Back To School Finds For Those Not Going Back To School – Thanks ShopAtHome.com

‘Tis the back to school season, y’all! I’m trying to navigate my way around this time of year because although Elle isn’t quite yet 3, in a few years, I’ll be joining the rush of parents who are tackling e-sites and stores to get the best deals. I was totally oblivious to all of this before I was a parent, but now it’s like a secret club that I’ve been drug into. I’m not doing much shopping for Elle, but I do like to keep an eye out on spectacular deals for my younger relatives and friends with littles. I like being a part of a village and help where I can. I’ve partnered up with ShopAtHome.com to share with you some of the pretty sweet offerings that Sears has around this time.

I’ve talked about ShopAtHome.com before and while they’ve got thousands of coupons for many retailers, Sears is really giving the love because right now they have over 30 coupons available AND 8% cashback.

Sears Coupons

What does this mean?

Not only are you able to rack in on the savings from purchases, but you will also get an additional 8% off! Nice, right?

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Matching Heels to Your Outfit

High heels

Please enjoy this post from a Clumps of Mascara Contributor who has a passion for shoes!

It’s pretty fair to say that no outfit is perfect unless you get the shoes right. Whether you’re going to work, have a date or you’re just spending the day shopping, you need to match your shoes to your outfit and this will always include choosing the right heel height. How do you match your heel to your outfit? Take a look at these tips.

How to know which height is best

You will naturally feel more comfortable with a certain heel height, depending on whether you have a high or a low arch and it’s best to go with this height wherever possible. However, some outfits demand a different heel height. If you are wearing pants then your main consideration is making sure your heels are high enough to keep the pant legs off the floor. Other than that you can go as high or low as you like. However, when wearing a short skirt or shorts it is better to choose a lower heel. Strappy sandals go with just about everything, pair platforms or mules with trousers or throw on a pair of wedges with your dress for an effortless summer look.

What to do when you can’t try them on

Choosing the right pair is much more difficult when you buy shoes online, retailers like Tesco have hundreds of options and you can’t try them on with your outfit first. Take into consideration the length of your skirt/dress/trousers and the style of your outfit. If you get really stuck with choosing the right height then the classic 3-inch heel is the best way to go.

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Thing I’ve Been Loving – August 2015 Edition

Technically this is a July 2015 edition since August is still brand spanking new but roll with me on this one, okay? I feel like I am really becoming more of a lifestyle blogger because as much as I love all things beauty, it’s non-beauty things that are peaking my interest these days. Am I outgrowing beauty stuff, y’all? Naw, never that. I still geek out over makeup and lovingly pet the nail polishes in my collection. But come on – there’s so much more to life and I am HEREEEE for it. 

Most of these pictures are coming from my Instagram stream so if you follow me there, sorry for the reposting of things you’ve already seen. You still love me though, right? 

First up…

Food

Food

I love food. I’m grateful that I can actually eat it. The first 4 months of pregnancy means I pretty much die and don’t eat. In fact, smelling food makes me sick. Now that I’m over that hump, GIVE ME EVERYTHING. In moderation, of course. I’ve been fighting most cravings but then I give into quite a bit, too. I try to even it out by consuming my fair share of veggies and getting a good 90 oz of water down each day. It makes up for my forgetting to take my prenatal pills almost every day. Or so I hope. I’m also into food styling which is so random because who cares? Just eat! But noooo, when I go out or I’m preparing something, I’m thinking about the area and lighting and all kinds of effects. I could be a food blogger! Just kidding.

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What blush are you loving these days?

Hey y’all! Happy Weekend from me and my Lipstick League sisters. Today we’re talking about brows! But before that, check out these hot posts circulating the web. 

we heart this – what do you call a skincare product that normalizes oily skin, balances combination skin and moisturizes dry skin? We’d call it magical.

Beautygeeks – Still on the fence about the newest Rebecca Minkoff-for-Essie nail shades? Here’s your complete ManiGeek guide to the Essie Fall 2015 collection.

Beauty Junkies Unite – Get the scoop on the best summer body washes we’ve been using in the Beauty Junkies’ household this season. (Warning: yummy fragrances ahead!)

Clumps of Mascara – We take skincare seriously here in Florida. Right now we’re loving these all-natural skincare items that are perfect for those dog days of summer.

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Grilled Pineapple Salsa – Love on a Plate

Delicious pineapple salsa

I’ve been trying to be a good pregnant woman and eat healthily. Not gonna lie. It’s not easy. The cravings are out of control  and many times, I don’t even try to control them. I just give in. I’ve always had a sweet tooth and it’ll likely never go away but what I’m trying to do is get my sweets in via fruits and veggies. These are far better picks than the crème brûlée I could eat daily, right? Also, we’re trying to provide more diverse food options in Elle’s diet. For once in her picky toddler life, she is actually open to at least TASTING some new things. So we’re running with this one. Which is why this pineapple salsa is such a fabulous idea.

Pineapple salsa dish

Full of color, nutrients and texture, enjoying this is easy because you can put it on anything. A chip? A cracker? As a side dish? In a salad? It works for so many scenarios and it’s addition makes the entire plate or bowl just that much more appetizing.

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Protect Yo Skin This Summer

Sunscreen products

Summer is in full swing here in Florida and uh, we’re melting. Quite literally, actually. I’m a fan of this time of year, but it gets to the point where it is almost downright unbearable. But bear it, we must, because I’ve got a toddler who REALLY thrives being outside. Elle loves everything about the water and while we can’t always make it to the beach or pool, we’ve gotten her a huge inflatable pool that she can’t get enough of.

Safe Sunscreen

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How Lupita Nyong’o Has Changed The Beauty Game

Lupita Nyong'o Lancome

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It’s been quite awhile since I’ve done a fun post with my Makeup Wars sisters! This time we’re talking about our favorite celebrity for a beauty brand. It didn’t take long for me to think of this one. Naturally, I tend to be attracted to celebrity ads with celebs who are, you know, darker skinned. This doesn’t mean I can’t find beauty in all ads but I love to see women who look like me because even in 2015, it is STILL a rarity. That said, Lupita Nyong’o for Lancôme is my current favorite celebrity for a beauty brand.

Lancôme

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Girlfriend’s beauty is just breathtaking. I first fell in love with her acting and after that, there was her fashion, poise and speeches. Lupita has this glorious air about her and while I’ve never thought Lancôme to be a brand that was highly diverse in their offerings for darker skinned girls, I’m happy they’ve added her to their ambassador lineup.. Granted, I’m more attracted to their mascaras than their foundations, but still. Lupita’s face and appearance in Lancôme ads has proven several things:

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What was your first lipstick?

FOREO LUNA in hand

Hey y’all! Happy Weekend from me and my Lipstick League sisters. Today we’re talking about brows! But before that, check out these hot posts circulating the web. 

Phyrra – shares the Best Damn Lip Pencils! Find out who makes the most versatile, perfect pencils!

we heart this – Vacation on the horizon? You might want to add these must haves to you list.

Beautygeeks – Is there anything worse than being stuck at your desk when your Instagram feed is jammed with summer vacation photos? Our Liza (leeza) Herz is all about the spraycation: summer scents + wardrobe to lend your days a vacation vibe until the weekend arrives.

Beauty Junkies Unite – Amber tested out the new Laura Geller Baked Liquid Radiance Foundation, and she’s only wearing it on half of her face in photos so you can see the difference!

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