Make Me Up Mia: A Lifestyle & Beauty Blog: September 2014

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Leopard Love | Budget Finds & Inspiration.


I think it's safe to say we all love leopard. It's especially on everyone's mind right now with fall fashion finally here. So, let's talk about all things leopard today! 

Here are a few things on my radar lately… Things that won't cost you a fortune. #4, those pumps need to be mine. Right now. 
fall fashion
one | two | three | four | five

Now, onto some of my very favorite leopard looks and inspiration pics. These ladies and their amazing leopard looks have definitely caught my eye. 







Because, seriously.... 


Now tell me, are you a leopard fan? What's your favorite look?

PS- Don't forget about our monthly link up next Wednesday! Link up and tell us everything you were loving in the month of September. 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

A Snickerdoodle Recipe, for 2!


Raise your hand if you have a sweet tooth and love cookies but you never make a batch of cookies because you'll eat them all. Ever single one. In one sitting. 

This post is for you.

Cookie in a mug

Sometimes my our sweet tooth is raging, but I refuse to bake an entire batch because well, we don't need an entire batch. I'm a big fan of the Cookie in a Mug. Just 1 cookie, it's perfect! Confused? Recipe and Info below, thank me later. 

Snickerdoodles for 2

2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 tablespoon brown sugar
2 tablespoons white sugar
1 good size pinch of salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla 
2 egg yolks
6 tablespoons flour
2 heaping tablespoons white chocolate chips 
sugar & cinnamon mixture (See pic below, or mix up own)

In a small bowl, melt your butter. Stir in both sugars, salt and vanilla. Stir in egg yolks. Then add in your flour, mix well. Mix in your white chocolate chips. Divide mixture into 2 mugs, sprinkle sugar & cinnamon mix all over the top. Place them in the microwave together for a minute and a half, or until they're a cookie-like texture! Eat up. 

Cookie in a mug

Cookie in a mug

Cookie in a mug

Once they're done, get ready....

Going.
Cookie in a mug

Going.
Cookie in a mug

GONE!
Cookie in a mug
(I promise, hubby ate one too. Or did he? You'll never know...)

And that my friends, is how you curb that cookie craving without the regret of a dozen cookies and chocolate smeared all over your face. 

Don't like snickerdoodle? The possibilities are endless- we like peanut butter chocolate chip too. Just add a heaping tablespoon of peanut butter, sub 1 tablespoon of white sugar for a teaspoon and use regular chocolate chips. 

Only 1 of you? Cut the recipe in half.

What kind would you make?

Friday, September 19, 2014

Uh Oh, You Overslept!


We've all done it, or do it. Hit snooze one too many times, forget to set the alarm or just fall back asleep. I don't know about you, but I'm someone who doesn't leave for work without my makeup on. Whether it's full coverage or just a little bit, I've put some makeup on.

So I'm sharing what I would do and what products I would reach for if I only had a few minutes to get ready.

5 Minute Makeup

Tips.

Brrr | Splash some cold water on your face to wake your face up and bring a little color to it.

The One Swipers | Use products that are more pigmented. The more pigment the product has, the quicker you get the color payoff you want/need. 

Brighten My Day | Pick products that will brighten your face or eyes up and make you look a little more awake.

Products I would grab & why. 

Face | Any foundation/bb cream/tinted moisturizer. Something you can quickly apply to even out your complexion. I'm testing & loving the new Covergirl Ready Set Gorgeous thanks to Joey

Stila Custom Color Blush in Sheer Pink is my blush pick. It looks scary but it's not, I promise. 1 quick swipe and your cheeks are perfect and rosy.

Eyes |  Quickly apply a neutral shade in the crease to define, then swipe a brightening shade all over the lid. Blend and you're good to go. I use Milani Bella Cappuccino ($3.99!) in the crease and Stila Kitten on my lids. 

I line my eyes with one of my Urban Decay 24/7 liners. They are so smooth and glide right on, and those bad boys stay put! 

I always do my brows. I use a pencil when I have extra time, or a tinted brow gel if I'm in a hurry. It frames your face and helps you look even more put together. I can't say enough good things about the Benefit Gimme Brow gel.

I also always use mascara, this definitely opens your eyes up! I'm currently using and also loving the L'Oreal Voluminous Butterfly mascara.

Lips | When I have less makeup on, I love to do a bright lip. It definitely makes me feel more put together. Who's with me? I'd grab my Covergirl Jumbo Gloss Balm in Berry Twist

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The above would take me 5 minutes or less! If you have an extra minute or 2, I'd suggest a little under eye concealer and maybe a quick highlight to brighten up your face even more.

Don't even have 5 minutes? Just grab your coffee and go, you can hit up Sephora on lunch and just "test" enough of their makeup to get you through your day ;) 

What would be your #1 tip or product recommendation for days that time isn't on your side?

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Easy Weeknight Crock Pot Roast


Last week I just had the urge to pull out the crock pot and cook a nice hearty meal. It's that fall bug that is getting to us all, you all know what I'm talking about...

We love a good roast meal in our house. I don't know about you, but I am all about super easy recipes with a short ingredient list. If you can leave it in the crock pot all day and come home to a nice cooked meal, it's a win for me! I'm at work all day, I don't want to come home and spend hours in the kitchen. This roast recipe is so easy and is full of flavor! 

Easy Weeknight Meal

Easy Weeknight Meal

I know. Gravy from a jar? I promise it's delicious and easy.

Easy Weeknight Meal

You can use whatever seasoning you like/have. I sprinkle generous amounts of all of the above on top of the roast, then again at the end.

Easy Weeknight Meal

Easy Weeknight Meal

Easy Weeknight Meal

ENJOY!

Easy Weeknight Meal

Ingredients-

Roast
2-3 Potatoes, chopped
1 bag of baby carrots
2 jars/cans of beef gravy
Seasoning

Pour a little of the gravy in the bottom of the crock pot. Place your roast in it, sprinkle all of your seasonings on top of the roast. Layer your cut up potatoes and baby carrots around and on top of the roast. Pour the rest of the gravy all over the top. I then add another layer of the seasonings. Pop that lid on and cook on low for 8-10 hours. 

It will fall apart and make your taste buds sing! 

*You can add an onion or a pack of onion soup mix for even more flavor. 

You can find this on my Pinterest, do you follow me? Find me here


Are you a roast fan? Are you a crock pot user?

Monday, September 15, 2014

A Little Bit About Me + My Blog.


I've definitely enjoyed reading all of the About Me posts lately. I always like to learn more about my blogging bff's. It's nice to sort of reintroduce ourselves every once in a while as well, to all our new friends. So I'm joining in today and giving you a little lesson in all things Mia

Name/Age/Location
Mia, I'm 28 and I live just outside of Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Family
My sweet hubby Dustin and I have been together for over 8 years and married for 6. We have a Pekingese fur child that goes by Pixie/Peke/peke-poo/peke-tron. We adopted her before we got married, 7 years ago. I'm the middle child, the only girl. I have an older and a younger brother. 



M-F 9 to 5
I work at an office making plat books for all the counties in Oklahoma. Yeah, it's hard to explain... I've worked there 8 years and they treat us good.


Welcome to my office.

What Do I enjoy 
Traveling & any adventure with Dustin, LifeGroup with my girls, working out, blogging, eating dessert (it's a hobby), concerts, shopping, painting my nails.

Favorite Eats
Mexican food! I cook some type of Mexican dish at least once a week and crave guacamole 24/7. No joke. *Fun fact- I've hated avocados my entire life, started liking them last year and now I want avocados and guacamole allllll the time. Also, I have the worst sweet tooth ever. I can't get enough! 


This was my plate in Mexico, every single day.


#truth

Favorite Color

Pink & gold, can't get enough of both. I'm 100% girly girl.

Coffee Order
Venti Iced skinny vanilla latte (Starbucks)
Iced White Chocolate Macadamia Nut (local coffee shop)

Bar Order
Wine, Cape Cod, mojito, beer or ciders. I hate tequila, no margaritas for Mia.



Where Do I Shop
Target, Old Navy, TJ Maxx, F21, Nordstrom Rack. Oh and Sephora, duh. 



Bedtime/Wake Up 
We are usually asleep by 10 pm and we both get up at 5 am. I make him a quick breakfast and he leaves for work at 5:30 am. I don't leave until 8:10 am so I spend my mornings doing blog stuff, watching a show or doing laundry. I've never been an early riser but once I got used to this routine, I love my early morning "me" time now! I get stuff done in the mornings so I don't have to in the evenings.

Beauty Product Must Haves
I have 4 holy grail products that I would recommend to everyone: Sigma F80 flat top kabuki brush, MAC Pro Longwear Concealer, Rimmel Stay Matte Powder and my Urban Decay setting spray.

What I Blog About
A little bit of this and that. I started as a beauty blog, but quickly realized I wanted to blog about everything else too. I share beauty finds and favorites, recipes, fitness and just lifestyle stuff in general. 

First Blog I Read
I believe the first 2 blogs I got hooked on were Peanut Butter Fingers & Olives n' Wine. Still read & love them both. They are both crazy dog moms too, my kind of girls. 

How Did I Get Started Blogging
I am a huge YouTube beauty guru fan. Jaclyn Hill and Nicole Guerriero are 2 girls I wish I knew in real life, for real. I love all things beauty and makeup related and enjoy sharing tips and my favorite products. However, I don't feel like I'm someone who could sit behind a camera and film, so the blog was born. 

Why I Blog
I blog for me, it's a creative outlet that I really enjoy. However, I love it so much more than I ever could have imagined because blogging has turned into something I never expected. I had absolutely no idea when I started this, the friendships that would come along with it. I have friends from all over the country that I get to talk to every day. Friends that I would feel 100% comfortable with jumping on a plane and spending a girls weekend with. It's so neat! The thoughts and expectations I had when I started this blog have completely changed over the last year, and I love it. 

I hope you've enjoyed getting to know me a little better today!

Friday, September 12, 2014

{Ipsy Bag} Sept 2014- A Favorite for Sure!


Good morning friends, it's cool & rainy here in Oklahoma this morning. A morning that I wish I could stay home snuggled up on the couch with the Mr & pup. 

First up, I drew the winner this morning for the Versona Clutch/Crossbody that's been up for grabs. Congrats to Rebecca from Knit By God's Hand for winning it, so happy for you sweet friend! Thank you ALL for entering!

Alright, I got this months Ipsy bag in the mail yesterday and I am very excited about. I think it's one of my favorites I've ever received actually. Love it when the entire bag is a score!

Ipsy Glam Bag

What I Received:

Pacifica 7 Free Nail Color in Red Red Wine Full size $9- Can we say fall perfection? I'm a huge fan of dark reds, so this made me happy for sure.  

Alterna Caviar Hair CC Cream Deluxe Sample- Um, I've only talked about how much I love this stuff several times here on my blog, even on my post this Wednesday… Thank you Ipsy for the replenish of one of my favorite products! 

Nourish Organic Cucumber + Watercress Face Cleanser Deluxe Sample- I love skincare products and thanks to Ipsy have become a fan of the Nourish line. Excited to try this! 

Cailyn Art Touch Tinted Lip Gloss in Love Affair Full size $19- This color is so pretty, I'm determined to step outside of my comfort zone and rock it this fall/winter. I'll keep you posted on how that goes…

Crown Brush Crease/Shadow Brush Full size $6.99- I love trying new makeup brushes. I've heard of Crown Brushes but haven't tried any yet, excited to try this one out. 

Bag Value $34.99 + the 2 deluxe samples

As you know, Ipsy is only $10 a month! The bag is always worth a lot more than that. If you're interested in checking it out, you can go visit them here.

Happy Friday & have a great weekend! I'm going to an Oklahoma Women Bloggers meet up tomorrow afternoon in Tulsa. I'm looking forward to meeting some more of the ladies. I'll be back Monday joining in on the About Me posts that have been going around. 

What are you up to this weekend?

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

{Currently Using} Hair Products.

If you've been around here for long, you know hair is NOT my area. I'm constantly on the hunt for the miracle product, the one that basically gives you an entirely new head of hair. I know, it doesn't exist. You can read all about my hair probs here. I'm always open for suggestions ladies.

I've yet to find the miracle product, but I have found a few things that I really enjoy. Things that help me out and make hair life a little easier.


Shampoo & Conditioner
I know, SUAVE?! People say it's awful, but it just works for me and my hair. I can't explain it, not going to try. I've tried it all and I always end up back on the Suave train. The cheap factor is just the cherry on top for me. 

Once a week use
I have very thick, coarse hair and I love to use thick conditioners. They aren't for everyone, but my hair just drinks up that extra moisture! I love using a thick "treatment" 1-2 times a week. I've been rotating between these 2 recently:

Wen Re Moist Intensive Hair Treatment - After Shay shared this as her winner in the hair mask experiment, I knew I had to try. It's a winner for me too. It makes my hair so soft, zero tangles, shiny and smells amazing. I shared it in my Aug favorites too. I've been using it once a week, it's the heavier more intense treatment out of the two.

Aussie 3 Minute Miracle- I could use this daily, I love it and I love the results. Ah, the smell! This stuff has been around forever and it's a favorite for a lot of people. You guys, it's $2.99.

Styling Cream/Leave In
I use one or the other, I don't use both because my hair just gets greasy with too much product. They both deliver pretty similar results for me. Extra moisture, shine & softness. 


Tell me what hair products you're currently loving?

PS- 2 more days to enter the Versona crossbody/clutch giveaway!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Tour Through Blogland- Favorites From Our Home.

I'm not sure if you've seen any of the Tour Through Blogland posts yet, but they have been circulating around blog world lately. It's no secret, we love getting a glimpse into the lives of our fellow blogger friends. The purpose of this series is to share a little behind the scenes, a look into the homes of the ladies behind the blog. The tour was passed to me from my sweet friend Maegen. Make sure you go check out the peek into her adorable home next, you'll find it here

For mine, I'll be sharing a few favorite things/spots inside our house. Welcome to our Oklahoma home-


First up, this little piece of furniture and photo collage right when you walk in the front door. I scored the cabinet at Sam's and had to have it. It was exactly what I'd been looking for.



A lot of time is spent in the office. It's nothing glamorous but it's home to my work space and our workout equipment. On days we aren't at the gym, it's nice to still be able to get a quick workout in at home. You know I love my workspace, which recently got a major update. See the full post here


Another favorite spot, our dining room. First of all, I love the 2 pieces of furniture in here. Our table was a wedding gift from my in-laws and our hutch was a $100 Craigslist find that I just adore. Original plan was to refinish it, maybe someday it'll happen. We spend a lot of time in here. We are a couple that eats at the table every night, discussing our day. I cherish times spent in here with Dustin, friends and family.


Who doesn't love their master bedroom? I think my absolute favorite time of the day is crawling into bed at night, chatting with my husband and dozing off. This girl loves sleep. See the full room and why I love it here


Last up, lil miss definitely has her spot too… Her little blanket was made by my step mom a few years ago and she spends 90% of her time relaxing on it. As you can see, I'm in her bubble. 


There you have it, a glimpse into our home. We bought this home almost 5 1/2 years ago and we've definitely enjoyed it. I'm a homebody, so there's really no place I'd rather be. 

I'm passing the tour onto….

Kristal- She is one of my real life besties and I knew she'd be a perfect candidate for a home tour stop. They recently bought their perfect family home, did a ton of work to make it their own and have officially planted their family roots in the perfect little neighborhood. Make sure you stop by her blog next Monday 9/15 to check hers out, I know it'll be a good one! 

Friday, September 5, 2014

Shopping Versona Accessories + Giveaway

Good news friends- Tulsa has a new accessories store, and it's pretty amazing. Even better? They have locations all over!

8624 E 71st St
Tulsa, OK 74133

Versona Accessories opened it's doors on 71st near Memorial last Thursday August 28th. I was gifted a couple gift cards and invited to shop around and check out the store on grand opening day. I'd never been to one before this, and I can honestly say it's going to be a new favorite. Some GREAT stuff with prices, that makes a bargain shopper like myself pretty happy. Cherry on top, it's right next to our new Nordstrom Rack. It's the little things

I'm going to let the pictures do the talking, you'll see what I mean.


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What did I purchase?

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Statement Necklace $14.99 / Earrings $3.99 / Infinity Bracelet $5.99 / Purse $21.99

Accessories

What did I tell you, look at those prices! I love walking into a store and being able to buy several nice pieces and still not feel like I'm breaking the bank. I also really loved and appreciated how organized the store is. It's broken up into "color" choices which makes it easy to look at what you're most interested in. Me, gold + turquoise of course. The employees were so nice and helpful too, I can't wait to go back.


Guess what? I got 2 of these purses, one for me and one for YOU! I fell in love with this bag, it's perfect for the upcoming fall season. I loved the gold hardware and that fact that it can serve as a clutch OR a crossbody bag. Enter below (email address is the only required entry) & good luck! 
a Rafflecopter giveaway
Have you ever been to Versona? Check out all of their locations here. I promise you'll love it. 
 
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