Friday, February 16, 2018

Outfits of the Week: February 12 - 16


Happy weekend!  I'm so very excited about it!  I have big plans to do some craft shopping this weekend and put together a sticker binder for the fitness planner I've been using this year to track my exercise.  If you hadn't already heard about my fitness planner, I posted about it here on the blog and I also post updates on Instagram via my Instastory. 


Monday
I liked this outfit okay I guess.  I have quite a few of these blouses in different colors and one thing that annoys me about them is that the buttons and placket run down the entire blouse and when you tuck them in, they bubble out at the midsection any time you sit down.  Not a fan of that but other wise, this outfit was fine.

pink splatter blouse - Kohl's
gray blazer - Papaya
black essential chinos - Amazon
black captoe pointed toe flats  - Payless



Tuesday
This is another of the same type of blouse from the day before and basically it's the fourth one I've worn in the last five days of work.  I think I have one in the updated version of this blouse and on that one, the buttons only go down halfway and it looks much better.

black and white blouse - Kohl'ls
black cardigan clip - made by me
hot pink cardigan - H&M
black skirt - Walmart
black fleece tights - Vanity Fair Outlet
black captoe pointed toe flats - Payless



Wednesday
I didn't even realize when I picked out this outfit that this was Valentine's Day and I should maybe try to wear pink or red.  I honestly just wear pink so frequently that this was a happy coincidence.  And I love how hot pink and navy look together.

pink button down - Kohl's
navy blazer - Amazon
walnut essential chinos - Amazon
brown buckle flats - Rack Room Shoes



Thursday
I had originally planned to wear something else this day but at the last minute had to make a change.  Normally that would really throw me off but now that I've kind of figured out my style, I just grabbed some pieces and threw them together.  This was by no means by favorite outfit ever, but it worked out just fine.

red blouse - Walmart
charcoal cardigan - Papaya
black cardigan clip - made by me
khaki skirt - Kohl's
skinny black belt - Walmart
black tights - Walmart
grey faux suede and snakeskin pointed toe flats - Payless


Friday
I swear this skirt has grown.  I don't remember it puddling up at the ground the last time I wore it.  I'm not sure what's up with that but even with the extra length, it was still so comfy and cozy and I also got a lot of compliments today on how cute my outfit was.

black blouse - Papaya
heather gray cardigan - Papaya
black owl cardigan clip - made by me
green and white striped skirt - Sears
black buckle flats - Rack Room Shoes

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Ipsy Glam Bag: February 2018


My Ipsy Glam Bag came in the mail yesterday and I'm so excited to try out my new items!  I'm really excited about almost everything.


Ipsy
Blush Lace Trimmed Bag
$??
I'm not a fan of this bag.  It's really beautiful but it has that faux suede/microfiber texture that absolutely every fuzzy, hair, or piece of lint sticks to.  Most of my Ipsy bags I repurpose to store craft supplies and this one is already so ugly because it's covered in ick.  It's pretty to look at but not very practical to use.




PürMini Fully Charged Mascara
$15.00 for the mini size
[link]
I always enjoying trying a new mascara but most of the ones that aren't waterproof just can't hold a curl the way I want them to.  We'll see how it goes with this one.


Pacifica Beach Crystals Eyeshadow Palette
$12.89 ($12/3g=$4 per g for this palette) ($18/5.7g=$3.16 per g for this palette) (I averaged the cost per gram of these palettes and got $3.58 per g)
[link] This palette was made specially made for Ipsy.
I've heard good things about Pacifica in the past and I've always wanted to try it so I'm excited to give these shadows a chance.  My only drawback is that I really prefer mattes and these all have shimmer in them.  Also, I really don't think I could use this as a standalone palette.  All of these shades are mid-tone shimmers so they might make good one shadow looks but I really don't know how I would put together a whole look using just this palette.


Seraphine Botanicals
Lychee + Gold Blush
$14.00 for 3g
[link]
I've gotten a blush from this same brand before in a different shade and I never use it because it's so shimmery so I wasn't super excited about getting this one.  I really wish Ipsy would send more matte products.  Why is every single shadow and blush so shimmery?  I like shimmer sometimes but the older I get the more I feel like shimmer isn't always my best look.  However, this is a gorgeous peachy shade and if ever there were a shimmery blush that could win me over, this might just be it.  I'm hopeful that I'll love it but I'm honestly not thinking I will.


Marc AnthonyStrengthening Grow Long Leave-In Conditioner
$2.00 ($9.99 for 250mL, I received 50 mL)
[link]
I'm super confused on this product because the only Marc Anthony leave in conditioner from this line that I could find to compare was a spray in.  Are they the same product?  If so, I don't want my fine hair weighed down by a ton of product that is meant to be a spray.  I guess I'll have to try it out to be sure but leave in conditioner is a much better hair product for Ipsy to send me than a weird exfoliating shampoo like last month, which by the way, was the crappiest shampoo ever.


Luxie BeautyBlending and Shading Eye Brush 249
$24.00 (They don't sell this actual brush so it's hard to estimate cost but a similar dual ended goes for this price.)
I already have another Luxie Beauty brush that I got in a previous Ipsy bag and I love it and use it almost every day so I am pretty excited for this dual ended brush!  And dual ended brushes are great for travel so I'm looking forward to trying this one out.  I think it will be really useful for the kind of makeup I usually do when I travel which is to slap a light matte shade all over the lids then slap a medium matte shade in the crease and blend it all in.  The large flat side is great for applying and the domed side is great to blend.

Total Value: $67.89 + bag

Conclusion: I think this month was a pretty good value and there's nothing that I'm mad about getting.  While I don't really care for the bag, I'll still probably find a use for it.  And I'm really excited to try all of the products that I got!  This was definitely an improvement over last month's bag where I didn't really care for much of anything.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Outfits of the Week: February 5 - 10


Hello, friends!  It's been a heck of a long week!  I'm sharing a bonus work outfit today because I had to work a six day work week so I figured I would share my extra work outfit as well.  And as a second bonus, you'll see how I transitioned one outfit from work during the day to a fun night out on the town!  Let's see what I wore for this exhausting work week.


Monday
I look like I'm a lot happier in these photos than I really am.  Who gets excited to get a six day work week started?!  Yeah, not me.  But these pants are some of the most divine and I was happy about wearing them.  They are stretchy, super soft, and really comfy.

black pintuck blouse - Sears
black and grey striped blazer - Beall's Outlet
chili red pants - JC Penney's
black captoe pointed toe flats - Payless



Tuesday
I'm not sure if these chinos just haven't been washed for a couple of wears or what but they just felt really saggy and sloppy today.  How often do you wash your pants?  For work pants, if it's a day where I'm just sitting around the office at my desk and not working up a sweat, then I usually wash them every other wear.  Other than that, I liked this outfit just fine but didn't really love it.

burgundy floral blouse - Papaya
black open front blazer - Charlotte Russe
black skinny belt - Walmart
boulder gray essential chinos - Amazon
black captoe pointed toe flats - Payless



Wednesday
I don't know how I never realized before that this skirt and this blouse were such a great pair.  And I love how it looks with all black.  I think it would look really cute in the spring with a white cardigan and sandals.  Bring on the warm weather!  But this outfit was definitely my favorite this week.

cadet blue tie neck blouse - Papaya
black 3/4 sleeve cardigan - Boscov's
pearl cardigan clip - Amazon
black skinny belt - Walmart
blue and white striped skirt - Walmart
black tights - Walmart
black captoe pointed toe flats - Payless


Thursday
This was the day we left for our work trip so I wanted to dress professionally but still be comfortable for a work day that went from eight in the morning to eight at night and also had crazy varied temperatures.  This outfit fit the bill but to be honest, my feet were killing me by the end of the night in these shoes.  They look great but they are better for days when I'm at my desk all day rather than being active.

white cardigan - Kohl's
cardigan clip - Amazon
coral blouse - Kohl's
white skinny belt - Walmart
mineral blue essential chinos - Amazon
taupe pointed toe flats - Payless


Friday
I took the outfit photos for Friday and Saturday at home earlier in the week because I knew I would be so busy when I was out of town and it would be hard to get photos without my normal routine and set up.  So forgive me if the lighting is a little off but I took them after work on Monday so I would be prepared for the week ahead.  I'm loving the combination of this bright pink blouse and the olive green pants.  There's just something about it that's so flowery and pretty.

This outfit also transitioned really well.  At night, we went out on the town for dinner and a show and I just swapped out the pants for skinny jeans and the shoes for some slide on canvas flats.  Untuck the blouse and I was good for the evening as well!  And as another little added bonus, here's a Photo Grid of the day to night swap.  Sorry about the hotel mirror and lighting!


bright pink tie neck blouse - Kohl's
heather taupe cardigan - Papaya
moss essential chinos - Amazon
taupe pointed toe flats - Payless
skinny jeans - Walmart
black grasshoppers - Amazon



Saturday
I had to work today at a conference in Orlando so I thought I would make the best of it and at least share my outfit with you all.  But let me tell you that after working six days (and long hours on Thursday and Friday), I have no brain power left to analyze this outfit.

cobalt blouse - Kohl's
heather gray cardigan - Papaya
black essential chinos - Amazon
black captoe pointed toe flats - Payless

Friday, February 2, 2018

Outfits of the Week: January 29 - February 2


Happy weekend!  I'm planning on soaking up every last minute of this weekend, as next weekend will be cut short by a work trip for me.  Work, it never ends!  But at least for the next two days I can hang out in my stretchy pants and casual clothes!


Monday

I've never worn these tights before and I have to say, they are not at all the color I thought they would be.  I'm pretty sure the packaging said they were oatmeal but this color is more... mushroom to me.  It's much less cream and much more gray than I was anticipating and I'm not sure I love them.  On the plus side, they kept me warm on a day that started warmer than it finished and I'm grateful for that.

chambray short sleeve button down - Kohl's (sleeves shortened by me)

burgundy window pane cardigan - Kohl's
brown compass cardigan clip - made by me
brown skinny belt - Walmart
navy skirt - Kohl's
"oatmeal" fleece lined tights - Walmart
brown buckle flats - Rack Room Shoes



Tuesday

I feel like this outfit is very matchy-matchy with the pants and the blouse but I kind of love it.  I've worn this pants/blouse combo before [here], but I just like it so much better with the khaki blazer than the navy one.  This is an outfit I'll have to remember and copy again in the future!  This one was by far my favorite of the week.

khaki blazer - Goodwill (Talbot's brand)

pink floral tie neck blouse - Papaya
tan belt - Walmart
cabernet essential chinos - Amazon
taupe pointed toe flats - Payless



Wednesday

I guess this outfit was okay.  I didn't love it.  I didn't hate it.  Or it's also possible that I'm currently just too tired to care about what I wore.

navy floral blouse - Papaya

navy cami secret - Amazon
white stripe cuff blazer - Papaya
brown skinny belt - Walmart
light fawn essential chinos - Amazon
brown buckle flats - Rack Room Shoes


Thursday
This outfit is really cute and I love the bright blue dress against the all black background.  Why do I always seem to forget about my dresses?  They just seem to get lost in my closet and in my mind.

cobalt shirt dress - Ross
black cardigan - Banana Republic Factory
black owl cardigan clip - made by me
black fleece lined tights - Vanity Fair Outlet
black captoe pointed toe flats - Payless


Friday
Every time I wear this fox blouse, I am reminded of how cute the little foxes are.  And every time I wear this fox blouse, I am also reminded that it is just oversized on me.  I can compensate a little by tucking it in and also wearing the cardigan over top but I really need to take it in at the sides and make it fit a little better.  The problem is that I only remember when I'm wearing in and I never wear it while I'm at the sewing machine.  Oh well!

mustard fox blouse - Papaya
brown compass cardigan clip - made by me
navy cardigan - Kohl's
brown skinny belt - Walmart
palisade essential chinos - Amazon
brown buckle flats - Rack Room Shoes

Friday, January 26, 2018

Outfits of the Week: January 22 - 26



Happy weekend!  This workweek was incredibly busy for me and I am so happy to have a weekend to get some more sleep, relax a little, and get things together for the upcoming week so I can be more prepared.  And I also have a very important goal to spend as much time as possible in stretchy pants.


Monday
Monday's are just the worst, aren't they?  Not only do I have to wake up early, but I have to actually change out of my comfy leggings or sweatpants and into real clothes.  On this particular morning, I tried to avoid that by wearing a stretchy skirt and what is quite possible the world's most comfortable pair of tights on the entire planet of earth.  I'm not even kidding.  Years ago I detested tights because they were so uncomfortable but these are different.  They are the No Nonsense Yoga Waistband Blackout Tights and I bought mine at Walmart for under six dollars but I couldn't find them on Walmart's website so I linked to their actual website because you need to try these.  They are so soft and the waistband is extra thick and soft and they really are as comfortable as yoga pants.  My only complaint is that they only make opaque black, opaque khaki, and sheer black.  Walmart is always sold out of my size in the sheer black and opaque khaki and I need these in every color and denier!  Try them and I bet you'll fall in love with these tights.  Not sponsored, just a happy paying customer.

black and white blouse - Kohl's
black 3/4 sleeve cardigan - Boscov's
black cami secret - Burlington
olive green casual skirt - Kohl's
black tights - Walmart
black captoe pointed toe flats - Payless



Tuesday
Every time I wear this blazer, I feel like Elle Woods from Legally Blonde: chic and girly.  Every time I wear this blouse, I feel like it's choking me to death: neither chic nor girly.  You win some, you lose some, I guess.

black and white blouse - Papaya
pink blazer - Amazon
skinny black belt - Walmart
boulder grey essential chinos - Amazon
black captoe pointed toe flats - Payless



Wednesday
I threw this outfit together at the last minute after waking up and deciding I didn't feel like wearing the dress I had picked out.  And I ended up really liking this outfit!  I don't know that I would have picked this outfit on a day where I wasn't rushing and just grabbing things to put on but I think it really worked out well for me.

blush tie neck blouse - Papaya
heather grey cardigan - Papaya
pearl cardigan clip - made by me
white skinny belt - Walmart
mineral blue essential chinos - Amazon
Grey faux suede and snakeskin pointed toe flats - Payless



Thursday
I really just think that when it comes to this outfit, the cardigan clip makes it.  Without it, the cardigan was sort of shapeless and kept flopping around but the clip not only holds it in place perfectly, but also adds a little touch of style that the outfit was lacking without it.  Cardigan clip, for the win!

pink button down - Kohl's
charcoal cardigan - Papaya
black owl cardigan clip - made by me
black essential chinos - Amazon
black captoe pointed toe flats - Payless



Friday
This was another outfit I threw together at the last minute when I realized that I was going to be delivering a professional development in the freezing cold training center.  No matter what the temperature is outside, the classrooms there are always frigid.  So I layered up with the long sleeve chambray and the polar fleece so that then only my bottom half was cold.

chambray button down - Kohl's
olive polar fleece - Target
black captoe pointed toe flats - Payless

Monday, January 22, 2018

Home Gym on a Budget


It's a new year and I'm another one of those people who are trying to find a way to live a healthier life.  I'm not a go to the gym kind of person so I needed to find a way to get some exercise at home.  Of course, you don't need any equipment besides your body to get a good workout at home but I'm the kind of person that does better with having data to track and different exercises to do.  As with many of us, I was trying to build a home gym on a budget.  I've done this over the last eighteen months by using gift cards and finding items on sale at discount stores or thrift stores.  Like Rome, my little home gym was not built in a day and while I still feel that it's not totally complete, I'm ready to share what I've got happening right now.  In this post, I'll tell you all about the different pieces of equipment I've purchased, which pieces I think are worth it and which ones you should save your money on, as well as some tips and tricks on how to save money on home gym equipment.



Small Home Gym Equipment
Let's start by talking about small items that could easily be stored in a closet or corner and run under the thirty dollar mark.



Hand Weights/Dumbbells
$5 - $30
Some of my favorite at home exercise equipment are dumbbells.  I have sets in one pound, two pounds, three pounds, five pounds, and eight pounds.  However, if I were going to recommend any, I would say don't waste your money on anything less than five pounds.  To really get the resistance to build muscle, you'll need some fairly heavy weights.  One of the things on my wish list right now are ten and fifteen pound dumbbells.  As far as price, I feel like I've found dumbbells consistently at stores like Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Bealls Outlet, and Burlington for great prices.  You can also find dumbbells pretty frequently at thrift stores.  Definitely don't shop on Amazon or sports stores for them, as you'll pay a lot more than other places.  For example, my eight pound weights were $12.99 at Marshalls but they run around twice that price on Amazon.



Ab Roller Wheel
$5 - $20
I bought this ab roller wheel for less than five dollars at a thrift store but honestly, I've never really used it.  It's a cool idea and sort of a fun novelty but I think it's really unnecessary.  I find I get a better ab workout from doing things like bicycle crunches, planks, and leg raises.  I never really could figure out how to make the ab roller engage my abs properly.  However, if you decide you just have to have one, check thrift stores.  I've seen one of these guys in almost every thrift store I've ever been in.  They're also pretty common and fairly priced at discount stores.



Yoga Blocks
$4 - $15
Yoga blocks are great for people just getting into yoga or for people who want to try more advanced poses but aren't quite at that level of flexibility.  However, I do find them a little fussy and overall, if I had to choose whether or not to buy them again, I probably wouldn't.  These are pretty fairly priced at Amazon but I have also seen them for less at Marshalls and other discount stores.  [exact same]



Yoga Mat/Exercise Mat
$8 - $30
This is actually one of the best pieces of equipment for a home gym because it's so versatile.  You can use a yoga mat to keep you from slipping while doing yoga or you can use it to give your body some soft support when doing floor work like ab exercises on a hard floor.  I found both of these yoga mats that have cute designs or quotes at Marshalls with a carrying strap for $7.99.



Wireless Bluetooth Headphones
$10 - $30
Wireless bluetooth headphones are certainly not a must have for a home gym but I can't tell you how much mine have made a difference for me in making the experience much more enjoyable.  I have a small television that I like to connect to my laptop to watch YouTube while I ride my stationary bike.  However, the speakers on the TV are really small and weak and the bike is really loud.  Even with the computer and TV turned all the way up, I still can't hear it while on the bike.  However, with these wireless headphones, I can connect directly to my laptop without the pesky wire and I can hear the sound!  I'm able to go way longer on the bike just by being distracted by something entertaining while I move.  There is a bit of a delay in the sound sometimes but it doesn't bother me enough to not use the headphones.  [exact same]

In summary, of all the smaller home gym pieces that I have, I think my recommendations would be dumbbells weighing between five and fifteen pounds, a yoga or exercise mat, and wireless bluetooth headphones.



Large Home Gym Equipment
Next let's talk about some bigger home gym pieces.  These are things that have a larger footprint and also a price tag of thirty dollars or more.



Stationary Fan Bike
$90 - $500
I bought my stationary fan bike last year at Academy Sports for just $89.  What I didn't realize was that it was under $100 because they came out with a newer model with an updated seat that is supposed to be much more comfortable.  I understand now why they did that because I spent about twenty-five additional dollars on just trying to make the seat more comfortable with an imitation sheepskin bike seat cover [exact same] and gel bike seat cover [exact same].  In hind sight, the gel cover would have been enough but if you're interested this bike, I would just say get the one with the updated seat for ten dollars more.  I really ended up liking this bike because I can actually reach the pedals and bars and I like that the arms move too, giving you a more balanced exercise.  Not going to lie, I also like that I get steps on my Fitbit when using it because my arms move.  Call it cheating if you want but I feel like if I'm exercising, that should count as steps.  [same but with updated seat]  Also, don't mind my totally cheapo empty container zip tied to the bike arm.  Since the bike doesn't have a cupholder, this was my solution just so I had somewhere to put my phone.  My long term plan is to buy a pretty container to attach to use as a phone holder but this does the trick for now.



Mini Stair Stepper
$35 - $200
Would you believe this little mini stair stepper cost me less than forty dollars?  I really wanted something that I could use to get a bit of a lower body workout while I use my dumbbells to get a workout for my upper body too.  You can also use the resistance bands that come with this stepper but I haven't really figured them out yet.  I've only used it a couple of times but so far I really like it and I think it would be a great addition to any home gym, as the cost is so low and it takes up so little room.  It's also light enough that you could stash it under a desk or in a closet and take it out when you need it.  But it's still sturdy enough that I don't feel like it's going to tip over or break or anything.  I think it would be perfect for someone with very little space in an apartment or home that still wanted to be able to get some kind of exercise.  [exact same]



Manual Treadmill
$100 - $400
I've not had good luck with electric treadmills in the past.  Last year, we bought one used through Facebook Marketplace.  I absolutely loved it and used it almost every day.  After three weeks, during a thunderstorm, I accidentally left if plugged in and never worked again after that.  Dang thing wouldn't even turn on, even after we tried all the tricks in the user guide.  After getting burned once, I decided that at least a manual treadmill would never get fried during an electrical storm.  And since I had a gift card from Christmas for Amazon, this one cost me nothing out of pocket so even if it does stop working, at least I won't feel so bad about it.  One thing I will say about this manual treadmill is that you have to hold on to the handrails while using it or else the belt seems to change speed and stop on its own.  However, I still find that I can run with one hand on the rail and it's smooth as butter that way.  It's a hard work out though.  The lowest incline you can do is seven degrees and that doesn't sound like much but even seven degree while walking will give you a heck of a workout.  I used to be able to run/jog on a zero degree incline for a mile and a half without stopping.  Granted, I was in better shape last year but I can't even do half a mile of jogging on this incline.  But a workout machine was what I wanted and it's definitely giving me that!  I sweat a lot even when just walking in a sixty-eight degree house.
 [exact same]  



Floor Protection
If you don't want scratched or damaged hard floors or dents in your carpet, I would recommend some sort of floor protection for under these larger pieces.  Protecting the laminate floor under my stationary fan bike, I have a thick yoga mat that was cut to size.  The extra length was then put under the feet to give even more protection.  This in no way makes the bike feel wobbly, as it sinks in quite nicely.  It just keeps the floors safe.  The gray yoga mat came from Marshalls and was about $11.99.  Protecting the floor under both the treadmill and the mini stepper is a folding equipment mat from Amazon.  This piece was much more expensive but it was easy to cut along the fold lines in order to accommodate the two separate pieces and was more than large enough for the width of the treadmill. [exact same]

To summarize my feelings about the larger home gym pieces, I would recommend any of them but your choice might just depend on which form of exercise you prefer or how much room you have.  I think I'll definitely end up using the treadmill the most, as I just really enjoy walking and jogging the most.  However, I personally like having them all just for the variety they offer.  Having a few different choices keeps me from getting bored.  I'd love to know your favorite way to workout at home!  Whether it's with a piece of equipment or just a workout routine you love, let me know how you stay fit!

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Ipsy Glam Bag: January 2018


My Ipsy Glam Bag actually came in the mail a few days ago but I've been so busy this week that I hadn't yet had time to write up the blog post, as calculating the estimated price values for this takes me a decent amount of time and research.  Now that the time has come, let's see what I got and how much it's worth!



Ipsy
Sporty Mesh Bag
$??
I think this bag is so cute!  Maybe it's because I love bright pink and lime green or maybe it's because I'm definitely one of the people jumping on the January exercise bandwagon but I'm just loving this month's bag.  And how great would this be to store your makeup wipes and earbuds in your gym bag?



Furless Cosmetics
Loose Eyeshadow Pigment in Sneaky

$4.50 ($18 for 8 g, I received 2g)
[link]
I'm not a fan at all of loose powder products.  I'm actually working through a loose face powder right now and I will never buy another one.  They are just so much more messy than pressed powders.  This loose shadow is a beautiful shade of shimmery deep purple.  However, because it's pretty dark, I notice the fallout on my cheeks pretty easily.  On the plus side, it's easy to sweep away with a powder brush.  Overall, I really like this product but I just can't help but wish it were pressed.  Maybe I can learn how to press my own pigments?


Ciaté London
Fierce Flicks Liquid Eyeliner
$19 for full size
[link]
I love a good black eyeliner but I just don't need another black liquid liner pen or a black liner pencil right now.  Although if I did need one, this one is great.  It's really black and inky, easy to apply, and has great staying power.  However, I actually changed my Ipsy profile after this bag to exclude black eyeliner.  I went back through all my Ipsy bags and out of the ten bags I've gotten, I've received five black eyeliners.  I didn't sign up for this service to get the same thing over and over so that's a little disappointing.  Not the worst thing to get in a bag though and hopefully it won't be an issue any more after making the change to my profile.


Kokie Cosmetics
Kissable Liquid Lipstick in Desire
$6 for full size
[link]
When I first saw this in my bag sneak peek, I was a little disappointed.  While I love lip products and would experiment with any shade under the sun, I just really do not like drying formulas of lipstick and that's why I steer away from liquid lipsticks.  That's why in my Ipsy profile, I didn't check off that I like liquid lipsticks.  But I held out hope that maybe this one would be comfortable because the color is a really pretty shade that would be great for everyday wear.  However, after trying this on several times, every time within just a couple of minutes my lips are feeling like the Sahara.  Granted, I have very dry lips and might be slightly addicted to lip balm.  But for me this stuff was just a no-go even for a very short period of time.  Today I tried layering a lip balm over top because I'm willing to sacrifice staying power a bit if it makes it more comfortable but the combo with the lip balm I used was not working out.  It felt goopy and gross.  I'll try it again with my trusty Carmex lip balm but so far this is a disappointment for me.


theBalm
Mary-Lou Manizer
$2.96 ($24 for 8.5 g, I received 1.05g)
[link]
While I love a good champagne colored shimmery eyeshadow that can double as a highlighter, I feel like I have gotten so many of this exact same sort of thing in Ipsy bags.  Much like I did with the black eyeliner, I went back into my past bag posts to see exactly how many highlight/shadows I've gotten so far and this one makes the fourth.  It's a perfectly fine product but I just get very annoyed with repeats of nearly identical products in four out of ten bags, especially when I have never listed highlighters as a thing I like in my Ipsy profile.


Briogeo Hair Care
Scalp Revival Charcoal + Coconut Oil Micro-Exfoliating Shampoo
$5.25 ($42 for 8 oz, I received 1 oz)
[link]
I have no desire to be getting freaking shampoo in my Ipsy bag.  I don't care what kind of weird fancy things this shampoo claims to do.  I'm going to stick to my old faithful generic brand of dandruff shampoo because that's what I know works for me and that's what's in my price range.  Forty-two dollars for a tiny little container of this shampoo?  No, thank you.

Total Value: $37.71 + bag

Conclusion: If you couldn't already tell from my discussion of each individual product, I found this bag to be overall very disappointing for me.  I liked the actual bag and the eyeshadow but overall when I rated this bag on Ipsy, I gave it a two out of five stars.  It may be one of the worst bags I've gotten so far and really it's because I feel like Ipsy keeps sending me the same things over and over and several of the things they send are things I specifically have listed in my profile as not liking or wanting.  I really hope next month's bag is better!

Bonus Item!

Ofra
Eyeshadow/Blush Godet Refill
$12.00 (for the 4 g pan)
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This little bonus eyeshadow/blush is something I got by redeeming 500 of my Ipsy points.  I like to save up my points and wait until they have actual makeup available and then redeem.  Up until now, there hasn't been anything that I've really been interested in but when I saw this matte soft orange eyeshadow/blush, I knew it was time to pull the trigger.  On me, it looks absolutely terrible as a blush.  I look like I've been trying that whole cheeto makeup thing that was happening a couple of years ago.  I think it might look nice as a blush on deeper skin tones though.  However, it makes a fantastic warm transition shade for me and I really like it as an eyeshadow.  And the pan is gigantic!  I give this product a definite thumbs up.