Friday, January 31, 2014

I Need A Snowsuit For Missouri

This week was pretty fantastic for me. Not even gonna lie. Here's why:

ONE. Found out that I will be travelling to Missouri (of all places) next month with work. I am looking forward to my time in the north, but I am not so sure about all the cold weather. Eek! Someone let me borrow their snowsuit, k?
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TWO. Ordered this book after Shayna wrote about it on her blog. I am so excited for it to arrive! How many of my bloggity friends have read this devotional? What did you learn from it?
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THREE. Hubby met Kendra Scott yesterday and I got to vicariously live through him. After he sent me the picture, I immediately called him and asked him the details. He claims that his intro to Kendra was, "My wife spends a lot of money on your jewelry." 
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FOUR. I've been uber inspired with blogging lately. Do you see how many drafts I have in my dashboard??? Mama's ready to write! This doesn't happen too frequently, so when it does, I respect the inspiration Gods and blog, blog, blog.
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FIVE. I recently picked up this Murad kit for $28 when it actually retails for $42 at Sephora.  The mattifier alone costs $39.50 for the exact same quantity (1.7 oz). I guess the stars were aligned for me to find such a nice goodie. It was all by its lonesome on the clearance rack. In my basket it went. I should probably note just how important saving money is to me. Very rarely do I pay full price for anything. Of course there are a few exceptions but those are far and few between. All y'all need to be raiding your Sephora/Ulta clearance section. It'll make you smile real big.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Beauty Favorites: Face Primers

Since I've already talked about my favorite foundations, I figured I should probably mention a few of my favorite face primers. Le duh. It's amazing that I went years without using a primer on my face. And of course, I always wondered why my makeup wouldn't stay put. Not only do primers make your makeup last on your face longer, but it also evens out skin texture so that the makeup looks more flawless. I would say foundation and primers are my most favorite beauty products!

As a reminder, when God created baby Allison, he said "Let her have oily skin. And let her have large pores." And the rest is history. So what if I blot 5 million times per day? No shame.
Rimmel Stay Matte Primer: ($7) One of my more recent beauty purchases was this matte primer. The texture is a lot different than I expected; it feels like thick lotion. But all that matters is that it mattifies my skin. Me likey.

Smashbox Photo Finish Primer: (Sample) I got this little baby size as a sample when I made a purchase at Ulta. I love the silicone texture because it's so easy to glide on.

L'Oreal Miracle Blur: ($25) This baby evens out my skin texture and I honestly feel like it blurs imperfections away too. It also has a silicon texture, which I've heard is good for my oily-skinned girls.

Hourglass Veil Primer: ($18) I wanted to try this primer out for the longest time ever so I finally decided to break down and buy the travel size. And it's completely worth the hype. When you apply it to your skin, it's silky smooth. Just like butter. The Hourglass line in general is amazing, but specifically this primer is said to absorb excess oils. Um, yes please. 

Maybelline Baby Skin Pore Eraser: ($7) Also a silicone texture, this primer acts similarly to the L'Oreal primer in that it blurs my imperfections - especially my pores. I feel less guilty about using this all the time on my face because it's so affordable. 

Benefit Porefessional: ($30) This primer actually fills in my pores rather than smooth them out like the Maybelline product mentioned above does. The texture is in between a silicone and a lotion. This has to be one of the better products I've used for my pores, if not the very best!

Don't forget to link up with Jordon today!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

DIY: Remove Wax From Candle Jar

Truth be told, I buy candles more often for the cute packaging than for the actual scent. Of course, I just happen to love the scents too, but still. When I saw this candle at Bath & Body works, I was like, "MINE!" It was in a mason jar, so clearly it was going in my basket.

Then came along this pin from Pinterest which ended up rocking my world. The pin explained step-by-step how to remove old wax from a candle jar in order to rescue the jar itself! Pleased as punch.

It's actually super easy and doesn't take much time at all. If you want to learn how to salvage your old glass candle jars, then just keep on reading!

Step 1:
Select your candle jar of choice. Remove all labels.


Step 2:
Pour boiling water into the jar. Be sure to have something underneath the jar. I used a pan. This catches the excess water and any candle wax.

Step 3:
Pour the water out and wipe the excess speckles with a towel.

Step 4:
Say "ta da" and show someone your hard work.
Husband thinks we have too many mason jars but I beg to differ. Is there even such a thing? As Alan Jackson once said, "too much of a good thing... is a good thing."

Monday, January 27, 2014

ABC's of Me: About Me

Of course I've seen these ABC's of Me floating around the WWW for quite some time, but I couldn't handle some of the ridiculousness of the original versions that I've seen. (For example "B" stands for "bed size." Umm what? Who cares?) Thus, I created my own. Don't get it twisted - it took me two freaking hours to fill this bad boy out. That's dedication. Anyways if you want to bum this off me, by all means go for it.

A - Age: 26.
B - Birthday: March 13.
C - Color: Blue is my favorite quickly followed by pink!
D - Drink: Topo Chico.
E - Eyes: Big and brown.
F - Flashback: Pogs and slap bracelets.
G - Gent: Hubby Ross.
H - Hobby: Blogging and shopping. Most perfect combo ever.
I - Indulgence: Donuts for dayssss.
J - Job: Advisor by day, blogger/graduate student by night.
K - Kiddos: Anxiously awaiting the day we can become parents.
L - Love: Comes from the good Lord above.
M - Music: All country music, but primarily 90's country.
N - Nation: The great U-S of A. I heart the red, white, and blue.
O - Overstock: Too many nail polishes.
P - Pets: Layla and Zoey - our pride & joy.
Q - Quote: "Happy girls are the prettiest girls." -Audrey Hepburn
R - Residence: Austin, TX.
S - Siblings: 3 brothers & 1 sister + my sisters in the bond (shoutout A Chi O!)
T - Temperature: 80 degrees year 'round would make me smile.
U - University: Sam Houston State, my perfect Alma Mater.
V - Vehicle: Honda CRV, which we bought just last year. I love it!
- Want: A whole heck of a lot of stuff (here).
X - X: The worst letter of the alphabet.
Y - Yuck: Spiders and roaches.
Z - Zodiac: Pisces.

And because there is no such thing as a good blog post without a picture, enjoy this one of baby A.
I'm tellin y'all... I was meant to be a momma. Look at how I'm holding my doll's head.

Friday, January 24, 2014

When Texans Get Ice

When Texans get ice, we call it snow. Because we can. And we cancel school and work. Because we forget how to drive. So instead of sleeping in like I would normally love to do, I woke up giddy and took pictures.
We also let the pups out to play in it, however they were not having it. They both completely forgot how to use their legs. Here's a cute little video of Zoey hobbling around the yard. 

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Beauty Favorites: Skincare

I probably have the world's oiliest skin... ever! You have no idea. Especially when I get stressed out; it's even worse. I might go so far as to say that my skin gushes out oil. (Ew... I know!) The only perk that I can think of is that I will (hopefully) wrinkle less as I age since my skin is so moisturized. Is that even the right word I'm looking for?!? What I'm trying to say is that I hear dry skin = more wrinkles. But don't even get me started on acne scars. Oily skin means more breakouts, which means scarring. Not cool.

All that being said, when I look for products to use on my skin, they have to be oil-control! Nothing else will do. I think I have my skin care regime pretty set, but I do like to switch things up every now & again.

First and foremost, here's what the Mrs. side of the counter top looks like. On the left, I have my lotions and facial scrub. On the right, I have my two favorite cleansers.
I switch out which cleaner that I used based upon the day. For the days that I am not showering in the morning, I use the DDF Foaming Cleanser. This stuff is my HOLY GRAIL! Out of all of my skin products, it's my absolute favorite. It does wonders on oily skin because it really mattifies everything. On the days that I have showered in the morning, I use the Purity Cleanser. I love this stuff, and I only recently started using it. I scored 6 of these bad boys from Black Friday. They were only $10 a piece! Regularly, they are much more expensive.
My lotions also change depending on how my skin is acting. The one constant is the Cetaphil DermaControl Oil Control Moisturizer. I use it everyday. I use the DDF Advanced Firming Cream on my neck area. I feel like this really tightens my skin! Another one of my more used products is the StriVectin-SD Intensive Concentrate. I usually only put this under my eyes and on my forehead. Other (pictured) products that I use when switching things up include: Michael Todd Jojoba Charcoal Facial Scrub, DDF Benzoyl Peroxide Gel, another StriVectin product that is no longer sold, Murad Acne Spot Treatment, L'Oreal Youth Code Texture Perfector, and I also keep my hand sanitizer next to my lotions in case I need it.
 
Of course, I couldn't forget about my Clarisonic! I do love this bad boy. When I first got it, I was using it every day (in the evening time). But I recently stopped using it so frequently. I think I was over-exfoliating. Now, I only use it twice per week. I think that's the perfect balance for my skin.
All in all, I wash my face in the morning and the in evening, and even though I hate putting moisture into my skin (since it's so oily), I also moisturize twice a day. I do still have breakouts, but this routine works well for my skin! If you're in a similar boat with oily skin, I would definitely recommend these products.

Another note I wanted to mention is that I never ever ever purchase these products at full price. As you may see from the links, some of them are really expensive, reaching upwards of 130ish dollars. More times than not, these products can be found at Marshal's, TJ Maxx, or Ross Stores. Feel free to thank me now or later. Either way is fine. Ha! But seriously.

So what are your holy grail skincare products? I love hearing what other people use and more about their skin! Also, don't forget to link up with my girl Jordon today!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Wedding Wednesday: The Dress

Growing up, I was one of those little girls who always dreamt about getting married. I would envision my future groom, the number of bridesmaids I would have, and of course what my dress would look like. And as my planning would have it, the split second I saw my dress hanging on the rack at Lulu's Boutique, I just knew! I KNEW it was the one. It was a special feeling.
Just moments after momma purchased the dress for me. The sales associate blew bubbles in celebration!

The thing is: Everyone has a different vision in their mind. My vision just happened to be that I would be married in a beautiful plain, white, simple dress. And that it was. Plus, I knew I wanted to wear some big ole fancy earrings and I didn't want the dress and earrings to both fight for attention. 
My dress made me feel more beautiful than I've ever felt in my life! I also knew it would look more on the traditional side in photos for years to come. And that was really important to me!

Now that you know what I was looking for in a wedding dress, what made you pick your style of wedding dress? And if you're not married yet, what are you looking for in a future dress? It's okay to plan for your futuristic wedding! In fact, I think you should definitely do that.

Today I'm linking up with Jordon and Meredith

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

DIY: Lip Scrub

At one point in time, I must have unknowingly signed up to receive a magazine subscription. Either that, or I somehow managed to get free magazines mailed to me. But that's neither here nor there. Now that I receive magazines in the mail, I love reading them. It's kind of my weekend thing. While I was flipping through one of the mags last week, there was an entire beauty section that caught my eye. One aforementioned was an at-home lip scrub/exfoliator.

I had recently purchased a tub of Coconut Oil and hadn't used it as much as I originally planned, so when I saw this recipe called for that ingredient, I jumped right on it. It takes like 2 seconds to make and smells so so so good.

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons Sugar
1/2 teaspoon Coconut Oil
When I used the product on my lips, I instantly started craving Girl Scout Cookies (Samoas). Oh, the temptation! But I basically scrubbed my lips for about 15 seconds, and then rinsed them off with warm water. Next, I applied some lip balm and was all done! I loved the way it left my lips feeling. They were baby soft!

I personally liked doing this way better than using my $3 e.l.f. lip exfoliator. The Coconut Oil in the at-home recipe just made my lips that much softer. Definitely give it a try and see how you like it. There are a ton of different recipes out there, I just found this one to be quick, affordable, and tasty!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Campus Book Rentals

As most of y'all know, I am smack dab in the middle of my graduate program. Later this year, December to be specific, I will be getting my Master's degree. Yep, it's pretty exciting! But of course, school isn't cheap. And really, textbooks are totally overpriced in my opinion. So when I found out about CampusBookRentals.com, I had to share the news!
Campus Book Rentals offers 40-90% off of normal bookstore prices when you use their site. Annnnddd, it's free shipping! I am SUCH a sucker for free shipping! Another great thing? If you aren't satisfied, you have a 21-day period of return!

I also have to mention something really cool. When you rent from their site, they donate to Operation Smile, which I've talked about on my blog before. Operation Smile does amazing things for children and you can read all about it here.

And of course, I have to mention a new program that Campus Book Rentals offers which is called RentBack. It allows students to rent the textbooks that they own to other students. This means more money in their pocket - 2 to 4 times more money compared to selling the book! This video explains it all:
If you're in school now, or know someone who is, you definitely need to take advantage of what Campus Book Rentals has to offer. Why pay more to buy books when you can rent them? It's a no-brainer!

Friday, January 17, 2014

Y U No Speak English

Pretty much all day on Wednesday and Thursday I thought it felt like Friday, so I am pretty stinking happy that it's finally here. One of my favorite beauty vloggers (here) always says the funniest things in her videos. She says (over and over) "Y'all ready for the weekend baybay? Y'all ready for the weekend?!" haha. Funny stuff. Anyways, let's get down to Five on Friday!

1. AMERICA. I love the USA (duh). I mean, I talk about this entirely too much. Or do I? One exciting thing on my 30 Before 30 list is to host a Fourth of July party. And that, my friends, is happening this year! *Insert pure excitement* Thus, I ordered the Save The Dates to be sent out soon. EEK.
2. GFC. I've been having the world's biggest issues with Google Friend Connect lately and my BFF, Google.com, helped me out. I am SO thankful for Google. Seriously. I came across this blog and it helped to restore my Google Friend Connect gadget. I'm feeling pretty accomplished!
3. INSURANCE. Strangely enough, even at 26 years old, I don't totally and completely understand Insurance and all the jargon that goes with it. I told her that I don't speak the language of her people. Just kidding - I didn't say that. But yea, long story short: I called my heath insurance company to ask some questions about my coverage and I was excited when they said that they cover 50% of fertility treatments (if it comes to that!) We will only pursue fertility treatments if we're not preggo in 2014... so we'll see. If you want to read more about our TTC experience, go here and here.
4. WEEKEND. I guess this weekend will be a re-do of last weekend in that I'll be getting my drink on again. I got a text asking if we were up for going downtown and since school just got started, I figured "what's one more weekend out?" Plus, I can fully commit to school work on Sunday and still be okay!
We're here to f*** $h*t up.
5. COOKIES. Welp, I had my cheat day of eating gluten filled girl scout cookies. But I am dunoz with gluten from here until 2015. Yep, you read it here first folks. I am dedicating the rest of the year to being Gluten Free! I am totally and completely confident. It's not even going to be that hard for me considering my favie foods actually don't contain gluten anyways. So ... hoorah for me!