February R+F Products : {Scrub, Tanner, & Lip Serum)

Every month I get to try new Rodan + Fields products and I want to share my thoughts and results with you all!  I never want to recommend a product that does not work and that I don’t personally believe in, so I will try and post these videos monthly so you all can really see for yourselves what the products are like, and how they work, and their legitimacy.  Let me know if you all ever want me to feature a certain product! XOXO

 

Makeup Routine : {For My Date Night}

Sorry in advance that this is a long video, but I had to really break down my routine explain everything and time got away from me!  Hope you enjoy!

(See below for products referenced in the video)

The Products I use: 

Maskcara Double Decker Palette

Face:

Mac Studio Fix Fluid

Mac Studio Fix Powder

Sephora Stippling Brush

Bobbi Brown Corrector

Nars Concealer

Ben Nye Banana Powder

RCMA No Color Powder

Maskcara 30 second Hack Brush

Nars Laguna (Contour/Bronzer)

Mac Margin & Peachy Blush

Nars Orgasm Blush

Nars Copacobana The Multiple (Highlighter)

Contour brush

Becca Champagne Pop

Eyes:

Maskcara eyeshadows  (kin & Coco)

Mac Teddy Eyeliner (Bottom)

Mac Costa Riche Eyeliner (Bottom)

Mac Stubborn Brown Eyeliner (Top)

Mac Brule Eye Shadow

NYX Wonder Pencil

Mac Blender Brush

Brows:

Kelly Baker Brows Brush

Anastasia Brow wiz

NYX Wax

Eyeliner for wings:

Mac Buried Treasure Liner

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner

Eyelashes:

Rodan + Fields Lash Boost

L’oreal Voluminous Superstar Mascara

Lips:

NYX Natural Liner

Mac Morning Coffee

Kylie Cosmetics Matte Koko K and Candy K

L’oreal LipMatte

 

Hair Styling Products : {My Favorite For Beach Waves}

I mentioned in my last post the products I was using on my hair, and this video shows how I use them after I have curled my hair.  Enjoy!

Products:

Big Sexy Hair Spray and Play 

Fekkai Brilliant Glossing Cream 

Not your mother’s dry shampoo

Enzo Milano 25mm wand

My Hair Care Routine : {And How I get Volume!}

I love having long hair, but it can get HEAVY!  So it is really important to me to create volume when doing my hair, but to also keep my hair healthy.  This video will break down everything I do to my hair post-shower.  I will save the styling video for another post!  I will post links to the products below the video!

The best brush for detangling without pulling out a lot of hair.  It is gentler and works great on kids too.  You can buy it here.  

Does 10 things including is a leave in conditioner, and protectant.  Buy it here

This is the knock off version of the “It’s a 10” and is much cheaper.  Can be bought here

I only use this on the crown of my head, start at my roots and blend out.  It can be bought here. 

This can be added to the top of your head as well for extra volume.  You can buy it hereThis is a great hair treatment for your hair when wet, but I also use a bit sometimes at the tips of my hair when it’s really dry.  You can buy it here.  The other oil option I like and I honestly prefer this one can be bought here.  Fekkai Brilliant glossing is the ending to all my styles.  Buy it here

Not your Mother’s dry shampoo can be bought here.  I love their scents and it’s cheap!

Big Sexy Hair Spray & Play (nothing better for volume) can be bought here.

That’s it!  I would love to hear any volumizing tips you all might have!

XOXO,

Care

Why I decided to be a Rodan + Fields Consultant : {Confessions of a Skincare Snob}

I am a skincare and beauty skeptic and snob…no doubt.  I know skin, I buy good products, and I do my research.  However, I am usually really skeptical about trying anything new (mostly because my skin is prone to breakouts when trying new products).

I fell in love with everything beauty in high school, and much to my grandma’s dismay, I decided to not go to college, but go to Cosmetology school to pursue makeup and skin.  As I went to school, I began working in a laser medspa.  I worked in laser medspa’s for the next 5 years and really, I feel like I never left.  My mom, which I have mentioned before, is a national laser trainer for medspas (when a doctor’s office buys a laser, she trains the staff), and still treats her longtime clients on the weekends.  Whenever I can, I pop into the doctor’s office she is working at and help, get a treatment, work the front desk, or attend a training with her….because I just love it!  So because of her job, and my love of all things skin and beauty, I have never strayed too far.  In my 20’s and early 30’s, I moved away from skin and beauty being my job, and got “real jobs” in the business world, and beauty became my hobby.  One of my favorite things to do at night when I lie in bed is to search celebrity dermatologists and skin care regimens, watch makeup tutorials online, follow beauty bloggers and read their tips and tricks, and insta-stalk celebrities to see their beauty tips.  What can I say, I love it!  I will confess that I also watch a lot of hip hop dance videos on instagram at night too…but thats for another blog post :).

Over the years I have been asked by several people if I wanted to use my passion and love for beauty, and be an Independent Consultant with Rodan + Fields…and I have always said no.  I said no for 2 reasons:

 1.  I didn’t know the products, and like I said, I am a snob when it comes to trying new beauty things out.

2.  We have all been approached by someone selling something and it can feel uncomfortable if not handled in the right way.  This was always my concern regarding multi-level marketing: I am worried about being “so extra” and pushing my friends and family away because of my pushiness or because they thought I was always trying to sell them something.

But about a year ago my skepticism began to slowly change….what changed it?…a little product called LASHBOOST.  If collagen injections gave Kylie Jenner’s lips wings to fly, then Lashboost gave the same effect to my lashes.  I wrote a blog (prior to becoming a R+F Consultant) about my lash struggles.  But in a nutshell Lashboost transformed my lashes….this stuff was a game changer for me. I can’t tell you how many times I have sworn by this and recommended it to others.  Even though this product was amazing, it still didn’t convince me to become a consultant, it did however begin to help me let down my skepticism wall that I had up.

Fast Forward to our move to Texas:  I had left my job in California and decided to embrace going to school full-time to finish my bachelors degree in Business…but I still wanted and needed to do some work, ideally from home.  I picked up some side business work like bookkeeping and administrative things, but nothing full time.  I have been in a strange position here in Texas in regards to career moves:  I couldn’t work full time because of childcare and school, but I missed working…and working doing something that felt in tune with my passions and giftedness.  I spent months praying for direction and discernment on what (if anything) my next move should be.  Then entered my friend Adrienne.  Adrienne is a Rodan+Fields consultant (4 years now) who I met at my church through a young mom’s ministry.  I joined because I wanted to meet people/friends, and I quickly found one in Adrienne.  Adrienne never pushed R+F on me annoyingly and was just a good friend, but I honestly saw how successful she was in her career and the flexibility she had, and I was a little envious.  She approached me asking if I would consider being a consultant, but I politely declined….Multi-level-marketing just wasn’t my thing.  Then I heard a recorded call for those who are considering being a consultant (Check it out here), and it was so inspirational and really had me thinking more and more about it.  Here is why:

  1.  I genuinely love the products, understand them, and can stand behind them.  I am obsessed with lash boost and the face scrub!  I did research and the products are legit and created by Stanford trained dermatologists…the same dermatologists who created Proactiv.
  2. Flexibility: I can work from anywhere (This is huge because I don’t have childcare and am living in a new state)
  3.  Limitless growth:  You can grow as big or as little as you chose to
  4. 60-Day Money Back:  If I didn’t like it within 60 days, I could return my initial products/starter consultant kit and get my money back (even if the products were used).
  5. Unity:  There is a sense of unity with these consultants….they are all a part of an encouraging team and really radiate positivity and build each other up…it was so attractive.  They have fun giveaways, incentives, and trips!
  6. I saw Adrienne’s success and how not pushy she is about it and what flexibility she has.
  7. The initial investment to become a consultant varied depending on what was purchased, but it could be as little as $45.  I paid more because I wanted some products to start using for before & after photos, and to be able to give some samples to potential customers.  So it seemed like a smaller commitment up front then I was anticipating.

The more I thought about it, the more it kept feeling like a good move for me:  I love beauty/skincare and understand it, I love talking to people, I need job flexibility and a job that I can do from home, and I honestly love the products.  It felt like an obvious choice once I broke it down simply like that….why not try?  After all, I can always get my money back.  What if I actually like it and it does well?  Honestly, the only thing that was holding me back was worrying that it would fail, and worrying that people would be put off knowing I was selling something.  So I called and texted some close friends for their opinions, and asked my nurse mom and nurse friend their opinions as well, and all were supportive and said they agreed, it made sense to try.  So here I am, trying it out and I’m so excited!  It is silly that I would let fear of failure and fear of what others think hold me back from trying new things.  I know me and know I won’t be pushy, and people will take it as they chose too.  However this all shakes out, it has been a blessing.  This whole situation has helped deepen my relationships with people here in Texas as I have processed openly with them regarding this new venture and if that is all I get out of it…deeper relationships and more girlfriends, then it was all worth it!

Family Kauai Trip : {Island Life Recommendations}

This past summer I had the amazing opportunity to go with my family to Kauai….and by family I mean the whole family:  My husband and kids, Mom, Step-Dad, Sisters, boyfriend, brother and his family, nieces, etc.  EPIC!  Anyway, me being me, I had to really plan out the trip.  I so rarely go to big places like this….plus I am a bit of a busy body…..that I had the desire to really MAX-OUT….to really “get my monies worth” so to speak.  So I asked a ton of people for recommendations, scoured the internet, printed up this here map of the island, and started marking places I wanted to see (yes and color coordinating it).  I then made copies for my entire family and sent a ton of texts regarding places to see and plans.  Too much? haha (That’s just me).  But I am so glad I did and I really felt like I got to see a lot of what I wanted on the island (of course there is tons more…but that will be for another trip).  I didn’t see everything, and didn’t blog about everything we saw…there is just too much!  But I do have a friend who lives there, so if my list of things to do isn’t enough…ask and I can def get some more places for you!  ALOHA!

EAT:

  • Puka Dog:  My husband and I loved this place and went twice!  They are amazing hawaiin style hot dogs that do not have a traditional open-face bun, but are almost incased completely in a bun….and then toppings are injected into the bun casing.  And the toppings are special…like tropical relishes and garlic mustards…YUM! It’s a must!
  • Street Burger:  The chef here is bringing some culinary expertise and is changing the food game of Kauai (say the locals).
  • Chicken in a Barrel:  These are stands on the side of the road with just some yummy chicken and ribs…we pulled over and grabbed a bite. 
  • Lava Lava Beach Club:  This was just a little indoor/outdoor restaurant and bar right on the sand in Kapaa.  It had great food and a really cool vibe.  
  • Duane’s Ono-Char Burger:  This is a little burger stand on the side of the road, but it had a huge wait and it was so yummy!  A good old burger!
  • The Wishingwell in Hana Lei:  SHAVED ICE!  You will find Shave ice everywhere on the island….but this spot was the best!

***Buy a cheap cooler and groceries and pack sandwiches if you want to travel a lot around the island and don’t want to always buy food.  We did this all the time, and it really helped because the kids were always hungry, and it isn’t like there is a McDonalds on every beach corner.  Plus you can put beers into the cooler and drink on the beach!

SEE:

    • Queens Bath: This was one of the most beautiful parts of the trip for me.  There is a short hike down to Queen’s Bath, and when I was there we dipped into the bath, then jumped off the rocks into the ocean where we were with a seal and sea turtles.  It was amazing!  But BE WARNED:  Queens bath can be very dangerous depending on the tide, so only go when it is safe.  (Not for little children)….that’s me swimming in the middle. 
    • Wailua Falls:  You can just drive up, park, and get out to view the falls and take pictures.  
    • Hoopi Falls Hike:  We took the kids on this and it was an easy hike!…but the trail is hard to find and is just a small opening across from some homes.
    • Waimea Canyon:  This is a beautiful drive and is like the “grand canyon” of Kauai
    • Hanalei Bay:  This was also one of my favorite spots.  It has a great view, great beach, no real waves which is great for kids, and you can go down the pier and jump off (it isn’t too high).
    • Wailua River:  We kayaked the entire river and then “parked” our kayaks on the shore where there was a path that lead to a hike.  This hike lead to an amazing waterfall!  My arms were dead, but it was so worth it!  BE WARNED:  Rent a kayak inadvance…they were all sold out when we tried to get one day of (luckily we knew someone in Kauai who let us borrow theirs).
    • Napali Coast:  Everyone loves this view…it’s so beautiful.  You can only drive so far, and then you either have to hike or take a boat to view the coast and beautiful mountains.
    • Maniniholo Dry Caves: These are on the North Shore and are just really cool to see.  You pass them on your way up towards the Napali Coast
    • Kalapaki Beach:  My brother and I surfed here and it was such a great experience.  You can rent a surfboard for a pretty reasonable price.
    • Honestly ALL THE NORTH SHORE BEACHES!  We would drive up and see gorgeous remote beaches, land, churches, a lighthouse, etc.  There are so many great beacheslike Anini, Tunnel’s, Hideaway, etc.  My husband and I wore our swimsuits with light clothing over, and brought towels and a cooler of food and just drove up the North Shore.  We would throw off our clothes and jump into the beaches we found, then head back into the car.  It was so laid back and beautiful.  (Clearly we left the kids with grandma at the hotel haha)
  • Luau:  My family and I went to a Luau and had a really great time!  However I was expecting it to be on a beach (like in the movies), but it was on a plantation and there were so many people!

SHOP:

Honestly I didn’t do any shopping because in paradise, who cares to shop? The only things I bought were some souvenirs, a hat for me from Hanalei Bay, and groceries! *Groceries…like a load of bread are pricey in Hawaii! Go to Walmart and Costco while there if you need to get food

  • ABC Stores:  These are everywhere in Hawaii and you can get anything from toilet paper to aouvwniers and clothes there. It’s a one stop shop to grab stuff for people back at home, or grab something you forgot.

HELPFUL TIPS:

  • When traveling with young kids, prepare yourself in advance that this will not be anormal trip to paradise with lots of sleeping in, massages, date nights and sex.  So just mentally prepare yourself now lol.
  • Don’t pack a ton of makeup, and lots of fancy shoes and dresses….you will get so into the island way of living that you won’t care about such things….plus it will most likely be too humid to want to get ready at all. (Bring a tank and shorts, sandals, and a swimsuit, done).

BUT SERIOUSLY:

  • Kid Tip:  When traveling with kids, pack TONS of food, snacks, lollipops (for the ear popping), pack the Ipad and headphones, and wrap “presents” for them to open on the plane to keep them entertained.  We wrapped crayons, a coloring book, a couple small toys from the cheap section at target, animal crackers, etc.

Praise God there was a Shake Shack in the LAX airport…..YUM for days!

WHERE WE STAYED: 

We stayed in condo’s at the Lae Nani Outrigger Resort.  These are privately owned condos that vary in size (1-3 bedrooms), and there are three floors to choose from.  We booked ours on AirBnB and had a great experience.  We got a 1 bedroom, that had a pull out couch in the living room for the kids, a full kitchen, two bathrooms (showers only), and a TV in each room.  It was plenty of room for the 4 of us.  The condo was fully stocked and even had beach chairs, inflatables for the pool, snorkel gear, cooking gear, and a cooler.  Just do a little research, look at customer reviews/pics, and ask the owner questions, and I am sure you will get what you want!  It was under $200 a night for us to stay right on the beach…which is a pretty good deal to me!  We chose a bottom floor unit so we wouldn’t have to lug kids up and down and so they could just wake up, have breakfast on the lanai and run on the grass as soon as they woke.  (Our poor neighbors lol).  There is a pool and tennis court also there, and I like the location….plus if you pick the right unit (like we did), you can have an awesome morning view.  The little beach right out front was so pretty, and there was even a spot that was set aside for kids to play (a portion of the beach is closed off by lava rocks making it safe without waves).  Kapaa is in the middle (coast) of the island, so almost equal distance to the North and South Shore.  

KidzShake : {Finding a Shake for kids}

I am a protein shake and smoothie momma all the way.  Almost every single morning I drink some sort of a protein shake or a smoothie.  This is great for me, but the problem is my girls always want some of mine!  I give in some days because I they are picky and I want them to get in some protein and vitamins, and let them have some….but I always feel a little weird about it because I don’t always know whats in mine.  I hate to say it but sometimes I value flavor over the most “natural” protein powders out there.  That’s why I was so excited when I was given the opportunity to try the KidzShake products!

KidzShake sent my kids and I some awesome products to try out: The Strawberry Cream and Chocolate Cream flavored shakes and the Sportzpure Hydration drink.

KidzShake is a Premium Nutritional Shake for kids aged 2 years old to teens and was developed by a doctor FOR kids, with only ingredients that are good for growing bodies.

-Organic Protein                      -Has no added sugar or artificial sweeteners

-GMO Free                                -Gluten Free, Soy Free, Nut Free, Corn Free

-Omega 3’s                                -17 Essential Minerals + Vitamins

and more!  We were excited to try them: My youngest ALWAYS asks to sit on the counter with me and “help” whenever I “cook” and this was no exception.  I always make my smoothies with unsweetened vanilla almond milk…don’t ask me why…sounded healthier and my kids don’t taste the difference.
KidzShake has lots of great recipes on their website like this Berry Banana KidzShake we made.
They drank it up and loved the taste.  Healthy & tastes good…BONUS!  They literally keep asking me to make them smoothies anytime I ask what they want for snack or meals.  My blender needs a rest lol. SportzPURE is a flavored hydration drink that supports rapid hydration, and contains electrolytes….similar to Gatorade or Powerade, only less calories, less sugar, no artificial colors, and natural/organic sweeteners.  So better basically 😉

Re-Play Recycle Plates : {My Favorite Kid Plates

I just had to pass on my favorite plates for kids to the moms out there.  I have used all different kinds, but these by far are my favorite!  They are made out of the bottom of recycled milk gallons.  I love them because they have compartments, and are curved and semi-bowl like.  So I can put liquids like spaghetti O’s in one area, and solids in another, and not have to worry about them running together.

You can grab them on Amazon and they come in 4-packs.  Enjoy!


Help For The Brows & Boobies : {EES Essential Eyebrow Solution®}

I hate to admit it, but I used to shave my eyebrows in the late 90’s and early 2000’s.  BEFORE YOU JUDGE ME, remember that thin eyebrows were in!…in I tell you!  (90’s Pamela Anderson gets it).

Anyway, because of this “brilliant” idea, I have always had a love/hate relationship with my eyebrows.  I spent years growing them back, only to find that they never came back as thick as they used to be.  I am sure you have often heard from people that they used to overpluck and now their eyebrows don’t grow back….well I am one of those people.  Don’t get me wrong, I love my eyebrows now, but I have had to work really hard at them, and I still long for them to be fuller.

Fast-Forward from the 90’s to today and it’s all about the full, natural eyebrows!  Eyebrow powders, gels, and pencils are everywhere…we all want those perfect, bold, Kardashian “brows on fleek.”  You may remember that a while back I had a post called “Birthday & Brows”  where I discussed my longing for perfect brows, and how in my pursuit of said perfect brows…my eyebrows were botched and I spent months trying to bring them back to life!

Well I am excited to share with you all a new product that I just discovered and am about to start trying to help my brows! EES Essential Eyebrow Solution®  helps to nourish and revitalize eyebrow hair and has been shown to support eyebrow fullness and suppleness. It is also the first clinically tested eyebrow solution in the beauty consumer market!  It was actually originally formulated for chemotherapy patients, to help prevent the loss of eyebrow hair during treatment.  Thats so cool right?!

So, in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, EES® is proud to offer 20% off your first purchase of EES®.  Use Promo Code EES20SOCIAL.  Plus, they’ll donate 10% of all proceeds in October to @Lookgoodfeelbetter So grab yourself a bottle  (Here) and try it with me!  We can help our brows and at the same time, help the boobies by thinking pink and helping fund breast cancer research!  

Now for my Before Photos (I can’t wait to show you my After Photos in a few months):

You can see here that the end of my left eyebrow is thin and just almost cuts short.  I have tried to grow out the hairs but I have to fill it in a lot with pencil & powder.  My right eyebrow does continue more than the left, but it is patchier/thinner and the arch at the top is not as defined.  I end up penciling these areas in to match my other brow.   Each bottle comes with instructions and some cotton swabs for easy application.   Check back in with me in a few months for my “after” photos!

 

Texas State Fair

Everyone has told us since moving to Texas that we have to go to the Texas State Fair and see “Big Tex!”  We visited and had a great time!  We are used to the OC Fair that happens in Orange County every summer, so this felt familiar and fun in comparison.  My favorite thing from the OC Fair is the bucket of hot, mini, cinnamon and sugar donuts …….they are HEAVEN!  But I could not find them here at the Texas state fair.  But where they were lacking in donuts, they made up for in cotton candy…they honestly had the best cotton candy I have ever tasted!  The kids loved the fair (I quietly mourned our Disneyland Days), and we made some great memories.  I am excited about this new fall tradition!