Surrogacy Saturday No 13

Hello, darlings! Today is the 13th installment of Surrogacy Saturday! My last couple post for this series have been random posts like lingo and things like that, but today we will get back to the story! When I left off, I had started lupron and had an appointment for an ultrasound and blood work to make sure everything was good to go for me to start estrogen.

The appointment

Okay, so I went to my appointment on Thursday and the ultrasound tech told me everything looked good- ovaries were quiet and lining was thin. I was relieved. I got some blood taken and left. Later that afternoon I missed the call from the clinic because I was at work but my guess emailed me my protocol! YAYYYYYYYY!!!!! I continue lupron until about 5 days before transfer, (the day I stop lupron I start PIO) I start estrace (my estrogen pills) on Thursday (8/17), I have an appointment for a lining check on 8/28 and transfer is scheduled for 9/5! *insert from 8/28- lining check went well this morning. Im at 8.1mm and triple stripe! Yay!* Im so excited! I got my HPTs ready and I’m just ready to do this! I know this is a short update and I’m sorry, but I wanted to let you guys know!

I hope you guys enjoyed this update! The next time you see a Surrogacy Saturday, I might be pregnant!!! (Hopefully!!) see you guys tomorrow!

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September Goals

Hello, my lovelies. Today is the first day of September! This is an exciting month for me! My IVF transfer for surrogacy is on the 5th. (EEEEEKKKKKK!!!! πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒ) I start testing on the 9th. Beta is on the 15th. (Praying SO HARD that I get pregnant!!!) Nick and I’s dating anniversary is on the 12th, and our wedding anniversary is on the 14th. I’m going to a concert I’ve been dreaming about on the 16th. That also offers Nick and I a little escape for some alone time. So with all that being said, my goals aren’t going to be outrageous this month.

1. Wear makeup at least once per week

Last month I ramped it up to twice per week and I ended up not achieving that goal. That along with the fact that I have so much going on, I’m just gonna leave it at once per week.

2. Use my planner consistently

I’ve included this into my goals for the past few months, but last month I almost missed a week. That’s why I’m still including it.

3. Save $10

I had this in my goals last month and I really liked it. So I’m keeping it. πŸ™‚

4. Download some more music to my phone before my trip

I think this one is pretty self explanatory. I don’t have a computer or laptop (kids broke it) so I have to figure out a way to download music to my phone on my phone. I’ve done it before. I just forgot how. Lol.

And I think that’s it for my goals this month. I know it was boring and I’m sorry. Hopefully it’ll be more exciting next month! Thank you guys so much for reading and I’ll see you tomorrow!

August Favorites!

Hello, cutie pies! It’s the last day of the month and you know what that means! And if you don’t then I’ll just tell you. It means FAVORITES! Yay! Let’s jump in!

1. This Brush Egg

That’s what I’ve seen them be referred to, but to be honest, I don’t know what it’s called. I got it on Mercari (a buy, sell, trade app kinda like eBay) for $3. It is used to clean makeup brushes. I used it as you could see in my How To Wash Makeup Brushes post here. I think it did a great job and saved my hand a lot of discomfort!

2. Bralettes

I’ve been loving bralettes lately! I wear them with everything. They’re comfortable and convenient and pretty. I don’t worry about my ugly bra showing because I have a cute bralette on! Sorry about the purple you see on the white one. It’s from my hair. Lol.

3. Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue

I got this in my Play! By Sephora box this month and I loveeee it!! I used almost all of it already. There’s a tiny little bitty bit at the bottom. I don’t know how to explain it, I just really like it!

4. The Morphe x Jaclyn Hill Palette

I finally played with this palette recently and I. Was. Living. For. It. The color selection is outstanding, the blendability is right on point, and I wore this for literally 24 hours with no creasing at all. And in the words of Manny MUA, it’s SO PIGMENTED.

5. Erborian Glow Creme

This is an illuminating face cream. It has a pink duochrome shift and it’s beautiful. It very subtle, but I like it. It isn’t very moisturizing at all, so make sure you put on a moisturizer under this cream. I made the mistake of not doing that one time and the texture of my skin was horrendous. I love the subtle glow it gives when you use it right though!

And that’s all for my favorites this month. I hope you guys enjoyed it. What were some of your favorites this month? I would love to know! Thank you so so much for reading and I’ll see you tomorrow!

August Goals Updated

Hello, my dears. It’s hard to believe it’s the end of August already, but here we are! Here is the updated version of my August Goals for you guys.

1. Random Act of Kindness

I’m glad to say I’ve checked this off the Goals list for August. I texted a friend of mine to see if she wanted to come over. She has a 3 month old that has issues with formula and he can only drink a certain type of formula. She was frantic and told me she couldn’t find any of the formula he drinks anywhere. I called every grocery store in my area until I found some for her. We went and got it and hung out for a while. It was nice.

2. Use My Planner Consistently

I have done this, too! I’ve been a little late a couple weeks and didn’t do it until Tuesday, but I still got it done! I’ve enjoyed this too. It’s been especially nice since I’m cycling for IVF and I have to keep track of my appointments and medicines.

3. Save $10

I actually accomplished this too. I used coupons at Target to get Bella some school supplies and got some more of her school supplies at Dollar General. I also have been doing my grocery shopping at Aldo, which if you don’t know is a ridiculously cheap grocery store. I like getting my produce there specifically. I went there last week and got 3 cucumbers, tomatoes, strawberries, milk, lettuce, yogurt, raisins, Nutella, juice, breakfast fruit bars, and some other stuff for only $27!

4. Go On a Date With Nick

We did! We went for a sushi date and it was delightful. We got hibachi and sushi and fried ice cream for dessert. And of course we shared it all.

5. Wear Makeup Twice Per Week

I’m sad to say I didn’t accomplish this. I did use a lot of my makeup, but I didn’t wear it as much as I wanted to. I even got to play in my Jaclyn Hill Palette a little bit. Maybe I’ll cut myself a little slack for next month and go back to wear makeup at least once per week.

And that’s my updated Goals for this month, guys. I hope y’all enjoyed it. What were your goals? Did you accomplish them? Thanks so much for reading. I’ll see you all tomorrow!

How To Contour Like A Pro

Hello, pretties. Today, I thought I would help some of you learn how to Contour! I’ve seen a lot of bloggers post about their difficulties with contouring and I think I’m pretty good at it! Obviously I’m not the best, but I honk I might be able to help you! Let’s get into it.

First of all, you need to know what to Contour with. I like to use cool toned matte bronzers because of my pale skin tone, but I’m sure people with more color could just use a good Bronzer and get away with it. I am currently using the Too Faced Cocoa Contour Kit. It has contouring, bronzing, and light highlighting all in one for me!

And the tool to use! I like angled brushes a lot but I have used a regular-cut brush before too. I like for it to be bigger than an eyeshadow brush but smaller than a kabuki or blush brush. It needs to be thin enough to be able to carve out your Contour with precision, and really, you could use another brush to blend a little, but I prefer to use the same one. So if it can do both of those functions, I think you’ve got a winner!

Next is where to Contour. For the cheek bones (the most common place to Contour) you want to get in the natural hollows of the cheeks. To find that you can suck your mouth like a fish or move your jaw to see where the “crease” is. Or you can simply feel your face with your hand. Start on the top part of your cheekbone and go down. You’ll feel the cheekbone end and there will be a space between it and the start of your jaw bone. That’s where you want to go!

You’ll start at the top of the hollow of the cheek, closest to your ear. Everyone’s face is different, so for some people they might start at the top of the ear, others might be lower. Mine for example starts 3/4 of the way up the ear.

You’ll go down diagonally from there, following the hollow of the cheek, but it usually points towards the closest corner of the mouth.

Once you’re here, you want to blend. Right now it looks like a brown stripe on your face depending on the light and we all know we never want harsh lines. So take either the same brush you contoured with or a different brush and blend up. Yes, up. You want to keep your jaw bone completely clean of darker shades. If you use the same brush you contoured with, pick up no more product, just use what’s left on your brush. If you use a clean brush, get the smallest amount of product on it to help the blending process.

And then apply blush and Bronzer after that. Applying the Contour first and other products after helps blending it in as well.

For the nose, you want to Contour using the same product as you did with you cheek Contour. But the brush will be different this time. Smaller and more precise. Maybe a pencil brush, typically used for the eyes.

And you’ll want to put the product right along the ridges on the top of your nose, leaving the middle Clean for highlight. Blend, but not all the way down the sides of the nose, just enough so that there isn’t harsh lines. Also, bring the concealer from under the eyes up onto the sides of the nose so no dark spots reflect into corrected skin.

And that’s how I Contour! I hope you guys enjoyed his posts and I helped you a little bit. Is there anything else that you struggle with that I might be able to help with? Please don’t hesitate to ask or let me know! I would be happy to try to help! Thank you all so me for reading, I’ll see you tomorrow!

Empties No 1

Hello, dolls. Today I’m doing my very first empties post! These have been accumulating over a period of time. Let’s get into it!

1. Milk and Honey Bubble Bath

I don’t typically use bubble bath often. Only on pamper nights. I liked it. It wasn’t notably amazing or terrible. I think I got this from the dollar store so I would repurchase.

2. Face Masks

As I’m sure most of you know, nick and I do Face Mask Friday. These were used on some Friday recently. I liked them. I got them in Facetory and I usually like all the masks they send me. Nick never complains about them either, so I’m not canceling my subscription! πŸ™‚

3. EOS

I went through more of these than I would like to admit. I really like the coconut milk kind, which is the flavor above. I don’t really use these so much anymore though. They started irritating my lips so now I try different balms and I’m just all over the place in that department. So no, I don’t think I would repurchase.

4. Suave Deep Moisture Shampoo

I like this particularly for Bella, because she has such dry, unruly hair. I am currently using a shampoo that’s safe for color treated hair. I think I did repurchase this though!

5. Belief Hungarian Water Essence

I absolutely adored this product. It added moisture and overall, my skin just felt better when I used it. Nick even used it! I got this in my Play! Sephora box and I wouldn’t be upset if they repeated it. πŸ™‚

That’s all for my first empties post! I hope you guys enjoyed. Have you used any of these products? What did you think of them? I would love to know! Thank you all so much for reading and I’ll see you tomorrow!

5 Reasons Why I Never Wear Foundation

Hello, beauties. I have a confession to make: I don’t wear foundation. Ever. I know it sounds crazy. Especially since I don’t have the best of skin, but I figured I would explain to you guys why I don’t. Let jump in.

1. I have dry skin

So I have dry skin and no matter how much I moisturize or how many masks I use, foundation always ends up looking gross on my skin. It almost looks cakey. I’ve tried using very little product, mixing it with my moisturizer, not using a powder on top, every trick I could find, but nothing took away the unappealing texture foundation brings out on my face.

2. I have acne prone skin

This may sound backwards, like you have acne so you don’t wear foundation? But that’s exactly what I’m saying. Foundation clogs pores and makes acne a lot more likely to happen. Plus, since I have dry skin, putting foundation over blemishes makes them look ten times worse anyway.

3. I’ve realized less is more

The trend in the makeup world lately is very much so “less is more”. Using only concealer makes the look as a whole come across a lot more natural. I like my makeup a lot more when I don’t wear foundation. Plus, I like my freckles. πŸ™‚

4. I use less product

The fact that I use less product is good for a couple reasons. For one, it takes me less time to get ready. I also don’t have to spend money to buy more foundation. I have some foundation on hand, just in case I want to use it, but I don’t have to buy it regularly.

5. I don’t need it

I know there are people/events out there that need foundation. If I was going to a fancy dinner, maybe I would wear foundation. Or if I had a very uneven skin tone or a birth mark or something, maybe I would use it. But I don’t. I have freckles, but that’s the only thing I think anyone would ever want to cover up on my face using foundation. And personally, I like my freckles.

That’s why I never wear foundation. I know, I’m weird. Maybe I opened some of your guys’ eyes to the world free of foundation. Would you guys ever consider not wearing foundation? I would love to hear other points of view. I hope you guys liked this post. I’ll see you tomorrow!

Surrogacy Saturday No 12

Hello, cuties! Today is the 12th installment of Surrogacy Saturday! Today I'm going to explain all the surrogacy lingo to you guys so when I use it in future or even past posts, you guys understand. Okay. Here we go.

Surro/GC– Surrogate/Gestational Carrier (the terms are interchangeable)
IVF– In Vitro Fertilization. The medical process that gestational surrogates and some couples have to go through to conceive. It involves a lot of medication to trick your body into thinking it's getting pregnant on its own, but really they're putting an embryo inside of you.
Lupron– One of the injectable IVF meds. This medication stops hormone production so the doctors can control it. It basically puts you into menopause. It makes you feel not so hot. (No pun intended)
Estrogen– A hormone necessary in a woman's body. It's a reproductive hormone. It thickens your uterine lining so an embryo can implant in it. Also an IVF medication. The form I'm planning on taking for this cycle is Estrace, although I've only done patches in the past.
Progesterone/PIO– This is a lot like estrogen. It's a hormone necessary in the woman's reproductive system. It basically keeps you pregnant. This is also an injectable IVF medication. This is the big scary shot. This medication is an intramuscular injection which goes deep in your butt compared to Lupron which is sub-q, meaning it just goes into the fat in your tummy with an insulin needle. PIO stands for progesterone in oil. Because the hormone is put in oil to inject.
BCP– Birth control pills
Endometrial Scratch– Also referred to as just a scratch. This is a procedure done the cycle before you do the transfer. Basically, there is evidence shown that if the uterine wall is "damaged" the cycle before trying, there is a significantly higher chance of achieving pregnancy. So, the doctor will have you come in while you're on Lupron, but before you stop you bcp and take a biopsy of your endometrial wall. It hurts but just for a minute.
Transfer– This is the actually procedure where they put the embryo inside you.
Lining– Your uterine lining. This is usually mentioned when referring to lining checks, when you have an ultrasound a week or so before there transfer to make sure he lining is thick enough for the transfer. Usually doctors like it 7+ and triple stripe. I'm not going to explain that part. All you guys need to know is I either will be 7 or higher and triple stripe or I won't be. (I've never had a bad lining check though.)
IM/IF– Intended mother/ intended father. The parents of the baby.
RE- Reproductive Endocrinologist (the IVF doctor)
Clinic– The office of the RE performing the IVF and overseeing the IVF cycle.
CD- Cycle Day. This is referring to where you are in your monthly cycle. The first day of your period is cycle day one or CD1.
HPT– Home Pregnancy Test
Beta– Blood pregnancy test

Okay, that's all I can think of for now, but if I think of any more I'll let you guys know. I know this post was kind of boring but I felt like you guys needed this post to reference for the future when I'm talking about these things. Next week will be more exciting. Thanks for reading. I'll see you tomorrow!

YouTube Made Me Buy It No 1

Hello, dolls. I was looking through my makeup collection recently and thought to myself, “I love this, but I wouldn’t imagine that to be something I would normally reach for. Why did I buy it?” And then I remembered- I heard about it on YouTube. (I smell another series! Lol) Probably half of my collection is made up of things people raved about on YouTube. Some are hits and some are misses. Let’s get into this installment.

1. Champagne Pop by Becca

This is the collaboration of the Queen Jaclyn Hill and Becca Cosmetics. I am 99% sure I saw this on Jaclyn’s channel for the first time. This is perfection in a compact! It never fails to give me that blinding highlight I always want. For instance, if I try a new highlight and I just don’t get the glow I want, I just throw some Champagne Pop on top of it and I’m good to go.

2. Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer

I remember KathleenLights raving about this and soon, it took YouTube by storm. Me included. It has a delicious smell and gives a beautiful warm mess to the skin as well. It’s my go to bronzer.

3. L’OrΓ©al Infallible Eyeshadows in Amber Rush and Iced Latte

Don’t quote me on this but I *think* Tati from GlamLifeGuru turned me on to this. Whoever it was had me huntin for these things all over! I checked and rechecked and rechecked grocery stores and Walmart until one of them finally restocked! Amber Rush is still a favorite of mine!

4. The ColourPop x KathleenLights Collections

Yes, I have both. I believe I heard about them from Kathleen’s channel, but I’m not 100% sure. I love both of them and I don’t think you can tell from the pictures but I have hit pan in a few of these shades. I’m sorry they’re dirty. I tried to clean them up, but at least you can tell they’re well loved!

5. Physicians Formula Eye Booster Liner

I really don’t remember where I heard about this but I remember them saying it was a dupe for the KVD Tattoo Liner in Trooper. They had both products and put them both on and wore them all day and they both performed the same. That’s why I bought it. I love both the Physicians Formula liner as well as the KVD liner!

And that’s where I’ll stop for today. I hope you guys enjoyed this post. Has YouTube made any of you buy anything? I would love to hear what it is! Maybe I’ll go buy it too. πŸ˜‰ Thanks for reading, y’all! See you tomorrow!