January’s Ipsy Glam Bag

As always, the myglam/ipsy team didn’t disappoint.  To think, they’ve only been around about a year, but they have just gotten better and better each month. Sure, they had a rough start in the beginning, but as of late, I can’t say enough good things.  I got my sister into myglam/ipsy and she also subscribed to another monthly program and says ipsy is definitely much better.

Anyway, here are this month’s bag contents:

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I can’t wait to get that red nail polish on.  It’s Bloody Mary by Nailtini.  It actually opened/leaked a little, but I think it’s because it was below freezing out and sitting in our mailbox all day…real feel of 14 degrees anyone?  In addition, it has Body Butter by Pacifica in Tuscan Blood Orange,  trial/travel size of Big Sexy Hair – hairspray – which I actually have been wanting to try out.  It also has an ergonomic eyeliner brush by SoHo and the big surprise was Josie Maran’s Argan Oil.  All I hear is good things about that and I actually bought it last year, but couldn’t get into it.  They say it’s a good moisturizer, but I have oily skin.  They say it is still good b/c it will balance oil production.  I guess I can try again.  I just need to get used to it’s scent.  It’s rather “earthy”.  I’m not sure what term to use, but that’s the closest and I’m not a big fan of scents in that realm, but I guess that means it doesn’t have a whole lot of other junk added to it to make it smell pretty so that’s always good.

For $10 a month, this is beyond excellent.  If you’re not a member, what are you waiting for?  Sign Up!  I’m not sure if there’s a waiting list, but you can try.  If not, you can still be part of the ipsy community without the bag subscription.  www.ipsy.com  I’m on there as “bzmomma”, of course.

*no, I was not paid to tell you about ipsy…they don’t even have a referral program, but I just love them to pieces.*

**I don’t know why I never posted about my bags before…better late than never.  I always took pics of the products, just never had the time to post, I guess.**

I [heart] TJ Maxx

I have a love / hate relationship with this store…you see, even if I can’t find what I’m looking for, I’ll still walk out with something.  I can’t ever leave this store empty handed! This is true for TJ’s sister store: Marshalls. I used to shop there in NJ a lot, but I’ve only seen TJ Maxx around here. Regardless of the store, there are always AWESOME deals.

My latest score?  Essie nail polish for $3.99.  These are usually almost $8, if not more than $8.  So, essentially, I got them 50% off!  2 for 1!  AND, I’ve been looking for an orange-y red that wasn’t too orange-y, but not fire engine red either.  This is now my fave summer color: “Dramatic Drachmas”.  The pale pink is a bit tooooo pale, but I’m sure I’ll figure something out with it.  That one is called “Petal Pink”.

1st pic is w/an Instagram filter so it may not show the true color so I added the “regular” photo next to it.

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Spring Nails…

I was never good with nail polish. Heck, I still have a problem w/putting nail polish on lefty, but I have 3 girls…2 who are old enough to know what nail polish is and want it all! the! time! So, while Beans was on Spring Break last week, we all had orange-ish nails using Sally Hansen’s XTreme Wear in “Crushed”:
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Then, we hit the local Walgreens and got more colors that weren’t going to break the bank…mint green, lavender, gray, sparkles and then I picked up yellow and blue at Target too. What’s all that equate to?

Fun springy nails!

Spring  / Easter Nails

I couldn’t decide which I wanted so I tried different colors on all of my nails and then busted out the white nail art skinny brushed polish and off I went…then I stared down and realized they look very Easter Egg-ish 🙂 Must’ve been on the same wavelength as Ms. Phan since she actually posted an Easter Nail Art tutorial yesterday as I was drafting this up 🙂 I saw the pics, but haven’t viewed the vid yet. Of course, hers look a lot better than mine, but mine were more by accident. I plan on doing them over before Sunday, but let’s just see if that happens.

Anyway, here are the cast of characters…not pictured are Essie’s Fiji and Sally Hansen’s Sun Kissed (on my thumb) and the yellow and blue (on my other hand), but just trust me that yellow doesn’t do anything for my skin tone right now and blue is ok, but not the blue I was thinking of…

Colors
L-R: Wet n’ Wild Wild Shine in “Sparked” (which I used over Razz’ nails to make them sparkle and over the mint green on mine, Sally Hansen XTreme Wear in “Mint Sorbet”, “Lacey Lilac” and “Gunmetal” (couldn’t find link on Walgreens site). The white I used is from LA Colors Art Deco in “White” which I got at a local dollar store in NJ. Beans called the gray one w/white “Tic-Tac-Toe” while pDaddy and I thought more of waffles. I was trying to make polka-dots on the lavendar one, but my hands aren’t very steady so I tried for hearts instead…um, clouds ended up winning 🙂 My thumb has Essie’s Fiji with Sparked on top. Then, Shrimpie smeared the top left corner so I put on a new orange – Sun Kissed (also by Sally Hansen).

Here’s to hoping I’ll have some time to make them nice and pretty for Easter Sunday 🙂