Subscription Service Review-$10 Ipsy Glam Bags

Hello, fellow makeup lovers! Welcome back to my blog and thanks again for following along!

About three years ago, I finally purchased an Ipsy subscription. They’re only $10 per month, a shockingly low price for anything these days (I just spent $9 on a clear-colored lip liner from Walgreen’s the other day). Each month, they send you a makeup bag (These are different each month and have two variations of the bags lots of times. For example, they sent out a bag in November 2016 that was a navy blue with constellations on it. The bag I received had gold constellations while the bag that my mom received had silver constellations, as well as coordinating zippers and zipper pulls. I wish I had a use for both of them, I would have asked for hers as well!).

Now, a word about their customer service. I had my first month’s Glam Bag sent to my mom’s house, since I was living somewhere without reliable mail service. She called me on the phone, to tell me that it had come in the mail and she would put it up for me. I thanked her because I didn’t have a car and couldn’t get around very easily. The next day, she sent me a text message, asking how I liked my bag. I was confused because I hadn’t even left my house except to go to work and back. Turns out, one of my younger sisters stole the whole bag from inside the pink, shiny envelope that they’re sent out in each month. I was devastated, crushed. It says right there on the website that there are only so many of each item. I didn’t have the extra money on my card right then and had been so excited. I went ahead and sent the customer care team an email, explaining what happened (in nicer words than I really wanted to) and asked if they could please throw together another Glam Bag for me that month and to just charge my card again. They responded within a 24-hour period with a sincere-sounding apology about what had transpired. They jokingly suggested that my sisters get a Glam Bag of their own and then promptly sent me another bag out without charging me. I was bowled over. Shocked. Amazed. Impressed. I was hooked.

There will typically be five items in your bag each month. These can include sample and/or full sized products such as makeup brushes (I’ve probably received at least 10 different brushes, at least 8 of these have been full-sized and now I will never need to purchase a makeup brush myself ever again! Besides, buying brushes is such a bitch, they’re usually so pricey but in these instances, you’d be receiving full-sized brushes from brands like Luxie, whose brushes range from $12-$24 (for $2) or Skone Cosmetics, ranging from $9-$21 (for less than $2).

Other makeup products that you may receive include things like lipsticks, lip gloss, lip liner, blush, eyeliner, primers, eye shadow, skin creams, exfoliants, peels, face masks, highlighters, contouring tools, mascara, acne and skin treatments, etc. Pretty much everything and anything that you could ever use to do up your face!

I’ve received products from brands like Urban DecayThe Balm CosmeticsTrust Fund BeautyNYX CosmeticsIT Cosmetics (best eyeliner pencil EVER!) and Elizabeth Mott, to give you some idea of what we’re working with, here. I even had one of those Lisa Frank X Glamour Dolls blush brushes sent to me a month before they were released for sale to the general public!

Overall, I would rate this company and service a 4.5 Stars out of 5. You would be doing yourself a dis-service if you don’t at least check them out. Here Is The Ipsy Link but don’t forget! I still have 5 Free Glam Bags to Send Out, so you could actually end up trying your first one for free! Leave a comment below if you’re interested!




Baby Product Review! Nuby Vibe-eez Vibrating Teether, Lion Variety

Hello everyone and welcome back!

Recently our little one started drooling a lot, one of the first signs that she’s starting to cut teeth. The horror! I’m actually excited, though I know there are a lot of trials to come.

Other signs that made it evident to me that she was beginning to teethe (teeth? >.< sp.) were that:

  • She is very fussy immediately upon waking and realizing she isn’t being held, where as she used to slowly wake up and come to full realization of her surroundings.
  • Upon waking, she immediately lets out a sharp-pitched cry, this one letting me know that she’s in some type of pain or discomfort
  • She doesn’t want to be put down, ever. She would rather be held to the point where she’s almost falling asleep on our shoulders than anywhere else. This is not her usual self and points out to me that she’s craving company and comfort.
  • The last thing that I noticed is that she’ll turn away from breastfeeding to let out a cry until I comfort her and guide her back to it.

We had a couple of those gel freeze teething toys already in the freezer and ready to go (because Mom believes that there’s no such thing as being too prepared) but she wasn’t too keen on them yet, or the wooden ring teething necklace that I bought her (there will be a final product review on that soon, you can check out Part 1 and Part 2 here).

All that added up to a trip to the store for some different teethers, to me. One of the items I picked out was Nuby’s Vibe-eez Vibrating Teether. They had a lion and an octopus version, we went with the lion.

It’s a circular teething toy with three softer, rubbery loops on one side for baby to gum on. On the other side is a large button that you hold to make it vibrate. It takes one battery, I believe a double A, but don’t quote me on that. It might be a triple.

My baby loves this toy. As soon as I put it in her mouth and it started vibrating, she was hooked. She likes to mouth on it as long as she’s awake and in a (decently) good mood. Well worth the $12 price tag! The only thing that I would change about this is making it with an on/off switch so the baby could hold it themselves.

All in all, I’d rate this product a 4.5/5!

Today Was the Day

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, today.

Not the day she said her first word or took her first step. Not the day she first smiled or had her first laugh (that was a couple of days ago).

Today she tried her first real food. A truly bittersweet experience for a breastfeeding mom like me. Never again will I be her sole source of nourishment.

Now I know that “Food under one is just for fun”. I get that, I do. Today though, my monkey had her first taste of bananas and she will never return to only my milk. I can’t be upset about it, though. She’s growing without any problems and takes to new things like a fish to water. I’m so proud of her.

She sat right there in front of me, on Dad’s knee while he fed her. After just a taste or two, she was already getting upset in between bites (I’m using that term to describe a TEENY amount) that Dad wasn’t moving quickly enough and even grabbed his hand holding the spoon to guide it to her mouth! How could I be upset? I’ve always known that our time together, just us, would only last so long.

And at least she still needs me to cut her nails! XD