Stop the Presses! Self-Tanning Update

Monday, July 28, 2014
I'm going to do another budget beauty post soon, but I had such a positive experience with this product over the weekend that I had to pop in to share.  I mentioned that I'd be trying L'Oreal's Sublime Broze Self-Tanning Towelettes and while it took me a while to get up the energy to try something new, they were worth the wait.

The box says they are "quick & convenient" with "smooth, even application" and "streak free".  All true. I feel a little silly getting this excited, but when you avoid the sun like I do, but have a bit of self-loathing going on about the ol' pasty-white legs, it's big deal.

I used the "Medium Natural Tan" color.  I exfoliated/shaved in the shower and then thoroughly dried off.  The packet holds a folded up "wipe" that is slightly more wet than a baby wipe, but about the same thickness.  I just started to rub the wipe all over my arms and legs where I thought I would naturally have a tan.  I couldn't believe how much product was on the towelette--it definitely covered my entire body with ease.  After washing my hands, I used the blow dryer to make sure my skin was completely dry before I put on my robe and started my morning routine.  Easy Peasy.

The color started coming in within a few hours and by that night, I was tan!  The instructions said that once you achieved the desired color you wanted, you could do the same process again 1-2 times a week to keep it up.  Pretty cool!

Two things to note:

1.  The scent didn't bother me while I was applying it, but it stuck around long enough for me to notice (for several hours).  It wasn't offensive, but for someone sensitive to scents, it's worth noting.
2.  Instead of only rubbing the towelette on areas where I would normally tan, I should've just rubbed it all over my arms and legs.  The difference between "tan" and not tan on my arms (especially my upper arms) is pretty obvious.  No big deal for my errand running/laundry doing days, but for a night out, it might not cut it.

Now that I've found a solid tanning solution, I can focus on my search for a non-irritating eye makeup remover.  Any suggestions?

Happy (fake) tanning!  :)

More Ways to Waste Time: Have a Great Weekend!

Friday, July 25, 2014
Things are very up in the air around these parts:  I might have some big news to share soon!  With everything going on, the days are running together and I never know what day it is.  I hope you are managing your summer better than I am ;)

Here are a few things that I've been reading and following on the Internet lately:

  • This article on plastic surgery inside the beltway fascinates me.  And I totally get why people there do it.

  • YES!  New artwork and some scoop for Homeland Season 4 that starts on October 4th.  I already have it on my calendar.

  • True story: I only recently started using aerosol hairspray in the last few years (I blame bad skin as a teenager that I feared was from the spray!)....what a difference it makes (duh).  The only downside is the spray dries out and builds up on my baby fine hair.  I just ordered Kenra 25 based on the rave reviews-I'm hoping it lives up to all of the hype.  It should be here next week.  And not a moment too soon because I'm using some travel sized cheapo after my Pureology spray ran out.  (Pureology: loved the smell, hated the buildup)

  • "Girls Love Science. We Tell Them Not To." was a thought-provoking article--especially since I'm raising an impressionable, make-up loving girly-girl.  The commentary on gender roles in our society is not breaking news, but alarming nonetheless.

  • This week, I rejoined Birchbox.  I've had hit and miss success with my boxes in the past, so I gave the service a rest for a long time.  But I just heard that you can select one of the samples that comes in your box right now (one of four) and that was enough to lure me back!  I like the idea of surprises, but knowing that I really want at least one of the samples they send makes the deal pretty sweet.

Happy reading and have a great weekend :)

Put An Arrow on It

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Hello :)  How are you?  I've been at the beach and am slowly starting to come back to a regular routine. That, of course, includes getting back on the blogging horse.  I've been meaning to do a little roundup of all things arrows since they seem to be EVERYWHERE (anyone remember the "Put a Bird On It" episode from Portlandia?).  Arrows are such a classic, happy image that invoke in me feelings of freedom, soaring to new heights, and endless possibilities.  They really are timeless--I love the look.

I was going to make this one of my 'design trend' columns, but the only column I've done in that category gets a crazy amount of spam (page views and unpublished comments).  So I hesitate to use the same terminology.  We're just going to keep things loosey goosey and relaxed.  Here are just a few things I've found with the kind of rustic arrows I like:


arrow print for boys
Artwork by Printable Wisdom via Etsy

blue arrow onesie
Onesie from eleventyfive via etsy

Toddler "Wild" shirt from Feather 4 Arrow via Shoppe


sliver arrow ring
Silver arrow ring from SterlingSilverJewels via etsy

Arrow earrings from Barberryandlace via Etsy

Arrow bracelet from LayeredWithLove via Etsy

Home Accessories

Wall Decals from SignHereVinyl via Etsy

orange arrow sheets
Land of Nod Sheet Set

Pottery Barn Teen Jewelry Stand 

urban outfitters home accessories arrows

Clockwise from top left via Urban Outfitters: throw || wall decals || bathmat || decorative box


purple arrow scarf
Arrow scarf from Target

Arrow boxers from Gap

Scalloped tap shorts from Anthropologie

Arrow sweater from JCrew

Phone cases

iPhone case from uncovet

iPhone case from Zazzle


Arrow dog collar from Shelleycreations via etsy

cool design dog bed accessories
Arrow dog bed via Amazon

Have you been noticing arrows a lot lately, too?

More Ways to Waste Time: Happy Friday!

Friday, July 11, 2014
It's Friday!  Here are a few things to keep you from doing what you're supposed to be doing today. You're welcome.

1.  I ordered this rash guard for our beach trip and it looks like it'll arrive in time.  My kids live in the water at the beach and rash guards are the easiest way to protect us all from getting fried.

(Lands' End ON SALE! $19.50)

2.  The second trailer for Gone Girl is out.  I can't wait for October 3rd.  Movies based on books are rarely as good as the book, but this trailer looks really good!

3.  My kids would love to make these fudge pops from Against All Grain.  It would give us a chance to use these new BPA-free popscle molds.  We have other molds that sit in a tray to freeze (who has a flat open space in their freezer at a moments notice?), but these individual tubes give us the freedom to just stuff them anywhere they'll fit.

4.  In case you were living under a rock, Eva Medes and Ryan Gosling are expecting a child together and the news almost broke the Internet this week. has a funny roundup of the reactions of fans on twitter..really worth the click.

5.  We don't have an ant problem at our current house (knock on wood), but we did at our last house.  They were those tiny little ants that came out of nowhere if you left even the tiniest of crumbs, or missed a bit of honey on the counter while cleaning up.  Here are 13 natural remedies to get rid of ants that I wish we'd tried while we were there.  Eventually, we just got used to them ;)

6.  I have super fine, thin hair and I have my eye on this thickening "dryspun" shampoo from Bumble and Bumble.  Usually dry shampoo builds up in my hair with unpleasant results, but the reviewers with similar hair to mine are raving about it.  I think I'll buy it at Sephora, just in case ;)

7.  Finally, an airline with humans running the show.  Great story!

8.  I was returning a few things at the mall the other day and popped into GapKids on a whim.  They were having a 40% off sale items promotion.  I cleaned up on summer stuff that the kids can wear this fall for school.  She said they were getting in their fall collection the next day.  What?!  I thought we just got out of school?  (It looks like they are having a bigger clearance today if you're in the market!)

Have a great weekend :)

Budget Beauty: Hits and Misses

Wednesday, July 9, 2014
I'm not against spending money on products for my skin and beauty routine (especially products that live up to their claims), but if I can find something that works just as well at Target or my local drug store, why wouldn't I spend less?  I don't wear a lot of color on my eyes and lips, so when I feel like experimenting, I'd rather spend under $10 instead of $50.  Especially if it's $50 on the latest eye shadow palette that I will probably end up never using.

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Here's what I've tried lately:

Maybelline NY Green Cover Stick Corrector Concealer

Claims: Corrects redness and covers under eye circles and blemishes.
Results:  It worked well to cover both my under eye circles, a red area on my forehead (that I've always had) and the redness around my nose.  However, under my eyes it ended up looking too bright (even with concealer on top).  Also, it caked around my nose.  I exfoliate every other day, but it still just wouldn't blend into that area.
Verdict:  Miss: I didn't love it, but for under $5 it could work in a pinch.

Maybelline NY Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Spot Treatment Corrector

Claims:  Covers imperfections instantly, evens skin tone with Vitamin C to fade spots over time.  Also: "precision eraser applicator".
Results:  Unfortunately, I really didn't like this product.  The sponge-tipped applicator made for an awkward application--the product needs to be coaxed out by pressing the sponge down on your skin.  Plus, it has a slight scent that doesn't appeal to me.  It seriously smells like fruity spray paint.
Verdict: Miss

L'OREAL Paris Colour Riche Balm in #418 "Caring Coral"

Claims: Hydrating, sheer lip color.
Results: I love the formula--it is buttery and silky, but it's a bit too sheer for my liking.  I have a lot of pigment in my lips, so it barely showed up.  But I'll probably try to find a deeper shade because it felt so good on my lips and it smells like chocolate!  (The scent fades soon after you put it on.)
Verdict: Hit: if I can find it in a better color

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L'OREAL Paris Sublime Bronze Self Tanner in Medium/Natural Tan

Claims: No rub, quick dry, streak-free color with a fresh citrus scent.  Also: a 360 degree angle applicator.
Results: The color was nice--not too dark for my very pale skin, but it was very streaky and I had several dark droplets where the spray dripped on the skin.  It looked like I had a bunch of weird birthmarks on my legs.  Maybe if I had Joe spray me down it would have been applied more evenly.   I also didn't like the idea of the over-spray landing on my rug and floors.  (It's a very fine mist, but still.) On the plus side: the scent was nice--nothing like I'm used to with self tanners.  And it definitely faded once it was dry.  I also picked up some tanning 'towelettes' that I'm going to give a go once this product finally wears off (that's another plus, it's been three days and it's still hanging on!)
Verdict: Miss for me, but maybe a Hit for you if you have someone who can carefully spray you down once a week.

Maybelline NY Color Tatoo by EYESTUDIO 24 Hour eye shadow (#35 "Tough as Taupe" and #70 "Barely Branded")

Claims:  The gel formula will glide on with no creasing and will last 24 hours.
Results:  I like this formula.  It's not as creamy as some, and I had to kind of warm up my fingers to get it to "melt" enough to easily apply it.  It does crease a little, but not enough to deter me--especially since it lasts all day.  My only complaint is that the color wasn't blended very well in the pot.  Sometimes I'd get these streaks of shimmer on my lids when I applied it.  For the most part, the color was consistent.  I love the the "Tough as Taupe" and usually wear it alone with liner and mascara.  Sometimes I use it as a base/primer for other shadows.  The "Barely Branded" color was a bit dark and matte for me.  I'm a beginner level, at best, when applying eye shadow and this dark, intense shade left no room for error.  Plus, the color was dull on me (there is no shimmer in the pot, so this shouldn't have been a surprise).
Verdict: Hit:  give these a try.  Finding the perfect colors may take some effort, but overall the formula does what it says.

That's what I've been dabbling in lately.  Do you have any inexpensive "hits" to share?

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