How Erika Does...MAKE-UP!

Right behind "Day in the Life" posts are "Make-Up Routine" posts as some of my all-time favorites to read.  I'm not sure if it's because I love trying new products and getting new ideas OR if it's because I'm just plain nosy, but no matter the reason-I love reading these posts.  And I hope you do too!

Toward the end of the summer, I stopped into Nordstrom and popped in the Charlotte Tilbury counter.  I was looking for a few new items and I left there well versed in all things Charlotte.  As well as came home with new products I loved.

Then when Shay and I were in New York City, we hit up the Bobbi Brown counter and my make-up bag was re-vamped once again.  I've added other items I already had and now I have two different everyday make-up looks I want to share.

This look feels more "matte" to me.

This was my go-to line-up...

Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow Face Primer-This gives you face a hint of shine along with prepares it for your foundation.

Magic Foundation-I was all out of the foundation I used most of the summer but was looking for a little more coverage during the fall months.  I use my Beauty Blender to apply.  My color is 3 Fair.

Magic Powder-This is super light and has the smallest hint of sheen.  I apply with this brush and have the "2" in this powder.

Nars Bronzer-Someone told me to use the "Laguna" bronzer and I've been using it ever since.  It gives just a little beachy glow.

Tarte Blush-This came in my Sephora Play Box recently and I'm a big fan.  My color is paaarty.  {By the way, if you love trying new products-I'd highly recommend the Sephora Play Box subscription.  For just $10 a month, you get five new products to try.}

Magic Away Concealer-The sweet lady at the Charlotte counter told me to only apply this to my inner eye area to get rid of the blue/gray.  This is super easy to apply with the built-in brush.  I have 3-Fair.

Not pictured-For my eyes, I used the Urban Decay palette that's old and is no longer in production.  And a super old eye liner that's down to the very end so I can't even see the brand/color.  It was from Target and I really have no clue what brand or shade.

Lip Cheat-You know me-my first question was, "What color will make my teeth look the whitest?".  Her instant response was "Pillow Talk", but we're all sold out.  I got this lip pencil instead and I've been coloring my lips and then add this gloss in "high society".

A few extra products..

Unisex Healthy Glow-I only wear this when I'm headed to the gym {and not putting on make-up}.  It gives my face some color along with moisturizes.

Magic Night Cream-I bought this in a gift set during the Anniversary Sale and love how moisturizing this product is.

This look seems to have a more "dewy" finish.

Line-up #2...

Bobbi Brown Illuminating Moisture Balm-I wore this early in 2018, used my entire bottle, and it was so hard to find in stock I gave up on it!  I guess you should make a trip to NYC, if you're in search of this product.  :)  I found it online at Sephora right now..."golden glow" is the color.

Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick-I've been using this product for years and am a huge fan.  I use 3.5-warm beige and apply with this brush.

Bronzing Powder-My shade is "medium".  Sold out at Nordstrom, but Sephora has it in stock.

Bobbi Brown Blush-In "tawny".

Hydrating Eye Cream-I've used this product before and have always liked it, but Sophie at the Bobbi Brown counter in NYC showed me a different way to apply that really seems to work.  I put my foundation and powder on and then I apply this hydrating cream under my eyes with this brush.

Intensive Skin Serum Concealer-Then I add a little concealer {"cool sand"} under my eyes and blend with that brush.  I think what typically happens is I add concealer to already dry under eyes, but by using the hydrating cream right before the concealer it really helps my eyes look better.  

Shadow Stick-I used the "truffle" and "nude beach".  I have a few other colors as well, but that's what pictured above.

Eye Pencil-"Mahogany". 

MAC Haute and Naughty-Shay raves so much about this mascara.  I had to try it out for myself.  :)
Lip Pencil-In "nude".

Luxe Lip Color-Mine is "Bahama Brown", but is all sold out at the moment.

A lot of these products are 15% off right now!  Good thing my make-up bag is full or I'd be off to shop.  :)  

And I feel like I should add...I'm by no means a make-up expert.  I'm just a girl standing in front of a make-up counter asking a LOT of questions.  hahahaha!  #teachmeyourways

What about YOU?  Do you have any products you're loving right now?  What are your go-to make-up items?

Thanks for reading today!

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Hello, Monday!

Know the best way to get rid of a case of the Mondays?  


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Friday Favorites

Hey Everyone!

FRIDAY FAVORITES are here!  I've teamed up with Andrea and Narci to bring you some faves.  Every Friday we invite you to join us!

Do you know what happens this weekend?  The first official day of fall in 2018 happens!

I'm expecting to wake up to this...
Think I'll be disappointed?  :)

I strolled into Target earlier this week and found a couple things I wanted to share...
This football print tank...I think I can pair it with jeans and some jewelry or yoga pants while I'm watching from the couch.  In this one, I got a medium and could have sized up more.  {Keep in mind I'm wearing a sports bra above.  Know what happens when I don't put on real clothes all week?  You get these pics of me in workout clothes with no make-up!  Sorry, friends!}

Anyone else feel like this skull sweatshirt is taking over the internet?  I've seen it on numerous blogs and social media so I apologize if you're seeing it for the 57th time as well.  :)  I sized up to a large for a super relaxed fit.  Again, I think I'll dress it up with booties {and front tuck it} and jeans or add some leggings.  

And I also grabbed this Hocus Pocus tank, because apparently my costume last year is strongly influencing my fall wardrobe choices this year.  ha!  I'm crossing my fingers October cools off because I bought a black/white cardigan from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale that would be so cute over this tank BUT we need the temperatures to drop-just a tad.  ;)  I got a small in this one because I didn't want gaping arm holes.

Not from Target, but this one's for all those Cowboys' fans...
My sweet blogger friend, Natasha, featured this star print sweater which to me screamed, "DALLAS COWBOYS!"....I instantly ordered and thought it was so cute when it arrived.   I'd never ordered from this retailer before but I received a text when it was shipped, which was nice.  I grabbed a "12" in this one because I knew I didn't want it to be tight.  I love a sweater but a tight sweater?  No way!  The "12" is good...I wouldn't want it any smaller and it wouldn't have hurt to size up a little more.

If you read my post yesterday, then you saw I've been tackling Britt's closet.  I added a few new "fallish" things and wanted to share.  Maybe you have someone needing these in her closet too.  ;)

I ordered Britty some things from Matilda Jane's latest release.  You guys!  It was SO CUTE!  The colors were, mustard, orange...loved it all!  This dress was one of the things I ordered.  So cute and with super warm temps here in Texas...she's dressed appropriately for the weather AND the season.

This mustard jumpsuit is from Old Navy.  I placed an order before school and added it to my cart not knowing two things...

1.  This material is CRAZY soft.
2.  There are snaps so the entire jumpsuit doesn't have to be taken off during a diaper change/bathroom stop.

My friend, Brittany, texted me last week letting me know she thought Britt needed this plaid dress.  I couldn't looked like a Britty dress to me too.  :)  This one comes in both baby and big girl sizes.

Britt has the teeniest feet, but this summer her feet were big enough for Mini Melissa's.  I grabbed these during the Nordstrom Sale and they'll be absolutely perfect all fall long.

Her pajama drawer is all stocked for the upcoming fall holidays too!

Apple PJ's-sold out but they have a cute apple raincoat from the same brand.

One closet down, three to go.

Wanna hear some GREAT news??
I FINALLY got my license renewed!  I only had to wait about an hour and a half WITH an appointment.  If you're local and would like more info and my recommendations, e-mail me.  :)

There's a LOT of rain in our forecast and {can't even believe I'm typing it} some temperatures in the low 70's!!  BRING IT ON, FALL!

Hope you have a great weekend!  I have a super fun giveaway next Monday, so be sure to stop by!


Day in the Life

It's time for another Day in the Life!

This was my yesterday, a pretty typical Wednesday.  Well, other than the fact I shared a car with Tab.  Keep'll see.  :)

My alarm went off at 5:00 a.m. like it does most mornings.  I shut my alarm off and read blogs in bed.

Then I go from room to room turning on lamps {and in this case folding blankets from the night before}.  You guys have mentioned I need a timer or a remote on my lamps.  I totally agree, but I don't know how to do all that so for now, I just turn them on.

I got all cozy under a blanket and did my Bible Study, Finding I Am.

Then I grabbed my computer and got some early blog work done.  It makes my day run so much more smoothly if I tackle some work in the early morning.

I got to a stopping point and had about ten minutes before I needed to wake up my kiddos.  I also had about ten minutes of the Big Brother episode from Sunday night left to watch.  I heated up a quick breakfast and finished watching.

I woke everyone up...Britt sleeps with Nixon every night and she's started fussing about wearing her pajamas since Nixon sleeps without a shirt.  That's why she's only in a diaper.  The big kiddos prefer to get up a little earlier and have some extra downtime rather than being rushed in the morning.

After breakfast, oatmeal for them and lunches all packed we were ready!  Tab's car is in the shop, so he stayed to work from home and he kept Britt {who was getting picked up for preschool}.  I took the big three to elementary school and then made my way to the gym.

I had my water bottle ready!

I arrived to find Shay setting up all the core boards.  Lots of my other mama gym friends arrived and we chit-chatted until it was time for class to start.

Wednesday's class is super hard.  I'm not the best at cardio and it's all about jumping, squatting, sliding, etc.

I found a reason to leave class a few minutes early.  #oops

I went straight back to the house to let Tab take my car to a meeting.  This is me...still sweating from that class.

At this point, it's like 10:15 and I'm ready for lunch.  :)

I emptied the dishwasher, 

ordered a few Scholastic books from Ebby Lee's book order, talked to three travel clients, and got started on some work e-mails before I freshened up and made my way to...

Kindergarten Lunch Duty!

But I arrived early and got to see these fourth grade cuties first!  {By the way, it was college shirt day.}

I had to drop something off for Nixon's teacher so I got to see him for just a minute.

Then I had kindergarten lunch duty...but it was busy!  There was no time for pictures!

Since Tab had my car, I drove this Cushman/Gator thing we have to school and back.  It's got a big bench seat but essentially a truck bed in the back.  And I've never driven it before, but thankfully it got me to school and back home.

I came in and had just a little bit of this delicious treat while I finished working.

I got home and had more travel work to finish.  {But I took a picture of my blog because I was keeping all names private.}  The theme of the day was...get it in.  I had minutes in the morning, before heading to school, and then after school.

Then I folded two loads of laundry.  #myfavorite  #justkidding

Tab was on his way back from his meetings right about time for pick-up so he grabbed everyone for me.

Please note her hair...Tab fixed her hair.  He told me he could not figure out how to get her ponytail higher.  How did he never learn to do this on Ebby Lee?

Homework Time!  After school, Ebby Lee read out loud to Bowen.

While Britt snacked and I listened/straightened up the upstairs.

Ebby Lee had dance {Shay took her}.  Nixon went to baseball with Tab and I decided to tackle Britt's closet since I had a few minutes.  My latest decluttering book is all about that...not feeling you have to wait until you have four hours set aside to handle a room or closet.  I had about an hour so I squeezed it in.  Her closet had gotten out of control....summer clothes, fall clothes, too little clothes, etc.

I switched out clothes that were too little and re-organized things.  I got 75% of the way finished {and will get it all done this weekend}.

When I realized Ebby Lee would be back from dance any minute.  I grabbed a quick bar and got Bowen and Britt ready to go.

Not only were we having car issues but our refrigerator is having it's own set of issues this week as well.  I've been going to the store daily to grab meat for each night.  {Only doing this since Sunday...I can't do it long!  The repairman is coming Friday.}  All that to say, since Tab and I shared a car all day there wasn't time for me to head to the store.

After Ebby Lee arrived, I drove through Whataburger to get the kiddos something for dinner.

Nixon's baseball team had a scrimmage and I wanted to watch.  We managed to only arrive a little late.

Someone didn't seem to mind her dinner at the ball park.  :)

 They've been practicing together for quite some time now so it was awesome to see them play!

We got home and Tab and I had leftovers for a super late dinner.  Everyone showered and we put the kiddos to bed about thirty minutes past their normal bedtime.

Not too bad for a Wednesday.


NYC Girl's Trip

This past weekend Ebby Lee and I headed out on a GIRL'S TRIP TO NEW YORK CITY with Shay and Kensington to celebrate Kensington's 10th birthday!  This birthday trip has been in the works for a while so we were absolutely pumped about the day finally arriving!

We caught an early flight out of Dallas so we could soak up as much time as possible hitting the city on Thursday.  Hello, 6:30 a.m. flight!  With four kiddos at home, it's tough sometimes to get a big chunk of one-on-one time with any one kiddo.  This trip will be treasured for so many reasons but one being all the time I got with Ebby Lee.

*I'll add any links to things we were wearing if they're still available.  I got several questions about items and will link them.  I promise.*
I clearly need to work on my elevator selfie game.  WHAT am I doing?!  hahaha!
We arrived, grabbed bags, and headed directly to our hotel to drop our bags and HIT THE CITY!  Sidenote:  We stayed at the JW Marriott Essex House Hotel and I'd highly recommend it.  It was super nice, in a great location, and had the best views!  {not sponsored at all-just sharing in case you're looking for a good one.}

We were starving and were right down the street from the Plaza Hotel, which houses that cute, chic food hall on the concourse level.  You won't find any McDonald's or Taco Bells at this food court.  ;)  

Shay and I had these DELICIOUS lobster rolls from Luke's Lobsters for lunch.  I was one small step away from licking that little paper container.

Central Park was up next!  We misunderstood and totally thought that was Jessie's penthouse from the hit Disney show.  Wait for it...  {That was our hotel with, "Essex House" above it.}

After a quick popsicle break, we realized that was actually the Jessie building.  :)

With alarms that went off at 2:50 a.m., these mamas were in MAJOR need of some coffee!

This girl has my heart.

Ebby Lee:  Shoes, Bow
Erika:  Dress {Mine is from a couple years ago so the camo is not available but this is the same brand}, Necklace, Shoes, Crossbody {I know...shocker, I was carrying something.  Right?}

Ten was the very best age to take this kind of trip. They're in that sweet spot between skipping down the sidewalk and begging to have a "real coffee" from Starbucks.  And they weren't embarrassed a bit by us moms, which I know is definitely fleeting as they get older.  ha!  

We made a quick stop at The American Girl store where they both got a little souvenir.  

I don't have any pictures of this next adventure...but we stopped into Saks Fifth Avenue to grab a few things.  One thing led to another and Shay and I found ourselves in the Bobbi Brown make-up chairs.  Keep in mind...we applied make-up at 3:00 a.m. that morning so they pretty much could have talked us into ANYTHING!  This was something that wasn't planned...just a spontaneous little walk into the store but turned into one of my favorite New York City trip memories.  We walked out with New York City makeovers and two bags of new make-up.  :)

And then it was back to the hotel to get ready for dinner.

For dinner we had reservations at The Mercer Kitchen.  It was super chic, "very fancy"-in the words of Ebby Lee, and the food was delicious!

Ebby Lee-Dress-{sold out}, Bow
Erika-Dress {40% off!}
Day One was a complete success!

Day Two began with an Uber ride to our breakfast spot, La Pecora Bianca.

This place was CUTE!  It was very girly {not that a guy wouldn't enjoy a meal here}, the food was delicious, and my coffee was on point!

Holy Yum!  Take a second to check out that plate!  DELICIOUS!  That's a truffle omelet served with home fries and a latte. 

My favorite nine-year-old :)

Ebby Lee-TopBow
Erika-Top {sold out}, Shorts {are Old Navy and sold out}, EarringsNecklace, and Shoes {this style is supposed to be a little different but all the sizes are fully stocked and I can't even tell the difference from the picture}

Love this bestie friend of mine!

These two were living their best life!

On top of the world....errrr, the 86th Floor of the Empire State Building.  And I've gotta add, us mamas were living our best lives too.

Checking out that VIEW!

Then we made it all the way up to the 102nd Floor.  :)

Once again, no pictures of this...but we went to the 9/11 Museum next for several hours.  The museum was absolutely amazing.  What a tribute to all those who lost lives and sacrificed themselves to save others.  I'd definitely recommend this if you're traveling to NYC.

Also, our girls had heard about 9/11 but seeing all the information at the museum really brought the event to life for them.  There were certain parts we had them skip simply because things were graphic but for the most part they walked through the exhibits and really learned so much.
Someone told us about the festival going on in Little Italy so we headed there for lunch.

A pit stop for pasta and pizza!

The streets were full of vendors, there were lots of people, and the energy was fabulous!

Georgetown Cupcakes was up next!  And let me tell you...that Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cupcake did NOT disappoint!

According to these faces, the unicorn cupcakes didn't either.  ;)

Look how CUTE these two looked for dinner on night two.

Ebby Lee-Dress
Uber ridin' with two of my favorite girlies.

We had dinner at The Loeb Boat House in Central Park and it was the girl's FAVORITE!

Our table was right beside this water and the sweet staff kept the girls supplied with bread to feed the fish throughout the entire meal.  The crab cake was absolutely delicious!  And then my entree was great too...bacon-wrapped fish!

We took a little pedicab ride over to one side of Central Park...

where we had a CARRIAGE RIDE through Central Park!

Saturday we woke up with a TEN-YEAR-OLD in our room!

We had a yummy breakfast at Sarabeth's right by our hotel.  I had a jalapeno and cheddar omelet-it was just as delicious as it sounds.  :)
We walked around the Upper West Side and then made our way back to Central Park.

This is what a Saturday stroll looks like in New York City.  :)

Ebby Lee-Romper, Bow
Erika-Top {Can't find it-boo!}, Shorts
Can you name that movie?

And then this sweet police officer agreed to step in for a pic too.

We got all fancy one last time to celebrate Kensington's special day with dinner at Carmine's.

Ebby Lee-Dress, Shoes

These two kept us and surrounding patrons entertained while we waited.  :)

Then it was FROZEN time!

This show was SO good...the music, Ana and Elsa, and ALL THE SETS!  It was SUCH a good show to see.  If you're taking your kiddos, SEE THIS!  Ebby Lee loved gave it two thumbs up!

We've been listening to the musical's soundtrack since we got back on Sunday.  #cantstop
A HUGE thank you to Shay and Kensington for inviting us to celebrate with them this weekend.  We made four days worth of amazing memories we'll never forget.