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Part 13 of the Dumpster Diaries: Getting the Walk in Closet Organized With A Fast Moving Toddler And Falling Short of Goals…

Today’s set of tasks seemed simple:

“Move clothes and makeup upstairs, put everything away, and clean up the mess in in there and my bedroom… plus get my bed linens washed.”

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everything from the closet has spilled into my bedroom

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the bed sheets need to be washed ASAP

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what awaited me on the counter

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piles of CLEAN laundry dumped by my sons (UGH) and needing to be sorted/put away by ME

Except I forgot one crucial thing: I have a crawling, curious cyclone of an 11 month old baby.

And OH, she learned to do this today, too:

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I got the closet reasonably organized while she napped. By the time she woke up and I was in the swing of things, all bets were off. If I put stuff away in drawers, she wanted to remove them from drawers. The dresser scarf FASCINATED HER and she tried to pull that (and the box on the dresser) off about 10-20 times. If I turned around, she was pulling shoes off the racks. C accidentally left my bedroom door open and I found her trying to climb into the bathtub.

“What could THIS be?”

“Let’s pull it and everything else out and check”

I swear, training puppies is easier than human babies. Thank goodness she’s cute.

pulling the dresser scarf and box off for the 10th time. I think puppies are easier to train than people.

pulling the dresser scarf and box off for the 10th time.
I think puppies are easier to train than people.

When I sat to fold laundry and sorted her pile onto the floor, she tried to help, which was ADORABLE:

With the help of C, I was finally able to corral her long enough to get things put away. All the tools were brought back downstairs.

makeshift sink vanity

makeshift sink vanity

I hauled some of my makeup upstairs and constructed a sort of vanity over the sink- effectively KINDA disguising the old faucet. We can’t remove the damned thing yet because there’s no shut off valve under the sink 😦 It was put in too long ago…

No, you can't see the faucet... shhhh... don' tell me!

No, you can’t see the faucet… shhhh… don’t tell me!

All the clothes that were in tubs were put up. I haven’t gone through anything in the dressers yet, because I’m not in the mood. This was so overwhelming as it is.

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I have a ton of vintage linens, which comes in handy for times like these

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my antique-ish piggybank collection

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my ‘helper’

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after throwing out so many clothes, I am kind of freaked out by how empty my closet is. I KNOW I have way more than this! WHERE IS IT?!

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my Louis Vuitton collection, up and away from people who might mistake it for trash. I really need to clean the leather on a couple of em.

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under the hamper: cleaning products that I need to have a strong male bring downstairs to be put away safely

In the end, I got about 75 percent of what I set out to do done, which I am ok with. The bedroom and bedding will be cleaned tomorrow or bust. I will also be sorting through all of my makeup downstairs and continuing to bring it to the closet.

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AFTER!

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MORE AFTER

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I couldn’t bear looking at the plaster damage by the light any longer- and we can’t spackle it til next week- my quick fix

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My 1st Ipsy Bag Arrived- August 2015 Prep School Glam Bag Review!

this shiny little fuchsia package was on my doorstep this morning when I woke up!

Ok, at first glance I was THRILLED to receive my first Ipsy bag- I mean, who wouldn’t want 5 awesome swatches with 2 full sized pens/pencils and a lip gloss? The bag itself was plastic and on the cheap side, but it was ok if you like houndstooth patterns, I guess.

contents of my August Ipsy bag- a lip liner, eye pen, lip gloss, turmeric face mask, and argan oil

Here’s what was in the bag:

Ofra Cosmetics lipliner in Wine– $13 value
Starlooks Luxe Longwear Eyeliner Pen- $19 value
Marc Anthony Nourishing Argan Oil of Morocco Oil Treatment sample- no idea the value
Juara Skincare Antioxidant Radiance Facial Mask sample- no idea value
Tarte Deluxe LipSurgence Skintuitive lip gloss in energy– no idea value

If I were to guesstimate, I’d say I received about $30 worth of stuff for my $10 investment- not too shabby…

eye pen swatch- it’s black and it washes off with water. I need to try this for real to see if it any good.

The jury is still out on the eye pen. It washed off my hand rather easily. I am hoping it has more staying power on the eyes.

No, I didn't slit my wrist, this is a swatch of the lipliner

No, I didn’t slit my wrist, this is a swatch of the lipliner

The lipliner was my favorite- a bit on the brown side, which is ok with me because I survived the 1990s.

I was worried that it would be a shocking yellow like the spice- it wasn't. Probably the best thing in this entire bag.

I was worried that it would be a shocking yellow like the spice- it wasn’t. Probably the best thing in this entire bag.

I really liked the turmeric facial treatment. I tried it out and it made my skin glow after leaving it on for about 20 minutes. I wish the sample size would have been a bit bigger.

The jury is also still out about the Tarte lip gloss. It didn’t really show up as any color on my lips (or baby’s lips, because she asked for some, too).

The Argan oil was just ok. It was a bit too light for my coarse hair, but it worked wonders on Maisie’s frizzy bedhead. I will be using this on her- she has baby fine hair and it made her hair glossy without looking greasy. It also smells very nice- the scent is super light.

I have to say, I probably enjoyed these samples (and full sized products) far more than my Birchbox. It had more usable stuff in it and included full sized products, which I enjoyed. The actual BAG itself was meh. Cheap plastic bags just don’t do it for me.

I would rate this a 6/10

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SEPHORA FINALLY LAUNCHES A SUBSCRIPTION BOX SERVICE!!!!! It’s called “Play! by Sephora.”

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http://fashionista.com/2015/08/sephora-subscription-box

While buying an Armani foundation at Sephora will set you back $62, and a Tom Ford fragrance another $140, the beauty retailer is now offering up its goods for a tantalizingly low price — $10 a month. Yep, Sephora is getting into the subscription box business.

The service, called “Play! by Sephora” — which, with its name and red, black and white branding, is somewhat reminiscent of Comme des Garçons Play — launches in limited distribution this September before rolling out nationwide in 2016. The deal is this: five “deluxe-size” prestige products a month curated around a theme like essentials or dewy skin, delivered to customers’ doors, often with bonus sample-size items and Spotify playlists. Which, sure.

At $10 for five products a month, Sephora has positioned itself right up against Birchbox, which offers the same. (Glossybox, another competitor, is priced at $21 a month.) But while Birchbox has risen to preeminence in the beauty subscription space in a mere five years, picking up $71.9 million in funding as it dove into brick-and-mortar and launched a men’s version, Sephora has the immediate advantage of, well, being Sephora. With 1,900 locations globally and a robust rewards program for its loyal customers, the retailer shouldn’t have too much trouble getting traction on this program.

This isn’t to say Sephora’s going to put Birchbox or any of the other startups in this space out of business, necessarily. At $10 a month for each subscription, beauty junkies very well might go for more than one.

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August Birchbox Arrived! Candidly Nicole Box!

#candidlynicole box by Nicole Ritchie was my choice for this month.

#candidlynicole box by Nicole Ritchie was my choice for this month.

I loved this month’s Birchbox at first glance WAY more than July’s!

Was so happy when I saw this in the postman's hand :)

Was so happy when I saw this in the postman’s hand 🙂

I had a choice of the regular box or the Nicole Ritchie one- am so glad I picked this. The samples are very generous and the colors are all divine.

the sample sizes were generous

the sample sizes were generous this month

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list of items

What’s in the box?

-dr. brandt microdermabrasion skin exfoliant
-LAQA & Co. creamy lip crayon in Humble Brag
-OPI Venice Collection nail color in we’re in amore
-Renee Furterer Lissea Leave In Smoothing Fluid
-St. Tropez Gradual In Shower Tan

So far, digging the lip crayon and it’s color. The little OPI sample is super cute and I love the dark red!

what a cute, teeny bottle! I love OPI nail colors and this will look adorable on Maisie's little toesies!

what a cute, teeny bottle! I love OPI nail colors and this will look adorable on Maisie’s little toesies!

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this is a very wearable color

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splotchy skin swatch

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humble brag

I have yet to try the self-tanner… it’s not something I generally use. The sample size was very generous.

this is a nicely sized sample

this is a nicely sized sample

I have no idea what this is all worth. My brain doesn’t do math for free.

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The 7 Deadly Sins of Makeup Tag!

photo from Kristyn's site

photo from Kristyn’s site

Kristyn had this on her blog and said anyone could do it- it looked fun. I’ve finally got a few minutes to breathe, so I am doing this- feel free to do this one, too!

TAG QUESTIONS

1. GREED: What is your most inexpensive beauty item? What is your most expensive?
The most inexpensive beauty product is from wet n wild. I have a brow thing I bought and hate. My most expensive product would probably be Botox (or Latisse for the lashes and brows).

2. WRATH: What beauty products do you have a love/hate relationship with? 

In the last few years- MASCARA. Suddenly, I am prone to raccoon eyes- I have no idea why, must be an aging thing. Am always searching for my holy grail mascara as a result.

3. GLUTTONY: What brand takes up most of your collection?
NYX lately- it used to be MAC before the baby arrived.

4. SLOTH: What beauty product do you neglect, due to laziness?
BLUSH! I rarely wear it.

5. PRIDE: What beauty product gives you the most self confidence?
Mascara and brow pencil, equally

6. LUST: Which Item is at the top of your beauty wishlist?

UD eyeshadow palettes- I don’t know why because I certainly do not need them.

7. ENVY: Which makeup item looks good on others, but not you?
Though I want to rock it, so far the square fronted brow is not doing it for me.

Anyone is free to do this! I can’t wait to see your answers!

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Has anyone out there tried Morphe makeup palettes?

 

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I keep seeing great reviews about this inexpensive pro makeup company, Morphe.

People have been raving about their eye shadows- apparently, their pigments are strong and they blend nicely.

I took a gander on their site and the prices are incredible~ http://morphebrushes.com/collections/pro-makeup-palettes

Have you tried Morphe and what do you think of them?

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Beauty Haul Preview: W7 IN THE NUDE & IN THE BUFF: LIGHTLY TOASTED plus almost EVERY NYX Eye Brow Product-

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bought these for 7 bucks each on eBay- they arrived 3 days ago from the UK.

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I did a quickie swatch thing on my arm and will say right now that without water or a primer, there will be issues with the lighter colors not showing up

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the packaging was nice, I loved the little tins. Lighter colors are not as pigmented as I would like.

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5 different NYX eyebrow products that I will be trying and reviewing soon

I will review these the next time I am able to wear makeup. Hoping the brow stuff works (at least ONE of them…)

I bought the NYX brow things in one fell swoop at Target the day that I did my failed Wet n Wild brow review.

W7 is a popular drugstore brand from the UK. Their nude eye shadow palettes have been making news on the interwebs as great dupes for Urban Decay’s Naked eyeshadow palette.

The W7 palettes require an eye shadow primer or water for the lighter colors. When I did a quick swatch test on my arm, they barely showed up.

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MY HORRIFYING LIPSTICK NIGHTMARE: Stila Look At Me Liquid Lipstick in Bella- A Birchbox Sample Review

don't let this little innocent vial fool you- inside dwells certain evil

don’t let this little innocent vial fool you- inside dwells certain evil

Let me first state the obvious:

I have very big lips.

Lipsticks, glosses, balms- these are my thing. I was so excited when I received this sample in my Birchbox this month- the rest of that review is HERE.

That excitement QUICKLY turned to dismay, then horror, then a total FREAKOUT when I realized that this stuff WASN’T COMING OFF WITHOUT A FIGHT.

a little crooked, but it was the best I could do with what I had. Notice the insides and how much a stark contrast there is?

a little crooked, but it was the best I could do with what I had. Notice the insides and how much of a stark contrast there is?

It started innocently enough- received my cute, nicely sized sample in my Birchbox. The color was a shade of hot pink called “Bella”. I love hot pink lipstick, so I opened it up and tried it on immediately.

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Even with the lipbrush, making this stuff go on evenly was almost impossible

HUGE mistake.

Half way through the application process, I realized that I needed a lip brush immediately. Even with the brush, it was VERY difficult to get an even application. This lipstick was NOT forgiving. Even worse, it only wanted to adhere to the DRY OUTER EDGES of my lips, leaving the insides looking totally and shockingly bare.

my kabuki clown meets vagina lips

my kabuki clown meets vagina lips

When I tried to remove the stuff, it WOULD NOT BUDGE.

I first applied Pond’s Cold Cream and tried to scrape it all off with a wash rag.

NOPE, didn’t work… so, I applied the cold cream a couple more times and continued scrubbing.

this is the second or third time I smeared cold cream on my lips

this is the second or third time I smeared cold cream on my lips

FINALLY, after a vigorous and painful washing of my lower face, I was able to get most of it off.

now my lips are swollen from all the freaking attempts at washing this off. Plus I was rewarded with pink all over my lower face and chin.

now my lips are swollen from all the freaking attempts at washing this off. Plus I was rewarded with pink all over my lower face and chin.

From all the scrubbing, I was rewarded with hideously swollen lips and a pink color all over my lower face and chin.

Would I buy this crap?  HELL NO.

I hope it works for you, because this stuff is NEVER coming in contact with my skin again, ever. EVER.

I hate this stuff.

Rating: -2857 outta 5

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My First Birchboxes Arrived! Birchbox and Birchbox Man reviews!!!! Plus the Stila Liquid Lipstick turned me ino Kabuki Clown Meets Vagina Mouth

Birchbox and Birchbox Man boxes- the man's box was 2x the size of the regular box- which I would expect, considering it is 20 bucks a month for man vs 10 bucks for the women's subscription

Birchbox and Birchbox Man boxes- the man’s box was 2x the size of the regular box- which I would expect, considering it is 20 bucks a month for man vs 10 bucks for the women’s subscription

My very first Birchbox and Birchbox Man subscriptions arrived on Monday, which was fantastic since it was R’s birthday… I bought him the subscription for his gift. I think I am enjoying it far more than he would. I will review the Birchbox Man box first:

the first thing we saw in the Birchbox Man package was this small Mizu water bottle- probably only good for toting the baby's water

the first thing we saw in the Birchbox Man package was this small Mizu water bottle- probably only good for toting the baby’s water

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really cute and high quality- retails for $16.95- but SUPER small. Would be ideal for a small child.

The first thing we saw when opening the Birchbox Man package was a teeny (child sized, really) Mizu Water bottle. It retails for $16.95 on the Birchbox site. R gave it to C, because he uses much bigger liter sized water bottles and this one was far too small. C will probably end up giving it back to me for Maisie at some point.

the Birchbox Man box this month was very nice and stylish. It's twice as big as the regular Birchboxes.

the Birchbox Man box this month was very nice and stylish. It’s twice as big as the regular Birchboxes.

The Birchbox Man box is twice as big as a regular Birchbox- which it should be considering it costs twice as much!

Birthday boy attempting to assemble the weird virtual reality viewer

Birthday boy attempting to assemble the weird virtual reality viewer

This month’s samples included:

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the samples were nicely sized, especially the face wash.

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conditioner sample could have been bigger- I LOVED the parfum.

Ursa Major Fantastic Face Wash
Birchbox Man + River Virtual Reality Viewer
Hanz de Fuko Natural Shampoo
Hanz de Fuko Natural Conditioner
CoSTUME National Eau de Parfum SCENT INTENSE 

Supergoop! Forever Young Hand Cream with Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 40
Tommy John Cool Cotton Trunk (undies)

I cannot tell you how much this box was worth- but I know that the underwear is 29.00 on Birchbox- add that to the Mizu bottle and those two items alone were worth about $45.00, which isn’t bad considering the box itself was $20.00.

We couldn’t figure out the virtual reality viewer. He liked the shampoo and conditioner. I LOVED the parfum- which is actually a UNISEX fragrance that reminded me of men’s Bvlgari cologne.

Pretty little box!

Pretty little box!

My Birchbox Subscription Box:

after opening the Birchbox Man first, my box was a bit anticlimatic

after opening the Birchbox Man first, my box was a bit anticlimatic

this box contained:

stila look at me liquid lipstick in Bella (hot pink)
Harvey Prince Hello, Limited Edition (perfume)
Supergoop! Daily Correct CC cream SPF 35+
Bumble and bumble Thickening Hairspray
derma e Anti-Wrinkle Vitamin A Glycolic Scrub

contents of the pink box inside my subscription box

contents of the pink box inside my subscription box

Let me start off by saying how much I HATED, HATED, HATED the liquid lipstick! I will be doing an in-depth review soon, but here’s a sneak peek:

don't let this little innocent vial fool you- inside dwells certain evil

don’t let this little innocent vial fool you- inside dwells certain evil

stila liquid lipstick in BELLA- SOOO HORRIBLE! Made my mouth look like a vagina.

stila liquid lipstick in BELLA- SOOO HORRIBLE!
Made my mouth look like a vagina.

This crap CLUNG to the dryer parts of my mouth and wouldn’t adhere to the insides, leaving my lips looking like Kabuki Clown Meets Vagina Mouth.  I loved the color, but HELL NO re the formula.  Again, leaving the review for another post, as it DESERVES an closer look at the nightmare I endured.

I didn’t get a chance to try the perfume in my box because I was too busy spraying myself with the Birchbox Man sample. I LOVED the CC cream and the face scrub.

Total for the regular Birchbox: no idea. It’s 3 am and math is not my strong suit.