Monday, December 11, 2017

FOTD: elf Perfect Face Palette

The majority of today's makeup came from one compact little palette that's barely bigger than a cell phone: the e.l.f. Perfect Face Palette in Smoky Matte.  I ordered this palette for $10 off of Target's website and today was the first time I've tried it out and it made an appearance in each step of my makeup application.  Check out the look I got with this handy palette in today's Face of the Day.

I started off with a couple of sprays of hard candy sheer envy hydrating primer mist and then applied rimmel stay matte foundation in ivory.  To cover my under eye circles, I applied benefit boi-ing brightening concealer in no 1.  I set all of that with l'oreal true match powder in n2: classic ivory.  Then the fun began with the e.l.f. perfect face palette in smoky matte.  I used the matte blush on my cheeks and contoured a bit using the matte bronzer.  Then I highlighted my cheekbones with the essence pure nude highlighter in be my highlight.  To set everything, I gave my face a couple of spritzes of e.l.f. makeup mist & set.

I primed my eyelids using the wet n wild photo focus eyeshadow primer.  Then I went back to the e.l.f. perfect face palette in smoky matte.  I applied the latest shade as a highlight, the middle shade all over the lid and up into the crease and slightly above for a good transition.  Then I applied the darkest shadow on the outer 1/3 of my lid and into the outer part of the crease.  For the lower lash line, I used a combination of the center eyeshadow shade and the bronzer.  To line the top lashes, I used my ciate wanderwand liner in black and smudged it in with the attached brush.  For the waterline, I used the rimmel scandaleyes liner in nude.  The mascara I used was the l'oreal lash paradise waterproof mascara in blackest black.  On my eyebrows, I set them in place using the milani brow shaping wax and filled them in with the e.l.f. instant lift brow pencil in neutral brown.

I originally tried using the lipstick in the palette alone but found it to be sliding outside my lips pretty quickly and feeling a little too brown so I removed it and instead filled in my lips completely using the jordana easyliner for lips in plush plum and then I went over that with the darker shade in the e.l.f. perfect face palette in smoky matte.  The lipstick formula felt more creamy and less matte than I thought they would so I felt the need to bring in a liner just to keep the lipstick from traveling all over my mouth.

Here's the finished look!  It's really basic but I found it to be perfect for work.  Has anyone else tried out this palette?  I think I'd like to try another look using the other lipstick and giving the bronzer a try as eyeshadow.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Makeup Desk Update

Since we moved and I now have a whole room to devote to my makeup desk, I was really excited about doing some redecorating.  My makeup desk used to be in our master bedroom so I never wanted to go too girly but when we moved into this house, one room was already painted pastel purple so I stuck with the pastel girly theme and ran with it.  Recently I've made a lot of changes to the area where I apply my makeup and I really wanted to share my makeup desk update with you all.  It's still not quite complete but I'm ready to share what I've done so far because the space just makes me so happy when I sit down there every morning.

Adjustable Desktop Shelf
First, let's look at an additional storage shelf that I'm using to store decorations, perfumes, and some other useful items.  The shelf is from Amazon [exact] and I ended up loving it.  It's real wood, adjustable, and comes in several different finishes, including the dark gray that I have.  The top shelf is holding perfumes and some decorations.  On the second shelf, I have a small mirror that I use daily when I apply mascara, a pastel pink box storing jewelry that I don't wear daily, a digital clock, and more decorations.  On the bottom shelf, I'm storing baby wipes that I use for removing swatches and more decorations.  I love that this shelf offers space to hold seasonal decor.  The one thing I still want to add to this desk is a nice decorative box to stash the baby wipes in.  But until I find the perfect one, I'm holding out, mostly because there is something else that's usually in front of that area.

Clear Storage Tote
What's normally stored in front of that shelf is this clear storage tote where I keep the makeup that I've picked out for that day [exact].  This tote is perfect for what I wanted.  It has two compartments and is plenty large enough to hold everything I need for a full face of makeup, even if I'm using several large palettes.  I did add in a cute little clear cup with pink ribbon trim to hold long skinny items like mascara and eyeliners upright.  I really love that the tote is clear because I can see everything inside.  I also love how it's large enough to hold even my longest palettes like this one from Beauty Treats.

3 Compartment Pencil Holder
I bought this three compartment pencil holder for just a couple of dollars at Burlington and I love it.  It's incredibly cute and serves the purpose I needed perfectly.  In the far left slot, I store all my eye brushes, face brushes in the center, and on the far right, I keep the brushes that I used that day until I have time to spot clean them after my makeup is done.

Lazy Susan
I've had this lazy Susan for years now and originally got it from Target.  I love that it has a grippy bottom so when I turn it, my skin care products don't go flying around.  The fact that it turns allows me to store a ton of products in a small area while still giving me the ability to access every item.

Clipboard Display
I really wanted a space to display some ideas, reminders, and positive thoughts for myself in the morning but I wanted something that was inexpensive and pretty.  I decided to just go with simple plain clipboards and I painted them using acrylic paints.  Over the front, I have clipped a clear laminated sheet where I can use washi tape to adhere things without peeling paint off.  I also added some cute washi tape to small binder clips that I can use to hold things as well.  I try to switch out what's on these two clip boards at least once every few weeks to keep things fresh.

Mousepad and Wireless Mouse
It might seem odd to have a mousepad and a wireless mouse on a makeup desk but I keep my laptop on the dresser next to my desk and it connects to my small TV so I can watch YouTube while I get ready in the mornings.  The wireless mouse makes it easy to skip ads or click a different video while I'm getting ready without having to get up every time.  And when I'm typing up my blog posts, I can take the mouse into the living room and use it with the mousepad on my lap desk.  I highly recommend this mouse [exact].  I have one for home and one for work.  The click is nearly silent and it's a really great price.  If you're looking for a cute pastel floral mouse pad, the one shown above is this one, which has been working great for my makeup desk and I also have this round one on my lap desk.  The round one works well for that purpose because it's smaller than the rectangular one so it fits next to my laptop.

Pink Arrow Pillow
One other change I wanted to make was to swap out the super masculine old pillow that I had on this chair.  I kept the same base pillow but made a new inner case for it out of some old white fabric I had.  Then I bought this pillow cover from Amazon [exact].  I like that it has a hidden zipper on the bottom so if I need to, I can take it off and toss it in the washer.  This wicker chair has been with me for over ten years.  I bought it at the end of summer on clearance at Target for under $15.  Another thing I would like to replace is the chair pad.  It's squished down and gotten thin and I also don't care for the bland beige but the really good chair pads are really pricey.

Scented Lavender Trash Bag Liners
One small detail that made a big difference for me is the trash can.  I used to have a really small trash can next to my makeup desk and it seemed like it was constantly full.  Finally, I decided to buy a bigger one and I picked up this one at my local Walmart in white.  And when I found these adorable lavender striped scented trash bag liners, I jumped on those too.  Regular plastic bags from grocery stores aren't large enough for this trash can but these pretty ones are plenty big enough and also smell nice.  It's the little details that make it complete, right?

Friday, December 8, 2017

Outfits of the Week: December 4 - 8

Happy Weekend!  I have five fantastic outfits to share with you from this week at work and I'm struggling to decide which one I liked best!  Monday's was super professional.  Tuesday's was really cute and different and Friday I got to enjoy some layering and boots.  I just can't pick!

I've worn almost this same outfit before but last time I wore it with a white cardigan instead of a white blazer.  I really like the way the outfit looked.  Although these shoes might not have been the best ones to spend 10,000 steps in when I decided to go Christmas shopping after work in them.  They were starting to pinch my feet by the end of the day.

peach floral blouse - Papaya
white striped cuff blazer - Papaya
white skinny belt - Walmart
mineral blue essential chinos - Amazon
taupe pointed toe flats - Payless

I just loved this outfit!  There is just something about navy and hot pink that I really love.  And even though these shoes are not the most comfortable, every time I wear them I just think they are so cute.  What I don't love or think is cute is the way my belt slid all the way over to one side.  Oh well, no one is perfect, right?

navy back zipper detail blouse - Vanity Fair Outlet
hot pink cardigan - H&M
Harry Potter time turner necklace - gift
blue and white striped skirt - Walmart
skinny cognac belt - Beall's Outlet
navy tights - Walmart
cognac pointed toe shoes - Beall's Outlet

I just loved this outfit!  Blush and olive are just so lovely together.  This outfit was great for work and then when I got home I changed into skinny jeans and ankle boots and untucked the blouse and it looked great that way too.

blush floral blouse - Papaya
white cardigan - Kohl's
white cami secret - Burlington
brown skinny belt - Walmart
moss pencil skirt - Kohl's
brown buckle flats - Rack Room Shoes

The day before this I was wearing bare legs and enjoying an 80 degree December day.  This day the high was 56 and I was all bundled up and it rained almost the entire day.  Florida's weather needs to make up its mind about what season it is.  On the plus side, the new hooded puffy coat I ordered [On sale for $10.96 right now at!] just came in the mail so it's a perfect chance to try it out while it's still be cold and rainy.

black sweater - Walmart
navy and burgundy floral scarf - Target
cabernet essential chinos - Amazon
black captoe pointed toe flats - Payless

Do you have just have one of those mornings?  For me, it's usually Monday but this week it was Friday.  I accidentally hit snooze and fell back asleep for nine more minutes.  Then when I was putting on my makeup, I somehow got a drop of long wear foundation on my pants.  When I tried to wipe it off, I somehow rubbed a swatch of dye off of my cheapo jeans, leaving an even more obvious spot.  Then I accidentally smeared mascara in a big streak across my eyelid after painstakingly doing my eyeshadow.  Then when I went to put on my lipstick, it fell right out of the tube onto my floor.  Thank goodness today is Friday and the outfit still turned out cute... though I might need a new pair of black skinny jeans.

berry plaid button down - JC Penney
charcoal cardigan - Papaya
gold pendant necklace - free with shirt from Papaya
black skinny jeans - Walmart
taupe ankle boots - Famous Footwear

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Current Favorite Day 2 Hair

I’m back again to share my favorite day 2 hair with you.  This is my current favorite way to wear my hair on day 2, when it’s not so squeaky clean any more.  It’s a low loose bun with a soft look.

I start out the night before by spraying some dry shampoo in my roots.  I find that I have to dry shampoo before my hair really starts to look and feel dirty if I want the dry shampoo to actually be able to absorb oil.  I roughly blend it in with my fingers and then brush it out.

The next morning, I start my day by brushing out my hair and winding it up into the same claw clip I used the day before to keep my hair out of the way while I was my face, get dressed, eat breakfast, and do my makeup.  When I’m ready to style my hair, I unclip it, brush it out, and part if off to the side.

Next, I use a regular hair elastic to secure my hair into a low, loose ponytail.

Then I grab two bobby pins.  I pull the very front top section of my hair (about 3/4 to 1 inch section) back over my ear and push the bobby pin towards the top of my head.  That secures the hair and hides the bobby pin.  Repeat on the other side.  I find this step sweeps the dirtiest part of my hair off of my face and also adds a really pretty softness to the look.

Next, I’ll use a brush or comb to roughly tease the bottom of the ponytail just so it holds together.  If I’m really having a hard time with it holding together, I’ll spray some kind of sea salt spray or texturizing spray so it will hold.  Then I wind it into a low loose bun at the back of my head and secure it with an invisibobble hair tie.

Finally, I gently pull out the pieces right around my ears and straighten them really quickly with my miniature flat iron.  You don’t have to flat iron them, but I have a tendency to push those hairs behind my ears the day before and then they have a weird shape.  I like to leave theses pieces out just to add more softness to the look so I straighten them so they aren’t ear shaped any more.  And that’s it!  Most days it takes me only about two minutes in the morning to do this hairstyle and I love the way it looks.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Current Favorite Day 1 Hair

Lately, I've gotten into a bit of a rhythm with my hair so I thought for the next two days I would show you my two favorite hair styles.  Day 1 is clean hair with just a soft bend towards the ends and Day 2 is a dirty hair day where I wear it in a low bun.  First we'll look at my Current Favorite Day 1 Hair.

I am a night time showerer so when my hair is still damp at night, I spray it all over with about five or six sprays of the Beyond the Zone Turn Up the Heat Flat Iron Protection.  This not only protects my hair, but also helps it to be shinier and helps control frizz.  However, be aware that it does not add any extra hold.  I also spritz my roots with some Garnier Fructis Style Root Amp to give my roots some volume and lift.  Then I blow dry whatever moisture is left out of my roots.  I just roughly dry it with my fingers and make sure that the ends are damp and not soaking but I never worry about getting it 100% dry since I'm going to sleep on it and style it in the morning.

When I first wake up in the morning, I twist my hair into a bun on top of my head and clip it up with a giant jaw clip that has the rubber grip to hold into fine hair.  I leave it like that while I wash my face, get dressed, eat breakfast, and do my makeup.  When I'm ready to style my hair, I let it down from the clip and this is what it looks like.  It's naturally quite straight but having it in the clip can sometimes leave a bit of texture at the bottom.

Next, I section my hair into four different sections.  First, I separate the top and the bottom.  Then I clip up the top left side and the top right side.  Because my hair is really long right now, I also clip the ends of those sections in the middle so they aren't hanging down in my face.  Then to separate the bottom left and bottom right sides, I just pull them in front of me on either side.

Next, I get started curling.  Within each of the sections that I separated off, I separate the hair again into three sections just roughly with my hands.  I curl one section at a time using a 1.5" Hot Tools curling iron that I bought on Amazon.  I curl each section away from my face and leave the tail end of the hair out of the iron so it stays more straight.  I start towards the bottom and just roll to the top.  This makes more curl towards the end, which is what I want.  It just gives my hair some bounce but leaves it mostly straight at the top.  I then repeat the same process with all the other sections of my hair.  With the way I section my hair, I end up making twelve large curls total.

I give the curls just about a minute to cool and then I spray them with a flexible hold hairspray.  Right now I'm using the Aussie Sprunch Flexible Hold Hairspray.  It's not my favorite but it works.

And here's the finished look!  It's really quick for me to do since I'm curling such large sections at once and it just gives me a bit of bounce and body.

What I really love about this hair is that about thirty minutes after these pictures were taken, it softens up and releases the curl just a bit and it ends up looking so soft and pretty.  

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Shop My Stash Drawer: December 1 - 15

This shop my stash drawer includes a profusion of Profusion brand products.  I've been grabbing up lots of their palettes since they are available for the holidays at Target and I plan on doing a big round up of the products I've tried here on the blog so stay tuned for that!

Blush & Highlighter
1. city color be matte blush in guava
2. city color be matte blush in papaya
3. essence pure nude highlighter in be my highlight 
4. essence silky touch blush in babydoll
5. tarte deluxe amazonian clay 12 hour blush in fiesty
6. elizabeth mott show me your glow shimmer shadow & highlighter
7. alverde rose tinted highlighter

Eyeliners, Mascara, Brows
1. wet n wild max volume plus waterproof mascara
2. l'oreal lash paraside waterproof mascara in blackest black
3. e.l.f. mineral infused mascara
4. rimmel scandaleyes micro liner in black
5. nyc high definition liquid eyeliner in extra black
6. essence waterproof eyeliner pen in black
7. rimmel scandaleyes liner in deep blue

8. maybelline unstoppable eyeliner in espresso
9. rimmel scandaleyes liner in nude
10. physician's formula shimmer strips eyeliner in nude eyes (brown shade)

11. e.l.f. shape and stay brow wax
12. e.l.f. instant lift brow pencil in neutral brown
13. wet n wild photo focus eyeshadow primer

1. jonteblu lip liner pencil in spice
2. kiko unlimited double touch in 102 satin rosy beige
3. revlon super lustrous lipstick in rose velvet
4. essence long lasting lipstick in 04 on the catwalk
5. milani color statement lipstick in naturally chic
6. milani color statement lipstick in blushing beauty
7. milani color statement lipstick in plumrose
8. milani color statement lipstick in nude creme
9. milani color statement lipstick in pretty natural
10. l'oreal colour riche lipstick in fresh as a rose

1. e.l.f. makeup mist & set
2. hard candy sheer envy hydrating primer mist
3. covergirl outlast foundation in ivory
4. covergirl outlast foundation in classic ivory
5. rimmel stay matte foundation in ivory
6. l'oreal infallible pro matte foundation (50/50 combination of classic ivory and shell beige)
7. e.l.f. HD lifting concealer in fair
8. benefit boi-ing brightening concealer in no. 1
9. l'oreal true match powder in n2: classic ivory

Eyes #1
There is so much stuff in my eyeshadow section that I had to break it up into multiple sections.

1. bys on the go palette in matte
2. kiko arctic holiday eyeshadow palette in rose borealis
3. nomad multi-perfection duo brow powder in brunetta brillante

Eyes #2
1. profusion eyeshadow palette in glam
2. profusion eyeshadow palette in amber eyes
3. profusion eyeshadow palette in natural
4. profusion eyeshadow palette in nude eyes
5. profusion eyeshadow palette in smoky
6. profusion brows brow makeup case
7. profusion eye & face makeup case in glam face

Large Palettes
These palettes are living in a different drawer because they're a little too large to fit in the one pictured.

1. profusion eye and cheek palette
2. profusion blush palette

Friday, December 1, 2017

Outfits of the Week: November 27 - December 1

Happy Friday!  It's been a crazy busy week and I'm so happy it's the weekend, I can barely contain myself!  How many days until Christmas vacation?

Going back to work after a long weekend is never fun and especially not when you get to work in the morning and find that you have no electricity.  And the lack of electricity lasts for nearly the entire day.  But hey, it could be worse.  At least it wasn't a hot day to have no air conditioning.  And my outfit was cute and comfy and low maintenance.  Not a bad way to start the week.

black and white shatter blouse - Kohl's
black cami secret - Burlington
blue cardigan - Kohl's
black skinny belt - Walmart
palisade essential chinos - Amazon
black captoe pointed toe flats - Payless

I was feeling very fall in this outfit consisting of all dark colors.  Too bad it was so hot that by mid-morning I was sweating to death.  Fall in Florida is confusing because it's cold in the morning when there's no sun and roasting part way through the day.

sleeveless wine dress -
black cardigan - Banana Republic Factory
black fleece lined tights - Vanity Fair Outlet
black buckle flats - Rack Room Shoes

On this day, I felt like being a rebel so I wore my shirt untucked.  Wild child right here!  But I did like just changing up my look a little bit with something slightly different and this high low shirt looks really cute untucked with skinny pants.

navy floral blouse - Papaya
navy cami secret - Amazon
heather taupe cardigan - Papaya
chili red pants - JC Penney
taupe pointed toe flats - Payless

Do I look like a hot mess here?  Because I felt like one!  A sleepless night and an abundance of apathy just make me feel messy but I guess it looks okay.

pink floral blouse - Kohl's
grey cardigan - Kohl's
white cami secret - Burlington
black skirt - Walmart
black fleece lined tights - Vanity Fair Secret
black buckle flats - Rack Room Shoes

Today one of my bosses was commenting on people's dress.  I got lumped into the "dressed up" category because I wasn't wearing jeans and a T-shirt.  I told him I was wearing my pajama skirt and he said that still counted because I look dressed up so I'm taking that as a win for maxi skirts.  Comfiest dressed up look ever.

black 3/4 length cardigan - Boscov's
blush tie neck blouse - Papaya
olive and white striped maxi skirt - Sears
black buckle flats - Rack Room Shoes