Monday, April 25, 2016

The Dreamers: April's ipsy glam bag

April's ipsy glam bag

Hey, all!

It's time for April's glam bag! Yay! If you're into beauty box/bag reviews, well I have some news for you. I got my first BeautyCon box last week. I'm still trying stuff out. I also got off the Play! by Sephora wait list. I'm still freaking out over that, although I'm pretty sure everyone made it off the list. Still, I like to feel like I'm a special snowflake.

Spoiler alert! I liked everything I got this month, so in no particular order...

1. Buxom Cosmetics Wildly Whipped Lightweight Liquid Lipstick in Centerfold - That's a name and a half, isn't it?!? I'm officially obsessed with this lipstick. The color is something I'd definitely pick for myself. I'm loving the '90s nudie lips lately.

Buxom's Liquid Lipstick

It has a comfortable mousse-like texture and dries to a soft matte finish. It reminds me so much of the formula of Hard Candy's Velvet Mousse Matte Lip Color and I love, love, love that stuff!

It's not transfer-proof but it does last a long time on me. It fades away gracefully without making my lips look scary-crazy by the end of the day. It has a faint bakery-sweet scent.
(Full size $21.00. Sample size $7.87)

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2. NUDESTIX Lip + Cheek Pencil in Mystic - I have really been enjoying the NUDESTIX products I've been getting. This is no exception. The color is so beautiful. I love product that do double duty and do them well.

Kind of hard to tell, but this is NUDESTIX's Lip & Cheek Pencil.

This is a very comfortable, wear everyday kind of lip pencil that has a bit of a shine to it. There's no scent at all.

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It also sheers out beautifully on the cheeks for a healthy flush. I didn't find it sticky at all. I wore it with setting powder and without and was happy with the results both ways.
(Full size $24.00. Sample size $18.00*)
*I really have no idea how to figure this one out. The pencil I received from ipsy is 0.088 oz. Sephora's website says theirs are 0.05 oz. but you also get a case with a mirror and a sharpener. So...? I'm just going to make my best guess at this point.

Sheered out.

3. REN Skincare Evercalm Global Protection Day Cream - This seems like a pretty nice cream. It's a day cream, but there's no SPF included. I don't believe it has broken out my skin. I'm blaming other things on that. It's a bit thick, so I have to give it time to sink in before I apply my makeup. That being said, makeup applies well over it. This cream has a light fresh scent.
(Full size $45.00. Sample size $27.00)

4. L.A.B.² - Live and Breathe Beauty Just Blending In Brush - Honestly I was telling myself right before I got this glam bag that I needed another blending brush. I like having a couple of the same sort of brushes on hand just in case one is dirty or is still wet from being washed. I can't be the only one, right?!?

This brush is soft; it's not the softest, but it's still soft. It's smaller than the one I use constantly, so it's better at small areas. I haven't had any issues with shedding. All in all, I'm so glad I got this. It was excellent timing.
(Value $6.99)

5. pur~lisse Beauty Blue Lotus + White Tea Sheet Mask & Blue Lotus + Seaweed Sheet Mask - These super long names are wrecking my head! I'd never tried a sheet mask before. They're so much fun!

 pur~lisse sheet masks

I love that two were included, because that just added to the hilarity.

The couple that masks together stays together.

And, of course, we had to prank the little one. I sat next to her wearing my mask for ages before she noticed I was there. I feel loved.

UnsuspectingThe Horror!

This was a lovely mask. Not literally. I'm not going out in it. It just felt wonderful. It was very hydrating. I tried the one with white tea and my husband got the seaweed one. The white tea mask really smelled of white tea, which I love. The seaweed mask had a very fresh scent.
(Value $16.00)

The bag - It's cute. It has an abstract watercolor thing going on that I like. It's sort of tie-dyed. Maybe. I dunno. I like the colors.

The bonus - em cosmetics by michelle phan the life palette trial size sampler in night life - city glitz - I had some ipsy points to burn, so I thought I'd try this. I guess I was expecting something much, much cheaper since it was only 250 points. I was surprised that there were actual pans of shadow and a pan of lip gloss. I think I was expecting swatches on paper kind of like what you'd find in a magazine. I dunno. Anyway I was very happy with this.

em by michelle phan's palette sampler
The packaging is cardboard and I'm not too sure how sturdy it's going to be. I'll probably de-pot these and put them in a magnetic palette.

Four to try out.

Everything was good, but I was soooooooo impressed with the silver. It was so bright and metallic (duh!) and stayed that way on my eyes all day long. I was sad to wash it off that night. The lip color is a sheer gloss. There are six different samplers to try out. A few of the other ones are calling my name. us! 
Shut up, palettes! I don't need to hear that.
(Value $10.00)

Dat silver doe!

The grand total for April's ipsy glam bag is $75.86*(contents) + $10.00 (bonus palette) + bag = $85.86. That's all for $10. If you're interested in signing up, ipsy is a $10/month customizable beauty subscription service. Click here for my referral link (I get points) or just go to to check it out.


Thursday, April 14, 2016

Another crochet round-up.

"Hmmm...addicted to crochet you are." Stop being so judgey, Crochet Yoda.
Hi, all!

So, here we are again with yet another bunch of things I crocheted. Yup. No shame here. There will be another one coming as soon as I get a chance to take some photos.

First up is this koala bear I made for my daughter for Valentine's Day. She's a bit koala obsessed. This pattern from Stitch-Em was easy to follow. The only change I made was to use large button eyes instead of embroidering them. The puffy tail is too cute!

I also made this little heart shaped basket for my daughter. Petals & Picots has an adorable pattern. Instead of doing the X shapes on the sides, I kept mine pretty plain with a double crochet and added a ribbon woven through the spaces. Since I made mine taller I needed more definition in the shape, so I sewed the points at the top and the bottom.

Just purely by happy accident the box of candy hearts I bought for her fits perfectly inside the basket. I couldn't have done that on purpose if I tried!

The next one is near and dear to my little nerdy heart. Lucy Collin has a fabulous Star Wars crochet kit out that's jam-packed with so many fun amigurumi versions of all the best characters from the older films. She's currently working on another Star Wars book and I sooooo cannot wait to get my hands on it.

Of course my first one was Yoda, but he needed a buddy. Lucy has her Salacious Crumb pattern up for free on her blog. I think if I had it to do over again, I would have used safety eyes rather than embroidering them. I'm really terrible at embroidery. Obviously.

This next one is the first big project I've tackled. My daughter wanted me to make her a sweater, so I let her pick out the colors she wanted. I had some issues with this pattern. I ended up making so many changes. The original pattern is Lion Brand Yarns Next Generation Crewneck Pullover. I'm sure the problems happened because I'm new at this. I'm still trying to figure a lot of stuff out.

One thing I did differently was to stop sewing before I reached the end of the sleeves. Even though I measured everything carefully, the sleeve's end was too tight for my daughter to put her hand through it.

She is able to roll it up and it stays cuffed.

The neck hole ended up being way too big, so I went around it a few times with a double crochet stitch and just for fun I chain stitched a ribbon that I wove through and made a bow. I definitely wouldn't put a drawstring on a small child's sweater though. That seems like it could be dangerous. Right?!?

Sewing the sleeves into the body was a bit tricky for me. I had to make adjustments to that, as well. I also had to add on to the bottom of the sweater. I guess she grew a lot from the time I originally measured her to the time I finished it. Random growth spurts are fun!

Have you given crochet a try? If so, I'd love to see what you've done.


Monday, March 21, 2016

HELLO, SPRING! March 2016 ipsy glam bag (plus extras)

Hello, spring, indeed!!!
I don't know about you, but winter was rough. I stayed sick, so was really, really, REALLY not into blogging. I'm trying to get back into the groove. (Anyone else now have Madonna stuck in your head? No? Just me? Well, alrighty, then.) At the end I'll do a quickie review of the bags I missed due to illness (and other things).

Let's get to the goodies. That's why you're here, right?

1. Me me me Loose Powder Brush - This brush is super soft and is shaped perfectly for blush and contour. It's described as a loose powder brush, but I like a much bigger brush for that.

It has an oval shape that works so well for blush and contour. I like a soft contour. I don't tend to do sharp lines, so this is perfect for me. This brush hasn't shed a bit. I'm really loving it.
(Value $20.00 /£14.00)

2. Vera Mona Lotus Eyeshadow in Clover - I thought I had never heard of this company before until I was poking around their website. Vera Mona is the company that makes the Color Switch tool. It knocks dry powders (such as eyeshadow) off of brushes so that you can continue to use that brush without having to wash it. Confused yet? Go check it out. It looks pretty cool. I might get one. I'll let you know how that goes if I do.

Anyway, apparently they've branched out into actual makeup. One eyeshadow palette. More like a twig than an whole branch, but it's a start. It's an excellent start. I was so impressed with this sample.

The pigmentation was impressive. I loved the pinky-peachy-golden shade. (My color descriptions are so good makeup companies should totally hire me.)
(Full palette value $32.99. Sample value $2.00*)
*I deducted the price of the brush and the Color Switch included in the palette, and then divided by 8.

3. Pixi by Petra Beauty Blush Duo in Rose Gold -  I've really enjoyed everything I've received from Pixi. This blush/highlighter is no exception.

The blush is a subtle, perfect for everyday, go with anything pink. I think that if your skin tone is much deeper than mine, it might not show up very well. That highlighter kicks things up a notch (or twenty). That highlighter is no joke. It's not here to play. It means serious business. I'm in love! I mean, come on! Look at that gold!
(Full set value $18.00. Sample value $13.00)

4. NYX Cosmetics Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick in Pink Lust - Now you know I love me some NYX! I was so excited to get this liquid lipstick in my bag. NYX rarely ever lets me down. I've tried many of their other lip products but hadn't had a chance to get this one yet.

It's a liquid lipstick that is super-saturated, as you would expect. It feels very comfortable on the lips. One of the few things I didn't expect is that it doesn't dry down very matte. In order for me to achieve a matte finish I had to blot it. No big deal. It didn't affect the color or the pigmentation at all.

Another thing I didn't expect is that it's not transfer-proof. Seven minutes (weird, I know) after swatching it on my hand, it still smudged. That being said, it lasted forever on me. I didn't really need to touch-up after dinner. All I had to do was smoosh (yes, that's the technical term) my lips together to redistribute the product. Again, no big deal. To be completely fair, NYX never claimed that it was long-lasting or transfer-proof. Just saying. Also, if you're affected by scents, this doesn't smell like anything, really. I'll definitely pick up more the next time I'm at Ulta.
(Value $7.00)

5. Marc Anthony Nourishing Argan Oil of Morocco 3 Day Smooth Perfect Blow Dry Cream - Marc Anthony is another brand that doesn't let me down. This was a pretty good smoothing cream. I have thick, wavy hair that can resemble Mufasa's majestic mane in humid weather, so I go through a lot of smoothing cream. I'd buy a full size of this one. Enough said?
(Full size value $8.99. Sample value $2.25)

The bag - I really like this bag. The color combo is unexpected. I like the stylized rose print.

Total value - $44.25

As I said before, I haven't blogged in ages because I spent the entire winter sick. Also, I then got busy...and then I got out of the habit. Yeah...anywho. I thought I'd let you get a peek at the bags I never got to review along with some quick reviews.

February's Bag

February's bag 

  1. Paula Dorf Baby Eyes Enhancer - Too creamy. Doesn't stay in waterline.
  2. Luxie Beauty Flat Definer Brush 221 - Love it! Great for lining eyes and filling in brows.
  3. Smashbox Cosmetics Photo Finish Primer Oil - Pretty good. Doesn't make makeup stick around longer or fill in pores, but it's hydrating.
  4. Jersey Shore Cosmetics Vanilla Bean Anti-aging Lip & Hand Polish - Smells like cookies. Oil tends to separate, so you need to massage the tube (that sounds bad) before opening. I enjoy using this one.
  5. Jor'el Parker Eau so Divine - Sophisticated. It's what I wear when I want to pretend to be an adult for the day. 
  6. The bag - Sooooo adorable that it's still on my dresser as decoration.

January's Bag

January's bag

  1. theBalm Cosmetics Mr. Write (Now) in Jack B. Bronze - Great pigmentation. Beautiful color.
  2. Mitchell and Peach English Leaf Body Cream - Smells so good! Absorbs quickly.
  3. Jelly Pong Pong Fairy Lashes CURL - This is pretty good. Can be built up. Left my lashes fluttery like a fairy's. I suppose. Not sure I've ever met a fairy besides Tinkerbell at Disney World. She had some really good lashes. I have naturally curly lashes, so I can't attest to the CURL claim.
  4. Hey Honey Skincare Open Your Eyes Eye Contour Lifting Fluid - Very hydrating. Impressed.
  5. City Color Cosmetics Eyeshadow Trio in Falling Leaves - Great pigmentation. Loved it.
  6. The bag - Cute. I like the Pop Art look.

December's Bag
 December's bag

  1. Peony Cosmetics Shadow Trio - I was pretty pleased with this. Good color payoff.
  2. AVEENO Daily Moisturizing Lotion - Absorbed quickly. No greasy feeling.
  3. Pacifica Power Of Love Natural Lipstick in Nudie Red - Beautiful color. Not at all red, actually. Comfortable on lips. Satin finish. Smells like vanilla Play-Doh. The packaging is so cute!
  4. Elizabeth Mott Thank Me Later Eye Shadow Primer - It did it's job. It's pale pink and covers the discoloration on my eyelids. Eyeshadow lasted all day without creasing.
  5. Marc Anthony Hair Care Coconut Oil & Shea Butter Deep Conditioning Treatment - This smells so good and left my hair so soft. I need to pick up some the next time I'm at Ulta.
  6. The bag - Loved this one! The pull is lip-shaped!!! 

Wow that was a lot! Did you make it this far?!? Bless your heart!

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Friday, November 20, 2015

Beauty Blast: November ipsy Glam Bag

Hey, all!
How was your Halloween? Mine was a bit nuts. We did a lot of activities and had a party. I went as Mavis from Hotel Transylvania. I didn't get a good picture, of course.  It just gave me a really good excuse to get stripy tights and canvas high tops. #winning

Since then, I got my November ipsy bag! Woot! Woot! This bag is so daggon cute! Seriously. Look how cute it is! November's theme is Beauty Blast. I like pretty much everything I got, so in no particular order here we go.

1. tre'StiQue Mini Matte Lip Crayon in Florence Fig - I really, really like these Mini Crayons. I got the Shadow Crayon in June and enjoyed that, as well.

It's creamy, comfortable, long lasting, and doesn't really smell like anything. The shade that I received is very much what I'm into right now. It's one of those nude-ish shades that goes with any eye look.
(Mini Trios $32. Sample Value $10.67)

2. Mai Couture Blush Papier in Sicily - How cool is this?!?! I'll be the first to admit that it's a bit gimmicky, but it's just sooooo cool!

It's thin sheets of paper with blush on them. Think blotting sheets infused with powder. Super travel-friendly.

I was able to get three uses out of one sheet. I did use a big, fluffy brush to blend it out on my cheeks, but you could use your fingers in a pinch. This shade is a warm shimmery bronze.
(Full Size $17.50. Sample Size 3.50)

3. Coolway Stronghold Spray - I think ipsy believes I use hairspray a lot more often than I actually do. Fun fact: I still have every hairspray ipsy has sent me. Really, the only time I need hairspray is when it's time for my daughter's dance recitals. And then I go for something that sets like cement. That being said, this one's a bit different. It can be used with wet or dry hair. And it smells like Froot Loops. It seems to work well. And I really like Froot Loops. So #winning. Again. If it matters to you, this has a pump instead of aerosol. Some people care about stuff like that.
(Full Size $19.95. Sample Size $3.02)

4. Beaute Basics Gel Eyeliner in Navy with Gel Eyeliner Brush - This one is a bit mixed for me. The color is gorgeous.

I'll give you a minute to appreciate that blue. Dat blue doe!

This liner sets to a matte finish, however it is not smudge-proof. It was very easy to work with and is super creamy with a great color payoff.

However, this brush...that's after one use. I used it to swatch the liner, tried to wipe it off, and that happened. As you can tell from the swatch, the lines are thick and uneven. The brush is a total throwaway. When I tried the liner on my eyes, I just used a brush that I already owned.
(Value $9.99)

5. Smashbox Cosmetics Full Exposure Mascara in Jet Black - I'm too lazy for this mascara. I really am. It takes forever to build it up to look like anything at all. It didn't flake or smudge on me, but that's about all I can say for this. I'm hoping it'll get better when it dries out a bit. Some do that, you know.
(Full Size $20.00. Sample Size $5.34)

The bag - It's a pink and purple galaxy!!! I'm in love!

The grand total for this bag is $32.52. I'm happy with it. If you're interested in signing up, ipsy is a $10/month customizable beauty subscription service. Click here for my referral link (I get points) or just go to to check it out.



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