Saturday, November 30, 2013

When To Toss Your Makeup

As you know I am not much of a cosmetics person. I mean, don't get me wrong, I love the variety of colors & what you can do to change up your own look, but the hassle of keeping track of what you already have & keeping it organized....who has the time? And another thing, how long to keep what...It sure would be nice if cosmetics had expiration dates just like our groceries? Yes, I believe that would make life so much easier.
I've come up with a list after a lot of researching & finally figured out those invisible expiration dates....Here you are. Be sure to share this with all your girlfriends! 
Tip: If you have a hard time keeping track of when you bought your cosmetics, just grab the nearest Sharpie & write down the purchase date on that item! Then you can just refer back to this list & go from there. 
Liquid Foundation:
If you use a pump foundation, it will last longer. But if you are dabbing your fingers in it every day, then you may want to get rid of it a little sooner. They say about 6-8 months, however keep in mind that your foundation color is bound to change at least twice a year, so I'd just count on tossing it about every 6 months. 
Liquid Concealer:
This amazing stuff can last up to a year, as long as you are using a clean sponge or applicator every time. If you are using your fingers though, it's best to toss it after about 3 months. 
Cream Blush:
Cream blush should be replaced after about a year. To keep your cream blush longer, keep your blush brush clean & store in a dark, dry place. If your blush gets wet you run the risk of bacterial growth. Moisture can come from residue from your foundation & face cream as well. To keep this from happening, wait a few minutes after you apply your foundation or face cream to apply your blush. 
Face Powder:
Powder face makeup can last over a year, if there is no shiny buildup on the surface & you have no had any skin irritations during use. 

Powder Blush/Bronzer:
These fall into a more extended category since most of us change our colors as often as the seasons change. With the proper care & clean brushes, these can last up to 2 years.

Mascara & Liquid Eyeliner:
They say you should throw away mascara & liquid eyeliner every 3 months, however I'm one of those that will use it until it starts getting dry or I just get tired of dealing with the fact that I don't like it anymore. The only exception is if you get an eye infection, then you should throw it away immediately. 

Eye Shadow:
Powdered eye shadow can usually last up to 2 years, as long as you wash your brushes regularly & don't reuse them after an eye infection. However, some will toss their eye shadow after just 4-6 months. Even though they are similar to other powders, since they are constantly used on the eye, they can pick up bacteria and bring it back to the eye very easily. 

Pencil Eyeliner:
Pencil eyeliner can last up to 2 years, if properly stored & sharpened regularly. If you sharpen your pencils before each use, it will help keep them clean, which will allow you to use them longer. 

Lipstick/Lip Gloss/Lip Liner:
These can all last up to 2 years. Since they don't contain any water, the risk of them growing bacteria is low. But since they are constantly exposed to the mouth area, replacing them after a year wouldn't be a bad idea, or if you've recently been sick. 

Nail Polish:
Nail polish won't go bad from bacteria, however it wil become thick & clumpy & the pigments will settle at the bottom of the bottle. If you shake it & it remains at the bottom, it's time to toss it. 
* While you're at it, toss anything you haven't used in the last year. 

Makeup Brushes:
If cleaned & stored properly, good brushes can last for years, but when the bristles start to fray & fall out, it's time to replace them. 

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Get your own Samsung Chromebook!

I usually don't post about items that are kind of pricey, however I LOVE my Samsung Chromebook & just thought I would share it with you. 

I actually didn't purchase mine, it was gifted to me by a good friend of mine who noticed I was in a rough spot financially, yet needing a laptop. My entire plan was to put one on layaway at Walmart & just make payments & that was going to be my Christmas present to myself. Well, he agreed with me that that plan was a little much (considering $60 a week & I only make about $120-$130 week) Not to mention I am only 5 weeks away from giving birth & still have lots to purchase to get ready for her to arrive. 

So anyway, being as I blog & am also wanting to get back into school as soon as possible, he hooked me up with this Samsung Chromebook ....& I must say, I love it! It was a little different getting used to a new operating system, however Google did make it slightly idiot proof & user friendly. Plus you can search about any question you have & all the answers are right there.
You can purchase your very own on Amazon for $244.46 & have the option to add a 2 year Computer Accident Protection Plan for $59.98

Be sure to check back as I will be posting more and more about this fancy little laptop. 

Monday, November 11, 2013

Prescription Coffee Mug for only $9.82

I personally think that every serious coffee drinker needs this mug in their collection. 
Order this Big Mouth Toys The Prescription Coffee Mug from Amazon for only $9.82.

* Great gift for coffee addicts
* Holds 12-ounce
* Dishwasher safe
* Microwave Safe
* Attractive gift box

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

How to get cash for coupons at Walmart

We've all heard about it. Someone going to Walmart and being paid to take items out of the do they do it? Well today is your lucky day, I’m going to let you in on this secret! Are you ready for this?!?!

If you’re a regular couponer, you've heard of ‘coupon overage’. If you’re not & have no idea what I am talking about, let me explain. Coupon overage is when a coupon is released & the value of the coupon is actually higher than the shelf price of an item…. Here is an example.

Say a tube of toothpaste is $1.97 & there is a coupon that comes out for $2 off 1. Bam, just like that, you've made 3 cents cash back!

See how easy that was! Now you’re probably thinking, ‘Oh wow, 3 cents. What am I going to do with that?’. Well no, it’s not a huge amount or anything….but think, someone just paid YOU to take it out of the store. And did you know that Walmart is the only store in the United States that offers cash back for coupons? True story!

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Only 7 Weeks To Go!

Quick Update... 

I've finally hit 33 weeks! & let me tell you, it has not been fun the last 2. 
I found myself in the emergency room Monday night due to not feeling that great. I was having pressure & pain & was just really uncomfortable & weak. I didn't want to push my luck with work, being that I work 10pm - 2am & stand the whole time, so I decided to go into the hospital about 7:30pm. 

When I got in they took my vitals of course & my heart rate was 120! I couldn't believe it. They ended up checking my cervix, which is still closed (thank God), & did a UA on me. When they tested that they found that I was dehydrated, something was going on with my kidneys & I have an infection! So they decided to hook me up to an IV & give me a bag of fluid to get me re-hydrated. Well when they tried to poke me the first time, they blew the vein in my hand! This is not a very good photo, but here's what it looked like last night (Friday - 4 days after). 

They finally ended up giving me my IV & fluids in my arm & then gave me an antibiotic pill & a prescription. Once I was done with the fluids they finally released me, about 10pm, with a note to excuse me from work Monday night. When the discharged me, my heart rate was back down to 80. 

When I woke up Tuesday morning, my boss called me to check on me & told me to go ahead & take off work that night, so I didn't get to go back to work until me only 3 days on this weeks paycheck. At part time, minimum wage & only 3 weeks left before my boss really starts questioning if I should still be working, that's not nearly enough. 

I had my OB checkup on Wednesday & come to find out with all the pressure & pain I've been having, they think I'm showing signs of early labor! EEEK!!! So I was told to take it easy, don't be walking as much as I have been & make sure I'm resting as much as possible. They also gave me a second antibiotic & told me that I can keep working, as long as I am comfortable. 

Well when I went into work on Thursday, I did great until about 12:30am & started in with so much pain. I worked through it & finally got off at 2am, but had one heck of a time walking the 5 blocks home. Usually when I get off work it takes me a few hours to calm down & fall asleep, not Thursday. I was out like a light before 3am! 

Last night however, work was great. I got off at 1:30am & felt wonderful & full of life when I got home. Laid awake in bed until about 4:30am & slept till 9:30am when I got up to go back to work & pick up my paycheck... I would love to lay down & crash back out, yet I'm up with a cup of coffee from the coffee shop & writing this post. Haha. No big deal though, luckily I have NO PLANS for the day & can lay down whenever.