Best of Beauty 2016

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season and is preparing for the end of 2016! This year has been so amazing filled with unforgettable memories and moments. Just when we thought this year couldn’t get any sweeter I learned that I was pregnant!! We are so beyond thrilled and can’t wait for 2017!

With the New Year just around the corner I wanted to come on here and share some of my favorite beauty products from this past year. I’ve definitely tried some products that I would probably never use again but others that I will be replacing over and over again! 

Let’s start with hair first! I try to take great care of my hair. I am constantly having to color my roots because I grow a lot of gray and because of that I make sure to show extra love to it! The shampoo I have been using for the past 6 months is L’oreal Pro Fiber Recover Shampoo. This shampoo has legit changed my hair. You will immediately notice the difference in your hair from the first time you use it! It’s almost like you can feel the strengthening of each strand of hair. I can’t see myself using another shampoo for awhile now. I also always feel like after using a shampoo for awhile my hair gets used to it and that hasn’t happened at all. 
Best of Beauty 2016 L'oreal Pro Fiber ShampooMy next favorite hair product this year is my GHD Eclipse hair straightener. I invested in a great hair iron instead of going for the typical drug store/beauty store irons and there has absolutely been a difference in my hair from breakage to shine. If you are someone who uses hair tools frequently then you need to click the link and read all about why GHD hair tools is a company you need to invest your money in!
Best if Beauty 2016 GHD Flat Iron Now if I were to really keep up with my hair color I would have to color my hair every 3 weeks. That’s a ton of hair color and money! I needed to find something to help those in between colors. I’ve tried color sticks in the past but I was never in love with anything. Then I randomly saw an ad on Instagram for the Rita Hazan Root Concealer. I figured I would give it a try and I’m so happy I did. It has made a huge difference! Especially during my first trimester when I went three whole months not dying my hair! It’s super easy to use I even have my husband spray it on me!
Best of Beauty 2016 Root Concealer

The last hair product I’m going to talk about is the Moroccanoil Hairspray. I am not one for putting too much product in my hair but this spray is amazing. It’s not only brushable but it doesn’t leave your hair stiff at all and it smells AMAZING!! I swear I think I use it more for the smell then anything else! If you’re looking for a spray to help hold your style without any crunch this is the spray for you!
Beast of Beauty 2016 Morrocanoil Hairspray

 Next up is skin care. I have tried so many different types of moisturizers, creams, face masks and all and to be honest with you I always felt like they really didn’t leave me feeling like they were making a big difference on my skin. So at the start of 2016 I promised myself that I would take better care of my skin so I started to get a microdermabrasion every month along with laser genesis which helps with your skins texture, fine lines, wrinkles, large pores, the list goes on and on! I definitely found these facials to make a difference in my skin but I began using some products at home to help maintain the good work my esthetician was doing.
The one area I really began focusing on was helping to reduce my melasma which I have on both sides of my cheeks. I did some research and found Meladerm and began using it and I definitely started to notice a difference. I discovered I was pregnant about 2 months after I began using it so I stopped and I’m hoping the pregnancy doesn’t make it worse since melasma is usually brought on by a change of hormones. Best of Beauty 2016 MeladermAnother must have product I discovered this year were these Cane + Austin glycolic pads. I started using them once a week and then once my skin got used to them I increased to twice to week to then every other day. I make sure to exfoliate my skin and without using any other products on my skin I wipe all around and then go to sleep! Best of Beauty 2016 Glycolic Pads This next product is something every woman needs to have!! I have tried so many eye creams. Some have had no effect. Others worked so-so but refused to work with my concealer. This eye cream has been a life changer! It’s the Fresh Black Tea Age-Delay Eye Concentrate. My best friend turned me onto this product and I’m so glad she did. When it claims to reduce puffiness it is not lying! I can’t remember the last time I saw any puffiness under my eyes and my dark circles have visibly started to disappear. It is a bit pricey but if it works, it’s worth it and a little goes a long way! 
Best of Beauty 2016 Black Tea Eye Cream

As far as body care, my go to body lotion has been Beauty Counter’s Hydrating Body Lotion. It was a no brainer switching to a Beauty Counter product since all of their products are clean ingredients free of all toxins and chemicals and I put lotion all over my body everyday after showering. Plus it smells fantastic! 
Best of Beauty 2016 Beauty Counter Hydrating Lotion

My makeup picks are only a few. I have some major ride or die makeup products that I could do an entire post on. For today I am just going to stick to products that I’ve discovered this year, whether old or new that I love. Starting with foundation. For the high end product I have to go with Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation. I’ve always heard great things about this foundation and I finally bit the bullet and purchased it. I want it in every shade! It leaves your skin glowing and beautiful. Totally worth the splurge!Best of Beauty 2016 Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk FoundationMy go-to drug store foundation has always been Revlon’s Colorstay foundation but this year L’oreal came out with their Infallible collection and it is amazing! There is the Pro-Glow, Pro-Matte, and more recently Total Cover. They each offer a great formula whether you are looking for a dewy finish, a matte look or want to make sure that you’ve got full coverage. The formula is light-weight and they come in a wide range of colors! 
Best of Beauty 2016 Infallible FoundationBest of Beauty 2016 Infallible FoundationBest of Beauty 2016 Infallible FoundationI’ve always been a soft pinky nude lover for lips! Blankety by MAC is my favorite lipstick ever. This year liquid lipsticks were all the rage so when NYX came out with NYX Lip Lingerie I went a little overboard and grabbed a whole bunch! My favorites that I have used over and over were #11 Babydoll, #7 Satin Ribbon, and my favorite of them all #3 Laced Detail.
Best of Beauty NYX Liquid Lipstick

 I’d love to hear what beauty products made your best of list! 

Copycat Target Christmas Tree

So I have this thing with DIYing. I love it! I know that most people would much rather just buy something but if I see something that I like I immediately ask myself, “Could I make that?” Most of the time the answer is yes but what really depends is how hard will it be and would it cost me more to make it then if I just bought it? 
That didn’t change a few weeks ago when I was in Target buying toothpaste but walked out with $200 worth of things I didn’t really need..or did I? 
While there I spotted these trees…
DIY Target Copycat TreeKnowing that in our garage we had a stack of shims I knew I could make a version of this and that’s exactly what I did. I grabbed a hold of the shims along with some leftover chalk paint and a box cutter.DIY Target Copycat TreeThe thing about shims is that one side is pretty thin and the other rather thick so using a box cutter I just starting cutting the thin side into the pieces I would need.DIY Target Copycat TreeDIY Target Copycat TreeNext I painted the pieces. I wasn’t trying to be perfect by any means just getting a coat on.DIY Target Copycat TreeDIY Target Copycat TreeThen, using a tree form I purchased at Michael’s and a hot glue gun I started layering the pieces all around starting at the bottom. There often were spots that needed a filler so I cut a shim to make it work.DIY Target Copycat TreeOnce that row was done I started with the next row and then the next row making sure to overlap.DIY Target Copycat TreeThis next part was a blogger fail because I finished the whole thing and didn’t take a picture when I got to the top but the finished product should give you an idea of what I did. When I reached the top of the tree I used pieces that were cut triangular so that the top came to a point. Once I finished I took some metallic paint and roughly painted the bottoms of each shim.DIY Target Copycat TreeHere’s the finished product. Not to shabby if I may say so myself! Now I know that it doesn’t look identical to the Target one but DIYing isn’t about perfection, it’s about making it your own!
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Buffalo Plaid Christmas Chargers + Tablescape

During this time of year I love to browse through Pinterest for some inspiration. While going through my holiday pins I came across this photo which for whatever reason just stood out to me! Buffalo Plaid Charger + TablescapeSource
I loved the combination of the buffalo plaid print and the natural elements. It totally inspired me to create my tablescape with that print in mind and the first thing I thought of was buffalo plaid chargers! These were something I had never seen before so I knew I’d have to make them. I went to Michaels and got a hold of some cheap silver chargers which were on sale for $1 each and I ordered this fabric from Fabric.com.

I gathered all the materials I would need which was simply the chargers, the fabric, spray adhesive, and scissors.Buffalo Plaid Charger + TablescapeBuffalo Plaid Charger + TablescapeBuffalo Plaid Charger + TablescapeKeep in mind, when ordering fabric it will depend on how many chargers you’re looking to cover. I ordered way too much because I didn’t measure. It’s a good thing I love the print! In order to get started I quickly cut out a square shape around the charger and then drew a circle about 2 inches away from the charger and then cut it out.
Buffalo Plaid Charger + TablescapeBuffalo Plaid Charger + TablescapeFor the next part I took the chargers outside and sprayed the entire front and just the edges of the back with the spray adhesive. I laid the fabric down and pressed it with my hands smoothing it out and then turned it around and smoothed out the edges.Buffalo Plaid Charger + TablescapeBuffalo Plaid Charger + TablescapeTo keep the print going I ordered these napkins as well. I absolutely love how the table came out! Buffalo Plaid Charger + TablescapeBuffalo Plaid Charger + TablescapeBuffalo Plaid Charger + TablescapeBuffalo Plaid Charger + TablescapeBuffalo Plaid Charger + TablescapeThe table is all ready to go for hosting Christmas! Now to work on the menu! 

Master Bedroom Makeover

Today I am finally sharing our master bedroom makeover! This room was a work in progress. My plan wasn’t to make a drastic change over night but doing a little here and a little there until my vision came to fruition. My hope was to have it completed by our wedding and it worked out perfectly! Clearly I am way behind on sharing so today I’ve got a ton of before and afters. Let’s start with what this room looked like B.C. ( B.C. clearly standing for Before CindyDSC_0074IMG_0870So dissecting this picture we’ve got, a blue comforter, 2 measly little lamps, all dark wood furniture, and let’s call a spade a spade, poop brown walls. I didn’t mind the darker walls but brown? 
We lived with the wall color for quite awhile. The first thing I did was try my best to lighten the room with new bedding, lamps, and soft fabric. 

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Here is what the view of the front side of the room looked like.DSC01182DSC01174The next change I made was painting the walls. I chose Edgecomb Gray to really lighten the room. Master Makeover dsc01243dsc01246 Ah, much better! We also needed to paint the ceiling since it had quite a few amount of stains but rather than going with the basic white I chose a color to add in order to avoid the room being too neutral. We went with BM Gray Cashmere and it turned out amazing! Master Makeover Next up was replacing and adding pieces to the room. On top of changing the curtains I added a new mirror above the
dresser, a new tv stand, rug, and added some art work to the wall. The biggest improvement in the room after all that was our new bed! We didn’t purchase all of these things at once just a little at a time but sometimes a space takes awhile to create and I am so happy with how it is today! Here’s another before shot and then our after…IMG_6726Master MakeoverMaster MakeoverMaster MakeoverMaster MakeoverMaster MakeoverMaster MakeoverMaster MakeoverMaster MakeoverMaster MakeoverOf course there are still a few things I’d love to add like a bench at the end of our bed and some type of artwork/frames to the right of our tv. We usually have a stand up mirror there but it comes and goes so I would love to find something for that little space. We also would love to eventually replace the dresser and bedside tables but we haven’t fallen in love with anything yet.  I’ve listed as many sources of items as I could below in case anything in this room gave you the heart eyes! 
Thanks for stopping by! 

Bed – Wayfair (Color Not Available)
Bedding – Bloomingdales 

Rug – Rugs USA
Curtains – Kohls (Similar Here)
Mirror – Home Goods
Artwork – Home Goods
Round Mirrors – T.J Maxx (Similar Here)
Mirrored Frames – Target 
TV Stand – Home Goods
Lamps – Target (Similar Here)

DIY Gold Leaf Ornaments

Happy Holidays everyone! I hope you’re soaking in all that this wonderful time of year has to offer! I decided to extend it by putting up my Christmas tree shortly after Halloween and I’m so happy I did! When I mentioned it to my husband he was so excited it was a no brainer. I knew I married him for a reason ;). 

I try to change up my tree each year. I’ve done green and white a couple years ago and all white last year but this year I went with gold and because I have the white I tossed some pieces in there as well. DIY Gold Leaf Ornament

I am a huge fan of tree fillers but I also love classic round ornaments so I wanted to add some more. When I was going through my bins I found a bag of  clear ornaments and went to my craft drawers and grabbed some gold leaf and white paint and decided to make some ornaments of my own! DIY Gold Leaf Ornament

DIY Gold Leaf Ornament

The first thing I did was pour the paint inside the ornament to coat it. I added a little drop of water to make it spread easier. Make sure to hold the ornament open side down to let out any extra paint. DIY Gold Leaf OrnamentOnce that was complete I used my gold leaf pen to apply the adhesive all along the bottom of the ornament. I wasn’t careful by any means, I just spread it all around just making sure to cover it. Once it was tacky feeling I laid the gold leaf sheet on it.DIY Gold Leaf Ornament At first I was using a brush to wipe off the excess paper but then I switched to my fingers and found that to be easier. DIY Gold Leaf OrnamentI continued this same process with all the ornaments and then added ribbon to the tops for hanging!
Another fun thing I did was after filling an ornament with paint I used a sharpie and some adhesive letters to make a We said “I Do” 2016 ornament! I love how they all turned out! DIY Gold Leaf OrnamentDIY Gold Leaf OrnamentDIY Gold Leaf Ornamentdsc05484dsc05487Anyone else change up their tree each year? What’s been your favorite color scheme yet?
Thanks for stopping by! 

Halloween Home Tour 2016

As promised my Halloween tour is here! You guys I am obsessed with decorating for Halloween. Last year was the first time I did anything other than Fall decor so when the time came I of course went out and got some more objects and I can promise you, it’s only going to get bigger and better from here. Halloween has become my new Christmas!  

Let’s start with the outside and then in. I kept it very simple this year outside mainly because I went a little nuts on the Fall decor.
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And now the inside…

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I don’t think I’m going to want to take any of this down! On top of making the house ghoulish I’ve also started having some fun with myself! If you follow my accounts on Instagram then you’ve seen some of the fun work I’ve been up to like my face lift gone wrong..Halloween Home TourAnd then the cleaner version of a face lift…
Halloween Home TourSo fun right!? Anyone else enjoying the Halloween season as much as me?

Thanks for stopping by! xo

Fall Pumpkin Centerpiece

Fall 2016 is in full swing and I will say I am pumped for it! I am definitely a summer girl but once the temperatures start to cool the attic boxes come down, if you know what I mean 😉 There are pumpkins spread all around the house and yummy smelling candles burning. This season always gives me the push I need to get my creative juices flowing and that didn’t change when I decided to create a little centerpiece for our kitchen table. I always keep fresh flowers on this table but I wanted to do a little something different for the new season. 

If you’ve been following for awhile you might remember when I threw my best friend her Fall themed baby sprinkle. You can click that link to check it out or view the photo below.  I had purchased some pumpkins at the orchard and carved them out and used them as planters on the tables.Fall Pumpkin CenterpieceUsing this as some inspiration I hit up Michaels and purchased a faux pumpkin along with some floral pieces and floral foam.

Fall Pumpkin CenterpieceThe first thing I did was cut out a circle at the top of my pumpkin. Just like I were carving an actual pumpkin, I used my carving tools. 

Fall Pumpkin Centerpiece
Next, I measured my foam to make sure it fit inside. I had to trim the sides and shorten it a bit.

Fall Pumpkin CenterpieceAfter it was all measured I took it out and placed my flowers in it. The arrangement and flowers are up to you of course. I’ve kept Fall pretty neutral this year. 

Fall Pumpkin CenterpieceOnce it was all done I placed it back inside the pumpkin and made any fixes that were needed. Fall Pumpkin CenterpieceAnd that’s it…super easy! Now I know you could probably find these arrangements already done in your local craft store but trust me when I say, nothing beats being able to look over and say, I made that!
fullsizerenderLove the way it turned out! Here are a few photos of some other items of fall scattered around the house starting with the outside.
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