Ipsy Reveal : October 2017

Thanks for coming back to see what we got in our bags this month.  We described Ipsy to you last month:

What is ipsy? It is a monthly subscription service. You pay ten dollars a month and get a cute bag and five makeup/beauty related products. They are usually deluxe sample sized – sometimes you get a full sized product. When you sign up you do a little ‘get to know you’ type of survey that the ipsy peeps use to determine what types of products to send you. Also, as you receive the products each month you get to review each one individually. If ipsy sends you something you absolutely hate…all you have to do is let them know in the review and they won’t send it again. For instance, say you get some nail polish in your first bag, and you don’t really care for nail polish. Let them know in the review that you’d like to not receive it again. And voila! They won’t send it in your bag anymore!

We both look forward, with great anticipation, each month to receiving our ipsy bags. Ipsy is a great way to try out all kinds of different beauty brands and products without investing in the full size version – not knowing if you will like it or not. You don’t get to hand pick what comes in your bag, but we are pretty sure that there won’t be many times that you regret trying what they send you. 😉

Ipsy rewards you points for referrals, purchasing through their website, and reviewing.  The points can be redeemed in the rewards shop toward products.

You can sign up to receive Ipsy by clicking here (we may receive credit if you sign up). Ok ! On to this month’s goodies:

Ashley –

Let me first say that I’m really pleased with my bag this time around. I’ve literally been using the items I received every single day since I opened the package. For about a week straight now. For me, that’s worth my ten dollars – more than worth ten dollars actually. 🙂

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Perversion : This eyeliner is great. The pigmentation is on point, and I am pleased with the staying power. The liner lasts about four solid hours on my water line which is better than most eyeliners I’ve tried. It glides on easily and stands out with just one swipe. It is also really easy to blend out for a more smokey eye look. I’m fairly confident that I’ll be picking this one up in brown soon.

Tarte deluxe lights, camera, lashes™ 4-in-1 mascara :  This is a great everyday mascara. I like it. I’m not IN LOVE with it but I was not disappointed in the coverage and lasting wear – I just usually like a mascara that offers a move voluminous look.

Hanalei Papaya Enzyme Powder Cleanser : This cleanser claims to be an ultra gentle exfoliator and I 100% agree with that claim. You just pour a dime sized amount of powder into your palm, mix with a few drops of water, and then massage it all over your face. The powder particles exfoliate your skin, but they eventually all dissolve away which is a major plus for me. I hate cleansers with exfoliating beads that are hard to remove completely from your face during rinsing.

Dirty Little Secret Cosmetics Eyeshadow in Bronzed : To be honest, I was not excited about receiving this shadow. I didn’t need another bronze eye shadow shade – I have a billion. BUT when I swatched and wore this shadow it read more army green. I don’t know if that’s because of my skin tone or if it was actually mislabeled? Either way – I adore it. I’ve worn it several times and can’t get enough. It blends like a dream and is uber pigmented.

Firma Beauty 201 Tall Blender Brush : What can I say? Another brush from Ipsy = another love story. This brush is soft and the bristles are just the right length. I like that the bristles are a little bit of an oval shape rather than a circle, because it allows for more control when doing precise deep crease blending.

Rhonda –

I love love love the design of this bag!  It has a subtle lace brocade and a pretty little bat zipper pull.  It really had good contents, but I won’t be actually trying all of them.  I have decided that November will be my last ipsy bag.  It’s not because I don’t love ipsy, because I totally DO.  However, I work for a skincare and cosmetics brand and am in the process of switching to all their products.  Instead, I’ll take the $10 I spend on the subscription to buy a new brush every month, since that’s my favorite thing anyway!

tarte deluxe lights, camera, lashes™ 4-in-1 mascara – I have previously tried this mascara and as much as I am a fan of all things tarte, this one really misses the mark for me.  I didn’t feel like it did much of anything for my lashes.

Dirty Little Secret Cosmetics Eyeshadow in Bronzed – I didn’t open this because I want to be able to sell it since I won’t be using it.  I was tempted though because I love this deep bronze hue!  However, Ashley gave more info on this product in her reveal.

JM Solution Water Luminous Jelly Cleanser – I’m already on a skincare regimen and not introducing new products, but the description of it makes it sound lovely and refreshing.  I love products with hyaluronic acid!

MAKE UP FOR EVER Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation – I would have flipped out over receiving this foundation, because I’ve heard such good things.  However, I once again am just needing to transition to all one brand.  I did swatch it though because I am going to keep it and try it until I order foundation from my company.  When I swatched, I was impressed with the coverage for what is supposed to be a more sheer and natural look.  It doesn’t feel gross and heavy either.

Firma Beauty 201 Tall Blender Brush – Another month, another brush.  And I am not complaining!  I can’t get enough brushes in my life.  The bristles on this one are so soft and have a perfect shape for really defining the crease.


Have you enjoyed your October ipsy?  Have you tried any of the products we received?

What We Wore Wednesday

Hey hey! Here are again to show you what we’ve been putting on our bodies for the last week. 🙂 🙂 Thanks for coming by! And also, don’t forget it’s Wine Wednesday Live on our Facebook page..tonight at 9pm. Be there or be square! Alright to the outfits….

Rhonda –

Dress: Target. Chambray top: old JCPenney. Shoes: Target.

Tee: Old Navy men’s, cut up by me. Jacket: Target. Leggings: Lularoe. Shoes: Target. Earrings: Nickel & Suede.

Tank: Old Navy. Shorts: Target. Shoes: Target. Earrings: Nickel & Suede.

Top: Marshall’s, Sienna Sky brand. Jeans: Target. Shoes: Jessica Simpson. Earrings: Nickel & Suede.

Tank: FanPrint, no longer available. Jeans: Old Navy. Shoes: Target. Cardigan: Walmart. Earrings: Nickel & Suede.

Tunic: Amazon. Leggings: Lularoe. Shoes: Target. Jacket: Target. Earrings: Nickel & Suede.

Ashley –

This is just literally me in a bunch of black and gray…per the usual. lol

Shirt: Amazon Pants: Target Shoes: Target Earrings: N&S Gypsy Teal [not available]

Jacket: Green Bomber from Target Jeans: Target Shirt: Target  Earrings: N&S Blank Canvas
I should have just said Outfit: Target 

Shirt: Cheap Walmart one that I cut up myself Brallette: Target Tank: OLD Forever21 Leggings: Danskin

Shirt: KMart Pants: Walmart Earrings: N&S Signature Gold 


There’s not a man on the planet that doesn’t like a fucking dildo!

Cary fills Mark in on LeeAnne’s rumors about him being gay and of course he is just so beyond over it.  I don’t know how any of the husbands and significant others in the Real Housewives franchise put up with the nonsense that goes on.

A lot of small things go on, such as D’Andra’s ongoing power struggle with her mother over the family business; Kameron always trying to make fucking pink dog food, LeeAnne getting fucking flesh eating bacteria around her surgery wounds.

And by the fucking way, let’s be honest – she felt like shit in Mexico, got off the plane and called over a hangover specialist to give her IV treatments so she could attend Brandi’s annual holiday party. Why? Because how the fuck else would she stir up shit?

At Brandi’s party, she and Stephanie are discussing how LeeAnne and Cary are both being a little two-faced.  But really?  Show me a gal who won’t call out the flaws and shortcomings of her friends, sometimes even in a bitchy and catty way.  Brandi is upset that Cary called her a liar.  The ladies all go to a more private space to discuss all the issues at hand.  Brandi ends up saying that Cary was the nanny when Mark was married to someone else, trying to prove a point that if Cary wants to assassinate her character, she can do the same back to Cary.  But then, Cary freely admits that is true.  Brandi is really not being herself, which even Stephanie can see.  The discussion of the dildo once again comes up, related to who is classy and who is trashy and blah blah.  The light of my life was LeeAnne saying, “There’s not a man on the planet that doesn’t like a fucking dildo!”  Oh.  Okay.

LeeAnne ends up in Cary’s face and Cary said her breath stinks.  LeeAnne smashes a glass and tells Cary to be REAL CAREFUL.  Fuck.  She no joke scares the shit out of me.  Serious anger issues with that one.

Shit show, I tell ya.  I’m here for it, y’all.


Week In Review: Rhonda

Well another week has gone by and my kid-free time is OVER.  The kids are back and they came in like a wrecking ball.  Sheesh.

During this week, I started decorating our house for Halloween, meet my mom group for drinks at one of their houses, and shipped out a shitload of orders.

Friday was a freaking exciting day.  My company was holding its Leaders Conference and I eagerly watched groups to see what was announced.  Two new limited edition colors came out, along with reformulated concealers and a new blush.  Pretty much the entire company collectively freaked the fuck out.  All this was happening while I wandered around the Halloween store, staring at my phone watching updates.  That was also the day that I received my first three-figure commission check, so it was a good one.

Saturday, Stuart and I had brunch at home then ran a few errands while we waited on his friend Ben to arrive from Germany.  Then I ran out to do some quick shopping while they caught up.  When I got back, we grilled some steaks and had a lovely dinner together before going out.  We went to the Stockyards to see Justin Moore and Dylan Scott.  What a freaking AMAZING show they both put on.  Justin is especially a super talented entertainer.

Sunday we made brunch for Ben and sat outside in the lovely weather for awhile with him. Then went and got the darling children before coming home to grill.

I think the best part of my week was Saturday night. What was yours?

3 Handmade Hidden Gems


We have a great appreciation for handmade small businesses.  Knowing that someone carefully crafted something and our purchases help their family is amazing.

Today we bring you three shops you probably don’t know about, but definitely should.  Please support them by clicking over and seeing what they have to offer.


Created by Rhonda’s friend Bennett, Baths and Bliss expertly handcrafts bath bombs and wooden wick soy candles right in the kitchen in Gulfport, Mississippi.  The products are high quality, amazingly fragrant, and fairly priced.

Shipping is available all over the United States.  Head over to the Facebook page to see current offerings and pricing.

A business run by Ashley’s friend Heather, Mississippi Mayhem offers “Eclectic art for your life” and it definitely eclectic.  With a wide range of There is something for everyone with a sense of humor or a taste for geekery.

Embroidery, cross stitch, keychains, bracelets, and more!  Check out the Etsy shop and start adding to your cart.

Rhonda ran across the shop Hazel & Faith while looking to order custom RATMM wine glasses.  The price was so unbelievable, that she jumped on messaging shop owner Andrea about doing a custom design.  It came out perfectly and more orders are in the works.

The customer service as H&F goes above and beyond, with Andrea sending Rhonda new letters after a dishwasher incident.  Shop Hazel & Faith on Etsy now!  So many fun designs waiting for you.

What are your favorite shops that are currently flying under the radar?  Holiday shopping season is basically here!  We’ll be purchasing from all of these three!

What We Wore Wednesday

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Welcome back to another week of amazing designer outfits.  Just kidding – welcome back to another commercial for budget fashion.

Rhonda –

Top: Old Navy, no longer available. Jeans: Old Navy, no longer available. Shoes: Target. Earrings: BaubleBar.

Top: Marshall’s or Ross, I can’t recall now. Leggings: Lularoe. Shoes: Steve Madden. Jacket: Target. Earrings: Nickel & Suede.

Dress: Amazon. Shoes: Jessica Simpson.

Tee: Target, no longer available. Skirt: Amazon. Shoes: Jessica Simpson.

Dress: Target, no longer available. Kimono: Ross [similar]. Shoes: Target. Earrings: Nickel & Suede.

Ashley –

Cardigan: Forever21 (no longer available) Tank: Target Bralette: Target Earrings: N&S Silver Leggings: Walmart Shoes: Target [similar]

Shirt: Target Earrings: N&S Gold – horrible lighting I know…but…it was so foggy that morning…

Shirt: I honestly can’t even remember now where it came from….. probably Target LOL Shoes: Target [similar] Earrings: N&S Leopard (not available)

We are going to save his ass before he’s up hers

We start off this episode picking up at the end of the fight from last week ….supposedly Cary had said Brandi’s doctor killed people on the operating table.  Brandi swears Cary said that and Cary swears it’s made up.

Stephanie gets asked about her new house and Cary mentions she thinks it’s the same distance to the schools as the current house and Stephanie said it is closer to Cruz’s.  Then she gets emotional about his Dyslexia and now i’m emotional, not just because I relate to her struggle but because it is lovely to see the other moms supporting and comforting her.  No matter what differences people have, motherhood tends to bring women together.

A plan has been concocted by Brandi and Stephanie to try and get a room key to LeeAnne and D’Andra’s room to look for Sexual Chocolate, the dildo from last week that embarrassed Kameron.  Brandi says in the confessional that “We are going to save his ass before he’s up hers.”  Dying.  The plan, consisting of pretending to be LeeAnne and D’Andra, works and they find it under LeeAnne’s pillow, of all places.  I have to say though, my favorite part of this whole plan is how Stephanie keeps eating off their uneaten room service plates.


The ladies go out for an afternoon of boating with an open bar.  It’s super windy with rough waters.   There is plenty of drama and all the same old shit from the ENTIRE SEASON keeps being rehashed.  It comes out that LeeAnne said Mark gets his dick sucked at The Round Up and obviously Cary is livid.

Brandi whips out the dildo again.  Kameron literally leaves the boat out of embarrassment.  She says Brandi is trashy and that she doesn’t respect Stephanie either.

But y’all – the sneak peek for next week’s episode was amazing.  I can’t wait to come back and see what drama I can be annoyed about.

Week in Review: Rhonda

Last week, we skipped out on our Week in Review posts because we were trying to wrap our minds around the tragedy in Las Vegas.  I don’t know that I’ll ever really be able to wrap my head around it, but I can’t allow my  life to completely halt following tragedies.

My kids are STILL out of town at their dad’s, so I have been trying to be productive while doing some things for myself as well.  Let’s just hit the highlights of the last two weeks, in no particular order.

There was bath beer, drinks with the girls, and sunbathing.

There was patio chilling and grilling, and yummy comfort food whipped up in the kitchen.

There was more sunbathing and a date night.

There was brunch at our spot.

It was a lovely couple of weeks and the freedom I have had is coming to an end – this weekend!  What would you do if you only had a few remaining kid-free days?

Weekend Roundup: Top 5 Posts

With a growth in readers and followers, it’s time to once again link you up to our most read posts.  Whether you’re new around here or just missed something, take a moment to go back and read our top 5 posts.

5. Three Years – an ode to Claudia Love on her third birthday

4. The Story of My Tattoo: Ashley – a tale of a spontaneous decision made in the Fort Worth Stockyards

3. From Arrest to Engagement – the story of how poor decisions can lead to something amazing

2. Nipstick – how to find the perfect nude for your lips, while nude

  1. A Drinking Problem – a response to some cowardly and ignorant accusations


Which of these posts is your favorite?

What We Wore Wednesday

Hey hey! Great to see you guys – it’s Wednesday…and you know what that means?? We’re going to show y’all some of our ensembles from the past week.  Alright, so settle in and enjoy, and as always, say hi in the comment section. We love hearing from you guys!

Ashley –

Jacket: Green Bomber from Target Tank: Target Choker: Target [charmShoes: Walmart [not on the site] Earrings: Nickel and Suede Blank Canvas

Flannel: Target – from last year  [similarDress: Walmart? [similarLeggings: Danskin Shoes: Target Necklace: Oldie from CATO Earrings: N&S Silver

Shirt: Amazon Pants: Target Earrings: N&S White Cut Outs [currently not on the site]

Shirt: Kohl’s from … last year? [similar] Pants: Target Earrings: N&S Black

Rhonda –

Top: CATO, circa old AF.  Shorts: Target. Shoes: Target. Earrings: Nickel & Suede.

Top: Marshall’s. Jeans: Old Navy [this style no longer available]. Shoes: Kenneth Cole [style is Norton, but I can’t find them online anymore]. Earrings: Nickel & Suede.

Dress: Target [no longer available]. Shoes: Target. Earrings: Nickel & Suede.

Are you able to dress for fall yet where you are?  We are dying to break out ankle boots and jackets!