My Favorite Drugstore Mascara

22 May

When it comes to makeup, I’m not too fancy. On workdays I wear eyeliner, an eye shadow stick, mascara, eyebrow fill-in pencil and a bit of power to take away any shine from my lotion. On non-workdays, I’m usually bare-faced.

Since I only use a few products, I’m super picky about them. Especially my mascara. I want a lightweight mascara that won’t flake off throughout the day and it absolutely, positively must NOT clump. I want it to make my eyelashes look naturally black… not like scary spider legs stuck to my eyelids.

Is that too much to ask?

I’ve tried a bunch of different options over the years and my favorite for quite a while was Make Up For Ever Smoky Extravagant Mascara from Sephora. However, it costs $24 per tube, which is kind of crazy for a tiny tube of makeup.

I’ve been trying out a bunch of cheaper options and finally found my new favorite. It is perfectly black, goes on silky smooth, doesn’t budge, doesn’t clump… and it’s $6!

It’s Covergirl Clump Crusher and I picked mine up at Target, but they have it on for a little cheaper.



The bristles on the brush work great at separating my lashes and putting on the perfect amount of mascara. I’ve been using this for the last few months and every day, it goes on smooth as can be with no clumping or flaking. I’ve been telling everyone I know to go buy this mascara and now I’m telling you guys too.

Here it is on
Here it is on

It’s awesome! And $6! Which makes it even more awesome!

Do you have a drugstore makeup item that you swear by? Please share in the comments!

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Trunk Club Review: My ‘Bring on Spring’ Trunk

21 May

In true Maryland fashion, spring came late and now it’s basically a spring/summer hybrid! I’m happy with it though and totally celebrating the fact that I can finally pack away my fleece-lined tights. It’s been a while since I’ve gotten a Trunk Club trunk from my stylist, so I put in an order for a ‘Bring on Spring’ Trunk of warm weather goodies!

If you’ve been on the fence about trying Trunk Club, now would be a great time to ask for a springy trunk. Or, if you have lots of weddings on the horizon (like I do), you can ask a stylist to put together a super edited ‘wedding guest’ Trunk based on your likes!

If you’d like to work with my stylist and have Dana style a Trunk for you, I have her linked in my referral code here: (Please note: if you use my referral link it will cost you nothing extra and it earns me a small amount to go towards items in my next Trunk).

{You can also check out ALL of my Trunk Club reviews here}

Anyways, I have been purging and purging a lot of my clothes, so I was looking to add a few new pieces back into my wardrobe. I wanted to be really selective though… so these same pieces wouldn’t be purged in my next round of ‘GET IT OUT OF MY HOUSE’ purging.

I didn’t really give Dana much direction though, besides ‘I want spring stuff’ so I was curious to see what she’d send over for me to try!

(1) BP 53mm Square Sunglasses, $14. (2) Prive Revaux The Hepburn Cat Eye Sunglasses, $29.95, (3) Wit & Wisdom Ab-solution Cuffed Denim Shorts, $58, (4) Leith Side Knot Tee, $45, (5) Keds for Kate Spade New York Glitter Sneaker, $85, (6) June & Hudson Wrap Maxi Dress, $55, (7) Leith Ruffle Wrap Maxi Dress, $79, (8) DL1961 Renee Cuff Denim Shorts, $118, (9) Trouve Side Tie Top, $69, (10) Halogen Plaid Wrap Pencil Skirt, $79, (11) Madewell Tie Front Shirt, $75, (12) JCrew Easy Pocket Cotton Knit Stripe Dress, $69.50.

Such a nice mix of basics, interesting pieces and accessories! As always, I dug into the box and tried on every single thing in the box. Then, I narrow down my choices to a pile of my favorites and photograph them for you all to see!

Here are my favorites from this Trunk:

Outfit 1: 6

This pretty yellow dress is a true wrap dress that opens all the way in the front and then has a tie waist so you can adjust it to your body. The ruffles are a super pretty detail and I like how they follow the neckline. The top fits well for my more ‘robust’ sized chest, however I’d probably add a modesty snap to make sure my bra doesn’t suddenly make an appearance (after 4 years, this is still one of my most popular posts). I normally don’t like high/low hems, but it’s working on this look! I paired the dress with my Ugg wedges that Trunk Club sent me over 2 years ago. I’m 5’7″ and find the length really good for my height.

Outfit 2:  1 + 3 + 4 + 5

This look is a super cute look that is a bit nicer than my normal weekend attire. These sunglasses are more of a square shape… which I like. The shorts are a bit too fitted for me, but I really love the really cool cut of the top. I never would have picked this out for myself, but the pretty muted color, gathered waist and fluttery sleeves are just so pretty. Finishing up the look is these fantastic glitter Keds + Kate Spade sneakers. I could totally see me running errands, going out to lunch with my girlfriends or hitting up a winery for wine tasting in this look!

Outfit 3: 2 + 3 + 5 + 11

For this outfit, I switched in the white button up top and the Cat Eye sunglasses. I normally hate all button up tops, but this one is made out of a super soft cotton and actually has room for boobs. I feel very off-duty Hollywood actress in this look. Looking at the photos, I kind of love this outfit. But in real life, I know that if I bought this top it would just sit in my closet untouched.

Mini reviews of the other items in 8 words or less:

Item 7 – Not enough fabric to close over my boobs.
Item 8 – Way too short — denim diaper.
Item 9 – Weirdly dumpy.
Item 10 – Great fabric, but crooked front.
Item 12 – So awful. And hot.

Trunk Finalists

As much as I love the glittery sneakers, I do have a few pairs of ‘cute sneakers’ that meet that need in my closet (including a pair with hula girls). That leaves me with four favorites from this Trunk:

#1 BP 53mm Square Sunglasses, $14
#2 Prive Revaux The Hepburn Cat Eye Sunglasses, $29.95
#4 Leith Side Knot Tee, $45
#6 June & Hudson Wrap Maxi Dress, $55

I think both pairs of sunglasses are super adorable, but I’m not sure which one I should buy! Help me decide:

Remix from my Closet
When buying new items, I like to mix them in with stuff I already own to see if I’ll be able to get enough wear out of them to justify the purchase.

Outfit on the left: paired with my camo skinny pants from my April 2017 Trunk and Marigold Rothy’s.

Outfit on the right: paired with thrifted sandals and my favorite pair of jean shorts (found here for $27).

Now that I’m looking at the photos, I’m seeing the pulling around the chest area. Sigh. Maybe this one isn’t a keeper after all.

What do you think? Help me decide!


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The Slow Death of Blogging

17 May

The internet has been proclaiming that blogging is dying for the last 5 years. Or maybe even more. With lots of other social media platforms like Instagram, Snapchat, etc, people have been moving towards the micro-blogging of their thoughts. Lots of those rockstar bloggers have closed shop. Lots of people have just gotten bored of reading blogs.

I started Pocketful of Joules over 7 years ago… and I get it.

Over the past 7 years, I grew a pretty big following and then it ebbed and flowed and has slowly been decreasing over the past few years. The way readers interact with blogs has changed too. It was typical to get lots of comments on a blog post… and now I have many posts that have lots of visitors, but they don’t get even one comment. I used to check my stats every single day to make sure everything was *okay* with my numbers. Now, I don’t really bother and may check Google Analytics a few times a month.

Over the past 7 years, I have published 1,007 posts.

And I still enjoy it.

However, I don’t really enjoy a lot of what blogging has become. There are SO MANY bloggers that are basically just trying to sell, sell, sell shit to you so that they can make money. There are lots of copy-cat bloggers out there who don’t bother to put in any of the work.  There are so many bloggers that are just boring (or unable to write a proper sentence). And don’t even get me started on those super curated fake-ass Instagram accounts.

A few years ago, I read probably 20 blogs regularly. Now, that number is down to just 6 blogs. I haven’t added a new blog to my list in probably a year.

I honestly don’t know how much longer I’ll be blogging. I guess as long as I still enjoy it.

So, here are my questions for you:

1. What are your thoughts on the death of blogging?
2. Do you still enjoy visiting Pocketful of Joules?
3. What other blogs do you read?

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I Finally Found My Perfect Jean Shorts…for $27!

15 May

For the last few years, I’ve been kind of low-key obsessed with finding the perfect pair of jean shorts. Or “jorts” if you’re fancy. I’ve tried dozens on in stores, I’ve bought thrifted pants and cut them down myself, I’ve bought pre-cut thrifted (and non-thrifted) shorts. But still, something was always lacking.

They’d either be too short. Or, too long. Or, when I’d sit down my thighs would get all sausage-like and squish unattractively. Or, there would be a muffin top situation. Or, by the end of the day they’d be so baggy that I’d look like I was wearing my grandpa’s shorts.

Then, last Thursday night. I found them. {angels singing}

Am I the only one who has that toe catching in distressed jeans ‘oh shit’ timber moment?!

Anyways, the brand is “Supplies by Union Bay” and they are called the Marni Rolled Shorts. Typically, I wear a 10 or 12, but all they had at the store was a 14… so I tried them. Going up a size gave them more of a ‘boyfriend’ fit and I LOVE them!

They have a 9” rise, which is good for that tummy smoothing power. The inseam is about 6.5”, which is long enough to be respectable but short enough to be flattering. One of the best things is that the two larger ‘distressed’ holes are not going to accidentally get any bigger — they are patched on the inside of the shorts! You can find sizes 2 – 16 here. For my plus sized ladies, you can find 14W -22W here.

I wore them all weekend long and they held their shape and didn’t get baggy at all. The best part… they are $27!

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