Friday, March 31, 2017

KA - Beauty Haul - Wet N Wild, Loreal and Milani

Beauty Haul featuring Wet N Wild, Loreal and Milani

I have a budget friendly beauty haul for you today, using my allowance that I a lot for myself each week.  I did some shopping and picked up a couple beauty items that I had been eyeing for a while.  If you are new to my blog then you can check out my introduction to "Kim's Allowance" and see just what these post are about.  I'm a girl on a budget but not willing to give up my habits.

Ready? Let's go!!

First up I got the Loreal True Match Lumi Foundation.  For starters, I have very oily skin and the thought of a "luminous" foundation will scare the pants off of me.  It probably doesn't help that I live in Texas which can be very hot and humid and an oily skin worst nightmare.  But, after watching Julie Dawn Olsen's YouTube Channel and seeing how much she raved about the Loreal True Match Lumi foundation, I couldn't help but want to try it out.  I want the glow-y, healthy, luminous look on my face, even if I risk the outcome of being a grease-y oil slick.


As far as the luminosity, well I can't really tell that just yet.  The "glow" that I thought I'd be seeing isn't there.  But, to be fair, I have never had any sort of luminous foundation before either, so I am not quite sure what the "glow" should actually look like.  However, I have been having a hard time setting it for some reason.  It keeps wanting to rub off and not dry down. But I am going to play around with this for a period of time and then I will share my review on a separate post soon to come.

Next up I bought 2 Wet N Wild color trios in "Walking On Egg Shells" & "I'm Getting Sunburned"
I don't need to do a separate post on this one because I LOVE THESE TRIOS!!!  Let's talk about the Walking on Egg Shells first.  I cannot believe that I had never picked up this trio before.  I am amazed at how dark this middle brown shade can get.  I have been working on my 10 minute makeup face (more to come later) and this little trio has been the star of the show.  I will be showing a tutorial in a later post on this pallet, I have a few ideas I am wanting to try with it.

On to the I'm Getting Sunburned pallet.  This one has the same quality as the previous, with very soft pigmented colors.  I have not used this one yet and when I do I will show a tutorial on it.  I actually think that they would make a gorgeous smokey look if you were add both of the pallets together.

$2.93 each - Total:  $5.86

Lastly on my shopping trip I purchased the Milani Rose Blush in Blossomtime.  It is supposedly a dupe for Nars Orgasm but I will have to test that out later.  I have plenty of Nars Orgasm "dupes" in my collection and did not need another, but how can you pass up a gorgeous blush in the shape of a flower? Not I, said the fly.


I had fun picking up some new stuff and am in the midst of trying this foundation out so I may be able to do a complete, informative review on it. After all, when you spend $11 for a foundation at the drugstore it had better be pretty good.  At least, in my opinion it should be.   So my total allowance spent with tax (can't forget Uncle Sam) is $25.76.  That left me with just enough money to get a tall cafe mocha from the Starbucks that sits right outside my Walmart.  I just can't deny that makeup shopping and Starbucks are the perfect combination for this girl and made for a super fun filled day.

I will talk to you again soon!


Thursday, March 30, 2017

Introduction to "Kim's Allowance"

Hey Everyone,

In a few days I am going to be posting my first "Kim's Allowance" post and I wanted to kind of give you a little info as to what this and future post will be like.

First off, as much as it sounds juvenile, the word "allowance" is used very lightly.  No this is not a set amount my husband gives me to spend, this is my own doing.  I feel as a mom and caretaker of the majority of the house, I have a right to be rewarded just like Caleb is rewarded with his allowance.  Caleb, Brad and I each have a set amount that we budget to spend for each month.

Even though it is a set amount (that is set my me), there may be things that I am needing or wanting or such that goes beyond that.  I try to keep such purchases for gifts that my family may give, such as higher end makeup pallets or clothes.  I budget myself $30 per week for things that I may want to get like drugstore makeup, a shirt, accessory, or even some sort of home decor item I am wanting.  If the item I want goes over that amount and it's not necessary to purchase it, then I will wait until the next week or however long it takes to save my money.  Sure I could spend more and not be in trouble or turn my budget into a downward tailspin to depletion (well it depends on how much over I spend).  But I try to be responsible with our finances and being that we are saving up for a travel trailer, I want to do my part in the saving.  Plus if I have to wait two weeks to purchase something more expensive it will allow me the time to really decide if I want this item in question.

Now, for the fun stuff...I love to shop, its a hobby, passion, obsession, whatever you might call it.  I love new makeup, shoes, accessories and clothes.  Along with fashion and beauty I also love home decor items.  My style is "semi-chic, comfy, classic mom", and that not only goes for my personal style but also my home.  I want it to be semi-chic, but comfortable and relaxing with some added fun pops of color and some specs of girly-ness thrown into it all.  I am the only girl in the house so I am very aware of the main living areas of the house need not be too frilly, but all bets are off on my personal spaces in the house and my personal style of fashion and beauty.

My "allowance" post will be budget friendly in all ways humanly possible, being that I only have $30 a week to spend, I don't have much choice.  LOL.  I enjoy the challenge of seeing things that are high end pricing but finding a very similar item at very low end pricing.  Dupes, if you will.  I will share with you my thoughts on my goodies and if needed (like makeup reviews) I will make a separate post on things that require a little bit of using to find out if it was worth the price steal.  That's all I have for now, talk to you again soon.


Monday, March 27, 2017

March 27th Goals

It's Monday again, and this is the time of the week where I set my goals for the week.  I don't do this on Sunday, and I am not sure why, it is just easier for me on Mondays, so whatever works I guess.  I like listing out the things I need or want to do so I can have the gratification of checking them off when I am done.

Goal number 1:
Home Blessing / Home Zone (living room / Caleb's Playroom)
  • Sweep / Mop
  • Dust
  • Detail Dust the Living Room and Playroom
  • Trash (this is Caleb's job)
  • Change / Wash Sheets
  • Vacuum the floors

Goal number 2:
27 Fling in the Playroom closet for throw away, put away and give away.  I am out to tackle this room if it is the last thing I do!!  :)

Goal number 3:
Work on swish & swipe in Brad's bathroom.  I have slacked on his bathroom and while he will eventually clean it himself, it still makes me feel better when I have cleaned it and know just how clean it actually is.  

Goal number 4:
I had a goal last week where I wanted to go the entire week without sweets.  I almost made it, but we had company over this weekend and they brought dessert.  So this week I am just going to keep it to the week days.  I figure any little bit counts right? 

Goal number 5:
Make my meal plan for next week.  Easy, peasy.

Goal number 6:  Pamper Mission!! (my favorite)
Give myself a mini pedicure.  (its sad that i have to schedule to pamper myself)

We had a nasty storm last night and Caleb and our dog, Scooby, slept in our room so needless to say, I am very tired.  My goal list isn't going to be too hardcore because I will most likely be slacking a bit today.  But who knows, I might kick it in severe gear tomorrow.  


Friday, March 24, 2017

About Us

So........523 is just our house number.  However, its really special to me because I feel like sharing a home with my little family has been my greatest achievement.  This is actually the second blog I have started based upon our house number but I went in a direction, in my last blog, that I couldn't keep up with.  I was promising posts too often and writing about stuff I just wasn't interested in to gather an audience.  I decided that I just wanted to write about what I wanted, which was stuff about our home and family, and not what I had too.  I love to write and actually, truth be told, I love to talk.  I think that might be one of the core reasons as to why I wanted to have a blog.  I just want some place to get it all out of my system, so I don't bore anyone else into listening when they may or may not be interested.  I feel that with a blog, others can read or not read and they won't have to endure my ramblings if they don't care too.  I think this kind of friendship works out the best for everyone.....don't you? :)

Well anyways, a little info about us would be that my hubs and I are in our mid thirties (depending on when you are reading this), with our currently six year old little boy.  We have a very spoiled dog who is a mix of a jack russell terrier and a chihuahua.  Of course only by his looks would you ever notice.  He's not a yappy dog, nor does he bounce off the walls.  But, back to the humans in our house, our son Caleb is a very happy and sweet little boy.  He has such a big heart but can also be quite contrary at times as well.  I'm sure that is how most boys or kids for that matter, can be, but since he's our one and only, I actually wouldn't know.  My philosophy on raising him is that I had better do the absolute best because I only have one chance to get it right.  I can't learn from my first one and relay it to my second like the Luvs commercial says, so I might actually put a little too much pressure on myself because of my thoughts with Caleb.

Now, my hubby is my high school sweetheart, I suppose you could say.  He wasn't in high school when we started dating, I was.  He is about three years older than me so I was a junior when we started dating.  I would be lying if I said it was love at first sight because I had actually met him my freshman year but he pushed me in the pool at a party and that was the last time I spoke to him until my junior year when we met up again.  I had actually had the biggest crush on his brother who was in my grade.  But he didn't have mutual feelings so that went absolutely nowhere.  Ironically I never knew that he had an older brother, nor that I had already met his older brother.  Stupid really, because I went to a school that only had 200 kids in it.  I am not  that observant, apparently.  But anyways, my crush ended with the younger brother followed by a few more dead end boyfriends and I moved on to much better when I met Brad.......again.   The second time it was a definite connection.  I knew within the first week of us dating that my life would never be the same.  I was already making wedding plans after that first week.  However, I was only 16 and it would take about 5 more years of on off dating before we finally married.  But I never looked back and I have been amazingly happy ever since.

So that brings you up to the wedding.  We were not the typical couple who gets married and starts a family right away.  We actually waited seven years before having Caleb.  We knew we wanted to make sure we were ready to give up the life we had of coming and going as we pleased and definitely more financial stability before diving into kids.  Little did we know that after having Caleb it opened up an incredible life that we could never have dreamed of.  I can't say I would change the time we waited because I think the time allowed us to really mature and allow us to be the best parents we could be.  However, I am sad that sometimes that we waited so long to have this amazing life with our son.  But we are here together with Caleb by our side and loving it completely.

Well I guess that should at least allow you to know who it is that I will be talking about in my upcoming post and give you an idea as to how my little family got started.  I will go into detail about us in more post, but until then, I probably should get back to work.