Picking your aesthetic and DIY Pillows to match!

These days, bedroom aesthetic is a big thing. I think that YouTube and the popular influencers have a lot to do with it because they always show off their bedrooms or their houses etc. I know that I fell in love with the black & white horizontal stripes, gold, marble, and faux fur thing after seeing a YouTube video of someone’s makeup room that had a white marble desk top, faux fur blanket throw blanket over the chair at the desk, and all metals for almost everything (pen holder, stapler, makeup brush cup, picture frames, book ends, etc) in gold, silver, bronze, and rose gold. The Sephora bags at the top of her tall cube organizers for decoration/storage is what helped bring the black and white stripe love to me. Number 1: I LOVE makeup, although I don’t do it every day, and Sephora sells makeup (duhh) so the bag brings me warm fuzzies of adding to my collection. (I like Ulta too but the orange.. I can’t get with) Number 2: I make bibs and skirts and hair bows for little girls and I always kept thinking of a Valentine’s Day inspired “outfit” of a black and white stripe skirt, black onesie, and a black and white striped bib with different shades of pink lips all over it and the hair bow or headband to match. That was a lot of explaing just to say that the idea of the stripes just kept growing on me more and more. Number 3: the last thing… I have always had a love of the color turquoise and its various shades (turquoise, teal, aqua etc…) black and white stripes are perfect to go along with that and not be “too much”. 

My current living situation is a little bit messy. My son and I basically share a studio apartment. The bedroom houses me, him, and my office space. When I first thought about ever decorating my room it was MY room and only mine lol. When We moved here, the space has of course 4 walls (duhh again) but I occupy 3 of them, leaving one of them to be decorated for him. Since there are 2 “accent walls” in my room I had no idea what I was going to do. One wall is that god awful wood paneling where as the REAL accent wall is a beautiful gray color. PERFECT, I played with the gray into the theme. I have a comforter that is reversible. One side the same gray (imagine that!) and the other side, my black to match my theme from the first time (black bedding with aqua, gold, and black & white strip accents). 

My bed is a queen size and is really big in this room. I placed it long-ways against the smaller of the white walls in the room which made my “headboard” area the hideous wood panel wall (sigh). Along this wood panel wall is now, my headboard area of my bed, my makeup storage, my bedside 3 cube storage unit, my only lamp, my faux fur topped stool, my vanity mirror, my “vanity”, and some shelves for storage. My makeup storage top is faux marble, you can find my DIY for that right HERE. My cube storage will soon match (as soon as I can find my roll of marble contact paper in one of these boxes that I havent gotten to yet). I like the small amounts of marble while we are in a shared bedroom, in the future, I will have more things. I have a white faux fur rug that I was able to score at Marshalls for like $8 (that is small like a bath mat) on the floor in front of my bed where my feet touch as I sit up in the bed to stand up.

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Did I mention the carpet in the room is navy blue.. and flat, and uncomfortable, and gross… also doesn’t match.. SO, I plan to get a large area rug that is gray to match the other things going on. My mom has one that I like, I need to see where she got it from.

Now back to the story of the set up.. I have a gallery wall above the bed, on the wall the length of the bed is on (This is a tutorial soon to come). I wont tell much about it, you have to wait and see! LOL! So FINALLY we get down to the pillows… Did it take long enough?? I keep 6 sleeping pillows on my bed at all times either black or white or gray pillow cases depending on what side of the comforter I have facing up (gray or white with the black side, black with the gray side). I keep a throw blanket on my bed that I got at Hobby Lobby when their Christmas/Winter stuff was on sale at the beginning of this year. It is.. well you will see it in the photos. I also got 3 of the pillow cases from Hobby Lobby. In the fabric section, they have the large rolls for upholstery and also in this section they have pillow cases that you just buy pillow forms for. I got 2 gold sequins and one large white faux fur to match the hair pin stool that has the faux fur on top… that I think I got from T.J. Maxx. I was gifted a rectangular black crushed velvet pillow that has black feather boa style trim. I also keep my original aqua comforter folded at the bottom of the bed because I get cold.. sometimes also I nap on top of my made bed with it.. LOL innovative or lazy? ANYWAYS, it took me a whole 30 minutes to type all of that.. here is where I tell you that it is time to get into the tutorial about the ONE throw pillow that I made to match. (I will also be making 3-5 more pillows and will eventually update this post with a final photo of the finished set up… I LOVE THROW PILLOWS) 


DIY Throw Pillow

(I used a sewing machine but you could also do this by hand.)
You will need:
1. A pillow form
2. Enough fabric (of your choice) to fit around the pillow form
3. Scissors
4. Thread to match the fabric
5. A sewing machine (or a needle)
6. Sewing pins to hold fabric in place
7. A glass of wine or hard liquor (optional)

My fabric was pre-cut for a different project that I never did and no longer had the desire to do so I used my cutting mat and my rotary blade to cut my fabric down. I forgot to take a picture before I started so here is what I took of the beginning of my son’s pillow.

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First, I guess you would purchase the pillow form at the same time as you purchase your fabric to have it measured to the right amount. Since I already have the fabric and the pillow forms I obviously didn’t do that. If I would have done it that way I would be able to skip what I am about to say…

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I went ahead and checked the measurements of my pillow form that I had on hand. My pillow form was 14×14 and my son’s was 16×20. For him, I used those “fat quarters” that you can get from Wal-Mart (Which is where they came from) or the craft stores sell them that way or in rolls of multiple fat quarters that would be enough for a quilt. For myself, I went with a black and white stripe that has gold polka dots all over it from Hobby Lobby. For my son we went with a reversible theme, one side bicycles and one side blue. This matches his bedding (found here if you want to purchase it) 63cb512f-ad04-48b7-bb7f-f69b5fc35cf2_1.f3febaa94696fe8d3c28513a6f8c0af2

Since he has a sports theme, His pillows are basically representing things that are not on the blanket (volley ball, bikes, and I forgot what the other one was which I can’t find at the moment #fail). 

At this point I measured the fabric out, for myself I cut the fabric folded in half so that it was 16×16. YES, I over-measured. The pillow form has to fit inside and I gave myself at least 1 inch extra to make the seam. For Jay’s pillow, I didn’t measure or cut LOL, I have been working with sewing, quilting, clothes making etc for 6 years so I am pretty used to being able to alter 18×21 down to 16×20 while I work. I went ahead and pinned the fabric together in place with the patterns touching each other and the underside facing out (so that it can be flipped right-side out after sewing). **PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT YOU ARE GETTING THE FABRIC CUT THE WAY YOU WANT THE PATTERN TO APPEAR ON THE PILLOW. What I mean here is: let’s say you are using my stripe pattern on a rectangular pillow form. If you want the stripes to be horizontal, make sure that you have enough fabric for the pillow to be covered long-ways with the stripes horizontal. I always have to get extra fabric when I buy the stripes because when you open up the piece you buy, the width is shorter with the stripes horizontal than it is if you want them vertical and just buy a yard or half a yard etc. I hope that makes sense for you and helps. **

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I went ahead and started sewing then thought about taking the picture. This is after I have finished almost one whole side. For this pillow, I need to only sew 3 sides total since I want my stripes horizontal (If your form was square too and you wanted it vertical you would still actually only sew 3 sides OOPS sorry). If it was a rectangular pillow form, the location of this fold would really REALLY matter. 

Sew 2 sides of the pillow completely. Next, Flip the pillow cover right side out and add the form into the pillow cover. Pin the pillow cover with the loose ends inwards like in the photo here:

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This will leave clean edges! Go ahead and sew this up.. the stitch is really up to you especially if you are sewing by hand. THEN, you are done! either remove the pins as you go or take them all out after!

 

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There is my blanket.. and some of my gallery wall.. OOPS, QUICK! Look away! lol

Style any way you want to! My son was asleep so I couldn’t show his bed but you get the idea. Check back later down here at the bottom for the updated photo once I make the other pillows and add them in! For Christmas, I have a rectangular white pillow with gold trim that say FaLaLa that I can’t wait to add! Have a great day #StayCrafty!

Keeping Organized During a Move

So, I am crafty, I am great with computer “stuff” but sometimes I am lazy. When we decided to move, I had the brilliant idea to get a binder together to keep everything organized and make it easy for us to move. I tried to creat my own thing and almost immediately I was bored and frustrated and took to Etsy.com to find someone who had already prepared one. I came across PaperMousePlanners and her layouts were absolutely ADORABLE! I purchased the Instant Download Moving Planner shown in the photo below.

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Everything worked perfectly for us. There were box labels which I eneded up printing like a million sheets of and pages to help you know what is in each box and take inventory and… words just cant describe how helpful this binder was. I was able to have a place for all the houses I wanted to look at, create pro and con type of lists, have a list of items I was selling, have a sheet protector inserted into the binder to hold receipts and contracts and so much more. I even went on pinterest and found blogs offering free printables to help me organize certain things (like the pantry items and LEGOS) when we got here to the new place. A big thank you to Milou Sanders of PaperMousePlanners for creating these amazing inserts! She really does a great job. When I went to her page tonight to get the link for the printables, I found a bunch of other things that I plan on purchasing in the near future… like next week to be exact.. maybe even tonight LOL! I am the queen of midnight shopping. Below I will link some of things that I like from her shop that I plan on purchasing with a hyperlink above them for each. Happy Shopping!


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Christmas 2016

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The photo above is my son in Savannah, GA at the hotel we stayed in on the way to Florida. So since its almost that time again and we are planning what to do for Christmas this year, I wanted to talk about what happened last year. For Christmas 2016, we spent 5 days in paradise! We drove from High Point, NC to Cocoa Beach, FL but not before stopping in Orange County. There is a small town called Christmas, FL and it was absolutely adorable! 

 

 

 

We have family in Melbourne, FL. However, I under estimated the proximity of Cocoa Beach and Melbourne. LOL, although they are like 30-45 minutes apart, I thought they were closer and booked our hotel BEACH-FRONT for the 4 nights. It was the nicest place and as a  Hilton employee, at the time, I had secured the room at an amazing rate! We were able to spend some time at the outdoor deck/bar/pool/lounge area that had private access to the beach. The deck was huge with lounge seating, fire pits and heaters, the pool and children’s splash pad, and the bar with outdoor seating for food service. We literally spent every night there. We took some time to go to the beach even though the water was FREEZING! On Christmas Eve, we got up super early and made our way to the beach to watch one of the most amazing things that I have ever seen… SURFING SANTAS! It was insane. There were 100s of men and women dressed as santa in the water surfing all at the same time and from all over the world! These photos were taken by the local paper. The crowd was massive! While there were a lot of drones in the air taking photos and footage, I was unable to locate a photo from 2016 that was able to show the entire beach.. they were all from 2015. 

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We spent Christmas Eve night in Melbourne where we went to a local golf course that had set up a drive through Christmas display. There were lights and blow up figures, wooden figures, wire and light wrapped figures.. it was so cute but took ABSOLUTELY FOREVER to get through. We listened to Christmas music the whole way. Is now a good time to mention how I HATE Christmas music? LOL! Overall, we had an amazing time and returned to Melbourne Christmas Day to celebrate with my grandparents in their home. 

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The day after Christmas, we drove an hour up to Orlando to go to The Florida Mall. When we were planning things to do in Florida during our trip, I found that there were a lot of cute museums and things to do but we were so happy to be in the 80 degree weather and be outside in summer clothes in December that we did not end up doing half of the things that I found. One thing that I did find was The Crayola Experience. The Florida Mall houses the building and it is HUGE! I was looking around on Groupon and was able to purchase the 4 tickets that I needed and the best part was that you could use them when ever you wanted and not on any specific day! We left early in the morning to get there by the time they opened. We were in there for hours. Crayola did a great job on that place. My only complaint was that there were a few things that were out of order and upon reading reviews afterwards.. this was a re-occuring thing. It didnt matter! We had a great time and the gift shop… wow! There is a photo I will insert of the WALL OF CRAYONS AND MARKERS that are in every color that is currently out. They do retire colors which I was unaware of.. so a few colors that I knew growing up were not there but it didnt make a difference. For $20 we purchased a tin bucket with a handle (kind of like a paint bucket) that fit every single crayon and marker plus more! So that is what we did, got every single color plus extras of the ones that we really liked and that we knew we would use a lot of (yes I am 27 and still color). Here are the photos of The Crayola Experience. I did come to find when making this post that a lot of footage that I had taken from the trip is lost somewhere and I am still actively searching for it (The huge tree in the hotel in FL, christmas photos, hotel deck photos, beach photos.. etc). Enjoy! 

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The last photo above is the crayon wall as mentioned! We are thinking of going back to Florida this year for Christmas again. I must say, from not being a FLorida resident and not having to be there all year and withstand the temperatures etc, I truely felt like we were in paradise! I have fallen in love with sandmen in place of snowmen and leaving Santa cookies and cold lemonade. I would recommend everyone experience Christmas in Florida at least once in their lives! As for now, Happy Fall! Enjoy the upcoming holidays, then, let me know how you spend your Christmas this year or how you have spent them in the past that were most memorable! I will continue to search for the other photos and try to add them in here at the bottom if I find them.

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Halloween is COMING!

Freeform (formerly known as ABC Family) has released their 13 Nights of Halloween movie lineup! Fall and Halloween happen to be my favorite season and favorite “holiday”. Every year I cant wait until fall to decorate and start wearing my fall clothes and start doing fall things! If you have not seen the movie lineup, I am going to post it here for you!

13 Nights of Halloween

OCTOBER 19th-31st


Thursday Oct. 19-
6:45pm/5:45c: Addams Family Values
8:50pm/7:50c: Hocus Pocus

Friday Oct. 20-
6:20pm/5:20c: Hocus Pocus
8:30pm/7:30c: Sleepy Hollow

Saturday Oct. 21-
4:40pm/3:40c: Sleepy Hollow
7:10pm/6:10c: The Addams Family
9:15pm/8:15c: Addams Family Values

Sunday Oct. 22-
7:05pm/6:05c: Addams Family Values
9:15pm/8:15c: Hocus Pocus
11:25pm/10:25c: Alice in Wonderland

Monday Oct. 23-
ALL DAY: Tim Burton Marathon

Tuesday Oct. 24-
6:45pm/5:45c: Addams Family Values
8:50pm/7:50c: Hocus Pocus

Wednesday Oct. 25-
6:35pm/5:35c: Hocus Pocus
8:45pm/7:45c: Men in Black

Thursday Oct. 26-
6:05pm/5:05c: Men in Black
8:20pm/7:20c: Dark Shadows

Friday Oct. 27-
6:50pm/5:50c: The Addams Family
8:55pm/7:55c: Addams Family Values

Saturday Oct. 28-
5:10pm/4:10c: Hocus Pocus
7:20pm/6:20c: Disney&Pixar Monsters, Inc.
9:25pm/8:25c: Disney&Pixar Monsters University

Sunday Oct. 29-
6:55pm/5:55c: Disney&Pixar Monsters, Inc.
9pm/8c: Disney&Pixar Monsters University
11:30pm/10:30c: Disney&Pixar Toy Story of TERROR!

Monday Oct. 30-
6:40pm/5:40c: Addams Family Values
8:50pm/7:50c: Hocus Pocus

Tuesday Oct. 31-
ALL DAY: Hocus Pocus Marathon


I would very much appreciate them to hire someone to select different movies seeing as how there are half a million Halloween movies. There are as many children’s movies as there are scary as shit adult movies. Like what happened to them playing Casper? Alice in Wonderland is most definitely NOT a Halloween movie along with Men in Black, Monsters, Inc and Monsters University. They could play Nightmare Before Christmas, Corpse Bride, Monster House… I could go on but I am still excited to see Sleepy Hollow because that is the only one of these movies that I do not physically own. I believe I found myself feeling the same way last year… maybe I should write them a letter? LOL.

HAPPY SPOOKY SEASON YALL!

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Trying to Grow

Recently, I have been learning a lot about how to grow my blog and how to help raise money to take care of my son as well as myself. One thing that someone suggested to me was Patreon. I met her on youtube. She told me that the thing that she uses to help pay for her supplies is her fans on Patreon send donations. She told me that I should give it a try and see how it works out. I was never sure about the crowd funding thing and was a little unsure about signing up… but i figured I would give it a go. I have created a patreon account and it just launched today!

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That is my page link above. I am sure you have noticed my amazon links on some posts, I am also aware that some of the “click here” links are not properly functioning. I do apologize. Those are my affiliate links. I would appreciate it if you wanted to purchase anything that I have linked on my blog if you used my affiliate link. I get 10% commission on what ever it is that you purchase and it is of no extra charge to you. It helps my family out!

I have created a facebook group where I would like to add my followers to gain friends, to teach you how to do things as far as crafts and DIYs, and to just get to know people from all over. To be added to my facebook group, the requirement is $1 patreon donation. HOWEVER, if you are a user of my amazon affiliate links or you share around my amazon affiliate link (by copying the link to one of the products) and it is used please contact me and let me know that you have done so and I can add you into the facebook group as well. There is no reason to leave you out!

I appreciate all of my readers whether you make donations or not! Thank you for your time! I love sharing my stories and projects with you!

Have You Ever Heard of Shopkick?

Today, I mentioned Shopkick, a phone app, in my last post. I figured that I would get on here and tell you all about this wonderful hidden treasure so that you can earn free gift cards too! I am going to tell you all about it and if you would like to earn some free kicks for accepting my invite leave your email addresses below in the comments. If not, just download the app and sign up! 

 

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Shopkick is a phone app that you can download and earn free gift cards. You can earn “kicks” by walking into select stores, by making purchases for certain items in select stores, OR by scanning certain items in select stores. Let’s get into the details of the information I just provided.

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WALKING INTO STORES: 

You must have data connection either via wifi in the store or on your own cellular data. You must have bluetooth enabled on your phone before you walk into the store. When you get into the store’s front door, you can move out of the way of course but you must open the app there. Participating store have a frequency signal at the entrance that allows for Shopkick to verify that you are in fact at the location you claim to be. The frequency is picked up on the bluetooth connection. Shopkick will know what store you are in and will grant you the “Walk In Kicks” for the store that you are in if any are avaiable.

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SCANS:

To get kicks for scans, you must first make sure that the store you are in has this option enabled. You can go around the store and scan the barcode of the items listed in the scans section of the app and then the points will upload immediately to your account. These items can only be scanned so many times so if you see them as an option in another store, once you have scanned them X number of times, they may show disabled in another location even if you never scanned them in that store before. 

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PURCHASES:

You can get scans for purchases in certain stores as well. You will see the icons displayed on each store pertaining to what is available there. You will see a list of items at some stores that say if you purchase these items, you will get X amount of kicks per item. In other stores you get so many kicks per $1 you spend and it doesnt matter what you purchase. The only thing about getting kicks this way is that they do not immediately go into your account. You must wait 30 days for the kicks to be awarded to you. I think they do it this way because people were purchasing items to get the kicks and then returning them once the kicks were available to them. You also must make purchases via credit and not debit to receive the kicks and link the cards you will be using to your Shopkick account. I am not including a photo of this screen because I dont want my card info to be released into the interwebs but you can find it on your own. 

There are also little ways within the app itself that you can earn kicks without even going to a single store. If you plan to earn all your kicks this way… it will literally take you FOREVER. You will not have much success. You can go into the “Discover” tab at the bottom and there will be a bunch of tiles. You will learn that there are some tiles that you dont even need to bother with such as the tiles outlined in white or the recipe tiles (unless you want the recipe of course) and the tiles that are product adds. These tiles have no secret kicks in them. The other tiles sometimes have hidden bubbles at the bottom of the list that you can click to get 1 kick added to your account for each bubble you find. There are some tiles that have commercials (an actual short commercial video) that will say something to the effect of “watch for 10 kicks” or “watch for 5 kicks” that if you watch will award you 10 or 5 kicks! 

The first image here has a small blue bubble at the bottom that you would  click to reveal 1 kick as shown in the second image. The last image here shows the video commercials I have watched them already so it does not display the “watch for 10 kicks” like it had previously.

 

More info you need to know:

There is a tab labeled “Stores” that allows you to see all the stores in your area that participate with Shopkick. If you notice underneath the name of the store there is a row of icons and numbers. The little man means that you can get kicks for walking in, the barcode means that you get kicks for scanning products, and the receipt means that you get kicks for purchasing certain products. Sometimes in some stores, it does not matter what item you purchase and you will get kicks per $1 spent like I mentioned before.

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When you sign up and start to make your account you can pick what reward you want. Pictured below are some options that you can choose from but there are many more. Each reward will tell you how many kicks you need to earn to redeem this reward. There are also more tiers within these rewards. When I show the next photo I will explain this a little more.

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You will have this screen that I have taken a photo of that will show you how many kicks you have. The circle will fill in white with your progress. You will notice that I have completed the requirements for a $10 Sephora gift card but my goal is the $25 step up. The amount of kicks you need for the step up is 6,250. I have a reminder here inside the circle that I need to get 2,500 kicks in order to earn the $10 gift card but now with my current balance I only need 2,132 to get the $25 gift card. If you were to click on each of the options of prizes, there is a row of amounts within and it tells you what you need to earn each different amount. As you see in the photo below, there are a lot of things to click on this screen. You can change the reward that you have chosen if you decide that you dont want it anymore. You can see your kick activity and see what you have earned. Also, for the purchases and kicks per $1 rewards, this is where you will see when your kicks will be released to you. When you complete your kick goal you should always redeem the reward if that is the one you really want so you can go on to continue earning. The kick goals that you have claimed will appear in the “My Rewards” section. Mine shows (0) because I have already used the one $25 that I have redeemed.

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This is a real thing. This does take some time. This will benefit you! I promise that if you open your app and earn your kicks that this app will bring you happiness! I couldnt believe that it really worked. I was so scared that when I walked into Sephora and tried to make a purchase with this gift card that it was not going to work and it did. It was the best feeling ever. It’s like you get something back for shopping. You dont even have to make purchases to walk into stores and scan and get walk in points! I recommend Shopkick to anyone who lives in Walmart or Target because there are always various kicks to be found there. On holiday weekends they try to drive business to stores so some stores will offer a higher amount of walk in kicks or higher kicks per $1 spent and so on. Always check the app and you will do great. I had to put a note on my car that reminds me to open my Shopkick app when I get to a store because I cant tell you how many times I forget until I have made it back home and miss out on kicks. It was so easy for me to get up to the 4,000+ kicks that I have gotten. If you get your family and friends to sign up, you each get 250 kicks for doing nothing but signing up! There is one catch. If you sign up a lot of people at once and they all join, they will put a restriction on. It will say that you will earn the 250 kicks for signing them up as soon as they open their app and use it for the first time. I believe that when I signed my uncle up, it wanted him to go to any available store and scan a product before it would release the kicks to us. This is just so you are not in your home with various devices creating accounts and signing up and cheating the system.

You can look all over the internet and there are people who try to cheat the system and try to get kicks from home. Recording the sounds at the entry way of the store for the app to pick up and fake codes to enter in and so forth. If you are successful enough to get these to work, after all the updating to prevent against this that they have done, and you get caught.. they will disable your account and block you from being able to recreate another account.

 

Shopkick wisely and dont ruin it for the rest of us.. it has changed so much since I first signed up. At first you could scan products in your home that you had that were on the list and the “discover: tab was different.. it has come a long way. ENJOY!

Urban Decay- Naked Heat

OMG OMG OMG! So I have been under a rock for a couple weeks I guess. I forgot all about the Urban Decay release. *sigh* So I am here today to talk about this >>NEW<< palette and show the photos that I have gracefully swiped off of Urban Decay’s website. I am obsessed with this palette and I can not wait for them to be off of backorder!!!! I love Urban Decay and the fact that they are cruelty free. I think that when I look back at all the makeup I have purchased.. Urban Decay was my first “high-end” makeup brand that I ever purchased from. I know that some people don’t like the Naked palettes but I am a fan, I have NEVER had an issue with them. OH WAIT… I did have one issue and I was a little upset but at the end of the day I convinced myself that in some way it was Ulta’s fault even though it wasn’t. I purchased the Naked 3 palette and one of my pans in the palette of one of my favorite shades was loose and pops out of the palette sometimes. I am an adult, it was my choice to keep it when I noticed this issue.. so if it’s anyone’s fault it is mine for not taking it back. But oh well right? It only comes out if I drop my palette on my vanity or counter top or something which I make a conscious effort not to do anyway. The shadows are not damaged.. i just need to through some glue on the back and end the issue all together! 

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LOOK HOW GORGEOUS THESE COLORS ARE?!

I am so in love with these colors ❤ I am so happy that Urban Decay decided to go a different direction with their next Naked palette. I was not a fan of the Naked palette or Naked 2 but I absolutely LOVE the Naked 3 palette and I know that my opinion is not a popular one and a lot of people hated that palette but I feel like Naked and Naked 2 were too similar for me. Anyways, I am someone who collects makeup more than I wear it because I have basically always been a collector of sorts and I am mostly SUPER lazy in the morning. Some days my work hours consist or 4am-1pm (LOL) in the blazing kitchen heat and I am in no way shape or form about to be up at 3am caking my face with makeup to go sweat it off all day and waste all the product. This basically leads to me barely ever wearing makeup. But this Urban Decay palette is burning a hole into my wallet I promise you! I am trying so hard to get these Shopkick points popping so I can get the $25 gift card for Sephora. If you don’t know what Shopkick is, I will be doing a blog post that will actually post right after this one that tells ALL ABOUT IT! Let’s see some more photos of the palette to drool over.. shall we?

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The packaging is pretty nice too. I have physically held this in store and I was impressed. I would have liked for it to be the similar metal as the Naked 3 but I think that I like the way that each palette has a different type of packaging. The colors are absolutely amazing and the pigment is on point with only a little fall out but at the end of the day, if you cant admit that your beautifully pigmented shadow has fallout.. you are a liar. LOL! To be honest, I have never had an eye shadow that has beautiful colors that provide full coverage that had no fall out. I have had shadows that barely had any pigment and looked amazing in the pan that had no fall out but when you actually applied them… it was like you put nothing on your eyes.. just a million layers of see through something. 

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Let’s take a moment and talk about the color names. I am going to pull the list for you now. The website calls them “12 ALL-NEW, can’t-live-without, amber-hued neutrals—including warm browns, burnt oranges and rich siennas.” These are the shades in order as they appear (left to right) in the palette:

OUNCE (ivory shimmer)
CHASER (light nude matte)
SAUCED (soft terra-cotta matte)
LOW BLOW (brown matte)
LUMBRE (copper shimmer w/gold pearl shift)
HE DEVIL (burnt red matte)
DIRTY TALK (metallic burnt red)
SCORCHED (metallic deep red w/gold micro-shimmer)
CAYENNE (deep terra-cotta matte)
EN FUEGO (burgundy matte)
ASHES (deep reddish-brown matte)
EMBER (deep metallic copper-burgundy)

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I can say that one thing I am disappointed with is this far shade called “Ashes”. In a lot of the product release photos that I had come across on Instagram and Facebook and even a few people on Youtube that posted about it, the shade that held the place in the palette where “Ashes” is appeared to be a deep plum purple and I was so excited for that. BUT, as luck would have it, the shade is not. I can only blame Instagram filters for this error in thought. I think a shade similar to this text color (for those reading from a computer who can see the color) would have fit nicely. Something similar to their shade “Ether”. That would have been perfect! Anyways… Thanks for joining me as I drooled over these photos and impatiently await the re-stock. Have a great day!

 

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