Mar 30, 2015

Mary Kay® Queen of Country Inspired Look

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Hey there, friends!

You all know this girl loves to try new products, especially makeup products! I've never used Mary Kay® makeup before, which is why I was so excited to do this post! I just love trying new products and telling you about them!

Did you know that Mary Kay® is the official Beauty Sponsor of the 50th Annual Academy of Country Awards? You go Mary Kay®!

They gave me three country music-inspired looks to draw inspiration from: Queen of Country, All-American Girl, and Boho Beauty. As you can see, I picked Queen of Country!

To check out the other country music-inspired looks, visit the Mary Kay® Academy of Country Music Awards makeup looks page here

There you will find some fabulous video tutorials, not only for Queen of Country but also for All-American Girl and Boho Beauty!

There are tons of inspirations and useful tips that celebrity makeup artist, Moani Lee shares, so go ahead and check that out!

This Queen of Country look is fun, confident and the plum smoky eyes just makes this look rock!

It's a makeup look you can wear day or night and the plum smoky eyes really complement any eye and skin color. It's such a pretty shade!

The nude lip gloss makes this look very wearable by adding the perfect wash of color to the lips.

Here's a before and after (yes, pregnancy has been fabulous on my complexion):

To achieve this sultry smoky look I used the following Mary Kay® products:

- Lash Primer
- Ultimate Mascara in Black
- Mineral Eye Color in Moonstone
- Mineral Eye Color in Sweet Plum
- Mineral Eye Color in Coal
- Eye Crease Brush
- Jet Black Eyeliner
- NouriShine Lip Gloss in Cafe Au Lait
- Mineral cheek Color in Strawberry Cream

Now I get to show you how easy it is to get this look!


1. Sweep the Sweet Plum eye shadow all over the lid and slightly take it into the crease. This is so that when you apply the black shadow it doesn't apply so stark and has something to blend into.
2. Using the Crease Brush take the Coal Mineral Eye Color and gently add it to the outer v area in small circular motions. Sweep whatever is left on the brush into the crease. This keeps most of the concentration in the outer v area.
3. Add Sweet Plum to the lower lash line and Coal just to the outer 2/3 of the lower lash line. Blend two shades together.
4. Use Moonstone to highlight underneath brows and the tear duct area. This will open up the eyes and make you look wide awake.
5. Apply the Jet Black Eyeliner very thinly and slightly wing it out. 
6. Prime your lashes with one coat of Lash Primer and follow with two coats of Ultimate Mascara in Black.
I enjoyed this color combination so much, especially the Moonstone Mineral Eye Color! I love how wide awake it makes the eyes look!


1. Apply the Strawberry Cream blush to the apples of your cheeks and swipe it back towards the ear. Use soft pats instead of strokes to avoid a stark blush line.

2. Use Moonstone eye color as a highlight and apply it to the very tops of your cheekbones for an extra glow.

I love finding new uses for products and Moonstone really rocked as a highlight! I even applied it to the bridge of my nose!


1. Apply Cafe Au Lait Lip Gloss to your lips for color and shine.

Neutral lip glosses are my favorite because they are so versatile and can be used with a natural makeup look or something more dramatic like this.

Now go out and rock your Queen of Country look!

Well that was fun! It's not every day I get to wear a pretty smoky eye so it was definitely exciting breaking out of the norm!

Not to mention I enjoyed trying all the Mary Kay® makeup products! Thank you Mary Kay®!

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Mar 9, 2015

Progress in the Nursery

Hello lovely friends!

As some of you may know we are expecting a bundle of cuteness and joy in July and of course that means getting a nursery ready for his or her arrival!

I loved putting together our firstborn's nursery so I couldn't wait to get started on this one! And even though we don't know the gender as of today (we will tomorrow though!), we still did a few improvements that we knew we wanted for either gender.

So I invite you to come along and see what we've done so far!

Feb 28, 2015

Homemade Laundry Detergent {grating optional!}

Confession: I've only spent $20 since June 2014 for laundry detergent....

and I still have plenty left.

Yes, you read that correctly...$20.


I'm talking better than ANY store bought brand I've ever tried.

I'm talking I haven't even had to use stain removers since last June.

I'm talking it doesn't irritate my sensitive skin.

I'm talking my hubby who happens to be very picky when it comes to his laundry detergents loves this stuff!

That's a big deal around here guys. BIG deal.

Feb 21, 2015

DIY Wire Basket {for under $6!}

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Hello friends!

I've never posted on a Saturday (at least I don't think I have...) but I just had to get this one out there! It's too fabulous to keep delaying the post...

This DIY Wire Basket will run you under $6 to make and really competes with the wire/metal baskets you see in stores. 

If anything, this one has more character than the only metal basket I've purchased. All of the natural bends and imperfections just add to the charm of it!

Feb 4, 2015

Easy Feminine DIY Earring Displays {using cork board & wire}

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Who's ready for Spring? I sure am! We finally got a few sunny days and I soaked them all up outdoors. It had been gloomy and hazy for what seemed like an eternity so I was ready desperate for some sunshine!

Any-who...moving on to today's super feminine and super fabulous DIY.

It was inspired by my need for some earring organization. I had already organized my necklaces and bracelets with this DIY Necklace & Bracelet Organizer and this Tiered Jewelry Tray I made before that. 

But my earrings were still just thrown into a small bowl. Was is pretty? Yes. Was it functional? Not even close. It was getting quite annoying picking out my earrings in that cute little bowl.

So I got my little wheels turning (which just means remembering jewelry organizers I've pinned on Pinterest) and decided to make these Feminine DIY Earring Displays.

Are they cute or what?

Jan 16, 2015

Boy & Girl Nursery Inspiration {let the fun begin!}

Hello friends!

Since revealing that we have a new bundle of joy coming in July, I have been a busy bee stalking nurseries on Pinterest (okay, I've been stalking nurseries way before that!).

But who can blame me? There's just so many stylish, vintage, modern, chic, rustic, colorful and fun nursery ideas out there to swoon over. And swooning I have.

Actually, I may be setting myself up for some serious decision making when we discover the gender (7 more weeks!!). As you will see from my BOY & GIRL NURSERY INSPIRATION, I'm all over the spectrum as far as colors, themes, patterns and textures go. I don't have a solid definite color scheme or theme for a girl or boy.

Jan 12, 2015

DIY Lucite Tray From Acrylic Box Frame


 I cannot believe it took me this long to finally get around to making this DIY LUCITE TRAY.

After all, it's been a year since I first spotted this fabulous idea on Rain On A Tin Roof and told myself to make one ASAP. 

Well, ASAP obviously went out the window when procrastination came to visit.

Oh well. It's done now, I love it and that's all that matters.

Jan 7, 2015

Favorite Projects of 2014 {DIY, Organization and Beauty!}

Happy new year friends!

There are so many projects I'm excited about and looking forward to this year but it sure is nice to look back and see what I accomplished the prior year.

I definitely have my favorites but I thought it would be nice to share your favorites!

So here are the TOP 10 POSTS that got the most page views in 2014!