Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Ipsy Review - April

It’s my favorite time of the month….Ipsy time! 

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.
As you know this box is $10 a month….how can you not go for it? 

The theme of this month’s bag is “Beauty Rocks.”  It came in a cute little back with a record on it…..that smells absolutely terrible.  Like burnt rubber and plastic maybe? Ew.

Without further ado….the April Ipsy bag!  

             1)     City Color Mousse Eye Shadow in “White Gold”  -  20 ml (FULL SIZE)
This is actually very pretty!  It gives off a great mermaid like white goldish shimmer. How’s that for a mouthful?  I thought maybe it had a bit of a lasting power as it was difficult to wipe off my arm when I color tested it, but once I wore it my thoughts changed. Even though I wore a primer underneath, it still had pretty bad creasing after a few hours. It is still gorgeous though. My only other comment is it is very glittery and sparkly, so this isn’t for you if you like a matte look!
Full Size: $3.99 My Value: $3.99

            2)    Dr. brandt Microdermabrasion Skin Exfoliant – .25 oz.
             I am really excited to try this. I have been quite into skincare items lately.  I wish it were 
             cheaper though, even if I loved it I can’t see myself spending that much on the full size! I 
             can’t imagine it is like a real microdermabrasion treatment either….but if it is maybe I would 
             splurge for this! (Update….I tried it. It’s not amazing.)
Full Size: $78.00 for 2 oz. My Value: $9.75

            3)    marykayatplay Jelly Lip Gloss in “Berry Me” – .32 oz. (FULL SIZE)
             I don’t really like this at all.  It seems like a cheap lip gloss and the color just doesn’t work 
             for me at all.  If I can think of any ten year old girls I know though, this is going straight to 
Full Size: $10.00 My Value: $10.00

4)   Demeter Roll on Perfume Oil in “Jasmine” – .29 oz. (FULL SIZE)
Ah!  I love this!  This scent reminds me of my trip to Hawaii with C.  The Lei he bought me smelled exactly like this.  It’s nice to have a scent that reminds you of a great experience!  I may end up getting this again once I use it all!
Full Size: $10.00 My Value: $10.00

5)   Urban Decay 24/7 Velvet Glide-On Eye Pencil in “Black Velvet” – .03 oz.
I know this won’t make sense to some of you who know my makeup style and history…..but I like this!  I have been trying to use pencil liners a bit more so I am excited to try a great brand like Urban Decay. Plus, I really love the small travel size of this!
Full Size: $20.00 for .04 oz.  My Value: $15.00

 Final Cost: $10.00
Final Value: $48.74

As always, a great value!

Other than the lip gloss, I really like this bag! I love that it is such a variety of items and that 3 of the 5 are full size.  Seriously, you can’t beat the price for this bag.

I really am madly in love with Ipsy! I think it’s the best thing out there as far as beauty boxes, especially for the price. 

If you’d like to give it a try you can sign up here!

(As always, I swear I’m not a review blog….I just like sharing these things in hopes that other people will get to have the same fun that I do!  I am not compensated in any way.)
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Monday, April 21, 2014

Adventures in Arizona - Part Two

Like I mentioned on Monday, C had a bye week two weeks ago. We decided to take a “staycation” and do some exploring in Arizona so he could save money for a ring for me. Again….eek!! 

If you want to see our adventures for the first part of the week, you can see them here.  I got a chemical peel, we saw a ghost town and we visited Canyon Lake and Apache Lake....all by Wednesday!

A "C" sized snickers!
Thursday we spent being lazy and catching up on the shows on our DVR, so Friday we decided to head back out to visit another Arizona sit. After stopping by Islands Burgers for lunch we hit up the Musical Instrument Museum.  You guys, this place is really incredible.  The museum is divided into continents and then each continent room has displays broken out by country. They have multiple instruments and artifacts from each country and videos that show the people living there and how they play and use those instruments.  I’m talking goat bladders, sheep horns, moth pod ankle bracelets, rocks on sticks, pieces of trees, virtually whatever the people living at that time could find to create music. You wear headphones and when you get close to each display you hear the music from the videos or sounds that those particular instruments make. So very cool to see! After seeing all the instruments, we went to a galley where we got to play some instruments of our own! We spent four hours there and finally got tired.  I know we probably skimmed through the last hour or so too, instead of really taking it all in!
Headphones on and ready to explore!

After the museum we headed out to my parent’s house for some pizza, wings and Michigan State basketball.  As you all know, C bleeds Michigan State green!  It was fun to get together with my parents and watch the team win.  My dad is a huge college basketball fan, so it’s nice to see them bond over something!

On Saturday we did something C has never done before…..horseback riding!   Now, the only reason C has never been horseback riding is because people literally won’t let him on their horses because he is too big. He’s always wanted to ride though.  Thankfully, we found someone who would give him a chance! One of the Rattler’s fans invited us over to his house for a ride, which was incredibly generous.  We headed over Saturday afternoon and spent the day riding horses around their property.  It was hilarious, because they just told C to hop right on. He had no clue what he was doing and was very intimiated!  Luckily, that didn’t last too long.  I loved being able to see him experience something new….and slightly scary!  I have been or horses many times, but I have also been thrown off (accidently) a few times, so horses make me more nervous than they used too. We spent horses alternating between riding horses and drinking beers on the front porch.  Probably not the greatest combo, but it was a lovely relaxing afternoon!  I got to experience my first gallop on a horse which was incredible.  I spent the entire time wondering if I was about to fall off and die….but I made it through.  It was frightening and exhilarating all at the same time!

Riding around in an old Model T!
Oh yeah, I also straightened and cut C’s hair this week, but I’m not allowed to show any pictures!  Just imagine though…..his hair is a good 7-8 inches long and it was sticking out all over his head! Good stuff.  I saved pictures for blackmail though (ok not really) so don’t worry!

I swear it felt like my week off went so quickly, I can’t believe we spent all of that time in Arizona! Yes, I missed the beach, but a pretty diamond on my hand someday soon is worth it!

Have you ever taken a staycation? Did you enjoy it?
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Friday, April 18, 2014

Pretty Little Beauty Swap Link Up!

It's time again for our Pretty Little Beauty Swap Link Up!!!

I hope that you are all continuing to enjoy this swap.....I know I am!

This month I was paired up with Kat from Kat Katastrophe.  I was fun getting to know her and I am surprised we had any time to chat because she is a busy busy little bee!  She just got an awesome job at Vera Bradley so I've been totally instagram stalking all of her new purchases!

I received my box from her today and I am totally in love!

First of all, she sent this AMAZING makeup bag.  I have never been in love with a bag more than I have with this one. It is perfect and SO me.  Seriously, if this was all she sent I would have been a happy camper.  But that's not all!

Inside the bag I found all of these goodies:

Trim Nail File in awesome bright colors
Freeman Mint & Lemon Clay Mask (since I told her I love masks)
Village Naturals Mineral Bath Soak (since I mentioned my addiction to baths)
Covergirl Flamed Up Mascara (I'm really excited to try this!)
Baby Lips Lip Balm in "Pink Shock" (Love!)
Sally Hansen Nail Polish in "Reef-Raf" (What a cute name!)
L'Oreal Paris Shadow Quad in "Brazen Bolds" (Such pretty colors!)

I love that the whole package had such a fun, bright, summery feel to it!! Oranges and pinks just make me feel happy!

Thanks again Kat!!

Last month there was a bit of a snafu with my package from our newest co-host Ange at Hairspray and High Heels so she ended up sending me a Sephora gift card because she basically rocks.  I ended up with a pretty sweet haul (ok I spent WAY more than the gift card....oops) so I will be sharing that soon too!

Now its time to show off what you got!!

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Boxy Charm Review - April

Boxy Charm time!

This box is $21.00 a month with free shipping and is a “beauty box subscription that surprises you each month with the best beauty products from popular and chic brands. Each box contains full size and luxury size beauty samples from preferred well-known brands.” They aim to cover a whole look from makeup to nails, which I really like. 

I have to say, month they didn’t the adorable packaging that they usually do and that makes me sad. They have been tapering off of how cute the packaging is and this month they didn’t even try! The adorable packaging almost makes the box better to me in a way.  Yes, I guess pretty colored paper matters to me!

This month’s theme was “Strike a Pose” which I don’t quite get, but oh well. 

So here it is….the April Boxy Charm!  

            1)     Coolway Glow Finishing Oil – 3.3 oz. (FULL SIZE)
            I have not tried this stuff yet, but my first thought is it is WAY over priced!  $30 for three 
            ounces?!?  My guess is it is just like any other finishing oil I have tried and will make my 
            hair sleek…..but also greasy looking.
Full Size: $29.95 My Value: $29.95

            2)      Ofra Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in “Hollywood”– .28 oz.  (FULL SIZE)
This is the second one of these I have gotten and I really disliked the first.  The color looked great in the tube, but terrible on my lips.  So….I didn’t have high hopes for this one either.  I was pleasantly surprised with the color, it wasn’t as bright as it seemed in the tube. That being said, it is still pretty drying.  My lips seem to get extra dry all the time, so this just doesn’t work for me.  Kinda bummed.
Full Size: $19.90 My Value: $19.90

3)   bellapierre Nail Polish in “Lavender” - .5 oz. (FULL SIZE)
I wish I wore nail polish.  But even if I did, I wouldn’t wear this color. Way too bright for me! Also, that’s a bit expensive for a nail polish right?
Full Size: $15.00 My Value: $15.00

4)  ModelCo BLUSH Cheek Powder “Cosmopolitan” – .28 oz. (FULL SIZE)
I love this! It’s seriously the perfect rosy pink color.  I just ran out of my blush that is very similar, so this will be a welcome addition to my makeup bag!
Full Size: $18.00 My Value: $18.00

5)  ModelCo Lip Liner in “Pomegranate” – .05 oz. (FULL SIZE)
Not sure I will be using this either. I rarely use lip liner and I can’t even tell what color this might be, but judging from the bottom of the pencil it is orangey brown and not appealing!
Full Size: $20.00 My Value: $20.00

Final Cost: $21.00
Final Value: $102.85

A first glance this has a fantastic value, but honestly, these products are WAY overpriced in my opinion! I wouldn’t pay full price for a single one of them!

This box honestly missed the mark for me, which bums me out.  I will only get use out of one of these products. I hope next month is better!

If you’d like to get Boxy Charm, you can sign up here!

(Also, I swear I’m not a review blog….I just like sharing these fun things! I have not been compensated for this review.)
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Monday, April 14, 2014

Starbox Review - March

Starbox time!  

I almost completely forgot to post this review!  I'm thinking maybe it was because I was a little underwhelmed….

Last month I said I was on the verge on stopping this box…..but that was before I found out what the “quarterly gift” was for being a subscriber.  You guys?  They sent me a $35 credit to use in their store!  That’s like the price of two whole boxes.  I will be keeping this box just for that reason alone. That brings the retail price of each box down to $5.91 and I got to pick out some extra goodies that I really wanted!

If you don’t remember, Starbox is a monthly beauty box that is $15 a month (plus a few dollars S&H) and comes with 3-4 FULL SIZED products each time.  No tiny lotion samples!
The website says the makeup line is comparable to MAC, Chanel, Sephora and other department store lines.  It also says that the value of each monthly box ranges from $35.00 to $99.00.

This month’s box was a signature edition in the name of Ashley Hackman. Too bad I have no clue who that is.  The card says she is an Entrepreneur, Makeup Artist, and YouTube Sensation. Right. 

So here we go….the March Starbox!  

      1)     Starlooks Lipstick in “Boss”– .13 oz  (FULL SIZE)
Oh hey look. A red lipstick. Again. Ugh. Do I need to say anything more?
Full Size: $12.00 My Value: $12.00

     2)    Starlooks Lipliner in “Cherry Cedar”– 2.4 g. (FULL SIZE)
            And a red lipliner. How fitting. Also useless to me.
           Full Size: $12.00 My Value: $12.00

     3)    Starlooks Infinity Eyeliner in “Black Hole” – .12 oz. (FULL SIZE)
          Now here’s something that makes me happy! As most of you know I use a gel liner 
          every single day, so this will really come in handy. In fact, I have been using it for the 
          last few weeks since I got this. It is definitely comparable to my MAC gel liner.  My  
          only complaint it is takes a bit of extra work to get this to come off at night!
         Full Size: $13.00 My Value: $13.00

Final Cost: $17.58
Final Value: $37.00

Even though I hated two of the products, the gel liner more than made up for it.  I will get full usage of that and it is something I will be using every day! I will be keeping this box a few more months to see if the loyalty gift next quarter is still as great!

If you are curious, these are the items I picked out with my gift:

Starlooks Satin Lipstick in “Streep”
Starlooks Tendergloss in “Sugar Lips”
Starlooks Tendergloss in “Cherub”
Starlooks All Natural Lip Scrub

I actually like all of the colors I picked out!

What do you think?

If you’d like to try Starbox you can sign up here!

(Also, I swear I’m not a review blog….I just like sharing these fun things! I have not been compensated for this review.)
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