Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Super easy and fast face

I don’t wear makeup every single day…I just don’t have time for it some days. I LOVE  when I have it on and feel my personal best when I am wearing even just a little bit.  Most days I manage to wear a nice in between amount…not glam, but not nothing either.  It is my “mommy makeup face”.  

I made this video yesterday on Facebook explaining my usual, go to, easy look. I promise you it doesn’t have to be hard or time consuming to get a little coverage and a little glow and leave your house feeling  ready for the day and beautiful!  If you like to watch tutorials go check out that video, but if you don’t have the time then you can see the look below with the products I used so you can re-create it on yourself! 

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Products used:

Skin prep: LimeLight Skin Therapist and Must Dew

Primer: LimeLight  First Base Makeup Spray

Foundation: LimeLight Botanical Foundation in Shinto 1

Foundation Brush: ELF Ultimate Blending Brush

Brows: LimeLight  Perfect Eyeshadow in #9 Brownie Points

Concealer/Eyeshadow Primer: LimeLife Waterproof Comeplete Concealer in #0 and #2

Poweder: LimeLight Perfect Pressed Poweder

Bronzer: LimeLight Perfect Bronzer

Blush: LimeLight Perfect Blush in #3 Possible

Setting Spray: LimeLight 10 Years Younger Spray

Lip Liner: Rimmel #70 Enchantment

Lip Gloss: LimeLight Signature Jeweled Lip Gloss in Grace

Shadow: LimeLight Perfect Eyeshadow in #38 Cream Boat

Mascara: Maybelline Total temptation Waterproof in Black

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Teaching my daughter about makeup

I have had this on my heart so much lately.  How do I teach my daughter about makeup?  I know how to teach her the technically correct way to apply eyeshadow or lip liner…I know how to teach her about the color wheel and color theory…I know how to talk to her about what colors look best with what eye color…I can handle all of that!   (in time…obviously not when she is this young)

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I am not sure how to talk to her about not needing makeup.

I totally understand that for a 4 year old, makeup is fun. She see’s her mommy putting on makeup and making videos and talking about makeup ALL DAY, EVERY DAY and I realize kids want to do what their parents do. I am fairly certain that if we had a little boy (or if Ellie enjoyed other things) they would be pretending they were a firefighter because that is what daddy does.  I know it is natural and I love that she wants to be like me.

But I worry. I want her to think of makeup as a creative outlet, an art form. I want it to always be fun for her and just something extra that can enhance her already beautiful features as she gets older.  I want her to know that she is pretty without makeup…that she doesn’t NEED makeup on her face to be beautiful. 

For now, I am just trying to remind her every day that she is beautiful and let her play and express herself however she wants with makeup.  I want her to associate it more with art then beauty at this age.  If she wants blue eyeshadow and hot pink lips then go for it!  

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BUT, we don’t leave the house like that. I want her to know that makeup is age specific too…little girls don’t need to wear makeup out and about.

This all just brings up so many fears and worries as a parent to a girl. I want her to be strong, independent, confident and so many other things.  I don’t want her to be afraid to express who she really is or be ashamed of doing that.  I feel like there is a fine line with makeup…and I am still figuring it all out.

In the meantime I am going to just keep talking to her and letting her play and hope that I am doing the right things and making the right choices for her.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

The Blog/B*tch is back!

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IIIIIIIII’MMMMMM BAAAAAAAAAACK!

I have a schedule….like a real, legit professional-ish social media schedule!!!!  So that means (drum roll)  I will be posting more often right here… on my very favorite and the OG social media outlet, my blog!!! How many exclamation points does it take to portray that I am excited!?!?!?!?!?!

So what the heck is a social media schedule you ask???  It is a fancy word for being organized with where and when I post content on social media.  If I don’t have it written down that I want to post three times a week and what days those are then I will NEVER get around to doing it.  So, if you don’t catch me over on my Facebook page doing Live videos most days of the week then you can read what I have going on in my life right here! 

I have to say I am pretty exited about breathing new life in to my old faithful blog.  I have always loved writing and find it is the best way for me to communicate exactly what I want to say. Live videos are super fun, but sometimes I just can’t seem to say what I mean….so my blog will be exactly what I mean.

I hope you will jump on board and enjoy all the crazy little pieces that make up my life because I sincerely enjoy sharing with you!!!

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Stay at home Momtrepreneur wannabe?!?!

Hey everyone!  Might as well start this post off like I do so many…it has been awhile since I posted, blah blah blah…but seriously, it has.  I guess I finally just have something I want to say and this seemed like the easiest way to get my words out there!

I love staying home with my daughter. I love the flexibility it allows me and my family. I have loved watching her grow and being able to be there for anything she might need. I feel so lucky and blessed beyond words that my husband was on board with this decision and that we were able to find a way to make it work for us.  It has been a struggle every now and then…if I was working full time we would be able to afford more extra things…but our choice is for me to be home and I am 100% happy with that.

HOWEVER…as Ellie has grown up I have found myself wanting something a little more…something for myself…some way to help my family afford some of those extras.  This is all my doing…no push from my husband whatsoever…in fact, he would work every single hour of every single day if it meant Ellie and I could have all the things we ever wanted. I don’t want that for my husband and I don’t want that for my family. We like to spend time together!!

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Time and time again, my search for some sort of money making extra thing for myself has brought me to network marketing opportunities.  Now, I am not a sales person….in fact I hate being pushy or in peoples faces… however, I knew these companies could help me to stay home but also to make a little extra for my family. I went on the search to find the company that would be the best fit for me.

**in the meantime I should mention I also started a freelance makeup artistry business…I do wedding makeup, senior picture makeup, proms, special events, etc. Abby French Beauty LLC **

Full disclosure I have signed up for 3 different direct sales companies during this search until I found the 4th and final one that actually spoke to me and created true and serious excitement for me.  That is not to say the other companies weren’t exciting or don’t have great products, because I still use products from each of them.   I

So with all of the back story as to my “why” I am doing this I just really felt like I wanted to offer an explanation because I have posted on my social media outlets about selling other products.  I don’t want to be confusing or leave people thinking, “man, she sells everything…pick something and go with it!”  And actually, that is fair if people think that because I would probably think that same thing about another person that has done the same thing I have done. However,  I have FINALLY found the company and the products that just feel right.  You guys, I am soooooooo excited to share these products with you and to include them in my already successful makeup artistry business.

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LimeLight by Alcone is the company I have chosen to give my time, energy and praise to. After years and years in the beauty industry I feel super confident in these products and know they are amazing.  I will be writing another post as to why I love this company and products so much (because seriously how long is this post) but for now check out my website and start getting familiar with this company because you will be hearing a ton about it as it continues to grow (like globally in the next months).  YAY!!!!! 

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Life lately, family pictures

Hello, Hello Hello!!!

As with every single time I am gone from my blog I have missed it.  I know I say it each time but I swear I am going to try and update this more regularly.  It is not an excuse, but for some reason I find it super hard to commit time and effort to something that is simply a hobby for me. I feel so guilty taking time away from my family or things that need done around the house to create content for my blog.  With that being said, I realize it is kind of silly and I also realize it is important for us all take a little “me” time once in a while (like every day!) to do whatever in the heck makes us happy…read, meditate, yoga, write/blog, nap…whatever it is let’s all promise to take a minute for ourselves without feeling the guilt.

Can I get an AMEN?!?! 

Ok…rant over…sorry about that!

Since it has been awhile,  rather then try to fill you in on what we have been up to I just figured I would show you our recent family pictures…because I love family pictures.  I don’t love organizing clothes/getting ready for family pictures, but I am always sooooo happy that we got them. 

The last couple of years we have had the amazing Megan from Anchor Images take our photos and we love them so much. I have made the executive decision to only do mini sessions the last several years.(meaning they last like 10 minutes, no outfit changes and you usually get about 8ish photos)   My husband and my daughter want nothing to do with long photo shoots, so we compromise and I am okay with that.

Without further ado…I know you are on the edge or your seats…

I give to you the French Family Photos 2017 (minus the two dogs and one cat…because seriously we barely got ourselves to this session, there was no way in actual hell we were going to also get the animals to cooperate!!!)

enjoy!!!

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Products I am Loving Lately

Happy Tuesday guys!  As I have mentioned in several previous posts I have started a new business as a makeup artist and I am seriously loving it!!!!  I have a Facebook page strictly for my business and last night I actually did a Facebook live video talking all about several of my very favorite makeup related products. You can check out the video HERE if you want to watch me on my second attempt at Facebook live. 
Let me just say, it looks way easier then it actually is...and I don't mean I make it look easy, I mean when I watch other people filming live they make it look soooooo easy. 
In the video I promised I would list all of the products I talked about with colors and info so here goes:

Products I am Loving Lately!! 

1// Wet N Wild Megalast Liquid Catsuit Matte Lipstick.  I mentioned three colors that I really like and have tried.  They retail for about $5 each...seriously, so affordable and these are amazing!
From top to bottom (or left to right in the other pics):
Berry Recognize- This is the one I was wearing in the video.
Rebel Rose-My, hands down, favorite of the three...a totally wearable color that is so pretty!!
Nice to Fuchsia-a much brighter color



2// Loreal Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara:  I. LOVE. THIS. MASCARA.  For those people into dupes of high end products, I have heard this is a pretty good one for the Too Faced Better then Sex Mascara. FYI. This gives me both volume and length, which is the perfect combo and hard to find in a mascara, in my opinion. It retails for about $9. 



3//  MAC Lip Conditioner and Paint Pots:  I just love this lip product for two reasons...#1 it makes your lips so soft and smooth and really works, #2 the smell!!!  It retails for $16.  The Paint Pots are a product I have used for probably 10 years now and can't stop praising.  The color I have currently is soft ochre, but i also love painterly.  I use these little guys as eye shadow bases and they are magical!!!  They retail for $22 but last a long time so it is totally worth that money. 

Ok, so there you have it...the products I am especially in love with right now.  Let me know if you have any products you can't live without that I need to be trying...or products you may have questions about that I can try for you and report back.  


Monday, July 24, 2017

Two reasons slash excuses...

I know, I know I changed up my blog style and name and then...CRICKETS!  This time I do have a good reason; two good reasons actually. 
Well, three if you count my three year old that is 3 going on sassy 17...that also keeps me busy. 
At any rate...
#1. We are in the process of renovating our entire living/kitchen area. That means, tearing down cabinets, pulling up gross carpet...living in complete disaster for about the next two months. We are in the early stages of this but have been busy planning and picking out what we want our new space to look like. Stay tuned...hopefully I can get my act together enough to share this process with you!!!
For now, here is my hard working dad "helping" me rip out some cabinets...and by helping 
i mean he actually did most of the work and all I could do was continue to annoyingly say "this seems so much easier on HGTV!!" 
**side note, the husband was working on this day or else he would have totally legit been helping my dad**

#2 reason I have been MIA...my new business venture of starting a freelance makeup artistry company!!!!   Holy crap you guys, I am so excited about this. It has been such a dream of mine for so long and i feel like I can finally declare, "I am a makeup artist" when people ask me what I do for work.  I will write a full post all about this later this week as well, but for now you can go check out my website and spread the word.  I do makeup for weddings (bride, mothers, bridesmaids, friends) for special events (photo shoots, a special night out, proms, etc) and I also do personal lessons to teach and explain to you all you wonder about when it comes to doing your own makeup.  Check it all out HERE!!!

Hope everyone had a great Monday!!!