Realistic Make Up: 6 Products with Neutrogena

Today I'm excited to share a realistic make-up tutorial with my favorite Neutrogena products sponsored through Collective Bias and its advertiser. All opinions are my own, as always :) #AllDayLook #CollectiveBias

Happy Friday! 

I've shared an easy daily make-up routine, a contouring guide, and some general make up tips - but recently I've been going for something a bit more basic. I'll call it my "realistic" make up routine. It requires no foundation (maybe a bit of CC cream if my skin isn't cooperating) and takes a whole minute and a half. Its perfect for my day to day of errands and appointments (along with lots of sitting in from of a computer) and requires so little effort that on days when just getting out the door seems to require moving mountains, its still doable (the make up, not the mountain moving). 

I thought my energy was supposed to come back during the second trimester but in the past week and a half I've felt like I've needed more rest than ever before. Hmmm.....

1. Oil-free Moisturizer: Its always been important for my skin to be amply moisturized and as a girl thats prone to freckles, this added SPF is perfect (especially when I'm skipping foundation that usually gives another 20 SPF). Ben and I have been using Neutrogena's Oil-free Moisturizers for years and he won't let me buy anything else (although he prefers the version without SPF and I use that one in the evenings). 

2. Shine Control Powder: This is a new product I've only been using for about a week but I really love how it helps with this second trimester "glow" (everyone calls it a glow when really its just a lot more oil on your face). I use this mainly on my t-zone (without foundation for this look but its a great finishing powder over liquid foundation too) and it keeps the shine under control all day. 
3. Moisturizing Color Stick: I'm wearing "fresh papaya" in these pictures (it smells heavenly) but I love all the colors. The deep berry would be great for fall and the best part is they're like putting on chapstick packed with color. Skip the lipstick and don't worry about your lips drying out with this one. 

4. Nourishing Eye Liner: Here's a product I've been using for months (I picked one up for Alt Summit in January) and I love. It goes on very smooth and with a dark brown it looks a bit more natural than a stark black (and I can use a bit for shaping/filling in my brows if needed). I line my top lids, skip the bottom, and look a little more awake. 
5. Waterproof Mascara: I have never been a waterproof mascara girl but these hormones are killing me! I cry. At everything. For our anniversary trip to the temple the other week I didn't even put on eye makeup because I knew it would run by the end of the night. And so, at least for the next few months, I'm trying out this waterproof version and not letting my constant tears dictate keep me from looking put together. 

6. Healthy Skin Blends: This product I've been using since high school as a bronzer (I get the tan version called "sunkissed"). For a bit of quick color, I brushed some onto the hollows of my cheeks (and if I have an extra thirty seconds I'll contour a bit by adding some to the sides of my nose and blending a little into my hairline -- see this tutorial). 

^I finish with a touch of perfume because nothing makes me feel pretty like my favorite scent

^and my go-to second trimester outfit to accompany my minute and a half make up routine: leggings and a long top 

I am very quickly getting over my "leggings are not pants" opinion as I boycott the maternity store and nothing else accommodates my growing baby bump. I think it'll take a bit more to get me to wear them to social functions, but the grocery store is another matter entirely :) 
^jumping for joy because A) we're outside about to play frisbee B) i put on something other than pajamas C) its the weekend .... probably all three..and something to do with the tiny little baby dancing around in there (it dances, all the time).

outfit details:
chambray: years old 
leggings: c/o Agnes and Dora
flats; c/o Lulus
hair via this tutorial 

Target and Neutrogena have teamed up to bring a Target Beauty Concierge event at select Target stores around the country this month! Event begins August 24th.  Limited quantities available. Check with your local Target store for Beauty Concierge day and times. They're also offering a 20% discount on Neutrogena products through the thirtieth!

...and after watching Hayden's three beauty videos I want to visit Nashville. Anyone up for a trip? 

Dresses at the Market: An end of Summer Favorite

Local markets, downtown Cincinnati, and a killer summer dress - just a few of my favorite things.

I first heard of Findlay Market shortly after moving to Cincinnati last summer but we didn't make our first trip till the fall. Its packed full of local vendors selling everything from fresh produce and baked goods to specialty meats. They have international food options if you're looking for lunch and local craftsmen selling handmade goods. If you head there on a Saturday they also have fresh flowers and a farmers market outdoors. My very favorite part though? The macarons and other baked goods from Taste of Belgium. 

^the floor in the old part of the building

Happy Thursday! 

photography by Emily-Jane
more from this shoot can be seen by following Saks Fifth Avenue Cincinnati on Instagram

outfit details:
dress: Les Copains
hat: J. Crew (last sumer) 

7 Tips to Increase Productivity

A bit thanks to T-Mobile for sponsoring this post and for t-mobile's free tablet data. This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine, as usual :) #collectivebias #tablettrio

I feel like I live at the doctors office these days. I'm getting awfully comfortable peeing in a cup (TMI? not really sorry).  The only two buildings I've frequented more since moving here are the grocery store and the chapel (food, God, family - sounds like an acceptable list of priorities to me). Add to that a new insurance plan and entering the second trimester means I need to add dental and vision appointments to the calendar too. Yikes.

Keeping track of all the appointments is hard enough -- I woke up Monday morning as Ben was leaving for work (around 6:30) with the epiphany that I had an 8 am doctors appointment which I had forgotten about all weekend. The real challenge though, is not letting all the appointments and errands kill my productivity. Magazines and phone games are great for keeping me occupied in the waiting room, but if the doctor's running late, it eats into time I've scheduled for work, studying, or house hunting (because I swear that last one could be a full time job). And lets face it, doctors are always late.

The solution? A sleek white little tablet that slips right in the smallest of my purses (I'm a "big purse" person generally so I guess thats not very small) and comes with free data for life. All you have to do is register the tablet for 200MB of free data on T-Mobile's 4G network each month (and if you want more Walmart and T-Mobile have plenty of plans for that).  I love how easy tablets make email, keeping track of schedules, and working on blog posts. I enjoy reading on something this size INFINITELY more than my phone and so its also great for looking up last minute pregnancy things before appointments (I found this list before my last appointment which I loved because I always want to have questions but always forget what to ask).

The best part is this T-Mobile Trio AXS 7.85” 4G Tablet is under $200.

In the spirit of productivity and inspired by the minutes I'm reclaiming here and there with my new tablet - here's a list of 7 things I've started doing or am excited to try to increase productivity around here:

  1. Don't check email 'till the afternoon and only check it once or twice a day (even if this is hard with email now on my tablet AND my phone). By checking email first thing in the morning you let someone else dictate your to-do list and you spend your time, or at least your mental energy, responding to others instead of being proactive about your priorities.
  2. Stop multitasking. I love having a show going while I'm editing pictures or checking instagram while I'm waiting for something to load. While this isn't bad in the evening when things have settled into a leisurely pace, during the day I want to be more intentional about my time and train my brain to be good at focusing again (I swear social media has ruined me). 
  3. Make use of all moments: While multitasking might not be the best idea, take advantage of additional time like meals (those you eat by yourself), your commute, or waiting for meetings (like my doctors appointments). Have certain tasks like catching up on the news, listening to podcasts, or reading a book (or audiobook) designated as fillers for times like these. (Ben is a great example - with goals to be better at geography, he has apps he can jump on for a few minutes and learn something while he waits). 
  4. Don't wait until the perfect time to do something. I'm so guilty of wanting everything to be perfect before I pitch an idea, launch a project, or make a change. Instead, I need to evaluate whether the extra hours of perfecting the details really adds as much as it costs and just DO IT! 
  5. Get up earlier. With Ben getting up earlier and earlier for work, we've been better about going to bed earlier too, so there really is no excuse. 
  6. Stay healthy and fit. I don't often connect physical fitness to productivity but I know I have more energy when I'm healthy and I'm generally happier and more positive (both great things for every other area of my life). 
  7. Don't be so accessible. This kind of goes along with not checking your email every five minutes, but its okay to drop off the grid for a few hours. Its okay not to respond to text messages or tweets five minutes after they're sent (better yet, don't even read them until you have a break in your schedule). 
**if you do this last one, make sure you don't have the setting on your phone that lets the other person know you've read the message -- as much as I value responding at my own pace, if I have a question and I know someone's read it and hasn't responded yet, I get a bit impatient

^the most comfortable of dresses that I've been living in this trimester (although admittedly its not the best for doctors appointments -- I almost wore it out the door to one the other day but for ultasounds and heart beat checks its a bit more convenient to have pants or a skirt on ;)
^18 week bump and growing by the minute I tell you

What are your tips for staying more productive? 
outfit details
dress: GAP
necklaces: c/o iSanctuary
oxfords: Saks Fifth Avenue


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