As we are officially into February, the month of love, I thought I’d share a few things I’ve been loving lately.
•At the top of my list is shopping and dining small business; you know the ones where the staff knows you by name, is happy to see you, and genuinely appreciates your business. Those kind of places are my favorite. My list is long but if there’s something in particular you’re looking for let me know and I’ll send you in the right direction.
•Another is afternoon naps whenever I’m not at work because my little boy is full of snuggles, and being a mom is down right exhausting. So excuse me while I take a moment to rest.
•And then there’s free workouts complete with a calendar. Check out Nourishmovelove.com for more information on this but essentially there’s a variety of workouts, an amazing instructor, no cost, minimal equipment, and a calendar that tells you what workout to do when. My favorite way to start my day.
•Lastly, bath night because that’s when I can go all out with my Monat hair care routine, epsom salt and a face mask – the perfect way to recharge.
In September of 2020 I signed up as a VIP customer with Monat, after months of observing a friends results from afar (aka stalking her on Instagram). I doubted the products could work as well as photos shown, I finally signed up as VIP for a discount and to avoid shipping costs – after all there’s a 30 day no questions asked money back guarantee. One wash, and I was hooked.
It was one thing to believe in the products and use them as a VIP customer, I never envisioned myself signing up as a Monat Market Partner. When I signed up as a Market Partner I NEVER expected to actually “sell”, I only wanted the discount for myself. I tried more and more products and fell more and more in love with my results, so much so I couldn’t help but share with others!
I have officially ditched all my other hair and skin care products and use exclusively Monat. Monat is non-toxic and anti-aging, who wouldn’t want those benefits!? It took me a bit to make the full switch because I couldn’t throw away all the products I already had, after all I had spent my hard earned money on them.
If you are thinking of trying Monat I am here to answer any questions you may have and help you get started. Getting started may feel overwhelming to you, I am here to help and we can work together to get you started with the basics that will fit your needs!
Below are a few of my before and after photos, there is hope for you just like there was for me!
While I enjoy doing full face makeup, it really isn’t practical when I’m trying to get out of the house on a workday with a toddler. The best way to get my makeup done quickly is to do it before Sumner wakes up, while that isn’t always an option – here’s my daily makeup routine.
I start with Josie Maran foundation using a damp beauty sponge to apply, my favorite part about using a beauty sponge to apply is the sponge will take on any extra foundation if you have too much so you won’t look cakey. Cakey foundation is a huge fear after seeing it happen in high school. I use Beautycounter concealer pen under my eyes. TIP: Apply concealer in the shape of an upside down triangle bringing the tip of the triangle down to about the tip of your nose.
After applying foundation, I fill in my brows with a Beautycounter brow pencil in medium. TIP: Let your foundation dry a bit so take a moment to get dressed, do your hair, or brush your teeth. Then I set my foundation with Beautycounter mattifying powder. I never skip setting my foundation! Setting gives your foundation so much more staying power and helps it last all day.
Next I go in with Beautycounter bronzer.TIP: To save a few seconds and an extra product you can also use bronzer as your eyeshadow. While I will do this on occasion I prefer to use actual eyeshadow, Naked2 pallet shades Bootycall and YDK to be exact. I take Bootycall all over my lid up, up to my lash line, and slightly in to inner corners then I layer YDK over the lid.
I finish with curling my lashes (this step is important don’t skip it!) and applying Younique Moodstuck Epic mascara.
Beautycounter products are new to me as I’ve began to make the switch to using clean beauty products. The products I’ve mentioned here are all ones I’ve been happy with! Josie Maran foundation is also considered a clean beauty product. If you’re curious how clean your beauty products are check out EWG – Skin Deep. If you are interested in making the switch to clean beauty Sephora now a has a clean section and Beautycouter products are all considered clean beauty. I seriously recommend checking out both of these to learn more about why you should care about the ingredients in your beauty products.