Product Spotlight: Covergirl Bombshell Volume Mascara

January 28, 2015

The Covergirl Bombshell Volume Mascara has been out for a while, and I purchased it several months ago. I've been using it since, and to be completely honest my first impression was "wow", but after continuous use, I'm still undecided!

Or maybe my expectations just got higher? 





The mascara is designed to be a two-step process. Step 1 is the volume formula, and step two intensifies and locks in the color and finish. The Step 1 brush is a shorter-bristle rubberized brush. Step 2 is a longer, softer bristle. When applying the product, I can tell a noticeable difference in Step 1 and 2. Honestly I think Step 2 adds more volume!

bare lashes / step 1 / step 1 / step 2

It adds pretty good length and volume, and lasts all day. Due to the design of the tube it seems difficult to get product on the brush. The tube is also really large, and kind of gets in the way when you're applying to the outer edges of the lashes. All around a strange design in my opinion.

Still a good mascara, but I keep going back to my favorite to compare. I like this product the more I use it, but I'm not sure if I like how it applies as well as others. 

Have you ever used the Bombshell Volume Mascara? If so, what did you think?

On My Mind...

January 26, 2015

I've had the artistic bug for a few weeks now. I have been scouring Pinterest for ideas and inspiration almost non-stop. My usual medium is watercolor, but lately I have wanted to try out acrylic. Anyone have any experience with using acrylic???

Here are some of my top inspiration pieces...

This piece has so much color, but also has deep grey that balances it. I love the technique - the artist used soft strokes for the muted color sand bold strokes with the bright color.

I love the colors in this! I also like that it is at the seashore. :)

Abstract isn't for everyone, but I really like the abstract landscapes. The blues in this painting are beautiful, and it could be an ocean, a lake, mountains - whatever you want!

Another abstract landscape, but more autumn colors. This one is no longer available, but I like some of the others by this artist on Etsy.

One of these days I'll get the brushes out...in the meantime I'll keep eyeing up these talented artists!

Laundry Room Re-do

January 21, 2015


There's been a little project going on at the house lately...

We have a completely redone laundry room! I went out of my comfort zone of earthy colors and decided to have a little fun. 

Before...


In progress...even after the floor and the walls were painted it started to look brighter and cleaner!


After...





The deep blue cabinets are such a fun way to add color to the small room, and the rug has the perfect combination of rust, grey, tan, and blue. I had the large orange-framed mirror already, and moved it into the laundry room once I found the rug (because everyone needs a mirror in the laundry room, right?). 

All of the cabinets were unfinished oak, and we painted them ourselves with a semi-gloss paint. We added the crown and trim to the cabinets, and I think it helps give it a more custom look. The shirt rod is a heavy-duty closet rod...the other for pants...is a grab bar. We had to get creative since there wasn't a place for it to die into on one end. It works just right, and amazingly matched the other one. Who woulda thought!?

The laundry room now looks like a room with a purpose instead of a catch-all for junk (it pretty much still is...it's just all hidden now!), and the design actually flows with the rest of the house - which was key for me because you can see right inside from the living room and kitchen.

I kind of want to paint everything in this blue color...

Linking up with Show Me SaturdayInspiration Monday / Your Designs This Time.