.  When you walk into the store you can feel the excitement and it is bound to help you make memories you will never forget. Luckily for us, we live in St. Louis where there is now a Build-A-Bear Bakeshop at West County Shopping Center ((mouth-watering delicious)).

Yesterday, we took my oldest to Build-A-Bear to make a bear for her birthday next week.  Her eyes lit up the second we walked in and she was struggling to make the most difficult decision of her day- which bear. With over 20+ bears to choose from, including her favorite princess of the moment ((Poppy)), we had to help out a little.  So, thinking quickly, we walked her to the wardrobe section and asked her to pick out her favorite outfit. At first she said, Rapunzel, which took us all by surprise because she actually doesn’t love that princess as much as others.  Then, she saw the Elsa/Anna costumes for the bears and the decision was made.  Once she had her bear, she ran over and chose the shimmery Disney Princess Bear ((yay because this is the one I liked best too)).

Once you have chosen your bear, its time to fill it with stuffing.  My daughter absolutely loved standing on the pedal to make the machine swirl, while the helpful employee filled her bear.  Make a wish and kiss a little heart to place inside the bear, then she’s all complete.  They have various sounds you can also place inside, but we chose not to because if slept with the bear she would play with it all night long.  However, the sounds available are absolutely adorable.

Off to the washing and wardrobe station we went.  She brushed that cute little bear and got her all dressed.  There was a line, so we didn’t make a certificate, but you can print one to commemorate the special occasion.

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After Build-A-Bear, we walked by about 10 stores to arrive at our next destination: Build-A-Bear Bakeshop.  Everything about this place is absolutely ADORABLE.  From the bright colors to the custom sprinkles on the storefront windows, the shop is designed with perfection in mind.  When you arrive you can choose from a variety of pre-made bakery items OR you can choose to decorate two of your own cupcakes.  The cupcakes are baked at a local bakeshop, Sarah’s Bakery and brought over to the store.  The designs on the remade cupcakes were gorgeous, but I really wanted to make our own. I couldn’t decide so we did both. Ooooops.

For $10 you receive two cupcakes (standard sized), 1 jug of milk, 2 types of frosting (you can pick the colors), and endless sprinkles.  The icing comes in miniature pre-filled piping bags with the right amount for each cupcake. You can customize everything about your creation because you get to choose your flavors, icing colors, sprinkles, and drink choice.  They had the cutest glass jugs of milk from Shatto Milk Company with flavors ranging from strawberry to root beer.

We chose the confetti cupcakes to decorate and delicious strawberry milk.  We were walked over to a table to begin our creations.  The whole family had a blast trying to decorate the cupcakes, my daughter was smiling from ear to ear.  Although, I think her favorite part had to be holding the sprinkles and shaking them all over the place.  Once the cupcakes were decorated, we enjoyed the delicious treat together.

All in all, this was a wonderful morning out with my two little one and my mom.  We had a blast with a hands-on morning full of creativity.  If you are looking for an indoor activity, or just something fun to do with your little ones look no further.  Yes, the cost is more than just purchasing a regular bear and cupcakes BUT the memories you make are irreplaceable.  If you’re in the St. Louis area, take advantage of the bakeshop because we are the only market to currently have one.

Have you been?? What are your thoughts??

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