Shop Unique Swimsuits and How I Find Them

Finding a unique swimsuits can be a challenge.  I usually find it extremely flattering to see other people wearing the things I own.  It’s a testament to good taste and it’s fun to see the way other women style the pieces I love.

Donning a swimsuit, however, is more stressful; suddenly I’m body conscious.  Swimwear should help your confidence and the only way that happens for me, when I’m fully aware that I’m not wearing much, is to know that my suit is unique.  Whether my suit is scantily clad or subtly interesting, I want people to notice my style, not my obliques or lack of.

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Drugstore Makeup Dupes that are Just as Good as the Expensive Stuff

Lately my skin has looked great, because of these changes, and I’ve felt less dependent on makeup, so I checked out some of the drugstore makeup dupes I’ve heard about.  To my surprise, they worked REALLY well.

In search of a lighter coverage foundation, I started at Sephora because it’s my go-to store for makeup.  I always do my homework before I go and I was really excited to try the Armani Maestro Foundation and Dior Nude Air Serum.  My skin color didn’t match well with the Armani shades and the Dior went on like a dream when I swatched it, so I splurged.  To my surprise, when I used it all over my face, I noticed a bit of an unpleasant odor.  I read about the odor in the reviews, but I’ve used Dior foundations for years.  I’ve never found it unpleasant, so I figured it was a fluke thing or girls just don’t like Dior foundations.   My usual products do well for me, so I wasn’t in it to switch to something that smelled funny.  Return please!

Disappointed that my purchase didn’t work out, I checked out the foundations at Walgreens.  I was after all making a move to be less dependent on products.  I keep hearing tons of great things about the L’Oreal Lumi Cushion foundation, so I snatched that one and I noticed that the No7 (a brand I like for body lotion and serum) Airbrush Away Foundation in similar packaging as the two I already tried.  Bonus, Walgreens even had testers out and guess what?  It felt exactly like the two expensive brands I tried before, minus the unpleasant smell.

Both the L’Oreal and the No7 foundations give my skin the extra boost it needs to even skin tone without appearing caked on.  Lately, I’ve returned
to my drugstore makeup roots.  I’ve been pleasantly surprised by how well some of my new finds and old loves work.

Drugstore makeup dupes that work just as well as the expensive stuff. Pin now, save $ later.
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How to Wear Culottes When You’re Short

Culottes and cropped pants are staple trends that circles back around frequently, but wearing culottes when you’re short can be tricky.  There are certain styling ‘musts’ that have to fall into place in order to successfully rock a cropped look at next to 5 feet.

How to Wear Culottes When You’re Short:

  • The single most important aspect is the fit.  Your culottes should fit, that means the hem too.  Your tailor should be ready and available if you’re planning on getting in on cropped trends.  Shopping the petite section is also a good idea if you’re hoping to skip alterations.
  • Shoes are the second most important feature of your look.  If it’s in season, you can pair them with a tight sock boot or tights of a similar color.  The tights trick works best if the pant comes almost to the ankle, but we short girls don’t usually have a problem finding cropped pants that are too short.  This trick is excellent for short girls because it prevents the eye from noticing the ankle is a different color as the pant, which breaks the leg into shorter segments.  If the weather is warmer and you want to wear a sandal, go with a nude shoe.  Nude shoes are a short girl’s best friend; the shoe will blend into the lower leg and create only one break in color, keeping as much length as possible.
  • Wear heels if possible, but if you’ve got to go with comfort, stick with a pointed structured shoe.
  • Choose a top that’s in the same color family.  A contrasting top will break up the look into shorter segments, highlighting your short stature.  You’ll notice that I didn’t follow this rule.  I wear these pants with a black tee to dress it down and this sweater because sometimes I just do whatever I want.  I like it, it feels good and that’s all that matters.  My guides are just guides, they aren’t fashion laws!  Notice the difference in appearance of height when I throw on the jacket; it’s not difficult to imagine that a black sweater would make me look taller and leaner.

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  • Don’t ignore the waist.  Tucking in a blouse or choosing a slim-fitting sweater/tee will elongate the look.  Wearing a boxy crop top, with a hem that flares will add more horizontal lines to the look and break it into shorter sections.

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Modest Swimwear: When You Don’t Want to Bare All

Post Spring Break years, curating modest swimwear becomes a higher priority.  Making a change toward modest doesn’t mean throwing in the beach towel and giving up.  There are loads of figure flattering, fashionable swimsuits that are family appropriate or maybe, outside of family time, you just want to choose what assets to highlight instead of flaunting them all at the same time.

Great news for all you modest mommas out there, current swimwear trends  are showcasing suits that don’t show all your goodies at once.

Tips for Shopping Modest Swimwear:

  • Take a breath. Being poolside is fun, so remember that.
  • Nobody is keeping score at the pool, and if they are, shame on them, so don’t worry about what others will think. If you saw yourself at the pool, you wouldn’t criticize yourself the way you do in those three-way mirrors.
  • Don’t look at your backside in three-way mirrors. You’re never in a swimsuit in terrible dressing room lighting. It’s not worth the mental anguish.
  • Try bending over, if you’re going to be chasing kiddos around, you want to make sure your top stays secure and you’re not constantly tugging at your bottoms.
  • Raise your arms all the way over your head. This one is especially important for strapless suits. Sometimes strapless tops don’t raise with your arms if you know what I mean.
  • If you’re worried about comfort, try sitting down in your suit and see if you like the way it feels and looks. I do this in pants almost every time. It’s also a good idea for work dresses to make sure they don’t slide up too short while you’re seated.
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Nighttime Skin Care Routine That Saved My Skin

I changed my nighttime skin care routine and my skin completely turned around. It's also cheaper! Pin now, read later.

Ladies, I am so sorry to  burst your bubble, but pregnancy is not always accompanied by beautiful glowing skin.  I had to change my nighttime skin care routine to support the needs of my skin when it dried out and erupted with pregnancy induced acne.

Worried as I was that my skin had taken a turn for the worst, it now looks better than ever.  Today, we’re going to tackle dry skin.  However, if you have oily or combination skin, don’t be afraid of moisturizer.  If you shy away from moisturizer, your skin may be producing more oil just to compensate.  Take a look at my skin care video for more details.

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April Giveaway! The Eye Cream That Cured My ‘Grumpy Cat’ Dark Under Eye Circles

I tried everything for my dark under eye circles, from drugstore to might as well be gold and I’ve finally found an eye cream that cured my dark circles.  This eye cream has been such a miracle to my tired-looking peepers that I have to share.

This eye cream works so well, I'm giving it away! Pin it and don't forget to enter!It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Cream has dramatically reduced my dark under eye circles.  I almost don’t even believe how well this stuff works.  I’m still surprised in the morning when I look in the mirror in the morning and ‘Grumpy Cat’ isn’t staring back at me. I’m so happy with the results, that I want to give one of you the opportunity to try it out.  Read about the rest of my night-time routine here.
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Pregnancy Announcement and the Answers to All of your Burning Questions

Pregnancy Announcement!  Wait, what?  Yes, it’s true, we’re having Baby Luxicon in October.

9 week sonogram

We put off trying for a while due to some health issues I had, so although we hadn’t been trying long, it felt like we waited a long time for that little pink line.  I mentally prepared myself for the possibility that this could be an arduous process.  Babies don’t come easily for many couples and I don’t want to consider myself lucky or ahead of the game.  Post marriage, we’ve been fielding the insidious, “When are you going to start trying?” question for years now.  It’s a relief to finally share the news with everyone.

We shared with family via Facetime and we revealed to friends during my birthday dinner when I unwrapped a present from my husband which turned out to be a onesie and the sonogram.  Now that everyone knows we’re pregnant, I thought it would be fun to answer some pregnancy questions (instead of deflecting questions)!

My Pregnancy Q and A:

Do you know what you’re having?

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What’s in my Bag: Daily Essentials All Women Should Carry

I’ve been putting off doing a “what’s in my bag?” post for a long time, mostly because I carry as much as I possibly can with me at all times.  Is that weird?  Do you do that?  I thought it might be fun to give you a tour of my bag and talk about my daily essentials.  I’m dying to know what are your daily must-haves.  These are the kind of things we women need to share!

What’s in My Bag:

  • Zebra Pens:  These are the creme de la creme of pens.  If you like a fine line and a no-smudge, no-nonsense pen, these need to be your go-to.  Before computer charting, I used to have to chart in tiny boxes on busy nursing flow-sheets and the smaller and neater you could write, the better your chart looked.  I’ve been hooked since.
  • Milk Makeup travel bag.  Sold out sadly, but shop other cute makeup bags below!
  • Variety of lipsticks (shop below).  One of my recent finds (the sample I’ve been carrying everywhere) The Balm: How ‘Bout Them Apples looks great on your lips and cheeks!
  • Button Bags are great for keeping medicine and other tiny gizmos like small hairties and bobby pins.  I keep these on hand for traveling especially, so I don’t have to take an entire bottle of Pepto Bismol or ibuprofen.
  • Moleskin because blisters will ruin your night and these babies work so much better than band aids.
  • Ear Buds.  I can’t grocery shop without them.
  • Chloe Perfume Roller Ball.  I have searched high and low for my signature scent.  Can’t help it, I get tired of smells and I move on quickly.  Chloe is here to stay.  This scent is easy on the nose and it’s not to sweet.  Roller balls are extra convenient for your bag because they don’t spill and they’re small enough for TSA.
  • Hand sanitizer.  Duh, I’m a nurse.
  • Dior So Real Sunnies.  Sunglasses are a must when the sun is out non-stop.  Check out this less expensive option for peepers on a budget.
  • Tangle Teaser.  Your hair will thank you.
  • Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer.  Odds are, if you’re out and that desperate for concealer, you probably need one that will get the job done in one step, that’s Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer.
  • Nuxe Body Oil.  It’s called dry oil because of it’s less greasy feel.  I buy the Nuxe oil that has a shimmer to it and don’t worry, it’s subtle, you won’t look like you’ve just rubbed stripper all over your arms.  There is a non-shimmer version though.
  • Flint Roller: Perfect for the pet owner.  A lint roller that actually works and won’t stick to everything in your purse.  I am in no way sponsored by any of these products, but I can’t possibly plug Flint enough.  Mine has saved my day on so many occasions.

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Rescue Pets Make the Best Pets: Meet Roo and Atty

Rescue pets have been a part of my family since early childhood.  When my husband finally agreed to get a second cat to play with Atty, there was no question, we were going to adopt.  Of course, if you know us, you know that we don’t have a second cat, we came home with a dog that day, but it was for the best.  Atty, AKA Miss Attitude, needs to be the boss of the house and I’m pretty sure bringing another feline into the mix would have been upsetting.

Meet Atty:

The ultimate princess.  She was a stray who’s mother had a broken leg and was struggling to care for her litter.  My family veterinarian took all of the cats in and mended the mother’s leg.  I took Atty home with me when she was about six months old.  Eleven years later, she’s just as feisty and just as much a princess.

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How to Groom Your Brows Between Appointments and Fill Them in Naturally

Yes, you can groom your brows between appointments! A few years ago, I’d have thought, sure I could, but I’d look like a goofball. Not anymore, I have it down to an art thanks to the products I use. It’s foolproof. Seriously, if you’ve mastered using markers and stencils, you got this!

How to Groom Your Brows:

The right products and handy tools like the stencils make a huge difference whether you’re a beginner or just looking for perfect brows.

Product Tips:

  • Having an actual brow brush, like this one, helps you place the product precisely, as well as fine tune your look after you’re finished.
  • I switched from using powder to pomade a while back. The only reason was that with powder, I have to set it with gel and pomade doesn’t require that step. I’m all about spending less time in front of the mirror.
  • And less money! If you’re going to use the powder, set it with clear mascara instead of paying premium prices for brow gel.
  • Don’t have much to work with? You’re not alone. There are serums that stimulate hair growth that work pretty well. You must be diligent about using them. Good results come from consistent use. I heard you’ll really start to see results after 6 months of using the product. If you’re using a hair growth product already, like Latisse for your lashes, I know several nurses who use it on their brows to stimulate growth and they swear by it.

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