5 Essentials for a Chic New Mom

By Erika, Fashion Expert

Being a new mom isn’t easy. Of course, I’d read that and people told me that. But nothing fully prepares you for just how true those words are until you have a newborn baby of your own. I, of course, totally believed that I would be killing the new mom game and would be prancing around like the chic celebrities we see on TV, in magazines and on Instagram (yeah, the ones with teams of people who help and support them). But alas, when James was born, I was NOT.

In fact, when my son was born it took me the amount of time we spent in the hospital to realize that it would be some time before I was as chic as I thought I would be. Mostly because I wanted to spend my free time getting extra ZZZs, finally taking a shower, or catching up on housework. I had to decide what items were essential for me, which of those I could find and elevate, from there, I came up with my “5 Essentials for Chic New Moms.”

Baby Wrap

I was told by numerous moms that I would need a baby wrap. But, if I’m being honest, I was skeptical if it would work on me as a plus sized mom. I was wrong – it works and I can’t live without my wrap! What got me over the hump? Well, research about which ones work for plus size Mommas. And an Instagram account called @plussizebabywearing, which features plus size mommas wearing their babies in a variety of ways with different baby wraps. We ended up going with a Boba Wrap, which I love. But there are a TON of various brands and styles for you to choose from. And, because I love my baby wrap so much, I am excited to say that we sell EGMAO Baby Wraps on The Chic Boutique.

Wrap: Boba

Stylish Leggings

OK, I’ll admit, I used to be squarely on team “leggings aren’t pants.” I also only owned one pair of sweatpants until I got married. Needless to say, I have changed my ways. As a new mom who wanted to look great but who is often short on time, still recovering from childbirth and learning to embrace her postpartum body, leggings became my best friend for a while. I figured I might as well embrace leggings and rock stylish ones on the daily. I already had a ton of cute workout leggings with cut-outs, patterns, and bright colors. But I also needed some that I could wear out – like to events or just dinner with my husband. So I invested in a couple of pairs – faux leather, moto, etc. I love them. And I’m not sure how I’m ever going to go back to work since I can’t wear leggings to the office every day.

Leggings: Popfit Clothing

Backpack Diaper Bag

There is no shortage of diaper bags on the market for parents these days. But trust me, a backpack diaper bag is the way to go. When you are wrangling a baby, their car seat or stroller, your purse, and potentially whatever other crap you inevitably have as a mom, the LAST thing you feel like dealing with is a shoulder bag. With a backpack diaper bag you can sling it right over your shoulders and have both hands free to maneuver the 50 million other things you’ll have your hands full with. We scored our bag on Amazon Prime Day but I honestly wish I had taken more time to pick it out. Ours is incredibly functional with tons of pouches and pockets (and even a phone charging port) – which you’ll need – however, they sell bags exactly like ours in all sorts of cute and fun patterns. Sure, grey is neutral and always in style, but how cute are these designs? No matter what you get, I’d definitely recommend a backpack diaper bag.

Baby Brezza One-Step Bottle Sterilizer Dryer

So no, you can’t wear this one, but OMG do you need it! You’re going to be washing more bottles, nipples, pump parts and binkies than you’ll know what to do with. And now, bottles come with extra little inserts to keep babies from having gas, colic and reflux. It’s a LOT. And sterilizing them the old fashioned way is time consuming and a pain. But this Baby Brezza One-Step Bottle Sterilizer Dryer is a life saver! You can sterilize and dry your bottles and pump parts all in one-step. Or, if your like me, use the dry-only function after each wash. And it fits various bottle brands, so whether you are using Avent, Dr. Brown’s, Parent’s Choice, or something else entirely, it will work! It’s such a time saver, which is all you want when you’re short on time!

Eye Masks

As a new mom you should just go ahead and embrace the fact that you are going to be tired. Like, really tired. Even if your baby sleeps (which, they probably won’t in the beginning) you will likely still be tired. In fact, I’m not sure I’ll ever not be tired again. And, while coffee and other caffeinated beverages help, they cannot keep you from LOOKING tired. Which is why, over the last 16 weeks, I have become a connoisseur of eye masks. I have tried them all. Like ALL of them. If you follow me on IG, then you already know that I am incredibly impressed with Le Gushe’s 24K Gold Under Eye Mask which helps with dark circles, wrinkles, and puffiness. I’m also pleased to say we sell our own 24K gold eye masks on The Chic Boutique as well. No matter where you buy your masks from, get some. Like a lot! You’ll thank me later.

Le Gushe’s 24K Gold Under Eye Mask

I’m sure that as I continue my journey as a new mom, I’ll have tons of other products to share with you guys. But for now, these should get you started. For my pregnant YCS family, do you guys want me to share my pregnancy essentials? Let me know!!

Beauty Box 5: Best of Beauty Box 5

By Erika, Resident Fashionista

All year long I received some of the beauty industry’s best products in my monthly Beauty Box 5 (BB5) subscription. In addition to sharing the deets about what showed up in my December BB5, I’ll also share my three favorite products found in 12 months-worth of BB5 beauty products.

What is Beauty Box 5?

Beauty Box 5 is a subscription-based, beauty sampling program that delivers a box filled with 5 cosmetic/beauty samples to your door every month! The best part is that the monthly subscription is only $12/month. Or, if you want to pay even less sign-up for a quarterly subscription which is $30/quarter ($10/month) or an annual subscription for $99 ($8.25/month).

Each month you get a box filled with full-size and sample-size products selected by the Beauty Box 5 beauty editors. The products are a mix of luxury items, everyday items, commonly known brands, niche brands, and eco-conscious brands. The box includes a variety of products including hair care, make-up, skin care, nail care, etc. Pretty much, you get a whole bunch of beauty awesomeness in one tiny package – which is shipped to your home for free!

December Beauty Box 5

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The December 2014 BB5 contained the following items:

1. Jaqua Raspberry Buttercream Frosting Hand Creme ($18-$36/various sizes, #jaquabeauty)

2. Absolute! New York Nail Polish Remover in Spring Fresh ($2.99/32 pads, #absoluteny)

3. Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Moisturizer ($65.00/1.7oz, #juicebeauty)

4. Nanacoco Nail Polish (Glitter) in Ruby ($3.95/0.5oz, #nanacoco)

5. Lucky Brand Fragrance in Lucky Number 6 ($15.00-$60.00/various sizes and products)

The December BB5 definitely packed a year-end punch, and I am especially fond of the stem cellular moisturizer; however, nothing in the box could crack my top three fave BB5 products of 2014.

Best of Beauty Box 5

Throughout 2014 I received 60 products to try from BB5. Some I loved, some I hated, and lots I tried once and then gave away to my friends. The following products, however, stood out from the pack as my top picks from BB5 in 2014.

3. Laura Ashley Coconut Lime Body Butter

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I’m not sure which I love more about this body butter – the exotic, tropical scent that instantly makes me think of warm beaches and hot sand or the nourished, silky smooth skin I enjoy after each application. It doesn’t really matter as both the scent and smoothness are the perfect defense against the winter blues.

2. Revlon Bold Lacquer Length & Volume Mascara

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Unlike my brother, nephew, and niece I was not blessed with naturally long, luscious eyelashes. But nobody has to know when I wear this mascara! This mascara give volume and definition while lifting lashes. Eyelash curler optional.

1. Nanacoco Lipgloss in Caramel Latte

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As a woman of color it is often hard to find a nude lip color that looks good and natural on my skin tone. Enter this perfect specimen! Not only is the color subtle but the gloss is smooth, not sticky, and long-lasting. I am in love!

How can you get Beauty Box 5?

It’s so easy!  Just visit their website, http://www.beautybox5.com, and subscribe.  No really.  That’s it!

Don’t forget to follow Beauty Box 5 on all of their social media accounts:

Facebook I Twitter I Pinterest I YouTube I Instagram

Do you guys get BB5? If so, what were your fave products of 2014?

Your chic is showing,
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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Beauty Box 5: Fab Five Find of the Month (February 2014)

By Erika, Resident Fashionista

Happy Friday!  I’m here with the latest Beauty Box 5 Review and Fab Five Find of the Month.  By now, you hopefully know how the Fab Five Find of the Month works.  If not, visit any of our past Beauty Box 5 Reviews to learn more:

October 2013 I November 2013 I December 2013 I January 2014

What is Beauty Box 5?

Beauty Box 5 is a subscription-based, beauty sampling program that delivers a box filled with 5 cosmetic/beauty samples to your door every month!  The best part is that the monthly subscription is only $12/month.  Or, if you want to pay even less sign-up for a quarterly subscription which is $30/quarter ($10/month) or an annual subscription for $99 ($8.25/month).

Each month you get a box filled with full-size and sample-size products selected by the Beauty Box 5 beauty editors.  The products are a mix of luxury items, everyday items, commonly known brands, niche brands, and eco-conscious brands.  The box includes a variety of products including hair care, make-up, skin care, nail care, etc.  Pretty much, you get a whole bunch of beauty awesomeness in one tiny package – which is shipped to your home for free!

February Beauty Box 5 Shipment

The February 2014 Beauty Box 5 shipment contained the following items:

Rockstar Nails Nail Polish ($14.99/0.37 fl oz, #rockstarnails)

Rockstar Nails Nail Sprinkles ($14.99/0.45 fl oz, #rockstarnails)

John Frieda Luxurious Volume Touchably Full Shampoo and Conditioner ($6.99/8.45 fl oz, #johnfrieda)

Every Beauty Makeup Remover Pads with Argan Oil Extract ($6.99/50 pads, #EveryBeautyBrd)

Elizabeth Mott It’s So Big Volumizing Mascara ($19.99/ 0.33 fl oz, #elizabethmott)

After careful consideration, I’ve picket two (yep, two) Fab Five Finds of the Month and they are . . .

Rockstar Nails Polish + Sprinkles

Elizabeth Motte It’s So Big Volumizing Mascara

Per usual, I completely gush about how great BOTH (all three??) of these products are in the video below.  I LOVED the way the mascara made my  (non-existent) eyelashes look and the bright pink polish and sprinkles were super fun!!

You can can also check out photos of me using the Nail Sprinkles here and the amazing work the mascara did on my eyelashes.

Polish + Sprinkles

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Mascara

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How can you get Beauty Box 5?

It’s so easy!  Just visit their website, http://www.beautybox5.com, and subscribe.  No really.  That’s it!

Don’t forget to follow Beauty Box 5 on all of their social media accounts:

Facebook I Twitter I Pinterest I YouTube I Instagram

Did you guys get the February Beauty Box 5?  If so, what did you think?

Your Chic is Showing,

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Beauty Box 5: Fab Five Find of the Month (January 2014)

By Erika, Resident Fashionista

Hey lovlies!  I’m here with the latest Beauty Box 5 Review and Fab Five Find of the Month.  By now, you hopefully know the deal on how the Fab Five Find of the Month works.  If not, check out any of our past Beauty Box 5 Reviews to learn more:

October 2013 I November 2013 I December 2013

What is Beauty Box 5?

Beauty Box 5 is a subscription-based, beauty sampling program that delivers a box filled with 5 cosmetic/beauty samples to your door every month!  The best part is that the monthly subscription is only $12/month.  Or, if you want to pay even less sign-up for a quarterly subscription which is $30/quarter ($10/month) or an annual subscription for $99 ($8.25/month).

Each month you get a box filled with full-size and sample-size products selected by the Beauty Box 5 beauty editors.  The products are a mix of luxury items, everyday items, commonly known brands, niche brands, and eco-conscious brands.  The box includes a variety of products including hair care, make-up, skin care, nail care, etc.  Pretty much, you get a whole bunch of beauty awesomeness in one tiny package – which is shipped to your home for free!

January Beauty Box 5 Shipment

In the January Beauty Box 5, I received the following items:

H2O Plus Spa Sea Lotus Body Wash ($17.00/12.5 fl oz, http://www.h2oplus.com)

Nubar Cuticle & Nail Oil ($10.00/0.5 fl oz, http://www.bynubar.com)

Swissco Bath & Shower Exfoliating Gloves ($5.00/pair, http://www.swisscollc.com)

Jergens Daily Moisturizer ($6.9/21 fl oz, http://www.jergens.com)

Epic Blend Hemp Coconut Lip Balm ($3.39/each, http://www.epicblend.com)

Bonus Product: That Awkward Moment Mirror Compact (www.thatawkwardmomentmovie.tumblr.com)

After careful consideration, this month’s Fab Five Find of the Month is . . .

None of the items. 

You can hear me out in the video below.  I didn’t hate any one thing.  I just didn’t LOVE any one thing either.  And, if you’ve watched past videos you know that I’m SUPER passionate about my Fab Five Find of the Month.  The video review gives you some further insight into my decision.

I definitely wouldn’t expect every single month to be a winner.  And hey, 3 products out of 20 (thus far) that I have loved enough to rave about (and go out and purchase myself) really isn’t that bad.

Plus, between us, the February Beauty Box 5 shipment was incredible.  And, not only do I have one Fab Find Five of the Month . . . I’ve got two!  That’s right.  I couldn’t decide which I loved more!!!  For a sneak peek at one of the items, follow YCS on Instagram and you’ll be sure to spot it!

How can you get Beauty Box 5?

It’s so easy!  Just visit their website, http://www.beautybox5.com, and subscribe.  No really.  That’s it!

Don’t forget to follow Beauty Box 5 on all of their social media accounts:

Facebook I Twitter I Pinterest I YouTube I Instagram

Did you guys get the January Beauty Box 5?  If so, what did you think?  Even though this box wasn’t my fave, February’s Box is AWESOME!!! We’ll have the review, and my Fab Five Find of the Month, recommendations up in early March for you!

Your Chic is Showing,

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Beauty Box 5: Fab Five Find of the Month

By Erika, Resident Fashionista

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Hi my loves! Unfortunately boys, today’s post is for the ladies! Recently, I was invited to join the product review team for Beauty Box 5 (www.beautybox5.com).

What is Beauty Box 5?
I’m so glad you asked! Beauty Box 5 is a subscription-based, beauty sampling program that delivers a box filled with 5 cosmetic samples to your door every month. The best part? It’s only $12/month! I think I spend $12/day on Starbucks or iTunes! The quarterly subscription is $30/quarter ($10/month) and the annual subscription is $99/year ($8.25/month).

Each month you get a box filled with full-size and sample-size cosmetic products selected by the Beauty Box 5 beauty editors. The products are a mix of luxury items, everyday items, commonly known brands, niche brands, and eco-conscious brands. The box includes a variety of products including hair care, make-up, skin care, nail care, etc. Pretty much, you get a whole bunch of beauty awesomeness in one tiny package – which is shipped to your home for free! Who doesn’t love cool stuff with free shipping!?!?

What is this Fab Five Find of the Month Business?
Another great question! Each month, I’ll try out all five products included in the Beauty Box 5 package and share with you my FAVORITE product a.k.a the “Fab Five Find.” I’ll highlight each product in my monthly review, but, I’ll shoot a special video telling you all about the item I picked as my Fab Five Find. You guys know me and you know that I give very honest reviews on YCS (Weave Bar/Suite Extension ). So, if a product is my Fab Five Find of the Month then you KNOW it’s gotta be good!

October Beauty Box 5 Shipment
Because I joined the product review team at the end of October the first box I received from Beauty Box 5 was the October Beauty Box (November’s just arrived Wednesday, so that’ll be up soon!). I received each of the following items:

Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion (Retail: $6.99 for 8 oz., www.aveeno.com)
Swissco Glitter Toe Separators (Retail: $2, www.swisscollc.com)
La Fresh Travel Lite Facial Cleansing Wipes (Retail: $19.99 for 48 count, www.lafreshgroup.com)
Nubar Alter Ego Nail Lacquer (Retail: $8 for .5 fl oz, www.bynubar.com)
Model Co Illusion Lip Pencil (Retail: $20, www.modelcocosmetics.com)

I’ve used each of the items for a few weeks, and, after careful consideration I’m happy to announce that this month’s Fab Five Find is . . .

Model Co Illusion Lip Pencil!

All About this Month’s Fab Five Find Pick!
“This unique, nude pencil easily enhances your natural shape while keeping lips soft and nourished with cocoa and shea butter.”

I LOVED this product because I do not have particularly full lips and I felt like it really worked. Check out my video below to see more of my review and take a look at my pictures to see for yourself if it worked!

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How can you get Beauty Box 5?
It’s simple really! Visit their website, www.beautybox5.com, and simply subscribe. Yep. That’s really all there is to it! And, if you subscribe now you get a free gift with your subscription!

You can also keep up with Beauty Box 5 on social media:

Facebook I Twitter I Pinterest I YouTube I Instagram

So girls, do you use any of the products featured in Beauty Box 5? Or do you subscribe to the service? Any guesses as to what might be in the November box? I’ll post a sneak peek on Instagram tonight!! Can’t wait to share my Fab Five Find for the November box!

Your Chic is Showing,

Erika's Signature

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”