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The Ups and Downs of Motherhood

The Ups and Downs of Motherhood

Motherhood is full of so many ups and downs. I honestly love motherhood more than anything in the world. I love every stage so far from newborn to my oldest who is 9. I feel honored to be able to wake up with them every day and lay them down each night. But there are so many aspects to motherhood that can leave a momma down at the end of the day.

Little Black Maternity Dress

I posted a picture on Instagram of me wearing this dress and had a lot of questions about it! Once again, Pink Blush for the win. I cannot say enough about their dresses. Every single thing I have received has fit perfect and the quality is incredible. This dress is no different. I love fact that I can throw this dress on for date night and feel somewhat attractive. Thankfully we don't live in the era where moo moo's are considered maternity clothes! 

What were you most comfortable in when you were pregnant? 

Dress // Pink Blush | Shoes // Target

Photography // Kourtney Marie Photography

Maternity Session....4th Edition

I cannot believe baby number 4 is almost here. I cannot believe I am going to have 4 kids! Ha! But we were so blessed to have my sister, Mykal, in town to shoot some things for us and attend a special event I took part in a few weeks ago.  Besides mommy being the grumpiest one of the whole clan during photos, we did pretty well and I am just swooning over these baby bump pictures! Check them out! (Photog and dress details below!) 

Mother's Day Mac Haul

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We had a pretty relaxed weekend for Mother's Day. Which is just what we all needed. But the hubs said they didn't know what to get me, so I could pick something out myself. So naturally, I went with some new make up! I mean, being 5 weeks away from delivering, there isn't much that fits me anyway. But make up always does! Some of my purchases were just restocking my bag with things I was out of and then I snuck in a couple new items! Check out what I got below.

Restock Items //

Pro Longwear Concealer - NC20 - I use this as a concealer and a highlighter under my eyes, around my mouth and nose and up my forehead a teeny bit. 

Modesty Lipstick - The BEST Nude/neutral lip color from MAC. I used to use it at all of my weddings and now its my every day color. 

Deelight Lipgloss - The best lipgloss ever. Looks incredible straight on the lips or on top of Modesty. No glitter in it, only a sheer gloss. It's perfect and my absolute favorite. 

Paint Pot - Painterly - I use this all over my eye lid to hold all of my shadow on. It neutralizes any lid discoloration and just creates a clean slate for all shadows. 

My New Purchases // 

Paint Pot - Camel Coat - This is similar to Painterly, but a smidge darker. Still matte and nude, no shimmer. But gorgeous! 

Extra Dimension Skinfinish - Showgold  - I mean, who wouldn't want a gorgeous highlighter for those cheekbones in summertime? 

Extra Dimension Blush - Hushed Tone - This was so gorgeous and subtle, I had to get it. Just a little bit on the cheek look so pretty and gives the nicest glow! 

 

What are your favorite products from MAC? 

If you look good, you feel good

Does getting dressed in the morning really make a difference? This is a tough topic for moms. Especially, Stay at Home Moms. Generally, we are at home most of the day, so we wear yoga pants or cough, cough...jammies all day. But, I soon realized that the days I got dressed and did my hair and make up, I was more productive. Not only that, but I was happier, I felt better and I felt more put together. And still to this day, we have some pretty crappy days when I stay in jammies till 2pm. 

So I started researching the correlation between my days and if I got dressed or not. And it turns out, that getting dressed is a pretty important part of your day. No only does clothing affect how other people perceive us, but it affects how we feel about ourselves as well. If you were to walk into a job interview in a freshly pressed pant suit, heels and a pretty blouse - #1 how would they perceive you and #2 how would you feel?? If I was wearing that, I would walk in like I owned the place! But imagine walking into a job interview in sweatpants and no make up. Um, #gross. I would be embarrassed, have no self confidence and probably not get the job. They would look at me like I was crazy! 

Just because we aren't walking into a job interview every day, doesn't mean we shouldn't take pride in ourselves. Just because we are cooking for toddlers or folding laundry doesn't mean that sweat pants are where its at every single day. (some days, its totally ok!).

Check out the post below from another moms perspective who also happens to be an incredible stylist in Texas! Myaann is a personal brander and image consultant based in Dallas, TX! We got to know each other through a project we both worked on, Prep Cosmetics and I think we connected right away! Love this girl! 


One of the phrases I use on repeat (and I mean broken record status) is “if you look good you feel good.” It’s true on the daily. As a mompreneur of a 14 month old, I know the struggle all too well. I get up at 4:30/5am everyday to work until the baby wakes up. It’s difficult yes, but to build a better future for my son, I’d do anything! 

Being sleep deprived is the norm for most moms. The goal is to bathe and put on deodorant everyday, am I right?! But what if you took it a step further. Ok, maybe 5 steps further…what if you got dressed everyday in clothes that fit and did a little something with your hair and makeup?

Let’s be real: it’s SO easy to throw on leggings and a sweatshirt. I do not deny that. But how do you feel in your worn out leggings and sweatshirt/tee shirt you wore yesterday with a questionable green smudge on the sleeve? Not really sexy, I’d say. Not confident, and not productive. What if you upgraded that look to a leather-ish legging with a tunic tee and a long cardigan sweater? Or a step further – to skinny jeans, a cute tank top and a leather jacket or a blazer?! You’d feel much better, right? Right. You’d look good, therefore you’d feel good. You’d be more confident and productive that day. Who doesn’t want that?! 

Let’s not skip on the fit of your clothing, either. For example, finding the right fit of a jean can be daunting. With all the cuts, styles, and brands you will find your perfect pair! Don’t think you need to spend $350 on them, either. Go to the big box stores and try on several pair. Find a style and size that fits you perfectly and find them on an online consignment store like ThredUp or Poshmark. Having clothes that fit is paramount to how you will look and ultimately how you feel. 

A couple of tips when trying on tops: 

  • Check the armholes if you think it feels big
  • The old cross the arms in front of you to check the fit of the back isn’t realistic. Re-create movements you would naturally make
  • Check the hem length and think about your lowest fitting pant!

Having a closet full of clothes that fit your body not only make it easy for you to get dressed (who wants to mess with a fussy outfit all day?!) but you will feel better about yourself. You will exude confidence, and I promise you your productivity will go up. Remember those days when you’d get dolled up to go out and dance the night away? Well, you can have that feeling and really get things accomplished. When your confidence is high, you have a much higher probability of staying motivated, focused, and on task. Think of what you’d achieve in the worn out leggings and the sweatshirt with questionable stain vs the skinny jeans, cool tank, and leather jacket…a helluva lot more, I’d imagine! 

I will challenge you to go through your current wardrobe. Pick out those items that don’t fit quite right and make the decision to either sell them online or get them altered. It will make your life easier when getting dressed and you will look and feel your best!


Myaann is a personal brander and image consultant based in Dallas, TX with clients on both coasts. She specializes in helping people find their personal brand, creating curated closets, and personal shopping. She is also the founder of MYN Style Box, the only custom subscription box service. Her passion is the art of dressing and her calling is to serve others, helping them be the best versions of themselves.

www.mynimage.com // www.mynstylebox.com

 

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Simplifying My Make Up Routine

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My big, very large, very full make up kit has been stashed away. But that left me to wonder what in the world a make up artist keeps in her own personal make up bag for every day wear. And this my friends is what it came down to. And I couldn't be happier to have a simple and quick routine for daily wear. Check out whats in my make up kit below! 

FOUNDATION // IT cosmetics CC Cream

CHEEK // Hoola Bronzer + MAC's Love Joy  

BROW // Elf brow kit in dark  

EYES // Mac's Paint as a base, Urban Decay Naked2 Basics, L'Oréal Liquid Liner (with a felt tip) 

LASHES // Huge by Stila. My all time favorite mascara.  

Not Shown // I do wear concealer every day as a highlighter under my eyes and if I have any problem areas. I use MAC pro longwear concealer in NC20.  

 

What are your favorite make up kit staples?? 

Favorite Foundations

I have been wearing these two foundations lately. They are the only two in my personal make up kit right now and I love both for different reasons. One is from the grocery store and the other is a more expensive brand. For my every day wear, I love the coverage of the Loreal Foundation. It is a good, clean and fresh coverage. Not too heavy but not too light of a coverage either. I love when my skin shows through slightly and the foundation leaves a dewy/fresh finish. It lasts fairly good through out the day with minimal touch ups. The Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation has always been a favorite of mine. It is a heavy coverage that lasts FOREVER with no touch ups. Its great for all day if you aren't planning on being able to touch up or for special events. 

Both are very different but both are must haves for my personal kit! 

Estee Lauder Double Wear   // Loreal Infallable

Lipstick Depotting 101

Today is National Lipstick Day so I thought it would be The perfect opportunity to share how I keep my make up kit organized and how I manage all 900,000 Colors of lipstick that I currently keep in my kit. OK maybe not 900,000 but I definitely have a lot.  

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When I first started out as a make up artist I thought that I needed every single color of everything. Foundation, lipstick, blush etc. but after doing make up for sometime I realize that being a minimalist cuts down my application time, keeps me organized and is a hell of a lot lighter to carry when I'm traveling to all ends of the earth to glam some ladies up. 

 

So instead of searching through a massive bag of lipsticks to try to read the bottom of the lipstick to see what color I am pulling out I decided to put all of my lipsticks in one or two cases. Simplify if you will.  

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I purchased this case that has 24 compartments and I literally took a small cake spatula that you would use to decorate a cake and cut the lipsticks into thirds and smash them into each compartment. (I did not have a photographer to take a step-by-step picture for this process so these will have to do) 

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I made a note on my iPhone in order with which color I placed in each compartment so that when I need to replenish a specific color I have it on my phone with me at the store.  

It it has made life so much easier when it comes to the organizational part of working and trying to find the colors I need quickly!

Find the cases here // http://www.vueset.com/?product=tahiti

 

 

 

 

 

{Mrs. L} | AZ Weddings

I LOVE LOVE LOVE when brides send me photos of their wedding. I say this, because I rarely get photos back. I love being a part of their day, I love when it is documented and I LOVE when I get to share it! 

This particular wedding is from a very special bride. We have known each other for about 7 years. I used to do her cuts & colors back when I offered those services and she watched my kiddos when I needed some help. She honestly loves my babies like I do. I don't trust very many people, but she is definitely one of them! Anyway, to her wedding day..... 

Check out this beauty and her gorgeous wedding party!! 

Images | Monica Stanley Photography // Lashes | Erica Bryan // H&MU | Me...of course. 

MakeOver Monday | Jessy

 

Foundation Brush - Sigma F80 

Foundation - MAC Face & Body Foundation (C1) 

Concealer MAC Pro Longwear Concealer (yellow based NC20 or NC15) 

Bronzer/Contour - MAC Matte Bronzer

Blush - Warm Soul 

MAC - Pro Longwear Paint Pot - Painterly 

Shadows - Nude shimmer for all over the lid and light brown for crease 

Brows - Sigma Angled Brush with  ELF Eyebrow Kit OR MAC Pro Longwear Waterproof Brow Set 

Liner - Elf Eyebrow Kit/Brown Shadow/Espresso Gel Liner from Loreal

Lash Curler 

Mascara 

Setting Powder - MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Natural 


Check out what Jessy had to say about her lesson!  

 

"I had booked Jaime for hair and make up for my wedding. I received so many compliments on my hair and make up that when I saw Jaime was offering make up lessons, I did not hesitate to book. The price for the one hour lesson was super affordable. Not only did I learn about the basics of make up application, but Jaime also explained different products, tools, etc. She even took the time to show me how to care for make up brushes, and provided me with a list of products and tools we used during the session. I would highly recommend her class to anyone looking to learn more about doing their own makeup. "


How to Get That Natural Glow

One question I get asked ALL THE TIME is, " how do I get my face to look smooth and have a natural glow?". Everyone wants a natural glow. But how do we get it? How do we keep our face looking young and fresh? Am I an esthetician - NO, but working with faces for 10 years, I know a thing or two about the do's and don'ts of caring for your face. 

When someone asks me "how do I get my face to look smooth and have a natural glow?" - my response that follows is usually something like this:

  1. What does your diet look like? What do you eat? What do you put in your body? When I ask that, I always get weird looks. But people need to understand that everything they put in their body is going to have a reaction. And there are only two options. A good reaction or a bad one. Either your skin will look young and vibrant or greasy and have break outs. Do you plan meals and snacks ahead of time or do you run through McDonalds when your busy and hungry? Both choices are going to make a difference in your skin. Do you eat chips and greasy foods? Try swapping those snacks for healthy options like a veggie chip like these or fresh veggies instead. 
  2. Do you sleep regularly? If you don't have a normal sleeping pattern, your skin will age quicker, you will see more break outs and over all just look tired and dull. Get regular rest. It's important for your skin and all around good for your health. 
  3. How much water do you drink? If you are sucking down coffee, soda and alcohol - your skin will show it. Your skin will, again, age quicker, have deeper wrinkles sooner, break out (depending on age), and look super dull. Try swapping those drinks out for water. LOTS of water. Water with lemon is my favorite but you can put pretty much anything in your water including fruit, citrus, cucumbers, mint etc.  If you need a kick in the morning, try juicing a half of a Golden Delicious Apple and a sliver of Ginger. That will give your body the kickstart it needs in the morning and hopefully replace your coffee. 
  4. Finally, What do you do for skincare and how often do you exfoliate? Working in Arizona, I notice a frequent need for some serious exfoliation and hydration. And I mean SERIOUS. Most clients have dead skin cells literally flaking off their face. Not a pretty sight and next to impossible to smoothly apply make up to. Please, Please Please make this a priority. My FAVORITE product is from Peter Thomas Roth. I have blogged about this before, but I honestly can't push this product enough. Its the Peter Thomas Roth FirmX Peeling Gel. And no, I don't get paid or get any kickbacks from pushing this product. I truly believe in it and have scene incredible results from using this product. I would also recommend purchasing the FirmX Growth Factor Extreme Neuropeptide Serum.  Both will do wonders within DAYS of using them together. Your make up will go on smooth and you will literally glow after using these products. 

So over all, if you maintain a healthy lifestyle, it will show in your skin. Invest in your health and skin now because you will totally regret not doing so when you are older with dull wrinkly skin.  

Any questions? Feel free to comment or email me!