Ipsy November Bag

I Adore Ipsy! At only 10$ a month I think it’s well worth it to have an adorable bag with fun products delivered to my door every month!! I’ll be the first to admit, I have no clue what I’m doing with makeup. I went to a military boarding school when I would have otherwise been learning and experimenting and after that I just didn’t see the point and never thought I needed it. I’m still ok going without most of the time but for the times that I want to add a little something this is perfect. I don’t have to buy full-sized items unless I fall in love with something (which I have) and you not only receive makeup but tools, hair products, etc.

This months theme is Girls Meet Glitter which is great!!

You always get a fun bag with your items and I love that “Ipsy” is only on the zipper pull and not all over it like some I’ve seen. I use these to store makeup, travel, and even for the bits and bobs I need for crochet!

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Then there’s the card that tells about the theme:

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The only item I received this month that I’m not sure about is the J. Cat Wonder Lip Paint in the color Mad Splatter. When I wear lippy stuff it’s usually a light color…I’m not very brave when it comes to this! But, of course I’m still going to play with it and try it out…I might be surprised!

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Next there’s the Star Looks eye pencil in Ultra Orchid. I’m looking forward to trying this as it has Glitter in it!

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Then there’s the ‘be a bombshell…’ eye base in Submissive. Honestly, I have no idea what eye base is, lol. I’d think it went under other eye stuff but it’s glittery and so pretty…I wouldn’t want to cover it up! I’ll have to look this stuff up!

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The Be Delectable hand cream looks so yummy! I received Strawberry & Cream and while I was hoping for Coconut & Cream, I’m in no way disappointed as this smells great!

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Lastly, this month, I got the GlamGlow Powermud DualCleanse Treatment. I love masks and haven’t done one in so long!! Poverty excited to give this a try!

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If you’d like to join, my referral link is: http://www.ipsy.com/r/c1ai?sid=ipsypoints&cid=general

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PinchMe

PinchMe is an awesome little freebie site that every few weeks or so opens up with some stuff you can grab. I love it! I’ve been pretty lucky and have been able to grab at least 1 or 2 items almost every time, but you have to be super quick! A lot of people get upset when they aren’t able to get anything…which I honestly don’t understand…it’s free! I’m happy when I receive something for free and perfectly fine when I don’t!

The last time they did it I was able to grab 2 things:

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The first is BULLET. It is the “simple, all-in-one acne system that fits in your pocket”. The full-size is actually a little spray designed to carry in your purse. My favorite thing about this is that is a natural product and is gentle to your skin.

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The other item is the Shea Moisture Organic African Black Soap with Shea Butter which is an Acne Prone Face & Body Bar. I’m not “acne prone” I wouldn’t say, but I’m normal and do get pimples every so often…which I hate! The story on the back of the soap is great:
“Sofi Tucker started gathering Shea Nuts for sale at the village market in Bonthe, Sierra Leone in 1912. By age 19, the widowed mother of four was selling her Shea Butter, Black Soap, and other homemade hair and skin preparations to villagers, missionaries, and tourists all over the countryside.”
How inspiring! This is another organic product and while I don’t usually use bar soaps, I’m happy to try this one out!

Fortune Cookie Soap Winter Box SPOILER

Okay…I’m absolutely obsessed with these subscription boxes!! One that my mom, sister, and I came across a few months ago is Fortune Cookie Soap’s “Soap Box”.

Every three months you receive a box full of samples of the upcoming line. It costs 19.99 and today our first box arrived!!

They started giving out hints 2-3 weeks ago and when the theme was announced I flipped! Christmas Vacation is one of my Favorite Christmas movies!!!

So, the box arrived today! Yeyyyyyy!

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On top was the little card that seems to be in most sub boxes explaining what’s inside.

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Stuffed with 8 samples, I was so excited to dig through this!

“Moose Mug” Cuticle Butter
Rich cream, egg, and a touch of nutmeg

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“Mele Kelekimaka” OCD Hand Sanitizer
Tropical spiced rum, Tahitian vanilla, sprinkled with jasmine petals and twisted woods

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“Tis the Season to be Mary” Fortune Cookie Soap
A hint of sweet almond with warm swirls of tobacco

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“Sparky” Hydrate Me
Scrumptious vanilla pumpkin waffles topped with brown sugar, pecans, and sheets of fresh whipped cream

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“Bend Over & I’ll Show You” Whipped Cream
Tart cranberry, crisp pine and herbal spruce warmed by clove and a splash of sweet mandarin orange

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“I Pledge Allegiance, Amen!” Shower Steamer
A brisk and outdoorsy blend of blue spruce and balsam fir, fresh mint, and garden herbs

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“Fried Pussycat” Whipped Soap
Juicy plum and whipped caramel wrapped in artisan bourbon vanilla and jasmine blossoms

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“Christmas Bonus” Deep Conditioner
Mystery Fragrance worth a $50 FCS gift card. I cannot figure it out!

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All in all, I’m super happy. There’s a couple scents I’m iffy about but I’m looking forward to trying them and seeing how they smell on me!! I highly recommend this adorable company! Check them out at http://www.fortunecookiesoap.com

October Horror Block Spoiler

Within the past couple of weeks I found out about Nerd Block and then, one of their subscription boxes, Horror Block! I thought Nerd Block Classic and Nerd Block Arcade looked awesome and absolutely like something I’d enjoy but I’m not made of money and when I saw Horror it was all over! I Love horror!! I can remember being super young and staying up late (night owl…always) watching things like USA Up All Night with all the creepy shows. Needless to say, I’m a huge fan.

Anyways…I thought I’d give it a try for a couple months. At 19.99 a month, plus shipping, it’s not crazy expensive but also not something I’ll feel comfortable keeping for long, even though it’s pretty fab.

So, each Horror Block comes in fun box:

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And has a little card that talks about what’s inside:

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First up, Fangoria. I haven’t read this in sooooo long and was psyched to see that there’s an interview with Wes Craven in this issue. Incidentally…Fangoria debuted in 1979, the same year I did! Coincidence? I think not! Lol ($10.99)

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Next we have Cereal Killers sticker cards. They’re pretty silly/fun though I’m not quite sure what I’ll do with them? Probably keep a couple favorites and save the rest until my son is a bit older. ($7.00?)

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This item is great…horror meets crafts!! A Build Your Own Zombie kit! It comes with dough in multiple colors which are “great for creating and decapitating, then reanimating again!” Ha! ($9.50)

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Next we come to the Reaction Figure! You could receive either Jason or Sam. I’m not sure which I’d have rather gotten…probably Jason since he’s classic, but I’m happy with Sam. The first time I saw his movie (Trick ‘r Treat) was the first time I was in Kuwait! ($9.99)

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I was really surprised at this item…a Blu-ray of Puppet Master!! Whaaat! I haven’t seen this in years so I’ll be watching it soon! ($9.99)

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Finally, every month you receive an exclusive t-shirt. I totally squeeeeeed when I saw this months!! LOVE IT!! ($20.00???)

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Final thoughts…I really love this box! I’ll definitely get one more month and I’m sure I’ll get a month here and there in the future. I estimated the value of the box, using Amazon prices, to be about 67.47. I priced the t-shirt at 20.00 because I’m guessing that’s about what it would be. Great value…about double what I paid!

If you’d like to check out any of Nerd Blocks boxes, their website is http://www.nerdblock.com …and no they didn’t pay me or give me anything free to write this (I wish! Lol)…I just really loved my box!

Origami Owl – Holiday loot!

Since becoming an Origami Owl Designer a little over a year ago my obsession has only grown!! I adore this company and their products!! Recently our holiday items came out and, once again, I fell in lovveeee! I restrained myself and only bought a couple items that were not Limited Edition, lol.

Here’s an overview of everything I received which arrived in our Holiday takeout box! Not in additional pictures below: Stardust Crystals & Silver Crystal Earring Drops in Red (Limited Edition).

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The Large Sparkle Twist Locket Face…this is So sparkly in real life!! (Limited Edition)

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Large Silver Snowflake Window Plate…Gorgeous! (Limited Edition)

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Charms! Lol…I love charms… Gingerbread Girl (Limited Edition and 2nd in series), Candy Cane (Limited Edition), Santa Owl (Limited Edition), Nativity (Limited Edition and 1st in series), Snowflake (Limited Edition), Snowglobe (Limited Edition and 2nd in series), Menorah (Limited Edition), and Dreidel (Limited Edition). I’m not even Jewish but I couldn’t resist. My step-dad is so I thought it would be nice. Not pictured, still being sent, Nutcracker (Limited and 1st in series).

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I can’t wait to put a few different holiday Lockets together! My Fall/Halloween are in the rotation now and we have a Turkey so after Halloween something with that will come in…and then Christmas!!

If you’d like to check out what we offer, please visit http://www.tropicalcharms.origamiowl.com

The Tardis is DONE!

My 14 year old sister loves Dr. Who so when I found this pattern I knew it would be perfect. My mom and I decided we’d go in together…she’d buy most of the yarn and I’d crochet it…for a Joint Christmas present. I finally finished it last week. These graph-ghans are easy…but such a pain with all the colors attached. I know some people create smaller bobbins and I’m sure that would be smart…but who are we kidding?? Thankfully, in this case, baby sister is a typical 14 year old and I’d guess the chances of her coming across this post are slim to none!

BEHOLD!!

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Smiley360 Mission – ChapStick hydration lock

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This was another great “sample” from Smiley360 ( http://www.smiley360.com )! I received it free for testing and review purposes along with a bunch of coupons to pass out! You can see from the picture that I couldn’t wait to try it out, lol.

Something I don’t think you can ever have enough of is a good chap stick, and ChapStick brand has always been a favorite (Cherry!)!! I have one in pretty much every room of my house, the car, purses, diaper bag, etc. it’s just one of those things that when you need it, you want it right away!

So the ChapStick hydration lock is a brand new item from ChapStick! The paperwork that came with my kit states:
“New ChapStick dual-ended Hydration lock Moisturizer & Renew with advanced anti-aging formulas, delivers advanced moisturizing benefits for fuller, smoother and younger looking lips, and helps reduce the appearance of fine lines.
The moisture side includes antioxidant CoQ10 and Hyaluronic Spheres. This formula is specially designed for long-lasting hydration to help give lips a fuller and smoother appearance.
The renew side is made from natural butters such as Shea and Mango, and softens, conditions and revitalizes lips. Both sides of the new dual-ended Hydration Lock are clinically proven for healthier looking lips.”

I love this stuff! The only thing I’d change is the smell. It’s not bad by any means…I’m sure it’s mostly the Shea that I’m smelling…I just prefer a yummier scent for my lippy stuff! That won’t stop me from using this though! It feels wonderful on and truly smells just fine!