Monday, March 30, 2015

[life] My 10 Step Makeup Routine

I'm nosy.

There, I said it.

My favorite kind of videos on YouTube are one of two things: about cruising, or life routines. You know the ones... makeup routine, morning/evening routine, skin care routine, etc. I just like taking a glimpse into other people's lives in any form or matter to see how THEY do things. Not that it matters, I'm just interested.

That brings me to my post today. Make-up! I'm not a huge make-up wearer in the sense that I cake it on. I have oily skin, so most of it comes off by the end of the day. But I like to play with it and if I made more money and/or lived closer to an Ulta, I'd be in trouble. So I mainly wear products that you can get from Wal-Mart with the exception of a few things.

I call it my "10 step" makeup routine because there are 10 products I use. It usually takes me about 7-10 minutes to apply my makeup, based on my attention span and if the dogs are being needy at the time :) Like I said, I have oily skin, and my skin tone is olive, so I usually gravitate towards beige/honey face tones and coral for the cheeks/lips. My favorite eye shadows are neutrals with some sparkle!

Nosy Interested like me? See below!

1//Face Primer: "pore no more" by Dr. Brandt (I received this in an Ipsy delivery last year)

2//Tinted Moisturizer: "Skin Renew BB Cream in Light/Medium" by Garnier

3//Foundation (I RARELY wear foundation, and when I do, I mix it with my moisturizer): "Ready Set Gorgeous #115" by Covergirl

4//Concealer: "Instant Age Rewind Concealer" by Maybelline, or "Perfect Blend Concealer" by e.l.f. (at Target)

5//Loose Powder: "Translucent Professional Powder in Buff Beige (I think?)" by Covergirl

6//Blush (Not pictured): "e.l.f. Studio Blush in Candid Coral" by e.l.f. (at Target)

7//Eyeshadow: Varied Colors from the "Naked" Palette by Urban Decay (at Ulta)

8//Eyeliner: "Eyeliner Crayon in Black" by Almay

9//Mascara: "Studio Lash Extending Mascara" by e.l.f. (at Target)

10//Lips: "Baby Lips Dr. Rescue in Coral Crave" by Maybelline

-Powder Brush (Walmart)
-Kabuki Brush (Walmart)
-Small Stipple Brush (Target): Sometimes I use this when applying foundation, but I usually use my hands
-Eyelash Curler (similar: Target)

There you have it! A peek into my 10 step face and daily make-up routine. What are your go-to products for your face each day?

Have a great Monday!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

[blog] The Rut...

Since I began working part-time in December, I have felt the desire to start blogging more. It isn't a secret that I haven't maintained the blog consistently for the 4+ years that I have been writing. Needless to say, I have more time on my hands now and would like to establish a routine.

I texted with my dear, sweet college roommate this evening, Laura, who blogs over at Pretty Little House. Seriously, go check her out. She has the cutest/classiest style for the home! Anyhoo, she said I should be a fashion blogger due to my Instagram posts and Pinterest pins. I thought that was such a sweet compliment! However, I don't feel ::called:: to be solely a fashion blogger. I enjoy blogging about family life, our travels, home/diy decor, and things of the like. She then suggested I could call myself a "lifestyle" blogger because "that is a thing"! Ha! Love her.

So consider me a "lifestyle" blogger. I believe the blog name "Everyday with the Jays" creates the perfect groundwork for a lifestyle blog. However, I most definitely do NOT blog every day! In the coming week(s), I hope to establish a schedule (I'm thinking of posting MWF) with post ideas already planned week(s) in advance. Here's to hoping!
So for today, I would like to know:

Who reads this blog?
What are your stats (age/status/season of life)?
What do you enjoy reading about?

It says I have 210 followers, but I'm sure many of those don't read the blog. I follow my fave bloggers through "Bloglovin", so if you'd like to keep up with me there, here's the link.

Here are my answers:

I'm Chrissy at Everyday with the Jays
I am 28. I am married. We have no kids but are enjoying life as a twosome with two pups.
I enjoy reading about Christ, fashion, easy DIYs, thriftiness, and travel.

Do share, and let me know who reads! Expect some blog layout changes in the coming week(s) as well. Thanks Laura for giving me a push: love you boo!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

[life] I Can't Live Without... My Favorite Wine #1

[participating in a link-up over at ...for Lauren and Lauren: join us! building up the blogging community once again]

For Lauren & Lauren

Now, for starters, let me clarify. I, as a Christian, am not of this world. Material possessions are just that: MATERIALS. They will not last nor will they sustain us for life. Only Christ can do that: if you would like more information on how to build a loving and lasting relationship with our one true God, please PLEASE let me know! I would love to share!

Point two: this series with Katie (and there's another gal doing it too at Pursuit of Pink) is titled "I Can't Live Without...", which is a way to share with fellow bloggers things they currently like or enjoy. So I am going to post in that regards: these are things I can most definitely live without (see paragraph above) but they are things that I truly do enjoy and think are worth their cost.

Clear as mud? Am I being that person? It's okay :) Read on!

Okay, by the looks of these photos, it makes it look like I drink... a lot. But I really don't. I shared these photos to show what I LIKE to drink, which is mainly water. 99% of the time. But I have been known to order a fruity drink on a cruise, a margarita at a Mexican restaurant, or down some hot chocolate when it is BEYOND FREEZING outside.

But this week's post is not about any of these things.

This week, I would like to share the thing I'm enjoying the most (well, besides water: water is THE best)... this wine from... WALMART. I know, high class up in here. It is the Beringer Pink Moscato. Yum!

Its cost: $4.97. Yep! I am not that big of a drinker, like I stated above, but we have some really awesome wineries down in our area of Texas (South TX), so I'm slowly learning to figure out what I like in regards to wine. I am in no way a red wine person... far, farrrr too dry for my taste. So far, I know I like Sweet White and Pink Moscato. This wine was first given to me by a girlfriend at her home. It's great for beginners! And you feel classy/grown up at the same time. Ha!

This will be a weekly series shared by Katie, so head over to her blog to read what everyone else is currently enjoying. Who knows? Maybe next week I'll share a favorite clothing item, book, or restaurant...


Have a great week!

Monday, March 2, 2015

[fashion] Outfits 15-28

So sorry for the delay of outfit sharing for #shopyourclosetremix with Greater than Rubies! I missed the link-up for week 3, so both my week 3 AND 4 will be combined in this post and go on Caitlin's week 4 link-up... Hope that's okay!

This past week was full of traveling, getting iced in, delayed getting home, work projects, and gross weather! The motivation has been lacking with the no sun and dreary days, but I think our routine is back on schedule!

Here are the outfits:

Day 15: Forgot to take a picture... whoops!

Day 16: Pattern mixing. I chose stripes with a floral scarf. I like the concept of pattern mixing, I just don't prefer the way I wrapped the scarf, so it looks weird. Ha! And it was a very cold/gross day this day. Thanks TX.

Day 17: Layered necklaces. I chose a long necklace with a short one, and I mixed metals... gasp! Feels a little foreign to me, but I like it. As far as the outfit, I ADORE this sweater... it's so cozy! Layered with a peek of plaid coming through over leggings, it was the perfect outfit to go shopping with the girls. 

Day 18: A GORGEOUS Texas day! We were challenged to wrap a scarf in a new way, and mine stayed most of the day, it just felt odd to me (I'm an infinity-wrap kind of girl). I wore my crochet blouse, which received tons of compliments, paired with jeans and boots. The scarf was a gift from Thailand (my brother and his wife travel a LOT).

Day 19: Whoops: no picture!

Day 20: Monochromatic. When I hear that, I think BLACK. Not sure why, because that's not what that means! Ha! Half of my wardrobe is colorful, the other half is neutral. I always gravitate to black, white, and cream. My faves to wear :) So for this look, I paired my black tunic with crop jeans and black sandals. 

Day 21: Emergency outfit day, I was at a wedding
Day 22: In Dallas, wore a non-challenge outfit

Day 23: Button-down. I wore my trusty chambray, of course, with a statement necklace. Light chambray paired with dark denim looks okay to me, I just feel like this outfit was missing something. Oh PS we were still in Dallas. Due to all the ice, we got stuck! This is my parents' front yard.

Day 24: Travel day back home, wore a non-challenge approved outfit

Day 25: Dressed down, but with style. Dressed down = cozy to me! That red sweater again... so cozy! Paired with a simple white tee, jeans, boots, and dangly earrings. My favorite kind of outfit.

Day 26: Be resourceful. I didn't really follow this prompt, but I just chose a new scarf I hadn't wore either a)in a long time, or b) never. 

Day 27: The red sweater! This prompt was about attracting opposites, so I paired a "nicer" floral blouse with a "casual" red sweater (and because I wanted to wear it... AGAIN!) I think this is my favorite from the two weeks combined.

Day 28: Last day, all neutrals! And like I said before... black is my jam. This was a day of errand running, so I threw on a floral headband for some ::oomph::. 

There you have it! The challenge is complete. I am so thankful that I had my girls from my small group at church join me! We enjoyed texting each other our outfits, asking questions and opinions on things, and overall just growing closer... Yes, that can happen through clothing!

Now that this is over, I feel a new world of shopping at my fingertips. No longer will I buy what's "on trend", but classic pieces that I can imagine at least 2-3 different outfit combos with BEFORE I buy it. And, do I HAVE to buy clothes every single month when I have an entire wardrobe already? Also, I learned a lot about completer pieces: before, I would choose functionality over style, but why can't the two work interchangeably? I'm excited to return to my entire wardrobe and imagine the possibilities :)

Thanks to Caitlin at GTR for issuing a challenge to us! In the grand scheme of life, clothes do NOT make you as a person or define you. As a Christian, I know there is so much more to life that what I wear... and if you would like more information on that, I would love to share with you! God wants us to enjoy life and use the blessings He gives us for His glory. That includes fashion, I think! I believe Caitlin said it best when she said (paraphrasing) that when our mind isn't focused on WHAT to wear, or WHY to wear it, or WHEN can I buy the new latest/greatest, we can focus our attention towards HIM. Amen, sister!