Monday, January 26, 2015

Got Clumps? Do you use 3D Fiberlash Mascara.

You took the plunge and decided to try Younique's 3D fiberlash mascara and you have had issues with it clumping? It is probably due to one or a few of the following.



You use regular mascara prior to using the 3D Fiber lashes. 
I realize the insert that comes with the mascara specifically states to use the 3D fiberlash mascara over your regular mascara, but as you know, all mascara's are not the same. I do not use regular mascara first, I find that it clumps. I personally like my lashes better with just using Younique's 3D fiberlash mascara. 

You're using too much gel or too many fibers.
When you first start using your new mascara, there tends to be a lot of fibers and gel on the wands when you remove them. You want to build layers and not try to achieve the long lush lashes in one coat. The mascara builds nicely and you should use less product and build it by adding more coats.



Not letting the fibers set.
If you don't let the fibers set long enough, when you go to seal them with the gel, it can cause the fibers you just put on your lashes to stick to the wand. Switching off between eyes gives the fibers some time to set and won't come off with a quick swipe of the gel when you seal them.

After I get the desired length I use the blow drying method, you can watch the video here for that: 

***If you haven't tried it, put down the falsies, break up with your extensions. Go to: https://www.youniqueproducts.com/nicolehoyt.. click shop, add 3D Fiber Lashes to your cart and wait patiently by the door -- swipe on your fabu "Lashes" and be wowed instantly!!! 




Happy Monday Ladies!  Xoxo

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

I called him babe.



It will have been 2 years on February 12th since my ex husband told me that he never loved me. It doesn't seem like it has been that long. Nothing sucks more than your best friend telling you that he tried to love you for 5 years and just couldn't do it anymore. A million memories flooded my mind of us that screamed otherwise.

BUT guess what, here I am 2 years later living and crap. Who would have thought that the most dark times of my life would have brought confidence, strength, and the endurance to deal with all the petty stuff that comes a long with it.





So my ex and his girlfriend wanted to come the weekend after Christmas to see the boys for the day and give them Christmas presents. When my ex dropped them off, my youngest was crying and saying that he was so hungry. He had them all day and out of reaction, frustration, or whatever you want to call it, I snapped my head up and probably mean mugged him and said, "BABE! Uh did you even feed them? When did they last eat?"

The awkwardness of the entire situation was quite comical, but he blankly stared at me, didn't correct me, and said "Yes I fed them. He didn't really eat much." I was semi mortified, and quickly apologized and said "Sorry, I called you that for close to 8 years, it was out of habit." No response from him, he just told me that his girlfriend was mad and sitting in the car and that he needed to go.

I don't know how you can literally not live with someone, hardly speak to them, unless its about your children, and you still accidentally call them babe.

LORD HELP ME.

We all live and learn. Divorce is the hardest thing I have ever done, next to being married (if that makes sense).

You pick up your broken pieces and move on, live, love and love again, laugh much and often, hold you babies tight, find your passions, and just live.






Monday, February 17, 2014

A few of my favorite things..



This past month I have found a couple new favorite products that I wanted to share with you. My all time favorite is this new Maybelline Baby Skin - Instant Pore Eraser with Blur Technology . I found it on pinterest (go follow me, I pin cool stuff) and wanted to give it a shot, it makes my make-up look flawless. I absolutely LOVE it.





So over the past year with stress, it has done a number on my hair, and I found this conditioner that blows my mind. Joico K-PAK Revitaluxe Bio-Advanced Restorative Treatment, 5.1 oz.I use it once a week and leave it in after my shower for about an hour and rinse it out with cold water. I could tell a huge difference in my hair within the first use of the conditioner, my hair not only looks healthy, my hair is starting to shine again. I also take 5000mcg of Biotin that I bought from super supplements, and omega plex from Advocare.
 

Last but not least is this foundation/powder in one, MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation NC20 for Women, 0.52 Ounce. I am usually leary of products that are combination foundation and powder, because they seem to be more creamy and does NOT go on how I would like, but I have been nothing short of absolutely amazed by this product. I have been using it every day, and is my go to foundation. 


People ask me all the time what makeup and products I use, so I figured I would share. Enjoy! 

Xoxo,

Nicole


 

Friday, November 22, 2013

Muffins are just ugly cupcakes.

With my busy life I sometimes find it hard to stop, take a breath, and just bake like I use to. My boys requested a fall favorite at our house that has been a tradition for the past few years. My pumpkin chocolate chip muffins. These are a staple in the fall. My kids call them cupcakes because they are that delicious, and naturally I do not correct them.




Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

Yield: 12 muffins plus 12 mini muffins

Ingredients:

1 15 ounce can 100% pumpkin
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup mini semi sweet chocolate chips, optional
1/2 cup chopped pecans, optional

Directions:

1. Heat oven to 425 degrees. Spray muffin pans with cooking spray.

2. Bring pumpkin, ginger, cinnamon and cloves to a simmer in a medium saucepan, stirring occasionally, until puree thickens about 5 minutes. Pour into a mixing bowl & allow to cool for a couple of minutes. Whisk in brown sugar and oil, then slowly whisk in eggs.

3. In a separate bowl whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Whisk flour mixture into pumpkin mixture until just combined.

4. Stir in chocolate chips.

5. Divide batter among the muffin cups and bake until golden and cooked through, about 10 minutes for the mini muffins & 13 minutes for the regular sized muffins.


Enjoy!!


XOXO

Nicole

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

To be continued...



I talk...and I talk a lot. I talk to anything that moves, and I can talk about anything. I also fear that I am one of those people that others make direct escape routes from to avoid talking to. Typing that out makes me laugh.
I can take care of myself, I don't need someone to pay my bills, or to take my car to get the oil changed, to make me dinner, it would be amazing of course, but I don't NEED it. I might need someone to open jars and reach things on high shelves for me. Plus pretty sure you can hire people for that crap. Since following through with my plans to divorce I have found that I miss a lot of the memories I had with him. He is a completely different person entirely. He says that he isn't but he has changed more then he will ever realize.

There is a comfort of having a live in best friend whom you can share everything with. Who if you are bored you can simply walk into the next room and there they are. Late movie nights, date nights, someone you can stay up late with and talk to. Those are the things I miss. I don't miss him. I miss the memories of the man he use to be, the fun we had, the beautiful things are what I miss most.


Two months ago I was still crying and sad, six months ago, if you told me that my relationship was over with my husband I would have thought you were crazy. Today I am ok with moving forward, the pain isn't there, the physical aching in my heart for my best friend has diminished. I don't know if God is just protecting my heart and shielding me from the heartache I should be feeling or what, but I can wake up every morning and be excited for my day, and do not give him a thought at all.  He broke me 9 months ago, he brought me down to such a low point, but I realized something, even the prettiest woman will feel insecure loving the wrong man. Pain knows no boundaries, it invades everyone regardless of social status, looks, race, religion.

"The saddest thing about betrayal is that it never comes from your enemies."

 So I will wake up and shine and hold those that I love close.

1 Corinthians 16:14

XOXO

Nicole