Products To Style 2B Curly Hair

The curls in my hair have definitely changed as I have gotten older and have gone through pregnancies. I would love if I could have my curls from middle school and high school! I do my best with what I have and get asked often what products I use so here in this post you can find products to style 2B curly hair. These products are for my type of hair. I learned about hair types after I had children since we all have very different curl patters. My hair is 2B and used to be a 2C.

After I wash and condition my hair I squeeze out as much water as I can then I put in this leave-in conditioner. I put my head upside down and scrunch the conditioner in. This step is what separated your curls and gives them definition. Next, I use my hair towel and wrap it up to dry a bit. After my hair is wrapped for maybe 5 minutes or so I take it out and apply the products.

For the pictures in this post I used this gel. I could pass on the blueberry scent but the gel is great. I keep my head upside down and scrunch this into my hair. Flip my head over and make sure I have product everywhere I need it. You want to make sure you aren’t using too much product or too heavy of a product for your hair type. What I use in my hair is different than what I put in my sons hair, which is different then what my other sons hair needs. If there are pieces of curls that aren’t curling like you want them to you can wrap them around your finger and hold it for a while to help the curl gets its shape.2b curly hair styleDiffusing your hair is key. When I don’t diffuse my hair the top ends up with barely any curls (pretty sure that’s due to years of curling and blow drying my hair, or pregnancy!). I love to let my hair air dry but for bouncier curls it is very important to use a diffuser to dry your hair, this helps give it more body and minimize frizz. I don’t use the diffuser to dry my hair 100% but enough that my curls are defined and I think they’ll stay in place. I let the rest air dry.

My curls behaved this day but when my hair seems a little too straight on top or it’s my second day curls I will use a curling wand to enhance my curls. Pick a size that is close to your natural curl. I use my T3 styling wand and curl the top pieces on my head some any other that seem a little straggly.

Last I spray Ouai Wave Spray and a little hairspray to tame flyaways. 

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3 Minute Summer Makeup Look

Mary lereve summer beauty routineI recently shared my everyday summer beauty look on Instagram with my reel but I wanted to give it a permanent spot here on the blog where it is easier to find. This look takes me only 3 minutes to do and makes a huge difference, leaving me feeling very put together. In the summer I rarely wear makeup and when I do it is this simple, thanks to having a summer tan! If I have an event or shoot to do I’ll wear more but that doesn’t happy often.

Skip the tinted moisturizer when I’m tan and after applying vitamin C, moisturizer and SPF, I apply:

|| Fenty Beauty concealer in 240
|| Benefit Gimme Brow Gel in 5
|| Merit blush in terracotta (also used on my lips)
|| Urban Decay Naked palette, color naked all over, virgin on the inner corners, and sin on the brow bone
|| Ilia limitless lash lengthening mascara!

Keep things simple so I can enjoy more time outside!

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Natural Light Summer Makeup Tutorial

If you are looking for a practical makeup look for the summer this is for you. There aren’t too many steps and the products are very lightweight!
natural light summer makeupSummer is not the time for me to wear a lot of makeup. The most I wear on my face is a tinted moisturizer, unless I am going to an event where I will be photographed. Some days call for a little bit a beauty and this is is my go to look. Let me know what you think!

Below you can find all the products I used to get this look:

Laura Mercier Foundation Primer

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Oil Free in Sand

Bare Minerals Bare Skin Concealer in Medium (under my eyes)

-Bare Minerals Bare Skin Concealer in Medium Golden (on my face)

Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics Eyeshadow Palette

Marc Jacobs Beauty Velvet Noir Mascara

Nars Blush in Orgasm

Make Up For Ever Pro Light Fusion Highlighter

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder Duo in Dark Brown

Anastasia Beverly Hill Brush #14

Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15 in Petal

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide

I count my first Mother’s Day to be the one when I was pregnant with my first son. I was already working very hard every single day to make sure I was eating the right foods and being as healthy as possible for my growing baby. My second Mother’s Day Myles was 9 months old and my third Mother’s Day I had only been home one day since delivering Noah! My Mother’s Days have been eventful and busy and has become one of my favorite holidays. I have a new appreciation for parents since having my own children and a gift, small or large, is well deserved.
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When I do my gift guides I try to be practical and I think really hard what the majority of the moms in my life would like and hopefully everyone can find a little bit of gift inspiration here. You can’t go wrong with personalized jewelry, I love this necklace that you can choose your children’s birthstone and it comes with a little leaf with their initial. I just ordered one for my mom and sister, I was going to order one for myself when I realized my sons birthstones are ruby and emerald, that’s red and green, which is just too Christmas-y for me. I have had my eye on this “Mama” necklace (and this belt) for a few months (and I recently found this “mama” necklace for more than half the price! Both necklaces would go great with these darling little studs.

Mother’s are busy and it is hard time for self-care but if you get them some beauty things as a gift they will have to find the time to relax. We chase are kids around also and need shoes that are chic and comfortable. I have these sneakers and they are just as cute with joggers, leggins and denim shorts. I saw this fun printer that I know every mom would love, you can print 4×6 photos right from you phone! The last thing I want to mention are these leggings. I just ordered my first pair by this brand, Strut-This, and I love them. At first I thought they would run too small but they fit like a glove and really hold your waist in! What mom doesn’t want that!?

Happy Mother’s Day to all you amazing women who care and love for the children in your lives!

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Non-Invasive Filler Facial

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It is no secret that I am not into neeedles. It isn’t that they scare me, I just don’t want to get into looking like someone I’m not. My forehead wrinkles do drive me crazy and sometimes I get little wrinkles under my eyes that bother me, there is a good chance Botox will enter my life, maybe even fillers but hopefully not too soon. I will never say never. In the meantime, I am doing the best I can to take care of my young 3o year old skin with creams and facials. Esthetiques Skin Spa offers a needle-free filler facial. The name in itself confused me but sounded interesting and once I learned more about the filler facial I knew I wanted to give it a try.

Prior to receiving the needle-freee filler facial I got a nano facial. The nano facial is microchanelling using nano technology to create microinjuries to the skin resulting in little to no downtime and immediate results. After the microchanelling was done I asked what the tool looked like so I could have a better understanding. It wasn’t what I expected but what just this tiny little thing that when turned on moved very fast. To be more specific, there are 49 silicone spheres each 1/3 the size of a human hair located inside each disposable tip! I told you it was tiny. Brandi, my sweet esthetician, customizes a new concoction each time to infuse into the skin during the nano facial.

Next, came the no-needle filler facial which uses Poly L Lactic Acid which is the plumping ingredient found in the facial filler Sculptra and is known for its long lasting effects. During my filler facial I asked a lot of questions because I really wanted to understand how what my face was going to get “filled with”, Poly L Lactic Acid is that key ingredient. Also included is caffeine and niacinamide to relax and plump wrinkles in the top layer of skin. The filler concoction was spread evenly over my face and neck and then a hydrogen mask was applied. A Poly L Lactic Acid mist was spritzed to adhere the mask to the face and neck. Then an LED light is turned on to amplify the results of the filler facial. After about 20 minutes the mask dissolves and forms a crust on the skin which is removed by peeling it away after 30 minutes.

The facial ends with a final spritz of Poly L Lactic Acid spray and a final warning of “do not get your skin wet for 12 hours” that means no makeup unless it’s eye makeup and then you still can’t remove it for 12 hours. You need to plan your facial so you don’t need to put on make up or sweat. This was no problem for me except my lips. I love putting on anytype of moisturizer on my lips and I needed to wait 12 hours!
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no-needle filler facial
I love that they treat your neck and chest. No point in having your face look nice and young while your neck and chest look aged.  

Immediately after the facial there was some redness to my face that only lasted a few hours. It looked as though I had just worked out and my skin looked so nice! I couldn’t stop staring in the mirror. There were subtle changes that made a huge difference to me. Bye-bye fine lines! Check out my before and afters.
The needle- free filler facial takes about 45 minutes and the results last 5 weeks for 1 treatment. And with a series of 3 spaced a week apart the results should last for five months.
Express needle-free filler facial: $185
Needle-free filler facial + nano facial: $285

Series of: $555

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If you don’t want to get fillers I highly reccommend this facial! I feel like my skin is 25 again! Thank you Esthetiques Skin Spa!

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Holiday Beauty Look

holiday glam makeup
Over the weekend I attended a little holiday shoot, my first of the season. I decided to do a holiday beauty look including a metal eye with some shimmer, from the inner corners to the outer went gold, rose gold and silver. I love mixing metals in my jewelry so I decided to try it out on my eyes. I wore a liquid eyeliner which I don’t do often but it felt more glam. On my face I did a bronzed look.

Skin Prep//
Tarte Brazilliance Plus+ Self Tanner (I applied this in the morning an hour prior to appying makeup)
Laura Maurcier Foundation Primer
Adel Amor Mineral Powder Foundation (swiped over the T-zone area)Contour//
(I used the Urban Decay Naked2 palette)
Urban Decay Tease all over the lid as a base.
Urban Decay Pistol in the crease and under the lower outter lashes.
Urban Decay Chopper in the center of the lid and below the center lower lashes.
Urban Decay Half Baked in the inner corner of the eyes.
Maybelline Master PreciseInk Liquid Liner in 510 Black Comet along the top lash line.
Edward Bess Defining Lip Liner in Barley
M.A.C. Matte Lipstick in Love Me Lots (similar)
Rodin Olio Lusso Lip Balm
holiday glam makeup

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laverlier skincare
Since becoming a mother for the second time my body has once again gone through a number of changes, especially my skin. Not only has it changed due to hormones but I have found I have less time to take care of it. I’ve never been one to have a skincare routine until I found Lavelier, a skincare line whos key ingredient is antioxidant-rich coral seaweed. Since receiving their Marine Essentials collection I have taken time to myself every morning and evening to care for my skin. Washing my face, applying moisturizer and giving my skin some attention has become one of my favorite parts of the day.

My mornings start with cleansing my face with Lavelier Biology Mousse Cleanser followed with Lavelier Marine Deep Moisturizer, a moisturizer that helps fight fatigue and fine lines is just what I need! My mornings are actually started with getting my boys fed and happy, brewing some decafe coffee and then giving myself some attention. I then apply an SPF and any makeup I need for the day. In the evening, I remove my makeup then wash my face with the Biology Mousse Cleanser followed with Lavelier Marine Evening Repair Cream and Lavelier Eye Firming Concentrate.  On special nights when I really want to give myself the spa treatment I apply their Intensive Facial Peel, I do this once or twice a week. This gentle exfoliating peel is probably my favorite, it’s cool and smooth when applied and make my skin feel extremely soft afterwards.

There is one more special product, Lavelier Advanced Marine Bio-Syringe. This syringe is formulated with Hyaluronic Acid and DMAE making it a very powerful anti-wrinkle treatment. Since this product contains DMAE  I will be saving it for when I’m done nursing but I did have to try it just once and wow does it work! I have fine lines across my forehead that drive me crazy and this product made them disappear within minutes! By the way, the syringe is fake, you don’t actually have to use a needle, it’s just super cute packaging.

I’m not interested in botox or fillers anything putting any sort of needles in my face (for now that is) but I am really interested in applying products that will help with fine lines and dark spots. The older I get the more I am willing to spend on my skincare products because I really want to have great healthy and moisturized skin.laverlier skincarelaverlier skincare
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laverlier skincarelaverlier skincareThank you Lavelier for sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions are my own.

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Sephora Haul || 9.15.17

sephora beauty haul
The change in weather always has me wanting to update my beauty routine. My skin seems to be struggling these days so I am needing all the help I can get. I did get a blush but otherwise I am saving my new make up buys until another month or so when my tan has sadly faded. Below you can find my recent buys.

Algenist | Liquid Collagen
Beauty Blender | Beauty Blender Pro
Belif | The True Cream – Moisturizing Bomb
Cicapair | Tiger Grass Nightly Re.Pair Mask
Dr. Jart+ | Clear Skin Lover Rubber Mask
Drunk Elephant | T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum
Drunk Elephant | The Littles 
Glow Recipe | Blueberry Bounce Gentle Cleanser
Hourglass | Ambient Lighting Blush in Luminous Flush
Milk Makeup | Highlighter Mini in Champagne Pearl
Tarte | Brazilliance Plus Self-Tanner

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Strawberry Spinach Beauty Smoothie

starberry spinach beauty smoothie

What you put on your skin is important and what you put inside your body is even more important. Unfortunately, I am really bad about being consistent with both of these things but I am trying to get better. I have had most of these ingredients in my pantry in the past and I hate to admit I’ve never finished a bag of any of them, except chia seeds which I didn’t add to this recipe but you easily could. Now that I am in my 30’s I know I need to nourish my body and I have become better at being consistent with a beauty routine and a healthy routine, especially in the mornings which is the perfect time to drink my strawberry spinach beauty smoothie.

I love having smoothies packed with nutrients, they are easy to make and great for my body. A short three years ago my smoothie recipes didn’t contain protein powder to my smoothies let alone maca powder and collagen. Some supplements and vitamins can taste bad but when you add other yummy ingredients you can’t tell. The taste of maca powder can be a bit much so stick to the serving size of 1 teaspoon, cacao nibs aren’t the best when you eat them but when blended in a smoothie adds just enough sweetness and hint of chocolate, collagen has no taste and I think we all know what protein powder taste like. I also like to add spinach to just about every smoothie I make because it doesn’t have much of a taste and is packed with many vitamins.
1 cup spinach
1/4 cup strawberries
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1 tsp maca powder
1 tbsp cacao nibs
1 scoop of collagen powder
1  handful of ice
unsweetened vanilla almond milk

Here is a little bit of info about why I add some of these ingredients to my beauty smoothies:

protein powder – Helps sustain energy throughout the day. I love to snack but adding protein fills me up just enough to help me make it to my next meal.

maca powder – Maca is a root vegetable that has an earthy flavor and I do not recommend adding too much. It is packed with iron and vitamin C and supports daily energy.

cacao nibs – Somewhat of an unprocessed form of chocolate. It is filled with antioxidants, helps boost energy, prevents premature aging, burns fat and is high in fiber.

collagen powder – Collagen has anti-aging benefits for your skin, hair, nails, joints, and it promotes a healthy immune system. My husband takes it and I always thought it was for his joints and tendons only. Once I learned the benefits I started adding his collagen to my smoothies but now I have my own!

I hope you enjoy this strawberry spinach beauty smoothie!

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Keeping My Face Hydrated With Choiskycn


With the nicer weather upon us it’s time for weddings, parties, vacations and big events. This is the perfect time to focus on your skin. I have been using Choiskycn facial masks weekly for the past month and have noticed a huge difference. After having a baby there is a change in hormones which means a change in my skin and I am so happy to have found that Choiskycn facial masks work for my me!

Choiskycn is based on traditional Chinese medicine. The creators of Choiskycn extract the active ingredients or medicinal herbs and apply them to the face mask. Applying these active ingredients into a sheet mask treatment allows the skin to be fully saturated.


The five major enhancements that come with using these facial masks are:
1. improves firmness of skin
2. effectively conceals pores
3. reduces fine lines and wrinkles
4. brightens complexion

5. revitalizes and re-energizes

I absolutely love how my skin feels after using one of these masks. My face looks brighter, smoother and feels more refreshed. There is also extra product in the package so after I apply the mask I am able to apply the extra product on my neck and decolleté.

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Thanks to Choiskycn for sponsoring this post.

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