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Clear Off the Counters, Space Saving Idea

I’m in a transition period in my life between college student and official adult, and as per obligatory requirement, I live in a tiny, dingy, always smells like…old!? apartment. Seeing as I don’t have much room to breathe, let alone clutter my counters with bath products, I have had to resort to more crafty ways to make more space. Case in point, shoe hanger.

Due to the nearly non-existent bathroom space I have, my hanger has become my new bff. Not only do I have a special pocket for all my hot tools, but all my other accouterments, that would have cluttered my counters, now have a special home of their own.

Whats more, this handy dandy andy can be used in many more space saving ways. I have used one to organize my belts, scarves, bangles, accessories and leggings. 

Furthermore, I have seen it used to organize spices in the pantry, in the garden as a hanging planter, in the garage to organize tools, the list goes on.

So think outside the box and invest in a $6 shoe hanger, trust me, you will appreciate all the free space 🙂

Confessions of a Nail Junkie Part 2

My heart is sad and weeping. I never thought it would come to this. When I brought each one home, I promised to love and cherish them equally. But as the days, months, years passed, I knew I had lied. I quickly picked favorites and pushed all the others aside. Finally seeing how much I had hurt the ones I neglected, I gave away 20 of my babies….this is what I am left with.

Just me  and 80(ish) of my closest babies 😦

Hahaha, ya’ll I had, had enough. My “nail” drawer was over flowing and quite frankly it was time to downsize. I threw some away, gave some to my sis, and yup this is what I have. Apparently I like purple 🙂

Still not liking the idea of  digging through a drawer to find the perfect shade, I bought me a bunch of practice nail wheels off ebay for like a $1 for a pack of 5 and now I can just check the nail wheel for what color my heart fancies for the day and bada-bing bada-boom, cuts down on clutter time since I don’t have to dump the drawer out no more.

I am a work in progress, and  I swear no more nail polish till I wear each color at least once. Happy painting everyone 🙂

SIDE NOTE: I lied…..after writing this post, I went to Target for a loaf of bread and toothpaste  and came back with 2 new polishes…whoops 🙂

Hi, my name is Sara, and I have a shopping addiction

Yup, I have hit an all time low.

I knew I had a problem when I had to beg my roomie to go shopping with me because I just HAD to spend $20 or else I would go crazy, but yesterday when I got a Julep Maven box in the mail and didn’t even know I ordered it, I knew I had a problem!

Now I like goodies in the mail, but like I said in a previous post, $20 for two nail polish and some extras is just a bit much to rationalize. While I’m airing out my dirty laundry, might as well admit to purchasing the US Glossybox, yet another monthly subcription beauty box, and making an impromptu Clarisonic   purchase……arghhh I am out of control.

BUT there is a silver lining here, I think. Being an avid online bargain shopper I have come across some fabulous websites that actually save me money, case in point ebates.com.

If it wasn’t for ebates, in the past two years I would have spent an excess of $150 on products I purchased online. WOWSER! So how does it work? You sign up for free, click on link to store you want to  shop at and BAM get a certain percent back.

EXAMPLE: I went on ebates, saw drugstore.com was giving double back, so 12% in stead of 6%. Clicked on the link added what I wanted to my virtual shopping cart, added some coupan codes from retailmenot.com (another MUST for online shopping) and checked out. In the end, I ended up saving a whopping $52!!!!

So get to it my fellow shoppers, click onto ebates and shop away guilt free (or a little less guilty anyways)   Happy shopping 🙂

 

Below is a referral link if  u are interested in ebates, and NO I AM NOT being sponsored, just wanted to share the awesome savings 🙂

http://www.ebates.com/rf.do?referrerid=ffrFOYg%2F7pAer6R4rybKRw%3D%3D

Taming of the Brow

The two bushy caterpillars that sit atop my brow are driving me crazy! While one day they sit and stay perfectly fine like good little trained pets, the next day they decide to travel…here, there, everywhere…I just can’t keep up:)

Every morning, I have a daily battle with my  bushy eyebrows. On most days I am ready for battle with my arsenal of supplies, but then there are days that I don’t give a s***. Below are just some really CHEAP products that I use to tame my ferociously beastly brows 🙂

 

Shaping:

The key to tamed eyebrows, is a good manageable shape. I am Indian, so we naturally have thick bushman eyebrows that need constant upkeep, therefore a pair of tweezers and eyebrow scissors is a must!

I use a simple “spoolie thingy” t come my hairs up and trim the extra long hairs, then if need be I come down to get any strays.

A good pair of tweezers is a must. But here’s the thing, I own tweezers that are both $0.99 and $20 and they work essentially the same as long as they have the right angle and thickness.

For those ubber pesky fine hairs that I just can’t seem to pluck, I use this bad boy. Yes its a razor, but before you all start yelling about how dangerous that is and I could shave off an eyebrow,  read on. These are soft razor that need to be angled properly to work but the best part about them is that 1..2..3, Look mom no uni-brow! 🙂 Don’t worry, no five o’clock shadow here.

Maintaining:

Yup, that’s thread and it’s my best friend 🙂 Threading my eyebrows not only for less plucking and upkeep, but it gives the nicest, cleanest shape. Highly recommend it. Takes a little getting used to, but well worth it.

Day to Day:

Now back to my chaotic mornings when I am normally running late for work.

The first thing I do is usually use either the ElF Eyebrow Kit, or just a dark brown Wet N’ Wild eyeliner pencil to fill in any random gaps I might have.

Next, I pack on the Maybelline Great Lash Clear mascara or the ELF clear brow mascara and BAM….. set for the day

….see I told you it was cheap 🙂

Benefit POREfessional Review

Mirror Mirror on the wall, who has the biggest pores of them all?….Me! Aww shucks! Thanks 🙂

If you read my intro and said you have the biggest pores, then no  no no, my dear, you ain’t got nothing on me! I swear you can see my pores from space, but I think I  might have found a product that can finally make the little suckers disappear (well temporarily at least) 🙂

This is the Benefit POREfessinal

Packaging: The product comes in a squeeze tube making the use of this product very easy. 

Product: The formulation of this product is a little like a balm.

A little definitely goes a long way. When you first squeeze some out, it feels like its going to be thick, but once you start blending it into the skin, it feels almost non-existent, which is a big plus because I hate the feel of pore clogging products. The product promises to reduce the appearance of pores as well control oil, so I usually apply this to my t-zone (forehead, cheeks, around nose). The product comes out in a beige color but the color disappears after applying, so it works on all skin tones and shades.

Pricing: $29 USD

Overall: I like this product. Is it my holy grail, everyday go to product? No, but I like the fact that when I do use it, it works. The product fills in your pores and fine lines therefore giving a more refined and finished effect. However, since I do have crater sized pores, it doesn’t make them disappear, but it does help them appear smaller.

As far as promising to help with oil control, it does do that but not all day. I usually still have to blot my face and apply my Rimmel Stay Matte Powder.

One suggestion I do have if you use this product, pat the product on instead of rubbing it in. The trick to this product is definitely in the application. When you pat/dab/stipple/ it on the product is better able to fill all the pores and fine lines. Whereas if you rub it on, the product just sits on the skin and  doesn’t do much of anything.

I would recommend this product to girls looking for a pore minimizer  that also helps with some oil control.

🙂 🙂 🙂

Sidenote: this is  my last Benefit product review for a while. I miss talking about my drugstore products so bye-bye high end 🙂

MASSIVE $255 MAKEUP HAUL!!!!

Oh dear lord, what have I done!!! Yes, you read right, my dumb butt just bought $255 worth of makeup. WHAT!!! But to save face, I swear it wasn’t ALL my fault. The evil lady at ULTA, distracted me with her caked on makeup and spiderlashes and fooled me into buying stuff I didn’t even need:)

I went in originally to buy some higher end products for my lovely mother. It’s her birthday in a few days, and gosh darnit, the woman deserves some pretty products as well. However, I got selfish. Whoops. If you’ve been to ULTA then you know that they sell higher end products on one side and drugstore products on the other. So jee, hmmm where do you think I ended up? Yup!

I practically skipped to checkout line thinking I had done fairly well, but when the handsome man behind the counter said ” That will be $255″ I literally passed out. Seriously, my evil sister who I only see every other month and had egged me on to buying half the stuff, literally had to grab my hand, cause I was seeing stars before my eyes.

Sighhh……so what does one get with that much money? Not much.

Ladies, ladies, ladies. Luckily ULTA has a really good return policy, because there is no way I could live with myself if I spent 1/3 of my rent money on MAKEUP! I mean I love cosmetics, but I love a roof above my head more 🙂 And, yes some of you may be thinking, why didn’t I just return some products then? Well, soorrry,I got I selfish again. I thought it would make for some reviews, so be prepared 🙂

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