While desperately trying to find shirts that would cover the bump, I came across this fuzzy tie dye hoodie on Amazon. I’ve had pretty good luck ordering clothes from Amazon. I decided to buy it, and I am so glad I did.
When I took the hoodie out of the package to try on, I didn’t want to take it back off. This is one of the few things that as soon as I’ve gotten it, I’ve ordered another one in a different color. The colors are vivid, and the material is SO SOFT. It’s a nice weight, too: not too heavy where I’ll die from sweat, but not too light where I’ll freeze my butt off. I got the XXL to accommodate a growing bump and to have a nice oversized look when I’m no longer pregnant. This purchase was definitely worth the $15.99 I spent on it.
Update: bought a second one, love it as much as the first. They survived the first wash perfectly; I ran them on the delicates cycle and air dried.
Lipsense Citrus Grove Gloss has been a lifesaver. There is nothing quite like being pregnant in a northeast winter to cause horribly dry lips. I love the Lipsense glosses since they are *actually* hydrating, unlike Chapstick.
I’ve found myself using the Citrus Grove one the most on days when I’m not wearing Lipsense lip color. It reminds me a lot of the fruity flavored glosses from the early 2000’s, just not disgustingly sticky.
Citrus Grove has just a hint of an orange shimmer, but it makes my poor dry lips feel ten times better as soon as I put it on. Unfortunately, it is a limited edition gloss, so I may cry when it’s no longer available.
Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Matte in Violet Volt, which can be found here, is a bluish purple with a hint of sparkle, that goes on shiny but dries to a matte finish. It’s pretty much the same quality as Show Steel-er , but I think it does dry slightly faster.
For my eyes, I first lined the bottom with Maybelline TattooStudio Waterproof Eyeliner in Rich Amethyst. Then, I used Senegence Shadowsense in Slate and Lapis Glitter on my lids. I did one coat of Slate, then 2 coats of Lapis Glitter, then used Slate as an eyeliner on top of the color combo.
My hair was getting to be pretty long. It looked really nice, but I’ve got two grabby toddlers, another baby on the way, and it’s the dead of winter, so the long hair had to go for now. The last haircut I got was in I think May 2019, and with everything going on, I couldn’t exactly just run to Supercuts for a chop. So, I scoured Pinterest for “cutting your own hair” pins, and worked up the courage to break out my scissors.
The supposedly super easy and effective method I kept seeing was to put your hair in two pony tails, pull the pony tail holders down to the desired length, chop, and then put your hair in a low pony tail in the back and cut off the end of it. Well, it sort of worked. I was able to chop off some length using the two ponytails, but you clearly need a much higher dexterity score than mine to be able to cut off hair behind your head. Plus, cutting your hair in a ponytail in back doesn’t exactly make it even. My husband had to help me.
Overall, it was a successful haircut. There’s no fancy layers or anything, but I was mostly concerned with just getting it to a more manageable length for now. I think next time I attempt this, I’ll try a different method. And I’ll make sure to do it when there’s someone around to help me.
In case you’ve been living under a rock, or your circle of Facebook friends aren’t into nail polish, Color Street makes 100% real nail polish strips that are currently all the rage. They’re advertised as being super convenient and long lasting, and come in solids, French manicures, glitter, and various designs. Sets of strips are priced at anywhere from $10 to $14. Color Street has become hugely popular, at least on Facebook and Pinterest, but is it really worth it?
The application process is pretty straightforward. First, clean your nails with the “prep pad”, aka rubbing alcohol, select the strip that fits your nail best, and then slap it on there. Make sure to smooth it down and peel off any excess there might be on the sides, before carefully tearing off the end of the strip and briefly filing the tip of your nail. There’s no dry time, which is nice, and the strips come in a variety of sizes to fit your nails or in case you mess one up.
However, the big problem is, that you only get enough strips to do one manicure. According to Pinterest, if your nails are short enough, you can use one strip for two nails and get two manicures out of one package. This takes far more skill and patience than I have.
To save your leftover strips to use in the future, you have to make sure you reseal the package well, otherwise the strips will dry out.
Color Street does have some really neat patterns.
The strips are supposed to last for up to 10 days. So far, I’ve gotten about 5 days out of them, but I do have twin toddlers, so my days are a constant stream of hand washing, diaper changes, and general cleaning and picking stuff up. If you’re not as hard on your nails, then the strips would probably last much longer.
Removal is very easy; use regular nail polish remover like you would with normal nail polish.
So, with its pros and cons, is Color Street really all it’s cracked up to be? Well, it depends. If you are looking for a cost effective alternative to going to the salon, then yes. If you want something for a special occasion, then probably. If you just want a convenient way to regularly do your nails at home and have always just done your nails yourself, then no. Buy Sally Hansen Miracle Gel and some nail stickers instead. It will initially cost more than a pack of Color Street, but you’ll get way more manicures out of it.