99 Cent Store

99 Cent Store

So my grocery shopping routine has changed now that I am making less money than I used to. I go to the 99 Cent store first, Trader Joe’s second, and then Safeway or where ever…I’ll probably start checking Grocery Outlet soon too.

The 99 Cent Store has some awesome finds…you just have to keep checking. My favorite find so far has been a big bag of organic US grown Romaine lettuce! UGH! IT MAKES ME SO HAPPY! It was FRESH and stayed a long time – the bag had three stalks and it took time to eat up. The sell by dates my be close, but that doesn’t mean the product is bad. They seem to always have good carrots too. I’ve also picked up a big bag of fresh mint, a big box of sweet strawberries, and some celery. I’m so impressed.

I don’t know about y’all, but I’m so here for eating healthy and not paying through the nose.

 

 

 

I also tried a new recipe! Broccoli, Cheddar, Quinoa Cups!

They’re easy, tasty, and portable! I saw the recipe on Facebook and couldn’t resist. The original calls for mini muffin trays, but I don’t have one so instead of “bites” I made “cups”.

http://www.eatingwell.com/recipe/273187/baked-broccoli-cheddar-quinoa-bites/?utm_medium=social&utm_content=link_diabeticliving_recipes&utm_campaign=eatingwell_eatingwell&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_term=5208B1B0-6F3E-11E9-A9CF-B4F14F017A06&fbclid=IwAR1R-SLhEnoO6Unet_5iEPgIbh-qjFhrCVJUUSxQK8KhED9Hf03ZBNiSMDo

 

Mine seemed a tad under seasoned, but that could be from my lack of onion powder…I grabbed a second garlic powder when I meant to buy onion! I felt silly. Also! I buy my spices at the 99 Cent Store!

If you give these a go let me know how they turn out or if you tweaked anything!

 

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ColourPop .2

ColourPop .2

Hey!

SO I finally got around to trying out the Brown Sugar palette and the After Shock lippie.

LURV THEM!

The lippie is super soft and has a really light texture while delivering vibrant color. It is also fairly long lasting. After Shock is a mauvy pink only bright. I think mauvy is the word…. Anyways I cannot wait to try other colors! This color is great and works with my day to day look and a night time look.

As for the eyeshadow – I think the formula is smooth and well pigmented. I use the Fenty Pro Filt’r eye primer and let me just say… that shit STICKS. I have to dab and smooth it out with my fingers, let it dry, and then blend fast. My Urban Decay Naked Basics was really hard to blend out with this primer for some reason, but the colourpop one blends so nicely. WINNER WINNER CHICKEN DINNER BITCH haha

Brown Sugar has replaced my Naked Basics old and very used self.

I put the primer, eyeshadow, and my crazy $4 elf fake lashes, to the test.

I was playing with the palette and testing my skills with applying lashes when my friend called and invited me out. The following picture is me with only my eyes done so don’t judge me haha

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OHKAYYY you can judge me a little 😛 I think it looks pretty decent haha

The lashes are SO DRAMA. I love / hate them. Everyone had a pretty good laugh over them, but I also received positive feedback. I will attempt more…I did manage to lose this pair though. I glued them on with the Sonia Kashuk eyelash glue from Target and it held well. I peeled them off around 7:30 this morning. I do not know where I left them… someone might run into a spider looking creature soon… For $4 I recommend getting them and having some fun! They do look cheap, but the price is right for learning or costume wear.

I fell down on the job and did not get a pic with full makeup on, but thats ok because the main focus is the eyes. I went on about my business and woke up this morning with full eye makeup. Fenty makes a dang good primer y’all.

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It’s a little faded, but it can pass as light day makeup haha

I nabbed a $3 elf mascara at the grocery this morning on the way home  – Mineral Infused Black Mascara. I put it on in place of the falsies. I think I like the other elf mascara better, but this is pretty dang good for such a price. Of course that is the lovely After Shock lipstick finishing off my next day makeup look.

Overall I’m really impressed with all of these products. The only expensive one is the Fenty, but its a decent amount and a little goes a long way. I highly recommend y’all give these a try! Or try different colors and palettes and let me know what you think!

 

The skincare line I’m trying with ColourPop is working out pretty well still and I think I would purchase a few of them in their normal sizes.

Thank you so much for reading and commenting! I love hearing your thoughts 🙂 this is a really fun project for me and I hope you get some joy out of it too.

 

Stitch Fix

Stitch Fix

Hey!

So about a month ago I took a chance and ordered my first Stitch Fix box.

For those of you who are not familiar with Stitch Fix: it is a clothing subscription company. You take a quiz to tell them about you and what you like or don’t like. They will continue throughout to show you pictures that you can say yay or nay to. There is a section to tell them about your measurements, body type, etc. It all boils down to giving the best info possible to your personal Stylist who hand picks 5 items to ship to your front door. You do not pay for anything you do not keep. There is a $20 dollar fee each box that is absorbed if you buy the box.

You can choose to receive luxury items or mid-level brands. I opted out of the luxury because I am on a budget. They also offer kids clothing now making this a company that can cater to the whole family. You can pick and choose what kind if items you want more or less of: i.e. shoes, outerwear, jewelry. You also pick your budget range – what are you willing to spend on certain types of items.

The box includes the five pieces, a return pre-paid bag, style suggestion cards, and a note from the stylist. You have a couple of days to decide and put the bag in the mail with any returns before you are charged.

I think this is a fantastic way to shop! Personally I hate clothes shopping because I get discouraged and tired quickly. I also pass over stuff I should try on, but don’t. This cuts that right out. My box had some items that I wasn’t keen on initially, but ended up appreciating. I had sent a note explaining what I was looking for and my lovely Stylist, Michelle, nailed it.

My box included: 1. Teeberry & Weave – Kayden Dot Stitch Pullover in Beige $64

  1. Market & Spruce – Hans Crochet Front Top in Black $58
  2. Liverpool – Betty Chambray Shirt in Light blue $64
  3. Bancroft – Tamara Bracelet Set in Silver $28
  4. Cosmic Blue Love – Callie Cuffed Skinny Pant in Olive $88

Now if you’re balking at the price…I did too. I took a leap here and it payed off. I have new staple pieces that are well made and will carry me for a while. There is a 25% discount for buying the whole box which played into me keeping everything – that was a whopping $75.50 on top of my $20 style fee. I did not plan to keep the bracelet or button up top because I have plenty of jewelry and a very similar top.

To justify some of this I cleaned my closet out. Like OUT. I’m down to basics, work out gear, and a couple lounge things. I said I wanted to upgrade my style and wardrobe and I did. In a month or so I’ll probably order another box. I have not set this to send me automatically, but to send on physical order. I can keep wasting money on clothes from Target that do not hold up, I can wander through Macys lost and buy stuff I regret, or I can spend around the same amount and get something quality and handpicked. I think for me right now it makes sence.      

My first impressions were: “Oh God. Green pants…..”

Crochet…really?”

“LOVE THIS BUTTON UP! SO CUTE! WHY DOES IT LOOK FAMILIAR?”

& “I don’t know about this bracelet…feels cheap.”

Upon trying everything on and realizing that growing up means I have to wear some things I find a little on the boring side- Everything gets an A+ in the end.

The black top can be paired with color, the sweater will tone things down, the pants don’t make me look as fat as I thought they would AND they aren’t blue denim which I asked to avoid. The bracelet is cute and I ended up loving it while the denim shirt replaced the cheapo version I had hanging in my closet.

All in all I recommend Stitch Fix. There are a number of other businesses just like this one and I have not tried them. I mostly recommend giving this kind of shopping a try so if Stitch Fix doesn’t appeal to you then there are other options. It doesn’t hurt to try new things!

Here are pictures of my items: