Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Easy DIY Eye Makeup Remover

I have to start by saying this is probably one of the easiest DIY recipes ever! I first came up with this concoction about a year ago after I saw a "pin" for homemade eye makeup remover.  However some of the ingredients listed were items I don't ever buy and being the El Cheapo that I am I wasn't going to go out and buy products only to use them for the sole purpose of making eye makeup remover. Especially when the goal was to save me money in the first place. So I did a quick google search on ingredient replacement and came up with this!  And now that you have the back story here's the super easy recipe for the Do it Yourself Eye Makeup Remover.

Oh yeah, I also used containers I already had on hand so the amount of ingredients used was solely for the purpose of them fitting into these 2 small bottles.  However, if you have bigger containers feel free to double the recipe.  Personally, I prefer making the smaller amount since I'm not 100% sure of the shelf life. These 2 small bottles usually last me anywhere from 4-6 weeks and this is coming from a lady who likes to wear a lot of eye makeup!

1 Cup of Water
1 1/2 tsp of Witch Hazel (optional)
1 l/2 tsp of Olive Oil

Pour all ingredients into a bowl. Stir to combine. Using a funnel, slowly pour the ingredients into each container.  Once each container is full replace the lids then shake right before use (since the oil will naturally travel to the top). 

There you have it! See, I told you it was easy!  And since I've been using this type of eye makeup remover for over a year I can assure you it really does work! Keep in mind this is coming from a person with sensitive eyes (I wear special contacts and suffer from extreme allergies and this remover is ultra gentle). And it's a ton cheaper than the store bought versions (which are usually full of parabens and other not so kind ingredients).

So what about you all? Have you ever tried a make it yourself eye makeup remover? If so what did you like (or not like) about it? I'd love to know!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Colorado, my heart, my home, my haven.

When I started this blog a couple months ago I truly had the best of intentions to post at least a couple times a week.  Posts about fun, light hearted things. Things like diy tutorials, recipes, and other subjects that although simple, make me smile.  My goal was to share the simple things in life with others out there in the blog world. A pure and simple idea.

However this summer has unfolded in a way I would never have imagined. That is because I live in Colorado. And as many of you know our state has seen much heartache these last 4 weeks. This saddens me deep down to my core because Colorado is the one and only place I have ever called home. This state has become my safe haven, a place where I can proudly say I am from. You see I grew up an Air Force Brat and I was beyond fortunate to have grown up all over...literally all over! Then I married a soldier in the Army. But it wasn't until we got stationed here in Colorado that I felt as if I was home.  After living here for 10 years, it has become the place not only where I have lived the longest but the place where I truly feel I belong.

When the Waldo Canyon Fire broke out about 3 weeks ago I had a difficult time processing what was happening.  Part of me was grieving, watching a place where I call home go up in flames and burn hundreds of homes, there are no words for how gut wrenching this was to watch. I felt helpless. Completely and utterly helpless. 

Part of me was a on edge, smelling the smoke from the fires, seeing the ash fall in our neighborhood, wondering if we will have to start packing and evacuate, it was definitely unnerving.  Then part of me was saddened by the fact that our military neighbors at the Air Force Academy had to evacuate, not knowing if they would have anything to return to.  Then part of me was proud, proud knowing our Army post was helping those affected by setting up temporary shelters, donating their time, donating items, basically doing anything and everything they could to help. I was also proud of our community for pulling together and showing support for our courageous firefighters.

But there was also a part of me that was mad. Mad at how this could happen. Mad at myself for feeling all these different emotions.  I'm normally a calm and collect person. In fact I rarely cry. But this fire had me crying, almost everyday, for 2 weeks straight! I just wanted the fire to stop and I wanted everyone to have a home to go back to. Then after a few more days things started looking up, the fire was now 100% contained, and our city was getting excited about rebuilding.

Then just a couple of days ago the tragedy in Aurora took place.  I wish I could put into words how I feel about this but I can't.  I simply can't begin to describe how devastating this is.  Summer is suppose to be about spending time with friends and family. Summer is a time to escape from school, to go on vacation, to relax, and regroup.  But this summer has been full of heartache.  My heart breaks for the victims and their families of this senseless crime. It's devastating and unimaginable.  Every human should have the right to feel safe, no matter where they go or what they do and this is especially true for those that live in the United States of America.

So please bare with me these next few days as I try to cope with everything that has happened.  I absolutely plan to post more uplifting, light hearted, and fun type projects but for now I just can't seem to click "publish" on those.  At least not yet. All I ask is if you pray, please pray for those affected by these tragedies.  And if you don't pray please send positive thoughts to the victims and their families. Please keep Colorado in your thoughts and prayers and we will keep you in ours.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Coral Striped Nail Tutorial

I've got another super easy nail tutorial for you all.  This one is for Coral Striped nails! Obviously I have a thing for coral (as seen here) so this time I decided to switch it up and go for a striped look.

And here are my colors of choice.

To get the look, I started with clean, dry nails.  Then I painted on 2 coats of Rimmel Lasting Finish Pro in Pink Bliss (you can read more about where I found this color here ).

Once my nails were dry I used the Sinful Colors Nail Art in Sunny Day and painted thin lines.  I started in the center of my nails and placed the brush at the bottom of my nails (down towards my cuticle) then lightly dragged the brush up towards to the tip of my nail.  Then I repeated this step on each side.

Since I'm right handed painting the stripes on my left hand was easy.  However the lines on my right hand didn't turn out as neatly as I would have hoped. Oh well, hopefully no one noticed!

So there you have it.  Another super simple but still stylish mani! Have you tried the striped look before?  Did you use something similar to the Sinful Colors Nail Art to get the look or did you try something else? I'd love to know!

Monday, July 9, 2012

My Target Bargain Finds

My, my it's been a while since my last blog post.  Can I blame it on my husband being on leave? I don't know what it is but whenever he gets time away from the army my routine goes right out the window.  Don't get me wrong, I am not complaining, not one bit (since we've been through 5 deployments any time he gets to be home is a huge bonus).  But sadly this means my new little blog has been getting neglected.  I will try my absolute hardest to plan out my posts in order to set some sort of routine until he has to go back to work (but we shall see, haha).

Anyway, back to the original idea behind today's post...my recent Target bargain finds! I spotted these amazing nude wedge sandals on sale for only $7.48.  They were originally priced at $24.99.  Talk about a steal!

And since I have a thing for nail polish I couldn't resist buying a matching shade of Rimmel nail polish.  I can't remember the exact price but I'm pretty sure it was under $3.00.  Another steal!

Cute right?  And would you believe the Target cashier (who happened to be a guy) complemented me on the shoe deal?  I certainly got a kick out of that...no pun intended!

So those are my latest Target finds.  Have you been to Target lately?  If so what's been you're favorite find there?  I'd love to know!
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