the almighty internet

17 October 2013

oh, internet. Love it, hate it, can't live without it mostly. Lots of greatness to be found this week and I wanted to share it with you, and you, and you.

Every single link is worth a fair click. Really!!

Jen wrote a great, great recap of our time together in San Antonio in September. Only she could write something hilarious, introspective, and thought provoking about herding seven children down miles of carpeted hotel corridors ... go!!

I've tried and tried to rock the baseball cap somewhere other than on my little walk/runs with the kids but I always look ... weird. Anna makes me want to reconsider because she be looking bomb.

Do you blog? Whether you're a seasoned veteran or just starting out - Lauren wrote a fantastic post with some great pointers for all bloggers tall and small.

This is the only thing all five members of the Patton Camp can agree is edible these days. Sebastian won't even eat cookies - little weirdo. But Bridget hit the bread on the head. Or something.

Maybe everyone already knows about these but these are Sebastian's favorite FAVORITE toys of all time. He sleeps with them and they buy me about 15 minutes in the morning before he cries to be rescued from his chambers ... if you're one of those incredible early bird Christmas shoppers ... put these on your list for your sons, daughters, whomever. (And a huge thanks to Ruth for getting him started on the obsession!)

And! drum roll ... I need your help. Like always. You gave such great mascara suggestions and now I'm turning to you for tinted moisturizer/BB cream advice. Everything I've been trying lately makes me look like Casper the China Doll - even when I mix it with serum and/or buy a shade slightly darker than my natural skin color. I just want something that stays FAR away from the matte look - I prefer the dewy or even oily look to a spackled face. Should I put this fancy stuff on my Christmas wish list? Everyone seems to love it ... or is there a knockoff version worth trying? Or maybe this is as good as it gets at 30. China Doll Gracie.


Oh and what oh what would a Patton post be without a photo collage of my children? Impossible and bizarre - that's what!


Several weeks ago we were at the park and a fellow mom with a toddler boy (age 3.5 - she volunteered the info) asked how old Sebastian was and let her jaw go flying to the padded playground floor when I said he wasn't quite two, "but he's so big - I mean - um, tall ...". Looking at these pictures from yesterday I guess the cow she had was somewhat warranted (and I hope it was delicious! because it was a huge Holstein she was wolfing ... ) because he is looking a little bit more Goliath/less David ... or maybe it's just me and beef hearting playground mom that are seeing it.


Have a tolerable one.



35 comments:

  1. I use Almay's CC Cream and love it! Its super creamy and fairly opaque but not too matte... I actually layer on the translucent powder over it to make it more matte.

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  2. I can't stand tinted moisturizers. I know some people swear by them but NO THANK YOU. However, I am in love with this BB cream by Maybelline. If you ever like wearing powder I also use the Maybelline FitMe pressed powder because it covers but doesn't make it look like you spent hours spackling your face. http://www.maybelline.com/Products/Face-Makeup/BB-Cream/Dream-Fresh-BB.aspx

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  3. Great round up! I thought Anna looked phenomenal too! And I hate to be the bearer of bad news but there is NOTHING better than that Laura Mercier stuff. I've tried it all and it gives the best coverage, has never made me break out, never comes off on clothes and looks like you're not even wearing anything. Highly recommend. For me it lasts approximately 6 moths a tube. So not so bad.
    Let us know what you find out!

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  4. I liked the Garnier BB cream but it is super perfume-y, which I'm really sensitive to. It gave me a headache just about everyday for a month before I adjusted to the scent. Which is a little ridiculous.

    Then I moved on to the Loreal one. It's super highly rated but I have a reddish complexion and now that I'm losing my summer color it's making me look orangey. Pumpkins are totally in style this time of year but not like THAT, you know?

    And, lastly. I got a sample of Dr. Jart BB cream in my Birchbox a few months ago and I LOVE it. And I hate that I love it because it's pricey but I'm about to suck it up and buy some. Big spenda over here.

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  5. "Olay total effects 7 in one touch of foundation" I find quite dewy... But maybe not tan enough...

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  6. Dr Jart's BB Cream fan here - I've been using it since I got a sample in my Birchbox almost a year ago. I am pale too and it's the right coverage. On the expensive side but a tube lasts me about 8 months.

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    1. I'll second the Dr. Jart's endorsement. While it is expensive, it's a widdle bit cheaper on amazon. http://www.amazon.com/Dr-Jart-Waterfuse-Beauty-Balm/dp/B004WO9EE8/ref=sr_1_3?s=beauty&ie=UTF8&qid=1382055684&sr=1-3&keywords=dr+jart+bb+cream

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  7. Garnier. I left it and tried others, and that was stupid. It's a big tube and it's cheap and sometimes it's all I wear all day.

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  8. No, I'm pretty sure my 26 month old would barely reach Sebastian's shoulder. Bash is so cute and all of his pictures are so full of personality.

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  9. Miracle Skin Transformer. It sells at ulta for $48, but you can get it at your beloved Costco for $29.

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  10. Bash is so freakin cute!!! Dreamy boat of a blonde child. My 2 year old is a beast as well...as in a 4t wearing beast. People think him and my 3.5 year old are twins just by sheer size comparison. Yay for big..I mean tall kiddos.

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  11. I use Jane Iredale tinted moisturizer. He is big for not 2 yet. My jaw kinda dropped and I've read your blog for awhile!

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  12. I'm cheap so I just use Cover Girl BB cream.... It won't give you a matte look, and better yet it won't break the bank!

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  13. Garnier! It's the only bb cream I have tried but I love the glow it gives my casper tone. I also like how natural feeling it is because I am super annoyed when I can feel my makeup.

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  14. always love your recommendations...will need to make the pumpkin bread...when I can bend again.

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  15. He is pretty tall! My 21 month old is almost 3 feet though and everyone and their mother always tells me she has to be at least 3...

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  16. Love the post/recap by Jen - it was so sweet. Does that make me a creeper? I...really hope not. My sister and mom swear by Laura Mercier, but I used L'Oreal something (Magic?) which blended into my skin tone to match it - there were beads of some kind in the name (this is probably super helpful). ANYWAY, I liked it a lot, especially the way it felt on my skin (and on my budget), and now I use Clinique, since I got some as a gift.

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  17. I knew you'd be be awesome in person! I've never read Jen's blog (we'll soon fix that!) but I trust her opinion that you're as hysterical in person as you are on the interwebs. I was a nanny in a not-so-distant past life and sometimes I think about flying to St. Louis to be your nanny, no charge, other than you making me cookies, feeding me goldfish, and making me laugh. Lunch dates at Costco, the whole thing!

    My recommendation for BB cream is the Missha brand I buy from Amazon. I get #21 because I'm the palest of the pale and I think it's perfect. If you try it get the one with the little pump. I trust you'll keep us posted on your finds, I trust you implicitly.

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  18. How tall is Bash? My 2.5 year old is "tall" too and we get "gosh golly he sure is big isn't he?" comments all the time. I haven't measured lately but he was 3 feet tall last I checked... All I know is he can definitely reach to the back of the desk-height counter in the kitchen where we *used* to keep the bananas.

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  19. Get another set of those trucks!! We've got two sets (never can find all at once, but I carry a backhoe in my purse...) and they have been my son's favorite since last christmas, so almost to 2 to almost 3. Now that he's a little older and has better dexterity I let him dig in a big, flat rubbermaid container full of rice. Its not always tidy, but I keep in on a throw rug and can just pick up the rug to put the rice back. He sits on the floor for many minutes daily to fill up the dump trucks with the front end loader. See also twentytrucks.com...I apologize in advance for truck related earworms.

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  20. thanks for the bread-on-the-head link!!!!

    also, anna and the hat, yeah, she does it real well.

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  21. I sell Mary Kay (well not avidly anymore), so I at least know a little about foundation and tinted moisturizers! It might not be the shade as much as the undertones what you are using has. Pinker undertones, verses yellow or olive, will often make it appear lighter. So if that undertone doesnt match you well that could be why. Personally, I go with yellow for my own skin. Using one with pink made me look washed out, and I do have spots that are reddish tinted on their own that the yellow undertone helps to cover. There is my spiel! Feel free to get ahold of me with more questions!

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  22. Stila illuminating BB cream is the best! You should definitely try it. My sister is a make-up artist for them & swears by it. Give it a try. :) I'm sure it will make your gorgeous self even BETTER.

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  23. Sebastian is just the perfect size to be an awesome little man.

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  24. Bash is definitely tall, but that's what we grow around here at Chez Chatfield. My oldest "baby" is now 6' 5". You're welcome for the future glimpse. And Anna rocks everything. I just.... I don't even try. Even sweaty from a flag football game, she looked good. And PLEASE share about the mascara results - I seriously am totally lame I that department. What did you end up getting?

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  25. I just put my 2 year old to bed with his backhoe. That is his favorite. He plays with the others occasionally, but the BACKHOE. I've already had to superglue it. But it's worth it.

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  26. Can I send you the Stila BB cream? Let me know. sjs827@yahoo.com

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  27. yes yes to the LM tinted moisturizer. My skin is really reactive and breaks out every chance it gets and LM products work pretty well for me. It's awesome. I'm considerably more casper than you, and lately I have been using a "bronzer" to counteract this. But obvi every bronzer on the market is way too dark for me, so I got a pressed powder a few shades darker than my skin tone. Way better than bronzer because it doesn't look dirty/orange. Check the youtubes for tutorials for contouring, but don't go all Kim Kardashian on us.....

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  28. I've tried too many bb creams, some high end some low end and I ALWAYS go back to Maybelline's! It has great color matching, especially if you're on the fairer side like I am, and the finish is definitely dewy (I hate matte finish foundations/bb creams!)

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  29. I spent the past few weeks hunting down The Wizard of Oz toys from Mickey Ds for Ellen. So, buying toys for Bash? You're winning. And healthier...

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  30. Hi Grace!
    I'm a big fan of the Maybelline bb cream. It definitely isn't matte, and the price is easy on the pockets!

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  31. Okay, know that I have never worn bb cream before, but your post got me curious as to whether I would like it or not. I have been researching creams to try and find the one I think will work best for me, and went to the all mighty amazon for a less biased review than I feel the magazines will give. I couldn't believe the ratings for Ponds Luminous Finish BB Cream--- it gets pretty amazing reviews (no 1 star reviews!), and is inexpensive too. I'll be running out to CVS today in the hopes of finding it... but I just wanted to share in case you were still looking!

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  32. Just going to leave this here: http://www.sephora.com/bb-buzz-P382578?skuId=1552140
    I'm all about a solid mix of different products to try before you buy (a full size).

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  33. Yes to Dr. Jart! I've been using it for about a year and it gives the dewy look, but still lets my freckles show through. I put it on after I moisturize (with Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse), a little Nars blush and that's all I need. I've used the Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer, but Dr. Jart totally beats it.

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