My Self Tanning Nightmare Using Neutrogena Build A Tan

After running low on my Supergoop self tanner, I grabbed a bottle of Neutrogena Build A Tan at Target last week to keep my fake tan flowing. I’ve read good things about it and it’s a gradual formula- what could go wrong?

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Well, this.

Here’s a pic of my leg showing what it did after just one use. I applied it exactly the same way I do with every self tanner I’ve ever used and even though I’ll get some minor streaking from time to time (as we all do..) this is a first. I was wishing I had one of those Bronze Buffers to erase the streaking because there was no way I could wear anything showing my legs until it was gone. Luckily the formula washed right off (another not so great thing) so there wasn’t a hint of color left behind.

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So while I was at Vitamin Cottage today I remembered how much I loved this Nature’s Gate Glow Lotion when the company sent me some to review years ago. I slapped some on after my shower and I’m already golden bronzed. I bought the one for medium skin tones to get a deeper color versus the one for light skin. No streaks, no scent, and it’s a natural formula.

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All self tanners are not created equal. Do some digging before you waste money on one that streaks, stinks, or just doesn’t work.

The Wallet That Oprah and I Both Have: Tusk Capri

I used to be like ‘what purse matches this outfit’ and now it’s more like ‘spit up is the new black.’ Yes, things change when you have kids, especially in the beginning when you dive into it head first and ditch everything on and around you that isn’t baby-related. After a while though you start waking up from zombie mode and you want to feel more normal- like your ‘old self’ whatever that means. After I stopped carrying matching purses I used this cheap fabric pouch that I’d toss in the diaper bag, but now I’ve transitioned to my Tusk Capri Double Zip Checkbook Clutch and I think I finally have a winner.

I actually asked Mike for this last Christmas after Oprah chose it as one of her favorite things (long live that list!!)

It’s deceiving because it’s so compact, but it actually holds a ton- keys, phone, gloss, and pens with room to spare for cards and cash.  It’s a casual clutch with a grown up vibe because the leather is beautiful and it’s constructed really well so I know I’ll have it forever. Not carrying a purse means no extra bulk with another bag to carry, just the basics stashed away in a sleek little package.

There’s something nice about this little wallet that makes me feel more put together even if I am in workout clothes with my hair in some sort of knot on top of my head. It’s also kinda amazing to think that somewhere in the world, living a totally different life, Oprah might be carrying around the same damn thing.

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This is the one I have Black/Magenta it’s actually just a bright red.

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I liked this one too in Sapphire/Moss.

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There’s also Marine/Magenta.

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Then there’s Plum/Sapphire which doesn’t look plum to me at all actually.

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Acne Skin? Try This: Murad Acne Starter Kit

Murad’s new Acne Starter Kit $30 is a total homerun for breakouts and redness. It’s a grown-up solution for troubled skin, so it clears it up quickly without drying or peeling. It’s so gentle and makes skin feel great. Since I haven’t been getting facials like I used to, my skin is up and down so I’ve been using the Acne Clearing Solution which helps with shine and reduces inflammation. I love the way it makes my skin feel and when I use the Mattifier SPF 15 over it, my skin is totally primed so foundation smooths right over it. A mattifing SPF is key for the summer months so you don’t turn into an oil slick in the sun.

I used Proactiv years ago and hated it. It dried my skin out and left it flakey and red without clearing anything up. It was too harsh and not effective. This kit is the opposite. Try it first if your skin has been giving you a hard time.

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Spring Fashion Inspiration

Somewhere along the way during my back to back pregnancies, I gave up trying to be fashionable and basically wore the same 5 t-shirts over and over. Why spend tons of money on clothes I was hoping to not fit into for long? So here I am, almost 6 months post-Everly and ready to clear out the t-shirts and update my wardrobe just in time for spring.

Prints, color, and funky gold necklaces were what grabbed at Nordstrom (BP) and Macy’s. Such a change from black, grey, stripes, and t-shirts! ‘I do not need one more striped shirt,’ is a motto I have to repeat over and over while shopping in order to encourage some sort of diversity in my closet.

Here’s what I ended up with- pieces that have me totally inspired for sunshine, summer, and a more updated look.

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Check Out May’s People StyleWatch (…And Not Just Because I’m In It.)

Did you catch me in this month’s issue of People StyleWatch magazine?? On Page 151 to be specific. There you’ll find coupons for $2 off Bio True contact lens solution and Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Hair Texturizing Cream. Beyond that though you’ll see 50 beauty tips including makeup tricks and cute outfit ideas.

Sidebar: I’m obsessed with Bio True and have bought it at Costco for years. Since I started using it, my contacts last over a month so I save huge on lenses.

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Check out more beauty tips at PeopleStyleWatch.com and my Spring Survival Kit HERE.

5 Tips for Making Easter Baskets for Your Kids

I know, Easter was last Sunday but I made the girl’s baskets Saturday night so this post isn’t late when you think about it that way. Just pin it and dig it up next year when you’re scrambling for DIY basket ideas like I know you will. This was my second attempt but  I learned from my mistakes last year so these are keepers. I don’t think I’ll have to make baskets ever again. Here are 4 things to keep in mind when creating your own baskets.

Grab what you like then figure out how to make it work. I loved the flowers in the can but I didn’t know how exactly I wanted to incorporate them until I got started. They worked out perfectly with a little glue and dots from the lettering kit in the middle of each one.

Think function. These baskets weren’t Easter specific, just colored ones I found at Michael’s. Harper’s basket from last year was too small and the handle was so low that we couldn’t get books to fit inside. When they get older we’ll put shirts and other grown up goodies in there, I think the size of these baskets will work for that phase too. (Note: Post-’bunny’ we got baskets well until high school. It was just a fun tradition that I’ll do with my girls too.)

Bigger is better. The basket I made last year had lettering that was way too small so I grabbed these oversized ones and I’m so glad I did. They’re more sturdy and they stuck perfectly to the uneven texture of the basket.

Simple doesn’t mean plain. There are only two elements I used here- flowers and letters and they look great. Their function is to hold gifts and candies so they’ll look better once they’re filled anyway.

Down with glitter. I’m not a fan of glitter on things for kids anyway because it transfers onto their hands and always ends up in their eyes and mouths.

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Everything was found at Michael’s, the glue gun, paper flowers, and lettering.

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Their middle names are on the back with more flowers.

I’m not especially crafty (honestly, or else I’d already have a glue gun) and it only took me about 30 minutes to put them both together.  They’ll last a long time and will be used every year like Christmas stockings so for me, the extra effort was totally worth it.