Unboxing — Make Up For Ever Sephora 500-Point Reward

The editor in me really hates that “Make Up For Ever” is not written as “Makeup Forever”. But I guess I have to deal with it because it was probably intentional and has a different meaning when written as four words versus two words.

Anywho, you don’t care about my editorial ramblings—let’s get down to business: I got this 500-point reward from Sephora near the end of August (yes, I’m still playing catch up). I was surprised that this whole box was 500 points total—usually the items in the little display cases at Sephora are 500 points apiece.

This box came with a matte lipstick, a mascara, a pink lipgloss, an eyeshadow, and a blue eyeliner. And do you see that packaging? To die for.

Here are some swatches (with no filter). From left to right: eyeliner, eyeshadow, lipstick, lipgloss.

Loves: the lipstick, mascara, and eye shadow

The lipstick is matte and stays on for a long time. I hardly had to touch it up after eating lunch. The shadow has a nice pigment and applies so smoothly!

Not for me: the eyeliner and lipgloss.

I’m not really one for colored eyeliner, and lipgloss has never been a fave of mine—especially when it’s pink. I will say, though, that when I tried to wash of the swatches, the eyeliner would NOT budge. If you’re looking for a durable, waterproof eyeliner, this is probably it.

Overall I’m very pleased with this reward—3/5 products isn’t bad!

Did any of you choose this reward? If so, what were your thoughts?


Five Drugstore Greige Lipsticks You Need for Fall

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Say so long to burgundy and wine lipsticks this fall, and say hello to shades of greige. Greige (gray + beige with a touch of mauve) is going to be the biggest lip trend this fall, you guys. I can feel it in my heart’s soul.

Greige is grungy. Greige stands out while remaining soft and mauvey. It’s the perfect lip color for fall as the seasons change and we begin to wind down for winter.

And if you’re a lipstick fanatic like me, you probably already have a few greige shades or close-to-greige shades in your lippie drawer but don’t even know it — greige is nothing but a slightly ridiculous funny name for a color that’s been around for a while, after all.

Here are my five favorite drugstore greige and almost-greige lipsticks (that I actually wear pretty regularly and just had no idea greige was a thing):

  1. NYX Euro Trash (matte)
  2. Maybelline Touch of Spice (matte)
  3. NYX Thalia
  4. Revlon Rose Velvet
  5. LA Girl Snuggle (matte)

  1. NYX’s Euro Trash might be my favorite greige I own. It looks pink in the tube, but once applied is a beautiful light mauve with a hint of gray. I think it looks different throughout the day, depending on what kind of lighting you’re in, and depending on how it contrasts with what you’re wearing.


2. Maybelline’s Touch of Spice is a close second fave. I accidentally smashed this one in the cap and about cried when I had to go buy another—that’s how frequently I wear this beautiful deep mauvey shade. It’s matte and not drying, so your lips don’t feel horrible by the end of the day. It will add the slightest touch of grunge to your look.

3. NYX’s Thalia isn’t matte, but is still a beautiful nude-gray shade with a touch of lavender —it’s not quite a greige, but it comes very close. This one doesn’t stay as well on my lips and has much more transfer than the above lipsticks, but it is still a beautiful color nonetheless.

4. Revlon’s Rose Velvet is much like Thalia in terms of wear and transfer, but it’s a touch darker in color—more light mauvey than lavender. It’s another almost-greige that many of you might already have in your lipstick hoards.

5. Lastly, we have LA Girl’s Snuggle, which is a creamy matte lippie I can’t get enough of. This one is less widely available but can be purchased at CVS stores or online through various vendors. Snuggle is almost nude with a very slight touch of gray, and it doesn’t transfer a whole lot or dry your lips out—if anything, my lips feel softer and more hydrated when I wear this one, and it complements practically any outfit.

The great thing about greige shades is that they can look super professional but also a little edgy—they’re almost nude, but not quite, and your coworkers can’t put their finger on why it’s a little different.

The above pictures document a week’s worth of greige lipsticks that I wore to work—and I work in a professional environment. Each shade was lined with Ofra’s lip liner in the color Silk (which is a very versatile shade, if you’re looking for a higher-end liner).

I hope this inspires you to hop on the bandwagon try out some new colors.  Raise your hand if you’d like to see a higher-end greige lipstick post!

—Marge 💋







How to Get the Most Out of Your Bubble Bath

Welcome to the first installment of Frugal Fridays, in which I show you how to prolong the life of and get the most out of your beauty products.

First up, let’s talk about something near and dear to my heart: bubble bath.

It’s no secret that I enjoy a hot soak from time to time  on a regular basis nightly. The shower in my master bath goes virtually unused because I take so many baths. I like to settle in with a good book and a beer for maximum me-time, surrounding myself with lots of candles. It looks like some weird sacrificial bathroom alter during the day.

But I digress. I think a bath with massive amounts of bubbles is the perfect way to relax and take care of yourself. Maybe you like to drink wine and watch Netflix instead of reading. That’s cool too. But we all must face the inevitable at some point: when the bottle of bubble bath is empty. 

Now, we all know that’s not quite true. There’s still a little clinging to the walls of the bottle, and even though you’ve turned it upside down overnight to get the last of it, there’s still a decent amount inside that simply will not squeeze out.

Maybe it was an expensive product, or maybe you just really enjoyed the scent. Either way, it feels frustrating and wasteful to throw it out when there is clearly a little product left.

Oh, if only there were a solution to our bathtime woes!

Well, I’m here to tell you there is.

All you have to do is take off the cap, fill the bottle about half full with warm water, and put the cap back on. Shake that bottle around a bit, and then pour it into your bathtub under running water. Easy peasy and oh-so rewarding.

Depending on the brand, you can get a least two to three more bubble baths with this trick (Dr. Teals will do this because of how thick it is). But if it’s a more watered down bubble bath on the cheaper end (like the I Love… brand), then you’ll most likely only get one more bath out of the bottle.

Now go treat yourself to a long soak, and don’t forget to recycle that bottle when you’re done!

P.S. if you’re wondering what that plastic bubble thing on my overflow drain is, it’s called a Bottomless Bath. Do yourself a favor and get one asap. It’s a life changer.

Until next time, stay fabulous! 

—Marge 💋 

Five Tips for Buying on eBay

So maybe you’re not looking to sell on eBay, but you’re looking to buy instead. Or maybe you want to do a little of both to justify your shopping habit. 🙋🏻  Here are five tips to follow before impulse bidding on that special thing you’ve had your eye on.

1. Ask. Don’t be afraid to message the seller for more information (such as measurements) or pictures of the product (for instance, if only a stock photo has been provided, or if the photos are of poor quality)—you’re potentially giving them your money, after all, so make sure you’re getting what you’re paying for.

2. Research. What is the typical going rate for this item? Has the seller jacked up the price? Can you get this somewhere else for cheaper, either online or in a physical store? If it’s a clothing item, does it run true to size? If it’s an electronic item, do many people report technical issues or other problems with it? It never hurts to do a little digging around before buying.

3. Review. Look at the seller’s history—what is their seller rating? What are the reviews for shipping, etc. like? Do they seem reputable? Do they have many complaints? Where is this item shipping from?

4. Follow. Looking for something in particular? You can set a follow alert for your mobile device (using combinations of words and/or phrases) so you’ll be notified when new items matching your description are listed. For example, I followed “Modcloth heels ivory” (and several other variations) when I was looking for a particular shoe for my wedding.

5. Offer. Sometimes a seller gives the option for buyers to give their best offer. If you’re good at haggling, this can be a great way to score a deal. You and the seller counter with offers until an agreed price is reached (or declined).

Buying on eBay can be extremely fun—especially when you find something you’ve been looking everywhere for and manage to snag it for a good price. I hope these tips inspire you to push that “bid now” button!

Happy bidding!

Which Eye Shadow Palette Should I Take on Our Honeymoon?

Hey, everyone!

We currently have 14 days until we leave for our honeymoon, which means I need a little help deciding which eye shadow palette I should take with me! I’m not a light packer, so narrowing it down to one I can toss in my carry on is a must — and I’d love your input!

Our contender are :

Can you tell I’m a palette hoarder? This isn’t even my whole collection.

I picked these particular palettes because they are the ones I use most often. I like each of these because of the variety of shades contained in each one, which means many different options for each day of our trip. Can you tell I get bored easily?

Ok, now for the perks of each:

  • The Naked palettes include a mixture of mattes and shimmery colors, and the brushes are included in the case, which would mean I don’t have to pack extra brushes.
  • The Stila palette has all mattes and a combo of oranges, browns, and grays, which I like because it means I’m not limited to solely dark colors or neutrals.
  • The Meet Matt(e) Hughes and Lunatick palettes are all (mostly) matte shades, which I like.

Alright, I’m done talking now —I can’t wait to hear what you guys think! Let me know your thoughts, and cast your vote in the comments section! Thanks for reading!

Five Tips for Selling on eBay

So you want to sell on eBay, but you have no idea where to start. While selling online takes time and patience, it can pay off in the long run if you’re looking to make a little extra cash on the side — so long as you’re willing to put in a little work from time to time.

Here are five tips for beginners from someone (me) who has been using eBay since 2012.

1. Describe. Give your listings descriptions that you yourself would find helpful—pictures don’t always show everything. Describe any snags, wear and tear, missing pieces. If an item of clothing runs small or large, let the buyer know.

2. Suggest. If you’re selling clothing, suggest in the description what the garment would be appropriate for or look nice with, because sometimes it’s difficult to visualize through photographs. Example: “This dress would be cute layered with some tights and a sweater for the coming fall months!”

3. Photograph. Provide adequate photographs of the item. Keep in mind the kind of photos you yourself would want to see if you were buying this item. I try to use a white background (whether a counter, rug, or wall) so that the color of the item pops and doesn’t have anything in the background to compete with.

Natural light is also a must (in my opinion)—no one likes dark photos where they can barely see the detail of the product. For clothing, I also like to snap a picture of the tag, so the buyer knows they’re getting the exact brand and size listed.

4. Respond. Answer questions from potential buyers within a reasonable amount of time. (I try to respond within 24 hours.) Don’t wait until the listing is about to end before replying—buyers like to have time to process whatever information you’ve provided them before bidding or using the buy-it-now feature.

5. Provide. Give feedback to your buyers. Buying also generates a score, and frequent buyers appreciate good feedback so that other sellers know they are reputable and will pay for their purchases in a reasonable amount of time.

These guidelines are a solid foundation for for establishing a reputable shop on eBay. There are many additional practices you can employ to add to the success of your shop, but if you start with these guidelines and work your way up, and you’ll be well on your way toward attaining pleased buyers.

Happy selling!

What I Wore: Bridal Shower Style

It’s a dangerous feeling to wear white when you’re accident-prone and have a tendency to spill on yourself. The running joke in my family is that I’m 25 and need to invest in a bib. So when my sister informed me that I needed a white dress to wear to my bridal shower, I internally panicked.

“But we’re drinking TEA! I’m going to SLOSH on myself!” I moaned. (Because when you’re Marge, you drink a lot of tea, and people like throw tea parties for you—this ain’t my first rodeo.)

But I did indeed find a dress (secondhand, of course) for my tea party bridal bruncheon (I’m as surprised as you are that that’s a word—and I’m an editor.), and I’m pretty smitten with it—so much that I will probably end up wearing it more than once. (Gasp!)

The invites my sister sent out  commanded highly encouraged big hats and pearls. Like I needed an excuse.

My hat is a clearance sunhat from target, purchased for about $10, that I dressed up with some ribbon I had on hand for wedding crafts. And I added some clip-on flowers that I had stuffed in a drawer.

For shoes I wore my Modcloth heels for the wedding so that I could break them in a little. I added some pearl earrings, a necklace, and a swipe of red lipstick, and was good to go!

Overall, it was an excellent party and I had a lot of fun dressing up. Thanks, Jackie, for throwing it for me! ❤️

Haulin’ Home the Thrift Store, Aug. 2016

Happy first day of September, everyone! Is it just me, or did summer fly by so dang fast? I made a few stops to some thrift stores this last month and found some amazing stuff! Let’s start off with this swoon-worthy denim skirt pictured below. 

Denim Mossimo skirt—I fell in love with this skirt at Target, but it was 19.99, and I didn’t want to fork over that much money when I knew I could find a similar one at a thrift store. Fast-forward 20 minutes later: I’m in Goodwill, pulling the exact same skirt off the rack, priced at 6.99. SCORE.

Vinyl—I paid a total of $30ish for 12 LPs (2.99 each), which was a pretty damn good deal. Most notably: John Denver’s Poems, Prayers, and Promises. I’d been looking EVERYWHERE for it.

I floated on cloud nine the rest of the day after the skirt + vinyl haul. It was too good to be true. (For any of you Vancouver, WA, people, the Fourth Plain Goodwill almost always has excellent stuff.) Most of the thrift stores J. and I have scoured for vinyl never have that great of a selection, so I snatched up what I could.

I made a trip to the humane society’s thrift store (ReTails) as well, scoring some wedding décor:

Webster’s student dictionary—we’re using this for our “guest book.”

Orange candle holder—we will use this to hold the pens for the guest book. 3.99

Hankies—this is my “something blue!” Plus the red one for my mom, which I’d like to embroider something nice on for her, and hopefully I can find one for my mom-in-law too. 2.99 each

This total came out to roughly $11, plus a free reusable tote to carry it all out in (which our cat later discovered on the bed and decided to roll around on).

A few other notable items thrifted throughout the month:

White House Black Market blouse, 7.99—I’m always on the lookout for work clothes, and this blouse is perfect paired with some skinny slacks and flats.

Two more Johnny D. LPs—I don’t think I need to say anything about this. 2.99 each.

Overall, I’m very pleased with my finds throughout August. 

What did you score at the thrift store this last month?