It’s still not feeling like fall in Alabama, but that doesn’t mean I can’t start to embrace the season- and there is nothing to get your style into cold-weather mode like a fall lipstick. Moody, deep hues are perfect for fall and make a statement when your whole body is wrapped in scarves and boots. Not into the dark lip craze? Try a lighter color in a different tone than you normally wear, like a mauve or a gray (yes, gray!)  Not everyone can wear the same colors, but everyone can pull off some sort of fall lip. Below are the lip colors I am loving this season, lights and darks!

Covergirl The Bolds: 760 Gone Griege ($5.59 at Target)

I was a little skeptical about this color, I’ll admit- but after putting it on, I fell in love with it. The color is not too wild for work but it’s different than your average pink. Wear it like you would wear a nude lip! Plus, it has a little more edge and can take your typical jeans and boots outfit to another level. A+ here, CG.

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Covergirl The Bolds: 770 Mauve it ($5.59 at Target)

Mauve It is another win for the brand’s Bolds collection. A typical ‘your lips but better’ color, this reminds me of MAC Brave- except, it’s more comfortable to wear and has a warmer undertone. While I have a few other lippies that are a similar color, this is a little darker and definitely has a more fall vibe. The color glides on smoothly, but doesn’t have a shiny effect. This is going in my purse for a weekday rotation.

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Colurpop Ultra Matte Lip: LAX ($6 at colourpop.com)

Oh, LAX. Let’s just say, I felt like I was Beyonce in this color. I’m not crazy about the ultra matte lip formula- it is the definition of matte, but it can be drying and hard to take off- but I will suffer through for the color payoff. I felt like I could conquer the world in this color. I wanted to wear it out to dinner after this, but I was wearing Chacos and running shorts and thought it might be a little out of place…but, I’m looking forward to the next time I wear it! I am going to put on some vaseline or lip balm underneath from now on, so it will be a little more comfortable.

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OB-SESSED.

 

Sephora Collection Rouge Lipstick: Mmmm…(17) ($12.50 at Sephora)

This color is a really easy, running errands or late to work kind of lip. Super comfy, cute color, long-lasting, and will pair with any look. It’s hard to beat a look like this, no matter what the season is. (Psssss: It’s supposedly a dupe for a Kylie color, too!)

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Colourpop Lippie Stix: Creature ($5 at colourpop.com)

Colourpop Lippie Stix and I are friends, and this color just reminds me of that fact again. Creature is more purple than LAX, which has a more burgundy look. It is more comfortable than the Ultra Matte formula, and I think it’s easier to apply. While this is pretty dark, it’s more of a typical fall look for me because it doesn’t seem as harsh as other deep colors can be. I think the shade is universally flattering and it fades out to a pretty berry wine-colored stain.

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I don’t say renovation lightly- most of the time, a bad room or home can be completely transformed. Not by gutting half of the building or knocking down walls (although sometimes that is necessary), but by paying attention to details. From my experience, I’ve learned that small things like new switch plates and clean baseboards can totally change the look and atmosphere of your space.

My current project, an off-the-bedroom porch, has reminded me of this idea. Here are my top must-haves when giving my space a facelift! 

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New fan plugs

 For some reason, this tiny change makes everything look so much cleaner and nicer (probably because the old ones are covered in dust). You can find themed pulls for children’s rooms with butterflies and basketballs, or more decorative ones for subtle detail. 

Buy these at your local hardware store or Lowes for as little as $3.

Pillow covers

 I had pillow stuffings on hand, so I picked up some cute pillow covers at IKEA. The ones I bought have a small green pattern, which make them look like they belong outside. The fabric is also thick, and seems like it can withstand some wear and tear.

You can buy stuffings/covers at any home store, and they can change the look of a couch or a chair in seconds. When you get tired of the color or pattern, just switch the cover. And, the best part about these is, when they start getting dirty you just unzip and throw them in the washer! Easy as pie! 

IKEA sells covers starting at $4, but you can find them at places like Target, WalMart, or Tuesday Morning.

Plants

A few plants can change the vibe of any room- inside or out. In my living room, I have a larger plant in the corner with tall leaves in an ornate looking pot. The pot is actually plastic and from a garden shop, but it looks expensive! Big plants are perfect for corners, because there isn’t much else you can do with that space.

Smaller succulents or plants look great on entry tables, shelves, or mantles. Get colored pots for a little more detail! If you can’t seem to keep even the hardiest plants alive, try fake ones. You can often find cute, artificial plants already in decorative pots at TJ Maxx or HomeGoods. And, they’re usually inexpensive! 

Glass jars and vases

I have to admit that I have a slight obsession with glassware (and with decorative bowls, but that’s another story). My favorite ones are made from colored glass- the green, red, and purple look so festive in the fall.

The cool thing about vases and jars are you can use them for so many things. Stick pens or markers in one, flowers in another, and forks in the more stout container. Or, leave them empty and let the colors reflect in the sunlight! These look great on a bar cart or shelf, and can jazz up any side table. 

Hobby Lobby has a good selection, as does IKEA and HomeGoods.

This post is not sponsored; all opinions are my own

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(I need to first apologize for leaving everyone hanging last week without a post. I had a family emergency and did not have time to breathe, let alone post. Sorry for anyone’s disappointment!)

There are some drugstore foundations that are arguably the best on the market, beating even their high-end competitors. We all want a flawless face, but I would rather not spend $50 on a product I use daily and often run out of. Drugstore, to the rescue!

Below are my favorite, inexpensive foundations that you can find at most Walmart, Target, Walgreens, CVS, and  Rite Aid stores near you.

(P.S.- I don’t even own any high-end foundation anymore!)

Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless ($4.97 at Walmart)

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I had a rough start with this foundation. I bought it when it first came out, and everyone on YouTube was obsessed with it. I don’t know what happened, maybe I got a dud, but it was horrible. The color oxidized on my face within two hours, and it made me look more oily than I am. But after seeing all of my favorite beauty gurus reach for this product lately, I decided to give it another shot.

I am so glad I did- because I am in love with it now! It makes my pores much less noticeable and gives me all day coverage. If you get this and don’t like it, try another color (I wear 112 Natural Ivory) and you will be a believer.

Maybelline Dream Fresh BB 8-in-1 Beauty Balm Skin Perfector ($7.59 at Target)

This is the perfect BB cream for my skin, because it covers up my redness without looking too heavy for a no-makeup day. It has a water-like consistency so you can build it up over areas that need a little more coverage, but overall this is definitely more of a tinted moisturizer.  The lasting power isn’t amazing, but you kind of expect that with a product this thin. It also has SPF 30, which is my savior. (P.S.- I like this better than the Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer that the whole world is in love with!)

COVERGIRL OUTLAST STAY LUMINOUS NATURAL GLOW FOUNDATION; COVERGIRL OUTLAST STAY FABULOUS FOUNDATION ($8.52 AT WALMART EACH)

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I grouped these two products together because they are incredibly similar. Unfortunately, the colors do not totally coordinate though. I wear a shade lighter in the Stay Fabulous, and it is still a shade darker than the Stay Luminous. These foundations are both two of my holy grail products. The Stay Fabulous product lasts me all day, even after work and running errands. The Stay Luminous gives you more of a dewy finish, and it has tiny sparkles in it to reflect light off of your face, giving you a glowy look. Both are great, but go with Stay Fabulous if you want a more matte look and longer wear.

COVERGIRL READY, SET, GORGEOUS FRESH COMPLEXION ($6.39 AT TARGET)

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This foundation is a new love of mine. I just purchased this about a month ago, because I wanted to see what kind of ‘fresh complexion’ this would give me. I am so glad I fell for that, because I absolutely love it! Ready, Set, Gorgeous gives you a very ‘I woke up like this’ look in just a few swipes.

I am a morning reporter, so sometimes I am headed to an important story at 5 a.m. and don’t have time to do my full-face routine. I keep this in my purse and in a pinch, I just squeeze some product on my fingers and rub it in all over my face and jawline. This foundation doesn’t leave you looking like you wandered out of the house without putting on blush and bronzer, but it leaves you looking like you got plenty of sleep and your face is even. Recently, I discovered that this works just as well with the rest of my makeup (blush, highlight, bronzer) and still looks fresh and natural.

This post is not sponsored; all opinions are my own.

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The upstairs porch is off of my boyfriend’s man-cave, so it’s safe to say that his messiness spewed out onto the porch. This fall though, I am determined to make that porch my getaway spot! This weekend, I am taking the plunge: I’m going to IKEA.

Some things I am planning to get include pillows, tableware, pots or planters, and décor. I also wouldn’t mind another chair, because there is another side to this porch that has no furniture and is not pictured.

This is a totally blank space- which is exciting and overwhelming at the same time.

I’ve tried to get an idea of what I want the final result to be, and this is what I have currently:

LIGHTS

-String lights: Since there is no overhead lighting out here, string lights seemed like the best option. These lights are from years ago at Target- they had been sitting in the basement forever but, low and behold, they are hung now! There is another side to the porch that we didn’t have enough lights for, but Target doesn’t sell these exact lights anymore. I’m either going to have to get a new style of lights for the whole porch or just convince myself to use two separate styles. Stay tuned for that decision.

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DÉCOR

-Throw: Tuesday Morning (I wouldn’t mind grabbing another, more plush blanket for cooler nights)

-Cushions: Tuesday Morning

-Runner: Bargain Hunt

FURNITURE

-Dining table: Courtesy of my brother’s old apartment

-Wicker side table (not pictured): Garage sale

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Stay tuned for my post in the coming weeks on what I bought from IKEA and how the transformation goes!

(Oh, and please throw any suggestions or ideas my way. Lord knows I need them.)

This post is not sponsored; all opinions are my own.

 

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Fall is my favorite season for so many reasons: The crisp weather, the beautiful leaves, the excuse to consume as many pumpkin-flavored products as humanly possible… the list goes on. But, one of my favorite things about fall is the fashion. September is the month when all of the designers debut their new collections and their warmer-weather gear, and it gets me in the mood for the cooler temperatures.

However, in Alabama, we’re still burning up. If you are ready to break out your fall clothes or start buying some new trends, try to think of how you will wear them now, while it’s still warm- and later when the cool air hits. Here are three of my wardrobe staples that will be carrying me into fall, but will be comfortable while the heat is still around.

Overalls

So many people associate overalls with summer and don’t think about the potential these babies can have for the fall. Mine are from Target, and I gave them a distressed look by taking a razor and sandpaper to the knees and pocket areas. Cuff the ends for an I-woke-up-like-this vibe.

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Wear it now: Layer a tank or short-sleeve shirt underneath with your hair in a top knot. (A striped shirt can never fail with these!)

Wear it later: Wear a long-sleeve shirt or thermal and booties. All the great things about wearing jeans, but you don’t even need a belt!

(Overalls from Target)

Printed flares

 

These are my life. Printed pants are some of my favorite things ever and they can be dressed up for work, or dressed down for a Saturday running errands. These printed flares, from Forever 21, are thin enough to let your skin breathe but cover your legs on cool nights. They also feel like pajama pants, which is always a plus. Embrace the 70s vibe of printed flares, but keep the focus of your outfit on the pants- otherwise, it could be overbearing.

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Wear it now: V-necks balance flares because they make your torso look longer. Add a long necklace to enhance the effect.

Wear it later: Add leather booties, a chunky sweater, and hoop earrings. Voila! The perfect fall night outfit in two minutes. (BONUS: If you’re an Auburn fan, just add a orange sweater and you’re set for game day!)

(Pants from Forever 21 [these are similar, different pattern], top from Target, necklace from local boutique)

Flowy basic top

I’m not sure what else to say about this shirt. It’s a staple that everyone should have. Black, white, beige, grey… A loose top in a neutral is pretty much going to get you through the season. It will go with every pair of jeans you own, and will even cover your behind with leggings. Double win.

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Wear it now: A top like this with layered necklaces and denim shorts equals instant cool girl style. Give the shirt a half-tuck into your shorts, and wear short booties.

Wear it later: Black skinny jeans will balance out the boxy-ness of the top, and a tall heel will make you look skyscraper tall.

(Top from local boutique)

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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

Makeup colors

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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