Sunday, December 28, 2014

ZAO Organic Makeup Review

If you've been following the blog for a while, you might have seen my previous review for ZAO Organic Makeup.  If not, you can read it here.

I just learned that ZAO won Best Natural Beauty with a Conscience Award 2014!  What an honor!



ZAO recently sent me their Volume mascara in Ebony and Pearly eyeshadow from their Etnik Collection in pink bronze (117) to review.



The Volume mascara is made of 100% natural ingredients and a minimum of 45% organic.  It definitely made my lashes appear longer and more full, as you can see from the pictures below.  I have very thin and fair lashes and if I only have time to apply one product, it's going to be mascara.  I found that with this mascara, I only need a thin coat.  At first, I was a little heavy-handed with my application and it smudged on my eyelid as well as below my eye.  I like that it goes on smooth and doesn't clump. 



The pink bronze (117) Pearly eyeshadow from their Etnik Collection is a lovely color.  It is made from 100% natural ingredients with a minimum of 10% organic.  It's available in the refillable bamboo packaging making it chic and eco friendly!  It's beautifully pigmented and shimmery.  I think the shade compliments blue eyes nicely and makes them pop!  I used it all over my lid but it would also be great to use as a contour in the crease with a lighter shade all over the lid.  This eyeshadow also lasts all day and didn't crease.  

Here, I have applied the 3 ZAO products I previously reviewed (green concealer, matifying cooked powder luminous complexion 346, and silk foundation Ivory 701)
Added the Pearly pink bronze eyeshadow...



And finally the Volume mascara




I think these are another couple of great products in the Zao lineup!  If you haven't tried any of their products, browse their website and choose your favorites!

ZAO has offered our readers a 15% discount!  Simply use ZAO914 at checkout to take advantage of the deal :)

Be sure to keep in touch with them on Facebook and Twitter for the latest deals and makeup tips!



I was given these products in exchange for my opinion.  All thoughts are my own.

-Ginger

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas!

I hope everyone had a great Christmas!  Seeing it through the eyes of an almost three year old was so much fun!

I know it is all about Jesus and so does she but we had so much fun with family and seeing her get so excited made it one I will not forget!

 I used to get anxious wondering if my daddy would be drunk but this year I didn't have to worry because he has had an awakening year to say the least.  I am thankful he is still here and very thankful for my mom who puts up with a lot and takes care of him better than I ever could even think about!

Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Christmas Cards at minted.com

*This is a sponsored post.  All opinions are totally my own!




I have a confession...I have NEVER sent out Christmas cards before!  I have always meant to but this year I would love to be able to send out cute cards to my friends and family of the girls.  

I came across minted.com and love the very cute and creative designs of their cards and gifts for Christmas and the Holidays!  What I have compiled is a wish list of sorts and hope to choose one for my cards maybe with your help!!

The steps I took to narrow down my choices:  
When I first looked over all of the designs I was overwhelmed with all of the designs.  Once I had skimmed over then I decided how many pictures I wanted to use for my cards.

I chose to put only the girls picture as I have a tight budget!  So one it will be.  There is a simple way to search designs on the top of the page so I checked one photo and began other search down below the search options.

Next, I selected the format I decided to look at the folded versions.  Then I narrowed down even further and selected a Greeting, "Merry Christmas."  I do not really like saying Happy Holidays because the Christmas season to ME is about Christ being born :).  Even after narrowing down this much there were still 17 pages of Christmas cards to choose from!  Below I will share a few I found to be really creative.

  (All photos are from minted.com)


This is called Book of Isaiah.  I love the creative design with the verse!



This is called Behold.  I chose to do a different shape and got the scalloped edging which makes it look so cute!


This is Isaiah.  I changed the outer on this one as well as the color of writing.


Celebrating Christ is the name of this one and I rounded the edges.  


Joy to the World.  This one I really like because of the pop of colors (and the message of course).


Okay, I have narrowed down to five choices but would really love some help deciding which one to choose!  I did decide to select ones with Bible verses because as mentioned above the reason we even celebrate Christmas!  There are other selections you have to make to do the final checkout such as how many you are getting and what kind of paper selection you would like.

Overall, if you are planning to get Christmas cards made and ordered now is a great time to start planning so it will not sneak up on you!  I think that is what happens to me!  I plan to always send them and before I know it its too late.  And if you are looking for a personalized gift they have items such as planners, party decor, art work and even awesome fabric!

To order from minted.com from their holiday selections you can simply go to their site Minted's Christmas Card Collection.  You can connect with minted.com on their Facebook page as well as Twitter and Pinterest!

Again, this was a sponsored post but all opinions are my own!


Monday, November 17, 2014

#FLUFFmass Giveaway! Brilliant Bums Cloth Diaper Review and Giveaway!



It's beginning to look a lot like... FluffMas! The Holidays are coming and we're celebrating cloth diaper style.
Welcome to the FluffMas Giveaway Hop hosted by the Blogging Mamas Network! Each blogger in this hop has a fabulously festive and fluffy prize for you, so be sure to hop around to them all and don't miss the fantastic Grand Prize featuring Buttons Diapers, Balm Baby, and SprayPal! You can enter to win the FluffMas Grand Prize here.

For my Fluffy prize Brilliant Bums a WAHM is giving away an awesome prize of a Petite OS Fitted Diaper valued at $25!


(pictured diaper is not the giveaway item)

I actually won a diaper that I am sharing with you for this review and as always all opinions are my own.

Brilliant Bums is a WAHM cloth diaper maker named Shelby and here is just a little about her:
“I am a Fire Wife & stay at home mama to my 2 children. I began sewing cloth diapers and accessories when my now 4 year old was a newborn to save money. Over the last few years I have grown to love sewing and creating all different types of cloth diapers from Pockets to Hybrid Fitteds. I'm now adding clothing and accesories.”


The diaper I won was actually just in time for Halloween.  The diaper is described as, "Spooky Night cotton woven wing to wing print over a full cut of  black PUL, which is seam sealed to prevent wicking along the bum seam. A Black Fleece Inner, Black Snaps & a CV topped Bamboo/Hemp Contour Petal Soaker Set complete the diaper."


I don’t really get into the whole Halloween thing but I do take my daughter to a few churches and relatives and let her dress up!  It is a spooky print that can be used all year!   

Brilliant Bums makes several different types of diapers the one I will be sharing is an AI2 with a contoured petal soaker.  Other styles available to order include:  All-in-Ones with Pocket, Pocket Diapers, All-in-Two’s, Fitteds, Hybrid Fitteds, Inserts and Soakers.  They are a CPSIA compliant shop so you do not have to worry about your little ones!


My findings from this diaper are as follows:

Fit-There are two rows of snap downs to accommodate growing babies.  I found the fit perfect and quite trim on Baby M.  She is quite a heavy wetter and we have used this just fine at naps (I have not tried night because we would need extra inserts).  I really like the look and the way the snaps and flaps go they are similar to a hybrid in my opinion.  The OS diapers should fit about 8-35 pounds.

Performance-This diaper has held up very well so far.  The only thing that did happen after about the third wash is that the inside became pily(the black fleece).  This doesn’t affect the performance and the diaper is still soft it is just the material used.  The soaker’s themselves are very well made as is the diaper and are more absorbent than other similar diapers I have.

Cost-I think that the custom made diapers that Brilliant Bums make are very affordable in comparison with other diaper makers and the quality is well worth the money.  And an extra bonus is helping a fellow mama!

Overall, this is one of my favorite diapers now!  I love the trimness and dependability meaning I know Baby M isn’t going to have to get her clothes changed an hour into this diaper (like others we have).  While I did win this one I would love to get another custom diaper made with a more colorful print!

You can connect with Brilliant Bums on Facebook and on Etsy (P.S.there are some very cute discount diapers in her shop)!


Now for the really fun part!  You can enter to win a diaper from Brilliant Bums!  To enter simply fill out the form on Giveaway Tools below.  The winner will be emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be drawn.  This is open to US readers 18 and over.  Mommy Miranda is not responsible for prize fulfillment.  Have fun and enter away!  Be sure to hop down to the other awesome bloggers for some other fluffy goodness!


Again, I won the diaper mentioned and shared my opinion. 


Entry-Form


Now for the Grand Prize!  Enter below to win the awesome prize as well as many other fluffy goodies!!





So Easy Being Green, Viva Veltoro, the Blogging Mamas Network, and the FluffMas participating bloggers are not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill prize obligations.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Tooti Booti Boutique Review

Lauren, the super sweet owner of Tooti Booti Boutique sent me a hybrid fitted diaper to review.

The hybrid fitted diaper is comprised of an outer layer of performance pique polyester knit, hidden poly fleece, a soaker made with super heavy organic bamboo fleece (topped with stay dry velour), and a booster of SHOBF backed with a layer of Polartec Classic 200 with DWR.




Fit
It's a one size diaper designed to fit babies from 10 to 35 pounds. 
This diaper is generously sized and has a fold down rise to allow for a great fit.  I did notice that the leg elastics were a little bit more loose than other diapers I have tried but it did not affect function.  I was able to get a great fit on my daughter using the fold down rise. 

Please ignore the background, my husband is in the process of installing new baseboard in our home!

Absorbency
I tested the diaper during the day for playtime and naps, leaving it on for 2-3 hours each time.  It held up well in both situations, however, the inserts were pretty wet after nap time, so I opted not to use it at nighttime.  The diaper may work well for you at night if your baby doesn't pee as much.  My girl is a heavy wetter and tends to need more absorbency at night.

 Quality/Material
 Tooti Booti Boutique offers some of the cutest prints (isn't that what cloth diapering is all about?!).  The Frozen inspired fabric used in this diaper seems like it will last much longer than the cotton knits that are typically used for hybrid fitteds.  It has been washed numerous times and is not pilly in the slightest.  I'm also a big fan of the stay dry cotton velour!  It kept my girl's bum dry, which is a huge plus.  The workmanship is also top notch.  All of the snaps were placed correctly and were functioning.  You might think this is no big deal, but I've received diapers where some snaps were useless and it's a pain in the butt!

The diaper tag says made with love and it's very apparent!

The top pictures show the diaper on the smallest setting and the bottom on the largest one.


Be sure to connect with Tooti Booti Boutique on Facebook and Instagram!  They also make AI2 diapers, rompers, Tootiloones and knot headbands!  Does your little one have an upcoming birthday? Tooti Booti can work with you to create a custom applique/embroidered apparel!

Tooti Booti will be selling diaper covers soon as well!  They will be made with their own pattern and will be trim fitting.  They'll be offered with an optional snap in insert and will available to purchase around the second week of December!

Lauren has generously provided a coupon code for our readers!  Use MOMMY20 upon checkout to receive 20% off! (expires at 11:00PM PST on 11/30/2014)


I received this item in exchange for my opinion.  All thoughts are my own!

-Ginger

Monday, November 3, 2014

FuzziBunz Cloth Diaper Review




I was sent products to facilitate my review.  All opinions are my own.

FuzziBunz has been around since 1999 and was in fact the major inventor of the modern cloth diaper! When I told my friends and family I was going to cloth diaper about three years ago no one actually bought me any cloth diapers except for one good friend.  Actually, she bought me three FuzziBunz one size diapers!  I loved the trimness, adjustable elastic and the cute prints that she got for me.  However, I did not care for the PUL material it was very sticky which made for a hard to stuff diaper.  The inserts were a minky style and I wasn't a big fan of those either.

When I was contacted to see if I would like to review the new style I jumped at the chance!  I did sell two of the original diapers I had but glad I still had one to compare with (I just couldn't part with it J).  The company has switched hands and a Louisiana-based company that consists of parents and grandparents took over and redesigned the diaper to what it is now.  After lots of testing and redesigning they came to what the diaper is now.

I was sent a One Size Small and a Large to test out.  The Small is recommended to fit 7 pounds to 30 pounds and the Large is designed to fit 10 pounds to 45 pound children. 

My Review

I will start with the Small size. 


The diaper I was sent was a pretty green color it was called Shamrock.  It came with a microfiber insert that fit perfectly inside of the diaper.  The elastic is still adjustable much the same as it was before (which I love).  I had to adjust it just a tad on the legs but the back is also adjustable to get the perfect fit. 

What I thought:

I love the fit of the new style diaper on Baby M.  It is much trimmer than many of my other pocket style diapers.  It is still bit enough if you need more absorbency to stuff more inserts.  Baby M is a heavy wetter and the insert included last’s a good while.

I had to adjust the elastic up a few notches and we started using this diaper when baby M was just a little over one month old (she was 8.6 at birth) and her newborn diapers still fit.  Fast forward I have had these diapers for over a month and still have not changed the elastic they fit perfectly still and have had no leaks.

Large Size

Again, the diaper color was pretty awesome teal color called Caribbean.  It comes with the contoured microfiber insert and it is huge.  I tried this on baby M first and just had to adjust the elastic to fit her and it was good to go.  This is a great night time diaper for her as it holds a lot.  She sometimes sleeps 5 to 6 hour stretches and is exclusively breastfed (go baby M).  We had a lot of wet sheets trying different solutions and I am happy to report this one worked.

 I did try the diaper on my toddler who is 2.5 years old and weighs about 28 pounds and it fit great I even had to adjust the elastic to make it tighter on her.  We only use diapers at nap and night for accidents and it held up great for her.

I decided to only use this for baby M because I don’t want to adjust the elastic every wash since she is the major diaper wearer in the family.

Features for both of the diapers

-Adjustable leg and waist elastic

-Multiple snaps to adjust to the perfect fit

-Contoured microfiber terry cloth insert (it is the shape of the diaper like nothing I have ever seen)

-Polar fleece inner

For both diapers:  To stuff them I simply fold the top together and insert and it is easy peasy!  Neither have leaks with so far and I have used them for a while now.  They dry fairly fast compared to a hemp blend insert.  The pocket is big enough that if you need extra absorbency it would be possible to add more inserts as I imagine we will have to do with baby M later on.

What I notice most about the design change is the fit, and they are much easier to stuff!  Overall, I am in love with the new style. 
















FuzziBunz is having a promotion right now you can buy one get one free!  You can go to their website to learn more!  You can also connect with them on Facebook and Twitter.

As mentioned above I received product for my honest opinion. 

Have you tried the new style?  If so what do you think of them?


-Miranda 

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Anything Goes Fall Giveaway Hop {Review and Giveaway for e-cloth}

Disclaimer:  Products for the grand prize were provided for review.  No payment was received to write the review.  All opinions are honest.  The sponsor is responsible for shipping the Grand Prize, not the bloggers involved in the giveaway event.

 Anything Goes Fall Giveaway Hop


Welcome to the Anything Goes Fall Giveaway hop Event! 
Hosted By: The Simply Me Blog
The Event goes from October 30 - November 11th
 Several bloggers have joined together to bring you some amazing giveaways!  The complete list of bloggers can be found below.  
Each prize is valued at $25 or more! Have fun and good luck :) 

The grand prize is being sponsored by Winning Moves Games and ECBC!
The grand prize can be found here Grand Prize


I reviewed a few awesome cloths from e-cloth last year and it was so funny that they contacted me again as I was just admiring the cloths that are getting much use around our house!  You can see my past review here.  My favorite one that I have is the Window cloth!

This time around I had the privilege to review the Deep Clean Mop from e-cloth!  The main reason that I choose this item from their website was my mom needed something that she could easily grab and clean with.  Since moving my dad in with her she has needed to mop much more frequently!  I will spare you gross details except the fact that she needed an easy and quick (non-toxic) solution to cleaning her hard wood floors.

The mop came in and had very simple instructions to set it up.  Literally like three things!  Once I had the mop assembled and adjusted to my height I simply put the mop head under running water and squeezed out the excess then velcroed the pad to the mop.



What I love about the Deep Clean Mop:
-Very easy to assemble and use
-Easy to clean after use
-NO Chemicals (this is especially good for kids or like my mom's house my dad is battling Cancer so he doesn't need more chemicals that he is already been around)
-When finished you simply wash the mop head(once a week) and you can turn the handle to store more compact.

I was really impressed at how well the mop cleaned with just water!  I normally use a steam mop at my house and now I am regretting giving this to my mom!  I used it on our floors right away and was amazed at the dirt and yucky stuff it picked up.  In fact the mop picks up 99% of all bacteria with just water.  See this YouTube video on just how e-cloth products work.  The only drawback that I found with the mop is that it would come unscrewed periodically.

Overall, I continue to be impressed with the products from e-cloth.  My mom is definitely enjoying moping her floors in less time and with no chemicals.  I encourage you to connect with e-cloth on their Facebook page and Twitter.

Now for the giveaway!  e-cloth is providing one winner with their own Deep Clean Mop!  To enter simply fill out the giveaway tools form below.  This is open to US readers 18 and older.  The winner will be emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be drawn.  Mommy Miranda is not responsible for prize fulfillment.

I was sent a product to review in exchange for my own personal opinion.



Entry-Form



Now that you have entered my giveaway hop around to the other awesome bloggers and enter away!


Sunday, October 26, 2014

MonkeeBumz Giveaway!


MonkeeBumz is a new shop that offers custom fleece covers that are complaint and they are now offically opened!  To celebrate we are giving away some awesome prizes!

Just a little about MonkeeBumz:  The owner Sherry started making fleece covers about 4 months ago for her son (who just had his first birthday!!) and she fell in love with them!  She decided that she wanted to open her own business making them but wanted to be compliant before she opened.  I had to ask what compliant means--that everything has been tested if need be for lead and fabric content...and she has registered with the fed and state government.  
Go to her Facebook page here to learn more on her full story and to see the sizing and pricing details!


The prize list is as follows:
1.  Custom Fleece Cover from MonkeeBumz- Winner will get to choose what awesome cover they want for their little bum
2.  'Fia Fluff Bottom Balm-Winner will get one container of balm for little ones see She Seams So Crafty's full review here on her blog!  
3.  One size cloth diaper from Rock n' Bottoms cloth diaper store 
4.  Embroidered Ring Sling from She Seams So Crafty
5.  A pair of Grow with Me pants (Gender Neutral) from Active Duty Diapers
6.  5 Cloth Wipes from Active Duty Diapers
7.  A Charlie Banana wet bag from Madeleine's Diaper Shoppe 
8.  Infiniti Scarf from A Real Life Country Housewife

To enter to win just simply fill out as many of the options on Rafflecopter as you wish!  This giveaway is open to US readers 18 and older.  The winner will be announced on Halloween night.  The participating bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment.  




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Sunday, October 5, 2014

FulcrumGallery.com Photo on Canvas Review

The kind folks at FulcrumGallery.com asked me to review an item in exchange for my honest opinion.



When I was asked to review an item for FulcrumGallery.com I browsed their prints on canvas and was impressed.  I also noticed they have Photos on canvas and with baby M due I thought it would be a great idea since I have a nice photo of my first to get a Photo on Canvas of her too!  I was thrilled about this so right after I had her baby pictures completed I went ahead with my order.

FulcrumGallery.com has an interesting founding story that you can read more on their website.

I will tell just a little about the day Baby M was getting her pictures taken!  I had hired a friend just like with my toddler to take pictures only this time was very last minute and it was a week later than I had originally planned.

Baby M was two weeks old and up until that day had been sleeping very good during the day.  She had other plans!  I had to sit there and breastfeed her a good hour before she would fall asleep so we could take her picture.  This is quite funny because Toddler A did the same thing!  I had planned on them wearing matching outfits for a few pictures and they turned out great!  I am glad that the WAHM I knew could do pictures on such a last minute. (Thanks Lynnesaye)

Here are a few that she captured:

As soon as my CD was ready I couldn't wait to order my picture!

My review:
I was very impressed with the ease of ordering on FulcrumGallery.com.  There is basically only a three step process to ordering.  Simply upload your photo, Select the size you want, then choose a finish.  A confirmation email was sent when my order was processed and shipping information was emailed out about 7 days later as well so I knew when to expect my package.  I was surprised it did not take long at all for this custom picture on canvas to be framed by hand and mailed out.


When I received my picture in the mail it was very carefully wrapped in cardboard as to not damage the precious picture inside.  The quality was amazing and no detail was left out in the framing and it was even signed by the framer (how often does that happen).

 I ordered the 11.75 x 8.5 inches Framed Canvas Transfer Flat Front Petite Black.  It was just what it described on the website.  The frame is a very good quality and the backing is solid with mounts to attach at either end.

I had my husband move our pictures around to put our wedding invitation and engagement pictures in the middle and both children on either side.  Baby M is pictured on the left.  I love this new arrangement on the wall in our living room!




The cost of the Picture on Canvas that I ordered was about $43.00 including shipping and this would be the only drawback for me.  If I was to purchase something like this I would not be able to as it is not in our budget.  However, FulcrumGallery.com always seems to have sales going on so that makes it more possible for the average family to get their hands on something this awesome!

Here is a photo of the framed product but I can't do it justice on the detail but you get the idea.

Overall, I am very impressed with the ease of ordering, quality and finished product of my Picture on Canvas of my sweet baby M and I will cherish it forever!  I would recommend FulcrumGallery.com for any of your picture needs.

For Custom Framed Photos just like the one I received you can go to their site here.  To see their other awesome prints you can go to their main page and search from there!

You can connect with FulcrumGallery.com on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

I did receive a product in exchange for my honest opinion.







Cloth Diaper Safe Rash Creams: Comparison

I'm the type who likes to try every option before deciding what I like best.  In this case, I'm talking about diaper rash creams.  Below are ones I have tried and I'm writing this to do a little comparison of brands to help you decide what is best for your needs!



Grandma El's
This one is great for creating a barrier.  We had a little bit of a nasty diaper rash a while back either from using hotel washers or eating banana and this was my go-to cream.  It's similar in consistency to petrolatum jelly without the harmful effects.  It allows your skin breathe and doesn't act as a film of plastic over it!  It's available in a tub or tube.



Earth Mama Angel Baby Bottom Balm
I LOVE how this balm is scented!  With an olive oil base, it definitely has a thinner consistency than others and almost seems to absorb when applied.  We didn't really have a rash to speak of when we used this, so I can't say how great it is for clearing a rash.  I think it is perfect for keeping the tush moisturized and it's packed with healing and organic ingredients.  It's available in a tub.



CJ's BUTTer
I have only tried CJ's in the tea tree and lavender scent and it's one of my top contenders for sure.  It has a perfect creamy consistency that doesn't seem to disappear on contact and keeps everything nice and supple!  It's available in a stick and a tub.



Eco Sprout Bottom Balm
I had a sample size tin and I enjoyed the scent (from a blend of essential oils), but the texture was a little lumpy.  I'm not sure if it is normally that way, or it became too hot and re-solidified.  It was a sort of a pain having to take the extra time to rub in all of the little balls (I'm guessing the beeswax?).  It's also available in a stick.



Bee Green Naturals Cocobum
This one is creamy and fluffy- almost whipped.  It has a coconut oil base, so if you like using plain coconut oil, but need something better- try this.  I had the Natural Vanilla Mint scent, but it's available in many more scents.



Grovia Magic Stick
I have a sample size chapstick tube version of this stick.  I prefer to keep it in the diaper bag so I don't have to get my fingers dirty when I'm out and about.  It provides a thin protective film.

*Something to note on almost all natural diaper rash creams:  the consistency could change depending on the weather.  When it's cooler they tend to be more firm, and vice versa.

What is your favorite go to diaper cream?  Would love to hear if you have found one that you love!

*All products mentioned were purchased by me and this is my very own opinion and I was not compensated for this post.

-Ginger :)


Saturday, September 20, 2014

Our Nursing Journey and Bravado Nursing Bras

As I talked about in my post about Baby M's birth story we had a rocky beginning as far as nursing goes because she swallowed fluid when coming out from the c-section.  You can read our story here in case you missed it!

When we did get to nurse it seemed so easy but I did have a lactation nurse right there to make sure her latch was good.  I learned from the first time two years ago how important the latch was.  The first week of Toddler A's life I had to pump and use shields because of how broken and bleeding my nips were!

A few things that I feel helped this time were I drank Organic Milk Maid Tea from Earth Mama Baby Angel each day in the hospital I drank only two bags and my milk came in the second day!  I also was sure to get hot oatmeal with a banana each morning in the hospital. As well as, my sister had given me some nursing cream to apply that was lanolin free and I feel that it worked great for me so I passed it on to another friend who was getting ready to give birth!

Once Baby M was in my room and we were able to nurse freely I did have another lactation nurse check our latch again before leaving the hospital (last time I had to return after discharge for help).  She was latching great and we are going strong!  She has gained weight pretty fast she is a little chunk now and our newborn diapers only lasted a month.  So I would say mama's milk came in just fine!

Review
Bravado sent me two bras and a nursing tank to try out and I wanted to share my experience with you and I have given my honest opinion.


The first one was THE BODY SILK SEAMLESS NURSING BRA in the color Jungle Berry.  While this selection was a few months ago (before I was lactating) so they have new vibrant colors now!



What I like about this style:

-Easy to snap down and back with one hand.  Great when you are holding your little one in the other :)!

-Love the color

-Comfortable to wear all day and all night (I sleep in a nursing bra and pads to prevent leaking)

-The bra has removable foam pads to prevent from seeing the cloth pads I wear!

-A proprietary Bra Conversion Kit (BCK) is included so you can convert your nursing bra to a regular bra when you are finished nursing to get the most for your money!



Things I found out after having Baby M:

-My boobs grew (A LOT)

-The bra made my boobs squish together like a uni-boob...for bigger chested women such as myself I would probably need a bigger size.  I had an XL and this is the biggest option.

Other than that I love the bra the feel and ease of using it!


The other style I received was The Confetti Nursing Bra.



What I like about this style:

-Easy to snap down and back up with one hand.

-Cute style with a little ribbon in the center with lace v-neck

-Wire free so easy to wear all day and night

What I did not care so much for was once again, my boobs grew much larger after my milk coming in.  With this style being an XL I also had a uni-boob.  So for me this works best at night because if I am up all day cleaning etc. I can't stand them feeling like that!


Lastly, I received The Essential Nursing Tank



What I like about the tank is that you can just slip it on under other shirts and while in public you can simply lift up one shirt and no one see's your stomach!

The clip is different on this one so it is a circle and fits under the hole.  It took me a few times to remember how to snap back especially when trying to get everything back in!

I find that this was comfortable while I was pregnant and after while nursing.  It it long enough to feel more covered especially the first few weeks after giving birth.

The only drawback for me is that I have rather large hips so it does tend to sneak up.  I am not sure how this would be fixed since it is a stretchy material but overall I do love the features of it!

You can see my review of The Bravado Essentials Embrace Nursing Bra here.

I love that Medela and Bravado have teamed up because I do have two Medela bra's from my first born that I really like to wear still.  I also like that there is a video teaching you how to correctly measure to find the size you need, because that is so important!

Connect with Bravado on their website, Facebook and Twitter!

Thank you for reading and I would love hearing from you!  How long did you breastfeed or plan to?  I did 15 months with my toddler and plan to do around the same or as long as Baby M would like to!  Also, what do you look for in a good nursing bra?

*All pictures are from Bravado's website...I did not feel you would want to see my bosoms :) I also didn't want to show them!

All opinions are truly my own!


Monday, September 15, 2014

ZAO Organic Makeup Review

Have you heard of ZAO Organic makeup?  Let me introduce you!

ZAO Organic Makeup is an eco-luxury makeup brand made in Italy from 100% natural ingredients.  Their products are "organic, chemical-free, cruelty-free, gluten-free, vegan and internationally certified by the most prestigious worldwide agencies."  This is beauty brand with a conscience whose products are sustainably crafted.  90% of their products are available in reusable bamboo packaging, which is both economical and chic.  This allows you to purchase a refill with a discount of 25-45% off!  Who doesn't love a good deal?!

ZAO sent me three of their products to review: green concealer, matifying cooked powder luminous complexion, and silk foundation.  





The green concealer is formulated to cover redness.   I tend to have redness on my nose and cheeks and this definitely helped to cancel it out.  The texture is smooth and I love that it comes in a lipstick tube for easy application.  I simply dot or draw a line where I had redness and blend it in with my finger.  I haven't used a colored concealer before this, but I loved the results.


The silk foundation comes in 6 shades and I was sent Ivory 701 to try.  This is quite possibly the best natural foundation I have tried so far.  I love the creamy consistency and I would say it provides a medium coverage.  It felt as though I was not wearing makeup, yet my skin tone looked even.  This foundation also lasts all day, and it doesn't become cake-y or greasy.  I think it performs well, especially for being a natural product.


The matifying cooked powder luminous complexion (346) is another great product.  I enjoyed using it alone and over the foundation for more coverage.  This is perfect for those days when you're in a hurry and need a little something to even out and brighten up your skin.  It provided a nice matte finish, a good amount of coverage, and leaves the skin glowing.  It felt weightless and allowed my skin to breathe. For very fair skin, it can be used on the cheek bones instead of all over the face.




Swatches from top to bottom: Matifying cooked powder, Green concealer, Silk foundation.
Here, the green concealer is dotted on the right side of my face and blended in on my left side. This is real life, folks.  No filter so you can see actual results :)  I should have applied a little under my eyes, but you get the idea.

This is with the concealer blended in and the foundation applied.

The result of using all three products combined!  I finished it off with a little mascara and clear gloss (a different brand).


Overall, I am impressed with everything I tried from ZAO!  The products are high quality, easy to use and perform really well.  They also offer more face products and a wide variety of products for eyes and lips!  Be sure to connect with them on facebook and twitter!  

ZAO has generously offered a discount code for you to try their products!  Enter ZAO914 at checkout to receive 15% off!


I was sent these products in exchange for my personal opinion.  All thoughts are my own!

-Ginger