Oct162015

Take a Look at My October Ipsy Bag: Alter Ego

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Curious about the Ipsy Glam Bag? Let’s start at the beginning. Ipsy was started by Youtube star Michelle Phan. Michelle and her team of stylists curate monthly bags of their favorite beauty products for you to try. Each month, subscribers receive a gorgeous glam bag with deluxe-sized samples and full-sized beauty products. (This month, I received 5 products, not including the bag.) Members are invited to watch and play along through social media with the stylists for new looks. The best part: the Ipsy Glam Bag subscription is only $10 a month, which includes shipping. It’s a total deal, as long as you’re happy with the products they send you.

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This month’s Glam Bag – October 2015- was themed for “Alter Ego”, a cute way to celebrate Halloween.

On the card: “This October, transform into whoever you want to be. A little imagination and your Glam Bag are all you need. Infinite possibilities, infinite ways to express yourself.”

This month’s bag is double sided- a beautiful bright gold on one side, and a black patent on the other. It’s tall and sleek, perfect as a little clutch for a night out. I really love this one, great job Ipsy!

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In this bag I received:

~AURORA Gel Effect Nail Polish in Inky Dinky (full sized): Wish you had a nail polish that had all the pros of gel polish and regular polish? Say hello to GEL EFFECT nail polish! It’s easy and convenient to use, dries super fast without a UV lamp, is extra shiny and durable, and will last up to two weeks. It can also be easily removed with polish remover! Talk about the best of both worlds.
My Thoughts: I haven’t tried it yet. As soon as I do, I’ll update my Facebook page, so stay tuned! I can say that the color is GORGEOUS and perfect for fall.
~theBalm Cosmetics Meet Matt(e) Hughes Long-Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Committed (sample size): theBalm introduces a truly loyal long-lasting liquid lipstick—Meet Matt(e) Hughes. This long-wearing formula has a comfortable matte finish with no commitment issues. This matte vanilla mint liquid lipstick is stuck on you without feeling clingy!
My Thoughts: Um, the sample size is RIDICULOUSLY small. I normally don’t mind them, but man, this thing is ti-ny. I’m seriously underwhelmed. However, the color is beautiful and I love the smell. It’s vanilla/mint, which is refreshing but doesn’t last long. As for long lasting, not so much.
~Beauty Without Cruelty Fragrance Free Hand and Body Lotion: This lotion moisturizes, softens, and protects your skin. Shea butter, jojoba and kukui nut oil combined with aloe vera soothe and replenish your skin to keep it looking youthful & vibrant.
My Thoughts: It does exactly what it says and it’s a deluxe sized sample (2 fl oz). TOTAL WIN. I love it. There’s no smell, and it moisturizes my hands without being sticky. Love love love.
~Skone Cosmetics Pretty Eyes eyeliner in Plum: Pretty Eyes automatic eyeliner pencil delivers long-lasting, rich, intensive color. Effortlessly smooth application and super creamy formula. The easy twist tip pushes product to the top so there’s no sharpening. Perfect for lining the eyes or creating wings.
My Thoughts: Full size home run. Love the color for fall, and it’s easy to smudge to make the prettiest smokey eye. I need to find out where they sell this and see if it comes in black.
~Nourish Organic Pure Hydrating Argan Face Serum: Sample .5 fl oz: This highly concentrated face treatment is designed to deeply hydrate and reveal smoother, softer and more supple skin with improved tone. Moroccan argan oil, packed with restorative omega fatty acids, intensely hydrates and replenishes. Apricot kernel oil moisturizes and softens skin while helping retain clarity. Rosehip oil smoothes skin texture and helps even out tone.
My Thoughts: It’s an oil but comes in a squeeze tube. Um, no. That’s a recipe for disaster, as my desk experienced. It smells like an orange peel. I tried it on the back of my hand and it didn’t break out, so yay for that. I’ll have to try it out over night and report back. Side note: After I got it on my hands, it was nearly impossible to stab a Capri Sun pack with a straw (hello slippery hands). Moms: take note.

In all, I think this was a GREAT bag for just $10, considering that I received 2 FULL SIZED items! The nail polish alone was worth that.
Join me on ipsy and subscribe to the Glam Bag! You get 4-5 beauty products every month delivered to your door, for just $10. Check it out at ipsy.com.

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Do you think the Glam Bag is worth $10? Did you see any products in my review that you’d like to try, or have any questions about the subscription service? Comment below, and I’ll be sure to answer any of your questions!

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Mar232015

Hop to the Music with Disney this Easter~ Giveaway and Review ::CLOSED::

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I received the Hop To The Music pack as a member of the Entertainment New Media Network. No further compensation was received and all opinions are my own. This post may also contain affiliate links.

 

This spring, get ready to Hop to the Music with your favorite Disney Music Albums! Making an excellent addition to any Easter Basket, your family will enjoy these tunes for years to come.

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  • Disney Junior DJ Shuffle 2: Perfect for the preschool and young at heart crowd, you’ll enjoy favorites such as Believe in your Dream from Sofia the First, Way Out from Miles from Tomorrowland, Once Upon a Time from Jake and the Neverland Pirates, and Forever Friends from Doc McStuffins. You’ll also find tracks from Sheriff Callie’s Wild West, Parry Gripp, and Henry Hugglemonster. Bonus- there are 4 karaoke instrumentals plus fun activities you can download on your computer (internet connection required).
  • Disney Frozen the Songs: It seems as if everyone knows the lyrics from Let it Go and this is your chance to own it at home! Anyone would be thrilled to receive this CD in their Easter basket- containing original songs by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez. Favorites from this set include Do You Want to Build a Snowman?, For the First Time in Forever, Love is an Open Door, Let it Go, Reindeer are Better than People, and In Summer.
  • Disney’s Into the Woods: A classic musical that spans generations, you can enjoy the music and lyrics made possible by Stephen Sondheim. Perfect for those that love fairytales with a “twist”, you’ll hear from stars Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine and the amazing Johnny Depp as The Wolf. You’ll love Back Into the Woods and Witch’s Lament for sure!
  • Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Awesome Mix VOL. 1: I cannot say enough AWESOME things about this CD. Take a step back? in time or future? with the tracks given to the Star Lord by his loving mother. One of the best classic mixes I’ve ever turned my hearing aides on for- you’ll be entertained by Hooked on a Feeling performed by Blue Swede, Moonage Daydream by David Bowie, I want you Back by Jackson 5, and Aint No Mountain High Enough performed by legends Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell. My family and I have been listening to this CD non-stop since its arrival.

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Sep212014

Mabel’s Labels Ultimate Back to School Combo

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Going back to school can be stressful. Let’s be honest here. School supply lists can be a mile long, and every piece you bough has to be labeled. That means each and every one of those 24 crayons has to have your child’s name on it. The task can be daunting and time-consuming. And frankly, “aint nobody got time for ‘dat”. So Mabel’s Labels sent me their Ultimate Back to School Combo to save me time, energy, and frustration because my daughter was able to label all of her school supplies WITHOUT my supervision. That’s right, child labor FTW!

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May212014

Bob Evans Broasted Chicken- It’s Worth It.

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I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Bob Evans. I received gift cards to facilitate my dining experience and to thank me for participating.

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Recently I told ya’ll about my trip to a local Bob Evans to try their new Broasted Chicken Dinner. Congrats to my giveaway winner T!

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Needless to say it’s been on my mind (and my family’s) ever since we had it! Bob Evan’s Broasted Chicken is not your typical broasted chicken! Their Broasted Chicken is marinated for hours and each piece is hand-coated in a blend of secret spices (I tried to bribe the chef for the recipe, and no dice. You can’t blame a girl for trying!). The broasted chicken is pressure fried it until it’s the perfect combination of crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside and piping hot. Three-piece Bob Evans Broasted Chicken Dinner for $9.99 includes starter (you must try their broccoli cheese soup- it’s ridiculously creamy), entrée, dessert (Three words: Chocolate. Bread. Pudding.) and your choice of endless bread (their rolls and biscuits are TO DIE FOR). There are so many ways to customize your dinner with the three courses, your possibilities are endless. I love it when I have options- especially when they’re tasty options! I chose the buttery mashed potatoes with my dinner (minus the gravy, because I think it’s weird.) and they were delicious! The fact that this dinner is so affordable AND pleases even the pickiest eater (my kiddo) makes it a huge win in my book!

Since Bob Evans is such a great restaurant that is known for its good food and hospitality, it makes for a great outing for families that are celebrating Father’s Day, anniversaries and even birthdays! My family likes to celebrate Saturdays at Bob Evans 😉 Have you been to Bob Evans lately? Did you get to try the new Broasted Chicken Dinner? If so, tell me what you thought about it and what options did you choose?

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May192014

Figleaves.com swimwear review and discount code!

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I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Figleaves.com. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

I’ll admit, it’s tough finding a swimsuit that fits, is stylish, supportive, and modern at the same time. It’s a long list of requirements that I have, and one that Figleaves.com can handle! Every year my family and I head to Florida (from Ohio) for vacation, so having a new swimsuit is a must. I usually head to the stores in the mall, where I have a limited selection and horrid dressing rooms with garish fluorescent lighting. Needless to say, it’s not fun. But with Figleaves.com, I can use their accurate fitting guides and their pages upon pages of swimwear that’s categorized with what I’m looking for, it’s EASY to find exactly what I’m looking for! And I know I’m going to look really good while being a busty girl (there’s nothing worse than having a swimsuit giving you spillage), because they carry cup sizes from AA-GG. They even offer bra-sized swim separates to ensure a perfect fit for all body types. Figleaves.com styles vary from classic one-piece swimsuits, to fashion- sassy bikinis, to chic tankinis – meaning that Figleaves.com literally has something for every body! Figleaves.com offers over 200 designers of lingerie, swimwear, apparel, sleepwear and more from popular designers such as Vix and Aguaclara, and even private labels and exclusive items from brands like Midnight Grace, Just Peachy, and the self-named Figleaves label.

I chose the Sophina Icon Lattice Back suit, by Figleaves.com to review, and I have to say, I love it! The detailing is incredible- with the lattice …Continue Reading…

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