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Review: 3D Fiberlash Mascara

Posted by Elisabeth on November 9, 2014 in Reviews |

You. Guys.

Well, you girls, really. Though your guys will probably like this once you use it. ;)

I kind of have the ugly eyelashes in the family. The husband and the TWO YEAR OLD have better eyelashes than me. (Seriously, her eyelashes are gorgeous. I am jealous.) So when I saw the chance to review Younique’s 3D Fiberlash Mascara, I jumped at the opportunity to try it.

It. Is. Amazing. Get yourself some. Review over.

Just kidding, I’m still gonna talk about it.

About the Product:

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The 3D Fiberlash Mascara is just a simple three-step process that combines Transplanting Gel and Natural Fibers to help create the appearance of incredible thickness and volume to your existing lashes. They are NOT false lashes. They are your own! The fibers are natural…made from Green Tea Leaves, hypoallergenic and safe for contact lens wearers.

Younique has lots of other great products, but we’re focusing on the mascara for this review. All Younique products are natural based and a mineral makeup. There’s no testing ever done on animals.

For Me:

At first I was a little skeptical. I really hate it when eyelashes look obviously fake. I wore some fake eyelashes recently (for a good reason!) but it was uncomfortable and I felt it looked too obvious. So I was worried that it wouldn’t look that great when I put this stuff on.

Wrong! The husband calls it my “sexy” eyes. (Sorry, Mom and Dad, if your reading this. But it is true.) I get random compliments all the time that my eye make up looks particularly lovely when I wear my fiberlash mascara. I’m starting to get addicted.

How to Apply it:

(Do it one eye at a time. This is important because the gel dries quickly and the fibers don’t stick as well.)

  1. Put your normal mascara on. (It’s optional. I personally skip this step. I feel like it makes my eyelashes too clunky.)
  2. Apply the coat of transplanting gel.
  3. IMMEDIATELY after, apply the fiber coat.
  4. Then generously apply more transplanting gel to make the fibers stick.

DONE. In less than 3 minutes I have my sexy eyes on.

These are my normal eyes:

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These are my eyes on 3D Fiberlash Mascara:

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(Sorry for the different day pics. This one just showed the difference the best)

Some extras:

The first time I put them on it was a little weird. Do it a few times before you decide that you don’t like them. I am glad I gave them a chance!

ONE EYE AT A TIME! (Part of the reason I didn’t love it the first time… I forgot to take it one at a time).

Eyelash brushes would probably be useful. If I had one I would use it for these just to help with clumps, but my fingers worked just fine.

At $29.00, this is a bit of a splurge. But they are supposed to last at least 3 months (and the fact that I am a SAHM and don’t bother with makeup daily anymore would probably extend that a bit more) and they stay on. Remember, I am a hormonal mess right now with a new baby and a toddler and tears happen, and these babies stay on great. Woohoo for water resistant mascara!

You can wear these with contacts. Just make sure you apply a lot of the gel to help the fibers really stick and seal so you don’t end up with tiny pieces coming off later on on in the day

All right, everyone. Go splurge on yourself and get yourself some pretty, awesome, easy-to-apply eyelashes. The immediate raise in compliments alone with make the investment worth it. ;)

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Review: Wizzy Gizmo – Who Created Everything?

Posted by Elisabeth on November 2, 2014 in Reviews |

When it comes to teaching a two year old and other younger children about the Creation, it’s safe to say that it can at best be “challenging”. Thankfully, Wizzy Gizmo has created a fun product to make that job a little easier!

I received the book “Who Created Everything” to review. Here are some of the basics.


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Explore the wonders of Creation

It all begins when Wizzy Gizmo places the Bible on his incredible Gizmovision invention. The machine whirls and hums, the room begins to vibrate and shake, lights flicker on and off. The invention is surrounded by tiny arcs of electricity, as a sphere of blue-green light emerges and begins to grow bigger and bigger. There is a flash, and then things really begin to happen…

Some features: 

  • 58 pages
  • Covers Genesis chapter One
  • Vocabulary words are highlighted throughout
  • Glossary included
  • Review questions in the back for parents and teachers
  • Retail Price is $12.99

My thoughts:

My sweet two year old has a hard time reading longer stories without pictures. Not too surprising, right? The writing style is still very accessible for younger children, with trying naturally tie in detail with vocabulary or ideas that children might normally question. So while my younger child struggled, I could see it working well for a child a year or two older than her.

What I really loved for my daughter was the audio drama version.

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It includes very animated narrators and kid voices complete with songs. When I first downloaded the audio to try out, my daughter happened to be in the room. I hit play just see what it was like, and immediately, my toddler ran over to me to see what was going on. For the next 15 minutes, my extremely active, energetic toddler sat still next to me and listened quietly to the audio, as I turned pages in the book to let her have a visual as we listened.

While the description on Wizzy Gizmo’s website states that the audio is geared towards ages 4-12, it definitely is effective for a larger range than that!

I enjoyed the Wizzy Gizmo products and felt they would be a great addition to a Christian homeschooling curriculum!

You can find Wizzy Gizmo and learn more for yourself on the following media platforms:

The Wizzy Gizmo Website

Facebook

Twitter

Pinterest

Youtube

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Well, this happened. Finally.

Posted by Elisabeth on August 6, 2014 in Evelyn, family, pregnancy |

World, meet JD.

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He came into this world a little later than we were expecting him to. Lucky for him, this has been the most mild summer I’ve ever experienced in Texas, or else we would have had some serious problems. As it was, he kept us waiting quite a while.

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Here’s the pic I posted on social media to help prevent people from asking me somewhat hourly if the baby had come yet. And then he waited FOUR MORE days. 11 days late total. And boy, was that exciting when he did come. I’m still working on finding time to get all the details leading up to his labor story. When I get around to it, I will post. Fortunately, my body is not in the business of making giant babies, so despite his extra incubation period, he kept it just under 8 lbs. Thanks, little guy.

So far, he’s a huge sweetie. Pretty much a complete 180 from his older sister. Maybe his mellow personality is why he was pretty comfortable with hanging tight for that extra time. But because of that sweet, mellow personality, we’ve decided to keep him. (AS IF IT WERE AN OPTION. We would have kept him anyways, but he’s helping us out by making it much more pleasant. Keep it real.)

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Big sister is doing an amazing job overall with this huge transition. I am really proud of her. We had a -really- rough first day when it was just the three of us alone for the first time, but she genuinely loves her baby brother, gives him kisses, and stops whatever she is doing when she hears him cry to let me know that “Baby J.” needs something.

I am loving my little family and am so glad that this sweet soul has now FINALLY come to join us. The sweet moments and group cuddles make all the sleepless nights and toddler tantrums totally worth it. I wouldn’t trade these cute kids for anything!

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Simple, straight forward baby blanket.

Posted by Elisabeth on July 14, 2014 in Creative side, crochet fun, pregnancy |

Once you have one kid, it’s kind of hard to have time to make the next pregnancy just as special as the first. I had been on a mission to find a special project to devote to my new little one’s arrival, something special and “just for him” to help me have a chance to focus on THIS pregnancy a little better (or the postive parts. It’s easy to drown in all the fatigue and morning sickness and backaches, right?)

Back in March, I came across this lovely post for a baby blanket from the blog Yarnaway:

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Is that not an absolutely adorable baby blanket?!

Obviously, they learned near the end of making the blanket that it would be for a girl, so added in a hint of pink. The colors weren’t right for Baby Boy’s nursery theme (oh, and we will have to talk about that in another post soon!), but the pattern (based on this tiramisu baby blanket pattern found on Ravelry) was simple, and something that my tired brain and fingers could process doing at the end of a long day without much extra thought.

As soon as I saw these pictures and the pattern, I knew I had to make it. I went to my favorite yarn store (no, not Hobby Lobby or Michael’s- they are fine and dandy for amigurumi and short, fun projects) to find quality yarn that would be able to be washed/withstand a little bit of newborn love.

The store owner gave me a few options, but I found and felt this Berroco Weekend yarn, and it was just perfect. It’s a soft and lightweight blend of acrylic and cotton, perfect for a Texas summertime baby. Of course, the price per skein made it much more worth it, as well (just over $6/205 yards).

What I used:

  • This Tiramisu Blanket pattern
  • Trusty K 6.50mm hook (bigger than recommended by the pattern, just to get an equal stitch gauge)
  • Berroco Weekend yarn:
  • Cerulean/5942 (2 skeins),
  • Camp Stove/5958 (2 skeins)
  • yellow/5921 (1 skein- looks closer to “Curry” on the website, but there were no exact number match ups)

Stitches used:

  • chain (ch)
  • single crochet (sc)

(Seriously. That is IT. If you can chain, single crochet, and count to 91, you can do this blanket.)

For how I did the stripes, following the pattern set in the Tiramisu blanket pattern:

Ch. 91

Foundation Row: In color 1 (Cerulean) 2 sc in 3rd ch from hook. (Sk next ch, 2 sc in next ch) across to end; turn — 90 sts.

Row 2-8: Ch 1, sk first sc, 2 sc in next sc; (sk 1 sc, 2 sc in next sc) across to end; turn — 90 sts

Row 9-10: Change to Color 2 (yellow), ch1, sk first sc, 2 sc in next sc; (sk 1 sc, 2 sc in next sc) across to end; turn — 90 sts

Row 11-18: Change to Color 3 (Camp Stove), ch1, sk first sc, 2 sc in next sc; (sk 1 sc, 2 sc in next sc) across to end; turn — 90 sts

Row 19-20: Change to Color 2 (yellow), ch1, sk first sc, 2 sc in next sc; (sk 1 sc, 2 sc in next sc) across to end; turn — 90 sts

Row 21: Change to Color 1 (Cerulean), ch1, sk first sc, 2 sc in next sc; (sk 1 sc, 2 sc in next sc) across to end; turn — 90 sts

So on and so forth. It was pretty easy to count rows- basically, eight rows of Color 1 and 3 broken up by two rows of Color 2. Go on for the desired length. I’d say that Baby Boy’s blanket ended up about 27”x27” or so, but there is quite a bit of stretch in the blanket.

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Anyways, it’s taken me a while to finish the project. Between caring for my energetic toddler, making some gifts for some other friends who have been expecting, and trying to get things in order for Baby Boy’s arrival,  I finally finished last night. While I know the original pattern has the lovely scalloped edges, I omitted it. As I was working the yellow to frame in the edges, I fell in love with the simplicity of the straight edge look. (My husband also said it looks more “manly”. But let’s not fool ourselves, I would have scalloped those edges if I really wanted to.)

For the record, the yellow “frame” around the blanket is just 2 rows of straight up single crochets and then fastening off and weaving the ends in- nothing fancy at all! The pattern suggests doing 88 SC down the sides (top and bottom should both be an easy 90 across to get), but since I didn’t do the scalloped edges, I just made it as even and nice looking as possible since the edge count didn’t really matter in the long run.

I felt with the strong colors of stripes already in the center, the scalloped edges would probably be too busy for the blanket, so I am quite satisfied at the end result.

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It looks like I’m not the only one. Big Sister has been taking every chance she gets to “sleep” with the new blankie- a pretty big compliment. This product is Evelyn approved!

 

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Still waiting

Posted by Elisabeth on July 4, 2014 in anxiety, pregnancy |

Happy 4th of July, everyone!

I was hoping to have better things to do than sit here and update my blog a bit, but….

 

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As you can see, somebody is still perfectly comfortable where he is. So this picture is what you get to see. Sorry.

(Okay, I took this two days ago at 39 weeks and 1 day, which was two days ago, but just imagine me two days more pregnant now. There you go.)

Still pregnant. If you ask me how I am doing, the answer will be “Pregnant.” Meaning, all those weird aches and pains and symptoms are in full force, to the point that most of my nervousness and anxiety about giving birth again and round two of a potentially very colicky and fussy baby are now overshadowed by the desire to NOT BE PREGNANT ANYMORE.

And I’m sad because again, I’m not getting my 4th of July baby I was kind of hoping for. (Wouldn’t that be totally awesome?) We’ve had the chance twice now and both times have been foiled. Guess these kids just have a mind of their own. ;)

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