Simple Everyday Eye Makeup

I love all of the wonderful ultra blended, extravagant, eyeshadow looks that I see all over the the place, but is that really realistic for everyday life? Of course not.

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In fact for me, a lot of those eye looks aren’t even realistic for special occasions. I attempted a cut crease once and ended up looking like I had been in a boxing match. So, going along with my “Simple Glamour” theme for the year, (making the attempt to simplify in every area of my life), one of the areas that I have made significant strides as far as simplicity is concerned, is with my makeup.

I created this look using a simple black eyeliner, the Lollipops Goodbye Moon Eye Pencil that I received in my last Glossybox, MAC Zoom Lash Mascara,

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…and the eyeshadow color, Urban from the Urban Decay Electric Palette.

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Urban is a beautiful, true purple which really pops on darker skin tones. I used an old MAC flat brush to apply a simple line above my eyeliner. Very subtle, yet effective.

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I sculpted my eyebrows with Anastasia’s Dipbrow in Ebony applied with my old Smashbox double ended brush that came along with the Smashbox Brow Tech kit. I love Smashbox brushes. I have had this one for years and it is still as good as new.

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I finished the look with the NYX Butter Gloss in Creme Brûlée, which is not pictured above because I added the glosses as an afterthought to this post and I left the Creme Brûlée sitting on my vanity. Luckily I had these two beauties rolling around in my purse. They are Peaches and Cream and Eclair. If you haven’t tried the NYX Butter Glosses, you are sleeping. Great formula and crazy affordable.

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And this is the finished look, with foundation and a little contouring of course. If you’re feeling at all, eyeshadow challenged, give yourself a break and simplify, simplify, simplify. You’ll save time, aggravation, and even money and still look glamorous in the process.

Have a great day!

The Inkwell Press Live Well Classic Planner | A Walk Through

I must confess, I am indeed a planner addict. I am all about that planning…no treble…okay, that was totally corny…but seriously, I am obsessed with planning, sometimes too much. The planner that I am currently using is the lovely beauty in the photo above. It is the Inkwell Press Live Well Planner in the classic layout.

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This planner, my darlings is definitely the height of elegance and function when it comes to paper planners. I can’t say for sure that I have found “planner peace” with this planner because frankly, I have a couple more that I really love too, but it is by far my favorite planner to spend time with. Yes, planners are like your friends. Everybody knows that.

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As I mentioned above, this planner is in the classic layout. Inkwell Press planners come in two different layouts, flex and classic. As you can see, with the classic layout, the week on two pages is broken down by days and times and further broken down in vertical columns. The top 3/4 of the page is for the break down of your day, and the bottom 1/4 of the page is broken down for meals, fitness, and home. Of course, being a true planner addict, I use it the way that works for me. There are so many options. NO need to feel limited. As an added note and for general reference, the flex layout is a horizontal layout and isn’t broken out by time. It tends to be the most popular layout, but I find the vertical layout to be very easy to use.

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A closer look at this current week (week of March 16).

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The coolest part of the Inkwell Press Live Well planner has to be, hands down the monthly mission board pages. I have never seen this in a planner before. Not that I have seen every planner, of course, but this seems to be such a unique and unexpected feature. I decided to design my mission board in more of a vision board style because the honeycomb spaces provided kept throwing me off every time I tried to right in them. Also, I am a very visual person, so seeing the photos as opposed to words resonates with me.

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I like planning so much, I make my own task flags, quote stickers and other fun stickers. I really just make them for myself, but I am thinking about making them available to the public. Leave me a comment and tell me what you think about that.

The Inkwell Press Planner can be purchased for the base price of $54. There are 5 cover choices, two layout options, and Inkwell Press will periodically personalize the cover depending on the time of year. And right now, You can also receive 20% off your Inkwell Press purchase. Inkwell Press 20% Referral

If you’re interested in seeing more details of my Live Well planner, check out the video below.

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great week.

Outfit of the Day: The Slow Transition to Spring

ootd315It is officially Sprinter, (Spring/Winter)!!! It is too cold to be a Spring day, but not quite cold enough to be considered a Winter day either. This type of transitional weather calls for an “in-between” outfit. Not quite time to bring out the midriffs and daisy dukes, (not that I ever would in public at my age..and weight…and…well…level of common sense) but I wouldn’t consider it to be scarf, hat, glove kind of weather either.

ootd3153The sun is out, but not warm, the ice has melted and things are relatively dry. A perfect day to pair a high heeled bootie with a rolled boyfriend jean and a thinner, more fitted v neck sweater, with long  sleeves, of course. After all, the temps haven’t crept above 60 just yet.

ootd3156 It is that kind of day where you wouldn’t necessarily opt for flip flops, but a cold frosty drink ending in “ccinno” from that favorite coffee place is not completely out of the question, especially if you’re all extra hot Pumpkin Spiced or Caramel White Chocolate Latted out.

ootd3157 …and did I mention the booties in all their 3.5″ wonderful patent leather, iridescent yumminess? I wouldn’t dare bring these babies out in the wet, cold, yucky snow, even though they are patent leather. BUT, they are absolutely perfect for Sprinter!! No mud or salt to dull the magnificent shine. And you know how we fashionistas luuuurve our shiny things. ;)

ootd3152This is the perfect transition weather to leave the coats and scarves in the car, let a little bit of skin peek out and rock a sexy shiny bootie, if for no other reason than…well…you can. The weather is fabulous today, no reason you shouldn’t be too!

Happy Sprinter!!

Shopping Details below:

  1. Charcoal Gray Henley Sweater – Venus.com $34
  2. Gap Boyfriend Jeans – Gap.com
  3. Stuart Weitzman Carltone Bootie Stuartweitzman.com $249

Face of the Day Featuring Melt Cosmetics Darkroom Lipstick

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Face of the Day

FACE

  1. Primer: Becca Ever Matte Poreless Priming Perfector $36 Sephora.com
  2. Foundation: Becca Ultimate Coverage Complexion Creme in Mink $44 Sephora.com
  3. Finishing Powder: Makeup Forever Duo Mat Powder Foundation in 203 $34 Sephora
  4. Contour Color: MAC Matte Blush in Blunt $22 maccosmetics.com

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EYES

  1. Eyeliner: Lollipops Eye Pencil in Goodbye Moon $17.70 Glossybox.com
  2. Eyebrows: e.l.f. Studio Eyebrow Kit in Dark $3.00 Target
  3. Mascara: MAC Studio Fix Lash Mascara Black $17 Maccosmetics.com

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LIPS

  1. Base: Maybelline Baby Lips Dr. Rescue Lip Balm Too Cool $3.49 Target
  2. Lipstick: Melt Cosmetics Lipstick in Darkroom $19 meltcosmetics.com
  3. Liner: MAC Lip Pencil in Nightmoth $16 Maccosmetics.com

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Thanks for stopping by. Have a wonderful day!!!

All About Those Layers

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The weather is all over the place this Winter. Some days, its colder than a witches boob in a brass bra, and other days it looks like Spring may come early. The best way to combat these crazy erratic temperatures, remain warm and cozy when its freezing outside and cool and comfortable when its toasty inside, is to dress in easily removable, coordinating layers. Here, I layer Black, White, animal print and cashmere. Hopefully I’ll be keeping warm, without looking too much like the Michelin Man. I hope you’ll give this look a try.

Keep in mind that this look can always be achieved at a fraction of the cost. Take this idea, and modify it to fit your clothing tastes and your budget.

  1. Black Cashmere Scarf – $98 – Nordstrom.com
  2. Black  Cardigan Sweater – $22.99 – Target.com
  3. White Fitted T-Shirt – forever21.com
  4. Hue Corduroy Leggings – $42 Nordstrom.com
  5. I purchased my animal print vest from C Wonder before they closed, but both guess.com and whitehouseblackmarket.com sell similar vest.
  6. Doc Marten 1460 Boots in gray – $125 – Nordstrom.com or Zappos.com

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Stay warm and be safe out there!!

How to Design a Temporary Guest Room

This Summer I had quite a few guest come to my home and because my dedicated guest room is already in use, I needed to create a temporary retreat where multiple guests could stay at one time comfortably. I decided to go with twin beds in the room when my Mother in Law and husband’s Aunt came to visit. It was the perfect solution to accommodate the two ladies in a comfortable cozy room, providing both the needed personal space, i.e. separate beds, while allowing them to “hang out” and spend time with each other. In the event that a couple came to visit, all I had to do was push the two twin beds together to create a King sized bed. All bedding was purchased from the Target Room Essentials Collection.

Adjacent to the guest room/office is a powder room and family room area for watching tv with couch, mini fridge and access to the kitchen just upstairs on the next floor and shower one more level up. Everyone that stayed this past Summer commented on how comfortable and peaceful it was down in the Basement Retreat. I was a little worried that they would feel confined or isolated down there, but it turns out, it is probably one of the coziest places in our home.

Midway through the Summer I had a chance to experience it for myself when our air conditioning on the upper levels went on the fritz for a few days. Hubby and I slept in the Basement Retreat for 3 nights and it was extremely comfortable. It was actually the coolest (temperature wise) spot in the house. It also reminded me that when I do set up the permanent guest room again, or any other guest rooms in our future homes, it is a great idea to sleep there yourself overnight. You always want your guests to have a great experience. If there is any discomfort, or issue, you will work it out before your guests arrive ensuring that they have an optimal stay at your home and that they would like to come visit again. Keep in mind though, you may not want to make it too comfy, they may not want to leave. ;)