farmhouse look

I love red lipstick, but I’m not really that into make-up.

Does that even make sense to you?

Here’s why.  This is my typical make-up experience:

See cool new product or watch beautiful model with long wavy hair on commercial or see amazing transformation on Facebook.

Decide I want to be transformed, too.

Buy product.

Realize product doesn’t really make me look like the pictures.

Decide I need long wavy hair.

Apply red lipstick to make myself feel better.


desk in master bedroom

These drawers in this desk are full of make-up products.

Dozens of mascaras (the kind that has extra little pieces of lash built in) and bottles of foundation (that told me they would take the wrinkles away) and eye shadow (and I never, ever wear eye shadow, but the model looked so pretty) and the-ever-popular-all-over-social-media under-eye concealer that is supposed to make you look twenty.

I could book a space flight for the cost of what’s in those drawers.

And it would be a first-class ticket.

armoire master bedroom

We are going all Dave Ramsey this year, so I made a vow not to fall for any more Facebook posts and started shopping for my make-up at the dollar store.

And I found the best product.

It’s made by NYC and it’s called Cheek Glow and it costs about $3.00.

When I saw the name it was over.  I was looking for a simple blush, but why?  Why just buy blush when I could have something that sounded like it came from the streets of New York City.

I found it on Amazon to show you an example, but I got it cheaper at the dollar store.

flowers in milk glass

I’ve been raving about it and my cheeks have been glowing and my pocket book has been smiling.

Until the other day.

I sat down at the make-up desk to get ready for lunch and pulled open the drawer and a lot of expensive make-up stared back at me.

The blush was nowhere to be found.

farmhouse decor

I dug around in the drawer and took everything out and moved heaven and earth.


No blush any where.

What was I going to do?

Were my cheeks destined to be glowless?

And more importantly, did I have time to stop by the dollar store and buy another blush before lunch?

metal urn with sphere

And then on my way out of the room I walked by the fireplace and remembered.

I remembered what I had done with the blush.

I remembered where it was.

See those urns?

The other day when I took these photos of the bedroom decorated for spring, one of these urns was crooked.  It leaned to the left and I just needed something to straighten it out.  So I looked around and grabbed the closest thing I could find.



You guessed it.

Here’s a close-up.

See what happens when you listen to Dave and shop at the dollar store?

Your cheeks are glowing and your urns are straight. 🙂

PS  I did see these amazing new products on Rachel Ray.

Not that I’m buying any of them.


No way. 🙂

before and after picture

PS  If you are in the mood for a fun DIY today, be sure and stop by the HomeRight blog.

I took this thrift store valet chair and make it into a chair with a towel bar.

You can see the entire before and after here.

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  1. Image for Linda Linda

    Was sure one of your girls 'borrowed' it because that is exactly what happens in my house! Your post made me smile and want red lipstick even though it looks awful on me!!

  2. Image for Deborah Zebrak Deborah Zebrak

    Karianne, You never disappoint!! Thank you for my morning smile, this is something I would so do and I'm with you on the makeup!! Keep up the good work.

  3. Image for Shirley Shirley

    Thanks for the recommendation. I found & ordered it on the English Amazon- only £2.15 & no postage!!!! It's got great reviews on Amazon. Have a lovely day!

  4. Image for Terri Terri

    Ummmm ... I will be stopping by the "Dollar Store.... :) and checking out the make up either for me to apply or possibly to us as a staging prop!!... :) .. and WOW!! Here at our church we just started a "Financial Peace"(Dave Ramsey) small group class !!! Good stuff....... NOW.... ummmmm..... Do I correctly recall that you either misplaced or forgot or lost your "beloved" red lipstick while you were on a "very special" trip one time????? :) .... JUST SAYIN YOU AND MAKE UP??......... LOLOLOLOLOL

  5. Image for Jeanne@ I Dream on Jeanne Marie Jeanne@ I Dream on Jeanne Marie

    Hi KariAnne, I have a thing for "beauty" products just like like you "had" and just ordered this LeJeune cream that was supposed to remove the bags from under your eyes...I saw it happen right before my eyes on Facebook, but *sigh* it didn't work on me... Guess I'll check out the $3.00 Cheek Glow. What a great story to start my day! Blessings, Jeanne

  6. Image for Cecilia Cecilia

    Haaha, I just knew one of your girls had borrowed it. I laughed when I saw where it was. I'm like you, I only have about three products I use but I have a drawer full of stuff I thought would transform me into a younger looking me. Snort. It's on my purge list to clean out. Problem is, I'm afraid I'll toss something I'll regret. :-) Hope your day is sunny! Hugs, Cecilia

  7. Image for gina gina

    Good luck on your debt busting journey! I love to look up makeup dupes- cheap duplicates of more expensive brands. I've tried some winners. ELF is also cheap and has some decent cheaper versions of pricier products. Glowing!

  8. Image for Beth Beth

    I laughed out loud when you said you were "going all Dave Ramsey"! A new verb and saying :) . What a fun story and I'm heading toward that Amazon link when I leave here!

  9. Image for Vicki Vicki

    If all else fails, improvise, eh? Live this story which provides humor, insight, creativity, and commitment to financial discipline.

  10. Image for angie mccolman angie mccolman

    You are soooooo my kind of girl....Your decorating...your sense of humour ...and your makeup tips!! lol

  11. Image for Colleen@LilacDriveDesigns Colleen@LilacDriveDesigns

    Funny story! I'm amazed at some of the things I find at the dollar store. I like the balls you wrapped in burlap ribbon...okay maybe that doesn't quite sound right, lol. But, you know what I mean (in the picture above). I have a ton of them inside a big lantern and they are dying for a makeover asap...seeing them sparked an idea of what I'm going to do with mine!

  12. Image for Jeanne Jeanne

    I thought your girls borrowed it too...In this house, I can't hold on to black eyeliner...evidently it is exactly what's needed for ballet stage make up. :)

  13. Image for mdn mdn you, your blog, and all that goes with it (family and pets, designs, stories/humor and enthusiasm, crafts, and overall joy)! Never miss a day! But, as one with aging vision, the latest font that is being used (e.g., above: From This...To This - is a little too...(Sorry, can't think of an alternative word...) "froo-froo". Many of these letters are at an angle, have "open" spaces, and along with their fancy swirls, it's sometimes challenging reading. To me, the mentioned "this" above looks more like "thy". So, the next time you consider changing fonts, maybe could you use one more similar to your "Thistlewood" or "Hi, I'm KariAnne" fonts? Please don't take this suggestion as a negative. Without having experienced something, one can't know to consider it. Ugh! We all get older! PS - I, too, thought the "culprits" would be the girls! Also, there's an alternative period drams to Downton, tho not the same...Grantchester..."What the Dickens"? And, Dickens himself....

  14. Image for Leslie Leslie

    Lol. This really had me giggling. On the other hand, I'm pretty impressed that you have a stash of makeup that big - even if you use it as often as I would (which is never). Perhaps I should stop investing in furniture shims and start using my old, unused makeup to straighten things out around the house. (P.S. - that chair looks beautiful)

  15. Image for Leticia Leticia

    Your room is so inspiring! I am in Awe....may I ask..where did you get that rug? Thank you for sharing, have a good afternoon. Leticia

    1. Image for KariAnne KariAnne

      Hi Leticia! I purchased that rug from Home Decorators Collection for a steal! It has held up so well, too! You can find details about all of my natural fiber rugs in this post: Hope this helps! Happy Day!

  16. Image for Rowena Philbeck Rowena Philbeck

    OMG that was funny!! But thanks for the tip on the NYC product. I will check on that for sure. I can't believe where you found it.

  17. Image for Kathy Kathy

    Great story! At some point, could you write about your Dave Ramsey journey? I have heard about it, read bits and pieces online but would love to hear your opinions.

  18. Image for Liz Liz

    I love your take on makeup! Oh the many wondrous ways the right red lipstick can make all the difference! I have tried so many "new and improved" makeup products, skin care, etc...only to be disappointed. So, I turn to home decor and making up my home! HA! That's more comforting. ;-)

  19. Image for cindy cindy

    LOL!!! OMGosh that's too funny! If you only knew how many times I've done something like this you'd laugh! The worst part about it for me is that I end up buying several because I can't remember where I put the first or second one and then one day I find them all and wonder what the heck am I gonna do with all this stuff! Bahahaha... And btw...NEWSFLASH! You don't need a make-over. And you already have flowing blonde hair...and we love your red lipstick...with purple painted toes too! And one more thing...just remember when your starting to feel like your being persuaded by the latest fabulous model...ask yourself this... Is she a Chief of her own tribe? I didn't think so:D She ain't got nothin' on you Chief Lady Thistle;) Have a great day friend!

  20. Image for Kristin @ Pink Camellias Kristin @ Pink Camellias

    I am a drug store makeup girl, too! I love L'Oreal BB Cream and L'Oreal mascara. The only things I buy from a department store are my eyeliner and powder - I love Bobbi Brown. My MIL gave me an Estee Lauder serum, and I have to say that it has made a huge difference in my forehead and under eye wrinkles. I may need to cough up the $80 to get it, since I am down to the last drops. I have to say, I've had it for over 2 years, so the cost per use really isn't that much. Good skin is worth it! :-)

  21. Image for Debbie Debbie

    Too funny, but so true... Oddly enough , we always end up looking like ourselves !. Good job with the dual purpose cheek glow , very rock star

  22. Image for Toni Toni

    Oh my!!!! I know the post is about make up but please tell me the colors of those gorgeous rooms. What color and company for the trim and walls? Love them! Thanks!

    1. Image for KariAnne KariAnne

      Hi Toni! The paint color on the walls is Sherwin Williams Rice Grain and the trim is just the white trim paint from Wal-Mart. I love Rice Grain!

  23. Image for Cindy Cindy

    Karianne I, too, am going 'Dave Ramsey'. I just finished the Financial Peace last Sunday. It was exciting to watch the people in my class the night we cut up credit cards and the report the last night of how much the entire class had paid off in just 9 wks. I sooooo want to live and give like nobody else. THIS IS WHY I love your blog. You can make anything look good. You have a gift and I am thankful for people like you who share your ideas to the masses of people like me who need inspiration and know-how to make our homes a beautiful, gracious, and comfortable place.

  24. Image for Mimi - 247 Mulberry Lane Mimi - 247 Mulberry Lane

    Oh, how I love Dave Ramsey! And Sherwin Williams Rice Grain!! And NYC make up!!! I also have been loving E.L.F. make up products available at Target. Their eye shadow rivals some of the more expensive products I have tried in the past--and at a fraction of the cost! Whoo hoo!

  25. Image for Kris Kris

    You crack me up. Back in the day when perms were the hot style for your hair, I would get perms and hope to look like the model in the picture for my latest hairstyle. I always ended up looking like me, with curly hair. You can dab your lipstick on your cheeks, rub it in, and voila! Blush!

  26. Image for Pam Clark Pam Clark

    ELF Cosmetics.... @ Target, Walmart, and online. But for a smooth face, I'm all in for IT Cosmetics from QVC.

  27. Image for Pamela Pamela

    Your posts always make me smile, but today laughed & got a bit teary as well. My mother always wore red lipstick, & like you, not much else. She had beautiful thick,wavy coal black hair that was as beautiful when it became a most wonderful silver gray. With dark eyes & olive skin, she could look fabulous in a red-lipstick-only minute! I, unlike my sisters, look like our dad- fair,summer freckles, blue eyes, light hair (now that silver gray- thanks Mother!). But for some reason, Mother always pushed me to go red!! She told me it looked great on me and every dress she ever made for was red. Now whenever I put on that red lipstick or a red sweater or even a red scarf, I picture Mother & smile. Thanks for giving me a few minutes again with her :).

  28. Image for Katie Anthony Emmons Katie Anthony Emmons

    Karianne, Precious old friend! I should have known that you would be doing something so wonderfully creative! You have always been a light and full of creativity. I read your "About" me story and we share a very similar story...which led Neal and I to Charlotte, NC to follow our bliss and callings. I would love to catch up and love your blog already. xoxo! Katie

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