2.10.2016

Wednesday Decor // Dollar Tree Cleaning Caddy

This idea is 100% unoriginal - I have to say I've probably seen about a zillion of these things going around Pinterest.....but I just had to throw mine in the mix.  I mean, have you seen how cute things at the Dollar Tree have become?  So, you know for the sake of all the pretty things I had to make my own.
I've mentioned before that one of the key ways I keep the house tidy is to have what I need in every room.  Luckily we have a bathroom downstairs and upstairs so I can keep my caddies under the sink.  I also keep a few extras in our utility closet and in the cabinets in the laundry room.

Another reason I wanted to put this together from the Dollar Tree is that if you're trying to buy multiples of cleaning supplies.....brand names can get expensive.  If you're just trying to get started in your cleaning routine you don't want to have to drop a million dollars.  When something runs out buy the brand name if you wish or stick to the Dollar Tree brand.  The only thing I couldn't find at the Dollar Tree were the Swiffer type duster things - I usually get the generic Meijer brand at a slightly affordable price.  I prefer these to the dusting cloths, but you can find the dusting cloths at Dollar Tree.  You can also find the wet pads if you use your Swiffer to mop as well.

The Essentials - under the sink
In the bathroom I like to keep a little caddy with all the elements I'll need to clean there.  In each bathroom I like to keep glass cleaner, disinfectant wipes, sponges, toilet & tub cleaner, & paper towels.  When I change the trashcan I do put extra trash bags in the bottom of the can that way I can switch them out with ease.  I keep a few extras in the caddy as well....because I'm lazy!

The Essentials - main rooms
In the utility closet & in the laundry room I keep a basket that I can place in a central location while I'm cleaning.  I also use this basket as the one to gather up all the stuff that needs to be moved into another room - everything that doesn't seem to belong in that room (as mentioned in this post).  Because these rooms need different things (no tub or toilet cleaner) I like to keep them separate.  In this basket I keep a duster, disinfectant wipes, full size trash bags, & fabric refresher.  Both our bedroom and the living room have mirrors but I just grab the glass cleaner out of the bathrooms when I need it.

This makes it so much faster to clean.  I don't have to spend time gathering the supplies to clean.  So helpful!  (And one less excuse!)

How do you keep your cleaning supplies stored?  Anything interesting?

xoxo, Moe

2.09.2016

Beauty Review // Affordable Drugstore Contour & Highlight

There have been a ton of new releases at the drugstore recently and I honestly can't get enough.  I am a drugstore beauty girl at heart and love picking up brand new things.  Today I want to share with you two affordable ways to highlight and contour using Wet n Wild products!  Both, I believe, are reformulated, re-releases - the highlight and contour duo is a reformulated version of the previous highlight and contour powders they released (I believe) in 2014/2015 and the shimmery highlighting palette is a new format of the Mega Glow powders (I'm pretty sure).  Either way these products have the brand new label at the drugstore and I think they both are they bomb!

This is going to be a different type of review on these products - I usually follow a different format in my previous reviews, but this is going to be more about the process and showing how to incorporate products into a routine.  Plus I'd like to do some posts featuring brushes to use or brushes that might be helpful for different products.  Hope you enjoy!

The Products
The Wet n Wild MegaGlow Contouring Palette in Dulce De Leche features two amazingly soft, blendable powders.  The powder on the left is a lighter powders - ideal for lighter skin tones - that can be used to set the under eye area and the center of the face, or any other areas of the face that should appear brighter.  The powder on the right is a deeper brown color that lends more neutral - not too orange or too ashy.  This color is perfect for creating a sculpted look.  Each powder is very, very buildable and blendable so there isn't a risk of packing on too much color.

The bushes I use with the Contouring Palette are the Elf Complexion brush for all over bronzing & contouring and the Elf Blush Brush to set the highlighted parts of my face.  Each brush is affordable and can be found either online on the Eyes Lips Face website or in stores (Target, Walgreens, etc.)

The MegaGlow Illuminating Palette reminds me of the smaller illuminating product the brand used to have featuring a similar stripe pattern.  There used to be a few shads of this product, but this seems to be a rerelease of this product.  I can't find this newer face palette on the Wet n Wild website.  This new palette features a wider surface area for each color and it is easier to target the color you might like to use.  Again, these powders are soft, buildable, and blendable for easy application.

The brush I love to use with any highlighter is the Elf Small Tapered Brush.  This brush has a smaller egg shape and is perfect for placing & blending the powders.  I have not seen this brush other than online at the Eyes Lips Face website.

The Swatches
rigth - highlighting powder // left - contouring powder
Wet n Wild MegaGlow Illuminating Palette in Catwalk Pink

The Process
After applying foundation but before setting the rest of the face, I use the flat side of the Elf Blush Brush to pick up the lighter powder in the contouring duo.  I gently place the powder under my eyes and down the center of my face.  Using a transparent powder, I then set the rest of my face.
Using the tip of the Elf Complexion Brush, I pick up some of the deeper shade in the contouring palette.  I start off by working the color into the hollows of my cheeks the up around my temples and hairline.  Then I work any excess beneath my jawbone.  This brush applies just the right amount and allows precise placement but also the ability to blend with out switching tools.
The broader side of the Elf Small Taper Brush is perfect for picking up highlighter.  I usually tap the brush across all colors of the Illuminating palette and then place, in a sweeping motion, the highlighter on the tops of my cheek bones.  I work any additional product up above my browbone as well.  This brush is perfect to build up the color.  I then use the pointed tip of the brush to blend in circular motions.  This creates a better blend between all of my face products.

Overall Review & Recommendations
These products impressed the pants off me.  If you're just getting into highlighting and contouring this contouring palette is my top recommendation.  It is under $5 at the drugstore and the quality is on point!  

While I do like the illuminating palette, I do thing the Fergie Center Stage Collection Shimmer Palettes are much better highlighters.  Plus, there are an assortment of colors in the shimmer palettes.  This Illuminating Palette is not a drugstore must have for me - there is a better option with in the brand, plus Elf has great highlighter options.

Hope this little review was helpful!  I have a ton more products I want to at least mention on the blog!!

What are your drugstore must have items?  Any new releases you're in love with?

xoxo, Moe

2.08.2016

Make it Monday // Easy Planner Paperclips from Stickers

One of my go-to planner decor items are paperclips.  I swear guys, I never used to be that girl with the stickers and the paperclips and the decoration........but I've become here.  And I ain't even mad.  There is nothing wrong with being that girl I just never thought I'd be her!  There's also nothing wrong with minimal or no decor in your planner.  It's all about what works for you.  I still find my planner to be functional with the decor that I use - I find it fun to work in and fun to look at.
Like I said I do love paper clips as a fun decor item but when it comes to purchasing all the lovely ones on Etsy, I just can't pull the trigger!  I'm much more happy to make some myself since I can have it immediately and I don't feel so bad about not liking the design after I'm done (that has happened before!)

For this DIY I was inspired by the fall scrapbooking elements I used to create planner clips.  I haven't been able to find any die cuts that I've liked since, so I decided to use some stickers I had in my stash plus some scrapbook paper!
supplies :: stickers, coordinating scrapbook paper, small/precision scissors, laminator, laminating pouches, paperclips, e6000

First, gather the scrapbook paper and desired stickers.  Place the stickers around the piece of scrapbook paper leaving room to trim with precision scissors.  Depending on how conservative you're being, fill the whole page or place the stickers in a way that the remaining scrapbook paper can still be used for another project.
Trim around the stickers with the precision scissors.  I got my scissors in a kit at Joanne's so they aren't anything special.  Trimming with smaller scissors gives you more control over the cuts you're making.  Another tip is to move the item you are cutting around the blades of your scissors instead of moving the scissors.  You'll get a smoother curved line this way (learned that trick from the old HGTV show The Carol DuVall Show)
Once the stickers and scrapbook paper are trimmed, place them in a laminating pouch allowing enough room around each sticker for a second round of trimming.  I've used 3 mil laminating pouches.  Run the pouch through the laminator a few times to ensure a good seal.
Using the precision scissors again, trim around the image leaving enough of the laminate around the perimeter of the image so that it doesn't peel apart.

Flip each laminated sticker over so the back is facing up.  Using the e6000, adhere the paperclip to the back with a drop of the glue.  Be sure you have room on your desk or in another area to let the paperclips dry undisturbed.  This is important so that the clip doesn't move or become detached from the laminated sticker.  E6000 has a super strong bond and I personally haven't had any problems with the clips falling apart.

Of course the back isn't the prettiest thing in the world but I don't mind it!
Now you can create tons of decorative paperclips with any extra stickers you may have on hand!  I can't wait to use up some of my sticker sets to create cute paperclips!!

xoxo, Moe