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Monday, August 31, 2015

The Best of Drugstore Beauty- My Favorites!

Oh, Monday, we meet again!

As I was putting on makeup yesterday before church (2nd service only for us, as hard as I try to get the fam up for first service it never happens!) I realized almost all of my favorites lately have been drugstore brand, and you know how I love a good product on a budget, so I left out my favorites from my Makeup Drawer to share with you!

I've mentioned it to you in some of my Bumpdates, we're actively saving and paying off debt in the most aggressive way we ever have, you know, to be set up for success when little guy gets here, so that means that as much as I love a Sephora shopping spree, most of my makeup purchases have been at the grocery store lately! Luckily, i've got some tried and true products that work just as well, if not better, than the higher-end brands, and save you lots of money in the process!

Almost everything in this look is from the drugstore. The only exception would be my brows...I haven't found a product I love quite like my Anastasia Beverly Hills brow powder. If you have any suggestions, leave a comment below, i'd love to hear 'em!

Starting with your face, if you prime, I find that almost any foundation will do you wonders! I always start out moisturizing, and truly my favorite of all time is the Burts Bees Intense Hydration day lotion. I have very dry skin, that is so sensitive and acne prone at the same time, and although i've tried plenty of other moisturizers, I always come back to this one. I mix two primers, the Pixi Flawless Beauty Primer, and the Hard Candy Perfecting Primer. The Pixi gives of a luminous effect, while the Hard Candy primer blurs pores and leave you with a near flawless complection!

I've been using the Maybelline Better Skin Foundation for a little over a month now. It claims to give you better skin the longer you use it, I don't know if it's pregnancy or if i'm just SOL when it comes to skin problems, but I can't say that it's really improved my skin. However it has AMAZING lasting power and the color options are endless. I feel like it is my best matched foundation i've found in forever and i'm obsessed. I mix in a little Magic Lumi before applying and I love the luminous finish. To highlight and cover my dark circles (if you follow me on Instagram @absolutelyarkansas you know that sleep has been few and far between lately, so I need ALL the concealer I can get!) I have been using the Maybelline Master Conceal, and i'm a huge fan! I actually picked it up because they didn't have my shade in my usual concealer, and it's been a great replacement! It doesn't have the staying power of some of the higher-end concealers you will find, but the brightening quality and nice formula make it a win for me. Plus, for the price, it can't be beat!

I could own every nude lip product in the world, and still feel like I don't have enough! I don't stray far from my favorite Nude Lip, and for years i've been using the NYX Butter Lipstick, and topping it with NYX Butter Gloss, The formula's are so rich and light, I love that Butter Gloss gives you such pretty shine without feeling goopy or sticky on your lips. I'm pretty loyal to liquid liner, it's the only thing that sticks around through the day! As much as I love the ease of a pencil, nothing beats liquid for staying power. You definitely don't need to go expensive, either. NYC takes the cake for affordable drug store makeup, and i've used their Liquid Liner since high school. Why mess with a good thing?!

What are some of your Drugstore favorites? I don't see our budget growing any time soon (diapers are expensive, ya'll!) so I'd love to hear some of your must-haves!

Have a great Monday, thanks for coming by!

Until Next Time,
xo Kylie

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Peaches & Strawberry Cream

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Happy Tuesday, friends!

I have the tastiest quick little breakfast recipe to share with you today that lately I just haven't been able to get enough of! 

My favorite part of being pregnant in summer is the abundance of fresh peaches. This baby is seriously going to come out looking like a little peach with how much of this tasty fruit i've consumed over the last few months!

Side note, do you remember that song "peaches and cream" by -112? If you do, its about to be stuck in your head all day! This tasty breakfast is my homage to that delectable 90's jam. :)

Yes, we can all take a moment to talk about the fact that #imhuge

I came across these new Quaker Real Medley's Yogurt cups in the  ready to eat cereal aisle at  Walmart and my pregnant cravings went into overdrive, I had to try them! It was magical to me. Just stir in cold milk and you've got a tasty fruit + granola + yogurt treat, so convenient!

So all week i've been devouring fresh peaches, topped with this creamy, cool yogurt and it's like dessert for breakfast, but obviously way better for you! With 10 grams of protein and 25 grams of whole grains, even with my out-of-control appetite, i'm satisfied until lunch time.

Make your own at home with the following:

  • Fresh Summer Peaches
  • Quaker Real Medleys Yogurt Cups
  • Optional-extra granola, mint for garnish 
Simply add your cold milk to the yogurt cup and watch it transform. Slice your peaches and top with the cool, yummy cream, and try not to bite anyone who asks for a bite of their own ;)

Crunchy.Cool.Yum. I'm drooling. If you just can't get enough, download the Blippar app from your Apple or Android store to scan your package and receive information tutorials on Quaker® Real Medleys® Yogurt Cups.

I hope you're all having the most lovely of weeks! We had a doctor appointment this morning for little guy, and after every single one I become even more impatient for him to just arrive already! I'll have a 30 week bumpdate up later this week, wait till you see how this torpedo belly has popped!

Thanks so much for coming by!

Until Next Time,
xo Kylie

Monday, August 17, 2015

Third Trimester Updates + 4D Ultrasound Footage!

It never ceases to amaze me how darn quickly Monday seems to come around. Right now it feels a bit like the days are creeping by slowly, but the weeks are flying. I wish the days would speed up a little, but i'm not complaining about Fall approaching quickly!

As much as i'm counting the days to holding our little man, everyone keeps telling me to savor these last few days as just Jake and I, and to not wish away the Summer! (Easy for them to say...they aren't carrying around a 3 pound furnace in their torso!)

Dress: Non-Maternity: Old Navy (now on sale!) //  Floppy Hat:Similar On Sale! // Sandals: Charlotte Russe: similar style here // Bracelets: F21 // Lipstick: Mac, Honey with Nude Gloss on top

Okay seriously, almost everything i'm sharing today is on crazy sale...get these summer deals while their hot! (literally ;) 

The last BumpDate I shared with you was all the way back at 26 weeks, and we're 29 now, so lets get wordy with it and into all the changes that have happened in the last 21 days :)

How far along? 29 weeks. Well into the THIRD trimester. It's the home stretch people! 70-something days until D-Day!

Total weight gain: 18 pounds as of this morning. I was just telling Jake that I didn't feel like I was gaining that much weight anywhere but of course my belly, but looking at these pictures and then the video below, I can definitely see my face filling out more than it has before. It's all part of the beauty of growing a human I guess ;)

Maternity clothes? Of course. This dress i'm wearing is actually non maternity (woot-woot!) and it's super comfy so i'm living in Maxi's just like it. I know I can't stop talking about it, but ThredUp has been my favorite spot to shop for Maternity clothes at a discount. Speaking of, I blogged all about how to build your Maternity Wardrobe without breaking your bank last week!

Stretch marks? None on my belly, but I have quite a few on my hips. I really thought it would bother me more than it has, but I guess pregnancy has it's way of making you lose your vanity :)

Sleep: No.no.no. Sleep and I are really in a hate-hate relationship right now. It's so rough, you guys. I feel like in the last trimester your body really does know that a tiny little human will be keeping you from rest in the near future, and therefore decides to prep you by causing you to wake up every hour on the hour. Some nights the heavens open and I sleep the sleep of angels, others I wake up 1000 times more tired than when I fell asleep. Most nights I find myself just wishing it was daylight already so I could be up and going for the day. At least i'm learning to function on little-to-no rest for when the baby arrives!

Best moment this week: We had our 4D ultrasound (footage below!) and it was the coolest moment of my life! Seeing him sucking on his lips, yawning, covering his face up with his hands, and getting our first peak at what he looks like blew my mind. He has my pointy chin that runs in my family, and Jake's nice full lips. He was a little stinker who kept his face either buried in my cervix or smooshed up against my uterus most of the time, but those glimpses we got of him were oh-so-special.

Miss Anything? I'm really missing not being pregnant. I'm going to be honest with you, it's no walk in the park. I'm incredibly thankful, and every little wiggle and shake he gives me make my heart skip a beat, but the days of normal bladder function and non-hormonal skin will certainly be welcomed come October. 

Movement: Oh yeah!Really big strong movements that I know are just going to increase over the next few weeks. Jake and I love to sit and just watch my belly move! Although, with stronger movements come weirder side effects, like kicks to the bladder that make you SPRINT to the bathroom. 

Food cravings: This week I was dying for some Garlic fries from Petco Park in San Diego. Seeing as we're 1600 miles away from home and they might get soggy by the time they were delivered, we settled for some Smash Fries from Smash Burger and they were so tasty! They weren't Petco Park tasty, but they did hit the spot. 

Anything making you queasy or sick: Well, clearly, Garlic isn't grossing me out anymore. And the other day I could have eaten an entire deep-dish pizza, so melted cheese isn't as repulsive either. Happy to report food aversions are on their way out! For this week at least ;) I am noticing a bit of "morning" sickness coming back, however. It's nothing compared to those first few weeks of pregnancy, and can be managed pretty easily with a small meal, so i'm not complaining!

Gender: Our sweet little guy.

Labor Signs: I talked in the video below about our scare at 27 weeks. We ended up at Labor & Delivery after 24 hours of period-like cramping, but it turns out it was just a UTI. A week of antibiotics and lots of water and I was good as new. I did get an early tour of the Labor and Delivery ward of our hospital though, so that was neat :) 
 Braxton Hicks are coming more frequently now, but they are uncomfortable at their worse, so i'd hardly consider that a labor sign.

Symptoms: Rib Pain is still terrible. I'm going to go ahead and rank this with "just as bad" as the morning sickness of the first 18 weeks. It's a constant feeling of my ribs being ripped apart, and the only thing that provides some relief is laying down on my left side, which isn't exactly how I can live out these last few weeks of pregnancy. I am taking solace in the fact that we're so close to done, that it makes it a little easier to deal with. Hopefully as he drops down to his final birthing position the pain lessens.

Belly Button in or out? OUT! No more commitment issues for my belly button, it is completely out and ready to say hello. You can see it through all of my clothes now, it's like the timer on my belly saying "ready to pop!"

Wedding rings on or off? My wedding rings are still on just fine, but I do find that my "promise ring" that Jake gave me when we were 16 is really tight and hard to get off at the end of the day. It's a whole size smaller than my wedding ring so thats probably the reason for the tight squeeze.

Happy or Moody most of the time: While proof-reading this post, I realized it did seem chalk-full of complaints, but I have to say, i'm still overwhelmingly happy. I do have a few more moody days lately (i'm like an over-tired toddler sometimes) but I know i'm going to miss these days when it's just me and my son all the time. He is literally with me everywhere I go and that is something i'll never totally get back again, so even through the aches and pains that come with growing this little guy, I feel incredibly blessed to get to carry him and have this time just the two of us before I have to share him with the world.

Looking forward to: October! It's almost the "Er's" which we all know I live for, but come October, Sawyer Rose is officially full-term and is welcome any time he'd like to make his appearance. I'm starting to feel like we need to get into prep mode, because it really will be here before we know it!

I always try to share some iPhone photos that I can find on my camera roll to share the "not so fancy" side of this bump, but I hardly had any from the last few weeks! I recently became super tech-enabled and learned how to use SnapChat, and we've been sharing a TON of our bump-adventures there if you'd like to follow along: AbsolutelyKylie

Tank: Target // Pants: Lululemon Groove Pant (best EVER for pregnancy) // Backpack: Dakine

Dress: Target // Cardi: Old from Nordstrom. Similar style here // 

^^^Look at me all SnapChatty ;)

This picture is from 28 weeks but I couldn't believe how big this belly was! It's even bigger now, and I might fall flat on my face before this pregnancy is over.

In L&D at 27 weeks feeling like the biggest drama queen ;)

aaaaand just for fun, my husband, Jake, takes all of my blog pictures for me, and I asked him to fix my hat, and this is what he did. Thanks babe, you help me stay fashion forward. ;)

In the next few weeks I need to get our hospital & diaper bag PACKED! I'd love to hear from you mama's and moms-to-be what essentials you have packed, or what I must not forget! It's a little overwhelming to think about ;)

Thanks so much for coming by, you know how special it is for me to look back on this pregnancy through my little ol' blog. If you're interested in anything else pregnancy related click HERE!

For a look into our 4D ultrasound, and to see some fun baby + mama finds, check out my Vlog below!

Until Next Time,
xo Kylie