The A-list: Estee Lauder’s Double Wear Foundation

Estee Lauder is a global brand that has been around for quite a long time. It is also a brand that is getting a lot of attention lately, as well as a new and younger fan base, with the release of the Estee Edit – a collaboration with Kendall Jenner and Irene Kim. While the new products are being very well received it will be interesting to see how they stand up against some of their “classic” and well established brand favorites. Case in point: the Double Wear foundation.

This foundation is incredibly good! Do you like full-coverage? You got it. Maybe you prefer a more natural look? Yes, it can be done. And, who doesn’t like makeup to stay put for all day? That is the beauty of this product. Can’t find your shade in most other foundations? You will definitely find a matching shade amongst the 38 shades offered.

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The texture is creamy with very good pigmentation. It is advertised as a semi-matte finish with medium, but build able coverage. On me the finish is very natural – it is not a dry and heavy looking mask. I  prefer a more natural coverage so love to apply this with a beauty blender. You really only need a small amount of product to achieve a nice base. To help it look even more natural I use a few spritz of a spray face primer. This just helps to really distribute the product. For those who like medium to full coverage I would recommend starting with thin layers until you achieve your desired coverage.

This is a foundation I like to use when I know I will need my makeup to stay on for a long time. I can’t say that  I have had makeup on for 15 hours – Estee Lauder claims – but I have gotten close. Let me tell you, I was amazed the first couple of times I tried this. I can put this foundation on in the morning and it will look just as good in the evening when I am getting ready for bed. It is also a great alternative for Summer months as it claims to last through heat and humidity. The Mid-Atlantic Summer’s can been pretty muggy and this product comes through for me every time I use it. There is no SPF so it’s very camera and flash photography friendly.

What are the cons, you ask? The foundation does not come with a pump. I don’t mind it as much but there are days where I’ve made a mess trying to dispense the right amount of product. In all the years that the product has been around it seems interesting that they have not decided to change this aspect of the packing, especially given the $38 price tag. Because this is a heavier foundation, I feel like things can go South very quickly if you don’t pay attention to the amount of product you are using. I think this may be why some people don’t like it.

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Dynamic Duo: Double Wear foundation and concealer!

I recently put down my Too Faced Born this Way foundation to try a few CC creams. I stumbled upon this foundation and started using it again. I am bit more tan now so the shade Cashew is a prefect match for me. This definitely is one of my top 5 bases!

Lulu

Have you tried this foundation? Do you prefer to use this in the Summer or Winter months?

My Easy Weeknight Meals

Hello Lovelies!

I wanted to share with you a few of my quick fix weeknight meals. Things are always busy during the week but it’s important for me to take the time to fix some yummy and healthy food for the family. I value our dinner time and I want Alex learn to eat and love different foods. For the most part I tailor the menu to things he likes, or at least have one or two items in there that I know he is ok eating. We don’t force him to finish all his food but we do encourage him to try every thing on his plate at least once.

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Taco salad

Meal 1:  Taco Salad – This is super quick! The only thing you have to do is cook a ground meat of your choice and beans, and then cut up some veggies. I added spicy salsa to mine. For Alex I dished it as a deconstructed salad. I put every component on it’s own in his plate and he could choose and mix whatever he wanted. I also had some tortilla chips on the side.

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Orzo with pesto and peas and baked chicken

Meal 2: Orzo with pesto and peas and baked chicken – This meal is pretty tasty and can be done much quicker if you use store bought pesto. This is what I did but I want to try to make my own pesto soon, using the basil from our garden. I added some Italian spices to the chicken and some peas as the vegetable for the meal.

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Meat loaf with sweet potatoes and mixed vegetables

Meal 3: Meat loaf with sweet potatoes and mixed vegetables – I had not fixed meatloaf in a really long time. I wasn’t even sure Alex would like it but I figured it was time to start bringing out some of our pre-Alex traditional meals. I made my own meat loaf spice mix but you can just buy a mix at the store. The oven does most of the work and also double duty as you can bake the sweet potatoes along with the meat loaf. Win!

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Bratwurst with mashed potatoes and sautéed vegetable slaw

Meal 4: Bratwurst with mashed potatoes and sautéed vegetable slaw – Now that we are in grilling season I love to grill sausages. They make for super quick meals and you can pair them with so many different things. In this case I went more traditional with the mashed potatoes. I didn’t have sauerkraut but I wanted something that gave you that subtle crunch. So I took some broccoli slaw and sautéed it with a little bit of chicken stock, some soy sauce and a bit of salt and pepper. I really liked how this turned out. Alex tried it but was not a big fan.

So there you have it. Some of my latest quick, easy and tasty meals. These all take half an hour or less to make. Please let me know if you try any of these. I’d like to see or hear about your quick meals.

Lulu

A Memorial Potty Training Weekend

Over Memorial Day weekend we decided to take the plunge and start Alex’s formal potty training. We knew we wanted to try the three day method and that weekend was our first chance to have three days at home with him.  This was a hard decision for me because I felt like this was the last baby thing we had to left with Alex. Once he was potty trained he was a big boy. You know? We also started this a little earlier than we would have otherwise because Alex is going to pre-school in the Fall and he needs to be able to use the potty.

So, what is the three day potty training method? The idea behind this approach is that your little one will not wear a diaper or pull-up off the get-go. They are so used to going on the diaper that they don’t really know what it feels like to go on themselves. The first

couple of times that they go on themselves they won’t like how that feels and will be more open, or aware of having to use the bathroom. As your little one gets better about asking to use the bathroom you can start adding underwear and pants. We decided to augmented this potty training approach with lots of positive re-inforcement and lots of bribing. I know that bribing can be a little controversial with some parents but we figured that he would be more excited about the process if we made a big deal of his achievement.

We decided to put Alex in underwear from the start. We got some fun underwear prints and started talking to him about the upcoming change a few weeks before. He seems to do really well when we prepare him for big transitions ahead of time. We really played up the fact that he was going to be a big boy and he would get a surprise every time he went on the potty. “You don’t want to get Paw Patrol wet, right?” So, with lots of optimism and patience we carried on with the plans.

I have to admit that at first it it felt like we asked him if he wanted to go to the bathroom every 5 minutes. That was a bit exhausting for everyone. Slowly we all started to get into a schedule and we were able to relax a bit. I could not be more proud of my little guy! Was it an accident free weekend? No, but things went so much better than I expected. In my mind I was thinking I would be cleaning puddles and puddles of pee, instead we just had small leaks that were easily contained in the underwear before we made it to the potty. We celebrated every single time Alex used the potty, complete with our potty dance, M&Ms or gummies, and a potty sticker. It’s been a few weeks now but we still reward him with candy, just a few pieces for every time he goes. He has done well at school too and his teachers are a great source of positive re-inforcement. He is still in diapers during nap time and bedtime – we won’t tackle that until he is much older.

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Yummy rewards

There are times where I wish he was still in diapers – logistically it makes things SO much easier. So, while we didn’t really leave the house on Memorial Day weekend I think it was worth our time to try this approach and stick with it.

Lulu

I tried a few setups and training seats. Leave me a comment if you want to know my thoughts on the few that I tried. I would be happy to make a post about it.

 

 

Spring/Summer pout: my favorite neutrals

Lipsticks are a tricky for me to keep up with. I apply my makeup at the crack-of-dawn, before the roosters sing, but I never apply lipstick. There’s just too many other things to do and I’ll have to reapply before I get to work, so why waste product? Right? Truth of the matter is that I forget to apply anything 90% of the time and end up wearing lip balm most of the day. The struggle… Lipstick is an important part of any makeup look. It can really make you stand out, brighten your face and overall make your look complete. Here is a list of my favorite ones for Spring. They are all neutral, very comfortable to wear and have decent wear time.

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Bottom-Up: NARS Sex Machine, MAC Modesty, NARS Dolce Vita, Milani Naturally Chic, MAC Mocha, and MAC Twig

Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Sex Machine – This is the only matte one of the group. Even though it is matte it is still very comfortable on the lips and not drying at all. I find that it leaves a nice stain as it wears off.

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Nars Velvet Matte Lipstick in Sex Machine

MAC Lipstick in Modesty – This was my very first MAC lipstick ever and I have continued to repurchase it because I like it SO much. It is very natural looking on me. The cremesheen formula is very moisturizing on the lips. It does not last more than a couple of hours so I do have to reapply often.

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MAC Lipstick in Modesty

Nars Lipstick in Dolce Vita – I bought this lipstick in the Spring of 2015 and wore it pretty much the rest of the year. It is very similar to MAC Modesty in color but with a creamier texture. It is super comfortable on the lips and it goes with any look. I was very happy to bring this guy back into my purse. I also have the blush by Nars with the same name  and I love it too. I prefer to use the blush in the Fall – the lipstick/blush combo is muy bueno!

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Nars Lipstick in Dolce Vita

Milani Lipstick in Naturally Chic – I bought this based on a review Arshia made of this product and I have to say I am very happy with it. This is a drugstore lipstick with a high-end product quality. Great pigmentation, smooth texture and great wear time. I need to get my hands on more of these.

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Milani Lipstick in Naturally Chic

 

MAC Lipstick in Mocha – Mocha has a satin finish with amazing pigmentation. I like that it was a bit more brown in it that the previous colors as I think that suits my skin tone better. The lipstick wears beautifully throughout the day, leaving a nice stain.

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MAC Lipstick in Mocha

MAC Lipstick in Twig – Last but not list is Twig, another satin finish lipstick from MAC. This is the darkest of the nudes. It is not one I normally gravitate to but I was reminded of how much I love it while giving it a go for the pictures. It’s a pinky brown that really lifts my neutral every day look. I’ve added this to my bag as well. 🙂

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MAC Lipstick in Twig

I hope you enjoyed this blog and found some inspiration for a few lipsticks to try and possibly add to your collection.

Hope everyone is having a good week.

Lulu

Would you like me to do a similar post of the brights I like to wear in the Spring/Summer?

My favorite concealers

Sigh… My under eye circles are the one thing I would pay a lot of money to “fix” – if such a thing could be done. To make matters worse, my genes are not going to help me one bit. You see, the dark brown pigmentation is hereditary. To top that all off I also have deep set eyes.  What’s a girl to do? Spend a ton of time (and, let’s be honest, money) researching products that can help you disguise these puppies.

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My favorite concealers

I am super thankful to the highlight/contour trend that’s been going on for a while. Why? Well, because this helped me discover color correcting, and that gave me hope. Dark brown pigmentation is a bit tricky to disguise because of the different depths of the color tone. Experts usually recommend peachy tones to color correct this type of pigmentation and, in my opinion, the color options have only recently expanded. So, here are my top correctors. I apply these after I have moisturized and primed my undereye, but before concealer.

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(Left – Right) Estee Lauder Double Wear Concealer, Urban Decay Concealer, Sephora Concealer, MAC Corrector and Becca Corrector

MAC Prep and Prime Highlighter in Peach Lustre. I have to admit I did not love this product the first couple of times I tried it. However, once I figured out how to use it I was in love. The pigmentation is really good and the product is really lightweight. I only apply this in the dark areas and wait a few minutes to make sure it has set. Once I have applied concealer the area looks very natural, not cake or dry. It was the only corrector I was using for a long time until I discovered the Becca Backlight Targeted Colour Corrector in Papaya. This is really good stuff! The color is very intimidating but all you need to remember is that a little bit goes a long way. The product has a gel-like consistency, with amazing color pay off. It’s hard to explain but the product feels hydrating and at the same time it has a bit of stickiness to it, in a good way. It stays put wherever you place it and your concealer sticks to it and does not move or disappear on top of it. At the moment this is my go to corrector.

Now, on to concealers. Because I have such dark circles I tend to prefer high coverage concealers. First up is Urban Decay’s Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer. I would say that , one -this is indeed a high coverage concealer, two – that is is indeed weightless, and  three – that I hope they never discontinue this product. This product blends beautifully into your skin and it does not look or feel cake, especially after layering over the corrector (either one discussed above). It lasts a long time too. My only fault to this is their color range. I use shade Med-Dark Warm and this is just a tad lighter than my skin tone. The wand applicator is awesome – my favorite of them all. I can do my entire face with one single wand-ful.

Next up is Estee Lauder’s Double Wear Stay-in-Place Flawless Wear Concealer in the shade Medium Warm. If you know anything about Estee Lauder’s Double Wear line then you will know what to expect. This is a full coverage, highly pigmented and SUPER long lasting concealer. Even though this is thicker than the UD concealer, this still feels light on the skin and I find that it does not settle into the fine lines. Really good stuff! Their color range is great and you do get more pro. This is advertised as being water resistant, humidity resistant and transfer free. All I can tell you is that this stuff does not budge. Even in the hot and humid Caribbean climate – it stayed put! It has a doe-foot applicator, which makes for easy application and more control on the amount of product you use.

Last but not least is the Sephora Bright Future Gel Serum Concealer in the shade Eclair. This is the lightest out of the three. For being a serum formula I find that the pigmentation is really good. I actually like to use this as an enhancer to the UD, if I want to have a bit more of a highlighted effect. I also like to use this to highlight other areas of my face. This product just becomes part of your skin. I don’t love the wand – I only get product at the very end so I have to keep going back for more multiple times. If my under eye area was less dark pigmented I would use this on a more regular basis. I think it is a good option for those ‘No Makeup’ weekend days where you are running errands but still want to look put together.

I hope you enjoyed this post and found it helpful. Please let me know what your favorite concealers are.

Lulu

 

 

Toddler shoes: Stride Rite’s Phibians

When you think of Memorial Day weekend, the first things that come to mind are BBQs, road trips, and the beach. So what did I spend my weekend doing? Potty training. Yep! We knew we wanted to try the three-day potty training method, and this was one of the few weekends we would have the time to be at home for 3 days straight. So, that is how we spent our weekend.

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Stride Rite Phibian Shoes

In preparation for this transition we decided to purchase some shoes for Alex that would allow for quick clean-up when we had accidents. Luckily for us Stride Rite had us covered. The shoes are machine washable and can be worn with or without socks. I think these will also be nice for the Summer months in general as they can be worn in the water, sand or mud. They come in some other neat colors but I thought these would go nicely with most of his outfits – not that I match his shoes and clothes.

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Holiday Haul

Hello Lovelies,

I wanted to show you the products that I acquired this weekend. I was able to get a head start to the long weekend and decided to spend an hour in Ulta. I always have items on my makeup list that I want to try and I try to avoid Ulta and Sephora for fear of going bankrupt. The fact that I am trying to use up the products that I already have in my collection has been a huge motivation to stop me from purchasing more than I need to. “I can purchase this awesome blush but then the one at home won’t get used up” – that’s what I keep reminding myself. Every once in a while, though, I decide to jump the gun on some product(s). That is especially true when it comes to foundations. For some reason foundation is something that I’m always looking out for. What’s the next best thing? What’s best for this or that season? But I digress…

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So, while at Ulta I picked up a few items, first of which was It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream. This product got a lot of hype a while back and it is something that’s been on my list for quite some time. My shade is Tan. I am looking for something that is light-to-medium in coverage but that can stand the humidity of the Mid-Atlantic. I am giving it a try this weekend so I will give you my thoughts on it sometime soon. I decided to pick up an It Cosmetics brush, No.102 Smoothing Foundation brush. The other It Cosmetics brushes I have tried are excellent and this foundation one is a good pair for the CC cream – it allows you to really buff the product onto your skin to give you a really natural finish.

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It Cosmetics CC+ Cream in Tan and Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer in Med-Dark Warm

To help me keep the makeup on my face as long as possible while hydrating my skin I purchased the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water. I got a small size of the Scandinavia Makeup Primer Spray and I liked that. We’ll see how the Smashbox one compares. Another primer I got was PUR’s HydraGel Lift 360 Eye Perfecting Primer. This is something Michelle, from ReadySetGlamour, recommended. I am using this in my undereye area, after moisturizer but before color corrector.  I also tried this today and I saw some fine lines disappear. First impression is GOOD!

I decided to re-purchase the Urban Decay Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer. I just love this concealer! It give me good coverage but it feels SO light on my skin. I think this is perfect for any season, but especially for the Summer months.My shade is Med-Dark Warm – this give me a very natural highlight as it’s only one shade lighter than my skin tone.

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Eye Primer by PUR

While I was in Seattle I purchased the Make Up Forever Mist & Fix. This was a product I wasn’t sure about but Arshia, from Arshia’s Makeup, had a really great review on it and I was sold. It helps keep my makeup on all day and it does not irritate my skin. Win!

Lashes. I am not great at applying false lashes but I have been very curious about them lately. I wear falsies on special occasions and I really like the Ardell Demi Wispies. They are long and give you a nice winged eye effect. I am also trying to find a pair I can use everyday on my natural looks. For those days I have decided to use individuals, as all the other ones I tried looked too obvious on me. The Ardell Individuals (short) are perfect because they help me add extra volume in a very natural looking way. I’m still not great at applying these but practice makes perfect, right?

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Origins Charcoal Mask, Smashbox Primer Water and Algenist Exfoliator.

Last but not least are two skincare products. I’ve mentioned in the past that I have combination skin, however it has been feeling pretty dry lately. I don’t know if this is going to be my new “normal” but I figured I needed a little something extra to boost my skin. The Origins Clear Improvement charcoal mask is a really good one. Not only does this clean your pores, it also leaves my skin super soft. I got this sample size because I only use this a few times a month. This will last me quite some time.  The other product is the Algenist Mult-Perfecting Detoxifying Exfoliator. This is another skin “issue” I am working on improving. My pores are not huge but I am trying to address them early on. I am also hoping this exfoliator can help improve the texture in some areas of my skin – namely my forehead, chin and cheek area around my nose. I’ve tried this once and I was really pleased with it. It has Alguronic Acid which is supposed to provide anti-aging benefits.

So, there you have it. I will keep you updated on how I like these products once I have used them for a bit. I hope you all had a great Memorial Day weekend!

Lulu

What is your favorite Summer foundation?