Ipsy Review: Summer Lovin’


*This is not a sponsored post! I pay for this subscription on my own. However, this post does provide referral links for new sign ups which gives me points to go towards purchasing full-size products. 

Ah… it’s Ipsy time again. This month I got a few fun items! I can’t wait to share them with you. But before I do, I have to share my favorite item from last month. I loved the Smashbox Cosmetics Photo Finish Foundation Primer. I used it before I put on my makeup and it gave me an overall finished look. Plus, it made my makeup last all day!


What is it: Coolway Beachy Salt Spray – $12.95/3.3 oz
What’s it for: Texturizes and separates hair for a natural, fresh-from-the-beach look


What is it: Nicka K New York HQ Quad Eyeshadow – $4.99/per quad (I received color NY075 SIERRA)
What’s it for: These shadows feature shades optimal for highlighting, contouring and defining the eyes. They boast an incredible formula that seamlessly applies and blends with buttery smooth pigmentation.


What is it: Ole Henriksen The Clean Truth Cleansing Cloths, Brightening – $15.00/pack of 10
What’s it for: A package of luxe quilted cloths to cleanse and hydrate with radiance-boosting vitamin C and reparative Coq10, sweeping away dirt, oil, and makeup.


What is it: BellaPierre Cosmetics Mineral Lipstick – $19.99/tube (I received color P.I.N.K)
What’s it for: Smooth, silky, 100% natural and formula delivers long-lasting nourishing color. The mineral pigments also provide natural protection from the sun. Mineral Lipsticks do NOT contain lead, lanolin, parabens, or other harmful ingredients.


 What is it: tarte Amazonian clay matte waterproof bronzer – $30.00/0.32 oz
What’s it for: Tarte’s best-selling, multi-tasking bronzer formulated to blend and build your perfect level of uniform bronze and create the illusion of an expertly sculpted, slimmer appearance. Color: iconic park ave princess shade

To sign up for Ipsy, go to https://www.ipsy.com/. For $10 a month, you will receive (5) top-of-the-line beauty or cosmetic products fit to your preferences and style. Each month you will also receive an adorable, sturdy glam bag. As you can see, the subscription pays for itself with the first product. You can’t beat having a personal stylist who will send you products that you will actually use! You can change your preferences at any time so that the Ipsy stylists can better suit your needs.

Ipsy Reviw: June Swim Into Beauty


If you haven’t heard about Ipsy, it’s a monthly subscription of mini beauty essentials designed around your personal skin type and preferences. It literally saves me so much time browsing around in Ulta for something I’m not even sure how to use. Ipsy has a YouTube channel where stylists show you want to do. It’s amazing. Each month I review what I received in my glam bag before I try the products out and then, I’ll share my favorite item from last month’s bag.


Last month, my favorite item in my glam bag was the Dermalogica Clear Start Breakout Clearing All Over Toner. I use it every morning before I put on my makeup and it makes my skin feel clean and protected. With the highs reaching towards 100 degrees the past few days, the Clear Start keeps my face from sweating and breaking out into bumps. I LOVE IT! This is one I’m definitely saving up for.

Drumroll…. here’s what I got in my June Glam Bag!


What is it: OFRA Cosmetics Turquoise Eyeliner, $13\one pencil
What’s it for: Water resistant pencil suitable for the most sensitive eye & lip areas. Created with a synthetic beeswax base for a smooth, soft and long lasting application.


What is it: Smashbox Cosmetics Photo Finish Foundation Primer; $36/1 fl. oz.
What’s it for: Create a perfect canvas for foundation application with this silky, lightweight blend of vitamins A & E, grape seed extract and green tea. Worn alone or under foundation, our best-selling, oil-free primer helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and pores for flawless skin with a velvety-smooth finish.
Awards: Martha Stewart Weddings Big-Day Beauty Awards Winner 2013, Winner of Best of Sephora Award for Best Primer, one of Marie Claire’s “25 Products That Will Change Your Life”, & an InStyle Best Beauty Buy.


What is it: LAVANILA LABORATORIES The Healthy Body Butter in Pure Vanilla; $19/6.7 oz.
What’s it for: Instant Hydration. This velvety smooth body butter absorbs instantly for deeply hydrated, luxuriously soft skin. 100% pure Shea & Cocoa Butters blend with powerful antioxidants and essential oils for long-lasting hydration. With super soft scents and a non-greasy formula, prepare for the ultimate indulgence.


What is it: FORMULA X Power Source nail color in Hot Coral; $10.50/0.4 oz.
What’s it for: Enriched with ShineXcel™—a luminescent ingredient that enhances color and overall shine, each polish’s patented No Compromise formulation offers long-lasting, incredibly-saturated color with a stunning finish.


What is it: tre’StiQue Mini Shadow Crayon in Kona Coffee; $26/one crayon
What’s it for: This amazing 12 hour eye shadow has customizable color that you can build from a subtle wash to intense vibrancy. Super blendable with a crease free, smooth finish.


Overall impression: I’m not one to use eyeliner because I feel they make me look like a raccoon, but I’ll give the turquoise a shot. I think it’s going to look good with my eyes. I don’t think I’ll ever use this dark of an eyeshadow, so the crayon is a bust. Nail polish is always great. Ipsy definitely knows my favorite color! The body butter is perfect to stick in my purse. And the foundation primer is one I’m going to have to research, but I’m excited about it!

Favorite item: Smashbox Foundation Primer – I’m not sure how this works yet, but I’m eager to find out if it keeps my makeup looking as good at 5PM as it did at 8AM.

If you’re interested in joining Ipsy, follow this link to sign up. For only $10 a month, you get five miniature samples of some of the best beauty products on the market. As you can see above, these items aren’t cheap! You get all of that plus a cute little bag to store it all in. What more could you need?


How To Get Dressed

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One of my favorite aspects about getting involved in a show on Netflix is watching how the actors are dressed. It fascinates me. If you’ve noticed to the right on my page, my current obsession is Pretty Little Liars. I’m on season 5, so don’t say anything! But what’s bizarre to me is how these girls are dressed in highschool. It cracks me up. There’s no way I would have been able to get away with wearing mini skirts or sleeveless shirts, much less showing the entire school my chest region… cough, Hanna Marin.

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When I saw How To Get Dressed by Alison Freer, I had to check it out. It’s about a costume designer living in Hollywood and that’s all she does: shop/design/shop for the clothing actors wear. How fun of a job would that be? The first chapter is all about a day in the life of a costume designer, how her life revolves around the never ending battle of finding clothes for people. All day long. She has a team where each person has their own job, like one person just takes everything back that isn’t used.

The remaining of the book shares tips and tricks on how to make your clothes really fit, for every body type. This book is more of a styling kit or a magical bag of tricks, built to solve every single wardrobe malfunction on earth. TV and film productions wait for nothing, so her solutions have to work fast. If something goes wrong, she has to fix it quick.

According to Amazon:

Alison distills her secrets into a fun, comprehensive style guide focused on rethinking your wardrobe like a fashion expert and making what’s in your closet work for you. She provides real-world advice about everything style-related, including:

• Making every garment you own fit better
• Mastering closet organization
• The undergarments you actually need
• The scoop on tailors and which alterations are worth it
• Shopping thrift and vintage like a rockstar

Instead of repeating boring style “rules,” Alison breaks the rules and gets real about everything from bras to how to deal with inevitable fashion disasters. Including helpful information such as how to skip ironing and the dry cleaners, remove every stain under the sun, and help clueless men get their sartorial acts together, How to Get Dressed has hundreds of insider tips from Alison’s arsenal of tools and expertise.

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I think what I love most about this self-help book is the artwork and how the book is laid out. It’s unique and it keeps me intrigued. The language that she uses is comical and entertaining. I’m really glad I got the this book because I learned a lot about my personal body size and what types of clothing I should be wearing.

I received this book from Blogging For Books for this review. All opinions are honestly mine.

More reviews: Read my recipe + review on Cookie Love by Mindy Segal.

Cookie Love: The Cookie Reveal!

Yesterday I posted a recipe from Cookie Love, a cookie cookbook where I made the chocolate chip cookie dough from scratch. Shew, that’s a lot of “cookies” in one sentence. Make sure you check out that post before reading this one.

I was so excited to get home from work and bake these bad boys. I thought about how they would smell and I could almost taste the chocolate on my lips. The dough was super stiff so I had kneed it a little. The book doesn’t mention this, but I got my hands just a little damp so I could roll the cookies in little balls. That way the batter wouldn’t stick to my hands.



I like my cookies in between a little crunchy and a little chewy. I took mine out of the oven around the 10-miunte mark and let them cool the rest of the way. It all depends on your oven, though. I watched them like a hawk to make sure they didn’t burn. It was like watching a kid ride a bike for the first time without the training wheels. I was so proud of myself. I couldn’t have been more pleased. The flavor is unlike any chocolate chip cookie I’ve ever tried before. I do believe it’s that pinch of salt that made the difference.




This recipe did make a bunch of cookies; I lost count around 30. I’ll be giving one to everyone I come in contact with this weekend just to get rid of them. If you see a girl passing out cookies at the farmers market, just take them. The recipe from the book says they are fresh only for about 3 days, so I have to enjoy them while I can. I hope you’ll try these out next time you need a quick cookie recipe. Enjoy!

Thanks again to Blogging For Books for sending me this book.