Tuesday, March 17, 2015

March ipsy bag: Floral Fantasy

Hey, all!
I'm back with another ipsy bag! I really do get so excited over these bags! This month's theme is Floral Fantasy and is pretty darn good. There were no real flops this time, so in no particular order, here we go...

1. MARSK Mineral Eyeshadow in Lucky Penny - I had never heard of this brand before, which is awesome.The whole point of ipsy is to try new things. First of all, I love that the jar has a sifter. It's much less messy that way. Secondly, when I swatched it...

...yasss!!! My heart may have skipped a beat or two. Look at that color pay-off! It's a fabulous copper that's not "new penny copper", it's more of a rich copper with teensy bits of glitter. It is supposed to be used either wet or dry. I used it dry and the color is amazing and blended out beautifully.
(Value $22.50)

2. NYX Cosmetics Butter Lipstick in Little Susie - Anyone who knows me well, knows of my love for NYX and especially NYX's lip products. This butter lipstick fits in nicely with my collection. It's hydrating and slightly sheer. The color is lovely and perfect for spring.

The staying power is about what you'd expect. It doesn't claim to be long-wearing or staining, so be prepared to reapply after eating. It does claim to be full coverage with high impact color. Nah. But it's beautiful just the same. I'll definitely be wearing this one a lot.
(Value $6)

3. Chella Ivory Lace Highlighter - This is another brand that's totally new to me. To be honest, I didn't have high hopes for this highlighter. (Geddit? I crack me up.) I have very pale skin and thought this would be too dark. I was so wrong.

I used this highlighter in my waterline, to highlight the inner corners of my eyes, under my brows to carve them out a bit more, down the bridge of my nose, and on my cupid's bow. I use the word "gorgeous" a lot. This one is gorgeous. It's so creamy and blends out so well. Four hours later and it's still in my waterline. This is giving my beloved NYX WonderPencil some competition. The website says it's formulated for light skin tones, but I think medium skin tones could make this work. It's a bit strange that they only have the one shade.
(Value $18)

4. Sexy Hair Soy Renewal Creme Oil - This is a direct quote from the website:
Soy Renewal Crème Oil is a blow dry crème that speeds up drying time while protecting hair against mechanical damage from heat styling & harmful UV rays from the sun. Its lightweight formula softens, moisturizes and conditions the hair creating shine, luminosity and the appearance of healthy hair.
Okay, I dunno about speeding up drying time, but it did leave my hair softer and it smells like a nice salon.
(Full size $22.95. Sample size $5.46)

5. Dr. Brandt Skincare pores no more anti-aging mattifying lotion - While I wouldn't exactly call this one a dud, it was my least favorite this month. It might do exactly as it says, but I can't try it long enough to tell if it's anti-aging and since it's still winter my skin is dry/normal combo. I have no idea if it's mattifying. It is a lotion. That I can give it. It feels like a heavy primer on my skin. I used it under my foundation this morning and can still feel it's there. The website claims it's lightweight. Nope. It is not. It's supposed to minimize pores. I didn't notice any difference. I do notice that my makeup seems a bit cakier where I applied this lotion. I think I'll save it for summer when I tend to get a bit oilier and see if I like it better then. It's not that I hate it. Not at all. I just prefer something lighter under my makeup.
(Full size $60. Sample Size $9.18)

The bag - The bag this month is adorable. I love the retro floral print. The back of it and the lining is plain blue. It's just cute. That is all.

The grand total for this month's ipsy bag is a whopping $61.14! (Plus the free bag. Can't forget that!) Overall, I'm so happy with this month. If you're interested in subscribing, click my referral link which will give me points or head over to ipsy.com if you would prefer not to use my link. Either way, it's a great service. It's $10/month and customizable. And So. Much. Fun!

If you already subscribe, what did you get? I'm curious (and slightly obsessed!)


Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Learning to Crochet

I Love This Yarn! in Lavender Smoke

Hi, all!
So, can you guess my newest hobby? (Here's a hint: it's in the title!) I'm crocheting now. And I'm terrible at it! But it's fun, so who cares? That purple scarf was finished Sunday. This week's temperatures will be in the mid 60's. Excellent timing.

Yarn Bee Soft Illusion Super Bulky in LA Cool!

This was the second scarf I did. It's so bright you can practically see it in the dark! Zara picked out the yarn, so she loves it. I tried to each her to crochet, but that didn't go so well. I made one end twice the width of the other end. It folds and adds volume. It was also entirely by accident, but I love the effect and didn't bother to change it.

Yarn Bee Soft Illusion Super Bulky in LA Cool! This scarf took 2 skeins.

 And now we're down to my first scarf. It's...interesting. Zara won't let me re-do it.

Red Heart Boutique Twilight in Pixie

I completely unintentionally did decreases and then I intentionally did increases to make this butterfly style cowl scarf. I really don't know what I'm doing.

Red Heart Boutique Twilight in Pixie

To find people who do know what they're doing, check the links below:
Crocheting School - An ebook of everything you need to know.
Hopeful Honey - Videos for beginners.
crochet.about.com - Learn different stitches.
Maybe Matilda - Easy step-by-step photos of slipknots, the chain stitch, and single stitch.

I think I'll move on to making terrible hats next.

Have you tried crocheting? How about knitting? I bought some needles and am thinking hard about trying it. (Leave it to me to buy supplies for something I'm not sure about doing!)


Monday, March 9, 2015

Snowy Day Crafting: Pillow Cases and Embellished Slippers

Hi, all!
We have had some seriously gross weather here in West Virginia. There's been snow, ice, floods, and sleet. That means I don't leave my house for long stretches of time. Loooooong stretches of time. So that leaves time for crafting...and cleaning. But mostly crafting.

The throw pillows on my sofa were sad, sad ratty things, so I decided to conquer my fear of my sewing machine. I'm convinced it wants to eat my fingers. I dragged the horrid thing out of the laundry room, set it up, cut out my fabric, sat down to start, and...nothing. Literally nothing. I could hear the motor trying to go, but it wouldn't move. Fan-freakin'-tastic! So these pillow cases are hand sewn. I just did a basic envelope case. The fabric is a remnant from Ikea, which coordinates fabulously with my EIVOR curtains, also from Ikea. Maybe next time I'm at Ikea I should pick up a new sewing machine. Mine resents me.

While I had my sewing kit out, I decided to trick out my Ikea slippers. This post is not sponsored by Ikea, I swear. We just shop there a lot. lol

I had these old slippers I was hanging onto just because the doggies on them are adorable. They never really fit me. I bought them in Ireland and I'm never really certain about my shoe size there. Well, these were soooooo big on me I'd have to shuffle to walk. Nevertheless, I wore them so much I wore literal holes in them. They were falling apart...

...so I helped them along by cutting them to pieces.

I used a contrasting thread to patch them onto my plain purple slippers. I also placed them randomly just for a bit of weirdness.

Look at those faces! Just look at them!

I have a post coming up dedicated to crocheting. I just finished up my scarf and this week will be in the mid 60's. Worst timing ever.

What do you do to pass the time when you can't get out?


Thursday, February 19, 2015

Found my brush!

Woot! Woot!

Hi, all!
So, I found my brush! Yay! Check out my updated ipsy post to see what I thought of it.


Friday, February 13, 2015

February ipsy bag: #ipsyLove

Gorgeous stuff, guys!

Hey, all! I haven't posted in a month! Whaaaa?!? I've been working on a few projects. I just forgot to blog them. Yeah, I'm great.

So, my February ipsy bag rolled in today. Wanna see what I got? I know you do. This month's theme is #ipsyLove, which I really, really do! Spoiler alert: I love every single thing I got. So in no particular order:

1. JOYA Composition No. 1 Parfum Oil - First off, this little rollerball sample is so freakin' cute!!! It's going to live in my purse. Secondly, this smells so freakin' good! Ipsy describes it as, "fruity, floral, creamy, citrus, a little musk, a lot refreshing." It is all of that. Joya describes it as, "Top notes: sparkling Italian mandarin, Brazilian orange and fresh quince. Heart notes: heliotrope petals, tuberose, jasmine, camellia and Damask rose. Dry down notes: creamy sandalwood, pale musk and a hint of tonka bean." I don't know about that. They're the professionals so I'll take their word for it. All I know is I can't stop smelling my wrist right now. Is that weird?
(Full Size $28. Sample Size $4.12)

Can't talk right now. Smelling my arm.

2. ModelCo BLUSH Cheek Powder in Peach Bellini - There is no highlighter needed with this blush. It's shimmery. It's soooo shimmery. I will be rocking this this Spring and Summer. It's gorgeous.

Hello, Peach Bellini, my new friend.

Look at that pigmentation! Look at it! It's ah-may-zing!
(Full Size $22. Sample Size $9.78)

Summer sunset shimmer. Alliteration. Love that, too.

3. CARGO Cosmetics Mini Lip Gloss in Anguilla - I feel like this lip gloss is going to be controversial. Some are going to love it (me) and some are going to hate it. It's a richly pigmented, pale, milky pink. It's not sticky. I can't detect a scent at all, but I've seen comments from other people who can't stand the scent. As for me, I love it and think it's perfect for Spring.

Pretty in pink.

I know I'll get a lot of use out of this gloss. I don't own anything like it, which is weird. I have a massive lip gloss collection, but this is the first one like this.
(Full Size $16. Sample Size $8)

Preeeety, preeeety pink.

4. 'Tini Beauty Rob Scheppy for 'Tini Beauty Eyeshadow in Pearl Fizz - This is a very lovely, shimmery, champagne eye shadow.

Love this packaging.
It's very good quality and such a gorgeous shade. I think this one will get used often.
(Full Palette $39.50. Sample Size $4.93)

A gorgeous color that will work with nearly any look.

7. Luxie Beauty Large Angled Face Brush 504 -  There is one bummer. I was also supposed to receive a makeup brush, but that didn't arrive in my bag. I've contacted ipsy care about it and expect to hear back from them shortly. (I'll update this post when/if I get it.)

*edit - I found it! It was inside the mailer! I'm such a dork. I'll post photos and my thoughts on the brush later.

So this little brush nearly went to the dump! I didn't notice it in the mailer and didn't realize it was missing until I checked out my Glam Room. So, I contacted ipsy care and the super nice customer service rep got back to me right away and gently suggested I check the mailer. Yeah...that was embarrassing. But I'm sooooo glad I found it!

So happy I found this one!

This brush reminds me so much of e.l.f.'s Essential Bronzing Brush. But better. Way better. In fact, I was going to try to find one just like it last weekend. I love the way the e.l.f. brush is shaped and how it's the perfect size for contouring on me, but the bristles are a bit scratchy and the application is always a bit patchy. (I'm a poet, don'tcha know?)

e.l.f. vs. Luxie

The Luxie brush, however, is soft, and full, and has a lovely weight to it. And I'm crazy for the pink and rose gold. Both brushes are cruelty-free and vegan. The e.l.f. brush is only $2. The Luxie brush is half off at the time this post is being published. That makes it $8 right now. For $6 more than e.l.f. you can get a high quality brush that gives a flawless application. Totally worth it!.
(Full price $16. Sale price $8)

You wanted a close-up, right?

6. The bag - I'm even loving this bag. It's adorable. The back side and lining is the same pink as the top band. It's just plain cute.

V. cute!

The grand total for this bag (sans brush)* is $42.83. If you're interested in subscribing to ipsy, feel free to use my link. I get points. Points get me stuff. All good things.

If you already subscribe, what did you get? I'm just being nosy.


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

January ipsy bag: Fresh Start

The excitement of getting my ipsy bag every month has not abated in any way. It's still like Christmas every time. Weird? No? This month's theme is Fresh Start. Not sure why. That's just what the card said.

Let's get started with my fave product in the bag:

1. Pacifica Natural Mineral Coconut Eye Shadow in Treasure - I had some misgivings with this eye shadow. I've tried a Pacifica duo in the past and the pigmentation wasn't there...

 ...but, BAM!!! There it is! That's swatched without a primer, folks. How gorgeous is that?

It lasted all day on me with primer. I haven't tried it on my eyes without it. The one bummer is that in order to get this shade, you have to buy the whole palette. There's no singles. Bummer.
(Palette Value $32. Sample Value $2.90)

2. (MALIN+GOETZ) Mojito Lip Balm - This balm is pretty awesome. It's thick, but not in a weird way. The lime scent is subtle, but so yummy. It's very moisturizing. Two thumbs up from me!
(Full Size $12. Sample Value $8.40)

3. La Fresh Eco-Beauty Be Good. Good Day. Day Moisturizer - This is a pretty good moisturizer. It behaved itself under my makeup, but it doesn't have sunscreen. That's something I look for in a day-time moisturizer. I do love the packaging of the sample size (which you can buy!). It's a foil packet done right with a screw-top cap. There's enough product for a good trial. The full size is in a traditional jar.
(Full size $40. Sample size $13.99)

4. Hikari Cosmetics Mechanical Eye Liner in Storm - This poor, poor eyeliner. It's so bad I feel sorry for it. It has almost no pigmentation. I'm pretty pale, so things tend to show up on me pretty well. Not this. Not at all. I even warmed it up to try to make it better. No luck.

This swatch took me For. Ev. Er! I love that it's a mechanical pencil (because I'm lazy), but that's about all I can say for this.
(Value $13)

5. Manna Kadar Cosmetics Sheer Glo - This shimmer lotion looks so pretty, doesn't it? The packaging is darling.

Just look at that pink shimmery loveliness.

Uh...wait! Where did it go? Yeah, that's what happens when this product is blended out. It leaves not a trace behind. Nothing. Nada. So what's the point?
(Full size $29. Sample value $7.83)

The bag - I'm not really sure how I feel about this one. It's plasticy with a blue side, a white side, and a coral zipper and liner. It's okay. The color blocking takes me back to the 90's. The color combo is unexpected. It's alright. The texture feels weird. I dunno. Can you tell I'm not excited?

The grand total for this month's bag is $46.12. I'm on the fence this month. Two products definitely won't get used. All of the others were so good. Just for fun, I added up the prices of the products I liked and that came to $25.29. That's still a great deal for a $10 bag. I'm going to call that a win.

If you're interested and would like to give me some points, head on over to ipsy to check them out. It's a customizable $10/month subscription service that gives out deluxe sample size and full size products in a reusable makeup bag. And it's a lot of fun.



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