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More Summer Beauty Products

Clairol Herbal Essences
"Totally Twisted"
Curl-Boosting Mousse

I'm not one of those girls who are good at hair. I keep it pretty simple and I try not to do anything too damaging... so I limit myself when it comes to straightening irons. (Plus, straightening takes forrrrever and I just don't have that kinda patience when it comes to doing hair.) In the summertime, I love free-flowing locks. A few days ago, I ran out of my usual Aussie mousse. At Target, I ended up in the Herbal Essences section because Clairol stuff always smells amazing. I picked up a can of the "Totally Twisted" mousse and squirted just a little into my hand. (I know, I know... I'm bad!) It smelled fabulous so I bought it. The best part is that this mousse works great, too. I work it into damp hair, scrunch, half blow dry a few sections with a diffuser, and go out the door. Even after sleeping on my hair, I woke up with great waves. I definitely give this two thumbs up.

Love My Eyes Roll-On Loose
Powder Shimmer Eyeshadow

This was an impulse buy. I didn't really need more eyeshadow, but I decided it would be nice to have a white shimmer to do highlighting with. This little roll-on comes in a shiny, cute tube. It applies super easily and leaves a nice shimmer. It's not big, sparkly, or gaudy. I'm planning on carrying this with me in my purse in case I ever need a little bit of gleam on my eyelids. Did I mention that it's very inexpensive?

CoverGirl TruBlend Mineral Blush
in "Pure Romance"
I l♥ve this blush. It's a very sheer, very fine shimmery pink. And it's perfect for summer. I'm not tan enough to wear bronzer without looking like I dusted myself with cinnamon. After applying my usual make-up and favorite Physician's Formula blush, I dust this shimmery mineral powder over my cheekbones and the bridge of my nose. I even dusted my collarbone for a little bit of radiance. ;) It's subtle and oh-so-pretty... especially out in the sunlight.

(above via: here.)
Turquoise Nails
Also, I'm enamored with turquoise nail polish. I bought some by that inexpensive Petites brand in "Fiji" and it's absolutely gorgeous. I wasn't sure about wearing a shade of blue on my nails... I'm usually a fan of red, hot pink, or coral-hued nail polishes. But turquoise is my favorite color. And it happens to be the color of the year. So I decided to take the leap. I'm hooked. I think I'll have turquoise nails alllll summerrrr lonnnng.

For my other summer beauty favorites, click here.




DIY Cat Barrier for Under $100 (See-Through, Climb-Proof, and Too-Tall-To-Jump)

ICYMI: I gave up Cotton after deciding that after trying so many things, my two adopted cats Dahlia and Cotton were just never going to get along. Long story short: I missed her. And Cotton's back. And Dahlia's not going anywhere. My heart is big enough to keep trying. And my apartment is big enough that if I need to keep them separated long term (or permanently), it can be done. I'm going to write-up a separate post about some of the solutions I've tried, how they worked, who they worked on, and what I'll be trying next. But in this post, I wanted to share the main 'piece de resistance' of having both cats in my apartment: an un-climbable, un-jumpable, see-through barrier to separate Cotton and Dahlia .

Penny's Apartment | Big Bang Theory

Aniela, a lovely reader from Germany, sent me an email requesting advice on recreating the style of Penny's apartment on Big Bang Theory. 

Blair's Room | Gossip Girl Decor

Manhattan's debutante Blair Waldorf happens to be my favorite Gossip Girl character.  Her behavior and feelings vary from snobbish to sensitive, but she always (except for a few rare occasions) looks and acts totally pulled together.  Her luxurious bedroom is fit for a queen---and is as pulled together as her preppy fashion ensembles.