July 28, 2015

Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat- Influenster VOXBOX Review

YSL Touche Eclat Blur Primer & Blur Perfector

I was so excited when I found out I was selected to receive the YSL Voxbox from Influenster.  I was also a little surprised, since I know this is a VERY popular and coveted box... so I assumed it only went to beauty & fashion bloggers. I almost didn't believe it until that little black box showed up at my door!

In my box was the YSL Touche Eclat Blur Primer & the YSL Touche Eclat Blur Perfector. I have always been a HUGE fan of the Touche Eclat Radiant Touch pens, since I have bad dark undereye circles and this was one of the first highlighters that helped to really cover them.

First, I tried the Blur Primer, which has tiny gold specks in it. (don't worry... they don't show up on your skin) I have never really worn a primer (except for weddings and fancy nights out... which are few & far between these days) I usually just use sunscreen under my foundation. However, since it is summer, I have been wearing a BB Cream that already has sunscreen in it, so I thought it wouldn't hurt to try the primer underneath. Well, now I use it every single day and I love it. It has the same silicone-type feel as other primers but it has something extra in it that makes my skin feel SO soft.

After I did my makeup, I tried the second product they sent me... the YSL Touche Eclat Blur Perfector. It comes in the most beautiful compact! It is pale pink and gold and it makes me feel super fancy. However, I was a little confused about the product itself. It is a balm that transforms into a powder finish. It can be used alone, over makeup to set it or you can use it throughout the day for touch-ups and to get rid of shine. That's A LOT of options for a girl who is fairly clueless about makeup.
I decided to use it over my makeup. It comes with a super-soft sponge that you should NOT USE! Hear me out, since it is a balm at first... when you use the sponge it kind of wipes off your makeup, which is NOT the look I am going for. I used it under my eyes and it totally smudged and screwed up my layers of undereye concealer. But it did make my skin look really nice.. it gives you a nice soft focus finish.. like a good Instagram filter, but in real life! That is the ONLY reason I tried it again and I am glad I did. But there is a trick.. if you are using this over makeup, apply it with your fingertips. Just rub your fingers in the balm.. and kind of pat it onto your face over your makeup until it becomes powdery. If sounds like a lot of work, but it takes two seconds and makes your skin look SO pretty. (you can use the sponge when you are using it over your bare skin, which gives you the same pretty finish)

Since using this I have been getting so many compliments. My best friend even texted me after I posted a picture of me at work (holding a lemur... say what!) asking me how I was doing my makeup different and that it looked so good.
Thank you to Influenster for letting a regular mommy blogger like me try out these awesome products for free! They are both fantastic products, but if you can only choose one (let's be honest here... these are pricey items) I would say the Blur Perfector is totally worth the splurge. It is really unlike any product I have used before.

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July 23, 2015

Baby Advice That Is Actually Useful

The best baby advice out there!
You guys, I am SO excited since one of my best friends is PREGNANT! She is getting LOTS of advice during her pregnancy already, which made me think about a post I wrote for Smart Mom a few months back! I decided to post a version of it over here on my blog, since many of you may not have seen it. Too many opinions can be stressful to take in, especially as a new mom, but here's some common baby advice that I am seeing now Is actually pretty useful!

Here are 9 pieces of baby advice that is actually useful:

1. Never wake a sleeping baby: Sleep training and baby schedules are very common these days. So it may be temping to wake your little one if they are sleeping too long, but don't. Not every nap will be the same, especially when you have a newborn.
2. You can't spoil a baby: Newborns crave human touch and attention. Scientists have studied this theory and it turns out your mom was right when she says you can't spoil a baby. In fact, researchers have found that babies whose needs were immediately met actually grow up to be more confident.
3. Talk to your newborn: You will notice most grandmothers talk to their grandchildren all the time, especially newborns. It was commonly thought that talking out loud through your normal routines is beneficial for a baby and studies have found that to be true. It helps your little one recognize sounds and words. It may feel silly at first, but if your baby is in a swing while you do the dishes, explain what you are doing. "Now I am washing the plates, and then I will put them in the dishwasher." Speak slowly and clearly, but talk the same way you normally would. You baby will reap the rewards.
4. Sleep when your baby sleeps: In those first few weeks, sleep deprivation is at an all time high. So the age old advice to sleep when your little one is sleeping is a good one. It may be temping to get other things done while your baby is napping, but if you are exhausted... you should try to get some rest while you can.
5. Don't forget to eat: When you are tending to a new baby, it is easy to forget to eat. It is extremely important to get the nutrition you need, especially if you are breastfeeding and as you recover from childbirth.
6. It's okay to ask for help: If you feel overwhelmed and stressed out, it is okay to ask for help. Your baby will be fine if you leave him or her with grandma or a friend while you get some sleep, or even just enjoy some time to yourself.
7. Leave your house dirty: In the first few months, the adjustment of getting used to a baby will be a big one. Enjoy this precious time with your newborn, and don't worry about housework. The dishes and laundry can wait.
8. Be nice to your husband: Taking care of a newborn is a full-time job, and all the extra responsibility in addition to lack of sleep, may make you irritable. Remember this is a big change for your husband too, so try to cut each other a break.
9. Trust your instincts: No matter what anyone tells you, no one understands your babies needs more than you. Your motherly instincts are almost always spot-on. Be confident in yourself and your decisions... and listen to your mother when she tells you that you are doing an awesome job! (because you are!)

What is the best piece of baby advice you got as a new mom?

This post originally ran on Smart Mom.

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July 20, 2015

DIY Tassel bracelet

I have been seeing all sorts of cute tassel bracelets on Instagram lately, but there is just no way I am spending 20 bucks for one. So I decided to try and make my own and I think they turned out great! They were SUPER cheap to make and so far, have held up really well.

Here's what you'll need:
Stretchy clear jewelry cord
A credit card or gift card

I make my tassels first. Just pick your string color (or a few if you want a multi-colored tassel) and wrap it around the card until your tassel is the size you want it. Then carefully slide the circle out. I find it easier to put the string through that you will be using at the actual bracelet part BEFORE tying the tassel. Then just take another small piece of string and tie in a circle around the top part of the tassel, then cut the circle at the bottom to create the tassel part of it. You can make your tassel as long or short as you would like. (I like mine on the longer & more obnoxious side.. since if you can't have fun with a neon tassel bracelet... then what CAN you have fun with?)

Then I bead it up with whatever beads I like... tie it in a knot to fit my wrist and then you are DONE!  You can create so many different looks with this, any craft store has hundreds of different kinds of beads and string. SO easy & perfect for summer!

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July 15, 2015

Top 100 Most Influential Parenting Blogs

I'm super excited to let you guys know that I made the list of the Top 100 Most Influential Parenting Blogs! How cool is that?! The list was complied by JustTrampolines.com. Click here to see how they used social media, Alexa, SEO and more to come up with the Top 100!

Not only was I beyond honored to make the list, but they also contacted me with a few questions and featured me in their article!

79: workingmommagic.com – Lauren Berger - @workingmommagic
What made you decide to start writing about parenting?
I work at a local news station and most of the on-air talent use blogs as a way to connect with their audience. Many of them don't have children, so they encouraged me to start a blog, based on activities they saw me doing with my family through social media.
What is your favorite part about writing and being in your niche?
Since I already write for a living, I thought it would be fun to have my own place on the web to write about whatever I wanted. I have been consistently blogging more than a year now and I love it! I really enjoy connecting with other moms. When a fellow working mom sends me an e-mail telling me how she loves the tips on my blog, or that something I wrote really resonated with her... that makes me feel awesome!
Do you have any advice for people hoping to start a parenting website or blog of their own?
I think the biggest tip I have for anyone starting a blog is really focus your blog about topics you are passionate about. If you are writing about something you love, it won't feel like work. Blogging takes a lot of time, but I enjoy it so much, that it doesn't feel like a sacrifice.

Thank you to JustTrampolines.com for putting this list together! 

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July 14, 2015

June Family Favorites


Holy moly, it's JULY! June flew by so quickly that I almost forgot about my family favorites post. (almost!) June was awesome! We have been doing tons of fun things together as a family and I am taking my #OperationSummerFun challenge to heart! (follow the hashtag on Instagram!)

So here's what our family is currently loving!

Sally Hansen Gel Topcoat
I wanted to start doing my own nails since I hate going to the nail salon, and I thought this would help me space out my salon visits a bit more. I finally bought this gel top coat after reading tons of rave reviews about it from other bloggers. Turns out, it IS as awesome as everyone says! I have used this both with the polish it is supposed to go with and with my regular nail polish and it works well with both. It makes your nails look super shiny, just like they were done in a salon! I like to do the top coat when I do my regular polish and then another coat the next day just to SUPER seal it in. My manicures last for at least 8 days. (maybe longer but I always change my polish by then)

Rio Sun Umbrella
We have been swimming a lot and our pool isn't shaded. So my husband was THRILLED when Rio sent me two awesome sun umbrellas. We have been using them a ton, my hubby even made a stand using a bucket and a PVC pipe. (so we can move them all around the patio) Both umbrellas offer serious sun protection, and came with holders that dig in the sand which are the best when you are at the beach. You can use the umbrella two ways, as a regular umbrella or as a leaning shelter... which is perfect for when we are fishing by the lake.

Puddle Jumper swimmer
My sweet girl loves swimming around the pool with this thing. Hudson also had one of these and he did wear it, but he wasn't into it as much as she is. As soon as we go outside she asks me to put on her "swimmies." I like these better than the old school arm floaties since I think they are more secure.

Plasma Car
We have had this car for awhile now, but recently it made its way into our house and now it is a huge hit once again. We have a 'formal' living room but we don't have any furniture in it... which makes it a perfect place for Nerf gun battles, tag, flying remote controlled devices, and driving plasma cars. Our kids have so much fun in there, that every time my husband and I go furniture shopping we end up deciding to just leave it empty for the kids. (just one more year.. ha!) Mila and Hudson give each other rides, but lately the plasma car battle has gotten real, so I finally caved and ordered another one. These things are awesome and kids get years of fun out of them. I think we have had this since Hudson was 4... but Mila is only 2 and a half and rides like a pro as well. I ordered mine from Amazon.(affiliate link) Also, around Christmas, the prices of these drop to about $30!

So there is our list for the month... is there any must-have items your family is loving this summer? 

**Disclaimer: The only thing I didn't pay for myself in this post was the Rio Sun umbrellas, but we really are obsessed with them.

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July 1, 2015

My Advice For New Bloggers

My best tips & tricks for all new bloggers
After blogging for a little over a year, I have been starting to get emails from women who are thinking about starting a blog and want my advice. Many want to know how to get started... or they just started a blog and want to figure out how to get more readers. I am super honored that people even take the time to write to me & I always write back and try to give the very best (and truthful) advice!

I received a number of these emails this month, (more than I usually do) so I decided to dedicate an entire post to new blogging tips and tricks. This is kind of like a part 2 for my 6 Things I Learned in my First Year of Blogging post. I in NO WAY think I am a blogging expert of any sort... but I am going to share the same advice that I share with the ladies who email me and hopefully I will help out a few new bloggers. 

1. Choose Your Name Carefully: This is SO important. Like REALLY, REALLY important in my opinion. If you are thinking about starting a blog, you should try to select a name that represents what your blog is about. If you can't think of one, make sure you select a name that has some sort of meaning to you and that you like it A LOT. I say this because you are going to be typing out your blog name more than you ever dreamed possible. Try to keep the name short and memorable. Jot down a few of your top contenders, and do a web search to make sure there isn't another blog with the same name. Then head over to GoDaddy or a web domain site and see if that name is available as a .com. You don't have to buy a domain name to start a blog... but you should know if the name you choose is available.

2. Claim Your Social Media Accounts: Before you actually START the blog, take the name you selected and make sure it is available on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. If your name is available on those sites, there is a good chance it will be available on Periscope, Pinterest and Google+. Social media such a HUGE part of becoming a successful blogger these days. People need to be able to find you. Now some bloggers will debate me on this, but I think having your social media match your blog name is a must. Most people remember my blog name, Working Mom Magic. So when they search for me on twitter or instagram they simply type in Working Mom Magic and I pop right up. If I was Working_MomMagic or my name, it would be much harder to find. If you can't match your social media handles to your blog name, consider a new name. No joke. 

3. Check out Bloglovin: When I first started my blog, I ignored bloglovin' since I didn't really see a point. Now I love it and I wish I would have started using it sooner. All it does it put all your favorite blogs in once, easy-to-find place. Why do you need this? Because you should be commenting on other blogs you enjoy. This helps you to get your own blog out there and you can see what you like and don't like about other blogs. It can be very inspiring to read what others bloggers put out there and helps to give you ideas for your own blog.

4. Join Facebook Groups: There are TONS of blogging support groups on Facebook. You can find groups for every type of blog out there. I really like Mommy Bloggers Share and Grow Your Blog. I am also a member of a few smaller groups. Just don't post your content unless you can really participate... or you will be (quickly) tossed out of the group.

5. Use Nice Pictures: I lived in a hole for way too long when it comes to how important pictures are for your blog. I still am pretty lazy, I only use my phone, not a DSLR... but I have stepped up my game in other ways and noticed a huge difference. Make sure your pictures are large and clear. I really like Canva and use it for almost all of the 'title pictures' for my blog. I know I still have a long way to go when it comes to pictures... but if you are a new blogger, take a moment to check out how your favorite bloggers showcase their photos.

A little editing
Finished product!

6. Set Goals for Your Blog: Each month set a goal for your blog. Take a moment to think about what you want to improve and write it down. It could be growing your Facebook following, a 25% increase in pageviews, adding new share buttons.... whatever. Just set that goal and then think of ways to accomplish it. Every month I have a few goals set specifically for my blog... sometimes I reach them all, others get put on the next month's list again. Either way, it really helps me stay focused and it gets results.

So there you go, my newbie blogger tips! I hope this helps at least a few people, and my inbox is always open if you have other questions! (workingmommagic@gmail.com)

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