July Ipsy Reveal

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 –

I really love the bag design this month…do I say that every month? lol Anyway, I think this one is super cute. I like the how the zipper placement is not typical, and the actual fabric of the bag feels much more luxurious than past Ipsy bags. Overall, I was really happy with two of my items…just kind of ok about two others…and one..well. I’m not very pleased with it currently.

Beau Gachis Illuminator Brush – I LOVE getting a brush in my bag. This is a brush meant for applying highlight. IPsy’s website says that you can use it with all powder and cream formulas. So far I’ve just used it with powder – and I think it did a fantastic job. The bristles are super soft.

Japonesque Velvet Touch Primer – This is the product I’m not so in love with..so far. I will be the first to admit that my opinion of a beauty product can easily change with continued use. The feel and look  of this primer is almost identical to the Smash Box Photo Finish Primer. It definitely leaves a velvety smooth feeling to your face. Does it fill my pores? Nope. Not. At. All. I’ll for sure give it some more tries…but so far I’m not in love.

BRTC Jasmine Waterfall Sleeping Mask – I really love the smell of this mask. I didn’t notice any amazing instant results, but I’m not mad at it. I didn’t use any moisturizer in addition to it and my face didn’t feel dry at all the next morning…so there’s that at least. 🙂

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Deep Dive Cleansing Gel – I love all things Tarte that I’ve tried, and I’ve actually been wanting to try this particular product. I think it did a great job at cleansing my skin. I wasn’t blown away by it or anything. Not yet anyway. 😉 It claims to be able to easily dissolve waterproof makeup. I didn’t test that…I should though.

OFRA Gold Rush Eye Shadow – I am in love with this shadow. It is super pigmented. I just put a bronzer in my crease and this shadow all over the lid. It applies well with a brush, but I did use my finger tip to pack on some extra pigment.

Rhonda –

There were some hits and misses, as usual.  There was also a tragedy, but it’s being rectified.  This bag design though. Like, so cute.  I have to show you the back. It’s that special.

I can’t even deal with the cuteness.  And my goodness, the quality of this bag is way better than previous ones.  It’s worth $10 just for the bag.  So on to the contents.

tarte cosmetics Rainforest of the Sea™ deep dive cleansing gel – As a huge fan of Tarte, I was so happy to finally get something from them in an ipsy bag.  I may have done a little happy dance!  Now, as far as the performance, it was good….just didn’t feel like there was anything exceptional about it.  It worked about the same as my other Prestige cleansers.  It is supposed to dissolve makeup, but I used it in the morning, so I can’t say for sure about that.

IBY Beauty Crease Brush – I love receiving brushes in my bag more than anything else and I LIVE for a good crease brush.  The tip of this brush was so pointy that it did NOT make for a good crease brush.  However, it worked really well to shape an outer V.

Chella Eyebrow Cream in Tantalizing Taupe – While I love the idea of this product – it’s budge proof and has a brush applicator – I didn’t even open it.  It’s taupe, totally wrong color for me.  I assume this is because my profile has me listed as blonde.  I still have dark brows, yo.

trèStiQue Mini Concealer Crayon in Porcelain or Bisque – I love a spot concealer in crayon form because it’s so easy to apply.  I was not super impressed with the blemish coverage and laughed when I tried it under my eyes.  I am such a Shape Tape devotee and nothing compares.  I will definitely keep it for blemish purposes though.

Seraphine Botanicals Ginger + Gold – I was so sad when this gorgeous blush arrived shattered.  The color is stunning and it applies beautifully luminous.  I emailed ipsy immediately and they are sending a replacement.  Amazing customer service!

Did you get ipsy for July?  What did you get?

 

 

What We Wore

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Welcome back to our little space on the web.  We love it here and hope that you do too!

Rhonda –

One day, I’m going to clean my bedroom and change the lightbulbs to something whiter…or not, because we are moving soon.

Tee: Ross. Shorts: Target. Sandals: Old Navy, old. [similar]. Earrings: Nickel & Suede.

Dress: Beach.Lunch.Lounge from Marshall’s, [similar]. Sandals: Old Navy. Earrings: Nickel & Suede. Sunnies: Sojos.

Top: Harper Avery Boutique. Shorts: Target. Sandals: Old Navy, old. [similar]. Earrings: Nickel & Suede.

Top: Old Navy. Shorts: Target. Sandals: Target. Earrings: Nickel & Suede.

Ashley –

Jacket: CATO [similar] Dress: Walmart Bralette: Target Earrings: N&S Rose Gold Shoes: Walmart

Shirt: Amazon Pants: Target Earrings: N&S Leopard Shoes: Black ballet flats from Target [similar]

Jacket: CATO [similar] Tank: Target Brallette: Target Pants: Black Jeggings from Walmart [similar] Earrings: N&S Black

Jacket: Burkes Outlet [similar] Tank: Walmart Pants: Liverpool Skinnies from StitchFix Shoes: Walmart Earrings: N&S Minty Fresh

Shirt: Old Navy [similar] Pants: Target Denizen Skinnies Shoes: Burke’s Outlet [similar] Earrings: N&S Lip Gloss 

 

And that is it you guys! What have you all been wearing?

Parents Need Sex Too

I hear it all the time from parents and I am willing to bet that either you or one of your friends has said it.

“We don’t have time to have sex. We have small kids.”

Get the fuck out of here with that. That is a bullshit excuse.

Yeah, I hear you.  You are sooo busy.  Guess what?  Everyone is busy, but you make time for things that are important to you.  I’m too busy to feed my kids, but I know they need to eat, so I do it anyway.

Your kids don’t go to bed until 9, which is also about the time your husband falls asleep watching ESPN?  Cool.  It’s time to have a conversation with him.  Have you tried that yet?

Maybe it’s the one hour of the day that you’re going to see your husband, because your schedules just don’t align.  Girl, hand those kids some tablets and lock yourselves in the closet if you have to.  It probably won’t take long.

A friend of mine, at the ripe old age of 24 and parent of one child, told me, “My wife and I have sex about once a month.  There just isn’t time and we are tired.”  No, no, no.  Just no.

Sex is so damn important in a long-term relationship and I am here to tell you this – your marriage will not survive without some nurturing.  I am a firm believer that a marriage or partnership should be prioritized over what the children want.  Note that I said WANT.  I am not advocating starving your kids or skipping diaper changes so you can bang your spouse or cuddle in your bedroom.  What I am saying is you have to be honest with yourselves and realize you just aren’t making the time for one another….and when that happens, things go downhill.

Look, I homeschool 4 kids and work from home.  My fiance works 14-hour days.  Guess who is having sex a lot?  That would be us.

How?

  1. We lock the damn door.
  2. We put our phones away when we get in bed.
  3. We don’t limit ourselves to bedtime.  A Saturday afternoon during an obnoxious YouTube video works great, especially when you’ve had mimosas all morning.
  4. We just GO for it.  Sometimes one of us is super sleepy and clearly not in the mood, but we strip off our clothes and go for a good kiss.
  5. We stay intimate in every way.  Once that is lost, it’s hard to get back..not impossible, but hard. So we tell each other our dreams and secrets and we hug a lot and hold hands in the store.  We laugh a lot and goodness, we drink so well together.  Drinks never hurt.
  6. I take care of myself.  For some women, this isn’t as important.  For me, I feel so much sexier and in the mood when I have on a gorgeous red lip and a satin robe or a dress.  If I am constantly in leggings and a ponytail when he comes home from work, I will never feel hot.

Tonight, put on something pretty, lock the damn door and go for it.

Week In Review: Ashley

Hey hey! So great to see all of you back for another WIR post. 🙂 Just what were up to this past week? Let’s see…

Monday & Tuesday – The usual business of school, work, drop the kids off…pick the kids up…come home, make dinner, play, break up fights, distract the children with screen time ..then bath and bed.

Wednesday – I didn’t have work, but Cooper still had school. After Sophie and I dropped Coop off at school, we headed to Target for a few essentials and non essentials. I snapped about my Target haul that afternoon so make sure you are following our Snapchat so that you don’t miss a thing! (RAtheMOMachine) Cooper had a dentist appointment scheduled for the afternoon at two. So, instead of our usual – head home for naps – I decided we’d go to CVS. You know. To look around. Plus it was the closest place to pull over at when Cooper announced that he had to pee “RIGHT NOW!”. We lasted about 15 minutes in CVS before all hell broke loose and my children lost their minds. I got to be that mom dragging two screaming children from a store. Lots of scolding followed said incident – THEN we called Aunt Grace to seek a place to chill while killing time before the appointment. Thankfully, she and Dejan were home and willing to take us in. 😉

Cooper’s appointment went well. He’d hit his two front teeth the weekend prior, so I’d gotten the appointment to have them looked at. Sure enough they are loose and will most likely fall out prematurely. Nothing major going on though! 🙂

Thursday & Friday – These days were much of the same usualness that went on during Monday & Tuesday. Friday night we spent an inordinate amount of time playing with Snapchat filters. We laughed so hard at a couple of them! I also opened some makeup brushes that I’d bought during Amazon Prime Day.

Saturday – We were up early… of course, because why would you sleep in on a Saturday morning??? I took care of some chores around the house while the kids chilled and played. Around mid morning though we were dressed and walking out the door to go play at the park.

I had some kid free time that night so I spent a glorious hour alone in Target and Ulta before getting ready to meet up with my sister and our friend Michael for dinner and drinks. We surprisingly broke with tradition and did not eat at Chili’s OR a Mexican restaurant! We went to the Fillin’ Station in Biloxi. Grace’s husband joined us when he got off from work. After dinner, we took Michael back to his car – and Grace and Dejan and I spent the rest of the night drinking and dancing (ok so Dejan didn’t dance.. lol ) and just having a good time between the Beau Rivage Casino and the Hardrock Casino.

Sunday – Oh man, Sunday was ANOTHER rainy day here on the coast. The kids and I spent the day at Grammy and Ppop’s. Grammy and I snuck away with Soso for a little bit for some shopping. When we got back to the house Ppop had already let Cooper play in the mud (a result of all that rain…) so I figured I’d let Sophie have at it too! They had a blast. 🙂 Around five we got all cleaned up and headed back home. That night we just hung out..watched a little of the Alvin and the Chipmunks movie before bath and bed time. Sunday night was also the premier of the newest season of Game of Thrones!

And that’s it you guys…what were y’all up to?

Week In Review – Rhonda

Welcome back to another week of posts! We are SO grateful that you just keep coming back.  If this is your first time here, welcome! Be sure to look back at some fun posts we have done.

Getting the week off to a good start, I got groceries, shipped a bunch of orders, and dropped books at the library.  Nothing starts a Monday off well for me like checking off boxes!

I was home for most of Tuesday, photographing and listing makeup to sell and just generally working my ass off.

I had so much to do on Wednesday, so I took some kids with me and we made a day of it, stopping at Starbucks, the post office, and Target.  I feel like involving kids in what it takes for me to run a business and a household is really important.

Thursday was spent running more errands and doing the usual Boss Babe shit like taking product pictures on the patio with my sidekick.

Friday was just more of working, along with cleaning the house and getting the kids ready to go to their dad’s for two weeks.  Stuart came home and grilled at 10 pm.  You can’t keep that man from grilling on the weekends.

Saturday started out with makeup and a mimosa, then off to take the kids to their dad.  We hit up Starbucks on the way home, then back to the DFW to relax and grill.

Sunday, while the rest of the country was getting all amped up about Game of Thrones, Stuart and I had a full day of adventure.  After brunch at home, we went to see a house we want to rent.  It was AMAZING.  Then we went to Stuart’s workplace so he could get his Sunday work done and submit our rental application.  After that, we came back to the apartment and went to the pool for an hour before grilling again.

It was such a lovely weekend, the perfect end to a good week!

What did you do this week?  Anything exciting happen?

Weekend Roundup: Our 5 Most Read Posts

We are kicking off this new series to give weekend or new readers a good place to start with what to read!

Today, we give you our top five posts.  These are the five posts that, from our start in February 2017, have gotten the most views.  Have you read them all?

5. 5 Things I Want My Daughter to Know About Love – This post, by Rhonda, is a super personal and heartfelt post written for anyone out there who needs some lessons in love.

4. Three Years – An ode to Rhonda’s daughter and a look at how she changed everything.

3. The Story of My Tattoo: Ashley – Ashley got a tattoo on a drunken adventure, but the meaning behind it is a long-held lesson of love.

2. From Arrest to Engagement – How an arrest changed Rhonda’s life for the better.

1. Nipstick – A titillating look at a very personal lip color, by Rhonda and Ashley.

After you read through, share your favorites to social media!  Happy Weekend!

What’s in My ….

Hey hey! It’s Ashley here with another rendition of ‘What’s In My..’ So far we’ve shown you what’s in our purses and what’s in Rhonda’s Carryon. Today, I’m sharing with you ‘What’s In My Make Up Collection’.

That’s my whole set up. That mirror is where I stand erryday to put my face on. 🙂 Looking at this makes me so happy. And makes me want to add more things. Alright…let’s dive in …

So for starters that birdcage storage thingy on the right hand side is full of all my hair products that I use on the daily/weekly…it also has my deodorant and some lotion.

So the tower on the left is filled with my lippie collection – minus the drawer at the bottom:

  1. Traditional lipsticks
  2. Colourpop liquid lips and some other various liquid lips with similar formulas like the Wet N Wild ones.
  3. Revlon, L’Oreal, and NYX Liquid lip creams.
  4. Misc. traditional liquid lips and the three lip liners that I own.
  5. My chapsticks, lip balms, and lip glosses.
  6. This is where I keep my brow and lash products.

The shorter towers..first we have the one on the left:

  1. Blushes
  2. Single Eye Shadows
  3. Eyeliners

Shorter tower on the right:

  1. Concealers / color correctors
  2. Primers
  3. Foundation

Sitting on top of the two shorter towers are all my brushes, beauty sponges, the moisturizer (with SPF) that I’m currently using, and facial sprays.

And above the brushes in the wire basket contraption hanging on the wall are:

  1. Eyeshadow palettes
  2. Face powders
  3. Bronzers, highlighters, and face palettes

And last, but certainly not least, are a few eyeshadow palettes that won’t fit in the hanging wire baskets. The black one is a Morphe Palette and the pink one is a Z Palette that I bought from Ulta. The Z Palette holds some single Colourpop pressed shadows and then some misc. shadows that I got from Ipsy.

And that is it you guys. I’m not going to get super intense and list every.single.product. that I own. I don’t have a huge collection…but it is larger than the average individual…so going into all that detail would take forever. 😉 If you do have any questions about any specific products that you see, feel free to leave a comment and I’ll get back to you!

Anyhow, I hope you enjoyed taking a peek into my makeup collection…do we have anything in common??

 

 

A Dream Wedding

I wasn’t really the girl who grew up with an idea of a dream wedding in my head.  I actually spent a lot more time dreaming up my ideal marriage.  I wanted to be a career woman with a couple of kids and a husband I could dote on after my Saturdays spent shopping.

Somewhere along the way, I got engaged a few (several? many?) times.  I got a glimpse into the wedding industry and fell in love with it.  I became a wedding blogger and soon, everything ran together and nothing was original.  A wedding was a wedding.  It really jaded me.

When my ex-husband and I first got engaged, I was really wanting to FINALLY have a wedding.  I loved the glamour and the party and the well-done photography and videography.  What I didn’t love is the fact that we needed to pay for it and, well, I wasn’t 100% certain that I wanted to be with him forever ever.  We eloped at the courthouse and a friend took our pictures (which were super cute).  It was fine.

Fast forward several years and I am engaged again.  I am SO EXCITED to spend my life with Stuart and knew I wanted witnesses this time.  I wanted a party for sure, but I also wanted something that was very us.  It’s almost NOT unique to say you want a “unique” wedding, but it is what it is.  We aren’t striving for unique.  What we are striving for is having those we love the most, who support our relationship, to be present.  Also, we have so many things we want for our family that we are just not interested in going into (further) debt for a party.  So we are doing shit our way.

However, I’d be lying if I said that given $20,000 to specifically spend on a wedding that I would plan the same thing.  So what would my wedding be like in that instance?

This amazing dream dress by Inbal Dror is Stuart’s pick and way beyond what I can pay.

The White House Hotel in Biloxi, MS is my dream venue, but… well it’s a little too costly for us and it being in another state adds on a bunch of other expenses.  It’s dreamy AF though.

I would love for one of “my” bands to be my reception entertainment… something personal.  Sure, it would be fantastic to have Brett Young, Maren Morris, or Gavin DeGraw (my favorites ever ever) to be there, but the fact of the matter is, regardless of all the expensive touches I would put on my “dream wedding,” I still want to know and love everyone involved.  With that in mind, I would hire Gas Station Disco, DUMM, or Light Up the Moon, unsigned bands I have a personal connection to and who know how to get a party started.

As for food, well…. I’m not extra fancy, but I LIVE for our brunches at Bolsa and would die for them to do a brunch in the evening for our wedding.  We fell in love there and it and the staff are special to us.  I can’t even imagine how money much that would set me back!

I met a charming and personable dude when I was blogging in the wedding genre.  His name was Clane and he submitted a wedding to me.  I fell in love with his photography and him as a friend. His photography is stupid amazing and I did look into booking him, but it just wasn’t feasible for us.

These are the things that would be a priority for me, given an unlimited budget.  Don’t get me wrong though – our wedding is going to be the fucking BOMB and those invited are so lucky!  I can’t wait to marry my person and party all weekend long!

What We Wore Wednesday

 

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What up party people?? It’s Wednesday again … which means we’re hear to show off our fiercest and most fashionable ensembles from the past week. We spent hours crafting and styling these looks. We agonized over color and pattern choice…. Ok, ok. Actually we’ve just got some things we put together with clothes that were already in our closets. I’m fairly certain there’s some stripes down below. Who am I kidding? There’s ALWAYS stripes around these parts. So yeah. If you want to see some cute outfits that we put together …  and if you are cringing at my efforts at being funny… just keep on scrolling my friend the best is yet to come. 😉

Ashley –

SURPRISE I’ve got some black and gray for your viewing pleasure. Seriously though –  I will never apologize for wearing black. Or gray. Or my standby accent colors of blue and olive. I say wear what makes you feel like a damn queen, because that’s when you look the best. 🙂 Has anyone else been obsessed with the song ‘Most Girls’ by Hailee Steinfield? If you aren’t, you should be. I stole that whole bit about being a queen from here…cause: truth. Anyhow … to the outfits.

Shirt: Button Up from Men’s section at Target (Navy)Pants: Liverpool Skinnies from StitchFix Earrings: N&S Signature Gold Shoes: Pom Pom Sandals from Wal-Mart (these are more expensive on the website, I got them for NINE DOLLARS inside my local store)

Shirt: Kohl’s Pants: Denizen Skinnies from Target (because I’ve been eating like shit and can fit into my fat jeans 🙁 🙁 🙁 ) Shoes: Wal-Mart Faded Glory  Earrings: N&S Lipgloss [size medium…the only medium pair I own]

Shirt: Kohl’s Pants: Black Skinnies from Target Shoes: Target Earrings: N&S White Cut Outs

Shirt: Kohl’s Pants: Jordache Skinnies Shoes: Target [similarEarrings: N&S Black 

Shirt: Kohl’s [similar] (apparently all my tops were brought to you by Kohl’s this week….not on purpose) Pants: Target Denizen Skinnies Shoes: Wal-Mart [similar] (they are actually rose gold…in the lovely fluorescent lighting..you can’t tell) Earrings: N&S Champagne Shimmer

Rhonda –

Wow, I actually wore some different things this week.  Most importantly though, I noticed how much I need to get back to my workout routine.  Them thighs getting quite smooshy.

Tank: Walmart. Shorts: Target. Earrings: Nickel & Suede.

Tank: Old Navy. Shorts: Walmart. Earrings: Nickel & Suede.

Tank: Marshall’s, Japna brand. Shorts: Target. Choker: Amazon.

Top: Daniel Rainn. Shorts: Walmart. Sandals: Target. Watch: Anne Klein.

Whew! And that is it you guys… what were y’all wearing this week?

Here’s to you boo – 13 Things for My Best Betch

When you find someone that can be your person, you should never waste a chance to express your love for them. Especially when you feel like that person could use some extra love. Life is tough sometimes. We should always let the people that we love know just how much and why we love them. That’s what I’m doing today. Lasting friendships are hard to come by, and they don’t always look pretty – but they are the stuff dreams are made of. I saw a similar list while perusing Facebook..and just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to gear it toward my one and only Best Betch.

  1. The day I met you, my life changed for the better. I am forever grateful to have you as my best friend.
  2. When I’m drunk and profess my undying love for you, it’s not the booze, I really do love you that much.
  3. I know that you will always be there to tell me I have spinach in my teeth or help me get up when I’m white girl wasted and falling on the floor – you might snapchat it first…but you’ll eventually help me out. 😉
  4. I will never spill your secrets. And not just because you’ve got more dirt on me.
  5. While sleep is of the utmost importance to me…if I wake up at three am to a text from you – you know I’ll open it and reply right then and there. IF I wake up. 🙂 🙂
  6. Our ‘no judgement’ policy is seriously one of a kind. I know that I can be my true self in front of you, and I know that you’ll always love me. Even if you disagree.
  7. The way that you always make time for me is a precedent that I wish could be replicated in romantic relationships that I have. You will ALWAYS answer a text – even if there seems to be no actual call for a reply…I can count on a lol or emoji. And not hours later. No matter what crazy you have going on in your life, you make time to communicate with me.  
  8. Speaking of texts – knowing that you’ll never get tired of me sending memes … like literally everyday, multiple times a day – is friendship gold.
  9. I love you more than wine or coffee, but let’s hope I don’t ever have to actually make that choice.
  10. Life hasn’t always been easy – and I’m sure we have a lot more tough spots ahead – I’m glad we have each other to make those times easier.
  11. You pull me away from my comfort zone – and my life is always better for it.
  12. Your battles are my battles, your enemies are my enemies. Your boycotts are my boycotts – and I am secure in the blessed knowledge that you will never boycott bacon. Because as we’ve discussed – bacon makes everything better.
  13. Clearly we have a true friendship that is based on mutual love and respect. Because of that, when I die, I trust that you’ll delete my browser history, restore my phone to factory settings…..and well basically that you’ll erase all incriminating electronic footprints I’ve left behind.