50% Off Shape Tape Concealer and Some Great Concealer Dupes!

50% Off Shape Tape Concealer and Some Great Concealer Dupes!

Photo Credit: Tarte

You read that right-Shape Tape concealer is HALF PRICE! Holla!!! Ok, I’ll stop saying holla now. But, really-it’s on sale! Treat yo self, people!

I still haven’t tried Shape Tape since it’s blown up as the best selling concealer, but I have found a pretty good dupe. Not having tried shape tape, the reviews for this dupe compare to those of Shape Tape, so Ill take their word for it.

I’m talking about NYX Can’t Stop Won’t Stop concealer. It is full coverage and lasts all day. It doesn’t get cakey or settle in lines. It does dry down pretty quickly, so if you plan on baking with this concealer have your loose powder on hand. This is probably my favorite full coverage concealer.

My other go to concealer doesn’t really compare to Shape Tape or Can’t Stop Won’t Stop, but I use it almost daily. I typically wear a BB cream, so since it’s not full coverage, full coverage concealer looks a little crazy. I use Maybelline Instant Age Rewind for everyday use. It blends well, covers dark circles, and stays put with a little light powder.

Check out these concealers-you won’t be disappointed!

A Review: Foundation – A Love/Hate Relationship

A Review: Foundation – A Love/Hate Relationship

My sister-in-law asked what foundation I’ve been using lately and it hit me: I have SO many foundations and I have so many that I love for many different reasons.  I call foundation a love/hate relationship because while it can make a look awesome, it can also look plastered on if you don’t use a good primer or if your skin is too dry. I figured I’d share a few of my favorite full, medium, and light coverage options I use often and some tips that help get the most wear time out of each of them.  I’d love to know some of your favorites!

After applying these foundations with a beauty blender, I follow up with a loose powder (I use Coty Airspun) and a setting spray (NYX Matte Finish is my go to) to get the most wear time out of any foundations I use.

Full Coverage

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Milani Conceal + Perfect

I’m starting with this one because it conceals EVERYTHING and doesn’t look very cakey.  Make sure to use a great moisturizer before applying and maybe a light primer.  It looks pretty natural considering how well the coverage is.  I also always follow up immediately with a loose powder and setting spray to make it last as long as possible.

L’Oreal Infallible Foundation

This is probably my favorite and most used foundation.  It goes on smoothly, covers very well without looking like you’ve caked 10 lbs of concealer on your face, and wears ALL day.  It’s also easy to build up if you need more coverage.  A little primer before applying goes a long way and finishing with loose powder and setting spray will get you an entire day of wear easily.

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This is a great foundation if you’re looking for high coverage with an SPF.  It goes on pretty well, but I chose a horrible shade for my skin tone.  I’m sure if I get the right shade for my skin it will look A LOT better.  It’s still a great foundation and I’m able to make it work with some blending when I want a good SPF foundation.

Medium Coverage

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You guys… this foundation doesn’t even cost $5 and it’s one of my FAVORITES of all time.  It really could be considered full coverage because it’s easily buildable.  The color match is awesome, the formula is pretty thin, so it’s easy to apply, and it looks SO good on.  You can’t go wrong with this one!

Wet n’ Wild Mega Cushion Foundation60909419825__98c44055-084d-4b48-9841-7d3543af3792

I love this foundation for something different.  It kind of gives my skin a dewey look without looking like I have an oily face.  Paired with a little loose powder it goes a long way.  The only down side to this foundation is that since it is a cushion foundation, I feel like there is a lot less product in the container.

 

 

 

Light Coverage

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Last, but definitely not least, Burt’s Bees BB Cream.  I use this nearly every day, so I don’t have to be careful when I apply it.  It goes on smoothly and is practically a tinted moisturizer.  It doesn’t break out my face and usually doesn’t look super oily by the end of the day if I use loose powder after applying.  I don’t usually use a beauty blender with this and it blends great.  Don’t bother with a primer because it lasts FOREVER.  Primer usually makes this foundation settle in lines and look a little thicker than it should. A little goes a long way and as long as I have a great under eye concealer, this is great for everyday wear.

Set & Forget Roast & Gravy

Set & Forget Roast & Gravy

I’m all for easy recipes lately.  My Crock Pot and I are practically besties, so this one is a frequent go-to meal for me.  It’s easy to throw into the slow cooker in the morning, make some noodles when it’s finished, and BAM!  Meal complete!

I love when grocery stores have buy one get one free sales on roasts.  Freezer stockpile FTW!

Ingredients

  • Roast (any type or size you like!)
  • 1 can Cream of Mushroom soup (or any “cream of soup” that you prefer)
  • 1 packet brown gravy mix
  • 1 packet Lipton dry onion soup mix
  • 1 small can of mushrooms (optional)
  • 1 cup water

Directions

  1. Add roast to slow cooker.
  2. Mix soup, brown gravy mix, dry onion soup mix, mushrooms, and water together.  Pour over the roast and cook on low 8 hours.
  3. Serve over mashed potatoes or egg noodles.  Enjoy!
Southern Blackberry Cobbler juju

Southern Blackberry Cobbler juju

img_4268Any cobbler can be summed up in a few descriptive words: “Southern” and “YUM” both come to mind when I think of any cobbler, but especially blackberry.

I found this recipe from Key Ingredient. A lot of cobbler recipes I’ve found use Bisquick, which I currently don’t have on hand and hardly ever use. This recipe has ingredients I usually have on hand, so I decided to use this one and I’m so glad I did!  I adapted the original recipe for a 9″x13″ pan because who needs a small pan?

Ingredients

  • 3 3/4 cups fresh blackberries, washed
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 stick unsalted butter, melted

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, stir together berries and sugar and let it sit out for 25 to 30 minutes.
  2. When the blackberry mixture has been sitting for about 20 minutes, preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  3. In a bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, and milk with a wooden spoon. Stir in the melted butter and hand mix until the ingredients are well incorporated and you have few clumps.
  4. Pour batter into a 9″x13″ baking dish and smooth out. Pour the blackberry mixture on top and evenly distribute over the batter without stirring into the batter.
  5. Bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until golden on top. Remove from the oven and let sit for about 15 minutes. Serve warm or room temperature with warmed cream or fresh whipped cream.
Falsies I Can Get Behind – Lashes ANYONE Can Apply!

Falsies I Can Get Behind – Lashes ANYONE Can Apply!

I have what I would consider normal lashes, but I always ask people what type of mascara they’re wearing when their lashes look great and they always tell me they’re wearing false lashes.  Fail.  I’m not a false lashes person.  Don’t get me wrong… I love makeup and think it’s fun to play with and try new products, but years of dance has practically landed me in false lash trauma therapy.  I HATED false lashes during competition season.  They were easy enough to apply, but they were just a pain if they came loose, the glue dried up before the bottle was even opened, a pair ripped, whatever the reason was, they were a pain.

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Photo Credit: Target

I found magnetic Ardell lashes and thought, “Hmmm… maybe?”.  That was a big ole nope.  They stuck to each other in the middle of my real lashes.  Not attractive.  Not to mention since they’re two pairs of lashes that stick to one another just picture what three layers of lashes look like.  Like a caterpillar is attacking both of your eyelashes.  Not a good look, just take it from me.

Now, I’ve heard a lot of people talk about Silly George magnetic lashes.  A magnetic eyeliner is applied and the lashes are attracted to the eyeliner.  The lashes never seem to look too fluffy, full, or fake, so I thought I’d check this option out.  Uhhhh… $40 for fake lashes I might hardly or never wear?  Next!

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Photo Credit: Amazon

The only logical solution to my search was… AMAZON.  Amazon solves all of life’s problems, right?  Behold… the solution to all of your false lash needs.  I basically found Silly George lashes on a budget, you guys!  You should read the reviews.  It made it sound like my 2 year old could apply them and wear them for a night out.  Where would a 2 year old wear false lashes?  Why would he wear falsies period?  I don’t know… back to the lashes…

The eyeliner is easy to apply and the directions say to apply 2 coats.  I HATE liquid liner and this liner was the easiest liquid liner I’ve ever applied.  Once fully dry the lashes simply follow the liner and stay put.  THAT IS IT.  Seriously, it’s that easy.  The awesome part about this kit is there are two sets of lashes for a full, fluffy look and a set that I would consider a “daily wear” set.  They are SO good.  You can’t beat the price (it seems to fluctuate, but it’s typically around $15-20) and they’re so easy to apply.  Try them-I guarantee you’ll love them!

 

 

 

 

COVID-19 Quarantine – Day 34

COVID-19 Quarantine – Day 34

So, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately after being inundated daily with posts in favor of quarantine, in favor of governmental control of protest or corporate worship, governmental control of outdoor activities (even going for a drive in your own personal vehicle), praise for government officials who supposedly “have our best interest in mind” and how we should gladly submit to their every order because “they know best”.  I’ve also done some thinking about the numerous “Be kind”, “Is it worth arguing or losing a friend over ‘being right’?”, or “But I’ve seen first hand sick people during this situation, so [insert reason the government is justified here]” statements.

Since everyone else is entitled to their brash and harsh comments about why these officials should be praised and why I should sit down and shut up because I don’t know what’s good for myself or my family, I’ll gladly provide my opinion. Yes.  Yes it absolutely is worth losing a “friendship” over being “right” in this instance.  This isn’t about being right.  Far from it.  It is about finding out where an individual’s standards and core values lie.  When “kindness” trumps truth, this is where I draw the line.  Praising an individual (or group of people) in power because you are fearful and provide them with full control and admiration regardless of their moral integrity (or lack of), I will disappointingly, but willingly, bow out of that friendship or acquaintanceship.

Don’t misunderstand this for disagreement or healthy discussion.  Opinion is always open for discussion and healthy, respectful discussion is what creates a productive society.  Something bigger is at stake during all of this craziness, though-truth.  What is the TRUTH?  If I lose friendship because a friend has chosen emotion, political correctness, or fear over truth, then it is time for that friendship to end.  I have two precious children that I pray over every day that God will provide them with discernment.  Discernment for what is right in God’s eyes.  I pray that they will grow to be loving, God-fearing men who speak the truth.

In a time where truth is pretty unpopular, from what I can tell, stand for truth.

Set and Forget Slow Cooker Ranch Pork Chops with Gravy

Set and Forget Slow Cooker Ranch Pork Chops with Gravy

This recipe is my go-to when I forget to plan dinner.  Pork chops are often on sale, so I stock up when they are and pull them out to thaw the night before (or, let’s be honest… nothing thaws in the fridge in 24 hours… I pull them out to thaw a few days before or just throw them in frozen.  I always have the ingredients on hand, they have a long shelf life, and WHO DOESN’T LIKE RANCH?!  I found this recipe on Pinterest and it originates from unOriginal Mom.

Ingredients

  • 1 packet ranch dressing mix (or make your own – see recipe at the bottom*)
  • 1 can Cream of Chicken Soup (or other “Cream of” soup)
  • 1 can Cream of Mushroom Soup (or other “Cream of” soup)
  • 4-6 boneless pork chops (thawed or frozen)

Directions

  1. Combine soup and ranch ingredients in small bowl.
  2. Place pork chops in Crock Pot and pour soup mixture over pork chops.
  3. Cook on high 4-6 hours or low 6-8 hours.

*Ranch Dressing Mix Recipe

  • 2 Tbsp dried parsley
  • 1 tsp dried dill
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper