It’s ipsy time!

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I received some very happy mail today, my ipsy glam bag. Ipsy is a beauty sampling service which, for only $10 a month, allows you to try a variety of different beauty products tailored to your likes (based on a detailed survey you take when you sign up with questions about hair & skin type, affinity for nail art, etc etc) Each bag is usually worth between $50-$100 and the sizes are very generous for the price. This is my third month using the service and so far I have been very pleased. I think we can all say we’ve spent $10 on ONE product only to get it home, hate it, and never use it again. So for me it’s totally worth it to try out several different products before committing to full size/price, have a great variety of options, and a cute bag to boot! There’s also a forum on their website where users give helpful reviews and even trade items since like I mentioned, due to each persons survey, products vary. I haven’t tried the trading thing yet, but maybe in the future. My products came in a lovely recycled fabric bag along with the message, “It’s a month of crisp air, vibrant flowers, and fresh Glam Bag products! Getting your beauty to bloom all month long will be as easy as lying in the warm grass and basking in the sunshine.” Here’s a list of my items as well as my initial review since I haven’t tried them all yet.
1. Lulu Blossom Dreamsicle Body Balm
This adorable 2 oz. tin is a great size for your purse or cosmetic bag and since a little goes a long way with this moisturizing product, it will last a long time. Simply made of Shea butter, wax, and grape seed oil, it’s creamy and nourishing without feeling greasy and has a light but pleasant tropical scent. I plan on keeping it in my nail kit to put on my cuticles and heels (which could use all the help they can get!) The label on the back also suggests using it as a pomade or quick fix for flyaways so that’s good to know too!
2. Pacifica eyeshadow duo in purple and cream shimmer
I love Bare Minerals and MAC so I admit to being an eyeshadow snob but I don’t think it’s just me, I was not impressed with this. The label boasts a 100% vegan & cruelty free formula which is great and all but it also happens to be 100% BLA. There’s very little pigmentation and it barely shows up on the skin. Oh well, you win some you lose some. This one goes to the girl’s play makeup box!
3. eva*nyc rock-a-wave curl cream leave in cream
As any curly girl knows, we’re ALWAYS on the hunt for the perfect styling product. This one is full of Argan oil and Keravis Protein with a slight coconut scent so it should be good for my hair but the true test will be if it can tame my curls! I’ll keep you posted.
4. derma e microdermabrasion scrub
Another 100% vegan & cruelty free product, I’m excited to use this scrub. Screaming bright citrus notes as soon as you open the lid it’s sure to wake up and brighten my skin with its gentle exfoliation. My skin is pretty good but I can always use a good exfoliator, especially on my nose which seems to be the most blackhead-prone area.
5. Hang Ten water resistant natural sunscreen SPF 50
Criticize me all you want but 50 is a little high on the sunscreen spectrum for my taste. I know I know, but I’m sorry, I like a little color! Numbers aside, this natural formula goes on very nicely with a thin non-gloopy texture. It has the classic sunscreen smell and upon smelling it I was instantly reminded of the way babies smell at the beach. You know what I’m talking about? Babies already smell heavenly but with the addition of sunscreen on their chubby little arms and legs and the salt air, there’s truly nothing better. This one is going right to my beach/pool bag it’s the perfect size for a last minute trip when I may forget the giant bottle.
Well there you have it ladies and gentlemen (though I’m guessing more ladies…) I hope this review was helpful and I definitely recommend giving ipsy a try!

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Make those eyes extra smokey!

So we went to a wedding tonight (or technically now, LAST night) and had a great time. It’s not often that I get to get extra gussied up so I was excited to go a little heavier on the eye makeup to go with my formal black gown. (Stay tuned for dress pictures). This smokey eye was super easy; I started with a taupe shadow base then took my favorite black cream eyeliner from smashbox, lined my bottom lid and top lid all the way to the crease of my eye, then with a small thick bristled shadow brush blended it out and up to create the smoke look. I then put highlighter in the corner of my eye and under my brow and finished with some false lashes for that extra touch! Voila!

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“Q” is for..QVC Queen

20100319 (46)My mother is THE QVC Queen. I’m serious. Here are 11 facts that will help you to also come to this conclusion:
1. When I was little I used to sneak downstairs in the middle of the night when I was supposed to be in bed and hide behind the couch to watch TV. Unfortunately it was never anything super interesting, it was always just mom, watching QVC. I knew then there was a real addiction happening. I would also like to sidestep for a moment here to point out the fact that years later although she claims to have “known I was there all along”, don’t you think if she REALLY knew I was there, she would have made me go back to bed?! Therefore I think she’s making it up and I was successfully sneaky.
2. One time dad bought her a bracelet for their anniversary and she already had it. Literally one bracelet out of the millions of bracelets in the world and she already had it. So what does that say about her jewelry collection?!
3. It was a weird day to get the mail and NOT see a small brown package with the QVC stamp on it in the mailbox.
4. Mom has always loved a good bargain, and QVC really does have some good bargains. I’m not saying she’s a shopaholic…but I’m also not saying she isn’t.
5. When my sister and I wanted to plan a special outing to spend the day with mom, we took her out to lunch and then to the QVC headquarters in Pennsylvania. We got to tour the sets, see them filming, and shop in the QVC shop, she was in her glory.

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6. She knows all of the hosts by first and last name, how long they’ve been on the show, and also weird facts like, “the creator of bareMinerals is best friends with the host Lisa Robertson and she stays at her house when they have a bareMinerals show.”
7. Auto ship has made her a hoarder.
8. She has an internal catalog of every single piece of jewelry she owns and when one is missing or you borrow something she knows exactly what you have, it’s like some sort of mental jewelry Blockbuster.
9. Whenever my friends would come over I knew they were really secretly coming to borrow jewelry from my mom; especially if there was a convention, wedding, or formal party happening.
10. She denies having as much jewelry as she really has which is always a sure sign of someone that has a problem, DENIAL.
11. It’s not just jewelry, her mattress, pillows, hangers, makeup, skin care, hair products, clothes, home decor, garden hoses, and electronics are ALL from QVC. The scariest part of all, most of mine are too!!!!