I miss you guys. It’s been a minute since I last blogged - I have all these ideas everyday and all these things I want to post and share but yet I haven’t been able to find a minute in my day. I’ve taken photos and jotted down all the yummy recipes I’ve been meaning to share & finding super cute fashion pieces for super cheap prices...and it has yet to make it here!
It’s been a pretty busy month full of events! From launch events for Becca, Smashbox, Hourglass, Duart & Laura Mercier, to my launches with the Minimalist Mauves & Mauve Jewels, to Meet & Greets at Naimies, being part of the Simply event, teaching a Makeup course for a week, family events and having tourists from Armenia...you get the point. It’s been fun, exciting & exhausting all into one.
Kat has been really attached to me lately and although I love it and my heart melts that she always wants to be with me; this also means she won’t sleep unless I’m sleeping with her. Especially since she caught a cold and has a fever the last 2 days; she’s getting away with it. Currently we’re in my bed and she’s laying next to me trying to fall asleep. Once she’s asleep, we take her to her bed. But this also means possibly laying here next to her for 2 hours starring at a dark ceiling. When I open my phone, she starts screaming, “Peppa Pig!!” - so I quickly put my phone away. So basically, being active on social media has been quite the challenge lately!
These next few weeks seem to be a little calmer so I hope to take full advantage of my “free” time. UNTIL, my concealers and powders launch in mid September, then its game time. With that said, thank you all SO much for your love and support with the Mauves - it truly makes me so happy from the bottom of my heart to hear that you’re loving them. You guys inspire me to keep going and continue to do what I love, which is creating products I know you will love. Till next time!
So excited to be teaching again after a year! I cannot believe its been that long; but I've been really occupied and finally have a short break to teach this class! It's been highly requested and I really do miss teaching and being involved! I don't know when my next class will be, as I have different artists teaching each month - so if you are really interested in learning from me, sign up asap to reserve your spot. The course will allow only 14 students max, so it will be first come first serve basis. The class, as every, will include a full kit handpicked by me (plenty Elcie ;) and you will have all the essentials you need to become a makeup artist. The course is for everyone from Intermediate to Advanced, as the class is structured to start from 0 to 100, my way. Visit our website to download the application or email LilitsMakeUpStudio@gmail.com. Looking forward to seeing you!
Who would've thunk it? Well, I guess I did! Haha. We were in Hawaii for 5 days. We put on sunblock every single day (40 for the face, 50 for the body), none of us burned for the first 4 days. Then comes Day 5 and the sun was not playing games anymore. ALL 4 of us burned (along with Kat, the tiniest bit on her shoulders)! Either her sunscreen was stronger/better than mine or I just kept showering her in it. I layed down to tan for maybe about an hour, front and back. As I was laying there, I jumped up and remembered I didn't sunblock my ears! I mean...Ive had sunburn issues before, so I know; but I also knew it was too late. My face got a nice color, my ears? FRIED. In any case, because we kept going in and out of the water, all of our bodies burned, like, really bad. We went back home and realized out of all the sunblocks I bought, we didn't have any after sunburn lotions. What I DID bring was Kat's butt paste for diaper rashes. If it calms and heals the redness/irritation & burn from her butt, why couldn't it do the same to our bodies?
This SAVED us! I noticed Desitin had 13% Zinc Oxide which helps with inflammation and helps heal quicker. Although thick and sticky, we put that cream all over our bodies. It does burn for a few minutes (poor babies) but then really calms down your burn/pain! When I came home, I found Kat's Burt's Bees Diaper Rash Cream and noticed that one had 40% Zinc Oxide! I am sure there are many products out there that are specifically made for after-sun burns and I am in no way a scientist or chemist, but this was a sunburn GEM. Also, I read that people have used it on their acne. What are your thoughts?
I want to start off saying that I am in no way a PRO at traveling with a toddler. Hawaii was my first time with Kat and packed things I knew my child would need. Everyone knows their child best, so if there is something your toddler normally wants/needs, then make sure to pack it! Below is a list of stuff that I put together and saved me a lot of headache on this trip. I am not going to make this a "Packing List" as there is many on google. Also, every mom knows what to pack their child on a regular basis - so don't forget those! I hope this is helpful!
1. FLIGHT HOURS - This one isn't an item, but I believe its the first most important thing! My child is 2 and her sleep is VERY important to her and for me. When Kat doesn't get her nap, she becomes annoying & frustrating, as I assume does every kid. Make sure the flight times you are taking are either during his/her nap time and or evening sleeping time. Kat still naps about 3,3.5 hours a day, so on our way there, she slept for more than half the ride. Coming back was red eye, so she slept through the entire flight. Only struggle is, they are not that comfortable sleeping in their seat as they can't lay down, so I held her in my arms. Tip: put a little blanky on the handle bar and have her lay her head there so your arm doesn't get tired.
2. GAMES/MOVIES - This is going to be your life savor. As any two year old, Kat loves cartoons. I downloaded a few movies onto my phone and she entertained herself until she slept. If your child doesn't stay focused on cartoons, just take her/his favorite toys with you and take several of them! Coloring books, little toys, puzzles, etc. Oh & this goes hand in hand with toddler ear phones! It will also help with their ears possibly hurting.
3. COMFORT ITEM - Everyone knows Kat's obsession with her Bunny and her Pacifier. She will absolutely not sleep unless they are both in her possession. Make sure you take a comfort item not only on the plane but to your hotel as well, so that he/she will feel at home.
4. CAR SEAT - If you plan on going on a trip that will require you to drive around there, you have one of two options: check in your car seat, or rent a car there with a cat seat. If you plan on staying in the hotel the entire time, there is no point. You can order a car in advance that already has a car seat. Confirm before flying out.
5. STROLLER - We don't really use a stroller as much as we used to anymore. She loves walking with us and if she gets tired, we carry her. We almost didn't take it, but so glad we did! We did late night dinners at different hotels and she would just knock out in the stroller. That way, we are not rushing to get home because its Kat's nap time!
6. BLANKY - If you don't already know, the plane can get cold to freezing temperatures. Some flights have blankies, but its best to take your own. Kat has one that is super soft and wraps into a little burrito so it is easy to travel with.
7. CHANGE OF CLOTHES - This is one thing I didn't do on the way there, I made sure I did on the way back! We were ready to fly and I noticed her peepee seeped through her diaper and got all over her pants! I took it off, layed it out to dry and kept her butt naked with just a diaper and a blanky. I was so mad at my self! She hardly ever pees through her diapers now; but of course, on the plane, it was a must.
8. WIPES - As much as the plane is cleaned before you go on it... I am pretty sure it is not sanitized the way it should be, especially for your toddler! Take some wet ones with you and wipe down everything around him/her. Last thing you want is a sick baby!
9. SNACKS - If there is anything that will calm my child in public, its snacks. When I am out with her, I take every kind of snack you can think of. She doesn't love to eat, but she sure loves to snack! When flying out, make sure you take his/her favorite snacks & then some! ALSO, while descending, Kat started crying because it seemed like her ears were hurting. I gave her water sippy cup right away so she can swallow and open her ears, or give them something like gummy bears!
10. ALUMINUM BOTTLE - Depending on how long your flight is, you might want to be prepared with some cold milk/water. The flight doesn't always have cold water & may sometimes run out of milk. Be prepared! They will check inside the liquid at customs; but will let you pass with a toddler. I also took this with me on the beach! Kat had cold water at all times. :)
David and I have been out of town 5 times out of 6 months. I had to go to NY for work back in January, Italy in March (work trip we turned into a vacation and David’s FIRST Euro trip ever), Chicago also for work, New York once again and Vegas for a short little getaway. As exciting it is to travel, each time we left, my heart broke a little more. I really don’t know how parents who always have to travel for work do it. Once your child starts noticing you’re gone and misses you, it’s the worst. The last time I went to NY in June, it was only 4 days, but I cried when I left her at my moms; especially when I heard her screaming “mommmyy!” out of her crib. I thought that’s it, were coming back and taking her somewhere with us. Considering it was my Birthday, our Wedding Anniversary and a long weekend, it was perfect timing to plan a little trip with our Kitty Kat.
Although I was hesitant & scared, my husband more than me! He was set on a hard “no” until I convinced him (so did everyone else who had traveled with a Toddler) and now we’re both convinced that this trip was by far the best decision we’ve ever made! Many things go through your mind, from the fear of the flight, to her possibly screaming on the plane, to making sure she doesn’t sunburn after being in the sun for 5 days and being super cautious in the ocean. I mean, EVERYTHING crosses your mind; but I also know that that fear for your child will never go away no matter how old they are. In order to overcome your fear, build experiences, make memories and show your child a good time, you have to take the first step!
Listen, there were moments in the plane when she screamed (for no reason at all), I layered sunblock after sunblock like a psycho, if I blinked - she’d be charging towards the water and so on. But I also realized it’s NOTHING different when we’re back at home in LA. She screams in public (restaurants, malls, etc,), I never blink when we’re out and really just always try to be the utmost attentive and cautious Mom. So why do we build this doubt and distrust for ourselves and are afraid to be free and live? It’s us, it’s in our heads and we do it to ourselves. Yes, having children is a scary thing that requires a lot of responsibility, but THAT, you should be confident in; if not, then maybe you need some more time - and that’s ok!
But when ready...get ready for one of the most special times of your life. Seeing Kat so happy this entire trip just melted my heart. Was it harder to trip with her than if we were just to go as adults? Of course. Was it worth taking her on this "relaxing" getaway? Absolutely. She may not remember it a year from now, but she’ll have these photos and memories 20 years from now and that’s just priceless. I mean, the kid went on a hike through the jungle and went through a river to a beautiful waterfall! I can’t wait to tell her these stories and show her the photos years from now. I’d really love to hear your thoughts on traveling with a toddler, how was your experience and what did you learn from it?
In my next blog post, I’ll share my advise on traveling with a toddler and ALL my must-haves. You can never be prepared enough with these little munchkins!
If you don’t already know Kat, let me just give you a little background on her: she is one of the most active 2 year olds you’ve seen! And when I say active, I mean fearless, relentless, quick & sharp. Although I am very happy she took after daddy, I am also very scared lol. Daddy, is very well of his actions, a 2 year old? Not so much!
Before I had a child, I criticized parents who would put “leashes” on their kids. I would think, “she’s not a dog!” But let me tell you, dogs are more disciplined than a 2 year old. I took Kat to Disneyland for the first time last year and I purchased one to take with me and boy am I glad I did! This child wants to run like the wind every chance she gets. Have you seen her climb up the slides at kids indoor playgrounds? Lighting bolt.
Long story short, she loves the water! She loves baths, pools and the ocean. We took her to the beach in October and she would just run to the water as if she knew what she was doing. Although her excitement would make me happy, it equally scared me.
As Summer is approaching, I knew it was crucial for me to take her to swimming lessons. After much research and referrals, I decided to take her to “Swim to Selena” in Sherman Oaks, Ca. The location is at her home but don’t be confused: although very homey, she is a professional and an expert swimming instructor.
The courses are 2 weeks, 9 classes, 30 minutes a day. I was lucky she accepted Kat because she missed the first day, but you cannot miss a single class. The trick is consistency and I noticed that from coming back to class from the weekend. The goal of the class is to teach non-swimmers not only how to swim, but how to survive. God forbid they ever get pushed in the pool, fall or even jump in, how to quickly turn around and get back to the wall or a safe zone. The goal of this class is to not be afraid of the water, learn how to swim underwater holding their breath and know how to get themselves out of any dangerous situations; not to be a professional swimmer.
Kat cried/screamed the first 2 days...I swear I was crying with her lol. (Look at picture above with her trying to hide , sticking to the wall!). However, Selena said it was perfectly normal and I trusted her as she has several kids every 30 minutes like 8 hours a day! By Day 3, just as expected, she cried less. Mind you, although she was crying the first few days, she was still swimming and pushing! By the second week, the tears were gone and so was the fear. It was back to Kat loving the water and not wanting to get out! In fact, quite a few times, she would throw herself in the water off the bench when it wasn’t her turn! Remember that quick, fearless girl? Yup, she’s back! At the end, even the instructor assured me she would be that kid at a pool party jumping in the water! Although it was a hard process for me as a mom, I trusted in the structure of the class and knew I HAD to do this for Kat.
If you’re thinking about taking your child to swimming lessons, don’t think twice!!! We NEED to be proactive in the safety of our children and we NEED to take action. Don’t say, “tomorrow”, what’s more important today? If Selena is not close to your home/location, find one closer to you and book it ASAP. I hope this post was helpful! Please feel free to comment and let me know if you have any questions or concerns!
This was part of my blog posts earlier this year. Decluttering your life one closet, car, pantry, and makeup drawer at a time. I’ve been on this “cleanse” for a month now and it feels so good! I still have a few more spaces to go through, but the progress has been calming and uplifting, all at the same time.
I started with my closet. I take out a couple bags every few months, keep only what I’m currently wearing and give away everything else I haven’t worn or won’t anymore. I don’t throw anything in the trash by the way; I give it away to family, friends and those in need in Armenia. I later moved on to my shoe closet and emptied that out, then my kitchen pantry (which is way too small and inconvenient for anyone), then to Kats drawers and all the clothes she can’t fit in anymore, her toys, husbands closet, bathroom cabinets, and any other drawer/closet I found in my house.
I later moved onto my Elcie office and emptied out 3 boxes of Makeup I’ve been sent; which I took to the girls at my studio to be able to use on their clients. While I was organizing them at the studio, I emptied out THOSE Makeup drawers and refreshed them, cleaned out the receptionist drawers, color room cabinets and the entire kitchen! Oh and not to forget, cleansing out my phone: I uploaded and backed up 15k photos and deleted them off my phone. When I tell you I’ve been on a cleanse...I’ve been on a cleanse!
In other words...it’s been a tiring and busy few weeks lol. Not only cleansing is good because you declutter and have a sense of calmness and organization around but I’ve found it to be very therapeutic. When I’m decluttering physical things out of my life, I simultaneously declutter my mind; I think of all the junk in my head and I toss it away with the physical junk I don’t need anymore. When I’m organizing physical things, I’m simultaneously organizing my thoughts and getting everything in order; I file away what I don’t currently need and bring up to surface the things that I really want and need and those that matter - the keepers!
We are constantly filling our minds with garbage throughout the day. Whether it’s something we saw on tv, social media, heard through a friend, or just things we create in our minds...although only natural, it clouds it from all the things we SHOULD be thinking about and filling our minds with. Most of you already know I enjoy a good read every so often. I read at least a few chapters of an inspiring, motivational or uplifting book each night before I sleep. Reading being the last thing I do before I go to bed...I go to sleep with only positive thoughts in my mind and wake up with a fresh mood and attitude. I used to scroll through my phone every night before I slept and I believe that’s one of the worst things you can do. In fact, I wake up now and have a cup of coffee and enjoy my morning with Kat before I even look at my phone. It’s seriously been such a life changing start and finish to my every day and highly, HIGHLY recommend it.
What do you do to declutter your life & thoughts? Any rituals you have? Would love to hear your thoughts.
I used to go on Snapchat and talk to my followers 30 minutes to an hour at a time. I used to write up blog posts about the smoothies I made or my weekend with my family. I used to write up reviews on new products. I used to be more “connected”. And when I say “used to”, it seems like years ago and although it’s only been a few months, it’s been too long and I miss you guys. I stay as connected as possible with Instagram, but even then, I let it slip sometimes.
But the real questions is, how in the world are we in June?! Every month I think, NEXT month it’ll be better, NEXT month I’m free and I’m still trying to catch up with that “NEXT” month. Between meetings in New York, Italy & Chicago in 4 months, between Elcie, Lilit Makeup Studio, Youtube & Family, I haven’t had the chance to connect. Sometimes I think that it’s ok & that we should allow ourselves to disconnect and LIVE every so often; but when I do, I feel guilty and feel as though I’ve neglected my followers and that’s not fair either! So for those who always ask, “How do you balance it all?” - I’m still trying to figure it out.
Staying active is really important for any Influencer. We need to always stay relevant, create good content and be creative. It doesn’t seem so complicated right? Believe me, it’s work! A simple makeup look takes time to do, takes time to catch good lighting, take enough photos, find one you like, editing, etc. For a mom with a business to run, this is 3x more difficult. I absolutely LOVE makeup and when I’m not creative I miss it and get mad at myself for it. So it’s basically this vicious cycle of me trying to catch up in one category or another!
However, I don’t want this to come off as a complaint! I HATE complaining and have completely shifted my mind to be the most optimist person I can be. But, I did want to catch up with you guys and give you a little insight on where I’ve been and tell you that I miss you.
Elcie has been kicking my butt. Having your own brand is a blessing and although I love every second of it, it’s more work than the 3 jobs I used to have at the same time! The stress level and the daily struggles are beyond; but it truly drives me and makes me want to work harder to become the best at what I do.
I have a LOT to update you guys on and in due time, I hope to be able to share it. I love you guys and hope that you’re all doing so well! I’m making an active decision to come back to this board soon, till then, share with me! Comment and share how your life’s been? I want to hear from you.
My husband and I decided to get away for the weekend on a last minute local trip. We really wanted to spend time with Kat and do things that she would enjoy & not just things WE enjoy! My friend Viola said it best, "Who do we think we are? Thinking we can do fancy lunches" We assume we can live the life we had before and that it will be "instagram" beautiful with the kids sitting in their high chairs, proper and appropriate. Absolutely not! That is not ideal with a 2 year old, well, most 2 year olds. We did that easily till she was about ONE, then she started to walk and it was over from there lol. What we SHOULD be doing is taking them places they can run buck-wild and truly have fun! So my husband and I try to think of random things to do so that she can have a good time - we enjoy her smiles more than anything.
We went to San Diego for the weekend and stopped by Carlsbad on the way back. I never even knew such a beautiful flower field existed! Now THAT’s instagrammable. Wear a nice spring/summer dress and go take photos! You can’t pick the flowers of course, but they do have it picked for you and you can buy them on the way out. AND it was a field of my favorite flowers, Ranunculus. These flowers are usually very expensive to buy, but you can buy a small bouquet for $3.99. The flower field was beautiful in person and was really hard to capture in a picture. I tried taking some nice photos of Kat but she had seen an open field and just ran around buck-wild, as mentioned before lol.
The flower field falls right behind an awesome shopping outlet and 5 minutes from the Straweberry field! In other words, take the day off and make a visit. Once we finally got some photos in and let Kat run around aimlessly, we drove to the Strawberry field. This was truly the most amazing experience with our babygirl! Reminded us both of times we used to do this with our grandparents in their backyards when we were kids. And Kat? She loved it! As most of you know, Kat is obsessed with Strawberies. Can you imagine her? She didn’t know which one to pick! She was picking and eating every single one, even the white and green ones lol. Side note: do NOT take your nice shoes, you’re going to get dirt all over them. Let’s not even talk about the mess Kat was in...omg! Let’s just say, we’re taking our car for a detail wash tomorrow. On a brighter note, the strawberries were delicious and the experience, memorable!
Right before I left to Italy, I unboxed this amazing Lancome PR box. I didn't get a chance to put it to use until I got back and did my YouTube video. You can watch the application here. However, I didn't give a time test on my video because it was more of a first impressions. I have to say that the Teint Idole Liquid Foundation lasted ALL DAY! It stayed matte, coverage was great - but didn't look heavy at all. I assumed it would go on heavy since it is a thicker consistency, but it actually sets beautifully onto the skin. I haven't had a chance to test out the foundation sticks yet because to be quite honest, the colors I received were way too pink for me. I will try to grab one in my shade and test it out soon! Read my full review on the rest below!
Teint Idole Ultra Wear
As mentioned above, this foundation looked flawless on the skin. As I mentioned in my video, definitely use a buffing brush of some sort to apply it. With thicker consistency liquids and creams, sponge doesn't apply it correctly. With that said, I tried this foundation again with a buffing brush from Real Techniques and it went on so much smoother and quicker coverage. Once set, the makeup didn't move all day and kept my skin looking flawless until I washed if off. If you are looking for medium to full (buildable) matte coverage, you'll love this. You can see in the picture below how its covered all my veins...and I have very apparent veins!
Teint Idole Ultra Makeup Stick
Unlike other stick foundations, this didn't go on heavy at all. The consistency was quite thin, but again, great coverage. However, this foundation did have a more "skin like" finish and wasn't as matte as the liquid. I have always said, always will - stick foundations are not for oily skin. The mattest stick foundation I have ever come across was Hourglass (which I still love), but if you are not oily - you will love this. See below:
Teint Idole Ulta Wear Camouflage
Without a doubt, this concealer is definitely FULL coverage. The coverage was phenomenal and had very minimal creasing! The trick to using concealers like this is to really use a small amount and warm it up underneath your eyes. Warm it up on the back of your hand and use your ring finger to tap along or just put a few dots under your eyes and use your finger to tap along. Loved this! See coverage and consistency below, without the blend!
Custom Strobing & Highlight Drops
These drops are SO damn pretty! I have been obsessed with mixing luminous drops into my foundation routine lately. I just take a drop or two and mix it into my foundation and apply to my face with a buffing brush. I later (if Im feel glam-ie) add a drop on the high points of my cheekbones as well, while setting it in with a powder highlighter. I will do a tutorial on this look soon. In any case, these colors are perfection. The bronzey one would be gorgeous in the summer over the contour. BTW, I am giving these away (sadly) to one of you! Just make sure you are subscribed to my channel, like & subscribe to THIS video.
I hope you found this review helpful! Let me know if there are any other launches you would like me to do a thorough review on like this! Love you guys. XOXO.