Showing posts with label Beauty. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Beauty. Show all posts

For Christmas I'd Like . . .

I wrote out my Christmas wish-list for Derek several weeks ago, but somewhere along the way it got lost. So now I have to write it out again, and I've been trying to remember everything I put on it, because it's mostly a bunch of little things.

Then I thought, why not post it on the blog? It won't get lost here, and I can refer Derek to it when he needs it (yes, we're both slacking on our Christmas shopping this year).

My Christmas List

1. Sparkly scarf from Walmart. I saw a sequined black scarf at Walmart earlier this year, and it's just so me. I'm all about the sparkle. I hope it's still there, because I couldn't find a picture of it for the life of me.

2. Taylor Swift CD. I'm a big fan.

3. Straight Sexy Hair Spray. When I had my hair done earlier this year, the stylist used some of this when he was straightening my hair, and it was fabulous. It made my hair so smooth and shiny. So I want some now.

4. These gray suede wedges from Target. They are the perfect height, and I can totally do a wedge even when I'm 40 weeks pregnant.

5. The Crossroad by Beverly Lewis. I read The Postcard earlier this year, and I thoroughly enjoyed it, so now I want to read the sequel.

6. A pound of Starbuck's Decaf Christmas Blend. Derek won the Christmas Blend last year at his work party, and gave it to me since he knows I'm a coffee lover - and can I say that Starbuck's Christmas Blend is seriously the best blend of coffee I've ever tasted? I've been wanting more ever since I ran out. I hope the Decaf is just as good, considering I'm trying to avoid as much caffeine as possible for Little D's sake.

That's the main list, but if someone in the family is reading this and wants to get me a bigger gift . . .

Singer Simple 23-Stitch Sewing Machine

Hint, hint!

My Birthday Gift Card

Do you all remember how I got that Sephora gift card from my boss for my birthday? Yes, that was six months ago.

I finally spent it last week.

I was just having a terrible time deciding what to get, because they sell so much. I finally decided on two things (it's amazing how fast a $50 gift card can go in that store).

Well, actually three things, but one of them is this fancy lip salve that I got for my Secret Santa at work, so it doesn't count.

I got this "complexion enhancer" called High Beam from Benefit. Basically it's like a highlighting cream/liquid. And I'm a big fan of using highlighting makeup on my cheek bones - enhances my bone structure, you know. I've used it a few times now, and I really like it!

And I bought this bath set by Philosophy. I actually already have way too much bath stuff around here, so I usually don't buy bath sets, but I couldn't resist this one, because it smells so good.

It's called Gingerbread Girl. I usually don't like things that are gingerbread scented, I think because they smell too much like something I want to eat. But this gingerbread scent is more like a floral with a hint of ginger - and it actually reminds me a bit of eggnog. I love eggnog. That's a really weird description, but it's not overwhelmingly like eggnog - just enough to make you think "Christmas!"

It's a winner, trust me. Every time I use it, I feel like Christmas.

I'm quite happy with my purchases, and I finally used my gift card! That thing was burning a hole in my wallet for months . . .

Where To Buy Charlotte Russe Refuge Perfume

Apparently there are alot of other people who are wondering what happened to the Charlotte Russe Refuge perfume.

What makes me think that? Remember that post I did a few months ago about how disappointed I was that they were discontinuing that fragrance?

Well, I can't tell you how much traffic I get from that one, single post. It's craziness.

I have good news for those of you who are sad that Charlotte Russe stopped producing Refuge! Someone mentioned it to me in the comments all those months ago, and I recently got it confirmed when I made a shopping trip to a Charlotte Russe store recently.

They did not stop producing Refuge. They just re-branded it.

Now it's simply Charlotte Russe perfume. They just dropped the "Refuge" part - it's the same exact fragrance. Notice the oh-so-subtle difference in the bottle.

I know because I sprayed some on while I was in the store. It's the same perfume.

Now why do they put us through all that torture of thinking it's disappearing forever when it's not? I have no answer for that question.

But to answer the original question, you can buy Charlotte Russe Refuge at the Charlotte Russe store, right at the counter where it always was before. It's just called Charlotte Russe *period* now.

I'm afraid you Charlotte Russe Refuge Nights fans may be out of luck though. I have no idea about that one.

Halfway Through! 20 Weeks

Callie's Status

I am officially halfway through this pregnancy! Where did the time go? Of course, when I was looking ahead to 20 weeks, it seemed so unattainable, but as I look back at the four months since we found out, it seems like it has flown by!

I'm still feeling great! I feel very pregnant right now - my belly leads me. I can't imagine how I'll feel at 8 months when I feel so chubby at 5 months, but I rather like it right now.

Over the past couple weeks I got some nice heels that are short enough for my maternity pants (they don't typically make maternity pants long enough for my 3-4 inch heels), and we started planning our gender reveal party.

I've been reading that my uterus should be at my belly button this week, but I think we're significantly past that. My doctor told me that my uterus was already at my belly button two weeks ago, and I feel baby movement at or above my belly button periodically. I'll let you know for sure how big it is after our next doctor's appointment.

I'd also like to note that my belly button is already partially out! It's been extremely shallow for the last couple weeks, and this past Saturday I was wearing a thin shirt and noticed that I could see my belly button through my shirt. The upper portion of my belly button pokes out when I stand up, though my maternity pants conceal it. So I'm thinking I'll definitely have an outie, and it may be showing up sooner than I thought.


We've also had several pregnancy milestones over the past two weeks:

As you all know, even though I think I started feeling movement around Week 16, on September 29th I felt the baby for sure, and I started feeling the baby daily after that.

On October 7th, I felt the baby kick from the outside! That was pretty exciting. Yep, Babykins is already kicking me hard enough to feel on the outside - I thought I'd have to wait a little longer for that. We were watching TV at the time, and I immediately put Derek's hand on my stomach so he could try to feel it. This is when we discovered that Babykins is rather shy - if I poke at my stomach or apply any pressure, he/she decides to stop moving. It's cute! The baby started back up again after a little while though, and Derek may have felt one of the lighter kicks!

On October 14th, Derek most definitely felt the baby kick! He probably felt it on the 7th too, but we know he felt it on this day for sure.

On October 16th, I was sitting in bed reading, with my belly bared (don't ask me why - I just like looking at it at night, I guess), and I actually saw the baby move from the outside! I had the book resting on my stomach, and the baby kicked right in front of the edge of the book - I simultaneously felt and saw the movement! It was so cool!

Babykin's Status

As for the baby, he/she now weighs about ten ounces (which is about the weight of a can of pop or bottle of water), and the baby is ten inches long from head to toe! The baby also has hair now, and it's eyebrows are starting to fill in.

My baby tends to like to sit on the left side of my belly, and kick on the right side. I know this because when I lay down my belly sometimes looks uneven and veers off to the left. The lower right section of my belly is it's favorite place to kick - I feel movement there alot!

I read that the baby's wake/sleep cycles are similar to a newborn's now - if that's the case, we'll probably be on a wake period every two hours from 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM at first. I should start recording the times when the baby is moving more, and see if a pattern develops. Like I said, right now it seems the baby is more active about every two hours throughout the day.

Belly Pictures And Haircut

Here are some new belly pictures! I feel like a whale. And I'm only halfway through.

The above pictures are probably the most accurate representation of the size of my belly, because I'm standing up straight and tall (even though the top of my head got cut off - try to ignore that). It can, however, look alot bigger depending on how I'm standing. For example, this set of pictures was taken with me standing on an upward slope, so I'm inadvertently sticking my belly out more:

So the appearance of the belly depends largely on how I'm standing. I think I'm definitely looking more pregnant now either way though!

You can also see me sporting my lovely new haircut in these pictures - I had a brief panicky moment on Saturday, because I wasn't liking the way it looked, but my mom was over and touched up a couple spots, and then I took a shower and styled it. I'm happy with it now!

Gender Poll

And, of course, the most exciting thing is that we are finding out the gender in a little over a week! We'll have the gender reveal party that Saturday, and then I'll announce the baby's gender on the blog on November 1st.

It may be cliche, but I'll jump on the bandwagon and do the gender poll for Babykins! I'm actually doing it because I'm super curious about what you guys think it is. Here are the stats for those of you who want to make an "educated" guess:

-I had pretty mild morning sickness. I didn't throw up at all, and there were only a couple times when it was actually bad enough to grab the vomit bowl. It lasted from about Week 5 through Week 10.

-No cravings. At all. Unless you count Week 6 "cravings", but they only qualified as such in the sense that they were the only thing that didn't make me want to throw up.

-Belly seems to be going out front - not to the side so much. And you can see the rest from the belly pictures.

-The baby's heartbeat has typically been around 155 bpm. At 9 Weeks (the first time we heard/saw it) it was around 167 bpm.

-I haven't noticed any changes in my face, and Derek hasn't gained any weight.

Okay, there you go! If you want me to know your guess, you can tell me what it is in the comments in addition to voting. Or if you want to remain anonymous, you can just do the poll, and then once I announce the gender, you'll have the option of pretending that's what you thought all along, even if it wasn't! Just kidding. Aha.

The poll is now open.

New Hair - Input?

Earlier this week my mom offered to treat my sister and I to a haircut. She and my sister just found a stylist that they like, and she wants me to give her a try.

To be honest, I'm a little terrified. My mom always cuts my hair herself, because she's the only one who will do a good job on it.

I have not had good haircut experiences in the past. I think my hair just puts people in a bad mood or something, because whoever I get to cut it always seems to be grumpy. Then they don't listen to my requests. Then they think they know my hair better than I do and get annoyed when I ask them not to blow dry it.

That is, when I can get up the courage to ask - I got a hair stylist once that was in such a bad mood that I was afraid to ask him not to blow dry, in fear that he'd hit me with the curling iron or something.

There have been the occasional stylists who did a good job. But they are few and far between.

But if my mom says she's good, I'll give her a try. Though I vaguely wonder if my mom is trying to gently give me a nudge to try a stylist other than herself.

Which I understand. I guess she can't cut my hair forever. I sigh as I write.

I honestly hadn't been thinking about getting a cut for another month or so, because my hair is behaving decently at the moment, but if my mom is treating, I might as well do it now. But if we're going to go somewhere and pay someone (I can't believe we're paying for a haircut), then I don't want to just get a trim. I might as well take the opportunity to try something new.

I've never been a chicken with my hair. "It'll grow back" is my motto. So even if this stylist doesn't know how to deal with difficult hair such as mine (I will note here that my mom's and sister's hair are not of the difficult variety), I'm going to go for a bit of a change.

If she messes it up, my mom can always salvage it at home. And it'll grow back.

Nothing too drastic. After all, my hair is already fairly short. But I want to add a bit of shape (because my hair grows at uneven rates and it's getting rather shapeless again), and something funky and fun. Here's what I'm thinking (ignore the snotty looks on the faces of some of the models):

I think this one is kind of cute and fun.

Or maybe something a bit more punky, like this.

I like this one alot, though maybe not quite that short.

These two are pretty much what I have going now (except my hair is a bit grown out at the moment), but I like the razor cuts.

This one is a bit too round for me, but I like soft edges and playfulness.

I'm liking this one, because it seems smooth and sleek, but it would still have the option of being a little punkier if I'm in that kind of mood.

In summary, I guess I want to have a short hairstyle, with some layers to make it playful. Of course I do have short, playful layers now, so maybe that's not the best description. Let me try again - I want to go a bit shorter than what I have now, add a bit of shape, and get a bit of punk-rock in there while still being chic and sophisticated.

I want a razor cut. All of the above styles have been accomplished with a razor cut.

Okay, so what do you guys think? Any votes for which pictures I should take to the hair stylist?

I'll post pictures of my new 'do next week!

P.S. I can't believe I missed it yesterday, but my other blog friend Rachel announced on her blog yesterday that she and her hubby are expecting their first baby! Rachel is so sweet, and I've really been enjoying reading her blog and getting to know her better. Congratulations, Rachel!

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Tummy Butter

I'm out of blog inspiration for today. Don't you hate it when that happens?

Since I can't think of anything terribly creative, I'm just going to do a product recommendation for you pregnant ladies out there. If you are pregnant, or you are ever planning to be pregnant, you must get some of this stuff:

Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula - Tummy Butter For Stretch Marks. I bought it when I was around 17 weeks, because my poor stomach skin was starting to itch because of all the stretching. I was also afraid I was going to get stretch marks, so I was meaning to buy some anyway.

After slathering some on my protruding belly, I'd say this is a definite pregnancy must-have. It really helps with the itchiness and makes the stretching much more comfortable.

I'm kind of wishing that I had bought it sooner. It's pretty well-known that cocoa butter helps with stretch marks, and who wants those? And anything that makes the growing process more comfortable gets an "A" in my book!

As a sidenote, congrats to Emily, who just announced on her blog that she's pregnant! So happy for you, Friend!

Garnier Moisture Rescue - Love!

I recently decided I needed a new facial moisturizer. Moisturizing is really important for preventing wrinkles and keeping your skin looking healthy, and I hadn't been using any for a while.

Especially since it's the fall season, my skin has been feeling extra dry, and I felt like it deserved a little pampering. Plus, you just want to feel pretty when you're pregnant - like you have that "glow".

I had just read about Garnier Moisture Rescue products in a magazine, and I decided to give the gel-cream moisturizer a shot.

Oh my. I love this moisturizer. I feel like it keeps the moisture in my skin without feeling so heavy. I always feel like I'm clogging my pores with other facial moisturizers, but this one feels so light and fresh. I hardly feel like I'm wearing moisturizer at all, but at the same time I feel like my skin is getting the pampering I wanted to give it.

I also love the scent, and a little bit goes a long way, so I think that little jar will last me a while. I actually kind of look forward to putting it on before I go to sleep or apply makeup.

And I think the price is very reasonable. I believe I got it for around $8 at Walmart, which isn't too bad for a good moisturizer, in my opinion.

There's my beauty tip for the week! Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. And if you're looking for a new facial cream, I'd recommend Garnier Moisture Rescue Refreshing Gel-Cream (boy, that's a mouthful, no?)!

P.S. I was not compensated in any way for this review - I just really like the stuff, that's all!

Stuff I Love

This week I'm loving:

1. My new body pillow!

Everyone keeps telling me how you need to get a body pillow when you're pregnant. So when I saw this lovely body pillow at Walmart for twelve dollars, I decided to give it a try.

I'm starting to get to the point where it's uncomfortable to sleep. I can't seem to find a good position. I'm usually a stomach sleeper, but whenever I try to lay on my stomach anymore, it hurts. My body is protesting, and I'm pretty sure I'm squishing Babykins when I do that, so I've resigned myself to the uncomfortable side-sleeping position.

Oh, that pillow makes life so much more bearable! I can lay my head on it, prop it between my knees, and hug it, and it's pretty much a life saver right now. I can actually get comfortable when I sleep! This is a good thing.
And it's a pretty purple too.

Derek is being such a good sport about it being in the bed, though he'll occasionally through in one of the traditional "it's replacing me" jokes (but it's not, and as soon as I can sleep on my stomach again, it'll be out). I have such a sweet husband.

2. These adorable baby shoes that I also bought at Walmart for five bucks!

Baby Boy Sneakers

Aren't they the cutest things ever? I couldn't resist - I had to have them. Of course I don't know if it's a boy or not, but if it is, he'll have well-dressed feet.

I'm planning on buying some cute girl shoes when I find some too, just in case it's a girl. They didn't have any extra-special girl shoes this time, so I'm still keeping my eyes peeled.

Boy, I want to find out the gender! Another month and a half to go . . .

3. This Mentha Lip Buffer from C.O. Bigelow!

My lips have been so dry lately. They look really ugly, because you can see how chapped they are. It must just be the fact that it's fall - and i think I heard that your skin and lips can get more dried out when you're pregnant? I don't know if that's true, but either way, my hands and lips have been very dry.

This stuff contains a gentle abrasive (sugar, actually), and you just put some on and rub your lips together, and the sugar crystals remove all the dead skin. Then you just wipe or lick it off, and your lips are smooth as butter. Then you put on your lip balm, because now it can actually do some good, or your lip gloss, because now it will actually look pretty. It's very nice stuff.

That wraps up the list for today - I'm off to paint the bedroom. Yes, it's finally getting done. Wish me luck.

I've got some baby updates for next week, so stay tuned!

New Pajamas

I like to have cute pajamas.

Why? Because I still consider myself newly married, and my dear husband deserves to have a cutely clad wife to fall asleep next to every night.

Unfortunately that doesn't always happen.

I have a few cute nightgowns, but after sleeping in them for a couple months they get all stretched out and pilled up, and it always kind of bugs me when those short little nightgowns get wrapped up around my waist (I'm a wild sleeper - I toss and turn alot).

After I start to feel frumpy in my nightgowns, I pull out the trusty shorts and t-shirt and start sleeping in those for a while.

Because, you know, shorts and a t-shirt are so much less frumpy.

I had started thinking I should pick up some new cute pajamas. I had been in the short and t-shirt phase for far too long. Well, I was shopping in Target yesterday and I spotted this:

These beautiful nightgowns that were on sale for $8.48! That's pretty cheap for good, cute pajamas, so I snagged one.

I tried it out over the weekend, and I think I love it. It looks lovely on. Can you say chic?

I was a little concerned that it might be uncomfortable to sleep in, because of how long it is, but I'm happy to report that I actually like it better than my short nightgowns.

It didn't get wrapped around my waist so much, like all the short ones tend to do. I guess it might be because it's longer, and has farther to go to get all the way up to my waist.

I was a little worried about not being able to stretch out my legs, but I really didn't feel constricted at all. If you like to practice some yoga moves while you're sleeping, like I sometimes do, the nightgown hiked up to just above your knees gives you adequate freedom to move.

Hooray for feeling like a Sleeping Beauty again!

Pathetically Weak Nails

My nails are really weak.

They just tore last night while I was flossing. Flossing! That's pretty pathetic.

Granted, they are a little weaker than normal right now, because they're still recovering from the manicure I got for our cruise in May (see my manicured hand in the photo). But I've always had weak nails.

This makes me sad, because I love it when I can grow my nails long and pretty. But it takes a lot of work, and when they get longer it usually doesn't last very long.

The hubby doesn't have this problem. His nails are as strong as, well, nails. He's always having to clip them, because they grow pretty fast.

I'm hoping our baby girls will inherit his nail-genes.

Is it just me, or are strong nails and long eyelashes too often wasted on men?

It's just not fair. Ah, but as my dad would always say, "Life isn't fair."


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