Friday, July 14, 2017

Five on Friday!

Hello from the beach! You didn't think I was going to forget about y'all while on vacation, did you?!
one. I received SO many messages in response to my 4th of July post from y'all recommending Bunch O Balloons -- THANK YOU! These have seriously changed our life, or at the very least the state of my fingers on the weekends after filling and tying 34850345 water balloons by hand. These water balloons are worth every single penny and are the most amazing invention I've ever seen. In one minute we had 100 water balloons filled and tied. Amazing. I purchased a single pack first and once I realized how incredible they were I grabbed this mega-pack (on sale!!!!)! I've also been told Costco has the best deal on these!
 
two. Makeup Bag Splurge vs Save! I love hearing which products other people splurge vs save on! Personally, I am pretty selective on which makeup products I splurge on and which products I save on. Today I thought I'd share one of each!
 
SPLURGE: For the longest time I have been using $4 NYX HD Studio Concealer (a dupe for MAC Pro Longwear concealer) and thought it was the bees knees (do people still say that?!). Anyway, I recently splurged on NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer (color: vanilla) and will never turn back. The texture is SO creamy, it goes on smooth and it outlasts my former concealer. If there was going to be a product to splurge on for your makeup bag...this is IT!
SAVE: I've blogged about this dupe before but it's worth bringing back! On my wedding day I wore MAC Twig lipstick and loved it so much that it's the only color I wear regularly throughout the year! It's one of those colors that looks good on anyone really. Anyway, a tube usually lasts me a very long time which is why I don't mind splurging on it from time to time. But I like to keep a tube in my car, a tube in my purse, a tube at work, etc. So that's when I knew I needed a perfect $5 dupe - Rimmel Kate Moss #104 (Pink/Mauve). It truly is an equally amazing lipstick in every category - color, quality, long lasting, etc.

Now share your splurge vs save makeup items in the comments!!!
three. I recently picked up this popular Everything but the Bagel seasoning and am absolutely obsessed. I've been sprinkling it on everything from eggs to veggies to salads. It is SO good and only $1.99 from Trader Joes!
four. Let's talk about bath towels.
Tub Caddy | Hand Towel c/o | Rose Oil Mud Mask
During our move I took the liberty of throwing out a bunch of old bath towels that no amount of deodorizing tricks could save. I'm talking three decade old towels that I took from my parents house when I went to college and still have! Anyway, it felt good to purge them and buy new ones from TJ Maxx. I am sad to report that ALL of my new towels have already ripped or frayed and I couldn't be more disappointed. However, it was perfect timing that The Towel Shop contacted me and asked if they could send me a family bale of Royal Egyptian Towels all the way from Britain and I quickly said YES! Y'all, these towels are truly AMAZING. I've only been using them for a few weeks so I can't attest to the long term quality, BUT my favorite feature is not only are they incredibly soft and thick, they are ginormous!!! I can almost wrap them around my body twice and the hand towels are so plush. Two thumbs up.
five. Earlier this week Matt cashed in his Ole Mason Jar gift card for his custom suit + shirt! I joined him for the appointment and I can't tell you how cool it was. We (mostly him, not me) got to build every piece of the suit from the liner to the fit to the fabric to the monogram to the everything!!! I swear there were like 30 decisions to make and we learned so much. It was an awesome experience. Now we wait a few weeks for his dream suit to be sewn together! Can't wait to report back!


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13 comments:

  1. Happy vacation!!!! Totally a lover of the Rommel myself. Loving the "creation" of the suit! And oh hellayes to new towels lol! Soak up that sunshine!

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  2. I hope your having a great vacation!

    P.S. - There's no place on the bottom of your blog post to link up for the Five on Friday. Are you not doing the link-up thing anymore?

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  3. Gotta get me some of that seasoning blend. I'm certain I'd love it.

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  4. Can you tell me roughly how much the custom shirt/suit cost? I love that idea for my husbands upcoming birthday. We've looked into it at a few other local places in Charlotte but interested to see price point of Ole Mason Jar. Thanks!

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    1. Yes! What's your email address?! Or email me: christina.marcellino@gmail.com

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  5. The new Loreal Voluminous Lash Paradise mascara is an almost exact dupe of the Too Faced Better than Sex! For half the price of the BTS, I'll be sticking with the Loreal version from now on!

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  6. I have definitely found that splurging on a nice concealer has been worth it!! I loveeee the Everything seasoning from TJs, too!

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  7. I am still so jealous of that gift you gave him! I am dying to do that for my husband!!!

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  8. Those balloons are such fun and saves the hack! And there is nothing better than huge, soft white towels x

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  9. Wet and Wild PhotoFocus foundation is a dupe for the Estee Lauder! I also love Wet and Wild liquid lipsticks too!

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  10. Love the idea of the water balloons - but here's the thing. Don't you have a bajillion pieces of broken balloons to pick up after they've all been smashed? This seems like SUCH a big deal - the clean up. Am I over exaggerating?!?

    Adding the Rimmel lipstick to my to-buy list. SUCH a gorgeous color!

    And I'm definitely picking up the everything bagel seasoning the next time I'm at TJ's. YUM! Quick question, though - is the sodium super bad?

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  11. Your blog is killin' it lately!! I made a Target run specifically for the lipstick dupe and I love it. And I picked up the Everything seasoning from TJ's last weekend and it's delicious!! Thanks for the recommendations. Loved the post on toddler meals, too! And I may have hopped on to the J Crew Factory website after your last outfit post. Ha. Keep the inspiration coming!!

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