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Five Must Haves Makeup Products

Monday, January 21st, 2013

Let’s face it, being a mom is a busy job. Sometimes if feels like all my day consists of is diaper changes, play dates, and snack time I don’t always have the time to apply a full face of makeup, but I know that taking that extra bit of time to take care of myself is really going to make me feel more confident the rest of the day. So what do you do when you want to still look fresh and put together without a lot of time? Stick to the basics. These are my five go-to products that you can apply with a limited amount of time.

  1. Dior Show Mascara - Who needs false lashes with a few coats of this stuff
  2. O- Gloss from Smashbox- Glossy with a tiny tint of pink.
  3. MAC blush- Our favorite is Springsheen
  4. Laura Mercier concealer- Nothing I have found hides under eye circles better.
  5. Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer- It has SPF 20, moisturizes and has a little coverage. This is a power punch, must have product.


Leslie is a fashion major, turned preschool art teacher, turned stay at home mom. She is currently attempting to self publish a children’s book. She enjoys spending time with her family, sewing, photographing and documenting her family memories on her blog Cute and Peculiar.

Facial Recipes

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011


Why get dressed up and go out to a salon, when you can get the same benefits, and remain comfortable in your own space. The following masks are a few I found in my search for great skin with ingredients we all have in our refrigerator and pantry.  

These DIY facial recipes are super easy, good enough to eat and only take a few minutes to prepare. Great skin is only a kitchen away!

Papaya, Avocado Banana Facial (to moisturize)

1/2 Avocado
1/2 Banana
1/2 Papaya

1. Mash the banana, avocado and papaya just enough so you have a nice smooth paste that you can apply to your face without it running off

2. Spread the paste gently and equally with your fingertips on your clean face and neck; keep the eye area clear. Then lie down, relax and leave the mask on for 15-20 minutes

3. Then wash off mask with alternately cold and warm water and end with a splash of cold; pat your skin dry with a clean towel. Finally apply a moisturizer, this way you “seal” your skin to keep the water inside

Yogurt, Honey, Oats Banana Facial (anti-aging)

1 Banana
2 Tablespoons plain unflavored Yogurt, with active cultures
1 Tablespoon Organic Honey
Mineral Water

1. Warm up the honey until it becomes liquid (not too hot!) by putting it in a small glass or metal bowl which is immersed in hot water. Mash the banana, add the other ingredients and mix everything well until you have a smooth paste (add either oatmeal flour or water to get the right consistency)

2. Spread the paste gently and equally with a facial mask brush or spatula on your clean face and neck; keep the eye area clear. Lie down, relax and leave mask on for 20 minutes.

3. Then wash off mask  with lukewarm water; pat your skin dry with a clean towel.


Waterfall Braid

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011


With the summer heat, your hair can be hard to manage. Keeping your hair down can be hot and sticky if you’re spending a lot of time outside with the little ones, and sometimes a plain ponytail just isn’t enough to quench our thirst for a fun, summery style. This is a very beautiful and fun variation of a French Braid that is perfect for moms, teens, tweens, and little girls! This style is great for any occasion, whether it be to a play date, strolling on the beach or a night out on the town. Revamp that original french braid with this super cool Waterfall – French Braid.


1. Separate front section to not be included in braid + tie
2. French braid top section leaving the section underneath free + straight
3. After each plait leave a little section under the braid
4. Continue until al the way across the back
5. Plait all the way down the length of the hair and tie