Belli products were on my list of must-haves during my pregnancy. My Facebook memories popped up a photo of my first trimester today. I remember the throwing up and the acne! But Belli products were so helpful in reducing redness, and clearing pimples fast. The thing is, your body goes through so much and you are not allowed to use a lot of products when you are pregnant. So I didn’t know this could hurt the baby – all I knew was no sushi. I later found out that beauty products were on the list too! Along with soft-serve ice cream and soft drink machines for the fear of mold. By the way, each time I take a napkin and wipe the nozzle of those soda dispensers… 10/10 times there is mold.
So even though I am postpartum now, I still drink from bottles. BELLI is something I will continue using as I am nursing Niko now at 6 months post partum!
I started 35 with a bang and by that, I mean I didn’t do anything 😅. Life is so different now and priorities have shifted – life with a baby in a major way. But I am thankful for social media and moms on the Instagram showing that moms can still be beautiful and glamorous – between feedings and diapers.
While the minute of beauty nowadays could be just taking out overnight braids, juggling momlife and having a makeup beauty routine is still a challenge. The first makeup item for most girls is lipstick that was transformative but for me it is actually eyeliner! The first time I smudged the black little pencil on my eye, I was transformed.
I have tried many types of eyeliners and they all end up smudged and panda like by the end of the day or even 10 mins of wear. I know that with my new schedule as a mom, anything I use will have to have the same stamina as me! Even though I do like cheap and cheerful drug store brands, the Givenchy Liner Disturbia has changed my mind. It is worth every cent of the $29 it costs. It is literally the best thing that can make me feel alive and look like me again on the most difficult sleepless days.
Momlife includes babies eating your face. I mean literally licking and chewing on your whole face! So I stopped wearing all foundation makeup when I’m with Niko. Even with crazy hormonal acne and tired eyes, I wish Snapchat filters were available IRL! If I feel super tired, I don’t want to LOOK super tired 😃
So in the rare occasion that I can dress up and go out for an hour or so, I’m using my new Givenchy Eyeliner because it is the only thing that works harder than a new mom like me. 24 hr budge proof and surviving this 115F Las Vegas sun like a pro.
A new eyeliner, with a precise result, intense color and an almost disturbing performance.
Liner Disturbia is the new generation eyeliner, with a 24 hours wear texture, intensely pigmented from the very first stroke.
The texture dries up quickly and becomes transferproof and waterproof.
With its innovative formula, Liner Disturbia can be applied on top of any powder eyeshadow, without dimming down, making sure the end result remains both precise and intensely pigmented.
Available at Saks Fifth Avenue
Whether you’ve been married to your partner for one year, ten years, or twenty years, you can probably agree that marriage is work. It’s always worth it, because you love each other, but you know it can be exhausting sometimes – especially if you have kids. There isn’t always time for each other, and often couples spend their energy and attention on their children and don’t have a lot left to give each other at the end of the day.
However, it’s important to spend the extra effort on your relationship, and pencil in some time together to rekindle the flame, so it doesn’t die out. If you have children, particularly young children, just having a night to yourselves is a treat on its own; not all dates need to be expensive, fancy nights out. Of course, it’s always a bit more fun to go out, so call up a babysitter and try one of these fun date nights with your partner.
Go to a concert
When was the last time you got to experience live music? Going to a concert is certainly a date night to remember! If you want an intimate evening, find a show at a local bar or small venue, or grab seats to that huge stadium show – there are events of all kinds to suit anyone’s taste. Find a concert online with TicketSales.com and spend the night dancing and singing your hearts out with each other.
Take a class together
Is there anything you’ve always wanted to try? Maybe a painting or a kickboxing class, or an aerial or acro yoga session? Well, why not turn it into a date night? Find something you both want to do (or compromise – you pick this week, and your partner picks next week, or vice versa) and try it together. Trying new hobbies together is a great way to connect over a shared interest and maybe even learn something new about each other.
Arcade bars are great date spots for any age because who doesn’t love playing arcade games and pinball? With all the arcade bars popping up, it’s hard to find one that doesn’t have the games you like, so get out there, be a kid again, and challenge your loved one to a round of skeeball or a race on one of those driving arcade games.
If video and arcade games aren’t your thing, what about board games? Playing board games is trendy for a reason: they are a lot of fun! Head to a board game cafe where you can choose from hundreds of games of all kinds to play. Board games are light and fun, and hopefully make you laugh, and isn’t that the perfect kind of fun? Have a games night with your partner – there are plenty of adult games out there too!
Go for a bike ride
Being outside in the sun is refreshing and uplifting, and can be a great way to spend an afternoon with a loved one. Find a trail that winds through a forest, near water, or to a park and enjoy a scenic ride.
If you can’t make it out for a day ride, an evening bike ride can be lovely too. Bring a blanket and some snacks and find a place to watch the sunset. Talk about romantic! Just don’t forget a light for your bike if you’re going to be biking home in the dark.
Packed with saturated fatty acids, the skin quenching properties of the rich oil are undeniable. Overall, coconut oil brings a wealth of revitalizing potential to the beauty table.
From ingestible collagen to face wash and toner, here are 5 coconut-infused beauty products that are sure to perk up your summer beauty routine.
NeoCell Ceramides Skin Hydrator ($37, Amazon.com)
This unique blend of beauty-enhancing nutrients promotes skin hydration, elasticity and cellular turnover for glowing, supple skin. The star ingredient of this formula is rapid action CeramosidesTM Ceramides which are plant-based lipids clinically shown to increase moisture and elasticity in just 15 days. Additional beauty-enhancing ingredients like hyaluronic acid, pine bark, astaxanthin, lutein and coconut water make this the ultimate skin hydration supplement.
Arbonne Botaniques COCONUT Body Butter ($30, Arbonne.com)
Island vibes in a nutshell. Infused with sustainable shea butter and coconut oil, this body butter is whipped to luxurious perfection and leaves skin deeply moisturized. Vitamin E moisturizes to soften and nourish while Coconut oil soothes by moisturizing skin and Olive oil conditions and moisturizes to smooth the look of skin.
Sky Organics USDA Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil ($10, Amazon.com)
Cold-pressed from wild-harvested coconuts, our USDA Organic Coconut Oil is full of the key vitamins and nutrients that help condition and repair dry damaged hair. Coconut oil’s natural antibacterial and antioxidant properties help boost scalp health and combat itching and dryness, all while strengthening hair, supporting healthy growth, and making strands easy to manage.
Nelly De Vuyst Micellar Foam BioTense ($59.26, LuxuryOrganik.com)
Ideal for people on-the-go looking for efficiency and simplicity in their skin care routine. This 100% certified organic cleanser is composed of micelles, coconut oil and hyaluronic acid. The dual solution effectively cleanses and easily removes excessive sebum, make-up and pollution while respecting the skin’s physiological pH.
jane iredale BeautyPrep™ Face Toner ($35, janeiredale.com)
The high-performance daily toner, is designed to restore and prepare the surface of the skin to help makeup go on smoother and last longer. Infused with Herbasome, a Fruit Extract water that contains organic Lemon Grass, Apple, Pear, Carrot and Coconut Water to restore the surface of the skin and balance pH. It refines the appearance of pores and moisturizes to help makeup go on smoother and last longer. Awarded ECOCERT’s Natural Cosmetics certification.
I have never heard or this baby brand until recently and I love the design of everything they carry! Focused on kids aged 1-4 years old, their modern yet cute colors and characters put their products on my must have list for Niko. Even better, this company is family owned and Canadian too!
Let me show you what they have ready for this summer:
The Näj neoprene swim vest helps kids stay warm, even when the water isn’t bathtub temperature, while they learn to swim! Available in Aqua or Grey, this swim vest comes with eight removable floats, to gradually reduce buoyancy as the child learns. With full 50+ SPF sun protection and a safety strap to keep the vest in place, little ones can take their first paddles in safety and comfort.
These flexible water shoes, Shoöz, Size XS for Niko at 4 months old below
The Shöoz are perfect water shoes to protect baby’s feet at the pool, beach, lakes and any outdoor activities, while being as comfortable as a pair of socks. Let your baby safely explore his surroundings with these flexible shoes.
Since we live in Vegas, something like this is important for the very intense summers we have. These safe and fun water shoes are awesome! I think Niko will be able to fit into these by July or August when it’s super hot in Vegas!
Sölar are the perfect baby and toddler sunglasses: made to last! With ultra flexible frames, full UV protection and polarized lenses for added clarity, these sunglasses are a must have for days by the water. Available in Aqua, Lime or Pink, parents love them because they’re durable and reversible but kids will love them because they’re cool!
There is an additional strap you can use to ensure they stay on! We have used the Sölar sunglasses on our walks, by the pool, and in the car already. With his little nose, the strap really helps 🙂
Find out more about bblüv and shop for your summer vacation on www.bbluvgroup.com