SO YOU WANT TO BUILD A HOUSE | Insanity and Creativity Combined!

For those who didn’t know… Jon and I are not only planning a wedding, we’re building a house! I know… we’re insane. We’re doing all of it at the same time. But hey, if we can you can too! Also, if we can do all of this, we are SET for married life. Huzzah! TO … Continue reading “SO YOU WANT TO BUILD A HOUSE | Insanity and Creativity Combined!”

For those who didn’t know… Jon and I are not only planning a wedding, we’re building a house!

I know… we’re insane. We’re doing all of it at the same time. But hey, if we can you can too! Also, if we can do all of this, we are SET for married life. Huzzah!

TO BUY? OR BUILD?
Our biggest hurdle was the initial decision to build… we are extremely picky and nothing exactly fit our needs and wants. Jon is a car enthusiast in need of good garage space and functionality (putting it mildly) and we both have a need of large closet space (putting it VERY mildly). We also really wanted a lot with nothing behind it. Neither of us are fans of the giant backyard Tetris puzzle you see in suburbia today. Try as we might, we couldn’t find a house with everything we wanted, that we weren’t going to have to update. In our desired area, it was more cost effective to build, then it would have been to buy and renovate an existing property… the numbers said it all, BUILD WE WOULD!

THE BEST REALTOR EVER
Our realtor was AMAZING. Seriously, if you’re in the area and in need of a Realtor, go see Nicholas Weathers. He went above and beyond to find our perfect lot, our perfect floor plan, our perfect builder, EVERYTHING! He’s been there with us every step of the way, and has been a lifesaver in this process.

THE LOT
We found our dream lot by chance… at first we fell in love with the area of town we wanted to be in and then a model home of what our floor plan would derive from. We were almost set to make an offer on the model (which we’d need to finish the basement in anyway and it wasn’t exaaaactly the perfect color scheme for us)… but we found out that there would be the dreaded group of Tetris yards behind it within a few years. Nope. No Way. Not happening. So we hit the search again… it was about this time that our Realtor suggested we build that floor plan ourselves. He found available lots in that neighborhood and others in the area… and one was FREAKING PERFECT. Situated on a cul-de-sac, heavy tree-lined back yard, open fields behind that… SIGN US UP!

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THE NEXT STEP
We needed to reserve the lot and make sure the floor plan we liked would be approved for that particular lot (HOAs dictate the above ground square footage, layout, etc. that is approved for each lot in a neighborhood). We reserved the lot and proceed with figuring out the build. It’s a long process but we know in the end it’ll be worth it!

Xoxo, Meeghan 

FREE MAC MAKEUP!? | FAQs about the Back-to-M·A·C Program

Want to know how to get free makeup from MAC?! It’s true!! I mentioned this program in another one of my YouTube videos and the questions rolled in, so here are the FAQs I encountered about the Back-to-M·A·C Program. Xoxo, Meeghan 

Want to know how to get free makeup from MAC?! It’s true!! I mentioned this program in another one of my YouTube videos and the questions rolled in, so here are the FAQs I encountered about the Back-to-M·A·C Program.

Xoxo, Meeghan 

ULTA 21 DAYS OF BEAUTY | Recommendations

One of my amazingly wonderful friends was inquiring about any sales at Ulta, Sephora, etc… and if I’d post when there are sales are worth mentioning. Well heck, I’d love to! A little delayed (because I didn’t think about it honestly), but we’re smack dab in the middle of Ulta’s Spring 2017 “21 Days of … Continue reading “ULTA 21 DAYS OF BEAUTY | Recommendations”

One of my amazingly wonderful friends was inquiring about any sales at Ulta, Sephora, etc… and if I’d post when there are sales are worth mentioning. Well heck, I’d love to! A little delayed (because I didn’t think about it honestly), but we’re smack dab in the middle of Ulta’s Spring 2017 “21 Days of Beauty” so let’s discuss.

The sales started March 19th (my bad…) but continues on through April 8th! So let’s hop in the middle and look at the daily “Beauty Steals” (available for one day only, both in-store and online; FYI Platinum Members receive free shipping on all orders with a Beauty Steal item, no minimum purchase required). I’ll give you my suggestions as we go! I’ve also linked the items for your convenience (because, I too am an impatient online shopper LOL).

Note, there are also “Hot Buys” and “Weekly Beauty Deals” going on during the sale as well, neither are as steep of discounts as the Daily “Beauty Steals” but are worth looking into.

(Keep in mind… YOU CAN RETURN THINGS TO ULTA. If you don’t love it? Take it back! People don’t take advantage of this and are often stuck with a high priced beauty item that doesn’t work for them.)

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TUESDAY, MARCH 28
Tarte Maneater Eyeliner – $10 (reg $20)
Stila Huge Extreme Lash Mascara – $11.50 (reg $23)
Origins Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash – $11 (reg $22)

My recommendation: The Tarte eyeliner, IF you want a smudgy kind of eye kohl. If not, skip it! 

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 29
Laura Geller Baked Blush-n-Brighten – $14 (reg $28)
Dr. Brandt Pores No More Pore Refiner Primer – $22.50 (reg $45)
IT Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Vol 1 Eyeshadow Palette – $21 (reg $42)

My recommendation: Top of the list is the Dr. Brandt primer, THIS IS THE SHIZ! It’s usually ridiculously expensive, so if you’ve wanted to try it, now is the time. Also, the Laura Geller baked blushes are super pretty. Keep in mind they’re baked blushes though so they’ll be a soft wash of color vs a POP of bright on the cheeks. 

THURSDAY, MARCH 30
Benefit They’re Real Tinted Lash Primer – $12 (reg $24)
Murad Environmental Shield Essential-C Cleanser – $19 (reg $38)
St. Tropez Gradual Tan Classic Everyday Body Lotion – $12.50 (reg $25)

My recommendation: I adore the Benefit lash primer. Think of it as a flexible, thin brown mascara… it’s my favorite to wear on a “no makeup, but please still see my pale lashes” day.

FRIDAY, MARCH 31
Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water – $16 (reg $32)
SeroVital & UniLastin supplements – $55.30-$63.30 (reg $79-$99)
Japonesque Velvet Touch Blushes – $11 each (reg $22)

My recommendation: While I do love the Smashbox Primer Water, I have to admit it’s a bit gimmicky and isn’t as multipurpose as something like Mac Fix+, so if you’re looking for more versatility, skip it. The Japonesque blushes are pretty, their packaging also! Personal favorites are Shade 2 and Shade 3. 

SATURDAY, APRIL 1
IT Cosmetics CC Airbrush Perfecting Powder SPF 50+ – $17.50 (reg $35)
Mario Badescu – 25% off entire brand
Too Faced Mascara Melt Off – $10 (reg $17)

My recommendation: Buy all of the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion you can! But seriously, that is an amazing overnight pimple treatment. Also the Mario Badescu Facial Spray is amazing and on my repurchase list (both the Rosewater and Cucumber/Green Tea scents).

SUNDAY, APRIL 2
Urban Decay Perversion Mascara – $11 (reg $22)
Shiseido Eyelash Curler – $10 (reg $20)
LORAC Unzipped Palette or Unzipped Gold Palette – $21 each (reg $42)

My recommendation: All of these items are bombdotcom. The Urban Decay mascara is a great one for volumizing your lashes and I don’t find it flaking on me during the day. The Shiseido eyelash curler may be a cult favorite, but rather this is just a great deal for a high quality eyelash curler. In particular, the LORAC Unzipped Gold Palette is on my radar. Those gold tones are gorgeous for summer and the pigments are so creamy.

MONDAY, APRIL 3
Mally Beauty Effortlessly Airbrushed Blush & Highlight Set – $17.50 (reg $35)
Per-Fekt Skin Perfection Gel and Liquid Gold – $14.25-$24 (reg $28.50-$48)
Exuviance Age Reverse HydraFirm – $39 (reg $78)

My recommendation: I have to say none of these excite me. Sorry but just keeping it real!

TUESDAY, APRIL 4
Pur Cosmetics 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup SPF 15 – $18 (reg $29.50)
bareMinerals Lash Domination Mascara & Lash Domination Petite Precision Mascara – $9.50 (reg $19)
Clarins Restorative Total Eye Concentrate – $42.50 (reg $85)

My recommendation: The Clarins eye concentrate is one heck of a deal, but I can’t vouch for this exact item, only my enjoyment of Clarins other products.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 5
Butter LONDON Plush Rush Lip Glosses, Lipsticks, and Lip Liners – $10 each (reg $18-$22)
Cargo Swimmables Collection – $9-$14.50 (reg $18-$29)
Strivectin TL Advanced Tightening Neck Cream – $47.50 (reg $95)

My recommendation: Another day that doesn’t wow me. I do like Butter LONDON nail products, but their cosmetics are not really up my alley.

THURSDAY, APRIL 6
Stila One Step Correct Color Correcting Primer – $18 (reg $36)
Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Anti-Wrinkle Booster Serum – $39 (reg $78)
Bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Energizer Cleanser Foam – $14 (reg $28)

My recommendation: Juice Beauty is a killer brand, IF it works for your skin type. This serum shows promise!

FRIDAY, APRIL 7
Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush or Highlighter – $14 (reg $28)
Peter Thomas Roth Un-Wrinkle Kit – $44 (reg $88)
Proactiv Emergency Blemish Relief – $10 (reg $20)

My recommendation: The Tarte blushes and highlighter, specifically in Exposed, are AMAZING. The blushes are insanely pigmented and long wearing, I own all of the shades which will be on sale and recommend them all. The highlighters are a bit more hit and miss. Exposed is my favorite because it works best with my skin tone. The other two highlighters which seem to suit deeper shades are also just a different texture. I don’t feel as if they are as smooth and creamy as Exposed, which was their first single pan highlighter. Also, Peter Thomas Roth is amazing, I’ve wanted to try the items in this kit myself!

SATURDAY, APRIL 8
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz – $10.50 (reg $21)
Clinique 3-Step Intro Kit for Oilier Skin and Drier Skin – $9.75 each (reg $19.50)

My recommendation: Brow Wiz. ALL OF THE BROW WIZ(es)!!!!!!!! But seriously, I’ll be stocking up on Taupe.

I hope that list helps, and from now on, I’ll get this out BEFORE large sales… :)

Xoxo, Meeghan

WEDDINGS ARE GIANT PARTIES! | With way more logistical nightmare possibilities…

First step to being engaged… EXTREME HAPPINESS AND EXCITEMENT!!! Second step… realizing: holy crap there are way more steps involved with planning this shindig. Welcome to the fun world of being engaged! If you didn’t know, Jon and I have now been engaged for just over 4 months and, after enjoying the newfound use of … Continue reading “WEDDINGS ARE GIANT PARTIES! | With way more logistical nightmare possibilities…”

First step to being engaged… EXTREME HAPPINESS AND EXCITEMENT!!!

Second step… realizing: holy crap there are way more steps involved with planning this shindig.

Welcome to the fun world of being engaged! If you didn’t know, Jon and I have now been engaged for just over 4 months and, after enjoying the newfound use of the fiancé title, are jumping into the wedding planning process. We honestly had no idea what we were in store for! (Side note: for a living, one of the things I do is plan events that take place in other countries. Planning a wedding? HARDER.)

We’ve begun venue hunting and after being disillusioned by the money sucking drain, I mean commercial wedding industry, realized it’s a bit harder than just “let’s find a cute place!”.

Feel free to offer advice I may or may not ignore :) and we’ll all laugh about my complete ineptitude regarding floral arrangements.

Xoxo, Meeghan 

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We got engaged in Hawaii! Tiki torches for the win :)

RUNWAY MAKEUP TUTORIAL | For Bridal Runway Modeling

I recently had a runway booking for bridal and thought I’d share our go-to look with you! Any fellow models or brides-to-be out there? Say hi! :) One of my final looks, backstage later that day… https://www.instagram.com/p/BPQ2xnfDeiA/ Xoxo, Meeghan

I recently had a runway booking for bridal and thought I’d share our go-to look with you! Any fellow models or brides-to-be out there? Say hi! :)

One of my final looks, backstage later that day…

https://www.instagram.com/p/BPQ2xnfDeiA/

Xoxo, Meeghan