Apr 29, 2013

Spring/Summer Foundation Application Tip

Spring is here and Summer is right around the corner! As the weather gets warmer and warmer I get the sudden urge to lighten my foundation application. Who wants a heavy coverage, matte finish when it's 100 degrees outside? Not me! I don't mind the coverage (trust me, I need it), but If there is one thing I cannot stand is a cakey face! Especially during Spring and Summer when skin is supposed to instantly glow (yeah right, mine never instantly glows!)

There are two ways I like to lighten up my foundation (it's consistency not color) without having to buy a new one every season. Both techniques are super easy and lend awesome results! 

The first way is by making my own tinted moisturizer; click here to check that out.

But today, I want to talk about the second way which is accomplished by incorporating nothing more than a little H2O! That's right ladies...water is all you need!

There's only 1 step to this technique:
Run your sponge or brush under water until it's wet. Squeeze out the excess water and apply your foundation as normal. That's it!

The water instantly makes your heavy coverage foundations lighter in consistency, easier to blend and feels amazing on the skin, especially on a hot summer day. 

But what I love most, is how it doesn't take away from the coverage or it's longevity at all! I find that I still get the amazing coverage (that i desperately need), while allowing my face to breathe a little. It also brings a very natural glow to my complexion. 

My foundation also wears very nicely throughout the day. If I'm wearing my makeup all day (which is pretty much only Sundays) I only have to touch up once- about 8 hours after first application.

Here's proof- in this picture I am wearing my Revlon Colorstay Whipped Foundation (a very heavy coverage foundation that can apply cakey if not careful), using this technique and without any setting powder:

If you can look past the fact that my foundation is a few shades lighter than my skin (nothing a little bronzer can't fix- and has fixed many times), you will see that nice glow that wouldn't be there had I not added water to my brush.

You can wear it without a setting powder but I have oily skin and need a little extra help in this department so...
I set my foundation with a tiny bit of E.L.F Mineral Booster in Sheer. This is how little I used on my entire face- I don't want to eliminate all the glow!

And this is what it looks after I applied my minimal amount of setting powder:

My complexion still looks natural with a subtle glow!

And don't worry, once I finished the rest of my makeup, life came back to my face!

Stay tuned for an upcoming post on how to fake a glow- something I've always had to do!

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Apr 26, 2013

Guest Blogging At This Silly Girl's Life!

Hi Everyone! Today, I am guest blogging over at This Silly Girl's Life and I couldn't be more excited! Go on over and check out how you can make some awesome storage boxes! Maybe you've already seen this post....but maybe you haven't!

To check it out, click here.

Thank you!

Apr 25, 2013

DIY Air Freshener

Oh, how I would love for my house to always smell fresh and clean! That of course, is a bubble that has been burst MANY a times by....um, not so pleasant odors. The culprits? Lingering cooking odors (I love to cook with onions and garlic), the hubby who comes home from work a hot mess and the toddler who loves to run around all day long (whoever thinks body odor starts at puberty is WRONG). Of course, me, myself and I have never contributed to any offensive odors in our home..I just smell like roses all the time!

I love candles and those scented oil plug-ins to help freshen up my home's scent, but I also enjoy the quick-fix a good air freshener brings. The downside is they're filled with chemicals that sometimes tend to override the pleasant smell they're supposed to bring. Sorry, but I don't like my home smelling like nasty chemicals-that and they're bad for you.


Yeah, I totally forgot the "e" in the word "freshener" when editing this photo, but that's beside the point...

After three attempts at making my very own air freshener, I finally got it!

Here's what you need:
-a spray bottle (I just used an old Mrs. Meyers Countertop Spray bottle that I rinsed really well)
-1 cup water (not pictured)
-2 tablespoons alcohol (although I think 1 would be better)
-20-30 drops essential oil/s (I used 25 drops of lemon and 15 drops eucalyptus- lovely combination)

Simply pour the water, alcohol and oils into your bottle and shake it, baby!
Actually, you will need to shake it prior to every use- don't forget that or you're going to wonder what happened to your lovely scent.

What didn't work for me:
-adding baking soda: it clogged the spray's nozzle!
-using only water and essential oils: no matter how many drops I added (and I added PLENTY) the scent wasn't very strong and didn't linger at all!

The winning solution my family is now loving (even my daughter will say, "Mmmmm, Mom. It smells good.") is actually a linen spray but I use it mostly as an air freshener (I'm very careful with what I spray on my linens since I have sensitive skin). I adapted this little recipe from this one.

The combination of the lemon and eucalyptus is so very fresh, clean and invigorating! Love, love, love it- and I can't wait to experiment with other oils (lavender is really calling out to me!)

What oils would you love to try this DIY air freshener recipe with?

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Living Room Tour 2014

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Apr 23, 2013

Vanity Mirror Makeover

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all? I can no longer ask my mirror that question. Why? Because it is now covered in chalk paint! If you read my Makeup Organization & De-cluttering post, you'll remember that in the process of simplifying my makeup stash, I also ditched my vanity and stored all my makeup under my bathroom sink.

How has that been working out? GREAT! Not only did I turn my vanity into a desk, but also had this amazing 3 piece mirror left to re-purpose.

At first, I was just going to leave it alone and hang it on a wall....but that really wasn't getting me too excited. So I thought and thought (all the while the mirror was collecting dust in the spare room), till I finally decided to turn it into a cool chalkboard for the kitchen!

The process was super easy and free since I already had this Rust-Oleum Chalkboard spray paint on hand:

After cleaning it with vinegar and water I covered the frame of each mirror with tape and attacked it with 3 coats of spray paint.

This was after the first coat..you can see it looks kind of blotchy, that's normal. You want to apply a few light cats, rather than trying to cover it all up on the first coat.

Here's what it looked like after the second coat:

And the third..

Once it dried and I removed all the tape, this is what I beheld! I love the black against the white..so very classic!
You can see where the spray paint bled through the tape in a few spots, but that doesn't bother me since I plan on distressing it in the future.

I decided to place it on top of my cabinets and I just love seeing it every time I'm in the kitchen (which is a lot!)
Here are a couple more after pictures:

 Because I'm so creative and unexpected, I wrote the numbers 1-2-3 (it doesn't get wilder than that, right? I guess I could really let loose and write the letters A-B-C..) These will be so cute serving as menus for a dinner party, too!

So if you have any old mirrors (or any old artwork) laying around that you want to re-purpose try turning them into chalkboards! They're fun and you can always change what you write (or draw) on them!

What is your favorite re-purposing project?

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Apr 19, 2013

Guest Blogging at Super Working Mum!

Today, I am guest posting over at Super Working Mum- a website that enables today's busy woman to manage their life, time and resources. Go on over and see how you can take 10 minutes out of your busy schedule to look fabulous and pulled together!

To check it out, click here.

It was so much fun writing and working with Aloted, who by the way, will be guest posting here very soon!

And browse her website...it's filled with very valuable information!

Thank you and have a great day!

Using Pipe Straps For Storage Box Pulls

Do you guys remember my DIY Storage Boxes that I shared with you in February? Well, I added a little something something to them that made them even more awesome! Pipe straps to serve as pulls! I got this fabulous idea from Carrie at Saving 4 Six, and I just knew I had to try it the minute I saw hers!

And I'm so glad I did! Not only do the pipe straps add a nice industrial touch, but now they are easy to pull in and out of my hallway closet. Fabulous and convenient!

Carrie purchased a bag of 10 for under $2, but I saw mine laying around my hubby's tool box in the garage and snagged them (shhh). He actually hasn't noticed, which means he must not miss them, which means he must not have needed them. My boxes look fabulous and that's all that matters!

I did spray paint mine a metallic silver because they were a little rusty and I wanted a clean look and finish. I believe you can get these in a variety of finishes though.

Once spray painted and dry, I just used some gorilla glue to glue them to the boxes, I let them dry and at last... admired them!

Here is a before picture of all three boxes:

And this is what they look like now:

What an easy, inexpensive and cool way to add functionality and style, don't you think?

And if you'd rather go with a more traditional look, you can always use drawer handles or knobs! And I'm sure there are so many other possibilities! But I'm very happy how my pipe strap pulls came out!

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Apr 17, 2013

How To: No Brush Eye Look

Before I go into this tutorial I want to say that my heart is with Boston and I'm praying for everyone who was affected by this one way or another. May the God of peace surround you with His love and comfort.

One of my favorite beauty posts thus far has been my One Brush Eye Look because it goes to show how far you can go with makeup without having to have every brush you see in Sephora or any other store.

Since I had so much fun creating that look, I decided to take it one step further and create another eye look using ZERO brushes! That's right...no brushes needed to create this pretty plum smokey eye!

So get all your makeup out- sans eye brushes and let's get this party started!

I used my Urban Decay Naked Palette for this look and my ring finger to apply all the shadows in every step. Be sure to have a paper towel on hand to wipe off your finger after applying each color.

You can use any similar shadows you may have or create a color combination of your own!

Here is my palette with the eyeshadows I used numbered in the order they were used. Number 5 is optional..you'll see why in the end.

I applied the first color (1), a plum, on my lid and blended it by cleaning the shadow from my finger on a paper towel and gently rubbing all the edges of the shadow.

On my crease I applied a mauve color (2), again making sure I blended it very well. It takes a little more effort to blend with your fingers but it is achievable.

Next, I added a little black (3) to the outer V area to add dimension. I used the very tip of my ring finger for this application. I also made sure I cleaned off my finger very well before applying my highlight color (4), a shimmery nude to my brow bone and my inner eyes. This help brighten things up nicely.

This step is optional: I followed my tip on making shadows pop and dabbed a shimmery pink (5) only to the center portion of my lid to bring some more dazzle. I just love this quick and easy tip- it really packs a punch!

I also incorporated all the colors on my lower lash line. The plum color (1) went on 2/3 of my eye. The mauve(2) slightly under the plum to blend. The black (3) on my outer 1/3 (very well blended) and my shimmery pink (5-optional) right on the center of it all.

And all of those colors, with my finger replacing the usual 3-5 brushes I normally would use, gave me this result:

Pretty awesome, huh? And I'm not putting my skills (if any) on a high horse here, but seriously, no brushes...come on!

So if you're traveling and forgot to pack your brushes, or if all your brushes are dirty (like mine usually are), fret not! Your greatest beauty tool is right at the tip of your finger!

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Apr 14, 2013

Our Saturday In Photos

Hi Everyone! Today's post is a little different. I will not be showing you how to glue this to that or the latest beauty tip. Instead, I decided to give myself the weekend off (well, sorta) and just share the photos my family and I took on Saturday while in Monterey and Carmel, Ca. 

My hubby has been working extremely long hours and requested a day in the bay area, to which I said, "Let's go! You get the toddler, I'll get the sunblock!"

This" little bit of heaven on earth" is less than a 2 hour drive for us and we stopped at Casa de Fruta along the way to let Lily run around and chase the ducks, like she always does when we're there. Poor ducks, as soon as they see her approaching, they waddle away as fast as they possibly can!

Taking a break from attempting to catch a duck. "I've got to find a way to get these ducks to come to me.."

Yes Lily, all that water is called the ocean. Try not to make it look like we've never been here before, okay?

Tickling her didn't help put a smile on that face!

It was hilarious watching her attempt to open that box of chocolates!!! She kept saying, "Help me, Mama, help me!" I'm sure everyone thought we were so cruel to let her think they were real!

Getting some Daddy time while waiting for our food at Bubba Gump's.

Bless her heart..she climbed that hill all by herself. Just when I thought she'd fall and roll down the hill, she kept going. By the time we reached the top she was huffing and puffing. Good times, good times!

I'm so glad we got away from our usual Saturday routine and got out and about making memories. I love making memories with these 2 people! I don't care how expensive or inexpensive a trip may be...as long as we leave with some good memories, then it's all worth it to me!