Push 'til the end

 

It's nearing the end of the school year, which means I'm desperately trying to push until that very last day of school.  Preschool graduation, end of year parties, teacher appreciations, papers to be signed, money to be sent in, room mom duties, emails needing to go out, blogging duties, the list goes on and on.  Our dance recital is also in sight, which means lots of extra practices (every day this week so far) to get those turns and leaps just right.  Let's not forget laundry, cleaning, grocery shopping, planning a baby shower for a friend, school drop offs and pick ups....does anyone else feel like they are ALWAYS in the car?  I have heard Bruno Mars and Ed Sheeran on the radio about a million times just this week. 

I love all of it, and wouldn't change a thing, but man, sometimes I feel like the only time I am sitting down is when I'm in the car.  (Or blogging, which still sometimes feels like a lot of work!) 

I'm quite exhausted, so sweats it is.  I'm headed to get popsicles for my son's party on Friday, and to figure out who's gonna get the pizza there by 11:15...

Tank

Knit joggers

Similar leather jacket

Converse

Ear cuff

 

Blushing

 

I generally am not a fan of pink, but every now and then I'll buy something that catches my eye if it's in a subtle pink hue.  I found this adorable tulle skirt at h&m the other day and thought it was so fun and different.  I think we all need to step out of our normal comfort zone sometimes, myself included!  This pleated skirt will be so cute for spring and summer.  It can be topped over a swimsuit, black shorts or denim shorts, and can definitely be dressed up or down! 

 

Honestly West x Boho Queen Jewelry

 

I am so excited to wear this silver necklace from Boho Queen Jewelry!  It arrived today, and I think the universe knew I needed a little pick me up.  The timing couldn't have been more perfect!  It reminds me of Dylanlex, which I have always adored...if you haven't heard of the brand, check it out here!  It's fun to drool over even though it's way out of my budget.

Snag yourself this 'Autumn' necklace, or something else amazingly bohemian and use the code 'BohoQueen' to receive 20% off!  Happy shopping, ladies!!

-Thank you to Boho Queen Jewelry for collaborating on this post-

 

Skincare and a fresh face

 

I quickly touched on my primer and foundation that I've been using the other day, but I wanted to go over what else I have been using on my face!  I have been REALLY into skincare and makeup lately.  Testing different brands at all price points, and then waiting to see if I get results....it's all kind of exciting and the more I try things the more I like them.  The biggest part of all this?  Other people are starting to notice.  People continue to tell me my face looks bright and dewy.  I am excited that other people are noticing the change as well!

I feel like the key to looking fresh and young (other than great brows!!!) is a fresh, dewy face.  Most moms I know are tired and run down, but you don't want to LOOK tired and run down. Here is exactly what I have been using to achieve a brighter, more radiant face!!

1.  Beauty counter charcoal bar.  I use this religiously every single night before I go to bed.  I lather this up really well before applying it to my face.  I usually let it sit on there for a few minutes before I rinse it off.  I figure the longer, the better, and it seems to be serving me well.

2.  I've also been using a charcoal mask twice a week.  This is a MUST HAVE and clears out all the nasty stuff including oil and dirt that are in your skin.  My face always feels radiant and squeaky clean after I wash this off.  Again, the longer you leave this on the better.  I usually leave it on for about 20 minutes.  I have tried 2 charcoal masks and recommend both!  It really just depends of what you want and your price point.  I have sampled the beauty counter mask and it is amazing, but honestly, slightly out of my budget.  Luckily Mary Kay swooped in and saved the day!  They JUST released their own charcoal mask and it seems to be doing the trick just as well.  I highly recommend both brands though!  Beauty counter mask ($48) and Mary Kay mask ($32). Side note:  I can't seem to find the MK mask online but if you have a beauty consultant, they should be able to get it for you.  I already have a tube at home so I know that the product has launched! 

3.  Mary Kay luminous foundation.  I wear the color Ivory 7.  This stuff is the best and at a really good price point!

4.  Nyx born to glow liquid illuminator in 'sunbeam.' This is SUCH A GREAT highlighter.  Put a little on your cheeks and down the bridge of your nose, or add a drop to your foundation for an all over radiant look.  Bonus:  THIS STUFF IS $7.50!! 

 

Makeover Mondays...

 

I've been kicking around this idea with a few friends for a while now, and I think it's finally time I take this idea and run with it!  I've decided to do a few installments of "Makeover Monday" here on the blog.  This will entail the following:  I take you shopping and help you pick out an item or two (based on your set budget), and we will cover some beauty pointers and do our makeup together.  This will also include some before and after pictures, and you will be featured here on Honestly West!  I'm looking for local friends who want to volunteer to be a makeover candidate!  Please comment and let me know if you'd like to join me on this fun little project!  It will be so much fun!