Sunday, April 21, 2013

BB, CC, What What??

I'm sure I'm not the only one out there in the beauty world wondering what the crap all these BB and CC creams are. Just in the last few weeks I've been noticing them popping up in stores and in ads, but the first time I really heard of them was through my Birchbox. I have yet to get one, but it piqued my curiosity to figure out what they were exactly.

Last night I was at Target and I picked up the new Elle magazine and while flipping through it I literally counted 5 full page ads just talking about these creams specifically. Their descriptions always lead me to feel quite confused at exactly what they were. Foundations, moisturizers, tinted creams? Well, I've done my research and I'm here to tell you what they are, and what the difference between "BB" and "CC" is!

BB Cream - "Beauty Balm"

BB cream is really where all this stuff started. Its been around for a very long time, but in the last year its gained popularity. It is a product which does the job of your moisturizer, primer, foundation, powder and SPF all in one. 

BB creams usually contain:
- Anti-aging components, including peptides and antioxidants like Vitamins A, E and C.
- Super moisturizers such as hyaluronic and glycerin.
- Ingredients like licorice and arbutin that even out skin tone.
- Light reflecting mica to give skin a luminous finish.
- Silicone based ingredients, such as dimethicone, which help smooth out the skin, acting like a foundation primer.

So all these fabulous things mixed into one product must be perfect a perfect product for everyone, right? I guess not. There are some down sides to a BB cream and it might not be for everyone. 

Downsides to a BB cream:
-You may have a hard time finding a color match. They are typically sold in just a few colors ranging from fair to medium-dark.
-Wont find acne fighting BB cream if it also contains SPF. The FDA wont allow acne fighting ingredients and SPF to be contained in a singular product.
- Tend to be thicker than a tinted moisturizer but wont provide as much coverage as a foundation.

CC Cream - "Color Correcting"

Now the questions is, what the heck is the difference between a BB cream and a CC cream? At first I thought it was just clever marketing to sell you something that seemed more up and coming than the BB, but after reading up on it, there is actually a difference, albeit a small one. 

CC creams usually contain all the same elements of a BB cream, but takes it to the next level. This primes, protects, moisturizes, controls oil, neutralizes and brightens skin, fades dark spots and sun spots, and diminished post acne marks instantly and over time.

A BB cream is preventative (anti-aging and treats breakouts) while a CC cream is corrective (focuses on existing issues). CC usually contains more coverage than a BB. So like me, if you suffer from acne and need a little more color correction and coverage but dont want to go into a heavy foundation then its the CC cream for you!

In conclusion I think we could all benefit from one of these creams. Im a pretty simple gal when it comes to my make up regimen, but I think after doing all this research on BB and CC creams Ive come to realize Im probably doing it all wrong. Apparently you are supposed to apply all your beauty creams in a specific order. Here is what I read. Wash your face, add serum (huh?), then antioxidants (again, huh?), then hydrate, then lotion (whats the difference between hydrating and lotion?), then SPF, then foundation. These creams take the guess work out of your beauty regimen. Its the only product you need to apply after washing your face and you dont have to worry about which order to apply it to get the best results. 

A few other bonuses:
- The all in one cream will be less expensive over time.
- Faster and easier to apply than multiple products.
- Can still by layered with foundation and concealer to target trouble spots.
- Great option for someone who doesnt like wearing a lot of makeup but still likes simple coverage.

I will definitely be on the market to find which CC cream Ill be buying. Im all about easy application and I cant wait to try one and add it to my favorite list of products. Hope this helped you too!

Friday, April 19, 2013

Tackling another 15 pounds.

I havent been on the Weight Watchers plan since last October, but the last few weeks Ive been feeling like I need to do a re-fresher. When I mentioned this to my co-worker today she seemed surprised Id sign back up on the plan when Ive lost my weight and kept it off. She exclaimed, "Why would you do that?! You are so skinny now and have lost so much, you want to loose more?"

Here are my reasons:

Ive been regularly eating Its-It, on special occasions Ive even had two (thats a whopping 340 calories each)
My portions seem to be getting bigger and Ive been eating everything on my plate
Im not as strict when eating out and tend to eat more than I should be
Even when ordering a salad, I havent been cutting back on my dressing and unhealthier toppings
Ive been drinking more wine/beer than I would be if I was still on the plan

Now, that isnt to say that I haven been staying on track, because I feel like I have done really well at keeping my weight off. What seems to be my hang up is at night after work. Im too tired to put too much effort into choosing healthier options and frankly, the day was stressful and food makes me feel better. 

Heres another "truth" statement. Ive lost a total of 42 pounds to date, but I still want to loose more. I set my original goal at 150 pounds and Im 3 pounds away from that. I set that goal when I was 196 pounds and my goal seemed unattainable at the time. Now that Im only a few pounds away from that, I know I can loose more and I want to challenge myself to do that. 

So, back to Weight Watchers I go, to try an loose another 15 pounds. I feel weird saying I want to loose more weight because I think this time I want to do it not because Im over weight, but because I want to feel more confident about myself and be proud of my body. Yes, Ive lost enough, but I dont want it to just be "enough", I want to feel sexy and confident like I used to and not self conscious. Anyone can relate to this, right?

Im sure this 15 pounds is going to be harder to loose, probably almost more difficult than this 42 pounds, but Im determined and Im excited to see the skinny me in the mirror again. Here we go!

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Remember that time we lost $100?

First I must say its been waaaaaaaaaaay too long since I've posted. I took a little hiatus, but now I'm back! Thanks for sticking around during my time of feeling very uninspired.

Any who. Tonight really sucks. Remember that post I did a while back about our Envelope System? Well, if not you can read it here. I normally keep all our envelopes in our kitchen in a box with all our bill related things. I'm pretty organized when it comes to bills and creating our budget and we have been on this system now for at least 10 or so months and have yet to accidentally loose any of our envelopes or misplace our money, until tonight. 

The box, the binder I use to organize our bills, our keys tray and our monkey that holds our laundry room key.

Nathan has a practice space for his music and normally we save the money from the middle of the month pay check and pay the bill at the beginning of the month, so the cash is usually sitting in the envelope for at least two weeks before we pay the bill. The envelope usually stays in the box and the last time I remember seeing it was the last time I did the budget around the 29th of March before I got paid. Well, today was the day Nathan was going to go pay the bill and all of a sudden the envelope isn't there and we both go into a frenzy trying to find it. 

After about 20 minutes of searching everywhere, its still not showing up. We've checked the cars, my purses, under the furniture, everywhere. The most bizarre part is that neither of us usually even take the envelope out of the box we have it in. I withdraw the cash, put it in the envelope and then leave it in the box until Nathan takes it out to pay the rent on the practice space. So the fact that its missing from the box is stumping the both of us. 

The most frustrating part is that I'm the one who does our budget so I feel responsible for the missing envelope. I work so hard to make sure we have everything covered, money saved and room for stuff like this that comes up so we can be responsible and financially stable adults. But I guess when you deal with nothing but cash, at some point some of it is going to go missing. 

Thank God for rainy day funds and having the ability to make things work. Its a good reminder to be more careful with where we keep our money and to keep saving for things that come up. Im just hoping one day Ill be cleaning the house and all of a sudden it will show up and we have an extra $100, cause that'd make my day!

Friday, March 15, 2013

The Perfect Jean?

I've always struggled trying to find pants that fit me well. This seems to be an ongoing struggle for me and I'm starting to think that no matter what weight I'm at, there isn't ever going to be the perfect pair of jeans that fit me like a glove. Until today....

Last week I got my Anthropologie catalog in the mail and fell in love with this adorable top.

 I of course knew I had to have it and I made it my mission to go to Anthro on my next pay check and add it to my wardrobe. Today I went downtown, found my cute shirt and picked up a couple other things to try on, one of them being a pair of black J Brand jeans I knew I couldn't afford but wanted to try on anyways. Big mistake.

I say big mistake, because I put these suckers on and instantly did a frustrated dance in my fitting room because I was angry that they were $175 and that I had to have them, some how. The material is a perfect combination of jean material with the soft stretch of Spandex. They aren't jeggins, but arent jeans either. I have a pair of pants currently that are kind of like this from Lucky Brand but they are two sizes too big on me and they never fit me as well as these ones do.

I've never been to a clothing store and liked everything I tried on and unfortunately that happened to me today. I love that feeling, but it was very frustrating at the same time, because honestly who has that much money to spend on clothes? Because I sure don't. 

Now I'm consumed with thoughts on what I have to do to get $175 so I can go buy those. Part of me doesn't care because I know Id wear the crap out of them, and then the frugal side of me is embarrassed at the idea of spending that much money on pants. Compared to some other things I have to spend money on, it doesn't seem that bad. 

What are some of your favorite jean/pant brands that you have found that you love? If they are expensive, do you think they are worth the buy? If they are inexpensive, do you compromise fit for budget?

I did also happen to pick up this shirt, but I'm not sure if I like how it fits me now that I don't have my amazing J Brand jeans on. :( 
Considering taking this one back to save up for my jeans. 

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Just a few quick things

1. I made some revisions to the blog design and hope you like the edit. What do you guys think?

2. Tomorrow we are headed down to Salem for Nathans Grandmothers 81st birthday. We are hoping to get her drunk on some Baileys and watch her eat lots of pie. I mean, I think that's what any 81 year old would love on their birthday, right?

3. Tonight I decided to wash our sheets and Nathan was too tired to get out of bed, so he just rolled around on the bed so I could get them off. This was him during his fake 5 year old tantrum. Love you babe.

4. I had a girls day today with my sister in law and another friend. While we were at Joanns fabric, I discovered chocolate covered Peeps. They were delicious!

5. Monday I should be getting my March Birchbox and I will do a post to share with you what I get inside!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Wishing winning the lottery was a real goal in life.

The last few months I've been feeling like there is a new chapter of my life starting, but it seems a little unclear what its going to be about. The previous chapters were a little clearer like graduating from High School, then graduating from college, then getting married. This last chapter that I feel like I'm currently coming out of is one of recovery. Over the last two years I've been healing from a very hard a traumatic experience and I finally I have the strength to move on. I used my traumatic experience to hide and be a hermit for a few years and now that I'm at the tail end of healing from it I have this tug on my heart to start over and be someone new. Something is changing inside of me but I'm not sure what it is. I feel myself searching for that thing. Nathan and I have been married for three and a half years now and for other couples that might be the time for them to start having kids, but not for us. I feel like I need to figure out that thing first, what I'm doing and where I'm going, what my niche is and how I can live off of it. 

Senior year of High School in 2004.

Presenting my Thesis the weekend of my college Graduation in 2008.

The day I married my best friend in 2009.

I went to school for Interior Design and for years I thought a career in the design industry was my thing. After that not panning out as I planned, I felt so lost. I questioned and still seem to question if that's what I want to keep working towards or if I need to go in a different direction. Then when I start thinking about what the next direction might be I feel like I'm looking into a big black hole of emptiness. I need something to shine a light, give me inspiration, hope, courage to face the darkness and take some steps of faith. 

So far I've come up with these possibilities:
 1. Find a job with a design firm which thus far has been impossible.
2. Do design work on my own, which also seems equally impossible.
3. Find a desk job that is mindless but pays well and push for creativity outside of work.
4. Figure out how to make money being crafty.
4 cont. Figure out how to make more money being crafty.
5. Figure out how to get Nathan to be rich so I can be a housewife.
6. Win the lottery.

So...I think you can understand why I feel frustrated and lost. Agreed? I mean, Id prefer to win the lottery over anything on that list but ultimately that wouldn't satisfy my desire to live through my passions. I don't think being rich can really qualify as a passion. Maybe for some, but then you'd be an annoying self centered rich person who probably screws over lots of people. Which is totally lame and I don't want to be lame. 

I think what is most frustrating for me is that I have skills, good ones, but yet I feel like I cant use them the way I want to because it takes other people to believe in my skills and give me a chance. I feel like sometimes my challenging road searching for design work is getting clouded by how hard its been and making it a less desirable career. Why would I want to keep trying for something that's continually turned me down? Its like a bad relationship that I keep going back to. That said, not everything in life comes easy. 

When something really challenges you in life I think it pushes you to look deeper and try harder which is just eventually going to get you to your real goal. That's exactly what I'm searching for, a real goal and something that is sustaining and fulfilling. When I say those words my mind becomes blank again, because I don't know what that is or how to find it. 

Thus far, I've concluded that I need to find my thing, being rich doesn't qualify as a passion, I don't want to be lame, challenging life experiences help you grow and I need to find a goal that is sustainable and fulfilling. And winning the lottery is probably not realistic. Darn...

So, here continues my quest. I'm searching and looking for that sign to lead my in the right direction or that little glimmer of light to show me the way in what seems like a mass of darkness. I think its times like these that really stretch us as people and we discover we are capable of a lot more than we thought. At least that's what I'm hoping for. :)

Also, please don't forget to vote for which Saw It, Pinned It, Tried It you want to see next on the blog. If you missed that, check out this post here and cast your vote on the poll on the upper left corner of the blog. 

Good night!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Vote on my next Saw It, Pinned It, Tried It

I haven't done a Saw It, Pinned It, Tried It post for a few weeks now and I thought Id get you all involved. Below are three options I've found on Pintrest and I want you to vote on which one you would most like to see me try out. At the bottom of the post is a poll of the options, please make your selection.
**Added to the top left of my blog**

Sharpie+Mug+350 Degrees

I've seen a couple pins talking about "how easy" this is but I've also read some reviews that it doesn't work as well as they say. Apparently this pin has all the secrets and I'm curious if its the tried and true way. 

Coloring Eggs with Shaving Cream

We are getting close to Easter time and one of my favorite Easter things was to decorate eggs. I think you could get really creative with the colors and swirls because of the cream. My only thought is, it looks quite messy.

Ice Cream in a Bag

This is the classic thing to do as a kid, but I can tell you I've honestly never done it before. I'm big on ice cream and I think it would be interesting to try and maybe get a good arm work out too?

Tub and Shower Magic

I think we all know Im a sucker for cleaning and trying these weird pins on cleaning. I think this could be a great product, or a terrible one just like my oven cleaning incident. Remember that one? If not, click here.

You have until Thursday at midnight to cast your vote and the winning Pin will be featured.