Ponytail Weather

ponytail weather
It’s warming up out there!  This time of year, the only way I want to wear my hair is up in a ponytail- can you relate?
Are you familiar with Kate over at The Small Things BlogRead more about her here.  Her site is full of doable hair tutorials with lots of cute ponytail options, so you can look great and still keep your cool.
You are so Cute, Smart and Organized!

Ultimate Change-Your-Life Product

Ultimate Change-Your-Life ProductGo get your mom a bottle of this nail polish.  Right now.  It will change her life – I promise.

“Nail polish?  Life changing?” you scoff.  “Surely not.”

“Oh, yes,” I say, “but not just any nail polish…”

Ahhh, super-shiney top coat.  It has the ability to turn a diy mani-pedi into a thing of beauty.  I used to have a bottle of cheap NYC Vinyl Shine top coat that could turn heads.  But then they stopped making it.

I cried.  But that loss led me to something greater.

I walked into Sally Beauty Supply and asked for a product to replace my old favorite.  The sales girl, bless her soul, led me directly to Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat.

“A quick-dry product? I asked.  “I just want sparkle.  Will it have the same gloss as my old product?  The same deep, wet shine?”

Yes, she assured me , flatly.  She obviously did not grasp the importance of this purchase to me.  But I took her word for it.  And Seche Vite has a fan for life.

It’s not just the pretty shine and long wear that has me hooked.  It’s that amazing quick-dry factor.  There’s no question that preventing damage to freshly painted nails is one of the great unsolved problems of motherhood.  But this stuff lets you polish those piggies and get back to the business of life, fast.

And I’m not just talking faster-than-usual fast.  I’m talking paint your nails and then go fix your hair fast.  Paint your nails and change a diaper fast.  Paint your nails, accidentally fall asleep with the kids at naptime, and NOT get little sheet-prints on your toenails kind of fast.

That, my friends is life changing.  And it’s just what every mom needs.

So go, get your mom, or yourself, a bottle of this quick-dry top coat.

You’ll make her day.  You’ll change her life.  And she’ll hold your little face in her perfectly manicured hands and say, “You are so Cute, Smart and Organized.”

Happy Mother’s Day!


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Check out this post for more of my beauty faves!

Seche Vite has no idea who I am or that I’m recommending their product.  I just really like this stuff! ;)

Field Trip Ready

field trip ready
Chill your beauty essentials to stand out and keep your cool in a sea of Class Moms.
You’ve stamped a zoo-themed vignette on the lunch sacks and chosen subtly-matching outfits for you and your child.  Now, toss this kit in your bag, and, I promise, you’ll end the day feeling as great as you did when it started.
1.  Your secret weapon?  A cooler bag  small enough to keep in that super-adorable cross-body that you bought just for today.  (It was a totally practical purchase, by the way…it will help future scrap-book historians differentiate between your fall and spring field trip pictures.)  Thermal Mini-Zipper Pouch in in Best Buds from Thirty-One Gifts, $12.00
2.  Tuck in an ice pack…this is the deal-changer, so don’t skip this step.  Froggy Thera-Pearl Pal, $9.00 on Amazon.
3.  Add some iced-down SPF lip-balm and leave the other mothers wondering how you manage to keep that bright smile throughout the day.  My favorite stand-by?  Blistex.  Go for Melon Medley from the Fruit Smoothie line to complement the flavor of the freshly-scooped honeydew in your lunch.  $3.00 on drugstore.com
4.  Hand and Face Wipes, because you know that mom is going to stiff you with restroom duty, again.  Might as well look and feel even better after it than before, right?  A chilly swipe of the hands and back of the neck and you’ll step away from the girl’s room confident, collected, and totally ready for the souvenir shop.  BabyGanics Hand and Face Wipes, $3.99
5.  Sunscreen.  You won’t share, of course (wouldn’t want to cause an allergic reaction)  but, when other moms are toweling-off melted mascara and doctoring their pink noses, you’ll pull out your chilled sunscreen and apply the every-two-hours touch-up… cool as a cucumber.  It’s a subtle touch, but one that every room mom there will notice and remember.  Sunny Screen from Episencial, $12.00
You’re cool.  Your ready.  And your going to walk away from that school bus so refreshed, I guarantee you’ll be the first mom to get her album posted to Facebook.
You are soooo Cute, Smart and Organized,

Pretty for a Buck… Happy Weekend!

There’s nothing like new makeup to a little pep in a girl’s step!

This weekend, go pick up a few of these beauties from e.l.f. cosmetics.  You can get them pretty much anywhere, and at about $1.00 a piece, it won’t mess up your chances of eating out Saturday night. :)

Check out this post for another beauty fave!Top Cheap Makeup Picks

Clockwise, from left:

Keep everything in it’s place with Makeup Mist and Set, at $3.00 it’s the budget buster of the group

Pencil in those brows, then brush over them with Wet Gloss Lash & Brow Clear Mascara, $1.00

I love to put this Eye Widener on before my lightest eyeshadow for great staying-power, $1.00

And My All-Time Favorite Top Pick (I’m not exaggerating here, I use this stuff everydayEyelid Primer, $1.00

I call that Cute, Smart and Organized!

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Prep those Piggies

Prep those Piggies
We don’t want to let sandal weather catch us unprepared, do we?
This weekend, get a jump on the action and use these three simple tips to take your DIY Pedi from homemade to smashing :)
Check out this post about the BEST top coat EVER (in my humble opinion)!
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Have a great weekend!

Swingin’ in the Rain

Target-rain-gearI took my own advice last Friday and made a stop at Target over the weekend, (though not in my pajamas). They always have an awesome selection of rain boots, which inspired this collection of fun, rainy-day necessities, perfect for this weekend’s predicted showers.

Clockwise, from top:

I couldn’t resist the sunny personality of this umbrella from Thirty-One, $30 in Party Punch.

I love this great Merona trench, $50, from Target– the perky contrasting piping looks even better in person.

This Tresemme Climate Control hairspray stands up great for rainy days, but I’ve also found it to hold up well to Texas humidity, in general. $5.50 at Walgreens

Wet weather calls for a coat of waterproof mascara; try One by One from Maybelline.com

Classic yellow goloshes are given a preppy update with polka-dots: $30 from Target.com

I keep a bottle of this e.l.f. Makeup Mist and Set Finishing Spray handy for days when I know my makeup will need a little extra staying power. At just $3, Target, that’s pretty cheap beauty insurance.

You are so Cute, Smart and Organized!