Preparing For A Long Awaited Date Night

This post is part of the HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® 2014 program by Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies, Inc. and The Motherhood, who sent me a box of products and compensated me for my time. Opinions, experiences and photos shared here are all my own, and I hope you enjoy them.

Sinisa and I on a date in 2007 <3

I am so excited to be going on a special date night this week! My mom is watching the boys and Sinisa and I are going on our first date night in a long time. It’s been at least a year, if not more, since we have gone out sans kids for more than the hour and a half that they are at Awana.

Sinisa is planning the whole date and made us reservations for a nice Italian restaurant. {He says it’s where we went for our first Valentine’s Day but my memory is so bad that I don’t remember that long ago.} I think we will be going out for drinks or a movie as well so it should be a fun night.

Since this is a special occasion I’m going to have to spend longer than 5 minutes getting ready. I plan to run to the store and get a nice top to wear for our date. I also am going to make myself up by doing my hair and makeup. He will be quite surprised seeing me transform from my sweats and ponytail!

I don’t normally wear more makeup than some mineral powder and lip gloss but I have some new Neutrogena makeup I’m going to use. I like Neutrogena makeup because it doesn’t irritate my skin and it looks natural.

I recently tried their MoistureSmooth color stick and was very impressed with it. It looks like a big lip pencil, has a texture like lipstick or balm but goes on smooth and feels like a lip gloss. This stick adds color I don’t normally get with lip gloss but doesn’t feel thick like I am wearing a lot on my lips. I also love that it isn’t sticky because I hate that feeling. The smell of this color stick was fruity which I liked as well. I was sent  the Sweet Watermelon color to review but will be going out and getting a few more colors since I really like it.

The mascara I was sent is their Healthy Volume Mascara. It has Olive in it which the package says helps plump the core of each and every lash. I don’t wear mascara often but thought this was a nice product. I liked that my eyelashes didn’t clump together like some mascaras make them do.

With both makeup products on and a nice, new shirt I think Sinisa will be surprised to see me when I come down the steps for our date night! If you want to treat yourself to some new makeup for your next date night, you can get a printable coupon for $1 off any NEUTROGENA® Cosmetics product at

Covergirl Makeup Master (& Giveaway)

I was so excited when I got the chance to work with Covergirl on their Makeup Master campaign. I figured I would get a couple items in the mail but instead the generous folks at Covergirl sent me a huge box of stuff (literally it was almost as tall as my waist)! I opened it up to discover my own little makeup studio.

Covergirl sent me three kits to create different smoky eye looks. There was a natural look, a glam look, and a bold look. Each look uses three products: the SmokyShadow Blast, the Exact Liquid Line, and the LashBlast Mascara.

I normally go for a more natural look but my teenage sister wanted to try the “bold” look.  It was the first time I had applied makeup to someone else but I think I did a pretty good job. What do you think?

Left eye- "bold" smoky eye, Right eye- no makeup

"Bold" smoky look with closed eyelid

Find out lots more, watch videos, hear what others have to say and share your Smoky Eye Look at and on the Makeup Master Facebook page.



Covergirl has provided me with a $20 giftcard to Walmart so that one of you can try out the Smoky Eye Look yourself.


Leave a comment below telling me which look you would try: The Natural (brown), the Glam (silver), or the Bold (blue).


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Giveaway ends August 17, 2010 at 11:59pm.

(Disclosure: I was provided a Covergirl Makeup Master Studio in a box and the Walmart giftcard (to give away) by Covergirl through my relationship with Collective Bias. All opinions and thoughts are my own.)