A Simple Way To Pamper Yourself

This blog post is sponsored by JOHNSON'S® but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

It is truly no secret that I crave my night time routine. I look forward to my evenings and most days it comes to me like a golden reward for all my hard work. My night time routine came about out of sheer necessity. I was going insane by pouring my entire being into my new baby at the time, keeping a clean home, being a good wife, the list goes on. Though I'm sure most can relate when I say, I was overwhelmed and not making myself a priority. I hit rock bottom when I was more bitter than happy, lashing out over the smallest of things. I realized I needed to pay more attention to myself and the easiest way for me to do that was to dedicate some time to me, myself and I. I decided that the evening worked best and finding something I could do at home was vital. Only because I didn't want to rely on having to find a sitter or pay extra money to go out and do something each time I wanted time for myself. So taking a time out for just me at night seemed perfect and I decided to use that time to wash my face, use a face mask and overall pamper myself in the comfort of my own home. I talk about this endlessly. If you have been following me for a while you know that my daughter Mila goes to bed at 7:30pm. Once she hits the sheets I take about thirty minutes to myself before spending time with my husband. My night time routine or "me-time" has become a staple and makes me a better mother, wife and friend.

During my night time routine I love experimenting with skin care products. One thing most might not know about me is that I'm quite obsessed with all things skin and I love all kinds of products ranging from things you can purchase at the beauty counter and drugstore. I love using my "me-time" exploring products that are new and ones that have been around forever. I am always using new things, but more recently I've been obsessing over JOHNSON'S® Baby Oil Gel. It might sound odd to be using what everyone knows as a baby product on myself … but it is delicious! Johnson's products are something I have been familiar with ever since I was a little girl. I never thought to use the products on myself but when JOHNSON'S® reached out to me I was all ears. The thing I love most about this brand is that it is affordable and attainable. I love that when people ask "How is your skin so soft?" I can tell them my secret and they can implement the product in their own routine with ease. After using this specific product for a few weeks I decided to partner with Johnson's to share why I love their Baby Oil Gel and a fun coupon for you all to use!

If you are interested, starting May 10th you can receive $1 off one or $2.50 off two Johnson's products! You can click HERE for the coupon and more info.

First and foremost I believe that moisturizing your skin is imperative. I think that having healthy skin is the foundation to any great look. The best way to achieve healthy skin is to moisturize. So no matter what you do or what you use, moisturizing is key. I love to moisturize at night after I shower and currently I have been using the Johnson's Baby Oil Gel in the Calming Lavender scent. When your skin is freshly exfoliated and clean it really soaks in product. When I apply the Johnson's Baby Oil Gel I can literally feel my skin drinking it in. I try and focus on dry areas like; my knees, feet and elbows. The best part of this product though is the scent. It doesn't smell "baby" which was surprising, the scent is very subtle. I enjoy the hints of lavender especially in the evening, it definitely is calming.

I never thought to dive into products that are more known for little ones, but they baby your skin in all the right ways. There are two other Johnson's products I have made staples; the Hand & Face Wipes and the Cocoa and Shea Butter Baby Creamy Oil. I love taking the Hand & Face wipes on the go for both myself and my daughter. The Cocoa and Shea Butter Baby Creamy Oil is great during the day when my skin needs a moisture pick me up. The smell is incredible and it is non-greasy, I love the texture!

As a mother I really try to find easy ways to pamper myself. My night time routine is my number one way to take time for me. I've had such a great time testing out these Johnson's products and thrilled they work so well. I love that they are now part of my skin care routine. I also love that the Cocoa and Shea Butter Baby Creamy Oil offers a little indulgence when I need a little daytime moisture. Though I've partnered with JOHNSON'S® on this #babyyourskin campaign all my opinions are my own and I'm so happy to have worked with them. I've enjoyed shedding light on a product that we are so familiar with and using it in a different way. As I mentioned before, I love that these products are affordable and attainable to all. I think it is so important to take time for yourself. Sometimes pampering yourself can mean spending a lot of time and money away from home. I am here to tell you that it doesn't have to! Indulging in some "me-time" and pampering yourself can be as simple as using some products in your own bathroom!

bb2e59c8ca40f24c74f68b45555f243db5ca18ab_original.jpg
ba00673b908b6b0bba4db9bbe7a409ed55faf0a6_original.jpg
2b454e42c66042802d0b0c4079c9c427509e2987_original.jpg
c0054ef63e227ed6c027a53ca804a550e32984cd_original.jpg

A Simple Make-Up Routine + Tips & Tricks I Learned From My Visit To Sephora Inside JCPenney

Last week I ventured into Sephora inside JCPenney to have a make-up makeover and was quite surprised with the outcome. Truth be told I don’t know much about make-up (or hair). Over the years I have learned the bare minimum and have acquired a taste or look rather that I can do in under 10 minutes. It involves zero ‘contour’, ‘baking’ or whatever the standing make-up trend is these days. I wear no eye shadow, foundation or eyeliner. Pretty much I’m the most boring person for the job BUT the sweet Sephora Area Education Manager (AEM), Yadi, saw otherwise. She saw a mom who is always in a rush, though desperately wanted to still feel confident. She saw a girl who was interested in make-up trends but was too scared and didn’t have the time to play around with them. Most importantly she saw a woman who deserves a great and quick look … plus a little pampering too!

I settled into the chair and this is what I learned. For me a good blush is key and a full brow is necessary. I also have to curl my lashes and the base of my make-up routine MUST include a SPF. The new (or new to me really) trend I wanted to learn about was using a ‘highlighter’. To achieve a subtle glow if you will. The outcome was a look that updated my current one. For a simple make-up routine that offers subtle coverage and a fresh sun kissed look I’m your gal!

Yadi, my AEM, was perfection. She was so kind and answered all my questions. She had an answer/product for anything I asked about. I have been going into Sephora for years now, always entering a little overwhelmed. Each time leaving a little more skilled than before. This last time was my best visit yet. I feel 100% more confident in my make-up routine and even a little more skilled in a few new beauty trends! I also left with a few new products that have undoubtedly simplified my daily routine which I’m honestly most excited about. As a mom time to myself is limited, especially in the morning. I need a quick make-up routine that still makes me feel good about myself but also allows me to apply it while having my babe tug on my leg.

Below I’ll take you through my updated make-up routine and the tips and tricks I learned from my visit at the Sephora inside JCPenney!

First and foremost cleansing the skin is key. I’ve learned that starting with a proper clean face will allow your make-up to set on your skin correctly. It also offers a bit of pampering in the morning. I love taking a few minutes to wash my face, tone and moisturize my face. I even play a little music quietly while in the bathroom by myself too. Just to help zone out and be with just ME. During my visit, Yadi me a few great options on skin care. While I have my own skin care routine down, I did learn about a hydrating spray by Caudlie. This spray is ideal for hydrating your skin prior to adding your moisturizer. It helps tone your skin and offers a refreshing minty feel. I bought the travel size but I know I’ll be going back to get the large version! After the spray I apply a moisturizer with SPF.

dc650797b6f0ab789a880852c6cf8adc82f6c21c_original.jpg
224d5469f64ea8d03ad665fbbfa28e5bb49c45b5_original.jpg
639c23a5def12f2fd470bac79bd2d105923983ff_original.jpg
43cf5a8afacff406f7856e31215632e766346970_original.jpg

As I mentioned I don’t wear foundation or concealer. But I do like a bit of coverage. I love using the Bare Minerals face powder as it creates a great even look and keeps my oily skin in check through out the day. I just a light layer of this before adding bronzer and blush.

1e9e29295025f9f8b727caa700834d4ed3a5586d_original.jpg
6591b0cc9beab9d25b8d3db73a97586470abfb48_original.jpg

During my visit I was introduced to the BECCA palette that Chrissy Teigen created. The pallet offers a bronzer, blush and two highlighters. I’ve never had a make-up palette before mostly because I’d never known how to use all the options within the pallet. Yadi was able to educate me in using all the options and I loved them all! I use the bronzer option first and apply it starting at my temples and bringing it down below my cheek bone. You’ll want to create a ‘C’ shape. Doing this I learned helps frame your face nicely. In short it “contours” your face with out doing so with heavy make-up. Its like the basic of all basic techniques for a quick, subtle defined look.

346e20474325df01be74d1de0d622c2277461359_original.jpg
40ca5420f0b861fa65ece36dc09ee42d815c42ce_original.jpg
65bed0528f7ce05b68bdb1251e9a4018957d5c46_original.jpg
f009c8ae6da0e61daa1d8b820c1a3de93b0c3afa_original.jpg

I then use the blush on my cheeks. I have really high cheek bones and have always been a fan of using blush. I love the look on myself and I really enjoy the blush option from the BECCA palette. I use an angled brush and start at my cheek and swipe upwards. I love the bright sun-kissed look it offers!

b1d20d1f3df2a6f20f6ad4bfec98b9e374ec36c0_original.jpg
1a9a4abfbeef71e3649424d7bef587bd5d664e8d_original.jpg
62f7839cf402c3fb051ec40d6647a4d5104fcf57_original.jpg

You can use the highlighter within the BECCA palette to add a glow or use the Benefit “Watt’s Up!” highlighter. I bought this because it is small and easy to travel with. For example if I go to the beach or camping I definitely won’t wear any face make-up. Though I might want to have a nice natural glow. I’d bring this product along. It is really easy to use too. I learned that you want to apply your highlighter on the highest points on your face. So you’d want to apply this on the bone beneath your eyes, on the bridge of your nose and on your ‘cupids bow’ which is in the middle of your top lip. You’ll want to do this because the light will catch at those points on your face the most. Once you swipe the product on your face, use your ring finger to blend it in. I also learned that using your ring finger to apply/rub in product into your face offers the least amount of pressure. Also when applying eye cream you’ll want to use your ring finger and do a light tapping motion along your under eye. This will increase blood flow and help decrease eye puff.

9c4bbdf956dacee247ac87624063e3192615abe3_original.jpg
4c5a9a9288189ef24823e3418fb4ffa4276cb341_original.jpg
2de7a7444a362cb0973898490fb43e17988d9683_original.jpg
ee3af11c3b70fc24f57c7fc5d17c3dd710a4e07c_original.jpg

You know that one thing you can’t live with out when doing your make-up. For some it is mascara, foundation or a bold lip? You sort of feel naked if you leave your house with out it? For me that would be filling in my eyebrows. I have a great brow shape, though they are patchy. I have to fill them in. I love using the Anastastia dip brow for my brows and on my visit I was introduced to the brow definer pencil! It is amazing and incredibly simple to use. It also has a brow brush on the other end so essentially when traveling I only have to take this one product along instead of two. I basically outline my brown and then fill it in using small strokes mimicking the direction of my eyebrow hairs. You can go as bold or light as you’d like.

294205ebc725081a43a8246513a14fdd8eb56276_original.jpg
3ed9ae8f1e13376c30442ca0b7a03611e992faf5_original.jpg
94f22dd4e85d16291cdd8eed7fc156adc70bcbf8_original.jpg
e4717c5aac6ad557c29592d3606acf7c11c0ad25_original.jpg

While I do enjoy a bold lip on occasion, for everyday it is just unrealistic for me. A simple, clear lipgloss with an SPF is necessary. The Fresh Sugar lipgloss is my favorite! I have a few so I’m never with out one. I keep one in my purse, car and on my nightstand! It offers a nice sheer gloss and sun coverage which is important!

c6bf9827af864d98d8a9e8a6bd42d4410bcf184b_original.jpg
a465a6c5555ca406262c0943384f77d1da756c29_original.jpg

Now, this look fits me but I hope it helps you nail down a routine that fits your own style and time. We all are different and to achieve different things. I enjoyed my time at Sephora inside my JCPenney so much, I am thrilled to share it all with you! If you get an hour to yourself and are interested, I’d definitely recommend heading in to chat with an AEM about products that might work for you. It might also be fun to take another mom friend with you for a fun pampering date.

7b5122257ba680d2ecc08015705113ec666af0c0_original.jpg
dd2d4a97669ebc82562bf6e93b8a10978a6c44ad_original.jpg

The bottom line here is that as mothers we offer up ourselves, our time and general well-being to our family. Day in and day out we continue to be selfless. In all honestly, we are happy to do it! Though we deserve to feel good (and look good) while doing so! We end up being better moms when we take the time to care for ourselves once in a while.

ccd04795fdb532b931de405b2623f3a711a1bf34_original.jpg
2007fc399dc2234035f66a9aa8909a358cd1add5_original.jpg
d43a023014a3188d70f68e044225ea2bdeee2446_original.jpg

This post was written in collaboration with JCPenney though all opinions are my own.

#SoWorthIt #SephoraInJCP