11.22.2017

21 Things to be Thankful For

Aghhh, I love the holidays and tomorrow is Thanksgiving!! As I've said before, we're hosting Thanksgiving and I could not be more excited. So, to get us into the Thanksgiving spirit (yay!), I thought I would share this list of things to be thankful for!
  • Your family
  • Your health 
  • Good hair days 
  • Hot showers 
  • Old pictures 
  • Freshly baked cookies 
  • Comfy sweats 
  • Friends who make you laugh 
  • Completed to-do lists 
  • Free shipping (and returns) 
  • Long weekends 
  • Texts that make you smile 
  • Fits of uncontrollable laughter (#me) 
  • Books that makes you want to snuggle under the covers 
  • A fresh coat of nail polish
  • Homemade meals 
  • Throwback songs 
  • Spellcheck
  • Nights out with friends.....and
  • Nights curled up on the couch 
  • Yourself 

Ok, so I know that this is kind of a silly list, but I think it's so important to remember to be thankful for all the little, random things in life. Let me know other things you guys are thankful for down in the comments, I'd love to read them! 

XOXO,


Samantha


P.S.

Ok, now I'll share a more "real" thing that I'm thankful for (not that everything else on this list isn't completely valid).

Anyone Who Has Every Supported/Encouraged/Helped Me - This was a pretty rough year (I'm not quite ready to share yet, but I'm getting there), and I am beyond incredibly grateful for every single person that helped me through it. I don't always accept help gracefully (I know, I know, I should work on that), but I am honesty so thankful for it. 

11.21.2017

Favorite Cream Contouring Products

Hi guys!

Over the past few months, I have integrated cream contouring into my everyday routine. Cream contouring is something you either love or hate. Yes, sometimes it isn't time efficient, but with practice, I find this to be the best and easiest way to contour quickly.

Today, I wanted to share my favorite cream contouring products: product and tools. I have not branched out and tried everything on the market, but out of the products I have tested out, these are my favorites.

-Fenty Beauty Match Stick in Mocha- The DAY Fenty beauty came out, I bought this cream contour. I was so excited to branch out and try high end contour sticks. First of all, Rihanna killed it with the shade selection on everything, so you are bound to find your perfect contour shade. In addition to launching separate contour sticks, you can always use a concealer stick a few shades darker to create the illusion of shadows. I love this contour stick for two reasons- 1. the shade and 2. how easy the product is to use. When people were reviewing these match sticks, the #1 complaint was that the product was stiff. I agree, I would never use this under my eyes as concealer for this reason. On the other hand, I do this a drier formula works perfectly with cream contouring. I take this stick and swirl it on the areas I want to contour (instead of swiping lines). I never get harsh lines and I am always able to blend out the product. (I'll talk more about the tools I use later in this post).

-Wet N' Wild Contour Stick in Where's Walnut- So unlike the Fenty match sticks, the WNW line only has 3 shades. Also unlike Rihanna's line, the WNW sticks cost $3. These contour sticks are very creamy (so less is more), but very blendable. I don't love the shade range for when I am fair, but when I have a tan these look beautiful. If you have a medium to deep skintone, I recommend checking these shades out. My only complaint about this product is that I have found myself in situations where the contour looks unblended. If you are a complete beginner at cream contouring, I would use the Fenty sticks or the product I will recommend next, but if you have some experience I really think these sticks are great products. Oh also, who doesn't want to save $$ on everyday essentials?!

-ELF Aqua Bronzer/Blush Duo in Bronzed Pink Beige- Unlike the two mentioned above, this product is a cream bronzer in a palette (meaning not in stick form). I really love this product because of the way it looks on the skin. When I want an all-over bronzed look, this is the product I go for. The blendability is incredible and the color is gorgeous (there are 3 other color options as well). Another plus, only $6 and will last you much longer than a contour stick!!

For the tools I like using....

-ELF Foundation Blurring Brush- I use this brush for absolutely everything-- Cream Bronzer, Blush, Foundation, Concealer... I love this shape and the way it blends product. Whether I am using the ELF cream bronzer or a contour stick, this brush never fails me. Like the bronzer, this brush is only $6!!

-Moda Contour Brush- A few weeks back, I posted a review on the Moda "Oval" Brushes. I mentioned this one was my favorite, so I figured I would mention it again! This too blends out product like a dream, and is not very expensive!

-Eco tools blender sponge- This has become my new love for everything! and cream products are no exception. I love using this most with the Fenty Match Stick because the moisture in the sponge helps blend out the product. The sponge itself is one of the softest I have ever tried, AND IT IS DRUGSTORE!!!!

Rereading this post, I realize that most of these products are drugstore! Yay affordable makeup!

Let me know what your thoughts on cream contouring are, and what products you love to use!

Thank you so much for reading and I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving! Eat a piece of turkey for me :)

XOXO,
Jordan

11.17.2017

EXCITING NEWS

Happy Friday!

Today's post is especially exciting since it involves a fun collaboration. The Famer App reached out and asked if we wanted to share a challenge! 

Famer is a video challenge network that allows you to post videos to challenges in all sorts of categories and even create challenges of your own. Winners of the Famer challenges win actual prizes - 1st place gets a $50 Amazon gift card, 2nd place gets one for $25 and 3rd place gets $10. So if you rank high in our challenge you could be one of the happy winners! 

Visit www.famer.us to download the app! 

Love you guys, and have an amazing weekend.

XOXO,
Jordan

11.15.2017

Day After Thanksgiving Breakfast Hash

We spend so much time and energy planning Thanksgiving dinner, that we can often forget about the next morning. After a full day of cooking, entertaining, and eating, no one really wants to wake up early to make a big breakfast. Today I thought I would share a recipe for Thanksgiving Breakfast Hash, using any leftovers from your Thanksgiving meal!


Ingredients:
  • 3 cups cooked, shredded/torn, turkey 
  • 2 cups leftover mashed potatoes or roasted potatoes 
  • 2 cups chopped veggies (green beans, peppers, peas, onions,... whatever you have available)
  • 2 cloves garlic 
  • Salt + pepper to taste 

Directions: 
  • Place a large skillet over medium heat. 
  • Add the turkey, potatoes, veggies, and garlic to the skillet.
  • Stir often until heated through (about 5-8 minutes). If you're using mashed potatoes, break up the pieces as they heat up and they will form hash-brown like potato bits. 
  • Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve hot and enjoy! 

OK, so I know this seems like a ridiculously easy recipe, and that's because it is! This is super customizable, add in any random leftovers you have! Let me know what your favorite combos are, I'd love to hear them! 


XOXO,

Samantha 

11.12.2017

What Different Shaped Makeup Sponges Are For

I've been on a kick with posting about makeup sponges recently, I really have no idea why. Today I thought I would do more of an informative post, talking about why there are approximately 10 million shapes of makeup sponges. I'm all for multi purposing, so this post is in no means saying that this is the only use for each type of sponge, its just a general guide.


  • Blender/Tear Drop Sponge - This sponge is the classic beauty blender sponge shaped like a fat tear drop. It's perfect for blending out liquid foundations or concealers over large areas to give an airbrushed finish. If you're just starting out, this is the sponge I recommend. 
  • Contouring Sponge - These sponges are the flat ovals or teardrops meant for contouring. These sponges are perfect for highlighters or bronzers and can be used with either liquid or cream products. 
  • Tapered Point Sponge - These are the sponges that come to a very thin point at the end. These are great for concealer because you get into really precise areas (like under your eyes).
  • Cosmetic Sponge - These are your generic all purpose sponges. Again, they're good for covering large areas, but due to their fat shape you can't get as particular as you can with a blender sponge. 
  • Cosmetic Wedges - These wedge sponges are cheap and available at almost every single drug store. These are perfect for liquid products, and they don't absorbs as much product as some of the other sponges which is great to save product. 
  • Flat End Sponges - These sponges are basically a combo or cosmetic wedges and the blender sponge, so again, they're great for "airbrushing" large areas. 
So there you have it, some of the most common makeup sponges on the market. I personally love the classic tear drop sponge, I think it's the most versatile and I use it almost every day for a smooth foundation look. Let me know in the comments below which sponges are your favorites! 

XOXO ,


Samantha 

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