2 minute Demo and Review: Covergirl Outlast Stay Luminous Foundation

It’s no secret that I love the Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3 in 1 foundation.  The coverage is spot on, the lasting power is even better.  Because this is one of my favorite drugstore foundations I was excited when they brought out a newer luminous version in this line.

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The Covergirl Outlast Stay Luminous Foundation has quickly become a new favorite of mine.  Any foundation that claims luminosity immediately peaks my interest.  Let’s go over the pros and cons!

Pros:

  • Color matched well with my skin tone
  • Coverage was spot on.  A good solid medium coverage is perfect for me.
  • Has a glass container
  • Has a pump
  • Easy to use, and is compact
  • Is great for dry skin
  • Gives a beautiful natural glow to the skin

Cons:

  • The outlast factor doesn’t seem to hold up.  I definitely do not think it lasted as long as the original Outlast foundation.  In my experience, I found that the foundation wiped off of the skin easily which was disheartening.
  • Not ideal for anyone that has oily skin

All in all, I give this foundation a thumbs up.  It is definitely something I would re-purchase in the future, and something I would recommend to anyone that has dryer skin like me.  If you would like to see my quick 2 minute video that contains a review and demo then click the video below!  

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Taking Stock

It’s always nice to sit back and reflect on the things that you love, are thankful for, or that just plain make you happy.  Taking stock is something I like to do often.  It helps me reflect on the past, present, and future.  I love reliving the good times, and being hopeful for what’s to come.  Today, I’d like to share what I’ve been taking stock in lately.

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1.  These two.  Growing up so quickly right before my eyes.  I love how each day is new and exciting for them.  The sky is the limit.  They teach me more than I ever thought they would, and will forever have me in awe of their love.

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2.  How incredible are we?  It’s amazing to think how the human body functions, and how quickly things can change.  One week in my clean eating/whole foods journey and I’m down 3.6 pounds already!  Some days are harder than others, but, I’m keeping my eyes on the prize.  My goal is to be healthy and if that means losing some poundage in the process, then bring it on!

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3.  Food prepping.  It’s cathartic for me.  I love being able to bring a handful of ingredients together to make something delicious for myself and my family.  I think food should be a love language all together.  It brings people together and in my book that’s a blessing.

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4.  This scene is becoming extremely few and far between.  Her brother has been out of the cuddle stage for a few years now, but, little miss still loves it every now and then.  She’s about to be 4 years old.  Can you believe that?!?  My heart just hurts thinking about it.  I love that as each day passes, her personality continues to shine through in new ways.  I love her to pieces and am so thankful to have been given her as my daughter.  Addison.  You are well loved, and you will grow up to be an amazing person.  

What are some things that you’ve been taking stock in lately?

Are we on the same page?

Yesterday I woke up to a comment (in the form of a photo) left on my Facebook Page that made me think about perceptions and definitions.

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First of all, this made me laugh.  I’ve caught a few Maury Povich shows in my time, and I could totally hear him reading this allowed for the world to hear.  Second of all, after reading it, I felt as though my definition of eating clean is different than the person that posted this.  This picture reads a bit more vegan, in my opinion, which I am not and probably never will be.  

This sparked a thought.  What is your definition of eating clean?  So I researched it more than I already had.  More than just recipes.  Here’s what I found that best fits my personal definition of eating clean:

“Clean eating is a deceptively simple concept. Rather than revolving around the idea of ingesting more or less of specific things (for instance, fewer calories or more protein), the idea is more about being mindful of the food’s pathway between its origin and your plate.”
                                                                                                                        – Fitness Magazine

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I love that that definition is so simple and straight forward.  I believe that eating clean means being more aware of the foods you’re putting into your body.  It doesn’t necessarily mean cutting out boxed foods because there are some great options out there, and let’s face it, that’s not likely going to happen for most of us.  It means more label reading.  If it looks like a chemistry experiment on the label, then I’d make the choice to grab another option that has more realistic ingredients.  I think it’s important to let the ingredients guide you.  This gives you the chance to ditch the additives, go organic, and know what you’re really putting into your body.

I also love that eating clean opens up so many options in your life and your kitchen.  I think it involves you more in the purchasing, making, and consumption of your food.  I’ve always been into food prepping, so switching over to eating clean wasn’t a huge transition in my kitchen.  The difference between then and now is the fact that I’m learning how to make quick meals and snacks that fit into the clean category so there’s zero excuse to run to a fast food restaurant, or open up a packaged treat when time is a factor.  I love that my kids are becoming more involved in the food making process, and that they ask to snack on the raw veggies while I’m chopping and prepping.  I want to encourage those types of behaviors because food is a major factor in life and there’s nothing better than having amazing food while enjoying family time.

If you’re a believer that your body is your temple, then eating clean is a great way to maintain that temple.  If you think about it, whole, natural foods provide the building blocks that go to work to uphold your muscles, bones, organs, immune system, and hormones. So cleaning up your diet is only logical right?  It’s a lot like starting to build and support your body with the highest quality raw materials.  Although I’ve only been eating clean for 3 days now, I’ve already noticed a change in my body, demeanor, my sleep/wake cycle, and my energy levels.  It’s truly amazing.  

Because of these recent changes I’ve noticed, I’m committing to staying clean.  I don’t want to slip back into old patterns and feel sluggish again, or continue gaining weight.  I want to be healthier for my kids, my husband, and myself.  In this case, change has been wonderful.

What is your definition of eating clean?

MAC Dazzleshadows Review and swatches

I love it when MAC comes out with a new collection.  I especially love it when that collections has gorgeous Dazzleshadows and Dazzleglasses.  

I will say that although I did get two of the Dazzleglasses I was underwhelmed by them, therefore, I am not featuring them in this post.  They were far too glittery and not something I would every purchase again.  I did, however, fall in love with the Dazzleshadows.  I ended up getting 6 of the 11 shadows and I’m obsessed with them!

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Honestly these photos don’t do these shadows justice.  The gorgeous fine glitter, and rich color is truly amazing; especially when paired with a black base to make them really pop (stay tuned for a ton of tutorials).

  • Boom boom room – the most amazing duo chrome shadow I’ve ever seen.  It literally can be a handful of shades depending on how it’s used.  It has a burgundy base with emerald glitter in it and I loved it so much I got two lol.  
  • Feel the fever – this rich blue purple with pink sparkles is everything girly all wrapped up into one shadow.  
  • Get physical – a deep purple with light blue sparkles is great as an all over lid color, or could be used as a crease shadow as well if you’re feeling sassy.
  • Let’s roll – this is my second favorite obviously…it’s red/bronze.  Need I say more?
  • Last dance – this peachy/beige shadow with pink sparkles is understated and will literally look amazing on everyone.
  • Slow/fast/slow – another great bronze shadow.  I like that this is more brown than red when it comes to bronze, and it looks fantastic with blue/green eyes.

If you haven’t picked any of these up yet I’d recommend either ordering them online, or running out to your nearest MAC store right now and scoop them up before they’re gone.  These shadows are perfect for a fun Summer look, and will surely make you dazzle!

When you’re at odds

Oh these two.

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We’re only on our second day of Summer vacation and these two are already at each other’s throats.  Short of us keeping them outside or busy 100% of the time, there’s usually some sort of bickering going on.

“She’s touching me!”

“Ryder made me fall down, Mommy!”

“Addison I’m going to the bathroom!  Shut the door!”

That last one is probably said by everyone in the house (haha).  I’ve been trying to come up with creative ways to make sure everyone gets along and during those times when those creative ways don’t work, I’ve been coming up with even more inventive ways of “punishment” to make sure they work as a team and usually end up giggling and then hugging and apologizing to one another.  Win-win in my book.
I remember in High School we had these mini competitions that we were graded on each year.  I always hated them.  I mean loathed them with a fiery passion.  Now I’ve started implementing them with my kids.  How you ask?  Wall sits.  Remember those?  Sitting with your back flush against the wall, knees bent at a 90 degree angle, and your hands either also flat against the wall or straight out in front of you.  My thighs would burn like no other!  I actually did very well though.  I would self compete and beat the time limit to make sure I got an “A” each time.
It’s quite funny for everyone actually, and neither of them can last longer than 10 seconds.  I love that although this is technically exercise as a punishment, they are both against the wall at the same time in the same place doing the same act.  They end up working together to help one another and cheer eachother on.  They giggle, and drop to their bottoms and get up to try again.  By the end, they’ve become a team and have shown support and love to one another. 
Little do they know, that’s what I wanted all along.

What are some creative ways you’ve come up with to keep your kids from driving eachother crazy?