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Lately, I realized I’ve been kind of letting myself go. I tend to do that when I’m pregnant, because even when I really try to look nice, I still usually just feel like a big oaf anyway. So my hair was looking all crazy and disheveled, my color was faded out to this nasty brassy reddish brown with gold highlights, and I was almost out of all of my makeup. I don’t like buying myself clothes when I’m pregnant, because I feel like it’s a big waste of money, so I get by wearing cheapy, pilled Target Mossimo dresses every single day. It’s bad. I was looking and feeling really ugly.

So I decided it was time to treat myself to a few goodies and get out of this hideous rut. I started by toning my hair back to a normal, natural human hair color. Note: I’m a licensed cosmetologist, so I know what I’m doing, and recommend NOT coloring your own hair.

In case you’re interested in this stuff, Redken Shades EQ is my preferred brand of toner. I wanted a natural, cool level 7, so I mixed equal parts 06T and 08N and love the way it turned out. I had never used any of the titanium line, and was a little nervous putting a combination of grey, blue, violet and brown on my head, but I’m happy I went with my gut, and also happy that I still “have it” in the color department. (Color was always my favorite part of doing hair.) The new color alone made me feel 100 times better.

I also started using a new shampoo and conditioner – Sebastian Penetraitt, which are really moisturizing, but don’t weigh my hair down. (I have fine hair and I’m obsessed with having lots of volume, so it’s hard to find a moisturizing shampoo that doesn’t make my hair go flat.) I’m a big fan of Sebastian shampoos and conditioners. I’ve used a lot of different variations, depending on my hair “needs” at the time. I think they all smell really nice and they make my hair happy.

Then I finally used the Sephora gift card my brother gave me for Christmas and ordered myself some new makeup. I got some new stuff that I had been meaning to try, and now I’ve got some new winners in my daily routine!

Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream – I’ve read a lot about BB creams and their magic and really wanted to try one out. I decided to go with Smashbox, because I had been using their Color Correcting Primer (in Color Blend) for a long time and was really happy with it. BB cream is like a do-it-all makeup primer. It’s like a moisturizer, primer, concealer and foundation in one. My skin is sensitive and super break-out prone if I use the wrong products, and I usually don’t do well with liquid foundations, but this stuff really does the trick without breaking me out! It covers more than a tinted moisturizer, but less than a full-on liquid foundation, which I love. I use Fair, since I’m pretty pale, and it’s the perfect tone for my skin. Try BB cream!

Malin + Goetz Detox Face Mask – I splurged on this after Anna and Jen were talking about it on Twitter. Anna described it as a “pore vacuum” so I had to try it out. My skin feels cleaner and softer than ever after using this stuff. I’m definitely interested in trying out some other Malin + Goetz products.

I’ve been using this Mustela 9 Months Double Action Stretch Mark Cream since I got pregnant. I didn’t get any stretch marks when I was pregnant with Vada, and I don’t want to get any this time, either!

I love Nars blushes, especially Orgasm, which is a perfect peachy pink. I ordered myself Nico, which is more of a highlighter, and I really like it. It’s super, super subtle, but somehow just makes me look… prettier. It’s a little hard to explain. Try it on at the store and you’ll see what I mean.

One day I’d love to try growing my lashes with Latisse. My lashes are long enough, but I want the longest lashes ever. I thought a new eyelash curler might help me out, and a few people suggested this Shiseido curler – it definitely makes a difference. Much better than my normal Revlon lash curler.

I also got some Diorshow Iconic Mascara, which is really nice. It lengthens and thickens, it’s super dark and easy to apply, and is an overall great mascara. I’m still on the lookout for a magical mascara that will make my eyelashes look freakishly long, though. Any recommendations are appreciated!

And last but not least, I got a refill of my favorite makeup product in the world, MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Natural in Light Plus. I have been using this for years and it’s the best powder ever.

All this new girly stuff has definitely gotten me out of my ugly rut. I was feeling so fancy, I even bought myself two new dresses (same dress, both colors) some gold gladiators, and a pair of sparkly loafers.

I think I love shopping again. This could mean trouble. ♥

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  1. April 7, 2012

    Awesome! Thanks for the tips. I’ve been wanting to shop lately, but I’ve gained a bit of weight, so I’m trying to wait out the urge to shop! I think I’ll probably splurge on that mask you recommended. I have fairly splotchy skin… any recommendations for that?!? Also… glad to hear you’re feeling out of your rut! I love a great hair color!

    • April 11, 2012

      I have splotchy skin, too. I grew up at the beach and used to surf so I was in the sun constantly growing up…. so I have yucky sun spots and stuff. That BB cream really helps it out so much! Sometimes I even forget to put concealer under my eyes. It’s great. The Smashbox primer I mentioned helped out a lot, too.

  2. Maeghan #
    April 10, 2012

    Oooh! I love Nars blushes! They are super pigmented! Gaity (?sp) is a fav of mine this spring. Looks really crazy in the pan, but super pretty on the cheeks! If you’re in the mood to try another mascara, the imitable intense from Chanel is AMAZING!! I dont really love spending a boat load on makeup, but for the good stuff Ill splurge. That mascara and their Aqua Vitalumiere foundation (not like a true foundation at all) are my favorite/cant live without makeup items!

    • April 11, 2012

      I think my sister uses that foundation, so I used it while she was visiting me for a few days and it is awesome! We don’t have a Chanel counter in Roanoke (bobo) Next time I go for real shopping in a city I’ll pick up that mascara. Thanks for the tips!

  3. April 21, 2012

    So glad to hear you like that BB Cream. I think i might upgrade to it. Also, I’ve been interested in Malin + Goetz products, so it’s good to hear that worked well too. And of course, I live and die by my Shiseido eyelash curler.
    But really though, come to Charlotte some time after baby #2 pops out and I’ll show you REAL good shopping in Charlotte.

    • April 24, 2012

      I definitely will. I’m going on a shopping extravaganza once I lose the baby weight. Also, the BB Cream – best ever. Not only does it not break me out (I’ve even gone to sleep without washing my face like 8 times) it somehow seems to be improving my complexion.

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