So in (somewhat) chronological order, here is what the Headles have been up to in the second half of 2017.
We moved! When we moved to the Seattle-area in 2013, it was to escape the armpit of America (central Florida). We knew anything would be better than the environment we were currently in but we weren't expecting to find part of our hearts in Washington. For the first time, I felt like I was truly living where I belonged-the diversity, the natural beauty, the political climate, the sheer amount of things to do there...that being said, cost of living SUCKED. It was perfect when we had two incomes but when I decided to stay home with Little Miss, it just wasn't feasible long-term. It truly broke our hearts to leave the PNW to return to Central Illinois but there have been some definite upsides to the transition.
Mainly-grandparents! My parents as well as hubby's mom now live within 30 minutes of us, so free babysitting! And on a deeper level, I grew up a day's car ride from our closest family. When we were in WA, whenever family would visit, Little Miss did not recognize them and always took a couple of days before she'd warm up to them. Now she knows when we are on our way to "Pa's!" house and when she sees my mom walking down the driveway, she sprints towards her. That makes my heart happy.
Since we aren't 100% sure how long we'll be in Central Illinois, we opted to rent a condo for a year before committing to buying a house. Let me tell you, once you own a house, it is SO hard to go back to renting. We hate our neighbors, I hate how far out we seem to be from everything, I hate that I can't put nails in the wall...renting is not my favorite. And honestly, I was just so proud of our house. I never thought I'd be a homeowner at 24 and I LOVED our house-it was new construction with pretty finishes in a nice neighborhood...I was so spoiled. Even though our rental has the same nice finishes, it's not mine. I always wanted our house to look picked up and clean and I honestly couldn't care less how messy this condo is-it's not mine.
In July, we got quite a surprise...baby #2 due March 2018! I was very happy with one child and honestly figured with the fertility struggle we had with Little Miss, IF we decided to have another, we'd have to seek medical assistance right away.
NOPE! I am currently 30 weeks with Baby Boy, planning hubby's vasectomy party (HA!)
In October, Little Miss turned two which seems impossible to me.
Thanksgiving was the best as it was the first (and last) I'd celebrate while pregnant. I 100% ate whatever I wanted with no guilt and while wearing maternity pants!
We went a little overboard for Christmas as it's the last one for Little Miss as an only child. Also this is the first year she understood presents so Christmas morning was so fun.
As far as Hubby goes, his current employment situation is up in the air which is stressful...especially being 30 weeks pregnant. He was hoping to start Police Academy with a local department but received word last week he did not get a slot. He is interviewing with all sorts of companies in various locations while also continuing the selection process with local police departments and contemplating re-enlisting in the military. Ay dios mio. For 2018 I want only one thing-stability!
With all these changes, I decided to do a little something for myself- to ease back into the workplace and bring in some extra cash! I discovered Maskcara Beauty.
As much as I LOVE makeup, once I became a SAHM, it kind of fell by the wayside. I'd put on makeup maybe once a week. I just didn't have time and honestly, who cared what I looked like?
I HATE that I felt like that. Of course, not everyone likes makeup or cares about that kind of thing but I did. Putting on makeup makes me feel good. Even if I stay home all day with Little Miss and do nothing productive, hey I put makeup on! Ha.
The day I did my makeup in under 10 minutes in the car while waiting for my Walmart Grocery order with Maskcara.
I love Maskcara for a couple reasons:
When I worked for Major Insurance Company, I was miserable. My consolation prize was every payday, we allotted $100 of my paycheck for a Sephora order. You guys, that's like $200 a month. On makeup. Wtf. Our rationale was if it kept me sane enough to continue working my job, it was worth the cost. What I wouldn't give to have an extra $200/month now!
With Maskcara, you order single tins at $14 a pop. In theory, you only need four for a complete look. That's only $56 for a complete face. Literally I spent the same amount of money to sign up as an Artist (receiving the majority of product for the money) that I spent on these ridiculous makeup orders Every. Single. Month.
Who would have thought becoming a mom would turn me into a minimalist? That's not to say I don't have stuff-I don't think an actual minimalist will ever accuse me of being one but I cannot stand clutter anymore. If I can use one product several different ways, thereby getting rid of five other products-that's what I want to do! Now I can fit my entire makeup look in my wallet. IN MY WALLET.
Our eyeshadows can be used as eyeliners and brow fillers, highlights and contours can be used as eyeshadow, eyeliner, and brow fillers, blush can be used as lipstick, and all our brushes are double-ended, cutting your brush collection in half without missing out on any usage. This reflects back onto #1-less items means less money spent!
I've tried other makeup companies and honestly was never really impressed with the quality. Either the price was the same as what I'd get at Sephora (I'll stick with Sephora, thank you), or I didn't think the quality was there. I am PICKY when it comes to what I put on my face. My skin is super dry so a lot of makeup doesn't feel good on me. I'm mixed, so my skin is hard to match. Both of these are non-issues with Maskcara. Color matching was a breeze, coverage is amazing, and I can go all day without touching up my face and my skin doesn't feel tight at the end of the day.
My skin doesn't feel dry even in -9 degree weather (I wish that was an exaggeration.)
It literally takes me 10 minutes to do my makeup with Maskcara. Literally.
5. Artist program
While I love the product enough to be a customer, I took a look at their Artist program. Hey if I can get the makeup along with financial and product benefits, why not? I had been looking at other direct sale companies for awhile but their distributor programs didn't appeal to me. Either the commission sucked or I didn't like that customers had to sign up and pay to be a "preferred" customer. Bleh. Not with Maskcara! Customers create an online account at NO charge, just like they would with any sort of online shopping. I receive commission on everything ordered and free makeup on top of that. Done son!
For those not yet familiar with Maskcara, I'll wrap this up with a short video introducing you to our main product, IIID Foundation. My goal is to post somewhat-regularly on here, about Maskcara, family life, other beauty products...basically about whatever interests me in the hope it also interests you! Happy 2018 ya'll.