My Morning Skincare & Makeup Routine

My Morning Skincare & Makeup Routine

My blog topics have been pretty pregnancy heavy as of late, so I thought I would mix it up tooday and talk about one of my favorite non-baby topics – makeup!

I have to admit that Sephora is my number one store for beauty supplies.  Yes, the products can be expensive, but the shopping experience the store provides really is fantastic.  I literally feel like a kid in a candy store whenever I’m there! I also like being able to test out products (Almost every time I am in Sephora I ask for a sample of one or two items I would like to try…) before purchasing the entire package. Plus, Sephora is great about returning products you don’t love, so at least you are (Should be!) able to get your money back if what you thought you wanted turned out to not be the best choice once you got it home.

Like most women, my makeup routine really depends on both the event and the time I have to get ready for it. My alarm goes off at 5:40 in the morning so I can take a quick shower and get ready for work. My wake up call is at 4:30am on days we go to the gym, so you can imagine that my pre-work makeup routine has to be pretty easy-peasy!

This morning makeup routine I am sharing today is also filled with the basic essentials I use when getting more glammed up as well.  I like to think of these products together as my base for weekend outings and special events, and as the entire routine from start-to-finish for my busy weekday mornings.

I have found a quick and easy formula that works for me and keeps my look natural and the entire process quick. I would describe my morning makeup routine in three ways: Clean, Natural and Quick!

Morning Skincare and Makeup

Purity Made Simple One-Step Facial Cleanser – I have been using this product for years and love it! The formula is really light, not harsh at all. I like to use it in the morning when I don’t have to worry about deep cleansing to get any makeup off from the day.

Morning Skincare and MakeupHope Oil-Free Moisturizer with SPF 30 – Just like the Purity wash above, this moisturizer is really light. It blends and absorbs really well to leave a non-oily canvas on your face for your primer/foundation. I love that this product has SPF built right into it so that I don’t have to worry about adding a second sunscreen layer on top of my moisturizer.

Hope in a Jar SPF

Bare Minerals Prime Time BB Primer-Cream – I have tried a lot of primers trying to find the best one, and so far this BB primer-cream is my favorite. I like how it has a slight tint to it so it gives your face a little color and shimmer. Great for those early morning wake up calls! One pump is plenty for covering my entire face.Bare Minerals BB Primer Cream


Bare Minerals Correcting Concealer Broad Spectrum SPF 50 – This concealer stays all day and is great for covering those pesky dark under eye circles and blemishes. This has been such a blessing to me with pregnancy blemishes popping up on my cheeks! I also add just a little on my eyelids and across my eyebrow bones to wake up my entire eye area.

Bare Minerals ConcealerSmashbox Fusion Soft Lights – I love this all-in-one luminizer which I use in place of a blush, bronzer, and highlighter. I simply swipe this onto my cheekbones, the bridge of my nose, a little on my chin and forehead and it provides just enough color and shimmer.

Smashbox Fusion Soft Lights LuminizerBenefit They’re Real! Mascara – I have searched far and wide for the best mascara, and I have to say that They’re Real! by Benefit is my very favorite. Since I don’t use eyeliner during my morning routine, I rely on my mascara to really brighten my eyes. After using my eyelash curler, I put a little mascara on the top and bottom eyelash line.

Mascara - Benefit They're Real!

There you go – my easy morning makeup routine! I usually just throw on some chap stick, whether Burt’s Bees or EOS, and head out the door!

Conversation Time.

  • What are your favorite everyday beauty products?
  • What is the best mascara you’ve ever tried?
  • How does your workweek makeup routine vary from the weekends?
Pregnancy Posts: Week 23

Pregnancy Posts: Week 23

Today (05/19) marks Week 24 of my pregnancy – I am now officially 6 months pregnant! It’s truly so hard to believe. It seemed like the time between finding out I was pregnant and week 20 took forever, but ever since I have found out that baby A is a boy, time has seemed to really fly by as we’ve been pretty busy planning for the nursery and the baby’s arrival. I am really looking forward to June 20 when my Baby Shower will be held! It will be so much fun to celebrate Baby A’s impending arrival with my family and closest friends. Tim and I have also been busy registering and as much as we went back and forth about whether or not to find out if our baby is a boy or a girl, it really has made registering feel so much easier!

Today’s recap is a look back at the past 7 days – Week 23! According to most weekly pregnancy recaps on the web and in books, I should definitely be feeling  baby’s kicks by now. This gets a little frustrating for me since I don’t think I’ve felt a single kick so far except for the one strange flutter feeling I felt this past Friday (23 weeks and 4 days). Since I haven’t felt any kicks and this feeling caught me so off guard and reminded me of a ‘flutter’ that everyone describes, I really think it was a kick.

Pregnancy: Week 23

The reason I am less worried about not feeling kicks and movement yet is because at my Week 20 appointment I was told that I have an anterior placenta (in front of the baby) as opposed to a posterior placenta (behind the baby). During the ultrasound Tim and I saw our baby kicking and moving like crazy, but I had still felt nothing. My nurse seemed to think that with the extra padding between my baby and my stomach lining that it’s blocking me from feeling the movement. I am praying that I start to feel more movement as he gets bigger just from the simple fact that it provides more reassurance knowing he is wiggling away in there!

I mentioned that during this week Tim and I finished registering, and we also purchased our crib! We are going to wait to assemble it until the nursery’s walls are freshly painted and new carpet is laid, but just having made that one big purchase so far has made it all feel even that much more real! We debated on white or brown furniture, but finally ended up making the decision to go with the brown and I am really happy with it! The rest of our colors are going to be kept light on the walls, flooring and with the bedding. The only other color will come from the pops of navy added throughout the room.

This week I felt really exhausted so I tried to respect my body and go to bed early, take naps when possible, and watch the amount of exercise I did. I went on a few walks and got in two gym days, but overall it was a much more laid back week after feeling like I overdid it a bit during Week 22.


  • Mexican – We went to Chuy’s for the first time and oh my goodness was it delicious! I ordered the chicken tacos, which I loved because the chicken was grilled like fajita chicken and not pulled like it is at some Mexican restaurants. Plus the tortillas were handmade, which made a world of difference. The price was great as well, especially considering how much food we got for the cost. I filled up on chips and salsa before my main course even came though, so I was able to save a taco to have for lunch Sunday.

Chuy's Tex-Mex

  • Lattes – I woke up Saturday morning with a latte craving and after months of not wanting coffee, I am glad my coffee love is back. Tim and I went to Starbucks and sat outside on the patio with our coffees while Tebow happily enjoyed his ‘pupuccino‘ of whip cream.

Tebow the Dog at Starbucks

  • Ice Cream – I had my first ice cream craving this past weekend so we swung into Dairy queen for a chocolate dipped ice cream cone. It hit the spot!
First Purchases for Baby A

First Purchases for Baby A

Up until just a few weeks ago I hadn’t yet purchased anything for our baby. I know a lot of momma’s-to-be who get the urge to immediately buy once they find out their expecting, but for some reason I just wasn’t hit with the same shopping bug as quickly. Once I found out that Baby A was a boy though, my urge to shop finally began to make an appearance.

The day after finding out the sex, my mom and I headed to Columbus for a girls shopping trip with my aunt and cousin where I finally made my first purchases. Knowing that I could now eliminate any dresses, frills and lace helped me to narrow down my choices. Also, seeing Baby A as a ‘real’ baby the day before helped it all to feel that much more real.

In my heart, I felt scared to purchase baby goods during those early weeks of pregnancy for fear that something would go wrong. I didn’t want those precious little onesies to end up as a sad reminder if I had a loss. However, as much as I know that heartbreak is never completely out of the question, seeing my little guy no longer as a tadpole, but instead as a healthy and active baby at 20 weeks made it all feel that much more real and exciting. My anatomy scan gave me the encouragement I needed to get out there and do a little shopping!

My style for Baby A is leaning toward simple classics. Janie and Jack is my absolute favorite baby store ever! Tim and I were cracking up at how much detail and thought goes into the designs of their clothes. So many of the items sold at Janie and Jack are just miniature adult versions, and I love the look of ‘little man’ outfits where he can be matching Tim!

I also was drawn to the super sweet and classic baby pieces for newborns. I wanted a couple outfits that simply screamed sweet baby and that I could see him wearing for a ‘special occasion’ when he is really little.

Baby 'A' is a boy!

I realize that Janie and Jack is pretty darn expensive, but I feel that just like any store, being patient and watching for deals is key! I found a 20% off coupon in a magazine that I tore out and saved, and then combined that with sale item prices. I ended up walking away with multiple pairs of jeans and half zips for $8 a piece, as opposed to the original $40-$50 a piece price.

Janie and Jack

Plus, there is a reason Janie and Jack is expensive, their clothes are so nice and made to last. I would rather have a few things that I really love than a ton of items that he barely gets to wear. He is only going to be little for so long, and will mostly spend his early days in jammies, so I am looking forward to dressing him in these sweet outfits for special occasions and outings. I have taken a more minimalist approach to my own closet so I am hoping to do the same with my baby’s closet too!

I did spend a bit more than I typically would on a onesie at Homage when we were in downtown Cincinnati during The Flying Pig weekend, but when I saw the adorable Buckeyes onesie and matching beanie, I knew it was worth the extra cost. I can see him wearing these couple pieces the entire football season as he should be arriving just in time for kick off. Now all I need is a couple more Buckeyes things and a Broncos onesie and both baby and daddy will be happy campers all season!

Here are some of my baby purchases so far:

Janie and Jack Half Zip Pullover + Jeans

Janie and Jack

Janie and Jack Half Button-Up Pullover + Gray Jeans

Janie and Jack

Homage ‘Born a Buckeye’ Onesie + Beanie

Baby Gap Plaid Romper

Baby Gap Plaid Romper

And of course, a non-clothing item as well – the sweetest and softest bunny from Pottery Barn Kids. He was just too precious to pass up!Pottery Barn Kids/Baby  Stuffed BunnyConversation Time.

  • What is your favorite brand of/ store for baby clothes? Do you have any shopping secrets for kids you would be willing to share with me – especially any involving sales or discounts?
  • If you are a momma – were you hit with the shopping bug early on or did you wait to buy? What was the first thing you purchased for your little one?


Pregnancy Posts: Week 22

Pregnancy Posts: Week 22

During week 22, I spent a lot of time learning about my limits. I also found myself a bit more tired than I have been in recent weeks. Getting up last Monday morning for work was really, really tough, and that seemed to set the mood for the rest of the week.

I have been attempting to get to bed earlier, but the fact that it doesn’t get dark until almost 9 now makes settling in for the night a little tough. However, on Thursday I was literally exhausted all day and did my best to ignore the sunny skies, laying down at 6:00pm for a nap. Well, that ‘nap’ turned into a full night’s sleep as I pretty much slept straight until my alarm rang at 5:50 the next morning.

Needless to say that I need to do an even better job of resting when my body says rest so that I don’t exhaust myself to this extent again. As hard as it was to lose my whole evening, getting the extra rest really helped me to feel so much better the next day and throughout that following weekend.

I also learned that just because squats and lunges were some of my favorite exercises before, doesn’t mean that my body can handle quite as many as it used to now. Adding to my exhaustion Thursday was a sore body and legs after one too many of my go-to leg exercises. I felt fine at the time and even afterwards while getting ready and driving to work, but around 10 am or so after sitting at my computer for a few hours, I got up to walk around and realized how sore I was. It hurt terribly to walk and the soreness added to my fatigue.

When my legs were still pretty sore Friday morning, I called my doctor just to check in and was advised to rest so that’s exactly what I did. It was so weird because I didn’t feel like I had done too much during the workout, but my body sure let me know it was a bit too much after I was done. This morning will be my first day back to the gym since last Thursday and I plan on being active while keeping an eye on the amount of squats and lunges that I do!

On a brighter note though for week 22, Tim and I went to a gala for a local children’s hospital. It was so much fun to get all dolled up and feel fancy after I’ve been living in leggings and tunics lately. I actually got my makeup done at Sephora before we went and I was obsessed with how it turned out!

Sephora makeup selfie

Sorry for the blurry selfie! I was trying to take a picture of my makeup while riding in a moving vehicle – never easy! Since I am a VIB member, aka I spend way too much money on beauty products, I had my makeup done for free and I loved the products she used, including an airbrush foundation and a makeup setting spray for the end. The makeup literally looked the same from the time I finished at 6:15 until the time we got home around 11. I was so impressed! Too bad the cost to purchase all of the products she used would probably be around $500+, but a girl can certainly dream!

Week 22

Again, these pictures are not the best in this post! I didn’t get a good full length before the event because we were in a hurry after my appointment,  but I think this one shows what the bump is looking like now!

Food Cravings:

  • Peanut Butter – Obviously no longer on the Aversion list!
  • Green Smoothies with milk, peanut butter, banana, spinach and cocoa powder.
  • Potato Salad, Corn-on-the-Cob, and grilled Hot Dogs with Mustard – I have obviously been in an outdoor picnic mood with all of these foods!
  • Chick-fil-a – Craving satisfied with a chicken biscuit Friday morning – pure deliciousness.
  • Pizza -Still!

Food Aversions:

  • I may need to start skipping this part of my weekly recaps as everything has been tasting pretty normal lately – nothing too crazy!


Flying Pig Marathon Weekend

Flying Pig Marathon Weekend

This past weekend had a focus on fitness – plenty of walks and even a half marathon thrown in as well! Tim ran the Flying Pig Half Marathon Sunday and I was so proud!Tim and Tebow - Flying Pig Half MarathonWe ran the 2012 Flying Pig Half together and I was sad sit it out this time. However, I was so impressed with how he motivated himself to train on his own, even getting up at 6 am on a Sunday to run 10 miles before we headed to church. He wouldn’t describe himself as a runner, but I think he proved that he does have the ability mentally and physically to train for long races. It is one thing to train for a race together, but it is something else entirely to do it completely on your own. Last year Tebow, my mom and I walked the IAMS Flying Fur Run and I am hoping next year that Tim, Teb, the baby and I can all do it together!Jana and Tebow - IAMS Flying Fur Run 2014Friday night I did a little cleaning, we ate dinner, went on a walk to the park with Tebow, and then hit up the grocery at 8:30pm because we literally had no food in the house. We have been sticking to a stricter budget with the baby coming, so we wanted to finish up April before hitting the grocery again.

Saturday morning I made us my current favorite breakfast craving: egg sandwiches.Egg sandwiches with sharp cheddar and baconI topped an English muffin with sharp cheddar cheese and had a couple slices of bacon on the side. I also served up a little cantaloupe that I cut up that morning. The prepared fruit in the store is so easy, but so expensive. Slicing a cantaloupe into cubes is not easy, but I easily got 8 cups worth of melon out of it. Definitely worth the extra time when you think about how much bang for your buck you actually get.CantaloupeI took Tebow on a walk after breakfast while Tim mowed the grass, and then we headed to Cincinnati to pick up his race packet.
Pregnancy - Week 21It was seriously gorgeous outside all weekend, so after getting what we needed at the expo we walked to Over-the-Rhine for a little dinner. While we waited to be called for seating, we swung by Homage where we found the cutest little OSU onesie and beanie.

Homage - Born a BuckeyeI absolutely can’t wait to dress our little guy in some Buckeye gear this fall!

Dinner was at The Eagle OTR, which offered southern favorites including fried chicken, housemade pickles and brown sugar bacon. We split half a fried chicken with macaroni and cheese, collard greens and French fries.

The Eagle OTRDinner was good, but our favorite restaurant in Over-the-Rhine is still Bakersfield. It has some of the best guacamole I’ve ever had!

Bakersfield Guacamole and ChipsThis picture was taken at Bakersfield last July!

Sunday was complete with a marathon morning followed by a family walk at home (I told you there were a lot of walks this weekend!), and then I had lunch with Meghan. We went to Cheesecake Factory and I ordered the same thing I did last time, the lunch-sized Barbecue Ranch Chicken Salad.The Cheesecake Factory - Barbecue Chicken SaladMeg recently moved to Cleveland and was in town for work, so we took our time chatting for a couple hours. We couldn’t help but laugh about how our conversations have changed over the years, from gymnastics and American Girl dolls, to wedding planning, to homes and babies!

Dinner was on the grill – meaning simple and with a quick cleanup. I let the runner pick our menu so we had Dorothy Lane market hot dogs, corn on the cob, DLM potato salad and asparagus, and I added a little avocado to my plate as well.

Hot dog, corn, potato salad, asparagus, pickleThe rest of the evening was spent lounging, watching Nashville and just soaking in the rest of our weekend, which as always ended way too soon!

Thank you to Jenn and all of her guest helping to host WIAW!

What I Ate WednesdayConversation Time.

  • Do you have any races planned for this summer? Have you ever ran the Flying Pig?
  • What is your ultimate post-race meal?
  • What did you do this weekend?