8/1/15

August 2015 Julep Box: Muse Montreal Collection

It's been a little while since I shared my monthly Julep Box with you! A couple months back I switched to a customizable account. I now pay 24.99 a month, but I can pick and choose exactly what I want in my box! I love the feature. I can choose from all of the new releases or I can swap them out and put in some older items from previous collections. Here's what I picked out this month! (Swatches are from Julep's Website.)



Laure- Julep Describes Laure as a Blazing Red Orange Stardust
Mari- Julep Describes Mari as Peony linear liquid holographic


I got the rethink your shower Body Cleansing oil last month and have been loving it so I decided I really ought to try the konjac sponge that they recommend you use with it! It's huge and I can't wait to try it!

It's Fun to Exfoliate All Natural Body Konjac Sponge





And then I couldn't resist adding on this gorgeous purple shade!You guys know me and purple!



Cally- Julep Describes Cally as a Festival Fuchsia iridescent chrome 




What did you get in your Julep Box? Not subscribed to Julep? If you're a polish lover this is the sub box for you! I highly recommend it! Click here to sign up!

plan with me! July 27-Aug 1 in my happy planner!


The weeks are just flying by! I almost missed out on sharing this week's spread in my happy planner with you! It's a little late, but here it is!! This is the week of July 27- August 2! I used a lot of stickers from some of my absolute favorite etsy shops. I used the Secret Garden Sticker set from Big House Prints on etsy. These stickers are made to fit the vertical erin condren life planner. But they fit in my happy planner too! They come up a bit short, since the erin condren boxes are shorter than the happy planner ones. But I absolutely love the beautiful colors and design! If you are interested in buying this set or any of the other super cute sets that she has to offer in her shop, you can use the coupon code "Jwhackers" and get 20% off any order of 10 dollars or more!



In addition to the Secret Garden Sticker set, I also used a few of the full boxes from the Kawaii Fruit mix-n-match set from Mama Needs Chocolate on etsy. These are sized for the happy planner so they fit perfectly and I think that the pink colors compliments the other stickers I used in the spread. I've got a coupon code for this shop, too! I asked her if she would do one for you guys because I just love her stickers so much! If you use "Jwhackers" you can get 25% off any order of 3 dollars or more. These stickers are already so affordable, and using this coupon code gets you great stickers at a total steal!

The weekend banner that I used in the spread is from stickeriffic. And the super cute mixer stickers are from cheeky paper creations. Her shop is on a brief hiatus while she catches up on orders, but once it reopens, you can use the code "Jwhackers10" through the end of the month of receive 10% off any order. I highly recommend her shop! She's got the cutest repositional stickers at super low prices.

If you want to see how I put together this spread, check out my plan with me video!

Affordable meals of the week!

If you are interested in seeing some of the dinners my family and I enjoy, check out my latest youtube video! I love sharing our weekly meals with you! I hope you enjoy!

7/22/15

plan with me July 20-26

It's another week in my planner, and this time I went with a really girly pink theme. That's not usually my style. But for whatever reason I was really feeling the pretty pink girly theme this week. Maybe because my niece was born last week. I don't know! But anyway, I didn't have a ton going on this week, again. I feel like during the summer I just try to keep the weekdays open and go with the flow day to day. I want my kids to be able to run around the neighborhood and hang out with their friends or do whatever they want, without having to go to a ton of scheduled things. So that explains why my weekly spreads are sort of blank and open. I add in a lot of things day to day as the week progresses. Anyway, here's my pages for the week. I took a ton of photos! I was really feeling this spread!














If you want to see how I did this spread check out my plan with my video!


7/21/15

Confessions of a nail polish addict tag

Questions:
1. What color are  you wearing right now?
Wet n wild wild shine "Putting on Airs"
2. What nail product can't you live without?
A quick dry top coat!
3. What is your favorite brand of nail polish?
Currently my favorites are sinful colors and julep! 
4. What nail shape do you wear?
Sort of squoval
5. What's your go to red, pink and neutral nail polish?
For Red It's Sinful colors "sugar, sugar". Pink is went n wild wild shine  "Tickled Pink" And neutral would be Ulta's "Set the nude"
6. Short or long nails?
I like short nails in the winter when I am wearing darker colors. Otherwise, sort of medium length works best for me! 
7. What nail polishes are on your wish list?
I used to have a wish list pinned on pinterest.  Now, really, the only polishes I want are the Color Club linear holographics. I'd also like to try Jessie's girl polish, and expand my collection of l'oreal.
8. When do you paint your nails? Morning, afternoon or evening?
Evening
9. What's your top nail tip you swear by?
Moisturize! 
10. What nail polishes do you regret buying?
The sally hansen magnetic nail polishes
11. Neon or pastel?
I love love love neon in the summer, but pastels are my favorite
12. What is your favorite nail polish color right now?
I'm all about pinks right now!

For more indepth answers and reasonings, check out my video!


7/15/15

Plan with me! July 13-19 in my Happy Planner!

I thought I would share with you this week's spread in my happy planner. I LOVE paper planning. It is so much fun and helps keep me organized and top of everyday tasks, appointments, bills and everything going on with my kids and my husband. I especially love the Happy planner from Me and my Big ideas. It's a super cute design and has almost exactly the same layout as the Erin Condren Life Planner without the super hefty price tag. You can get the super happy planner at hobby lobby for 25 bucks. And when I bought mine, I used a 40% coupon code making it less than 15 bucks! Anyway, I went with a blue and green theme this week. I really like the way it turned out!

 
 

Check out my video to see how I planned for the week! Leave a comment and let me know your planner of choice, or what helps keep you organized!! I'd love to hear from you!

7/14/15

Fully Loaded Baked Potato Soup

I made the best soup last night. I had 3 pounds of potatoes that were thisclose to going bad, so I had to figure out something to do with them. It's not exactly the season for hot, thick creamy soup, but it sounded good, so I decided to make some. I've never made potato soup before, but I've read enough recipes for it over the years that I knew the basic premise. So, I used what I had in my cupboards and refrigerator and I just sort of made the recipe up as I went along. It turned out so delicious, I thought I would share it with you! Since I didn't follow an exact recipe and just sort of made it as I went along, I don't know exact measurements of everything. But, I thought I would just try my best to remember everything.



First, I washed, peeled and cubed the potatoes. Not sure exactly how much. Somewhere in the neighborhood of 2-3 pounds. I then fried up 6 pieces of bacon, and when it was cool, crumbled it to use as garnish.

In a soup pot I melted a stick of salted butter, and whisked in about a half a cup of flour, to made a rue. I cooked that for a few minutes to get rid of that raw flour taste and then slowly added in about 6 cups of milk, whisking constantly. I seasoned the milk mixture with salt, pepper, onion and garlic powder. I added in the potatoes, and brought the soup up to a boil then turned it down to low and put a lid on it to simmer for about 20 minutes, stirring occassionally. At this point, the potatoes were cooked through and the soup had thickened up nicely.

I added in about 2/3 of a cup of sour cream, and a couple of big handfuls of shredded cheddar cheese, stirred it all together and added a bit more milk, because at this point the soup had thickened a little too much! I served the soup garnished with a bit more shredded cheese, the crumbled bacon, a dollop of sour cream and some chives. It was so good!! This soup made roughly 8 servings and was so hearty and filling that everyone in my family only ate one bowl before they were full. That means leftovers tonight, and I really cannot wait!

I hope you found this helpful and can make sense of my mangled instructions and manage to recreate this recipe at home. It's so good!!

7/12/15

Easiest Breakfast Burritos

If you follow me on instagram you might notice that I have been making a LOT of breakfast burritos. And I'll tell you why. They are super easy, relatively affordable to make, and my kids LOVE them! I have been making them in batches just about every weekend for the last month. I skipped last weekend because I figured my boys were getting tired of them. Nope! Even though they also really love the egg cups I made, they really missed the burritos. So I made them again this weekend, and I thought I'd share the recipe.

I make a batch of about 20 burritos. I use the fajita sized tortillas because that tends to be what I can get on sale, and also because I like these burritos to be on the small side. Perfect for child sized hands and portion control. You can use whatever sized tortillas you want, but just keep in mind that the larger your tortillas, the less burritos you will get out of them.

Ingredients:
1/2 stick butter
one pound ground breakfast sausage
one-two cups of shredded cheddar cheese
One dozen large eggs
about 20 fajita size tortillas

I start out by putting half a stick of butter into a 13X9 baking dish and putting it inside a cold oven, and then setting the oven to 400 degrees. The butter will melt while the oven preheats. Just keep an eye on it and pull it out once it's all melted. Make sure not to let the butter burn!

While the butter is melting scramble a dozen eggs together with 1 cup of milk. Once the butter in your dish is completely melted, add the egg mixture and slide it carefully into the oven. Don't spill! Set a timer for 8 minutes.

While your eggs are in the oven, you can cook up your sausage. I like to use a pound of country sausage. Just crumble it up and cook it through.

When the 8 minutes is up, use a spatula to stir around your egg mixture You will notice that it's just starting to cook and set up around the sides. Give it a stir and put it back in the oven for another 8 minutes.

Gather up any other ingredients you want to put into your burritos. We keep it simple here. Just cheese and sausage. But you could add onion, salsa, tomatoes anything you want. Just make sure all of your fillings are precooked.

When your timer goes off, pull out your eggs. They should be pretty much set up now. Stir them up and now is the time to add in your fillings. Toss in your sausage and about a cup and a half of shredded cheddar (more or less is fine, whatever you like!) Mix everything together and return your pan to the oven for another few minutes to melt your cheese.



While your dish is in the oven for those last few minutes, get your tortillas, wrap them in a paper towel and heat them in the microwave for about a minute. You want them warm because they will be easier to work with. I usually take this time to set up a little mini burrito rolling station as well. I put a piece of parchment paper down on my counter, or table, and set up my warmed tortillas, as well as the burrito filling when it comes out of the oven.

All that's left now it to roll your burritos up. One by one place your warmed tortillas down on your parchment paper. Add your filling. You can make these as full as you want. I tend to not overstuff mine because I want them to roll nicely without tearing.


Now just roll. Tuck the two sides in, and roll the burrito up. I like to press down gently on the burrito once it's rolled to make sure all of the filling is evenly distributed. I usually get about 20 small burritos out of my filling. You will get more or less depending on how full you fill your burritos, how large your eggs are and how much of your other ingredients you used.



Now you're ready to enjoy nice gooey breakfast burritos. Or you can do what I do and freeze them so they're available for your kids to eat whenever they want. The trick to freezing your burritos without them getting slimy or limp is to make sure that the burritos cool completely before you wrap them. If they are warm when you wrap them they will create steam and moisture and that lends itself to a not so delicious texture. So make sure to cool completely, then simply wrap each burrito in saran wrap, and them transfer all the burritos into a single layer in a gallon sized freezer bar. Lay flat to freeze. I can't tell you how long these will keep in the freezer, because they tend to get inhaled over the course of a week or two in my family. When you're ready to reheat just pop the burrito, saran wrap and all, into the microwave and cook at 30 second intervals until the filling is warmed through.

There ya have it. Super easy breakfast burritos made in large quantities. Perfect for a party like a big family brunch, or in my case, for feeding very hungry boys! I hope you found this helpful! Enjoy!

7/10/15

School supply shopping

My boys have something like 59 days left until School starts up again. Is it just me or does summer vacation move just a little bit slower than it did when we were kids? Seems like they have already been home for ages! Don't get me wrong I love my kids, but I cannot wait until school starts again! We just function so much better when we are on our school schedule and routine. So, in my anticipation of school starting up again I tend to start shopping for school supplies early and this year is no exception. It is my goal to spend a little bit every week to get my boys everything they need to begin school come September. So I thought I would share with you some of the items I have picked up and some of the great deals I have come across!



Backpacks

My oldest son is 12 and going into 7th grade and he is HARD on his things. We've bought him a new backpack every year since kindergarten because by the end of the year they are trashed. In fact one year he had a zipper broken on his backpack by Christmas!! So this year we decided to buy him one that is a little bit better quality in hopes it might make it through the whole year and maybe even into the next. We went with Jansport but we did not want to spend 60+ dollars on a bag! So I did some hunting and came across the website ebags.com Oh man do they have some amazing deals on that site. And there were coupon codes! Jackpot! Even better, when I purchased this bag, ebates was offering 12% cash back! Are you familiar with ebates? If you're not you should stop reading this right now and go and sign up. Especially if you do a lot of online shopping. Ebates is amazing. You just do your regular shopping through their site and you can earn cash back on most of your purchases! It's all stuff you'd be buying anyway so it's really a no-brainer. You can sign up here: Ebates

Anyways, back to the bag. I managed to score a Jansport backpck in a color scheme my son enjoyed! It was on sale for $24.99 By the time I used my coupon code and ebates it came out to a total of $21.19 That's less than what I have paid for other, lesser known brands in the past!

When I went looking for a backpack for my youngest son (7, going into 2nd grade) I didn't have quite so many specifications. He's very gentle with his things. The 5 dollar character backpack I bought him to start kindergarten with has lasted him two years, and was actually still in good enough condition for another year, but he requested something new. The only thing I was looking at, other than a good price was his pattern preference. He requested a camouflage backpack.  My search led me right back to ebags! (I bought their backpacks on separate occassions) I found this everest brand backpack in a camo pattern for $12.99. I used a coupon code for free shipping and this time ebates was only offering 10% cash back, but still, every little bit helps! This brought this back down to a total of $11.68 after rebate. Not bad!






So the backpacks were squared away and ready for the new school year. Next it was time to hunt down some deals on supplies! Just as soon as I heard that walmart had started their back to school displays, I was there! I love shopping for school supplies. I don't know what it is. Even as a kid I loved buying new notebooks and pens. I guess it's the nerd in me. Anyway, the employees were still stocking the shelves while I was there shopping, so I didn't get everything I needed. But, that wasn't the plan anyway. I want to make multiple trips and space out the purchases on supplies and clothes so I am not dropping 200 dollars all at once. My wallet and budget will thank me! I did manage to score some decent deals, though!



Here's what I picked up and the prices I paid

A weekly and monthly planner for $.88! I am hoping this will help my oldest son actually remember his homework assignments!

Fiskars wooden ruler for $.25
papermate medium tip ballpoint pens in blue ink, 10 pack for $.97
papermate medium tip ballpoint pens in black in, 10 pack for $.97
pencil sharpener fpr $.47
Dixon no. 2 pencils, 20 ct for $.97
Bic brite liner Highlighter, chisel tip, assorted colors 5 pack for $1.74
Elmer's Glue stick, 2 pk for $.50
5 College Ruled 70 sheet single subject notebooks for $.17 each (These go as low as 15 cents closer to school time, but I find that if I wait that long they tend to be picked over and I can't always get the colors I want, so I pay the few pennies more now for the ability to pick and choose)
Remedy 3x5 Index cards, 100 count for $.48
2 Blue pencil boxes for $.25 each
5 tin organizer buckets for $.10 each (I actually bought 3 of these for myself to use for organizing my planner supplies and things, but the other two ARE school supplies, I thought they would be great in my oldest's locker for pens and pencils)

Grand total of this trip was $9.62 Not bad considering I bought 21 different items! I think I made a pretty great start!

Have yous tarted your school supply shopping yet? What was the best deal you found?! Are you, like me, counting down the days until school starts again? Leave me a comment down below and let me know! I'd love to hear from you!!

Meals of the Week!

Occasionally, I do a meals of the week video on my youtube channel. (If you aren't subscribed to me there you're missing out! www.youtube.com/Jwhackers) I thought it might be fun to do something similar here. Share with you some of the meals we enjoyed this week!


I got bitten by the baking bug in a major way this week. In fact, I've been doing a ton of baking and batch cooking for the last month or so. It's a great way to fill the freezer full of healthy (and not so healthy) things that can be pulled out at a moments notice and popped into the microwave! I baked quite a few things this week!

Corndog Muffins

pineapple upside down cake

cheesy bacon egg cups
As here are just a few of the meals we enjoyed this week. If you want any recipes for anything leave me a comment and I'd be happy to share!

Giant Sandwich

Tacos and Black beans and Rice

Chicken Caesar Wraps

For more check out my meals of the week video

7/9/15

Not just any Sandwich!

I love to cook. It's one of my favorite things. But, it's summer. And I don't know about you, but some nights in the summer I just don't want to cook. It's hot outside, so I don't want to turn on the oven, and there's so much fun to be had I don't want to be cooped up in the kitchen preparing a meal. On those night when I just don't feel like cooking, we tend to eat a lot of salads and sandwiches. But when I heard my boys cry, "Not sandwiches again!" I knew I had to mix things up. So I decided to hit my favorite recipe resource, pinterest. I looked up and found several great looking summer recipes, but nothing that suited my fancy. So I decided to stick with sandwiches, but to change things up a bit.

I can understand why the boys would be bored of sandwiches. After all, I was making them ham and cheese on white bread. Not exactly gourmet. So instead of that, I made a giant party size submarine sandwich, and immediately their sandwich complaints went right out the window. There is something so much fun about assembling and serving a giant sized sandwich. It's like having party food for dinner! My youngest son laughed about the possibility of a man large enough to eat the whole big sandwich for dinner, while he happily scarfed down two servings!

This isn't rocket science, but I thought I would share with you the idea, in case your family is in a summer meal rut as well. Here's how I made my sandwich!


I started out with one of those bakery loaves of seeded italian bread. We scored ours on sale at the walmart bakery for $0.39! (My hubby recognized the good deal and bought 4 to stockpile in the freezer! All my budget nagging must be paying off!) You can get these in your bakery generally for a dollar or less. I just used a serrated knife and cut it open sandwich style. Then I added my sandwich ingredients, closed it up and we cut it into single serving size and served it with potato chips.


 The toppings I put on ours were Caesar Dressing (my husband isn't a fan of mayonnaise, and I am not a fan of mustard so this is how we compromise) Ham, colby jack cheese, bacon (another grocery store steal I found this week, bacon for a dollar a pack - I bought 5!!), romaine lettuce and tomatoes. You can put any combination of yummy sandwich toppings on here though. It's totally customizable.

This meal (which my kids call the giant sandwich) is great for a family meal but would also be great for parties, or picnics! It's quicker and easier that making a large number of single serving sandwiches, and it got my boys excited about eating sandwiches again!

7/8/15

Drink more water! 6 Tips to help you stay hydrated!

I don't know about you, but for me, it's always a struggle to drink enough water. It's not that I don't like water. I do. I mean, as much as anyone can like water. I just forget to drink it! I never forget to have my morning coffee, mind you! But water is just one of those things that I don't crave. The benefits of drinking water are numerous. There's no disputing that. So I make an effort to remind myself to drink enough. I thought i'd share with you some of the tricks that I have found that help me keep hydrated!




1. Invest in a cute water bottle
I don't know what it is, but drinking water is just so much more fun when I am drinking it out of a super cute water bottle. Water bottles come in numerous sizes, shapes and designs. So pick up one that suits your aesthetic tastes and I promise you, you will be much more likely to drink from it.

2. Hydrate stickers in your planner/journal
 Do you write in a daily journal/planner/calendar? Chances are, if you work in an office setting, are a busy mom or have a schedule to keep track of, you do. Especially if you are paper planning, this is a great place to leave yourself little reminder notes to drink water! Tons of etsy shops have planner stickers available, and one of my favorites is the hydrate sticker. It's just a cute little sticker you can pop in your planner or journal and mark off each time you drink water! I love using them to keep track of my hydration in my planner! My personal favorite hydrate sticker comes from the sticker shop Oh, hello Stationery Co. But there are tons of options!



3. There's an app for that
If you aren't into paper planning, or are really just more of a techie, there's an app to help remind you to hydrate and keep track of your water consumption. Several in fact. My favorite app for tracking water intake is Aqualert. It's a free app that let's you track how much water you drink and gives you notification reminders to be sure to drink water. This is an android app. Not sure if it's available for Iphone. But, all you have to do is type "track your water intake" and any number of apps will pop up. Just choose the one that works best for you and get to sipping!

4. Use a straw
Speaking of sipping, I highly recommend you use a straw to sip your water.  Seems to me that large amounts of water just go down easier when you're drinking through a straw. (The USDA recommends you get 8-12 cups of water a day!)


 5. Infuse your water with fruit
 There are some people that just don't like water. If you're one of those people, I recommend you flavor your water. There are loads of powder-y things you can add to your water to flavor it, but I am not a fan of those. If I want to add flavor to my water I like to do it naturally, with fruit. Everyone is familiar with the concept of squeezing a little lemon in their water. I love that. But I've also been known to add fruit such as strawberries, or watermelon to my water for some added flavor. You can buy special fruit infuser bottles or you can just toss the fruit directly into the water. Some of my favorite things to add to my water to flavor it are the aforementioned lemon, cucumbers, strawberries and mint or frozen watermelon chunks. You can add anything you like to make water more tasty. Obviously the tastier it is the more likely you are to drink it!



6. Make it part of your daily routine
This might seem like a no-brainer, but this is actually the tip that helps me the most out of all of them. And that's just, build drinking water into your everyday routine. I have a big bottle of water that I carry with me everywhere I go, and make drinking from it a top priority. I have water every morning with my coffee, and it's just become a habit to fill the bottle with ice and water while I am waiting for my coffee to brew. I have water as a beverage with every meal and now it has become a habit to fill a glass at the same time that I fill my dinner plate. I also have a habit of drinking 8-10 ounces of water before every meal. Not only does it help me to stay hydrated, but it also helps me to eat less. Bonus!

So there ya have it. There are 6 quick tips to keeping yourself hydrated easily and effectively. I hope you have found this helpful! What are some of the ways that you remind yourself to drink, drink, drink?! Leave a comment in the comment's section! I would love to hear from you!!

(this is not a sponsored post. all views and opinions are my own) 

7/6/15

Cheesy Bacon Egg Cups

I recently discovered that you could bake eggs in the oven. I don't know why it never occured to me before, but it didn't. Ever since I made the discovery I have been playing around with different recipes, taking a lot of inspiration from pinterest. If you aren't on pinterest, you really ought to be. (and you ought to be following me there www.pinterest.com/Jwhackers84)  It's an amazing resource for all sorts of things, but my favorite use for pinterest is recipes. There are about a zillion recipes available on the site for everything you could ever dream of. So I just typed baked egg recipes into pinterest and about a zillion recipes came up.






Something that I saw over and over again were different versions of "egg cups" Eggs mixed with other yummy ingredients and baked in a muffin tin, and thought "aha!" My children love eggs. Especially omelettes with lots of gooey cheese and breakfast meats. I however, do not love making them. I can never seem to flip them right. And even if I do get them right, they're a pain. The last thing I want to do is stand at the stove and make omelettes. I'd much rather sip coffee while perusing social media. So I thought that these egg cups would be perfect.






Ingredients:

8 large eggs
2/3 cup milk
Shredded Cheese
6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
non-stick cooking spray
salt and pepper to taste

Start by spraying an average size muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray. In a bowl combine eggs and milk. Beat well and season with salt and pepper. Put a layer of your crumbled bacon into each cup of your muffin tin. Then add the egg mixture on top, filling each cup 3/4 full. Next top each egg cup with a bit of cheese. Add a little or add a lot. It's completely up to you. Bake in a 350 degree over for 25-30 minutes. They are done when the eggs are completely set.



This is the easiest recipe ever. The best part is it's completely customizeable. I used cheese and bacon in mine. But you could just as easily substitute breakfast sausage. Or do them veggie style with onions and green pepper. Tomato and mushroom would be amazing! You can add pretty much anything to these and they would be amazing. These are the perfect handheld breakfast in my opinion, and are super affordable to make depending on what fillings you decide to use. Just make sure anything you put into them is pre-cooked!

The best part about these is they freeze beautifully. I love making up a big batch of them and then freezing them or breakfasts all week long! The kids can just pull out an egg cup of two, zap them in the microwave for 30 seconds and they are perfect. They get a healthy, nutritious hot breakfast, and I get 5 more minutes of coffee time!


A blog overhaul

Long time no see! I have neglected this blog for far too long. Over the next week you will notice some big changes. I am expanding my blog from a beauty blog to a lifestyle blog. That means in addition to beauty blogs, you will also see blog on everything from fashion, home life, recipes, parenting and more! I think this will give me a lot more creativity and wiggle room to offer you guys a lot more content! I hope you enjoy the change!!

4/4/15

April 2015 Julep Maven Box

I got my julep maven box for April yesterday. The theme for the month is the Paradise Collection and it's full of fun bright colors. The collection featured beauty products that included some awesome looking eye brow products. But, even though I have been obsessed with eye brow products lately, I opted for the It girl box, which included two gorgeous bright polishes and a new base coat from Julep - the Oxygen Bonding Base Coat. I am super excited about the base coat. I imagine it will be something like the Orly Bonder sticky base coat which is my current favorite. The color polishes that came with the box this month are Randi, a bright pink plumeria creme polish and Danielle, a gorgeous cerulean wave duochrome blue. I think that these shades are going to be perfect for summer. I was quite excited not to see yet another pastel collection. I love the bright shades!

And of course, when I saw that Julep was offering a gorgeous holographic polish as an add on I had to jump on it! I had enough julep maven points to pay for this little beauty, so it's almost like I got it for free. The polish is Angie, and it's considered a boho glam polish, though it definitely seems more like an it girl polish to me! I can't wait to put this gorgeous polish on! I love holographics.

The box this month also came with a little package of gobstoppers, which my husband snagged since they are his favorite. Also, a coupon code for a free polish when you spend $15+. The coupon code is SPRINGFUN if you are interested.

So that's it! That's my julep maven box or April! I hope you enjoyed this post! Did you choose a Maven box this month? Which selection did you choose? I would love to hear from you! Please leave me a comment down below!




3/27/15

March Nail Polish Picks

Hey guys! This is usually something that I do on my youtube channel (If you aren't subscribed there you should be. www.youtube.com/Jwhackers) but I decided, in an attempt to use my blog more, that I would bring this series over here! I am going to be sharing with you all of the nail polishes I wore this last month! These photos were all taken from my instagram, so if you are interested in seeing my manicures in real time, you should follow me over there (Jwhackers).









March was a pretty rough month on my hands. The winter was so long here (and still sticking around, apparently, as it's currently snowing -Argh!) and it really did a number on my hands. They have been so dry, and my cuticles and nails have been really damaged. Plus, I suffered a pretty bad break near the beginning of the month, so I didn't wear quite as much nail polish as I usually would. But I did manage to get a few manicures in that I really enjoyed, so let's go ahead and get into them,

Julep Lynn and Julep Natalia
Julep Marcy 
Sally Hansen Hard as nail Xtreme wear Ivy League
with Butter London Swinger on top
Probelle Into the blue with Sinful Colors
Petal Be the Day on top
Julep Lulu with Funky Fingers Teen Spirit on Top 

3/15/15

Face of the Day

I thought I would share with you my face of the day! I did a nice neutral eye with a bit of sparkle and a pop of green that it beautiful for spring and st. patrick's day coming up!


What I'm wearing:

Covergirl outlast 3-in-1 Foundation in the shade 820 creamy natural
Rimmel match perfection 2-in-1 concealer & highlighter in the shade fair/light (under my eyes)
L'oreal true match super-blendable crayon concealer in fair/light (spot concealing)
Rimmel stay matte pressed powder in 003 natural
Revlon photoready bronzer in bronzed &chic
E.l.f. baked blush in peachy cheeky
E.l.f. cool bronzer (the white shade to highlight my face)
E.l.f. glitter primer
Urban decay naked palette (sidecar on the lid, naked in the crease, virgin for under brow and inner corner highlight)
L'oreal infallible eyeshadow in golden emerald (in the outer corner of the eye and under the lower lashline)
Pixi endless silky eye pen in black noir (to tightline)
Urban decay 24/7 glide on eye pencil in junkie (lower lashline)
Jordana best lash extreme volumizing mascara in black
E.l.f. instant lift brow pencil in deep brown
Anastasia beverly hills clear brow gel
Eos lip balm in sweet mint
E.l.f. moisturizing lipstick in the shade party in the buff
Nyx butter gloss in creme brulee

My top is from target
My necklace is from bauble bar





2/16/15

e.l.f. Studio Ultimate Kabuki Brush



I was perusing instagram one day when I saw that this amazing looking brush was available from e.l.f. I immediately went to their website (eyeslipsface.com) to buy it. You guys know what a sucker I am for Elf products. When I saw the price on this baby, my mouth dropped. $10! Ten dollars is not a lot of money for a good quality makeup brush by any means, But it's a lot for an elf brush. Elf's prices are usually dirt cheap, so 10 bucks just seems like a lot. But, I went ahead and ordered it because I am a sucker for Elf products. When it arrived in the mail I was surprised to see how big it is. The head of the brush is very fluffy and incredibly soft and flexible which I thought might make it difficult to use. That has not been the case however. I use this for applying and blending out bronzer, blush, powder, etc. I find it realy versatile. What I do is turn it and use the corner of the brush, which is rounded and quite nice to apply the product, and ten use the flat edge to blend the product out. It's big fluffy head makes blending over large areas a snap. I love to use it to blend bronzer down my neck and chest and around my forehead and because it's no big it takes no time at all. It's luxuriously soft and blends powder products beautifully. If you are leery about picking up this brush because of it's higher price point, I urge you to give it a try. It has quickly become one of my favorite elf brushes, and now that I have it I wouldn't want to be without it!


2/13/15

Lip Products for Valentine's Day!


Valentine's Day is tomorrow! Thinking about that special someone you're going to spend it with? Or maybe you're thinking about celebrating your single-dom and getting out for a girls night! Either way you are going to need a great makeup look! Personally, my favorite look for valentine's day is a pretty simple eye and a gorgeous pink or red lip! Not sure which lip product to choose? No worries! I've done the work for you! I've picked out 5 great, affordable drugstore lipsticks, in a variety of shades so no matter what look you're going for, you'll have the perfect lipstick! And Bonus! I've selected 3 glosses from my collection as well that I think would go great paired with the lipsticks I've chosen, or would be great on their own for a less bold look! So let's get into it!



1. Maybelline Vivid Rose- This is a great lipstick option if you're going out on the town with the girls, or having a day date with the man of your dreams. It's a bright, bold, look at me rose shade that brightens up your face! The formula on this lipstick is incredibly smooth, and majorly pigmented!

2. e.l.f. moisturizing lipstick in Rosy-Go-Round- I love these rose toned shades, can you tell? This one is a little more subdued than Vivid rose and that makes it more wearable in my opinion. If you're scared of a bright in your face rose toned lipstick, go with this one. It's just as beautiful but just a tad more demure!

3. Revlon Cherries in the snow- This is a gorgeous pink-y red that makes it incredibly beautiful and easier to wear than a true, tomato red! It's stunning on all skin tones and the formula is impeccable.

4. Revlon Lip Butter in Strawberry Shortcake- If you're looking for a gorgeous sweet blue toned pink, look no further. This one is a tad frosty, but super comfortable to wear and great for a sweet baby pink lip!

5. Wet n Wild Spotlight Red- Want that classic bold red lip? You can get it at a super affordable price with this beauty! It's a matte lipstick which makes it a tad drying but keeps it lasting for quite a while. You'll need a lip balm and a liner with this baby but if you're bold enough to pull it off, you won't be disappointed!

6. Julep Lively- This lip gloss from Julep is the prettiest rosy pink you ever did see. Pair it with any of the rose toned lipsticks above to add some shine or wear it alone for a perfect, subtle rose lip.

7. Nyx Butter Gloss in cherry pie- this is a great subtle red gloss that can be worn on it's own for an easier to pull off red lip, or layered with Spotlight red to add some glossy shine! The butter glosses from nyx have a great formula and a yummy smell!

8. e.l.f. lip color in pink- this baby lip lip gloss is great for a girly pink lip or can be layered on top of that pretty pink lip butter in strawberry cake for the perfect flirty, girly, glossy pink kiss!

1/1/15

My Favorite Beauty Products from 2014

Happy New Year! I know it's been a while since I posted a blog! One of my New Years Resolutions is to stay more up to date with this blog, so hopefully you'll be hearing more from me in 2015! But before we start thinking about 2015, I thought it would be fun to talk about some of my favorite products that I used in 2014. These are tried and true favorites that I used a to throughout the year. Not necessarily products that were new! I will just give you a quick laundry list of my favorite products.

Makeup:

Foundation
Maybelline Fit Me Foundation, Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation

Concealer
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer, Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles

Powder
Elf HD Powder, Elf HD Undereye Setting Powder, Rimmel Stay Matte Powder

Blush
Tarte Blushes, Elf Blushes

Bronzer
Revlon Photo Ready Bronzer, Pixi Subtly Suntouched Bronzer

Highlighter
Elf Baked Blush in Pinktastic

Eyeshadow Primer/Bases
Mac Painterly Paint Pot

Eyeshadows
Wet n Wild Color Icon Singles, Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette

Eyeliners
Urban Decay 24/7 Liners, Julep Gel Eye Glider Pencils

Mascara
L'oreal Voluminous Mascara

Lip Balm
EOS Lip Balms, Maybelline Baby Lips

Lipstick
Maybelline Lipsticks, Elf Lipsticks

Lip Gloss
Juice Beauty Lip Gloss, Nyx butter glosses

Nail Polish
Zoya, Julep

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