Thursday, September 3, 2015

How I Organize & Prep For My Day!

I HATE to be rushed and unprepared.  It gives me so much stress and anxiety, and I am all about making my life as happy and as simple as possible.  If I am rushing and can't find my makeup, clothes, etc, you are not going to want to be around me for that day.  So, to keep away my crazy and make my life more harmonious, this is what I do.

Makeup Storage - I have a lot of makeup.  I don't have enough space in my bedroom to keep it all together, but I do have a system.  My daily makeup, and products that I have to have are kept in my vanity drawer for easy access.  This drawer pretty much stays the same except for the blushes and foundations.  I rotate blushes seasonally, and go between foundations regularly.

On my bookshelf, I keep my eyeshadow palettes, blushes that I will be using during the season, lipsticks for the season, lip glosses for the season, my L'Oreal Infallible single shadows, Maybelline Color Tattoos, and seasonal perfumes.



In my bathroom, I have a storage shelving unit that I got a long time ago at Big Lots.  This is where I keep my makeup that I won't wear during the season along with extra makeup that I have that I don't wear daily, back ups of holy grail products, and eye lashes.  I keep the top drawer for most of my hair accessories.



This system works for me, and have each drawer or storage container dedicated to particular items.  I am currently in the process of putting all my products on my snupps app, which is a catalog of whatever you choose.  This way I will know what I have and exactly what colors, so I won't buy duplicates of anything or if I run out of something, I will have my color cataloged so I can look it up while I am out.  Snupps is social as well so you can follow others and see their collections.  If you would like to follow me. I am urbanchick77.

Skin Care Storage - I have a lot of skin care that I cycle through. A lot of it I buy when it is on sale or when I have a coupon.  My extras are kept in a white storage cabinet in my bathroom and under my sink.  What I use daily, is kept in a container on a shelf in my bathroom.  I keep my am and pm skincare all together.  All I do is pull down my container, and everything is together for easy access.

Closet Organization - My closet......It is a walk-in with only my clothes in it, but it isn't big enough.  So I rotate my clothes seasonally like I do my makeup.  I keep winter/fall together and spring/summer together.  I also do this with my shoes and handbags.  My off season clothes are kept in 2 standing closets in my basement along with shoes.  It takes a few hours to completely switch everything over, but it helps keep me organized and makes getting ready so much easier.  I have been shopping for some new pieces for fall.  I have these new pieces along with a few of my favorites together and ironed, ready for me to wear.  In Ohio, the seasons can change rather abruptly, so I like to be prepared and have some things ready so I'm not scrambling at the last minute trying to run downstairs, because everything hasn't been switched over.


Laying Out My Clothes, Accessories, & Essentials - Every night, whether I am going to stay home most of the day or if I am going out on a date with my husband, I lay my clothes out.  I like waking up knowing that everything is taken care of and I can have a relaxing, stress free morning.  If I am wearing accessories and makeup, I lay all of that out also.  I also lay out my shoes, and switch out my handbag if need be.  I also lay out my son and husband's clothes, iron them if need be, and pack their lunches.

Iron When Possible - If I have an extra half hour or am watching TV or Youtube, I will sit and iron.  If I watch TV, I feel like I am wasting time, so why not kill two birds with one stone??  If my husband's clothes are ironed, I will move on to my favorite items that I know I wear regularly.

Sharpen Makeup Pencils - This only takes a few minutes to do every few weeks, but it really makes a difference.  I hate when I am doing my makeup and I have to stop , retrieve my sharpener, sharpen, and throw away the shavings.  It just messes up my groove, so while I have a few minutes, I go through and sharpen all my eye and lip liners.


Brush & Sponge Cleanings - I have 2 Real Techniques beauty sponges that I can rotate between, but at the end of the day, I do wash whichever one is dirty.  I wipe off all my brushes after every use, and wash them after a week of use.

Vitamins & Supplements - On Sundays, I refill my vitamins.  I take several supplements, so I keep them in a pill box that marks each day of the week.  I didn't always do this.  I used to pull down my big box full of vitamins and get each one out everyday, which took too much time, and I would be more likely to forget to take them.  I usually take them right after breakfast, so I don't have to worry about it for the rest of the day.


So, this is my routine and what I like to do to make my life easier.  Does it take time....yes, it does, because I also do my skincare and allergy homeopathic treatments at night, but it keeps me organized, less stressed, and gets me out the door as quickly as possible.  I actually enjoy the whole process now.  It's kind of my time to take care of myself, destress from the day, and it prepares my mind to slow down and rest.  You may not want to incorporate all of the things I do, but incorporating just one or two will make your mornings easier, and who doesn't want that?!?!

If you have any routines or suggestions, please leave them below!


Sunday, August 30, 2015

DIY - Natural Home Deodorizer

Since I have psoriasis, eczema, and severe allergies, I really wanted to start using more natural products in my home.  I love decorating my home.  I love for it to be clean, inviting, and smelling good, because I believe that your home is your sanctuary and you should always be excited to come home to it and feel comfortable living in it.

I love the typical products that most people use to make their homes smelling good, such as candles, plug ins, and scented tarts.  The problem is that many of these products bring unwanted toxins into our homes, which we breath in and it affects our bodies and skin in many ways.  Plus, these products are very expensive!  So, I decided to make my own natural room deodorizers, with products that I already had in my home.

What you will need

   - a decorative container of your choosing.......tea tin, candle container, mason jar, decorative bowl, etc.

   - baking soda

   - essentials of your choosing, such as lavender, lemon, peppermint, cinnamon, vanilla, etc.

   - a spoon




Fill your containers 1/4 - 1/3 full with baking soda.  Add several drops of your essential oil to the mixture.  I used 5-10  drops per oil.  Mix together......and voila, you are done!  You could always add ribbon, cut outs, or a fabric cover to your containers, whatever your style preferences happen to be.  This could also be a quick and easy project that you do with your little ones.

So simple, so easy, and so inexpensive, and you have a cute,  yet effective , all natural deodorizer for your home!

Friday, August 28, 2015

My August Favorites!

I don't have a lot of favorites this month, because I wasn't able to wear much makeup due to being sick, but when I was able these are the things I kept grabbing for.


-  Tarte Rainforest After Dark Palette

I used this palette a lot during the month.  It has most of your daily products all in one, which is super convenient and fast for when you are rushing out the door.  When it comes to taking care of myself, I have a routine for EVERYTHING!  The night before, I always lay out my clothes, jewelry, switch my purse out to match, and choose my makeup and lay it all out on my vanity.  I even lay out shoes, socks, and sunglasses.......everything that I can think of to make my life easier.  With this palette, I set this out and there isn't much else to lay out or choose.  Just lipliner and lipstick.  My everyday face products are kept in my top vanity drawer where I can easily get to them.  This palette can go from a neutral day time look to a smokey evening look.  I recently did a full review.  If you are interested in seeing the palette more in depth, please Click Here!

-  Maybelline's Healthy Skin Foundation

This is my newest foundation purchase.  I have a lot of foundations, and they all really have their own strengths and I love them all for different reasons.  If you are looking for a good, everyday foundation with medium buildable coverage that lasts well through out the day, I really think you would like this.  I have normal to combination skin.  I can get oil in my t-zone, but I find that this gives me a very natural/satin finish.  It isn't matte and it isn't luminous.  It feels lightweight and really looks natural on the skin.  I have worn this with a brush and a damp beauty blender.  I think it looks good either way, but lately I have really been loving it applied with the real techniques beauty sponge.  The one thing I have noticed is that this doesn't really set on me.  I have some foundations that I have to work very quickly with because they set so fast.  This one doesn't feel tacky or anything, but just doesn't seem to fully set like most foundations do.  So, I would make sure you give yourself a good powdering after application to keep it from moving throughout the day.  My favorite face powder is Too Faced Amazing Face Powder.  It does add additional coverage.  Good drugstore options are Revlon Nearly Naked (no added coverage) or Maybelline's Fit Me Powder (minimal added coverage).

-  ELF Blush Palette - Light

For the past year, I have really been loving blushes!  I have a few of ELF's blushes in my collection, but I really wanted to try the palette.  The colors are very pretty and pigmented.  They last all day for me, and you would never believe that they are only $6!  ELF has so many great products, and are priced so well, that you may find it hard to believe that they are of good quality.  It's true though! They also offer this palette in dark.  The blushes can be popped out, so you could make your own custom palette with the light and dark shades.  Included in the palette is also a full size mirror.  With the mirror and four blush combo, I think this is a great travel palette.  If you are having trouble finding this at your local drugstore, you can also purchase online at www.eyeslipsface.com.  They are always running specials and free shipping.  I have ordered from them several times.  They ship very quickly and I have never received a damaged item.


-  ELF Moisturizing Lipstick - Seduction

This is my first lipstick from their moisturizing line.  I wanted to try it, because I am more of a lipstick girl than a lipgloss girl, and I am not a big fan of matte lipsticks or matte lip creams that are so popular now.  I like a lipstick to be moisturizing and have a creme to gloss finish.  This lipstick is just that!  Very comfortable to wear and it doesn't look drying or cakey.  I also really like the color heading into fall.  It is a pink color that also leans towards berry.  I just placed an order for 2 more.  At a DOLLAR a piece, you can't go wrong!!




Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Nails Of The Week

I have always loved my gray polishes!  I just recently picked this one up at Target, and I really love it!  Great color & formula!  This is my second shade from this line.  The first color that I bought, I wasn't a fan of because it chipped so easily.  I was happy to find that this color didn't chip away!


Cover Girl Outlast Stay Brilliant - 215 Smokey Taupe


Monday, August 24, 2015

Recipe: Fruit Pizza Dessert

I rarely ever eat desserts or sweets, but once and a while I like a little something for a treat.  I don't like anything that is too sugary or chocolatey, and I 'm not a fan of peanut butter desserts, cake, etc, so when I found this fresh fruit dessert, I was excited to try it.  It satisfies a sweet craving, but isn't overpowering, and it has a light, refreshing taste.


Ingredients

 - For Crust
  
  -  Expeller Pressed Canola Oil Spray

  -  1/4 cup Expeller Pressed Grapeseed or Canola Oil

  -  1 1/2 cups granulated raw sugar OR 1 cup truvia baking blend or Stevia

  -  2 Tablespoons low fat milk

  -  1 Tablespoon pure vanilla extract

  -  3 large eggs

  -  1 cup whole wheat flour

  -  1 cup unbleached all purpose flour, plus extra for dusting

  -  1 Tablespoon baking powder

  -  1/4 teaspoon salt

For Filling

  -  1 14 ounce can coconut milk (regular, not light) chilled until solid, not shaken

  -  4 oz. light cream cheese, slightly softened

  -  2 Tablespoons granulated raw sugar or 1 Tablespoon Truvia baking blend or Stevia

For Topping

  -  6 cups fruit

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Coat medium sheet pan with canola oil spray and dust with flour.

To Make Crust:  In a medium bowl, whisk oil, sugar, milk, vanilla, and then beat the eggs one at a time.  Add flours, baking powder, salt, and stir till combined.  Do not over mix.  Pour evenly into pan and spread with a rubber spatula to completely cover the bottom of the pan.  Bake until golden, about 15 minutes.  Cool Completely and then loosen crust from bottom of pan with a spatula.  Spread filling over entire crust, and add whatever fruits you like.  I chose strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries, but kiwi, pineapple, and mango would be delicious as well.

To Make The Filling:  Using a fork, lift the solid portion of the coconut milk out of the can, and place it in a chilled medium sized bowl.  Add cream cheese and beat with a hand mixer on high until mixture is smooth and soft peaks form, about 4 minutes.  Beat in the sugar.  Spread the filling onto the crust, leaving 1/4 inch around the edges.

For The Topping:  Arrange the fruit on top of filling in any pattern you choose.  Chill for 30 minutes up to 2 days.  Cut and serve.



Yields 28 servings

Per Serving:
155 calories, 7g total fat, 3g saturated fat, 3g protein, 22g carbohydrates, 2g fiber, 29mg cholesterol.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Recipe: Healthier Jalapeño Poppers!

I love Jalapeño Poppers, but I don't like the calories and fat, so here is a healthier version that is super easy to make at home.  You get all the taste with none of the guilt!


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Ingredients

 - 8 Jalapeños, halved and seeded

 -8 oz. low fat cream cheese

 -1/2 cup sharp cheddar

 - 2 green onions

 -1 tsp dried cilanto

 -1 tsp dried parsley

 -1 tsp garlic powder

 - 1 tsp salt

 - 6 slices of bacon or turkey bacon (preferably with no nitrates/nitrites)

 - parmesan cheese

In a mixing bowl, mix all ingredients together except for the jalapeños and parmesan cheese.  Once ingredients are combined, fill the jalapeños with the cheese mixture.  Lay flat on a pan with aluminum foil.  Once they are filled sprinkle them with parmesan cheese, and bake in the oven for 20-30 minutes, until the filling starts to brown.  Let cool and Enjoy!!

Friday, August 21, 2015

Nails Of The Week


I know it's only August, but I'm feeling like fall!

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure - 255 Ginger Zinger