What I am Loving

I have not done a what I am loving Wednesday in a while but I figure this would be a good general what I am loving type post. Also, it’s Friday but whatever.

What I am Loving



I am loving my husband and his hard working spirit. I swear I have never met a guy who works a very stressful tough job 5 days a week, comes home and looks for things to do to better our new home. Some nights he will paint, or rewire things. He will work in the yard etc. He never saves things for when he has down time he just finds the time. I am thankful for how he makes me feel every single day. He takes time to make me homemade cards, leaves me notes, or calls me during the day just to say hi.

I am loving my family and their never ending support and love. I love having a mom and dad I can call anytime and be able to chat about life, sports, and anything with them. I have the most amazing parents.

I am loving that in 2 months I get to see my best friend for the first time since February. Having a best friend that lives in another state can be tough, but I love this girl and I am so blessed by her friendship. She is coming in, in October for us to see Taylor Swift together. Yes, we are adults.

I am loving feeling so much healthier and more fit. I love going to the gym every morning and just that feeling of accomplishment I get after a good workout. I love feeling good about myself and working out is the number one way I feel that way.

I am loving our neighborhood. I love living in the burbs which is something I NEVER thought I would say. I love the friends I have made out here, especially Liz. I love how safe and quiet our neighborhood is and that there are 2 drive thru Starbucks pretty close to our house :)

I am of course loving blogging. I am so thankful to have a job I love and be able to blog full time. It is such a blessing. I get excited to write posts, work with brands, etc. I have so many exciting new things coming up with my blog this Fall and I can’t wait to tell you all about them.

I hope you take a few minutes out of your day to think about what you are loving.

Have a great day friends!

Everybody Rise + Dior Giveaway

If you’ve been reading my blog for any amount of time you know I love to read. I read about 2-3 books a week and I am always on the hunt for something new to get lost in. I was sent an advanced copy of Everybody Rise by Stephanie Clifford and read it this past week on vacation! I started it on the plane on the way to South Carolina and just couldn’t put it down.

Book On Flight

About the book:

It’s 2006 in the Manhattan of the young and glamorous. Money and class are colliding in a city that is about to go over a financial precipice and take much of the country with it. At 26, bright, funny and socially anxious Evelyn Beegan is determined to carve her own path in life and free herself from the influence of her social-climbing mother, who propelled her through prep school and onto the Upper East Side. Evelyn has long felt like an outsider to her privileged peers, but when she gets a job at a social network aimed at the elite, she’s forced to embrace them.

Recruiting new members for the site, Evelyn steps into a promised land of Adirondack camps, Newport cottages and Southampton clubs thick with socialites and Wall Streeters. Despite herself, Evelyn finds the lure of belonging intoxicating, and starts trying to pass as old money herself. When her father, a crusading class-action lawyer, is indicted for bribery, Evelyn must contend with her own family’s downfall as she keeps up appearances in her new life, grasping with increasing desperation as the ground underneath her begins to give way.

Bracing, hilarious and often poignant, Stephanie Clifford’s debut offers a thoroughly modern take on classic American themes – money, ambition, family, friendship – and on the universal longing to fit in.

About the Author

STEPHANIE CLIFFORD is a Loeb-award winning New York Times reporter who has covered business, media and courts for the paper. She grew up in Seattle and graduated from Exeter and Harvard. As she covered the financial crisis’s impact on consumers, she observed that large-scale new wealth hasn’t done away with class hierarchy in the U.S.-it’s increased anxiety over it. Clifford is also a regular guest on NPR and has appeared on Today, CBS This Morning and Dr. Oz.


I absolutely loved this story and got lost in Evelyn’s world. It’s such a fun, easy read and perfect for an end of summer vacation!

Today I am hosting a giveaway in conjunction with the book which was released last week!

One winner will receive a copy of the book plus a Dior makeup prize pack! Books and Makeup? YES PLEASE!



This giveaway is ONLY open to US residents. Prizing and samples provided by St. Martin’s Press.

To enter please comment below telling me why you would like to win. Must also follow me on Instagram @Neelykins and be a follower of this blog via bloglovin. Comment below in ONE comment letting me know all 3 things! 

This post is sponsored by St. Martin’s Press. I was gifted a copy of the book and compensated for my post however all opinions are my own. 

I’ll Never Get Tired Of….

Never get tired of




I’ll never get tired of….


Watching old episodes of The Hills

Sending text responses as friends or dance moms gifs to Ashley and Ally

Listening to Third Eye Blind

Drinking coffee all damn day


Going to bed early

Working out at the start of my day

Cooler weather but not COLD weather

Quoting movies

The way coffee tastes when you REALLY need it

Reading books on my iPad all day on a Sunday


Snow days

Meeting new people

Thinking about things like this


What will you never get tired of?

Workin on my fitness

Oh my goodness it’s Tuesday and tomorrow is VACATION time for Andrew and I! YAY!

I hope everyone is having a good week so far :)

I have joined a new gym and have been on a crazy workout kick for a few months. It is going really well and I have noticed a huge difference.

Workout Possible


Several people have asked what workouts I am doing lately and such since I have talked a lot about getting back into the fitness way of life. I never stopped working out but I stopped being routine about it.

So here is the deal:

I do still love pure barre and try to go as often as I can. I joined a new regular gym which has been awesome. I was given a free training session there and a free month trial and I loved it so I joined. I have not been a gym person since 2011 so this is fun again. I love this gym though. It’s  more of a luxury gym but I am a big believer in making things that you really want work in your budget. I personally like nicer gyms, and studios so I just make it work.

I am meeting with a trainer as often as I can. He has me doing a pretty regimented strength workout 4 days a week. I am doing cardio every day for about 45 minutes. I am also doing abs only on the days I am not doing my trainers exercises. I end every workout with 10 minutes of stretching which has been awesome.

I have also started swimming again. I have talked many times about my love for swimming and it has only intensified. I tried a water aerobics class this week and it was super fun. It didn’t feel like a huge workout but when I was done I was exhausted.

They have a ton of great classes that I am excited to try for instance PiYo is something I have always wanted to do and I think a class this week may be on the docket before I leave town.

As far as eating I have been seeing a nutritionist and changing up a lot of things. I am back to tracking food on My Fitness Pal which really I just do to make me more aware of the food I eat. I am a snacker so I have switched from 3 meals to 4-5 smaller meals a day. This has been a huge help.

I am still on my green smoothie kick and my favorite snack lately has been hummus and carrots.

I know this post is rambly but I really just did it for myself to look back on.

I have a long way to go but I am fully committed to working hard and feeling good.


I would love to know what you are doing for fitness and nutrition!!

Fall Beauty Must Haves

I know it is still August but guys Fall is creeping up on us. You can tell when you walk into Target and see Halloween decor, all the back to school ads and Fall clothing in all the stores. It’s Fall time. The Pumpkin Spice Latte will make it’s return in a few weeks and football is back on TV. (hallelujah to that)

My Fall beauty must haves are not anything out of the ordinary but most girls switch from a light summer look to a heavier fall look. In the summer I hate wearing foundation, or lots of eye makeup because I live in Texas and you sweat just checking the mail here.


Fall Beauty


First I use anastasia brow duo to fill in my brows and set that with clear gel.

On to the face…

I start off with makeup forever ULTRA HD foundation. I picked up this beauty at the makeup show in Dallas a few months ago. I used it a few times and LOVED the coverage but with the Texas  heat I just didn’t want to waste any of it. I love my Sigma flat top kabuki brush to apply it. PERFECTION. I follow that with erase paste. I swear this is a godsend for those of us with some serious under eye issues. I blend it in with my ring finger. Then I top with Lorac powder to set it. I use a little benetint from Benefit to brighten up my cheeks and pair that with NARS albatros highlighter.

I move onto my eyes next.

I use one of my eye primers first and I love the Nyx one because it’s super cheap and gets the job done. Then I go to my naked basics which honestly with all the shadow palettes out there this is my favorite. I really am not into crazy colors and I only used the nudes anyways. I use the lightest color up to my brow bone and all alone my lids. The second darkest for my crease. Done and done. I have been obsessed with Stila stay all day eyeliner for years. I always have one on hand and it’s the perfect winter and fall eyeliner. I have recently been loving my pixi mascara and it really elongates my lashes.

To give my lips a little color I love Bella Bamba from Benefit. It’s very much my a “your lips but better” kind of color.

There you have it my Fall beauty must haves and Fall makeup routine.

What are your fall beauty must haves?

Friday Five



Hi guys and happy Friday! I hope you had a great week. I sure did. Lots of work, lots of good workouts, and prepping for our vacation next week.

I love the Friday Five posts because I can touch on a few different things I want to mention!

1. Alex and Ani bracelets. I was given the chance to receive three gorgeous Alex and Ani bracelets and let me tell you that I lurve them! I can’t wait to add more to my collection. I wear the N nearly everyday and the other along with it most of the time. I think these bracelets are so cute and delicate and yes I am very late to the Alex and Ani party! Make sure to check out the site and let me know which are your favorites. I saw a Dallas Cowboys one I think I need.

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2. New Gym: I joined a new gym a while back and I am just loving it! It’s such a fun environment and it’s been so long since I have had a nice gym membership. I love that there is a restaurant with healthy food and smoothies and juices as well as a really nice spa! I am planning on a massage in a few weeks after our vacation. It’s a bit of a drive for me but I don’t mind that at all. I love the trainers too. I have a great personal trainer there and it has made a huge difference in my journey to be healthier.

3. Football Season: Football is back! Sort of. Well preseason anyways. The first Cowboys preseason game was last night. It was a late game since it was being played in San Diego so I would love to say I stayed up to watch the entire thing but I think I’ll have to settle for listening to recaps on sports radio all day. Fact about me I listen to sports radio only in my car. The only time I put music on is if there is a commercial. Bet you didn’t think that huh?

4. Books: I have been a reading machine lately. I completely reread all of Emily Giffin’s books in about 5 days. Please leave books suggestions below. Yes I am on goodreads.

5. Weekend of nothing: We have no plans this weekend and I am pumped. We both have a lot to do before we leave town next week but I am looking forward to just spending time relaxing with my husband without any commitments.


Bonus: I am having dinner with one of my best friends from middle/high school on Tuesday. I haven’t seen her in almost 3 years because she couldn’t be here for our wedding and I am so excited! Shout out to Kelly!


What are you up to this weekend?

Neely Lately



Oh Monday why do you come so soon?

I haven’t done a Neely Lately post in a hot minute so I figured why not!?

How was everyone’s weekend? Mine was pretty standard!

Friday night Andrew and I just hung out and watched movies/TV. Saturday we got up and worked out at the gym, grocery shopped and then Andrew cooked an amazing steak dinner. Sunday, Andrew had to go to Houston for the day and I spent the day working out then seeing a movie with my mom.

We saw Ricki and the Flash and I had mixed hopes. I read review which weren’t amazing but the cast, director and writer have all won Oscars so I still had high hopes. We both loved it! It was really a good movie and Meryl Streep of course was awesome.

I decided about a week or so ago to reread the first four Emily Giffin books. I hadn’t read 3 of them since the first time I read them about 5 years ago and they did not disappoint. I think enough time had passed that I had forgotten a ton of the smaller details in the books. My favorite is Love the One You’re With.

It has been ungodly hot in Texas. Not normal summer hot but “feels like 113” almost daily. I saw this last night and had to share


I have been really into HGTV shows again. I took a break while we were house hunting because it stressed me out. It’s nice now to watch it and enjoy it again.

My crazy few months of travel starts next week. We are heading to South Carolina with Andrew’s family for 5 days. After that we go on our anniversary trip end of September, Houston for a bridal shower the week after, and Atlanta later that same week.

I joined a new gym which I am loving. It has some great classes and I am dying to try the water aerobics class. Sounds silly but it looks super fun.

I am loving seeing so many friends post their kids first day of school pictures because that means summer has to end somewhat soon. Have I mentioned I hate summer?

How was your weekend?

What’s In My Bag

This post brought to you by Carmex. The content and opinions expressed below are that of A Complete Waste of Makeup.

Like most girls I carry a massive purse all over the place. Lately I have been back and forth between a Madewell Transport Tote and a Tory Burch bag. I love these bags because they are large enough to hold what I need on a daily basis(phone, iPad, planner, notebook, Lip Balm, gum, wallet etc) but not so big that you feel like you’re lugging something around. So guys get excited because here’s what’s in my bag!

See the bag and it’s contents above.

Inside the bag you will find my iPad(case here) , planner and notebook. All essential for the blog and work loads of my daily life. I love that I can pop into a coffee shop or restaurant and work for a few hours without lugging something large around with me all day.

Next you see my phone (case here), wallet, sunglasses, gum, keys. No big shock these are pretty standard daily essentials for most women.

Next you have my makeup bag and a few of it’s contents(mascara, hair ties and my ever trusty carmex). I always have a ton of lip products and lately this is my favorite. I love the new designs of carmex and how fun the styles are! Each slim and stylish lip balm stick is packed full of ultra hydrating formulas you always find in carmex and a soft vanilla flavor with SPF 15! There are designs for each season, these are the summer designs and 4 times a year you will see new ones! If you are wanting to buy Carmex Moisture Plus each lip balm is only $2.49 and you can find them at Walmart, Walgreens and Dollar General. 

Since 1937 Carmex has been manufacturing it’s original lip balm in the iconic yellow lidded jar. Now the brand your lips have come to know and love has gotten a fancy style upgrade with the always on trend, fashion inspired Carmex Moisture Plus Lip Balm.

As someone who is always on the hunt for new lip balms especially stylish lip balms these specifically called to me for a few reasons. One I love the design I mean what girl wouldn’t? Also the SPF is perfect for these HOT summer months. Really the only lip product I am even using right now. Really it’s the easiest product to incorporate into anyone’s daily beauty routine!

Carmex also has some amazing lip and skin care tips!

You will love this new carmex and I personally can’t wait to see what designs are out there next! Just look at these!


What’s in your bag?

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