It’s me! My very own before and after on myself 🙂 I thought I would have a difficult time posting this, but to my own surprise I am actually excited about it! It’s a lot of pressure to feel like you always have to be perfectly put together, don’t you think? Of course I think it’s so fun to get ready and get dolled up! But my reality, especially over the last year, is that I definitely don’t get ready everyday. Sometimes, there’s just lots of other things I need to get done.
I’m working on conquering my insecurities. Because, insecurities are just….annoying! Aaaaaand sometimes cause me do things that are inconvenient and kind of weird. For example making my husband Jeff, go into a restaurant and order my food (having to call me mid-order because he can’t remember all the ways I like my order,) then bring it to me so I can eat in the car. Because I didn’t get ready and I am certain that I’ll run into people I know. I’ve always known that it’s a little ridiculous, but writing it out, just confirmed it. 😎
I remember once when I was a young teen, complaining to my mom about not liking the shape of my legs. And she said something that I had never thought about before. She turned to me and said “At least you have legs. And not only do you have them, but they work. There are so many people that would give anything just to have the chance to walk.”
She was right. I try to remember that our bodies are meant to be able to do things, and they don’t just exist to look a certain way.
Speaking of bodies, I am constantly having issues with my neck and back. Ya, I’m already falling apart I know! Haha, and I picked an interesting profession to work in, since I’m always hunched over while I’m working. When I have a tension headache I’ll lay down on my back with a pillow under my knee’s and rest on this thing here, and I just found it for half the price I paid for it! Even if I only lay there for a few minutes, it at least helps a little bit with my neck pain, so I thought I’d share.
So here are the details on my getting ready process:
I get spray tans 1-2 times per month and I go to Bella Airbrush Tanning in Salt Lake. I get the half body tan (much cheaper if you get a package) and I ask the owner Amanda to do from my knee’s down and then my chest up. Kind of funny but I wear a lot of long maxi skirts and short sleeves tops, so the parts she tans is about all anyone sees! If I obey all the rules (there’s super useful info on the Bella site,) my tans last about a week, sometimes up to a week and a half. I always exfoliate with the Baiden Mitten before my tanning appointment.
I curled my hair using the Sultra 1 inch curling iron. This curling iron curls my hair faster than any curling iron I’ve tried. And I sprayed my hair with Oribe Beach Spray, and I found it on Amazon! Guys, why do I love Amazon so much!?
And here are the details on my makeup:
Complexion: Laura Mercier Smooth Finish foundation (this is like a medium coverage foundation, good for oily skin.) theBalm Bronzer on my forehead and neck, nose contour by Maskcara in Shadow, under eye concealer is Laura Mercier Secret Concealer, I used #3. Blush is Tarte Cheek Stain in Flush (you can’t really tell in this photo, but it’s like a sheer berry color.)
Eyes: Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer, and I just used one eyeshadow actually and it was MAC Antiqued. Lancome Le Stylo eyeliner in Noir.Hypnose Mascara, Flare lashes combo pack. And my new fav brow pencil (because it’s super fast) Dolce&Gabbana brow pencil in Soft Brown. A more budget friendly option, and one I use often is Brow Wiz.
Lips: Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro Lip Stain in Gio
I mostly needed a before and after photo, but Jessica took some other photos and did a great job!This blazer is already on sale and if you enter the code 20PRES15 at checkout it’s an additional 20% off for Presidents Day. It’s a little spendy but fits amazingly and is so comfy. Same with this top! Enter the code at checkout (sometimes I forget to enter the codes! Don’t forget!) And this is the necklace I’m wearing.
I hope you all had the most wonderful Valentine’s Day yesterday and a great Sunday xoxoxo