Decluttering and Organizing the Bathrooms

 This picture is  almost my dream bathroom. I’m not a fan of the windows, haha. But, tub-check, especially if it’s a clawfoot one. Glass shower -check. Dark wood-looking floors -check. Light blue and white colorscheme- check.

Source: bhg.com via Emily on Pinterest

 But, until we own our own house and have enough money for a bathroom makeover, here’s what we’ve got:

Not bad, eh? We painted the walls brown, and our light blue towels and sea shell stuff matches really well. It matches especially well with the light blue bedroom it’s attached too.

For the Organized Simplicity 10 Day challenge, I started in the hall bathroom. We haven’t done any remodeling in here. 

Tsh Oxenreider suggests writing down a few words you’d like to describe your bathroom when you’re finished. For the master bathroom, I wanted a beach-spa-retreat feeling. Since our hall bathroom is used mainly by guests, I wanted it to be clean first and foremost, and functional, meaning it had everything in it a guest might need. 

As Tsh says in the book, the bathroom can be a clutter magnet, all those hotel bottles, cosmetics, and products. When I first did this deep clean last fall, I had a little basket filled with lotions, hotel shampoo and conditioner, extra soap, and bubble bath on top of the shelf that holds towels. I narrowed my extra toiletries down to the ones shown in this picture:
Try #1
But after several months and a few overnight visitors, I realized that no one was using them, and I would really rather have the bubble bath in our bathroom, where I actually take bubble baths. I only needed one bottle in there, so I put the rest of the items in the linen closet with the other extra toiletries. 
Upon further reflection, I think I’ll actually get rid of those hotel samples. I can’t really add them to my yard sale basket, but homeless shelters always need them, so I should add them to my “give” box. 
Do you have a lot of cosmetics and toiletries cluttering up your bathroom? Try one of the following: 
  • Consolidate partly used items into one bottle
  • If it’s expired, toss it
  • If it’s unopened, donate it
  • If there’s a reason you haven’t used it, like it doesn’t work well, you don’t like the smell, etc., just get rid of it! Reclaim your bathroom space. 

Next I tackled the towels. We have a lot of towels, the shelf in the bathroom was always bulging and overflowing with them. I had them folded and stacked, but they were too big to fit well on the shelf. Last fall I decided to try rolling them up to see if they would fit better. 
Try #1
It was still too crowded for my taste. I could get rid of some, but towels are expensive, and when we have people over, we really do use them. And since I usually run a load of towels every two weeks, we need at least two sets available. After I organized the linen closet, which I’ll discuss in an upcoming post, I found I had lots of room for some extra towels. 
After:
After all the decluttering, I was ready to clean the countertop, mirror, toilet, floor, and put some elbow grease into getting the tub nice and shiny. 
Since “clean” was one of the outcomes I wanted for this bathroom, I decided I’d make it easier to spruce it up before guests came by keeping the bathroom cleaning products under the sink. 
I realized that I’d been using my seashell shaped soap dish in the master bathroom just because it matched the tooth brush holder, but we used liquid soap in there, and bar soap in the hall bathroom. 
Before:
After:
That’s more logical. 
Next, I tackled the master bathroom. The de-cluttering stage was much more intense in this bathroom. 
That’s just the stuff from the countertop, floor, and tub. When I added my makeup drawer and the cupboards underneath to the mix, I was impressed that we somehow managed to fit all that stuff in there. 
While I sorted my cosmetics and products, I washed my make up brushes and tools in hot water with a little dishsoap, and laid them out to dry. 
Do you know how long to keep make up products? I used Tsh’s list on page 161 to narrow down mine: 
  • mascara, 3-4 months
  • liquid foundation- 1 year
  • powder foundation- 2 years
  • powder eyeshadow -2 years
  • cream eyeshadow – 1 year
  • liquid eyeliner -6 months
  • pencil eyeliner -2 years
  • liquid blush -1 year
  • powder blush -2 years
  • lipstick -2 years
  • nail polish -2 years
I threw out tubes of lipstick from high school, old mascara, liquid eyeliner, and several eyeshadows. I had so much more room in my makeup drawer afterwards!
After:

Now, onto the disaster below the sink.
Before:
I did throw out some products, but most of items just needed to be organized. I bought two white plastic bins, and problem solved!
After:
My side:

Yes, I labeled the bins with sticky notes, and yes, they came off in a couple days. Next time I’ll use real labels!Keeping the microfiber cloths under the sink makes it easier to do a quick wipe down of the bathroom. 
There was one drawer that went untouched: Brian’s stuff. The only things of Brian’s I missed with were three mostly empty bottles of AXE body spray, and he gave me permission to throw them away since he hadn’t worn the stuff since back in the day when he “was trying to pick up chicks.” 
I used the recipe for homemade cleaning products from the back of the book to clean the bathroom. Basically, a combination of baking soda, vinegar, and water will clean almost anything. The nice thing about the all-purpose cleaner I used in the bathroom was that the combination of vinegar and baking soda made still made it foam! Foaming bathroom cleaners are my favorite. And carpet cleaners too. Gotta love it. 

Before this point, my shell collection was displayed on the counter in a plastic ziplock bag. I used an empty glass jar from the pantry to hold the shells. Much better!
After:
One final touch remained to complete the bathroom. Hanging something on that blank wall above the towel bars. I traced the objects I wanted to hang onto newspaper and taped the newspaper cutouts to the wall to mess with the arrangement. 

When I finally got it right, I had Brian hang up the pictures. I can’t hang a picture straight to save my life. Here’s the finished result:
After
And there you have it! Our bathroom purge is complete. 
What “feel” would you like your bathroom to have? What’s keeping it from being the way you’d like it to be?

What I Wore Thanksgiving Edition

From Christmas socks to red lipstick, here’s what I wore last week.
Last Wednesday 
Teal henley top…I can’t remember!
Green tank top- Old Navy
Jeans- Refuge Runway from Charlotte Russe

flower pin- The Mercy House, no longer available. Similar.

And because you all liked my socks so much last time:

Christmas socks!
Unfortunately I was too busy on Thanksgiving to take a picture of what I wore. I’ll just have to wear it again sometime so I can show you. 

 Black Friday

Eiffel Tower Shirt- gift from my little sister
Pink sweater- Francescas
Skinny jeans

Headband- also from my little sister, I think from Claire’s.
I must have been subconsciously missing my family, since most of my outfit was a birthday gift from Evi and the pink sweater I bought here in AZ when she and my mom came to visit.

Comfortable flats- Clark’s
My outfit was all about comfort, from my sweater to my shoes. And because I’m sure you’re dying to know what I bought…
Twisted peppermint and evergreen candles, Paris Amour body lotion- Bath and Body Works
Lipstick, “The Red”- Sephora
Not shown- two Body By Victoria bras- Victoria Secret
For some reason, I felt a little awkward posting pictures of my new bras, haha! Anyway, they were buy one get one 50% off. The lipstick was not on sale, but the candles were buy two for the price of one, and I used a coupon to get the lotion for free. 
The lipstick is called “The Red,” for obvious reasons. It’s very, very red. The lady helping me pick a color said it was vintage, like something Marilyn Monroe would wear, so I bought it. It will be perfect for my best friend’s vintage 50s wedding next summer, and it will look lovely with my black dresses. I have some red winter dresses that it will look nice with too. I’m also going to experiment with toning it down with gloss and primer for other outfits, and hopefully work up to wearing it full strength. Since I’m not really a lipstick wearer, the color really scares me right now!
Saturday
headband- from my older sister, from Maurice’s
navy tee-shirt- from Walmart
gray flowered flyaway cardigan- a Christmas present from my younger sister, from Younkers
shoes- Francesca’s

Brian took this picture for me! You can’t see my shoes, but their the same blue striped flats in last Wednesday’s post.

I realized that I owe a lot of my wardrobe to my sisters, especially my younger one. She’s the family fashionista. Thanks Evi!!!

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How To Wear This Spring’s Makeup Trends {Giveaway}

Hello Beauties! I’m Tara, founder of Haute Lunch Beauty and Fashion Blog, and I’m absolutely thrilled to be writing a guest post for Scribbles from Emily! Today I want to show you all how to create a quick and easy makeup look that is perfect for spring and summer! 

This season, citrus, jewel tone, and pastel colors are showing up everywhere, which is great because these colors look fabulous on eyes, lips, and cheeks! Although brightening up your makeup may seem risky to some, this tutorial will help you do it with confidence and ease!

Before I get started on the application, I want to talk about the products I used to create this look. By no means do you need to use the exact same products. Any brand will do, so long as the colors are similar and the products serve the same purpose.

1-6. Eye Shadows from Tarte’s Spring Greening Palette

1. Warm Rose

2. Teal

3. Bronze

4. Pale Pink

5. Lime Green

6. Lilac

7. Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss in Coral Reef

8. M.A.C. Sheertone Shimmer Blush in Blush Baby (peach-colored)

9. Philosophy Never Let Them See You Shine Face Primer

10. Lorac Behind the Scenes Eye Primer

11. Tarte EmphasEYES for Brows in Taupe

As you can see, eye shadow, lip color, and blush are key to updating your look this season, but there are a few other products I think are important to mention as well.

First, I want to talk about primers. If you’re like me, you’re usually in a hurry to get out the door, and adding a step to your makeup routine is the last thing you want to do. However, adding a primer to my makeup routine was one of the best moves I’ve ever made. Why you ask? Well, that’s because in the long run, it saves me both time and money! Face and eye primers create the perfect base for makeup, saving me time by allowing me to achieve the rich pigment I want from my blush and eye shadow quickly. Primers also save me money because I can use substantially less product every time I apply my makeup. If those reasons aren’t good enough on their own, priming also makes your skin and makeup look satiny smooth and keeps your makeup looking fresh all day! I think I’ve made my point. 😀

The other product I want to point out that I think many people overlook is an eyebrow pencil. This year, there is definitely a trend toward fuller, more natural eyebrows. An eyebrow pencil helps fill in thin eyebrows and gives your eyes a nice frame so they can really pop! Brow waxes and powders can be used instead of an eyebrow pencil, but I recommend pencils because they allow for easier, more precise application.

Now that I’ve talked about some important but often overlooked products, let’s dive into the tutorial! Of course, you always want to start your makeup application with a clean, dry face. From there, prep your face for makeup application with your face and eye primers, then apply your foundation and/or powder as you normally would. Now for the fun part!

Step 1: Apply Blush. For this look, I’m using a pastel peach colored blush from M.A.C., but anything similar in color will do. Apply blush from the apples of your cheeks up to your temples. Also apply a little blush to your forehead, the bridge of your nose, and your jaw line to even out the look and give you a nice, sun-kissed glow! 

Step 2: Apply Base Eye Shadow. I’m using eye shadow #4, which is a pale pink. Again, any pale pink eye shadow will do. Apply this shadow from just under your eyebrows all the way down to your eyelashes. A fluff brush works best for this, but use whatever you have on hand. 

Step 3: Apply Eye Shadow to Lid. For this step, I’m using eye shadow #5, which is a lime green! To avoid fall out, dab the eye shadow onto your lid before blending. I like to use a thick eye shadow brush with short bristles for this step (such as M.A.C.’s 214 Short Shader Brush), but again, use what you have.

Step 4: Apply Eye Shadow to Crease. Here I’m using eye shadow #2, which is teal in color, to line the crease of my eyelid. To avoid getting too much shadow by your tear duct, start in the middle of the crease, then work your way in. After you’ve lined this half, go to the outer corner of your eye (think of an imaginary line from the end of your eyebrow to the outer corner of your eye- this is where you want to start this time) and finish lining the rest of your crease. To finish, simply blend the color from the crease up a bit (approx ¼ inch) on the outer edges of your eyes. This three step eye shadow application is very versatile and helps your eyes look big and beautiful! 

Step 5: Apply Eyeliner and Mascara. For this look, I used a silver green eyeliner from Sephora and Physician’s Formula PlentiFull Mascara in black-brown. This season, using colored eyeliners is definitely trendy, so don’t be afraid to try out a few new shades. Plus, eyeliner pencils last a long time, and are often inexpensive! To line your eyes, start in the middle of your upper lash line (never line inside your lash line as this could cause eye infections) and work your way in, then go to the outside of your upper lash line and work your way back to the middle. On the bottom lash line, just start at the outside and line to the middle of your eye. Lining only the outer half of your lower lash line will make your eyes look bigger than if you line them all the way. Finish off by curling your lashes and applying a coat of mascara. 

Step 6: Fill in Those Brows. Using my Tarte EmphasEYES brow pencil, I filled in the outer edges of my brows since they are a little sparse. Be sure to use a brow pencil that is approximately the same color, or one shade darker, than your brows. Also, be sure to smooth out those brows with a brow brush once you’re finished filling them in! 

Step 7: Line Your Lips. For this step, I’m using an Ulta Contour Lip Pencil in Rose because I’m going to use a coral colored lip gloss. Using a lip pencil that is slightly darker than your lip gloss will help give a nice, defined look to your lips, which is especially important when using light colored lipsticks or glosses.

Step 8: Apply Lip Gloss or Lipstick. This season, bright, opaque lip colors are definitely in! There are many opaque lip glosses available now, such as the coral colored gloss I’m using from Revlon, but lipstick will work fine, too. Fill in your lips with color, and if you do use a lipstick, finish them off with a thin coating of gloss to give them some shine!

The finished look: 


Here is a closer look at my eye color so you can better see how I applied and blended the three shades: 

Now that you know how to create this look, you can play around with different colors to create fun, flirty looks that are perfect for spring. For example, here is the color scheme I used…

But you could also use this pastel color scheme to create another beautiful look: 

This latter color scheme uses the same pale pink eye shadow (#4) as a base, a lilac eye shadow (#6) for the lid, and a rose eye shadow (#1) for the crease. I would combine this eye color combination with a watermelon colored gloss and a slightly darker blush, such as Benefit’s Dallas, which is a rosy bronze.

As I hope you can see, you don’t have to spend a lot of time or money to look beautiful and trendy! This entire look took me less than 10 minutes to create, and I used products I already had in my makeup drawer. Even if you don’t have some of the colors necessary, you can pick up a few new eye shadows, new blush, and some new lip gloss for less than $20! I hope this tutorial gives you the knowledge and confidence to try some fun new makeup looks this season. Thanks again to Emily for inviting me to share my love to makeup with you all, and good luck with this week’s homework!

xoxo- Tara 

Emily here: Tara, thank you so much for this very thorough and informative post! I’m glad I knew an expert I could call on to write about this topic! I don’t know about the rest of you all, but I sure learned a few things. Tara manages to share great tutorials, tips, and inspiration several times a week, while going to school for a PhD in psychology. In fact, today she’s defending her Master’s proposal! Be sure to check out Tara’s blog and cheer her on, and check out the wealth of information in her archives!

For your information:
Here’s where you can find the products Tara used, and some similar ones:

Real Colors Smolder-Eyes Shadow Palette Trickster
Blush Rush
Palladio Herbal Eye Shadow Primer
Beautique Brow Pencil Natural Blonde
Homework
So, I was really looking forward to last week’s homework, but I got swamped with my class projects and didn’t actually have time to do it. I’m guessing something similar might have happened to you too. So, if you’d like to still do last week’s homework challenge, go for it! I’d love to see what you come up with!
In case you do want to do last week’s challenge, I’m keeping this week’s homework simple. As simple as 1-2-3-4.
1. Wear one clothing item that you haven’t worn since you bought it, or that you haven’t worn for a very long time. These items can be called closet orphans. Here’s a fabulous post on wearing those orphans from Already Pretty.
2. Wear two jewelry items all week. Yes, even on those ordinary days. Earrings count as 1 item, so you could add a necklace, bracelet, ring, or any combination.
3. Wear three different types of bottoms this week. I wear jeans almost every single day, so this week I’m going to try to wear jeans, shorts, and a skirt or dress. The purpose of this is just to get us out of our clothing ruts.

4. Wear four different styles of tops this week. If you tend to wear tee shirts every day, this one is for you! Mix up your sleeve length, add a button up, go sleeveless, or whatever else you can come up with!

To give you some accountability, snap a picture of yourself in the mirror, or of your outfits. Choose one to share on the Scribbles facebook wall, or make a collage of them and share it with us.

This Week’s Giveaway

If today’s post made you wish you had some new makeup, this week’s giveaway  is your chance to get some for free! I’m giving away:

An e.l.f. Essential All Over Color Stick from Eyes, Lips, Face (e.l.f.) in lilac petal. You can use this color stick as lipstick, blush, or eye shadow! 
e.l.f. Essential Brightening Eye Color in Nouveau Neutrals. These colors flatter a variety of skin tones and the neutrals match with almost any outfit. 
e.l.f. Essential Nail Polish in clear, and another one in Passion Pink.
And in case you’d rather pick out your own colors, one reader will win a $10 
What can you get with $10?  A LOT. You could get powder, blush, mascara,  eyeliner, eyeshadow, lipgloss, nail polish, concealer, an eyelash curler and a makeup brush all for $10. E.l.f cosmetics is proud of offering quality cosmetics at unbeatable prices, and it seems that they always have some sort of promotion going on. I just bought one of their e.l.f. Essential Get the Look Sets sets for $5, and it had five items inside. I’ve loved their mascara, eyeliner, eyeshadow, and I’ve used an eyelash curler for the first time in my life since it came in the set. 
Today only, if you spend $15, you can get a free mini makeup kit that contains 27 different items by using the coupon code MINIFREE. But if you’d rather wait and see if you’ll win this week’s giveaway, there will probably be another coupon code by then!
One reader will win the All Over Color Stick, two nail polishes, nail buffer, and the Nouveau Neutrals eyeshadow. A second winner will receive the $10 gift card!
Here’s how to enter: 
1. Leave a comment on this post. You can let us know what your makeup routine is, or what you hope you’ll win. {1 entry}
2. Follow Scribbles From Emily blog. Leave a comment if you do!{1 entry}
3. Share this giveaway on twitter or facebook. Be sure to tag Scribbles From Emily! {1 entry for each}
4. Do this week’s homework. Any one of the four options works.{10 extra entries!}
By the way, the three winners from last week are:
Evianne, Pawsitive Life, and Bean! 
Congratulations!
Happy May everyone!
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