Dollar Tree Beauty Steals

Everyone is trying to save money. No surprise there! But we as women also enjoy looking our best and feeling confident. If you are like me, this means that some beauty items are a must. Take my Bare Minerals foundation for example. I realize it’s expensive, but I have yet to find anything that can compare. I do however feel that eyeliners, hairspray,  and other beauty items can be swapped for their less expensive counterparts. Always on the lookout for a great bargain and up for trying new things, I have found some pretty awesome alternatives at my local Dollar Tree! To be fair not everything I have tried has been great. However I do feel for the price, what do I have to lose?

I took the liberty of star ranking the items from 1- 5 stars. One being ‘don’t waste your money’, two being’I wouldn’t feel like I wasted $1 but won’t buy again’ three being ‘Meh, neutral’,  four being ‘I have tried better but impressed for $1, will buy again/recommend’and five being ‘I’m now addicted’. From the left:

1. Cotton pads. Great for removing makeup or nail polish. Convenient but not amazing or anything. 🌟🌟🌟

2. Bobby pins. I’m always losing them or they stretch out. 🌟🌟🌟

3. Pink Waves perfume. Smells surprisingly nice. I have bought other scents as well. Plus you don’t have to use sparingly unless you just want to. 🌟🌟🌟🌟

4. Sassy + Chic oil-free makeup remover. Works alright, good for $1. 🌟🌟

5. Wet N Wild eyeliner, dual pack. I have the green + white and the purple + black. Works well for $1 and for as infrequent as I use some of the colors. But I like having the options. 🌟🌟🌟

6. LA Colors lipgloss. I actually really love this lipgloss! Goes on very nicely and makes my lips soft. It can be difficult to find in good colors though. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

7. LA Colors color craze gel-like nail polish. Let me just say this stuff is amaze-balls! After using it the first time I HAD to go back and get more! It’s like the Sally Hansen brand (like $7 per bottle) but less expensive and lasts just a long. I can wear 4- 5 days before I see the first chip. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

8. Super Dry topcoat. Pairs great with #7. Helps your nails to dry super fast so no smudges and high shine!  🌟🌟🌟🌟

9. Perfect Purity hairspray. Says unscented, but it still has a mild smell to me. The hold isn’t super stiff like some, but I like that about it. 🌟🌟

10. LA Colors eyeshadow. As you can see I went a little overboard with the eyeshadow, which I don’t use all that often. But I like having options just like with the eyeliners. Pairs well with the ELF brand eyeshadow primer. 🌟🌟🌟🌟

11. Mirror and hairbrush. I have dropped and broken several handheld mirrors. Every one of my brushes eventually lose the rounded ends on the bristles, and become sharp, scratching spikes no matter what the cost of the brush. These work just as well as any other. 🌟🌟🌟

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Going AIP Paleo

This is something near and dear to me. I try not to broadcast the negative parts of my life because I feel that it brings those around me down. I always try to build others up and be a source of light and positivity in a dark world. I’m not always successful. 

Recently I began having issues with my left eye. Long story short, I have optic neuritis which is an inflammed optic nerve. My doctor believes this and several other issues I have to be related and an autoimmune reaction. Even though my MRI came back clean and I do not have M.S. I still have a 25% chance of developing it within 10 years. 

This being said, Jake and I have both agreed it’s high time we get our diets in order! After some recommendations and quite a bit of research on my part, we have settled on the Auto Immune Protocol Paleo diet. If anything can help, it would be this! We want to decrease that chance as much as possible.

Grass fed beef gyro-style lettuce wraps!– So good!

We have been transitioning for around a month now. We are feeling much better, and can see some great benefits already however it has not been easy. But we are finally getting the swing of it, I think… What this means: no gluten, no dairy, no caffeine, no legumes, no refined sugars, no nightshades, and no NSAID pain relievers. You are probably thinking “Holy crow, what’s left Jody?”. You would surprised: most veggies like green leafy ones (kale especially), broccoli and cauliflower, squash, mushrooms to name a few preferably organic or non-GMO; all meats as long as they are grass fed or at least no hormones/antibiotics and wild caught fish; bright fruits like berries and black grapes to name a couple; it is also recommended to have herbal teas, coconut water, natural sweeteners, and naturally fermented foods.

Homemade pizza. Made with Udi thin crust and Daiya ‘cheese’. We have since switched to a basil pesto sauce since I am avoiding tomatoes/nightshades, that is honestly amazing.

Doing several individual freezer meals in advance (like 2 weeks worth for 2 people) has been a life saver! When we go to work, just grab a meal! Don’t feel like cooking, just grab a meal! This and having approved snacks around prevents us from getting lazy and going off course. Eating out is super limited. It’s basically Chipotle and even they are a bit iffy, so no more than once a week. I have yet to advance to organ meats or fermented foods, which are highly recommended… I just don’t care for them! But I am determined to find a way to learn to like them or at least sneak them in there like I do kale! Any tips on this would be MUCH appreciated!

Salmon filet with lemon-herb tartar, sweet potatoes and onions, sweet poppyseed kale salad 

Recipes, well edible ones that use realistic ingredients and cook times, are hard to come by. A great website is Grazed and Enthused. I mostly just alter others to suit my needs and this has proved effective. I have also found really good food substitutes like coconut milk or Daiya ‘cheese’ (they also have great ‘cheese’cake!) that make my life easier. 

Jake is taking the changes like a champ, and claims he loves my cooking. This helps so much to have his support and having him to do this with me! Not everyone is so fortunate.

If you are interested in more specifics, have questions, or want to offer tips please leave a comment either here or on my Facebook page. They are always welcome. In the meantime, be kind to your body and bon appetit!

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