La Vie en Rose Boxyluxe, March 2019

OMG friends I have never been so excited for a box before! I literally got everything I wanted in this box with the exception of one hiccup I can forgive because everything else was so bomb! I have a lot to get through so I am gonna jump on in!

  • First look at this super adorable train case! It is the perfect size for travel and will be perfect for all my toiletries in my hospital bag! Giving birth in 2 weeks and this will be so cute!msrp: 20$
  • Up next we got a pair of limited edition faux mink Lilly Lashes! These will definitely be a favorite of mine and the band is so thin and light weight! MSRP: 24.99$
  • Next we received two face brushes from MODA. They are cruelty free and super soft! Perfect for dusting and blending powders! MSRP: 30$
  • Up next I got the Deborah Lippmann nail polish duo!! I already painted my nails with them. The colors are stunning and moody. So happy to have received these! MSRP: 20$
  • Then I received the Iconic London sculpt and boost eyebrow cushion. This eyebrow product does not budge or feather from testing on my hand. I can’t wait to try it on my brows. Hopefully it’s not too dark! MSRP: 40$
  • Next up is the Ultimate Lipstick Love by Becca in the shade Scarlet. I finally received a lipstick I will wear!!!! I hate getting nudes because they just don’t look great on me. But this bold red is right up my ally!! MSRP: 24$
  • We all received the Cover FX Perfector Face Palette. This looks absolutely amazing, my only hiccup is I got the medium-deep shade and it is so dark for me. Hopefully my mom or best friend got the light and can trade. Otherwise it’ll make a pretty eyeshadow palette. I’m staying positive lol MSRP: 45$
  • Next is the Morphe eyeshadow palette in the shades brunch babe!! I may be most excited for this because this is the exact palette I wanted. It is soooo stunning!! I love it!!MSRP: 16$
  • We got the It Cosmetics confidence in a cream moisturizer. This product will be going to my mom. I only use Arbonne skincare and feel it can’t be beat but this is a great value! MSRP: 48$
  • Last but not least we received a Wander Beauty Lift Off mask. MSRP: 34$ Again this will be going to my mom because I only use Arbonne skincare. If you are interested in Arbonne please email me and a link will be left below 💚

That’s it friends! Isn’t this an amazing haul! I seriously cannot believe how good it is!

Xoxo Erin

erintrevathan.arbonne.com

Makemommyup@gmail.com 💚

Hospital packing list baby #2!

Hello friends! I know I have written this before with my first baby but I wanted to write an updated one for the second time around. Keep in mind it is always a good idea to ask your doctor what you need to pack. My hospital is really awesome and provides almost everything needed, I’m sure yours does too. No need to over pack!

  • Alright so you obviously need a duffle bag or small suitcase to pack everything into! I use this one I have from Lucky Brand.
  • In my bag I have packed a cute plaid shirt to go home in. It is a maternity shirt that buttons. I wanted to make sure I had something that fit, made me feel put together, and was breastfeeding friendly. You probably won’t leave the hospital looking like you did before you ever got pregnant so plan for a pooch still.
  • Granny panties. Really you just need some full coverage, comfy panties that can hold large pads during recovery.
    I picked up this belly binder from amazon. Only 13$! This will help shrink your uterus and get your tummy back to its original size. As soon as I am in recovery I plan on putting this bad boy on!
    A comfy nursing bra that can be slept in. I found mine on amazon for so cheap!
    This time I packed some tall compression socks because last time my feet, ankles, and legs got soo swollen. It was very painful and looked horrendous. And hospitals are cold so better to be prepared lol.
  • I packed a set of pajamas that button up so I can be comfy in my own clothes after the IV’s come out and I get that first shower! Plus the buttons allow easy access for breastfeeding.
  • Lastly for myself I packed toiletries: toothbrush and toothpaste, shampoo and conditioner, hairbrush, skincare, light makeup, hair ties and my glasses.

Your hospital should provide giant pads, pain relief, ice packs, sitz bath, dermoplast, witch hazel pads… mine did, I literally didn’t need to bring anything, they even had mesh undies to wear. Some people hate them but I am all for not ruining anything of my own, use the hospitals! My hospital also fed me really well and the food was good so there was no need for bringing snacks!

For Baby:

  • I packed 2 outfits- one in newborn size and one 0-3m. Along with the outfits I packed matching bows. I know there will be lots of pictures!
  • I packed a swaddle for pictures and a thin muslin blanket for coming home.
  • Car seat

Other than clothes and a car seat you really have no need to pack other items. The hospital will have diapers, wipes, baby wash and lotion, anything you will need. And you get to bring all the extras home!

Extras:

  • Phone and phone charger
  • Camera
  • Donut pillow- giving birth makes it feel like your tail bone is broken. At least it did for me. I got a pillow specially for my poor bum.
  • Pillow- with your own unique case
  • Clothes for dad- if your husband or SO is anything like mine, make him pack his own bag! My husband over packs so much and it drives me crazy!

You can always keep some extras in your car if you really think you’ll need them.

Dry Brushing 101

I recently and finally got my hands on a dry brush. Sometimes I feel like I live in the middle of nowhere with people who know nothing… I know I know not very nice but I literally went in to so many beauty stores and not one single person knew what I was talking about when I asked for a dry brush so I finally ordered one from Ulta.com.

This is the particular one I purchased. It is ecotools and only 4.99$ There are so many great benefits to dry brushing!!

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I got this particular chart from pinterest, credit to Dr. Axe.
Dry brushing is great for you. It improves your lymphatic system. You should always brush towards your heart to help drainage of toxins from the body.
It improves circulation.
It can help to reduce cellulite!! ( Hello did you really need any other reason?? )
It reduces stress.
I am all about it and you should probably too!! give it a try friends!
Till next time,
xoxo Erin

July Hits and Misses

I know I say it every month and I will probably continue to say it but WHEH! This month flew by!! It seems like the older you get the quicker the time flies by. So I do not have near as much as last month. In June I had purchased lots of products and tested them out. This month I have a few but not near as many. Okay so let’s jump in!Screen Shot 2017-08-02 at 9.38.31 AM

  1. Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask- Lately my lips have been getting so chapped between the heat and the excessive testing of lip products. This is the one product that is truly amazing! I put it on at night and my lips are super moisturized and healed in the morning. This is a must have product for me!
  2. Mont Bleu Nail tools- I was able to test these products out recently and they are truly amazing and stunning. Studded in swarovski crystals they are beautiful to look at and have made a big difference in my nail routine!
  3. Colourpop Fem Rosa collection- OMG colourpop has done it again. Super affordable and beautiful color pay off. The lips are fantastic and the eyeshadows are a creamy dream.
  4. Garnier SkinActive Clean+ Pore Purifying 2-in-1 Clay Cleanser/mask- Last month I told you about a facial cleanser that I didn’t like at all, well this month I found one that I actually enjoy. I love that it doubles as a mask and it keeps my skin really clear.
  5. Munchkin weighted straw sippy cup- Okay so I threw one in for my moms out there. I haven’t added a baby one in a while because well I hadn’t had anything new to try out besides food. But these sippy cups are awesome! Because of the straw and the way everything attaches there are no leaks!!

For the misses this month I only have 2.

  1. Take and Toss sippy cups- These bad boys work… but they leak so badly!! Only put water in them if you decide to use them.
  2. E.L.F. toner- This toner was nothing special.. didn’t really do much for my skin so I don’t think it would be a repurchase.

That’s it for this month! Let me know what you loved and didn’t in the comments so I can try some new things out!!!

xoxo Erin

DIY Stretchmark Remover: Final Thoughts

Okay I gave the homemade stretch mark remover a fair try and here are my final thoughts. If you are new and aren’t sure what I am talking about I will leave the link to my original post HERE.

Overall the cream I made helped but didn’t remove the marks 100%. It made an amazing, yummy chocolate smelling moisturizer. It really deeply moisturized without leaving my skin feeling sticky or tacky. It did smooth out my skin and make the stretch marks less deep but it wasn’t perfect. But realistically I didn’t expect something to be perfect in just 45 days. IMG_1296

As always loves if you have some crazy DIY’s let me know so I can try them out!!!

xoxo Erin

DIY Stretch Mark Remover!!

That is right my friends I am out to find the best DIY stretch mark remover. Sorry this did not go up yesterday, I thought I had it scheduled. Anyways… I have done some research and I have come up with some DIY natural stretch mark removers. Now of course you can go buy a product that is supposed to remove them but why not spend way less and make your own?!

I am trying out 2 of them at a time. I was going to attempt 4 but it got really messy, literally, and complicated. So I will try 2 of these for 45 days and then try another 2 if these don’t work. I started this new challenge on May 17 and if nothing else I have created the best body cream! The first two I am trying out is Vitamin E and Cocoa butter.

For the vitamin E I simply bought a bottle of Vit. E capsules and I open one capsule nightly and message it into my skin. I know for a fact that Vit. E works on scars because I have used it before to remove fresh scars but I am testing it out on the stretch marks now. The only down fall is that it is pretty sticky. Definitely have to wash your hands after messaging it in and hopefully you aren’t trying to do anything after applying!

Now for the cocoa butter I purchased Raw Cocoa Butter 100% Pure 8oz from amazon. I couldn’t find it in stores in a larger quantity than 1oz in any stores. I then melted it over a double boiler, added just a touch of coconut oil and added a bit of jojoba oil. I poured the mixture into a glass jar and I slather it on every night. OMG it smells amazing and makes my skin feel so fabulous. It makes your skin super soft and not sticky at all.

A double boiler is really the way to go. I attempted the microwave and it doesn’t work.

So far I have not noticed a huge difference but tomorrow marks one week. I have a ways to go to meet the 45 days! Also I did not pull that number out of thin air, the cocoa butter information said 45 days so that is what I am going to give each DIY that I try. So basically 6 weeks.

Alright guys I hope you enjoyed! Try this out with me and let me know what you think or wait and see how this ends up working out for me. Let me know in the comments if you have your own DIY or product that removes stretch marks!!

xoxo Erin