Tried & True Beauty: VIIcode Oxygen Eye Mask

To say that my skin care routine took a back seat once I had kids is a drastic understatement. To be honest, I was never that committed to a routine to begin with. To be even more honest – I was that annoying friend in high school who never washed her face, and for the most part didn’t have the same skin problems as my peers. Since then, I’ve had the occasional hormonal acne and fine lines as much as the next gal, but one thing is for sure – nothing says “Hi, I’m a mom” more than dark circles.

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Tried & True Beauty: They’re Real, I Swear

How does the saying go? Good things come in threes? Well, I never thought that could apply to mascara, but apparently Benefit Cosmetics knows something I don’t. They generously gifted me with a set of they’re real! lengthening mascaras in three killer colors, and I couldn’t wait to try them. I was already sold on their jet black shade, after trying it a couple years ago when it first came out. So I was excited to try the Beyond Brown and Beyond Blue shades to see just how daring I could be. As if I wasn’t hooked enough, they totally got me with the quirky Sharknado 3 promos “Oh Hellllll No!”

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Tried & True Beauty: You’re Stila the One

You’re gonna have to pardon my cheesiness this one time – I promise it’s for a good cause.

Remember your first kiss? Course you do. If you’re like me, it was at some “party” in front of a bunch of prepubescent classmates as a result of a thrilling game of Truth or Dare (is that still a thing?). Well, when I recently had the chance to get a sneak peek at Stila Cosmetics’ summer 2015 collection, it brought back so many memories of my first lip glaze I ever bought with my own money. Stila, for me, is like that first kiss – you never forget it. So I was seriously stoked to be able to test out their new line of Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick, Aqua Glow Watercolor Blush, and…wait for it…HUGE Extreme Lash Mascara – which, I was told by the brand’s Artistic Director, Sarah Lucero, is literally life-changing. Lucky for you, as of this week it’s now available online at Ulta (6/28 in stores).

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Tried & True Beauty: Put Your Face On

Every now and then, my inner southern grandma comes out and I mutter to my husband to just “give me a few minutes while I go put my face on”. Now, anyone from the south knows that learning to put your face on is like a right of passage. For me, that was around my early teens, when I’d take my copy of YM magazine (the best teen mag back in the day) and stand in front of the mirror trying tirelessly to copy whatever makeup trend the models were wearing that month.

In the early 90s, I was all about the brown lip liner and clear gloss (c’mon, you know you did it too). Then, in college you realize that you’d rather trade the time spent in front of the mirror for just one more hour of sleep. And this my friends, is where I first learned the art of the 10 minute makeup routine. In fact, I’ll never forget the roommates I had from East Texas, whose grandmas I’m pretty sure coined the term “put your face on”. Their make-up tips were simple – a little concealer here and some mascara there, and voila – face on.

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