Beauty

My Beauty Routine with Vaseline Lip Therapy

02/11/2016

With a low-key date night on the books for this upcoming Valentine’s day, I want to keep my beauty routine fairly casual. This Friday, post work, we are headed out to dinner and to catch a movie!

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My beauty routine always starts with a fresh face. I always cleanse, follow up with toner and finish with moisturizer.

Next, it’s time for make-up. I typically start with a CC cream, and have tried a new trick to help conceal the dark circles with a red lipstick or stick blush. I dot concealer over the swipe of red and blend, blend, blend. Next comes a swipe of powder over the T-zone, followed by blush, and a bit of highlighter around the eyes.

For eye-make up, I have always navigated towards the bronzes, golds, and browns. I don’t leave the house with out filling in my eye brows & adding a few coats of mascara and eye-liner.

For my favorite part of my routine, even for the most casual night out, I like to make sure I add a hint of color to my lips. Vaseline Lip Therapy not only hydrates my poor, chapped lips (#ihatewinter), but adds just the right amount of color to complete my make-up look. Plus, these tins are small and compact to keep in my purse for easy touch-ups!

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Even when you are sticking to a casual date-night look – elevate your jeans and sweater look with a few sparkly baubles. These bracelets and necklace are a few of my go-to pieces, and I never leave home without a spritz of my signature scent!

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The most adorable mini cake arrived in the mail with my lip tins. A sweet treat for me and my hubby to share post date night!

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A selection of the new Vaseline Lip Therapy tins: original, cocoa butter, rosy lips, and aloe. The tins can also be found at Target stores nationwide.

This post was sponsored by Collectively & Vaseline Brand. All opinions are my own. 

Decor

Master Bathroom Inspiration

02/05/2016

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A bathroom inspired by Joanna of Jojotastic

Earlier this winter I painted our master bathroom while listening to Adele’s newly released album on repeat. Slowly, but surely, I’m tackling one taupe room at a time! At this moment in our life, I use our master bathroom and Cody uses our guest bathroom. I didn’t bother approving color choices with him, as he insists he will share the guest room with future children and guests. This my friends, is the secret to a happy marriage.

Inspired by this One Room Challenge bathroom by JoJotastic, I color-matched Farrow and Ball’s Teresa’s Green for the teal hue. The color is just soft enough where you don’t feel overwhelmed. The color is soothing which helps create a relaxing vibe, which is exactly what I was hoping for in this space. I’m trying to become more of a bath person, lots of candles and a good playlist to help unwind from the day or week’s stress.

We don’t have much in way of linen closets or shelving in our bathrooms, with the exception of under-the-sink storage and drawers. I ordered two acrylic shelves from The Container Store to hold little knick knacks, candles, hairspray, and make-up that I use daily. They don’t take up any space visually and allow me to open up the counter space.

I chose to make my own wooden shelves and brackets from Etsy to put up above the toilet, but this shelf from Target is another affordable option if DIY isn’t your thing. I plan to use these shelves to house extra toilet paper, small plants, a few frames, my hair accessories, sprays and tools, and extra towels. I plan on hanging these shelves this weekend, It’s the last thing I need to do in the space, with the exception of styling all of my belongings. The only hiccup I’ve had in building my own shelves, is that the studs don’t line up with where the brackets will go, so I had to invest in some sturdy wall anchors and hopefully not overcrowd the shelves with heavy items. Fingers crossed, everything stays up!

The way our door is hung, not many rugs fit underneath without getting picked up on the corners and moved every time the door opens, so depending if I’m in the shower or standing by the sink, I move the rug around to accommodate the space until I find a better solution.

The artwork I selected to flank each side of the mirror is from Minted. As I’ve stated before, I love sourcing artwork from Minted, the wide variety between photography and paintings plus the ability to frame all in one click has made shopping for the perfect pieces of art a breeze!

The last item on my list is to invest in a few amber glass dispense bottles to give all bath products a cohesive look! Long term, I’d love to swap out the tile for a faux wood floor (more affordable) and change the light fixtures and mirrors, but I love how even the smallest of cosmetic changes (like paint) and adding a few accessories can make a world of difference!

Here’s a sneak peak from my Instagram:

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Stay tuned for the reveal of our master bathroom soon!

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A rustic vibe with wood shelves and metal brackets. teresas green farrow ball

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Lots and lots of storage.

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Decor

The Blinds Debate

02/04/2016

Blindsdotcom The Brunette One Living Room Blinds Blindsdotcom The Brunette One Living Room Blinds Blindsdotcom The Brunette One Living Room Blinds The-Brunette-One-Living-Room-Final-Reveal-with-Havenly_2For the first few months in our home,  you could have called us the naked neighbors. We waited to invest in blinds for the house until we could find something reasonably priced, along with something we could both agree on.

I scoured the internet to find the best deals and of course asked for opinions on Facebook. Everyone seems to have a blinds person. I ended up going with Blinds.com. This is not a sponsored post by any means – just sharing another step in turning our house into a home! I found their site user-friendly and was able to order a bajillion samples of various shades of white and ivory to help match our trim.

The process of ordering blinds from Blinds.com is pretty simple. Measure the window. Then double and triple check your measurements. Once you place the order, quadruple check your measurements are in the correct boxes. Once our blinds arrived, it was super easy to install with a power drill (I left that up to Cody).

We ended up with cordless top down/bottom up blinds for our main floor windows (kitchen, living room) and ended up with top down/bottom up with cords for upstairs in the color white dove, which matched our trim perfectly. Keeping our budget in mind, we had to decide which floor needed the cordless blinds more. I wish we could have done it for every room, but for now I’m happy we kept the seamless look for the main floor.

I haven’t committed to curtains yet for any room. I’m too indecisive at the moment for any bedroom to get curtains, and I feel like they are a big commitment. So at the moment, we have bare-ish windows.

What’s your blinds story? Did you forgo yours for curtains, did you do both, or do you prefer another style of window coverings? Let me know in the comments below.

Here are a few options I’ve been mulling over for the space:

Photography by Lauren Konrad Photography for The Brunette One.