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MAKEUP FOR THE MINIMALIST MOM – MASKCARA BEAUTY PRODUCT REVIEW

January 6, 2018

When I found out I was pregnant, I promised myself I would never “let myself go” once I became a mom. I saw many moms who used to care about their appearance that seemed to put themselves last when they became a mom. I told myself that I would never do that. HA. All the adorable things I thought before I had a child make me laugh now. I am about seven months in to being a new mom and I haven’t got my hair highlighted in well over a year, I go long stretches without wearing makeup and I severely need a new wardrobe as my body changed and my clothes don’t fit me right. I am a happy mom and a tired mom and to be honest – the last thing I care about most days is how I look. I do wish I had time and energy to care but I just don’t.

One weekend, as I was looking at some photos of my son and I, I noticed how tired my eyes looked. I am still in my 20’s but I don’t feel that way. I do have some confidence and my husband reminds me that he thinks I am beautiful but I was just feeling a little discouraged. How can I gain some of my confidence back without “wasting” time dolling myself up? I don’t want to be spending time applying makeup when I could be watching baby Axel crawl for the first time or tidying up the house or even showing my poor, neglected husband some affection!

That’s when I met Beth. Beth and I met through networking on social media and I swear God sent her to me. She told me all about Maskcara Beauty products and I was intrigued to say the least. What a coincidence that literally in the moments of me feeling insecure I start talking with Beth. She assured me that this makeup was for a minimalist, busy mom on the go. That sounded perfect to me! I was transparent with her and told her I was no expert in makeup application. She shared some great tutorials and resources with me like the one below!

I first met up with Beth to do a color match. She sent me a quiz prior to us meeting and it was ON POINT. I learned that a white peach highlight, ash contour and nude/ruby lips best enhance my skin tone and features. That is one of the main reasons I don’t usually invest too much time or money into makeup is because I have no idea what looks good on me. My skin is fair so I usually try to buy a light foundation but it ends up making me look like a ghost!

The fun part was getting my HAC pack in the mail! HAC meaning “Highlight and Contour”. Their makeup brushes are SO soft and amazing and the compact that it came in is almost as beautiful as the makeup! Don’t get me wrong, I loved my birch box subscriptions but I don’t like a lot of clutter and my bathroom drawers get overwhelmed with product! The Maskcara beauty compact is so small and each product comes in a magnetic insert so it holds the essentials. And can we just take a moment to address how lovely this compact is? They have a few gorgeous options but this is the one I chose. I love the idea that the set you choose is completely customizable to minimize waste. I think back to all the times I bought or received makeup sets that had outrageous colors that I never even touched!

Life with a new baby is demanding to say the least. Some nights are better than others but every so often we have a rough night with a fussy baby. This makes our mornings a bit chaotic when we are tired and trying to everything ready for daycare drop off so we can head to work. We have changed up our routine to do as much preparation as possible the night before so that our mornings don’t feel stressful but baby Axel is unpredictable which is why I only have a few minutes (if any) to do my makeup.

I didn’t really think a few minutes could make any difference, but I was wrong! The first time I used my Maskcara beauty products, I timed myself and it took right around 3 minutes to apply. I was surprised to see what a difference it made yet it was natural and enhanced my features. The product felt good on my skin. It didn’t feel too thick or “cakey” like some products do. I have dry skin, especially in these Wisconsin winters, so the moisture base feels so nice. My husband actually prefers me without makeup but he really liked this look because it didn’t look like I was wearing much at all.

I even got compliments when I wore my new look to work for the first time. One of the guys said I looked “less tired”, HA! Men have such a way with words sometimes but I’ll take it as a compliment. I also was told that I seemed like I was more lively and my co-workers were joking that I must have finally got a good nights sleep. Nope! Same old night shift routine with baby Axel (not complaining because I really do love the night feedings). This makeup is doing wonders if it is making me look well rested when I am not at all. 🙂

I always love hearing how a product or company got started so I checked out what Maskcara was all about before trying them. The founder, Cara, is a foster mom and has a great passion for helping women to see their beauty. Below is her “about me” which I thought was so inspiring to hear. I love when childhood dreams become a reality.

“I’m Cara. I live in Southern Utah with my husband and three boys and one girl. (We’re a foster family!) When I’m not being a mom, I’m a makeup artist, beauty blogger and business owner. I created Maskcara to share my love of beauty. I believe that most women are twice as pretty as they give themselves credit for inside and out, I’m on a mission to change that.

For my 5th grade science project I created a clay mask that form fitted to my face. The idea was you can put the makeup on the mask before bed, then in the morning you’d just smash it to your face and voila! makeup finished! I created it because I figured it afforded me my two favorite things makeup & sleeping in.

It didn’t really work:) but I never gave up on the idea to make makeup easier and more fun.

Even at 11 years old I could tell that there was a problem with the beauty industry. Instead of making women feel more beautiful I saw a tendency to make them feel more insecure, by convincing them they needed more and more products and more and more rules to abide by in order to meet the standard.

I wanted my blog and my products to be different. I wanted to help create an environment and makeup that celebrates every type of natural beauty, that shares simple and useful tips, and to create and share about staple products that can be used by every woman time and time again.

I’m a face connoisseur. It’s almost distracting how much beauty I see in women all day long. Every face I work on inspires me because they each have such unique and stunning features. I’m honestly and truly baffled when they tell me about the flaws that bother them. My goal is to help them see the what I see.

Thanks to so many beautiful, kind and intelligent women who frequent these pages I can say that this has become much more than a company or a blog to me. It is a sisterhood where everyone is welcome!

Thank you so much for being here. You are beautiful.”

 – Cara

Makeup doesn’t make a woman beautiful – her character and confidence does. Makeup is just a way to enhance the unique and lovely features you were born with. For years I hated my nose and a mole on my forehead. Sounds silly, I know. Today, I embrace these features because they are what make me unique. I know I could easily get the mole removed but a while back I realized my mom also had a similar mole so we have an ugly mole bond that I can’t break. 🙂 Instead of looking in the mirror and picking apart the things you hate, focus on the fact that you are a unique and beautiful individual. Embrace the things you call “flaws” and instead call them your “unique features”.

If you are a tired Mama trying to get some confidence back like me then you should give Maskcara products a try. Reach out to my Minnesota neighbor, Beth, if you are interested in these products. She can color match you through a selfie process or you can take the free quiz to see what will enhance your tone and features. Please use party number #17244 when you purchase product. I’m sure you will love this product as much as I do!

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EatSmart Products Precision Baby Check Scale – Product Review

December 16, 2017

My husband and I became new parents this year. Sweet baby boy Axel was born this summer on Father’s Day so it was extra special for my husband. Before baby was born, my husband and I went shopping at a local baby store. We did one big loop and left with an empty cart. We were so overwhelmed. We had no idea what we really needed or what we even wanted!

On the way out, a cashier noticed the discouraged looks on our faces. She gave us a little pep talk and told us not to worry. She suggested just getting through my baby showers and then making a list of items I still need. That was the problem. I had read tons of articles and didn’t know where to even start because there are so many different opinions. I reached out to my younger sister and begged for help. I asked her what I really need now and what can wait until after baby comes. She is a mom of two and seems to always have it together! Yes, younger sisters can be role models too.

She emailed me an awesome, thorough list and included brands she loved. She shared with me the must-haves and the nice-to-haves. I have been a mom for six months now and I have been putting together a list of awesome items to have that nobody thinks to tell you. One item on my list is a baby scale! You wouldn’t think of this right away but there are so many reasons why this item comes in handy.

Where Can I Get a Quality Baby Scale?

You can get an amazing baby scale online of course! Thank goodness for Amazon! Check out EatSmart Products Precision Baby Check Scale, 9 Pound. We recently received our EatSmart Precision Baby Check Digital Scale and it’s amazing. It’s one of those items I wouldn’t have thought of but now that I have one, I recommend it to my fellow Mamas! It is reassuring to know that my little guy is growing at a healthy weight and it is fun to do weight checks at home. My husband and I have fun guessing how much he weighs each week. I thought for sure he would have gained some good weight after his calorie-rich Thanksgiving milk 😊

My mom loves the fact that baby Axel has his own scale because when I was a baby I would thin out quickly if I was ill because I had a crazy metabolism. My mom said she wishes she would have had a scale to make sure I wasn’t losing an unhealthy amount of weight in a short period of time. I am pretty sure Axel has the same metabolism as me because he has a big appetite and when he’s hungry, he lets everyone know. It is also fun to see the look on the nurse’s face when we take Axel in for his check-ups and we can guess exactly what his weight is down to the ounce. They are always very impressed and we never tell them how we know!

Why EatSmart?

Here are some of the many reasons why I love the EatSmart scale:

    • No assembly required
    • Batteries Included
    • The scale is light weight
    • One of the most user-friendly instructions manual I’ve ever seen
      • Includes guide that shows all functions with pictures
      • Troubleshooting section
      • Warranty and contact information
    • Digital easy to read
    • Easy to clean
    • Hold feature records weight
    • Easily converts from kg to lb
    • Accurate (matches Axel’s weight from doctor appts)
    • Available on Amazon, EatSmart Products Precision Baby Check Scale, 9 Pound
    • 2 year guarantee
    • Can be used for other purposes (weighing pets) 44 lbs capacity

I hate puzzles and dislike anything that takes thought putting together. My husband, on the other hand, loves assembly. When we received our EatSmart Baby Scale in the mail, I was pleased to open the box and find all I had to do was put the batteries in! The batteries that were INCLUDED I might add. Nobody likes to get a new, fun item and realize they have to make an extra trip to the store for batteries. This mom doesn’t have time or energy for that. Plus, I would probably go to the store and forget why I went due to severe case of mom brain lately.

My husband is a big advocate for reading and saving manuals. I have maybe looked at five manuals in my life. I started using our EatSmart Baby Scale before reading the manual because that’s how user friendly it is. I did read the manual afterwards to make sure I wasn’t missing any cool features and I am glad I did! There is a function where you can record and save weight and also a weight compare function.

This scale is light weight and has a sleek design that’s easy to store. EatSmart stands behind their products so if there is any sort of defect (other than damage caused by misuse) they will work with you to service/replace the scale.

It can also be used to weigh items or even pets under 44 lbs. Unfortunately, we will not be weighing our Great Dane, Quinn, as she weighs in at a whopping 120 lbs. I am very excited to use this scale for my online business as well. We sell a variety of handmade and vintage items on Etsy and it helps my customers get a better idea of the item they are receiving when I include the weight. I can also use it to package items and estimate shipping costs by weight before heading to the local post office.

Interested in learning more about EatSmart products? Visit their website at Eatsmartproducts.com and be sure to check out their blog! You can also follow them on their social media platforms. They are on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

Thank you so much EatSmart, we love our scale!

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Wawita Baby Bottle – Product Review

November 21, 2017

I am very excited to share with all my fellow Mamas out there this new baby bottle I got from Wawita Baby Products. I am a first time mom and my little guy is five months old. He is just starting to hold up his bottle on his own during feedings, what a big boy! I am still nursing and just starting to add a tiny bit of rice cereal to his bottles because he has a good appetite.

When I was in the market for baby products, I was overwhelmed. There are so many products out there. What is safe and right for my baby? I remember standing in the bottle aisle at Target for several minutes with a blank stare. I was kind of hoping another mom would walk by and help me. I ended up doing some research and ordering a set of glass bottles online. These were nice but our daycare center told us it is a safety hazard if they were to drop and shatter. Boo.

Product Overview

It was like Christmas morning came early when I received our Wawita baby bottle in the mail! Keep in mind that I only promote products that I personally use and/or believe in. If I wouldn’t recommend the product to my family or bestie, then I am not going to recommend it to my readers. These bottles come in a variety of fun colors and you can choose the nipple flow. Funny story, I just learned about nipple flow sizes a few weeks ago when daycare told me Axel was spending a long time trying to finish his bottle. Poor baby had the smallest size. I had no idea that was a thing.

While I was on maternity leave I didn’t even want to think about bottles because I wanted to be the one that fed baby boy. I also thought that if he got used to a bottle then he wouldn’t want to nurse. Fortunately, that wasn’t the case and having bottles available allows Daddy to do some feedings. This is good father/baby bonding time. Let Daddy help whenever he can and make sure to encourage him in his efforts. Daddy goes through a lot of new changes too!

Why Wawita Baby Products?

So, what makes Wawita baby bottles stand out among the rest? Here are a few reasons why you should snag one:

  • Made of shatterproof glass
  • Hot fluid technology – changes color if contents is too hot
  • BPA free
  • Wide neck nipple – anti colic system
  • Vacuum-free which simulates breastfeeding
  • Safe, lightweight & comfortable for baby or parent to hold
  • Leakproof – cap and lid secure tightly
  • Awesome color variety
  • Different nipple flow options available
  • GREAT PRICE
  • Available on Amazon Prime, yay!
  • They have a 5 star rating and fast shipping

Why does shatterproof glass matter? Some daycare providers won’t allow glass bottles as this can be a safety hazard. My daycare center will let me bring this Wawa bottle in since it is made from shatterproof, borosilicate material. I also appreciate the shatterproof aspect because my morning routine is a little chaotic these days and I am constantly dropping things. Being a mom has made me a bit clumsy. It’s not easy to get myself ready, eat breakfast, pack my work bag and breast pump, get Axel fed and ready for daycare, and leave the house all by 6:30am!

This hot fluid technology is AMAZING. I actually thought about this the first time I gave Axel a bath at home. I didn’t know how hot the water was supposed to be! I remember thinking, it would be cool if there was some color changing toy or device to help me know. So cool that they have this technology in a bottle!

Why should you care about BPA free? BPA stands for Bisphenol-A which is a chemical used in plastic manufacturing. This chemical very closely resembles the hormone estrogen and is not good for our system or baby’s system! Try to avoid it as much as you can.

The fact that they strategically designed this bottle to imitate breastfeeding makes me happy. As I mentioned earlier, I fear the day that baby boy no longer wants to nurse. I love feeding him and it’s our special bonding time. I don’t want him to get confused by using a bottle that is a much different feel and then he doesn’t want to come back to nursing. The less confusion the better! I am happy to say that Axel loves his new bottle and still loves nursing too – win!

All the other reasons I love this bottle speak for themselves. I even went to Amazon and read all the customer reviews. I even read that some people tried several of the big name bottle products out there and their little one loved Wawita the most.

FAQ

  • How do I know which nipple flow my baby needs?
  • Where are these products manufactured?
    • These are made offshore but are carefully inspected and packaged in the US to ensure safety and quality.

Other Happy Customers Share Why They Love Wawita:

This is the first glass bottle I have bought for my baby and I am very pleased with my purchase. The bottle is very easy to take apart and wash. I enjoy the feature that tells the temperature of the formula when is too hot because that way I can leave it on the counter for a few minutes and check on it after. Overall very satisfied with this bottle.” – Sara (October 24, 2017)

“I bought this bottle for my nephew and he loves it. He looks really cute with his blue bottle :). I like the design and the technology behind it. I would definitely recommend this bottle to friends and family.” – Kayla (October 16, 2017)

“I bought this baby bottle for my friend’s baby as a gift because I like that it is made out of glass and the color is really cute! My friend loves the feel of the bottle and says it is light weight and very easy to handle.” – RR (October 13, 2017)

“My wife and my son love this bottle. My little one is 16 months old and has been using Dr. Brown’s since he was born. We were tired of cleaning the extra parts so we decided to give this a try and we are glad we did. They are easy to clean, they don’t leak and I don’t need any extra parts when traveling. And the best of all is that is glass!” – Francis (October 16, 2017)

“This bottle is exactly what I was looking for. I’ve been using plastic bottles for far too long and wanted to make the switch to glass but was worried that the weight would be too heavy for the baby. Pleasantly surprised with how light the bottle is. The nipple worked great for the flow of the formula and the bottle changes color when the formula is too hot for my baby, what a nice feature! I’m very happy with my purchase and will be making Wawa bottles my glass baby bottle preference.” – Michelle (October 13, 2017)

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