Harvest in the Friendly Village Plus One Month, One Palette Challenge

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I realized a few days ago that it has been quite some time since I had displayed all of my harvest-themed shakers on one table. So today is the day!

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I started with this great runner (Dollar General…a long time ago).

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I know I have used Friendly Village a lot lately, but I am trying to use it differently each time. Since I used both the dinner plate and the square salad plate today, I put the napkin between the 2 plates. I like to do this when I use matching layers to give them some separation.

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I had a hard time deciding on the top layer. I really like to use something seasonal on top. Finally I chose these wonderful acorn plates (Family Dollar…a long time ago). Aren’t they cute and perfect for fall?

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I also chose the leaf plates, purchased at Family Dollar at the same time as the acorn plates.

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Dollar General green flatware, Dollar Tree goblets with harvest wine charms, and Friendly Village mugs finish the place setting. Cute, right?

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I chose my large pumpkin candy jar to anchor the centerpiece. Then I spread out my harvest salt and pepper collection from there.

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I love this pumpkin and gourd sitting on a leaf. Aren’t the fall colors gorgeous?

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These anthropomorphic squash are very, very old. My great aunt gave them to me when I was in high school, and they were old then! I love them…both because they are old and because they were hers.

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Another antique pair from my collection…anthropomorphic apples. So cute!

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More vegetables celebrating the harvest. I love the bell peppers!

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Still more fruits of the harvest. Yes, I know that sheaves of wheat are not fruits, but I just had to include them on this table.

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Love this table…it is always one of favorites to do at this time of the year!

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I do have other salt and pepper shakers (over 200 more, to be exact) that I can use at various times of the year, but these just happen to be my favorites.

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Thanks for bearing with me as I display these great salt and pepper shakers once more. I am always finding ways to show them off.

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The rest of my post will deal with makeup, so if you’re here for the tablescape, you can stop reading now. It is the end of the month and time for my report…so here goes. To refresh your memory, I have chosen to use one eyeshadow palette per month to work through my collection rather than to pan one, i.e., use it every day until it is gone.

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In September, I chose 2 small palettes from E.L.F. Flawless Eyeshadows in Happy Hour and Blushing Beauty. I deliberately chose 2 palettes this month because I knew that I would get kind of tired of only using one of these small ones every day, but I did not foresee that I would also get tired of those. So I will go ahead and confess that I did stray from these 2 palettes probably about 5 times or less during the month. I used my E.L.F. Flawless Eyeshadow in Smoky on those days that I did not stick to my challenge.

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OK, now for how I feel about this shadow. Let’s go ahead and get the most obvious thing out of the way: the cost. These shadows are $2 at Wal Mart, obviously an unbeatable price. Price: A+

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Moving on to the harder part of the review, the quality is severely lacking in these shadows. I am really torn about saying this because “you get what you pay for,” and maybe I shouldn’t expect so much from a $2 shadow. The shadows do blend well, but the color payoff is terrible. You will notice that I hit pan on both of the color shadows even though both of them were almost new and I was obviously not doing a panning challenge. I had to build up and build up and build up, ad infinitum, to get even a small color payoff on my lid. The lilac color in Happy Hour (left) was easier to achieve some lid color that I was happy with, but the pink color in Blushing Beauty (right) was very difficult. Actually, I never did get very pleased with my lid color in Blushing Beauty.

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This brings me to the quality part of the review. I don’t think I have mentioned in previous eye shadow reviews that I do use a shadow primer every day, so bear in mind that what I am describing is with a primer. For Happy Hour, at the end of the day, my shadow would for the most part still be in place, although usually the lilac color would have faded…sometimes a lot; sometimes a little. For Blushing Beauty, I was absolutely never happy with how my eye makeup looked at the end of the day. No matter how much I had tried to build up the pink color each morning, the pink would be either completely gone or only slightly still there at the end of the day. Even though it wasn’t in the challenge, I need to mention Smoky here since this was actually the one that I was the least pleased with how it looked at the end of the day.

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You will notice that this palette is a mixture of charcoal and silver shades, some matte and some shimmer, that, in theory anyway, should build up to make a gorgeous smoky eye. Like the other palettes, I had to do a little work to build up the color, but I was basically pleased with the look that I achieved each morning. However, at the end of the day, all of the colors faded together and I looked like I only had on only one color of eyeshadow, the sparkly silver one which, when used alone, does not flatter a middle-aged woman like me (although it might look good on a teenager!).  Basically, the lasting ability of these shadows is mediocre and inconsistent. The blendability is not bad, but the color payoff is very poor. To be completely fair, I do want to mention that after much experimentation, I ended up with a look using Happy Hour that I liked. I used the lilac color as an all-over base and then used a baked shadow in purple from the E.L.F. baked palette in California as the lid and crease color. But this one look is not enough reason to repurchase this palette.   I would not purchase these shadows again nor will I try any of the other colors available in this line. Quality: D

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OK, October is here, and I have to choose a palette for the month! Because I used small palettes last month, I wanted to choose one that had more shadows in it so that I can have more choices this month. I do not have much in the way of high-end palettes, so I try to use them sparingly. However, given that I had used inexpensive choices in August and September coupled with the bad experience that I had with E.L.F. Flawless palettes, I decided to go ahead and use a high-end palette for the month.

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I have chosen this gorgeous Tarte Special Edition Amazonian Clay palette and am looking forward to creating some good looks with it this month.

So I will keep you posted and hope everyone has a great week of tablescaping, decorating, and putting on makeup!

I am joining: A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday, Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life , Tablescape Tuesday at Every Day Living,   From the Farm at The Homesteading Hippy, Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday,   Cozy Little House for Tweak it Tuesday,   The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home, Cuisine Kathleen for Let’s Dish, Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch to Yours,  Homemaking Party at Hope in Every Season,   The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday, What’s It Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants;  Spotlight Saturday at Classy Clutter, Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage, Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound, You’re Gonna Love It Tuesdays at Kathe with an E, Mop it Up Monday at I Should Be Mopping the Floor , Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style , Fridays Unfolded at Nancherrow, Make it Pretty Monday, Anything Blue Friday at The Dedicated House,  Create It Thursday at Lamberts Lately,   Flaunt it Friday at Chic on a Shoestring,  Tuesday’s Treasures at Uncommon Suburbia,  Return to Loveliness at A Delightsome Life, Centerpiece Wednesday at The Style Sisters, The Scoop at The Stone Gable, Thursday Favorite Things at Katherine’s Corner , Sizzle into Summer at DIY by Design, Tips and Tricks at Stringtown Home

 

 

 

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About Bev

I am a retired teacher who has only recently taken up tablescaping and blogging. For more information, see my About Bev link.
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2 Responses to Harvest in the Friendly Village Plus One Month, One Palette Challenge

  1. I really love the leaf plates. I hope my local Family Dollar carries them so I can pick them up for some fall holiday parties we’re planning on hosting.

    I’m glad you added this post to the Tips & Tricks party so I was able to find it. I hope you’ll join the party again next Monday!

  2. Sherry says:

    I will be interested in how you liked the Tarte eyeshadow. i am allergic to everything and they make an eye shadow that I use that is great! Thank you for joining Home Sweet Home!

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