How Expensive Is My Face?

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For those who may not have seen this post before you may be a little weirded out. This post basically sums up all of the makeup I put on my face every morning and takes tally of how expensive each of those products are. I haven’t myself run the numbers yet and I’m a bit scared to find out how much this total comes to! Stick around and find out!

Nivea’s Sensitive Post Shave Balm – $6.49

Too Faced Born This Way Foundation – $39

NYX HD Concealer – $4.99

RCMA – $12

NYX Eyebrow Pencil – $9.99

Too Faced Natural Eyes Palette – $36

Wet N Wild Mascara – $4.29

Wet N Wild Contour & Highlighting Palette – $4.99

NYC Contour Powder – $4.99

Wet N Wild Color Icon Blush – $2.99

Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray – $31

Tarte Lippie – $20

Which comes to a total of $176.73 and excuse me while I go vomit (because I’m dramatic). That’s a disturbingly high number for my face makeup! That’s not even including the large array of brushes in my arsenal. Yikes! Too bad I’m in love with all these products and refuse to give them up. I hope you all enjoyed this fun post and comment below if you have done this so I can be sure to check it out for myself!

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Christmas Tag

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I saw Be A Free Blog do this tag and I thought it was super cute and in the spirit of Christmas, I suppose I’ll do this holiday tag. (If you know me, you know I’m not the jolliest of people when it comes to Christmas. Not sure why. I just never have been!) I hope you enjoy!

1.Whats Your Favorite Holiday Movie?
Rudolf. Classic.
2. Whats Your Favorite Christmas Color?
I actually HATE the traditional green and red Christmas colors. My favorite Christmas colors are the simplicity of white and golds (as if that’s different than any other season).
3. Do You Like To Stay in Your PJs Or Dress Up For Christmas?
PJ’s but it’s a must to dress up for those cute pictures!
4. If You Could Only Buy One Person a Present This Year Who Would It Be?
I guess I would buy for my husband since he has to put up with me all year, I suppose he deserves it 😉
5. Do You Open Your Present Christmas Eve Or Christmas Morning?
My family has always opened on Christmas morning
6. Have You Ever Built a Ginger Bread House?
In elementary school…but never since then!
7. What Do You Like To Do On Your Christmas Break?
 Now that I’m a working adult I don’t get one 😦
8. Any Christmas Wishes?
 Just happiness and health to all my loved ones
9. Favorite Christmas Smell?
 I love the deep apple and cinnamon scents for Christmas
10. Favorite Christmas Meal Or Treat?
 I didn’t know this was a thing…
11. Which holiday do you celebrate?
 12. What are you doing for the holidays this year?
 Lots of family, food, and good times!
 13. What’s your favorite holiday drink?
Hot Chocolate
14. Candy cane or Gingerbread men?
Candy Canes
15. What’s your favorite holiday/Christmas song?
Not a fan…
16. What’s the weirdest gift you’ve ever received?
Not sure if I’ve received any strange gifts, people normally ask me or know me well enough to know what I want.
17. Have you ever made a snowman?
For sure! Hasn’t everyone?
18.What is your favorite winter fragrance?
 I don’t change up my scents depending on the time of year. No one has time for that!
 19. What is at the top of your list this Christmas?
Still having items open in our wedding registry made Christmas lists extremely easy this year. What I want most though would be a little help funding our honeymoon though!
20. What is most important to you about the holidays?
 Spending quality time with family and friends. Cliche, I know.

What are your answers? Be sure to tag me in your post, I would love to see your answers!

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Versatile Blogger Award


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I was nominated for another award and I am so thankful to the lovely community I have surrounded myself with that have kept my blog in their thoughts. I really enjoy this tag because it let’s you all get to know me a little bit more! Thank you so much to Simply Caylee. If she hadn’t nominated me in the first place, I would definitely be nominating her below. Go ahead and check out her blog. She is extremely creative! Enough rambling though, let’s do it!

The Rules :

  1. Thank the person that nominated you and include a link to their blog
  2. Nominate at least 15 blogs of your choice
  3. Link you nominees and let them know of your nomination
  4. Share 7 facts about yourself

Facts About Me :

  1. I have dyed my hair every “natural” color (was clown red for a while there) on the spectrum. With the exception of blonde!
  2. I work full time as a designer at an interior design firm.
  3. I didn’t really start getting into beauty and makeup seriously until about 2-3 years ago.
  4. I have never lived outside of the Midwest and would love to venture out someday.
  5. My go-to Starbucks order is an iced soy chai tea latte with light ice. (Sounds extremely basic but it is amazing)
  6. The most used app on my phone is Youtube.
  7. I prefer rain & gloomy weather to sunshine. If only humidity wasn’t a package deal with rain…

My nominees :

Becca P Beauty

Fun House Vision

Blonde’s Tea

Emaaly Maae

A Beautiful Thing

The Homemaker’s Life

From Lashes to Heels

Polished By Amy

Tea Time With Hann

Le Wendy

Be A Free Blog


A Real Wonderland

The Kristin Review

Simple Ula


Sweater Weather Fall Tag


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Today’s weather is hitting me in the fall feels and I came across this tag that I thought sounded fun and totally worked with my mood. I found this on An Endless Weekend’s page (what a great name right?!) so you can hop on over to her page after this to read her tag! Without further ado, let’s do this.

Favorite Candle Scent?

Honestly, I prefer the apple and cinnamon scents over the pumpkin spice. Any candle with either of those scents has my vote!

Coffee, Tea, or Hot Chocolate?

Tea all the way. I love tea and find I flock towards it more often than not. I normally have a green tea everyday and have been trying to incorporate lavender tea into my nightly routine for a better night’s sleep.

What is the best fall memory you have?

Yikes…I guess I don’t have a favorite. Blame it on the bad memory!

Best fragrance for fall?

Best fragrance year round, Dolce. I’m not super into switching up my scents for the seasons.

Favorite Thanksgiving food?


What is Autumn weather like where you live?

The weather is just like every other season in Iowa. 70 one day, 40 the next, little rain here, little sunshine there. You never know!

Most worn sweater?

The sweater I featured in this post (New York and Company for those wondering).

Football games or jumping in a pile of leaves?

If by football you mean tailgating and then following that up by watching the game in a bar, then football for sure.

Skinny jeans or leggings?

Leggings, jeggings if I must. I’ll always opt for leggings.

Combat boots or Uggs?

Uggs are so much more comfy, but I found myself not touching them since college. Ugh. Maybe I’ll go break out a pair now!

Is pumpkin spice worth the hype?

Plain and simple. No.

Favorite fall TV show?

I’m a sucker for the CW shows. Netflix just uploaded all of the newest seasons of everything and I’m finding it difficult deciding what to watch!

What song really gets you into the fall spirit?

Spooky Scary Skeletons Remix. You’re welcome. 🙂

What do you want to be for Halloween?

Couple costume with my fiance, Janet Snakehole and Bert Macklin from Parks and Recreation. It’s too perfect for us haha!

Hats or scarves?

Scarves, scarves, scarves

What is you #1 favorite thing about fall?

If I had to pick one, Halloween. Favorite holiday ever!


Unique Blogger Award

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It’s my honor and pleasure to share an amazing blogger, GlitsandGlamz, who has been so kind to nominate me for “The Unique Blogger Award”. She is such a sweet girl and I can’t thank her enough for thinking of me for this award! She is one of my favorite beauty bloggers and her Instagram is too cute! Be sure to go ahead and check out her page after reading. 🙂

The Rules :

  1. Share the link of the blogger who has shown love to you by nominating you.
  2. Answer the questions
  3. In the spirit of sharing love and solidarity with our blogging family, nominate 8-13 people for the same award.
  4. Ask them 3 questions.

The Questions and Answers :

  1. Where do you get your inspiration for your makeup looks?
    1. I watch A LOT of youtube videos so I get a lot of my ideas from looks from there. A couple of my favorite beauty youtubers are Casey Holmes, Jaclyn Hill, and Carli Bybel. Be sure to check out their videos if you ever need a little inspiration!
  2. How long does it typically take you to get ready?
    1. It takes me probably under a half hour from leaving my bed to leaving the house. I’ve got my routine down to a T and I love it! I love lounging in bed for an extra half hour in the morning.
  3. What’s one thing you never leave the house without?
    1. I will never ever leave my house without my phone. Cliché? Yes, but also true.

My Questions :

  1. If you could only use one beauty/make up product for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?
  2. What inspired you to start a blog?
  3. Where in the world do you most want to travel?

I Nominate :

Moments of a Mermaid

Beautify Brooke

Kawaii Peach Girl

Miss T Makeup

Styled By McKenz

Lexi Life 95

Glam Meets Girl

Writings and Worship

I love this award to get to support and showcase some of the great bloggers out their and get their unique style and writing noticed by others. I hope you all consider accepting this nomination and be sure to spread the love and support around the blogging community. Once again, a big thank you to GlitsAndGlamz for the love!


This or That Tag


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I saw laurenellen do this tag and thought it was super cute and creative. So, today I decided to give it a go! If there is a rhyme or reason to why the originating author chose the subjects they did, I’ll never know. I thought it was fun and a few of the choices definitely threw me for a loop! Keep reading to read some of my favorites!


Blush or Bronzer : Bronzer, I need it!

Lip Gloss or Lipstick : Stick. My hair sticks to gloss WAY too easily. Annoying!

Eyeliner or Mascara : Mascara. I definitely use mascara way more than eyeliner. I feel bare without it.

Pressed or Loose Eyeshadows : Pressed, I guess. I didn’t know loose was a thing?

Brushes or Sponges : Depends on what it’s for I guess…I use brushes more than sponges so brushes I suppose!



Long or Short : Long! If only I could grow them out without picking at them…

Acrylic or Natural : Natural. I love acrylic for their length but they’re so much work to keep up on.

Brights or Darks : Option C – Neutral.

Flower or No Flower : NOOOOO Flower



Jeans or Sweat Pants : Sweat Pants all day, everyday!

Long Sleeve or Short Sleeve : Long sleeve for sure.

Stripes or Plaid : Plaid. Not all stripes are flattering…

Dresses or Skirts : Skirts. More versatility.

Flip Flops or Sandals : Sandals.

Scarves or Hats : Scarves for days I’m dressing cute. Hats on days I want to be a bum.

Studs or Dangly Earrings : Studs.

Heels or Flats : Flats. As much as it pains me to say, flats are more functional for me. Heels are so cute though.

Jacket or Hoodie : Hoodie. If I’m dressing down, I’m going full bum mode!



Curly or Straight : Straight. Takes way less time to do!

Bobby Pins or Butterfly Clips : Bobby Pins. Not sure if I have ever used a butterfly clip.

Long or Short : Long. I’ve done both but I prefer long.

Light or Dark : Dark. Looks best with my skin tone. I’m not meant to be a blonde!

Side Sweep Bangs or Full Bangs : Side Sweep. I’ve never done full bangs (not after grade school at least).

Up or Down : Up. Get all this dang hair out of my face!


Well, that’s it! I hope you enjoyed reading this tag as much as I enjoyed writing it. If you do this tag, be sure to tag me!


Behind the Scenes – Blogger Tag


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I’ve seen this tag circulating the blogging community for a while and found it so interesting to see a peek behind the scenes of other writer’s blogs and lives. It is so fascinating to me how many different backgrounds, techniques, and opinions everyone else has. I’ve been wanting to do this tag for a while now and Writings and Worship finally convinced me to do it. She is such a sweet girl, be sure to check out her post afterwards. So, without further ado, let’s jump into it!

Where do you blog?

I do most of my blogging curled up on my couch in my living room. I do have a full time job and when I get home I literally melt into the couch haha! If being in the living room is too distracting, you can also find me sitting at my dining room table. (Sometimes the couch is WAY too comfy and I struggle to keep my eyes open!) Either way, I don’t tend to stray from my home too much when I blog.

Where do you find inspiration for your blog posts?

I find inspiration from life in general. Some of the time, I’ll just think to myself about things I would want to read or would enjoy reading about. A big help comes from surrounding myself with creative individuals (in real life and my “cyber” life). WordPress and Pinterest are some of my favorite sites to go to get inspiration.

How long does it take you to do a blog post?

It definitely all depends on the post. The lengthy posts where I tag multiple items can often times take anywhere from one to two hours. I don’t think I have ever spent more than two hours on a single post before!

Do you plan your blog posts? If so, why?

YES! I’m a huge planner. I love it! I feel like I would be lost or wouldn’t be as great of a blogger (not saying I’m amazing at it haha) if I didn’t plan. Planning helps me stay focused on finding inspiration dedicated towards the subjects I am going to write about that week. Also, planning helps me spread out different topics so I don’t get too many fashion, beauty, etc. posts in a row. I can’t imagine not planning!

What kind of camera do you use?

I use the ever so glamorous iPhone 6 🙂 I am semi new to the whole blogging scene, so I wanted to get a full grasp on what all I was getting into before I spent hundreds of dollars on a fancy camera.

What editing programs do you use?

Um, none really. Does that make me a bad blogger?

Do you use a notebook to track ideas?

I am a perfectionist so writing ideas down in a notebook to be erased, changed, and crossed out isn’t really my style. I do keep an ongoing list on my computer and on my phone so I can easily edit it.

Do you take your pictures?

Yes, I do take all my own pictures. Unless it is specifically mentioned in the post, (see my post Preparing For Flawless Photos for an example) I take all of my own pictures. I don’t want to gain all of my followers due to gorgeous photography that isn’t mine. It’s all me here! 🙂

What’s your favorite posts to write?

That is the first hard question of this tag…I would have to say fashion posts would be my favorite. So far, they seem to be getting the most interaction. Interacting with all the fellow bloggers out there and supporting each other is really one of my favorite parts of this experience. It’s great to write a post you are really passionate about and then have great conversation with others who geek out over it as much as you do!

Who knows about your blog?

All my friends and family know about my blog. It’s a fun part of my life and I like sharing that with them. They’ve been extremely supportive and I can’t thank them enough!

Are you an organized or messy blogger?

HAHA organized.

Biggest blogging pet peeve?

It’s such a fun expressive part of my life, I can’t think of anything I don’t like about it. Maybe I just haven’t been doing this for long enough to really know what annoys me! I’m still in the honeymoon stage 😉