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Having Two Under Two | LYLAS Video

In less than a month we will no longer have two under two! Feels like yesterday I was laying in bed, 9 months pregnant, snuggling my 15 month old, and slightly panicking about what was in store for us as a family of four. The journey wasn’t easy but as the girls grow, and their bond forms, I am constantly reminded of how valuable these past two years have been.

Curious of some of the challenges we faced and what our two under two experience was like? Click on the video below!

 

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2017 Summer Make Up Must Haves

It’s been a little while since I’ve aimlessly shopped for make up! Since we’re so close to summer, I couldn’t have picked a better time to do so and of course, share!

1. JACLYN HILL x MORPHE EYE SHADOW PALETTE

Set your alarms, ladies! The much-anticipated Jaclyn Hill x Morphe Eye Shadow Palette is set to be released TODAY June 21 at 8 AM PST here. Have you seen how GORGEOUS this palette is!? The palette consists of 35 shades and according to Jaclyn, will retail for around $38.00 – such a steal! For anyone who doesn’t know, Jaclyn is a professional makeup artist who started at MAC but quickly grew her talent and following on YouTube, averaging millions of views – she’s the real deal.

2. KKW BEAUTY CREME CONTOUR & HIGHLIGHT KITS

If you’re a fan of Kylie Cosmetics, you may want to find another alarm because KKW (Kim Kardashian West) Beauty is also launching TODAY at 9am PST here. Kim is releasing creme contour and highlight kits. She’s shown on her SnapChat that she made sure her bestie, and world famous celebrity make up artist, Mario DeDivanovic had played a large role in approving the formula and color of her cosmetics. Kim basically made creme contour and highlighting famous so, we’re thinking these sets may totally be worth a try!

3. URBAN DECAY NAKED HEAT EYE SHADOW PALETTE

If you’ve loved any of the Urban Decay Naked palettes, something hot is calling your name. The new Urban Decay NAKED Heat palette is everything you need for summer. This beautiful range of fiery neutrals are sure to give you the perfect look. I’ve actually taken a break from the NAKED palettes but this bad boy has brought me back!

4. BECCA x CHRISSY TEIGEN GLOW FACE PALETTE

If the stunning model, mama, chef, and ultimate beauty queen Chrissy Teigen gave you make-up advice, would you take it? Don’t worry, you don’t have to answer that – the answer is obviously yes. Thankfully, Chrissy Teigen paired up with one of the best beauty brands out there, Becca and together, they created the perfect glow face palette for all your summer looks! Each shade featured in this palette blends like a dream and works well on just about any skin tone.

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dry shampooA few posts back, Leigha mentioned her favorite dry shampoo: Batiste. If you can recall, she was more than halfway through her pregnancy, hormonal, and her hair was oiler than ever – so, basically this dry shampoo was a unicorn if it was worthy enough to make her cut of must-haves during this time period. Well, we both still use Batiste (even more now in the warmer months) and recently found out that we weren’t alone in our adoration for Batiste’s Dry Shampoo! Batiste ranked in the top picks of dry shampoos on Reviews.com! Just how good is that? Well, Reviews.com spent 6 weeks researching, testing over 50 formulas and consulting with experienced stylists/beauty industry experts to determine which were the best at delivering fresh hair without a full wash! Check out their full dry shampoo guide here.

 

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My Scary Labor & Delivery Story | LYLAS VIDEO!

My labor & delivery of my first baby was a breeze! I labored for 6 hours, pushed for 45 minutes and had an epidural less than half way through! Pretty much a pregnant woman’s dream, or at least it was for me! So naturally, I assumed my second baby’s labor & delivery would be somewhat similar. Well boy oh boy was I wrong! Apparently Lorenzo had other plans in mind; like trying to make his grand entrance into the world in the Hospital lobby. True story.

Watch Leigha share her terrifying delivery story AND meet the little man himself! Subscribe to our Youtube Channel for weekly postings on all things life and beauty.

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Tips for Battling the Baby Blues

So you’ve just had a baby – Congratulations! Everyone is over the moon excited for you and you are too! This life you have created and grown inside of you the last 40 weeks is finally here, and you’re mesmerized. It’s all new and exhilarating and magical… until a couple of days after bringing baby home and suddenly, it’s not.

It seems like all at once the reality of a newborn and outrageous hormones hit you like a freight train. You’re overwhelmed, sleep deprived, scared, stressed, and in most cases, CLUELESS of what is going on; not only with baby, but with you as well. You’re bursting into tears for irrational things, you’re finding yourself growing angry at the smallest of issues, and you’re wondering what the hell you were thinking bringing this baby into the world with such a crazy mother. Well sister, welcome to the Baby Blues.

Let me be the first to tell you, and I want you to really understand this; YOU ARE NOT ALONE. I feel like the baby blues and postpartum depression are some of the BIGGEST kept secrets about becoming a new mom. You very rarely hear a woman talk about how down and dark she felt after having her baby. Is it because society paints this unrealistic picture of what having a newborn should be like? With all the perfectly posed photos and all the advertisements of a mom rocking her peacefully sleeping baby at night? Whatever it is, open discussions about baby blues is such a taboo in our culture; which makes moms who are battling it feel even more alone.

I had absolutely no idea that managing and working through my baby blues would be so incredibly hard with my first baby, Ellie. With Enzo being my second baby however, I was able to handle them much better this time – mainly because I made a conscious effort to recognize and communicate what I was experiencing. So naturally I wanted to share what helped me the most, so that I may be able to help another mother that is struggling like I did.oh baby banner jpg

TIPS FOR BATTLING THE BABY BLUES

Recognition

The first thing that helped so much with my baby blues was admitting that I was experiencing them! With my first baby, I was convinced that I had turned crazy. That there was surely something wrong with me, because who cries over having to wash bottles for the third time today? I had heard how much a baby can change a woman, and I was scared that I was going to be a mess of a person forever. With baby number two however, I would still burst into tears for the smallest of things (like when my toddler refused to give me a hug), except this time I knew it wasn’t me acting psychotic, it was the hormones. Once I accepted the fact that I was going through the baby blues, it made it so much easier to allow myself to be emotional while also knowing that this too will pass.

Communication

The next GREATLY important tip that saved me from crying myself to sleep at night was communication. If I was feeling sad, I would say it. I wasn’t trying to hide my erratic emotions from anyone, and that helped me so much. I am incredibly lucky to have the friends, family, and Fiancé that I have. I texted Krystal at all hours of the night just to articulate and talk through what I was feeling. And after every conversation with her, I felt better. I had family members ask me what I needed help with, and when I shared that meals were becoming overwhelming for me to prepare, serve, and clean up, guess what happened? They brought me dinner. When I cried on my Fiancé’s shoulder one night and told him I was feeling all alone, he came to the baby’s room after putting our toddler to bed to cuddle with me as I fed Enzo to sleep. The moral to all of these instances is that if you communicate with the people around you about what you’re feeling, they will respond with exactly what you need at that moment.

It is Not Happiness All The Time

Lastly, and I don’t think enough women truly understand this one, but having a newborn is one of the hardest things you will ever experience, both physically and mentally. There isn’t much to be excited about when all they do is scream at you when they are hungry. Or wet. Or hot. Or cold. Or tired. Or, …you get the idea. And it is OKAY for you not to be happy about all of this. I felt so guilty about feeling unhappy with my first baby that I would tell myself how terrible of a mother I was. I mean, why didn’t I feel rainbows and butterflies every time I looked at her little face like all the other moms said they felt all over social media. Oh that’s right, because social media is only the highlights of that mother’s day. She isn’t posting a crying rant at 3 am when their baby is refusing to go back to sleep. She isn’t posting a video of her baby hysterically crying any time she gets put in a car seat. And she isn’t posting a picture of herself with hair that hasn’t been washed in days and clothes that have baby fluids all over them. Once I started to IGNORE the lie social media portrays of motherhood, I stopped being so guilty about how I was feeling. It’s not only okay to not be jumping for joy during this time period, it’s actually normal!

So relax, new Mama. Remind yourself that you are doing the best you can and rest assure that this time will pass and it will get better. You are a warrior now. You are a mother.

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I truly thank every friend who checked in on me and every family member who took the time to give me a call or bring me a meal. But most importantly I thank my Fiancé, who has not only catered to my every need these last two weeks, but also exemplified what an amazing father he is to our children each and every day.

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IT Cosmetics CC Cream First Impression | LYLAS Video

From bloggers to celebrities, I’ve seen this guy ALL over the internet lately – so, I just HAD to try it! Hopefully, you’re just as curious as I was, and if so, head on over to our LYLAS YouTube channel to see just how I felt about trying this highly reviewed, full-coverage CC cream for the first time:

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