It’s time to share my story with you, my IUD nightmare | I have been trying to find the right words and courage to tell you about my experience this past year. I am not sharing this with you to scare or say this will happen to you but it happened to me and once I started researching… thousands of other woman. IUDs are not a one size fits all. I am so passionate about sharing this information because we as women need to inform one another and share our truth to help one another and when doctors & midwives will tell you putting a foreign object like an IUD is completely safe…..I know for a fact it is not for everyone.
Beauty has so many forms, and I think the most beautiful thing is confidence and loving yourself.
I love this quote, it’s a perfect beginning to this post and something I strive to work on.
I’ve been asked many times....how do you find the time to do your makeup so well with 2 little ones?! My answers is, fast and easy with multi use products.
Before I touch down on my routine, something more important than what I put on my face....what I tell myself when I look in the mirror. Instead of looking at myself with a judging eye, I try to look at myself with thoughts of love & grace. I used to be extremely critical of myself, definitely had some body dysmorfia during my modeling years. I learned with time, yoga, becoming a mother, learning self love and self care that....the negative voice inside my head is crap and only I could stop it. One of my first steps to finding this peace and grace, a mantra every morning or on a post-it note on the mirror and it just takes a few seconds to say one to yourself. Some of my favorites.......
I am a being of light and love, I radiate that to myself and everyone I meet.
I am enough. I am strong. I am smart. I am beautiful. I am loved.
I am grateful for this moment today and everyone that I love that’s in it.
Grace. I deserve the grace that I give others.
I've got this!!!
You can make up your own, use some of these or find some inspiration on Pinterest. I also just found Alex Elle’s page on instagram and she will definitely help you find inspiration.
So now that that’s covered, lets begin! When you apply makeup, I want you to ask yourself....what features do I love about my face? I know sometimes it’s hard for us woman to give ourselves a compliment but do it now, you know you have a beautiful feature :) After you have given yourself some love, now we can start with a positive confident mindset.
When choosing what makeup to use....there are so many awesome products out there and I try not to obsess over having all natural/organic products on my face but when I can put a more clean product on my skin, I try. The hard thing that comes along with that, sometimes those all natural or organic products just don’t have the staying power or flexibility when using them BUT I found some amazing products that actually work really well and will leave your skin looking and feeling fresh and glowing. I’m all about making things fast and easy so this look is just that. I even throw in some quick highlighting and contouring.
Lets get started!
Step 1- always start with a nice clean moistured face. After cleansing I like to apply a light oil. I really rub it on my face to get some circulation going. Always apply in a upward motion and then when I’m done applying the oil all over my face, I apply the rest on my lips and my neck. Don’t ever forget about your neck, it deserves love too :)
I like Botnia Replenishing Facial oil or any Argon Oil works nice too.
Step 2- find a foundation that is as close to your skin as possible, you can go a shade lighter or darker depending on your taste but don’t stray too far from your natural skin tone. I usually recommend more of a yellow undertone vs pink because the yellow tones will help cut out any redness that we want to help defuse.
I apply my foundation with my fingers but you can use a sponge if you want. Always apply most of the foundation in the center of your face then move outward. I like to start in the center and move out because most redness is around eyes and nose. This is a quick makeup tutorial so when I’m in a hurry, instead of grabbing another product like concealer to conceal I go back and apply a little bit of foundation under eyes, eyelids and around nose.
Right now, I’m liking Burts Bees Goodness Glows Foundation
Step 3- Brows
When I’m doing a fast look, and don’t have time for powder or pencil, I use a gel to deposit color and to shape. Start with most color on the outer half of the eyebrow then go back to the inside of the eyebrow with what’s left on the brush, always stroking upwards and out.
I am liking Pacifaca brow gel in the moment
Step 4 contour and bronze
You can use a powder or cream. Since I’m highlighting more natural products I’ve found that RMS bronze cream is great or Physicians Formula powder bronzer is great. My number 1 rule when applying bronzer, only apply the bronzer where the sun would naturally tan your skin. I always put my bronzer on the sides of my forehead and very top, leaving the middle bare. Then a little on temples blending a little on top of my cheekbones and a little bit under my cheekbones closer to hairline. Then a little on the bridge of nose, leaving you looking sunkissed. If you would like to contour grab a little bit of bronzer on fingers or brush and apply on both sides of the bridge of your nose making a line on both sides (see photo below), blend and there you go! Sometimes I also like to grab a little bit of bronzer and place it on the center of my eyelids then blend outward. It’s amazing how applying bronzer to those sun kissed areas then contouring nose gives you more of a finished refund look.
I like RMS cream Bronzer right now
Step 5 create pretty dewy highlights
Choose a highlighter where you will still see skin when applied. Remember this is natural so stay away from a highlighter that has too much shimmer or glitter. I like to use a gold or Illuminating colors like RMS beauty cream or Pacifica Rainbow Crystals. See photo below on where to apply. Apply highlighter on the top of cheekbones, bow of top lip, then bridge of nose all the way up to your forehead. Then blend gently tap product in or gently rub to finish.
Step 6 bright dewy cheeks & lips
I do love a cream or gel blush that has multi purpose so I can use it on my lips as well. I always choose a bright pink or coral, a color that makes me feel happy, awake and bright when applied. Always apply to apple of cheeks and blend. I don’t go crazy with blush, remember to stay natural :) See photo below, I had a very cute messy helper. when I’m done applying the blush, I apply to my lips. Rub lips together and done!
step 6 lashes
I usually use black mascara so they really stand out. A couple of coats does the trick. start by wiggling the wand at the base of lash then swoop upwards. I always apply a bit more On the outer third of my lashes to give my lashes a more fanned out butterfly look.
step 6 powder
I like a translucent powder where you can still see your skin, that doesn’t look chalky. I apply mostly in my tee zone and jawline then I’ll lightly go over all the areas where I deposited color to help them all stay put. Creams and gels tend to obsorb quicker into skin so applying powder will help
Kind of a fun fact about me....I used to do makeup for Stila as one of their traveling national makeup artists and I also did makeup for commercials, magazines, fashion shows and photos shoots in LA and NYC. Alongside being a makeup artist, I did a little modeling so I learned a lot of amazing tricks from some of the best!
Olle e Osso
All bought at:
Most of my natural products featured here are from one of my favorite shops ever, the bright and happy Spruce and Honey in Bozeman, MT. If you are lucky enough to visit, you will be greeted by Keely. Beaming natural beauty with blonde hair and a big warm smile.