September 14, 2016

Katy Kat Matte Lipsticks Review and Swatches

I had to get my hands on these Katy Kat Matte Lipsticks from Covergirl.  I didn't buy all of the shades, but I bought the ones I would wear most often.  The packaging is so cute with the white matte lids and the see through bottoms so you know what color it is.


The shade range is awesome from nudes to black with pinks and purples in the middle. These are marketed as a Matte lip, but they are NOT. They are more of a satin. They are richly pigmented, but if you are going for the super matte look then these would not work. I got mine at Ulta for $8.99, but I bought them when they were buy one get one 50% off. 



From top to bottom. Catoure, Sphynx, Magenta Minx, and Kitty Purry.


Catoure


Sphynx


Magenta Minx


Kitty Purry which is my favorite out of all of them.


These are easy to wear they don't last a really long time, but a good amount. I would highly recommend these. 


Have you tried them?




August 31, 2016

September Swap

I AM SO EXCITED TO BE BACK!!! 

I just wanted to say thanks for understanding that I just needed a break. I really appreciate it.  I posted on Instagram asking for swap ideas, and lots of  you responded with great ideas, but the number one was a Fall swap. I had an idea already picked, but it's one that could be used any time of year. So, this month it's appropriate to do a Fall themed swap. Which I am excited about because I absolutely love Fall.


The Details:

The spending minimum is $10. You are more than welcome to spend more which I think most of us do, but please spend wisely. One GOOD useful item is better than a bunch of smaller items that might not be as useful. I hope that makes sense. So just keep that in mind when your shopping and putting together your package. Also, PLEASE be mindful when you are packing your items for shipping. Package them well so nothing is broken.

   Once you have signed up send your $2 to graceyloudesigns@yahoo.com through PayPal. Please check the box "I'm sending money to friends and family" Signups will stay open until the 3rd. On the 4th, I will send an email out to everyone who signed up requesting your shipping info. I will start emailing partners out on September 6th if I do not have your shipping info by this day you will NOT be able to participate. If you have paid I will refund your money at the end of the month. The shipping deadline this month is September 16th. 

August 7, 2016

Affordable Open Shelving

I like everyone else love the Farmhouse home decor trend. I love Fixer Upper just as much as everyone else. I saw some open shelving on one of their episodes, and new I had to have them in my house. The reason I wanted them so badly was because I wanted a place to display all my cake stands. I thought that would be so cute. My dream is to have a huge hutch with all white cake stand dishes displayed in it. In my mind, this would get me by until that dream comes true.


I will give you the run down on what I bought where to so if you want to make put some together you will have all the details. 

To buy:

3- 4-foot pine boards  (you could buy other wood this was just the easiest)


Screws (we used these to attach the brackets to the boards)

You also need sheet rock anchors and screws to screw the brackets to the wall with.

Provincial Minwax wood stain to stain the boards.


They are so simple. Just sand and stain the wood. I sealed mine with lacquer, but you could use whatever you may have. After they are dry hang them. So easy and they make a big statement. 



I wanted everything on them to be bright and white. After I placed only white dishes on there while I loved it I wanted a little color. I had these sparkling water bottles from my bar cart I did for the 4th of   July that I wanted to use. I love them on there. Since they were green I shopped my house for anything else I could find that was green.


I loved the idea of having all my cake stands displayed, but it gave me anxiety. I do have 3 wild kids so I have to keep in mind that kids will be kids. So a few of them are displayed on the top shelf. 


I had almost everything already that I use to decorate these shelves which helped with keeping them affordable.



I really love how they turned out and I can't wait to change them up come Fall. 


Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day!

Product Sources

Green Cake Stands- Walmart Pioneer Women

Wavy White Cake Stand- Costco (old)

Scalloped Cake stand with Lemons- Home Goods (lemons I have no clue)

Small Cake Stands- Target 

Milk Glasses- Vintage

Tea Towels- Target

White Basket- OLD

Small Dishes- Target

White Bowels- Tjmaxx

Glass Canisters- Walmart

Grow Planter- Target

Plant- Ikea

Green Pitcher- Tjmaxx

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