Friday, December 19, 2014

Ruffian Holiday Nails


LOVE!! So this is the first time I've ever gotten a ruffian manicure, and i'm obviously obsessed. I'm not a big fan of nail art or designs at all, but wanted to do something a little more fun for the holiday season. I got some inspiration on Pinterest, and decided to go for it! Both colors are gel, so they BETTER last a long time haha. What do you guys think? It might have looked a little better if my nails were long, but I like to keep my claws short =)

Hope everyone has a great weekend! Will blog again soon!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

I Finally Gave in and Joined

Hi guys! I finally joined Google+. I figured hey, I could find more awesome makeup people on there, right?! So I have a measly 6 followers and think you guys should be my friends. Anyone else on this damn thing? I have to admit, I haven’t fully figured it out yet haha. Hope everyone is having a great week and staying warm!


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Sunday, November 30, 2014

nugg Face Masks - Product Reviews. 3 Flavors, 3 Different Product Testers!


From the minute I read about these single serve masks in Allure, I knew I needed to try them. Aside from trusting almost everything Allure says, I absolutely loved the idea of a single serve mask - put it on and throw out the little pod. They are so cute and small! Perfect for travel or just regular weekly use. I also loved that each mask was only $2.99. There are currently 4 flavors of Nugg masks, and I bought 3 of them to test. I tried the mask above - Face Mask revitalizing Flaxseed & Peppermint Oil. My mother-in-law tried the Face Mask soothing Shea Butter and Chamomile Extract. My awesome husband tried Face Mask exfoliating Cranberry Seed Oil and Jojoba Beads. I took notes on each tester's experience with their masks. It was a fun little experiment. Enjoy!



Product Tester: My mother in law, Arlene
Texture: Loved the texture. Didn't feel like a traditional mask.
Scent: Liked the smell, it gave off a relaxing, spa-like feeling.
While Mask Was On: Mask made skin feel tight, but in a good way. Didn't harden like a clay mask.
After Mask Was Washed Off: Skin felt tight and smooth, could feel the difference the masks made. 
Left Mask On For: 10 minutes
Overall Experience and Notes: Really enjoyed the experience, wanted to try the other flavors in the future. She thought there was too much product given for a single serve mask though - she felt like she was wasting it by throwing it out!





Product Tester: My husband, Greg
Texture: Liked the gel texture. The jojoba beads were gentle, not super gritty. 
Scent: Didn't like the smell. It wasn't offensive or overpowering, just not his taste.
While Mask Was On: Felt nice, didn't harden. Beads seemed to disintegrate when he initially applied the mask, so it didn't feel like beads were sitting on his skin (a good thing). 
After Mask Was Washed Off: Could notice a little bit of a difference. 
Left Mask On For: 10 minutes
Overall Experience and Notes: Felt the need to use the entire pod of product, there was a lot in there for a one time use product. 




Product Tester: Me!! =)
Texture: LOVE the texture. I've never tried a gel mask before. The product just glides on the skin. It's nice and thin. 
Scent: Very menthol and minty. Could put some people off but I liked it. 
While Mask Was On: The mask gives off a noticeable cooling feeling, probably due to the mint. It was great! Same as stated above, this mask does not harden like a clay mask would. You can feel it tightening the skin slightly.
After Mask Was Washed Off:  The cooling feeling remained for a few minutes even after I washed the product off. My skin felt tight, smooth and breathable. 
Left Mask On For: 10 minutes
Overall Experience and Notes: I really enjoyed this mask experience. I definitely want to try the other flavors. As I said before, since each mask is $2.99 you CAN try them all and not break the bank. I love the single serve concept - it's more sanitary to me. Often times clay masks dry up and get chunky, so gross. This mask was a breath of fresh air! My skin still feels smooth and it's the next day. Definitely recommend it! You can buy them at Target, or on nugg's website. 


Friday, November 28, 2014

New Haircut - Before and After!

Before - my hair was started to grow out and lose the shape

After! I've wanted this haircut for a long time. Longer in the front, shorter in the back.





I absolutely love my new hair! After cutting in short over a year ago, I decided to do it again - just as it was growing back HAHA. This style makes me feel edgy and cool - I love the shape and how it falls around my face. I also love how easy it is to do my hair in the morning - so quick to blow dry and style. Then I can spend more time on my makeup =)

Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!! xoxo

Thursday, November 20, 2014

I'm 28. This is My Weekly Skincare Routine



Hi friends! I always get asked by family and friends what my skincare routine is. After years and years of having acne and bad skin as a teenager/young adult, I’m FINALLY getting compliments on how great my skin looks. It’s such a great feeling! My skin is still prone to break outs and is very sensitive. I still have to be careful of what I use. Below is my Monday-Sunday skincare routine! These products have proven to work really well for me personally, and I’ve tried to stick with them for the sake of my skin.

Before detailing my routine, I did some research. I found that there weren’t many skincare articles out there for women in their late 20’s (I’m 28). Well, there WERE articles but they still left me feeling like – what should I USE? How often? If I still get acne sometimes, can I still use anti-aging products? Am I currently using the right products? I started to research the products I was using and their benefits to my skin. I made some slight changes - I added a retinoid cream once a week and started using my Clarisonic every day vs. a few times a week. I want to add a mask into my routine once a week – anyone have suggestions?!

I want to be sure that I’m giving my skin the best care possible! After all, you only get one face, right? And before you think I’m a freak of nature – I slip up sometimes. I don’t follow this exactly. But I try my hardest to! See below for what I use and WHY.


Monday

Morning:
Clarisonic Mia 2
Dr. Andrew Weil for Origins Mega-Bright serum
Dr. Jart+Premium BB Beauty Balm SPF 45 PA
Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream

Night:
Neutrogena Oil-Free Cleansing Wipes for Acne Prone Skin, Pink Grapefruit
Clinique Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector
La Mer The Eye Concentrate

Tuesday

Morning:
Clarisonic Mia 2
Dr. Andrew Weil for Origins Mega-Bright serum
Dr. Jart+Premium BB Beauty Balm SPF 45 PA
Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream

Night:
Neutrogena Oil-Free Cleansing Wipes for Acne Prone Skin, Pink Grapefruit
Retinoid cream, then after Clinique Moisture-Surge Extended Thirst Relief
La Mer The Eye Concentrate



Wednesday

Morning:
Clarisonic Mia 2
Dr. Andrew Weil for Origins Mega-Bright serum
Dr. Jart+Premium BB Beauty Balm SPF 45 PA
Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream

Night:
Neutrogena Oil-Free Cleansing Wipes for Acne Prone Skin, Pink Grapefruit
Fresh Brown Sugar lip scrub & Bite Beauty lip balm
Clinique Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector
La Mer The Eye Concentrate



Thursday

Morning:
Clarisonic Mia 2
Dr. Andrew Weil for Origins Mega-Bright serum
Dr. Jart+Premium BB Beauty Balm SPF 45 PA
Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream

Night:
Neutrogena Oil-Free Cleansing Wipes for Acne Prone Skin, Pink Grapefruit
Clinique Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector
La Mer The Eye Concentrate

Friday

Morning:
Clarisonic Mia 2
Dr. Andrew Weil for Origins Mega-Bright serum
Dr. Jart+Premium BB Beauty Balm SPF 45 PA
Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream

Night:
Neutrogena Oil-Free Cleansing Wipes for Acne Prone Skin, Pink Grapefruit
Fresh Brown Sugar lip scrub & Bite Beauty lip balm
Clinique Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector
La Mer The Eye Concentrate


Saturday

Morning:
Clarisonic Mia 2
Dr. Andrew Weil for Origins Mega-Bright serum
Dr. Jart+Premium BB Beauty Balm SPF 45 PA
Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream

Night:
Neutrogena Oil-Free Cleansing Wipes for Acne Prone Skin, Pink Grapefruit
Clinique Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector
La Mer The Eye Concentrate



Sunday

Morning:
Clarisonic Mia 2
Dr. Andrew Weil for Origins Mega-Bright serum
Dr. Jart+Premium BB Beauty Balm SPF 45 PA
Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream

Night:
Neutrogena Oil-Free Cleansing Wipes for Acne Prone Skin, Pink Grapefruit
Mask (TBD)
Fresh Sugar Lip Polish, then Bite Beauty Lip Mask
La Mer The Eye Concentrate

So that's that. I love all of these products. If it wasn't evident from my blog, I'm a huge beauty, skincare and product junkie. Meaning, I've basically tried EVERYTHING and this is what I stuck with.  Here are the benefits of a few of the products, and what I love them!



Dr. Andrew Weil for Origins Mega-Bright serum

What it Does: Corrects skin tone, fades acne scars and dark spots.

Why I love it: I love the texture and it smells divine (reminds me of fruit snacks!). It dries quickly and gives you glowing skin.




Dr. Jart+Premium BB Beauty Balm SPF 45 PA

What it Does: A moisturizer, sunscreen, and treatment serum, this all-in-one product also includes advanced brightening properties.

Why I love it: I’ve been raving about this product for a few years now, and I haven’t switched since. It gives me just the right amount of coverage. After long-term use, I credit this product with transforming my skin. I only wear this and a little bit of MAC powder every day instead of foundation. When you first apply, the BB can look a little chalky. Let it fully dry before putting anything on top of it and the color will adjust. The SPF is 45 which is fantastic. Always wear sunscreen!! It’s a tough nut to crack price-wise - $39. But I don’t think I could live without it.



Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream

What it Does: A clinically-proven eye cream that instantly de-puffs and reduces dark circles.

Why I love it: I can’t wait to put it on in the morning. The caffeine and ginseng wakes up your skin and senses. Love the citrus smell and bright package.



Neutrogena Oil-Free Cleansing Wipes for Acne Prone Skin, Pink Grapefruit

What it Does: These soft, pre-moistened wipes thoroughly cleanse skin of pore-clogging impurities... all with an uplifting blast of pink grapefruit.

Why I love it: It’s tough getting all of your makeup off at the end of the day, even after washing your face. These wipes do a great job of getting your face clean, while preventing future acne. They are just right – not too harsh that they make you peel, but tough enough to prevent acne. And of course, love the grapefruit scent! I tried using the CVS brand version of these wipes and they sucked. I thought I could try to save a little money and use the store brand. Not worth it. The Neutrogena ones are the real deal. I've converted family and friends to these wipes, and we all ask each other how we lived without them before!



Hope you guys enjoyed!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Clinique Lipstick in Rock Violet

This has quickly turned into one of my favorite fall colors, and I don't even remember buying it. I recently organized my makeup drawers so I could finally see all my stuff. I might have gotten this lipstick as a gift, I don't think I would have bought it for myself. The lipstick looks very DARK in the tube, but it's actually a quite beautiful shade. It's like a brown, purple, pinky shade with just the right amount of shine. I like using a pale lip pencil - like MAC's In Synch - all over lips first before applying this lipstick. It makes it last longer, and makes the color pop more. Because it's a darker shade, I love wearing it with 2 coats of mascara and NARS Orgasm blush. It looks so fresh and polished, yet kinda edgy all at once. The color looks different from different angles and light, I did my best to capture it below! What are you guys loving for fall? Share with us!









Thursday, November 6, 2014

L'Oreal Infallible Silkissime Silky Liner in Black - Product Review


Sup makeup peopleeeeeeeeeeee! I just bought this eyeliner. I've been OBSESSED with Kat Von D's Tattoo Felt Tip Liner (read review here) but also needed a black pencil liner.

I bought this one for Halloween, actually, because I figured I could still use it afterward for regular, non-Halloween life. To kick it off, there's a few things I love about it, and some things I don't. Let's read on.


Texture: This pencil is very coal-like and smudgy. It glides on beautifully and is very soft which I love. There's nothing worse than trying to use a stiff pencil on your skin, it hurts! Like I said, I used it for my Sugar Skull makeup and it worked out great. I basically drew all over my face with it and had great control over where the product was going. I haven't tried yet, but I would assume it would be ideal for a smokey eye - very blendable, smudgy and sexy.


Wear: This is a little tricky. I've been wearing this liner in my water line for the last couple of days and I'm a little torn. I love the texture, but can't seem to stop the fall out that it gives off. I'll see little dots of black under my eyes and have to wipe them off, which causes them to smudge. Not great right before you're walking into a meeting! I even tried using a smudge tool to spread out the product, thinking maybe the fall out wouldn't happen. No dice. This pencil might be better suited for the eyelid and not under your eyes.


Look: I love the look of this pencil. I know you guys will know what I mean - it is BLACK. Like very very dark BLACK. It gives off a really nice, bold line which I love. Now if only it wouldn't smudge on my face!!

Verdict: I do like this pencil. I'm not giving up on it yet. I'm going to try and maybe do a smokey eye to see if it's just the waterline that's the problem. The texture really kicks ass, and it's one of the blackest pencils I've come across. I'll also try some primer on my eyelids before applying, perhaps that will give the liner something to grab onto.

What do you guys think? Anyone try? There's a beautiful Teal color in the Silkissime line - if I can get the black to work for me I would love other colors!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Beauty Benefits to Drinking Water. YES, you can do this!

I roll my eyes when a celebrity exclaims “drinking lots of water” as their best kept beauty secret. Like right, water along with a wardrobe stylist, dermatologist, hair stylist, beauty team and 20 hours of sleep each day. I’ve never been a big water drinker myself, but lately have been trying to drink about 70oz per day. Why this sudden fascination with water, you ask? I read an article a few months back explaining all the health benefits to drinking the recommended amount of water per day (calculated based on your weight, age, height, etc) – more energy, can aid in balancing your calorie intake, potential weight loss, etc. So I dug a little deeper, and found a plethora of BEAUTY benefits of water. Maybe Hollywood is right about something. Here are some of my favorites.

1. Your skin will look more youthful. Water hydrates the skin, which stops it from drying out and looking dull. Some experts say drinking enough water each day is more important than applying expensive creams and serums.

2. Clear, bright eyes. When your eyes are red and irritated, you look tired. Skip the constant eye drops and drink more water!

3. Could prevent acne. It is said that drinking hot lemon water in the morning could reduce internal bacteria, therefore lessoning nasty acne breakouts. (hey, it can’t hurt to try right?)

4. Aids in toning and firming skin. Not just your face –all skin. Water fills up cells, making them tight and firm. This fights against wrinkles and cellulite.

5. Glossy, healthier hair. Water hydrates cells, and yes that includes your hair. Again, some experts say drinking more water is more important and beneficial to hair than expensive hair styling products.

A couture photo of me and my tumbler. This could be YOU.

OK now that you are convinced that water is just the greatest, how do you remember to drink the right amount? Here are my own tips:


1. Download the app: I downloaded an app called Water Your Body – it makes it easy to track how much fluid & water you drink daily. The app sends annoying notifications to your phone like “you have not drank any water today.” Then you feel guilty and go get a glass of water. It works. Because it annoys you and you want it to go away.

2. Get a Tumbler for your desk at work: I bought a 20oz tumbler and keep it on my desk at work. As soon as I get to work in the morning, I fill it up. When I drink it all, I immediately re-fill it. It’s big and bright pink, I couldn’t ignore it if I wanted to.

3. Hate plain water? I don’t, but some people do. I like Mio and Crystal Light water enhancers. I think most are 0 – 5 cals and come in a ton of flavors.

4. Start a Morning Routine: Drink a big glass of water in the morning when you wake up. It makes you feel more awake, and hey, you just got some water drinking out of the way. I’m usually a little dehydrated when I wake up, so this is a good trick.

5. Other things contain water, not just water: Think coffee, tea, fruit, etc. Many things consist mainly of water. Do a little research and try to work some hydrating drinks and foods into your routine.

6. Get a buddy: My husband also downloaded the Water Your Body app. Having someone remind you to drink water really works, as corny as it sounds. I also have a friend at work who is trying to drink more water. We fill up our tumblers together and hold each other accountable.

Hope this was helpful! I am totally new at this, but will update you guys on how I’m doing! Thanks for reading, as always!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Day of the Dead Makeup



Boo!


A marionette and a sugar skull

Zach from the Hangover and a sugar skull

What I used:
Face: 
Maybelline Cover Stick concealer in white

Eyes: 
L'Oreal Paris Infallible Silkissime Silky Pencil Eyeliner in Black
MAC #7 lash
Benefit's They're Real Mascara
L'Oreal Paris Infallible Gel Lacquer Liner, Blackest Black
A blend of MAC pigments
Lime Crime lipstick in Centrifuscia

Forehead:
 L'Oreal Paris Infallible Silkissime Silky Pencil Eyeliner in Black
L'Oreal Paris Infallible Gel Lacquer Liner, Blackest Black
Black rhinestones

Nose:
 L'Oreal Paris Infallible Silkissime Silky Pencil Eyeliner in Black

Chin:
L'Oreal Paris Infallible Silkissime Silky Pencil Eyeliner in Black
 Lime Crime lipstick in Centrifuscia

Mouth:
  L'Oreal Paris Infallible Silkissime Silky Pencil Eyeliner in Black

 Hair:
I sprayed my hair with Bumble and Bumble hair chalk in pink

Headpiece:
I bought fake flowers from Michael's Craft store, and hot glued them to an old barrette I had.
See below!


Here are some other party photos!
 
My brother made his own alligator costume ha! His girlfriend was a firefighter! 

Hilarious.

My sister in law and her boyfriend were elves! Too funny.

Hope you guys had a happy Halloween!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Cat Eye Liner Made Easy

Still struggling with cat eyes and winged liner? So are 99% of women.

I consider myself pretty good at doing my own makeup, but always have trouble doing the winged liner thing. Some days it will come out decent, other days I will use a half a box of q-tips to get the ends even.

Enter: Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper. This felt-tip marker liner is the shit. My brother’s girlfriend generously shared her liner with me while we were on vacation, and I was obsessed with it. The second we touched down in NJ, I had one of my very own.

It really makes the application flawless. The pigment is great – it is a pretty dark black which I love. It has great staying power too – doesn’t fade or smudge throughout the day. Doing winged liner in the morning before work is always daunting to me. I always worry I’ll mess up, have to do it over and be late for my bus. With this liner, I’ve been wearing my wings proudly all week!

Here are some of the looks I tried this week:


Small cat eye
I had a cosmetics industry event last night, and swiped this liner on at my desk using only a compact mirror. It's really that easy. I like starting the liner in the middle of my eyelid vs. extending it all the way to the inner corner. I feel like it makes my eyes look bigger.

Thick wing
This is me today! You are getting this post in REAL TIME haha.
Today I used two of my old stand by's - MAC's Cork and Shroom eyeshadows.
I used Benefit's They're Real mascara and of course, the liner.


A little piece of beauty heaven. 

You can buy this liner at Sephora for $18. If you wear black liner often, this is a good piece to have in your beauty collection. If you're in a rush, swipe this on with a little mascara and you'll look crisp and put together. 

Have you guys tried? If not, you're honestly missing out. You don't want to be THAT guy, do you? Didn't think so.

Until next time! xo

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

How I Decorated My Guest Room for $20


Spray paint + old picture frames + photographs = redecorated guest room!

We moved into our new home in March of this year, and have been slowly but surely decorating each room. We have a nice size guest room which I LOVE. Aside from the essentials – bed, dresser, nightstand, TV, etc – it was kind of plain. I was in search of a nice piece of art to go over the bed to no avail. My mother – always the crafty mind – said why buy something when you can make something?!

She had given me 6 old picture frames that previously lived in their basement. We lined one big wall with family photos, all 8x10. When my parents moved, they had no use for the frames anymore and gave them to me. My mom suggested I re-purpose the frames – spray paint them to match the guest room and cluster them together over the bed. I love the idea, and think it came out awesome! I am also a big photography person, so being able to showcase some great photos I took felt great. The photos are all from vacations and trips my husband and I took together!

What I used:
Old frames that house 8x10 photographs
Rust-Oleum Hammered Spray Paint in Copper
Photographs of your choice (I got mine printed from Costco and was very happy with the quality)
Picture hanging hooks

1. Set up your spray paint area. I did mine in the backyard and put some newspaper down.
2. Take glass and matte out of frame
3. Spray one coat of spray paint, making sure the frames are well covered.
4. Wait one hour (or the amount of time it says on the paint can) then spray another coat.
5. Let dry for 24 hours.
6. Put glass back in frame, put matte on top, tape the back of the photograph onto the matte to avoid sliding.
7. Hang them up! Or get your awesome husband to hang them up =)

And there you have it! $6 for the spray paint, about $13 to get the photographs printed, and $0 for the recycled frames! We also had the picture hanging hooks left over, so we didn’t have to buy those either. They are cheap though! You can find them at Lowe's or any home improvement/hardware store.

 Here is what the original frames looked like. 
They were in great shape, just didn't match the guest room.
The copper spray paint warmed them up to go with the light colored wood furniture.


I’m so happy with the result, and glad I got to give the picture frames another life! Don’t have any old frames laying around? I’m sure someone you know has some in their basement, storage, spare room, etc. Ask around! There are also HUNDREDS of spray paint colors to choose from, great creative! Hope you guys enjoyed this post, happy crafting!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Marionette Makeup

Hi dolls! My beautiful, hilarious, charming bestie, Mel, is back with another guest post! You may remember her from the Benefit - They're Real mascara post (link here). Check out her awesome take on marionette makeup - what she used, and what she'll do differently for next time. Enjoy! XO




Every year around the first week of October, I have a sudden epiphany that Halloween is actually a thing that's about to happen again. Then the panicking starts. What am I gonna be this year? I take a couple days to ponder how I'm going to pull off finding the perfect mix of scary and slutty, then my EUREKA! moment comes. And naturally, it's genius every single year.

2013 was the year of "Melly Krueger." Ripped sweater for an enhanced cleavage experience, great hat, gloves- and an opportunity for killer makeup. This year is the year of the MARIONETTE. Why? Because I'm pretty. And Marionette's are too. I literally did this as a practice run in 10 mins. Very messy and not polished. But trust me, I'll bring the heat on the actual day. Enjoy xo

Here's what I used:
• Maybelline Concealer Cover Stick in White
• NYX Cream Blush in Red Cheeks
• Bed Head Eyeliner Pencil in Black
• Various purple eyeshadows I have


What I'm doing differently:
• Not doing purple eyes. I think I'm going more for a "porcelain" look, so will do my eyes to go along with that theme more
• Applying bold, fake lashes!
• Making my freckles smaller and fewer
• Priming my lips differently using a solid matte white base
• Making my red lipstick more defined and heart shaped


The perfect mix of haunting and chic, and so easy- even Helen Keller could do it. xoxo



Monday, October 20, 2014

Sugar Skull Makeup – My First Stab At It!



Hi guys! So, spoiler alert, I’m being a sugar skull for Halloween! I was so inspired by the beautiful makeup all the talented ladies on youtube and elsewhere did, and decided to try it myself. I did a quick and dirty version just to see if I could do it. We’re having a Halloween party at our house, so my skull makeup needs to be on point!

Here’s what I used, and my tips:
  • Maybelline cover stick concealer in white for all over face
  • MAC black liquid liner for the details
  • Laura Mercier shadow in Onyx for around eyes
  • Estee Lauder lipstick in Scarlet Siren details around the eyes

Here is what I’m going to do different for next time:
  • Use a black pencil eye liner instead of liquid liner. The liquid was tough to use over the white concealer and didn't give me dark enough lines.
  • Instead of the black eye shadow, I might use black pencil liner for this also. For some reason, the Onyx shadow wasn’t dark enough and looks kinda gray here.
  • I’m going to apply black rhinestones around the eyes vs. doing the flower/lipstick details.
  • Spend more time on my forehead and chin – try to draw a spider web or other cool design.
  • Buy black lipstick and color my lips in all black vs. the white and black. I think it will have more of an impact that way.


Do you love my Giants t-shirt? HA! I am in no way a master makeup artist, I’m just a lover and a consumer! It was fun being creative and drawing all over my face LOL. Hope everyone is gearing up for a fun and makeup-filled Halloween!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Before and After – Tiffany Blue Furniture Makeover!

Helloooooooo lovely readers! It’s been a while, huh? Well, I’ve been working on some pretty awesome projects that I’d love to share with you guys. I finally finished one that I’ve been working on for a few months – my very first furniture makeover!

I’ve had this dresser since I was a little girl. It was part of my first “big girl” bedroom set. As you can see, this piece held up wonderfully throughout the years, it just needed a little…love. I have an art studio in my house, a little room where my husband and I can paint, craft, etc and it really is a blast. This piece of furniture is in the studio, and it was practically begging for a makeover.

Choosing the shade wasn’t difficult – I knew I wanted something bright and impactful. I was between tiffany blue or a bright coral color. I thought the coral might be too seasonal, so went with the blue instead. I read a lot about refinishing furniture online before I started, and really picked up some helpful tips. If you’re going to try this at home, I will try my best to share some tips with you!

Among these tips, I found that a shade called Seafarer by Valspar was the closest shade to achieving the Tiffany Blue color I wanted. It is SUCH a beautiful color guys. The photo does not do it justice. Before painting on this fresh shade, I used 3 coats of Valspar primer to make sure the color adhered to the dresser. For the hardware (they are original to the dresser) I used Rust Oleum’s White Gloss Spray paint. I love how the white pops against the paint! See below for some photos, and my tips for other first timers!




 
Before and After! What a transformation, huh?
The original piece had drawers of course, I had already taken them out to prime them =)
 
Getting started - one coat of primer! I did this over several days. 
One coat took awhile since it's a big dresser!



Oh hi, this is me! 

Beautiful paint ready to get used!

Painting this was so much fun! See - from the top down.

Ta DAAAA!


My tips and tricks for painting wooden furniture
• The first step (which I did not take) is definitely to sand your furniture, if needed. If it has a lacquered or already painted finish, you need to sand that off and start new (sand, primer then paint).

• Use a roller (like I did above) for the larger, flatter pieces of the furniture, and a regular paint brush to reach the smaller spots.

• Definitely take the time to prime your piece WELL. It might look great with just 2 coats of paint, but soon enough the paint might chip off and all your work went down the tubes. I was aggressive with the 3 coats of primer, you may only need 2. I wanted the primer to look as even as possible so I didn’t have any bumps when I went to paint.

• Work from the TOP DOWN. As seen above, I started painting the top of my piece and worked by way down to the legs. Think about it – if you don’t, you can’t lean against your piece for support or get closer to it if the bottom is already painted.

• Follow the direction on the primer and paint cans. There’s a reason they put drying times on them. If it says to wait 2 hours to apply another coat, try to be patient =)

• This might sound silly – but mix your paint well each time you use it. Since I did this project over a few months, my paint was opened and closed a lot. Paint separates, so make sure you mix it well to get the same color each time.

• Spray painting hardware is AMAZING. I can’t imagine having to actually paint those tiny details on each handle. If you have a garage or outdoor space, lay down some newspaper and give the hardware a good spray. I did one coat, then did another coat the next day. I love how they came out.

• Another helpful tip I read – try doing more very thin coats on your piece vs. one or two thick coats. The thin coats dry more evenly and quickly. Don’t keep going over the same spot with the roller – do it once and move on to a different spot.

• Drink wine while painting. I’m convinced this step is essential.

• HAVE FUN! You are giving an old piece of furniture new life! And you get to show off your awesome painting skills to friends and family. Imagine saying “yeah, I painted that.” YES, it’s worth it.

Hope you guys enjoyed this post! My newly painted dresser is now loaded up with all my art and crafting supplies, so awesome! Please comment with any questions, I always read them and love hearing from you guys!


Thursday, August 28, 2014

Makeup Organization - Life Changing!

Hi dolls! My mom gifted me this makeup organizer, and it has changed my life in just one day. There's 7 shelves, which allowed me to do a lipstick drawer, lip gloss drawer and so on. I love opening the drawers in the morning and seeing all of my makeup without the struggle.

I had a 3 drawer organizer before - NOT sufficient enough for a makeup addict like me. The drawers would get jammed because I had way too much stuff. Plus, things were piled on top of each other and I couldn't see what I had. I noticed that I kept buying similar shades of things because I simply didn't know what I had. Not good. I am going to try hard to keep this neat and clean. See below for the photos!!


My glorious lipstick drawer. I guess I will have to purge an item if I want to buy another ha!


Gloss drawer. I use some more often than others, but couldn't find it in myself to throw away more than a few =)


Lip crayons, lip balms, shadow sticks and eye liners. This drawer is a little busy, but it's much better than what I had before.

Eye shadows, glitter and mascara. This doesn't include my numerous eye palettes and sets, I don't know if there will ever be a good way to organize those unless you stack them in a drawer somewhere. I'm open to suggestions!


Face drawer - primers, blushers, bronzers, luminizers and concealer. 

This is kind of a misc drawer - my trusty Dr. Jart BB Cream, foundation, lash curler, lash glue, etc. 

My beautiful organizer! Makes me happy every time I look at it.

This was my old one. I've had it since college, and it was time to cut the cord. It served me well, but I just outgrew it. RIP, old friend.
 
 
Hope you guys enjoyed my organization post! If you have any tips or tricks, please feel free to share them with us! xo

Monday, August 25, 2014

The Higher the Hair, the Closer to Jesus

How was everyone’s weekend? Mine rocked. Yesterday, I went to my aunt and uncle’s house for a bbq. The weather, company (and scenery!) couldn’t have been better! I’ve been kind of bored with my hair lately, so I decided to give it some volume. It’s at that weird in between-growing out of a bob stage and there’s not much I can do to style it. So I resurrected my Bump-it (remember those?) and teased the crap out of my crown. I placed the Bump-it on the crown and covered it with the teased hair. The Bump-it has little teeth, so it grabs your hair well. Just to make it look a little neater, I put two bobby pins in an X shape to keep the remaining hair together in the back. And viola! High hair. Or Jersey hair, depending on where you live  See below for some pretty sweet scenic photos from the weekend!


My pouf! Nothing wrong with a little bit of volume haha
Another shot. It stayed all day and my hair wasn't in my face!

 
My uncle has a huge backyard - I can practice my shooting! Our targets were coke cans filled with water
My husband and my uncle in his beautiful backyard! That view never gets old

Say cheese! Me relaxing in the hammock with my new camera! Bought it at an estate sale for $30 - beautiful Olypmus 35mm!


Thanks for reading dolls. Hope everyone had a fantastic weekend!