DIY MAKEUP BRUSH HOLDER

I have a LOT of makeup brushes. So many that at times I’m not really sure what to do with all of them. I mean, use them, of course, but confession, I don’t really use all of them. I have my favorite 10 that are my go-to, but even then, you can only use one brush at a time.

I needed brush storage and since I and my OCD cannot stand to see them cluttered over the counter, I had to find a stylish (and cheap) way to organize them.

In came the gold spray paint and the rest is¬†history! Anyone that knows me knows that I LOVE me some gold spray paint! I came across these cute little vases from DollarTree, that I tend to use for everything BUT flowers ūü§Ē.

I used some painters tape to create some abstract designs and spray painted away. After peeling the tape off, I added some diamond confetti and my cute DIY Makeup Brush Holders were done!

I hope you guys enjoy! Tag me if you try this project, I would love to see what you come up with!

7 Incredibly Easy Secrets for Saving Money With Online Shopping

Shopping is easily one of my FAVORITE hobbies! As much as I love to shop I’d have to say that my wallet doesn’t always agree with me. I try my best to save money where ever possible to avoid high credit card bills and attempt staying within that lovely thing we call a “budget”.

After I began to actually pay attention to my shopping habits I found that I actually spend more when shopping in-store than online. Here are some tips that I’ve come across to help me save money as I fuel the economy!

1. Online Coupons

More often than not, stores offer “online only” deal or coupons that you can only take advantage of, you guessed it, online. If you sign up for a retailer’s newsletter or register for an account on their site they normally offer some sort of discount for signing up.

Large retailers like Old Navy and Henri Bendel know that not everyone is located close to a physical store so they often offer a discount based on the amount spent. Also, because online stores often have more stock than the actual retail locations, they have more inventory to sell in those seasonal sales!

RetailMeNot and Coupons.com are really quick sites to save money on those stingy sites that don’t publicize their discounts.

2. Ebates

I seriously LOVE this website! Ebates is such an awesome tool because it allows you to get actual CASH back on stuff that you were going to buy anyway.

I really wasn’t sold on the idea at first, but as I realized how much I actually shop online, I figured why not give it a try. So far I have made back over $500 in cash from shopping through Ebates.

They have hundreds of stores that you already shop at like Walmart, Sephora, Macy’s, Overstock, even Amazon and the list goes on!

Once you sign up for Ebates, just make sure to search for and shop through your retailer’s link. ¬†The website will show a green Ebates banner while you get your shopping on.

After you finish and check out, your cash will be credited to your Ebates account in 1 to 5 business days.

Seriously, check Ebates out, you will thank me later.

 3. Shop Around

Don’t always rely on the first website you see, spend some time and browse a little bit.

I actually prefer to buy my MAC makeup from Nordstrom or Macy’s rather than the MAC website because I can get cash back from Ebates.

For buying popular shoes and sneakers, you would probably automatically thinking of shopping at Footlocker or Footaction (both also available for cash back on Ebates) but there are reliable sites like Zappos and Amazon also sell popular brands, sometimes at better prices.

There are a lot of items that are offered by more than one store, so take your time, look around and compare prices and deals. That will save you a lot of money in the long run.

4. Free Shipping

 Have you ever loaded up your cart, got all the way to the checkout page, and questioned that $15.99 shipping charge?! I will seriously close out my entire web browser and forget everything if the shipping is too high.I absolutely HATE to pay for shipping.

Fifteen dollars may not sound like a lot but in my head, I could have gotten a WHOLE additional item for $15, or worse, how about I can make it to the store and back for less than $15 worth of gas.

I can think of a million things that I would rather pay $15 other than shipping.

To avoid shipping charges, shop with sites that offer free shipping or complimentary shipping after spending a certain amount. You will thank me later.

5. Member Sales

Nobody ever believes me when I tell them I get exclusive discounts on my high-end items, but it’s true!

Membership only flash-sale sites like Gilt, Rue La La, MyHabit, and Ideel just to name a few, are my favorite places to shop designer with a discount.

Popular brands like Alex & Ani, Giuseppe, Christian Louboutin, and even Hermes participate in secret sales on these sites. You can literally shop for EVERYTHING from clothing to home and even vacations.

Sales are usually first come, first serve and only on select items. They do take a while to ship but it’s totally worth it when your snagging fashion deals at sometimes as much as 80% off retail!

Shoedazzle and JustFab are GREAT for quality and stylish shoes without the high-end price tag. These are just a few of my secret member shopping arsenals (blog post coming soon).

 6. Groupon/ Living Social

Similar to those flash sale sites, Groupon and Living Social provide major discounts on services, outings, merchandise, and even vacation.

Personally, I like to shop the restaurant deals and getaway packages. You can find deals like $100 to spend on dinner at Maggianos for 40 bucks. Can you say date night?

These are great sites to use for gifting and planning things to do with your family or significant other.

7. Abandon Your Cart

One of the great things about shopping online is the ability to actually see all the items that you have in your cart as well as your total at any given moment. I would MUCH rather prefer this instead of the embarrassing in-store cart evaluation at the checkout counter.

In addition to saving yourself from the impulse buying remorse (and maxing out your credit card), shopping and then abandoning your cart for 24 hours often gets you a discount. Most stores have software that detects your full and idle cart and sends you an email reminding you to complete your purchase with a coupon!

Here’s a tip, make sure you’ve given the website your email prior to abandoning the cart so they can have a way to reach you.

I hope you guys enjoy some of those shopping tips! If you have any tips that I missed, list them below in the comments!

Happy saving ūüôā

 

Beauty Secrets: The Formula for a Flawless Foundation Application

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Hi, beauties!
When I first started wearing makeup I used to write each step of the “makeup process” down in order to remember how to put it on correctly. As I got used to applying makeup every day I developed my own routine and no longer needed my makeup to do list.
Every time I meet someone who’s new to the wonderful world of makeup I ALWAYS get the question of “which order do I apply this stuff” and “what do I need for a full application”. Since I can’t go around and write little personalized sticky notes for everyone to put on their vanity mirrors (no really I have literally made about 40 of those). I decided to make something a little bit cuter that you can pin and save for later!
 Now that you have your very own makeup application to-do list, or whatever it is that you want to call it, go and blend, blend, blend until your arms fall off!
Enjoy!

 

Beauty 101: Great Foundations for Every Skin Type

Wearing foundation can be a very scary thing, especially when your not sure where to start! With so many different kinds of foundation available on the market,  I can definitely understand why it may be confusing to figure out which foundation you should buy.

Here are some suggestions of great foundation options to try based on your individual skin type.

 

Normal

Having normal skin doesn’t mean that your skin is perfect, but it IS pretty close to it! Since you don’t have to worry about any scarring, excess oil, or dryness, you may want to opt for a lighter coverage foundation. ¬†BB Creams and other tinted moisturizers are perfect for those with normal skin who only need to even out the skin tone.

(Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream- $9, Revlon ColorStay- $12, Urban Decay Naked Skin- $40)


Oily

If your skin is prone getting excessively shiny by lunch time, you definitely want to make sure that you’re using an oil-free formula foundation. In addition, you may want to choose a matte finish to help keep your complexion clear and smooth out throughout the day. Try to stick with a lightweight medium coverage foundation, as heavier formulas may clog up pores,¬†causing even more oil production, and actually worsening the issue. Another technique that is useful when it comes to dealing with oily skin is setting your foundation with a powder to further reduce shine.

¬†(Maybelline Fit Me–¬†$8, L’Oreal Infallible Pro Matte-¬†$13, Kat Von D Lock It-¬†$35,¬†Makeup Forever HD-¬†$43)

 

Dry

Moisture is the¬†key to wearing foundation with dry skin. Try¬†to¬†incorporate lots of moisture into your application routine by properly moisturizing your face before applying foundation.¬†To avoid¬†cake-y, flake-y, and un-even application it’s best to go¬†for a moisturizing formula with a dewey finish, or a luminous foundation to give you that extra glow. It is recommended to avoid powder foundation as liquid and creams will be your best options.

(Black Opal True Color Creme- $9, Revlon Colorstay- $12, Nars Sheer Glow- $45)


Combination


Combination skin is one of¬†the trickiest skin types to have, it is also one of the most common. Unfortunately, the combination skin war is a war of two battles, some areas tend to produce excess oil while other areas on the face can become dry and flakey. For this reason, it’s best to make sure that the¬†entire face is fully moisturized before¬†applying an oil-free¬†formula foundation.

(Revlon ColorStay- $12, Makeup Forever HD- $43, Bobbi Brown Long Wear- $48)


Acne Prone

Acne prone skin is a headache to deal with because not only is it prone to breakouts, but it usually comes with enlarged pores and excessive oil. ¬†This type of skin is also prone to scarring, so a medium to full coverage formula going to be your best option for a more flawless look. You also may want to consider opting for a “natural” or “mineral” infused foundation to help you heal while you conceal.

(Elf Acne Fighting- $6, Bare Minerals Original- $29, Estee Lauder DoubleWear- $38)



Sensitive


Sensitive skin is often easily irritated and prone to itching, burning, and redness. Any type of product that you use with this skin type requires extra care. Just like when you’re handling your skin, you want to make sure that you are using makeup products that are gentle and natural. Be mindful of the ingredients as to avoid any allergens. There are a lot of foundation brands that are formulated specifically for those more sensitive skin types. Depending on the severity you may need to consider a medicated option.

 

(Neutrogena Healthy Skin- $13, Bare Minerals Original- $29, Cover FX Natural- $40)

Mature 

As we begin to get older, our skin becomes more prone to drying out easily and forming fine lines. Light, moisture rich, dewy, and luminous foundations work best for this skin type. You want to stay away from matte and heavier, full coverage foundations because they will flatten the face too much and bring unwanted attention to the imperfections in the skin. The main objective is to balance out the complexion, brighten, and reflect light to lift the skin.

(L’Oreal True Match Lumi- $11, Estee Lauder Double Wear Light- $38,¬†Nars Sheer Glow- $45)
 

It is possible that your skin could fall under more than one of the categories above. I definitely recommend that you try out a few different foundations to figure out which ones suit best for you.

 

P.s….

Want to try the high-end foundations for FREE? Sephora gives out free samples of any of the foundations in the store. Just request them from one of the store associates. Thank me later ūüôā

 

Beauty Rules: 3 Basic Rules for Perfect Eyebrows

Eyebrows are literally EVERYTHING these days. I mean, I usually notice a person’s brows before I even look at their full face….I know vain, right?

With so many tutorials available at your disposal, in 2016 you have zero excuses to be caught with bad brows.  Doing, shaping, and filling in your eyebrows can be as easy or as hard as we make it.

Even though there is no ONE method to the eyebrow madness, there are a few basic rules you should follow when trying to achieve maximum fleeky-ness!

1. Use the correct color to fill in.

Eyebrows are usually the first thing people see on your face so you want to make them look as natural as possible. Nothing is worse than trying to fake an eyebrow using the wrong color! Making sure that the color you are using to fill in your brows is as close as possible to your natural (or current) eyebrow color will help you achieve a natural, non-drawn-on look.

2. Use short light-handed strokes.

The purpose of “filling” in our eyebrows is to make them look as if they are naturally fuller, as if “I woke up like this”. When you use drawn out, heavy lines, on your eyebrows they tend to turn out too harsh. Using short light strokes when filling in those brows actually mimics and gives the appearance of real hair.

*Quick tip: Using a freshly sharpened pencil helps the strokes to come out more “hair-like”.

3. Use concealer to clean up those edges.

Concealer is like the icing on the cake when it comes to bomb eyebrows. Using a good concealer that is one or two shades lighter than your foundation will help clean up any mistakes, hide any ratchet hairs growing in and give your eyebrows that freshly waxed look. Be mindful of making sure that your concealer is not too dark or too light (or too dry) as that can counter-effect your brows and actually ruin them instead of sealing the deal. Also, be sure to blend out the concealer with your foundation.

So now that you know the basic rules of a good eyebrow technique, be a good friend and share this article.¬†Friends don’t let friends have bad brows.¬†They just don’t.


What are your tips for a good eyebrow technique? Leave them in the comments below!

Gifting Guide: 10 Gifts Under $50


Christmas is next week! Can you believe it? Time is winding down FAST to find the perfect gifts for your friends and family. If you’re like me, you’re probably STILL scrambling to get some last minute things to put under the tree.

I’ve put together a list of super cute and affordable last minute gift ideas sure to make anyone merry! Check out the links below.

 

  1. Fruit Infuser water bottle : $13
  2. Techie gloves : $16
  3. Act Like a Lady Mug : $18
  4. NY Times Bestseller: The Year Of Yes by Shonda Rhimes :$15
  5. Stemless Wine Glass Set : $15
  6. Wax and Oil Warmer : $8
  7. Gilded Ceramic Coasters $28
  8. Bluetooth Headphones : $20
  9. Charging Case : $30
  10. Silver Plated Crocodile Frame :$25

 

Gift Guide: 15 Perfect Gift’s for Her (Without Breaking Your Budget)

 

It’s that time of year again! The season of giving is upon us and with so many people on our list holiday shopping can get a little overwhelming. Here are some great gift options sure to wow any female and take the stress out of gifting.

  1. Alex & Ani Bracelets : $28
  2. It Girl Fashion Mug : $18
  3. Electric Wine Opener : $29
  4. New York Times Best Seller: The Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes : $15
  5. XMY Makeup Brush Set : $21
  6. Kate Spade New York Glitter Phone Case : $40
  7. Josie Maran Argan Oil Sensations Gift Set  :$48
  8. Kate Spade Ring Holder $40
  9. Taste Home For The Holidaze Makeup Palette Set : $49
  10. Bauble Bar Initial Bar Pendant Necklace Set : $58
  11. Rebecca Minkoff Leo Envelope Clutch: $95
  12. Colourpop Foxy Ulta Matte Lip Set  : $20
  13. Kate Spade Planner : $36
  14. Timex Watch: $37
  15. Prada Candy Perfume :$70

Pretty (No Carve) DIY Glam Pumpkins

Who else loves fall as much as I do? I mean seriously how could you not obsess over cozy sweaters, hot beverages, and don’t even get me started on pumpkin spice everything!

Speaking of pumpkins, after London and I went pumpkin picking I thought we’d try to do something other than carving this year. Even though fresh pumpkin is a lovely ingredient for fall recipes.I think I can skip the mess and just settle for the canned.

This time we ditched the knives and reached for the glitter to create a more glamorous touch to the season, and boy did we have fun! London really enjoyed herself…I mean REALLY REALLY enjoyed herself. I mean like glitter glued to her legs enjoyed herself.

In total, we had 6 pumpkins to decorate. I decided to create some Alanna Foxx originals while Lon headed straight for the sparkles. I’d say we did a pretty good job!

I started off by spray painting the stems of each pumpkin. Making sure to tape around the base of the stem, covering the pumpkin with tissue paper to protect from the spray paint. If you want to paint the entire pumpkin one color skip the protection and spray the entire pumpkin. Let that dry for about 30 minutes.

Next, do the opposite, protect the stem as you spray paint the pumpkin with two coats of spray paint. Allow to dry for about an hour.

To add glitter: Coat the pumpkin in spray adhesive and sprinkle with glitter. Sprinkle a little or sprinkle a lot you can even do two coats if you like. Seal the glitter in with clear spray sealer.

(My special little helper)

To add bling letters: Sketch out the letters you would like to be written on the pumpkin, a light market or highlighter is perfect for this. Using a glue gun apply rhinestones one by one, tracing the letters written on the pumpkin.

There you have it! This project was super easy and fun! All the items that I used will be listed below. Don’t forget to tag and tweet me your pictures if you decide to do one of these ideas, I would love to see how they come out!

*Products used
Glue
– Spray Paint (black, white, and gold)
РGlitter (both fine and regular)
Rhinestones
Washi tape* Be mindful of harmful chemicals when using spray paint, make sure the area is well-ventilated. 

 

Remember, pumpkins are fun to decorate all season, NOT just for Halloween. Happy Fall! ‚ô•

Cheers! : Caramel Apple Sangria Recipe

Insert the infamous Caramel Apple Sangria. Amongst the many flavors that I associate with this season, caramel apple has got to be one of my favorites. It took me 3 liquor stores and a whole lot of questions before I got this recipe right.

I was looking for some version of caramel liqueur (a nonalcoholic flavoring syrup), only not ONE liquor store had anything in stock….in Atlanta…go figure. So I had to improvise and use buttershots instead. Now before you turn your nose up and say “eew”, trust me it’s AMAZE! – and it tastes nothing like butter.

Caramel Apple Sangria

1 cup Smirnoff Vanilla
1 cup Smirnoff Caramel Kiss
1/3 cup Dekuyper Buttershots
2 cups white wine (Moscato if you want it sweet, Pinot Grigio if you want it dryer)
2 cups Sparkling Apple Cider
A splash of Apple Cider
A Dash of Cinnamon
Diced Apples

Mix all ingredients together, adding the apples last. Refrigerate for 2-4 hours and serve chilled, garnish with apple slices. Enjoy!

If you try this recipe, let me know what you think! Happy Friday!

What is your favorite fall flavor?