Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer Review + Swatch

Hello, pretties. I recently picked up the light Butter Bronzer by Physicians Formula from Walmart. I haven’t tried the normal Butter Bronzer yet but decided to grab the light because I’m ridiculously pale. Here are my thoughts on it. 
Packaging:

It has beautiful, metallic, ombré, tropical packaging. The actually product has a wave or water like imprint. It has a click-lock closure that opens when you push the little button on the front. The actual product lifts up to reveal a mirror and little sponge like applicator underneath it. I feel like the packaging is very durable and wouldn’t be afraid to throw it in my bag when I’m on the go. I like the packaging a lot, actually. 

Packaging: 

The bronzer is very light, as you can tell by the swatch on my ghostly hand below. It does have a slight sheen to it, but it isn’t too much for a bronzer in my opinion. I like the tone of it. It’s bronzey, but not orange. Because I’m so fair skinned, if a product has the slightest hint of orange in it, you can tell when it’s on my face. Face products that are too warm just come off bad on my skin tone. This product however, agrees with my skin tone. It might take a little bit of effort to get the pigmentation you’d like, but I like it. 

Wear Time:

I think the wear time of this okay. It’s not fantastic, but it’s better than Mac’s Give Me Sun. I’m not left with a line across my forehead if I wear a hat or something like that when that does happen when I wear Give Me Sun. 
Feel:

The feeling on the finger when you touch it it so silky and soft. The feeling on the face is definitely lightweight. (As you would expect any powder to be) 
Overall:

I like this product a lot. The smell is amazing. It smells like pineapple and coconut. Reminiscent of sun screen to me for some reason. I would buy this product for the scent alone if nothing else. This bronzer performs just as well as some of my high end bronzers and I think this is a great alternative to high end bronzers. 

That’s how I feel about the oh so popular Butter Bronzer. Do you own this delicious smelling product? Do you like it or dislike it? Why? I hope you guys liked this post and thank you so, so much for reading. 

Liebster Award No 5

Hello, beauties! I was honored to get nominated for another Liebster Award by the fabulous Ella! Thank you so much for nominating me, Ella. It’s an honor coming from someone with such amazing photos and great content. Everyone reading this need to go follow Ella. She’s so friendly and supportive. Please, take a second and go check her out. 
Rules

 1. Thank the blogger who nominated you

 2. Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you

 3. Nominate at least 5 bloggers

 4. Create 11 original questions for the nominees to answer.
Ella’s Questions

 1. Have you ever given blood?

Yes, I have given blood twice. I tried to give blood for the first time when I was about 16 but I didn’t weigh enough. And after that every time I had an opportunity, there was a road block. Once I was denied because I had been to the Dominican Republic and I had to wait a standard amount of time before I could donate. Other times I was pregnant or on fertility meds. But I have proudly been able to donate twice! Sorry I’m long winded lol.

 2. What was the last photo you took on your phone?

It was a graphic I made to be the featured image for the post I just wrote. Lol.

 3. Do you have any controversial opinions you wouldn’t mind sharing?

I actually have a lot of controversial opinions. I’m going to name them all, but I don’t want anyone getting upset or anything. I’m not going to argue with anyone about what’s right or wrong.

  • I’m very pro life
  • I’m so glad gay marriage is legal. Now the dads I had a baby for are married. ❤️
  • I think interracial relationships are awesome
  • I’m strongly against being around any illegal drugs. Even weed. 
  • I’m a proud Christian
  • I’m a surrogate. A lot of people have strong feelings about that…
  • I’m pro breastfeeding. Yes, even in public. And no, I don’t wear a cover.
  • I think adoption is beautiful

I think that’s all of them. But I reserve the right to add to that list at any time. 

 4. On what device do you use WordPress the most? 

My phone. That’s all I ever use. I don’t have a laptop or anything unfortunately.

 5. What time is it for your as you write this?

7:31 PM EST on 06/20/17. I know I like to be prepared and write my blog posts ahead of time. 🙂

 6. Best blogging advice you have?

Schedule your posts! 

When I first started blogging, I was writing as I went. Even though I love writing and wanted to write I wasn’t being able to get the posts together and ready to be posted fast enough. I started writing when I was inspired and just going on a roll. I would write like 3-4 posts in one sitting. Or when I’m in the position that I can take photos, I’ll take photos for 4-5 blog posts. That way when I get around to writing them, they’re ready and I can go ahead and schedule the posts to be published. 🙂

 7. How would you describe your style in 3 words?

Casual, comfy, mom

Haha. I’m the only person that would ever describe my style as mom lol

 8. Any fashion/makeup/hair look that you regret or any trend that you hated?

I used to put my eyeliner under my lower lash line. That was not cute.

Example A:


 9. What was the best thing that happened today?

I know this sounds terrible, but Nick and I were sitting there having a serious conversation while he was home from work in between his two jobs. Out of the corner of our eyes, we saw Bella, my 4 year old, sail across the room on her scooter…right into a wall. Lmao. She wasn’t hurt. It was hilarious. 

 10. Favourite social media?

Probably WordPress if that’s considered social media, if not the YouTube, if not YouTube, then Facebook. 

 11. Do you have any weird scars?

A dog bit my nose off in 3rd grade. I have scars from that. I fell out of a tree trying to get a kitten when I was like 7 and I have a scar on my back from that. I have a csection scar. I have a scar on my hand from gravy at work. I think those are all the prominent scars I have.
I Nominate..

 1. Comfykittea

 2. SmilingDreamerBlog

 3. MakeupByCarolina

 4. ColourThoseLips

 5. SiyanaOnline
My Questions:

1. Are you a stomach, side, or back sleeper?

2. Baths it showers? 

3. What’s your dream car?

4. If you could live anywhere in the entire world, were would you live?

5. What’s your most prized possession?

6. Name 3 things that make you smile. 

7. What’s your favorite piece of clothing?

8. Are you allergic to anything?

9. Do you have any pets? 

10. What has been the best day of your life so far?

11. Did you get the Jaclyn Hill x Morphe palette before it sold out? (Sorry, I had to. Also, if you did get one, can I have it pretty please? Lol jk 😂 kinda…)

I loved writing this post so much. I’m not sure why, by these posts are always so relaxing to write. I hope you all enjoyed this post as much as you’re going to enjoy the posts of all the blogger I mentioned above. 🙂 And thank you again, to Ella. It was a pleasure to be nominated by you. Thank you guys so so much for stopping by to read this post. See you tomorrow! 

Surrogacy Saturday No 2

Hello, lovelies. Today’s post is Surrogacy Saturday number 2. Let’s jump right in.

Finding My Agency:

I started doing more research and starting my surrogacy journey as soon as Ethan was born. I realized I need to decide whether to go Indy, or with an agency. Basically, when you go Indy, you match yourself, usually in some sort of online forum like surrogate mother online or something of that sort. You also have to hire lawyers to handle all the legal stuff like contracts (google it), and pre birth orders aka PBOs (documents signed by a judge that prove the state recognizes the rightful parents as the baby’s parents and not me and my husband, Nick) Basically, when you go Indy, you have to do all the footwork, everything, yourself. In instances like this, I wouldn’t want to do that, because if all your I’s aren’t dotted and your T’s aren’t crossed, then the surrogate could be recognized as the legal mother of the baby and her husband the father and that will be no fun. I decided I wanted to go with an agency. I emailed/applied to a whole bunch of the mainstream, major agencies and waited. I would usually get an automated email response telling me I wasn’t accepted. But occasionally I would get an automated email telling me the steps to proceed. I never followed those steps because I didn’t like the way the agency was going about this. Surrogacy is such an intimate process and journey, you can’t use automated emails in something like that. It’s like using an automated message on tinder if you’re trying to find a soul mate. So I kept looking. I joined a few forums and even started dabbling in trying to match Indy style. Nothing ever came of those one time conversations. One day I was messaged on one of those forums by someone named Amy. She worked for an agency and was encouraging me to apply. She provided the link and I applied. Within 15 minutes of me applying, I got a phone call from her. We talked for probably an hour and that’s when I knew this was it. These were the people that were going to help me help others. That was in January of 2014. I signed with Tomorrow’s Parents International. That was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. 
And I’ll stop there. I hope you all are liking this series. Let me know your thoughts on it! Thank you for stopping by and reading. I will see you tomorrow!

My Play Now, Work Later Makeup Look

Hello, dolls! Today I’m going to share a makeup look I did the other day when my family and I were going out for breakfast and some playtime at the park before I had to go to work that afternoon. I love this look because I was able to take my time and just enjoy doing my makeup instead of rushing to meet a time restriction like getting to work on time. Let’s get to it. 


Face:

  • Tarte Shape Tape Concealer in Fair
  • RCMA No Color Powder to bake
  • ELF Illuminating Loose Setting Powder to set the face
  • Too Faced Cocoa Contour Kit 
  • Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer in Light
  • Tarte 12 hour Amazonian Clay Blush in Paaarty
  • Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop as the highlight


Eyes:

I used the Makeup Geek x Mannymua Palette for this look. I provided a picture of the palette and the names of the shadows on the back of the palette so you can see what shades I used as well as a close up to see some of the detailing. 

  • ABH Dipbrow Pomade in Medium Brown
  • Ulta Brow Gel
  • Beaches & Cream to set my Primer 
  • Sora in the crease and lower lash line
  • Aphrodite on the outer 1/3 of the lid
  • Cosmopolitan on the inner 2/3 of the lid
  • Artemis on the brow bone and inner corner
  • Physicians Formula Eye Booster Liner for the top liner and wings
  • MUFE XL Aqua Liner in black for the water and tight liner
  • L’Oréal Lash Paradise Mascara in Very Black

That’s all I did for this look. I just used those shades and blended like my life depended on it. Haha. I hope you guys enjoyed reading this post as much as I did creating it. Thank you guys so much for reading! See you tomorrow! 

Mystery Blogger Award No 2

Hello, darlings! I have been nominated by Alli from WormalBlog for this award. Thank you so much for nominating me, Alli. I love to do award posts. 🙂 Everyone reading this needs to go follow Alli right now. You guys. She is so worth a follow. She’s hilarious first of all, and she has amazing posts, quality content, and she so so so interactive with the blogging community. Every post I have she likes and comments on. She is the sweetest, silliest, funniest blogger I know. She has a humor a lot like mine and similar tendencies. (Like cussing and making jokes out of things that aren’t funny. It’s funny to me, okay?!) long story short: thank you for the nomination, Alli. And everyone go follow her. Now. 
     

Rules:

  • Thank whoever nominated you and leave a link to their blog.
  • Mention the creator of the award- yo what’s good Okoto(:
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  • Nominate 10-20 people
  • Ask nominees any 5 questions of your choice
  • Share the link to your best/favorite post of yours.

Alli’s Questions: 
1. What is one big decision you made in your life that could have changed everything? To start dating my husband. Obviously I’m so glad I did, but if I hadn’t, I wouldn’t be married to him or have kids or be living where I am or anything. My whole life would be different had I not made the decision to be with him. ❤️

2. Would you rather be poor and in love or rich without a partner? Easy. Poor and in love. Hands down. I’ll choose love every time. 

3. What’s a fun fact you know that most might not? Finger prints are formed from the inside of the uterus you were grown in. 

4. What is one of your favorite lyrics? Oh this is hard cause I’m a lyric junkie. “I met a girl with crazy shoes and baby blues, the way she moves is changing my whole world.” -Sam Hunt. I love Sam Hunt. He is so talented as a song writer and the lyrics he some comes up with are nothing short of amazing to me. I’m a strong believer in love, (reference my answer to question number 2) and I find that he captures the feelings of love so perfectly. It’s gives me goosebumps. 

5. Why did the chicken cross the road? There was probably some delicious food on the other side. That’s one reason I’d cross a street and risk my life. Lol.
3 Things About Myself:

  1. I’m kind of OCD about how I eat my food. Everything has to be separated and eaten all of that portion at once, but every item separately, if that makes sense. For instance, if I have chicken, rice, and green beans, I have to eat all of the green beans, then all of the chicken, then all of the rice. I always eat the vegetable first, then the meat, then the carbs. The whole everything has to be separate thing makes things hard when I order a salad at a restaurant because cheese and onion and cucumbers and tomato and everything else comes all mixed up already. I have to separate it all. Sorry this was so long. Lol
  2. I have a ridiculously sensitive stomach. I can’t eat beef or anything spicy or it’ll hurt. Anytime I even get too stressed or worried or scared or nervous my stomach starts hurting.
  3. I hate wearing socks. I only wear them when I have to, aka when I’m wearing sneakers of some sort or when I’m going to work. If I’m just chillin at home or going out to run errands or something I’ll be barefoot or throw on some flip flops. 

My Best/Favorite Post:

My June Goals is my best post as of right now.

I have to say, out of my more recent posts, my Jaclyn Hill x Morphe Palette News has been my favorite to write. I worked really hard on that for a really long time. I started writing it when the whole ordeal about the leaked photos of the cake came out. Plus I’m really pumped for the palette. 

My Questions:

  1. What’s your favorite pizza topping?
  2. What’s your favorite smell in the whole world?
  3. Did you ever have braces?
  4. Have you ever broken a bone or gotten stitches?
  5. What movie could you watch again and again? 


I Nominate:

And I think that’s all for my second Mystery Blogger Award post! Every please give a look to all the bloggers I mentioned. I hope you enjoyed reading this post and you enjoy reading the blogs of everyone you are going to check it from this post. 😉 Thank you for the nomination, Alli. And thank you reader, for taking the time to read this post. You all are amazing. See ya tomorrow!

Decluttering My Makeup Collection

Hello, lovelies. Today I decided to declutter my makeup collection. I do this randomly. What I do is I sit down and go through every item in my collection and if I haven’t used it in a while or at all I’ll either throw it away to pass it on to friends or family. This is what I am getting out of my collection today. 

Lips:

  1. Too Faced Lip Injections Milkshake
  2. Tarte shimmery pink lip gloss (no writing on the product other than the brand but there were 2 different shades)
  3. Bare Minerals Pretty Amazing Confidence
  4. Bare Minerals Marvelous Moxie Speak Your Mind
  5. Star looks lipgloss Cuddle
  6. Mally lipgloss Gorgelina
  7. NYX Liquid Suede lipstick LSCL08
  8. Clinique lipstick Raspberry Glacé 
  9. Cynthia Rowley lipstick Heartthrob
  10. Avon lipstick U103 Rosewine
  11. Avon lipstick U256 Perfect Plum
  12. City Color Creamy Lip Stain Flirtini
  13. Wet N Wild Megaslicks Gloss 550 Wined and Dined 
  14. Wet N Wild Megaslicks Gloss 554B Bronze Berry
  15. Korres Butter Glaze
  16. The Estee Edit Flash Photo Gloss
  17. Manna Kadar lipstick Lucky
  18. Revlon lipgloss 090 Pearl Plum
  19. Pick lip balm Pixi Pink
  20. All Puckered Up (no other writing on the product but there were 2 different shades)
  21. Sassy Girl Lip Color 388359
  22. Noyan lipstick Desert Rose



Highlighters:

  1. Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector (liquid) Opal
  2. The Beauty Crop Lighting Crew
  3. Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight 
  4. Lorac Moonlight
  5. Beauty For Real Hi Beam

Palettes and Brushes:

  1. Coastal Scents Revealed 2 
  2. Tarte Holiday Palette
  3. Morphe G34 
  4. Morphe G33


Eyeliners:

  1. Mica Beauty gel liner Black
  2. LA Colors Black
  3. ELF Shimmer Pencil Black
  4. Noir Forever Noir

Mascaras:

  1. Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes
  2. Urban Decay Perversion
  3. Lorac Cobra
  4. Benefit They’re Real
  5. It Cosmetics Hello Lashes
  6. Maybelline the Falsies

Blushes:

  1. Beauty For Real Coral Crush
  2. Doll 10 Flirt
  3. Maybelline Dream Bouncy 20 Peach Satin
  4. Maybelline Dream Bouncy 50 Plum Wine


Brows and Perfumes:

  1. Benefit Gimmie Brow Medium/Deep
  2. ABH Dipbrow Pomade samples Chocolate and Dark Brown
  3. There’s 3 perfumes I believe but I didn’t want to try to type out their French names lol

Primers and Other Shadow:

  1. Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer (2 foil packets and a travel sized)
  2. Smashbox 24hr Photo Finish Shadow Primer 
  3. Make Up For Ever Step 1 Smoothing Primer
  4. Cover FX Illuminating Primer
  5. A Physicians Formula Shadow Palette for Blue Eyes I believe 
  6. A single shadow from the Balm Nude Dude collection in Fit

Skincare:

  1. Algenist eye cream
  2. Lancôme The Smoothing and Glow Boosting Liquid Care
  3. Mitchell and Peach Facial Oil
  4. Mary Kay Night Cream and Hand Cream
  5. Urban Decay Powder foundation samples

And that’s what I’m moving out of my collection today! It feels good to declutter and make room for new products. Do you guys ever do this? I’d love to know what you decide not to keep. I hope you guys enjoyed reading. Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Dawn Dagger Challenge No 1

Hello, lovelies! Comfykittea tagged me for this fun challenge. This is the first time I’ve ever been tagged for a challenge like this, so thank you for tagging me, girl! Everyone reading this should stop and go follow her if you aren’t already. She is the sweetest blogging friend, and has the cutest posts. I would describe her blog as lifestyle and as cute as can be. She’s so interactive with the blogging community and I love that! So thank you for tagging me for this Comfykittea, and everyone go follow her. 🙂

       
Rules:

 • Answer the questions given

 • Give 10 questions for your nominees

 • Tag 1-10 people

Questions:

1. If you could time travel, where would you go? I would probably go to the times of the civil war in the US, or the holocaust. Only because I find those events so significant. I’m passionate about things like that. I would love to be able to be a part of justice in those times. 

2. Rainy weather or sunny weather? Sunny, without a doubt.

3. What’s your favorite Disney movie? The Little Mermaid. 

4. Cats or dogs? I love both, but if I had to choose, dogs. 

5. Are you a night owl or an early bird? Night owl. I always stay up late. Even when I get up early. It’s a blessing, yet a curse.

6. What’s your favourite TV show? The Walking Dead. 🙂

7. If you could have any super power, what would it be and why? I think flying. Because I’m really anxious in the car. 

8. Which country would you like to visit? I would love to visit the U.K., or France, or Australia. I would really love to go anywhere. Haha.

9. Can you share a life lesson you have learned? I’ve learned to really treat people the way you want to be treated. I think surrogacy taught me a lot of that. For instance, if I was suffering with infertility, I would want to someone to help me. And the same principle applies to any situation, someone being short on cash at the grocery store, a homeless person, any situation. 

10. Sweet or savoury? I can only choose one?! I guess savory. 

My questions:

 1. What’s your favorite animal? 

 2. Do you have neat or sloppy handwriting? 

 3. What is your favorite color to paint your nails? 

 4. Do you prefer a hot or a cold drink?

 5.If you could choose any color for your hair to be, what would it be? 

 6. What’s your favorite season?

 7. Are you usually early, late, or right in time for things?

 8. What’s your favorite dessert food?

 9. What’s something you enjoy doing? 

 10. Would you rather spend your money on makeup or skincare? 

My nominees:

 • BlushOffTheHaters

 • Chloe Burford

 • Meg Kem Magic

 • Little Miss Bliss

 • MaddyLovesLife
That’s a wrap for my first Dawn Dagger Challenge! I hope you all enjoyed reading as much as I’ve enjoyed writing. And be sure to check out all the amazing blogs I mentioned. They’re definitely worth checking out! Thank you all so much for reading! See you tomorrow! 

We Hit 250 Followers!!!

You guys! We just hit 250 followers!! I can’t believe it! Thank every single one of you for following me, reading my posts, commenting, liking, every thing and anything you’ve done to support me. I love you guys. Blogging is quickly becoming not only a hobby of mine, but a passion. I feel like I can tell you guys anything, no matter if it’s that I hate a product that everyone else is loving, or now even my surrogacy journey. You all are the best. Thank you for being there for me, even if you didn’t know you were doing it. Now let’s strive for 500!!! We can do it!! I’ll see y’all tomorrow!

TrestiQue Highlighter Stick Review

Hello, pretties. I was able to use the TrestiQue highlighter stick that came in this months Play! By Sephora box. It was requested that I review this product so here I am! Let’s get to it! 


Packaging:

The packaging is cute, because the cap of the product looks like the product itself so it kinda trick you into thinking the cap isn’t on. The black part is matte, and that makes it feel a little more fancy. However, I don’t like this packaging for the application. It’s not that I don’t like stick or cream highlights, because I’ve used some before. I actually included one in my favorite highlights posts that is coming up. I’ll elaborate on this in the pigmentation and feel sections of this post. 

Pigmentation:

This highlight is a gorgeous champagne shade and it swatches beautifully, but the pigmention just doesn’t come across on the face. I tried multiple way of applying it. I tried with a small stippling brush, which is what I usually use to apply stick or cream highlights, and that didn’t work. I tried with my finger tips but that didn’t work either. And then I just directly drew it on my face and that was the best pigmentation I could get. I don’t like doing it that way though because then I have to go in with my brush and try to blend it out without disturbing the makeup underneath. 
Feel:

This is a really dry formula for a stick highlight. I can feel it on my face. As I mentioned before, I usually just grab my small stippling brush, and kinda color on the brush with the highlight, and put that on my face. I like to do that because it’s easy to blend the product, especially blend it without disturbing my underlying makeup. When I tried this, the highlight just wasn’t coming off onto the stick, so no pigmentation was on my face. When I tried with my finger tips, I had to rub pretty aggressively, and that cause my Concealer and powder underneath to combine with the highlight and it looked really muddy and gross. When I finally just rubbed it on my face, I got a little pigmentation, but not the blinding highlight I was looking for. I also had to go back in and blend it with the brush, that also disturbed my Concealer and powder. Frustrating. 
Wear Time:

To be honest, I didn’t see it anymore after a few hours. Maybe I should’ve set it with another highlight? I thought about that when I was doing my makeup but then I decided against it because I wanted to see how this highlight performed by itself. Also, what’s the point in putting on a product if you just have to put another product of the same type over it. Basically, why apply two products if you could’ve just applied one and been happy? 
Overall:

I don’t like it. I’m not going to use it again. I’ll probably just give it to my mom or a friend. I’m so sad because I wanted to like this product. I love the color. Someone with oily skin might like this product, maybe, but me, as someone with dry skin, I don’t. 


Have any of you tried his highlighter? How do you guys feel about this product? I’m so sad that this item didn’t work out for me.  Thank you all so much for reading! I’ll see you tomorrow!