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Judy's Vanity Flair

Congratulations to my dear friend Judy, who just gave birth to a gorgeous baby girl! Hooray!!

Judy is one of those friends who offers a constant source of encouragement. As neighbors, we often bump into each other on the train, and she is always a sight for sore eyes at the end of a long day. Her smile and optimism are seriously contagious. And how amazing did she look at 9 months?! This lady is beautiful inside and out. I am so blessed to have her in my life, and I know she is going to be a spectacular mother!

I had the fortunate chance to spend a quiet afternoon with Judy at her apartment last Sunday. With baby girl arriving at any moment, we both knew that times like these would be rare and precious. Like true girly girls, we chatted while playing with bags, jewelry, and makeup. I brought my camera along and snapped a few moments. Here's a peek into our afternoon, and a few words from Judy~

"My vanity is from West Elm, and it was the first piece of furniture I had picked out when Simon and I got married over 4 years ago. I wanted it to be sleek and convertible. When I flip the mirror down, this vanity turns into a regular desk, which is convenient."

"I love having a vanity because I love getting all dolled-up for a special occasion, and the vanity is where I can make that happen. But on a daily basis, I spend less than 5 minutes in front of it getting ready for work, because I am always running late! My daily routine is all about time efficiency - Blow dry and style my hair, moisturize, and lay on a light touch of foundation... then I am out the door in less than 15 minutes!"

Judy's Top 5 Beauty Must-Haves:

 1. Yves Saint Laurent Radiant Touch "Touche Éclat" Highlighter Pen - "I get this one shade lighter than my skin color and use it as an under-eye concealer, which instantly hides dark circles. It also works great under the brow bone."

2. BareMinerals Foundation with SPF 15 - "Get the starter kit if you're new to this must-have-for-every-woman foundation! Not only does it even out skin tone and offer full coverage for flaws, it also enhances your natural skin appeal."

3. Hourglass Eyeshadow in Prism - "This color is to die for! I love the black shimmery color that is perfect for a night out. You can also wear this as an eyeliner when it's applied wet with an eyeliner brush."

4. Tarte MultiplEYE Lash Enhancing Liquid Liner - "I cannot live without this liquid eyeliner because it has a great felt tip and dries instantly. Plus, it enhances your natural lashes and makes them look fuller over time."

5. TriLASTIN Maternity Stretch Mark Prevention Cream - "I've used this everyday throughout my pregnancy and I would recommended it to all the preggers out there! One jar lasts about 3-4 months, which is a pretty good deal."

Judy's Top 3 Beauty Tips:
"Q-tips and lotion combined create the perfect eye makeup remover."
"Don't forget to pamper yourself. Massages and facials are so important."
"Vitamins are the key to healthy hair, skin, and nails. Look for multivitamins with a Biotin supplement."

"It's always better to be overdressed rather than underdressed for any occasion."
P.S. - There are two girls sitting at this vanity :)

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Reader Comments (6)

LOL awww.. two girls sitting on the vanity. So troo!! If Noodle was there then it be THREE girls LOL.. poor simon . An apt over-run'd by girls =) BTW i love the west elm vanity. I think i might have said that 4 years ago when i saw it then.

February 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterShampoo47

can't believe she was at her 9 months in the pic! congrats!

February 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAnnie

i can totally imagine judy showing alexis her vanity and all the fun goodies inside the it!!! it'll be such a nice mother/daughter moment!

February 21, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterreba

Ahhh! I love Judy's vanity, and I especially love the fact that it can be converted into a desk! I also especially love Judy's adorable pooch!! Jenn - I think this is a great series - highlighting one of your friends and asking their advice. This was fun to read; I even identify with Judy. I'm always running out the door in the morning too and simply blow dry my hair, moisturize and throw on a light layer of makeup, but also firmly believe in indulging in massages, facials etc.

PS - Congrats to Judy on her new baby girl!!

February 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJess

Congrats!!! Omg Judy looks so cute pregnant! I love the story these photos tell.... beautiful =)

February 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCathy

Great photos Jenn. What type of camerea arw you using? Congratulations to your friend Judy.

February 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAlex

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