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Browse My Stash - bareMinerals Eyeshadows - Light/Neutrals

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Since I have been "collecting" Bare Minerals eye shadows for almost 9 years, my stash has grown so much that I couldn't possibly fit my entire eye shadow collection into one blog.  Therefore, I've decided to break them into five separate blogs, grouped by color. In each blog, I will tell you which are my favorites. Then, as a grand finale, I will show you my favorite color combinations, as requested by some of my loyal readers :-).

Today, you get to browse my stash of  bareMinerals Eyeshadows - Light/Neutral Colors

bareMinerals Loose Eyeshadow Review:

*High quality ingredients, without all of the bad stuff :-)

*Great pigmentation/color payoff (with a few exceptions)

*Don't be stymied by the loose form!  While it does make them a little messy to work with (see tips for applying below), it also makes them super easy to blend and gives them a longer "shelf-life" as they don't have any "binder ingredients".

*Can be applied wet or dry

*Will …

Makeup Look of the Week - Navy and Gold

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Yesterday, I was inspired by a shirt I was wearing that had varying shades of blue with cream and soft gold.  I wanted to keep the look "daytime appropriate", since I was just going to do some grocery shopping and didn't want a look that screamed, "I'm wearing blue eyeshadow!!" In my bareMinerals stash of eyeshadows, I found the perfect combination....

Queen Phyllis - shimmery white with pale gold undertones Bali -soft, shimmery gold Marina - matte deep navy blue Cleopatra - medium warm matte brown Satin Ruffle - pale cream with a pink undertone and pearl finish
Here's the look I created.....
How to Get the Look:
*Apply your favorite eye primer
*Apply Bali all over the lid, staying below the crease
*Apply Satin Ruffle as the brow highlight, blending it down slightly toward the crease
*With a fluffy crease brush, apply Cleopatra to crease, blending the edges of Bali and Satin Ruffle
*With a pencil brush, work Marina into the outer "V", blending into the cr…

Clean With Me Monday Challenge - Closet Doors

*Wipe down outside of closet doors.  BONUSChallengeWash comforter on your bed (if you already do this every week, you get a gold star! :-)

*Approximate time ~ 5-10 minutes per closet + time for one load of laundry (if doing bonus challenge)

Tips:  Use a damp cloth with warm water to wipe down wood/painted doors.  For mirrored closet doors, lightly spray with windex and wipe with paper towels or newspaper.

Personal Notes:  Newspapers to clean glass? What?!  My grandparents used to do this and I'm sure I've heard this tip a dozen or more times but I never tried it because I didn't really think it would work.  But, I decided to give it a try on my mirrored closet doors and it worked like a charm!  There were no streaks left behind (like often happens when I use paper towels) and I was amazed at how much solution one page of the newspaper could absorb! Talk about budget friendly!

Happy Cleaning :-)


Makeup Look of the Week - Wearable Teal Eyeliner Look

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As some of you may have noticed, I didn't post a "Clean With Me Monday Challenge" this week.  My excuse?  I've had a terrible cold for the past week and just didn't feel up to doing any extra cleaning. 

Instead, I decided to share a fun makeup look I created using teal eyeliner.  I don't know about you, but when I'm sick, I don't feel very pretty....especially when my nose is red from blowing it every 15 minutes.  So, one day, in a desperate attempt to boost my spirits (and my looks :-), I pulled out my Urban Decay Anniversary eyeshadow palette.  

The bright teal color, Deep End, called out to me, begging to be used.  I don't often wear this color as I find it a bit difficult to pull off, especially if I'm not going for something too dramatic.  If you find yourself in the same boat, give this look a try!  Keep in mind, you don't have to use the exact shadows that I used....look in your stash and find colors that are similar to what I've …

Clean With Me Monday - Clear the Cobwebs

*Clean along the edge and in the corners of the ceiling in the living room, entry way, hallway and one bedroom

*Approximate time ~ 15+ minutes, depending on method used

Tips:  The easiest and quickest way to accomplish this task is by using the wand on your vacuum cleaner.  Go along the edges of the ceiling and in the corners.  If you don't have a wand or long attachment on your vacuum, you can also use a long handled duster (Swiffer makes one) but this will probably also require the use of a step stool or ladder.

Personal Notes:  Cobwebs seem to go completely undetected in my house until the light hits just right (which is usually when I have guests over :-) or I happen to spot the other sign that a cobweb is near....a spider...yikes!  So, even though I hadn't seen a cobweb, I decided it'd been a long time since I'd cleaned these areas.  We have a vaulted ceiling in the living room so it took a really good stretch and standing on my tip toes to reach those top corners :-…