What We Wore

Well well it’s Wednesday – and you know what that means…. We’re here showing off just exactly what we wore this past week. So sit back. Get those fingers ready to screen shot your faves. And enjoy our fabulous fashion show!

 

Rhonda-

I absolutely must clean up my bedroom, y’all.  Birthday party week happened.  I have nothing else to say for myself.  Sorry about the awful pictures, but this is just real shit you get here.

Tank: Target. Shorts: Old Navy. Hat: Walmart (I had trouble finding it online, but it’s currently in stores). Shoes: Target.

Dress: beach lunch lounge brand from Marshall’s. Shoes: Old Navy, not currently available. Earrings: Harper Avery Boutique. Watch: Amazon.

Tee: Target (no longer available, but they have the BEST graphic tees). Shorts: Walmart. Shoes: Target. Earrings: Amazon.

Tank: Walmart. Shorts: Old Navy.

Tee: Thrifted years ago. Skirt: Ross. Shoes: Jessica Simpson on Amazon. Necklace: given to me by a friend from her FunFitFab box. Earrings: Nickel & Suede in Lip Gloss. Watch: Amazon.

Romper: Old Navy, not available (Claudia twinning in her matching skirt). Earrings: Nickel & Suede in Select White Cut Out.

Ashley-

Top: Amazon Tunic Pants: Jordache Skinnies Earrings: N&S Champagne Shimmer

Shirt: Kohl’s Men Section Shoes: Oldie CATO slip ons [similar] Earrings: N&S Red (can’t find this color on the website but this is team red) This was my Memorial Day attire. 🙂

Shirt: Old Navy  [similarPants: Jordache Skinnies Shoes: Walmart Scarf: Gift [similar] Earrings: N&S White Cut Out

Cardigan: Burke’s Outlet Tank: Target Pants: StitchFix Shoes: Rose Gold Slip Ons from Target Earrings: N&S Lipgloss

Jacket: Target Tank: Target Pants: Jordache Skinny Jeans Shoes: Walmart Earrings: N&S Brown Cut Outs

 

And that is it guys. We are always so flattered that you come by to check us out! What were YOU wearing this past week? Did you buy anything new?

Week In Review: Ashley

Welll hey there party people. Yup it is week in review time…on a Tuesday…and super LATE on a Tuesday. But hey. That gave you guys all day to revel in Rhonda’s WIR…now it’s time to spend your night with me. 😉 Anyhow – let’s get to it!

I worked five days this past week. Shocker. I know. So there wasn’t too much going on throughout the week. Waking up. Surviving the tornado that is the everyday grind of getting myself and two kids ready to leave the house on time. One day I will be that mom that wakes up hours before her children and is all calm and collected as I allow them to leisurely wake up, eat a big relaxed breakfast, and get dressed in a calm and cool manner….. JK That will never be me. I mean. I aim to get close to that – but I’ll never be that mom. #notamorningperson This is what a lot of our evenings looked like…chill:

And there was some lego playing…

So yeah. To the weekend. The THREE DAY weekend. Saturday we woke up and lounged around the house.  Did some chores. Played with the wildlings. We went outside for a bit and blew some bubbles. How an innocent activity like bubble blowing could turn into something that involved baths afterwards…I have not clue. But it did. There were screaming kids – and hair washing … THEN they took a nap. After the nap, we got dressed and headed to the park in downtown OS. We ended the day with a trip to Target.

OH! And on Saturday these beauties came in the mail. {{all the heart eyes}}

Sunday started out much like Saturday. Chores and chilling – then we got dressed and went over to Grammy and Ppop’s!! They had been on vacation and the kids hadn’t seen them in two weekends…so needless to say those two littles were over the moon with excitement to get over there. As soon as Coopy found out where we were going – he started asking to stay the night. LOL He did. Of course. 🙂 And so that night Sophie and I went out to eat with Daddy at Patio 44 in Biloxi. It was so good.

Memorial Day we went back over to my parent’s. There was lots of relaxing. Forcing an unwilling daughter to take selfies with me. Some pool time. Grilling that resulted in yummy food. Chilling. Shopping. Naps. You know. The best of times. 🙂

What did you guys do this past week? How was your Memorial Day? I hope you got to spend the day with loved ones…and also spend a little time remembering those military service members who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms. We may not all always agree on the political state of our country. Things are in turmoil here on the home front lately. BUT I feel like we can always agree – that under whatever circumstances – those men and women who died while in active duty serving our country in the military are worth being remembered for that. Because I know I’d never sign up for that. I know that life is a big sacrifice. And losing your life in the process – well that is an unimaginable sacrifice.

And now to end on a lighter note…I will leave you with some of my meme spoils from the week. It was hard to narrow them down to just four. But you know. I don’t want to overload you. 😉

 

Week In Review – Rhonda

Hey, hey! We decided to delay the week in review posts to enjoy our Memorial Day events.  Just kidding, we totally forgot it was Monday until after 5 pm. So anyway, on to my week.

I hit the ground running on Monday.  I kicked its ass and sold a lot of toothpaste and lipsense.  That’s always a good thing!  Claudia made sure to be a big help for me all day, but especially when it was time to do dishes, her favorite task.

I had lots of errands to run on Tuesday, so after trying a new hairstyle (obsessed with this iron that gave me fast and easy messy waves), we hit the road.  Shipped some orders and went to the grocery store.  Then came home to make dinner, which ended up being fun and relaxing.

Wednesday, I took the kids to the playground.  It was absolutely perfect weather and they really needed to run off some energy.  We had a great time.

I took the kids to Target Thursday in an attempt to get some birthday stuff done.  It was a fail.  However, I did come home and make a successful and healthy dinner and Stuart brought home a bust form he bought for my resale shop, which was really exciting!

With one day left before Harper’s birthday party, I had last-minute shopping to do on Friday.  After that, the kids helped me get some decorating done.  And by “helped,” I mean got in my way.

Saturday was party day and we had a guest cancel last minute leaving us with an intimate family party, which are my favorite anyway.  It was perfect and Harper was happy, which is all that matters.  We grilled in the evening and had a great time just catching up with Dustin and drinking too much.

Sunday, before Dustin headed back home, we had him stay with the kids while we went to look at a house.  It was an absolutely perfect home (sadly though, we didn’t have our funding worked out yet and someone else has already put in an offer) and it was exciting to start looking at houses.  In the evening, I stepped on a piece of glass with BOTH feet, because I am freakishly talented.  It was extremely painful and bloody.  We ended the day with grilling again and just enjoying the less-humid weather.

Memorial Day was absolutely lovely.  You know you’re having a good day when you totally forget it’s Monday.  We did what most people do and grilled and drank.  Which also happens to be what we do every weekend lately.  I also cut the boys’ hair in the afternoon.  It was just the perfect day at home.


This is Ashley: 20 Facts

Hey Hey 🙂 So, if you read this blog on the regular – you probably already know a lot about me. If you are my mom (Hey Mom!) and you read this blog – then you probably know MOST everything about me. However, I think I may have just gathered a few new…not so well known facts about myself that you guys..and even mom..may be surprised to find out. Either way, and without further adieu …. Here are 20 Facts about me, Ashley. 🙂

  1. Being a writer is my ultimate dream job and lifetime goal. And here I am. Writing a blog, with my best friend. A blog that I really feel like has limitless potential…and is going to be a big thing one day. But really. I’ve always loved to write. Rhonda would say the same thing about herself – I’m sure.
  2. Speaking of writing. One of my favorite ways to express myself through writing, is to write poetry. I’ve written, and still do, write a lot of it. For me, it is one of the best ways to get emotions out of me. And I love that poetry doesn’t have to always be coherent or blatantly tell you what the author is trying to say. It’s just. It’s one of my favorite things to do.
  3. And I mean. Since we’re still on the subject of writing: Can we talk about my grammar/spelling pet peeves? Of course we can. I’m the one writing. Anyhow. I completely understand typos or the ongoing battle with autocorrect while texting. Or artistic freedom when using punctuation in a blog post. I get that. I do that. I’m not going to judge you for mistakes in those instances. BUT when you repeatedly confuse the use of words like: your vs you’re or there vs their … Well, I’m going to judge you. Also, now this is just me being silly, but I hate when people say ‘pics’ – you know, instead of ‘pictures’. Yeah. That’s like nails on a chalkboard, to me.
  4. My favorite color is red. It makes me happy. 🙂 So I’m editing this post … and yes I love red. But the truth. The truth that I apparently wasn’t ready to admit to myself two days ago? Well the truth is that black is my favorite color. I wear it all the time. I like buying things in black. I’ve been known to say, “OH! I love that…BUT in black.”  I was doing laundry earlier, and got excited because I saw a black hanger – I didn’t realize I even had any black hangers. My next thought was that how awesome it would look in the closet if ALL the hangers were black….
  5. I read really fast. I  sometimes get annoyed with audio books for that reason. I tried to listen to “The Girl on the Train”, but I had to go buy the physical book and read it instead. Why? Well that book is super depressing – so listening to the person reading it so slowly that it felt like .. man it felt like we were just wallowing in the sadness and darkness. It felt like we were in a black tar pit of despair from which I could see no hope for a rescue. I needed to read that book myself. I needed to move things along – just a wee bit faster. So yeah. I read it myself…and it was a really good book. Still depressing. But it was really entertaining and thought provoking. And I finished it at a much quicker pace. 😉
  6. On the subject of books..my all time favorites are 1984 and Fahrenheit 451. But I will also throw down a trashy romance novel with the best of ‘em.
  7. I’m a judgy bitch. Really. I will screenshot something from social media and send it to one of my nearest and dearest to cast some shade. #sorrynotsorry
  8. Oh, and speaking of screenshots and social media – my phone camera roll is mainly selfies, screenshots, and memes.
  9. If I love something – I can experience it over and over again with no feelings of “Oh man, THIS again??” For instance, I can eat the same meal every single day…for an indefinite period of time. I love mexican food. I could eat it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Everyday. Literally. For real. Ask my mom or sister. Leftovers, in general, are also my jam. I’ll eat on a leftover meal for the remainder of the week. If I find a pair of jeans or an outfit combination I like – I could comfortably repeat them over and over again.
  10. Speaking of repetition. I love routine. I feel most at home within a routine. I’m not spontaneous. I think it would be nice to be spontaneous, but I’m so not. And now that I’m writing this down – I realize I may have projected some of these feelings onto my son. His first response to trying ANYTHING new is “no”. Same here. I am an adult so I do know how to discern when I’m being presented with a fantastic opportunity that I should say “yes” to even though my entire being is radiating “no”.
  11. As an introverted introvert – I don’t get and am annoyed by the phrase “extroverted introvert”.
  12. Oreos are my sweet treat kryptonite.
  13. I am the biggest fucking overthinker. I obsessively think through EVERYTHING. If I am talking to you – or say something to you – or send you a text – and we are not already talking on a regular basis or we are not super close friends…then that attempt at conversation took a lot of effort. If I commented on your FB post or even just LIKED your FB post and we don’t have everyday interaction…well just know I considered that like or comment with meticulous and ridiculous caution. I just think about everything. I wonder about the response. I wonder about my reaction to the response…or the non response. I hardly ever even buy things on a whim. I can really really want something, but I’ll think about it for a few days before I actually do it. Things that are limited edition or that will sell out quickly stress me the F out. I can’t commit that quickly.
  14. I hate confrontation. I will avoid it all costs. I will quietly suffer to avoid it which is not always super healthy BUT it’s what I do sometimes.
  15. I shave my legs at least every other day…if not every day. No matter if it is spring, summer, winter, fall…whatever…I shave them. I hate the feeling of hair on my legs.
  16. I wear makeup every single day. Some days, which are few and far in between, I will just do the bare minimum i.e. brows, mascara, lips.
  17. I am not a hugger. Or a shower of physical affection in any sense to other human beings..besides my offspring. A lot of that is I just feel awkward doing it. I think too much about if it’s wanted. I don’t worry about any of those things with my kids. I know that they want my love always. I know that they always need physical demonstrations of my love toward them. But my friends? Even my family? I can’t remember the last time I hugged my mom or dad…or brother or sister. People who will hug hello or goodbye with someone they just met…that’s not me. I don’t get that.
  18. I am extremely long winded. I am a quiet person. I don’t talk a lot…but if I am talking…well just settle in for the long haul. As demonstrated by this and well, all of my other posts.
  19. As a quiet and sometimes awkward individual, I despise small talk and I can’t stand when someone says things like, “Why are you so quiet?” “Why don’t you talk more?”
  20. I thought writing 20 “not so known” things about myself was going to be hard. It actually wasn’t that hard. … What does that say about me????

And that is it folks! I hope you enjoyed it…do we have any characteristics in common? Are we completely different?

Buzzin’ Without the Belly – Low Carb Cocktails

Eating low carb is a lifestyle that Ashley and I have both lived for years.  Sure, we indulge in some chips and salsa and Chili’s margarita from time to time, but for the most part, we keep it clean.  Specifically, we follow the No Sugar No Grains lifestyle, which ends up being very low carb.

For years, I didn’t count my alcoholic beverages.  Those were my choice indulgences.  However, once I realized how much a weekly beer and a nightly glass of wine were hindering my weight loss and keeping my belly bloated, I knew I had to make some changes.  I decided to try vodka soda with lime as my go-to drink because it would be easy to make at home and order at any bar or restaurant.  That is still my standby drink, but I have made a few more flavorful drinks, along with some old favorites, to mix it up.

Today I bring to you my favorites, whether or not you eat well.

*It’s important to note that I drink Tito’s exclusively.  It’s delicious and made in Texas.  If you choose to go a cheaper route, you will feel the cheapness of it later.  Ouch.

You don’t have to choose the LaCroix brand.  They are just super fizzy, which I love.  I also buy the Simply Balanced Target store brand.  I wish bars and restaurants would carry flavored sparkling!

You have to actually like tequila to drink this margarita.  A lot of people like restaurant margaritas, but don’t actually like tequila.  Without all the sugary mixes, you will taste tequila.  My preferred brand is Milagro, but whatever you do, choose 100% agave.  It should be clear.  You don’t have a lot of control over this in a lot of bars, though.  Just go with it.  I like my rim salted.  That’s a personal choice.

There you have it, my favorite refreshing cocktails for summer!  Now get out there and mix one up this weekend!

 

This Is Rhonda: 20 Facts

If you have been with this blog since the beginning, then you know some things about me.  You maybe even know more than you want.  However, if you’re new here, there’s a lot to know.  Today I am here to tell you twenty things you may not know about me.

  1. I grew up very shy and introverted.  This often comes as a surprise to those who have not known me my entire life.  I was so damn unsure of myself.  I had very little self-confidence and finally broke out of that through participating in color guard, cheerleading, and dance.
  2. Once upon a time, had six-pack abs and wasted time covering them up.  Yep, I was self-conscious and refused to show off my athletic body. I actually thought I was fat.  What an idiot.
  3. I am currently in my seventh engagement.  Those are stories for another day.  But hey, at least I’ve only been married once!
  4. I drink a lot.  No, like a LOT.  It’s all good.  Seriously, it is ALL good…except Jager.  Fuck that shit.
  5. I used to practically live at a fraternity house.  Nope, wasn’t sleeping with the guys or anything…they were just my best friends and I spent every Thursday night with them, often stayed the night, and that was the first place I ran to when I heard about the terrorist attacks on 9-11.
  6. Sometimes, I write erotica.
  7. I am meme-obsessed.  My phone has so many and sometimes I go into the comments section of a local news Facebook post because I know people are going to post sarcastic memes and I want to collect them! 
  8. I read while I dry my hair.  With all the responsibilities and hobbies I juggle, I don’t get to read as much as I would like.  I work it in where I can and always while drying my hair.  But see, I only dry my hair every 4-5 days, so I try to read a couple pages on the other days.
  9. I am incredibly irresponsible financially.
  10. There is a page in my bullet journal dedicated to the person I want to be, physically.  It includes things like cosmetic surgery and more tattoos.  I have a clear picture in my mind of how I want to look.  Because I’m shallow.  Like really shallow.
  11. I live for taking chances.  Life is far too short to sit around and wonder about the things you want to do.  Do them.
  12. I have different relationship views from the majority of people.  I don’t believe in “once a cheater, always a cheater,” don’t believe your soul mate is always a romantic partner, and know you can be in love with more than one person at a time.
  13. I am the odd person who really enjoys working retail. Sure, there are lots of horrible things about it -rude customers, theft, poop on bathroom walls.  The good things far outweigh the bad though.  I live for the hiring process, coaching employees, merchandising, and meeting sales goals. 
  14. I am obsessed with names. So much so that sometimes I get really sad that I won’t get to name any more children. Instead, I keep a page in my journal for names. It makes a good reference when writing stories or when a pregnant friend needs baby name suggestions.
  15. I have never been afraid of aging and actually looked forward to getting some grey hairs and crow’s feet. And you know what? I think I got prettier after 30.
  16. I have struggled with anxiety and depression for at least half my life.
  17. The three most important physical qualities in a man: smile, good hair, good shoes. However, looking at these qualities, I can’t explain most of my dating history.
  18. I do not do cold weather. Fuck that.
  19. I became a sports fan out of a desire to impress guys, but stayed one because it’s exciting, exhilarating, and fun. 
  20. Kissing is my thing. I could do it for hours. I mean, with good kissing of course. I could just about orgasm from a really amazing smooch.

What We Wore

Hey y’all!  We are back again to show you what we’ve been wearing. I think by now you know what kinds of pieces you’re going to see.  But I’m telling you – one day, we will surprise you!

Rhonda –

Tee: Target. Shorts: Old Navy. Shoes: Target. Earrings: Nickel & Suede Lip Gloss.

Dress: Old Navy, no longer available. Jacket: Target. Mermaid pin: Target, current but can’t find online. Shoes: Jessica Simpson. Earrings: Nickel & Suede Select White Cut-out. Bracelets: Alex & Ani.

Romper: Marshall’s. Brand is Rolla Coster.  Shoes: Converse. Earrings: Nickel & Suede Select White Cut-out.

Tee: Old Navy (this color no longer available). Jeans: Old Navy (this style no longer available). Shoes: Converse. Earrings: Nickel & Suede Select White Cut-Out.

Dress: Amazon. Shoes: Target. Earrings: Nickel & Suede Lip Gloss. Bracelet: Premier Designs.

Ashley –

Cardigan: Forever21 no longer available T-Shirt: Target  Pants: LiverPool skinnies from StitchFix Earrings: N&S Select Black

Cardigan: Target Shirt: Amazon Tank: Forever21 no longer available Pants: Jordache Skinnies Earrings: N&S Select Black Shoes: Target clearance (SIX BUCKS!)

Shirt: CATO the exact one isn’t available but they have some other great options Pants: Jordache Skinnies Earrings: N&S Signature Gold

Button Up: Burke’s Shirt: Target (Yup, Rhonda and I wore the same shirt…AND it was the same day…unintentionally! ) Pants: Black Jeggings Earrings: N&S Sweet Pea Shoes: Blush Gladiators from Old Navy

Week In Review: Rhonda

Thanks for stopping by again!  I swear, I feel like I was JUST writing last week’s review.  Time really does go by so quickly, as evidenced by the fact that yesterday marked ELEVEN MONTHS away from my wedding.  Didn’t I get engaged yesterday?  I should probably plan something for the wedding.  Anyway, on to the week…

Monday and Tuesday were full of work and just Momming and I didn’t take many pictures or do anything noteworthy.  I can’t really tell you where the time went.

I wasted a lot of Wednesday playing in makeup, but eventually got down to business and got some blogging and and work done.  Then we went to dinner with Stuart’s coworkers at Rio Mambo, which was nice.  The food was amazing.

I did a lot of housework Thursday, including taking all my Mother’s Day flowers and rearranging them into more vases so that I could have them in different areas of the house.  I also had some product come in for my amazing lipstick business, Purple Pucker.

I decided Friday to put on some sexy makeup and lingerie and do a little bedroom shoot.  I intended to just get a couple of okay shots for some upcoming blog posts I have planned, but was pleasantly surprised that it was a lot of fun and I ended up with a lot of really good images.  In the evening, Claudia and I did our evening routine of waiting outside for Stuart to drive up.  It was a pretty typical Friday evening.

Saturday, after our morning brunch routine, we went to the store and upgraded from a tiny hibachi grill to a regular charcoal grill.  While Stuart and Claudia grilled steaks and veggies, I read and sipped wine.  I finally finished Evelyn, After. That’s a damn good book, y’all.

As always, Sunday was a day for mimosas, nails, doing Claudia’s makeup, and just lots of relaxing.  Stuart cleaned the motorcycle and grilled again.  After the kids were in bed, we jumped into ours and watched the Billboard Music Awards.  I am such an awards show junkie!

Are you into awards shows?  What did you do over the week?

Week In Review: Ashley

What up people? Ready for another exhilarating week in review?? 😉 LOL Really though – it is good to look back at what we did over the past week. And you’re here, so you must enjoy it too. 😉 Alright alright…let’s get to it shall we?

Monday and Tuesday were the usual yada yada…also I didn’t take any pictures from those days..so I can’t remember what we did. However, on Wednesday we went to the trampoline park with Aunt Grace. I took way more videos than I did still pictures this time. It’s always fun going there when we have the place to ourselves…and it’s always especially fun when we have Gracie there to hang out with! We made a trip to Target and Chick-Fil-A after all the jumping. Then I put the kids down for naps and tackled some household chores. Fun stuff like laundry and dishes. 🙂

When the kids woke up we all put on our swimsuits and went over to Aunt Grace’s pool. Sophie was pretty dang excited. It took Cooper FOREVER to even get in the pool. He’s a pretty cautious dude. Some of that is his Dad’s fault (pretty much the biggest worrier I know) and also I may or may have not coddled him a little. Sophie’s got second kid probz for real – I literally just grabbed her and pulled her in. She loved it though.

I had a little shopping drama Thursday. Because of FOMO I all of a sudden decided I needed those pretty rose gold sandals from Target. I placed an online order for pick up and about two hours later they emailed me saying that the shoes were no longer available. The shoes were no longer available ANYWHERE. Well. Anywhere near me. Thankfully, I have a friend who was in CA and the shoes were available there. So. Problem solved. Tragedy averted. Thanks Jen!

That night there was wine and blogging.

Friday night we went to Cooper and Sophie’s cousin’s, Nathan,  HS Graduation. Nathan was only 10 or 11 when I first started dating the kid’s dad. I absolutely cannot believe how quickly time has passed and that little kid is now headed to college. It was a really nice night – the weather threatened to rain; however, the rain held off!

Saturday morning I put on my new Nickel and Suede Earrings (Coop said – “Why those earrings have a hole cut in them??” I then died. hahaha) But yeah. We all got dressed and headed to Nathan’s graduation party. It was really cute. The party was for a group of Nathan and his friends who have all known each other since elementary school. Each family had their own table that the parents decorated. Nathan’s was a soccer theme. I and various rotating family members spent a lot of time outside with the kids. They weren’t really in to the whole let’s just sit at this table and chill plan. We had a good time though.

Since it was a nice day – and the children needed to burn off some energy, we went out for a little nature trail hiking. We actually saw two baby alligators this time. We’ve been going to the Gulf Islands Nat’L Seashore Park for a while now and this was the FIRST time we got to see an alligator. The kids loved it. That day there were no naps …so by 7 pm my little wildlings were in the bath and headed toward bed. All the praise hands for bedtime on full days.

Sunday was a super chill day. It rained on and off pretty much all day. We spent the entire morning and early afternoon at home. When the children woke from their naps we went to Target for a little grocery shopping…you know – among other things. Other things being that purse you just scrolled past.

This picture is actually from Saturday night but ya know. Are you guys going to really hold me accountable for keeping my pictures in timeline order?? Probably not. Anyhow – that’s our week. What did you guys do? Anyone else attending graduations? It’s definitely that time of year!

May 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 –

Soooo the eye shadow below didn’t make the group shot. She was running late because she had too much wine the night before. Lateness is not tolerated around these parts – so we took the group shot without her. 😉 JK I’m actually a space cadet and forgot I’d gotten an extra item in my bag this time.

Jelly Pong Pong Super Intense Super Charged Eye Shadow – I got this extra item in my bag because I redeemed my points to get it. I’ve tested out these shadows and have no complaints. I’m not super wowed by them or anything – but they have a good pigment quality and are lasted all day on my eyes. They’re definitely very me shades. I mean. I’m just glad they weren’t loose pigments.

Hey Honey Besemame Mucho –  I always love a new moisturizer or lip moisturizing product. Because : Dry AF skin over here. I liked this product. I stuck it in my purse and it has become my go to thirsty lip quincher. It works well. Keeps my lips hydrated and very kissable, which is apparently a claim. I agree with that.

Briogeo Rosarco (heat proctectant) – TBH I haven’t had the chance to try this yet. I’ll update you guys on snapchap though. 🙂 🙂

Luxie Dreamcatcher Precision Foundation Brush – I’m never disappointed by the Luxie brushes I receive in my Ipsy bags. This one was no exception. The bristles are super soft. And per Rhonda’s suggestion, I used this brush to highlight with (instead of for foundation – because I think it’s too small for that) and it worked like a charm!

Pixie by Petra Endless Silky Eye Pen in Black Noir –  I was happy to get this in my bag, because I had recently contemplated trying a Pixie eyeliner. I was prepared to not be impressed by it BUT I was so wrong. It’s genuinely very silky. One swipe and it’s intense on your water line. It also help up really well throughout the day. Dare I say  – even better than my holy grail IT Cosmetics liner. We shall see though. Sometimes first impressions are wrong. 😉

Urban Decay Afterglow in Sin – Love the name of this highlighter. Do I love the highlighter? Noooot really. I wasn’t super impressed. It’s not really intense at all on the face..and when you swipe it with your finger to swatch..it feels very chalky.

Rhonda –

 

Let me start by saying, the ice cream design on this bag is so cute and I love the splash-proof factor, making it great for dropping into my water park tote.  However, mine seems to have a faulty zipper and while I don’t expect much for the price, that was disappointing and first for me with ipsy.  Anyway, on to the products.

Royal & Langnickel Precision Angled Brush – I am always beyond tickled to get a brush in my bag, since I am a bit of a collector.  I used this brush to contour my nose and it did not disappoint.  The (100% vegan!) bristles are super soft and it blended so well.  The construction is of the best quality and so I clicked over to their website through ipsy to see how much these cost.  I was so shocked to see they are totally affordable!  I will definitely be buying some of their brushes.  And just a hot tip for you – when you sign up with ipsy, you get access to coupon codes for the brands they feature!

Mellow Cosmetics Creamy Matte Lipstick in Nude– Dang, this one shocked me.  The shade “nude” always turns me off because with someone with darker lips I don’t wear typical nudes well.  This nude though was a little darker and had a rosy tone to it that is just beautiful!  It swatched super creamy and I look forward to trying it on my lips.  It feels like it is moisturizing and not at all drying.

Urban Decay Afterglow in Sin – This wasn’t my first time trying this product.  As a former Ulta employee, I have used just about every product in the store.  It has never been my favorite.  It’s fine for a more subtle highlight, but I like to be LIT UP.  The texture is a little chalky too, which I’m not a fan of.  I do sometimes like it set bolder, creamier highlight with it.

City Color Bold Brow Eyebrow Powder in Medium – I was not excited to receive this, because I am happy with my brow routine and have never liked the idea of powders.  Well, I was wrong to not be excited.  I love my brow mousse that I use daily, but it does take a little time to get my brow perfectly defined and sometimes I wish I had something to quickly do a natural brow, for when I’m not doing much makeup.  Oh, well here it is.  Thanks, ipsy.  I used the two shades together and my brow was filled in, literally, a minute.  The look was natural and the included brush means I may just pop this into my purse and leave it there for when I am out without makeup and have a moment to do my brow.

VASANTI Cosmetics Brighten Up! Enzymatic Face RejuvenatorExfoliating Cleanser – I was happy to receive this, but to be honest, it was only because I had just run out of the cleanser for my old skincare routine and had not purchased anything new.  I had been digging around in my sample and travel size basket, using what I could find.  I just needed a cleanser.  But BOOM!  I used this one and loved it.  The super fine exfoliating particles didn’t scratch my face and I could seriously tell a difference after just two uses.  My face definitely is less dull with this product and it didn’t dry my skin. I just might purchase when I run out!

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