Ipsy Unboxing & Review, Dec. 2016


Hey, everyone! I’m playing catch-up, yet again.

This is my final Ipsy Glam Bag review. As mentioned in the last one, we are saving for a downpayment on a house, and I cancelled a bunch of subscriptions to save some cash—including Ipsy.

I’m not too heartbroken about it; I was collecting too many makeup bags, and the samples I was receiving as of late weren’t thrilling me.

So without further ado, here are the last samples I was sent.:

  • Aurora Intensely Precise liquid eyeliner in “Cinnamon”—this stuff does NOT come off, which can either be good or bad. You decide. I’ve only worn this once, and it irritated my eyes a little. Plus, I don’t really wear brown liner ever.
  • NYX purple prismatic eye shadow—This was a giant NOPE for me. The color isn’t flattering to my skin tone, and it was way too sparkly for my taste.
  • Jersey Shore Cosmetics peppermint lip balm—This is an alright product. I do enjoy a good peppermint lip balm, but, man, I don’t need so many lip balms.
  • Royal & Langnickel MODA angle shader brush—This was probably the best thing I received. I use this brush all the time for blending.
  • Smashbox Insta-Matte lipstick transformer—I was really excited to receive this, but I’ve yet to try it. And it is now February. I’m sure it works great, but I already have a lot of matte lipsticks and haven’t found an occasion where I’ve felt like I needed it.

I’ll be honest, I didn’t even like the makeup bag for this month either. I can tell Ipsy was trying to channel the iconic pink envelope it sends its samples out in, but I don’t love it or the faux-fur fabric its crafted from. It looks tacky, in my opinion. This one is going to my Poshmark. Buh-bye.

What do you think of beauty subscriptions? Yay or nay?

 

 

 

 

 

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Five Lipsticks You Need This Winter

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Winter is the perfect time to bust out a bold lip if you’re not normally accustomed to doing so. The muted tones of winter are the perfect backdrop for the main event: your bold color choice.

As many of you (no doubt) have a plethora of holiday parties and get-togethers to attend, you might be looking for the perfect winter lipstick to add as the finishing touch before you head out the door.

But maybe you’re struggling to find a good choice. Don’t worry, I’ve got your back. Here are my top 5 favorite winter lipsticks for you to peruse.

Maybelline’s Divine Wine (matte)—This is by far my favorite dark lippie for winter. It’s a gorgeous deep berry with excellent staying power that is not too drying. Bust this out when you brave the holiday shopping crowds, and you’ll feel all-powerful, I promise.

Sephora Collection liquid lipstick in Scarlet Luster—On the opposite end of the lipstick spectrum is this vibrant red. It does tend to transfer a lot, but somehow the color manages to stay in-your-face vibrant nearly all day. Wear this one with your ugly sweater!

Revlon’s Wine with Everything—This is more of an everyday red that is especially nice around the holidays. You can wear it to work all month long for a subtle festive touch to business casual look.

Revlon’s Wine Not? (matte)—Are you sensing a theme here? This is a beautiful deep wine red with purply hues that’s perfect for that swanky evening soiree or your work’s holiday party.

Wet ‘N’ Wild’s Sugar Plum Fairy—This is a semi-matte magenta-purple lipstick that’s stunning for an evening out with your gals or your significant other. It looks dark in the tube, but it applies brighter. Wear this when you’re sipping cocktails and watching the snow fall.

Not feeling the bold lip this year? Check out my top greige lipstick picks for a grungy look this winter. Happy holidays!

Ipsy Glam Bag Unboxing & Review, Nov. 2016

Hey, everyone!

After the last Ipsy Glam Bag I got, I wasn’t sure if November’s bag could top how cute October’s was. It came pretty dang close, though!

November’s bag is made of a navy blue neoprene material and features a pattern boasting constellations made of cosmetics. How cute, right?

In my bag, I received:

Three Botanical face masks—These were super refreshing. I liked how they were cold when I put them on.

Ciate London liquid lipstick—I FINALLY received a red lipstick from Ipsy. It took forever, but I really like this formula! The wand’s tip is more of pointed cone shape, so it’s super easy to apply precisely. And the color lasts all dang day.

The Balm Mad Lash mascara—While I love the formula and the curved shape of the brush, I’m not a fan of the click-on cap, much like the Tarte one from a few months ago.

Tarte maracuja oil—I’ll be honest, I still haven’t gotten around to trying this one. I’m a little “meh” about putting oil on my face.

Formula X nail polish in “Huntress”—Though this looks black, it’s actually a dark blue/green. I only had to apply one coat of this polish because it’s so thick.

Overall I was pretty pleased with what I got (especially the lipstick), but I think the time has finally come for me to cancel my subscription.

I know, right?

But I got a preview of what’s in my December bag, and I can’t say I’m super thrilled. And (big news) we’ve decided to start saving for a downpayment on a house.

Ten bucks per month for Ipsy might not seem like a lot, but it’s starting to feel like a waste when every little bit of extra cash adds up. I’ll just have to live vicariously through everyone else’s reviews.

So excuse my ramble, and now let me know what you got in your November Glam Bag! I’m dying to hear!

Marge’s Monthly Must-Haves, Nov. 2016

Happy first day of December, everyone! Is it just me, or did November fly by? I was so busy this month that I don’t have a ton of new faves, but I do have a few to share with you!

Essence Sunrise eye shadow palette—This is the gorgeous little set of baked shadows I mentioned in this post. It’s not produced anymore, but I found it brand new on Poshmark, and I’ve been wearing it pretty frequently. The yellow is my favorite!

Elf eyeliner pencil—I’ve rediscovered my love for good ol’ fashioned pencil liners, thanks to this mini pencil that came in an an Elf Halloween set. I’m in love with how smoothly it glides on—I’ve been wearing this every day.

Bite lipstick in Squid Ink—I’m counting this as one of my faves even though I only wore it a few times. I love it. It’s a beautiful blue-black lipstick I purchased with my VIB 20% off coupon  and is so creamy! A++ in my book.

It was a little on the spendier side, but I think it’s worth splurging when you’re considering buying a black lipstick—if you bought it for cheap, it will definitely look cheap when you apply it. Word to the wise.

Moroccan oil—this was a freebie from my mom. I always spray some sort of oil in my hair when I straighten or curl it to give it some moisture and keep it smooth, especially because my ends get so dry. This one smells so good, and it’s fun to switch up your beauty products every once in a while.

What were your November faves? Let me know!

 

 

VIB 20% Off Sale Haul

Hey there, friends!

I have a story to tell you. I got my 20% off VIB coupon in the mail last week and I was SO dang excited to use it—I’d just run out of all my favorite products, so it was perfect timing.

I waited all week until it was valid, dragging my husband to Sephora with me over the weekend so I could stock up. I  racked up $100 in beauty products and FORGOT TO USE MY COUPON. I about had a Niles Crane hyperventilation moment outside the store when I realized what had happened. It could have saved $20!

But I had a valid reason for forgetting.

There was a young girl at the register beside us, and she was $5 short on her birthday money to buy the makeup she wanted. We’ve all been in that boat, I’m sure, when we were younger. My husband, out of the blue, gave her the $5 she needed, and I was just so dang proud to be this guy’s wife that I totally forgot about the coupon.

What a great guy, right?

Anyway, you’re probably wondering what I possibly could have bought that cost that much.

Too Faced Waterproof Better Than Sex Mascara—I wear this every damn day, and I even wore it on my wedding day!

Make Up For Ever Matte Setting Powder—This was a substitute for one of my everyday essentials. I normally use the Bare Minerals translucent setting powder, but the store was all out, so I got this instead.

Urban Decay Vintage lipstick in the shade Oil Slick—My college roommate had this color, and before I could snag one it was discontinued. However, to my surprise, Urban Decay brought back some of its “vintage” colors, and this is one!

It may look black, but it applies as a sheer gray with a little sparkle. It makes any plain lipstick a little gothier when layered on top. Perfect.

Bare Minerals Prime Time Original Primer—I use this every single day. Can’t go wrong with this! It works miracles under any foundation of your choice, though I prefer the Bare Minerals liquid foundation.

I didn’t use any of my rewards points because it seems like they never have new rewards in the JCP Sephora. BUT I did place another order on Sephora’s website for a Bite lipstick they didn’t carry in the store, and I used some of my points through their Rewards Bazaar (review and unboxing coming soon!).


The lipstick I chose is a black-blue shade called Squid Ink. This particular shade was appealing to me because I have cool undertones, so the tinges of  blue complement my skin tone well.

I haven’t mustered the courage to wear this in public yet, but when I do, I’ll be channeling this magical Hufflepuff tutorial from my good friend Hannah.

I also snagged this Breakups to Makeups bag, because how could the self-proclaimed lipstick addict not? Too cute and too accurate. (Also too huge—I totally didn’t realize it would be this big.)

For samples (because Sephora orders aren’t complete without samples!) I chose a Versace Bright Crystal perfume, a Make Up For Ever foundation, and a RMS Beauty makeup wipe.

Did any of you take advantage of the 20% off coupon? I’d love to hear what you snagged!

Marge’s Monthly Must-Haves, Oct. 2016

Hello, everyone, and happy Halloween! For once I’m actually on time posting my monthly favorites—it feels so nice getting back into the swing of things. I tried a bunch of great new products this October that I can’t wait to tell you about, so let’s get started!

Shoot for the Stars bath bomb from Lush—Imagine my surprise when we stumbled upon a Lush store in Cork on our honeymoon, and when my husband insisted we go inside, where he bought bath bombs for each of us. (Have I mentioned how much I love him?)

This bath bomb contains gold glitter and six star-shaped bath melts, transforming the water into a swirly, sparkly night sky. Be still, my heart! Unlike the one J. chose for himself, this one did not stain the bathtub or the towels purple (ahahaha).

Nails Before Males manicure kit—our time in Cork got a bit weird with a giant shopping trip at Primark, where I picked this up. I couldn’t not buy it. It’s got six manicure tools inside and is the perfect size for tossing in your purse or your weekend bag.

Violet Voss Holy Grail palette—Yes, this is the swoon-worthy palette I mentioned coveting in this post. How did I manage to find a sold-out product? I have mad eBay skills, my friend. 😉 I’m completely head over heels for this palette—look out for a review soon!

Graveyard bath bomb from Witch Baby Soap—Surprise, another bath bomb I’ve already used! It’s no secret I love spooky things and taking baths. Combine them, and you’ve got a product I can’t say no to.

This coffin-shaped bath bomb is a real treat—it smells like “carefully arranged funeral flowers and freshly dug graves” and is packed with shea butter and avocado oil for super soft skin. And it is SO fragrant, guys. I smelled like lilies for a long time. You can read more about this bath bomb here.

Benefit’s Gimmie Brow volumizing eyebrow gel—I redeemed some of my Ipsy points for this sample and now will never go back to the NYX brow mascara(link) I was previously using. The Benefit gel has a better spoolie, richer color, and better staying power. My brows are on point 100% of the time now. Thanks, Benefit!

The October Ipsy bag—I mean, LOOK HOW CUTE IT IS. It is by far my favorite bag to date! I was seriously considering canceling my subscription after this month, but now I think I’ll see what November brings. You can read my unboxing and review of the October Glam Bag here.

What were your favorite products this month? Let me know in the comments—I’d love to hear!

Ipsy Glam Bag Unboxing & Review Oct. 2016


Happy 30 days of Halloween, everyone! I thought I’d take a break from my horror movie binging and candy corn guzzling to give you the what’s what regarding my October Glam Bag.

If you couldn’t already tell, Halloween is my favorite holiday, and this month’s Glam Bag feeds my spooky little soul. It’s so cute it hurts. It is hands-down my favorite Ipsy bag ever because:

  1. It’s pink, my favorite color.
  2. It’s covered in lipsticks, Ouija boards, ghosties, crystal balls…sigh. It’s perfect.

So, you’re probably wondering about the samples. Ahem. In October I received:

Ciate Fierce Flicks liquid eyeliner—I was so dubious of this. Liquid eyeliner from a brand I’d barely heard of? But I’m SO glad I received it; this eyeliner is amazing, making winged liner a cinch.

It applies easily, the felt tip is soft, and it stays put all damn day. No bleeding, no flaking, and no fading, all of which are usually problems for me because my eyes water so much. I will definitely be buying more of this when it runs out!

Vintage by Jessica Liebeskind eye shadow duo—This duo applies smoothly and is quite pigmented, but the shades were pretty “meh” for my taste (and I guarantee I have similar shades in my Naked Smokey palette already).

If you travel a lot, this is a nice little set that takes up hardly any space and is perfect for throwing in your carry-on bag or weekend bag. If you don’t travel a lot, then this might just clutter your makeup drawer.

The Balm’s Hot Mama blush—I should have known by The Balm’s reputation how great this blush was going to be, and I’m not one bit disappointed! It applies on my skin as a gorgeous peachy pick with a subtle shimmer. And such a little sample goes a long way! 100% not disappointed!

Pure Brazilian leave-in miracle hair treatment—While I don’t think this tops the leave-in treatment I got back in September, I does untangle my nest of hair, and it smells quite nice. Plus, the pump makes it easy to apply right to your hair without getting it all over your hands.

Trestique matte lip crayon in Florence Fig—Ipsy FINALLY sent me a lip color that is not paler than my natural lips or is an ungodly pink shade. Though this doesn’t fall into the bright red spectrum (my signature color), it is nonetheless a beautiful matte fig color perfect for fall—and long lasting, too!

What did you get in your Ipsy this month?

Marge’s Wedding Recap


Hello there, friends!

I just wanted to give you an apology for my absence as of late and my spotty blog posts—I fully intended on scheduling a bunch of blog posts for my wedding/honeymoon absence, but I got sick the week leading up to the wedding, and the morning of the Big Event it fully manifested itself as the flu. Self-care was a bit more important. (Sorry, guys.)

Anyway, I’m back and feeling much better! Our wedding was perfect and everything I hoped it would be (minus chugging PediaLyte from the bottle all day and puking my guts out every half hour the night before. TMI? Sorry.)


Ahem. You’re probably wondering about some wedding details that aren’t gross and sad.

Our venue was a beautiful old schoolhouse surrounded by wheat fields, about half an hour away from where I attended high school. We decided on a fall theme (duh, because I’m Marge, Autumn Queen) and tried to incorporate wordsy things as much as possible because J. and I both have English degrees. (He’s an English teacher, and I’m an editor.)

Our ceremony was outside, surrounded by lush maple trees and plenty of pumpkins. I bawled like a baby walking down the isle, even though I carefully picked the music so that I WOULD’NT cry and kept telling myself I wasn’t going to. We had our good friend officiate the ceremony because we wanted someone we knew well and felt comfortable around.

Our flowers came from my cousin Jordyn at Floral Mountains—I carried a gorgeous bouquet of dahlias and oak leaves down the aisle, and our centerpieces were pumpkins filled with flowers. Didn’t she do an amazing job?! Go check out her website ASAP!



Our reception was held inside the schoolhouse in the old gymnasium—it still has the original floor, and one of the original basketball hoops is still up. We cut a lot of costs by making a lot of our own decorations and thrifting what we couldn’t make. The venue also provided a ton of extra stuff for us, like cute chalkboards we could write quotes on.

Our guest book was an old dictionary in which we asked guests to choose words they thought best described us or were best suited for the day (another cost we cut). Everyone had a lot of fun picking out words, and J. and I were so excited to sit down and look at them all!



We served a buffet of chili with all the fixings, cornbread, and a hot cocoa station. A former co-worker of J., who used to bake cakes professionally before going into the education field, offered to make our cake as our wedding gift. It looked like a birch tree and had three different flavors: pink champagne, key lime, and chocolate peanut butter. And I made our cake topper—I’m pretty proud of how it turned out!

I wore a tea-length lace dress with a sweetheart neckline and corset lacing in the back (purchased on eBay for only $80!). I accessorized it with a birdcage veil featuring red flowers, my grandmother’s wedding pearls and earrings from the ’60s, red-toed shoes from Modcloth, red lipstick, and a faux-fur white stole with a brooch to match my necklace.



Our first dance was to Annie’s Song by John Denver—a personal favorite of mine, and which I later learned my parents had also played at their wedding. Cue all the emotional tears.


Our send-off as newlyweds was though a tunnel of our loved ones waving a shower of sparklers in the crisp fall night air. It was perfect.

And now for the picture you’ve all been waiting for: our rings


Hope you enjoyed our wedding recap! Cheers!

—Marge

Dollar Tree Beauty Haul

Dollar Tree is a treasure trove of undiscovered beauty essentials (I could probably do a whole post on what to buy and what not to buy, honestly), and I thought I’d share a few beauty items I picked up recently that you guys might be interested in reading about.

First up is a beauty blender! They have these in a variety of colors and are surprisingly soft. I was a little nervous it would be rough on my face, but it’s not. If you’re interested in trying a beauty blender but don’t want to spend $10+ to see if it works for you, then head over to Dollar Tree, my friend.

Next are some LA Colors matte lipsticks. They had this impressive endcap set up when I was there, with all sorts of LA Colors products. I picked out these matte lipsticks (ok, one says lip gloss, but how can a gloss be matte?). The “gloss” is more burgundy and the lipstick is a bright red.

The red lipstick, unfortunately, looked cheap when I applied it, and it looked semi-translucent when applied. Not a good look. I’d advise staying away from these. The “gloss” was ridiculously difficult to get off. It felt super sticky on my lips, but didn’t transfer a whole lot when I touched them with my fingertips. They were both difficult to apply, as you can probably see in the pictures below. They’re both patchy and uneven, and I couldn’t get my lower lip defined right. 

Cheapo matte red lippie

Sticky, patchy matte lippie

And the last thing I picked up is an eyebrow stencil (also from the LA Colors endcap) that has three different styles to choose from. These, surprisingly, work pretty dang well. I cut out the little piece of plastic in the middle so it was a little more user friendly. I used it in the picture above, but it’s not a great view, so I’m sorry! I will say I did like it enough to use for my wedding, though. 

And that’s all for now—thanks for reading! 

Five Eye Shadow Palettes I’m Coveting This Fall


Ah, fall—the best season of the year. (Ok, maybe the self-proclaimed Autumn Queen is a little biased.) Time to break out all the cozy clothes and start layering until you can’t layer anymore. And with a change in attire comes a change in beauty; it’s time for warm eyeshadows that mimic the changing of the leaves, and for bolder lip colors by day AND night.

But let’s focus on the eye shadow for now, because I’m a self-diagnosed palette hoarder. Here are the top five eye shadow palettes I’m coveting this fall:

1. Violet Voss Holy Grail palette—Let’s start off with the palette I’m coveting the most: the Holy Grail. This palette is essentially autumn in makeup form. It features 20 different shadows, ranging from cranberry reds to chocolate browns to brilliant golds. SWOON. Unfortunately, this palette is sold out until November.

2. Too Faced Sweet Peach palette—Don’t be fooled by this summery looking palette; its versatile peachy shades are perfect for adding a subtle autumn glow to your look. And it supposedly smells like peaches, but I can’t testify to that because this palette is also sold out until December.


3. Essence All About Sunrise palette—This palette isn’t made anymore, sadly, but that won’t stop me from scouring the Internet for it! I’m smitten with this little palette because of its light orange and yellow shades that are so versatile for both fall and spring—maybe even summer, too! It’s the perfect palette for when you feel like emulating a crisp, bright autumn day.

4. Melt Cosmetics Rust palette—Can you tell I love me some orange shades? I’m head over heels for this collection of stackable shadows because of its gorgeous lineup of matte oranges and reds. As opposed to the Essence All About Sunrise palette, this collection is perfect for when you feel like emulating a brooding, gloomy fall day. 
5. Concrete Minerals Black Magic collection—Ok, so like the Melt collection, this one isn’t technically a palette. BUT how could you resist these spooky purple and blue shades? It’s like looking at a Halloween sunset or into a crystal ball.

Which cosmetics are you coveting this fall?