Beauty · Deals · Diy

Worst Conditioner turned something great….

So if you haven’t noticed by now, I am a shopping addict. I am here to admit it-I have a problem. And that’s the first step, right? Well, amidst all of my shopping experiences, I have learned a few things. One of those being-stop buying the conditioners at TJ Maxx, Marshalls, Ross, etc. 

EVERY TIME I get sucked in. “Whoa! This huge bottle for $2.99? Argan oil? Coconut oil? On clearance? That has to help my dried out bird’s nest hair!” Right? WRONG. 

I can’t be the only one getting pulled in here. But really, every conditioner I have tried has failed me. And it hurts….to the core. I hate to waste my money-and feel slightly betrayed when my favorite stores do me wrong. #rude

All that being said, I REFUSE to throw these bottles out. Instead, I find a new use for them! This conditioner in particular–oohhhh it smells goooood! Like coconuts. And reminds me of the beach. I love this scent!

 But does it work on your hair? Heck to the no. Awful. Terrible. It says to use twice a week…and that is so far from helpful. The only way I could SOMEWHAT get this stuff to help my ratty hair, was to slather it on this morning. Throw it in a bun. Go outside in the terrible heat. Mow the grass. And then shampoo after. 

I think leaving it in for almost 2 hours+this Tennessee heat was the only reason it worked a little bit. But, I’m sorry. If it takes mowing the grass every day to have decent hair, count me out. 

What I have learned is an amazing use for this product??? Shaving cream!!!! 

I use it to shave, and OMG the smell is decadent. My legs feel so smooth. My money isn’t totally wasted. All is well in the world. Ahh. 

This is such a great way to finish off that drugstore conditioner you HATE, but feel like you have to use since you spent your hard earned Pennies on it. Keep this in mind for any cheapie conditioners you see-hey maybe they will work for your hair. If not-you know what to do-repurpose it! 

I strongly recommend you try this in other aspects of life too! Hate your tablecloth? Make it into a skirt. (I did!) Use those mason jars around the house to hold your pretties–or drink out of them!  Give all the fun things you have around a new life! Let me know what you like to repurpose ! 

 

Beauty · Deals

Beauty Favs: Body Wash and Scrub 

Hey there…Girly girl to the MAX over here. I have certain items in my beauty collection that I feel need to be shared! I plan on doing more makeup tutorials (Did you all like the first one?) and more beauty fav shares soooon.  I love doing them and hope you find them helpful too! 

I am totally in love with a certain scent at Bath and Body works. Actually-several scents. But most of them are your typical girly/sweet/fruity scents we are all drawn to when first walking in the door. But this one-it’s a game changer. 

The scent isn’t anything I would ever be drawn to-especially by the name of it. And if you asked me to smell it-or test it- My first thought would be “Ummm…no thanks. That sounds disgusting.” 

But I am telling you—this scent is super earthy ( in the best way possible) and I can’t get enough. Want to know what it is?? Of all things, Eucalyptus Spearmint. Eww. Right? No. Not at all. More like-awaken your senses and reel-you-in type scent. I wish you could smell through the internet. ( Can we go ahead and make that a thing?? I’m thinking I would end up buying every macaron on the inter-web.) 

But really, the smell is like nothing you would ever imagine-and maybe  I am crazy- but i promise it makes me feel relaxed! It comes in several items, but the body wash+body scrub are my fav! 

This bottle is huge! And the smell is phenomenal. I know- i keep saying it-annoying. But for reals y’all. AMAZING. And anything that is made to relax us? A MUST HAVE right??!!!  Check out the scrub here..

I love to use it from the neck down–Just scrub away all that dead skin and then shave+wash+whatever. Its amazing. Click the link Here to grab some for yourself. It’s worth it! 

EVEN BETTER–right now is the Bath and Body Semi-Annual sale!!!! Make sure to go by your local store for some amazing deals! You can also order online if you aren’t near one-nonetheless- It’s stock up time ladies! Deals start at $3.00 and you can’t go wrong with their lotions and body sprays. 

Another favorite? Lavender Vanilla Sleep Lotion. This scent is ah-mazing. Click the link Here to grab one for yourself. 

These are both part of BBW aromatherapy collection-and great for fixin’ what ails ya’.  

*Keep in mind, they carry a few different scents in each set, so make sure you grab the scent you like–I LOVE lavender vanilla, but NOT A FAN of  lavender chamomile. Just get the right one!!!!*

**Shoutout to the brick wall that has been in my house since we lived here-and I have never noticed. You will be seeing that wall quite a bit from here on out–get comfy with it 🙂 ** 

Beauty · Deals

Influenster – What’s it all about?? 

So I’ve seen this company around– And have been super curious about their game. Guys–TOTALLY WORTH my snooping. Influenster has sent me some awesome products as long as:

  1. I agree to review the products honestly 
  2. I share with my favorite internet friends 🙂 

 Well, Here goes both! ( I have also shared my honest review on Instagram. Follow me Here
Y’all-to get this fun little pink box in the mail was SO EXCITING! Who doesn’t love happy mail? And even better–FREE!!! It’s an awesome set up-and I already can’t wait for my next one. In the meantime, check out the items I received here…. 

This is just the POSTCARD that came with the box! Isn’t it adorable? *Gush*

Here are all the items before I jumped in (FYI it was SO hard to not just open it all IMMEDIATELY) 

I’ll start with my favaorite items in the Voxbox. The Live Clean baby items. They sent a baby wash and a lotion-both of which I LOVE. They both smell and feel AMAZING. It’s got that powder fresh baby smell that I LOVE.  And can we add–no parabens, it’s plant derived, dye free, never tested on animals, hypoallergenic-and that’s just the start!

 I probably never would have used without this campaign. And no shame here people..I use it on my 5 year old and he smells so FRESH! Such a nice change from sweaty hair smell that comes with boys who love to be outside.😬 My rating: A+. 

The next item up for bid: Eva NYC conditioner. Not gonna lie girls–didn’t care for this. I think maybe I am just spoiled with the hair products I use now (Should that be a blog post soon??!) but this stuff just didn’t do it for me. Now I will tell you-the smell is HEAVENLY. Not so sure you could beat this smell–but it didn’t soften my hair like I would have liked. Even rinsing it I could tell it wasn’t what I wanted. Again-maybe I am spoiled-but I wasn’t a fan 👎🏼 My rating: C+. 

Ok next item: Duncan Hines single serve mug cake. 

This is the only pic I had–half eaten cake. It went quick! But hey–cute mug below makes up for my sad picture above-right? 

Ok I do ADORE that sweet mug, but the cake??? Get it. SO easy and pretty versatile! You can add coffee, milk, water, or coke! I used milk, and ate with a scoop of ice cream…mmm… The whole fam took a bite- and then a certain little monster in the house finished it off. My five year old was asking for more once we ran out too! All in all, I think this was a hit-and hooray for single serve portions! My rating: B+. 

Next, is the Country Crock butter. I love that I was sent a coupon and I could pick this up anywhere I shop! So I grabbed the one with a Calcium boost at my local Kroger. (I’m getting old y’all.Let’s help those frail bones.)

I used this first in my Chicken Noodle Casserole Dish this week..MMMMM….so GOOOD!!!! Check This link a couple posts for my recipe. Its so yummy! Looks like this….

It also spreads so easily-which is huge for us with toast! My rating: B+. 

Last item-Nature’s Bounty Energy Gummies. My gracious I have never had gummy vitamins taste so amazing! And while I caught a little flack for eating them from some super health nuts on social media ( I hate that by the way. If you don’t like it-just be nice.K?) I am a huge fan. They are scrumptious and give a nice energy boost for your day. 2 gummies are all you need and you are set! This is another product I probably never would have tried if  hadn’t been sent it, so I am so appreciative!!!!! My rating:A+.
Overall, I am a huge fan of my Voxbox and think you all would love to get them too! Click the link HERE to get involved. It’s a great setup for everyone! Try it out and let me know what you think 🙂 

**All items were sent to me complimentary, but all opinions and views are my own** 


Beauty · Deals · Fashion

Newest Wardrobe Staple

Every once in a while you get one of those pieces you know you will love forever…..and OH MY GOSH I have found another one to add to my ✔️list of loves… This necklace y’all. Its gorgeous.  

 Check it  out!!! I love all things handmade, and this necklace shows such beautiful craftsmanship-I can’t quit gushing. Allll the heart eyes over here.

If you want one, head over to ETSY and find Warm Fuzzy Designs. Just click the link Here  and shop her styles!

 There are a few tassel necklaces I am coveting right now… and this one?? OMG So on trend right now. #adoreOMG. So on trend right now.  Please head over to her website–the prices are amazing! 

And ladies. THIS ONE.


My gosh Jewelry doesn’t get much more fun than this. And isn’t that what it is about? Dressing us up and making us feel good? 

I swear this necklace even made me ok with the serious face 🙈 That has never happened before….It’s a jewelry miracle. 🙌🏻

Think also about this choker revolution happening–she has some seriously classy ones. Check them out. 

But really, pretty statement pieces always make me feel that much more put together… and if you aren’t a jewelry wearer, try it out! Start here and find some fun pieces to get you going. Let’s all shop small today people! GO order from her fast–she is so sweet to work with on Etsy and loves custom orders. 

Shop small here!!
Make sure to like her page on Etsy and Follow her shop– you will fall in love. Promise

Beauty · Deals · Diy · Family

Clever cover up

So we are leaving for a weekend trip 2 weeks back, and as I am walking to my car, my 4 year old says, “Ummmm…Mom. Your bra strap is showing. And I can see your boob scratch.” First of all-what the what??? SO i promptly adjust my bra strap, which was obviously bothering him, and as I stand there in total shock, I said, “you can see my what?” My mole?” (I have a mole on my chest that I thought could be the culprit.) “No, your BOOB SCRATCH.” So I pull my shirt up a bit and walk in the house to explain to my husband the weirdness my ears just took in….Then walk back out to hear again, very matter-of-fact-like….. “MOM-I can still see your boob scratch!” 

I am STILL in pure shock at this point and asked “Ford, what are you talking about? What do you mean?” He proceeds to point at my cleavage line.   (Also-he thinks cleavage looks like a scratch. 😂 Hahaha Please keep that mentality forever little one) I couldn’t quit laughing-and felt slightly embarrassed. Just called out by my 4 year old. OUCH. I usually am trying to keep the cleavage covered and I suppose he just couldn’t handle seeing it! At this time, I wasn’t wearing what I am about to share with you-but totally should have been I guess. 🤷🏼‍♀️

Tank tops never seeem to stay where they need to be. Or if they cover the cleavage, they are way too short on my stomach. Can’t win. 

Now, all of us Mamas will know about that weird stage of pregnant where your jeans won’t button and maternity pants are still too big. Cue the Beband. This little tube contraption will hold your britches in place until the next pee break. In approximately 4 minutes. Ok, not really wanting to re-live that right now, so back to the point. 

I figured out (after baby number 2) that those awesome little belly bands have another great use. An even better one! It works wonders as a mock tank top! This is what the package looks like……

 

I am telling you, you will love these things! So go ahead all you teeny, tiny, not even close to pregnant people. Go to the maternity section and buy one. They are a cleavage miracle. 
They come in 3 different colors and look like this! 

This week my sister-in-law sent me a pic of a BEAUTIFUL maxi wrap dress. Its dainty and floral and she needed a good cover up, (because we know how LOW wrap dresses can go.)  She was wearing a black sports bra when she sent the first pic, and I told her she needed to try this belly band to go underneath! She promptly went to Target and got one and the result is amazing!  Check it out here. 

  

I am also wearing one in the pic although it’s hard to see. Is this thing not perfect? Grab it HERE

Better yet, sometimes Target cartwheel will have them on sale! Ive seen them up to 30% off.. Keep an eye out ya’ll! 

In this pic, I was in a pinch and only could find my black one. (I have them in black and cream) Now, it isn’t my favorite outfit combo, but when needed, this little contraption got the job done!

  

This was at a friend of mine’s wedding. I had no idea this pic was being taken ( We were in awe of the bride coming down the stairs…) Now this one I am wearing is OLD. (It was a hand-me-down from my cousin who is now 3 kids in.) It doesn’t have the little grippy side like the new ones have, so it slid down a bit. But if you buy a good one, they should have a slightly grippier side to put at the top and keep the girls in place. #CTC #coverthecleavage

And for all my girls who stay BURNING UP nonstop, this is such a great alternative to a tank top. The whole tummy area is uncovered so less heat trapped in-WIN. 

FYI-When you buy, just buy the same size skirt you would normally wear! 
I’m telling you all, it’s worth the money and one of my favorite outfit hacks! Now you will notice me wearing them all the time!  

Let me know if you end you end up trying one-and what you think! 

Beauty

Look better in pictures…. 

Ya’ll-prepare yourselves for some not-so-attractive pictures of me…But let’s hope they improve by the end of the post! 

I had a blog post request (secretly jumping for joy inside every time this happens) to help us ladies look a TAD better in pictures. She asked for some help in making those of us with round faces to look a little more streamlined in pictures! ..And you know what? I get it! I have had a chunky face my whole life-and trying to make it look a little smaller if definitely a priority for pics! BTW, let’s all hop board with the actually keeping/printing pictures! Because if we look terrible, more than likely that photo at the beach with the breathtaking views in the background isn’t gong to get framed. You know the one I am talking about. And if you could have just made a few changes, maybe you would have liked that photo a little better…. And maybe in 10 years, our kids won’t have to ask, “Mommy, why weren’t you in any of these pictures??” Because, maybe with a few little tweaks, we will WANT to be in these family photos! 

Now we have all heard of contouring by now, right? If you are intimidated by the “contour” word, I understand. But you quit that RIGHT NOW. No more. Ok, sorry for the yelling but you needed it. Embrace the tough love. 

Ok now that we are embracing it, Let’s talk makeup. Please yall, don’t be afraid of makeup. It’s a beautiful thing!  I love that 100 different girls can take an eye shadow palette, and make 100 different looks and they can all be phenomenal-It seriously blows my mind some the talent some of these girls have. Do some reasearch and check some beauty gurus out! My fave is Chrisspy. Don’t know her? Ask me later, I am all about talking Chrisspy. 

Another thing, please don’t immediately think makeup has to be drastic! It can be neautral, light and totally dreamy. So for all of my no makeup/super light makeup wearers-this post is for you. And for all of the medium/heavy makeup wearers, this post is for you.  It’s so easy- and I want to walk you through it step by step! On your mark, get set……

1. Find some decent light…

Mine happens to be right in front of the washer and dryer- Glamorous right? But for makeup purposes, it works. Now you have to pick a contouring tool. This is what I used today.  This is the NYX wonder stick, and I love it! It blends SO EASILY and great for beginners! (Mine is well loved as you can tell)

SO before we start the contour, let’s get to the not-so-pretty picture. Ugh. Check out those chipmunk cheeks. I’ve always had a chunky face, and this is what it looks like with just foundation. From now on you will realize, foundation is NOT ENOUGH ya’ll. Ok let’s get this over with. 

Ok, now quickly look away and move to step 2. 

2. Start the contour

This is what mine looks like!

 Make a semicircle around your forehead, and 2 lines down your cheeks and chin area. This is all about creating shadows people! From the first step you can tell I already am creating some depth to my face. We’re going short and sweet today ya’ll. See!? It’s easy!! 

Now, notice where I stopped the contour line. Make a fun fishy/kissy face and wherever your cheeks start to sink in, STOP. See below. 

3. Blend, Blend, BLEND

Grab a cheapie beauty blender or contour brush and BLEND YA’LL..Like blend ’til the cows come home. My friend sent me a pic of someone out shopping who OBVIOUSLY forgot to blend her contour out, and it was a straight. Up. TRAINWRECK. You couldn’t look away! Not sure if you have blended enough? Blend some more. We don’t want any harsh lines people! This is a natural contour and we want soft shadows, not harsh lines. *When in doubt, blend it out.* 

4. *Optional* Powder contour

I always like to go over my cream contour with a powder contour! It sets the look and makes all the blending look so soft and pretty. Here is the one I use. Again, well loved right? But I ADORE THIS STUFF. Even before I started using the cream contour, this is what I used exclusively! 

Go right back over your cream contour with a light hand and you will see those shadows start to show! Here is where you are going to see those cheekbones POP! 

6. Blush

Ok, for all of my people who say ” I don’ need blush- I blush naturally”. You better quit that. And I don’t want to hear it again. Here is the process. Cover up the redness. Apply more redness. Crazy, I know. But where we naturally blush isn’t the most flattering. So with a light hand ( and soft brush) start at the apples of your cheeks and lightly sweep it up towards your temples. Gently now, gently. 

7. Lip color

Lips are so important for pretty pictures! I asked my nephew what he noticed most about my after pic and the first thing he said was that in the before, I didn’t have lipstick. ( I know, I asked my nephew-random-but I needed an unbiased opinion of someone who would tell me the truth about the pic!) Lips can make or break a pic ya’ll. Paint’em up! 

This is my favorite palette from Urban Decay. I keep it in my purse, and then if I want 5 different lip colors per day, I can do it! Do yourself a favor-go buy one. I also LOVE to mix colors to create new, fun colors. I rarely am just wearing one lip color! *Shout out to my awesome sister-in-law for getting me this palette. It’s amazing!*

SO here are the before and after pics side-by-side. You see the difference? Its a subtle definition of the cheekbones and some slight shadowing that made all the difference! My face looks skinnier and so much brighter. My sweet nephew also said “your face pops in the second picture.” Ummm…*Swoon* Ya’ll- he is sweet and available. Any takers? 

Anyways, back to the makeup. This whole contouring jazz took under 5 minutes, and you can do it too! Try it out, let me know what you think, and report back! Check out the whole process below…..

 

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Beauty Hacks-Broken makeup

Earlier today, I have a friend over-She is going through her makeup and says “You have to swatch this highlighter. I’ve been looking everywhere for it and I FINALLY found it……” Literally, as she is saying this- It totally breaks. Everywhere. First thought– Now I have to buy her a new highlighter. Which really doens’t bother me because-makeup shopping 🙂  But quickly, I remember I have seen this on Pinterest somewhere and now I finally have a chance to try it! 

From what I have researched, this should work pretty well with almost any powder makeup- and the highlighter worked great! So check it out-all it takes is some alcohol. Dont hit the liquor cabinet-let’s go the bathroom cabinet for this one. Grab this.  Before the alcohol, just kind of squish the broken powder into even smaller pieces ( I know-what a mess.) I used the same toothbrush from the jewelry cleaner tutorial-just use the other end! Or maybe a small cuticle stick, popsicle stick-just whatever you have handy! 

Now pour just enough of your alcohol into the pan of crumbled makeup to get it wet and mix it all around. 
Here is the makeup disaster…… 

And after mixing the alcohol+makeup, you see it looks a little goopy. Trust the process though, and let it dry. The highlighter to the right is the same one -just you know….all pretty and unbroken. (My sis-in-law happened to be here and had the same HL with her! This stuff must be good yall) 

Also, she wasn’t kidding-this is so beautiful! And for all who aren’t familiar with using highlighters, just sweep a little bit on the top of your cheeks toward your hairline. And a little dab on the tip of the nose will do wonders! 

This one is ‘Precious Petals’ by Wet N Wild. Cheap alternative to some of the higher end ones and totally worth your moo-lah. Click Here  For the website and search “Precious Petals”. It;s only 4.99!!!! 

Let me know if you have ever tried this, and feel free to let me know some of your favorite highlighters in the comments dolls! 

Beauty

Simple Moisturizers

For as long as I can remember, I have had problematic skin. And no matter what I bought, NOTHING worked. And for years, I had extremely oily skin. But now, were reaching the opposite side of the spectrum (Im pushing 30 here people) YIKES. That being said, I need some serious moisture on this face. I also have realized, my skin responds better to the all natural items you can buy for next to nothing- and they last forever!

My first and all time FAVORITE-is coconut oil. I know, its huge right now. But really-the stuff works. I SLATHER it on my face at night before bed! I also use it on my elbows, knees, etc. (Stay tuned for a post where i give you all my coconut oil uses)  Trader Joe’s has my favorite!

Speaking of Trader Joe’s, let’s talk Vitamin E oil. Its a super-oil in my opinion. I coat my face with it at night, and wake with plump, supple skin- Its a moisture miracle! IMG_0741This is great in the tub, in face scrubs, and an amazing wrinkle fighter! Let’s start young right?

I’m obsessed with this oil (as you can tell, it’s almost empty.) That being said, this stuff is only $4.00 a bottle and lasted me over 6 months–ummm…WIN.   Let me know what you use it for in the comments below!