Gerard Cosmetics Thoughts & Swatches

ButterCream

Buttercream

ButterCup

Buttercup

Fergie Daily

Fergie Daily by Wet n Wild

Kimchi Doll

Kimchi Doll

These lipsticks have a really nice smooth texture. I really like the colors I received. I think I really want to buy more lip glosses because I liked the consistency and the color pay off. Watch my video to hear more!

OOTD

      

Black dress – target

Black sheer kimono – Ross

Fringe booties – Sam Edelman bought on Amazon

Necklace – bought in the Dominican on vacation. It’s a stone only found in the DR. 

The Sam Edelman boots were a STEAL. I was going to buy them on sale at Nordstrom.com but I always check Amazon too. Well on Nordstrom they were $130 …….. And on Amazon they were $49!!!! Of course the colors were different and from different seasons, but the $49 was worth passing on the lighter brown ones at Nordy. 

Schwinn 420 Elliptical

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We recently purchased this Schwinn 430 from Wal-mart because after our move we decided to cancel our gym membership. I love going to exercise classes, but the gym became such a hassle. It took hours to drive to the gym, check Audrey into the daycare, drop my stuff off in a locker, get to the class and set up, actually complete a workout……etc. Plus the gym membership here in San Antonio was going to be MORE expensive than it was in Denver. The Schwinn 430 was $577 plus tax. We considered that if we stayed with a gym not only would we have driving costs, we would also pay $150/month for our membership. Back in Denver we owned an older model Schwinn 430 elliptical that we sold before the move. I LOVED my old elliptical. It was light and easy to use, so I knew I wanted to get another one eventually.

This newer Schwinn 430 has a lot more features than my older one did. It has speakers, a fan, can keep memory for 2 users, more programs, larger foot pads, flash drive plug to transfer data, and I think it’s cheaper than the older one was. Compared to the older model, this one is definitely heavier and a bit bulkier. It’s still a good size for in home use though. I like having a fan in the monitor, that and a larger holder for my water bottles/remotes. The stride length is 20 inches vs. 18 inches on the older model. This also has a manual incline that you can adjust if you like, but I haven’t felt the need to use it. My husband set it up by himself with a few basic tools. It took a few hours and once it was set up we discovered that the monitor sat crooked and the heart rate monitor wasn’t working. I contacted Schwinn the next week and they were SO helpful. I just explained to them what was wrong and they shipped us new parts. Unfortunately the heart rate still wont pick up so I called them this week and they were just as nice as the first time. They sent out a whole new digital monitor that I hope will fix the problem. I am super impressed with their customer service.

I don’t really have any cons for this elliptical. I suppose I wish the poles were a few inches taller. It was awkward at first, but I’ve started to get used to them. They definitely give my arms a workout so I can’t really complain too much about their design.

I’m very happy with our decision to start exercising at home. It’s given us more family time because Tom exercises in the morning and I exercise in the afternoon which allows us to spend our evenings together instead of at the gym.

Is It Better Than Sex? #toofaced

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I have loved the Too Faced line for a long time. This brand is an example of how much product packaging influences people. I am always drawn to the packaging first and the product second when it comes to Too Faced. It really pulls my girl heart strings, so I honestly don’t know why it took me so long to try this stuff. I received a few samples while I had eyelash extensions so I wasn’t able to really try it. Once I made the decision to stop getting extensions I was on the hunt for a mascara. I went back to my old favorite by Hard Candy, but it didn’t have the same magic. I think they may have changed the formula of the Hard Candy Volume mascara because I used to LOVE it and the last tube I tried was disappointing. So on I went in search of a new mascara. I ended up having problems keeping my lashes curled. It seemed like anytime I curled my lashes and then added mascara they would fall flat. No amount of curling was helping them stay up, even products like the Benefit Rollerlash didn’t work. I never used to have any issues with keeping my lashes curled so this was new territory. There is a super talented makeup artist called Amrezy and she mentioned that this was her favorite mascara. This is when I finally decided to go out and give it a try, and I’ve been loving it. The packaging it so cute and sturdy. I think it has an aluminum outer so that gives it some weight. The brush doesn’t look ‘user friendly’ but it is. I was using the L’Oreal Voluminous and I think it’s good……..but I always thought it was a tad too wet. I had to be careful applying it or my lashes would clump. I’ve been using the Better Than Sex mascara for about a week now and I really like it. Some days after I apply it my curl goes flat, but I can easily re-curl my lashes and it actually holds. The only CON I have is that it does flake a little bit. I imagine that the older the tube gets the more the formula will flake……I just don’t know how long a tube will last yet. Right now I only notice 3-4 small flakes at the end of the day so it’s pretty easy to just wipe away.

So now the big question – “Is it better than sex?”. Well I have to say NO of course not, at least to me haha.

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ER With Audrey

Last night we were in the ER until after midnight. Audrey was having some trouble breathing so I decided to take her in. I knew something was off the whole day and by the afternoon she had gotten worse. I wasn’t sure why she was having a hard time breathing but she had been sick with some sort of cold. It would have been nice to have family close by to help out :(. Tom was doing his own thing out of town so it’s been just me and her all weekend.  Once we arrived they brought us in within 5 minutes so that was nice. It’s pretty common for kids to have some sort of illness that causes breathing issues. RSV is one that is very common in young children, but that is not what she had. Either way I knew that the ER would be perfectly equipped to help her. I wasn’t anxious or scared, just stressed that I had to juggle everything by myself. Poor Baron was stuck inside all day. He was very happy to see us when we got home, I’m sure he was worried about us. I don’t like seeing my baby sad. She’s got such a fun personality and it was being extinguished. She was such a fighter. We had to restrain her multiple times in order to give her breathing treatments. After hours of waiting and treatments she started to improve. Luckily I had a purse full of fun makeup to play with while Audrey slept. I may be in the hospital all night but I’m gonna look fresh lol!

OOTD



Sweater and shirt – Forever 21

Shoes – Toms

Jeans – True Religion Julie

Belt – brown Abercrombie leather 

Watch – Michael Kors

Earrings – diamond stud

I went pretty natural with my makeup. I used black eyeliner by NYC and the Too Faced Naturals palette. I am wearing the GORGEOUS Tom Ford lipstick in Blush Nude. 

Best Coverage Powder



I have tried SO many powders in my lifetime. This Dior Skin powder is pretty amazing. Every time I go on vacation to a humid area, this is the foundation I use. It has SPF 25 and I am the color 020. The compact is refillable. So once your powder is out you just buy a refill and you can see I am just about out. I have owned this product for about 4 years. I have used it on and off like most of my other makeup products. I rarely make it through a makeup product, but I just keep going back to this one.  It has taken me a long time to use this up but I switch up my makeup routine seasonally. I use translucent powder a large part of the year so this powder gets a break. This is not cheap, but after years of using it I can say it’s worth it. It has very good coverage and the texture is very smooth. When I use cheaper drugstore powders they always seem to have these tiny granules in them. After you go through the first layer you can see little bumps on the surface. I rarely buy products again because I like to try new items, but I plan to repurchase this. 

Here you can see the bumps I am referring to in cheaper powders. This is the maybelline instant age rewind. I liked it until the bumps showed up.