Wednesday, May 28, 2014

My Ipsy Bags: January & February 2014

The following has been in draft for a while but since I'm now back from a blog hiatus, I feel it's not too late to share my first impression of the Ipsy make-up subscription. 

I’m growing more and more into make-up and as a result, I’ve been experimenting, so much so I decided to purchase a monthly subscription to aid in my make-up discovery & exploration. I decided to go with Ipsy after reading rave reviews and after seeing what local make-up artist Tiffany Davidson shared about the items she got. I also realized that the service seems to offer more bang for a buck when compared to other beauty subscriptions. I mean for only US $10.00, you can get “a beautiful Glam Bag with [4-5] deluxe samples and full-sized beauty products”.


 January 2014 - Theme: 19 Reasons


What I received:
  • Mica Beauty: Tinted Lip Balm in Fiesta 2.5g (Deluxe Size: Approx. $18.75 but Full Size 4g/0.14oz is US$30.00)
  • LeeAnni Eco: 3 in 1 Revolotion 0.35 oz (Sample Size: Approx. $2.62 but Full Size: 4.0 fl.oz is $29.98
  • Sexy Hair: Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Tri-Wheat Leave In Conditioner 50ml/1.7oz (Travel Size $6.00 but Full Size 250ml/8.5oz  $9.99)
  • Absolute!: Make-up Cleansing Tissue in Cucumber 10 sheets ($2.49)
  • Elizabeth Mott: Smooth Shadow in Penny 0.7g/0.02oz (Sample Size: Approx. $7.13 but Full Size 1.5g/0.05oz is US$14.99
  • Estimated Bag Value:  $36.99

My Thoughts:

For my first bag, I was not blown away by the contents inside however, I felt it was an OK start to my subscription. In regards to the design of the bag, I felt that it was just OK too.

I appreciate the size of the hair spray and now that my hair is straight I look forward to giving it a try. I also love how wide it sprays, which will cover a good amount of my hair at a time.



I love how pigmented the lip balm is. However, after testing it, I realize it is pretty drying on the lips and as a result I will have to apply chapstick before each use.

For the wipes I'm not a fan of how it smells but I'm still going to give it a try and see how well it removes make-up.


Now for the 3 in 1 Revolution, I don't really have any high expectation for it but I guess I'll see how it goes.


Lastly, I love the colour of the shadow and the fact that it glides on smoothly.





February 2014 - Theme: The Look Of Love



With this being my second bag, I fell in love with the contents before getting to touch them physically. Thanks to Ipsy, I get the opportunity to see each item in my package and so I don’t have to wait until it gets to Jamaica to view them. Anyway, this package to me was much better than what I received for January. I also loved the pink leopard print interior of the bag.




What I received:
  • Zoya Nail Polish in Odette 0.5 fl oz (Full Size US$9.00)
  • Hawaiian Ruby Guava Mini Body Butter Tube 2.5oz (Deluxe Size US$7.00)
  • Tini Beauty: Eyetini Cordial Cream Shadow + Base In One - Spiced Rum 0.14 oz (Full Size US$14.00)
  • POP Beauty Plump Pout Mini - Fuchsia Freesia 4g (Deluxe Size approx. US$8.00)
  • J.Cat Beauty: Eyelashes + Eyelash Glue EL20 (Full Size US$3.99)
  • Estimated Bag Value: $41.99

My Thoughts:



Bottom Pics - My Natural Lashes
Firstly, the lashes are what I didn't really love. You see I don’t wear lashes, considering that my lashes are relatively long to begin with. In addition, this pair seems too extreme for me. 

About the lotion, I loved the fact that it was a deluxe sample, good to store in my handbag for everyday wear. In addition, the lotion is thick and has a fruity smell. Although I’m not really a big fan of the smell, it’s not overpowering.


Concerning the cream shadow, I love the natural colour and it's easy to apply. I'm looking forward to putting it to the test soon.



I appreciate the colour of the lip-gloss. However, I didn’t quite see the plumping effects, maybe because I already have full lips. One thing though, the gloss has an off-putting scent that dies after a while.



Lastly, I absolutely love the nail polish, seeing that it is Zoya the quality is good and I’m just a sucker for anything purple, so the colour Odette won me over. I would love to get more nail polishes in the months to come because I’m a big fan of nail polish.

All and all this bag exceeded its value for me, not in terms of it's actual monetary value but because I will certainly be utilizing most of these items, if it’s even just the nail polish and lotion for now.


FOR YOUR INFORMATION:

If you're in Jamaica and wish to utilize such a service, I recommend you use ShipMe. Although, I don't use it personally a few persons have recommended it to me. Other companies to use include MailPac OR SSMC Xpress International.

In addition, Ms. Davidson has also started an Ipsy Jamaica group, feel free to join the group, if you are already an Ipsy subscriber.


If you’re looking for a good beauty, subscription service, 
be sure to check out Ipsy.
 Subscribe HERE 
Are you already a Ipsy subscriber?
Are you subscribed to any other beauty delivery service?
If so, let me know in the comments below.


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Sunday, February 23, 2014

Sunday Social - Food, Leisure & Travel Wish

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 Sunday Social link-up time, courtesy of Neely, over at A Complete Waste of Makeup.

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1. Favorite breakfast food
I rarely eat breakfast but when I do I love me some Frosted Flakes.

2. Best way to spend a free day
Sleeping - Maybe it's the lazy girl in me but I have no problem sleeping all day, on a free day.
If not sleeping, I guess by watching movies & catching up on fave tv series.

3. Airline ticket to anywhere in the world….where would you go and why?

It's a toss up between Rome & France -  so I'll pick either one by the flip of a coin


Rome- Italy:  Because of it's great architecture, history & food
Paris - France: Who wouldn't want to visit the place also know as the "city of lovers/the most romantic place on earth". Besides it would be great to see the Eiffel Tower & indulge in some great food & wine. 
See other countries I want to visit HERE 

4. You can only leave the house with one thing…what is it? My Phone

5. How do you take your coffee? 

1 spoon each of Condensed Milk, Creamer & Sugar ( I like it sweet *sweet tooth)



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Sunday, January 5, 2014

Sunday Social - Holiday Recap & the New Year

 Sunday Social link-up time, courtesy of Neely, over at A Complete Waste of Makeup.



This Week’s Questions:
1. Do you plan to change any of your eating habits in the New Year? YES

2. Any workout tips to get us back in shape after the Holidays?
Get active, whether it's a quick walk around the block, a few set of jumping jacks or just choosing to take the stairs. Just try to incorporate cardio activities into your daily routine. For me, I plan to continue doing Jillian Michael workout videos. 

3. What is your favorite thing you did over the Holidays? 
Enjoying quality family time and bonding with friends

4. What is something you hope that you accomplish in 2014 that you did not in 2013? 
Learn how to drive and get my driver's license.

5. Name 3 things happening this year you are excited about and why.
To be honest I don't have anything to really look forward to, this year, all I'm just going to do is just work on achieving all my goals and becoming a better version of me.
Hopefully, I'll get to travel this year though. *fingers crossed
 

 

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Friday, January 3, 2014

2013 New & Reinforced Lessons

What is life without growth and growth for me is facilitated by various lessons. In 2013, I learnt quite a few new things. In addition, a few lessons that I forgot along the way were also reinforced. 

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Lessons Reinforced

1. The importance of Family   
The main reinforced lesson that I learnt this year is how much I love my family. They are the main thing on this earth that I truly care about. Nothing else can really compare.

2. The value of True Friendship
"True friends are the ones who never leave your heart, even if they leave your life for a while. Even after years apart, you pick up with them right where you left off..." - Anon.

3. That this too shall pass.
“That means that whatever problem you feel as though you’ll never get over will be completely irrelevant in a few days, weeks, months, years. You’ll have new problems to fill your time. But do you know what that also means? The wonderful things that you’ve been neglecting to enjoy right now will also pass. And you’ll miss them.”                                                I originally found this quote on Thought Catalog but the original page can no longer be found. (A mirror to the article can be found HERE)

4. Learning to deal with all emotions
“This entire planet is made up of people who have been hurt and rejected and sad and angry at some point in time and we all have to learn to deal with it.” – source

5. Embracing imperfection
“None of us will ever be perfect. Someone will always be smarter, more productive, more witty, older, younger, more charismatic” – source

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New Lessons Learnt
1. Happiness is a choice
We all want to be happy. Most believe happiness is the end of a journey, something to be attained etc. However, the following quote made me see that happiness is something I can choose right now, minus the wait.
“What we seem to overlook is that happiness is not an elusive state of euphoria that we eventually stumble upon once all of our goals are fulfilled. Happiness is a choice, and you are just as capable of experiencing it now, as you will be once your life looks as you think it ideally should.” - source

2. Embrace your life the way it is
 You have to realize that just because your life doesn’t look like someone else’s doesn’t mean it’s less than theirs. In fact, embrace the fact that your life isn’t anything like anybody else’s, it’s personally tailored for you.  - source

3. Lastly, the following quote connected with me deeply and is a lesson that hit home in 2013 and one that I am still learning to this day.

“Learning day by day, how to differentiate between, Family, Friends, associates and mere acquaintances....... took me so many years... but i'm gradually seeing the light.... The meaning of out of sight, out of mind is echoing loudly in my mind.... it's seems the more technology facilitates connectivity, the greater the distance that is created among once close friends.... i have been guilty myself..... Friendships created in primary school, High School, & college, over time dwindle.                   
It's Like a Fad, in today, out tomorrow..... sad but reality”

The quote was from someone on Facebook

5. I also realized the hard lesson that some people I truly care about could not care less about me. Despite that I choose to dwell on the fact that I have family members who love me, and though my friendship circle continues to get smaller, I’m happy for the friends that I know care about me, as much as I care about them.


What did you learn in 2013?
Maybe I can learn something from you.
Feel free to share in the comments below.


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Thursday, January 2, 2014

13 Highlights of 2013

Happy New Year!!! - Be Inspired

It is the second day of 2014 and I am still feeling inspired. I am soaking up all the positivity that I can, so that I can embrace all the year’s possibilities.


I even came across the quote pictured above, on New Year’s Day and now I vow to use the last three words as my motto for the year.                   

My wish for you all is that you have a rewarding and prosperous new year, filled with abundant love and success and many opportunities to Explore, Dream & Discover.

I also would like to share, three things you should check out that would inspire you to make the most of 2014.


1.Visit 100lifegoals.com Now                                                                                                 
    In case you missed it, this workshop aired on January 1 but you have until midnight, tonight to watch it. In addition, you can download a PDF document of notes from the broadcast. This workshop featured 10 amazing and inspiring professional/ speakers who have offered great tips on creating an accomplishing 100 life goals. That sounds amazing right. Be sure to go and watch the repeat.

2.  Have you ever created a Vision Board, well Christina Brown aka CeCe from LoveBrownSugar has strongly endorsed this method, she also shared how they helped her in realizing her goals. If you want to read how, check out her 3-part series on “How to Create a Vision Board”.

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3.  Lastly, sometimes you have to evaluate the previous year before taking on the New Year with open arms. This post entitled “25 Questions to Ask Yourself before the End of the Year”, gives you a few questions to ask yourself, which will facilitate the process of self-evaluation.

1. What am I most proud of this year?
2. How can I become a better _____________?
3. Where am I feeling stuck?” 
This and more HERE


Later tonight, I will be posting a recap of 2013. Then from Friday through to Sunday, I will not only be sharing the lessons I have learnt in the past year but my New Year’s Resolutions/Goals and also my usual monthly goals.


Thank you all for staying on this journey, Peace & Love!!!



Did you watch the 100 life goals video?
If yes, what do you think about it?
Do you have a motto or mantra for this new year.
Tell me in the comments below.


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Sunday, December 29, 2013

Sunday Inspiration

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Sunday, December 22, 2013

Sunday Social - More about the Holiday

 Sunday Social link-up time, courtesy of Neely, over at A Complete Waste of Makeup.

1. What is your favorite holiday season tradition?
Watching holiday movies and eating Christmas dinner with the family.

2. Do you have a certain holiday movie you watch more than others? If so what is it?

Since last Christmas, I've been trying to make it a tradition to watch  Home Alone 1&2.
Another movie I always tend to watch, this time of year is Love Actually.
 
3. Show us your favorite decoration or pinterest decoration you wish you could have.

 
4. What is your favorite holiday song?

Joy to the World - Mariah Carey's version
My other top favourite holiday songs include O Holy Night (Josh Grobans's version) 
and Silent Night (Boys II Men's version).
You can can see a list of some of my other faves HERE.

 
5. What is your favorite holiday dessert?

Jamaican Fruit Cake

6. What is on your wish list this year?

This year I wish for four main things:
A Samsung Galaxy S4
A Mabook Pro 13"
Canon Rebel T3i
3-5 Statement Necklaces
You can also check out what I had on last year's Christmas wishlist, see HERE.



I would love to know what is your favourite holiday song.
Share with me in the comments below.
In addition, what is on your Christmas Wishlist?



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