Oh, Excitement!

bbdblogLife often throws us one curveball after the other.  However, sometimes these curveballs land us the winning home run. With the new year upon us, Tyler and I have chosen that when we become parents – I will hopefully resign as a teacher to be a stay-at-home mom.  This year has given us our share of difficulties and triumphs. But the greatest wisdom we have walked away with is family is first. I cherish the moments I have had with my family as a child and I know Tyler does too. We want to give our children all our parents were able to give us and more.

Upon this decision, of which was honestly hard for me to grasp at first. How can I be successful if I’m only a stay at home mom? – which I think, honestly now Sarah? Why was this even a thought haha. I realized plenty of doors were opening, even if I was eventually shutting my career in education temporarily.

The open door, winning home run, or whatever came in the form of pursuing graphic design. I’ve been able to take some classes online and learn more about Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop and I LOVE IT. I’ve always considered my passion to education.  Empowering children to see their potential and then challenging them to push further, but I suppose sometimes we can have more than one passion. While it will be sad to leave our wonderful school in a few years, I am more than ecstatic about being able to focus on being a mom and wife.

In order to have some sort of additional income, I have decided to open up my Etsy store once again.  I do not have very many prints available, but look forward to all this year will bring for my store.  A beautiful part of this life is being able to express yourself and I choose to express myself through Blissfully Buis Designs.  I will be making wedding invitations, shower invitations, and including my favorite quotes and scripture.  It is amazing what God can do for us when we walk by faith and not by sight.


DIY Felt Mistletoe

As promised, here is a quick and easy way to make mistletoe for your home! IMG_6904One piece of felt

Stencil ( I drew mine, but you can find one here)



Embellishments of your choice

Hot glue gun


IMG_6900Step 1: Trace the mistletoe stencil onto the felt.  I made two mistletoe sprigs – which means I needed one big mistletoe sprig and two smaller ones for each.

IMG_6891Step 2: Cut them out, baby.


Step 3: Hot glue all three pieces at the top together.

IMG_6884Step 4: Hot glue embellishments onto your mistletoe.

IMG_6877Step 5: Hang and let the kissing commence!

DIY Lush Lip Scrub

You know that little shop called Lush? When you walk in and all of the sudden you realize your credit card limit isn’t quite large enough. Yes that one. The one full of all the homemade beauty goodness a princess would want.  Well, I decided that my budget couldn’t handle all of my Lush-y whims – so I did some investigating and it turns out that a lot of their products are simple to make. I guess that means my husband and I can stop eating Ramen for awhile 😉

IMG_6843Like I said, making your own fabulous lip scrub is super easy and only requires minimal ingredients – some of which I’m sure you have in your kitchen right now.

1 Tbsp. White Sugar

A Few Drops of Peppermint Essential Oil 

1 Tsp. Vanilla Extract

1/2 Tsp. Honey

2 Tbsp. Jojoba Oil

A Small Glass Jar

IMG_6846Mix all of the ingredients until you have a wet sugar consistency. Jojoba oil can be replaced by olive oil, but I decided to use Jojoba oil since that is what Lush uses.  Even though it is considered an oil, don’t be fooled, it will not clog your pores. Jojoba is a great moisturizer, reduces pores and wrinkles, keeps skin firm, and protects down to the deepest layer of skin. I have bought mine off of a vitamin website, but there are plenty of places you can find your own.

In order to use the lip scrub, scrub your lips with a little bit of the sugar (which I like to stick in the blender before I mix so it is ultra fine) and then wipe off. Put on your favorite lip balm and bam! Your lips will be thanking you 🙂


FDS Portable Cleaning Cloths

IMG_6735While speaking about our periods is usually something saved for Girl’s Nights or complaining, we have to face the facts of how important it is to make sure our body is healthy. And as women, we have been blessed with the monthly notification that indeed our body is healthy…and fertile. P.S. I wish you could see my face write now as I type this, because it’s aca-aca-awkward.  However, I did want to spread the news about these FDS cleaning wipes.


In a day and age, and country where our water closets are not equipped with bidets its important to place a little extra something in our bags for those special days.  I mean come on, your body is preparing for another cycle which means out with the old and in with the new hahaha! These cloths have a fresh, soft smell that help regulate our pH and stop bacteria.


The packaging is discreet and feminine. Which is a must if I am going to be bringing feminine products along in my purse. As proud as I am to be a woman, I definitely don’t need to advertise it! Basically the goal of these wipes is to provide with a little extra something more that typical toilet paper won’t provide.  So as silly as it seems, your body will really thank you. There is only ONE of you and it’s important we take care of ourselves. Every inch.

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10 Best Beauty Stocking Stuffers

IMG_6793Let’s get down to it. Santa will soon be on his way to fill our stockings, leave gifts, and enjoy our homemade cookies. For those of us who are waiting (im)patiently the big man’s arrival – here are some stocking stuffers you can purchase for your loved ones…and erhm…yourself 😉

1. CoverGirl LipPerfection Lipcolor in Tempt ($8.00)

2. The Body Shop Tea Tree Facial Wash ($4.00)

3. Ulta Nail Polish in Sweetheart Pink ($6.00)

4.  CoverGirl WetSlicks in Lychee Splash ($4.00)

5.  Milani HD Advanced Lip Color in Candy Apple ($7.50)

6.  Physician’s Formula Happy Booster in I ❤ Nude ($9.00)

7.  Donut Lip Gloss from Target ($1.00)

8.  L’Oreal Gloss Burst in Vamplifer ($6.00)

9.  Burt’s Bees Lip Balm in Grapefruit ($3.30)

10.  Ulta Nail Polish in Starry Eye ($6.00)

I went ahead and listed them, juuuust in case you didn’t have time to read my thoughts on each item.  But of course, if you feel so compelled they are below.


CoverGirl has outdone themselves again with these luscious LipPerfection lipsticks.  As I was scanning the CoverGirl aisle in Utla today, my eyes stopped on the color “Tempt.” It was the last one left and I adored the color swatch. I quickly talked myself into swiping it up and putting into my shopping bag. The pigmentation is an absolutely stunning shade of magenta meets glamourous red and I can already imagine all the outfits that would just shine with it.

IMG_6787As a wide-eyed teenager with dreams that went as far as prom dresses and biology assignments, I also remember the seemingly downhill battle with acne.  That is until my mother did some research and found Tea Tree oil.  My skin cleared up instantly and even though I have no real need of Tea Tree oil the way I did in high school – it is an excellent oil that cleans and clears.  With its own unique smell, The Body Shop really nailed making Tea Tree Oil soft and powerful.  I intend to use it during those especially stressful weeks, or let’s face it, when a certain womanly time of the month comes and all the sudden my body goes berserk.

IMG_6775I actually picked up four different Ulta nail polishes today.  They were having a buy 2 get 2 free sale which means each polish came to be about $3.00 each.  I chose these two as the perfect stocking stuffers for one reason.  They are gorgeous! While I love the other polished I picked out, I felt these embodied how I was feeling this Christmas season – glitzy meets vintage.  Maybe it’s all The Great Gatsby talk that has been happening this year.  But these are just divine.

IMG_6747Lastly, what girl does not want a plethora of lip products? Lipsticks can bring your make up from simple to stunning and flirty.  They are just plain fun. I picked out two lip balms, a grapefruit Burt’s Bees Lip Balm and a very cheap donut lip bam from Target. The Burt’s Bees is a much needed product in a dry weather season. And the donut…well, we all need a bit of nonsense and whimsy in our lives.

Next is L’Oreal’s limited edition gloss burst.  It has a sweet smell that I can’t quite define. I’m very passionate about how fun the gloss looks!  Not to mention “Vamplifier” gives you a soft peachy look.

I’ve heard a bit of CoverGirl Wetslicks from other blogs and decided to try out Lychee Splash.  I will admit that the gloss was a bit stickier than I was hoping, but the pigmentation beat it out.  Do you remember the marshmallow pink lipstick that was popular in the early 00’s?  This is an exact duplicate with a bit more class.  I would definitely pair this when I’m wearing a busier outfit (like animal print) to give it a fun, girly, but quirky look.

Next up if Physician Formula’s Happy/Glow/Mood Booster.  In the middle of the lip balm in a heart – bah! It actually has three shades that blend together to form the best shade for you. Not to mention it is infused with Euphoryl  which mimics endorphins.  No winter time blues for you!

Of course, I’ve mentioned LipPerfection by CoverGirl…..yes!

And last but not least, Milani HD Advanced Lip Color in Candy Apple.  The black and gold packaging of Milani has got to be one of my favorites! Not to mention, with HD makeup on the rise – its nice to see drugstore makeup companies coming out with their own.  They’re are many colors to choose from my personal favorite being Raspberry Blush.  Candy Apple is a bright, perky red that makes the cranberry and raspberry shades of this season cringe with jealousy.  Seriously, it’s the perfect shade to wear on NYE. It even has a hint of watermelon flavoring. Yum!

So what are your favorite beauty stocking stuffers?

ELF Haul

There’s no explanation for the lull of blogging besides being super busy. Our school semester has ended and I’ve said goodbye to eighteen six year olds, and hello to two week of  celebration and peace. 

I’ve also welcomed ELF cosmetics into my routine.  They recently had a huge sale and offered gift cards if you purchased a certain amount. Of course, I finally succumbed.IMG_6560

While I won’t go into detail today about everything that I purchased. But I did want to share everything I was able to score.

IMG_6536ELF’s mission is to provide us affordable, high quality makeup. Of course something will be lost, whether it be the quality of ingredients or pigmentation.  But so far, I have been very pleased with everything I’ve tried.

I purchased the Mineral Infused Face Primer is a duplicate for Smashbox’s Photofinish. I purchased this for $6.00 and I have found it softens my face and my makeup is much smoother.  The Studio Color Corrector is a duplicate for Bobbi Brown’s Finishing Powder. It evens out my skintone which is amazing.  I also bought the Studio Contouring Blush and Bronzer which is a duplicate for NARS Orgasm.  It is very pigmented, but I am able to achieve a nice finished contour.

IMG_6530On my way to check out, I noticed this eye shadow palette was discounted so I swept it right up.  I always wear neutral eyeshadow colors…when I do wear eyeshadow and this is absolutely perfect.

IMG_6545I was also able to land a plethora of different lipsticks. The brownish looking on is a duplicate for Lush’s lip scrub. In this cold weather it gives my lips a nice start to everyday. Not to mention they are awfully smooth and kissable. Or so my husband tells me 😉

I’m looking forward to, hopefully, getting some makeup DIY’s on here over break. But until then, enjoy this special time with those you love 🙂

Crown Brush HD Set Review

IMG_6187I’ve been overjoyed at the continual opportunities this blog has given me. One of these delightful opportunities has been the chance to sample Crown Brush’s HD Brush Set. Not knowing too much about HD makeup and all of the implications it may carry, I did a little research before putting these fantastic things to good use.


HD makeup in new in the media game.  Since our television sets, photographs, and other what-nots are giving us more vivid details the need to apply sheer but effective makeup became prominent.  Hence, HD makeup was born. I remember in high school there was always that one girl who was called “cake face”, well HD makeup avoids heavy labels. Providing the coverage needed to be on-screen, but nixing the buildup.


This set of Crown Brushes is vegan friendly and made with high quality synthetic fiber.  Each brush I used had great fullness to it and no shedding. I don’t have much HD makeup, but the brushes do a great job of applying our regular old makeup. My favorite brush was the tapered blush brush, as I was able to get amazing coloration on the apples of my cheeks and blend well.

PicMonkey Collagebrushes

I don’t wear much eye makeup, maybe some simple eye line and mascara, but in order to get use out of the eye makeup brushes – I tried a smokey eye with my new Studio Gear Cosmetic palette. I used two brushes: chisel builder and crease blender. I will admit to being a bit of a klutz when applying eye makeup, but the brushes swept across my eyelid nicely. I was able to get even pigmentation and when I got overzealous with the eyeshadow I found the crease blender to be my lifesaver. 

Overall, the quality was amazing.  The brushes are deliciously fine and soft and make apply makeup a breeze. I can tell they would be great with HD makeup, as the application is light but thorough. If you would like to purchase your own set of Crown HD Brushes you can go here.


Use the code: iFabboHD for 20% your purchase until 12/31/2013

Happy shopping 🙂