Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Bare Minerals Review - Eyeshadow for The Scent Allergic

I have always had a love/hate relationship with makeup: I love to buy it, but my allergies hate when I wear it. I have literally bought a new product, opened it, and my nose started to run - no application needed! I had finally resigned myself to the fact that it I wanted to wear it, I was going to take allergy medication as well.


A few weeks ago a friend and I took a trip to a day spa. The massage therapist told me I was most likely allergic to synthetic scents after she heard my makeup story. She suggested I try fragrance free products.

If you've searched for fragrance free products, you know what came next. I looked in all the regular "haunts" and came up mostly empty. Then I saw Bare Minerals advertised in a magazine. I knew that boutique-type makeup would be more expensive, but I was willing to give it a go.

My skin is relatively clear (although I have issues with redness in some areas), so I always try out eye makeup first. I assume that if I can't wear your eye shadow without issues, then the rest of the line is pointless. And I love eye shadows. I love color.

I went to a local store that sold Bare Minerals and picked out some neutral shadow - a quad with colors I could wear on a daily basis. 

The Happy Place quad from Bare Minerals

I came home and applied color and waited for an allergic reaction - runny nose, itchy eyes, my eyelids feeling tired, anything. And...nothing. I wore it for the rest of the day. No allergic reaction. I wore it every day for a week and had no issues. I was ecstatic...and scared. This could be the beginning of a new addiction.

Just look at the eyes, ignore the hair...

One thing I especially love is Bare Minerals' YouTube channel - how-to videos galore. I like to watch them for ideas and for suggestions for new products to try.

 
 
 
If you tend to "lose" your eye shadow throughout the day, try some primer. Bare Minerals' Prime Time Eyelid Primer is a great product (and is on sale on their website for $12 right now). Prime your lid by using your finger tips, a cotton swab, or a makeup brush to apply primer to the lower lid. Let it dry. Apply a neutral base color all over the lid - this is what eye quads are great for - use the lightest color. If you have a duo (two colors) apply the lighter color on the lid and brow bone. Apply your darkest color to the crease of your eye (between the lid and brow, the part that goes in when your eye is open). If you have a quad, you can take your two darkest colors and layer them in the crease and blend or use one above the crease and one in the crease. There are a ton of "how to apply eye shadow" videos out there - feel free to do a search and experiment with what looks best for your eyes.
 
If you need makeup with no synthetic scents which works for sensitive skin and allergies, be sure to try Bare Minerals. The available options in terms of colors and products are truly amazing. Next up I'll try their Lash Domination Volumizing Mascara.

All reviews are my own opinions for products that I purchased myself. I was not paid for this review, I was not provided with products, and I am not associated with Bare Minerals. These are simply my experiences with the product.
Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Mothers of teenagers



Teen- How long have those waffles been in the freezer?
Mom: umm..since the last time I went to the store. So, Sunday? 
Teen: This Sunday, or the Sunday before, or the Sunday before? 
Mom: This past Sunday. 
Teen: No they haven't, they must've been in there for longer than that. (Laughing) 
Mom: Would you like to see my receipt? 
Teen: (looking disgusted) Uh No, they've been in there for a long time, I know that. 

Yes, son. Of course you know. You are a teenager! You are right. I'm glad you keep me in check about the date of a breakfast item, but can't remember if you even put on deodorant this morning. What would I have done without the questioning of waffles today? Probably wouldn't be writing this blog about teenagers, actually. 

After thinking about the options that I had as a parent in this situation, I came to the 
realization that nothing that I said could've been right. I can't slap the kid silly. If it wasn't considered child abuse, then I might! Hell, even at that particular moment, I would've liked to abandon the boy. Not in the middle of a cornfield without a compass or anything. I'm not heartless. I'd rather go. Just to leave, take a little 'road soda' while I think. Think about how stupid teenagers are. 

This is the kind of stuff that drives a mother to drinking. It makes me double think about situations and question the validity in my own statements. 

'Shit, was that even this week that I bought the waffles? Wait, no. I remember going to the store this Sunday. It was when you were gone at church with your friend. Yeah, I'm right! I didn't want to leave your unpredictable, crazy decision making ass at home!' 

At this point, I'm ready to stock the house full of pop tarts and corn dogs, fill his bathroom with Maxim, and put lotion on his bedside table. Seriously, what else could make this turd happy? 

Nothing. Why? Because teenagers hate their parents. We never understand and am expected to know what is going on in life with little communication.

 ('How was school today?' 
"Good" 
'Yeah? 
What was good about it?' 
"NOTHING, Mom. JEE-ZUS'
*Stomp upstairs to room*) 

This week, I'm so thankful that I'm NOT a teenager, because he is right...I would NEVER understand growing up as a teen in today's world! 

Saturday, April 5, 2014

What We Learned (April 6th, 2014 Edition)

Another week closer to spring and nice weather! What did you learn this week? Every Sunday the Mamas post about what they learned or experienced. This week is no different. Comment to let us know what you learned this week!


Lisa:
1. I learned my son thinks he's Puerto Rican, when he's really a Yankee. He's even bought a shirt proclaiming it now: 

2. We were blessed with awesome friends, family, blog readers for Autism Awareness Day! A lot of people wore blue in honor of Banshee. It was awesome! We were humbled by all the blue shirts and messages. Thank you thank you!
 

3. It is warm outside FINALLY!! I worked hard to get the feeders ready and....the bluebirds came!! I'm so excited. I worried that our bird friends wouldn't find us and I love to bird watch. I've got the kids into it too. I was losing hope and then..cardinals, juncos, wrens, titmice, chickadees, blue jays, woodpeckers, and even a turkey vulture showed in the yard!!! Hooray!! I'm hoping that our tally practice will serve for the big backyard bird count next year!! If you're looking for a fun, educational, and inexpensive project for this spring and beyond, look here:
http://birds.audubon.org/great-backyard-bird-count
 
Robyn:
1. Reagan and I have started co-napping together this week. I've been thinking about making her more versatile in falling asleep in different places. That way she doesn't 'have' to be in a crib, or car seat for example to be comfortable to fall asleep. So far, so good. And watching her nap is totally worth me not getting one.

2. People of authority can be shady sometimes. Work your ass off and take care of the people beneath you. In the end, that's how respect works. You have to earn that shit. 

3. I've learned that even taking birth control, you can still get a period. Wearing light pants must've been a target for Mother Nature and Aunt Flow to come together in with full forces. Hey, at least I'm not pregnant, right?! 


Liz:
1) This week my Mac finally died and I ended up getting a Surface 2. I'm still trying to figure this thing out and work out the bugs. It will take some getting used to, but I'm getting there.

2) Thursday I presented at a conference and I really thought that we were over Death by PowerPoint. If you don't know what I mean, DbPPT is basically putting all your stuff on your slides and then reading off it. I was pretty sure the world knew not to do that anymore, but apparently that's not the case. Of the 6 presentations in my group, only mine used PPT as a prompt - everyone else read straight off their screen. Annoying.

3) I talked to my Mom and found that we're similar in that we spend money when we are sad or lonely. She usually feels guilty and cancels her online order while I tend to feel a rush as I "spend" online and then excited until it gets here. Then a day or so later I'm back to being meh. Do you guys spend money when you feel "down?"


Now it's your turn! What did you learn or what was exciting for you this week? Post it in the comments! We love to hear from our readers.
 
Thursday, April 3, 2014

Response to 'I sell weed' blog post

Today Mama Lisa shares her thoughts related to this article about selling weed to support your family...
 
 
As I was chatting with a friend about the many expenses we incur with kids and kids with special needs I found an article online about the many reasons people sell weed. It was eye opening, especially because most of the people that admitted to it would never fit the stereotype of what a dealer should look like. 

I'm going to be honest here, I've thought about it myself in a semi-joking kind of way.  I'd be able to work from home, right?! Bills are always coming and sometimes seem to just stack up into a pile taller than the Empire State Building. I know we're not alone in this. So, I wasn't surprised that drug dealing was a way of life for some people. I've seen it in person, many times when we were in the Bronx: one time the dealer used our car's hood as his store!!! It's not foreign.

So, when this article popped up, I found it interesting. Following the footsteps of PostSecret, an app called Whisper has popped up on the secret-sharing scene. Load up your secret, share it with the world, feel better, yes? Here's the kicker: it can also serve as an odd form of social commentary; the kind that spawns college 101 courses. 

The posts to me were heartbreaking and thought provoking. Moms, soldiers, honor students, goody two-shoes....these are the new faces of drug dealing. I get it. The money is good, there's enough danger to make it exciting, and you have the perfect front if you live in suburbia. There's also the sadness factor. When do we reach this point, as people? You know, Where we survive by any means necessary. Is life now as hard as this shows? 

I'm not judging, nor do I know the answer. All I can say is, that if selling drugs and fitting the old stereotype is what's going to pay medical bills, or food bills, or schooling, I would do it. I've seen and lived "survival of the fittest", I don't want to go there again. Hell, who am I kidding? I'd move mountains too. 

What would you do? Share with the Mamas.
Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Post-Baby Sex and Vasectomy - The Mamas Chat

So the Mamas were texting, talking about birth control after babies, and we decided our convo would make a way funnier blog post than one of us writing about it. So here you go: the Mamas discuss post-baby birth control, vasectomy, and a whole slew of random stuff. Like you do.


  • Liz Solomon Wright
    Liz Solomon Wright
    Wine at the ready...
    What are we talking about?
  • Robyn Crowley
    Robyn Crowley
    Vasectomies? Snip snip mofo!
  • Lisa Almagro
    Lisa Almagro
    Yup
    And sex pits baby
    Post
  • Liz Solomon Wright
    Liz Solomon Wright
    We're so going to include your DYACs and all Lisa
  • Robyn Crowley
    Robyn Crowley
    Pits?! Lol, I was like 'arm pits are not sexy.' Got wierd looks in my house!
  • Liz Solomon Wright
    Liz Solomon Wright
    Post
    They're totally not sexy. Especially men pits caked with deodorant.
  • Robyn Crowley
    Robyn Crowley
    So I do have a friend that got a vas (what the docs call it!) he owns a motorcycle shop, and was convinced the day after his surgery that he could change a tire. Now, every time we drink together, we hear about how one of his boys was the size of a grapefruit, and never went back to the way it used to be!
  • Lisa Almagro
    Lisa Almagro
    On my stars
  • Liz Solomon Wright
    Liz Solomon Wright
    So we're talking post baby sex and strategies for birth control (avoiding more babies). So how long did you wait until after your last baby was born to have sex?
  • Lisa Almagro
    Lisa Almagro
    Cubby was 6 weeks or so
  • Robyn Crowley
    Robyn Crowley
    2 weeks
  • Lisa Almagro
    Lisa Almagro
    Hahaha!
  • Liz Solomon Wright
    Liz Solomon Wright
    That's so beer drinking chat. For men
  • Lisa Almagro
    Lisa Almagro
    With the girls we did it at 4 weeks
    Before the doc checked me. Oops
  • Liz Solomon Wright
    Liz Solomon Wright
    We waited six weeks as well. Why did you wait as long as you did?
  • Lisa Almagro
    Lisa Almagro
    The doc had to check me after the csection to make sure I was healed and everything was ok
    I was very sore this time around and not as into it
  • Liz Solomon Wright
    Liz Solomon Wright
    Do you think people with a C wait longer because of that?
  • Robyn Crowley
    Robyn Crowley
    Did it hurt?
  • Lisa Almagro
    Lisa Almagro
    Oh yes! The doc said if we didn't wait it would feel like knives in there
    I was dry this time. I feel like things haven't woken up as fast this time
  • Robyn Crowley
    Robyn Crowley
    Wow! Am I the only one that feels like the third one walked out of there?
  • Liz Solomon Wright
    Liz Solomon Wright
    LoL only had 2 so I can't answer but Sage's birth was easier although I was sicker.
  • Lisa Almagro
    Lisa Almagro
    Lol! Third one was easy csec but my recovery has been a bitch
  • Robyn Crowley
    Robyn Crowley
    Is sicker a word? Heh heh
  • Lisa Almagro
    Lisa Almagro
    I'm still not 100%
    Lol
  • Liz Solomon Wright
    Liz Solomon Wright
    LoL mmm maybe?
    More sick, happy?
  • Robyn Crowley
    Robyn Crowley
    Lol!! Yes
  • Liz Solomon Wright
    Liz Solomon Wright
    So what did you initially use for birth control?
  • Robyn Crowley
    Robyn Crowley
    Stupid condoms
  • Lisa Almagro
    Lisa Almagro
    We were bad. Nothing. We have fertility issues so we went without an umbrella
  • Liz Solomon Wright
    Liz Solomon Wright
    I can't take birth control pills bec of the stroke risk so we had to use condoms as well.
  • Lisa Almagro
    Lisa Almagro
    Talk about stupid, huh? Lol! Condoms since then
  • Robyn Crowley
    Robyn Crowley
    I felt 17 again
  • Liz Solomon Wright
    Liz Solomon Wright
    Bahha "Get the condom honey or I won't touch you."
  • Robyn Crowley
    Robyn Crowley
    Said mike LOL
  • Liz Solomon Wright
    Liz Solomon Wright
    Did you decide you were "done" having kids?
  • Robyn Crowley
    Robyn Crowley
    For real! He's still questioning if the vas is 100%
  • Lisa Almagro
    Lisa Almagro
    We did. Definitely. No more unless adopted.
  • Liz Solomon Wright
    Liz Solomon Wright
    And what made you decide?
  • Robyn Crowley
    Robyn Crowley
    Yes! Done. We got our girl
  • Lisa Almagro
    Lisa Almagro
    It was too hard on me. I almost needed a transfusion after this birth. It got scary. I've been preggo 5 times with 3 kids. We're ok with that
  • Liz Solomon Wright
    Liz Solomon Wright
    So that was the goal? What would have happened had Regan been a boy Robyn??
  • Robyn Crowley
    Robyn Crowley
    Baby Craigslist would have been created
    Just kidding! We would've adopted a girl
  • Liz Solomon Wright
    Liz Solomon Wright
    Hehe
    So we can choose between a tubal for you or a vasectomy for him, which did you choose and why?
  • Lisa Almagro
    Lisa Almagro
    We were just hoping for a healthy baby since we'd just lost a baby girl
    We decided a vas for him because my body had been through enough
  • Robyn Crowley
    Robyn Crowley
    Him a vas, same here!
  • Liz Solomon Wright
    Liz Solomon Wright
    No other factors influenced your decision?
  • Lisa Almagro
    Lisa Almagro
    I mean I was poked, prodded..they even did an HSG, so thru could see if there was an obstruction in real time.
    Lol enough was enough
  • Liz Solomon Wright
    Liz Solomon Wright
    We've talked about surgical options but haven't yet done either. We decided vasectomy was easier because it was less invasive and expensive than a tubal.
    Vasectomy is office as opposed to in patient surgery for me.
  • Lisa Almagro
    Lisa Almagro
    Yes that would be tough
    I think we still have to do it at the hospital but military works differently
    They told him it would feel like he was kicked in the nuts
  • Liz Solomon Wright
    Liz Solomon Wright
    Mike already had it done, would he agree?
  • Lisa Almagro
    Lisa Almagro
    Curious because one of our friends had it done and he said that he felt like dying
    Lol
  • Robyn Crowley
    Robyn Crowley
    It's an outpatient procedure, in on Friday and back to work Monday. It seemed easier than pumping enough for baby R, and being too drowsy from anesthesia to know when I could get back to normal.
    What?!
  • Lisa Almagro
    Lisa Almagro
    Exactly!! Sailor isn't nervous about it but they told him he'd feel it and it would take a while to have no swimmers
  • Robyn Crowley
    Robyn Crowley
    Yea that's what they said to is too. Although it took 4 months for the appt!
  • Lisa Almagro
    Lisa Almagro
    Oh no! Really?
    They told us to wait to see if we met the criteria for it and then get the referral
    Business must be slow lol
  • Liz Solomon Wright
    Liz Solomon Wright
    What are the criteria??
  • Lisa Almagro
    Lisa Almagro
    How long we've been married, how many live births, how many miscarriages, our ages, our health.
    I think there was one more but I forgot it
  • Liz Solomon Wright
    Liz Solomon Wright
    Robyn did they try to talk Mike out of it because of his age?
    When my Mike asked for the referral he had to get a bunch of tests done and then they found his heart issue and said they wouldn't do it until that was under control. So a lot of things could influence it.
  • Lisa Almagro
    Lisa Almagro
    Huh. I wonder if they will do that for Sailor.
  • Robyn Crowley
    Robyn Crowley
    Nope, once he told them he has 4 kids...they schedule him in! Lol
  • Robyn Crowley
    Robyn Crowley
    That same friend I mentioned earlier was 40 when he had his done and he had to watch a video about his 'decision'
  • Liz Solomon Wright
    Liz Solomon Wright
    What has his recovery like?
  • Lisa Almagro
    Lisa Almagro
    No way!! Like 'the moment of truth' at boot camp?!
  • Liz Solomon Wright
    Liz Solomon Wright
    Oh wow, video scare? "So you want a vasectomy."
  • Lisa Almagro
    Lisa Almagro
    A video...sigh
    Sheesh
  • Robyn Crowley
    Robyn Crowley
    The friend or mikes recovery?
  • Lisa Almagro
    Lisa Almagro
    Friend
    And Mike too
  • Liz Solomon Wright
    Liz Solomon Wright
    Recovery in general
  • Lisa Almagro
    Lisa Almagro
    They told us a day or two for the soreness to go away
  • Robyn Crowley
    Robyn Crowley
    Minus the grapefruit ball it was good. Mikes was speedy. We were stocked in hand with a jockstrap and frozen peas for the boys' swelling.
  • Lisa Almagro
    Lisa Almagro
    I heard about the jockstrap! What exactly does it do? Hold the peas in place or hold the peeps away from the body and clothes?
  • Robyn Crowley
    Robyn Crowley
    It's like compression to reduce swelling. First underwear, then jockstrap. Peas sat on top of the JS
  • Lisa Almagro
    Lisa Almagro
    Oh yes, that makes sense
  • Liz Solomon Wright
    Liz Solomon Wright
    And then the husband sits on the couch with the peas on his crotch?
  • Robyn Crowley
    Robyn Crowley
    Yes, and has to apply antibacterial ointment and gauze over the incision sites 3x a day.
    The procedure was in Jan, and said that it wouldn't be fully effective until April!
    *the doc
  • Liz Solomon Wright
    Liz Solomon Wright
    I wonder how many people don't listen to that and end up getting pregnant after a vas that isn't "done" yet.
  • Robyn Crowley
    Robyn Crowley
    Last time I went in to get reg labs drawn mike says 'can u ask if how the sample is collected? Like do you bring your own material? Can you bring your wife'
    Eye roll
    Mike, dear, I think saliva would contaminate the sample!
  • Liz Solomon Wright
    Liz Solomon Wright
    LoL! Nudy mags?
  • Robyn Crowley
    Robyn Crowley
    I had that fear! Pregnancy tests were bought last month!
  • Lisa Almagro
    Lisa Almagro
    Oh my!! I'm so nervous about that
  • Robyn Crowley
    Robyn Crowley
    Yeah, I wouldn't want to even touch a magazine that was used in that setting GROSS!
  • Lisa Almagro
    Lisa Almagro
    Oh no
    Kinda like the herpes they found in those library copies of fifty shades
    Lol
  • Liz Solomon Wright
    Liz Solomon Wright
    Bring your own mags, silly
    WHAT LISA??
  • Lisa Almagro
    Lisa Almagro
    Yes!!
    They tested the copies to see why people kept complaining and they found herpes on the pages.
    There was a huge stink over it
  • Liz Solomon Wright
    Liz Solomon Wright
    OmG

    So there you have it - the dish from the Mamas on post-baby sex, birth control, and vasectomies. Don't you wish you could chat with us?