Saturday, December 8, 2018

Jaclyn Hill x Morphe Palette Review

Hey Beauties!

I’m very excited about this post because it’s been a long time coming. Jaclyn Hill is one of my favorite YouTubers and one of the reasons I got into makeup as much as I have. I’ve wanted to buy the Jaclyn Hill x Morphe palette since it first came out. I didn’t get around to it right away. Once I finally did, there was a shipping issue and the palette never got to me. They ended up shipping me the one I ordered plus an extra for having to wait so long. (Their customer service is wonderful by the way.) Anyway, I just wanted to share some of my thoughts about this palette with all of you!

First impressions:
The very first thing I noticed was how many gorgeous shades there were! There is a perfect amount of matte vs shimmer shades. The pans are also big which is nice. You really get what you pay for. 

First use:
Of course I immediately started searching my favorite shades. They were as soft as butter. I was really surprised at the nice texture of the shadows. Also using them for the first time I noticed how easily they blended. 

Final thoughts: 
This is a wonderful palette for everyone. It’s great for beginners because of how easy the shadows blend together, and it’s great for more experienced MUAs because of all the different shades it offers and the endless looks you can create. I could not be more happy with my purchase! 

For people that want to purchase this palette, I bought it on Also, I noticed that they have AfterPay, so if you are unable to pay all at once you can pay in 4 equal installments by being billed every 2 weeks. I thought that was super nice as well. 

I am totally in love with this palette and have been using it almost everyday since I’ve gotten it! Have you tried this palette or any of the Jaclyn Hill x Morphe products? If so, what did you think of them? Let me know in the comments below! 

xo, Sarah 💖

Friday, October 26, 2018

Neutrogena Deep Clean Purifying Micellar Cleansing Towelettes Review

Hey my loves,

I know, I know. It’s been a while. We had a busy summer and did a lot of fun stuff with the kids over the summer, so I didn’t get a chance to blog as much as I would have liked. They’re back in school now though so I’ll have a little more time to work on some new content. I’m really bad about starting a post and then saving it halfway through and not finishing it. I’ll get another idea and start a separate post a few days later and do the exact same thing. 🤦🏼‍♀️ I’ll get better about finishing my posts, I promise. 😂

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you would know that my holy grail makeup remover wipes are the Neutrogena sensitive skin makeup removing wipes. I’ve been using them for years. Recently Neutrogena came out with Deep Clean Purifiying Cleansing wipes though, and I decided to give them a try.

I’m glad I did. 

I have sensitive, acne prone, combination skin. My skin will absolutely let me know if it doesn’t like a product I use, so I wait to give my opinion on products until I’ve used them at least a couple times and can see how my skin reacts to it. I was so happy that my skin didn’t react negatively to these. A lot of products that claim to remove waterproof makeup don’t work as well as they claim, but these wipes really do. They easily take off my waterproof eyeliner and mascara. They even take off my false lash glue easily, which most other makeup wipes can’t do. They have a slight scent but it smells fresh and isn’t overpowering. My skin is left feeling soft and moisturized after using these. They never dry my skin out or irritate it (which is easy to do). I also really like that they have a rough texture because it helps take the makeup off more easily. It isn’t rough enough to irritate your skin, but it definitely helps in removing your makeup more quickly and easily. The packaging keeps the wipes nice and moist. 

I’m super impressed with these makeup wipes and have definitely found my new Holy Grail product. I would like to try the other Neutrogena Micellar products soon and see if they’re as good as the makeup removing wipes. 

Have you ever tried these makeup remover wipes? If so, what did you think of them? What other makeup removing products do you recommend? Let me know in the comments below!

xo, Sarah 

Friday, July 27, 2018

My July Ipsy Bag!

Hiii my loves,

Hope everyone is enjoying their summer! We definitely are in my house. We've been doing a lot of fun outings with the kids and friends lately. I can't believe they go back to school in just a few short weeks. I'm half sad because we've had such an awesome summer, but I'm also half relieved because I'll get a break from the craziness that summer break entails. 😂

I got my first Ipsy bag in the mail earlier this week and wanted to share what I received with you all! Here's what I got:

1.) Simple Micellar Makeup Remover Eye Pads
I've actually tried these before so I was pretty excited to get them in my bag. It wasn't a sample either, it's full size with 30 pads in there which is awesome.

2.) Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner
I ended up giving this to a friend because I like gel liners better personally (for my top lid) and pencil liners for my waterline. I have way too many eyeliners as is. I've heard great things about this though and it's a high end brand so I'm sure she'll enjoy it.

3.) Elizabeth Mott Tapered Blending Brush
I was really happy to see this when I opened my bag because it's one of the things I was hoping to get when I saw other people's Ipsy bags this month. I've been using it everyday since I got it and I'm super impressed with it. It blends so nicely and doesn't cause any fallout. It's a great brush.

4.) ella eden Single Eyeshadow
I have similar colors to this shadow in quite a few of my palettes and way too many eyeshadows as it is, so I gave this away also. It's a very pretty color though and the reviews on it are great so I'm hoping my friend enjoys this one too.

5.) Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Face Butter
This is the product I was the most excited about receiving. I've been using it every night since I got it during my before bed skin care routine and I already see a noticeable difference in my skin. It makes my skin so smooth but doesn't make it oily at all. I am definitely going to buy the full size of this product when the one I received runs out.

Do you get Ipsy? If so, what did you get this month? Have you tried any of the products I got in my bag? Let me know in the comments below!

xo, Sarah

Sunday, July 15, 2018

The Last 10 Things I've Googled...

Good morning, Beauties!

I am subscribed to a lot of different blogs, and recently I saw quite a few of them do a post about the last 10 things they Googled. I thought it would be fun to do also, and it's a great way to get to know the person behind the blog! Here's the last 10 things I googled.

1. Catherine Paiz 

If you watch the ACE Family YouTube channel, you'll know who she is. For those who don't, she's a huge YouTuber that has a channel with her fiance Austin McBroom and their adorable daughter, Elle. There was recently some rumors that came out about her past, so I was doing some detective work (AKA being nosey). 😂

2. GoFundMe Customer Service Number

I currently have a GoFundMe set up because my mom passed away unexpectedly on Mother's Day this year. She was cremated and is currently in a plastic box that is taped shut. 😔 (That's what she was given to us in.) The money is going toward getting her the beautiful urn that she deserves and also going toward renting a moving truck to drive down to South Carolina (where she was living) from Chicago (where we live) to go through everything and bring back all of our family mementos, furniture, etc. Here is the link if you would like to donate.  Anything is appreciated greatly. Anyway I had a question for them about the account and was trying to find a phone number or email address for their customer service.

3. Pizza Hut Coupon Codes 2018

This is pretty self-explanatory but we were getting pizza for dinner and why not save money wherever we can?! 😉 (By the way we found coupon codes for a large 2-topping for $7. Yesss! 😂)

4. 16G Piercing Needle

I had a Monroe piercing for a few years which I loved. I had to take it out for a while and it closed, but not completely. I was buying a 16 gauge piercing needle so I could re-pierce it myself since it wasn't closed all the way yet.

5. FedEx Tracking

Again, pretty self-explanatory but I have a couple packages I'm waiting on and I wanted to know where they were.

6. Keke Do You Love Me Lyrics

Everyone is going crazy over the Keke Do You Love Me Challenge lately so I got bored and looked up the lyrics. 🤷‍♀️

7. Why is Showbiz Shelly on Kiss FM?

Showbiz Shelly is a very popular radio personality that was on the radio station b96 for years. Recently I turned on the radio and heard her on Kiss FM (which is the #1 competition for b96) and I wanted to know why. Apparently she switched stations and that was a huge shock to me.

8. Can a Samsung Galaxy J7 phone case fit on a Samsung Galaxy J7 Perx??

Pretty self explanatory, again. 😉

9. What is a soft cleft palate?

In a mom's group I'm in on Facebook, someone was talking about how their daughter had a soft cleft palate and had surgery for it. I've heard of a cleft palate before and knew what that was but didn't know the difference between a hard cleft palate and a soft cleft palate so I wanted to look it up.

10. What is Harlequin Ichthyosis?

Again, I was looking up a term I heard in a mom's group and wanted to know what it was.

I know some of those were super random, but that's what I've been Googling lately. What is the most interesting thing you've Googled lately? Let me know in the comments below!

xo, Sarah

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

New Drugstore Products I'm Loving 💕

Hi my loves,

I've been trying to get my mind off of everything that happened in the last 2 months, and what's better than retail therapy?! A good friend gave me a gift card and told me to buy some things for myself to cheer me up because things have been so rough lately. Normally I would save it for bills, or the kids, or something we need, but she insisted I spend it on myself, and who am I to argue?! 😉😄 I bought some clothing also that I may post a collective haul of soon, but for now I wanted to post some awesome new drugstore products that I purchased and have been using pretty much daily. Let's jump right in...

Covergirl Trunaked Peach Punch Palette

I actually purchased the entire Peach Punch line. I'm really impressed with the highlight, it's beautiful. The highlight is by far my favorite thing from the entire line. The blushes are really pretty too. The entire line is peach scented and I love it. It's not too overpowering, but definitely scented. The palette is nice, I like the color scheme a lot and the gold/nude colors are gorgeous. The only downside is the matte colors have quite a bit of fallout so you have to be careful with that.

 Maybelline Lemonade Craze Palette

I was super excited to finally get my hands on this palette. The colors are beautiful and it has some shades that you wouldn't normally see included in a palette. I wish they had more yellow hues, but overall I really like it. A few of the colors could be a bit more pigmented but for the most part it's a great palette.

Loreal Paradise Enchanted Palette

This is another palette I was very excited to finally purchase. It's apple scented, and I'm not going to lie, that's 90% of the reason I bought it. 😂 The colors are absolutely beautiful. I've been using this palette the most out of the palettes I've purchased recently. Every color has great pigmentation and there are so many different looks you can do with this palette alone. It has a mix of matte and shimmer shades which I love.

NYX Ultimate Shadow Palette

When I saw this palette, I had to have it. I have a TON of nude eyeshadow palettes, but not many with bright colors. This palette literally has every color of the rainbow and although I haven't had a chance to use every shade yet, I've used about 75% of them and they are all super pigmented. NYX has yet to really let me down, and this is just another great NYX product.

No7 Airbrush Away Pore Minimizing Primer

I wasn't looking for a primer, but I always try the in-store testers. Once I tried this, I had to buy it. It's silky smooth (silicone based) and does help make my big pores look not as noticeable. It's an excellent primer and I've been using it every single day lately.

NYX #thisiseverything Lip Oil

I've owned thousands of makeup products, but for some reason I've never owned a lip oil before. So for that reason, plus the pretty packaging, I had to get this. I've been putting it on my lips at night before bed and I really love how hydrated it keeps them throughout the night. I'll definitely continue to use this nightly.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Cream Contour Palette

Okay, this one isn't drugstore, but I felt I should include it because I really love it. I've been wanting this for a while and finally splurged on it. I'm glad I did. Normally I use powder contour products and was a little nervous to try cream products because I thought they would be messy to apply. I was wrong. I am really impressed with this palette and (as you can see) I've been using it a TON. If you're on the fence about buying this because it's high end and a little more pricey, definitely splurge and get it. It's totally worth it, I promise!

Have you tried any of these? What did you think? What new products have you been loving lately or what have you been wanting to try? Let me know in the comments below! 💖

xo, Sarah

Sunday, May 20, 2018

I Didn't Get To Say Goodbye; Losing My Mom...💔


I don't know where to really start with this, it's painful to talk about so I'm just typing whatever comes to mind. As you know from my last post, I lost my grandma a couple weeks ago. Well, on Mother's Day (of all days), I lost my mom unexpectedly.

My mom had a stomach bug and wasn't feeling well, so she went to take a nap. I hadn't talked to her yet that day... I was planning on calling her after work to wish her a Happy Mothers Day. Around 2 PM, her husband turned her over and saw that she was gone. He did CPR and the paramedics did as well, but she had already been gone for a little while so it didn't work. After getting an autopsy done, we learned that she had a massive heart attack in her sleep. She didn't suffer or feel any pain, and she went very quickly. She's had heart problems since birth so the way she went wasn't surprising, but the timing definitely was. I had just seen her at my grandma's wake the week before, and she was doing OK. For her to just go from being fine to dying was such a horrible, heartbreaking shock.

When my Grandma died, I asked God why he took her, but now I realize that if my grandma didn't pass when she did, I wouldn't have had the chance to see my mom again before she passed. (For those who don't know, my mom lived in South Carolina and I live near about 900 miles away.) If my grandma didn't pass away when she did, I wouldn't have gotten to hug my mom, and laugh and cry with her. I wouldn't have gotten to show her our new car and show her new pictures of her grandkids. It was a very short trip so she didn't get a chance to see my kids because we didn't bring them to the wake, but I'm still very grateful that I got to see her one last time. I found a voicemail that I didn't know was there a couple days after she passed and she was saying how I was the most beautiful woman in the room and she couldn't believe how gorgeous I looked, and how proud she was of me. I lost it when I heard that. Everyone has told me I look like her as far back as I can remember.

We haven't always had a perfect relationship. We're both very emotional people and extremely stubborn. (Like mother, like daughter.) We always knew though that no matter what was going on between us, if we really needed eachother, we would ALWAYS be there for each other. No questions asked, without a doubt. It's so hard to not have her here. She was my #1 supporter, my #1 source of comfort, and my best friend. Since I was two, we would say "Buddies for life" and interlock our pinkies, and now I do that with my kids.

an old message from her...💔

and another one. 😭

It's been 1 week today since she's been gone, and I'm absolutely heartbroken. I can't go an hour without crying, and everything reminds me of her. I feel like I'll never be happy again. She took a huge piece of my heart with her when she went. I'm planning on writing a separate post with a bunch of our memories together. I was going to include it in this one but it would be so long if I did that, so I'll do it separately.

If you are religious, please keep me in your prayers. If you aren't, please keep me in your thoughts and send me some positive vibes. I've never gone through anything like this, and losing the only two family members I had within weeks of eachother has been beyond heartbreaking. I'm trying to be strong for my babies, but it's so incredibly hard. 💔💔💔

I love you, Mommy... to Heaven and back. 💖

xo, Sarah

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Losing a Piece of my Heart & Gaining a Guardian Angel

"You left me beautiful memories, your love is still my guide; and though I cannot see you, you're always at my side."

I lost my best friend, my biggest supporter, my source of comfort, my everything the other grandma. She didn't suffer, she just passed in her sleep. My grandma wasn't just a grandma to me. She was so much more. She was like a mom to me. No matter what I was going through, she was always there for me. Even through the toughest times in my life. She never left my side. Tears are streaming down my face as I write this. She lived such a full life, and was ready to be with her husband... I just wasn't ready to let her go. Her wake is tonight and I don't know how I'm going to get through it. Normally when something is going on in my life and I need comfort, I go to her... but obviously I can't do that today and it's hard.

I wanted to share some memories I had with her, more so for myself than anything else.

I remember playing "grocery lady" with her at 3 years old and her asking me what the microphone was for. I picked it up and said "clean up on aisle 3". She thought that was the funniest thing ever and said she couldn't believe that I knew what it was for. I also remember during this, she would take coffee breaks, and I told her that she took too many. This was one of her favorite memories too and she always loved talking about it.

I remember going to her house and playing with all of her cans in the basement pantry.

I remember when my brother was born I was being protective and said no one could hold him. When he came home from the hospital and she went to see him first, I cried my eyes out. She said it broke her heart and after that she always came to me first.

I remember her coming to my gymnastics practice when I was 6 and being so happy that she was there.

I remember the many sleepovers at her house growing up. Walking to the park, going to Amazing Savings for toys, watching The Sandlot. I remember when I would get scared I would climb into bed and cuddle with her.

I remember going back to school shopping with her every year at North Riverside mall and she would let me pick out any clothes and shoes I wanted. She always spoiled me. 💖

I remember the many Christmas Eve parties at her house. I remember always asking her to make deviled eggs and the cookies I loved so much. She made everything from scratch and even if I used the same recipe it never tasted exactly like hers did. She was the best cook.

I remember her showing me her ring with all of her kids and grandkids birthstones in it, and telling me all about it.

I remember her always having candy in her candy dish. I don't think that thing was ever empty. My kids knew exactly where it was too. 😊

I remember the day I got married, her being there. I remember telling her when we separated and her telling me she knew he wasn't the one. Later she watched me fall in love all over again and absolutely adored him too.

I remember the making her a great grandma and the first time she met Nevaeh. The first time she met each of the kids. She loved her great grandkids so much. Lexi was her special girl, they were so attached to eachother.

I remember when I got in trouble at 18, and she wrote to me and never gave up on me. When I came home she took me clothes shopping because I had nothing left, and was so proud of me.

I remember when she told me about her surviving breast cancer and showing me the prosthetic breast. I freaked out. (I was really young.) We laughed about it later. 💖

I remember seeing my grandpa's dentures floating in the sink upstairs and running downstairs screaming. She thought it was the funniest thing ever. 🤦‍♀️😂

I remember the talks we had and crying together and hugging eachother. I remember thanking her for never leaving my side. I'll never ever forget how it felt to hold her hand or hug her. I'll never forget her scent or her warmth and comfort.

I remember her taking us to pick out our kitchen table and chairs for our first apartment. They were SO expensive but she was so proud of us and said we deserved it. 💖

I remember the many breakfast and shopping dates we had with her. And the many trips to Walmart. Those were our thing. 💖

I remember her always ordering Egg McMuffins and Filet O Fish sandwiches at McDonald's.

I remember how much she loved where she was living and how active she was in her community.

I remember all of the 4th of July parades and fireworks at her house in North Riverside. It was a tradition to go together every year.

I remember visiting her and my grandpa at their winter home in Naples, FL. I loved it there, and so did they. She would make homemade orange juice from the oranges growing in her yard.

I remember my grandma writing me letters while she was in FL for the winter so I could get mail and practice writing letters.

I remember my grandma flying me out to Florida when I was in 6th grade so I could go to Disneyworld with her and my aunt and uncle. I felt so special because I was the only cousin that was invited and I got time with her alone. Of course she spoiled me on that trip. 😊

I remember taking Lexi to the special Christmas event at her retirement community where they had Santa, horse and carriage rides, etc. She was so excited we were there and loved showing us off to everyone. She was so proud. 💖

I remember her always teasing us about wearing destroyed denim jeans. She always used to ask why we paid for jeans like that when she could just tear them up for free. 🤦‍♀️😂

I remember her singing the song "When I'm 64".... I can still hear her voice when I think about her singing it.

I remember the way she would talk about my grandpa after he died and how much love they had for eachother. I always said I wanted a relationship like they had.

I remember how she always told me how beautiful I was, even when I didn't feel like I was. She was a spitfire too, if she didn't really think you were beautiful she would NOT tell you that you were. 😂

I remember her many peptalks and all of her support. I'll never ever forget that. I hope she knows how truly thankful I am for that. I honestly don't know if I would have made it to where I am without her support.

I remember her always telling me to forgive everyone, and always telling me to pray and stay close to God. She was always so strong in her faith.

I don't know how I'm going to go through life without her. She's always been my rock. I was her first grandchild and my mom always said I was my grandma's favorite. We were so close. I just hope she's proud of me and is watching over me. She's my guardian angel now.

"God looked around his garden,
and found an empty space.
Then he looked upon this earth,
and saw your tired face.
He put his arms around you,
and lifted you to rest.
God's garden must be beautiful,
He only takes the best."

"God saw you getting tired,
and a cure was not to be.
So he put his arms around you,
and whispered "come to Me".
With tearful eyes we watched you,
and saw you pass away.
And although we loved you dearly,
we could not make you stay.
A golden heart stopped beating,
hard working hands at rest.
God broke our hearts to prove to us,
He only takes the best."

I love you, Grandma, yesterday, today, tomorrow, and forever. 💖💔

Friday, April 20, 2018

Milani Most Loved Mattes Palette Review

Good morning loves!

I got a bunch of new makeup, and wanted to review some of the products for you, so I decided to review my favorite one first.

I purchased the Milani "Most Loved Mattes" Palette at Walmart for $20. It's definitely on the pricier side for a drug store brand eyeshadow palette, but it's worth every penny. I was so impressed by it! It comes with 12 shades, a mix of matte and shimmer shades. I was pleasantly surprised to see that it has a full size mirror inside as well.

All of the shades are extremely pigmented, easy to blend, and have minimal fallout. I keep finding myself reaching for this palette each morning because you can do SO many different looks just using this palette alone with its mix of cool toned shadows and warm toned shadows.

I would absolutely recommend this to anyone in the market for a new eyeshadow palette. It really is great and very versatile. The array of shades would look beautiful on any skin tone.

Let me know in the comments below if you've tried this palette or what your favorite palette is at the moment! 😊

xo, Sarah

Monday, February 19, 2018

My New Ombre Mermaid Brushes!!

Hey everyone!

I'm so excited, I finally got my ombre mermaid brushes in the mail! They're really great quality, and the best part? (Wait for it....) They were totally FREE! (Seriously. Lol.) They're really good quality too. I was pleasantly surprised. Now I'm debating whether I'm going to use them or keep them for decoration and get another set to use to do my makeup, because they're almost too pretty to use! 😣😊

I got them from using the app Verydice. It's a super simple (but very addicting) dice game. You can get 30 free rolls to start by downloading it and using my friend code: 1218897. After that you'll get between 1-10 free rolls everyday, and you can earn more rolls by watching short ads or doing quick surveys. Honestly I just use the free rolls that I get daily and let my points add up like that. It's free to download and free to play!

What apps are you into at the moment? Anything good you think I should download? Let me know in the comments below! 💞

xo, Sarah 💖

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Victoria's Secret Semi Annual Sale January 2018 Haul

Good morning beauties!!

Brrr it got so cold here in Chicago again. It was beautiful for a couple days, I'm talking upper 50s which is unheard of here in January, but now it's back to being ridiculously cold. 🙄 Oh well, it was nice while it lasted.

Anyway, I went to the Victoria's Secret semi-annual sale during the week (and last night as well) and got some amazing deals on done really cute stuff. I love seeing hauls so I thought I would share what I got with you. Unfortunately 99% of my VS Pink clothes (and even was stolen last year so I'm starting from scratch. 🙄😔 I was really happy to be able to get a few things and start my "collection" over. 

Here's what I got:

Silver/Gold/Rose Gold Ombre Bling Sweatpants 
 These are my absolute favorite out of everything I bought. I was really lucky to get them too because it was the last pair they had and they were hidden in the back. They are normally $80 and I got them for $30!! SUCH a good deal and they are so freaking cute. 🤗 The lettering goes from silver to gold to rose gold, which I love.

Pink Pullover
This was normally around $50 and I scored it for $22! It's thick and super comfy. The wording is a velvet material and that made me love it even more, so I had to get it.

Pink Bling Long Sleeve Tee
I got really lucky with this one too, because it was also the last one. In case you couldn't tell, I love anything with bling. 😂 I'm just a little extra when it comes to things like that, I can't help it. This was originally $40 and I got it for $20.

Pink Logo Velvet Thongs

Pink Logo Boyshort

Pink Logo Boyshort
Okay, I'll admit these weren't on sale but I fell in love and had to have them. I literally have over 200 pairs of panties... I could buy 100 more and I will still never have enough. I've been wanting these velvet thongs for the longest time so I had to get those. The black boyshorts were super cute so I added that to my bag, and the last pair says "Pants are useless" so of course I had to buy those. These were 5 for $28.

Victoria's Secret Best Sellers Gift Set and Pink Body Mist
The 4 on the left came together in a super cute box as a gift set but I opened it before I decided to do a haul and didn't get the chance to take a picture. It was only $10 for all 4! I got it from the Victoria's Secret store, not Pink. The one on the right was purchased from Pink, and it's their "Cool & Bright" body mist. I was in line and saw it on the shelf, and once I smelled it I had to have it. Another thing I collect is perfume/body sprays. I'll never have enough of those either. 😊 This one was normally $10 but I got it on sale for $2.50!

Pink Tie Dye Logo Socks

Pink The Dye Logo Socks
Last but not least, I got two pairs of tye dye logo knee socks. They were free with purchase and since I went twice I got two pairs! They are normally $10 each.

The sale ends Sunday, and I may go back either today or tomorrow to get one or two more things. I don't have to explain nyself but I don't want people to get the wrong idea. I work my butt off full time (all while raising kids) and am very frugal with my money. I pretty much only shop during sales, at places like Discovery, or at discount stores like TJ Maxx, Burlington, Ross, etc. I take very good care of my things and am very appreciative of and thankful for everything I have. 😊

What was your favorite piece from my haul? Did you go to the semi annual sale? Let me know in the comments below!

xo, Sarah