Archive | Beauty & Makeup RSS feed for this section

5.21.13

21 Jun

The day my life forever changed.

On May 20th, I went to my Doctor’s appointment so that they could check to see if I had any progress on going into labor. At almost 41 weeks, they decided that I should go to the hospital and possibly be ready to give birth. At about 2 p.m I arrived to the hospital, bags packed and all, and after many routine checks and being probed, they admitted me due to low amniotic fluid. It was during that time, I was told that It looked like I may be having a 7 lb baby (although the nurse gave me the side eye when I told her that was what the doctor said.)

I wasn’t showing any signs of labor (no dilation and barely any effacement) so they decided to induce my labor. After I was stuck about 8 times because they couldn’t find my veins to being so swollen, the process began. The contractions started coming on but I pulled through. It was nice to have my mother and husband both there to support me through this whole process. It was in the very late evening, my mom convinced me to get an epidural. After all of the contractions and hours had passed, there were still no signs. They gave me oxygen because I was having trouble breathing through the whole process which was the Best part to me! I felt so free! As time passed, they noticed that during some contractions, the baby’s heart rate would drop but they kept a close eye on the baby. My doctor came in and she was really concerned that I still hadn’t shown any signs of giving birth. She brought up the infamous “C” word, but said she still wanted to see what my body could do and she wasn’t ready to give up on a natural birth just yet.

Well during the waiting period, My husband had the bright idea to run home and take a shower and pick up some things. I didn’t think it was a good idea, but he insisted. The way things were going, I didn’t know what to expect, so I wanted him close by. Well shortly after he left, they came in, and said we are taking the baby via C section. My mom called him, and he rushed back to the hospital. It appeared after 23 hours, Baby Jones wasn’t dropping, wasn’t showing any progress, and it was hurting him more the longer I was in labor.

So my husband arrived (he got there super fast) and bolted into the room. The nurses were scared when they saw him running because they didn’t know WHAT was going on. I think he just wanted to make sure he was there and didn’t miss anything.

After all was said and done, at 5:28 p.m., my handsome Christian was born weighing 9 lbs and 1 oz!

Shortly after he was born...

Shortly after he was born…

When they said how much he weighed, I thought I would pass out! No wonder I was having such a hard time delivering. I was literally “all baby”!

Today, I celebrate my son. He is momma’s little man and perfect for me in every single way. I can’t believe he is already 1 month old!

One Month Today!

One Month Today!

 

It has been so wonderful to see how God has blessed my family, and to watch him change and grow each and every day. I love seeing myself and his father in his personality, features, etc. I can’t wait to watch him grow and to see all that God has in store for him. Here’s to you little man!

Until Next Time, Much Love,

MRS. SPJ

P.S.- I know I haven’t posted as I normally do, but you can still keep up with me via Instagram and Twitter.

Great Finds

24 Sep

Hey Good People!

I’ve been busy traveling a little here and there and it’s been a bit crazy but we’ve had a little fun in between!

My husband and I traveled to see his best friend get married! Wasn’t she a beautiful bride?

I finally had the chance to wear my MUST HAVE dress from Banana Republic! When I first saw the dress in the window, I KNEW, I had to have it! My husband has a Banana Republic Card, and due to that he gets a lot of great savings! I think after all of the savings the dress only cost about 70 bucks!!!! It’s such a great quality dress and what can I say, I love it! Having a Banana Republic card TRULY pays off!


I thought a purple gold smokey eye would be perfect for the event! I was super psyched a few weeks ago to find a fabulous lip color that I just had to have! It was from Kiss New York, and a found it in a hair store for about 3 bucks!!!! It really made my total look pop!

Kiss “Magenta” Lipstick

This was after the event, so excuse me if I look kind of tired in the picture! I just had to show you how great this lip color is! I will be going back to try out even more!

On Sunday, the hubby and I walked around the Galleria in Dallas, TX. We really didn’t purchase anything, but I did get to try out Bath & Body Work’s Fabulous  Lip Gloss from C.O. Bigelow! I love their  Mentha Shimmer Tint in Pearl Mint! It gives a pretty gloss and it was only 7.50!!! Right now, Bath & Body Works has the buy 2 get one free, so I purchased one chapstick (for men) for my husband, and also received the Rose Salve by C.O. Bigelow. I find that it works great on elbows, and lips if need be (I know, weird combo!)

Well that is it for now friends!

It has been such a lovely weekend, but now I’m battling a cold (NO FUN)!

I hope you all are doing well and get to try out some of the great finds in this post!!

Until Next Time, Much Love,

Mrs. SPJ 🙂

Freak Organizer

13 Sep

So you may remember when I decided to use a Sephora Inspired Brush Holder in my bathroom awhile ago! I have been using it since, but notice that my makeup collection is truly growing and it seems to be unorganized…

This is complete madness for me. I was doing really well with my organizing capabilities until I realized My collection was outgrowing my cute little organizer, so something had to be done! It shouldn’t take more than a few seconds to find what I need, but this clutter and complete mess has made things that way. However, don’t worry, I always have something up my sleeve. I went to the container store, looking for storage. The only problem was, I really didn’t want to spend a lot of money on something that would be serving only for storage purposes. I looked in the cosmetic storage section, and while the items were cute, I just didn’t want to spend the funds, nor have pre set sections (i know, werido)

So I found these cute little plastic containers from The container store and purchased them in 4 different sizes!

They ranged in price from 1.99 to 4.99! I then went to Michaels and purchased some cute sparkly black felt. I didn’t even have to cut it because it fit the container perfectly!

 

I decided to cut the Black Felt to fit the sizes of the other 3 containers I had. I decided that the containers would separate my makeup by : Eye Shadow, Face Products (Foundations, blushes, etc), Lipsticks and Glosses ,and Mascara & Liners! All the clutter ended up being organized like this:

ORGANIZED!

It fits perfectly in my bathroom drawers and even looks cute from the side (Not that it matters!)
I find it very easy to now access the products I need and I still have room to add more products even though it may look pretty full!!

So if you need to organize your makeup in a cute style, and don’t want to spend more than 20 bucks (16 actually), this can make it happen! All you need is:

Craft Felt (Optional)
Stacking Organizer Trays (The size of your choice)

and about 10 minutes! Cool thing is, I now don’t have my makeup everywhere, and I know how to get to it all!The cool thing about the felt is if something spills on it I can replace it! Felt doesn’t cost more than .99 cents (and that’s for the heavier kind) ! I hope this helps you as much as it has helped me!!!
Your welcome 🙂

Until Next Time, Much Love,

Mrs. SPJ 🙂

Friday Favs: Sephora!

17 Aug

So I must be honest..

I’ve been keeping things from you..

But not too much! I’ve just been obsessing over some really great finds lately and of course involving makeup! I wanted to share with you some of my Favorites!

For instance, I love Tia & Tamera and their show!

While watching it, I always find myself staring at their makeup, trying to figure out how to copy their magnificent looks!I love how they always have an amazing style and beautiful makeup to go with it!

After visiting my favorite makeup store, (sephora of course), I was given quite a few tips on how to create my own fabulous looks and found some pretty amazing products!

My favorite Palette right now is Sephora’s Primal Instincts EyeShadow Palette!

Sephora’s Primal Instincts

This palette includes 14 BEAUTIFUL colors that are great for everyday looks and nighttime fun! I’ve only had it for a few days and look what lovely looks I created:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Also, I have to give a shout-out to those lovely ladies at Sephora here in Little Rock, AR! We have two stores and the service at BOTH is outstanding! I love the makeup artists, and just recently I was upset because I thought I had lost two cream liners I had purchased from the store. As it turns out, it wasn’t put in the bag, and the ladies at Sephora tracked me down in the mall almost 3 weeks later, to let me know they held them for me. (That is what I call service!)

I love those liners and have used them as well! They are great for a smokey eye and you can find them in your closest Sephora Store! They are Waterproof Smoky Cream Liners and they are only 12 bucks!

Sephora Rocks my socks off right now! (well, technically they always have:)

I’ve also been obsessing over the Diorshow Maximizer Lash Plumping Serum! I’ve always aimed to have long full lashes, and I believe this Lash Primer does the trick! It not only creates a base for my mascara, but it also helps to condition my lashes in the process! It is a bit on the pricey side ($28.00) but worth every penny! I have noticed a difference in the way my lashes look with Mascara! The cool thing is it works with any mascara too!

Just check out the difference!

Before- Jan 2012

After – Dior Primer! August 2012

I think my lashes have grown as well with Hairfinity, but the Dior does make a difference!

I’m such a makeup addict, I know! But I get really excited to share with you all these great things as well! I hope you enjoy these things as much as I do! I’m just an east coast girl who enjoys the simple things in life! Why not look fabulous while doing that?

Until Next Time, Much Love,

Mrs. SPJ 🙂

I hope you go into your local Sephora and try all of these amazing products out! Also, just to show you, that palette really looks as incredible as the picture on the website:

 

W.O.W. Post- And Another One!

15 Aug

This past Monday, I had a little pity party at work.
You know how it is, you go on vacation, eat great food, don’t work out (at least I didn’t) and the scale moves and you want to throw it through the window!
(Don’t worry I didn’t!)

Well after talking to my co workers, it seems they were having some of the same issues that people typically have when they are trying to lose weight and be healthy…

“I’m tired”
“I’m not motivated”
“Nothing Works”
“I have to get my eating together”
“I don’t have time”
“I have children to take care of”

Trust me…. I know.. There are so many reasons (excuses my hubby would say)
that it may be a bit difficult to workout, but what we have to do is find a reason TO workout and stick to it. You know?

With all of the discussions, we have decided to have a 90 day challenge.

There are 4 of us, and for the next 90 days we have committed to:

-Workout at least 3 times a week
(for me I’m going to aim for 4)
-Drink at least 64 oz of water a day
-Stay within our eating range -weight watchers,caloric intake, etc.
(for me I am going to eat no more than 1700 calories a day)
-Monday Meetings- to check progress

It may not seem like a lot, but this is a small step in the right direction and it will help to keep each other motivated. We have a big fat piggy bank that we are  all trying to win for the person with the most stars!

Yes we have a star chart like we are in elementary school (Thanks Mel!)

Snapshot of the Chart

This chart is really massive and has everyone’s name on it as well as the goals, and measurements, weight loss, and blood pressure!

90 Day Challenge Chart

We all have our individual personal goals that we are trying to achieve, but I think us working together will help us even more! I also believe that by working together, that we can start developing our own great personal habits! I’m really into fitness, it is the food thing I’m trying to get down pat, and I know with time it will!

So what are your goals? How is your weight loss going? Do you have any suggestions? I’m open to hear it and I would love too!

Until Next Time Much Love,

Mrs. SPJ

P.S.- I’m feeling fabulous and summery today!

Top-Target Skirt- Old Navy Shoes- Clarks (so comfy and cute!)

Also, I got to try out some of the Concrete Mineral Eye Shadows!
I love this stuff!

Concrete Minerals “Kinky” and “Rocked”

 

 

 

Fabulous Hair!

24 Jul

Hey Friends!

I must tell you,  I’m enjoying this Hair Journey I’ve been on lately.
I’ve been taking Hairfinity for close to 5 1/2 months and loving the progress! I know you guys hear me talk about it often, but I get so many emails, questions, etc in regards to my hair, I figured the best way to keep you updated was to make post from time to time about my hair. So currently this is where I’m at with my hair:

Before Hairfinity

5 months w/ Hairfinity

As you can see, it’s much shinier, healthier, and it’s getting to the length I’ve been longing for!

I continue to use the Essentious Products and keep various oils within my reach! My favorite are Argan Oil, Jojoba Oil, and Coconut Oil. I use the coconut oil the most, but use the others when I want to change it up from time to time!

My hair stylist encouraged me to get layers the last time I went, but the idea of cutting my hair was quite frightening (especially since I’m trying to grow it out!) After thinking about it, I realized she wanted me to get layers to give my hair a little bit more body, but keep my length. So it was a bit longer but I got a few layers and she made it quite even. Whatcha think?

 

For those of you who follow me on Instagram, you saw it first!

Instagram @MrsSpj

My husband tried to be funny once and say, well of course your hair is going to grow after 5 1/2 months. NO. He is Incorrect. The year before when I first cut my hair, I cut it very short.

April 2011

Compare that to when I started Hairfinity in January. I cut my hair only twice between this time and they were very small trimmings. If you compare this picture to when I started Hairfinity In January, you can see the difference that Hairfinity has made in my hair growth journey!

I’m just truly grateful and will continue to do what I can to take care of my hair and keep it healthy! I’m currently working on getting some protective styles to help it grow longer in the fall. I currently have not been taking hairfinity for the last few weeks due to running out but please believe there is another set of pills on the way! In the meantime, I’m keeping myself and my hair Healthy!!! I think the auto send program with Hairfinity is the best, because if you forget (like i did), the company doesn’t,and your Hair Vitamins are still on the way!!!

Just something to keep in mind!!!

I will continue to update you guys periodically from time to time on my Hair Journey! If you want to follow my journey along with receiving my hair and beauty tips, please do not hesitate to like MrsSPJ on facebook!!!!

Until Next Time, Mrs SPJ 🙂

Ny & Co Fabulous Look

23 Jul

Hey Friends!

I know, I know, It’s Monday! How Exciting!
(Insert Sarcasm here)

I got to do some shopping in one of my favorite stores, New York & Company!!!
When I first tried on this dress, my best friend said that it did nothing for me, and it hid my curves…

I agreed, but didn’t want to give up hope yet… So I put my brain and inner fashionista to work.

I purchased this Fabulous wide belt from New York & Company also for about 5 bucks when they were having one of those amazing sales that I’m always talking about. Now ladies, if you have curves, but are scared of dresses, DON’T BE! Belts are your friend! They help define curves and your shape, when a dress does not. Check me out now!

 

I love how the outfit looked all put together! NY & Co Belt, Dress, and YES even earrings! I love these earrings! They are flat silver round earrings that I happen to have in both silver and gold! I think they just help the outfit stand out! My total outfit minus the shoes, and necklace, totaled 32 bucks!!! The dress wasn’t even 18 dollars after the sale!You can’t beat that! Although I bought the items at different times, they went together perfectly! To top it all off, I decided to wear the new shoes my hubby got me from Dillards. They were $49.99 on sale. Whatcha think?

I love the style of them and the different textures and it just overall fit with my whole outfit!

It’s all about how you shop! You have to find places that work for you, and items that work for you. You also have to know not only where to shop, but when! I just went this weekend, and purchased two amazing pair of jeans for 60 bucks! They always have great prices and very cute items! Someone once told me, that they were expensive, and I think I  gave them the side eye. They have great deals, if you know how to shop! My fav store, NY & Co was having buy one get one 75% off! They are still having the sale, and it didn’t hurt that I had an amazing coupon to go along with it! I think It was 50 off of 100 dollar purchase! One reason, I love being a rewards card member!!!

Also along with my outfit, I decided to rock a bit of a golden smoky look.. I think it turned out pretty good? Whatcha think?

I decided to use my Concrete Minerals  shadow! I am now a rep for the company, so let me know if you are interested in purchasing any products! I have them featured right here on my blog site!

Well that’s it for now friends! I just wanted to share with you some great deals and a fabulous look for less!
Do you have a store that helps you stay fabulous looking? Tell me all about it!!

Until Next Time, Mrs. SPJ

 

P.S. – I do not get paid by NY & Co, I just love them that much! My whole closet is practically filled with their clothing!

 

 

%d bloggers like this: