Product Review: e.l.f. Waterproof Eyeliner Pen

A little while back, I decided to try wearing a brown eyeliner, rather than black. Having blue eyes, the recommendation is generally to wear black mascara, etc. That has worked well for me, but I wanted a softer, more “everyday” look.

Check it out by clicking on the image.

Oh, and a big requirement was that it be waterproof.

So, I grabbed an e.l.f. waterproof eyeliner pen for very little $$ ($2.00 on the e.l.f. site right now!) – color “Coffee” – and absolutely love it. I wear it pretty much everyday, and it lasts *amazingly* well.

Seriously. I’ve cried, sweated, even slept on it, and it stays put. I love this stuff.


Product Review: e.l.f. Waterproof Lengthening & Volumizing Mascara

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In the hopes of finding a more affordable option for mascara, I picked up e.l.f.’s Waterproof Lengthening & Volumizing Mascara. Here’s what I’m thinking so far:

  • Does it seem to be waterproof?

I have nothing to complain of there… I’ve had no problems with it running, though, I haven’t really had a good cry-fest while wearing it ;).

  • Does it accomplish a good long, voluminous lash-look?

It works pretty well. It is certainly not as effective on this score as my previous, more expensive mascara, but it’s perfectly sufficient for my personal “look”. I would probably want something more volumizing if I needed a more dramatic look (when I get back on stage, etc.).

  • Overall?

Overall, I like it and plan to purchase it in the future. For $3.00, I’m happy. 🙂

Festive Fall Table

Last year, Daddy bought Mama a set of each color (at the time: red, cobalt, green, yellow, orange) of Mainstays dishes.

At the time, this color was not available… But, this is the kind we purchased – Mainstays 16-Piece Round Dinnerware Set ($26.88). Click on the image to see it at

So, this year, I was able to set a festive, fall-colored table using all but the cobalt.

It is so simple, affordable, and festive. We paired them with alternating green and gold napkins (avoiding setting the gold by the yellow, or the green by the green…). On the table, we have a white (off-white would work great) brocade table cloth, covered with an off-white lace cloth. A centerpiece of a few varying-sized pumpkins – some white, some orange – makes for an excellent fall table.



Christmas Cards

I just got an email this morning from Vistaprint, announcing that their Christmas cards are 50% off right now!

I’ve used Vistaprint many times now, over the past few years. The products are professional, the customer service is awesome, and the site is very user-friendly.

So, if you’re looking for a good place to buy customized Christmas cards, look no further. 🙂

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Plus, you can even customize your own gift tags, or fun products like mugs and phone cases.

They have so many great designs, or you could upload your own!

Liquid Foundation + Brush

Over the past few years, I’ve been on a somewhat wandering journey to figuring out makeup. I tend to be something of a minimalist, I guess, always preferring the more natural or classic makeup looks. So, I’ve never even attempted contouring, and such techniques.

But, I do like my liquid foundation. My skin is naturally pretty clear, so foundation is usually enough to double as concealer as well. Even foundation, though, can leave your face looking caked with makeup. I like to avoid this. 🙂

Here’s what I’m using right now:

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I use maybe one pump, dab it over my face, and rub it in with my fingers. I distribute it as evenly as I can, occasionally adding a bit more under my eyes, or wherever needs a little more concealment.

Next, I go over it with a brush. (One day I’ll probably use a foundation brush… But, right now I’m just using a big old blush brush.) This helps SO much to give my makeup a more natural, less “caked-on” look. I love it!

Closet Re-Org

Yesterday I finally got in my “closet” (a.k.a. a corner of the sewing room/guest room/etc. that is connected to my bedroom) and reorganized. Organizing is a job I love, but, when it comes to my personal stuff, I’m usually in a mess.

Now that my older sister is married, the second bed in my room is far too often covered in clothes. With as much traveling as I’ve been doing these last few weeks, suitcases and shoeboxes have added to the chaos.

So, it was past time to address the issue. Instead of just hanging my clothes and being done with it, I decided to actually reorganize the whole space and make a new start.

It’s not the best photo, but it’ll give you a good idea of what it looks like.

Our house has no closets, other than a small medicine closet in the hall bathroom, a sort of coat closet under the stairs, and a small closet added into the master bedroom. So, I use wire shelves, shoe shelves, and hanging cubbies to take the place of a closet. Yesterday, I organized the hanging clothes as you see above:

  • Tunics
  • Skirts (roughly by color)
  • Dresses (by color, hung in the corner in order to open up the top of the shoe shelves)
  • Tops (by color)
  • Long Coats (hung to the side, out of the way of the shoe shelves)
Shoe Shelf #1

Shoe Shelf #1

For gig nights, I usually wear stilettos… Which don’t fit well on or under these shoe shelves. But, I did find that they fit pretty well like I have them in the picture above. They would obviously fit fine on the top shelf, but, considering the amount of boots I have, it was clearly reserved for them.

Shoe Shelves #’s 2 and 3

Since the hanging cubbies are holding most of my other shoes, I was able to dedicate all but the top shelf of these last two shoe shelves to clothes. I folded my jeans and cardigans, and laid them in neat piles on the floor (after cleaning it!). The middle shelves hold my “crinkly” skirts – the kind that can be stored in knots.

We’ll see how this system works out! Do you have any favorite organization tricks for closets?



Product Review: TRESemme Tres Extra Hold Mousse

My journey with wavy hair continues. I’m loving my hair right now, and have been interested in learning to make the most of it. A couple of friends recommended I try adding mousse to my routine, so I did.

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I bought a travel-size bottle of the above product (I believe it was this kind exactly… But, it could have been “volumizing” as well. I’m not 100% sure.). Since I wasn’t sure how it would work, I didn’t want to come home with a big bottle of it. But, now that I know I like it (after using it 4+ times), it’s time to move up to the full size!

What I did:

I washed my hair as usual (shampoo, rinse, scrunch with towel to dry).

While my hair was still really wet, I worked in a small handful of mousse, focusing first on the roots. After working it all through to the ends of my hair, I scrunched with a towel to help re-form the curls and speed the drying.

I continued to scrunch my hair occasionally until it dried.

What it did:

After using this, especially after the second or third time, I had nice, natural volume, and better, more defined “curls”. I was afraid my hair would feel weighed-down, or dirty with the product in it. But, instead, it felt great and looked great, too!