WILN: Beauty Deals


| Bliss, Fashion & Beauty

When I get a day without the boys I like to visit the grown-up girl “candy stores” Sephora and Ulta. Unfortunately if you linger too long and you’ll spend a small fortune. So when I heard about these moderately priced palettes from a company called Morphe Brushes I thought the were worth a try without being a huge investment. This are a semi-new favorite for me…as in I’ve had these for a couple months but needed to decide if I liked them. When I find something I do like I want to share it hoping that maybe someone will like it as much as I do.

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I love palettes since they’re easy to travel with (and by “travel” I mean doing your makeup in the car while your husband drives…or as my mom would say “Short on time, long on good looks”). I have a couple of the Urban Decay Naked Palettes which are perfectly lovely but the price tag is cringe-worthy.

The Morphe palettes are around $20 and each comes with 35 colors…THIRTY FIVE. If I were better at math I’d tell you how many combinations that equals, but I’m not, so suffice to say A LOT. When I purchased mine they were a little cheaper and I found a coupon code (try this one for 10% off: ADOPTLOVE). So it works out to be $1.75 per color, and if your used to Sephora then you know, that’s a deal.

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I purchased the 35W palette and the 9B palette. This is how they swatched on me, I have a little bit of a tan right now and I didn’t try to build the color too much.

35W Morphe Palette

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The colors are a mix of matte and shimmers, there’s nothing really “glittery” which I like. A few are a little chalky but mostly they are nicely pigmented and easy to blend.

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Row 1:
The 2nd and 3rd color basically disappear BUT they’re good as a base on my eyelids.
LOVE the 4th and 7th as a highlighter.

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Row 2:
These browns are great in the crease and the gold and the pink are pretty.
Probably will never use that middle color though.

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Row 3:
I pretty much love all of these. I dig the iridescent pink and purple.

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Row 4:
Again, pretty browns and plums. I think some of the colors are a little too similar but I suppose if I run out I’ll have a backup.

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Row 5:
Dark and smokey. One black is matte the other is a shimmer.

Morphe 9B Blush Palette

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I use about 3 of these ALL the time. I probably won’t ever use hot pink or true red. The pans are large and they are VERY pigmented so I probably won’t have to purchase blush again…ever.

The only downside is the colors don’t have names and you can’t purchase the same colors that are in the palettes individually (but their individual colors are $2 each). I think these are a solid choice since drugstore brands can be a little bit disappointing as far as the pigments (and seriously drugstore brands aren’t that cheap anymore) but you don’t want to spend $50+.

Want to try them? Shop Morphe here. What’s your favorite beauty deal?

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Patriotic Prep – Our Festive Fourth Decor!


| Decor

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This weekend my family will be coming to visit for the Fourth of July. We’re so excited because my brother and sister-in-law are coming in for the holiday but the real the guest of honor is this little squishy cheeked boy.

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My boys are super excited to meet their West Coast cousin for the first time. We don’t have a lot planned for their visit other than hanging out and catching up so I’ve been trying to prep out outdoor space to make it a nice spot for all of us.

At the beginning of the summer all we had was a concrete slab for our patio that held the baby pool and…not much else. My husband added some shrubs and we purchased some furniture. But we still needed a little more seating and some accessories (of course).

This bench was a hand-me-down from my inlaws.

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They had painted it black to match their outside decor and I stripped and sanded it…and sanded it and sanded it…it took FOREVER. Then I stained it to match the furniture we’d bought. I made the cushion which included making the piping (NEVER again). The accent pillow is from TJMaxx (of course). As is this little glass candle holder.

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I made a couple of cushions for the furniture we already had just to add some color.

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I actually saw these pillow cases on both Jane.com and Etsy for around $13/piece + shipping. After doing a little research I found the fabric (by Premier Prints) online at Fabric.com for around $9/yard. I was also able to get the actual pillows from the same company and found a 20% off code + free shipping.

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So for $54 I was able to get enough fabric to make 8 pillow covers and 4 pillow inserts (it would have been close to $80 for JUST the pillow cases elsewhere).

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This hammock I actually bought last year right before my wreck. So I only recently finally got around to hanging it.

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Our Adirondack chairs were from Walmart. I actually was going to build my own off Ana White’s plan but I was kind of short on time and for the price these were worth it not to go thru the trouble (plus I wanted to have them for this weekend).

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I still may make some for our deck since they’d end up being around $20/chair based on her plans.

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I changed out the spring flowers for baseballs and flags. The best part is my husband didn’t bat an eyelash when I told him I needed his old baseballs to decorate with (he’s accepted it…he married a creative). He’s even used to the excessive amount of pillows I insist on placing everywhere.

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Lastly I made a couple of wreaths for our front doors. I used pool noodles since I didn’t want to pay $5.99 for some tiny forms from Hobby Lobby.

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The ribbon is from Hobby Lobby and Michael’s. I found the anchor ornaments in the dollar bin at Michael’s.

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I wanted to create something that was a happy medium between patriotic and nautical so I could leave them up for the rest of the summer.

So now we’re ready for family, fun and fireworks! What are you up to for the Fourth?

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WILN: Sunless Tanner


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If you follow me on instagram you know I recently posted about this new favorite.

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The boys and I have spent a decent amount of time at the pool and I tend to cover all of us in SPF50 but that doesn’t mean I still don’t want a little color.

I’d heard a lot of beauty YouTubers mention the Loving Tan products so I decided they might be worth a try.

The brand is based out of Australia and at the time I ordered they were just opening a distribution center in the US but everything was sold out. So I ordered from the Australian site and with the exchange rate and a discount code it ended up being the same price. I just had to wait forever to get it.

It finally arrive around mid April and I was impressed!

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I got the 2hr Express in Dark. I wasn’t sure considered ordering Medium but after seeing it I think that must be for very fair skin.

It’s a mousse and has a color guide so you can see where you’ve applied it. I just used a applicator mitt I got from Ulta. I use the exfoliator mitt from the company (it was a free gift with purchase). I lotion my ankles, hands and elbows and typically leave it on for most of a day to make sure it absorbs completely.

The Cons
● It has a faint “fake tan” smell but not overwhelming.
● It’s also definitely not the cheapest tanner.

The Pros
● The guide color makes it easy to apply without getting streaks.
● The tan lasts about 4 days after washing off the guide color.
● It fades very naturally and doesn’t break up and get patchy. After my first application it was easier to get a flawless look since I was applying it over the faded tan.

Like I mentioned, I’ve used this once a week since mid April and I still have some left in the bottle.

Great results mean it will definitely be one of my summer must-haves!

Order here: Loving Tan

Don’t pay full price! There are tons of coupon codes so just Google for one!

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