Friday, April 22, 2016

Ipsy Review - March

Ipsy time!

I love getting this bag in the mail! For the price that doesn’t break the budget ($10 including shipping), it is a great deal and you get a little beauty treat each month.  Sometimes they are a complete hit, sometimes a few products are a miss, but it’s always worth at least what I paid regardless!
The theme of this month’s bag is “Hello Spring” and comes in an adorable orangey bag with a rose type pattern on it. I love it! The products are pretty dark to me to be “spring” like, but maybe they just happen to be the colors I got.
Next up…the March Ipsy bag!
1) Mellow Cosmetics Blush in “Bronze” – .16 oz. (FULL SIZE)
Blush two months in a row? Boo.  This color looks a little dark to me; it seems more like a bronzer than a blush.  I prefer rosier or more coral type shades.
Full Size: $10.00 My Value: $10.00

2) Beau Gachis Eyebrow Brush – FULL SIZE
I’m not sure how to use this as an eyebrow brush, I may use it as an eyeliner brush instead!
Full Size: $12.00 My Value: $12.00

3) Essence Make Me Brow in “browny brows” – .12 oz. (FULL SIZE)
I don’t do my brows very often since you can’t really see them because of my bangs. If I do my brows, it’s pretty much a waste of product. My first thought when I saw this was how cheap it probably is.  I remember seeing this brand in Ulta and everything was close to $1.
Full Size: $2.99 My Value: $2.99

4)  NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick in “Softspoken” – .13 oz (FULL SIZE)
I ‘m not a huge fan of this. It is a little dark for my liking and it is very drying. I put it over a cream lipstick I already had on (well remnants of it) and it feels sooooo dry instantly! Bummer. This only thing I like it that it is very thin and not heavy feeling.
Full Size: $7.00 My Value: $7.00

5)  Alterna Haircare Caviar Anti-Aging Spray Volume Mist – 1.4 oz.
Wow, this stuff seems to do a lot. It’s a “Caviar Anti-Aging Miracle Multiplying Volume Mist.” Say that three times fast!! I honestly can’t imagine I’d really notice a difference in my hair when using this stuff, I’d only be hoping it was doing what it was supposed to! The good thing about it is it has a lovely citrusy clean scent. I’d spray it on my hair just for that!
Full Size: $28.00 for 4.8 oz. My Value: $8.16

Final Cost: $10.00
Final Value: $40.15

This month’s bag is a total miss for me.  Not that Ipsy knows my hairstyle, but I am bummed two of the products are brow products that I won’t get use out of. I can’t fault them for that though. I use both blush and lip gloss, but I don’t like the shades of those that were included this month, so I won’t be using them.  The only thing that can save this is the magical hair mist, but I am not holding high hopes for it since I don’t use many hair products.

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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Noah - Month 10

I can't believe my little man is passing 10 months old!  I feel like it is just yesterday he joined our family.  I was always told "they grow so fast," but man it is really the truth! 

Noah got a couple more teeth this month on the top, giving him a total of 4.  Funny thing is they are not the middle teeth.  He looks like a little vampire!

He is 28 inches tall and 16.1 pounds, but I am going to guess he ended the month closer to 17 pounds!  He seems to be getting bigger by the day.  He is crawling like crazy and loves to pull himself to a standing position.  He is VERY observant and watches everything!  He loves to explore!

This month he went to the park for the first time and went down his first slide and got into a swing for the first time. He loved the swing, but not so much the slide!  We also got him dedicated at church on the 4 year anniversary of the day mommy and daddy met. It was perfect timing!

At the park!

First time on a slide...he didn't love it.

First taste of dirt....nom nom.

First time on a swing....he loved it!


Watching basketball with daddy

Bubble bath time!

Dedication day with grammy and grandpa

Looking sharp in his suit!


I love this pic, his shirt says "My daddy" and it is C's football number

Being mischievous and getting into a box

"I own the night" is the full truth.  He is still not doing so great at sleeping!!

10 month smiles!

Friday, March 25, 2016

Ipsy Bag Review - February

Ipsy time!

As usual, this is one of my favorite times of the month….I love getting this bag in the mail! As I’ve always said, this is the best bag out there, especially for such a low price.  If you are looking to start a beauty subscription, I would definitely try Ipsy first.
The theme of this month’s bag is “Pretty In #Ipsypink” and comes in textured bag that is pink on one side and has a black and white design with a heart on the other. I would have though the “pink” part would be more prominent in this bag. From the bag itself to the contents, there could have been a lot more pink! This is kind of a fail on the theme in my opinion.
Next up…the February Ipsy bag!
1) treStique Baby Blush Stick in “Bora Bora Coral” – .04 oz.
At first I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about this….but I kind of love it!  I have never really been one to use cream blushes, but this one works great. I’m always afraid it won’t blend well, but I haven’t had that problem with this.  I adore the color (Coral blush is my jam) so I wish this was bigger!  My only complaint is the blush part broke away from the stick before I even used it.  If I keep it twisted pretty tight its not a problem, but once I get to the bottom of the packaging and using it, I suspect it will be a problem and some will be wasted. Bummer.
Full Size: $28.00 for .21 oz. My Value: $5.33

2) Theorie Argan Oil Hair Serum – .5 oz.
I’m not sure why, but I have never been a hair serum or argan oil person.  Maybe it’s because I rarely do my hair these days?  Also, I tend to have oily hair, so adding more oil to it, no matter how awesome it’s supposed to be, doesn’t appeal to me.
Full Size: $39.00 for 3.4 oz. My Value: $5.73

3) it Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye in “Neutral Medium” – .11 oz.
This stuff works fantastic, it really has amazing coverage.  My only complaint is it feels a little thick, but I am sure that contributes to the awesome coverage so I can get past it. It is pretty pricey, but a little of this stuff goes a long way so at least it would last awhile!
Full Size: $24.00 for .28 oz. My Value: $9.42

4)  Model Co. Lip Lacquer in “Morrocco” – .05 oz
I love this!  The color is perfect for me.  At first I thought it may be too dark, but the gloss is pretty thin, so its just a step up from nude on my lips, just a bit of flushed color.  Perfect!  The gloss itself is really nice as well. It isn’t sticky, which is my biggest complaint with most glosses. I am not 100% sure on the value….I couldn’t find the size of the full size tube.
Full Size: $24.00 for .1 oz. My Value: $12.00

5)  ciate London Mini Paint Pot Nail Polish in “My Go To Red”  – .17 oz.
This is not my color, but that is really beside the point. Holy cow is this stuff expensive.  I don’t buy nail polish because I rarely use it, but even if I did I would never pay $24 for a single bottle!  I can’t even give more of a review because of the price, it’s ridiculous.
Full Size: $24.00 for .46 oz. My Value: $8.86

Final Cost: $10.00
Final Value: $41.34

Well I have to say, three of the five items are total hits for me.  Not only do I think I may get use out of them, I love them!  The blush I use every day and the lip gloss stays in my purse now. While I won’t be getting much use from the serum or the nail polish, I don’t hate their addition to this bag. Great bag with a great value!

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Friday, March 18, 2016

Noah - Month 9

I can't believe this dude is already 9 months old!  He has been out of my belly now just as long as he was in there.  Crazy!

This month he is crawling like a crazy man and loves pulling himself up to a standing position. He will be walking before we know it!  The only problem with the standing...he's learned to do it in his crib!  He wakes up in the middle of the night, stands up and cries. Phew. It's exhausting sometimes.

Speaking of his crib, he still isn't sleeping well. He used to sleep through the night, but ever since he got sick a few months ago he hasn't been back to that.  I think his cough wakes him up....poor guy.

This month he started at 15.2 pounds and ended at 16 pounds.  He also grew half an inch longer, making him a full 28 inches.  My little man is growing! We are still breastfeeding...I can't believe mama's milk has kept a human alive and growing for 9 whole months!

There aren't a ton of exciting things that went on in January/February, but Noah did get to experience his first petting zoo!  He met a turkey, goat, bunny, goose and a few other fluffy creatures.  He also took his first bath in the sink, which he absolutely loved!

To Infinity and Beyond!

First scratch on his face from crawling off the bed!


Selfie with a Turkey....

Got to pet all sorts of animals at the school petting zoo!

Had his first bath in the sink....and loved it!

My little man. 9 months old already?!

Friday, March 11, 2016

Noah - Month 8

I got pretty far behind on these....whoops!  Life has really caught up to me and its hard to find time to blog anymore. I want to at least share Noah's pics for the first year though. I want to be able to look back on this time and remember everything!

In his Eighth month we celebrated his first Christmas!  He wasn't too sure of what was going on, but he played nicely with all his new toys while we sat with daddy, Grandma, Grandpa and Uncle to open gifts.

He also got sick for the first time this month, which was a big bummer.  We spent many nights awake coughing and had plenty of "steam" sessions in the bathroom to try and fight it off.  It was rough because daddy had to fly back to Maryland for a funeral, so it was just mommy and Noah through it all.

Halfway through the month our little peanut weighed 14.2 pounds and is staying steady at 27.5 inches.

Little man got sick for the first time....I was oogling his curls as we "steamed" in the bathroom
Noah's first Ugly Sweater Party!

"Opening" his first present...with his new little teeth!


First picture with Santa....its perfect!

Opening a present on Christmas Eve

Playing cards with daddy

Christmas morning....matching jammies!

First time sitting in the grocery cart

First time sitting in a restaurant high chair!

Zoo Lights!

Me and my little man...I love this photo!

First Carousel ride!

Riding a dino!

8 months....I love that smile!


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