July 2016 favorites: maternity, beauty, snacks, pregnancy & iPhone apps

Hey guys!  Today, I’m sharing with you some recent favorites.  I’ve got a couple maternity must haves, some snacks, a couple iPhone apps, and a few beauty items.  I am 25 weeks pregnant, so a lot of my favorites are influenced by my pregnancy.  I will try to provide links to items where I can.

Maternity “fashion”  

I am by no means a style expert.  I wear a lot of basics & what’s comfortable.  I am also highly influenced by this 100+ degree weather here in Texas.  (I am sweating in places I’ve never sweat before, LOL!)

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  1. I got to choose a dress from PINKBLUSHMATERNITY.com for review, and I chose the Navy Blue Short Sleeve Fitted Dress.  There are a ton of beautiful dresses on the site, but I decided to choose something that I could wear more than once or twice.ahsang july 2016 fave 2ahsang july 2016 fave 1My husband and I recently celebrated our 12th wedding anniversary, and I wore this dress for date night.  I felt cute, but comfortable.  Win Win!  I also love how versatile this dress is!  It can be dressed up with pretty shoes, accessories, and a red lip, or it can be dressed down with a pony tail and chucks.  Love!ahsang july 2016 fave 3
  2. Maternity tanks.  Any brand will do.  I happen to come across a really good sale at Motherhood, so I grabbed 3.  I live in these tanks, along with full panel maternity denim shorts.
  3. Maternity swimsuit.  As I mentioned, the heat in Texas is unbearable, so the girls and I go to our neighborhood pool at least once a week.  A maternity swimsuit was a must buy for me!  I love this striped one from Motherhood.  It came as a 2 piece, but the bottoms were huge, so I had to buy a separate bottom.  I ended up buying a plain navy bottom from Target.  No big deal.  Here’s a pic I posted to my instagram a few weeks back.  ahsang july 2016 fave 8

 

Beauty

My “beauty routine” is really simple, especially now that I’m pregnant.  On a day to day basis, I’m usually good with moisturizer, brows, and under-eye concealer.  If I want to put in a little more effort, I’ll add a pretty lip color and just a little color on my eyes.

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  1. Kate Somerville Goat Milk Moisturizing Cream.  I purchased mine at Sephora.  I normally have extreme combination skin…I have a very oily t-zone, but super dry cheeks.  During my 1st trimester however, I was really dry (probably due to all the morning sickness).  My normal gel moisturizer wasn’t enough, so I went to sephora and asked one of the employees for help.  I was also conscience of ingredients since I know some skincare ingredients are not good for pregnancy.  The girl I talked to was super nice, and told me to try the KS goat milk moisturizer.  Even though it was more pricier than I like to spend, I decided to give it a try, and I absolutely love it!  It works really well at moisturizing my dry cheeks, but doesn’t make my t-zone oilier.  The only con I have is that I am almost out, and I’ve only had it for a few months.
  2. NYX micro brow pencil.  I have mine in taupe & ash brown.  I picked it up at Target.  This pencil makes filling in my brows fast and easy.  It’s not too creamy so it doesn’t smear, and has the perfect amount of wax.
  3. Maybelline Better Skin Concealer.  I have mine in light medium, and I picked it up at Target.  This has been my favorite concealer all summer, and I believe I’ve featured it in a monthly favorites before.  It’s creamy, blends easily, and lasts all day.
  4. Bite beauty Matte Creme Lip Crayon in the color Tatin.  I got mine at Sephora.  I love this brand, especially since I’m pregnant, because it’s made out of food grade ingredients.  You could literally eat this lipstick, and you’d be a-ok.  I picked mine in a fun pink shade for summer.
  5. Laura Mercier Caviar Stick eye color.  I have mine in Rose Gold, and I got it at sephora.  This eye shadow stick is such a pretty color!  I like to add it to my inner corners for a little highlight, but it’s great for adding a little pop to your lids.  It blends easily, and doesn’t budge once it’s set.  Love it!

 

Snacks

I have been loving ice water in my 20 oz stainless steel RTIC tumbler (you can find it on Amazon).  I love fruits, especially watermelon.  I have also been loving beef jerky.  Surprisingly, I haven’t had too much of a sweet tooth, but I do like to have a bite or two of something sweet, which is why I have been loving thin cookies.  I was walking the isles in Target one day when I spied Brownie Brittle.  I picked one up on a whim and raved about it on instagram.  It’s like a brownie flavored thin cookie.  If you haven’t tried it yet, I highly recommend that you do!  I also have been loving Mrs Thinster’s Cookie Thins in toasted coconut, after trying a sample at SAMS club (You can find it on Amazon).  Cherry ICEEs…not the imitation icees, but the real deal ICEES!  So soothing for my hot flashes and heart burn, LOL!

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Misc Pregnancy Must haves:

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  1. I have been taking the Vitafusion PreNatal gummy vitamins.  I usually pick mine up at the grocery store or Target.
  2. TUMS…because I have heartburn…really bad…
  3. Lots of pillows!  I am currently using 4.  That may sound excessive, but it’s hard to find a comfy position when you’ve got a basketball sized belly!
  4. Deodorant.
  5. Flip Flops.  I live in Texas, it’s summer, and I’m pregnant…enough said.

 

Pregnancy iPhone apps

  1. What To Expect App.  You can read about each week; how the baby’s developing and how your body is changing.
  2. Baby Story photo app.  This is the app that I use to put the weeks/fruit size on my belly pics (like the one in my swimsuit shown above).  I think it’s a really cute way to document my pregnancy.

 

That’s pretty much what I’ve been loving lately.  What about you?  What have you been loving lately?  Do you have any pregnancy recommendation?

Happy Friday y’all and enjoy your weekend!

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September 2015 crafty and beauty favorites

Hey guys, I’m here again to share with you what I’ve been loving in the month of September!

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  1.  Sandy Allnock’s Copic marker Hex Chart.  This chart is awesome!  Not only does it easily allow me to find colors that blend well together while coloring, but it helps me out when shopping for colors as well.  It’s easy to see what colors I “need.”  You can easily see that I NEED more markers, lol!  I take a picture of my hex chart on my phone, so that I have it handy when I’m shopping.  You can find the hex chart on Sandy’s website here.
  2. Strathmore Bristol 100 lb paper.  I first learned that this paper is great for zig clean color real brush pens through Nichol Magouirk.  I also tried it out with copic markers, and it works great!  I love how thick this paper is!
  3. Versafine onyx black ink.  I love how dark this ink is!  It’s great for stamping sentiments, water coloring, and for heat embossing with clear embossing powder.
  4. American Crafts Zing gold embossing powder.  I have had this embossing powder for years, and it’s my favorite gold for sure!  I love the tone of gold this embossing powder produces.  The powder looks dark, but once heat set, it’s beautiful!

For my beauty faves, I have been loving:

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  1.  pixi Glow Tonic.  They recently released this product at Target.  I have heard a lot about this toner, and have always wanted to try it, so I was excited to find it at target.  (I got it on sale: 15% off through the cartwheel app.)  I have raved about pixie products before in my favorites, and I love this toner as well.  It’s gently exfoliates, and prepares your skin for moisturizer.
  2. Ofra long lasting liquid lipstick in Mocha.  I love lipsticks that I don’t have to reapply…I’m kinda lazy like that.  This one lasts a really long time.  I’ve only tried a few brands of liquid lipsticks, and this Ofra formula is my fave by far.  It kind of has a moussie texture, so it’s comfortable on the lips, but it is not transfer resistant.  When I just want a little hint of color, I put a little on and blend it out with my finger.  For more intense color, I can build up layers easily.

That’s it for me!  What are some of your faves?

Thanks for stopping by!

Happy Monday!

August 2015 crafty and beauty faves: they come in pairs

Hey everyone!  I hope you’re having a beautiful summer day!

Today, I’m sharing what I have been loving in the month of August…and they come in pairs!

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First up are my 2 crafty faves:

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If any of you have been following my scrapbooking for any amount of time, you will know how much I love Dear Lizzy by American Crafts products!  I know there is a brand new collection coming out, but this is the newest release that I have: Fine & Dandy.  I have absolutely been loving the Dear Lizzy Fine & Dandy 6×6 paper pad and the Dear Lizzy Fine & Dandy die cut card stock ephemera.  When I open the packaging of the ephemera, I put them in a little ziplock bag to keep them all together.  I love the ephemera pack so much that I bought two, and I’m already thinking that I need another one, hehe.  (Click on the links to shop!)  You can see these products in action in one of my previous blog posts here.

Here are my beauty faves:

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  1.  Maybelline Superstay Better Skin Foundation and concealer.  I have the foundation color in 30 Warm Nude, and the concealer in the shade Light Medium.  I have sensitive, combination skin, and I been loving these products.  I’m always hesitant to try out new foundations, because if my skin doesn’t agree with something, I breakout easily.  (I tried out a mattifying primer on my t-zone for 2 days a few months ago, and you could literally play connect the dots to make a T.)  This foundation did not break me out, and lasted really well on my skin.  I used it with the beauty blender for a lighter coverage, which I prefer.  The concealer is a perfect light weight concealer that I use to hide my dark circles of doom…bum bum buuuuum!  LOL!  (I got sent the foundation to try out & I purchased the concealer at Target.)
  2. Sun Bum Sunscreen and Face Balm.  I got these babies at Ulta Beauty.  They’re a little pricier than what I normally spend on sunscreen, but with a coupon it kinda evened out.  I love the formula…it soaks in and doesn’t leave me feeling greasy, and the smell is the best smelling sunscreen I have ever smelled!  It’s supposed to smell like bananas!  “Bah-Na-Nah?”  (Who loved the Minion movie as much as me and my girls did?!)
  3. Theorie Argon Oil Shampoo and Conditioner.  I have to say, the packaging drew me into this shampoo when I was at TJ Maxx.  After, I smelled it, however, I quickly grabbed the bottle of shampoo and dumped it into my basket.  After trying the shampoo for a few days, I loved how soft my hair felt.  I went back to TJ Maxx hoping that they had at least one more bottle of shampoo and a matching conditioner left (you know how TJ Maxx is).  This time, they had a giant bottle of shampoo and conditioner, so I bought one of each.  I usually buy whatever shampoo from the drugstore, but since I found these at TJ Maxx, I just paid a few more dollars than what I would normally spend on hair products.  You can find these at amazon.com.

That’s it!  These are what I’ve been loving in August!  What are some are your favorites?

Happy Thursday!

July 2015 craft & beauty favorites

Hello!  I cannot believe that July is over!  July is a pretty big month for us.  My younger girl celebrated her 5th birthday, and my husband and I celebrated our 11th wedding anniversary this month.

Here we are at the end of another month…these are a few things I have been loving in the month of July!

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My crafty favorites:

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1.  Simon Says Stamp Wide Stripes background stamp & Simon Says Stamp 6×6 tiny spaced hearts stencil.  I have been all about the background lately!  I included a piece of card stock where I used the stripes background stamp, and I also added ombre hearts using the stencil on top to give you a visual of how these products look in action.

2.  Who knew that the Absorber is absolutely awesome at cleaning your stamps?!  I first saw Kristina Werner using it to clean her stamps.  I have used this product for many years to dry my car after a wash, but I bought a brand new one just for my stamps!  I cut it into about 9×9 inch squares, got it wet & rung out the excess water, and stuck them in a plastic storage container.  You can get the absorber in the automotive section at the grocery store or on simonsaysstamp.com.

3.  I love my custom “handmade by” stamp from etsy shop Stamp Couture.  It’s so nice to stamp the back of my cards!

…and onto my beauty (& snack) favorites:

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1.  BarkTHINS dark chocolate touted coconut with almonds…so YUM!  It’s sad to say, but this is my 3rd bag already, and I’m sad that I’m out!  Since it’s dark chocolate, it’s not too sweet, and the toasted coconuts add just the right somethin’ somethin’.

2.  Paula’s Choice Hydralight Moisture-Infusing Lotion.  It’s fragrance & dye free!  I have used this lotion for over a year now, and it’s a great light-weight moisturizer perfect for Texas summers!  I had ran out of this lotion, but I didn’t feel like ordering it and waiting for shipping, so I tried a few samples of a couple of light-weight moisturizers at Sephora.  I should have known better, because I didn’t like the texture, or they were super pricey, and I broke out.  I have super sensitive skin, and my skin is oily in the summer, so I like for my moisturizer to sink in immediately, and I prefer fragrance free products.  I had to go back and order my tried and true favorite at Paula’s choice.  I believe you can only get Paula’s Choice on their website, paulaschoice.com.

3.  Wet n Wild Contouring palette in Caramel Toffee.  I believe this palette is exclusive to Wal-Mart.  I have been loving this palette and use it for a variety of things.  I use the highlight color to set my under eye concealer, I use the contour color to contour my cheeks and a little on my nose.  I also use this palette as eyeshadows.  The highlight color is perfect for an all over lid color, and the contour color is great to add a little definition.  This was a super affordable (under $5), great buy!

4.  Invisibobble traceless hair ring.  This is supposed to be a hair-tyer.  It reminds me of those wrist chains or the phone cords (trying not to date myself here, lol!).  I received this in a sample beauty box, and I was highly skeptical…but it works!   The plastic rings kind of grip your hair, and it stayed in place!  Normally, I have to re-tie my pony a few times a day, but not with this!

That’s it!  These are just a few things I’ve been loving in July.  I’d love to know what you’ve been loving!

Happy Thursday!

June 2015 craft & beauty favorites

Hello all!  Hope you’re having a great day so far!

Today, I’ll be sharing the few things that I have loved in the month of June!

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First up, are my crafty favorites:

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1.  The 2nd 30 day coloring challenge hosted by Kathy at thedailymarker.com.  I have loved taking part in this coloring challenge!  Coloring is really a great way that I have been able to de-stress, be creative, and meet new friends on instagram.  I was able to color 21 out of the 30 days…not bad, but maybe I can do all 30 days the next round?!  If you haven’t heard about this challenge, you can go to her website, or check out the hashtag #thedailymarker30day & #thedailymarker30day2 on instagram.

2.  Zig Clean Color real brush markers by kuretake.  These little water color brushes are so vibrantly awesome!  You can color with them like regular markers, full strength, or you can put a little color down, and use water to blend them out.  At first, I wasn’t sure what I thought of them, but it took a little practice before I got comfortable using them.  I like to put a little color down, then blend out with water (or a different color), and then repeat in small sections.  I find working in small sections works best for me.  I bought a 12 pack, and then purchased a few individually.

3.  Circle dies by spellbinders.  These are perfect for shaker card windows!  I have also been loving circles in my scrapbook layouts lately.  You can see an example in my previous post.  As I said in that post, I used to use circle punches, and I traced and hand cut circles for my layouts.  Now that I have circle dies, it has been so much easier!

Next up a just a couple of beauty favorites.

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1.  First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads.  I have been loving this product because it is such an easy to use all-in-one type of product!  In each container are 60 round pads already soaked with product, like lactic and glycol acids and cucumbers and lemons, that serves as both a gentle exfoliant and toner.  I use one of these pads every night after cleansing and before moisturizing…love it!  It has been perfect for my sensitive skin!  (I saw they are having 20% off on their website through July 4, 2015)

2.  Urban Decay all nighter makeup setting spray.  This is like hair spray for your face.  Since it’s been so hot here in Texas, I use this product to set my face on occasions when I have spent a little more time on my makeup.  When I take more time with my makeup, I don’t want it melting off my face in an hour or two.  This spray helps with that.  I usually purchase the travel size, because I don’t do a full face of makeup very often, and this bottle will last me all summer.

That’s it for this month!  What products have you been loving lately?

Happy Thursday!

May 2015 craft & beauty faves

Hello all!

It’s now June, so I figured that I would share with you what I’ve been loving in the month of May.

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May is a super busy month for us, with dance rehearsals and recitals, and winding down toward the end of the school year for both the girls…but I did have some favorites.

First up, crafty favorites:

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1.  Lawn Fawn Flirty Frames stamp set with the matching lawn cuts (dies).  I usually don’t buy the matching dies; I am perfectly fine with fussy cutting, and dies can get expensive, but there are just some stamps that look better with them, and these flirty frames dies cut out the stamps perfectly.  I will be posting some projects that I’ve used this set for on my blog soon.

2.  Martha Stewart Iridescent Hearts & Stars Glitter 12 pk.  I have been loving these tiny hearts and stars for shaker cards.  Any time I make shaker cards, I use a little bit of these.  You can see them in my blog posts: “DIY birthday…& a birthday shaker card too,” “Cards featuring Mama Elephant Carnival Cupcakes stamps,” and “my very first shaker card.”

3.  Doodlebug Design Rainbow Pack Sequins.  This is such a cute little set of sequins, and I love that there is a variety of colors for me to choose from.  I use these for shaker cards, as well as glued to the front of non-shaker cards for a little somethin’ somethin’…  You can see them on my cards in my previous blog post “cards for my pen pals.”

On the the beauty favorites:

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1.  Colourpop Cosmetics:  I got into this brand, because I was looking for affordable, long-wearing, cream makeup for my girls recital makeup.  Quickly, the products became a favorite for me.  They have an interesting creamy/ gel-like texture, and lasts a really long time.  Another big perk: affordability; each item is either $5 or $8, unless you get a set.

*Colourpop blush in “between the sheets.”  This shade is a very wearable, everyday mauve-pink.

*Colourpop eyeshadow in ” Desert.”  This is a really nice crease color.

*Coloupop lipliner in “pony.”  Love this color; bright, cool toned, purple-pink.  It’s so creamy, I use it as a lipstick.

2.  Real Techniques makeup brushes:  These makeup brushes are my all time favorite brand.  They’re super soft, very affordable, easy to wash, and don’t shed.  I usually get them at Ulta using a coupon, but I have seen them at Wal-Mart and Kohl’s recently as well.  They are in my favorites this month, because of Colourpop.  Since the Colourpop eyeshadow & blush are a cream texture, a synthetic makeup brush works best.  I have been using the “stippling brush” for the blush, and the “shading brush” for the eyeshadow.

That’s my May faves!  What are some of your favorites?

Happy Monday!

April 2015 favorites

It’s April already!!!  April is a very busy month for us (2 of the 4 of us have birthdays this month).

I had a lot of favorites in March, and quite a few pricey favorites.  Since my birthday’s in March, I got gifts and gift cards, so this month’s favorites is a good one!  Also, I have become super obsessed with card making in March, as evident in my last few posts.

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First up, make up favorites!

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1.  NARS all day luminous powder foundation (my color is medium 1 punjab):  I wanted to try a powder foundation, because it’s already getting hot in Texas, and I didn’t want anything heavy on my face.  My sister got me a sephora gift card for my birthday, so I went to sephora and requested a powder foundation that would give me some coverage, but isn’t too flat-looking.  A really nice girl made some suggestions, and tried a few on my face.  We ended up picking this foundation.  Of course when I got to the counter to pay, my heart stopped (sticker shock!!!), but I figured if I’m going to splurge, it might as well be when I have a gift card.  Let me just say…I love this foundation!  Since it’s a powder, it’s quick and easy.  I just use a dense brush and swirl it on my face!  Done!  It provides me with some coverage, still gives a natural look, and it lasts pretty good!  Best powder I’ve tried by far.

2.  NYX baked blush in 08 Ignite:  Love this blush!  Love the peachy bronzy color, love the “illuminator” factor in the blush so I don’t even need a highlighter, and it lasts well on my skin.  (I heard it was a dupe for MAC’s warm soul, although I can’t really say since I don’t own or haven’t tried warm soul.)  I picked mine up at CVS with a birthday coupon, but you can also find it at ulta and target.

3.  PIXI Natural brow duo (my color is deep brunette):  If you know me, then you know I love my brow products.  I don’t go anywhere without brows on!  I picked this up at target on a whim because I have been loving pixie products (I talked about their balm in my Jan favorites, and I like their eyeliners as well).  As the name suggests, this is a dual ended product.  On one side is a brow pencil, and on the other is a brow gel.  At first, I didn’t think I was going to like the brow pencil.  The tip was bigger than I like (shaped in a triangle), and it was softer than I like in a pencil.  However, as I kept trying it out, something about this pencil made me grab it every morning, instead of my other brow products.  Since the tip is bigger, it covers more area, which makes application faster.  The color match is spot on for me, and not too warm or red, as with other products I’ve tried.  Even though the gel looks tinted, it’s pretty much a clear gel.  It just adds a little more depth to the little hair that I have, and it holds my brow hair in place all day.  Win win.

Now on the my crafty favorites!

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1.  Mama Elephant carnival cupcakes stamp set:  If you saw my previous post, you probably figured that this would be in my favorites.  This stamp set is so cute, and pretty versatile.  You can use the cupcakes separately, you can use the little critters separately, or you can combine both animal and cupcakes.  You can check out a few cards I made in my previous post here:  https://jungahsang.wordpress.com/2015/03/29/cards-featuring-mama-elephant-carnival-cupcakes-stamps/ .  You can get this stamp set here:  http://mamaelephant.com/collections/animals/products/carnival-cupcakes or at simonsaysstamp.com.

2.  Sizzix die cutting machine:  I have been wanting a die cutting machine for a long long time!  When hubbie told me I could pick out anything for my birthday, I had no hesitations in picking out the sizzix and a magnetic platform.  As evident on my cutting pads, my sizzix is well loved already.  I got mine at hobby lobby.

3.  Tim Holtz ink blending tools:  I had the older rectangle version of this tool, and I have to say that the newer round version works much better in reducing harsh lines.  I also love that it comes in a 2 pack.  Love this tool, along with Tim Holtz distress inks for colorful backgrounds.  I picked mine up at JoAnn’s.

There you have it!  My most loved beauty and crafty products in March.  Let me know if you have any questions, and what you’ve been loving lately!

Happy Wednesday!