Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Fav Beauty Buys No. 3

Fav Beauty Buys No. 3


Maybe it was my recent birthday lighting a fire under my tush, but recently something clicked that I need to get serious about an anti-aging skin care regimen, now! I've always had good skin (thanks mom and dad) and therefore never really bothered much with an extensive regimen, however I'm now realizing that's led me to take advantage of my clear skin. There seem to be a million anti-aging products out there and the choices were really overwhelming to me, so I sought advice from my local Sephora. After listing my critera (natural products and as few steps as possible) I was directed to Origins Plantscription™ line. I've been using them for a few weeks now and I am hooked! This moisturizer cream is lightweight, non-greasy and even after it's absorbed it leaves my skin looking dewy and glowing. It has SPF 25 which is fine for me for everyday, but if I'm planning to be outside for a long period of time I always apply a much higher SPF to my face as well.


I've been a fan of Makeup Forever's aqua eyes eyeliner for years, but had never tried any other product from the brand. This lipstick was part of Sephora's birthday gift and it now has a permanent home in my everyday bag. A color neutral enough for everyday, with just enough pigment to elicit the coveted "what lipstick are you wearing?!", it's like your natural lips enhanced in the very best, subtle way. Plus its' super moisturizing formula won't dry out your lips :)


A bit thicker than the faec cream, I can almost feel my thirsty eye area drinking in the intense moisture of the Plantscriptions™ Eye Cream! I use my ring finger and pat it on lightly from the outer edge of my brow to the edge of my nose.


Ok, so I'm not gonna lie - this stuff is gross...but holy cow is it effective! It comes with 2 booties filled with fruit acids, that - after you soak your feet for a few minutes - you tape around your ankles (I then cover them with socks in case I need to walk) and then chill on the couch for an hour. Remove, rinse and wait. and wait... . By the end of the third day I was gonna chalk it up to my feet being duds but then I saw the beginning of the peeling on my toes. For the next week my feet looked like they were molting...seriously disgusting! I wore socks to bed and vacuumed with greater frequency and after about 5 days my feet were softer than I'd seen them in years...so yeah, gross but AMAZING! Helloooooo sandals :)


The Plantscriptions™facial cleanser leaves your face feeling amazingly clean. I've been using it along with my Clarisonic for a deep pore cleanse.


Initially I was skeptical of the night cream component of this anti-aging routine worrying that it would be so thick and greasy that I would break out. It is thick, but in a super moisturizing, velvety non-greasy way. I love how smooth my face feels after I apply and how soft my skin is when I wake up.


I've professed my love of this mascara many times over but until they come out with a waterproof formula in Florida it is not a summer mascara. Looking for a mascara that would lengthen and thicken similarly but stay put in insane humidity (and sweat, eww), I discovered this gem. It takes a bit of patience to apply - slowly in several thin coats - but the end result is amazing!

I've had my Clarisonic for about a year now and can say that it has definitely been worth the investment. My skin stayed pretty clear throughout my first pregnancy (pre-Clarisonic) but I swear that this thing is a pregnant gal's best friend as I had maybe four or five blemishes with during my second pregnancy. But pregnant or not - this thing is amazing! I recently switched from the sensitive head to the deep pore cleansing head and I'm even happier than before.

See my other Fav Beauty Buys here and here.

Any products you're loving that I should know about? Share the wealth and leave your recs in the comments :)

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Lion Country Safari

This past Memorial Day, after multiple recommendations, we decided to check out Lion Country Safari and it was definitely one of the coolest things we have done as a family to date. In the comfort of your own car, you drive through a huge safari and watch the animals literally walk right in front of you! So. freakin'. cool.

You get a CD to play as your guide, but we decided to forgo listening and just talk about the animals with Yishai. Not like we would've been able to hear it above the shrieks of laughter anyways :)

Since Yishai is still rear-facing, I moved back to sit with him to make sure he could see the animals well and help point them out to him. His reactions were priceless and it made me excited to see him so excited :)

^^C'mon, how cute is that rhino tushie?! ^^
After we finished the safari we entered the park on a mission - to feed a giraffe "salad" (romaine lettuce). Yishai has always loved giraffes. You might remember 'Geoffrey' from Yishai's nursery tour. That giraffe gets a good night hug and kiss every night - and the cutest greeting in the morning:
"Hi Geoffrey! Good Morning! Mommy, he happy!"
You are too much sometimes, kiddo :)

Anyways...feeding giraffes.
wow, was that an experience...so fun!

I was in awe that we were able to be so close to these huuuuge animals. Holding our lettuce leaves over the side of the rail, we watched as these majestic giraffes lowered their heads to extract the leaves oh-so-gently with their tongues. We all got our fair share of giraffe 'kisses' from their black-purple-ish tongues.

Deciding that their bellies were sufficiently full of salad, we moved on to make some new friends. Yishai enjoyed hugging the goats - which basically meant he lays his head down on their backs...or tail :) It's pretty funny to watch and definitely entertained some of the other families more than just the goats themselves.

We ended our day by feeding the birds their dinner: birdseed on a stick.
Y'all know everything tastes better on a stick :)

We had an amazing day and Yishai fell asleep before we even left the parking lot! #parentingwin

If you're in SoFla (or here on vacay!) - this is a must-do:)
We didn't even get to do everything...there's an awesome looking splash-water-playground-thing which looked amazing and we are definitely bringing our swimsuits for that next time!

There are going to be many more trips to Lion Country Safari for us this summer!