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.

Love,

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.

Love,

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.

Love,

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Farewell '14!


I've tried writing this one a few times already. I deleted a few drafts. The negative tone didn't set well with me. To be totally honest, 2014 was literally the worst year of my life. I'm glad it's over. Instead of dwelling on that, I've decided to list my wishes for 2015.

  • I wish for peace. World peace. Peace in the Middle East. Family peace. Whichever. I'll be happy with any of those. (Side note: relatives family)
  • I wish for good health for my family and friends.
  • I wish for stability.
  • I wish for fun.
  • I wish for happiness for all.

So, even though 2014 left me feeling stomped on like a sidewalk dandelion, I'm still hopeful for a much brighter future. Bring on 2015!

What are your hopes and dreams for 2015?

Love,

Friday, December 26, 2014

Super Simple Easy Bow


Umm...so this is kind of late. Remember our costumes for Halloween? Well, this is how I made Sean's bow tie, which can be repurposed. Stick around for that.


I cut two pieces of felt. One was 10 inches by 2.5 inches. The second one was 1.25 inches by 3.25 inches. Still with me?


I folded the large strip in half, overlapping it a bit. Using a needle and thread, I sewed the ends together and created the pinched look. I then wrapped the small strip around the center and sewed the ends of that together, but not attaching it to the large strip. For the bow tie, I slipped a large safety pin into the back.


Once Sean was finished with it, I then slipped it onto a headband. Adorable! You could also use a clip.


This whole project took me less than ten minutes. And I'm awful at sewing. I'm thinking of making these in several different colors to match my daughter's wardrobe.

Love,

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Happy Holidays!


Hey, all!
It's that time of year again. Again!?! Where did this year go? I won't keep you too long. I just wanted to say Happy Holidays and I wish you a wonderful new year!

My family and I made some gingerbread houses last night. Here are some of the highlights.

Such concentration. Photo by Sean O'Donoghue.

Pretty pleased with her work.

Nom! (In actuality, she still hasn't taken the first bite. She says it's too pretty to eat.)

Yeah...there's no hope for this one, but it did taste good.

Mine! Tasted better than it looks.
We do these houses every year. What are some holiday traditions in your home?

Love,

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

December Ipsy: Thinking of You


Thinking of You themed bag

Hi, all!
Straight up, I love this month's bag. It introduced me to my new favorite...you'll just have to wait and see!

In no particular order (because I liked it all!) here's what I got this month.

1. Bumble and bumble. Straight Blow Dry - Smells lovely and does what it's supposed to. I have thick hair that tends to frizz. This helped my blow-out last for a few days and left my hair soft. (Value $14 for 2oz. Sample Value $3.50)

Love this!

 2. NYX Cosmetics Butter Lip Balm in Ladyfingers - This is described as "mauve", but seriously it's more of a berry pink. The color lasted from 8 am to lunchtime at noon. The moisturizing effect stuck around a bit longer. Plus, it smells like candy. (Value $4)

Love that!

Swatch out!

3. CAILYN Cosmetics Just Mineral Eye Polish in Orchid - I've never tried something like this before. The packaging is certainly unique. The eye polish is a loose powder eye shadow and is a lovely shimmery rose gold. Applied dry, it's pretty subtle. Use a sticky primer or apply wet to amp up the drama. (Value $15)

Love this, too!

Swatched dry.

 4. Swissco Electroplated Eyelash Curler in Purple - To be totally honest, I didn't try this one. I have naturally curly lashes and already have a curler that I rarely have to use. (Only when I've slept on my face weird and my lashes are doing freaky things, really.) I'll probably pass this one along to someone else. It's adorable, though. The purple is so pretty. This model also comes in blue. (Value $5)

Love that purple!

Aaaannnddd.....a different angle.
5. tarte deluxe lights, camera, lashes 4-in-1 mascara - So we've gotten to my new favorite...MASCARA!!! I really love what this does for my lashes. It gives me volume, length, definition, everything I want in a mascara. It has a traditional bristle brush. It doesn't flake or smudge on me and is easy to remove. I'm in love! (Value $20. Sample value $8.33)

The new love of my life!

6. Wet n Wild MegaSlicks Balm Stain Moisturizing Lip Color in Lady and the Vamp - This one is an oldie but a goodie in my makeup collection. I had to redeem some points before they expired, so I ordered this. I didn't realize that I already had this one, I just thought they had brought out a new dark color. Soooo...now I have two.

An old love.
I really do love this stain. It goes on a deep plum and when it wears down, it becomes a beautiful rose shade. The stain does last about all day. I'm bummed that I didn't get to try a new shade, but happy that I'll have a back-up for this gorgeous one. (Value $2.99)

Stainy.

7. The bag - This month's bag is a nice black satin with a plastic hang tag. The zipper and lining match the tag. It's cute. It'll get used.

Satiny.
The grand total for this month's bag (not including the balm stain or the makeup bag) is $35.83. I'm happy with the way my $10 was spent this month. If you're interested, click my ipsy link to get some more information.

If you already subscribe, what did you get? I'm nosy like that.

Love,

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