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Those drugstore products pictured above have been some great finds for me! The L’Oreal Lift cream blushes are absolutely beautiful. I originally found them years and years ago but I rediscovered them recently at Walgreens. Drugstores (like Walgreens or CVS) seem to have a much wider range of products available than Target, is the same true for you?

The Revlon Insta-filter foundation is a great foundation except the applicator. I’ve heard from a few of you that you simply remove the applicator and twist the product out onto your hand or whichever tool you are using to apply! I need to do that to mine. This is a medium buildable foundation that looks really beautiful on the skin.

L’Oreal’s Voluminous Lash Paradise mascara is one of the best drugstore mascara’s I’ve ever used. I was loyal to Cover Girl Lash Blast for a long time but Lash Paradise beats that one now.

I don’t often wear lip gloss but I love the Hydro Boost Hydrating Lip Shine from Neutrogena. It has hyaluronic acid in it which is great for deep moisture for the lips!

A great, thorough review of Madewell jeans!

A few great snack ideas (would also be good appetizers!)

I tried the YSL Touche ECLAT All-in-One Glow via a sample from a recent Sephora order and dang it’s pretty. I tried B30 and it was a very good match for my skincolor.

What a cute travel bag set!

A makeup eraser pen that could come in quite handy when attempting to pull off a liquid liner cat eye.

If you like a sneaker but still want a tiny bit of feminine flair on them.

I never dress up but if I did this $69 jacket would be mine.

Do you have anything on tap for this weekend? I’m enjoying the sunshine of today while it’s here because we’ve got a rainy weekend ahead!

Little Ways to Refresh your Home

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I love the empty look of the inside of my home after taking down the Christmas decorations. Don’t get me wrong, I love when the decorations are UP during Christmas time but come December 26th I’m ready to organize, declutter, and lighten up the house a bit.

I’ve been working on so many different decluttering projects around my house and it feels so good. So good!

Have you heard of the whole Marie Kondo concept of Tidying Up? She wrote a book and now has a series on Netflix too! I have neither read the book nor watched the series, though I know both are very popular right now! No matter what, I’m always in the mood to declutter and organize at the beginning of year, whether it’s “trendy” or not.

I’m focusing on taking things *out* of the house instead of buying new stuff to bring into the home to refresh it, but I wanted to share a few very simple ways to update your space without doing an expensive makeover by redecorating!

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Adding greenery, faux or real, is the quickest way to breathe some new life into a room. Most of my greenery is faux, not only because I have cats but also because I can’t keep house plants alive. Well, I have kept my snake plant alive thus far, but everything else dies.

Faux greenery has come a long way and can look quite real in some cases! Adding a small plant to my mantle, side table, or the center of my coffee table is my favorite way to trick my mind into thinking it’s spring.

Justin and I are in desperate need of a new quilt or comforter on our bed. The cats have *ruined* the current quilt so it’s kind of pointless to invest in a new one only to know that it will likely get destroyed as well. But I did try out some Brooklinen sheets a few months ago and the simple act of updating my sheets makes my bed feel new. I’m not a throw pillow kind of person, so adding new pillows would end up being a bit of a burden, but refreshing the sheets was a strategic way to update the bed without wasting money.

In the kitchen, sorting through my kitchen towels is a 5 minute task that not only gives some space to that drawer, but also let’s me determine if any need to be replaced. I usually get my kitchen towels at Target or Home Goods!

I decluttered my jewelry collection and thought through strategic places to organize everything I have. The “dailies” hang on my jewelry tree that is placed on my nightstand, but the statement pieces are in a jewelry organizer like this one within my closet. If I’m wearing statement earrings, I’ve likely given my outfit that day a bit more thought, which is why I would spend more time in my closet. Grabbing the earrings while I’m picking out my clothes makes it quick and simple.

More than anything, though, cleaning up a room is the best way to refresh a space. I try to repeat the saying “a place for everything, and everything in it’s place” in my head while I’m cleaning up so I can determine whether or not I need to establish a place for things, or if things simply need to be put back where they belong.

Remember Buying One Eyeshadow Instead of a Palette?

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link to palette organizer

In a world of eyeshadow palettes it can seem like single eyeshadows have gotten completely shoved to the side. I’m always excited about new eyeshadow palette releases even though it is literally the last thing I could possibly need in my vanity! Now listen up, I love an eyeshadow palette! I use one almost every day! They are great for travel and you can find some that are small but still offer a great variety for a few different eye looks, or you can find huge eyeshadow palettes with a wide variety of shades.

But sometimes a simple single eyeshadow is all you need! I recently purged my vanity table and these were the only single shadows I kept! And after seeing them again I was reminded about how great they are.

The most uncomplicated eye look can be done with a little bit of concealer or foundation and one single eyeshadow. Simply apply concealer or foundation on the eyelid as a base, to even out the skin on the eye and covering any discoloration. Then pick a color slightly darker than your skin to apply in a sweeping motion to the crease. It should take no time and you’ll have a dimensional look with only one shadow!

You can also use eyeshadow in a more pigmented way by applying it with a wet, tightly packed brush, like this smudge brush from Sephora.

The shadows are named and linked below if you care to check them out. Of the bunch, I love using Urban Decay Teased or L’Oreal Cafe Au Lait in my crease area. Urban Decay Laced is pretty all over the eye, as well as NARS Ashes to Ashes.

Urban Decay Secret Service is great for a darker eye or a smudge along the lower lash line. And if you are into shimmer, the Nude Glow from Maybelline is gorgeous!

NARS Ashes to Ashes. NARS- OndineUrban Decay-Secret Service. Urban Decay-Laced. Urban Decay-Teased. Maybeline New York-Nude Glow. L’Oreal Colour Rich-Cafe Au Lait.

Do you have one or two eyeshadows that you use regularly, or are you a palette kind of girl like me? 

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