Friday, June 3, 2016

Makeup Comparison | Drugstore vs. Prestige Brand Smoky Eye

There is always a lot of talk about dupes and comparisons between drugstore and prestige brand makeup. Some people say they can find perfect matches. I decided that I would pull out an old drugstore smoky eye palette that was once a favorite. It has been quite some time since I used it and decided to give it a try!

I filmed my drugstore makeup look and then filmed the Urban Decay look using similar products. I decided that I was going to start a new series with this! I thought it would be fun to try out different makeup products and see which ones are worth they hype and which ones are best left on the shelf! 

To start this series off I plan on going back through some of my old makeup favorites and seeing how well they compare to the products I use now. 

Here is the video on the drugstore makeup look! This entire look was created by all drugstore products. Please keep in mind I am definitely not a makeup artist. I am just a wife and mom who happens to love makeup. 

This next video is using the Urban Decay Smoky Palette and all higher end products. 

Here are the products I used to create the drugstore look.

Drugstore Smoky Look

Here are the products used to create the higher end products look.

Naked Smoky

Make sure you check out the description boxes on my youtube channel for details on each product.
I also took a quick picture of swatches of both shadows side by side.

And a side by side of the eye look.

Check out this video for details on the new series and my final opinion of these two looks.

Love and Hugs!!

Friday, May 13, 2016

The Guide to Wearing Sequins | Style options for everyone

For some people hearing the word sequin sparks fear. They are reminded of the horrible and tacky outfits of the eighties that still linger in hidden family photo albums! You remember those? The same basic deal as the crazy Christmas sweat shirts with the built in turtle neck and cat with the Santa hat!

Today's sequin trend is much easier to style and anyone can find something they like! I have created a few different looks using a sequin piece for each! I found the most amazing sequin skirt on pinterest and am secretly waiting for a reason to go buy it! I love how easy it is to dress it up or style it in a more casual look.

This first look is similar to the cute outfit I found on pinterest. I love the use of the plain white knotted tee with the sequin maxi skirt!

sequin 1

This next look is using sequin shorts for a fun date outfit or great for an evening out!

sequin 2

This next look is a business fun look! I love the knee length business style skirt paired with fun pops of pink!

sequin 3

This is a very simple and more casual look adding the pop of sequins on the top. This style can easily be worn with jeans, slacks, or even a skirt.

sequin 4

If you still aren't ready to dive into the sequin trend you can still find some simpler choices below. With these you can add a tiny pop of sparkle without going overboard!

sequin 5

Which one of these do you hope to try? I think I have a few different options on my list! Love and hugs as always!

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Spark Your Creative Side | Home Office

With all the big projects finally finished at our house I have decided to start planning the next one. This one will definitely take some time since we are going to need to add another room to our home. We have been planning to make two additions to our home over the past couple of years, and it is finally almost time. The two additions will be a home office that will double as a sun-room and seating area. The second addition is a game room that can double as a guest room.

The easier job would probably be the game room. We will be utilizing unused space in our garage for that. I, however, have been waiting on my office for entirely too long! I need a space to be creative and have some time to myself! I am ready to get going on this project! In the meantime I have been looking at pinterest and other sites for some decor ideas. Since I live with my husband and two sons I decided this room needed to be as feminine as possible! I wanted it to be filled with things that make me smile! Things I can't have all over my house! 

I have decided on using white, gold, and pink for my main color palette. Here are a few of my pins so you can see some of the pictures that inspired my color decision! | Pink accent chair, gold shelves, striped bow pillow, gold accents - home office decor:

Nate Berkus gold scissors, clips, and tacks. Got these for my birthday 2015. Love them!:

Party Planning Tips & Office Tour  Read more - | Reviews and Weekly Outfits:


Check back soon for updates on our newest project! I'm ready to get started! Until next time lots of love and hugs!

Friday, May 6, 2016

Youtube, Pictures, Updates, and more!

Hey guys! Just wanted to post an Insta Update and let you know that I've been posting regular videos over on my youtube channel. If you haven't already checked that out you can do that HERE! I am planning to upload new videos every Wednesday and Sunday! I am also working to start putting regular content on here too! Here are a few pictures from the past month via Instagram!

Love and Hugs!!

House Remodel Part Two : Den

Today I thought I would cover part two of our house remodel and update. This post will cover the den updates. As many of you know we did polished concrete a few years back, but decided to go back to carpet.

This is the before...

First we needed to fix any water damage issues. That is another story for another day! We primed and sealed the floor again! Check below each picture for details!

1) The concrete floor
2) Changing the paint to gray
3) Prime and Seal floor
4) Floor after it was primed and sealed.

1) Laying carpet matting
6-8) Laying and seaming the carpet

My grandmother passed away almost 9 months ago and we decided to incorporate a few of her old pieces into our house. We have her antique record player, ship wheel mirror, lanterns, and custom coffee table my grandfather made. They remind me of my grandparents and I am happy we used them. I will have a tour of the house on my youtube channel soon! Don't forget to go check it out by clicking HERE!

Love and Hugs as always!

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Makeup Storage and Organization

Hey guys! Today I decided to take a break from the house remodel and decor and focus on makeup storage!After i used the KonMari method to declutter and clean out anything that I didn't use I thought I would show you a quick makeup storage tour!

Thanks for watching! Love and hugs as always!

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

House Remodel Part One: Kitchen

I said that I was going to post this several months ago, but it took longer than I thought. I finally got around to do it! I am going to do this in a series of posts starting with the kitchen! We have gone room by room and updated a few things and added a few new touches! 

A few years back we redid our den floor and opted for stained concrete. I liked it for the most part, but with our family it just wasn't a practical option to keep it that way. We decided that since we still have kids at home we would go back to carpet for now. Everyone still likes to lounge around and lay in the floor at times. Concrete isn't the most comfortable option for that. 

I will be doing our latest den transformation in the next post. Today we will focus on the kitchen!
Here is the kitchen before! The kitchen had never been updated and has looked the same since 1989! It definitely needed some work.

We didn't replace all the cabinets, but we do plan to refinish them. That has not been done as of yet! We just did the basics! I will walk through the numbers below each photo!

1) A quick picture of the floor before we pulled it up.
2) The crazy wallpaper! That was not fun to rip off!
3) We just pulled apart the old counter! 
4) The stove after we pulled it out. It was a built in type stove and was not fun pulling out either. It was hard wired into the wall and did not have the "normal" plugs that stoves have now. We had to rewire everything when we put in the new stove. Again not fun!

5) This is the insane mess that was the sink side of the kitchen.
6) Just pulled off the counter
7) New counter down and to measure to cut the sink.
8) The sink is installed with a new faucet!

9) Removed all the floor and had to scrape the remaining glue from the cement foundation.
10) Time for the walls.
11) Creme on top, chair rail, then blue-green on bottom.
12) Almost time to caulk and fill in the nail holes.

13) We primed and sealed the floor then put down the tiles. I measured with spacers.
14) Next came grout!

There was a good bit of clean up when we finished! We also bought a few new things to add to the decor. We are still working on the "finishing touches", but this is our current kitchen! I hope you guys liked this post! Don't forget to check out my posts on how to organize your cabinets!

Love and Hugs!

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Easter Weekend Vlog

This past weekend was busy. We didn't get to spend Easter like we wanted, because we needed to get our stuff moved back home. Here is our Easter vlog! Also stay tuned for the rest of the kitchen organization post, a makeup storage video and post, and lots more!

Love and Hugs as always!!

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Organize Your Kitchen Part Two: Tupperware, Baking, and more

So, now that we went through how the layout of the kitchen is we can move on. I decided that I would finish up the right side of the kitchen in this post. Just remember, its still a work in progress!


The number 2 cabinet is fairly smaller than the other cabinets and it never really served a functional purpose. We previously stored lunchboxes, coolers, and similar items inside. Needless to say it really didn't get used and was a wasted space. I decided to move the tupperware and food storage items to this location. They were previously on the top self in cabinet 1. There are two shelves and I placed the food storage items in like sets on the shelf. Here is a basic idea.

food storage....

The next place I decided to change was drawer number 3. This was always the "catch all" or "junk drawer". We really don't need a junk drawer! This just gives people more reason to cram unneeded items inside! I thought it would be better to hold our food prep or easy storage items, such as: cling wrap, ziplock bags, etc. I moved those from the left side of the kitchen! We will get to that side soon!
Here is a basic idea for that drawer!

drawer...organize article

These last few cabinets on the right are still a work in progress. This is a basic idea of how I plan to leave things. I do have more dishes than what I have in the diagram, but that is just to help visualize.

kitchen...more storage

Again, each of the cabinets has three shelves and are divided in the middle.

1) I put pyrex type bows and dishes for baking.
2) I have all my mixing bowls and some serving bowls.
3) Pyrex cake pans, and casserole dishes.
4) More pyrex and baking
5) Colanders and large measuring bowl.
6) Metal cake pans and baking items.

Drawer 5 and Cabinet 6 will probably stay basically the same. There are two drawers that I labeled 5 because they are both primarily for kitchen tool storage.  The cabinet is for much larger items like roasting dishes, large pots, appliances that don't get used on a regular basis, etc.


Stay posted for the rest of the kitchen and an actual walk through of how I did mine! I hope this may help with some storage ideas!

Love and Hugs!

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Organize Your Kitchen Cabinets : Part One

I intended on already having a video posted about this, but that didn't happen! It will, but just not yet! We are still in the process of moving and unpacking boxes! We are also still trying to do an overhaul to the rest of the house!

We have a small galley style kitchen. Since our kitchen is on the smaller side we don't have a lot of storage space. I did go through everything using the KonMari method and got rid of some unneeded junk and then began putting back the remaining items. I am trying to organize things the way we use them and in a way that functions best for us.

I will be going step by step through how I am organizing each cabinet. This is a VERY rough draft of how our kitchen is set up. This is just a visual diagram of how it is laid out. So if you are in the dining area looking into the kitchen we are starting with the right side. And this will be for cabinet #1 as shown.


Again I decided to do what was easiest and most functional for our family, so this is how I organized the shelves!

Each horizontal line represents a shelf and the vertical line in the center is the division between the double doors of the cabinet.

1) I put our tumblers and drinking glasses on the bottom left side.

2) Our dinner plates went on the bottom right.

3) Coffee cups and mugs went on the middle shelf on the left.

4) Bowls and some smaller plates went on the middle right.

5) I used the top shelf for platters or large plates.

6) Top right was used again for platters and serving trays.

This cabinet is the closest to the dining area, so it seemed more functional for us to have our most used items closest to the area we would use them. Again, these are just my suggestions and what works best for us!

I still plan to do a video tour of the actual kitchen once we finish moving everything back in! I hope this post will give you some ideas on how to organize your space! Stay tuned for the rest of the set up! I will try to get 2,3, and 4 in the next post!

Love and Hugs as always!!