Tuesday, May 3, 2016

ipsy April Glam Bag Review

I feel like a giddy school girl when my new ipsy bag comes in. I just can't wait to open it up and see what goodies I get. This is my review of the April Glam Bag. Just look at what many of us got this month for only $10.  

Isn't this a cute makeup bag? 

This month's card reads:
dream on!
This month, create looks that celebrate every side of your unique
beauty-from natural and understated to high fashion and ultra-glam.

Each glam bag contained two pur~lisse Beauty
Blue Lotus + White Tea Sheet Mask & Blue Lotus + Seaweed Sheet Masks.  I haven't tried them yet but will be soon. The description on ipsy's site says: Each individually wrapped sheet traps a powerful solution of Asian botanicals, seaweed, white tea and antioxidant rich Blue Lotus in your skin. The result? A plumper, more radiant complexion.

This highlight trio is from City Color Cosmetics.  I haven't used it as a highlighter yet, but I really like them as a soft eyeshadow. Ipsy does say: 
Always apply to these 6 spots for a super dewy glow:
  • Bridge of nose
  • Inner corners of eyes
  • Forehead
  • Cupid's bow
  • Chin
  • Cheekbones

I've heard a lot of good things about Tarte Cosmetics, so I was happy to see this. It's LipSurgence™ lip crème in Wonder. Just the right colour again. It goes on so well and makes my lips so soft.

This duo fiber blush brush from Crown Brush is another hit. I use it for last month's Pixi by Petra blush duo. I use one sde for the blush and flip the brush to apply the highlighter. What is totally cool about it is, if you look carefully, you can see the dip in it. There is one on both sides for proper finger placement.

Finally, we have the Luxe Longwear Eye Pencil in Jet from Starlooks. It's a kohl eye liner pencil that glides on smoothly and stays on. You can even use a fluffy brush to create a smokey eye look. My only issue with this is that it is very fragile and the tip broke off on my first use. 

Overall this is another great Glambag. I can't wait until May...

April Birchbox Review

I worry that I may be developing an addiction to monthly subscriptions. Although I am frugal about it, and subscribing for the less expensive subscriptions, I still worry that I may not be able to stop. Birchbox is a $10 a month subscription. But look at all these goodies:

April Birchbox was featuring this Rifle Paper Co. design and it's so beautiful! This keepsake box was included inside the monthly box, perfect for storing the two cute notebooks that came with it. 

This card shows the cute flowers that we can create with the paper from Rifle Paper Co. A link to the instructions is on the card. Aren't they pretty?

Lookie! Even got a coupon for my next Rifle Paper Co. purchase. I can't wait to use it.

This Daily Correct CC Cream from SuperGoop! Makes my skin feel so soft. It worked beautifully as coverage, plus it has a 35spf! The only complaint would be that my sample was a little dark for my pale complexion. But I am very impressed. 

This Acure Lip Lush in Birthday Suit is just perfect for a subdued look. It has just the right amount of colour and gloss for days when you want to wear lipcolour but don't want it to stand out. Plus, my lips feel so moisturized. 

The next sample was this medicinal-looking bottle of Davines OI All In One Milk. The scent is very strong, but once you get past that this leave-in conditioner works so well on my dry ends. My hair feels so soft after using this product.

Anyway by Juliette has a gun is the perfect parfum. It has a sweet, woodsy scent that is not too light, but not too heavy. Just right. It comes with a soft touch bottle for easy use. 

I love this! This enzymatic face rejuvenator is Brighten Up! by Vasanti. It is the best facial cleanser I have used in a long time. It works just like a microdermabrasion with the papaya, coconut and aloe preventing irritation. 

As a bonus the box had samples of davines OI Shampoo and Conditioner. I haven't had a chance to use them yet but the description for the shampoo says that it creates a sheen, and improves volume and texture. While the conditioner softens, conditions, and soothes.

Overall I am very pleased with this box and am waiting patiently for the next box to arrive. 

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Some Dreams Are Just To Bizarre To Explain, Part 3

It was as real as day. I was on my way to pick up India from work. 

I never pick India up from work. She gets out not long before Ken, and about the same time as Matthew. She takes the bus to church (where Matthew is on the IT staff) and rides home with him. Or she walks to the store and Ken picks her up on his way home from the office.  Having sold my van to Matthew, I am carless right now anyway, except for the rare occasion that I use Ken's and my car. Yet there I was, picking her up from work.

Only this was different. I was driving an older SUV that I don't recognize, and cruising down an icy highway that looked like the one heading north from Utica, NY. Sort of. 

I was the second vehicle in a long line of slow moving vehicles. We were following a man who was going about 35mph as he slid on his bottom along the road. Yes. he was sitting upright and pushing himself with his hands as he slid on his butt. Doing a pretty speedy 35mph considering his mode of transportation.

As we were slowly driving, I noticed an amazing view coming into sight. We were getting closer to a hill and I could see the valley spread out in the distance. I had my tablet in the car (I never do this), so I took the tablet and starting taking photos as we moved along. The valley was getting closer while I realized I had never seen it before. I was wondering if I had taken a wrong turn. All this time the car in front never blocked the view for me.

At the top of the hill, the man scooting along the road "pulled over" to the side to let the rest of us pass. The car in front of me was no longer there and I was at the top of a very steep drop (think roller coaster). I wanted to stop but there were too may cars behind me. So over I went. The SUV picked up speed as gravity took over. Then the road abruptly curved upward, and disappeared. I mean it just ended. I kept "driving" upward into the air. 

I looked down and realized the other cars were ant-size below me, while they continued down the road. It turned out I had veered off and gotten onto a short road similar to those found on sleep inclines to stop a runaway tractor-trailer.  Only those usually have gravel to stop the truck, not a huge ramp to the sky. 

As I continued rising into the air, I was thinking "This is the last time I pick her up from work."

Then Kito whined at the bedroom door for us to let him outside....