The Sunday Six

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Happy October, y’all!

October is my favorite month of the year for countless reasons (it’s my birthmonth for one!) so I thought it would be fun to kick off the month with the introduction of a new series…The Sunday Six! It’s most likely exactly what you think it is, a count of my favorite things at the moment. I’m actually pretty late to the party on this one so let’s just get to it before it comes the Monday Many (not cute).

#BoosAndBows

In case you haven’t heard, Tara from Beaus and Bows and I are hosting a photo-a-day challenge over on Instagram. You can find the prompt and today’s post right here. Feel free to follow along and use the hashtag #BoosAndBows. I can’t wait to see how creative we can get with each day’s prompt. If you join in, you might even find yourself featured right here on Magnolia Moon.

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The Catch Up

I went out to celebrate my birthday a little early last night (it’s on Tuesday). Honestly, it was probably the first time I’d been out to a bar with my friends like that since college and at the risk of sounding like the “mom friend” that I am, it was surprisingly fun! We did everything you’d expect from a group of girls in a bar. Group bathroom selfies, the shot wheel, too many mixed drinks, obnoxious flash selfies, we even yelled “Free Bird” at the band. That last one is probably just a Southern girl thing but you get the picture. Later on in the night we met up with a group of guys we went to school with and my best friend and I realized a few of us had known each other for over 23 years. That’s longer than my little sister, who was also there, has been alive! I loved every minute of catching up with everyone and can’t wait to do it again…in a few weeks because, you know, balance.

Lip Paint

Sephora recently had Tarte’s Tarteist Lip Paint on the Weekly Wow for $11 so I snatched up 2 different shades, Deep Nude and Killin’ It. They’re pretty typical as far as liquid lipsticks go but I do feel a slight difference in the level of comfort on my lips compared to a formula like the Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks. I’m a fan of both but Tarte does feel a bit more comfortable for everyday wear.

Pumpkin Spice on Ice

This is really my first year diving into the whole Pumpkin Spice thing and I have to say…I regret nothing. Currently I’m obsessed with iced pumpkin spice lattes because even if it is October it’s still 80-90 degrees on any given day so ice is necessary. I also hit Trader Joe’s wide open and snatched up Pumpkin Waffles, Pumpkin Crisps, and Pumpkin Ravioli. All were life changing and highly recommended.

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Louisville

I’ve been traveling to Louisville, Kentucky once a month for about four months now for doctor’s appointments and I’m realizing that I’m pretty much falling in love with the city. So this is more of a call to action than a favorite pick but if you have any travel guides to Louisville or happen to live there, let me know! It’s made it’s way onto my list of possible cities to live in and I want to know all I can about the city.

What’s the Tee

I’ve had a strong love for RuPaul since he played the Witches Council judge on Sabrina the Teenage Witch circa 1997. With that being said, I tend to listen to a lot of true crime or political podcasts that can weigh pretty heavy on the heart sometimes. That’s where RuPaul: What’s the Tee comes in. It’s a laugh every damn time. It’s honestly become my fool-proof, instant pick-me-up method. I’ve even started listening to episodes over again. I’ve probably heard the ep with Katya at least 3 times now. Also, there is no sound more precious than the cackle of RuPaul, it gets me every time.

 

There ya have it, y’all. A little rushed, a little thrown together but that’s the beauty of it. Stay tuned for more of The Sunday Six soon and in the mean time, be sure to follow me on Instagram for the #BoosAndBows challenge.

 

xx

Merisa

 

 

 

My Favorite Fall Eye Shadow Palette (Under $5!)

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Hello, Magnolias.

I am very excited about what I have to share with you today, like scream in the middle of the makeup aisle excited so let’s just jump right in. About a year ago I was hanging out with my sister when she showed me this killer, duo chrome eye shadow she’d been using. It came in a eight shadow palette and I instantly wanted one of my own.

I looked everywhere for the palette and could not find a single trace of it, that is until now. About two weeks ago I was just doing my usual pre-grocery shopping makeup aisle browse when I noticed that the displays were freshly stocked. Which, if you live in a small town then you know, is definitely something to take notice of. I allowed myself a glimmer of hope, turned my head, and there it was! The only one left too. I may have let out a squeal of joy when I grabbed it up. The Wet n Wild Comfort Zone palette was finally mine!

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I couldn’t wait to get home to try it all out, I’d almost forgotten how beautiful it was in person. The palette is broken down into 2 columns of 4 shadows, one warmer side and one cooler side. The warmer side features a yellow golden browbone highlight shade, a bronzey base, a warm brown crease shade, and a dark chocolate shade with flecks of red shimmer. The cool side includes a great taupe highlight shade, a fun green base, a black with gold shimmer, and the shade that started it all…a teal & green to burnt orange duo chrome.

I’ve always been a fan of Wet n Wild shadows and the quality in this palette does not disappoint especially considering the $4.97 price tag. The shadows are so buttery and easy to blend while also being decently pigmented. I would put these shadows on a similar level as my favorite Urban Decay shadows as far as texture and formulation but the pigment is lacking a little. But that’s okay because these particular shades come to a grand total of less than .75 cents a piece whereas UD can run $18 a pop.

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I’m not particularly a fan of colorful shadows but these just lean enough on the neutral side to totally catch my eye. When I look at this palette I just imagine countless, fun looks I can do. It makes me think this palette is perfectly named as Comfort Zone because it’s not like I’m stepping out of my comfort zone with these shades but rather I’m bringing them in the comfort zone with me. Haha!

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I can totally make this palette my own too. For instance, I use the highlight shades as everyday bases rather than on my browbone like the palette suggests. The darker shades make great accents and smoky definers too. My favorite thing about this palette, however, is how unique these shades are. I mean, that duo chrome shade is just not something you don’t see everyday.

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Here it is showing off the teal color…

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…then the lovely sort of chocolate brown that comes off as a warmer, burnt shade on.

If you want to see some looks with this palette then be sure to follow me on Instagram & Snapchat (just starting to use Snapchat for the blog I’d love to have you follow me there!), I’m @angelmerisa23 on both!

Do you have a go-to Fall eye shadow? I’d love to hear all about it in the comments below!

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xx

Merisa

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Week in Review: My Favorite Shows, a Haul, and More

Hey, y’all! This week was my sister’s college spring break and seeing as she planned on staying home I thought I’d go stay with her for the week and see how much trouble we could get into.

I don’t even remember what happened the first night I got there, I just remember my mom making me take over a whole bowl of homemade spaghetti and a spinach Caesar salad; croutons, dressing, and all. Looking back on it now I think we just watched a whole bunch of Netflix while my sister gloated about the Maroon 5 concert she’s going to (which is happening tonight actually, I’m so jealous).

Tuesday was a whole other story. Mady had to work so I just hung out and watched a ton of shows on Hulu but we’ll get to that in a second. When she and her roommate, Ashley, got home we decided to pile into Ash’s car and go grocery shopping for dinner. We decided on mini hamburgers on Hawaiian rolls with mac & cheese and homemade fries. We were on a serious efficient shopping roll when Ash got an upsetting phone call. She went out to the car to wait on us while we checked out. Mady and I were carrying our bags out of the front of the store when we noticed this little old man putting his buggy into the corral next to her car. She had her head resting on the steering wheel and we could tell the dude was getting suspcious. He approached the car ready to knock on the window and check on her but I knew Ash would embarrassed so I ran across the parking lot screaming, “Sir, sir! That’s our friend! She’s okay, I promise. Thank you though.” He looked as if he did not believe me and thought I was trying to cover up a murder but I appreciated the gesture he was going for so all was forgiven. We got in the car and couldn’t wait to tell Ash, we belly laughed about it all the way home. We made a kick ass dinner that night and watched The Bachelor season finale. Ash and I were totally rooting for Whitney from Day One!!!

Now, as you can probably already tell, I watched a lot of tv during my stay so I thought I’d just quickly share with you my tv favorites from the week too.

The Bachelor || Like I mentioned we were total Whitney girls so I was excited I got to share that extremely nerve racking moment with Ash.

Bob’s Burgers || I think I may have turned my sister into a fan, y’all. That is a serious accomplishment.

Fresh Off the Boat || This show is laugh out loud funny and not at all what I expected it to be but so much better.

Secrets and Lies || I can’t watch without wishing with all my might that Ryan Phillippe and Reese Witherspoon were still together but the story is pulling me through.

Wednesday may have been the best day of them all…Wednesday was shopping day! This was my sister’s day off so we hit up all the new stores that just opened up in her neighborhood; Hobby Lobby, Marshall’s, Ulta, PetCo, etc. We had a blast and got some pretty awesome stuff which I’ll take you through now.

Marshall’s – We didn’t actually end up shopping at Hobby Lobby, just browsing so Marshall’s was technically our first hit. I grabbed some Yes to Blueberries Cleansing Facial Towelettes in a travel size for a buck, The Body Shop Sweet Lemon Body Butter, English Tea Shop Slim Me tea, and the ultimate prize was the Light Up Metal Marquee Letter M I found for only $20.

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Ulta – Would you believe that this was actually the first time I’ve ever been to Ulta? Well, it was, I usually just shopped on their website. I was pretty proud of myself for not going too crazy. I did manage to pick up the Eco Tools Deep Cleansing Facial Sponge I’ve been looking for since trying out my sister’s, I also grabbed a Freeman Facial Clay Mask in Chocolate & Strawberry that smells ah-may-zing. They were having a sale on their NYX lip products too so I couldn’t resist picking up some colors that I’ve been dying to try. I grabbed a Butter Gloss in Red Velvet and a Soft Matte Lip Cream in Istanbul. Just an FYI on the lip creams, Tokyo and Istanbul look practically identical packaging wise but they are so different when swatched. Tokyo is actually a vibrant, super cool toned pink while Istanbul is a neutral pinky nude that’s so close to the “Kylie Jenner” look just pinker.

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Walmart – Because no shopping extravaganza would be complete without a trip to Walmart. My sister actually dragged me in because she had found some great deals on costume jewelry earlier in the week but when we got there it had all been picked over so we went to the makeup section instead, of course. Turns out e.l.f. was actually on sale which is something I had never seen before so we went crazy. Mady picked up a bunch of stuff but I restricted myself to two products. I picked up the Studio Baked Eyeshadow in Enchanted and Essential Lip Balm Tint in Peach. I also grabbed some essentials, like the Equate Brand Sensitive Cleansing Facial Wipes because I forgot my pack at home but didn’t want to use all of the blueberry ones on this trip and some more Dove Dry Shampoo because I ran out and actually missed it.

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Next up we stopped by my sister’s work but it shall remain nameless because she actually scored us some ridiculously good deals and I don’t want her to get in trouble. LOL She found us both Jawbone Fitness Tracker Bands for insanely cheap and we’re both obsessed with them. I don’t think either of us have taken them off except for when we upload our stats to our phone and that just means plugging it in to the headphone jack. Genius. She also got a new desk, meaning I got her old one. Yes, I’m getting hand-me-downs from my little sister…hand-me-ups?

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Thursday was pretty chill until my sister brought her boyfriend over for an awkward movie night…it’s okay, they’re just an awkward little duo. I still love them both though.

We all woke up late Friday (thanks again, Jawbone) so we had a lazy day and I decided to stay until that evening at least. Once I finally found my way back home my lovely little Dani Lou sent me the most wonderful text. She was on her way back from her spring break trip when they stopped at the mothership…Lilly Pulitzer. Now, something you need to know about the Bluegrass state…we’ve got Lilly retailers but we do not have an actual Lilly Pulitzer store so it was an incredible treat for Dani to get to stop at the one in Tampa. I’m so glad she thought to share her experience with me and allow me to share it with you too. Check out her amazing pictures below. I can only hope heaven looks a lot like a Lilly store.

Isn’t she just the cutest? I love her!

Also, as if Dani and I weren’t cemented into the Sisterhood of Southern Belles enough…we liked each other’s Instagram pictures at the exact same time that night too. We’re literally the dancing twins emoji, I’m telling you.

In honor of Friday night randomness I also wanted to share that I discovered the secret world of online tarot card readings (1 & 2) thanks to Gala Darling‘s post on the New Moon + Solar Eclipse happening next Friday. I’m obsessed and sorta want to replace the Magic Date Ball on my desk with a tarot deck.

Overall, I had a pretty incredible week but enough about me…leave a comment below letting me know one fun or exciting thing that happened to you this week. I can’t wait to read what you have to say. Have a great rest of your weekend, Magnolias!

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xx

Merisa

15 Festive Favorites Tag

Thanks to Tom Fletcher bringing on the festiveness way back in November, I have been dying to do this tag for so long and it is finally time to reveal my festive favorites this season:

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  1. Festive Food – All the desserts! Seriously, cherry-date cookies, truffles, sugar cookies, pecan pie, chocolate bark…all the desserts.
  2. Favorite Reindeer – Vixen, because I imagine she’s a sassy one and she was in The Year Without a Santa Claus.
  3. Favorite Day of Christmas (as in the song) – 5 Goooold Riiiiiings! Duh! My mom even has this Christmas bell for the 5th day of Christmas from when she was 7.SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES
  4. Christmas Song – “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” My favorite version is Judy Garland’s from Meet Me In St. Louis but you have to hear Sam Smith’s version. It’s amazing, like most Sam Smith songs.
  5. Favorite Present – My Easy Bake Oven I got when I was like 6 or 7. My older cousin had just turned 13, the age when he was way more interested in being a teenager than hanging out with me. He had been like my best friend up to that point and I remember being so excited when we spent all of Christmas Day playing around with the Easy Bake. He even suffered through the first light bulb baked brownie. It helped me understand that we were both growing up but we’d always be there for each other.
  6. Festive Film – White Christmas. Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney, and Danny Kaye. There really is nothing better than this movie.                                SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES
  7. Festive Cracker Toy – Christmas Crackers aren’t really as big in the US as they are in the UK but my family has always had them so I was really excited about these questions. My favorite toy is definitely the plastic fortune telling fish but those can be hard to find so I really like any one with a spinning top, those are always fun.
  8. Christmas Cracker Joke – How did Scrooge’s team when the football game? The Ghost of Christmas passed!
  9. Christmas Decoration – Nutcrackers. My aunt used to have giant nutcrackers all over her house around Christmas. I’ve carried her little decorating tradition over and even started a collection myself. Here’s my first little nutcracker.SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES
  10. Christmas Candle Scent – I’m not too big on Christmas scents but I do love peppermint or cookie scented candles.
  11. Christmas TV Advert – First of all, I love that Brits call commercials “adverts.” I catch myself saying it sometimes but as far as my favorite Christmas commercial goes I actually have two. One is the Hershey Kisses Bells and the other is the Campbell’s Chicken Noodle Soup that melts the snowman back to a little boy.
  12. Festive Tradition – The Christmas Pickle! My mom hides the pickle ornament on Christmas eve and whoever finds it the next morning gets to open the first present.                        SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES
  13. Favorite Place to Spend Christmas – HOME! There truly is no place like home for the holidays and I have definitely grown to appreciate that as I’ve gotten older.
  14. Favorite Festive Fact – Every time a bell rings an elf gets a cookie!
  15. Favorite Snowman Accessory – No snowman is complete without a scarf to stay warm cold.