Manicure: Pin Up-ish For Charlie

I changed my baby sisters nail polish today. She wanted her husbands favorite nail art, that he says it’s very “pin-up ish”, I’m guessing it’s the polka dots.
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Products Used:
Essie Sand Tropez
China Glaze: Fairy Dust, Make a Spectacle
O.P.I Black Onyx
Seche Vite Top Coat

Xoxo

Review: tarte Tarteist Clay Paint Liner

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From Sephora.com
An innovative, waterproof cream eyeliner with a unique blending tip that is inspired by an artist’s palette. Think outside the lines when you define eyes like a pro with tarte’s clay paint liner. Inspired by the ease of an artist’s palette, this one-of-a-kind, squeezable cream liner offers a seamless, no-budge application —simply squeeze, line, and define. The unique formula features fewer waxes, cushioned pigments, and a special development process that allows for the creamiest texture and smoothest application. The tube was created with an innovative artistic delivery system, a tapered tip, and a flat blending stage so you can simply pick up the ideal amount of product and blend for foolproof perfection. The sketcher-angled bamboo liner brush easily glides the plush, triple-black, formula along the contours of the eyelid. Featuring the same waterproof, 12-hour wear as tarte’s signature clay pot liners, this next-generation liner has cushion slide technology that lets you custom create your own signature lines without ever pulling or transferring. What it is formulated WITHOUT:- Parabens – Phthalates

What else you need to know:This product is ophthalmologist and dermatologist tested.

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Review: Real Techniques #301 Flat Contour (Bold Metal Collection)

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From Ulta and Real Techniques.com
Real Techniques Bold Metals 301 Flat Contour Brush has a dense, flattop head that creates shadows and highlights on targeted areas of face to play up your favorite features. Ideal for contouring and sculpting.

A dense head creates shadows and highlights on targeted areas of face to play up favorite features.
Softer than ever bristles, for our most luxe feel to date.
Weighted for optimal control and comfort — brushes are engineered for perfect weight distribution when tipped toward the face for use.
Refined artistry cuts offer high performance for ultimate application of makeup.

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Review: Too Faced Semi Sweet Chocolate Bar

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From Sephora.com
“Inspired by Too Faced’s Chocolate Bar Eye Shadow Collection, this Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar palette is a deeper, warmer version of the original coveted palette. Infused with the scent of sweet chocolate, this collection features 16 antioxidant-rich, cocoa powder-infused shadows in matte and shimmer shades with warm caramels, deep mochas, bronzy chocolate, and vibrant sugared blueberry hues. These rich, high-pigment shades are perfect for any season, and it includes a signature how-to Glamour Guide to help you get started with three eye looks.”

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Life Update 12/7/2014

Hello people in blog land. I’m still alive, mostly anyway.

So baby is about 3 weeks old now, and life is working its way back to normal. I’ve managed to put my makeup on (and it look decent) a few times and paint my fingers and toes in these 3 weeks. As I write this, I’m sitting in my first scalding hot bath in 9 months, Daddy is on sleeping baby duty. So much excitement for the simplest things now a days.
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All of these exciting mommy times are made possible by my switching from breastfeeding to pumping and bottle feeding. Sadly I couldn’t get his latch right, which caused daily mommy freak out sessions and large amounts of stress. After reaching out to a lactation consultant only to find they were not covered by insurance and each visit is $75 and the support group is once a week on Wednesday (I discovered this on a Thursday), I had thrown in the towel and intended to switch to formula. Thankfully my girl Etta had recently met a woman who pumped and supplemented with formula. I was slapping myself for not thinking of that sooner. It works beautifully, and no more daily pain induced freak outs for me.

Considering the benefits of breastfeeding and the push for more women to do it, it’s awfully hard to get quality help. If the family qualifies for WIC (government assistance for baby/child food), they get formula for free and chances are cannot afford the fees to see a lactation consultant. So why would they even try breastfeeding? ! The entire thing is just sad, and really needs and overhaul.

Anyhow moving on, so yes baby stuff and junk. We’re sleeping very well at night, 2.5 hours or more at a stretch through the night. This makes for a pretty happy mommy and daddy.

Big brother loves the new baby, even though its been boring as hell in our house lately, and full of “shhhhhhh’s”. Dad has a spring time camping trip planned for the two of them, but we have to survive the winter first.
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Hopefully each day finds me that much closer to normalcy. I hope to be back to full time blogging in the next 6 months or so, I really do miss it!! Until then its bathtub and middle of the night life update posts. :)

Xoxo

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First mommy & baby selfie.