Not for me, but maybe for you?

BECCA Cosmetics Skin Love Glow Shield Prime & Set Mist – $32

The scent was a little off – like nature but almost too natural, and the product was a bit drying to my skin. I received this product complimentary for review purposes. I’m not sure I would recommend to others as other brands offer similar products at much cheaper prices – like Mario Badescu, which has a much more pleasant rosewater smell and retails for only $7.

BECCA Cosmetics Skin Love Brighten and Blur Primer – $39

The texture was great, but the product was a bit drying to my skin. If Benefit Porefessional is too wet a formula for your oily skin, this would be perfect for you – just wasn’t for me. I did like the scent! It just wasn’t quite right with my dry, dry skin. I’ll be passing this one on to a friend who will be able to love the product in the ways I wasn’t.

Becca Cosmetics IS a cruelty-free brand, at a high-end price. I love many of their products and have for a while – their highlighters last forever and are to die for, and I love their watermelon lip tint for a casual rosy look. Skincare is just its own battle – either it’s for your skin type, or it’s not. Though this one was a miss for me, I highly recommend testing these products at your local Sephora to see if they work for your skin type. They may just be your holy grail.

I’M ENGAGED

When I got home from work last Thursday, I was greeted by my boyfriend Micah, dozens of candles, an archway of fairy lights, flowers, and a canvas reading “will you marry me?” He picked out a perfect ring (with approval from my mom and BFF Jess), a 1.5 carat, cruelty-free diamond in the coveted Tiffany setting. It was everything I had ever dreamed of.

I feel like the luckiest girl in the world. I’m still getting used to calling him my fiancé, and myself his.

Friends for 6 years, now getting married. I didn’t expect that I would someday be here with him, but I wouldn’t trade him for anyone else in the world. I can’t wait to build my life with him, for the rest of my life.

Say goodbye to Corinne “DeCost” – she wont be around much longer!

Declutter Step 4: The Yard Sale

This past weekend I helped my mother out with an arduous task – getting rid of the toys, clothes, electronics, etc. that had built up in the attic, basement, and garage of my childhood home since my mom and I moved in in 1997. We held our yard sale, and I ended the weekend with sunburns, bug bites, and aching muscles.

It took hours of work. My mom retired a few years back, was able to put together boxes every single day for the past couple of weeks. She sorted through things, tossed things in no condition to be sold or reused, and tried to make things manageable for passing customers to sort through. My boyfriend and I stopped by a few times to spend hours helping with these tasks – and without his help, I’m not sure we could ever have completed all of this. My mom and I are both pretty close to 5 foot even, not particularly strong, and without upper body strength – but my boyfriend can lift things with ease.

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And what we made from it…would not meet the minimum wage for hours worked. We split the total we made in half and each brought home around $200.

Not a lot, but more than the trash was worth to us. And our trash is now someone else’s treasure. My personal favorite passerby was a customer who bought an American Girl doll violin – to play the sad tiny violin sarcastically to his wife.

We were left with maybe half of what we started with. Some of it will indeed be trashed now, as much as that environmental impact breaks my heart. Some of it will be donated. Some we’ll try to sell online.

But 22 years of trash is now no longer burdening my poor mother and her home. And I’m a tiny bit richer from that.

Junk total – about $315.