Dollar Store Makeup Brushes: Wet n Wild

Anyone else always looking for fun new makeup/beauty products? I know for a fact I’m not alone. I’m always looking for new stuff no matter where I am. Marshall’s, the mall, Old Navy, the dollar store. You name it and I’ve looked there.

When I visited my local Dollar Tree last week I came across some Wet n Wild brushes and for $1 each I couldn’t pass them up. I looked online and most of them were only a $1 on the site with a couple of them being $2.99. I didn’t care that I wasn’t getting a great deal because I didn’t have to pay shipping and I could have them then and there. Totally worth it in my opinion.

There were a total of six brushes so I picked one of each. I got a contour brush, a smokey eyeliner brush, a large concealer brush, a large eyeshadow brush, an angled liner brush, and a large crease brush.

Here is a quick little review of these brushes after one use (a full video will come to our YouTube soon! @fourofakinddiaries).

Opening up the brushes you notice that they are all so soft, but they aren’t dense. The brushes also don’t have a lot of fraying to them and when I used them I didn’t have any of the brush left on my face. Which is a huge positive because even a few of my more expensive brushes sometimes shed on my face.

The brushes also weren’t streaky when I used them. The concealer brush blended my concealer ok, but I did have to use one of my other brushes to fully blend it into my foundation.

When it comes to the quality of the brushes, these definitely aren’t the highest quality but they do work in a pinch.

Are they worth their dollar price tag? Absolutely. I’ll definitely use these brushes alongside my other favorites.

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This is my favorite crease brush that is a lot more dense than the wet n wild one. 

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Meal Prep Monday: Fajita Chicken and Salmon Zucchini Boats

Hi guys! Welcome to our first meal prep Monday! We are starting each week here on out showing you what recipes we are prepping. Not just grilled chicken and broccoli, but different, flavorful recipes that make eating healthy super easy

My wedding is about 7 months away (cue massive anxiety) and the only way I truly stay on the healthy eating track is if I prep ahead of time. For Christmas I got a few cookbooks that are focused on easy, healthy recipes (Better Homes and Gardens low calorie cookbook is my current favorite). I’m using one of the recipes from this book and one that I made up as I went. So here are the recipes I’m using this week! Hope you all enjoy ♥️

FAJITA CHICKEN

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds of chicken tenderloins
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 packet of low sodium taco seasoning
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 can of black beans

Directions:

  1. Put chicken, peppers, onions, and taco seasoning into the crockpot on high for 3 hours. Add a little bit of water to make sure the chicken does not stick to the sides while cooking.
  2. After 3 hours, turn the crockpot on low and shred the chicken. Cook for another two hours.
  3. After that two hours, add can of beans. Cool for another 30 minutes and you are done!

If you are on a super strict diet then just eat it like this. If your diet is a little more lenient then you can serve the chicken on tortillas (just like a fajita).

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Now for my favorite new recipe! I’m already a big seafood fan so when I found this recipe that has salmon as it’s main ingredient, I knew I had found a winner.

SALMON ZUCCHINI BOATS

Ingredients:

  • 3 medium sized zucchini
  • 3 pieces of salmon
  • Panko breadcrumbs
  • Parm Cheese
  • Minced garlic

Directions:

  1. Half the zucchini and hollow then out.
  2. Cook and shred the salmon and season as you wish.
  3. Mix the garlic, parm cheese, salmon and a half cup of breadcrumbs together.
  4. Place the mixture into the zucchini and top with some cheese and a little bit of breadcrumbs.
  5. Cook at 400 degrees for 20 minutes.
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Marshall’s Finds: Anastasia Beverly Hills Products

A big part of our wardrobes, house decor, skin care, and makeup comes from our favorite store ever… Marshall’s. So we thought why not devote a whole entire section of our blog to the amazing things we find there and to also give you tips for when shopping here.

To start it off we are going to show you our latest “score”. We hit the jackpot and scored some stunning Anastasia Beverly Hills products.

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Some of my favorite brands I’ve found there was Kat Von D, Marc Jacobs, Lorac, and Bite. These Anastasia pieces however rank number one.

I walked into the area and found one of the single eyeshadows laying on top of a bath bomb display and knew I had to go on a hunt for more.

When I found some more it was like the heavens opened and angels were singing. There were concealer pots (sadly two shades too dark), cream contour kits, several eyeshadow single pans, lip glosses, liquid lipsticks, and eyeliners. Cue the excitement.

I combed through what was there and settled on a Punchy Red Lipgloss (normally $16 on sale for $6.99!!!!) and the 10k eyeshadow (normally $12 on sale for $3.99!!!).

I then found the most amazing camel colored pair of sunglasses from Banana Republic (normally $75) for only $12!

When I finally got to the checkout I found an even bigger selection of Anastasia goods and that’s when I found the Denim Smokey eyeshadow and my NEW FAVORITE liquid lipstick, Spicy!

TIPS:

1. When shopping at Marshall’s make sure you have your phone and PRICE MATCH ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING. Just because it is at Marshall’s doesn’t mean it is that much cheaper than another store (I’ve found some things that were actually cheaper outside of Marshall’s).

2. When shopping makeup or skincare make sure that it wasn’t previously used or tested. The eyeshadows that I got had no finger marks in them and the lipgloss and liquid lipstick had the original sticker seals on the boxes. And always sanitize the top of makeup before using it (easy as wiping the top layer off).

3. Don’t run past what they have available along the shelves in the checkout. That’s where I truly find the best gems. My store always has stunning OPI polishes, unique coffees, the cutest stationery, and where I found a lot more Anastasia Beverly Hills makeup.

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Wearing Spicy here!

Hope this helps on your next Marshall’s trip!

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Arugula, feta, and black bean pasta salad

A week and a half into the new year and I hit a wall with a “healthier” diet. This weekend my fiancé celebrated his 26th birthday so cake, Buffalo chicken sandwiches, and a few other delicious, fried things were consumed. I didn’t want a few off days to throw me off track (and so quick) so I scrolled Pinterest, Facebook, and my favorite food blogs to find some recipes that would help me out.

I found a few dozen that were immediately pinned and decided to take a few parts of a few and came up with this delish salad (can be served both hot or cold!).

Arugula, Feta, and Black Bean Pasta Salad

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup pine nuts
  • one package of black bean pasta
  • 3 cups of arugula
  • one package of plain feta
  • olive oil
  • red wine vinegar
  • oregano
  • salt and pepper
  • habanero pepper flakes (or red pepper flakes)

Directions:

  1. Roast one cup of pine nuts
  2. Boil black bean pasta for 5-6 minutes
  3. Combine oil, vinegar, and seasonings with feta and refrigerate while cooking the pasta
  4. Place 3 handfuls of arugula into a bowl, drain the pasta and place on top. Cover for 5-10 minutes and stir.
  5. Add the feta to the arugula/pasta mix
  6. Add roasted nuts and mix
  7. Serve either warm or chill and serve cold

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The Perfect Embroidered Bell Sleeve Sweater

Zero degree weather sounds like the perfect time to venture out into the snow and take engagement pics right? At least that’s what my fiance and I thought today as we headed to our local park to snap a few pics for our save the dates.

This isn’t the first time we tried to get a few engagement pictures. A few months ago Hope, Ethan, and I tried to take some around the city. As soon as we picked up Hope from work, the skies opened and it rained (more like monsoon-ed) for literally the rest of the day.

A few months passed, the holidays came and went, and it was once again time to try and take some pics. We once again picked a *lovely* day to head out into the elements at the “golden hour” to accomplish this.

With it being so cold and wet outside, I had to pick an outfit that would hold up to the weather. This sweater was the perfect match.

It was warm, the sleeves are the perfect bell shape, and the embroidery added just enough detail with out going overboard.

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After the pics, Ethan and I participated in a little Taco Tuesday and had a few apple margs to warm ourselves up!

This sweater was a gift for Christmas, but I found it online here:

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Embroidered sweater

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Easy Sweet Potato Breakfast Hash (Under 250 cal!)

New year, new diet….

Kinda.

This year ahead is full of some pretty major events for all four of us! Mo is getting MARRIED!!! Noelle graduates from college, Hope is working hard on progressing in her real estate career (and taking her MOH duties super serious), and Sophia will have finished up her Freshman year at Pitt.

Throughout the next few months we also are taking a few trips (New Orleans, Florida, and Nashville all before the summer!).

With these upcoming events, we all agreed that we wanted to get in better shape and live healthier lifestyles. We aren’t going to give up all of our favorites (pizza, burgers, brunch, etc.), but instead we are going to make better food choices more often. And we are going to actually work out instead of just talking about it.

So here goes our first recipe for a better/healthier brunch option! And the best part is that it is under 250 calories!

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Easy Sweet Potato Breakfast Hash

(From Better Homes and Gardens “Calorie Smart Meals”)

Ingredients:

  • 1 sweet potato
  • 1/2 of a small red onion
  • 4 oz of turkey sausage
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • Salt
  • 1 Tsp. of balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tsp. of Worcestershire sauce
  • Sriracha (as much or as little as you prefer, we used about 2 tsp.)
  • 2 eggs

Directions:

  1. Peel and dice sweet potato into 1/2 inch cubes or into thin slices. Once they are diced, place the potatoes into a large skillet and cover them with 1/2 cup of water and about a tsp. of salt. Cover and let simmer for about 2-3 minutes.
  2. Drain potatoes once tender and put to the side.
  3. Cook sausage in the same pot and add the chopped onion. Cook until the onions are caramelized and then add the sweet potatoes back into the skillet. Add a little more water to get the bits off the bottom of the skillet.
  4. Add the three sauces to the hash and let cook for two minutes.
  5. Once hash is cooked together, create two holes in the middle of the mixture and place your two eggs in them. The recipe calls for you to cover the skillet for two minutes until the whites are set and the yolks are still runny. My fiance and I prefer a completely set egg so we leave it covered for about 5-6 minutes.

From start to finish, this recipe takes about 20 minutes. It serves two people and comes out to about 232 calories. A healthy way to start your day.

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Chop 1/2 of a red onion
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Boil sweet potatoes in a large skillet
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Set potatoes aside
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Once the onions and sausage are cooked, combine them with the cooked potatoes
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Place two holes in the middle of the hash
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Place two eggs in the holes and cook until set
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We cook our eggs for about 5-6 minutes until yolks are no longer runny
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And DONE!
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We top ours with sriracha

 

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Easy Pom Pom Hat DIY

Who doesn’t love a super cute pom pom hat in the winter or a super simple DIY (and if you don’t love either, lets just pretend you do for this posts sake). I am guilty of wanting every pom pom, tassel, rhinestone and pearl embellished beanie I come across recently. My pockets however are not as happy with them as I am. Especially when the latest added to my “want list” comes in at over $200… Yes $245 (to be exact) for one hat.

After a few minutes of sadness and FOMO over this hat, I decided to do the next best thing. I’d make it myself.

This DIY will take you under 15 minutes and will make you feel super cute while you are staying warm this winter!

What you’ll need:

  • One plain beanie (your color choice)
  • Two fur pom poms (we bought two fur pom pom key chains and took the chains off)
  • Color coordinating string
  • A sewing needle

Directions:

  1. Figure out where you want to place your fur pom poms and mark it on your hat.
  2. String your sewing needle and start from the inside of the hat. To make sure that your thread does not come loose, I like to bring my needle back into the inside of the hat and tie a knot with my working string and the ends.
  3. I then bring the needle back to the outside of the hat and I attach the pom pom so that it is firm in place and does not feel too loose.
  4. When it feels secure enough for my liking, I bring my needle back into the inside of the hat and I tie it off with the ends of the string that are inside.
  5. Repeat on the other side and DONE!

I am super happy with the finished product and I can’t wait to make more!

As always,