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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.

Aria's Room | Pretty Little Liars Decor

Welcome back for LU's 2nd room in the PLL series!  Today you're getting a glimpse into my favorite room on the show... Aria's room.  Aria Montgomery is the artistic, imaginative, bookworm of the bunch.  So it's no surprise that her room has an artsy, historic, romantic eclecticism atmosphere.  Plus, it's full of books.  My two words for Aria's attic space: Vintage Eclectic.  (Those happen to be my two favorite decorating words... so brace yourself for my soon-to-come swooning.)

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.