Younique 3D Fiber Mascara Review

I was recently sent Younique’s 3D Fiber Lash mascara to try. I’ve seen several people rave about this product, so I was interested to give it a try. You should know that my lashes are terrible. BK has better lashes than me, times ten. I wish I was joking about that, but I’m definitely not. I was a little skeptical because my eyes tend to be very sensitive, but I was pleasantly surprised when this product didn’t cause any sensitivity at all.

Younique 3D Fiber mascara has several steps to long and full lashes, but if done correctly, it makes a huge difference. You have to apply your normal mascara, then transplanting gel, then fibers, then transplanting gel to secure the fibers in place.

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Here’s a closer look at the product. It takes a little practice, but once you get the hang of it and see what works best with your lashes, then it’s simple!

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Here’s a look at my eyelashes, the top with just my normal mascara and the bottom with one coat of fibers.

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Overall, I was super pleased with the way they made my lashes look. They were very noticeably longer and fuller and I love the look it gave me. I’ve definitely never been able to achieve this length and fullness with any other mascara I’ve used. There’s a $29 price tag on the kit, but I think it’s a great investment, because mascara usually lasts me months! I won’t use this on a daily basis, so it’ll last even longer considering I don’t need full on makeup for MDO pick-up.

I think it’s a great tool to have in your make-up bag!

I’m hosting a little Facebook party for the next few days and you can order online, if you’re interested in trying the product for yourself. Just send me an email (jgreen0905@gmail.com) if you want to be added or need any other information. Or you can order straight from this link. They also have some other products that I’m excited to try out!

expectations and realizations

When I decided to stay home, I had this picture in my mind. A picture of what our lives would like with me spending those 40+ hours at home, rather than in the classroom. I had high expectations for myself.

My house would be clean.

My laundry would never pile up.

Dinner would wholesome and homemade, ready by 6:00 o’clock each night.

I would set aside specific learning times for Braylen, and focus on a set of objectives in reading and math.

The list could go on and on.

In my head, it was going to be perfect. Actually, I was going to be perfect. Fantastic, actually, at this new job of mine. I mean, my house already stayed pretty clean, my laundry remotely caught up, I cooked sometimes, and I did all of these things while working. So not working was surely going to make me a top-notch Martha, right?

Wrong.

Somehow, I have less time. Or at least I feel that way. And it has taken me a few months to adjust to this new normal. I had set the bar so incredibly high for myself, that each and everyday I felt like I was failing by the time Allen came home. I felt unorganized and out of my element.

And I wondered, how in the world is this happening? I am failing at the very thing that I prayed so hard to be able to do, stay home with my kids. 

That’s when it hit me.

I didn’t choose to stay home so our house would be cleaner.

Or for my to-do list to get smaller.

I didn’t choose to stay home so I could change the sheets more often.

Or fold more towels.

I chose to stay home to focus on those two little joys that call me mom. 

A few simple realizations helped me to lower my expectations, and be better at this new job.

You see, they don’t care how clean the house is, or if I switch out their closets before the new season comes.

You know what they do care about? Playing at the park, and eating popsicles on the back porch. Having a picnic in the front yard, and building a fort in the playroom.

And there will be days when the laundry is caught up and the house is clean, at the same time. There will be days when I feel like I have it all together. Days when we bake cupcakes and actually clean up the mess before bedtime.

But, there will be days when those things don’t happen. There will be bad days and messy days. And that’s okay, too.

Because in the end we’re together. A little perspective goes a long way. The other day I filled out a field trip form for Braylen and I didn’t have to take a personal day. I signed up to help with the class party. I dropped her off at school this morning. Last year, I only dreamed of doing these things.

With any change I know there’s a period of adjustment, and I’m still right in the middle of mine, but as the days go by I hope my focus continues to shift from this version of the SAHM in my head, to the more realistic one the I actually am.

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And just because I love them, here’s a peek at our recent beach photos from Sarah Lyn Photography. 

**Note: This is in no way meant to be a working mom vs. SAHM post. I’ve done both, they’re both hard, they’re both rewarding. It’s an extremely personal decision that you have to make based on what works best for you and your family. I firmly believe you can be 100% happy as a working mom or a SAHM and there is absolutely no right or wrong option that works for everyone.**

monday catch-up

  • Let’s talk about the crazy events that unfolded since Judson was born. Obviously, I had a c-section to recover from, and that went well. I was finally feeling back to myself when I broke my foot. My foot heals, I get strep throat. I get better from strep throat. My bottom wisdom teeth start bothering me, I see an oral surgeon and have all four of them removed the next day. I’m feeling better from the wisdom teeth extraction and then a week post-op I get a horrible pain on the top right side of my mouth. My sinuses have intense pressure and everything hurts from my eye socket to my ear. Back to the doctor I go, he says perhaps there is an infection and sends me home with antibiotics. For the next few weeks I battle a horrible sinus infection/headache, and finally decide to go back. I get scheduled for a second surgery (that Wednesday). Turns out, there some oral-sinus communication.  Basically an opening in my sinuses from my wisdom tooth extraction. Dare I say, I think I’m actually feeling better? Y’all it has been crazy. This is coming from someone who didn’t even see a doctor (with the exception of check-ups) for nearly three years. I’m hoping I’m on the mending side of this wisdom tooth junk, and I’m ready to start feeling 100% again. This has been my view for the last few days, I’m thankful for a wonderful husband and great family that helps take care of the kiddo’s so I can rest.

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  • On a lighter note, are you watching some great shows this fall? We’re hooked on a few. I’m pretty happy to see Olivia Pope back on my screen (and back in D.C.). We watched all of the past episodes of The Good Wife when Jud was first born (and we had plenty of late nights). The only problem with binge watching shows is that I end up getting spoiled to watching episode after episode. Waiting a whole week is no fun. Grey’s Anatomy has always been a favorite of mine, and dare I say, I like it just fine without Yang. I know, I know. I’m on the fence with How to Get Away With Murder we watched the first two episodes, but I’m not hooked just yet. What about you, what’s on your DVR this fall?
  • Judson had a four-month-checkup (yes, we’re a month late). He had a clean bill of health, was not happy about the shots, weighed in at nearly 16 pounds and is 27 inches tall. Long and lean, like his sister.

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  • I’ve been blogging from my new office downstairs and I can’t wait to give you the tour! I have just a few more finishing touches. My mom and I have random craft nights. Basically, I call her with a fun new craft project and she always comes over to play. We’re both loving the new crafting area, it’s quiet and we can make a huge mess, and then put everything back in its place. Friday night, we made a quick trip to Hobby Lobby to replace the Cricut with a Silhouette (the Silhouette is SO much better), and taught ourselves how to make tassle garland.

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  • BK and Jud together are seriously the cutest thing I’ve ever seen. She sings him songs, and has conversations about princesses with him, and he doesn’t understand a word she says, but he laughs and talks to her the whole time. I was seriously worried about the age gap, but I think they’re going to be best buds, and I love watching the two of them together.
  • Were you feeling the fall temperatures on Saturday? It was a fantastic 60 degrees here all day and we spent the day watching football on the back porch. Everyone is happier outside!

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beach recap

If you’ve been reading this blog, you know we’re huge fans of the beach. We’re only about 4 hours away from the white sandy beaches of the Gulf Coast. It’s a quick trip that I’ve taken for as long as I can remember. When we were planning our trip this year, I knew we would need to wait as long as possible in hopes that the temperatures would be cooler and to let Jud get a little bigger. By the time our departure date rolled around, we were all ready for some beach fun.

We declared this our easy year for BK. She was content to play in the sand and splash around in the waves for hours at a time. She would take a break under the tent, grab a snack with her sandy fingers and head back to play some more. Bottles of sunscreen were used on this beach loving girl.

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As for Judson, he was a different story. He spent most of the time in the room, but he didn’t mind the sand. He would dig his toes in and take quicks naps on the beach.

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We invited my mom to join us, and it was seriously the best decision we could have made. She was such an enormous help. Allen and I were even able to sneak in a date night while they ordered pizza and watched The Little Mermaid back at the condo.

She also kept Jud for us to take our best girl on an in-shore fishing trip. I really wanted some beach pictures, so Allen and I compromised, he was happy to take beach pictures if we would go fishing with him. I’m not really much for the great outdoors, but I must say, we had the best time. We caught plenty of trout, redfish and flounder. Originally, we hadn’t planned to take BK, but I am so glad we did! She reeled in fish like a pro and loved every minute of the trip.

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The captain even dropped us off on this beach full of shells and she was in heaven!

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We ate out most nights, and we usually timed it just right for Jud to take a nice nap during dinner.

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We strolled around Pier Park and had a little carnival ride fun.

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We dressed up for beach pictures, and I can’t wait to get them back!

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The last few days were overcast and cool and we really enjoyed the beach without worrying about the heat. We watched a few sunsets and I even read a few books. Allen and BK dug holes and built sand castles, she made new friends on the beach, and we really enjoyed our lazy days!

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There were plenty of pictures taken, seafood eaten, and morning doughnut runs. By Sunday, we were all ready to sleep in our own beds (especially Jud).

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Of course, there were plenty of melt-downs, sleeping drama from the smallest Green, and no shortage of naps missed (more on that later). But overall, it was a great vacation. We all came home happy and refreshed!

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Empowering Everyday Women/ Vanity Fair

I’m sure all women have heard of Vanity Fair®, it’s one of those amazing companies that have been around for years. And when I say years, I mean more like 100 years.  That’s right, for 100 years women have been looking to the Vanity Fair® brand for undeniable support, lift and a bit of luxury that comes with every piece.

Personally, I think it’s amazing that Vanity Fair® has been relevant to woman everywhere for that many years. But, honestly, it’s no surprise. In a world where woman simply want to look and feel their best, Vanity Fair® is helping every step of the way.

Their product is unmatched in comfort and style, their bras and panties are unmatched in style, on point with seasonal trends and colors, and look smooth and sleek under clothes. Everything a woman could want in undergarments. I know because I’m loving the Vanity Fair Beautifully Smooth Next To Nude bra. The fit is perfect and I don’t even need to wear a smoothing camisole under my shirts. The bra does an excellent job of looking smooth underneath clothes and providing excellent coverage and support.

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Not only do they provide a great product to women, they provide a great product with an even bigger message with campaigns like the “Women Who Do™” Campaign. The   “Women Who Do™” Campaign is a powerful and uplifting campaign designed to praise and celebrate everyday triumphs of women everywhere while highlighting the brand’s long-standing commitment to producing quality, luxurious lingerie at an affordable price-point.

Women like me, women like you, women who are out there getting things done, taking charge and doing their very best. This movement is fantastic because the goal is to spark a single movement that will empower women to support each other and do what makes them happy. Ultimately, isn’t that what we all want? To do our best, find our happiness, and celebrate with others while lifting them up in the process!

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I watched a great video on Vanity Fair®’s website from Angie Davids, founder of Project 39. She’s making an amazing impact in her community, empowering mothers, and making a difference all because of one single idea. Angie’s message is empowering and beautiful and we all could learn a thing or two from her uplifting attitude. My favorite quote of hers came from the video when she said, In any aspect of your life, you don’t have to do something big, you just have to do something. 

In addition to this program, Vanity Fair® also partners with Dress for Success®, an organization that provides professional attire, career development tools, and a network of support to disadvantaged woman. Vanity Fair® saw a need for intimate apparel and forged a wonderful partnership, providing lingerie to the non-profit organization. Just another way Vanity Fair is providing women with the support they need to be successful. And we all know how important this cause is, as women we perform better when we look and feel our best. It warms my heart to see an organization dedicated to helping women as they dress for success. 

Given the chance, these women could change the world; I’m happy to see a great organization dressing and empowering their success. Just this past July, Vanity Fair® and Dress for Success kicked off the national LiftTOUR, a nationwide bus tour with a prime focus on fit and philanthropy. The tour will travel across the country and conduct bra fittings at major retail locations. For every women fit, Vanity Fair will donate a brand-new bra to the local Dress for Success.

Their uplifting and empowering message will bring our your inner Super Woman, go take a look on their website and see what I mean.

Looking for me inspiration? Check out Vanity Fair® on their various social media platforms by clicking the links below.

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