Beauty: Makeup Spring Cleaning * When Should I Throw Away…

It’s not quite spring but if you’re getting stir crazy in your house, you may want to get some of that spring cleaning and organizing done. In the haze of chaos that is my house, there is one place where I try to keep a shred of organization (and thus, sanity) – my makeup drawer. Every three or four months it gets a little unruly, so I dump it all out, clean everything off and sort the good from the bad. So when Meijer challenged me to do a spring clean, the timing was perfect.

When it comes to keeping your beauty routine on track, here’s a few tips/pointers that have made my life a lot easier.

* Get a great organizer. Every one has their mainstay products but if you’re a product junkie like me, you’ve probably got a bunch of stuff that you use occasionally or set aside for big nights out. You’re going to want everything in one, organized place so you can easily see what you have.

I like having everything stored away in my bathroom drawer, so I opted for this Ikea clear box with all kinds of compartments. It keeps everything in one place, has lots of storage and makes it easy to see everything. Now, if I had more space – I’d keep all my beauty gear in one place with this storage piece. The Container Store also has more options than any one person could need that will make organizational nerds squeal with happiness. 

* Dump it & Sort it.  Now that you’ve got a place to keep everything, you’re going to want to dump everything out and sort it. Get rid of anything that’s in a broken container – it can let in unruly germs especially on cream/gel products. Trash anything that’s past it’s expiration date (see guide below) and ditch those products that you’ve tried but not loved or even liked. If you’re not using it, don’t let it take up unnecessary space. 

* Clean It & Categorize It. Makeup containers can get grimy. Not only will they get all dirty from makeup residual but they can get covered with germs from touching them everyday. So grab some wet wipes and clean off the stuff you’re keeping. It will look nicer but more importantly you’ll have cleaned off any germs that are lingering on your favorite products.

Then store things together so they are easy to find. Sounds pretty simple but just creating little areas for each product will keep you from digging around, asking “where did I put that mascara?”

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So now that you know when everything expires, do a quick run through of what you’ve got and make sure you’re not holding on to some serious oldies. When it comes to foundation, face creams and mascara, we usually run out of a product before it hits its expiration date. But on things like nail polish, lipstick and eyeliner, you may have some things in your collection that are way past their prime. Make sure to toss those since they are much less effective once they’ve expired. Think runny, discolored nail polish, dried out lipstick and crumbly, dull bronzer. And we all know, that’s not a good look.

If you’re on the hunt for new products to replace those old, expired ones definitely head over to Meijer to check out their massive beauty department. They’ve got all the brands you’re looking for and all the options you want (think fully stocked shelves so no wondering what N4 actually looks like).


Disclosure: Thanks to Meijer Beauty for sponsoring this post and for sending some samples my way. As always, all opinions and thoughts are my own. When it comes to partnering up, I choose brands and products that I personally use and think you all might be interested in too! 

Outfit Post: Black and White

So first off, I’m still not over Kaitlyn being kicked off The Bachelor. I’m also still woefully behind at getting my life back in order post vacation. Anyone else hate unpacking with the fire of a thousand infernos?

One thing I am over is getting dressed for snow. Love my duck boots but ready to pack those puppies up. And I know, if you’re in Boston right now reading this (unlikely but hey) you’re probably wanting to punch me in the face because I know nothing of snow.

Moving on, I wore this before Arctic tundra-like weather set in. You know, a time when you could wear heels and not worry about slipping, falling, breaking an ankle and looking like an idiot. Speaking of heels, I was on the hunt for a new black pair and scored these. Love how they spice up this, otherwise, basic look (although these leather pants were a great sale score). I’m looking forward to pairing them with skirts and dresses once we’re able to show bare skin again. Until then, bundle up or better yet, get out of dodge and book an impromptu vacation. I’d do it if I didn’t have to unpack.

Black Blazer: Marc by Marc Jacobs (old); White T-Shirt: Forever 21; Faux Leather Pants: Banana Republic (linked to exact pair but they are almost sold out. these options – 1 and 2 – are both really similar); Heels: c/o Sole Society 
Photos by Whitney Neal

Secondary Embarrassment: The Bachelor Recap – “She’s Gone. Oh Why?”

There is no better way to sum up my feelings about last night’s episode of The Bachelor than with the 1976 hit ‘She’s Gone’ by Hall & Oats. 

Seriously, why Chris Soules? Why? Becca over Kaitlyn. I just can’t. Especially after looking at Becca’s Instagram. That girl isn’t moving to Iowa.

Okay, okay. I’ll get back to the beginning. When life was good, The Bachelor hadn’t worn a Bali fanny pack/cummerbund  and Kaitlyn was still gracing our screen with quick wit and amazing lipstick.

So we’re down to the final three and FINALLY, they pack these broads up and take them on a real vacation. It was about damn time that they went to somewhere that can actually justify usage of the phrase “it’s a perfect place to fall in love.” It’s Bali time which I’m hoping means lots of beach, boat and other water activities. Instead, only Whitney gets to hit the high seas while the other two gals have to pal around the streets of Bali watching Chris sweat through every shirt he brought. I get it, it’s super hot but can someone get that guy a towel?

Needless to say, those sweat stained bright button downs did not make the top five. Neither did these banging traditional outfits. Here’s what did.

1. Those Monkeys. See this is why we pack this crew up and take them around the world, for wildlife interactions like the one between Chris and the monkeys of Bali. When that giant, old man monkey sprinted up Chris’ back for that banana and scared the crap out of him, I let out the best laugh I’ve had all season. Just a good solid laugh.

Those monkeys needed WAY more airtime and I almost wish (sike, I totally wish) they would have incorporated them in to the rose ceremony. Just one monkey, sitting on Chris’ shoulder with the rose which he would hand to the girls as their names were called. Think about it and tell me it wouldn’t be great.

Can we pack them up and take them to Iowa for the last episode? Pretty pretty please?

2. Musical Chairs on the Pirate Ship. Did anyone else notice that Whitney and Chris were all over the place on that pirate ship they went sailing on? One shot they are sitting on the deck, the next they are up top, the next they are up at the front (sorry I don’t know a lot of boat terminology). Just sit still you two. I thought they’d never sit down and let us see all the streak marks from Whitney’s self tanner.

Here’s the thing on Whitney. I like her, I honestly do. She’s from Louisville, has a great job, seems level headed, smart and sure of herself. And it’s for all of these previously stated reasons that I think she will be the runner-up. Because, when in the history of The Bachelor, has someone with all of those qualities won? Don’t worry, I’ll wait.

Hopefully I’m wrong but we’ll see.

3. The Fantasy Suite. You know Chris was counting down to this episode all season – the Fantasy Suite Episode (as it should always be referred to).

It was written all over his face every time the fantasy suite card was delivered. He was like a little kid waiting to get ice cream.

But really, how awkward and funny was it every time he handed the card over to the girls? “Oh hey what’s this? I think CH dropped this off for you. I wonder what it says?”

I also loved how both Whitney and Kaitlyn gave the really deep and thoughtful response. “I’ve thought about this moment for a long time and I just really think we need this time.” Sometimes I wonder if contestants on this show get a list of talking points and suggested commentary. If so, can I get a copy?

4. Virgin Gate. Becca was nervous about telling Chris she is (was??) a virgin. I only know this because in EVERY SINGLE on camera interview it’s all she talked about. Why wouldn’t she tell us about how sweaty Chris was getting or how she wished she was getting to go swimming in the ocean and not standing with her feet in a creek like Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn (if they had every hugged and kissed in a babbling brook). That being said, respect for waiting and respect for not being a big, giant drama queen about it ALL SEASON (see: Ashley I.). She waited until it legitimately needed to be discussed which is good but home girl sure needed a cocktail to loosen up before sharing the secrets.

So the moment finally comes when the Fantasy Suite telegram arrived and Becca had to spill the beans. The ensuing reaction from Chris had me shielding my eyes and hiding like my 8-year-old self watching The Exorcist. In his defense, I’m not really sure what the appropriate reaction to that confession is so his reaction is as good as any, I guess. But wow, that was a long 30 seconds.

Obviously they still took the card to do all the things except sex which included that weird palm double palm, Dirty Dancing-style embrace that the cameras caught before the blinds were pulled.

5. Saying Good-Bye to Kaitlyn. Let the record state this was NOT one of my favorite moments, merely a moment that must be talked about. So cute, so fun, so great with selecting the perfect lipstick and hometown date – Kaitlyn will be missed but I’m thinking it won’t be long until we see her gracing the screens of ABC again.

I’m pretty sure the worst part of the whole thing was when Chris pulled Becca away which made us all believe he was sending her home in the caravan of crying. Kaitlyn celebrated prematurely to the producers while I celebrated prematurely to Drew as he looked at golf clubs online. Similar situation right? Instead, she was back (frizzy half-pony and all – what was that?) and panic set in.

Maybe Chris realized that Kaitlyn has dated two professional athletes and would always be better at ice hockey than him. Maybe he knew his rhymes would never compare to hers. Maybe he just made a bad choice. I’m going with the latter. Either way, I let out a loud no which probably scared the crap out of my sleeping child. “Sorry buddy, Mom’s favorite girlfriend on The Bachelor got kicked off, now go back to bed.”

This dismissal had me in a rage, looking at Becca’s Instagram and making all sorts of bold judgements based on her ALS Challenge video and array of selfies. “She could never move to Iowa! She looks so different in pictures!”(She does – Much better though so I’m not sure how that relates to my argument.) “She’ll miss her bestie Brandi with an I.” (Yes, she says that in a video, I’m not just being mean.) 

And then we had to watch Kaitlyn be both totally devastated and as composed as you can possibly be after getting dumped on TV. I felt so bad for her and I never feel bad for people on these shows. Clearly I have a problem.


You know what’s not a problem though? The Women Tell All episode that airs next week. I will be settling in for a night of wine and popcorn for that one. I’m already excited about writing the post. Hopefully we’ll finally get to the bottom of Britt’s shower regimen, find out when 48 hours Mystery will begin investigating the death of Sanderson Poe and figure out what kind of mascara makes Ashley I.’s lashes look like small tarantulas.

Until next week… stay tuned. 


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