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August Ipsy Review

It’s Ipsy time!

This month’s bag was all about back to school.

(Which makes me feel incredibly ancient)

Time to open up the bag and see what’s inside!


Here’s the back to school glam bag.

August Ipsy

Please tell me you think it screams pencil case, too?

Check out this cutesy mini Lord & Black silk black eyeliner.

August Ipsy

Eyeliner is always a winner, even if it’s a pencil.

Confession: I’m terrible at sharpening the dang things.

I always splinter it off, and it cracks, and is a total mess.

Regardless, I’ll definitely use it up.

It goes on super smooth, and lasted all day. Win.

I also got this mini sample of GLAMGLOW Youth Mud tingle exfoliating mask.

August Ipsy

Can we just talk about how out of this world this stuff smells?!

So so good. In fact, I even looked to see whether they also made body spray or perfume.

Spoiler, they don’t.

I’ve heard of this brand many times before, but have never used any of their products.

I used the mask and it had an instant tingling and tightening effect.

Weird pieces of black stuff came out and sort of randomly smeared across my face, but I think it was supposed to? Let’s hope.

It was an enjoyable experience, but I doubt I’ll be able to determine how well it works from this small sample. Nonetheless, I’ll enjoy using this stuff until it’s gone!

I also scored this mini Manna shimmer lotion.

August Ipsy

August Ipsy

Basically liquid sparkle.

Lord help me.

It’s no secret I love glowy sparkle and shine.

To a fault.

This stuff? Totally beautiful.

Thankfully it’s not over the top, and a little drop added to foundation adds a subtle, gentle glow. least I think so?

If you see me and I look like I dipped my face in glitter, well, you’ll know what happened.

I also got this Urban Decay black super plumping mascara sample.

August Ipsy

August Ipsy

I always enjoy mascara samples, and needed a new tube so this worked out.

Finally, I got this super delicious full size You’re the Balm green apple lip balm.

August Ipsy

It smells and tastes fantastic, and it’s got a pretty and sheer pinkish hue. Totally excited about this stuff.

The bag was a winner, but I was a little bummed everything was sample sized except the lip balm (sheesh, I sound like a brat).

Let’s take a look at the price breakdown:

Lord & Black silk black eyeliner sample- $2.15 (I think...maybe?)

GLAMGLOW Youth Mud tingle exfoliating mask sample- $19

Manna Kadar shimmer lotion sample-$7.80

Urban Decay black mascara sample-$5.50

You’re the Balm green apple lip balm-$3

Despite the samples, the dollars definitely work in my favor.

So there you have it! My August Ipsy.

Check out past months here, my dear! smile

April, May, June, July, August, September,October, November , December,
And July!

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July Ipsy Review!

My July Ipsy was full of good things!

I can’t wait for you to see.

Let’s start with the super super cute bag everything came in.

July Ipsy

Ah this bag is killing me! It’s a hot neon pink in a pleather material with cute scalloped edging.

So fun.

Check out this cute sparkly red nail polish.

July Ipsy

It’s from a brand called Models Own. 

Ever heard of it?

I hadn’t.

Perhaps since I’m not a model? Ha!

I also got this Pur-Lisse travel sunscreen.

July Ipsy

These travel bottles are always handy. I like to keep them in my purse during football season for easy reapplication.

For sunscreen, it’s super expensive though, so I’ll be using the sample and that’s it.

I got this mini Bare Minerals liquid eyeshadow in vintage wine.

July Ipsy

July Ipsy

It’s teeny, cute, and goes on incredibly smooth.

The color is nice and neutral, yet has a subtle shimmer. Surprisingly, it had great staying power too.

I’m usually skeptical of these liquid eyeshadow things, however I have received a couple from Ipsy now and have had good results.

I also got this sample sized Marrakesh Endz argan oil hair therapy.

July Ipsy

I used when my hair was damp the other day and didn’t think it was going to do much. It kind of felt thin and wimpy going on, but I must say it smells so crazy good.

Like freshly baked cookies.

Doing my hair in the morning and contemplating snickerdoodles.


I was very surprised when I dried my hair and could feel just how soft and smooth my ends were. I was very pleased with this product. What seemed disappointing at first packed a punch and definitely delivered results.

Finally, my favorite product.

(Another) pink lipstick. Pixie Beauty Tinted Balm in Pretty Pink.

July Ipsy

July Ipsy

And it totally is pretty pink. smile

Ah guys, totally heart this one.

I realize this is much like all the others I own, but hey- it saves me from having to buy a new one when I’m out now, right!?

It is cute, small, and tastes like peppermint. Win!

Definitely a good bag all around.

So let’s take a look at the price breakout and see how the bag stacks up against my $10 investment.

-Models Own Nail Polish- $8.57
-Pur-lisse Sample Sunscreen- $16.18
-Bare Minerals Liquid Eyeshadow Sample-$5.40
-Marrakesh Endz Hair Therapy Sample- $5.99
-Pixie Pretty Pink Lipstick- $8.40

Sooo- pretty great for my $10 investment. Knowing I’ll use all the products is great too!

There you have it, pretties. Check in tomorrow for more fun! 

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June Ipsy Review!

Hi friends! I got to meet the fabulous Angela last night and I can’t wait to tell you all about our fun! I hope you check in soon to read all about it on Thursday.

Today however, I’m on the move and had to preload this post to make sure there was some content out there to read!

So let’s talk Ipsy!

They’re killing me.


They’ve been knocking it out of the park lately, and this month is no different.

There was only one questionable item, but we will get to that skin enough.

I apologize in advance for the bad pics. I took these in a hurry before my trip.

So the June theme was Pretty in Paradise, and they hit the nail on the head.

Here’s the super cute bag designed by Rebecca Minkoff.

June Ipsy

This month came with three full size products!

Seriously, Ipsy, I love you.

Let’s peek inside!

The first thing I pulled out was this sample sized Marc Anthony Dream Waves Beach Spray.

June Ipsy

I’ve been wanting to try a product like this for ages but never wanted to spend the money to do it for fear it wouldn’t work. For that reason, I was thrilled to see this!

Sooo, I used it on my second full day between washings, so my straightened hair was in need if a little life. I usually pull my hair up on the second day, but I have this a go instead.

June Ipsy

I have naturally wavy hair and it rejuvenated my curls almost instantly with a little scrunching.

I will probably stick to ponys on my second day between washings, but can’t wait to try it on a day when my hair is fresh or even the day after.


Oh and it smells fantastic. Totally beachy and coconut-y.

I also got this full size Be a Bombshell black mascara!

June Ipsy

June Ipsy

So very excited about this stuff. I’ve gotten multiple products from this company and absolutely am crazy about all of them.

This is no different. Plus it’s fill size. Wee!

I also got the sample Skinn Olive & Enzyme Cleanser and Mask.

June Ipsy

It smells terrific. Sort of like an orange cremesicle collided with vanilla birthday cake?


I used it as a mask and didn’t think it did all that much, but have a feeling it will be better as a face wash. It claims to “melt” off makeup, so I look forward to trying it.

Aaand another full size treat.

This NYX butter gloss in apple strudel.

June Ipsy

Stroooodel. Haha

Sorry. It was necessary.

This stuff can also now be known as my new favorite lip gloss. The color is absolutely beautiful! I can’t wait to wear this every single day.

Plus NYX is at Target now, so it’s easy to restock.

Finally, I got this Nicka K sparkly green eyeliner.

June Ipsy

June Ipsy

You know by now how incredibly grandma-ish I am about these types of colors. I wasn’t all that excited to see this in the bag, but the good news is that it’s full size and will definitely go to someone who loves all thing bold and jade.

So that’s the bag! A major hit overall.

Too bad we’re not vacationing somewhere tranquil and unique. . Hey, Canada is exotic-ish, right?

Oh, and everything in the bag (aside from the eye products) pretty much smells delicious. I had the mask on, have the gloss a try, and even spritzed my hair all in the same beauty session.

I smelled like I just freakin’ came from the beaches of Maui.

So let’s talk money.

Marc Anthony Dream Waves Beach Spray sample - $3.18

Be a Bombshell black mascara-$15

Skin Olive & Enzyme Cleanser and Mask- $12 ($24 for dull size)

NYX Butter Gloss-$5

Green Sparkle Eyeliner-$4.99

My monthly cost for everything was only $10, so definitely a super deal.

I hope you liked looking over these beauties! Tune in next month for more Ipsy fun, and check in tomorrow for a hotel friendly workout!

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May 2014 Ipsy Review!

Hello pretty princesses!

It’s Ipsy time again.

My May Ipsy was somewhat different than those in the past. It was pretty much devoted to all things skincare and fresh face related, instead of the usual makeup and nail polish fare.

The theme was Fresh Picks, and they did a good job of holding to it!

So let’s take a look at what was inside!

Here’s the bag everything came in.

May Ipsy

Pretty and springy and all things fresh, if I so say so myself!

The first thing I pulled out was this sample sized Hey Honey Peel Off Mask.

May Ipsy

It claims to instantly brighten and renew.

Have you guys ever done a peel off mask?

It’s been years for me.

Maybe even close to a decade?

I have no idea.

I’m so old.

I forgot how tight they make your face feel! Um, perhaps I can use this stuff as a super cheap alternative to Botox?



There’s something sort of therapeutic about peeling away the “bad” junk on your face, which this mask claims to do. However, I was kind of a bad peeler and had to use a cloth to get some of it off.

I think my face looked brighter?

I have no idea, but I like to think it did.

I won’t buy it,but enjoyed the experience.

Next, I got this beautiful Pacifica mineral eyeshadow duo in celestial and opal. 

May Ipsy

The color is nice and neutral, and had a beautiful shimmer. I’ve received Pacifica products in the past and have really liked all of them. This is no different!

I also got this sample size Pur-Lisse hydra balance moisturizer.

May Ipsy

Since I’m a Mary Kay girl all the way, I enjoy trying other skin care products to compare and see how they stack up.

I really loved the way this moisturizer went on when I tried it at night. As weird as it may sound, it comes out like a normal moisturizer, but feels super thick when I rubbed it in. It took several passes all over my face for it to fully absorb.

And it has a lovely, slightly lemony scent.

With that said, I definitely didn’t enjoy wearing it the next morning. It felt heavy and a little greasy. It would be great used at night, with a lighter weight alternative in the morning.

Let’s not forget the sunscreen! This month’s bag came with a sample size cruelty free Jersey Shore sans-tan sunscreen.

May Ipsy

I like this stuff because it’s small and convenient. It’s perfect to keep in my purse for applications when I’m outside and away from the house.

Finally, my personal favorite of the month.

And when I say personal favorite, I’m being a little sarcastic.

It’s my favorite because it sort of kind of maybe gave me a laugh.


May Ipsy

Avene Thermal Spring Water.

Or as I like to say- canned spray water.

You probably know I’m pretty frugal by now, so it’s really hard for me to justify buying aerosol spring water when I could just use a squirt bottle and filtered water.

Know what I mean?

(Probably) just as refreshing! smile

I will say I used it after a workout when I was super hot and trying to cool down and get my face to a somewhat normal shade of red instead of emergency siren blazing red. It definitely had a cooling effect and helped get me down to a normal red.

In fact, I probably could have just used the whole can on my face that day…

Soooo- don’t worry, I’m not bashing anyone who uses this.

Tell me why you love it. I need to know. Help!

So that’s my bag!

Let’s talk money.

-Hey Honey sample: $7

-Pacifica eyeshadow duo: $7 (maybe? I couldn’t find this exact size on their site, so took a swag based on other items)

-PUR-LISSE moisturizer sample: &16.18

-Jersey Shore sunscreen sample: $7.50

-Avene canned water thermal spring water sample: $9

Everything totaled about $46, give or take with my eyeshadow guess, and I paid $10.

As usual, Ipsy didn’t disappoint. If you’d like to give it a try, let me know and I will send you a referral link!

That’s this month’s Ipsy fun! Check in next month for more good finds.

I am now off to use the thermal spring water spray. wink Check in tomorrow, and check out past Ipsys here:

Check out my past Ipsy bags:

April, May, June, July, August, September,October, November , December,

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DIY Homemade Chapstick!

It’s about to get crazy around here, ya’ll.


We’re making chapstick today!

I cannot tell you how incredibly excited I am to share today’s post and recipe.

I got an all-natural chapstick in one of my Ipsy’s a few months ago and absolutely loved it. Ever since, I’ve been looking for the best chapstick recipe to make my own.

I found it, and it’s super easy to make. Plus you can get just about everything you need at the grocery store, with the exception of beeswax and the chapstick tubes.

I posted a video of my efforts below, so you can check it out that way, or simply read these super easy step by step instructions.

Oh- and don’t forget to scroll all the way down to the bottom, because I’m giving some tubes away!

So let’s get moving! If you have about 15-20 minutes (seriously- that’s it), you can whip up a batch in no time.

Here’s what you need:

-Double Boiler (I used a regular pot with water as the bottom part, and then a pie tin I got at the dollar store to place over it and make my chapstick)

-Chapstick tubes (purchased on Amazon)

-Medicine Dropper

-1 oz beeswax (purchased on amazon)

-2 TBSP Coconut Oil

-2 TBSP Olive Oil

-4-5 drops essential oils ( no need to get fancy here, I actually just used regular old peppermint extract because it’s all I had on hand)

-Optional: A smudge of lipstick

-Optional: Labels


Here’s what you do:

1. Fill a regular pan halfway with water and place on your stove over medium heat.

2.Using a food processor or regular old cheese grater, grate your beeswax and place in your pie tin (or whatever you’re using for the top of your double boiler)

3. Add the remaining ingredients to the tin.

4. Place the tin over your pot and begin slowly stirring constantly until everything is melted, reduce heat to low.

5. Using your medicine dropper, begin “piping” chapsticks into your tubes. Allow 10 minutes to cool.

6. If desired, add some labels to your tubes!

So the labels.

A total fail.

Since this was my first go, I didn’t want to spend the time or money to buy fancy labels and print them off on the computer.

Because, Duh! That would have made way too much sense.

Instead, I just bought regular old labels at the dollar store and handwrote some fun things in pretty markers.

Except… yeah… I didn’t stop to think that maybe, just maybe, the size I got wouldn’t fit chapstick tubes.

Real life.

Since I went to the trouble to handwrite all of them, I still went ahead and used them.

They look classy, ya’ll, real classy.

Except not.

Now that I know what a success this chapstick making was, I am definitely going to print pretty labels next go around.

So there.  Look at you! You just made beautiful chapstick!

This recipe should make between 22-25 tubes, which should last you a super long time. Give some to friends, and family, and enjoy some for yourself too.

I cannot get over how easy it was, and look forward to making another batch soon.

So here’s the fun part. I am giving away five chapsticks on the blog this week. Just comment below in the “share the love” section with your favorite lip product, and I will send the first five people their very own chapstick!

And if you have five minutes and want to see all the stuff I just wrote about, here’s my how to Chapstick video below. smile

Comment below, and check in tomorrow for more fun! <3

April 2014 Ipsy Review


I’m super excited about this month’s bag, and can’t wait to share it with you today!

I thought everything was fantastic.

Let’s dive in!

Here’s the bag it all came in:



Moving on.

The people at Ipsy obviously know I’m ghastly and offensively pale, so they were kind enough to send me a sample sized St. Tropez gradual face tanner.


Thanks guys. No really, thank you.

This stuff is great. I don’t think I would buy a full size of it since I can get something comparable at the drug store, but I was excited to get and use it.

Next, I got this Dr.Brandt sample sized microdermabrasion tube.


I use the Mary Kay microdermabrasion treatment twice a week, so I know how great microdermabrasion is. I was happy to give something else a shot to see how it compares.

This brand was pretty much identical to my Mary Kay version, however it had an invigorating citrus scent that I seriously enjoyed. Definitely a treat.

Next, I got this sample size a Urban Decay black eyeliner.



I realize Urban Decay is extremely popular, but I don’t own any of their products. I was pretty excited to see this in my bag!

I really liked how this eyeliner went on. It was so smooth and easy to apply. I can’t wait to use this stuff up.

I also got this super pretty and shimmery neutral Elizabeth Mott Pop Goes the Shadow in champagne.

It’s so beautiful!


It creased by the end of the day, but it might have been my moisturizer. I have to give it another shot because I’m not yet convinced it’s the shadow.

Last, and definitely not least, look who decided to join in on the Ipsy fun!

That’s right! My beloved Mary Kay is in on the action! I was so excited to see their product in this bag. With all the noise of hundreds of brands, it can be hard to stand out. It’s great Mary Kay is thinking outside the box and making partnerships like these.

I got the Mary Kay at play gloss in berry me. It’s super glossy with a touch of color. Obviously I’m biased when I say I love his stuff, but I seriously do. smile



So let’s take a look at the cost breakout.

Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion- $9.78 for sample size
Pop goes the shadow- $12.99
Urban Decay Eyeliner- Approx $15 (3/4 of the liner)
St. Tropez tanner-.5 oz for $11
Mary Kay at Play gloss- $10

Pretty great for my $10 investment, especially since I liked everything!

Check in next month for May’s review!

Check out my past Ipsy bags:

April, May, June, July, August, September,October, November , December,
February And

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Radiance: The Best Kept Beauty Secret Revealed

I love the look of a beautiful, dewy glow.

Some ladies are blessed enough to simply wake up with a beautiful vibrance.

Others can thank pregnancy hormones.

The rest of us?

Well, thank goodness for products that help. smile

There’s something about a healthy glow that attracts me to others. The warmth, the life, the lovliness.

Let’s camp here today.

There’s a lot that goes into a striking radiance. I’m not a doctor or nutritionist, so I can only offer what has helped in my personal experience.

Quite honestly, there’s no secret. It’s the complete obvious.

-Drink plenty of water

-Drink warm lemon water in the morning to help remove toxins

-Get plenty of sleep (if only… this is the one that always gets me!)

-Eat real, whole foods as much as possible (And don’t be afraid of healthy bacteria to help with digestion! This includes eating fermented foods, cultured yogurt, or taking a probiotic.)


There are others I employ, like microdermabrasion, as well as a few oddities that might make you think I’m a total weirdo, but the ones listed above are the big ones.

Let’s get real today. Just about all of us want to be beautiful and glowy, and feel good in our own skin.

Today I want to let everyone in on the best kept beauty secret ever.

Yes, ever!

The secret to radiance is a constantly beautiful shine that comes from within.

Yes, the junk our friends, mothers, and mentors told us all our lives is actually true.

I touched on this truth here, remember?

(Gosh the pic in that post is terrible!)

I don’t care how outwardly beautiful you are, if you don’t have an inner glow of warmth, love, and kindness, I tend to think it dulls the outward beauty.

So how do we attain this beautiful, constant glow?

It might be a little different than you think.

To exude a radiant glow, you ought to look to the Lord.

I know what you might be thinking.

“Seriously, Brittny!? I read all this to get advice like that!? That’s the!?”

Here me out, friends.

Psalms 34:5 tells us, “Those who look to the Lord are radiant; their faces are never covered in shame.”

Ugh, shame.

When I think of my own shameful experiences, my heart groans within me. I feel sick, downcast, defeated, and horrible.

In short, I don’t feel very “radiant.”

Not at all.

How about you?

What comes to mind when you think of a time when you experienced shame?

No one likes to dwell in shame. It’s the worst!

Yet, so often I feel like we do.

I feel like it is so easy to stay entrapped to past hurt, guilt, and regret.

None of those things portray a glowy life, am I right?

So why do we stay there, wallowing in our defeat?

Why, in some sick way, do we seem to get comfortable with those feelings of hurt and “yuck.”

The Bible says in Micah, “Though I sit in darkness” (and I’m sure we’ve all been there)), “the Lord will be my light.”

Do you see that?

The Lord is our light.

Sure we have our moments, but it’s hard to be full of light and radiance all the time.

I’m sorry to tell you guys, but it’s because we’re human and imperfect. smile

It’s the Lord who is our light and salvation from shame.

To enjoy a radiant glow, it really comes down to looking to Christ. Allowing Him to heal our hearts from shame, and exude a love and servitude through us.

It may sound elementary, but He lights up our life and reminds us of His beacon and His truth throughout the gospels.

I want a radiant glow.

One that lasts and surpasses my youth (of what little is left of it. smile ).

How do we get one?

-Pray. Tell The Lord our shame and hurts. He already knows them, so be real with him.
-Ask for forgiveness and healing. He is faithful and will do just that, I promise.
-Read his word. There are so many healing truths found there. His love is ridiculous for us, my human mind can’t really understand most of the time.

Look to The Lord and cast off the shame, sisters.

It’s time to throw off the past.

It’s time to throw off the sin that entangles.

It’s time to be radiant.

It’s the best and most underutilized beauty secret I know. ❤️


March Ipsy Review

March Ipsy time!

I’m sort of on the fence with this bag. Much like a “nice” breakup attempt, it’s not Ipsy, it’s me.

I’m just an old granny and I can’t help it.

I want to be cool and hip, but I’m just not.

I’m 30 and boring classic all the way.

With that in mind, let’s get right to the springy blue action!


Here’s this month’s fun and colorful bag:

March Ipsy

Very vibrant!

So the first thing I pulled put was a full size Be a Bombshell eyeshadow set in Bora Bora.

March Ipsy”>

This just screams spring break vacation. Here’s a closer look:

March Ipsy

I love the colors, though I’m a little skeptical about what the blue would look like on me.

I just can’t do it. It’s not the blue, it’s me.

Totally me.

To make matters worse, The Beauty Department recently shared blue is the new “it” color for spring.

Sooo, I’m obviously not going to be in style this spring unless I get some substantial eyeshadow help.

I can’t help but fear I’ll look like Mimi from the Drew Carey show if left to my own devices.



Anyway, love this eyeshadow set, even the blue I will probably never wear.

Next, I got this mini Bare Minerals lipstick sample in Moxie.

March Ipsy

March Ipsy

Very pretty!

I also got these Klorane relaxing eye patches. I’m pretty excited about these. Unfortunately, genetics weren’t kind to me and I have horrendous eye bags. If these puppies improve them even a little bit, I’m buying them! I haven’t tried them yet, but if they work, I’ll let you know.

March Ipsy

Finally, I got this full size Chella liquid eyeliner in indigo blue. So pretty, right? So not me though (see Mimi pic above).

March Ipsy

March Ipsy

That’s the loot! I’m pretty pleased with everything, and it’s not their fault I’m am old curmudgeon when it comes to makeup.

Here’s a look at the cost.

-Be a Bombshell Eye Shadow Quad, $16
-Bare Minerals Lipstick Sample, $6
-Klorane Eye Patches, $5.14 for two
-Chella Eyeliner, $24

Pretty great for the $10 investment, even if I do give the eyeliner away .

Check out my past Ipsy bags:

April, May, June, July, August, September,October, November , December,
And February

That’s all for now! Check in tomorrow for more fun!

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February Ipsy Review!

It’s time for another Ipsy review!


As usual, this bag was loaded with full size goodies and I loved almost everything!


(remember my spoiler last week?)

In fact, let’s just get that bad boy out of the way first so as not to complete ruin the integrity of the entire bag. That way we end on a good note!

So yeah… another set of JCat Beauty eyelashes.

Feb Ipsy!

Another set. you know, because I totally sport freakishly long hair phalanges at work each day. (haha).

Obviously I would need a new set.


Speaking of- I think it would be hilarious to do a video of me attempting to put these elongated treasures of eye hair on.


And sad.

As mentioned last week, my questionnaire is straight vanilla. No adventure. Just simple and plain. Do you think they’re trying to loosen this 30 year old grandma up a little?


That has to be it.

So yeah, eyelashes. Again.

Let’s move on to the good stuff now!

Because the rest of the bag was splendid!

Check out this beautiful Pop Beauty lip gloss in Fuschia Freesia.

Feb Ipsy!

It’s no surprise that I’ve been wearing it practically every single day (um, interchangeably with the colors I’m trying to use up.)

I’ve liked every product I’ve received from Pop Beauty, and this was no different. It’s lightweight and is super glossy.

And gorgeous bright pink.


I also got this pretty full-size Zoya nail polish in Odette.

Feb Ipsy!

I’ve gotten a few Zoya nail polishes with Ipsy, and they’ve all had staying power and also dry quickly which I appreciate. I’m giving away the blue color I got as part of my giveaway, and even though I think this color is pretty, I am going to add it to the stack too. Yay for a full-size, pretty polish!


I also got this lovely smelling Pacifica Hawaiian Ruby Guava Body Butter.


I pretty much love everything they make, and this was just like the others. It smells fantasic and does wonders for dry skin. I’m definitely going to bring this up to the office and use it when I need a mental vacation. smile

Finally, I got this full size Tini Beauty Eyetini Cordial Cream Shadow + Base In One in Spiced Rum.

Feb Ipsy!


I so so so like this stuff. It’s great!

So, confession. When I first pulled it out, I thought it was a bronze-y lip gloss. I mean, look. It came with a wand.

Feb Ipsy!

So yeah, thankfully I read and realized it was way better than that! It’s a stay-put all day wear cream eye shadow.  If you’re in the market for something like this, I would definitely recommend this Tini Beauty eyeshadow. I figured when I put it on my lid, it would crease and look funny, but it dried super- fast and didn’t bleed into the crease at all. Look! 


Definitely a great buy.

So that’s my bag! A win overall, with one dud.

Here’s a look at the cost breakout:

JCats False Eyelashes & Glue- $3.99

Plump Pout Mini in Fuschia Freesia-. $16

Zoya Nail Polish in Odette- $9

Pacifica Hawaiian Ruby Guava travel size Body Butter-$4.50

Tini Beauty Eyetini Cordial Cream Shadow + Base In One in Spiced Rum- $18!

My bag totaled $51.49 and was only a $10 investment. Even if you subtract the $3.99 for the eyelashes, it’s still a great deal in my book because I really like everything else. Win!

So there you have it. Check out my past Ipsy bags:

April, May, June, July, August, September,October, November , December, and January.

Stay tuned for a birthday celebration, and also check in for a video IF recap! I’m not sure which will get posted on Friday and which one will be on Saturday, so it will be a surprise for both of <3

posted in Prettiness! bullet permalink bullet 2.27.2014

Rake Up the Make Up

I’ve mentioned a time or two (or a thousand times), I’m a bit of a makeup hoarder.

I’m not really sure I realized just how bad it was until I went through my lipstick bags (yes bags plural) and found numerous never before used lipsticks.

It’s true.

So, in my defense, my MIL gives me tons of Lancome lipsticks anytime one of their free bonus gifts comes around and the color doesn’t work for her.

She’s as pale as I am, so if they don’t work for her, they’re not going to work for me either.

Hence the stack of lipsticks.

But they’re nice.

And unused.

And Lancome.

So- in addition to the lipstick, there’s eye shadow, lip liner, nail polish, Ipsy stuff gone awry…


(that’s not even half of it)

There’s cosmetics, ya’ll.

Lots of cosmetics.

What’s a girl to do?

(Read the last few sentences with the most southern accent you can imagine haha)

Aha, but I have a plan!


One of my Life Group girlfriends supports and volunteers at a nonprofit called No Boundaries International.

It provides a plethora of services around the globe. One of their focuses centers around ending human trafficking. Do you know just how prevalent trafficking is right here in the US?

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimates 600,000 to 800,000 victims are trafficked annually across international borders worldwide and about half of these victims are younger than 18 (U.S. Department of State, 2005, 2006, 2007). Additionally, the U.S. State Department estimats that 80 percent of internationally trafficked victims are female and 70 percent are trafficked into the sex industry (U.S. Department of State, 2005).


Here in Oklahoma, No Boundaries plays a major role in working to end trafficking right here in my backyard.

While I’m still learning more about the organization’s intricacies, I love the cause.

There’s lots of ways to get involved, but if you take a look here, there’s a need for help that’s right up so many women’s alleys.

I want to get involved and do something nice for these girls, so during the entire month of February I am going to take collections up for all new and barely used (and barely as in you bought it and realized it didn’t work) makeup & goodies from all my girlfriends.

I’m going to then put together gift bags together complete with a few healthy snacks, warm gloves, Bible tracts, pocket hand sanitizer and maybe a couple other small treats.

Then I’m going to deliver it to them so they can help make these girls’ days just a tiny bit brighter. 

Most of these ladies have so little self-esteem after the things they have seen and experienced. No one buys them anything or does anything nice for them, and I pray they begin to see their value, and their value in God’s eyes too.

I realize collecting all the makeup you’ll never use will require a trip to the post office and will cost you some money to send, but I can promise you it will be well worth it. I also have a feeling you’ll end up being blessed in return.

So, please take a moment to really think about doing this for these girls.

If you’re like me, you’re pretty darn blessed. You also probably have a drawer filled of never used stuff you “might want to try” one day (and never will).

I’m going to be posting multiple reminders back to this post throughout the month.

I urge you to really think about sending stuff my way. it will only take 30 minutes and probably less than $10, and I cannot convey you the difference it will make in this organization’s ability to use these resources, not to mention the difference it will make in the girl’s life who receives them.

I love you guys so much, and am so thankful for each of you who reads, lurks, comments, whatever! I’m thankful

Let’s do something nice. I know it’s small, but it’s not- I assure you.

Grab your friends, sisters, mom’s, church ladies. They all have lots of this stuff too, right?

Let’s do this.

More to come…


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