mama beauty

Tuesday, January 17

Getting ready these days sometimes means throwing on a favorite sweatshirt and brushing my teeth. Other days, it means putting on a little lipstick and a pretty top. Motherhood can be a strange personal transformation. Sometimes I feel like a complete baggy-eyed zombie and other times I feel unexpectedly more feminine and womanly than I ever have before. Right now, these few items are my favorite for taking five minutes during nap time to embrace motherhood and the rest of life with my best foot forward.

one:: L'Occitane pure shea butter:: I swear by this stuff. During my pregnancy I used it every day to prevent itchiness and stretch marks and now continue to use it every night on my dry winter lips.

two:: Chanel Chance:: Tys got this for me two Christmases ago. It's my absolute favorite {so I try to use it sparingly} and smells amazing

three:: Revlon Grow Luscious mascara:: really great for making my barely there lashes look thick

four:: Dream Mouse Blush:: love this stuff cause it creates such a light peachy sheen

five:: Sephora highlighter:: for the top of my non-existent cheekbones

six:: Bare Minerals foundation and brush:: good for your skin, looks natural, takes two seconds to put on

seven:: Korres Lip Butter in jasmine:: for non-lipstick days; super moisturizing and just the right pink tint

eight:: Nars Heat Wave:: this is my absolute favorite lipstick. I consider it to be even better than my old go-to MAC Ruby Woo, which is saying something.

121 comments:

Shabana said...

Nice! I gotta get the Chanel perfume!

www.thesilverkickdiaries,blogspot.com

brandonandlindslitzner said...

i'm with you. it does get easier. however, i fully remember the day when i could actually shower, shave, AND put lotion on after said adventure.

mamalovestyle.blogspot.com

debbiecutieface.com said...

I love Chance by Chanel!

Janine said...

I think I need to buy some red lipstick. Maybe it would help with the winter blues.

The Princess Little Box said...

I´m the biggest fan of the Karité Shea Butter from
L´Occitane! I also love Chanel Chance parfume and the Red Nars lipstick, great choices!

***
www.theprincesslittlebox.blogspot.com

Petchie said...

I really want to try bare minerals I've only heard great things!

xoxo
Petchie
http://itsallofthelittlethings.blogspot.com/

evvierose said...

Ah, thanks for the tips, my lips have been so chapped lately I'll have to try some of these out!

http://wildnumbernine.blogspot.com/

xx

luvvleighb said...

I love bare minerals! I have their foundation too! And it took me some getting used to, but I like their eye shadow as well!
Luvv, Leigh B

Roanna said...

I love how your posts are totally embracing motherhood in all its aspects!

www.lavaligiadiroanna.blogspot.com

Anna said...

I like such kind of posts. Thank you :) I want to try L'Occitane pure shea butter, because my lips in winter are too dry :( ...and I've not found "my lips" product yet

christin said...

These are great staples not only for new moms (and all moms for that matter) but for us crazy working gals too. Love this post and I'll check out that Nars lipstick. I love Korres everything. ev.ery.thing.

Katya said...

Definitely have to give the shea butter a try! It sounds wonderful :)

xx
thistimeisacharm.blogspot.com

jessica said...

These are some awesome beauty tips Sydney! I'm definitely going to be trying out that shea butter (and nice to know for the future that you used it to prevent the itching and stretchmarks during pregnancy!). And, I've been wanting to purchase some of that lipstick! Good think my birthday is coming up, hopefully I can point a few of these beauty products out to hubby :)

Neris / Fashion Fractions said...

great stuff! i also use chanel chance and it's my favorite perfume ever!

xxx,

Fashion Fractions

Anna of IHOD said...

I completely agree. Its an ever changing experience but I wouldn't trade it for anything.
I have never felt more beautiful than after becoming a mother. Funny how that works!

Francis said...

I've been hearing a lot about NARS heat wave. I'm thinking of buying it soon. :)

Kittie said...

awww! I really love your blog and the way you describe your 'adventures'.

I love to see the confidence behind the outfits and photos you show. Just love it.

I'm from Portugal and now I felt so much closer to you knowing that we wear the same perfume :)

You're gorgeous and you have a gorgeous family.

Congrats :)*

Songbook said...

Being a mother really makes me feel beautiful too. Also, I've never tried a mouse blush, but I'm tempted to now- I feel like powders end up wearing off or looking cakey

sarah@totalbassetcase.com said...

Your makeup routine looks very similar to mine! I love the Chanel but I use it sparingly as well...it is such a great scent!

FashionSis said...

Love Chance from Chanel :)

http://fashionssis.blogspot.com

Kate said...

I have been looking for a good non-stick tint (I can't get into lipstick yet) for this winter-thanks for the recommendation!
-Kate from ummmnowwhat.blogspot.com

Maria said...

I use most of the same things you do! They really help me get ready quickly for school when I have five minutes and I need to run across campus to get to my next lecture!

JIN @ Love,Loss + Lacquer said...

I love how simple and straight to the point your regimen is - very nice :)

themodernbluestocking said...

We use some of the same things, which means that now I have try what I don't currently use that you recommend. Ah, good excuse for some make-up shopping!

Dizzy Lizzie said...

Nice! Love Chance.

2Anchor said...

I've always wondered about that mousse blush...I may have to go pick it up! Love your regimen, short and sweet....the best kind!

xoKylee
http://2anchor.blogspot.com

Megan Muller said...

Thanks for the review of these products! I've been on the hunt for a really good mascara and may try the one you have here!

Meg
@MissMegasaurus
www.glamoroushustle.com

Janell said...

Thanks for sharing! You are so lucky that you can use so few products and end up looking more fabulous that others who use a ton of different products. Did the Shea butter really help you prevent stretch marks? My sister used cocoa butter durin her entire pregnancy and ended up with a bunch of stretch marks anyways

Supal said...

We use 5 of the same products! The L'Occitane Shea Butter is truly heaven. I keep one in my purses bc I honestly can't live without it. Their salves are also phenomenal, you need to try those if you havent!

www.chevronsandeclairs.com

Anna Louisa said...

I second the question about the shea butter...did it help with stretch marks? I have a feeling I might be needing to know in the near future... :)

http://anna-gemutlichkeit.blogspot.com/

Andrea Garland said...

You're a pretty mama, in just eight steps :)

Elise said...

My sister and I use dream mousse blush too! It's so pretty but all of the store around here are discontinuing it!! Lame, so we bought the entire stock of one store, that shOuld last us a little while.

Kelly Brooke said...

barely there cheekbones?! i think not!

Lindsey said...

sephora highlighter: my absolute favorite tired face solution!

fun post!

xoxo
lindsey

Krysten @ Why Girls Are Weird said...

Great choices, I want to try that perfume.

Kristin Rahn said...

I'm already a huge fan of a few of these, and want to try out the rest! Motherhood isn't looking like a part of my immediate future but I do have at least a few out-of-state trips coming up next month and this looks like it would work just as well as a travel regimen! So thanks :)

Hilliary@ Happily Ever Healthy said...

Wonderful choices!

Erin @ Currently Coveting said...

I've been debating about bare minerals foundation. I don't use anything really right now but know I should be. It seems like a nice natural option!

XO,
Erin
http://erinscurrentlycoveting.blogspot.com/

momoirise said...

Thanks for sharing! I love the shea butter as well. xoxo.

violetsandcardamom.com said...

I have heard many people talk of their love for Nars Heatwave so now I must definitely see what all the hype is about. :) Great list.

Samantha said...

Chanel Chance is one of my favorites! My mom just got it for Christmas this year! Smells delish!

Sam

Casey @ My Semi Grownup Life said...

Hi Syd! I've been reading your blog for a couple weeks now and I must honestly say you've been really inspiring; not just to dress well (or try red lipstick!) but just to have a more positive outlook on life.

Just wanted to say thanks. :)

http://semi-grownuplife.blogspot.com

Drew said...

These are great products! I searched for YEARS looking for a red lipstick that worked with my skin tone without turning too fushia or dark and once I tried nars heatwave I was in love. I wear it almost daily and cannot believe how gorgeous it is on.

kitiloves said...

Love your list, because these products ae really good and budget friendly! xx

Annie said...

I use the Shea butter as well and think it's pretty amazing! You should use your Chanel everyday! x

www.thingsthatmakemesmiledaily.blogspot.com

modern Suburbanites said...

love the nars lip color!

www.modernsuburbanites.blogspot.com

Cassandra Worthington said...

Hi Sydney! Your blog has been inspiring me for the past 6 months! Wrote a little bit about how much I love it on my blog actually. Keep up the good work with Mommy life--it looks great on you! :)

www.worthingreadington.blogspot.com

Kristal said...

My fiance just got me Chance this Christmas, I love that it lasts! Now, on to the NARS - I think I need to get the lipstick. I have heard you mention it several times so I think I need it.

Kristal

Ess here! said...

I 100% believe that it's still important to take the time to feel pretty - ESPECIALLY when it seems like you've got no time for yourself! It's the little things that'll give you the energy to keep going.. Happy motherhood!

xx

http://thisisess.blogspot.com/

Shug in Boots said...

Nothin like Bare Escentuals. I wanna try the cream blush. I'll be a good girl and wait for my other blush to run out first. :(

alyssa said...

isn't Mama Hood strange that way? I also use bare minerals. It's the only reason I was able to come up with a three minute beauty routine in the morning. (outside of the face washing and teeth brushing)

But I'm totally going to try the Cocoa butter you use and see how it works so thank you!

Table4One said...

I swear by Chanel!!! I wear that perfume every day too! I shared my beauty regime on my blog last week - check it out!

table4one-lbp.blogspot.com/2012/01/tuesday-tips-and-tricks-beauty.html

Big fan of Ruby Woo myself :)

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Katelyn Rattray said...

Is that lipstick long-wear? I'm definitely in the market for a good long-wear red lipstick and I just can't seem to find one that I really like.

katelyn-innervision.blogspot.com

- Katelyn

Lauren said...

I've never tried mineral make up. I might give it a go this year :)

aislin said...

i love love love chanel!! one day, i'm going to splurge on a bottle and pour it into my bubble bath [just like marilyn monroe used to do!!]

Aida said...

Dear Sydney,
I would like to wish you, first of all, the greatest year, since so many of your dreams are about to come true and I truly wish you the best, eventhough I do not know you in person; but I guess that when a person decides to share a bit of her life with total strangers, and those on the other side decide to follow those flashes willingly, effortlessly and eagerly we kind of become friends. I´m from Portugal, I do not post very often but I follow your blog daily, anticipating with excitment what the news are going to be this time, never disappointing and always revigorated and inspired. Secondly I’d like to thank you for letting a door open for us, so that we could appreciate the way you’ve evolved into someone so inspiring, so creative, so meticulous, so spontaneous, but above all, so genuinely true to yourself. Thank you, for I have also grown with you. I’ll keep on coming here, visiting you, hoping that if you come to my country one day, I’ll have the pleasure of welcoming you personally, opening then the doors of my house to you and hoping that you’ll feel at ease, just like I do, everytime I come to your blog. Cheers to you doll! Keep on being very Happy!

kiss

http://cottoncandy-peaches.blogspot.com/

Andrea Clare said...

Hahah "non existent cheekbones" What are you talking about! You have cheekbones! You are goooorgeous! That's part of the reason I love looking at your pictures!!

http://andrea-clare.blogspot.com/

Meg Arnold said...

I'll have to try some of the mouse blush...and yes you do have fab cheekbones!
meg

http://biglifeblogspot.blogspot.com/

Peace Love Applesauce- Terri said...

I can not live without Bare Minerals!!

frenchtippedwanderlust said...

I especially LOVE product posts like this!! Thanks so much for sharing! Really helpful! :) Have a terrific Tuesday!

tara belle said...

I got a tester of chanel chance when I bought a christmas gift for my sister-in-law and I LOVE it. i'm trying to find a way to afford a whole bottle!

Allie & Chris said...

hey girl! i love your work!

follow my new blog, if you wish of course....

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allie

dreaming en francais said...

I love love love beauty product posts.. I just may have to try out the lip butter and the Revlon mascara myself! xo

http://dreamingenfrancais.blogspot.com

KatieMaye said...

I feel you on the Nars, it's kind of a game changer

Ashley said...

Love Nars products!~

Jessica Wray said...

Mmmm. I love Chance!

Char said...

You would be a gorgeous mama even without all of these amazing products!
Char xo
www.itsacharmlife.blogspot.com

Miss Kenzie said...

wow that is making want to try pretty much eveything there. especially the mascara, for my blondey lashes. i used bare minerals before too and LOVED it.

The Egg said...

i need to try that NARS lip color!

xoxo the egg out west.

Redheaded Daybook said...

chance chanel is my besties favorite in the whole world! she had to get a refill yesterday even though she still has half a bottle left because she can't go ONE day without it.
it's pretty amazing!

Alex said...

Dude. Chance by Chanel is my favorite perfume and the only scent I will wear. I received my first bottle when I was 16 and now I'm ::gasp!:: turning 25 this year! You have good taste =D

ANA PAOLA said...

Your 8 steps are great!!!

Meg said...

I should try that shea butter. I never ever want stretch marks.
-Meg
mysideispinker.blogspot.com

A Southern Drawl said...

I love my chance chanel perfume! But it's a small bottle so I rarely use it. And as for the nars lipstick, I have the nars lipstick pencil (different then lip liner) and it's super pretty too. They always have the best stuff!

Victoria xoxo said...

I was wondering what that Sephora highlighter was? I have something that looks just like that from them but its an eyeshadow in aspen summit.
Love ur blog xoxo

Casey said...

I love L'Occitane!! All of their balms are amazing...Have you tried their shea butter lotions? I try to keep one on me at all times (and at most of my destinations!) except the grocery store... or public restrooms...

Danielle said...

I live for Chanel Chance!! A couple of years ago I was at Nordstroms and they had an engraver that would write your name on the bottle {I love it even more!}

Sofia B said...

Oh! I've wanted to try i.d. Bare Minerals for such a long time but I've never used mineral makeup before and I don't know any makeup freaks so I'm scared to buy it in case I get it wrong, like the color or something.
Stupid thinking, eh? :)

Shauntelle said...

Thanks for the suggestions!

Who is G? said...

I hear ya on the mother transformation thing...some days are better than others as far as getting ready :) Whenever I do get dressed fashionably AND wear makeup AND get my hair done...people are always like "hey, what are you all dressed up for?"

projectdowhatyoulove said...

Nice! Thanx for sharing, LOVE the lipstick!

Natalie
www.projectdowhatyoulove.wordpress.com

Amanda said...

I pretty much love everything you put on here! I've never tried the shea butter but it sounds amazing!

Charlotte said...

very good routine and products, I love dream matte blush x

tourist in my town said...

thanks for sharing! i'm always looking for new products which work for others.

lisa@tourist in my town
www.contentwhateverthecircumstances.blogspot.com

Natalie said...

i love bare minerals! wouldn't put anything else on my face... I never thought about using anything but a powder blush with it since it's a poweder as well... I might have to try a creamy blush with it!

Mackenzie Grace said...

Hi Sydney, I love following your blog! I had my first baby, also a boy, about a month after you. I absolutely agree with the bare minerals and the mousse blush - they make me feel glamorous in about 5 minutes! I have recently added lipstick to my makeup collection and am loving it! Is there a drugstore brand that you like, and is there a drugstore red that is comparable to your Nars lipstick?

LaynahRose said...

im not even a mom and i barely find the time or energy to put a face on usually. i'm definitely going to try a few of these.

Britney said...

Oh wow all these products look amazing! With motherhood, quality vs quantity is definitely the best! And I agree with you-- some days my husband comes home and I remember that I never showered or put deodorant on, and others I throw on a blazer, eyeliner and some perfume and I swear I'm a celebrity. Haha you're beautiful in and out--thanks for sharing!

Mr. Taylor and his Lady said...

i love NARS lipstick! definitely my favorite!!!
xo TJ

georgia said...

love love love the l'occitaine pure shea butter - a staple in my handbag!
frecklie.blogspot.com

Lindz said...

I always love your natural look and especially your red lips! Thanks for sharing!

Chapstick Fanatic said...

wait does highlighter help create cheekbones?

if so, i need that stuff.

http://lachapstickfanatique.blogspot.com

Pheobe said...

I use the bare minerals stuff everyday--and you're right it takes seconds to put on, but does wonders for the face!

-Pheobe
-pballoonjournal2.blogspot.com

Nancy Kidder said...
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Nancy Kidder said...

You've sold me! I need to try the Nars lipstick. That's a lot to say because I'm a BIG fan of Mac's Ruby Woo (it's the only red I use)!

-Nancy
www.chloeandcosette.com

Alysha said...

Make sure you wear primer underneath the Bare Minerals makeup!! The particles are triangular and can cause tiny openings that dirt can get in through to cause blemishes!

Valerie said...

I need to try that red Nars lipstick. Always looking for fun new colors! Thanks for sharing.

- Valerie
www.vifv.blogspot.com

Joni and Rico Adams said...

I totally relate to this post! And did a similar post when my baby girl was fairly new. As a new mama my skin is more radiant than ever- I think it's from not putting a full face of makeup on every day from work. And my hair (what's left of it post pregnancy) is as healthy as it's ever been because I rarely bust out the blowdryer because of nap time. There's trade offs. It's hard not to just lounge around in PJs all day, but I figure it's probably nice for husband to come home and see you actually tried that day. So I TRY. :)

http://joniandricoadams.blogspot.com

haley said...

I just bought the same Korres Lip Butter and I am obsessed. It is the perfect pink!

http://hybove.blogspot.com/

Christina said...

I love Nars Heat Wave. It's one of my favorites.

Natasha Fitzgerald said...

I also use the Dream Mouse Blush. I was terrified of it at first but it really does provide the perfect amount of color to those cheekies!

www.WeatheredRoseVintage.com

hannahalehandra said...

I also swear by the L'Occitane shea butter! It feels amazing, and smells pretty delicious too. Great post!

http://hannahalehandra.blogspot.com/

The Fashionable ESQ said...

I use a lot of these: NARS, Bare Minerals (bronzer and brush) and the Dream Mouse (foundation) not blush.
I'm a makeup junkie.
Have you tried Revlon lipstick? I just got two new shades: 700 (Crystal Cut Coral) and 440 (Cherries in the snow) I think they're both right up your alley.

XO!!!

The Fashionable ESQ

http://www.thefashionableesq.blogspot.com/

Rose said...

This is lovely! You should have a 'Mommy Bag' on this site! http://www.whatsinmyhandbag.com/ xx

M said...

Love the idea of a quick and simple makeup routine! Even some blush or a light lipstick can transform how you feel about yourself :)

Where do you purchase the shea butter you rave about, I would love to try some!

M

http://allthingspretty-m.blogspot.com/

kyracross said...

i just discovered your blog and i haven't stopped reading! Going back through all your pregnancy posts have made me smile. (I am just 10 weeks) I have been concerned about maternity clothes and will love your inspiration in the upcoming months. I am really enjoying reading through your experiences. Also, can you please do a tutorial on how your get your hair into that cute bun you wear? Again, so happy I found your blog. xo

JUSTGURLYTHINGS said...

OHHHhhhhh LOVELY CHANEL ! <3

GREETINGS FROM POLAND, PLEASE CHECK OUT MY FIRST BLOG : http://oneloveonedna.blogspot.com

Amber said...

May I say welcome to motherhood, and you look wonderful. It's all about balance which it seems you are figuring out. Congrats on your baby boy. I am a mother of three boys and I know what fun they are. I've enjoyed your blog over the year and seeing you blossom through marriage and now motherhood. I like how you are honest, real and funny. Plus, you are lovely :)

I have a blog about motherhood with boys and the balance of being girly still, along with anything else on my brain :)

BeSassyClassy.blogspot.com

Vintage2Vogue said...

Thanks for sharing all your favs. Love coming by your blog-- you're always so pretty and fun!

xo

Lydia from Vintage2Vogue

http://vintagetwovogue.blogspot.com

Vintage2Vogue said...

Thanks for sharing all your favs. Love coming by your blog-- you're always so pretty and fun!

xo

Lydia from Vintage2Vogue

http://vintagetwovogue.blogspot.com

MICHELLE said...

I LOVE Chance. And your other products look worthy of a try!

Ashley said...

Thanks for sharing. Did the shea butter prevent stretch marks? I always wonder what people use and if it works....

Urban Nester said...

Thanks for the mama beauty tips :] NARS Heat Wave is one of my favorites as well!

x.
http://alwaysamrsforeverakidd.blogspot.com

Gabriella said...

Hi Sydney,

Your blog is some kinda wonderful.

I haven't yet tried out that Revlon Mascara - does it work at all? In terms of 'growing'? I like trying out new mascara's - I believe fab lashes should be key to any girls makeup look!

Gabi

http://farfallanostalgico.blogspot.com/

Sara said...

Bare Minerals is a staple of mine! I love your blog!

Kar-N said...

I love bare minerals, I definitely need to restock

Lillian ♥ said...

I know this is weird, but what is the font you used for the numbers on the pic? Thanks! :)

Dana {Southern Inspired} said...

Just bought the Organic Shea Butter and LOVE it! Overnight my lips and my severe dry skin healed! Thanks for the recommendation! Happy Weekend! :)

Hannah said...

I love lipstick! especially red lipstick, but i was wondering whats the best way to keep the color for long periods of time... I always love it when i put it on, but it always fades, except around the edges, or bleeds around my lips! i need help!! :)

purnawan said...

thanks for the information

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