Welcome to Milsos and Makeup! Our names are Angela, Sherica, and Kiersten, we are military wives with a passion for all things beauty. We wanted to start this blog to write about our lives as military wives and to connect with other spouses who are going through the same struggles. we also are addicted to makeup blogs, travel, and other fun things, so we figured ‘why not merge them all.’
Most of you would have seen movies or pictures of beautifully landscaped gardens, lush and inviting. Many would have envied them too. Well, for those who have the land and space, but long for it to be lush and beautiful, the solution is right here. Hire a landscape designer! He /she will help you to create detailed design plans and layouts with aspects like design layout, irrigation, plants, lighting, drainage, etc.
But, it’s not very easy to find the right landscape designer for your space. Many firms advertise
through multi-media. Who do you choose?
1. List out your wishes
Before you explore and make a choice for the one to hire, make a list of things you are looking
for in your landscaped garden which has privacy hedges. These could be:
The area to be landscaped
Your budget and costing
Allergy-free artificial plants
Accessories like: Privacy Hedges, roll out mats, boxwood topiary, letters & logos &
signage, screen rolls, artificial topiaries, green walls, or boxwood hedge
2. Prepare a Checklist
After this step, prepare a checklist with the criteria of a landscape designer who is right for you.
What may have suited your neighbor may not be right for you. There are several points to keep
in mind while selecting your designer.
Many firms could have multiple professionals like landscape designers and architects. Are you looking for a complete project with design, installation, and maintenance or just a part of it?
Some firms could give you references of good designers as well for DIY ideas. Do you want a
design only; design and build; or design, build, and maintain professional?
Check all licenses and work permits with the local authorities before hiring someone. All identity proofs and licenses should be up to date and from a professional organization. Ask for proof of other certifications and professional affiliations as well.
Experience and References
Check for references to other clients and professionals that they have worked with. Visit the site for an ongoing project yourself and see the workmanship. See past record, check websites for problems like giving misleading advertisements, leaving work halfway, not paying his labor,
giving poor quality of work, refusing to listen to you, violating civic laws, etc. Check too for any current, pending, or past complaints against him.
It is important to hire someone who will stick to your budget and not overshoot it. He should clearly list out the cost, with nothing hidden coming up as the project moves. Be clear if he offers an estimate or a fixed budget. Ask him if he offers any ideas for reducing costs like artificial hedge bushes. Pathways, patios, walls are more expensive. See if he can replace them with artificial topiary trees.
Will he/she come to visit your garden and listen to your ideas and wish list? Get an answer to this question before taking things further. You may have to pay a small consultation/visit fee, but it’s worth it. He should ideally submit a proposal only after the site visit.
The vision for your garden
While speaking with him/her, ask about the vision for your garden. See if his ideas match yours or is he trying to overpower your ideas just because he is a professional. Ideally, he should envisage the landscape in tandem with your wish list and ideas; not negate them to show his clout.
Creativity and Imagination
Does he offer any good, creative, and imaginative ideas or are the ideas ordinary and common?
You would obviously want your garden to look originally landscaped and not just copied from
the immediate neighborhood.
See if he gives well-defined processes and services for the project to complete. Will he oversee everything or would you be required to take over at some parts? Clarify this and choose what suits you.
Though you would want to enjoy your landscaped garden at the earliest, don’t give a deadline to the prospective designer. Ask him instead, how much time would be needed to complete it.
Negotiate and see if that suits you. Can you wait for that much or do you want someone who can do it faster? Keep in mind weather conditions, availability of materials and plants, etc.
After Sales Service
Satisfy yourself on this very important criterion before hiring anyone. Find out if any maintenance or support will be provided after the work is included. Also, see if the vision or plan will give you a landscaped garden which you can easily and affordably maintain yourself or would you require external help all the time.
Make sure that there is no ambiguity in the services or products which are under warranty. If so,
for how long is the warranty?
See if the products he uses are of a good quality and if these can be procured locally. The
products he offers should be fire-resilient and UV stable for outdoors.
3. Final checklist
Finally once more check the list below:
1. Commitment to excellence
2. Compliance with timelines and budgets
3. Variety of products
4. Enhancement of your wishes
5. Maintenance of standards
7. Respect and mutual understanding
There are some red flags or precautions that you need to take care of while hiring the
right landscape designer.
Don’t begin work on verbal commitments.
Get all proposals in writing and make sure you understand the terms and fees.
An unlicensed vendor could land you in trouble if an accident happens on your land
during the project
The most important aspect of your landscaped garden is realistic foliage adorning it. The designer should give authentic looking faux plants which will add to the beauty of the garden.
Save money by using authentic-looking artificial hedge products. Artificial boxwood, artificial hedges, bushes and other artificial outdoor plants are an excellent replacement for real plants as they are maintenance free, don’t lose their gleam, and can be easily washed. These won’t
bring in mosquitoes too. Your topiary options could be boxwood topiary and artificial topiary trees.
If the prospective landscape designer fits in with most of your criteria, and who will incorporate all these beautiful artificial plants in your garden, go ahead and hire him. You have made the right choice!
It’s been a HOT minute since I’ve posted anything… I’m going to do a check in soon and catch you all up on life and what’s been going on these past 6 months. But before then, I partnered with Neutrogena to do a full review on my youtube channel of their new acne proofing line and would love for you guys to check it out! Let me know what you think, and it would be awesome to hear what your go-to acne cleansers are!
Neutrogena Acne Proofing Cleanser: Hit or Miss? - YouTube
Hey guys!!! It’s been a hot minute… So a little update is probably required:
I am back in the states (Maryland) until March. My husband has been deployed for a month now, and I’ve been a hot mess!! I didn’t want to stay in Norway alone for the holidays so I decided to come back to Maryland and be with my family. My mom and I have started a little craft business selling all sorts of cool stuff if you wanna check it out here’s the Facebook link. https://www.facebook.com/moonflowerdesigns2017/ if you like our page shoot me a Facebook message and I’ll give you 10% off of your first order. I’ve started classes again so I’ve been super busy with making all of the products and keeping up with school.
Today I’ve been productive though, I uploaded a new video on my YouTube (https://www.facebook.com/moonflowerdesigns2017/) it’s a house tour of my home in Norway. I also finally took my butt to Ulta to redeem my birthday gift (my birthday was the 21st, ya girl just turned 23!!) So let me get down to the real reason behind this post…
Ulta has the Anastasia Contour Palettes marked down 50% today!!!!! The $40 palette is now $20…. Plus if you look online you can find a 20% off coupon that will bring the palette to $16….. UMMMM y’all need to start running. PLUS with the purchase they give you a free mini lippie (mine was in the color Vintage, picture below) AND a sample of the brow pomade in all 4 colors. I. Am. Shook. I also bought the Urban Decay up all night setting spray which came to $25 with my 20% off coupon ANDDDD last but not least, my birthday gift was the it cosmetics superhero mascara that retails at $12. Fo free is fo me.
I want to go redeem my Sephora birthday gift tomorrow and check out the fenty line. So look out for another post, but here are the products I got today:
Get ready to hear more from me, I promise that I’ll be posting more now!
Heyyyyyy guys! I finally am subscribed back to Boxycharm since we moved! I was sooo jealous of the boxes that I missed out on, so I knew I had to start my subscription again. Let me tell ya, I am glad I did! I was sooo pleased with this months Boxycharm! So I am going to list the products that I received, and what they retail for. However, if you want to see more about them, then be sure to check out the video below!
HEY GUYS! It’s been sooo long since I lasted posted. However, today I am here with a brand new post! It is all about my brows! We all know how important it is to have fierce brows. So I thought that I would share with you guys my eyebrow routine. I did a little tutorial on my routine, so be sure to check out the video down below. I hope this video will help you out if you struggle with brows. I remember the first time I drew in my brows and let me tell you… it was the most terrifying thing I ever saw. Thankfully, I am now satisfied with how my brows look. Just keep in mind, practice makes perfect! Any who, I am just going to keep this post short and sweet so you can go ahead and watch the video. ENJOY!
I’m back with September’s Ipsy unbagging, I’m sorry for the late post (again) however, next month I’ll be back in the states so I’ll actually get my bag on time. AND I signed up for Boxycharm which I’m super excited about, I did a little snooping and it’s looking like I’ll get a Becca highlighter as one of my products next month.
Anyways, onto the fun part!
Here’s a super quick video showing the bag and the products:
September Ipsy Bag Reveal - YouTube
Here’s a close up of the bag! This one is my favorite bag in a LOOOONG time. It’s so chic! Product #1:
Smashbox Cosmetics PHOTO FINISH RADIANCE PRIMER
ColourPop Cosmetics Brow Boss in Light Brown
Dirty Little Secret Cosmetics Lip Gloss in Nude Beach Product #4:
Manefit Beauty Planner Mask – Mugwort, Astringent + Pore Care and Beauty Planner Mask – Lily, Whitening + Brightening Product 5:
Pixi by Petra Fresh Face Blush in Beach Rose
I FINALLY got my Kylie birthday collection after much anticipation and lots of drama with the post office. The packaging is as pretty as ever (shown in the featured photo.) The total price was 175.00 USD which is pretty steep, but since I’m a die hard Kylie supporter you know I had to treat myself to this gorgeous collection. I filmed a video with Sherica swatching the products so that you can see how the shades look on different skin tones, so if you’re wondering what the shades look like on the lips then watch the video below. And also, if you’re a fellow YouTuber feel free to like and subscribe so we can support each other there as well.
What shade was your favorite in this collection?? Leave your answer in the comments below!
So, as some of you may know I embarked on a slightly rigorous health/fitness challenge that few of you may think was a bit far fetched. To recap, the August challenge consisted of getting the Perfect Month Badge on my Apple watch. This is earned by reaching my daily move goal every day of a single month from the month’s first day to its last. I also ditched meat, dairy, and alcohol (MAD) for the entire month of August. I lost a total of 12 pounds, and three and a half inches off my waistline Here are my results.
Day 1 Day 30
Day 1 Day 30
Day 1 Day 30
The first week I did a detox which included of a lot of fruits and veggies in any combination from plain raw fruit to smoothies or salads. The first week was probably the hardest week of the month but every week that followed became easier and more rewarding as the days went by.
Since I took MAD out of my diet for the month, oatmeal, smoothies, and sauteed veggies were some of my meal options whereas raw fruit, nuts, and salads were some of my snack options. I have this thing for potato chips and was not ready to kick the habit, so kettle chips were my comfort snack now and then. Seriously y’all, I am literally going to turn into a big fat potato chip one day.
Anyway, since September 1, I’ve had meat once and a lot of cheese and alcohol. I am a bit sluggish since adding dairy and alcohol back into my diet these past few days. I attribute this to the alcohol. I’ve also noticed a reoccurrence of acne which is probably due to dairy. I think it is easier to pinpoint the causes of change because I feel my body was virtually clear of toxins for the most part. I’ll admit I was afraid to loosen the reins because it’s so easy to pick up old habits when reintroduced to them. And, after 31 days of discipline, I didn’t want to throw all of my hard work out of the window.
So what I’ve decided to change as a result of this challenge is to continue nurturing my body without meat and dairy. I will have alcohol every once in a while, but it will only be for special occasions. I just felt so much better physically and mentally without the consumption of MAD. Additionally, I felt more energetic, and my attitude seemed more positive than usual. As for the physical activity, I will never stop being active. It’s just a part of who I’ve always been.
On August first I was thinking “what did I get myself into,” and by day 31 I felt invincible. Every day I came closer to the end of this challenge I started thinking of all the things I wanted to accomplish in my life and begin to use this challenge as fuel in keeping me dedicated to being the best version of myself I can be. Successfully completing this test reassures me I can do anything I put my mind to and I intend to do what is necessary within reason to be great.
Hey babes, The past week I’ve been on vacation! I went to Paris and Amsterdam, it was lovely. I vlogged my trips, so I’ll share them with you when they’re edited. While in Paris I stopped in the mall and ran into a Sephora just to take a peek. My husband decided to spoil me however, and bought me a few items that I’ve never seen before. Here’s what I got:This item surprised me because I had no idea that Benefit made a skin care line. I don’t know if it’s new and I just missed it, but in all honesty, it’s AMAZING. This had just the right level of abrasiveness, it made my skin feel so smooth. It also smelled refreshing, which was a total plus. While we’re talking about benefit skin care, I also snagged the “it’s potent” eye cream. Just like the first product, this one did not disappoint. I noticed results after just one night of using this cream, which is rare with an eye cream. This was the product that I was most excited about, because hello, it’s basically fall so you have to stock up on pumpkin products. But also, because gold face masks just make me feel so glam! I loved this mask also, I used this after washing my face with the facial polish and I honestly don’t think my skin has felt so baby smooth in a long time. This was the only disappointment in this haul. I love a good pore strip, but this one for one barely took out any blackheads. Half of the strip was left on both mine and my husbands nose leaving a gross black residue. For the cost, it was NOT worth it. I warned you guys that this was a mini haul, but as you know, shopping at Sephora is no joke. Like you kinda don’t want to look at your bank account afterwards. What’s your favorite product that you’ve purchased recently? Let me know in the comments ♥️
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