My Favorite Makeup Finds| Meredith Ehler | Makeup Artist | Washington, D.C.

Cleaning my brushes.

I love to shop sales!  Stores like TJ MAXX and Marshalls are my favorite places to shop for clothes.  For makeup, finding a sale was a bit more difficult.  I always felt like the only places to buy makeup were the counters at the department stores or at Target and Walmart.  All of those places are great but my favorite place to get a makeup bargain is ELF:  EyesLipsFace.com.  I signed up for their emails and I am always alerted to their latest sale.  I also have searched online for coupon codes to use when I checkout.  They now carry ELF products at Target as well.

I love ELF’s mascaras and glosses.  I also love their translucent powder compact.  They carry a wide variety of brushes too.  My favorites are the ones that you can see in the above picture with orange tips and white handles.  The Essential Eyeliner Brush and the Essential Foundation Brush, and the Essential Concealer Brush.    Can you believe that they are only $1!  I use the eyeliner brush to fill in my eye brows with brown shadow as well as to line my eyes with dark shadow.  I sometimes line my eyes with a pencil then I use this brush to dab into dark shadow and pat the brush down along the pencil line.  That sets my eyeliner and it lasts all day.  It also makes the line look thicker and more professional then if I just left it as plain pencil.

The concealer brush is very tiny which makes it the perfect brush to dot concealer onto a blemish.  Covering blemishes can be tough.  I suggest using the brush to put a small amount of concealer onto the blemish.  Let it air dry for about 20 seconds and then use the brush to gently blend in the edges of the concealer so that it disappears into the skin.

Be smart with your money!  Have fun.  Look for a sale or pick out a product at Target.  See if they are a good fit for your face and your wallet.  - Meredith

 

 

 

Decorating With Turkeys | Meredith Ehler | Holiday Home Decorator | Loudoun County, Virginia

Years ago, I was blessed to receive my aunt’s antique, porcelain turkey collection.  She had collected and enjoyed them for years yet decided they needed a new home. So we welcomed the 20 some turkeys with open arms and worked them into our fall decor.  I used to put them out just for Thanksgiving, but then I realized that blending my Halloween and Thanksgiving decor worked beautifully.

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My turkeys go out on display in September and stay out until I decorate for Christmas. Most of my Halloween decor can stay out that long as well.  If something is overtly Halloween then I pack it up November 1st.  But if it is something like this orange Jack-O-Lantern I can get away with just turning it around and it now it is a Thanksgiving pumpkins.

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My transformation from Halloween above, to Thanksgiving below!

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Some gobblers are mixed into vignettes in my kitchen.

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Some are a part of my elaborate centerpieces.

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How many turkeys do you have on display? -Meredith

Thanksgiving Centerpiece | Meredith Ehler | Home Decorator | Northern Virginia

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***Welcome Pink Polka Dot Productions readers!!!  So happy your are here!!!***

Every table should have a decorative centerpiece for the holidays, and some may say every chandelier should be decorated as well, but that is a whole other blog post.  I personally have a table cloth and centerpiece on my kitchen table all year round.  It adds a nice, warm feeling to our kitchen.  A centerpiece best represents the season or holiday by being comprised of a melange of seasonal knick-knacks, natural items and blingy keepsakes.  Here is how you can do it yourself.

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This centerpiece is built upon my Thanksgiving turkey platter.  I began dressing the table with a harvest-feel table cloth.  As a runner I used a piece of fabric that I sewed the edges of so I could use it for decorative purposes.  Right now it’s a runner but it will soon be “ribbon” on my Christmas tree.

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To get started, choose a base like a platter, tray, or large plate.  Gather items like leaves, raffia twine, and turkeys or pumpkins that are bought from a craft store like Michael’s. Sometimes I use fresh leaves or pumpkins.  A great idea would be to add a few twigs from your yard into the display.  I would insert them straight into my centerpiece and allow them to cascade over the edge of the platter.

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Notice that the display has different elements and shapes throughout.  I try to balance shiny with matte, natural items with fake, textural with smooth, etc. Stay tuned for more. There are many more holiday posts to come!  Happy Decorating!  -Meredith