Inspiring Workspaces

Happy Sunday! It’s 8am here and we are wide awake ready to start our day. Lately, I can’t do much without enduring back pain. I have about eight weeks to go until the baby pops out.My nesting instincts are kicking into high gear and I want everything to be done and ready although I know it’s not going to happen.

One of the to-do’s on my list is to convert a small room that’s connected to our bedroom into a workspace. These work areas give me plenty of ideas!

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Love the acrylic chair


craft workspace

workspaceindustrial workspace


Ikea workspace

Do you have a work area that’s inspiring? I can’t wait for mine to be completed. Just another big project added onto a massive list of things to be done…

A girl can dream.

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For my ladies!

Alright ladies, I am feeling inclined to help you out with some make up tips to help you get the best look possible for your peepers! If you have a question that I do not address or would like a personalized how to, comment me below or contact me through my form here. I would be more than happy to help you out or even post a video tutorial to watch. Now keep reading for some of my simple eyeshadow fixes and then after I will share my personal daily beauty routine along with what makeup products I like to use.

Let the fun begin!

As you know, we all have differences and that is totally awesome. Like other body parts, eyes can also be different in their size and shape from each other as well. Scientific studies show that having a balanced and symmetrical face is perceived as most aesthetically pleasing, therefore, more attractive Your eyes should be the main focus of your lovely face because they are the window to the soul and also one of the most unique features about you. Take a look at the image at the top of this article to get an idea of your eye shape! Now that you have an idea of what you may have, here are the tricks to making them look better!

If you have monolids, try doing a thick cat eye as close to the lash line as possible. Try different colors to make your eyes pop. Purple and blue are great complimenting colors if you have brown eyes. You can also try using a shimmery base all over up just past the brow bone. Use a nice dark brown to create a crease and blend upwards and outwards for a enlarging effect. For added oomph, line your waterline and smudge some color just below, top it off with some falsies and enjoy your new look!

If you have hooded eyelids, focus on applying the shadow just above the crease along the lower part of the brow bone so that it can be seen when you open your eyes and connect it to a line along the the top of the lashes. Keep a strong brow to frame your eyes and if using false lashes, try the individual kind. Place them from the middle of the eye to the outsides lightly. Using the strip method will only make your hooded eyes more closed looking, opposite of what you want.

If you have deep set eyes, brighten up the your natural shadowing by using on a beige or warm metallic hue on the lid like peach or light gold. Then, highlighting under your arches with an illuminating chunky eyeshadow pencil.

To prevent smudging from your lashes grazing your lids, finish your look with some waterproof mascara.

If you have downturned eyes, You want to focus on defining them in the outer corners with eyeliner or darker shades. Keep your lid shades light and shimmery while using medium matte shades for contouring in the crease and darker matte shades to accentuate and blend out the corners of your eyes. Try a cool cat eye for a balancing affect and be sure to only line your TOP lid.

If you have upturned eyes,  You have the perfect eye shape for some awesome smokey eye action! With your eye make up you are going to aim for symmetry by using light shades on the first half of the inner eye to open them up. Use a medium shade on the middle to end half of the eye and a dark shade at the ends to give a balancing and nice depth effect! When using liner, you may coat the top and bottom but for best results keep the top line thinner than the bottom for added symmetry.

If you have close set eyes,  your fix is pretty simple and easy to achieve! You want to make your eyes appear at least one eye size apart. Using shimmery pearly colors in the inner eyes and around them can really help. Use darker colors and BLEND like crazy upwards and outwards to lengthen your eyes. You can try some liner on top and bottom, brining the tail out further than your real size. Use some individual lashes on the ends of the lash line to really emphasize and give the effect of larger and wider eyes!

If you have wide set eyes, you want to be using darker shades on your inner eyelid while being sure to blend the pigment into the crease in an outward motion. Use lighter shades on the middle of the lid. You can also use liner on the entire water line, top and bottom, and not worry about looking beady eyed! Extend your inner eye color up to the brow bone and lightly pat some shimmer onto the top middle part of the eye, right above your iris.

My daily beauty routine

Having to be up and ready for work in time to eat breakfast and take the pup out means I can’t be in high glamour mode, so I keep it down to just a few steps. But, I still make sure to look great at the office! 

After washing my face I use a shine proof primer to keep me from getting too oily in midday and it also keeps all my makeup looking smooth and uniform.
Afterwards I start on my eyebrows. Depending on how I am feeling, I will either use an angled brush with matte brown powder or an eyebrow pencil for super defined brows.
Next, I use gel liner for the simple yet classic cat eye in black and crimp my eyelashes.
If you have a blow dryer, blast your curler for a few seconds to get it warm and give your lashes extra staying power. I apply two to three coats of mascara in black on top and bottom, being sure to get the lashes on the ends of my eyelids.
Then, I use a small dome shaped brush to apply a nice shimmery pearl eyeshadow on my inner lids and the rim right below to give my eyes a larger appearance. Sometimes I also will get in my crease and use a fluffy brush to define my eyes with a medium brown from the middle of my eye outwards and around to the edge of my bottom water line.
If I’m feeling really blah, I will apply some dark maroon lipstick and smudge it around a bit to make it look more casual like a lip stain.
Last, I use oil free foundation all over with a blending sponge being sure to go down the neck and not miss any spots around my jaw. No one likes that horrid orange line from careless blending!
I set everything with powder by pressing it into my skin and lightly sweep some blush across my cheeks for a pinch of color.
That is about it in a nutshell and believe it or not, I can typically get done it all finished in under twenty minutes! 

My list of beauty products I use for my daily beauty routine:

Face wash : Mario Badescu for oily/combination skin.

Skin primer: Sephora anti-shine foundation primer.

Foundation: Boots no. 7 Beautifully matte foundation SPF 15 in Deeply Beige

Eyebrow shadow/pencil : Brown Smolder from Covergirl / Boots no. 7 eyebrow pencil- in brown.

Gel liner: Maybelline New York EyeStudio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner 24H – Intense Black.

Mascara: L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Butterfly Mascara (It’s a dupe for the Benefit ‘They’re Real!’ mascara!) – In black.

I hope this helped some of you out! Please share any tips and tricks you have for your eyes! Thank you for reading. 

Get Organized!

Who here needs organization, less clutter and a touch of updating? I’ll be the first to raise my hand because I know I do, or at least I did. This past weekend, hubby and I decided that enough was enough. It was time to get organized and stylish! This can be difficult to imagine without splurging at your local Ikea and doing the ‘out with the old and in with the new’ number. However, without a budget (really), going all new everything was just not in the stars for us this time. We got rid of some of our old, ugly, placeholder furniture (stuff we got for free that we promised to get rid of after buying a new replacement) and chose to give unusual selections of furniture that we already owned, a new task. We have a huge wood and granite table that usually sits behind our couch, responsible for holding up all of our junk from the day. It has amazing wood work and some of those really cool lion looking feet legs. We placed our TV on that and our tall speakers on each side. It seemed strange at first, but now it looks pretty cool and defiantly different. That was just one simple example of what we did for one part of the house. Keep reading below to get some more tips and tricks for your home! 

  • When redoing rooms, try your best to actually separate the spaces.This is a big one for those in open floor plans or studios. Use a long couch, bookcase or standing shade to make a physical barrier from one room to the next.
  • Don’t be afraid to mix styles! My man dies for metal work and I am more of a wood and fur (faux, of course)kind of gal. Upon completing this type of look, we really loved how it was industrial but also warm and welcoming. Instead of sticking to just one idea, mix them up and come up with your own unique combination. Think of it like food, having variety in different textures keeps things interesting and pleasing to the palate. 
  • Make discount stores, yard sales and sites like Craigslist your new best friend! It may take some extra time to find what you are looking for, but paying a fraction of the cost will be worth the patience. Remember that you can always sand and repaint a piece, and you won’t feel nearly as bad doing so to an older bookcase over a brand new one.
  • Get rid of clutter by going through all of your junk!And yes, even that drawer you haven’t looked into for months. Trust me when I tell you that doing this will seriously not only clear your home, but your head as well. For those items you cannot (or willnot) let go of, store them in basket, high up in closets and out of sight.
  • Lastly, create a wish board. People do this for their futures, a new trip or weight loss so who says you can’t do it for decor purposes?! Keep tabs on what you see and love. Take the list with you when you go searching for what you need. It will keep you focused and pleased with your find! 

Links : 
This link will take you to a blog that will show you how to master patterns in the home.
This link shows you how to customize a boring dresser into something more beautiful. 

And there you have it, my list of how to get rolling home improvements! Have any other ideas you want to share? Let me know down below in the comments.