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Friday, September 26, 2014

Liquid Foundation

The long awaited post is finally here! A couple of weeks ago, I asked y'all what your favorite foundation is. Y'all gave some great suggestions, many, I have never heard of and now want to try. I absolutely love Bare Minerals MATTE Foundation but wanted to change it up a little bit and try a liquid. I bought four different foundations, in different price ranges, to see how they worked. Here's what I found:

1. Maybelline Fit Me! (4 out of 5 stars)
I've never used Maybelline foundation before but the marketing of this product made me want to try it. This was the first foundation I tried and I really liked it. It applied heavier than the other three but it looked great on. The color (I bought 235) is more "pinkish" and it blended with my skin perfectly. I foresee myself wearing this foundation when I am dressing up or when I know there will be lots of pictures taken. It gives great coverage and is only $8!

2. Cover Girl truBlend (5 out of 5 stars)
The pump on this foundation makes the application process so easy. It is extremely lightweight and one pump of foundation gives you plenty of product to cover your entire face. This product is more yellow (I bought warm beige 445) than the Maybelline but still blended nicely on my skin. This has become my everyday foundation since it is so easy to apply. At only $10, I will buy this product again.

3. bareMinerals BARESKIN (3 out of 5 stars)
With my love of  Bare Minerals, I wanted to love this foundation. I bought the special brush to go with it and every time I use it, I just don't love it. I think I bought the wrong color (I bought Bare Nude 09), although, this is the color they recommended in comparison to the mineral foundation that I use. It has a lot of yellow tone to it. It is very lightweight but requires a few layers to cover my entire face. Maybe it'll work better once I lose my summer tan...we'll see. With a $29 price tag, I think I'll stick to my mineral foundation.

4. Arbonne CC Cream (3 out of 5 stars)
I received this product as a hostess gift for holding an Arbonne party for one of my friends. I ordered the medium color since it was during the summer and I figured that would match my skin best since I am more tan during the summer months. It was actually too dark. I didn't wear it much because of the color. It applies lightweight but doesn't provide much coverage, although, it is a CC cream so it does exactly as it is supposed to. After I bought the BARESKIN foundation (which was too light) I started mixing the two and that created a fabulous foundation. I'll wear this combo when I'm having a laid back night with friends. If you prefer a CC cream over foundation, this is a great choice. It's $40 but is created with all natural products and is good for your skin. If you would like to try this product or anything from Arbonne, let me know and I'll connect you to my friend Allison who will be able to answer all of your questions.

I hope this narrowed down your foundation search!
Love, sje

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Homemade Deodorant

If you don't know already, I'll let you know that the aluminum in store bought deodorant is terrible for our bodies. Aluminum should not be in deodorant, although, if you look at the ingredients on many different brands, it is in there. I used to be that person that ignored the health risks of it because I didn't think homemade deodorant would work. "They" say it causes Alzheimer's and cancer (what doesn't?). My friend, Allison, told me that she finally found a recipe that worked on MindBodyGreen's website. I'm not ashamed to say that I smelled her underarms after a long day and she didn't have ANY odor. I was shocked and immediately asked her for the recipe. I've been using it for months now and I love it and think you will too. It is super easy and quick (about 5 minutes) to make so we have no excuses! 

1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
1/4 cup baking soda (some people are sensitive to baking soda, if that is you, only use 1 tbsp to make sure it still gets rid of the odor)
1/8 cup cornstarch
1/8 cup arrowroot powder (Allison gave me some of hers which is why it is in a plastic bag. You can buy this at any health food store.)
Essential oils of choice (optional...I didn't add any.)


Combine coconut oil, baking soda, cornstarch, and arrowroot in a mixing bowl. (It will be white...I don't know why the oil looks yellow here)

When well combined, add in a drop or two of your favorite essential oil if you decided to use some.

Pour into an old deodorant container or a small mason jar.

Put in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes. After it sets, you can leave it in your bathroom.

If you put it in a small mason jar, scoop a little out with your fingers and rub on. If you put it in an old deodorant container, put it on as you would any other deodorant. It will go on a little slimy so I always make sure to put it on before I start getting ready. That way, it has time to dry before you put on your clothes. It will also create little deodorant balls under your arms as it is drying so just keep rubbing those in as you are getting ready. 

This deodorant keeps the odor away even when you sweat, although, it doesn't help the perspiration much. I wore it all day, went to the gym, then went to a Mexican restaurant with some of my friends and didn't smell at all even though I was very sweaty.
Summer in Charleston will make anyone sweat more than usual and the store bought deodorant didn't help my perspiration either. 

The amount of money you save on this deodorant is crazy. You'll spend about $10 (equivalent to 2 store bought deodorants) on all of the products and you'll easily be able to make at least 8 deodorant containers with the size of products shown above. 

Have you ever made your own deodorant? Do you have a recipe that works? If not, try this one and let me know what you think!
Love, sje

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Booties ~ Boots ~ Anthroplogie

I am a flip flop kind of girl but as soon as the weather begins to cool down those flip flops are quickly replaced by boots. I love boots. Even though the weather hasn't cooled down here in Charleston, I can't help but swoon over fall's new boots. Below are many (definitely not all) that I am eyeing.

fall booties

12 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6

tall boots

1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6

Oh, don't think I forgot the beauties from Anthropologie! Prepare yourselves...you'll immediately want to buy all of these boots. Seriously...

Below are my favorites but you can see all of their fabulous boots here

Anthroplogie boots

....still swooning....
Aren't they fabulous?!
You're welcome.

Love, sje

Saturday, September 13, 2014

DIY: Replacing the skirt of a dress

If you like my Facebook page you saw where I was working on 3 sewing projects over the past couple of weeks. If you're counting, I've only posted 2 of those projects. The 3rd one was a little more detailed and intimidating for me to start. I took it step-by-step and allowed myself to work on it over the course of a few days and I finally completed it. One of my favorite summer dresses had a hole on the backside of the skirt. I didn't want to throw the entire dress away so I decided to replace the skirt myself. I think it turned out well!

Here's the dress:

Here's the hole:

I cut off the skirt of the dress to make my pattern. I placed the front and back of the skirt onto my new fabric (I chose a jersey knit) and cut the new fabric about an inch wider than the old fabric since I needed to sew those pieces together.

I pinned the front to the back, along the sides of the skirt, wrong side facing out.


Then sewed a straight line along both sides of the skirt.

I pinned the skirt to the top of the dress.

I held it up to make sure the skirt fell like I wanted it to.

Then sewed it together.

I cut the lace bottom off of the dress and pinned it to the bottom of the new skirt then sewed it on.

Wha-la! My new dress:

I paired it with a chunky black necklace, bright pink lipstick and a fishtail braid for the perfect vintage look.

What do you think? Do you have any dresses that you want to revamp? Let me know!
Love, sje

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Writing with a heavy heart...

Over the past few months a lot of people from my hometown have passed away. Most I didn't know well or at all. Yesterday, I learned that a friend of mine from high school passed away unexpectedly. His family and close friends have been very heavy on my heart. I wasn't sure if I was going to write about it on this blog but my mind just needed to put some thoughts on "paper."

Life is short. Even if we live to be 100 years old, it still doesn't seem like we had enough time. Why is that? Is it because we are always in a hurry or eagerly anticipating the next stage of life? Is it because we don't allow ourselves to live everyday like it is our last? I don't know.

There are no words to explain the pain someone feels when they have lost someone close to them. For some reason, the pain seems to be worse when it is an unexpected death of a young person. I haven't talked to this person in a long time but am still hurting for his closest friends and family. I know the pain they are feeling. About 2 1/2 years ago, I lost a close friend in a tragic car accident. I blogged about this here and here and here. One year after, I blogged about it again here. To this day, I still have moments where I break down into tears. I don't know if that will ever end. I'm sure I made it clear in all my posts that my faith is the only thing that helps me deal with grief. I cling tight to the Lord and He always pulls me through.

For any of his closest friends and family who might be reading this:

He was so much fun to be around and kind to every person he came in contact with. It has been a reminder to me to be more like that. I've been reminded to live everyday like it is my last and to treasure every moment I have with my family and friends. As I've read messages on his Facebook wall, it is clear how much he was loved and how many great memories he has given us. He made a positive impact on this world and will be greatly missed. You are not alone and you are being prayed for by many, many people. No matter what your beliefs, I encourage you to read through my posts about my friend who passed away a couple years ago. Those posts are raw and explain exactly how I felt during one of the saddest times in my life. I pray that they will be an encouragement to you during one of the saddest times in your life.

Love, sje

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Pumpkin Spice Pull Apart Bread

Sunday, my husband asked me to make a pumpkin flavored bread. So, where did I go to find a recipe? Pinterest, of course! I found this recipe (thanks www.cataldolife.com) to a pumpkin spice pull apart bread. I showed my husband the recipe and we were sold.

It is really easy to make and it is SO delicious. I plan to make this bread multiple times this season. It isn't healthy but it is worth every calorie. Top it with vanilla ice cream and your taste buds will thank you. 

Pumpkin Spice Pull Apart Bread
*The sugar mixture makes enough for 2 loaves*

1 16.2oz can Pillsbury Flaky Layers Honey Butter Biscuits
1/4 C sugar
1/4 C brown sugar
1 tbsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp allspice (I used pumpkin spice)
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/4-1/2 C pumpkin puree (I used 1/2 C)


1. Spray a loaf tin with cooking spray.
2. Preheat oven to 350F.
3. Mix sugars and spices in a small bowl.
4. In a separate bowl add the pumpkin.
5. Separate the biscuits and cut each one in half.
6. Dip each half in the sugar mixture and then use it to scoop a small amount of the pumpkin and place in the prepared loaf pan (make sure the biscuits at each end are only covered in sugar or the pumpkin will stick to the pan.)
7. Fill the entire loaf pan, squashing the pieces together to make room.
8. Sprinkle with some of the remaining sugar.
9. Bake at 350F for 25-30 minutes or until the biscuits are coked through and not soggy.
10. Allow to cool for a few minutes, remove from pan and serve warm!

Let me know if you make this bread and if you enjoy it as much as I do!

Love, sje

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Pumpkin Pie Protein Shake

Last week, I saw a friend on Facebook share a recipe for a Pumpkin Pie Protein Shake and I couldn't resist trying it myself. I have no idea where the original recipe is from, although, I changed it a little and truly think I improved an already delicious shake. So, below is my version. Enjoy!!

2 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk
3 Tbsp pumpkin puree
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
4 shakes of pumpkin pie spice
2 Tbsp ground flax seed
1 Tbsp honey

Pour all ingredients into blender. Add ice and blend. Top with pumpkin pie spice.

You can thank me now...or later :)

Love, sje

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Fall Trend: Leather

Leather has been a fall trend for a couple years and I'm starting to think it is here to stay. Honestly, I don't think leather falls into the trend category anymore. I think it is safe to say it has made its way into the classic category. What do you think? I love leather. You can wear leather in so many different ways. You can wear it feminine or edgy. Leather can be worn from head-to-toe and still look fabulous.

Here are some of my favorite ways to wear leather this fall:

Fall Trend: Leather

skirt / shoe / leggings / bracelet / shirt

How will you wear leather this season?
Love, sje

Product Review: Mascaras

Many of you liked my post on dry shampoo so I decided to test out some popular mascaras. I usually wear Covergirl LashBlast Volume but when it ran out I decided to try something new. "Trying something new" led to buying and trying out 4 different types of mascara. All for my readers, of course :)

In the pictures below, I did my eye makeup exactly the same way to show the true difference between each of the mascaras. We all know the models wear fake lashes when showing off these products so I wanted to test it out on real lashes. I was pretty surprised at how different these mascaras are!

1. Maybelline Mega Plush Volum' Express $7.49 (4 stars out of 5)
This product works well. It is lightweight on my lashes and enhances the volume. Nothing dramatic but I can tell a bit of a difference. It has a flexible wand which was really difficult to get used to. In fact, I almost gave this mascara away because I didn't like using the flexible wand. Luckily I didn't because I use this mascara a lot during the week when nothing special is going on. If you choose this one, give the wand some time to get used to. Now, it doesn't bother me at all.

2. benefit They're Real! $23 (5 stars out of 5)
This mascara immediately became my all time favorite. I absolutely love it. The wand has a round tip to make it easier to apply mascara to inner and outer lashes. It is light weight and adds fabulous volume and length. I get the most compliments on my lashes when I am wearing this mascara. It's a little pricey but totally worth the extra money. I save this mascara for nights out and special events so it'll last longer and I don't "waste" it on a day when I am sitting in the office by myself.  

3. e.l.f. Lengthening and Defining $1.00 (2 stars out of 5)
For only $1, this is a great mascara. It's your basic wand with a basic formula. I don't think it lengthened or defined my lashes but it does apply easily and it is lightweight on my lashes. Even though it's only a dollar, I won't buy this again.  

4. Bare Mineral Lash Domination $18.00 (4 stars out of 5)
I love Bare Mineral makeup and skincare products. I ordered foundation online and received a free sample of this mascara. I really disliked Bare Mineral's previous mascara so I was hesitant to try this version, although, I was pleasantly surprised! The brush spikes are on the wand diagonally instead of all over which help separate your lashes and spread the mascara evenly. I could tell that this mascara helped lengthen my lashes. I don't know if I'll ever buy it again but I am really enjoying the sample! 

What's your favorite mascara? 
Love, sje