Monday, July 21, 2014

July 2014's Ipsy Bag

July's goodies

Hey, all!

It's that time again! This month's bag left me a bit underwhelmed, to say the least. The bag itself is adorable. I love the ultra-girliness of it, but the contents...meh.

Here's my list of products in order of favorites.

1. bareMinerals 5-in-1 cream eyeshadow in Barely Nude: The formula is amazing. It's creamy, blends out beautifully, and doesn't crease. I just really wish that this color wasn't my exact skin color. I'll be using this as a base for other eye shadows. (Full Size $18. Sample Size Value $5.40)

2. Pur~lisse pur~protect essential daily moisturizer spf 30: Fans of the moisturizer without the sunscreen should like this, too. It has the same light texture that absorbs quickly into skin. The sunscreen scent is very light, but is detectable. This works well under makeup. (Full Size $55. Sample Size Value $16.50)

Models Own in Red Sea. This is two coats over a nude polish.

3. Models Own nail polish in Red Sea (Splash Collection): This is a bright red jelly polish with iridescent/holographic glitters of varying sizes. It's definitely a statement polish. Even though this has great coverage for a jelly, I would still apply it over a red just so I wouldn't have to apply so many layers. (Full Size £5 = $8.53)

4. Pixi Tinted Brilliance Balm in Unique Pink: I have no idea why they bothered naming this color anything but "Mostly Clear". It's soooooo sheer that I couldn't get a swatch to show up on my hand. There is a bit of a sheen that is pretty, but, really, not what I want in a tinted lip balm. Pixi's website calls it "your own personal, pH reactive pink", so I must not have any pH. The balm itself is nice. It feels creamy, sticks around for a while, and has a light minty scent. The lack of pigmentation just seriously bummed me out. (Full Size $14. Sample Size Value $8.40)*

5. Clear Clinic Laboratories Vanished Clear Spot Treatment: The only reason this is at the bottom of the list is that I haven't had a chance to try it out. I have no active problems at the moment (thank goodness) so I can't really give an opinion on this other than it smells potent and I love the idea of a treatment that you can carry with you and reapply throughout the day. (Full Size $35. Sample Size Value $9.33)

My bag came to a total of $48.16 for $10. Not too shabby. I'll be giving that spot treatment a try next time face demons show up.

Ipsy is a subscription service that costs $10 a month. You get four or five products, some full sized, and a reusable bag. Each bag is customized to the subscriber via a quiz that you take when signing up. You can retake the quiz at any point and as many times as you like. Anyway, if you're interested in ipsy and would like to earn me some points, click and subscribe.

If you subscribe, what did you get in your bag this month?


*edit July 28, 2014 - Gave this to my daughter to play with and it turned a bright, pretty pink. Guess I really don't have pH. lol

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

A Short Rant On Why I Hate Summers

Z hanging out on the river bank. Photo by Sean O'Donoghue.

Hey, all!

Did you ever have one of those days when you rush around, get the kid dressed and waiting by the door when all of a sudden, she has to go change her clothes (three times), you have to mop the floor, a then you have to measure out more allergy medicine because the previous tablespoon ended up all over your kid and the floor? Yeah...

Reasons I Hate Summer (the season, not the cat)

1. My morning schedule is shot. There's no way we're getting anywhere on time. Ever. Definitely not in a good mood.

2. Sweat.

3. Bugs. We've been fighting infected bug bites on the kiddo. She swears she's not scratching them. I beg to differ.

4. Heat. (see also: Sweat). I can't handle heat. I get dizzy. I can't breathe. I sweat. Sometimes it even messes with my tummy. I'm not going into details. You're welcome.

5. Humidity. My hair does its best impression of Ronald McDonald during the summer. It's even less cute on me than it is on a creep clown.

6. Pools/Swimsuits. No. Just no.

7. Fewer clothes in general. So much upkeep! Constant pedicures, nearly daily leg shaving, faux never ends (until winter).

8. Breakouts. Even my skin hates summer. I can't find a sunscreen higher than SPF 15 that doesn't break me out, but 15 does nothing for the super pale. Nothing. It's fine if I'm just heading straight for the car, but if I have to spend any time at all outside...freckles and burning. Again, not cute. Or healthy. (Just to be clear, I wear sunscreen all year round, I just seem to spend more time outside in summer.) Also, my skin goes from dry/normal combo in the winter to oily/normal combo in the summer. That's fun.

Just to end this on a positive note, here's a few things I love about summer.

1. Food. Fried green tomatoes, ice cream, lemonade, grilled everything, all sorts of yumminess that for some reason tastes better in summer.

2. Longer days. The shorter days of winter makes me want to sleep constantly. I really do hibernate in the winter.

3. Sandals. They're just so cute and easy (even with the required pedicures).

4. Kids playing outside. Mine comes home after spending all day at her Mimi's exhausted, filthy, and happy. She loves running around the countryside barefoot.

What are some of your loves and hates for summer?

Have a fabulous day!

Monday, June 16, 2014

June Ipsy Bag Review

It's like Christmas every month! lol

Hi, all!

I've been a subscriber to ipsy for a while now and thought I'd share what I got this month. In case you haven't heard of it, ipsy is a beauty product subscription service that's only $10 per month. And you always get your money's worth. This month's bag had four full-sized products and one deluxe sample-sized product.

First up, my favorite thing out of this bag is a full-sized NYX's Butter Gloss in Éclair. This gloss really stays around, hydrating my lips for hours. The pigmentation is good. The color is a beautiful, everyday, go-with-anything pink. It's not sticky at all. It retails for $5.

My next favorite thing is a full-sized Jessie's Girl Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Black. It comes with a calligraphy-style brush applicator, is soooooo easy to use, and really is waterproof, but comes off easily with eye makeup remover. The pigmentation is amazing. It truly is black and not a washed-out grey. This retails for $6.99.

Next up is a ten pack of OLEHENRIKSEN truth to go wipes. They have a yummy orangey scent, are packed with vitamins and all sorts of benefits for the skin, and are missing bad things like parabens and sulfates. They retail for $9 for a 10 pack and $15 for a 30 pack.

I also loved the deluxe sample size of Marc Anthony True Professional Dream Waves Beach Spray. It really did give my natural waves an extra bump and it smells amazing. It's really like a day at the beach. I'm going to save the rest of it for when my hair is longer. The sample is 45ml, while the full size bottle is 125ml. The full size retails for $8.79, but is on sale for $6.99 currently. The sample I received would be $3.16 full retail price.

Now on to my least favorite: Be A Bombshell Lash Out Mascara in Intense Black. It really doesn't do it for me. If you like a natural look to your eyelashes, this would totally work for you. I like eyelashes that you can see from miles away. I have to work at this forever to get it to show up on my lashes. (Ain't nobody got time for that! lol) On the positive side, it doesn't flake or smudge, and it's easily removed with eye makeup remover. I've received other Be A Bombshell products from ipsy and they've all been great, but mascara is so personal. What works wonderfully for one person won't always work for someone else. It retails for $15.

So, if you've been counting, my $10 bag (and, yes, you get a reusable bag every time) totaled up to $39.15. Good deal, right?

If you subscribe, let me know what you got in your bag. And if you'd like to subscribe, click here. (Full disclosure, if you use my code to subscribe, I get points. When I've collected so many points, I get free stuff.)

Have a fabulous day!

Monday, February 24, 2014

Makeover Monday: TV Stand to Art Cart

Z's new Art Cart
My darling daughter is quite the artist...and has a ton of supplies to prove it. I needed to corral her art supplies and had limited space. My husband and I searched many stores for a shelf that would fit, but couldn't find a single option. That's when the epiphany hit. I remembered that our house's previous owners had left a TV stand out in the shed. (Yay for free stuff!) 

Soooo not staged!

 After giving it a cleaning, Summer and Berkeley inspected the TV stand. They thought it would do nicely.

"It's ok. Kinda ugly." Berkeley can be quite harsh.

I gave it a quick whitewash. Better.

Cuter, right?

I edged it with lace washi tape. Lots better.

Close-up of the washi tape. So pretty!

 The table and chairs were moved out to the playroom for tea parties and picnics.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Moon's Flower by Marie Hall Release Day



Moon's Flower (Kingdom Series, Book 6)

By Marie Hall
Once upon a time, long, long ago a flower fairy looked up to the sky and dared to fall in love with the Man in the Moon…
Jericho strode to the balustrade, gripping the gray stones with white knuckled intensity as he gazed downward through the canvas of darkness and pin bursts of stars, peering into the magical realm beneath him. Moonglow lit his corner of the castle. Once, long ago, he’d been a shepherd riding the rugged and peaked plains of sheep country. Alive and normal. But everything changed the day he’d found her. The beautifully stunning woman draped in a glowing gown of buttery gold. He’d stopped in a sheltered grove to give his horse—Midnight—a chance to drink. That’s when he’d seen the blond haired goddess, she’d been dipping her toes in the pond. At the sight of her bare feet and the gown that had fitted her like second skin, he’d fallen immediately under her spell. Her big, luminous tawny eyes had captivated him. The rosebud lips and high, slashing cheekbones. The slender column of her throat, every inch of her was built for seduction. Proper women of his day didn’t dress like her. Didn’t let the long length of their curls tumble down around the head and shoulders, or wear a diaphanous gown that hid nothing of the curves beneath. If he’d been smart, he’d have known something wasn’t right about the woman in gold. But as was often the case with him back then, it’d merely taken the sight of a beautiful woman to make him forget every bit of common sense he’d ever possessed. She’d opened her arms out to him and they’d slept together. He hadn’t known he’d be sealing his doom, hadn’t known that sleeping with the sun would burn… hadn’t known that things like fairy tales could actually exist. Sighing, he peered into the endless expanse of sky, heart longing to see the bejeweled beauty of land. Darkness, it belonged to him now. He could never walk the daylight hours. What Siria hadn’t told him when she’d taken him into her body was that she’d marked him, turned him into a man of myth and legend. That every five hundred years a new man would be chosen. Jericho had gone from being a humble shepherd, to being the Man in the Moon. Locked away forever in this part of the castle. Only allowed to walk the land of Kingdom on the thirtieth day of the month, during the turning of the lunar cycle. Only once a month could his feet touch land.
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Marie Hall is a USA Today Bestselling Author who loves books that make you think, or feel something. Preferably both. And while she's a total girly girl and loves glitter and rainbows, she's just as happy when she's writing about the dark underbelly of society. Well, if things like zombies, and vampires, and werewolves, and mermaids existed. (Although she has it on good authority that mermaids do in fact exist, because the internet told her so.) She's married to the love of her life, a sexy beast of a caveman who likes to refer to himself as Big Hunk. She has two awesome kids, lives in Hawaii, loves cooking and occasionally has been known to crochet. She also really loves talking about herself in the third person. If you want to see what new creations she's got up her sleeves check out her blog: or contact her personally at

Friday, November 15, 2013

Cover Reveal:
Moon's Flower by Marie Hall


What happens when the Man in the Moon falls in love with a Flower Fairy?

Return the wonderful world of Kingdom with Marie Hall's newest novella, Moon's Flower, A Hidden Kingdom Story!


Release Date: December 9

  about author Marie Hall is a USA Today Bestselling Author and has always held a dangerous fascination for creatures that go bump in the night. And mermaids. And of course fairies. Trolls. Unicorns. Shapeshifters. Vampires. Scottish brogues. Kilts. Beefy arms. Ummm... Bad boys! Especially the sexy ones. Then the day came she realized apart from the sexy bad boy she married, there'd be no vampires/shapeshifters/mermaids/fairies/or even stinky trolls in her future unless she wrote about them. More often than not she can be found roaming the wild, lush tropical forest she calls her backyard (a.k.a. Hawaii) and day dreaming constantly about her latest project. Her Mad Hatter is the first book of her Kingdom Series. She loves to hear from her readers and can be reached at! Or friend her on Facebook! You can also find Marie on her Blog and Twitter.

More hotness from Marie Hall! Yay! As before, I wasn't paid for this post. I just really like this author's work.

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