Style & the Modern Mom

All about maintaining womanhood while being a mom!

Friday, January 13, 2006

Finally Getting Somewhere

My skin is finally getting a little dry from the Accutane. The breakouts have calmed down a little, but they are leaving red marks. Icky! Anyway, I find that the Plazan is helping to keep my skin soft and preventing bad flaking. I guess it could be worse!

On a lighter note, I've been checking out some of the 'new' fashions for Spring. I was actually surprised to see some lightweight, corduroy gauchos at some of the online stores. I always thought of corduroy as a Fall/Winter sort of thing. Maybe I'll post up some specific products in the next couple of days. Today is Friday the 13th, and I'm having a bad day. I would say that it is psychological, but I didn't even know what day it was until my mother called a little bit ago, and my day had already turned to crap by then.

Since it is a very short time before Spring again (I know it's hard to believe, but the time is flying!), you should try to get ready. I know it's hard to keep a beauty regimen with little ones, so I have learned to break my routine into pieces.

  • Morning - Wash face and neck with appropriate cleanser. Apply a good day moisturizer. Fight with the baby to eat his breakfast.
  • Midday - While he naps, I take about 10 minutes to do a foot scrub and lotion. Clip nails if necessary. Not an everyday thing, but at least 3 times a week. If you can't manage midday, try to do this step in the evening after the kids' bedtime, or worst case scenario, once a week, on the weekend when you can get someone to take the kids over.
  • Evening - Wash face and neck thoroughly - especially if you wore make up during the day. Use at least a good evening moisturizer. Sometimes I manage this while Karl and Dad are playing before bed, sometimes not until after Karl falls asleep.
  • After every shower - moisturize! Use a good, light moisturizer. Best to do this within 3 minutes of getting out of the shower, while pores are wide open. I get Karl into the act too if I can't have peace during my shower. He has a Burt's Bees moisturizer that works very well on his super sensitive, dry skin, so I've taught him how to slather it on like mommy does. It isn't oily, and doesn't stain, so any clean up is a snap.
These are the important beauty steps, because this is really about keeping your outside healthy. And this will get your skin in tip-top shape for warm weather and minimal clothing.

Cheery-bye!

Sunday, January 08, 2006

10 Days Into Accutane Treatment!

So today is day 10. I seem to be breaking out more than ever! I did read that this was a possibility, but that doesn't mean I have to be happy about it. The dermatologist told me not to use anything on my skin other than a moisturizing soap, and a good, creamy moisturizer. The Accutane dries out the skin like crazy. So, I am using Dove Exfoliating Moisturizing Bar to wash my face and body, and Plazan Silver Series Day cream and Evening cream on my face. So far I haven't needed anything else on my body, but the treatment lasts 8 months, so we'll see what happens.

I am only using my beloved LaRoche-Posay cleanser in the evening now, as well as the Rex Eme, which is at least helping to heal the new breakouts quicker, and helping to keep me moisturized.

I'm also considering Liposuction for some problem areas (small waist, but big booty, hips and thighs), so it will be a busy year! This is my year of hardcore resolutions - no acne or horse patootie by next Christmas!

Monday, December 26, 2005

A New Black Leather from Prague!

My husband is great! I hinted to him that I loved this black leather I saw on Overstock (by hinted, I mean of course I sent him a link to the page saying, "If you need any Christmas ideas for me...") and was excited to find it under the tree Christmas morning. This jacket ROCKS!



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This jacket is even cooler in person, seriously. And for less than $75? As my pop would say, "Fuhget abouht et!" (That's a good thing btw. If you're from Jersey, you'll get it.) It goes awesome with these Born boots I picked up in November. An early birthday present for me, from me. :) They are a little edgy, really comfy, and so me!



Born - Oakmonte (Black) - Women's




I love the holidays!!

Friday, December 16, 2005

Adult Acne Sucks!

It kills me... it really does! I had almost perfectly, acne-free skin as a teenager (although I had eczema), but since I turned 18, I started breaking out like crazy. I'm turning 31 the end of this month, and I still have bad acne. I have tried EVERYTHING. Nothing works, or if it does work slightly, it is a very brief relief. I have even used steroid creams and antibiotics from the dermatologist. The creams made my skin dry and I STILL broke out.

I have just seen a new dermatologist that is recommending Accutane. I am a little nervous, but have a friend that used it during a trial early on in its development. He has been clear ever since he finished the therapy. So I am researching, and getting ready to try it. But now I am still concerned about the abundance of red marks (and acne) on my skin. I know on Accutane I can not use scrubs, or anything harsh. So what to do? I remembered this cream I used a couple years ago. I picked it up from a local drugstore and used it for some dry patches on my face. Not only did in moisturize my face without being too greasy, but it had also healed much of my acne. I don't live in the area where I got it anymore, and I checked all the local drugstores, but nothing. I found the old tube stashed away (yes, I am a packrat), and rejoiced. I had a tiny bit left. I started to used it, and in two days, my acne was healing and I had stopped breaking out. Then I used the last of it. Upon searching the Internet, I rejoiced at having found it at Folica.com. This store is pretty cool, and specializes mostly in hair care products and styling appliances, but they also have a selection of cosmetics and skin care.

The Rex Eme cream can be found here.





The great thing about this is there is nothing irritating, greasy, clogging, or bad about it. The listed ingredients are as follows amphor, Emulsifiers, Eucalyptol, Hydrolized Lanolin, Menthol, Mineral Oil & Wax, Petrolatum, Phenol, Propylene, Glycol, Purified Water, Resorcinol, Sodium Metabisulfite and Tocopherol Acetate (Vitamin E)

Pretty straight forward, right? It is sold for many skin conditions including eczema, psoriasis, acne, dry and cracked skin, etc. I love it, and will be keeping my credit card on file with folica to make sure I NEVER run out again.

Along with this stuff, I'm washing my face with LaRoche-Posay Effaclar (purchased on our trips to Germany, over the counter), which is fabulous and very mild - perfect for my fair, sensitive skin. Unfortunately, this can only be purchased with a prescription here in the U.S., so you have to ask your dermatologist about it. I also use St. Ives Apricot Scrub. While this can be a tad harsh on sensitive skin, it does do a great job with black heads and flakey skin in the winter. Other than these things, I'm not using a third of my skin care stock. I have so many products that I've purchased with little or no results, but I just can't bear to throw something out when it's almost full. Maybe I need to organize a beauty swap online!

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

My new favorite mascara!

I pride myself on being 'unique' and a 'savvy shopper'. Usually I view all commercials and advertisements with only a faint interest. But then I saw the Maybelline XXL Mascara commercial. You know, the one where they swipe on this white microfiber gunk, and then the mascara. I always look at the models 'after the application' and think, "Oh my Gawd! I would love lashes like that!" And so I went shopping and bought it. Heaven help me, I fell for a multi-million dollar Maybelline ad. And you know what? It's one of the best purchases I've made recently! I paid $6.99 for it, and got it in Brownish Black. I used to be a Very Black kind of girl, but since I'm a mommy, I have certain vices I had to give up - like wearing latex goth dresses. ;)

This stuff is crazy! It really does make your eyes stand out. Who would have thought that a product would actually do exactly as it says?? Okay, okay, I know many products do, but you know, with the beauty industry, it's always hard to say. But anyway, it's a great investment, and not only is it easy to get - it's carried at most major drug stores, discount stores, etc., and also available online at drugstore.com - and under $10. You can't go wrong.

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Our opinion of these 'eskimo boots'....

Karl and I decided we don't like these boots at all. If they were for really cold, bad weather, that would be okay, but we live in New Jersey - maybe two to four snowfalls a year. This is NOT the Arctic, so why are these so popular this year?

Furry Nadia Boot
Furry Nadia Boot at PaylessShoeSource

When asked to give a statement on these boots, Karl had this to respond:

"Icky! Bah!!" (The face says it all, doesn't it?)


Bargain Cosmetics!

Sorry it's been awhile, but my son has just hit the terrible twos! He's learned to pitch a fit better than a woman deprived of chocolate, sleep, and new shoes, all at once.

I came across this great site - e.l.f. cosmetics. I always loved going to the drugstore and buying the 'cheap' stuff (i.e. Wet N' Wild™) and now you can get these type of frugal beauty goods online. All of their products (except sets) are $1! And the shipping isn't bad either. If you get 6 pieces of diva booty, your shipping is just $3.85 - so for 6 pieces, you pay $1.64 a piece. Not bad, right? And the quality is darn good for what you're paying. Every week they have a Free Gift with purchase too. It changes every week, but that just bumps up your savings even more.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Fall Fashion Trends

The latest buzz on Fall 2005 Fashion is sounding quite appealing to me. Apparently, many key fashion styles from Spring and Summer of this year are being 'redone' for Fall.

The Fall Color Story
Many of the popular colors, such as turqouise, are being made deeper and richer for Fall - a gorgeous teal is the Fall version. This rich color compliments earthy colors and flatters most complexions wonderfully. More color cues this season are deep browns, accented by shots of burnt orange, moss, ginger and other naturally inspired hues.

Black is also making a comeback this season, but it's anything but basic. Featuring embellishments, fullness, and soft, luscious fabrics, these black fashion pieces offer beauty, functionality, and interest. This fullness is carried through most popular pieces this Fall, including gauchos, tiered skirts, and dolman sleeved tops. Fall is all about volume and boho layers.

Romantic Revival
Tops are in soft, romantic fabrics, with accents of lace, velvet and ribbon trims, with full sleeves, and in white, black, or prints. Paired with a fitted velvet jacket, this trend is referred to as "Baroque" or "Renaissance" by retailers.



All About Boots
The footwear taking top billing this Fall are high, stylish boots. Forget those cutesy shoes that barely keep you warm and cozy - grab a pair of riding-inspired boots, or low to medium height heeled fashion basic boots. Pair boots with cropped pants, flouncy skirts, or flattering sheath dresses for fashion diva wow.



Accessorize
Boho style jewelry, prominent pieces in the Fall hues, are going to be hot. Bags are big, and black or dark brown. The hobo bag makes a comeback as the most popular 'big' bag.



Wear from the past seasons:

  • Boho: Layer your tiered skirts with a cropped jean jacket for cooler weather.
  • Shrugs: Layer shrugs and tie-front ballet tops over long camisoles and sheer tops. Pair with denim or cropped pants.
  • Chunky, ethnic jewelry: Mixes great with fall's teals and browns.
  • Metallic shoes and bags: Still hot.
  • Cropped pants: Wear with tall boots and a duster or long coat for a cool long-over-short look.

Must-have Items

  • Military-inspired jacket or coat
  • Animal prints
  • Fur trims
  • Embellished jeans
  • Bold jewelry - especially cuff bracelets

Sunday, September 18, 2005

Cute site of the day!

Okay, so I love little girls clothes...but I have a little boy. I love him soooo much, and wouldn't trade him for anything. Maybe I can put a frilly dress on him...? Imagine the therapist bills when he gets older.

Anyway, maybe you can get some use out of this - Princess Dresses - they are oh so cute!

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Welcome!

Hello, and thank you for stopping by! My name is Lisa, and I am the mommy of Karl, an angelic-looking toddler with the ability to turn his whole environment upside down in 2 minutes flat - literally! I run several websites - some specializing in beauty - when I can actually tear myself away from coloring and chasing the dog around the house with Karl. Someone once told me that mothers can do anything and everything. I'm still practicing, but when I get there, I'll let you know. If I never get there, I imagine I'll have to admit that I'm like every other REAL mother.

In starting this blog, I decided that I at least knew I wanted to share the ups and downs of motherhood with others like me. A big part of that being how we can maintain our sense of self, that has so thoroughly wrapped up and disguised itself with the coming of our children. Let's face it, it's hard to feel like an individual when you share potty time with someone, because they can't bear you out of their sight.

With this idea in my head, I decided I wanted to share some of the things I can't live without - clothes, cosmetics, etc.. And some of the things I can live without, like people that think staying at home with your kids means you do nothing but eat chocolate and watch talk shows. Ugh! Let's face it, life as a woman is HARD before kids. We always have to watch what we eat, wear, say, treat men with kid gloves because they have fragile egos, play like we are demure and dainty, even if we can fix a sink ourselves, and deal with all of the common misconceptions of women. After kids we have to do all that plus never sleep, keep everyone else's schedule, which means losing our own, eating pre-chewed cheerios, crackers, and anything else that a toddler can feed us, treat showering like an infrequent privelege, and deal with our post-baby body which is bigger, misshapen, and scarred and stretched beyond recognition. I'm sure I missed something, but you get the idea.

Okay, so on to something useful! I want to share my beauty tip of the day. Fast, easy, and protects the face - tinted moisturizer! I personally love Bobbi Brown's Tinted Moisturizer which has decent coverage for a product of this type ( good for me because I have post-acne scarred skin). It is a little pricier than its counterparts, but well worth it. It is great for on the run days and hot weather, because it is one product. I don't know about you, but I don't want to wear layer upon layer of concealer, foundation, and powder during the summer.