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

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