Fab Five - Beauty

Beauty Basics

Here are five of my beauty basics that I could not do without. Most of these products have been consistently my go-to's for several years. 

1. They're Real mascara by Benefit - $23

Hands down the best mascara I've ever tried. Doesn't easily run, easy to remove, and makes my lashes look naturally bigger and fuller. MUST Try. 

2. Olay Regenerist Daily Serum - $16

I love this product. I don't think it has "regenerated" anything, but I use it under my eyes to help keep my eye area moisturized, help concealer glide on more easily, and to prevent the "caked on" look.  If you have dry skin or an issue with concealers getting gunky, this product is worth trying.  It lasts forever because you only use a tiny amount. 

3. Nars Blush/Bronzer Duo in Orgasm and Laguna -$24

Nars is king when it comes to blush. Orgasm is a perfect peachy-pink shade that can be layered to build intensity of color. Laguna is the perfect bronzer for contouring and giving a natural warmth.  I have been using this combo for over five years and I haven't found something that can beat it yet. 

4. Stila Perfecting Concealer - $23

I couldn't live without this product! It covers my dark spots, dark circles, and redness. It is a creamy, easy on concealer that stays put. It comes in several shades. I use C, D, or a combo of both depending on the time of year. One tube will last me 6 months, at least.  

 5. Smashbox Limitless Eyeliner - $19

Love this eyeliner for many reasons. It doesn't irritate my sensitive, contact wearing eyes.  It has a built in sharpener so you never have to use a dull tip again! {insert perv joke} It is long lasting, but easy to remove. You'll never have this bleeding down your eye giving you the zombie effect.  What's not to love about that?!!! Zombies are really freaky. Don't be that girl.   I wear the color Java. 



It's almost Friday, Fox Den Readers! Wooo whooo! I've got a date tonight with Mr.Fox. Time to go put on some of this make-up and get outta these sweats! 

Xo, e

Drug Store AllStars

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You ever have one of those days where you feel like the second your feet hit the floor you never stop moving for hours. . . and hours. . .?   Well, today was one of those days.  Before I knew it, it was 6pm and I hadn't sat down.  

Mr. Hudson has been sick this week.  I am one of those "laid-back" moms that doesn't get overly anxious about illness.  I have rarely been sick (knocking on giant planks of wood) and, thank the Lord, Huddy is 21 months old and has never taken an antibiotic.  Not one.  Sure, he has had the stomach bug and a mild cold or two, but nothing warranting a sick visit.  Not one ear infection.  Nothing.  I've never even detected a fever until this week.  You would think that him never being sick would make me more laid back, but, instead, I've become convinced I'm missing something.  So, we went to the Dr. today.  This little nugget has Croup. 

That's pretty much the face I've been getting all week. 

To give his immune system a boost, I made him a smoothie this A.M.. Smoothies have helped tremendously in ensuring that he gets enough leafy greens.  I used what you are seeing here, plus a little unsweetened almond milk.  I'll share more of my favorite vitamix recipes in future posts.  Try to contain your excitement. 

While I was waiting at the drug store for H's prescription, I picked up some of my favorite drug store all-stars and thought I'd share them with you. In high school, CVS was my 'get out of the house, no questions asked' one-stop shop. I still love it. Here are some of my go favorites:

Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear nail color is honestly one of the best, fast drying, long lasting, nail polishes I have ever tried. It's a saturated color that makes one coat application a possibility. Shown is 'Fuschia Power 320.'

I am also obsessed with Revlon's 'Colorburst' balm stain and this Revlon lipgloss.

 Lips from left to right: Revlon 'Fuschia Finery' lipgloss // Revlon ColorBurst in 'Lovesick' and 'Smitten'

Those are what you'll see me wearing in most of my posts. The balm stains are long lasting, but not a creepy, hooker look the next A.M. stain.  These are totally worth a quick trip to the drug store this weekend!!

The products below are in my daily routine.  

The CeraVe was recommended to me by my Derm. I love it. It has SPF 30 and has ZERO sunscreen smell. I love the smell of sunscreen, but not everyday. This is perfect for a higher SPF protection, but without smelling like a cabana boy. The Hyaluronic acid is a perfect humectant to keep my dry skin feeling hydrated, but not sticky or clogged. 

The Vaseline Healthy Hand and Nail has been a life saver for me. Non-greasy and has seriously improved my dry hands and weak nails.  I have been using this for years and have never found anything that comes close. Plus, the size is perfect for air travel. 

This Clearasil face wash is a MUST HAVE.  I, thankfully, have never struggled with acne prone skin, but this, hands down, is the best make-up remover I have used.  It can get ANYTHING off and is gentle enough for contact users and sensitive skin. I can not say enough positive things about this face wash. I have tried every cleanser under the sun. This is the shiz. 

For quick fixes, the Neutrogena cleansing towelettes are great.  If you are like me, washing your face can be the last thng on your mind at night. I keep these by my bed for a quick wipe down when my lazy bones have taken over. 


After Dr. and drug store visits, I refueled with my favorite. 

Farmer's market tomato and avocado toast with red pepper flakes. Does a body good. 


Mr. Fox and I are off on a weekend getaway tomorrow sans sweet baby.  Will report back next week with our travel recap.  

Xo, e

Gold and Grey Jewelry

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One of my favorite jewelry lines is Gold and Grey Jewelry. This line is crafted with many natural materials including wood and semiprecious stones.  The pieces are perfect for layering.  I love the ocean inspired pieces and can not get enough of the colorful tassel wooden bead bracelets! Check out their website for other beautiful designs. You can also follow them on Instagram @goldandgrey

Pieces seen here are the grey wood tassel bracelet, aquamarine and bone feather necklace, diamond stacking bracelet, and mini shark tooth necklace.