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[ad] Today I am dreaming of Christmas parties. Anyone else? We’re only halfway through the month and we’ve already had more family gatherings than I can count with so many more to go. And Christmas parties in the Bartlett household means photos…lots of photos. But I just didn't feel very photo-ready thanks to my grays (and yes, I had A LOT of grays). So I picked up @zotosprofessional hair color at @sallybeauty and these days I'm feeling gorgeous, confident, and ready to take on the holiday photos. Today on the blog, I'm sharing how I get myself photo-ready as well as what I plan to wear to this year's Christmas party! #MyAgeBeautiful #sponsored #linkinbio
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[ad] Today I am dreaming...

I've been a bit MIA lately. Why you may ask? Well, because I've been half on the struggle bus and half working on a rather large project that I've had in draft mode for far too long. And I am SO excited about it. I literally woke up the other day and decided THAT was the day I'd get started on it and I've been hooked on it ever since. If you're a mom in Southern Maine, you won't want to miss this! So be sure to sign up for our email list via the link in my bio so you can be one of the first to know what's going on.
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I've been a bit MIA...

Well, it's officially the day Zack and I have been looking forward to for a couple of years now. While we've already unofficially been "moved on" from military life for a couple of months now, today it's official that Zack is no longer an Active Duty Marine and I am no longer a military spouse. The first big chapter of his adult life and our life together has officially ended. It's scary almost when you've been living with all the stability of a lifestyle for so long. A stable job, stable income, health benefits, a home. It's been a challenging couple of months as we get more settled here in Maine and figure out the next step for our little family. But I know we have so much to look forward to in the next year and it's refreshing to know we have the opportunity to start over. I am so proud of this guy and I can't wait to see what the next chapter of our life has in store for us. •
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Well, it's officially the day...

This mama is on the struggle bus today. This morning I spent over an hour searching for Allie's sippy cup of milk only to find it in the shower...where I looked 5+ times considering that's where she was playing while I got ready for the day. I then got the incorrect order from Dunkin and to make that even worse, it was pumpkin flavored...and if you know me, you know I cannot stand anything pumpkin flavored so I couldn't even suck it up and drink it (shoutout to @mwhited8195 for bringing me the correct drink order!). Nap time wasn't any better. A solid 40 minutes of crying before Allie finally went down...then she woke up 30 minutes later 🙄 And now I'm scrambling to get everything on my to-do list done so we can officially launch Blogmas tomorrow 😬 It's been a morning and I'm about ready for my own nap at this point. But at least it's Friday? 🤷🏻‍♀️😂
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This mama is on the...

It's yet another snow day here in Maine. The last winter I spent here was in 2015 and we maybe had three snow storms all winter. This year, we've had 3-5 just in the last couple of weeks 🙄 I'm already homesick for beautiful and warm North Carolina summers 😔 anyone else here who hates winter? If you need us, Allie and I will be curled up inside with some movies and a never-ending to-do list. #bloggerlife •
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It's yet another snow day...

Blogmas starts in T-5 days! I've been working so hard on producing awesome Blogmas content these past couple of months so I'm super excited to finally start sharing it with you all this weekend. Today on the blog I'm sharing a quick breakdown of Blogmas 2018, what you can look forward to on Mainely Keating, and 25 blog post ideas for those of you who want to participate in Blogmas as well! You can find the link to the full blog post in my bio! •
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3 Of The Best Drugstore Foundations

3 Of The Best Drugstore Foundations | Why Hello Lovely

Good morning lovelies and Happy Monday! Today I’m sharing some of my favorite drugstore foundations with you all. I follow a ton of beauty blogs, but the one thing that I’ve noticed is that so many of them share high-end products that not a whole lot of people are spending money on. Don’t get me wrong, I love exploring places like Sephora and trying new products, but I just cannot justify spending $45+ dollars on a single foundation just because it has a fancy brand name and packaging. I just can’t do it. Skin care products are a whole different story because some of us just have horribly frustrating skin. But with how quickly I go through makeup, I’d be spending hundreds of dollars on makeup each month which is completely insane if you ask me. I’d much rather buy coffee!

With a good majority of my readers being between the ages of 18 and 25 (ish), it just wouldn’t be helpful to most of you if I shared products you couldn’t afford or aren’t wanting to spend money on. And I have a lot of you who are students and parents as well. So that just doesn’t make sense. So every beauty product I ever share with you all will be super affordable and easy to find in your local drug store. With that said, my top three best drugstore foundations can all be found at Walmart, Target, ULTA (or wherever it is that you buy your makeup!) AND they’re all under $10. How perfect is that?!

3 Of The Best Drugstore Foundations | Why Hello Lovely

Maybelline New York Dream Matte Mousse | 5 Stars

I’ve always been a huge fan of the Dream collection by Maybelline New York. The coverage has always been so amazing for me. The matte mousse is my favorite in that collection. It’s thick enough where it provides great, all day-coverage but still light enough to where it doesn’t feel like I’m wearing makeup and it doesn’t have that caked on look like some thicker foundations do. It’s also really easy to blend and it matches my skin tone perfectly. I use this one a lot for quick touch ups as well. I always have a backup in my bag because it’s that easy to throw on if a pimple makes a reappearance or if my under eye area is looking a little dark. If you’re not a fan of the smooth mousse, then it also comes in foam and liquid as well. It also came in more of a cream form, but I’m not sure if it’s still being sold. I see it every once in a great while, but definitely not as often as I used to. Either way, it’s a whole collection so I guarantee you’ll find one that works for you.

3 Of The Best Drugstore Foundations | Why Hello Lovely

Maybelline FIT Me Foundation | 4.5 stars

As you can see Maybelline is one of my favorite makeup brands. It’s rare that I ever have a bad experience with them. Especially with their foundations. The one thing I love about this foundation is its shades. Out of all the foundations I’ve ever tried, these tend to match my skin tone the best. I have super fair skin most of the year and it can be such a challenge to find a good foundation that truly matches my skin tone. This one covers such a wide variety of skin tones. I can’t imagine someone having a hard time finding one that works for them. This foundation comes in liquid form and is super lightweight as well. It’s also very easy to blend, BUT the only thing I don’t like about it is that it’s sometimes not enough coverage. I find that in some weather conditions (like heat and humidity), it sometimes fades away after a while. So that can be a little frustrating. But it’s such a minor issue, that I only took off .5 stars because of it. Other than that, I love it and I currently own about 4 of them. So that should show you how much I love this foundation.

3 Of The Best Drugstore Foundations | Why Hello Lovely

Rimmel London Stay Matte Foundation | 4 stars

This one is super similar to the Maybelline New York Dream Matte Smooth Mousse foundation in terms of coverage. It lasts all day for me and is great at covering blemishes and discolorations of my skin (not to mention the millions of freckles I have so that’s a huge win in my book). It stays put through heat and humidity and is relatively easy to blend as well. The only thing I don’t like about it is that it’s harder for me to find a shade that truly matches my skin tone. It’s much easier for me to wear it in the summer months when my skin is slightly darker, but the rest of the year, my skin is way too light for it sometimes. Either way, this is still one of my all-time favorites!

I also want to add that, I apply all of my foundations with the pink brush pictured above. I used to apply my foundations by hand waaaay back in high school until I realized just how bad that can be for your skin. Not to mention it made my fingers super oily sometimes. So I then switched to sponges and nowadays I use this brush. I LOVE it. I apply my foundation in a circular motion and it makes it so much easier to blend in and get even coverage. I’ve also noticed that I tend to not use as much foundation when I do it this way either. So it’s a win/win in my book. I highly recommend picking one up and try it out sometime!

What foundations do you swear by?

XOXO
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