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8 Busy Moms Beauty Tips and One of my Favorite Beauty Products!


If you’re a busy mom who has little to no time on her hands but you still want to look fresh-faced and bright eyed with a flawless face, I recommend that you look into Laura Mercier’s cosmetics.   I love Laura Mercier’s tinted moisturizer and most recently, their lip gloss, which you will find online at stores like Beautique UK.

busy mom beauty tips

Love! – Tinter Moisturizer

Laura Mercier is known for it’s signature trademark, a flawless face.  The brand excels in creating perfect-looking skin in the matter of minutes with easy to use products. Busy moms who use this brand will have beautiful glowing skin that others will be envious of.  One of the most popular items for mom’s of all ages is the Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer.  Not only is this item a great multi-tasker, it provides just enough coverage and moisture to leave skin looking smooth with a natural dewy finish.  This moisturizer also contains SPF 20 which is ideal for mom’s who enjoy taking their little ones out on play dates in the park. You won’t have to worry about your skin or reapply sunscreen while chasing your little ones.

Worried about aging skin?

Prevention of aging and damaged skin is also key when it comes to saving time on a beauty routine. By using products to prevent wrinkles and to repair skin, busy moms can save time when they do apply their makeup since they will not have to pile on foundation and concealer to mask imperfections. Laura Mercier offers an array of skin products that range from eye serums to decadent smelling body butters. By incorporating some of these items into a nightly routine before bed, you can wake up with a smooth, soft feeling face that will provide a smooth canvas for your makeup in the morning.

Laura Mercier also provides bright, fun colors for moms who want to brighten their day with makeup.   There are assorted shades of lipsticks to choose from as well as beautiful baked shadows that are crease-proof and pigmented at the same time.   Due to the quality of the brand’s items, a busy mom won’t have to waste time with constant reapplication of lipstick or worry if her mascara is running.

8 Busy Mom Beauty Tips From Alicia

  • Apply a tinter moisturizer or lotion with sunscreen on your face every morning.
  • Carry an extra supply of cosmetics in your purse.  We’re busy and we never know if we’re going to be out all day and need to switch up our colors for the evening.
  • Keep dry shampoo on hand!  Dry shampoo is great for times when an unexpected event pops up and you don’t have time to wash, dry, and style your hair.  Just spray the dry shampoo on, style, and go!
  • Have makeup remover wipes on your nightstand.  I have been known to forget to wash my face some nights.  Now I just pull a makeup remover wipe out, use it, and toss it – in the garbage of course.
  • Keep nail polish remover wipes in the car, pull them out and use them to remove chipped nail polish while waiting in the carpool line.
  • If you have time to only apply 3 things, choose tinted moisturizer with sunscreen, lipstick or gloss, and blush.
  • Get a manicure once a month or so.  It will make you feel good about your hands and nails for a couple of weeks; well worth the investment.
  • Get a good under-eye concealer.  Parents don’t get sleep.  Period.

You don’t have to let your beauty routine fall to the wayside to take care of your kids.   All these items from Laura Mercier will help a busy mom achieve a flawless face without spending an hour in the mirror. With the proper skincare and a few select, quality products to use, you can be out of the door within minutes.


I Found an Amazing Beauty Cream! L’Occitane Pivoine Flora Beauty Cream

Oh my goodness!  I recently received a jar of L’Occitane Pivoine Flora beauty cream, a beautifully fragrant cream that is formulated to make skin satiny smooth, and I love it!  This cream is a popular product offered by L’Occitane, and it is perfect for the spring and summer.

L'Occitane beauty cream

Ingredients are important when it comes to beauty creams.  You want them to be rich and hydrating without feeling greasy and heavy.  This cream is easily absorbed thanks to its high-quality ingredients.  Rich butters and oils absorb into the skin and Peony extract from France is used to make this product smell incredible!

A busy mom will appreciate how easy this product is to use and carry with her. It’s the perfect size for a diaper bag or purse. You simply unscrew the jar and apply liberally to dry skin. Massage the cream into your skin until it is fully absorbed.  Your skin will feel brighter and softer instantly!
The elegant packaging makes this product feel like real luxury. The glass jar is even reusable. The pink colors are a nice feminine touch, and the label is definitely eye-catching. L’Occitane doesn’t skimp on packaging. When you hold this product, it feels substantial. It doesn’t feel cheap or look cheap like some lotions can.
This luxury cream is seven ounces for $36. Some might say it’s pricey, but the quality more than makes up for the cost.
L'Occitane Pivoine Flora Beauty Cream reviewThe L’Occitane Pivoine Flora beauty cream is a rich product with luxurious ingredients that will transport you to the south of France where it was inspired from.

L’Occitane is a company that began in 1976. It is a company inspired by Mediterranean ingredients, traditions and fragrances. Every product is made by drawing inspiration from the province where the company began. L’Occitane is sold around the world as a luxury brand.
I was sent a sample of this product for review purposes.  All opinions are my own.  You will find more about my editorial policy and how I accept products to review here.
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Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Eye Cream & Lash Duo Review: The Lines & Dark Circles Under My Eyes Are Fading Quickly!

I was provided with a sample for purposes of this review and am a P&G Blogger.  As always, all opinions are my own. I would never write about or recommend a product to you that I would not buy myself.

As I’ve aged, I have noticed that my face shows the effects of aging.  I honestly didn’t expect that to happen until I was in my 50’s or 60′.  Darn!  In the last few years I’ve noticed the darkening of the skin around my eyes, crows feet and thinning lashes. I have never been overly sensitive about the way my eyes look until my 6-year-old daughter said to me “mommy, why is there purple under your eyes?”.  She said this to me about 3 weeks ago and I’m sure you can feel my pain.  That’s why I was so thrilled to receive Olay’s Olay® Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Eye & Lash Duo with Skin Energizing Technology to review recently.   It’s the first eye cream and lash serum product with a dual applicator designed to provide a 360˚ eye care solution treating lids, lines and lashes for a total eye transformation.  Hallelujah!

Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Eye & Lash Duo ReviewRegenerist Micro-Sculpting Eye Cream and Lash Serum Duo is an innovative new product designed to smooth the eye area and nourish lashes so that each and every day you greet the world looking your very best.   Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Eye Cream and Lash Serum Duo is a combination of rich, restorative eye cream and invigorating eyelash serum in one package making it convenient and effective in brightening the entire eye area.

How to use:

  • To apply the eye cream, gently smooth under each eye and across the eyelids.  The results will be smoother, brighter skin with less wrinkles and dark spots.
  • Next, apply a coat of the eyelash serum along the length of the lashes for a thickening and nourishing affect. After drying, this serum can be topped with your favorite mascara if desired.


The Olay eye cream included with this product is rich and smooth without being heavy or greasy.   It is designed to deeply nourish the layers of skin around the eye to return a youthful and radiant look to the skin.  In the 7 days that I’ve used the eye serum, I have noticed a considerable difference in my dark under eye circles.  I am also starting to notice that the lines around my eyes, also known as crows feet, have faded a bit leaving the area just below my eyes looking and feeling smoother.  I expect to see even more of a difference within another few weeks.


Below are photos of my before and after experience with Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Eye & Lash Duo after using the products for 7 days. 
Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Eye & Lash Duo Review
May 18th – May 19th you can upload your favorite eye looks via Olay’s WOW! Eye Facebook application and have your eyes displayed on a jumbotron in Times Square!  Olay will then capture your 15 seconds of fame for you and be able to upload as their Facebook cover photo!
The nutrient rich lash serum will enhance the natural beauty of your eyes by hydrating and nourishing each lash from base to tip, creating a fuller and healthier look. You won’t have to wait for months to see a result either!  In just one week with Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Eye and Lash Duo, I have noticed fuller bodied lashes.


I highly recommend trying Olay’s Olay® Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Eye & Lash Duo.  It’s quick and easy to apply and super affordable!
Erase the dark circles of stress and long days as a busy mom, the tiny creeping lines that come with age, and nourish and restore thinning lashes.They say the eyes are the windows to the soul.


With radiant results, let your eyes show you just as you are – young at heart.


Disclosure: I am a compensated P&G Blogger and received these products for review purposes. All statements are my honest opinions.

My Makeup Is Staying Fabulous All Day Long With COVERGIRL® Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation #StayFabulous

As I have mentioned in previous posts, I have some issues with skin imperfections as a result of teen acne (left some scaring) and lack of sleep (under-eye darkness) for 13 years since I had my first child.

About a week ago I received COVERGIRL® Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation to review.   For more than 5 years, every bottle of foundation that I’ve had cost at least $30 and was purchased at a specialty store and I’ll be honest; I assumed that foundation that cost at least $30 must be better than makeup that costs less than $10.   Since using this foundation everyday for 5 days straight, I have to retract my assumption.  I am very pleased with this foundation.

I love COVERGIRL’s Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation!  I chose it over my other foundations for my vacation that I’m on this week which says a lot.

COVERGIRL® Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation reviewMy Experience with COVERGIRL® Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation

How is the coverage?
The coverage of this foundation is medium to full.   This foundation has proven to last through even my most active days.  I feel that this foundation provided very good and even coverage.  I always apply a primer before foundation but because this foundation says it is a “Primer, concealer, and foundation in one”, I tried it without using a primer.  I have been very impressed with how smooth this foundation applies to my skin.
I am very happy with the coverage this foundation provides for the dark circles under my eyes.  I usually use a concealer under my eyes or an eye brightening stick but I haven’t been since using this foundation.
How long does it last?
I usually apply foundation around 10am and leave it on until about 9pm.  I have found that this foundation lasts all day (from 9am-10pm) and what I really appreciate is that I don’t feel like I have to use a setting power or touch-up during the day.   I have been in a couple of situations when I broke a bit of a sweat and didn’t notice a decline or ‘melting’ of the foundation during or after those times.
Will it match your skin color?
Like I mentioned earlier, my skin has a yellow-ish tone to it which makes it difficult to color-match perfectly.  While in the bottle, this foundation looked a little pink for my skin, but once I applied it, that’s when I really got excited because it matches my skin color perfectly!   I recommend that you purchase a shade that looks one shade lighter than your skin color as based on what I’ve seen with my skin, it darkens a tad once it has oxidized.  COVERGIRL® Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation is available in 14 shades so you are sure to find one that works for you.

Before photo (around 9am)

COVERGIRL® Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation

After photo (around 5pm)


COVERGIRL® Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation

Disclosure: I am a compensated P&G Blogger and received these products for review purposes. All statements are my honest opinions.

2 Easy Lip Balm Recipes to Make with your Daughter – A Great Valentine’s Day Activity!

I hadn’t thought of making lip balm with my daughter, but these recipes are so simple that I think that we will give it a try!

To pucker up for this special day, bond over these beauty recipes from author of Bonding Over Beauty, Erika Katz. These easy recipes can be stored in an adorable heart case or a small jar.

fruity lip balm recipeFRUITY LIP BALM 

To keep lips soft and silky, this fruity lip balm exfoliates dead skin and softens at the same time.


  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1 scoop powdered drink mix in your favorite flavor
  • Lip gloss jars


Clarify the vegetable shortening by heating it in the microwave for 15 seconds. Stir in the drink mix. Pour the mixture into a lip gloss jar. Let the mixture harden for 10 minutes and your lip gloss is ready! You can decorate the jars with fun stickers and sparkles! Lasts up to six months unrefrigerated.

chocolate lip balm recipeCHOCOLATE LIP BALM 

This lip balm contains shea butter, beeswax, and coconut oil, which are all excellent natural emollients. You can get creative and add other flavors like peppermint oil, tangerine oil, or raspberry oil.


  • 1 tablespoon shea butter
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoons grated beeswax
  • 1 tablespoon vitamin E oil
  • 15 chocolate chips
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


Put all the ingredients into a double boiler on the stove or in a microwavable container.  Warm the mixture until it melts. Stir until smooth. Pour the mixture into a lip gloss container and refrigerate until it hardens. Lasts up to 3 months at room temperature.


Bonding over Beauty: A Mother-Daughter Beauty Guide to Foster Self-esteem, Confidence, and Trust

These recipes were provided by Erika Katz, Author of Bonding Over Beauty, A Mother-Daughter Guide to Self-Esteem, Confidence and Trust.  The link will take you to the book page on Amazon.com.  The link is an affiliate link and we will get a small commission if you purchase the book..and we really appreciate it!

Enjoy and let me know how the recipes work for you in the comments below!