Double Down Cosmetics – The Cruelty-Free Brand You Need to Try!

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It’s 2020, and many brands are still not cruelty-free. If this is a big deal to you, there’s one cruelty-free brand that should be on your radar, and that’s Double Down Cosmetics! This affordable, award-winning cosmetics brand offers a variety of bold and neutral cosmetics that every makeup enthusiast and makeup pro will enjoy.

The Double Down Review

Since going cruelty-free, I had the opportunity to test out a few products from Double Down Cosmetics. I chose three shadows: MEDEAIJBabsGlo, and Control ($10 each). All three of these shadows would also work when mixed with a base to use as a liner.

The shadows are nicely pigmented and blend beautifully. They’re easy to work with, and, when used with a primer, do last a few hours. The BabsGlo makes a beautiful liner, and I can’t wait to use it more that way this summer.

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Double Down Cosmetics MEDEAIJ loose shadow
Double Down The Control loose shadow
Double Down Cosmetics BabsGlo Loose Shadow

The Punk/The Future Bundle ($18.99) and Spearmint tinted lip balms are wondrous. They give a subtle tint to the lips while moisturizing them. I have been grabbing these lip balms more often than some of my higher end ones.

The Punk/The Future Bundle

If you do a lot of traveling or go into the city for school, their Starts With Foundation & Contour Ain’t About Geometry Bundle Bags ($10) is a great product). There is plenty of room to fit everything that I need in there.

Starts With Foundation & Contour Ain't About Geometry Bundle Bags

Overall Thoughts

I’ve enjoyed the products that I’ve tried so far! What’s even better is that they are super affordable, cruelty-free, and organic. If you are in the market for new makeup and want to try a new brand, I can’t say enough great things about products from Double Down Cosmetics. If you enjoy bold colors, get yourself the BabsGlos! 

And The Eyes Have It

And The Eyes Have It
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What’s the old proverb, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. To me the first thing I notice about someone when I first meet them. Now you can have amazing eyewear that’s perfect for any occasion. And just like that, the eyes have it.

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Help The Men in Your Life Find Their Style

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Every single morning, my sons and my husband roll out of bed, do their morning routine, and head out the door. Time and time again, I notice the one thing that they can care less to bother with is their hair. It’s almost as if none of the men in my life even bother to comb it!

Why is that? Is it only my boys? Can ANYONE else relate?

Maybe bedhead is in. (I really hope not)

I have purchased ‘gels’ and ‘styling creams’ but there is always a complaint about how sticky the products feel or ‘crusty’ their hair becomes. One of my sons came home from school upset one day because his hair turned white! Needless to say when this mommy asks him to style his hair, he is not having it. In regards to my husband, his answer is simply a ‘hat’.

:::sigh:::

Let’s set the record straight, the men in my life have great hair, especially my sons. Their mane is so thick and luscious, and to be honest, I am a bit jealous of their locks. I wanted to focus on my sons to help them find their own sense of style. They express themselves through their clothing, so why not their hair?

The Cut

First thing is first. The haircut. We were on a hunt for a barber that can style their hair based on face shape to give them a look they will love. The same buzz cut was getting old and to be honest my sons were not too thrilled with their haircut style.

We found the perfect barber who knew exactly what she’s doing. That’s right I said ‘SHE’. A rarity, but #LadyBarbers are starting to break that mold and leave their imprint on the barber scene. Natasha new exactly how to cut and style a young mans hair exactly suited to their face shape, wants & needs. Her credentials are astonishing, so she is a must visit if you are ever in the Waterbury, CT area.

Check out the incredible Natasha the barberess and all her work on @natasharose_thebarberess

My sons came out of the Gents BarberShop looking so handsome. They both had a nice low fade and their hairlines were cleaned up (FINALLY!). A perfect hairstyle for the winter. The best part, their hair was manageable so they can style it on their own. We just needed to find the right products to match their needs.

The Hair Product Hunt

As a family, we have tried so many products. There was always some issue. Whether the hold wasn’t there, hair felt stiff or a white cast was left behind; my sons wanted nothing to do with these type of products. It was something that was always an ‘uncomfortable’ concept for them.

BluMaan full size 2.5 oz hair products available in 5 different formulas for $21.50 USD each

This is where BluMaan came into our lives. I was not sure what to think about the pomades, creams and oils, but I thought let’s give it a try. First, I introduced BluMaan Discovery Styling Kit to my sons. They were curious as to what each product did. The packaging really had them intrigued, as did the hair product themselves. It was something they had never seen or used in their hair before.

Blue Maan Discovery Kit
BluMaan Discovery Kit retails $21.50 USD
Each container has .5oz of product.

BluMaan had five different formulas that came in a palm sized tub. Each served a different purpose for different types of hair. This was perfect to test and try to see which ones would be a good fit. I already knew my sons wanted something with a lighter hold, and BluMaan had products just for those needs.

The Five BluMaan Basics

The Original

The Original Styling Meraki was really unique. It wasn’t exactly a right fit for my boys at this point, but this stuff was real cool. It is a heavy, thick, creamy wax, that has a very strong hold and is not too shiny. This is perfect for longer and/or thicker mens hair that requires a little blow drying to style. As soon as baseball season hits, my younger son wants a ‘faux hawk’. The Meraki would be perfect to achieve that look.

Clay

The Hybrid and the Cavalier are both clays. The Hybrid is a favorite that my sons found easy to use. It did not leave their hair stiff and it looked so natural and perfectly styled. They were able to run the product through their own hair without my help. There were no complaints about stiffness or crunchy bits, which is exactly what we were looking for.

The Cavalier was a bit heavier and harder for my sons to work with. I recommend using this one while your hair is damp, if it’s dry, it will definitely tug at it. It had a super strong hold, but still had a natural look to it. If you have thick and/or curly hair, this would be perfect for you.

Clays in general are great to give your hair a fuller look and maintains any frizz you may have.

Paste

The Monarch, which is a paste, was another favorite. This product was creamier and easier to handle. It had a perfect hold that is great for school picture day. The Monarch was also perfect for combing back the hair. It did not look stiff, and you were still able to run your fingers through it.

Pomade

The final one is the Fifth Sample, which is a pomade. This one did not make it into the everyday wear category, but we had a lot of fun with it. The Fifth Sample not only held your slick back or mohawk in place, it also had this great shine to it. An interesting ingredient that sets this pomade apart from others, is that it’s water based.

My husband has used oil-based pomades in the past and it was tough to wash out. The Fifth Sample peaked his interest because of how different the ingredients were. He loved that this was so much easier to wash out compared to oil-based. A huge and unexpected win for the husband.

Pump Up the Volume

BluMann Ascend Volume Cream retails $23.00 USD

We decided to have a little fun with BluMaan Ascend Volume Cream. It came in an easy to pump bottle and has a great creamy consistency. We used about a dime size on damp hair, massaged it down to the roots and blow dried.

It required a little more work, but this was by far my favorite to use on my boys. Their hair had this gorgeous volume to it and looked completely natural. Best part, you could run your fingers through it.

Hair Health

My sons found their personal style, and some great products from BluMaan to go along with it. The one little teeny thing that I am always concerned about is if they really wash their hair well. BluMaan created an amazing product called Cloud Control, a hair oil, which can be perfect for this concern that I had.

Hair oils have been around for centuries and have some great properties. There have been claims that they can really slow down hair loss and help promote hair growth. They have also been known to condition, soften, and strengthen your hair. Personally, I adore hair oils. I use them often and love the nourishing look and protection it provides.

BluMaan Cloud Control Hair Oil retails $24.50

Cloud Control was extremely easy to use, and more importantly my boys did not fuss that there was ‘an extra step’. As soon as they came out of the shower, I added 4 drops to their hair and rubbed it in. THAT’S IT! My son’s hair has never felt softer and looked healthier. Not to mention their hair smelled incredible!

Routine

We are happy to say, we found a routine that our sons could get on board with. My husband and I think our boys finally appreciate the hair they have. It was a bit of work, but was worth it. First, we helped them find their style with the right barber (Barberess for our sons, thank you Natasha!). Then moved onto to finding hair products that worked for their needs and comfort. (Thankfully BluMaan gave us so much to choose from) Finally, we introduced a little extra ‘hair care‘ in their hygiene regimen. With some time and effort, my sons are finally discovering their unique selves.

Looking for the perfect gift for that special man in your life? Or need a gift for an aspiring barber or barberess? BluMaan has something for all mens styling needs and is perfect to keep in your barber kit.

The Perfect Prosecco For Your New Years Celebration

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New Years Eve is here and one of the finishing touches is the perfect Prosecco for your New Years celebration. Since my husband’s birthday is on January 2nd, we’re throwing a combined birthday party and New Years Eve celebration on the 31st.

I love entertaining and having our friends over. However, it definitely takes a lot of work. From planning food, activities, drinks, and massively cleaning my entire house.

This year, we decided to do a more casual New Years Eve party than we’ve done in years past. Comfy clothes or pajamas will be the dress code. We’ll be serving pizza, crock pot party meatballs, chips, pretzels, and drinks. For fun, we’ll be playing lots of board games, cards, and trivia games. Basically, we just want everyone to comfortable, relax, and have fun.

Pizza and crock pot meatballs were easy picks for casual comfort food. However, finding the right sparkling wine was more of a task! But, after a long search, I’ve found the perfect fit with Mionetto Prosecco.

I’m a girly girl and it just isn’t New Years until I’ve had my pink wine! My mini bottles of Mionetto Rose’ Prosecco  are perfect for sharing at our party! I know many of my girlfriends will love this pink sparkling wine in adorable pink bottles!

Mionetto Rose’ Prosecco is extra dry and is made from soft pressed red grapes, with beautiful notes of Peach Blossom, Raspberries, Morello Cherry and Strawberries. It also pairs wonderfully with turkey and fish.

For a more classic sparkling wine, I will also be serving Prosecco DOC Treviso Brut to our guests. This sparkling wine in the mini bottles is so perfect for guests to enjoy!

Prosecco DOC Treviso Brut has a wonderfully golden hue! It is flavored with notes of Golden Delicious Apple, Honey, and White Peach. I love the classic and elegant taste of this wine!

In conclusion, whether your New Years Eve party is casual or glam, I highly recommend Mionetto Prosecco. I love the clean and sophisticated taste! I know our guests are really going to both the Prosecco DOC Treviso Brut and Mionetto Rose’ Prosecco.

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Healthy Snacks For Your Picky Eater

Healthy Snacks For Your Picky Eater
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I knew it was going to happen, with four kids, that there would be a picky eater. My youngest is two and every day is a battle with her. So I’m constantly on the lookout for something she will love. I have finally found some healthy snacks for your picky eater to love and I can’t wait to share them with you.

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Baby Steps to a Healthier You

Health. Working out. A balanced diet. A bunch of words that sometimes is difficult to digest. Of course everyone wants to be healthy and in shape. We also want to eat fabulously tasting meals everyday. Overall that ‘Healthier YOU‘ lifestyle is what almost every human being strives for.

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Here’s the real ‘tea’. Life is chaotic and our minds keep pushing its own personal agenda of ‘you don’t have time’. This chubby girl is here to you ‘That’s an excuse.’ There is always time to be healthy.

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Multi-Use Bags For Your Busy Life

A busy life makes finding a means to transport the stuff we need essential. Whether it’s needed for sports or a similarly active lifestyle, to haul laundry, or pack for a tripbags are big. There are thousands of options to choose from. We found two Multi-Use Bags For Your Busy Life!

Multi-Use Bags For Your Busy Life--Lumehra Flex Bag-Lumehra Yoga Bag
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LUMEHRA offers two oversized bag options that I think are pretty cool. What I like most about them is that cleaning the bags themselves was taken into account during manufacturing. I’ve definitely struggled over the years to clean luggage that has become soiled by spills, fur-filled since our cats think everything is a bed for them, or dusty from being in storage.

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You Are Going To ‘Loaf’ This

A Dinner Roll Recipe That Will Be The New Family Favorite.

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It’s Friday night and time to prepare a family favorite. Dinner rolls. Not just any type of dinner rolls. Addicting Dinner Rolls. I stumbled across this recipe a while back on Pinterest, but I would like to think of it as fate. At first I thought it was a some sort of click-bait, but then I was lead to a YouTubers channel by the name ‘She’s in her Apron’ featuring this recipe and I was smitten. So I tossed on my Coddies Bread Loafers and got to work. Might as well dress the part right??

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Care For Common Skin Issues

Care For Common Skin Issues -- Bioré Witch Hazel Skin Care-Hanhoo Watermelon Illuminating Duo-MyChelle Pumpkin Skin Care
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Humans are a very diverse species. There are so many ways we are different from each other and an infinite number of ways to understand and address those issues.

One thing about us that is extremely interesting to me is how many different issues we have with caring for our facial skin. I didn’t realize until I got older myself and started having skin issues (resulting in researching the topic and reading about other women’s perspectives) how many different kinds of products there are and how many services can be utilized. It’s pretty mind boggling, honestly.

So, I won’t try to tell you which products are the best for each skin issue. You will have to do the research on different products for yourself based on your individual needs. My purpose here is to provide information on a few products that are new to me that you may be interested in looking into for your own personal use.

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Great Fashion Gifts For The Holiday Season

Great Fashion Gifts For The Holiday Season
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My goodness, how are we so close to the Christmas season already! I feel like I just blinked and it was summer. With the time for giving so close, I’ve found a couple of great shops to share. These are great fashion gifts for the holiday season, and I hope you love them too. So let’s get started!

Holiday Bishop Dress

Oh Baby!

This is one of my favorite shops for children’s clothing. Feltman Brothers have by far some of the most adorable clothing I’ve seen tailored to that old fashioned style. This company created in 1916, serves and strives to bring that vintage feel to the modern-day. I for one couldn’t love their clothing more! Everything I have from the company is perfect with the highest quality material.

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When I put my daughter Iris into that adorable Short Sleeve Holiday Bishop Dress my first thought was oh my word she looks just like a doll! To give the dress that added flare you have beautiful embroidery around the collar and around the bottom of the dress. This stunning dress is so beautiful yet so simple. It really is made to accent the innocence of the child, not being over the top with frills. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good fancy dress on a baby but the old fashioned look of this dress makes me think of a much simpler time of life.

Perfect for play.

If your little one is like mine, she’s all over the place. This dress allows for a full range of motion. I have found that a lot of dresses and clothes you find that are on the dressier side tend to be really tight and doesn’t stretch. This isn’t the case with any of the Feltman Brother products I have. They truly tailor to the needs of children.

Knit Hat

I decided to pair her beautiful dress with a Holiday Knit Hat which matches the lovely coloring in the dress. This adorable hat is so soft perfect to frame your child’s beautiful face. It gives them the extra protection against the cold and keep their little ears warm.

Be sure to check out some of my other favorite Feltman Brothers reviews with: Bringing Back Vintage Fashion for Kids and Sharing My Easter Traditions With My Kids. Feltman Brothers are the perfect addition to your child’s fashion needs. With something for every occasion, they would be the perfect gift for your little one this holiday season. For more information or to get your own products be sure to check out their Website, Facebook, or Instagram!