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I never imagined I’d be one of those girls with a beauty routine that involved more than washing my Ā hands after I pee. Growing up I considered Bonne Bell’s glitter gel to be the only beauty product I needed.

But here I am, 31 years old. I watch The Bachelorette and have a beauty routine so I guess I am a grown woman, like officially.

Here are the products I am currently using on the daily.

Benefit’s the POREfessional {here}
I decided one day that I really wanted to try this stuff, so I impulsively grabbed a small bottle of it for $12 in the checkout line at ULTA and I now SWEAR by it. I use it every single day.

Root Pretty Pretty Booster {hereclick here to get 10% off your first purchase of $25+}
If you’ve followed my empties posts for awhile, you’ll know thatI SWEAR BY Dr. Jart+ BB Cream. and then I fell in love with Root Pretty, and I decided to try their Pretty Booster which appeared to be similar to a BB Cream. It is WONDERFUL – so smooth and really great coverage. Plus that packaging, amiright?!

stila HUGE Extreme Lash Mascara {here}
I LOVE the jet black color of this mascara. Until I started using this mascara, I never realized that there’s a difference in shades of black. This mascara does have a downside, though. I HATE the wand. I find that the mascara applies really clumpy. But then.. I had this brilliant idea. Keep reading.

Covergirl Plumpify blastPRO {here}
I received the CoverGirl Plumpify mascara from Influenster and LOVED it. Now, I apply a base coat of the stila mascara and then use the Covergirl mascara as a second top coat, because I LOVE the wand. It lengthens and spreads out my lashes, which already have the mascara I love on them. It’s a brilliant system.

The Body Shop eyeshadow in Champagne & Gold {here}
So I’m the idiot who always gets sucked into promotions at stores. I don’t even remember this particular promotion, but I went to The Body Shop to buy some banana shampoo and ended up needing to select one more free product. I quickly grabbed this eyeshadow, which I have begun to love. It sometimes appears a little too yellow for me, but when I get just the right amount on my lids… it’s awesome.

Almay Smart Shade in Pink {here}
Okay so I’ll go ahead and admit that I literally know nothing about the whole highlight and contouring thing. I put on my Pretty Blender, Eyeshadow & mascara and then some pink blush. Is that like… really dumb of me? I love that this blush is really light – it gives me the opportunity to start soft and prevent the whole creepy doll look.

Benefit Gimme Brow {here}
I received this in a Birchbox and almost lost my brain because I’d seen an ad for this and wanted SO BADLY to try it. Things I really suck at: highlighting/contouring AND BROWS. This stuff is brilliant because it’s a little brow with almost the tiniest shading and you can brush it on your brows to fill it in. It makes it look natural and helps protect you from screwing up your brows too much. We all know that brows make or break your face, amiright?

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Stila Lip Glaze in Kitten {here}
I LOOOVE the kind of nude shade of this lip glaze. I’m not a big fan of lip color (I accidentally applied the wrong lip stick one day and FREAKED) so I love the glossy nude color of this one.

So there you have it. That’s what I tend to use every day. Side note: I have the whole thing down to a 6 minute routine. I made Justen time me šŸ˜‰

What are some beauty products you use every day?Ā 

ps I put the Vera Wang Princess perfume in there because it’s pretty. I’m currently trying to use up a different bottle of perfume but I cannot wait to start wearing Princess – I’ve been wanting it for so long!

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September 26, 2016
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3 games to play with SkittlesĀ®

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser, MARS. All opinions are mine alone. #CallAnEatible #SkittlesHomegating #CollectiveBias

Fall is coming, and with it comes FOOTBALL SEASON.

Some of you might be wondering about why I like football season, and here’s why: football is kind of a big deal. I noticed that a few years ago and decided… I WANT IN. I have severe FOMO (you know, the Fear of Missing Out) and I began watching football so that I could hang out with people. and I discovered that football is really fun, once you get past the fact that you’re watching a bunch of grown men wearing leggings jump on each other to keep them from carrying a ball past a line.

Since I’ve officially become a football fan, I’m excited to share a way with you to up your fun while you’re watching the game at home (homegating, if you will!) with your friends + family. The best part? These games are quick and can be played during commercial breaks so you don’t have to miss a single minute of the game! Actually… that might be the second best part. The best part might be that they require you play with your food and use SkittlesĀ®.

Here are 3 fun commercial break Skittles games, and they require very little setup.

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SKITTLES SPOON SCOOP

Pour a bowl of Skittles, and surround it with 5 smaller bowls or cups (one per flavor). On the count of go, the player must take their spoon and try to sort the Skittles by color into their correct bowls. At the end of one minute, count how many Skittles have been correctly sorted. Once everyone has had a turn, the person who had the most Skittles sorted is declared the winner.

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SKITTLES SUCK IT UP

This game requires two plates, a handful of Skittles, and a straw. On the count of go, the player has one minute to take a straw, suck up a Skittle on the other end, and transfer it to the next plate. This is especially difficult if people are talking/laughing while you are trying to do this. After everyone has had a turn, the person who transferred the most Skittles is the winner.

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SKITTLES SORTER

This game is almost exactly like the Spoon Scoop, except you give each player two colors and they must fight to grab their colors out of the same bowl of Skittles and after one minute, whichever player has the most Skittles in their bowls is the winner.

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Make sure you have an extra bag of Skittles to award to the winner – my mom dominated and walked away with her own 14 oz bag of Skittles, which I found at our local Fred MeyerĀ in the candy aisle.

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Right now, Skittles is encouraging you to Call an Eatible and enter to win NFL tickets and NFLShop.com gift cards! Simply purchase any Skittles product up to 14 oz and submit your receipt here to be entered.


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September 15, 2016
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17 before 2017

Every morning I wake up and I write myself a “to-do” list. It always starts with: meds, make bed, coffee. Three things I’d do every day anyway, but man it feels good to check things off right away.

I’ve been thinking a lot about life. and I was thinking about how I tend to be a dreamer. I always have fifteen thousand ideas running through my head, and I often say “we should….” and then get so overwhelmed with things that should happen that I choose to do none of them. Anyone else feel me on this?

Today I’m sharing a to-do list for the rest of the year, because I love myself a to-do list.

17 by '17 // stephanieorefice.net

Before 2017, here are 17 things I want to accomplish (some are from my 101 list)

  1. Go to an aquarium
  2. See the Nutcracker
  3. Bake something with lavender extract
  4. LAUNCH SOMETHING COOL!!!
  5. Lose 15 pounds (definitely need this one, y’all)
  6. Re-read the entire Harry Potter series
  7. Sign up for & complete a 5K
  8. Complete a Pinterest project
  9. Take a craft class
  10. Finish a 30-day photo challenge
  11. Have a picnic
  12. Send 30 letters (yo, e-mail me your address if you want one)
  13. Leave a $20 tip for a bill under $10
  14. Tape manufacturers coupons to products at the store
  15. Document an ordinary day in pictures
  16. Put together a blog binder for 2017
  17. Post 2 de-clutter posts.

What about you guys? If you had to make a list of 17 things to do before the clock strikes Midnight at the end of the year, what are some things that would be on it?


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September 12, 2016
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Living Fabulously on a Budget

This is a sponsored post, but all opinions and thoughts are mine.Ā 

Have y’all ever seen High School Musical (1, 2 or 3)? Did you know that there was another installment all about Sharpay Evans called Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure? If you didn’t know… you’re missing out. East High School’s sassiest wildcat moves to New York City, and she has this huge expectation of her fabulous life in New York City, but the reality is that she is one of those broke, starving artist types living in a shoebox that looks like this:


But Sharpay makes the best with what she has and turns this drab studio apartment into a Fabulous oasis:


(okay really the magic was done by Mark Hofeling, an art director, who had these photos on his site)

But here’s the point:

Sometimes we really want fabulous but we just don’t have the resources for it. Instead of giving up, whining, and being frustrated we can take a hint from Sharpay Evans and work within our resources.

That’s true for so many areas in life, but one area that this is particularly helpful for is the area of taking care of yourself. and this is ESPECIALLY true for those of you moms out there, because moms always think of themselves last and have a hard time justifying spending money on themselves, AMIRIGHT!?

and THAT, my friends, is where the Health, Beauty & Wellness Groupons come in. Hair stylings, workout/gym discounts and wellness services all at a lower rate?

YES. PLEASE.

Groupon really is the place to go when you’re needing to save money but still want to treat yourself. That is, living fabulously on a budget while still treating yourself – but not SPLURGING – every once in awhile. Sometimes when you’re saving and/or paying off debt, you get exhausted with constantly denying yourself – it’s almost like dieting without ever allowing yourself to eat cake at a wedding. Moderation, right? šŸ™‚


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August 30, 2016
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Treasure hunting at the Goodwill outlet

If you know me, you know I love thrift stores. Like… if I was President, 1/2 off Wednesdays at The Salvation Army would be a national holiday. Every Wednesday.

I’ve always known about the Goodwill Outlet (AKA The Bins), but I’ve never really understood it. Many years ago, I remember walking in, picking up a shirt and trying to find a price tag on it. After being unable to figure out what to do, I put it down and left ASAP.

and now I. am. obsessed.

There’s treasure hunting, and then there’s TREASURE HUNTING. Like… you walk in the outlet with grubby clothes, make sure your hair is up, grab a cart and then start DIGGING THROUGH STUFF. Bins and bins of stuff. I want to share with y’all what I’ve found in my last two trips to Goodwill Outlet. At the bins, you pay $1.69/pound for whatever you get so I can’t tell you how much I paid for each item.

My mom and I spent time guessing how much the retail of these items are, so I’m going to do my best to find the retail prices of these items or at least share what Goodwill was originally listing them at, and if I can’t find anything I’m just going to say it’s $1. Anything with a ** denotes the item is brand new in/with packaging or tag.

Treasure hunting at the Goodwill Outlet // stephanieorefice.net

  • Tommy Bahamas sequins pineapple shirt Ā (similar, $26.97)
  • OK, but first coffee Brandy Melville t-shirt (similar, $9.99)
  • 1/2 of a Bath & Body Works Twisted Peppermint Candle (retail $20, so $10)
  • Betsey Johnson floral laptop case (being sold on eBay for $30)
  • Replacement decanter for Mr. Coffee Espresso machine (on Target.com for $14.99)
  • Stitched heart pillow (just going to assume it’s homemade because there’s no brand)
  • *Tanamachi Goods iPhone 6 case (Target clearance price tag Ā $7.48)
  • *Yankee Candle Wax Melts (.99 each, so $1.98)
  • *Yankee Candle Wax melter (Kohl’s clearance tag $6.47)
  • *Target paper banners x4 (priced at $3, so $12)
  • *Pack of pink napkins ($1)
  • *Pack of popcorn bags ($1)
  • Replacement NutriBullet blade (just the blade, $14.99)
  • *Room Essentials plastic shower hooks (on Target.com for $1.04 a pack, so $2.08)
  • Victoria’s Secret Pink Slider Sandals (being sold around the internet for $30)
  • Acrylic organizer ($1)
  • *Paper baking cups x2 ($2)
  • Martha Stewart kitchen towel ($1)
  • *Heart Treat boxes ($2)
  • *3 packages of tissue paper ($4)

Treasure hunting at the Goodwill Outlet // stephanieorefice.net

  • *USA temporary tattoos (because duh. $3)
  • 1 Easter egg plate ($1)
  • *Room Essentials Apron ($1)
  • Square cooling rack (on Amazon.com $7.39 for 2 so )
  • Small milk frother (similar on Amazon.com for $8.99)
  • 2 copies of Real Simple ($3.95 x2)
  • 2 copies of Eating Well ($4.99 x2)
  • Seven7 Legging Jeans (at Nordstrom Rack for $39.97)
  • Arizona Super Skinny jeans (at JCPenney for $48)
  • Stovetop Popcorn Popper (on Amazon for$17.97)
  • *Pack of Happy New Year cards ($4.99 price on back)
  • *Handmade greeting card ($1)
  • *Paper fan banner kit ($5 price on back)
  • *5 gift bags (4 x .88 one at .50 )
  • One metal container ($1)
  • *Cinderella kite (because my 101 list! on Amazon for $4.29)
  • *2 packs of treat bags ($2)
  • Purple plaid shirt (Goodwill listed at $4.99)
  • *1 pack of Christmas plates ($1)
  • *1 pack of coupon binder inserts (on Amazon.com for $9.95)
  • Fancy Nancy Splendiferous Christmas (on Amazon.com for $13.98)
  • *Mickey Gift Wrap ($1)
  • *Plus an unpictured Cupcake stand($12.99)
  • and a paperback novel, My Fair Lazy (seems perfect)

 

$359.66 is the suggested value of my treasures.

I paid..

wait for it….

$30.61

 

That’s 8.51% of the suggested value.

PLUS I get the added satisfaction of digging out treasures. Some of the things I got were for my mom (the PINK sliders, the cupcake stand, the Mickey Mouse gift wrap, the Yankee candle wax melter + melts, the Martha Stewart Kitchen towel & Betsey Johnson laptop case) and others were for a project I’m about to start working on. The Seven7 jeans are AMAZING. They’re my new favorite jeans.

So.

Have you ever braved the bins (the Goodwill Outlet)? What are your thoughts on thrift stores?


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August 29, 2016
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