Beauty

Finding My New Makeup Routine

Makeup over 40

Getting older is not easy.  The aches and pains, struggle with staying in shape, and changes with my skin.  I noticed my face becoming more combination skin than it had ever been and all my fine lines becoming more defined.  I realized that my everyday makeup and skin care routine was just not working anymore.  So, I set out to try new brands and products.  After spending a ton of money on foundations (that I never had to wear before), powders, mascaras (mine old one all of a sudden started to run on my under eyes), eyebrow pencils (never had to use before), moisturizers, anti-aging creams, and finally eye creams…….. I finally found the perfect products for me.

IT Cosmetics!     

First of all it is important to mention that most of IT cosmetics contain an SPF of 50 and all contain anti-aging ingredients.

I struggle with wearing a foundation.  I hate the feeling of anything on my face and I never had to wear a foundation prior to turning 40 something…  I absolutely love their Bye Bye Foundation Full Coverage Moisturizer with SPF 50.  It is so light on my skin and a very little goes a long way, so my skin looks like my skin and not covered in heavy makeup. I use the Fair Light shade for reference.

it foundation

Next, I had to find a powder.  You actually do not need a powder with the Bye Bye Foundation as it dries matte, but I just like to set everything with a powder.  I found Bye Bye Pores Pressed Anti- Aging Finishing Powder.  LOVE IT!  The color is translucent so it does not layer more color on your face and just softens the look of your foundation.   I pair it with the Bye Bye Pores Blush and combined they make my skin look and feel so soft.  And my pores disappear!

Now, for my mascara problem.  The mascara I had been using since I was in my teens (literally) started to flake and run.  It looked terrible!  I guess my eyelids and lashes are more oily.  Since I had so much luck with the other IT products I had tried I decided to give the Superhero Mascara a go.  Great purchase, love it more than my previous mascara!  It does not flake or run and makes my lashes full and so pretty.

mascara

Eyebrows…..  Where do they go after 40?  All of a sudden one day they were thinner than the day before and so on and so on….. This was new territory for me, as I have never had to use an eyebrow pencil before and was worried that they would look so unnatural.  Brow Power Universal Eyebrow Pencil by IT is perfect for a beginner like me.  It comes one color that matches back to all hair colors.  The point is soooo skinny it is so easy to control and the color is so soft you can control how dark it goes on very easily.

eye pencil

Believe me I am very aware that makeup is a very personal thing and what works for me may not work for everyone.  I am just so excited to have found a product line that has helped me feel good about myself again and wanted to share with all of you.  If you are going through what I did, don’t give up and keep trying different lines of products.  There are so many out there that specialize in all kinds of skin issues.  GOOD LUCK!

Colleen

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Lifestyle, Style

Rockstar Moms Top Amazon Picks for January!

This has been a great month for Amazon items! Coming from the industry we are sticklers for quality, fit, and design. With this in mind there are, at times, more misses than hits with our amazon finds and we only bring to you the items that we truly love! Check out the winners from January below!

Colleen’s Picks:

Top / Belt / Joggers

Dolman Sleeve Boatneck Tunic: This amazing top can be worn several ways. It is long enough to be worn with your favorite leggings or jeggings and the perfect length to messy tuck into your favorite jeans! It’s is easily dressed up or down. What caught me right away was the hand feel!! It is so so soft and comfy. This top is great to wear now and will be a staple for me throughout Spring!! It also comes in at least 8 colors!

Top / Belt / Leggings

Leopard Double Loop Belt: I loved this belt the minute I saw it! It is the perfect width for all my jeans and looks great with jeans or work pants. Again can be worn casual or dressed up and would look great around a dress too!

My #1 Amazon Pick of all Time – Daily Ritual Joggers: I have been wearing these non stop for a year now. They are my go to pant for the weekends or any day I just want to be cozy and comfy. The fit is perfect and true to size. Mine have been washed tons of times and look just as good as the day I received them! THESE are a must have!!!

Joggers / Sneakers 1 / Sneakers 2 / Sneakers 3

Liz’s Picks:

Wide Brim Fedora Beach Hat– I keep talking about this hat because it truly is amazing! I had been looking for a hat that looked great, provided good coverage for my face from the sun, and held up well while travelling and at the pool and beach. This one is perfect! Love the styling and it comes in so many colors and different trim details. I chose the classic Beige with a Black Grosgrain Ribbon. Best part? It is truly packable! It traveled it my suitcase packed in between all my other stuff and was perfectly fine when unpacked!

Packing Cube Set– Such a great value for these cubes! 5 packing cubes come in this pack in 3 different size ranges. You receive 2 large, 2 medium, and 1 small all at a great price! My favorite aspects of these cubes include the see through mesh windows so you can tell what you packed into each cube, the 3 different size ranges so they work well in all different size bags, and the handles that allow you to efficiently move them around as needed without your stuff becoming a mess! Two benefits I found was that the cubes forced me to cut back on how many items I was bringing before I stuffed it all into my bag and then realized it didn’t fit! I filled the cubes as much as I could and then I had no problem fitting it in my suitcase! The other benefit was packing to come home. By having different cubes I could segment out all the dirty clothes to make washing when I got home a breeze.

Camo Print Yoga Pants– (Shown in Deep Grey Camo) These yoga pants are top rated for a reason!! Such comfortable pants and the fabric is so soft. The high waist fit perfect and doesn’t budge while exercising or just running around on the weekends. Length is perfect for my height (5’3″) and hit right at my ankle. Pockets are a great add as well! Overall, I love these pants so much, especially for less than $30!!

Hope you enjoy our top Amazon picks this month as much as we do!

xo

Colleen and Liz

Hosting, Lifestyle

Savory Comfort Food Recipe: Beef Stew!

Much like chili recipes, everyone has their favorite Beef Stew Recipe. After trying several different ones I took pieces of each and came up with my own! So if you are looking for one to try I am sharing mine with you all!! Let me know what you think!

First, this is what you will need!

1/4 cup Olive oil

2 1/2 lbs stew meat cut into 1 inch pieces

1 large onion

3 cloves garlic minced

3 tablespoons of butter

Adobo

1/4 cup all purpose flour

2 bottles, 24 ounces, of beer (I just use whatever is in the house)

2 cups low sodium beef broth

Small can of Tomato paste

Small bag of baby carrots

1 green pepper diced

3 stalks of celery

3 large red bliss potatoes, washed and diced

Second, this is what you do with it all!

1) In a Dutch oven heat oil and butter over medium heat. Season beef with Adobo and add the beef to the pot in a single layer. Brown on all sides, may need to do this in batches. Once done remove beef from pot and set aside

2) Add the onion and garlic to the pot and cook until caramelized, approx 10 mins.

3) Sprinkle onions with flour and stir to combine for 1 min.

4) Return the beef to the pot and add the beer, beef broth, tomato paste diluted in 1 cup warm water. Bring to boil then lower and simmer for 1 1/4 hours.

5) Add the carrots, green pepper, celery, and potatoes to the pot. Return to boil then simmer for 45 mins.

Serve with a nice crusty bread!!

Ugh! I forgot to take a picture of the final product!!! Very amateurish, I KNOW!! I will add it next time……

Enjoy!

Hosting, Lifestyle, Travel

Happy Birthday to My Rockstar Mom!!

We were lucky enough to spend an amazing afternoon at the Mathis House, Victorian Bed & Breakfast and Tea Room, to celebrate my Moms birthday. What an amazing place. This 122 year old, 8000 sq ft home resides in Toms River, New Jersey. If you live in New Jersey it is so worth a trip to enjoy an amazing afternoon tea service or a stay in one of their 5 bed & breakfast rooms.

Since we went for the afternoon tea service, I will start there! You walk up to your table so beautifully set and you choose your tea cup! All of the china throughout the service is beautifully miss matched. Makes for fun conversation.

This service includes a pot of tea for each person and a 5 course lunch. They have, I believe, over 80 teas to choose from on a regular day and also additional special teas during holiday season. We each choose a different tea for all of us to try such as Spirit of Christmas, Orange & Cranberry, Peppermint Bark, and Love Shack (such fun names, right?!). Each pot was served in these adorable cozies!

The first course was this delicious pasta salad followed by broccoli and cheese soup served in the prettiest tea cup. What I loved was that there was no rush and plenty of time in between courses to enjoy the food and your company.

The third, fourth and fifth courses were served all together on a beautiful 3 tiered server. On the bottom was finger sandwiches (cucumber, chicken salad w/ apples & grapes, egg salad, and artichoke tarts), next was scones served with clotted cream, then topped off with amazing sweet treats! I think my daughters face say it all!

I can honestly say that every single item tasted better than the last! I was so full I could not eat another thing for the rest of the day!

A super fun part of the experience is to really get into the role with these fasinators. They also have beautiful hats to chose from if you forgot yours at home! I loved looking around all the different rooms to see all the guests taking part in this tradition.

After our tea service was done, we were invited to take a tour of the second floor where the Bed & Breakfast resides. We were created by the owner who told us all about the amazing history of this historic home.

The stair case leading upstairs. There are beautiful stain glass windows all throughout.
The landing at the top of the stairs surrounded by the rooms
You will also find the unlimited wine service and coffee service offered to guests of the Bed & Breakfast As a guest you will also get a 3 course breakfast and beach tags for the beautiful Jersey shore!

Next, I was able to take pictures of 4 of the 5 beautiful rooms you can stay in! Each have their own en-suite and was more beautiful than the last. They are also named!

This is really just a taste of what awaits an afternoon or weekend spent at the Mathis House. If you get a chance to visit you will be completely taken care of and sure to thoroughly enjoy every minute of your visit. Check it out here http://www.mathishouse600main.com.

Enjoy!

Hosting, Lifestyle

A Tasty Chili Recipe for Those Cold Winter Days

As soon as it starts to get cold outside I go into soup and chili making mode. Here is a super easy and tasty chili recipe my family loves. It makes approx. 10 servings and freezes great to feed the family throughout the week for those of us who scramble to make dinner Monday – Friday! You can also make it your own by adding or removing ingredients to your liking!

Ingredients:

2 large white onions chopped (to save time and tears I buy pre-chopped onion from the produce dept)

3-4 garlic cloves minced or grated

3 lbs ground beef (I use ground turkey to make slightly healthier)

Adobo to taste (I adobo the meat before I brown it)

28oz can crushed tomatoes

4 tbs chili powder

1 7oz can diced green chilies (if you like your chili on the spicy side then add another 7oz can), want to note I use the 1 7oz can and my kids love it, it is not too spicy for them

Salt and pepper to taste

3 15oz cans red beans (I use Goya red beans, but a lot of people like to use black beans or kidney beans)

Add on Ingredients.  These are some my family likes to add, but feel free to change up to suit your taste:

Shredded cheddar cheese (I use low fat or fat free)

Sour cream (I like to use low fat)

Tortilla Chips

Hot Sauce

Black Olives

White or Brown Rice (sometimes we like to serve the Chili over rice)

Instructions:

  1. Sauté onions until translucent over medium high heat.  3-5 minutes
  2. Add the mince garlic and cook for 1 minute
  3. Adobo the ground beef before adding to pot
  4. Once the onions and garlic are done add the ground beef (or Turkey) and cook until all is browned. 6-7 minutes
  5. Add salt and pepper to taste
  6. Add the tomatoes, chili powder, and green chilies. Bring to boil
  7. Add the beans
  8. Taste and add more salt and pepper if needed
  9. Let simmer for 6 hours on the stove (feel free to transfer to slow cooker at this point and cook on low for 5-6 hours)

Enjoy!!  I would love to hear what you like in your chili recipes!

Colleen

Lifestyle, Shop Our Instagram, Travel

Travel Accessory Finds From Amazon

If you are lucky enough to be travelling soon for Spring break, or possibly planning a trip this summer, I have some new travel accessories to recommend from Amazon!

I recently went to Florida over New Year’s and picked up some new accessories prior to my trip. They all worked out great so I knew I had to share them!

I’ve always considered myself a good packer. Yes, on every trip I usually pack a few extra pairs of shoes and outfits that I didn’t need. But all in all, I am an expert clothes roller and therefore can fit a ton in my suitcases. But, all of those clothes come at a cost since I’m usually holding my breath that I don’t exceed the weight limit at the airport and have to pay extra money right before my trip!

So before this trip, I saw lots of people recommending packing cubes and calling out how they changed the packing game and figured I would give them a shot.

I picked these styles from Amazon due to the good reviews at a very reasonable price.

5 packing cubes come in this pack in 3 different size ranges. You receive 2 large, 2 medium, and 1 small all at a great price! My favorite aspects of these cubes include the see through mesh windows so you can tell what you packed into each cube, the 3 different size ranges so they work well in all different size bags, and the handles that allow you to efficiently move them around as needed without your stuff becoming a mess!

As I mentioned, the 3 different sizes work great to fit into all different size bags. I bought a set for myself, my husband, and both kids and they worked great in each of our bags. My favorite size is the medium because I was able to fit 2 of them side by side on one side of my suitcase. I also liked the small size because I was able to segment out some items that I didn’t want to get lost with all the other clothes.

You may ask yourself, why do I need to use cubes when I am able to get all of the items in my luggage no problem? Good question, I thought the same thing! The biggest benefit I found was that the cubes forced me to cut back on how many items I was bringing before I stuffed it all into my bag and then realized it didn’t fit! I am that person that would end up sitting on my bag to try to get it to close, then it would be too heavy….you see how this goes. So by using the cubes, I filled the cubes as much as I could and then I had no problem fitting it in my suitcase! The other benefit was packing to come home. By having different cubes I could segment out all the dirty clothes to make washing when I got home a breeze. Love these cubes and catch wait to use them on my next trip!

The next accessory that I loved is this Fedora Beach Hat. I had been looking for a hat that looked great and held up well while travelling and at the pool and beach. This one is perfect! Love the styling and it comes in so many colors and different trim details. I chose the classic Beige with a Black Grosgrain Ribbon. Best part? It is truly packable! It traveled it my suitcase packed in between all my other stuff and was perfectly fine when unpacked! Love having a hat I can travel with that is convenient to take instead of having to carry on and afraid of getting ruined. Love it!

The last accessory I picked up is a new water bottle- the stainless steel Hydro Flask. So many of my girlfriends use stainless steel water bottles but I hadn’t tried on. After all the great reviews I wanted to give it a shot. I was really looking for a water bottle that could hold my drinks at the ideal temperature and not leak! This one is worth the cost!

Now that you have read all about these new accessories that will be great for your next trip, you can click below to shop and see more details!

  1. Packing Cubes
  2. Fedora Beach Hat
  3. Hydro Flask Water Bottle

Happy travels!!

Lifestyle, Uncategorized

Easy Weeknight Recipes: Chicken Cutlets with Pesto Bow Ties

This recipe I have been making for years!! It’s so easy to make your own too!

So this is what you will need!

1) Pint of cherry tomatoes halved

2) 1 cup of roasted peppers sliced

3) 1lb chicken breast (I like to use the Perdue perfect portions)

4) 2 eggs

5) 2 cups Italian bread crumbs

6) 1 lb bow tie pasta (or whatever pasta you like)

7) 2 packets Knorrs creamy pesto packet prepared based on packet instructions

8) 2 cups milk

9) 1/2 cup olive oil, plus more to fry chicken

10) salt & pepper

Now, how to prepare!

1) In a large pot, boil heavily salted water and prepare pasta to tenderness you prefer

2) meanwhile prepare pesto sauce to packet instructions

3) once the pesto is done add in the tomatoes and peppers and simmer while preparing the chicken

4) salt and pepper the chicken on both sides

5) prepare and bowl with the eggs and whisk and a plate with bread crumbs on it.

6) dip each chicken breast in the egg, then dredge in the bread crumbs

7) In a large fry pan heat a large drizzle of olive oil over medium high heat and brown the chicken on both sides until done. About 5-7 minutes per side

8) once all done mix pasta and sauce together and serve alongside the chicken. Sprinkle with parm cheese!!

Enjoy!!