Finish 13 by Halloween – Update 1

September 6, 2016
FINISH 13 by Halloween

I'm making a lot of progress with these products but I still have a long way to go with some of them! Products mentioned: Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Clinique Even Better Eyes Dark Circle Corrector Smash Full Exposure Mascara Laura Geller Glam Lash Smashbox Photo Finish Pore Minimizing Primer Too Faced Hangover Face […]

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Project Polish Introduction

August 31, 2016
Project Polish - Dishwater Dreams

I have been inspired to really focus on using the makeup and beauty products that I have. I usually don't want to use up my favorite proucts. I want to keep them. But I'm trying to change my thinking. These products do go bad. And I would feel worse if I missed out on using […]

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Ride or Die – My Holy Grail Makeup Products

August 26, 2016
Ride or Die Makeup

Products mentioned: Smashbox Photo Finish Oil Free Foundation Primer Pore Minimizing Nars All Day Weightless Luminous Foundation Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer e.l.f. Contour palette Kat von D Everlasting Bronzer in Shady Business I Kat von D Everlasting Blush in Truth Anastasia Brow Powder Duo in Ebony Airspun Loose Powder Wet n […]

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Two-Minute Apple Tart

August 24, 2016

There’s an Apple for That   (Family Features) If you’ve ever stood in the produce aisle and wondered what apple to select among the many varieties available, you’re not alone. Apple varieties can differ greatly when it comes to taste, texture, cooking and storage properties, making it important to make the right choice to get […]

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Ipsy Glam Bag August 2016

August 22, 2016

The bag: Products in the bag: 111SKIN Bio Cellulose Facial Treatment Mask $26.33 ($20 pounds)  Lord&Berry 20100 maximatte crayon lipstick in Intimacy $22.07 US ($20 euro) There was no size info on their website, but due to similar photos I guessed at full size. FORMULA X Nail Polish in Dollface Full Size $10.50, Sample value […]

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Boxycharm August 2016

August 18, 2016
August 2016 Boxycharm

Products in the box: Doucce Cosmetics Maxlash Volumizer Mascara, $22 Beauty For Real Shadow Stx, $19 Coastal Scents Blush + Bronzer Mini Palette, $13.95 Aloette Time Repair Serum, $48 Dirty Little Secret Velvet Matte Liquid Lipstick, $10 August's Boxycharm has a value of $113 and cost $21. Boxycharm July 2016 Boxycharm June 2016 Boxycharm May […]

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Seize the Moment with FLONASE® Allergy Relief

August 11, 2016

FLONASE® compensated me in connection with statements made in this post.   Every fall I feel like scratching my eyes. My eyes water. My nose is runny and stuffy.    As the managing editor of a community newspaper, I don't have time to be down with allergies all fall. I am the editor, but also the […]

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Boxycharm July 2016

July 26, 2016

This box had a $120 value and cost $21. Check out Boxycharm here. Boxycharm June 2016 Boxycharm May 2016 Boxycharm April 2016 Boxycharm March 2016

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Weekly Makeup Basket

July 15, 2016

I decluttered two things this week, but I made a lot of progress on my Project Pan! Products mentioned: Enlite When it Rains it Pores Maybelline Fit Me Mattte + Poreless Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser Anastasia Contour Kit Physician's Formula Sexy Booster Sexy Glow blush in Natural Wet n Wild Color Icon […]

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Project Pan | Finish 5 by Fall

July 11, 2016
Finish Five

I'm finally starting a new project pan. These are hard for me simply because I don't want to use up my favorite makeup. But I need to get down to it and start really putting the things I own to good use. So, I'm actually going to try to do this project twice. I'd like […]

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6 Simple Ways to Keep your Morning Hassel-Free

July 7, 2016

When a long day at the office turns into a late evening with family or friends, you need a quick and easy get-ready routine so you can get up and do it all again the next day. Keep your morning hassle-free with these time-trimming tips. Eyes When your schedule is dragging down your energy, your […]

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June Empties, Fails and Declutters

July 6, 2016
June Empties

I have a handful of empties and a whole lot of decluttering plus a HUGE fail. I'm pretty proud of myself for decluttering as much as I did!  

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BOOK REVIEW: Don’t You Cry by Mary Kubica

July 5, 2016

Mary Kubica is one of those writers who mkes your brain explode. Her thrillers are not action packed, but they are so full of clues you have to read them twice. You get to the end and go, "Wait. What?!?!?!?!?" I started reading Kubica's books with The Good Girl and have devoured her two subsequent […]

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Flashback Favorites – Where are they now?

July 4, 2016
Flashback Favorites

Where are my favorites from June 2014? Some are still favorites, some are no longer in my collection. Products mentioned: Hawaiian Silk Hydration After Sun Lotion Amber Blush Triple Moisture Body Lotion Now Solutions Brightening System Cleanser Toner Moisturizer Scrub Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream Essie Watermelon Hard Candy Eyes the Limit Eye Primer […]

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Shop My Stash | Weekly Makeup Basket and Declutter | Lorac, L’Oreal, Covergirl, Too Faced

July 1, 2016

More decluttering. I'm just about ready to start my project pan so look for that coming up soon! Products mentioned: Covergirl TruBlend Face Primer for Oily Skin L'Oreal True Match Lumi Cushion in C4 Shell Beige Maybelline Instant Age Rewind concealer in Medium Your Minerals Sweden Transparent Veil setting powder Lorac Resort Palette – No […]

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Responding to tragedy and hate

June 30, 2016

Whenever there is a massive tragedy such as the one in Orlando, I’m always at a loss of how to feel. When the planes hit the Twin Towers on 9/11, my coworkers and I spent the next few days in a haze, watching the television, not talking, just staring. We would pass each other in […]

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June Favorites

June 29, 2016
June Favorites

The weather is getting hotter and my makeup is having to adjust to the temperatures! My favorites for June include some new favs and some rediscoveries. Products mentioned: OFRA Oil Control Powder Wet n Wild Coloricon Bronzer in Ticket to Brazil  Makeup Revolution Ultra Blush palette in Sugar and Spice Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Highlight […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters

June 28, 2016
The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters

I wanted to love this book. I chose it based on best book lists and the description, which intrigued me.   "It is 1922, and London is tense. Ex-servicemen are disillusioned; the out-of-work and the hungry are demanding change. And in South London, in a genteel Camberwell villa — a large, silent house now bereft […]

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Sephora Play! Review June 2016

June 27, 2016

This is my second Sephora Play! Box. It's $10 a month and had 5 sample products that can all be found at Sephora plus a bonus perfume sample. The samples aren't as large as in some other boxes, but all of the products can be bought at Sephora, which I like. Products in the box: […]

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Weekly Makeup Basket | Makeup for Hot Weather | Makeup Revolution, Wet n Wild, Urban Decay, Tarte

June 24, 2016

This week was so hot! It was quite a struggle to find makeup that would stay on my face is 100 + degree weather! Products mentioned: Urban Decay Naked Skin One and Done in Medium Urban Decay Naked Skin concealer in medium/light OFRA Pressed Powder Oil Control Wet n Wild Contour palette in Dulche du […]

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BoxyCharm Review June 2016

June 22, 2016
BoxyCharm June 2016

  Boxycharm costs $21 a month and comes with 4-5 full size products. This month's box was worth $118! Check out my video for all of the products and reviews. Products in the box: Cougar Beauty Mineral Face and Body Shimmer $16 Full Size Farmacy Coconut Gel Mask Medley (3 pack) $24 Full Size This […]

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Mellanni Bed Sheets Review

June 21, 2016
Mellanni Sheet Set

I have had the WORST time finding sheets that Ryan and I agree on. I want satin. He wants fleecy microfiber. So we settled on trying to find some super soft cotton sheets that breath when it's hot (like now) and fit our super thick mattress. Mellanni contacted me and asked if I wanted to […]

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How I’m Repairing My Dry, Damaged, Color Treated Hair with DRUGSTORE products

June 20, 2016

My poor hair is so tortured with coloring, blow drying and flat ironing all the time! These are the DRUGSTORE products that are repairing my dry, damaged, color treated hair.   Products mentioned: Garnier Whole Blends Honey Treasures Repairing Shampoo Gariner Whole Blends Honey Treasures Repairing Conditioner One and Only Argon Oil Deep Conditioning Treatment […]

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Shop My Stash | Weekly Makeup Basket and Declutter Mostly Drugstore Makeup

June 20, 2016

More shopping my stash and more decluttering! This may take months at this rate! Sorry for all the ums. I guess I was having trouble speaking. I need to work on that! Products mentioned: Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Primer L'Oreal Infallable Pro Matte Foundation in Natural Buff Mary Kay concealer in Beige 1 L'Oreal Infallable […]

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Ipsy Glam Bag Review June 2016

June 15, 2016
ipsy bag June 2016 graffiti

My June Ipsy bag came in today. I LOVE getting these subscription boxes in the mail. This month's theme was Rebel Rebel and the bag was covered in graffiti. Products in the bag: Pink-tini Satin Lip Color Full size $12 Boo Boo Cover Up Full size $10 Doucce Boombastic Lash Volumizer Mascara Full size $24, […]

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Too Faced Peanut Butter and Jelly DUPE

June 13, 2016
Too Faced DUPE

One eye was done with Too Faced’s Peanut Butter and Jelly palette and the other was done with Milani’s Everyday Eyes in Earthly Elements. Can you tell which is which? While not an exact dupe, the colors are pretty similar. Check out the video for swatches, demo and where to find dupes for the rest […]

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Weekly Makeup Basket Lorac Pink Champagne Palette and It Cosmetics

June 10, 2016
Lorac Pink Champage Eye Shadow and Cheek Palette Review

A couple of declutters this week. I'm not doing to well getting rid of anything! Lorac Pink Champage review Products mentioned: It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ It Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Lorac Pink Champage Eyeshadow and Cheek Palette Kat von D High Voltage Eye Primer Wet n Wild […]

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Lorac Pink Champage Eye Shadow and Cheek Palette Review

June 8, 2016
Lorac Pink Champage Eye Shadow and Cheek Palette Review

The Lorac Pink Champagne Eyeshadow/Cheek palette is an Amazon exclusive. Check it out here. Check out the video for a full review and demo.  

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May Makeup and Beauty Empties

June 6, 2016

  I had a ton of empties this month, a few fails, and some things I'm cleaning out of my collection and passing on.  

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Weekly Makeup Basket Shopping my collection and FAILS

June 3, 2016
Weekly Makeup Basket

I've been digging to the bottom of my makeup collection to try products I never reach for or that just got buried in the shuffle. I rediscovered some gems this week and had a couple of fails. Products mentioned: Urban Decay Brightening & Tightening Complexion Primer Potion Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless foundation in […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll

June 2, 2016

I'm not going to lie. I am so far behind on book reviews is ridiculous. I got on a reading streak and I've been devouring books, but not taking the time to sit down and give my thoughts. So, as a summer challenge, I'm going to try to get caught up. I picked this book […]

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May Favorites

June 1, 2016
May Favorites

I am honestly glad May is over. It's such a busy month for me! But I did have some great skincare, makeup and book favorites this month! Products mentioned: Enlite Super Face Glow For It Exfoliating Mask Enlite Super Face When it Rains it Pores Pore Refining Serum Maybelline Fit Me Matte and Poreless foundation […]

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The Balm Nute’tude Review

May 31, 2016
The Balm Nude

I really want to love this palette because it's such a cute idea and I love The Balm but I just don't. It's a good nude palette but I don't think it's unique. I probably have similar colors in several other palettes. It swatches patchy. The dark colors are difficult to blend and hard to […]

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Back to Basics – Easy Eyebrow Tutorial

May 30, 2016
Easy Eyebrow Tutorial

I’m not talking about Instagram brows here, but your basic everyday brows. For those who just need to darken all the way up to those who need to fill in and shape, this is the easiest way to do your brows.

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Weekly Makeup Basket – Natural Matte Eyes

May 27, 2016
Too Faced Natural Matte Weekly Makeup Basket

This week I started going to the depths of my makeup drawers to use products I haven't used in a while and tried out Enlite from CVS. Products mentioned: Enlite Super Face When It Rains it Pores L'Oreal True Match Lumi foundation in cool beige Maybelline Instant Age Rewind in medium Wet n Wild Contour […]

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Sephora Play Review May 2016

May 25, 2016
Sephora Play May 2016

The Sephora Play box is a new addition to the subscription box scene. Curated by Sephora, the box includes all products that can be purchased at Sephora stores. This is the first box I have received. Check out my video for reviews on all of the products in the box. For more information on the […]

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