Yes, I am just jumping on board the Colourpop train. I have one word for the products I purchased: Obsessed.

I bought (well, Mitri bought it actually. Thanks, boo!) three products that I had heard great things about, all in different categories so I could get a well-rounded feel for the brand.

In my purchase: A sculpting stick for contouring, an eyeshadow, and a lipstick.

Sculpting Stix in Dove, $5— 10/10

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This might be my holy grail of contour products. The marker-like applicator is easy to apply exactly where you want it, and the formula is creamy enough to blend in easily (I use a brush because I don’t want to mix that color on my Beauty Blender). The color dries to a powder finish, but it doesn’t look chalky or heavy. I usually don’t go too crazy on my contour, but this makes me want to. I use it on my cheekbones, corners of my forehead, and my nose.

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Super Shock Shadow in Weenie, $5—- 8/10

A rose-gold eye shadow is my go to, because it’s so versatile and gives you such a fresh look. This shadow is super pigmented and has a soft texture, so the makers encourage you to use your finger when applying it. I found that if I am using it in my crease, a fluffy dome-shaped brush is perfect and gives you the rose-gold color without being overbearing. For more drama, I apply a little with my finger over the softer color or into the outer corner of my eyes. I haven’t used this with my finger all over my lid yet, but I’m sure the color would be more dramatic and beautiful. It stays on, even in the Alabama heat, but after a few hours I noticed a little flaking where I used my finger to apply. I still love the product and the color though, so I will just look for a good primer and use it anyway!

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Lippie Stix in Flawless, $5 —- 9/10

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A perfect purple lipstick is essential for the fall. You have to have it. While I sometimes go for darker, more vampy purples, this color caught my eye. When applied, its more of a violet color that leaves behind a beautiful raspberry stain. I love the way it looks against my (admittedly, pale) skin and how white it makes my teeth look. Pair this lip color with a smoky eye and a black dress for a night out, or wear with simple makeup for a pop of color. I gave this product a 9 solely because I need to wear a lip liner with it, or it strays a little outside of the lines.

 

Have you tried any Colourpop products? What do I need to try next?

All products above are available here.

This post is not sponsored; opinions are not endorsements.

 

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Thankfully, fall is on its way. While most people think of the season’s fashion changes, (boots, leggings, coats, scarves, etc.) some forget that makeup routines and trends change with the cooler weather as well.

While some of my makeup changes with the weather, there are a few products that help me transition from season to season. Look at my list below for my top four summer-to-fall makeup products, and let me know what helps you transition into the fall!

A good pressed powder

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The Alabama summer heat and humidity is not a joke. Even towards the end of the hotter months, the humidity doesn’t ease up. Even though I use a liquid foundation, I sweep a little pressed powder over my T-zone to keep my face looking matte throughout the day. This Rimmel powder is one of my favorites- it is so light and takes the shine away without giving you a fake-matte look.

Rimmel London Stay Matte Long-lasting Pressed Powder, $4.99
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A fake lashes mascara without the hassle

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One of my favorite things about fall makeup trends is the long, false eyelashes look; however, putting on lashes is not something I want to do regularly. To get the look without spending three hours putting on lashes, I use this mascara to make my eyelashes look fuller and longer. It’s super black, and the wand is thin enough to do your bottom lashes, too. Beware: This mascara can get clumpy at times- if you want perfectly separated lashes, you may not love this.

Covergirl The Super Sizer Waterproof Mascara, $6.85
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A brown lip liner

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Dark reds, deep purples, and nudes are some of my favorite lipstick shades to wear when the weather starts getting cooler. Some people have a liner for every shade- I have about two. This Avon liner is my religion. It is the perfect shade of brown (almost a brick-brown color) to go with literally everything. If you fill in your lips with this shade before putting on your lipstick, it keeps the color on all day and stays in place. If you need anything this fall, you need this. Now.

Avon Glimmersticks Lip Liner in Simply Spice, $7
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A day-to-night eye palette

I’ll admit it- I have quite a few eye shadow palettes. One of my top favorites is Urban Decay’s Naked 3, which is also my favorite of the Naked palettes in general. The third installment in the brand’s collection features pink-toned shades, both matte and shimmer. I have used almost every color in this package since I’ve had it (about a year) and it doesn’t even look like I’ve made a dent in it. The highlight color on the left is great for the brow bone, and some of the more matte shades (like Nooner) are perfect in the crease. I also love the metal packaging- it’s a lot more durable than its sibling palettes.

Urban Decay Naked 3 Eye Shadow Palette, $54
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(All prices may vary by store; this post is not sponsored)

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My kitchen pantry has been a point of frustration for quite some time. It’s not very big, but the kitchen doesn’t have a lot of cabinet space – meaning that we need to utilize every square inch of the pantry.

The pantry has always bothered me, but in the last few months it got out of control. And I mean, OUT of control – like a hurricane had blown there and somehow missed the rest of the house.

On the last weekend in July, I was determined to clean and organize the pantry. I needed this for my sanity.

Toss or keep?

First, I took everything out. I made piles across the kitchen floor: Keep, trash, storage.

The ‘keep’ pile had things like canned food, chips, snacks, and baking necessities. The ‘trash’ pile was mostly just food items that had expired, plastic containers missing lids, and random things that had somehow made a home in the pantry. The ‘storage’ pile was mostly holiday decorations for the dining room, which belong in our Christmas boxes in the basement.

Next, I grabbed a basket and started breaking things from the ‘keep’ pile into categories. My categories included things like snacks and baking, but I also had a pile for protein powder and for party needs. I made one for my roommate and her things, too. Everyone’s categories will probably be a little bit different according to your lifestyle, and that’s okay!

Try to not be too obsessive about what goes in each category – as long as it makes sense to you, that’s all that matters.

Organize

Then, separate your categories into different baskets. You can get baskets that match or try different ones that fit the mood of your kitchen. Also make sure to store the things that you have the most of in the biggest basket!

My kitchen has a rustic feel, so I went with wicker baskets (HomeGoods), wire baskets with copper handles (Target), and galvanized steel buckets (my local hardware store, Little Hardware). They don’t match, but they all have the same vibe.

Once you arrange the baskets or containers, you can label them. This is totally optional and more for looks than anything, but I thought it was so cute that I couldn’t resist.

I used chalkboard gift tags from Target, but any type of tag will work. Write the name of whatever category is in the basket on the tag, using any sort of lettering you want. I went with a loopy script.

Then, grab some ribbon, twine, or yarn and tie the tag to the basket handle or to an opening in the wire.

After I did all the organizing, I steam cleaned the floor with my Swiffer Bissel Steam Cleaner and put in a new light bulb (bad lighting will kill the mood of a room in a split second).

Voila! You’re done! The whole process probably took me 3-4 hours, but I had a lot of trash to clean out.

Does your pantry need a makeover? What kind of organization do you follow in your kitchen?

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My boyfriend and I live in a 100 year-old house.

When I moved in, all I could see was green.

The ugly, dark Kelly green paint flaking off the side of the house.

We lived in a frat house-esque home for the first year, with four male roommates. I went home to my parent’s house often, because I couldn’t quite stomach the idea of sleeping on a mattress that was on the floor.

Then, we redid the living room. I’m not even sure how it happened- but one day there was a dirty love seat and paper-thin rug on the floor, and the next day it was gone. We had a new (to us) couch, a coffee table, and a few lamps.

And that sparked it.

Ever since, I’ve had the home improvement bug. We’ve painted, gone to IKEA, planted trees, drilled holes, stained wood… and we’re not finished.

I’m proud of our home. We have a table that is always set, a fireplace ready to be lit, and a bowl where our keys go. We have throw pillows, baskets, cookbooks, and pictures.

Now, it (kind of) looks like a real house!

Stay tuned for pretty, Southern, ways to transform your house into a home.

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Style advice?

Denim.

THERE IS NO PROBLEM DENIM CANNOT FIX. I cannot stress that enough.

Years ago, I hated wearing jeans. They were always too tight, too short, too dark, or too something. I never wore them, and any pair I owned had to be an expensive pair. I was convinced that they fit better and would change my mind, and expose me to the joy of the blue material.

I was so wrong.

There was nothing that would make me like jeans until I liked myself. After some changes through the last few years (aka college years of eating nothing but cereal and peanut butter) I began to actually like my body. Once that happened, my love of denim flourished. Everything began to fit better and made me actually enjoy wearing them.

I probably own six pairs of jeans now, ranging in colors from black, to white, to a light shade of blue (I still maintain that dark jeans do not look good on me). I wear them at least 5 days a week, because I’m lucky enough to have a job where I can wear jeans.

The style point here is, jeans will save your wardrobe. Those short dresses I wear on the weekends double as tops over a good pair of skinny jeans during the week. A denim jacket can take your sundress from a party to the office. A denim vest makes something girly look edgy. And a solid pair of flares will change your life (maybe it’s just me on that one- no promises).

My other point here is, I didn’t decide to love wearing jeans because they suddenly looked good on a thinner body. The point is that I became happy with myself, and that made the difference. If you think some article of clothing doesn’t work on you, check your self confidence before swearing it off forever.

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Class, dignity, and beauty.

Contrary to popular belief, being born in a Southern state does not make a woman into a Southern belle. Neither a perfectly clean home nor a juicy rum cake can transform someone into the ideal form of a Southern woman.

A girl needs three things before she can be the ultimate Southern lady, and they are class, dignity, and beauty.

Now, no one is born with these things. You develop these over time, through your family and friends, the choices you make, and the way you live. These are things that come from your brain and your heart, and shine through. These traits are exhibited in daily life.

I’m not saying the South doesn’t have any bad eggs.

I’m just saying it’s less likely.

 

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Makeup can be the most fun thing in the world, until you stab yourself with eyeliner. We all know the feeling of buying a foundation that’s too dark, a lipstick that makes your lips feel like they’re covered in glue, and mascara that winds up looking like spiders live on your eyes.

I’ve been there, and I’ve been there often.

But it’s worth it. It’s worth it for that time when you look in the mirror and catch your own eye. For when you are at your saddest moment, but you put on red lipstick and you take on the day anyway. And it’s for when nothing else in your life seems to be going right, you can always look like a million dollars.

Makeup is one of my favorite things, and it’s probably because I like to paint. I like seeing how colors work together, and I like making a canvas come to life in different ways. Does it always work? Absolutely not. 

But it’s worth trying.

My plan is to make makeup videos and post them here, so anyone that struggles with makeup can learn, and anyone with low self-esteem can maybe help that, just a little, by seeing how beautiful they really are.

Suggestions? Tips for me? Want to help? Reach out to me; I’d love your help.

 

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