Wednesday, November 29, 2017

My Favorite Drugstore Makeup Products

I may no longer be a graduate student, but I still live on a budget (#nojobproblems). Which means I still love me some good drugstore makeup finds! I was actually looking at my makeup bag a few days ago and noticed that nearly everything I use is from the drugstore. So here you have it: all of my favorite drugstore makeup products!

I finally broke down and purchased this foundation once I realized my previous foundation was a shade too dark for the fall/winter. And OH MY GOSH this stuff is the best if you have oily skin! I know I raved about the L'Oreal Pro-Matte Foundation, but y'all. This Milani foundation is even better. I hardly see any oily spots on my face at the end of the day. And I work with preschoolers so I'm constantly moving! I use a damp sponge to apply it if I don't want any much coverage, but I'll use a dry sponge if I want lots of coverage. Plus, it doesn't sink into my pores (as long as I use a primer). *praise hands* The shade range is okay, but they're definitely still lacking on the darker shades. For the winter, my skin gets really light so I'm actually using the shade Light!

I think I'm on my third palette? Seriously that's how much I love it! If you like the idea of contouring but you're also lazy like me, this palette will be your best friend! There's two options: light/medium and dark/deep. Not surprising I use the light/medium. There's four shades within the palette. The top left is a shimmery light color that's perfect as a highlighter. The top right is a matte light shade that does wonders for setting my concealer under my eyes. The bottom left is by far my favorite shade! It's a warm bronze that gives the perfect summer glow. The bottom right is a cooler brown shade that I tend to use when I do a more glam look. I also use the bottom two shades on my eyes if I'm even lazier than usual! Plus as $6 it's a steal!

Yet another product I think I've purchased three or four times? I've talked about this mascara before but for good reason! One side of the brush grabs all the product possible so you can apply plenty of mascara. Then you just rotate the wand a little and run the brushes through your lashes to distribute the product. Perfect for adding volume AND length! This mascara is the reason people ask if I'm wearing false lashes. Nope! Just really great mascara!

Okay so I just recently switched over to a true liquid liner. I mean when it only costs $2, I wouldn't have felt bad if either I hated it or I couldn't get the hang of it. But y'all. Liquid liner has changed my life! It seriously applies in half the time of other eyeliners! I wipe a good bit of the product off in the bottle before applying it, but it's so potent you don't need much to begin with! I was also afraid that because it's a liquid that it would run, but thankfully it stays put so well all day (again it survives a day with preschoolers). It's actually nice to not have eyeliner running down into the outer corners of my eyes!

This is another product for my lazy gals! I never could get into using a brow pencil because it takes so darn long! The wand on this brow mascara is MUCH smaller than the wand for normal mascara. So you really just brush it over your brows and BAM fuller lashes in 15 seconds. It also tames wild brows so they stay put all day long. As far as I know it isn't waterproof, but it stays really well all day! The tint also isn't super strong so no worries of messing up and it looking awful!


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Monday, November 27, 2017

The Coziest Cardigan

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I got this cardigan from Old Navy last year. I never blogged about it, but it's one I wear all the time when it's cold! I love wearing a long sleeve tee under it because when it's in the 40s and 50s I can wear it without a coat. If there's one thing I got from my mom, it's that I don't like wearing a coat because I'm always too warm. So if there's an outfit I can wear that's warm enough to not need a jacket, I'm down!

Unfortunately I'm a year too late with Old Navy, BUT I did find some similar cardigans that I've linked below. Plus, with it being the Christmas season now, you're likely to find some great sales on these!

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

A Wooden Watch For Your Man

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I'll be honest: Somehow I have avoided dating anyone during the holidays so I haven't had to buy a Christmas gift for a boyfriend since my freshman year of college! But now that I've got Jake to buy for this year, I've been wracking my brain trying to come up with ideas. To make it even harder on me, he doesn't like giving out wish lists. So when JORD reached out about trying one of their wooden watches, I knew this was honestly a perfect gift for Jake. Obviously it isn't Christmas, but his birthday is at the end of November so I treated it like an early birthday present!

This wooden watch is perfect for Jake! He enjoys the outdoors, hunting, and sells/works on chainsaws so "wood" is a theme in his life. But this watch is also very classic looking so he can wear it to nice events, like weddings (seriously watch for this watch to be on his wrist next fall!). He loves the darker color of this watch. I think it looks so sharp on him and I kind of regret not having him wear it during our engagement photo session!

Here's a little bit more info about JORD: they sell these unique men's watches that are perfect for gifting your guy! The wooden aspect adds a fun surprise to the traditional watch. Bonus: you can have the watch engraved which makes it perfect for birthdays, Christmas, or anniversaries! The specific watch Jake has is from the Conway series. Specifically, he has the Walnut and Jet Black watch. It's also a chronograph watch, which adds even more functionality.

Of course I wouldn't give you all of this great information without having a great deal to accompany it! Are you ready for it? Here it is: JORD is offering 25% off your watch! Bonus: this coupon is good until December 19th. So if you're a last minute shopper, no worries! But if you want to get a head start on your shopping, this coupon is live NOW!

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