5.12.2015

Trend Tuesday // Top 5 New at the Drugstore

Spring has definitely sprung here in NW Indiana.  I know I said that before and then it snowed that same day....but I promise...there should be no snow until like October.  So I'm good for a few more months.  I am so happy to come out of the Winter months.  My skin is still a bit dry though and I can not take it.  I'm still using the Aveno Daily Moisturizing Lotion mentioned in this post but I'm waiting for the day that it is so hot and my skin gets so oily all my make up seems to slide off.  Sometimes there's a little learning curve when you're coming out of or going into new seasons!
I've picked up some new make up over the past 2 months but I've just now gotten back into using it.  I've really just been doing concealer and a bit of powder (gasp!).  Coming from a full coverage gal...that's big.  I'll be sharing my fave quick concealers in another post, but here are my current top five favorites that are new at the drugstore:
I love the colors in the L'Oreal La Palette Nude.  Honestly, this is what I want in a drugstore palette (cue reviews of the Maybelline The Nudes Palette and The Smokes Palette).  The colors are great and they have a great shade range - meaning they don't blend together and each color has individual characteristics.  There is a matte light mauve/brown shade (third from the left) that really gets me.  That's my type of shade!!

Also the full coverage of the L'Oreal Pro Matte foundation rocks my world.  The two shades I have are 101 & 102 and I know I'll be mixing them to get my perfect shade when I hopefully start to get a little more tan.  But I've been loving the minimal blemish-only-coverage the NYX concealer palette gives.  The concealers blend nicely and I don't feel like I just have bits of concealer.  For bright as hell highlighting you should definitely check out the Wet n Wild Come Correct concealer.  The lighter shade is BAM highlighted but the texture reminds me of the IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye so the coverage and staying power is awesome.
Finally, I love the simplicity of the Wet n Wild Velvet Matte Lip Colors too.  At first I really didn't like the shade Pinky Candy (all the way at the right there) because I thought it didn't show up well...but now that we're in the Springtime months I think I'll like the subtle pink more.  They apply so smoothly and last pretty long but the packaging isn't that great.  The product will fall out of the tube...so don't turn it upside down!

I can't wait to get into the Summer time make up now too!

Have you brought out your warm weather make up?  Any new favorites that you have?

xoxo, Moe.

5.11.2015

Make it Monday // DIY Notes Pages using PicMonkey

I can't stop guys.  I can. not. stop. with the planner DIY's. And I just can not stop with using PicMonkey to create things.  Honestly, if you asked me my favorite creative tool right now, it would probably be PicMonkey.  I love how versatile the program is.  I love the professional results you can get in such a simple program.  I love that there's not learning curve - drag, drop, create!  Seriously, it is that easy.  Today I wanted to combine 2 previous tutorials into another cool planner printable - printable notes pages.  If you're a planner addict like me you're probably familiar with the Target Dollar Spot notes pages and if you're any thing like me you hardly want to use them because eventually they will be gone!  So we're going to make our own today!
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Supplies: monogram from this DIY, patterns from this DIY, printer, PicMonkey.com, word processor (I'm using Microsoft Word), knife or paper trimmer, six hole punch,

Today we're doing things a little differently - I have a video/screen cast tutorial for you!  Pardon my paint hands but I just had to film this for you all!
Here are some more tips:
Leave PicMonkey open - if you find you want to change something after you've printed your image you'll need to have the program open to change anything.  Otherwise you'll be starting from scratch all over again.

Do a test print - print your pages, trim, and punch to see how they look.  If you like the way they look print them on your preferred paper.  You can even try printing back to front.  You can also take these to a place like staples to have them printed.

Save your Word document - if you plan on printing more in the future, save the word document that way you don't have to go through all the hassle of resizing your image, etc, again.
The iPhone 5 option is the perfect option to create personal sized notes pages.  So handy!  You can also customize your pages with different headers, etc, that make sense for you.  PicMonkey offers tons of free fonts and overlays but if you want access to the Royale feature sign up here - $4.99/mo or $33/year....such a great deal for such a powerful machine!

What are your favorite things to write on your notes pages?  Are you always afraid you'll run out of the pages you love?

xoxo, Moe

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4.19.2015

Just Life Lately, I Guess

So my plan was to come back to blogging full force here shortly.  I'd lost my voice and just all around sounded horrible for the past few weeks after being sick so I haven't uploaded andy videos.  I also felt like I've had all the ideas for the blog but I just can execute them.

Then something horrible happened - my little Emrys had to be put down on Saturday.  On Friday he was fine.  We even were hanging out on the porch finally enjoying the warm weather.  Then on Saturday morning he suddenly became weak.  I thought maybe he'd had a stroke or a seizure or something becuase he was breathing funny and when he walked he collpased.  After rushing him to the emergency clinic I found out that he'd had a mass around his stomach...and it'd had started to bleed.  He was weak from the blood loss..  With nothing done he'd be gone with in a few hours.  With aggressive chemotherapy, as it was probably cancer, he maybe had 8 months.  With the help of my family and Zach's I knew the best decision was to put him down.  To not let him suffer.  I said good bye to him one last time - they brought him in wrapped in the cutest teddy bear blanket.  I never expected not to leave with him.  Even though, in carrying him to the car and into the clinic....I knew that he wasn't in good shape, for whatever reason.  

After they put him down, I took him to Zach's parent's house in a little cardboard coffin.  We burried him, with his hamburger and his monkey, by the other family dogs out by the pond (one of his favorite places).

I can't believe that my family dog back in Virginia passed and then a little over a month later I lost my little guy.  He was a smart little dog, friendly, loved to play fetch, loved to swim, looooved to be outside.  And I really miss him.  If there is one thing I've learned though is that life continues on.  I never thought yesterday would end....and then I woke up this morning.  I will always remember that Friday evening where we spent 4 hours out on the porch enjoying spring.. 

So, needless to say, I'm going to be taking a break for a little while longer.  Just a little while longer.......just a little while.

xoxo, Moe