Thursday, September 6, 2012

Oh, Pinterest.

Pinterest is a good website to kill time.  I've been pinning for almost a year but it wasn't until recently that I actually used it to DO things.  Pinterest has somehow motivated me to become a tight wad (see previous post), a master chef and the queen of DIY.  I've made meals I've never thought possible, managed to start a budget and have completed enough crafts to make Martha Stewart envious.  

Here are a few favorites Pinterest has brought to my world:

Food

Beauty

Crafts

Money saving tricks

What are your favorite Pinterest goodies?

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Trying to budget.

I've come to the realization that I have been completely reckless with my finances for...oh, well, the past DECADE.  I'm 32 now and have no savings, $1000 in credit card debt, $11,000 car loan debt and I actually don't even know how much student loan debt.  This literally disgusts me.  A big motivator is that my boyfriend and I are looking to move out of the small condo (which HE owns) into a house.  Well, with figures like above, I'm not going to be any help.

I've been reading blogs, news articles and books on how to budget.  I think I have a pretty good idea on the actual process, but when it comes to follow through, usually Dairy Queen wins even though its not worked into the food budget.  I'm getting better - and all I can ask for is improvement!

My boyfriend is also a bit of a brick wall.  He makes more money and has about $3000 in credit card debt and approximately $10,000 in car loan and of course his mortgage a little over $100,000.  I've helped him create a budget and work on getting small things paid that he's been ignoring out of laziness (medical co-pays, water bill, sewer bill, etc.).  He has been extremely compliant thus far and has pretty much let me take over until he saw he had some "extra" money.  Instead of putting it in savings like I budgeted (we want to purchase a new tv - ours is on the fritz) - he proceeded to use the $200+ to spend on eBay...for stuff HE DOES NOT NEED.  Now, lets be honest, I buy more make-up that I will probably use in a lifetime - but I've gotten SO MUCH better.  I haven't purchased any new make-up in almost 90 days - this includes nail polish.  I'm really busting my ass here to make things better... I want a house!

So, while this will still be my makeup obsession blog - mostly devoted to bargains and shopping my stash - I'm also going to try and hammer out our budget.  I feel better already just by writing this - I need to be held accountable for our frivolous spending.

Help!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

FOTD: Sunday




On face: 
Almay Nearly Naked Foundation in Naked
Maybelline Dream Mousse Concealer in Light (face)
ELF Studio Complexion Perfection (set entire face)
NARS Orgasm Blush
Fresh Twilight Highlighter
Beauty Rush Soothing Lip Balm in Pink Sugar



On eyes:
UDPP
Sephora Liquid Liner in Brown
Smashbox Mother Earth Palette (2 all over the lid, 4 in the crease and 1 in the inner corner)
Revlon Grow Luscious black mascara

Monday, April 25, 2011

NOTD: Essie Absolutely Shore

I'm currently obsessing over the new Essie collection (shown below courtesy of Essie) and want to pick up every color.  I've decided to take it slow and only pick up one (for now) called 'Absolutely Shore' - the seafoam-y gray at the end.  


I wish this color photographed as nicely as it looks in person!  The formula is a little thicker than most Essie polishes, but I tend to like that because its less streaky in the end.

Seche Base and Top coats used as well.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Sunday Stack


A quick, fun photo of my bracelets I wore today.  Inspired by Jenny over at PolishandPearls.

FOTD: Easter Sunday


On face: 
Almay Nearly Naked Foundation in Naked
Maybelline Dream Mousse Concealer in Light (face)
ELF Studio Complexion Perfection (set entire face)
Hard Candy Fox in Box Blush - Smooth Talker
Fresh Twilight Highlighter
Maybelline Shine Sensational Lip gloss in Pineapple



On eyes:
UDPP
Milani Liquif'eye brown liner
Stila palette in Marakesh
Revlon Grow Luscious black mascara
Maybelline Unstoppable Eyeliner in Pink (lower waterline)

Friday, April 22, 2011

FOTD: Friday - 'Water for Elephants' Day!!




On face: 
Almay Nearly Naked Foundation in Naked
Maybelline Dream Mousse Concealer in Light (face)
ELF Studio Complexion Perfection (set entire face)
ELF Contouring Blush and Bronzer Powder (said to be NARS dupe)
Fresh Twilight Highlighter
EOS Lipbalm

On eyes:
UDPP
UD Naked Palette - Buck (crease) Virgin (inner corner)
NARS Earth Angel Duo (brown only - all over lid)
Milani Liqui'fye Eye Liner in Brown
Ardell Lashes (cut in half and trimmed a ton)
Revlon Grow Luscious black mascara


Just got back from seeing 'Water for Elephants' and CRYING.  Such a good movie and highly recommended :)