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20 August 2014

{Out of the Box}: August 2014 Ipsy Glam Bag

Out of the Box is a feature I do to showcase and give a brief review of products in the subscription boxes that I receive.

Today's review is of my Ipsy makeup bag for the month.  Ipsy is a service where "each month, subscribers will receive a beautiful Glam Bag with deluxe samples and full-sized beauty products. Members can watch and play along with the stylists with the same products that they are using. All for only $10 a month. "  If you are interested, please click here to use my referral code and help me earn free bags.

This month's theme is "Beauty Schooled", and all the cute little sneak peaks were school themed (they dress their samples up and "pose" them in scenarios that fit the theme).
(image via ipsy.com)

I love my glam bags, and Ipsy is probably my favorite subscription box.  The quality of products and variety is pretty great.  My only "complaint" is that their shipping notifications kind of stink.  Last month, I got the bag before I got the email saying it had been shipped!  They also don't post the tracking code online.

This month, I received:

*Dr. Brandt Pores No More Pore Refiner Primer (.25oz)--$40 for 1 oz
     I really liked my Dr. Brandt Microderm abraision scrub I got in a past bag, so I'm sure this will be amazing!  I really like how it made my face matte, rather than dewy.  I know dewy is "the look", but it makes me feel oily.  It seems that a little big goes a long way.

*Urban Decay Perversion Mascara (sample size)--$22 for regular size
     MORE MASCARA!  I finally find a mascara I love (Mary Kay Ultimate Mascara) and since then, I get a mascara from either Ipsy or PopSugar!  That being said, I am excited to try Urban Decay Perversion Mascara.  I really like Urban Decay products, so being able to try it before I buy it is very nice.  This is better than the Be a Bombshell from the June GlamBag, but still, does not compare to my Mary Kay! 

*J.Cat Beauty Flying Solo Eye Shadow in Half Naked (2.5g/0.09oz)--$2.99
    This is a great neutral color.  It looks like a mix of gold and orange, but don't let that scare you, it goes on great and just looks like a nice almost champagne-colored shimmer.  Right now, I'm wearing it alone, but I could see using it as a base or a highlighter 

*Jersey Shore Sun Mongongo Lip Conditioner (regular sized chapstick)--$5.50
     I'm picky with my chapsticks, I hate those that make my lips tingle.  So, time will tell with this one.  I am happy that it's USDA certified organic.  This goes on very nice, doesn't have an overwhelming smell, nor does it make my lips tingle!  WIN!  I used it overtop the Tints and Sass lip and cheek stain from last month and it looks AMAZING! 

*Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk (50mL / 1.06oz)--$19.50 for 3.2 oz
    I'm trying to go "low-poo" (shampoo less, and use sulfate and paraben free shampoo and conditioner), so this will be great on the days I don't wash my hair.  (For a brief period of time, I tried "no-poo" and that just didn't work for me.  I realize I was still in transition and my hair was getting used to it, but unfortunately, I was not.  I felt like a dirty greaseball.)  This does have parabens, so technically, not "no-poo", but if you can't/don't wash one day and you need something, this would be a good go-to, in my opinion!

I'll be honest, when I got my bag, I was a little disappointed as there wasn't anything that was WOW, and the quality of the bag it came in seemed a little cheap, but then when I used the products, I really like all of them.  The bag still seems a little plastic-y and cheap, but I'll take it to school as a pencil bag, put it in my prize box, or use it to hold student iPad earbuds.  Good job, yet again, Ipsy!  

19 August 2014

Books on TV: Game of Thrones....what if?

 
I loved reading the Game of Thrones series, and I love watching it on DVD (no HBO, sorry, so I am a little behind).

I had planned to watch the 3 released seasons over the summer, but life happened, and now workdays/school is starting soon and instead of a leisurely stroll through Westeros, I have to binge-watch.  That's ok though, as I'm still hoping to rope Aaron into watching with me (I know!  How do I put up with it sometimes?  He has no desire to read the books or watch with me.  Though he was the same way with Harry Potter, and I eventually wore him down).

First, since reading the books and looking at the maps in the front, I had questions about how big Westeros actually was.  Because in the maps, it looks to be the size of Britain.  However, even by horseback or foot, it takes people FOREVER to get anywhere!  But, when I was watching, twice someone commented that the Wall was 1,000 leagues from King's Landing.  And thanks to my handy-dandy conversion website, one league equals 5.55600 kilometers, which would then mean that the Wall is 5, 556 km from King's Landing.  Or, 3,452 miles.  Which is about the size of the US from Bangor, Maine to Seattle, Washington---plus 200 miles!  So no wonder it took people forever to get from one place to the next!   

But then, in rewatching Season 1 (as I HAVE to watch them in order), I got to thinking, what would have happened had Ned Stark NOT gone to King's Landing?

This is what I've come up with:
1.  He wouldn't have been beheaded
2.  Arya wouldn't have gone on her cross-country tour
3.  Robb wouldn't have started the war
4.  Catelyn wouldn't have left Winterfell and been turned in to Stoneheart (see 5)
5.  Neither would have been beheaded at the Red Wedding
6.  Bran and Rickon wouldn't have had to go into hiding.
7.  Theon wouldn't have had all his issues---he may have rebelled, but probably not gotten tortured and had his junk cut off.   

I opened this up to my facebook friends, and this is what they came up with:
1.  Jon Snow would still have taken the Black, but he wouldn't have "run off with ygritte, fallen in love and then had the battle at castle black where she died and he gets all dark."

What are we missing? 

15 August 2014

Maestra Amanda's crafts: For sale on Etsy

I like doing crafts, but how many crafts can I keep in my house?  So, I decided to create a shop on Etsy as a way to do crafts, but also get them out of my house!  Plus, yes, a little extra spending money would be nice---though it would probably just go back to supplies!   

Anyway, here is the link to my store, Maestra Amanda's Crafts

As of right now, I have plain bookmarks in sets of 25 (a great classroom craft idea!), patterned bookmarks, gift tags, and notebooks for sale.  I'm going to soon be adding coffee snuggies, both plain colored and "jazzy" colored (black and gold aka Steelers or Hufflepuff colors, purple and gold, and pink and bright blue).

Cute Handmade Notebooks  Cute handmade holiday gift tags (set of 10)  Handmade shabby chic bookmarks (set of 3)  Variety pack of 25 bookmarks  Pretty Patterned, Handmade Gift Tags

If you don't see anything you like, suggest something!  I'll make it for you, try or say, "You know, I don't think I can do that."  Also, constructive criticism is also appreciated.

13 August 2014

{Out of the Box}: August 2014 PopSugar Must Have Box

Out of the Box is a feature I do to showcase and give a brief review of products in the subscription boxes that I receive.

Today's review is of my Popsugar Must Have box for August...."With POPSUGAR Must Have, you'll get an exciting monthly box full of fun, full-size products that are hand-selected by our editors."  You can subscribe monthly ($39.99), for 3 months ($109.85), for 6 months ($214.70) or for the year ($429.40).  Yes, you save money by signing up for the longer subscriptions, but it's my understanding that that amount comes out of your account all at once, rather than monthly.  If you'd like to try it out, please use my referral code as it helps me earn free boxes.

August is PopSugar's anniversary month, so I'm expecting it to be awesome.  But I'll just be happy if it's better than last month!

This month's box was inspired by
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*Bite Beauty Cinnamon Lush Fruit Lip ($22)
     This was supposed to be in my box, but it wasn't.  Am contacting customer support to see what happened.

*Paddywax Ocean Tide + Sea Salt Candle ($10 for 3oz jar)
     This reminds me of the beach.  I love it!

*Lollia At Last Perfumed Shower Gel ($22)
    I've enjoyed every scent that PopSugar has sent, so I'm sure this will be heavenly.

*Kendra Scott Elle Earrings ($52)
     From the pictures, they look kind of cheap.  But in person, they aren't bad.  Mine are a light gray color, which I could wear with just about anything.

*Goodbyn Small Meal Box ($3.95+$5.95 shipping)
     I need something to help me eat the correct serving size.  This is great!  Plus, it's dishwasher safe, so EVEN BETTER! 

*Think Thin High Protein Bar
    Low sugar, high protein and gluten free.  

*The Mason Jar Company Cookie Mix in a SoftJar Pouch ($12.99)
     NOM NOM NOM NOM NOM

12 August 2014

Review: Planes Go by Steve Light

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Image and summary from Goodreads:
The helicopter goes, "PITTATATATA PITTATATATA PITTATATATA." The jumbo jet goes, "Wheeeeeeeee VRRRRRRRRRRUUUHHHHHHHHHMMM." The propeller plane goes, "HUK HUK HUK WHIRRRRRRR WHIRRRRRR." Prepare for liftoff with 8 exciting aircraft and the noises they make in this irresistible board book! The long, oversized format lends itself to the shape of the vehicles and stands out on the shelf, and the boisterous text begs to be read aloud.

Planes Go is a very cute, easy to read board book featuring various planes (and helicopters) and the different sounds they make when they "go".  

I really like that it's an oversized board book, rather than a tiny little one like I normally see.  It just lends itself to more text, bigger pictures and more fun for the kids who read it.  

The illustrations are simple, but engaging.  

All in all, I really enjoyed the book.    

I'd like to thank Chronicle Books for sending me a copy to review.  You can order your own copy on Amazon (here) or pick it up at the bookstore today (August 12).

08 August 2014

{Out of the Box}: August 2014 Jamberry Stylebox

Out of the Box is a feature I do to showcase and give a brief review of products in the subscription boxes that I receive.

Jamberry is a new(er) company that sells nail wraps in a multitude of designs and patterns.  It's a direct sales company, like Mary Kay, Avon or Thirty-one purses, so you generally learn about things through a consultant at a party.

My friend was hosting an online party, and I wanted to buy some stuff, and I had a TON of wraps picked out (they're buy 3 get 1 free), but when I saw that Jamberry had a subscription box, I knew THAT was what I wanted to get.

It is $75 for a 3 month subscription, which they take out at the beginning.  Then after that, it is $25 a month.  At this time, you cannot do an initial month-to-month.  But, once your 3, 6, or 12 month subscription is up, you can.

Anyway, I made this video of me opening my first box!  Enjoy!  If it doesn't show, click here.  As you know, I don't usually do videos, but hey, why not?  



Click here for the "official" Jamberry application video

22 July 2014

{Out of the Box}: July 2014 Ipsy Box

Out of the Box is a feature I do to showcase and give a brief review of products in the subscription boxes that I receive.

Today's review is of my Ipsy makeup bag for April.  Ipsy is a service where "each month, subscribers will receive a beautiful Glam Bag with deluxe samples and full-sized beauty products. Members can watch and play along with the stylists with the same products that they are using. All for only $10 a month. "  If you are interested, please click to use my referral code and help me earn free bags.

Here is my bag full of goodies:

And a little about each item....

~Bareminerals 5-in-1 BB Advanced Performance Broad Spectrum Shadow in ($18 on ulta.com)

~Elizabeth Mott Tints & Sass in Cherry ($22.99).  I've never used a lip and cheek tint before. 

~Faith Aromatherapy Citrus-Ginger Anti-Oxidant Body Lotion (full size $17.99)

~POP Beauty Sunkissed Bronzer ($10).  The one time I used a bronzer, I ended up looking like a clown.  I'm a bit leary, but willing to give it a try.  I've watched a bunch of videos on youtube on how to put on both bronzer and cheek tint.  I think I can do this!

~Pur-lisse Pur-Protect Essential Daily Moisturizer, SPF 30 ($55 for 1.7oz).  I always need moisturizer.  I just hope it doesn't smell or make me break out. 

I'm so happy I signed up for the Ipsy subscription bag.  Even if I'm not 100% pleased with all the products, they're still fun to try.  And a much better quality than I would have purchased on my own.  This box/bag is definitely a keeper (unlike PopSugar, still on the fence about that one)