It takes a village (and a lot of beauty supplies)

How Much Should You Budget for Home Maintenance and Repairs?

‘A popular rule of thumb says that 1% of the purchase price of your home should be set aside each year for ongoing maintenance. The age of the property will play a huge role. New construction (a home built within the last 5 – 10 years) will need very little maintenance. Homes 10-20 years old will need slightly more. Once a home turns 20-30, though, there’s a good chance that major components, such as the roof, hot water heater, and some piping, may need to be replaced.’

And so it goes with the human body.


The older I get, the more beauty supplies I purchase in order to keep the major components running.

Thought I would share a few of my favorite beauty supplies:


My sister talked my into buying this last spring, and I am still using it every day.  Sephora eye shadow that works for every occasion (inexpensive, and obviously lasts forever).

SEPHORA COLLECTION Moonshadow Baked Palette - In The Nude


You think I’m kidding, but if I could take two things to a deserted island one thing would definitely be this Heel Tastic Heel Therapy…. It’s especially great during sandal season, also known as the summer months down here.  Cracked heels aren’t cute, particularly when they aren’t your own.


Heel Tastic Heel Therapy





The second product I’d take would be this Cover Girl under eye concealer- best beauty product, hands down.  Because I’m fancy like that.


CoverGirl Smoothers Concealer, Fair 705, ...

I’ve ditched my Chi for this BaByliss Nano Flat Iron.  Works similar to the Chi, only better, when it comes to straightening hair.  Come on, jump on the band wagon with me.

Nano flat iron




Body butter is another must. Period.  (Trader Joe’s also makes one which I also use, and it’s only $4.99).  Nivea lotion is always in my bathroom as well, and has been since the 6th grade.  Mr. Robinson, if you are reading this and wondering what would make a good stocking stuffer (because we all know you plan 7 months ahead for Christmas) here you go.

Tree Hut Shea Body Butter,



To ensure I’ve still got the cool hidden within, I love the Essie nail polish colors like lilacism and turquoise & caicos (only .90 on Amazon!).  An added bonus, I can share colors with my 10 year old daughter.  Whose cool now?!

That’s it for now- I have some home maintenance projects on deck today.

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Essie’s Lilacism


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