Moving Essentials

Moving Essentials
I just saw a great post from Joy the Baker about prepping for her big move to New Orleans (which I have to say I’m a tad jealous – beignets ALL THE TIME??? Pure awesomeness.), and it prompted me to want to make a post about my move. My move is far from cross-country. It’s just a hop skip and a jump from where I currently am, but really any move is a big move..or a small move I suppose, depending on your perspective. Anyway, I was inspired by Joy’s Overnight Box and Morning After Box. These are super important – the very first box you open and the box that gets you through unpacking all the other boxes. This move coincides with my VERY LAST DAY OF GRAD SCHOOL. So needless to say, chaos will be had by all.I have combined the Overnight Box & Morning After Box into one Bare Essentials Box since I am hoping to be done unpacking boxes within the first 24 hours. Wishful thinking I know, but I always think it’s better to be positive.

Bare Essentials Box

-cleaning supplies (antibacterial wipes, windex, swiffer wet/dry mops, etc…) [yes I know a cleaning crew will have already cleaned, but my OCD side says this is important]
-phone chargers, laptop chargers, laptops [and yes, I will actually unpack and not get distracted by House of Cards or at least that’s what I’m telling myself]
-toilet paper & paper towels [because duh]
-bottle of wine & wine glasses [to christen our new home]
-blanket for indoor picnic on the ground since we won’t have a table yet [this will likely consist of whole foods takeout & disposable utensils/plates, but it will be awesome nonetheless]
-cat food, kitty toys, & litterbox to keep the fur babies content
-candles, matches, & lightbulbs [scented candles make everything better & lightbulbs are simply an essential because no one likes to sit in the dark]
-a bag of potato chips [taking a cue from the Ninja Turtles clearly, but why not? Snacks!]
-scissors & tools to assemble things [because we have things to be assembled]
-first piece of artwork for the living room [to be pictured later]
-and of course a sensible unpacking sweatshirt to change into because the moving sweatshirt is now dirty

I think that’s it for the bare essentials of the first box. What are some of your essentials for moving?

Recipes & more will be coming again in the near future now that I have finally reached the end of grad school. Also, coming soon, updates on the new place 🙂 Oh and in other big news, aside from moving, I got engaged! Details on that to follow too.

Cheers to the weekend!




Inside My Makeup Bag

I like to be very efficient in what I keep in my makeup bag so that I can just grab it and go, like for a last minute trip, or if I’m running late and need to do my makeup when I get to work or wherever.
That being said, here is what I keep in my handy-dandy makeup bag, to keep me presentable at all times.

My petite (but somewhat stretchy) makeup bag to hold all my essentials.

The Contents of the Bag.

Top row: Toothbrush for blending eyebrow powder. Best blending brush ever.

Second Row (Left to right): Revlon Colorstay Eyeshadow Set in Coffee Bean, (ab0ve – red) Maybelline Expert Wear Eyebrow Pencil in Velvet Black (comes in a set of two), (below – blue) Clinique Lash Doubling Mascara in Black (this is a sample size I got about a month ago, definitely plan to purchase the full size, it’s been awesome for creating full, thick, noticeable lashes), Maybelline Ultra Brow Brush On Eyebrow Color in Dark Brown

Third Row: Lancome Color Focus Eyeshadow Palette in Snap, Prop, Optic, & Daylight, Clinique Perfectly Real Makeup in Shade 02, Maybelline Mineral Powder SPF 18 in Pure Beige + Brush, Almay Liquid Eyeliner Pen in Black (the best liquid eyeliner pen I’ve ever tired!), Lancome Le Crayon Khol in Black Ebony (I don’t know if this is available for individual purchase, this came as part of a gift with purchase set – but it’s been an amazing black crayon eyeliner, I prefer it over MAC because it doesn’t bleed as much), Maybelline Great Lash Mascara in Blackest Black (by far the greatest black mascara that you can purchase in a drugstore)

Fourth Row: Trio of Lancome Color Design Eyeshadows in Pink Pearls, Pink Zinc, & Drama, Lancome Large Powder Brush (I use this for these iridescent eyeshadows)

Fifth Row: Revlon ColorStay Overtime Sheer Lipcolour in Sheer Champagne (one of my favorite nude lip colors), Wet n Wild Coloricon Lipliner in Willow (a great nude lipliner to put under any lipstick to hold it in place & prevent bleeding. Plus it’s only $1!), Lancome Sharpener, Revlon Tweezers

Sixth Row (lipsticks!): Revlon Colorburst Lipstick in True Red (one of the best red lipsticks I’ve tried – not too orange and not too pink in the undertones, just a true red, like the name), Revlon Colorburst Lipstick in Raspberry (a good red color for those not quite ready for the pop of the True Red), Lancome Color Design Lipstick in The New Pink, Lancome Color Design Lipstick in Love It (my daily color – it’s just pink enough to see something is there, but not too in your face that it can’t be worn every day), & Lancome Color Design Lipstick in All Done Up 

Note: You can find almost all of these products at your local drugstore (with the exception of the Lancome & Clinique products).

The bag is great because it’s small enough that it can fit in my daily Coach tote (along with my wallet, laptop, Kindle, and everything else), or into an overnight bag without taking up too much room. And these really are my essentials, so I hardly even bother with the other items I have in my much larger train case. I can just grab this bag and be ready to go!

What are some of your makeup essentials?

Nail Lacquer Strips

I finally got around to using the Nail Lacquer Strips from Sephora by OPI! They were harder to use than I anticipated, but that’s probably because I tried to be cheap about it and split one nail strip into two. Sidenote: It totally worked ^^











They were quite lovely to wear all weekend and I didn’t have to worry too much about chipping. However, I’m a very active person and I also take really hot baths/showers, so the edges began to chip/peel after a day or so, despite the “no chip” claim on the package. But even though there was some peeling, the nails overall are still in fairly okay condition – I trimmed my nails where the bits were peeling, which has made it significantly less noticeable.

I enjoyed having the elaborate pattern, but I don’t know if I would opt to get these again, save for a special occasion (or if they’re given to me ^^ hehe).

Have you tried nail lacquer strips? What are your opinions?