Recent Beauty Purchases

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Being in my 30’s, with 2 kids and a full time job, it’s very easy to get out of the loop of the best beauty products.  I know I should be better at knowing what the best makeup is since I work around it all day long.  But it’s so easy to get stuck in the same routine every day…  3 years later my routine isn’t working any more.  I realized this recently and decided to update things!

I have been very fortunate to be around some of the best makeup artist in the industry to ask my questions, Jaclyn Hill and Nicole (lipsticknick).  I mostly needed help with my face routine.  I asked them both their favorites and purchased everything they said.

I’m sharing today everything they told me to get, plus a few of my picks.

Don’t forget that today, November 15th is the last day for the Sephora Rouge/VIB 20% off sale.  Don’t forget to use your code for extra savings!!!

1. Sisley Primer: I think a primer before foundation can make or break your foundation thru out the day.  I have struggled finding the right primer for over a year.  Within a couple hours of applying my foundation it breaks up and looks messy all over my face.  Jaclyn has been telling me this is best primer but I haven’t wanted to spend the money on it.  I finally broke down (after a year of bad foundation looks) and decided to try it.  I’ve used it every day for the last 10 days with all different foundations and my makeup has not moved!!!  At my age, with my many skin issues, this primer is worth the money to keep my foundation smooth and flawless all day long.

2. Too Face ‘Better Than Sex’ Mascara: This is a repurchase to me!  It’s been my favorite mascara for more than a year.  I can’t live without it!  It makes my eyelashes thick and long.

3. Quai Finishing Cream: I love my hair to have that bedhead, lived in, messy look.  With my blonde highlights I have to make sure I don’t use anything that makes my hair look dry.  A cream that is lightweight is the perfect solution.  I’ve used this several times in the last week and I’m in love!  It’s lightweight and doesn’t weigh down my hair.  It gives it lots of texture, body, shine and smooths out the ends.

4. & 5. Chanel Foundation & Powder: This is the foundation and powder that came recommended by Nicole.  It’s what she used on me for the Halloween party.  The foundation is incredible!  It’s a medium to full coverage.  I have applied a thin layer for a daytime look and it looks like natural skin (just better!).  For a nighttime/going out look I apply a little more, it still has a natural look with more full coverage.  It also feels weightless on my skin.

The loose powder is a great setting powder!  I love using a big fluffy brush to apply all over my face to set my foundation.  It feels amazing going on and give a smooth, gorgeous finish.

6. Oribe Supershine Moisturizing Cream: This is a hair product I can not live a day without!  This is a holy grail product for me!  I apply to wet hair before I blow dry my hair.  It is moisturizing, texturizing, smoothes frizz, adds shine, heat protection, lightweight (won’t weigh down your hair)

7. Make Up Forever Eyeliner: I’ve always preferred an eyeliner, I’ve never mastered a gel liner.  I love one that stays on and won’t budge, but yet will buff out as I’m blending my eyeshadow.  This one is perfect!!!!  It’s what I was wearing in my Halloween makeup look.

8. Kat Von D Shade & Face Contour Palette: I’ve really struggled with what powder to set my under eye area.  I always feel like my under eye looks old and wrinkled.  And that my makeup settles and creases really quickly.  Jaclyn told me to get this palette and use the lightest color to set my under eye.  It’s been life changing!!!!  You can also purchase each color separately.  I choose to purchase the whole palette because I may want to use the other colors.

9. Chanel Chance: I’m obsessed with pretty much all Chanel perfumes!!  I think they are the best!  My all time favorite fragrance for going out (more of a sexy fragrance) is Coco Chanel Mademoiselle (different than the traditional Coco Chanel fragrance).  I also love their new Gabrielle fragrance.  I’m probably thru half my bottle by now.  I wanted to get this Chanel chance (pink color) because I was looking for a great daytime, light fragrance.  I like to spray perfume every morning, no matter what.  Even if I’m going to they gym.  Ok… especially if I’m going the gym.  I never want anyone to smell any sort of stick off of me.  I give myself a few sprays every time I leave the house, and drench myself when I go to the gym :)

10. Quai Soft Mousse: I have very thick, naturally frizzy hair.  But I’m always looking for something that can give me texture and volume.  I’ve used this once and it seems perfect.  It gave me tons of body in my hair and texture.  While feeling soft and looking very natural.

11. Kat Von D Liquid Lipstick: Obsessed with this formula!!!!!  I’ve heard it’s amazing and it did not disappoint!  With all my liquid lipsticks, I take the time to apply 2-3 layers before I leave the house.  Waiting several minutes in between applying each layer.  The first time I wore this lip it was to a party, with a lot of eating and drinking.  I wore the lip without reapplying for over 6 hours. When I got home I saw that the lip had not moved! Absolute perfection!  The shade I have been wearing is ‘Lovecraft’.  I plan on getting more shades :)

12. Charlotte Tilbury Perfecting Powder: Powder can be a tricky thing.  We need it, but if it’s not good it can make your makeup look really bad.  In my attempt to switch up my face routine I asked Jaclyn what powder she suggested for me.  She told me to get this one.  It just came in the mail today and I haven’t had a chance to use it yet.  I swatched it and it looks amazing!!  I can’t wait to try it and see what it does to my foundation routine.

13. Make Up Forever Foundation: This is the foundation that Jaclyn recommended to me.  I have loved it!  It is a full coverage foundation and gives my skin a flawless finish.  It lasts all day without moving.  Although it’s a full coverage it does not feel heavy on my skin.  I wore it to a birthday party this past Saturday night and everyone kept asking what I did different to my makeup because it looked so good. I give all the credit to my new foundation!

XO, Rachel

Breast Augmentation Surgery

breast augmentation surgery

It is been 2 weeks since my breast augmentation surgery.  I thought this would be the perfect time to share my experience and thoughts on the whole process.  This is a surgery so many women think about having, or have had done.  I have had soooo many questions about mine.  I thought I would open up and share what you all want to know.

Why did I have the surgery?

When I was young, before I had babies, I had very nice (small) perky breasts.  I never really thought about wanting them bigger.  I think breasts at all sizes are beautiful.  When I got pregnant with my oldest, Sofia, my boobs went from a size B to a DDD.  I was blessed with a lot of breastmilk to feed my babies.  After I stopped nursing my boobs deflated a lot!  The ‘meat’ of my breast went back to a size B, but with a lot of stretched out skin.  I would describe my boobs as tube socks with some applesauce at the bottom.  They drooped down and laid against my chest.  I felt so unsexy!  I rarely would even let John see my topless.  Every swimsuit, bra, lingerie I ever wore had an underwire and tons of padding.

How long did I nurse my kids?

I nursed exclusively (no formula) for 6 months with Sofia and 10 months with Caleb.  Caleb was much more into nursing than Sofia was.  Typical man… always into the breast! lol

How I knew it was the right time?

I knew immediately when I was done nursing Sofia that I would get a breast augmentation surgery.  I planned on waiting until I was completely done having children.  No sense in fixing something then having it get all messed up again.  I also wanted to wait until my kids were a little older so I wouldn’t have to feel bad not picking them up for a couple weeks.  Being the planner I am, I planned to do it when both kids were in school full time.  Get the surgery done in a slow month of the school year.  Hoping the kids will be so busy they won’t really notice.  And I can take the time I need to recover properly.

A couple days before surgery:

I have been waiting for this surgery for yeeeeears!  When I scheduled it I was so excited I screamed!  I counted down the days like a child waiting for Christmas Day.  Then 4 days before my surgery, I realized I’m having surgery and got really nervous.  I had only been focusing on having perfect breasts that I forgot to think about the process and the fact that I was going under the knife.  I started to freak out about the results;  What if they are to big? to small? not perky enough?  I got nervous about the anesthesia, the pain, the recovery.  I became very weird and emotional and moody.

Day before my surgery / pre-op:

The morning before my surgery I woke up excited and hopeful, with a stomach full of butterflies and nerves.  I had a doctor appointment that day, to go over all the details of the surgery day.  Meeting with my doctor calmed sooooo many of my nerves.  Talking with my doctor, hearing all the details and seeing how calm he was put me at ease.  Plus he has the best personality and made me feel so much calmer.  He made me feel so confident my surgery was going to go smooth.  After the appointment I watched a movie and relaxed the rest of the day.  I felt mostly calm and relaxed.

About 10:00pm that night I started getting really anxious again.  I kept counting down the hours.  The anticipation was killing me!!  I hate needles and hospitals and anything medical.  I was more nervous about getting my IV put in than the surgery and recovery.  I couldn’t eat or drink anything after midnight.  So my plan was to eat a huge meal around 10:30 or 11:00.  But my nerves were so intense I could barely eat.  My doctor gave me some valium for the recovery and told me it was ok to take one the night before for nerves.  So I did, even with that I barely slept.

Surgery Day:

I woke up calm and focused.  For me, the worst part was the leading up to the surgery and the anticipation; not the surgery itself.  At this point I only had a couple hours till I was under anesthesia and I was put out of my misery.  When I was taken back to prep for surgery I got very hyper and tried to make a lot of jokes, my way of dealing with my anxiousness :) John and Jaclyn sat with me until they wheeled me back into the surgery room.  They were both so amazing, sweet and comforting to me!

Being wheeled back to surgery was so strange.  I had so many nerves I was talking non-stop about random stuff to everyone.  Next thing I knew I was waking up in recovery.  I remember saying how tight my chest felt.  It was a tightness I can’t describe, soooo tight!  I have to be honest, the rest of the day is very blurry.  Coming off of anesthesia and being on pain meds made my brain very foggy, unable to think straight and remember much of anything.

John and Jaclyn helped me get my clothes on, put me in a wheel chair, drive me back to the hotel and get me in my hotel room.  I remember eating chicken noodle soup with some saltine crackers and ginger ale.  I didn’t want to get nauseous from the pain meds so I knew I needed some kind of food in my stomach.  After some food I got up, walked around my room, showed everyone my new boobs :) I started watching a movie, then took a huge nap.

Random side note: my doctor told me to wear something comfortable to the surgery because that is what I will wear home and most likely wear the rest of the day and sleep in.  And to wear something that buttons up the front because it will be too uncomfortable to put something over my head. And he was right!  I wore these pj’s (got a size small) and lived in them for at least 24 hours!  So soft and comfortable!!  Then the next day I switched into these pj’s (got a size medium).  I lived in both of these for the first week.  I also slept with this blanket every night, and still do!  It is the softest thing I have ever felt.  It made sleeping much easier to have a comfy blanket to cuddle with or wrap around me to make my sleeping position more comfortable.  And of course I got the bathrobe as well!  When I find something this soft and I’m stuck at home recovering I’m going to get the bathrobe!  I have literally lived in these items the past 2 weeks!!!

First night after surgery:

This was very challenging for me!  I like to sleep on my side or stomach.  After this surgery you have to sleep elevated on your back.  I had to put 2-3 pillows under me and sleep elevated.  This position is so uncomfortable at any time for me, especially when I am in a lot of pain.  I woke up a ton of times, very uncomfortable and in a lot of pain.  I kept up with all my medications that my doctor gave me. I took them every 4 hours to stay ahead of the pain.  But even with that, I was still in a lot of pain.
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Morphe x Jaclyn Hill Eyeshadow Palette Reveal

jaclyn hill x Morphe eyeshadow palette

The long awaited announcement is finally here!  Jaclyn Hill (so weird for me to call her that because she’s my sister :) ) revealed her eyeshadow palette and the launch date!!!!!!!!

35 gorgeous custom shades releasing June 21, 2017

Jaclyn has been working on this palette for 2 years and it’s absolute perfection!  The colors, the formulas, the packaging… the only way to describe it is perfect!

I have personally been using this palette every day for months.  As soon as I got one in my hands I have never reached for another eyeshadow.  It has every color I need to create any look I want.

These eyeshadows blend and apply like no others I have ever used.  They go on like a dream!! They are so pigmented, I do not get fall out through out the day and the shadows never move on my lids.

jaclyn hill Morphe palette swatches

Nothing like this has ever been done!!!!!  No one has ever created 35 custom shades (the most gorgeous shades I have ever seen!) for $38!!  Morphe and Jaclyn are changing the beauty industry, showing everyone that you can get the best quality for a great price.

Working with Jaclyn behind the scenes has been an honor.  She is so creative and hard working.  She loves and cares about her subscribers so much, she will not stop working until the final product is complete perfection.  To watch her come up with ideas is being in the presence of a creative genius.  Paired with her hard work, her dreams have become a reality.

jaclyn hill x Morphe launch date

What’s in My Sephora VIB Shopping Cart

Sephora insider shopping event 2017

I love it when Sephora does their Insider shopping event!  I try out new products that I’ve been looking at and stock up on some favorite must haves.

1. Natasha Denona Eyeshadow Palette

I have been wanting to try her eyeshadows for a while.  I keep hearing rave reviews.  I love this smaller palette of 5 colors.  It also comes in many different color schemes.

2. YSL Lipstick

I recently got a YSL lipstick and I’m obsessed!  They really do have the best nude shades.  They are so creamy and gorgeous!!

3. Tom Ford Lip Balm

I love tinted lip balms for summer.  It’s a great way to keep my lips hydrated while keeping the overall makeup look light and fresh.  I like to wear something like this to the pool or beach.

4. YSL The Shock Volumizing Mascara

I just got this mascara and I’m can’t get enough!!  I had to share it with you all!  I’m getting another tube to have a backup in my purse.

5. Ardency Inn Eyeliner

The best black eyeliner ever!  Goes on smooth with no tugging and stays aaaaaalllllll day.  Mine is running low so I’m picking up another one.

6. Givenchy Bronzer

With summer right around the corner I start to get obsessed with bronzers.  This one just came out and it looks gorgeous.  Anything to give me that summer sun kissed bronzed look.

7. Natasha Denona Sunset Eyeshadow Palette

This looks so gorgeous!!!!!!

8. Cover FX Setting Powder

My favorite setting powder!  I’ve been using it for at least 6 months.  It’s running low, time to get more :)

9. Cover FX Natural Finish Foundation

I just started wearing this foundation a couple weeks ago and it is my absolute favorite foundation!  I don’t know how it took me so long to find this?!  It is an absolutely gorgeous finish!  I am shade p20 for reference.

10. Chanel Coco Mademoiselle Perfume

My holy grail favorite perfume ever!  I’ve been out of it for a while.  It’s time to get it again!

11. Tatcha Sunscreen

My favorite face sunscreen.  I used it every day last summer.  Need to get another bottle for this summer.

12. Amika Dry Shampoo

Love this dry shampoo!  It smells so good and isn’t to drying.

13. GlamGlow Setting Spray

I’ve been ride or die for the Urban Decay setting spray for years.  This one just came out and I’ve heard all the former UD setting spray lovers are switching over to this one.  This is definitely one I need to try!

14. Bare Minerals Lipgloss

One of the best lipglosses on the market!  I absolutely love their formula.  Definitely picking up another one or two in some fun shades.

15. Tom Ford Soleil Blanc Shimmering Body Oil

I have always wanted to try this.  I love the idea of my skin glistening and glowing all summer long!

Spring Time Make-Up Look

bare minerals matte liquid lipstick frenemy

EYES: Anastasia Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow Palette | LASHES: Too Faced ‘Better Than Sex’ Mascara | CONCEALER: Tarte Shape Tape (in shade fair) | LIPS: Bare Minerals Matte in shade ‘Frenemy’ | BRONZER: Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soleil (in shade light/medium) | BLUSH: Becca ‘Flowerchild’ | HIGHLIGHT : Laura Geller ‘Gilded Honey’ | BROWS: Anastasia Brow Definer (shade soft brown ) + Clear Brow Gel

In the spring I like to wear my make up very fresh and light.  I like to keep it more natural with a fun and happy lip color.  I’m obsessed with this lip color!  It’s so fresh and beautiful!  The shade is so perfect for spring and summer.

I’m very hesitant to try matte lipsticks.  They tend to feel so dry and uncomfortable on my lips.  But this one feels amazing! It lasts all day long while still feeling incredible on my lips!  The first day I wore it I was hooked!  And I’ve been wearing it all week.

I finally ordered the Tarte Shape Shape concealer and it’s amazing!  I don’t know why I waited so long.  It has incredible coverage and doesn’t crease all day.

While I was ordering it I discovered the 21 days of beauty at Ulta.  I wish I had discovered it sooner!  Each day for 21 days they have different products on sale 50% off.  They have amazing deals on some great products!
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