Though there are a few constants, every couple of years now, I end up finding a few new beauty products to add to my daily routine. I try not to leave my house without sunscreen on my face, and I rarely go out without mascara, either. But just like with my clothes, I’m not afraid to mix higher-end items with cheap bargains. Sometimes the inexpensive drugstore items do the job really well (see 2 and 3), and sometimes it’s totally worth it to splurge for the good stuff when the cheaper versions don’t cut it. So here are a mix of products I can’t do without these days.
1. PÜR Minerals Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spetrum SPF 20 – I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect tinted sunscreen for a couple of years now, and I really like this one. It has nice light coverage to help even out your skin, plus heavy-duty physical sun protection. (I’ve bought it at Ulta in the past, but I just discovered it’s way cheaper on Amazon.)
2. Prestige liquid eye liner – I’ve tried more expensive liquid eyeliners, but I keep coming back to this one for the felt tip and cheap price.
3. ELF Studio blush in Pink Passion – This one is a recent discovery, which I bought at Target, but they don’t have it online. Great color for only $3!
4. Urban Decay Perversion mascara – The search for my favorite mascara eventually led me to this one. Dramatic lashes AND no animal testing. A winner!
5. Benefit Posietint cheeck and lip stain – I use this on my lips, cheeks, or both. The color works better for me than the classic Benetint stain, which I’ve used in the past.
6. DevaCurl No-Fade shampoo – For a long time I just used regular shampoo along with the DevaCurl conditioner, but this shampoo has made a big difference for my dry curls.
7. DevaCurl One Condition conditioner – If you have curly hair, this stuff is great. My curls love this stuff so much that I buy the giant bottle.

Do you have any beauty products you can’t live without? Spill the beans!

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I know, I’m a day late with the links. Yesterday’s post completely got away from me because I was doing the most boring (but ultimately, satisfying) thing ever: Cleaning the hell out of our house. It’s been a mess ever since we started working on our kitchen. There was a ton of dust from all of the floor sanding, and tools laying willy-nilly everywhere. But we finally got everything all tidied up just in time for a visit from a friend, and it feels (and looks) really good. Of course I’m sure we’ll mess it up again soon, but hopefully not too badly. Anyway, on to the late links!
10-25-15 links
1. Protect your tablet with this felt and leather case.
2. Make this cute metal house shelf/basket to organize your stuff.
3. This wine coffin is clearly the best way to gift someone a bottle of wine for Halloween.
4. Did you know you can stamp with leaves? Such a neat effect!
5. There’s still time to decorate for Halloween if you make these cement and copper pumpkin candle holders.
6. Store your wine in style with this leather strap wine rack.


DIY Halloween pumpkin planter
When I came up with this project, I was thinking of calling it a no-carve pumpkin DIY. Except that there technically IS carving. So I guess it’s low-carve? It doesn’t require the degree of artistic talent (or time) that real pumpkin carving does, and if you use a fake pumpkin, it’s way less messy. No pumpkin seeds to roast up and munch on at the end, but also no guts to clean up. Plus, if you use a fake pumpkin, you can keep this around after Halloween and just restyle it for a Thanksgiving table. And it’ll be all ready to go next year–you just have to keep the plant alive in the meantime. Or you can even replace the potted plant with a vase of fresh flowers. So many possibilities!

Pumpkin Planter

Pumpkin – Real or fake, though I used this fake one
Small serrated knife
Plant pot – Mine is from Ikea
Plant that fits in the pot
Preserved Spanish moss (optional)
Miscellaneous containers or pieces of wood for raising the height of the plant pot
DIY Halloween pumpkin planter

1. Put the pot you’re using on top of the pumpkin, and trace around it with the marker. If the top of your pot is wider than the bottom, like mine is, you’d actually be better off flipping it over upside-down to trace it.
DIY Halloween pumpkin planter
2. Stab the pumpkin along the line you just drew, then carefully cut out the circle until you’ve gone all the way around.
DIY Halloween pumpkin planter
DIY Halloween pumpkin planter
3. Check to see if your pot fits. If not, trim evenly around the perimeter of the hole until it fits. In order to make the top of the pot even with the top of the pumpkin, you might need to put something underneath it. I used a plastic container from my recycling bin, but wood slices or a small box could also work.
DIY Halloween pumpkin planter
DIY Halloween pumpkin planter
4. Pop in a plant! I didn’t even need to repot mine, I just put it in the pot in the plastic container that it came in. Now you can either leave it like this, or add some spanish moss to help hide the pot (and make it a bit creepier).
DIY Halloween pumpkin planter
DIY Halloween pumpkin planter
5. Creep it up! To get that Halloween feeling, add fake spiders and webs, bats, skulls, and anything else you find sinister.
DIY Halloween pumpkin planter

DIY Halloween pumpkin planter

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10-17-15 links
1. I love this graphic embroidered art.
2. Give your plants a beautiful home with these cement and copper plant pots.
3. This creepy crawly Halloween tablecloth is right up my alley.
4. Make easy gold foil letter art for a quick decor upgrade.
5. The BEST Halloween pompoms.
6. Sometimes you just want your tissues to look nice, and this tissue box cover can help.

I know it’s the wrong time of year to be buying sunglasses, but I’m way into these.

This braided hairdo looks super cute and easy.

It’s probably weird that I kind of want to go to a “Salmon Homecoming” this weekend, but I do! (I guess I’m truly a product of the Pacific Northwest.)


A few days ago we finished a major part of our kitchen upgrade when we installed new open shelves to take the place of one of the cabinets. I was really nervous about putting up these shelves, because the floating shelf hardware required lots of exact measurements and drilling, and I was afraid I’d screw up and the shelves would be totally ruined forever. So after I employed my usual helpful tactic of procrastination, eventually we got down to the installation. It was tricky, and we had to solve some problems, but we made it through. And the result is totally worth it!  I really love our new shelves.

The transformation is much more dramatic with a little reminder of the ugliness before, though.
kitchen before
And this is what it looked like after we took down the upper cabinet and painted the other remaining cabinets.
kitchen makeover 5
And finally, the after! It doesn’t even look like the same room.
Kitchen Live-Edge Floating Shelves

I changed my mind about the top plant. The red-leaved peperomia is much better than the green spikey guy I had up there at first.

Kitchen Live-Edge Floating Shelves

Kitchen Live-Edge Floating Shelves

Kitchen Live-Edge Floating Shelves
The wood is live-edge alder that we picked out and had finished at Salvage Works (they were great to work with, and did a wonderful job). To hang these shelves we used these Dolle Strongfix floating shelf brackets. I used three per shelf, attached to studs in the wall, and they seem like they’ll be plenty sturdy. The tricky part was drilling the holes in the walls and the shelves. I had to buy a corded drill (this one by Ridgid), because my cordless one wasn’t up to the task. And even with the powerful drill (Steven compared me to Tim Taylor when I admired its power a little too much), I did make the motor smoke when I drilled too far into the wood without emptying out the wood shavings. We let the motor cool down overnight, got the drill bit unstuck by turning it by hand with pliers, and finished drilling the next morning.

Our kitchen remodel is this close to being done. We’ve painted the walls and cabinets, replaced the hardware, added open shelving, and refinished our floors. So why aren’t we finished? Well, because of a little detail I cropped out. The mouldings, or lack thereof.
Kitchen Live-Edge Floating Shelves
While you’re admiring the lovely vintage refinished wood that has replaced the vinyl fake tile, you might notice the nasty situation along the bottom of the wall. That’s glue left over from the vinyl that was glued around the room and under the cabinets as a baseboard. So I’m in the middle of covering that all up with mouldings, and then we’ll be done. Of course it’s taking way longer than I expected, but I’m excited that I’m so close to being finished!

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