What’s In My Makeup Bag

What’s In My Makeup Bag

I’m soooo excited to share with you what’s in my makeup bag! These are my tried & true beauty products that I SWEAR by, & I’m sure you’ll love them too. I’ve scoured the internet to find the best current prices on these products (you’re welcome!) so that you can get a little more bang for your buck.

Eyes

Stila Shimmer & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow, Kitten & Starlight $24, Ulta

Kitten & Starlight are sooo pretty! I love to use the Naked Smoky palette & use the Stila Liquid Eyeshadow on the inner part of my eyelids. I dab a bit on my eyelid & apply it with my finger.

Too Faced Natural Lust Eyeshadow Palette $29.50 (regular $59), Too Faced

Urban Decay Naked1 Eyeshadow Palette $55.73, Walmart.com

Urban Decay Naked2 Eyeshadow Palette $26.99 (regular $54), Francy

Urban Decay Naked3 Eyeshadow Palette $27.99 (regular $54), Francy

Urban Decay Naked Smoky Eyeshadow Palette $24.97 (regular $54), Nordstrom Rack

Ulta Legendary Lengths Mascara $10.50, Ulta

Ulta Ultra Slim Brow Pencil, Soft Brown $10, Ulta

Face

Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Foundation SPF 15 $39, Ulta

I use Fair-Light Beige in the Winter/white months & Light Neutral during the tan seasons. I HIGHLY recommend going to your local Ulta to get matched with your perfect color!

NYX Cosmetics Concealer Jar, Green $5, Amazon

This green concealer is amazing at covering up any red blemishes. I use a concealer brush to apply green concealer over blemishes, then apply the Covergirl concealer over & blend. I apply this on my bare skin & apply foundation over the green concealer/Covergirl concealer.

Covergirl Smoothers Concealer $3.29, Target

I use the Light shade of concealer over the green concealer to banish red blemishes. Works like a charm!

BareMinerals BareSkin Complete Coverage Serum Concealer, Light $16.80 (regular $22), Walmart.com

I love using this concealer under my eyes in shade Light to get rid of dark circles. The coverage is flawless when I use a blending sponge!

SMASHBOX Holidaze Contour + Spotlight Palette $34, Amazon

This palette literally gives you the most perfect contour and highlight ever!!!

NYX PROFESSIONAL MAKEUP Studio Finishing Powder $3.33, Amazon

I use this translucent finishing powder over my foundation to get it to stay all day.

NYX Professional Makeup Matte Setting Spray $4.99, Target

After all that hard work that makeup better not BUDGE! I make sure my makeup is ready to take on the day (or night) with this matte setting spray.

Lips

Too Faced Lip Insurance Lip Primer $12 (regular $20), Sephora

Get those lips ready to keep that gorgeous color all day long with this lip primer. It’s seriously a game changer!

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Patina $11 (regular $22), Amazon

Still Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Vino $11 (regular $22), Sephora

My favorite everyday shade ( & the color I wore on my wedding day) is Patina. It is a gorgeous matte dusty rose that I think would look good on literally ANYONE! Another one of my faves is a super deep red (the darkest red Stila makes) called Vino.

Brushes

Morphe Catch My Eye Brush Collection $19 (regular $36), Ulta–only in stock in stores

I like to use these brushes with my Natural Lust palette that didn’t come with a brush. They create such a professional look!

Real Techniques Ultimate Base Set $19.99, Ulta

These brushes work so well for the foundation & concealers I use! I personally don’t have this blender, but I love this brand of brushes so I’d be willing to bet it’s good.

Real Techniques Sculpting Set $19.99, Ulta

I cannot find my exact sculpting brush set anywhere, but this one looks like it would be amazing!

I hope you try some of these amazing beauty products & find them to be as amazing as I do! If you have any tried & true beauty products you swear by I’d love to hear all about it. Happy makeup shopping!

xo, Han

The Empowered Gal’s Guide to Hanging Christmas Lights (the easy way!)

The Empowered Gal’s Guide to Hanging Christmas Lights (the easy way!)

The Empowered Gal’s Guide to Hanging Christmas Lights

(the easy way!)

It’s finally that time of year! The air is frosty, stores are filled with holiday goodies, & all your neighbors have their Christmas lights up.

Whether you live in a house, dorm, or apartment I have the E A S I E S T light hanging hack to get you festive in no time!

I’m a Target gal myself, so I picked up some lights from my local Target. Good news–they happen to be on sale right now!

I picked up Wondershop Twinkling Clear Net Lights for $9 for our bush out front & several strands of Wondershop LED Mini Lights for $9 each. I only wanted to put lights around our front door & garage door for simplicity’s sake of taking them down later (lazy or genius?!).

Next was finding something durable & simple to keep the lights up. For years I watched my dad attach lights to our roof with those little plastic clips & I decided I wanted no part of that (ladders, no thank you)! I went to the Command hook aisle hoping to find something easy to use & they actually make light clips specifically made for outdoor use. WHO KNEW?! The Command Clear Outdoor Light Clips are only $9.99 for 36 (the clips are reusable–just buy new sticky strips).

These hooks are literally the easiest thing I’ve ever used! They come with sticky tabs to put on the back of the light clips. You peel & stick it onto the clip, then stick the clip to the door frame (or wherever you’re putting it). The package says to clean the surface before sticking the clips to it, but I didn’t have the time for that–I hung them up anyway & a couple wind storms later they’re still standing strong!

It took me less than an hour from start to finish to hang up lights around the front door, garage door & the bush. Who needs to wait around for someone else to put Christmas lights up for them? Girl, get EMPOWERED and hang those lights yourself!

Happy decorating! XO, Han

Secrets Retailers Don’t Want You to Know

Secrets Retailers Don’t Want You to Know

I have discovered some amazing tricks while shopping lately! These are total money savers & tips that retailers don’t just give out (seriously, why would they want you to know?!). Happy saving, friends!

Bed, Bath & Beyond

Bed, Bath & Beyond is one of my go-to stores for my household basics. One thing I can find there that I can’t find anywhere else (other than Amazon) is the Connoisseurs Silver Wipes I use to clean my silver pieces.

Save those print 20% off coupons, because guess what? They don’t actually expire!

You’re probably wondering why they even put expiration dates on the coupons–my guess is so that people will throw them away, saving the company money! Keep in mind that it is only the print / paper coupons that don’t expire — digital / smart device coupons do actually expire.

I found this shopping hack out when I was in line to buy my silver wipes at the customer service desk this summer. I was going on to the cashier about how bummed I was that I’d had all these 20% off coupons at home that I’d just thrown away because they expired, & she told me to dig them out of the trash because they’re still usable! The customer service gal told me that she had a customer in that week that used a 20% off coupon that EXPIRED IN 2011!

Lesson: never E V E R toss a Bed, Bath & Beyond coupon.

Hobby Lobby

Have you ever been wandering the aisles of Hobby Lobby waiting for just the perfect thing to jump out at you that completely ties your space together? Let’s just say that happens to be a buffalo plaid throw pillow (ALL the rage this fall!) & of course they only have 1 & it’s on super sale. Do not pass it up simply because there’s only 1 & you need more — ask for a raincheck!

At the returns register the cashier can write a rain check for you that secures the exact number of items you need at the sale price. They give you a call as soon as the item(s) are in & you can pick them up at any register for the same price you would’ve the day you found it. What I love about this is that you don’t have to pay more money for what you were already going to buy & you don’t have to stalk the aisles waiting for it to be re-stocked. I’d say that’s a win-win!

Lesson: if a sale item is out of stock, ask for a raincheck to get it at the sale price when its restocked.

Target

First of all, if you don’t already use Target’s Cartwheel app you are MISSING OUT! Simply download the Target app on your smartphone, then scan the items with your camera when you’re at the store & if there is a coupon or sale it will automatically pop up. You have to manually save the offer & let the cashier scan your wallet on the Target app at checkout. (Hello, savings!!!)

I stumbled upon this Target trick by accident when I was shopping for NYX Makeup Primer. It was $17 & I scanned it with my Target Cartwheel app and it said something like $5 or $6. I was confused because there was no sale sign in the aisle, so I found a gal stocking merch & asked what the deal was. She told me Target price matches their online prices. MIND = BLOWN! I had no idea! So when I went to the register I showed him the page on the app where it said the sale price at Target.com & he adjusted the price. I saved over $10 on this one item!

Intrigued, I did some more research when I got home & verified it with customer service during the next Target haul. Target will price match with Target.com, Amazon & Walmart to name a few. To price match, the item you’re matching has to be perfectly identical to what you’re trying to purchase at Target. When at the register, show the page on your phone where it shows the item & price on the competitor’s page & they’ll adjust the price. Isn’t this completely life changing?! Who doesn’t love savings!

Lesson: scan every item you’re purchasing the the Cartwheel app & ALWAYS do your price research before large purchases.

Complete List of Target Price Match Competitors

  • Amazon.com
  • BedBathandBeyond.com
  • Bestbuy.com
  • Barnesandnoble.com
  • Buybuybaby.com
  • Costco.com
  • CVS.com
  • Diapers.com
  • DicksSportingGoods.com
  • Gamesstop.com
  • JCPenny.com
  • Kmart.com
  • Kohls.com
  • Macys.com
  • Newegg.com
  • OfficeDepot.com
  • Petco.com
  • Petsmart.com
  • SamsClub.com
  • Sears.com
  • Staples.com
  • Ulta.com
  • Walgreens.com
  • Walmart.com
  • Wayfair.com

So the real question is now that you’ve saved all this $$$ on shopping you were gonna do anyway, where are you vacationing with all your savings?! Even more important question, what date did you book our vacay? 😉 If you come across awesome shopping tips & tricks, I’d L O V E to hear about them!

xo, Han

BRECA Rosé 2018

BRECA Rosé 2018

$13, Top Ten Wines

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Breca Rosé is the most confusing rosé I’ve tasted thus far since I’m typically into French rosé. What really drew me in to this rosé was the sophisticated packaging. Looks like rosé, but tastes almost like chardonnay (when compared to all the other rosés I’ve ever sipped on). Don’t get me wrong, I love a good buttery chardonnay, but when you expect one thing & get another it’s always a bit shocking. If you like the taste of a typical rosé, this may not be the one for you! But hey, for $13 it’s worth a shot!

I picked up this history-rich wine at one of my fave spots in Columbia, MO, Top Ten Wines. Everything about Top Ten Wines is so my vibe! Low lighting sets the mood & the walls of this quaint little place are lined with every kind of wine you could dream of. Columbia is pretty much your typical college town (M-I-Z!), so you can image the bar scene–what I love about Top Ten Wines is that the typical patron is someone out of college that is there to have a meaningful, intelligent conversation with their cell phone tucked out of sight (crazy, right?). I can’t wait to try more of the rosé they carry!

Breca hails from Calatayud, Spain (a little northeast of Madrid) & is 100% Grenache from the oldest clone of Garnacha in the entire world. It is definitely on the dry side & has bold notes of watermelon & vanilla. Immediately upon opening the bottle it smelled strongly of florals–I’m not super into florally wines which is why this may not be at the top of my list. Overall, I give BRECA 3/5 stars. I may buy another bottle in the future, but it def isn’t my go-to.

If you’re a chardonnay gal (or dude) looking to branch out into rosé this may be your perf gateway to the rosé life! Cheers!

xo, Han

Silver Pieces: Reviving a Lost Art

Silver Pieces: Reviving a Lost Art

I wouldn’t consider myself to be your typical 23 year old–I enjoy collecting silver pieces, antiquing on the weekends & rearranging my china cabinet. You may think that sounds a little old-fashioned, but I’m just that–old fashioned.

This year I became very interested in collecting antique & vintage silver pieces to add a little interest around my home. I had no idea where to begin when it came to determining the quality or value of pieces I saw around antique stores & estate sales, but after reading countless articles online & enlisting the help of my mother-in-law I finally have a grasp on finding the perfect pieces for the right price, & how to bring them back to life when they’ve been neglected for years.

That being said, sometimes you find the most gorgeous silver tray, coffee serving set or vase & it seems like it could never be revived from the tarnish that has taken over. With the right cleaning tools, a whole lot of time & more elbow grease than you could dream of using, these beautiful antiques will shine!

These pieces were horribly tarnished when I found them.
After hours of scrubbing, this gorgeous coffee & tea set came back to life.

Forget the messy silver polish–the best tool ever for making your silver shine like new again (besides some good ol’ fashioned elbow grease) are the Connoisseurs Silver Wipes. You can pick them up at Bed, Bath & Beyond for $6.99.

This brilliant invention is SO easy to use! First, get your silver piece wet, then rub the tarnish off with one of these wipes. The wipe will look super dirty (so will your hands, so girl take those rings off!), but it’ll still get that stubborn tarnish off when the wipe is black. When you’re satisfied with the amount of tarnish you’ve taken off, run the silver piece under water and gently wash it off with Dawn dish shop. Dry with a microfiber cloth and make sure it’s completely dry before closing any lids–if you don’t make sure it’s dry you’ll get some nasty staining on the inside of your piece. It is highly advised to N O T let your silver air dry!

If you have some silver pieces that need brought back to life, I highly recommend trying these silver wipes out. I’d love to see how your piece turn out; drop some photos of your favorite pieces in the comments below!

xo, Han

ROSÉ-VOUS? Rosé 2018

ROSÉ-VOUS? Rosé 2018

$4.99, Aldi

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Have you ever tasted something that tastes like a sunny beach day with your very best friend (okay unless you hate the beach, then wherever your dream vacay is!)? Well, this is it! I thought I had a favorite that stood out against all the rest, but California Roots rosé has some S E R I O U S competition with ROSÉ-VOUS? rosé–it is perfectly delicious & smooth. Since this rosé was only $4.99, I was a little skeptical at how good it would taste & its overall quality, but dang it’s good!

During my last Aldi haul this bottle’s aesthetics drew me in quickly. I immediately fell in love with the color of the wine & the label / info on the back quickly convinced me to give it a try. This is the first time I have ever seen this rosé at Aldi, so I’m not sure how long it’ll stick around.

ROSÉ-VOUS? hails from the Languedoc South of France & is 70% Syrah / 30% Grenache. Syrah is a dark-skinned red grape that is very floral-y in its youth, & Grenache is a red wine grape that is extremely versatile. Grenache-based rosé is a signature wine style of south France & is common among Côtes de Provence wines. Grenache’s ABV can be as high as 15% because it is grown in very hot environments; most rosé has an ABV of 11-13%.

This fresh, fragrant rosé is medium-bodied & dry with sweet notes of strawberry & berries. ROSÉ-VOUS? is definitely more delicate than some of the other rosé wines I’ve tried, & it’s easy on the palate. I have to say this rosé has the most delicious aroma of any rosé whose bottle I’ve popped! It is clear in appearance & there has a great flavor intensity. The quality of this rosé is definitely unmatched in my opinion for the price point. Overall, I rate ROSÉ-VOUS? 5 / 5. No matter where you are in your rosé tasting journey, this dense rosé will be your new fave!

Fruity & fabulous–this rosé will not let you down. This is definitely something I want to stock up on before Aldi doesn’t carry it anymore. I know you will too!

xo, Han

Chloe Rosé 2018

Chloe Rosé 2018

$9.68, Sam’s Club

Rating: 3 out of 5.

I was immediately drawn to this cute little label on this sleek bottle of rosé I came across at Sam’s Club. Of course they make you walk past the wine section to get to the the deli (smart product placement!). At $9.68, I thought it was a super affordable price for a brand of rosé that isn’t as mass-produced as a wine such a barefoot.

Chloe hails from the sunny central coast of California & the vintage is from 2018. The name came from an ancient work meaning “blooming,” according to the bottle. Being the color of the wine was a little darker (due to longer maceration of the grape skin) than I typically like to sip on, I figured I’d give Chloe the benefit of the doubt. Upon opening the bottle it had a strong floral aroma and was clear in appearance. This rosé is definitely more structured than its counterparts I’ve reviewed thus far & is dry with a distinct aftertaste of rose petals. Sam’s Club’s site describes this rosé as “delicate,” but I venture to say there’s nothing delicate about it–Chloe is a full-bodied & bold rosé. Chloe isn’t quite the quality of taste I look for when purchasing a bottle of rosé. Overall, I rate Chloe 3 / 5. Bold rosé’s not really my thing, but I’ve had far worse!

I hate to admit it, but I did it & fell for the cute bottle & ended up with a rosé I wasn’t in love with. If a rosé with some personality is your thing, go for it! If you enjoy rosé that’s not so in-your-face you may wanna pass on this one. While it’s not bad enough to dump it down the drain, I won’t be making this purchase again.

xo, Han

California Roots Rosé 2018

California Roots Rosé 2018

$5.00, Target

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This is the absolute best rosé for the price & quality. To those just joining the rosé party, this could be your new fave! At $5.00, California Roots Rosé is a steal. California Roots Rosé is my staple rosé! The quality for the price seriously CANNOT be beat.

Who doesn’t make a Target run every once in awhile . . . by that I mean every other day! It seems like several times a week I’m in need of something I’m out of at home, and Target is the only store on my way home from the gym in the morning (convenient, right?!). Whether I’m stocking up for a girl’s night in or buy something tried & true, I have a secret for you! One thing you may not know about Target is that when you buy 6 or more bottles of wine (yes, you can mix & match) you get 10% off your wine purchase, & it’s automatically taken off at the register.

Some of you have already turned your nose up to the thought of buying 6 bottles of wine at once, but let me tell you — if you will eventually drink it anyway, why not save 10%??? Seriously, tell me why you don’t want to save money on wine you’ll drink anyway!

This perfect rosé hails from the golden state of California, & like I said this is my go-to. California Roots is the rosé I have on hand 365 days of the year. Compared to some of the more expensive rosés I’ve tried, this one reigns superior (if you don’t believe me, try it!). California Roots Rosé’s aroma is very berry & fresh. This rosé is clearer than the La Rue Côtes de Provence and has even less of a chemically taste (& the La Rue Côtes de Provence was good!). My favorite rosé (California Roots, duh!) is dry without tasting bitter or cobwebby, as I like to describe some horribly dry wines. Medium-bodied describes this wine perfectly, & I love it’s color. This rosé is refreshing & one that you can have a couple glasses of without feeling like you’re getting a “sugar rush.” If you read my last Rosé Review you’ll know how picky I am about my rosé color, & consider this wine to be my baseline. I have yet to find any other rosé (or any type of wine for that matter) that can touch the quality of California Roots Rosé for the low price of $5.00. Overall, this is a 5/5 rosé.

Next time you’re popping in for a Target run (yes, I’m talking to YOU), pick up a bottle of California Roots Rosé along with that mascara, top & earrings you didn’t stop in for. 😉 Seriously though, you WILL NOT regret it. I would l o v e to hear what you think of my all-time favorite rosé!

xo, Han

La Rue Cotês de Provence Rosé 2018

La Rue Cotês de Provence Rosé 2018

$7.99, Aldi

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Not ready for summer to be over yet? It’s always summer when you’re sippin’ La Rue Côtes de Provence! If you’re late to the rosé party this is the perf starter. At $7.99 what do you have to lose (besides literally $7.99, but you’re going to fall in love with it!)?

I’m an Aldi regular–I won’t let anyone take my designated quarter from me! This is a rosé that Aldi used to carry & they brought it back in the spring. If you L O V E this wine like I do, you’ll def want to stock up because in year’s past Aldi restricted the number of bottles you could buy because their stock was so limited.

This fruity, delicate rosé hails from France & is truly one of the better rosé wines I have found, especially for its quality & price point. Its taste is smooth and not “artificial” tasting. The aroma of La Rue Côtes de Provence smells of fresh berries and its appearance is clear. It falls a little more on the dry side than some of the sweeter rosés I’ve come across, but remains lively & crisp. Aldi’s site describes this wine as “full-bodied,” but I would have to disagree & call it medium-bodied. I prefer to chill this wine in a wine cooler as opposed to the refrigerator–it is more flavorful when it’s not ice-cold. Overall, I rate La Rue Côtes de Provence 4 / 5, all things considered.

I may be a little picky with my rosé preferences, but I typically look for a rosé with a lighter color–I usually like the way they taste better in comparison to the darker rosés. La Rue Côtes de Provence has nearly the perfect color I prefer!

Pop in Aldi & grab a bottle of this amazing rosé & get pumped up for Bachelor in Paradise (yeah, I know you secretly love to with BIP)! ‘Til next time, cheers!

xo, Han

Crock Pot Santa Fe Chicken

Crock Pot Santa Fe Chicken

There’s only a few hours left in the work day, & I know what you’re thinking…ugh, what am I going to make for dinner? Let’s face it–your husband’s going to be starving and if you have kiddos they’re probably asking you every 5 minutes, “Mom, what’s for dinner? When’s it going to be ready? Can I have something else? I don’t like that.” I don’t have any kids of my own yet, but I know all too well these are the questions that will haunt me someday!

Dinner seems to be the time of day that so many people dread, but eating well doesn’t require standing in the kitchen for hours slaving over a hot stove. Thanks to the best invention EVER aka the Crockpot, you can throw this easy meal together in less than 5 minutes & have a tasty, nutritious dinner waiting for you when you drop your purse and shoes at the door.

INGREDIENTS:

24 oz (1 1/2) lbs chicken breast

14.4 oz can diced tomatoes with mild green chilies

15 oz can black beans, rinsed and drained

8 oz frozen corn

14.4 oz can fat free chicken broth

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp onion powder

1 tsp cumin

1 tsp cayenne pepper

salt to taste

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Combine chicken broth, beans (drained), corn, tomatoes, garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, cayenne pepper and salt in the crock pot.
  2. Season chicken breast with salt and lay on top.
  3. Cook on low for 8 – 10 hours or on high for 4 to 6 hours.
  4. Thirty minutes before serving, shred the chicken.
  5. Stir & adjust salt and seasoning to taste.
  6. Serve over rice, on tortillas or with tortilla chips.

And just like that you basically have homemade Chipotle or Qdoba or whatever your vice is! A special thanks to Skinnytaste for the yummy recipe–I omitted some of the ingredients to suit my taste.