Eye of the Tiger

Eyeshadow. I love it. I own so many colors: neutrals to metallics to bright pops of color. It's no wonder that I'm a VIB at Sephora. Before E's birth, I wore eyeshadow almost every day to work. I work at a conservative place so my color of choice was usually neutral. The bright stuff was saved for evenings and weekends.

Once E was born, I didn't wear any makeup for a long time. We had a bit of a rough start with nursing and I barely left the house. My gorgeous little pots of color were abandoned. I would longingly look at them every morning after showering, wishing I had somewhere to go so I could wear them. Then I realized that I don't need to go somewhere in order to wear them.

My goal became to wear a different shade of eyeshadow every day. Some days I would wear something tame, others it was peacock blue. I loved wearing the brighter colors because they brought back memories of going dancing with girlfriends or out to a fancy dinner with D.

Some of my favorites are:
  • Neutrals: Urban Decay's Shag is a gorgeous tan-bronze. I'm South Asian and it really works well with my tan skin tone. It's not sparkly, but it is shiny. It stays all day when I use it with a primer. I also really enjoy Stila's Kitten. It's sparkly and seems to show differently on different skin tones.
  • Brights: Urban Decay's Ransom is a vibrant purple. A close second for bright is Sephora Collection's My Favorite Jeans, which is a bright blue - not for the faint of heart!
  • Smoky eye: I have two older Sephora brand shadows that I use. One is a dark matte gray while the other is a matte medium gray. Unfortunately I can't find links to them online, but they're pretty basic.
I haven't done a colored smoky eye, but I'd love any suggestions for color combinations. What are your favorite go-to shadows?

Scent of a Woman

Did you know that Egyptians carried perfume with them from birth until after their death? They also valued the containers that held the perfume. Some were even made of gold or were decorated with jewels!

I am picky about perfume. I own a few bottles but only wear two main ones: Lola by Marc Jacobs and L by Gwen Stefani (no longer in production *sadface*). I would alternate between the two before E was born. I was really hesitant to wear them after his birth because I didn't know how he would react. My husband D is very sensitive to the smell of perfumes and colognes. There have been many perfumes returned because he has a reaction to them. I was afraid this would get passed along to E. I didn't want him to sneeze his head off or get congested by the scent.

I missed wearing perfume. It made me smell pretty and feel girly. I missed catching a little whiff of myself during the day. I started wearing 2 spritzes and gradually moved it up to the 4 spritzes I wear now. E doesn't have any issues with either of them, thankfully. I haven't worn my going-out-on-the-town perfume (J'Adore by Christian Dior) and hope E doesn't have any trouble with it. That's one of my favorites along with the classic Chanel No. 5. For my birthday last year, D bought me a vintage bottle of Chanel No. 5.

What are some of your favorite scents? Have your baby or SO had issues with it?