Month: October 2017

October Favorites!

October Favorites!

I can’t believe it’s already the last day of October! I’ve been back to blogging for two whole months now and it’s been a lot of fun. I started blogging to have a creative outlet for my new career as a stay at home mom. […]

I Practiced Witchcraft Every Day

I Practiced Witchcraft Every Day

  As we’re getting closer to Halloween, All Saints Day, and All Souls Day, there is so much joy and fun in gathering pumpkins for our doorsteps, watching spooky movies, and brewing up pumpkin spice potions. Trick-or-Treaters get to reimagine themselves, make themselves the lead […]

DIY Carpet Cleaning Powder

DIY Carpet Cleaning Powder

 

In my first installment of natural cleaning DIYs, I thought I would share my favorite recipe for a DIY Carpet Cleaning Powder!

 

The tenants before us in our apartment had a very sweet dog, who also happened to shed a lot. Eventually that sweet dog smell turned into a stale dog smell, and we were left with an apartment that smelled like someone else’s dog. With my serious dog allergies (hence our standard poodle), I needed to get that scent out and really get down into the carpet fibers.

 

I looked all over to find a carpet cleaning powder that didn’t have talc or other not-so-good scents and formulations. I decided to save a little money and use what I had around the house! If you have some essential oils you love, this DIY carpet cleaning powder will be easy to put together in just a few minutes.

 

The baking soda in this recipe really gets down into the carpet fibers and disturbs them enough so they can be vacuumed and lose that trapped dirt and debris. It’s like a double vacuuming in just one pass!

 

 

DIY Carpet Cleaning Powder

 

1 powdered sugar shaker (sugar removed of course)

1 bottle orange essential oil (or your favorite scent)

1 bottle tea tree essential oil

Baking Soda

 

Add enough baking soda to fill the shaker with room to mix. Add 10-12 drops of orange essential oil and 5-10 drops of tea tree (to disinfect). Cover the top and shake. Sprinkle all over carpeted areas. Leave on for 30-60 minutes. Keep kids and pets away from the area during this time (as best you can!). Vacuum up powder. Enjoy the fresh scent and soft carpet!

 

What DIY cleaners do you like? What’s your favorite way to freshen up your carpets? Do you have any tips on keeping kids and pets away from your cleaning projects? Leave a comment below!

 

For more tips, tricks, and inspiration head over to my Pinterest board , my Instagram, or my lifestyle and fitness Instagram!

 

How I Menu Plan

How I Menu Plan

My husband and I have been doing rough menu planning since we moved in together way back in 2002. It’s such a nice way to make grocery shopping more efficient, reduce food waste, and take away one decision every day. I’m all about reducing decision […]

Why Vision Boards Work

Why Vision Boards Work

Ok, more accurately “Why I Think Vision Boards Work.” I’m not an expert on vision boards or personal development or even the magical, mystical theories behind The Secret. I am an expert on my own vision board, though, and have given it a lot of […]

Splurge vs. Steal: Dark Circle Concealer

Splurge vs. Steal: Dark Circle Concealer

Recently, my husband and I have been trying to get more serious about our budget. We both love our little splurges and extras, but we would like to be more responsible about the money we spend. I think it’s always good to go with the more reasonably-priced version of whatever you’re buying, but it doesn’t always work out that way.

 

Every time I read a “splurge vs. steal” article or post, I’m curious how differently the products work. Everyone claims that these “dupes” are exactly the same, but is that really true? I went to the drugstore the other day to see for myself.

 

One of my most important cosmetics is concealer. Some days I’ll even skip foundation and go straight into wearing concealer, corrector, and a little setting powder. I have pretty serious dark circles under my eyes that no amount of eye cream will fix. Whether it’s new motherhood, sporadic bouts of insomnia, allergies, or genetics, I’m stuck with these circles and love finding things to camouflage them. I like to use a color corrector because it’s peach-y tone neutralizes the blues and purples of dark undereye circles. Once I place a corrector directly on the bluest part, I add concealer in an inverted triangle underneath my eye for the best coverage and finish up with setting powder.

 

My usual go to products are Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer and Bobbi Brown color corrector. Unfortunately, together these products cost $57! The color corrector lasted me well over a year, but I found myself replacing the concealer far more often than I would like. They conceal my dark circles well and don’t crease, create lines, or dry out. Other than the price, I’ve been really happy with this combo.

 

After watching a few youtube videos and reading a few blog posts, I decided to try Maybelline Fit Me Concealer and NYX Dark Circle Concealer to see if I could snag these products for a more reasonable price. For color suggestions, I just typed in the name of my original products and “dupe” in google and went with those colors. The new total for these two items was $13.

 

 

Here are the swatches on the inside of my arm, which seems to be the best comparison to my undereye area.

(swatches from L-R: Maybelline, Nars, NYX, Bobbi Brown)

 

I have to admit, the NYX Dark Circle Concealer was a great dupe for Bobbi Brown! I am so happy with that option! Bobbi Brown’s color corrector is $27 and the NYX is only $6. What a huge difference! I think the NYX corrector even had a smoother feel to it, almost like it was mixed with a primer. The Bobbi Brown was a bit creamier. Normally I like to have a creamy consistency under my eyes, but the smoother texture of the NYX worked much better for me.

 

Unfortunately, the Maybelline Fit Me concealer was a really bad option for me. As you can see from the swatches, the color is much different than the Nars concealer. It also has an almost liquid consistency. By the end of the day, it had gotten spotty and started collecting in fine lines under my eyes. Not what I wanted at all! It was a big disappointment and I’m sad I spent the money.

 

I went back to the drawing board and saw that Maybelline’s Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circle Treatment Concealer might be a better option. I went back to the store and picked up a tube of that concealer and it’s amazing! It also contains an undereye treatment cream to fix circles as well as cover them.

 

Here’s my final lineup! NYX Dark Circle Concealer Corrector, Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser, and my Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder on top. I ended up losing a little money with the wrong Maybelline product, but now I have two drugstore products that will save me a lot of money in the long run!

 

 

Here’s a pic of my undereyes to give you a better idea of how well this trio conceals. My right eye has all three products and my left eye is untreated. Big difference, right?

 

And so you don’t think I was running around with only half my makeup done, I finished it up with a pumpkin spice eye look (and some better lighting). Not bad, right?

 

What’s your favorite way to treat and cover dark circles? Are you a fan of luxury makeup products or do you like to save when you get a chance? What dupes have you been able to find? Comment below with your thoughts!

 

For more tips, tricks, and inspiration head over to my Pinterest board , my Instagram, or my lifestyle and fitness Instagram!

 

 

Shame is An Ugly Word

Shame is An Ugly Word

  Have you ever talked yourself into a really uncomfortable place? A place where your weaknesses are laid bare and you can’t talk yourself out of your corner? I’m sure we’ve all had these experiences where our humanity is laid bare, and all we can […]

National Parks Map DIY

National Parks Map DIY

Back when my husband and I were first married, we were pretty much flat out of money every week. Instead of staying inside and just staring at each other (I mean, that’s free…), we decided to spend as much time as possible in our nation’s […]