Monday, December 31, 2012

DIY Glitter Mason Jars

I've recently become crafty, or as I like to call it "domestic."

FINALLY, I have started doing some projects off of my Pinterest. I seem to pin all these great DIY's, but never make anything. Until recently I could sum up my pinning activity by, "Pin Everything, Make Nothing"

Mason jars aren't just for collecting dust under your mom's kitchen sink anymore. Pinterest is full of cute ideas that you can do with a mason jar. I decided to combine a few ideas and came up with a beautiful, sparkly flower vase.

Don't mind the weird flash effect from the paper on my jars! I went to Jo-Ann's and purchased all of my supplies. The Glue for Glittering actually comes with an attached brush, and it works great. I ended up buying the 2 mason jars there too. Jo-Ann's always has coupons on their iPhone app, and coupons you can print totally take advantage of that.

 Literally all you do is put glue on the outside of the jar and sprinkle glitter on it. I did my jar in quarters, so the glue wouldn't dry so fast on me. It can be a little messy, but totally worth the bling-blingin' jars. I let the jars dry for a few hours before adding a flower in each.

My finished jars with faux flowers (also from Jo-Ann's). This photo doesn't even do the jars full justice. I am completely obsessed with them. The sparkle is AMAZING! 

Let me know if you try this! Super cheap and so chic looking.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

I'm back! I'm back!

Holy crap. I can't believe I haven't blogged since last February. My "hiatus" was never intentional, other than real life getting in the way. And by real life, I mean nursing school and all the clinical hours that go along with it. I couldn't even remember what my login was for blogger. But I'm back! And I'm excited to start blogging again. I think I'm going to have this blog be everything from beauty, to clothes I'm loving, to things I'm using to organize with...more like a lifestyle blog!

I didn't even know where to start when I decided that I should start blogging again. Do I do a favorite products post? Do I talk about where I have been? ETC ETC. So, since I got my hair done yesterday, I will share that with you...considering the last time I blogged I was a PLATINUM & TONE blonde.

Last April I decided I was over being platinum blonde. I had been a platinum blonde for well over a year at that point, and it was time for a change. I honestly will probably NEVER go back to being that bright of blonde, but it was fun while it lasted.

Now that my hair is no longer drinking bleach every 6 weeks, it has actually gotten so much healthier and grows almost 2 inches every 8 weeks. Incredible. And since I have never actually had super long hair, I'm trying to grow it out below my boobs. THIS BETTER HAPPEN BY SUMMER! I have big dreams of having beautiful, curly, Pinterest-esque hair EVERY.DAMN.DAY.

My hair as of yesterday:

I have fallen into the ombre craze! I feel like that look has been around for about 2 years now, but I think it looks good on everyone. I go to an Aveda salon, and my "base brown" is a level 5. The ombre section is in the reddish brown family and is a level 7. 

Here are some of my favorite *hairspiration* pictures:

This is about how long I want my hair to be. Her shortest layer is about my longest layer right now. HURRY UP HAIR.

And I *LOVE* this color for summer.

I can't wait to see what the hair trend of 2013 will be!

Saturday, February 11, 2012


I have been FAILING AT MY NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS!!! I have been so busy with nursing school this semester, that I hardly have time to do anything...including shop! Minus the Bobbi Brown foundation I bought at the beginning of January, I did not buy any beauty-related products. That is HUGE for me! ;)

Last weekend I met up with my mom for lunch, and we went to Ulta! Here is what I got:

I had never been into trying the Philosophy Purity Cleanser, because it is such a cult product. I really do love it though! I got the 3oz stocking stuffer version for Christmas (which will last you over a month, I think it is $10) and knew I wanted to get the larger version after I ran out. It is super gentle and removes my eye makeup really well too. I have combination skin, but this would definitely be good for people with sensitive skin too!

I also couldn't resist picking up some nail polish, duh. I am so done with the blah winter nail polish colors...I am already on to bright spring and summer colors (PS- so excited NEON is so in for the summer)! The two Essie colors I got are: Status Symbol (left) and Splash of Grenadine (right).

Hope you all have a great weekend!!

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Nail Polish Storage

I have recently become more obsessed with buying nail polish. I honestly never though I would get so into it. This month I am banning myself from purchasing any nail polish. I was at Ulta today and had two polishes in my hand...and then I put them both back. Talk about discipline!

I have been browsing Pinterest looking for nail polish storage ideas. I used to have my polish sitting on the shelves of a mini bookcase. I decided I wanted to use that to display my perfume instead, so I couldn't figure out what to do with my nail polish.

I could not find any ideas I liked on Pinterest. I didn't want to shell out a bunch of money to buy a nail polish rack that goes on the wall...maybe someday! Instead I was at Hobby Lobby today and they were having a 50% off sale on all glass. I spotted this glass bowl and knew it would be perfect for my nail polish. I also bought some black rocks to put on the bottom of the bowl. I know that you are supposed to store your nail polish upright, but I am going more for look than practicality! Ha. It also might be annoying to dig around to find a color I want...but at this point I just like the little display on my dresser! 

I also bought some glass to store my brushes in. I will make a post on those once my brushes are all clean and pretty. Hobby Lobby has such great decor, and they are ALWAYS have some sort of sale! 

How do you store your polish?

PS: I have posted two new videos on my Youtube Channel. Check them out here:
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2012 Beauty Resolutions:

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Beauty Resolutions!

                                          Happy New Year beauties!

I have so many different products that get pushed aside. I am going to go through all my makeup and try to rotate products that have been stashed away for awhile. I love that feeling of beginning to use a product I bought awhile ago, but completely forgot about it. I am also going to do a makeup spending ban for a month...I haven't decided which month yet. I wanted to do it this month, but I need a new that would already be cheating!! Maybe I'll do it in February...since February is a *short* month. ;)

I am seriously, THE WORST at cleaning my brushes. I can't believe I am going to admit this, but once I went about 8 months without cleaning them. (I know what you're thinking...). I have been pretty good lately, but I want to start cleaning them ONCE per week. I really need to hold myself to this one!

I have fallen into this habit where I do not wash my face in the morning. I do a full routine at night, but in the morning I will just put on moisturizer, or I will wipe my face off with some sort of makeup removing wipe. I need to get back into cleansing my face fully, because obviously freshly cleaned skin is going to make your makeup look better!

I have many hair masks and face masks that do not get enough attention. I want to use a hair mask at least twice per week! I also want to use my Origins Clear Improvements Mask at least once per week. Between going to the gym and doing hot yoga, my face really needs a mask to bring all the impurities out of it.

-I know everyone says it, but lots of water is really important. Not only does it make your skin and hair look better, it also flushes toxins out of your body. I go on major water kicks, and then I can go without drinking water for days (terrible)! As long as I have Crystal Light packets, then I will be able to drink a lot....who cares if I'm going to the bathroom every 20 minutes right!?

*Workout 5x per week
-I have a gym membership and also a hot yoga membership, so I have no excuse not to go. One of my favorite workout motivation quotes it, "You never regret the workout you did, you always regret the one you didn't do."  -SO TRUE!

-I love blogging and reading blogs, but I tend to neglect my blog! I want to blog more and make more videos for my Youtube Channel.

I hope you all have a fabulous 2012!