Maybe I had been watching too much House of Cards, but suddenly I felt like the urge to have a proper vanity (Claire is always doing her makeup sitting down. Jealous). And even though I has just blogged about how much I enjoy clutter I suddenly wanted all my beauty products tucked away. 

I went to Ikea in search of a cheap desk that I could turn into my beauty station, only to be inspires by a really brilliant faux vanity idea that would only cost me $15. It’s amazing what a little shelf can do!

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I already had the black storage ottoman, and the white plastic drawers now house most of my once displayed beauty products. The plastic drawers are in desperate need of upgrading - I’ve had them ever since my college years!

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I positioned my new “vanity” in front of the window to allow natural light to help me see better. It’s amazing - I was applying my makeup in low lighting for so long not realizing how it affected the effort I put in to my face! 

vanity makeup we heart beauty

vanity makeup we heart beauty

vanity makeup we heart beauty

I love the fact that everything now has a little home, and that I’m clearing out the visual noise in my life.  I worked on this project in the beginning of February, when my job required me to be on my feet 100% of the time. I actually went to bed crying from the pain more than once. My feet and knees are big babies and I had to do everything I could to be sitting whenever freaking possible. I consider it a great job well done - not to mention it’s my first “DIY” project! And for only $15? You can’t beat it.



My roomie and I have decided that we love our bodies too much to keep being jerks about our health. He joined a gym today, and my job is obviously fitness related, so our goal is to eat better and get fit. We’ll be Blogging our Progress (aka Blog Our Prog bc I love abrevs) here on WHB since hearting beauty also goes for hearting beautiful bodies :). Here’s my action plan for the next three months:

1. I joined Weight Watchers. Yeah, I’m that guy. I put the money down for it already, so here I am tracking points and shit. I love food, but I need to be more realistic about what I eat.

2. We’re joining a CSA/Farm Share. It requires a 6 month commitment, this way there will be no excuse for not having time or access to fresh, healthy food. 

3. I’ve set up my fitness class schedule to be pretty freaking intense:

  • Mondays: Pilates at 7, Candle Yoga at 8
  • Tuesdays: Zumba at 12:30 or Pilates at 7, Prana/Hatha Yoga at 8
  • Wednesdays: Yoga at 12:30, Zumba at 7
  • Thursdays: Pilates at 7
  • Sundays: Zumba at 11, Pilates as 12

I always go through these phases where I’m sick of how I look and I want to make a change, but they usually don’t last. This time I put down some real money and I am pretty damn serious. I’ve seen the physical transformations of those around me, and how healthy many of my friends have now become. So really we’re just joining the trend!



Winter was rough for me and my poor skin. I am acne prone on my cheeks and forehead, but I have incredibly dry skin around my mouth and nose. I don’t know how the hell that happened, but it did, and when a former co-worker mentioned how dry my face looked I knew I had to get serious about moisturizer (and smack her because girl I did not ask for your input but that’s a different story). At one of my many trips to Target I decided to pick up something that would specifically help tame my dry skin.

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First of all, this bad boy is only $4.19 at Target. And not only is it affordable, but it works wonders. I thought my dry skin needed to be exfoliated - I didn’t realize I was missing a key step. Since it’s hydrating, it goes on pretty thick. But because it is sensitive it is fragrance free and helped heal my dryness after only 3 days. Hashtag impressive.

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I’m happy to have found another moisturizer; something that can get me and my dry skin through the rest of this surprisingly cold season! Spring, I’m ready whenever you are!

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