Lipstick of the Week//Harlot

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Harlot? Scandalous! No worries, just the name of the lipstick! As it turns out, this is a pretty fun lip color and it isn’t a lipstick but a “lip tar”. I was a little skeptical when it came to putting something on my lips with “tar” in the name but I decided to give it a try anyway.

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So it comes in a little zippered bag with a tiny brush. All you need is just a little dot on the brush and you’re set. I was worried that it would be thick and gooey. However it was the exact opposite. It went on really light and felt just like regular lipstick after a few minutes. I like this one because it still gives you a little bit of shine without being super glossy.

Downsides to this product? Touch ups are a little tough. You can’t just whip out the tube, your brush and a compact (or your phone in selfie mode) mirror gracefully. Well maybe someone out there can but that someone is not me. When I want to reapply my lip tar I have to go to the bathroom and do it. Also I noticed that after a while that dreadful “ring” shows up around my lips. You know the one that comes with a little wear on your lipstick, like after eating and stuff? Yeah just a little bit. That little ring is hard to come back from. Even if you were to wipe it all off and start again, your skin will be red from the rubbing. Real life problems here people! Anyway….

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Despite the struggle to do a sneaky touch up or the unwelcome presence of a lipstick ring, I still really like this product overall. It lasts about3-4 hours before you might start to think about freshening it up a little bit.  I just really love how light weight it is and how I forget that I’m even wearing any color on my lips. Also, I really do like this color. I’m partial to the deeper reds but fire engine red can be fun too.

Here is what the color looks like in real life:

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You can find this lip tar in this color (Harlot) at Sephora. The packaging and logo has changed a bit but I promise it’s the same stuff. There is also a primer you can get to put on before the tar. I don’t have this, I just a use a little bit of chap tick before applying and that seems to work just fine. Price wise it’s more $$ (Last weeks’s post was just $ if that helps) but I think it’s worth it!

Well that’s it people. Have a great weekend!

~BM

Five Favorites

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It’s been a while since I’ve done a Five Favorites post! Recently, Wednesdays have become my “prep day” for the rest of the week. I catch up on housework, grading (for MODG), meal planning and homeschool stuff. Ideally I would do this stuff on Sunday but sometimes the weekend is just so busy I don’t get around to it. However, today I have a little bit of extra time (which I have no idea how it happened but I’m not going to question it) so I thought I’d put together some recent favorites.

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1) Mobile Charger

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Probably a sign that I’m on my phone wayyyyy too much but I am loving this charger back up for my phone. You can find this one and several other colors at Ban.do. When I have a day filled with student phone calls, I don’t have to worry about my phone dying. In our house we ditched the home phone and only do mobile. So being available on my iPhone is important.

2) Anthropologie Candle

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These candles will always be a favorite. I got this one from my friend Jen for Christmas. She knows me all too well. #anthroforlife…. Ahem. It is the only candle that will actually fill the entire house with its smell. Plus, my home smells like Anthropologie which can only mean wonderful things.

3) Flower Crowns

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I made this crown a few weekends back and was pretty pleased with the results. It had been a while since I made one. I “think” I’m going to open my etsy shop back up in the spring with a new line of crowns. That’s what I HOPE to do. We’ll see if the littles actually let me.

4) Calendars

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My husband thinks calendars are a bit of wasted space considering we have them right there in our phones. But once again, you can see how different we are. I love having a calendar to look at. I can plan and think about upcoming events much better with an actual physical calendar in front of me. Plus I’m less likely to forget something important! I found this one as a special deal on Brickyard Buffalo (can you tell I’m a huge fan of that site?!)

5) Happy Mail

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Speaking of old fashioned things like “writing” and stuff. Here is my favorite current (and only!) subscription, Happy Mail from A Beautiful Mess. I am loving all the fun cards and paper goods sent out each month. Now I just need some people to get sick and/or married so I can use them! Just kidding. Don’t get sick. I mean you can get married but don’t get sick just because I want to send you an awesome card. Yeah. Don’t do it……..

Anyway! These are my favorites for this week! Peter and James are suddenly dangerously quite so I’m going to go see what they’re destroying. Stop by Call Her Happy for more favorites!

More coffee pleeeeeease!

~BM

Three Outfits For Your Valentines

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With Valentines a few weeks away I started playing around with some outfit ideas. I’m the person who plans out what I’m going to wear for events weeks in advance. Why? Probably because I spend most my days at home almost never leaving the house except for a dire Target run and the weekends. Mom life right? So getting to do fun stuff is a big deal for me.

I finally put away all my maternity clothes the other weekend and it felt so good. Then I brought out a box of clothes that I had put away while I was pregnant. It was like Christmas all over again! As much as I want to get a new outfit for Valentines day, I figured I should probably create something new with what I already have, especially all those items I haven’t worn in 9 months! These style boards were inspired by a few (similar) items that I already have. It’s amazing what you can come up with tinkering around with things you already own. Lately I’ve been playing with mixed patterns and I’m loving the result. It’s like my closet is all brand new. Well. Sorta…

 No matter what your plans are for February 14th, here are a couple looks you can try out.

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Dress//Dorothy Perkins (on sale!), Earrings//Bauble Bar (also on sale!), Shoes//DSW, Clutch//Marc Jacobs, Lipstick//Lancome.

Ladies Night

Shirt//Hello Apparel, Jeans//A&E, Blazer//H&M, Hair Pin//Ban.do, Glasses//Warby Parker, Shoes//ModCloth

Galentines

Shirt//Mindy Mae’s Market, Skirt//Mindy Mae’s Market, Shoes//DSW, Black Bow//Etsy, Essie//Target, Clutch//(Similar. Because thats a $1500 Prada bag. Yikes.)

I hope these style boards help you pick out your outfit for Valentines!

~BM

Lipstick of the Week//Standout

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I decided to start a fun little series on the blog featuring different lipsticks, lip stains, lip glosses etc. I think there are a lot of women out there who would like to give lip color a try but become intimidated by all the choices, or the worry about “pulling it off”. I stayed away from any lip color for years because I was just terrified of looking ridiculous. Then about two years ago I fell in love with a color and suddenly I was hooked. I no longer cared what anyone thought. I was going to wear whatever I wanted. Even when I know I’m going to be home all day I add some color. There is just something about a little bit of makeup that makes a huge difference in my mood and productivity. Of course everyone is different but at least for me it helps.

This new lipstick obsession has resulted in quite a collection. So I thought it would be a fun idea to start reviewing some of them. I know I have found some of my favorite colors/brands because I saw them worn/reviewed online. And seeing the tube isn’t enough. I want to show what the color looks like in real life! Hopefully this little series can help you find the color you’re looking for (or tell you which ones to avoid!).

First up! An awesome drug store find… Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm-Standout (250)

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This lipstick is a great one to start with because it comes in a pencil like form. So if you’re like me and constantly worried about staying in the lines, this is super helpful. The color stays on really well. If I’m wearing it all day then I “touch it up” every couple hours. However, if you put it on and totally hate it, it comes off pretty easy with a tissue. I also really like the matte lipsticks because they aren’t shiny. Some matte lipsticks can get a little clumpy after a few applications but not this one.

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This is it! It is definitely one of my favorites. Plus it’s always great to find a drug store product that I love. Yay saving money! Ok well that’s it for this week. Let me know if there are any particular colors/brands that you would like to see reviewed! And if you’re on the fence about trying lip color I say just go for it! Worst case scenario? You wipe it off. At least you tried something new right? Right!

~BM