Wednesday, October 31, 2012

DIY Lip Scrub

Lately, I have been experimenting with lipstick and I am loving it!

I have never worn lipstick unless it was for a dance recital or Halloween costume. 

Nothing against lipstick. I've just always been a gloss girl.

Bright fuchsia is my current favorite. 

I love to wear it with a black top and my blue skinny jeans.

My lips are usually dry but between lipstick and this weather, they are in awful condition!

I have been wanting to try a homemade lip scrub for a while and just have not gotten around to it.

My cracking lips and love for lipstick are the perfect opportunity!

I read a bunch of recipes online and didn't have everything I need edfor any of them.

So...I just made my own recipe!

It's pretty much the easiest thing ever.

Here's what you need:

Granulated Sugar
Natural Honey
Lemon Juice

1. Place a large spoonful of honey into a bowl.

2. Add a smaller spoonful of sugar to the bowl. 

3. Mix WELL.

4. Add a little bit of lemon juice. FYI it's better to add not enough than too much. 

5. Use your fingers to scrub the mixture onto your lips in a circular motion. Make sure to get the corners and rim of your lips. 


Finish with a calming lotion (I used Cetaphil) or your favorite Chapstick.


If you are trick-or-treating in our neighborhood, don't bother ringing our door bell.

We are being total scrooges this year.

Leaving early tomorrow am for Atlanta means locking the doors, turning off all of our lights, and hiding in our bedroom from the trick-or-treaters!

Sorry kids.

Go visit my mother-in-law, she's right down the street! Ha! :)

Happy Halloween!!!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

How to Clean Your Makeup Brushes

Begin by gathering your makeup brushes, a wash cloth, and your makeup brush shampoo.

I use Sephora's Brush Shampoo. It's the same as what they sell online and in stores. My bottle is just old and so is the label.

Squirt a little into your hand.

Wet your makeup brush.

Swirl the brush into the shampoo in your palm. 
You will see the makeup coming off of the brush onto your hand. That's what you want. See the edge of my palm?

Keep rinsing and swirling until your brush is clean.
Don't bend your brush too much. You don't want it to lose it's shape.

I like to squeeze my brush while running it under the water.

The makeup really comes out fast after squeezing it. 

Once your brush is clean, use your fingers to smooth out the bristles and re-shape your brush.

Very important.

 Be SURE to either lay your brushes FLAT or stand them up straight while they are drying.

If they dry in a funky shape, you are going to have a funky brush. 

Repeat on all of your brushes.

I like to wash mine right after I apply my make up in the morning so I know they will be dry when I need them the next day.

My makeup artist for my wedding was religious about cleaning her brushes.

She explained that regular cleaning is the best way to make them last.

If you are spending $20 & up on a makeup brush, you might as well clean it every now and then and get your money's worth. 

Monday, October 29, 2012

Monday's Must Have

Halloween decorations

I don't have a ton of stuff for Halloween but I am trying to add a little more each year.

The first Halloween that we were married I spent about $50 on Halloween decor at Target.

Last year, I went to Kroger and Target the day AFTER Halloween and scored big time.

Target had reduced the prices of their decorations but Kroger was basically giving their stuff away for either 75-90% off or it was only a dollar.

Because I don't have a lot, this year I decided to focus on my kitchen table.

The skull on the left is a used bottle of Crystal Head Vodka. Love it! We have matching shot glasses in our freezer.

I love the creepy raven and owl too. Those were Kroger purchases. 

I used vases, candy corn, mini pumpkins, and gourds to decorate the living room.

It doesn't look like a haunted house now, but I can't wait to see how my house looks at Halloween in a few years!

Friday, October 26, 2012

5 Things I Love

Halloween skull cookies from my Mom. LOVE. Skulls represent a joke between me and my family. 

My fortune yesterday.

Loving Rachel of Pink Peonies. Her lipstick choices are killer.

My new job at Taylor Collection in Madison!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Kristen Ley & Thimblepress

Not only is she super nice, Kristen Ley is super talented.

I first met her at a photo shoot for Portico Magazine.

Her dog Willow is presh.

A little about Kristen and her business...

"In 2011, curiosity got the best of Kristen and she purchased a 1925 10 x 15 Chandler + Price from Lexington, KY and hauled it all the way back to Mississippi on tiny trailer with just one other person as her letterpress-moving sidekick. With the press acquired she decided to open up Thimblepress. The name was derived from her childhood, now continued on to adulthood, collection of thimbles from her travels. Every time she traveled to a new state she got a thimble to mark her visit. A few of them have broken from moving different places, but she still keeps her collection right in her office.
Not only is Thimblepress a letterpress studio, it is an art studio, sewing studio, design studio, woodworking studio, and basically anything creative that Kristen wants to try her hand at next. With the love of handmade, art, color and pattern, Kristen hopes to make Thimblepress a reflection of her life, love of her family, and her favorite places in the world; one of them being Mississippi."                                                                                                          

Here are some of my faves from Kristen's work:

Her state flower prints are probably my favorite at the moment.

Wouldn't it be cool to have two, one from your home state and one from your boo's home state?

What if you put it them a nursery? On a wall above the crib? Mommy and Daddy's home states?

Or what if you got three, one for the state you met, one for the state your married, and one for where you live?


The notepads are so cute. Great little Christmas gift!

You will definitely leave an impression with these dip-dyed thank you cards.
I love a good thank you note. Thanks Mom for passing down that trait. 

Mayflower print

The Oxford, MS Collection

She even makes fabulous tea towels and tank tops!

I told you she was talented.

I would remember the names Kristen Ley and Thimblepress.

And get used to them...

This girl is going places.

Visit her website here and her Etsy site here

Enjoy! I know I do!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

20% off at Haymarket Designs!

I realized after I posted today's post that Haymarket Designs is offering 20% off their entire!

Use the code : 2BDAY


Haymarket Designs

 How cute are these?

Boo Y'all? Seriously? Love that!

Haymarket Designs' products are TOO CUTE and pretty reasonably priced.

Perfect for gifts!

Most of their products are customizable with different fonts, shapes, colors, and MONOGRAMS. 

Their Halloween plates and platters are precious!

Their collegiate stuff may be my fave. Too cute!

The beach towels are perfect for bridesmaid or graduation gifts. So many styles and colors!

I believe that a cook can never have too many cutting boards. Especially these!
So could even serve on it too.

I have never seen such fabulous koozies before!

Be sure to check out Haymarket Designs

I know I will be placing my order soon!