The Battle Continues…the Gym or the Couch?

If only all my dilemma’s/issues could only be so difficult…

Tuesday 6/29:

Me: cranking out work at my desk, counting the hours ’till I go home.  My phone rings…

JP (my husband): going to my parents house with the baby

This is always an emotional double-edge for me.  The one thing that makes my day every day is going home to the smiling face of my baby.  On the other hand, an evening to myself is far and few between. 

Tuesday nights are usually a gym night but last night I was planning on staying home because, well, I just wanted to spend some time with my baby.  Upon my husbands call, though, I immediately thought ‘bootcamp at 7, Pilates at 8’.  And then I really started to think…the DVR is filling up quick, my pile of unread Parenting and Glamour magazines is overflowing, and when was the last time I just sat? 

Oh the torture…should I do my body good and get some exercise, or should I relax?  I had a donut at work and felt guilty about not hitting the gym, especially knowing it wouldn’t be taking me away from my baby.  And for me, the gym is relaxing because it takes my mind off of whatever is bothering me and I get all that stress out of my body.  However, the thought of just sitting on the couch and doing nothing sounded so good I wanted to fake a reason to leave work early.

What mom hasn’t been here before?  It doesn’t have to be the gym/couch tug ‘o war, but I think at some point every mom is faced with the choice of relax and put the feet up or do something more productive.  Perfect example – lately, on Saturday’s when the baby naps, I do small chores around the house instead of relax.  Things need to get done whether I like it or not (I’ve prayed to the chore fairy and she has yet to show up).  Maybe that’s what drove my decision to…

SIT ON THE COUCH AND CATCH UP ON THE DVR!!  Yep, you probably saw that one coming.  And you know what?  I don’t regret it.  When my husband and baby walked in the door at 8 I felt recharged and refreshed.  Of course that lasted exactly 5 minutes…

C’mon moms – tell me about the last time you had a choice between relaxation and productivity?  Was it worth it?


Holla for Holo!

It caught the corner of my eye and I was mesmerized by the bottle alone – absolutely beautiful.  So pretty, I’m tempted to leave it on my desk at work.  On Friday I picked up a bottle of Milani “Hi-Res” from their 3-D Holographic collection and have been dying to glam-up my nails ever since. 

First, I kept staring at my nails all morning thinking ‘I’ve seen this before, I’ve seen this before’ and then it hit me – if you took Mira Sorvino’s dress in the reunion scene of “Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion” and liquified it, this would be a purple version.  It’s a gorgeous, umm, holographic purple that comes to life when light hits.

It is a light violet with 2 coats and the micro-glitter/dust in it is a smooth finish even without topcoat.  There is no visible nail with 2 coats – this is pure color and sparkle.  The shade remains purple, but when light hits the nails at different angles the glitter comes to life – it reminds me of those stickers you used to get out of a machine for a quarter in the food store.  As for application, the color went on smooth and was not clumpy at all.

I was afraid it would be a bit child-like for work, but it’s very subtle considering all the glitter flecks (your nail really is covered).  I took pics both outside in the sun and inside under lights and just could not get the camera to catch the true beauty of this shade, but I’m also wondering if my top coat has something to do with it (I used Sally Hansen No Chip Acrylic Top Coat).  Although the polish dries shiny on its own, the top coat really amps up the shine/sparkle factor here (it also makes any drop of light super reflective).  I have two pics for you – one outside in the sunlight and one inside. 

Overall I am in love with this.  I find I keep looking down at my nails and wiggling them to see the glitter change color.  The smooth application and lack of grit (common in glitters) only add to my love. 

Let me know what you think!

I purchased my bottle of Milani Hi-Res at CVS.  You can also check out the Milani site for other goodies and where to purchase:



Can you Take It Easy – I’m Trying to Tweeze, Apply, and Polish

Yesterday we piled into the car – me, my husband, baby, mom, dad – oh, and my makeup case – to head out to Pennsylvania for a BBQ at my aunt’s house.  I put my makeup on, plucked my eyebrows, and touched up my nail polish in the car (and no, I wasnt driving, my dear husband was). 

This isn’t the first time since becoming a mom that I have performed my makeup routine en route to an event.  Gone are the days when I could wake up and take my leisurely time to get ready.  Sitting in my shower is a tub of body scrub I bought a few weeks before my son was born and I think I’ve used twice since and I’m lucky if I can shave my legs and throw some lotion on (in steps LUSH King of Skin – great moisturizer, not greasy, sinks in well, and leaves me super soft in a fraction of th time it takes to cover myself in lotion).   Point is, getting ready just isn’t as easy as it was 10 months ago.  But I refuse to show up at a party looking like I just rolled out of bed.  So I prioritize.  I can’t blow dry and straighten my hair in the car, but I can do my makeup.  And while I wouldn’t recommend painting  your nails Viva Pink in a moving car while wearing white pants, I just couldn’t show up with my nails as chipped up as they were.  So with much effort and care, I looked a bit better and I managed to keep my white pants polish free. 

I wonder what measures other mothers go through to look great when pressed for time?  I also wonder if its moments like the ones above – flying down Rt 80 trying to not stab my eye out with tweezers – that make me a nut.  Wouldnt is just be easier to go au naturale?  It probably would’ve made the first half hour of the trip a lot more pleasant for me (and the rest of the clan considering they had to listen to me while I attempted all this).  But I can honestly say I wouldn’t have felt like myself.

Mad for Mad As A Hatter

O.P.I Mad As A Hatter.  If you’re a lacquer-saavy chick you know exactly what I’m talking about.  It is a highly coveted bottle of polish and one I have been dying to get my sparkle starved fingers on.  I was a bit late on this one (thanks to the craziness that was adjusting to life as a working mom) and have been searching high and low.  I’ve called salons – about 20 in my area, considered bidding on eBay, and almost purchased it for $17.99 on Amazon (and that didn’t include shipping).  But considering financial times are rough, there was just no justifying this.  And then, I don’t know why I didn’t think of this before… – a beauty junkies best source.  I checked out their swap board and lo and behold a bunch of bottles up for swap.  I wasnt too hopeful, though, as I really don’t have anything I wanted to swap.  Let the insanity begin… 

I messaged a member who had a bottle up for grabs and offered to buy something of her choice to swap as long as it was comparable in price.  I know, I know – I went and purchased a brand new product for a used bottle of polish.  But this swapper had good reviews and had swapped polishes before so I was confident she meant it when she said she used it once.  So you would think I’d be the happiest camper – all I have to do is go out and buy the product, ship it, and I get my much coveted bottle of sparkle.

This is where the insanity goes from ‘Jen, your crazy’ to ‘are you flipping kidding me Jen’.  The item I needed to get was a MAC eyeshadow pan refill…seemingly easy.  Except they are only sold in MAC stores, not department stores with a MAC counter.  So the only mall near me with a MAC store is close to my home, not so close to work (see note below as to why this matters).  So I set out on my lunch yesterday and actually thought I could travel 20 miles to the mall, navigate through the mall to the store, and travel 20 miles back to work.  I was delusional – blinded by the glitter of Mad As A Hatter. 

Needless to say it took an hour and half, a lot of gas, and running a few tolls on the GSP to accomplish this mission.  I was exhausted when I got back to work and daydreamed of my pillow.  BUT!  I got the eyeshadow and will be going on my lunch today to the UPS store (luckily right down the road) to ship it out.  So hopefully in about a week I should have my bottle of glitter. 

I will update once I receive my bottle and will post some pics!  I’ll even include a shot of the Franken polish for comparison. 

And your probably wondering why I went through all this for one bottle of polish.  Well its simple.  I sit at a desk crunching numbers all day in my cube of 4 gray walls.  When I look down and see my pretty little lacquered fingers, it makes me feel better and puts a smile on my face.  When I’m driving in bumper to bumper traffic down Rt. 17 and the sun catches the sparkle or shimmer of my nails, it makes me smile.  And probably the best part – my son is fascinated by my shiny nails.  He can spend 10 minutes just looking at them and playing with my fingers (try getting a 9 month old to sit still for 10 minutes and you’ll see the real beauty).  Wait till he sees the sparkle of Mad As A Hatter…

Note – the reason proximity to my job matters is because I love my family and refuse to let my obsession keep me from them.  After I pick up my son from daycare I don’t want to drag him around looking for a bottle of polish or a certain blush color – it’s just not fair to him.  On nights when my husband is home (which isn’t many), I don’t want to spend my time running around like a nut – I’d rather be home with him and our son.  Therefore, unless it is completely impossible, I try to limit my insanity to my lunch hour.

Hello world!

Welcome to my blog! 

I’ve gone back and forth for a while about starting one because a. there seems to be an infinite number already and b. what would I talk about that isn’t already talked about?

So I figure a. if everyone else can have one, I can have one too and b. I’ll talk about anything I want and hopefully people will just love me.

But I get the feeling I’ll spend most days ranting about my adventures in beauty land.  And I’ll tell you why…

I really am just an ordinary girl – I’m a wife (married 3 years in September), a new mom (October 2009), and a worker bee (financial analyst by day, group fitness instructor/personal trainer by night).  My life is not perfect and pretty – I have my own financial woes, I’m adjusting to life as a mom (still), and most days I am just trying to survive.

What I try to do each day is be true to myself – Jen – the girl I was before I was a wife and mom.  I’ve always been a girl who loves makeup, manicures, pedicures, and anything else beauty related.  So when life is crazy and I just want to run out the door, I find something makeup/nail/hair/skin related to muse/obsess over… 

A few months ago I was craving eyeshadow of all sorts.  A few weeks ago, face masks.  This week?  Nail polish.  And you know what I really think it is?  There was a time when I used to be able to go out and buy pretty much whatever I wanted (pre-marriage, pre-baby) and now?  Not so much.  Once upon a time I would drop $150 on a shirt and pants like it was nothing.  Now?  Not so much.  But a $3 bottle of nail polish?  A $4 face mask?  Now we’re talking!  The practical side of me says (and most people would say) ‘well do that 25 times and you can get a shirt’.  Realistically, though, am I going to save $3 or $4 a week?  Probably not.  The instant gratification of being able to run out on lunch and buy a new product and then pamper myself makes everything better, even if for just a moment (until the baby cries while I’m applying a second coat of polish).