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Stuff It.

I love Christmas!  I love giving gifts, wrapping gifts, thinking about gifts… I love it all.  But my favorite part of it has always been the stocking stuffers. Why, well stockings stuffers are the perfect excuse to get the special someone in your life all sorts of fun beauty stuff.

 

Yes, beauty stuff… It is my specialty after all.

 

So if you’re opting for beauty products as stocking stuffers too, try to get travel or sample sizes otherwise that stocking you’re stuffing will cost you a fortune.  It’s not uncommon to leave Sephora with the tiniest little shopping bag full of $500 worth of stuff.

 

And in case you’re struggling for ideas, here’s a list of my best stocking stuffer ideas to get you going:

 

Best Stocking Stuffers

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L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream, 1 oz for $12

Perfect size to take along everywhere, L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream will heal even the toughest dry skin.  Even after all the work we did on our house, my hands are still not destroyed thanks to this stuff.

 

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Cuccio Sea Salts, Milk & Honey, 8oz for $10

With a uniquely creamy/lathery texture, Cuccio Sea Salts are ultra gentle, but also very effective. This is the first time exfoliating in the shower doesn’t feel like you’re ripping your skin off with a belt sander.

 

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Goldwell Dual Senses Rich Repair Regeneration Serum, 1 dose for $9.49

The ultimate (and instant) leave in treatment for parched/ damaged locks.  This Regeneration Serum gives a dose of moisture that will make your ends feel like they’re just been cut.  But, you should still get a haircut!

 

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Batiste Dry Shampoo, 1.6oz for $5.59

This is still my go-to dry shampoo.  It’s lightweight, easy to use, and smells wonderful. I love that they make a travel size now, I keep Batiste Dry Shampoo in my purse to freshen my hair after work if I’m going out.

 

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OPI Avoplex Cuticle Oil, .25oz for $5.35

The main culprit in dry, brittle, horrific nails is unconditioned cuticles.  Having Avoplex Cuticle Oil ready to go at a moment’s notice will whip your nails in shape.

 

To make it extra simple, all these wonderful things are on amazon here.  You can’t go wrong with the Cuccio Sea Salts… they are my current winter fave.  Happy Stuffing!

Paint Storage Dilema.

There’s a looming problem in Heatherland that I’d be willing to bet dollars to donuts it’s plaguing a lot of other people too: paint can storage.

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I was shocked to count 13 gallon sized paint cans kicking around in our basement as “leftover paint”.  I didn’t even think we used 13 different colors, but between the primers, the colors, and the trim, I guess we did.

 

One thing’s for sure, we will not be devoting precious cabinet space to store these spare paint cans.  I wanted to consolidate them into a “touchup kit”.

 

I found these 8oz glass yogurt jars on Amazon.  Why these?  Well, 8oz of paint is enough to keep around for a touch up, glass is easier to open and keep clean when I need to use them, and they were about $2.25 each.

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Then I wrote the formula name and number, the type of paint, and where they were used on the lid of each one.

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Before screwing the cap on, I sealed them with a layer of cling wrap so the paint doesn’t have a chance to dry to the lid.  Then I tucked them away in a box to store for safe keeping.

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Even if you aren’t in the mood to streamline your paint can collection, here’s the skinny on storing latex paint:

  • Latex paint cans that have been opened will keep for about two years.  After that, even if the paint mixes well, the color has oxidized so much it may not match anymore.
  • Paint must be kept in a cool, dry, dark area.
  • Paint should never be exposed to extreme temperature changes.
  • When you are ready to dispose of your leftovers, Lowe’s has information on their website on where you can recycle it, Recycling Center Locator

 

It feels good to reclaim some storage space in Heatherland!

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