Luau Cupcakes

I’ll never forget that one summer day in 1999.  As my friends and I stood in our caps and gowns, happy tears rolled down our faces as memories of the past four years ran through our minds.  We did it!!  We graduated high school and were off to Hawaii to enjoy our last summer together before going off to college.  Thinking about it now gets me a little teary eyed. :)

So when my friend wanted luau cupcakes for her daughter’s high school graduation party, it brought back wonderful memories.

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I hope you all have a fun and safe 4th of July!!

Closet Reorganization

Mel and I have been doing some small projects around the house and one of them is to reorganize our closets.  When we moved into our house four years ago, I rushed into purchasing closet shelving and settle for the ClosetMaid Impressions Closet Kits.  Although they work fine, I wish I would’ve thought it out more and planned the space better.  Instead of spending money and purchasing new closet systems, we just rearranged some things.

BEFORE

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What I hated the most about the old setup was that I had a lot of clothing that didn’t necessary need to be hung.  For example, cardigans, sweaters, plain cotton tank tops, and casual shirts.  However, the stacks of clothes sitting next to each other would get messy so easily.

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To get started, I emptied the shelves and sorted everything into categories.

AFTER

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We removed the shelving on the left wall and replaced it with the Expedit Shelving Unit (now called the Kallax Shelving Unit) from our office that we weren’t really using.

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Now there are different compartments for each category.  I also like the option of displaying things on the top of the shelf later on if needed.

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On the opposite wall, we removed the closet door and it really opened up the space.  There are 4 sections for clothes that need to be hung and having the door gone makes the clothes more accessible.  The center shelves hold some purses, bras, a basket for underwear, and swimsuits.

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Next up is Mel’s closet.  Yikes…

Favorite Beauty Products

I visited my parents a few weeks ago and forgot my foundation at their place.  Instead of going out and buying another one, I used the other foundations I had.  After a couple of days, I couldn’t take it and had to buy another one.  While I love trying new beauty products, there are a few items that I keep repurchasing time and time again.  With so many great beauty products out there, it really says a lot when you continue to repurchase a certain product.  Below are 10 products that I just can’t get enough of.

foundation2BareMinerals Original SPF 15 Foundation
I have very sensitive skin and no matter how many foundations I try, I keep coming back to this one.  I prefer a more natural look and this mineral foundation gives a flawless finish without feeling heavy.  I love the versatility because you can achieve a light coverage for an everyday look or full coverage for a night out.

pure radiance2BareMinerals All-Over Face Color in Pure Radiance
This is my go-to blush/face powder because it’s a soft wash of color for those days when you don’t want a bright cheek.  Sometimes I’ll also put a light layer over a darker blush to blend it out (similar to how you would put a light, pale lip gloss over a darker lipstick).  It blends beautifully and has a touch of shimmer for a dewy glow.

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H2O Plus Face Oasis Mist
Since I have dry skin, my face can have dry patches after I apply foundation and blush.  This face mist sets my makeup and turns the powdery look into a nice dewy finish. It’s amazing how it blends all of the mineral makeup while also hydrating your skin.  I use a very light amount of mist.

olay fluid2Olay Active Hydrating Beauty Fluid & Olay Hydrating Facial Cream
Since I was a little girl, my mom has used Olay moisturizers and has amazing skin.  Although I’ve tried lots of moisturizers, I always come back to Olay.  Last year, I tried a new moisturizer and my skin broke out so bad that I was scared to put anything on my face.  The only thing I trusted was Olay because I knew how gentle and wonderful it was.  Since then, I haven’t used anything else.

milani eyeliner3Milani Eye Tech Extreme Liquid Eye Liner in Blackest Black
My eyelids get oily as the day goes on and causes my eyeliner to smudge in the outer corners…not cute when you’re going for a crisp cat eye.  I don’t like to bother with eyelid primer on a daily basis so I need an eyeliner that will stay put.  This eyeliner does the trick and by the end of the work day, no gross eyeliner gunk in the corner of my eyes.  The felt tip allows you to get a very fine flick on your cat eye, which is a must for me.  It’s also very dark and opaque.

lash discovery2Maybelline Lash Discovery Mini Brush Washable Mascara in Very Black
I use two different mascaras.  One for my top lashes and this one specifically for my bottom lashes.  The mini brush is perfect and doesn’t give you clumpy bottom lashes.  Instead, you can get every single lash and they all look defined.  My dear friend introduced me to this back in college and I’ve been using it ever since.

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Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover
I have loved this product since high school because it gets the job done!  I’ve heard so many great things about Bioderma that I just had to compare the two.  While Bioderma worked OK, it did not melt away my eye makeup as easily as the Neutrogena remover.  I also had to rub a lot harder with the Bioderma.

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Ardell Demi Wispies Lashes
These are great because they really extenuate the eyes without looking too bold and obvious.  Love.

 

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MAC Viva Glam V Lipstick
I’m not a lipstick kind of gal, so when I use a full tube of lipstick I must love it.  I’m already on my third tube of this.

 

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Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Spray
A no-fuss product that works great.  My hair is very fine and this spray doesn’t weigh it down.  I’ve used this since college and have probably gone through 30 bottles.

 

And those are my favorite beauty items.  If you’re ever looking to try a new product, I’d definitely recommend any of these.

Now I’m off to clean and organize the closet.  Stay tuned for a future blog post.  I hope you’re all having a great weekend!