Monday, July 21, 2014

July Ipsy

Have you heard of Ipsy? It's a 10.00 a month subscription box that comes right to your door full of at least four sample size products and one full size products. That ten dollars gives you not only a chance to try to things but also supplies you with a cute new make up bag each month.

My July Ipsy bag did not disappoint! It's been three great months of products in a row. This month was no different. This month's bag was called Sensationally Sun kissed.

1. Jojoba Gel Cream by Lavilin.
 This stuff is a gel that you use on your face for when you've been doing extreme outdoor activities. It's suppose to hydrate your skin and it's fabulous. It doesn't have a weird smell and it doesn't leave your skin oily. I'm loving it for the summer months.

2. Dark Tanning Oil SPF 8 by Hang Ten.
I'm all about getting my tan on. Now this stuff helps speed up that process faster while protecting you from SPFs. It comes out in a fine spray and works just as well if not better than other greats like Australian Gold and Banana Boat. It doesn't have a weird smell so that's a major plus.

3. Tints ad Sass in Cherry by Elizabeth Mott.
This is the one product I was a little disappointed in. I'm not a big fan of anything that goes on my lips because their sensitive and break out easily. I also didn't love the color that I got. It's really bright and not something that I would ever wear. I'll probably gift this full size product to someone who really wants it.

4. They're real! Beyond Mascara by Benefit.
Now here's a product I absolutely love. I've bought this mascara before and it lasts forever. It goes on lashes smooth, doesn't cake on and doesn't flake off after wearing it a few hours. I got a trial size in my bag but it lasts a really long time. I'd say at least 3 weeks using it daily. It makes me want to buy another full size again. Maybe once mine runs out!

5. 5-in-1 BB Advanced Performance Cream Eyeshadow in Divine Wine by Bare Minerals.
 I would say my biggest guilty pleasure when it comes to make up is buying eye shadow. So when Ipsy sent me a cream eye shadow I was intrigued. I mainly use powder eye shadows and every now and then I'll use the stick eye shadows or a pod cream. This Bare Minerals cream eye shadow comes with an applicator almost like a lip gloss. One quick stroke and you've got your eye shadow applied and starting to dry. I loved the product and I'm going to look for it in stores. I wasn't a big fan of the color I got but I can probably use it as a base or mix it with something.

So what are you waiting for? Try out Ipsy and I promise you won't be disappointed. They'll send you great products and maybe even some of your favorites. They'll listen to your input so items you don't like... they won't send them again!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Saturday Smiles

Every Saturday, I'm going to try and post five things that made me smile during the week. Often I find myself getting caught up in the small stuff but this year I'm making an effort to be conscious of it. This year is about being happy and finding happiness even in the small things! Want to join me? Go ahead and post your Saturday Smiles!

1. Sprite Zero. It's so refreshing.
2. Friends who feel like family.
3. Beezy. Forever.
4. True Lies. Seriously cracks me up every time.
5. My mom who rocks.

What's making you smile?

Friday, July 18, 2014

Hawaii Bound

I've got a vacation to Hawaii booked for this year and I can't wait! When I sat down to make my packing list (like I do for every trip I take), I had to decide what would be essential for the big island. I'll be there for over a week and I'm already taking some excursion essentials like snorkeling gear, a portable beach cooler etc. So when I started making my list for carry on and checked baggage I knew I needed these items....

First up...
Banana Boat Aloe After Sun Lotion. I'm a big fan of Banana Boat and have used their sprays for years. I love the smell and this particular product really moisturizes dry skin after being out in the heat all day. It's already in a plastic zip lock and ready to be put in my checked bag. Security isn't getting this one!


2.
The Marilyn Monroe Hat. I saw this on Unique Vintage months ago and the moment I saw it, I knew I had to have it. I instantly saw images in my mind of sitting on the sand in Hawaii taking photos in this hat. When it came to the house, I realized how huge this hat really is. It'll cover my shoulders and protect them from the heat besides just shield my eyes from the sun. It's got that vintage inspired throwback look to when Marilyn Monroe had one similar. I can't wait to carry this bad boy on the plane and plop it on my head the moment I land.
 
3. A Romper.
I haven't worn a romper since I was a tween but since their back in style and super comfortable, I thought why not?! So when I was given a Nordstrom gift card for my Birthday, I picked out a romper. It's going to be hot in Hawaii and that'll help keep me cool. It even has pockets to hold my room key. My romper is blue and white.
 

4. Camera Tripod.
I was gifted a really nice DSLR camera for my Birthday last month. Since getting it, I've become obsessed with taking photographs. I can't wait to use it in Hawaii but what I needed was a tripod. What if Beezy and I went somewhere that there wasn't any strangers to awkwardly ask to take our photo? I'm not a fan of the idea of a stranger holding my expensive camera and dropping it either. So this tripod and a wireless remote was the way to go. I've figured out how to use the remote and it's going to hopefully be successful!

5. A Waterproof phone holder.

So I have to admit it. I am still carrying around the iphone 4. There I said it! I'm in a contract and I refuse to pay like 599.99 for a cell phone. Excuse me, I remember when the nokia brick phone was like 19.99 with no contract. So um no. I can hold out till September. That being said, I don't have a really nice case on it like an Otterbox or Lifeproof. What would be the point of buying an expensive case when I know I'm getting a new phone in a few months? So what did I do? I took to Amazon and read over hundreds of reviews and found this beauty. I tested it out with an old phone and it totally works! It'll keep the water and sand from getting in the phone and allow me to still accept calls and take photos. WIN.

That's just a few things I'm going to pack for Hawaii. What's something you would suggest? Have you ever been?

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Theater Thursday

It's Thursday and that can only mean one thing... it's Theater Thursday. This week's featured movie is, End of Watch.
 
Recently I stepped out of my movie comfort box and watched End of Watch. First of all I want to preface this by saying I am not in Jake Gyllenhaal's fan club. I have never liked one movie he has been in. Not even Pleasantville. Yep. Ok there I said it. This movie however is by far his best work in my opinion even over Brokeback Mountain. So moving on...

End of Watch follows two Los Angeles, California police officers who work Patrol. Brian (Jake Gyllenhaal) and Mike (Michael Pena) went through the police academy together and have been partners now for 3 years. These two guys are not just partners they are friends. When Brian takes a college class that requires him to shoot his daily job he starts filming his days of patrol. These two officers stumble into a whole world of drug running, human trafficking and something bigger than them or the L.A. Police Department.

These two officers experience the ups and downs of being police officers in one of the largest cities in the world. They share their personal lives with each other which has made their bond a strong one. However, facing things that are unknown to them they'll have to face one of the hardest things you can ever face. Will their bond remain strong? Will they both be able to keep up with the daily grind? Watch and find out.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Wordless Wednesday

Cause everyone loves a good corn dog on vacations.